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Thanks for the Great Opportunity

What an opportunity! Those were the words of my very first column as alumni director of this great institution. And now as I leave this position, I leave with the same sentiment.

As many of you may know, I have accepted a position in the Student Services Division at Nevada. The decision was very difficult. But it was truly an offer I couldn't refuse. I couldn't resist the opportunity to work more closely with our students. I will be an assistant vice president working with the programs that support students from diverse backgrounds and help them toward the ultimate goal of graduation. It's an important job as the university continues to grow and I'm honored to have been asked to assist.

This change, however, comes at a time of great excitement in the Alumni Association. We have done so many things over the past two and a half years that we can all feel proud of. We've grown the number of active alumni chapters to more than 20. We've completed the development of a strategic plan that will be our road map for the next five years. We've developed a more interactive web site so we can better connect with and serve our alumni. We've reached out to the student body so they will know how to be good alumni before they graduate. We've strengthened the Alumni Council with an elections process that allows a more diverse group of people to become involved. We've developed a plan to become more financially self-sufficient through sponsorships, services, and, eventually, membership dues. We have created a great deal of momentum, and with the addition of Dr. Marilyn Johnson as the vice president for development and alumni relations, I truly believe that the best is yet to come.

Our Alumni Association is in great hands. The Council, the Executive Committee, the chapter leadership and the staff are among the most capable we've ever had. I'm proud to have been part of establishing the foundation for an exciting future. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you for these past two and a half years. And what an opportunity it was. I said that three years ago and I couldn't mean it more today.

- Angela Taylor

Chapter Updates


On the beautiful, sunny day of Oct. 5, 40 golfers converged on the Fallon Golf Course to support our annual scholarship golf tournament. A special thanks to Systems Consultants for once again sponsoring our tournament and the Fallon Golf Course for allowing us to tear up their course.

Up next was the rooter bus to the UNLV game on Dec. 4, followed by our annual Winterfest Dinner on Jan. 25. Dr. Doug Mishler will be performing as the famous Ernie Pyle, World War II correspondent who lost his life in the Pacific. For more information, please contact Ellen Houston in the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620 or

College of Engineering

The Alumni Executive Committee of the College of Engineering is very excited about the college and its scholarship program. In the fall, the college was overextended by $13,000 for student scholarship awards. Don Lehr, College of Engineering Advisory Board member, and Al Feigehn, his business partner in the Cubix Corporation, made a gift of $13,000 to cover this shortfall. Cubix challenged other board members, alumni and friends of the college to meet that challenge. As of Nov. 1, the challenge was more than met. A number of Advisory Board members have come forward with gifts including Stewart Feign, the Neil J. Redfield Foundation, and Al Lee. Thank you all!

The Alumni Executive Committee is planning a meeting for first quarter of 2003 to discuss several important projects that need our leadership, including alumni annual giving. Here are some statistics for all of us to think about: of the 3,068 known alumni from the College of Engineering, 301 made gifts to the university last year, 1,027 made gifts to the college, and 1,740 did not contribute to the college or the university. The College of Engineering alumni are used to being leaders. We need to lead in this area, too. The Alumni Executive Committee of the College of Engineering challenges all alumni to give to the College of Engineering. Our goal for next year's giving is 25 percent. For information on giving to the College of Engineering, contact Melanie Perish at (775) 784-6433 or

Alumni College Chapter

Alumni College, one of the newest chapters on the block, is planning its 14th session, July 9-13. Start your planning now, and if you have a suggestion for the program, please send it to us as soon as possible!

The same old group will be putting together the program for Alumni College XIV and we hope it will be a kickoff for our planned bash celebrating our 15th Alumni College. See you in July! For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620, or log on to our chapter page:

Sacramento Chapter

Sacramento went to Homecoming, and as Bill Chaffin guaranteed, Nevada trounced San Jose State. Taking the trip to Reno were Laura Jenkins, Debra Pearce, Tom Ramos and his lovely daughter, along with Bill and Lorena Chaffin (with their guests Dave and Sue Sloan, and Mike and Becky Brown), and Ron, Margaret and Susan Lemmon. The alumni tailgate was awesome, and dinner at Louis' Basque Corner was a hit. Bigger and better next year!

Mark your calendars: Our annual mystery dinner is set for Feb. 1 and our spring wine tasting event is tentatively set for June 7. For more information on any of these events, or the Sacramento Chapter, please contact Amy Carothers in the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620 or

Southern Nevada Young Alumni Chapter

On Oct. 4, the Southern Nevada Young Alumni Chapter hosted a tailgate party before the Nevada-UNLV game in Las Vegas. For transportation purposes (and a good time) the chapter chartered two buses to party on before the game and provide a safe ride home. More than 90 young alumni and guests rode to the game together. Then, more than 150 people enjoyed a Young Alumni-sponsored tailgate party before the big game. Special thanks goes to the University of Nevada Office of Alumni Relations for all of their hard work. For more information on the Southern Nevada Young Alumni Chapter, please contact Erin Frock in Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620 or

Alumni Band Chapter

The sixth Wolf Pack Alumni Band Homecoming weekend has come and gone. There were familiar faces from the past as well as some new (old) friends. As with any event, there were many people involved in making it a success.

Thank you to Tracy (Ruben) and Don Darue and all their helpers who provided the food and the labor for the barbeque to benefit the John Montgomery Memorial Scholarship fund. Thank you to Chris (Landers, Tillman) Childs, Randy Landers and Swift Trucking for providing the truck and lighting for the parade. Thank you to Ross Waltz for the straw to put our behinds on and the technical support with the lighting. Thank you to Dawn (Etcheverry) Miller for dealing with shirts and a thousand other details. Thank you to Rayne (Pilon) Ellison for setting up our Friday night event. Thank you to our webmaster, Kevin Freels, for making all the event information available online. Thank you to Patricia (Langan) Richard for arranging the block of rooms. Thank you to Erin (Taggart) Frock from the Office of Alumni Relations, who filled out forms, mailed out packets, and made it smooth sailing all the way. Thank you to the people who came from all over the United States and were on the field at 8:30 am. Thank you to all the people that were not able to attend, but sent money instead.

Dr. McGrannahan has several items for sale that may interest former band members — shirts, hats and band jackets. He has a project underway that will make past halftime shows available on either VHS or DVD (to be decided). "Mack's Shack" will be making an appearance on the Alumni Band Web site sometime soon — link to it from If you just can't wait, contact Mack directly at

While we are on the topic of the Web site, our webmaster, Kevin Freels, is continually updating the site with new information and photographs. He is always looking for input on ways to improve the site. His contact information is listed on the home page.

This is going out to all past band members who haven't participated in Alumni Band yet: Where are you (shout out to Mike Gibbel)? Many hours at our annual gathering are spent asking, "What ever happened to ...?" Please update your information with the university, contact one of the people listed below, volunteer to help with Homecoming 2003, or BE THERE NEXT YEAR!

To update your information, get more information about Alumni Band, or donate to the John Montgomery Scholarship Fund, contact either Kiara (Donohue, Jensen) Wolf at (702) 399-4140 or, or Erin (Taggart) Frock at (775) 784-6620 or

Mackay School of Mines

The Mackay School of Mines celebrated Nevada Homecoming with its annual Alumnus of the Year reception on Oct. 17 at Hidden Valley Country Club. The evening honored MSM Alumnus Richard M. Perry. Perry was recognized for his professional achievements and for his long-term devotion to Mackay both as an alumnus and as a prominent member of the mining industry.

Mackay held other special events this fall including a book signing for Ralph Roberts' autobiography A Passion for Gold on Sept. 26, and the annual Tin Cup Tea Event at the Governor's Mansion, which was hosted by First Lady Dema Guinn. The Tin Cup raises money for the Nevada State Museum and Mackay's W.M. Keck Museum.

COBAAA Chapter

The annual College of Business Administration Alumni Association mixer was held on Sept. 26 at the newly reopened Little Waldorf Saloon and Grill. There was plenty of mixing and mingling around a wonderful buffet of appetizers, and the libations were flowing. The evening ended with a drawing for several great door prizes. We hope to see even more COBA alumni at next year's event!

Our next big event is the COBAAA golf tournament on May 8 at Wolf Run Golf Club. Single entries and foursomes are available. You can also advertise your business and support our organization by purchasing hole sponsorship signage or donating raffle or auction items. For an entry brochure, please contact Greg Vorreyer at (775) 789-2040 or

If you are a graduate of the College of Business Administration, please consider joining our chapter. There are a variety of membership levels, and all members receive a newsletter subscription, invitations to our events, and inclusion on the COBAAA e-mail list-serve. Membership dues support scholarships for COBA students, activities for student organizations and the goals of Dean Mike Reed. For more information, please contact Alison Winnie at (775) 424-6453 or

Seattle/Tacoma Area Chapter

Calling all University of Nevada alumni living in the Seattle/Tacoma area! If you are interested in participating in our newest alumni chapter, please contact Ellen Houston in the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620 or Whether you are a graduate of Nevada, or attended for at least one semester, you are part of our alumni family! We already have several alumni in that area who are interested in getting together, and we are planning to hold our first gathering very soon. Please let us know what type of chapter activities you would like to see and the best way to contact you. Hope to hear from you soon!

Young Alumni Chapter

As always, the Young Alumni Chapter has been busy over the past few months. We had a great time tailgating with the Southern Nevada Young Alumni Chapter at the UNLV football game in Las Vegas. Thanks to Mike Phillips for putting the whole thing together.

The very next weekend, we were off to Hawaii for another tailgate party and football game. It was a great time for all involved! Immediately following the return of the Hawaii group, we kicked off Nevada's Homecoming week with our Annual Monday Night Football Party at Bully's 3. We supported the Food Bank of Northern Nevada by raising money and food donations. Thanks again to Bully's for hosting the event and to Morrey Distributing for providing our tasty beverages!

Our next event was the famous annual Mystery Bus Dinner. This year's event took 44 people in a chartered bus up to the Beckwourth Inn near Quincy, Calif. The group enjoyed a great meal and plenty of libations before returning to Reno on the bus. It was quite an exciting bus ride back, according to all reports. Finally, in early December, we all got together for our annual Holiday dinner at the Mi Casa Too restaurant. We had a great time and we presented some chapter awards and announced the officers and board members for the upcoming year.

If you are looking for something fun to kick off the new year, we will be having our popular Bagna Caulda dinner at the Coney Island in late January. You are more than welcome to attend, but RSVP as soon as possible as this event always sells out early!

The Young Alumni Chapter's purpose is to keep recent Nevada alumni active and involved with the university and in the community. The primary beneficiary of our efforts are those Nevada students who are awarded the chapter's scholarships; however, this year we also helped the YMCA with the Kids Game Day program and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada twice. If you are a recent (within the past 10 years) attendee of the University of Nevada, and want to learn more about our organization, please contact call (775) 982-8644 or e-mail


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