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Homecoming 2003

It was a big success!

Dear Alumni,

Our 2003 Homecoming celebration was a huge success. Let me recap a few of the activities. For those of you who attended the Homecoming Gala, “A Celebration of Excellence,” you saw first hand the remarkable achievements and accomplishments of our Alumni Association Award winners and the Wolf Pack Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. These honorees inductees are distinguished examples of the outstanding alumni who represent this fine university.

As you know, traditions like Homecoming keep alumni connected to their alma mater. We were very pleased to see so many alumni attend a new event, “Pack the Little Wal Night,” which allowed attendees to reminisce with old friends at one of their favorite hangouts.

We were glad to see the campus community get involved in the “Pack Pride Day” Office Decorating Contest, a great demonstration of Silver and Blue spirit. There was much creativity and effort put into these colorful entries. It was quite visible to us that the Silver and Blue spirit is catching on.

The students had a week of exciting programming as campus clubs and organizations vied for the Silver and Blue Cup, which culminated with the announcement of the winner and royalty being announced at halftime of the Wolf Pack football game.

We are also proud to announce that our membership program is doing remarkably well. However, we would like to encourage all alumni who haven’t yet become dues-paying members to sign up for an annual or lifetime membership. Your membership dues will enable the Alumni Association to provide more opportunities for programs and services, which will directly benefit all Nevada alumni.

The Online Community has had more than 1,200 people sign up, which demonstrates that alumni wish to continue to stay engaged with their alma mater and to be able to connect with their fellow alumni. This is a great way for your friends and faculty to keep in contact with you. Go to and update your information for us today.

As I mentioned earlier, Nevada truly has notable alumni who are accomplished in their respective fields. If you have a friend or colleague who is worthy of recognition, please consider submitting a nomination for the 2004 Alumni Awards. The deadline for submission of nominations is April 1.

As I meet more and more alumni, I am impressed with the level of commitment and affinity they have to the university. It is this level of commitment which advances a university. Please consider getting involved with the University of Nevada Alumni Association as a volunteer.

Go Pack!


Richard Daniel, Ph.D.
Director of Alumni Relations

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McCulloch honored for bringing excellence to journalism

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Halberstam said it best when he addressed a group of journalists gathered in San Francisco in October to honor the distinguished 52-year career of Nevada graduate Frank McCulloch.

“You’ve brought not merely excitement and excellence to everything you’ve done, but honor as well,” Halberstam said while addressing the Center for Investigative Reporting’s “Celebration of Independent Journalism.” “The secret of your success is simple: you’ve gotten loyalty by giving it, gotten trust by bestowing it. Most of all, you’ve managed to remind the rest of us why we signed up in the first place.”

McCulloch, a 1941 graduate of the university, launched his career as a journalist at Nevada as editor of the campus newspaper, Sagebrush. Following graduation and the end of World War II, McCulloch was an award-winning investigative reporter and editor at Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Examiner.

As Saigon bureau chief for Time-Life News Service from 1964-67, he ably directed what has been described by many as one of the world’s most talented assemblages of war reporters and photographers. His trademark shaved head became known to both American generals and Vietnamese citizens.

Halberstam, in fact, noted that President Lyndon Johnson, exasperated at McCulloch’s uncanny ability to always break the timely, important story, once blurted that, “Time’s bald headed Saigon bureau chief had been wandering around too long in the sun without a hat. ... Score one for Time-Life.”

McCulloch’s influence on American journalism over the past half-century is considered immense. He played an instrumental role in shaping war reporting, and also is considered one of the nation’s foremost leaders in the continuing fight to maintain First Amendment freedoms for journalists.

Said Warren Lerude, professor of journalism at Nevada: “Frank has been a guiding influence for generations of journalists, not only for our University of Nevada graduates, but journalists all over the world who have admired his brilliance as an editor and a reporter.”

Added Halberstam, considered by many to be America’s most accomplished and pre-eminent journalist: “Frank McCulloch is an American icon. ... I speak for a great many others in different venues where Frank worked, and was admired, and always made a difference.”

— John Trent

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Pack win at UW has ‘Nevada’ connection

Nevada’s historic upset football victory at the University of Washington in October — the Pack’s first win over a Pacific 10 school in more than 50 years — might’ve been fueled by an unknown factor. Nineteen crew members from the USS Nevada ballistic missile submarine were in attendance. In spring 2003, Lt. Tom Kelly of the USS Nevada requested that the Nevada Wolf Pack become the ship’s official mascot, and Wolf Pack Athletic Director Chris Ault readily agreed. The relationship has proven beneficial for both parties, as evidenced by the Pack’s upset of Washington and the recent 19-hour completion of a race from Mount Rainer to the ocean by the crew of the USS Nevada. The crew’s goal had been a 20-hour finish. Quipped Wolf Pack Director of Marketing Kurt Esser, “It must have been the U of N flag they carried.”

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Chapter Updates

Alumni Band
It was another wonderful Homecoming weekend for Alumni Band in late October. A small, but determined group of band alumni was on hand to enjoy a beautiful weekend and some fabulous events, for which thanks are in order: Thank you to Dawn Miller for making parade arrangements, taking care of shirts and a thousand other details. Thank you to Ross Waltz for pulling together a lot of the details for the barbecue/picnic. The day of the event, Ross collected $1,000 to be deposited into the account. Ross was, and is, a lifesaver. Thank you to Chris Childs and her brother, Randy, who provided the truck and excellent driving for this year’s parade. Without them, we would not have been able to participate. Thank you to Aileen Dingus and Noel Trim, who worked on the barbecue/picnic and fed us all. Thank you to Erin Frock and the rest of the staff in the alumni office. They always do everything we ask, cheerfully, correctly, and on time. Thank you to Rob Miller for working on the lighting for the truck, and for providing babysitting for our kids.
Of course, there are others, such as Kevin, who is working on the Web site, and Barbara, who helped set up the “Pack the Little Wal” event, and all those who rearranged their lives to spend the weekend with us. THANK YOU.
Which brings us to, last but not least, next year. What events do you like? If you come every year, why do you come? What information would you like included in the monthly newsletter? What would you like changed/added to the Web site? Do you want more events? Would you be more likely to come if Alumni Band was every other year? Would you be willing to help out with a “Welcome to Band Camp” event for the college students (like we used to get from “Uncle” Bob)? Would you participate in a breakfast for graduating band members? Do you want to call people and check that their information is current, work on the Web site, help with the scholarship process, or raise money?
If you have any questions, comments, updated information, or would like to contribute to the John Montgomery Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact either Kiara Wolf, kiara_j@, (702) 399-4140, or Erin Frock,, (775) 784-6620.

College of Engineering
Happy New Year from the College of Engineering Alumni Chapter to all of our alumni! As of July 1, 2003, the college added the biomedical, and chemical metallurgical engineering and materials science programming. This growth is important to the community of the College of Engineering. While the Engineering Alumni Executive Committee respects the longstanding loyalty to the Mackay School of Mines, we hope that alumni from the chemical and metallurgical/materials programs will find programs, projects, and people in the College of Engineering and its alumni chapter worthy of your time and talent. Dean Ted Batchman and the College of Engineering Advisory Board are pleased to welcome the new program advisory boards. The Engineering Alumni Executive Committee would like to extend an invitation to alumni from biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and metallurgical/materials science and engineering. If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Executive Committee, please contact Melanie Perish at 775-784-6433 or

COBAAA Chapter
The College of Business Administration Alumni Association has been busy recently. We participated in many of the Homecoming events and had a great time. The alumni staff deserves to be congratulated for putting on a great week of events. Several of our alumni joined us at the “Pack the Little Wal” night. We had a raffle with great prizes and handed out tickets for free drinks! If you missed it this year, be sure to join us at Homecoming 2004!
Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual COBAAA Open Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 6, at Lakeridge Golf Course. There are numerous opportunities for players, teams and sponsors of various levels, so if you haven’t already heard from one of us, get in touch with Katie Weigel or the College of Business for more information. Katie can be reached at and you can contact the College of Business at (775) 784-4912. Thank you to all of last year’s participants. You were greatly appreciated and we hope we can count on you again this year!
COBAAA is an open organization and we are interested in your input and participation. Please contact us at the number above; we’d love to have you get involved.

Friends and Alumni of CABNR
The Friends and Alumni of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, with the Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Department of Agriculture, hosted the Nevada agricultural commodity dinner, Nevada Grows, to raise scholarship money for students in the college. Nevada Grows coordinators were especially pleased to raise more than $14,000 for an endowed scholarship, as it was a first-time event in northern Nevada
The Friends and Alumni also made an appearance at Homecoming’s “Pack the Little Wal” night to wind up a successful, fun-filled year. We’re looking forward to the new year and invite you to be a part of 2004’s events by becoming a member today. Please sign up online or visit our chapter Web page for more information:
Finally, the Friends and Alumni are seeking nominations for Nevada’s Outstanding Agriculturalist. The deadline is March 15. We will present this award at our annual meeting this spring. Please contact Jean Carbon for more information: (775) 784-4390.

Nevada Journalism Alumni Association Chapter
The Nevada Journalism Alumni Association Chapter (NJAA) proudly announces new officers for the 2003-2004 year.
The new officers are: President, Terri Ogden, ’96; Vice President, Kristin Ghiggeri, ’97; Treasurer, Christy Jerz, ’97; Special Events Chair, Michael Connors, ’93; Communications Officer, Scott Walquist, ’02; Graphic Artist, Patrick McFarland, ’97.
We had a great turnout this year for the Reynolds School of Journalism Homecoming Luncheon. More than 50 alumni, staff and friends gathered on the Ted Scripps Plaza outside the journalism school to enjoy the lunch and raffle hosted by NJAA on Oct. 24. Terri Ogden recognized the first two NJAA scholarship recipients, Marti Howell and Alicia Parlette. The scholarships were for $750 each, and in 2004 we would like to award two $1,000 scholarships. NJAA would like to thank everyone who attended the Homecoming luncheon, especially RSJ advisory board members Nancy Bostdorff, Greg Bortolin, Eileen Gay, Robin Joyce, Bruce Marr, Marlene Olsen, Jane Tors and Rick Schneider.
NJAA is continuing our membership drive. We will be at the Scripps Dinner, Wednesday, March 3 at Lawlor Events Center, signing up new members and renewing current memberships. If you have not renewed your annual membership or would like to join, membership is just $15 per year. Our organization is focused on helping the students of the Reynolds School of Journalism through scholarships and activities, as well as helping RSJ alumni stay connected to their school and the university. If you are interested in getting involved with NJAA, or would like more information on our organization, please send an e-mail to Terri Ogden,

Sacramento Chapter
At our October meeting we were honored to have the new director of Alumni Relations, Dr. Richard Daniel, as our guest. Thank you Richard for making the trip. The turnout was substantial, and attendees were treated to a gift bottle of wine from Pam Miller’s fine vineyard, Single Leaf, in Somerset (near Placerville, Calif.).
December saw a contingent of Sacramento alumni journey over to Stockton to see the men’s basketball team take on the University of Pacific.
If you haven’t made your reservation, the annual Mystery Dinner Bus Trip is scheduled for Feb. 7. Eppie Johnson and Kyle Ramos promise this trip will be even better than the last. For information, call Kyle at (916) 371-5747, or e-mail
We are going to try a spring wine tasting again. This time it will be a bus tour into the El Dorado and Amador County area with our lunch to be held at the Single Leaf Winery — our host to be Nevada grad and owner of the winery, Pam Miller. Mark April 17 on your calendar for what promises to be a most pleasant event.
And, finally, note on your calendar to attend the 2004 New Student Send-off on Sunday, Aug. 1 at the Ebers’ Folsom Lake Chateau.
For information about chapter activities, contact Bill Chaffin at (916) 567-0777 or e-mail chaffin@Larsen

Southern California Chapter
The Southern California Alumni Chapter represented the university at the Mira Costa High School college fair on Oct. 27. Members of the chapter will also be in attendance at a college fair in Torrance, Calif., in February.
If you have any information on other college fairs in the Southern California area, please contact Jim Wright at (310) 373-1659 or, or Marilyn Ryder at (949) 307-2572 or

Washington, D.C. Chapter
The Washington, D.C. Chapter alums have had an eventful fall. On Sept. 20, Nevada alumni gathered for the annual Day at the Park event. The sold-out group of alumni and friends watched the Baltimore Orioles successfully take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Following the game, fans were treated to a fireworks show at the Ballpark at Camden Yards.
On Oct. 30, alumni gathered to celebrate Nevada’s statehood at a reception hosted by the Nevada State Society. The event was coordinated by Nevada alumni Ashley Carrigan and Ryan McGinness, who provided homemade cookies frosted blue and shaped like Nevada. A good time was had by all, especially during the boisterous singing of “Home Means Nevada.”
The chapter hopes to keep the momentum going in 2004 with a fund-raiser and reception during the first week in February. If you would to like to help plan the event or simply be added to the mailing list, please contact either chapter contact Ronda Brown via e-mail at or you can call Amy Carothers in the Alumni Office toll-free at (888) NV-ALUMS.

Young Alumni Chapter
The University of Nevada Young Alumni Chapter is all about having fun with a purpose. We recently gave three scholarships to incoming students and couldn’t have done it without the contributions of our many supporters.
On to the fun! The past few months have been full of fun events. We helped kick off Homecoming week with the Monday Night Football Party at Bully’s and participated in the Alumni Association’s “Pack the Little Wal’’ night. More recently we had a great time on our annual Mystery Bus trip. Not to be forgotten was our holiday dinner. We enjoyed a classic holiday meal of Mexican food at Mi Casa Too, and of course a few margaritas.
Keep your calendars open for the YAC’s Beer Fest 2004 — it’s always a great time. Also, coming up soon is our annual Baugna Caulda dinner at the Coney Island — this event always sells out, so contact us now to reserve your spot.
If you’ve been participating in the YAC’s events, thank you very much. If you haven’t, now would be a great time to get to know the group. We have tons of fun and you can be a part of our success. For information on any of our upcoming events check out or contact Leonard Wohletz at or Stephanie Clemo at (775) 762-9114.

University Club
Since the last issue of the Silver and Blue, the University Club has been busy with alternating luncheon and dinner meetings each month. The meetings feature great speakers or entertainment.
Our club also has a “built-in” travel agent in “Aunt Cece,” as Cecelia Pearce is affectionately known to our members. She plans great mystery dinner trips, as well as theater trips over to Sacramento and San Francisco, sometimes in the snow! We recently enjoyed seeing “Flower Drum Song” at the Sacramento Community Center and are looking forward to seeing the “Lion King” in March in San Francisco.
Anyone wishing to join the University Club, or find out more about it, please contact Erin Frock in the Alumni Office at (775) 784-6620. We always welcome new members!

USAC Alumni Club
Do you find yourself wanting to share your study abroad experience with others? If you are a USAC past participant, join the USAC Alumni Club. It’s easy, free, and a chance to learn about other study abroad experiences and future opportunities. E-mail Michelle Cobb at to become a member.
All USAC alumni are welcome to join us on Jan. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the JTSU Alumni Room. RSVP (775) 784-6569 by Jan. 21.

Mackay School of Mines
Mackay School of Mines honors 1955 Geological Engineering alumnus Peter Vardy as the Mackay Alum of the Year for 2003 at an Oct. 24 reception in Reno. Pictured are (from left to right) Mackay Acting Dean Jim Taranik, Peter Vardy, his wife Lilian Vardy, son David Vardy, and Colleen Taranik.

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Class Chat

The ‘50s

Dr. Eugene Choy (’59 Predental) has been reappointed by Gov. Gary Locke to serve a second term on the Washington State Board of Dentists. He is the only dentist on this board.

The ‘60s

Shelton H. Short III (’65 MA History) was asked to participate in the 16th annual Jefferson Symposium, the topic being “Thomas Jefferson and the West.” Each year, selected scholars from all over the world assemble at the University of Virginia for the annual “Summer on the Lawn” symposium.

The ‘70s

Steve Benna (’75 Managerial Sciences) and wife, Karen Benna (’96 General Science), recently celebrated their 28th anniversary. They have two grown sons. Steve has worked for C.B. Concrete (now part of Granite Construction) for 26 years. Karen has a teaching degree and works at Mountain View Montessori. The Bennas have recently received a Western United States Regional Award for the unique design of their concrete home.

Dave Pursell (’72 Business Administration) has been elected to the board of directors for the Reno Air Race Association. He is a Nevada native from Ely and was the executive director of the Nevada Department of Taxation until retiring in 2002 after a 30-year career with the state. Dave and his wife, Johanna (Mueller) Pursell (’72 Home Economics) reside in Reno.

The ‘80s

Scott T. Barnes (’82, ’91 & ’97 Engineering) recently joined MACTEC Engineering and Consulting in Reno as a senior principal engineer/office manager. Scott is an accomplished professional with broad-based experience in civil engineering, construction/project coordination and management, land development, utilities design and water rights research. In addition, Scott was recently appointed to serve on the City of Sparks Planning Commission by Sparks Mayor Tony Armstrong. Scott is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Nevada. Scott resides in Sparks with his children, Clarissa and Austin.

Rachael Ferrari (’86 Business) was recently named a new shareholder of Innerwest Advertising and Public Relations of Reno. Rachael is the controller/office manager of Innerwest and has been with the company for the past seven years. Rachael and her husband, Bob Ferrari, have been married 15 years and have two sons, Daniel, 13, and James, 9.

Michelle Romine Hall (’89 Biology) gave birth to a daughter, Raven Alexandra Hall, on June 2. She joined her brother, Taylor, and father, Robert.

Steve Lewis (’89 Psychology) earned his Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University and is now serving as the division social work officer in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. Steve and his wife Rose (Gardella) Lewis (’90 Social Psychology) and their new son, Jacob, now make their home in Fayetteville, N.C. Friends can e-mail them at

Dane Nolan (’83 Business Administration) was appointed a Juvenile Court Judge by Utah Gov. Michael O. Leavitt in May 2003. He serves in the Third Judicial District in Salt Lake County. Previously he was a deputy district attorney for Salt Lake County for 12 years, specializing in prosecution of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, adult sexual abuse, and felony domestic violence cases. He served on the Utah Bar Commission for several years, and previously served as president of the Utah Minority Bar Association, and as a member of the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1986, and married Susan Barnum in 1990. They have three children, Matthew and Jonathan, twin boys born in 1991, and Katherine, born in 1999.

Paul Ruston (’87 Finance) and his wife, Judy (Reagan) Ruston (’89 Social Work) have relocated to the Phoenix area and will open their own Assist 2 Sell real estate brokerage in Chandler, Ariz. Paul was recently named in Realtor Magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 50 Solo Performers.” Paul was a realtor with the Reno Assist 2 Sell office for the past 12 years. Judy has suspended her work in the social work field to become the new office manager.

Jodi (Ramsey) Wass (’88 Special Ed., ’93 Counseling and Education Psychology), husband Jeff, daughter Jessica, 9, and son Jaden, 7, have welcomed a new baby boy, Jakota Ray Wass, to their family. Jodi is a middle school counselor in Gardnerville, Nev., and is a marriage and family therapy intern.

Christine Williams (’89 Business Administration, MBA) is a senior surgical physician’s assistant at St. Vincent‘s Catholic Medical Center in Staten Island, N.Y. Her work includes surgical intensive care unit and orthopedic surgery coverage and first surgical assist in the O.R. She is a graduate of the St. Vincent-Bayley Seton physician assistant program and was the class valedictorian of 2002.

Denise (York) Young (’81 Math, ’82 Animal Science) has completed a Ph.D. in higher education and educational research at the University of North Texas. Denise is assistant provost and director of institutional research at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. She has received “Best Research Paper” awards from the Texas Association for Institutional Research and the Florida Educational Research Association.

The ‘90s

Karin (Couchman) Allen (’95 Business Administration/’98 MBA) and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of their son, Griffin Samuel, born May 1. He joins big brother Liam at their home in Gardnerville, Nev.

Brian Anderson (’99 Mechanical Engineering) and Regina (Sucaldito) Anderson (’99 Electrical Engineering) were married on Aug. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Reno. After graduating from Nevada, Brian attended Penn State and obtained his M.S. in mechanical engineering. Brian works for the Rocketdyne Division of Boeing as a liquid rocket propulsion engineer. Regina works as a systems/fuel cells engineer at General Electric Power Systems as part of a research and development group developing hybrid power generation technology. Regina is also attending Cal State Northridge for her M.S. in electrical engineering. They reside in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Sutra Ayala (’99 Criminal Justice) graduated with a master’s degree in educational counseling in September 2002 and now works as a counselor at Green Valley High School in Henderson.

Richard R. Becker (’91 Journalism), president of Copywrite, Ink. Writing Services, Inc., was appointed to serve on the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Research Foundation’s Research Committee. The appointment is a one-year term. The IABC Research Foundation identifies, solicits, and funds worldwide research to support the communication profession with knowledge, strategies, and trends that are impacting or will impact the industry and professionals. Only 50 distinguished communication professionals in the world are appointed to serve the foundation through its board and committees. Richard is an examiner on the International Accreditation Board for IABC, a past president of IABC/Las Vegas, and served as a deputy district director of IABC District 6, which includes chapters in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. He was also part of the IABC Research Foundation’s Think Tank, held last February. He has worked on more than 1,000 advertising accounts, written more than 1,000 magazine articles, contributed to five books, and scripted one documentary. He also serves as a continuing education instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as an appointed state commissioner on the executive board of the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service.

Eric Bennett (’98 Fitness Management) has been appointed senior associate in charge of the Northern Nevada Industrial Properties group at CB Richard Ellis for its Reno-Sparks/Lake Tahoe office. Eric’s team specialized in tenant representation for the lease renewal/purchase of industrial product throughout northern Nevada. Eric played football for the Wolf Pack from ’93-’97.

Karen (Lowry) Best (’90 PSC/History) and her husband, Louis, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tyra, born on June 11. Karen is on indefinite leave from her job with the U.S. Forest Service. She is also a licensed EMT for California and Nevada as well as a CPR and first aid instructor. Her husband recently returned to Fallon Naval Air Station after spending 14 months in Alaska. The three reside in Hawthorne, Nev.

Matthew Boroughf (’99 Mechanical Engineering) was married to Laura McAlpine on July 26 in South Lake Tahoe. They live in Sunnyvale, Calif., along with their 10-month-old puppy, Squiggle. Both are engineers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

Jamie Cogburn (’99 Political Science) was awarded a Juris Doctor degree cum laude by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. While at Thomas Jefferson, he made the Honor Roll and the Distinguished Honor Roll. He received the CALI (Association of Assisted Legal Research) and Witkin Awards for Professional Responsibility. He also participated in a mock trial.

Ryan Dixon (’98 Civil Engineering) and Yvonne (Lum) Dixon (’98 Speech Pathology) are proud to announce the birth of their son, Ryker Samuel on Sept. 25. Ryker joins his big sister, Annika, at their home in Reno.

Casey Feickert (’95 Civil Engineering) and his wife, Rebecca, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Marena, on February 22.

Brian Fralick (’97 Business Accounting) and Mandy Gerardis (’98 Human Development and Family Studies) were married on July 12.

Victoria Ann Fortna (’97 Journalism) married John F. Farber on June 7, 2003. The couple reside in Portland, Ore., where Victoria is a manager for Chart House restaurants.

Dawn (Doan) Fournier (’98 Journalism) has been named account manager by Cube Services, Inc. — a new backstage pass and security credential manufacturer based in Reno. In this role, Dawn will sell anti-counterfeit credential techniques to the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, various boxing promoters, and NCAA football and Basketball championship departments. She will also be the company’s representative at various trade shows held in the United States and Canada. Employed since July 2003, Dawn has already handled accounts for ESPN2 Boxing, Gary Carter’s MLB Hall of Fame Induction Party, and the Carolina Panthers. Dawn comes to Cube Services from the Intercollegiate Athletics Department at the University of Nevada, where she was the special events coordinator.

Jane Fox (’92 HDFS) and Debbie Isenberg announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel David Isenberg Fox, on January 16.

Joseph “Joey” Gilbert (’99 English Literature), a rising star in the world of professional boxing, was awarded a juris doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Joey did not put his boxing career on hold while attending Thomas Jefferson for the past three years. Instead, he successfully pursued both his legal studies and his boxing career. The 26-year-old middleweight has moved from a highly successful collegiate and amateur boxing career into the professional ranks where he is now 4-0. In all four victories, he knocked out his op-ponent in two rounds or less. Joey moved to Las Vegas to return to the ring. On the business side, he hopes to pass the Nevada bar examination while promoting his own public relations firm, Fieri Communications.

Jim Grogan (’94 Political Science), his wife Jennifer (Maguire) Grogan (’94 Speech Communications), and their son, Cade, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter and little sister, Avery Joan, on May 2.

Lindsey Hurley (’99 Education) and Damon Breshears were married on June 7. They have made Reno their home.

Dr. Cara (Clarkson) Longshore (’91 Veterinary Science) welcomes a new son, Zachary Reed Longshore, born May 20, 2003. Zach joins big sister Sydney.

Jude Onyeagolu (’90 Arts & Science) and his wife Ellen (Gbassa) Onyeagolu (’03 Human Development) are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Malubia Abidi, on Sept 23. Malubia joins big brother, Ikemba, and sisters, Malaika and Bianca, at their home in Reno.

Laura Jean Podewils (’95 Health Science) recently completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Heath. She is now working as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Scott J. Whitten (’95 Biology, ’99 Medicine) graduated in 1999 from the School of Medicine, completed OB/GYN residency in Phoenix, and is now performing a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Birmingham, Ala. Scott was married to Michele (Ruff) in 1998 and has two children, Jonas Alexander and Megan Elizabeth.

Misty Young (’93 Social Psychology), vice president of public relations for KPS/3, has been named co-chair of the communications committee for the Washington, D.C.-based American Council for Renewable Energy. She serves as co-chair with Dale Didion of the Didion Group. Misty has 15 years of political and public relations experience in Nevada serving as deputy press secretary and education advisor to Gov. Bob Miller and as executive assistant to Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa. She spent almost seven years as constituent services representative in the Reno headquarters of U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan.

Ron Zuiderweg (’97 Health Sciences) and his wife, Gretchyn, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Jenneke Aaltje, on Aug. 29 at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee. Jenneke joins big brother, Baily, and big sister, Brittney.

The ‘00s

Kathleen (Taylor) Hale (’00 Journalism) was named as executive director of the Angel Kiss Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families with children who are being treated for cancer. Kathleen is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including establishing relationships with the families and related organizations, fund-raising and grant writing, development and implementation of special events and daily operations. Most recently she worked at the Rose/Glenn Group as an account executive. She brings more than seven years of marketing, public relations and business experience to the Angel Kiss Foundation.

Nik C. Palmer (’00 Psychology) was awarded a Juris Doctor degree by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. While at Thomas Jefferson, he participated in the Pro Bono Honors Program, which is designed for TJSL students to encourage and foster community-based volunteer legal service projects.

Candee Ramos (’02 Journalism) was hired as account coordinator in the account service division for the Rose/Glenn Group in Reno. In her new position, Candee will be responsible for coordinating day-to-day advertising program and campaign development. Her prior work experience includes account coordination for Hansen Creative and public relations assistance for PR Concepts. While with Hansen Creative, she was instrumental in the success of the Porsche Dealer Program. Additionally, she gained experience in media and client relations during her time with PR Concepts. She is an active member of the Advertising Association of Northern Nevada, where she serves as board member and coordinates the student major program.

Rachel Firth (’03 Journalism) was hired as account coordinator by Nuffer Smith Tucker of San Diego, rated as a Top 100 public relations firm by PR Week magazine. Firth, 2002-2003 PR Student of the Year in the Reynolds School of Journalism, worked as a public relations intern at Townsend Inc. and as an intern at Estipona Vialpando Partners in Reno and Reno NBC affiliate KRNV-TV News Channel 4. Raised in Fallon, Firth now resides in San Diego. Nuffer Smith Tucker specializes in branding, public relations, strategic planning, e-communication, product launches, crisis communication, issue management, special events and marketing communications for local, regional and national clients.

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Frank W. Bowdish of Pasco, Wash., died on Dec. 13, 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Montana School of Mines in 1939, his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1943, and his Ph.D. in chemical and metallurgical engineering from the University of Kansas in 1956. During his career, he was a researcher for a private French research and development company, taught chemical engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and most significantly created and taught in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Mackay School of Mines until his retirement in 1981. He is survived by his four children. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Frank W. Bowdish Chemical Engineering Endowed Scholarship Fund, Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89501.

Brent Bowman lost a courageous battle to cancer on July 31 in Reno. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and business administration from Idaho State University. He received his Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of Houston. Brent lived in Reno for 15 years and was a professor of business and computer information systems at Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Kristen; and son, Tyler. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bowman Children’s Education Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Denny Alan Jones died on Aug. 7 in Reno. He graduated from Reno High School in 1956, received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nevada, master’s degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and Ph.D. in material science from Renselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He had a distinguished career in industry and academia in the field of metallurgical engineering. For the past 24 years he had been a professor at Nevada. During that time he authored numerous extensive research papers and books. One of his greatest professional accomplishments was writing the leading textbook on corrosion, used in both industry and universities worldwide. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Wanda Wallace Jones; daughter Rena Jones Hoffmann of Charles Town, W.V.; daughter Gillian Jones of Granville, Ohio; and sons Michael Jones of Rockville, Md. and Bryce Jones of Evanston, Ill. The family wishes to thank the oncology staff at Washoe Medical Center for their care and support during this difficult time. Donations can be sent to the Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints; Humanitarian Services, 50 E. North Temple St., Floor 7, Salt Lake City, UT 84150-6890.


George Michael Basta (’43 Economics), long-time Reno business owner and community leader died Aug. 6 in Reno at the age of 86. George was president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Coffin and Keys, was the ROTC battalion commander, belonged to Blue Key and Block “N” Society and was selected for Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. As a captain in the U.S. Army, he served in the China-India-Burma theater after completing an intensive Chinese language study at the University of California, Berkeley. He was recalled into service during the Korean conflict as a military science instructor at the University of Nevada. George was the owner of National Oil and Burner Company and was recognized for his business integrity and success by being inducted into the Northern Nevada Business Leaders Hall of Fame. His passions in life were his family, sports, and his beloved University of Nevada — which was also the main beneficiary of his tremendous generosity. He made the first donation to the new library building fund and funded numerous endowed scholarships, and also spearheaded fund-raising for the Foundation and the athletic department. He received the Distinguished Nevadan Award, the Jake Lawlor Award, and in 1965 was selected “Sportsman of the Year” for his involvement with the Reno Silver Sox and his efforts to keep organized baseball in the Reno area. Donations can be made to either the George Basta Business Scholarship Fund (c/o the University Foundation, Mail Stop 162, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557) or the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, 2680 East 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Harold Dana Dale Jr. (’49 Botany), died on Aug. 21. Harold joined the Air Cadet program of the Army Air Force after graduating from high school. He became a navigator in the Military Air Transport Division. When World War II ended, he stayed in the Air Force Reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonel. After the war, he graduated from the University of Nevada. His first teaching assignment was in Newman, Calif., where he coached and taught math and science courses. He moved back to Manhattan Beach, Calif., and taught at Mira Costa High School, then on to Hawaii, teaching and coaching tennis at the Kamehameha schools, where he met his wife Jean. The couple returned to the South Bay Area, where Harold resumed teaching at Mira Costa High School. With a friend, Harold went into the children’s shoe business for eight years, operating Young Striders Shoe Stores. In 1963, Harold and Jean moved with their four children to Costa Mesa, Calif., and he went back to teaching. During this time, Harold attended Long Beach State and Chapman College, completing degrees to become a counselor and psychologist. He was an educator and counselor in the Anaheim Unified School District for 20 years. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jean, and four children: Sarah Olds, Robert Dale, Mary Gray, and Margaret Prescott.

Maude Geertsema (’40 History), died July 4, 2002 at the University Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended the one-room elementary school in Fish Lake Valley and later graduated from both Reno High and the University of Nevada. She became a social worker in Las Vegas with Nevada State Welfare in 1942. Her husband and brother, A.M. Patterson, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Brende of Las Vegas. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and belonged to DAR and Junior League in Las Vegas and Eastern Star in Goldfield. Contributions in her memory may be made to the University of Nevada.

Ned Johnson (’53 Biology), a world-renowned ornithologist who was a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a curator of ornithology at the campus’ Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, died June 11 after a courageous 15-year battle with cancer. Although Ned studied birds throughout North, Central and South America, his primary interest was variation, speciation and evolution of birds in western North America. He published his first paper on birds in 1949, at age 17. Johnson joined the UC Berkeley faculty immediately after earning his Ph.D. in zoology in 1961. Over the years, he taught primarily ornithology, biogeography and vertebrate natural history, and he had a lasting impact on his undergraduate and graduate students. Because of Ned’s knowledge of birds, he was hired as an undergraduate to collect specimens and help curate the collection at the University of Nevada, Reno. Ned is survived by his partner, Carla Cicero, of Moraga, Calif.; daughters, Heidi Ingrid Johnson of Berkeley, Rebecca Dawn Monson of Richmond, Calif., and Amy Bowman Johnson of Oakland; and son, Alexander Konrad Johnson of South Korea. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the American Ornithologists’ Union, to honor his lifelong passion for the scientific study of birds. The address is AOU c/o Nancy Johnson, BAI, 1313 Dolly Madison Blvd., Suite 402, McLean, VA 22101.

William Ross Tappan (’72 Pre-med), 53, died on Tuesday, July 15. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, and son and daughter, Kevin and Kristie. He studied medicine at UCLA where he met his wife of 26 years, Maureen Horan. For the past 24 years, Ross practiced anesthesia with Sierra Anesthesia. The Dr. Ross Tappan Memorial Fund has been established through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Donations can be mailed to 1885 South Arlington Ave., Suite 103, Reno, NV 89509.

Albert Weitz (’63 Civil Engineering) died on May 24 in San Francisco. After graduating in 1963 with a degree in civil engineering, he worked as a civil engineer and returned to the university to earn his master’s degree in 1972. His civil engineering work took him to foreign locations. For the past few years, he had lived and worked in the Bay Area. At the onset of his illness he was employed by Camp, Dresser, and McKee. He is survived by his wife, two children and three stepchildren.

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