Previous Winners

2020-2021 Silver Paw Winners

Blaize Abuntori: October 2020

Blaize's development of the Reno Burrito Project is through direct service, in that there are many in the Reno area without adequate access to food or basic hygiene. Furthermore, they are learning about individuals in this community to help breakdown stereotypes and understanding more about what their needs are. Blaize has put forth a tremendous amount of thought and effort into this project and worked around not only his own studies but also his responsibilities as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Reno Statistics & Data Science Program. It gives this community something to look forward to each and every day as well as provide basic hygiene for their overall health.

Jayde Powell - November 2020

Shopping Angels was started by UNR student Jayde Powell in the beginning of the pandemic and now it has turned into a global non-profit, with volunteers in all 50 states and in Canada and Australia. Shopping Angels is a group of volunteers who deliver groceries safely to individuals who cannot leave their homes or do not feel safe leaving their homes due to COVID-19. This demographic is mostly elderly people, immunocompromised individuals, and high-risk individuals with various health conditions. Most volunteers consist of college aged individuals or older, who feel safe going to stores and shopping while taking all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their customers safe. The volunteers help them get their necessary items without risking their health and safety during the pandemic.

Campus Escort – December 2020

Campus Escort support the mission of Civic Engagement this semester by partnering with Pack Provision to deliver food and supplies to those in need in the community. These undergraduate students are serving their fellow students by supporting those who face food insecurity or a lack of funds. Our program is funded by student fees, and this is one of the few ways we are giving back this year. By serving those in need of food or other basic life supplies by delivering them directly to their residences. This helps ease one of the many stressors facing college students as they progress through their educational goals.

Student Athlete Advisory Committee – January 2021

Student group arranged for a voter registration campaign this past election season. First, the group helped multiple athletic programs get educated on voter registration in Nevada and surrounding states, and why student-athletes should vote. The meetings were arranged by ASUN and SAAC. SAAC then set up a webpage on the Nevada athletics website with links to voter registration info and ways to vote in Washoe county as well as surrounding states. SAAC then tabled for multiple days leading up to the Nevada voter registration deadline on-campus to help student-athletes along with general students register to vote. Since many student-athletes had never participated in a Presidential election or any election that is, it was a priority for SAAC to help get as many student-athletes registered to vote in 2020. SAAC helped student-athletes register to vote in Nevada as well as other states. They also helped educate students about how to vote whether it be in-person or absentee. 

Past Silver Paw Winners

*Indicates the winner of the Richard and Bonnie Bryan Family Public Service Award

  • Homeless Initiative Website Resource Reno
  • Nevada Stemducation
  • FUSED
  • Mallory Friedman & Lauren Czarnecki
  • Travis Wilmoth
  • Hannah Jackson
  • Genevieve White
  • Latinx Student Advisory Board
  • Dennis Green
  • Lindsy Sullivan
  • Brynn Williams & Sierra Gonzales
  • Aaron Alexander
  • Liberatus J. Rwebugisa
  • Haley Passione
  • Miyah Wilson*
  • Nate Deaton
  • Residence Hall Association Outreach Board
  • Christian Bak
  • MEDLIFE
  • Christian Park
  • Kristen De Guzman
  • Brooke Ruhl
  • Dennise Mena
  • Joshua Easlick
  • Beta Beta Beta Honor Society
  • Macario Mendoza*
  • Vanessa Amaya
  • Jared Tuschiyama-Sando
  • Kennedy Sparling*
  • Ivory Rok
  • The Young Feminists
  • Mackenzie Kent
  • Wenei Philimon
  • Steffany Yang
  • Jakeyla Hall