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Did you get a promotion, add a family member, or find a new calling? Share your latest news with your fellow alumni. We print Class Notes in UNLV Magazine and list them in the online alumni directory.

Mar. 20, 2018
Ian Zabarte
Ian Zabarte, '01 BA Communication Studies, was appointed as a member of the Licensing Support Network Advisory Review Panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in November.

Mar. 16, 2018
Aaron McArthur
Aaron McArthur, '05 MA History, '12 PhD History, has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at Arkansas Tech University (ATU). He is director of the public history program and assistant director of the ATU Museum. He lives in Russellville.

Mar. 15, 2018
Michael Roitman
Michael Roitman, '09  BA Political Science, soon will begin practicing corporate transactional law at Sklar Williams. He recently returned to Las Vegas after attending the University of Virginia School of Law and practicing corporate law in New York City at White & Case. His hobbies include ultimate Frisbee, making chili and pickles, and caring for his pet dog and bearded dragon

Mar. 15, 2018
Irene Wandtke
Irene Sereno Wandtke, '04 BS Business Administration - Accounting, became a shareholder in Gerety & Associates, CPAs last year. She is married to Richard Wandtke, '89 BS Business Administration - Marketing.

Mar. 15, 2018
Eric Ensign
Eric Ensign, ’07 BS Business Administration - Marketing, was appointed to the board of directors and also volunteers as the director of marketing and development for the Ensign Cancer Research Foundation. The foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides funding for cancer research and has been regarded as one of the top 10 giving foundations in Nevada. Previously, he was the vice president of operations and general manager for Wendover Resorts, which is the parent company for the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino, Red Garter Hotel and Casino, and Utah Trailways.

Mar. 14, 2018
Lauren Calvert
Lauren Calvert, '03 BS Business Administration - Economics, '07 JD, joined the law firm Bighorn Law in 2014. She heads the firm's complex litigation division and was promoted to general counsel for software company Filevine. She and her partner, Edward Cave, '93 Hotel Administration, live in Las Vegas.

Mar. 14, 2018
Perry Keith Todd
Perry Keith Todd, '84 BS Hotel Administration, has worked in the hospitality industry for 45 years — 35 years in gaming and 10 in food service, holding multiple management and supervisory positions. Currently he works as a table games supervisor for Boyd Gaming. He also lectures on "Gambling In Your Town."  A 20-year member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, he has worked on a number of movies and television shows, including the PBS documentary Lords of the Mafia and the recent films Back Seat and Gloria. He has written a script, The Diplomat, about Angelo Bertolotti, the father of the late actress Brittany Murphy. He and his wife of 19 years enjoy traveling and have traveled extensively through Europe as well as to Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand. He has three stepchildren, all of whom work in gaming and hospitality.    

Mar. 14, 2018
Jasmine Crighton
Jasmine Crighton, '06 MA Journalism and Media Studies, recently received two advisor of the year honors from national media organizations for her work at Western Illinois University. She received the Jeff Tellis Outstanding Advisor Award for College Television from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. This award recognizes outstanding leadership, dedication, and service to college television stations. She is news coordinator of NEWS3, the student-produced television newscast at Western Illinois. She also was recognized as Advisor of the Year by the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) for her work with WIU’s NBS chapter. Previously, she received an Emmy for outstanding technical director for a March 2008 broadcast at FOX5 KVVU. In 2017, Crighton was elected to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Board of Governors. She also serves as recording secretary for the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. Before moving to Western Illinois, she taught broadcasting at West Liberty University and worked as the producer of WTOV9's morning show in Steubenville, Ohio. She lives in Macomb, Illinois.           

Mar. 13, 2018
Linda Manley Darling
Linda Manley Darling, '05 BA Art, is a stock market investor. Attending theater, hockey, and community events are among her hobbies. She lives in Kennewick, Washington.

Mar. 13, 2018
Jeff Brucker
Jeff Brucker, '00 BS Sports Injury Management, is vice president of product development for HumanN, a leader in science-backed nutritional products. He lives in Austin, Texas.      

Mar. 13, 2018
George Tuzzeo
George Tuzzeo, '83 BA Music, performed with Jay and the Americans at the Golden Nugget in November.  

Mar. 13, 2018
Howard Watts III
Howard Watts III, '11 BA Political Science, has announced his candidacy for the Nevada Assembly. He is running as a Democrat to represent District 15, which covers an area just north and east of the university. After three years of solo freelance consulting, he also started a small public relations firm. His record of public service includes a stint on an advisory committee for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, appointment to the Clark County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife, volunteering for Camp Anytown Las Vegas, and sitting on the board of the Nevada chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. His hobbies include outdoors activities such as hiking, camping, and backpacking.

Mar. 13, 2018
Cariela Santana
Cariela Santana, '13 BS Business Administration - International Business and BS Business Administration -Marketing, is part of the corporate sponsorship team at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as well as a freelance brand marketing consultant. She serves on two non-profit boards, including Nevada DECA and the American Advertising Federation where she holds positions as board chair and Ad 2 Las Vegas president, respectively. She describes herself as a strategy-driven, detail-oriented professional with a burning passion for human interaction, igniting creative ideas, and promoting growth among individuals. Dominican-born and Las Vegas-grown, she emigrated to the United States at a very young age and is a proud Nevadan. She is an avid traveler and live entertainment enthusiast who loves all things art-inspired and creative.

Mar. 13, 2018
Marlen Ibarra
Marlen Ibarra, '17 BA Psychology, is a research assistant at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health - Cleveland Clinic. She plans to apply to graduate school in a few years.

Mar. 13, 2018
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Christy Simpson, '12 BS Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, is the operations manager at Linx Technologies , a leading developer and manufacturer in wireless modules, antennas, and connectors, in Merlin, Oregon. She lives in Gold Hill.

Mar. 12, 2018
Angela Roberts
Angela Hutchinson Roberts, '06 BS Hotel Administration, is regional director of operations and sales for NewcrestImage, which owns and operates a variety of different brands throughout the United States. She enjoys spending free time hanging out with friends and family, golfing, and traveling. She lives in Lewisville, Texas.  

Mar. 12, 2018
Reyna Pingul
Reyna Pingul, '16 BA English, is working toward her master of fine arts in writing degree at the University of San Francisco. She also is a volunteer copywriter for the Harry Potter Alliance as well as freelance copywriter for various businesses. She lives in Richmond.

Mar. 12, 2018
Serena Mull
Serena S. Mull, '98 BS Biology, retired from the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Dental Clinic in McMinnville, Oregon, last June. She lives in Portland.

Mar. 9, 2018
Timothy Revero
Timothy E. Revero, '16 JD, '17 Master of Laws - Gaming Law and Regulation, is an attorney at the Richard Harris Law Firm specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, and slip-and-fall cases.

Mar. 8, 2018
Lisa Rubin
Lisa Levine Rubin, '12  PhD Educational Leadership, is an assistant professor of student services in intercollegiate athletics at Kansas State University. She was awarded the 2018 NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant as principal investigator of the study "Enhancing Financial Literacy Among Student-Athletes." She also was named one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2017. She lives in Manhattan, Kansas.