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Spring Commencement Exercises May 16 and 17, 2014


Commencement Exercises University of Nevada, Reno

Baccalaureate Ceremony............................................................. 3 Honors Program Graduates ...................................................... 4 All Candidates for Graduation.................................................. 6 Class of ’64 Remembrance........................................................18 History of the University...........................................................22 University Leadership................................................................25 Earthquake Engineering Lab...................................................26 Alma Mater..................................................................................30 Academic Dress........................................................................... 31 Graduating Student Awards.....................................................32 Regents’ Awards...........................................................................35 Advanced Degree Ceremony...................................................38 All Candidates for Graduation................................................40

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Spring Commencement Exercises • May 2014







FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014 – 8:15 A.M. & SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014 – 8:15 A.M.



Baccalaureate Ceremony

Members of the University of Nevada, Reno Student Ambassadors are ushers for commencement. PROCESSIONAL “The Earl of Oxford‘s Marche” • William Byrd “Intrada No. 7” • Melchoir Franke “Processional for Brass” • Paul Koepke • University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Brass Dr. Jason Altieri, Conductor


• Charles A. Price, University Marshal • Phillip Boardman, Master of Ceremonies NATIONAL ANTHEM • Wolf Pack Quartet, Dr. Paul Torkelson, Director • University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Brass WELCOME  • Marc A. Johnson, President GREETINGS  FROM THE BOARD OF REGENTS • Rick Trachok, Vice Chair

REMARKS TO 2014 GRADUATES  • Ty Windfelt ‘95, President of the Nevada Alumni Council STUDENT FAREWELL • Ziad Rashdan ‘15, President of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada ALMA MATER • Jack H. Morse • Wolf Pack Quartet • University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Brass RECESSIONAL “Triumphal March” from Aida • Giuseppe Verdi “Trumpet Voluntary” • Henry Purcell • University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Brass

* Announcement of candidates: Livia D’Andrea, David Fenimore, Ramona Houmanfar, James Mardock and Howard Rosenberg. Audience is asked to hold applause until all degrees are conferred. Please see ushers for information about seating for the disabled. Signers are present for the hearing impaired. ** The Herz Gold Medal is sponsored by the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation. Baccalaureate Ceremony • May 16 & 17, 2014


Honors Program Graduates The Honors Program provides students who are both academically talented and highly motivated with an undergraduate education that nurtures and promotes their capacities to think competently, understand deeply and act ethically. The Honors Program awards three levels of Latin honors to indicate a student’s distinction. In order of increasing level, they are cum laude, “with honors,” magna cum laude, “with great honor,” and summa cum laude, “with highest honor.” To receive summa cum laude, graduates must have a grade point average of 3.9 or above. Other Honors graduates are listed below as in cursu honorum, “in the honors course.”

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES Summa Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Susan Taraneh Alaei, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jessica N. Kim, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Xibei B. Liu, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Magna Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum



Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum

Jonathan Andrew Lujan, Information Systems

Michelle Linh Ngo, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Nutrition


Magna Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum

Mei Hiyane, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Honors Participant

Summa Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum

In Cursu Honorum

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Emilee Guido, Secondary Education Malorie Morrill, Secondary Education Danielle Swanson, Secondary Education

Priscilla Anne Henson, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Simin Jiang, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Colt J. Williams, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Sahael Hatefi, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Katie M. Speirs, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Seth Richard Odell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Michael A. Phelan, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Anthony Wesley Lewis, Marketing Magna Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum

Summa Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum James J. Bridegum, Computer Science and Engineering Justin Leslie Donat, Chemical Engineering Dam C. Lam, Electrical Engineering Jared L. Rhizor, Computer Science and Engineering

Magna Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Sarah Marina Carl, Chemical Engineering Rigel D. Hanbury, Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences and Engineering Jonathan R. Jay, Chemical Engineering Benjamin B. Pearson, Chemical Engineering Robert Eugene Roeder, Computer Science and Engineering Timothy LeRoy Sweet, Computer Science and Engineering Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Joshua R. McGuire, Mechanical Engineering Ryan M. Stemmerik, Mechanical Engineering Nishok Yadav, Computer Science and Engineering

In Cursu Honorum Luis Javier Garcia-Perez, Mechanical Engineering Taylor Jay Gruey, Electrical Engineering Teila D. Irwin, Electrical Engineering

DIVISION OF HEALTH SCIENCE In Cursu Honorum Amber J. Sulahria, Speech Pathology

DONALD W. REYNOLDS SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM Summa Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Jessica M. Fagundes, Journalism Magna Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Sage M. Leehey, Journalism Jessica Marie Ranftl, Journalism

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS Summa Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Jessica M. Fagundes, Spanish Melissa Ann Kelley, International Affairs and English Brooke Lynn Mikkelsen, French Alexandria Snow, Psychology Joanne Viernes, Criminal Justice and Psychology Rachel M. Willimott, Psychology Magna Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Katrina Rose Beedy, Political Science Emilee Guido, Spanish Priscilla Anne Henson, Spanish Casey R. Kilgore, Anthropology Courtney A. Smith, Psychology Andrew K. Zoll, Anthropology Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Julian Barker-Hill, Psychology Jacob A. Blackard, Psychology Chelsea Lee, International Affairs

Chai Swadowski-Larsen, French and International Affairs Nick V. Tscheekar, Political Science and Intl. Affairs

Bjorn R. Talbot, Physics Justin Yeung, Biology

In Cursu Honorum

Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum

Christopher A. A. Gomez, Spanish Benjamin J. Pelt, Political Science

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE Summa Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Gabriela Marie Doyle, Biology Frank Gonzalez, Biology Kallie A. Kappes, Biology Erika Nieto, Biology Alexandria Snow, Biology Mark D. Walton, Chemistry

Roberto A. Lopez-Pacheco, Biology Bryan J. Rainwater, Atmospheric Science and Mathematics and Physics In Cursu Honorum Christopher A. A. Gomez, Biology Joshua A. Rooney, Biology Melissa J. Sarman, Biology

INTERDISCIPLINARY Summa Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Rebekah A. Aquino, Neuroscience Melissa Ann Kelley, Neuroscience

Magna Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum

Magna Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum

Sara M. Beckman, Geological Engineering Shelby L. Brown, Biology Phillip Jon Hinojosa, Biology Elliot D. Koontz, Mathematics Lara Elise Niehues, Biology

Austin C. Koontz, Neuroscience Andrew T. Mattingly, Neuroscience Cum Laude, in Cursu Honorum Isha K. Patel, Neuroscience

Baccalaureate Ceremony • May 16 & 17, 2014


All Candidates for Graduation Candidates presented by the dean of each school or college

H Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude B Commissioned as an Army second lieutenant


William Payne, Dean

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Animal Science Dana Amster Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jesse J. Agustin H Susan Taraneh Alaei Diego Alcala-Marquez Paramjeet K. Bains Michael Painter Benedict H Jordan Ibrahim Bjerke Alex G. Cabrera Giovan N. Cholico Victoria B. Chong Marguerite M. Christian


Taylor R. Cohen Greg Crom Cooper Mia Cozad Mary K. Darby Paul Aaron G. De Leon Robert Eugene del Carlo Melat M. Demeke Brandon W. Godin Casey Urquhart Gray H Sahael Hatefi Chantal A. Shelima Haughton H Priscilla Anne Henson Morgan D. Hines Alexander Joseph Hipsher Hoang Ba Vinh Huynh Paul H. Jacques H Simin Jiang Aaron D. Jones Marisa Rae Julian Matthew Robert Kaminski H Jessica N. Kim Jiri Francis Kubac H Catherine J. Kulaga


Si Yeol Lee Jerome Liao H Xibei B. Liu H Andrew Paul Ralphael Manfra Martin James Matthies Jonelle Mae McCreary Stephanie Song Mico Kevin M. Mitio H Michelle Linh Ngo Nicholas Noel H Seth Richard Odell Dafne Karen Ordonez Alan A. Pham H Michael Alexander Phelan Jacob D. Phillips Charles A. Price Robert Jon Propst Jonathan B. Reddick-Lau H Yingjuan Shi H Katie M. Speirs H Christian Allen Sy Wendy Tan Nathan Tatar

Chiamaka C. Uba Kathrine Alyssa Urrutia H Colt J. Williams Ryan Wiltsie Jordan J. Zager Environmental Science Ryan Jeffrey Chicvara Courtney Nicole Davis Ericka Kay Emily Marie Paden Ross Patton Ricardo Ramirez Brian Glenn Verheyen Forest Management and Ecology Andrew James Lee Eberle Rachel Lindgren Preston Michael Neufeld Brett Matthew Taylor Brittany R. Trimble

Nutrition Bailey Nichole Brady Jessica Lynn Brazeau Alexandra Elizabeth Cappucci Brendan John Carlson Quinn A. Cartwright Christian Paul Cormier Gina Christine DeBono Trevor DeRuise Pamela S. DeVillez Levi W. Evans H Gabriela Garcia-Dominguez Ashley Lydia Kunz Lisa Lac Rachael Lambin Raymond Y. Lee Anna Marie Mestre Stephanie Leigh Mitchell H Michelle Linh Ngo Jessica Rose Perasso Nicole Renee Poulton Laura J. Proud Rebecca Jean Ryerse Michelle Victoria Sperry Danielle Grace Tesmer Brittani M. Trovato Masashi Uematsu Kevin Edward Woodhams Eric C. Yen Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Stephen V. Andersen Giovana Armendariz-Avila Angel Marie Bartlett Gabrielle A. Blaustein Lyndsey J. Boyer Jacob Michael Brannam Samantha Diaz Mallory E. Down Ryan Dale Drew Charli Sharee Gisler H Mei Hiyane Wailea A. Johnston Steven Michael Kemp

Ethan Malone Thomas James Morgan Brian Charles Nealis Christopher Peck Victoria Rose Silva Casey August Volk


Brad Amorati Katelyn Ashley Barbier Allyssa N. Bogert Amanda Lynn Buchholz Brittany Alexandra Clark Kylie Jarrett Nikolai Kolupaev Sheila L. Megehee Daniella Michelle Revers Ciara Danielle Viola Tyeisha M. Watters Yenling Yeh


Gregory Mosier, Dean

BACHELOR OF ARTS Economics Dominic J. Cavilia Briana N. Collings Michael Matthis Chloe L. McClintick Moises Quinteros Hao Shi

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Accounting Michael Edward Arciniega Tanya Jewel Blair Courtney Renee Bradley Jin Cai

Kun Kun Chen H Richard J. Corn Colby T. Cross Michael M. Cunningham Juan Du Stephanie W. Duffy Linda Cowan Eliopulos Kayla Danielle Forte Shakel A. Franklin Nicole Shelby Gibbs James Norman Graham Stephanie Kopec Gunderson Erik A. Henricksen Corey Michael Hewett Andrew Jenkins Tyler Kunio Nation Jessica Lynn Pace H Troy Daniel Panico Ricky William Parton Jarrod Ray Potter Russell Price Lindsay Reynolds Sherise Renee Roseman Kyle N. Scheller Trevor James Solano Carly B. Tesser H Christina M. Thern Campbell Robert Troup Johnathan S. Truong Economics Rexford Dean Belshaw III Seth C. Benson Donovan Takao Brill Jeffrey Michael Dean Justin Frederick Diem John Michael Domansky Kyle M. Fencl H Joseph E. Franc Jason L. Gonzales Elizabeth Rose Higgins Kiefer Jorden Kingsley Aimee Luan Michael E. Mazurowski Patrick Douglas O’Brien

Sarah Lynn Peters Kyle James Roberts Daniel John Rowe Julie M. Sauer Nicholas Michael Sauter Aleena I. Sayegh Justin Stern Hudson Stremmel Nathan Taylor Tewalt H Christina M. Thern Danielle J. Vermillion Sydnie Paige Wells Finance Michael Edward Arciniega H Taylor Bryde Bates Rexford Dean Belshaw III Seth C. Benson Donovan Takao Brill Stef Burdett Carmichael Diane Chan Cathryn Alise Cobb Dave Rene Cognian H Richard J. Corn Jeffrey Michael Dean Justin Frederick Diem Evan Michael Dotta Anthony David Eisen Kyle M. Fencl Steven Arthur Friskel Francisco A. Garcia Lourdes Garcia Christine Elizabeth Garrisi Jason L. Gonzales Stephanie Kopec Gunderson Sotero Alan Itza Griffin Michael Kirsch Aimee Luan H Rachel Jacqueline Martin John H. Mason Jr. Wylie Lars Nelson Nnamdi Kenechukwu Ngene Patrick Douglas O’Brien Sarah Lynn Peters Jorge Ramirez

Baccalaureate Ceremony • May 16 & 17, 2014


Justin B. Rollins Daniel John Rowe Nicholas Michael Sauter Angelica Gizella Schuessler Lauren Nichole Shead Justin Stern Philip Charles Tissier Alice Touch Johnathan S. Truong James Quincy Wichert Michael George Wilson Jenelle N. Yee

General Business William Glenn Brenneman Information Systems Alexander Bridger Angelo Isabella Sofia Barbieri B Brian M. Bullian H Lino Anthony Carnesecca Diane Chan John Michael De Ocampo Emmeline Clara Do Sally E. Echeto Tyler C. Ford Philip Canoza Francisco Daniel Ryan Gilbertson James A. Graham Brantley B. Hancock Brad C. Hellyar Laura Honjas Joseph Lewis Huber Francisco Castaneda Huerta Donald William Knoll William Robert Lienau H Jonathan Andrew Lujan Lewis M. Mandichak Aaron Joseph Marshek Jenna Laude Martin Morey James Menesini Jenny Won Nguyen Rick Nguyen Alejandro Ojeda Kristofer Glen Osterhout Ricky William Parton


Tejash Patel Skylar Alexis Pitts Jarrod Ray Potter Zack Harrison Ramos Christopher Michael Reyes Zachary Jordon Sanford Sean Patrick Sheridan Burton William Smith Zachary A. Smith Joo Young Song Sarah Ann Stoddard Jason Richard Tu Cameron Scott Walburg Miranda Lauren Walton Curtis Raymond Wilson Jr.

International Business Gina Aline Bednar Laura Machelle Benavides Jin Chaio Chong Cody J. Jones Fumi Koehler Sophie Stevens Management Amy Lynn Adams Michael Kenneth Alt Tyler Kenneth Ash Saranjeet Singh Bains Christopher R. Bone Jeffrey Daniel Brown Sean T. Brown Arya L. Bruno Allison Rose Bulow Bryce R. Butko Monica Lee Capozzo Jacob Megquier Capurro Arianna Renee Catmull Austin Louis Conner H Cody Robert Cordeiro Tyler Laurence Cramer Kyle N. Dabritz Colin Michael Desjardin Jaclyn M. Dunt Eric J. Eitel Meghan D. Evans


Nicholas T. Evanson Daniel James Faiella Cody M. Fajardo Emma Kathleen Finlay Matthew J. Gifford Alyssa Danielle Grew Angela Elda Grieco Eastin Marie Grotewold Sarah Marie Henderson Randy Scott Horton Thomas B. Houston Sarah J. Isdell Brandon A. Jackson Trevor William Kresin Stephen Jeffery Krueger H Kelsey Joan Kuhnmuench Holly Renea Lang Julia Ann Lapham Lauren Nicole Lawley Leslie Amanda Lopez Arika Lueamrung Alyssa E. Lynch Darin Scott Malan Jonathan Jamon McNeal Ramon Arturo Molina Matthew J. Owens Michelle Virginie Phillipp Taylor Phillips Kylie Shea Polan Kate Austin Redick George Robert Renqvist Jasper Rodd Marcus Ryan Scheidtmann Rachel Ann Silver Samantha Susan Simpson Niantara Louise Summers Nick Szumowski Morgan A. Taylor Daniel C. Van Galder Alejandra Vega Sydnie Paige Wells Harvey Edward West Tanner James Wing

Marketing Andrew P. Amadin Tyler Rachelle Arnold Kimberly Lynn Beck Cesar Benitez A.J. De La Cruz Cabuang Pedro Campos Charles Jordan Denham Maxwell Paul Drucker Rachel Lee Empey Evan R. Favors Destiny Rachelle Gillin Michelle Golightly Michael Delane Green Alexa Ray Guglielmo Patrick Harris Tyler Houk Brittany Ann Hovey Stefano Vladimirov Hristov Cameron R. Hulsey Sarah J. Isdell Trevor K. Jackins Briana H. Kaszupski George Casey Kisler Michael John Koerner Robin Nicole Kushner Lauren Nicole Lawley Chloeann E. Legras H Anthony Wesley Lewis Shannon Nicole Little Colin Joseph Loretz Alyssa E. Lynch Holly C. Mahe Kaitlin Britt Murphy Derek Alexander Neff Grant Teiji Nishita Erik Robert Ottmann Kylie Shea Polan Kayla Ann Price Rogelio Diaz Rojas Nicole R. Skubic Wing Lum Tan Brooke Elizabeth Unger Brian Stephen Wagner Taylor Anthony Worden


Kenneth Coll, Dean

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN EDUCATION Secondary Education Ryan Thomas Abrahamian Eric B. Bates Richard Bryson Brown Carmen Amalia A. Chavez Deseree Ann Courneya Breanne M. De Haven Debora Marie Fields Sophie Glogovac H Emilee Guido Lisa Denise Hammer John O. Helgerson Amy E. Hooper Chelsea K. Houston Juan Antonio Hurtado Aaron Scott Jolcover Nicole Elizabeth Lovass-Nagy Alexandra Lynn Martinez Helena Carolyn Mills Katrina Rahne Moore H Malorie Morrill Alexis Nicole Moser Thomas Wilson Niebergall Stephanie M. Nowicki H Joanna M. Perry Kristina M. Quintana Jamie Rae Sandoval Jarod Schaber H Drew Allen Shafer Levi Stafford Timothy Jason Stolte Kristen A. VanCitters Brittany Danielle Wyatt

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Early Childhood Education Lorraine J. Casalta Yujin Kwak Melisa Schillinger Human Development and Family Studies Carrie Elizabeth Aalberts Amy L. Ainsworth Rai’Yana Cha-Nai Anderson Amy M. Anrig Anthony Billett Samantha W. Chou Ariel K. Craig Denise Escalante Hannah Marlene Etchison Alyce N. Evans Armin W. Garcia Jr. Michelle Lynne Goldstein Ariana Gomez Celeste A. Graham Deborah D. Grant Richard Quinn Hess Lisa Renee Hoffman-Davis Aubrey Danielle Hughes Valentine R. Insana Shannon Jensen Brit A. Johnson Shannon Allyssa Kozel Melanie Cecelia Larson Melanie Serena Lopez Amanda Marlies Lyons Anna R. Marshall Jhatara N. Marshall Maria Isabel Martinez-Aguilar Courtney Lynn Miller Tauni R. Nettenstrom Steffanie Renee Noell Farah S. Rashdan Nicole Carol Rice Melisa Schillinger Jonathan A. Shipley Amber M. Smith Jenna Joannette Smith

Renee Solano Jenna Lynn Spencer Marissa Erica Torres Ohanna S. Turcios Kayla L. Valy Aaron Lee Van Pelt Kayla Marie Ziese

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION Elementary Education / Special Education H Breanna Danielle Hall Integrated Elementary Teaching Veronica L. Aichroth Stephanie Aranda Samuel D. Arrington Elizabeth G. Avila Brianna Joan Bailey Michael Scott Barnes Chrislyn J. Barragan Rebecca Jo Birch H Christina Marie Bogart Emily Kate Bohlen Kathleen T. Broussard Felecia L. Buice Lindsay Jade Cook Megan M. Devlin H Niki C. Hamzik Jenna L. Hermansen Amanda B. Hosea H Julia Catherine Kerrigan Erin Lindsay Lee Amanda L. McMorran Molly Ann Nordgaard Megan R. O’Brien Megan Patterson Gregory Thomas Platner Kristin Ann Prostinak Katie Savage Kaitlyn Mae Schaller Jessie Anne Sinclair Ashlee I. Tesser Kimberly Marie Wudke

Secondary Education Molly Lynn Aspel Michael E. Bloomfield B Brandon Tyler Castinado Brad Thomas Coe James B. Davis Natalie N. Fiene Lindsey Marie Forman John E. Joyce Dylan Paul Mucklow Skylar A. Nance Karina Paholke Guy Ryan Jessica E. Staup H Danielle Swanson


Manos Maragakis, Dean


James A. Chapman Miguel A. Chinchilla Eric S. Crone H Justin Leslie Donat Francis Pascual Felix H Carlos Andres Garcia Danielle Griffo H Rigel D. Hanbury Jasmine M. Hershewe H Jonathan R. Jay Reed Nicholas Liu Casey S. Mentzer Joseph Leonardo Miceli Caroline Montiel Christopher J. Moore Thomas J. Nagel Timothy Alan Palmer H Benjamin B. Pearson Emily R. Ruskowitz Josh R. Waltenburg

Baccalaureate Ceremony • May 16 & 17, 2014



William Randolph Anderson Jose E. Anguiano Pablo Francisco Becerra Jr. Cody J. Beck Sean T. Brown David E. Carlson Michael Vincent Collins Rachel C. Collins Jeremy K. Comba Emma R. Crossman Travis James de Groot Brian M. Echevarria Katie M. Everett Michael Garza Brendon Ron Draper Grant Jessica M. Guantone Alexander Neil Hampel Michael T. Hartley Matthew J. Hebnes Hector E. Hernandez Maira A. Ibarra Ieva Jastromskaite Spencer Ray Keane Devon J. Kendall Cody Z. Kiser Mikko Henrik Kuch Pete Lazzari Siqi Lihu Austin J. Martin Scott Matthew Martin Morgan James McCalla Paul L. Morton Mireille Nsompo Mungedi H Alia C. Parker Geoffrey Rahe Luis Fernando Rivera Derek Rizo Spencer Roloff Timothy Brian Rudnick Daniel J. Salego Darien Eugene Shannon Arthur Smith


Clark Patrick Stanphill Casey A. Sylvester Kestutis M. Vitkus


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Steven Albers Jakub Berlinski Christopher Alan Bobo H James J. Bridegum Chase D. Carthen Brian Andrew Catudan Angela Tzeho Chan Marlon Chavez Justice S. Colby Jameson Blake Collins Luke A. Fraser Alexander J. Gamino Ryan Matthew Herzig H Christine Maria Johnson H Eric Klukovich Alexander C. McArther Joseph A. Neville Bryam J. Noguera Bradley J. Pearson Matthew J. Radford H Jared L. Rhizor H Robert Eugene Roeder Cameron Jason Rowe Ashton Perry Santee Jake C. Sells Jessica Elizabeth Smith H Timothy LeRoy Sweet Travis D. Swoger Ethan James Thornburg H Matthew J. VanCompernolle Aaron Winstead Bryan K. Worrell


H Nishok Yadav

Soohyun Yoon


Guadalupe A. Armendariz Jeffrey Patrick Cloninger Patrick R. Douglas Tyler M. Green H Taylor Jay Gruey Brian Joseph Hoffman H Teila D. Irwin Michael Dean Kelly H Dam C. Lam Stefan A. Lilyhorn H Dipto Moni Pantha Moni Victor Daniel Morrow Jacob Jeffery Owens Kevin Andrew Palmer Aaron Michael Panos Keith Matthew Renshaw Christian T. Roberts Abhijaat Sidher Elliot Smith Justin Thomas Steele Kevin Paul Vees Charles T. Weaver Nathaniel Richard White

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING Trevor Benjamin Miller Joseph S. Perreira Julianne A. Zotter

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MATERIAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Kelly Maureen Gaworski H Rigel D. Hanbury William C. Phillips


Julian Ballatore-South Gonzalo Barragan Jr. Benjamin C. Becerra Cameron C. Bender Hank J. Boone Thomas Noah Bouthillier Jr. Anthony Steven Brill Zachary D. Bringham Michael Ronald Cannon Andrew Joseph Childress Alyxandria Michon Colburn Jamie Rene Dotras Anthony M. Farkas Parker D. Fellows Steven Daniel Fuller H Luis Javier Garcia-Perez Kristopher L. Geiser Darin Michael Gilman Ryan Gutknecht Christopher Brannon Haas Robert Amer Hartley Jess I. Hayden Joshua R. Hays Michael D. Hermansen Kyle W. Hofer H Amanda J. Jones Don D. Jordan Shawn J. Kerns Soheil Landen Khavandi Logan B. Kiff Dan M. Labrecque Graham Reed Leese Alexander Michael Lyons Cody Macaulay John Dunn Mack Mark L. Mandeville Michael James Mandeville Benjamin James McCormack H Joshua R. McGuire Jennifer R. Mello Kyle Alan Mollenberg

Matthew R. Moorhead Alfonso James Naveran Sean Neely Israel Nunez-Santiago Rowland Gene Perez Cody Allen Shafer Daniel Shedd Daniel Boyd Simmons Colby John Solari H Ryan Matthew Stemmerik Aaron Jay Stone Joseph Royal Thibedeau Orion Y. Vazquez Catlin Milo Wagner Tyler Jacob Williams


Thomas Schwenk, Dean

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Community Health Sciences Clarissa Haunani Akana Breanna Leigh Anderson Rachel Kristine Anderson H Lauren Alyssa Andrew Rebecca E. Antti H Kathryn Nichole Authier Alexander Rolando Baker Colleen W. Barrett Marielena Benzo Amanda G. Black Zachary A. Burton Gia Marie Butera Mariah Ilima Sanae Choo Jordan Elizabeth Clements H Kelsie Lee Colombini Cassaundra Nicole Cortes Rachel June Coughlan Chivon Nicole Crump Raymond Scott Daniels Ashley E. Davis Hayley Arlene Davis

Rachel A. Davis Samantha Leona Devine Karli N. Dodge Raeann Marie Dukowitz Brook Amanda Eiler Bryce Matthew Evans Maren Anne Foley Brandon Michael Frankel Brandis Ann Freeman Theresa M. French Devin R. Gamboa Alessandra Garcia Ian Sebastian Garcia Nadia Bibi Gulistani B Allison Harvey Erika Marin Herbrechtsmeier Preston Joseph Hough Mikala Anne Huebner Kelsey Rose Jura Chloe Ann Kaeo Nicole Marie Kern H Brooks Arthur Klein Katherine Helena Krakowski Michelle Lorraine Ladouceur Charles Joshua Lambert Daniel Levine Alexandria D. Luckadoo Jennifer N. Maestas Kimberly Aryn Mahoney Nicole Teres Maine H Shannon R. Marshall Brenda Liseth Martinez Kaitlyn McKeehan Christian Thomas Mead Crystal E. Millner Cory Quentin Moffett Anita Aisha Momodu Mallorie Ellen Mullendore Sarah N. Mullennix Devin Akio Nakajo Murakami Nicole Namoca Rachel Joann Olcese Alexandria Alyse O’Leary Kendell Rae Rogers Oliver Monica Del Rocio Olmos

Julie Mei Pedersen Allison Lindsay Pfirrman Austin Zachary Porsborg Angelina Lynn Ragone H Andrea Rodarte Ornelas Emily Cosette Scott Jessica Morgan Shocket Russell Craig Smith Trent K. Soares Ana I. Soto Michael Don Wilhelm Stamm Megan Avery Stockert Jacqueline Anne Sunderland Katie Lyn Swenson Megan M. Tabano Raquel Teran-Sanchez Nicholas Emerson Terpstra Megan Linsley Thompson Melody Toorani Angela Tran Jamie C. Tu Rachel Lynn Waddington Jamison Alaine Walker Kaylee J. Waters Austin Charles Webster Casey M. Wildermuth Travis Lee Wilson Theodros M. Zemanuel Speech Pathology Marylen Encallado Agbang Sarah M. Briggs Julia Cabal Shararyah Hope Clark Sara Benay Daly Jamie L. Diggs Kylee Rachelle French Jennifer Anne Gibbons Leslie Giesler Nicole Marie Glynn H Jamie Rae Harpster H Gardenia Hernandez Kelsea D. Hewitt Margeaux Nancy Huang Jennifer Carly Isenberg

Ariel Rose Jones Jacob Ryan Kersey Marlee Currie Kinney David W. Lee Kathleen C. Mawson Kaya Florina McLelland Elizabeth Alexandra Nemedez Kimberly Anne Normandy Hannah E. Nystrom Megan Anne O’Brien Katherine Anne Overton Kari Francine Pink Alyssa Leigh Plassman Porsche Denise Purnell H Jonathan Ramirez-Lira Danielle L. Reza Jacquelyn Nicole Rosen Alyce Marie Rounds Brooke Ashley Simpson Veronica Lucia Sotelo H Amber J. Sulahria Melanie Kimiyo Thompson Kelly Joanne Troescher Olivia C. Valdes Maddilyn Deeann Vana Amanda K. Warner H Jocelyn Kay Whittemore


Jeffrey Cunanan Acosta Eric Steven Aguilera Cecilia Alcaraz Amy Lynn Anderson H Audrey Anne Balkenbush Brittany A. Barnes Joseph Douglas Barnes Andi M. Bolstad H Alexandra C. Borcherts H Maryl R. Boyer Patricia Olea Bradley Bridget Lynne Brownell Keith Daniel Carlson H Vanessa Audrey Casas H Itzel C. Corral Gonzalez

Baccalaureate Ceremony • May 16 & 17, 2014


Christina Elizabeth Coss Melissa Kristine Cunning Laura Teran Dykins Stephanie Dianne Ercolin Kaisa Esguerra Heidi Lee Frantz Carolyn Frances Garey-Sage Molly L. Gill Cortni C. Greenwell Amanda Hall Riley Elizabeth Henderson H Lisa A. Herring Deborah S. Higdon H David Randolph Hood Jessica Lyn Janas Courtney Southwick Johnson Shelly Lac Alexandria Marie Larkins Silvija Larsen Jennifer Joy Lassi Gloria S. Mariscal Jennifer S. Mendez Lemuz Brian Douglas Mueller Danielle Nicole Paradise Nicole Carolyn Pas Malini Rajesh Patel Janna Marie Prida Vanessa Marie Puentes Elisa Sophia Reynolds Caitlin Ann Robinson Juan Rodriguez H Amanda Michele Rudolph Caitlin R. Schultheiss Amber Michelle Slater Megan R. Smart Michelle Aubrey Somers Krista Marie Stryker Jacqueline Anne Sunderland Sara M. Surgen Lisa Eileen Thayer Sara E. Thompson Rayanne Schuyler Tiernan Sarah Jeanne Tigh Elizabeth Fulton Tissier



Amy J. Adams Kenia V. Aguirre Amanda L. Aikens Nikki Zatica Avera GeneĂŠ Elizabeth Beeson Denise K. Benally Angel Beus Christine G. Braunworth Sarah E. Brizee Amy Mari Burgos Martin Sumner Condon Samantha Quiambao C. Daily Rachael Ann Decker Julie Ann Dempsey Tuwisha Dennis-Tumulak Tasha Dietrich Tawna M. Fayette Malaina Marie Fesenmaier Haley Nicole Hart Stacey M. Hernandez Noemi G. Hinojosa Kayci Carmen Itza Debra Kathleen Jackins Cindy L. Johnson Jennifer Lynn Jonte Shelby Lynn Korth Lauren A. Lastrapes Liliana Lopez-Estrada Terra Teanna Luck H Kimberly S. Martin Beverly Ann Mason Mitchell Baldwin Matthews H Gabrielle M. Rose McGeein Torrey Vanyeah Muao-Hall Karla M. Navarrete Morgan Blaire Nazemian Karli Anne Nilsson Vanessa Olivera Stephanie Renee Pearson Jeremy Martin Perez Annemarie Corinne Potter Allante Christine Powe


Timothy J. Provost Megan K. Queral Haley Ashlyn Quirk Reanna Michele Retterath David J. Rohan Chrystal Roll Antonia Esperanza Roman Maria Dolores Rosas Jhoana Lizbeth Sarabia Malia Rachelle Seronio Tori Kae Shumway Mary Frances Sprinkel Stephanie Ann Tau Herbert Pat Tumulak Grace D. Tyler Amber Renee Vallarino Maile Elise Wagoner Stephen Lee Wegner Nicole Anna Wengren Tracy Antoinette White Melanie Marie Wilkins April Lela Wilson


Alan Stavitsky, Dean

BACHELOR OF ARTS Journalism H Connie Anne Anderson Destiny Shadey Anderson Matthew T. Bieker Aida B. Blankenship Juliana E. Bledsoe Elizabeth Brokaw Alanna A. Brown Shaun P. Burgess Decker J. Cady Ryan J. Canaday Danielle M. Christenson Esther E. Ciammachilli Cassie L. Clauser Paola Alejandra Cota Christopher M. Cuellar

Jayme Curtis Mellisa May Deang H Allegra N. Demerjian Heyden M. Enochson H Jessica M. Fagundes Christina M. Fausone Melanie Ann Godwin Tovah E. Goodman Zachary A. Harris Ivor James Harvey Esgar Hernandez-Rodriguez Haleigh Nicole Hoff Kyle C. Jones Niesha Z. Jones Bezita S. Lashkariani H Sage Marie Leehey Mark Littlefield Joshua Angus MacEachern Clare C. Mason Erin A. Meyering Jennifer Lee Mortimore Brandon John Myers Stephanie A. Myers Samantha D. Piscopo Molly K. Radford H Jessica Marie Ranftl Nicholas F. Rattigan H Katelyn Anne Romanko Garett R. Rosenquist Yasaman Saderi Katherine A. Segale H Allen J. Shanley Kristina Carol Silla Katie J. Strickland Vicki Lockyun Tam Joseph Jay Tuzzolino Jacob R. Ward Erica Leigh Williams Scott Craig Winters Kamille W. Wong


Heather Hardy, Dean

BACHELOR OF ARTS Anthropology Jaklyn Elisabeth Anderson Amy Rose Balagna Wendy Beltran H Rosemary Ellen Bjorkman Alan L. Burgio Kimberly Renee Butler David William Cater Samantha Cody Cassidi Crowther Travis Steven Davidek Lisa Enk Devin Poul Gonzales Blom H Casey R. Kilgore Lisa Christine Lee Jessica Leonard Ryan A. Martin Andrew John Meade Ronselle Leilani Moreno Shelby L. Neathammer Austin Offenbacher B Robert Jonathan Park H Jesus J. Pena Ian Scott Pottenger Wilbert K. Snodgrass Zebuel C. Stecker Cavan M. Van Geem H Andrew K. Zoll Art H Kathryn Louise Brown Estefania Cervantes Aviles Danielle R. Cooke Erin Rebecca Gelmstedt Breanna R. Kingery Kelsey Lynn Lister Jordin L. Munoz Michael P. Murphy-Amen Alison Naylor Caitlin Rose Owen

Parker Carol Peterson Garrett Alex Raffanelli Christopher Wayne Scott Kerianne E. Wright

Art (Art History) Tina Marie Davis Austin Iveson Audra Lynn Kuykendall Renae Nicole Montero H Kelly Ann Reis Dena Loree Sweigart Communication Studies Evan Porter Baldwin Brittney Blair Carvalho Aleina K. Dominguez Sara Marie Eastman Brian James Fidelibus Robert James Forrest Michelle Andra Gibbons Brian Alan Gifford Dana L. Holt Erin N. Jones John Phillip Kanipe Nathan A. Kyte Erin M. McMahon H Tiffany Ashley O’Day Chaye Marie Propst Cody J. Rea Yasaman Saderi Carli F. Smith Dylann Louise Swisley Elizabeth Arlene Thomas Krystal Wilson English Erin E. Andersen Erin Elizabeth Beatie Jenna Lynn Benson James D. Burgett Jiaqi Chen Crystal Marie Cotter Robert Andrew Crimmins Michael A. Dubon Linda Lee Enwald Brandon C. Fischmann

Adriana Garcia Devin Lee Genovese Joshua Michael Gonzalez H Ilse G. Grangaard Wesley J. Hollingsworth Kristi Jean Jensen H Melissa Ann Kelley Elizabeth Michelle Lafer Alexandra Nicole Lawson Jenny M. Lawson H Elisabeth A. Linn Lora L. Massey Lucian Malcolm Matthew Logan R. Miller Ryan Allen Moglich Moe Orihara Jessica Jane Pateidl H Jesus J. Pena Danika Mary Peterson Taylor J. Riedeman Zackariah Robert Rybak Emma Blanche Shaffer Joseph Frank Sowa Alexander John Stewart Nick T. Szewczak Kaitlyn Marie Torres Annie V. Trinh H Natalie Ann Turley Rachel Marie Vacca Christine Renee Wallace H Kylie Michelle Westerlind Julia Anne Wymer French Jaklyn Elisabeth Anderson Breanna Leigh Brandes-Banes William Christopher Harrison Kimberly Marie Matus H Brooke Lynn Mikkelsen H Chai Swadowski-Larsen History Andrew P. Askin Elizabeth D. Browne Craig Oakley Butcher II Janique Danielle Clark

Craig Joseph DeRuyter Kelsi J. Herrick Andrew John Meade H Gregory A. Merrill Ryan Allen Moglich Kalah Christine O’Rear Christina K. Roberts Ashley P. Schreiner Austin Chaudhry Smith Cody J. Stokes Kenneth H. Tedford III Charles J. Voos International Affairs Dare Ajayi Ashley Beresid Anne Elizabeth Boertien Karlee Rae Boge Kale M. Brock Nathan Michael Contente Jacob J. Day H Andre Steven Emme Mary Lorraine Feliz Kyle Louis Fleming Shannon Leigh Jacobsen H Melissa Ann Kelley H Chelsea Lee Scott Charles Lee Hope Katherine Loudon Elliot M. Malin Alexa R. Menante Sean Michael Monahan Teresa Annette Payne Marissa Lynn Shiffer H Chai Swadowski-Larsen H Nick V. Tscheekar Music Emma W. Alameda Lara N. Ayres James B. Jaggard Elizabeth B. Lenz Rachel Kathryn Pastrell Philosophy Brenna Lauren Cimino Kevin Christopher Cleary

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Brent C. Coulter H Gregory A. Merrill Political Science William Tobias Addington Zabitullah Aimal H Katrina Rose Beedy Ashley Beresid Mitchell Bottoset Aaron F. Bradley Alexander E. Chau Ashley N. Corcoran Shanda L. Crain Josh David De Los Santos Emily L. Dyer Kyle Louis Fleming B Cody J. Harlan Mackenzie Hodges Shannon Leigh Jacobsen Erik A. Jimenez Julianne L. King Chelsea Levin Jordan Glen Lewis Henry Brooks Lobkowicz Devin M. Loughry Elliot M. Malin Charlene Nicole Martinez Justin R. McMenomy Brandon John Myers H Benjamin J. Pelt Grace A. Power Marquita Jill Premo Sam Branson Reynolds Jeannette Salas Jordan C. Steele Laura Ioana Szuhai H Nick V. Tscheekar Troy C. Wilson Psychology Kendra Jean Amidon Lara N. Ayres Candice Elizabeth Baltierra H Julian Barker-Hill Kirstin S. Beadle Nicole Marie Bernard


H Jacob A. Blackard

Danielle N. Mull

H Mashara E. Munns

Natalie C. Brady Ashley Marie Bussiere Crystal R. Butler Kimberly Renee Butler Mariela Castro Araceli J. Ceballos Michael A. Chewjalearn H Heather Marie Christensen Chelsey Erin Corpuz Vanessa Cruz Kaitlin Marie Cunningham John Ellis DeBord Elise Valentina Dondero Arezoo Esnaashari Rachelle Renee Faedi Angela C. George Shane Michael Gibbons Jody Beth Green Nicole Reean Guss Adam Heinz Bailey Renee Hill Sabrina Kelly Hohl Ebony Holmes Krista Elaine Houston Melissa Arielle Huether Taylor Lindsey Hulsebosch Valentine R. Insana Victoria M. Janicke John Phillip Kanipe Brianna Lea Kelley Keri M. Kinkle Michele Joy-Marie LaPorte Michelle Suzanne Lemay Ashley Renee Levin Tracie Elizabeth McCain H Michelle McHardy Gwen Louise McPherson Joanna Mercado Starlene Marie Molzen Renae Nicole Montero Daniel J. Moore Trenton Michael Morris Taylor Michaele Morrison


Michaela M. Murphy Shelby L. Neathammer Ian Michael Neri Sean William Neth Rachel Elizabeth O’Connor Alli Morgan Oldenburg Tyler James Parnell H Bradley T. Pearce H Jessica Perez Austin Bryce Perkins H Waverly Nicole Pinkston Nicole L. Raffail Katarina Ratkowiak Diamond N. Rodgers Christina Saunders Stephen Ralph Schuck H Jada M. Scott Alexander Segura Cory Ray Smith H Courtney A. Smith H Alexandria Snow Callyn Snow Shayla Jean Starcheski Katherine Ellen Stockdale Kristina Sumauskaite Thomas W. Swaner Taylor Lynn Sylvester Vicki Lockyun Tam Marissa Danielle Torres Caleb M. Trotter H Joanna Viernes Stephani Teresa Vochall Arielle I. Wideman H Rachel M. Willimott Vanessa M. Willmoth Jessica Audrey Wolff Samuel Tabor Wright Stacia Marne Wroblewski Melissa Yerxa Celeste M. Zuckernick

Sociology Mary Ann Abas Araceli J. Ceballos Natalie Suzanne Chapman Chase E. Honeycutt Keri M. Kinkle Elizabeth Josephine Lisowski Tyler James Parnell H Amanda M. Reilly Julia Anne Wymer Spanish Maria S. Aguilar James Balagna Juliana E. Bledsoe Mariela Castro Carmen Amalia A. Chavez Irmina A. Ciepiela Janique Danielle Clark Michael A. Dubon Stephanie Dianne Ercolin H Jessica M. Fagundes Jeffrey N. Franco Elena Lee Gamboa H Christopher A.A. Gomez Julie Katherine Griesmer H Emilee Guido William Christopher Harrison H Priscilla Anne Henson Julianne L. King Kelli M. Kunert Michelle J. Lassaline H Jessica Marie Lawson Hannah E. Nystrom H Bradley T. Pearce H Justin A. Rashidi Sam Branson Reynolds Jeannette Salas Krystal Wilson Samuel Tabor Wright Theatre Jessica Weaver Copeland Paola Alejandra Cota Taylor J. Riedeman Christopher Alberto Rios

Ayla Simone Williams Lauren Nicole Wilson Brandy Lee Wuelzer

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS Art Brandon Allen Lacow Michelle J. Lassaline H Michelle T. Laxalt Lori Dianne Yazzie Theatre Andrew A. Almeida Breana Michon Edgerton Wesley G. McNair


Maria S. Aguilar Leokadia Allan Jenifer E. Alvarez-Somoza Michael W. Baca Zachary Francis Barbara Kirstin S. Beadle Erick Becerra Camargo Meagan D. Bell Garet John Bradford Jackson D. Bramham Zachary Douglas Brickell Yesenia E. Bueno Apryl Bunagan Karli Marie Burns Jeffrey Brian Butler Dominic Adam Campa Gabriela Castellanos Leah Stephanie Chavez Lasaiah Shalese Christensen Cameron Donald Cloutier Briana N. Collings Nathaniel T. Collins Thomas Coughlin Joanna Paula Matienzo Cruz Collin William Davis

Jacqueline Marie Denison Thomas Payne Diefenthaler Emily L. Dyer Jessica C. Ernsperger Nicole Elizabeth Fairfield Brittany L. Faller-Stimpson Christian Guadalupe Galindo Bryan A.J. Gomez Katherene Mayte Gomez Donna N. Greely Daniel James Harrigan Bonnie R. Hartley Mason Prince Hemphill Zachary R. Heskett Marion Lizbeth Holes Jessica P. James Jessica H. Jimenez Catelyn R. Kegg H Asma Khan Lane M. King Wendy Nicole Leonard Colton Taylor Loretz Preston Tyler Lyons Edgar Macias Alfredo Madrigal Carlos Luis Marroquin Libier Martinez Jessica Lynn Mason

Holly Jean McLean Patricia Arlyne Miller Kyle Richard Mocabee Jose Felipe Moreno Alli Morgan Oldenburg Michael Clark Orton Danielle Jordan Richardson Ryan Randall Rohrback James William Ross B Joed Ruth Kolton Scott Sampson Bryan R. Sanchez Jr. Mike Anthony Savage Taylor D. Shields Dean Russell Sorensen Kristina Sumauskaite H Emily Tu Ta Karly E. Tombow H Gabriela Torresani Terina Nusha Towns Rachel Trujillo Stephanie Ann Viau H Joanna Viernes Albert Uzan Villanueva H Bryanna K. Quinn Walker Anthony Christopher Ward Jacob Charles Wheeler Kyle P. Whipple

Applied Music H Julian Asher Clifton Dominique S. Cowell H Aaron B. Edgcomb Michael Gregory La Torre Domenico A. Lacala Shu-Ting Lin Colin Murray-Watters Andrew Claudius Wesely Music Education Ronald Francisco Eichstedt

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Interior Design Karmilette A. Kwan Wayne C. Nash


Jeffrey Thompson, Dean

BACHELOR OF ARTS Geography Ernest M. Adamo Joshua Lee Duerr Chason C. Grinnell

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Atmospheric Science Brian M. Echevarria H Bryan J. Rainwater Biology Rosalie Joyce Abeng Gabriela Elba Shea Aguirre Alexa M. Aramini Jason A. Banales Kristian Delos Santos Batalon Hilary Lynn Billow Allyssa N. Bogert H Megan Marie Brandon H Shelby L. Brown Justin Richard Bumgardner Zachary Ryan Bunker Spencer Mitchell Christian Irmina A. Ciepiela Tami May Conn Christian Paul Cormier Katherine Sierra Crowe Gil H. Cuevasmunguia H Amy Elizabeth Daby Diego H. De La Cruz Courtney N. DeFrank Beaver Alexis Grace Desilva Amanda Marie Devencenzi Leanne Marie Diss Darlene K. Douthitt H Gabriela Marie Doyle Chase A. Duhon H Anthony Michael Duong Christina Edwards Sarah E. Ehrler Matt J. Facque Brittany L. Faller-Stimpson Jaysen Fischer Sydnee Lee Franzwa Juan A. Garcia Erin Rebecca Gelmstedt Brandon W. Godin H Christopher A.A. Gomez H Frank Gonzalez


Amanda Gracia Danielle Bianca Green Miguel A. Hernandez H Phillip Jon Hinojosa Heidi Katarina Howald Jennifer Guadalupe Hurtado Christian B. Huybers H Kallie A. Kappes Navdeep Kaur H Stephen G. Klippenstein Christina Knapp Rachael Paige Kral Megan Rosalynn Kreilick Jiri Francis Kubac H Kevin Kurek Joseph Payton Lamb Whitney Rae Lambert Mollie Lynn Langston Jessica Lee Latham Lindsey Anne Lawson Christl Marie Leavitt Bruce Taylor Lensch Rachel Lindgren H Nicole R. Longland H Roberto Antonio Lopez-Pacheco Patrick J. Lynch Ashley D. Maestas Angel Dysangco Malabana III Katrina T. Markussen Raquel Alexandra Martinez Mary Kate McCloskey Kaleb Andrew McFall Frances K. McGee Kaitlyn Kerri McKenna Kari Lynn Miller Matthew Thomas Miller Ashley Leilani Mitchell Jennifer Kay Montoya Greyson Mitchel Morain Jeffrey Zygmund Morehouse Javier Moreno Gabriella M. Muller Kayla Nicole Murray Teddianne Michelle Murray


Patrick Allen Myatt Karina L. Nelson Kathryn Marie Nicholson H Lara Elise Niehues H Erika Nieto Sarah A. Padilla Bryan Lee Payne Kristina Lynn Pengelly H Jessica Perez Destiny Lyn Raikas Mayra A. Ramirez Lacy Reynolds Ciara L. Richman James Rios Nicolette Orlanda Rizzuto H John G. Rolshoven H Joshua A. Rooney Kiara Lee Ross Nathan Joseph Ross Jorge L. Rubio Whitney M. Saarem Danielle Carolyn Salgo Kevin Salls H Melissa J. Sarman Richard Benjamin Sauceda Ryan N. Schermerhorn Jarred Lee Schindler Douglas Schubert Jonathan Lee Smith H Alexandria Snow Christabell Sotelo-Zecena H Gordon Curtis Sproul Erik Joseph Sumera Eric Keith Tanner Melissa J. Test Amber Thacker Chelsea C. Truax Miranda Estella Trujillo H Nicholas Ramon Vargas Kristine K. Vasilevsky Katrina Marie Walsh David A. Ward Tyeisha M. Watters Kyle D. Weerheim

Alexandra Simone White Heather Elizabeth Willis Bailey A. Wong Sabryna N. Yates John J. Yered H Justin Yeung Jordan J. Zager Chemistry Ginger Jeanne Guillen Sarah Frances Gullan Tyler S. Schultz Annie V. Trinh H Mark D. Walton Geography Damien Peter Kerwin Jared Sullivan Landers Jonathan Joseph Mandio Joseph Togoan B Jacob Cole Ziolkowski Mathematics Cesarina R. Ceglia Derek Wallace Fitchett Wendy D. Gold Ryan Matthew Herzig Ming Huang Anca Mirela Ionica Melissa K. Kern H Elliot D. Koontz Katherine Justine Orman H Bryan J. Rainwater Kalea A. Sebesta Kyle J. Swanson Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Alma D. Marin Physics Angel A. Arias Benjamin C. Becerra Jeremy Ryan Cheatam Matthew Charles Cooper Brandon J. Griffin Andrew N. Kanagin Mac A. Murphy

Samantha Nasewicz H Bryan J. Rainwater Kyle J. Swanson H Bjorn R. Talbot


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY Environmental Chemistry Jonathan P. Whipple Professional Chemistry Sarah Barnum Marie C. Jones Sun Jee Yu



Benjamin James Conway Eric James Dougherty Rocky Dayton Goetz Kaytlynn E. Hrenko Wesley Andrew Krupp Nathan L. Lytle Giacobe G. Moe Seth Alexander Nuti Kip C. Thompson

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGY Kenneth Neil Coleman Jeffrey A. Hill




Clay Louis Armstrong Claudia Raquel Betancourt Megan Louise Davis Keith J. Johnson Mitchell Thomas Laycox Ian Stewart McIntosh Dennis Edward Reppond James Dean Thuringer


La Tijera D. Avery-Wallace Bryce Edward Barger Jamie Bitetto William Arlo Bocks Dominic Conrad Bouchelion Luke Joseph Carrico Brian Douglas Chamberlin Rachael L. Clarke Avery Marie Contreras Samantha Faye Coonrad Blake Justin Cooper Jeffrey Brian DeGiovanni

Brandon A. Caleb Ford-Fragger Jonathan Robert Foster Jacob Terry Halliwell Tanisha Hawkins Daniel H. Hopfer Marco A. Ibarra Michelle Renee Krumreich Kathleen Molly McGinley Katheryn Moses Stephanie Y. Neill Christopher Colton Nelson Cody Morgan Oldham Chante Marie Paddock Erica A. Petersen B Kaylea Shanice Phoenix Chanda Victoria Leigh Rand Cameron J. Raynor Edward A. Roope Alicia M. Seefeldt Joseph Anthony Setum Dakota Leigh Shaw Ronda Lea Smeester Brent William Smith Edward J. Spaulding Nathan Ronald Tremaine Glee Truong Robert L. Van Diest

Neuroscience America Acevedo Jazmine Alcocer Aguirre Chantel M. Alderete H Rebekah A. Aquino H Elham Bahrami Sarah Barnum Sally Ann Barone Molly Marie Barrow Zachary D. Besso Monica Lynne Bottorf Alex G. Cabrera Katelyn Cartwright Morgan T. Clancy Matthew Dean Clifford Robert Eugene del Carlo Gabriella G. Dimotsantos H Skylar Estes Kirstyn E. Flint Brian C. Greene Elizabeth S. Hofschulte Alexandria H. Jaeger H Sahar Jaferian James B. Jaggard Mackenzy E. Keller H Melissa Ann Kelley Priyanka Khosla H Austin C. Koontz Kelli M. Kunert Brittany M. Madrid H Andrew T. Mattingly Dalton D. Miller H Isha K. Patel Jenny F. Prophete Alexa Christine Rindy Alysa R. Rios Regina So H Holly C. Sternberg Jenae Jeanne Stevens Christy Anne Santos Violago Amanda K. Wong

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This is the University of Nevada campus as it stood in 1964. These are the buildings that remain to this day: Mackay School of Mines, Clark Administration, Jones Building, Morrill Hall, Lincoln Hall, Frandsen Hall and Thompson Building.


‘The focus was never on ourselves’ By John Trent (’87 journalism) Even now, 50 years after his graduation, the memories of Larry Struve’s time as a student at the University of Nevada remain vivid. “I can still remember it like it was yesterday,” says Struve, who went on to have a distinguished career as an attorney and in public service, including being Commerce Director in Gov. Richard Bryan’s administration in the 1980s. “It was a small campus then, with a lot of camaraderie. Everybody knew everybody else.” It was, Struve says, a time when young people took the famous inaugural words of President John F. Kennedy to heart. Students at the University were fueled with the idealism of the times, by ”asking not what your country could do for you, but rather, what Larry Struve, you could do for your country.” political science “The future looked exceedingly bright,” Struve says. “It was different than today in that students were expected to graduate in four years and be on campus full-time. Everyone knew they were going to get a job. The issue was more how could you find a job that would allow you to make a difference. We all felt that it was our duty to make a contribution for the betterment of society. The words of President Kennedy had real and profound meaning for us. “The focus was never on ourselves.” Struve, following graduation from Reno High School,

Mary Rossolo, history.

Pat Rogero, journalism.

arrived in the fall of 1960 to a much smaller campus than today’s 18,776-student institution. Enrollment was about 2,500 students. By the time he graduated with a degree in political science, Struve’s experience had been filled with student debate tournaments, student government activity (which had included serving as a moderator for a seemingly unprecedented event on campus where students actually were allowed to ask questions of University President Charles Armstrong), fraternity life (he was a proud member of Lambda Chi Alpha), as well as memorable interaction with professors that included one of the more moving moments in Struve’s life when he and 28 other Continues on page 20

Each year the Alumni Association invites members of the 50-year reunion class to return to campus to be honored on Commencement weekend at the Golden Reunion. The Golden Wolves — members of classes from more than 50 years ago — also join in the festivities. Spring Commencement Exercises • May 2014


ASUN SENATE. In the 1964 Artemisia, it was noted that, “The Senate dealt with such issues as the University of Nevada Forum, which it saved from defeat. In the Spring semester Senate spent most of its time dealing with a new ASUN constitution.”

University students accompanied Economics Professor Willem “Wim” Houwink, who was a World War II internee at Dachau Concentration Camp, for a return visit there in 1962. The journey to Europe with Houwink – who to this day remains a close friend of Struve’s – was part of 89 days of travel that summer. Even as 29 University students boarded a bus in Munich for the one-hour journey to Dachau, the mood was still lively and “boisterous,” Struve remembers. “Then we arrived at Dachau, and Wim gave the introductory speech of what it was like to live in a concentration camp, and what one did to survive,” Struve says. “By the time the tour that day was over, there was not a sound on the bus ride back. Everyone was contemplating what they had heard and seen, what it had meant and what a sobering moment it was

to hear a man like Wim share his experience with us all.” Houwink wasn’t the only professor who had an influence on Struve. One of the most influential was Robert S. Griffin, whose students included future U.S. Senators in Alan Bible and Richard Bryan, and future Congressmen like Cliff Young and Jim Santini. “Over his 40-year tenure, Robert Griffin taught and mentored an amazing array of students,” Struve says. “I was fortunate to get in on the tail end of his tenure.” Struve has kept a strong connection to the institution’s debate fortunes ever since. He and former students of Griffin have helped establish the GriffinSantini Endowment Fund to support the University’s debate team. “Debate has helped put Nevada on the map,” Struve says. “The skills you get in speech and debate are just invaluable for any student, no matter what career they

“Debate has helped put Nevada on the map. The skills you get in speech and debate are just invaluable for any student, no matter what career they choose... I feel that I’ve gotten more out of the program than I’ve ever given back.” LARRY STRUVE (’64 political science)



choose. There is no doubt that in my life, I feel that I’ve gotten more out of the program than I’ve ever given back.” President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas in November 1963 remains, Struve says, “a defining moment.” “The assassination in Dallas had a profound affect on all of us,” Struve says. “It was a shock of unimaginable magnitude.” Like many of his generation, Struve can recall exactly what was he doing when word hit campus that the president had been shot. “I was coming out of a class in Ross Hall,” he says. “A stream of people was rushing toward the Jot Travis Student Union. I asked what had happened. They said the president had been shot.” Struve joined the stream. A couple of televisions were turned on. As the story played out in grim blackand-white, Struve happened to see his advisor and professor, Harry M. Chase, a decorated veteran from World War II, watching the news nearby. “Tears were coming out of both eyes. He was staring blankly out into space,” Struve says. “I knew it was one of those defining moments in history. But you don’t know how to deal with it in the moment.” President Armstrong penned a letter to the campus community in the days following the tragedy. In it, he encouraged the University’s students to not let hate or disillusionment enter their lives because of the death of the president. “Many in our class took President Armstrong’s words to heart,” Struve says. “We did do the service. We did work to leave the place better than we found it.” Through the boisterously carefree, the quietly

TOP: “The 22nd of November was a black day for the University of Nevada and the nation as well as the world. The death of our beloved President was a blow to all. The weekend became even more dismal with the death of Robert Q. Hale, the 1964 Mackay Day chairman.” Artemisia 1964 LEFT: “President John F. Kennedy memorial book fund was begun.” Artemisia 1964

poignant and the profoundly sad times, it was a shared experience at the University that still defines Struve’s everyday life. He was reminded of this fact recently, when his mother, Rachel, a longtime Washoe County School District teacher who received her master’s degree from the University in 1960 and had always encouraged her son to seek higher education, passed away on March 27 at age 99. A close friend, classmate, and fraternity brother from Struve’s time at the University, Jim Bernardi – who himself would go on to become one of the most influential theater professors in University history – was with Struve throughout Rachel’s final days. “I was struck by the fact of how our friendship was so special, it was almost like we were real brothers,” Struve says. “But that was the way it was at the University. You were as close as you could be. You always felt that the University was one big family, and that feeling has been rekindled over the years whenever I gather with my Nevada classmates.” Spring Commencement Exercises • May 2014



The state’s land-grant leader Since its founding in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno has proudly served as the state of Nevada’s land-grant leader. The University was created through the aspirations of the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862, which transformed higher education in the nation by creating more public universities to be more easily accessed by the middle class. In 1886, after 12 years in Elko, the University moved to Reno and welcomed a student body of UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO 35. The University grew steadily, reaching Motto: Omnia Pro Patria 11 buildings, two student dormitories and (“All for Our Country”) a gymnasium by 1900, and passed the Students: 18,776 (in fall 2013) 1,000-student enrollment mark by 1922. Colleges and schools: In the years leading to World War II, the Agriculture, Biotechnology and University continued to add to its physical Natural Resources; Business; structure with the construction of the Education; Engineering; Mackay Science Hall (for $415,000) and a Journalism; Liberal Arts; new $250,000 library, the Clark Library. Medicine; Graduate School; and Following World War II, and continuing the Division of Health Sciences. to today, the University has undergone a sustained period of growth. During the 1950s and 1960s, the University began to earn some of its first sustained national and international acclaim. For example, English Department members Drs. Charlton Laird and Robert Gorrell’s “Modern English Handbook” became the standard text for college classrooms throughout the nation; best-selling author Walter Van Tilburg Clark (“The Ox-Bow Incident”) was the University’s Writer-In-Residence for a decade; Department of Psychology researchers Allen and Beatrix Gardner conducted ground-breaking, internationally acclaimed communication research with chimpanzees. Under the leadership of President Joseph N. Crowley, from 1978-2000, the University saw its physical infrastructure double, its enrollment swell and its national prestige grow. Crowley stabilized University relationships with the community as well as with the state, augmented an already Continues on page 24



experienced faculty by hiring new faculty recognized as rising leaders in their respective fields, and saw the student population reach 12,000 by 1992. It was during this time that talented professors – individuals such as the acclaimed writer Robert Laxalt, who was the University’s first Distinguished Nevada Author Chair – were drawn to the state’s land-grant University where research was productive, and classroom discussion with students was meaningful. Said Laxalt of the time period: “The discussions and arguments the students have in class … are what a professor dreams about.” Throughout the first two decades of the 21st century, the University has remained an institution on the move. Presidents John Lilley, Milton Glick and Marc Johnson have led the campus through a period of uncommon productivity and achievement. With the opening of the Joe Crowley Student Union in 2007, a new library in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center in 2008, as well as the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center in 2010 and a renovation of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism building completed in 2012, the University has embraced a culture of student success. Johnson defined the University’s spirit, one that has emphasized a “remarkable student experience,” well during his inaugural address in 2012. “We must continue to stress personal, human interaction between students and experienced mentors if we are to remain true to our heritage of this University and to foster critical thinking and discernment,” Johnson said. “We are the people’s university.” In 2013, the University reached an all-time high



enrollment with 18,776 students. During the May 2012 Commencement, the University set an all-time record for completion, with more than 2,215 students graduating. The 2012-2013 academic year saw the number of National Merit Scholars on campus reach nearly 50 – the most in University history. Student competition teams have excelled at a remarkably high national level in numerous academic disciplines in recent years, winning national championships in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Concrete Canoe competition, integrated marketing, and parliamentary debate. In addition, faculty productivity, research, diversity and retention have attained milestone levels. University research gains have been particularly noteworthy. Just one example is an $18 million expansion of the University’s earthquake engineering laboratory. Just recently completed in 2013, the laboratory, already internationally known for its incisive research in providing a roadmap for an entire generation of safer, more structurally sound large-scale structures, is the largest and most versatile research facility of its kind. For more than 140 years, the University has created an educated citizenry for Nevada, helped improve the overall quality of life for the state of Nevada, provided a basis for a diversified economy, and followed an important path in helping the state realize its future. Said Johnson during his “State of the University” address in 2011: “The story of this University has been about our people, all of our people, who have proudly shown our community and our state the power of the possible, the power … of what can be.”

University Leadership PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL & ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL Stacy Burton, vice provost of faculty affairs John Carothers, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations Kevin Carman, executive vice president and provost Joseph Cline, vice provost of undergraduate education Kenneth Coll, dean of the College of Education Mary Dugan, general counsel Shannon Ellis, vice president for Student Services Heidi Gansert, executive director, External Relations Mridul Gautam, vice president of Reserach & Innovation Heather Hardy, dean of the College of Liberal Arts Fred Holman, vice provost of Extended Studies Marc A. Johnson, president Doug Knuth, director of Intercollegiate Athletics Manos Maragakis, dean of the College of Engineering Gregory Mosier, dean of the College of Business William Payne, dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources Elliott Parker, director of Core Curriculum Charles A. Price, chair of the Faculty Senate Patricia Richard, chief of staff Thomas Schwenk, vice president for Division of Health Sciences and dean of School of Medicine Bruce Shively, associate vice president for Planning, Budget and Analysis Alan G. Stavitsky, dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism Reginald Chhen Stewart, Chief Diversity Officer Jeffrey Thompson, dean of the College of Science Jane Tors, director of Communications Mark Walker, dean of Cooperative Extension Thomas White, executive director of Marketing and Communications David Zeh, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School Ron Zurek, vice president for Administration and Finance

STAFF EMPLOYEES’ COUNCIL Linda Kuchenbecker, chair

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION, 2013-2014 R.J. Boyajian, president




BOARD OF REGENTS Andrea Anderson, Ph.D. Robert J. Blakely Cedric Crear Dr. Mark Doubrava Jason Geddes, Ph.D. Ron Knecht James Dean Leavitt Kevin Melcher Kevin J. Page, chair Dr. Jack Lund Schofield Allison Stephens Rick Trachok, vice chair Michael Wixom

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There will be nowhere else in the world quite like this The undertaking has been a massive one. Although the past several months have seen the most physically overt signs of a major project meeting its completion – new hydraulic systems, hoses, pumps, hardlines all being installed within the red brick façade of an immaculately modern scientific laboratory – the fact of the matter is irrefutable: the seeds for the University’s newly expanded Earthquake Engineering Laboratory were sown years ago as the College of Engineering built an unprecedented amount of talented critical mass among its teaching and research faculty and student body.



Features of the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory’s recently completed expansion include 14- by 14-foot, 27-ton table platens for the University’s renowned 50-ton “shake tables” that were laboriously lifted and placed onto their base mates in the laboratory by 30-ton cranes.

Manos Maragakis, dean of the College of Engineering and a longtime Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty member who has played an instrumental role in the college’s growth and accomplishments over the past three decades, summed up the $20 million project well. He noted that the expansion was a direct result of the crucible of research competition, where quality faculty from quality institutions from throughout the country vie for federal funding that isn’t awarded without rigorous analysis of an institution’s strength and reputation for delivering results in the given research arena.

In 2010, the University was awarded $12.2 million from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to fund the major portion of the new Earthquake Lab, which is adjacent to the Rogers-Weiner Large-Scale Structures Laboratory and the Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory in the southeast area of campus. The project also received funds from the Department of Energy and the University. The University was one of only five institutions – from more than 100 applicants worldwide – that received Continues on page 28 Spring Commencement Exercises • May 2014


greater contributions to the seismic safety of our state, grant money from the NIST Construction Grants the nation and the world.” Program. When the University received the grant in fall Maragakis, who in his own quietly confident way 2010, the work that preceded the announcement was possesses a deep streak of pride for the work of his hard to ignore. The College of Engineering’s Center for faculty, staff and students, then paused and smiled. Civil Engineering Earthquake Research had acquired “A good part of why we received this funding is major grants and contracts totaling $38.5 million over the previous decade; almost 20 academic, research and because of the high quality work we do and our high-caliber faculty,” he said. “The competitive nature administrative faculty, scientists and technicians were affiliated with the work; about 30 doctoral and master’s of this award adds significantly to the importance and prestige of this accomplishment.” students were engaged in research projects under the Center’s umbrella; over the previous 25 years, more than 160 technical reports had been published. It was a compelling story, one that federal funding agencies quickly take notice of when weighing the merits of grant proposals. “This expansion is a major accomplishment that will make us more competitive and productive,” Maragakis said. “Our facility is unique worldwide, and, combined with The Earthquake Engineering Laboratory’s expansion includes a state-of-the-art the excellence of our faculty and control room for researchers to conduct experiments and share real-time data with students, will allow us to have even researchers from around the nation and the world.



“Our facility is unique worldwide, and, combined with the excellence of our faculty and students, will allow us to have even greater contributions to the seismic safety of our state, the nation and the world.” MANOS MARAGAKIS, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING DEAN

Ian Buckle, a Foundation Professor in Civil Engineering and considered one of the world’s finest professors in his field, echoed Maragakis’ pride in the completed expansion. “There will be nowhere else in the world quite like this,” said Buckle, who has been at the University since 1999, serving as the director of the University’s LargeScale Structures Lab at the Center for Civil Engineering Research. “I don’t think anyone will catch up anytime soon.” Features of the expansion include four 14- by 14foot, 27-ton table platens for the University’s renowned 50-ton “shake tables” that were laboriously lifted and placed onto their base mates in the laboratory by 30-ton cranes during a six-month-long equipment installation phase during the winter. The “shake tables” have helped the University conduct successful experiments of buildings and largescale structures and bridges to advance seismic safety. Other features of the 24,000-squarefoot expansion include offices, state-of-the-art control room and an auditorium with telecommunication

features to share knowledge nationally with researchers who are part of the National Science Foundationfunded Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, as well as researchers around the world. Testing and commissioning of the equipment has been ongoing this spring, with an opening celebration of the expanded facility planned to take place in early summer. When it officially opens, the new lab will join with the University’s already internationally renowned Large-Scale Structures Laboratory to comprise the largest and most versatile structural engineering experimental facility in the United States. “This facility will give our students an advantage globally (in finding jobs and leading the much-needed engineering workforce),” Maragakis said. The expansion will also allow the University to broaden its impressive work in area of large-scale structures. University researchers have already conducted several notable experiments that have tested new designs and materials that have made buildings, bridges and highways in the U.S. and throughout the world safer. The College of Engineering’s program provides access to agencies and private industry to help them be successful in their product and infrastructure development while providing exceptional educational opportunities for students and workforce development for industry. The fact that the expansion has come about thanks in large part to the national and internationally recognized work of his faculty has never been lost to Maragakis. “That makes this even sweeter,” he said. Spring Commencement Exercises • May 2014


Alma Mater

The Mackay Song

Words by JACK H. MORSE

Where the Truckee’s snowfed waters, Drop from mountain’s crest, And the meadows meet the sagebrush, by the sun caressed. Cradled by the sliver mountains, ‘Neath the western blue, Stands our noble Alma Mater, Our Nevada U. As the miner, on the desert, Prospects ev’ry place, So Nevada seeks the future With an upturned face. Ev’rywhere she gathers knowledge, All that’s good and true, Gives she to her sons and daughters, Of Nevada U. We will ever live to serve her, Live to give our best, Live to make our Alma Mater Pride of all the West. Let her praises wake the echoes, While we pledge anew, Hearts and minds and hands and voices To Nevada U.

Several songs have served as the Nevada alma mater over the years, including “Beside the Waters of the Truckee,” “U of N So Gay,” and “Nevada, My Nevada.” The current alma mater, “Mackay Song,” with words by Jack H. Morse, came into use circa 1955, although its official adoption date is unknown. The earliest version of “Mackay Song” in print was included in the 1924 University Songbook.



Academic Dress Academic costumes date to the 11th and 12th centuries with the first organized institutions of learning in Europe. In 1895, the academic institutions in the United States adopted a code of academic dress that gave this country a beautiful and impressive method of signifying scholastic honors. With the exception of revisions in 1932 and 1959, the code has been virtually unchanged since its inception.

MACE. Once a terrible instrument of medieval close combat, the mace has evolved into an ornamental, ceremonial staff borne at the head of processions marking the beginning of a convocation or commencement. CAPS. The black mortarboard is most commonly used in the United States. The tassel, normally worn in the left front quadrant of the cap, is black, although it may be of the color appropriate to the subject of the degree. The tassel on the doctor’s cap is usually made of gold thread. GOWNS. The bachelor’s gown has a long, pointed sleeve; the master’s gown has an oblong sleeve open at the wrist (or some older gowns may be open near the upper part of the arm); the doctor’s gown is fuller than the others with velvet panels full length on the front, and three velvet crossbars on each sleeve in black or in a color distinctive of the subject pertaining to the individual’s degree. The gowns are black except

for the doctor’s, which may be a color representing the institution that awarded the degree. Graduating student athletes are wearing silver and blue cords over their gowns. A number of other cords recognizing student achievement and activities are also worn. HOODS. Academic hoods signify the wearer has received a master’s, doctoral or other advanced degree. The hood, draped over the shoulders and down the back, indicates both the institution granting the degree and the academic area of specialization. The silk lining of the hood represents the color or colors of the institution from which the degree was received. The higher the degree, the more the lining is revealed. The level of the degree is designated by the length of the hood and the width of the velvet edging. The master’s hood is three-and-one-half feet long, and the doctor’s is four feet long. (The shorter bachelor’s hood is not given at Nevada.) The width of the velvet edging is three and five inches in width for the master’s and doctor’s degrees, respectively. The color of the velvet signifies the field of learning, such as orange for engineering, green for medicine and gold for science. For Ph.D. or Doctor of Philosophy degrees, the dark blue color represents mastery of the discipline of learning and scholarship in any field, and is not intended to necessarily represent the field of philosophy.

The University is home to one of the top study abroad programs in the nation, the University Studies Abroad Consortium. Nearly 13% of University of Nevada, Reno graduates have studied abroad as part of their college career. They are wearing sashes embroidered with flags from around the world to share the value and distinction of their study abroad experiences. Spring Commencement Exercises • May 2014


Graduating Student Awards

Honors reported as of April 18; includes baccalaureate and postbaccalaureate for academic year 2013-2014


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Herz Gold Medal for Outstanding Scholarship

Outstanding Undergraduates

• James Bridegum

R.O.T.C. Governor’s Award • Michael Colyer

R.O.T.C. President’s Award


• Michael Colyer

Outstanding Undergraduates

Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award


• Danielle Swanson

• Mirte lubelt

Henry Albert Senior Public Service Award

Environmental Science

• Zabitullah Aimal • Michielle Noonberg • Serenity Sweet • Chai Swadowski-Larsen

Outstanding Senior Award

• Christopher Gomez • Erika Nieto

Phi Kappa Phi Award

• Kimberly Chisholm • Jonathan Ward

Regents’ Scholar Award Graduate

• Daniel Mayes

Regents’ Scholar Award Undergradraduate

• Ericka Kay

Forest Management and Ecology

• Rachel Lindgren

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation • Steven Michael Kemp

Outstanding M.S. Student • Owen W. Baughman

Outstanding Ph.D. Student • Miles Becker

Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Science

• Steven DelaCruz

Outstanding Undergraduates


Dietetics • Jessica Rose Perasso

Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher

Nutritional Science

• Joan Lynam

• Rachael Lambin

Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student

Veterinary Science

• Victoria Springer

• Brad Amorati

Outstanding Graduate Nutrition Graduate Program • Jamie Bunkers



• Jordan Ibrahim Bjerke • Erika Vicente • Dillon Aberasturi

Outstanding Graduate • Ryan Ghan

Biotechnology Outstanding BS/MS Student CABNR interdepartmental program • Jackson Gratwohl

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Most Outstanding Senior • Richard J. Corn

Outstanding Seniors

• Lyndsey Bohall • Jeffrey Michael Dean • Holly C. Mahe • John H. Mason Jr. • Leslie Amanda Lopez • Joshua Smith

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION John A. Bailey Professional Expectancy in Counseling Award • Mery Mares

Dana Davis Graduate Secondary Education Award • Nicole Hildago

SENIOR SCHOLARS AND MENTORS The University of Nevada Alumni Association honors, from each college, one graduating student who meets the association’s standards for scholastic achievement. Each Senior Scholar selects a faculty member who played the most significant role in his or her educational development.

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources Scholar: Erika Vicente Mentor: Dr. Ronald Pardini

Marshall R. Matley Foundation Special Education Awards

Computer Science and Engineering

College of Business

Outstanding Service

• Jared L. Rhizor

Scholar: Nathan T. Tewalt Mentor: Mr. Thomas Odegaard

Departmental Senior Scholar

College of Education

• Michael Graham

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Scholar: Breanna Danielle Hall Mentor: Dr. Melissa Burnham

Outstanding Undergraduate Award

Departmental Senior Scholar

College of Engineering

• Amy Pfeifer • Shandell Landon • Melecia Jauregui

Outstanding Master’s Candidate Award

• Ohanna Turcois


• James J. Bridegum

Scholar: Dipto Moni Mentor: Dr. Murat Yuksel

• Dam C. Lam

Outstanding Service

Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism

• Stephen Rehm

Scholar: Jessica M. Fagundes Mentor: Ms. Alison Gaulden

College Outstanding Service Awards • Joshua Moody

College Senior Scholars • Dipto Moni • David Graves

Civil and Environmental Engineering Departmental Senior Scholar

Mechanical Engineering

Departmental Senior Scholar

Outstanding Service

Outstanding Graduate, Social Sciences

Outstanding Service

• Carlos Andres Garcia

Departmental Senior Scholar

College of Liberal Arts

• Amanda J. Jones


Chemical and Materials Engineering

Scholar: Brooks Arthur Klein Mentor: Dr. Nora Constantino

• Anthony Steven Brill

• Peter Benchetler • Kristin Kramer

Divison of Health Sciences

Outstanding Service

Scholar: Linda Lee Enwald Mentor: Dr. Katherine Fusco

College of Science

• Chelsea Lee

Outstanding Graduate, School of the Arts

Scholar: Frank Gonzalez Mentor: Dr. Elena Pravosudova

• Lori Dianne Yazzie

Outstanding Graduate, Humanities

•Elisabeth A. Linn

• Justin Leslie Donat

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Outstanding Graduate, School of Social Research and Justice Studies • Erin Burger

Outstanding Graduate, Interdisciplinary

•Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez

Dean’s Award for Service

•Elliot M. Malin

Dean’s Award for Research

• Gabriella G. Dimotsantos

Dean’s Award for Performance and Artistry

• Quinton Bunk

Dean’s Exemplar Award

• Keri M. Kinkle

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE Vernon E. Scheid Award • Alexa McBean

Westfall Scholar Award - Biology • Amy E. Daby, Frank Gonzalez

Westfall Scholar Award - Chemistry

Westfall Scholar Award - Mathematics and Statistics

Outstanding Ph.D. Student

• Derek Wallace Fitchett

Mining & Metallurgical Engineering

Westfall Scholar Award - Mining Engineering

Outstanding B.S. Student

• Claudia Raquel Betancourt

Outstanding M.S. Student

Westfall Scholar Award - Physics


Durham Prize Award

Academic All-Conference

• Derek Wallace Fitchett

Geography Outstanding B.A. Student • Ernest M. Adamo

Outstanding B.S. Student

• Jared Sullivan Landers

Outstanding M.S. Student

• Jonathan J. Donald

Outstanding Ph.D. Student

Westfall Scholar Award - Geography

Geological Sciences and Engineering Outstanding B.S. Student

• Sara M. Beckman

• Rahul Thareja


• Christine Johnson

Westfall Scholar Award - Geological Sciences and Engineering

• Claudia Raquel Betancourt

• Mac A. Murphy

• Mark D. Walton • Jared Sullivan Landers

• Anna Kell

• Sara M. Beckman

Outstanding M.S. Student • Scott B. Kobs

• Mireille Nsompo Mungedi • Teila Iwin • Daniel Levine • Lauren A. Lastrapes • Brooks Arthur Klein • Casey Urquhart Gray • Julie Mei Pedersen • Samantha Diaz • Nicole R. Longland • Raquel Teran-Sanchez • Rachel Elizabeth O’Connor • Dana L. Holt • Erin N. Jones • Arielle I. Wideman • Anita Aisha Momodu • Nathan L. Lytle • Clarissa Haunani Akana • Melanie Cecelia Larson


• Mireille Nsompo Mungedi • Brooks Arthur Klein • Samantha Diaz • Rachel Elizabeth O’Connor • Erin N. Jones • Arielle I. Wideman • Sophie Stevens • Tanisha Hawkins

Academic All-District • Brooks Arthur Klein



Regents’ Awards

Presented at the Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony, May 16

DISTINGUISHED NEVADANS The Distinguished Nevadan represents the most prestigious award conferred by the Board of Regents. It is bestowed upon prominent individuals who have made significant achievements that have contributed to the cultural, scientific or social advancement of Nevada.

Gregory Wright Ferraro Gregory Wright Ferraro, during a career that has spanned three decades, has had a profound influence on the policy, advocacy and quality of life of the state of Nevada. Following graduation from Reno High School, Ferraro, a fourth-generation Nevadan, studied journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in 1985. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, worked for the campus newspaper Sagebrush selling print advertising, was elected to ASUN as a senator, and served as president of the Blue Key Honor Society. He began his career in

public service following graduation, joining U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt’s staff in Washington, D.C., and served as assistant to the general chairman in Laxalt’s office at the Republican National Committee. He then was public relations manager for R&R Advertising, and was hired in 1988 as an assistant to Robert Broadbent, director of aviation at McCarran International Airport. After serving as issue manager and spokesperson for Clark County, Ferraro oversaw the northern Nevada office of R&R Advertising. Over the next 12 years, he was President of the Government and Public Affairs division of R&R, establishing R&R’s lobby practice Continues on page 36 Spring Commencement Exercises • May 2014


and serving as senior advisor on numerous political campaigns, including those of Gov. Kenny Guinn, Attorney General Brian Sandoval and lead strategist for successful school bond campaigns in Washoe County. In 2004, Ferraro founded The Ferraro Group, which today has offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City. That same year, Gov. Kenny Guinn appointed Ferraro to serve a four-year term on the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission, to which he was re-appointed and served as chairman. In 2010, Ferraro served as a senior consultant for Sandoval’s successful bid for Governor. In 2013 Ferraro was recognized by Campaigns & Elections national magazine as one of the U.S.’s top 500 influencers. He is currently a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the E. L. Wiegand Foundation, is Trustee Emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and in 2008 was inducted into Junior Achievement’s Northern Nevada Business Leaders Hall of Fame. Ferraro is a member of a group of prominent Nevadans who have sought to secure funding for the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism’s Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writers Program. He has also helped spearhead the creation of the Jim Joyce Endowment to explore the relationships between politics, government and journalism.

Keith Lee For more than a half century, Keith Lee’s personal and professional achievements have been a testament to the value of service to one’s community, university and state. Lee’s family settled in Nevada’s Lincoln County in 1864. Service to the state of Nevada was ingrained from an early age for Lee, who can trace his family’s involvement in public service to his grandfather’s two terms as Lincoln County Clerk-Treasurer in the early 1900s and his father’s two terms serving as State Controller during the governorship of Grant Sawyer. Lee attended public schools in Reno and Carson City, where he graduated from high school. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, where



he served as ASUN president in 1964-65, following in the footsteps of his father, also named Keith, who was ASUN president in 1932-33. Lee graduated, with honors, from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He has been a practicing attorney in Nevada since 1970 with an emphasis on business, gaming, regulatory, and governmental affairs areas. Lee’s professional career has also been one of versatility, as he has served in a number of different capacities in political campaigns – manager, strategist, fundraiser, advance man, field operative, among many other roles, in local and statewide political campaigns. He has also had a notable career as a lobbyist, beginning with the 1983 session of the Nevada State Legislature. He has also lobbied Nevada’s Congressional Delegation since 1989. Lee served 17 years as a member of the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners and six years as chair of the Committee on Character and Fitness. He has served as a member and chair of the Nevada Wildlife Commission, member of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, president of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, member and chair of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, member and chair of the Children’s Cabinet, chair of the Children’s Cabinet Foundation, and member of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Gap Scholarship Committee. Lee is a past recipient of the Nevada Alumni Association’s University Service Award, and was a member of the Century Campaign Cabinet.

James D. Santini James D. Santini’s distinguished career in public service has been one of historic firsts and influential leadership that has helped to improve the lives of all Nevadans. Born in Reno, Santini graduated from the University in 1959 with a bachelor of science degree in education, and graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1962. Following service in the United States Army as an

officer from 1963-66, Santini served as Deputy District Attorney for Clark County and was appointed the county’s Public Defender, earning the distinction as one of the three most outstanding Public Defenders in the Nation. He served as Justice of the Peace for Las Vegas and was appointed Clark County District Court Judge, becoming the youngest judge to be appointed in Nevada’s history. In 1974, Santini was elected to the United States Congress, serving the people of Nevada as their only member in the House of Representatives from 1975-83. His role in Congress was substantial, as he chaired the Mines and Mining Subcommittee and was a member of the Oversight and Special Investigations Subcommittee, Public Lands Subcommittee, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Subcommittee, Transportation and Commerce Subcommittee and Select Committee on Aging, Housing and Consumer Interests. He also co-founded and chaired the U.S. Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus. The Tourism Caucus was the first of its kind in the House and produced, under Santini’s

chairmanship, another legislative first – the National Tourism Policy Act of 1981. Following his congressional career, Santini has become one of the most respected lobbyists in Washington. In addition to his role as Legislative Consultant for the National Tour Association since 1983, he also serves as Legislative Counsel for the United States Air Tour Association, as Policy Advisor for the National Park Hospitality Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of American Indian Arts. Santini’s honors during his career in Congress include being named Outstanding Congressional Leader by the National Association of Counties and the Travel Industry of America’s Man of the Year in Travel award in 1981. In 1993, Tour and Travel News recognized Santini as one of the industry’s 25 most influential executives. In 1998, the United States Air Tour Association presented Santini with the Aviation Leadership Award. In 2005, NTA awarded him the Bob Everidge Lifetime Achievement Award.


The Regents’ Scholar Award is bestowed upon one student from each Nevada System of Higher Education institution for their academic achievements, leadership ability and service contributions. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. • Steven DelaCruz (undergraduate) • Daniel Mayes (graduate)


The Board of Regents established the Regents’ Academic Advising Award in 1998. This award honors outstanding academic student advising with one award granted to a community college advisor and two awards granted to advisors at the state college or universities. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. • Cheryll Glotfelty, professor of English, (graduate)


The Board of Regents established the Regents’ Rising Researcher Award in 2008. This award is bestowed upon one faculty member at each Nevada research institution in recognition of their early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research. • Kam K. Leang, associate professor of mechanical engineering

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014 – 4:55 P.M.


Advanced Degree Ceremony

Members of the University of Nevada, Reno Student Ambassadors are ushers for commencement. PROCESSIONAL “The Earl of Oxford‘s Marche” • William Byrd “Intrada No. 7” • Melchoir Franke “Processional for Brass” • Paul Koepke • University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Brass Dr. Jason Altieri, Conductor • Charles A. Price, University Marshal • Phillip Boardman, Master of Ceremonies NATIONAL ANTHEM • Wolf Pack Quartet, Dr. Paul Torkelson, Director • University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Brass WELCOME  • Marc A. Johnson, President GREETINGS  FROM THE BOARD OF REGENTS • Rick Trachok, Vice Chair

PRESENTATION OF GRADUATES AND CONFERRING OF DEGREES * • Marc A. Johnson, President • David Zeh, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School REMARKS TO 2014 GRADUATES  • Ty Windfelt ‘95, President of the Nevada Alumni Council STUDENT FAREWELL • R.J. Boyajian ‘14, President of the Graduate Student Association of the University of Nevada ALMA MATER • Jack H. Morse • Wolf Pack Quartet • University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Brass RECESSIONAL “Triumphal March” from Aida • Giuseppe Verdi “Trumpet Voluntary” • Henry Purcell • University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Brass


* Announcement of candidates: Livia D’Andrea, David Fenimore, Ramona Houmanfar, James Mardock and Howard Rosenberg. Audience is asked to hold applause until all degrees are conferred. Please see ushers for information about seating for the disabled. Signers are present for the hearing impaired.




All Candidates for Graduation Candidates presented by the dean of each school or college Dissertation titles appear in italics


Steven C. Bale Political Science Racial Profiling in Nevada


Christopher A. Ballinger Computer Science and Engineering Coevolutionary Approaches to Generating Robust Build‑Orders for Real‑Time Strategy Games

David Zeh, Dean

Steven Wood Nicholas Counseling and Educational Psychology A Phenomenological Exploration of Suicide and Family Connectedness Troy R. Parks Educational Leadership A Study of Teachers’ Perceptions of PLCs in a Cross‑Section of Elementary Schools

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Mahmoud Ahmed Physics Manipulation of Atoms by Coherent Pulse Trains Dambar S. Air Physics In Situ and Remote Sensing Characterization of California Wild Fires and Nevada Desert Dust Mehmet Burak Akgun Computer Science and Engineering Dual Layer Scale Free Network Topology Generation Iker Arranz Otaegui Basque Studies Violence between Equals: An Investigation on the Ontological Concept of Change



Zachary J. Bankston English A “New Man” in the Northern Nevada Consolidation Discourse Engrid Noel Barnett Geography Comstock Summer of Love: Virginia City, Nevada’s Historical, Musical, and Sociocultural Ties to the Psychedelic Esthetic and “San Francisco Sound” Majid Behrooz Mechanical Engineering Magnetorheological Elastomers in Semi‑Active Control of Structures and Magneto‑Fluid‑Solid Interaction Analysis of a Flexible Fluid Transfer System Melvin M. Bonilla Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology The Non‑Trivial Cost of Small “Cheap” Sperm, and its Implications for Male Reproductive Strategies in the Harlequin Beetle‑Riding Pseudoscorpion (Cordylochernes Scorpioides)

David A. M. Brackett Educational Leadership Administrator Speech Within PK‑12 Public Education Systems: An Analysis of the Speech Rights of Administrators in the Wake of Recent Court Decisions Kevin Burls Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Artificial Selection for Increased Dispersal in the Seed Beetle Callosobruchus Maculatus Richard A. Catlin III Geography Axis Mundi: An Analysis of Byzantine Imperial Geography Jackson Buzz Crews Hydrogeology Seismically Initiated Carbon Dioxide Gas Bubble Growth in Groundwater: A Mechanism for Co‑seismic Borehole Water Level Rise and Remotely Triggered Secondary Seismicity Joseph Thomas Crouse Economics Three Essays in Applied Microeconomics: Crime, Education, and Health Andrea M. Doran Counseling and Educational Psychology A Mixed Methods Approach to the Experience and the Effects on Empathy With a Small Group of Parents of Preadolescent Children Particpating In a Child Parent Relationship Therapy Training

Roger V. Hoang Computer Science and Engineering An Extensible Component‑Based Approach to Simulation Systems on Heterogeneous Clusters Carey J. Johnson Chemistry From Gold Containing Liquid Crystals to Homodesmotic Reaction Analysis Christine K. Johnson Geography The Identity of Place: Pitcairn Island in Cultural and Historical Geography

Tunay Durmaz Physics Radiative Properties of Photoionized Neon at Plasma Conditions Relevant to Experiments at Z Raphel A. Enow Chemistry Hemilabile Phosphorus Enamine/imine Ligands and their Application in Ru‑Catalyzed Aqueous Hydration of Nitriles Mark D. Farnsworth English John Bale’s Call for a Unified English Church and Nation Christina G. Garrison-Diehn Psychology Examining the Relationship between Reported Caregiver Empathy and Dyadic Outcomes: An Exploratory Conceptual Analysis of Dementia Care Heman Gharibnejad Physics Precision Atomic Computations and the Search for Physics Beyond the Standard Model Mary Tabor Griswold Educational Leadership Student Social Capital and Enriching Educational Experiences in Higher Education

Gerrad Jones Civil and Environmental Engineering The Environmental Fate and Transport of Trenbolone Acetate Metabolites in Agro‑Ecosystems

Lara D. Hansen English Between the Sheets: The Use of Paper Evidence in Bibliographic Reconstruction of the Shakespeare First Folio

Kevin T. Jones Psychology The Strategy and Motivational Influences on the Beneficial Effect of Neurostimulation: a tDCS and fNIRS Study

Richard W. Harris Political Science The Evolution of U.S. Environmental Law: A Personal and Professional Perspective Cassie Hemstrom English “What Surely Must be Heaven”: Navigating Subjectivity and Community in Contemporary Ethnic American Literature Thomas Hertweck English Meanings and Markets: Reading Food Commodities in Postwar America Mikaela J. Hildebrandt Psychology Examining the Efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Patients Diagnosed with Hypertension

Rachel O. Jones Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Plant‑Soil Feedbacks and Invasion in Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems Ekrem Karaman Electrical Engineering Boost Matrix Converters in Clean Energy Systems Anna M. Kell Geophysics The Application of Active‑Source Seismic Imaging Techniques to Transtensional Problems the Walker Lane and Salton Trough Richard L. Kmetz English Roula Kogos English Languages of Self: American Immigrant Writers and the New Global Literature

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Elysse J. Kompaniez Psychology Adaptation and the Perception of Radiological Images Michael D. Koontz English All Surfaces Are Shattered: Modernism, Responsibility, and the Novel Emanuele Kuhn Biochemistry Dimensions of Antarctic Microbial Life Revealed Through Microscopic, Cultivation‑Based, Molecular Phylogenetic and Environmental Genomic Characterization Jennifer L. Lowman Social Psychology The Influence of Relational Knowledge on the Transition out of Secondary School: An Investigation of How Social Capital and Social Goals Impact Educational Pathways Tara E. Madden-Dent Educational Leadership Asian Undergraduate International Students: A Phenomenological Study of First Semester U.S. Study Abroad Experiences Using Different Cross‑Cultural Treatments Joseph J. Maltese Judicial Studies Preemption Justice: Restoring the Rights of Persons Injured by Medical Devices and Generic Drugs Selby Harold Marks III Political Science Fusion Center Collaboration in a Network Environment John Daniel McCarthy Psychology Spatiotemporal Form Integration: Unified Surface Perception in a World Fragmented in Space and Time



Richard J. McGuffin Counseling and Educational Psychology Law Enforcement Officer‑Involved Fatal Incidents: A Phenomenological Study of How Law Enforcement Officers and Their Spouses Perceive and Describe the Experience of an Officer‑Involved Fatal Incident Joshua Medjuck Psychology Heterosocial Anxiety Intervention for Excessive Alcohol Users in College: A Bibliotherapy Approach Ali Mehrsoroush Civil Engineering Experimental and Analytical Seismic Studies of Bridge Piers with Innovative Pipe Pin Column‑Footing Connections and Precast Cap Beams Christopher Moore Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seed Dispersal of Manzanitas: Ecological and Biogeographical Perspectives Nathaniel Evan Morian Civil Engineering Influence of Mixture Characteristics on the Oxidative Aging of Asphalt Binders

Diana Louise Moss Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning An Investigation of Student Learning in Beginning Algebra Using Classroom Teaching Experiment Methodology and Design Research Maria Isabel Munoz Blanco Psychology A Naturalistic Analysis of Creativity in Terms of the Creator and the Critic Sean O’Neil Psychology Explorations of Face Space Nicole Ortogero Cellular and Molecular Biology Identification and Characterization of Novel Somatic and Germ Cell Small RNA Species Dwight J. Peterson Psychology The Influence of Gestalt Principles of Grouping on Visual Working Memory Representations: An Electrophysiological Investigation

Jocelyn Pineda Lanorio Chemistry Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of the Half‑Sandwich Ruthenium (II) Complexes, Cp’Ru(PTA)(PR3)X (where PR3 = PTA, PPh3; X = H, Cl)

Emily Desiree Scarbrough Chemistry Synthesis of Novel CADA Analog Prodrugs and Ring‑Size Variants Designed to Act as anti‑HIV Agents via Down‑Modulation of the CD4 Receptor

Jose Vargas Social Psychology Juvenile Court Judges’ Concerns about Vulnerability, Experienced Uncertainty and the Law: Extralegal Factors, Legal Considerations and Judicial Transfer Decision‑making

Guiying Rao Civil and Environmental Engineering Direct‑Contact Membrane Distillation in Treating Feed Waters with High and Low Fouling Potentials

Sarah J. Snyder Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Effects of Fire on Desert Tortoise (Gopherus Agassizii) Thermal Ecology

Michael Weller Physics Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Complex Wire Arrays and Applications

Mostafa Tazarv Civil and Environmental Engineering Next Generation of Bridge Columns for Accelerated Bridge Construction in High Seismic Zones

Joseph D. Wieser Civil and Environmental Engineering Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Seismic Bridge‑Abutment Interaction in a Curved Highway Bridge

Amarjeet Saini Civil Engineering Post‑Earthquake Damage Repair and Probabilistic Performance Based Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Bridges

Troy A. Thomas Educational Specialties Elementary Teachers’ Receptivity to Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education in the Elementary Grades

Michael John Williams Social Psychology Terror Management Theory Upside Down: Prosocial Behavior Following Immortality Priming

Mohamed Salem Civil and Environmental Engineering Seismic Control and Design of Structures Using Semi‑Active and Passive Variable Stiffness Characteristics

Carolyn D. Triano Literacy Studies Teachers’ Reported Use of and Perceptions about Graphic Organizers in High School Content Area Classrooms

Jenny Reichert Social Psychology Social Comparison Processes, Perceptions of Responsibility, and Outcomes for Children’s Health

Qiping Yan Computer Science and Engineering Geospatial Metadata Community Adaptor: Applying XSLT Technologies to Geographic Metadata to Address Interoperability and Compatibility Issues

Advanced Degree Ceremony • May 16, 2014


Kevin C. Yates Physics Plasma Formation and Evolution on Cu, Al and Ti Surfaces Driven by a Mega‑Ampere Current Pulse Stephen Michael Yeager Judicial Studies Judicial Independence and the Tragic Consequences that Arose in Nazi Germany from a Lack Thereof Qin Yu Mechanical Engineering Cyclic Plastic Deformation, Fatigue, and the Associated Micro‑Mechanism in Magnesium: From Single Crystal to Polycrystal

DOCTOR OF MEDICINE Lia Angeles Africa Marsha Kristel L. Bernardo Jonathan David Brown Macgregor Woodward Brownlow Katelyn V. Bruner Sansan Cao Marc A. Cerruti Reesa Stephanie Child Zareen Sarwar Choudhury Kathleen Cornfield Patrick T. Delaplain Christina N. Doan Amir Lamey Farid Brandon W. Godfrey Aiden S. Gould Kathryn Sullivan Hagen Daniel Alexander Hansen Brandon Jay Hockenberry Dustin J. Holland Sascha Horowitz Matthew Ingle Scott A. Isbell Steeven John



Nichole A. Joslyn Patricia L. Kennel David Lee Nicole Elizabeth Lenhares Mike Lukowski Katie B. Lyons Stephanie C. Mavis Rachael Elizabeth McCabe Amanda Marie Murphy Timothy James Musick Scott Christopher Nickel Erin T. Ostby Pongchanok Pakdeesupapol Justin Clarence Perry David D. Prosser Caroline A. Protin Jason A. Reinhardt Alec C. Runyon Samaan Sattarzadeh Jennifer Lynn Sawaya Nicholas M. Sich Tenille N. Smith Juliana Bernadine Starcevich Natsuko F. Takakuwa Gretchen E. Taylor Julie Thai Krystle Rae Tuano Venkatachalam Veerappan Joseph E. Villaluz Cynthia Sherell Wade Travis C. Walker Camron J. Wipfli Sarah Beth Woydziak Jack M. Yang

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE Agnes Tagorda Alicar Rae Ellen Gamboni Charos Ronald Laxton Joel Wilvir Mallari Shawna Marie Thornton Anitra Lavette Williams

Master’s Degrees COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES BACHELOR OF SCIENCE/ MASTER OF SCIENCE Biotechnology Rhoda Lorraine Gill Jackson E. Gratwohl Nam Duc Hoang Clarissa R. Martins Katarzyna M. Milewska Samantha S. Romanick Jeremiah R. Smith Andrew Tschernia Tharika Dream Yoe

MASTER OF SCIENCE Biochemistry Anthony Moschetti Environmental Science and Health Kristie Gearty Brooke Nicole Mejica Natural Resource and Environmental Science Owen W. Baughman Christopher Andrew Jannusch


Cameron Johnny Andriola Jing Chen Malgorzata M. Clark Lisa Rosen Jay Hyuma Schewe Eric J. West

MASTER OF ARTS Economics Atlana D. Omargaliyeva


Alexander David Bacchus Tamra Dawn Barnes Brett A. Bates Cory Michael Bettinghouse Gary Daniel Brooks Jack Henry Brooks Daniel Joseph Burke Adam Chamberlain Kevin Chan Kevin T. Chou Stephanie Lynn Cowan Naresh Dasari Melanie C. Dolezal Cole Levi Dowty James Joseph Henderson Julianne C. Hug Erika Victoria Ibaibarriaga Mohammed N. Islam Erik L. Johnson Brook Elizabeth Joiner Ebrahim Karimi Tarshizi Kevin Scott Kirkeby Kristian Kuharszky Michael Raymond Lipkowitz John Michael Mandell Brandon Charles McNeely Joshua Sebastian Meyer Danny Mireles Teasha Modha J. Dexter Derek Ramsey Jeff J. Saari Dawn Michelle Schlagel Amar Shukla Courtney Daniel Smith Marie Katherine Terry Chavisa Thaveesupsoonthorn Jaime Enrique Tibaduiza Jr. Sachin Verma Gregory Robert Wenzel Leslie Marie Williams Antonia Gabriele Wollmann

MASTER OF SCIENCE Economics Katawoot Jeambua Yutong Jiang Elena Tchigriaeva Finance Boyong Park Inara W. Santora Lina Yang Fenglong Zhang


Andrew A. Ayala Dipika V. Dabhadkar Robert J. Dittmer Jimmy A. Halamicek Gregory Hayward Hill James W. McIntire

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION MASTER OF ARTS Counseling and Educational Psychology Jamie Lee Gemme Michael Graham Anna K. Hansen Brenda Klug Mery G. Mares Kathleen Carol Slattery Julianne Elizabeth Vaughn Brinn Kathleen Wallace Educational Leadership Janet J. Butler Juliane D. Di Meo Karen S. Frazier Lynwood R. Johnson Stephanie Jones Stephanie E. Ludwig Gregrette Perry John L. Pratt

Yolanda Rangel Joseph Sagar Kyle T. Sammons Allison Shilling Joseph Edwards Simmons Jr. Brandon Stuart Elementary Education David Steven Moss

MASTER OF EDUCATION Elementary Education Brianne C. Ciarlo Michaela T. Logan Ayse Tandogan Kendra M. Washa Literacy Studies Lucy M. Dugan Robin Moon McCully Carolelee Walker Krista Jo Wieser Secondary Education Ashley L. Anderson Lea Marie Bell Jaclyn Christine Campbell Gary Mark Collier Kristen A. Cooper Charise Fallon Lynnice Kelly Kantor Annie Nell Krupp Brian Anthony La Torre Ashley Ruth LeBalch Andrew Protz Cadence S. Reed Martha Rodriguez Micha Marie Stevens Eric Zika Special Education Stephanie C.Y.Y. Chan Katie Estrada Chelsea Amber Garbarini Kyle Hill Jed Locquiao Caille Marie Nehrkorn

MASTER OF SCIENCE Elementary Education Andrelyn S. Alexander Erin Elizabeth Craig Jean A. Donley Kristin N. Finney Cindy L. Foubert Linda Ann Gillette-Koyen Sarah Ann Gotschall Shannon Kathryn Hartley Amy M. Horn Chelsea J. Keen Andrea Maag Kirkwood Alicia Marie Klaich Shenandoah Suzanne Kolbe Deanna R. LeBlanc Amanda Nicole Maydeck Shanlee B. Meyers Karly L. Millar Rachel M. Miller Krista Milroy Jeannette Elizabeth Robinson Lauren Mariel Robinson Analorena Sanchez Rebecca A. Schwindt Daniel E. Scurlock Elaenia Phillips Serdehely Haley Jo Snyder John David Stern Heather L. Tinker Amanda Lynn Todd Joana Wu Equity and Diversity in Education Jessica Hope Kaminsky Equity and Diversity in Educational Settings Maria Fernandez Ashley C. Laverdure Human Development and Family Studies Sydney C. Benger Jennifer Megan Gianola

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Caitlynn E. Hansen Britney Renee Rauh Jacqueline M. Talavera

Boniface Muriuki Njoroge Nelson S. Pearson Roshan Suwal

Abhishek Chitnis Jose Guadalupe Cordero Brian D. Harmer

Secondary Education Michael Jackson

Computer Science Karl F.J. Mullner Liesl M. Wigand


Computer Science and Engineering Derek A. Eiler Alexander J. Fiannaca Jin Jiang Nathan M. Jordan Erin S. Keith Torbjorn P. Loken Alex Ruud Khoa Tran

Materials Science and Engineering Zachary Karmiol Huiru Xu

MASTER OF SCIENCE Chemical Engineering Swagotom Sarker Civil and Environmental Engineering Blake Douglas Carter Kevin M. Fogarty Andrew J. Lawrence Nola Andrea Mitchell


Electrical Engineering Erik B. Chalko


Mechanical Engineering Roberto V. Bejarano Farshad Meshkati Johnson J. Wong


Joseph W. Benton Jennifer Amber Brown

Kathryn Anne Bryant Danielle Carroll Craperi Anna Dorthia Ellis Jennifer Erin Finley Alicia Ann Glassco Dianna Louise Hein Kristen Lott Jennifer Mahan Echo Chabot Mathews Lillian Morton Kara A. Paszek Nina Patynowski Tatiana B. Pollard Michael A. Poulin Nawal M. Qneibi Arlo C. Schenk Ruth Meei-jy Skinner Lisa T. Woodall


Kathleen Cornfield Peter Dieringer Charlotte J. Drumm Jessica D’Ann Flen David Jeffrey Frankenberger Dustin J. Holland Penelope Jernberg Sherry Liao Christopher E. Marchand Piera Elsie Mburia Yasmine Mohamednur Sandra Ochoa Heather Lea Ochs Clare Pace Brian C. Parrish Penny Lee Pritchard Inara W. Santora

Stephanie Serra Melissa Jill Smith Maximillian Wegener Danika Williams Christina G. Works Yan Yao

MASTER OF SCIENCE Cellular and Molecular Biology Katherine G. Weller Speech Pathology and Audiology Lee Ann E. Baecker Kelli-Ann J. Flynn Erin E. Foree Autumn Page Freudenthaler Lauryn A. Gardner Christina Lorraine Ipema

Deborah Lynn Kahue Alma A. Kiker Celeste Amber Rose Liaty Hannah Elizabeth Moyer Sarah A. Newsham Robert John Pekny Ciara Marie Peterson Nina Sacca Skye Ann Sizelove Carmen Stork Kyle Lewis Truax Kristin Francis Wetzel Emily A. Whistler Amber L. White Lindsey N. Woytek Dominica Noelle Zubillaga


Coby C. Abbott Emily L. Berry Joanna Sue Boyd Susan Margueritte Cameron Nicholas Clark Betty Jane Claire Cooper-Flowers Emily A. Correa Dawn Christine Costa-Guyon Linda K. Doty Carolyn W. Edney Yeeymmy P. Giron Tayler Michele Landa Tara Ann Lenox Cassi Breanna Levesque Aaron M. Lindsey Diana Mancilla Amanda M. Mathes Jennifer Rechelle R. Murillo

Advanced Degree Ceremony • May 16, 2014


Amber Lynn Reid Mary Jean Louise Sanfilippo Lauren M. Wallace Maria E. Young

Philosophy Christopher C. Anderson Kara Faith Hammer-Carlyon Jonathan Kanzelmeyer


Political Science Rita J. Boyajian Jann Stinnesbeck Tereza Trejbalova

MASTER OF ARTS Anthropology Sarah Elaine Branch Traevis L. Field Donald Pattee Evan J. Pellegrini Ashlee Younie Criminal Justice Matthew M. Le Claire Jordan Lee Weaver English Michayla Barros Rebecca Campbell John Fredericks Amilynne Rose Johnston Munasir Kamal Elizabeth K. Preston Patrick Russell Michael Robert Thomas Blake Watson Rachel Watts Foreign Language and Literature Anne Marie Allen Daniel Harris Jacob S. Neely Claudia P. Ortiz Ariana Cruz Rodríguez History Jeffrey Copeland Geoff R. Scott Music Tristan A. Selzler


Psychology Erin Michelle Carr Andrew Coia Roxanne Weary Davis Robert S. Schienle Nathan Singley Katherine Wainwright Social Psychology Valarie J. Bell Randal David Brown Matthew E. Ghiglieri Lindsay M. Perez Logan A. Yelderman Sociology Michael J. Adragna Emily L. Berry Evan Randall Ling


Karen Jeannine Graff Brian E. Melendez Kelly Susan Montgomery Kerrie M. Schwartz Jennifer Christine Turner


Joel D. Allee Virginia F. Bowman Alejandro R. Canales Douglas Corbin Coomler Michelle A. McCauley Kevin W. McKinney Jon Evan Middleman Jesse Steele Carl J. Urbani Blair C. Williams

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Public Administration and Policy Jacquelyn Jo Sandage


Art Benjamin C. Poynter Clairissa Stephens Colby J. Stephens

Atmospheric Science Nicholas D. Beres
 Daniel O. Sauceda Amanda Katherine Young


Suzette Carlisle Melissa Lin Jones

Biology Danielle M. Hereford Mark E. Hereford Michael V. Padua


Chemistry Bevan G. Meade Kristy L. Peck

Terence Alan Bolden Deborah Michelle Bowden Vincent Daniel Espinoza Celina Galindo


Geography Theodore Dingemans Jonathon J. Donald Jacob L. Kastner

Geology Kenjo Agustsson Timothy F. Cramer Russell V. Difiori Lyndsay A. Hazelwood Erica L. Helton Sabina M. Kraushaar Alexander E. Morelan Melissa L. Penfold Nathaniel E. Pepe Katie M. Wickham Katherine J. Zeiger Geophysics Tyler C. Seaman Hydrogeology Tanna Deruyter Murphy A. Gardner Shannon E. Holt John Michael Volk Hydrology Scott B. Kobs Mathematics Shijie Gu Chihming Hsieh Blane M. Ledbetter Joe McCoy Huayu Zhou Mining Engineering William Asante Physics Bradley Allured Daniel C. Mayes Pawan Pathak Jordan Hall Stutz

University of Nevada, Reno Spring 2014 Commencement