An astronaut on stilts welcomed more than 850 guests to the UNLV Foundation Yearly Supper at the Bellagio Monday night. Visitors– some of UNLV’s most prominent advocates– concerned delight in a space-themed celebration of UNLV’s 60th Anniversary and a program checking out the university’s past, present and future.
The Structure also honored new inductees Selma Bartlett and Buck and Aurora Wong to the Palladium Society, whose members have actually contributed $1 million or more to UNLV.
Here are some essential takeaways from the star-studded night.
Las Vegas’ star singer Clint Holmes assisted attendees honor the victims of the Route 91 shooting tragedy by singing “You Never Walk Alone” at the top of the program. Visitors observed a minute of silence and thanked very first responders, while UNLV Pres. Len Jessup discussed the strength and cohesion of the community.
UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Lee (left) provided a Palladium award to Aurora and Dollar Wong, along with UNLV President Len Jessup. A video discussion showcased the couple’s support of engineering, that includes a $1 million donation towards a brand-new engineering structure. The auditorium in the structure will be named in their honor. The Wongs were also acknowledged for bringing key relationships to UNLV through their business Arcata, consisting of programs with NASA and Lockheed Martin.
“Personally and expertly, I am so grateful to Dollar and Aurora Wong for their foresight, kindness, and goodness,” Lee told the crowd. “They are changing lives through education in numerous ways.”
Jessup presented the Palladium Award to Selma Bartlett. A video presentation showcased Bartlett’s support of engineering student scholarships and enabled a number of trainees to thank her.
“Selma’s support of education and her support of UNLV spans decades,” Jessup told the jam-packed ballroom. “She is truly a super star.”
Lee honored Bruce Layne (left)as a brand-new emeritus trustee of the Structure Board. Layne served on the board for more than Thirty Years. Layne is likewise a 2-time UNLV Alumni of the Year, who made his degree in business in 1969. Previous Nevada Gov. Bob Miller, a longtime good friend of Layne, honored him in a video presentation.
Medical trainee Monica Arebelos offered a touching speech thanking donors for her complete scholarship. She also told the crowd about the minute she recognized she wanted to be a doctor, when she was a hospice volunteer. “I understood I desired my life to be about moments like this … about human compassion.”
Futurists Michio Kaku and Mae Jemison were the keynote speakers. Kaku, a physicist, and Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut to go to area, challenged listeners to believe not just about improvements in science and innovation, however about the function of education in preparing future generations to handle such discoveries carefully.
“The greatest destroyer of future scientists is junior high,” said Kaku, getting a laugh from the crowd.
“So we have to attend to that,” Jemison stated. “It’s what we decide to do with technology that makes a difference. The viewpoints that are offered make a distinction.”
Donors delighted in a homage to UNLV’s 60th anniversary, showcased in a video that featured numerous of the Structure Board Trustees speaking about their memories of UNLV, and their wish for the future. In the video, Board of Trustees member Brian Greenspun stated, “I ‘d like to be here to commemorate UNLV’s 120th birthday, however in case I’m not, Pleased 120th birthday, UNLV!”
The space-themed meal was prepared by chefs Roy Ellamar and Mark Sandoval, in coordination with UNLV Hospitality University student, who worked hands-on in planning the event as part of their capstone course.
UNLV Foundation President Scott Roberts assessed the night by stating, “It was an outstanding event, made special by the people who have supported, and continue to support, the development of the university. I’m extremely proud to be a part of this neighborhood. “