Rebel Awards honors students, staff for accomplishments

Rebel Awards, Student Affairs’ annual celebration of outstanding students, staff, and programming efforts returned to an in-person celebration on April 26. The event annually honors individuals, organizations, events, and programs that exemplify the very best in student-focused engagement efforts

Held at the UNLV Student Union Ballroom, the event drew a packed audience of more than 300. A panel of staff from across the Division of Student Affairs judged award nominees, which were open to all students, faculty, and staff.

The following awards were presented at the ceremony:


New Professional Staff Member of the Year
Tristyn Clark

Professional Staff Member of the Year
Colt Kraus

Classified Staff Member of the Year
William Mattos

Staff Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Christina Patterson

Staff Commitment to Health & Wellness
Student Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Staff

Staff Commitment to Service
UNLV Student Health Center Staff

Staff Commitment to Customer Service
SRWC Custodial Staff Team

Student Organization Advisor of the Year
Dr. Daniel Bubb


Outstanding Annual Program or Tradition
Involvement Fair

Outstanding Marketing Campaign (Non-Social Media)
Swim the Distance

Outstanding Promotional Material
Turkey Trot 5K

Outstanding Educational Program
CSUN Academic Engagement Workshop Series

Outstanding Social Program
80’s Prom (Rebel Events Board)

Outstanding Collaborative Program
National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day

Outstanding New Program
REB’s Foodie Fest

Outstanding Wellness Program
Transgender Care Team

CSUN Award of Excellence
Andie Davis


Student Life AVP Award – Department of the Year
Student Life Maintenance

Student Life AVP Award – Outstanding Minority Serving Institution Student Council Member of the Year
The entire MSISC membership

Student Wellness AVP Award

Student Wellness AVP Award – Pandemic Heroism Award
All the healthcare workers, support staff, and leaders in the Student Health Center; Student Counseling & Psychological Services; Behavioral Health Team; and Business, Administration, and Technology Services!

Student Wellness AVP AwardPandemic Service Award
The staff of the Disability Resource Center, Jean Nidetch CARE Center, Student Conduct, and members of the UNLV Support Team.

Student Affairs Administration AVP Award
James Williams

Enrollment & Student Services AVP Award
Campus Relations & Visitor Experience Team


Outstanding Student Organization
1st Generation Club

Outstanding New Student Organization
African Student Alliance

Sport Club of the Year
UNLV Taekwondo

Outstanding Graduate Student Organization
UNLV Student Occupational Therapy Association

Student Organization Commitment to Service
Alpha Epsilon Delta

Student Organization Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
UNLV Men of Color Alliance

Student Organization Commitment to Health & Wellness
Public Health Student Association


Student Commitment to Service
Taylor James Finelli

Student Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Makayla Franklin

Student Commitment to Health & Wellness
Faria Tavacoli

Outstanding Student Staff Team (2-10 people)
UNLV Admissions Tik Tok Team

Outstanding Student Staff Team (10+ people)
Dayton Complex Resident Assistant Staff

Outstanding Student Media Team
UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader
Hamed Heidari

Outstanding Graduate Assistant 
Karen Szwed Prieto

Outstanding Student Leader 
Jorge “Coco” Leonardo Padilla

Outstanding Scholar Leader 
Selena Sanchez-Giancola

Outstanding Student Employee 
Jorge Perdomo Rodriguez

Outstanding Emerging Leader 
Lila Hearn

Unsung Hero
Alberto Rodriguez

Sports Club Officer of the Year 
Scarlett Baughman

Hall of Fame Inductees
Katie Membreno
Syeda Malaika Jamshed
Blanca Peña
Nour Benjelloun
Adam Abdalla

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