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Distinguished Alumni, Gold Nuggets awards to stall for centennial year

This year’s Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nuggets will be the last selected for the next two years.

Next year, in honor of the university’s centennial, the Alumni Association and the university will host a reunion of all past nominees. The traditional awarding of Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nugget awards will commence in 2015.

“This will be a tribute to all of them and to the university,” said Richard Daniel, executive director for alumni relations. “It is a way to introduce all of them to each other and bring this collective success of individuals to campus to celebrate them and also for them to have a chance to celebrate our centennial and to meet with our students.”

Daniel said that he looks forward to the coming centennial year and the reunion of past Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nuggets. This year, the four distinguished alumni—who are selected by the university based on their accomplishments—are Sally Hurt Deitch, CEO of Sierra Providence East Medical Center, Kathy Patrick, a litigation attorney for Gibbs and Burns Law firm, Gary Wagner, Ameron International Corporation, and Robert Wingo, CEO of Sanders and Wingo Marketing.

“It is quite a diversified group of individuals that are distinguished alumni, but the breadth and depth of our alumni and the achievements that they have accomplished are tremendous,” he said. “We have the largest group of Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nuggets together that we have ever recognized before.”

Gold Nugget awards are given from each college to alumni who have excelled in their respective field. This year, 18 individuals have been awarded this honor.

Daniel said the alumni are prime examples of successful UTEP graduates.

“We have such tremendous alumni across this country and we are trying to recognize as many of them as possible when we can,” Daniel said. “The Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nuggets are those opportunities where we can pay tribute to the collective success and achievements of our alumni.”

For more information on this year’s award recipients, visit

Amanda Guillen may be reached at [email protected].

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Amanda Guillen, Editor-in-Chief
Amanda Guillen is a senior multimedia journalism major with a minor in women's studies. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and graduated from El Paso High School in 2011. She has been a part of The Prospector since summer 2013 and is currently Managing Editor. She has always had a passion for journalism and plans to become a television news reporter upon graduating from UTEP. In addition to being a full-time student and reporter, she is a part of two honor societies on campus, Alpha Lambda Delta and the National Society of Leadership and Success where she participates in community service regularly. Amanda also interns for KVIA Channel 7 the El Paso affiliate of ABC. Her love for the city of El Paso is something that led her to choose UTEP as her school of choice. She has enjoyed her past 3 years at the university and looks forward to an eventful school year.
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