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Thank You, Rosa

Rosa Guzman smiled her way while working in the UNLV sports information office for 32 years.

Rosa Guzman smiled her way while working in the UNLV sports information office for 32 years.

Oct. 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Rosa Guzman, a native of Mechoacanejo, Mexico, whose family moved to Las Vegas from California just in time for her to graduate from Western High School, transferred from working in UNLV's financial aid office over to the young university's athletics department in the early part of the 1980s.

She couldn't have know then that she would go on to work under six UNLV presidents, seven head sports information directors and a staggering 11 different athletics directors (including four interim stints).

Those numbers pale in comparison, of course, to the hundreds of coaches and literally thousands of student-athletes that have stood before her desk whether it was in the McDermott PE Complex or in its current spot along the main hall of the Thomas & Mack Center.

That's a lot of people -- and we dare you to find one that has a bad word to say about Rosa. In fact, if you look in the dictionary for the word "Beloved" you may find one of Rosa's rare headshots she took over her three decades on campus.

Alas, Friday is Rosa's last day as an employee of UNLV and her retirement means lots of time visiting her parents back home in Mexico -- when she's not here with her three kids: Eddie Jr., Andy and Vanessa. It also means a big learning curve for the five-man office she leaves behind.

Asked about working for Athletics for 32 years (34 total at the university), Rosa said her best memory -- much like a big portion of the school's fanbase -- is when the Runnin' Rebels won it all while crushing Duke in the 1990 NCAA Championship Game (one year before breaking her coffee table while cheering at home during UNLV's shocking loss to the Blue Devils in the Final Four).

"Actually, I will always remember liking to work with everyone here," Guzman said. "All of the SIDs over the years, everyone in the department and on campus, all of the coaches and players and everyone in the media. It was all great. I can't think of one bad experience."

Three decades and we can't think of one bad thing to say about Rosa -- except that on Monday she won't be here.

Thank you, Rosa. We love you.

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