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President Smatresk's Campus Letter

Welcome back. As we begin a new semester at UNLV, we all recognize that the next session of the Nevada State Legislature will be a very important one for our campus and the Nevada System of Higher Education. As you read the papers and listen to the news in the coming days, weeks, and months, you will be exposed to rumors, opinions, and political positions. As our governor and legislators work to balance the state budget, some of the budget cut numbers and proposals you hear are bound to cause you concern. Keep in mind that building and approving the state budget is a process, and this process is only just beginning.

Here is what we know:

  • Governor Sandoval’s State of the State address will be delivered on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 6 p.m.
  • The 76th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature will open on Monday, February 7, 2011.
  • The university has been preparing for this session for some time. We have advocacy information packaged and ready.
  • More than 1,000 volunteers have expressed their support of UNLV and will be communicating with legislators.
  • Alumni and stakeholder support of the university has never been stronger.
  • The business community recognizes the importance of UNLV as a force for economic diversification.

I will be holding town hall meetings as soon as we start receiving budget numbers. I share your concerns about the state’s budget deficit and its impact on our students, your workloads, pay, benefits, and well-being.  We will respond as needed with the facts and impacts of various proposals. Our team is ready to go, and we will stay in close touch with all of you to let you know what you can do to help as our financial situation emerges from the session.

As the new semester starts, we must continue to demonstrate our importance to Nevada by serving our students to the best of our ability and focusing on our strengths. I believe that Las Vegas and Nevada have never needed UNLV more. It is through your hard work and efforts that we continue to shape the future for our students and our region. Thank you for your dedication to keeping UNLV going strong, particularly during these challenging times.

Neal J. Smatresk, Ph.D.

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