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May. 27, 2022


This past Spring Lee Business School students were busy leading strong student organizations, winning competitions, and standing out both on campus and beyond. 

Lee Business School Students Go Above and Beyond

  • Taking on a Challenge: Eight of the nine teams (including the winners) that competed in UNLV’s inaugural President’s Innovation Challenge included business students. Thank you to Lisa Davis, John Starkey, and Greg Moody who served as Team Mentors/Faculty Advisors. Also, a special thank you to Yong Li for serving as a judge along with CSUN student body president and business student Caren Royce Yap. More on Caren, below.
  • A Legacy of Leadership: Issac Hernandez, an economics major, was recently elected student body president. Issac was preceded by Caren Royce Yap, a marketing and international business double-major.  
  • Researchers Rule: 14 teams from Lee Business School participated in the Spring 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Economics major Katie Gilbertson was on the team that won the Best Oral Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Additionally, the Department of Marketing and International Business won the Champions of Research Award for the second year in a row. Thank you to Djeto Assane, Ian McDonough and Kim Nehls for serving as faculty advisors for several teams. And, thank you to Eda Anlamlier and Kirk Silvernail for serving as judges.
  • Student Research Impacts Community Decisions: Katie Gilbertson’s research on the Live Entertainment Tax was featured at the Vegas Chamber luncheon last week. Katie is minoring in Brookings public policy and is a student researcher for the Lincy Institute. Very impressive!
  • Student Organizations Creating a Standard of Excellence: Both our Beta Alpha Psi and IMA student chapters earned Gold Chapter status for the 2021-2022 academic year. And, our AMA student chapter was recognized as a Top 10 Chapter of the Year. 
  • The Award Goes to . . . 
    • Beta Alpha Psi received second place in the Western Region Best Practices' Competitions in both the Art of Engagement and the Art of Teaming competitions. Thank you to Tammy Perri for leading the chapter well.
    • For the last three years, AMA has placed in the top three in the AMA Collegiate Case Competition - which includes winning first place in 2019 for both the case competition and the business simulation that year. Some AMA students won individual awards as well. Thank you to Jack Schibrowsky and Nadia Pomirleanu for leading these teams.
    • A team of marketing students placed in the top five in the international Digital Marketing Competition in Spring 2022. Another team placed ninth. A dozen teams from UNLV competed in all. Thank you to Kim Nehls for advising the teams.
    • Four times in the last five years, accounting students have won the IMA National Case Competition. Last Spring three of the four finalist teams were from UNLV and we are gearing up for similar results for this year’s competition. Congratulations to Danny Siciliano who has advised the team each year.
    • Additionally, the 1st Generation Club - which was created within LEE but now serves the entire university has been recognized with multiple awards including a Growth, Inclusivity, Voice and Excellence Award by the UNLV Women’s Council and a 2022 Rebels Award for Outstanding Student Organization. Thank you to Theresa Boucher for her leadership in advising the students.
    • A team of Global Entrepreneurship Experience students competed in the Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition (NDCC) in January and placed 6th. The team was advised by Janet Runge.
  • 2022 Outstanding Graduates: At UNLV’s Spring 2022 commencement ceremony, undergraduate accounting major D’Nasia Thompson was recognized as one of UNLV's Outstanding Graduates. D’Nasia is an award-winning honors student, including a Lee Scholar for two years.

More to Celebrate

In addition to our students' accomplishments this past semester, we also celebrate the ranking of some of our programs which is a direct reflection of the hard work of our faculty and staff to help our students get the most out of their time at UNLV.

  • UNLV’s MBA program jumped to the 75th spot in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of part-time MBA programs. This is impressive, especially as one of 540 business schools that are accredited in the United States.
  • Additionally, LEE was ranked in the top 50 Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs also by U.S. News and World Report. A shout out to the Troesh Center, our entrepreneurship faculty, and the MET department for the role they played in this ranking. Currently, entrepreneurship is the only degree that is offered completely online.
  • The master’s degree program in cybersecurity has been ranked no. 25 by Student Training & Education in Public Service (Steps) in its list of 2022’s Best Online Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Programs.