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Apr 10, 2017
Stephen Miller (Center for Business and Economic Research), along with Mike Wixom of Smith, Larsen, and Wixom Attorneys; Kevin Bagger of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; and Sallie Doebler of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, participated in a panel discussion, "Two Building $4 Billion" in April. The conversation explored the proposed Convention Center expansion and stadium. The event is the first in a series of four and is for members of the Las Vegas chapter of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the premier trade association for developers, owners, and investors in industrial, office, and related commercial real estate.

Mar 28, 2017
Daniel Chi (Finance) is the author of  "The Dynamics of Performance Volatility and Firm Valuation," which was published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.This publication is considered to be an A+ journal. It is well known that riskier firms have lower valuation. But it is equally well known that smaller firms are riskier, yet have higher valuation. How could this be? In the article, Chi shows through a theoretical model (and empirical evidence) that smaller firms have invested in fewer available investment opportunities, that is, they are less diversified, and so more volatile or riskier. Yet, they also have more investment opportunities to invest in the future, and these investment opportunities are reflected by higher valuation. Thus, smaller firms are riskier, yet have higher valuation. 

Mar 8, 2017
Alan Schlottmann (Economics) was presented with a Spotlight Award on Saturday, March 4, by the Las Vegas chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Southern Nevada, a commercial real estate development association comprised of 400 members serving the local Southern Nevada market. The annual Spotlight Awards honor the membership’s firms and individuals for achievements, built projects, or deals done during the prior year. Additionally, they present awards for principal and associate members. Schlottmann was recognized for his economic development activities. 

Mar 7, 2017
Hans Rawhouser (Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology) recently had a paper published in Journal of Business Venturing Insights. The paper, titled “Horse and Cart: The Role of Resource Acquisition Order in New Ventures” uses agent-based simulation to give insight about the order in which entrepreneurs should acquire different types of resources. The simulation classifies resources according to their ability to promote search for opportunities or execution of existing opportunities. The simulation indicates that entrepreneurs that first acquire resources (e.g., hiring employees, buying equipment) to execute on a specific opportunity may waste time and effort before realizing the deficiencies of that opportunity, compared to those that acquire resources that enable opportunity validation (e.g., initial market testing). These effects are stronger when the environment is more uncertain and dynamic and it is harder to know whether opportunities are valuable. This research provides initial evidence supporting a recent widespread shift in entrepreneurial education from emphasis on business planning to the use of the lean startup methodology in testing business ideas. Rawhouser teaches both business planning and lean startups at UNLV.  

Feb 13, 2017
John Starkey (Business) and Sofie Burton (Allied Health Sciences) will be presenting at the 20th annual Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) Conference in Kennesaw, Georgia, in March. This marks the second consecutive year the duo has presented at the ANTSHE conference. Both Burton and Starkey serve as members of the Adult Learner Advisory Board. The board’s purpose is to collaborate with entities across campus to recognize the non-traditional student and to provide meaningful connection, useful services, and accessible opportunities that will assist them in obtaining personal and academic success at UNLV. Starkey and Burton will be discussing their internal collaborations with various departments from UNLV at the conference, highlighting how impactful a university can be for a student population when efforts are united. 

Feb 9, 2017
John Starkey (Business) will be speaking on behalf of UNLV Advising at the International National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Conference at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom in July. NACADA hosts one international conference every year and at this particular conference, Starkey will be speaking about advising's role during student unrest. His presentation is a collaboration with Matthew Cooney, a recent Ph.D. graduate from Bowling Green State University's higher education administration program. Fewer than 50 percent of the proposals were accepted for this conference. They will discuss how higher education institutions around the world are responding to student unrest in ways that encourage inclusiveness at a time when many campuses are being divided as students resist official responses from universities on various social issues. Because social media allows students to unite globally, this unrest has been amplified. Academic advisors can play a vital role in de-escalating feelings of unrest by utilizing their contact with students to discuss concerns.

Nov 16, 2016
John Starkey, Alondra Ortiz and Jamie Phillips (all Business) led 46 Lee Business School freshmen in a fundraising effort that raised more than $7,000 for the Nevada chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Their efforts were part of a service learning project that takes place in a first-year seminar course, Business 103. Not all the money raised has yet been posted to the website.

Nov 10, 2016
Tracy Johnson (Liberal Arts) and John Starkey (Business) presented at the 2016 NSHE Southern Diversity Summit. The presentation focused on how non-traditional students or adult learners on our campuses are ever increasing in numbers. Lifelong learning, career re-tooling, and re-entry into higher education calls for an integrated approach that is persistent, creative, and consistent. At UNLV, non-traditional students represent about 25 percent of the undergraduate student population. This commuter community, in a 24-hour city, is ideal for non-traditional methods to engage students toward completion. Johnson and Starkey showed how UNLV has taken the non-traditional student survey results and developed an infrastructure to provide peer support. Through financial assistance, a math bridge program designed specifically for non-traditional students, an Adult Learner Advisory Board, and academic advising liaison per advising center support students who may start their academic career at different life points.

Oct 5, 2016
Heather Monteiro (Marketing and International Business) with co-authors from Georgia Southern University, Jacqueline Eastman, and Bradley University, Rajesh Iyer, recently published their article, "Perceptions of Millennials' Media Attitudes and Use: A Comparison of US and Indian Millennials" in Marketing Management Journal's fall 2016 issue.

Aug 17, 2016
UNLV's Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education project (TILT Higher Ed) (Provost's Office) is the focus of the current issue of the journal Peer Review, published by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. A research article by UNLV's Mary-Ann Winkelmes (Provost's Office), Matthew Bernacki (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), Jeffrey Butler (Economics), Michelle Zochowski (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), Jennifer Golanics (Education), and Kathryn Harriss Weavil (Urban Affairs) appears in the issue, along with articles by collaborators at seven other minority-serving institutions. The TILT Higher Ed project found that a small teaching adjustment (to make the purposes, tasks, and criteria for academic work more transparent, accessible, and relevant to students) yielded significant learning benefits for students, with even greater gains for underserved students, including higher grades and retention rates.