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fine arts Accomplishments

Oct 16, 2018
Michael Jarett ( Dance) received the Richmond Theater Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design for his design of Moth produced by TheatreLAB in Richmond, Virginia, earlier this year. This was the first time he has received the award. He was nominated six times previously, including two nominations this past season. He also was nominated this past season for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design - Musical for his design of The Last Five Years produced by TheatreLAB. The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle was established in 2008 with the sole purpose of recognizing excellence in Richmond-area professional theater through the nomination and presentation of annual awards.  

Oct 11, 2018
Rochelle Walker (Fine Arts) and Samantha Carroll (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) created Living Your Best Life: Balancing School, Work, and Family Summit. It was created out of a graduate multicultural course project within the higher education leadership program. The goal was to provide UNLV student-parents a positive and supportive campus environment while presenting the necessary tools and campus resources in order for this student population to persist through to graduation. Cristina Hernandez (Women's Center) and Walker cohosted the event. Presenters included Vice President Juanita Fain (Student Affairs), Tracy Johnson (Liberal Arts), Liz Carrasco (Counseling and Psychological Services), Misty Valentin (Financial Aid & Scholarships), Nicole Stella (Academic Success Center), and keynote speaker Anita Revilla (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies). Carroll is a graduate student. 

Oct 10, 2018
Marta Plominska (Music) has been awarded first prize at the Great Composers Competition - Masters of Wind Sonata for Sergey Prokofiev's "Sonata for Flute and Piano." Masters of Sonata is an annual international music competition series paying tribute to the art of the sonata/sonatina's large-scale musical form. Plominska is a doctorate of musical arts candidate.   

Sep 20, 2018
Jazz Honors Trio (Music) has won the honor of playing at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival in California on Sept. 22 and 23. The trio was invited to play because it took first place at the 2018 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival College Combo Division this past spring where they competed against some of the top university combos in the nation. Trio members are pianist Patrick Hogan, bassist Ruben Van-Gundy, and drummer Michael Hoffman.

Sep 13, 2018
On Sept. 5 the Academic Success Center (ASC) celebrated its 10-year anniversary and as part of its celebration recognized former students, faculty, departments, and community leaders that have made the ASC such an exemplary center. They are: Dean’s Award - Carl Reiber (formerly of the provost's office) Dean’s Award - Regent Kevin Page Founder’s Award - Neal Smatresk (former UNLV president) Outstanding Impact Award - philanthropist Christina Hixson  Classified Dedication Award -  Monica McNeely (ASC) Full-time Faculty Dedication Award - Salvador Mora (ASC) Graduate Student Ambassador Award - John Starkey (Lee Business School) Alumni Award of Excellence - Devante Davis, '15 BS Public Administration Alumni Award of Excellence - Crestcencia Ortiz-Barnett, '10 BA Theatre Arts, '15 MA Theatre Arts Alumni Award of Excellence - Ashley Rapuano, '16 BA Theatre Arts Outstanding Graduate Award - Lily Sender, '18 BS Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Award - Angelica Bustos, '16 BS Biology Outstanding Graduate Award - Ariana Burton, '18 BA Anthropology Outstanding Graduate Award - Nha Trang "Vivian" Sam, '17 BS Biology Lifetime Partner in Student Success - College of Liberal Arts Lifetime Partner in Student Success - University Libraries Lifetime Partner in Student Success - College of Engineering

Sep 4, 2018
Timothy Jones (Music) is the lead author of Rock ’n’ Roll Origins & Innovators, which has just been through a major revision and was published in August as the revised second edition. Jim McIntosh is the co-author. This is the 10th anniversary of the book’s original release. It has sold more than 20,000 copies.  

Aug 30, 2018
Attila Lawrence (Architecture) is one of the experts quoted in the article "A Habitat for Health" that appears in the online publication "Builder." He has done translational research that operationalizes the positioning of interior design as a therapeutic modality to support health and well-being. Progressive developers and home builders embrace the evidence-based, practical guidelines for the development of design/build strategies that can support the transformation of 21st century home life by benefiting populations diverse in age, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

Jul 30, 2018
Iman Ansari (Architecture) presented at the LoopTransport 2018 Conference. Organized by Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP), as the first HARP International Conference on Hyperloop Transportation and Related Technologies, the conference aimed to initiate and facilitate communication between scientists with expertise in areas related to the Hyperloop technology advancement. Ansari's presentation, "HYPER.STRUCTURE: Envisioning Hyperloop as an Urban Infrastructure," reviewed some of the work of his office AN.ONYMOUS on Hyperloop and its potential in reconfiguring urban growth and development.

Jul 25, 2018
Iman Ansari (Architecture) is featured in the latest issue of Scraper Magazine. The interview with Ansari focuses on the work of his office, AN.ONYMOUS. Viewing at LA as a "magnetic metropolis," the issue, "Loaded Los Angeles," "takes an intimate look at the lives of the artists and architects that make the city so stunning." 

Jul 9, 2018
Beth Mehocic (Dance) had her Concerto for Piano and Orchestra recorded for Parma Recordings by the renown Croation Chamber Orchestra and members of the Zagreb Philharmonic under the direction of acclaimed conductor Miran Vaupotic and the award-winning Maltese pianist, Charlene Farrugia. The concerto is slated to be released on a compilation CD of concerti by the Croation Chamber Orchestra on the Navona Label for Parma Recordings later this year.