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Apr 25, 2017
The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Academic Advising Center has been chosen as the "Student's Choice" Academic Advising Center of the Year. The college was selected by the results of a survey that was sent out to the entire UNLV student population. This survey was administerd by the Rebel Voice Commission, an academic advising commission that is run out of the Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Retention, Progression, and Completion. 

Apr 18, 2017
Jennifer Guthrie (Communication Studies) and Adrianne Kunkel of the University of Kansas were awarded the 2016 B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article Award from the Western States Communication Association for their article, "Survivor: Women's Stories of Navigation and Tensions in a Domestic Violence Shelter."

Apr 4, 2017
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) is the author of Feminism, Gender, and Politics in NBC's Parks and Recreation, which just has been published (Peter Lang, New York). This book analyzes the various ways the series presented feminism as a positive force, such as the satirical portrayal of patriarchy; alternative depictions of masculinity; the feminist ideology and political career of main character Leslie Knope; the inclusion of actual political figures; and depictions of love and romance as related to feminism.

Apr 3, 2017
The UNLV Debate Team celebrated its second consecutive year advancing to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament (NDT). The NDT is the most prestigious and challenging collegiate debate tournament in America. This year two individual UNLV teams advanced to the elimination rounds of the NDT — a first for the program. The UNLV Debate Team also had three individual teams compete in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship Tournament. At the CEDA National Championship tournament, UNLV debaters Christian Ogata and Jerrell Berrios advanced to the Sweet 16 elimination round and were named to the CEDA All-American Debate Squad.  Learn more about UNLV's award-winning debate team.  

Mar 27, 2017
Katherine M. Hertlein (Marriage and Family Therapy) has been appointed editor-In-chief of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. The journal has been dedicated to the interests of adult couple relationships through its rigorous research articles, treatment articles, theoretical pieces, and diverse perspectives expressed in other formats. It is a premier outlet for giving voice to contemporary issues in couples where current ideologies are explored, challenged, and resolved. The Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy strives to be the expert resource for academic and professional consumers who conduct assessment of, provide education to, and intervene with today’s couples. Hertlein will begin this role in January 2018. This is the first time a journal has been housed in UNLV’s MFT program.  

Mar 10, 2017
Christine Springer (Public Policy and Leadership) was a plenary speaker for the DRI 2017 Professionals Conference in February. She addressed emergency management and homeland security degrees nationwide, the ECEM (executive master of science in crisis and emergency management) degree that she helped start and manages and also where the emergency management and homeland security profession is today in contrast to 2011. She also interacted with the audience for 30 minutes and received and answered questions.  

Mar 9, 2017
Nancy Lough, James Hines (both Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Margo Malik (Athletics) participated in the Sport and Recreation Law Association's 30th annual conference in Las Vegas this month. Lough, the invited keynote speaker, titled her talk, "If We Build It, Will They Come? Considering 30 Years of Sport Law and Policy." Additionally, Lough and Ph.D. student Hines presented "First and What's the Goal? A Legal Examination of North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2) and Intercollegiate Athletics." Malik and Lough presented: "Title IX Compliance and Athletic Department Webpages: A Content Analysis." Malik also is a UNLV alum, having earned a master's degree in journalism and media studies in 2016.      

Mar 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next IPE Day is tentatively scheduled for spring semester 2018.

Mar 6, 2017
Gregory Borchard (Journalism and Media Studies) is the author of "Beyond Radicalism: The New-York Tribune's Whiggishness and Constructive Democracy," which appears in the March edition of Journalism & Communication Monographs.

Feb 3, 2017
Randall Shelden (Criminal Justice) recently completed his first novel, An Improbable Rise. It has been published as a Kindle e-book.