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urban affairs Accomplishments

Apr 9, 2018
Jacob Thompson (Communication Studies) was awarded The George Ziegelmueller Coaching Excellence Award by the Board of Trustees of the National Debate Tournament at this year's national championship tournament for policy debate. He is the director of UNLV's top-five nationally ranked debate team, the Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum. The award is named for former Wayne State University debate coach George Ziegelmueller. It is presented to a faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself in the communication profession while coaching teams to competitive success at the NDT.  Thompson said receiving the award was particularly meaningful to him because Ziegelmueller was his coach when he was an undergraduate student debating at Wayne State.

Mar 30, 2018
Esther Herrera (Urban Affairs) and Kevin McVay (Sciences) presented a poster at the 2018 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 9 Conference in Santa Rosa, California. It was titled, "You Are Graduating Soon. Now What?" Their presentation focused on graduation being an exciting time for many students; however, it can also be an anxious time for those who feel unprepared for the workforce and their next life chapter. In their second-year seminar advising presentation, the two advisors proactively show students their campus resources and how they can get involved in internship and independent study opportunities. Within this poster session, they displayed the interactive Prezi presentation that advisors use within this course and shared data that demonstrates the importance of engaging with students early in their collegiate careers. A handout was provided for attendees to learn about how they can create a similar presentation within their own advising center. 

Mar 13, 2018
Claudia Chiang-Lopez (Communication Studies) participated in a panel discussion this month following a screening of the Great Basin Water Network's and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada's "Great Basin Water Grab" documentary films at the Clark County Wetlands. The films focus on the disastrous effects a proposed $15.5 billion water pipeline from rural Nevada to Las Vegas would create for our state.

Mar 5, 2018
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) is the author of an article, "House of Netflix: Streaming Media and Digital Lore," which recently was published in the journal Popular Communication. The article looks at Netflix and the emergence of a nascent streaming industry, including the push into original programming. The article proposes categories of streaming lore and analyzes their relation to a growing streaming media industry.  

Feb 14, 2018
Emily J. Salisbury (Criminal Justice) was awarded the 2018 GPSA Outstanding Mentor Award by the Graduate and Professional Student Association at UNLV.

Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.

Dec 18, 2017
Randy Dexter (Communication Studies) and Jefferson Detrick (Public Administration) were among those who graduated from the Student Veterans of America's 2017 Leadership Institute. Expected to be the leaders of tomorrow, the 93 graduates completed intensive leadership training over three days with access to distinguished leaders including former President George W. Bush. Identified as the highest-performing student veterans in higher education, they traveled to the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas to receive nearly 15 hours of intensive classroom training from business and industry leaders. This premier training for emerging leaders in post-secondary education focused on teaching a personal leadership ethos and how to apply it. Graduates defined their personal leadership vision and developed an action plan to implement that vision in chapters, colleges, and communities across America.  

Nov 30, 2017
Gregory Borchard (Journalism & Media Studies) earned recognition with a top faculty paper award with his presentation at the 25th Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. "Press Responses to Republicans and Romanism in the 1856 Election: 'Free Men, Free Speech, Free Press, Free Territory, and Fremont'" received the Award of Excellence, designated for detail and quality.

Nov 15, 2017
The School of Social Work participates in Nevada Partnership for Training (NPT) along with UNR, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Washoe County Social Services (WCSS), and Clark County Department of Family Services (CCDFS), to develop and support the child welfare workforce.  Earlier this year, DCFS increased the grant received by the NPT at UNLV to approximately $1.4 million per year from $449,500. This increase in funding was realized after the UNLV team for NPT was invited to serve on various committees as part of the Blue Ribbon for Kids Commission that convened in 2014.  The increase in funding will allow the NPT at UNLV’s School of Social Work to increase its capacity to serve the child welfare workforce in several ways.  Improve initial trainings for new employees entering child welfare by creating a multi-modality learning environment that includes online training, skill based classroom learning, and more on the job experience. Conduct workforce development assessments and studies to assist the child welfare agency with recruitment, screening, and retention. Provide additional training for existing child welfare workforce to increase their skills in serving children and families. Provide additional training for supervisors, managers, and executive leadership with an emphasis on coaching skills, leadership, and succession planning. This partnership between UNLV’s School of Social Work, DCFS, and CCDFS, will allow all groups to improve the outcomes for the children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Nov 14, 2017
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) and Alexis Kennedy (Criminal Justice) hosted meetings with Ukrainian leaders representing government sectors, law enforcement agencies, social service providers, and non-government organizations as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Program alumni include 19 current chiefs of state or heads of government and 330 former chiefs of state or heads of government. Ekroos’ expertise includes the health care response to persons identified as victims of human trafficking, their unique biopsychosocial and clinical forensic needs, and collaborative multidisciplinary responses to human trafficking. Kennedy shares her expertise and data related to trafficking of minors and how local systems have responded to the needs of victims during the past decade. Both provide expertise related to the differences between local, national, and international systems coupled with discussions about due process and justice.