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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. 

Oct 31, 2017
The UNLV Debate Team (Communication Studies) of Matthew Gomez (Political Science) and Jeffrey Horn (Economics) won the Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament, held at UNLV in October.  Gomez and Horn finished the preliminary debates with a perfect 7-0 record, defeating teams from Gonzaga, Arizona State University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Iowa, and the University of Texas. They qualified for the elimination rounds of the tournament as the top-seeded team, out of 52 different competitors. In the elimination rounds, they defeated the University of Wyoming and then a string of three different teams from the University of California, Berkeley in the Elite Eight, the Final Four, and then the championship round. This was the duo's third tournament and first tournament win of the year. At their first two tournaments earlier this year they advanced to the Elite Eight against fields of more than 100 teams. Jacob Thompson (Communication Studies) serves as the head debate coach.   

Oct 30, 2017
Stephen Bates (Journalism and Media Studies) is the author of "Is This the Best Philosophy Can Do? Henry R. Luce and A Free and Responsible Press" which appears in the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Oct 24, 2017
Allison Slaughter  (Social Work) has been awarded a fellowship via the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program-Youth. The master's level fellowship is designed to enhance the cultural competency of social work students. Recipients must be committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children, adolescents, and transition-age youths. The overall goal of the program is to improve behavioral health care for racially and ethnically diverse populations.The fellowship duration is for one full year. Fellows are selected from a national pool of applicants. Slaughter is the second UNLV student to be awarded this fellowship.

Oct 20, 2017
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) and Jeff Shuter are co-authors of a book chapter titled, "The Ethics of Sensory Ethnography" in the book Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts, edited by Michael Zimmer and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda. The book is published by Peter Lang.