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Student Affairs Accomplishments

Jun 4, 2018
Yuri Graves (Police Services) became president of the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association (NEPA) on June 1. In that position, he can effect change and cooperation as well as facilitate assistance with emergency management and public safety issues among various Nevada jurisdictions, tribes, and other stakeholders across the state. And, UNLV now has first-hand access to a team of Nevada's most dedicated emergency professionals, whose mission is for a more prepared and safe Nevada. As Graves dives into his presidency, partnering with Nevada's Division of Emergency Management (NV DEM) and adjacent state and international preparedness associations, he will bring a wealth of knowledge and support to campus. Graves, who spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, has led disaster preparedness, response, and recovery missions through typhoons, tsunamis, and volcanoes.  

May 2, 2018
Philip Danquah (Environmental and Occupational Health) is this year's recipient of the prestigious Michelle Chino Dissertation Scholarship awarded by the School of Community Health Sciences. The award was presented at the school's honors recognition reception in April. He also works as a graduate assistant in the registrar's office.      

Apr 4, 2018
Heather Rappaport (Student Union and Event Services) received the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award at the national conference of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors, International last month. She serves as the director for Region 1, which includes 13 U.S. states and three Canadian areas, and is the assistant director for sales & business operations in the Student Union and event services department.     

Apr 2, 2018
School of Dental Medicine and the Military & Veteran Services Center received the $10,000 first-place prize in the NV Energy Foundation’s “Power of Good Giveaway” competition. More than 110 nonprofits statewide that support active duty military or military veterans participated in the contest. Nevada residents voted to determine the top three organizations in the northern and southern regions. The dental school will use its half of the award to support the Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic, which serves the dental needs of underinsured and uninsured veterans.

Apr 2, 2018
Musiette McKinney (CAEO) has been selected by the Women's Basketball Hall Of Fame to be recognized with her former team, the San Francisco Pioneers, and the entire WBL, Women's Professional Basketball League. It was the first professional league for women from 1978-81. Plans are to celebrate these women as "Trailblazers of the Game."  The ceremony will take place at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, in June.

Mar 27, 2018
Judd Harbin (Student Affairs) recently presented two educational sessions at the annual conference for NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The conference was held in Philadelphia earlier this month. His first presentation was a solo presentation, "Implementing Peer Review in Student Affairs Annual Planning at an MSI Doctoral Research University." For the second presentation, "Effective Assessment Strategies for Non-traditional Student Populations," he presented with James Stewart (DePaul University), Darby Roberts (Texas A&M University), Autumn Green (Endicott College), and Stacy Ackerlind (University of Utah). 

Mar 23, 2018
Musiette McKinney (CAEO) has been named the recipient of the inaugural University of Nevada, Reno, Las Vegas office for prospective students Bruce Shively Advocate of the Year Award. The word “advocate” has many definitions: champion, supporter, promoter, spokesperson, campaigner, and crusader.  McKinney, the UNLV GEAR UP coordinator, has proven to be all of those and more in her long career of assisting and supporting students from diverse backgrounds throughout Southern Nevada in achieving their postsecondary educational goals.  Her efforts are well known and admired throughout the educational community. She always is ready to assist those in need by offering guidance and resources. Her remarkable energy and passion along with her tireless efforts and commitment have affected the lives of countless students and their families. She always finds a way to give a little extra, with new and inventive workshops, as well as through direct interaction with schools, students ,and their communities.

Feb 27, 2018
UNLV Wrestling (Campus Recreational Services) placed fourth out of 11 teams this past weekend at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) regional championships in St. George, Utah. UNLV had two individual champions, Pleatheal Roberts and Jared Brathor. We have qualified five wrestlers Roberts, Brathor, Austin Holloman, Elias Edmonson, and Trent Miller to go the NCWA national championships in Allen, Texas, in March.  

Feb 26, 2018
The UNLV Residence Hall Association (RHA) won the “Outstanding Advocacy Initiative” award from the Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH) at the association’s annual business conference held at Boise State University in Idaho earlier this month. RHA was recognized both for the organization’s response to initiating UNLV’s ‘1 October’ vigil after the shooting and follow-up efforts working with upper administration on campus security improvements. The honor recognizes the efforts of RHA organizations that have worked collaboratively with other departments to improve safety and the overall campus experience for students. The award is voted on by student leaders from Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. As this year's regional nominee from the intermountain region, RHA’s bid now will compete against seven other award nominees from the different geographic regions of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) at the annual conference that will take place at Arizona State University-Tempe in May. UNLV’s award bid was written by Robert Evans, RHA president, and Jonathan Diehl, association vice president.

Feb 22, 2018
Orlando White (Residential Life) won the “Advisor of the Year” award from the Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH) at the association’s annual business conference held at Boise State University in Idaho earlier this month. He has served as advisor for UNLV’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) since 2012 and the Rho Epsilon Beta chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) since 2013. The award recognizes the contributions of RHA and NRHH advisors who have helped their organizations grow in significant ways while advancing the residential life mission on their campuses. The award is voted on by student leaders from Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. He also won this award in 2016 under UNLV’s previous affiliation in the Pacific region. As this year's regional nominee from the intermountain region, White's bid now will compete against seven other award nominees from the different geographic regions of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) at the annual conference that will take place at Arizona State University-Tempe in May. His award bid was written by students Athina Ketchum, Lisamarie Tomassetti, and Lauren Washington. Some of the accomplishments highlighted in the bid were his work teaching in the leadership and civic engagement minor, developing UNLV’s first “Men of Color Retreat," and advising RHA's winning the national “School of the Year” award in 2017.