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Student Affairs Accomplishments

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.  

Feb 16, 2018
Janna Bernstein (Student Engagement and Diversity) has been recognized as one of the inaugural 2018 professionals of the NASPA NOW Professional Recognition for Impact. NASPA is the professional organization for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The NASPA NOW Professional Recognition, launched in 2017 in partnership between the New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community and the NASPA central office, recognizes the impact that new professionals and graduate students have upon the student affairs profession. Each year, 25 participants are selected as winners in categories aligned with the NASPA pillars of integrity, inclusion, innovation, inquiry, and impact. Bernstein, assistant director of leadership and scholar development in UNLV's office of student engagement and diversity, is actively involved in the organization, serving as the Region 5 representative for the NASPA Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community where she serves on both the regional and national boards and as a member of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Advisory Board. She also serves on the Engagement Subcommittee for the 100th NASPA Annual Conference. She served as the conference chair for the inaugural NASPA Southern Nevada Drive-In, bringing together the higher education professionals in the Las Vegas Valley for a day of professional development and growth. She also facilitated the creation of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program at UNLV and has served as a mentor to three fellows in addition to supporting the other programs and encouraging students interested in pursuing a career in higher education.    

Feb 13, 2018
The Jean Nidetch Women's Center (JNWC) received $5,000 from B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. Foundation for a new golf cart for our "Quiz Cart" initiative. The goal of the “Reality Ride Quiz Cart” is to increase the visibility of JNWC programs involving sexual assault and relationship violence issues and maintain inclusion of marginalized communities, while being the only trauma-informed safety transportation on campus. Non-traditional students are typically students who have either delayed their enrollment between high school and postsecondary education or students who returned after an interruption in their postsecondary education. These students tend to work and/or parent during the day and attend their academic courses at night. For this reason, they aren’t often exposed to the JNWC/CARE Advocates’ anti-violence and intimate partner violence (IPV) awareness programming. The “Reality Ride Quiz Cart” or “Quiz Cart” takes place in the evening as a direct effort to engage non-traditional students in the anti-violence movement.