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Student Affairs Accomplishments

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.  

Jan 30, 2018
The Jean Nidetch Women's Center (Student Affairs) has received continuation funding from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Public & Behavioral Health in the amount of $54,338 to continue its prevention and education efforts on campus. These funds come directly from the Rape Prevention Education Program. 

Jan 24, 2018
Judd Harbin (Campus Life Assessment) in December was elected to serve as chair-elect of the board of directors for Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) in 2018. He will become chair of the board in 2019. Comprised of educators who lead assessment in divisions of student affairs at a variety of institutions across the nation, SAAL seeks to create an atmosphere where leaders can share and advance conversations related to creating division assessment infrastructure, supporting assessment projects, and documenting student learning as it relates to the academic mission. For the past two years, he served as chair of SAAL's External Relations Committee, working to build relationships between SAAL and related organizations. He been a member of the SAAL since 2012.  

Jan 22, 2018
Mayra Cardoso (Registrar) received the Classified Employee of the Month for the month of December. 

Jan 22, 2018
Judd Harbin (Campus Life Assessment) received the 2017 Campus Labs Champion Award for bringing people and departments together to advance assessment in Student Affairs, and for aligning those efforts with institutional goals and outcomes.

Jan 2, 2018
Rian Satterwhite (Student Engagement and Diversity) was nominated and has accepted the nomination to serve as a Jameson Fellow for 2018. This Las Vegas-based initiative is intended to connect community members — specifically those in non-profit work — with one another. It is an honor to be included as a fellow, and will further the great work that Satterwhite will do as the director for service learning and leadership.

Dec 4, 2017
LaToya Burdiss, Erin Farrar, Arthur Hockwald, Steven Kinsey, Jannelvy Martinez, Sarah Repman, and Timothy Toepfer (all Campus Recreational Services) recently presented at the 2017 National Intramural & Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Conference in San Diego. The purpose of the conference is to share and learn about the latest trends in collegiate recreation. Presentations included: "Seek to See More: How Regular Evaluation Develops Student Employees," presented by Kinsey, Burdiss, Repman, and Martinez. (This presentation has been selected for the 2018 National NIRSA Conference) "If You Build It, They Will Lead: The Impact of a Student Led Sport Club Council," presented by Burdiss, Farrar, Kinsey, Martinez, and Toepfer. "Blank Slate: Designing a Personal Training Program from Underground to Skies the Limit," presented by Hockwald and Michelle Leachman of UC Santa Barbara.

Nov 27, 2017
The Healthy Rebels (Student Wellness), a team of nationally certified peer wellness educators at UNLV, won a BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA award for Outstanding Peer Education Program at the 2017 BACCHUS General Assembly in November. They were recognized for the "Humans of UNLV" social media initiative, which highlights how students develop resilience as a capacity for retention and graduation. The Healthy Rebels presented twice at the assembly to a national audience, educating other students and staff from around the country on social media-based resilience education.