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Student Affairs Accomplishments

Oct 11, 2018
Rochelle Walker (Fine Arts) and Samantha Carroll (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) created Living Your Best Life: Balancing School, Work, and Family Summit. It was created out of a graduate multicultural course project within the higher education leadership program. The goal was to provide UNLV student-parents a positive and supportive campus environment while presenting the necessary tools and campus resources in order for this student population to persist through to graduation. Cristina Hernandez (Women's Center) and Walker cohosted the event. Presenters included Vice President Juanita Fain (Student Affairs), Tracy Johnson (Liberal Arts), Liz Carrasco (Counseling and Psychological Services), Misty Valentin (Financial Aid & Scholarships), Nicole Stella (Academic Success Center), and keynote speaker Anita Revilla (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies). Carroll is a graduate student. 

Oct 3, 2018
Romeo Jackson (Student Diversity and Social Justice) recently delivered a presentation, "Centering Queer and Trans Folx in Higher Education," at Indiana University. 

Oct 2, 2018
Kevin Wright (Student Diversity and Social Justice) has been selected as one of the recipients of the #BetterMoneyHabits 50 Under $50K list, recognizing 50 young professionals who are practicing solid financial habits on starting salaries of $50,000 or less. He was chosen from more than 2,000 applicants from across the country. This initiative is a collaboration between Bank of American and Buzzfeed.

Sep 25, 2018
Jay Nietling (Physics and Astronomy), Katelyn DiBenedetto (Graduate College), Anabel Chavva (Service Learning & Leadership), Sara Tajalli (Writing Center), Shanna Kinzel (Student Union & Event Services), and Jill Zimbelman (Research and Economic Development) are this year's recipients of the Professional Development Awards. These $500 awards are granted to individuals who would like funding for a professional development endeavor. Six are granted each year and can be used toward numerous professional development opportunities, including: Conference travel Workshops Training Certificates Winners were announced at the annual Administrative Faculty Development Day on Sept. 19.  

Aug 2, 2018
Janna Bernstein (Service Learning and Leadership), recently presented at the Association of Leadership Educators conference in Chicago. Her presentation, "What are Funds of Knowledge? A Collaborative Approach to Leadership Education," focused on the importance of using the identities of both student and teacher to facilitate culturally conscious conversations in leadership courses. Attendees learned how engaging “funds of knowledge” in the classroom encourages inclusive and holistic learning environments and provided best practices for classroom implementation.

Jul 27, 2018
Rian Satterwhite (Service Learning and Leadership) completed the first year of his two-year term as co-chair of the National Leadership Symposium with the 2018 symposium in Tampa, Florida, earlier this month. The event, a 28-year-old program that draws together academic and co-curricular leadership educators to explore timely aspects of leadership education in an intensive cohort experience, is a partnership between the National Association of Campus Activities and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. This year's symposium was titled Leadership & Democratic Engagement: The role we play and messages we send. 

Jul 11, 2018
Arthur Hockwald (Campus Recreational Services) made two presentations at the UC Fitcon Conference at the University of California, Riverside in June. The topics were "Clean Slate: Creating a Personal Training Program" and "Motor Learning: Internal and External Focus." Hockwald, a graduate assistant, also took a leadership role as operations captain during the IDEA World Convention in San Diego in June.

Jul 9, 2018
UNLV School of Dental Medicine hosted 134 local high school students during the annual Upward Bound event, which provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The dental school’s faculty, staff, and students hosted tours of the campus and provided demonstrations in the simulation laboratory. This is the second consecutive year the School of Dental Medicine has participated.

Jun 22, 2018
Jennifer Bonilla (Registrar and Health Care Administration) has been appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to the Board of Directors of the Public Employees' Benefits Program. Her appointment to serve NSHE employees and other Nevadans will run from July 1, 2018, to June 20, 2022.

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.