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Student Affairs Accomplishments

Jun 14, 2017
Jennifer Gray (Student Affairs) and Anna Brandenberger (UNLV Dining), along with Benny Yerushalmi and John Lee, both of whom are with Soho Sushi Burrito, made a presentation at the National Association of College Auxiliary Services west regional conference on "Bet Big, Win Big; How UNLV Gambled on Soho Sushi Burrito and Won." The conference was held in Orange County, California, earlier this month. At the same conference, Gray, along with Jeff Panchavinin and Jason Taylor, both of the Scion Group, presented "UNLV; An Innovative Housing Partnership."

Jun 1, 2017
The Residence Hall Association (Residential Life) won top honors at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) annual conference hosted at Purdue University in May. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) won the prestigious “NACURH School of the Year” award. This is the top distinction for affiliated RHA chapters in the association. This honor is given to RHA organizations that have moved the mission of the association forward by creating a thriving on-campus residential community. This is the first time in UNLV history that RHA has earned this title. With active RHA chapters in Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, South Africa, and United Arab Emirates, this award is an international honor. UNLV students produced a 30-page document, known as a “bid”, designed in the theme of Time magazine. The bid highlighted RHA's programs, initiatives, and other achievements from the past year. In the bid, RHA mainly focused on large-scale programs and other accomplishments such as hosting UNLV’s largest ever “Undie Run” in September 2016, sponsoring residence hall viewing parties for the Presidential Debate in October 2016 and generating a 24 percent voter turn-out for their own organization elections in April of this year. The bid also highlighted collaboration with other departments and how inclusivity is key when advocating for multiple identities of students at a diverse school such as UNLV.   RHA earned the opportunity to compete nationally after winning at the regional level this past winter. UNLV’s bid was presented on behalf of the entire Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH). UNLV previously won the regional level of this award in 2011 and 1993 as a part of their former affiliation in the Pacific region. 2016-17 was RHA’s first year as a member of the Intermountain region.   At Purdue, RHA’s bid competed against seven regional winners from the other geographic affiliates that make up the association. The bid was voted on by members of the NACURH Board of Directors who are all student leaders from throughout NACURH.  UNLV RHA’s 2017 “NACURH School of the Year” win as a commuter campus is distinctive because, historically, this award tends to favor larger, more residential top-tier institutions.  This honor comes at the end of the 50th anniversary of Campus Life at UNLV, which dates back to the opening of Tonopah Residence Hall in 1966.

May 15, 2017
Philip Danquah (Public Health) received the Professor Roosevelt Fitzgerald Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership Award in the graduate student category from the UNLV Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage earlier this month. In addition to working toward a doctoral degree in public health, he is a graduate assistant in the registrar's office.    

May 10, 2017
The Residence Hall Association (Residential Life) won the regional "Spotlight of the Month" award for April from the Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. The spotlight featured the association's presidential debate from this semester with three undergraduate candidates for the 2017-18 UNLV Residence Hall Association president-at-large position. The debate was streamed lived on Facebook and had viewers from coast to coast and even internationally in South Korea. This year's election saw a 24 percent voter turnout with more than 400 votes cast from residents.   

Apr 17, 2017
Whitley Hadley (Student Engagement & Diversity) received the "Institution Faculty of the Year" award at the banquet for the UNLV chapter (Rho Epsilon Beta) of the National Residence Hall Honorary. This award is given to a faculty member who aids in student success and contributes to the UNLV residential life community. 

Apr 12, 2017
Alicia "AC" Monrroy and Andrew Lignelli (both Housing and Residential Life) received awards at the banquet for the UNLV chapter (Rho Epsilon Beta) of the National Residence Hall Honorary earlier this month. Monrroy, residential life coordinator for Dayton Complex, was chosen as "Advisor of the Year." This award is given to the top student group advisor within the office of housing and residential life. At that same event, Lignelli, residential life coordinator for South Complex, was chosen as "Professional Staff/Faculty Member of the Year."  This award is given to the top professional staff member or faculty member within housing and residential life.  

Mar 30, 2017
Janna Bernstein (Housing and Residential Life) won the regional National Residence Hall Honorary "Advisor Of the Month" honor for February. She was selected by student representatives from states throughout the inter-mountain region. Her students nominated her, and said “As my advisor, Janna has always made me feel successful no matter the outcome... She looks to the positives and assists me with ways to improve rather than dwell on the negatives. Aside from helping me, she has also taken time to help others. It is not in her job description [to review graduate school applications]… however, she does it out of the goodness of her heart; she wants to see us all succeed... As my advisor, Janna has constantly been there for me to support me in my job, personal life, and future endeavors. I am so fortunate to have her as an advisor and I feel that her passion and dedication to the job truly earns her the award of advisor of the month.”  

Mar 24, 2017
Heather Rappaport (Student Union & Event Services) has earned the Collegiate Conference and Events Professional Certification by the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International. Candidates for this certification are required to provide evidence of substantial professional experience, provide volunteer service to the profession, and complete a lengthy research-based examination. She will be recognized at the association's annual conference in Orlando, Florida, this month.

Feb 22, 2017
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) won top honors at the Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH) Regional Business Conference at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs earlier this month.  RHA won the prestigious "School of the Year" award. This is the top distinction in the region and is awarded to RHA chapters which have achieved their goals creating a thriving and productive residential on-campus community. UNLV students produced a 30-page bid document highlighting RHA's programs, initiatives, and other achievements from the past year. The bid then was defended by RHA President Holly Williams with a Q&A session from other RHA student leaders from Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Afterward, those representatives voted for the winner. UNLV bid and won against Northern Arizona University, which was the only other school to bid for the award this year.  UNLV's RHA now will compete for the national honor with "School of the Year" winners from the other seven regions of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) during the annual international conference, which will take place at Purdue University in May.  UNLV's bid at the conference in Colorado Springs mainly focused on large-scale programs such as "Big Dam Road Trip" and "Debate Viewing Parties" and how inclusivity is integrated throughout all of its initiatives. The bid also showcased how collaboration with other on campus departments is essential to success. UNLV previously won this award in 2011 as a part of the Pacific region. Considering this is RHA's first year in its new region (Intermountain), earning the top honor this first year was unprecedented.     

Jan 30, 2017
Huiling Rojas (Registrar) has been named the Administrative Faculty of the Month for December. Her outstanding accomplishment cannot be summarized by a single project or event that benefited the department or university, according to Peter Kim, senior associate registrar. It is something much greater and intangible, yet much more significant and consequential, Kim said. In her role, Rojas has fostered a culture within the office of the registrar where respectful inclusion, shared experiences, and delicious food come together, he said.