There's no debating it; 2012 has been a pretty successful year so far for UNLV. Our students took the top prizes at business and media plan competitions, were chosen over top schools worldwide to build a competitive zero-energy house, and now hold a national record for the largest cardboard structure. And we were named one of the nation's most popular universities.
Below are stories that highlight campus success at UNLV that have made news in the first half of 2012.
Winning the Popularity Contest
U.S. News & World Report recently named UNLV the 12th most popular university in the nation. The study tracked how many students were accepted and then enrolled. The Rebels ranked 25th in 2011.
The Great Debate
In just its fifth year, UNLV's Sanford I. Berman Debate team has cracked the nation's top ten (and is the number one team in the West). So what what led to the success?
Architecture students shattered a national record set by Harvard University for the largest cardboard structure. The record, posted to recordsetter.com, includes more than 1,000 cardboard boxes. Manipulating the cardboard into realistic architectural concepts, students used classroom lessons to create rooms, furniture, plants, bookcases, seating areas and more.
A Solar Decathlon
UNLV is one of just 20 university teams chosen for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, a highly competitive contest that attracts colleges from around the world. Students will build a functioning zero-energy home on campus, then transport it to Irvine, Calif. for the competition.
Excellence in Media
Two UNLV students topped more than 100 contestants nationwide to win a media plan competition sponsored by the Washington Media Scholars Foundation in Washington, D.C. The students had four weeks to create a strategic media plan to target voters for a hypothetical special election referendum issue.
Sweeping the Competition
Two UNLV teams swept the graduate division of the Reynolds' Cup Tri-State business plan competition, besting teams from Arkansas and Oklahoma. The contest simulates the real-world process of entrepreneurship as student design plans to solicit investor funding. It's the first time a UNLV team has received the top prize since the competition began five years ago. UNLV beat out collegiate teams from Arkansas and Oklahoma.
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