The college experience is about much more than lectures and labs. For some UNLV students, college is a springboard to community activism, a proving ground for new business ventures, and a place to hone new ideas that make our community - and in some cases our families - healthier.
Below are news stories that profile UNLV students who are taking learning to a whole new level this year.
A Bright Idea
Imagine a pitch-black Thomas & Mack Center. As the capacity crowd's roar crescendos, the Hey Reb! mascot on every fan's shirt starts glowing brighter and blinking energetically. That's the dream of two UNLV MBA students, whose noise-activated, light-up "Game-Day" T-shirts are bestsellers for a company the duo founded last year.
A Daughter's Crusade
When graduate student Jenny Pharr realized her father got substandard care simply because he was in a wheelchair, she found a new way to improve the system. Pharr earned the first doctorate in public health from UNLV for a dissertation that found many health care administrators around the nation are unaware of medical equipment available for persons with disabilities. She aims to put policies in place that would make health care administrators aware of available equipment.
Undergrad Joy Immak helped diagnose her grandfather's ailment using skills learned in a biology class. Immak's grandparents live in a small Texas town with access to only a small clinic. When her grandfather came down with symptoms similar to those described in her bacterial pathogens class, she notified her grandmother, who alerted the clinic and rushed the grandfather to the nearest hospital for treatment.
A Flow of Ideas
Two UNLV teams swept the graduate division of the Reynolds' Cup Tri-State Competition, an event that simulates the entrepreneurial process by asking students to create plans to solicit start-up funds from potential investors. UNLV beat out collegiate teams from Arkansas and Oklahoma. The top team, a tool that prevents water leaks in sprinklers, combines current students and a community member.
Alternative Spring Break
Spring break for many college students means a week of parties and general carefree living. Close to 30 UNLV students used the time to volunteer. The students went to San Francisco to work with HIV/AIDS groups and to get hands-on volunteer experience they couldn't get in a classroom.
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