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Newsmakers 2014: January

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Campus News  |  Feb 11, 2014  |  By Megan Downs
UNLV psychology professor Brad Donohue meets with students working with him on a National Institutes of Health grant-funded program called TOPPS. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

The spring semester began with the appointment of Donald Snyder as the new acting president for UNLV, but that wasn't the only UNLV news in January. The university's online graduate nursing program was ranked among the nation's top ten, UNLV Libraries launched a website aimed at preserving Las Vegas' rich African-American history, campus faculty were lauded both locally and nationally for their research, and the Office of Veterans Services continued its important work by co-sponsoring a job fair for local veterans.

Below are just a few of the top UNLV stories from January.

Presidential Transition

On Jan. 24, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents appointed longtime local business leader and former Harrah Hotel College dean Donald Snyder as acting president. Snyder officially took over as UNLV president on Feb. 1 and will serve until the successful completion of a national search for a permanent president.

That's Intriguing

Vegas Seven magazine annually compiles a list of local residents to keep an eye on - people the publication calls the driving forces, risk-takers and rising stars. Boyd Law School dean Dan Hamilton and geology professor Josh Bonde made this year's list; Hamilton for continuing the Law School's trajectory to one of the nation's best, and Bonde for his headline-making fossil discoveries in Nevada.

Top Ranked in Nursing

The School of Nursing online master's program was recognized among the top 10 programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. The master's program offers two tracks - family nurse practitioner and nurse educator, both offered totally online.

Proficient Professors

UNLV faculty were prominently featured in both local and national media in January. Psychology professor Brad Donohue's work on student-athlete mental health, sociologist Ranita Ray's take on the struggle with climbing the socioeconomic ladder, and business dean Brent Hathaway's plan to lead the Lee Business School to new heights were featured locally. History's William Bauer and English's Julia Sun-Joo Lee were recognized as two of the nation's emerging scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Recording the African-American Experience

UNLV Libraries and Vegas PBS partnered to create an online portal containing interviews, photos, and documents that capture the contributions made by African-Americans throughout Las Vegas' history.

From Combat to College

From tuition assistance and campus training to on-site Veterans Administration support and specialized recruitment, UNLV is increasing its services for student veterans and active-duty personnel. In January, the office co-sponsored a job fair for local veterans with Sen. Harry Reid.