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UNLV Newsmakers: May 2018

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Campus News  |  Jun 5, 2018  |  By UNLV Media Relations
Grad cap with UNLV logo

UNLV's academic year culminated at May Commencement, where 3,000 new grads walked across the Thomas & Mack Center stage. (UNLV Creative Services)

May was a busy month for UNLV in the news. The academic year wrapped up on campus, and with it came inspiring stories from commencement – including a 16 year-old grad with big dreams, an NFL head coach who fulfilled a decades-long promise, and a Ph.D. student motivated by early life experiences to earn the university’s first doctoral degree in criminal justice.

Researchers on campus continued to make headlines for their work, which included a look at social trends conveyed through grad caps, the importance of ancient Mediterranean voyagers, and the implications of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sports wagering.

These stories and more make up the latest edition of UNLV Newsmakers.  

Societal Trends Reflected Through Grad Caps

Graduation season is here and so is the growing tradition of students bedazzling their mortarboards with everything from sequins to funny, political, and inspirational sayings. UNLV professor Sheila Bock, a folklorist and pop culture expert, has for three years been tracking what grad cap decorations reflect about pop culture and societal trends, studying students from coast to coast who choose to wear their proverbial hearts on their hats.

UNLV's Youngest Grad

Participants at UNLV's spring commencement ranged in age from 16 to 72. The 16-year-old, Charlotte Rosiak, is a Hospitality College/Honors College student with a near perfect GPA and aspirations for law school. Rosiak credits her family, a supportive college community – and a love for the challenge of academics – for her success at UNLV, which remarkably includes graduating with honors in just two years.

Congrats, Coach

More than 3,000 graduates – and one current NFL head coach – crossed the stage at this May’s commencement. Current Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn completed his bachelor's degree and walked with his Liberal Arts classmates, fulfilling a decades-long promise to his mother and proving to his players the value of finishing what you started.

Commencement Coverage

The class of 2018 hailed from 37 states and 57 foreign countries, many were the first in their family to graduate from college, and more than half – 56 percent – were from ethnically diverse backgrounds. On May 12, they joined more than 117,000 UNLV graduates who have witnessed first-hand the power of higher education to improve communities, create new ideas, and change life trajectories. A collection of stories highlight UNLV graduates, the ceremonies, and a business professor who retired after 50 years with the university.

Supreme Court Decision Calls for UNLV Expert Insight 

A Supreme Court decision on May 14 has altered the legality of sports betting across the nation. University experts Jennifer Roberts and her International Center for Gaming Regulation colleagues, and David Schwartz with the Center for Gaming Research are answering questions about what this decision could mean should more states choose to legalize sports gambling. 

Union Worker Strike Vote Could Rock the Strip

Tens of thousands of union workers from Las Vegas casinos voted in favor of a strike should their contract renewals not meet their revised expectations by June 1. Ruben Garcia, Director of UNLV’s Workplace Law Program, tells us what it could mean for the Las Vegas Strip if the strike is not avoided.

Faculty Research

Research on UNLV’s campus is not slowing down for the summer. No matter what the issue, our experts are looking to tackle it.

  • Mothering Magazine - Anthropologist Dan Benyshek's most recent study assessing the pros and cons of placentophagy
  • Science Magazine - Professor Alan Simmons on ancient peoples' voyages on the Mediterranean – which are much earlier than people thought
  • KTNV Ch. 13 - Psychology professor Stephen Benning’s research helps answer societal questions about mass shootings

Expert Advice

UNLV experts from different disciplines are shedding light on an array of topics. From what makes a planet a planet to campaigns against Nevada brothels, our experts can tell you what these issues mean for the community.

  • High Country News - Two UNLV professors lend their insight in this piece about the long term impacts of the Bundy standoff
  • Astronomy Magazine - Astronomy professor Rebecca Martin on what makes a planet a planet
  • The Guardian - Sociology professor Barbara Brents comments on the campaign against Nevada’s brothels

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