Just four months into 2016, UNLV is making waves both locally and nationally. Two Honors students were recognized for their academics and service; the new School of Medicine received a $3 million grant; celebrities of national and international fame stopped by campus to encourage students to stamp out sexual violence; and the White House handpicked two William S. Boyd School of Law faculty members for national positions.
Here are just a few examples of prominent UNLV media coverage from April.
The spotlight was on UNLV Honors College students Casey Barber and Hannah Kelley this April. Barber's impressive community service, research, academics, and leadership earned her the Regents' Scholar Award for undergraduates. Kelley was one of just 54 students to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 award that recognizes students for outstanding academics and potential for public service leadership.
Hands-on experience is crucial for becoming a practitioner in the medical field. The United Health Foundation donated $3 million to ensure medical students receive the training they need and help the UNLV School of Medicine get ready for its inaugural class in 2017.
Lady Gaga and Joe Biden Visit UNLV
UNLV was among tour stops on Vice President Joe Biden's campaign to speak face to face with college students about the importance of preventing sexual assault on their campuses. The visit included an appearance by singer Lady Gaga, who spoke about her own experience with sexual violence and performed a song she wrote about it for a documentary called The Hunting Ground.
Obama and UNLV
President Obama had his eye on two members of the UNLV community for federal posts. First, he appointed Nancy Brune, executive director of the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities and senior fellow in the Boyd School of Law, to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Obama also nominated law school professor Anne Traum for a position as federal judge in the state of Nevada.
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