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People | October 11, 2021

The gaming historian takes on a new challenge as UNLV's ombuds, where he's ready to resolve conflicts, settle disputes, and play a few board games during Ombuds Week.

Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.

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Campus News | October 6, 2021

Rebel Success Scholars grant helps students catch up on tuition before being dropped from their classes.

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Campus News | September 13, 2021

UNLV moves from second into a four-way tie for first in annual U.S. News & World Report list for “campus ethnic diversity.”

Campus News | September 10, 2021

Help UNLV develop ways to improve student success at the Sept. 24 event. Open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

President In The News

The College Post
October 5, 2021

Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV 4th District) announced that his office has secured $8 million for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to fund various academic initiatives.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
October 5, 2021

Congressman Steven Horsford on Monday announced that his office secured $8 million for programs at UNLV.

Business Mayor
October 4, 2021

UNLV’s mission to help students bring big ideas to life took a step forward Sept. 29 with the opening of the UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center.

Business Mayor
October 4, 2021

UNLV’s mission to help students bring big ideas to life took a step forward Sept. 29 with the opening of the UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center.

Business Mayor
October 4, 2021

UNLV’s mission to help students bring big ideas to life took a step forward Sept. 29 with the opening of the UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center.

KNPR News
October 4, 2021

The university's 11th president has been on the job for a little more than a year, and much of that time has been spent dealing with the pandemic. That includes fine-tuning in-person education for the fall term.

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Recent President Accomplishments

October 13, 2021
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds Office) recently gave a presentation for the Las Vegas/Clark County Library District's Las Vegas Stories series centered on a discussion on the Sands casino hotel, which was the subject of his recent book, At the Sands.
October 5, 2021
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds), recently published a post on From the Ombuds, the blog of the ombuds office, about the dangers of speaking poorly of others in the workplace. As Schwartz discusses, doing so can lead to many undesirable outcomes. While gossping might not be a positive step toward conflict resolution, the activities planned for Ombuds...
September 20, 2021
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently gave a talk to the Sewickley Valley Historical Society entitled "Bound for the Boardwalk: Atlantic City: A Look Back." The talk presented the history of the seaside resort from its first settlement by Lennai Lenape Indians, through its 1854 incorporation and connection to Philadelphia by railroad, its glory days...
August 27, 2021
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently published a post on the From the Ombuds blog about five email mistakes that can cause or intensify conflict. The post serves to highlight the outsized role that email can take in our communications, and the hidden pitfalls it can harbor.
August 23, 2021
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently gave a presentation for the UNLV Alumni Association's Rebel Recharge series entitled “Lessons Learned from COVID and the Path Ahead.”  Drawing on his research into Las Vegas and hospitality history, Schwartz offered four main lessons (and one bonus one) that Southern Nevada can learn from its...
August 19, 2021
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds Office) recently wrote a post for From the Ombuds, the official blog of the ombuds office. The post sketches five tips for managing conflict that may be of interest to faculty returning to campus (and close proximity to others) after much time working remotely. The ombuds office is available to help you seek resolutions...