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UNLV Magazine - Spring 2015

UNLV Magazine

Spring 2015 - Volume 23, Issue 1
President Len Jessup

President Len Jessup on UNLV’s big initiatives, higher ed’s toughest challenges, and his own path to leadership.


rendering for the School of Medicine building

Once the Nevada System of Higher Education set its sights on expanding medical education in the state, things have moved fast. Here’s how far the UNLV School of Medicine has come and what’s next.


James Dold

Abuse as a teenager and rejected applications didn't hold James Dold back from law school. Once there, he found his purpose in changing the country's juvenile justice system.


Lawrence Mower

Lawrence Mower jumped into journalism just as newsrooms were cutting back. That gave the young reporter a chance to dig into the numbers to expose corruption in public agencies.


Angela Suarez wears a camera attached to her glasses

UNLV researchers team up with Las Vegas police department to study the effectiveness — and drawbacks — of officer body cameras.


illustration of an apple that says unlv. clouds surrounding it says english, math, and special education. a magifying glass is placed above the apple and it says research.

Clark County School District is ground zero for the issues rumbling in schools across the country. Here's how UNLV is linking research and outreach programs to help find solutions.


Paul Oh poses with a few of his robots

Las Vegas as a high-tech center for robotics? It's doable in the next decade, according to engineering professor Paul Oh.


Brian Villmoare examines jawbone

A 2.8-million-year-old jawbone fills in section missing from human evolution’s timeline.


Principal Kathleen Decker leads the school's morning routine next to an American flag.

Alumna Kathleen Decker turns around a struggling elementary by reaching out beyond the school grounds.


Gary Cordell and Larry Ransom play trumpet at a funeral

When a trio of Rebels learned that the anthem "Taps" was often piped into funerals, they launched a nonprofit to bring the appropriate gravitas to ceremonies honoring veterans.


Dallisa Hocking and Lauren Peña

Two UNLV grads take different approaches to a perennial problem: Finding a mate.


A bee on a flower

As spring gets off to an early start, UNLV and CCSD program monitors allergen counts.


Len Jessup, Beverly Rogers, and President Emerita hold up giant check

Pledge from Rogers Foundation to UNLV’s literary center now totals $30 million, making the gift one of the largest to UNLV.


Las Vegas strip

Local committee formed to bring candidates to UNLV.


T-shirt that says U.N.L.V. Honrs Rebellion

Honors College students hit it hard to prepare for a big test: a grueling obstacle course. Along the way, they learn more than they thought possible.


Items from Las Vegas Strip production Folies Bergere

Lied Library Exhibit (May through October) and panel event (May 17) explores translation of large-scale productions ‘Lido de Paris’ and ‘Folies Bergère' from Parisian stage to Las Vegas Strip.


Tony LaBounty

Psalm 92 inspires UNLV’s longtime director of bands to put down the conducting baton and pick up the composing pen.


Brittany Bronson and George Saunders

UNLV English instructor Brittany Bronson named a New York Times opinion writer. Plus new books on Nevada history and women in the workforce.


Tony Sanchez

UNLV looked in its own backyard to find a coach to take on the challenge of turning around the football team.


Jim Reitz

The so-called dean of UNLV coaches, swimming’s Jim Reitz, is retiring. Here he looks back on 35 years at UNLV.


Kwang Jim Kim in research lab

Kim, a leading expert in active materials and energy systems, recognized with annual award from Nevada Board of Regents at March 6 meeting.


Ramona Denby-Brinson

Ramona Denby-Brinson of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs recognized for her work on social services, the foster system, and children’s mental health.


U.N.L.V. dancers place flowers on the Jery Tarkanian statue

The campus remembers the legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian, who brought the Runnin' Rebels to national prominence.


Wild at Heart: The Public Lands Institute is cultivating tomorrow's keepers of the land while tapping the ingenuity of U.N.L.V. researchers to help pioneer one of the country's largest conservation programs.

UNLV Director of Photography Geri Kodey retires after 13 years.


President Donald D. Snyder on taking the helm and keeping UNLV's top initiatives moving forward.


Notebook with U.N.L.V. logo

What have your fellow UNLV graduates been up to? Read about their latest accomplishments.


Frank Sinatra

From Bob Hope to Jimmy Kimmel, top entertainers have long been honored at UNLV commencement with honorary degrees.