We are sorry to inform you that Kathy Espin, emerita faculty in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, recently died after a short illness. Starting in 1996 as a graduate assistant, Kathy filled a variety of roles, including lecturer, visiting assistant professor, basic course director, and learning community coordinator. She retired in 2018 but continued to teach classes as a part-time instructor up until her illness. As a full-time lecturer, she directed the school's internship and scholarship programs while teaching a heavy class load. Kathy was among the first to develop online courses. Her students and colleagues valued her forthright nature and wry humor. To be a college instructor in Las Vegas, she once said, required an ability to distinguish between sincerity and nonsense (although she used a more descriptive term for it). She was a fun colleague and a good friend.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested to donate to one of Kathy's favorite causes, the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas, which is a nonprofit agency where she worked tirelessly for more than 20 years to help children in the foster care system. More information and a donation link can be found on the CASA Foundation website.
If anyone would like to send condolences, it is recommended to post messages on Kathy's Facebook page or to send an email to her personal or UNLV email address or a text message to her personal phone. Her family will check these messages.