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Digital Exhibits from UNLV Enable Virtual Tours of Collections

Digital Exhibits from UNLV Enable Virtual Tours of Collections

Tour some fantastic works without leaving the couch.

Feel like visiting a museum this weekend to, maybe, see a collection of showgirl costume drawings, or a photographic retrospective of Howard Hughes' accomplishments in aviation, or some casino architectural sketches?

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada Announces Extension of Education Grant

Nevada Announces Extension of Education Grant


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- State education officials say Nevada is being awarded a $21 million federal grant over seven years to continue an education program designed to help low-income and disadvantaged students prepare for college.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Education for Undergraduate Programs, also known as GEAR UP, helps provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools to make students better prepared for college.

Nevada officials say 4,000 Nevada students have benefited from $30 million in federal GEAR UP grants received over the past 11 years.

They say the renewal of the grant will help another 5,000 students over the next seven years.


Smatresk Says More Freshman Enrolled at UNLV

Smatresk Says More Freshman Enrolled at UNLV


UNLV President Neal Smatresk gave his annual State of the University address Thursday before a packed crowd at the Judy Bayley Theatre.

The address is the traditional kick off to the new academic year. During the address, Smatresk said freshman enrollment at the university is up, which  he says means there will be an increase in revenue in the future.

Smatresk also said that an announcement about a new arena is expected soon.

"Imagine tripling the number of seats with a new venue that can take events that can't be hosted in Las Vegas.  Remember, we are the largest convention city in the world, and we lack a facility that can seat 60,000 comfortably, a world class facility," Smatresk said.

He also said no tuition increases are expected for next year. He also told the crowd he wanted to restore pay and benefits to faculty who saw cutbacks during the budget crisis.


Young Students Earn College Credit at UNLV

During the next few weeks, some of the student body at UNLV will be a lot younger than most people expect. The university is hosting students 11 years old and up, from around southern Nevada.

The young students are earning college credits through the Summer Advanced Gifted Education or SAGE program. It is for highly gifted students who are looking for more challenging school work.

"Last year, when he participated in SAGE, he was reading a college textbook and writing papers. It was also engaging and enjoyable for him,” Rebecca Lither, whose son is in the program, said.

The program has a record 175 students participating this year. Most of those students are on a scholarship. 

UNLV Students Set to Walk in Spring Commencement

There will be a lot more activity around UNLV this weekend because of Spring Commencement ceremonies.

Nearly 3,000 students are eligible to participate in this spring’s graduation ceremonies. This will be the first year that graduates in entertainment engineering and design, doctor of nursing practice and doctorates in public health will get their degrees.

The ceremonies are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Thomas & Mack.

  • 9 to 11:30 a.m. - Colleges and Schools of Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering and Hotel Administration
  • 2 to 4:30 p.m. - Colleges and Schools of Law, Fine Arts, Allied Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Sciences and Urban Affairs

The graduating class ranges in age from 19 to 75. They come from 42 states and 61 countries. More than 80 percent of graduates are Nevada residents.

Nevada Panel Scrutinizes Higher Education Funding


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- How to weigh college courses to determine state support is one the challenges facing a state panel as it works to revamp Nevada's higher education funding formula.

Nevada Chancellor Dan Klaich told a legislative committee Wednesday his proposal recommends state funding for core classes be the same, whether they are taken at a university or community college. He also recommends funding be based on whether students complete a course -- even if they receive an F.

Klaich says anything other than a withdrawal should count to avoid the inflation of grades by professors to protect funding. But some lawmakers and panel members say they'd have a hard time agreeing with that arrangement.

A subcommittee was established to review the funding formula proposal in greater detail.