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Students Need Help Getting Car to Competition

Students Need Help Getting Car to Competition

 

Science and engineering students at UNLV have created a car they hope to take to a competition in Portland.

The Society of Automotive Engineers created the off-road car. The car must be designed and built for a four-hour endurance race in challenging mountain terrain. It also has to get through rigorous testing of all of its systems.

"SAE Mini Baja is a project every year.  It is an international competition between various universities.  Every team is given a 10-horse-power Briggs and Stratton motor.  They have to design a car from the ground up to compete in one of two competitions every year," project manager Jarrett Plies said.

While the car is done, the students need help to get a trailer to the competition along with some team members.

UNLV Students Finalists in Business Plan Competition

UNLV Students Finalists in Business Plan Competition

 

Four groups of UNLV students were named as finalists Wednesday in a competition for the best business plan.

The teams are part of the 12 teams chosen to compete in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The teams were selected out of 68 submissions from six of Nevada’s public and private colleges and universities.

The finalists presented a variety of business plans, including a web series, a water-saving device, a landscaping tool and an educational smart-phone app.

The winners will be announced on April 18 in Reno. The first, second and third place winners in both graduate and undergraduate categories will receive $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 prizes, respectively. First and second place winners will also compete in a tri-state competition in May. 

Thousands of Books Distributed to Kids at Five Schools

Thousands of Books Distributed to Kids at Five Schools

 

Students from five different elementary schools received books Monday from volunteers in Las Vegas for TribeFest.

TribeFest is being hosted by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. It is a national leadership conference with 1,500 young adults from 81 communities around the country. A service day for the conference was Monday. They gathered books and delivered them to kids at Paradise, Crestwood, Park, Lake and Peterson Elementary Schools. 

More than 1,000 volunteers delivered bags filled with books to the kids. The children will take the bags home to start their own home libraries. The organizers say giving back to the community is an important part of the leadership skills they’re trying to instill.

Nearly 3,000 books were provided by PJ Library a nonprofit which gives free books to nearly 100,000 children around the country every month. The participants in the conference donated another 1,000 books.

UNLVino Gets Better with Age

UNLVino Gets Better with Age

The annual multi-day wine festival raises significant money for the university.

The first UNLVino, in 1974, brought a crowd of wine-lovers to the Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada warehouse on Wynn Road.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Filmmaker Documenting Drug War Makes Impact at UNLV

Filmmaker Documenting Drug War Makes Impact at UNLV

 

A documentary filmmaker talked to a group of students at UNLV Thursday about his effort to bring attention to the drug war in Mexico.

Charles Minn talked to students about his new film “Murder Capital of the World” that opens Friday at Regal Village Square. Minn says it is a complicated situation in Mexico, something that a lot of experts do not fully grasp. He says that is why it is important to explain what he can about the situation to the younger generation.

“So, it really begs three questions. Who is being killed? Why? Who is doing the killing? So, I can only imagine what a college student is thinking when people a lot older then them do not really know what's up,” Minn said.

One UNLV student at the lecture says Minn’s work opened his eyes to what is going on just across the border to people his age.

Bieber Concert for Local Students on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday

Bieber Concert for Local Students on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday

Pop star Justin Bieber gave the students at Whitney Elementary School a special holiday concert in December. Now, everyone else will get a chance to see that concert. The musical event will be part of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday.

In November, Bieber surprised the principal and the students with the announcement that he would perform there. He also promised a donation of $100,000 to the struggling school. He kept both those promises December 16.

The school has received national attention because a majority of the students do not have permanent homes. The principal, Sherrie Gahn, and her staff have stepped in to help their students. There is a food pantry, clothing closet and classes for parents. The attention from Ellen DeGeneres and other celebrities, along with fundraisers by southern Nevada businesses, has helped the school provide even more for the students.

UNLV Professor Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit

UNLV Professor Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A tenured 62-year-old economics professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has filed an age discrimination lawsuit, claiming he was told he was too old to apply for a prestigious university position.

Alan Schlottmann claims in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Clark County District Court that he was discouraged in January 2010 from applying for a vacancy as director of UNLV's Center for Business and Economic Research.

Schlottmann said he was told instead that he should retire.

A spokesman says the university doesn't comment on litigation.

Schlottmann has been at UNLV since 2000. He's known for his research on real estate, economic development and the Nevada economy. He's also executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Institute, a think tank with scholars and professionals.