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Milestone Degree to be Awarded Saturday at UNLV

Milestone Degree to be Awarded Saturday at UNLV


Saturday’s fall graduation ceremony at UNLV will feature the awarding of the 100,000th degree in the university’s 47-year history.

More than 3,000 UNLV undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in this year’s fall commencement ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Graduates range in age from 19 to 79, and hail from more than 60 countries. UNLV awarded its first degree in 1964.

For those unable to attend, the event will stream live at unlv.vegasgraduations.com.

Former Nevada Senator Richard Bryan will be honored with the Distinguished Nevadan award for his commitment to higher education in Nevada. UNLV President Neal Smatresk will also highlight several graduating students during the ceremony for their outstanding achievements both at the university and in the community.

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest


Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

Regents Renew Chancellor's Contract

Regents Renew Chancellor's Contract


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada regents have renewed the contract for Chancellor Dan Klaich.

The board meeting in Las Vegas unanimously endorsed Klaich on Thursday by approving the five-year pact that runs from July 1 of next year through June 30, 2017.

His salary will remain the same at $303,000 annually.

Klaich oversees the Nevada System of Higher Education that includes two universities, four community colleges, a state college and an environmental research institute.

Klaich was appointed chancellor in 2009. He is also a former regent, having served on the board from 1983 to 1997.


Education Association Looking for Classroom Superheroes

The Clark County Education Association is looking for the teachers, staff and parents who are going above and beyond to help students succeed. The effort to find and honor those people is part of American Education Week, which started Monday.

Sharon Flick from Cunningham Elementary School and Theo Small of Sandy Miller Elementary School are just two of 70 teachers and support staff that have been nominated for the program called Classroom Superheroes.

Flick says teaching is not always easy but it is always rewarding, especially when former students recognize the effort she has made.

"They find me in the strangest places (and say,) 'You were my third grade teacher and it was the best year of my life,'" Flick said. "I ask them, 'What did I do?' (They say,) "It was the best thing: you cared. You always cared.'"

Small says when it comes to reaching and inspiring kids, teachers must think outside of the classroom.

Veterans Find Their Way at UNLV

Veterans Find Their Way at UNLV

Students at UNLV saw dozens of people running through campus Thursday has part of an effort to draw attention to a group called Rebel Vets.

The group provides support to veterans transitioning from military life to campus life. More than half a million veterans are taking advantage of the post 9/11 G.I. Bill that helps pay for education. Hundreds of those veterans have chosen to use that education money at UNLV. One of those veterans is Joe Sorge. He says he couldn’t wait to get to college after leaving the Air Force but admits relating to other students can be tough.

“Most of them are between the ages of 18 and 25, so you still have the post high school mentality a lot of times. That is where we as veterans stick together because we are past that point,” Sorge said.

Stewart Foster, another veteran, says socializing with other students can be a challenge because his life experiences are so different.

Rebels Avoid Exhibition Upset Bid

Rebels Avoid Exhibition Upset Bid

The Runnin’ Rebels escaped their first exhibition game with a 58-50 win Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center after getting a scare from Washburn.

The Runnin’ Rebels remained perfect against the Ichabods in the all-time series, improving their record to 6-0. 

The Ichabods, who shot just shy of 37 percent (21-of-57) on the night, couldn’t find the basket in the waning minutes of the game, connecting on only two field goals in the final five minutes. 

Anthony Marshall led the Rebels with 14 points and 11 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive end. Moser chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Carlos Lopez finished with 11 points in only 15 minutes of action. 

Local Mall Hosts UNLV Day Sunday

Local Mall Hosts UNLV Day Sunday


Looking to promote more than just its athletics department in the local community, UNLV will host an event at The Galleria at Sunset this weekend.

The mall will host UNLV Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The university will have information and displays available from many of its departments – from admissions to alumni to athletics – for interested students, parents, community partners and athletic fans. There will also be activities for kids introducing them to UNLV and higher education. 

“UNLV is a vital partner in our community and it’s important that we let people know of the opportunities that we offer,” said UNLV President Neal Smatresk. “This will be a great way to find out more about becoming a Rebel and for those who are to celebrate with us.”