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UNLV Receives Major Gift from Las Vegas Family

UNLV Receives Major Gift from Las Vegas Family

UNLV has received major help from a southern Nevada family.

Ted and Doris Lee and their family donated $15 million to the university’s business school. Starting Thursday, The College of Business will now be known as the Lee Business School. UNLV President Neal Smatresk says the gift could not have come at a better time.

“We really needed a turnaround because some of the cuts have been pretty tough, and a $15 million gift signals the beginning of a new era for UNLV. We are growing. Our quality brand is going to improve, and this gift is going to make all of the difference in the world for the College of Business because it brings in terrific people, and it supports our students.” Smatresk said.

The money will pay for 10 endowed professors, a traveling professorship and a lecture series. The funding will also pay for $2.5 million in scholarships.

Report Rates UNLV as One of Nation's Most Diverse Universities

Report Rates UNLV as One of Nation's Most Diverse Universities

 

U.S. News & World Report ranks UNLV among the nation’s 10 most diverse universities for undergraduate students.

The publication, which annually ranks the nation’s top universities in a variety of categories, used student enrollment data from the 2010-2011 school year to calculate the proportion of minority students to the overall mix of campus ethnic groups. According to the report, the Campus Ethnic Diversity category identifies colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. 

The formula produces a diversity index from 0.0 to 1.0. UNLV’s diversity index was 0.69, placing it 10th nationally for campus ethnic diversity. 

Stopping Bullying Focus of Town Hall

Stopping Bullying Focus of Town Hall

 

The Clark County School District is taking a strong stance against a growing problem in schools-- bullying.

Students, parents and anyone interested in ending the problem will get a chance Monday night to learn how to stop the abuse. The school district is holding a town hall meeting at 6 p.m., at Del Sol High School.

Glenda Marcos understands the trouble bullying can cause. Her son, Acundo, switched schools this year because he was being bullied at his last school. She says in his new environment he is much happier.

“It starts in the family. You talk to the kids. If parents talked to kids regarding bullying, I think it would be no more,” Marcos said.

Valley High School senior Aaron Diaz says he has seen kids bullied. He agrees that teachers and administrators are important to stopping the problem, but not as important as parents and kids.

UNLV President Lays Out Plans for the Future

UNLV President Neal Smatresk laid out his vision for the future of the school during his annual state of the university speech Thursday morning.

With deep cuts to higher education, students, faculty and staff have all learned some tough lessons. Thursday morning, Dr. Smatresk talked about where the campus has been, and where he envisions it going. UNLV had to slash $73 million from its budget over the past four years. Six programs were on the chopping block, and UNLV has lost 700 positions over the last four years.

Smatresk acknowledges the school had to make tough choices but he says the core academic programs remain the same. Not only did faculty pay close attention, but students worried about their academic future.

UNLV Teams with Health District for Coaches Challenge

UNLV Teams with Health District for Coaches Challenge

The UNLV Athletic Department is teaming up with the Southern Nevada Health District for a program to get kids moving called the Coaches Challenge.

The challenge works to get kids to eat healthy and exercise more. The program is open to all second through fifth graders in the Clark County School District. Students earn points for eating fruits and vegetables. They also get points for physical activity. The classrooms with the highest average scores will receive tickets to UNLV games.

When teachers sign up for the four-week program, they get lesson plans, teaching materials and point-tracking posters. Each classroom will get encouraging messages from one of the UNLV coaches.

Fall Semester Begins at UNLV

Fall Semester Begins at UNLV

The fall semester started Monday at UNLV.

Throughout the first day of classes, staff manned "ask me" booths at several places around campus. Students were encouraged to ask staff questions about the school, classes, and social events.

"I think they are very, very beneficial and extremely helpful for every student. I go there every year to pick up my school agenda. It helps me stay organized and they are completely free. You have any questions or information about classes or where things are located on campus the people working those booths are extremely friendly and they'd be happy to help you out," said Sean MCCollom, a UNLV junior.

They also handed out coupon books with deals just for students. Booths were at the Student Union Pida Plaza, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Tam Alumni Center, Lied Library and the Alta Ham Fine Arts building.

 

 

Hospital Collects School Supplies

Desert Springs Hospital will be helping kids at one local elementary school this year.

Hospital employees have collected school supplies for the children at Lewis E. Rowe Elementary School. The staff collected backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, and more for the kids who may not be able to get those supplies themselves. Some employees also donated money for a subscription to the Weekly Reader. The magazine offers classroom materials for students and teachers.

“This year our hospital celebrates 40 years of caring for southern Nevadans and we thought this was a great way to give back to the community that has given so much to us. Our employees see these students walking to school each day,” said hospital CEO Sam Kaufman.

The supplies will be delivered on Friday. Most schools in southern Nevada start on Monday.