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Las Vegas Master Singers Commemorate 25th Anniversary Dec. 15

The Las Vegas Master Singers celebrate the holiday and their 25th anniversary of bringing music to the community as they provide “Rejoice!” on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 1798 Wigwam Parkway in Henderson. Songs of winter season, Christmas, and Hanukkah will be performed by the 90-voice choir and soloists, with collective pianists Jae Ahn-Benton and Barbara Buer. This performance is part of the “Live at GVPC” Performance Series. The program is totally free and open up to the general public, with donations accepted.

The performance features beloved vacation carols and hymns, including “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree,” “The First Noel,” and “Candlelight Carol.” A rousing spiritual, “See the Star” by William L. Dawson, complete the program. In honor of the choir’s 25th anniversary and rich musical custom, previous conductors Susan Johnson and Jocelyn Jensen go back to the podium, and each will conduct an unique choice.

The Harmony Handbells performed by Bradley Hendricks perform as guest artists. Established in 2000, Consistency Handbells is a community ensemble with talented members who are committed to calling with excellence. They carry out in performance halls, churches, and music celebrations throughout Southern Nevada and beyond.

The Las Vegas Master Singers are acknowledged as one of the best community choral organizations in Southern Nevada. Sponsored by the UNLV School of Music, the Master Singers present numerous shows each year, and function as the chorus-in-residence for the Las Vegas Philharmonic at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The choir is conducted by David B. Weiller, director of choral studies at UNLV.

Founded in 1993 by Susan L. Johnson and caused more levels of excellence by Jocelyn K. Jensen from 2002-15, the chorus of experienced artists originates from numerous strolls of life to raise voices in song. A lot of members have matured singing in their high school, university, and church choirs, and they bring their joined passion for lovely singing to every efficiency. Numerous hold music degrees and have actually worked expertly. Furthermore, numerous members are UNLV choral alumni and/or music experts and choral conductors in the Clark County School District and private schools.

For more information, call the UNLV office of choral studies, 702-895-3008.

The Policy Maker

When winter start speaker Izack Tenorio stands in front of the assembled graduates Dec. 19, he’ll talk about the have to embrace distinctions as a method to assist reduce division and political stress in the nation.

It originates from a location of experience. He is now adding a master of public administration to the bachelor of business administration he got in 2015. After pursuing a doctorate– perhaps from UNLV if a Ph.D. program in public policy under factor to consider gets authorized this year– he’s planning a profession in government affairs, helping to draft policy.

He currently has experience with the kinds of nonpartisan public efforts that he belives assistance bridge political distinctions with real, tangible results.

Tenorio assisted work on the successful 2016 Repair Our Roadways project, a nonpartisan initiative to pass a fuel indexing step in Clark County to money enhancements to roads and public security.

“I like the contrast that exits [in Nevada] in between the two ideologies,” he said. “It’s a purple state. I always see myself as someone able to compromise. I think that’s exactly what drew me to lobbying and policy and legislation. I like efforts because they’re very middle-of-the-road. It does not focus so much on celebration lines.”

As both an undergrad and grad student, Tenorio has had the chance to result changes at the university and state level. Heavily involved in the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha, Tenorio assisted develop a Greek service day; with the UNLV Student Peace Initiative, he helped bring the very first International Women’s Day event to school; and he went to Carson City to lobby for education financing.

He makes use of all those experiences in his task as an advisor in the Office of Admissions.

“I hire in the high schools, which is among the important things I show students,” he stated. “Those chances that exist here at UNLV would not exist elsewhere.” Compared with buddies who have actually gone on to other universities, Tenorio discovered the access to the upper tiers of UNLV’s executives and administrators has actually shown itself singular. “Those opportunities are exactly what I live for here on school. It got me to really get out there, seek new chances, attempt new events, and try to find ways to re-create myself.”

The child of Mexican immigrants, Tenorio understands the assets UNLV has to provide to first-generation and immigrant students. English wasn’t his mother tongue, and though he was fluent by the time he came to school, Tenorio had to support his writing abilities when he went into the master’s program in public administration. His own personal experience helps him encourage the trainees he now encourages to use vital resources, such as the UNLV Composing Center. Beyond being simply a valuable possession to trainees, he stated, programs like the Composing Center represent something larger about UNLV, in both its variety and the determination to embrace it.

“I never ever felt isolated here on school. I never felt discriminated [against],” he stated. “I constantly felt accepted. I didn’t see myself any various than any of my peers. Here, I think my distinctions were accepted. My teachers, rather of condemning me for my absence of composing skills, they did they opposite. They pushed me to seek different resources, and helped me improve. That was basic for me to go on to grad school.”

UNLV to Commemorate Winter Season 2017 Beginning at Thomas & & Mack Center Dec. 19

UNLV will welcome the most recent members to the class of 2017 at its Winter Commencement at 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Thomas & & Mack Center.

Nearly 2,100 undergraduate, graduate and professional trainees are qualified to take part in this winter’s start.

New grads variety in age from 19 to 75 and hail from 31 states and 42 nations. Roughly 85 percent of graduates are Nevada homeowners. Given that 1964, UNLV has actually awarded more than 131,000 degrees.

UNLV President Len Jessup will honor a select group of graduating students during the event for their outstanding academic and neighborhood accomplishments.


Cannot make it? View the start live stream and do not forget to sign up with in on social media preceeding the event with #UNLVGrad. For full event details, visit the commencement website.


Media desiring access to the Thomas & & Mack floor need to acquire event-specific credentials prior to commencement by calling the Workplace of Media Relations at (702) 895-3102.

The Successes & & Obstacles of the Term

Marie “Jelly” Angelli Ortiz
junior psychology major

Alexandra Zmuda
junior biology significant

Zmuda’s Success: “I got into a brand-new research group working in neurosciences (with professor Rochelle and Dustin Hines). We’ll be looking at how neuroligins impacted kids and how that triggers autism in some cases.” Ortiz: “Oh, that’s so interesting. I’m studying autism too.”

Ortiz’s Success: “I’m really proud that I didn’t let the personal scenarios affect my research studies because that is very important to me. Every week, I made a psychological list to see, ‘Hey, am I succeeding academically?” as well as ensuring my own mental health and individual health were OKAY too.”

Zmuda’s difficulty: “This was my resurgence term. Last semester I had some personal issues and I remained in a vehicle mishap and didn’t do so well with grades. I tried to surround myself with individuals who likewise study– since individuals you surround yourself with is how you’re going to be too.”

The Back Story: The Presidential Medallion

When commencement calls for full regalia, our president takes the stage in design. Here’s how our governmental bling came to be.

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Presidential Medallion

UNLV News Center UNLV Presidential Medalion(Josh Hawkins/UNLV Picture Services)

When Len Jessup appears at the podium in full scholastic regalia at beginning, he’ll be sporting UNLV’s presidential medallion around his neck. At more than 10 ounces, it’s a weighty sign of the continuity of leadership at the university.

The medallion was cast in sterling silver and hand-engraved with the state seal of Nevada as the focal point. The names of UNLV’s leaders– beginning with Donald Moyer and going through Jessup– and the years they served are carved on private links in the chain.

The Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada (CSUN) commissioned the medallion from Huntington Jewelers in 1973 as a gift to the university.

Presidential Medallion Casting and engraving such a complex, heavy piece was an obstacle for jewelry expert Jack Huntington, who was referred to as Las Vegas’ hand-engraving specialist for more than 50 years. He learned to sculpt in the Boy Scouts before graduating from Bradley University’s engraving school.

It took Huntinton several days to carve the wax for the medallion’s mold by hand. From that, he developed the cast into which he put the melted silver.

Jack Huntington, who passed away Feb. 2, 2016, had said it was a privilege to produce the medallion the same year his child Ric finished with a BS in accounting.

“This was one of my reward achievements,” he said in a 2007 interview for UNLV Magazine. “Inscription has always been something very special, and I’ve had the lucky ability to produce tradition.”

He passed the etching custom on to his oldest kids. Ric now runs the household service while Ron etched the most recent link in the medallion chain for President Jessup.

Collaborating for Alzheimer'' s Developments

When an 81-year-old North Las Vegas guy vanished overnight and was found dead from exposure a day later in Stone City, the neighborhood raised questions about what added to his disorientation and ultimate death.

The responses, released in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story at the time, came in part from UNLV psychology teacher Jefferson Kinney and Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Nevada. The 2 Alzheimer’s disease researchers are working to establish treatments to deal with such brain conditions.

Their work has brought millions of dollars in research study grants to Southern Nevada, consisting of a five-year, $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to form a Center of Biomedical Research Study Excellence (COBRE) in Las Vegas. And that’s broadening chances for UNLV students to work on innovative jobs while supplying Nevada patients with brain disorders increased access to care.

Kinney, who has been a driving force in UNLV’s collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, was one of three individuals to win an inaugural UNLV Top Tier award. The award recognizes work that satisfies the university’s gold standard for research study, education and neighborhood impact, and that assists the organization satisfy its objective of ranking among the top 100 American universities.

Kinney, one of 3 scientists on the COBRE award, and his team at UNLV concentrate on pre-clinical research, looking into the genes and proteins that control the immune response in the brain that adds to the core pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease. They are attempting to better understand the systems accountable for brain conditions. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease that includes checking out the plaques and tangles in the nerve cells that are common pathologies in patients.

His team collaborates with Cummings’ group at the Ruvo Center to evaluate possible treatments for the illness. Cummings’ group focuses on the scientific research, working with patients and their caregivers.

“The most exciting aspect of bringing Jeff’s work into COBRE is how we can now more exactly equate observations he and his group make in the lab to observations at the scientific level, which we make,” Cummings said. “It assists us form a more complete picture.”

And recently, that’s how most research supported by the National Institutes of Health is structured, Kinney said.

“We call it ‘translational research study,'” Kinney stated. “Basically, it’s having a continuous discussion, where people working on the pre-clinical aspects and those on the medical side are not separated anymore. It’s the very best method to make progress– with discoveries coming from both sides– and it can have the best impact on developing treatment, which is everyone’s objective here.”

Apart from being a talented researcher, however, Kinney stands out for acknowledgment since of his collaborative approach, which puts education front and center, Cummings said.

“Jeff is constantly searching for ways to help the entire program, not simply his task,” Cummings said. “In addition, so many levels of education (on both our groups) are supported in our interaction.”

Cummings said UNLV trainees participating in the research study benefit from Kinney’s knowledge and from the opportunity to work with the customized devices he’s acquired through the COBRE grant.

Christopher Kearney, a prominent professor and chair of the psychology department, stated UNLV’s neuroscience program has actually grown in big part thanks to Kinney and his research study. With Kinney chairing the neuroscience area, the department has actually been able to develop a focus in neuroscience in the graduate programs along with an undergraduate minor.

Kinney’s commitment to trainee accomplishment has actually appeared in how well his trainees carry out, Kearney noted. “Graduate students and undergraduate trainees operating in Dr. Kinney’s lab have won various awards and have been released as speakers on posters and manuscripts over the last 8 years,” Kearney said. “Dr. Kinney has actually also monitored several McNair scholars.”

Kinney, who came to UNLV about Ten Years ago, stated he was attracted by the organization’s plans to grow and become more research-focused.

“The idea of building a neuroscience program and having a role in shaping the future of this department had a great deal of attract me,” he said, adding that he has actually been working to improve research study facilities on campus. Kinney functions as associate chair of the UNLV Institutional Animal Care and Usage Committee and on UNLV’s Top Tier Academic Health Center Committee.

Kinney credits the university’s Top Tier mission– that includes supporting neighborhood collaborations and continuously establishing infrastructure and shared governance– with assisting the success and growth of the neuroscience program.

“Without a Leading Tier effort, our development and success wouldn’t have happened at the scale or speed at which we’ve had the ability to accomplish it,” he said. “Overall, it’s not almost the research, however the potential for exactly what’s still to come.”

Eadington Lecture Explores Factors that Expanded Gaming

UNLV Center for Gaming Research study’s newest Eadington Fellow, Kim Manh, will present “The Determinants of Gaming Policy Diffusion & & Growth “at 2 p.m. Dec. 13. at Lied Library. Here, Mahn provides a sneak peek of his talk, which is free and available to the general public.

Gambling establishment video gaming approval has actually been trending upwards given that the 1980s. A Gallup survey carried out in 2016 showed that gambling was discovered as ethically appropriate by a record high portion of all Americans. This consists of within partisan subgroups, with acceptability rates at:

Democrats at 74%.
Independents at 66%.
Republicans at 63%..

From 2000 to 2015, the variety of states with industrial video gaming grew from 15 to 25. In addition to initial legalization, other states opted to expand video gaming policy that was already in place.

Provided the development of public support throughout the nation and across political subgroups, this second wave of industrial gaming growth is far from surprising. However, there stays a reasonable amount of variation on the timing where gaming growth policies have been adopted. What represents this variation? Simply puts, what elements influence the expansion and rate of expansion of video gaming rights.

My presentation will be on research analyzing traditionally considerable variables impactful to the adoption of gaming policy. The function of democratic systems, the presence of industry subgroups, political ideology, competition aspects, and whole host of other variables have actually been attributed to promoting or pulling versus the expansion of gaming rights in both business and tribal arenas.

Using the resources available at UNLV Special Collections, in particular the Eugene Martin Christiansen Documents (a collection of specialist research files spanning almost 70 years), I search for insight into inspirations and views of market gamers that provide proof for, or perhaps challenge the theoretical assumptions of, how gaming policy diffuses throughout the states.

I’m also investigating the Katherine Spilde Papers, a huge collection of work on Native American Video gaming, in order to study the spread of tribal gaming and how that procedure compares to commercial video gaming.

Together these collections afford me the opportunity to create a detailed model of gaming policy diffusion.

About Kim Manh.

Kim Manh is a Ph.D. candidate in government at the University of Houston, where he made his master’s degree in 2017. He finished his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University, where he was a President’s Endowed Scholar. His research interests include public policy, policy diffusion, inequality, and migration. Most just recently, he provided his work, “How your home Always Wins: The Impact of Democratic Systems on State Gambling Establishment Gambling Growth” at the Midwest Political Science Association Yearly Fulfilling.

New Face: Kurt Houser

Kurt Houser’s health care career started after finishing his MBA and signing up with the Navy Medical Service Corps. It has actually brought him through large and small medical facilities and medical systems and now he draws on his experience to teach and encourage in the School of Community Health Sciences’ (SCHS) health care administration and policy department (HCA).


UNLV provided me the chance to use my 25 years of health care executive experience to much better prepare future health care administration leaders for their careers. It’s a mentoring experience that is incredibly satisfying; and invaluable for this phase in my career/life.

What about UNLV strikes you as different from other locations you have worked or where you went to school?

The ability to be independent, however still share in the collaborative procedure toward our school’s objectives. I have actually seen in the SCHS a collegiality that enables independent idea, while having an encouraging peer group of educators to assist in any situation. Dean (Shawn) Gerstenberger and Dr. (Christopher) Cochran are extremely encouraging of our team.

Where did you grow up and what was that like?

I matured in Pittsburgh, PA. My daddy was a steel worker and my mom a secretary. My moms and dads were blue-collar with a strong work ethic. It was a difficult time as the steel market in Pittsburgh shuttered and numerous, including my dad, lost their tasks. Maturing not having much cash makes it simpler to be grateful for what you have, and to value relationships and experiences over product goods.

What is your present task title?

Checking out lecturer. I hope, as the intern planner for undergraduate and graduate HCA trainees, that I’m better preparing leaders in our market.

Exactly what is the greatest challenge in your field?

Constant change. As a nation, and within our industry, we continue to be uncertain regarding the appropriate balance among cost, quality, and gain access to. Incentives, for both clients and service providers to achieve better heath, stay ill defined.

Inform us about a time in your life when you have been bold.

I accepted a Navy commission right out of graduate school, with no experience for what that would entail. Although the most bold, it was the very best expert decision I ever made. I didn’t think the Navy might provide me a profession, however it did. The leaders and coaches I served with made all the distinction as it used to my definition of career success.

What is something people would be shocked to find out about you?

I’m an introvert. Being a health care executive and an instructor requires me to work outdoors my comfort zone, therefore I’ve needed to grow familiar with and develop tools that permit me to be an extrovert when needed.

Any ideas for success?

Just you can specify your meaning of success. Find your enthusiasm and follow it. Lots of people chase after cash; but time is really our most valuable resource. For me, how I invest my time and who I invest it with determines if I’m living successfully.

The Success & & Obstacles of the Semester

Marie “Jelly” Angelli Ortiz
junior psychology major

Alexandra Zmuda
junior biology significant

Zmuda’s Success: “I entered into a brand-new research group operating in neurosciences (with teacher Rochelle and Dustin Hines). We’ll be looking at how neuroligins affected kids and how that triggers autism sometimes.” Ortiz: “Oh, that’s so interesting. I’m studying autism too.”

Ortiz’s Success: “I’m actually happy that I didn’t let the personal situations impact my studies because that is necessary to me. Each week, I made a psychological list to see, ‘Hey, am I succeeding academically?” in addition to making certain my own mental health and personal health were OKAY too.”

Zmuda’s difficulty: “This was my return term. Last semester I had some individual problems and I remained in an automobile accident and didn’t do so well with grades. I aimed to surround myself with individuals who likewise study– because the people you surround yourself with is how you’re going to be too.”