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The School of Medicine: A Regent’s View

When you talk with John T. Moran III, a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, he argues that an excellent metropolitan area must have outstanding health care offered for all of its homeowners.

“Engineers, instructors, policemen, electrical contractors, teachers, students, families — all the people who make an excellent neighborhood– are not going to come here, and remain here, if their health care needs are not taken care of,” Moran states. “Individuals understand that if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.”

Given that philosophy, it should come as no surprise that Moran is a true believer in what the new UNLV School of Medicine means to Southern Nevada. He imagines a world class scholastic center– one that works collaboratively with other regional healthcare institutions and specialists and that teaches a varied group of future Nevada medical professionals how to work in health care groups, establishing unique, yet classically based, treatment solutions for illness of the present and future.

“The new medical school is off to an excellent start,” states Moran, a Las Vegas attorney who was elected to serve on the board of regents in 2016 as the agent for District 13. “Dr. (Barbara) Atkinson has actually shown as founding dean the type of management necessary to achieve full accreditation at lightning speed.”

Moran– his partner Melissa is likewise a lawyer and they have 2 kids– notes that the charter class, which effectively completed year one in June, scored above the nationwide average on board examinations that are typically taken at the end of year two.

“We are getting the best and brightest and among the most varied trainees,” he says. “We are so fortunate to have donors who think in the school’s objective. For them to supply scholarships to trainees is simply terrific therefore important.”

Moran points out that about 25 percent of the UNLV medical school trainees come from populations traditionally underrepresented in medical school when the nationwide average is around 5 percent. “Our trainees look like Nevada and because they have strong ties to the state (they either matured here or have strong Nevada family links ), they’re probably going to stay here,” he states. “They’ll help us build a strong medical neighborhood.”

Both the school and its clinical arm, UNLV Medicine, are on the right track, he says, keeping in mind that new doctors are being recruited from long-time institutions of medical excellence that include Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, and the Mayo Clinic.

A third-generation native Nevadan, Moran says it’s clear that acting UNLV President Marta Meana is “watering the seeds previously planted” for a “quality medical school.” He anticipates the building and construction of the very first new medical education building getting underway.

“We’re all going to work to get this first significant structure for the medical school done right,” he says. “We want to make sure that it’s the best structure for students, professors, and the neighborhood. I take this stuff really seriously. It’s too important to misdiagnose.”

UNLV History Department Picks Renowned North American Historian as Harry Reid Endowed Chair

The UNLV Department of History has called distinguished North American West historian Susan Lee Johnson as the Harry Reid Endowed Chair for the History of the Intermountain West.
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The Interview: Sara Ortiz

You could call Sara Ortiz’s entrée to UNLV a baptism by The Believer Celebration. She began on April 2, two weeks before Black Mountain Institute’s culminating event of the season– a roving two-day celebration of music, art, and literature featuring a diverse mix of distinguished authors and artists. Her work helped draw record crowds of literary enthusiasts to numerous Las Vegas places.

The Austin, Texas, native and daughter of Salvadoran immigrants was brought in to the growing arts community here. As program manager for the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) and The Follower literary magazine, Ortiz curates events and collaborates the selection, service, and public appearances of BMI’s fellows and writers-in-residence.

What inspired you to get into your field?

What brought me into this profession is an enthusiasm not simply for literature, but literacy– working together with educators, checking out specialists, and librarians who deal with younger readers to establish reading and writing skills. These parts drew me in as a reader to this field.

How your background prepared you for your work

I was studying structure, voice, and music education at Texas State University in San Marcos when life occurred. I moved a couple times. When I kicked back in Austin, I switched to imaginative composing with a concentrate on Middle Eastern studies and got my bachelor’s degree at St. Edward’s University. I worked for an Austin not-for-profit, the Author’s League of Texas, prior to I transferred to New york city where I operated in book shops and kids’s publishing. After 6 years, I returned house to Austin to work for the Texas Library Association, another nonprofit that deals with teachers, librarians, authors, and illustrators. When I learned about The Follower Celebration– that they were trying to find a program supervisor, and it was affiliated with BMI and UNLV (College of Liberal Arts)– I was naturally curious. I was somebody who took pleasure in The Believer magazine years back.

An “a-ha minute”

I was working for an independent book shop in Brooklyn. My a-ha moment was truly more of a learning minute with the owner of the bookstore where the readership was various from another bookstore. I had actually formerly operated at a high-brow, independent book shop in Manhattan where I was curating events. The Brooklyn owner said she wanted to reserve a certain author for an occasion. I questioned it, and she might sense my judgment. She said, “At my book shop, I do not care what people check out; I just care that they’re reading.”

I’ve taken that with me permanently. It’s taught me to be less inequitable as a reader. Some individuals might discredit detective or love books, but chances are, they have not read the ideal one– and most likely do not want to. I remain a discerning reader with all sort of literature, and it’s great that people like really different type of books. For some, romance, mystery, or graphic books will serve as an entrance for reading.

The best surprise about working here

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this team (at BMI). It becomes part of what hooked me. They’re all imaginative, top-level, inspired, passionate human beings, and I feel fortunate to work with them. As far as Las Vegas, I didn’t think I was going to like it as rapidly as I did, and it’s a huge testament to the thriving literary and arts neighborhood here It’s just starting to see the nuggets of goodness of what it can be. Our good friends at the (Marjorie) Barrick Museum (of Art) are dreamy. Our pals at The Neon Museum are simply as great. I see these wonderful relationships forging with Nevada Humanities and others, and that’s truly amazing.

The most “Vegas” thing you’ve done given that you’ve been here.

My partner, Steve, and I went to see Elton John in his final performance in May. It was the last night he was dipping into Caesar’s Palace. That was a quite “Vegas” night.

The trait you like most about yourself

I’m open to ideas. I do not believe that the best ideas come from one person. They originate from a team; they come from discussion; they come through workshopping ideas. I love a collective setting.

When you were a child, what did you want to be?

I wished to be a symphony or choral conductor. One of my favorite things to see is the bounce and lilt a conductor has. I enjoy the posture; I love the pose. There’s something about the dance, the hop, the musicality of a musical production. It’s practically theatric. Carrying out is a skill that takes years to master. As a vocalist, I found it to be a true meditative experience. If you’re fortunate sufficient to work with a conductor who is actually motivated, it almost seems like a very spiritual experience.

The last book you couldn’t put down

This book was long-listed for the National Book Award: Tommy Orange’s There There. It’s a remarkable book that is going to change the literary canon; I’m persuaded of it. It follows the numerous Native Americans in the Oakland, California, area, and it culminates in a gathering that takes place in the huge Oakland Pow-wow. Everyone in the world of books has been raving about it. It is among those books that measures up to the hype. It truly gets you from the first minute to the last page.

A favorite holiday food or household custom

My family is very much a brown household because we don’t eat standard American foods for big holidays. If people are having ham or turkey or something of the sort, we’re having pupusas, a Salvadoran meal, or we’ll make a brisket or have lamb. I typically state, “Let’s actually Latin it up and consume something super brown!” I made tamales pisques– Salvadoran tamales– for the very first time this previous holiday season.

A preferred season or three-month stretch of the year

In every location I’ve lived– Austin, New York City, Vegas– I enjoy the fall. The foliage, if the city experiences it, is occurring. It’s also book celebration season, so the arts, literary, and music seasons have actually taken off. It’s a truly interesting time. October and November are two lovely special months. I’m just experiencing it here in Vegas, but I have a feeling it’s going to be excellent.

Building Her Own Urban Experience

A senior in the College of Urban Affairs, Miranda Barrie characterizes a new type of trainee– one who benefits from versatile methods fit academics into her bigger life rather of orienting her life around her research studies.

Barrie anticipates to finish in spring 2019 with a degree in metropolitan studies and dual minors in Spanish and public law. She arrived by balancing 19-credit terms and a part-time job. It’s foregone conclusion for Barrie, whose undergraduate career has actually been shaped by her ambitions and the versatility of the completely online urban research studies degree she is pursuing.

” If you require a path that takes you straight to graduate school or takes you straight to a profession, metropolitan research studies can do that for you,” Barrie stated. “But also, for trainees like me who are really interested in lots of different aspects of metropolitan life, it has enabled me to put together a degree program that truly works for me.”

The urban studies degree, which officially launched this fall after a little number of trainees were enabled to enlist in past terms, is used through the college’s School of Public Policy and Management.

The major replaces the public administration degree and is better matched to the requirements of a changing employment sector, stated Christopher Stream, the school’s director.

” Metropolitan and metropolitan areas have grown. Not simply in the United States however globally, more individuals now reside in city areas than rural ones,” he said. “We wished to better engage undergrads into what is going to be their future.”

Stream stated the versatility of the significant is created to meet the needs of students who encounter barriers that may normally prevent them from finishing.

” Much of our trainees in the College of Urban Affairs are first-generation students. They have full-time jobs. They’re not a standard trainee body, therefore progression to graduation gets derailed due to the fact that of family and jobs and life and other things that occur,” he said. “With this program, if they could not get to campus, they could continue their education.”

Online Teaching Fulfills Experiential Knowing

The online aspect of the degree is a draw for trainees like Barrie, who intend to graduate with a huge variety of experiences that would be limited by the conventional class setting.

” For me, it was a chance to continue my education no matter what I was dealing with and have a little bit of a flexible schedule,” Barrie said.

That chance has opened doors for the globe-trotting trainee.

After taking a term off to work on Hillary Clinton’s governmental campaign, Barrie took a trip to Chile to find out Spanish while taking two UNLV online courses.

Throughout her 2 semesters there, she was registered in a data class for the city research studies degree that led to her scholastic exploration of Santiago Resiliente, which belongs to the 100 Resilient Cities program produced by the Rockefeller Structure to cultivate city resiliency in the face of financial, social and physical difficulties.

Before she understood it, she was applying for and later on accepting an internship with the program.

” Each and every single thing I was finding out in class was directly appropriate to what I was doing there, which was truly helpful,” she stated. “It was all because of the online course I was taking at the time.”

Less than a month after returning from Chile, she headed on to her next experience: a two-and-a-half-month remain in the United Kingdom, where she interned with the Centre for the Analysis of Social network at public law think tank Demonstrations.

Her exploration of politics, individuals, and neighborhoods has been reinforced by the online knowing curriculum, that includes conversation rooms and customized teacher feedback, she stated.

Adapting to an Altering Labor force

Urban studies students have a capability to work independently, believe creatively and take active functions in their education, Stream said.

“The degree is really what you make from it. We do have some suggested areas of concentration, and trainees can certainly follow some standards if they’re interested especially in data analytics or if they have an interest in community issue resolving and neighborhood engagement,” Stream said, “however we also really permit students to create their own area in their own interests.”

The metropolitan studies degree introduces trainees to the importance of cooperation between public and private sectors, nonprofits and citizens, said Robert R. Ulmer, dean of the urban affairs college. The goal, he said, is to equip students with competencies versatile to any field. Whether it’s the hospitality market, public security, community activism, or government, trainees will leave UNLV with a holistic curriculum that consists of courses such as critical thinking, communication, governance, philanthropy.

“The really essence of education is altering,” stated Ulmer. “Students are actively engaged in problem resolving versus exclusively checking out cases. We’re refashioning what an undergraduate education must be. It’s active education.”

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

As a kid, Blaise Cohen would enjoy planes remove and land at McCarran for hours a day. His grandpa would select him up at school, then pull the automobile into the airport seeing area on Sunset Road. Today, as a sophomore majoring in political science at UNLV, Cohen’s sights are still air bound.

“I always understood precisely what I wanted to be: a pilot in the U.S. Flying Force,” Cohen states. “I grew up in a patriotic family and always planned to serve this nation in some way, shape, or type. As an officer, I can serve my country and likewise those who serve.”

He is well on his method to accomplishing his goal: Cohen is currently a cadet in the Air Force ROTC program at UNLV.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Cohen took part in the aviation magnet program at Rancho High School. He got his pilot’s license at age 17. His interest in government outgrew his decision to be a Flying force officer.

“I feel I require to understand the places I go,” he describes. “It is essential to be familiar with the history and relationships the U.S. has with other nations.”

The UNLV Faculty-Staff Holiday Card Scholarship is assisting to fuel Cohen’s aspirations. The extra support allows him to focus on school and training in preparation for a life of civil service.

“All of my teachers have actually been outstanding,” he states. “And getting this scholarship is incredible. I was raised to think that education would be the secret to my success. My household instilled a sense that the neighborhood is my neighborhood. They taught me that I should constantly watch out for others, even in little things.

“Whenever my father and I walked past a veterinarian or a policeman,” he adds. “We would thank them.”

Always on the Move

Movement appears to be a theme in Kimberly Case-Nichols’ life.

At work, the director of space and facilities management for the UNLV School of Medicineplots the relocations for the ever-growing school. In her off-hours she is a triathlete who often bikes 26 miles roundtrip from home to work and after that back again.

One thing she does not do is sit still.

On the day she was spoken with, she was perusing paperwork handling a clinic debt consolidation strategy her team developed that will decrease lease expenses by $700,000 a year. The plan includes 4 professors department relocations, six clinic relocations, and the transplanting of 300 personnel. The challenge is making the relocations with little to no downtime in patient care or efficiency.

” I believe planning and logistics are the foundation to any industry success,” she stated of working in centers management. “Everyone has a specific role and when everyone contributes, the sum of all the jobs is a lot larger than envisioned. The team effort is so satisfying.”

At the end of her workday, she will take her bike down the elevator of the 2040 Structure on West Charleston Boulevard and ride house. That, she stated, assists get her loose for the rest of her exercise regimen. Weekly as part of her triathlon training, she swims two to three miles, runs 15 to 19 miles, and cycles at least 75.

” I love to see what my body can do,” said Case-Nichols, who credits her hubby, Expense Nichols, for her interest in biking that began when she was in her late 30s. “When I met my husband, I had never ever ridden a road bike, nor did I want to. Somehow, he got me out for a leisure trip and prior to I understood it, I was equipped with a helmet, bike clips, and a bike of my own.”

Triathlon Time

Her interest in the triathlon started not long after. Quickly she was contending in triathlons that vary from 17 miles to the 70.3-mile Half Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike trip, 13.2-mile run). She completes that long-distance race in less than 8 hours, a time that puts her in the middle of the pack. She said her biggest strength in the race is cycling.

This year, Case-Nichols won the Las Vegas Corporate Challenge bike race for the UNLV cycling team in the ladies’s 41-45 age group, her 38:22 minutes for the 12.4-mile time trial beating out a rival by more than a minute. In October, she took part in a 100-mile bike flight to raise funds for multiple sclerosis.

” Remaining in shape assists my work,” she said. “Emotionally, you feel you can do anything.”

Her work is crucial to the success of both the UNLV School of Medication and its scientific arm, UNLV Medication. She belongs to establishing and managing the physical environment for the future Medical Education Building and faculty practice strategy.

” As our departments continue to grow in size and variety of functions, so does the requirement for space type and amount of space,” she stated.

From Air to Premises

As so often occurs with careers, Case-Nichols’ course to her present position was far from direct. She did her undergraduate operate in film at Columbia College in Chicago, initially freelancing as an electronic camera assistant. Then she became a flight attendant for the now-defunct ATA Airline companies.

” In 2004, my airline company career brought me to the (San Francisco) Bay Area where I wound up doing my MBA at Notre Dame de Namur University and transitioning into my very first center job at Stanford University as a domestic services coordinator.”

At Stanford, promotions came rapidly. When she left the school, she was a manager of student maintenance, overseeing 40 multi-trades specialists and two administrative staff. She also developed a preventive maintenance program for 350 homes, offices, and dining facilities.

When a director position in Student Affairs maintenance and centers opened at UNLV in 2013, she leapt at the chance. Quickly, she was an essential gamer in managing a department with a $2.3 million budget plan to support work at 17 buildings, consisting of residence halls and dining centers as well as the Student Leisure and Health Center, the Trainee Union, and the campus bookstore.

Why did she move to the School of Medication? “Honestly,” she said, “I saw a chance to be part of history. I prosper in an environment that is fast-paced.”

Forging Her Course

For much of her working life Case-Nichols has remained in male-dominated environments.

“When I was a union cam assistant, I was constantly the only lady on the cam team. The males often challenged my physical capability to carry equipment, set up, and repair work in the field,” she recalled. “Earlier in my facilities profession, I was in the 10 percent of females in facilities management at Stanford University. Often in my role, suppliers and specialists are amazed to satisfy a lady in charge of upkeep trades groups. I needed to work hard to find out how to collaborate trades on projects, repair work, and renovations to keep the centers running efficiently.

“I gained from spending quality time in the field with my team, and just plain getting down and filthy learning how pinhole pipes get repaired, to replacing main electrical switchgear.”

Today, Case-Nichols, who serves on the board of the Pacific Coast Association of Physical Plant Administrators, sees more women and minorities in facilities management. “Things are changing for the better.”

One change that might come to Case-Nichols in the long run involves a far various kind of skill and facilities management. But once again, she’ll need to get her hands dirty.

“My early dreams were to be a baker and own a bakery,” she stated. “That is still a pipeline dream of mine.”

The Moth Premieres in Southern Nevada at UNLV Nov. 14

The Moth– a live storytelling show– will make its launching in southern Nevada at UNLV on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The general public is invited to hear from five effective writers who will share their real and authentic experiences starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Artemus W. Ham Auditorium on UNLV’s campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Storytellers consist of quiet magician Teller ( of Penn and Teller); Las Vegas novelist, teacher, and editor Erica Vital-Lazare; and Chenjerai Kumanyika, the Peabody winning co-host of the podcast “Uncivil.”

Other storytellers include Vikram Krishnasamy, who operates at the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and Ruby Cooper, a mom, grandma, instructor, and writer based in Los Angeles.

The show will be hosted by the comic author and long time host of the Moth podcast, Dan Kennedy.

The Black Mountain Institute is hosting the event together with Nevada Public Radio, and “The Follower” publication, among the world’s leading journals of arts and culture which is produced and edited out of the Black Mountain Institute.


Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

To buy tickets, check out the UNLV Carrying out Arts Center ticket office, call (702) 895-ARTS (2787 ), or order online.

Package office is located off of Cottage Grove Opportunity at S. Maryland Parkway, on the campus of UNLV.

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico Performs at UNLV Nov. 16

The UNLV Carrying Out Arts Center is pleased to welcome Mariachi Herencia de México, a group of trainees from Chicago’s Mexican-American barrios, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The group may never ever have envisioned their first CD, Nuestra Herencia, would receive a Latin Grammy election, however it did. Now, after releasing their second CD, the musicians are starting their very first significant tour.

As part of the night, cooking trainees from Mohave High School will be using fresh guacamole and Mexican wedding cookies in the lobby, while students from the Del Sol Academy junior varsity Mariachi Band carry out.

Tickets to Mariachi Herencia de Mexico are $50, $40, $30, $20, and can be acquired through the Performing Arts Center box officeor by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787 ). Trainee rush tickets are $10 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee) and readily available one hour prior to each occasion, based upon schedule and with legitimate student ID. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are offered.

A $1.50 centers charge, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets. The box workplace is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

About the PAC

The UNLV Performing Arts Center is Southern Nevada’s first home for the arts: it opened in 1976 and commemorates its 43rd season this year. It hosts a variety of performances and events and is home to productions presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, UNLV School of Music, UNLV Dance, Desert Chorale, and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. The UNLV PAC also is pleased to host numerous Clark County School District fine arts festivals and performances.