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One Little Step for Degree, One Giant Leap for Profession

As a graphic design trainee, you might anticipate to get a foot in the door with a magazine or ad agency, maybe even a tech firm … however NASA?

Orlando Bustos released his style career by landing an unique internship through UNLV.

It was 2013. Bustos, a senior at the time, had been working on his bachelor of arts degree at UNLV with an emphasis in graphic style when a brand-new program captured his attention. The bachelor of science in graphic style and media integrated elements of digital media, interface design, 3-D imaging, animation, and other areas of graphic style that were not highlighted in the B.A. degree that was being phased out.

Although he was on track to finish that year, Bustos changed to the new program, despite the fact that it meant an extra year of classes.

“I believed the brand-new classes UNLV would offer– like 3-D making, web design, and designing for touchscreen tablets– would be more useful to my profession, so I took the opportunity to read more,” Bustos said.

He included one more task to his brand-new final year’s order of business: get an internship. And amongst the companies he might intern with was NASA.

Helga Watkins, then the acting director of the fine arts department, reached out to him about the opportunity to work for the distinguished area research study organization. However there was one catch: Bustos would need to move to Huntsville, Alabama.

Since it was his final year, a lot of Bustos’ classes were studio-based, needing him to be physically present. But since the unique opportunity to intern at NASA was too good to pass up, Bustos encouraged his professors to let him complete his classwork remotely.

“The whole department was extremely valuable and supportive,” Bustos said. “They enabled me to complete my classes online and report back to my professors.”

With that, Bustos jetted off to Huntsville as an intern in the Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) that had actually just recently formed in between UNLV and Teledyne Brown Engineering, a NASA contractor. His objective: help redesign training materials used in NASA’s International Spaceport station program.

“A great deal of the training that NASA products to the International Space Station came in the form in PowerPoint and Word documents– just black text on a white background and a lot of charts to check out,” Bustos stated. “Teledyne’s goal was to make the training more interactive so that it could be self-taught.”

The MPP initially required UNLV computer technology interns. However agents from Teledyne and their Las Vegas-based subcontractor Arcata Associates quickly realized that if the training was to end up being more interactive, a substantial visual part would be needed. So the UNLV College of Engineering got together with the College of Art to send out an interdisciplinary team to Alabama.

Bustos was signed up with by UNLV undergraduate Tom Le, a computer technology significant, and postdoctoral scholar Marissa Owens from UNLV’s College of Education. Owens guided the group’s work from an education and e-learning perspective, laying out all of the training content; Le handled the programming; and Bustos produced all the associated graphics, video, photography, animation, and other media. The team developed visually-driven, interactive, and self-contained materials that users might download and review whenever of day or night, participating in self-guided study instead of sitting in a class for eight hours a day.

Thanks in part to the team’s excellent work, the MPP was acknowledged with 2 NASA awards: a NASA Mentor-Protégé Program Involvement Award and a Small Company Subcontractor Quality Award.

The recognition caused UNLV becoming an official subcontractor to Teledyne in addition to a brand-new contract in between UNLV and Lockheed Martin. It also resulted in Arcata CEO Tim Wong hiring Bustos full time in 2015, prior to the NASA internship ended.

“The program progressed into something much larger than it was at first intended to, and Tim Wong had a lot to do with that,” Bustos said.

Bustos is still a multimedia designer with Arcata Associates, but he’s remained in Huntsville, where he continues working on training products and other multimedia projects to support the International Space Station.

“Due to the fact that UNLV taught me a little bit of everything, I have actually been dealing with every aspect of training products– animation, video modifying, TV production, conferences, photography, worksheets– adding anything I feel is advantageous,” Bustos stated. “If I had not made that degree switch, I ‘d most likely be a big action or two behind where I’m at now.”

Neighborhood Invited to “” Pitch-A-Pumpkin”” for a Great Cause Nov. 4 at Silverton Hotel & & Gambling establishment


Not exactly sure what to do with those pumpkins and jack-o’- lanterns as soon as Halloween’s over? Before you toss them in the garbage, think about pitching them for a good cause.

UNLV and the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee will hold their yearly “Pitch-A-Pumpkin” event Nov. 4 at the Silverton Hotel & & Casino to drive awareness on recycling and composting, and to divert holiday waste to a helpful use.


Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Silverton Hotel & & Gambling establishment
3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139
South parking lot near the main entrance


Participants will release pumpkins from one of two large trebuchets into a compost collection dumpster. The first individual to introduce a pumpkin into the dumpster will get a $100 money benefit from the Silverton.

Residents are encouraged to bring their jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkins to the event so they can be composted into soil. Participants will receive a raffle ticket for every pumpkin, with rewards from Flippin’ Out Xtreme, the Neon Museum Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas History Museum.

The catapults were constructed by Rancho High School trainees and by Rachel Lewison, Southern Nevada recycling organizer with the Nevada Division of Environmental Management. For additional information on the event or the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, contact Tara Pike-Nordstom with UNLV Rebel Recycling at (702) 810-1393 or read about Tree Recycling at UNLV is an establishing

member of the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee. Established in 1995, the program is operated by volunteers and uses 30 post-holiday Christmas Tree drop off locations for locals throughout Southern Nevada. Considering that 2001, Las Vegas Valley citizens assisted recycle 211,585 trees into nutrient-rich mulch for landscaping. In 2016, the committee began its pumpkin recycling program and has actually considering that diverted 37 tons of pumpkin waste from the garbage dump by composting.

The Interview: Lori Ciccone

While her peers were partying, UNLV alumna and communications studies significant Lori Ciccone was discovering how to toss parties. Her career path in public relations and occasions management ultimately led to fundraising, which in turn led to grant writing, which ultimately led her right back to UNLV and a grants management profession she’s passionate about.

Is grants management what you believed you ‘d be doing when you grew up?

No, not. Nobody grows up to operate in grant world. You fall under it and end up being passionate about it since it’s gratifying.

I worked in the events market out of college. There were 6 people working 90 to 100 hours a week. I loved it because I love arranging, and these were high-end celebrations, in the hundreds of thousands to millions. However I ‘d constantly wanted children and a partner with those children.

I knew I needed to alter my course when I found myself watering the turf outside my first home at 1 in the morning because I needed to set out the sod, and this was the only time I could do it. I was 25 at the time, and it was December. I was freezing, and I could not feel my fingers, but I had to be back at work at 6 a.m. That’s when I realized I ‘d bought a house I ‘d never ever see. I had a dog at that time also that I dropped off at my moms and dads’ to babysit every day; they saw her more than I provided for a good three years. So I simply stopped.

What occurred next?

I planned to go back to college and become a teacher. Then I got a call from a nonprofit I ‘d done a charity event for in college, one I felt extremely attached to– Classroom on Wheels, which are mobile class for 3- to 5-year-olds. They asked me to work for them as their fundraiser, tossing celebrations, which is simpler to do when individuals pay you to throw a party than it is when you toss a celebration and ask individuals to pay for it.

The roi to do a fundraising event was maybe 15 percent, so I wrote a grant and got moneyed in two months. I thought, “Well, that was a lot easier,” so I started composing more grants. I had an 86 percent return on my grants, and that encouraged me to keep writing them. That’s how I got in the grant world.

How did you end up at UNLV?

Later, I was discovered by a regional national not-for-profit board member who hired me to grant compose for them. When it was time to make a modification once again, I used to a job that had actually opened up at the Nevada System of College (NSHE) called EPSCoR (Developed Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). I had no idea what that implied. I went and talked to, and I walked out still not knowing what I ‘d talked to for. All I knew was that I wasn’t going to be writing grants; I ‘d be handling them. They offered me the task. I had no concept what it was, however I took it and worked there, and the doors simply continued to open for me.

I was with NSHE for 14 years prior to I concerned UNLV as an employee. It was a long course to come back and operate at my alma mater, and I never ever thought I ‘d do it, however here I am.

When did you recognize campus had changed since you were a trainee?

When the Hospitality building was opening. Just the design of it is exceptionally different from the buildings with narrow windows and a “dungeon” on the bottom flooring like FDH, which was where 90 percent of my degree classes were. The modern-day feel of the more youthful school buildings is awesome. UNLV has a new look. It resembles a brand-new school. And I feel brand-new since a lot of these structures were not here when I graduated in 1996 (BA Interaction Studies). I have to take a look at a map to find out what everything’s called now.

What surprises you about operating at a university?

I enjoy the energy of the campus. It’s excellent. You’re not locked into a 4-by-4 building. You can go out, walk campus, and keep in mind why you’re here: for the trainees bettering themselves, for the professors.

Greatest misunderstanding about UNLV

I do not become aware of UNLV, so I think the misunderstanding is that UNLV isn’t a university of terrific service to our neighborhood, which is tough for me as an alumna because it’s opened many doors from me.

In previous jobs, I ‘d travel across the state, and even after being in Las Vegas for thirty years, UNLV colors aren’t worn on football days throughout the valley, and there aren’t red banners everywhere you turn. I’m from Texas, and when you go into a college town, the colors are everywhere, 5 miles wide. It’s extremely different here.

A mistaken belief about your work

People often think we can make things happen in the blink of an eye, which’s not approve world. You have to guarantee compliance, and to do that, you need to check out and know all the guidelines. We have more than 700 independent sponsored awards, implying we have more than 700 various conditions to follow at any given time. And there’s not just one primary detective here, either.

An item in your office that suggests something special to you

I collect panda bears. They were all given to me by others, so they’re all very treasured. I also have an extremely special packed cow from my time with Class on Wheels. I ‘d put together a faculty retreat for all my staff there, who were instructors. They were so overwhelmed that I ‘d taken the time to do that for them that they pooled together their money to get me the cow, and they sobbed when they gave it to me. It’s still on my bookshelf.

If you could pick your last meal

Guacamole and chips, and I ‘d clean it down with Dr. Pepper. It represents the mixture of whatever combined together, like life. You may as well go out with a little jalapeno!

Coupling As Much As Face a Double Mastectomy

Anxiety– the kind that makes your heart race, that consistently gives birth to the question, “What if?”– Stephanie Carrell understands everything about it. She should. Considering that she was 14, the UNLV alumna has discovered more than 20 swellings in her breasts.

And over the last 18 years, she’s had each swelling biopsied.

“The procedure of waiting each time to see (if a brand-new swelling was cancerous) made me anxious,” she said just recently over breakfast at an eatery not far from her Summerlin home. “I learned it’s OKAY to sob and be overwhelmed often. I’m extremely fortunate that there’s been no cancer.”

Carrell, ’09 BS Early Youth Education, is now a 32-year-old kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Primary school in North Las Vegas. Her ready humor with kids and coworkers contradicts her medical obstacles. In June, Carrell had a preventive double mastectomy.

The treatment at University Medical Center by UNLV Medicine surgical oncologist Dr. Jennifer Baynosa must significantly decrease Carrell’s threat of getting breast cancer, which had been as high as 85 percent due to the fact that of an unusual genetic anomaly she carries.

“Her danger now remains in the single digits,” stated the 41-year-old Baynosa, a UNLV School of Medicine teacher who finished a breast surgery fellowship at Stanford. “She has a great deal of nerve; it’s a huge step to lose your breasts so young, particularly when no cancer is present.”


My Brand-new Guidelines: Security on a Public School

The Student Union is a social center for our trainees. It’s a break for faculty and personnel at lunch break, it serves as an inviting beacon to visitors, and it’s a link between UNLV and Las Vegas. It’s likewise a huge part of a city campus with thousands of trainees, personnel, and visitors checking out daily. We are open to the public, so everybody is allowed on university residential or commercial property.

I may have taken that for granted.

One day last spring I had been standing at the actions in front of the Trainee Union waiting for a pal when a male I didn’t understand approached me. He asked me for a dollar to capture the bus. I concurred and took out my wallet.

As quickly as this person saw that I had some cash on me, he informed me to offer him $15 rather. I instantly felt uneasy. Given that I am lawfully blind all I might see was a dark blur next to me. I gave him $2 and he left, however I realized after the truth that I didn’t handle the circumstance as safely as I could have.

I seem like I was lucky, so I wished to find out more about what I could do. I met with Ryan Doyle, project manager at UNLV Police Providers and Imad Mehanna, senior job supervisor at Construction Management.

It’s OK to request help

Though we have a devoted police force that works hard to keep everybody safe, they can’t be all over all the time. There are many ways we, as students, can take the effort regarding our security. Having an officer nearby to assist is best, however what if one isn’t around like in my situation? The RebelSAFE program provides services to help trainees feel more secure.

Developed by Doyle, the app connects students directly to UNLV police in case of emergency, request an escort, or leave a tip for authorities if they see suspicious activity.

Or you can use the numerous emergency situation phone stations to connect straight with authorities services throughout campus. A Lot More RebelSAFE Emergency situation Phone towers were installed this semester. They are geared up with a 360-degree monitoring cam and are tactically located throughout school to transmit RebelSAFE Informs via public address speaker.

” We are working on including 147 video cameras around the school, in addition to about 100 emergency situation phones,” Mehanna said.

My story might be different than yours, however we can learn from each other

It is very important to count on our impulses. As someone who’s legally blind, I can’t see my environments so I listen and determine people’s responses through their speech, breathing, and footsteps. You can discover a lot about an individual from basic mannerisms. Instincts are another factor to take notice of. If somebody does something that makes you uneasy, like leave a bag or shouts at other students, it’s worth reporting. “We might get 200 incorrect alarms, but it’s worth it to get that one call that is a genuine emergency,” Mehanna said.

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Checking Out Artist Lecture Series Welcomes Beverly Fishman Nov. 1

The UNLV department of art invites Beverly Fishman to the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, for the fall Checking out Artist Lecture Series.

Fishman embraces the language of abstraction to explore the body, concerns of identity, and contemporary culture. Her career-long examination brings into play medical imaging, pharmaceutical style, and the history of modernist painting. Fishman’s work has actually been the topic of solo exhibits at galleries in New york city, London, Paris, Berlin, Thessaloniki, Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Detroit, and also has actually been shown at the Chrysler Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Columbus Museum of Art, to name a few. Her work is represented in many collections including the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, the Pizzuti Collection, and numerous corporate collections. Her work has been examined in many art publications, papers, and scholarly publications, including The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Huffington Post, Modern Painters, Artnet Magazine, Wallpaper, NY Arts Publication, The Wall Street Journal, and Art in America. She is artist-in-residence and head of painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She is represented by Miles McEnery Gallery, New York City; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; and Library Street Collective, Detroit.

The UNLV Visiting Artist Lecture Series includes a varied array of some of the most compelling artists and thinkers operating in the art world today. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to go to the school and discuss their work in public lectures and to provide private critiques to our BFA and MFA trainees. This program has established itself as an important resource for UNLV students and the general public alike. The primary mission of the UNLV Artist Lecture Series is to educate, motivate, and cultivate a greater understanding and gratitude of modern art through visual presentations and discourse.

For Freedoms 50 State Effort on Display in the Barrick Museum

Through Nov. 6, visitors to the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art are urged to submit yard indications and publish them on the lobby wall as part of the For Liberties exhibition asking individuals to produce and publicly display their own definition of liberty. Motivated by political leader’s campaign signs, For Liberties lawn sign activations ask the individual to fill out indications that say: Flexibility Of …, Freedom From …, Liberty For …, and Flexibility To …

Since 2016, For Flexibilitieshas produced unique exhibitions, town hall conferences, signboards, and yard sign installations to spur greater involvement in civic life. This year, For Flexibilities introduced its 50 State Initiative, a new phase of shows to encourage broad participation and inspire discussion around November’s midterm elections.

Structure off of the existing creative infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has actually developed a network of over 300 artists and 200 institutional partners who will produce across the country public art installations, exhibits, and regional neighborhood discussions in order to inject nuanced, creative thinking into public discourse. Centered around the essential work of artists, For Liberties hopes that these exhibits and related projects will model how arts organizations can end up being civic online forums for action and conversation of values, place, and patriotism.

Creative Passions End Up Being Reality for UNLV Alumnus

A true Renaissance male, Pj Perez always is dealing with a job, or more– or a dozen. Perez, ’07 BA Sociology and Bachelor’s Degree Journalism and Media Researches, has turned his many passions into a living while seemingly constantly handling new business and bigger difficulties.

His list of job titles is prolonged and extensive. It includes work in public relations, web comics, web development, and style, together with ending up being publisher of his own printing company.

” I think part of that comes from growing up in Vegas,” he stated of his numerous enthusiasms. “There’s nobody to inform you ‘No, you can’t do something.'”

Now, as web and material manager for the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel, he extends his innovative muscles running online publications including the popular hotel’s 52 Stories blog site.

However his work does not end with his day job.

In recent months, he started shooting a documentary, continued his operate in comics, and revised a number of television scripts he’s composed in an effort to pitch them to representatives, all in his leisure time. He’ll be a featured guest at the 2018 Vegas Valley Comics Festival on Nov. 3 at the Clark County Library.

Express Yourself

” You need to offer yourself. You need to provide for the people you take care of,” he said. “Everyone has parts of their job that suck. However at the end of the day, do you have the liberty to reveal yourself in some method?”

Perez’s uncommon background prepared him well for a chaotic and driven life as an adult, turning his fixations into professions.

He first got a reputation as a young columnist for the now-defunct magazine Las Vegas CityLife before he ‘d even registered at UNLV in his mid-20s.

As a trainee, he attended school full time while also working full-time, playing in a band, and stabilizing all of those activities with his freelance journalism. He became editor of the school newspaper, now referred to as the Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and prior to graduating, he ‘d worked as a senior material designer for and the founding handling editor of Racket, a way of life magazine.

Through his degree programs, he further established abilities he ‘d discovered outside of the classroom: creating publications, composing, and making art.

And he was always looking for brand-new opportunities, which offers a lesson for present trainees.

Valuable Takeaway

” College isn’t almost taking classes and finding out abilities. It has to do with developing a community and being exposed to other people you otherwise wouldn’t be. That was my takeaway,” he said. “Hopefully, if you’re doing it right, you acquire a gratitude and after that understanding of the world in such a way that you didn’t have.”


Difficult Treatments Absolutely Nothing New for UNLV Surgeons

Reattaching a severed thumb? Corrective facial surgery that permits an 8-year-old to smile for the very first time?

Those are just two of the intricate surgical treatments carried out last year by cosmetic surgeons with UNLV Medicine, the scientific arm of the UNLV School of Medication.

Dr. Richard Baynosa, program director of the department of cosmetic surgery at UNLV Medicine, spent 6 hours one day reattaching cowboy Ben Mays’ thumb after it was torn off during the World Series of Team Roping kept in Las Vegas.

Abraham Chavez got his smile following a nine-hour procedure carried out by Dr. John Menezes.

Plastic Surgery Services

That sort of painstaking reconstructive microsurgery, according to Baynosa, is “simply part of the wide variety of advanced plastic surgery services provided by UNLV Medicine.” Most of the cosmetic surgery clients are very first seen at the UNLV Medicine Plastic Surgery Clinic, 1707 W. Charleston Blvd.

. About 1,000 treatments are done every year, performed mainly by Baynosa, Menezes, and Dr. John Brosious. 6 locals on personnel, who go through six years of residency, are trained by the threesome.

Procedures offered include breast restoration, cleft lip and taste buds repair, craniofacial surgery, scar modification, skin cancer elimination, skin grafts, tummy tucks, breast enhancement, breast decrease, dermabrasion, face raises, liposuction, body contouring, nose job, eyelid repair work, and thighplasty.

Baynosa, a School of Medicine associate teacher who serves on committees for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Mountain West Society of Plastic Surgeons, completed a fellowship with world-renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Phillip Blondeel in Belgium.

Now concentrating on breast reconstruction for cancer patients, Baynosa is the very first surgeon in Nevada to use microsurgical breast restoration with the patient’s own stomach skin and fat. He’ll often begin the restoration as his partner, Dr. Jennifer Baynosa, an associate professor of breast oncology surgical treatment with the School of Medicine, is completing her work on a patient.

Menezes is the only craniofacial-trained surgeon in Nevada who also is fellowship-trained. He completed his fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medication.

Cleft Tastes buds

“Every week I run on the cleft lip and palate of a child,” he stated. After that main restoration, he typically does two follow-up reconstruction procedures as the child grows. “Simply the clefts alone keep me quite hectic,” he stated.

Menezes, who also manages craniofacial cases as a result of gunshot wounds, has repaired cleft tastes buds as part of the Las Vegas Philippines medical mission. He prepares to take UNLV medical trainees on similar objectives.

Brosious, who went to medical school at Indiana University before finishing his residency at UNR, often finds himself working on cases including injury to the legs and arms. Injuries from burns, automobile mishaps, and four-wheeler mishaps frequently discover him transplanting tissue from one location of the body to the affected locations.

He reattached one guy’s arm after it was cut off by a samurai sword. “It obviously happened when a drug offer spoiled,” Brosious said.

All three cosmetic surgeons state they discover their work gratifying.

“You get to change somebody’s life for the much better,” Baynosa stated.