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UNLV'' s 2018 Neighborhood Engagement Awards Winners Reported

Receivers of UNLV’s 2018 Community Engagement Awards have actually conducted research to help victims of human trafficking, to assist nursing students carrying out community health evaluations, to assist launch Nevada’s very first Girls Who Code Club, and a lot more.

The awards are designed to honor those on school who demonstrate a dedication to neighborhood collaboration, which is one of the university’s 5 Leading Tier goals. The awards specifically acknowledge community-based research, service-learning, faculty/staff neighborhood outreach, and student service.

” This is our second year of honoring the powerful methods UNLV professors, staff, and trainees engage in our community,” said Sue DiBella, interim executive director of the office of community engagement. “We had exceptional applications this year, and as soon as again we are pleased to acknowledge the breadth and depth of partnership in between UNLV and the Southern Nevada community.”

Two selection committees examined a combined total of 39 applications gotten for awards in the 4 categories. Receivers of the community-based research study and service-learning awards each will get $2,000. The recipient of the faculty/staff neighborhood outreach award will receive $1,500, and the student service award recipient will receive $1,000.

The 2018 award recipients include:


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Rascal Flatts signs on for extended engagement at the Venetian

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(left to right) Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, likewise referred to as Rascal Flatts and nominee for Vocal Group of the Year walk the Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet at T-Mobile Arena. Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Monday, May 22, 2017|5:35 a.m.

. The super star nation trio of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney– Rascal Flatts– is returning to Las Vegas for its third run in recent years, this time playing eight programs in October at the Venetian Theatre.

“Vegas simply keeps pulling us back in,” stated LeVox in this early morning’s statement. “Our previous two residencies were such a fantastic experience and chance to get in touch with our fans on a more intimate level. I think moving over to The Venetian will provide a totally different setting and fan experience that we’re truly thrilled about!”

In 2015 and 2016, Rascal Flatts performed comparable special engagements at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Compared with that location’s 4,000 capability, the intimate and luxurious environments of the 1,800-seat Venetian Theatre are anticipated to supply a various concert-going experience. The Venetian likewise recently revealed a six show run in September starring global pop-classical singing group Il Divo.

Rascal Flatts– A Night to Shine will run October 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21. Tickets begin at $49 and go on sale June 2 at Ticketmaster.

UNLV Formality Personnel, Faculty for Community Engagement Efforts

Receivers of UNLV’s new Neighborhood Engagement Awards have actually studied quality of life problems in Las Vegas’ historical Westside community, worked with numerous companies on course jobs, assisted location youth get ready for college, and more.

Provided for the very first time this year, the Community Engagement Awards were developed to honor those on school who demonstrate a commitment to neighborhood collaboration, which is one of the university’s five Leading Tier objectives. The awards particularly acknowledge community-based research, service-learning, administrative faculty/classified staff service, and student service.

” It’s amazing to have the opportunity to recognize the fantastic community engagement activities of our professors, personnel, and trainees at UNLV,” stated Sue DiBella, interim executive director of the Office of Neighborhood Engagement. “The applications we received represent a rich variety of projects and activities. They really show the breadth of cooperation between the university and its lots of neighborhood partners.”

A choice committee reviewed the 28 applications gotten for awards in the four classifications. The inaugural receivers are Christie Batson, Community-Based Research study Faculty Award; Anna Smedley-López, Service-Learning Faculty Award; Keith Rogers, the Staff Service Award; and Fall Spicer, the Student Service Award Overviews of their community engagement activities are offered below.

Office of Community Engagement Community-Based Research study Professors Award.

Christie Batson, Ph.D.– Partner Teacher, Department of Sociology

Christie Batson focuses on city and social demography and takes a look at neighborhood quality of life problems in Southern Nevada. Through a partnership with the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority, the Safe Village Effort, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Authorities Department, Batson conducted an in-depth, mixed-methods research study taking a look at community lifestyle and area attachment in one of Las Vegas’ most historic communities, the Westside, which is the home of the largest neighborhood of African-American homeowners in Las Vegas. Her research job revealed important issues about public real estate policies, community financial advancement, community places of significance for residents, and relationships in between homeowners and the cops. Batson’s findings offer crucial data used by neighborhood residents, regional politicians, housing agencies, social provider, and police to enhance our understanding of social conditions that add to neighborhood resiliency.

Workplace of Community Engagement Service-Learning Award.

Anna C. Smedley-López, Ph.D.– Assistant Teacher in Residence, Department of Sociology

Anna Smedley-López leads the Department of Sociology’s Service Knowing Initiative for Community Engagement in Sociology (SLICES), a multi-semester program for trainees registered in SOC 205: Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Society. SLICES is a community-based research service-learning initiative that partners UNLV undergraduate students with Las Vegas organizations and coalitions in assistance of racial/ethnic/immigration education and equity. PIECES students work carefully with local partners to finish community-based, participatory research tasks that align straight with course learning goals. While finishing their tasks trainees gain professional abilities, increase their understanding of culturally qualified research, and find out the significance of working with the neighborhood. SLICES’ collaborative projects have consisted of topics such as legal help for asylees with the Immigrant Justice Effort, cultural and environmental conservation with the Protect Gold Butte Initiative, resources for undocu/DACAmented students with the UNLV UndocuNetwork, health equity with the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Collation, trainee belonging and success with the UNLV Crossway, and the prison pipeline with the Las Vegas chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Neighborhood partners share in the planning, activities, data utilize, and outcomes established through the tasks. Office of Community Engagement Staff Service Award.

Keith Rogers– Deputy Executive Director, Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Keith Rogers works with the UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO) to bridge the space between secondary education attainment and access to post-secondary programs for under-represented, low-income, and first-generation trainees in the Las Vegas valley. Through a collaboration with the Clark County School District (CCSD), Rogers led efforts to provide more than 20,000 CCSD students with academic support and services at 30 of the most affordable performing schools in the district. These schools are faced with numerous challenges, such as overcrowded class and limited ability to guide and prepare trainees for post-secondary education. The grade point averages, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates at these schools have increased through trainee and school involvement in CAEO programs. These programs have led numerous participating students to enroll at UNLV, resulting in a more varied UNLV student body, specifically in the STEM disciplines. These programs also led to an increase in the academic success of minority, low-income, and first-generation UNLV students by providing assistance for incoming freshmen who might be underprepared academically and economically.

Office of Neighborhood Engagement Trainee Service Award.

Fall Spicer– Graduate Student, Master’s of Business Administration

Fall Spicer volunteered to produce an outreach program between UNLV Athletics and multiple community companies, including The John C. Kish Foundation, the Clark County School District, 3 Square, the Southern Nevada Health District, the After School All-Stars, the Las Vegas Rotary Club, the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, and Group Impact. The goal of the program was to facilitate and increase volunteerism amongst UNLV student-athletes, coaches, and personnel. She assisted arrange and establish volunteer opportunities across Southern Nevada, increasing UNLV Athletics service hours from 1,479 hours to 13,058 hours throughout 3 years. These opportunities allowed student-athletes to participate in a range of volunteer activities, consisting of combating cravings with Three Square by packing meal bags for kids, families, and the elderly; reading to, connecting with, and serving as good example to financially disadvantaged children; dealing with the Nevada Collaboration for Homeless Youth to gather and disperse toiletry items to homeless youth in shelters; and speaking out against violence and bullying in elementary schools.