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UNLV Raises $2.2 Million to Fund Harry Reid Endowed Chair in History

UNLV has secured $2.2 million to fund an endowed chair in its department of history, and recruitment of a scholar to fill the role will begin right away.

Senior scholars of difference are being sought for the Harry Reid Endowed Chair for the History of the Intermountain West. The chair is named for Reid, the previous U.S. Senate Bulk Leader, to honor his interest in history and life of civil service. The position, the very first endowed chair in UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts, will help raise the history department to the leader in the research study of the Intermountain West region, which includes all or parts of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

“With its great basin and varieties, its peaceful deserts and pristine outdoors, Nevada is the personification of the Intermountain West,” said Sen. Reid. “I enjoy studying history and am honored that a chair at UNLV will be established in my name to focus on this location that is an understudied and underappreciated part of our nation’s history.”

A search committee will carry out interviews as early as spring 2018, with strategies to have the faculty member in location by the fall 2018 semester. Scholars are expected to apply with knowledge in Native American history, environmental history, and labor, race and gender history, to name a few subjects.

“The development of the Intermountain West– in both population and impact– is amazing, and this position uses a special chance to draw a top scholar who can add context to this growth by studying some of the numerous complex historic relationships within our region,” said Thom Reilly, chancellor of the Nevada System of College. “We’re appreciative to Sen. Reid and to everyone who has supported this effort.”

In partnership with Sen. Reid, businessman and benefactor Jon Huntsman Sr. contributed $1 million towards the creation of the chair in June. Since the initial statement this summertime, an additional $1.2 million in gifts and pledges have actually been secured from multiple sources.

“We are exceptionally grateful to all those who have supported this essential position, to Sen. Reid for his long and devoted work on behalf of our area, and this newest effort to further establish UNLV and our department of history with this transformational endowed chair,” stated Chris Heavey, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

The history department is one of a handful nationally to offer both master’s and doctoral programs in the study of the United States West.

“Sen. Reid played an essential function in the history of the American West as the leading political figure of the area and innovator of programs and legislation of long lasting importance,” stated Andy Kirk, chair of UNLV’s history department. “This exceptional new position will generate national attention and raise the profile of our currently well-regarded graduate program in U.S. Western History.”

'' Choosing not to back down'': Power of Love gala raises cash, honors Agassi


L.E. Baskow Andre Agassi and wife Stefanie Graf present with celeb Chef Michael Mina on the red carpet for Keep Memory Alive’s 21st annual Power of Love Gala inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

| 2 a.m. Keep Memory Alive 2017 Launch slideshow”With nearly one in 4 U.S. grownups struggling with some form of brain damage or neurological

condition, moneying for research study to cure such illnesses is needed more than ever, stated philanthropist Larry Ruvo on Thursday at a yearly fundraising event supporting a renowned Las Vegas research study and treatment center named after his daddy. Lou Ruvo, who passed away from problems of Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, has actually been the motivation for the Cleveland Center Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

. The center, which is ranked yearly in the United States News and World Report’s “Honor Roll “for best healthcare facilities, has actually served more than 108,000 patients and has trained over 400 doctor considering that opening its Las Vegas doors in 2010.”Tonight has to do with continuing that pledge and choosing not to back down, “Ruvo stated at the star-studded occasion, which featured an almost two-hour red carpet event followed by a three-hour gala.

“It’s to make sure our efforts continue.”The 21st annual variation of the Power of Love fundraising gala, held inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, welcomed about 1,550 guests, the majority of whom paid$1,500 to $5,000 per person for a seat at a table. Guests

were dealt with to three-course meals including meals from celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina. The arena-turned-ballroom featured sparkling streams of beads hanging from the ceiling with purple lighting up the pink table linens and myriad wine glasses listed below. Las Vegan Andre Agassi received the 2017 Keep Memory Alive Neighborhood Leadership award for exactly what Ruvo called”passionate, compassionate “philanthropy and for”making education accessible for those who cannot manage it.” The former tennis player turned education philanthropist moved other half Stefanie Graf and others in the sold-out crowd to tears in announcing a$1 million donation to the center while on stage. Agassi, whose structure opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in 2001, credited his high ambition and enthusiasm for tennis and education as factors for his success in both fields, and ability to make a difference.”I did dream, and I dreamt big, “Agassi said. Businessman-philanthropist Ronald Perelman and performer Siegfried Fischbacher were also honored by Ruvo throughout the gala, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman likewise stepped briefly to the phase to announce ceremonial dates in 2017 called in their honor. The event likewise included both silent and live auctions, where whatever from fashion jewelry pieces to

remain at Las Vegas Strip hotels and a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’team jet for a game this season were up for quote. A tennis lesson with Agassi and Graf cost$85,000 throughout the live auction, while a limited-edition, marble Steinway grand piano paired with a private performance by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli cost $650,000. Previous Oakland and Los Angeles Raider Lester Hayes was one of five agents of the NFL franchise in attendance on Thursday night, consisting of owner Mark Davis, previous head coach Tom Flores, former quarterback Jim Plunkett and former running back Napoleon McCallum. Dressed in an all-white match with white gator skin shoes and championship rings from Super Bowls XV and XVIII on his right-hand man, Hayes stated the subject of brain health was of personal significance due to the fact that of friends and family who suffered from Alzheimer’s. Hayes, who played 10 seasons with the Raiders from 1977 to 1986, stated he did not believe he sustained significant mental retardation during his time in the NFL but understood previous teammates whose lives were negatively impacted by head injuries.”We have to keep researching so we can better comprehend head injuries,” Hayes said.”It ‘d be remarkable if one day we could somehow avoid them.”Thursday’s gala likewise featured musical performances by Jon Bon Jovi, who sang acoustic versions of”Who Says You Cannot Go House,” “Livin’ On A Prayer,””You Provide Love A Bad Name, “and covered the Beatles ‘” Here Comes the Sun.”Jennifer Hudson closed the night with crooning renditions of hit songs”Hallelujah,”” Remember Me”and” I Still Love You”among others,

bringing the mentally moved crowd to a standing ovation.

Pres. Obama pitches clean energy, fund-raises in Vegas


President Barack Obama showed up in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon in an effort to promote his push for clean energy.

Air Force One landed at McCarran International Airport at 4:21 p.m.

Obama spoke to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak at the base of the airplane steps. Goodman provided the president a package of info about Las Vegas’ efforts to make use of green energy.

Sandoval signed up with Obama in the motorcade bound for the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, where the president spoke at the National Clean Energy Summit.

Amongst the crucial points of his address, President Obama said on the nation’s developments in clean and renewable energy. He pointed out the nation’s leading ranking in wind power and pitched solar power’s economical values. The president stated he is dedicated to obtaining the U.S. 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2030.

Following the check out, Sandoval released a statement providing, in part, gratitude to the president and understanding into pressing energy concerns in Nevada:

“I wish to thank President Obama for making the effort to see the fantastic state of Nevada and agreeing to consult with me on behalf of all Nevadans. Today we discussed a number of pressing concerns facing the mountain west including conservation, financial advancement, and renewable energy. Most significantly, we went over the crucial need for efforts to secure populations of the greater sage-grouse to properly align with ongoing development efforts, which I firmly believe is attainable through a conservation strategy based on cutting edge science, common sense finest practices and collaborative decision-making. I am hopeful that our meeting today will certainly act as a stepping stone as we continue to browse this important problem. Interacting, I’m enthusiastic that we can preclude the need to list the greater sage-grouse simply as we have actually done with the bi-state sage-grouse.”

President Obama’s remarks were preceded by introductions by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren and diva of The Killers, Brandon Flowers.

Later, the president went to a fundraising event in Henderson for Democratic senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto that took place at the home of Las Vegas Sun publisher Brian Greenspun.

The president retired at a resort in Lake Las Vegas finishing up the day in the Valley.

Obama will depart from Las Vegas about 10:10 a.m. Tuesday.

Drivers are reminded that rolling traffic restrictions and closures will certainly take place along the president’s motorcade route.

Obama last saw Las Vegas in November, when he talked with a crowd at Del Sol High School and called for immigration reform.

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Community raises thousands for household of lady who passed away in fall


The Las Vegas community came together Tuesday to aid the household of a little woman who tragically fell to her death throughout a journey to Disneyland this past weekend.

Three-year-old Stephanie Martinez fell from a balcony at the Anaheim hotel where her family was remaining. Her household didn’t have actually the cash required for a funeral service or perhaps to get her body back to Las Vegas.

Nevertheless, a GoFundMe page was established to assist the family cover costs, and our community was charitable.

Stephanie’s cousin, Eddie Fraire, said the household was thinking about selling possessions to pay for the funeral. When FOX5 audiences saw the awful story, the donations started flooding in.

“We went from having $50 to having nearly $2,000 in less than an hour,” Fraire stated.

Mercedes Martinez, with MIX 94.1, was deeply influenced by the story. On Tuesday early morning, she asked her listeners to donate online or drop in a Dunkin’ Donuts area making a cash contribution.

“Prior to we even got to the area we had people awaiting us. In the span of Thirty Minutes, we had over $500. After an hour and a half we had over a thousand dollars, and that was simply in cash,” Martinez said.

Martinez, who has 2 children, said the story hit near home however shows exactly what a remarkable neighborhood exists in Las Vegas.

“It’s a shame that a disaster needs to reveal the world what Las Vegas is made from, but it holds true – we do not let our siblings or sis suffer in this town,” she said.

Fraire said the donations will permit Stephanie’s parents to grieve rather than fret about money.

“I’m just beyond delighted with the Las Vegas Valley. God bless them all,” he said.

It’s prepared for that Stephanie’s body will be flown to Las Vegas early next week and that her funeral service will certainly be held a couple of days later on. The household stated the public rates to participate in the funeral service.

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Ikea raises base pay for U.S. employees 2nd year in a row


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The Ikea logo design is shown on the side of the warehouse-sized shop throughout the grand opening of New york city City’s first Ikea on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn. The company prepares to open its very first Nevada store in the Las Vegas-area.

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New York City– Ikea’s USA department is raising the minimum wage for the 2nd year in a row as the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain wants to enhance its relations with workers and minimize employee turnover.

Beginning Jan. 1, Ikea’s average minimum hourly wage will certainly enhance to $11.87, which is $4.62 above the current federal wage and marks a $1.11 increase, or 10 percent, from this year’s average minimum pay.

The increase will certainly influence 32 percent of Ikea’s 10,500 U.S. store employees and will raise the average hourly wage to $15.45. That’s up from the present $14.19 per hour. The boost also covers employees in some distribution centers.

Ikea raised the base pay in June 2014 by an average of 17 percent, efficient 2015. That marked the greatest boost in One Decade in the U.S. for the seller. It also pegged the raise to the expense of living in each area, instead of exactly what competitors are providing as most shops do, signaling a brand-new method to its pay structure.

The pay raise comes as numerous sellers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., have revealed wage hikes and other rewards to attract employees and to remain competitive in an enhancing task market. They have actually likewise faced pressure from labor-backed groups to increase salaries and enhance working conditions.

Rob Olsen, chief monetary officer at Ikea’s U.S. department, informed The Associated Press on Tuesday that the increase revealed in 2013 was based upon data a couple of years old from the MIT Living Wage Calculator, which considers housing, food, medical and transport expenses plus yearly taxes. Ikea saw the need to raise wages for next year based upon brand-new data from the living wage calculator.

Like other merchants, Ikea had always adjusted incomes based upon exactly what competitors were providing. Starting with the increase revealed in 2014, raises differ based upon the expense of living in each of its 40 U.S. shop locations. For example, Olsen said that Ikea employees in the Elizabeth, New Jersey, store will see a 22 percent raise in pay.

He noted Ikea has actually already seen an enhanced turnover rate and a wider swimming pool of strong candidates for store openings. Olsen decreased to provide the business’s turnover rate, however he said that it’s surpassed its goal of lowering the rate by 5 portion points just 6 months after the wage hike.

Olsen kept in mind Ikea’s turnover rate has constantly been below the market average. About 19 percent of full-time retail employees leave their jobs yearly, according to the National Retail Federation.

Wal-Mart informed the media earlier this month that it’s currently beginning to see lower turnover at the stores as a result of the greater wages.

Still, labor backed groups are promoting business to start entry level incomes at $15 per hour.

There’s much national debate about exactly what is a “living wage,” or adequate cash for an employee to make in order to make ends meet. Many retail workers currently make more than the federal minimum wage however very little more. In truth, more than half of retail workers make $10 or less, according to David Cooper of The Financial Policy Institute.

Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love’ gala live auction raises $4.4 million


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Celine Dion, Sharon Stone, Virginia Bocelli and Andrea Bocelli onstage at the 2015 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala Saturday, June 13, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Honorees Veronica Bocelli and Andrea Bocelli on the Red Carpet to attend the19th annual Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love Gala' benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health honoring Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Bocelli at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, June 13, 2015.Introduce slideshow “

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2015 Keep Memory Alive Gala

It was such an utmost, star-studded night of glamour, glamour, wining, dining and megabucks that it may never be duplicated ever once again in Las Vegas.

Stars and VIPs included honoree Andrea Bocelli and his other half, Veronica; Caesars headliner Celine Dion, who flew in from Boston to duet with him; starlet Sharon Stone with Quincy Jones, birthday kid Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn; Westgate Las Vegas headliner Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel; and 2014 honorees Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Likewise: singer Martina McBride; vocalist Robin Thicke; vocalist George Benson; “The Sopranos” star Steve Schirripa and his other half, Laura; vocalist Clint Holmes and his other half, Kelly Clinton-Holmes; TELEVISION personality Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella; and Stratosphere headliner Claire Sinclair (“Pin Up”).

It was the 19th yearly “Power of Love” fundraising gala for our Keep Memory Alive charity that moneys the work and research of our downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health that battles Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative brain conditions. Our thanks to Richard Corey for his video of the arrivals carpet.

MGM Grand Garden Arena was amazingly transformed from a sports and performance place into a glittering and magical fairytale for 1,500 guests. Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis and Wolfgang Puck’s chefs served a fantastic four-course supper with 150 sommeliers putting classic Dom Perignon and wines. Giada, after all the effort in the household kitchen, introduced George Benson onstage.

Tunes by Gloria, Martina and Robin were psychological and moving, however the night came from Italian superstar Andrea, who was introduced by Sharon (“Basic Impulse,” “Gambling establishment”). He first sang “Voglio Vivere Cosi,” followed by “Mamma” in Italian with an orchestra of 40 and your house band of 10 others led by conductor William Ross and musical director Greg Phillinganes.

Andrea in a homage to Las Vegas and Elvis Presley switched to English for “Cannot Assist Falling In Love” and afterwards ended his four-song set with longtime fan favorite “Con Te Partiro.”

He then welcomed Celine to the phase, and together they sang “The Prayer.” It was her first time singing in public because the yearlong absence from her Colosseum reveals to take care of husband Rene Angelil and his ruthless fight with throat cancer.

She ‘d flown in from his bedside at Massachusetts General Healthcare facility in Boston and after the performance flew directly back to him. “Rene desired me to come, and, after making the pledge to go to, I wasn’t going to let anybody down” she said. Our special Q+A with Celine was posted a few hours ago.

Celine’s voice was in excellent kind: incredible, angelic and wonderful. It was as if the duo had never ever stopped vocal singing together. No lyric sheets or music in front of them. No TelePrompTer with the words. Everyone in the arena, from servers to guests, was enthralled and teary-eyed throughout the cheers and standing ovation.

“Just enchanting, overwhelming and beyond stunning,” KMA founder Larry Ruvo informed me. Larry also made a toast to Siegfried commemorating his 75th birthday at the gala. It was such an emotional night that authorities at NV Energy made a contribution of $1.3 million. However the cash didn’t stop there.

I had the honor and advantage to serve as the voice of KMA as MC of the auction. Twelve couples each shelled out $200,000 each for an Italian tour by Andrea with a visit to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel and a show at his house. Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire and The Band Perry are just a few of the stars also on the trip.

George Clooney’s invitation with new other half, Amal, his Casamigos tequila partner Rande Gerber and spouse cover girl Cindy Crawford to a celebration in London was acquired after perky bidding by two people for $100,000 each. 2 others paid $45,000 each for Andre Agassi’s personal tennis lessons, and one week at David Copperfield’s holiday paradise in the Bahamas cost $100,000.

4 days at Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island resort in the Caribbean generated $45,000. A fishing trip with star chef Michael Mina offered twice for $35,000 each; a San Diego Chargers game included $60,000; and luxury boat trips in the Mediterranean, Australia and British Columbia totaled up another $360,000.

An uncommon barrel of cognac with 250 personalized decanters for the golden liquid inside cost $200,000. Designer Frank Gehry contributed a youngster’s playhouse, which sold for $225,000; two sets of tickets to the winter Victoria’s Secret fashion show sold for $40,000 each; and Muhammad Ali’s boxing trunks from his Joe Frazier “Thrilla in Manilla” fight cost $120,000.

A stunning, custom-designed, 57.30-carat locket contributed by the Lynne Ruffin-Smith charitable foundation and its president, R.T. Smith, raised $80,000. In all, it was $4.4 million from the live auction, all which goes to the charity.

Earnings from additional silent auction items, ticket sales and individual table pledges of $85,000 to purchase a red flashing heart pin are still being totaled today and ought to all make it among the most successful fundraiser ever in Las Vegas.

Cleveland Center’s Dr. Toby Cosgrove commented: “We are dealing with among the best health crises in contemporary time. There are no cures. There are couple of good treatments. More and more Americans are aging into the high-risk years for activity disorders and amnesia. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and age-related dementia are rising to all-time highs.

“These are conditions that rob individuals of independence and identity. We are supplying hope and establisheding an enormous, full-scale effort to discover new treatments and cures. Here in Las Vegas, the Brain Health Center is offering the largest group of medical trials presently underway anywhere.”

KMA founder Larry Ruvo summed up: “Given that our opening a short 5 1/2 years earlier, our exceptional programs have actually permanently changed the course of the terrible brain diseases for the world. It’s all happened right here in Las Vegas, so this time what occurs in Vegas benefits the remainder of the world.

“We have the biggest neuroscience footprint in America. We have the No. 1 clinical-trial programs in America. We are recognized as one of the leading brain university hospital in America.”

Now today, with no time for rest, prepares get underway at the very first meeting Wednesday for next year’s star-studded, 20th yearly fundraiser. This one, already hailed as the very best yet, will certainly take some whipping, however Las Vegas can– and will– do it!

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has actually spent the previous 15 years providing readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play area.

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MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.

The resort mades available trademark restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish Home, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes 5 Star dining establishment, Joël Robuchon.

As part of its ongoing “Grand Remodelling,” MGM Grand has actually renovated all rooms and suites in its major tower and is adding a number of new experiences to its lineup consisting of Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Club, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (being available in April 2013).

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