Remembering Lauren Today

lauren1 May 17. On this day in 2006, the world lost a vibrant, beautiful woman named Lauren Hanavan. Her unexpected death from complications with diabetes was devastating. Like the rest of her family and friends, I miss her dearly. It’s hard to believe that it was five years ago. Lauren, who was a 23-year-old senior at UNLV in Las Vegas, was set to graduate and was applying to law school. She was also engaged to be married to Bryce Taylor, a UNLV graduate (and wonderful human being). UNLV graciously granted Lauren a posthumous degree and is working to establish a scholarship at UNLV in her name- if you would like to contribute please contact me. [Read more…]

NV Regents Appoint new UNLV President

The Nevada Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Dr. Neal J. Smatresk as the ninth president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Smatresk received a two-year contract (August 1, 2009-June 30, 2011) with an annual base salary of $289,120 in the first fiscal year and $246,426.84 in the second fiscal year. He will also receive the following annual perquisites: $8,000 automobile allowance, $18,000 housing allowance, and a $5,000 host account. In addition, the UNLV Foundation will supplement the president’s compensation by $58,880 in the first fiscal year and $101,573.16 in the second fiscal year.

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UNLV segment among Leno’s “Greatest Jaywalking Moments” and other Higher Ed news

A recap of higher ed news stories I Tweeted this week (follow me @joePRguy):

Japan university gives away iPhones to students (it’s really a ploy to track them!)

George Mason University Innovates To Boost Enrollment

University Sues Porn Website Over Name

Down economy means better dorms for these college students

University of Illinois admits it bowed to clout on admissions

And, finally… watching the last episode of Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show, I was tickled to see UNLV students in the “Greatest Moments in Jaywalking” segment- which I coordinated when I worked in UNLV public affairs under chief Hilaire Grey and former president Carol Harter. Jay Leno came to the 2006 commencement and filmed a “Jaywalking” segment with fresh UNLV graduates (in cap-and-gown) after the ceremony. The typical Jaywalking segment tends to make people look rather silly; I didn’t want UNLV students to look stupid, so I worked with his producers and writers to make it a unique segment: who’s smarter-men or women? Rather than asking questions of individuals like the typical Jaywalking, we had pairs of men and women. They stood in cap and gown, holding bells in thier hands to answer when Jay asked a question. We kept a tally of correct answers for both. The UNLV grad who made the “Greatest Moments” segment was a guy who answered: what are the first words of the Bible? His response was “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” [Read more…]