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UNLV cuts recruiting frills to disarm fiscal hawks
Fancy dinners, stays at swank hotels aren’t uncommon, but officials aren’t taking any chances
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The culture of academia, including at public universities, calls for a level of pomp.
At UNLV, president’s wife raises eyebrows
Her ‘abrasive’ style should be part of his review, Rogers says
Thursday, June 4, 2009
UNLV President David Ashley was receiving congratulations in early May. A consultant had just given him a positive preliminary evaluation, calling him a “quiet, brilliant” leader.
Group’s bane: The man
Nation should be one of people, not laws, anarchist says
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Every Thursday at 6 p.m., the anarchists set up shop in a side room at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Maryland Parkway. This is the Las Vegas Anarchist Cafe — a weekly powwow for anarchists and the “anarchy-curious.”
‘Evil’ people’s attacks cited by departing UNLV dean
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The dean of UNLV’s College of Education has resigned. M. Christopher Brown II’s last day on the job will be June 30.
With colleges’ budget cuts final, what now?
At UNLV, spending will follow a strategy
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Nevada’s public colleges have been hit hard by the state’s financial crisis. But silver linings can always be found, even in the angriest, ugliest storm clouds.
Policy on campus bias scrapped by UNLV
Thursday, May 28, 2009
UNLV has removed controversial portions of a proposed hate crimes policy that, in its earlier form, was deemed unconstitutional by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada.

Training’s fast and jobs abound, so nursing aide program packs ’em in
Monday, May 25, 2009
At an orientation last week for the College of Southern Nevada’s summer nursing assistant program, its director asked attendees how many were pursuing an education as a result of the economy.
Faculty, professional staff shielded from furloughs
Lawmakers agree to impose a day a month on other workers
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Higher education employees fought budget cuts together. But one group of workers could benefit from those efforts more than others.
Boulder City braces for loss of CSN learning center
But recent budgetary developments make its survival a possibility
Saturday, May 16, 2009
CSN’s Boulder City campus has been in limbo since last summer, when CSN President Michael Richards announced that it was one of six learning centers the college planned to shut down this June, in the face of potentially massive budget cuts.
The lone candidate for chancellor
Highly experienced No. 2 man to Rogers, Klaich likely to rise
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Seeking stability in a tumultuous time, the chairman and vice chairman of the system’s Board of Regents will recommend at the board’s June meeting that Dan Klaich, the system’s second-in-command, succeed Jim Rogers as chancellor this summer.
The view from one UNLV student's chair
Doctoral student has seen changes in 11 years, but says more needs to be done
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The double doors at UNLV’s John S. Wright Hall swing open after James Altman presses a metal button displaying an icon of a person in a wheelchair. But by the time Altman wheels up to the doors, they are closing. Traversing the university grounds, Altman points out the inconveniences that pepper his day-to-day life — the too-steep ramps he struggles to climb in his manual wheelchair, the cracks in the pavement that annoy him with a jolt every few feet.
Pablo Medina: novelist, poet, visiting UNLV professor
Monday, May 11, 2009
Pablo Medina, novelist, poet and translator, joined UNLV as a visiting professor in fall 2006 after spending a decade writing and teaching at The New School in Manhattan.
UNLV president recommended his own grader — but hey, it’s SOP
Monday, May 11, 2009
UNLV President David Ashley had a hand in choosing the consultant hired to evaluate him, a product of the way Nevada’s public higher education system selects its presidents’ evaluators. Campus presidents are allowed to submit a slate of candidates.

Turns out, open records of state nursing board aren’t so open
Request for school progress reports met with double-talk, resistance
Friday, May 8, 2009
The Sun’s public records request was relatively straightforward.
Praised where it counts, but criticized for X factor
UNLV president gets high marks, though some say he needs to be more passionate, visible
Thursday, May 7, 2009
UNLV President David Ashley sailed through the first phase of his performance evaluation last week, with a consultant labeling him a “quiet, brilliant leader.”
Rogers criticizes Buckley’s tax stance
A corporate income tax, he says, would be source of badly needed revenue
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The chancellor of Nevada’s university system said Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley’s approach, which includes smaller increases of existing taxes combined with significant spending cuts, is being driven by politics.
Faculty wary of bias policy review
UNLV vice president who helped write the draft is named to head evaluation
Monday, May 4, 2009
UNLV administrators’ decision to review and possibly revamp a proposed hate crimes and bias policy has failed to quell faculty discontent over the document, which some professors fear will squelch free speech on campus.
Budget picture to clear as academic year ends
Thursday, April 30, 2009
After months of uncertainty, employees and students of Nevada’s public higher education system should soon have answers about the size of budget reductions their campuses will endure in the upcoming biennium.
Chancellor's latest memo highlights recruitment, retention
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
In his weekly memo on budget cuts, the chancellor of Nevada's public higher education system tackled the issue of faculty recruitment and retention.
Chancellor wants UNLV bias policy rewritten
Monday, April 27, 2009
The chancellor of Nevada's public higher education system said he will ask UNLV to rewrite a proposed campus policy that the ACLU of Nevada's general counsel has called unconstitutional.
Small beginnings, big hopes
Radiochemistry program spotlights promise of UNLV -- as well as obstacles to progress
Monday, April 27, 2009
UNLV’s radiochemistry program, though only 5 years old, is partnering with national lab researchers and drawing students from universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Administrators say this is the type of program they want to grow: research-intensive and sustainable with limited state funding. And radiochemistry, the study of the chemical and physical properties of radioactive elements, is particularly relevant in a region home to a nuclear test site, a proposed nuclear waste repository and a fledgling cancer research institute.
ACLU airs free speech concerns on bias policy
Faculty express concern; UNLV official says proposal would encourage expression
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has put UNLV on notice that a proposed policy outlining how members of the university should deal with possible hate crimes and “bias incidents” would squelch free speech on campus.
Students face fee increase but aren’t protesting
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The higher education system is, once again, turning to students to cover costs by introducing a per-credit technology fee.
Nevada’s drying climate for doctors in training
Cuts at medical school, UMC shrink opportunities, threaten recruitment
Friday, April 10, 2009
Budget reductions are cutting into University of Nevada School of Medicine resident physicians’ training and benefits.
Action on cuts waiting until lawmakers say how much
Monday, April 6, 2009
The discussion on budget reductions ended quickly at a meeting of the higher education system’s Board of Regents last week in Carson City.
Budget woes raise issues of cost, value of research
Advocates say it’s key to schools’ quality, region’s economy
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Today, budget cuts are driving dreams of prestige to the wayside and bringing to the fore questions about whether UNLV should scale back its research aspirations. Cuts in higher education over the next couple of years could be deep. To get a portion of the federal economic stimulus, states must fund education at the levels they did in fiscal 2006.
Education alliance ends in divorce
College dissolving partnership with high school, saying students overwhelmed resources
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Between classes at Nevada State College, flocks of high school students taking college courses used to congregate in the “Great Hall,” a high-ceilinged room with bean bags and computers that doubled as the campus study lounge and social gathering spot.
CSN centers likely to survive cuts
College thinks it can save facilities in Vegas, Moapa Valley as four others close
Monday, March 30, 2009
Even under what some higher education officials have called a “doomsday scenario,” the College of Southern Nevada would likely keep open two learning centers it had planned to close if it endured large budget cuts.
Higher education system outlines 'doomsday' budget effects
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Nevada’s public higher education system today released a synopsis of how it would cope with what some higher education officials have called a “doomsday scenario” — a budget that provided the system with state and/or federal stimulus funds equal to the amount of state funding the system received in fiscal 2006.
Higher ed officials call stimulus waiver shortsighted
Chancellor fears future funding would suffer
Friday, March 20, 2009
A push to obtain federal stimulus dollars for Nevada without strings attached could ultimately hurt the state college system, higher education officials say.
In limbo: Status of ‘save our satellite’ pleas to CSN
Thursday, March 19, 2009
When the College of Southern Nevada announced plans last summer to close six learning centers in mid-2009 to save money, the decision sounded concrete.
Hope reigns at higher education town hall
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
At a town hall meeting at UNLV today, university officials expressed hope that the school would not have to cut much more from its budget than it has already cut this biennium.
Rogers’ invective called ‘stumble’
National trade paper cites chancellor’s tirade against Gibbons in call for colleges to seek political compromise
Monday, March 16, 2009
The war of words Higher Education System Chancellor Jim Rogers has waged with Gov. Jim Gibbons over budget cuts is making headlines outside Nevada.

New nursing schools struggle
Reforms are under way to help Nevada programs, students make the grade
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Nevada’s nursing shortage is one of the nation’s worst. So it should come as good news that four nursing schools launched over the past six years are now producing about a quarter of the state’s prospective registered nurses.
Chancellor Rogers enlists campus help in budget plea
Methods, though aboveboard, are criticized by regent
Thursday, March 12, 2009
As the state university system wages a battle against budget cuts, Chancellor Jim Rogers is marshaling on-campus forces in a lobbying campaign aimed at legislators.
Health sciences center in abstract no more
Shadow Lane center puts vision of unity, efficiency in living color
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The sounds of hammering, welding and cutting metal flood the main corridor of the Shadow Lane Clinical Skills and Simulation Center off West Charleston Boulevard.
UNR researcher disputes weight of massive stingray catch
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A University of Nevada, Reno researcher is setting the record straight on a giant stingray caught in Thailand in late January.
Some at UNLV denounce noisy neighbor: McCarran
Statistics show more traffic overhead with one of airport’s runways off-line
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
In the past few months the airport has turned UNLV into “Jet-Wash Tech,” aka “Runway U.” “Almost every day the planes scream over the campus every 30 seconds,” by Hodge’s count. “I can even hear them in my office in the massive cement Chemistry Building, beating the windows” (which are behind cement shields). Having worked at UNLV for more than 25 years, though, Hodge knows his school has always had the airport as its neighbor. McCarran, just southwest of the campus, had been the county’s commercial airport for nearly a decade by the time the university opened on Maryland Parkway in 1957.
Pro kicker’s new field, goal
For UNLV grad student, life after NFL centers on finding ways to conserve energy
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Football gave Todd France the opportunity to see the world. The professional kicker’s second career will enable him to contribute something meaningful to it.
Why reprimand Rogers now over dispute with governor?
Regents explain why they took chancellor to task for his latest blast at Gibbons
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sniping between the chancellor of Nevada’s public higher education system and Gov. Jim Gibbons over budget cuts reached a crescendo as the chancellor labeled Gibbons a “greedy, uninterested, unengaged human being” in a Feb. 22 opinion piece in Carson City’s Nevada Appeal.
UNLV lends expertise to eco-friendly homes
Friday, Feb. 20, 2009
During the hottest days of summer, temperatures in the desert Southwest are among the highest of any inhabited place on earth. Residents crank up the air conditioning, forcing utility companies to import electricity from expensive sources. An inability to meet demand could result in rolling blackouts.
Chancellor defends six-figure salary staff
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
The higher education system, with more than 1,000 employees drawing six-figure salaries, has long been a favorite target for fiscal conservatives eager to rein in government spending.
Lawrence Mullen, UNLV professor of journalism
Monday, Feb. 16, 2009
Lawrence Mullen’s digital personas include a woman named Moon and a fur-coated creature called Fergie.
Scholars serious about virtual worlds
Conference at UNLV will cover religion, law, ethics in digital communities
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009
People unfamiliar with virtual worlds such as Second Life might be surprised by how developed virtual communities are.
A setback for research
After years of gaining on the top research universities, UNLV is losing ground and money -- and not just because of the economy
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009
Growth has long defined UNLV. Over the past decade or so, in a quest to become a nationally recognized research institution, the university expanded its faculty, added dozens of graduate programs and secured increasing numbers of federal research grants.
Gibbons’ adviser trying to broker truce between governor, chancellor
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
A close adviser to Gov. Jim Gibbons reached out to a senior deputy to Jim Rogers, chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and proposed working together to craft a new proposal for funding higher education to present to the Legislature, Rogers told the Sun on Thursday.
Gov. Gibbons strikes back — with a podcast
Governor says higher education officials aren't cooperating in tough times
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009
In a podcast posted online today, Gov. Jim Gibbons blasts the higher education system's "outright refusal to deal with a severe economic downturn." The nearly eight-minute-long segment is just the latest round in a yearlong battle of wills between Gibbons and higher education officials.
Rogers highlights ways universities have saved money
Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
The chancellor of Nevada's public higher education system issued a memo today detailing cost savings the state's seven public colleges and Desert Research Institute have implemented in recent years.
As budget cuts loom, UNLV lacks requested program rankings
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009
With the state facing a revenue shortfall, UNLV’s leadership decided late last year to ask deans to evaluate academic programs to determine which were most productive.
UNLV profs await cuts with cautious optimism
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009
Grim conversations about the state's budget crisis have become commonplace on campus and off, reflecting a drop in faculty morale that threatens to dismantle years of efforts to build UNLV’s reputation.

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