Carson City, Nevada - March 11, 2011The Board of Regents today named recipients for several prestigious awards, including the 2011 Distinguished Nevadans.
The Distinguished Nevadan represents the most prestigious award conferred by the Board of Regents. It is bestowed upon prominent individuals who have made significant achievements that have contributed to the cultural, scientific or social advancement of Nevada. The recipients will be honored at commencements in Reno and Las Vegas in May.
The 2011 Distinguished Nevadans are:
In addition, recipients of the 2010 Regents' Awards, Academic Advisors Award and Regents' Scholars Award were announced.
Regents' Researcher Award
The Board of Regents established the Regents' Researcher Award in 1992. This award is bestowed upon faculty members with a substantial record of accomplishments, including a significant amount of research and scholarly work with recognition, clear evidence of the national and/or international stature of the research, and in the case of grants and contracts, must have been competitive on a national or international level. The honoree receives a $5,000 stipend and a medal. The 2011 honoree is Dr. Iain Buxton of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Regents' Creative Activity Award
The Board of Regents established the Regents' Award for Creative Activity in 1993. This award recognizes significant accomplishments which bring recognition, as well as national and international stature, to the Nevada System of Higher Education. The honoree receives a $5,000 stipend and a medal. The 2011 honoree is Mr. David Loeb of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Regents' Teaching Award
In 1996, the Board of Regents approved the establishment of the annual Regents' Teaching Award. This award honors outstanding instructional contributions to the Nevada System of Higher Education. Two awards are granted yearly, one from UNLV, UNR, NSC or DRI, and the other from CSN, GBC, TMCC or WNC. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend and a medal. The 2011 honorees are Dr. Dennis Soukup, College of Southern Nevada; and Dr. Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada, Reno.
Academic Advisors Award
The Board of Regents established the Regents' Academic Advising Award in 1998. This award honors outstanding academic student advising with one award granted to a community college advisor and two awards granted to advisors at the state college or universities. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. The 2011 honorees are Ms. Deborah Case, Western Nevada College; Ms. Jennifer O'Neil, University of Nevada, Reno(undergraduate); and Dr. Andrew J.E. Bell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas(graduate).
2011 Regents' Scholar Award
The Regents' Scholar Award is bestowed upon one student from each NSHE institution for their academic achievements, leadership ability and service contributions. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. The 2011 honorees are:
- Mr. Kristopher Del Campo, College of Southern Nevada
- Mr. Roger Quijada, Great Basin College
- Mr. Eric Mason, Nevada State College
- Ms. Farah Rashdan, Truckee Meadows Community College
- Ms. Shipra De, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (undergraduate)
- Mr. Kris Gunawan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (graduate)
- Ms. Kristina Yeskie, University of Nevada, Reno (undergraduate)
- Mr. Patrick Barber, University of Nevada, Reno (graduate)
- Mr. Curtiss Elliott, Western Nevada College
2011 Honorary Degrees
Honorary Doctorate Degrees
Honorary Baccalaureate Degrees
Honorary Associate Degrees
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of the nation's fastest growing state. The NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 114,900 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.
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