NSHE Announcement
Press Release


Las Vegas, Nevada - March 5, 2015 

The Nevada Board of Regents today named recipients of several prestigious honors, including the 2015 Distinguished Nevadans.


2015 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. 
In addition, the following awards were announced:
2015 Regents' Scholars
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 2015 honorees are (click to view all nominations):


  • Ms. Trehixi Galvan, College of Southern Nevada
  • Ms. Norah Lusk, Great Basin College
  • Mr. Ryan Gerchman, Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Ms. Robyn Openshaw, Western Nevada College  
  • Ms. Kristina Mchaffey, Nevada State College   
  • Mr. Kevin O. Tamadonfar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (undergraduate)
  • Mr. Andrew D. Nordin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (graduate)
  • Ms. Iv´┐Żn Padilla-Rodriguez, University of Nevada, Reno (undergraduate)
  • Mr. Augustus Merwin, University of Nevada, Reno (graduate)  

2015 Honorary Degrees
The Board of Regents approved the following honorary degree recipients:
The Regents' Award recipients will be honored at their respective campus award ceremonies, while Distinguished Nevadan and Honorary Degree recipients will be honored during commencement ceremonies in May in Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno.   
About NSHE
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 Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 106,300 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.
John Kuhlman
Nevada System of Higher Education
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