Top Chef: Hotel administration professor Jean Hertzman received the Chef Herman Breithaupt Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE). This award honors the memory of a pioneer in culinary education by recognizing outstanding achievement and contributions to foodservice education by a chef/educator. The recipient of the award must exhibit high professionalism, demonstrate a strong commitment to hospitality education, and have a record of contributions to I-CHRIE and the industry as a chef/educator. It was presented at the I-CHRIE awards dinner during the annual convention in St. Louis in July. Advocacy Award: Nursing student Vanessa Gepielago received the Lillian Wald Community Nursing Award for her efforts to encourage a change in Nevada law regarding sexual education. She encouraged the review and passage of a bill that would modernize current curriculum to help reduce the state’s rising teen pregnancy rate. The award is named in honor of 19th century nurse Lillian Wald, who pioneered the concept of public health nursing. The School of Nursing presents the award each semester to a student who demonstrates upstream advocacy that addresses a community health problem. Federal Appointment: Law professor Bret Birdsong has been appointed by the Obama administration to serve as deputy solicitor for land resources at the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C. He will lead a team of lawyers providing counsel to the Bureau of Land Management regarding its management of nearly 250 million acres of public land, which includes about 70 percent of Nevada’s land. He will be one of six deputy solicitors reporting to Solicitor Hilary Tompkins, the Interior Department’s top lawyer.
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UNLV earns national recognition for campus mental health services UNLV was honored for its comprehensive approach to student mental health programming by the Jed Foundation, a national advocacy group. Only 30 universities have been awarded the JedCampus seal, which recognizes how well a university works collaboratively to approach mental health services. This includes counseling services, suicide prevention programs, wellness and life skills programs, and educational outreach for faculty, staff, and students. The Jed Foundation compared the school’s self-assessment to the recommended practices outlined in The Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention on College and University Campuses developed by The Jed Foundation and Suicide Prevention Resource Center. In addition to a number of health promotion programs for students, UNLV offers: • Student Counseling and Psychological Services, which recently earned full accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services. It offers a full program of support groups, counseling appoints, and crisis services. • The Practice, a training and research clinic open to the community. In addition to cognitive and psychological testing, it offers services for such mental health issues as anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Counselors also specialize in problem gambling treatment and child behavioral issues. • Center for Individual, Couple and Family Counseling, a clinic offering the public help with emotional issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts and violent emotional outbursts, and issues brought on by unemployment. The community clinics both offer services on a sliding scale based on income. Fall 2013 | 7