Regents Name 2017 Distinguished Nevadans, Regents’ Scholars, and Honorary Degree recipients
March 2, 2017
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Nevada Board of Regents today named recipients of several prestigious honors, including the 2017 Distinguished Nevadans.
2017 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. Click name to view nomination.
In addition, the following awards were announced:
2017 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 2017 honorees are (click to view all nominations):
- Nemanja Novakovic, Undergraduate, UNLV
- Tyler Stalbaum, Graduate, UNLV
- Kirsten Casey, Undergraduate, UNR
- Angela Hornsby, Graduate, UNR
- Amber Consul, NSC
- John Napa, CSN
- Shiara Holmes, GBC
- Spencer Earl Schultz, TMCC
- Pa Jeremiah Kang, WNC
2017 Honorary Degrees
The Board of Regents approved the following honorary degree recipients:
- Theodore B. Lee, Honorary Doctorate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Mick Hitchcock, Honorary Doctorate, University of Nevada, Reno
- Dennis Parks, Honorary Baccalaureate, Great Basin College
- Nancy E. Brune, Honorary Associate, College of Southern Nevada
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 the Nevada System of Higher Education
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 107,400 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.