2022 Regents’ Awards Recipients Named

HENDERSON, Nevada – The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents named recipients of the 2022 Regents’ awards for NSHE faculty and staff at the Board’s March quarterly meeting.

Nevada Regents’ Outstanding Classified Staff Award

The Board of Regents’ Outstanding Classified Staff Award is given annually to staff members with distinguished classified service. One award will be granted annually to a full-time member of the classified staff who provides outstanding service in support of the institution and/or classified staff. The honoree receives a $3,000 stipend. The 2022 Regents’ Outstanding Classified Staff Award honoree is:

  • Douglas Walton, CSN

Nevada Regents’ Creative Activities Award

The Board of Regents established the Regents’ Award for Creative Activities 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 2022 Regents’ Creative Activities Awards honorees are:

  • Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, CSN
  • Michael Branch, UNR

Nevada 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. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend and a medal. The 2022 Nevada Regents’ Teaching Awards honorees are:

  • Rebecca Bevans, WNC
  • Heather Lang-Cassera, NSC
  • Matthew Leone, UNR

Nevada Regents’ Academic Advisor 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 2022 Nevada Regents’ Academic Advisor Awards honorees are:

  • Courtney Schachter, TMCC
  • Le Quanda Cole, UNLV
  • Wilfredo de Ráfols, UNR

Nevada 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 2022 Regents’ Researcher Award honorees are:

  • Steven Hayes, UNR
  • Jamie Voyles, UNR

Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Award

The Board of Regents established the Regents’ Rising Researcher Award in 2008. This award is bestowed upon one faculty member at each Nevada research institution in recognition of their early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research. The honoree receives a $2,000 award. The 2022 Regents’ Rising Researcher Awards honorees are:

  • Katherine Durante, NSC
  • Benjamin Hatchett, DRI
  • Allyson Hindle, UNLV
  • Elizabeth Koebele, UNR
  • Feng Yan, UNR

About NSHE

The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting research 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 100,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents. The System includes the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada State College, Desert Research Institute, the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College.

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