Lending a Helping Hand through NvLEND

Doctoral student Stephanie Devine becomes a trainee of the Nevada Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Related Disabilities (NvLEND).


Over the next 10 months, Stephanie Devine, doctoral student in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies, will train with 13 other individuals from across the State of Nevada on issues related to special education and disability issues. Devine was selected after a competitive application process, and she is excited to work with what she cites as the best training in the State of Nevada on these issues.

Devine received a bachelor’s degree in English from California Lutheran University in 1998 and a master’s degree in Special Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2009. She worked for the Clark County School District as a special education teacher, specializing in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism for seven years. Currently, Devine is working on a doctoral degree in Special Education at UNLV as well as serving as a Visiting Lecturer in the College of Education.

Dr. Michael Nussbaum Elected President APA Division

Dr. Michael Nussbaum, College of Education Professor, elected President-Elect of Division 15 of the American Psychological Association.


Dr. Nussbaum (Professor, Educational Psychology and Higher Education) has been elected President-Elect of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, and will serve as president in 2017-18. The mission of the division is to expand and apply psychological knowledge and theory relevant to education and promote joint action with others having similar purposes in educational reform. APA is also active in the policy arena, and Michael plans to draw upon both his policy and psychology background as president.

Larmaya Kilgore: Outstanding Graduate

Kilgore, a first generation college student and graduate of the Human Services program has already begun making an impact on her community.


It’s a surprise to no one that Larmaya “CeCe” Kilgore, a national speech and debate champion since high school, has continued to build on her success while at UNLV. Kilgore, a first-generation college student on the dean’s list since freshman year, has the resume of an advanced professional. The Las Vegas native has maintained a 3.84 GPA while juggling jobs and internships where she developed programs, and recruited and trained others to serve incarcerated and other at-risk youth through programs with the city of Las Vegas, local municipal courts’ alternative sentencing & education department, and the department of juvenile justice.

At school, the multi-scholarship recipient is a member of several academic and civic student groups. She has built a reputation among classmates and at national conferences as a talented orator, especially regarding issues of race and gender. After graduation, Kilgore has a job lined up working to address the needs of at-risk children through youth development, education, and outreach within the social service and justice sphere.

Keep Imagining a Bright Future

Advice from Ruben Kihuen, College of Education Alumnus of the Year


Read article on UNLV News Center.

Ruben Kihuen, ’05 BS Workforce Education, has been a Democratic senator in Nevada since 2010. Prior to that, he served in the Nevada Assembly from 2007 to 2010. He is also a principal with Ramirez Group, a public relations, advocacy, and multicultural outreach firm. Kihuen began his career with College of Southern Nevada as a recruiter and advisor.


The advice I’d give myself as a new graduate … is simple: You never know where life will take you, all you can do is work hard and success will follow.

Since I was a young boy, I had dreamed of playing professional soccer. I was the star of my high school team and just a few weeks before my big professional tryout, I broke my foot, ending my soccer career forever. If you’d asked me for advice then, it would have been darker. You’ll face times in your life where you can’t imagine a bright future ahead. In those moments, put your head down and focus on the task in front of you.

I finished college and worked as a student recruiter and academic advisor at the College of Southern Nevada, helping thousands achieve a college degree. A few years later, at the encouragement of my mentor U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, I ran for the state Assembly. No one thought I could win. I was too young, too inexperienced, had an accent, and no money. But with hard work and discipline, I won with more than 60 percent of the vote.

Today I am a sitting state Senator, a candidate for U.S. Congress, and most proudly a UNLV College of Education alumnus of the year. Regardless of what adversity may arise, work hard and success will follow.