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LAS VEGAS – University of Nevada Cooperative Extension natural resources specialist Kent McAdoo will receive a posthumous bachelor’s degree from the Board of Regents.

McAdoo, who died in January, was listed as one of five individuals receiving honorary degrees from the Regents.

The Regents will also honor Great Basin College instructors Xunming Du and Mary Doucette with special awards.

The honors will be presented during GBC’s commencement exercises on May 19.

McAdoo graduated from UNR with a master’s degree in renewable resources and moved to Elko in 1975 with his wife, Regent Cathy McAdoo.

GBC President Joyce Helens nominated McAdoo on Jan. 30, explaining that he “has long been an important part of the Nevada System of Higher Education family as a student, alumnus, dedicated professional at UNR.”

McAdoo served on the GBC advisory council since 1994 and was with the cooperative extension for 19 years.

Helens noted in her nomination that other instructors recalled McAdoo “making himself readily available to GBC for guest speaking on topics that centered on rangeland management in the Great Basin.”

Regent Cathy McAdoo would be asked to accept the award on his behalf, Helens said.

Xunming Du

Xunming was named the recipient of one of the Regents’ Creative Activities Awards, along with Claudia Keelan of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

This award, established in 1993 by the Regents, 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.

Xunming has been a professor of mathematics at Great Basin College since 2003. He holds a master’s degree in medical statistics from Tongji Medical University, China and a master’s degree in mathematics from Ohio University.

Prior to coming to GBC, Xunming taught medical statistics and other mathematics courses to undergraduate and graduate students in China and Ohio. His publications include “A Note of Wavelet Variance,” published in 2008 and “Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods.”

His creative labor of love has been his electronic textbook for pre-calculus. The text allows students to interact with embedded graphs, tables and videos to enhance the learning process.

Mary Doucette

Doucette was named one of the recipients of the Regents’ Teaching Award along with Dr. Zachary Woydziak of Nevada State College.

Established by the Regents in 1996, this award honors outstanding instructional contributions to the Nevada System of Higher Education. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend and a medal.

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In a statement released by the Board of Regents, Doucette was noted for her work in establishing GBC’s radiology department.

“Ms. Doucette is Great Basin College’s radiology program developer, primary educator, program coordinator and has 30 plus years of real world experience in the field of medical imaging that she brings to her teaching profession,” the Regents stated.

“Mary is the reason GBC has an accredited radiology program and the primary driver of its tremendous success preparing students for placement across Nevada for the last 12 years,” said the Regents in a statement.

“It is through her work that the radiology program now has the ability to engage students in distance education learning and clinical placements across the breadth of GBC’s 86,000 square miles. Students under her tutelage are excited to learn and eager to apply the knowledge gained in real world applications and know they are held to the highest professional standards.”

“For these reasons, Mary recently co-founded and serves as the current Board Chair of the Nevada Society of Radiologic Technologists (NvSRT), a recognized affiliate of the American Society of Radiologist Technologists (ASRT),” the Regent’s statement continued.

“Through these activities, Mary has involved her students in state and national conferences, along with having students accepted into the national ASRT leadership development program. Mary continually promotes lifelong learning, most recently with her pursuit of a doctorate degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in healthcare administration, after receiving a master of science degree in counseling and educational psychology from University of Nevada, Reno in 2009, and her bachelor of science in advanced radiologic sciences-radiology practitioner assistant from Weber State University.”

2018 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.

The recipients this year are Joyce Anderson Bock; Jackie Brantley; Dr. Jay Coates; Dr. John Crear and Barbara Crear (posthumously); Rosemarie (Ro) Hartle (posthumously) and Kirk Hartle; Frank W. McCulloch; Edward J. (Ted) Quirk; and Sen. Randolph Townsend.


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