Success Lies Within

Success Lies Within
The magazine of the University of Nevada, Reno • Spring 2016
Success Lies Within
Celebrating the Opening of
the William N. Pennington
Student Achievement Center
His Own Style of Philanthropy
to Redefine Research at Nevada
Student Achievement: A Building Opens, and the Journey Begins
What is especially impressive about the building
is the fact that it will be very much a student-run
facility, with students playing key roles in the operation of the building and in the services offered.
Recently, I had a chance to visit with one of
the students playing a role in this effort. Gabe
Kennedy is a military service veteran who served
in the Nevada Air National Guard and the U.S.
Marine Corps before returning to our University.
He’s now majoring in English. Gabe is one of
many student veterans who will be contributing
to the services provided by the Nevada Military
Support Alliance Veterans’ and Military Center,
located on the Pennington Student Achievement
Center’s third floor.
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“Now, with this center, the great thing is our veterans on our campus will have a single place to go,”
Gabe said. “It’s a great way to bridge that gap, and
with the center, we will have more opportunities
to help ease the transition veterans face.”
1 Dave Siegel
University President Marc Johnson with students Kenneth
Ronquillo, Wander Valderrama, Charles Buchanan and
McXine Salva. They are seated on the social stairs, a
unique architectural feature in the newly opened William
N. Pennington Student Achievement Center designed to
encourage sitting, reading and interacting.
n late February, we officially opened
the William N. Pennington Student
Achievement Center. Thanks to the
generous donations of our friends and
donors, our campus has a gathering
place for vital student centers, services
and programming that previously were
spread across campus. This is just one example of
many that are occurring on our campus, where
friends, donors and alumni have stepped forward
to provide support to help our University become
a high-impact, high-quality research institution.
Our donors provide the lifeblood of opportunity
for our University, and we sincerely thank them
for their generosity.
The William N. Pennington Student Achievement
Center, at 77,345 square feet, provides gathering
spaces and centers that are open and accessible
to every member of the campus community. This
includes the Clarence & Martha Jones Family
Foundation Writing and Math Centers, the Marshall R. Matley Foundation Disability Resource
Center, and Nevada Career Studio.
Gabe is one of the key drivers of a program called
“Vet2Vet,” which offers new veteran students
guidance and mentoring from veterans who are
more seasoned students. Gabe’s perspective is
not only colored by his time in the military, but
also by his original time on our campus, in 2007,
when he was a freshman criminal justice major
on the Millennium Scholarship.
I asked him what the campus was like then, and
“It’s night and day,” Gabe said, smiling, noting
that with new student-centered buildings and
continued emphasis on a remarkable student experience, the University has made notable inroads
in meeting the needs of all of our students.
It’s been quite a journey to see the opening of the
William N. Pennington Student Achievement
Center. And in many ways, with its opening, the
journey to a successful, enriching experience is
only beginning for our students.
Marc A. Johnson
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Success Lies Within
Celebrating the Opening of the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center
3 The William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center
opened to students Feb. 22. The building’s south entrance
is easily accessed from the University Quad.
ne look at the sweeping staircase in the middle of the William N. Pennington
Student Achievement Center gives you an understanding of the building’s
purpose. On the right side, students congregate on the oversized social steps,
studying, visiting with friends and talking through ideas. On the left side, students are moving quickly, eager to take advantage of the services, collaboration
rooms and study areas that the building offers. On both sides of the stairs, the
focus is student success.
“There is something for each and every one of our students at the Pennington Student Achievement Center,” says President Marc Johnson. “We’ve collected our most vital
and effective student services under one roof, and we’ve combined them with the study spaces and
social areas that our students need to thrive. Wherever you are in your academic career, a visit to the
Pennington Student Achievement Center can help you improve.”
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4 A plaza connects the
William N. Pennington
Student Achievement
Center to the University
3 The Jot Travis Building,
formerly the home of
the Student Union, sits
to the southwest of the
Pennington Student
Achievement Center.
7 The Thompson
Building, which formerly
housed the University
Tutoring Center, is south
of the Pennington
Student Achievement
1 Jeff Dow
2 The William N. Pennington
Founda­tion provided lead­ership
support for the William N. Pennington Student Achievement
Center and has been a champion
of student success initiatives at
Nevada for more than 25 years.
Foundation Trustees Fred Scarpello and Rick Banis ’67 (accounting)
pictured and Donald Carano (not
Help when you need it
Every aspect of the 77,345-square-foot building,
which was paid for through a combination of student
fees, state funding and philanthropic support, has
been designed with the aim of attracting students
to the University, retaining them from year to year
and graduating them into successful careers. Vice
President for Student Services Shannon Ellis believes
that a big part of that mission is letting students know
that it’s normal to ask for help.
“The Pennington Student Achievement Center
puts programs and services that will enhance student
We’ve collected our most vital and effective student
services under one roof, and we’ve combined them with
the study spaces and social areas that our students need
to thrive. Wherever you are in your academic career, a
visit to the Pennington Student Achievement Center can
help you improve. - University President MARC JOHNSON
success front and center in their daily lives. Any
barriers they put up in their brains about using
these services will go away quickly because they’ll
see how mainstream every one of these services is
for students.”
In order to accommodate busy schedules, the
building has extended evening and weekend hours,
allowing students to take advantage of the Pennington Student Achievement Center’s features
when it’s convenient for them. On most days, the
building stays open until midnight.
“Fostering student achievement cannot be
done through a 9 to 5 operation anymore,” says
Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising
and Student Achievement Derek Furukawa. “Understanding that students desired additional space
on campus that is conducive to studying and collaboration was the impetus for the extended hours
in the Pennington Student Achievement Center.”
The William N. Pennington Foundation
has been a champion of student achievement at
Nevada for more than 25 years, with major support of student scholarships and programs in the
School of Medicine as well as leadership gifts
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to the Pennington Health Sciences Building,
the Pennington Medical Education Building,
the under-construction E. L. Wiegand Fitness
Center and renovations to the Ansari Business
Building, which are currently underway.
“Support of this project from community
leaders like the Pennington Foundation will have
a profound impact on our students and our campus now and for many years into the future,” says
University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Board of
Trustees Chair and Nell J. Redfield Foundation
Trustee Gerald C. Smith `03 (honorary degree).
“The Pennington Student Achievement Center
will foster our culture of academic excellence
and lifelong success.”
Focus on career success
As you pass from the top of the social staircase through the Nell J. Redfield Foundation
Atrium, the Nevada Career Studio opens to your
left, accessed by the Thelma B. and Thomas
P. Hart Foundation Lobby. According to the
Career Studio’s Assistant Director Mary T.
Calhoon, this is much more than a job center
– it’s a place to lay a foundation, learn strategies for the professional world and design your
post-graduation plans. Positioning this service
within the Pennington Student Achievement
Center encourages students to think about their
career path early and often as they pursue their
“The clients that use the Career Studio
represent the full range of students at Nevada,”
says Calhoon. “We have veterans who need
help fine-tuning their military resume as they
transition into civilian careers, we have students
navigating unique disabilities, we have freshmen
who are just beginning to think about where
their skills and their interests intersect and seniors who need to know which shoes to wear to
an interview.”
The Studio now boasts a professional interview room, named through a generous gift from
the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation. “One of our
roles is making connections between students
and the many, varied employers that want to
hire Nevada grads,” says Calhoon. “The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation Interview Room
provides a beautiful, welcoming space to make
those connections happen.”
Mark W. Knobel `77 (social services corrections), a trustee of the Thelma B. and Thomas
P. Hart Foundation, said, “We were excited to
see the level of adaptability and collaboration
that the Career Studio would have in its new
location. The Hart Foundation is proud to support students in their career pursuits through
this project.”
Leishel Pasion, a senior in the Orvis School
of Nursing, started using the Career Studio to
polish her resume while applying for campus
jobs. Later, she used the service to hone her
writing and interview skills as she applied to
the Orvis School.
“As a student, it’s a great feeling to have
your peers mentor you as you develop your skills.
When my nerves got the better of me, I was able
to confide in them about the parts of the interview process that I struggled with the most.”
Pasion added, “I think the relocation of
all the academic student services, including the
Career Studio, shows how much our University
focuses on the achievement of their students.”
Success is just across the hall
On the building’s third floor, The Clarence
& Martha Jones Family Foundation Tutoring
Center, Writing Center and Math Center, which
were previously spread throughout campus, now
surround an appealing atrium complete with
couches and study areas. Jennifer Jorgensen, a
senior mining engineering major and geology
and business administration minor, finds that
placement ideal.
“A lot of students use both the Math Center
and the Tutoring Center for basic math classes. I
first learned about the Tutoring Center because
I had an awesome math tutor who worked in
both places, so I saw him as many times as I
could. That help was what allowed me to pass
my math classes, which was essential since I’m
studying engineering.”
Jorgensen now works at the Tutoring Center
and thinks that grouping student services in the
Pennington Student Achievement Center is a
major improvement.
“Before the move, when people asked us
for directions to the Writing Center, it used to
1 Courtesy of University of Nevada, Reno Archives
Getchell Library
The William N. Pennington Student Achievement
Center occupies the site of the former Getchell
Library, which opened in 1962. The library, named
for the late mining magnate and Nevada State
Senator Noble H. Getchell, grew to 180,000 square
feet. However, increasing student enrollment and
expanded library holdings eventually pushed
Getchell to its limits, and the 295,000-square-foot
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center became the
University’s main library in 2008.
Getchell may be gone, but it won’t be forgotten.
The former library’s white granite steps now make
up the seating areas on the Pennington Student
Achievement Center’s south side. Portions of red
granite stone from Getchell’s original construction
span the length of the wall of the Pennington
Student Achievement Center’s second-floor Nell
J. Redfield Atrium. A large granite slab in the
middle of that wall reads: “In honor of the 93,141
graduates from 1890-2014 and those to come”.
Each year, the number of new graduates will be
etched into the slab, serving to remind students of
the University’s long history and to inspire them to
create its bright future.
4 This sign, made of red granite from the
former Noble H. Getchell Library, bears a
message of encouragement and promise from
the Class of 2014. The number of new graduates will be etched into the slab each year.
5 The steps and seating area on the William
N. Pennington Student Achievement Center’s
south side are made from the original white
granite stairs that led to the Noble H. Getchell
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The north side of the William N. Pennington Student
Achievement Center highlights the building’s brick and
glass construction, designed to complement the University’s existing aesthetic.
We’re going to be able to do so many new things – small studies skills sessions,
collaborative workshops with the Math and Writing Centers – that we didn’t have space
for before. And the Pennington Student Achievement Center’s common study areas are
great, because if students are working on something in the building and they realize
they need help, they can just come right next door to us. - Tutoring Director MARSHA URBAN
be so hard to tell them. There were two locations, each location would only be open during
certain hours, and it would be really hard to
direct students to the right place. Now it’s so
much easier to just take them across the hall.”
Tutoring Director Marsha Urban is excited to have more space available for tutoring
programs. “We’re going to be able to do so
many new things – small studies skills sessions,
collaborative workshops with the Math and
Writing Centers – that we didn’t have space
for before,” says Urban. “And the Pennington
Student Achievement Center’s common study
areas are great, because if students are working
on something in the building and they realize
they need help, they can just come right next
door to us.”
The Clarence & Martha Jones Family
Foundation is named for the late Clarence Jones
`31 (electrical engineering) and Martha (Hansen)
Jones (attended 1929-31).
“The Joneses benefitted greatly from their
time as students at the University,” says Chancellor Dan Klaich `72 (accounting), a trustee of the
Jones Family Foundation. “It’s a fitting tribute to
them to support the Pennington Student Achievement Center and the University’s efforts to get
modern-day students the help they need to be
successful in their studies.”
Inspiration to succeed
On the fourth floor of the Pennington Student Achievement Center, the Ron Turek &
Ann Carlson Alcove and Outdoor Deck offers a
new view of northern Nevada: the activity-filled
Quad below, Downtown Reno’s unique skyline
beyond, and the iconic mountains stretching
into the distance.
“This is a place for students to come to feel
inspired,” says President Johnson. “We have
an outstanding student body, and there are so
many opportunities for them on this campus,
in Reno, in Nevada and around the world.
Generous supporters in our community have
come together to help us create a building where
barriers are broken down and the possibilities
for student success are endless.”
In this lively and light-filled building, already reverberating with footsteps and voices,
it is clear that the students of the University of
Nevada are taking that message to heart. N
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William N. Pennington Foundation
The Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation
Nell J. Redfield Foundation
Bretzlaff Foundation
E.L. Cord Foundation
Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation
Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation
Mallory Foundation
Marshall R. Matley Foundation
Nevada Military Support Alliance
John Ben Snow Memorial Trust
A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates the opening of the Nevada Military Support Alliance
Veterans’ and Military Center on the third floor of the Pennington Student Achievement
Center March 15. The new space, which was named through a generous gift from the
Nevada Military Support Alliance, is designed for veterans to study, collaborate and host
events. From left to right: Wolf Pack Veteran President Jeremiah Fruge, Nevada Military
Support Alliance Vice Chairman Ronald Bath `68, `71 M.B.A., Nevada Military Support
Alliance Board Member Alex Woodley `15, Nevada Military Support Alliance President Scott
Bensing, Dan Morgan, University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Trustee Emeritus Keith Lee
`65, Devin Rice and Omega Delta Sigma President Sierra Leonard.
Rick & Carolyn Banis
Ron Turek & Ann Carlson
Marc Johnson & Karen Penner-Johnson
Jeff & Claire Resnik
Frances C. & William P. Smallwood Foundation
Jane Witter
Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D.
Launching His Own Style of Philanthropy
to Redefine Research at Nevada
1 Theresa Danna-Douglas
ick Hitchcock is a
scientist and a researcher who sees the
future through a lens
that has research providing the answers to
the problems that confront us. Energy, medicine,
food, water, he believes, are issues that can be
solved with the appropriate application of science. He wants to create science and scientists.
And, it is at this lofty objective that the life of
this Englishman intersected with the University
of Nevada, Reno. Well, that and snowboarding. Hitchcock has worked for more than 30
years in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. He
received his undergraduate and master’s degrees
in biochemistry at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and
his Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of
Melbourne. He worked for more than a decade
at Bristol-Myers Squibb on the east coast before
joining Gilead, a bio-pharmaceutical company
in the Bay Area that advances therapeutics to
improve lives.
At Gilead, together with former Bristol
colleague John Martin, he developed Viread,
approved by the FDA in 2001 as a once-daily
pill to treat HIV. Before Viread, a reported 90
percent of AIDS patients had to take as many
as a dozen pills throughout the day, suffering
side effects including gauntness, anemia and
liver damage. Subsequently the pair developed
Atripla, approved in 2006 as the first single-tablet
regimen for treatment of HIV that includes the
active component of Viread and two other drugs.
Ease of use made it a popular choice for physicians and patients. More recently, the company
launched Sovaldi and Harvoni, Hepatitis C
treatments that can essentially cure most patients
with few side effects.
Enter snowboarding. Hitchcock has a passion for the sport and logs more than 50 days of
snowboarding a year at resorts all around Lake
Tahoe. The back and forth trips over Donner
Pass from the Bay Area finally motivated him to
buy a home in Reno in 2003. It was then that he
first learned that Reno had a university, but his
philanthropy did not begin until the government
sequestration cuts in 2013. These cuts trimmed
grants and threatened to eliminate funding for
research students. Hitchcock says of the time,
“Having been a graduate student on a grant, I
cannot even imagine having the funds cut off
mid-way through the process – all that time and
effort for nothing. I see the future of our country
as a place where we need more scientists, not less.
And this was a step in the wrong direction.”
His initial donation provided funding for
graduate and undergraduate researchers that
would have been lost with the sequestration cuts.
He is gratified that three Ph.D. scientists are now
in the workforce because of this action, and more
are coming. Among these first students, Maggie
Tarrant-Elorza received her Ph.D. in 2015 in
cellular and molecular biology with a minor in
business administration. Her graduate research
studied human cytomegalovirus latency. Says
Hitchcock, “There is more to it than getting
degrees. This research becomes publications
and provides labs with fuel for further grants
and builds the infrastructure for future research
projects and opportunities.”
As Hitchcock delved further into the University’s research programs, he saw great potential. “Having been fascinated with the gold rush
and the mining adventures of the mid-1800s, in
which northern Nevada featured prominently,
I conceptualize a new gold rush for the future,
with university research being packaged into
small companies that will go on to create value,
opportunity and jobs for the local environment.
It is already happening, and I hope to help it accelerate,” he says. That, and he considers Reno
his adopted home.
To that end, Hitchcock has substantially
supported a wide range of projects at Nevada,
including renovation of the undergraduate microbiology teaching lab, equipment for the Nevada Newborn Screening Lab and support of the
Chemical Ecology Center. He has also provided
funding for equipment for the Genomics Center
and the Nevada Proteomics Center which will
facilitate research across multiple disciplines
and programs.
the vision and passion of entrepreneurs. Build a
company around the idea, develop the material,
and then create the value that makes the company successful.” He understands this concept
well. Even with no background in business, he
has skillfully applied it in the pharmaceutical
industry where he keenly understood the need
to synthesize all the different areas involved with
drug development and to move things along to
outcome. While at Gilead he helped build the
company from a small biotech with 100 people
and no products to the successful organization it
is today with over 20 marketed pharmaceuticals
and more than 8,500 employees. At Nevada, he
recently provided support to the College of Business and its entrepreneurship program, building
out the capacity to allow for larger numbers of
students to participate in the creative process.
Hitchcock was named a University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Trustee in 2015 where he
serves on the Planning and Governance Board
and the Audit and Finance Committee. He has
been recognized for his philanthropy in the
University’s Honor Court where he was inducted
as a Founder in 2014 and Philanthropist in 2015.
“Philanthropy is creating a future, creating infrastructure, creating the education to
let students go on to do something bigger and
better,” says Hitchcock. And, he believes the
University is a place where his philanthropy can
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Because of his background in biochemistry and its application in drug discovery and
development in 2014 he established the Mick
Hitchcock, Ph.D. Endowed Chair in Medical
Biochemistry. “This will allow the University to
attract a higher level researcher and hopefully
create an environment where new pathways and
targets for currently intractable diseases become
solved. While I see potential for new drugs to
come out of this directly or indirectly, training
of new doctoral and post-doctoral researchers is also an end product of great value,” says
But, as he notes, “science and scientists
are not enough. Those nascent ideas must be
turned into something useful. And this requires
be impactful. “The future of Reno, the state of
Nevada and the world is dependent on scientific
discoveries that support the advancement of the
standard of living and the economic engine.
In a world where it is now fashionable to have
beliefs without scientific support, it is only by
producing more scientists that we will have a
chance to counteract these fallacies and take
on the future with an agenda based on facts.”
To learn more about supporting the programs of the University of Nevada, Reno, please contact John Carothers,
vice president for development and alumni relations, at
[email protected] or (775) 784-1352.
A Second Act for the School of the Arts
or Andrew Mendizabal, a sophomore pursuing majors
in biology and music performance, music is both a
foundation and a release.
“Music has been an important part of my life for
as long as I can remember,” says Mendizabal. “It has
helped me to express my thoughts, emotions and words
in ways that other academic areas could not.”
While Mendizabal appreciates the outstanding arts education
he is receiving at Nevada, he acknowledges that the campus’s current
facilities can occasionally become a little crowded.
“We have an array of amazing faculty in our college who are
willing to work with students for their growth through education and
performance,” says Mendizabal, “but it can be pretty hectic for music
students trying to work hard in their classes. Overbooking of rooms
and limited practice space puts pressure on students who depend on
Church Fine Arts as their second home.”
With these concerns in mind, the second phase of the School of
the Arts expansion project, known as Act Two, is moving forward
with leadership support from George W. Gillemot, the Nell J. Redfield
Foundation, The Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation and
philanthropist Carol Franc Buck.
The $4 million Act One phase of the project was completed in
June 2014 and included renovating and modernizing the Redfield
Sarah Rodriguez ’13 and Melissa Ortiz ’12
perform Hamlet in a 2011 production.
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The University Symphony Orchestra directed by Jason Altieri.
Proscenium Theatre, remodeling the Front
Door Gallery and creating an atrium entrance to the Church Fine Arts Building.
Act Two will involve the construction of a
new 35,000-square-foot building to the east
of Church Fine Arts that will connect to the
original space through a sky-walk or bridge.
It is estimated that the Act Two phase of the
project will cost approximately $20 million,
all of which will come from private donations. Construction is planned to begin in
A great university needs a great arts
program, and a great arts program provides
excellent and inspirational facilities for its
students,” said President Marc Johnson. “Act
Two will provide unparalleled opportunities not just to musicians and artists, but to
everyone on campus while strengthening
the University’s connection to our vibrant
arts community.”
Perhaps the most significant feature of
the new building is a 300-seat, 5,372-squarefoot recital hall, which will incorporate outstanding acoustics in an intimate atmosphere for an unparalleled performing and
listening experience. The new performance
space will make more room on the calendar
of the larger and often overbooked Nightingale Concert Hall, which stages hundreds
of performances and welcomes thousands
of audience members annually.
Also planned for the new arts building is a 5,400-square-foot contemporary
gallery that is being designed with the atmospheric and security protocols needed to
house and display oversized objects, antique
and climate-sensitive artworks and items of
significant value. This would greatly improve University Galleries’ ability to borrow
artwork from collectors and museums and
show more works from its permanent col-
We thank the following donors for
their generous support of Act Two:
Carol Franc Buck Foundation
George W. Gillemot
Barbara R. Hall
Thr Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation Nell J. Redfield Foundation
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The building will also be home to new
digital media space, multiple rehearsal and
practice rooms, a recording studio, office
space and teaching studios.
“Ambitious projects like this simply
would not be possible without the dedicated
support of donors and patrons who believe
that arts education is important and adds
great value to our society,” said College of
Liberal Arts Interim Dean Larry Engstrom.
“We are grateful that so many in our community want to ensure that the arts will
endure and thrive on our campus.”
“I am beyond ecstatic about the improvements and the planning of a new fine
arts building,” says Mendizabal. “Being a
music performance student at Nevada is
a delight, and we as a school are growing
every year with students who want to be part
of such great programs.” N
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John K. Carothers
Dickson Realty, Inc. Will & Carey Eber
The William P. Forney Living Trust
Thomas & Peggy Hall
Donald & Heather Hardy Jim & Mary Anne Kidder
Laurie McLanahan Jeff & Claire Resnik
To learn more about supporting Act Two in the School of the Arts, please contact Stuart Golder, director of development, at [email protected]
or (775)
• SPRING 2016
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The University broke ground on the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center in 2015. Now the foundation is laid and the steel
super structure is being erected. Scheduled to open in January 2017, the four-story, 108,000-square-foot facility
will include a three-court multi-use gymnasium, running track, and strength and conditioning facilities, as well as
space for students to take classes in TRX, Pilates, CrossFit, yoga and more. The E. L. Wiegand Foundation, a University
partner for nearly 40 years, has provided essential funding for the center. Additional leadership support comes from
the Gabelli Foundation and other generous donors.
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The University of Nevada, Reno is a remarkable place
that has a significant impact on our state and beyond.
Our friends, alumni and community partners are the
cornerstone of what the University is able to achieve.
It is my privilege to work each day with wonderful
philanthropists who support the University’s mission.
Some are interested in expanding humanity’s knowledge, others support remarkable art and inspirational music and great athletic accomplishments, while
others want to make our economy more efficient and
create opportunities in our society. All of these features
come through in the support brought to the University in the past year. Thank you to each of you whose
names appear on the pages of this special Honor Roll
of Donors.
The University’s historic campus is filled with the
promise of nearly 21,000 students and our mission of
learning, discovery and engagement has never been
more important. Your donations help to advance initiatives and develop programs and campus infrastructure
to propel the University to new heights like the just
opened William N. Pennington Student Achievement
Center, the under construction E. L. Wiegand Fitness
Center and the planned School of the Arts building
titled Act Two. We were able to offer $6.9 million in
donor-funded scholarships this year, representing more
than 3,100 awards. Philanthropy makes possible the
educational dreams of our students as they matriculate
and graduate to join our 65,089 proud Nevada alumni.
We are grateful for your support and invite you to
continue with us as we advance this great University.
Thank you for the important role you play in our success.
John K. Carothers
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Executive Director, University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
(775) 784-1352 or [email protected]
To our many friends, community partners and
my fellow alumni, on behalf of the Foundation
and its volunteer board of trustees, I thank you
for your support and generosity in 2015.
Your continued support of the University of
Nevada, Reno is vital. The state’s growing knowledge-based economy demands resources and talent, and the University
delivers. Our University is a dynamic Tier 1 institution and an important
career-creating, workforce-enhancing asset for our community and state.
Last year, the University conferred a record 4,058 degrees and certificates.
These graduates represent the next generation of entrepreneurs and
creative and cultural leaders who fuel Nevada’s economic development
and quality of life.
The University is embracing its significant role in the rapidly changing
economic environment through exciting projects like the recently opened
Innevation Center, Powered by Switch, located in downtown Reno, and
the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship located on campus in the College
of Business. These initiatives leverage the knowledge, resources and talent
of the University for the advancement of Nevada’s new economy, while
giving students hands-on involvement with business and the community.
For these innovative enterprises and for those yet to come, the University is worthy of our continued support and partnership. Thank you for
being a champion of Nevada!
The University of Nevada, Reno is transforming
students’ lives every day. Your generous support
and commitment make it possible and we are
profoundly grateful to you.
The process of transforming students into
engaged citizens takes the commitment of the
University and the larger community. With substantial donor support, the
new William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center opened its doors
to the more than 20,000 students on campus. Its student success services,
now housed under one roof, foster the University’s traditional college
experience, culture of completion and focus on personal achievement.
Support makes possible other important University initiatives to
advance the campus, including considerable scholarship, faculty and
research support, significant renovations to the Ansari Business Building
and Student Health Center, the impressive School of the Arts expansion projects, titled Act One and Act Two, and the renovation of Mackay
Stadium. These projects and others are worthy of our continued support
and investment. Your commitment is valuable and I hope you will continue to be part
of transforming student lives at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Gerald C. Smith ’03 (honorary degree)
2016 Chair, Foundation Board of Trustees
Mary O. Simmons ’78 (accounting)
2015 Chair, Foundation Board of Trustees
The University of Nevada, Reno Foundation was established in 1981 to help the University meet its needs beyond
its base funding by generating private support. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of trustees who
can serve three consecutive two-year terms. Trustees are made up of University alumni and friends who provide
counsel in strategic planning, education, fundraising and other matters.
Gerald C. Smith ‘03
Nell J. Redfield Foundation
Joseph S. Bradley ‘78
Vice-Chair, Nominating
Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney
Sara Lafrance ‘73
Vice-Chair, Public Affairs & Advocacy
Educational Pathways International
Ken Creighton
Chair Elect and Vice-Chair, Governance
Guild, Russell, Gallagher & Fuller, LTD
Kelli Newman ‘87, ‘88
Vice-Chair, Programs & Special Events
Electronic Evolution Technologies, Inc.
Ann Ronald
University of Nevada, Reno Emerita Faculty
Mary Simmons ‘78
Immediate Past Chair
NV Energy
Gene E. McClelland ‘71
Vice-Chair, Development
McClelland Laboratories, Inc
Annette Bidart ‘85
Bidart & Ross, Inc.
Robert E. Armstrong
Vice-Chair, Investment
McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
Jeff Rodefer ‘85
Vice-Chair, Audit and Finance
Golden Entertainment, Inc.
Opal F. Adams ‘85
Brett E. Coleman
Mick J. Hitchcock
Dan Rovig
Enviroscientists, Inc.
10K Investments
Gilead Science
Tahoe Resources, Inc.
Samuel S. Arentz ‘68
Mark H. Denzler
Daniel W. Kappes ‘72
Ellen F. Whittemore ‘78
Arentz Engineers
Sutton Place Limited
Kappes, Cassiday & Associates
Whittemore Gaming Group
Deena G. Behnke
John P. Desmond ‘90
Sen. Mark A. Lipparelli ‘87, ‘93
Victor Williams
Kenneth A. Brunk
John E. Dooley, M.D.
Dickinson-Wright PLLC
Fairways & Greens Publishing, Inc.
Lisa M. Lyons ‘88, ‘97 M.D.
Stuart R. Engs
Ronald L. Parratt
Western Lithium Corporation
Entrepreneur Stars.
Renaissance Gold, Inc.
Dean R. Byrne ‘04
William N. Evans, M.D.
William M. Pennell
Dennis P. Bryan ‘72
Thomas K. Witter
WellHealth Quality Care
Midway Gold Corp.
Whittier Trust Company of Nevada
Children’s Heart Center
Gary R. Clemons ’81
Frank Hawkins ‘81
Mercator Asset Management
Jeffrey P. Resnik
Beacon Trust Company
Joan S. Zenan
University of Nevada, Reno Emerita Faculty
Deena Behnke
Kenneth Brunk
Gary Clemons ‘81
John Dooley, M.D.
Dan Kappes ‘72
Mark Knobel ‘77
AAUN President
John K. Carothers
Foundation Executive Director
Marc A. Johnson
University President
David H. Sanders
Bruce A. Mack
Foundation Associate Director and Secretary
Faculty Senate Chair
Laurie L. McLanahan ‘86
Caden Fabbi
Foundation Treasurer
ASUN President
Nick Butler ‘02, ‘06
Tyler Ross
Nevada Alumni Council President
GSA President
Deanne A. Albright ‘71
L.S. ‘Buz’ Allen
Edward E. Allison ‘61
Mary B. Ansari
Robert E. Armstrong
Michonne R. Ascuaga
Kristen A. Avansino
Richard P. Banis ‘67
J. Richard Barnard
Riley M. Beckett ‘68
Edna B. Benna
Paul A. Bible ‘62
Mitchell ‘Jim’ J. Bidart ‘68
Candice S. Bielser ‘68
Leslie S. Biller
Fred E. Black
William W. Bliss ‘93
Louis A. Bonaldi ‘75, ‘77 M.D.
Joseph S. Bradley ‘78
Janice K. Brady ‘63, ‘88
John E. Brodeur ‘72
Randy J. Brown ‘89
Philip E. Bryan ‘68
Carol Franc Buck
David L. Buckman ‘53
Rhonda K. Carano ‘76
Ann M. Carlson ‘59, ‘78
Robert A. Cashell ‘76
Denise Cashman ‘83
William A. Chaffin ‘66
David W. Clark
Kirk V. Clausen
William G. Cobb ‘71
Thomas R. Conklin ‘66
Krestine Corbin
Norman L. Dianda
David L. Diedrichsen, M.D. ‘97
John M. Doyle ‘63
Joan L. Dyer
JoAnn Elston ‘56
Frank J. Fahrenkopf ‘62
Catherine Farahi ‘80
Barbara J. Feltner ‘82
Gregory W. Ferraro ‘85
Georgia Fulstone
Frank S. Gallagher ‘77
Katherine L. Garcia ‘76
John S. Gaynor ‘66, ‘74
*Barbara C. Gianoli
Valerie Glenn ‘76
Joanne G. Hall
Thomas J. Hall ‘65
Arnold L. Hansmann ‘66
Richard W. Harris ‘69, ‘95
William R. Hartman
Dyanne M. Hayes ‘61
Barbara E. Hug ‘54
Steven S. Johnson ‘77
Helen J. Jones
Thomas F. Kerestesi ‘72
Eleanor Killebrew Brown ‘51
MacLellan E. King
Michael J. Klaich ‘82
Mark W. Knobel ‘77
Frank J. Kornmayer ‘74
William B. Kottinger ‘54
Keith L. Lee ‘65
Warren L. Lerude ‘61
Kathryn List ‘80
Scott D. Machabee ‘90
Luther Mack
Michael F. Mackedon ‘63
Andrew MacKenzie ‘63
Alan S. Maiss
Bernice Martin-Mathews ‘70, ‘75
Paul D. Mathews ‘87
Charles N. Mathewson
Dixie D. May
Kevin McArthur ‘79
Timothy G. McCarthy ‘11
Richard A. McDougal
Dale E. McKenzie ‘66
Mary-Ellen McMullen ‘73
Raymond J. Megquier ‘61
Michael J. Melarkey ‘72
Marilyn R. Melton ‘86, ‘55
James L. Mercer ‘64, ‘66
Monte L. Miller ‘70
Carol L. Mousel
Julie Murray ‘79
James J. Murren
Felicia R. O’Carroll ‘76
Terrance W. Oliver ‘71
Robert N. Ordonez
Chad A. Osorno
Raymond Pike
Janice L. Pine ‘62
Frank R. Randall ‘56
Leslie A. Righetti ‘76
James H. Roberts
Sigmund A. Rogich ‘67
Jeanne A. Russell ‘71
Jennifer A. Satre ‘80, ‘15
Frederick J. Schwab
Joey E. Scolari
Mike H. Sloan
G. Blake Smith
Gerald C. Smith
Barbara Smith Campbell ‘78
Austin W. Stedham
Richard M. Stout ‘66
David J. Thompson ‘72
William R. Trimmer ‘72, ‘74 M.D.
Roger S. Trounday ‘56, ‘67
Larry Tuntland
Marjorie L. Uhalde, M.D. ‘67
Peter P. Vlautin ‘68
Patty A. Wade
Ranson W. Webster
Harvey Whittemore ‘74
B. Thomas Willison
Jane C. Witter ‘74
John R. Worthington
Ronald R. Zideck ‘59
Gregg W. Zive ‘67
Ronald M. Zurek
The University of Nevada, Reno Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (TIN: 94-2781749) separate
from the University of Nevada, Reno. The Foundation was incorporated in 1981 to provide a mechanism for
private individuals, corporations and foundations to make charitable gifts, bequests and other deferred giving
arrangements to support the University. The Foundation receives, invests and administers funds to benefit the
University, while honoring the philanthropic intent of its generous donors. Such funds are made available to the
University for general or specific academic purposes.
Total program expenses
Donor contributions
University support
Special events and other income
Total operating support and reveneue
Alumni programs
Capital projects
University programs
University scholarships
Total administrative and fundraising expenses
Total operating expenses
Additions to permenant and term endowments
Transfers between funds
Fund net assets at beginning of year
Fund net assets at end of year
The accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP issued an unqualified opinion
of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation’s audited financial statements for fiscal year 2015.
The University of Nevada, Reno Foundation endowment funds are responsibly managed by the Foundation’s
investment committee, a volunteer committee with expertise in financial management which receives independent
professional investment advice from Wilshire Associates.
Market value as of dates listed below (includes pooled endowment, unrestricted endowment
funds, quasi-endowment funds and funds held in trust).
June 2011
June 2012
June 2013
June 2014
June 2015
AS OF JUNE 30, 2015
1 year return
3 year average
5 year average
10 year average
S&P 500
Final returns are provided by Wilshire Associates, the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation’s independent investment consultant.
For fiscal year 2015, a total of $12 million was added to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation’s permanent
endowment and an additional $4.4 million was added to the quasi-endowment.
As of June 30, 2015, the funds were invested at the ratio of 36.97% in equities, 5.55% in private equities, 32.95%
in fixed income, 11.95% in real estate, 11.12% in inflation-linked investments. The goal of this allocation is to
produce a return that meets spending obligations and maintains or increases the real value of the endowment.
The Foundation’s investment policy is administered in accordance with the Uniform Management of Institutional
Funds Act and can be found on the University’s website:
YOUR GIVING MATTERS – For the year ending June 30, 2015 (FY2015), the University
of Nevada, Reno raised $40,715,480 in new cash, stocks, gifts-in-kind and pledges. This amount
includes $39,343,434 raised through the Foundation, $143,800 through the Athletic Association
of the University of Nevada (AAUN) and $1,228,246 through the Board of Regents. The number of
donors increased by 5% from 11,440 in FY2014 to 12,064 in FY2015. We are deeply grateful to our
generous donors, trustees and community partners.
*Includes giving for University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation, AAUN and Board of Regents.
and Staff
Comparison of University of Nevada, Reno Foundation giving and total University giving
Other University Giving
UNR Foundation Giving
The accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP issued an unqualified opinion of the University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation’s audited financial statements for fiscal year 2015.
YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE – In fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015),
the University utilized more than $29 million of funding provided by the University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation for programs, projects and student scholarships campus-wide.
The University of Nevada, Reno Foundation is the official fundraising and private gift-receiving
organization for the University of Nevada, Reno. We work closely with alumni and friends, faculty and
staff, corporations and foundations to create opportunities and secure gifts of cash, stock, gifts-in-kind,
pledges and endowment earnings that benefit the University and its excellence in teaching, research
and public engagement.
Academic Programs,
Outreach and
Unrestricted 25.51%
The University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation provided
General Scholarships 4.29%
Donald W. Reynolds
School of Journalism
2.46% and Center for
Advanced Media Studies
in support of University programs
based on donor wishes and
College of Agriculture,
Biotechnology and 0.77%
Natural Resources
of Science
6.15% College
of Liberal Arts
4.22% College
School of Medicine 11.34%
2.75% College of Education
6.38% Division of Health Sciences
Cooperative Extension 0.31%
3.05% KUNR
College of Engineering 2.21%
1.44% University Libraries
The College of Business 4.52%
More than 3,100 (1 in every 7
students), received donor funded
scholarships totaling $6.9M in
the 2015-2016 academic year.
The number of donors to the
University has increased, with
12,064 giving in FY2015.
In FY2015 alone, faculty and
staff gave nearly $538,000 to
the University.
Although the University of Nevada, Reno is a state institution, it receives only part of its necessary
funding from state appropriations. Endowed funds generated with private support are the basis for
everything the University must do: recruit the best students and faculty, generate trailblazing research,
and work for a better world.
By generating a steady stream of income while leaving the principal untouched, endowments make
it possible for the University of Nevada, Reno to ensure the financial security and continued success
of the University.
Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) endowment
Athletic Association of the University of Nevada (AAUN)
University of Nevada, Reno Foundation endowment and quasi-endowment
The University of Nevada, Reno’s Endowment totaled $306 million as of June 30, 2015. This endowment is comprised of
the following three endowments: Nevada System of Higher Education (NHSE) endowment of $129.8 million (42.3%), the
Athletic Association of the University of Nevada endowment of $7.3 million (2.4%) and the University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation endowment of $169.4 million (55.3%).
Total number of
University of Nevada,
Reno Foundation
endowments and quasiendowments: 854
Total number of Nevada
System of Higher
Education (NSHE)
endowments: 305
Total number of Athletic
Association of the
University of Nevada
(AAUN) endowments: 7
2015 Silver & Blue Society
Photos courtesy University Archives
Bound by their shared commitment to the University of Nevada,
Reno, members of the Silver & Blue Society assist the institution in
addressing a broad range of needs—including future needs that
often cannot be anticipated at the time gifts are made.
The Silver & Blue Society honors those who give an annual
unrestricted gift of $1,874 or more. Members of the Silver & Blue
Society provide for scholarships, new academic programs, innovative
learning opportunities, faculty recruitment and development, and
enhancements to campus, among a host of other needs.
The Silver & Blue Society owes its name to a time when a circle
of dedicated men and women helped create the University of
Nevada, Reno established as a land-grant institution in 1874.
The generosity of individuals makes all the difference in the future
of Nevada. Unrestricted funding is a critical resource that supports
the University’s most pressing needs.
To learn more about the Silver & Blue Society, please contact Patti
Fogarty ’01, director of foundation operations, (775) 784-1352 or
[email protected]
Silver 1 Blue Society
Opal F. Adams ‘85 & Richard DeLong
Dean A. ‘71 & Judith A. Albright ‘71
Samuel S. Arentz ‘68
Robert E. & Sallie B. Armstrong
AT&T Services, Inc.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Deena G. & James R. Behnke
Annette Bidart ‘85
Joseph S. ‘78 & Liza M. Bradley ‘96
Randy J. Brown ‘89
Dennis P. Bryan ‘72
Carol Franc Buck
Dean R. ‘04 & Claudia Byrne
Ann M. Carlson ‘59, ‘78
Kevin R. Carman & Susan Welsh
John K. Carothers
Denise Cashman ‘83
William A. Chaffin ‘66
Cecil J. Clipper
Brett E. Coleman ‘84
E.L. Cord Foundation
Ken ‘75 & Kelly M. ‘77 Creighton
Harold J. DePoali ‘69
John P. Desmond ‘90 & Morgan R.
Stuart R. & Jane R. Engs
William N. Evans
Frank S. ‘77 & Sally Gallagher
The Thelma B. & Thomas P. Hart Foundation
Frank ‘81 & Cheryl M. Hawkins ‘84
Mick J. Hitchcock
Marc A. Johnson & Karen Penner-Johnson
Daniel C. & Carolee Jones
Roger D. King
Leonard & Sara M. Lafrance ‘73
William M. Lawellin ‘73
Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Mark A. ‘87, ‘93 & Carmen Lipparelli ‘85
Bruce A. & Bertie Mack
Lisa M. Lyons ‘88, ‘97 & Jeffrey Maloney
Crystal A. Martin ‘85
Charles N. Mathewson/Charles N.
Mathewson Foundation
Charles K. ‘79 & Michelle McArthur
Gene E. ‘71 & Patricia L. McClelland ‘93, ‘99
McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP
Samuel P. ‘73 & Mary-Ellen McMullen ‘73
Michael J. ‘72 & Karen L. Melarkey ‘85
Emelie Melton Williams & Victor A. Williams
Monte L. ‘70 & Susan J. Miller
Harry D. & Sandra Miltenberger ‘67
Kelli R. ‘87, ‘88 & Sonny L. Newman
NV Energy
Felicia R. O’Carroll ‘76
Chad A. Osorno/Wells Fargo
Ronald L. & Connie M. Parratt ‘94
William M. & Rebecca Pennell
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Frank R. ‘45 & Joan Randall
Jeffrey P. & Claire D. Resnik
David A. & Deborah H. Richwood
James H. & Tami Kay Roberts
Owen Roberts
Jeffrey R. Rodefer ‘85
Ann Ronald
Dan & Maureen Rovig
Philip G. ‘15 & Jennifer A. Satre ‘80, ‘15
Mary O. ‘78 & Reed C. Simmons
Gerald C. & Sharon Smith
Curtis L. ‘76 & Elizabeth Weishahn
Ellen F. Whittemore ‘78 & Jeffrey D.
Thomas K. & Debbie Witter
Barbara & Tom Witter Foundation
Thomas Wong ‘81
Joan S. Zenan
Mining Industry Partnerships Support Lofty Goals for Mackay
Barrick Gold of North America Scholarship:
Evan Lynn, a sophomore majoring in geological engineering, is a recipient of the Barrick Gold of North America
Scholarship. “After looking at schools throughout the
country, Nevada impressed me with its strong industry
partnerships and student-centered approach,” Lynn says.
“As an out-of-state student this scholarship made Nevada
more attractive by helping relieve financial stress.”
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“The support of organizations making great strides in mining is what allows us to offer the most cutting-edge and directly
applicable education to our students,” said Russ Fields, Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.
“With gifts to everything from faculty research to scholarships to department-wide programs, our mining industry partners
are driving us toward our goal of becoming one of the top three mining schools in North America. With their help, all of us
may benefit from and preserve the outstanding natural resources our state has to offer.”
he Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering has a long and
well-deserved international reputation for training engineers and scientists
who excel in the natural resource extraction
industries. In 2015, however, Mackay set an
ambitious goal: to become one of the top
three hard rock mining schools in North
Becoming a premier mining school starts
with outstanding faculty, and the generosity
of our industry partners has helped us to
attract the best mining engineering educators
in the nation. Kinross Gold U.S.A., Goldcorp,
Inc., Newmont Mining Corporation and
Barrick Gold Corporation all continued their
support of professorships in 2015, allowing
Mackay professors to focus on the excellent
instruction and student success that keep the
University on the leading edge of mining
Mining engineering is a constantly evolving field, so industry support of impactful
research at the Mackay School is more important now than ever before. Coeur Mining,
Inc., Summit Mining International, Inc.,
Kinsley Gold LLC, Midas Gold, Inc., the
Au-Reka Gold Corporation and many others
have contributed to the Ralph J. Roberts
Center for Research in Economic Geology
(CREG), which funds research that is directly
applicable to the understanding and discovery of mineral deposits.
Finally, to attract the most talented and
driven students to the school, Mackay has
partnered with leaders like Newmont Mining
Corporation and Barrick Gold Corporation
to create and sustain student scholarships.
Students who receive financial support are
able to focus on their studies and internships
so that they can graduate with the skills and
expertise that the industry demands.
To learn more about supporting the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, please contact Donna Knotek, director of development, (775) 682-5952 or [email protected]
Lerudes Strengthen First Amendment Education for Journalism Students
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Journalism Professor Emeritus Warren Lerude `61 and his wife Janet recently made a provision in their estate to establish the Lerude
Professorship and Public Forum for First Amendment Studies, which promotes education and discussion of First Amendment issues
on campus. Warren is also a trustee emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, having served as the board’s chairman.
hen Warren Lerude `61 (journalism) first stepped onto the
University Quad in 1955,
he didn’t know what a journalist was. Six
decades, two newspapers and one Pulitzer
Prize later, Warren and his wife Janet (Lagomarsino) Lerude want to ensure that new
generations of journalism students at the
University of Nevada, Reno will not only
learn the high standards in writing, editing
and ethics of the profession but will be taught
to think critically and courageously about the
First Amendment.
The Lerudes, who met while students
at the University, have made a provision in
their estate to establish the Lerude Professorship and Public Forum for First Amendment
Studies. Once established, the annual forum
will engage students, faculty, staff and the
general public in discussions of current or
persisting conflicts related to free speech,
freedom of the press and other First Amendment issues.
“Given the recent culture of threats
against news and freedom of expression as
well as direct attacks on journalists worldwide,
we feel that public understanding through
First Amendment education is needed more
now than ever before,” said Warren.
Warren credits one of his first professors,
the late A.L. Higginbotham, with exposing
him to the rigorous standards of the First
Amendment and their application to the
journalism profession. After graduation, he
rose from reporter to editor and publisher of
the Reno Evening Gazette and Nevada State Journal
newspapers. He eventually led a team of
Reno editorial writers to win a Pulitzer Prize
in 1977 and went on to serve as a professor
of media law, management and professional
internship for three decades in the Reynolds
School of Journalism.
Established in 2001, the Lerudes have
funded the Lerude First Amendment Scholarship and Award Endowment, which recognizes juniors, seniors and graduate students
in the Reynolds School who most embody
the spirit of assertiveness and truth-seeking
contained in the First Amendment. This
year and in the future, the scholarship will be
replaced by a permanently endowed award.
“It is so fitting that this professorship and
public forum will bear the Lerude name,”
said Reynolds School of Journalism Dean
Al Stavitsky. “Through Warren and Janet’s
deep commitment to the First Amendment,
public education and scholarly research on
free expression issues will always be central
in the Reynolds School.”
To learn more about supporting the Reynolds School of Journalism, please contact Laurice Antoun-Becker, associate director of development, (775) 784-4184 or [email protected]
Fans Support Planned Lombardi
Recreation Center Renovations
Ann Carlson `59, `78 M.A., Ron Turek, Roxie and Jerry Enneking and Mae and Walter Minato have taken the lead in
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funding the renovations of the Lombardi Recreation Center. “Donations from loyal fans are what enable us to move forward with our ambitious plans for the future of Nevada Athletics.
Renovations to Lombardi, along with the new fitness center, will improve our programs, attract the most promising student-athletes and ultimately make us better as a university.” - Athletics Director DOUG KNUTH
The Lombardi Recreation Center will benefit from major renovations in 2017 when many of its facilities will be relocated to the
under-construction E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center, which is projected to open early that year. The planned renovations will include a new
basketball practice facility, a weight room and multiple team locker rooms.
Leadership support for the project comes from Honor Court Silver Benefactors and longtime Nevada athletics fans Roxie and Jerry
Enneking, who have been loyal supporters of Wolf Pack athletics programs and student-athlete scholarships for over 15 years.
“We are looking forward to this exciting new chapter for the Wolf Pack,” said Roxie Enneking. “With fitness facilities and athletics
programs expanding, this is a great time to be a Nevada fan. We’re happy to support the teams that we love.”
Significant additional support for the renovations comes from Honor Court Silver Benefactors Walter and Mae Minato, as well as
from Ronald Turek and University Foundation Trustee Emerita Ann Carlson `59 (business), `78 M.A. Carlson is also an Honor Court
Patron and a recipient of the Nevada Alumni Association’s University Service Award.
To learn more about supporting the Lombardi renovation, please contact Lynda Buhlig ‘84, assistant vice president of development, (775) 682-6013 or [email protected]
Capurro Family Foundation Scholarship
Promotes Hands-on Field Experience
Louis J. & Genevieve G. Capurro Family
Foundation Endowed Scholarship:
Nevada student Stacy A. Greenberg is a
recipient of the Louis J. & Genevieve G.
Capurro Family Foundation Endowed
Scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in
riparian restoration and soil conservation.
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n 2005, the Louis J. & Genevieve G.
Capurro Family Foundation established
a scholarship endowment in the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. More than
10 years later, thanks to the foundation’s
ongoing support, the scholarship continues
to encourage students to pursue hands-on
field work and to make active contributions
to the field of rangeland ecology.
“I’m really working to make a difference
in the northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe
area,” wrote scholarship recipient Stacy A.
Greenberg in a letter to Capurro Family
Foundation trustees in 2015. Greenberg is
working toward a Bachelor of Science in
rangeland ecology and management with a
minor in ecohydrology and plans to graduate
in 2018. Since her scholarship requires a
research component, she spent last summer
working as a field technician in central and
northern Nevada with a group led by Professor Tamzen Stringham, holder of the
Donna Anderson Professorship in Grazing
and Rangelands Management. The group is
studying the effects of various land treatments
on cattle grazing after wildfires. Motivated by
her experience in field research, Greenberg
hopes to attend graduate school and eventually plans to pursue a government career
in riparian restoration and soil conservation.
“The experiences I’m getting from
this work – spending long days in the field,
working closely with a team – aren’t something I could get in a classroom. My training
is preparing me for exactly what I want to
do when I graduate,” said Greenberg.
The Capurro Family Foundation is
named for the late Honor Court Silver Benefactor and Distinguished Nevadan Louis J.
Capurro `40 (economics) and his wife, the
late Genevieve G. Capurro. Louis, a sec-
ond-generation Reno native, worked locally
in the insurance industry for over 60 years
and served five terms in the Assembly of the
Nevada State Legislature. He was also one of
the original founders and board members of
what is now Nevada State Bank. The foundation is now run by the Capurro’s surviving
children and grandchildren.
“My parents believed in the transformative power of education, and they loved
the natural beauty and vitality of northern
Nevada,” said Louis and Genevieve Capurro’s daughter and foundation trustee Corinne
Guio. “Combining those passions into a
scholarship for the benefit of both students
and Nevada rangeland was a natural choice,
and I’m proud to continue that legacy.”
To learn more about supporting students in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, please contact Ralph Phillips, director of development, (775) 784-4390 or [email protected]
Lala Placey Supports Science Programs in Husband’s Memory
Lala Placey and her late husband Dale `67 in the University’s
Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. 1 Courtesy of Lala Placey
he late Dale Placey `67 (metallurgical engineering)
had an excellent and academically rigorous experience
during his time as a student in the Mackay School of
Mines. Subsequently, both he and his wife Lala (DiPaolo) Placey
became loyal supporters of Nevada. Since 1983, the Placeys have
given generously to the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and
Engineering, the College of Engineering, the Alice Kellames
Memorial Scholarship (in memory of the Mackay School’s
longtime assistant to the dean), the Davidson Mathematics and
Science Center, Professor Emeritus Esmail Zanjani’s research,
the Discover Science Lecture Series and many other initiatives.
When Dale passed away after a long illness in February
2015, Lala made a gift in Dale’s memory to the University’s
academic boot camp program.
“Dale truly valued the education he received at Nevada,
and he was proud to support future engineers and scientists,”
said Lala. “The ScienceFIT program offers practical tools to
help College of Science students succeed in their studies and
graduate into fulfilling careers.”
The ScienceFIT program is an academic boot camp
modeled after the BioFIT program created in 2013 by University Provost Kevin Carman. The “FIT” stands for Freshman
Intensive Transition and offers a glimpse into the University’s
academic expectations and college life prior to the start of the
After graduating from the University in 1967, Dale started
his professional career as a trainee at General Motors. Soon
after, he joined Bell Aerosystems in Niagara Falls, New York,
where he worked as a welding engineer for the Lunar Ascent
Engine. Following reductions in government funding at Bell, he
went to work for Anaconda American Brass, where he spent 33
years in the metallurgical department specializing in product
development and quality control.
Lala understands the value of education, having spent
her career in secondary education as an English teacher until
retiring in 2000. Although she is a life-long New Yorker, Lala
has proven herself to be a steadfast friend of the University of
Nevada, Reno. The Placeys were married for 45 years.
College of Science Dean Jeff Thompson says that the
Placeys’ generosity has made a tangible impact in the college.
“From ScienceFIT, which helps our freshmen hit the ground
running, to vital research to accessible lectures for the benefit
of the whole community, the Placeys’ ongoing support helps to
elevate scientific understanding and education at Nevada.”
To further honor Dale’s memory, Lala has also updated
her estate plan to include a planned gift to the University of
Nevada, Reno on her passing. Lala’s foresight means that the
Placeys can continue to support the University and the projects
they hold dear for generations to come. According to Lala, “I
am happy to be able to honor Dale’s memory by leaving this
legacy at Nevada.”
To learn more about supporting the ScienceFIT program, please contact Donna Knotek, director of development, (775) 682-5952 or [email protected]
Patrick Pilling `97 Ph.D.
The late Patrick Pilling `97 Ph.D., in
whose memory friends and family established a scholarship endowment to
benefit students studying engineering.
1 Courtesy Black Eagle Consulting, Inc.
emorial gifts from family and friends have established
a scholarship endowment in memory of Patrick A.
Pilling `97 Ph.D. (civil engineering), a local leader in
engineering and a founding partner of the geotechnical engineering
firm Black Eagle Consulting, Inc.
The Patrick A. Pilling, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship Endowment
will benefit students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in
civil and environmental engineering with a preference for students
with a demonstrated interest in geotechnical engineering, Pilling’s
chosen specialty.
“Scholarships like this one make a real difference in our ability
to attract exceptional students to the study of engineering and give
them the opportunity to dive into their studies,” said College of Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis. “Dr. Pilling was a great engineer
and this scholarship in his memory will foster future great engineers.”
Pilling was a native of Palo Alto, Calif. and studied at the University of Santa Clara and San Jose State University before beginning
his doctorate at Nevada. He was the recipient of the National Society
of Professional Engineers’ Young Engineer of the Year award in 1996
and was named the University’s Outstanding Graduate Alumnus in
2010. The American Society of Civil Engineers selected Pilling as
the 2014 Engineer of the Year in honor of his life’s work.
Pilling and his wife, KayAnn Pilling `89 M.A., `96 Ed.Sp., raised
their three sons in Reno. Patrick Pilling was an avid sportsman and
enjoyed coaching little league and eventually football at Bishop
Manogue High School, where his sons attended.
“Pat was an outstanding engineer and a great friend and colleague
who truly loved his family and his work,” said Pilling’s partner and
Black Eagle Consulting, Inc. Secretary-Treasurer Remo Osmetti,
who founded the scholarship in his honor. “He was a pillar in the
civil and geotechnical engineering community, and it’s only fitting
that we honor him by continuing to educate deserving students in
the field he loved.”
To learn more about supporting scholarships in the College of Engineering, please contact Keith Emrick, director of development, (775) 682-7696 or [email protected]
Arnoldsen Memorial Scholarship
continues to turn dreams into reality for Nevada students
The Aaron Arnoldsen Memorial Golf Tournament has been one of northern Nevada’s most popular charity golf
events for more than 20 years. The tournament was held for the final time in 2015, but its impact on students
at Nevada will endure. The tournament was established in memory of Aaron Arnoldsen, a 1989 Reno High
graduate and University of Nevada, Reno student who passed away in an accident near campus in 1993.
Following his death, Aaron’s Sigma Nu fraternity
brothers, Ty Windfeldt `95 (health science) and
Mike Dillon, Jr. `94 (political science), came up
with the idea for the event in collaboration with
Aaron’s family as a way to honor his generous and
vibrant personality and his love of team sports
and the outdoors. The proceeds from each year’s
event are added to a scholarship endowment in
Aaron’s name.
“For some time after Aaron’s passing, Mike
Dillon and I would continue to discuss ways that
we could honor and remember Aaron,” says
Windfeldt. “Our goal was to do something permanent and everlasting. All of us were proud to
call him our friend, and using the tournament
to create a scholarship was a way for friends and
family to participate in celebrating his life.”
Since the tournament’s inception in 1994,
its board of directors, which includes Aaron’s
younger sister Alisa Armon `96 (management),
her husband, Brian Armon `93 (management),
and other family and friends, has raised more than
$300,000 for the Aaron E. Arnoldsen Memorial
Scholarship endowment. To date, 104 students
have benefitted from the scholarship, including
1 Courtesy Alisa (Arnoldsen) Armon
2 Friends gather at the Aaron Arnoldsen Memorial Golf Tournament in 1998. From left to right: Mike
Barry `94 (health science), Nicholas Frank `94 (management), Russell Christian `98 (premedical), Patrick
Martinez `98 (elementary education), `12 M.S. (land use planning), Jim Grogan `94 (political science),
Jeff Cutler `94 (resource management) and Jim Krueger `94 (health science).
5 The late Aaron Arnoldsen is
remembered for his generosity
and his love for the outdoors.
After his passing in 1993, friends
and family established an
annual charity golf tournament
in his honor. Proceeds from the
tournament have created an
endowed scholarship.
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1 Courtesy Alisa (Arnoldsen) Armon
2 Toni O’Flaherty `94 (elementary education), JoAnn Arnoldsen, Judy
Norcross and JoAnn Bowles at the 2002 Aaron Arnoldsen Memorial Golf
1 Courtesy of Alisa (Arnoldsen) Armon
Tournament. 2 Jennifer Emkjer `12 received the Aaron E. Arnoldsen Memorial
Scholarship during her senior year.
Jennifer Emkjer `12 (communication studies), who
received the award during her senior year.
“Receiving this scholarship was one of the most
motivating things that has ever happened to me,” says
Emkjer. “As a senior, I had been feeling burnt out and
a little lost as to what I wanted to do. After I found out
I’d been selected for the scholarship, I was able to focus
more on school, my GPA dramatically improved, and
I pursued an internship at Microsoft. But the mental
impact of people believing in me is what impacted me
the most. The feeling that people who did not know me
had chosen to give me assistance was indescribable.”
Emkjer is now a program manager at Microsoft.
Last year, she was one of seven employees chosen to
devote four months away from their usual roles to help
run the company’s annual Employee Giving Campaign.
“The Aaron Arnoldsen Memorial Scholarship
opened my eyes to the endless opportunities to get
involved and give, everywhere we turn. It unquestionably influenced how much I’m involved in corporate
giving now. I feel that it’s important to find something
you care about and do something about it.”
Since the scholarship is endowed, it will continue
to be awarded to students in perpetuity, even though
the tournament has run its course.
“By creating this endowed scholarship, Aaron’s
friends and family are giving the gift of education
and reduced financial burden to Nevada students for
generations to come,” says John Carothers, vice president for development and alumni relations. “Their
hard work and generosity serves as a true testament
to Aaron’s giving spirit.” N
Cody Mates,
a senior studying mining
engineering and a current
Aaron E. Arnoldsen
Memorial Scholarship
recipient, says, “I rely
on scholarships, grants,
loans and part-time work
to support myself. This
scholarship will enable me
to focus more on school,
decrease the amount I have
to work and overall lessen
my financial burden. I went
from working 40 hours a
week to 20, and I couldn’t
have gotten by without
scholarships like this one.”
1 Courtesy Jennifer Emkjer
To learn more about supporting student scholarships, please contact Keiko Weil `87, director of donor relations, (775) 682-5964 or [email protected]
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Darrio Arriaga,
a senior studying civil
engineering, is a current
Aaron E. Arnoldsen
Memorial Scholarship
recipient. “As a small town
kid from Fernley, I knew that
I wanted to go to college
to become an engineer in
hopes of traveling all over
the states,” he says. “Due
to the scholarships I have
received, I am able to live
my dream of attending a
As you consider a gift to the University of Nevada, Reno, you need to balance the wishes
of your family, your personal lifestyle and your financial resources with your love for the University and your desire to contribute to its success.
Keeping this balance requires careful planning, and the University’s Office of Planned Giving can help you make the most informed decision possible. Planned giving provides you with options and opportunities to include Nevada in your overall financial and estate plans. Generally these
are gifts or commitments made in the present with the benefit to Nevada deferred until a future date. Planned gifts may include outright gifts of
appreciated property, including securities, real estate and gifts of tangible personal property. Some planned gifts can provide lifetime income for
you or a loved one.
The Office of Planned Giving assists this partnership between the University and its alumni, parents and friends. For more information on
planned giving opportunities, please contact Lisa M. Riley, Esq., director of the office of planned giving, (775) 682-6017 or [email protected], or Brian
J. Saeman, Esq. ’98, director of planned giving, (775) 682-5938 or [email protected]
Scott Albright ‘09
Nevada State Bank
Robert Hill ‘06
RBC Wealth Management
Kyle McCann ’05, ‘11
KRM Wealth Management, LLC
Gustave Rossi ‘80
Maupin, Cox & LeGoy
John Boyd ‘88
Edward Jones Investments
William Johnson ’81
David & Johnson, Ltd.
Jason Morris
Woodburn & Wedge
Nicole Shrive
Premier Trust
Julie A. Callahan ‘89
Bonari & Co. CPA’s
Cassandra G. Jones
Heritage Law Group
Mark Quinlan ‘78
Executive Insurance Consultants
Jacqueline Surratt
1864 Capital Investments
Gregory E. Crawford
Alliance Trust Company, LLC
Romeo J. Lazzarone ‘03
The Lazzarone Group, LLC
Bryce Rader ‘96
Anderson, Dorn & Rader, LTD
John Tennert ‘05
Fennemore Craig
William Creekbaum ‘95
Morgan Stanley Wealth
Tammy Love ‘02
Ashley Quinn
Thomas E. Rafferty ‘98
Pfrommer & McCune Ltd.
Nicole M. Vance ‘96
Dunham Trust Company
Brian Loy
Sage Financial Advisors, Inc.
Timothy Riley
Holland and Hart, LLP
Richard Wait
RS Wait, Chtd., CPAs
Marie R. Dawson
Whittier Trust Company
Christopher F. MacKenzie ’90
Allison, MacKenzie, Pavalakis,
Wright & Fagan Ltd.
Michael Rooker ‘89
Wells Fargo Bank
Janice Watson ‘71
U.S. Bank
Heidi A. Foster ‘12
American Wealth Management
Lynda Mahorter
TIAA-CREF Financial Services
Ann Rosevear
Dunham Trust Company
Sandra Wilson
Law Offices of Sandra O. Wilson
Kirk Gardner ’81, ‘84
Eide Bailly
James Marren ‘98
Reno Wealth Advisors
Don Ross
Woodburn & Wedge
Ronald Zideck ‘59
Whittier Trust Company
Leslie Daane ‘89
Barnard Vogler & Co.
Mark Knobel ‘77
McDonald Carano Wilson
David Russell ‘67
Washoe Legal Services
David Bianchi ‘68
Northwestern Mutual
Ken Lynn
Hill Lynn Investment Group - Retired
Vicki Schultz
Schultz Financial Group
Steven R. Brown ‘66
UBS Financial Services Inc. - Retired
Ernie Maupin ‘68
Maupin, Cox & LeGoy
Bryan Sedway
Sedway Financial
Richard Cunningham
Law Office of Hariet H. Roland, P.C.
Michael Melarkey ‘72
McDonald Carano Wilson
Thomas E. Seeliger
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Company
Harold Depoali ‘69
Whittier Trust Company of Nevada
George ‘Bart’ Mowry ‘74
Maupin, Cox & LeGoy
Soraya Tabibi Aguirre
Holland & Hart
Thomas Hall ‘65
Law Offices of Thomas J. Hall
Joyce Newman ‘73
Newman Appraisal Services
Michael Wallace ‘82
New York Life Insurance Company
Planned Giving Advisory Council Facilitates Legacies at Nevada
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The Planned Giving Advisory Council helps connect the University to community members who want to make a difference through planned
gifts. Front row (left to right): Ron Zideck `59, Tom Rafferty `98, Marie Dawson, Julie Callahan `89, Mark Quinlan `78, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations John Carothers, Leslie Daane `89 and Romeo “Ro” Lazzarone `03. Back row (left to right): Scott Albright `09, Chris
MacKenzie `90, John Tennert `05, President Marc Johnson, Director of Development for Planned Giving Brian Saeman `98, Bill Creekbaum `95,
Director of the Office of University Planned Giving Lisa Riley and Tim Riley.
he University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation’s Planned Giving Advisory Council is comprised of
some of the best and most highly-regarded
professionals in northern Nevada. The volunteer council, which includes accountants, attorneys, financial planners and others in fields
related to planned giving, meets quarterly to
learn about University projects, programs
and initiatives that may be of interest to their
clients as they make decisions about wealth
management and estate planning. Council
members then serve as ambassadors to the
greater community and work to increase
community involvement with the University
through planned giving.
Foundation Trustee Emeritus and Honor
Court Silver Benefactor Ronald Zideck `59
(accounting) has more than four decades of
public accounting experience and is currently
a Vice President and Business Development
Officer for the Whittier Trust Company of
Nevada. He helped to establish the Planned
Giving Advisory Council in 2003 while
working for the University and has served
as a member since 2006. In 2015, Ron and
his wife Mary Liz made a gift to establish
the Ronald Zideck Dean’s Endowment Fund
in The College of Business. The fund will
be used, among other things, to provide
student membership in the Nevada Society
of Certified Public Accountants for junior
and senior students majoring in accounting
or accounting and information systems. The
Zidecks plan to add to the endowment with
an estate gift.
“Including the University in our estate
plans is a natural choice for us as we think
about the legacy we’d like to leave for future
generations,” said Ron. “As a financial professional and a member of the Planned Giving
Advisory Council, I really enjoy connecting
my contacts with projects at the University
that truly represent their own values and
To learn more about planned giving at the University, please contact Lisa Riley, director of the Office of Planned Giving,
(775) 682-6017 or [email protected], or Brian Saeman, director of planned giving, (775) 682-5938 or [email protected]
Nevada Legacy Society
Join those who have chosen to make a planned gift to the University of Nevada,
Reno Foundation, and become a member of the Nevada Legacy Society. The Office
of Planned Giving can also work with your financial advisor or estate planner to help
you customize your gift. To learn more about your planned giving options and the
Nevada Legacy Society, please contact Lisa M. Riley, Esq., director of the office of
planned giving, (775) 682-6017 or [email protected], or Brian J. Saeman, Esq. ’98, director
of planned giving, (775) 682-5938 or [email protected]
Anita Ashurst
Rhonda L. Ashurst ‘88
Joshua A. Bardin & Carol Cheney
Paul ‘62 & Judith L. ’65 Bible*
Gail A. Bradley ‘97
Richard E. Brown
Ritha L. Burroughs
Iain Buxton
Jean Guisti Carbon ‘68
John K. Carothers
Vincent J. Catalano & Sesi M.
Jenifer D. Christman ‘92
Charles H. * & Cecil J. Clipper
Peter L. Comanor
Verlita L. Conner ’52, ‘70
Mike Conway ‘69, ‘76
James M. ’70, ‘71 & Jody L. ’71 Copenhaver
Edward C. Coppin ‘62
Ralph W. & Barbara J. ’60 Courtnay
Michael Darcher & Joanne M. Lisosky ‘85
Fifi Day ‘59
Margaret H. Decker ‘84
Frankie Sue Del Papa ‘71
D. Leonard & Sally H.* Detrick
Joseph J. Eberle ‘62
William S. Eddelman ‘58
Harry W. Edwards ‘62
Evelyn Semenza English ‘36*
David H. Fenimore ‘88
Barry S. Frank
Donald Frazier
Wayne A. Frediani ‘72
Robert G. Fregoso ‘72, ‘77, ‘84
Carl T. ’66 & Elizabeth Fuetsch
Alison L. Gaulden ‘92
Bonnie & Michael Gilbert
George W. Gillemot
John G. ‘71 & Barbara ’73 Gonzales
Larry D. & Diana J. ’94, ’95 Haberland
Wilma S. Hall ‘45
John A. Halvorson ‘67
Dyanne M. Hayes ‘61
Michael T. & Barbara C. Heffner
George C. Hill & Ginny A. Knowles ’92
Claudia W. Hoffer ‘61, ‘63
Willem Houwink
Thomas J. ’68 & Ann L. ’63 Howell
James W. ‘52, ‘58 & Betty Hulse
Michael J. Humphrey ‘75
William E. Isaeff ‘66
Christopher E. ‘75 & Mardra M. Jay
Donald ‘50 & Jeannette Jenkins
Paul E. ‘93, ‘95 & Linda M. Jorgensen
Anthony J.* ‘82 & Cathryn R. Karr
Roger H. ‘99, ‘03 & Mary Ann ’94 Keith
Virginia G. Kersey
Babak & Marlene B. ’87 Khosropur
James R. & Mary Ann ’87, ’90 Kidder
John W. ‘82 & Patricia ’74, ’76, ’80 King
Edgar F. Kleiner
Peter A.* & Jessica Krenkel ‘05
Dale & Barbara ’96 Lazzarone
Warren L. ‘61 & Janet Lerude
William R. & Lucille N. ’56* Lindsay
James A. Linebaugh
Sheila D. Linn ’66, ‘91
Aileen Longfellow & Tammy S. Love ‘02
John G. ‘67 & Bonita E. ’67 Madden
William Flagg Magee ‘67
Marshal W. ‘70 & Carole McCurdy
James L. McLennan ‘70
Kevin C. ’79, ’81 & Ann M. ’80 Melcher
Brian D. ’71 & Anne Menzel
Charles J. * ‘94 & Mary M. Merdinger
William H.* & Marian A. Mogel
Robert G. ‘81, ‘85 & Anne O. Nelson
Ronald & Grace Nichols
Terrance W. ‘71 & Linda J. Oliver
Stanley W. Paher ‘69
Merlyn L. Paine
Walter A. & Genevieve ’48 Paroni*
Cecilia Parr-Norton ‘67
Karen Harvey Petroni ‘59
Nadine M. Pillsbury
Dale J. ’67* & Lala D. Placey
Mark ’78 & Diana Quinlan ‘80
Robyn L. Powers ‘70
Glenda M. Price ‘59
John A. Reed
Eric O. Roberts
Ann Ronald
Lloyd L. ’48* & Diane Root
John L. ‘53 & Mona L. ’52 Sandorf
Lawrence E. & Sharon Y. ’70 Schultze
Michael F. Simons
Scott S. & Cassandra L. Smith
Alan G. Stavitsky & Kristin Loebbecke
Thomas E. ’68 & Mati A. Stephens
George W. ’51 & Isabel M. Story
Larry D. ’64 & Colleen F. ’69, ’76 Struve
Ronald L. Turner
Frank R. Wheeler
Arthur H. Williams ‘66
Steven E. & Karen L. ’70 Williams
B. Thomas Willison
G. Wayne and Virginia Wiswell
Hilda B. Wunner*
Joan S. Zenan
Ronald R. ’59 & Mary Liz Zideck
Names in bold are charter members of the Nevada
Legacy Society
Bible Awards Recognize Excellence in Instruction
2015 Judith S. Bible Teaching Excellence
in Education Award:
Special Education Professor Tammy Abernathy
Vineyard `81, `86 M.Ed. received the 2015 Judith
S. Bible Teaching Excellence in Education Award.
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o Tammy Abernathy Vineyard
`81,`86 M.Ed., teaching has never
been just a job, but rather a dream
come true. With a Ph.D. from the University
of California, Santa Barbara, Abernathy
Vineyard returned home to Nevada where
she is currently a professor in the College of
Education. She is committed to children with
disabilities and passionate about preparing
quality special education teachers. Based
on her exceptional teaching, Abernathy
Vineyard’s students nominated her for the
2015 Judith S. Bible Teaching Excellence
in Education Award, which she received in
a ceremony that spring.
The award was established by Foundation Trustee Emeritus and Distinguished
Nevadan Paul Bible `62 (economics), `09
(honorary degree) and his late wife Judy Bible
`65 (elementary education), who passed away
in early 2015. The first in her family to attend
college, Judy greatly valued the education
she received at Nevada and went on to teach
fifth and sixth grades in local elementary
schools. The couple created the award, which
is granted each year to an outstanding faculty
member in the College of Education based
on student nominations, to build morale and
enthusiasm among faculty.
Through continued gifts from the Bibles,
the award became endowed in 2012. Since
Judy’s passing, friends and family have contributed to the endowment in her memory.
The couple also established the endowed
Paul and Judy Bible University Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty throughout the University, and
the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award
Endowment, which was created for faculty
in liberal arts and sciences in honor of Paul’s
father, Nevada Senator and Distinguished
Nevadan Alan Bible `30 (economics), `70
(honorary degree).
“The Bible family is committed to honoring education as a profession and providing
encouragement and recognition for educators who are pushing the field forward,”
says Abernathy Vineyard. “I am honored to
have my name associated with a family and
a woman who understood the essential role
of teaching and teachers.”
College of Education Dean Kenneth
Coll added, “Paul and Judy have been making
a significant impact at Nevada for decades,
and the awards they have created will continue to bring out the best in our educators for
generations to come. The generosity of the
Bibles has simply made us a better university.”
To learn more about supporting excellence in instruction , please contact Kristen Kennedy, director of development, (775) 784-6873 or [email protected]
Class of
Endows Scholarship
very spring, the Nevada Alumni Association welcomes
a very special group of alumni back to campus to
celebrate their Golden Reunion. In May of 2015, the
Class of 1965 gathered to reminisce about their experience
at the University, and to share their experiences over the past
fifty years. And in coming together to celebrate its past, the
Class of 1965 also made a commitment to the students who
are following in their footsteps.
In the months leading up to the 1965 Golden Reunion,
Student Body President and northern Nevada community
leader Keith Lee ’65 (physics) came forward to help rally the
Class of 1965 to accomplish a very important goal – to fully
fund the Class of 1965 Scholasrship Endowment.
Nevada’s tradition of creating a fund for each graduating
class provides alumni with an opportunity to make a gift that
embodies their pride in the University of Nevada, Reno.
Once a class fund reaches $10,000, it becomes a permanent
endowment with the promise of helping current and future
students for generations to come.
When Keith took it upon himself to lead his classmates
and friends to this important objective, the 1965 Class Scholarship Fund was only halfway to its initial goal. Within weeks,
the fund doubled in size, and the Class of 1965’s legacy at
the University was solidified. Starting in 2017-2018 and
continuing on in perpetuity, the students at the University
of Nevada will benefit from the Class of 1965’s generosity.
The Class of 1965
celebrated its Golden
Reunion May 2015.
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Community Steps Up Support for Special Collections
4 Albert Lazzarone `47 and his
son, Dale Lazzarone, look through a
scrapbook dedicated to Nevada athlete
Glenn “Jake” Lawlor in Special Collections.
3 Ann Ronald’s Earthtones, a collection
of essays reflecting on Nevada’s
magnificent landscapes, is included in
Special Collections.
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he vast holdings of the University Library’s Special Collections received
a boost of support in 2015 thanks to significant gifts from individuals,
corporations and foundations.
University Professor Emerita, Foundation Trustee and Honor Court Silver
Benefactor Ann Ronald added to her endowment for Special Collections, which
was established in 2014. Ronald, who was formerly the Dean of the College of
Arts and Science, created the endowment in recognition of the role Special Collections played in her own scholarly endeavors, which include books and essay
collections centered on literature in the American West.
Some have created Special Collections endowments as a way to memorialize their loved ones. Marian LaVoy `71 (English) established the Colonel John
and Marian Hennen LaVoy Endowment for Special Collections in memory of
her husband of 69 years, the late Col. John H. LaVoy, USMC, and as her own
legacy to the libraries. The endowment will provide flexible funding to support
the growth and success of Special Collections now and in the future.
Director of Development for Libraries Millie Mitchell, Marian LaVoy
Dale Lazzarone and his wife Bobbi `96 (human development and family
‘71 and head of Special Collections Donnie Curtis.
studies) pledged to establish the Dorothy Lazzarone Endowment for Special
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Collections in honor of Dale’s late mother, Dorothy. Memorial gifts from family
and friends also contributed to the endowment. Dorothy was a lifelong lover of
libraries, having met her husband, Albert Lazzarone `47 (economics) while working in a naval base library in Rhode Island during World
War II. In her later years, Dorothy was enthralled by the University’s Book Arts Collection, which the endowment in her honor will be
used to support.
Local businesses and foundations value Special Collections, too. Honor Court Philanthropist and President’s Medalist IGT, a steadfast
supporter of Nevada students and programs, has provided essential support for exhibitions throughout the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge
Center, including Special Collections. In September, a collection funded by the Orchard House Foundation opened to showcase the
papers of activist, philanthropist and women’s rights champion Maya Miller.
“Special Collections is a leading resource for students, faculty and community members studying the culture and history of Nevada
and the Great Basin,” said Dean of Libraries Kathy Ray. “The generosity of our donors allows Special Collections to maintain and build
the unique and varied collection of historic materials which chronicle the rich story of Nevada’s heritage.”
To learn more about supporting Special Collections, please contact Millie Mitchell, director of development, (775) 682-5682 or [email protected]
swimming and diving wins conference title
1 Jack Dempsey, NCAA Photos
First-year coach Neil Harper led the Wolf Pack to the school’s first Mountain West Conference championship in
February with a dramatic comeback on the final day of competition.
s the four-day Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships
neared its end, an upstart Nevada
team with hopes of its first conference title found
itself trailing by more than 40 points with just
four events left to go.
The scenario looked grim, especially after
a controversial disqualification in a relay event
had cost the Wolf Pack as many as 28 points.
But Head Coach Neil Harper was confident,
because he knew exactly what Nevada had left
in the tank – the best depth and the best divers
in the conference.
“I told the girls, ‘We might be down, but our
best events are to come,’ because I knew we still
had a chance,” said Coach Harper.
“Our girls still had to perform, and they
did exactly what needed to be done. They were
Nevada took three of the top five spots in
the 200-yard breaststroke, with senior Yawen Li
winning, Arantxa Medina-Alegria placing third
and Riley Hilbrant taking fifth. Then, junior Sita
Kusserow swam the third-fastest time in school
history to bring home the title in the 200-yard
butterfly, and teammate Erin Fuss took fourth
place, setting the stage for a furious comeback.
The penultimate event was the platform dive
finals, and Nevada simply dominated the event.
Senior Krysta Palmer won the event going away.
Nevada then claimed three of the top four spots
in the event as Zoe Lei took second and fellow
freshman Sharae Zhang took fourth.
The diving result gave Nevada a tentative
lead over Boise State, but one event remained
and Nevada needed a strong finish to complete
the comeback. The Wolf Pack’s 400-yard freestyle
relay team gave just that with a school-record time
to finish second and claim the championship.
The Wolf Pack climbed atop the podium with the
first Mountain West Championship in program
history and its second conference title.
“These ladies have worked their tails off to
reach this goal, and on top of that, they’ve worked
hard in the classroom and in the community,”
Harper said. “This is a well-earned title and I
couldn’t be prouder of the team. I think they’re
the best ambassadors you can find of the athletic
department and our University.”
During the course of the meet, 20 Nevada
swimmers and divers scored points, and 16 of
those team members – an astonishing 80 percent
and a program record – earned All-Conference
accolades. Diving Coach Jian Li You won an unprecedented fourth-straight Diving Coach of the
Year award for Nevada to cap another sensational
Pack diving performance.
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two alumni from each team who will help organize and
plan new events and activities for each team.
If you are a former athlete and want to learn more
about alumni activities for your team or how you can
help your team, please call Tina (775-682-6940) and get
Wolf Pack athletics is conducting the inaugural This
Is Still Your Team fundraising challenge this spring. Each
Wolf Pack team is contacting alumni athletes to ask for
their support with a donation of any amount until April
30th. The team with the highest percentage of former
athletes giving back during this challenge will receive
Wolf Pack athletics created a new
position held by Tina Ruff to serve
and support alumni athletes with
regular news and updates about
their teams, reunion planning
for each team, and a concierge
service for any former athlete who
has questions about Wolf Pack athletics or the University.
Tina created a former athlete alumni council with at least
a $5,000 grant provided by former Wolf Pack football
player John Shepanek ’86 (management). Second-and
third-place teams will receive $2,000, and $1,000, respectively. Also, the team with the highest percentage of new
alumni athlete donors in this campaign will receive a
$2,000 grant to support their program. All funds raised
will be used to support the teams and be used at the
discretion of the head coach.
Doug Knuth
Athletics Director
Mark Knobel ’77, President
Chris Aramini ’88, Vice President
Butch Anderson, Secretary
Ryan Dolan, President Elect
Jim Bauserman, Immediate Past President
Bob Armstrong
Mountain West Community
Service Challenge
Nevada won the 2014-2015 Mountain West
Community Service Challenge which is organized
by the Mountain West Conference Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee (SAAC) and run on campus by
Nevada’s 38-member SAAC.
Krys Bart
Roger Bergmann ’70 MBA
Mike Micone ’91
2014-15 winner with 5,837 hours of community
service from April 2014 to Feb. 2015
Nevada’s cheer team led all groups on campus
with nearly 1,900 hours, followed by women’s
cross country/track and field with 1,264 hours.
John Morrey
Sonny Newman
Brigid Pierce
Roger Primm
Rick Reviglio
Len Stevens
Donated more than 1,846 items of clothing and 295 pairs of shoes to our local
Sent more than 90 boxes filled with toys
and clothes to Kenyan orphans
2015-16 more than 9,400 hours of community
service from October 2015 to Feb. 2016
Collected 5,467 cans of food for the Food Bank
of Northern Nevada
Raised more than $48,000 for various
causes, including Each One Tell One, the
Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the Pat
Summitt Foundation and the Reno Rodeo
Denim Drive
“The Wolf Pack generosity and commitment to helping the community that gives so much to us overwhelms and humbles me.”
- Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator RHONDA BENNETT
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good medicine
Marion G. Thompson Trust Supports Senior Services
Theresa Skaar and Zebbedia Gibb, the two
graduate assistants whose positions are
funded by the grant, with Peter Reed, director
of the Sanford Center for Aging.
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he Sanford Center for Aging at the
University of Nevada, Reno delivers
essential services to Reno-Sparks elders, and the Marion G. Thompson Charitable
Trust provides vital funding to help sustain those
“The Marion G. Thompson Charitable
Trust has supported the Sanford Center since
1998. The center’s primary focus is providing
services to elders in the community, and so without their support, we would not be able to offer
our robust programs. The services simply would
not exist,” explained Peter Reed, director of the
Sanford Center for Aging.
“The Marion G. Thompson Charitable
Trust is one of the funders of those programs,
along with the Sanford endowment, the EJC
Foundation and a variety of other donors. They
provide us with the support that we need to serve
elders,” he said. “Together these philanthropic
sources probably provide about 60 percent of
funding for the center overall,” said Reed.
Marion G. Thompson was born in Canada
in 1894 and came to the United States early in
her life. Her husband, John, was born in Scot-
land. They both made their way to Reno and
profited by their investments. John died in 1965,
and Marion died in 1984, after which the trust
was founded. While Mrs. Thompson’s will made
some specific bequests to individuals, she left the
remainder of her property in trust to be used for
five nonprofits, including the University.
The initial trustee was Distinguished Nevadan Lowell C. Bernard ’48 (business administration), who was Mrs. Thompson’s accountant
and advisor. Bernard was the trustee for many
years and was very involved with the University.
In addition to funds for the Sanford Center, the
Marion G. Thompson Charitable Trust Scholarship Endowment was established in 1990 to
provide funds for general scholarships.
Kirk Gardner ’81 (journalism), ’84 (accounting) is the current trustee and worked with Bernard as well as with Kafoury, Armstrong & Co.,
the initial successor trustee following Bernard’s
death. Gardner has continued Bernard’s practice
of supporting the Sanford Center.
The Sanford Center for Aging is named for
Graham and Jean Sanford, and Lowell Bernard
worked with Jean Sanford. The trustees of the
Sanford endowment intended to support aging
programs, and Bernard “was able to make those
connections to bring that support forward for
the Sanford Center,” explained Reed.
Reed values the Marion G. Thompson
Trust’s philanthropy “really as core support.
They support all of the activities of the center
in various ways.”
For example, the trust provided funding for
two graduate assistants, one of whom works in
developing a community needs assessment for
the new geriatric clinic and has been an active
participant in the clinic planning process.
“The clinic would not exist without the
support of that research assistant in developing
the model and the plan for what we are doing,”
said Reed.
The second graduate assistant supports the
gerontology academic program.
“We also offer a gerontology academic
program with a minor and a certificate in gerontology. We have more than 135 students participating in that program, which is trying to
build the state’s workforce to support elders,”
Reed explained.
The largest of the Sanford Center’s community outreach programs is the Retired and
Senior Volunteer Program, which has about 650
participants and serves 38 community organizations across Washoe County.
Another outreach program is Senior Outreach Services (SOS), which provides one-onone, in-home support and companionship to
about 250 low-income elders. SOS helps seniors
maintain social connections, provides transportation and connects elders with resources.
In the Medication Therapy Management
program, the Sanford Center works with certified geriatric pharmacists on comprehensive
reviews of clients’ medication profiles. They then
make specific recommendations to the client and
his or her primary care provider on adjustments
to the medications. This helps reduce issues of
polypharmacy and negative interactions between
the client’s drugs.
Marion G. Thompson wanted her charitable trust to benefit the Reno-Sparks community, and her resources continue to assist seniors
throughout Washoe County. The value of this
philanthropy is clear to Reed.
“The Marion G. Thompson Trust provides
essential support that allows us to expand our
educational offerings and programs for elders
to meet the changing needs of one of the fastest
growing populations in our community,” he said.
To learn more about supporting the Sanford Center for
Aging, please contact Seema Donahoe ’02
at (775)682-7304 or [email protected]
good medicine
Bardin and Cheney Hope to Inspire
Medical Student Scholarship Support
Doctors Carol Cheney
and Joshua Bardin
octors Joshua Bardin and Carol Cheney
and University of Nevada School of
Medicine faculty members are committed to the education of future generations of
physicians, and not just through their teaching.
Bardin and Cheney are spearheading an
effort to increase scholarship support for medical students, and they have made generous gifts
that will help students complete their studies and
pursue their career dreams.
Bardin, an anatomy instructor and retired
vascular surgeon, and Cheney, an endocrinologist, believe there is an enormous need for scholarship opportunities. Scholarships like theirs
are instrumental to the success of University of
Nevada School of Medicine students because
many will incur a significant amount of debt in
pursuit of their medical education. On average,
students attending the School of Medicine will
have about $166,000 of debt upon graduation.
“The cost of medical school is excessive.
Graduates have enormous debt and it shapes
their career choices. They tend to pick a career
that will allow them to pay off their debt, which
is a destructive force. Students should choose
careers they are interested in,” said Bardin.
Bardin and Cheney have provided for a
planned gift in their estate that will support
future medical students with the establishment
of the Dr. Joshua Bardin and Dr. Carol Cheney
Medical Student Scholarship Endowment.
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“A planned gift to the University of Nevada,
Reno Foundation is an easy and fulfilling way to
support the University. Your assets can be used to
maximize your personal benefit, while providing
for the future of Nevada and its students, faculty
and programs,” said Lisa Riley, director of the
Office of Planned Giving.
Bardin and Cheney feel so passionately
about scholarship support, that in addition to
their planned gift, they have made additional
contributions to expedite the establishment of
their endowed scholarship, which will allow for
the first Dr. Joshua Bardin and Dr. Carol Cheney
Medical Student Scholarship to be awarded this
“The University of Nevada School of Medicine is enormously grateful to Drs. Cheney
and Bardin for taking the lead to provide more
scholarship support for our students,” said
Dr. Thomas Schwenk, Dean of the School of
Medicine and Vice President for the Division of
Health Sciences. “I am so impressed with their
commitment to reduce the financial burden of
attending medical school. Their efforts will help
students who may have thought they could not
afford to achieve their career dreams of becoming physicians. Their work will benefit all of
Nevada and enhance medical care throughout
the state.”
“All medical students are outstanding
students and exceptionally high achievers, so
awards will be based on need,” explained Bardin. “We both feel a sense of commitment to the
future of this medical school.”
In light of their recent gifts, Bardin and
Cheney are also encouraging others to consider
supporting medical student scholarships with
the help of a new committee. The University of
Nevada School of Medicine Scholarship Support Committee is working towards increasing
philanthropic support for medical student scholarships, including the establishment of a faculty
scholarship fund to encourage other School of
Medicine faculty contributions.
With this committee, Bardin is hoping to
both expand his own commitment and involve
others in giving so that medical students can
focus on their education and not worry about the
overwhelming expense of it. Although the committee is still in its early stages, faculty members,
physicians, parents of alumni and community
leaders are joining Bardin and Cheney in this
“I hope to greatly expand the scholarship
money for medical students. It will be a lengthy
process, but I hope to improve the commitments
from faculty and the community over time,”
Bardin said.
To learn more about student scholarship
support please contact Seema Donahoe ’02
at (775)682-7304 or [email protected]
Blue Tie Ball
Sponsored by the College of Business Online Executive MBA program, TEDxUniversityofNevada was
held at the Pioneer Center Jan. 23. 1 COURTESY OF THE
The Seventh Annual Blue Tie Ball was held Feb.
5 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino to benefit
Wolf Pack student-athletes.
1 Anthony Slonim, School of Medicine clinical professor
of medicine and pediatrics and CEO of Renown Health,
used the TEDx stage to advocate for healthcare reform that
considers the comprehensive needs of patients and families.
2 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor of
Psychology Steven Hayes spoke about a powerful therapy
method he developed, Acceptance and Commitment
Therapy, which addresses the concept of psychological
flexibility. 3 Jill Tolles ’97, ’06 M.A. challenged the audience
to find the courage to have the difficult conversations
necessary to prevent child sexual abuse. Tolles teaches
communication studies at the University. 4 Zeb Hogan,
University ecology biologist and assistant research professor,
talked about his search for the world’s largest freshwater fish.
Through his travels, Hogan strives to understand and save
threatened fish and identify ways to sustain the livelihoods
of people who share their habitats.
Discover Science
The College of Science’s Discover Science lecture
series brings renowned scientists from all over
the country for a series of engaging lectures
that are open to the public. National Geographic contributing writer David Quammen,
an award-winning writer on science, history and
5 Foundation Chair Jerry Smith ’03 (honorary
degree), Sharon Smith, Kelli Creighton ’77 and Foundation Trustee Ken Creighton ’75. 6 With more than
850 attendees, the event raised $90,000. 7 Erliene
Aramini, Be-Be Adams and Kim Aramini ’89. 1 GEORGE
ANASTASSATOS 8 Marilyn Knuth, Director of Athletics Doug Knuth, Jen (Maguire) Grogan ’94 and Jim
Grogan ’94. 9 Jered Snow ’12 and Tara Summers.
human impacts of emerging diseases and pandemics,
spoke Feb. 4 in the Davidson Mathematics and Science
10 Assistant Research Professor Zeb Hogan and David
Quammen. 11 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
Trustee Opal Adams ’85 M.S., Michele Thompson, College
of Science Dean Jeff Thompson and Nevada Seismological
Lab Director and Geological Sciences Professor Graham Kent.
12 Karla Mundt, Jeff Wolf, Robert Gagosian, Eric Lamberts,
Susan Gagosian, Foundation Professor Scott Tyler ’90 Ph.D.,
Constance Howard and Helen O’Brien
The William N. Pennington Student
Achievement Center Opening
The opening of the William N. Pennington Student
Achievement Center was celebrated at a special event
March 15. 1 JEFF DOW
13 Vice President for Student Services Shannon Ellis talks to
attendees about the vital student centers, services and programming brought under one roof in the Pennington Student
Achievement Center. 14 Foundation Trustee Emeritus Rick
Banis ’67 and Fred Scarpello, both trustees for the William
N. Pennington Foundation, and NSHE Chairman Rick Trachok
’74 symbolically unlock the doors to student success. 15 FRONT
ROW: Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations John
Carothers, Foundation Chair Jerry Smith ’03 (honorary degree),
William N. Pennington Foundation Trustee Fred Scarpello, William
N. Pennington Foundation Trustee and University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation Trustee Emeritus Rick Banis ’67, The Clarence & Martha
Jones Family Foundation Trustees Charlotte McConnell and Ann
Carlson ’59, ’78 M.Ed. BACK ROW: University President Marc Johnson,
The Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation Trustee and NSHE
Chancellor Dan Klaich ’72, and NSHE Chairman Rick Trachok ’74.
16 Trustees for The Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation
Charlotte McConnell, Ann Carlson ’59, ’78 M.Ed. and NSHE
Chancellor Dan Klaich ’72. 17 University President Marc
Johnson. 18 Officers for the Mallory Foundation Riley
Beckett ’68 and Tom Cook ’63. 19 Foundation Trustee
Emeritus Keith Lee ’65, Nevada Military Support Alliance
Board Members Alex Woodley ’15, President Scott Bensing,
Vice Chairman Ronald Bath ’68, ’71 MBA and Dan Morgan
after the ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new Nevada
Military Support Alliance Veterans’ and Military Center.
university for you
Ask the Master
2 Cooperative Extension
Master Gardener Coordinator Wendy Hanson Mazet
’96 gives flower-growing
tips to Reno homeowner
Judi Kleidon.
Wendy Hanson Mazet has
trained Master Gardeners
volunteers and offered
horticulture advice to our
communities for more than
16 years
he University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program continues to
provide intensive training to those who become
part of a cadre of 460+ volunteers who provide
research-based information and programs to
more than 70,000 Nevadans annually. Master Gardeners
say that now is the time to make sure you are providing appropriate plant placement, water, nutrition and pruning care
in your landscape. Here is some advice from the experts.
Soils - One of the most important components for plant
success is enhancing your soils with organic matter, which
is essentially nature’s fertilizer. Most soils in Nevada have
less than one-half percent of organic matter, whereas areas
such as the fertile Midwest have more than 5 percent. By
incorporating organic matter into the top 6 inches of soil, you
will have better moisture retention, increased root growth
and increased plant health and vigor.
Water - When watering your landscape, focus on watering
plants and turf areas in the morning, when temperatures are
cooler and winds are calm. Early morning watering prevents
moisture loss caused by evaporative winds. Delivering water
early and allowing it to soak a minimum of 6 inches into
the soil allows moisture to be available throughout the day
as temperatures increase.
Turfgrass - Monitor your irrigation system and adjust
frequently to account for temperature changes. Mow your lawn to a
height of at least 3 inches. Set your mower at its highest setting and leave
longer grass blades to encourage deeper roots. Deeper roots mean plants
have access to more soil moisture, so you won’t need to water as often.
Avoid fertilizing in the summer when turfgrasses typically struggle in the
heat. Work with the plant’s natural cycle; if plants need a boost, fertilize
in spring or fall.
Trees - If trees have been established for more than five years, it’s best
to water not only under the canopy, but also beyond to encourage a wide
and deep root system. Water trees at least 12 to 18 inches deep and add
2 to four 4 of organic mulch or compost around the tree’s base to prevent
moisture loss and weeds. By adding compost, you also feed the soil, which
in turn feeds the tree. Avoid adding additional fertilizer to the tree’s rooting area to prevent overfertilizing.
The Discover Science Lecture Series
Flowers - Keep flowers blooming throughout the summer by incorporating continually blooming annuals with prominent perennials that add not
only color, but also structure and texture to the landscape. Flower beds
can also be amended with compost to reduce weeds and hold moisture.
Vegetables - When purchasing plants, be sure they are not overgrown
for their containers, and choose bushy, rather than spindly plants. Before
planting, gradually introduce them to outdoor conditions by “hardening
them off,” leaving the plants outdoors for increasing amounts of time
before planting them in the ground. This will allow them to acclimate
to full sun and wind. N
1 Courtesy of David Quammen
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riting about the Zika virus for National Geographic online in
January 2016, David Quammen, award-winning science writer,
traces the roots of the global health scare that has dominated
the media in recent months. He writes that the virus has been developing in the shadows over decades and its spread is intricately tied to
human activity. “This is a story” writes Quammen, “of biogeography as
well as medicine and public health, and of the consequences of human
travel and transport.”
Quammen’s writing has taken him around the globe with the world’s
leading scientists to study zoonotic diseases, and he places their importance within a broader context for his readers. On February 4,
Quammen spoke with University of Nevada, Reno graduate students
before giving a public lecture in the Redfield Auditorium in Davidson
Mathematics and Science Center.
5/03/16 Warm season vegetable gardening
5/05/16 Gardening in Nevada’s soils
5/10/16 Know Nevada insects: decomposers and pests
5/12/16 Know Nevada insects: Pollinators and Beneficial
5/17/16 Tomatoes 101
5/19/16 Composting made easy
5/24/16 Preserving the harvest
5/26/16 Seed saving
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David Quammen is just one of the fascinating speakers the College
of Science brings to campus as part of the Discover Science lecture
series, which is free and open to the public. With past speakers such
as Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku, the Discover Science
lecture series allows the community to experience the extent of the
science universe, right here on the Nevada campus.
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New season of Monster Fish series featured three of the craziest catches
A fish that spears its prey is just one of the underwater giants featured in the latest
season of the popular television series Monster Fish. The Nat Geo WILD series chronicles
the work of Zeb Hogan, University of Nevada, Reno ecology biologist and assistant
research professor, as he travels the globe to find, study and protect the world’s
largest freshwater fish. Hogan said this season’s episodes, which premiered in January and February, introduced fish with “some of the craziest attributes we’ve seen.”
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Robotics to help
blind and visually
Expanding the frontier
of neuroscience
will put research findings to work in the treatment of
A significant agreement between the University and
Renown Health—one of many partnerships between
the two—has created a facility in Reno for functional
magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a technology that
has revolutionized cognitive neuroscience.
Lars Strother, director of neuroimaging, explains
1 Mike Wolterbeek ’02
The methods and technology Yantao
Shen develops have great potential in
advancing small and wearable robotics
with applications in space exploration, law
enforcement and search and rescue.
A hand-worn robotic device is
being developed in Yantao Shen’s
electrical engineering lab that may
help millions of blind and visually impaired people navigate past
movable obstacles or assist in their
ability to pre-locate, pre-sense and
grasp an object.
In a collaboration with the University of Arkansas, Little Rock,
researchers here will develop new
technology, with co-robotic functions currently unavailable in assistive devices, for the wearable
robotic device. The team received an
$820,000, three-year National Robotics Initiative grant from the National
Institutes of Health’s National Eye
“The miniaturized system will
contribute to the lives of visually
impaired people by enabling them
to identify and move objects, both
for navigational purposes and for
simpler things, such as grasping a
door handle or picking up a glass,”
said Assistant Professor Shen. “We
will pre-map the hand and build a
lightweight form-fitting device that
attaches to the hand using key locations for cameras and mechanical and
electrical sensors. It will be simpler
than a glove and less obtrusive.”
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Associate Professor Jaqueline Snow (left) collaborates with
graduate student Filiz Gozenman ’15 Ph.D. in the use of
“functional near-infrared spectroscopy” to study brain function
and activity.
The surge in neuroscience research presents more opportunities
for graduate students such as Zhiheng Zhou ’02 M.S. (right) to
collaborate with accomplished researchers such as Director of
Neuroimaging Lars Strother (left).
How do we think, remember, see or hear? What does
it mean to be asleep or awake? How do the molecules,
nerve cells and networks of the brain
work, and how can we help the brain
when it ages or fails?
These are some of the many questions faculty and students throughout campus actively pursue through
the booming growth of research and
educational initiatives in the neurosciences, supported by a $10 million
grant from the National Institutes of
Health Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).
Foundation Professor of psychology
Michael Webster began work several
years ago with faculty in the departments of psychology
and biology to create an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree
in neuroscience. It has exploded in popularity since it was
started six years ago and now has nearly 400 students.
A new graduate program in integrative neuroscience
launched in fall 2015 with an initial class of eight doctoral
students and involving 50 faculty members from nearly
every corner of campus.
These programs dovetail with a new neurology program
at the School of Medicine, whose students and physicians
a regular MRI scan is like Google’s satellite photo of
your hometown. It shows the layout of the streets in
great detail, but not the activity.
“An fMRI scan monitors blood flow in the brain
to show you how the traffic is
moving, the equivalent of watching what happens when a stoplight
changes from green to red, or how
and where the bottlenecks emerge
at rush hour,” Strother said. The
facility is already supporting the
research of five different University
teams, including research by two
new assistant professors of psychology. Jacqueline Snow explores how
the brain responds differently to real
objects versus pictures, and Fang
Jiang studies how the brain is organized differently in individuals who have lost their sight
or hearing.
Webster says the opportunities are almost endless. “It’s
hard not to be intrigued and fascinated by the brain. It’s
an incredibly exciting time to be in the field,” he said.
The bachelor’s degree
in neuroscience has
exploded in popularity
since it was started six
years ago and now has
nearly 400 students.
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University researchers uncover new
findings about bees and memory
1 courtesy of Anne Leonard and Felicity Muth
With funding from a National Science
Foundation grant, researchers Anne
Leonard and Felicity Muth found that
bees are capable of distinguishing colors
for the purpose of identifying food.
Bees can learn colors based on
pollen rewards and thus recognize
and remember long-term which
flowers have pollen and nectar,
College of Science Postdoctoral
Researcher Felicity Muth and As-
Bringing fresh
produce to those
in need
1 Courtesy of Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.
Each hoop house is 8 feet high, 16 feet
wide and 96 feet long. The project could
reap as many as 500 pounds of fruits and
vegetables in the summer.
More than 30 volunteers, including students and staff, spent
a sunny and windy winter day
building the structural elements
for six hoop houses that will be
used by the University’s Desert
sistant Professor Anne Leonard
have discovered in new research.
Bees are model organisms for
the study of learning and memory,
yet nearly all such research to date
has used a single reward—nectar,
according to Muth. Her research
found that many bees collect both
nectar (carbohydrates) and pollen
(protein) on a single foraging
bout, sometimes from different
plant species.
“After a few times of going
between the foraging array and
colony, bees had learned where
to go to collect nectar and where
to go to collect pollen,” Muth said.
“After they had learned those
associations, we further found
they would generalize them to
new flowers they had not previously experienced, but which
were a similar color,” Leonard
said. “So, in essence, bees form
expectations about what kind of
reward a flower will offer based
on its color.”
Farming Initiative to grow fruits
and vegetables year-round. The
hoop houses will be used in the
Catholic Charities of Northern
Nevada food programs through
the St. Vincent’s food kitchen.
The workers erected the framework for the hoop houses on the
east side of the University’s 900acre Main Station Field Lab in
east Reno. The first crops will be
planted this spring.
The Desert Farming Initiative
grows fresh produce for research,
education and outreach. This sustainable year-round production of
fruits and vegetables highlights
the benefits of locally grown food
and healthy eating. It also fits the
initiative’s mission to demonstrate the ease and simplicity of
construction and the economic
benefits of this type of structure.
“We do what we do well:
growing, planting, harvesting,”
said Jennifer Ott ’13 MBA, director of the Desert Farming
Initiative. “They will distribute
the produce using their programs
throughout the community, and
thousands of people will receive
this food in their meals. It’s a
mutually beneficial partnership,
using both of our strengths to
benefit the community.”
Faces on the Quad
Zach Hadsell is a veteran from Reno in his third
year at the University pursuing a degree in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science.
During his six years of service in the U.S. Air Force,
Hadsell trained as a cryptologic linguist translating
Arabic to English. He received a scholarship from
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(IEEE) and the G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship, a national scholarship awarded to studentveterans seeking a career in electric power and
energy engineering. He will receive this scholarship
at the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s general meeting this summer
in Boston. Hadsell is a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society for
engineering and has completed two marathons and a century bike
ride from Carson Valley to Lake Tahoe.
Lindsay Honaker is a senior majoring in
journalism with an emphasis in strategic communications and a minor in anthropology.
In 2014, Honaker helped lead development
of a strategic communications plan for the
Nevada Department of Transportation that
is currently being implemented statewide. In
2015, she played a vital role on the University’s team in the National Student Advertising Competition of the American Advertising Federation. Honaker
was selected to receive the Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Award as
the outstanding member and University student. Recently, she was
recruited to be the account executive for the University’s team in the
PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) Bateman Case
Study Competition. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority,
co-chair for the strategic plan for Fraternity and Sorority Life, former
Panhellenic President, member of the Order of Omega Honor Society
and was campaign manager for the elected ASUN President and Vice
President fo 2016-2017. She was also presented the Order of Omega
Outstanding Leadership Award this Spring.
Escenthio Marigny, Jr. moved to Reno in 2013
from Seattle, Wash. He is an active student leader
pursuing a degree in women’s studies. He is president of the Reno Justice Coalition (RJC), a student
group he co-founded that is dedicated to starting
dialogue and challenging situations of injustice
locally, nationally and internationally. The organization conducts training around social justice and
peaceful demonstrations, highlights important
documentaries, brings important figures to campus
and collaborates with other organizations to host
events like “Real People, Real Solutions.” Marigny has been involved
with organizing efforts for more than a decade, starting in his hometown of Oakland, Calif. He was called to act in this field by his first-hand
experience with poverty and racism. He is currently an organizer at
the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. He has received the
California Teacher’s Association Peace and Justice Caucus’ Youth
Activist Award, and the University’s Thornton Peace Prize jointly with
the co-founders of the Reno Justice Coalition.
Michael Stuyvesant is a Reno High School
graduate who has been studying journalism
at the University. He has been involved in the
Winter Sports Club, the student club Wolf Pack
What, and now works as a videographer for
the Associated Students of the University’s
Center for Student Engagement. Stuyvesant
produced an independent documentary film,
“Little Truckee Big Responsibility,” with the help
of the Reynolds School of Journalism. After
graduation in May, he plans to continue his career as a filmmaker
and work on documentaries, marketing campaigns and short films. He
wants to stay in Reno and pursue emerging opportunities.
Campus Changes:
Great Basin Hall, the new STEM-themed residence hall, will
be directly west of Lincoln Hall and is designed to visually
complement the historic structure.
a VanWoert Bigotti – Great Basin rendering
Saying “so long” to White Pine
Preserving Lincoln Hall
To keep up with the increasing demand for on-campus student housing,
which currently exceeds 122 percent, White Pine Hall was removed in
February 2016 to make room for Great Basin Hall. The new, STEM-themed
hall will focus on academic success when it opens in 2018.
Great Basin Hall is designed to house approximately 430 students, anticipated to be 90 percent freshmen and 10 percent upperclassmen. The
concept behind the new hall will allow informal mentoring to take place
in a continued effort to recruit and retain students in the fields of science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Built in 1896, Lincoln Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus
and in Reno. To respond to the University’s ability to meet the modern
and evolving needs of a growing campus and address safety, while also
continuing to preserve the building’s legacy, renovations are underway at
Lincoln Hall. Through this renovation, Lincoln Hall will undergo structural
upgrades that address safety and seismic standards.
Closed as a residence hall in May 2015, Lincoln Hall is being converted
to office uses. In cooperation with the State Historical Preservation Office
and a design agent who specializes in historic structures, upgrades in
seismic, fire safety, mechanical, plumbing, phone and data plus Americans
with Disabilities Act access will be included in this project.
“One of the most visible forms of momentum at the University continues to be the multiple construction projects
taking place on campus. With the proliferation of new buildings comes an important opportunity for our campus as
we re-purpose existing space to meet our current needs.” - University President MARC JOHNSON
University MBA program
celebrates golden anniversary
The first College of Business Alumni Day was
Saturday, April 20, 1985, which included a tour of the
“new” business building that had yet to be named*.
Did you know?
There have been 2,400 MBA students who have
graduated from the University since 1965.
The College of Business Masters of Business Administration
degree was fully accredited in 1971 by the Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The MBA program is the largest graduate
school program on the University’s campus.
*The Nazir Ansari
Business Building
honors the emeritus
professor of managerial
Seismologists kept busy by thousands of 2015 earthquakes
More than 17,500 Nevada earthquakes were recorded in 2015, including 231 quakes in south Reno and the magnitude 4.8 in Cali-
ente that shook Las Vegas in January 2015. The shaking was captured and studied by the University’s renowned Nevada Seismological
Laboratory, a public service and research department in the College of Science and host of the annual Great Nevada Shakeout.
“What’s really bumping up the number from the background rates is the energetic sequence in far northwestern Nevada called the
Sheldon sequence,” said Graham Kent, Seismological Lab director, of the 4,511 earthquakes recorded in the remote Sheldon Wildlife
Refuge east of Cedarville, California.
4 University of Nevada, College of Engineering earthquake shake table
New CIO and AVP
bring strong optimism,
5 Ellen Purpus, assistant
vice president for enterprise
and innovation, visits with
Nevada Governor Brian
Sandoval ’86 and University
Vice President of Research
and Innovation Mridul
Gautam at the University’s
Innevation Center, Powered
by Switch.
4 New University CIO Steve
Smith is glad to be a part of
the University’s steady growth
in excellence and reputation.
1 Tim Dunn
1 Courtesy of Steve Smith
Steve Smith joins the University as chief information officer and vice provost for information
technology, and Ellen Purpus joins the University
as assistant vice president for enterprise and innovation in the Office of Research and Innovation.
Smith views information technology as a bridge
and system security as an imperative. Most recently, he was associate vice president and deputy
chief information officer for the University of
Hawaii System. He previously served as CIO for
the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, as well as for
the University of Alaska System.
“I think northern Nevada is on an upward
curve of tremendous growth and opportunity in
In 1965, the University’s MBA program
was one of only two in the West.
The MBA program ranks No. 29 in U.S. News &
World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs • No. 24
in Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of Part-time MBA
programs • one of the Top 25 Online MBA Program
for 2015 by Princeton Review
Resumes, then and now.
The College of Business collected graduate resumes to send to
employers. Each graduate’s resume included his/her age, marital
status, height, weight, health condition along with his/her education,
extracurricular activities, salary expectation and previous jobs.
Students with MBAs from the
University of Nevada, Reno, move
on to careers in the following
• Manufacturing
• Gaming
• Financial services
• Government
• Software
• Clean energy
• Aerospace
many directions,” Smith said. “The University of
Nevada, Reno is a focal point for that growth.”
Across a career that has taken her from government to business to academia, the common thread
for Purpus has been connecting research-driven
discoveries with the realm of commercialization. She is the former director of The Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia’s Office of Technology
“When I first visited, it became clear the University of Nevada is really on the move and pushing
to create an innovation ecosystem,” Purpus said.
“Entrepreneurial activities are a big part of this.”
Calling all
University MBA alumni
The College of Business is offering 50-year
commemorative coins to any MBA alumni
who submits his or her most-recent contact
information to:
The College not only works with students on refining
their resumes, but also offers coaching to enhance
each student’s networking and interviewing skills.
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Students honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Eighty-five students used their last day off before the spring semester to give back to the community.
They joined with seven local non-profit organizations in Reno and Sparks to make Martin Luther King,
Jr. Day a day of service. Their total contribution of 255 volunteer hours was spent partnering with the
Kiwanis Bike Program to fix bikes for children from low-income neighborhoods, delivering dolls to children in local hospitals, packing boxes for hungry families at the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the
Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, and cleaning up roadside trash.
White House appointees on campus to launch
70th anniversary of Fulbright program
Sold out
ignites dialogue
1 Tim Dunn
Steven C. Hayes, Foundation professor in
the University’s Department of Psychology,
gave a haunting TEDx talk on his personal
struggles with panic disorder.
1 Theresa Danna-Douglas
The University hosted the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Reno in early February. From left to right: Fulbright Country
Director from Chile Antonio Campaña; Board Member Jeffrey Bleich; Reno City Council member Naomi Duerr ’78, ’83 MPA; Board Member
Tom Healy; Board Member Betty Castor; Board Member Shervin Pishevar; University President Marc Johnson; Board Chair Laura Trombley;
University Vice President and Provost Kevin Carman; Board Member and Director of the Latino Research Center Emma Sepúlveda
Pulvirenti ’76, ’78 MPA; University Vice President for Research and Innovation Mridul Gautam; U.S. Department of State Academic Deputy
Assistant Secretary Mala Adiga; Board Member Joseph Falk and Fulbright Country Director for Argentina Norma González Centeno.
The University welcomed the U.S. State Department’s J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
to campus in February for the 270th board meeting
and to kick off the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright
Since 1962, when the first Fulbright grant was
awarded at the University, the institution has been
home or host to more than 20 Fulbright U.S. students, 20
Fulbright foreign students and more than 70 Fulbright
“The University was thrilled to have this opportunity
to host the Fulbright board and share with its members
the many international activities and opportunities
we offer in Nevada,” said University Executive Vice
President and Provost Kevin Carman. “And we are
proud that the University is home to Emma Sepúlveda
Pulvirenti ’76 (Spanish), ’78 M.A., professor in Foreign
Language and Literature and director of the Latino
Research Center, who was appointed to the Fulbright
board by President Obama in 2014.”
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Research finds a popular mercury measuring system yields inaccurate data
Foundation Professor Mae Gustin of the College of
Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources has
been leading research to determine the accuracy of a
widely used mercury measuring instrument. The study
by Gustin and her team shows the instrument, which is
commonly used in the scientific community to measure
mercury in the air, yields inaccurate results. The findings
have been validated by other notable agencies and are
anticipated to inform future regulatory decision-making,
other research efforts and even international treaties.
According to Gustin, mercury inputs into the atmosphere have increased worldwide several fold over
the past 150 years. Gustin said this historical context
requires a dramatic shift in thinking regarding the
scientific community’s understanding of atmospheric
mercury. She was invited to present her research at a
mercury conference in Beijing’s Tsinghua University in
December 2015. Gustin’s work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Electric Power Research
Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Twenty-five speakers and artists
took to the stage during TEDxUniversityofNevada Saturday, Jan. 23
at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Reno.
Each speaker brought a new idea or
concept to spark conversation locally,
live, and internationally through
videos posted to the Internet.
This year’s event was a milestone
for organizers at the University’s
College of Business. Rather than
hold the event at the University, the
decision was made to move it from
campus out into the community to
engage a broader local audience.
“We had no idea how many people
we could expect by doing this,” said
Bret Simmons, College of Business
associate professor and TEDxUniversityofNevada organizer. “Seeing
the Pioneer Center filled with people
from our community was such an incredible honor for our team. Our goal
has always been to create an inspiring
event, and this year was a home run.”
TEDx events are locally organized programs aimed at sharing short,
powerful talks.
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Pavement research Native Americans “today and into the future”
sets stage for
federal highway
1 Courtesy of the Center for Student Cultural Diversity
Artist Patricia Mills visits with students and campus guests in the Joe Crowley Student Union during an Art Walk featuring her nativeinspired, impressionist works.
1 Theresa Danna-Douglas
Assistant Professor Elie Hajj ’03 M.S., ’05
Ph.D. shows off samples in one of the five
pavement testing labs in the Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering.
When the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) needed to
update its crucial and complicated
30-year-old formula for fuel consumption and vehicle operating cost
predictions, it awarded the project
to the University’s renowned pavements/materials program.
“The project is one of the critical
and influential projects for FHWA
and the nation,” said Elie Hajj ’03
M.S. (civil engineering), ’05 Ph.D.,
assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and the project’s lead researcher. “This award
is a great accomplishment for the
program and the college, showing
that the program is one of the major
leaders in the nation.”
Hajj works with Peter Sebaaly,
director of the University’s Western
Regional Superpave Center, on this
and a number of research projects
to improve pavements in Nevada
and around the country, including asphalt and concrete pavement
testing; software management tools
used around the world; a national
research database; and super heavyload research—all in the department’s
five labs dedicated to pavement and
materials research.
The results of the study will give
federal highway managers more accurate data as they seek to improve
the nation’s transportation network.
by JANE TORS ‘82
Through development of strategies that deal with
climate change on tribal lands and the careful archiving
of papers detailing the long legal battle over Shoshone
grazing rights, as well as nutrition outreach programs,
the University is becoming more closely engaged with
Native American tribes and peoples. A wide swath of the
University is involved, from Cooperative Extension to art
galleries, and from hydrology and agricultural research
teams to the Center for Student Cultural Diversity.
“It is significant to see things that are representative
of your culture on campus,” said Saundra Mitrovich,
outreach and retention coordinator in the University’s
Center for Student Cultural Diversity and a Native
American, of four art and history exhibits hosted on
campus in the fall semester.
Named Nevada’s American Indian Youth Services/
Role Model of the Year in November, Mitrovich sees this
engagement as fostering greater cultural understanding. “We are a people that live and breathe today and
into the future. These programs can reframe the view
of Native Americans.”
Program encourages girls to pursue STEM careers
1 Julie Henjum
“Research indicates there is a middle school drop, where girls
start opting out of STEM disciplines,” said Lynda Wiest, College of
Education faculty member. “This program targets students before
that gap to increase interest and make sure these students don’t
make a choice to drop out of something they may, in fact, be
interested in and good at.”
The disparity between men and women working in
the computer science field is often referred to as the
coding gender gap. While women earn 57 percent of
bachelor’s degrees nationally, they earn only 12 percent
of computer science degrees.
In an effort to recruit female students into computer
science, University faculty members Lynda Wiest and
Heather Crawford ’06 (elementary education), ’09 M.Ed.
have expanded The Northern Nevada Girls Math and
Technology Program, offered as a summer program
through the University’s College of Education since
1998, to include a new one-hour weekly component
at the Glenn Duncan STEM Academy. It is part of
the school’s 21st Century After School Program and
specifically targets female third, fourth and fifth grade
Nick Butler ’02, ’06 M.Acc.
Matt Clafton ’93
Past President
Mary-Ann Brown ’85, ’96 M.S.
Joe Nannini ’00, ’10 Ed.S.
Vice President for Student
Kris (Perkins) Layman ’93
Vice President for Membership &
Amy (Stechman) Ozuna ’08
Vice President for Community
Mike McDowell ’03
Vice President for Chapter
Gary Aldax ’92
Derek Beenfeldt ’93, ’11 M.D.
John K. Carothers* (Vice President,
Development & Alumni Relations)
Delores (Bercellos) Clewe ’69
Peter Costa ’84, ’88 M.D.
Caden Fabbi (President, ASUN)
Matthew Forman ’06
Michael Hix ’89
Doug Knuth* (Director,
Intercollegiate Athletics)
Trevor Macaluso ’11
Megan May ’05, ’07, ’13 MBA
Chrissy Menicucci ’86
Deb Pierce ’86
Brad Platt ’00
David Pressler ’72 MPA, ’82 M.A.
Tyler Ross (President , GSA)
Jerry Smith* (Chair, Foundation
Board of Trustees)
Tim Suiter ’91
Jack Sutton ’70
Paul Thomsen ’01, ’10 MPA
Jocelyn Weart ’00
Katie Weigel ’96
Victor Wowo ’11
Chul Yim ’04
John K. Carothers
Vice President, Development &
Alumni Relations
Bruce Mack
Associate Vice President,
Development & Alumni Relations
Amy J. (Zurek) Carothers ’01 M.A.
Director, Alumni Relations
Christy (Upchurch) Jerz ’97
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Carrie Henderson Bushá ’06
Coordinator, Alumni Relations
Kevin Price
Coordinator, Alumni Relations
Courtney (Bonnici) Wadhams
Coordinator, Alumni Relations
Hope (Hepner) Robinson
Administrative Assistant III
* ex-officio member
PRESIDENT, Nevada Alumni Council
GARY TACHOIRES ’64 (chemistry) and
GEORGIA (TESKEY) TACHOIRES ’62 (elementary education), ’67 M.ED., ’75 EDSC have
Nevada Alumni Lifetime Member
Nevada Alumni Annual Member
AL LAZZARONE ’47 (economics) is retired,
mainly because he just turned 93 years young.
Al played on the first baseball team at Nevada in
1947. He is president of the Northern Nevada
Italian Association, whose main purpose is to
give five $2,500 annual scholarships to students in need to attend Nevada. He and his
wife, Dorothy, were married for 68 years. She
passed on a year ago last June. Al and Dorothy
originally met in the Navy, and all-in-all, they
had a great life.
is the 2015-16 Nevada Alumni Council President. He’s excited to lead the Nevada Alumni
Association in its mission to foster and cultivate
a common bond of pride, affinity and connection among alumni, students, prospective
students and friends of the University.
Nick is looking forward to the Nevada Alumni
Association’s Student Recruitment Receptions,
held each spring throughout northern California and Nevada. He enjoys the opportunity to
engage with prospective students and share his
Nevada experience.
One of Nick’s favorite Nevada Alumni Association events is Pack Picnics on the Quad. This
summertime tradition takes place Wednesdays
from 6-8 p.m. July 6 – Aug. 10. Nick and his
family will be bringing their picnic dinner to
enjoy the live music, face painting, bounce
houses, games, lemonade and snacks.
has written a memoir
entitled Finding My
Way Back to 1950s
Paris about her adventures in Paris
after college. Beverley,
known as “Scoop” in college, worked as a writer
for the San Francisco Chronicle, and later as
a freelance travel writer for the Los Angeles
Times, Denver Post, and the Paris edition of the
International Herald Tribune, among others.
She received a master’s degree in English as a
Second Language (ESL)
from San Francisco State
University and taught at
Seattle Central College
for over 30 years. She currently lives on Bainbridge
Island, Washington, and
often returns to Paris with
a backpack and a laptop.
JERRY GAINES ’61 (physics) has retired
from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
where he worked as a research physicist. Jerry
visited the University of Nevada last year and
hardly recognized the place. He spent many
memorable years in Mackay Science.
been married and living in Reno for 52 years.
Due to Gary’s Parkinson’s, golf life and horse
shows have become a thing of the past. Since
retirement, they have traveled a lot, mostly
cruises in Europe and Alaska, plus a land trip
to Spain. Gary and Georgia have one grandson,
Elliot, who is 7 years old. They have two dogs,
two cats and two horses at their home in south
Reno, where they have lived since 1971.
CLARENCE D. BASSO ’68 (journalism) has just
published his 114th monograph on Nevada
history. The Writings of Dan De Quille is a bibliography of the nineteenth century Comstock
journalist’s prolific production that appeared
in newspapers and literary journals across the
U.S. De Quille, also known as William Wright,
was a contemporary of Samuel Clemens on
Virginia City’s Territorial Enterprise.
GARY JOHNSON ’69 (elementary education)
retired in 1999 and has since “bagged” U.S.
Coast & Geodetic Survey markers at Mt. Eddy,
Mt. Rose, Bad Water, Broke Off Mountain and
Death Valley in California, Boundary Peak
in Nevada, Phantom Ranch in Arizona and
Four-Corners in Utah, as well as the entire
Tahoe Rim Trail in California and Nevada. Next
in sight are Havasupai Falls and Humphreys
Peak in Arizona.
MIKE VADER ’69 (marketing) has had a success-
ful life, thanks to his education at Nevada. Mike
was appointed assistant secretary of the U.S.
Department of Education by President George
H.W. Bush. He was also appointed chief deputy
director of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and assistant secretary
by former California Governor George Deukmejian, commissioner of the California Fair
Employment and Housing Commission by
California Governor Jerry Brown, and chief
deputy director of California Department of
Consumer Affairs by California Governor Pete
Wilson. Mike has also owned several prosperous businesses.
ARLINE FISHER ’74 (jour-
nalism) has published
her second novel, Keeper
– Trial by Fire. The story is
an action/suspense novel
set largely in Las Vegas.
Arline was the editor of
The Native Nevadan for six
years and worked in publishing in Chicago,
editing two national travel magazines. She also
specialized in book packaging and direct-mail
marketing. She lives in St. George, Utah.
N GENE BAUMANN ’76 (health education)
retired from being an airline captain Sept. 1,
2015. Gene is now traveling more than when
he was working, just with longer layovers.
(physical education)
of Dickson Realty has been
named The 2016 Certified
Residential Specialist (CRS)
President for The Council
of Residential Specialists,
Sierra Nevada Chapter. Fred has been a realtor
since 1986 and is past president of the Reno
Sparks Association of Realtors. Fred and his
wife, Alice, spend their recreational time traveling, sailing and skiing with family.
JEFF COONCE ’85 (art) owns Pyro Guys, a
Reno fireworks display company. Jeff produces
fireworks displays for the Wolf Pack football
team runout, the March from the Arch’s pep
rally display off Morrill Hall, the Reno Rodeo
and the Reno Aces. He has also produced displays nationally for Professional Bull Riders,
the San Francisco 49ers and the Super Bowl.
TOM VERDUCCI ’85 (finance) has spent the
past 30 years assisting more than 20,000
Nevada public employees to save in their employer-sponsored retirement plans. Tom began
working for The Hartford in 1987 on the State of
Nevada Deferred Compensation Plan and currently works for MassMutual, assisting Washoe
County and City of Reno employees in their
deferred compensation plan. He lives in Reno
with his wife, LORI (BAUER) VERDUCCI ’85
(accounting), whom he met at Nevada in 1983.
(journalism), ’11 M.ED.
recently accepted a position as public information
officer for the Nevada Department of Education.
’87 (sociology),
’91 M.A. (English)
had an interview published in the February
2016 issue of VegNews
magazine. Adrienne is a
two-time cancer survivor, and she is thriving
without chemo or radiation on a whole foods,
plant-based vegan diet, plenty of water and a
daily exercise program. Both cancers are in
N TODD BLONSLEY ’89 (finance and criminal justice), ’92 MBA received the Platinum
Award from Marcus & Millichap Real Estate
Investment Services Company for his 2015
achievements. Todd also won the Crystal Ball
Award from the Northern Nevada Certified
Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
Chapter for his 2015 forecast on the northern
Nevada apartment market.
DAN DOHERTY ’90 (finance) is executive vice
president for Colliers International, and is
happy to see the commercial real estate market
improving in southern Nevada.
LEE SCARLETT ’91 (history) recently
celebrated the 20th anniversary of
his company, Celtic Construction.
Celtic Construction received the
Builder of the Year award for the
sixth year from Citiscapes Magazine, Best Builder in Celebrate Arkansas Magazine for the third year and Best of for the fifth year. He and his wife
celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in
October 2015. The couple live in Arkansas with
their three daughters.
MATTHEW FRANCIS ’93 (political science and
English) joined the board of directors for High
Fives Nonprofit Foundation, a California nonprofit focused on raising awareness of injury
prevention, while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer from life-altering
mountain sport injuries.
KRISTINA MATHEWS ’93 (education) has re-
leased four novels in the series, More Than
a Game, from Lyrical Press, and is starting a
new series, Swift River Romance. The first of
three books in the series is entitled Swept Away.
(speech communication)
was recently named learning
engagement director at Idea
Learning Group in Portland,
Ore. Lisa joined Idea Learning Group as a senior learning
consultant in 2013 and most
recently held the position of learning engagement manager.
SEAN EVANS ’94 MPA wrote an article enti-
tled “Developing Sustainable Security: Police
Intelligence in Post-Conflict Reconstruction,”
which has been published in the March issue
of Policing, Intelligence, and Counter Terrorism.
(social psychology), ’99 M.A.
(sociology) received the 2015
Gold Spike Community Excellence Award for public
service from the Public Relations Society of America –
Sierra Nevada Chapter. This follows previous
honors from Reno-Tahoe Twenty under 40 and
Northern Nevada Women of Achievement.
Stacy recently joined the board of the Terry Lee
Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and serves
as the director of communications and new
media for Renown Health.
HANNA ’96 (journal-
ism) has joined Waddell
& Reed as a financial
advisor where she will
help develop customized
financial plans, recommend investment strategies and counsel clients
throughout the area.
Stephanie has a passion
for financial planning and enjoys helping
people. She and her husband, JOHN HANNA
’96 (computer information systems), live in
Reno with their three young boys.
VINCE ILLIA ’96 (speech communications)
was recently named regional sales manager for
Federal Signal Corporation. Vince was previously the truck sales manager at Peterbilt of
Las Vegas.
DEBORAH SELTZER-KELLY ’97 (history) was pro-
moted and granted tenure at Wabash College in
Crawfordsville, Ind. She teaches in the educational studies department, and her academic interests center on diversity and multiculturalism
in the classroom, epistemologies of teaching
and learning, and the methodological aspects
and implications of research approaches commonly used in education.
(elementary education) recently started
a new vending business. JW Vending
Nevada provides
customized snacks,
beverages, fresh
food and over-thecounter medicines
to local businesses
in the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. In
addition to partnering with local businesses,
Wendi is actively involved in giving back to
the community.
SUSAN (BENEFIELD) RICE ’98 (music education)
has been appointed head of school at Palm
Valley School in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Susan
worked in public education for 12 years and
was named Nevada Music Educator of the Year
by the Nevada Music Educators Association in
2009 before making a switch to independent/
private schools. She and her husband, Tim, a
software engineer, were just married in San
Francisco last summer and are now enjoying
the warm climate of Southern California and
the great hiking in the San Jacinto mountains.
Alumni Profile
N DAVID O’MARA ’99 (political science),
owner of the O’Mara Law Firm, has been
named an American Bar Foundation Fellow.
Membership in this prestigious organization
is limited to one percent of the attorney population in Nevada.
famous Paul
DAVID TAYLOR ’99 (journalism), market-
ing director of Boys & Girls Club of Truckee
Meadows, has been promoted to president of
the Great Reno Balloon Race board. David
has been involved with the event since 2011.
BRADLEY CORN ’00 (marketing) recently
s the recruitment and retention coordinator
for the Reynolds School of Journalism, PAUL
MITCHELL M.A. ’96 (journalism), ’10 Ph.D.
(educational leadership), gives advice all day long – but
none of it about hair.
Formerly a reporter and editor, Paul left the newspaper business for the world of academia.
No surprise, since his roots are in education. Paul was named for his dad, a master’s in education
graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. And when Paul received his doctorate in educational
leadership in 2010, it was his mother, a doctor of education herself, who did the hooding.
Paul routinely shaves his head in honor of his brother, a chronic lymphocytic leukemia survivor
who lost his hair during treatment. He’s handing that love of family down to son Josiah, 24, and
twins Sydney and Spencer, 6, much like the deep voice – and the name – that his dad gave to him.
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started Fit Body Boot Camp after working
as a real estate appraiser for 13 years. Bradley
lives in Reno with his wife, KACEY DURANT ’07
(biochemistry), ’11 M.D. and their two sons,
Remy and Austin.
DEREK FOERSCHLER ’00 (health education), ’02
(biology) has been selected to be director of the
anesthesiology residency program at the Naval
Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Va.,
one of three U.S. Navy anesthesiology residency
programs. Derek lives in Chesapeake, Va. with
his wife, Charlotte, and two children.
JOE NANNINI ’00 (human development and
family studies), ’10 Ed.S has recently joined
the Nevada Career Studio at the University
of Nevada as coordinator of internship and
professional experience. He is excited for the
opportunity to work with the team at the University’s central career office in developing programming and relationships to help Nevada
students prepare to move seamlessly from the
University into their careers. Joe is proud to
be vice president for student outreach on the
Nevada Alumni Council, and he also serves as
vice chairman of the Artown board of directors.
SCOTT MORRISON ’00 (mathematics), ’04
M.S. (mathematics) has taught mathematics
Maddox Reilly
Olena Claire
Jesse Viner ’00 (biology) and
Larissa Viner are happy to announce
the birth of their daughter, Olena
Claire, in November, 2015.
4 Natalia Callahan ’04
(mathematics), ’07 M.Ed., ’12
Ph.D. (educational leadership)
and her husband, Silas Callahan ’07 (civil engineering), ’10
M.S. (civil and environmental engineering), are pleased to announce
the birth of their son, Maddox
Reilly, Jan. 28, 2016. Maddie
joins his very excited big brothers,
Grayson Brodric and Quentin Liam.
Walker Hilton ’08
(psychology) and Heidi
(Epper) Hilton ’08 (nutrition) announce the arrival of
their son, Cole, in April 2015.
Luke Tatum ’13
Ph.D. (organic chemistry)
and Alyssa (Cofano)
Tatum ’12 (nutrition)
welcomed the birth of their
first child, Alessandrina “Alli”
Marie, July 15, 2014.
William Roan
4 Will Gresslin ’02
(history) and Kara Gresslin are
pleased to introduce their first
child, William Roan. Roan was
born Aug. 8, 2014.
at Western Nevada College since 2006, where
he earned the 2006-07 Outstanding Instructor
of the Year award. He accepted the position
of academic director for the Western Nevada
College Liberal Arts Division in 2013. Scott is
married to fellow Nevada grad, SARA MOORE
’14 (community health sciences), and together
they have two beautiful children, Maya and
Lincoln. Scott has lived in northern Nevada
for 28 years.
NATALE CARASALI ’01 M.D. recently com-
pleted a six-month mission with Doctors
Without Borders in western Ethiopia, near
the South Sudan border. During this time,
Natale lived and worked as a pediatrician at a
Doctors Without Borders hospital located in
the middle of a refugee camp, where 40,000
displaced persons fleeing the civil war in South
Sudan were living.
CHRIS DONDERO ’01 (journalism), licensed
producer for Nevada Insurance Agency
Company, has been promoted to board vice
president for the Great Reno Balloon Race
(GRBR). Chris joined the board in 2012, and
has taken an active role within the organization,
including managing GRBR’s Cloud 9 VIP Club
for the past two years.
BECKY BOSSHART ’02, after two years of
work, completed an English literacy project
to develop two curriculum workbooks for
studying modern and contemporary American literature at Chernivtsi National University,
where she served as a TEFL Higher Ed Program
volunteer with the Peace Corps. The goal of the
project, named Inspired to Write Ukraine, was
to create an engaging contemporary reading
curricula for teachers and students at the university’s English and translation departments.
Becky served with the Peace Corps in Ukraine
from 2012 to 2014.
ANDRE WALTON ’02 (social psychology), ’05
Ph.D. (social psychology) recently wrote a paper
on group creativity that has been published
in the Harvard Business Review. Creativity is
Andre’s passion and was the focus of his Ph.D.
research at Nevada.
LAUREL L. BOWER ’03 Ph.D. (English) retired
from teaching after more than 10 years at the
University of Phoenix, Idaho campus, where
she received several teaching awards and taught
literature, humanities and writing, in order
to pursue her dream of publishing novels. In
December 2014, she published Fairy Wars: The
Dark Ones, the first of a fantasy trilogy. She
is working on her second book, Fairy Wars:
Spies among Us.
ANDY TURMAN ’07 (psychology) is co-founder
of the startup Bizible, recently named one of Inc.
Magazine’s 10 Best New Marketing Technologies for 2015. Bizible tells corporate, university
and agency marketing teams where their digital
marketing dollars are working by reporting how
and where customers have touched a company’s
or university’s online ads and digital presences
before the purchase.
has been promoted to nurse
manager of Renown South
Meadows Emergency Department after more than 16 years
at at the Renown Regional
main campus. She is also one
of the community’s many great nurses to be
nominated for a Northern Nevada Nurse of
Achievement award.
THOMAS BARCIA ’08 (economics), ’10 MBA
is a former Wolf Pack football walk-on (20042007) from Reno High, who recently earned his
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.
Thomas is now one of 49 CFPs in Reno. He
lives in south Reno with his wife, Elisa, and
1-year-old son, Ben.
N CHRISTOPHER E. HARVEY ’08 (anthropology) recently earned an MBA from the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon
University. He was accepted to their doctor of
business administration program and began
classes in January.
(English literature) recently earned her master of arts
in instructional design and
technology with a specialization in e-learning from
the University of Central
Florida. Shortly after graduation, she accepted a position at Valencia
College in Orlando, Fla. as a faculty/instructional developer.
(finance and economics) recently earned the Certified Financial
Planner designation, a professional certification for financial
planners. Eric is an advisor at
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board officer of the University of Nevada,
College of Business Alumni Association.
J. MATTHEW MARTIN ’09 MJS recently accept-
ed an appointment as an administrative law
judge for the Social Security Administration.
N VICTORIA ROCHA ’09 (international affairs/
German/theatre) is pursuing a master of public
administration at USC after six years in Washington, D.C., working in federal government
and non-profit government relations. Victoria
received a City/County Fellowship from USC
and hopes to transition into local government
or consulting work.
cently opened Sierra Nevada
Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, a
private practice specializing in
facial plastic and reconstructive
surgery. Kyle is excited to be a
small-business owner and
a practicing physician in
his hometown of Reno.
EVELYN KLATT ’10 (French
and journalism) has been
named marketing director
for the Reno Philharmonic,
bringing several years of experience in marketing and
extensive nonprofit work
with the Nevada Military
Support Alliance. Evelyn is active in the community, teaches press release writing classes
to small business owners in Midtown, and is a
member of the Nevada Greek Alumni Chapter.
LAINE DURGIN ’11 (social work) recently
earned her master of social work from Western
New Mexico University and was inducted into
the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Laine also received the master of social work Community
Impact Award.
TREVOR DEW ’12 (information
systems) is a project manager at
Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Trevor’s experiences at Nevada have
contributed greatly to a successful career in I.T. He and his wife,
Mikaela, are expecting their first
child in April.
DREW ERNHOUT ’12 (theatre) is teaching
English and performing in Osaka, Japan.
ALLEN HARDISON ’12 (general
studies) was recently named
general manager of the Orange
County Breakers professional
tennis team. Allen, a former
All-Mountain West Selection
and Scholar Athlete for the Wolf Pack football team, is responsible for overseeing the
day-to-day operations of the Breakers. He still
follows Wolf Pack athletics closely while living
in Newport Beach, Calif. with his wife, Eva.
MBA have moved to San Francisco and have
both been promoted to new positions with their
respective firms, Castle Crow & Company and
Connor Group.
MIAOMIAO ZOU ’13 (management), ’15 M.S.
(finance) is a graduate assistant at the University
of Nevada, working on his doctoral degree in
economics. Miaomiao expects to graduate in
May 2017.
ERIN MEYERING ’14 (journalism) was hired
as the full-time associate editor of Edible Reno-Tahoe magazine, a publication dedicated to
the local food and drink movement.
RACHEL WILLIMOTT ’14 (psychology) earned
her master of social work from USC in 2015
and is now working toward a clinical license
at University of Nevada. She is so glad to be
back on campus!
RYAN BAYFIELD ’15 (general business) recently
accepted a job at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He’ll use the experience with laser cutters
and 3D printers he gained working in Nevada’s
DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library on
space exploration projects.
MATT MCKISSICK ’10 (ecohydrology) and GILLIAN
GRIFFITH ’12 (journalism) were married August 8,
2015 in Incline Village.
ZACK MADONICK ’11 (journalism and communication) married his college sweetheart, VICTORIA LEVI
’11 (journalism and communications), in South Lake
Tahoe July 5, 2014. The two met in philosophy class
their sophomore year at Nevada.
CASEY MENTZER ’14 (chemical engineering) and
college sweetie MEGAN FIELDS ’15 (psychology and
sociology) tied the knot June 25, 2015.
life ecology and neuroscience) is traveling to
Inuyama, Japan to study grooming in Japanese
macaques. The research will be completed for
her master of research dissertation in primate
biology, behavior and conservation at the University of Roehampton, London.
KEVIN FINN ’15 (mar-
keting) recently joined
ITS National as a carrier
specialist where he will
be responsible for carrier
procurement and management. When Kevin is
not at work, he is snowboarding or skydiving,
and cheering on the San
Francisco Giants, 49ers
and Sacramento Kings.
DENISE GARCIA SEGURA ’15 (social work)
recently landed her dream job as a social worker
for the State of Nevada. N
BRIE (GANT) WILLIAMS ’12 (elementary education)
and her college sweetheart, James Williams, married
September 19, 2015 at McKinley Cultural Center in
Reno. They look forward to finishing their degrees
and traveling.
Alumni Profile
Chris Vargas ’95 (finance)
Occupation: Financial Planner
What has your life been like since
Life has been great. I’ve had a lot of amazing moments since graduation, both personally and professionally. I had the wonderful
opportunity to play professional football in
the Canadian Football League for five years.
A year after graduation I married my wife,
Katie (Haggard) Vargas ’94 (human development and family studies). After retiring from
football in 1998, I joined Dain Rauscher as
a financial advisor. In 2006, I started my
own financial planning firm, Legacy Wealth
Planning, with three partners. It was such a
challenging move and one that I’m very proud
of, and I’m grateful for all the experiences at
the University that prepared me for the new
adventure of owning my own business. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL
Financial, a registered investment advisor,
my fondest memories were with my teammates and as part of Wolf Pack football. I
am extremely grateful to Chris Ault, who
took a chance on a slow, skinny, 150-pound
quarterback. I am proud to have been part
of two Big Sky Championships and a Big
West Championship team. There were a lot
of amazing games at Mackay Stadium, and
I feel honored that I can say I wore the Silver
and Blue.
We have two incredible kids, Nick (12) and
Drew (10). We like to ski and golf, and we’re
lucky to spend time with family in Lake Almanor, Calif. I have been fortunate to coach
my kids in various sports and have also been
a dad in the stands.
What you are most proud of?
Making Reno our home has been fantastic,
and we love everything the area has to offer.
It is very important for me to give back to the
community and University that has given
me so much. I have served on boards for the
Barracuda Championship, Hometown Health
and EDAWN. I have been fortunate to serve
on the Nevada Alumni Council, Athletic Association of the University of Nevada and the
Alumni Football Association. I have also had
the honor of calling football games for Wolf
Pack radio.
What are your fondest memories
from Nevada?
My years at the University of Nevada are
a part of my life that I look back on with
great fondness. There are a lot of memories to
choose from: meeting lifelong friends, meeting
my wife and campus life in general. However,
I have a lot to be grateful for, but my wonderful
family is what I’m most proud of. Katie and I
have been married for 20 years and are parents
to two amazing boys. I love the family vacations, kids’ sporting events and just sharing
time at home watching a movie or playing in
the backyard. I really like the fact that we can
spend a lot of time with our extended family.
Sometimes I think the boys don’t just have
cousins, they have many brothers and sisters.
What advice would you give
someone just starting out after
There are two things that I would suggest:
travel if you have the chance, and find a profession you are passionate about. It is a great
thing to be able to see a different part of the
world or country and see life through other
cultures (not to mention easier when you are
young). I tell people that if you are happy
with your job 90-95% of the time, then you
are doing what you love to do. It makes the
challenges that everyone faces much easier
to get through.
A Silver And Blue
A Golden Opportunity.
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• Welcome Luncheon
• Campus Tour
• Reunion Dinner
Friday, May 13
• Commencement Ceremony
• Class of 1966 Photo
• Golden Reunion Breakfast
5 Members of the Nevada Sagebrush Alumni Chapter at the fourth
annual Alumni Dinner Sept. 30.
Nevada Sagebrush Alumni Chapter
Amy Beck ’09,
[email protected]
The Nevada Sagebrush Alumni Chapter hosted its fourth annual Alumni
Dinner Sept. 30. More than 50 alumni, current staff members and
friends gathered at Pinocchio’s Bar and Grill as the chapter awarded
Warren Lerude ’61 (journalism) with the 2015 Frank McCulloch
Lifetime Achievement Award. Warren served as editor-in-chief of
the Sagebrush from 1959-60, before spending the majority of his
newspaper career as editor and publisher of the Nevada State Journal
and the Reno Evening Gazette. The award was created in 2013 to honor
the many accomplishments of successful Sagebrush alumni. Past
recipients include Guy Clifton and award namesake Frank McCulloch
’41 (journalism), ’67 (honorary doctor of letters). The chapter board
is already working on details for the 2016 dinner and will announce
information soon.
Join us for our monthly Deadwine happy hour event April 25 at
Beer NV in south Reno. Please follow us on Facebook to stay up to
date, and visit our webpage to join the chapter. Membership is only
$25 per year and is open to all.
4 OSNAA members help Orvis students prepare for their careers during the annual Orvis Mock Interview event Feb. 17.
Orvis School of Nursing Alumni Chapter
Jan (Pritchard) Brady ’63, ’88 MBA,
[email protected]
The Orvis School of Nursing Alumni Association had a busy and fun-filled season. We once again sponsored
the Orvis Mock Interview event Feb. 17 for Orvis students and OSNAA members. This event helps students
become comfortable and confident as they begin their health care careers, and OSNAA members love the
opportunity to interact with students and give them the benefit of their experiences.
Plans for the Orvis School of Nursing’s 60th anniversary celebration are coming along nicely. Our gala
event will be April 22, 2017 at the Atlantis Resort and Spa and will be a must-not-miss affair! Put the date on
your calendar now and stay tuned for more details. This will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with
classmates and old friends as we celebrate 60 years of excellence for the Orvis School of Nursing.
Congratulations to Andrea Elise Garrison ’15 (nursing), the December recipient of the OSNAA Scholarship!
Nevada Bay Area Alumni Chapter
Jocelyn Weart ’00,
[email protected]
At the end of March, the Nevada Bay Area Alumni Chapter (NVBAAC) socialized at the Draft Kings Lounge in Oracle Arena before watching the
record-setting Golden State Warriors take on the Dallas Mavericks! This event quickly sold out, so we’ll be sure to increase the number of tickets
available for next year’s game.
Alumni gathered in San Francisco for viewing parties Jan. 23 and Feb. 20 to watch both Nevada vs. UNLV basketball games and cheer on our
Wolf Pack! We also gathered for pizza and drinks before attending the Nevada vs. San Jose State University game Feb. 17.
The chapter will be hosting two educational events on financial planning, presented by a certified financial planner from Ameriprise Financial.
One will be held in the Ameriprise office San Francisco, and the other will be held in the Ameriprise office in Campbell (the South Bay). We hope
alumni from all across the Bay Area will be able to attend, so stay tuned for more details. As always, we’ll continue NVBAAC happy hours and other
events this spring! Visit our website for contacts and upcoming events, and don’t forget to stay in touch on Facebook. Go Pack!
Nevada Football Alumni Chapter
Matt Airoldi ’94,
[email protected]
Sacramento Alumni Chapter
Steve Park ’99,
[email protected]
The Nevada Football Alumni Chapter is now on Twitter! Follow us on Twitter,
@NevadaFBAlumni, and “like” us on Facebook to stay in touch and hear
about upcoming events.
Congratulations to Virgil Green ’10 (criminal justice), Brandon Marshall
’11 (criminal justice) and Kyle Roberts ’14 (biology) who are now Super Bowl
We meet the first Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Little
Wal to stay in touch during the off season. Come say hello, and hear what’s
coming up for the next football season. Go Pack!
Young alumni living in the Sacramento area have begun meeting
regularly at Bunz Sports Pub & Grub with owners Aaron Toto
’03 (physical education) and Rebecca Howe ’96 (elementary
education). Visit our website, stay in touch on Facebook for
details on the next meeting and the upcoming Founders’ Day
event at Bunz.
Thanks to Kyle Ramos ’76 (managerial science) and Tom
Ramos ’77 (civil engineering) for a stout Mystery Bus Trip. We
had a lot of fun and raised $3,000 for the scholarship fund.
4 Student Ambassador Alumni Chapter members during their trip to Apple Hill Nov. 11. Front row: Theo Meek ’15, Priscilla
Acosta ’10, Desirae Acosta ’15 Back row: Lily Davalos ’15, Jackie Barrera ’14, Jessica Adams ’13, Mimi Premo ’14, Cynthia
Uba ’14, ’15, Hector Mendoza ’12 and Peter Reed, director of the Sanford Center for Aging.
Student Ambassador Alumni Chapter
Priscilla Acosta ’10,
[email protected]
Members of the Student Ambassador Alumni Chapter sat on a panel of professionals for the First in the Pack retreat
in January. The program supports first-generation freshmen throughout their first year of college. The panel allowed
students to see their majors in real life. The advice was invaluable and students left inspired and motivated for the
spring semester.
This spring the chapter plans to take a trip to Napa Valley and will also continue our community service
activities. Please visit our website for more chapter information and upcoming events.
2 Southern Nevada Alumni Chapter
Misha Ray ’12,
[email protected]
The Southern Nevada Alumni Chapter had a fantastic showing of alumni at Born And Raised bar and restaurant in Las Vegas for the Nevada vs. UNLV football game
viewing party Oct. 3! While all of us would have liked to see the football game end with a win, we were happy to see our basketball team defeat UNLV Jan. 23!
Our chapter is gearing up to assist the Nevada Alumni Association with spring student recruitment events, as well as planning for various spring, summer
and fall events. Find us on Facebook or stay updated with emails from the Nevada Alumni Association!
2 Members of the AAPI Alumni Chapter during their 2 Members of the Southern California Alumni Chapter during the annual holiday luncheon Dec. 5.
Mystery Bus Tour Oct. 7.
Southern California Alumni Chapter
Asian American Pacific Islander Alumni Chapter Chris Polimeni ’85,
[email protected]
Jon Lau ’12,
[email protected]
The Southern California Alumni Chapter’s annual holiday luncheon was held Saturday, Dec. 5 at Mimi’s
The Asian American Pacific Islander Alumni Chapter Café, directly across from Disneyland. It was a great time for Nevada graduates living in Southern California
(AAPI) held a sushi social Oct. 7, and it was a blast! We to connect with each other and celebrate the holiday season.
were able to meet new friends and catch up with old
ones from out of town, all while having all-you-can-eat
Nevada Cheer and Spirit Alumni Chapter
sushi! Did somebody say food coma?!
Elliot E. Sparkman ’04,
The 2015 Mystery Bus Tour Nov. 20 did the
[email protected]
impossible—it was even better than the year before!
The Nevada Cheer and Spirit Alumni Chapter held the second Professional Mentorship Lunch and
We had pizza and beer at the Little Wal, more food and
Learn Jan. 28. We hosted lunch and a faculty member led a workshop on time management. Our
tea at Moo Dangs, kamikaze shots at Se7en, orange
professional mentorship program continues to be the only program of its kind offered through
crush drinks at Singer, and 50 raffle prizes to split
an alumni chapter to Nevada student-athletes.
among the 40 attendees. We sure painted the town
One of the three pillars of our mission is to raise money to support academic scholarships for
BLUE! To cap off the school year, we will be hosting the
We are asking for your support as we strive toward our goal of raising money
AAPI Graduation May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Joe Crowley
for a permanent endowment and two $1,000 annual awards. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year.
Student Union. Come see our new grads off as they
Please consider making a donation through our website at
celebrate their educational achievements.
and select the Nevada Cheer and Spirit Alumni Chapter Scholarship under designation. Thanks
Stay tuned to AAPI emails as we will be hosting
and go Pack!
our spring sushi social sometime during the week
after graduation. Bring your empty bellies!
alumni profile
Chad Blanchard
’93, ’03 M.S., ’09 MBA
Federal Water Master
In 1906 the first snow survey system was created by University Professor James Edward Church on the flanks of Mt. Rose.
This pioneering system led to the process used to determine
the amount of water supplied to Tahoe, Reno and northern
Nevada by each winter’s snow pack. Today, this same system is
what Chad Blanchard ’93 (resource management/hydrology),
’03 M.S. (resource and applied economics), ’09 MBA relies on
to determine the amount of water available from the Carson
and Truckee rivers that flows to users downstream.
As the region’s federal water master, Chad is like a tightrope
walker, expertly balancing the historic legal rights of water users
with an ever-fluctuating resource. Allocating water for municipal
and agricultural use, power generation, and the protection of
threatened endangered species keeps Chad on his toes managing
the water levels and releases of Tahoe, Boca, Stampede and Prosser
The relationship between humans and water is especially complicated in the West, fraught with competing interests. Chad is
charged with managing the water distribution process that upholds
both new and centuries-old water rights pertaining to the Carson
and Truckee rivers. When the snow accumulation period ended
and the snow-melt season began April 1 of this year, Chad began
the intricate process of determining water levels and allocations
for water right owners along each river, a task that his office will
repeat almost daily until next April.
Chad looks back fondly on his time at Nevada. His love of
learning and the opportunities the University afforded him
continue to impact his life and career.
1 Theresa Danna-Douglas
Nevada vs. UNLV Basketball
Pregame Party
Nearly 100 Wolf Pack alumni and fans gathered
at the Nevada vs. UNLV Men’s Basketball Pregame
Party Feb. 20 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las
1 Scott Frost ’88 and Megan Frost with Vice President
of Development and Alumni Relations John Carothers.
2 Jodie Tarkanian, Donielle Freedman ’83, ’90 M.D.,
Jaymie Morris ’82, Denise Cashman ’83, University
President Marc Johnson, Leslie Gospodnatich and
Ed Wilson ’69. 3 Anthony Snowden ’07 and Daniel
Snowden. 4 Donielle Freedman ’83, ’90 M.D., Rick
McGough ’85, Ed Spoon ’84, ’89 M.D., Steve Strobeck
’82 and Timothy Mullin ’06.
The Nevada Alumni Association
hosts many events year round for alumni,
friends and family. Visit us online to find
one near you.
Student Recruitment Reception
The Nevada Alumni Association, in partnership
with the Office for Prospective Students, recently
held the third in a series of 10 student recruitment
receptions throughout northern California and
Nevada. More than 350 prospective students and
their families attended the event March 10 at Arden
Hills Club & Spa to learn more about Nevada.
5 Prospective students Miranda Psaila and Alyssa
Harrison with their moms, Linda (left) and Sandra (right).
6 Prospective student Christian Keller and his parents
learn about pursuing an engineering degree from
College of Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis.
7 Prospective student Kaylie Greathouse and her
parents, Alice and Eric, speak with Rod Aeschlimann,
executive director of residential life, housing and food
service. 8 Director of Admissions Steve Maples ’96
M.A., ’02 Ph.D. adresses guests. 9 Prospective student
Diana Namuddu Mugerwa and father, Paul, speak
with a student ambassador about life at Nevada. 10
Twins Jackson and Benjamin Maves came to learn more
about studying biology and engineering at Nevada.
2016 School of Medicine Match Day
Sixty-four medical students from the Class of
2016 were matched with residency institutions in
Nevada and across the nation March 18 at events in
Las Vegas and Reno. Forty-four percent of the 2016
School of Medicine graduates will enter primary
care specialties. 1 ANNE MCMILLIN, APR
11 John and Karen Thiele celebrate Karen’s match into
family medicine at the University of Nevada School of
Medicine. 12 Christina and Evan Raps ’11 celebrate
their couples match at the University of Utah. She is
going into emergency medicine while he is pursuing
pathology. 13 Brianna Ruch ’12 and Paulo Garcia
’10 matched into general surgery and pathology,
respectively, at Virginia Commonwealth University, and
Daniel Ignatiuk matched into pediatrics at the University
of Utah. 1 EDGAR ANTONIO NUNEZ. 14 Members of the
Class of 2016 who matched in the Reno event on the
steps of the Center for Molecular Medicine.
The O’Gara Family Tree
John O’Gara
Chris (Tieber) O’Gara
Mike O’Gara
attended 1992-1996
Tom O’Gara
’94 (health education)
‘00 M.A. (counselling)
attended 1971-1975
Tricia (O’Gara) Debruin
Mary (Bertrand) O’Gara
Todd O’Gara
attended 1999-2006
Julie (Larragueta) O’Gara
’78 (premed.)
‘84 M.D.
Katie O’Gara
attended 2000-2003
John O’Gara
’14 (biology)
’80 (spanish)
Lauren O’Gara
’15 (biology)
Thomas O’Gara
True-Blue Roots Run Deep
John and Mary O’Gara moved to Reno in 1955 from Butte,
Montana. Their five children all attended the University of
Nevada, Reno and pursued medical and dental careers. They are
strong supporters of Nevada athletics. Their Nevada roots run
deep as all of their 12 grandchildren have attended or graduated
from Nevada. The O’Gara family makes Reno their home.
Colleen ’81, ’96 M.D. and Brad Capurro ’80 at
Colleen’s medical school hooding in 1996.
class of 2017
John and Mary O’Gara
at their 50th wedding
anniversary in 2003.
The O’Gara family at their home in 1967.
Colleen (O’Gara) Capurro
’81 (nursing)
‘96 M.D.
’80 (accounting)
Rachel Capurro
’08 (psychology)
Brad Capurro
Brittany (Cappuro) Ghilieri
’11 (accounting)
Bill O’Gara
’82 (predental)
Shea O’Gara
class of 2016
Valerie (Stocker) O’Gara
attended 1984
Alyssa O’Gara
class of 2017
Kaylynn (O’Gara) Talbott
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Takes the Lead in Support of the Arts
Philanthropist Carol Franc Buck has
supported fine arts projects at Nevada
for more than three decades.
1 Jeff Ross
Boaz Vaadia’s Ginnetoy 2nd in the Carol Franc Buck Foundation Sculpture
Garden at the entrance to the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.
hilanthropist and University
Foundation Trustee Emerita
Carol Franc Buck has long
been an avid supporter of
visual and performing arts
in the American West. Her generosity has
already left a big impact on the University
of Nevada, Reno campus, and that impact
continues to grow as the University sharpens its focus on arts education.
Buck, who serves as president of the
Carol Franc Buck Foundation, recently
pledged $1 million to support the Act Two
project in the School of the Arts, which
will create a new fine arts building that
will connect to Church Fine Arts through
a sky-walk or bridge. The building will
include a new recital hall, an art museum,
an instrumental rehearsal room, digital
media space, practice rooms and offices. It
will also include a choral opera rehearsal
room named in Buck’s honor.
“This new space will give our students the chance to hone their skills in an
acoustically and visually superb environment, and will truly elevate the musical
and artistic standards of the University,”
said College of Liberal Arts Interim Dean
Larry Engstrom. “We are delighted that
community members like Ms. Buck value
the visual and performing arts so highly
and are making arts education a priority
in the Reno-Tahoe area.”
In addition to her support of Act Two,
Buck made a major gift to fund the creation of the Carol Franc Buck Foundation
Sculpture Garden, which serves as a transition between the campus green and the
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. The
popular garden is a calm, visually appealing space that was designed for both social
interaction and personal reflection in the
middle of a bustling campus.
“It is exciting and satisfying to be a
part of the beautiful transformations that
have been happening on campus over the
last decade,” said Buck.
Buck has been a dedicated supporter
of the University for more than thirty years.
Reflecting the broad range of her interest
in visual and performing art, she has lent
major support to the book arts projects of
Foundation Professor Peter Goin, who has
focused on the changing landscapes of the
Nevada desert and Lake Tahoe. Buck has
also given generously to the University’s
marching band and KUNR radio.
Outside of the University, Buck supports many of northern Nevada’s major
cultural institutions, including the Reno
Philharmonic, the Nevada Museum of Art,
Nevada Opera, Sierra Nevada Chorale
and the Nevada Ballet Theatre, among
In 2006, Buck received the Nevada
Governor’s Art Award in recognition of her
outstanding and enduring contributions to
Nevada through artistic achievement, commitment and service to the arts. In 2007,
she was named Philanthropist of the Year
by the Northern Nevada Chapter of the
Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“Individuals like Carol Franc Buck
are the reason that northern Nevada is
becoming known as a haven for artists
and performers,” says Vice President for
Development and Alumni Relations John
Carothers. “She has played a major role
in our focus on the arts at the University
for more than three decades, and we are
thankful for the tremendously positive
impact she has made.”
To learn more about supporting the programs of the University of Nevada, Reno, please contact John Carothers, Vice President
for Development and Alumni Relation, at [email protected] or (775) 784-1352.
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