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Campus experiences
transformational growth
From the President
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At certain points the
events of August 2010 felt
like both tailwind and
tempest, propelling our
campus to unexpected
heights, and compelling us
on more than one occasion
to take a step back to ask if
they were in the best interest
of our future.
They were events that
were undeniably positive.
Yet, against this backdrop,
we also need to remember
that we are losing good
President Milton Glick and Athletics Director Cary Groth address
colleagues and programs
guests at the President’s Tailgate, Sept. 2.
due to a difficult year of
budget cuts and curricular review. In the face of such challenge and change, the accomplishments
of our faculty, students and staff have truly been extraordinary.
The events of August help illustrate why this is so.
On Aug. 16, the University celebrated the grand opening for the Center for Molecular Medicine.
This $77 million facility will house research teams from across the School of Medicine, and will
also be home to the University’s Center for Healthy Aging and the Whittemore Peterson Institute.
The facility will help broaden our institution’s research portfolio for competitive grants and
promises to impact the health and lives of Nevadans.
On Aug. 17, U.S. News & World Report issued its annual “best colleges” rankings, and significant
changes in their presentation and methodology this year resulted in a strong ranking for the
University of Nevada, Reno. In the 2011 rankings of “best national universities,” the University
ranks as a first tier school. It is the first time in our history that we have been ranked in the first tier.
On the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 18, before a packed press conference in Legacy Hall, the
University accepted an invitation to become a member of the Mountain West Conference. The
Mountain West is a strong conference, and this will enhance our natural rivalry with UNLV and
continue our rivalry with Boise State. We believe joining this conference is in the best, long-term
interest of our fans and program and also view this invitation as acknowledgement of our work to
build a strong, competitive and nationally respected intercollegiate athletics program. I have been
heartened by the excitement many of you have shared with me regarding this move.
On Aug. 20, we welcomed our largest, most diverse and academically talented freshman
class ever to campus. In addition, our fall enrollment is poised to exceed 17,000 students—an
all-time record.
During our Mountain West press conference, I mentioned to the media that, “I think people
have been waiting a long time for this day, and I really think this is a game-changer for us.” On
several different fronts in August, the game indeed changed in remarkable and transformational
ways for our University.
Milton D. Glick • President
Marc Johnson • Provost
John K. Carothers • VP, Development and Alumni Relations
Bruce Mack • Assoc. VP, Development and Alumni Relations
Milton D. Glick
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas
‘Mountainous’ news on
more than one front
Table of Contents
Fall 2010. Vol. 27. No. 1
Campus experiences burst of rapid,
transformational growth
Nevada to Join
Mountain West Conference
What I’ve Learned – Fred Gibson Jr.,
2010 Alumnus of the Year
10Good Medicine – Center for Molecular Medicine concentrates
top biotech research in new, state-of-the-art facility
12Gatherings – Center for Molecular Medicine
Opening, 2010 Honor Court Celebration
14 University for You – Bootstraps program gives rural youth chance to succeed
16 University News – Engineering to build prototype of
transportable renewable power generating system
top graduates, including National Merit Scholars
26On Philanthropy – Legacy gift continues support of
Great Basin and tribal research in anthropology
28 Pack Tracks – Nevada to induct six standouts
into Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame
30Pack Tracks – Nevada to Join Mountain West Conference
33 Home Means Nevada
62What I’ve Done With My Life – Ron Zideck ’59
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34 – What I’ve Learned – Fred Gibson Jr.
36 – Alumni Award Winners
40 – Class Chat
44 – Kickin’ it with K-von | Packin’ Heat
45 – Alumni mentoring program finds a perfect match
49 – Campus Columns Quiz
50 – Chapter Updates
54 – Gatherings: Pack Picnics, Emeriti Faculty, Welcome Center Opening
56 – Gatherings: Reno Aces Night, Pre-game Party
58 – Family Tree Challenge
60 – Remembering Friends
Local artist and Renaissance man
Andrew Nixon worked with art
director Patrick McFarland ’97 to
create this painstakingly illustrated
map of the University of Nevada,
Reno campus. It encompasses
all of the recent campus building
boom including the Joe Crowley
Student Union, Mathewson-IGT
Knowledge Center, Marguerite
Wattis Petersen Foundation CAMPUS EXPERIENCES
Athletic Academic Center, Nevada
Agricultural Experiment Station Greenhouse Complex, Davidson Mathematics and
Science Center, Center for Molecular Medicine and even the addition of the William
N. Pennington Health Science Building to be completed in summer 2011. Upon
completion, the new facilities will have added more than 800,000 square feet of
teaching, learning and research space to the Reno campus.
19University News – University welcomes many of Nevada’s
About the cover
Campus experiences burst of rapid,
transformational growth
By Melanie Robbins ’06M.A.
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
n 1885, the University Preparatory School
moved from Elko to Reno, and one
stately building, Morrill Hall, a French
Second Empire edifice, was built on a bluff
overlooking downtown amid 10 acres of hay
fields purchased from the Evans Ranch. Since
then, the “Campus on the Hill” has stretched
to include 256 acres on the main campus, some
60 acres at the south Reno Redfield Campus
shared with Truckee Meadows Community
College, operations in Las Vegas, as well as
Cooperative Extension offices in every county.
A Brief
Timeline of the
University of
Nevada, Reno
An unprecedented building boom that
began with the opening of the Joe Crowley
Student Union in November 2007 continued
with the addition of the Mathewson-IGT
Knowledge Center, the Marguerite Wattis
Petersen Academic Center, the Nevada
Agricultural Experiment Station Greenhouse
Complex, the Davidson Mathematics
and Science Center, and the Center for
Molecular Medicine—will culminate with
the addition of the William N. Pennington
Health Sciences Building in summer 2011.
Nevada enters statehood
with a Constitution providing
for a state university.
Governor Jewett Adams
signs legislative bill moving
the University to Reno.
University Preparatory School
opens in Elko with seven students.
The University formally reopens as
a preparatory school in new Morrill
By the time the Pennington Health Sciences
Building is completed, the new facilities will
have added more than 800,000 square feet of
teaching, learning and research space to the
Reno campus.
President Milton Glick is grateful for
everyone who helped bring the building
projects to fruition and notes that the new
buildings don’t merely add space, but are
transformational to the campus culture:
“We have many people to thank for our new
buildings, from the Nevada State Legislature to
Hall on the Reno campus. Classes
begin with 75 students enrolled.
The administration of President
LeRoy D. Brown begins.
College-level instruction is offered
for first time and the student
enrollment in 1887-1888 reaches
50. The faculty consists of two
members, President Brown and
Professor Hannah K. Clapp.
First college degrees are conferred
on a graduating class of three men.
A building boom that began with the 2007 opening
of the Joe Crowley Student Union (far left) will
add more than 800,000 square feet of teaching,
learning and research space to the Reno campus
by the time the William N. Pennington Health
Sciences Building is completed in 2011.
Photo by Jeff Dow
to rewire, retrofit and remodel the 18-yearold structure so students can be trained in
every media platform: print, video, audio and
the Internet. Renovations are expected to be
completed by early spring 2012.
Besides the transformation coming to the
J-School, the Jot Travis Building received a
makeover to house The Davidson Academy of
Nevada—a free public school for profoundly
gifted middle and high school students—as
well as the University’s Honors Program, Black
Rock Press and an auditorium classroom. The
building originally opened on May 18, 1958
and housed the campus bookstore, student
leadership offices, food outlets and recreation
and meeting rooms. It closed as a student
union on Nov. 2, 2007, but continues to house
the Overlook restaurant. Today, some 120
Davidson Academy students study there.
Electric lights installed on campus
The Alumni Association of the
University of Nevada is organized.
that $70 million in private funding was
raised to support this building boom. “We
are extremely grateful to the donors who
helped meet state and University challenges
to provide our campus with the buildings and
improvements that will launch our students
and faculty into a new era of learning and
research,” he says.
In addition to the brand new construction,
the Reynolds School of Journalism Building
is undergoing a $7.96 renovation funded by a
gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Men’s dormitory, Lincoln
Hall, completed.
Women’s dormitory,
Manzanita Hall, completed.
Dedication of the University’s first
athletic facility, the gymnasium.
Washoe County presents
to the University a 60-acre
farm valued at $12,000 to be
used in connection with the
Agricultural Experiment Station.
Silver and blue are adopted
as the school colors.
Joe Crowley
167,000 square-feet
Opened Fall 2007
The first new structure to grace the north
end of campus and shift the center of gravity
away from the historical Quadrangle in
the south was “The Joe”—the Joe Crowley
Student Union, named in honor of President
The President’s House is completed
at a cost of more than $8,000.
The family of Comstock pioneer
John W. Mackay begins a donation
to the University that founds
the Mackay School of Mines,
the Mackay Athletic Field, and
the Mackay Training Quarters,
and contributes $25,000 toward
beautifying the campus. They
also present a statue in bronze by
Gutzon Borglum of John W. Mackay.
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our many friends and supporters to our own
faculty who have helped give us state-of-theart facilities so that our campus is truly a part
of the 21st century higher education landscape.
“They’ve not only given us new buildings,
they’ve helped change the very nature of what
we do. These new buildings have space where
students and faculty can join together in
meaningful ways that lead to new knowledge
and discovery.”
John Carothers, vice president for
development and alumni relations, notes
More than 19 Morrill Halls would fit inside the
spacious, 295,000-square-foot Mathewson-IGT
Knowledge Center, opened in spring 2008.
In spring 2008, the 8,100-square-foot
Marguerite Wattis Petersen Foundation
Athletic Academic Center opened to
complete the E.L. Cord Foundation Academic
and Athletics Performance Complex, a
46,000-square-foot facility designed to
provide Nevada’s student-atheletes academic
and counseling resources. The Petersen
Foundation Athletic Academic Center,
located just east of Legacy Hall, was built
strictly with private donations. In addition
to a lead gift from the Marguerite Wattis
Petersen Foundation, many other donors
made the $6.2 million academic center
possible, including the E.L. Cord Foundation,
the Wilbur D. May Foundation, the Thelma
B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation, the
Charles and Ruth Hopping Charitable
Foundation, the Dorothy Towne Foundation
and Drs. Rita and Harry Huneycutt, as well
as other supporters.
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Photo by Jason Jones
Emeritus Joe Crowley, who served from 1978
to 2000, and also returned for an eight-month
term as interim president in 2006. The Joe
is being funded entirely by student fees
and students were involved in every step of
development and design. The building has
been called the “hearthstone of campus,” since
it is the perfect place to study, socialize, or just
kick back and read a book. The $66 million,
167,000-square-foot building boasts four floors
that contain student government offices, the
Academic Center
8,100 square-feet
Opened Spring 2008
ASUN bookstore, spacious meeting rooms—
including a ballroom—a 220-seat theater and
numerous food establishments and other
Work begins on development
of the Quad.
The University Farm of
213 acres purchased.
University enrollment surpasses
500 for the first time.
Orr irrigation ditch dam
completed and Manzanita Lake
filled amidst much fanfare.
First Homecoming activities.
The Memorial Library, completely
furnished, is presented to the
University by William A. Clark Jr.
31,905 square-feet
Opened Spring 2008
After the original greenhouses were
torn down to make way for the Davidson
Mathematics and Science Center, new ones
were built on Valley Road using $3 million in
state funds and $3.2 million from the sale of
land at Mill Street and McCarran Blvd. The
Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station
Greenhouse Complex, opened in early 2008,
offers much more impressive accommodations
for students and researchers in the College
of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural
Resources than in the past. Each of the six
greenhouses is 96 feet long by 30 feet wide. The
on Oct. 21 in memory of his wife,
Alice McManus Clark, a native
of Virginia City. The building,
including the gift furnishings,
cost approximately $250,000.
Mackay Science Hall dedicated.
The $415,000 building, a gift
of Clarence H. Mackay, houses
the Departments of Chemistry,
Physics, and Mathematics.
University enrollment tops
1,000 for the first time.
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas
Lifelong Learning
Center soaks up the
sun, saves money
The Marguerite Wattis Petersen Foundation Athletic Academic Center, built strictly with private
donations, serves student-athletes within the E.L. Cord Foundation Academic and Athletics
Performance Complex, located just east of Legacy Hall.
buildings are anchored to a 12,000-square-foot
headhouse. Already, University researchers
have greenhouse projects that will benefit
the public. A biomass project focuses on
converting algae to biofuels and a collaborative
greenhouse project uses hydroponic methods
to grow vegetables.
295,000 square-feet
Opened Summer 2008
Clarence H. Mackay purchases from
the Evans Estate between 26 and 27
acres of land adjoining the campus
on the north, increasing the campus
acreage by nearly 50 percent.
Construction of a new gymnasium is
authorized by the Nevada Legislature
at a cost not to exceed $300,000,
to be paid by a state bond issue.
The Palmer Engineering Building
completed. Construction was authorized
by the Nevada Legislature in 1939
at a cost not to exceed $175,000,
to be paid by a state bond issue.
Max C. Fleischmann gives the University
his 258 acre farm, formerly the Ladino
Dairy. The property contains buildings,
farm equipment and machinery, and a
—Marilyn Ming
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The 295,000-square-foot MathewsonIGT Knowledge Center opened its doors
Aug. 11, 2008 and ushered in a new era.
Built to replace the Getchell Library,
constructed in 1962, the new building wasn’t
exactly a library anymore. Designed not by
library consultants, but by the University’s
information technology and library staff, the
Knowledge Center is unprecedented. Fully
wired and digitized, the Knowledge Center
combines the best of traditional library
resources with new digital and multimedia
technologies. Not just a place to find stacks
of books or even information databases,
it’s a place to create, share and collaborate.
The building, located just south of the Joe
Crowley Student Union and designed for
pedestrian traffic to flow seamlessly from one
building to the other, is named in recognition
of a combined $10 million gift from Chuck
Mathewson and International Game
Technology (IGT). Private donations account
for more than $22 million of the $106 million
facility. Remaining funding came from
student fees and the state of Nevada.
Las Vegas certainly has its share of sunlight, so
when University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
built its Lifelong Learning Center in 2006,
designers took full advantage of that abundant
natural resource.
Dual purpose structures were constructed on
the north side of the facility to provide shade
for parked cars and to capture solar energy.
Photovoltaic modules were installed on the top of
the parking shade structures. NVEnergy provided
a grant to install solar panels through their Solar
Generations Project and Net Metering Program.
The grants were for installation of demonstration
projects for solar energy use. The energy that is
continually generated by Cooperative Extension’s
PV modules is used by the facility and decreases
the facility’s conventional energy use.
A review of NVEnergy electric bills revealed that
annual savings have been approximately $5,000.
As conventional energy costs rise, savings also rise.
And when the solar energy isn’t being used—say
on weekends—the surplus is sent into the power
grid and nearby homes and businesses use this
extra power.
Additional renewable energy, such as solar
or wind power, could be added to the facility
at a later date to decrease the facility’s use of
conventional energy sources, which are expensive
and sometimes problematic in delivery.
“The new Lifelong Learning Center has
helped make Cooperative Extension a leader
in conservation in the Las Vegas area,” said
Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Karen
Hinton. “But it’s also helped us save money.”
Morrill Hall
Morrill Hall, the first building erected on
the Reno campus, has 15,384 square feet
of space. Here’s how many Morrill Halls fit
into our newest buildings:
Petersen Athletic Academic Center
8,100 = .53
Nevada Greenhouse Complex
Photo by Jean Dixon
31,905 = 2.07
Pennington Health Sciences Building
59,000 = 3.84
Davidson Mathematics
and Science Center
105,000 = 6.83
Center for Molecular Medicine
140,000 = 9.1
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Joe Crowley Student Union
167,000 = 10.86
Some 70 percent of students will have classes in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center,
which opened June 3. The 105,000-square-foot building is the first new capital project for the natural
sciences on campus in nearly 40 years.
Mathematics &
Science Center
105,000 square-feet
Opened Summer 2010
The Davidson Mathematics and Science
Center, located north of Fleischmann
Agriculture Building on the southeast side
of campus, is fast becoming the central hub
for the sciences on campus. Opened June
3, the building is home to the College of
Science Dean’s Office and the Department of
Mathematics and Statistics. The $67.3 million
building is the first, new capital project for
the natural sciences on campus in nearly 40
years. The 105,000-square-foot, four-story
building features the 464-seat Nell J. Redfield
Foundation Auditorium, the largest teachingcentered auditorium on campus, as well as
Jot Travis Student Union completed.
Fleischmann Planetarium is
completed. Scrugham Engineering
and Mines Building opens.
Getchell Library, named after Nevada mining
tycoon Noble H. Getchell, is completed.
Effie Mona Mack Social Science
Building dedicated.
herd of dairy cattle and other livestock.
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
295,000 = 19.18
high-tech classrooms and laboratories. Some
70 percent of the student body will attend
classes in the facility. The generosity of private
foundations, which provided $21.6 million in
funding, helped make the building possible.
Major donors included foundations such as
the Davidson Foundation, Nell J. Redfield
Foundation, University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation, E. L. Cord Foundation, Thelma
B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation, Mallory
Foundation, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation,
Charles N. Mathewson Foundation, Bretzlaff
Foundation and others.
The Center for Molecular Medicine,
opened Aug. 21, is the first new research
building constructed at the University of
Nevada School of Medicine in nearly 30 years
and will house medical research programs
in pre-term birth, muscular dystrophy,
breast cancer, male infertility, asthma, stroke
and neurodegenerative diseases, tumors,
Reno campus enrollment passes
7,000 and Las Vegas passes 5,000.
The University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation established to generate
private support for the University.
The William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building, slated to open in 2011, creates the space for the Division of Health Sciences to lead the nation in a
new pedagogy that combines medical, nursing and health sciences education, allowing future doctors, nurses and health care workers to train together to
provide team-based health care.
the Nevada State Legislature and $5 million
from the Whittemore Family Foundation
account for the balance of the funds.
Center for
140,000 square-feet
Opened Summer 2010
Ansari Business Building completed.
Lawlor Events Center completed.
Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering
Center completed.
59,000 square-feet
Opening Summer 2011
The William N. Pennington Health
Sciences Building, under construction
currently, will combine medical, nursing and
health sciences education under one roof,
representing a paradigm shift in pedagogy
to support the demand for health care
practitioners who work as an integrated team.
The building, projected to cost close to $49
million, will give the School of Medicine the
physical capacity to increase its class size from
The campus grounds named
a state arboretum by the
Nevada Legislature.
Paul Laxalt Mineral Research
Center completed.
Donald W. Reynolds School of
Journalism Building completed.
College of Education building opens.
In 2003, it is renamed to honor
state senator William N. Raggio.
Legacy Hall opens, housing the
athletic department under one
roof and capping $20 million in
athletic facility improvements
during the decade.
Lincoln and Meta Fitzgerald Student
Services Building completed.
Milton D. Glick named
president of the University.
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herpes viruses and infectious disease. The
$77 million, 140,000-square-foot center is
also the headquarters for the Whittemore
Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease,
specializing in the treatment and research
of crippling and baffling ailments such as
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The building will
also house a new geriatrics clinical educational
suite, operated under the auspices of the
Sanford Center for Aging. The majority of
the funding—$60 million—was generated
through the efforts of researchers from
across the University, including the School of
Medicine. A $12 million appropriation from
Health Sciences
62 to 100, for a total eventual enrollment of 400.
The building will also house the Orvis School of
Nursing and will allow nursing enrollment to
double to 300. Study after study has shown that
team-based health care is not only cost-effective,
but delivers optimal care. The 59,000-squarefoot building will be adjacent to the existing
Pennington Medical Education Building on
the north end of campus. The William N.
Pennington Foundation gave $10 million,
bringing total private gifts toward construction
and debt service to $14.4 million, including
major gifts such as $2.5 million from the Nell
J. Redfield Foundation and $1 million from the
Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation. The
Nevada State Legislature allocated $3 million
for planning and $31 million in construction
bonding was approved as part of the
Legislature’s 2009 Capital Improvement Project
budget. The building is slated for completion by
the summer of 2011.
Photo by Jeff Dow
Since the Reno campus opened in 1885 and Morrill Hall was built on a bluff overlooking downtown, the University of Nevada campus has grown from 10
acres to 256 on the main campus and some 60 acres at the south Reno Redfield Campus shared with Truckee Meadows Community College. In addition,
University operations exist in every county in the state.
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President Glick notes that the importance of
surroundings—both inside buildings and the
landscaping outside them—matters. Wellexecuted design of campus spaces produces
environments that lead to better teaching,
better research and better learning: “Place
still matters on our campus, and nowhere
The Joe Crowley Student
Union completed.
One of the most technologically
advanced libraries in the
country, the Mathewson-IGT
is this more apparent in the wonderful new
buildings we’ve added to our campus over the
past several years. The new buildings have
fundamentally changed how we teach and
reach our students.”
The University of Nevada, Reno campus
has evolved in a student-oriented manner, he
notes, that continues even more so with these
new “high-tech, high-touch” buildings that
Knowledge Center completed.
Marguerite Wattis Petersen
Foundation Athletics
Academic Center opens.
The Jot Travis Building is
renovated to house The Davidson
Academy, a free, public school for
profoundly gifted young people.
Nevada Agricultural Experiment
Station Greenhouse Complex
opens on Valley Road.
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
awards almost $8 million
to the Reynolds School of
encourage student-to-student and studentto-faculty interaction.
“There is no higher
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Journalism to rewire and
retrofit the school’s building.
Davidson Mathematics and
Science Center opens.
The Center for Molecular Medicine,
housing the Whittemore
Peterson Institute, opens.
Construction on the William N.
Pennington Health Sciences Building,
slated to open in 2011, begins.
Source: University Archives,
Photos courtesy Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.
Morrill Hall, the first building erected on campus,
opened for classes as a preparatory school in 1886.
This photograph was taken in 1895.
building, the Quadrangle, an athletic field,
land acquisitions and the Mackay Science
Hall. The elm-lined Quad and the University’s
original core campus, with a listing on the
National Register of Historic Places since 1987,
is considered a United States’ cultural resource.
By the 1940s, Hollywood movie producers,
attracted by the University’s vine-covered,
Ivy-League-like brick buildings and idyllic
Manzanita Lake, were using the campus as
a setting for popular films, including “Mr.
Belvedere Goes to College,” with Shirley
Temple. By 1958, with 2,000 students
attending classes, the institution’s colleges of
education and business were in their first years
and the Jot Travis Student Union was built.
By 1969, the campus had doctoral programs
in more than a dozen specialties, and had
created a School of Medical Sciences.
Since then, the University has met the
challenges of leadership in one of the fastestgrowing states in the country, with its enrollment
rising to more than 17,000 students in fall 2010.
—Melanie Robbins ’06M.A. and staff reports
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While growth at the University has boomed
in recent years, it began slowly. With just
75 students in the 1886-87 school year and
facilities that consisted of “a woodshed and
stable behind Morrill Hall, and an abandoned
alfalfa field where the military cadets practiced
marching and using firearms,” only four more
buildings were constructed—all now gone—
over the next few years, according to Holly
Walton-Buchanan, from her book, Historic
Houses and Buildings of Reno: An Architectural
and Historical Guide. Fifteen additional acres
were purchased from the Evans family in 1894
and two dormitories, Lincoln and Manzanita,
were constructed on the new parcel.
New Yorker Clarence Mackay, president
of the Mackay Company, the predecessor of
International Telephone and Telegraph (now
AT&T) and son of the wealthy Irish miner,
John W. Mackay, who had made a fortune
extracting ore from the Comstock Lode,
became a major donor to the University,
changing the course of its history forever. On
June 10, 1908 a statue of the elder Mackay was
placed at the head of the Quadrangle, where
it stands today, and the new Mackay School
of Mines Building, a two-story, Georgian
Colonial structure, was dedicated before a
throng of several thousand.
The Nevada Legislature had rejected the
Mackay family’s bid to have the statue, created
by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, placed on the
Capitol grounds in Carson City. President
Joseph Stubbs offered the University site,
which led to a long and beneficial relationship
between Clarence Mackay and the University.
Clarence Mackay brought his personal
architect, Stanford White, to the fledgling
campus. White designed at least eight of the
original buildings, as well as the landscaping
and placement of buildings around the
Quadrangle. Following the trend in academic
architecture of the time, they modeled the
Nevada Quad after Thomas Jefferson’s design
for the University of Virginia Lawn, which
has buildings facing inward toward each
other. Mackay was so influential, according
to Walton-Buchanan, that he, not President
Stubbs, “had the final say” in the design and
cost of the buildings and landscaping.
From 1907 to 1936, John Mackay’s heirs
bequeathed the University more than $1.5
million for the Mackay School of Mines
Good Medicine
By Anne McMillin, APR
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Center for Molecular Medicine concentrates top
biotech research in new, state-of-the-art facility
The University of Nevada, Reno and the
University of Nevada School of Medicine ushered in a new era for research with the grand
opening of the Center for Molecular Medicine
on Aug. 16.
The 140,000 square-foot center, the first new
basic science research facility to be built at the
School of Medicine in nearly 30 years, houses
research teams from across the medical school
and serves as headquarters for the Whittemore
Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Diseases
and the University of Nevada, Reno Division
of Health Sciences Center for Healthy Aging. It
represents the next tangible step in solidifying
the health sciences facilities on the north end
of the Reno campus.
The Center for Molecular Medicine cost
approximately $77 million and the majority
of the funding—$60 million—was generated
through the efforts of researchers from across
the University of Nevada, Reno, including the
School of Medicine. A $12 million appropriation from the Nevada State Legislature and
funding from the Whittemore Family Foundation account for the
balance of the funds.
Anne McMillin,
APR, is the
are the most
public relations
manager for
significant source of
the School of
support for this project
and represent federal
and state funds earned
through the University’s research program
in support of its infrastructure. This funding
reflects the growing significance of the University’s overall research portfolio.
The entire facility is a center for workforce
training in the life sciences and a resource to
attract biotech industries while expanding the
state’s ability to pull in private sector investments. The focus of the Center for Molecular
Medicine will be biomedical and translational
research providing new insights into the fun-
damental questions of health and disease.
Fourteen School of Medicine basic scientists
are moving their research laboratories into
the facility this fall to ultimately occupy
70,000-square-feet of the building, or the entire west wing, which will include a state-of-the
art vivarium on the first floor. The Whittemore
Peterson Institute will have 21,000 square feet
on the second and third floors of the east wing
and the Center for Healthy Aging will occupy
about 6,650 square feet on the east wing’s first
floor. The east wing will also house a 96-person capacity auditorium, two large meeting
rooms and shared food service area.
Dr. Sanford Barsky, representing the pathology department in the Center for Molecular
Medicine, sees the facility as giving the School
of Medicine a greater ability to compete at the
national level for very limited resources.
“We need a level playing field with state-ofthe-art facilities and the Center for Molecular
Medicine gives us that,” said Barsky, department chair, whose research interests focus on
the molecular mechanisms of inflammatory
breast cancer and lung carcinoma metastasis.
He said the center provides the medical
school a more robust research presence and
will help integrate that research component
into its teaching and patient care missions.
Barsky also sees an economic boost resulting from this building. He will double the size
of his lab and have a post doctorate researcher,
resident scientists, medical students and residents and undergraduates working with him.
“It is amazing with high unemployment and
an economy in the doldrums, to muster the
support needed for this building,” he said.
Greg Pari, the new chair of microbiology
and immunology, said the new building will
help attract the best graduate students to the
medical school’s research departments.
“Grad students do the bulk of the work
and are our most valuable resource. This
building will allow more interaction between
grad students, who are the engine that drive
the research machine,” he said. The larger
facility provides more space and will allow
more grad students to be hired as funding
becomes available.
Pari shares lab space with Subhash Verma,
of his department, and Barsky, because all
three research various aspects of cancer. Pari
said he is also looking forward to closer collaboration with Dr. Wei Yan, of physiology and
cell biology, because they share many of the
same procedures in their respective research.
The pharmacology department moved
five scientists into the Center for Molecular
Medicine, including Cherie Singer ’93, whose
research looks at the causes of asthma. Her lab
was one of the first to determine that microRNA
could turn off genes during inflammation in
airway muscle.
Singer is excited to be one of the junior
investigators in the new facility because new
equipment will help take her research to the
next level.
“I will be able to significantly advance my
research with access to this new equipment
and technology,” she said. The gene expression capabilities, additional flow cytometry
equipment and an expanded vivarium will
help her measure the pulmonary function in
mouse models.
“This building represents a different
mindset for scientists here,” Singer said. “We
are hoping people will come, visit and learn
what we do.” The facility’s auditorium and
meeting spaces will be able to host conferences and seminars.
After 15 years in the same office and lab,
Brian Perrino, of physiology and cell biology,
thinks the separation of hot, loud equipment
from lab and office spaces will create a more
friendly and comfortable work space for his
research on the molecular mechanisms that
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas
The Center for Molecular Medicine will create new horizons for biotechnical research collaboration and expand the breadth of science in Nevada.
Technology in the building may become available for collaboration with private industry, which does not currently exist.
being conducted by the Whittemore Peterson
Institute, which will also provide clinical care
to patients with those conditions.
The Whittemore Peterson Institute’s comprehensive research program is focusing on
neuroimmune diseases and the biology of the
new human retrovirus, XMRV. By bringing
talented researchers and clinicians together to
solve critical questions about complex diseases,
the institute will not only bring answers to patients, but will also help to create new biomedical industries within the state of Nevada.
“This new building will place scientists and
physicians in a uniquely collaborative environment encouraging the rapid translation of
basic and clinical research into vital patient
treatments,” said Annette Whittemore, the
institute’s president and founder.
The Center for Healthy Aging within the
Center for Molecular Medicine will provide a
unique resource for aging adults, their caregivers and families to understand how best to
adapt to the aging process.
The center will be staffed by a team of
University professionals representing diverse
disciplines including physicians, nurses,
social workers, psychologists, audiologists,
speech therapists and others who will assess
client needs and recommend strategies for
optimal aging.
The Center for Healthy Aging will provide
interdisciplinary clinical assessments, teaching and outreach opportunities to meet a
variety of health care and wellness needs
of aging adults and their families and will
promote the study and research of geriatric
medicine and gerontology.
The Center for Molecular Medicine will create new horizons for biotechnical research collaboration and expand the breadth of science
in Nevada. Technology in the building may
become available for collaboration with private
industry, which does not currently exist. The
center aims to become a resource for Nevada
to attract biotech industries, which will diverN
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maintain smooth muscle contractile responses
in the digestive tract.
“We have dedicated work areas for experimentation and procedures and separate, quiet
office spaces for data analysis and grant writing,” he said.
He said the break-out rooms and common
areas will promote synergy and communication between lab personnel. “You’ll be able to
get a different approach and perspective to
your research problems from someone else.”
The building’s design will allow researchers the capability to adapt to the direction of
research and be more flexible, according to
In all, School of Medicine basic scientists
will use the center and its facilities to research
emerging infectious diseases, herpes viruses,
breast cancer, muscular dystrophy, preterm
birth, cardiac electrophysiology, the role of ion
channels in the regulation of smooth muscle
cells, asthma, neural control, male infertility, stroke and neurodegenerative diseases, as
well as gastroparesis. Additional research in
chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia is
Center for Molecular Medicine Opening
Friends of the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of
Nevada School of Medicine and the Whittemore Peterson
Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease celebrated the opening
of the Center for Molecular Medicine on Monday, Aug. 16. The
140,000-square-foot building is the first new medical
research facility built at the School of Medicine in nearly 30
years and will advance biomedical and translational research.
The Center for Molecular Medicine houses portions of the
microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and the physiology
and cell biology departments, along with serving as the
headquarters for the Whittemore Peterson Institute and the
University’s Center for Healthy Aging.
(1) Annette Whittemore ‘74 founder and president,
Whittemore Peterson Institute, and Andrea Whittemore Goad.
(2) Justin Ramos, Kathleen Cornfield ‘09, Dustin Holland,
Benjamin Stump ’01, ’06MPH and Spenser Cassinelli ‘09.
(3) University President Milton Glick, U.S. Senator John Ensign,
WPI Founder and President Annette Whittemore ‘74,
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and U.S. Senator Harry Reid.
(4) Bob Fredericks, medical director, Endocrine Associates; Judy
Mikovitz, research director, WPI; Frank Ruscetti, National Cancer
Institute senior investigator, and James Hildreth, director, Center
for AIDS Health Disparities Research.
(5) Dean Burkin, associate professor, Department of
Pharmacology, and Leah Eikelberger ‘02, staff research
associate, present to a group of tour guests.
(6) Graduate research assistant Maria Marshall with state
Senator William Raggio ’48 and wife, Dale.
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2010 Honor Court Celebration
The annual Honor Court Celebration, held June 24, acknowledges “those who
have left or will leave legacies at the University for our state, nation and
civilization—students and staff, faculty and philanthropists.”
(1) Jennifer Satre ’80M.A. (education), Phil Satre and Dyanne Hayes ’61.
(2) Tom Hall ’65 (finance), Roland Westergard ’56 (civil engineering) and Laurie
Gray ’80 (physical education).
(3) Joe ’69 (history) and Cathy Guild ’00 (journalism);
Courtney ’99 (elementary education) and Jeff Hurlbert.
(4) Suellen ’65 (medical technology) and Ty Cobb ’62
(political science), Paul Bible ’62 (economics) and John
Carothers, vice president for Development and Alumni
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By Jim Sloan
Photos courtesy of Cooperative Extension
University for You
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Bootstraps program gives rural youth the
chance to succeed
You can forgive Rod Davis if he gets a little
excited about the Bootstraps program he and
colleague Marilyn Smith have developed in
recent years.
Bootstraps gives unemployed young adults
in rural northern Nevada jobs and job training
while they work on vital natural resource
projects on public land. The program that
is located in Battle Mountain, Tonopah and
Hawthorne helps solve two big problems at
once by teaching lasting life skills to idle youth
while protecting Nevada’s rangelands from
invasive vegetation.
“It’s not often that you get a two-for-one deal
in our business,” Davis, an extension educator
in Battle Mountain, says chuckling. “But I’ll
take it any time I can get it.”
Problem No. 1
Rural Nevada counties have some of the
highest rates in the nation of young adults from
18 to 25 years old who are not working and
not in school. Approximately 30 percent of the
families headed up by single mothers live below
the poverty level in rural northern Nevada.
“The isolation of these communities
contributes to the lack of resources available
to the young people,” Davis says. “What you
wind up with is a large number of idle youth
‘hanging on the street corners,’ which makes
them very visible to community adults.”
Smith, an area specialist in youth
development in Elko, says Nevada has one
of the worst records in the nation for teens
successfully transitioning from adolescence to
adulthood. These young people who drop out
of school and then find themselves unemployed
often wind up in jail or abusing drugs or
alcohol, costing the state money.
“The economic impacts on the family
and community of idle youth not capable of
supporting themselves are obvious,” Smith
says. “But if you want to reverse the problem
and get these young people back in school
or in a job, programming has to be intensive
and provide long-term support. That’s what
Bootstraps does.”
Problem No. 2
Besides the obvious need for a job program
for rural Nevada young adults who are not
successfully transitioning into adulthood,
the involvement of Cooperative Extension
in creating a plan for sage grouse habitat
Cooperative Extension Educator Rod Davis,
center, works with Bootstraps participants at
their campsite.
restoration provided the synergy for the
environmental focus of the work program. The
idea for Bootstraps came along about the time
that Davis was working with state and federal
land managers to figure out how to control the
pinyon-juniper forests spreading out across the
central Nevada range.
Pinyon-juniper forests have increased
10-fold in Nevada and the Intermountain
West since the late 1800s, squeezing out other
vegetation and the wildlife that need mountain
brush. Once the trees move in, sterilizing the
ground beneath them and causing critical
topsoil to erode, it’s difficult to get the lost
shrubs, grasses and forbs to come back.
The biggest victim is the Nevada sage
grouse, which is a candidate for the endangered
species list. The sage grouse needs the diverse
vegetation, bugs and perennial streams that are
swallowed up by pinyon-juniper forests.
“When the heavens didn’t open up and
rain down money to fight the pinyon-juniper,
we started looking at the old model of the
California Conservation Corps and the idea
of a program that would train people and put
them to work,” Davis recalls. “It turned out
there was a pretty big target audience for that
kind of program.”
Bootstraps is born
The work pays off
So far, the Bootstraps crews have restored
about 2,000 acres of sagebrush habitat by
cutting down invasive trees. Outside Tonopah,
Meier says crews have sprayed pesticides or
otherwise removed weeds from nearly 550
acres of public land in Esmeralda, Nye, Lander
and Eureka counties, protecting valuable
rangeland from an infestation of plants that
compromises wildlife habitat and rangeland
The groups’ work has been noticed. A few
years ago, a representative of Nevada Bighorns
Unlimited, an organization that works to
increase populations of wildlife in Nevada,
improve wildlife habitat, and promote hunting
and outdoor sports, came across a Bootstraps
crew installing a wildlife watering device in the
mountains outside Battle Mountain. On the
spot he offered to make a donation, and since
then Bighorns Unlimited has pledged $10,000
a year to the program. Other funds have come
from BLM, the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation, the Nevada Division of Wildlife
and the Mule Deer Foundation.
Smith and the team of Cooperative
Extension faculty, meanwhile, are working on
a teaching guide, a safety training curriculum
and a job coach handbook, and expect them to
be published in 2011. These resources will allow
other areas and states to replicate and expand
the Bootstraps program. The Bootstraps
student workbook is in its second printing.
The impact evaluation plan implemented
by Cooperative Extension faculty at each site
includes short-, intermediate and long-term
results of the program. One of those measures
involves tracking each program’s graduates.
Interviews with participants are conducted
for five years after they graduate, and those
transcripts, as well as observations from the
job coaches who work with participants in the
field, show “significant improvements” in work
habits and skills. Worksheets completed during
their weekly classroom sessions also show
improvements in participants’ responsibility,
goal-setting and decision-making, Smith says.
Most Bootstraps graduates either go on to
finish school or move into other jobs.
“And they aren’t just flipping burgers,” Davis
says. “Seventy percent of these participants
either wind up back in school or getting
meaningful work. That’s probably the greatest
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Davis and Smith, working with the Bureau
of Land Management, were able to launch
Bootstraps on a small scale in 2005. A similar
program was launched in Tonopah under the
direction of Extension Educator Amy Meier,
and recently a program was started in Mineral
County under the direction of Extension
Educator Staci Emm ’96 (journalism). Each of
the program sites target specific needs in their
community. In Tonopah, that issue is weed
control on public lands. In Mineral County, the
youth work with local agencies to gain job skills
and provide additional support for community
Bootstraps got a big boost this year with a
$492,000 American Recovery and Restoration
Act grant, which will ensure the program
continues for another three years. It also
was named a Program of Distinction by the
National 4-H Headquarters (www.nifa.usda.
gov) last year.
The Bootstraps program trains up to 15
participants each year in two three-month
sessions at each of the three sites. The jobs
are advertised in regional newspapers and
participants apply for the jobs, are interviewed
and selected to be a part of a local work team.
The teams start out with a two-week session
in the classroom, where they learn about
job safety. The safety training is adapted to
local needs. In Battle Mountain the safety
training is focused on chainsaw safety, repair
and maintenance; emergency first aid; and
emergency dispatch procedures. Participants
work on their resumes, meet job recruiters and
work on interview skills. They study health,
conflict resolution and teamwork.
For the rest of the session, they spend each
Monday morning in the classroom and then
the remainder of the week in the field working.
The Battle Mountain crew members set up
camp near their worksite; cook and clean up for
themselves; and study during breaks in an airconditioned camper donated by Barrick Gold
Corporation, a mining company. They study to
get a high school GED diploma, but also come
to understand the importance of the work they
are doing.
“They find out they can succeed,” says Davis,
who often visits the camps and teaches classes.
“The work connects them to the community.
All of a sudden they are being treated with
respect in the world of work.”
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas
University News
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Engineering to build prototype of transportable
renewable power generating system
Sierra Nevada Corporation has provided a
$1 million research project to the University
to develop a transportable, renewable-energy,
power-generating system that could produce
enough power to supply a small village.
The College of Engineering is bringing
together experts from multiple disciplines
and integrating a number of technologies to
develop a solar-thermal, power-generating
system. The Desert Research Institute will
assist with the project.
“We’re combining mechanical, thermal,
electrical, advanced composites and materials and chemical engineering with renewable
energy principles into the design and testing of
a lab-scale system,” said Mano Misra, primary
researcher on the project. Misra is also the
University’s Renewable Energy Center director
and a materials engineering professor.
“The test system will initially focus on storage to generate about 40 to 60 kilowatts,” he
said. “The transportable system has a number
of important applications since it produces
both thermal and electric energy. Electricity
and water production are crucial needs in
remote and disaster locations.”
“Today, these needs are usually met with
diesel generators. The transportation of diesel
fuel is difficult and very expensive. This system
will be inexpensive, efficient and renewable,”
Misra said.
In disaster situations, such as that experienced in Haiti following a major earthquake,
the system could be quickly transported to
the area to provide life-saving power and
water. Since the system operates on clean solar
energy, relief efforts could dramatically reduce
the fuel they transport and instead focus on
more important food and medicine.
Sierra Nevada Corporation is a diversified
high-tech electronics, engineering, and
manufacturing corporation based in
Sparks, Nev. SNC has grown into one of
the top federal contractors, employing
Mano Misra, University materials engineering
professor and primary researcher on the
renewable-power generator project, meets with
Scott Hansen, Sierra Nevada Corporation project
leader, and Roger Jacobsen, research professor
with the Desert Research Institute.
“Projects such as these exemplify our
mission of working with industry to advance
engineering, address important challenges,
and provide economic benefits to Nevada,”
Manos Maragakis, dean of the College of
Engineering, said. “This is a model of how the
College of Engineering can play a major role
in the diversification of our economy, working
collaboratively and alongside industry to integrate advanced materials and systems.”
—Mike Wolterbeek ’02
approximately 2,000 people in 35 U.S.
locations across 20 states. After joining
SNC in 1988, Eren Ozmen ’85MBA and her
husband, Fatih Ozmen ’81MS (electrical
engineering), who joined SNC in 1981,
acquired the corporation in 1994. Eren is
president and chairwoman of the board and
Fatih is the company’s CEO.
—Keiko Weil ’87
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University News
Results of 20-year ‘books in the home’ study
garner international attention
library or having university-educated parents,
propel a child 3.2 years further in education.
The study also showed that having books
in the home is twice as important as the
father’s education level, and more important
than whether a child is reared in China or the
United States.
Evans was particularly interested to find
that children of lesser-educated parents benefit
the most from having books in the home. She
has been looking for ways to help Nevada’s
rural communities, in terms of economic
development and education.
“The results of this study indicate that
getting some books into their homes is an inexpensive way that we can help these children
succeed,” she said. “You get a lot of ‘bang for
your book.’ It’s quite a good return-on-investment in a time of scarce resources.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau,
Americans who have some college or an as-
sociate’s degree earn an average of $7,213 more
annually than those with just a high school
education, and those with a bachelor’s degree
earn $21,185 more annually than those with
just high school diplomas.
The study by Evans and
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her colleagues at Nevada,
Find the complete
study at www.
UCLA and Australian
National University is
one of the largest and
most comprehensive studies ever conducted
on what influences the level of education a
child will attain. It was partially funded by the
Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station.
The study, “Family scholarly culture and
educational success: Books and schooling
in 27 nations,” was published in the journal,
Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.
—Claudene Wharton ’86, ’99M.A.
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Whether rich or poor, from the United
States or China, illiterate or college graduates,
parents who have books in the home increase
the level of education their children will attain,
according to a 20-year study led by Mariah
Evans, associate professor of sociology and
resource economics. The study has garnered
international attention, being featured in
hundreds of media outlets, including USA
Today, The Washington Post and The Chronicle
of Higher Education.
The massive study of more than 70,000
cases in 27 countries showed the difference
between being raised in a bookless home
compared to being raised in a home with a
500-book library has as great an effect on the
level of education a child will attain as having
parents who are barely literate (three years of
education) compared to having parents who
have a university education (15 or 16 years of
education). Both factors, having a 500-book
Associate Professor Mariah Evans relaxes in
her own home library.
Melinda Cowan
Nevada native
Melinda Cowan
has been involved
in the Reno Rodeo
since she was a
child. During the
most recent rodeo,
she was crowned
Miss Reno Rodeo 2011. Cowan won several
pageant categories, including written exam,
speech, appearance and horsemanship.
While volunteering for the Reno Rodeo
organization, she continues her studies at
Nevada, majoring in biology. Cowan plans
to graduate in 2012 and hopes to pursue a
career in veterinary medicine and open her
own surgical clinic.
Kathie Taylor
Kathie Taylor
was 42 when she
decided to return
to school and earn
her college degree.
This nontraditional
student is studying
public relations and
communications, and recently landed
an impressive internship with Microsoft
Licensing, GP, allowing Taylor to gain
experience in marketing and branding.
Taylor has been a volunteer firefighter,
EMT and associate editor for a magazine.
She designs jewelry, teaches yoga and
has raised two children, son, Sam, 15, and
daughter, Renee, 28. Taylor is now a proud
grandmother to grandson, Darren. She
plans to graduate in May 2011. (See Kathie’s
excellent work in Nevada Silver & Blue. She
wrote the Donato Cabrera feature story in the
summer 2010 issue, as well as other pieces in
previous issues.)
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Sean Tory
Psychology major
Sean Tory wants to
become a marriage
and family counselor.
He is the president
of M.E.N. (Motivated,
Extraordinary, Noble)
of Distinction, a
University group focusing on community
service and promoting academic growth.
Tory is proud to lead a group that teaches
young men how to be gentlemen in
society and shows students the importance
of giving back to the community. He
and fellow members of M.E.N. help with
numerous campus and community events,
such as the Black History Month Luncheon,
Men Can Stop Rape training, Lambda Phi Xi
Clothes Drive and more.
—Krystal Pyatt, Class of 2010
Photo by Donald Bear
University News
Faces on the Quad
Nevada professors
providing literacy
tools for U.S. teachers
College of Education’s Literacy
Center also gives first-hand help
to local teachers and children
As schools across the country look for ways
to help teachers bolster students’ literacy skills,
school districts in every state are turning to
the work of two Nevada professors for help.
“They won’t tell you this, but Dr. Bear and
Dr. Templeton are world-renowned; they are
considered the gurus in the literacy field,” said
Nevada doctoral student J-Lynn Van Pelt,
who was a struggling eighth-grade literacy
teacher in the metropolitan Washington D.C.
area when she found the work of Donald Bear
and Shane Templeton, Words Their Way, a
textbook and materials on teaching phonics,
vocabulary and spelling.
“Many of my eighth-graders were at a
second- or third-grade reading level,” Van Pelt
said. “I was not prepared for teaching literacy
in a diverse, urban environment, so I started
looking for ways I could help these students. I
found Words Their Way and started implementing it in the classroom, and started seeing
huge gains.”
Bear, professor of educational specialties and director of the University’s E.L.
Cord Foundation Center for Learning and
Literacy, is lead author of the Words Their
Way textbook, which is used by most colleges
to teach future teachers. Nevada colleague
Professor Shane Templeton, University of
Virginia Professor Marcia Invernizzi and
Nine-year-old Collin Ackerman receives
tutoring from Nevada student Kayli Vallely
at the Learning and Literacy Center. Collin’s
mother, Janice, says, “He’s almost caught up.
And, he’s doing well in spelling now. One
thing I really like about the center is that it’s
not just reading, it’s the writing they do also.”
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Professor Francine Johnston are co-authors
of the popular series.
The Literacy Center also provides an oncampus tutoring program based on Words
Their Way that serves local schoolchildren.
Graduate and doctoral students, such as Van
Pelt, work with upper-division, undergraduate
students in the College of Education to tutor
the children.
“The growth that we see each semester by
both the K-8 students who are taught at the
clinic and by the pre-service teachers (undergraduate students) is incredible,” Van Pelt said.
“This is one of the harder jobs I have ever had,
but it is one of the most rewarding because of
the visible growth that we see each and every
The Words Their Way program is “an active
way of learning,” Bear explained, “based on
the child’s development. The most important
thing is to be mindful of the student’s development and to teach to it.”
For students who can’t come to the center,
Bear helps schools incorporate the program
into their classrooms, and provides a tutoring
program, “Reading Buddies,” on-site at three
local elementary schools. Bear is also working
with 40 local ESL teachers to help them incorporate Words Their Way into their curricula.
—Claudene Wharton ’86, ’99M.A.
Photo by Tanya Gayer
University News
University welcomes many of Nevada’s top
graduates, including National Merit Scholars
Last year marked the first-ever “Nevada
Scholars Signing Day” ceremonies recognizing
National Merit and Presidential Scholars and
their choice to attend the University of Nevada,
Reno. In this second year, the University continued its partnership with area high schools
and held its first event in Las Vegas, in a ceremony reminiscent of a high-school athlete’s
“signing day.”
Several high-achieving, high school graduates signaled their choice to stay in Nevada for
their college education. Scholars recognized
for their success and achievements were from
Wooster High, Reno High and Douglas High
same way we recognize people who are 6’8”
with soft hands,” he quipped.
The University received sponsorship status by
the National Merit Scholarship Corporation last
spring. Scholarships awarded through National
Merit programs are regarded as some of the
highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high
school students. The University’s student body
currently includes 38 National Merit Scholars,
the largest number ever enrolled at the University. National Merit Scholars receive a $15,000
annual scholarship funded through the University’s scholarship and financial aid budget.
schools in northern Nevada. National Merit
Scholars honored in Las Vegas represented
Advanced Technologies Academy, Centennial High School, Clark High School, Green
Valley High School and Northwest Career and
Technical Academy.
University President Milt Glick noted these
students will be “critical to our success and
to the state’s future success.” He added that
the ceremonies are one way the University
celebrates the achievements of top students
who clearly deserve the limelight just as much
as outstanding student-athletes.
“We want to recognize these students the
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awards, including an honorable mention
for General Excellence, in its Better
Newspapers Contest 2010, Magazines
Category. Awards were announced during
the association’s annual convention and
awards banquet held Sept. 17-18 at the
Pahrump Nugget in Pahrump.
In addition to garnering an award for
general excellence, the magazine won
second place for Best Overall Design; second
Reno High School students and principal
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Nevada Scholars Signing Day with University
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New website demonstrates advances
in digital mapping
An enhanced, online digital map data
depository for Nevada has been launched by
the W.M. Keck Earth Sciences and Mining
Research Center. “The Nevada Geospatial
Data Gateway,” developed by Zachary Newell,
lead developer for the Keck website at the
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, and Tod
Colegrove, head of the DeLaMare and Ansari
Map Library, was unveiled at the 20th Annual
Nevada Geographic Information Society
Conference and selected best-of-show in the
artistic/innovative category.
The Keck website, http://keck.library.unr.
edu/, has undergone a complete redesign to
enhance usability and functionality and, according to Colegrove, the plan is for it to continue to develop into “a geographic gateway.”
The site abandons the standard practice for
governments and institutions who share new
geographic information system (GIS) data to
use a one-to-one approach, matching a separate data set to a specific resource—typically
Website developers at the University of
Nevada, Reno Tod Colegrove and Zachary
Newell, sit in front of their newly developed,
advanced digital mapping application.
a Web front-end to a FTP site—with an end
result of creating multiple data “silos” across
the Web, instead opting for a single, customizable interface.
“This is a denser, richer, faster, more versatile interface that users can customize and add
any images to at any time,” Newell said. “In
the past, you could only request one map at a
time. Now you can click on a location to bring
up or overlay multiple maps.”
The Keck Center team continues to work
with local, regional and federal agencies to
enhance digital mapping applications and
—Natalie Savidge ’04
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Joshua trees, roadrunners and Hualapai
Mountain Park are just a few of the sights that
tourists and travelers will find along Nevada’s
Highway 93 using a new guidebook published
by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.
Anyone—an experienced geologist, a
budding naturalist, or someone who just
wants to see the sights—can use the spiralbound guidebook when traveling north from
Wickenburg, Ariz. to Jackpot, Nev.
The guidebook describes interesting points
of geology, animal and plant life, natural
history and cultural history.
“The book is great from my perspective,”
Photo by Jon Price
New guidebook
explores scenic
Highway 93
An old cabin located in Spring Valley State Park, built by pioneer George Moody in the
1870s, was restored in the early 1990s by Nevada State Parks. The cliffs in the background are
composed of ash-flow tuff (buff layers) and bedded volcanic ash (white layer). The cabin was
constructed using blocks of the ash-flow tuff quarried nearby.
Jon Price, state geologist and bureau director,
said. “It’s geared for the general public, not the
typical geologist or engineer for whom most
of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
maps and publications are prepared. It’s
written for people driving along the route.”
The route can be covered in three or four
days, or longer for those who want to slow
down and smell the sagebrush.
The book, A Geologic and Natural History
Tour through Nevada and Arizona along
U.S. Highway 93, with GPS Coordinates was
published by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and
Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno in
partnership with the Arizona Geological Survey.
—Krystal Pyatt, Class of 2010
Researcher Eelke Folmer, right, plays VI Fit Tennis with blind
volunteer Frieda Aizenman in a demonstration at the MathewsonIGT Knowledge Center of the exergame he and his team have
developed to help visually impaired children exercise more.
each throw. “We found our games engage children into levels of active
energy expenditure that were high enough to be considered healthy,
which shows the feasibility of using video games as a health-intervention method,” Folmer said.
The games can be downloaded for free using instructions at The site also reviews the equipment needed. The games
are not affiliated with or endorsed by Nintendo.
—Mike Wolterbeek ’02
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
The human-computer interaction research team in the University’s computer science and engineering department has developed
motion-sensing-based tennis and bowling exergames that are adaptations of the popular Nintendo Wii Sports exercise games. Known as
exergames, these new types of video games are considered powerful
weapons in the fight against obesity.
VI Fit (with VI standing for visually impaired), a research project
to develop exergames without visual feedback, helps children who
are blind become more physically active and healthy through video
games that use physical activity as input.
“Lack of vision forms a significant barrier to participating in
physical activity, and consequently, children with visual impairments
have much higher obesity rates and obesity-related illnesses such as
diabetes,” Eelke Folmer, research team leader and assistant professor
in the computer science and engineering department, said.
VI Tennis and VI Bowling are the first of several games to be made
available. VI Tennis implements the game-play of Wii Sports Tennis
providing audio and vibrotactile cues that indicate when to serve and
when to return the ball. The game can be played against the computer
or with a friend using two Wii remotes. VI Bowling allows players
to find the direction in which to throw their ball using vibrotactile
feedback. Audio and speech effects are used to indicate the result of
Photo by Mike Wolterbeek
Video game project to help blind
children exercise
Photo by Paul Neill
In an effort to go a little easier on students’ pocketbooks while benefitting the student-government organization, the University’s studentowned bookstore joined with to pilot a textbook-rental
option. Renting textbooks often saves students money, and doing so
through now means the campus bookstore, owned and
operated by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, also
benefits through a revenue-sharing agreement.
“It’s smarter to bring this program to campus rather than students
taking their business off campus,” said Marie Stewart, director of the
ASUN Bookstore. “This program helps us to better manage our inventory and overall saves students money. It is our intent to continue to
look into and have lower-cost alternatives for our students,” she said. is sharing a portion of its revenue from its rentals by
University students with the ASUN Bookstore, and as a part of the
company’s ongoing environmental efforts, they plant a tree every time
a student rents from has also partnered with
Fresno State and California State University at Long Beach.
Swans welcome
family of four
As the University said goodbye to almost 2,000 graduates
at its largest Commencement
ever, May 14 and 15, the campus community also welcomed
some newcomers: four fuzzy,
white cygnets were hatched.
They joined the two beautiful,
adult white swans, Olivia and Zeus, on the campus’ Manzanita Lake.
Swans have populated the campus lake off and on since the 1930s.
They add to the beauty and character of the 256-acre Reno campus,
which is designated as a state arboretum. The campus continues to be
a living collection of plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, ornamentals and
native flora. The Quad is listed as a “Jeffersonian academic village” on
the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information on the campus’ plants and trees, including a
campus tree-walk map and guide, go to
—Claudene Wharton ’86, ’99M.A.
—Natalie Savidge ’04
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In response to a legislative mandate in early
2010 to cut 6.9 percent—$11 million—from the
University’s state-funded budget, which had
already been reduced by $33 million, for a total
of $44 million, Provost Marc Johnson led an extensive curricular review that involved faculty,
staff and students, as well external constituents.
In May, the provost forwarded to the Nevada
System of Higher Education Board of Regents
a proposal that cut departments, closed majors
and degree programs, and slashed more than
$3.1 million from administrative units. The
Board of Regents approved the plan, as well as a
reduction proposal from UNLV on June 3. The
state and community colleges’ and DRI’s reduction proposals were approved in April.
Board of Regents Chair James Dean Leavitt
said that although the actions the Board of
Regents were forced to take were “painful”
and sad, “You still feel that there are limitless
possibilities for the state of Nevada.”
Addressing a University of Nevada, Reno
Photo by Jean Dixon
Budget cuts: What they
mean to the University
Foundation board meeting June 24, President Milton Glick praised the goodwill of all
involved, noting that the curricular review
was carried out in “an extraordinarily collegial
atmosphere,” given that the cuts that had to be
made “were almost unprecedented in higher
Early on, Glick said, he and the provost
made the decision to make vertical cuts, rather
than horizontal, or across-the-board cuts,
explaining that rather than weaken the entire
University, they wanted to make strategic cuts
that would preserve strengths, cause the least
damage and best position the University for
the future.
“This is very painful,” Glick said. “It’s not in
the nature of what Universities do—especially
when it meant that tenured professors would
lose their positions, which is also almost
unprecedented in higher education.” He noted
that the professors and programs that were cut
were “very good” and the work that was being
done was sometimes a professor’s life’s work.
Of the total $44 million cut since the recession began in 2007, the University has reduced
faculty and staff by approximately 350 positions, but will not limit student enrollment, as
some universities across the nation have, Glick
noted. Enrollment is up by several hundred
students from last year, currently exceeding
17,000 in fall 2010, with the number of National Merit Scholars reaching 38 for the fall
semester—up from just four, four years ago.
Despite the difficult economic times, Nevada
has also increased retention of freshmen to 80
percent, the highest in the University’s history.
During May’s Commencement ceremony, the
University awarded 66 percent more undergraduate degrees than a decade ago.
—Melanie Robbins ’06M.A.
Specific changes from cuts include:
Department of Foreign Language and Literatures, the minor offered
in Italian and the minor and major degree programs in German
Studies will close. The master of arts degree in Foreign Languages
and Literatures will continue with specialization offered only in
Spanish and French. The bachelor’s degree in interior design will
close. The master of arts degree in speech and communication will go
on hiatus for five years.
College of Science: A study will be initiated to evaluate the University’s approach to teaching of statistics.
School of Medicine: The school’s Center for Nutrition and Metabolism will close.
Degrees awarded in a program that is subsequently closed will
remain quality degrees issued from an accredited university. Of the
University’s 17,000 students, program reductions will impact approximately 30 graduate students and 275 undergraduate students.
Additional budget reductions have been and are being made in
administrative services and athletic programs
—John Trent ’85/’87, ’00M.A.
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources:
The Departments of Animal Biotechnology and Resource Economics
close, as will the following degree programs: animal biotechnology
B.S., animal science B.S. and M.S., agricultural and applied economics B.S., environmental and resource economics B.S., and resource
and applied economics M.S.
College of Business: The major in supply chain management
will close.
College of Education: The college will be consolidated into one
unit without departmental boundaries and the following degree programs will close: counseling and educational psychology Ed.D., Ed.S.,
Ph.D.; educational leadership Ed.D. and Ph.D.; educational specialties
Ed.D. and Ph.D.; literacy studies Ed.D. and Ph.D.; and special education and disabilities studies Ed.D. and Ph.D. The Teaching English
to Speakers of Other Languages M.A. will go on hiatus for five years.
The college will offer a single Ph.D. in education with a concentration
in strong research areas.
College of Liberal Arts, including the School of the Arts: Lowerdivision language courses will continue as justified by demand. In the
Photo by Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photos
Photos courtesy Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.
Photo by Gus Bundy
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Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Honoring the Horse: Knowledge Center
exhibit focuses on Nevada’s equine history
Horses have played a major role in almost
all aspects of Nevada’s development—in mining, farming, ranching, transportation and
the tourism industry. Controversies relating
to the management of wild horses on public
lands have also been part of Nevada’s history
for several decades, and stories and images
of wild horses occupy a prominent place in
popular culture.
The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is
hosting several exhibits running from Sept. 15
through March to honor the horses that have
helped shape Nevada’s history and image. Exhibits highlight the evolving roles that horses
have played in Nevada, and the interplay
between the sometimes-conflicting interests
of rangeland stakeholders—ranchers, federal
and state governments, conservationists,
tourists and horse lovers—around the treatment and fate of Nevada’s wild horses.
Materials on display include film and
audio recordings of Reno’s Wild Horse Annie
(Velma Johnston) advocating for the passage
of federal legislation protecting wild horses
and burros from inhumane treatment, along
with the collection of Gus Bundy’s powerful
1951 photographs of wild horse round-ups
that helped her make her case.
Additional exhibit items are selected from
the rich, primary research materials in Special
Collections including photographs, congressional papers, divorce ranch business records,
book and movie research files, and literary
manuscripts. Special Collections books about
horses by Will James, Terri Farley, Anthony
Amaral and others are also on display.
TOP: Wild horses south of Gerlach, 1951.
LEFT: The Misfits stars with producer Frank
Taylor, screenwriter Arthur Miller and
director John Huston, 1960. RIGHT: Nevada
wrangler, writer and artist Will James with
his future wife Alice Conradt, 1919.
Fall 2010 is also the 50th anniversary of
the filming of the movie The Misfits in Reno,
Dayton and the Pyramid Lake area. The
star-studded film, written by Arthur Miller,
directed by John Huston, and starring Clark
Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift,
Thelma Ritter and Eli Wallach, turned out to
be the last movie appearance for both Monroe
and Gable. The wild horses, rodeo horses, and
trained movie horses that played prominent
roles in the film will be suitably honored in
the exhibits and with a discussion and showing of The Misfits in February.
Check the library website for more information:
—Donnelyn Curtis
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On Philanthropy
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Legacy gift continues support of
Great Basin and tribal research in
The estate of the late Astrid Liljeblad
provided a substantial gift to the University
to support Great Basin and tribal research in
anthropology through the Sven and Astrid
Liljeblad Endowment. Astrid, who recently
passed away at age 100, and her husband,
Sven ’84 (honorary doctorate, humane
letters), who passed away in 2000, also at age
100, established the endowment nearly two
decades ago to support research and the study
of linguistics, culture and folklore in the
Nevada Great Basin.
Sven came to the United States in 1939
from Sweden under an Anders Zorn
fellowship to the University of California,
Berkeley after receiving his doctorate from
Lund University and serving in research
and archival positions at Uppsala University.
During World War II he was drafted by the
U.S. military to teach courses on Finland
and Russia, and in 1945 received a twoyear appointment through the Swedish
government to teach Swedish, Norwegian
and Danish language and culture at Harvard
University. It was during this time he met his
future wife, Astrid von Heijne.
In the early 1950s Sven was appointed to
a professorship in social sciences at Idaho
State University, and in 1965 was a visiting
professor at the University of Nevada. In
1976, the couple moved to Reno when
Sven accepted the Hilliard Distinguished
Professorship in the Humanities at Nevada,
teaching anthropology and working
extensively with the Shoshone and Northern
Paiute tribes in Idaho and Nevada. He held
the position until 1983, and in 1984 received
an honorary doctorate from the University.
The couple returned to their native Sweden
in 1991, and in 1999 celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary.
Sven was widely known and admired
among Native Americans, and during his
career amassed an enormous archive of
Wuzzie George and Sven Liljeblad collaborated
on a Northern Paiute lexicon.
linguistic and folklore materials relating to
the Numic-speaking peoples of the northern
Great Basin. Catherine “Kay” Fowler,
professor emerita and University Foundation
Professor, said, “Sven and Astrid not only
made remarkable contributions to the study
of Great Basin indigenous languages and
cultures during their lifetimes, but now are
facilitating the continuation of that work by
others, including indigenous community
members.” Based on Sven’s materials and
more than 20 years of work by Fowler and
others, a Northern Paiute-English dictionary
is currently being published.
For more information about how you can
help support the programs in the College of
Liberal Arts, contact development director
Stuart Golder at (775) 784-1222 or [email protected]
—Keiko Weil ’87
For more information about how you
can help support the 4-H Camp and other
programs of Cooperative Extension, contact
development director Lynda Buhlig at (775)
682-6013 or [email protected]
For more information about how you can
help support the criminal justice program
or other programs in College of Liberal Arts,
contact development director Stuart Golder at
(775) 784-1222 or [email protected]
Photo by Lynda Buhlig
University’s 4-H
camp receives
support for facilities
Two charitable foundations recently
made gifts to support improvements at the
University’s Nevada State 4-H Camp at the
south shore of Lake Tahoe.
The Marshall R. Matley Foundation
provided funding for portable decking which
allows disabled campers to access the beach
area, and the H. N. & Frances C. Berger
Foundation provided funding to construct a
permanent outdoor eating structure.
“The Berger Foundation is pleased to be a
part of this fine program and we know that
the new improvement will be enjoyed by
all,” said Chris McGuire, vice president of
programs for the Berger Foundation.
Karen Hinton, dean and director
of University of Nevada Cooperative
Extension, said the gifts will bring important
improvements to the 32-acre camp.
“We are enormously grateful to the Matley
and Berger foundations for their support
of the 4-H camp,” Hinton said. “The camp
experience makes a difference in the lives
of so many youth throughout the state and
we are pleased to have this extraordinary
support.” These donors and the projects were
celebrated at the camp’s open house Sept. 12.
As part of University of Nevada Cooperative
Extension, the 4-H Camp provides a positive
environment in a natural setting where 4-H
A Muscular Dystrophy Association camper
utilizes the new portable platform donated by the
Marshall R. Matley Foundation to the Nevada
State 4-H Camp, allowing him to access the beach
and pier easily.
—Keiko Weil ’87
—Keiko Weil ’87
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
and other youth groups learn life, leadership
and citizenship skills. The diverse forest,
meadow and beach ecosystems provide
an unparalleled opportunity for outdoor
environmental education. Since 1939, 4-H
groups have been camping at the site, and in
1953, ownership of the camp was transferred
to Cooperative Extension. Each year the camp
welcomes diverse groups of visitors, including
the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Camp
Lotsafun, Girl Scouts and the University’s
summer band camp. In 2009, more than
3,000 campers were able to benefit from an
experience at the camp due in large part to the
generosity of donors like the Matley and Berger
foundations, whose commitment helps ensure
the camp meets the needs of youth now and in
the future.
Dan Klaich ’72, trustee, said, “The Matley
Foundation trustees look for projects that
will improve the lives of individuals with
disabilities and the portable decking project at
the Nevada State 4-H Camp fit perfectly with
our goal.”
Russell T. Schooley was
born in Reno in 1931 and
graduated from Nevada
in 1954 with a degree in
history. While a student,
Schooley was a member of
the Sigma Nu fraternity.
After receiving his degree
he continued his graduate
Schooley ’54
education at Nevada
then served in the United
States Army in Korea as an infantry lieutenant,
and later attended George Washington
University Law School.
Schooley’s professional career was
distinguished, including working as chief
investigator in the Washoe County District
Attorney’s Office, investigator for Nevada
Gaming Control Board, the Identification
Division of the FBI and special agent in naval
intelligence in Washington, D.C. He served as
deputy chief for the Washoe County Sheriff’s
Office for 20 years until his retirement in the
1980s. Upon his death, Schooley remembered
his alma mater by leaving the proceeds of his
estate to the University to establish a scholarship
for students pursuing a degree in criminal
justice. The Roy R. and Russell T. Schooley
Scholarship Endowment also honors Russell’s
father, Roy R. Schooley, who worked as a
groundskeeper on campus in the 1950s. Roy and
his wife, Mabel, adopted Schooley as a child.
The University offers both bachelor and
master degrees in criminal justice and
undergraduates can pursue a prelaw option.
Students are educated for justice-related
positions in the public and private sectors,
graduate study and law school.
On Philanthropy
Estate of 1954
alumnus creates
criminal justice
Photos courtesy Wolf Pack Athletics
Pack Tracks
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Nevada to induct six standouts into
Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame
“This year’s Hall of Fame class features
some of the greatest individual performers
in the history of Wolf Pack Athletics,”
Athletics Director Cary Groth said. “Trevor
Insley was one of the top wide receivers
in NCAA history and left his mark in the
national record books, while Mark Lewis
helped put Nevada baseball on the national
map, earning All-America honors while
helping the Wolf Pack to its first ever
appearance in the NCAA Regionals. Limin
Liu was the most successful swimmer in
school history, winning three individual
national championships, and Lyle Overbay
earned All-America honors and helped
Nevada baseball to a pair of conference
championships and an NCAA Regional
appearance before going onto a successful
Major League career. Dawn Pitman is
the second Wolf Pack women’s basketball
student-athlete to be inducted into the
Nevada Hall of Fame and is just one of two
players in school history to have recorded at
least 1,500 points and 900 career rebounds,
while Tony Shaw established himself as one
of the top defensive backs in school history
and was named to Nevada’s prestigious
Team of the Century for his efforts.”
2010 Nevada Hall of Fame Inductees:
Trevor Insley – Football (1996-99)
One of the most prolific receivers in NCAA
history, Trevor Insley set six NCAA records
during his senior year, including career
receiving yards (5,005), career receptions (298),
single-season yards (2,060), most career games
gaining 100 yards or more (26), most 200-yard
games in a season (six) and single-season yards
per game (187.3). A 1999 All-America selection
by the Associated Press, Sporting News and
Football News, he fell just three receptions
short of breaking Jerry Rice’s all-divisions
NCAA career receptions record. Insley earned
first-team All-Big West honoree in 1998 and
1999, turning in 134 receptions for 2,060 yards
and 13 touchdowns in 1999. A finalist for the
Biletnikoff Award, which is annually given to
the top receiver in the nation, he became the
first receiver in NCAA history to go over 2,000
receiving yards in a single season. Insley still
holds Nevada’s career records for receptions,
receiving yards and touchdowns and the
single-season mark for receiving yards. After
his career at Nevada, he was signed as a free
agent by the Indianapolis Colts and also spent
time in the Canadian Football League.
Mark Lewis – Baseball (1993-94)
Mark Lewis earned All-America honors
at shortstop from the American Baseball
Coaches Association, Mizuno and the
National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association in 1994. The 1994 Big West MVP
and a first-team all-conference selection, he
finished third on the team in batting average
in both 1993 (.325) and 1994 (.372). Lewis led
the team in RBI in each of his two seasons
(42 in 1993 and 63 in 1994). He also paced the
team with 84 hits and tied for first with 10
home runs in 1994 to lead the Wolf Pack to
the Big West Conference championship and
its first ever NCAA Regional appearance. He
helped Nevada to a 69-34-1 record in his two
seasons and played in the minor leagues for
the Montreal Expos.
Limin Liu – Swimming & Diving (1998-2000)
Limin Liu ’02 (international business),
’07M.S. (economics) won three NCAA
individual championships during her prolific
career, winning the 200 butterfly at the NCAA
Championships in 1999 and the 100 and 200
fly in 2000. She still holds school and Big West
Conference records in the 100 and 200 fly.
A three-time All-American, Liu was named
Pack Tracks
Former Wolf Pack stars Trevor Insley, Mark Lewis, Limin Liu,
Lyle Overbay, Dawn Pitman and Tony Shaw will be inducted
into the University of Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in October.
the Big West Swimmer of the Year in 2000.
She was also part of school and conference
record-setting 200 and 400-meter medley and
freestyle relay teams. Liu captured the silver
medal in the 100 fly while representing her
native China at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
and also competed in the 2000 Summer
Olympics in Sydney. She held the world shortcourse record in the 100 fly and also won a
gold medal at the World Championships.
Lyle Overbay – Baseball (1996-99)
Dawn Pitman – Women’s Basketball (1986-90)
A four-time All-Big West conference
honoree, Dawn Pitman ’91 (criminal justice)
ranks third all-time in career scoring (1,654
points) and is only one of four players in
program history to record at least 1,500 career
points. She is also second all-time in career
rebounding (918) and is one of just two players
in program history to record at least 900 career
rebounds. Pitman joins Nevada Hall of Famer
Chris Starr as the only two players in women’s
basketball history to have recorded at least
1,500 points and 900 career rebounds. She
ranks in Nevada’s single-game top 10 in field
goal attempts (tied for fifth) and field goals
made (tied for eighth) and the single-season
record book in scoring (seventh; 17.8ppg) and
rebounding (eighth, 8.9). Pitman led the team
in scoring and rebounding in each of her last
two seasons, including 17.0 points and 7.8
rebounds per game as a senior in 1989-90.
Tony Shaw – Football (1980-83)
A member of Nevada’s Team of the Century
at defensive back, Tony Shaw, was named the
1983 Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. He
earned first-team All-Big Sky honors in 1983
and helped Nevada to the semifinals of the
1983 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Shaw
tied for first in single-season interceptions
at Nevada with nine in 1983 and ranks tied
for fourth in career interceptions with 17
at Nevada. After his playing career ended,
Shaw went on to become a police officer and
firefighter in Sparks.
Including this year’s six honorees, 154
individuals and two teams have been selected
for induction in the Nevada Athletics Hall of
Fame in since its inception in 1973. Plaques
honoring each inductee can be found in the
Hall of Fame Room at Legacy Hall, which is
open to the public during business hours.
The group will be inducted into Nevada’s
Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 29 at a reception
in Legacy Hall. They will also be recognized
at halftime of the Hall of Fame football game
against Utah State at 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time on
Saturday, Oct. 30 at Mackay Stadium. n
For more information or to purchase tickets
for this year’s Hall of Fame Reception, call (775)
682-6902. Tickets for the Hall of Fame game
are available by calling (775) 348-PACK (7225)
or going online at
—Rhonda Lundin, associate
athletics director for communications
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
A two-time first-team All-Big West
honoree, Lyle Overbay earned All-America
accolades from Collegiate Baseball, Baseball
Weekly, Louisville Slugger and the College
Baseball Insider in 1999. He helped Nevada to
an NCAA regional appearance in 1999 and
helped the Wolf Pack to Big West titles in 1997
and 1998. Overbay set Nevada’s career records
for at bats (864 - since broken), single-season
at-bats (260) and career runs batted in (257)
and held Nevada’s career doubles record with
62 until 2009. He also ranks in the top five for
season (3rd-81) and career runs (2nd-243),
season (2nd-102) and career hits (2nd-309),
season doubles (T2nd-24) and career home
runs (T4th-39), season (3rd-420) and career
batting average (8th-.358). Overbay made
his Major League debut with the Arizona
Diamondbacks in 2001 and is now with the
Toronto Blue Jays.
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas
Pack Tracks
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Nevada to Join Mountain West Conference
The University of Nevada has accepted
an invitation to join the Mountain West
Conference, University President Milt
Glick and Director of Athletics Cary Groth
announced Aug.18.
“We have had a great experience in the
WAC. We have appreciated the strong
competition and the wonderful colleagues,”
Glick said. “The offer to join the Mountain
West Conference is an opportunity we
cannot turn down. The Mountain West is a
strong conference, and this will enhance our
natural rivalry with UNLV and continue our
rivalry with Boise State. We believe joining
this conference is in the best, long-term
interests of our fans and program and also
view this invitation as acknowledgement
of our work to build a strong, competitive
Nevada joins California State University,
Fresno in accepting invitations to join the
Mountain West Conference.
“The addition of Fresno State and Nevada
further enhances the Mountain West
Conference,” MWC Commissioner Craig
Thompson said. “Our Board of Directors
has continued to be diligent and aggressive
in executing our strategy for positioning
the MWC in the national landscape.
We are excited to welcome these two
institutions into the Mountain West. Both
fit geographically and create new conference
The Mountain West Conference was
founded with eight members in 1998. TCU
joined the conference in 2005 and Boise
State University accepted an invitation to the
league on June 11, 2010.
“The invitation to join the Mountain West
Conference is a reflection of the success
and tradition that our student-athletes,
coaches and staff have demonstrated both
academically and athletically,” Groth said.
“It is an honor to join the Mountain West
Conference and partner and compete with
its outstanding member institutions. Our
relationship with the Western Athletic
Conference has been a good one, and we will
greatly miss our colleagues in the WAC. It
has always been our goal to work actively
to put the University of Nevada in the best
position possible, and we are excited to be a
part of the Mountain West Conference.”
The Wolf Pack is enjoying an era of
unprecedented success on and off the field.
The University of Nevada sponsors 16 NCAA
Division I sports, and the Wolf Pack has
captured 20 WAC Championships in the last
eight years, including five men’s basketball
crowns from 2004-08, three women’s
swimming and diving titles from 2007-09,
three softball championships (2006, 2008-
09), two indoor track and field titles (200304) and individual titles by cross country in
2004, football in 2005, women’s soccer in
2006 and men’s golf in 2007. Nevada has also
earned five consecutive bowl appearances,
eight straight men’s basketball postseason
invitations (NCAA appearances from 200407), two women’s basketball postseason
appearances and NCAA championship team
invitations for men’s golf, volleyball, softball
and women’s soccer.
Nevada’s graduation rates and Academic
Progress Rate numbers are at all-time highs,
and the University is listed as one of the best
in the nation in providing opportunities for
women in sports.
Nevada’s previous conference affiliations
have included the Pacific Athletic
Association (1914-1920), the Far Western
Conference (1924-1939 and 1953-1969), the
West Coast Conference (1969-79), the Big
Sky Conference (1979-92), the Big West
Conference (1992-2000) and the Western
Athletic Conference (2000-present).
—Rhonda Lundin, associate
athletics director for communications
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Her student-athletes call her “Dr. Soccer”
and joke about sitting down on the couch in
her office.
But the doctor part is no joke for first-year
Nevada women’s soccer coach Melissa Price
who earned her Ph.D. in sport psychology
from the University of Virginia this spring.
“Coaching is sports psychology,” Price
said. “Everything I do with the team and
all the information I provide is based on
research about the importance of sport in
their lives.”
It was a whirlwind few weeks this winter
for Dr. Price who earned her first head
coaching job when she was named the
fourth coach in the history of the Wolf Pack
women’s soccer program on Jan. 20 and then
defended her dissertation on Feb. 12.
“It was exciting. My friends and family
joked that 2010 started off great for me. It all
fell into place in a very short period of time,”
Price said.
Price returned to the University of
Virginia for her doctoral hooding in May,
the culmination of a journey she decided she
wanted to embark on in 1997-98. She earned
her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 1997
from University of Maryland, where she
was an all-region and honor roll goalkeeper
for four seasons, and received her master’s
degree in sport and exercise psychology
from Virginia in 1999. She has had her work
published in The Sports Psychologist, the
Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and the
Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine.
Prior to joining the staff at the University
of Nevada starting in 2008, Price served as
an assistant coach at Virginia, the University
of Illinois and the University of Miami,
helping her teams to a total of four NCAA
Championship appearances. She has also spent
time conducting numerous coaching and
academic presentations as well as coaching
summer camps and soccer programs.
“I took a week off
when I went back to
Virginia and walked in a
graduation ceremony for
the first time since high
school,” Price said. “The
doctoral hooding was a
pretty special ceremony.
It was the final piece,
and a moment for me to
step away and enjoy the
process. In the end, I got
Nevada soccer coach Melissa Price advises senior Natalie
to the place I wanted to be. Ratnavira during a 2009 game.
“I had thought I
wanted to be a college
professor, but I missed coaching studentcan be leaders in some capacity. We strive to
athletes. I value being a role model for
promote leadership skills in all of our players
them and providing experiences within a
so they can develop into confident women.
team environment that are challenging and
Playing soccer at Nevada is about developing
important for young women. That is what I
the ‘whole’ person and our goal is that the
missed the most and why I wanted to come
skills they learn being on this team translate
back to college coaching.”
to life beyond soccer.”
Price has focused much of her research
Nevada’s student-athletes agree that the
throughout her academic career on
that Price brings to the program
leadership in female student-athletes and
the Wolf Pack.
how youth learn life skills through their
smart in having us do
participation in sports, and that research has
activities that bring concepts from life into
paid dividends with the Wolf Pack soccer
the game,” Wolf Pack senior midfielder
Cristen Drummond said. “She understands
“We’ve matured tremendously as a team,
us and is able to listen to us to help us
and that is a testament to our studentdevelop both the physical and mental parts
athletes and their openness to accept our
of the game. I feel like my class has matured
staff and the ideas we bring to the table.
a lot since she has been here, especially in
The emotional maturity of the team - our
terms of being leaders and role models on
ability to perform under pressure and deal
and off the field.”
with adversity - has changed. We still have
“Not a lot of soccer players get to say they
to grow, but we want to win a championship
coached by a doctor, and that is pretty
and believe that everything we do is helping
sophomore goalkeeper Dana Moreno
us get to that point,” Price said.
said. “Missy has tried to open up a whole
“There are four dimensions to soccer:
new way for us to look at the game. She
technique, tactics, physical conditioning
balances out the way we think about soccer
and psychology. A lot of people don’t
by making it more personal and putting
train the psychological dimension as
emotion in the game. She has taught us how
much as the other three in practice, but it
to have a better mentality by teaching us
is just as important to make time for the
how to visualize ourselves doing positive
psychological aspect of the team.”
things while we are playing. She has a
According to Price, developing leadership
totally different teaching method than other
skills in student-athletes holds value far
coaches. The way she talks and informs us is
beyond the benefits it provides in sports.
just so knowledgeable.”
“We want to give our student-athletes the
tools they need to be successful on and off
—Rhonda Lundin, associate
the field,” Price said. “Leadership is not just
athletics director for communications
about team captains. Others on the team
Photo by John Byrne/Nevada Media Services
Pack Tracks
“Dr. Soccer” Brings
Unique Title
and Approach
to Wolf Pack
FALL 2010
Nevada Alumni Association
Nevada vs. UNLV Pregame Rally
Sponsored by the Nevada Mining Association
6 – 8 p.m.
Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar (Las Vegas)
Fallon Alumni Chapter
Nevada vs. UNLV Rooter Bus • 9 a.m.
Departs from Raley’s (Fallon)
Southern Nevada Alumni Chapter
Nevada vs. UNLV Pregame Event • 3 p.m.
Scooter’s Pub Sports Bar and Grill (Las Vegas)
Nevada Alumni Association
Scholarship Reception • 6 p.m.
Clark Room, Morrill Hall
Nevada Alumni Association
Annual Homecoming Gala
Sponsored by Muckel Anderson, Hometown
Health and Trefethen Family Vineyards
6 p.m. No Host Reception • 7 p.m.
Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom
Alumni Band
Homecoming Rehearsal • 5:30 p.m.
Band Room
Alumni Band
Family Pizza Party • 6 p.m.
Nevada Alumni Association and ASUN
Family Pep Rally & Bonfire • 6 p.m.
Nevada Alumni Association
Old Guys’ Night
Sponsored by the Young Alumni Chapter • 9 p.m.
Amendment 21
Lombardi Recreation Center
Wolf Trot 5K Fun Run
7 a.m. Check In, 8 a.m. Race
Mackay Stadium to the Joe Crowley Student
Homecoming Parade • 9 a.m.
Virginia Street, from 9th to 15th Street
Nevada Alumni Association and ASUN
Homecoming Breakfast • 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Nevada Alumni Association Pregame Party*
Joined by the Sacramento Alumni Chapter
2 hours Before Kickoff
Legacy Hall, Between Lawlor & Mackay Stadium
Sacramento Alumni Chapter
Nevada at Hawaii Football Game 5-Day
Departs from Sacramento International Airport
Vintage Nevada Wine Festival and Auction
5 – 8 p.m.
Downtown Reno Events Center
Nevada Alumni Association Pregame Party*
2 hours Before Kickoff
Legacy Hall, Between Lawlor & Mackay Stadium
Nevada Football Alumni Chapter
Game Day BBQ & Beer
Throughout the Game,
NW Corner of Mackay Stadium
Young Alumni Chapter
Mystery Bus Dinner • 6 p.m.
Depart from KNPB Parking Lot
Native American Alumni Chapter
Homecoming Pregame Party • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Behind Peccole Park (off Evans Ave.)
* Nevada Alumni Association Pregame Parties
sponsored by Buckbean Brewing Co. and Sierra
Pacific Federal Credit Union.
Wear Blue Day!
Send your “true blue” pictures to
[email protected]
ResLife Alumni Chapter Annual Meeting
2 hours Before Kickoff
Cantina del Lobo, Joe Crowley Student Union
ASUN = The Associated Students of the
University of Nevada. For more information, visit
Alumni and Friends of the Reynolds School &
ResLife Alumni Chapter
Alicia Parlette : A Celebration of Life • 9:30 a.m.
Atrium, Reynolds School of Journalism
Football Alumni Chapter
National Championship Team Recognition •
12:45 p.m.
Mackay Stadium
Nevada Alumni Association and ASUN
Blue Flu BBQ • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Nevada vs. San Jose State
Homecoming Football Game • 1:05 p.m.
Mackay Stadium
Alumni and Friends of the Reynolds School
Homecoming Luncheon • 11:30 a.m.
Atrium, Reynolds School of Journalism
Nevada Alumni Association
Alumni Council Meeting • 2 – 5 p.m.
Rita Laden Senate Chambers,
Joe Crowley Student Union
Nevada Football Alumni Chapter
Game Day BBQ & Beer
Throughout the Game,
NW Corner of Mackay Stadium
Nevada Alumni Association
Alumni Award Recipient Recognition
Halftime, Mackay Stadium
Special thanks to those businesses that encouraged their employees to wear blue during Homecoming last year.
If your business is “going blue” this Homecoming, and you’re not on this list, please contact us.
Academy Mortgage, Accountants, Inc., Applied Staffing Solutions, Arsenal Advertising, ASUN Bookstore, AT&T, Bank of the West, Bicycle Warehouse, Blue Moon Promotions, Blue Oyster Pearls, Bonanza
Casino, Builders Association of Northern Nevada, Chewy & Jug's, City National Bank, City of Reno, City of Sparks, College Courtyard Apartments, Colliers International, Dillon Insurance, Double Diamond
Athletic Club, Dr. Amanda Richards & Dr. Tom Rammel Chiropractic, Eclipse Running, EDAWN, Eissmann & Newmarker Peak Dental Practices, ELP Capital, Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fahrendorf, Viloria,
Oliphant, & Oster L.L.P., Firestone, First Independent Bank of Nevada, Fuel Promotions, GEICO, Great Basin Bicycles, Holland & Hart, IGT, Java Jungle, JC Paper, JJ's Pie Co., JLH Inc., Jungle Vino, KPS3
Marketing, KTVN Channel 2, Lazzarone Group, Legacy Wealth Planning, Lessinger Team, Little Waldorf Saloon, Lumos and Associates, M3Planning, Manpower, MassMedia, McCarran KinderCare, Muckel
Anderson, NAI Alliance, Nancy Eklof Public Relations Etc., National Automobile Museum, Nevada Payroll Services, Nevada State Bank, New York Life, Northern Nevada Business Weekly, Odds On Promotions,
Olsen & Associates Public Relations, Panattoni Construction, Pitts Orthodontics, Proctor, Davis and Company, Pub N' Sub, Q&D Construction, Reliable Framing, Inc., ReMax Realty Professionals, Reno eNVy,
Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Reno Vulcanizing, Robert Half International, Inc., RSCVA, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Scruples Bar & Grill, Sierra Pacific Federal Credit
Union, Silver & Blue Outfitters, Somersett Development, Sparks Heating & Air Conditioning, The Glenn Group, The Killian Company, The Success Partners Group, Tripp Dentistry, Truckee Meadows Water
Authority, US Bank, Vino 100, Washoe County School District, Wells Fargo, Western Nevada Supply, Whispering Vine Wine Company, Whitehall Lane Winery, Wild Island Family Adventure Park
List as of 8/30/10
What I’ve Learned – Fred Gibson Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Alumni Award Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Class Chat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Kickin’ it with K-von | Packin’ Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Campus Columns Quiz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Chapter Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Gatherings: Pack Picnics, Emeriti Faculty, Welcome Center . . . . 54
Gatherings: Reno Aces Night, Pre-game Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Family Tree Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Remembering Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Alumni mentoring program finds a perfect match . . . . . . . . . . . 45
2010 Alumnus
of the Year
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
What I’ve Learned
Gibson Jr.
Fred Gibson Jr. ’51 (metallurgical engineering)
Photo by Dave Smith
various sections of the plant were shutdown.
Other critical defense operations, including
Western Electrochemical Co. (WECCO) of
Culver City, Calif., were recruited to relocate to
Henderson. WECCO, owned by a small group
of stockholders including father, was sold to
American Potash and Chemicals Co. in 1956.
I joined my father and several of his WECCO
partners in a new company, Pacific Engineering
and Production Co. of Nevada (PEPCON),
which started operations in Henderson in
1956 and constructed its first facility in 1958.
PEPCON later merged with American Pacific
Corporation (AmPac) in 1982. I retired as its
CEO in 1997.
As a high school student I was inclined to
pursue a career in law. However, like millions
of others, I joined the Army after graduation.
Following basic training, I was assigned to
an ASTP (army specialized training program)
Unit at Yale University where I completed the
accelerated Japanese language and related
cultural subjects course in 1946. In 1947 I
enrolled as a prelaw student at Colorado
College. At the completion of my sophomore
year, it was clear that my real interest was
math, science and engineering. I transferred
to the Mackay School of Mines at Nevada in
September 1949.
I view my time at Nevada as one of the more
productive phases of life, where I made lasting
friendships with fellow students, faculty and
administrators and, most importantly, received
a superb education. The quality of education
was greatly enhanced because of the private
enterprise work experience of most of the
faculty, including Jay Carpenter 1906 (mining
engineering), director of the Mackay School.
Faculty experiences provided, in many cases,
examples of practical approaches to problems.
Since mining opportunities were often
situated in remote and foreign places, the
mining/metallurgical engineer was confronted
with a broad range of challenges, including
those that were business-related. Carpenter
was directly responsible for my introduction
to accounting and bookkeeping—knowledge
that was paramount to my successful
management career.
Although a substantial portion of my
courses at the University related to geology,
metallurgy and mining, I also received a great
chemical education that was particularly
helpful to me at the very beginning of my new
business career. All three companies, WECCO,
PEPCON and AmPac were, basically, chemical
manufacturers. AmPac manufactures oxidizers
for solid propellants in Utah, pharmaceuticals
and drugs at Rancho Cordova, Calif., satellite
thrusters and systems at Niagara Falls, and
satellite-related equipment in two plants in
England and one in Ireland.
In summation I would say that I have
enjoyed a great life of successful experience
in business, community affairs and personal
relationships, as a result, in many ways, to my
time at Nevada both as student, but also as a
friend of the University.
From a conversation with Char Hagemann,
director of development for the College of Science,
and Crystal Parrish, director of foundation
operations. Gibson is director of American Pacific
Corporation and previously served as its president/
CEO and chairman. He graduated in 1951 with a
degree in metallurgical engineering and received
an honorary doctorate in 1999. Gibson serves
on the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and
Engineering’s Advisory Council, and received
the school’s Alumnus of the Year Award in 2006.
For nearly two decades, Gibson has supported
numerous scholarships and faculty endowments
at Mackay and is a Friend of the Library. He
recently was recognized by the Nevada Alumni
Association as the 2010 Alumnus of the Year.
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Life began on May 24, 1927 in Golden, Colo.
My father, Fred Sr., had graduated the previous
year from Colorado School of Mines after his
college education was delayed by serving as
a Marine in World War I.
“Our” first home was in Leadville, Colo.,
followed by time in Durango, and then Parral,
Mexico, all courtesy of American Smelting
and Refining Co. Because of concern with
Mexican revolutionary activities, father
accepted a position with Kennecott Copper
Corp. in McGill, Nev., where we lived for
four years. With the Great Depression in full
bloom, father was recruited by the State of
Nevada to be a state-wide instructor teaching
mining, metallurgical and geology courses to
prospectors and other interested citizens. That
assignment began a life-long love for Nevada
and its many diverse communities.
During one of his trips to Clark County, my
father was introduced to several prospectors
who were in the early stages of developing a
gold mine located in the Gold Butte district
located approximately 60 miles by boat on
Lake Mead. Although the gold mine was a
successful venture for father and his Clark
County partners, the impending World War II
resulted in a shutdown of most gold mining
Father was subsequently employed by
Basic Magnesium Inc. in the fall of 1941, to help
manage the initial field engineering of one of
the world’s largest magnesium production
plants, utilizing power from Hoover Dam,
water from Lake Mead and magnesium ore
from Gabbs, Nev.
This critical defense plant, with the help
of more than 10,000 construction workers,
engineers and employees, was extremely
successful, with first production in August
1942. By late 1944, sufficient magnesium was
available for the remainder of the war and
Alumni Award Winners
employed by Sierra Nevada Corporation where
he manages a national portfolio of office space,
warehouses and hangars.
James T. Butler
’54 (history)
Ernest Maupin ’68
Jim, a Reno
native, is a lifetime
educator, as well
as an organization
and community
leader. Graduating
from the University
of Nevada, Reno
and the University
of California, Berkeley, where he earned a
master’s in 1958, Jim taught school in Reno/
Sparks, and in 1965 became the executive
director of the Nevada State Education
Association. He joined the National Education
Association in 1969, where he managed
the legal defense fund and then served as
regional director for the association’s sevenstate Pacific Region, including Nevada. He
was executive director of the Texas State
Teachers Association until 1988, when he
returned to Washington, D.C., as director of
AARP VOTE, the groups’s nationwide voter
education program. Today he consults in
public affairs for the National Association of
Children’s Hospitals.
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Marc Markwell
’95 (civil
Marc is a
Nevadan and the
fourth member
of his family to
graduate from
the University of
Nevada. Following
graduation, Marc earned a juris doctor
degree at Pacific McGeorge School of Law
in Sacramento. He is a licensed attorney in
California and Nevada. Marc went on to join
Granite Construction, initially as a project
manager and later as the business manager
for Nevada operations. In 2004, Marc joined
Dermody Properties as the development
manager and then became partner. In his
five years at Dermody, Marc oversaw the
development and construction of more than
3 million square-feet of industrial and other
commercial property. Marc is currently
Ernie graduated
from Nevada with
high distinction and
was admitted to the
Phi Kappa Phi and
Beta Gamma Sigma
honorary societies.
He obtained his
juris doctor degree
in 1971 from University of California, Berkeley
Boalt Hall School of Law and was hired by the
local law firm Walther & Key in June 1973. He
has since become president of the firm, which
is now known as Maupin, Cox & LeGoy. He
specializes in estate planning, taxation and
related areas and is licensed to practice before
all state and federal courts in Nevada and
California, the United States Tax Court, the
United States Claims Court, and the United
States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
He served on the University of Nevada, Reno
Planned Giving Advisory Council from 2003 2009, serving as chairman from 2003 - 2006.
Terrance Oliver
’71 (journalism)
Terry has had a
career in the casino
industry in 10 major
markets since 1973.
Since 1997, Terry
has served on the
board for Peninsula
Gaming, LLC,
which operates two
Diamond Jo riverboat casinos in Dubuque
and Worth County, Iowa, the Evangeline
Downs Race Track and Casino in Opelousas,
La., and the Amelia Belle Riverboat Casino
in Amelia, La. From 1988 to 2009, he served
as founding partner, chairman of the board,
interim chief executive officer and board
director for Progressive Gaming International
Corporation, a software management systems
company based in Las Vegas. In 1984, he was
a founding partner for Fitzgerald’s Gaming
Corporation, board member and served as
corporate casino vice president and chief
operating officer, retiring in July of 1996.
Tom D. Whitaker
’60 (electrical
Tom graduated
from Nevada
with the ROTC
Military Graduate
citation while
playing four years
of football and two
years of baseball. During his junior year, Tom
was the national pass receiving champion in
college football. After graduation, Tom signed
with the Dallas Cowboys. In 1962, he joined
General Electric Company as an engineering
management trainee. During his 20-year
career at GE, his assignments included sales
management, marketing, strategic planning,
engineering, manufacturing, customer service
and finance. In 1971 he received his MBA
from the University of California, Berkeley.
For more than 20 years, Tom has served
as chairman and CEO of Motion Analysis
Corporation, the world’s leading provider of
video-based computer imaging motion capture
equipment used for animation and full feature
movies, video games and broadcast. In 2005,
Motion Analysis was awarded four technical
achievement Oscars by the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences.
University Service
Sheila Linn ’66
(history), ’91M.
Ed. (elementary
Sheila transferred
to the University of
Nevada, Reno as a
sophomore where
she joined Delta
Delta Delta sorority.
After graduation,
Sheila worked for Braniff International as a
flight attendant for 16 years. She was assigned
to work a December 1969 flight chartered by
Ross Perot to deliver Christmas gifts to our
country’s P. O.W’s in Hanoi. While that goal
was not achieved, it was on that trip that she
met Travis Linn and decided to volunteer for
three months in a leprosarium for the Thomas
A. Dooley Foundation in Katmandu, Nepal.
After moving to Reno in 1984, Sheila went to
work for the Washoe County School District
as a librarian until she retired in August 2010.
Travis, the founding dean of the Reynolds
School of Journalism and a professor of
journalism, died suddenly in January 2003.
Sheila established a memorial scholarship in
his name.
Martarano ’79
After graduating,
Steve worked 10
years as a reporter
at the Sacramento
Union newspaper.
Steve is currently
a public affairs
specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service’s Sacramento Bay-Delta Fish and
Wildlife Office. Steve was called to duty
in early June to assist with the federal
government’s gulf spill response efforts. He
spent several weeks stationed out of Grand
Isle, La., the first area impacted by oil, helping
the hundreds of media representatives cover
the tragic event. Prior to starting with the
federal government, Steve worked for the
State of California for 18 years, the last 11
with the California Department of Fish and
Game as the agency’s supervising information
officer. Steve has recently established two
journalism-related endowments to benefit
students at Nevada.
Outstanding Young
Alumnus of the Year
Paul Klein ’03
Alicia Parlette ’04
Alicia was a
writer whose series
about her battle
with cancer was
published in the
San Francisco
Chronicle in 2005
and garnered
widespread public attention. Alicia was
featured on NPR. She was named ABC News’
“Person of the Week.” Reader demand for
more updates on her condition spawned three
more chapters throughout the summer of
2005. Her work was adapted and published
as a book, Alicia’s Story, by the San Francisco
Chronicle Press. Alicia had graduated
summa cum laude from the Reynolds School
of Journalism in 2004. After earning a
prestigious Hearst Fellowship, she became
a copy editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.
In March 2005, at age 23, she was diagnosed
with alveolar soft part sarcoma, a rare form
of cancer that affects fewer than 200 people
per year. In late 2005, the Reynolds School
honored Alicia with the Laxalt Distinguished
Writer Award. Alicia passed away April 22,
2010. Donations in her honor may be made
to the Alicia Parlette Fund for Aspiring
Journalists, Reynolds School of Journalism.
David White ’99
In 1999, David
received the
University of
Nevada, Reno
Senior Award and
began his path
toward dentistry
with a scholarship to the University of
Michigan School of Dentistry. In 2007,
he completed an executive management
program from Northwestern’s Kellogg School
of Management. He returned to Reno in
2003 and became volunteer director of the
University’s Pre-Dental Society. Since 2003,
he has guided more than 100 students into
dental schools across the country. In 2009,
he was granted an adjunct faculty position
within the biology department. He is also
on faculty at the UNLV School of Dental
Medicine, working in admissions and student
clinics. In 2009, he founded the University’s
Dental Alumni Chapter in hopes of creating
a pipeline from students to alumni. In 2008,
he was awarded the Young Professionals
Network’s 20 Under 40 award for his service
to the community.
Alumni Association
William Doherty
’80 (accounting),
’87MBA, ’00Ph.D.
(counseling and
In 1980, Bill
asked a guest
speaker in
his computer
programming class if he hired interns; that
turned into his first professional position
as a programmer for Harrah’s. During
a 10-year career, he worked his way into
a management position and earned his
MBA from Nevada. While at Harrah’s, he
began teaching part time for the College
of Business and secured a donation of
$250,000 of computer equipment from
IBM to train information systems students
at the University and Truckee Meadows
Community College. His work at the
college convinced him that education was
his passion and in 1990 he became a fulltime professor of computer technologies at
TMCC. Over the past 20 years at TMCC,
Bill has maintained several professional
certifications and completed a doctorate in
educational psychology from Nevada.
Jacquelyn Ferek ’95M.Ed. (special
Jackie moved to Nevada in 1979 to attend
college in a sunny place that had mountains.
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(criminal justice)
Paul is the
director of KLEIN
advertising. He has
won multiple local
and district ADDY®
awards including
a “Best of Show.”
Paul has also won the Jim Fish National
Advertising Award twice. For several years
Paul has been the editor/creative director of
Wolf Pack Edge magazine, which covers all 19
NCAA sanctioned sports and club sports at
Nevada. Paul is a member of several nonprofit
organizations within the community. He
has served or serves as a founder and vicepresident of marketing/membership for the
Nevada Greek Alumni Chapter, vice-president
of marketing/membership for the Nevada
Young Alumni Chapter, public relations
director of the Advertising Association of
Northern Nevada, commissioner for the
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Board, director
and marketing committee chair for the RenoTahoe Young Professionals Network, and
president of Ad2 Reno.
Alumni Award Winners
She fell in love with
the Reno campus,
the desert and the
mountains. Jackie
attended Nevada
and worked in
human resources
positions in the
casino and health
care industries. She
enjoyed helping
people learn at the workplace so, she returned
to the University to become a teacher. Jackie
enjoys many outdoor activities including
hiking, biking and skiing. Giving back to her
community is very important to Jackie. She
is involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters
program, health and safety programs for
children, trail building with the Tahoe Rim
Trail group and the University of Nevada,
Reno Alumni Association.
Vargas ’95
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Chris is a
managing partner
and financial
adviser at Legacy
Wealth Planning,
formed in 2006.
After graduating in
1994, Chris played football in the Canadian
Football League until 1998. He began his
financial planning career shortly after
retiring from football. At Legacy Wealth
Planning, Chris has helped individuals,
small business owners, and nonprofits define
their investment goals and make appropriate
investments to achieve those goals. He
has earned Directors Club recognition for
his work with his clients. Chris has stayed
involved with the University through the
Nevada Alumni Association, Football Alumni
Association, and currently sits on the board
for the Athletic Association of the University
of Nevada (AAUN).
Chapter of the Year
School of Medicine Alumni Chapter
The University of Nevada School of
Medicine Alumni Chapter was reestablished
in 2008 under the leadership of Dr. Louis
Bonaldi ’75, ’77M.D., The main goal of the
chapter is to support
initiatives within the
School of Medicine
and to provide
opportunities for
alumni to reconnect
with their medical
school alma mater.
The chapter has
supported medical
students traveling
abroad to medical missions, an annual
student scholarship, and Synapse, the medical
school alumni magazine. In addition, they
made a $25,000 gift to name a group study
room in the new William N. Pennington
Health Sciences Building. The chapter holds
an annual alumni reception each May in
conjunction with the medical school hooding
ceremony. In addition to celebrating the 10and 25-year class reunions, they announced
the winner of their chapter’s Outstanding
Alumnus award.
College Distinguished
and Natural
Junro Edgar
Ed coordinates
the development and acquisition of
therapeutics, drugs and diagnostics targeting
chemical threat agents, including chemical
warfare agents, nontraditional agents, and
toxic industrial chemicals. He is currently
tasked to develop medical countermeasures
against chemical threat agents at the
Biomedical Advanced Research and
Development Authority to protect the public.
Before his career in public service, Ed served
22 years in academia (three medical schools)
and held several academic appointments
including: Clinical Laboratory Science,
Department of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine, and Biochemistry Department
(adjunct faculty), and the University of Nevada
School of Medicine. In addition, he chaired
the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program
at UNLV (1991-1989) and served as clinical
laboratory director at the UNLV Health
Clinic (1994-1998). Ed is board-certified as a
clinical pathology laboratory director and has
published and presented more than 50 papers.
Joseph Bradley
’78 (economics)
Joe is a life-long
resident of Reno,
graduating from
the Nevada with a
bachelor of science
degree in economics
in 1978. He received
his juris doctorate from the University of the
Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1983 and
joined the firm of Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney
the same year. Through his legal work and
as trustee of the E.L. Cord Foundation, Joe
continually strives to improve conditions
within the northern Nevada community.
In addition, he is deeply committed to the
progress of University. In 2009, he served as
chairman of the University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation and is the current president of
the Athletic Association. Joe’s wife, Liza ’96
(accounting), and children, Gina and Sam,
rival his passion for Wolf Pack athletics.
Robert Edgington
’75 (school
Robert is a native
Nevadan and
Sparks High School
graduate. He taught
elementary students
and counseled in the
Washoe County School District for 30 years.
For the past eight years, Robert has served as
the director of the Dean’s Future Scholars’
Program at the the University of Nevada,
Reno College of Education. The program
recruits low-income students in the 6th grade
and mentors them through high school
graduation. The program is funded primarily
by grants and private donations. The program
graduates over 80 percent of the students
mentored and almost all of these graduates
enroll in college. Robert is married to Patricia
Miltenberger. They have two children, who are
both teachers, and four grandchildren.
Liberal Arts
Kenneth H.
Gardner ’84
William Douglass
’61 (Spanish)
Richard Harris
’69 (geological
’95M.S. (mining
Richard is
a mining and
attorney in Reno.
He graduated from the Mackay School of
Earth Sciences and Engineering with a
bachelor’s in geological engineering in 1969
and a master’s in environmental science in
1995. He holds degrees in law and mining
law from Stanford University. He has
served on the University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation and the Mackay Advisory Board
and is presently an adjunct professor of
environmental law in political science. His
family attended the University dating back
more than 100 years. His wife, Ann Marie,
is a doctoral candidate in paleoclimatology,
expecting to graduate in 2011. Richard travels
widely and recently visited his 100th country.
His favorite experience was diving with whale
sharks in the Galapagos Islands.
Health Sciences
Bill, a Reno
native, earned his
doctorate in social
anthropology from
the University of
Chicago. He has
conducted field
research in Italy, Australia, Latin America,
throughout the American West and, most
notably, in the Basque area of northern Spain.
In 1967, he was hired by the University of
Nevada System to start a Center for Basque
Studies. He directed the initiative for 33
years and is currently professor emeritus
of Basque Studies at the University. Bill has
authored a dozen books and more than a
hundred articles. He continues to research and
publish on a broad range of topics (including
his beloved hobby of fly fishing). Bill has an
extensive background in the gaming industry.
He was part owner of Reno’s Club Cal Neva,
Comstock and Riverboat casinos and served
on the boards of all three. He is currently
president and part owner of Leisure Gaming.
Bill was among the original supporters of the
Nevada chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
Michael Capello
’82, ‘91M.S. (social
Libraries and Science
Barbara Henry ’74 (journalism)
Ken rose from
a new mechanical
graduate in 1984
to become his own
company’s president in 1996. After graduation,
Ken was hired by Carrier Air Conditioning
with sales positions at their offices in San
Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. In
1996, Ken formed Engineered Equipment
& Systems Co. in Las Vegas and served as
president for 12 years. EES provided HVAC
systems for major hotel resorts in Las Vegas. In
2008, Ken sold EES to Johnson Controls, Inc.,
a Fortune 100 NYSE company. Today, Ken
is president of 8108, Inc., an engineering and
systems consulting firm specializing in HVAC
and low voltage systems technology, as well
as renewable and sustainable energy systems.
In 2009, the governor appointed Ken to the
Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers
and Land Surveyors.
and Peggy
Boynton ’60
southern California, Russ earned a
bachelor’s in chemistry from the University
of California, Berkeley. Peggy grew up in
northern California and headed to Nevada for
college. Russ did a stint in the Navy. In 1960
he and Peggy married and settled in Orinda,
Calif., where they still reside. Russ worked
for Chevron for nearly 20 years and now
has his own business building and repairing
computers. Peggy landed a job with the IRS in
1976 and is still working. The Boyntons have
a daughter, Anne Louise Boynton Elam, and
a grandson, Jonathan. Inveterate travelers,
the Boyntons have visited just short of 100
countries in their sojourns.
In 1974,
editor Warren
Lerude ’61 called to
offer Barbara a
reporting job. That
was the beginning
of a 35-year career
in the newspaper
business. After eight years as a reporter, city
editor and managing editor in Reno, Barbara
traveled to Washington, D.C., to work on the
start-up team for the recently founded USA
TODAY. The next 24 years were spent
criss-crossing the country working at Gannett
Co. newspapers. Barbara became editor of the
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, New York,
publisher of the Great Falls Tribune, Montana,
and The Des Moines Register, Iowa, in 1995. In
2000, Gannett purchased The Indianapolis
Star and Barbara was promoted to a Gannett
group president’s role, and supervised more
than 20 newspapers in the Midwest and South.
Barbara retired from Gannett in 2008.
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Michael has
worked in child
welfare during the
last 25 years. He
worked in child
protective services
for the Washoe County Department of
Social Services from 1983 to 1989 as a child
protection worker and supervisor. He joined
the State of Nevada in 1989 as a social services
specialist in child protective services and
later served as district manager in the Reno
office. Mike returned to Washoe County in
1994 where he worked as division director
for adult services until April of 1996 when he
was named director of the children’s services.
The Washoe County Board of Commissioners
appointed Michael as director of the Washoe
County Department of Social Services in
2000; he retired from county service in
January 2009 and is currently employed by
Adams and Associates.
Reynolds School of Journalism
Nevada Alumni Council
Executive Committee
From the President
Dear Nevada Alumni,
Once Nevada. Always Nevada.
And what better time to show
pride in your alma mater than
returning to campus to celebrate
Homecoming 2010, October 3-9.
Lauren Sankovich ’98
This year’s activities include long-standing
traditions such as the Homecoming Gala, honoring
the 2010 Nevada Alumni Association award recipients,
the Bonfire and Pep Rally, Old Guys Nights and Wolf
Pack Football taking on San Jose State. Please visit our
website at to view the entire list
of events.
Also this fall don’t forget to start each home
football game by stopping by the Nevada Alumni
Association’s pregame parties in our new location at
Legacy Hall. Nevada Alumni will be taking over this
beautiful Athletics facility outside on the patio as well
as inside the building. These events start two hours
prior to kick off and all ages are welcome.
The Nevada Alumni Association has worked
diligently over the past year to bring the community
and the campus closer through organized events
as well as bringing alumni and students together
through mentoring. We continue our efforts to bring
our chapters closer together as well as grow our alumni
membership. I’d like to thank the Alumni Council,
the Executive Officers and especially the staff for an
incredible year of achievements!
Finally, this past year as Alumni Council President
has been an amazing experience. The Council
members, staff and alumni have shown true devotion
to the University during these ever changing times.
The Council has worked closely with the University
Foundation, President and his staff over the past year
and as a benefit of this close working relationship, has
had the privilege of watching these individuals handle
and resolve tough issues with grace and dignity.
The University has emerged from the past year even
stronger and more beautiful than before. And I believe
that much of that is attributed to the dedication and
hard work of Alumni and University staff.
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Lauren Sankovich ‘98
President, Nevada Alumni Council
Lauren Sankovich ‘98
Michael F. Dillon, Jr. ‘94
Past President
Julie Rowe ‘94
Seema Donahoe ‘02
Vice President for Chapter Development
Kelly Bland ‘91
Vice President for Community Outreach
Jeff Pickett ‘89
Vice President for Marketing and Membership
Rita Laden ‘96
Vice President for Student Outreach
Board Members
Chad Blanchard ’93, ’03, ‘09
Cindy Buchanan ‘95
Nicholas Butler ‘02
Tim Crowley ‘92
Roger Diedrichsen ‘71
James Eason ‘95
Jill Fielden ‘91
Cary Groth (Director, Intercollegiate Athletics, ex
officio member)
Stephanie Hanna ‘96
Samantha Hudson ‘94
Caesar Ibarra ‘00
Laura Jenkins ‘99
Robert Jones ‘70
Ro Lazzarone ‘03
William Magrath ‘73
Patrick Martinez ‘95
Marlene Olsen ‘74
Michael Pennington ‘95
Erin Russell Hayes ‘00
Charlie Jose (ASUN President)
Jason Sterrett ‘02
Ty Windfeldt ‘01
Staff Members
John K. Carothers
Vice President, Development & Alumni Relations
Bruce Mack
Associate Vice President, Development & Alumni
Amy J. Carothers ‘01
Director, Alumni Relations
Christy Jerz ‘97
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Juliane Di Meo
Alumni Program Manager
Lindsey Niedzielski ‘06
Alumni Program Coordinator
Hope Hepner
Administrative Assistant II
Sam Dibitonto ’54
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Sam Dibitonto ’54 (psychology), former
Reno mayor, was inducted into the Sigma Nu
Hall of Honor at the 64th National Grand
Chapter Meeting held in Boston, on July 6.
More than 700 collegians and alumni were
present. Sigma Nu’s highest senior alumni
award is designed to recognize fraternity leaders who have given valiantly to the fraternity,
made contributions to their community, as
well as had success in their own career. To date
only 77 individuals of the more than 100,000
members have been recognized with this
Edwin Osgood ’58 (electrical engineering)
held the 42nd annual Osgood Army Ski Trip
in Park City, Utah. One dozen “old soldiers”
carried on the tradition—“when the going gets
tough, the tough keep skiing.” This summer’s
bivouac will be in French Glen, Ore. with a
gathering for rocking chair reminiscence.
Sharon (Johnson) Pauly ’58 (elementary
education) is enjoying retirement, spending
time with her six grandchildren and traveling
with her sister. She is retired from the United
States Golf Association Tournament Committee, representing South Florida.
Robert Backus ’63 (political science) is
still in the practice of family medicine and
stays involved in the community through his
volunteer medical work. He considers himself
Thomas J. Hall ’65
Edward “Ugly Ed”
Feinhandler ’72
blessed to be healthy with a loving wife, children and grandchildren.
Ron Cooney ’72 (English) has just published his first book, a collection of humorous
pieces loosely based on “items of great historical insignificance.” Titled Lost Lies of History,
Volume 17; it is available through bookstores
and Ron credits retired University professors George Herman, Roberta Coon,
Anne Howard and Bob Diamond as great
teachers from whom he learned a ton.
Thomas J. Hall ’65 (finance) helped show
100 students of all ages what flying is all about
at the Young Eagles Flight Camp at Stead Airport. The Reno Air Racing Foundation teamed
up with the local chapter of the Experimental
Aircraft Association and the Reno Area 99s to
host the camp. Among the aircraft were two
helicopters from the Nevada Army Guard
Aviation Battalion, a RAVEN helicopter from
the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, a Cessna
Turbo 182 belonging to the local Civil Air
Patrol wing, as well as a 1930s Navy biplane
trainer brought in by the Sierra wing of the
Commemorative Air Force. In addition, a
dome from the Challenger Learning Center
was available at the camp, offering students
simulated space missions.
Susan (Carey) Cuddy ’69 (nursing) recently
retired from the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps as a
captain after more than 37 years service to her
country. She now works part-time at Catholic
Mid Center in Manchester, N.H.
Dianne (Dieter) Speegle ’70 (nursing)
recently retired from her role as assistant superintendent of special education for the Sierra
Sand Unified School District.
Edward “Ugly Ed” Feinhandler ’72 (journalism) won the 2009 Points of Light Nevada
Senior Volunteer Award. Over the years
Edward has used his “ugly” face to raise money
for local charities including United Blood
Services. He has given more than 13 gallons
of blood and 681 platelet donations since 1970
and has raised over $15,000 for bone marrow
Randolph Townsend ’73 (physical education) has been appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission by Governor Jim Gibbons.
Randolph, who served as a state senator from
1983 until 2010, is currently director of NorthStar Investors Inc. of Reno.
Robert “Bob” Balzar ’75 (electrical engineering) has been named vice president of
energy efficiency and demand response for
the Tennessee Valley Authority. Bob comes to
TVA after serving as director of conservation
resources for Seattle City Light since 2007. He
headed residential, commercial and industrial
conservation and demand response programs
for the municipal utility system that serves
nearly a million Seattle, Wash. residents.
Jared Chaney ’75 (journalism) has been
named chief marketing officer in addition
to his current post as chief communications
Steve Martarano ’79
officer and executive vice president for Medical
Mutual of Ohio in Cleveland. Jared, a former
San Francisco ad executive, helped rebuild
this company from a near-mutiny in 1998
after it split from the Blues, nursed it through
the untimely and tragic death of its CEO in a
2008 plane crash, and now the choppy waters
of health care reform.
Mary (Germain) Burnham ’75 (art) is
pleased to announce the graduation of her son,
Jonathan Burnham ’10 (psychology) in May
from the University.
Al Saibini ’76 (criminal justice) retired from
the Drug Enforcement Administration after
21 years of federal service. Al began his law
enforcement career in 1977 with the Washoe
County Sheriff’s Office, working in detention,
patrol, and narcotics investigation. In his most
recent position he worked for the Office of
Investigative Technology at DEA Headquarters. He is currently in Iraq with the 49th M.P.
Brigade. He lives in Stafford, Va. with his wife
of 26 years, Lynda, daughter, Rachel, and two
Connie Emerson ’77M.A. (journalism)
announces the launch of her first travel app
for the iPhone. Produced in conjunction with
Sutro Media, “Reno Insider’s Guide” covers
everything from restaurants and hotels to specialty shopping and hiking trails. The author of
14 books, as well as newspaper, magazine and
Internet articles, Connie and husband Ralph
have lived in Reno since 1971.
Steve Martarano ’79 (journalism) spent
a good part of June in the gulf area with the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, handling media
relations in Grand Isla, La. After his stint in the
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Edwin Morrow ’69 (geology) has been
appointed president and CEO of Liberty Coal
Energy. He holds a bachelor’s from the University with post-graduate study in finance and
mineral economics. Edwin has held positions
of increasing responsibility in the mining and
minerals industry.
Jared Chaney ’75
ss Chat
Writings on the Wall
What’s on your mind?
Nevada Alumni Association It’s Wolf Pack Welcome Week! What
advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
Richard Viloria ’08 (sociology) Reno Don’t let your studies take over your life. Part of the
process is finding out who you are outside of the classroom!
Reena Arias ’10 Las Vegas Join a Greek House and try to bring back The Breakaway!
Darrick Bissell ’05 (management) Reno Not everything is black and white; a lot of life
and studies are in the grey area.
Whit Thornton Wall ’08 (journalism) Incline Village Schedule spring semester classes in
the afternoon to take advantage of the POWDER DAYS!
Colin Beck ’01 (journalism) Reno Get involved on campus. There are many different
clubs and organizations that cater to just about everyone. It’s a great way to meet people,
make new friends, network for your future and learn about the University. Joining one
of the many clubs or serving in the student government will only help to enhance your
overall college experience.
Lori Pierce ’02 (English) Loveland, Colo. I agree with Colin. I’d also add taking a class
just for fun or interest every once in awhile, and don’t hesitate to visit the tutoring center
if needed!
Calvin Ginyard ’00 (political science) Fort Lauderdale College is about experiences.
Keep your mind open sing dance laugh cry and love. If you do that you will have
memories to cherish forever.
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Ellen Wofford Houston ’96 (journalism) Sparks Hang out at the Center for Student
Cultural Diversity on the 3rd floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union!
Douglas G. Adams ’89 (criminal justice), ’92 (social work) Fernley Take some time now
and again and explore the campus! Appreciate the old buildings on the Quad, both inside
and out. There are a lot of neat things to see. Take in the change of colors in October, the
campus is a beautiful place!
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being dependent. Reach for the stars. Own your world!
Adam Kiefer ’05 (political
science) and Christine
Pike ’09 (elementary
education) were
married on March 13,
2010 at Canyon Gate
Country Club in Las
Vegas. In attendance
were Christine’s Pi Beta
Phi sorority sisters
and Adam’s University
of Nevada Wolf Pack
football teammates.
Adam is currently
pursuing his MBA at the
University of Nevada.
gulf, he spent July in Washington, D.C., working out of the service’s national office. Steve is a
former Sagebrush editor (1978-79) and member
of the Sacramento Alumni Chapter.
Thomas Wilson ’79 (electrical engineering) is pleased to announce the acceptance of
his son to the University of Texas College of
Engineering. His son will major in petroleum
Janice (Novak) Fedarcyk ’80 (criminal
justice), ’90MPA (public administration) has
been named as assistant director in charge of
the FBI’s New York Division. Janice is currently
serving as special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division.
Deborah (Davis) Pontius ’80 (nursing),
’91M.S. (nursing) has been busy serving on
the national board of directors for the National
Association of School Nurses. Becoming
active in national school nurse policy, working
with the top minds in the field, has been the
highlight of her career. She also continues as an
adjunct instructor for Orvis School of Nursing,
and has taught many continuing education
classes, Western Nevada College classes, as well
as certified nursing assistant classes for high
school students.
Kristen “Kris” (Short) Freitas ’81 (health
education) is currently working as a counselor
at Douglas High School and is happy to announce she has three daughters who will all be
attending the University.
Wolf mates
Susan (Hyne) Fernhoff ’82 (accounting)
recently reactivated her real estate license and
is excited to announce the upcoming graduation of her daughters Jennifer and Lori from
the University. Her other daughters, Cami
and Danielle, are a senior in engineering and a
junior in pre-med, respectively.
Joanne (Nedohon) Potter ’82 (nursing)
just celebrated her 28th anniversary at Saint
Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno.
She works in labor and delivery and is proud
to mentor Orvis School of Nursing students
every year.
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Kickin’ it with K-von | Packin’ heat
Recently, while making a 24-hour turnaround trip from
Nevada to Florida, my dad encouraged me to take his small,
red duffel bag. “It’ll be easier to haul around than your rolling
suitcase and it’s a short stay,” he said. I filled his bag with
just the necessities (one pair of underwear, one shirt, one
pair of jeans, and a shower kit) and off to the airport I went.
Impressed with my brilliant decision to carry a superlight
bag, I skipped the baggage-check line and walked directly to
my gate. Placing my belongings on the x-ray machine, I got
behind a short line of people: We waltzed through the metal
detector with ease. While waiting on the other side I notice
the TSA officer using his computer monitor to scrutinize one
of the bags on the belt. “Must be that weird guy that went
through right before me,” I thought. At this point, the officer
I was impressed. Apparently the TSA had found someone
trying to smuggle something illegally onto an airplane.
Bad news for that creep ... good news for America! “Thank
goodness we have our boys in light-blue at the front lines of
defense,” I thought with great nationalistic pride.
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
A small huddle had formed around the monitor, the
supervisor and three other officers pointing, arguing, and
deliberating. Watching these experts work was aweinspiring. I didn’t even care that it was taking a few minutes
out of my day; I was fascinated by their efforts. Suddenly
the supervisor reached in, pulled a bag from the machine
and said, “Does this red duffel belong to anyone? “What?!...
This must be some kind of mistake,” I mumbled. There
was hardly anything in that bag, let alone a threatening
substance. Unless my underwear isn’t passing some sort
of high-alert safety code, this shouldn’t be happening! Not
to mention, the bag belongs to my father, and although
Middle Eastern by heritage, he’s a very good-natured dude.
In fact, I’ve never known him to scream things like “Jihad” or
“Death to the Infidels” in all my years as his son, no matter
how mad he got.
Asked to follow the supervisor, we headed to what he
called “The Room” and told me to take a seat. He placed
the bag on the table in between us and sat down, flanked
by two scrawny teenage officers doing their best to look
menacing. The questioning began: “What are your plans?
Who were you going to visit? Why are you at the airport?”
As a member of the SAE fraternity, I’ve been in trouble many
times before, but this seemed different. Finally, I begged
them to tell me what the problem was. Apparently they
found a bullet rattling around in the bottom of my bag. It
was smaller than a BB and I had to look closely to verify that it
was indeed a .22 caliber shell. This makes sense because my
father is licensed by the Sheriff’s Office to carry a handgun
and he goes to the shooting range regularly.
But before I could explain, it was time for more
questions ...
TSA: You do know it’s illegal to bring artillery on a flight?
Me: Artillery?
TSA: Well just this once we understand a mistake could
happen, but we will have to put you on the list.
Me: THE LIST?!?! NO, please don’t do that, Sir! I’m very sorry
... but I certainly do not want to be on ANY lists!
Despite my plea, they took my ID, typed something into a
computer, and with that I was officially put on “The List.”
Able to leave, and now sprinting, I boarded my plane
with seconds to spare. I sat down frustrated, panting and
sweating bullets (no pun intended). All I could think was,
“Great, now I look even more suspicious.” But something
kept bugging me. I mean, sure, they found a .22 bullet ...
So take it away, TSA! I didn’t need it and it was an accident
... but it’s not like they found a gun! The rest of my flight I
thought of different demands a Reno boy with a bullet could
make on a passenger jet.
“EVERYBODY LISTEN UP, this is a bullet, and I have a very
good arm, and I will throw it at someone. I have a few
demands. First of all I want my own row. Second, shut
that baby up! Finally, unless I get some more orange juice
someone is getting hurt. And not a small cup full of ice, I’m
talkin’ a full can ... DO YOU HEAR ME!?!?”
K-von ’03 (marketing) is a Nevada alum and comedian. After
two seasons on MTV’s “Disaster Date,” he’s now performing
for universities and hosting events across the nation . His full
schedule is on
TSA: Yes, and you should know what is in any bag before
you bring it on the plane.
Lori (Fuller) Claus ’83 (nursing) currently
works as a house legal nurse consultant for a
large medical malpractice law firm, defending hospitals and nurses throughout the state
of Nevada. Prior to her current position she
worked as an intensive care unit nurse.
oversee more than 1,500 employees statewide
and will be involved with new technology
deployment and infrastructure investment.
Additionally, she will lead the company’s
regulatory, legislative and community affairs
activities in Nevada.
Jennifer (Duxbury) Cunningham ’83 (managerial sciences) has been named executive
director of marketing for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Jennifer most
recently worked as director of sales, advertising,
entertainment and casino marketing at Circus
Circus Hotel Casino. She also has worked with
Silver Legacy Hotel Casino, The Peppermill
Hotel and Casino and as director of marketing
for RSCVA’s National Bowling Stadium.
Carol Harvey ’84M.S. (nursing) currently
works as an orthopedic clinical nurse specialist
and a professor of nursing in the Registered
Nursing Program at Cypress College in
Cypress, Calif.
Stephanie Tyler-Jackson ’83 (political science), a veteran telecommunications executive
and former Nevada state senator, was named
president of AT&T Nevada. Stephanie will
Me: I know but it was an accident! My dad is not only
licensed, but he’s from Lovelock, Nevada. We have bullets
everywhere at home. In fact, he could have one of those in
the bottom of his shoe right now and he wouldn’t know it.
James Vogt ’85 (electrical engineering) has
been named as senior vice president and general manager of Blue Coat Systems, Inc., Cloud
Services business unit. James brings more than
25 years of experience in senior management
positions at leading technology companies
and will be responsible for expanding the unit,
refining and executing its vision and product
strategy, and developing routes to market.
Grant Holman ’86 (management) has been
busy running his business, Grant’s Grooming,
for 15 years. He also recently purchased his
dream home that he shares with his lovely wife.
Dawn (Carter) Pappas ’86 (nursing) recently completed a nursing refresher at TMCC.
She is currently a registered nurse contractor
for the Renown Wellness Center.
Hawley MacLean ’89 (speech/theatre), president and chief executive officer of MacLean
Financial Group in Reno, has been appointed
to the board of directors for the Reno Tahoe
Winter Games Coalition. The group is promoting the region as the next North American
region to host an Olympic Winter Games.
Edward Schoenberg ’89 (counseling and
guidance) is excited to announce the graduation of his son, Daniel Schoenberg ’10 (music), from the University on May 15.
Kerri Garcia ’92
John J. Savage ’91 (physical education),
UCLA head baseball coach, has been
named the national Coach of the Year by John guided the
Bruins to a 51-15 record and their first-ever
appearance in the finals of the College World
Series. After leading UCLA to a programrecord 22-0 start in early April, John helped the
Bruins engineer an exciting postseason run,
highlighted by an NCAA Super Regional series
victory over Cal State Fullerton followed by a
berth in the best-of-three championship series
in Omaha, Neb. Savage has earned his first trip
to the College World Series in nine seasons as a
head coach (three years at UC Irvine, followed
by six at UCLA).
Kerri Garcia ’92 (journalism) has formed
a consulting company, Kerri Garcia Public
Relations. Kerri’s background includes more
than a decade of experience in public relations,
employee communications, public affairs and
project management in the corporate communications, agency and nonprofit arenas. She
has designed award-winning communications
programs and campaigns in the areas of media
Alumni mentoring
program finds a perfect match
Randy Gener ’92 (general studies) recently
won the 2010 Deadline Club Award for Best
Arts Reporting in New York—printed, broadcast or otherwise disseminated in 2009. Randy
won for “Fomenting a Denim Revolution,”
which appeared in the May/June 2009 international theatre edition of American Theatre
magazine. The article chronicles the plight of
the guerilla artists of Belarus Free Theatre who
perform underground in Minsk while arguing
openly for regime change.
Matt Bender ’93MBA (business administration) has been appointed to the advisory
board for Rare Element Resources Ltd. Matt is
currently senior study director for Newmont
Mining Company, responsible for early stages
of project engineering and economic studies. He has more than 22 years of experience
in the mining and mineral processing fields,
which include precious metals, base metals
and industrial mineral operations, and process
design and engineering.
Stephanie (Burgess) Stoebe ’93 (German)
is currently working as a reading specialist
at Round Rock High School. She is pleased
to announce the retirement of her husband,
Walter Stoebe, after 21 years of active duty in
the U.S. Army.
Chad Brown ’94 (political science) has been
named regional vice president of Transamerica
Retirement Services southern region. He will
oversee all sales and distribution activities in
western and central Texas and will be based
in Austin, Tex. Chad joins Transamerica from
Nationwide Financial Services, Inc., where he
served for the past five years as regional vice
president of sales.
Molly (Malone) Rezac ’94 (psychology) has
been appointed to the STEP2 board of directors,
a private, nonprofit treatment program providing services to women and children throughout
northern Nevada. Molly, an employment lawyer
and member of the firm’s litigation practice
group, represents employers in litigation matters, including discrimination claims under
Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act,
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and
the Fair Labor Standards Act.
funding, and in
uncertain economic
times, it’s been difficult
finding and attracting
the required expertise.
With a strong
background in higher
math, physics and
electrical engineering, I
saw an opportunity for
Alex to help with the
mathematical modeling.
He has done a very good
job, showing
independent thinking
and analysis, and the
ability to apply what he Alexander and Mark analyze modeling results.
has learned in his
classes. It’s been a very
back to their alma mater. The Nevada Alumni
positive experience for both of us.”
Association is currently accepting new mentors.
It’s connections like these that give students the
—Lindsey Niedzielski ’06
opportunity to grow beyond the classroom and give
alumni the opportunity to share wisdom and give
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Alexandr Bajenov, a senior working on his
bachelor’s in electrical engineering, had few
business connections in Reno. No surprise, since he
had come all the way from Russia to attend the
University. That’s when the Nevada Alumni
Association’s Mentor Program and alumnus Mark
Iverson ‘90 M.S. (computer science) stepped in to
offer Alexandr the opportunity to network and
connect with professionals in the area. Alexandr,
interested in entrepreneurship and starting his own
technology-related company, found the perfect
match. Alexandr was able to observe and
participate in the day-to-day operations of a small
startup company. The match was so perfect that
shortly after Alexandr’s mentor experience ended,
Mark offered him an internship with the company.
Mark explains: “As a startup with very limited
relations and publicity, internal communications, community relations, promotions, event
planning and crisis management.
Brian Janes ’97
Anna (Leddy) Catlett ’98
Thomas Burbey ’96Ph.D. (hydrology/
hydrogeology) has been awarded a Fulbright
grant. The Virginia Tech geosciences researcher will travel to France this fall to study
fractured rock hydrogeology. Tom, associate professor of geosciences in the College of
Science, will conduct research along with his
French counterparts at a site in Ploemeur,
France. His research focuses on fluid flow and
aquifer-system dynamics in complex fractured
and faulted systems.
Brian Janes ’97 (resource management),
second lieutenant in the Nevada Air National
Guard, is one of 12 students nationwide who
completed a four-week accelerated officer’s
training course in Wichita Falls, Tex. The
course provided students with tactical skills
to coordinate logistics, contingencies and
deployments for aircraft maintenance. Brian is
currently a project manager for PBS&J’s water
resources division.
Melissa (Geerdes) Deitz ’00
David Freeman ’01
Anna (Leddy) Catlett ’98 (journalism) has
been promoted to the director of client services
for R&R Partners. In this role, she will oversee
R&R’s diverse account services teams across the
firm’s multi-state offices. She will also continue
to manage all Las Vegas-based hybrid accounts
that intersect public affairs, public relations, and
traditional and guerrilla marketing.
Melissa (Geerdes) Deitz ’00 (journalism)
was recently promoted to media director for
The Glenn Group, a Nevada-based full service
marketing communications firm. As media director, Melissa is responsible for overseeing all
media activities for a variety of clients, including developing media plans and ensuring that
all media work is on strategy, time and budget.
David Freeman ’01 (biology), ’06M.D.
(medicine) has accepted a position as an eye
surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in
Reno. He finished serving as chief resident for
the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, which
was recently ranked as one of the top-10 residency programs for eye surgery in the country.
He will be returning to northern Nevada
with his wife, Whitney (Jacobs) Freeman ’01
(marketing), and newborn son, Nolan. David
is honored to be serving those who have served
this country by performing cataract, glaucoma
and plastic surgeries of the eye.
Marcus K. Johnston ’03Ph.D. (geology) has
been promoted to manager, Nevada exploration for Victoria Gold Corp. Marcus was
employed as a geologist at Newmont before
joining Victoria Gold Corp.
Tim Parelli ’03 (finance) has completed his
first year as a financial adviser for the Wealth
Consulting Group in Las Vegas. Tim is off to
an incredible start and looks forward to continued success as his career progresses.
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Lindsey Johnston ’04
Brian Fitzgerald ’06
Lindsey Johnston ’04 (journalism) has
been promoted to senior account executive
for The Glenn Group, a Nevada-based, fullservice marketing communications firm. In
her new role, Lindsey manages the strategic
development of advertising campaigns and
promotions for clients and has extensive
experience managing accounts in the gaming/
hospitality industry.
Carl Gatson ’05 (general studies) has recently obtained an executive certificate in financial
planning from the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green
Belt from Six Sigma Partnering, LLC.
Brian Fitzgerald ’06 (civil engineering) has
passed the California Professional Engineer
Jennifer “Jen” Hylin ’06
Jacquelyn Long ’09
exam. Brian is responsible for assisting with
planning, design, bidding and construction
services for PBS&J clients including the RenoTahoe International Airport, Truckee Airport
and Carson City Airport. Brian also received
a bachelor’s in architecture from Kansas State
University. He is an associate member of the
American Society of Civil Engineers and an
avid supporter of the University’s Concrete
Canoe Team.
Jennifer “Jen” Hylin ’06 (animal science)
graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine on May 9.
Jen is a fifth-generation, native Nevadan and
has started her practice at the Pyramid and
Spanish Springs Veterinary Hospitals.
Jacquelyn Long ’09 (accounting), ’10MACC
(accounting) has been hired by Kafoury, Armstrong & Co. as a staff accountant in the firm’s
Reno office. In her new position, Jacquelyn will
be responsible for work on external audits for
governmental and non-governmental clients as
well as tax preparation.
Megan Stanphill ’10 (journalism) has been
hired at Swift Communications as an advertising designer in Carson City.
Wolf cubs
Karena (Nygren) Zevely ’93
(interior design) and her
husband, James, are proud to
announce the birth of their son,
Matthew, born Aug. 18, 2009.
He joins a big sister, Lynnea.
Dana Zive ’98 (environmental
and natural resource sciences)
and her husband, Ted Ducker,
are pleased to announce the
birth of their awesome
daughter, Lola Jane, on April 27.
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Sarah (Warner) Ledon ’00
(elementary/special education)
and her husband Carlos Ledon
’01 (chemical engineering)
would like to announce the
birth of their son James Robert
on May 19. He joins his proud
older siblings, Calista (6),
William (4), and Michaela (2).
Ciara (Meadows) Miller ’00
(mechanical engineering) and
her husband, Jason Miller, are
pleased to introduce their
daughter, Keelin Trinity, born
Feb. 25.
RoLayne (McClure) Allen ’02
(secondary education) and her
husband, Steve, would like to
announce the birth of their son,
Austin David, on Aug. 11, 2009.
Kendelee (Leascher) Works ’02
(criminal justice) and her
husband, Ryan Works ’01
(criminal justice) are thrilled to
announce the birth of their son,
Landon, born Nov. 18, 2009.
Danielle (Griffith) Skiles ’03
(marketing) and her husband,
Adam, would like to announce
the arrival of their little baby
girl, Charlie Addison, on March 1.
Mom wanted to have her before
she turned 30 years old on March
3 and little Charlie was sweet
enough to oblige.
Campus Columns Quiz
Think you know campus well enough to
match these classic columns with the buildings
they belong to? Read on and find out!
__ Frandsen Humanities was built in 1918, and
designed by W.L. Lewis of the Reno architectural firm of Lewis, Ellory, & Sexton. It was
reopened in May 2000 after a two-year, $2.9
million renovation. The building is named of
honor of Peter “Bugs” Frandsen, a well-known
and beloved Nevada biology professor whose
career at Nevada spanned 40 years.
ister of Historic Places. Mackay Mines is named
for John W. Mackay (1831-1902), one of the “Big
Four” mining magnates of the Comstock Lode
bonanza. In 1908, this building and subsequent
endowments were presented to the University
in John Mackay’s honor by his widow, Marie
Louise, and his son, Clarence H. Mackay.
__ Mackay Science The Mackay Science Build-
ing was dedicated in 1930 to serve the Departments of Physics and Chemistry. The $425,000
building was a gift to the University from Clarence H. Mackay, who, along with his mother,
had earlier donated the funding for the Mackay
Mines Building. This Georgian-style structure,
complete with Ionic pilasters, was designed by
Reno architect Frederick De Longchamps.
__ Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering This
$11 million building, completed in 1983, was
a giant step forward for the University and
the School of Mines. The 60,000-square-foot
building, styled to conform with the historic
buildings around it, houses classrooms and
laboratories for mining, chemical, and metallurgical engineering and geological sciences.
__ Palmer Engineering was constructed in
1941 to more adequately house the College
of Engineering. Designed by Reno architect
Russell Mills and built in the Jeffersonian
Revival style similar to the Mackay Mines
and Mackay Science buildings, it served as the
home for most of the engineering college until
the construction of the Scrugham Engineering
and Mines Building in 1963.
__ Thompson This Georgian-style building,
designed by Reno architect Frederick De Longchamps, was built in 1920 to house the University’s “teacher training” program. In 1959, the
building was named to honor Dr. Reuben C.
Thompson, who taught at the University from
1908 to 1948, and founded the Department of
__ William J. Raggio This 118,000-squarefoot building opened for classes in fall 1997.
Formerly known as the College of Education
Building, the structure was renamed in 2003
in honor of Nevada State Senator William J.
Raggio, a Reno native, Nevada graduate and
longtime K-12 and higher education advocate in
the state of Nevada.
—Compiled by Patrick McFarland ’97
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
__ Mackay Mines is listed on the National Reg-
ANSWER KEY, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: 1) William J. Raggio, 2) Palmer Engineering, 3) Frandsen Humanities, 4) Mackay Mines, 5) Mackay Science, 6) Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering and 7) Thompson.
Photos by Theresa Danna-Douglas
Chapter Updates
Tobin Rupert ’88, Kelly Nunez, Johnica Nunez ’03, Celeste Willis ’02, ’05, and Buffy Cooper enjoy the sunset at the Native American
Alumni Chapter’s Spring Fling at Sunset Cove.
Alumni Band
Kiara (Donohue) Wolf ’92, ’97, [email protected]
It’s not too late to join the Alumni Band for this year’s
Homecoming Celebration. This year marks the 30th anniversary
of the resurrection of the Wolf Pack Marching Band. Everyone
who marched is welcome, but we are especially seeking members
of the 1980 band to join us.
The Alumni Band also funds the John Montgomery Memorial
Scholarship, helps support the current marching band and sends a
monthly newsletter to share personal and professional news with
members. If you are interested in becoming a member, please
contact Kiara Wolf or find us on Facebook as the University of
Nevada, Reno Alumni Band.
College of Business
Alumni Association
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Jenny Boland ’00, [email protected]
The College of Business Alumni Association is pleased
to announce the election of new officers to the board. The
newly elected leadership team began their terms in July.
The 2010 officers are Jenny Boland ’00, president; Melissa
Molyneaux ’06, president-elect; Jeff Peterson ’86, VP public
relations/communications; Kelly (Newcomb) MacLellan ’04, VP
membership; Justin Thomsen ’05, VP development; Anthony
Puckett ’08, assistant VP development and Pam (Stossel) Ganger
’98, secretary. Congratulations to our new officers and thank you
to our outgoing officers for their dedicated service!
Sherry Rupert ’05, Ben Rupert, and Sandi Emm ’02 attend the Native American
Alumni Chapter’s Spring Fling at Sunset Cove.
We are also excited to announce the addition of three new
directors of the board: Mark Glodowski ’04, Pam (Pagayunan)
Durfee ’04 and Adam Reed ’03. We look forward to their
contributions and are happy to have them on our board. Keep
up to date on events, activities and new job postings by joining
our College of Business Alumni Association groups on Facebook
and LinkedIn.
Fallon Alumni Chapter
Jim Dakin ’74, ’79, [email protected]
The Fallon Alumni Chapter held elections in May. New officers
include: Jim Dakin ’74, ’79, president; Colleen (Austin) Palludan
’74, vice president; Valerie Lear ’09, treasurer; and Mike McGinness
’71, secretary. We’d like to thank Roger Diedrichsen ’71, Jim
Johnson ’79 and Mike McGinness ’71 for their dedicated service
to the chapter over the last several years.
Fall plans include a rooter bus to Las Vegas in early October to
support the Wolf Pack in its bid to maintain possession of the
Fremont Cannon.
For additional information regarding upcoming events, visit Click on “Chapters” and then “Fallon
Native American
Alumni Chapter
Sherry Rupert ’05, [email protected]
The Native American Alumni Chapter (NAAC) sponsored a
Spring Fling social at Sunset Cove, located at the Sparks Marina.
With nearly 20 attendees, we were able to taste a variety of
different food and wines. On July 28, the NAAC sponsored a
Pack Picnic on the Quad at the University of Nevada, Reno. NAAC
families were able to enjoy good music and meet fellow alumni.
Once again, NAAC is planning an annual homecoming tailgate on
October 9, when the Wolf Pack takes on San Jose State. Save the
date for this annual event; we had over 50 attendees at last year’s
tailgate and look forward to a bigger crowd this year.
Get involved and renew your membership! The chapter meets
monthly at various locations. If you are interested in joining,
please contact Kari Emm ’01 at (775) 682-5928 or [email protected]
edu, or Sherry Rupert ’05 at (775) 687-8333.
Nevada Dental
Alumni Chapter
David White ’99, [email protected]
The Nevada Dental Alumni Chapter is gearing up for the
2010-11 academic year. The chapter offers opportunities for
alumni to continue their support of the University through
networking, education and community involvement. We are
seeking individuals interested in coordinating these events for
the upcoming year. For more information on how to become
involved, please contact Dr. David White at [email protected]
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Chapter Updates
Don Morgan ’05, Geoff Noisy, Jim Crawford, Jim Farley ’99, David Hairston and Rick Davis take a photo break
during the Football Alumni Chapter’s annual golf tournament.
Nevada Football
Alumni Chapter
Jim Farley ’99, [email protected]
The Football Alumni Chapter just concluded another successful
reunion golf tournament to help raise funds for the Nevada
Wolf Pack. Several new “old” players were able to join in the
festivities this year and visit with former teammates. Football
alumni interested in renewing membership or just contacting
old football players should visit our new social website at www. or contact Jim Farley. The chapter is
also planning a 20-year reunion of the Wolf Pack team that played
in the 1990 National Championship game to occur at an upcoming
home game. Look for details on our website or contact Matt
Clafton ’93 at [email protected] if you would like to help!
Nevada Greek
Alumni Chapter
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Mike McDowell ’03, [email protected]
The newly founded Nevada Greek Alumni Chapter had its
first event on Aug. 21 at the Pub ‘N’ Sub, and it was a smashing
success! There will be plenty of upcoming opportunity for
members to connect with other Nevada Greek Alumni both
socially and professionally.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook (
or check for updates, Greek
Homecoming events and ways to connect with fellow Greeks.
TOP: Brandon Knox, Jenn Admunsen and Christina Tutt relive their “dorm days” during
Artown 2010. BOTTOM: Victoria Farber, ’97, Patrick McFarland, ’97 and David Taylor, ’99, enjoy
reuniting during the 2009 Reynolds School Homecoming lunch.
If you were a member of a Greek organization at the University
of Nevada, be sure to join the chapter today! It’s only $20 a year.
You can register online at our website. Go Greek... again!
Northeastern Nevada
Alumni Chapter
Danny Gonzales ’90, ’95, ’04, [email protected]
The University of Nevada Northeastern Nevada Alumni Chapter
is currently scheduling events to promote chapter membership
and the scholarship fund for the 2010-11 academic year. The
chapter is looking for alumni in northeastern Nevada interested
in assisting with the planning of these events and encouraging
alumni and supporters to get involved. Contact Kevin Melcher
’79, ’81, director of membership, at [email protected] or
(775) 397-7536 and learn how to get involved.
Reslife Chapter Update
Jeannette (Goree) Smith ’04, ’07, [email protected]
Reslife Alumni are invited to celebrate and remember Alicia
Rose Parlette ’04, Friday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Reynolds
School of Journalism atrium. Alicia was a resident assistant in
Nye Hall for two years. She graduated with honors in 2004,
and then pursued a career in journalism. After being diagnosed
with cancer, Alicia wrote a series for the San Francisco Chronicle.
In April 2010, our dear friend passed away. Join us this year at
Homecoming for a special remembrance of Alicia.
The Reslife Alumni Chapter needs new leadership! Attend our
tailgate at Cantina del Lobo in the Joe Crowley Student Union on
Saturday morning Oct. 9 two hours prior to kickoff to plan the
future of our organization! For just $10, you will receive your game
ticket plus a great meal at the Cantina! For more information
please contact Jeannette Smith at (775) 762-2482.
Reynolds School
Alumni Chapter
Kelly Frank ’99, ’09, [email protected]
Join your fellow J-School alumni as we kickoff the school year
and celebrate Homecoming. On Friday, Oct. 8, we will have our
traditional barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the atrium, followed
by recognition of this year’s Homecoming award winners. There
are five from the Reynolds School­­—the most of any college
on campus!
Prior to the barbecue, as a special part of this year’s Homecoming
festivities, we will celebrate the life of our revered young alumna,
Alicia Parlette ’04, who recently lost a heroic battle with cancer.
Please join us for this remembrance Friday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in
the Reynolds School of Journalism atrium. Visit http://journalism. for more updates.
If you’re interested in attending the alumni chapter’s monthly
meetings, we meet the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.
at the Little Waldorf Saloon.
Sacramento Alumni Chapter
Steve Park ’99, [email protected]
Members of the Young Alumni Chapter prepare to board the
Tahoe Gal on July 10.
The Sacramento Chapter has been active! The chapter is excited
to watch the Wolf Pack take on the Cal Bears on Sept. 17 and
will also attend the Homecoming football game against San
Jose State on Oct. 9. Prior to each game, we will participate in
the Nevada Alumni Association’s pregame party at Legacy Hall!
Please contact Steve Park for more information about the chapter
(916) 367-6345, [email protected]
UNSOM Alumni Chapter
Dr. Helen Gray ’03, ’08, [email protected]
This year the School of Medicine Alumni Association
participated in the spring commencement of the Class of 2010.
We congratulate the 55 new physicians and wish them well on
their ventures into residency! A reception followed the hooding
ceremony on May 14 where we presented the Outstanding
Alumnus Award to Dr. Robin Titus ’76, ’81, who practices in
Lyon County and has precepted medical students for the past
25 years. She received the honor from Dr. Lisa Lyons ’88, ’97,
incoming chapter president. Along with Dr. Lyons, we would
like to welcome our new officers: Dr. Tracey Delaplain ’83, ’87; Dr.
Sharon Frank ’77, ’81; Dr. Helen Gray ’03, ’08; Dr. Joan Brookhyser
’75; Dr. Joseph Hollen ’74, ’76; Dr. Jan Thompson ’82; and Dr. Susan
Park ’05. We encourage all past UNSOM students to become
members today and continue supporting our medical school!
Young Alumni Chapter
Lea Jensen ’05, [email protected]
YAC is excited to have more than 40 new members this year! We
welcomed Nevada’s newest alumni at a graduation celebration
May 20 at Amendment 21. Our first annual Happy Hour Cruise was
held July 10, floating around Lake Tahoe while aboard the Tahoe
Gal. We are looking forward to participating in Homecoming
events, including Old Guys’ Night at Amendment 21, tailgating
and of course, the big game! Our annual mystery bus trip and
dinner is scheduled for Nov. 12. Don’t forget to check us out on
Facebook, where we post all of our events and updates, and at Hope to see you soon!
Silver & Blue Society
campus, among a host of other areas.
The Silver & Blue Society owes its name to a time when
a circle of dedicated men and women helped create the
University of Nevada. Established as a land grant institution
in 1874, the school depended in part on the vision and
support provided by advocates. Many of them knew the
value of gifts beyond the government programs that were
meant to create a thriving economy for a new western state.
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 contact Crystal Parrish at (775) 784-1352 or [email protected]
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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.
To recognize these individuals, the Silver & Blue
Society was formed to honor 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
Pack Picnics on the Quad
Pack Picnics were a huge success with more than 2,000 attendees coming
out to the seven picnics. This summer’s concert series featured music
stylings from Sol’ Jibe, Guitar Woody and the Boilers, and the Reno
Municipal Band among others. Kids tumbled in the bounce houses, had
their faces painted and families enjoyed picnic dinners on the Quad. We
look forward to seeing you next year!
(1) Julie and Matthew Day get their faces painted.
(2) Garin, Chris and Jennifer Snidow ‘09 with Trin
and Alec Koha.
(3) Aaron Edgecomb, Carrie McCune, Michelle
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Lassaline and Annie Lassaline.
(4) Brittany, Luis, Ezekiel and Esperanza Robles and Shanessa, Dilakshi,
Suthan and baby Poorananpillai.
Photos by Tanya Gayer
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Emeriti Faculty Reception
The Nevada Alumni Association honored emeriti faculty of the University at an
annual reception in the Honor Court Aug. 17. More than 60 attendees enjoyed an
update on the University from Provost Marc Johnson as well as catching up with
former colleagues.
(1) Tony Calabro, Katherine McCall, Gina Tempel and Donald Jessup.
(2) Ron Reitz, Larry Kirk, Ron Pardini and John McNeely.
(3) David Westfall, Jo Krumpe ‘95, ‘98M.A., ‘03EDSP, ‘06Ph.D. and Peter Krumpe.
(4) Jan and John Bird ‘72.
Student Welcome Center Opening
On Aug. 30, the University’s Office for Prospective Students opened its new
Welcome Center on the first floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Current and
prospective students and their families can enjoy this highly interactive,
cutting-edge, one-stop information and resource center that provides campus and
local community information, a computer for applying for admission, campus
tours, two semi-private prospective student consultation areas and much more.
(1) Rachel Lane talks to Jennifer Amundsen ‘08, ‘10, graduate assistant and greeter.
(2) Admissions counselor Carolina Rodriguez talks with the Carne Family from
Oregon, including father, Bob; mother, Cathy; daughter, Morgan and son, Chandler.
Photos by Theresa Danna-Douglas
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Reno Aces Alumni Night
Alumni Night with the Reno Aces was a great success! More than 150 alumni
and their families rooted for the home team on July 23. Wolfie Jr. threw out
the first pitch and the Nevada Wolf Pack cheerleaders helped get the crowd
excited as the Reno Aces took on the Fresno Grizzlies.
(1) Kristin (Ghiggeri) Burgarello ’97, Gary Ghiggeri Sr. ‘72, Madge Ghiggeri,
Gary Ghiggeri Jr. ‘02, Cassidy Ghiggeri, Bo Burgarello and Dominic Burgarello.
(2) Mads Miller and David Danna-Douglas.
(3) FRONT: Mike ‘72, Clair ‘72 and Trevor Wojcik and Bliz Sumner ‘48. BACK:
Dana, Nick, Cameron and Megan Overton ‘03, Caroline Wojcik and Jeff
Overton ‘97.
(4) David Aburto, David Adams ‘86, Cheryl Adams, Tabitha Adams, Boone
Sadabseng, Ryan Lytle, Stephanie Adams ‘09, Kennedi Lytle, Staci Adams,
Chris Leija, Peter Sadabseng and Pat Sadabseng.
(5) Emmy Rowe, Coby Rowe ‘99, Julie Rowe ‘94, Cason McMurty, Haley Rowe
and Brenda Van Houk ‘61.
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Alumni Pre-game Party
Alumni and Wolf Pack fans attend the first Nevada Alumni Association
tailgate party of the season on Sept. 2 at Legacy Hall. Parties start two
hours prior to each home football game, and everyone is welcome.
(1) Payton, Brian ’95 and Rian Finley.
(2) Arland and Peggy Conner ’55 with Barbara ’54 and Vince Laveaga ’59.
(3) Jordy, Kirby ’92 and Karen Fisher ’84, ’86M.S.
(4) Jim Dakin ’74, ’79 with Sheila ’75 and Ernie
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(5) Jim and Patty Travis with Bill ’69 and Shirley
Moell ’96.
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(6) Roger Trounday ’56, Mark Nicklanovich ’58,
Louis Hutchison ’58, Bill Bowser ’59 and Dale Fraser ’59.
Photos by Theresa Danna-Douglas
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Nevada Alumni Association
Howard Gallaway
BS Mechanical Engineering
BA Sociology 1968
“Harry” H. Allen
BS Mechanical Engineering 1947
Rodd Gallaway
BS Renewable Natural
Resources 1972
Marion (Rovetti)
Sandra (Gallaway)
BA Social Services 1972
TOP LEFT: William G. Bowden,
Jr., 1950. TOP RIGHT: Vernon
M. Meiser, 1950. LEFT: Howard
Gallaway, 1933. RIGHT: “Harry” H.
Allen Gallaway, 1947.
Bill and Marilyn Bowden at graduation,
Mark D. Meiser at graduati
Katie, Jane and Kelly Bowden at
graduation, 2010
Nineteen Nevada grads and attendees.
One especially momentous year.
If you think the Meisers’ Nevada family tree is impressive, consider the numbers behind
it that have made 2010 such a landmark year for them. Two patriarchs reached their 60year reunion. Three grandchildren are currently pursuing their master’s, while one more
is pursuing a baccalaureate. And one family member—Howard Gallaway—has become a
centenarian-aged graduate. It all adds up to a legacy of tradition, accomplishment and
pride for this devoted family of the Silver & Blue.
Meiser Family Tree
Mark D. Meiser
BS Civil Engineering 1975
Douglas Meiser
BS Economics 2009
Vernon M.
BS Civil Engineering 1950
Kathy (Meiser)
BS Fashion Merchandising 1971
Bradley Drake
BS Materials and Science
Engineering 2007
Lisa Drake
BS Information Systems 2009
William G.
Bowden, Jr.
Jane (Pobst)
Marilyn (Meiser)
BS Office Administration 1975
Kelly Bowden
BS Elementary Education 2006
M.Ed Elementary Education 2010
BA History 1950
M.Ed Education 1955
William “Bill” H.
Katie Bowden
BS Civil Engineering 2010
BA Anthropology 1972
William V.
Current Student
Bowden, William V. Bowden,
Bowden, Marilyn Bowden. MIDDLE: Kelly
FRONT: Kathy Drake, Sandra Meiser, Katie
Mark D. Meiser. BACK: Vernon M. Meise
How many University of Nevada, Reno alumni make
up your family tree? Let us know, and you could all be
featured in the next issue of Nevada Silver & Blue. For
details, visit or call 888.NV ALUMS.
Pamela (Bowden)
BS Finance 1975
William “Bill” H. Bowden,
Richard Harris
BS Geological Engineering
Remembering Friends
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
Eleanor Lloyd Doan ’36 (journalism/psychology) died June 5, 2010. Eleanor was born June 4, 1914 to Fred
and Gladys Doan. Eleanor lived in Weed, Calif. from 1915 to
1920 and in Ashland, Ore. from 1920 to 1923. Her father worked
on the Southern Pacific Railroad in California as an executive
and for the FBI. The family moved to Sparks, where she
graduated from Sparks High School in 1932 and the University
of Nevada in 1936.
In 1937, she received teaching credentials from Wheaton
College in Illinois. Eleanor then lived and worked in Harrisburg,
Pa. from 1938 to 1942 and in New York City from 1942 to 1945
during World War II. She later moved to Glendale, Calif. where
Eleanor was one of the original board members and first employee of Gospel Light International (GLINT), where she worked
34 years. Eleanor served as director of product development,
marketing research coordinator and promotional publicist.
She belonged to Gamma Phi Beta Alumni Society, Kappa
Tau Alpha (journalism honorary), Chi Delta Phi (literary honorary) and was president of Doan Family Association America,
California chapter. Eleanor was also an original board member
and trustee for Mustard Seed and served on the board of Seed
Sowers and other organizations. She completed 70 books for
Gospel Light and about 50 more through other publishers. A
world traveler, she led over 32 tour groups.
Eleanor is predeceased by sisters Ruth and Freda.
Jack J. Furin, former Nevada employee, died on June
12, 2010. Born in Uniontown, Pa. to Jim and Mary Furin, Jack was
the loving older brother of Eileen and Jean. He graduated from
North Union High School in 1944 and became a student and
assistant trainer at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring
in 1946 to become the head trainer at the University of Nevada,
Reno. At the time, he was the youngest man in the country to
hold such a position. He returned to Pittsburgh and graduated
with a degree in education and ultimately completed with a
master of arts in education from Pasadena College in 1968.
Starting with a job at his high school alma mater, more than
40 years of Jack’s life were dedicated to education with positions
from Pennsylvania to California before retiring after 21 years in
the El Monte School District as a teacher and vice principal.
Jack’s life-long love of sports, especially baseball, allowed
him to spend many years coaching, scorekeeping and mentoring young athletes. He is survived by Harriet, his loving wife
of 47 years, children Monica, Anne, Joe and grandchildren
Danielle, Tyler, Elissa, Gabriella, Sophia, Jarrett, Isabella, Jake,
Lauren, Dana and Adrianna. Jack touched many lives with his
wisdom, guidance, dedication, humor, friendship and love.
Edward “Ed” Grundel Jr. ’43 (mining
engineering) died June 12, 2010 following a courageous battle
with prostate cancer in Carmichael, Calif. Born April 5, 1921 to
Edward and Ethel Grundel in San Jose, Calif., he graduated from
Hollywood High School in 1939. He would go on to attend the
University where, being the first in his family to graduate from
high school, he would work many jobs with the railroad and
the National Youth Administration to earn his degree. He served
as president of his Phi Sigma Kappa chapter, class senator, and
with numerous service organizations on campus. He met and
married Carmelina ’45 (Bergeret) while at the University and
valued their 64-year marriage of love and adventure together
as the greatest reward of life.
After graduation, Edward served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Specifically, he served in World War II in the Pacific as a first
lieutenant artillery battalion forward observer.
Post war, Ed worked as a photogrammetric engineer for
16 years while raising his family in San Lorenzo, Calif. He and
Carmen returned to school to earn teaching credentials and his
master’s in education at California State University at Hayward.
He taught high school math while Carmen taught elementary
school for 20 years in the Bay Area. After retirement, the couple
fulfilled their own education interests, through a passion for genealogical research and their sense of adventure with extensive
travel across six continents. Ed researched and wrote numerous
books on his and Carmen’s genealogy and family history. With
the pursuit and promotion of education as a priority in their
lives, they have both funded scholarship trusts for current and
future students of education at Nevada.
Preceded by Carmen’s passing in 2007, he is survived by his
three children, Edward J. (Nancy), Janine (Flip), and Kurt (Muriel); five grandchildren: Fay (Larry), Justine, Carmen (Jason), Eric
(Sharlene), Edward B. (Corey), and great-grandchildren Rachel,
Liam, Bryn, Edward, Andrew, Melissa, Megan and Matthew.
Remembrances may be made to the University of Nevada,
Reno Foundation Class of 1943 Scholarship Endowment, Mail
Stop 0162, Reno, NV 89557.
James “Jack” Davis ’50 (arts and science),
founding president of Nevada’s community college system,
died Oct. 24, 2009 after a short bout with pneumonia. Jack
was president of Western Nevada Community College from
1972 to 1983 and also built extended WNCC rural colleges in
Fallon, Gardnerville and Elko during his tenure as president.
Born in San Diego on Nov. 22, 1925, Jack joined the Merchant
Marines during World War II and later was an army company
commander during the Korean War.
Jack played as a linebacker on the University’s championship
football team coached by Joe Sheeketski. He was also a college
light heavy-weight boxer.
Jack loved Nevada and its people and served them in an
educational capacity for most of his life. He was principal of
Battle Mountain Elementary School in 1954, principal of Fallon
High School in 1958, and then became superintendant of
the Unified Churchill County School District. He became an
associate professor at the University after receiving his doctorate
from Stanford, and taught here for seven years from 1965
to 1972. He created the Research and Educational Planning
Eleanor Lloyd Doan ’36
Edward “Ed” Grundel
Jr. ’43
Center at the University’s College of Education. He was also an
educational consultant to many state departments of education
and school districts and actively promoted vocational education
in Nevada and on a national level. He authored the book, The
Principal’s Guide to Educational Facilities.
He was offered the job as founding president of the still yet
to be built, Western Nevada Community College in Carson City
in 1972. Jack worked tirelessly for many years to expand the
college and its facilities, as well as rural satellite colleges.
In 1978, he was appointed by the governor to the Nevada
Athletic Commission. He was the executive vice president of
the World Boxing Council, founded the North American Boxing
Federation and headed the WBC Ring Officials Committee.
Also in 1978, Nevada governor Mike O’Callahan, proclaimed
his “appreciation and thanks to Jack Davis in recognition of
the exemplary service, loyally offered to the State of Nevada,
and sincere thanks for Jack’s efforts that have so greatly
contributed to the economic and social success of the State of
Nevada and helped assure the continuing preservation of our
free-enterprise system.”
Jack had a great heart and served in other capacities in
the Carson City community. He was a fifth-grade Sunday
school teacher at the First United Methodist Church for 25
years, president of the Rotary Club, served on the Carson Tahoe
Hospital Blue Ribbon Committee and was a member of the
Northern Nevada Development Authority. In 2004, Jack was
honored by having the observatory on the Western Nevada
College campus dedicated in his name: the Jack C. Davis
He is survived by his wife, Mary, and their three children,
Susan, Maria (Mark), and Greg (Sharlene), and four
grandchildren, Allison, Katelyn, Natalie and Jack.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Reprinted, with photo, from summer, 2010 issue.
Alfred Wheeler ’56M.S. (mining engineering)
died May 6, 2010 in Round Rock, Texas. Alfred was born Sept.
18, 1929 in Stoneham, Mass. He was the son of the late Sidney
Wheeler and Florence (Kendall) Wheeler. After high school he
attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a bachelor’s in geology. He then attended the University
of Nevada, where he received a master’s in mining engineering.
Throughout his many professional careers he specialized in the
production of magnesium metal. Alfred was a resident of Georgetown, Texas and was
formerly a resident of Snyder, Texas. He also lived in Calgary
and Alberta, Canada, as well as Beersheba, Israel. Alfred was
a member of the Society of Mining Engineers and the Texas
James “Jack” Davis ’50
Gary A. Sorge ’90
Professional Engineers. He was also a member of the Faith
Lutheran Church in Georgetown, Texas.
Alfred is survived by his wife, Pearl, who he married in
1961, as well as his two children, Steven (Waynetta) and Valeta
(Robert), along with a grandson, Kendall. Alfred is also survived
by a sister, Frances.
Charles “Chuck” H. Handley ’57 (electrical
engineering) died at age 74 on Sept. 30, 2009. Born March
5, 1935, in Upper Darby, Pa., his family moved to Las Vegas
when he was very young. Chuck was a gifted athlete at Las
Vegas High School and the University where he starred in both
baseball and basketball.
During college, Chuck married the love of his life, Eva
McCleery, Jan. 14, 1955. Graduating from Nevada with a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he served two
years active duty in the Signal Corp. After his military service,
he attended Stanford University, earning an MBA in 1964, and
launched his career in the business world.
Chuck returned to Las Vegas in 2001 to retire, but was
enticed out of retirement to apply his engineering skills in various capacities until health problems slowed him down. Chuck
is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eva, sons, Richard and Joe,
daughter, Julie, and four grandchildren, along with a brother,
Sonny, and a sister, Rose.
Gary A. Sorge ’90 (political science), ’99MBA died
tragically on June 29, 2010 while heroically saving the lives of
his son and the child of a total stranger, which, to anyone who
knew him, came as no surprise.
Gary was born June 17, 1966 in Dayton, Ohio to Joseph
and Bonnie Sorge. Joseph was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S.
Air Force and the family lived in various duty stations, from
Germany to Massachusetts to Florida. The family settled in Las
Vegas when Gary was 14. Upon graduation in 1984 from Clark
High School in Las Vegas, Gary moved to Reno to attend the
University. While in college, he began a job at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in the E.R. department, and progressed
to the performance improvement department, which would
ultimately define his career in the medical field. Gary returned
to the University while continuing to work at Saint Mary’s. After
more than 20 years at Saint Mary’s, Gary moved on to become
the practice administrator of Digestive Health Associates in
Reno, where he was recently employed.
Gary had the gift of bringing smiles and joy to everyone he
was around. He was unfailingly optimistic, and always saw the
“silver lining” in everything life brought to him. Above all else,
Gary loved his family and friends. He considered his greatest
accomplishment in life as having a beautiful and loving marriage and three wonderful sons. Gary prided himself on treating
others with respect and kindness and living life to the fullest.
Among his varied interests, Gary enjoyed traveling to exotic
locations, racing cars, camping, mountain climbing, skiing,
mountain biking, tennis and racquetball, as well as having a
deep appreciation for great food and wine. He had the perfect
balance in his life between family, friends, work and play and
although his time on earth with all of us is over, he will forever
live on in our hearts, minds and souls as one of the most
wonderful memories that any of us could ever have.
Gary is preceded in death by his father, Joseph. He is survived
by his mother, Bonnie; wife, Kelly; sons, Connor, Trenton and
Trevor; a brother, Jeff (Michele); a sister, Jackie (John); in-laws,
Roger (Marie); a brother in-law, Ryan (Lorann), as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He touched the
lives of everyone he met and will never be forgotten.
For everyone who knew Gary, lift a glass of great red wine
(or open a can of Spam and enjoy it with cheese in a can) and
toast the memory of a remarkable man who inspired us all and
left us far too early. Cheers, Gary.
Creating a Legacy of Education
How to become a member of the Nevada Legacy Society
For more information about membership in the Nevada Legacy Society or about including the University of Nevada,
Reno Foundation in your future plans, please contact Lisa Riley at (775) 784-1352, or
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
What if you could make a lasting and permanent gift … one that
was bigger than you ever dreamed possible? And what if you could
do it in a way that honored and protected your loved ones at the
same time?
If you have created this kind of legacy—or would like to—the
Nevada Legacy Society has been established just for you. The
Legacy Society allows the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation to
thank a very special group of people: those who have remembered
the foundation in their wills, trusts or other estate plans.
If you have already arranged for a bequest or other planned gift
to Nevada, we would like to honor your support, so please notify
us and we will send you the information to become a Legacy
Society member.
If you are still considering such a gift, let us know so we can help you
and your advisers complete your gift in a way that benefits your estate
and makes clear your objectives in making a bequest to the University
of Nevada, Reno. For example, you could choose to support student
scholarships, capital expansion, equipment purchases, endowed
faculty positions, or the area of greatest opportunity or need at the
time your gift comes in.
Involvement in the Nevada Legacy
Society gives you the opportunity to
enjoy the company of others who, like
yourself, care about leaving a legacy to
protect and strengthen the University
of Nevada. Members receive a Legacy
Society lapel pin, invitations to exclusive
functions on campus and more. Your gift
can be recognized publicly, unless you
prefer to remain anonymous.
Ronald R. Zideck ’59 (accounting) is a
third-generation Nevadan who proudly
attended local schools, including the
University of Nevada, Reno. He had an
illustrious 30-year career in public accounting,
retiring as a managing partner from Reno’s
Grant Thornton LLP in 1997. Following his
retirement, he served as director of planned
giving at the University and, since 2006,
has been the vice president of business
development for the Whittier Trust Company.
Throughout his career, Zideck has
remained committed to community
involvement and economic diversification
in northern Nevada. His belief in strong
relationships between Nevada business,
education and government leads his active
involvement and support of the University
and many other community organizations
and businesses, including the arts, banking,
college preparatory education, economic
development, gaming and health care
Zideck is a University President’s Medalist
(1991), a recipient of the Nevada Society of
Certified Public Accountants’ Public Service
Award (1995), was selected as a Laureate
to the Junior Achievement’s Northern
Nevada Business Leaders’ Hall of Fame
(1996) and received the Nevada Alumni
Association’s professional achievement (1997)
and University service (2007) awards. He
currently serves on the University of Nevada,
Reno Foundation Board of Trustees and
its executive committee, along with being
a member of the Foundation’s Planned
Giving Advisory Board and the University’s
Legislative Steering Committee.
Nevada Silver & Blue • Fall 2010
What is your fondest memory
from your days at Nevada?
My parents’ financial situation required
me to be employed in order to attend college.
I lived at home, but still needed to work
approximately 30 hours each week to cover
tuition, books and other costs. I regret not
having the opportunity to be involved with
campus activities while attending college.
However, I believe I am making up for it now.
My fondest memory was my senior year when
I was fortunate enough to graduate in four
years, considering my work schedule. My
senior year was also special since it was the
first time during my academic years that my
Ronald R. Zideck ’59 (accounting)
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas
What I’ve Done With My Life
Ronald Zideck in his Reno home.
brother Bill ’61 (accounting) and I were able
to be enrolled at the same school and attend
classes together.
What have you done that
you are most proud of?
I am most proud of achieving the ability to
reach and maintain a good balance in my life.
In my mind, a good balance includes your
family, your career and your community.
I believe that your family should always be
your first priority and I am fortunate to have
a supportive wife, Mary Liz, a great step-son,
Lance, and an outstanding daughter, Erica ’99
While family remained my first priority,
I still was able to achieve a rewarding career
in public accounting with the firm Grant
Thornton, LLP. I joined the firm in 1963 and
retired in 1997. This career also provided me
with a solid base allowing me to participate in
the community and offered me a meaningful
life after retirement.
And finally, I am proud of my community
involvement. I am a firm believer that one
must always give back and never forget
the many people and organizations that
have helped us during our lives. I love this
continued involvement, especially the time I
am able to provide to the University.
What advice would you give someone
just starting out after college?
My advice to graduates would be to stay
involved with the University and active
in the community. Having a degree will
not necessarily guarantee a successful and
rewarding career.
Community involvement enables you to
grow and improve your personal life and
work life. Each person needs to have the right
amount of balance in his or her life. Find the
balance that is right for you.
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The Weeken
Alumni Association
Wine Festival and Auction
October 15, 2010
5pm to 8pm
Downtown Reno Events Center
An incomparable wine selection,
offering a taste for every palate!
More than 100 wineries
Pouring over 500 wines
Creative culinary
sensations to savor
Nevada Alumni
Association members
in advance
in advance
at the door
For more information regarding sponsorship or tickets, contact Kristin Harris at [email protected]
(775)784-4831 or visit
McArthurs donate IPO stock grant to University
$1.2 million gift to support Mackay School and University tennis facilities
The University of Nevada, Reno recently
received a generous gift from Michelle and
Kevin McArthur ’79 (mining engineering).
The couple donated $600,000 in support
of improvements to the University’s tennis
facilities and another $600,000 to be added
to the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and
Engineering’s Goldcorp Endowed Chair
in Minerals Engineering. Kevin McArthur
is founder, president and chief executive
officer of Tahoe Resources, Inc., a Renobased minerals development company.
The donation represents the cash value
of a stock grant received by McArthur in the
company’s recent Initial Public Offering. Mr.
McArthur noted, “As we are headquartered
in Reno, it is quite fitting that the University
of Nevada, Reno be the recipient of this
gift, which Michelle and I wanted linked
to IPO success. Moving forward, Tahoe
Resources, Inc. will maintain a fundamental
commitment to neighboring communities,
with a strong component of that
commitment tied to academic interests.”
“We are very pleased to receive this
tremendous gift from Kevin and Michelle,”
said John Carothers, vice president for
development and alumni relations. “Kevin
has given generously of his time on the
University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
Board of Trustees, and we are immensely
proud to have alumni like him who give back
to their alma mater.”
Athletics Director Cary Groth added, “The
athletics program is appreciative of the
McArthur gift for our tennis facility. Their
recent commitment to Wolf Pack Athletics
is just another example of their generosity.
We are excited to add their name to an
outstanding facility that represents the
academic and athletic opportunities for our
student athletes.”
Jeff Thompson, dean of the College of
Science, said, “We are able to recruit and
retain the best faculty because of our
endowed chairs and professorships, such as
the Goldcorp Chair, which is held by Nevada
graduate Carl Nesbitt, associate professor of
metallurgical-minerals engineering.” Nesbitt
earned three degrees at Nevada: a bachelor’s
in chemical engineering, 1980, and master’s
and doctoral degrees in metallurgical
engineering, 1985 and 1990.
Kevin McArthur is the founder of Tahoe
Resources and has more than 30 years
in the industry in operational and senior
management roles. Prior to forming Tahoe
Resources, he was president and chief
executive officer of Goldcorp Inc. until his
retirement at the end of 2008. This followed
his 18 years at Glamis Gold Ltd., where he
served as president and chief executive
officer from 1998 until its acquisition by
Goldcorp in November 2006.
Tahoe Resources, Inc. is a TSX-listed
(THO) company led by experienced mining
professionals focused on building a leading
producer of precious metals. The company’s
flagship Escobal project is located in
southeastern Guatemala approximately 45
miles from Guatemala City.
To learn more about how you can support
these programs, contact Bruce Mack, associate
vice president for development and alumni
relations, at (775) 784-1352 or [email protected]
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