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University faculty members prepare to teach abroad
May 30, 2007
Thirteen University faculty members were chosen by University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) to teach in other countries during the 2008-09 academic year. These faculty members will have the opportunity to teach in places such as Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy and Spain as part of the USAC program.

Ott recognized for scholarly paper
May 30, 2007
The Western Society for French History will recognize Sandra Ott, associate professor in the Center for Basque Studies, with the Millstone Prize for her paper titled "Gift-Giving and the Management of Justice: Borderland Basques under German Occupation (1942-1944) and during the Liberation," presented at its 34th annual conference Oct. 19-21, 2006, in Long Beach, Calif.

Argenta and friends music series set for Artown
May 30, 2007
The critically acclaimed faculty chamber music ensemble Argenta and many of its gifted friends will perform a lively and eclectic repertoire of favorites, July 10, 12 and 14.

Godspell coming to Reno campus in July
May 30, 2007
Delivering theatre at its finest, Nevada Repertory Company Summer Festival and Reno Little Theater present "Godspell."

Glick: Staff are key to building a vibrant campus
May 25, 2007
Now that he has been in office for two full semesters at the University of Nevada, Reno, President Milt Glick is revealing his true colors as he continues to reveal his vision for the future of the University.

Ezeanolue, Roberts win research grants
May 25, 2007
The State of Nevada awarded more than $372,000 in trust fund grant awards to two University of Nevada School of Medicine physicians.

2007 Chefs For Kids Dinner Raises $125,000
May 25, 2007
Nearly 500 people attended the 16th Annual Chefs for Kids Dinner and Auction, held May 19, at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Funds raised totaled more than $125,000 for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension nutritional program.

Vreeland to serve as interim provost
May 24, 2007
Jannet Vreeland, University vice provost, will serve as interim executive vice president and provost as of July 1. President Milt Glick named Vreeland to the role following the announcement Wednesday that John Frederick, current executive vice-president and provost, has accepted a position as senior fellow with the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), a public university association, effective July 1.

Med school professor to develop social robots
May 23, 2007
University of Nevada School of Medicine internal medicine professor Philip H. Goodman, M.D., was recently awarded a $283,000 grant from the Department of Defense to develop a socially interactive robot whose "brain" uses computer-simulated but biologically realistic spiking nerve cells. Goodman will work in collaboration with investigators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Swiss Institute of Technology to develop the new technology.

Literacy professors publish chapter on assessing student spelling
May 23, 2007
Shane Templeton, Donald Bear, and Saundra Madura, have published the invited chapter "Assessing students' spelling knowledge: Relationships to reading and writing".

Harrison appointed to chair Counseling and Educational Psychology
May 23, 2007
Tom Harrison has been appointed as chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology for a three-year term. Harrison has served as interim chair since June 2006.

Frederick named senior fellow at national public university association
May 23, 2007
John Frederick, executive vice-president and provost at the University, has accepted a position as Senior Fellow with NASULGC, a public university association effective July 1.

Faculty deliver presentations and publish papers
May 23, 2007
Deborah Verstegen, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, has delivered the following presentations:

University, ASUN offer posthumous tribute to Campbell
May 22, 2007
The University posthumously awarded Cole Campbell an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony, May 18, on the historic University Quadrangle. Campbell was Reynolds School of Journalism.

Mensing's teaching mastery inspires students, colleagues
May 22, 2007
Scott Mensing of the Department of Geography has earned every major teaching award the University and the Nevada System of Higher Education has offered over the past three years. What's even more noteworthy is that Mensing has not only earned these awards in consecutive years, he has earned them the first time he has been nominated for each.

Education Friends support student scholarships, technology endowments
May 22, 2007
Friends of the College of Education recruited a field of 32 foursomes to "Tee It Up for Teaching," May 12, at Lakeridge Golf Course. Gov. Jim Gibbons played in the fifth annual golf tournament that raised $33,000 for student scholarships.

Nota wins Thornton Peace Prize
May 21, 2007
Fungisai Nota receives the Thornton Peace Prize from President Milton Glick at the May 16 Honor the Best ceremony.

University awards Herz medal to Reed High School grad
May 19, 2007
Deanne Leonard of Sparks, Nev., received the University of Nevada, Reno's Herz Gold Medal today during Commencement ceremonies on the historic University Quadrangle. Leonard has completed her undergraduate academic career with a degree in Psychology and a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

School of Medicine holds academic hooding ceremony
May 19, 2007
Commencement ceremonies for the University of Nevada School of Medicine Class of 2007 were held this afternoon at Lawlor Events Center in Reno. The 52 graduating students celebrated completion of their medical education by receiving their academic hoods and reciting the Hippocratic Oath, which reaffirms their commitment to the medical profession.

Advanced degree graduates and great contributors honored
May 19, 2007
A long procession of graduates, administrators and faculty in gowns took to the quad on a windy evening for the 117th Advanced Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18.The graduates and those who have made great contributions to the University and the community were celebrated and congratulated on their accomplishments.

Westfall wins Distinguished Faculty Award
May 18, 2007
Westfall received the University's and Regent's Outstanding Researcher Award.

University gives honorary degree to 'Unsinkable' Debbie Reynolds
May 18, 2007
Debbie Reynolds will earn an honorary doctorate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno this Friday.

Shintani wins Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award
May 18, 2007
Shintani was selected for the Outstanding Mentor Award because of his extensive and high quality undergraduate research mentorship and his ability to motivate a large number of students through research.

ROTC cadets' goal of Army career becomes a reality
May 18, 2007
With right hand raised, now 2nd Lt. Michael Settembre completed his commissioning oath and began his career as an Army officer. Settembre, who will officially receive his baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering on Saturday the 19th of May, reflected on his five years as a student and ROTC cadet.

Ort wins Distinguished Service Award
May 18, 2007
Provost John Frederick and President Milton Glick recognize Carol Ort's achievements at the May 16 Honor the Best Ceremony.

Hill wins Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award
May 18, 2007
Jennifer Hill accepts the University's top teaching award from President Milton Glick at the Honor the Best Ceremony May 16.

Faculty Senate summary of May 9 meeting
May 18, 2007
The Faculty Senate reconvened for the last time this semester on Wednesday, May 9.

Donaldson wins Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award
May 18, 2007
President Milton Glick honors Susan Donaldson at the May 16 Honor the Best ceremony.

Casey, Demchak win top University Advisor Awards
May 18, 2007
President Milton Glick recognizes Sean Casey at the May 16 Honor the Best ceremony. President Milton Glick recognizes MaryAnn Demchak at the May 16 Honor the Best ceremony.

Boyd, Ingram win Distinguished Teaching awards
May 18, 2007
Seth Boyd is recognized at the May 16 Honor the Best ceremony. Kate Ingram was recognized at the May 16 Honor the Best Ceremony

Art of Living Foundation member to lead discussion, May 22
May 18, 2007
Life-long member of the Art of Living Foundation and the World Alliance for Youth Empowerment, Dinesh Ghodke, will be leading an open discussion at the Jot Travis Student Union Alumni Room on Tuesday, May 22, at 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

University cartographer recognized for preserving local history
May 17, 2007
Jack Hursh has a great appreciation for Nevada history. As a third generation Nevadan, he has dedicated much of his spare time to preserving the heritage of Truckee Meadows. The city of Reno Historical Resources Commission recently recognized his efforts and presented him and his colleagues Loren Jahn and Jack Sutton with the Advocate award. The award, for Reno residents who have helped promote local history and heritage, was presented May 10 at Reno City Hall.

Town Hall meetings with President Glick in Reno, May 21, and Las Vegas, May 30
May 17, 2007
Upcoming Town Hall Meetings will provide employees the opportunity to learn more about President Milt Glick's ideas for the future of the University.

Sen. Harry Reid to highlight commencement ceremonies
May 17, 2007
This year's undergraduate ceremony will be highlighted by an address from U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The Herz Gold Medal, the University's highest academic honor, will also be presented Saturday to the top undergraduate of the 2007 class.

Regents' salute Winn for creative activity
May 17, 2007
James Winn is honored at the May 16 Honor the Best Ceremony.

Frost, Harms win Regents' Scholar Awards
May 17, 2007
Janet Hart Frost and Christine Harms win Regent's Scholar Awards.

College of Education Friends host fifth annual golf tournament
May 17, 2007
Friends of the College of Education recruited a field of 32 foursomes to "Tee It Up for Teaching," May 12, at Lakeridge Golf Course, including Gov. Jim Gibbons who played in the fifth annual golf tournament that raised $33,000 for student scholarships.

Brown wins Classified Employee of the Year Award
May 17, 2007
Donna Brown accepts the Employee of the Year Award from President Milt Glick and Provost John Frederick.

Reynolds School receives $3.17 million endowment
May 16, 2007
During their lifetimes, Paul and Gwen Leonard generously supported the University and the Reynolds School of Journalism. Their daughter, Rev. Jackie Leonard, has fulfilled their final bequest to establish two gifts within the journalism school. The $3.17 million endowment will fund the Paul A. Leonard Chair in Ethics and Writing in Journalism and the Paul A. and Gwen F. Memorial Scholarship.

New dual masters program presents its first three graduates
May 16, 2007
Three graduate students will be the first to complete a new program this May. Nicki Aaker, Debra Benson and Marena Works are on their way to graduation with a dual master's degree in Nursing and Public Health.

Mensing wins Regents' Teaching Award
May 16, 2007
Scott Mensing wins Regents' Teaching Award.

Hydrology doctoral student awarded research grant
May 16, 2007
Shahnewaz Mohammad, a doctoral student in the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences, recently received a prestigious honor in the professional field. Mohammad was awarded a research grant from the Geological Society of America for his research in the Humboldt River Basin. He has the honor of being among the 20 awardees of the 474 applicants was chosen to be funded.

High school students excel in math, science and engineering
May 16, 2007
Twenty-three high school students were recognized May 16 for their exceptional achievement in math, science and technology. As members of the University's Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, these students were rewarded for an outstanding effort to prepare for their future.

Goin wins Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award
May 16, 2007
Peter Goin receives the Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award.

Genetics professor receives honor from Lili Claire Foundation
May 16, 2007
University of Nevada School of Medicine professor and chief of the Genetics and Dysmorphology Division of the Department of Pediatrics, Colleen Morris, M.D., was recently honored for her work enhancing the lives of children living with neuro-developmental disorders. The Lili Claire Foundation honored Morris with the Compassion of Care award during their annual benefit dinner and concert held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on April 28.

ElderCollege receives grant to become an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
May 16, 2007
The University's ElderCollege program founded in 1991 will become one of 112 Osher institutes established since 2001 at colleges and universities across the country.

Bayona tapped to be Mexican epidemiology director
May 16, 2007
Manuel Bayona, director of the University of Nevada, Reno's School of Public Health, will become the Director General of Epidemiology for Mexico in June 2007. Bayona will work out of Mexico City and will handle epidemiological issues for the 32 Mexican states at the federal level.

ASUN appoints editors and new college of science senator
May 16, 2007
The editors and managers of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada's publications and campus radio station were recently appointed in the last Publications Board Meeting. The ASUN Senate also selected the new senator for the open College of Science seat.

Three campus faces honored as 'Women of Achievement'
May 15, 2007
University faculty members are to be honored in the Nevada Women's Fund 16th annual celebration of Women of Achievement event. Wendy Calvin, research associate professor in the geological sciences and engineering department, Jennifer Kimmel, associate dean of medical education at the University's School of Medicine and Jewel Radcliffe, custodial worker from the Facilities Operations department, will be recognized for their work and their accomplishments.

Teaching Tip: Reducing anonymity in large classes
May 15, 2007
You can improve retention and attendance by recognizing your students as individuals.

Mosier appointed dean of the College of Business Administration
May 15, 2007
Greg Mosier, Regents Service Professor and Puterbaugh Professor of Ethics and Legal Studies in Business at Oklahoma State University has been named dean of the College of Business Administration.

Morris honored at Lili Claire Foundation benefit
May 15, 2007
University of Nevada School of Medicine professor and chief of the Genetics and Dysmorphology Division of the Department of Pediatrics, Colleen Morris, was recently honored for her work enhancing the lives of children living with neuro-developmental disorders.

2007 Foundation Professors
May 15, 2007
The University honors three new Foundation Professors: Dale Rogers, Paul Starrs, and William Zamboni.

St. Jeor honored by American Society of Nutrition
May 14, 2007
University of Nevada School of Medicine professor Sachiko St. Jeor, was nationally recognized for her work in medical nutrition education recently at the American Society of Nutrition's annual Experimental Biology Meetings in Washington, D.C.

Business students finish first in international competition
May 14, 2007
Six students from Professor Rafik Beekun's Strategic Management and Policy class (MGT 496) in the College of Business Administration finished first in the ninth week of the GLO-BUS competition. GLO-BUS is an online computerized business strategy simulation where students run their own company and compete in real time against 970 other companies in the same industry from 70 different universities worldwide.

Senior Scholars Spring 2007
May 11, 2007
Every semester the University Alumni Association honors an undergraduate student from each school or college who meets the exceptional Senior Scholar program standards. Each Senior Scholar selects the faculty mentor who played the most significant role in their scholastic achievement.

Legislature honors University's Center for Basque Studies
May 11, 2007
For 40 years, the Center for Basque Studies has built an impressive academic reputation as the premiere program for research and teaching about the Basque country and people.

Biochemistry poster competition highlights student work
May 10, 2007
The Howard Building at the University of Nevada School of Medicine had a good problem Wednesday morning.

Employees' Council hosts recognition lunch, June 1
May 9, 2007
The University Staff Employees' Council will celebrate employee career milestones and honor retiring employees at its annual recognition luncheon June 1 in the Lawlor Events Center Silver and Blue Room. This year's theme is the 20's-inspired "Speakeasy Luncheon." The deadline to purchase tickets is May 25.

Sierra Pacific, Ormat help University create renewable energy program
May 9, 2007
In a joint announcement May 9 at the Redfield campus, Sierra Pacific Resources Chairman and CEO Walter Higgins said the company has donated $500,000 to create an industry-education partnership with the University. The funds will enable Nevada to develop an undergraduate program in sustainable engineering, which will start as an interdisciplinary minor program at the University in the fall of 2007.

Mackay Building honored by city as 'Significant Historic Resource'
May 9, 2007
On May 9, in the Reno City Council Chambers, the City of Reno presented representatives from Mackay with the "Significant Historic Resource Award" for renovation of the Mackay School of Mines Building. A lunch sponsored by the Historic Reno Preservation Society was held after the awards ceremony.

University DendroLab receives $1.3 million research grant
May 8, 2007
The University's dendrology lab has been awarded a $1.35 million grant by the Bureau of Land Management to conduct a three-year research project on wildfire, drought, and pinyon-juniper dynamics in southeastern Nevada before and after Euro-American settlement.

Teaching Tip: Taking attendance in large classes
May 8, 2007
Managing large classes skillfully enables teachers to focus on their content and effective delivery. Here are some methods to ease the trial of taking attendance in large classes.

Silver Scholars program urges top students to attend college
May 8, 2007
The Silver Scholars program continues its 12th year with success in awarding the top eighth grade students in Nevada and providing them with the information about the opportunity for higher education and the steps needed to enter and excel in college. This year, the program bestowed the scholastic honor to 1,600 Nevada students.

Oberding wins string of medals at Sierra Nevada Senior Games
May 8, 2007
Jack La Lanne is known as the Godfather of Fitness. In 1936 he opened the first fitness club in America and in 1951, La Lanne brought exercise to television for the first time.

University produces four Fulbright winners
May 7, 2007
Four University students and alumni will have the unique opportunity to perform international research as Fulbright Scholars. Alexander Kolosovich, Megan Meschery, Kalani Michell and Gwynne Middleton will study in Russia, Spain, Germany and Malaysia under the scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Town hall: opinions, ideas and 'thinking out loud'
May 7, 2007
President Milt Glick met with more than 200 members of the faculty on Friday, May 4, and listened, quiped and talked straight about a number of important issues. Glick said that since assuming the presidency at Nevada about nine months ago on Aug. 1, it was time to share his thoughts about the campus and its future, and to solicit feedback from the University's faculty and staff.

RSJ team captures second place at district competition
May 7, 2007
The journalism school's student team captured second place for the presentation of their final project at the district level of the National Student Advertising Competition, April 28-29, in Fresno, California. First place was awarded to California State University, Chico.

Historical commission to honor Blesse
May 7, 2007
The City of Reno Historical Resources Commission will honor Bob Blesse, director of the University's Black Rock Press, May 9 for his leadership in documenting and preserving local and state architectural history. Blesse will receive the "distinguished service award", one of five 2006 Historic Preservation Awards, in the City Council Chambers, Reno City Hall.

UNRPD brings Scotland Yard expert to Reno
May 4, 2007
Susan Medley, a senior sexual offences forensic development manager for Scotland Yard in London, visited the University April 25-27 as a guest of University Police Services. She was brought to Reno as part of a grant from the state Attorney General's Office to train police officers in northern Nevada.

Underground Mine Rescue Competition held at the Fire Science Academy
May 4, 2007
The University's Fire Science Academy hosted the third annual Northern Nevada Underground Mine Rescue Competition, April 20-21, in Carlin, Nev.

Two grad students open Sparks High school food pantry
May 4, 2007
According to University social work graduate students, a large number of the Sparks High School student population attend classes with an empty stomach. Recognizing the need for the kind of assistance a food pantry and resource center could offer, Marcia Cooper and Danielle O'Brien, graduate students in the University's School of Social Work, opened the Sparks High School Student and Family Support Center on March 8.

KATwalk event benefits local organization CASA
May 4, 2007
Kappa Alpha Theta hosts the first KATwalk event on Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m. beginning at the Manzanita Bowl. The proceeds from the KATwalk will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, an organization that aids children in the juvenile court system.

College of Liberal Arts recognizes faculty achievement
May 4, 2007
The College of Liberal Arts recognized outstanding faculty and staff achievement at the annual awards ceremony, May 2.

Brushfire to release 58th and 59th editions
May 4, 2007
The Brushfire, the University's literary and arts journal, will be releasing its 58th and 59th editions Friday, May 4. A reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery and will include readings, music, awards and refreshments. The Brushfire features the work of talented artists and writers in the northern Nevada community.

Outstanding cadets honored, Gov. Gibbons presents awards
May 3, 2007
The University of Nevada, Reno Reserve Officers' Training Corp (ROTC) department of military science honored several distinguished cadets May 2 and inducted Mr. Jon Bengston into the ROTC Hall of Fame.

Men's golf wins WAC Championship
May 3, 2007
Freshman Taylor Coffman chipped out of the bunker and made a four-foot putt for par to clinch Nevada's first Western Athletic Conference championship on Wednesday afternoon at the par 72, 7,269-yard Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno.

We're half-way done: IT to celebrate Knowledge Center progress
May 2, 2007
This Friday, May 4, both IT/Library faculty and staff and Q&D construction workers will be celebrating the half-way point in Knowledge Center construction.

Summer Session activities set to shine on campus
May 2, 2007
Summer Session 2007 at the University is set to shine with a wide variety of events to enrich and enliven your summer, including Watermelon Wednesday summer concerts on the Quad, Tuesday movies on the JTSU lawn, a noontime summer lecture series and more.

Reception honors top teaching assistants
May 2, 2007
The Excellence in Teaching Program hosted a breakfast reception at the Jot Travis Student Union Wednesday, May 2 to recognize this year's Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award recipients.

Health insurance open enrollment, May 1 - May 31
May 2, 2007
Open Enrollment is your one chance during the plan year to make changes to your Health Insurance Plan offered by the State of Nevada Public Employees' Benefits Program (PEBP). The Open Enrollment period is May 1 through May 31 and changes you make will become effective July 1.

Flexible spending plan open enrollment, May 1 - June 29
May 2, 2007
The Flexible Spending Plan (Section 125) open enrollment period for NSHE is May 1 through June 29.

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