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Reconnecting with friends

These are exciting times. That is the reason I am honored to serve as the interim director of alumni relations. Over the past four and a half years, I have been a staff member in the Office of Alumni Relations, and have been very fortunate to be part of a team that has seen the Alumni Association's programming and events grow and change in leaps and bounds. Summer 2003 is no exception. The Alumni Council has been working very hard to bring our association to the next level of excellence.

At a time when people are looking and longing for ways to reconnect with friends, family and places that are special to them, the Alumni Association is poised to help them do just that.

Remember the professor or advisor who helped shape the skills and style you use every day in your career? Or how about the friends you made, maybe some that have drifted out of touch?

The Alumni Association is urging you to "get reconnected" to the people, the place and the memories that have made you who you are today. To rekindle relationships that were important to you then ... and still are.

There are a number of resources and even more reasons to reconnect with the university and all the people you met while you were here. Additionally, there will be lots of "extra benefits" that will make it all the more valuable to be an active member of the Alumni Association. Watch for announcements about all the exciting things going on with the Alumni Association. Or, if you want to become a charter member now (before the rush!), contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620.

Now is the time to get reconnected with your university,
— your friends
— your memories
— yourself.


Chapter Updates

Alumni Band Chapter

It seems like Homecoming 2002 just ended and here we are talking about Homecoming 2003. Mark your calendars and soak your reeds. Please join the Alumni Band on Oct. 24-25 for the seventh annual Wolf Pack Marching Band reunion.
Up until now, the Alumni Band has only participated in events during Homecoming. However, several possibilities have been suggested for further activities. Everything from barbeques to beach parties is being bantered about. Now's your chance for input.
In addition to activities, we are looking for ways to increase the funds to our John Montgomery Memorial Scholarship. Several band members make regular donations to this fund. If you want to give, need to give, really should give, please contact Erin Frock at the number listed below.
Finally, in an effort to keep our alumni more up to date, the Alumni Band has created its own monthly e-mail newsletter. In addition to being a source of information about band activities, this newsletter also passes along news such as births, marriages, promotions, and, sadly, deaths. To be added to this mailing list, please contact Kiara Wolf at the e-mail address below.
As always, if you want to help out, have a great idea, need more information, have to change your address, want to give us someone else's address, contact either Kiara Wolf at (702) 399-4140 or kiara_j@hotmail.com or Erin Frock at (775) 784-6620 or efrock@adv.unr.edu.

Engineering Chapter

The Alumni Chapter for the College of Engineering is very impressed with the $1.15 million grant made by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for a joint proposal submitted by the College of Engineering and the College of Education.
The $1.15 million will be paid over a five-year period to broaden the scope of hands-on engineering courses for undergraduates. The program will also involve teachers-in-training in engineering courses so they can later take their experiences into the classroom.
College of Engineering Dean Ted Batchman said the grant "provides us with the resources necessary to make significant changes in our freshman curriculum, which will impact all of our students."
It is this kind of innovation in the classroom that really distinguishes the University of Nevada's engineering graduates. Further, this kind of problem-based learning is precisely the kind of educational method that speaks to the needs and the processes in real world business and real world engineering. Congratulations Dean Batchman and College of Engineering faculty.
Acknowledging College of Engineering students, faculty, alumni and friends is the focus of the Engineering Annual Banquet. Look for your invitations. The banquet will once again be held in Lawlor Events Center. This year it is on May 7 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Awards for outstanding student and outstanding service in each department will be given along with the Lemelson Award for Outstanding Innovation in research or teaching. For information on the dinner, call Rose Johns in the Dean's Office at (775) 784-6925. For other alumni information, please contact Melanie Perish at mperish@adv.unr.edu or (775) 784-6433.

Journalism Chapter

The Nevada Journalism Alumni Association (NJAA) was formed in September and is an organization for alumni of the Reynolds School of Journalism. Twenty-eight members were recruited during the Annual Homecoming Luncheon, NJAA's first event.
NJAA is looking for five to seven members to join and assist with their first project — becoming editors for high school students in Las Vegas. This partnership with students is a great way to reach out to prospective students of the Reynolds School of Journalism.
NJAA is looking forward to annual events such as networking events for current students of the Reynolds School of Journalism and activities for alumni to catch up with old classmates. If you are interested in becoming a member of NJAA or an editor for high school students, please contact Mary Caulk at (775) 784-6531 for information.

Southern Nevada Chapter

The Southern Nevada Alumni Chapter had its most recent Wolf Pack Happy Hour on March 13 at McMullan's Irish Pub. Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Pack Pride, this marks the second Happy Hour event the chapter has hosted. The first Happy Hour event, held in December at Bilbo's Bar and Grill, had more than 80 alumni from the Las Vegas area come together to reconnect. With Wolf Pack enthusiasm at an all-time high in southern Nevada, look for this chapter to be much more active in 2003. If you are interested in getting involved with the Southern Nevada Alumni Chapter, or have a good idea for an event in the area, please contact Dorothy Huffey at (702) 940-5428.

Fallon Chapter

Fallon alumni and friends made the annual trek to watch the men's basketball team take on UNLV. Although the game was exciting and we certainly enjoyed it, we did wish the final score was reversed.
On Jan. 25, we held our annual Winterfest Dinner to raise money for scholarships. Doug Mishler captivated the audience with his portrayal of the famous World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle. We thank Systems Consultants for once again sponsoring our raffle and the University of Nevada Alumni Council for donations and support.
Upcoming events are a rooter bus to a baseball game in the spring and a new event this year — a spring barbecue. Check our Web site at www.unr.edu/alumni for event dates and information, or call Ellen Houston at (775) 784-6620.International Alumni
In 2003, the goal of the International Alumni Chapter is to get going! The arduous task of sorting and organizing the database of the International Alumni has finally been achieved thanks to our hard working staff. We will soon be sending out notifications to our alumni. If you are an international alum, please send us an update at vsda-mathew@gmx.net. Watch out for a note from us in your mailbox!

Sacramento Chapter

Feb. 1 found the Sacramento Chapter embarking on its fourth annual Mystery Dinner Bus Trip. Some 40 revelers welcomed Alumni Council President Carl Shaff to the trip. As usual, the party was planned and hosted by Eppie Johnson and Kyle Ramos. In the past we've journeyed into the Delta and headed for the Gold Country in Nevada City, Calif., and in Jackson, Calif. This year we discovered the pleasures of the San Joaquin Valley (somewhere outside of Stockton, Calif.).
Our first stop was the Waterloo Club for cocktails and appetizers. We then herded the frolicsome mystery diners away from this extended stop and journeyed north to the Golden Acorn — a San Joaquin Valley fixture for some 40-plus years.
Our next outing is June 7 — the annual Spring Wine Tasting and lunch. In the past we've been to Trefethen in the Napa Valley, Bogle in the Clarksburg, Calif., area, and Indian Springs, Calif., in Nevada County. This year we are returning to the Napa Valley. Look for your invitation in the mail. Contact Bill Chaffin for information, (916) 567-0777 or e-mail, chaffin@LarsenChaffin.com.
And, don't forget the New Student Send-Off Aug. 3. We are electing a new chapter president. Our current leader, Jennifer McQuarrie, is headed off to the Peace Corps. Thank you, Ms. McQuarrie, for a job well done.

College of Business Administration Chapter

Wolf Run Golf Course is again this year's host for the 12th Annual COBAAA Golf tournament. The 2003 annual event is scheduled for May 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Similar to last year's event, lunch will be catered prior to tee times, with team prizes and the raffle of donated prizes immediately following the tournament. Any questions should be directed to Greg Vorreyer, chapter vice president for development, at (775) 789-2040. The COBAAA Board of Directors looks forward to seeing all of you out again this year to support the College of Business Administration ... and, as always, we thank you for your support!

Southern California Alumni Chapter

The Southern California Chapter celebrated its 2002 Christmas party at Mimi's Cafe in Irvine, Calif. The group was filled with Christmas spirit. The ornament exchange brought out our competitive nature.
The Southern California Chapter would also like to wish a fond farewell to Viola Herrick — the one person who knows more about the Southern California Alumni Chapter than any other! Viola '43, and her husband, Rich, will be moving back to Reno, after a 54-year "career" with our chapter. Viola joined the Southern California Alumni Chapter in 1949. Throughout the years, she has served on every board position within our organization except for treasurer. We will sorely miss both Viola and Rich when they move back to the Nevada they dearly love.
Finally, our next event will be the Annual Reunion on June 7 at 11:30 a.m. It will be held at the Foxfire Restaurant, 5717 East Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim Hills, CA 92807. Please contact our president, Marilyn Ryder, (949) 737-1410, for additional information. Hope to see you there!


Class Chat

by Elaine Casey

The '60s

Shelton H. Short III ('65 History), a member of the United Nations National Council and chairman of the U.N. in Virginia, visited U.N. international sites in Europe this summer, including the principal U.N. city of Geneva and the continent's principal international economic center of Zurich.

The '70s

Jared Chaney ('75 Journalism), vice president of corporate communications and advertising, has been appointed chief communications officer at Medical Mutual. He has had more than 27 years of public relations experience. Prior to joining Medical Mutual in '97, he resided in San Francisco.
Brian Koniak ('76 Accounting) joined the Cincinnati Reds baseball organization as payroll manager in 2001. His responsibilities include payroll for baseball players, coaches, scouts and front office staff, along with supervising the payroll department. Brian has his CPA and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Institute of Management Accountants. Also, the Cincinnati Reds administrative offices moved in October from Cinergy Field to the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati in preparation for the Reds' 2003 baseball season.
John Medve ('78 Pre-law) retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel after 24 years in the U.S. Army. His last assignment was as a Cavalry Squadron Commander at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the director of public affairs at the United Nations Foundation. He was elected in May 2002 to the Mount Airy (Md.) Town Council. Friends can e-mail him at councilmanmedve@aol.com
Robert Wester ('72 Mechanical Engineering) and Maureen McConnell are pleased to announce their marriage on April 26, 2002 in Queenstown, New Zealand. Rob works as a management consultant, primarily in the Canadian province of Ontario. The couple divide their time between residences in the Bay Area and Toronto. Friends can contact Rob at robwester@earthlink.net.

The '80s

Julie Ardito ('89 Journalism) senior vice president and director of public relations at the Rose/Glenn Group, received the Gold Spike Award for excellence in public relations from the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at the annual 2002 Silver Spike Awards program. Julie has 13 years of public relations experience.
Kelly (Smith) Frost ('87 Political Science) and her husband, Russ, are proud to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Allison Kay and Samantha Rae, on Oct. 25, 2002. The girls join big brother, Dawson, at their home in Fallon. Kelly teaches social studies at Churchill County High School in Fallon.
Matthew Sharp ('89 Political Science) was elected president of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association. He is an attorney, practicing in Reno. His one-year term runs through October 2003.
John "Keoni" Gruhler ('87 French) has been named chief operating officer for Quiet Storm Records based on Kaneohe, Hawaii. For the past several years he worked for Universal Music Enterprises in Santa Monica, Calif., overseeing the global licensing of samples for Universal's Music Group's domestic repertoire. Prior to UME, he worked in Malibu, Calif., for Higher Octave Music in contract management and publishing administration.
Gary Guzelis ('89 Civil Engineering) has been named partner at Shaw Engineering in Reno. He joins partners Steve Brigman, ('89 Civil Engineering) and Paul Winkelman ('89 Civil Engineering). Shaw Engineering is a public works civil engineering firm that was founded by George Shaw ('59 Mechanical Engineering).
John Mayeroff ('82 Education) and his wife took third and first, respectively, in the High Desert Classic Endurance Horse Race. They compete about 25 times per year and race on horseback 50 to 100 miles each time. They own seven Arabian horses.
Julie (Baldwin) Paholke ('89 Medicine) and her husband, Kory, announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Elizabeth, on Dec. 17, 2002. Ella joins big brother Gray.

The '90s

Brandi Anderson ('97 Journalism) has joined EstiponaVialpando Partners as account services director. She is responsible for managing client service and maintaining schedules, deadlines and production budgets within the agency. Previously, Brandi was the advertising coordinator at the Eldorado Hotel Casino.
S.R. Boland ('96 Journalism) is the co-author of a new pictorial book, The Birth of Detroit Sound, 1940-1964, published in 2002 by Arcadia Publishing. He was also involved in promoting/publicizing classic Detroit rock and rhythm and blues artists such as Jack Scott and Nathaniel Mayer. His full-time job is as a publicist for the city of Detroit.
Hing Chow ('91 Mechanical Engineering) is the principal of John Marshall Elementary School in San Gabriel, Calif. Prior to his principal's appointment, he taught math and served as vice principal of Temple Intermediate School in Rosemead, Calif.
Dawn Doan ('97 Journalism) and Lt. Dennis Fournier were married on Feb. 15. Dawn is the special events coordinator for Intercollegiate Athletics at Nevada. The couple make their home in Reno.
Edward Estipona ('92 Business), partner with Estipona Vialpando Partners, and his wife Shannon (Juarez) gave birth to their second child, Haley Anne, on May 16, 2002. She joins three-year-old brother Jared.
Susan (Miller) Fisher ('96 Journalism) has formed Fisher Consulting, LLC specializing in political advocacy. Before starting her own company, Susan was director of public policy for Sierra Pacific Power Company. She is a long-time member of the University's Legislative Advisory Board and will be representing Barrick Gold Corporation and the City of Reno during the 2003 Nevada Legislative Session.
Kellie (Creekmore) Guild ('92 Business/Education) and her husband, David, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Richard, on Dec. 3, 2002.
Eric Harms ('96 History) married his wife, Jenny, on June 22, 2002 in a mountaintop ceremony at Mount Charleston near Las Vegas. He has been teaching eighth grade geography for the Clark County School District for the past three years.
Neal Hyman ('93 Criminal Justice) and his wife, Julie (Mayer) Hyman ('97 Health Science), reside in Henderson. Their daughter, Sophia Marie, was born on Sept. 20, 2002. Neal is a construction defect attorney in Las Vegas with the firm Vannah, Costello, Canepa, et. al., and Julie is a teacher for the Clark County School District.
Liise Kayler ('91 Pre-Medicine/'95 Medicine) has joined Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's surgery department in Philadelphia. She is one of the first female surgeons to join Jefferson's transplant faculty. She was also named assistant professor of surgery. Kayler most recently completed a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan. She also completed a general surgery residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Her research interests include gender disparities in renal transplantation, strategies to improve vascular access and outcome studies in liver and pancreas transplantation.
Debbie Junell ('96 Heath Science) married her fiancée, Brian Wessel, in October 2002. Debbie and Brian are both physical therapists living and practicing in Santa Barbara, Calif. Friends can e-mail Debbie at dwessel@sbch.org.
Jacqueline Kent ('99 History) has been freelance writing for several local and national magazines. Her second children's book was recently published by the Oliver Press.
Brian Kuykendall ('97 Business Marketing) has recently partnered with Jim Bauserman and Mark Bayer of BBC Advertising to form an event marketing/promotion company called Seismic Events. Seismic Events has contracted with the University of Nevada Athletic department to handle the sponsorship sales and promotional opportunities of Wolf Pack Athletics.
Brian Lockhart ('92 Finance) lives in Bellevue, Wash. with his fiancée, Rachel. He works for Microsoft as a program manager in the Xbox division, working on Xbox Live. When not busy working/playing video games, Brian is active in motorcycle road racing at tracks in the western United States.
Adam Mick ('98 Health Science) and his wife, Danielle (Sendall) Mick ('98 Nursing), are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Nicole, on Dec. 6, 2002. Adam is working as a physical therapist and Danielle as a nurse, both at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno.
Sandi (Haworth) Milton ('95 Business Administration Marketing) has joined the Rose/Glenn Group as public relations account executive. Milton brings more than eight years of marketing and public relations experience to the Rose/Glenn Group. Prior to joining the Rose/Glenn Group, she worked for Harrah's Reno in marketing and she served as sales manager for the property. Her background includes special event and employee communication programs, media relations and sales marketing.
Brant Nelson ('91 International Affairs) reports that since graduating in 1991, quite a few things have happened in his life. After completing an internship with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's office in Washington, D.C., he worked as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent until 1992. From 1992 to 1997, he worked for Pitney Bowes Management Services in various managerial capacities. During this time, he and his wife, Kelly, were blessed with the birth of three boys, Jacob (1993) and Jeremy and Justin (1996). In 1997, Brant joined IKON Management Services in the Washington/Northern Virginia area. In addition, the couple celebrated their 10th anniversary in June 2000. In June 2002 he left IKON and accepted an executive vice president position with Balmar, Inc. He is responsible for the entire administrative outsourcing division. Friends can e-mail him at bnelson@balmar.com.
Robert Seibert ('94) and Tracie (Sasaki) Seibert ('92) welcomed their first baby, Amelia Ai Seibert, on Nov. 14, 2002.
Brian Sutherland ('97 Journalism) has joined the Rose/Glenn Group as public relations account executive. He was honored with two Silver Spike Awards for excellence in public relations programs. Most recently, he was director of marketing and public relations for pre-IPO ventured Data Engines, Inc., where he facilitated company funding through strong venture capital relations. Sutherland is a board member of the Nevada Association for the Gifted and Talented and past communications board member of the Northern Nevada TechAlliance.
Suzanne Vincze ('87-'91 Journalism) has joined EstiponaVial-pando Partners as art director. She works with the agency's clients in the creation, design and production of advertising and marketing materials. Vincze was previously senior graphic designer for Silver Legacy Resort Casino. She has nearly 10 years experience in design and art direction.
Heather (Veneskey) Volack ('98 Fitness Management) received her nursing degree in May 2002. She is working as an RN on a post-surgical floor. She and her husband, Andrew, welcomed their first child, Regan Sue, on Oct. 1, 2002.
Kristy Williams ('98 Psychology) received a master's degree in social work from UNLV in May 2002. She lives in Las Vegas and works as an adult group counselor at Mojave Mental Health's Day Program.

The '00s

Christopher Lane ('01 Criminal Justice) was promoted to VIP transportation manager after one year of service in the beverage department at the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno. In his new position Christopher is responsible for overseeing all transportation employees, and will ensure that the valet, limousines and airport shuttles are being operated proficiently. Prior to the Eldorado, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Desert Storm veteran and also played football for Nevada.
Chris Lemon ('00 History) was promoted to beverage manager after a three-year service at the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno. In this new position, he is responsible for the administration of all beverage team members.
Hannah Zive ('02 Political Science) has been promoted to assistant account executive in the public relations division of Rose/Glenn Group. In her new position, Hannah will be involved in the implementation and development of public relations programs for Rose/Glenn's clients, including the Resort at Squaw Creek, Sierra Patent Group, Hale Lane law firm and the State of Nevada Treasurer's Office. She was awarded the Public Relations Student Society of America/Edelman Award for Outstanding Public Relations Student. Hannah is a member of the Sierra Nevada chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta's Reno Alumnae Chapter and the University of Nevada's Young Alumni.


Deaths

George Beattie, a former drum major for the University of Nevada band who later served as superintendent of the Aptos School District in northern California in a distinguished public education career, passed away while traveling in Spain in November 2002. He was 85.
Beatttie graduated from the university in 1940 with a degree in education, and started his career as a teacher in the one-room schoolhouse in Paradise Valley, Nev. He earned his master's degree from Stanford University and rose from principal at Aptos Elementary to superintendent of the school district.
A veteran of World War II, Beattie was an interpreter for German prisoners of war who were located at a prison camp in Stockton, Calif. Beattie traveled the world with his wife, Hortense Raven, as well as his three daughters and a son.
"My father and mother loved to travel," said Beattie's daughter, Susan Brennan. "My mother had passed away a year before, and my father felt that he wanted to travel again. He died doing what he loved to do — travel."
Beattie was a gifted jazz pianist, playing in Reno and San Francisco, had a passion for food and cooking and loved backpacking in the Trinity Alps.

Allen Richard Wilson, a 30-year resident of Carson City, died at his home on March 3. He was 63. A former student body president at Yerington High School, Wilson received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1963 and in 1966 earned his master's degree in electrical engineering. He married Carol Lynne Best of Yerington in 1959.
He founded Sierra Control Systems, Inc., in Carson City, in the early 1970s.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Dennis Wilson and his wife Jamie of Sparks, and Mike Wilson and his wife Annette Schlageter of North Potomac, Md.; a daughter, Patty Joyce and her husband Robin of Las Vegas; a sister, Joyce Soule and her husband Gary of Reno; a brother, James Wilson and his wife Margaret of Johnson City, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren.
The family suggests that contributions in Allen's memory be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund in care of First Presbyterian Church, 306 West Musser Street, Carson City, Nevada 89703.

Hans R. Wolfe ('47 Chemistry) died after a valiant struggle with Parkinson's disease, on June 20, 2002. Wolfe was a World War II veteran and Nevada student body president and a true civic leader for the state of Nevada, volunteering hours of his time in service to non-profit groups, community boards and as co-founder of TMCC, PBS, EDAWN and numerous other organizations. In July 1987, then Gov. Richard Bryan declared his retirement date from First Interstate Bank as Hans Wolfe Day in his honor. Wolfe is survived by his wife, Mimi, and three children. Donations may be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation for the Hans R. Wolfe Scholarship.

Paul Lewis Nichols ('34 Engineering) died on Dec. 21, 2002 in Lake Oswego, Ore., at age 91. Nichols was active in ROTC and played in the marching bands at Reno High School and at the University of Nevada. He was a member of the Nevada National Guard from 1933 until called to active duty in 1942. During World War II, he was chief of pioneer training for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, advancing to the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war Nichols left Nevada to specialize primarily in irrigation and flood control engineering. He designed and supervised construction of aqueducts, dams, reservoirs, a power plant, roads, runways and buildings in California, Hawaii, England, North Africa, and Japan. He received his master's degree in civil engineering from Nevada in 1958.

Dr. Frederick Anderson, known as the "father" of the University of Nevada School of Medicine due to his efforts as a member of the Board of Regents in creating the school in 1969, died on Jan. 28 at his home in Reno. He was 97.

Anderson was a member of the University and Community College System of Nevada's Board of Regents when he worked to persuade the State Legislature to create the state's first school of medicine. "More than anyone else, Fred was responsible for getting the two-year school and then the four-year school, against some pretty daunting odds," former Nevada President Joe Crowley said in an obituary in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Anderson was born in Elko and moved to Reno in 1924. He graduated from the University of Nevada with a bachelor of science degree in 1928. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School in 1934 and was a Rhodes Scholar at Saint John's College in Oxford, England. He served for 22 years as a Regent.

Anderson is survived by his grandson, Morgan T. Whipple of Charlotte, N.C.

Travis Linn, first dean of School of Journalism, dies at age 64

By John Trent

Travis Linn, whose career in journalism took him through the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and then to the University of Nevada, Reno's Reynolds School of Journalism as the school's first dean in 1984, died Jan. 17 in Reno following a brief illness.

He was 64.

A campus memorial service held on Jan. 21 filled the 615-seat Nightingale Concert Hall beyond capacity.

He was remembered for what he was: a kind, generous, intelligent and talented dean and professor, a man who always had time for his colleagues, his students and his family.

"He was magnificently generous with his time and his heart," says Bourne Morris, a friend and colleague who worked with Linn from his day as dean in 1984.
Son Stephen Linn, at a gathering of students, friends and faculty held earlier in the day at the school, recalled his father's approach to building the new school.
"While my dad was dean here, I attended the journalism school at the University of Missouri," Stephen said. "I visited Reno several times a year for the past 18 years, and I often tried to tell him how things were run at a 'real' journalism school. He never listened. Now I understand why.

"He wasn't building a journalism school. He was building a family. And his legacy is you, his students."

Linn had been Southwest Bureau Chief for CBS News before he was named the first dean of the Reynolds School. In recent years, he was the school's leading voice in broadcast news and new media, helping to develop the school's first courses in Internet reporting, programming and communication.

"Travis was a major force in the development of the school," says Warren Lerude, professor of journalism and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. "He was an absolute cornerstone to our school."

Provost John Frederick says Linn was the "heart and soul" of the school.

"He was the one that everyone in the school — everyone in the university — could go to for wisdom and friendship," Frederick says.

Through efforts led by former Nevada President Joe Crowley and Frankie Sue Del Papa, then a University and Community College System of Nevada Regent, the Reynolds School was elevated from a department to an independent school in 1984. Linn and Crowley then led the way in developing plans for the Reynolds School of Journalism building, which opened in 1993.

Linn's appointment as dean brought instant recognition to the fledgling school. He was a Harvard graduate who had an outstanding career in radio, at WFAA-TV in Dallas, and at CBS.

Linn, who also headed the school's broadcast sequence for many years, stepped down as dean in spring 1990 in order to concentrate more on his teaching. In between serving two stints as interim dean — accomplished in 1997-99 and for four months in 2002 with the unanimous approval of the school's faculty — Linn became increasingly intrigued with the electronic communication possibilities presented by new media.

Cain, former Education dean, dies at 84

Edmund Cain, one of the most influential educational administrators in the history of the university passed away Jan. 17 in Reno at 84.
Cain, dean of the College of Education from 1964 to 1983, was credited with leading an extraordinary period of statewide development for Nevada education. He emphasized laboratory experiences for student teachers, spearheaded tutoring for disadvantaged youngsters in lower-income neighborhoods and opened a new education building on campus in 1972.

"Ed's long tenure as dean propelled the college into the modern era and helped it become an internationally known and respected educational institution," says William Sparkman, dean of the College of Education. "He was a kind and good person who had a lasting impact."

Cain's ability to motivate faculty and solve problems in a period of substantial enrollment growth within the college impressed his colleagues, says Howard Rosenberg, a university system regent and art professor at Nevada.

"He was one of the best deans we have ever had," said Rosenberg in 1998, prior to the re-dedication of the former Old Education Building as Edmund J. Cain Hall.

A native of Chico, Calif., Cain earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Columbia University. His first college teaching position was at Western Connecticut State University.

His interest in international education prompted Cain to serve for two years as a consultant with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Santiago, Chile. Cain later served as a consultant to the International Institute of Education and was a founder of the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). The State Department selected him in 1967 as a member of one of the first teams of Americans to go behind the Iron Curtain for the development of educational resources in Yugoslavia.

In addition to Edmund J. Cain Hall, the Dean's Conference Room in the William Raggio College of Education Building was named in his honor.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and three children.

— Pat McDonnell

Harmon, School of Nursing stalwart, passes away

Mildred "Millie" Harmon, an emerita assistant professor for the Orvis School of Nursing at Nevada, died Feb. 1 at Washoe Medical Center in Reno. She was 67.
Harmon joined the university in 1975 as a graduate assistant and instructor for the nursing school. She served as an assistant professor of nursing from 1979 until her retirement in December 2000. As a member of the officially retired faculty, Harmon taught part time in 2002.

"Millie was a true stalwart of the Orvis School of Nursing," says Jean Perry, dean of the College of Human and Community Sciences. "She was a committed teacher who always put the best interests of her students first. Millie will be sorely missed."

Harmon was an active spokesperson leading the development of the nursing school. She was chairwoman of the school's curriculum committee and its undergraduate program as well as on the university's Health Advisory Board.

Before Harmon's retirement, Perry presented her with an advising commendation for her work with nursing students. "She expected the best of her students, and then got it," Perry says.

Harmon, a recognized source on U.S. nursing history, organized an ancient homeopathic medicine display for the nursing school.

Harmon earned her bachelor of science degree at the university in 1972. She received her master of science in nursing degree at Nevada in 1975.

— Pat McDonnell

 

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