Dean's Message Winter 2011
Ron Pardini, Dean & Director CABNR/NAES
I am pleased to share with you this inaugural issue of our quarterly newsletter, which is planned to feature news and accomplishments of the faculty from the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR). The most pressing issue this past year was the state's budget crisis, which resulted in unprecedented budget cuts for UNR and significant changes for CABNR. We are decreasing our size by streamlining our administration and downsizing CABNR from five to three departments. In addition, we are evaluating the future role of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (NAES)field laboratories in serving the mission of our land grant university.
Future planning will be underpinned by our heritage as the founding college of this land grant university and will emphasize our strong belief and commitment to the tripartite mission of the land grant system. We will feature strong and relevant education programs that produce a well educated workforce, a nationally competitive and locally relevant research portfolio that features cutting edge research, stakeholder-driven applied research, and a strong outreach program that connects Nevada citizens with UNR research and education. In spite of the deep cuts that we have endured, we can still be what our students, alumni and stakeholders need us to be - an important resource to Nevada. We are proposing a new Department of Food, Agriculture and Nutrition, a School of Veterinary Medicine and two new majors. We remain dedicated to providing quality, relevant programming in education, research and outreach.