Newsletter | Vol. 24
About our College
A founding college of the University, we have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and engagement programs that benefit the health and economic vitality of Nevada. We offer programs in:
- agriculture, horticulture, rangeland & veterinary sciences
- biochemistry & molecular biology
- children, youth & families
- community & economic development
- health & nutrition
- natural resources & environmental science
Honoring the Best
Digital awards celebration of College faculty, staff and students
I am especially pleased to honor our academic achievements along with our Experiment Station and Extension research and engagement accomplishments, some of which are highlighted below. Together, we are meeting the challenges of COVID-19 by pivoting our classes, offering childcare, donating supplies, helping Nevadans, offering online education and resources, and more. And, together, we also will meet tomorrow's challenges with our quality teaching, research and engagement programs.
Congratulations to our graduates, to our employees whose work this past year has grown a stronger Nevada, and to our awardees. Your outstanding performance has brought credit not only to your departments and units, but also to our College and University.
I sincerely thank you all for your dedication, support and commitment to excellence, and hope you enjoy your celebration.
William A. Payne, Dean of the College
College's Mozart Fonseca receives Regents Rising Researcher Award
Brings beef cattle production expertise to teaching, research and outreach in Nevada
Mozart Fonseca has received a distinguished Regents’ Rising Researchers award for 2020. He is an assistant professor of beef cattle production and applied modeling in the College's Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences Department.
“I feel very grateful and fortunate to receive this prestigious recognition,” he said. “It represents a story of innumerous hours of hard work, dedication, collaboration, friendship, mentoring and commitment to fulfill our mission within the state of Nevada.”
Fonseca came to the College almost four years ago. Since then he’s been busy with research, teaching and outreach – and building and developing his lab.
Program coordinator aims to enhance impact of Extension programs
Jeantyl Norze is developing tools to monitor program goals and accomplishments
Currently, Norze is evaluating the impact that COVID-19 is having on several Extension programs, including Nevada 4-H Youth Development and children, youth and families programming. Since most of Extension’s programs were forced to transition to an online environment, he has been actively monitoring and helping program coordinators meet their goals during this transition. Norze hopes analysis tools can monitor the impact the pandemic is having on program participants, and he’s ensuring instructors are trained to implement online coursework.
As evaluation coordinator, Norze’s role is to increase Extension’s evaluation outcomes by providing technical assistance and training to faculty and staff as needed. Before joining Extension, he taught program development and program evaluation at Louisiana State University for two years. Last March, he offered a presentation on program development and evaluation at a new faculty orientation.
4-H Alumni Q&A: Reana Bye
Former Washoe County 4-H Youth Development participant
Question: As a youth, how did you participate in 4-H? What clubs, camps or activities were you involved in?
Answer: I was part of the Washoe County 4-H Program from the time I was 9 to my senior year. I did everything possible, but the biggest programs I participated in were the 4-H Horse Program and livestock – we raised market lambs. Apart from that, though, my mom started a sewing and crafting club for us, and I went to the 4-H camp up in Lake Tahoe as an actual camper, a teen and then as an adult chaperone. As I got older, I had the opportunity to go to 4-H Congress, and I ended up working at the state office while I was at the University.
Question: Looking back on your experiences in 4-H, what do you think you learned from these experiences that benefited you the most throughout your life?
Answer: 4-H, for me, gave me so much more than I ever could’ve imagined. There are very prominent goals that teach you citizenship and hard work and record-keeping. I think, along with that, were the families and people that we were surrounded with that made the biggest difference in my life. When you have people like Sarah Chvilicek or Joni Test, who give their whole lives to these youth, it gives you the opportunity to see what great leadership is like. I had the opportunity to be around people who really made me understand that no matter what I do in my life, I want to make sure I’m there for other kids and to ensure the continuation of these programs. When you’re learning the formal things like how to take care of your animals, it’s great, but it’s really the underlying messages of hard work, dedication and helping others that made it one of the most invaluable experiences of my life.
Safety concerns for fresh produce increase during pandemic
Experiment Station's Desert Farming Initiative gives tips for ensuring produce safety during COVID-19 outbreak
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many consumers have been grappling with how to balance the need for fresh food with the risks posed by grocery shopping. An additional concern amid the virus, is the health and safety of the workers who grow and process these foods, and those who staff our grocery stores. Nevada’s farm workers have continued to grow produce and devise innovative new avenues to get it to our tables, and stores have taken unprecedented measures to safely stay open.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there is no evidence that COVID-19 is being transmitted by packaging or fresh food, the people growing, selling and shopping for it do face considerable risks. Below is some key guidance for fruit and vegetable growers, as well as consumers, to reduce exposure to COVID-19 during this trying time.
Growing a stronger Nevada
Our programs work together to make an impact
Our teaching, research and engagement programs are intertwined and complement one another. Faculty who teach on campus also conduct research as part of our Experiment Station, allowing students to learn about and participate in research. Extension faculty engaging with communities identify research needs, as well as join Experiment Station faculty to conduct research. Faculty on campus help to develop Extension programs in communities.
Want to help grow Nevada?
Consider making a contribution in support of classroom, lab or office space; graduate assistantships; student scholarships; or upgrades to the Nevada 4-H Camp. To learn more, please contact Mitch Klaich '02, director of development, at 775-682-6490.