Employee Town Hall: Planning for the Return of the Pack

May 13, 2020

This message was sent to faculty and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno.

To Our University Community:

The University’s recovery plan for summer and fall operations is aimed at ensuring the safety, well-being and health of our faculty, staff and students. The planning and decision-making process has involved leadership from each Vice President, members of the Issues Management Team, the Recovery Working Group, the Dean’s Council and representatives from across the University working in sub-groups.

We invite all University employees to participate in a University-wide conversation regarding the recovery plan, during an online Town Hall – Planning for the Return of the Pack, on Monday, May 18, from 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. The town hall will include policies and procedures related to the plan, as well as how the plan will be implemented based on anticipated future directives from Gov. Steve Sisolak and Chancellor Thom Reilly.

The town hall will be moderated by Associate Professor and Faculty Senate Chair, Brian Frost and include updates from:

President Marc Johnson, welcome and overview of University operations and budget uncertainty;

  • Student Health Services Director Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, COVID-19 campus health status and testing;
  • Provost Kevin Carman, instruction and classroom continuity;
  • Vice President for Innovation and Research Mridul Gautam, research and laboratory continuity;
  • Vice President for Student Services Shannon Ellis, student engagement and services;
  • Associate Vice President for Human Resources Tim McFarling, employees returning to in-person services during successive phases.

To join the town hall, which will take place as a webinar on Zoom, please register online.

Register for the online town hall

Should you have questions you would like to provide prior to the town hall, please send them to: townhall@unr.edu.

I wish to thank you all for the extraordinary effort you have put forth over the past two months. You have all dealt with an immense amount of stress related to work as well as away from work with focus, determination and compassion for others. We have navigated through an emotionally challenging and physically disruptive semester together. Your effort to “Stay at Home” for Nevada has helped keep our campus safe and the people of our institution healthy.


Marc A. Johnson