John ’76 and Deri Bowen support Library student employees

Karen Akre

Honor Court Gold Benefactors John '76 Ph.D. (physics) and Deri Bowen continue to support the University Libraries through the Judge Grant Bowen Distinguished Library Endowment. Established in 1992 by John's mother, True, to honor John's father, esteemed Nevada jurist Grant Bowen '30, the endowment pays homage to Judge Bowen's lifelong love of reading. Recent gifts from the Bowens have been used to augment funds available to support student employees at the University Libraries.

With more than 1.25 million annual visitors to the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center alone, the 148 students employed by the University Libraries are critical to ensuring all visitors receive the guidance they need in pursuit of their education. Further, by providing financial stability to the student employee program, the Bowens have enabled University students, like Karen Akre, to gain valuable work experience while pursuing their degrees.

Karen, an accounting major who aspires to a career in forensic accounting, works in Special Collections in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. She has found that working in the Knowledge Center feeds her curiosity and expands her intellectual horizons. "I enjoy working in Special Collections because of the interesting items I come across, as I really enjoy learning," Karen said. "This job has also allowed me to become more familiar with the resources that the Knowledge Center has to offer, from the multimedia in @One to the Basque Library and the online exhibits. I find the Library's online journals beneficial, as you can read publications on any subject that you find fascinating."

Kathy Ray, dean of the University Libraries, said, "As Karen notes, every student, on campus and off, benefits from a thriving library system. The Libraries provide students with the resources and help necessary for academic success. Whether they need 24/7 access to literary criticism or a 3-D printer for an innovative product idea, the Libraries are there for them. The Bowens, through their generous support, have had a tremendous impact on the University Libraries' ability to serve our students."

In addition to recent support for the student workforce of the Libraries, John and Deri named one of the Knowledge Center's group study rooms in honor of John's parents, Grant and True, and have also made gifts to the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library.

Photo: Karen Akre, class of 2019, is one of 148 students working for the University Libraries. Recently, she helped Special Collections with its exhibit "The Road to Office: Campaigns, Elections and Governance." John '76 and Deri Bowen's gifts to the Judge Grant Bowen Distinguished Library Endowment have been used to augment the funds available to support the student workforce in the University Libraries. (Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas)

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To learn more about supporting the University Libraries, contact Robin Monteith, director of development, at (775) 682-5656.