Ozmens establish Institute for Global Studies

Man and woman in regalia with foliage in the backdrop Recognized in the University's Honor Court as Founders, Fatih '81 M.S., '16 (honorary doctor of humane letters) and Eren Ozmen '85 MBA, '16 (honorary doctor of humane letters) have supported the University for 20 years, including the 2014 establishment of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship and now the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas.

by Curtis Vickers '07 M.A.

Fatih Ozmen '81 M.S., '16 (honorary doctor of humane letters) and Eren Ozmen '85 MBA, '16 (honorary doctor of humane letters) have recently made a substantial gift to establish the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

International alumni of the University themselves, the Ozmens acquired the Sparks-based technology company Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) in 1994 and have expanded it to nearly 4,000 employees in 33 locations in 19 U.S. states, England, Germany, and Turkey. Having achieved success, they have supported the University for 20 years, including the establishment of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business in 2014. It is their hope that, under the leadership of Foundation Professor of Sociology and inaugural Director Berch Berberoglu, the Institute will foster a global perspective in the next generation of leaders by bringing together students and scholars from across campus and the globe.

"Our future lies in international collaboration designed to foster cross-cultural and cross-continental understanding. The Ozmen Institute for Global Studies will enhance and stimulate interdisciplinary, globally focused research and teaching that has the potential to catapult the University to national and international prominence," Debra Moddelmog, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says. "Fatih and Eren Ozmen themselves exemplify the values of the Institute. With their international perspective, University education, and hard work, they have built exceptional careers that benefit people all over the world. Through this powerful gift, they help others follow in their footsteps."

To learn more about how you can support the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies, please contact Julie Mathews, director of development, at (775) 784-6873.