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January 9, 2020

The International Development Missions Scholarship Endowment in Public Health established

International Development Missions, Inc. is a grass-roots non-profit organization created with the idea of helping people in need. IDM works to enhance the health and quality of life for people in developing countries, and has established this endowment to provide tuition assistance for students studying foundational issues in developing countries in the areas of health. IDM strongly believes in and supports education.

Pack Provisions receives generous support

Through a recent Crowdfund Nevada campaign with a goal of raising $22,000, alumni, faculty and staff, parents and friends of the University came together and exceeded that goal by giving more than $37,000 in support of Pack Provisions, the campus’ food pantry. Through the generosity of 280 donors, the funds raised will help to provide food, hygiene items and school supplies to the 22 percent of University students who face food insecurity and worry about how to pay for these necessities. Hunger shouldn’t be a barrier to our students’ success, and because of our donors’ philanthropy, Pack Provisions’ shelves will remain fully stocked in 2020.

January 2, 2020

Millard Reed supports College of Engineering’s K-12 Outreach programs

Millard Reed ’62 (civil engineering) has recently given a gift that provides support for K-12 outreach programs that introduce children to engineering. Reed worked for the City of Reno from 1969 until his retirement in 1992. He began as a Civil Engineer and eventually became Public Works Director. The College of Engineering’s K-12 Outreach programs are offered through a partnership with local educators and aim to help Nevada students stay focused on math and science, learn about the wide range of career possibilities engineering offers, and see how engineers can change the world.

The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation supports the Trans Voice and Communications Clinic

The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation is committed to improving communities and impacting lives through unique philanthropic opportunities. It has recently given a second gift to the University’s Trans Voice and Communications Clinic. The clinic serves the Reno-Sparks and surrounding community transgender population through assessments and individualized treatment programs for all ages for the purpose of voice modification and communication skills to better match gender identity.

December 26, 2019

The Oscar W. Bryan Endowment for the History of Nevada established

The endowment will benefit the Nevada History Initiative at the University to support and promote the study of Nevada’s past and to foster a broader understanding of the ways that history shapes the future. It was created to honor Oscar W. Bryan ’32, who was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1943 and appointed Clark County Deputy District Attorney. In 1958, he was elected Justice of the Peace for the Las Vegas Township. The endowment recognizes Bryan’s years of service to the state of Nevada and was made possible by Bryan’s children, former Nevada Senator Richard H. Bryan ’59 (prelegal), Kathleen E. Bryan Gaston ’71 (elementary education), and Paul Bryan, who also attended the University.

Nevada Legacy Society welcomes new members

Recently, Philip A. Sharp and John H. Darrah ’57 M.S. (physics) and his wife Janelle have joined the Nevada Legacy Society by including the University in their estate plans. Their membership in the Nevada Legacy Society means they join a special group of philanthropists who are looking ahead to the needs of future generations of University students and want to ensure excellence campus-wide. Sharp’s gift will support the Dr. Robert S. Griffin/W. Clark Santini Memorial Endowment for the Nevada Debate Team. The Darrahs’ gift will establish the Darrah Endowed Professorship in Physics.

December 12, 2019

The Dr. Jaci Chiatovich Jones Scholarship Endowment for Aspiring Educators established

Dr. Jaci Chiatovich Jones has recently given a gift to establish a scholarship endowment for students majoring in education. Dr. Jones has contributed to education in the state of Nevada in numerous ways, including serving as the first female high school principal in Washoe County and serving as president or chairman of many school and community boards. The endowment honors her commitment to educational opportunities for all students by supporting the next generation of educators.

SSR Mining supports Mackay Student Services

With a recent gift to Mackay Student Services, SSR Mining Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Marigold Mining Company, is ensuring that students in the Mackay School have access to the services they need to reach their academic goals. With resources like academic advising, scholarships, internships and various opportunities to get involved in activities on campus, Mackay Student Services is an integral part of each student’s success. Marigold Mining Company operates the Marigold mine in Humboldt County, Nev. SSR Mining provides philanthropic support to promote the well-being of the communities in which it does business.

December 5, 2019

The Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation supports NevadaFIT

With a recent gift to support the NevadaFIT Boot Camp for Academic Success, the Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation is providing freshmen college students with the opportunity to get a jumpstart on their academic career. Short for Freshman Intensive Transition, NevadaFIT takes place the week before school starts each year and helps students transition successfully from high school to college life. The Clarence & Martha Jones Family Foundation has been a staunch supporter of the University’s programs, students and initiatives and is recognized in the University’s Honor Court as a Philanthropist.

The Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation supports KNCJ

Through a recent gift, the Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation has provided support for programming and production costs for KNCJ (Nevada Classical and Jazz radio). The Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation continues the philanthropic tradition that Truckee residents Roxie Archie and Azad McIver began during their lifetimes and has helped to support Reno Public Radio’s operation of KNCJ since its inception. For its staunch support of the University’s students, programs and initiatives, the Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation is recognized as a Patron in the Honor Court. KNCJ offers premium broadcasts of 24-hour weekday classical music and weekend jazz.

November 21, 2019

The Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation supports the Wolf Pack Academic Advising Fund

The newly established Wolf Pack Academic Advising Fund will provide support for faculty to guide Wolf Pack student-athletes in their academic journey. With this gift, the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation, a Reno-based charity recognized in the University’s Honor Court as a Philanthropist, continues its more than 20-year history of supporting the University’s students, programs, academics and initiatives.

The Joseph Martini Music Scholarship Endowment established

Joseph Martini was an entertainer in northern Nevada and played in many venues, including the Mapes Hotel, the Holiday Hotel and the Crystal Bay Club in Incline Village. Martini loved entertaining people, and had a soft spot for kids. To honor Martini’s desire to help local children, his son, Joseph Martini, Jr., has established this scholarship through Martini Sports to provide support for students at the University who are pursuing a degree in music with a focus on jazz.

November 14, 2019

The Bob Felten Scholarship Endowment established

Now an emeritus faculty member, Professor Bob Felten taught and mentored students in the Reynolds School of Journalism for nearly 30 years. He served on the boards of the American Marketing Association and the American Advertising Federation, advocating for progress within the industry and acting as a bridge between these organizations and the University. The scholarship was established by John E. Brodeur ’72 (journalism) and other generous donors who gave gifts through the Bob Felten Scholarship Crowdfund Nevada campaign to honor Felten’s years of service. The scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in journalism with an emphasis on strategic communication.

Ritch/Windrow provide nutritional resources for Wolf Pack student-athletes

Dave Ritch ’80 (managerial sciences) and his wife Kim Windrow have recently made a gift to the Nutrition Fund to help the University’s student-athletes perform at their best, both in the classroom and in competition. The Wolf Pack Athletics Nutrition Program provides student-athletes a variety of nutritional resources, including training table meals, nutritional snacks and supplements, and post-workout smoothies, all of which provide vital energy to help them achieve their athletic and academic goals.

November 7, 2019

Thomas Bottom supports Wolf Pack Football

Through a recent gift to Wolf Pack Football, Thomas Bottom has provided support for the purchase of iPads and cases for student-athletes, along with additional football equipment. This support ensures that these members of the Pack have the resources necessary to reach their full potential, both on the gridiron and in the classroom. Bottom has been a stalwart supporter of Wolf Pack Athletics and is listed in the University’s Honor Court as a Silver Benefactor.

Nevada Legacy Society welcomes new members

Recently, Jerry A. Johnson and his wife Jeanne Harrah-Johnson; Louis N. Beleos ’85 (electrical engineering); and Ted Graney and his wife Jayme have joined the Nevada Legacy Society by including the University in their estate plans. Their membership in the Nevada Legacy Society means they join a special group of philanthropists who are looking ahead to the needs of future generations of University students and want to ensure excellence campus-wide. The Johnsons’ gift will support the Johnson Mathematics Scholarship Endowment, while Beleos’ gift will support an endowed professorship and programming in the College of Engineering. The Graneys’ gift will support Wolf Pack student-athletes.

October 31, 2019

The Nell J. Redfield Foundation honors National Merit Scholars

Recipients of the Nell J. Redfield Foundation Scholarship for University of Nevada, Reno National Merit Scholars were honored at a luncheon Oct. 17. Beginning in 2010, the Redfield Foundation committed to sponsoring 20 National Merit Scholars annually, five from each class level. Each Redfield Scholar is eligible to receive up to $15,000 per year for four years. The Redfield Foundation is a longtime champion of the University and has provided substantial support for the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center, Act One and the University Arts Building, the William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center, the Nell J. Redfield Building at the School of Medicine, and the Redfield Campus, along with numerous other projects on campus.

College of Engineering Corporate Partners Program connects students with local firms

The College of Engineering provides an important link between the University and the engineering firms in the community that seek new talent through its Corporate Partners Program. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to provide a mechanism for connecting engineering students and graduates with potential employers in northern Nevada. Current College of Engineering Corporate Partners are Bombora; Baker Hughes, a GE Company; Click Bond; Haws Corporation; Iridium Technology; Mission Support and Test Services (Nevada National Security Site); and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

October 24, 2019

Patricia M. Berninsone Memorial Scholarship Endowment established

The scholarship in the College of Science honors the late Professor of Biology Patricia M. Berninsone, a beloved and talented professor who was a committed teacher and enthusiastic supporter of her students. She was recognized with the College of Science’s Outstanding Service Award in 2018 for her dedication to both undergraduate and graduate students, for her high quality research, and for her leadership as a graduate program director. Her colleagues have established this scholarship in her memory and to support students in the Department of Biology.

Douglas Hunter supports Wolf Pack Athletics

Douglas Hunter ’94 (civil engineering) has recently given a gift to support the purchase of new uniforms for the men’s baseball team. He has also given in support of the upcoming Governor’s Dinner, the Blue Tie Ball and the Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner. Hunter, the director of operations for Silverwing Development in Reno, has made a planned gift from his estate to Wolf Pack Athletics, which will provide support for student-athletes at a future date.

October 17, 2019

Stan Barnhill Memorial Scholarship Endowment established

The scholarship was created in memory of former University of Nevada, Reno Criminal Justice Professor Earl Stanley Barnhill. Barnhill began as an associate professor for the University in 1973. He served on the Faculty Senate as legislative chairman and was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Nevada Prison Industries Advisory Board, the Washoe County Jail Board Committee and the Western Nevada Peace Officers Association. The scholarship will support students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in criminal justice.

Renown Health supports University programs that improve Nevadans’ health

Renown Health recently awarded grants to several University health sciences programs: Project ECHO Nevada, the Medication Therapy Management program, Nevada’s Recovery and Prevention program and mobile Student Outreach Clinics. These initiatives offer Nevadans — as well as their health care providers — better access to health care information and services. Students from the School of Medicine and School of Community Health Sciences also benefit from Renown’s support, as these programs provide valuable hands-on experience. Renown Health is a locally owned, not-for-profit health system. Recognized in the University’s Honor Court as a Founder, Renown Health has been a staunch supporter of the University for more than 30 years.

October 10, 2019

The Wells Fargo Foundation supports first-generation University students

Through a gift to the Wells Fargo First Generation Scholarship, the Wells Fargo Foundation supports 20 University students each academic year. These students represent the first generation of their families to attend college and are pursuing a variety of majors. The recipients fulfill a volunteer requirement and receive an annual award during each of their four years of college with satisfactory progress. Since 1988, Wells Fargo has provided more than $1 million in support of Nevada students and is recognized in the University's Honor Court as a Founder.

The E.L. Cord Foundation supports Wolf Pack Football

The College of Business partners with a number of companies to connect students with future employers. These partnerships facilitate meaningful engagement and educational opportunities informed by the best practices of local and global businesses. The following companies have recently chosen to continue their partnership with the University: Alice Heiman, LLC; Atlantis Casino Resort Spa; Coupa Software; Employers Insurance; Greater Nevada Credit Union; Haws Corporation; ITS Logistics; IGT; Microsoft; Port of Subs; Peppermill; Sierra Nevada Corporation; Textbook Brokers; United Federal Credit Union; and Wells Fargo.

October 3, 2019

Ann (Jones) Carlson named the 2019 Nevada Alumni Association Alumna of the Year

2019 Alumna of the Year Ann (Jones) Carlson '59 (business), '78 M.Ed. taught second grade at Roger Corbett Elementary School for 34 years. She discovered her passion for education as a high school student when she provided ski instruction at what is now Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program in Reno. On the slopes, Carlson learned about working with students and fell in love with helping others learn. Since then, mentoring students has been Carlson's life work. Inspired by the philanthropic efforts of her parents, Clarence '31 (electrical engineering) and Martha Jones, she continues their tradition of philanthropy by supporting many areas of campus, including the Fleischmann Planetarium, the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center, and the under-construction William N. Pennington Engineering Building. She is also a staunch supporter of the College of Education, through the FIT2Care program, the Dean's Future Scholars Program, and the Ann Carlson Scholarship Endowment. She has been a lifelong supporter of Wolf Pack Athletics. Carlson is a trustee emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and a founding member of the Friends of the College of Education. She was the College of Education's Distinguished Alumna in 2016 and received the University Service Award from the Nevada Alumni Association in 1999.

The complete list of 2019 Nevada Alumni Association Award Winners

Alumna of the Year
Ann (Jones) Carlson '59 (business), '78 M.Ed.
Alumni Association Service
Matt Airoldi '94 (physical education)
Kevin Lemus Vargas '14 (nursing)
Outstanding Chapter of the Year
Native American Alumni Chapter
Outstanding Young Alumni
Priscilla Acosta '10 (health ecology)
L.J. Jackson '16 (criminal justice), '17 M.A. (educational leadership)
Tim Mullin '06 (political science and journalism)
Professional Achievement
John S. Barsanti '90 (finance)
Cindy Buchanan '95 (finance)
Silver & Blue Appreciation
Bretzlaff Foundation
Reno Rodeo Foundation
University Service
Mick Hitchcock '17 (honorary doctor of humane letters)
Ed Kleiner, professor emeritus

College and Unit Distinguished Alumni

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources
Timothy Koopmann '76 (industrial mechanics)
College of Education
Di An Willis-Putnam '71 (Spanish)
College of Engineering's James G. Scrugham Medal Recipient
Carolyn Barbash '90 (electrical engineering), '98 MBA
College of Liberal Arts
Brian Sandoval '86 (English)
College of Science
Douglas W. Smith ’97 Ph.D (biology)
Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering
Mark Evatz ’88 (mining engineering), ’99 MBA
Orvis School of Nursing
Donna Lee-Kistler '77 (nursing)
Reynolds School of Journalism
Valerie Glenn '76 (journalism)
School of Community Health Sciences
Timothy Ricks '03 MPH
School of Social Work
Rota Rosaschi '75 (social services), '91 MPA
The College of Business
T. Steve Jackson '91 M.S. (economics)
University Libraries
Marilyn Melton '86 (honorary doctor of humane letters)
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Dr. Stephanie Ball '81 (biology), '85 M.D.

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