Wolf Pack Tower

Two students in a staged room in Wolf Pack Tower, illustrating what a room might look like

  • The newly renovated tower will be rebranded to the University and exclusively lived in by University students and employees.
  • All entrances and exits to the building will be staffed 24/7 by University employees.
  • University Residential Life and Housing is committed to ensuring students living in Wolf Pack Tower have a seamlessly integrated University housing experience.
    • Given the current housing market in the Reno-Sparks community, the University placed a priority on finding a quality housing alternative for all 1,300 students who were to be impacted by the Argenta Hall explosion.
  • The University looked at other properties throughout Reno-Sparks. None can replicate what the West Tower can provide – 1,300 beds, complete University control of the entire building, and proximity to our campus.
    • Wolf Pack Tower is located five blocks (less than one mile) south of campus.
  • Students living in the interim hall will receive:
    • An academic and community environment that promotes student success.
    • Programs, activities, and amenities that aid in the student experience and transition to being part of the University.
    • Access to the University’s first-class dining experience.
    • A security and services desk, staffed 24/7 by University employees.
    • Student staff: Live-in academic mentors offering tutoring hours and resident assistants on each floor.
    • Full-time staff: Live-in, master’s-level faculty and graduate assistant resident directors.
  • Rates for Wolf Pack Tower will remain consistent with the University’s currently published rates. For information, visit the housing rates webpage.
  • The tower was remodeled one and a half years ago, and has been a non-smoking property since the remodel.
  • Study areas and common activity areas, and even a coffee and juice bar, will be available.
  • Laundry facilities will be available.
  • Each single room will have king-size bed and each double occupancy room two queen-size beds. All rooms come with a large-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, private bathroom, desks and dresser and a monthly cleaning service.
  • Students will be responsible for bringing their own linens.
  • Consistent with Argenta and Nye Halls, each floor will be co-ed, with single-gender rooms.
  • Microwave ovens will be available in common areas.
  • Wolf Pack Tower will follow the Residential Life and Housing programming theme already established for Argenta Hall – civic engagement. This means many of the Residential Life programs and activities in the building will be themed with service-learning and community-volunteer opportunities. While making a direct impact in the community around them, student residents will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves through self and group reflection.

Parking and Transportation

  • On-site parking will be available to all students living in Wolf Pack Tower.
  • The University will be contracting with a private bus company to operate shuttles seven days a week with hours coinciding with the opening and closing of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Campus Escort vans will also be available during evenings. 
  • The location of Wolf Pack Tower is five blocks from the south end of campus and approximately a half mile from the Quad, 0.8 miles from the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and one mile from the Joe Crowley Student Union.
    • It is not uncommon to have a residence hall located these distances from central services on campus. A sample of distances at other universities:
      • UC Davis – Walking from dormitories to library: 13 minutes and 0.6 miles; Walking from dormitories to student union building: 18 minutes and 0.9 miles
      • UNLV – Walking from dormitories to library: 6 minutes and 0.3 miles; walking from dormitories to student union building: 5 minutes and 0.2 miles;
      • Boise State – Walking from dormitories to library: 5 minutes and 0.2 miles; walking from dormitories to student union building: 7 minutes and 0.4 miles;
      • Stanford – Walking from dormitories to library: 8 minutes and 0.4 miles; walking from dormitories to student union building: 14 minutes and 0.7 miles
      • UC-Santa Barbara – Walking from dormitories to library: 29 minutes and 1.5 miles; walking from dormitories to student union building: 30 minutes and 1.6 miles.

Wolf Pack Tower exterior

Concerns about housing students off-campus

  • Students do not walk through a casino, which is on an adjacent block, in order to access their rooms. They will have completely separate entrances and exits.
  • The tower would utilize a key-card system for entry into the building. The public has no access.
  • University Police Services will have a substation in the building and will provide routine patrols 24/7.
  • Two Residential Life desk attendants will be on every shift. Security will be walking the premises.
  • There are surveillance cameras in all the public areas.
  • The University has had a parking agreement with Circus Circus Reno for 13 years. Since then, each year approximately 300 students and University employees have safely walked to the University from their parking facilities.

More safety & security information

The plan for Nevada Dining

The original proposed dining solutions are under consideration. The University will communicate more about dining once plans are finalized.

Wolf Pack Tower staff

All professional and graduate level staff will initially receive approximately 100 hours of training including but not limited to: emergency response, addressing conduct issues, staff supervision and community development.

All 52 student staff will receive at least 96 hours of training revolving around providing a safe environment and serving as a mentor for academic and social needs.

Follow-up training occurs weekly where new topics can be addressed and others revisited based on community needs.

Academic programming

  1. Four Academic Mentors each will provide 40 free study hours. Students at Wolf Pack Tower will also have access to tutoring hours by the other on-campus residence halls.
  2. Academic Mentors provide programming on Syllabus and Semester Planning, Registration Prep (for the following semester), collaborate with other campus resources/departments for Academic Skills Workshops, and will be providing programs and services specific for students enrolled in remedial math and English.

General programming

Civic engagement in Wolf Pack Tower is all about being actively involved in enhancing the immediate campus community and greater Reno community in a way that makes residents part of something bigger than themselves. It means taking a step back from your own life and using your privilege to improve the lives of others in the community through service. While making a direct impact on the community around them, residents have the opportunity to learn more about themselves through self and group reflection. While living in Wolf Pack Tower, residents can become part of a community that gives back and inspire their peers to do the same.

  1. The Wolf Pack Tower Civic Engagement-themed community provides residents with an opportunity to place a priority on service and become involved in their campus and/or regional community.
  2. Each resident will participate in service based on their personal passions and interests.
  3. Many of the programs and activities in the building will provide students with opportunities to interact with and provide service to one of the building’s community partners.
  4. Prior Civic Engagement community-developed partnerships include United Blood Services, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Washoe County School District, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, and various animal shelters. The staff and leadership organizations of the building will look to further develop those partnerships as well as expand to other areas of interest expressed by the residents of Wolf Pack Tower.
  5. Wolf Pack Tower will also explore hosting large-scale traditional events previously presented by Argenta and Nye Halls.

Meet the team

The Wolf Pack Tower team

Peter Gatto

Peter Gatto
Hello everyone! My name is Peter, and I am Assistant Director for Residential Life, Housing and Food Service at the University of Nevada, Reno where I oversee academic initiatives, recruitment and marketing. I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio, where I received my bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and my master of education degree from Cleveland State University. I obtained a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from California State University, San Bernardino. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife, family and close friends. I’m interested in travel and learning about different cultures, languages and cuisines

David Goldstein

David Goldstein
Hello! My name is David and I am from Rochester, New York. I am enthused to be one of the Resident Directors of Wolf Pack Tower at the University of Nevada, Reno. I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with people, especially playing board games. My hobbies also include traveling, hiking, kayaking, skiing, or sometimes just spending a day to relax within the comfort of my own home. I am excited to meet the wonderful students at Wolf Pack Tower.

Nathan Ochocinski

Nathan Ochocinski
Hello! My name is Nathan, and I am excited to start as a Graduate Resident Director at the University of Nevada, Reno! I am originally from northern Wisconsin and have recently graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies with a focus in sustainability. I look forward to starting my new career in Student Affairs and learning more in my program of Higher Education Administration. In my free time I love spending time in nature, as well as kayaking, biking and hiking.

Michele Renaud

Michele Renaud
Hi everyone. My name is Michele, and I am a returning Graduate Resident Director and will be working at Wolf Pack Tower. I am from Michigan where I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Substance Abuse and Preventions. I look forward to another year at the University. I am here to help you succeed in any way I can. Feel free to stop by if you need any support.

Aliya Tursunova

Aliya Tursunova
Hello! My name is Aliya and I’m so glad to be the Graduate Resident Director in Wolf Pack Tower. I obtained my undergraduate degree at the California State University of Sacramento. I majored in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and did studies for a minor in Marketing. I am now in the master’s degree program at the University in Educational Leadership. In my free time I enjoy going to modern art museums, playing board games, watching movies and watching live poetry. I am so excited to be here at the University and can’t wait to meet everyone in our community.

James Zimmerman

James Zimmerman
Hey all! My name is James and I am excited to be one of the Resident Directors of Wolf Pack Tower. I grew up in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, and received my bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater in Psychology. For graduate school, I attended Louisiana State University for my master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. I am excited to have this opportunity to work with our great community at the University of Nevada, Reno. Some things that I am absolutely in love with are coffee, nature and going for morning runs. I am excited to meet all the new faces here this academic year and beyond!