Spring 2020

SPRING 2020

The cover of the Spring 2020 issue of Nevada Silver and Blue magazine is a photo of outgoing University president Marc A. Johnson getting ready for a photoshoot.

ON THE COVER

President Marc A. Johnson will retire by the end of 2020. President Johnson oversaw record faculty productivity, along with a dramatic rise in the enrollment of the number of National Merit and Presidential Scholars. Numerous prestigious milestones were reached during President Johnson’s tenure, including the University’s classification as an R1 research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the designation of being a Carnegie Engaged institution. President Johnson also shares some of his fondest memories during his time on campus.

IN THIS ISSUE

Each spring, Nevada Silver & Blue celebrates the University’s donors for all that their philanthropy accomplishes across campus. The print issue of the magazine lists the foundations and organizations, faculty and staff, alumni, parents, friends and corporations who have given gifts in the last calendar year to support The University. We highlight a few of our donors in the web edition. Read also about former Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations John K. Carothers, who, upon his retirement in January, established the John K. Carothers Endowment for Literacy


FEATURE STORY

‘PEOPLE WILL KNOW THAT WE HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL’

As Marc Johnson’s time as president winds down, a look back at his historic time

by John Trent, ’85, ’87, ’00

Shannon Ellis can still remember her first meeting with Marc Johnson. It was in the spring of 2008, and candidates for the executive vice president and provost’s position at the University of Nevada, Reno were shuttling in and out of a dimly lit room in a local casino.

Johnson was dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University.

Ellis, the University’s longtime vice president of Student Services, recalled that, “this very tall man comes into the room and immediately went around and introduced himself.”

Ellis wasn’t just struck by Johnson’s height. At well over 6 feet tall, Johnson made a point of not only asking each search committee member’s name, but repeating their name out loud, and then asking a few questions of each person.

Marc Johnson's Retirement 

SPRING HIGHLIGHTS: 2020 UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO FOUNDATION REPORTS

FROM THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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MESSAGE FROM LYNDA BUHLIG '84

FROM THE 2020 FOUNDATION CHAIR

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MESSAGE FROM MICK HITCHCOCK '17 (Hon.)

FROM THE OUTGOING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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MESSAGE FROM JOHN CAROTHERS

DEPARTMENTS

WHAT I’VE LEARNED

Judge Zive

Judge Gregg W. Zive ’67

U.S. bankruptcy judge, philanthropist, community advocate and Wolf Pack Athletics supporter.

More about Judge Zive

RESEARCH

Peter Sebaaly

Peter Sebaaly

Sebaaly has spent nearly three decades researching pavement design, maintenance, and recycling of materials.

Peter Sebaaly's Research

UNIVERSITY FOR YOU

Donald Easton-Brooks

Giving Young Readers a Hand:

The E.L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy at the College of Education.

Helping young Readers

GOOD MEDICINE

 Jennifer Moshman and Timothy Baker

A clear vision for 2020—and beyond

UNR Med is looking ahead, focusing on partnerships to bring new clinical and academic programs.

UNR MED 2020 and Beyond

PACK TRACKS

Nevada wins 2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

A decade of excellence

The 2010s decade marked a significant period of achievement and advancement for the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Nevada.

Wolf Pack Athletics in the 2010s

FOSTERING NEVADA'S FUTURE

Students in the Reynolds School of Journalism gain experience in a working newsroom.

Vierra bequest supports the University’s students and programs

Gifts from Vierra’s estate to support programs and to establish a new scholarship.

Valera Vierra's Bequest

ALUMNI NEWS

Class Chat Catch up on all the news, reflections and photos from the Wolf Pack nation. Where has time taken you and your fellow alums since earning your degree?
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Chapter Updates Find out what Nevada Alumni Chapters are doing and information about one close to you and how to join.
Nevada Young Alumni Chapter
Alumni Gatherings
Alumni hiking with family and friends
Alumni Profile National spotlight shines on Nevada alumnus Capt. Ken Collins and the U.S. Navy Band
U.S. Navy Captain Ken Collins