ON THE COVER
This summer, University alumnus Rafael Blanco ’13 MFA put his talents to work creating a mural spanning the eastern exterior of the seven-story Sierra Hall. Blanco painted this important piece of artwork in just three weeks to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. The concept for the mural was conceived by students who argued the campus lacked representations of diverse identities. Blanco’s work depicts six sets of human eyes, each showing different races, ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations.
IN THIS ISSUE
We celebrate the opening of the new 100,000-square-foot William N. Pennington Engineering building. The state-of-the-art addition to the College of Engineering houses a Class 100 cleanroom, a large computer lab, a 200-student classroom and 150 graduate work stations. Also in this issue, read about Mick Hitchcock ’17 Ph.D. (Hon.) and his philanthropic support of research across campus. We recognize the deserving recipients of the 2020 Nevada Alumni Association awards, including Alumnus of the Year, Justice James W. Hardesty ’70 (accounting).
The new William N. Pennington Engineering building
by Curtis Vickers ’01 M.A.
When the coronavirus sent University students, faculty and staff home in March, many members of the Wolf
Pack family turned their attention
to ways to help in the fight against
COVID-19. Support groups and community service activities sprang up throughout northern
Nevada, demonstrating a sense of solidarity and proving the strength of the Wolf really is the Pack.
Faculty and staff in the College of Engineering joined the effort. Using 3D printers, they produced personal protective equipment like face masks and shields for distribution to medical personnel in local hospitals and medical
facilities; they began work on more efficient tests for the virus; they adapted drones to disinfect hospital rooms and public spaces; and they began research on novel AI-based smart sensors to detect COVID-19 symptoms via telehealth appointments.
SUMMER AND FALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2020 UNIVERSITY AWARD WINNERS
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
Justice James W. Hardesty ’70
The 2020 Nevada Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year, Nevada Supreme Court justice, former ASUN president, avid Wolf Pack fan.
Mick Hitchcock is advancing scientific progress, capacity and understanding — “essentially building capabilities on a wider ranging scale.”
It’s past time to talk about health care disparities
Long-standing structural racism has caused inequities in health care.
Nevada's most accomplished football teams: the 1990 squad and the 2010 Wolf Pack “Dream Team.”