Winter 2021

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Once Nevada, always Nevada

From alumnus to president, University holds a special place for Brian Sandoval ’86

By John Trent ’85, ’87, ’00 M.A.

ON THE CAMPUS ON THE HILL in the fall of 1981, the young man began discovering who he was.
       He already had strong inklings. He was raised to wake early, before the sun came up over his family’s home located down a dirt road on Shadow Lane in what was still farm and ranchland on the

eastern edge of Sparks. Along with his older siblings, Lauri and Ron Jr., he would do chores, including feeding and watering his family’s sheep.
      Then, it was a rush to eat and gather books and the previous night’s homework before being driven by his father, Ron — on his way to work as a maintenance supervisor for the Federal Aviation Administration at Reno International 

Airport — to Little Flower School in Reno. More than a few times, the Sandovals were the first students to arrive each morning.
      “The nuns used to feel sorry for us, because they’d see us outside shivering and they’d let us in and let us sit on the carpet on the entry to Little Flower,” 

Brian Sandoval is the University's 17th president


Pantry with assorted foodstuffs at ASUN's Pack Provisions.

The need has never been greater
Students face financial strain of COVID-19

Nearly one in four University of Nevada, Reno students say they struggled to pay for food in the first half of 2020 and another 22% battled with housing insecurity. Sadly, both of these numbers are expected to keep climbing as the financial fallout from COVID-19 continues — with 60% of food insecure students and 31% of housing insecure students reporting additional struggles due to the pandemic in the latest Student Engagement Survey. More on how the pandemic has affected students.



Jeffrey R. Rodefer ’85

Jeffrey R. Rodefer ’85

2021 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Chair, Silver Benefactor supporting The College of Business, University Libraries, Wolf Pack Athletics and more ...

Learn more from Rodefer '85 


GBCGE team members and collaborative partners from Argentina’s Servicio Geológico Minero (national geological survey) on a geothermal field trip to the Travertine Hot Springs near Bridgeport, California, May 2019.


The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy received a $10 million grant that will fund a project to develop improved workflows to discover hidden geothermal systems in the Great Basin.

Renewable energy research


The Nevada SBDC in partnership with the Nevada COVID-19 Task Force, distributed over 4,000 masks just to small businesses with 10 or fewer employees.

Nevada Small Business Development Center

One thing becomes clear when talking to the staff at the NSBDC at the University — they truly care about the success and well-being of small-business owners

a helping hand in times of crisis


Second-year medical students and Health and Hygiene Student Interest Group leaders, from left to right, Henry Rice ’19, Sabel Witmer ’19, Ngantu Le and Keanu McMurray ’18 collect health and hygiene products and partner with Northern Nevada HOPES to help the medically underserved community.

Medical students aid Reno’s
homeless population
during COVID-19 pandemic

helping the medically underserved


2020 Nevada Hall of fame inductees

2020 Nevada Hall of Fame inductees

The 2020 class is arguably the best class since the Hall of Fame began in 1973.

Nevada 2020 Hall of famers


Ginny Knowles and Professor Emeritus George "Gus" Hill.

George "Gus" Hill and Ginny Knowles, include the College of Education & Human Development in their estate plan

Ginny Knowles and George "Gus" Hill's support


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
Nevada Alumni Association 2021 Coat Drive
Senior Scholars Honoring the Fall 2020 top graduate from each school
Fall 2020 Senior Scholar


NSB Winter 2021 cover


During the last year, University students, faculty, staff and friends have all faced the hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and committed to providing service to people in need. On the cover of the Winter 2021 Nevada Silver & Blue, we recognize and honor the many faces of our Wolf Pack Family who have come together to make our campus and our community a safer place — all while embodying Nevada’s tradition of excellence in everything they do. We honor thank them for their dedication to building a healthier tomorrow.


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