University of Nevada, Reno celebrates start of 150th anniversary with ceremonial groundbreaking of new Business Building

University of Nevada, Reno celebrates start of 150th anniversary with ceremonial groundbreaking of new Business Building

RENO, Nev. – As the University of Nevada, Reno officially begins its yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, the institution will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Business Building at the Mathewson Gateway Project site.    

BUSINESS BUILDING: Located at the south end of campus, the 128,000 square-foot Business Building will provide a full range of spaces tailored to best practices in modern business education, including a 300-seat auditorium, advanced technology labs, case-method optimized teaching spaces, a café/social space, team meeting spaces and collaboration zones, faculty and administrative offices, a landscaped courtyard, outdoor plazas, and a mix of student and community outreach programs that foster entrepreneurship and innovation. The building is on schedule to be completed in the summer of 2025 and fully operational for the fall 2025 semester.

150TH ANNIVERSARY: On Oct. 12, 1874, the University of Nevada opened its doors to seven students in Elko, Nevada. This moment marked the beginnings of the state of Nevada’s original land grant university, situated on the traditional homelands of the Northern Paiute, Washoe, Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute peoples. From Oct. 12, 2023, to Oct. 12, 2024, the University will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a variety of ceremonial events throughout the year. 

WHAT: Ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Business Building and celebration of the start of the University’s yearlong 150th anniversary festivities. 

WHEN: 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12

WHERE: Mathewson Gateway Project site, corner of Ninth Street and University Way.

MEDIA PARKING: Level two of the Gateway Parking Complex on Ninth Street. 

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The University of Nevada, Reno is a public research university that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the University serves 21,000 students. The University is a comprehensive, doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Additionally, it has attained the prestigious “Carnegie Engaged” classification, reflecting its student and institutional impact on civic engagement and service, fostered by extensive community and statewide collaborations. More than $800 million in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the state and around the world.

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