Accessibility at the University involves physical, digital, and cultural initiatives. This year, for the 3rd annual Campus Accessibility Forum, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee is proud to invite students, faculty, staff, and the public to join in via a Live Webinar on Microsoft Teams to discuss accomplishments, ongoing efforts, and challenges related to all areas of accessibility.
The live event will be held Thursday, November 12, from 4 - 5 p.m via Microsoft Teams. No preregistration is required; a link will be posted on the Accessibility webpage (unr.edu/accessibility) for participants to join on the day of the event.
The ICT committee is honored to have a diverse list of presenters from across campus who are involved with various aspects of accessibility. A question-and-answer session will also be conducted at the end of the presentation for members of the audience to ask any questions they may have.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is spreading awareness through social media and our website. Students, faculty, and staff can find information regarding what NCSAM is, how to protect their information online, and how to participate in NCSAM on OIT’s NCSAM webpage. OIT’s Information Security department encourages you to start information security training now. Training is available to both students and faculty/staff. Student training is currently available to freshmen enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester; however, everyone can access free information and training materials on the NCSAM webpage.
The Ozmen Institute for Global Studies hosts a webinar on the Projects of Global Studies Faculty Research Grant Recipients Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, from 1-2 p.m. There will be a live Q & A at the end of the event, but questions may be submitted ahead of time by emailing Berch Berberoglu.
Many households have expired or unused prescription drugs stored in cabinets, on shelves or in open areas. Prescription drugs in the wrong hands, ingested by children, or taken without a valid prescription are a health hazard. In addition, improperly disposing of them can be unsafe, bad for the environment or our water supply. DETERRA bags can hold unwanted or unused pills, liquids or patches. Water in the bags neutralize the substance and make it safe for disposal in the household trash. University Police Services have a supply of DETERRA bags FREE for university students, faculty and staff to pick up. Please stop by Police Services between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday to get your FREE DETERRA bag.
As a public service, the Rx Abuse Leadership Institute is supporting the distribution of this Deterra Drug Activation System to promote the removal from circulation of unwanted drugs, including opioids. Please carefully follow the instructions supplied by Deterra, including filling the pouch half-way with water and disposing of it in your normal trash. Please do not return the used pouch. This item is not intended for sale or resale. The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative is facilitating the supply of the Deterra Drug Activation System on an as-is basis and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including any warranty of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative expressly disclaims any and all representations and warranties, express or implied, in connection with the Deterra Drug Activation System.
The University is working closely with the Washoe County Registrar of Voters to make Lawlor Events Center available as one of many in-person and ballot drop-off early voting locations in the county for the 2020 General Election. General parking is available for free on the top two levels of the West Stadium Parking Complex. Disabled parking, as well as a disabled drop-off/pick-up area, is available on Level 1 of the West Stadium Parking Complex.
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents voted to appoint former Gov. Brian Sandoval as the University of Nevada, Reno’s 17th president during a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17. He becomes the first Hispanic person to ever be appointed to this position in the 146-year history of the University.
Gov. Sandoval, who is currently a Distinguished Fellow of Law and Leadership at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law among other endeavors, will begin Oct. 5, 2020 and serve a four-year contract.
Starting Thursday, Sept. 17, and lasting for approximately three weeks, there will be an expanded full closure of Virginia Street between East 9th Street and East 8th Street. The closure of Virginia Street between East 8th Street and Maple Street continues. Traffic will be detoured onto Sierra Street or Center Street. East 8th Street will remain open to traffic.
Businesses and residences in this area remain open and accessible.
For the safety of construction crews, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, please use caution in and around construction zones.
Construction near the University is anticipated to be complete this fall.
Bowl Life is now open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This new retail location serves handmade sushi burritos and poké bowls, as well as freshly made sushi rolls to-go. Located in the new Pennington Engineering Building, Bowl Life brings another dining option to the south end of campus.
Jon Marks, Nevada Dining’s Director of Operations, said, “We are very excited to open this brand new location to serve our ever-growing campus population. Bowl Life features signature creations as well as build-your-own burritos and bowls and we proudly offer proteins for all dietary lifestyles."
Introducing a safe and secure way to pay by app, website or service number when parking at the University of Nevada, Reno. PayByPhone is a leading global provider of mobile parking payment solutions.
Attention students: The University has a limited number of Chromebook that students in need can check out to access online classes during the 2020 fall semester. While the Chromebooks are WiFi compatible and are equipped with the video and audio capabilities to access online classes, they do not have the processing power to load and run advanced computing applications. However, with good internet connections, Chromebook will be able to access many advanced online applications via the University OIT Remote Services.
Students with a valid University student I.D. can borrow a Chromebook for the semester from the @One Media Equipment Checkout deck located on the first floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. If you are located outside the Reno/Sparks area, the University can mail a Chromebook to your home address. Because we only have a limited number of Chromebooks, they will be loaned to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that students will be responsible for the replacement cost of the Chromebook should it be lost, stolen or damaged. Please contact Dan Fergus (email@example.com ) at the @One Media Equipment Checkout desk for more information.
The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will be paving the new traffic circle on Virginia Street.
Virginia Street will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic between 15th Street and Comstock Drive from Friday, Sept. 4 through Wednesday, Sept. 9. Please follow posted signage and do not enter barricaded areas.
Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus. To report a facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
COVID Trace is a free, easy-to-use mobile phone app that gives us the information we need to fight COVID-19, without compromising your privacy. Supercharged contact tracing. Right in your pocket. This contact tracing mobile app was developed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services that uses a technology called the Exposure Notifications System from Google and Apple.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Paul and Judy Bible University Teaching Excellence Award. Nominations must be submitted by students who are enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno at the time of nomination. The award is presented at Commencement each spring to recognize and reward an outstanding faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno.
University academic faculty members with at least 0.5 FTE are eligible to be nominated for this award. No other nominations may be considered. To nominate a faculty member and learn more about this award, please visit the Paul and Judy Bible Teaching Excellence Award webpage and complete the nomination form. The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2020 award is Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at 5 p.m.
Graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity to work on research projects in the Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area: unr.edu/whittell
Research & Innovation is offering two fellowships for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The maximum individual award amount is $1,500 and available to graduate students enrolled in any academic program at the University of Nevada, Reno or the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who leverage the Whittell forest to advance their graduate work.
For more information about the application elements, due Sept. 11, 2020, visit the Whittell Forest Graduate Research Fellowships page.
Virtual Wolf Pack Community Howl is scheduled for 1 p.m., Thursday, July 23, hosted by the Center for Student Engagement on Zoom. The topic for the howl will be “Free Speech and Inclusive Campus.”
This Wolf Pack Howl will be a deliberative dialogue based on Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus. We will explore various topics and trade-offs about Freedom of Speech and how to make our campuses more inclusive for all.
For questions, please reach out to KaPreace Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University is finalizing plans to resume on-campus instruction in the Second Session of Summer Session, and for classes starting after June 30, 2020. Plans call for the majority of Second Session classes to be held on-campus, but there are also a number of fully online classes available, as well as a number of on-campus classes that will be accommodating remote instruction with Zoom for those students who cannot travel to campus. Please check MyNEVADA for course details including room reassignments and notes regarding instructional delivery. For more details and updates, visit the summer session website, and continue to check back for the latest coronavirus updates.
On May 28, 2020, President Marc Johnson announced the University of Nevada, Reno is moving into Phase 2 of recovery during the week of June 1, 2020. In Phase 2, the University will begin its return toward the world we knew two and a half months ago. The return will be done in a gradual way that prioritizes the health and safety of all members of our community. The plan to return was developed by faculty and staff across our University community with significant input from medical, health and safety professionals.
A message from Provost Carman to academic faculty: Please join us for an Academic Faculty Meeting on Monday, June 8, from 3-4:30 p.m. for a discussion that will focus on meeting the challenges of employing alternate modes of instruction for the fall semester. The panel will include experts from the office of Teaching, Learning, & Technology and 365 Learning as well as Faculty Senate leadership. The goal is to give you an update on how we are planning and preparing for fall instruction and, importantly, to address questions that I am sure you will have. In order to help us better prepare for the meeting, I encourage you to submit your questions in advance to email@example.com.
To join the meeting, which will take place as a webinar on Zoom, please register in advance.
In the fall, University faculty will be teaching a significant number of classes entirely online. As a result, many faculty will be teaching an online course for the first time. Converting a conventional lecture class to an online mode of delivery is not a trivial task. The Office of the Provost is working to provide appropriate resources to assist you, and the Teaching, Learning, & Technology (TLT) office is providing six one-week classes for faculty who wish to learn and incorporate best practices in online pedagogy. Course registration is available on this TLT webpage.
Many faculty have expertise, training, and experience in online delivery. A few faculty members have graciously offered to be a resource for faculty who are preparing to convert their class(es) to an online format. If you have expertise in online delivery and are willing to mentor another faculty member who is converting their class to an online format, please let the Provost's Office know by emailing Alissa Mortensen by Wednesday, June 3. The list of volunteers and contact information will be posted to the Provost's website.
After careful consideration, the University has made the difficult decision to cancel the NevadaFIT program, which was scheduled to run August 16-21, 2020. The NevadaFIT program brings more than 3,500 new students and about 500 student mentors to campus the week before the fall semester begins. There is not a feasible way of hosting an effective program while maintaining proper social distancing in line with state directives. Students’ health and safety is our first and foremost priority.
In alignment with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency directive on May 8, the University is adopting new policies and procedures to adhere with State of Nevada Phase 1 regulations, beginning on May 18 and continuing until further notice. This information states policies and procedures as the University resumes some in-person campus operations. Every employee, student employee, contactor and affiliate on campus must adhere to these policies and procedures as well as any specific requirements for the department, class or activity operating on campus.
Most employees will continue working remotely. Every employee working on campus must adhere to these policies and procedures.
Please note that the Staff Employees’ Council Silver and Blue Salute scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, is postponed due to the current COVID-19 situation. We are exploring an alternate date, potentially this fall, and will be in touch with additional information once that date has been determined. We look forward to honoring this year’s classified staff and retirees for their years of service to the University and appreciate your understanding.
The University’s recovery plan for summer and fall operations is aimed at ensuring the safety, well-being and health of our faculty, staff and students. The planning and decision-making process has involved leadership from each Vice President, members of the Issues Management Team, the Recovery Working Group, the Dean’s Council and representatives from across the University working in sub-groups.
We invite all University employees to participate in a University-wide conversation regarding the recovery plan, during an online Town Hall – Planning for the Return of the Pack, on Monday, May 18, from 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. The town hall will include policies and procedures related to the plan, as well as how the plan will be implemented based on anticipated future directives from Gov. Steve Sisolak and Chancellor Thom Reilly.
The town hall will be moderated by Associate Professor and Faculty Senate Chair, Brian Frost and include updates from:
- President Marc Johnson, welcome and overview of University operations and budget uncertainty;
- Student Health Services Director Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, COVID-19 campus health status and testing;
- Provost Kevin Carman, instruction and classroom continuity;
- Vice President for Innovation and Research Mridul Gautam, research and laboratory continuity;
- Vice President for Student Services Shannon Ellis, student engagement and services;
- Associate Vice President for Human Resources Tim McFarling, employees returning to in-person services during successive phases.
Should you have questions you would like to provide prior to the town hall, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
During these uncertain times, people across the world are facing numerous challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown no border and is affecting us all in every sector of life. From 10-11 a.m. Friday, May 15, join four experts in the fields of public health, medicine, economics and history as they discuss the ramifications of COVID-19 across disciplines. This session will focus on the cultural, medical and economic considerations of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the public health response.
As we approach the end of this unprecedented Spring 2020 term and instructors are posting their grades, the COVID-19 Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory form is now available. The COVID-19 S/U Policy allows students to petition to change final grades to S/U for Spring 2020 classes. The criteria for the S/U petition are as follows:
Undergraduate: S (Satisfactory) = D- or better; U (Unsatisfactory) = F
Graduate: S(Satisfactory) = B- or better; U (Unsatisfactory) = C+ or lower
**Petitions for S/U must be submitted no later than May 26, 2020 to guarantee processing for Spring 2020 degrees and financial aid satisfactory academic progress calculations.
For more information, visit COVID-19 S/U Policy.
TLT has developed a detailed and easy-to-follow set of instructions on how to disable Proctorio’s video/audio surveillance functions and configure the lockdown browser. We feel that if you choose this option that you should also refer to the TLT website that provides best-practices for remote exam design to integrate additional safeguards into your exam design to mitigate cheating. Please contact TLT with any questions.
Summer 2020 Online Course Resources
“Preparing to Teach Online” WebCampus course
This 10-module course provides information, tips, and best practices in designing and delivering online classes, and is intended to give you a basic overview to help you begin to create your summer online course. All mini-, first-, and regular-term instructors have been enrolled in this WebCampus course; you can access this on your Dashboard.
Online Course Templates
TLT has created templates for 3-, 5-, and 13-week, and 20-module online courses that will provide the basic skeleton for online classes, that instructors can fill with their own information. (The 20-module course is for instructors who want a module that would correspond with each DAY of a 5-week class and can be edited down to fit a 3-week course). These templates can be found on Canvas Commons, after filtering for University of Nevada, Reno and typing “Online Course Templates” in the search field.
TLT will host a demonstration and Q&A session to help instructors find and work with the available Online Course templates.
Online Course Templates Demo and Q&A: May 7, 2020 11 a.m.
Campus resources for exam prep and other needs
The University Writing & Speaking Center is currently offering online synchronous (e.g. voice, video, and/or typed chat in real- time) and asynchronous (i.e. submit a document and receive targeted feedback via email). Our consultations can be used for any reading, writing, or presentation related to academic, personal and professional projects.
Maureen McBride, director of the Writing & Speaking Center, is also happy to host online workshops customized to individual requests. Her email address is email@example.com.
If students want to find out more about campus-based resources or just to have someone to talk with, they can submit a request to touch base with a peer mentor by submitting information through this form.
Pack Provisions is offering funds for students who need groceries.
For students and families facing more complicated hardship, Jahahi Mazariego is a licensed social worker who can help you connect with additional community-based resources throughout the state and region. Ms. Mazariego can also offer support to undocumented students. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-682-8984.
Counseling Services remains open and the therapists are using tele-therapy. Students can schedule an appointment online.
Health Services is open and taking appointments for physical and mental health concerns.
CARES Act Funds for eligible students: To request CARES Act assistance, eligible students should complete the Financial Assistance Request form. You must have a successfully completed 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with the University in order to apply for these funds. If you do not have a 2019-20 FAFSA on file, submit one immediately.
There are emergency funds from other sources for international and undocumented students that are not eligible for the CARES Act funding. These funds can be requested from the Dean of Students Office and through the Financial Aid Office. For more information, visit the CARES Act FAQ’s, and any questions may be directed to Tim Wolfe in the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com.
If there are other concerns that negatively impact student persistence and success, students can reach out to the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University Tutoring Center will operate remotely using Zoom.
- Office hours are: Monday thru Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Contact the front desk
- Make an appointment
- Access the PASS schedule
- CHEM Help will be closed for the semester
- Check the Physics Department website for Physics Help
The University of Nevada, Reno has been closely following Nevada state directives and public health recommendations surrounding COVID-19. The safety and health of students, faculty, staff and guests remain the highest priority, which is why the decision was made to hold all new student summer orientation sessions online.
The family orientation program will also be presented online. Guests can register at no cost through the student’s orientation registration account. Students who already paid the $85 fee for one or more guests, will receive a full refund.
Additional updates will be shared on the orientation website.
The University of Nevada supports two main virtual collaboration tools: Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The department of Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) has a webpage focused on keeping your online meetings through Zoom secure, and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has resources about how to use Microsoft Teams securely, as well. Both Zoom and Teams now have additional cybersecurity configurations in place by default to minimize the risk of malicious practices like “Zoombombing.” NSHE also recently released a guiding document with security tips for virtual collaboration.
The Latino Research Center is proud to launch our fully Spanish translated website in order to better serve our mission of being a nexus between the Latino community and the University. Now more than ever bridges of communication are needed during this difficult time as we learn to navigate through this COVID-19 global health crisis, especially in our marginalized communities.
Please visit our website and share it with anyone who would benefit from our Spanish translated page. For questions or more information, contact J. Diego Zarazua at 775-685-9857 or email@example.com.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, students may petition Admissions and Records to change their final letter grade to a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade once the letter grade is posted. Because this change may cause unintended consequences, students must consult their academic advisor, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (if applicable), and athletic advisor (if applicable) at a minimum. Consultation with other offices also may be suggested to assist students in making an informed decision. Petitions will be available online and accepted Wednesday, May 6th through Tuesday, May 26th. Once a degree is posted, all grades are final. A "S" grade will meet all enrollment and degree progression requirements regardless of original letter grade; however, students are urged to be mindful of academic preparation needed for student success.
Grade translations for S/U COVID-19 Petition:
- Undergraduate classes: S (Satisfactory) = D- or better; U (Unsatisfactory) = F
- Graduate classes: S(Satisfactory) = B- or better; U (Unsatisfactory) = C+ or lower
Other accommodations due to the outbreak: All academic probation and dismissal policies for Spring 2020 are suspended.
For questions, please contact Heather Turk, University Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online course delivery at the University of Nevada, Reno has been extended. As such, instruction for Mini Session, First Session, Regular Session, and all dynamic sessions with start dates prior to June 30, 2020, will move to remote/online instruction.
Currently, Second Session is planned to run as scheduled with on-campus operations. However, as conditions in Nevada and in the world are extremely dynamic and could change quickly, updates will be announced as more information becomes available. For updates, please visit the Summer Session website and the University's Coronavirus updates page, where you will find resources for online learning and technology.
Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Attention undergraduate students: ASUN is interested in your feedback to determine this year’s recipient of the Faculty Member of the Year Award, which recognizes exceptional faculty at the University. This may include any part-time or full-time professor, administrative, or staff personnel on campus.
Once chosen, the winner shall receive a plaque of recognition and legislation naming them the ASUN Faculty of the Year.
Many of us at the University of Nevada, Reno have been designated to work from home. There was little time to mentally and physically prepare for transitioning from a campus-based office to a home-based one. Maybe you’ve had distractions (hello, parents), an uncomfortable workspace or technological issues. Maybe you have everything set up for success, but you just haven’t found your rhythm yet.
You’re not alone! We have scoured a multitude of recent articles about how to work from home and brainstormed with our fellow teammates to bring you the following expert advice.
The Provost’s Office will be hosting a Sabbatical Application Workshop Friday, April 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. via Zoom. The workshop will provide a brief overview of the sabbatical application process. Please remember to RSVP for the workshop in order to receive the Zoom link.
The Latino Research Center (LRC) will honor one Latinx student with La Promesa Award this spring 2020. The selected student must demonstrate promise in their chosen fields of study and hold themselves to the highest standards of academic, social, and personal
Selection: A faculty panel will review nominations and select one outstanding student to receive the $500.00 award.
- Self identifies as a Latinx student
- Graduate in May 2020
- Plan to pursue a graduate program or professional school
- Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Demonstrate leadership in the University or community
Nominations may be made by faculty or staff. The recipient may be asked to prepare a five minute speech given during the Latino graduation ceremony. To nominate a student, complete the nomination form. Contact LatinoCenter@unr.edu more information 775-784-4010.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) encourages everyone to be sure to regularly update Windows while working away from campus since regular updates will not be pushed to computers off campus automatically. It is recommended to update your computer at least once a month after the 2nd Tuesday of the month or after the 15th of each month. Please note that this applies to Windows users only. Mac users do not need to manually install updates as updates are pushed automatically from Apple when off-campus. For more information on how to update Windows to stay secure, please visit Updating Windows University Computers While Off-Campus
Following the decision to move classes online for the remainder of the spring semester, Parking and Transportation Services has modified its policy to provide a 25% refund for students who purchased a parking permit.
Spring 2020 graduates will have the choice to celebrate their achievements coinciding with, but be separate from, either the December 2020 graduation ceremonies or Spring 2021 ceremonies. Read more from today's announcement.
Look like you're on campus when you're at home and in class remotely with these custom University of Nevada, Reno Zoom backgrounds. View and download online.
As a result of all university classes moving to online delivery, student access to Adobe Creative Cloud in labs and classrooms is not available. Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students through May 31st, 2020, so that they can continue their course work remotely. Please provide the link above to students in classes that require the use of Adobe Creative Cloud so they are able to access the Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on their personal device. If you have any questions, please contact the OIT Support Center.
The Lilley Museum is temporarily closing to the public beginning March 17 until further notice, in an effort to reduce the number of people on campus and prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The closing is in line with the University of Nevada, Reno's alternative campus operations. For more information, please access the University's Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19 page. This decision was made as a response to ensure the health and safety of our staff, our visitors, and our community. We appreciate your understanding.
As you know by now, our campus community is in the process of converting all courses to an alternative online format due to the recent global outbreak of COVID-19. The Disability Resource Center will stay fully operational. We remain committed to supporting all of the students that we serve as campus transitions to remote instruction. You will hear from all of your professors if you have not already. As they each determine how course material will be delivered, we will work with each of you to ensure your accommodations remotely remain in place. The DRC is here to support you as you continue to engage with your classes and successfully complete them remotely. As always, please feel free to contact any of our staff with any questions or concerns, (775) 784-6000. We remain committed to supporting all of the students that we serve as campus transitions to remote instruction. As a staff, we are requesting that all students remain proactive in self-advocacy regarding their requests for accommodations and stay in regular communication with us. Students should stay in contact with their coordinator through email or Zoom cloud meetings. It is HIGHLY recommended that ALL students download the Zoom software immediately. Accommodations will continue to be facilitated remotely through electronic communication between the DRC, student and professor by utilizing email and the DRC Student Portal.
The University of Nevada, Reno’s School of the Arts spends months preparing for the much-anticipated annual Reno Jazz Festival. With the dynamic and evolving situation around the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Reno Jazz Festival, which would have celebrated its 58th year, April 23-25. The decision to cancel this year’s Festival does not come lightly. While far less than ideal, the decision is intended to ensure the safety of faculty, staff, community members and thousands of aspiring musicians and their families who typically attend the Festival. Information and notification of the cancelation is being sent directly to attendees, artists, adjudicators, vendors and other stakeholders. Participating schools and attendees will receive full refunds for all purchases including, Festival group registration fees, passes and individual concert tickets. For questions directly related to the cancelation of the Reno Jazz Festival, please call 775-784-4278, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizers hope the Reno Jazz Festival and University community will carry the momentum and enthusiasm into next year’s Festival, April 22-24, 2021. The University has preventive measures and controls in place to support the health and safety of the University community and continues to review and adapt its planning and strategies as more is learned every day. The University has created a Novel Coronavirus Information Page, www.unr.edu/coronavirus, which is updated regularly. The page contains the latest information and includes a variety of sources, as well as tips for faculty, students and staff regarding issues that could arise from coronavirus.
Campus Construction Notice for North Virginia Street Road Work
Work to replace the fire water main on the west side of Virginia Street as part of the Nye Hall renovation project will require lane closures and traffic control measures. - Both southbound lanes will be closed between College Drive and Artemesia Way. - North and southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane. - Pedestrian detours around the construction area will be in place, with signage provided. Thank you for your patience as we perform these upgrades.
The deadline for submitting a proposal for a Departmental Innovation Grant has been extended to March 8, 2020. These grants are funded by the Student Technology Fee. Departments can apply to receive one-time funding for innovative projects that benefit the students at the University of Nevada, Reno. For more information, please visit the Departmental Innovation Grant webpage.
Construction on the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County’s Virginia Street Project is on schedule. Construction will move northward as work begins on the segment near the University of Nevada, Reno Monday, March 16, 2020. The RTC is continuing outreach efforts to the University area by inviting the community to enjoy cookies with the construction team Friday, March 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Insomnia Cookies, located at 935 N. Virginia St. Attendees can enjoy cookies while they learn about upcoming construction operations. Members of the project team will be available to answer questions. While construction on the segment of the project near the University will be on Virginia Street between Interstate 80 and Lawlor Events Center, the construction beginning on March 16 will only include the demolition of the section on the east side of Virginia Street between 8th Street and 9th Street. Construction on the sidewalks and roundabout will begin April 1.
In an effort to ensure the appearance of our Quad at Morrill Hall is at its best for commencement ceremonies to honor our graduates and their visiting families, we will close it to public use beginning Monday, April 6th, 2020 through graduation ceremonies ending on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. During this time the lawn will be roped off, treated with organic materials, and over-seeded to enhance the growth and color. Facilities Maintenance Grounds Services staff will periodically mow and check the irrigation on the lawn during this time. - Please exercise caution when in the vicinity of heavy equipment and crews. - Please follow all posted signage and do not enter roped off areas. - Please stay off the grass to allow for seed germination. Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus.
With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to make headlines, it’s natural for University students, parents, family members, faculty, staff and visitors to be concerned about the health and safety of the campus. In collaboration with our health experts and the Washoe County Health District, we continue to provide updates to the campus community that includes protective measures, precautions and recommendations. There are currently no known cases of the novel coronavirus on the University campus or in the state of Nevada. While increasing cases are being reported worldwide, the Centers for Disease Control continues to believe that the risk of acquiring this virus in the U.S. is low. We must prepare people for the reality that more cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including in the U.S. We will continue to monitor the situation and stay up to date with guidelines and recommendations to help promote the health and safety of campus.
Nevada’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is sponsoring a coat drive with Big Brothers and Big Sisters over the next two games at Lawlor Events Center – Saturday’s men’s game against Fresno State and Monday’s women’s game against Wyoming. Bring a coat to donate to the coat drive at either game and receive free admission! Donations bins will be located at every entrance and a voucher for a free ticket is available for each donation. Children’s tickets (12 and younger) for Saturday’s game against Fresno State, are also free with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. This is available in person on game day only. Ticket deals are available while supplies last. For more information, call (775) 348-PACK.
New interdisciplinary collaborative scholarly activities. Academic faculty in groups of two or more with F&A funds available to them are eligible to apply. A 1:1 match of up to $5,000 from Research & Innovation for individual faculty F&A funds; up to five grants will be awarded; startup cannot be used as a match. Applications will be accepted through InfoEd until 5 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020.
A competitive internal grant open to academic faculty in groups of two or more for $2,500 or a 1:1 match for faculty funds up to $5,000. New interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary collaborative scholarly activities that will lead to future grants, publications or similar scholarly activity Applications will be accepted through InfoEd by 5 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020.
Due to an increased volume of guests at the Den at lunch during Nevada Bound events, Nevada Dining encourages you to visit their other retail food operations if your schedule does not permit flexibility. Nevada Bound dates are Friday, Feb. 21, Friday, March 6, Friday, March 27, Friday, April 3, Wednesday, April 8, Friday, April 10, Friday, April 17 and Friday, May 1. Other dining options include Bytes – Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center; crEATe – Pennington Student Achieve Center; Eatery at the Overlook – Jot Travis Building; Elements — Davidson Math & Science; Las Trojes Mexican Express – Ansari Building Building; and Pathways – Center for Molecular Medicine.
Sections of the University Administrative Manual have recently been updated. The amended sections with links are as follows: Section 5,305 – Posting, Distributing and Exhibiting of Public Announcements RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions are needed to correct inconsistencies and lack of clarity in scheduling university facilities policies. Section 7,013 – Policy for Creation and Management of University Social Media Sites RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: A new policy is being created to promote and protect online use of the university’s brand(s) when used in social media.
The Promotion & Tenure Workshop for Faculty is scheduled for Friday. If you plan to attend and haven’t RSVP’d, please do so. Promotion & Tenure Workshop for Faculty, Friday, February 14, 2020, 10:00-11:30 am, Ansari Building (AB) Room 102.
The Faculty Senate coordinates four faculty awards to honor and acknowledge excellence at work, and exemplary leadership and service. The awards are presented at the University's Honor the Best celebration, an annual event to recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty, staff, and students. For each award, a letter of support is required and a nomination form must be completed with specific examples of excellence. The awards include: Three (3) Foundation awards for administrative faculty: Administrative Faculty of the Year Award; Innovative Impact Award; Outstanding Leadership/Supervisor Award AND One (1) Faculty Senate award for academic or administrative faculty: Outstanding Committee Service Award.
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Days
You are invited to enjoy "Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day" twice a month at the Nevada Wolf Shop. Show employees your Wolf Card for a savings of 25% off on Nevada clothing & gifts, general books, fashion and supplies on the following days: Feb 25; March 2; March 25; April 1; April 24; May 1; May 22; June 1 and June 25. Thank you for all you do for the University of Nevada, Reno!
Beginning Jan. 27, Special Collections will be available to researchers, users on Mondays by appointment only. Tuesday through Friday will remain the same with drop-in hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit: library.unr.edu/specoll and scroll down to the "Planning Your Visit" block on the page to make your appointment or view the Department's hours of operation. Special Collections contains the Libraries' rare books, book arts collection, manuscript collections and University archives.
Silver Club is a monthly membership for faculty and staff. This membership includes member benefits like half off entrance into the Eatery at the Overlook dining hall and the Den dining hall any day of the week (Silver Club lunch rate is $5.57), as well as a 10% off at all Nevada Dining retail locations; Bytes, Elements, Create, Pathways, and Market at Wolf Pack Tower. Other benefits include free entrance into the annual Catering Showcase, legacy events, grand openings, and Teaching Kitchens as well as a complimentary Ozzi reusable to-go container and exclusive monthly specials! Please note this is an ongoing monthly payment that will be charged the first of the start month and the first of the end month and the first of every month in between. A two-month minimum is required to sign up. The Silver Club 12-month, annual pricing is $179.40 (two months FREE), regularly - $215.40. Month-to-month is $17.95 + 0% tax. Subscribe through dineoncampus.com/unr and check out the Dine on Campus app.
This is a solicitation for proposals from faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno for grants through the Research Enhancement Grants (REG) program to be awarded in winter/spring with a 12-month performance period. The purpose of the REG program is to provide funding for activities that will lead to external funding for research. Please note that this RFP is seeking applications from faculty members who plan to resubmit a proposal. The submission deadline for deans is Monday, March 9 at 5 p.m. Questions concerning the submission of proposals should be directed to Ahmad Itani, associate vice president for research, at email@example.com or 775-327-2363.
This funding opportunity is open to all academic faculty with a research expectation and who have a contract to produce scholarly or creative work, such as a book, monograph or multimedia work, and need assistance with production costs. Applications to be emailed to Ahmad Itani, associate vice president for research, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday, March 9 at 5 p.m.
Do you have an innovative information technology-related project that benefits students and needs a bit of extra funding? A new internal grant opportunity is available for departments using funds from the Student Technology Fee. These grants are called “Departmental Innovation Grants” and the Student Technology Fee Advisory (STFA) Committee is now accepting grant proposals. Proposals must be submitted by March 1st, and grantees will be notified of results by April 30. For further information about the proposal and selection criteria, please visit the Departmental Innovation Grant Proposal webpage. If you have a departmental meeting and would like a representative from the STFA Committee to give a brief presentation about the proposals, please email the Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee: email@example.com.
As a sign of appreciation, the athletics department is offering a special discounted rate to ALL University faculty and staff for the men’s basketball game against UNLV Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. Campus faculty and staff can get tickets for as low as $10 (plaza section) or $15 (concourse) by using the promo code BEATUNLV4 at www.NevadaWolfPack.com/promo. The code is available until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, and tickets are available while supplies last. As a reminder, good sportsmanship starts with you. Be first-class fans and welcome the visiting team and their fans. Cheer for the Wolf Pack, not against others; treat our rival fans with respect and act appropriately - kids are enjoying the game!
Nevada Dining is proud to announce the re-opening of the Overlook Food Court for retail dining operations. Food Venues include: •Poke Bar - offering fresh made to order Poke Bowls, and delicious Fusion Rice Bowls •Grill 775 - serving tasty burgers, chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders as well as delicious sides including sweet potato fries and zucchini fries. This venue also offers breakfast sandwiches, omelets and sides for morning guests. •Wolf Pack Pizza - serving up classic pizzas by the slice and offering daily rotating specials•Forklift – the campus favorite is back and offers made to order burritos, bowls and salads. Breakfast burritos and bowls are also served in the morning. Each venue proudly offers entrees and options for all dietary lifestyles. The Overlook is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, for the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies Global Engagement Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to international programs, globally-oriented research and outreach, or international research and teaching at the University or abroad. Nominees must be a current, full-time academic or administrative faculty member who has been at the University for at least five years. The award is presented when the winner is announced at the Honor the Best ceremony in May, 2020. Additional information can be found at the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies website at: https://www.unr.edu/global-studies/grants-and-awards/global-engagement-award. Please submit a nomination using the 2020 Global Engagement Award Nomination Form to Carina Black (Chair of the Global Engagement Award Committee) at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Late nominations will not be considered.
Applications are being accepted by the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies for grants of up to $3,000 toward activities to enhance and promote research and other creative efforts in global studies that have a significant international dimension. The deadline for the submission of applications is Friday, March 20, 2020. Any University faculty member with academic or administrative rank, holding at least a 0.5 full-time equivalent appointment, is eligible to apply for these funds being provided by the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies in cooperation with the Office of the Provost. Faculty can only apply for and receive one award per year.
The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is planning a major roadway construction project that will impact the University of Nevada, Reno community. The RTC project will make significant changes on Virginia Street between 8th Street and the West Stadium Parking Complex beginning in April and continuing through November 2020. The project will improve safety, mobility and extend the RTC RAPID Virginia Line route to the University. The University will communicate routine updates as needed and has current construction information on the Facilities Services website. As the construction dates draw closer, RTC will begin providing regular construction updates that include more detailed information about construction activities, traffic control, and detours. To learn about the project, visit VirginiaStreetProject.com, email info@VirginiaStreetProgject.com, or text Virginia to 797979.
The University of Nevada, Reno and USAC invite faculty and staff to attend the Faculty International Opportunities info session happening Thursday, Nov. 21, from noon-1 p.m. at the USAC Annex, Carmelo Urza Conference Room (2nd floor). Come learn about international opportunities for faculty and staff at this combined presentation from USAC and ACO including the Fulbright program, USAC's Visiting Professor (VP) and Faculty International Development Award (FIDA) programs. Cookies and lemonade will be provided. In the meantime, to request an application, please contact the following: -FIDA application for Summer 2020: email@example.com. -VP application for Summer 2021-Spring 2022: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Faculty Senate hosts a Campus Conversation at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Joe Crowley Student Union Great Room. Eloisa Gordon-Mora, Sarah Cummings and Jen Hill will lead a panel discussion of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Curriculum,” with a particular focus on how to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion in courses that fulfill Core Objective 10.
On Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Great Room, Mary Dugan (Legal), Lydia Huerta (Education), Anthony Martinez (ASUN), and Ayanna Refelord (ASUN), Tamara Guinn (GSA), Sandra Rodriguez (Student Services) and Donna Healy (Classified) will lead a discussion entitled “Free Speech, Tolerance and Social Justice: Critical Perspectives.” Please consider joining and participating in this important discussion.
University Marketing and Communications has created an official branded email signature generator you can use to create your official University-branded signature, including an option to link to the University’s official social media channels. Generate your official University email signature today!
If you create any kind of branded communications here at the University – whether a paper, a presentation, a report or a poster for a scientific conference – you’ll want to have the latest set of official University of Nevada, Reno logos to properly brand your project. The University's official logos have been slightly refreshed for 2019, so please download the new set and use these logos exclusively moving forward, discarding older logo sets as now obsolete.
Campus Notice for the Construction of the Temporary Dining Facility, Phase 2
Affected Dates:Thursday, October 10 throughFriday, November 22//Description of Work:A contractor will construct the Temporary Dining Facility, Phase 2, in the lawn area between the Thompson Building and Jot Travis Building. The project includes the construction of a temporary dining structure, kitchen, restroom facilities and storage. // Impact for Occupants:- The walkway immediately north of the lawn area will be closed to pedestrians for the duration of the project. - Construction equipment and trucks will access the construction site at the northwest end of the lawn area. - A flagger will be in place to maintain vehicle and pedestrian safety at the northwest end of the lawn area. - There will be intermittent noise and dust associated with this project.- The main entrance to Lincoln Hall, the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center, and the Thompson, Jot Travis, and Frandsen Humanities Buildings will remain open during construction. //Accessibility Impact:- Accessible routes and ADA access to buildings will be open and available. // Action(s) Required:- Please use caution near construction crews, equipment, and activity.- Please follow posted signage, direction from flagger and do not enter barricaded areas.// Project Contact: Lyle Woodward | Project #: 20DNC01492P2Thank you for your patience as we complete this work.
Campus Construction Notice for the Renovation of the Chemistry Building and Leifson Physics
From Oct. 7, 2019 through Nov. 2, 2020, the first floor of the Chemistry Building and the third floor of Leifson Physics will be renovated to modernize classrooms, research space, ventilation and install building-wide fire-sprinkler systems. The renovation includes 14,000 square feet in the Chemistry Building and 8,200 square feet in Leifson Physics. The first floor of the Chemistry Building and third floor of Leifson Physics will be closed to public access. - There will be no elevator access to the first floor of the Chemistry Building. - There will be no elevator access to the third floor of Leifson Physics. - The interior bridge connecting the buildings will remain available. - There will be intermittent noise, vibrations, and non-toxic odors associated with this work. - Look for future notices for utility outages and access interruptions as the project progresses. Accessibility Impact: - The existing ADA route between mid and lower campus through Leifson Physics will remain available. - ADA access to the Chemistry Building is available via the accessible route through Leifson Physics using the interior bridge connecting the buildings.
Over the past few months, Rankin & Associates Consulting has been analyzing the data from our 2019 Campus Climate Survey - a survey designed to help us understand the individual needs, abilities and potential of all students, faculty and staff at the University, so that we may continue to create an environment marked by openness, fairness and equal access for all of our people. To accommodate busy schedules, there will be two forums on Wednesday, September 18. We encourage everyone to attend one of these forums: Wednesday, September 18, 2019; 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. AND 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.; Joe Crowley Student Union in the Milt Glick Ballroom A/B. Please RSVP for this event.
A Silver Club membership includes free entrance to the annual Catering Showcase, legacy events, grand openings, Teaching Kitchens, and more. Members receive a complimentary Ozzi reusable to-go container, 50% discount at The Eatery at Overlook and Howler Village, and 10% discount at all Nevada Dining retail locations. Call 775-682-8946 or visit dineoncampus.com/unr for more information or to sign up!
Update: Closure Notice for Silver 3 Parking Lot at Facilities Services Building
A contractor is removing and replacing the Silver 3 Parking Lot around the Facilities Services and Facilities Services Annex buildings sidewalk along Evans Avenue immediately to the east of the parking lots. The Silver 3 Parking Lot south of the Facilities Services Building and areas surrounding the Facilities Services Building are closed. - The adjacent sidewalk along Evans Avenue immediately east of the Facilities Services building is closed through September 13.- There will be noise and some dust from paving and concrete operations.- Affected Silver 3 permit holders may park in the Brian Whalen Parking Complex during this closure.- Please follow posted directional signage. Use caution near construction activity and equipment, and do not enter construction areas. - The ADA accessible route to the middle and south end of campus continues to be along the east side of the University Arts building and William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center or through Leifson Physics.Thank you for your patience as we perform these improvements. To report a facilities emergency, call (775) 784-8020.
The Balloon Race Scholarship Committee is selling raffle tickets for the annual drawing at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Joe in the Gateway Plaza. Prizes are items donated from the community and the University (with more than 100 prizes). Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. All the monies raised are used to distribute two $2,000 scholarships a year – one undergraduate and one graduate. Donations are also accepted for the custom pin during the University’s raffle and at the UNR Balloon booth at the Great Reno Balloon Race (pins are $5).
MyNEVADA/PeopleSoft will soon undertake a required technical upgrade resulting in a new look and feel. This upgrade requires a system outage from Wednesday, Sept. 18 (3 p.m.), and back up Monday, Sept. 23. For more information, please visit https://www.unr.edu/mynevada-20-help/upgrade.
The main pedestrian sidewalk between the Reynolds School of Journalism and University Arts Building Monday, Aug. 12, through Friday, Aug. 16. A contractor will be installing a drainage trench in the main pedestrian sidewalk between Reynolds School of Journalism and University Arts Building. Pedestrian traffic may travel between upper and lower campus on the sidewalks immediately east and west of Reynolds School of Journalism. Cart traffic may travel between upper and lower campus using the roadway between University Arts Building and Church Fine Arts (west of University Arts Building). Thank you for your patience as we make improvements to our campus. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
Deli NV in the Pennington Student Achievement Center will be closed Aug. 5-9 to undergo a change in concept and rebranding. This new dining venue will better align with the goals of Nevada Dining to increase efficiency while continuing to deliver high-quality meal choices. The existing sandwich and salad venue, Deli NV, will change into crEATe, a chopped and wrapped salad concept. Guests will have a wide variety of delicious vegetables, proteins, toppings and made-in-house dressings to select from and will have the option of getting it in a salad bowl or as a wrap. There will be coffee, bagels and hot breakfast sandwiches for morning patrons.
The University of Nevada, Reno will conduct an emergency alert test on Monday, Aug 5, at 9 a.m. University Police Services will activate several campus safety platforms, including an outdoor notification system signaling an audible alert; an SMS text message; a campus-wide e-mail; posting to Twitter and Facebook; the department's AM information radio station 1670 KHz; and a scrolling banner on campus public computers. The University aims to further the sense of community and promote safety and preparedness. Testing each system aids in maintaining a coordinated response as a team.
Microsoft has released a new product called "Teams" that allows for group chat, video conferences, and live collaboration on documents. It is now available to campus and can help your group become more productive and effective. Plus, it integrates with Office 365, so all University contacts are pre-loaded into it. Click on the link above to learn more about Teams as it will be replacing Skype for Business in the fall 2019 semester.
The University is retiring support for our current Office of Information Technology-hosted blogging and personal website systems at blogs.unr.edu and wolfweb.unr.edu. Both environments have presented support, security, and accessibility hurdles, and their functionality has been replaced by other systems that remove these support challenges. As a University, we are committed to making our content accessible to all, secure, and easy to manage, so we are replacing that service with Pack Pages, which is managed by the Office of Marketing and Communications. Please note, service is ending for wolfweb.unr.edu and blogs.unr.edu and you need to move your content to Pack Pages by Aug. 31, 2019. After Aug. 31, your content will become “read-only,” and you will no longer be able to edit it. On Nov. 15th, 2019, the servers hosting wolfweb.unr.edu and blogs.unr.edu will be turned off, meaning you will no longer have access to that content. It is the responsibility of the content creator to make sure public-facing content is accessible and to migrate any content they wish to remain online to the Pack Pages domain. If you believe you require additional functionality that is not present on the Pack Pages platform, please submit a ticket with OIT to begin a conversation about your concerns before the service is decommissioned.
OIT is migrating computers running on the Windows 7 operating system to Windows 10. OIT is aware of all supported computers currently running on Windows 7 & is working closely with departments across campus to schedule times for the upgrade to occur. If you currently have any University-owned, Windows 7 computers, OIT will be in contact with you via email to schedule an upgrade time that works for you. OIT’s upgrade will be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. Learn more on OIT's webpage.
New Copiers on Campus
New copiers have started arriving on campus. The Ray Morgan Company is currently in the process of removing the old Kyocera’s and replacing them with new Canon Multi-Function Devices (MFDs). Staff from Ray Morgan will be contacting and working with departments individually to set up dates for installation and training. Please be patient as we ensure all departments get up and running as the project proceeds. Along with new copiers comes new software. We are replacing the Papercut software which up to now has managed the Copier Program with Canon’s uniFLOW. In advance of the wider deployment of these new units, OIT will be installing the uniFLOW Client software on all managed campus computers along with a new printer that will show up as ‘SecurePrint on PAHRAH’ (much like you are currently used to using ‘CopyStar on LOKI’). Until the new Canon MFD is installed in your department, you DO NOT need to worry about or interact with either the new software or printer. When Ray Morgan coordinates the installation of your new MFD and provides the initial training, at that point, you will begin to use the new SecurePrint printer. Training materials will be provided by Ray Morgan, and the Copier Program/OIT will be making these materials available as well. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com and we will get you in touch with the needed resources.
Sections of the University Administrative Manual have recently been updated. The amended sections with links are as follows: Section 2,363 – Classified Staff Honoree RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: A new policy is being created to provide benefits as outlined for retiring classified employees. Section 7,009 – University of Nevada, Reno Social Media Policy RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Minor revisions were made to clarify types of posts on official university social media sites that are subject to deletion.
UPDATE: Construction Notice for Drainage Correction in Hilliard Plaza
A contractor is correcting drainage issues at the northeast corner of Hilliard Plaza from Wednesday, May 29 through Friday, June 7. A portion of the sidewalk will be temporarily removed to accommodate the installation of new pipes and drains. Impact for Occupants: -The north sidewalk and northwest sidewalk of Schulich Lecture Hall will be closed. -The stairs north of Leifson Physics will have limited access. -There will be some noise, non-toxic odors, and construction traffic associated with this project. -Heavy equipment and vehicles will be on site and moving in and out between Mack Social Science, Reynolds School of Journalism, and the University Arts building. Action(s) Required: -Please use caution near construction equipment and crews. -Please follow posted signage and do not enter coned off areas. Thank you for your patience as we make improvements to our beautiful campus. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
Elevator Fire Alarm Recall Testing (All Elevators On Campus)
Facilities Maintenance Services will conduct fire alarm recall testing on all elevators on campus from Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 14 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Impact for Occupants: - All passenger and freight elevators will be tested. - Elevators will be closed during these tests. If there are multiple elevators in a building, only one elevator will be tested at a time. - A brief loss of power may be experienced during testing. - Odors, similar to exhaust fumes, and intermittent noise may be experienced during testing. - Testing usually lasts less than one hour per elevator. Action(s) Required: - In the event of an emergency or special circumstance, the elevator can become available for passenger use. - Please prepare computers and other equipment sensitive to an electrical interruption as needed during this time frame. Project Contact: Stephanie Edmonds, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience as we maintain the safety of our elevators. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
The University has earned the Tree Campus USA designation for several years. Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that: ● Effectively manage their campus trees. ● Develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests. ● Strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.
A brand-new college ranking system – College ROI – has been developed by institutional analyst and data scientist Serge Herzog, Ph.D. of the University of Nevada, Reno. College ROI exists for the simple purpose of helping high school students and their parents or guardians to quickly and easily leverage Big Data to determine which college or university is most likely to add value to the student in terms of his or her financial success after college. An information session is planned for Friday, May 3, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Ansari Business Building, Room 101.
A contractor will make the following improvements to Swan Island on Manzanita Lake to make it a more permanent and natural habitat: remove the concrete tubes currently bordering the island and replace them with rocks, create paths that will allow the swans to access the lake and their shelter safely, update the vegetation around the island to provide a more natural habitat, extend the vegetation onto the shore and create a garden and swan viewing area. Thanks to those who have provided financial support for this project as it will hopefully improve the habitat for Athena, Zeus and future swans. If you are still interested in donating, please go to the following web site: crowdfund.unr.edu/swans.
The first of two events is sponsored by ASUN and the Anti-Defamation League and will focus on how to empower campus community members to effectively respond to anti-Semitism, bias and hate of all kinds. It is scheduled from 5:15-9 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Great Room. A light meal will be provided to coincide with the time of day but still allow for discourse. Please RSVP by emailing Hannah Jackson at email@example.com. Secondly, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion and College of Liberal Arts is proud to present the Third Annual Inclusive Medicine Series. The focus of this year's event will be on being an active bystander and presented by Lena Tenney, MPA, MEd. who is the Coordinator of Public Engagement at Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. A reception is schedule from 5-5:30 p.m. in the Pennington Health Sciences Atrium, then a presentation from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Pennington Health Sciences, Room 102. Register for this event at: https://odi-2019.eventbrite.com.
You can now access MATLAB science & engineering software at no cost under a new two-year pilot program. We are piloting this universal campus access model with MathWorks, and will be soliciting feedback on its value from you, the academic & research community. MATLAB is available in DataWorks labs, through remote services, and can be installed on University-owned, or personally-owned computers. Plus, MathWorks Support is available at no charge to all students, faculty, and researchers. For more information, contact Angela Rudolph at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 775-784-4220.
Be a part of an opportunity to learn about and engage with this candidate for the LRC director position (internal search). The forum will take place in Edmund J. Cain Hall, Room 100, Tuesday, April 9.
Faculty encouraged to attend Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies
Faculty are invited to attend Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies and are requested to dress in academic attire and report to the faculty line up area at Morrill Hall. Evening line-up is at 4:15 p.m. with a 4:45 p.m. processional. Morning line-up is at 7:30 a.m. with an 8 a.m. processional. Students are appreciative of faculty participation and love shaking their hands after they walk across the stage!
This event is held Tuesday, April 2 from 4:30-6 p.m., and will feature 5-minute research presentations from early career faculty representing a variety of disciplines across the University. Following the presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to network and develop connections with other faculty. Light refreshments will be served.
Staff Employees' Council calling for nominations, due by April 5
The Staff Employees' Council (SEC) is accepting nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Classified Employee of the Year and Wolf Cub of the Year awards. Forms are available on the SEC Forms Page; they should address all criteria and include real-life examples of the employee's success. For more information, contact Meghan Ezekiel at 775-682-7908 or Donna Healy at 775-682-7519.
In an effort to ensure the appearance of our Quad at Morrill Hall is at its best for commencement ceremonies to honor our graduates and their visiting families, we will close it to public use beginning April 8 through graduation ceremonies ending Saturday, May 18, 2019. During this time, the lawn will be roped off, treated with organic materials and over-seeded to enhance the growth and color. Grounds Services staff will periodically mow and check the irrigation on the lawn during this time.
The University's current resident swans, Zeus and Athena, are in need of your support. This spring, Facilities Services will be improving Swan Island on Manzanita Lake to make it a more permanent and natural habitat. The University's goal to update and improve Swan Island is $15,000. The update to the island will include improvements such as: •Removing the concrete tubes that currently border the island with larger rocks. •Creating paths that will allow the swans and their offspring to access the lake and their shelter safely. •Updating the vegetation around the island to provide as natural a habitat as possible. •Extending the vegetation onto the shore and creating a garden and swan viewing area. • The University is asking the campus community and beyond to join together to support this effort to make improvements to Manzanita Lake and Swan Island, improvements that will greatly impact the lives of Zeus, Athena and future swans.
The mICRo Grant is a funding opportunity for all academic and research faculty in groups of two or more with F&A funds available to them. A 1:1 match of up to $5,000 from Research & Innovation for individual faculty F&A funds; up to five grants will be awarded; startup cannot be used as a match. Submissions are due by March 18, 2019 at 5 p.m.
This funding opportunity is open to all academic and administrative faculty with a research expectation and who have a contract to produce scholarly or creative work, such as a book, monograph or multimedia work and need assistance with production costs. Faculty may apply for up to $1,000 (alternatively up to 30% of the total cost, whichever is lowest) from Research & Innovation to defray costs associated with book subventions.
This is a funding opportunity for all academic and research faculty in groups of two or more. Up to $2,500, or a 1:1 match for faculty funds (not from startup) of up to $5,000 from Research & Innovation; up to five grants will be awarded. Please visit our website for more information and instructions on how to apply.
International Activities Grant Proposals
Applications are being accepted now through Friday, March 15, 2019, for grants of up to $3,000 toward activities to enhance and promote the development of curricula, programs, research and other creative efforts that have a significant international dimension. Any University of Nevada, Reno faculty member with academic or administrative rank, holding at least a 0.5 full-time equivalent appointment is eligible to apply for these funds. Faculty can only apply for and receive one award per year. Program details can be found here: https://www.unr.edu/provost/grants/international-activities-grant.
This is a solicitation for proposals from faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno for grants through the Research Enhancement Grants (REG) program to be awarded in Summer 2019/Spring 2020 with a 12-month performance period. The purpose of the REG program is to provide funding for activities that will lead to external funding for research. Submission deadline is Monday, March 18, at 5 p.m.
The Engagement in the Classroom: Service-Learning workshop series is a cyclical set of faculty workshops to support various service-learning related concepts and issues. The workshops are offered at times which correspond to policy deadlines, administrative timelines, and student learning progression. All faculty are welcome to join any of the monthly workshops starting Feb. 21 and ending May 2. With questions or for more information, please contact Samantha Bickert at email@example.com or at 775-784-4897.
New website coming soon
For the past 18 months, the Office of Marketing & Communications has been working on a complete rebuild of the University’s main website: www.unr.edu. The goal was to modernize the look and feel of the site, improve user experience and navigation, and bring our website into compliance with accessibility guidelines. The updated version is on the horizon with the initial launch scheduled for late February. Be on the lookout for additional information regarding the site’s planned migration schedule.
Sections of the University Administrative Manual have recently been updated. These revisions are effective February 12, 2019. The amended sections with links are as follows: Section 2,511 – Types of Faculty Appointments; RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Obsolete language is being recommended for deletion. Section 3,501 – Special Course and Other Student Fees; RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions are being made to clarify the role of the Student Fee Committee. Section 6,502 – Academic Standards; RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to clarify sanctions.
E-signature software is offered by the Office of Information Technology to University faculty and staff free of charge and can have a major positive impact on your ability to finalize agreements. DocuSign is a cloud-based electronic signature system. You can now send signatures electronically using the new e-signature service available for all University faculty and staff for official business. It is legal under Nevada law and allowable under University policy. Training on how to use this powerful, time-saving (and free of charge) tool is being offered through TLT Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The NevadaFIT 2019 application is now live on the NevadaFIT website. The application closes July 1, 2019. Students in the College of Science, the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, and the College of Business are required to attend and will be automatically enrolled in the course. There is no need to apply. Please help communicate this information to all incoming freshmen students.
Reminders: Always verify the email sender when considering replying to a suspicious request. Don’t fall victim to phishing – UNR OIT will never ask for your password. Please forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a cybersecurity question or need advice? Email email@example.com.
Reopened Campus Cart Path: Jan. 9
The north – south cart path running along the west side of Reynolds School of Journalism and turning to run along the east Mack Social Science through Hilliard Plaza is now open and available for use. Use approved open paths when driving a cart. Thank you for your patience as we make these upgrades. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020
The Office of Information Technology would like to inform you that all Exchange public folders have been successfully migrated to the cloud (Office 365) and are currently available for normal usage. What you need to know: •If you own or use public folders you will need to re-start outlook in order to find your public folders after the migration; •All public folders are also available on the Office 365 Portal at portal.office.com; •Macs are now able to access Exchange public folders directly without a remote desktop environment; •Overall performance of Exchange public folders should be improved. Please share this information with appropriate members of your department. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Support Center via one of the service options at https://oit.unr.edu/get-help
Director, Honors Program Candidate Open Forums
The Director of Honors Program Search Committee has selected four candidates for on-campus interviews to start later this month. The Open Forums are as follows: Candidate #1: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre; Candidate #2: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m., JCSU Theatre; Candidate #3: Thursday, Jan. 31, 1:30-2:30 pm, JCSU Theatre; and Candidate #4: Monday, Feb. 4, 1:30-2:30 pm., JCSU Theatre
Workshops are being offered to assist units with their plans in NevadaContinuity.com, a software program with pre-developed templates to complete continuity plans. Currently, University units that have two-digit Workday codes have been designated as needing continuity plans. Please contact Amanda Windes, Organizational Resiliency Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for a username and password for NevadaContinuity.com to sign up for the workshop of your choice and to be able to review the template beforehand or for any further information or questions. Workshops are limited to 20 people each. Workshops are in the Ansari Building Room 208 on the following dates and times: Jan. 7, 10 a.m.-noon; Jan. 8 10 a.m.-noon; Jan. 9, 2-4 p.m.; Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-noon; Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m.
The University Administrative Manual has recently been updated. The amended section is: Section 2,520 – Faculty Search Rules. RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to include the requirement for faculty serving on search committees to attend the Implicit Bias/Search Committee training.
Spring & Winter Textbook Course Requests Due to Nevada Wolf Shop
Instructors, would you like to check one thing off your busy to-do lists? Submit your Spring & Winter textbook course requests to the Nevada Wolf Shop now. The Wolf Shop needs time to research and source affordable options for students. Include information on access codes, online assignments, and/or supplies that may be required. Nevada Wolf Shop: Every Purchase Supports Every Student. For questions or more information, call 775-784-6597 or email email@example.com.
The Information and Communications Technology Committee is hosting a campus community forum from 4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, to present a summary of actions and continuing efforts with online accessibility. The forum will be held in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre. A summary of the external audit will be presented, as well as an overview of the University's work toward software, web and instructional content accessibility. There will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentations. $3 parking permits will be available for purchase on the top floor of the West Stadium Parking Complex after 3:30 p.m.
International Opportunities for Faculty & Staff with USAC: The University and USAC invite qualified faculty and staff to apply for a Faculty International Development Award (FIDA) and/or a Visiting Professorship (VP). Both programs provide an excellent opportunity for professional development while experiencing a USAC study abroad program first-hand. The FIDA program invites faculty and staff to apply for a grant to participate in a USAC summer program like a student while the Visiting Professor program invites full time faculty to submit proposals for teaching abroad in one of USAC’s summer or semester programs. To learn more and ask any questions you may have on either program, we will be offering an info session during International Education Week (IEW). Faculty International Opportunities: Thursday, November 15th, noon-1 p.m., USAC Annex, Carmelo Urza Conference Room (2nd floor). Come learn about international opportunities for faculty and staff at this combined presentation from OISS, USAC, and ACO including the Fulbright program, USAC’s Visiting Professor (VP) and Faculty International Development Award (FIDA) programs and Faculty-Led Travel Programs. In the meantime, to request an application, please contact the following: - FIDA application: firstname.lastname@example.org - VP application: email@example.com.
The Cultural Diversity Committee is seeking proposals for presentations, workshops, and posters for its sixth annual Northern Nevada Diversity Summit, titled “Building Bridges in a Changing World.” The summit will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the University of Nevada, Reno campus in the Joe Crowley Student Union and is free for all to attend. Below is the link to the call for proposals submission form with further information about the summit and proposal submission guidelines. Proposals to present must be submitted before Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM (PST) and must be submitted online. Questions about the summit should be directed to Matthew Aguirre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gender and Race Equity Study
Institutional Analysis has completed a study of salary equity among academic faculty. The study concludes that there is no statistical evidence for salary bias associated with age, gender, or ethnicity/race. The report is available for your review on the Provost’s website. A parallel study is being conducted for administrative faculty and should be available soon. Regards, Kevin R. Carman, Executive Vice President & Provost
Come and meet some of the University's new faculty and hear about the exciting work being done on our campus. This event, Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 4:30-6 p.m., will feature five-minute research presentations from early career faculty representing a variety of disciplines across the University. Following the presentations, held in the Knowledge Nook of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, attendees will have an opportunity to network and develop connections with other faculty. Come and introduce yourself to potential collaborators and friends! Light refreshments will be served. The following faculty will be presenting at this event: Mark Lescroart, Psychology; Lia Shraeder, Teaching and Learning Technologies; Jessica Gallo, Education; Josette el Zaklit, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering; Teresa Schultz, LibrariesSarah Keyes, History; and Nasia Anam, English.
Sections of the University Administrative Manual have recently been updated. These revisions are effective November 5, 2018. The amended sections with links are as follows: Section 2,550 – Types of Contract Arrangements for Faculty; RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were necessary to bring policy up to date with current practice as terminology. Section 5,305 – Posting, Distributing and Exhibiting Public Announcements (formerly Posting, Distributing and Exhibition of Printed Materials); RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were made to bring the policy up to date. Section 5,456 – Slackline, Hammock, Ropes and Tent Stakes; RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: A policy was needed to clarify the policy on slacklines, hammocks, ropes and tent stakes on university property.
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s popular speaker series welcomes Harvard-educated neuroscientist Lisa Genova, Ph.D., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Dr. Genova will animate neurological conditions that are often ignored, feared or misunderstood. Genova generates compassionate awareness and global conversations about how these conditions change our lives and how we can change our destinies. Limited ticket availability; tickets will be distributed first-come first-served.
The University of Nevada, Reno signed an Enterprise level agreement with DocuSign to use it in our campus. DocuSign allows for electronic signatures and will be used by various departments throughout the University and will streamline the gathering of signatures impacting both administration and students. The Office of Information Technology scheduled a DocuSign training for Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please sign up for the training through TLT Workshops and Training website.
Sections of the University Administrative Manual have recently been updated. The amended sections with links are as follows: 1,003 – University Accounts and Worktag Policy (Formerly “Account Identification” – Effective October 9, 2018); RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were made to update the policy to Workday language and identifies how worktags are structured and established and which office maintains authority. 1,100 – University of Nevada, Reno Sponsored Projects (Effective September 28, 2018); RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: In accordance with UAM 11, Routine Updates, the University of Nevada, Reno Sponsored Projects policy (1,100) has been updated. Minor revisions were made to correct the naming of the office and title of the Associate Vice President for Research Administration. The Sponsored Projects policies listed at the bottom of the section were updated to reflect current policies located on the Sponsored Projects website.
Spring & Winter Course Requests Due to Nevada Wolf Shop
Spring and Winter textbook course requests are due Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, to the Nevada Wolf Shop. The Wolf Shop needs time to research and source the least expensive options possible to pass along savings to students. Include information on access codes, online assignments, and/or supplies that may be required for your students. The Nevada Wolf Shop: Every Purchase Supports Every Student.
New Campus Refill Initiative
The Campus Refill Initiative started this fall and is located in the new Great Basin Residence Hall at the south Wolf Shop location. Its mission is to provide alternatives to single-use plastic products to students/faculty/staff residing on AND off campus in an effort to reduce plastic waste on our beautiful campus. Products offered include bamboo toothbrushes, reusable bamboo travel utensils, wool dryer balls to replace toxic dryer sheets, as well as refill options for laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner and floss.
Section 505 – President Delegated Approval Authority (Formerly “President Delegated Signature Authority”). RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were made as a result of the implementation of Workday and the changes related to approval authority delegated by the President. Section 1,011 – Current Fund Group; Section 1,012 – Loan Fund Group; Section 1,013 – Endowment and Similar Funds Group; Section 1,014 – Plant Fund Group; Section 1,015 – Agency Fund Group. RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Due to the implementation of Workday these policies are now obsolete. Section 2,010 – University Alcohol and Drug Free Workplace Policy Statement. RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to clarify the policy and update the language regarding the Employee Assistance Program.
Affected Time: Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Description of Work: Due to the University Arts Building construction, the cart path on the west side of Reynolds School of Journalism will be closed temporarily as final site improvements are made to the area. A new north-south cart path has been installed on the east side of campus between the Facilities Services Building and Leifson Physics Building. This route is now the only approved path for north-south cart travel. When the University Arts Building opens, two new north-south routes in addition to this new cart path will be available. A notification showing the new routes will be sent when construction is completed on the University Arts Building. Thank you for your patience as we make these upgrades. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
Funding to determine if your technologies and business ideas have commercialization potential. Faculty, students, staff and recent grads with technology and business ideas are all welcome to apply. Project submissions are encouraged from across all colleges and industries and applications for both products and services are welcome. The fund totals $100,000 and is poised to make investments of varying sizes. Applications are being accepted through Saturday, Sept. 22. For more information, contact Ellen Purpus at email@example.com or at 775-784-8228.
The Payroll Office has moved from Ross Hall room 102 to across and down the hall to Ross Hall room 104. The phone numbers and mail stop (MS0122) will remain the same.
The Institute, as a University-wide research and outreach initiative, is supported by Colleges and Schools across the University and by the Provost’s Office, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and the Graduate School. It was approved by the NSHE Board of Regents in June 2018, and is made possible by a generous gift by two University alumni Eren and Fatih Ozmen of the Sierra Nevada Corporation. Faculty interested in any aspect of global or international studies are welcome to fill out and submit the brief form on the “Get Involved” page of the new website to become an Affiliated Faculty of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. If you have any questions regarding the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies, please do not hesitate to contact Director Berch Berberoglu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University is holding an informational public outreach meeting to present the findings of a recent study focused on improving campus physical accessibility. This study enhances and expands the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan developed in 2007 and will guide future priority and funding decisions. All interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Melissa Rutter by Sept. 24, at email@example.com or 775-784-7777. Location: Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre -- Please RSVP: FacilitiesServices@unr.edu. --
Adobe’s Typekit is now available to all University named user license holders, including the campus’ Myriad Pro font family. Go to https://typekit.com and log in with your Enterprise ID to browse for the fonts you need. Download anything with a green “Sync” button to use throughout your documents. Make sure the Creative Cloud desktop application is running and Font Sync is turned on. Contact the OIT Support Center at https://oit.unr.edu/get-help to open a ticket for Creative Cloud support.
This is a reminder that the 2017-18 named user licenses purchased through OIT expired on 8/3/18. Adobe provides a 30-day grace period that will expire soon (licenses purchased through other vendors will expire on their designated expiration date). You must migrate any data you wish to keep from your original Adobe ID account to the new campus license Enterprise ID account by this Friday, 8/31/18. If you don’t migrate data by the time your original account expires, your data will become inaccessible. To migrate your data, simply follow Adobe’s Manual Asset Transfer instructions. For further assistance, the OIT Support Center can be reached at https://oit.unr.edu/get-help.
The University is holding an informational public outreach meeting to present the findings of a recent study focused on improving campus physical accessibility. This study enhances and expands the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan developed in 2007 and will guide future priority and funding decisions. All interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend. Location: Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre -- Please RSVP: FacilitiesServices@unr.edu. --
DocuSign is a cloud-based electronic signature system available to all faculty and staff at the University. In order to learn more about using DocuSign or to be added to a training list please contact the OIT Project Management Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Work to replace underground piping and sidewalk along the east side of Mackay Science will expand to the south end of Mackay Science and across the south end of the Quad. Please see map linked for affected areas. This work includes trenching, heavy equipment and truck traffic, a parking lot closure and pedestrian detours. Impact for Occupants: - The entire Silver 2 parking lot, east of Mackay Science and the Sarah Fleischmann Building, will be closed during this phase of construction. The Silver 2 parking lot east of Mackay Science is now partially re-opened. - Building access, including ADA access, will be maintained to all buildings, except Mackay Science, throughout the project. - There will be no ADA accessible route into the Mackay Science building from June 27 through August 24, 2018. ADA access to Mackay Science is now re-opened. - Pedestrian detours around the construction area will be in place, with signage provided. - There will be noise, dust, odors and construction traffic for the duration of this project. - ADA parking permit holders are always welcome to use any available ADA parking spot. - Fencing will continue to shift around construction activity on the Quad as the work progresses; however, sidewalk access around the Quad will be maintained. Action(s) Required: - Please do not enter work areas, and follow posted detour signage. - Silver 2 parking lot permit holders may park in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex.
A major renovation and structural upgrade of the historic Manzanita Hall will begin Monday, Aug. 27. This 30,000 square-foot dorm will re-open in Summer 2019 with 103 student beds, six resident assistant rooms, a laundry facility, student lounges and study areas. Impact for Campus: - The metered parking south of Manzanita Hall will close for the duration of the project. - There will be sidewalk detours at the south end and east side of Manzanita Hall. - As utility shutdowns or interruptions are scheduled, advanced notice and details will be provided. - When campus access is impacted, advanced notice and details will be provided. Action(s) Required: - Please use extra caution around construction and do not enter barricaded work areas. - Please look for further project updates that may affect you. Thank you for your patience as we make this beautiful addition to our campus.
The Human Resource Department is excited to announce a new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider for UNR employees and eligible family members. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and also has the capability to provide services throughout Nevada via a secure internet video conferencing system. For those who are unfamiliar with what an EAP does, it provides free and confidential counseling for employees and eligible family members (up to 3 sessions per year) to assist in dealing with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, parenting, marital conflict, etc. The EAP can also assist with workplace problems and can provide referrals to such services as childcare, elder care, legal assistance, substance abuse treatment, etc. Mountain EAP can be reached by calling (775) 322-6066. Their website is www.mountaineap.com. They are located at 1750 Locust Street, Suite A, Reno, 89502. Email address: email@example.com. All services are completely confidential. For questions on the EAP, please call the UNR Human Resources office at 784-6082.
Several sections of the University Administrative Manual have recently been updated. These revisions are effective August 17, 2018. The amended sections with links are as follows: 2,503 – NepotismRATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions bring the UAM into compliance with the BOR Handbook. 2,507 – Administrative Faculty Job Descriptions RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Administrative faculty job description language removed from UAM 2,515, Guidelines for Faculty Promotion was moved to a new section. 2,515 – Guidelines for Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Medical Resident Promotion (Formerly “Guidelines for Faculty Promotion”) RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions to this policy address procedures for the academic promotion and tenure processes at UNR. Language dealing with faculty searches, job descriptions, and temporary salary adjustments is being deleted from 2,515 and placed into more appropriate sections, UAM 2,520, Faculty Search Rules, UAM 2,507, Administrative Faculty Job Descriptions, and UAM 2,516, Administrative Faculty Temporary Salary Adjustments. 2,516 – Administrative Faculty Temporary Salary Adjustments RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Administrative faculty temporary salary adjustment language removed from UAM 2,515, Guidelines for Faculty Promotion was moved to a new section. 2,520 – Faculty Search Rules RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Faculty search language removed from UAM 2,515, Guidelines for Faculty Promotion was added to the current policy. 2,530 – Background Check for Policy for Faculty RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Language was needed to clarify when current employees are required to receive a background check when changing jobs. 2,636 – Postdoctoral Fellow RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions clarify how salaries for postdoctoral fellows are determined. 2,800 – Regulations Regarding Student Employment RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were made as a result of an audit to clarify hourly and student employees are only paid overtime if they work in excess of 40 hours per week. 5,020 – University Notary Public Services RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Since the implementation of Workday, university notaries are no longer identified in the campus directory. Language directing users to the directory to locate notaries is being deleted until this information can be added in Workday at a later date. 5,304 – Event Accessibility and Accommodation Policy RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: A new section was created to establish policies and procedures for requiring event accessibility and accommodation. 6,501 – Syllabus Policy RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were made to direct users to UAM 6,502, Academic Standards Policy, which defines academic dishonesty and mandates specific sanctions for violations. 6,502 – Academic Standards RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Language was needed to address students who attempt to withdraw from a course after being ejected from a testing situation in order to avoid disciplinary actions. 7,004 – Policy on Video and Audio Equipment Usage RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Minor revisions were made to clarify video and audio equipment usage is linked to an approved/intended purpose and not limited to security.
Scheduled Phone Maintenance: Wednesday, Aug. 15
The Office of Information Technology will be rebooting the phone systems on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in order to perform a software update. The update will take place between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. Please keep in mind that all phone systems on campus will be down during this time. This will include 911 calls made from campus phones. We do not expect the outage on the phone systems to be longer than 30 minutes. However, if there are unexpected issues with the software update there is a possibility that the outage could be longer. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
In order to provide a better customer service experience, the Office of Information Technology is moving to a new online help system starting Aug. 13, 2018. The new system replaces email support, therefore, online requests can now be submitted through the OIT website at https://oit.unr.edu by searching or navigating to the applicable service or by clicking Get Help. The firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com email addresses will no longer be monitored. Many campus systems, including the new online help system, use your Workday email and phone contact information to respond to your support requests effectively. Follow the Workday instructions “How do I edit my work e-mail address?” to keep your contact information up to date.
Several sections of the University Administrative Manual have recently been updated. These revisions are effective July 24, 2018. The amended sections with links are as follows: 2,361 – Classified Employee Grants-In-Aid (formerly Classified Grants-In-Aid Benefit Program) RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Language was added to clarify that classified employees must be .53 FTE on the first day of the semester to be eligible for grants-in-aid. 2,695 – Additional Compensation, Supplemental Pay, and Overloads RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Language was needed to address additional compensation for administrative faculty engaged in non-teaching activities. Further revisions to update section with regard to Workday procedures will occur at a later date. 5,302 – Policy for Use of University Space RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Language was added to clarify the scheduling of departmental labs and conference rooms. 7,009 – University of Nevada, Reno Social Media Policy RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Language was needed to address blocking users from official University of Nevada, Reno social media sites.
Affected Dates: Monday, July 23, 2018, through Summer 2020. Description of Work: Construction of the new William N. Pennington Engineering Building will begin with demolition activity on the building site, which is located south of the Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory, between Evans Avenue and the campus portion of Record Street. This new four story, 110,114 square-foot engineering building will house 40 faculty offices, 150 graduate student work stations, more than 40 laboratories, a clean room, large-scale computer lab, a 200-student classroom and the offices of the Dean of the College of Engineering. Impact for Campus: - The Silver 12 parking lot on the west side of Evans Avenue will be closed for the duration of the project. - There will be intermittent sidewalk detours, road closures, and traffic control measures on Evans Avenue and on the campus portion of Record Street. - As utility shutdown and interruptions are scheduled, advance notice and details will be provided. - As campus and road access is impacted, advance notice and details will be provided. Thank you for your patience as we make this beautiful addition to our campus.
Several sections of the University’s Administrative Manual have recently been updated. The amended sections with links are as follows: 1,940 – Policy on Religious Accommodation for Employees RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to correct an editing error in the previous revisions approved on June 12, 2018. 2,690 – Faculty Providing Scholarly and Professional Outside Compensated Services (Formerly “Faculty Providing Consulting Services”) RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to broaden scope of title and policy to encompass all outside professional activities. 3,100 – Internship, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Policy RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: A new policy was created to define procedures for the development, implementation, and assessment of internships, service-learning and civic engagement experiences. Additional revisions address questions previously raised by Faculty Senate and other parties. 6,502 – Academic Standards RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were made to clarify policy and add language outlining a scale of grade consequences for academic dishonesty.
Campus-wide Adobe license coming Aug. 1, 2018
Adobe Creative Cloud for Education will be available to all Faculty and Staff at no cost Aug. 1, 2018. We strongly discourage Faculty and Staff from purchasing their own licenses moving forward. If you absolutely need access to Adobe Creative Cloud for the month of July you can find it on computers in @One in the Knowledge Center, or you can contact the OIT Support Center. Please note that Adobe Captivate is not included on the Creative Cloud campus license. For more information, contact OIT Service Center at 775-682-5000, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residential Life, Housing & Food Service needs your help to move students into the residence halls! This is a great opportunity to welcome incoming students and their families to our campus community. There will be two separate move-in days for the incoming residents: •There will be a move-in day for new residents who will be participating in NevadaFIT Saturday, Aug. 18, •The annual Dorm Storm move-in will be held for the remainder of new and returning residents, Thursday, Aug. 23. Faculty volunteers will aid the hall staffs in the administrative check-in portion of the resident’s move in experience. In addition, we will be providing food for those who volunteer based on the shift you sign up for. After finding the sign-up page on the https://unr.givepulse.com, please use the code: moveinfac18. Feel free to reach out to Darius Robinson (email@example.com) or Tashauna Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. Also, if you have any students that want to volunteer, please reach out.
June 25 through November 2: Work to replace underground piping and sidewalk along the east side of Mackay Science will expand to the south end of Mackay Science and across the south end of the Quad. Please see map linked above for affected areas and impact for occupants. This work includes trenching, heavy equipment and truck traffic, a parking lot closure and pedestrian detours. Thank you for your patience as we perform these upgrades. Questions and concerns can be directed to email@example.com.
Changes to the Travel Policy - Spend Authorizations now Required for In State Travel
Beginning July 1, there are changes to the UNR Travel Policy including required Spend Authorizations for in state and out-of-state travel. The most significant change to the Travel Policy is, beginning on July 1, 2018 Spend Authorizations will be required for travel both in and out of the State of Nevada. Employees whose job duties expressly include specified travel responsibilities may not be required to obtain prior approval for in-state travel (for example, travel to Board of Regents meetings or for statewide duties in Cooperative Extension). For questions about exceptions, please contact Joyce Stauffenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Kilgore at email@example.com.
I am pleased to announce Jose Miguel Pulido Leon as the new Director of the Center, Every Student, Every Story. Jose comes to us from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he is the Assistant Director of Multicultural & Intersectional Initiatives. Prior to that Jose worked at the University of California, Los Angeles for 12 years serving historically underrepresented students with an emphasis on retention and outreach projects. Jose received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and will be receiving his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration this July from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jerome Maese for chairing the search committee whose members were - Daniel Enrique Perez, Sheena Harvey, Gabriela Ortiz Flores, Saundra Mitrovich, Kassandra Fuentes, Perry Fittrer, and search coordinator Jackie Kuhn. Please join me in welcoming him to the University of Nevada, Reno when he begins his new position Aug. 1. --Jerry Marczynski, Associate Vice President, Student Life Services
Sections of the University’s Administrative Manual have recently been updated. The amended sections with links are as follows:2,540 – Moving Allowance (Formerly Payment and/or Reimbursement of Moving Expenses)RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed as a result of tax law changes making moving reimbursements taxable income. The new policy and procedures will simplify process.5,460 – Tobacco Free UniversityRATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions to the policy prohibit the use of all tobacco and marijuana products, alternative nicotine products, vapor products in all owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled university buildings and structures, grounds, walkways, sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and vehicles throughout campus.
Affected Time: Monday, June 4-Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Description of Work: Contractors will replace asphalt pavement, install new parking medians and islands, and revise the lighting layout. Impact for Occupants: - Parking: During construction, Green/Orange lot permit holders are welcome to park in the Silver 16 lot west of the intermural fields, the West Stadium Complex, or Green or Blue-1 parking areas. - Traffic: Stadium Way, south of Peccole Park, will be closed during construction. Access onto campus from Evans Ave at Peccole Park will be limited to the east side of the park. For alternate campus access, a detour via East Stadium Way will be marked. The driveway between John Sala Intramural Practice Field and Peccole Park will also be closed during construction.- Shuttle: The Peccole and East Stadium shuttle stops will be permanently eliminated 6/1/18. Project Contact: Jon Ward; Phone: 775-784-8020; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provost Carman announces new Vice Provosts
Jill Heaton, Associate Professor of Geography and Chair of Geography, will begin her appointment as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in early August. David Shintani, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and CABNR Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, will begin his appointment as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education in early July. Provost Carman said both Jill and Dave had strong support from the University community, and he has great respect for both Jill and Dave and looks forward to working with them. Provost Carman thanks the search committee for their assistance in this important search, and a special thanks to search-committee chair Fred Holman and Audrey Casey for facilitating a deliberate, transparent and successful review process.
join the Staff Employees’ Council in honoring this year’s classified staff and retirees for their years of service to the University. President Johnson has granted all classified staff two hours of paid administrative leave to enjoy the event. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 1-3 p.m.; Joe Crowley Student Union – 4th Floor, Glick Ballroom; Light Refreshments – 2:15 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, June 1.
Campus Construction Notice – Evans Avenue Bicycle Path
Affected Dates: Monday, May 21, through Friday, June 8. Description of Work: The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will continue the Bicycle Path Project for Evans Avenue. This work includes striping and slurry work, with reduced traffic, lane closures and detours. Impact for Campus: Northbound vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Evans Avenue between North McCarran Boulevard and Second Street may be detoured; Flaggers will be available when lane closures for northbound Evans Avenue are in effect; Detours will be made at Ninth Street and Evans Avenue, routing north-bound Evans Avenue traffic either west onto Virginia Street or east onto Valley Road.; Southbound lanes of Evans Avenue will remain open, allowing access to east campus. Action(s) Required:Please allow extra time for traveling on or near Evans Avenue; Use extra caution around construction equipment and crews; Follow all directions from flaggers and posted signage. Project Contact: RTC of Washoe | (775)-348-0400 or www.rtcwashoe.com. Thank you for your patience as this transportation improvement project is completed.
Open Forum - Director of The Center. Every Student. Every Story.
You are invited to attend the open forum Q&A sessions with the remaining candidates for the Director of The Center. Every Student. Every Story. Please come prepared to ask the candidate questions. The search committee greatly appreciates your attendance, as feedback is an important part of the selection process. Candidate: Patricia Santoyo-Marin, Wednesday, May 16, 3-3:45 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union, Room 324.
Open Forum: Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs Candidate
The Search Committee for the Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs position is pleased to announce an open forum for candidate Jill Heaton, Chair, Department of Geography. This forum is open to all faculty, staff, and students, and will be held Wednesday, May 16, 10:15-11 a.m., in the Joe Crowley Student Union, Room 323. A CV for the candidate is available by emailing Audrey Casey at email@example.com.
Open Forum Q&A Sessions for Director of The Center. Every Student. Every Story.
There are two remaining candidate forums for the director of The Center. Every Student. Every Story. •Candidate: Allen Sutton; Monday, May 14th from 3:30-4:15 p.m., Location: Joe Crowley Student Union, 422 •Candidate: Patricia Santoyo-Marin, Wednesday, May 16th from 3-3:45 p.m., Location: Joe Crowley Student Union, 324
Open Forums - Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education Candidates
The Search Committee for the Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education position is pleased to announce the candidates who have been asked to participate in campus meetings and forums. The candidates and open forum dates, times, and locations are as follows: David Shintani, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources: Open Forum for faculty, staff and students, Tuesday, May 15, 11:15 a.m.-noon; Joe Crowley Student Union, Laden Senate Chambers, 3rd Floor. Victor Vasquez, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering: Open Forum for faculty, staff and students, Monday, May 21, 11:15 a.m.-noon, Joe Crowley Student Union, Laden Senate Chambers, 3rd Floor. These forums are open to all faculty, staff, and students. A CV for each candidate is available by emailing Audrey Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuity of Operations Planning Workshops
A Continuity of Operations (COOP) Awareness Course (two different sessions) is being offered for University faculty and staff Wednesday, May 23 or Thursday, May 24. Continuity planning facilitates the performance of essential functions during all-hazards emergencies or other situations that may disrupt normal operations. this training will be of particular interest to individuals in university offices or departments who would be responsible for maintaining University operations in times of disruption. Since computer use and instruction is part of the workshop agenda, space is limited. Register today to attend.
Open Forum - Director of The Center. Every Student. Every Story
An open forum Q&A session is scheduled with Jose Miguel Pulido Leon, a finalist for the Director of The Center. Every Student. Every Story. Faculty and staff are asked to come prepared to ask the candidate questions. The search committee greatly appreciates your attendance, as feedback is an important part of the selection process. The forum is scheduled from 1:15-2 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, in Room 324 in the Joe Crowley Student Union.
The Certificate program, hosted by Teaching & Learning Technologies, will function as a learning community that will engage faculty in discussions on the research and practical application of educational technology in their teaching. As participants, faculty will be required to attend one orientation and five two-hour meetings each semester (fall 2018 and spring 2019), and will share their teaching innovations at the Showcase in spring 2019. Upon completion of the program, participants will be awarded the TwT Certificate to include in their teaching portfolio. For more information, direct questions to Lia Schraeder at email@example.com or 775-682-6540.
Using the Academic Advising Core Competencies Model to Create an Action Plan for Professional Growth and Development
Throughout this 2017-2018 NACADA Webinar series on Building Advisor Competency, our presenters have shared information about the new NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model – the history of its development, the framework that underlies it, and the explanation of the individual competencies. From the first release of the Model, advising professionals and administrators have asked, “So now what do we do?” and “How can we implement these ideas on my campus?” In this concluding presentation for the Webinar season, our presenters answer those questions. As they explain how the Core Competencies provide a roadmap for professional development, they will discuss ways to integrate the competencies into advising practice and develop a concrete, intentional professional development plan. Whether you are a lone advisor in an academic department, part of a committee charged with designing training and development for advisors, or an administrator responsible for advisor development, this presentation will help you take the Core Competencies and apply them on your campus. For more information, contact Derek Furukawa,Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Academic Advising & Student Achievement, at 775-784-4684, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Immunized Students Allowed to Return to Campus - April 16, 2018
The Washoe County Health District will allow all non-immunized students attending the University of Nevada, Reno back on campus beginning Monday, April 16, 2018. This decision is based on the fact that there have not been any additional measles cases in our community since the one confirmed case earlier this month. If additional measles cases occur, per policy non-immunized students will be required to leave campus again.
UNR STUDENT ENROLLMENT, INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITY, AND OTHER ANALYTICAL DATA AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: AN INTRODUCTION TO MS POWER BI (OFFICE 365). In collaboration with OIT, the Office of Institutional Analysis is transitioning to MS Power BI (PBI), which is part of Office 365. To introduce the campus community to this new reporting application, which is being used now by central administration and the Provost’s Office, there will be 1-hour sessions to demonstrate the functionality of PBI , to cover data reports and dashboards that are currently available in PBI, and to collect feedback from current PBI users. We strongly encourage current and prospective PBI users to attend one of the scheduled sessions below, which will offer you an opportunity for hands-on demonstration of how you can access, visualize, customize, and download data reports pertinent to your office. Demonstration Sessions will be held at: Engineering Computer Lab B, room SEM231, Wednesday, April 18, 11 a.m. to noon, and Monday, April 23, noon to 1 p.m.
It has come to our attention that there is one confirmed case of measles at the University of Nevada, Reno. The University would like to remind you that measles is a highly contagious disease. If you are not vaccinated, you are at a higher risk of contracting measles. The Student Health Center at the University does have the MMR vaccine available for students. Please call 775-784-6598 to make an appointment. Walk-in appointments are also available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Faculty and staff who have not been immunized are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider for an immunization.
The Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance (TMBA) has proposed creating a dedicated, physically separated bicycle track along Center Street between the University and Midtown Reno. Better, safer bicycle infrastructure would not only allow more members of the University community at all skill levels to commute by bicycle—thus reducing parking pressure and per-person facilities costs—but would serve as a recruitment mechanism for students, faculty, and staff. The University administration has given this plan their approval. Now, to move the plan forward, TMBA needs your help! Whether or not you’re a cyclist, please take 2-3 minutes to fill out this survey about safe cycle routes to the University. More importantly, please encourage students to take the survey and to share it with their peers. Two participants will be randomly selected to win a $25 gift certificate to either The Hub or Coffeebar, so you can get your caffeine fix while helping to improve transportation options for our University community. If you have any questions about the survey, the project, TMBA or cycle commuting, feel free to get in touch with Joanna Trieger, email@example.com, 775-682-7737.
Facilities Maintenance Services will complete soil treatments and re-seeding. To complete this work, a temporary closure of the lawn areas April 9-27 is necessary. The lawn areas will be roped off by blue ropes. Landscape equipment may periodically generate moderate noise. The sidewalks and all building entrances around the area will remain accessible. Please observe the established perimeter and do not walk upon or utilize the lawn area for activities or events. Please exercise caution when in the vicinity of landscape equipment and crews. Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
Enjoy free transportation on all regularly scheduled transit services Thursday, March 22, from 2-8 p.m.
Stop by the Joe Crowley Student Union to watch the Nevada Men's basketball team play against Loyola Chicago in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA March Madness tournament. There will be free Port of Subs sandwiches available! The game will be broadcat in the Theatre on the 3rd floor. The Joe will remain open until the end of the game.
Check out the complete notes from the Early Career Academic Faculty Committee's recent Tenure in the Bag event held Friday, March 16.
The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) has closed the northbound lane of Evans Avenue from Highland Avenue to McCarran Boulevard starting Monday, March 19-Friday, March 23. The southbound lane will remain open to traffic. The closure is timed to coincide with the University's spring break to minimize the impact on students and faculty. The project is expected to be completed before students graduate in May 2018. For more information, visit www.rtcwashoe.com.
The Office of Information Technology is deploying a new website, oit.unr.edu, Thursday, March 22, 2018. The new website will make it easier for users to find what they need, it includes a comprehensive knowledge base and color coding for navigational efficiency.
A contractor will update the elevator safety controls for the passenger elevators in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. -Each bank of elevators in Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex will be out of service for approximately 4 hours during this timeframe. One bank of elevators will remain operational at all times. -ADA accessibility to the Parking Complex will be maintained for the duration of the work. -The contractor will have notices posted at the elevator call buttons on each floor alerting that maintenance is being performed at that time. -Intermittent noise and odors can be anticipated with this work. -In order to access all floors of the Parking Complex, please use the available elevators on the opposite side (north and south) of where the elevator work is occurring in the parking complex. -Please exercise caution when in the vicinity of maintenance crews and equipment. -Please follow all posted signage and do not enter coned-off or barricaded work areas. Thank you for your patience as we perform this maintenance work. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
As part of the ongoing electrical infrastructure project, a contractor will install new 25kV electrical cables at various utility vaults. To complete this work, multiple buildings will be without utility power or will have limited electrical services for the duration of the shutdown. -Clark Administration, Frandsen Humanities, Great Basin Hall, Thompson Building and Virginia Street Gym: no utility power for the duration of the shutdown. -Davidson Academy, Jot Travis Building, Juniper Hall, Lincoln Hall and Manzanita Hall: minimal lighting will be connected to the building generator. -Temporary power will be connected to the Overlook Café food service coolers and Residential Life server room in Jot Travis. -All of these buildings will be without heating for the duration of the shutdown resulting in cooler than normal office temperatures. -Please avoid scheduling activities during the shutdown period. -Turn off all computers and all other sensitive equipment prior to the shutdown time. -In the event that the temperature in a building becomes too cold or too hot, please contact the Facilities Service Center at 784-8020. Thank you for your patience as we upgrade the electrical system.
Faculty & Staff Message Regarding National School Walkout - March 14
In response to the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a national movement to walk out of school is planned for Wednesday, March 14, beginning at 10 a.m. – across each time zone – and lasting 17 minutes, memorializing the 17 killed in Parkland, Florida. The National School Walkout event is a student-led protest demanding action against gun violence. Students, faculty, staff and supporters around the world plan to walk out of their schools. University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson issued a statement in support of K-12 students who choose to participate in civic and community engagement. He said there will be no negative consequences to those who participate in this event regarding their potential future enrollment at UNR. UNR classes will run on a regular schedule and offices will remain open. All faculty are expected to hold class and examinations as scheduled, and UNR students who choose to participate in the protest are not excused from class attendance, classwork, or exams that are scheduled during this time. No student conduct charges will be filed regarding students who choose to participate peacefully.
On Wednesday, March 14, a national school walkout is scheduled to be held as a protest to congressional inaction regarding gun violence. We wish to stress that as an institution, there will be no negative fallout for students who participate in peaceful and lawful events such as this one, nor will it adversely affect high school admissions to our University. Classes will run on a regular schedule March 14. The University of Nevada, Reno has long stressed a model of civic and community engagement for our students. We firmly believe that students who work to make a difference in the civic life of our communities develop knowledge, skills and values that will serve them well throughout their lives, and will help them become more engaged and productive citizens. We support our current and future students' active participation in our democracy. We acknowledge their right to stand up in the expression of their beliefs. -President Johnson
The University of Nevada, Reno campus has reopened. Classes and campus operations will resume as scheduled today, Saturday, March 3. The University will continue to keep an eye on the situation and monitor any changes. Any further weather or emergency updates will be posted to www.unr.edu.
The University of Nevada, Reno campus remains open at its regular operating schedule today, Friday, March 2. Please exercise abundant caution as you travel to campus.
As of Monday, March 5, the University will start printing ID cards with the preferred first and last name on the front of WolfCards and the legal name on the back of the card. Cards will still be printed with legal name on the front of the card by default. As customary, the WolfCard office will charge the customer $15 for a replacement card. If the customer has not changed their preferred name in MyNevada/Peoplesoft, the WolfCard office will instruct them to take care of that first either online or in Admissions and Records for students and return to get a new WolfCard the next day. Once changes have been make in Workday or MyNevada/Peoplesoft, the WolfCard office will receive the updated information 24 hours later and can make a new card at that time. Questions can be directed to WolfCard Manager Penny Leathley at 775-784-4001, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory starting Thursday afternoon until Friday mid-day. Snow is expected to accumulate and may have an impact on operations area wide. As safety is our number one priority, we will continue to keep an eye on the situation and monitor any changes. In order to ensure the campus community of a safe campus Thursday evening and Friday morning, the University is taking the following actions: This past Wednesday, Facilities crews sprayed “brine” on the roadways, sidewalks, stairs and ADA ramps to help with ice/snow accumulation. Facilities placed a Weather Essential Team (40 staff) on standby Thursday evening and will call them out should the campus experience heavy snowfall. Ace Contracting, a local Reno firm, will be plowing parking lots early in the morning (3-5 a.m.) The University will be monitoring the city/county/interstate road situation all evening, and by 4:30 a.m. Friday morning, will make a determination if the campus is open for classes on Friday. Whether the campus is open or closed, Facilities will have the Weather Essential Team on campus at 5 a.m. Friday, with a focus on ADA access and major arterials throughout campus. Should the campus remain open, an additional 70 staff will report at 7 a.m. to help with snow/ice removal if needed. Please monitor local TV channels, the National Weather Service alerts, and check www.unr.edu for important, ongoing University updates or changes to campus conditions.
Several sections of the University’s Administrative Manual have recently been updated. The amended sections with links are as follows: 62 – University Records Retention Guidelines: RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: A new policy was created to provide internal guidelines to clarify areas of responsibility and official repositories in compliance with the NSHE Records Retention and Disposition Schedule. 1,404 – International Travel: RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Minor revisions were made to reflect actual process and update language to match Workday terminology. 2,170 – Faculty Grants-In-Aid:RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to clarify grants-in-aid coverage and exclusions. 2,361 – Classified Grants-In-Aid Benefit Program: RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to clarify grants-in-aid coverage and exclusions. 5,440 – University Sound Policy: RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were made to update hours based on the new class schedule and include additional buildings and spaces that are impacted. 6,501 – Syllabus Policy: RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were made to update and clarify syllabus requirements.
There will be temporary lawn closures for the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center Quad, west Joe Crowley Student Union, and Fitzgerald Student Services Building. The lawn areas will be roped off by blue ropes. Landscape equipment may periodically generate moderate noise. The sidewalks and all building entrances around the area will remain accessible. Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
There is a temporary lawn closure for the William N. Pennington Health Sciences Quad, Lombardi Recreation Center, and North Joe Crowley Student Union. Facilities Maintenance Services will complete soil treatments and re-seeding. In order to complete this work, a temporary closure of the lawn areas is necessary. Please observe the established perimeter and do not walk upon or utilize the lawn area for activities or events. Please exercise caution when in the vicinity of landscape equipment and crews. Thank you for your patience as we maintain our beautiful campus. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
To assist faculty and staff in meeting the requirements of the NSHE Records Retention and Disposition Schedule, the University of Nevada, Reno is adding a new default folder to faculty and staff email accounts. Your current email folder structure will not be disrupted by this addition. One main folder will be added called “Records Retention;” it will have seven branch folders. The University encourages use of these folders for records retention, but will not monitor or enforce it. The records retention branch folders are the following: Records Retention: Administration; Contracts; Fiscal; Legal; Personnel; Research; Student. For additional information, see UAM 61, University Records Retention Guidelines, and https://www.unr.edu/records-retention.
SUMMER and FALL textbook course requests are due Thursday, March 15, 2018, to the Nevada Wolf Shop. The Wolf Shop needs time to research and source the least expensive options possible to pass along the savings to the students. Include information on access codes, online assignments, and/or supplies that may be required for your students. The Nevada Wolf Shop: Every Purchase Supports Every Student.
For the first time, the University of Nevada Reno's four main governing bodies, Graduate Student Association, The Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno, Faculty Senate and Staff Employees' Council, are collaborating, 9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Feb. 22, to form the University Leadership Alliance (ULA) in order to establish collective representation of the University community. At this meeting in the Joe Crowley Student Union Milt Glick Ballroom C, the ULA board (three executive members of each governing body) and University administrative leaders are gathering to discuss priorities, goals, new initiatives, campus diversity issues and other matters that affect the University community. The meeting is open to the public and will include opportunities for public comment and open discussion so that members of the campus community and other stakeholders can express their concerns to the ULA board and the University Administration. We hope that the meeting will provide a vibrant platform for enhancing transparency in communication between University administration and constituents. Contact your representative on the appropriate governing body to relay your input.
Facilities Services will make vehicle and pedestrian traffic improvements to South Medical Way. The work will include: conversion of the road to one-way traffic, new signage and markings, construction of a new sidewalk, curb and gutter on South Medical Way, and reconstruction of the existing sidewalk at the intersection of East Stadium Way and South Medical Way. South Medical Way will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians for the duration of the project, and will reopen as a one-way street in the eastbound direction. Access for all adjacent buildings will be maintained throughout the project. All parking on the south side of the Family Medicine Center (Brigham Building) and Nell J. Redfield Building will be closed for the duration of the project. Permit holders may park in other Silver 10 lots, or in the Tan parking lot, just north of Mackay Stadium. The stairs south of the Family Medicine Center (Brigham Building) and Nell J. Redfield Building will be closed for the duration of the project. Please email email@example.com with any questions or concerns regarding this work.
The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association are again co-sponsoring the Three Minute Thesis at Nevada (3MT@NEVADA) competition. This year’s program will include doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis and professional project categories. The preliminary rounds are scheduled for March 26, 27 and 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the MIKC Wells Fargo Auditorium, with the top ranked contestants advancing to the final round on Thursday, April 19, 2018, again in the MIKC Wells Fargo Auditorium. For additional information, including competition and judging rules, and to submit an entry, go to http://www.unr.edu/grad/3mtn.
This year we are seeing a nationwide flu epidemic. As we begin this spring semester, we have already seen a high number of influenza cases on our campus. Based on guidelines from the CDC, we are asking students, faculty, or staff who develop flu like symptoms to stay home from school or work until 24 hours after their fever has resolved without the use of fever reducing medications. We are hopeful that these preventative actions will help decrease the spread of this flu virus. We are asking your cooperation as faculty in the following ways: 1) Faculty members are asked to be flexible with regard to student attendance policies and to not penalize a student for missing a class due to flu like symptoms. 2) Faculty are also asked to be flexible in assisting students who need to make up exams or assignments due to flu like illness. 3) It would be helpful to have as much course content on the web as possible so that students can keep up with their assignments. 4)Ask students who are ill with the flu to communicate with you via telephone or email. Students should not be asked to provide a doctor’s note as this will cause further exposure to other students. We thank you for your cooperation in our preventative efforts on our campus. Remember simple steps such as handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth can help prevent the flu. It is also not too late to get a flu shot! Sincerely, Cheryl Hug-English M.D., Medical Director Student Health Center
In order to address the issues of prescription drug abuse in Nevada and more effectively utilize the PDMP, this project will encompass multiple new types of analysis of the PDMP aggregate data. The grant creates “problem indicators” to identify populations at high risk of prescription drug addiction and abuse. Geographical analysis will enhance the Board of Pharmacy’s ability to identify “problem areas” (medical complexes, pharmacies, etc.) and this may allow for targeted interventions. For more information, contact Emmanuel Barthe at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 775-784-6334.
Service Award Opportunity for Graduating Seniors
Do you know a student who graduated in December 2017 or will be graduating in May 2018? The selection committee for The Henry Albert Senior Public Service Award is seeking graduating seniors whose collegiate record shows good scholarship, good character and worthy service. Up to four recipients of this award will receive a minimum of $3,000 at the Honor the Best Ceremony in May of 2018. Nomination deadline is March 11 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Erinn Kari at email@example.com or at 775-784-1471.
Spring Awards and Grants Deadlines
The Provost's Office coordinates several campus-wide academic awards, many of which are presented at the University's Honor the Best celebration, an annual event to recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty, staff and students. Nominations are now being accepted for the Thornton Peace Prize, the Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award, the Henry Albert Senior Public Service Award and the Global Engagement Award. Proposal are now being accepted for the International Activities Grant (contact Johnson Makoba at firstname.lastname@example.org), and for Service-Learning Course Development (contact Stacey Muse at email@example.com or the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at 775-784-4846).
Sections of the University’s Administrative Manual have recently been updated. The amended sections with links are as follows: 2,170 – Faculty Grants-In-Aid; RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to clarify grants-in-aid coverage and exclusions. 2,361 – Classified Grants-In-Aid; RATIONALE FOR CHANGE: Revisions were needed to clarify grants-in-aid coverage and exclusions.
On July 1, 2017, new accessibility policy and procedures went into effect. The policy and procedures are designed to ensure our information and communication technology (ICT) is accessible for all individuals. ICT broadly applies to all equipment and technology, from websites to PDFs, software to instructional content. Every division and college is responsible for monitoring, maintaining and resolving accessibility issues. All faculty and staff who handle content on the web, instructional or otherwise, should attend Basic Web Accessibility training annually.
The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to creating a culture of student success and completion. NevadaFIT is part of this commitment. Short for "Freshman Intensive Transition," NevadaFIT is a one-credit academic program that takes place the week before school starts: Aug. 18-23, 2018. All incoming freshmen from all majors are welcome to attend. The College of Science, the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, and the College of Education have made the program mandatory for all incoming students. The NevadaFIT 2018 application is now live-apply now!
The University Libraries are happy to announce that Lynda.com online at https://lynda.unr.edu is available for the next three years to University users. Lynda.com provides expert level training on a variety of software and technology topics as well as relevant skills. The service can be accessed through a computer, tablet, or mobile device and it is available to all University students, faculty and staff by logging in to the system with their NetID and password. In order to facilitate the use of Lynda.com, a Lynda.com icon will be added to every University managed computer. We hope that you will take advantage of the service and use it as a learning tool in your classrooms and departments. For frequently requested training examples, please visit our website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Center at Help@unr.edu. -Maggie Ressel, director of access services, University Libraries and TLT; firstname.lastname@example.org; 775-682-5653.
A section of sidewalk on Evans Avenue by The National Judicial College will be repaired. A section of retaining wall and 2 planter boxes along the west side of Evans Avenue will also be repaired. There will be minor excavation and concrete removal. The concrete pour will take place Tuesday, Jan. 16. ADA access to the buildings will be maintained. Pedestrian access will be affected in front of The National Judicial College. Pedestrians will be detoured through the driveway around the planter box at The National Judicial College. There will be intermittent noise, vibrations, dust and construction traffic associated with this project. Please follow all posted signage and do not enter coned-off or barricaded construction areas. Please use extra caution when near construction, equipment and crews. Thank you for your patience as we perform these upgrades. To report a Facilities emergency, call 775-784-8020.
Facilities Services will make vehicle and pedestrian traffic improvements to South Medical Way. The work will include: conversion of the road to one-way traffic, new signage and markings, construction of a new sidewalk, curb and gutter on South Medical Way, and reconstruction of the existing sidewalk at the intersection of East Stadium Way and South Medical Way. South Medical Way will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians for the duration of the project, and will reopen as a one-way street in the eastbound direction. Access for all adjacent buildings will be maintained throughout the project. All parking on the south side of the Family Medicine Center (Brigham Building) and Nell J. Redfield Building will be closed for the duration of the project. Permit holders may park in other Silver 10 lots, or in the Tan parking lot, just north of Mackay Stadium. The stairs south of the Family Medicine Center (Brigham Building) and Nell J. Redfield Building will be closed for the duration of the project. Thank you for your patience as we perform this maintenance work. To report a Facilities emergency, call (775) 784-8020.
There is no evidence or reason to believe that any breaches have occurred to any University system. However, we do advise users to be extra cautious of possible phishing attacks by following these steps: 1. Do NOT click on any links from suspicious emails; 2. Do NOT share account information; 3. Do NOT enter any of your credentials on suspicious or unknown websites; 4. DO forward suspicious email messages to email@example.com. Contact Help@unr.edu or 775-682-5000 for more info.