University of Nevada, Reno rolls out the welcome mat for the start of fall 2018 semester
With the fall semester officially kicking off Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, the University of Nevada, Reno is set to welcome students back to campus. The first wave of students will arrive Saturday, Aug. 18, when more than 1,700 freshmen students participating in NevadaFIT come to campus. Many of these students will be moving into the residence halls and, according to University Residential Life and Housing, this move-in day makes up 60 percent of the total student population moving into the residence halls this semester.
The following Thursday, Aug. 23, the residence halls will welcome returning and new students alike. Given the possibility of traffic surrounding the two move-in days, motorists may wish to avoid using North Sierra Street and Virginia Street, from Comstock Drive (to the north) to Ninth Street (to the south) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All streets around the University will be open to two-way traffic, with the exception the Artemesia Street, a one-way street. University Parking officials do predict campus parking areas to be congested and suggest arriving to campus early to find a parking space and avoid frustration.
With limited spaces around the residence halls, parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, once items are unloaded from vehicles. For free parking after unloading, follow the signs to the West Stadium Parking Complex, located on 16th Street, off of North Virginia Street, just north of Lawlor Events Center. A taxi/Uber/Lyft drop-off zone will be available to families. This will be at the turn-off bus lane in front of Church Fine Arts on North Virginia Street.
University officials would like to remind students moving into the residence halls to come prepared with forms completed, to allow extra time for parking and check-in, and to follow move-in maps and directions for as little confusion as possible. Students are encouraged to bring a hand truck or wagon to assist them in moving items into their residence hall.
Campus event and media parking will be available in West Stadium Parking Complex north of Lawlor Events Center on Virginia Street. For media vehicles that do NOT have a logo on the vehicle, drivers must stop by the Parking and Transportation Services office on North Virginia Street for a complimentary permit. The University Office of Marketing and Communications is not responsible for parking tickets incurred. The office is located on the east side of Virginia, just north of Lawlor Events Center and the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center.
PICTURES AND VIDEO
Media wishing to take pictures or video of move-in day and Wolf Pack Welcome Week events must wear a University issued media badge at all times. In order to enter the residence halls, University officials ask that media receive verbal permission from a student/family to accompany them. For badges, please send an email to email@example.com.
WOLF PACK WELCOME EVENT LISTING
Saturday, Aug. 18
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. NevadaFIT Move-In Day
• 6 p.m. NevadaFIT Kick-off Ceremony, Lawlor Events Center
Saturday, Aug. 18- Thursday, Aug. 23
Thursday, Aug. 23
• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. University Move-In Day
Friday, Aug. 24
• 9:30-11 a.m. New Student Opening Ceremony, Lawlor Events Center
Sunday, Aug. 26
• 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Paint the N!
Monday, Aug. 27
• Classes begin
Wednesday, Aug 29
• 6-9 p.m. Camp Crowley is an event that offers students the opportunity to see what the Joe has to offer such as services, vendors, campus involvement and more.
For more information about Wolf Pack Welcome, including a detailed listing of events, visit www.unr.edu/welcome.
More than 1,700 incoming freshman – nearly half of all University of Nevada, Reno freshmen – to participate in program designed to increase college success
NevadaFIT, the University of Nevada, Reno's premiere academic preparation program for incoming freshmen students, begins Saturday, Aug. 18, with a kick-off ceremony and parents' workshop. The program, which stands for "freshman intensive transition," gives freshmen a five-day crash course on the rigors of college academics. It spans all eight colleges and more than 40 majors across the University.
NevadaFIT began in 2013 as BioFIT, a program geared toward incoming biology majors, with 48 students participating. In 2014, the program was expanded to include 350 students in all eight colleges with varied majors. Each year the program has grown in attendance and this year it will welcome the largest NevadaFIT class to date with more than 1,700 students, almost half of the incoming freshman class.
The FIT programs or "camps" include BizFIT (College of Business), E-FIT (College of Engineering), LiberalArtsFIT (College of Liberal Arts), FIT2Care (College of Education), HealthFIT (College of Health Science), J-FIT (Reynolds School of Journalism), CABNRFIT (College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources), and ScienceFIT (College of Science).University freshmen and their families are encouraged to join the NevadaFIT conversations online by using the hashtags #NevadaFIT and #PackPride.
To learn more about NevadaFIT, visit the NevadaFIT website.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEVADAFIT:
Saturday, Aug. 18
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: NevadaFIT Residence Hall Check-in
Participating NevadaFIT students will move into their assigned residence halls at their assigned times.
• 6 p.m.: Students march to Lawlor for NevadaFIT Kick-Off Ceremony, Lawlor Events Center
Media are invited to interview, video and photograph Provost Kevin Carman welcoming incoming University freshman, student peer mentors, parents, faculty and staff to NevadaFIT.
• 7 p.m.: Parent info session, Lawlor Events Center
• 7 p.m., Student dinner, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center lawn
Sunday, Aug. 19
• 7 a.m.: Breakfast at the Down Under Café
• 8 a.m.: Students attend first class
• 2:15-3 p.m., HealthFIT Faculty Panel, Edmund J. Cain Hall, Room 103
Tuesday, Aug. 21
• 8:15-9 a.m.: LiberalArtsFIT Meditation Walk with Dean Moddelmog, historic Quad
• 2:15-3:15 p.m.: FIT2Care Self-Care Workshop, Scrugham Engineering and Mines, Room 101
• 7:15-8 p.m.: CABNRFIT Beef Test Panel and Mentor Activity, Fleischmann Agriculture quad
Wednesday, Aug. 22
• 3:30-6 p.m.: BIZ-FIT Presentations, Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, Third Floor
• 7 p.m.: ScienceFIT Discover Science lecture from guest speaker Jaime Casap, Davidson Mathematics and Science Center, Room 110
Thursday, Aug. 23
• 10:15-11 a.m.: E-FIT Trebuchet Launch, Manzanita Bowl
It may look like medieval warfare near the south entrance to campus Thursday morning, but incoming freshmen will be testing trebuchets they design and build as part of engineering portion of NevadaFIT.
Students will celebrate the end of NevadaFIT with closing events hosted by each camp in various locations across campus.
MEDIA PARKING: Campus event and media parking is available in West Stadium Parking Complex north of Lawlor Events Center on Virginia Street. Media visiting the University of Nevada, Reno are asked to clearly display their credentials on their vehicle's dashboard. For media vehicles that do NOT have a logo on the vehicle, drivers must stop by the Parking and Transportation Services office on North Virginia Street for a complimentary permit. The University Office of Marking and Communications is not responsible for parking tickets incurred. The office is located on the east side of Virginia, just north of Lawlor Events Center and the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center.
During NevadaFIT move-in, Saturday, Aug. 18, media can park in the roundabout area for short periods of time off east Sierra Street, just north of Nye Hall. Do not block through traffic.
Traffic around the University will be busier than usual. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to obey traffic laws. More information about pedestrian and campus safety can be found at www.unr.edu/police.
NEVADAFIT VIDEO: https://youtu.be/6MykHvHjSIE
Find out more about Wolf Pack Welcome, including a detailed listing of events.
Media invited to attend private Great Basin Hall opening event Thursday, August 16
WHAT: A Grand Opening Ceremony for Great Basin Hall, the University's newest residence hall, will take place Thursday, August 16.
Through the naming of Great Basin Hall, the University of Nevada, Reno is honored to recognize the traditional homelands of the Indigenous peoples of Nevada and acknowledges the tribes of the Great Basin who historically and currently reside in the state of Nevada: Newe (Western Shoshone), Nuwu (Southern Paiute), Numu (Northern Paiute) and Wa She Shu (Washoe).
Great Basin Hall will be home to students who are interested in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This 114,000 square-foot residence hall is designed to house more than 400 students, 90 percent freshmen and 10 percent upperclassmen. The STEM-themed residential community will provide students with an informal mentoring system in an effort to recruit and retain students in the STEM fields.
Designed as a Gold LEED building, Great Basin Hall has a very low impact on the environment. This certification is due to features that include energy-efficient mechanical systems, LED lighting, low water-flow fixtures, recycled materials and large windows to maximize natural light. Design of the new hall complements historic Lincoln Hall, which is adjacent to the new building. Cost for the new building was $65 million, which was funded through residence hall fees.
WHO: University of Nevada, Reno Vice President of Student Services Shannon Ellis will be the master of ceremonies for the event, which will include remarks from University President Marc Johnson and Nevada System of Higher Education Regent Cathy McAdoo. Ralph Burns, Pyramid Lake Paiute elder, will offer a blessing followed by an honor song from the Five Feathers Drum Group from Pyramid Lake, Nevada.
While the event is invitation only, media are welcome to attend and cover the event.
Great Basin Hall was built to keep up with the increasing demand for on-campus student housing, which currently exceeds 122 percent. While the University is able to accommodate all current residence hall requests, new facilities are needed to increase capacity and continually improve on the quality of accommodations offered to new students. This semester alone, University Residential Life received a 50 percent increase in applications for student housing and saw more returning student applications than ever before.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018.
WHERE: The program will take place in the Multipurpose Room of Great Basin Hall with tours of the new hall following the program. Great Basin Hall is located on North Virginia Street, in the former location of White Pine Hall. Media interested in attending the event are requested to park in the Whalen Parking Complex and display your media ID or be in a marked vehicle.
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 Marc A. Johnson
"Joe Crowley will be remembered as one of the finest presidents in the history of our University. He will be spoken about in the same breath as some of our most influential figures in the history of Nevada. Today we mourn his loss, we remember his legacy, and we offer sincere condolences to Joe's wife Joy, and the entire Crowley family.
"At a time of tumult when he first became president, he re-established a sense of order on our campus and created a stronger sense of statewide respect for our institution. Moving throughout his historic 23-year tenure as our leader, Joe served with distinction, skill and integrity. He built the University into what it is today. He did so with a rare sense of personal grace that endeared him to an entire generation of students, faculty and staff at the University, and made him a beloved figure in our community and our state.
"He used to always say, ‘Just call me Joe.'
"Today, hoping that Joe doesn't mind the superlatives, we remember him for being a faithful steward of the promise that is our University, from his time as a professor and throughout his days as our president. His dedication and devotion toward the students of the University of Nevada, Reno will live on in the legacy of his work, and, as well, in the union that bears his name where students will continue to gather for generations to come."
- Marc Johnson, President, University of Nevada, Reno