Campus memorial service set for January 6
A campus memorial service for Emeritus President Joe Crowley will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Glick Ballrooms of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Crowley, whose presidency from 1978-2000 was the longest in University history, passed away on Nov. 28, 2017.
The memorial service, "Just Call Me Joe: Stories in Celebration of the Life of Joe Crowley," will include several friends and colleagues of Crowley's who will speak about Crowley's life as a family man and husband (he was married to wife Joy for 56 years and all four Crowley children are University graduates), University president, political science professor (Crowley's career began at the University in 1966), and as a national figure who served as president of the NCAA.
Crowley's son, Tim, will serve as master of ceremonies. All four of Crowley's children, Tim, Margaret, Theresa and Neil are also scheduled to speak. The memorial is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, the Crowley family is asking friends and colleagues to consider donating to the Joe and Joy Crowley Scholarship Endowment at the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, Mail Stop 162, Reno, NV 89557-0162.
WHAT: A campus memorial service for Emeritus President Joe Crowley.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 6, 2018.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Interviews with the Crowley children will only be available prior to the event in the Great Room, 4th Floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union from 1-1:30 p.m. Interviews will be done on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, all other interviews with attendees at the event will only be done before and after the event, not during the event.
WHERE: Joe Crowley Student Union, Milt Glick Ballroom, 4th Floor
AUDIO: An audio mult-box will be available for use by media.
PARKING: Free parking will be available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex and the West Stadium Parking Complex on Virginia Street. If you anticipate parking anywhere else on campus and arrive without a marked vehicle, place a media badge or credentials on the dashboard.
University of Nevada, Reno to award more than 1,800 degrees at two ceremonies this Saturday
The University of Nevada, Reno invites media to two December Commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 9, at Lawlor Events Center.
The University's December Commencement includes August and December graduates and will confer 1,835 degrees and certificates: 1,405 bachelor's degrees and 430 advanced degrees (master's and doctoral degrees).
- Two ceremonies: Due to the increased number of graduates at the University's December Commencement, the University will offer two separate ceremonies this year in order to better accommodate graduates and their families Saturday, Dec. 9, at Lawlor Events Center. Processional times are as follows:
- Morning ceremony: Graduate line-up is at 7:45 a.m., the ceremony procession begins at 8 a.m., and the ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. The morning ceremony will include graduates from the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources; Community Health Science; Division of Health Sciences; College of Education; College of Engineering; Orvis School of Nursing and the College of Science.
- Afternoon ceremony: Graduate line-up is at 1:15 p.m., the ceremony procession begins at 1:20 p.m., and the ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center. The afternoon ceremony will include graduates from the College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and the Reynolds School of Journalism.
- Keynote speaker: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is tentatively scheduled to give the keynote address at both ceremonies pending the finalization of the federal budget.
- Weather: Event organizers will alert graduates Friday, Dec. 8 should the start times be delayed due to inclement weather. Updates will also be available at unr.edu.
- Security: Guests are asked not to bring any items into the event that cannot be searched. Wrapped gifts are one example of this. Metal water bottles and coffee mugs, such as Hydro Flasks, will also not be allowed inside the venue. Concession stands will be open.
- Media check-in: Media MUST check-in to receive the appropriate credentials for accessing the event. The media check-in table will be located in the upper concourse near section 18. Media will be asked to clearly display these credentials throughout the ceremony. They may also be asked to show credentials or a letter of assignment provided by his/her media outlet.
Media planning to attend can call Natalie Fry at 775-336-9923 or Nicole Shearer at 530-448-6485 if additional assistance is required.
- Parking for media: Media parking is available in clearly-marked areas on the first two floors of the West Stadium Parking Complex, north of Lawlor Events Center.
Public parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, directly north of Lawlor Events Center, as well as in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. The 15th Street entrance to campus, off Virginia Street, will be closed.
- Livestream: For those not able to attend the ceremony, a livestream of the event will be available once the ceremony begins at unr.edu/live.
- New this year: This is the first year the University is offering two Commencement ceremonies in December. The reason for the expanded ceremonies is to allow shorter event times and to more comfortably accommodate graduates and their families.
University graduates and their families are encouraged to join the commencement conversations online by using the hashtag #PackPride.
Find out more about the University of Nevada, Reno's 2017 Winter Commencement.
"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
This folder contains photos of Joe Crowley. Please credit the University of Nevada, Reno.
The internal affairs investigation conducted by University Police Services and a separate investigation conducted by the University's Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX regarding the police traffic stop earlier in the fall have been completed. Appropriate steps have been taken following University and Nevada personnel policies. It should be noted that personnel actions are confidential by law, due to Nevada Administrative Code 284.718.
I understand and empathize with individuals who feel frustration regarding the traffic stop and its aftermath. The thoughts, suggestions and personal testimony shared by our faculty, staff and students have reinforced in my mind the importance of a safe and welcoming campus environment.
The Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office, Chief Diversity Officer and Police Services have worked to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of our reporting policy and procedures when a crime, threatening action, or threatening words are reported. Further, Chief Adam Garcia has been meeting personally with numerous student groups on campus to understand their perceptions of safety, and will continue to do so. He has also instituted comprehensive training processes called "Bias Policing Training" for all department members, with participation from respected community members. The department has embarked on a recruitment drive to further diversify the department. Training will be ongoing.
Given what has been happening in our country, I can understand why some might feel that official statements denouncing hateful words and actions are not enough. We've had many conversations, meetings and workshops this semester to address these events and the impact they've had on our campus. We will continue to hire the most diverse faculty we can, to bring the campus together for thoughtful, meaningful dialogue on the subjects of diversity and inclusion, and continue to hold trainings and workshops so that we can all better understand each other in the workplace and in the classroom.
This is our focus going forward.
- Marc Johnson, President, University of Nevada, Reno
For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies. Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another - on or off duty - is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack of understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted.
I have heard from many members of our community over the past few weeks that they feel unsafe on campus because of our current social and political climate. Behavior such as this magnifies unsafe feelings and lack of trust in police, especially when that individual is responsible for the safety of all members of the University, regardless of color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. At a time when officers should be heightened in their attentiveness to perception by our community, this act seems extremely out of touch with those sentiments and reflects poorly on all of us.
To regain the trust of our students, and in particular those of color, will be a challenge and will be a priority through continued education, training and conversation.
- Adam Garcia, Assistant Vice President & Director, Police Services, University of Nevada, Reno
A message from President Johnson
To the University Community,
Recently, the Church Fine Arts "graffiti stairwell" was tagged with swastikas and threatening language. The stairwell is a space intended as a celebration of artistic expression.
University Police has asked that anyone with information related to this incident please contact them at (775) 334-2677.
In response to the tagging, Dean Debra Moddelmog and her colleagues in the College of Liberal Arts are inviting graffiti artists, students and faculty to join them this Sunday (10/15) at 2 p.m. to repaint and restore the graffiti stairwell to its function as an artistic creative outlet for art over violence.
Dean Moddelmog stated that, "Taking back the stairwell demonstrates our commitment to love over hate, peace over violence, and community over intimidation."
University President Marc Johnson
To the campus community:
The University, our community and the entire state are in mourning today for our friends and family in Las Vegas in the aftermath of the tragic shooting. Our campus has numerous connections with Las Vegas, from students who proudly call Las Vegas their home to colleagues, friends and alumni who live and work there. Our campus is deeply saddened by what has happened. Our condolences and prayers go out to all of the victims, their families and their friends.
We ask the campus community to reach out for services that are available to help, to counsel and answer questions. These services include the Counseling Center (www.unr.edu/counseling or 784-4648) and the Associate Vice President for Student Life (784-1471) can assist with class absences, academic, financial and personal support.
A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union. The campus community, as well as the community at large is invited to participate.
Please continue to keep those affected, both directly and indirectly, in your thoughts.
University President Marc Johnson
Two University Police officers conducted a traffic stop early Sunday morning in which inappropriate and offensive comments were made to a University graduate student by the officers. The comments were captured on a body camera.
I have seen the video and I find the language that was used to be disturbing, offensive and unacceptable. I condemn this reprehensible language, and again, offer my sincerest apologies to the graduate student for what occurred.
I am deeply concerned about the distress that was placed on the graduate student. I commend the student's courage in reporting this incident, it was a brave thing to do. I've spoken personally to the graduate student, as has University President Marc Johnson. Both President Johnson and I have personally apologized to the graduate student for the comments that were made.
University Police and the University's Title IX Office are investigating, following our personnel policies and procedures, and we are moving quickly to determine our most appropriate action. One of the officer's has been placed on administrative leave and is not on campus.
The words that were used during the traffic stop are deplorable and have no place in the important interaction that must occur between members of our community and our Police Department. At a time of heightened fear and anxiety throughout the country and on campus, the impact of the statements was further compounded.