Premier of Queensland, Australia joins University of Nevada, Reno and Queensland University of Technology officials for MOU signing to encourage exploration of research opportunities
The premier of Queensland, Australia, the Honorable Annastacia Palaszczuk, is visiting the Biggest Little City in the World and will be among those witnessing the June 21, 2017, signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate collaboration between two public research universities: the University of Nevada, Reno and Queensland University of Technology, located in Brisbane, Queensland.
A 2016 trade mission to Australia, led by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and the Governor's Office for Economic Development, prompted discussions that led to the MOU. It solidifies the commitment to explore research, development, business and trade opportunities between the University and QUT, and encourages development of joint projects in the areas of robotics, road safety and regulatory framework, academic activities, staff exchanges and professional development. Research related to autonomous vehicles is of particular interest.
WHAT: A signing event of an MOU between Queensland University of Technology and the University of Nevada, Reno to facilitate research collaboration and the development of opportunities for new technologies, autonomous vehicles, air quality, exhaust emissions and hydrologic sciences.
WHO: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will preside over the signing of an MOU by University Vice President for Research and Innovation Mridul Gautam and QUT Vice-Chancellor Arun Sharma. Representatives of the Nevada Governor's Office for Economic Development and additional representatives of technology and industry in Queensland will attend and be available for comment.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, 1:45 p.m.
WHERE: The Innevation Center University of Nevada, Reno, 450 Sinclair Street in downtown Reno.
All three bills represent a theme that Sandoval has championed throughout his two terms as governor – a “New Nevada”
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will sign three significant bills Friday, June 16 that directly impact the University of Nevada, Reno.
"The University is grateful for Gov. Sandoval's ongoing support," University President Marc Johnson said. "We've added majors, minors, degree programs and hired new faculty in areas of state economic emphasis, including unmanned autonomous systems, cyber security, batteries and energy storage, information systems, neuroscience, dryland agriculture and education. The new engineering building will increase the University's capacity to produce the graduates and the research and development that will catalyze the New Nevada economy."
WHAT: Governor Sandoval will sign three bills into law:
1. Senate Bill 546 - Capital Improvement Projects
The state's capital improvements projects package includes the University's proposal for the new $87.8 million engineering building - the state will fund $41.5 million.
The College of Engineering is building research strengths in emerging areas that unlock possibilities for innovation and commercialization, such as autonomous systems and big data. Competitive research programs in these areas require modern research infrastructure not easily attained in aging buildings. A new engineering building provides both additional space critically needed by the College and the modern facilities capable of supporting high-technology research and laboratory space.
The addition of this new facility to the buildings already in place at the University will create a full "Engineering Complex" that will support the College's five key research areas: sustainable energy, including energy storage technologies; autonomous systems, robotics and advanced manufacturing; cybersecurity; infrastructure improvement, including earthquake engineering; and environmental and health applications.
This building will allow the College to pursue its strategic vision, serve Nevada and educate future generations of engineering professionals.
2. Assembly Bill 522 - NevadaTeach
Assembly Bill 522 includes $300,000 for the University's successful NevadaTeach program, which is helping produce highly qualified graduates to teach in our state in the fields of mathematics, science or engineering at the middle or high school level.
NevadaTeach, which began in fall 2015, has enrolled 141 students as of spring 2017, with numbers growing each semester. The program, part of the national UTeach replication program, is an interdisciplinary effort between the University's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; College of Education; and College of Science. Its focus is on developing highly proficient math and science teachers.
3. Assembly Bill 69 - Autonomous Vehicles
AB69 will confirm Nevada's place as a leader in autonomous vehicle policy and testing, and will have important implications for the University's Intelligent Mobility initiative, an ambitious effort to explore solutions for safe, clean and efficient transportation and to establish the greater Reno-Sparks-Carson City area as a Living Lab for research and testing.
Intelligent Mobility and the creation of the Living Lab are supported by a University-led coalition of partners that includes the Governor's Office for Economic Development; Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County; electric-bus manufacturer Proterra; the cities of Reno, Sparks and Carson City; Nevada Department of Transportation; Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles; Nevada Automotive Test Center; and the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI in Germany, part of Europe's largest application-oriented research organization.
On display Friday outside the Joe Crowley Student Union and representing Intelligent Mobility will be autonomous vehicles and a Regional Transportation Commission electric bus, manufactured by Proterra and outfitted with data-gathering systems.
WHO: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson
*Both Gov. Sandoval and President Johnson will be available for brief one-on-one interviews following the ceremony.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2017
WHERE: The Milt Glick Ballroom C located on the fourth floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno.
MEDIA PARKING: Media parking is available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. Media not in a marked vehicle are asked to leave their business card on their dashboard.
University of Nevada, Reno and the School of the Arts are expanding roles and footprint on campus and in the community
The University of Nevada, Reno will break ground Thursday, June 15, 2017, on the University Arts Building, which will be connected to the Church Fine Arts building through a sky-walk. This three-story, approximately 42,500-square-foot facility will enhance the quality of music and arts programs with new creative spaces that will inspire creativity and artistic excellence.
WHAT: The official groundbreaking event acknowledges the start of construction for the new facility, which is slated for completion in late summer 2018. The University's Arts Building will amplify the role of arts within the community, while at the same time increasing the public's accessibility to world-class performances and exhibitions. Continued growth in student enrollment and the addition and expansion of arts programs has led to the need for the new facility. A new recital hall, art museum, fabrication lab, multiple rehearsal and practice rooms, and teaching studios will support students and staff in producing their best work.
WHO: University President Marc Johnson, Nevada System of Higher Education Chair Rick Trachok and emcee and College of Liberal Arts Dean Debra Moddelmog will be among those at the event and available to speak with media prior to and after the brief program. This is an invitation-only event.
WHEN: The ceremonial groundbreaking event will begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 15. It is recommended media arrive to the event no later than 9:45 a.m.
WHERE: The construction site is located just east of Church Fine Arts off North Virginia Street, in the west/central part of campus. The building will be situated northeast of the Virginia Street Gym and south of the Fitzgerald Student Services Building. The facility will connect to Church Fine Arts via a sky-walk. The groundbreaking event will be held on an open plaza area on the northeast side of the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center and west of the Mack Social Science building.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: See University officials ceremonially break ground on the University Arts Building. Art will be on display and music will be performed by a jazz trio and by University students in University World Percussion Ensemble.
MEDIA PARKING: Media are instructed to park in reserved spaces on the first floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex, with a short walk south to the construction area.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The total cost of the Arts Building project is estimated at $35.5 million and is supported by a combination of private philanthropy and University funds. DLR Group Architecture and Engineering Inc. is the architect, and Q&D Construction Inc. is the contractor. Scholarly, creative and instructional efforts within the College of Liberal Arts produce some of the most visible connections between the campus and surrounding community. The University wants to further enhance the arts presence on campus and in the community by expanding the number of artistic performances and exhibitions. By promoting and cultivating the University's arts programs in this manner, the University will strengthen its leadership role in arts education in northern Nevada and continue to showcase top student and professional performances and exhibits in music, theatre, dance and art. The new building will further the University's connection to the Reno community and create a model of cooperation that also will positively affect the region's economic impact.
The University of Nevada, Reno has removed its recognition of the Nevada Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and invoked the consequence "loss of recognition" of the chapter for four years.
Pursuant to an investigation by the University's Office of Student Conduct, the decision to remove recognition of the fraternity is a formal resolution made by a student conduct hearing board, which consists of University students and faculty members. The Office of Student Conduct and the SAE fraternity were not able to resolve the allegations through informal resolution, therefore a formal resolution process began and a student conduct hearing was held Monday, May 22, 2017. SAE received the findings of the Student Conduct hearing board, Thursday, May 25, which recommended the sanction of "loss of recognition for four years." The chapter then filed an appeal with the Office of the Associate Dean of Students Thursday, June 1. The appeal by the fraternity was denied and the decision to remove recognition for four years stands. This process follows the University's disciplinary procedures for recognized clubs and organization.
The "loss of recognition" is based on violations prohibited by the University Student Code of Conduct, the 2016 Relationship Agreement for the Recognition for Social Fraternities and Sororities, and the University of Nevada, Reno Residence Based Alcohol Policy. "Loss of recognition" means the fraternity will not be afforded the rights, privileges and resources available to them under the relationship agreement.
"Violations to our Student Code of Conduct are not taken lightly," Kim Thomas, University assistant dean of student conduct, said. "Conduct that endangers the health or safety of any member or guest of the University cannot be tolerated."
The Office of Student Conduct does not investigate criminal violations and has no jurisdiction to do so. Student Conduct investigates violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The standard of proof for Student Conduct is preponderance of the evidence which means, "more likely than not."
As stated in our institutional mission, this University recognizes and embraces the critical importance of diversity in preparing students for global citizenship and is committed to a culture of excellence, inclusion and accessibility.
The January 27 executive order regarding border security and immigration enforcement has raised concern among members of our University community. Accordingly, the University is committed to offering support, resources and information to help our students, faculty, visiting scholars and staff fully understand the executive order's implications and take the most appropriate action. We recommend that students and scholars from any of the countries listed in the order stay in the United States for at least the next 120 days.
The staff of our Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will be closely monitoring the situation and can advise and answer questions as information becomes available. Individuals affected by this executive order are
advised to stay in regular contact with the Office via their website (www.unr.edu/oiss), email (email@example.com), or
The Association of International Educators, formerly NAFSA, is providing information helpful in understanding the language and application (thus far) of the executive order on their website (www.nafsa.org).
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is also tracking this information closely and will be providing updates at their website (www.aplu.org).
We value the contributions made by our international faculty, staff and students to our learning environment, which in turn greatly enhances our ability to serve the needs of Nevada, the nation and the world. At the University of Nevada, Reno, we encourage diversity of experience and perspectives and must continue to embrace this important aspect of our mission while providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students and employees.
- Marc Johnson, President, University of Nevada, Reno