Media invited to restoration reception April 13 at University of Nevada, Reno
Opened in 1920 as the "Teachers' Training College," the Thompson Building served as the University of Nevada, Reno's "Education Building" for nearly 50 years before transitioning to the "Thompson Student Services Building." Named for Reuben C. Thompson, faculty member and later College of Education dean, the Thompson Building has reopened after a one-year retrofit. It now houses the Gender, Race and Identity Program; College of Liberal Arts Advising Center; Department of Political Science; and Core Humanities Program for the College of Liberal Arts at the University.
WHAT: The reopening of the Thompson Building, a 97-year-old building located in the historic district of the University of Nevada, Reno campus. As part of the building's restoration, it received structural upgrades that address seismic and safety standards, and an interior remodeling to transform the space into much needed faculty offices.
"With the re-opening of the Thompson Building, our commitment to preserve the historical nature of our campus continues to be realized," University President Marc Johnson said. "With 13 buildings on the National Register of Historical Places, it's a big responsibility for our institution, one that we take quite seriously."
WHO: University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson; University Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Carman; and Nevada System of Higher Education Regent Rick Trachok will offer remarks.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017.
WHERE: Interviews will be held at the bottom of the front steps of the Thompson Building on the University campus. A media raiser and mult box will be available for the brief presentation.
PARKING: Members of the media with a marked vehicle can park in the meters near Morrill Hall. Public parking is available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex.
BACKGROUND: In the coming years, the University plans to hire more than 400 faculty, which will help reduce the student-to-faculty ratio from 22-to-1 to 18-to-1. Many of the office spaces created from these projects will house new and existing faculty.
Media Statements1/30/2017 | 5:30 PM University of Nevada, Reno Statement: Border Security/Immigration
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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