Building What Comes Next: The Campaign for the New Nevada

Building What Comes Next: The Campaign for the New Nevada


Building What Comes Next: The Campaign for the New Nevada

Thanks to thousands of alumni, donors, friends, faculty, staff, students and community partners, the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation raised more than $502.8 million during its ambitious fundraising campaign from July 1, 2013 to March 17, 2022.

How your support built the New Nevada

The three pillars of the Campaign

By raising $500 million, Building What Comes Next: The Campaign for the New Nevada is supporting the University's mission of fostering learning, discovery and engagement, the three pillars of the New Nevada and the foundation for the rigorous and robust education offered on campus.

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Prepare graduates to compete globally through high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs.

students in the field taking measurements


Create new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship and artistry in fields relevant to Nevada and its role in the wider world.

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Strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of people by engaging Nevada citizens, communities and governments.

16th University President Marc Johnson on the Campaign's Launch

"We must grow our faculty and staff resources, deepen program quality and build professional facilities for our students and faculty to fulfill their missions. We must fortify our institutional reputation as a destination university, providing opportunities with laboratories, equipment and support to remove any barriers our students or faculty face in reaching their aspirations."

Campaign highlights

Gifts to the Campaign are laying the foundation for the New Nevada.








The Campaign is transforming campus

Thanks to Campaign contributions, four new state-of-the-art facilities are enhancing the ability of students and faculty to reach their full potential.

William N Pennington Student Achievement Center with Senator Bryan statue in foreground

The William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center

Opened February 2016, the 77,345-square-foot William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center is the central resource helping University students improve their academic performance. The center was made possible through a leadership gift from the William N. Pennington Foundation and was the first building to be built during the Campaign for the New Nevada.

E L Wiegand Fitness Center

The E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center

Opened February 2017, the 108,000-square-foot E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center nearly doubled the space on campus dedicated to student fitness and recreation. The $47.5 million project was paid through a combination of student-approved fees and philanthropic support, led by an $8 million gift from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

University Arts Building

The University Arts Building

Opened February 2019, the 42,500-square-foot University Arts Building includes a 287-seat recital hall, a fabrication lab, an electroacoustic lab, music practice rooms, faculty office spaces, a recording studio and The John & Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art. The $35.5 million project was funded through philanthropic support of the Campaign.

The new William N Pennington Engineering building

The William N. Pennington Engineering Building

Opened in Fall 2020, the 100,000-square-foot William N. Pennington Engineering building will include more than 40 laboratories, a Class 100 cleanroom, a large computer lab, a 200-student classroom and 150 graduate workstations. The William N. Pennington Foundation made a lead gift of $10 million for the $87.8 million project.

How I am building the New Nevada

Friends, faculty and alumni are joining forces to build the New Nevada.

Ed Kleiner, Professor Emeritus and founding director of the University of Nevada, Reno State Arboretum

"I wanted to honor my wife's memory and the immeasurable impact Nevada had on her life. Everyone has the ability to make a positive impact on the community, whether you plant a tree in the arboretum, teach or support education with a gift. The New Nevada is built by individuals who want to make a difference, no matter how small."

Stephanie Peterson '01, Microsoft Director of Operations, Global Risk and Compliance

"I'm helping to build the New Nevada by working with the TRIO Scholars Program to bring students to the University. Students who, like me, wouldn't have thought to go to college without the program. The future of our state — and our University — depends on the ideas and contributions of underrepresented communities to make us stronger."

Mary Simmons '78, NV Energy Vice President of External Affairs, University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Trustee Emerita and 2018 Alumna of the Year

"My experience at Nevada formed the foundation for my career and gave me lifelong friends and colleagues. The tools the University gave me drive not just my success, but the success and prosperity of our whole community. It provides our businesses with an exceptionally educated workforce, and our community with new knowledge, expertise and services that improve our quality of life. I'm building the New Nevada by helping to bridge the University with the community to benefit us all."

Stephanie Wyatt '12, President, Native American Alumni Chapter

"We bring Native American youth to campus for cultural and educational events and promote the University in the community. Education is valuable and powerful, and in the New Nevada, Native American kids have access to the tools they need to be leaders in their community. Being a Nevada alumna is integral to who I am as a Native American. That's what building the New Nevada means to me."

Karen Vibe '04 & Karen Goody

"For us, supporting Nevada means working to build a culture where the arts can thrive on campus. We're building the New Nevada, and a better community, by leading and inspiring others to create positive change."

Candice Bauer '07, '08 M.A.

"I'm building the New Nevada by teaching students their professional and ethical responsibilities to serve society and make their communities better."

Robert, Richard, James '60, & Kenneth Gardner '84

"As four professional engineers, Nevada has had a significant impact on each of our lives. Through scholarships, internships, athletics and facilities, we're helping to build the New Nevada by supporting the University and community that has given our family so much."

Adam Csank, Assistant Professor of Geography and National Geographic Steward of Nevada

"It's so important to our future that we understand how science and culture are interrelated. I'm helping to build the New Nevada by furthering this important research, and by bringing a rich science curriculum to classrooms across Nevada. With a solid education in science, our students will be prepared for their future academic careers at Nevada and help build a vibrant state."

Craig Wesner '86 (president), Randall Long '96 (treasurer), & Thomas Young '94 (secretary), Lumos & Associates

"So much talent comes out of the University, so supporting Nevada is just good for business. We take part in internships, career fairs, lectures, scholarships and mentoring. We're building the New Nevada by helping the University serve the engineering industry."

How will YOU build the New Nevada?