Messages from the President

End of the academic year

The effort put forth by everyone at the University throughout the academic year has helped grow our culture of student success.

Prep Day tomorrow

Prep Day is a reminder that with all the amazing work that has been accomplished, we are not to the end of the semester just yet – although it is enticingly close.

Importance of pursuing the designation of a Hispanic Serving Institution

By actively seeking and obtaining HSI status, we not only acknowledge the unique challenges faced by Hispanic students, but also commit to providing targeted support and resources to ensure their success.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which pays tribute to generations of Jewish Americans who have made so many great contributions to our society, culture and history.

Week of Democracy

All members of The Wolf Pack Family are invited to participate in this year’s “Week of Democracy,” which will be held April 29-May 3. This week will feature valuable discussion around crucial topics related to democracy and the upcoming election.

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month provides our campus community with an opportunity to promote inclusivity, to further cultural awareness and to better understand and appreciate the profound contributions the members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities make to our University, the state of Nevada and our entire country.

Earth Day

Earth Day on April 22 and the subsequent “Earth Month” activities that are occurring on our campus in the coming days provide us all with a rallying point and an opportunity to learn how every individual in every community can make a difference.

Nevada Wind Ensemble & Choir celebrates University's 150 years!

Join us on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.i n the Church Fine Arts Nightingale Concert Hall for a special performance by the Nevada Wind Ensemble & Choir to celebrate the University of Nevada, Reno’s sesquicentennial.

Invitation to participate in NSHE listening session on inclusion, diversity, equity and access

You are invited to share your thoughts, feelings, and perspectives during an NSHE systemwide virtual listening sessions on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) on Monday, April 22, 2024.

Message from President Sandoval 4-12-24

Recently, the University learned of a disturbing incident involving a student yelling a derogatory racial term in a shared common space in Argenta Hall.

Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion announcement

Dr. Melanie Duckworth, who has been a member of our faculty for more than two decades, begins her appointment as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on June 1, 2024.

National Arab American Heritage Month

April is National Arab American Heritage Month, a time for all of us to commemorate and celebrate the contributions and achievements of Arab Americans.

Message from President Sandoval 3-12-24

I am immensely proud of our students, faculty and staff who are members of the trans and gender-diverse community. We stand with you and want you all to know that your contributions to our University are immense and meaningful.

Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month and we must amplify the voices and stories of women to advance the effort for women's rights.

Tenure achievements and Board of Regents awards

Today, we celebrate the important career milestone for more than three dozen faculty members and the nine students and faculty members recognized with Board of Regents awards.

FAFSA update

We have extended our priority FAFSA application deadline until March 15.

Nevada Tech Hub

Nevada’s Tech Hub is a network of 60 public-private partnerships with entities throughout all Nevada counties who are collaborating to lead our state into a new era as a globally competitive innovation center.

Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month, which provides all members of The Wolf Pack Family an opportunity to celebrate the heritage, achievements and cultural contributions of Black communities here on our campus and beyond.

Welcome to the spring 2024 semester

With the start of instruction today, we continue on our journey of challenge, discovery and excitement.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

This important day provides us all with an opportunity to honor the life of an extraordinary American

Happy holidays!

I hope the holiday break offers you the chance to spend time with the people who matter most to you.

Dr. Gi W. Yun appointed Dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism

Dr. Yun’s appointment to dean is welcomed by his colleagues, collaborators and friends at the Reynolds School and across the University.

Fall semester coming to an end

I hope the upcoming winter break provides you all with the chance to rest, to reconnect with those who are important to you.

Our continued support for the UNLV community

Our continued support goes out to all of the UNLV community as it deals with this unimaginable and devastating experience.

Today's terrible tragedy at UNLV

UNLV is our proud partner in higher education in Nevada, and we stand with the people of UNLV on this terrible day.

Update on FY 2025 COLA

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents voted to approve an 11 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for faculty in fiscal year 2025, effective on Oct. 1, 2024.

Update on Vice President for Student Services and Dean of the School of Social Work

Tragic events in the Middle East: Solidarity on campus

The University in the strongest terms condemns all forms of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia.

University Title IX online dashboard

The University now has a public-facing dashboard that shares Title IX reporting statistics.

Veteran's Day

We observe Veterans Day each year at this time of November to honor the sacrifices that countless individuals throughout our history have made in military service to our nation.

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time for the campus community to reflect upon and celebrate the important achievements, contributions, and histories of Native American Peoples, Communities, and Cultures.

University of Nevada, Reno Foundation receives $36 million gift

The gift from the Gillemot Foundation to the University’s Foundation is the largest individual cash gift our University has ever received.

A joint message in celebration of Nevada Day

We are proud that on days like Nevada Day, there is a recognition that we are all in this together, that we share the noble purposes and the highest callings, and that in working together, our two universities are capable of achieving great things.

Survey about region's economic wellbeing

Help us discover our strengths and accomplishments, as well as gaps and opportunities for improving the University’s impact on the region’s economic engagement.

Information and updates on the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX

An update regarding our Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX and an assessment of our current practices and how our campus community can expect resources to be handled in the future.

Statement on Israel-Gaza

The grave events and the tragic loss of life taking place right now in Israel and Gaza has filled us with utter shock and sadness.

University's birthday!

Today is one of the most important days in University history as we turn 149-years-old.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Today, Oct. 9, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrate the resilience of Indigenous peoples and recognize their invaluable contributions to the world.

Acknowledge and reflect on Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 1-7

The University provides several resources available to students, faculty and staff to support mental health as our campus observes Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Almost time to celebrate 150!

The beginning of the University’s year-long 150th anniversary celebration kicks off this month with special events and the release of the University's 150th anniversary license plate.

University rankings

The rankings speak to the quality of our University in terms of our student experience and outcomes, faculty achievements, and our ability to impactfully engage with the many diverse communities that we serve.

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

This is a time for us to learn more about what makes the contributions, achievements and cultures of the Hispanic/Latinx community such an integral part of the fabric of our nation’s history.

Director of Diversity and Inclusion announcement

Dr. Angela Moore has been named the University of Nevada, Reno’s Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion. A national search for the position will being early next year.

Pack Mackay on September 9!

The Wolf Pack football team’s home opener against the University of Idaho Vandals is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Mackay Stadium.

Welcome to the 2023-2024 academic year!

The 2023-24 academic year promises to be one of our best ever. It will be a time where our University will continue to make good on its promise to the people of Nevada to collaborate and engage with the communities we serve.

Wildfires in Hawaii

The hearts of our entire University community go out to the people of Hawaii and to the students, faculty and staff of our institution who are from Hawaii and who have family or friends who live there.

Fee waivers update

The Board of Regents expanded the Native American fee waiver and introduced a fee waiver for the children of veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart.

COLA Announcement

The NSHE Board of Regents approved a 12 percent increase in the base salaries of all NSHE professional staff as a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective July 1 for FY 2024.


With the signing of A.B. 140 into law, Juneteenth is now designated as a legal holiday in the state of Nevada. We mark this occasion with a profound sense of appreciation to remember and recognize one of the most important dates in our nation's history.

Pride Month

We recognize the LGBTQIA+ members of our University and all throughout Nevada who are making immense contributions in helping our world each day move closer to the ideals of tolerance, love and understanding.

Update on COLAs

The University is preparing an analysis requested by the NSHE Chancellor to address the funding gap between state appropriated funding and the costs associated with professional COLAs.

82nd Session and 35th Special Session of the Nevada Legislature

The 82nd session and 35th special session of the Nevada Legislature closed the state budgets this week completing a historic legislative session for higher education.

Mental Health Survey: Your participation matters!

The deadline to complete the confidential NSHE mental health survey has been extended to June 9, 2023.

Update on recent appointments

The University has made several important appointments this month, and I wish to share some of them with you. I am delighted to welcome Zeva Edmondson, Dr. Louisa Hope-Weeks and Andrew Clinger to The Wolf Pack Family.

Jewish American Heritage Month

The month of May has been a time for all of us to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Jewish Americans throughout our nation’s history.

Close of Spring semester

I wish to thank you all for the success of our spring semester and for an academic year that has demonstrated yet again why the work of our University matters so much.

Celebrating the retirement of Vic Redding, Vice President of Administration and Finance

It is with hearty congratulations and some degree of sadness that I announce the retirement of our Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vic Redding, at the end of the fiscal year.

Semester at Lake Tahoe

I am pleased to announce the introduction of the “Semester at Lake Tahoe” program, which begins during the fall 2023 semester at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe.

Employee Appreciation Week

I can say with certainty that our people make the entire state proud with the dedication and extraordinary contributions that each of you make, every day, to our University.

Update on Vice President for Advancement

I write you today to share the news that Vice President for Advancement Bill Johnson will be leaving the University for a new opportunity at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska. A national search will be conducted to fill the position.

Update on today's event

Earlier today we were deeply saddened to learn that one of our students was found deceased on campus. On behalf of the University, I wish to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased student.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

I am incredibly proud of the Asian American and Pacific Islander students, faculty and staff community and the contributions that they make on a daily basis to our University and all of northern Nevada.

Upcoming mental health survey

This survey aims to gather valuable insights into the experiences, challenges, and expectations related to mental health support within our community.

Earth Day!

Earth Day gives us all a chance to celebrate the Earth while also taking stock of what the future holds.

Tuesday's historic visit

On Tuesday, April 18, our campus came together to welcome the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, for an official White House visit in Nightingale Hall.

Vice President of the United States to visit campus

Tuesday, April 18, the University of Nevada, Reno will welcome Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States, to campus.

Campus public safety

It has been determined that a “swatting” call, meant to generate an emergency response under false pretenses, was made at approximately 8:24 p.m. on April 9.

Graduate assistant announcement

As of July 1, 2023, we will offer 100% coverage of tuition costs for graduate teaching assistant positions that are on state funding.

March is Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time for us to recognize, celebrate and learn more about the achievements of women throughout our history.

150th anniversary logo selected

The 150th anniversary logo that was chosen marks the beginning of our effort to tell a 150-year story of institutional success

Michigan State University shooting

Monday night’s shootings on the campus of Michigan State University were tragic and horrific. To the Michigan State community, we express our solidarity. We know that there is grief and that the loss will never be fully healed.

Message regarding earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

We stand ready to help all Wolf Pack Family members who are from Turkey or Syria in any way we can. We are here to help all of you navigate this devastating and tragic event.

Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism Dean Announcement

Since becoming dean of the Reynolds School in April 2012, Dean Al Stavitsky has championed the school to play a large role in the future of northern Nevada, our state, our country and the world.

82nd Session of the Nevada State Legislature

Gov. Joe Lombardo’s proposed state budget contains a number of key investments in higher education that speak to a commitment to the instrumental role we play in Nevada’s future.

Black History Month

Embracing and elevating voices of the Black community is an important part of developing an inclusive University where each of us is seen and heard.

Events of Saturday evening

I felt it was important to use this message to offer the University’s support to all of the members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community following the senseless killing of 10 people and the wounding of an additional 10 people on Saturday at a dance hall in Monterey Park.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday offers us an opportunity to think about our involvement in our community and our role in the world around us.

Happy Holidays Wolf Pack

President Sandoval shares well wishes for the holiday season

Furlough repayments

The Nevada State Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee approved Gov. Steve Sisolak’s request that employees who participated in state-mandated furloughs from December 2020 through May 2021 be repaid these funds.

Welcome Dr. Sasi Pillay to the Wolf Pack Family

After a nationwide search, the University has named Dr. Sasi Pillay the new Vice President for Information Technology at the University of Nevada, Reno. His term will begin on February 1, 2023

Honoring our Veterans

November 11 is Veterans Day, which is a day for all of us to reflect, to honor and to offer our sincere appreciation to those who serve today and those who have served in the past in preserving the freedom of our nation.

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, which is often referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. For more than 30 years, our country has commemorated this month as a time to celebrate the culture, achievements, and traditions of Native peoples.

Happy Nevada Day!

Our missions are intertwined; to advance learning and opportunity for the communities, state and nation we serve.

Help Protect the Pack!

We are quickly approaching the cold and flu season. Coupled with COVID-19, it is important that we protect ourselves and those around us.

DACA update

A federal appeals court in Louisiana ordered a lower court review of the Biden Administration revisions to the DACA program. Current DACA recipients are protected, but the order has led to uncertainty around the program.

Update regarding "premium holiday" for PEBP members

At the June 11, 2021 PEBP Board meeting, the Board voted that participants would receive the premium holiday in October 2021 and October 2022.

Happy 148th Birthday to the University of Nevada, Reno

On October 12, 1874, the University of Nevada opened its doors to seven students in Elko, Nevada.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Today marks Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which we commemorate on our campus and throughout our community.

Importance of the mental well-being of the Wolf Pack family

We are the Wolf Pack Family, which means that we must look out for one another and check in with each other regularly.

Offering care, attention and support for our Iranian students, faculty and staff

As an institution, we must come together in offering our care, attention and support for our students, faculty and staff who are from Iran.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Throughout this month, we will be honoring and celebrating the historically significant and ongoing achievements of the members of the Hispanic and Latino/a/x/e community.

Get your free tickets and Pack the Mack!

For this Saturday’s football game at Mackay Stadium, each member of our faculty and staff has the opportunity to receive up to four free tickets and a “Pack Snack.”

Wolf Pack football returns to Mackay on Saturday!

Come show your support for our team, and join the Wolf Pack in Mackay Stadium.

Welcome back to campus

We are all excited about the fall semester and the enthusiasm and hope it brings to our campus community.

Paul. J. Hauptman, M.D. named Dean of University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Dr. Hauptman, nationally recognized for his work in cardiac care, will also serve as Chief Academic Officer of Renown Health.

COLA and merit update

In every way, the University appreciates and is very grateful for the achievements and accomplishments that you have all contributed to over this past year.

University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada University reach milestone

The stunning location and the 50-plus year legacy of Sierra Nevada University will be preserved as the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe!

Dr. Erick Jones named Dean of the College of Engineering

An internationally recognized researcher in industrial manufacturing and systems engineering, his career over the past 25 years has spanned industry, government and academia.

Celebrating Juneteenth

On Juneteenth, let us all continue to learn more about this date’s historic and meaningful significance, as we stand with the members of our Black community in achieving the promise of equality and justice.

DACA Ten Year Anniversary

Today is a very important date, marking the 10-year anniversary of the DACA policy. We are extremely proud of, and stand with, our DACA students and their families.

June is Pride Month

The University stands with the LGBTQIA+ community and supports all of its members.

Jewish Heritage Month

On our campus, our students, faculty and staff who are Jewish American play an indispensable role in the achievements of our great university.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As we raise awareness and celebrate achievements, we must also support all future efforts for equity and acceptance for the members of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Tragedy in Buffalo, N.Y.

Words cannot begin to express the shock, horror and grief that we all felt over the weekend when we learned of the murderous rampage in Buffalo, N.Y.

Concluding the 2021-22 academic year

Congratulations to all of our students, faculty and staff for a memorable and successful academic year. The commitment you have demonstrated to one another is inspiring.

Denim Day

Denim Day is part of a global movement to expose harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual assault. I encourage all of you to wear denim on Wednesday, April 27, in support of Denim Day.

Earth Day is Every Day

Today is Earth Day, and the University acknowledges that we are all citizens of the world – and that we all have an important role in preserving our planet for future generations.

Wellbeing Week

In an effort to acknowledge and to build upon the culture of support at our University, I am happy to announce the Wolf Pack Wellbeing Week will be held April 18-22.

Official launch of "Sagebrushers" podcast

The idea behind “Sagebrushers” is to highlight the stories of the people, events and history that make our University great.

Updates regarding Sierra Nevada University

The cohesive and collaborative work of the team, both on-site in Incline Village and here on our campus in Reno has been extraordinary.

Crisis in Ukraine

We support the people of Ukraine and their fight to sustain their democracy.

Thank you for all you do

National Employee Appreciation Day is a time for us to show appreciation for the achievements and contributions that are made by employees throughout the country.

Honoring Women's History Month

Our University has a long and proud history of women – students, faculty, staff and alumni – whose examples have furthered the lives of women.

Further guidance regarding masks on campus

It is important to note that the University cannot implement its own mask mandate.

Honoring Black History Month

Black History Month is a time for sincere appreciation for the lasting contributions members of the Black/African-American community have made to our society.

COVID-19 update on face coverings

Based upon legal guidance provided by NSHE, our University is lifting our campus mask mandate effective immediately.

University's 2023-2027 Strategic Plan review opportunity

The 2023-2027 Strategic Plan is still in draft form but is now available to the University community for review.

NSHE wants to hear from you

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has asked for you to share your perspectives and thoughts as they work to build their strategic plan for the future of NSHE.

University to terminate contract with Northshore Clinical Laboratories

The University terminated its contract with Northshore Clinical Laboratories due to our institution’s dissatisfaction with Northshore’s service in helping to conduct on-campus COVID-19 testing for our students, faculty and staff.

N95 respirators available

We are pleased to announce that the University is now in possession of a first shipment of 10,000 N95 respirators of a 20,000-N95 order that was made earlier this month.

Announcing the TechWise Program

Our University is one of five colleges, and one of three four-year universities in the nation to be selected to participate in TechWise, an equity and inclusion program designed by TalentSprint and supported by Google.

Welcome to the Spring 2022 semester

For more than 20 months now, the sacrifices that you have all made, compassion you’ve shown one another and your undaunted determination have furthered our academic mission in the face of extreme challenge.

University updates as we approach the start of the spring semester

We are preparing for a spring semester that includes in-person instruction and in-person operations (programs and services).

Monumental step in bringing University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada University together

The Executive Committee of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has voted to approve the proposal for the University's acquisition of Sierra Nevada University (SNU).

University again recognized as a top research university

I cannot praise enough the work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students in the achievement of this latest University milestone.

Jeff Thompson named Executive Vice President and Provost

I am pleased to announce that Jeff Thompson, a longtime faculty member and college and campus administrator, has been named Executive Vice President and Provost of our University.

End of our Fall 2021 semester

I wish to express the University’s gratitude for the exemplary work and empathetic actions of so many that have characterized our fall 2021 semester.

President Sandoval Statement on Passing of Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson was truly one of Nevada’s visionary leaders and a proud member of our Wolf Pack Family.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for NSHE employees

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved an emergency amendment to the NSHE Code that sets forth policies and procedures enacting a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all NSHE employees, effective Dec. 1.

Finding our true north

As we chart a course for the next stage of our journey, we need you to help find our True North. We need your bold insights, intuitions and innovations for an audacious future in the 2022-27 Strategic Plan.

President Sandoval tests positive for COVID-19

The positive test result I received this morning and the mild symptoms I’ve experienced thus far also point to the fact that the COVID-19 vaccines are indeed doing their job.

Updates for faculty and staff

We would like to clarify and expand on some key points regarding COVID-19 reporting, employee testing and other aspects of how the University is keeping our campus safe.

Welcome to the fall 2021 semester

I firmly believe that, although we understand the concerns associated with COVID-19, there is nothing that can stop the successes of our students, faculty and staff.

Bill Johnson named Vice President for Advancement

I am pleased to inform you that Bill Johnson has been named Vice President for Advancement. He brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to the position, and begins his appointment on September 7.

State employee COVID-19 testing policy

Per State of Nevada COVID-19 policies, effective Aug. 15, employees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests and provide proof of testing and results.

University mask requirement updates

Effective Friday, July 30, the University will follow the State of Nevada's mask mandate, requiring all students, employees and members of the public to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

University’s commitment to our DACA students and their families

Although disappointing, this latest ruling does not diminish our resolve. Our support for our DACA students and their families remains firm.

Process begins for Sierra Nevada University to join University of Nevada, Reno ‘family’

The Board of Trustees of Sierra Nevada University approved an agreement allowing Sierra Nevada University to become part of our University. It is the first step in a process that requires further approvals by the Board of Regents and several key regulatory bodies.

Updates on full in-person operations on July 1

During the next few weeks as our preparations for the fall semester shift into high gear, our numbers on campus will surely grow.

Return to full in-person operations on July 1

We will work together during the fall semester to once again stabilize our in-person operations, assess needs and address gaps and opportunities.

Update of 81st session of the Nevada State Legislature

With every piece of legislation, there comes the challenge of implementation followed by how effectively the legislation matches the needs not only of the moment, but for the future.

Update regarding John Mackay Statue Discussion Advisory Committee

Since September 2020, the John Mackay Statue Discussion Advisory Committee (JMSDAC) has been working on developing recommendations for University leadership for paths forward regarding concerns about the John Mackay Statue.

Introducing the Digital Wolf Pack Initiative and Apple collaboration

Each member of the fall 2021 first-year class will receive an iPad Air at no cost as the University collaborates with Apple to develop a program that will provide a common learning platform.

Updates regarding policies, guidance and protocols

As a result of the continued progress that is being made in the fight against COVID-19, there have been changes to policies, guidance and protocols at the national, state and county levels.

Legislative update: Budget restoration

The joint Money Committees of the Nevada State Legislature allocated a portion of the State’s American Recovery Funding to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

End of Spring 2021 semester

"May is always our time of reflection. We reflect on what was, and we also look ahead to what can be. Thank you for all that you have done this semester."