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Judicial College turns 40 years old

A hidden treasure within the university, the National Judicial College (NJC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary of educating the United States judiciary.

Founded in 1963, the NJC was created in an era of change. As the civil rights movement spread across the country, the American Bar Association reviewed the judicial system, determining that continuing judicial education was vital in such dynamic times. Thus, the NJC was created and continues to foster the education of judges nationwide, and around the world.

Since its founding, the NJC has conferred more than 64,000 professional judicial education certificates. Annually, the college draws 2,700 judges to Reno, which translates to an estimated impact of $30 million on the local economy.

In addition to the cooperative judicial studies program offered to graduate students and a partnership with the Reynolds School of Journalism, the NJC also allows the campus community access to its 75,000-volume law library. University faculty are also invited to teach classes within NJC programs.

In recognition of the 40th anniversary, Gov. Kenny Guinn will proclaim Oct. 13-17, as National Judicial College Week. A gala dinner will be held Sept. 20 in Las Vegas and Oct. 17 in Reno to commemorate the occasion.

“While no one can predict what the next 40 years will hold, our commitment is timeless... to enable judges to deepen their understanding of the practice of justice,” says Trace Robbers, NJC director of communications.

— Brandon Stewart

They’re heading downstairs to dye their hair

It’s getting close to midnight on a November Thursday. Five female residents living in the months-old west tower of Nevada’s New Residence Hall off Virginia Street need to stock up on cereal, contact lens solution and hair dye for the weekend.

The students won’t have to change out of their pajamas, however, and make a late evening stroll down the street to Walgreen’s. Instead their journey is a safer trip, heading down an elevator in the new 259-bed, seven-story tower to the in-hall convenience store. Once they reach the ground floor, the women need only walk a few steps to collect their items. Tomorrow, at breakfast, two of them will be back on the ground floor to have an omelet, raisin bread and a latte in the hall’s sleek Downunder Café, which spans with the store about the length of a football field along Artemesia Way.

The innovative amenities, which debuted with the tower opening this fall, help make the day-to-day easier for the 518 residents of New Hall as well as the 544 men and women who live in nearby Nye Hall. Now, almost 1,100 of the 1,630 students who reside on campus never have to leave their building to go to the market or get a bite to eat.

“We’ll have coolers with frozen burritos and bottled beverages, as well as laundry soap and fresh-made pizza,” says Russ Meyer, associate director of housing operations and dining services, of the convenience store. “We hope it’s whatever a college student might need at 11 p.m.”

The east tower of the university’s seventh residence hall opened Aug. 24, 2000.

—Pat McDonnell

Independent Learning celebrates 60 years

After 60 years, the Independent Learning program is going strong. The department is releasing new course catalogs this fall to commemorate its 60th anniversary. What began as “Correspondence Study” in November 1944 with 69 courses and only 126 students, has been transformed into an integral part of university academics. At the time, students could enroll in courses such as business administration, philosophy, metallurgy, music or Portuguese for just $5 a credit.

Now named “Independent Learning,” the program boasts a year-round average of 2,500 students and offers 200 courses in a wide variety of academic areas.

— Jennifer Sanzi

No. 1 in the nation
Nevada integrated marketing communications team wins prestigious competition

By Melanie Supersano and John Trent

Bourne Morris has seen a lot of things during her more than 40 years as an advertising executive and journalism professor at the University of Nevada.

Yet nothing quite prepared Morris for the wildly chaotic scene she witnessed on June 6 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles as the winner of the “World Series of Advertising” was announced.

“I can’t recall if I heard (the announcer) say, ‘And this year’s winner is the University of Nevada, Reno,’ because the students at our tables erupted,” Morris says. “Lynnae Hornbarger (a longtime Reynolds School instructor) raced across the ballroom from the table of Nevada professionals who were dancing and cheering, ‘Oh my God, Oh my God ... I can’t believe this.’”

Believe it.

Nevada’s Integrated Marketing Communications Team — an interdisciplinary class of 27 students from the Reynolds School and the College of Business Administration’s marketing program — took first place nationally in the American Advertising Federation-sponsored National Student Advertising Competition, considered the most prestigious advertising competition open to students.

The students and advisers, of course, “were elated beyond description,” at the first-ever national victory for Nevada, says Judy Strauss, chair of managerial sciences. Strauss co-teaches the course with Morris and journalism instructor Bob Felten.

Judges from Toyota Motor Sales, which sought a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign, and its agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, chose Nevada over 15 finalists. Nevada bested the University of Virginia, the University of Tennessee, Brigham Young University, Florida State University and the University of Kentucky, among others.

Felten, who promised his students he would shave his 34-year-old mustache if they won the competition, made good on the vow a few days later in Reno. “Being in this competition is the best educational experience — win or lose — that the students can have,” he says. “But winning shows that they are prepared to compete at the national level and says something very positive about the Reynolds School of Journalism, the College of Business Administration and the university.”

The team consisted of: Rory Alexander, Vanessa Brown, Jim Curran, Jarrod Dean, Jason Demuth, Jennifer Entwistle, Dan Fields, Erin FitzSimons, Trisha Green, J’Neal Hachquet, Sara Houston, Brian Johnson, Kris Kurczuk, Joy Kramer, Mike McDowell, Shannon Mead, Danny Nguyen, Casey Schumacher, Khalilah Smith, Rachel Statham, Dan Stewart, Jessica Testa, Chi Van, Dawn Vanscoy, Brian Williams, Nick Williams and Erin Winter.

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