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University of Nevada, Reno
Motto Omnia Pro Patria (Latin)
Motto in English All for our Country
Established 1874
Type Public Land-Grant
Endowment $185 Million [1]
President Dr. Milton D. Glick
Provost Marc Johnson
Faculty 999
Students 16,862[1]
Undergraduates 11,962
Postgraduates 3,184
Location United StatesNevadaReno, Nevada, United States
Coordinates: 39°32′45″N 119°49′00″W / 39.54583°N 119.8166667°W / 39.54583; -119.8166667
Campus Urban
290 acres (1,200,000 m2)
Colors          Blue & Silver[2]
Nickname Wolf Pack
Mascot Alphie and Wolfie Jr.
Athletics NCAA Division I
Western Athletic Conference
Website http://www.unr.edu
UniversityofNevadaRenoSignature.png

The University of Nevada, Reno (commonly UNR or Nevada) is the flagship university in Nevada and is located in Reno, Nevada, USA. It includes programs in agricultural research, journalism, animal biotechnology, mining-related engineering, business administration, and natural sciences such as seismology. It is the land grant institution for the state of Nevada and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Education as a Comprehensive Doctoral Research University with medical and/or veterinary medicine.

The university is home to the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, which has produced six Pulitzer Prize winners.[3] The university is also home to the University of Nevada School of Medicine, which was founded in 1969. The school includes 16 clinical departments and five nationally recognized basic science departments.[4] Within the College of Business at of the University of Nevada, the part-time MBA program is ranked 21st in the United States by BusinessWeek as of 2009. [5] The University of Nevada is also home to the only Judicial College in the United States, founded in 1963. [6]

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History

Manzanita Lake in the Southwestern part of the campus.

The University of Nevada was established by the Nevada State Constitution, and was founded in Elko, Nevada in 1874. In 1885, the University of Nevada was moved from Elko to its current home in Reno.[7]

After nearly a century of quiet prominence in Nevada and around the western U.S., the University of Nevada made large strides toward becoming the modern institution it is today with the opening of the Desert Research Institute in 1960 and a medical school in 1967. The University of Nevada remained the only four-year academic institution in the state of Nevada until 1965, when the Nevada Southern campus (now the University of Nevada, Las Vegas) was separated to become its own university.

There is now controversy over whether the university should be called UNR or Nevada.[8]. However, some claim that since it was the first university in the state, its historical name should be its official designation, as it is in many other multi-campus public university systems such as the University of Michigan. Several of the university's institutions retain the institution's traditional name: "University of Nevada", including the alumni association, the student government, and the athletics department (which refers to the university's teams simply as "Nevada," a practice held since the late 1800s).

Today the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the best funded universities in the country. According to The Education Trust, UNR's per pupil spending ranked 62nd out of 553 public universities, spending $30,290 per pupil in 2006.[9] Despite the high level of spending, UNR only graduates 46.7 percent of its students within 6 years, ranking 259th out of 553 public universities.[10][11]

Academics

The fountain located in the University of Nevada Honor Court

Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through:

Colleges

  • College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human and Community Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • National Judicial College

Schools

Centers

Nevada sponsors a center dedicated to Basque studies (Including Basque language) due to the large Basque population in northern Nevada.

In addition, the university maintains and sponsors many centers, institutes & facilities.

Libraries

The university and surrounding community is served by several campus libraries. The libraries are:

Campus

An older picture showing part of the campus in the foreground

Campus is located just north of downtown Reno overlooking Truckee Meadows and the downtown casinos.

Early construction

The university's first building, Morrill Hall was completed in 1887 and still stands on the historic quad at the campus' southern end. The hall is named after U.S. Senator Justin Morrill, author of the 1862 Land-Grant College Act.[12]

Lincoln Hall (all-male dormitory) and Manzanita Hall (all-female dormitory) were both completed in 1896.

The Quad

The Quad is located on the south of campus, surrounded by Morrill Hall and Mackay School of Mines. This quadrangle is modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s at the University of Virginia. The northern end of the Quad contains a statue of John William Mackay (namesake of Nevada's Mackay School of Mines, later renamed the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering), created by Mount Rushmore designer Gutzon Borglum. The Quad along with the original campus buildings surrounding it have a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

View of the Quad, looking north

Arboretum

Across the campus of the university exists the University of Nevada, Reno Arboretum, which was established in 1985, contains a collection of trees, shrubs, flowers, ornamentals and native flora, including over 60 genera and about 200 species of trees, many with several cultivars present. Thirty-six mature elm trees line the Quad.

Mackay Stadium

The football team plays at Mackay Stadium, The modern Mackay Stadium was completed in 1965 with a seating capacity of 7,500. The facility has been expanded several times in the last 15 years and now seats 29,993.

Sustainability

Since its creation in the Fall of 2008, the University of Nevada, Reno's Sustainability Committee has been gathering information on various aspects of campus sustainability and beginning the development of a plan for creating a more sustainable campus.[13] The University's Food Services has made a commitment of 1% of the meal plan revenue to go towards funding sustainable initiatives on campus.[14] In order to reduce energy use, UNR has installed solar panels on the Joe Crowley Student Union and built its first LEED accredited building.[15] University of Nevada has been ranked among the nation's most sustainable colleges,[16] receiving an overall grade of "B+" on the Sustainable Endowment Institute's College Sustainability Report Card 2010.[17]

Student government

Associated Students of the University of Nevada

The Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) represents the undergraduate population at the university. ASUN has three branches: executive, legislative and judicial.

The president of ASUN, Vice President, Director of Clubs and Organizations, Director of Programming and Director of Homecoming constitute the executive officers with oversight. These officers also comprise the core of Executive Cabinet which also counts among its members the Chief of Staff, the Attorney General and the Presidential Assistant for Public Relations (also commonly referred to as the Director of Public Relations). In addition, the executive branch consists of a number of additional officers. The Commissioners for Clubs and Organizations constitute the governing, administrative and support structure for the more than 300 student organizations on campus and serve under the Director of Clubs and Organizations. The Programming Chairs (aka Programmers or Flipsiders) serve under the Director of Programming to plan and implement events which enrich student life and engagement. Under the Director of Homecoming four Assistant Directors serve to organize the week of Homecoming events and activities. There is also a Commission on Diversity (called the Unity Commission), which mainly serves in an advisory capacity, although its duties are expanding, and is chaired and led by the Vice President. The Senate is the legislative branch of the ASUN.

Consisting of 22 senators elected from each of the university's colleges and schools, the Senate takes action on matters on behalf of the student body and creates laws which govern the ASUN. The Senate's membership is apportioned by population in each college. The College of Liberal Arts (the largest), for instance, has eight seats in the Senate while the Reynolds School of Journalism has only one. The speaker of the Senate, also a senator, chairs all Senate meetings. The Senate may also appoint for itself administrative quasi-officers in the positions of Secretary and Parliamentarian. In addition, an ASUN Archivist serves on an inter-branch basis to record the acts, statutes, regulations, history and other pertinent information of the organization. This officer serves under the direction of the President.

The Judicial Council, composed of up to seven justices, hears matters related to the ASUN Constitution and other matters that require peer review, such as alleged violation of university policies. Justices serve a two-year term. Elections are held on an annual basis for President, Vice President and legislative officers. GPA and completed credit requirements determine who is eligible for office. Credit requirements are graduated; the more senior the elected office in ASUN, the more credits must be completed in order to be eligible for office. ASUN is duly constituted under the laws of the state of Nevada, the university's Board of Regents policies and is bound by its own Constitution.

View the ASUN Organization Chart here

In 2007 a major revision to this constitution was passed by the undergraduate voters. The action essentially deleted the old constitution and replaced it with a new version. The revision allowed for a drastic change in the organization of the Executive Branch, as well as other matters related to legislative actions and general language. This revision namely removed a constitutional place for the former Vice Presidents of Programming and Clubs and Organizations, instead stating that all executive officer positions other than President and Vice President shall be set forth by legislative actions (laws). This change, while controversial, has been credited for allowing the large expansion in student leadership positions that serve the interests of the students, chiefly the Commission on Clubs and Organizations, the entirety of the Department of Homecoming, the Office of the Attorney General and Chief of Staff, and more. The revision also made clear delineations between the branches.

In addition to this increase in officer positions a number of new student- and professional-staff positions have been created within the ASUN. View the Staff Org Chart In terms of professional staff, two Associate Directors, one for Marketing and Media and the other for Student Activities, work at the supervision of the Director of ASUN (also termed the Business Manager, for legal purposes related to Regents policy). Within the Student Activities portion, two additional Assistant Directors work to assist student officers and club leaders, the Assistant Director of Student Activities- Clubs and Organizations and the Assistant Director of Student Activities- Campus Programming. In addition, a Coordinator for Technology Projects and Support position exists within the Marketing and Media division, as does the Coordinator for Advertising Sales. The Coordinator of Campus Escort and the Program Manager for Accounting also complete the professional staff team. ASUN, and its associated Bookstore, constitute the largest single employer of on-campus student positions. These include the reception staff, the Escort Services agents, Accounting Assistants, the ASUN Secretarial Corps, the Clubs and Organizations Resource Manager and the Special Projects Coordinator.

Beyond this "leadership and activities" core, the ASUN has its own graphic design department, Inkblot Promotions, which carries out marketing and media work for the government and affiliated organizations. Also within the larger umbrella of ASUN are a number of student media outlets: the weekly student newspaper The Nevada Sagebrush; the campus magazine, INsight, which was The Artemisia and the campus' yearbook until the change in 2008; the literary and arts journal, The Brushfire; and the student radio station, Wolf Pack Radio.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) represents the graduate student population at the University of Nevada. The GSA consists of 25 Council Members and a 3 member Executive Council. The Council Members are elected from all of the colleges and schools throughout the university with graduate programs. The Executive Council includes the GSA President, Vice President of Internal Affairs, and Vice President of External Affairs, which are elected by the GSA Council Members.

Athletics

Nevada Wolf Pack logo

Though often referred to as UNR within the state, the university prefers to be called simply Nevada for athletics purposes. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Wolf Pack (always two words). They participate in the NCAA's Division I (FBS for football) and in the Western Athletic Conference.

Men's basketball

In March 2004, the Wolf Pack Men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history. The team earned a repeat trip in 2005 and beat Texas in the first round before falling to eventual national runner-up Illinois. The team returned for 2006 as a #5 seed but was upset in the first round by former Big Sky Conference rival Montana. They began the 2006-07 season ranked #24. The Pack's major star during this recent period of success was Nick Fazekas. In 2007, Nevada was ranked #9 in men's basketball, which is the highest ranking that Nevada has ever held. Coach Mark Fox took over after Trent Johnson left in 2004 to coach at Stanford University. On April 3, 2009 it was announced that David Carter would replace Fox who decided to leave Nevada for the same position at the University of Georgia.

Football

The football team plays at Mackay Stadium, The modern Mackay Stadium was completed in 1965 with a seating capacity of 7,500. The facility has been expanded several times in the last 15 years and now seats 29,993.

Other notable sports

Other notable successes have come in boxing (four collegiate champion teams), rifle shooting, baseball, soccer, women's softball, swimming and diving, and lacrosse.

Rivalries

Annually, Nevada's football team plays its primary rival, UNLV, for the Fremont Cannon in the Battle for Nevada. Nevada is currently enjoying a 20-15 lead in the series, after beating UNLV in 2009, 63-28, in Reno. Nevada also plays UNLV once a year in basketball, with UNLV currently leading the series 51-19. Nevada's two out-of-state rivals, particularly in football, are Boise State and Fresno State.

Mascot

The Wolf Pack's mascot is an anthropomorphized wolf named Alphie, who took over the duties of cheering from his uncle, Wolfie, in 1999. In 2007, Alphie was joined by his younger brother, Wolfie Jr.

Conference affiliations

Nevada has been a member of the WAC since 2000.

Previous conference memberships include:

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Student media

Nevada's editorially independent, weekly student newspaper, is called The Nevada Sagebrush. It comes out every Tuesday afternoon, and employs more than 40 people, 25 full-time. Prior to 2004, the newspaper called itself simply the Sagebrush. The Sagebrush is the longest running paper in Nevada.[citation needed]

The newspaper took home a Pacemaker in 2008 at the Associated Collegiate Press conference in Kansas City.[18] It was also a finalist for a Pacemaker at the 2006 and 2007 ACP student journalism awards. It has won the best of show award at the fall 2005, 2006 and 2007 ACP national conferences in its category (weekly broadsheet at a four-year university). It was also nominated for an online ACP Pacemaker in 2008. It's new web site, [www.nevadasagebrush.com], which launched in the fall of 2007, has also been recognized by the Center for Innovation in College Media for it breaking news packages, podcasts, videos and general innovation and Web presence. Many of The Nevada Sagebrush's former editors go on to work and take internships at newspapers and news organizations such as The Washington Post, The Oregonian, USA Today, The Miami Herald, The Arizona Republic and the Associated Press as well as dozens of local newspapers around the country.

Insight Magazine is the only student-run magazine at the University of Nevada, Reno. Formerly Nevada's yearbook for nearly 100 years, Insight Magazine, has evolved into the second major publication circulating at the university. The first edition of Insight Magazine was published in September 2008. It presents itself as a theme-based monthly magazine, providing photography, stories and graphics, in contrast to the weekly, newspaper-style of The Sagebrush. It is put out both in print and online. The online version, UNRINSIGHT.com, provides both support for the published stories and independent content.

In its sophomore year, Insight Magazine has received national attention from major college media organizations, such as the Associated College Press and the College Media Advisers. Insight placed fifth for headline presentation in Best of Collegiate Design 2009 by the "College Media Advisers". At the "2009 ACP Conference in Austin, Tex.", Insight placed fifth in Best of Show for an audio podcast.

Nevada's literary arts journal Brushfire was created by a group of students in 1950. It is released once a semester and publishes original poetry, literature, and art by students and some faculty and community members.

There are other independent student publications on campus (although they have stopped publishing regularly since 2006) including The Nevada Blue and the Pack Patriot.

Greek Life

Interfraternity Council

Panhellenic Council

Multicultural Greek Council

Secret Societies

  • Coffin and Keys, (ΧΚ), founded October 24, 1916 - [3] coffinandkeys.com
  • The Order of the Sceptre, founded June 15, 2005 - [4] apathyisdead.com
  • The Union, founded in September 2007
  • Muffin & Cheese, first newsletter published May 2008
  • The N, Founded Fall 2008

Former Fraternities & Sororities

  • Alpha Tau Omega, suspended for two years, until 2010, "student conduct office found ATO guilty of hazing pledge members during recruitment last semester[19]"
  • Pi Kappa Alpha, university charter revoked, new rushing member "Albert Santos drowned in Manzanita Lake."

Notable alumni & faculty

Film history

The University of Nevada's classically-styled campus has served as the setting for many movies, including:[20]

See also

References

External links








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