Marc Johnson

Alexa Ard

The University of Nevada, Reno has been dealing with the aftermath of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia where one of its students was photographed participating in a white supremacist rally. 

The events have sparked broader conversations about diversity on campus -- and vocal criticism of the school's efforts, including the recent appointment of its chief diversity officer.   It was a decision made by university president Marc Johnson, who spoke Thursday with our reporter Jacob Solis. 

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits with graduate Jena Valenzuela (center) and Veterans Services Director Terina Caserto.
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It’s graduation season throughout the area. And two weeks ago the quad was packed with thousands of cheering friends and tearful family members seated in rows of white chairs on the green grass amid a sea of black caps and gowns adorned with silver and blue.

The 2016 spring commencement ceremonies featured a University of Nevada, Reno record of 2,710 degrees awarded for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and medical degrees. And with another record enrollment expected in the fall, this trend is likely to continue for some time.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, on the Quad
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What a difference five years make. With record enrollment today of 21,000 and a growing faculty among several shining new structures, and high-profile research collaborations helping fuel a bustling state economy, the University of Nevada, Reno today has grown from and through the immensely difficult times it faced in April 2011.

President Marc Johnson visited with KUNR's David Stipech for a special and personal interview during the month of Johnson's five-year anniversary at the university's helm (air date 4-22-16).  

President Marc Johnson (left) visits with Terina Caserto and Gabe Kennedy in the KUNR studios.
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The University of Nevada, Reno's new William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center has just opened on campus. And one of the important services to be housed there is focused on support students who are also veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The veterans' services have been brought together to facilitate efficient collaboration in the new facility under the name of the Nevada Military Support Alliance Veterans' and Military Center. 

University of Nevada, Reno sophomore Shahil Pema at the KUNR studios.
KUNR

An important facet of the University of Nevada, Reno's mission is to reflect and promote diversity in every way possible.

Sophomore Shahil Pema, a first-generation student from Las Vegas, is a shining example of the quality of current students on campus as part of the university's record levels of diversity. Pema was the guest of University President Marc Johnson on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (interviewed by David Stipech; air date 1-22-16).

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, on the Quad
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The fall semester is underway on the University of Nevada, Reno campus with a record enrollment of 21,000. A number of exciting new building projects are planned or already taking shape, expanding collaborations and projects are spurring economic development, and a steady stream of faculty and student achievements are increasing the university’s prestige across the country and around the world. 

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson greets students and parents on "Move-in Day" Aug. 20, 2015.
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There’s a little bit of fall already in the air, and it’s definitely feeling that way on the University of Nevada, Reno campus with parents on the grounds, students settling in to the residence halls, the student bookstore doing brisk business and the overall pace and activity picking up. Another record enrollment is expected, with nearly 21,000 students projected for the fall semester.

John Sagebiel, Ph.D.
UNR

Sustainability is an essential aspect of today’s buildings and systems -- along with being an important way of operating and living today -- and the University of Nevada, Reno is no exception. The university’s innovative systems, designs and practices -- and the people leading the sustainability efforts on campus -- are the topic of conversation on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines.

David AuCoin, Ph.D.
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas, UNR

While other tragedies and national disasters have taken over the headlines, Ebola remains a serious and persistent global concern.

Dr. David AuCoin is a microbiology professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine who is working in partnership with a Canadian virologist to develop an important point-of-care rapid diagnostic test for Ebola. The testing uses no Ebola sample or human virus, so no risk of exposure exists in this process.

Spring 2015 graduates Ruchi Gakhar (left) and Jake Pereira visit with University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines. 5-1-15
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There's excitement in the air on campus as spring graduation nears. The quad on is roped off so the grass can be ready to host the ceremonies. And students are focused and busy as the Spring 2015 Commencement Exercises are fast approaching, May 15-16.

In the spirit of graduation, University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson invited two of the graduates to the KUNR studios for an interview on Beyond the Headlines.

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