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Kevin Melcher, NSHE regent, rings the original University school bell which was dedicated in its new framework in Elko on Oct. 22, 2014.
University of Nevada, Reno


As Nevada continues to celebrate the Silver State's Sesquicentennial in hundreds of ways statewide, a special ceremony was held Oct. 22 marking the University of Nevada, Reno's 140th birthday in the place it all started -- Elko.

Most people probably don't realize the University Preparatory School -- precursor to the University of Nevada -- first opened its doors in Elko to seven students on Oct. 12, 1874. The Nevada State Legislature approved the relocation of the University of Nevada to Reno in 1885, and students were welcomed to classes in Morrill Hall in 1886.

College of Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis
University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman and Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis  discuss NAASIC, the University’s Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center. The interview with David Stipech aired on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (air date 10-17-14). 

The development of NAASIC is supported by a $3 million grant from the Knowledge Fund which is administered through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Warren Rapp was recently appointed as NAASIC business director.

University of Nevada, Reno engineering professor Dr. David Sanders
University of Nevada, Reno

On KUNR's Beyond the Headlines, guests are University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman and his guest, Dr. David Sanders, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. They visited with David Stipech about the continuing growth and successes of the engineering program that have positioned the University of Nevada, Reno as a high-profile, respected leader in this field across the nation. 

Recent successes include the opening of the new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory and the national championship Concrete Canoe team.

President Marc Johnson in the KUNR studios, September 2014

Dr. Marc Johnson, president of the University of Nevada, Reno, presented his "State of the University" address to faculty, staff and students on Sept. 17. In an interview on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (aired 9/26/14) with David Stipech, the president discussed the key points of his annual assessment of the university.

Dr. Johnson discussed the four key goals for the university:

While traditional journalism jobs have been diminishing in the age of the "new media," today's journalism students are still passionate and interested in careers in media, according to Caesar Andrews, the Leonard Distinguished Professor in Ethics and Writing at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. "In some regards the way they define media may be quite different from the way I would have as a student  x number of years ago," Andrews said.

Al Stavitsky, Dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism
University of Nevada, Reno

On this edition of Reynolds School Media Watch, Journalism Dean Al Stavitsky  has just returned from Tokyo and other travels abroad and shares some global perspectives about public media.

Interviewed by David Stipech as part of the KUNR's weekly magazine, Beyond the Headlines. Air date: 9-5-14.

Beyond the Headlines airs Fridays at 2 pm on 88.7 KUNR.

More information on the Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies.

Dr. Shannon Ellis, University of Nevada, Reno Vice President for Student Services
University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno spring semester has begun with a record enrollment of more than 19,000 students on campus. More recognized scholars and growing diversity among the university's students continue recent years' student population trends. University President Marc Johnson and Student Services Vice President Shannon Ellis appeared on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines to talk about diversity and expectations for these students and the activities that welcome them to campus. (Interviewed by David Stipech; air date: 8/29/14)

University of Nevada School of Medicine

As the ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are opening a center to forecast infectious disease activity across the state. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that Nevada is the first state to do this.

Six select students of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently spent an intensive week honing their public radio skills. NPR's Next Generation "Boot Camp" provides the students with an opportunity to work one-on-one with professionals from NPR and public radio stations around the country to develop multimedia content.  Students were selected through an application process.

University of Nevada, Reno Math and Statistics Chair Javier Rojo
University of Nevada, Reno

How did you spend your summer vacation? Likely not immersed in statistics on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Unless you were one of 10 students from across the country selected to attend a newly added program promoting careers and advanced degrees in statistics. 

It's called Research for Undergraduates Summer Institute of Statistics at the University of Nevada, Reno or RUSIS@UNR.