PUBLIC COMMENT

Campus construction coming to an end

Dr. Marczynski, Associate Vice President of Student Life Services, stopped by the Senate to update them on the construction happening around campus. He said Great Basin Hall, a new residential dorm building, will be opening at the start of the Fall 2018 semester. The dorm is reserved for science, technology, engineering and math students. The building holds 420 beds, 50 of which will be reserved for upperclassmen, who will serve as informal mentors to the underclassmen. The building will have a computer lab and innovation lab for students to work on projects. The new arts building is also scheduled to open in the Fall.

Marczynski also said future construction projects are coming to the university. The Pennington Engineering Building was approved by the Nevada Legislature during the 2017 session, and the university is currently raising donor money and finishing the design before moving into construction. A new business building is also planned but in only in the concept-stage. It will be located in the university gateway district next to Interstate-80 on the south end of campus once the houses that currently occupy the area are sold and moved.

APPOINTMENTS

Katie Worrall nominated to Department of Legislative Affairs

Katie Worrall was nominated to be a policy analyst for the Department of Legislative Affairs by the department director, Spencer Schultz. Worrall was previously an intern for the department but left to partake in an internship at the Nevada Democratic Caucus during the 2016 Nevada Legislative session. Worrall was approved by the Senate.

Mackenzie Nelson nominated to Department of Legislative Affairs

Mackenzie Nelson was nominated to be the project coordinator for the Department of Legislative Affairs by Director Schultz. Schultz said he nominated Nelson because he came to the interview with a timeline of things he wanted to do with the short amount of time left in the 85th Session, including getting students more actively involved in local and state politics. Nelson was approved by the Senate.

REPORTS

Campus Wellness to put on 10 Days of Health

Director of Campus Wellness Dahlia Henderson said that her department is planning a 10 Days of Health campaign in the beginning of April. Some of the events included in the campaign are free STD testing, stigma awareness and puppy yoga.

Kinel praised for actions during ice skating event

Dr. James Beattie, the advisor of the Senate, praised Director of Event Programming Mia Kinel for her actions during an ASUN ice skating event on Friday, Jan. 26, when a student was injured while skating. Kinel escorted this student back to campus where the student’s parents were waiting to get her medical attention. Dr. Beattie said Kinel was exemplary of what an ASUN officer should be.

Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.