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Dean Dale BohmontCollege of Agriculture

Author: Patrick Mansfield

The state of Nevada was built on ranching, farming and mining. With the times changing, many people often forget that and focus more on business and the modern side of things. Due to the current budget crisis, the University’s College of Agriculture faces the threat of complete elimination. It seems to be forgotten that the University of Nevada, Reno is a land-grant institution, meaning that the earliest planning for the university was linked to its meeting the requirements for federal funding via the 1862 Morrill Act by providing agricultural education for the benefit of the state. Nevada also took advantage of the Hatch Act of 1887, which established federal funding for agricultural experiment stations.


Nuclear ReactorEngineering the University of Nevada, Or How to Build an Engineer

Author: Belva Yost

The Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 was a federal initiative to assist states in the development of colleges that would provide agricultural and “mechanical arts” technical training. During Nevada’s state constitutional convention of 1864, delegates agreed that the new state needed that sort of training and they wanted the proposed university to be eligible for Morrill Act funding. l This was the precursor to engineering at the University of Nevada.


Child DevelopmentUNR School of Home Economics: From Birth to Extinction

Author: Hugo Guillen

One might hear the term “home economics” and automatically assume that this is a relic of past times, a "conspiracy to keep women in the kitchen,” but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The discipline of home economics is one that originated with the intent of empowering women, improving the quality of their lives, and creating opportunities. The University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Home Economics followed this intent, leaving a legacy of capable graduates who went on to contribute to the success of their communities.