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David Stipech

David Stipech is a former general manager at KUNR Public Radio.

Michelle Matus

No, it’s not still morning and you’re not imagining things. That’s Danna O’Connor on KUNR in the afternoon! Danna’s familiar voice now accompanies you on your afternoon drive, while new Reno Public Radio Morning Edition host Bree Zender gets you up and on your way weekday mornings.

 

 

It has been and continues to be a time of change with national programs heard on KUNR. Here is a comprehensive list of all the goings-on here at the station.

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.

With a steadily growing population  on campus, some 600 Latino students will graduate this month from the University of Nevada, Reno. About 525 will receive undergraduate degrees, nearly 80 will earn masters' degrees, while a number of others will receive their Ph.D's and medical doctoral degrees.

And Friday evening, May 6, at 5:30, the Joe Crowley Student Union will be filled with students, friends, faculty and family for the 2016 Latino Graduate Celebration.

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman (left) visits with Seismology Lab Director Graham Kent in the KUNR studios.
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Naturally, most of us feel and remember only the large earthquakes, like the jolts that rattled through south Reno a few days before Christmas this past year. Or the 2008 swarm that went on for months that felt like years in west Reno. And there are less noticeable earthquakes occurring all the time as well.

Not only is northern Nevada earthquake country, it’s also the epicenter of worldwide earthquake research that’s happening every day right here at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In hosting a Community Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 12, KUNR honors "The Music of America" host Bob Carroll for 60 years in broadcasting. He reflects on his journey and shares a few highlights with General Manager David Stipech on Beyond the Headlines (air date 4-29-16).

The luncheon will be held at the Airport Plaza Hotel. Tickets and information: click here or call (775) 682-6300. See related story below.

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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).  

Kevin Carman (left) visits with Warren "Bum" Rapp in the KUNR studios.
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The subject of drones is a hot topic in the news, and Nevada is a hotbed of activity.

With the Silver State selected as one of just six U.S. drone-testing sites—and the only site chosen as an entire state and not just a single location—the university is a catalyst and collaborator for developing drones and other advanced autonomous systems.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits in the KUNR studio with anthropology professor Sarah Cowie (center) and university alumna Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission. March 2016
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In what is believed to be a first, a University of Nevada, Reno professor was recently named one of the 105 Presidential Early Career Award recipients for scientists and engineers by President Barack Obama.

Anthropology professor Sarah Cowie received the honor for her work at the historic Stewart Indian School in Carson City, in collaboration with the Nevada Indian Commission. 

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman and James Faulds, research professor and director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and State Geologist
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Nevada is known as the Silver State, but as a geological treasure, that doesn't begin to capture Nevada's richness that ranges from its vast untapped geothermal energy to leading in gold and lithium production.

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. 

Dance for Democracy
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An event this weekend combines words we rarely hear together: Dance for Democracy. That should create a lot of interest to entice local high school and college students age 18 and over to join in this event at 8 p.m. Saturday night, Feb. 13, at Mambo's Night Club 3652 S. Virginia Street (near the Atlantis Resort Casino). 

The event is intended to show that the political process can be fun and to engage more young people and Latinos in the political process with the Nevada caucuses just a week away.

Naomi Klein
Courtesy Naomi Klein

THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS IS SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FEBRUARY 11 FORUM FOR EXCELLENCE LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED. SPEAKER NAOMI KLEIN HAS LARYNGITIS. 

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While the summits take place and debates rage on over climate change, some wonder why America hasn't made more progress as a global leader on this front. Bestselling author and journalist Naomi Klein says U.S. capitalism as it has evolved today is a major reason. 

Theodore Kuchar conducts the Reno Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy RCO

As KUNR has done for several years, it rebroadcasts performances of the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

Coming up Feb. 15, 22 and 29: Rebroadcasts of highlights from the RCO's recent Nevada Chamber Music Festival will be featured on KUNR each of the remaining Mondays in February at 7 p.m.

Visit the RCO's website.

Scott Tyler, PhD, UNR Foundation Professor of Geological Sciences and Engineering
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Fiber optic cable usually brings to mind rapid telecommunications and data transfer. The high-tech, hair-breadth cable has also become a critical environmental device being used by a researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno. It helps measure the water temperatures in Lake Tahoe, European glaciers and Cambodia's waterways. Even controlled burns in Arizona have benefited from soil temp measurements using this technology.  

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

Duncan Stewart with bride Cheryl
Duncan Stewart

Just before New Years, KUNR broadcaster Duncan Stewart and his wife Cheryl celebrated 20 years of marriage and renewed their vows at a large gathering with friends at Sierra Tap House in downtown Reno. 

Prior to their marriage December 30, 1995, Duncan had been married five times and Cheryl three. With eight marriages between them that hadn't worked out as planned, the inseparable pair finally found their "soulmates" and a love that has endured.  

Duncan shared their story with David Stipech on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (air date 1-15-16).

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman (left) and Business Dean Greg Mosier in the KUNR studios. December 2015.
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The University of Nevada, Reno's MBA program is a half-century old this year and has changed with each era, today preparing business professionals for the complex and rapidly shifting global and entrepreneurial landscape, according to its dean.

Greg Mosier, dean of the College of Business, discussed the MBA (Master of Business Administration) and other programs in the College of Business with University Provost Kevin Carman, as guests on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (interviewed by David Stipech, air date 12-18-15).

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson (left) visits with the University’s Monster Fish researcher Dr. Zeb Hogan in the KUNR Studios. 12-2-15
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If you’ve watched National Geographic’s television show NatGeo WILD or visited the Discovery Museum in the past several weeks, you’re likely to have encountered what are called Monster Fish. Zeb Hogan, assistant research professor with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Biology, has studied these fresh-water fish—the largest in the world—for nearly 20 years.  

Dr. William Payne, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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Not only will our world in the coming decades have possibly two billion more people consuming significantly more food, that food will need to be produced in harsher climates with less water. Solutions to such daunting realities are at the heart of the work of the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR).

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