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Nevada Athletics held its annual graduation reception at Legacy Hall today, and Wolf Pack Director of Athletics Doug Knuth, a former student-athlete himself, took some time to congratulate the 34 student-athletes who are finishing their collegiate careers
Knuth - who played tennis at the University of Connecticut - explained to the student-athletes that being a football player or softball player at the University of Nevada will be something that defines them for the rest of their lives. He also told them that while the job market is tough, their experiences as student-athletes have given them skills that set them apart from their peers, including an understanding of hard work and teamwork, time management skills and a goal-driven focus.
He also took a moment to recognize the wide variety of majors that our graduates have, including swimmer Misha Fotoohi who is earning her degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Others include biology, chemistry, civil engineering, communications, community health science, economics, English, environmental science, finance, general studies, human development and family studies, journalism, management, marketing, mathematics, mechanical engineering, nutrition, psychology and secondary education.
Congratulations again to all of the student-athletes who are heading out into the world - we hope you enjoyed watching them compete and grow as much as we did!
Here are just a few of our graduates from the reception today (L to R): Christina Gough & Kayla Williams (women's basketball), Keith Fuetsch (men's basketball), Stephen Jeffers (football), Gabby Guieb, Kaitlin Sartini & Chelsey Larsen (women's swimming & diving):
On March 23, Nevada's own Wolfie Jr. went where few of his furry colleagues dare to go... into Lake Tahoe.
Wolfie Jr. joined about 300 of his closest friends, including several members of the Pride of the Sierra Marching Band, in the Polar Plunge Nevada, an event that raised awareness about Special Olympics Nevada.
More great photos of this event can be found on the Special Olympics Nevada Flickr page
And Wolfie and the band even found time to take part in a Tahoe version of the Harlem Shake
Special Olympics Nevada provides free year-round sports training and competition to over 3,000 athletes in the state. More information about the organization can be found by clicking here
Holly Aycock, Nevada's director of marketing and promotions, recaps the Chili Cook-Off:
The inaugural Wolf Pack Chili Cook-Off was held before 2013 Wolf Pack Silver and Blue Spring Game, presented by Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, April 20th. Nine groups entered the chili cook off: Team Roberts; Moto Mud; The Hot Beans; Big Thick Steaming Bowl of Wolf Brand Chili; Battle Born, Tailgate Ready; Aultitude Tailgating; Wolf Pack Gridiron Chili; Spring Loaded Chili; and Nevada Cheer.
The morning of the Chili Cook-Off, you could smell chili in the air and before the judging, the Nevada Band and Cheer Team entertained all the tailgaters. Judges for the Chili Cook-Off were Keith Hackett and Rory Hickok (Senior Associate Athletics Directors), head soccer coach Missy Price, head volleyball coach Ruth Lawanson, News Channel 4's Alyx Sacks, Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Each of the chili was judged on aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste. All of the judges did a great job and enjoyed everyone's chili.
The scores were tabulated and all contestants were invited down to the field at halftime of the game. The winner by just one-half of a point, was Battle Born, Tailgate Ready. Spring Loaded Chili took second place and Moto Mud was third place.
Battle Born, Tailgate Ready was presented the ultimate chili trophy to be displayed at their tailgates before every home football game. The title also comes with bragging rights for your fellow Wolf Pack tailgaters.
Here in Nevada Athletics, our department motto is "One Community, One Pack." It is not just a slogan, but the mantra we try to live by every day as we serve our student-athletes, coaches, teams, university partners, sponsors, donors and fans.
Today is another great reminder of just what "One Community, One Pack" means and of the impact Wolf Pack Athletics can have, even thousands of miles from northern Nevada.
We received the following letter from First Lieutenant Jacob Ingebritson of Midvale, Utah. He sent it to us from Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan. Rather than try to paraphrase his amazing letter, we thought we would share it in its entirety below.
We truly appreciate everything that our brave servicemen and women are doing around the world to protect us and hope you enjoy this letter as much as we did.
One Community, One Pack!
"Dear Cary Groth,
My name is Jacob Ingebritson; I am a platoon leader with Bravo Company, 1-211th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Storm, Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. I am writing on behalf of some of the soldiers of my platoon. I am truly honored to be their platoon leader; they perform marvelously while being subjected to the unforgiving conditions of combat. It is a privilege to be a part of such an honorable group of soldiers.
Watching games on American Forces Network (AFN), streaming the games on the internet (if the bandwidth here allows) or watching taped games by family members is one of the few reprieves we get from the harsh conditions of being deployed. Many of my fellow soldiers, me included, are big Wolf Pack fans. We make every effort to watch or listen to as many Wolf Pack games as possible, which is as close as we can get to feeling like we are not in a combat zone. The games are the highlight of our time here for many of us due to the camaraderie amongst soldiers and the pure enjoyment of sports. It is the closest feeling we have to being back home with friends and family watching a game. Also, during these games is one of the few times we are allowed to wear something other than our issued uniform, albeit for only a few hours.
When I first joined my unit, I was the only Wolf Pack fan to be found. I have been a Wolf Pack fan for as long as I can remember. Some of my most beloved memories are the time I spent with my father watching, listening or talking about Wolf Pack games or players. Over time, I slowly started to convert as many as possible, with determination and perseverance I won over a devoted group of soldiers.
Below you will find a picture of the Buccaneers; there are a total of 50 of us here in Shindand. Out of the 50 of us, there are a total of 15 Wolf Pack fans that watch as many games as possible, myself included.
I am standing just to the left of the flag, with my arms crossed. We are standing with one of our AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters. I am humbled to be a member of this group of soldiers.
There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a Wolf Pack football game, from the fans, to the boisterous student section, to the passion the players bring to each and every play. I am proud to be a Nevada Wolf Pack fan! Please know there are a group of devoted, passionate Wolf Pack fans here in Afghanistan.
As our deployment comes to an end, please know that the time we spent together enjoying Wolf Pack games are some of the most cherished and valued memories we will have from Afghanistan. By the time this letter reaches you, we will be back in the United States after a full year of being deployed. Thank you for making our deployment endurable.
On behalf of the Bravo Company "Buccaneers," thank you for your time and all the very best to the Nevada Wolf Pack!
1LT Jacob Ingebritson"
For the first time in the four-year history of the Blue Tie Ball, Nevada's scholarship gala, event attendees and even those who can't make the dinner can bid on a host of great silent auction items using their cell phones.
Nevada's special events director Heather Dixon has spent the last few months gathering over 100 great items for the silent auction, many of which have been donated by individuals and local businesses
One of the most unique items up for bid is a four-hour session with former Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick's tattoo artist, Nes Androin, owner of Endless Ink. Other items include artwork, jewelry, dining and entertainment packages, restaurant autographed jerseys and balls and travel experiences with the Wolf Pack teams, just to name a few. A complete list of items up for bid is available here
New this year is the ability to bid using a mobile bidding system run by GiveSmart. Wolf Pack fans can start bidding on the items now by registering their cell phones here
. Fans can bid even if they aren't going to be able to make this year's event and can register to receive text messages when they have been outbid on an item.
Less than 75 tickets are still available for purchase for the Blue Tie Ball, which is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Tickets cost $175 each and tables of 10 are available for $1750. The Peppermill is also offering room packages for guests attending the Blue Tie Ball.
More information is available by calling (775) 682-6965 or clicking here
The Wolf Pack and the University of Nevada got a shout-out on the popular NBC sitcom, 1600 Penn, last week.
The First Son, Skip, proudly shared his diploma and his numerous minors from his seven years of study with his family in this clip
, and proclaimed his Wolf Pack pride in a job interview with NASA in this clip
Great to see the Wolf Pack mentioned in primetime!
One student-athlete wrote in French, his native language, and others shared personal stories or inspirational sayings, but regardless of the sentiments, all 16 of Nevada's teams have joined together to make sure that a group of local elementary school students enjoy Valentine's Day this week.
Each team adopted a classroom at Mt. Rose Elementary School in Reno and wrote out Valentines that will be given out at the school this week. The student-athletes wanted to make sure that every student at the school received one of the cards, which are decorated with hearts and a Wolf Pack logo.
We hope that every Wolf Pack fan out there has a Happy Valentine's Day too!
A recent donation by University of Nevada supporter Dixie May has made changes possible at Hixson Park. Field renovations, beginning with a new 60% sand, 40% clay mixture in the infield, commenced on Tuesday. The first step in the process is to remove the old infield and use that material to resurface the warning track. Later in the week, the new mixture was laid.
With the new infield material in, a settling agent will be put down, allowing the new surface to solidify into a playable infield.
The infield is not the only area of the park getting a re-boot. The outfield will see a new 110-foot padded batter's eye, with the Nevada logo (pictured below) on either end. In addition, matching navy padding will be inserted on each vertical support pole in the outfield fence.
Check www.NevadaWolfPack.com for further updates on the field renovations and come check out the Wolf Pack softball team when it opens home play on March 15 at 3 p.m. vs. UTSA. More photos will be available as things come together at Hixson.
This weekend is Hall of Fame weekend at the University of Nevada and the Wolf Pack will induct its latest group of former stars into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Friday night's dinner and Saturday's football game.
As we prepare to welcome Jennifer Ashcroft (track and field), Nate Burleson (football), Tracey King (women's tennis), Mike Maxwell (football), Don Price (baseball) and Angie Yoon (women's golf), here's a great photo from the archives of the legendary Nevada basketball coach Jake Lawlor from the first Hall of Fame Weekend in 1973:
For a complete list of all of Nevada Hall of Fame inductees, click here.
Tickets are still available for Friday night's Hall of Fame Dinner, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Reno Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each by calling (775) 682-6965.
Tickets are also still available for the Hall of Fame Game vs. San Diego State, which kicks off 7:30 p.m. at Mackay Stadium. This year's Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of the football game. To buy tickets, call (775) 348-PACK or go online at www.NevadaWolfPack.com.
Wolf Pack senior associate athletics director Rory Hickok recently wrote a blog entry on the evolution of Nevada's Battle Born marketing and fundraising campaign, and as part of the fundraising campaign, the Wolf Pack held a special dinner on the 50-yard line of Mackay Stadium on Thursday night to honor the
45-plus companies and individuals who have joined the new fundraising group committed to helping Wolf Pack Athletics make its transition to the Mountain West Conference.
Former Wolf Pack skier Eric Andersen and Reno native Whitney Myer (who recently appeared on NBC's The Voice) entertained the crowd for over an hour and a half on the field at Mackay Stadium. Both Andersen and Myer are University of Nevada graduates.
For more information about the Battle Born Campaign or to join the Battle Born Team, call (775) 682-6975.