Inspiring people to Challenge the Norm

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Blessing in Disguise

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to celebrate graduation from grad school with a trip to Torunrtorontoonto.  At the time the trip was just another vacation.  Little did I know it would have such a tremendous impact on my life…

Traveling to another country is always scary.  Try doing it without a cellphone with a group of individuals you’ve only had class with.  I was a little uneasy to say the least.  “You only start living once you’re outside your comfort zone”.  I don’t think this quote could be more true.  I was forced to navigate through a country I didn’t know with people I didn’t know.  I quickly learned what an amazing experience life can be when you put down the cell phone and interact with people you wouldn’t normally engage in conversation with.  I learned so much about the country from the locals and was able to build friendships with people I would not have been friends with.

Why is this important to you?  We live in a society which ignores the basic enjoyments of life.  We are overwhelmed by materialistic goods which don’t provide life value.  We are programmed to think you can’t impact the world unless we are impacting millions of individuals.  But I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  The University of Nevada, Reno is providing students an opportunity to explore global business while earning college credits all while networking.

The leaders in the College of Business have created an educational experience which is changing the lives of their students. The program provides students with an insight about Canada’s culture, history, and fundamentals for international business operations. The class is structured to have pre-course work  followed by a week in Toronto.  The instructors, Dean Greg Mosier and Jim McClenehan arrange business tours with top executives.  Students gain valuable insight from the nontraditional educational experience.   During our time in Toronto, we met with top executives from organizations such as Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Transit Commission, and Woodbine Entertainment. During the day, we toured the city and met with businesses.  During the evening, students took the opportunity to debrief about the learning experience all while networking with fellow students.

If there is one thing I would recommend to fellow students at the University of Nevada, Reno; it would be the Extended Studies Global Business program.  I regret not taking advantage of this program sooner.  This program teaches students more than you’ll ever learn in a book, while providing you the opportunity to network with colleagues and executives. Don’t let this life changing opportunity pass you by! I’m glad I didn’t.


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Continuing the Legacy

Nevada YAC

“We plan on going even bigger this year.” – Brita Muller

Our History: The Nevada Young Alumni Chapter was established in 1994 for alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years from the University of Nevada.

Each year, board members of the Young Alumni Chapter donate their time efforts to raise money through events like Beer Fest. A portion of the proceeds from these fundraisers go directly to scholarships, which recognize academic Achievements, University Involvement, Community Service, and much more. Since 2010, the Chapter has awarded nearly $30,000 in undergraduate scholarships to students enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Why is it important?

Because this year, the Nevada Alumni Chapter is pulling out all the stops.  They’re challenging the norm and challenging other Nevada Alumni.  Chapter President, Brita Muller, hopes to be able to award even more scholarships than previous years.  With the current economic state, many students have found it increasingly hard to pay for school. So, the board is working harder than ever to recruit new members, get donations, and  host more fundraisers, all to give back to their school.

This year marks the largest board in Chapter history. We are also the most diverse.  Along side, VP of Membership, Andrew Maurins, we hope to recruit new chapter members who can continue the chapter legacy and continue giving back. The chapter has achieved such greatness over the years, because of the leaders who have come together to provide a means for some students to continue their journey of education.  For some, the scholarship they receive from the Nevada Young Alumni Chapter, is the financial support that allows students to stay in school.

What truly is inspiring about the chapter is the amount of dedication.  The board continues to raise the bar and challenge others to help give back to students at the University of Nevada.  All the time organizing events, seeking donations, and screening applications for next years’ recipients is donated by the amazing individuals who make up Nevada Young Alumni.

Want to help give back to the students at the University of Nevada, Reno?  Attend Beer Fest! Please see information on the event below.

beer_fest_2013Save the Date for Beer Fest 2013!

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 5 from 7-11pm and join us for the 20th annual Nevada Young Alumni Beer Fest! Entry includes a commemorative glass*, DJ entertainment by Chris Payne and an evening of beer tasting from our many vendors! You do not have to be a Nevada graduate to attend.

Since 1994, Beer Fest has allowed the Young Alumni Chapter to raise funds to grant scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Nevada.

When: April 5, 2013

Time: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Reno Ballroom

Prices: $25 during presale at or $35 at the door.

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*Commemorative glasses are available to the first 800 attendees.