Annual University Scripps Dinner
Usually, when I attend events at the University of Nevada, I visit mainly two venues: Mackay Stadium for football and the Lawlor Events Center for basketball. Those two sites do not afford much of a view of the entire campus. However, one annual event does. It is the Journalism School’s annual Scripps Dinner and Lecture (more later).
When approaching the Joe Crowley Student Union building from the east side of the campus, one sees an astounding number of mega-buildings. These structures fill in what was empty space in the campus of yore. Major buildings now occupy the original football field and the famous “gully” that housed the Quonset huts in which I attended numerous English classes. The Student Union building is a magnificent edifice in itself. Even the former front entrance to the campus will soon become the back door as the two main entrances will be off Virginia Street and at the north end of the football stadium. The core of the school will always be the famous Quad.
One of the most notable features of the University of Nevada school of Journalism is the annual Scripps Dinner and Lecture. April 9 of this year the 54th annual dinner was held in the Milt Glick Ballroom of the Joe Crowley Student Union building.
The program, which was moderated by Al Stavitsky, Dean of the Journalism School featured as the main speaker Leila Fadel. Ms. Fadel is a well-known foreign correspondent who spent a decade in the Middle East. She is currently employed as a national correspondent for NPR, located in Las Vegas.
The dinner and lecture were started in 1964 by Edward W. “Ted” Scripps II, who was a 1952 graduate of the University.