Advisory Board members and guests take a moment for the camera Nestor Basterretxea’s Orreaga, installed this year in the Matthewson-IGT Knowledge Center’s main hall, downstairs from the Jon Bilbao Basque Library.
UNR President Marc Johnson speaks to the Center Advisory Board
The Center’s annual meeting of the Advisory Board brought almost 100% of its members together in Reno on April 16th. Sixto Jimenez and Pello Salaburu made the longest journey (from the Basque Country) to attend. Eskerrik asko to all for having made the event such a success! President Johnson opened the meeting with words of welcome and university news. He and Provost Carman joined us that evening for a family-style dinner at Louis’ Basque Corner. The noise level matched the level of collective enjoyment!
We are so proud and honored to have welcomed many dignitaries and old friends last night for the official renaming event in which the Center for Basque Studies has become the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies. The event, and the renaming was the result of an incredible amount of hard work by the Center’s faculty, staff, and advisory board, as well as the great people of the University of Nevada Reno. This event was not only a celebration of the work of Bill Douglass, but also of the place that the Center has forged in the hearts and minds of the state of Nevada, attested by the fact that both UNR President Marc Johnson and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval called “A jewel in the crown” of the university and of the state. It is such an honor and privilege to get to represent this amazing center, a unique place in the world, as we move forward proudly carrying the name of founder and father of Basque Studies, William A. Douglass.
Here are some of our favorite moments from the night, including remarks by Governor Sandoval, President Johnson, and Bill himself.