“Jim and I rooted for Nevada State College from its inception."
HENDERSON, Nev. (PRWEB) March 05, 2015
HENDERSON, Nev. (Mar 5. 2015) – The Nevada Board of Regents, in honor of renowned philanthropists and education advocates Jim and Beverly Rogers, approved the naming of Nevada State College’s newest building as the James E. and Beverly Rogers Student Center. The Nevada Board of Regents heard the naming request, which was presented by NSC President Bart Patterson, at its meeting today at approximately 2 pm at the Desert Research Institute on 755 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119.
The late Jim Rogers was a prominent life-long resident of Las Vegas, who served as the first Chairman of the Nevada State College Foundation in 2001 during the College’s infancy. Rogers also served as the ninth Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education from 2005-09, after serving one year as interim chancellor. “Jim and Beverly Rogers understood the key to building a better Nevada is through education," said Kevin J. Page, Chairman of the Nevada Board of Regents. “Having their name on Nevada State College’s new student center will be a constant reminder to future generations of the Rogers’ passion for higher education.”
Jim and Beverly Rogers have contributed to philanthropic and educational endeavors for decades in Southern Nevada and across the United States. Having donated nearly $275 million to institutions of higher education, Jim Rogers was named one of the top 12 philanthropists in the Nation by Time Magazine in 2000.
Among the hundreds of gifts bestowed upon educational entities, those made to The University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, and the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are the largest in the respective institutions' history. They have also provided significant financial support to universities and colleges in Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington.
Through The Rogers Foundation, created in 2013 to formalize the continuation of the Rogers’ commitment to the improvement of education in Southern Nevada, two significant gifts were made to NSC totaling $8.8 million. The first gift, valued at $3.8 million, is a property in Pocatello, Idaho of approximately 58 acres including improvements, fixtures, appurtenances, and equipment. The second gift is a multiyear commitment of up to $500,000 per year for ten years subject to approval on an annual basis by The Rogers Foundation. “Jim and I rooted for Nevada State College from its inception,” said Beverly Rogers. “I think of Nevada State as 'the little engine that could.' I’m so proud to be linked with the underdogs -those who succeed against all odds and wow, Jim would be ecstatic.”
The Student Center, which is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed by July 2015, will serve as the primary hub for campus and community activities. The three-story, 66,000-square-foot building (link to live construction cam: http://concam1.nsc.edu/CgiStart?page=Single&Language=0) will house over 3,500 square feet of dedicated student activity space, the College’s library with over 2,000 square feet of study space, tutoring and testing rooms, a number of small and large study rooms, instructional technology and teaching labs, a cutting-edge visual media studio, a food court offering a wide selection of dining services, a bookstore, and offices for student government, advising and career services.
“Nevada State College and the entire campus community are honored to be part of the legacy of two great philanthropic pioneers,” said Bart Patterson, President of Nevada State College. “Jim and Beverly have not only played an extraordinary role in the creation and development of Nevada State College, but they have also altered the landscape of and future direction for education in Nevada and beyond.”
Nevada State College will be holding a special naming ceremony on campus to commemorate the Rogers later this year following the opening of the Student Center Building and the Nursing, Science & Education Building.
About Nevada State College
Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State College has grown to offer more than 35 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation and has expanded its physical campus. Committed to fostering a personal learning environment, students are taught by faculty who serve as mentors and guides in classrooms with an average class size of only 23 students. Nevada State College serves approximately 3,400 students and has over 2,200 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu.
About The Rogers Educational Foundation
The Rogers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 2013 by Jim and Beverly Rogers, The Rogers Foundation awards scholarships to individual students in Southern Nevada, grants to educational institutions in Southern Nevada, and artists and organizations that support the arts in Southern Nevada. For more information visit, therogers.foundation or call (702) 657-3114.
About the Nevada State College Foundation
Established in 2001, the NSCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization developed to encourage and promote the growth and improvement of Nevada State College (NSC). Additionally, the 20-member Foundation receives and administers private gifts in support of the educational, technological, operational, facility and research needs of students, faculty and staff. The Nevada State College Foundation is currently in the midst of its first comprehensive campaign with a goal of raising $15 million towards four critical areas: facilities and related needs; academic and technology needs, student scholarships; and specific needs related to faculty and student interests such as undergraduate research, athletics, and continuing education
About the Nevada System of Higher Education
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 106,300 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.