|International Game Technology (IGT), one of the world’s largest maker of high-tech gambling systems and machines, made the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) very happy. |
The Reno-based IGT, which hires scores of UNR graduates each year announced a US$10 million gift from and a private benefactor Tuesday for a new 'knowledge center' to replace a 42-year-old aging library.
With US$5 million coming from the company’s coffers and rest from former IGT chairman and his wife, Chuck and Ann Mathewson, the money will go towards the US$66 million state-of-the art replacement for the Getchell Library on the Reno campus. State lawmakers, when they approved the project, required funding be shared between private and public sources. Nevada agreed to finance US$22 million and students agreed to a similar amount through higher fees, leaving US$22 to be raised in private funds. Sen. Bill Raggio, R-Reno, a key supporter of the project who said total private funds amount to roughly US$19 million.
‘We are extraordinarily grateful for the personal generosity of Ann and Chuck Mathewson and to IGT in providing this historic university-wide gift,’ said UNR President John Lilley.
Chuck Mathewson, IGT chairman emeritus, credited Lilley with sparking his interest in the project. ‘I happen to like libraries, and calling this new facility the knowledge center really pushed a button with me,’ he said.
The new facilities will include an auditorium, an art gallery and a new computer lab. Work on the new project is expected to start next spring.