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3 new members join Extension Advisory Committee

Posted 2/6/2012

Lou Schack

Lou Schack

Mining executive Lou Schack, Las Vegas solar energy executive Louise Helton and former State Senator Dennis Nolan have joined University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s advisory committee.

The advisory committee is composed of state residents interested in bringing educational resources, programs and applied research to Nevadans in all parts of the state. The board meets periodically with UNCE faculty and administration to review programs and provide assistance in meeting the needs of state residents. Advisory committee members come from communities throughout the state, from rural areas to urban centers.

Schack of Barrick Gold of North America has overseen the company’s partnerships on several Extension projects, including work with Rod Davis in Lander County and Marilyn Smith in Elko.

"We have worked with UNCE on a variety of habitat improvement and youth development and employment programs," Schack said. "Most notable is the Bootstraps Program, which we have supported for several years. This program’s outreach to Native American communities is especially important to me and to Barrick."

Schack—a graduate from UNR’s Reynolds School of Journalism—leads the communications and media relations activities tied to Barrick’s operations while managing Barrick’s social responsibility, community investment and Native American relations programs.

"I am impressed by the many quality programs Cooperative Extension provides," Schack said. "I have seen the differences these programs make in people’s lives first hand, and serving as a board member keeps me connected to the people who make these programs work."

Helton is the founder and vice president of governmental affairs for 1 Sun Solar Companies. Nolan served in both the Assembly and Senate.

Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at

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