Nevada State College (NSC) invites hiking enthusiasts to join in the first official climb to the top of Mt. Scorpion since federal officials approved its name earlier this year.
The community hike starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the NSC campus at 1125 Nevada State Drive in Henderson. Ample parking is available.
“This is a thrill for us,” NSC President Bart Patterson said. “The federal naming of Mt. Scorpion strengthens our sense of mission and school pride.”
The tradition of hiking Mt. Scorpion, a scenic desert-scape behind campus named after the school’s mascot, began in October 2012 with 15 students. It has since grown to include dozens more students, faculty, staff and hiking enthusiasts. Students organize two hikes a year.
The effort to have the mountain range officially named Mt. Scorpion began in 2012 with a presentation to the Board of Regents by then newly appointed President Patterson, who is an avid hiker.
In 2014, the college’s Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives took on the naming project, gaining support from all the necessary local, state and federal agencies to win approval for officially dubbing the summit Mt. Scorpion.
The official naming of Mt. Scorpion further enhances the college’s newly expanded campus, which this year opened with two new 60,000-square-foot buildings to accommodate its booming enrollment.
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