An edible garden in honor of Jessica Younger Dickens is being established by family, friends and colleagues to honor her legacy, her history, and service to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Her family has deep roots in the agricultural communities of northern California, and an edible garden will serve to commemorate Jessica’s emphasis on healthy eating and fresh foods.
The garden will celebrate her life’s motto—be connected, stay excited, move forward and do the right thing.
Jessica joined the University community as a Business Administration student in 2003, majoring in Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Marketing. She was later hired by the School of Medicine in 2007, serving as Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Dean. Over the years, her commitment to excellence, both personally and professionally, elevated her to the position of Chief of Staff for the School of Medicine and the Division of Health Sciences. Jessica earned the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award this past February after more than 13 years of service to the School.
Demonstrating her appreciation for life and connection with the world around her, Jessica has modeled how to lift others up and encourage them to grow. Through the creation of this garden, we can do the same. The edible garden will be located adjacent to the Pennington Medical Education building, just outside of her former office. Your gift will help us plant a selection of fruiting trees, berries, decorative flowers, edible herbs, and decorative and edible kales and cabbages, which will provide a lasting tribute to Jessica Younger Dickens.
Please join us in recognizing Jessica’s remarkable legacy by making a gift to help establish a garden in Jessica’s honor.