Disability Awareness Month
- 4th Annual Accommodations Fair – Tuesday, Oct. 13
9 a.m. – noon, Joe Crowley Student Union, Gateway Plaza
Disability services administrators, students, parents and community members will have the opportunity to see accommodations “in action” at exhibit booths at the 4th Annual Accommodations Fair for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing and visually impaired. The event will have social and educational activities for deaf, hard of hearing and visually impaired youth from northern Nevada. The Accommodations Fair is held in conjunction with Discover Your Future, a two-day career exploration fair for Washoe County youth with disabilities.
- Ross Szabo – Wednesday, Oct. 14
Noon – 1 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom
Named “Best Male Performer” by Campus Activities Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards, Ross Szabo is the director of youth outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign. His Web site defines him as a “mental health advocate who works as hard as he can to spread a positive message about mental health issues beyond the mental health field.” The event is presented by the Disability Resource Center, the Disability Awareness Coalition and the Reno Access Advisory Committee, and is held in conjunction with Discover Your Future.
For more information about the Fair or to request an interview with Ross Szabo, contact Mary Anne Christensen at the Disability Resource Center, 775-784-6000, [email protected].
Latino Research Center’s 1st Bilingual Poetry Slam – Wednesday, Oct. 14
4 – 5:45 p.m., Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center Rotunda
Poetry slams are competitions that show off a performer’s writing and acting skills. Think of this as “performance poetry.” Participants must be current students from middle school, high school or northern institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Rules for the Bilingual Poetry Slam: three-minutes time limit; one poem only; must be related to Latino/Hispanic culture; must be original; no props, costumes, or musical instruments; and can be either in English, Spanish or Spanglish. A panel of three judges decides the overall winners based on originality, style and performance.
Mark Twain’s Comstock: the Archaeology of Early Virginia City and Behind the Scenes at Piper’s Opera House – Wednesday, Oct. 14
7 – 8 p.m., Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center’s Faculty & Graduate Reading Room
To enhance the public’s appreciation of the Comstock Era, a series of Wednesday evening “conversations” with noted local experts is offered throughout the month of October at the University’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Each program begins at 7 p.m.
Don Hardesty, University professor of anthropology, presents recent archaeological research in Virginia City that sheds light on saloons, opera houses, and ethnic groups on the “Barbary Coast” and beyond, dating to the early years of “Mark Twain’s Comstock.” Patty Cafferata, attorney and author of “More than a Song and a Dance: The Heyday of Piper’s Opera House,” will describe three generations of Piper’s Opera House buildings, the productions and the private lives of the owners.
On Oct. 21, University Associate Professor of English Cheryll Glotfelty will present “The Comstock’s Literary Mother Lode.” On Oct. 28, University faculty members and producers David Fenimore and Ann Medaille present, “The Psychoscopre,” a readers theater adaptation of the 1871 melodrama.
Student Health Center Seasonal Flu Clinic – Thursday, Oct. 15
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union
The University Student Health Center is holding flu clinics where students can get free seasonal flu shots, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 15 and 22, at the Joe Crowley Student Union. Students can also get the seasonal flu shot for free at the Student Health Center every day, 8 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The University is enacting several measures to try to minimize the spread of both the seasonal flu and H1N1.
For more information, go to www.unr.edu, and click on the “H1N1 Flu Info” icon, or contact University of Nevada, Reno Student Health Center, 775-784-6598.
Homecoming Kick-off Scavenger Hunt – Sun., Oct. 18
12:30 – 3 p.m., The Quad
Nevada Alumni Association and the Associated Students of the Univeristy of Nevada present, “Ooh the Places You’ll Go.” This Scavenger Hunt takes hunters around campus in search of “Thing 1” and “Thing 2.” There are three stops with different challenges that each team will have to complete before continuing their search. The team that wins each leg of the race will receive 200 points. Immediately after the Scavenger Hunt, there will be live music by Colorado rock/pop band The Heyday, food and fun on the Quad.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.