College Good News in October: Part Two

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
TMCC Student Nurses Volunteering Image

The Maxine S. Jacobs Student Nurses' Association achieved record-breaking results as volunteers at the Reno Walk to End Alzheimer's disease that took place during September.

See Also: College Good News in October: Part One

Student Nurses Break Record

The Maxine S. Jacobs Student Nurses’ Association organized 40 volunteers including student nurses from Truckee Meadows Community College and local Edward Jones staff members to help with the Reno/Sparks Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on Sept. 24.

“The Reno Walk to End Alzheimer’s was a beautiful, inspiring and record-breaking day for Alzheimer’s advocacy and we owe it all to you,” wrote Jessica Rothhaar, Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada.

The volunteers collected more than 576 postcards asking Congress to fund Alzheimer’s research, and gathered 231 sign-ups for TrialMatch, the Alzheimer’s Association clinical trials matching program. This was an increase from 431 postcards and 32 TrialMatch sign-ups at last year’s event.

Debbie Bader, Nursing Professor is the faculty coordinator of the Student Nurses' Association (SNA), and Becky Calhoun, Nursing Instructor is an Alzheimer ’s disease (AD) policy member. Jenelle Castillo, SNA President was also interviewed by the Alzheimer's Association media department, and accomplishments from the walk will be published in one of their journal articles.

In addition to Bader, Calhoun and Castillo, nursing staff volunteers included:

  • Jamie Morris
  • Stephanie Torpy
  • Bonnie Nguyen Le
  • Cassandra Amario
  • Marlyce McKinnon
  • Michelle Bricker
  • Elisabeth Higgins
  • Rebecca Roleff
  • Bonnie Huynh
  • Ashley Stone
  • Emme Barron
  • Valeria Fuentes
  • Amanda Parziale
  • Erica Aviles
  • Thu Tran
  • Sarah Rock
  • Aleksandra Norwak

$1M Grant for Children's Cabinet, Partnering with TMCC

The Children’s Cabinet, Inc. in partnership with TMCC and other agencies, has won a more than $1 million federal grant to train 60 young people for jobs in the construction industry. Other partners include the Northern Nevada Literacy Council (NNLC) and the Community Services Agency (CSA).

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced the U.S. Department of Labor grant award for the Washoe YouthBuild project on Oct. 4.

Washoe YouthBuild will enable the Children’s Cabinet and project partners to support young adults from 16 to 24 years of age in obtaining transitional housing, completing high school diplomas, entering college training programs and securing jobs in the community. The project timeline is three years. It will help establish a pipeline to fill apprenticeships in the region.

“Investing in a brighter future for our children is critical in ensuring they can thrive and forge a better tomorrow for the Silver State and the entire country,” said Senator Reid in a press release. “Unfortunately, all of Nevada’s sons and daughters don’t have the resources they need to succeed. Too many children in Nevada face homelessness or turn to gangs and drugs in the absence of care. We must not forget our responsibility to do better by our young people. This DOL grant is terrific news for Northern Nevada. I thank The Children’s Cabinet for working hard every day to provide vital services our children need to learn and grow without fear of violence or instability."


Tim Ill Wins NCMPR District 6 Silver Medallion

TMCC’s Videographer, Tim Ill, has won a Silver Medallion award from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 6 for video production. His award is in the TV ad and Public Service Announcement (PSA) Series category.

Ill’s Medallion was announced at the NCMPR District 6 regional conference award ceremony on Sept. 29 in San Diego. There were 375 total entries submitted to the regional competition.

Kate Kirkpatrick, Director of Marketing and Communications, said she is pleased to congratulate Ill for his award in this challenging and competitive category.

“It’s a great achievement, considering that entries were submitted from 47 colleges throughout the western United States,” she said. “Tim’s work is consistently excellent, but these ads really tell the TMCC story in an exceptional way.”

NCMPR is an organization for public relations and marketing professionals at technical and community colleges. It is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and has more than 1,550 members from 650 colleges in the U.S., Canada and other countries.

“It’s great to see the ads recognized because they are real,” Ill said. “No actors, no special effects, no Hollywood budget. They are the story of great faculty bringing out the potential and the passion that lies within each student. That happens here every day, and I love telling that story."


Art Instructor Wes Lee Shows Work at WNC

Weston Lee has taught visual art, drawing and design fundamentals at TMCC for more than 19 years. Lee’s paintings have recently been chosen for a fall exhibit in the main gallery at Western Nevada College (WNC).

The exhibit “521 Days” will be showing from Oct. 17-Nov. 16. The gallery on WNC’s main campus is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays. An artist’s reception will be held on Oct. 20 and is free and open to the public. Connie Peng is the WNC Gallery Coordinator.

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:30–6 p.m.
  • Where: Main Gallery, WNC, 2201 West College Pkwy., Carson City, NV

Lee said that his inspiration for the work on display is a long journey to a distant place, and a teaser for the exhibit states, “A boat, an expedition, indeed a daring adventure changed everything.”


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