Fun start for Western Nevada College students

Students enjoy games and a barbecue at Western Nevada College, in Carson City on Thursday, Aug. 30 as part of two weeks of activities hosted by the Associated Students of Western Nevada to welcome more than 3,000 students back to campus.

Students enjoy games and a barbecue at Western Nevada College, in Carson City on Thursday, Aug. 30 as part of two weeks of activities hosted by the Associated Students of Western Nevada to welcome more than 3,000 students back to campus.

Western Nevada College’s student government association made sure the opening week of classes was anything but dull.

The Associated Students of Western Nevada capped off the opening week with a barbecue lunch with new WNC President Vincent Solis. The midday fun included lawn games, a speed sketch artist, water slides and the opportunity to soak an administrator/professor.

Students also participated in a resource day and Stuff-A-Wizard activity, as well as an opening morning of donuts and coffee.

The fun will spill into the second week of classes as ASWN has planned Mystic Tuesday (tarot and palm readings and henna tattoos) and a football kickoff party on Thursday on the Carson City campus, as well as a Wildcat Wednesday celebration on the Fallon campus.

The activities were planned to help students make new friends, learn more about the campus and become involved in clubs and organizations.

Drive Education by Playing in WNC’s Golf Classic

Golfers have less than a month to get their games in shape and participate in Golf for Education, Western Nevada College Foundation’s 19th annual Golf Classic.

Sponsored by Northern Nevada Development Authority and Blockchains, the 18-hole scramble tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at Toiyabe Golf Club, 19 Lightning W Ranch Road.

The event supports workforce development in the region by helping educate students to meet the growing labor demands in industries such as manufacturing, cyber security, nursing, welding and automotive.

Participants can expect great tee prizes, a barbecue and awards ceremony, on-course refreshments, a margarita hole, raffle prizes, hole contests, team photos and much more. The cost is $125 per player, $480 per four-player team or $700 for a business team sponsorship. Many more sponsorships are available.

The Golf Classic’s corporate sponsors are Greater Nevada Credit Union, Campagni Auto Group, Bank of America, Dixon Golf, Edward Jones Carson City, Edgewood Tahoe, Classic Finishes, Beverage Technologies Inc, Quick Space Nevada, Amada Senior Care and Briggs Electric.

For entry and sponsorship information, phone 775-445-3240 or go to

Thomas to Lecture on ‘Bad History,’ ‘Coincidence’ at Observatory

Northern Nevada lecturer Mike Thomas will resume his history and science lectures at Jack C. Davis Observatory in September.

Thomas is planning to lecture about “Bad History” on Friday, Sept. 7 and “Coincidence” on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Both lectures are free to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

His “Bad History” presentation will focus on “factual” history that has proven to be false.

Thomas’ lecture on “Coincidence” will spotlight amazing situations in science and whether they’re happenstance or destined to take place.

As is the case throughout the rest of the year, Jack C. Davis Observatory is the place to be on Saturday nights. When lectures aren’t scheduled, the observatory is open to the public from sundown to 11 p.m. These Saturday nights are referred to as Star Parties and are led by the Western Nevada Astronomical Society, which brings together people with an interest in astronomy.

Jack C. Davis Observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive in Carson City.

‘The Surrealist Eye’ Exhibit Showing at WNC

Western Nevada College Art Galleries is pleased to present “The Surrealist Eye,” a creative and unconscious expression of art exhibition running through Oct. 5.

Artist Kim Scott was featured in the opening reception on Thursday. In addition, there will be a closing reception on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., with artist Anne Gregory speaking at 2 p.m.

Receptions and gallery viewings are free and open to the public. “The Surrealist Eye” is an expansive, eclectic, private collection of Math Professor Gary Schwartz and Eric Brandon. The show spans Eric’s life from age 12 — when he received the Steiff giraffe — to the present (40 years later) and is represented by the giraffe skull he acquired earlier this year.

Surrealism, especially the work of Salvador Dalí, forms the backbone of the show. Brandon has also been particularly influenced by female artists, from his mother, to the two speakers, Gregory and Scott, and more recently by Leonor Fini and Leonora Carrington.

Scott is a professional artist and retired art instructor for Short Center Sacramento. Scott and Brandon are founding members of the Surreal Estates artists’ live/work community in the Uptown Arts District of Sacramento. Scott painted a portrait of Brandon’s mother, Bea, which is included in the show.

For information about Scott and her work, visit

The exhibition’s second featured artist, Gregory, is a professional artist and art professor. Gregory began showing her work in the 1970s. In 2016-17, she produced the solo exhibit “Dear Creatures,” which Gregory explained is “not (meant) in the sentimental sense of ‘dear’ (but) instead, ‘Dear Creatures’ who know how to live on our shared Earth.”

Gregory uses elements of her works, usually small block prints, as greeting cards for her friends, several of which are included in this show.

For more information about Gregory and her work, visit

“The Surrealist Eye” will populate all three WNC art galleries on the Carson City campus.

WNC’s art galleries are located at 2201 W. College Parkway in the Bristlecone Building. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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College closed for Labor Day

Western Nevada College campuses will be closed Monday, Sept 3 in observance of Labor Day. College services and classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4.


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