Enjoy a motivational and inspiring evening with nanoscientist and professional athlete Grant Korgan on Friday, Oct. 19, at the University of Nevada, Reno. The event is presented by the Disability Awareness Coalition of Northern Nevada and is co-sponsored by Western Nevada College.Korgan, a paraplegic as a result of a 2010 snowmobile accident in the Sonora backcountry of the Sierra Nevada, will provide uplifting and empowering commentary during his speech in Nightingale Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.Since his spinal cord injury, Korgan has written a book, “Two Feet Back;” founded the Korg 3.0 Movement, and is featured in the documentary “The Push: A South Pole Adventure.”Although Korgan’s story is about survival and overcoming obstacles, his message to audiences now is about deciding what you desire out of life, focusing on what is working, and choosing the positive through adversity.“I believe that humanity’s natural state is one of possibility, greatness and, ultimately, love,” he said.According to Susan Trist, WNC coordinator of Disability Support Services, “The college has been actively involved in the Disability Awareness Coalition since 2006, and each year supports events across Northern Nevada to promote disability awareness.” A silent auction and no-host cocktails are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Korgan’s keynote address is 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a book signing.A $5 donation is suggested. Proceeds will benefit the work of the Disability Awareness Coalition of Northern Nevada and the High Fives Foundation.For information, contact Susan Trist at 775-445-3268.WNC Preparesfor Nursing Accreditation VisitWestern Nevada College is preparing for its comprehensive nursing evaluation by members of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission with the goal of reaffirming the accreditation of its Associate of Applied Science nursing program. The evaluation occurs every eight years.Members of the public are invited to meet with the accreditation team and share comments about the WNC nursing program on Monday, Oct. 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the boardroom, located in the Bristlecone Building at WNC Carson City. Comments may also be submitted in writing, by Monday, Oct. 15, to the NLNAC headquarters to the attention of Dr. Sharon Tanner, the commission’s chief executive officer, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.LEED Green Associate Certification Class on TapProfessionals looking to enhance their expertise in green building design, construction and operations can do so with a one-day, LEED Green Associate Certification class at WNC. The certification is created by the Green Building Certification Institute, and is intended for those in non-technical fields of practice. The class will be offered in a non-credit format, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at WNC Carson City. The cost is $425 and includes the exam certification fee and lunch.For registration/information, visit www.campusce.net/wnc/ or call Dr. Haytham Mahmoud at 775-445-3352.Latino StudentClub Invites Performers for Talent Contest WNC's Latino Student Club invites locals to perform in its annual “Show Your Talent” event on Friday, Nov. 9. The fun and energetic event brings students and the community together for an evening of cultural entertainment. Auditions are 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12; 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13; 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; and 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Carson Nugget Community Hall, located in the Aspen Building at the WNC Carson City campus. The event helps raise funds for Latino student scholarships. For information, call Lupe Ramirez at 775-445-3344 or email email@example.com.WNC Library Offers Free Workshop on Writing & ResearchingThe WNC Carson City campus library is hosting free workshops to help students and local residents who need assistance in term paper research, want to learn how to get more out of Google or seek guidance about different writing styles. The workshops are intended to help participants learn how to use the resources of the library so that they are better prepared to complete research assignments and papers, but are also open to the public. Thirty sessions are available this year. For a full list, visit http://library.wnc.edu. Preregistration is encouraged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 775-445-3227.