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Western Nevada College observatory to host NASA telescope event

Jack C. Davis Observatory, which opened in 2003, will host a NASA event promoting the launch of the Webb Space Telescope in October.

Jack C. Davis Observatory, which opened in 2003, will host a NASA event promoting the launch of the Webb Space Telescope in October.

When the largest and most powerful space telescope ever is launched this fall, Western Nevada College’s Jack C. Davis Observatory will have a connection.
The observatory has been selected as part of the Webb Space Telescope Community Events initiative.
This distinction means that JCDO will serve as an official host to raise awareness of this unprecedented space event and receive support from NASA to do so. Event details will be announced as they are released.
“I would be excited about the Webb telescope without this event, but this will help make it special for our community,” said WNC JCDO Director Thomas Herring. “We will receive support, including educational and outreach materials directly from NASA.”
The Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch in October. It is expected to provide substantially more information about the universe and is approximately 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Get in-person fall classes; register soon to get them
Did you miss attending classes on Western Nevada College’s campuses?
Take astronomy, art, anthropology, sign language, biology, dance, French, geology and psychology, and many more classes in person this coming fall.
To ensure that you get the in-person classes that you want, register as soon as possible.
You can find a schedule of classes online at that will help you plan for your fall semester at WNC.
Continuing students can register through their myWNC accounts. Individuals planning to attend WNC for the first time can apply for admission at To learn more about WNC’s academic programs and degree requirements, see the Academic Program Guide at
Fall semester starts Aug. 30.
For information, phone 775-445-3277 or 775-445-3267.

Assist students, economy by playing in Golf for Education
Group photos are only part of many treats that participants receive in WNC’s Golf for Education Classic. The event is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Toiyabe Golf Course.


There is much to celebrate as Western Nevada College Foundation holds Golf for Education this fall.
For one, the 22nd annual tournament on Sept. 24 gives area golfers and businesses opportunities to assist students pursue degrees and certifications that will help Nevada’s economy as the college celebrates its 50th year of serving Northern Nevada communities.
Secondly, the 18-hole scramble format provides golfers with what has become a highly competitive tournament with great prizes and awards.
Thirdly, it’s an opportunity to customize a sponsorship to showcase your company. This sponsorship includes your company name appearing on the event banner and program, recognition at the barbecue, a team entry of four players and two tee signs.
Finally, what better way can you spend a fall Friday than playing golf in a friendly team format on Toiyabe Golf Course, which offers spectacular views of the Sierra?
Participants in the Golf for Education will be treated to great tee prizes, hole-in-one and long drive prizes, a luncheon, an awards ceremony, ample on-course refreshments, raffle prizes, team photos and much more. The cost is $150 per player, $580 per four-player team or $850 for a business team sponsorship.
Volunteers are welcomed.
For entry, sponsorship and volunteer information, phone 775-445-3240.
Vote for WNC, CDC, WNMTC in Best of Carson City contest
Support Western Nevada College-affiliated nominees in the Nevada Appeal’s annual Best of Carson City contest.
Voting is underway in a variety of categories. Vote for WNC in the Community category as Most Philanthropic. In addition, WNC’s Child Development Center has been nominated in the Services category for Best Child/Day Care Provider, the Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company has been nominated in the Arts & Entertainment category as Best Place for Entertainment and WNC Performing Arts Dance Studio is among the nominees in Best Dance Studio under the Sports & Recreation category.
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on July 5.
To vote, go to

Broadway Rising! caps difficult year with ‘Try to Remember’
Broadway Rising!’s final performance of the 2020-21 school year certainly hit the nail on the head: “Try to Remember.”
The virtual choir created by Western Nevada College and the Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company performed the song about nostalgia — longing for the past — from the musical “The Fantasticks.” Watch and listen the performance at
In 1965, “Try to Remember” became a Billboard Hot 100 pop chart hit three times when performed by Ed Ames, Roger Williams, Barry McGuire, The Sandpipers, The Brothers Four and The Kingston Trio.
Broadway Rising!’s group of performers included soloists Julia Curtis and Briana Valley; sopranos Emma Carnes, Mary Culpepper, Julia Curtis, Jean Driver, Hope Fuentes, Clemencia Golbov, Victoria Keegan and Briana Valley; altos Dawn Etcherverry Miller, Savannah Purvance and Brianne Vanderveer; tenors Marcus Culpepper, Laura Hale and Phil Vanderveer; bass Steven Meyer, Charlie Moser, Ryan Stockton and Mark Sturdivant; music director Judy Monson; recording engineer John Shipley; graphic artist and video editor Tara Burke; and producer and artistic director Stephanie Arrigotti.
Arrigotti revealed that the virtual choir will stay intact for fall semester since many of the group’s singers are from distant locations. Join the choir by enrolling in Concert Choir (MUSE 101).
For more information, contact Arrigotti at

WNC campuses will be closed July 5
Western Nevada College’s campuses in Carson City, Fallon and Minden will be closed on Monday, July 5 to observe Independence Day.
The college will resume normal business hours at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6.


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