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Student leaders focus on supporting academic success

The Associated Students of Western Nevada College is a group of students dedicated to helping other students achieve goals and face challenges. Traditionally, their aim has been to enhance student life on campus while helping to mold the college’s future.

For the 2010-2011 academic year, however, ASWN is focusing on an additional goal.

“We’re redirecting our efforts to change the way that our fellow students view us,” says ASWN president Jason McGill. “We’ve always been considered the group that has fun on campus, and that is still a part of what we want to do. But, we also want to take a stake in improving student life through projects that help the WNC community.”

ASWN is planning a series of activities to help students get support or advice in a comfortable environment.

Vice President Ashley Cruz explains, “We know there are students who struggle and are unaware that there are services to help them succeed at Western. We’re working with advisors in Counseling Services to facilitate study skill improvement sessions, tutoring support and finals survival activities to improve the student success rate.”

To kick off the semester and introduce students to the various learning communities on campus, ASWN hosts “Welcome Back” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday in Rotary Plaza on the Carson City campus.

Professor takes ‘The Wider View’ on world through art

Western Nevada College Archeology Professor Hal Starratt is used to looking closely at the intricacies of ancient civilizations. But he has turned his sights to the grand natural beauty that surrounds us, in a large-scale photography exhibit at the Carson City campus this fall.

The exhibit, “The Wider View: Panoramic Photog-raphy,” is featured in the Main Gallery and the Atrium Gallery in WNC Carson City’s Bristlecone Building from Sept. 20-Nov. 12.

Starratt said he felt compelled to create photo images in a broader context than a wide-angle camera lens can afford.

“Attempting to reproduce the exhilaration one feels standing before an open expanse of natural space, and recreating the beauty one experiences has always been an elusive and difficult thing to do through photography,” Starratt said. “But it has been my passion for a long time, beginning with my early use of large format view cameras.”

The 25 large-scale prints are actually composites of many digital photographs taken using a “Gigapan” robotic camera mount, and stitched together on a computer.