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WNC News & Notes: Student Services offers extended hours to help late registrants

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WNC students learned more about Nevada's geology.
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Fall classes start in a week at WNC, but there still is time to register.

To assist with the late rush to register, Student Services will extend its operating hours to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23; Thursday, Aug. 24, Monday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Aug. 29. Representatives of Admissions, Counseling and Financial Assistance departments will be available to students.

For new students, learn more about attending WNC at http://www.wnc.edu/starthere/.

Students have until Sept. 1 to self-register. Continuing and returning students may register at my.wnc.edu.

Although Carson City will be hundreds of miles south of the path of totality and will experience a partial eclipse, the public can get a better view of the solar eclipse on Monday morning at the observatory on the Carson City campus.The observatory, located at 2699 Van Patten Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon to capture an event that last happened in the U.S. 26 years ago and hasn’t included a coast-to-coast pathway in 99 years.

Don’t Miss Total Solar Eclipse Event at Jack C. Davis Observatory

Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College has you covered when the moon envelopes the sun on Monday.

Although Carson City will be hundreds of miles south of the path of totality and will experience a partial eclipse, the public can get a better view of the solar eclipse on Monday morning at the observatory on the Carson City campus.

The observatory, located at 2699 Van Patten Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon to capture an event that last happened in the U.S. 26 years ago and hasn’t included a coast-to-coast pathway in 99 years.

Learn More about the Geology of Nevada

If you have Tuesday afternoons free this fall, then it’s an opportunity to learn more about the earth around you in Nevada.

Western Nevada College Professor of Geosciences Winnie Kortemeier will teach Geology of Nevada (GEOL 210), a class that’s offered occasionally at the college.

“We will be studying the history of Nevada through Geologic time and will spend a lot of time looking at rocks, minerals, fossils and maps from Nevada,” Dr. Kortemeier said.

In addition, class members will have the opportunity to take up to four field trips. The class will meet from 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays.

For more information, contact Kortemeier at winnie.kortemeier@wnc.edu.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Math Instructor Eric York Helps Students Develop Tools to Become Successful

Since 2015, Eric York has been guiding students through higher levels of mathematics in his Precalculus and Calculus classes at WNC.

As he begins his third year at WNC, York is fascinated by how students develop the tools to become successful. He finds it deeply rewarding to help and watch students critically examine the world around them.

WNC: What do you enjoy most about teaching?

YORK: Helping and watching the growth of students’ ability to critically examine the world around them is incredibly rewarding. Seeing them construct the tools to build their own success is rewarding in itself.

WNC: What do you hope to implement and accomplish in your classes at WNC?

YORK: After two years here, I’m focusing on revamping courses to improve transparency with the goal of increasing student engagement and ownership of their education.

WNC: What do you like to do in your spare time?

YORK: Home improvement projects, fishing, hiking, wildlife observation and brewing.

WNC: Are you involved in community service or other philanthropy?

YORK: Other than donations to the WNC Foundation and a charity, in the short-to-medium term I’m focusing on service to the institution.

York earned his master’s in mathematics from New Mexico State University. He received his bachelor’s in mathematics from Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University).

Don’t miss WNC Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament Set for Sept. 29

What better way to spend a beautiful day in September? Gather friends and co-workers and sign up for a fun day on the course supporting WNC students! “Golf for Education” is the Western Nevada College Foundation’s 18th Annual Golf Classic presented by the Northern Nevada Development Authority. The event is Friday, Sept. 29 at Silver Oak Golf Course in Carson City.

Funds raised from the tournament will help educate students to meet the region’s growing labor needs in a number of industries, especially high-tech and manufacturing.

As in previous years, the competitive side of the Classic offers women’s and men’s divisions. Prizes are awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams in each division.

The scramble tournament begins at 9 a.m. and will provide participants with tee prizes, a barbecue and awards ceremony, on-course refreshments, raffle prizes, poker run, hole contests, team photos and more.

Fees are $125 per player or $480 per four-player team. For sponsorships and entry information, phone 775-445-3240 or go to http://www.wnc.edu/foundation/golf-classic/.

Sponsors include the Northern Nevada Development Authority, Greater Nevada Credit Union, AT&T, Bank of America, Campagni Auto Group, Bank of the West, Michael Hohl, Nevada Builders Alliance, Briggs Electric, Greater Nevada Mortgage and Quick Space.