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New Veterans Trauma Recovery Group Forming on Campus

You feel on edge. You have distressing nightmares. Sudden noises make you jump. You're staying at home more and more. Could this be a result of your experience with trauma?  Some of the most common symptoms after experiencing a trauma include recurring memories or nightmares of the event(s), sleeplessness, loss of interest in things you used to like to do, or feeling numb, angry, and irritable, but there are many ways trauma can impact your everyday life.  Sometimes these symptoms don't surface for months or years after the event or returning from deployment or other life event. They may also come and go. If these problems won't go away or are getting worse-or you feel like they are disrupting your daily life-consider attending this group to learn coping strategies.

WHAT:  Coping with Trauma Group  (5-week group)
WHERE:  On campus - UNR  (Room TBD)
WHEN:  Tuesdays, beginning February 24th, 2015
TIME:  12:30-1:30 P.M.
FACILITATED BY:  Heidi Priestley, Licensed Social Worker, Reno VA (Heidi is a 22-year Air Force Veteran who completed higher education using the Post 9-11 GI Bill)

You must contact Heidi to register to attend this group.  You must also be enrolled in the VA for health care in order to attend this group.  If you have questions about the VA enrollment process, please contact Heidi at (775) 686-8302.  If the group's meeting time/day doesn't work for your schedule, contact Heidi for other options.


DRC has Extended Hours During the Semesters

Wednesdays and Thursdays
8:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.

The DRC is open late on Wednesdays and Thursdays to accommodate alternative testing times. The computer lab and other services will still be available. Please stop by and take advantage of the extra time!

PLEASE NOTE: Over the winter break, the DRC will only be open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. between December 22nd, 2014 and February 3rd, 2015.


Important Alternative Testing Service Information

Please schedule an appointment with Michelle to schedule your exams for the2015 Spring semester. We have seen a huge increase in students requesting alternative testing accommodations and have limited space to provide such service.  As a result, it is imperative that you get in as quickly as possible to schedule your exam dates.  Even if you are unsure whether you plan to utilize alternative testing accommodations, it is our recommendation that you go forward and schedule your exams with the DRC.  We can always remove your name from the schedule if you opt to take your exams in class.  Please note that scheduling exams (in particular final exams) at the last minute will no longer be an option.  We simply cannot accommodate students' requests for alternative testing without proper notification.

In addition, as we are sure you are aware, construction north of the Thompson Building continues to impact the noise level at the DRC.  We do have headphones and ear plugs to help alleviate some of the noise.  However, noise will continue to be a factor for at least the next 18 months.  If you are concerned about the noise, you may want to check with your instructors to see if they have a place to proctor your exams.


Spring Semester is Here!

To receive your Alternative Media quickly, please submit your required documents. This includes:

Please visit the Disability Resource Center during normal office hours if you require any assistance.


DRC Peer Mentor Project

The DRC Peer Mentor Project matches incoming students with disabilities (mentees) and upperclassmen and graduate students with disabilities (mentors). Mentors use their knowledge of campus life and resources, as well as their personal experiences to provide invaluable advice and guidance to mentees.

If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee, please visit the following webpage for more information.

DRC Peer Mentor Project


Become an Eye to Eye Student Coordinator

Eye to Eye is a national mentoring program that pairs college students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD with similarly labeled middle school students.

Each week next year, UNR students will work with middle school students on art projects that are designed to help the younger students learn about themselves and embrace their learning differences. If you are interested in becoming a Student Coordinator or have any questions, please contact Micah Goldfus at

All art is good art; you do not need to have backgrounds in art to get involved!

View the flyer.

For more information about Eye to Eye visit


College Scholarship Guide

Education costs are at an all-time high, and landing into the right scholarship could be the difference between graduating debt-free or paying off loans for years and years. The great news is that anyone can just be eligible for some type of scholarship. In fact, there are numbers of scholarships in place to help students with disabilities realize that further education is indeed possible.

To help you look for these scholarships please visit this guide:


New DRC Printable Brochures!

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