New Volunteer Opportunities
13th Annual Science Expo at Incline Village (March 12-16, 2018)
The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center is hosting the 13th annual Science Expo for elementary students (grades 3-5) the week of March 12-16. This year's theme is life and health sciences with focus areas on: organisms & ecosystems, inheritance & adaptations, and health & nutrition. This event would not be possible without the support of volunteers, and we are in desperate need for more help. A letter with volunteer information, as well as a flyer with the dates and times available was sent to RFA members in a separate email. This information is also available directly from the UC Davis website
UNR GSA Spring Awards- call for judges
The GSA Awards Committee is pleased to invite RFA members to judge the GSA Spring Awards. Each year the GSA gives over $60,000 in awards and scholarships, the bulk of this is awarded each spring through 11 different types of awards; including the brand new Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
The spring awards application deadline is March 2nd and judges will receive judging materials electronically by March 9th, scores will be expected back by March 21st. Scoring takes around 4-6 hours to complete. Anyone who is able to participate as a judge, may sign up here. If you are able to share this information to the RFA over the next few days that would be appreciated.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
The opportunities for members of the Retired Faculty Association to become involved is being expanded in large part due to the effort of RFA Volunteer Committee chaired by Pierre Mousset-Jones. In response to an inquiry sent to department chairs across campus, the following opportunities to become involved and support the university are available. Please contact Pierre Mousset-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these opportunities.
Department of Electrical Engineering:
Assist in the tutoring center within the college. Various hours are available.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering:
Need qualified instructors to teach CS 105 Introduction to Computing and possibly other courses.
Department of Mathematics:
Interested in retired faculty to cover classes for absent faculty, however, this would require a person qualified to teach the mathematics course.
Department of Family and Community Medicine:
Assistance in reviewing grant applications and research guidance.
Department of Sociology:
Interested in assistance in mentoring new faculty, mentoring graduate students and reviewing grant applications. Also, opportunity to teach selected classes is available.
Interested in having faculty readers of Honors senior theses (all majors) and proving research guidance, practices and workshops. The program is also are interested in having retired faculty sit on review committees for nationally competitive fellowships (Fulbright, Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, Truman and more). The Honors program is always open to retired faculty teaching sections of Honors classes.
Department of World Languages and Literatures:
Need retired faculty to mentor new faculty and act as an informal mentor to graduate students by providing research guidance and practices. Also interested in having retired faculty teach selected classes by invitation and to cover classes for absent faculty members.
Sanford Center for the Aging:
The center has recently launched or are in the process of launching three signature volunteer programs under the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program umbrella and are interested in guidance and advice for:
·Art Partners: an on campus program designed to enhance social connectedness among elders through pairing older adults with community volunteers and students for special art partners events. For example, at the end of April we toured the "Tree Lines" exhibit on view at the University Galleries and then borrowed golf carts and went on a campus wide arboretum tour led by an arborist.
·Idlewild Health Walks: Our Idlewild Health Walks, offered in partnership with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, are designed for people living with a form of dementia and their family care partners and are offered every Tuesday at Idlewild Park. Studies are showing that walking can be just as effective as any of the medications on the market to treat dementia and our walks celebrate the remaining strengths of participants and the beauty of our community. RSVP volunteers help co-lead the walks and contribute to a celebratory environment.
·Volunteer Transportation Program: We recently received a notice of award from the State of Nevada to launch a volunteer led transportation program in Washoe County. Volunteers will bring community members over the age of 60 with mobility concerns to opportunities for social engagement/volunteerism, doctor's appointments or health programs, or the grocery store. A volunteer could, for example, bring a retired faculty member to a RFA function.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:
Seeking anyone with a background or interest in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Department of Geography UNR Campus Fall of 2017
Peer Teaching Evaluation Volunteers are needed for a peer-teaching evaluation process for Geography. It is useful to both have your immediate peers evaluate your teaching, but also useful to have someone from outside the program/discipline do so as well. Sometimes if it is too close to home, or in fact a class you have taught your find yourself too focused on the material and less focused on just the teaching quality. We have four untenured faculty in Geography and two new starting Fall...meaning half our faculty starting fall 2017 will be untenured. Timeline - would like to see 4 of the 6 do peer evaluations sometime before the close of 2017.
Conference Organizing Assistance The Department of Geography will be hosting the hosting the 2018 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual meeting (sometime in Oct). There is some support from the organization, but we will be expected to do the bulk of the work. The outgoing President of APCG is one of our faculty and we have designated a faculty to be the Conference Organizer. This is somewhat of a long shot, but there may be someone interested in helping with any number or not of the activities associated with this meeting. We are also already in touch with the Reno-Sparks Convention Visitors Authority which offers support to bringing conferences/meetings to the area.
If interested, contact: Jill S. Heaton, Ph.D., Department of Geography, email@example.com, 775-784 8056