Volunteer Opportunities

New Volunteer Opportunities

CABNR Freshman Retreat Panel (27 January 2018)

On January 27th we will be having a retreat that is focused towards professionalism. We will be dividing our students into their colleges. Within each college will be professionals who graduated from that college/degree. CABNR includes those who have a degree in agricultural sciences, natural resources, biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, ecohydrology, ecology, environmental sciences, forest management, hydrogeology, nutrition, veterinary sciences, etc. Specifically, we are looking for those who have experience in the veterinary sciences as we have several students wanting to become a veterinarian in their futures. These panel members will be asked:

  • Please tell us about yourselves - education, previous and current occupations, interests/passions.
  • What did you do as an undergraduate to prepare for your career now?
  • What was the biggest challenge you faced as a college student and how did you overcome it?
  • What is something you wish you would have done to prepare?
  • What are some of the misconceptions of your field?
  • What is your occupation looking for in potential interns or recent college graduates?
  • What is your biggest piece of advice for college students?

Following the panel will be a networking luncheon where students can talk to the professionals within their field and/or profession they are interested in. This will all occur from 11 am to 1 pm. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me. Reema Naik
Retention Specialist - Nevada First In The Pack
(775) 682-8944

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 mousset@unr.edu 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.

Honors Program:

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, jheaton@unr.edu, 775-784 8056