[NABS-L] July NABS Notes

Nina Marranca ninam0814 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 5 00:24:27 UTC 2019

Good evening students.

                I hope that you all are enjoying an awesome Summer. From events at National Convention, to the introduction of new committees, NABS has had a very busy and productive month. You can read all of these great updates  in the July NABS Notes. Please find the July NABS Notes pasted below. They may also be found in the attached document and via the following link:



Nina Marranca

Medaille College | Class of 2022

Co-chair | Communications Committee

Ninam0814 at gmail.com



NABS Notes – July 2019  

In this edition, you will find:  
National Convention Debrief  
The 2019 – 2020 NABS Board  
NFB Open House Gatherings  
Potential Chemistry Employment Opportunity  
2019-2020 NABS Committees  
NABS Facebook Group  
National Convention Debrief:  

NABS had a productive and exciting week at this year’s National Convention in Las Vegas! Whether you were experiencing the thrill in person or following the live stream from home, we want to thank you, the membership, for all of your contributions. It is our students who make NABS the powerful resource and network we are so proud of.  


NABS made a rousing presence with our engaging events:  
NABS Networking  
Annual NABS Business Meeting  
American Action Fund 100th Anniversary | Braille Carnival  

We want to extend a huge thank you to all of our student volunteers who made these events run smoothly and successfully. We would also like to thank our NABS Board for all of their hard work behind the scenes and at center stage.  


As we come out of this year’s convention, we would like to say a hearty farewell to our departing board members: Tarik Williams and Janae Burgmeier, and we usher in our new board members with the promise of so many possibilities to shape our future.  

Introducing the 2019 – 2020 NABS Board:  

President: Kathryn Webster  

1st Vice President: Syed Rizvi  

2nd Vice President: Kenia Flores  

Secretary: Mausam Mehta  

Treasurer: Dustin Cather  

Board Member 1: Trisha Kulkarni  

Board Member 2: Johna Wright  

Board Member 3: Elizabeth Rouse  

Board Member 4: Justin Salisbury  


Congratulations and onward as we work to level the playing field for blind students across the nation!  

NFB Open House Gatherings:  

Many people do not know the National Federation of the Blind, and may be reluctant to attend a local chapter meeting where you may have your questions answered. We will be hosting teleconferences for individuals that are curious about the National Federation of the Blind. The teleconference will present you with an opportunity to receive information from and ask questions of Federationists. We will be able to dispel the myths and misconceptions about the NFB and highlight the benefits of membership. These calls are specifically intended for individuals who are curious about our organization and would benefit from learning about us in an educational environment.  


The calls will take place on the third Sunday of each even numbered month at 4pm eastern and the third Wednesday of each odd numbered month at 8pm eastern. Our first two calls will be Sunday, August 18 and Wednesday, September 18.  


In order to participate, RSVP by emailing membership at nfb.org or calling 410-659-9314, extension 2509, and let us know which call date works best for you!  

Potential Chemistry Employment Opportunity:  

If you are a student who has taken one or more undergraduate chemistry courses, and are currently considering a major in chemistry or related field, regarding a possible internship project involving the acquisition of spectral data using an interface for blind/ low-vision users. Please contact Dr. Alfred D'Agostino, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at adagostino at ndm.edu with your name, name of institution at which you are studying, your intended major, and the chemistry course/ courses you have taken.  

2019-2020 NABS Committees:  

We are  so pumped to announce our 2019-20 national student division committees, some of which we hope many of you will be more than interested in joining! Please find monthly meeting times below; and direct questions to the committee chairs. This year, our push is to have more voices across all of our committees. Each of you have the power to drive our efforts forward, but only if you make your voice heard.  


All committees meet on the NABS conference line: 712-770-5197,,265669#.  

Diversity & Inclusion Committee  
Chair: Syed Rizvi (syedrizvinfb at gmail.com)  

Meetings: First Sunday of each month at 8pm eastern  

Communications Committee  
Chair: Mausam Mehta (mausam.mehta.nfb at gmail.com)  

Meetings: Second Sunday of each month at 8pm eastern  

Fundraising Committee  
Chair: Elizabeth Rouse (elizabethrouse.nfb at gmail.com)  

Meetings: Second Sunday of each month at 9pm eastern  

Legislative Committee  
Chair: Justin Salisbury (president at alumni.ecu.edu)  

Meetings: Third Sunday of each month at 8pm eastern  

NABS Facebook Group:  

Join our Facebook group by visiting:  




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