[Nmabs] NABS November Bulletin!

Arielle Silverman nabs.president at gmail.com
Sat Nov 13 19:36:27 CST 2010


Please find the bulletin below and the minutes from our last NABS
board meeting attached.

national Association of Blind Students
>From the Desk of the President
November 13, 2010
In This Bulletin:
1.	Washington Seminar 2011!
2.	NFB 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open!
3.	Sign Up for 2011 NFB Youth Slam!
4.	State Division Announcements
Washington Seminar 2011!
	The National Federation of the Blind will be gathering once again
this winter in Washington, D.C. to meet with our national legislators
and discuss our legislative priorities with them. As usual, just prior
to our legislative visits, the National Association of Blind Students
will be holding its annual winter meeting. This year, because of the
Blind Driver Challenge events immediately preceding Washington
Seminar, our NABS student meeting will be held on Monday, January 31,
2011. The Great Gathering-In meeting, where the entire NFB delegation
assembles to discuss the upcoming legislative work, will happen on
Monday just after the conclusion of the NABS meeting, and legislative
appointments will be held Tuesday, February 1, through Thursday,
February 3.

We encourage all of you to join us for the NABS meeting, the
legislative appointments, or both. To find out who else is going from
your state or to inquire about funding to cover the cost of your trip,
please contact your NFB state affiliate president.

More details about the NABS student seminar will be available soon. If
you have suggestions for specific topics you’d like to have discussed
during the seminar, please send your suggestions to me at
Nabs.president at gmail.com
.

2. NFB 2011 Scholarship Program Now Open!
Each year the National Federation of the Blind awards thirty
scholarships to legally blind college and graduate students across the
country.  The scholarship includes a cash award ranging from $3000 to
$12000, plus a free trip to the NFB national convention and often a
piece of assistive technology such as a KNFB Reader Mobile.  The
scholarship application for 2010 is now on the Web at
www.nfb.org/scholarships
Applications are due by March 31, 2011.
Already won a national NFB scholarship? You can apply again and
potentially win a second scholarship, also known as a TenBroek
fellowship.
In addition, many NFB affiliates offer scholarships to blind students.
 You needn't be an active member of the NFB to win.  Contact your NFB
state president for details.  You can find a list of state affiliates
and their contact information at
http://www.nfb.org/nfb/State_and_Local_Organizations.asp?SnID=54394983
Best of luck!

3. Sign Up for NFB 2011 Youth Slam!
>From Mary Jo Hartle, director of education, National Federation of the
Blind Jernigan Institute:
We are pleased to announce the third biennial NFB Youth Slam.  Whether
or not science or technology is “your thing,” there’s sure to be
something for everyone.  Learn the science behind building apps for
your iPod, use cutting-edge equipment and technology to determine
chemical reactions in chemistry labs, build robots, or learn how to
use nonvisual techniques to perform a real dissection.  We guarantee
this summer program will be like no other you've ever been to before!



One hundred and fifty blind and low vision students from all across
the country will be selected to attend this five-day adventure, to be
held in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Baltimore, Maryland,
that will engage, inspire, and encourage the next generation of blind
youth to consider careers falsely believed to be impossible for the
blind.



While staying on a college campus, students will be mentored by blind
role models during fun and challenging activities designed to build
confidence and increase science literacy.  Participants will also have
the opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as leadership,
career preparation, and blindness.  In addition, students and mentors
will take part in a variety of social events throughout the week.
Come to the NFB Youth Slam and meet other blind and low vision
students from all over the United States!



Interested students who will be age fourteen at the time of the
program, and are starting high school (ninth grade) in the fall of
2011 or are currently in high school (including those graduating in
the spring of 2011) should complete an application online. Students
need not have a strong interest in science, technology, engineering,
or math (STEM) in order to participate, enjoy, and benefit from this
extraordinary experience.



If you are interested in attending the NFB Youth Slam, either as a
student participant, or as an adult volunteer, visit
www.blindscience.org to complete an online application.  Applications
are due by March 1, 2011.



If you have any questions about the NFB Youth Slam, please visit the
Web site or contact Mary Jo Hartle, Director of Education, NFB
Jernigan Institute,

(410) 659-9314, extension 2407, or e-mail YouthSlam at nfb.org.



Join us as we continue to make history at what promises to be the best
NFB Youth slam yet!



Mary Jo T. Hartle

State Division Announcements:
>From Michigan:
Last weekend the Michigan Association of Blind Students held a seminar
where elections took place. Following are the results of the election:

Elizabeth Mohnke, President
Jordyn Castor, Vice President
Matt McCubbin, Secretary
J.J. Meddaugh, treasurer
Ryan Shimshock, board
Donna Posont, Board
Kim Mohnke, Board
Britney Lake, Board

After the seminar, several members of the student division
participated in a limo scavenger hunt sponsored by our youth outreach
program. Clues on the scavenger hunt included a stop to the house of
our state affiliate President where we were instructed to decorate his
cow statue that sits in his front yard. I believe everyone who
participated in this event had a great time.

Elizabeth Mohnke
President, Michigan Association of Blind Students

>From Colorado:
1. Cabs teamed up with the boulder valley chapter put on a halloween carneval.
Cabs had a jammed packed seminar.  We discuss sports and rec, science
performing arts, and college readiness.
Elected
Melissa Green president
First Vice-President maryanne migliorelli
second-vice Esha Mehta
Secretary
Nehemiah Hall
Treasurer
Marty Rahn
Bord members:
maurice Mines
Beth Allred
Arielle Silverman
Finally, Cabs is Colaborating with Brent batron and the colorado
Center for the blind in order to expand the mentoring program.  Some
thought that the program wouldn't last, or that we would give up on
it, wrong.    So now many people want to help us succeed.


Blessings!
Melissa Green


On 11/12/10, Darian Smith <DSmith at nabslink.org> wrote:
> Hello fellow students,
>
> The time has come once again for another NABS conference call! This month,
> the topic is orientation and mobility, specifically canes versus dog guides.
> Are you a new cane user who is interested in the benefits of traveling with
> a cane? Are you a seasoned cane user who is interested in what traveling
> with a dog guide entails? Are you a dog guide user interested in what other
> travelers experience with their dogs or canes? We will have two student
> guests speakers, one from each perspective, to share their
> experiences. Come one, come all, and bring your stories and questions
> to this informative event!
>
> When: Sunday, November 21, 2010.
> Time: 7:00PM EST.
> Where: The NABS Conference Line: (712) 775-7100 Code: 257963#.
>
> See all on the call!
>
> NABS Membership Committee
>
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-- 
Arielle Silverman
President, National Association of Blind Students
Phone:  602-502-2255
Email:
nabs.president at gmail.com
Website:
www.nabslink.org
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