[Nmabs] NABS January Bulletin!

Arielle Silverman nabs.president at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 17:45:39 UTC 2011

national Association of Blind Students
>From the Desk of the President
January 17, 2011
In This Bulletin:
Washington Seminar 2011!
NABS Conference Call: All About Scholarships!
Sign Up for 2011 NFB Youth Slam!
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, our NABS student
meeting will be held on Monday, January 31, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. 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.

Stay tuned for our meeting agenda, which should be distributed by the
end of next week. Once again this year’s seminar promises some
exciting presentations and breakout sessions, including a new breakout
session devoted to state student division development. Before the
meeting, at 7:30 a.m., those of you who are attending your first-ever
Washington Seminar are invited to join us for a breakfast
meet-and-greet at Starbucks.

2. All About Scholarships!
 Hello all,

As everyone prepares to tackle a new year, getting squared away for
another semester of lost sleep due to endless studying in this cycle
we know so well
by now, your beloved membership committee has been hard at work
putting together another outstanding conference call for you. This one
should definitely perk your ears because it’s all about scholarships.
We will have
Patty Chang from the  NFB scholarship committee, Mark Lucas from
USABA, and RFB&D’s own Melissa Greenwald
will join us as well.
Be sure to call in to get your hands on some exciting and useful info.

Who: The National Association of Blind Students Membership Committee

What: Conference call about scholarships

When: Sunday January 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM ET

Where: (712) 775-7100, followed by the passcode 257963

Why: Because who couldn’t use more money for books, food, and survival?

As always,we hope to see you all there , but if you can’t make it, we
will be streaming and recording the call for your use at a future
date. Looking forward
to a wonderful conversation with all of you. See you there!
 Nabs Membership committee

** Don’t forget to check out the NFB 2011 national scholarship program at

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 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
Please see board meeting minutes attached.
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