Nevada GEAR UP Digest 
August 2020 

August 19, 2020

With students returning to school in the upcoming weeks, we are constantly reminded that we are currently living in a world of great change. 

In this issue, we introduce new and returning GEAR UP NV staff members, as well as a few details for the new Nevada GEAR UP State Grant program. Although technically, the new  grant began last September. Year two begins on August 23rd. This second year of the grant will be the first year we will be working with students in 7th-12th grades.

Enjoy the end of your summer, and we hope you have a wonderful start to the new school year! 
Welcome! covid
In this issue, we are happy to welcome Nicola Opfer and Andrea Saavedra to our staff as First-Year College Advisors for NSC and UNR, respectively. 

Nicola Opfer is a Las Vegas native and graduated from Nevada State College May of 2020.She received her Bachelor's degree in both Communication with a Public relations concentration and Psychology. During her time at NSC, she was  the 2 term serving student body president (NSSA)  from 2018-2020 and Nevada Student Alliance (NSA) Chair for NSHE from 2019-2020. Under her leadership, she was able to create scholarships, bring free menstrual products on campus, lead the way on bringing both a student lounge and basketball court to the campus, and always advocated for the students. Which led to her new passion of student success! She believes that together we can help students reach their fullest potential and find their own path. Her "door" is always open whenever needed. For fun: Nicola enjoys trying new foods, playing with her two cats, and drinking coffee.

Andrea Saavedra is a first-generation college graduate, TRiO Scholar and Upward Bound Alum. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and Literature and International Affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is from rural Nevada (GO VAQUEROS).
Andrea loves Latin American music, food and culture. She studied Abroad in Costa Rica and had the opportunity to visit Nicaragua and Panama, and is happy to be returning as a GEAR UP First-Year College Advisor for the new grant. 

New Grant Details grading
We are happy to announce that our new grant will be providing a variety of services for GEAR UP schools, including (but not limited to): 
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching study skills 
  • Homework assistance
  • STEM activities
  • Visits to Nevada colleges
  • Career development & exploration
  • Scholarship advising
There will be a total of eight GEAR UP schools included under the new grant. Those schools are: 
  • Bonanza High School
  • Hyde Park Middle School
  • Kenny C Guinn Middle School
  • Walter Johnson Junior High School
  • Pahrump Valley High School
  • Rosemary Clarke Middle School
  • Mineral County High School
  • Hawthorne Junior High School
In addition, GEAR UP will have staff at each NSHE institution, and the NSHE subaward also includes the Dean's Future Scholars (DFS) program at UNR and a brand new program being launched at UNLV, ASPIRE Scholars program.

We are excited about the new grant and look forward to serving our new GEAR UP students!
In This Issue
New Grant Information
August Blog
Our Interim Director Lori Botelho is our featured blogger this month! Read her article here.
Upcoming Events
School Year 2020-2021
8/24 Clark County School Distric and Nye County School District 8/31 Mineral County School District
As of this writing, the above dates are the start dates for the various school districts within the new Nevada State GEAR UP Grant program.
Fall Semester 2020
8/24 (UNR, UNLV, NSC, CSN, TMCC), 8/31 (WNC, GBC)
Instruction will begin for UNR, UNLV, NSC, CSN, & TMCC will begin this August 24th. Instruction at WNC and GBC begins August 31.
Important Links
NV GEAR UP Directory
Coronavirus Information & Resources
FAFSA Application 
DACA/Undocumented NSHE Contact List
Tips for Transfers
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