2012 Conference Special Events


Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 8:30-4pm (this does not clash with any of the conference proceedings- we should be back in time to attend all the opening events). There is also a half day (7am-1pm) option.

Volunteer with the St Bernard Project working in New Orleans post Katrina  

We are partnering with the St Bernard Project (SBP) to offer all interested NASSS members the opportunity to assist with on-going rebuilding efforts in NOLA at at the upcoming conference.  St. Bernard Project (SBP) is an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by Hurricane Katrina and the Oil Spill and now, also Hurricane Isaac. SBP operates 4 direct service programs: Rebuilding Program, Opportunity Housing, Good Work Good Pay and Mental Health Programs. Given our short time in NOLA, the NASSS volunteer team will be assisting in the rebuilding program.  Thank you Richard Lapchick for proving the connection to such a wonderful organization!

Location: Various sites in NOLA

Transportation to/from site: We will be arranging taxi/cab transportation to/from site-conference hotel. Volunteers will be responsible for the cost of transportation.  I am working to keep costs at a minimum.

Paperwork: Those of you who have already indicated interest- I will be in touch with the paperwork we need to complete for SBP.

 Those who have not yet contacted me but are interested in joining the NASSS volunteer team, donating their time and assisting SBP- please email Lara Killick ([email protected]) ASAP.  We have to confirm numbers by the 7th October to allow SBP to allocate us projects. 

 There will also be an opportunity for NASSS members to donate school supplies and/or money to a local school connected to the volunteer efforts via a donation box at Conference Registration.

NASSS Goes to the Movies Presents Pink Ribbons, Inc

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m., location Mahalia Jackson B. Followed by a panel discussion

Director Léa Pool, Producer Ravida Din. Based on a book by Samantha King. 2011; 98 minutes; First Run Features/NFB

“Indignant and subversive… Resoundingly pops the shiny pink balloon of the breast cancer movement/industry…” -Variety

“A searing, passionate and deeply human examination of the warping of a cause…Devastatingly persuasive while remaining profoundly sensitive.” – Salon

“CRITIC’S PICK! Uncannily prescient and enduringly timely.” – The Washington Post

“An exposé in the purest, most pissed-off sense” – Village Voice

The ubiquitous pink ribbons of breast cancer philanthropy – and the hand-in-hand marketing of brands and products associated with that philanthropy — permeates our culture, providing assurance that we are engaged in a successful battle against this insidious disease. But the campaign obscures the reality and facts of breast cancer – more and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and face the same treatment options they did 40 years ago. Yet women are also the most influential market group, buying 80 benefits from the pink ribbon campaigns — the cause or the company? And what if the very companies and products that profit from their association have actually contributed to the problem? In showing the real story of breast cancer and the lives of those who fight it, Pink Ribbons, Inc. reveals the co-opting of what marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause.”

 Moderator: Mary G. McDonald

Panelists: Jessica Chin, Cheryl Cooky, James Gillett, Parissa Safai

Discounted Hornets Tickets

Discounted Hornets Tickets may be available for Nov. 7. Game time is 7:00 pm. Please contact Chris Wilson at 504.593.4964 or [email protected] and cite NASSS in the subject line so he knows how many there will be and whether they will get the discount.

Wed. Nov. 7th Hornets vs. 76ers
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