There will be a full schedule of events taking place on campus over the summer months, and one has already begun during this first week of June. Envision’s 10th annual Assistive Technology Camp for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired will hold the first of its two sessions on the Newman campus.
The camp is for middle school students and is designed to help them gain independence through college and career development as well as technology instruction, academic and vocational training. Students are nominated by teachers throughout the region and come to the camp ready to gain new skills.
The individual sessions provide life skills and confidence for the students who participate. At the end of the session, each student receives a customized computer with software along with recognition for taking the leap to becoming more independent. “The learning is personalized for each student because of the various levels of needs,” said Envision Director of Marketing and Education Shamain Bachman.
This is the third year Envision has held the camp at Newman. Envision Director of Support Programs Bonnie Cochran said she loves the partnership with Newman University. “Everyone I work with and the staff at Newman are always very accommodating and easy to work with,” she said.
Each of the participants work one-on-one with a mentor, either a volunteer through Envision or a graduate student from the Wichita State University Special Education Program.
Newman University will see other activities and camps during the summer, such as Broadway Academy of Performing Summer Theatre Camp, the Newman Investigative Science Summer Program, KNEP (Kansas Commission for Nursing Education and Practice) Clinical Teaching Institute, and Music Theatre for Young People Summer Theatre Camp, just to name a few.
Along with conferences and camps held on campus, two weddings will take place.
If you or someone you know is interested in renting out facilities on campus, contact Michelle Giammasi for more information.