From the meeting June 4
Al Stavitsky. Ph.D, Dean of the UNR School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies was in China a few weeks  before alarm bells, and didn't think anything of the shutdowns there.  But...on March 13, UNR faculty and staff learned they had one week (over spring break) to move to an all on-line education environment, where they weren't even allowed on campus! The only staff there are police, facilities, etc.
UNR went from 250 zoom meetings in January to 30,000 in April!  Labs, production and arts classes are still scrambling to provide for students.  A robust web campus platform is still dependent on the faculty, who didn't have much time to learn the system.  Students were disrupted--not just in classes, but housing and jobs.  Many have disappeared from the radar, others are struggling.
Summer session, which is in 2 weeks, will be completely online.  By fall public areas on campus will have lots of plexiglass panels in public areas and labs.  Classes will be 100% on line, with the hope that labs and smaller session can be scheduled with 1/2 the class attending at a time. Dean Al hopes that the lessons of this period will allow us to reimagine higher education..the learning continues...
RSR News

Two local television stations highlighted the Education Alliance announcement it received a $4,000 donation from the Reno South Rotary Club  used to supply Washoe County School District (WCSD) students in need with computers for Distance Learning.

In March, as ordered by the governor, then-Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill announced that all learning in Washoe County could no longer take place in school district facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many students and families have computers to access District-provided online resources, a significant number of students do not have the needed technology at home. The school district has worked to ensure equitable resources for all students by providing paper packets for students. Education Alliance quickly joined forces with ITS Logistics and Reno Cigar Lions Club to collect new and used computers, and donations to purchase laptops in response to the need.

Keeping in touch is important, so let Bob Stewart (rotarystewart@gmail.com) or Jonnie (jonnie.pullman@gmail.com) know of any news so we can put in in the bulletin, which will continue on at least a weekly basis.
Surviving with Grace
Burnell Reliford reminds up to reach out to members we haven't heard from in a while. 
Some Zoom info:  Burnell Reliford is available to help anyone by "walking them through" how to connect to Zoom so everyone can attend our meetings (by Zoom) until we are able to see each other in person!  Jonnie Pullman can hold an individual practice meeting to work through the video and audio. 
NEXT MEETING: June 11 AT 12:30 P.M. VIA ZOOM.    
Merve Hickok, the founder of www.aiEthicist.org. has over 15 years of senior level experience in Fortune 100 companies like Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and Marriott Corporation and is a technical/policy expert for AI Policy Exchange to support its mission to make the discussion on impact of AI systems more accessible and to drive better policy decisions. She will present about internet Deepfakes and Disinformation (and Privacy!)
Today's smartphones, connected consumer products, apps, social platforms or search engines allow companies and data brokers to collect immense amounts of data about us and our online AND offline behavior. This data is used to create individual and group profiles which companies can use to micro-target us for their products, news or for malevolent purposes. Also, new technology  enables creation of synthetic/artificial images, voices, text. Merve will discuss the ramifications for these and help us avoid them.
(Call in)  +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
RSR Update for Events & Programs:
ALL physical MEETINGS at the Atlantis ARE CANCELLED  until the end of June.
June 18 - Pending
June 23 - 7:30 a.m. RSR Board Meeting - let Jonnie know if you would like an invitation to attend.
June 25 - Prez Kyle's Demotion !!!!!!!!  Picnic-style bbq event with details and place to be determined.  "DARK" AT NOON
August 8 - Annual RSR Picnic at Burnt Cedar Beach, Lake Tahoe. (Note the date change)
World Polio Day:  October 24, 2020.  Area 8 Clubs are working together to hold a joint event--put it on your calendar! 
Area 8 Foundation Dinner: November 20, Atlantis Resort and Casino.
RSR History:  2016
RSR Members have enjoyed many social activities over the years, including our famous wine tours.  If you have a suggestion for a social activity (or want to help organize a new wine tour) please contact Jonnie or Bob!
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