From the President

By Shawn Mayo

Greetings! I am sure that everyone is counting the days until the end of this semester. For some it means graduating and moving on to the next level of academia. For others, it means entrance into the work world. Whatever your plans may be, I hope you find some time to relax and have some fun!

You will want to plan to meet up with your fellow members of NABS at our National Convention. The National Association of Blind Students is ready to take over Atlanta! This year's seminar will take a look at the history of the Blindness Movement through some of our favorite songs, address issues currently faced by blind students, and present speakers and panels that lead to thought-provoking discussions. Whether you are a student in the classroom or a student of life, you won't want to miss this year's seminar held on Thursday, July 1 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

As students, we also know how to have a good time. So, get your poker face ready and come join the National Association of Blind Students at Monte Carlo Night held on Sunday, July 4 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Card games of all types will be played and good fun will be had by all. Cash prizes are given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners! You will also find us at the Parents of Blind Children's Braille Carnival. Also, be sure not to miss out on the student parties!

As we move forward, it is also good to reflect on some of our recent accomplishments. The Washington Seminar was well attended by a diverse and energetic crowd. A number of the presentations served as the catalyst for many late night discussions. You will get the opportunity to hear some of these speeches as they have been reproduced in this edition of The Student Slate. I think you would feel as though you are actually present in the NABS Seminar Session. The evening was topped with a rousing banquet address from our leader, President Dr. Marc Maurer.

Many issues, including those raised at this seminar, have been discussed in greater detail on our NABS listserv. Once again, to subscribe to the NABS listserv, send a message to listserv@NFBnet.org. Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the message type, in lowercase, "subscribe nabs-l" (or nabs-d for the digest form).

Finally, I would like to introduce you to our Assistant Editor of The Student Slate, Angela Howard. Angela is the Secretary of NABS. We worked together on this edition and she will take an active role in helping to edit future editions of The Student Slate. We had a lot of fun putting the Spring/Summer 1999 edition of The Student Slate together. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta. If you have any thoughts or questions regarding NABS in particular, or to living the life of a blind student in general, please contact me, Shawn Mayo, via phone or e-mail. Enjoy the Spring/Summer 1999 issue of The Student Slate.

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