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2nd annual Victory Run 5K Fun Run & Walk Photos
Check out some event photos from the 2nd annual Victory Run 5K Fun Run & Walk!  Thank you to our participants, volunteers and sponsors for making this happen. We can’t wait to see you all next year for the Victory Run!

 Congratulations and Thank You!

Thank you to our participants, volunteers and sponsors for making this happen. We had a wonderful time!

We can’t wait to see you all next year for the Victory Run! Please see below for results from the men’s, women’s, boy’s and girl’s categories:

Men’s Category: 

First Name Last Name Time
Jason Reed 19:57:00
Pierce Moran 20:46
Scott Cameron 22:17
Gennady Stolyarov 22:37
Pat Vradenburg 23:48
Samuel Delaney 24:47:00
Tom St. Marie 24:59:00
Anthony Simonte 25:05:00
Andrew Sieracki 25:42:00
Mark Cameron 26:04:00
Mike Brown 26:30:00
Tom Porta 28:44:00
Garrett Louchart 28:46:00
Rick Reef 28:46:00
Aaron Squires 29:02:00
Ryan Peel 29:41:00
TC Calhoun 29:51:00
Jonathan Steel 30:38:00
Brian Coonradt 30:40:00
Roland Blais 31:01:00
Ryan Burns 34:15:00
Paul Magenheimer 34:31:00
Alex Messinger-Patton 36:43:00
Bryan Dagerman 36:49:00
Larry Smith 38:00:00
Dean Stanphill 39:29:00
Cam Crain 41:04:00
Eric Gangloff 44:51:00
Tavin Campbell 46:27:00
Nello Gonfiantini 48:22:00
Bradley Nichols 50:21:00
Justin Norton 50:21:00
Fradi Najjar 52:34:00
Louie Adame 1:01
Taylor Campbell 1:01
Deon Daswell 1:01
Chris Parsons 1:01
David Reyes 1:01
Jason Alsum 1:02
Ty Whitaker 1:05
Scott Elon

Women’s Category: 

First Name Last Name Time
Maggie Brandenburg 20:25
Jen Rains 23:56
Kala Squires 23:59
Melissa Chavez 25:54:00
Leah St. Marie 25:59:00
Tami Goulden 26:54:00
Karen Purcell 27:22:00
Makenzie Pomi 28:43:00
Jeannie Baker 28:58:00
Katie Calhoun 29:51:00
Mary Alsum 31:44:00
Leona Cameron 32:09:00
Crissey Cameron 32:10:00
Nikki Buhrmann 32:47:00
Vani Soqosoqo 33:07:00
Haley Magenheimer 34:30:00
Kristine Kinne 35:43:00
Jennifer Mingo 35:47:00
Courtney Smith 36:42:00
Linda Gray 37:05:00
Natalie Gray 37:06:00
Jennifer Crowe 37:40:00
Miranda Smith 37:59:00
Alisanne Steel 38:22:00
Blass Laura 41:05:00
Ellen Messinger-Patton 44:31:00
Dayna Giambastiani 45:25:00
Anna Camp – Molina 45:27:00
Sara Ross 46:11:00
Jennifer Adams 46:29:00
Corrine Casanova 46:30:00
Brynna Nichols 50:23:00
Ava Beaupre 50:57:00
Stéphany Apollon 51:32:00
Kim Aldrich 51:34:00
Eliza Gilsdorf 51:34:00
Stacey Gonfiantini 51:35:00
Teresa Chalmers 52:37:00
Trisha Beaupre 52:54:00
Mindi Dagerman 58:18:00
Karen Nichols 1:01
Amanda PeQueen 1:01
Claire Schauer 1:01
Diane Wood 1:01
Vanessa Alsum 1:02
Betty Hancock 1:03
Lois Johnson 1:03
Chariese Youshida 1:03
Rosemary Mann 1:05
Abbi Whitaker 1:05

Boy’s Category: 

First Name Last Name Time
Kole Steel 25:45:00
Hunter Steel 27:58:00
Jakobe Franklin 29:10:00
Cameron Dagerman 36:54:00
Alexander Mingo 41:57:00
Lincoln Smith 42:00:00
Geronimo Molina 45:13:00
Forrest Gangloff 45:15:00
Seth Chalmers 52:48:00
Henry Dagerman 58:16:00

Girl’s Category: 

First Name Last Name Time
Milana Gangloff 27:03:00
Addison Clark 27:55:00
Lauren Sherven 28:15:00
Scarlett Squires 29:28:00
Genoa Peel 29:43:00
Joey Rose DuVall-Hill 30:25:00
Mackenzie Mingo 33:43:00
Hayley Burns 34:12:00
Ellie Douglas 35:20:00
Sophie Najjar 37:55:00
Emerson Evans 39:41:00
Lily Crain 39:42:00
Tabitha Gilsdorf 39:54:00
Gysel Najjar 41:51:00
Olivia Cook 44:29:00
Amelia Giambastiani 45:02:00
Sophia Ross 46:08:00
Sofia Gonfiantini 48:17:00
Elise Beaupre 52:35:00
Eden Whitaker 1:05

At WETLAB we try to give back to our community in a variety of ways, and we try to honor and participate in causes that are near and dear to our employees hearts.  The Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition (NNBC) is front and center in some of our employees minds, because of their impact on the lives of infants and mothers. Below, one of our employees shares her experience with NNBC and their annual race/ fundraiser event, the Liquid Gold 5k.

The Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition (NNBC) is a member of the Maternal Child Health Coalition of Northern Nevada, which is a non-profit organization that supports women and children.  The NNBC aims to normalize breastfeeding and increase community awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding.  We also offer resources to moms who need support or help when they want to breastfeed.

The Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition (NNBC) held our 8th annual fundraiser, the Liquid Gold 5K Run/Walk on Saturday August 4th, 2018, and our 6th annual “Big Latch On!”  The Big Latch On is a worldwide event which pairs mothers and their children in breastfeeding together for one minute. These events served as our community’s kick-off to World Breastfeeding Week, and were intended to promote community awareness and gain support for normalizing breastfeeding in Northern Nevada.

The events took place on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno and were enjoyed by families, friends, vendors, and volunteers!  Volunteers participated in a volunteer training the night before the race, marked the course, and helped create posters for the race.  The day of the event volunteers were responsible for set up and cleaning up, assisting at the registration table, race guides on the course, and collecting survey information.  It was thanks to the volunteers that helped make our event a success!

If you are interested in learning more about the NNBC, please visit our website (https://nnbc.wildapricot.org/), or join us the first Tuesday of every month from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at The Children’s Cabinet located at 1090 S. Rock Blvd, Reno, NV 89502.

You can also check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nevadabreastfeeds.org/

WETLAB volunteers at the NNBC's Liquid Gold 5k.

WETLAB volunteers at the NNBC’s Liquid Gold 5k.

WETLAB hosted the first annual Victory Run 5k and Family Fun Run benefitting the Veteran’s Guest House on May 6th.  With the amazing support and participation of our community, WETLAB donated over $13,000 to VGH!  Over 120 people participated in (and finished!) this great event.

We couldn’t have made this race happen without our generous sponsors.

5k sponsors

 

Finish times can be found here, and all race photos are on our Facebook page.

Join us next year for another great event!

At WETLAB we try to give back to our community in a variety of ways, and we try to honor and participate in causes that are near and dear to our employees hearts.  The Justin Hope Foundation has been a favorite for a few years, because of their outstanding impact in the lives of our community.  Below, one of our employees shares her experience with Justin Hope and their annual race/ fundraiser event, the Spring Forward for Autism. 

WETLAB participating in the Spring Forward for Autism 2017 on Team Zaden.

WETLAB participating in the Spring Forward for Autism 2017 on Team Zaden.

For me, the end of April means a couple things:  nicer temperatures, crazy allergies, and the Spring Forward for Autism.  The last Sunday of April, for the last 3 years, has been all about getting outside and walking/running to raise money for a great cause.  The 5k event is put on by the Justin Hope Foundation, which is a local charity set up to help families of children who are not developing neurotypically (so pretty much any child with a brain developmental disorder).  This year the goal is for the organization to open a respite center, which will provide a place for these families to go for resources and advice.  My family has personally benefited from the events that this organization has put together, giving my son Zaden a chance to do activities during off-hours at fun places so the sensory input would not be too overwhelming.  Hopefully, we at WETLab can continue to support this awesome cause by planning to do the 5k next year.  Last Sunday in April (hint, hint)……

To find out more about the Spring Forward for Autism, or sign up to participate, visit their website here.

Snapshot Day has become an annual WETLAB tradition.  We love getting out into nature and helping to inspire the next generation of scientists!  Jen Delany, one of our regular leaders for Snapshot Day, wrote the overview below. 

WETLAB Snapshot Day leaders Jen, Cory, and Vanessa.

WETLAB Snapshot Day leaders Jen, Cory, and Vanessa

On Friday May 12th 2017, WETLAB volunteered for Snapshot Day, which is coordinated by the Bureau of Water Quality Planning (NDEP). Snapshot Day occurs annually and is a one-day event where the Urban Truckee River portion of the watershed is sampled from the outlet at Lake Tahoe to its end at Pyramid Lake. That’s a total of 105 miles! Snapshot Day is an event that includes the community and education outreach; different businesses and organizations volunteer their time to teach students throughout the Washoe basin about conservation, environmental stewardship, and water quality.   In conjunction with NDEP, these small groups help create a larger picture to determine the health of our watershed over time and identify possible sources of pollution or other contamination. In addition, site facilitators conduct a stream walk for habitat assessment and sample collection for field and laboratory testing.

WETLAB’s sampling site along the Truckee River this year was Whites Creek on the Mountain View Montessori School campus. As facilitators, we had the opportunity to teach the 4th & 5th grade students about the importance of a healthy watershed, water quality, field testing methods, the water cycle and environmental sustainability. We had a unique opportunity this year to educate the students about the Atmospheric River and how the allocation of water is managed within our state. Students were engaged and incredibly helpful.

WETLAB staff enjoyed providing a hands-on learning experience to stimulate interest and stewardship. We hope to continue volunteering for this event year after year!

Nik Shulenberger and Ellen Messinger-Patton at WETLAB’s booth on turbidity and water clarity.

 

Three WETLAB staffers spent their day volunteering at U.C. Davis’s Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s Children’s Environmental Science Day on August 2, 2015.  This wonderful event presented many different environmental topics to kids of all ages, and each booth was hosted by a different interested organization.  WETLAB hosted a booth on turbidity and water clarity, which simultaneously exposed children to modern science and helped them understand a specific aspect of Lake Tahoe conservation.

 

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A portion of the booths set up to expose children to environmental science and conservation.

 

 

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Jasmine shows kids how to test various water samples with a turbidimeter.

 

We here at WETLAB are proud of our continued involvement in the community.  That involvement takes many different forms, recently including helping to inspire young minds to be interested in science.  Below, four WETLABbers share their experience presenting at a local high school’s career day. 

Career Day at Galena High School:  April 23, 2015

-Jennifer Delaney, AJ Lewis, Maiya Greenwood and Cory Baker-

Each year, Galena High School hosts a Career Fair for its sophomore students.  The career fair exposes students to the possibilities and realities of a successful career path.  Sophomores are invited because 10th grade is often the point at which they begin looking into colleges and potential career interests. Professionals from various backgrounds participate as speakers, teaching kids about their careers, their educations, how they got to where they are, volunteer services, the importance of networking and more.

WETLAB is now a veteran of this event, as this was our second year participating.  We met early at Galena High School to set up the displays at our booth. We had pamphlets with pictures of the lab, Erlenmeyer flasks with concentrated and dilute green slime, yellow and red acid vials to represent Nitric and Sulfuric Acid, a specimen cup with pink solution to simulate the presence of CN (properly labeled on the cup), and a tiny volumetric flask dyed blue to simulate the presence of MBAS.  Most importantly, we had the WETLAB mascot, the Labrador, wearing its personal protective gear to demonstrate proper PPE and to show that science can be fun.  These visuals helped to engage the students by prompting questions that led to discussions about their own interests and the breadth of scientific study and career paths.

We presented to six groups of students for 20 minutes each.  First we introduced what WETLAB does and the importance of our business.  Most students seemed knowledgeable about the importance of water quality and the need for environmental testing in Nevada, as well as locally here in the Truckee Basin.  Next, we each described our educational backgrounds, work experiences, and the importance of networking and volunteering.  With different backgrounds and career paths, students were able to hear our individual perspectives and learn about our unique experiences that led us to our current careers.  This helped to emphasize that there is more than one way to find an interesting and fulfilling career if you follow your passion.  While we all had varying messages, the resonating theme was to work hard, build a professional network, ask for help along the way, and keep your doors open to different opportunities.

It will be a few years before these kids enter the workforce, but their desire for a career in science and their level of interest is encouraging. Our industry has a promising future if we continue to feed and encourage young minds, teach them how to overcome challenges, and pursue what is important to them. Hopefully, networking in a more intimate setting plants the seed that will inspire our future workforce to grow and work towards their goals, prepare for higher education, and gain crucial career experience.

 

WETLab's booth to demonstrate a Laboratory Scientist career path.

WETLab’s booth to demonstrate a Laboratory Scientist career path.

 

Each year, Galena High School hosts a Career Fair for its sophomore students. The goal of the career fair is to expose students to the possibilities and realities of a successful career path. Sophomores are invited because 10th grade is often the point at which they begin looking into colleges and potential career interests. Professionals from various backgrounds participate as speakers, teaching kids about their jobs including education, how they got to where they are, volunteer service, the importance of networking and more.

Starting the day early at Galena High School, our group set up displays. We had pamphlets with pictures of the lab, a beaker filled with concentrated beet juice and an Erlenmeyer flask with diluted beet juice to show a small portion of lab processes. Most importantly, we had the WETLAB mascot, a Labrador, with its personal protective gear on to demonstrate the importance of safety and to show that science can be fun. These items provided visuals for the kids and were used during our presentations. We engaged the students by asking questions about their own interests and discussing how there are many different and exciting careers in the scientific field.

The first groups of students did not have many questions, but had a genuine interest in a diverse range of careers in the scientific community. The later groups were more vocal and asked questions ranging from work hours, how often we dealt with the public and the amount of technology available to work with. We hope we sparked some interest and motivation in the children that are our future.

We presented to six groups of sophomore students for 20 minutes each. We talked about what WETLAB does and why our business is so important. Most students seemed fairly knowledgeable about water quality and the need for testing in Nevada, as well as locally here in the Truckee Basin. Each of us discussed our education and work history as well as provided suggestions for volunteering and networking. With different backgrounds and career paths, the students got to hear our individual perspectives and learn about the unique experiences that led us to our current careers. This helped to emphasize that there is more than one way to find an interesting and fulfilling career if you follow your passion. While we all had varying messages, the resonating theme was to stick with your studies, despite the challenges, because in the end, a career in science is very rewarding.

While it will be a few years before these kids enter the workforce, their desire for a career in science and the level of interest is encouraging. Our industry has a promising future if we continue to feed young minds and encourage them, teaching them how to deal with challenges and overcome obstacles to pursue what is important to them. Hopefully, networking in a more intimate setting plants the seed that will inspire them to grow toward their goals, prepare for higher education and gain crucial career experience.

From Aug. 16-17, WETLAB – Western Environmental Testing Laboratory is looking forward to attending the GEA National Geothermal Summit will convene industry and government leaders in one of the world’s most important geothermal business centers, Reno, Nev.  The event will feature a welcome address from the Honorable Bob Cashell, Mayor of Reno. Summit attendees will discuss key opportunities for the geothermal energy industry, as well as challenges to its success and growth.