Involvement

Being involved in our community, environment, and more, increases our resiliency, standing, and knowledge.  As we involve ourselves with others, particularly in activities that are meaningful, our self-awareness grows and we have a greater sense of purpose.  As we develop connections with other people and entities, we can ‘pay it forward’ and in turn create a social synergy that affects change and growth.  Involvement provides great opportunities for networking, meeting peers that one normally would not get the opportunity to meet, professional development, leadership training, and improving skill sets.

At CATHEXES our involvement, as an entity and as individuals, includes but is not limited to and in no specific order:

Reno Startup Row www.renostartuprow.com

Reno Startup Row refers to the city of Reno on First Street between Virginia Street and Washington Street.  Many startups are working along this street and adjacent to it. Our office at 250 Bell Street continually launches quite a few entrepreneurial endeavors that flower into highly successful businesses.

Burning Man www.burningman.com

A week-long annual event that began in San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 and migrated to the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, and is set alight on the Saturday evening after a dusty, celebratory week.  The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.  CATHEXES was the designer of the 2014 ‘Caravansary’ themed Man, which dominated the playa with its 103 foot height.  We have throughout the years been involved as both consultants and participants in Black Rock City, Nevada, where for a week out of every year thrives a city of over 60,000 jubilant people.

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Transforming Youth Recovery www.doorstorecovery.org

The ‘Doors to Recovery’ art project is designed to raise awareness of Transforming Youth Recovery and the work being done by collegiate and school programs around the country.  In 2014, CATHEXES employees Jerry Cates and Kay Radzik Warren participated and donated their artistic skills by designing and painting antique doors from Reno’s Lear Theater.  Over 40 renowned and emerging local artists transformed a small piece of history into works of art to inspire hope for the future of our young people.  The completed art-doors were on display for the entire month of July, in select locations around Downtown and MidTown Reno, in conjunction with Artown www.renoisartown.com

The entire collection was displayed on the evening of August 9th, 2014 at the Nevada Museum of Art and were auctioned to the public that evening in support of the vital work of Transforming Youth Recovery and project partners.  Funds raised from this event supported Transforming Youth Recovery and project partners: Tour de Nez www.tourdenez.com, Artown, and the Nevada Recovery and Prevention Community at University of Nevada Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College.

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Extern Program

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) provides students the opportunity to work together under the guidance of trained teachers in an atmosphere that is intellectually and academically rigorous, and interest driven while fostering creativity and providing emotional support.  High School Externship is a mentorship program primarily for students in grades 11 and 12 to explore their career interests in a professional setting.  At CATHEXES we have for the past 30 years supported this program by mentoring young aspiring architects in a real-life environment that includes assignments, presentations, model-building , and designing a building using the skills and knowledge gathered during their externship with CATHEXES.

Gerty’s Place www.facebook.com/GertysPlace  

Gerty’s Place, an intimate entertainment venue in our office here at 250 Bell Street, was created by Jeff Cotton www.openskyradio.org with CATHEXES and Nevada Venture Accelerator.  Influenced by Gertrude Stein’s salon in the 1920’s…and all the stream of consciousness that came with it…Don and Susan Clark host a series of concerts at 250 Bell Street, Reno. They collaborate with Jeff Cotton, who originally produced many of the concerts at Bartley Ranch (think Joan Baez, Greg Brown, etc.), to create an intimate venue at the intersection of design, art, music, and technology.

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Mars One www.mars-one.com

Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.  In the coming years, a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars.  Their first unmanned mission will be launched in 2020.  Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2026.  A reliable living environment will be waiting for the astronauts when they leave Earth.

202,586 men and women from around the world responded to the first call for astronauts in 2013.  In early 2014, the candidates were whittled down to 1,058, and CATHEXES project manager Kay Radzik Warren was in that select group.  In April of 2014, that group was further reduced to 705, then 660 in May, and Kay was still in the running as a Round 2 Candidate – a testament to her Resiliency, Adaptability, Curiosity, Ability to Trust, Creativity, and Resourcefulness!  She was interviewed personally by Mars One in January 2015, and made it to Round 3, a list of 100 candidates from all over the world.  Check out the Mars 100 Video, released on 16 February, 2015.

In 2016 the final Round 4 selection of 24 people will be chosen. In an extensive training period, these final Candidates will learn the skills they will need on their journey to and for residency on Mars over the following 10 years.  The combined skill set of each astronaut team member will cover a very wide range of disciplines. We are hoping Kay makes the cut!

Click here for more information on Mars One.

Kay Radzik Warren’s Facebook Page

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American Institute of Architecture Northern Nevada Chapter  www.aiann.org

Based in Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.  With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.  CATHEXES staff members attend AIA-sponsored luncheons, lectures, webinars and meet-ups on a regular basis.

CATHEXES project manager Nate Hudson is AIA Northern Nevada, Director of Education and Scholarships where he uses his background in academia to positively influence local matters of architectural education and emerging professionalism.  As part of AIA Northern Nevada’s Board of Directors, Nate is a member of Truckee Meadows Community College’s Architectural Advisory Council where he coordinates portfolio workshops for local students, and serves as Scholarship Chairperson for AIA Northern Nevada’s Memorial Scholarships.

Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art www.nevadaart.org

For two months in 2013, 250 Bell hosted the work of Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison in the development of their work on the Sierra Nevada Watershed Project.  This was the first commissioned project by the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) which has now become a world leading endeavor. CATHEXES project manager Jerry Cates also worked on this project. CATHEXES has continued to participate with A + E, including work on the River Fork Ranch Carson River restoration project www.nature.org by sculpture artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien www.watershedsculpture.com, which CATHEXES architects Don Clark and Jeremy Packer helped fabricate on site.

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