SNC Psychology Early Spring Update!

Hi SNC Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Happy Spring! This month SNC Psychology has been hard at work gathering and preparing to present their research for the 7th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Fair held here at SNC on April 17th from 2-4pm in TCES 139/141. We encourage all campus and community members who are interested in learning more about what makes us human to come and support the findings of our senior psychology students.

We are proud to announce that our seniors have also submitted their research to UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference held in Los Angeles. Our students will find out the results of our their submissions on Wednesday! Best of luck to you all!

This month SNC Psychology moved beyond the classroom and taught a seminar on Survey and Interview Design at North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership. We’re honored to have had the opportunity to share our insight with community members who are determined to become great leaders and make a difference in our world!

North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program

SNC Psychology moving beyond the classroom

SNC Psychology Gathers Research for Upcoming Psych Fair

Hi SNC Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Our amazing senior psychology students have been hard at work with their undergraduate research projects.  Thank you to those of you who have participated in our studies; we greatly appreciate your time and cooperation.  We can still use more participants!  If you would like to be a participant in our research, please contact Christina M. Frederick at cfrederick@sierranevada.edu.

Be sure to come to our 7th annual Undergraduate Psychology Research Fair here at SNC on April 17th from 2-4pm in TCES 139/141.  This is a great opportunity for psychology students to gain insight into what they will be doing in the coming years, as well as anyone else who is simply interested in learning about what makes us human. We’re excited to present our findings that we’ve so diligently worked to uncover.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Experimental Psychology Students Prepare for Data Collection

The Experimental Psychology students are gearing up to begin data collection this week for their independent research projects. These students have been constructing these projects since the beginning of the fall 2016 semester.

We look forward to seeing your friendly faces and we cannot thank you enough for your support and participation!

See you around campus!

Psychology Students Prepare for the MFT

The Psychology students are preparing to take the Major Field Test in Psychology in December. Christina M. Frederick put together an amazing Jeopardy game to help facilitate studying. On Wednesday, 11/16, the students met for an evening of Jeopardy fun, which included snacks and prizes for the top three players. The MFT performance is supported in multiple ways, 1) through the Capstone course, and 2) through study sessions such as this. We look forward to more Jeopardy nights in the future!

SNC Psychology Alumni Pay a Visit

Four of our SNC Psychology alumni, Maggie Burns 14′, Sarah Fricke 15′, Carly Schleh 16′, and Kyle Kelly 16′, along with Henry Conover, visited the Research Methods class for a fun activity. This activity helped the Research Methods students tighten up their independent research project ideas.

It is always nice to have our alumni back on campus and interacting with our future graduates!

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Getting Active for Research Methods

On Wednesday, 8/31, the Research Methods class took a trip outside to Patterson Lawn. The students participated in a research idea generating activity that included rolling die with various independent and dependent variables, throwing a football, and sharing their research ideas with the group.

These students are amping up to begin their own independent research projects and are looking forward to the process!

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SNC Psychology Returns from Stanford

The SNC Psychology Students returned from the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference that was held May 20th-21st. The students presented their independent research projects in both poster and oral sessions.

Our very own President, Dr. Alan Walker, also attended the event to support our students! Three generations of Alumni were present as well.

Our group had a wonderful time and we look forward to future opportunities to present research at Stanford University.

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SNC Psychology Students Head to Stanford

The SNC Psychology students are heading to the Stanford Undergraduate Research Conference on Wednesday, 5/18, to present their research. The Psychology department had a 100% acceptance rate for the conference!

Also joining us at Stanford, is our very own President Alan Walker! We look forward to representing SNC and are eager to share updates of the event.

Go Eagles!

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INTD 300: Service Learning Reflection

Interdisciplinary Studies majors must take three INTD curriculum classes throughout their time at SNC: Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies, Service Learning, and Senior Portfolio. This semester, I was enrolled in the intro class as well as the service learning class.

Throughout the semester, I had mixed feelings about my service learning class.

On one hand, it was great to have the opportunity to obtain volunteer hours while gaining class credit at the same time. On the other hand, it was really time intensive to do so.

Our class was required to partner with a non-profit organization and dedicate 60 hours to volunteering with them, along with another 10-20 hours to create a final culminating project.

Since I was taking many other time-intensive classes along with this one, I often felt overwhelmed and had a negative opinion about the class. I felt like my volunteering hours weren’t making a difference and it was causing me to fall behind in other classes.

Despite the stress, the outcome of this class has surpassed my expectations. Along with my six other service learning classmates, we presented our service learning experiences to faculty and friends on Wednesday, May 4th. While explaining the work I did for my non-profit, the presentation allowed me to reflect on the journey and see how far I’ve come since starting the project in January.

As an Interdisciplinary major in ODAL and JOurnalism, it was impressive how much I used the skills in an interdisciplinary way to benefit the organization and grow as a person. My professionalism and communication skills have improved, and I’ve grown my multimedia journalism knowledge and have created an awesome final article to show for it. I took the thing I learned in a school environment and transferred them into a professional environment; a perfect stepping stone for a senior in college about to graduate and venture into the real world.

While I don’t want to go back and experience that stress again, it was well worth it in the end. Thank you Interdisciplinary Studies for forcing me to grow as a student and an individual!

Student Spotlight: Alyx Levine

SNC student Alyx Levine is killing it! An avid rock climber, Alyx recently got the opportunity to write an article (check it out here!) for Bayarea.com about climbing in Yosemite High Country. I sat down with her to chat about school, work, climbing and her plans for the future.

Alyx Levine at Joshua Tree National Park

Alyx Levine at Joshua Tree National Park

Name: Alyx Levine

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

Year in school: Junior

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science

 

What prompted you to attend SNC?

I wanted to find a school that was in the mountains. I attended University of Colorado at Boulder first, but decided that it was too big for me. I found Tahoe and SNC when I was looking for schools near California. It was meant to be!

11082587_909501682433256_6020534073395592439_nHow did you come about choosing ODAL as your major?

I was majoring in Environmental Studies at Boulder and I was going to major in Environmental Science here, but then I found out SNC had an Outdoor Adventure Leadership program. I had just gotten back from an Outward Bound trip that year and knew it was something I wanted to pursue, so I did Interdisciplinary Studies in ODAL and Environmental Science.

How’d you get into rock climbing?

I work at REI in my hometown in Mill Valley. [About three years ago] I was invited by some guys that worked there to go to Yosemite and climb. I had only climbed when I was really young where there was a portable climbing wall, so this was my first real experience climbing; first time on a rope. It was terrifying…I was scared shitless. But, what I really loved about it was when you got to the top and saw the view. That’s where I caught the bug; the rest of history. Now I’ve been climbing for almost three years.

Favorite places to climb?
Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Tahoe.

How has rock climbing and ODAL helped you develop as a person?

Climbing parallels life in a lot of ways. It’s taught me patience, given me more confidence and made me a stronger person. The ODAL program has given me those same tools.

How did you get the opportunity to write an article for Bayarea.com?

I have a journalism background and I have always wanted to pursue some type of writing. i have a connection with bayarea.com and the editor reached out to me. I sent him my resume and some of my work and photos, and he said, “This is great, you’ll be a great voice for our website.” That’s how it happened!

What journalism experience have you had prior to getting this gig?

I wrote for my high school newspaper and I did this journalism program at Stanford when I was 16. I’m still into it! Majoring in journalism, though, I feel like it would’ve taken the fun out of it.

Are you going to continue writing for Bayarea.com?
They have one article of mine and said it did fairly well. So, I’m currently writing another one about climbing in Berkeley.

Alyx hanging out at the Washoe Boulders in Nevada

Alyx hanging out at the Washoe Boulders in Nevada

How did these experiences benefit you in the future?
It’ll open doors and opportunities. I know I want to travel when I graduate, so this website will be a great outlet for me to write about all the areas I travel to while exploring California.

What are your post-grad plans?
I think my boyfriend and I are going to buy a van and drive around for a bit. We’ll figure out where we want to live, and we’ll climb! He wants to be a climbing guide and I plan on doing something with my outdoor leadership and environmental science skills, so both of our jobs can be in a variety of locations. I’d also love to freelance write.

Any advice to future ODAL students? Or to aspiring climbers?

Having a positive attitude is the biggest thing. If you go into anything with a negative attitude, you’re not going to get as much out of it as you would’ve if you went into it with an open mind.