Experimental Psychology Returns from UCLA

Students from the 2015 Experimental Psychology course including, Sean Burke, Philip Chiesa, Sarah Fricke, Mary Hall, Kimberly Keyzers, and Erica Nelson, attended the 24th Annual UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC) on May 8th.

All of the above students presented their research either in a poster session or a poster talk.

“This experience was not only exciting, but incredibly inspiring. Being surrounded by so many intelligent people who were interested in similar fields as me made me want to work even harder to achieve my goals and aspirations for the future. Attending this conference was by far one of the highlights of my career at SNC!” – Sarah Fricke

“I got to experience what an extremely competitive school is like. It was valuable to see that the students attending the PURC conference were so interested in our research and also had incredibly valuable suggestions. It was validating to see that we compete on a level with students from an extremely competitive university.” – Philip Chiesa

A big thank you to all those who have supported the Psychology departments students and events over the past year and a big congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!

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Senior projects to be showcased on Thursday, April 30

Senior Projects and Portfolios will be presented from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Room 139/141.

An unusually rich selection of the work our Humanities and Social Sciences students have completed this year will be on display, including:

Senior Projects

Sean P. Burke (Psychology): Attention, Attention: Consistent Sensory Stimulation Reduces Inattentional Blindness

 Philip B. Chiesa (Psychology): Getting Creative: Does Boredom Positively Impact Creativity?

Peter Clark (Humanities): Welcome to the World

 Gavin Cooke (English): Approaches to Teaching and Coaching at the High School Level

 Meredith Crosby (English): Truth, Half Truth, and Lies: Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Melissa Daniels: (Psychology): Skiing: from the Beginning

 Eliza Dunster (Humanities): The Hero’s Journey

 Amber E. Durk (Psychology): The Influence of Names on Self-Accountability

 Juventino Espinoza (Psychology): The Impact of Goals on Productivity

 Peter Freund (Humanities): Historical Analysis of Gambling in Virginia City and Reno, Nevada

 Sarah A. Fricke (Psychology): The Looking Glass Self: The Impact of Explicit Self-Awareness on Self-Esteem

Logan Garrison (English): Through the Greenroom: An Exploration of Electronic Dance Music

 Mary C. Hall (Psychology): Heightened Self-Awareness Increases Immediate Perception of Sexual Satisfaction

Tessa M. Hartman-Sorensen (Psychology): The Power of a Few Words: Prosocial Priming Decreases Disinhibited Behavior in Cyberspace

Kimberly A. Keyzers (Psychology): Be Smart About Where You Start: Grocery Entrances Impact Healthy Food Selection

 Kristina Miranda (Psychology): Sharing the Use of Art Therapy with Others

 Chris Muravez (English): A Season in the Abyss

 Erica R. Nelson (Psychology): Swipe Left: Online Dating Profile Pictures Do Not Impact Narcissism

 Emily Provencher (English): Ephemera’s Memory

 Danielle Ralys (Humanities): Conceptual Art: Before, During and After the Movement

 Senior Portfolios

Justin Carella (DART/MGMT): Digital Management: Online Marketing of Sierra Nevada College’s Business Plan Competition

Spencer Fisch (ODAL/Creative Writing):  A Multi Media Approach to the Nevada Drought

Celia McGuire (SUST): Bird’s Eye View of Community Engagement

 Jordan Petrilla (SUST): The Story of Trash

 Peter Rispolli (ODAL/ENTP):  Guap Natural, Inc.: A Business Strategy to Living Simply and Saving Money

 

 

 

 

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5th Annual Psychology Research Fair

Hard work pays off!!! The students of Experimental Psychology are about to reveal their research results after a two-semester course.

During the fall 2014 semester, students enrolled in a Psychology Research Methods course during which they designed independent research experiments and became experts in research design. Unique topics were chosen according to individual interest. Each research question is novel, making the findings a genuine contribution to the literature. This spring 2015 semester, the, now, researchers, hit the ground running collecting over 600 pieces of individual data from students on the SNC Tahoe campus.

The psychology program is thrilled to invite EVERYONE, especially participants and those who offered us your support, to join us at the 5th Annual Psychology Research Fair this Monday, April 20, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm in TCES 139/141. Here you can see the research questions, project quality to which you have contributed, and discuss findings with these stellar students. The quality of research and conclusions made would not be possible without the support of SNC Tahoe faculty and students. We thank you.

Click here –>  for the program of events.

We look forward to sharing our results with you!

Steven Yalowitz, Ph.D., Pays a Visit to Experimental Psychology

The Experimental Psychology class got a special treat on Wednesday, March 25.  Guest speaker Steven Yalowitz, Ph.D., from Audience Viewpoints stopped by to give a talk about his career as a researcher in psychology and also  discuss studies he currently has underway.

Dr. Yalowitz discussed his research in museology and bilingual exhibits.  Specifically, the study he shared examined the impact of incorporating bilingual exhibits into museums for Spanish speaking individuals on the over museum experience.

Dr. Yalowitz was on campus doing evaluations for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).

It was a great experience for the class to be able to interact and ask questions about his role as a professional researcher.  Sarah A. Fricke, a student in the audience, said, “It was awesome to hear about the information and knowledge we have acquired over the past year in Research Methods and Experimental Psychology being used by working professionals in the field.  I think I can speak for most of my peers, that by having Dr. Yalowitz come and speak to our class, I have been motivated even more to further my education and begin to work as a professional in the Experimental Psychology field.”  – Sarah A. Fricke

A big thank you to Dr. Yalowitz for sharing his expertise and time with our class!

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Experimental Psychology is Heading to UCLA

Students from the Experimental Psychology class will be traveling to UCLA for the 24th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference being held on Friday, May 8th.

A big congratulations to those accepted to present their research.  These students include Philip Chiesa, Sarah A. Fricke, Tessa Hartman-Sorensen, Kimberly A. Keyzers, and Erica Nelson. Sean P. Burke, Anna Evans, and Mary Hall will also be in attendance.

We look forward to sharing our experience with you all following the conference!

Alumni Spotlight: Ben Bishop

Ben Bishop, a Sierra Nevada College alumnus, using his videography and photography skills throughout the world.

Ben Bishop, a Sierra Nevada College alumnus, using his videography and photography skills throughout the world.

By Justine Nelson

Ben Bishop, now an outdoor action sports filmmaker and photographer whose work appears on ROXY, ESPN, Red Bull Media House and National Geographic, reflected on how Sierra Nevada College prepared him to be successful in the professional World.

“Life has been all over the place since graduation, lots of projects with many different people and companies all over the globe. I feel very thankful for all of them”. He explained that the most valuable thing he learned at SNC was to engage and reach out for mentoring and advice to overcome obstacles. As a veteran world traveler who frequently clocks six months straight of travel and work in places like China, Japan, Canada, Colorado, Utah, he says, “I don’t think I would be anywhere if it weren’t for SNC”.

Ben says SNC guided him to identify a path he is truly passionate about through the unique academic experience of tailoring his major to his specific skills and interests. “I had to bring all these skill sets together in a multidisciplinary way…and that is what my career is now. It was valuable being able to be at a small school that had the ability to adapt and say, ‘I’m really interested in the outdoor realm; I’d like a degree in it, and then have my advisors help formulate a program.”

In 2014, Ben has just returned from a trip to the Arrigetch peaks in the Gates of the Arctic on a trip for National Geographic. He first joined the expedition as an aid to carry equipment for the camera crew, but when he was handed a camera he jumped in to help shoot the rock climbing documentary. Afterwards, he and a friend rafted the Atlanta River in pack rafts for a total of 140 miles in 7 days. “With a lot of time to reflect, I am very thankful for the knowledge I obtained from SNC so I could head off on adventures like the Arctic on my own.”

Aside from filming, Ben also loves to shoot still photography on his travels. He says, “It is a medium that I have always loved but have never considered as a career”. He is hired occasionally to help people with their photographic needs, and a few of his images have been published, but he says having a secondary film camera allows him to personally document his trips. On the Atlanta River trip when he visited the small Native Village of Allakaket he said, “I was completely taken by what I was experiencing; it’s remote, there’s no running water or roads that lead to or from the village and I wanted to show people what I saw there. Instead of filming, which is very specific and sometimes can take a lot of time to tell the smallest of stories, I chose to shoot photos instead. To me, photography in this situation spoke much more, and that is why I have chosen to consistently carry an additional camera around. In the near future, I intend to release a photo book of my personal work from many of my trips.”

Justine Nelson is studying Art & Psychology. She is interested in the power of thought and intention.

Alumni Spotlight: Nick Cahill

Nick Cahill excelled in an internship with Force 12 Media, turning the opportunity into a position with the media company as their videographer and photographer.

Sierra Nevada College alumnus Nick Cahill excelled in an internship with Force 12 Media, turning the opportunity into a position with the media company as their videographer and photographer.

By Justine Nelson

Nick Cahill graduated from Sierra Nevada College in 2013 as an Interdisciplinary Digital Arts and Management major and is now the Media Director at a the well-established niche publication company, Force 12 Media. Force 12 Media focuses on outdoor and military content which is distributed to over 40 million viewers monthly.

Cahill focuses on video and photography for the site and is also currently working on expanding their network to reach Apple TV and Netflix. Go to the “Team” tab on the website to see Nick’s bio or scroll down on the home page to see the various websites Force 12 Media provides content for: navyseals.com, specialoperations.com, etc.

In addition, Nick just recently landed a cover image with National Geographic “Guide to the Night Sky” book set to be published in print fall of 2015.

Nick first picked up video and photography during his schooling at SNC, taking photographs of the race car he built, as well as videos of his friends enjoying the sweet adventures of life. Cahill also feels very thankful for his education he received at SNC.

Nick Cahill continues to make Lake Tahoe his home base, while traveling the world for Force 12 Media.

Nick Cahill continues to make Lake Tahoe his home base, while traveling the world for Force 12 Media.

“I owe Chris Lanier and Rick Parsons a huge thank you for guiding my photography and video skills, and pushing me to research beyond my knowledge and obtain a wider grasp on these incredible art forms”. Cahill also mentioned that it was through Lanier and SNC that he was introduced to Force 12 as an internship. He is now a successful member of their team.

Cahill still lives in Tahoe, and even though his job allows him to work anywhere, he chooses to stay here because of the tax benefits and lifestyle. “Lake Tahoe remains a home to me that fosters my creativity and love for the outdoors”. On the side, Cahill also has a passion for landscape and music photography. His works appear all around the Tahoe Basin, and he says he will continue to push his connections around the globe. You can check out his personal work at cahillfilms.com.

Justine Nelson is studying Art & Psychology. She is interested in the power of thought and intention.

Honors Program Symposium

The HONORS PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM will be held at 7 p.m. tonight, March 25, in TCES 139. Wine and snacks will be served.

This is a showcase for honors students’ research. It feature 10 to 15 minute presentations from:

Juan Sandoval
Junior
Major: Psychology
Title of presentation: “Death and Dying in America”

Estefania Rivera Gonzalez  
Sophomore/ Junior
Major: International Studies with a minor in Business Management
Title of presentation: “Mexico: a society changed by Guns, Germs and Steel”

Giulianna Crivello
Freshman
Major: Entrepreneurship
Title of presentation: “Managerial Insight”

Courtney Potts
Junior
Major: Biology
Title of presentation: “Troubled Youth”

Holistic Sustainability Film Night creates awareness

1495267_10154860394870232_9097612480930717245_oDuring the 2014 fall semester, senior Rachael Blum added a honors component to the International Environmental Issues course. She chose to host a short-film film festival with discussions between each film. The project came to fruition through the course, after instructor Brennan Lagasse and Blum were discussing how the rest of the SNC community  does not have access to the Sustainability curriculum. This idea was also acknowledged at a Justice Club meeting with current and former students at the time. The students agreed that a discussion-based space must be made accessible to the entire campus.

The Holistic Sustainability Film Night was created, featuring a variety of short films highlighting biodiversity, desertification, capitalism, and welfare with discussions between each. Faculty Brennan Lagasse, Samantha Bankston, and Bob King were present as experts in the topics and aided in facilitating the discussions.

Approximately 23 people attended, and the event was cut short after 3.5 hours spent viewing and discussing the films. Those in attendance were happy to have a space made available to ask questions, express views, and learn about these issues. Snacks were provided by Uncommon Kitchen and the Justice Club. This also benefitted Kelly Benson’s coat drive for Project Mana. Overall, the event was successful.

Films that were shown include: Forest Man, Freegans: Living Outside of Capitalism, Love and Capitalism, How Welfare Does Not Work the Way You Think.  All movies can be found on Films For Action.

 

SNC organizes warm winter clothing drive again

A winter clothing drive, which was an idea born in the Social Justice Club, contributed over 150 warm items for underprivileged families in North Lake Tahoe.

Sierra Nevada College Senior Kelly Benson has organized the coat drive for the past two years. After collecting items for six weeks at five drop-off locations, the warm clothing was distributed by Project Mana on Dec. 17.  An article about SNC’s gift to the community was published Dec. 23, 2014, in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.

Kelly is majoring in Global Business Management, but has a strong interest in sustainability and social justice.

“I thought that it would be really interesting to learn about even if it’s not the career path that I choose, because it includes things that you can implement into your daily life,” Benson said.  “And so, coming here and having that be a major, and knowing that I could just learn what it means to be sustainable. Then, my mind was blown when I learned about Social Sustainability, because I didn’t even think about that before I got here. I started thinking holistically about the term, the environment and the people.”

Justice Club adviser Brennan Lagasse hopes to rally enough students in the fall to continue Kelly’s work for next year’s warm clothing drive.