Author Archives: Tanya Canino

Jared Stanley collaborates with The Holland Project

Poet, writer and professor, Jared Stanley, once again is collaborating with visual artists; this time for the The Holland Project’s exhibit, “Bathed in Sunshine, Covered in Dust: An introduction to contemporary art in Reno, Nev.”

Jared Stanley

Jared Stanley

Stanley worked with Megan Berner, whose work, “Lake Lahontan’s Maritime Legacy,” is featured in the current group show, Feb. 3-28 at the gallery, located at 140 Vesta Street in Reno. Gallery hours are 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment.

English chair releases new book of poems, “Of Dirt and Tar”

Congrats to June for her new book of poetry to be released next week. Here’s the press release we sent out about her achievement:

Readers will discover “deftly-crafted narrative moments that unreel like snippets of cinema” in the poems of June Sylvester Saraceno’s new book, entitled “Of Dirt and Tar.”

June Sylvester Saraceno at the Camac artists residency in Marnay-sur-Seine. Saraceno’s new book, “Of Dirt and Tar” is slated for release March 1 by Cherry Grove Collections. Photo by Carolina Cruz Guimarey

June Sylvester Saraceno at the Camac artists residency in Marnay-sur-Seine. Saraceno’s new book, “Of Dirt and Tar” is slated for release March 1 by Cherry Grove Collections. Photo by Carolina Cruz Guimarey

The second, full-length collection of poetry by Saraceno, the English department chair at Sierra Nevada College, will be released March 1 by Cherry Grove Collections, with accolades on its jacket by some of the nation’s top poets.

 Patricia Smith, who won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding book of poetry in 2013, said, “There’s a rumor making the rounds that poetry, alas, is dead — I know of no better way to refute that idiocy than to immerse yourself in these lyric stanzas, these deftly-crafted narrative moments that unreel like snippets of cinema. June Saraceno has once again infused the literary landscape with a necessary breath; this long-awaited volume couldn’t come at a better time.”

 While Iraqi war veteran and poet Brian Turner, author of the acclaimed “Here, Bullet,” invites readers, saying, “I promise you: this book is just as good at 30,000 feet over the Atlantic seaboard as it is in a rocking chair on the back porch of a moonlit home in the woods.”

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High Country News recognizes SNC’s Sustainability program

Sierra Nevada College’s Sustainability major was included in the High Country News’ annual Special Issue on the Future. This year’s theme: Building a more sustainable West, one city at a timefocused on the region’s more notable efforts to build sustainable urban environments.

There was a special pull-out section Sustainability Studies Guide - Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Field of Study which included SNC as one of the leading programs in the country and what we are doing to help meet the challenges of the future. Go to page 49-51 on High Country News’ pdf version of the magazine to see the blurb about SNC and the photo of Lake Tahoe next to it. We also have an ad for SNC on page 44.

The High Country News says that next year it will continue to explore the future and its challenges. As it uncovers what academic institutions, innovative and non-traditional educational programs, conservation groups, companies and others are doing to address those challenges, we expect and hope that SNC will continue to be included for its innovative work in Sustainability.

Soraya Cardenas to share case study at DRI

Sustainability Professor Soraya Cardenas will visit the Desert Research Institute Feb. 21 to discuss how collaboration with various agencies can help obtain competitive grants. She will use a case study from Fort Kent, Maine about a $97,000 grant, funded by a National Science Foundation Sustainability Initiative.

The DRI conducts cutting edge applied research in air, land, life and water quality in Nevada, the U.S. and internationally. It has 500 employees on two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas and generates $50 million in total annual revenue. However, its faculty members are responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts.

She will be talking about her case study with the DRI scientists at noon on Friday, Feb. 21, in the DRI’s conference room. Below is the explanation of her presentation:

Adopting Collaborations with Social Sciences in Grant Opportunities: The Case Study of Fort Kent, ME

Obtaining grants have become more competitive and agencies have required greater joint parameters between institutions, such as the partnering of varying sciences.   This presentation will demonstrate how this collaboration is possible through a case study, which was funded by a National Science Foundation Sustainability Initiative.  Environmental Sociologist, Dr. Cardenas who was the PI for the grant, successfully secured $97,000 for an exploratory research initiative with the possibility of renewal for 4 years. This project explored the potential for biomass introduction and adoption in Fort Kent, ME and surrounding community.  This grant supported faculty from the Biological Sciences, Forestry and Social Sciences.  They were solicited to study varying aspects of the issue.  Social Scientist, Dr. Cardenas project consisted of utilizing her students in her Environmental Sociology class and developing a documentary that describes biomass and explores the feasibility of biomass as an alternative heating initiative. This presentation will introduce the biomass project, a 15 minute video of the students’ work, followed by a brief discussion of how DRI scientists can collaborate with Sierra Nevada College to increase funding opportunities through the inclusion of student assisted research.

 

Sierra Nevada College honors best high school writers

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 Winners read alongside award-winning novelists visiting SNC for MFA program

By Tanya Canino

As a 6-year-old child, Jenny Jung randomly scribbled words on walls, her skin and even on her sleeping father, but in high school, she arranged those words to win first place in the 2013 Sierra Nevada College High School Writing Competition and a chance to read alongside well-known, published authors.

Sierra Nevada College hosted three of the 12 high school competition winners in early January, recognizing them Jan. 10 during the final night of the Incline Village, Nev. college’s low residency, MFA program in creative writing.

With Josh Weil, the author of the highly-acclaimed novella collection, “The New Valley,” sitting in a full audience of writers, MFA students and published faculty, Jung, a junior from Andover, Mass., read “Reality on a Friday Night,” which earned first-place in the creative nonfiction category.

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Justice Club collects, distributes coats for Tahoe’s families

photo 5On Dec. 18, 2013 Sierra Nevada College’s newly founded Justice Club distributed over 150 items of warm winter clothing to underprivileged families in the Kings Beach area.

The Justice Club hosted a coat drive at various locations throughout Incline Village, including Sierra Nevada College, Raley’s and IV Coffee Lab for a month in the fall. The quality and quantity of donations far exceeded the clubs’ goals and provided an array of items, such as women’s ski coats and professional blazers, children’s snow onesies, and men’s technical backcountry ski gear.

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Visit Senior Project presentations on Wednesday, Dec. 4

Students, faculty and the public are invited to the Fall Term Senior Projects/Senior Portfolios from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in TCES 139.

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

Senior Projects

 Gregory Block — Repurposing Industrial Wastelands: Why Brownfields Hold the Most Innovative Potential for the Future of Renewable Energy

 Chelsea CunninghamGraphic Novel

Spencer LopesHooked on Tahoe

Lusedna SandovalBilingual Education

 Kenneth StonemanWhy Writing a Novel Is a Matter of Perspective

 Emalee StoverThe Navaho Generating Station: An Opportunity for Justice in Black Mesa

Madeline WilsonPromoting a Meaningful Old Age through the Art Therapy Process

Senior Portfolios

Corey Donahue: Sustainability major: Wine Country Party Bike

Chelsea Cristoph: Digital Arts/Management major: Verbal Information into Multimedia Communication

Todd Karol: Sustainability major: Trail Head Juice

Ethan Rollins: Digital Arts/Entrepreneurship major: Creating Brand Awareness via Social Connections

Learn about this semester’s Service Learning projects on Monday, Dec. 9

The editors of the Eagle’s Eye queried a group of students Monday night about what they like to read about in the campus newspaper. One of the top choices that the students mentioned were the interesting and exciting projects students created through Service Learning.

Every semester, Interdisciplinary Studies students develop a personal project which clears a path to their future career, according to an Eagle’s Eye article. SNC offers an innovative interdisciplinary class called Service Learning where students dig deeper and become involved in unique volunteer opportunities. The SNC website, says “Through the required Service Learning course, which challenges students to explore how their actions, their academic interests, and their own initiative can contribute to the community, students learn to make a difference AND maximize their learning. This hands-on, experiential program dares students to get out and do it—and they do.”

If you want to see the inspiring projects completed by this semester’s students, there will be presentations from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in TCES 139. Stop by to hear the following students talk about their projects:

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Peace Center inspires Social Sustainability students

 
Justice Club

Students from the Society and Sustainability capstone course and the Justice Club listen to passionate opinions by members of the Nevada County Peace Center.

By Kelly Benson
Junior

Students in the Society and Sustainability capstone course and members of the Justice Club joined Professor Brennan Lagasse on a field trip Nov. 19 to meet with members of the Nevada County Peace Center.

This trip gave students the opportunity to see first-hand how the topics of justice, peace, and equality could transfer from classroom discussion to real world examples. For several hours different members of the Peace Center spoke on their topics of interest, ranging from climate change, GMO labeling, activism in the form of non-violence, action through artistic expression, and changes in policy. It was evident that the speakers were very passionate about their work, and excited to share with a group of young, motivated students.

Samantha Van Ruiten, a student in the capstone course shared, “I’m inspired by the actions and knowledge of the ladies at the Peace and Justice Center in Nevada City. I think it is important to see and interact with those type of organizations, because it’s one thing to discuss this in class but another to meet and talk to people who are involved and a part of these social movements.”

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