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Lost Sierra Hoedown: SNC alumni teach sustainable event production to students

By Justine Nelson

The third annual Lost Sierra Hoedown commences this weekend from Thursday to Sunday (Sept.24-27). The original spark of inspiration to support the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl has transformed into a must-have experience! This four-day event features local music, simple and sustainable living, and the natural excitement of spending the weekend lost in the woods.

Drew Fisher on the left as one of the founders of the Lost Sierra Hoedown. It began as a Service Learning project in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Drew Fisher on the left as one of the founders of the Lost Sierra Hoedown. It began as a Service Learning project in Interdisciplinary Studies.

This third annual Hoedown has come a long way. Drew Fischer, one of the founders and now an alumnus to SNC, is teaching a one credit interdisciplinary and sustainability class focused on non-profit music festival production and is using the making of the Lost Sierra Hoedown as the example.

Topics covered in the class include sustainable practices, land management, social media coverage, stage management and event operation. Students not only get to learn about how to successfully plan an event, but get the chance to actually run an event as well. The students will help facilitate the hoedown and get hands on experience beyond what taught in the classroom setting.

Supported by six local companies and in association with four local organizations, the Lost Sierra Hoedown is a prime illustration of what SNC’s students are capable of, and continues to push the limits of achievement.

For tickets and more information visit the website at

Having fun at the Hoedown!

Having fun at the Hoedown!

Humanities 110

The Humanities 110 class began the Psychology portion on Thursday September 3, 2015. The students began their study by visiting stations related to the question, “what does it mean to be human?” We look forward to the next four class meetings and continuing to expose the class to the subject of psychology.

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Kickoff: 2015 Research Season Begins

August 17th, 2015, marked the beginning to the new school year. Which means brainstorming, research, and development for the new Psychology department’s senior class to create the foundation to their experiments to be conducted at the beginning of Spring 2016.

The following pictures show a class activity created to help students identify independent variables (IV) and dependent variables (DV). This activity involved the entire class in putting their ideas for DV’s and IV’s into a large bank and then mix-matching them to show how many can be interlinked. One of the most significant pieces of information gained from the activity is how IV’s can become DV’s and how DV’s can become IV’s.

The class looks forward to many more fun activities to come!



The PURC Experience

Written by Mary Hall

In UCLA’s Kerckoff Grand Salon, students from many respectable colleges and universities around the country gathered to display their undergraduate research posters. The conference began with an early morning poster session, in which four Sierra Nevada College seniors presented their research findings in a room with over 20 other students. The salon was full of people circulating around poster displays representing a year’s worth of passion and dedication. Following the first poster session, a series of paper talks were given in Franz Hall, the universities psychology building. SNC seniors, Tessa Hartman-Sorenson and Sarah A. Fricke eloquently guided a room filled with professors, students, and seasoned researchers alike, through their studies’ process, findings, and real world applications. After all the talks were given, a second poster session was held in the Grand Salon, providing the SNC students who presented in the prior session the opportunity to view and discuss a wide variety of undergraduate studies. The event concluded with a dessert social where the founder of the university’s PURC acknowledged the students for their hard work and wished them luck in their future endeavors. Having the opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of individuals who share the same enthusiasm for psychology research was a truly rewarding experience that will undoubtedly enhance the professional prospects of all who attended.

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





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!


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!