Category Archives: Interdisciplinary Studies

Service in Action: Lost Sierra Hoedown creator talks success

 By Drew Fisher
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Drew Fisher, with co-workers Rachael Blum and Cody Wilkins, organized a hoedown that would raise funds to reopen the Sierra’s first ski resort in Johnsville, Calif.

On March 28, I returned to Rosie’s office to discuss my debacle. Having been a ski coach since 2007, Rosie again encouraged me to try something new. I’ll never forget when I said, “I dunno Rosie, all I really want to do is throw a hoedown.”

Only at Sierra Nevada College would an adviser reply with an enthusiastic green light to pursue organizing a hoedown for a school project. A few days later, the Lost Sierra Hoedown had a venue, a cause and an epic staff.

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Have you ever? ODAL students reflect on life lessons in and out of the field

By Eliza Demarest

 “We have been learning to take care of ourselves in places that really matter. Crazy kids on the loose, but on the loose in the wilderness. That makes all the difference.”  -Terry and Renny Russell

By the time an Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) major at Sierra Nevada College reaches his/her senior year, each one has learned and mastered a variety of leadership skills and experienced amazing outdoor adventures.

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Corey Donohue guides a raft during an ODAL adventure.

Those adventures range from white-water rafting on the American River, to end-of-summer and mid-winter backpacking expeditions in Desolation Wilderness, to sea-kayaking in Tomales Bay, to rock climbing at Dinosaur Rock and an extended backpacking course in Utah’s Canyonlands.

Near the end of their Interdisciplinary Studies experience, all ODAL students are required to take Wilderness Ethics, ODAL’s capstone course. This semester, Rosie Hackett, ODAL program director, chose for her students, a “Have You Ever” prompt by Terry and Renny Russel from their book, “On the Loose.”

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What does an Eagle’s Eye editor do?


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Deadline night – when editorial decisions are debated, stories edited, photos cropped, pages designed, coffee consumed, conversations bantered back and forth, and the Eagle’s Eye staff produces its bi-weekly newspaper.

Last Monday, the Eagle’s Eye editors opened their doors and invited other journalism students to view the process of putting a paper together. Reporters from the Journalism Workshop class attended, as well as students in the Introduction to Journalism class and students who are just interested in a journalism major.

After supplying their visitors with pizza and soda purchased by the Eagle’s Eye Club, which was hosting the event, the editors started working on the paper and explaining what they do.

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