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:
The foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’ music from the Lost Sierra Hoedown is lingering long past the Sept. 20-22 event, as refrains of the student-led fundraiser for a shuttered ski area spread through the ski community.
This time, Freeskier magazine took note, and interviewed Interdisciplinary Studies students Drew Fisher, Rachael Blum and Cody Wilkins for an article about the event, “Sierra Nevada College students aim to preserve Johnsville Ski Bowl with Lost Sierra Hoedown.”
Besides detailing how the event was conceived and created, the Freeskier story explains the goals of the Interdisciplinary Studies. Read the story on the link above, but also consider how Sierra Nevada College’s “experiential learning” is lauded in the final paragraphs of the article:
The project certainly met the underlying goal of the Interdisciplinary Studies service learning project; the event taught them more about leadership in the outdoor adventure arena than anything in a lecture hall ever could have. The school encouraged Drew Fisher, Cody Wilkins, and Rachael Blum to try something different, and then provided the support to meet that objective.
A four-minute video produced by Sierra Nevada College students was highlighted during the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s convocation for teachers and faculty this year.
The powerful video was about Yami Gutierrez—a Sierra Nevada College (SNC) student and a graduate of the local non-profit program Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC). It was shown at the beginning of the Tahoe-Truckee school year, so teachers could understand the ARC program better and be able to recommend students to participate in it.
Two talented students— Nick Cahill and Trevor Jackson—majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in Digital Arts and Entrepreneurship/ Management filmed and produced this video for a service learning project to support ARC. A youth development organization that integrates wilderness and literacy, ARC was founded by SNC Professor Katie Zanto in 2004.
“The entire school district is reminded about the power of the ARC program through their video. It’s a great example of how a Service Learning project can have a huge impact on a local organization,” Zanto said.
Not only are Outdoor Adventure Leadership students confident in the wilderness, they are compassionate in the community – due to the Service Learning component of Sierra Nevada College’s Interdisciplinary Studies department.
“Our students are doing innovative and great things through their service learning and senior portfolio projects,” said Assistant Professor Rosie Hackett.
Katie Zanto, left, and Rosie Hackett, right, are presenting at the International Conference for Experiential Education.
And others are taking notice of SNC’s exceptional program. Katie Zanto, chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies department, and Hackett, program director of Outdoor Adventure Leadership, have been invited to speak at the International Conference for Experiential Education, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, in Denver, Colo.
“It has been exciting for us to collaborate on this presentation and in the process, to explore how our unique interdisciplinary studies program is offering outdoor adventure leadership students the chance to bring their ODAL skills back into their communities,” said Zanto.
By Drew Fisher
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.