Nevada Arts Council honors SNC English professors

Nevada Arts Council recently lauded two Sierra Nevada College faculty members by awarding each writer a $5,000 Artist Fellowship for the year.  Laura Wetherington and Jared Stanley were selected as the Literary Arts Fellows for 2015.

The Arts Council, which supports cultural activities and participation in the arts, selected six artists: two each in Literary Arts, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Besides the financial support to pursue their artistic work, the Nevada Arts Council will be given a free public event to share their work. 

Laura is a professor with the MFA in Creative Writing program, the adviser to the Sierra Nevada Review literary magazine and teaches English classes. Laura’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the 2010 National Poetry Series.

An English professor, Jared will be teaching Freshman Composition and a new class this semester, New Media Creative Writing.

He is the author of two full-lengths books of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest, as well as four chapbooks, including How the Desert Did Me In. He frequently collaborates with visual artists and is a member of the interdisciplinary public art group Unmanned Minerals, whose work explores how language mediates landscape.

Welcome back English & Journalism majors!

Welcome back English BA, BFA and New Media Journalism majors and minors! The English Department is holding a get together this Friday to celebrate your return and hear about your summer adventures!

Come on over to DiMaggio’s (800 Tahoe Blvd) from 4-6 p.m. this Friday and the English Program will cover a variety of free pizzas and soda (you’re on your own for any other beverages). Bonus beverages for anyone who beats Dr. Bob King at pool. 

Words from life, movies and memoirs: “Being Flynn” author to speak

Nick Flynn, whose first memoir sparked the major motion picture, “Being Flynn,” international reviews and much press attention, will visit Sierra Nevada College on Sept. 5-6 to kick off the 2014-15 Writers in the Woods literary speaker series and to introduce the college’s Common Read book for the year.

Nick Flynn, taken by Geordie Wood

Nick Flynn, taken by Geordie Wood

“We’re very fortunate to have Nick Flynn as our guest speaker,” said English Program Chair June Saraceno. “His poetry books and memoirs have captivated critics and casual readers alike. He has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults, so he has some interesting real-world stories to tell.”

Writers in the Woods brings acclaimed authors, poets and screenwriters to Incline Village’s four-year, private university for readings and workshops throughout the academic year. The college also annually adopts a book for its Common Read, which is read, discussed and interpreted throughout the curriculum. This year’s book is “Being Flynn” by Nick Flynn.

Flynn will speak on the campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building, Room 139, and will follow with a morning workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop will cost $50 for nonstudents. More information and sign-ups can be found at sierranevada.edu.

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Active Learning Workshop II

Christina M. Frederick, Constance A. Barnes, Kallie B. Day, & Robert D. King presented a workshop focused on sharing a plethora of Active Learning techniques with Sierra Nevada College faculty at a Professional Development Worskshop on Tuesday, August 12.

We appreciate the enthusiasm from the audience and hope the content presented during this workshop will facilitate the practice of Active Learning at Sierra Nevada College in the coming Fall 2014 semester.

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Beau Kissler and Christina Frederick get published!

Beau D. Kissler, BA, and Christina M. Frederick, Ph.D., have just been published in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences for their work entitled, The Heart’s Hand in Creativity: The Effect of Coherence™ Meditation.  Kissler conducted research that allowed him to collaborate with his dream organization, was invited to give a talk at Stanford University,  and completed a project which led to his third publication.

The Psychology Department looks forward to introducing our next published student!

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Writers in the Woods’ Literary Line-up for 2014-15

Sierra Nevada College announces that its first author in this year’s Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series will be Nick Flynn, the author of “Being Flynn,” which was made into a major motion picture in 2012. He also recently published his third memoir, “The Re-enactments,” about the making of the movie, and is well-known for his award-winning poetry books.

Nick Flynn Photo by Dion Ogust

Nick Flynn
Photo by Dion Ogust

Flynn will visit Sierra Nevada College Sept. 5-6, adding to the list of impressive authors the four-year, private university has brought to the campus for the region’sintellectual enjoyment.In the past 10 years, Writers in the Woods has featured Tim O’Brien, author of “The Things They Carried;” Tobias Wolff,  “Old School;” and Brian Turner, “Here, Bullet,” among many other authors, poets and screenwriters.

The esteemed literary series brings acclaimed authors, poets and screenwriters to Incline Village’s four-year, private university for readings and workshops throughout the academic year. The college also annually adopts a book for its Common Read, which is read, discussed and interpreted throughout the curriculum. This year’s book is “Being Flynn” by Nick Flynn.

Writers in the Woods was begun as a way to create a “literary mecca” at the college and bridge the gap between community members and college students, according to English Program Chair June Saraceno.

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Anna K. Jarschke Gets Published in Student Pulse

Anna K. Jarschke along with mentor and co-author, Christina M. Frederick, Ph.D., are now published in The International Student Journal, Student Pulse.  The title of the published work is The Influence of Gender on Long-Term Incidental Memory.  The article can be accessed at the following link: http://www.studentpulse.com/authors/2153/anna-k-jarschke-and-christina-m-Frederick

 

 

Sierra Nevada College Psychology Students Attend 26th Annual APS Convention

Sierra Nevada College Psychology Students attended the 26th annual Association for Psychological Sciences (APS) conference held from May 22-25 in San Francisco, CA.  Undergraduate student researchers included Margaret K. Burns and Kallie B. Day.  Sierra Nevada College alumni included Constance A. Barnes.  Christina M. Frederick was also in attendance and presented alongside each of the students mentioned above.

The presentations included Cosmetics Use is Irrelevant When Considering Student Retention by Margaret K. Burns and Christina M. Frederick and Active Learning in Practice: Alignment and Misalignment of Faculty and Undergraduate Perspectives by Christina M. Frederick, Constance A. Barnes, Carly S. Courtney, Briana T. Crespo, Kallie B. Day, Robert D. King.

A unexpected highlight of the trip included meeting Dr. Philip Zimbardo who led the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971.

We look forward to attending many more APS conferences in the future.

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Attending the Senior Symposium

On May 8th a collection of the best and brightest of Sierra Nevada College all gathered in a single room to showcase all of the intelligent things they created. There were business majors, artists, authors, inventors and Bryce Bullins all trying to prove to the world that an overpriced liberal arts degree is worth its weight in salt. The jury is still out.

I showed up at three o’clock because I had nothing better to do with my life. Presenters were already jockeying for position and I watched as a water-bottle bear was wheeled into the room, and paintings were fastened via tape and thumbtacks to a single sheet of wall erected for just that purpose. I wandered around briefly taking in a few of the more interesting projects already present.

I then received a phone call. “Bruins game in an hour.” I left, and watched the game. The Bruins pulled a win out of their hat in overtime to tie the series up with the Canadiens, but that is beside the point. It was great to watch, but beside the point. America!

When I returned to the symposium it was in full swing. Large amounts of Sodexo mush sat on a table, and the lovely Ophelia was pouring wine and popping beers with vim and vigor. I helped myself to one and then another.  I also tipped.  Tip your bar tenders.  Just because you pay lots of money to the college does not mean any of it goes to their employees.  Seriously, help them out. I then began to explore.

Most projects were so packed that I had to stand on my tip-toes to read them. The beers I drank did not help me with this.  I soon gave the tactic up. I observed the voting box for a few moments. Days before the symposium I heard talk of voter fraud. Apparently last year a student had been heard stating, “I voted six times,” as he swilled his beer. The Republican in me was shocked when no person was present requesting IDs and fingerprints. This is how Obama won the election. Travesty.

While the crowds were immense I did manage to see a few projects. A group of sustainability majors put together a solar cooler. This was impressive. An artist painted very creepy portraits. These were enjoyable. An English major ranted about Shakespeare while clutching a medieval tome like the King James Bible, and a Creative Writing major created and electronically published a graphic novel. All the projects I enjoyed were in-depth and creative. There were also a plethora of other disciplines present, mostly business majors. Unfortunately I unconsciously avoid talking to people wearing blazers until I have talked to everyone else. I ran out of time before I could talk to everyone else.  This is a personal problem and I am working on it, or hate myself for working on it.  Maybe I am bi-polar.  Do not listen to anything I say.  Anyways, here are some facts.

A project by Elaine Inglis titled Call structure of the mountain chickadee (Poecile gambeli) in the presence and absence of food won first place while a project titled Solar Innovations took second. Hydraulic and Restoration Analysis of Incline Creek by Ashley Vandermeer took third. Projects by Chelsea Cunningham and Bryce Bullins took fourth and fifth respectively. All in all the event was quite a success boasting at least a hundred people in attendance and intelligent conversation all around.

SNC Psychology Students go to the University of Nevada, Reno to Present Research

UNR9 Sierra Nevada College undergraduates and 3 Sierra Nevada College Alumni presented their research at the Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium (NURS) on April 23rd, 2014 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The undergraduate students who presented included:

Jennifer Balaban,Morgan S. Burke, Margaret K. Burns, Kallie B. Day, Jamie L. Himes, and Dana Hoffelt.

Our Sierra Nevada College alumni who presented included:

Elizabeth M. Hill, who was also chosen for one of six oral presentations included during the conference and Constance A. Barnes (alumni) presenting with fellow undergraduate authors, Kallie B. Day, Carly Courtney, and Briana Crespo, and for mentors Christina M. Frederick and Robert King.

Our Sierra Nevada College Psychological Society was also in attendance for this event including, Stephanie Kwon, Zack Birdsdale, Tess Rafello, and Arno Ruymaekers.  A big thanks to the society for providing lunch for our presenters.

This trip was rewarding for both Sierra Nevada College’s undergraduate students as well as our alumni.  We look forward to presenting at many more NURS conferences in the future.