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Alumni Spotlight: Nick Cahill

Nick Cahill excelled in an internship with Force 12 Media, turning the opportunity into a position with the media company as their videographer and photographer.

Sierra Nevada College alumnus Nick Cahill excelled in an internship with Force 12 Media, turning the opportunity into a position with the media company as their videographer and photographer.

By Justine Nelson

Nick Cahill graduated from Sierra Nevada College in 2013 as an Interdisciplinary Digital Arts and Management major and is now the Media Director at a the well-established niche publication company, Force 12 Media. Force 12 Media focuses on outdoor and military content which is distributed to over 40 million viewers monthly.

Cahill focuses on video and photography for the site and is also currently working on expanding their network to reach Apple TV and Netflix. Go to the “Team” tab on the website to see Nick’s bio or scroll down on the home page to see the various websites Force 12 Media provides content for: navyseals.com, specialoperations.com, etc.

In addition, Nick just recently landed a cover image with National Geographic “Guide to the Night Sky” book set to be published in print fall of 2015.

Nick first picked up video and photography during his schooling at SNC, taking photographs of the race car he built, as well as videos of his friends enjoying the sweet adventures of life. Cahill also feels very thankful for his education he received at SNC.

Nick Cahill continues to make Lake Tahoe his home base, while traveling the world for Force 12 Media.

Nick Cahill continues to make Lake Tahoe his home base, while traveling the world for Force 12 Media.

“I owe Chris Lanier and Rick Parsons a huge thank you for guiding my photography and video skills, and pushing me to research beyond my knowledge and obtain a wider grasp on these incredible art forms”. Cahill also mentioned that it was through Lanier and SNC that he was introduced to Force 12 as an internship. He is now a successful member of their team.

Cahill still lives in Tahoe, and even though his job allows him to work anywhere, he chooses to stay here because of the tax benefits and lifestyle. “Lake Tahoe remains a home to me that fosters my creativity and love for the outdoors”. On the side, Cahill also has a passion for landscape and music photography. His works appear all around the Tahoe Basin, and he says he will continue to push his connections around the globe. You can check out his personal work at cahillfilms.com.

Justine Nelson is studying Art & Psychology. She is interested in the power of thought and intention.

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

Truckee school district shows video by SNC students

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.