Good Morning Truckee! Every table was filled, and nearly every place marked by hot coffee, as Truckee-Donner Chamber members gathered in the Tahoe-Truckee Airport Conference Room for the community breakfast forum. Each month a different subject is featured and this month’s topic was “The Changing Landscape of Media.”
Tanya Canino, reading the news, as always.
As a longtime journalist in the area and the journalism instructor at Sierra Nevada College, I was invited to be the panel discussion moderator for the morning. On the panel were Michael Gelbman, publisher of the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Mayumi Elegado, owner and publisher of Moonshine Ink, Katherine Hill, owner and publisher of The Weekly, JD Hoss, of KTKE 101.5 FM, Eric Brandt of Tahoe TV and Robert Grossman of Lake Tahoe TV News.
Chamber organizers asked me to talk about my 25-year career in the area and then give an overview of the changing media landscape, before asking thought-provoking questions of our panel.
New poetry book by June Saraceno
English Chair June Saraceno’s third book, “of Dirt & Tar,” arrives this week from the publisher and is already attracting attention. Local publications are choosing to feature the press release about the book, and Saraceno will be featured at several upcoming readings.
Here are the list of readings:
March 13 Sundance Books, Reno, “of Dirt and Tar” book launch 6:30.
April 2, Sundance Books with Laura Wetherington and friends, 6:00
April 4, Sierra College, Truckee campus
April 15, Modesto Junior College, reading with Patricia Smith
April 24, Lake Tahoe Community College reading with Laura Wetherington
Poet, writer and professor, Jared Stanley, once again is collaborating with visual artists; this time for the The Holland Project’s exhibit, “Bathed in Sunshine, Covered in Dust: An introduction to contemporary art in Reno, Nev.”
Stanley worked with Megan Berner, whose work, “Lake Lahontan’s Maritime Legacy,” is featured in the current group show, Feb. 3-28 at the gallery, located at 140 Vesta Street in Reno. Gallery hours are 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment.
Congrats to June for her new book of poetry to be released next week. Here’s the press release we sent out about her achievement:
Readers will discover “deftly-crafted narrative moments that unreel like snippets of cinema” in the poems of June Sylvester Saraceno’s new book, entitled “Of Dirt and Tar.”
June Sylvester Saraceno at the Camac artists residency in Marnay-sur-Seine. Saraceno’s new book, “Of Dirt and Tar” is slated for release March 1 by Cherry Grove Collections. Photo by Carolina Cruz Guimarey
The second, full-length collection of poetry by Saraceno, the English department chair at Sierra Nevada College, will be released March 1 by Cherry Grove Collections, with accolades on its jacket by some of the nation’s top poets.
Patricia Smith, who won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding book of poetry in 2013, said, “There’s a rumor making the rounds that poetry, alas, is dead — I know of no better way to refute that idiocy than to immerse yourself in these lyric stanzas, these deftly-crafted narrative moments that unreel like snippets of cinema. June Saraceno has once again infused the literary landscape with a necessary breath; this long-awaited volume couldn’t come at a better time.”
While Iraqi war veteran and poet Brian Turner, author of the acclaimed “Here, Bullet,” invites readers, saying, “I promise you: this book is just as good at 30,000 feet over the Atlantic seaboard as it is in a rocking chair on the back porch of a moonlit home in the woods.”
Sustainability Professor Soraya Cardenas will visit the Desert Research Institute Feb. 21 to discuss how collaboration with various agencies can help obtain competitive grants. She will use a case study from Fort Kent, Maine about a $97,000 grant, funded by a National Science Foundation Sustainability Initiative.
The DRI conducts cutting edge applied research in air, land, life and water quality in Nevada, the U.S. and internationally. It has 500 employees on two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas and generates $50 million in total annual revenue. However, its faculty members are responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts.
She will be talking about her case study with the DRI scientists at noon on Friday, Feb. 21, in the DRI’s conference room. Below is the explanation of her presentation:
Adopting Collaborations with Social Sciences in Grant Opportunities: The Case Study of Fort Kent, ME
Obtaining grants have become more competitive and agencies have required greater joint parameters between institutions, such as the partnering of varying sciences. This presentation will demonstrate how this collaboration is possible through a case study, which was funded by a National Science Foundation Sustainability Initiative. Environmental Sociologist, Dr. Cardenas who was the PI for the grant, successfully secured $97,000 for an exploratory research initiative with the possibility of renewal for 4 years. This project explored the potential for biomass introduction and adoption in Fort Kent, ME and surrounding community. This grant supported faculty from the Biological Sciences, Forestry and Social Sciences. They were solicited to study varying aspects of the issue. Social Scientist, Dr. Cardenas project consisted of utilizing her students in her Environmental Sociology class and developing a documentary that describes biomass and explores the feasibility of biomass as an alternative heating initiative. This presentation will introduce the biomass project, a 15 minute video of the students’ work, followed by a brief discussion of how DRI scientists can collaborate with Sierra Nevada College to increase funding opportunities through the inclusion of student assisted research.
Dr. Soraya Cardenas is a new Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her areas of specialization are Environmental Sociology, Social Justice, Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Water Resources. She received her doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She comes to Sierra Nevada College from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Some of her accolades include Fulbright Scholar, University of Kansas Dissertation Fellow, recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant to produce a documentary with students on biomass, researcher of the year at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and nominee for a statewide service award in Maine for her work with students and the community. Most recently, she just completed a manuscript for publication.
On a personal note, Soraya is a distance runner and currently is training for a marathon. She also enjoys downhill and skate skiing, hiking, snorkeling and biking.
Multimedia Journalism student and Sustainability major Sharhesa Fife interviews Soraya about when Soraya realized she was passionate about Sustainability.
This article is reprinted from the Sept. 12, 2013 issue of the Eagle’s Eye, Sierra Nevada College’s campus newspaper.
By Carly Courtney
Hidden away on the second floor of Prim Library outside the office of Dr. Robert King, the only sounds pervading the still air are whispered questions and footsteps echoing through the grates from the floors above. The silence is broken when the doors swing open to permit two professors walking up the stairs, laughing and planning a meeting “for this time next week.”
King pulls a chair out across the desk, a plaid button-up shirt sticking out the bottom of his navy cardigan, and worn Vans sticking out from underneath his pants. He pushed his thick rimmed glasses up further on his nose, one of Sierra Nevada College’s younger Ph.D holding professors, and began to talk quickly and without pause.