Giving vibrations flowed through the trees of the Truckee Regional Park from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 7. Sierra Nevada College Interdisciplinary students sophomore- Justine Nelson and Senior Jason Maynez’s service learning project ARC in the Park was held at the Truckee Amphitheater. The mellow fundraising concert was the brainchild of by Sean McAlindin, who is the Adventure Risk Challenge’s Program Coordinator.
“Well since I’m a musician, I wanted to bring together my music world with my world of outreach ARC,” McAlindin said. “I wanted to bring the community together around music and around our program, so I came up with this idea and thought I would do it hear, and thought it would be a successful event.”
“When Justine and Jason decided to help me for their service learning project, I just thought I would go for it and make it reality,” McAlindin said.
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Hart Heffelfinger, a new student at SNC, has just come to Lake Tahoe from Vashon Island
Name: Hart Heffelfinger
Hometown: Vashon Island, WA
Where is Vashon Island?
Vashon is an island off of Seattle that you can only get to by ferry, and I’ve lived there my whole life. The island is a hippy retirement place. It is where K2 was started and there was big industry for that, but K2 moved off the island 10 years ago and ever since it’s been farmer’s markets and rich Microsoft people.
You enter and hear nothing but silence.In this dimly lit space, students gather and study. It’s a calming atmosphere of tranquility.Here and there among the library’s stacks, students grab books.
Often they’re greeted by SNC librarian Betts Markle. It’s a name that rings in everyone’s ear, from students to faculty members.
“I come from a long line of Elizabeths,” Markle said. “There has been Elizabeth, Beth, Betty, and Betsey. My parents didn’t want another Betsey, so they named me Betts.”
She never liked being called Betsey anyway as it was the name of an old childhood doll.
Markle has been working in libraries for more than 30 years. She is also a professor at SNC, teaching business and marketing classes this semester. She is also a writing instructor for graduate students, but she has never been interested in teaching English. “I don’t like teaching literature too much, but I could,” said Markle.
Friday evening English Program Chair June Saraceno introduced Nick Flynn, the first author to begin the Writers in the Woods series, by reading a passage from Flynn’s book, Being Flynn. The passage was serious in tone, as it spoke about a time Flynn found himself contemplating whether or not to share with his five year old daughter stories about the younger years of his life.
The audience was intrigued as Saraceno read the passage aloud. Flynn’s words were poetic, concise and painted vivid images in the minds of the audience. When Saraceno finished the reading, Flynn took the stage to a resounding applause.
Flynn abruptly broke the silence that had overcome the audience following the reading of his work. “When the Hyatt beach staff asks if I’m a guest, do I say yes or no?” said Flynn. The silence was broken with laughter, and the audience appeared pleasantly surprised by Flynn’s humor and laid back personality.
During an interview prior to the event, Flynn revealed a fresh perspective about his past that is not consistently portrayed in the media. “Some of the book reviews are interesting, it depends on who reads or writes them. Steven Elliot wrote a blurb for the cover of Being Flynn. Steven grew up in a group home in Chicago so for him my background is kind of posh. It’s not actually that rough at all,” said Flynn.
Flynn’s father was not physically present during his childhood. He was raised by his mother in Scituate, Massachusetts, a suburb in Boston. Although they did not have much money, and his mother had a relationship with drugs and alcohol, Flynn admits there were various points of his childhood where these factors were not “always damaging”.
“I wasn’t someone with a crack addict mom… And with my father being homeless, one of my intentions of writing Being Flynn was to make sort of a fuller portrait of how someone becomes homeless. It’s not simple, it’s not like the noble poor, but he wasn’t just a street person carrying cans around,” said Flynn. “That’s what one would hopefully get from the book.”
Flynn went on to explain that the vast majority of homeless people in America are invisible. “No one would identify my father as homeless. Same with my mother, whatever struggles she was in, I think they were basically invisible to most people,” said Flynn. “Growing up, I saw glimmers of the struggles, but I also saw glimmers of a very vivacious woman.”
Flynn accepts his upbringing for what it was. He points out that, despite the challenges he faced, in some ways he was privileged. “I grew up in a beautiful little seaside town on the Massachusetts coast, a really gorgeous place in the world to grow up. It was an incredible privilege.”
Flynn’s career has included many accomplishments, such as the publishing of The Reenactments, a story that chronicles his experiences during the making of the film that was based off Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Being Flynn. Flynn has also written three collections of poetry, one which won the inaugural PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.
“SNC has a partnership with Thya International Education, a group that helps us to form collaborations with Chinese colleges and universities so that we can provide students from those colleges and universities with the opportunity to study in the United States at SNC. We were in China meeting with our existing partner, Shanghai Ocean University, to discuss how their current students are doing at SNC and to explore new opportunities for collaboration. We were also meeting with two other universities, Hubei University Technical and Business College in Wuhan and Chongqing Vocational College of Media in Chongqing, to sign new letters of intent to collaborate on the exchange of students for short term summer study, 2+2 and 1+3 degree program exchanges and faculty development,” said Beets.
SNC South Africa Aid
A group of Sierra Nevada College students are going to South Africa to help develop Hananani Primary School in Dixie Village, which is in desperate need of some attention. The group needs help with funding for supplies for students in the underprivileged communities. Find out more about the trip, how the money will be spent and how you can help this group of students meet their goal at - https://rally.org/f/8DnABnJYjqW?fb_action_ids=10153938867955514&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=cta_bar&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
Whether she is traveling from building to building at Sierra Nevada College or traveling overseas to Afghanistan or South Africa, Mary Lewellen makes a mark everywhere she goes. As an associate professor of International Studies, Lewellen uses her experience and knowledge to encourage students at SNC to make the world a better place.