Toby Tatum stands patiently at the front of his classroom in the Prim Library at Sierra Nevada College as his management students filter in through the door.
June Saraceno has been given many high honors for her accomplishments at Sierra Nevada College, including awards and being accepted into a residency program for the summer. She is known for organizing the Writers in the Woods series, a program that opened SNC to visiting writers like Chris Ware and Brenda Hillman.
With the support of staff and alumni, Saraceno received the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards on March 28 from the Nevada Humanities, an association that recognizes individuals who engage Nevadans in the humanities.
Chris Anderson has been teaching English composition at Sierra Nevada College since August, but he has quickly become an inspiration to some of his students.
Sierra Nevada College is well known for the big impact it has on its students. Nick Anderson, a former student and now an admissions counselor at SNC, has felt this impact.
It’s 4 a.m. and Senior Coli Haack jumps out of her bed, leaves her dorm room, and clears the many students out of the hallways in Prim-Schultz Hall while the blaring fire alarms echo throughout the building.
Name: Kendra Wong
Hometown: Granite Bay, Calif.
How did you land at SNC?
I have President Gillette to thank for being here at SNC. I had heard through Schuyler Harrison (Development) that the Business Department had a new Chair, so I submitted my resume and a cover letter. I did not hear anything for a while, so I had actually written it off. MLK day, I was leaving Alpine Meadows and had a voicemail from Dr. Gillette indicating that he needed someone to teach the Principles of Corporate Finance class that started the next day. I went straight from the mountain to TCES and had an interview with him. For future reference, one should not go to an interview in their ski gear.
Name: Andy Rost, Ph.D
Hometown: Truckee, Calif.
Department: Science and Technologies
What brought you to Sierra Nevada College?
After about 10 years of guiding and teaching for Outward Bound, various rafting companies, outdoor education companies and Proctor Academy, my wife and I were looking to settle down a bit. I wanted to go back to school and study rivers and the University of Nevada, Reno had a nationally ranked Hydrology program, so we thought Truckee would be a good place to sink some roots. A friend of mine from Truckee had been teaching a little for Sierra Nevada College and asked me to substitute for him once. This was probably in 2002. That was when I was first exposed to SNC. In 2003 I co-taught Lake Tahoe Basin Ecosystems with Steve Ellsworth. At that point in time, SNC was on my radar for a potential place for me to invest myself after I finished my doctorate. I taught some more courses and ultimately felt that my style and interests fit well into the SNC culture.
What brought you to Lake Tahoe?
My brother was a single dad so I moved up here to help him with his son and to continue my college education, and at that time I was at Truckee Meadows Community College. I had my Associate of Arts from santa Barbara City College and continued to prosper at TMCC.
Tell us a little of your educational background.