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.
Markle has lived in Lake Tahoe for ten years now, and she loves it. She moved here to get away from cities and be in a more relaxed area, and also to be able to drive to work in minutes instead of hours. But she has traveled extensively and lived in many places.
“I’ve traveled most of the world,” Markle said. “I’ve lived in Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and Germany.”
In Germany, she was impressed by the children learning to speak English at 10 years old.
“That’s so much easier than trying to learn a language when you are an adult.” She described Chicago winters as “brutal,” vastly different than winter in Tahoe. “You could go outside and winds will just blow in your way, almost knocking you down.” One of these days she hopes to visit Hawaii.
“It’s a place worth visiting, not to stay but to visit, to get away from the snow.” Markle loves going on to Google to search for new information. “I am an information junkie,” Markle said.
Markle’s philosophy is that everything in the world is changing and it’s very important to be open to new things.
She thinks it’s important to be prepared for a changing world and a changing economic climate.
“Be prepared to change your job,” she said, “because we don’t know what will happen next.”
By Kyle Garon
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.
It’s 7 a.m. at the top of Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the sun is up, but its warmth has not come. The thermometer reads zero degrees, and a 15 mph wind chill bites through Gortex jackets like an Arctic alligator.
The Sierra Nevada College alpine ski team is holding practice, and Assistant Athletic Director Jon Cherry is right there with them. Skiing has been a part of Cherry’s life since he was a kid.
Henry Conover, the director of Academic Support Services at Sierra Nevada College, is in his office meeting with a student to help set up accommodations needed for classes. It’s in moments like these when Conover truly feels like he is doing what he does best; helping students succeed in their education.
The collection of poems in “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,” embody the mid-century great migration of African American families northward. Her bold words speak of a young woman’s confessional renderings and personal complexities, defined in the voice of Motown melodies.
“It started to be a book about Motown; I loved Motown music,” said Smith. “After asking myself why I loved Motown so much, I realized it wasn’t so much a book about Motown as it was about my parents.”
During the mid 1900s, Smith’s parents were among the 6 million African Americans that left the rural South and migrated to the urban Northeast.
The collective culture of poems paints a picture of the hardships her and her family experienced in the new urban environment.
Picture this—a rugged, tall, long-legged, blonde comes bounding down the ice rink. She’s a vital member of Connecticut College’s Women’s Varsity ice hockey team and the captain of the college’s club lacrosse team. She’s aggressive, driven, and ready for blood.