Major: Global Business Management
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
What is it that brought you to Sierra Nevada College?
I needed to be in a place with ample outdoor recreation options, because that is such a vital part of my life. I did a Google search for “colleges for outdoor enthusiasts” and I found this one. Once I found out it was interdisciplinary/liberal arts focused where I could pick and choose from different programs, it was entrepreneurship and ODAL that solidified it for me. Which is ironic, considering I’m not majoring in either of those anymore.
What inspired your participation in the Sustainability Department?
I have spent the last few years living in the mountains, and I realized how important the environment is for those communities, especially when you live in more of a ski town. When I was out in Colorado, I lived in Vail for a few years, I started paying attention to what we were doing to the water and just to the surrounding environment. I thought that’s pretty neat and saw that Sustainability was an up and coming field, to get jobs in. I thought that it would be really interesting to learn about even if it’s not the career path that I choose, because it includes things that you can implement into your daily life. And so, coming here and having that be a major, and knowing that I could just learn what it means to be sustainable. Then, my mind was blown when I learned about Social Sustainability, because I didn’t even think about that before I got here. I started thinking holistically about the term, the environment and the people.
How do you integrate Sustainability with Global Business?
That’s a very interesting question…. And it’s a continuous battle. You know, in Global Business we talk about globalization a lot, the pros and cons of that and how it affects communities around the world. It’s definitely evident that globalization can be harmful to society and to the environment, especially with small, marginalized communities who don’t have as much say or power. I want to figure out how to bring all of that together, to where people planet and profit can all be a thing. This ’triple bottom line’, sustainability, is a code that really hasn’t been cracked yet. But what I find fascinating is trying to figure out how you could be entrepreneurial and come up with a business idea that solves a real problem, but actually addresses a true need where it can help people at the end of the day. Where it’s not focused around consumerism and taking advantage of people just to make a buck, but where you can still be sustainable from a monetary standpoint.
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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
This quote came to mind while discussing post graduate plans with Senior Tom Letson, an Art and Environmental Science major. He says he feels that if you care enough about something, it will work its’ way out.
“I may never find my way to success, but the way I see it there are two ways to fail: not trying, and trying to please everyone,” Letson said. “I’ve never made a painting to please anyone, and I’ve never played a song to impress anyone; it’s just what I do, nothing more.”
A Massachusetts native, Letson’s creative efforts and passion for his studies have led him to stand out to faculty and students at Sierra Nevada College, such as Associate Professor Rick Parsons and Senior Peter Rispoli.
According to Parsons, Letson is a prolific painter with an innate need to create.
“His paintings are not only layered with paint, but are layered with rich layers of personal meaning and history,” Parsons said.
Parsons said Letson is known to reference paintings from the Italian Renaissance while critiquing modern American culture and its root in Manifest Destiny.
Rispoli, a good friend and colleague of Letson, describes him as humble and extremely talented.
“I’ve known Tom for two years now. On top of studying fine arts and environmental
science, he rips on the snow, shreds the guitar, banjo and mandolin, just to name a few,” Rispoli said. “He is a true wildcard.”
Sergio is attending his second semester here at Sierra Nevada College. He transferred from Santa Rosa Junior College in Sonoma County, California for the 2014 Spring Semester. He is a member of the undefeated SNC Men’s Lacrosse team and plays starting defense. Recently, Sergio traveled to Denver, Colorado with Mexico’s International team to play in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship..
BY CAL BOONE
How often does the World Lacrosse Championship take place?
It happens once every four years and always happens the same year as the FIFA World Cup. I think that the hype around the World Cup gets the lacrosse tournament more popularity because people around the country become interested in international sports.
How many teams/countries participated?
There were 38 teams in the tournament and each was representing a different country. In order to play for a team you had to prove that you have some ethnic background from that country.
How did you get to play for team Mexico?
I had to go to Mexico City, Mexico in January to try out for the team. It was a weeklong process and I missed a week of school last semester for it but it was totally worth it.
How did Mexico do?
We came in 23rd place, which was really good compared to the last tournament 4 years ago. 2010 was Mexico’s first ever appearance in the World Lacrosse Championship and they came in last place and lost every game. This year we won 4 and lost 3.
How often did you have games?
We had a game every day for a week and a half and then we had one day off in between each playoff game.
BY Rebecca ashley
Michael Ballew uncovers a clay sculpture that sits on a shelf in the Holman Building. He places it on the table and begins explaining the thought that went into the creation of the piece sitting in front of him, a piece he’s sculpted for his Bachelors of Fine Arts Show that will be held prior to his graduation in spring 2015.
The sculpture is of two people. One individual’s clothes are torn and his shoes are worn down. The look in his eyes tell you he’s hurting, and a stubbed finger says he’s faced hardship. The other man holds an iPhone in one hand and wears a smile on his face. He appears ignorant to the first man’s pain.
“This piece is my representation of overseas manufacturing, something that’s still an issue in society,” said Ballew, Fine Arts major with a concentration in ceramics.
Ballew admits he watched a movie on sweatshops that partially inspired him to create this piece.
“There are still big name companies using sweatshops. Large companies that lie about how much they are paying people because it’s not enough to live off. These companies manufacture a hig h percentage of goods that come into this country,” Ballew said. “I’m not advocating for ‘only American made products’, but I do think these big name companies are underpaying people who deserve a livable wage. It’s a social injustice.”
By Rebekah Ashley
Scout Sorcic, an Outdoor Adventure Leadership(ODAL) and Ski Business / Resort Management major, grew up in Leadville, Colorado. It was there that she discovered her passion for outdoor education that brought her to Sierra Nevada College.
“Growing up in Colorado there were a lot of scholarships for outdoor education courses offered to local students. I did an Outward Bound course, a NOLS course, a course with the Women’s Wilderness Institute and eventually ended up at the High Mountain Institute my junior year of high school,” Sorcic said.
The High Mountain Institute offered Sorcic a semester of classes and backpacking with a focus on leadership skills.
“It was there that I decided I really liked the idea of outdoor education,” Sorcic said.
During her time at Sierra Nevada College, Sorcic has been an active leader on campus and in the Tahoe community. She collaborated with the nonprofit organization, She Jumps, to create a scholarship that allows female SNC students to take the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Level 1 course for free.
“Scout created a partnership with She Jumps, a non-profit organization. She’s on fire! She is making things happen on campus,” said her advisor, Interdisciplinary Studies Chair Katie Zanto.
In addition to her work with She Jumps, Sorcic rallied to get a group of ODAL students to attend the Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference that will happen in January 2015. This was just one case that demonstrated her passion towards outdoor education and helped her stand out to faculty such as Rosie Hackett, director of Outdoor Adventure Leadership.
“Scout is a stellar student,” Hackett said. “She understands that learning does not start nor end in the classroom. She understands that learning is most successful when it is authentic, and that learning takes initiative and a whole lot of courage to get uncomfortable.”
Name: Maddie Hall
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
What was the most exciting thing you did this summer?
I took a trip to Newport and Orange County that was really fun. I had never been to the Laguna area before. I went down there to go cliff jumping into the ocean which was exciting because I don’t normally do that sort of thing.
What do your summers normally consist of?
I usually go skiing somewhere out of the country. My family either goes to Chile, New Zealand, or Australia. Chile had the best sunsets I have ever seen in my life.
What was different from being in Southern California compared to the northern coast?
There’s no snow in So Cal. There’s a totally different vibe in Tahoe. You know you can walk around in sweatpants and a t-shirt and no one’s really going to care. In Santa Barbara you sort of have to dress up. Maybe you don’t have to but you do because everyone around you does and you have to keep up with appearances.
Did you work during the summer?
Yes. I worked at El Encanto which is a 5-star restaurant and hotel in Santa Barbara. (It had) super pretty views and OK management, but it was worth it because I made a good amount of money to support myself while living down there.
Name: Meghan Tebow
Hometown: Fredricksburg, Virginia
Major: ODAL and Journalism
Meghan transferred to SNC to obtain her bachelor’s degree after serving in the military for three years as a weather forecaster and working in national parks across the country. She moved to the Tahoe area this August, a week prior to school starting, with her 3-year-old daughter, Karolien Rose Tebow.
So you are 25 and you have already spent time in the military?
I was 20 when I joined. I had been traveling a lot, and kind of joined the military to settle down.
Wow, I don’t think most people think of the military when they think of “settling down.”
Well, I had been traveling for two years. I worked in odd jobs all over the U.S. I worked in an outdoor store in Maine. I went to Wyoming and worked in a lodge there. I was a flight attendant for a brief time. I had odd jobs pretty much all over the U.S. I’ve been to almost every state and lived in almost 10 states. Then I joined the military.
So you join the Air Force and you get stationed in Hawaii. Are you always this lucky?
Well it was a low chance. The highest GPA’s had priority, and they gave us a list to pick from, and Hawaii and Germany were on the list. I was in a place, where I was ready to go hang on an island for three years.
How was life in the military?
In the military you have a really involved job. You’re doing meetings and PT and as a weather forecaster I was on the clock a lot. We would work 12 hour night shifts. Basically, I worked every holiday, but I did get long breaks. I would get like three or four days off so I did get to go hang on the beach and enjoy Hawaii.
How does one become a weather forecaster in the Air Force?
When you first enlist, they sort through whatever jobs they have available. I was going to be a linguist. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a top secret clearance because of a misdemeanor when I was a teenager. The next option they had was weather. So I was like, ok, I’ll do weather.
So the military trained you to forecast the weather?
Yeah. They sent me to Air Force college to get weather training and I went to Hawaii Pacific University to get some of my core classes done.