“We were all looking forward to playing our first games of the season. We had been preparing all year and were ready to play someone besides ourselves. I knew everyone would be pumped up so I expected two big wins,” said Junior Todd Grimm
The team traveled nearly 400 miles to open their season with a conference game against HSU and a nonconference game against SOU. Despite the challenges and distractions of a long road trip, the team came away with two victories.
“Our first game against HSU was 21-5. We dominated and it was a great start to the season,” said head coach Bruce Meierdiercks. “The second game against SOU was 14-6. We jumped out to an 11-0 halftime lead but because we played back to back games, our conditioning suffered in the second half and made the game look much closer than it was.”
The Eagle’s Eye Editing team traded in the Tahoe Basin for the Big Apple for the National College Media Convention from March 10-12 in New York City.
Sage Sauerbrey, Kelly Mahoney, Jamie Wanzek, Keifer Bly, Johanna Tikkanen, Jackson Heath and Meghan Herbst, accompanied by paper advisor and journalism professor Tanya Canino, traveled across the country to attend the conference and experience the city.
With funding from the SGA, the Eagle’s Eye editors were able to attend a variety of informational journalism sessions along with 1,200 other attendees from colleges around the country.
“I am so glad I was able to participate in the NYC journalism conference. This opportunity opened my eyes to the professional world of journalism, and much more,” said Photo and Design Editor Jamie Wanzek.
The College Media Association holds national conferences every year with a variety of events, sessions and prominent keynote speakers. This year the speakers were New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman; political cartoonists Daryl Cagle, Steve Sack, Adam Zyglis and Taylor Jones; along with VICE reporter Vikram Gandhi.
“Vikram produced a popular documentary and is now on the HBO series ‘VICE.’ He works for VICE Media, which is one of the organizations I am most interested in,” said Assistant Editor Meghan Herbst. “His insights and the way he talked about breaking into the business were very inspiring. He told us all to learn how to create our own stories, in our own voice.”
Sierra Nevada College has been using AGB search to find a new president for the school. The school chose AGB because they seemed like the most organized option.
“The Committee received information from five search firms. We then narrowed those down to two and ran Skype interviews with them. The search firms that the committee looked at were all very similar in process but when it came to facilitating a search, Dick Wueste of AGB Search was the most prepared. He had done his research and communicated how he would apply that information to the search process,” said Rick Parsons, Associate Professor of Fine Arts.
AGB Search has been working with the school to find a president with the best attributes. Dick Wueste came to the campus on March 4th and stayed for three days. Dick ran listening sessions with faculty members, staff, students, alumnus, community members and trustees. In these sessions Dick gathered information about the institution and the people affiliated with the institution. He will use this information to build a Presidential Profile for Sierra Nevada College.
The Presidential Attributes for an institution of this size seem pretty standard. I have not been surprised by anything I have heard up to this point. People are looking for a collaborative, transparent leader with fundraising skills. This person should have a firm understanding of academics and strong leadership skills. It is now about finding the right person to take this institution to the next level.
We all believe in the Mission and Vision of this college and are excited about its potential and the person that will help lead us toward our collective goals,” Parsons said. AGB Search should be turning some results relatively soon.
“The search firm should be sending us a draft of the profile to be proofed in the next week,” Parsons said.
The Sierra Nevada College ski and snowboard teams dominated during the week and were able to bring back home a lot of hardware. The teams won a total of eight team National Championship titles, 24 individual podiums and four overall team National Championship titles.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and Sierra Nevada College is leading the way with several different events under the title “Speak Out Against Hate.”
Beginning March 30, SNC will be providing a safe and open place for those who have experienced any form of sexual assault or for those wanting to understand the pain of dealing with such a traumatic experience. In conjunction with Tahoe Safe Alliance, these programs will help those coping with past or present issues regarding abuse and sexual assault.
Will Hoida, Director of Student Affairs, has helped put on these events in the past.
“We have been putting on events for at least part of the year for the last 10 years that I have been here,” said Hoida. “Obviously, what’s been happening in the media and what’s been happening across the country as far as colleges and universities and the government has now gotten involved stating ‘we must be proactive’, which is great because they are basically making these campuses and all these universities take action against sexual assault.”
SwapDrive co-founder Roland Schumann spoke to a crowd of inspiring entrepreneurs on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Sierra Nevada College. As a successful entrepreneur, Schumann shared his experiences when starting his company, and insights to what an investor looks at when evaluating potential investments.
“I’m thankful the school has supported such events for students,” Junior Alex Labranche, a recent SNC Business Plan competitor, said. “As a business major, I found [Schumann’s] talk to be very helpful for future endeavors.”
While Schumann was in school at George Washington’s Masters of Science and Information Systems program, he and a classmate came up with the idea for their business, SwapDrive Incorporated.
Earlier this year, two Islamic militants entered the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, armed with assault rifles, killing 11 of the magazine’s staff members and injuring several more. The shooting at the magazine, known for controversial representations of the Muslim prophet Muhammad and other cultural and political figures, sparked debate within Western and Islamic culture.
The hashtag, “Je Suis Charlie,” became popular on an international level, and acted as a symbol of solidarity for those who support the freedom of speech and the press. In response to these attacks, students at Sierra Nevada College are putting together an exhibit in the Prim Library, showcasing several cartoonists’ artistic reactions to the shooting at Charlie Hebdo.
The College Media Association has put together a collection of over 300 editorial cartoons for students to display in their own university or college, to shed light on the events in Paris. They acknowledge these cartoons as “one of the most poignant and fitting displays of solidarity for the murdered journalists and the principle of free speech.”
Several staff members and students at Sierra Nevada College followed the debate surrounding the attacks in Paris, and came to their own conclusions about the nature of free speech and satire.
Similar to the television show “Shark Tank”, the judges of the Warren and Jale Trepp Business Plan Competition evaluated potential business investments at Sierra Nevada College. Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 7 student teams were thrown into SNC’s shark tank.
“I don’t think we’re quite as brutal as the sharks,” said competition judge, Bridge Stuart. “The bottom line is, [when judging] I’m looking for something that I would invest in.”
Three winning businesses received cash prizes: 3Denim, 5G Technologies LLC and Ski-Alert. The four other teams competing were Zap, Tent it, BeastBay and Wrap-revival. All teams competing were scored based on their business plans and pitches.
“It was interesting to see the wide array of products being pitched,” said Freshman Paul Wohlberg. “I liked Beastbay the most because of what the company stood for and what they were trying to achieve.”
Henry Rivera envisioned the design company, Beastbay at 15 years old. Other BeastBay members, Rachel Odgers and Henry Phillips, wore the T-shirts designed by Rivera. The T-shirt design advocates self-empowerment for youth and young adults. According to BeastBay, their outreach program “helps disadvantaged youth.”
“We plan to give back $3 to the community for every shirt sold,” said Riviera.
3Denim won first place, receiving $4,000. Members of the team were Evan Cook, Kelly Benson and Brendan Wheelwright. Using 3D technology, 3Denim creates individualized denim products digitally fitted and personalized for customers. According to 3Denim, their kiosk includes a machine that scans and records a customer’s body. The machine scan “takes seven seconds and records over 4,000,000 data points on the human body.” From the scan, digital avatars are created using the company’s 3D software. From any computer connected to the Internet, customers can then design “the jeans of their dreams.”
The sole member pitching for 5G Technologies LLC was Brian Gaas. For winning second place, Gaas received $1,750. 5G Technologies LLC was founded by Gaas and his four older siblings to resolve air pollution issues in major industrial cities. According to 5G Technologies LLC, the company’s innovative air purifiers combine particular organic plant species and current purification technologies that “supercharge the effect of the plant’s ability to filter air.”
Team members Marco Gooding, Grant Furlan, Austin Smith and Bryant Davis of Ski-Alert won the third place cash prize of $750.
Ski-Alert offered a new safety system using web applications for winter sport enthusiasts and ski-resorts. When a customer rides at Ski-Alert partnered resorts, their phone application will have a panic button directly linked to resort ski patrol infrastructures. When using the app, customers have the reassurance of carrying another “proactive safety system” on the mountain.
“Some good advice given to us before tonight was: Have fun, it’s cool. People sometimes get too worried because it’s a competition,” said Davis. “It takes a lot of work to get here, so enjoy it.”
Max Irving, Bryan Williams, Jackson Heath and Michael Klink represented Tent It. Tent It provides an efficient system for outdoor enthusiasts seeking an all-in-one backpack. The Tent It backpack was designed to include an “integrated tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat.”
Zap is an online service for customers seeking to sell homes. Team members, Alex Labranche and Chase Gerwin, created a web service that helps home-owners wanting to retain a broker’s expense from property sales. During the pitch, Gerwin repeatedly said, “You could sell it yourself but it’s super hard, frustrating and you’ll probably mess it up.”
Zap was created as a web based home broker that guides customers throughout the process of selling a home.
2014 Jale and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition winner, Jacob Bricklin, joined by Tyler Freezman, Kyle Kelly and Brooke O’neill, developed Wrap Revival. A business that creates advertisement partnerships using a subsidized co-branding model, Wrap Revival offers ski and snowboard protective coverings that provide custom graphics and ad-space for companies to place logos. Companies wishing to sell that ad-space can also do so.
The three winning teams qualify to compete in Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan in April. They’ll compete against the best undergraduate teams from Nevada, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
PHOTO BY JAKE BRAYTON
THE 3DENIM TEAMMATES Evan Cook, Kelly Benson and Brendan Wheelwright took first place with their 3D-scan approach to the perfect fitting jeans.
A new, redesigned website will aid Sierra Nevada College by creating a space to post student-created photos and videos to showcase college activities.
“The purpose of the new website is to give SNC a better platform online to showcase our amazing college. It will allow us to post even more photos and videos, many of which will be created by our students, highlighting all the opportunities both in and outside the classroom that an education at SNC Tahoe affords,” said Dean of Students Will Hoida.
“It will give our students even more chances to showcase all the amazing things they do as students at SNC both in and outside the classroom,” Hoida said.
Nicole Ferguson, vice president of Marketing and Enrollment Services, agrees.
“The website will help us to show who SNC Tahoe is. It is hard to explain and describe what goes on at and around the College. It is a lot easier to show people through pictures and video. The new website is a great marketing tool for us that allows us to show our beautiful campus as well as our adventurous students that rise up to a challenge. Ultimately, the new website will help enrollment by generating interest, but also by attracting the right students to SNC,” Ferguson said.
“First and foremost the website is utilized as a recruitment tool for us in admissions. Now more than ever, potential students are inquiring about SNC from the website. So the purpose of the website was to be more engaging, attractive and user friendly for everyone,” said Dean of Admissions Steve Berry.
During a typical school week, Senior Tom Loeschner does more than attend classes at Sierra Nevada College. In his free time, he could be searching for dead trees in the Tahoe National Forest, fashioning a bench in his garage or discussing a custom table for a resident of Incline Village.
“There’s a good adage that I never believed until I started my business,” said Loeschner. “It’s ‘Work hard for eight hours a day for somebody else, or be the boss and work sixteen hours a day’.”
Recently at I.V. Coffee Lab in Incline Village, Loeschner installed new custom benches and a coffee bar, both fashioned from local wood as part of his wood and metalworking business, Greywood.
“I strive to be green in my business, so all my slab wood is cut from dead trees in the Tahoe National Forest. I gather the trees myself. I fell them and I mill them myself, and then I build the furniture myself. From tree to finished piece it’s all hands on,” Loeschner said.
Tom has also built a table for Lighthouse Coffee in Sparks, NV, and custom pieces for homes in the Tahoe and Reno area.
Junior Terra Breeden has started two of her own businesses in the past, but she feels her most recent endeavor into athletic clothing has been more successful because of the experience gained during these two attempts.
“We’re still learning so much even though; we’re in our third year,” Breeden said.
The athletic and yoga clothing industries are currently the fastest growing in the clothing industry, according to Breeden. Her clothing business, Indah Yoga, is selling at Gaialicious in South Lake Tahoe and High Altitude Fitness in Incline Village. In addition, Indah Yoga is selling clothes in stores as far away as White Fish, Montana and San Diego, California.
“As a company we’re striving to be something that’s really unique and creative, but also really comfortable and affordable,” said Breeden.
Senior Henry Phillips, a student veteran and non-profit owner at SNC, wanted to do something more for young veterans transitioning to civilian life. Outside of class time, he has started the Mountain King’s Motorcycle Club Family, to provide assistance to this demographic of college students.
“What their purpose is, is to provide one on one mentorship to at-risk or disadvantaged veterans to get them on their feet,” said Phillips.
Phillips plans to buy property in the Tahoe area to serve as a resting point for veteran’s who have just recently left the service, most of whom are older than the average college student. The average college student that has served in the military in the United States is 29 years old, according to Phillips. He says that this can be a challenging transition for many of them.
“We get a little bit of assistance on the way out the door, but it’s almost like the mindset of the college graduate. Our safety net is being taken away from us. We have to survive on our own now,” Phillips said, “A lot of veterans shut down.”
Several students enter into their own personal business ventures at SNC, and Phillips attributes this trend to SNC’s business department, which he believes has fostered an environment of entrepreneurship and support.
“It’s the recognition that come from peers and faculty that really drive people to do things.”
Courtesy of Facebook & Indah Yoga
Senior Tom Loeschner breaks down a tree for his custom woodworking business, Greywood.
Junior Terra Breeden poses in one of her athletic yoga outfits from her company “Indah Yoga”.