Open mic and poetry slam nights, community service and political forums are not high on a freshman’s extra curricular list at Sierra Nevada College. Freshman students prefer day hikes, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and trips to San Francisco.
Free beer! The words resonated through a line of skiers and snowboarders 500 yards long, all waiting to get free lift tickets at Snowbomb in AT&T Park. Snowbomb, a ski/snowboard expo, exhibits brews, gear, lift tickets and massive amounts of swag to San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose. The work force for this massive festival included 15 interns from Sierra Nevada College.
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.
A new Strategic Plan, taking Sierra Nevada College through 2021, aims to create a university culture that emphasizes active learning, community service, university collaborations, student outcomes and learning through extra curriculars.
When thousands of individual pieces of colored tiles are pieced together to create one large image, it’s called a mosaic. When dozens of community members, the Boys and Girls Club and an Interdisciplinary Studies student work together to make that mosaic, it’s called “Coloring Kings Beach,” a Service Learning project created by Art and Psychology student Jamie Himes.
Himes’ project began when she helped create a clay club within the Boys and Girls Club.
“The whole purpose was to let kids know, you can do artwork in your community,” said Himes, a senior from Arkansas.
Over the past few weeks black bears have become a danger to themselves as well as the community. Bears have broken into Sierra Nevada College dorm rooms, off-campus students apartments, and a few cars in the Incline Village area. SNC has taken action to educate students about bear etiquette in order to avoid inappropriate human-bear interaction in the future.
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.
MiddCORE is returning for its second summer at Sierra Nevada College. The program, a collaboration between Sierra Nevada College and Middleburry College, is a three week long workshop that teaches students about leadership and innovation.
Prim-Shultz dormitory on the Sierra Nevada College campus flooded due to sprinkler damage on Saturday, Oct. 5 and damaged 9 total rooms. The cost for repair is still unknown.