Sierra Nevada College student Aaron Vanderpool and Andy Rost, associate professor at SNC, began using software such as Google Earth to learn how to model watersheds.The team got a grant for $9,000 from NASA to carry out the project. The faculty was given $5,000 in grant money, and the student was given $4,000.
When he speaks, students listen. When he stops speaking, most people wish he’d continue. Rick Normington is an individual who is capable of captivating an entire room with his business knowledge gained from more than 30 years of private sector work, and he is always willing to assist or mentor anyone who crosses his path.
“Everybody deserves the same opportunity to learn,” Normington said.
At Sierra Nevada College, Normington holds the titles of dean of Business, dean of Continuing and Online Education, and the Harold Walters Siebens Entrepreneurship chair. He’s also certified in management consulting and has received multiple awards including an honorary doctorate degree.
“If I look at the accomplishments in my whole life, I’d have to say that the differences that I’ve made in the lives of students are the most rewarding. Everything else, those are treasures you can’t take with you. They are transitory achievements,” Normington said. “But every student that I can assist to have a more fulfilling life, well, that is something that will live on and have an impact after I can’t teach anymore.”
Long before he became a teacher, Normington helped shape the lives of his employees. One of them was Afshin Mohebbi, who was originally an engineer at Pacific Bell. With Normington’s guidance, Mohebbi transitioned over to the sales department and eventually went on to become the president of British Telecom and Qwest.
You wouldn’t think getting outside for 30 minutes a day would be so difficult, especially living with wilderness just a step outside the front door, but the challenge is real for college student’s with busy schedules. For every hour I sit in the library, instead of satisfying my instinctual drive to be outside, my nerves madden and my young butt aches in discomfort, literally. Time to make the time, get off the struggle bus, and get outside.
Over 90 percent of diseases are caused or complicated by stress (istpp.org). Miriam Webster defines stress as “a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.” According to the article ‘1 in 5 undergrads is constantly stressed’, “Four in 10 students say they endure stress often. Nearly one in five say they feel it all or most of the time” (nbc.com). Given the aforementioned statistic, at what point does stress become too much to bare and further, when should a college or university take the initiative to create a mental health program to aid students floundering due to overwhelming amounts of stress?
The problems associated with the inability to cope with excessive amounts of emotional strain, sizable amounts of schoolwork, financial strain and the struggles of balancing college, work and a social life vary among individuals.
“One in five say they have felt too stressed to do schoolwork or be with friends” (nbc.com). “About the same number say things have been so bad in the past three months that they have seriously considered dropping out of school. Darker still, about one in six say they have friends who in the past year have discussed committing suicide, and about one in 10 say they have seriously considered it themselves. In this ocean of campus anxiety, 13 percent say they have been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as depression or an anxiety disorder.”
At Sierra Nevada College, the best bargain a student can receive when requesting professional support with a mental health issue and the stress caused by the pressures of the life one leads in Tahoe is a $75 per hour bill with a highly respected therapist. The current tuition of SNC, based on sierranevada.edu is $27,753 per year. Fees unassociated with tuition or board include the SGA fee, the Outdoor Adventure fee and the tech fee, which total $729. Is SNC putting a dance, or a whitewater rafting trip or campus-wide wireless above their students mental health?
Students were lured away from the monotonous stress of midterms week by the crackle of crispy bacon and the savory promise of maple syrup to Patterson Hall, where the Student Government Association (SGA) served pancakes to accompany stump speeches.
Few global metropolises can compare with the journalistic powerhouse that is New York City. Therefore, the Sierra Nevada College Eagle’s Eye Newspaper staff set their sights on the College Media Association’s Spring National College Media Convention in the freezing Big Apple.
To begin the “Girl Rising” presentation, Senior Kelly Benson, president of the Justice Club warned the audience that she had only seen a clip of the film and she felt that she received a kick to the stomach in the best possible way.
By Eliza Demarest
If you are like me and many other people in the world, you have, at some time, gloomily felt something lacking in your life; you’re at a loss of understanding why you experience emptiness. You write gratitude lists, expecting a gentle and inspiring talking-to, but instead you end up ignored by the apex of your own vulnerability.
The hardest thing for me to admit is that I have a fear of being vulnerable. Sometimes I forget that the absence of self-compassion constitutes anxiety, fear, anger, worry and guilt.
A recent scroll through the multitude of TED Talks refined my fear of being vulnerable and expanded my youthful perception. It occurred to me that I needed to add a bit of color to my partly filled canvas. For the past decade, acclaimed speaker and renowned author, Brené Brown has studied human connections with an emphasis on vulnerability and courage.
The Tutoring Center at Sierra Nevada College aids anybody in the Incline Village Community who seeks help with learning a certain subject.
The center has at least 10 tutors. Tutors get to personally connect with students they help, and help improve their skills in different subjects.