Sierra Nevada College was significantly represented at the 2013 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP) from March 6-9 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, with seven undergraduate English students, four Masters of Fine Arts students and 10 professors spanning SNC’s English department
EnvironmentalFrom camping and hiking, to learning about organic farming and observing elephant seals and the environment’s ecosystems, Assistant Professor Andy Rost and his Fundamentals of Environmental Interpretation class learned it all on March 7-9 at California’s Central Coast.
Adventure journalist and writer Tracy Ross on Friday, Feb. 8, visited Sierra Nevada College for both her visiting writer workshop and her reading.
“I think I left my beacon in the truck,” my friend said. The quarter-size snowflakes stuck in his beard as he rifled through his pack. I peered out over the edge of the chute that carved a path down to the frozen lake below.
Castle Lake is a small glacial lake located approximately 10 miles outside Mt. Shasta City. On your typical morning in June, the lake would be bustling with families unpacking picnics, kayaks and fishing gear from their cars. Today was different. Today only a small caravan of skiers braved the two feet of fresh snow to take advantage of the rare powder day in June.
The veiled woman watched us with careful attention. Perhaps we captivated her by our conversation that at times switched from Spanish to English, or the distinctiveness of our bi-racial portrait—a gangly Americano and a Morena. I’m sure the conversation was hard to follow, and it was getting rowdy in the bar car of the 18:20 train going from Tupiza to Oruro. A group of four Argentinians, a few Germans and a Brazilian couple joined us to drink wine and beer in their booth.
Over spring break, nine students enrolled in the California Condor Conservation class that traveled to Central California to observe the largest bird in North America, the California condor. Hosting the trip was Kirk Hardie, Adjunct Faculty of Science accompanied by science and technology professor, Steve Ellsworth.
The class met once two weeks prior to the trip. The students left the morning of March 12 from Incline Village. They camped at Pinnacles National Monument Park in Central California near Hollister and stopped along the way at the mouth of the Consumes River to observe birds and learn about the wetland environment.
My ears popped. I put a finger in each and adjusted my jaw. At that moment a muffled blast shook the mine shaft. Dust and small pebbles bounced off my helmet.
“The miners are blasting deeper into the mountain.” Jesus chuckled and brushed dust off the mouth of his whiskey bottle, as if in this environment he was concerned with contamination.