Sierra Nevada College

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Sierra Nevada College
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Motto Sierra Nevada College graduates will be educated to be scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world. Sierra Nevada College combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.
Type Private Liberal Arts University
Established 1969
President Dr. Alan Walker
Provost Shannon Beets
Administrative staff
24 full time faculty,
50 part time faculty
Undergraduates 540
Postgraduates 500
Location Incline Village, Nevada, United States
Coordinates: 39°14′40″N 119°56′20″W / 39.2444°N 119.9388°W / 39.2444; -119.9388
Campus Mountain Community
Colors Royal Blue and White
Nickname Eagles
Mascot Eli – an American Eagle

Sierra Nevada College (SNC) is a private, liberal arts university known for its programs in entrepreneurship, environmental science, English and creative writing, ski business & resort management, fine arts, and teacher education. Founded in 1969, it is located in Incline Village, Nevada, in the high sierra at Lake Tahoe, and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The school has varsity athletics programs in skiing and snowboarding, lacrosse, golf, and soccer. The Eagles have won many United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national championships in both men's and women's events.[1]

The Departments of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, and Science and Technology offer over 20 undergraduate majors. The teacher education program leads to Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Administration, and Masters in Education degrees as well as to teacher licensure in Nevada. The College also operates two Low-residency program, Masters of Fine Arts programs. Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts MFA's use a low-residency format and individual mentoring to prepare artists and writers for professional and artistic success.

The MFA-IA program focuses on site-specific and community practice, with a large part of each residency taking place off site at partner locations such as the Sagehen Creek Field Station.[2][3]

Summer Visiting Artist Workshops[edit]

Sierra Nevada College hosts an extensive program of Summer Visiting Artist Workshops which feature well-known artists from multiple disciplines. Artists such as printmaker Sean Starwars, and visual artist and experimental filmmaker Tim Guthrie are regular workshop leaders. [4]

Notable Faculty, Past and Present[edit]

  • Laura McCullough – poet (Masters in Fine Arts Program)
  • Suzanne Roberts - American poet, travel writer, and photographer (Creative Writing Faculty – Distinguished Writer-in-Residence 2011-2012)
  • Carolee Schneeman - Experimental filmmaker. (Visiting Professor, 1994) [5]
  • Brian Turner - poet (Masters in Fine Arts Program)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Eagles win 14th National title in a row - Tahoe Daily Tribune, March 11, 2004". Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "MFA-IA Website". Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "MFA-IA Website". Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ Fine Arts Department at Sierra Nevada College, Summer Workshop Schedule 2016
  5. ^ "artist's website". Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Assemblyman Philip P.K. O'Neill". Nevada Legislature. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 

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