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Sierra Nevada College
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MottoSierra 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.
TypePrivate Liberal Arts University
PresidentDr. Alan Walker
ProvostShannon Beets
Administrative staff
24 full time faculty,
50 part time faculty
Location, ,

SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE Latitude and Longitude:

39°14′40″N 119°56′20″W / 39.2444°N 119.9388°W / 39.2444; -119.9388
CampusMountain Community
ColorsRoyal Blue and White
MascotEli – 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, humanities including psychology and interdisciplinary studies, ski business & resort management, fine arts and teacher education. Founded in 1969, it is located in Incline Village, Nevada in the Sierras, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. The College 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 30 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, 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]

SNC, in collaboration with UC Davis, houses the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, a facility conducting research on Lake Tahoe.

Summer visiting artist workshops

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

  • 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 (Program Chair - Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program)
  • Patricia Smith - poet (Creative Writing Faculty)
  • Gayle Brandeis - author (Creative Writing Faculty - Distinguished Visiting Professor/Writer in Residence 2014-2015)
  • Brad Perry - American dramatic tenor (opera singer) - Adjunct Music Faculty

Notable alumni


  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". Sierra Nevada College. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "artist's website". Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Matea Ferk". Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Assemblyman Philip P.K. O'Neill". Nevada Legislature. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Tea PALIC - Olympic Alpine Skiing | Croatia". International Olympic Committee. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  9. ^ "PALIC Tea - Biographie". Retrieved 2017-10-29.

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