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Don’t be “that kid” tomorrow walking into the wrong class at the wrong time! Check the finals schedule:… fb.me/1OoNC17xj

Don’t be “that kid” tomorrow walking into the wrong class at the wrong time! Check the finals schedule:… fb.me/1OoNC17xj

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A quick distraction for those studying hard for finals. Hope to see all of you showing off your dance moves this… fb.me/1o4ret3Gd

A quick distraction for those studying hard for finals. Hope to see all of you showing off your dance moves this… fb.me/1o4ret3Gd

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Our 2012 Holiday Gala Live Auction offers twelve very unique items. Click below to view these offerings. Anything… fb.me/1qEKaJLyj

Our 2012 Holiday Gala Live Auction offers twelve very unique items. Click below to view these offerings. Anything… fb.me/1qEKaJLyj

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Smell Like You Mean It

Here are some images from Karl Schwiesow’s BFA show reception last week:

Karl himself, in piscatorial attire:

He walked up to one of his pieces, attached a small bellows, and began pumping with his foot.

Along the way to inflation, a few adjustments were made.

The crowd watched the emergence of a green silhouette.

Once the green silhouette was raised to its full stature, Karl produced a poem from his slicker, and read it (the title of this blog post is taken from the poem’s concluding line).

The poem was returned to its pocket.

The performance’s devolution was diligently recorded.

The bellows was used to deflate the inflatable.

Or perhaps the inflatable should simply be called the “deflatable” at this point.

And I’ll leave you with a few more images from the show, both populated an abandoned.

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Start your 2012 holiday season in style by joining friends of Sierra Nevada College for an enchanting evening… fb.me/1bUvl3LfG

Start your 2012 holiday season in style by joining friends of Sierra Nevada College for an enchanting evening… fb.me/1bUvl3LfG

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Tonight in the Tahoe Gallery: Karl Schwiesow’s BFA Exhibition, The Red Boat fb.me/24hcNVbEE

Tonight in the Tahoe Gallery: Karl Schwiesow’s BFA Exhibition, The Red Boat fb.me/24hcNVbEE

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President Gillette’s “Current Topics” Economics Class

 

Steve Edelmann, co-founder and former President of RONCO Consulting Corporation, gives students a step-by-step account of the entrepreneurial elements of launching humanitarian mine detection and de-mining programs in war-torn countries around the globe.
John Sherriff, former CEO of Enron Europe, shares the intricacies of mark-to-market accounting, off balance sheet financing, and the use of special purpose entities.  Sherriff went on to outline his latest business venture – building a capital financing network for plaintiffs in lawsuits.
Rick Mears, VP of Guest Services for the San Francisco Giants, challenges students on what it takes to build a corporate culture of customer service from the top to the bottom of an organization, using as a model the Giants’ commitment to providing the ultimate fan experience.

Students in Dr. Lynn Gillette’s senior level economics course on Current Topics, engage with guest speakers who bring their experience with business issues and entrepreneurial challenges into the classroom.  Students learn through asking questions based on their advance review of case materials and other readings.

Stephen Edelmann, the co-founder and former President of RONCO Consulting Corporation (now retired), built an international services firm that provided training, implementation and management services to developing countries throughout the world.

Under Edelmann’s leadership, RONCO applied entrepreneurial know-how to humanitarian relief efforts and economic growth programs often working closely with U.S. Agency for International Development.  Edelmann’s conversation with students drew from the experiences of over 300 company projects including development of agribusiness in Egypt and management of a massive land privatization effort in the post-Soviet era Ukraine.

Edelmann’s firm led the way in mine-detection programs in Afghanistan and subsequently in Mozambique, Rwanda and elsewhere.  In Afghanistan, RONCO successfully built a business infrastructure and trained local residents in mine-detection.  Edelmann expressed pride in essentially putting RONCO out of the job through the company’s commitment to developing local capacity; RONCO left the country with a fully functioning program in place including 92 trained dogs and over 300 highly trained local employees.  This local company subsequently grew to become the largest civilian employer in Afghanistan.

Students questioned Edelmann on the origins of his commitment to entrepreneurship and his interest in other cultures, sought advice on working in economic development outside of the U.S., and probed the notion of delivering humanitarian relief through a for-profit business.

Edelmann pointed to the strengths of an entrepreneurial mindset that allowed RONCO to rebuild thousands of kilometers of roads in formerly war-torn areas at $.31 per square meter, substantially below the UN standard of $1.50 per square meter.  He shared growing up in environment surrounded by family members who were entrepreneurs, but indicated that he launched his own business only after working for someone else and coming to believe that he had what it took.   He noted that in his experience, entrepreneurs were to be found across all cultures and around the world – all shared a common ability to see opportunities and tenaciously pursue their vision.

John Sherriff, former CEO of Enron Europe and currently Owner, Lake Tahoe Financial, made two guest appearances during the semester.  The first time around, he focused on the details of Enron’s business model, its operations, and its spectacular rise and fall.  In his second appearance, he answered detailed questions from students on his own decade-long business creating a capital financing network for plaintiffs in commercial lawsuits; thereby providing working capital during the often lengthy litigation process.  He explained his analytical framework for assessing opportunities and how he has created a unique niche for his business that positions him to secure projects that meet his overall criteria and appetite for risk.

Rick Mears, Vice President of Guest Services for the San Francisco Giants outlined how the Giants have built a unique fan-centered culture that pervades daily operations at AT&T Park and all aspects of the franchise.  Mears talked about the practical aspects of instilling this focus on the fan experience from the top to the bottom of the organization and involved SNC students in a mock new hire orientation to bring the point home.  Mears emphasized that “excellence is a choice” in business and personal life, and encouraged students to make that commitment.

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Don’t miss this month’s Writer in the Woods reading and workshop with Kelle Groom, author of “I Wore the Ocean in… fb.me/ypqWa2xf

Don’t miss this month’s Writer in the Woods reading and workshop with Kelle Groom, author of “I Wore the Ocean in… fb.me/ypqWa2xf

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27th Annual SNC Choir Holiday Concerts

 

Are you ready to be lifted into the holiday season in an inspiring way? Plan to attend the Sierra Nevada College Concert Choir winter concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 1.

Vivaldi’s “Gloria” is one of the most widely performed and recorded Italian Baroque pieces. Many sections of the Gloria are generally recognized. There is great energy in many of the choral pieces. The “Et in terra pax” (and peace on earth) is one of the most divinely beautiful pieces in the choral literature. A duet (Laudamus te) and three inventive solos fill out the Gloria. Soloists for this impressive work include Joy Strotz, Dave Pierce, Kevin Beiswenger, and Lorelei Van Peborgh.

“Misa Criolla” is an all together different experience. It is full of compelling dancing rhythms and vocal lines. The piece was written by Ariel Ramirez, Argentine composer and folk music scholar. It somehow manages to be sacred and raucous at the same time. Percussionists and guitarists from the SNC music department will add zest. Our favorite tenor, Kevin Beiswenger, will be doing the solo work for this piece, joined by Dave Pierce, of Squaw Valley fame. This is a rousing, festive, celebratory piece.

Other soloists who will be performing during the evening will include SNC junior, Bryce Bullins (Ave Maria); Bob McIver (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas) Karen Colbert, Caroline Kaplan, Vikki Gallien, Claire Roberts, Josii Johnson, and Frances Hamilton and Natalie Dyjak (singing the breathtaking Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Weber) Piano accompaniment will be provided by Katie Lauder and director Donna Axton.

The evening will end with our traditional “O Holy Night.”

The SNC choir brings high quality musical productions to this community. The membership is drawn from Tahoe’s north shore, Truckee, and Sierra Nevada College. Donna Axton is the musical director and conductor. Listening to the choir is a joy.

For more information, call: 775-881-7586.

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