Program Advisors

Honors Program directors Samantha Bankston and Robert King are dedicated to fostering a community of active and engaged undergraduate scholars to lead the academic charge at Sierra Nevada College. Both received their doctorates from Purdue University’s Philosophy and Literature program after assorted degrees in philosophy, literary theory and cultural studies, French, and English lit, and teaching and fellowship positions in both the US and Europe. They have published numerous articles and translations, edited and translated books, are working on books on philosophy, and present at national and international conferences in the fields of literature, philosophy, economics, and cultural theory.


The Students

Bryce Bullins

Major: English, Music
Class of 2014

Bryce is an editor for the Sierra Nevada Review, Secretary of the Creative Writing Club, and has received multiple academic honors. He plans to attend graduate school for Literature or Creative Writing in order to teach. His spare time is spent writing poetry or reviews, practicing voice, with his nose buried in a book (or e-book), or polluting his ears with sonic vibrations.

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Luis Chavez

Major: Accounting, Entrepreneurship
Class of 2014

Luis Chavez’s passions are soccer and snowboarding. His future entails graduate school and owning his own business.

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Kenny Stoneman

Major: Creative Writing
Class of 2014

Kenny Stoneman came to SNC after six years in the United States Navy to specialize in Fiction in the new Creative Writing program. He has attended several national conferences and tutored many students in English throughout his years at SNC. His immediate goals are to attend graduate school in Scotland, become a Professor of Creative Writing, and buy a castle.

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Bridget McGuigan

Major: Global Management, International Studies
Class of 2014

Bridget McGuigan has successfully maintained a 3.8 GPA while juggling work, college, friends, and the Marine Corps Reserve. She manages the school soccer club team and tutors math in the Sierra Nevada College tutoring center. Her goals include finishing her Marine Corps Reserve Contract and attending graduate school.

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Andrew Casey

Major: Finance and Economics
Class of 2014

Andrew Casey has held an internship at a law firm while working on his Business degree. He fundraises for the Wounded Warrior Project and Greenpeace, and enjoys helping others.

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Juan Sandoval

Major: Creative Writing, Psychology
Class of 2017

Juan Sandoval aims to continue his high academic achievement here at Sierra Nevada College. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in criminal psychology. In his free time he reads and writes.

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Cole Mizak

Major: Global Management
Class of 2017

Cole Mizak received high honors throughout high school, and some of his poems and short stories have been published. He competes on a regional and national level in motocross competitions nationwide. His goals include graduating Summa Cum Laude, achieve a high ranking on the LSAT, and attend an Ivy League law school.

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