English Alumni News


Alum Awarded the David Holt Prize from University of Essex

December 2010 — Kai Bekkeli, SNC English BA 2009, recently completed his MA with distinction from the University of Essex, UK, in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies. Additionally, he was awarded the David Holt Prize, which is given annually to the student who completes the MA in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies with distinction and the best overall profile of grades.

He has also completed a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) degree from Cambridge, which qualifies him to teach English as a Second Language.

He now plans to return to the U.S. and continue his studies by entering a PhD program.


Alum Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Program

July 2009 — Irina G. Axelrod-Angres, a staff attorney in the civil division of the Nevada Supreme Court and a 1994 graduate of Sierra Nevada College, has been selected as the 2009-2010 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. Each year fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch of government, which includes the Supreme Court and the Federal Judicial Center. As the fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, Axelrod-Angres will provide assistance with the Center’s interjudicial affairs programs. Her fellowship begins in the fall.

Irina came to Sierra Nevada College from Russia as Irina Axelrod by way of Incline Village residents Dr. and Mrs. Alving, friends of her parents. Mrs. Alving introduced Irina—who had already received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in linguistics with a concentration in Germanic languages and English from St. Petersburg State University in Russia—to Sierra Nevada College, which awarded her an academic scholarship. At SNC, Irina earned a bachelor’s degree in English and English literature in 1994 before going on to obtain her law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego.

After obtaining her law degree, Irina clerked for Judges Peter I. Breen and James W. Hardesty (now Chief Justice Hardesty of the Nevada Supreme Court) on the Second Judicial District Court in Reno, Nevada. Following her clerkships, she went into private practice and then left private practice to serve as a staff attorney at the Nevada Supreme Court. Irina’s capacity for simultaneous translation between Russian and English has also allowed her to serve as an interpreter in her law practice.

Irina says, “I would like to mention that I am especially grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Alving and President Emeritus Benjamin Solomon for their help and guidance while I was attending SNC.

For more information on the Fellows Program, please go to http://www.fellows.supremecourtus.gov/index.php.