Homecoming & Family Weekend
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on a memorable Homecoming/Family Weekend. Family members and Alumni are vital part of the SNC Family and we look forward to seeing you back in Tahoe next year!!
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October 7 – 9, 2016
SNC Tahoe’s 3rd annual Homecoming and Family Weekend on Oct 7, 8, and 9 was packed with events celebrating the past, present, and future of the college. Alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff gathered Friday evening at the Welcome Mixer to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and hear President Dr Alan Walker’s opening address.
“What a wonderful way to truly get a feel for my son’s college experience! The combination of alumni, students, parents and faculty together on one weekend gave us all the chance to feel like part of the greater SNC community. The quality of people that SNC attracts and who stay involved speaks volumes about what they have built – an environment grounded in community with the intent to help students find their personal strengths and share them with the world.”
– SNC parent Kjerstin Klein
On Saturday, mini classes taught by professors Dan O’Bryan, Chuck Levitan, Rick Parson, and Richard Gire were followed by the Alumni Forum. JT Chevallier ’13, Jason Paladino ’12, Aly (Cohen) Nugent ’11, Daniel Xu ’07, and Michael Chestone ’07 shared stories of how they turned their challenges and successes at SNC into successful careers.
The afternoon continued with both the Men’s and Women’s Soccer team games against Simpson University. The women’s team won their hard-fought game with a resounding 6 – 0 score!
At the second annual Alumni Awards Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday evening, Ben Solomon received the Lane Murray Distinguished Alumni Award, and award-winning investigative journalist Jason Paladino ’12 was the inaugural Alumni of the Year recipient.
To wrap up, everyone headed back to campus for the “In”Famous Tent party. Patterson Hall and the Patio were packed with partiers dancing the night away to the band Mere Mortals, while alumni shared stories of the “good ole” days … a few of which could (but won’t) be recounted here.
After chef Aaron Zendner’s famous brunch on Sunday, hundreds of SNC supporters cheered on the nationally ranked Men’s Lacrosse team as they beat Dominican University 13-9 in a preseason match.
2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Lane Murray Distinguished Alumni Award
The annual Lane Murray Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes extraordinary service and dedication to the students and alumni of SNC over several years. The award is named for Lane Murray, whose warmth, energy, dedication, and commitment during her 22 year tenure at the college enriched the lives of generations of SNC students and alumni.
2016 Recipient: Ben Soloman
Ben began his relationship with SNC as a volunteer professor when SNC was founded in 1969. He served as the CEO of the college for 25 years, including Administrative Director (1970 – 1980), President (1980 – 1993 and 2003 – 2005), and Chancellor (1993 – 1994). During his tenure, SNC grew from 23 full time students and three converted buildings to several hundred students and an energy efficient campus with five buildings.
After his second tenure as President, Ben as dedicated his energy to the Board of Trustees to enhance the student experience at SNC. Today, Ben can still be found on campus, dining in Patterson or reminiscing with staff, students, and faculty.
Alumni of the Year
The Alumni of the Year award recognizes a member of the Sierra Nevada College Alumni Association for extraordinary achievement in their career field within the past year.
2016 Recipient: Jason Paladino ’12
While still in grad school at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, Jason began an in-depth investigation into safety issues on U.S. Navy aircraft after he lost one of his close friends to a fatal naval helicopter crash. Paladino’s reporting with Mike Hixenbaugh demonstrated that the Navy used the Cold War-era Sea Dragon helicopter for years without proper maintenance and replacement parts, despite repeated, sometimes fatal, crashes and fires.
The resulting NBC Nightly News broadcast “Sea Dragon Down” (Feb 3 2015) won multiple awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for the best investigative TV news report in the country for 2015, and finalist for the 2016 Livingston Awards for media professionals under 35, popularly known as the Pulitzer for the Young.