Keynote address from Terry Jones highlights inaugural Convocation

Terry Jones addresses the crowd at Convocation, with President Gillette looking on.

Monday night, President Lynn G. Gillette presented the first annual Convocation at Sierra Nevada College. Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year by inviting students, staff, and faculty to engage with a common theme. For 2013-2014, the academic theme at SNC is innovation.

Introducing the theme of innovation, Provost Shannon Beets discussed the importance of innovation in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Innovation at SNC is defined not only as new products and improved designs, but rather as the ability to make change in the world. “Innovation is only as good as the change it makes in the world,” said Beets.

Provost Beets introduced convocation speaker, Terry Jones. Jones, who founded Travelocity in 1996, recently resigned as chairman of the board of, which sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion in 2012. Jones spoke of the importance of innovation in a constantly changing world and encouraged students to take risks both in school and beyond their education.