Special Summer Course Offerings


An eclectic array of summer offerings at Sierra Nevada College

Responding to community requests for stimulating, intellectually-rich, summer fare, Sierra Nevada College is offering two, new, accelerated summer courses, in addition to its renowned Visiting Artists Workshops, now in its 28th year.

Special Topic Courses

Change Management & Teamwork

SNC President Dr. Lynn Gillette will teach a two-week course in Change Management and Teamwork.  Gillette, long-time SNC Professor of Business, regularly teaches change management for Tulane University’s Executive MBA Program in Houston and New Orleans.  He has received nine teaching awards from Tulane attesting to the transformative impact of the course content and his ability to engage seasoned business leaders and professionals.  Open to the community and to senior level undergraduate students, this is the first time this course has been offered in Incline Village.

Gillette’s premise is that many people think that they understand how to create change in a business or organization, but what you don’t know can doom the efforts to failure.  In “Leading Change,” John Kotter, Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School states:  “In too many [change management efforts] the improvement have been disappointing and the carnage has been appalling, with wasted resources and burned-out, scared, or frustrated employees.”  Gillette’s course coaches participants in the practical elements of leading successful organizational change, diagnosing a failed or failing effort, and adjusting accordingly. Drawing from Kotter and other highly regarded texts, it will include a special focus on autopsying change initiatives and crafting individualized change management strategies pertinent to one’s own business or organization.

The session will encompass 12 daily sessions, Monday through Friday from 4-5:30 p.m., beginning on Monday, June 18th and concluding on Tuesday, July 3rd

  • Instructor: President Lynn G. Gillette, Ph.D.
  • June 18th – July 3rd, 2012, Monday-Friday from 4-5:30pm in TCES 106
  • 3 Credits: $1000; Non-Credit: $750


The Monster Within: Sex, Death, and Revenge in Film and Fiction

Adding to the all-star faculty line-up, Executive Vice President and Provost Shannon Beets is teaming up with colleague, Dr. Dan O’Bryan, Associate Provost and Chair of the Department of Humanities to teach the provocatively entitled course: “The Monster Within: Sex, Death and Revenge in Film and Fiction.”  The two professors, unabashed lovers of literature and film, will utilize fiction and movies as lenses for examining, in Beets’ words, “the darker human motivations and how the most basic human drives impact our identities and the world we live in.”

The film/fiction class will meet for 10 times from 12-2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 18th through June 29th.   Special movie nights are scheduled additional evening sessions.  Participants will have the option to view films as a group or on their own.  Beets previously taught Gender Studies and Popular Culture at California State University, Fullerton; O’Bryan teaches in the fields of American Studies, Literature and History.  Both regularly teach SNC’s capstone Ethics course.

  • June 18th – July 3rd, 2012, Monday-Friday from 12-2pm, with evening sessions (6/18, 6/20, 6/26 & 6/28) from 5:30-8:30pm in TCES 106.
  • 3 Credits: $1000; Non-Credit: $500


Contact the Office of the Registrar to sign up for either of these courses or complete the registration form and return it to the Registrar with payment. Please stop by our office in David Hall if you need assistance or contact us at 775-831-1314.

Shannon Hameister, Executive Assistant to the Registrar, x7435
999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV 89451 — David Hall, 2nd Floor

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Summer Art

SNC’s series of 2012 Visiting Artists Workshops is in its 28th season. It draws internationally-known artists in fields as diverse as ceramics, painting, printmaking, glass, photography, and digital art to the campus for a series of comprehensive weekly and weekend workshops. Visit workshop web pages to learn more.

“Meet the Artist” sessions, held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Prim Library are free and open to the public, and showcase the week’s visiting artists talking about their art.