INTD Alumni Spotlight

Our Interdisciplinary Studies alumni have turned their passions into their livelihoods. We prepare them for their future by developing professional skill sets built around their interests. Now they are contributing their their talents to communities across the globe.

Ashley Vander Meer, a Biology, Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science major, tests water in Incline Village

Ashley Vander Meer

Major: Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science

Class of 2014

In the fall of 2012, I worked on the restoration of Rosewood Creek for my service learning.  The main cause of the restoration is to reduce sediment loading into Lake Tahoe by restoring a 7,200 foot section of Rosewood Creek between Northwood Boulevard and Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village, Nevada. . . . Read More

Sustainability and Ski Business Resort Management alumna Marina McCoy enjoys a sunset

Marina McCoy

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability, Ski Business and Resort Management

Class of 2016

"Waste Free Earth isn’t just about music festivals. It’s about using music festivals as a platform to inspire environmental sustainability in our everyday lives and in our communities. Imagine the kind of impact that would have.” . . . Read More

Jason Paladino, Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism major, has picture taken outside

Jason Paladino

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism

Class of 2012

While still in grad school at the the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Jason Paladino began an in-depth investigation into safety issues on U.S. Navy aircraft which led to a prestigious Investigative Reporting Program fellowship, three NBC Nightly News broadcasts (Feb 3 2015, Oct 5 2015, and Oct 9 2015), and a piece on the IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) Radio Podcast. . . . Read More

Digital Arts and Management major Nick Cahill gets the shot from above while flying upside down

Nick Cahill

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Digital Arts and Management

Class of 2013

Nick Cahill, Media Director for Force 12 Media, first became involved with video and photography making videos of his friends' sweet adventures and taking photographs of the racecar he built. His education in digital arts at SNC gave him the skills and experience to take his work to a professional level. . . . Read More

Ben Bishop, Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies major, carries camera while traveling

Ben Bishop

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism

Class of 2012

Ben Bishop, an outdoor and action sports filmmaker and photographer who received SNC’s first degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, is a veteran world traveler who frequently clocks six months straight in places like China, Japan, Alaska, Canada, and Utah, but he says, “I don’t think I would be anywhere if it weren’t for SNC. I don’t think I could have gone to any other college and said, I’m really interested in this outdoor realm, and have them formulate a program.” . . . Read More


Sierra Nevada College's Interdisciplinary Studies program offers majors in
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Sustainability, Digital Arts & Business, Journalism & Media,
Psychology & Art or Music, and International Studies & Humanities

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