ForeWord Reviews has announced its 2010 Book of the Year Awards recipients and a book co-published by the Sierra College Press is a winner of a Bronze Medal.
Tahoe Beneath the Surface, written by Scott Lankford and co-published in 2010 by Sierra College Press and Heyday Books, received a Bronze Medal for the 2010 Book of the Year Award in the Nature category. Tahoe Beneath the Surface examines the little-known and hidden stories of America’s largest mountain lake. Currently a professor of English at Foothill College, in California’s Silicon Valley, Scott Lankford has also served as Foothill’s Dean of Language Arts and Co-Director of the Foothill College Cultural Diversity Center.
The selection process considered works from more than 350 publishers and the recipients were selected from 1400 entries. The winners were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction were announced at a special program at the American Library Association Conference (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 25, 2011.
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In 2002, the Sierra College Press was formed to publish Standing Guard: Telling our Stories as part of the award-winning Standing Guard Project’s examination of Japanese-American Internment during World War II. The Sierra College Press publishes books, electronic journals, pamphlets, posters, and other materials and is the first full-service academic press operated by a community college in the United States.
The Sierra College Press has published two Special Edition electronic journals (eJournals) that highlight the Sierra College Natural History Museum and Sierra Nevada history and culture. These 2011 editions are in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Sierra College. The Natural History Museum eJournal highlights the history, value and impact of scientific field courses that have been offered during the college’s history. The Sierra Nevada History and Biography eJournal focuses on the remarkable history of the college since 1936 and on some of the interesting events and individuals during the college’s 75 year history.
These eJournals are the latest editions of The Journal of the Sierra College Natural History Museum and Snowy Range Reflections: A Journal of Sierra Nevada History and Biography, which have been published since 2008.
The Journal of the Sierra College Natural History Museum and Snowy Range Reflections: A Journal of Sierra Nevada History and Biography are published twice annually and focuses on natural history, and regional history and biography, particularly within the 3200 square mile Sierra Community College District, which stretches from the Sacramento Valley to Lake Tahoe.
The Executive Editor of The Journal of the Sierra College Natural History Museum is Keely Carroll, Professor of Biological Sciences at Sierra College. She describes this 2011 Special Edition which focuses on the many field courses offered by the college: “Sierra College is a very special place. I know that my making that statement is something akin to a parent proclaiming that their child is brilliant but it really is true. Previous editions of this journal have highlighted this fact, from our articles on our Museum of Natural History to articles that have highlighted our course offerings, but there is another thing that makes this college special: its extensive field course offerings. Sierra College has over 35 field course offerings. These are courses that are taught entirely in the field which means that this count doesn’t include many additional courses which are taught in a classroom but include some sort of field component in the curriculum.”
The Executive Editor of Snowy Range Reflections: A Journal of Sierra Nevada History and Biography is Dan DeFoe, Professor of History at Sierra College. He describes the 2011 Special Edition: “2011 is a very special year in the history of Sierra College. This year we celebrate a Golden and a Diamond Anniversary (50 and 75 years).
Seventy-five years ago Placer College in Auburn officially opened its doors establishing a tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Fifty years ago the college celebrated the opening of the beautiful Rocklin campus. A few years earlier, the college had changed the institution’s name to Sierra College but the tradition of distinction did not change…. This edition of Snowy Range Reflections: A Journal of Sierra Nevada History and Biography is devoted to the celebration of these anniversary years by providing a few examples of the inspiring history, and, especially, people who contributed to the history of the college named for the ‘Range of Light.’”
The Journal of the Sierra College Natural History Museum can be found online at www.jscnhm.org or through the college website at www.sierracollege.edu. Snowy Range Reflections: A Journal of Sierra Nevada History and Biography can be found online at www.jsnhb.org or through the college website at www.sierracollege.edu. Previous editions of the journals may be accessed as well at these sites.