News Links | October 11, 2016
System News | Opinion
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Woodland-area real estate broker Heather Mansy to serve
on Lower Columbia College's five-member Board of Trustees, the college's governing body. Mansy has a bachelor's
degree in business administration and is a real estate broker in Oregon and Washington
with Knipe Realty, NW, according to an LCC press release issued Monday.
Longview Daily News, Oct. 10, 2016
Shamele Battan had a lot of questions about the country’s future. With a national
election about a month away and almost daily news of social uproar around the country,
the 23-year-old of Fijian descent said social and economic issues were close to his
heart. But, he said, they were close to a lot of young hearts. ... Battan, a recent
Seattle Pacific University graduate, was one of the many young people who packed Foster
Auditorium at Clark College for its panel “Is the American Dream at Risk?” Thursday night. The talk lasted just
over an hour with four Clark College faculty members talking about the past and present
of race, sex and class in the United States.
The Columbian, Oct. 9, 2016
Seattle Central College opened a new $20 million training facility for maritime careers in Ballard Thursday,
a building that includes a simulator allowing ship operators to practice piloting
a state ferry and other large vessels. The new Seattle Maritime Academy building,
on the Lake Washington Ship Canal near the Ballard Bridge, is four times the size
of the old building, said Sarah Scherer, director of the academy.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 7, 2016
Jacelyn Boschok of Kent has been appointed to the Green River College Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee. Boschok replaces Pete Lewis, whose 5-year term
expired in Sept. 2016. Lewis was appointed to the board in 2011, and served as board
chair for two years. Boschok is the vice president of the Washington State Labor Council,
the president of the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans and a member
of the Board of Directors for Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action.
Kent Reporter, Oct. 7, 2016
What does it take to earn the title of “comic-book historian?” How about reading over
20,000 comic books, analyzing them as part of your master’s studies, keeping a climate-controlled
vault of them in your house, and editing an online magazine about them? In that case,
T. Andrew Wahl of Everett, the head of the journalism program at Everett Community College, fills the bill. Humanities Washington brought him to the Cowlitz County Historical
Museum on Thursday to share his talk “Superhero America: The Comic Book Character
as Historical Lens.”
Longview Daily News, Oct. 7, 2016
Tacoma Community College science instructors Kristen Harrison, Shaun Henderson, and Ralph Hitz recently presented
a white paper on citizen science at the Asia Future Conference in Kitakyushu, Japan. At
TCC, all non-science majors are required to take three science classes to earn their
Associate’s degree. But the college opted to get students out of the classroom to
truly learn how science operates in the real world and its correlation with local
The Suburban Times, Oct. 7, 2016
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a group of Clover Park Technical College esthetic sciences students got a head start on assisting with prevention and treatment
last week when they volunteered their skills to mammogram screening patients at Carol
Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma. In the midst of the first week of fall quarter classes,
16 students spent Thursday afternoon offering hand massages to clinic patients. The
massages were part of an event hosted by Carol Milgard Breast Center in conjunction
with Coordinated Care. It also continued a tradition of CPTC students serving at these
events stretching back several years.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 7, 2016
An aptitude in math and science as a youngster got Carol Hsu thinking initially about
a career in biology, focusing on genetics and food production to alleviate hunger
in Africa. ... But an orientation day at the University of Texas changed her trajectory,
as Hsu was introduced and opted to study mechanical engineering at one of the nation’s
top engineering schools. ... For Hsu, now an engineering professor at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, that ethic of helping people is still satisfied through
engineering, and it’s one of the messages that resonates today with young people eyeing
careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Northwest Boomer and Senior News, Oct. 7, 2016
An estimated 32,000 veterans in Thurston County now have a local one-stop shop for
crucial services that can raise their quality of life. A ribbon cutting ceremony was
held Friday to dedicate the new Lacey Veterans Services Hub. ... Those who made the
project come to fruition have credited the city of Lacey for taking the lead, especially
by securing space for the hub on South Puget Sound Community College’s Lacey campus.
The News Tribune, Oct. 7, 2016
Former Port of Olympia Commissioner Jeff Davis has joined the South Puget Sound Community College board of trustees. He replaces Judy Blinn, who served on the board for 12 years. Davis
was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee. Davis joined the board Oct. 1.
The Olympian, Oct. 6, 2016
Workers with Schwiesow Construction were installing some of the last remaining pieces
of the newly erected clock tower on the Centralia College campus on Wednesday, bringing the project one step closer to being finished.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 6, 2016
A chou is a bun, a cream puff, a cabbage, a term of endearment. Only the French would
have such a word. So downtown Everett’s new bakery, Choux Choux (pronounced shoe-shoe
and denoting two plurals) must be many cream-filled pastries and many sweethearts.
Or maybe multiple cabbages? Choux Choux bakes and serves up a lovely variety of breads
and treats. Go check it out. It’s been open just two weeks. I think owner/baker Rachel
Schreffler has a winner. Everett is lucky. On the Choux Choux website, she blames
it all on her mom, who had an affection for baking at home. Schreffler had a great
education at Seattle Central College. And then she worked at some pretty swanky places.
Everett Herald, Oct. 6, 2016
Francesco Leonetti’s example inspired grandsons Figgins with Cave B Winery in Quincy
and his brother Garym, co-founder with wife Nancy at Leonetti Cellars in Walla Walla,
to pursue winemaking careers. Planted under Figgins’ direction in 1995, Fort Walla
Walla Museum’s vineyard features Black Prince (“Cinsault”) grapes of the kind grown
by Francesco Leonetti. The vineyard is one of the Museum’s horticultural displays
in support of its Italian Farmstead in the pioneer village. In recent years, students
of Walla Walla Community College's Institute for Enology and Viticulture program have tended the vines.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 6, 2016
Nearly 25 years after moving to the United States from her native Honduras, Dulce
Ngo has officially become a U.S. citizen. She did so to honor her late grandparents,
who had become naturalized citizens. Although she still has an emotional attachment
to her country of birth, Ngo has called the United — the land where she was raised
since age 9 — home. ... Ngo was one of 19 people sworn in as U.S. citizens during
a ceremony Thursday at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
The Olympian, Oct. 6, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
Every summer College Bound Dorchester holds a matriculation ceremony to celebrate
the accomplishments of young people who have overcome significant obstacles and are
now ready to start college. At the most recent event, in August, Giovanne Morris received
a standing ovation for the following speech, in which he described his journey from
prison to Bunker Hill Community College.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 11, 2016
Hundreds of South Seattle and South King County students will go on field trips next
week to learn about career opportunities, and others will hear from executives at several
of the region’s largest private-sector companies and organizations, who will visit
their schools. It’s all part of what’s called DiscoverU, an initiative created by
the nonprofit Road Map Project.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 11, 2016
At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired
to do. Why did this happen?
The Atlantic, November 2016
Many studies point to professors being more liberal than the rest of society, but
little research says there is discrimination against students based on their political
views. At the same time, anecdotes abound of students who believe that their professors
are showing political bias — even if other students in the same class disagree. A
new study offers an explanation for the students' perceptions that doesn't necessarily
suggest that the bias is real or entirely discount the perceptions, either. The new
study finds that students with certain characteristics — a sense of entitlement and
an orientation to focus on grades — are much more likely than other students to perceive
their instructors as being biased.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 10, 2016
Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, discusses how his institution
has used a combination of global focus and experiential learning to raise its profile,
and how colleges should be preparing students for the job market of tomorrow.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 10, 2016
Washington’s aerospace industry continues to bring in more money to the state while
its employment holds steady, according to a state-commissioned study released Thursday. In
2015, the industry posted $69.9 billion in revenues, a slight increase over the prior
year and more than twice what it recorded a decade earlier when adjusted for inflation,
according to the study.
Everett Herald, Oct. 6, 2016
Amazon will donate $10 million toward the construction of a new computer-science building
on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, the company announced Thursday. The
donation brings total commitments for the building to $86 million; the construction
cost is estimated at $110 million. The building will rise east of the university’s
existing computer-science building, the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science
& Engineering. More than 60 percent of the money raised so far has come from private
The Seattle Times, Oct. 6, 2016
WSU gets $2.2 million to increase bilingual, English learner teachers, including Yakima Valley schools
Grandview and Prosser schools could see a boost in their bilingual and English learner
teachers thanks to a federal grant. The five-year, $2.2 million grant would increase
the number of K-8 teachers in the two specialties, as well as provide professional
development to improve instruction for English language learners. The grant is through
Washington State University, with the money coming from the U.S. Department of Education.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 6, 2016
Women still earn less than men, but they’ve narrowed the gap because they tend to
work in jobs that require more social and analytical skills, a new study from the
Pew Research Center finds. Those jobs are increasingly prized in the U.S. economy,
while jobs calling for physical and manual skills are becoming less important, the
Everett Herald, Oct. 6, 2016
Boeing is again showing its commitment to education in Washington state by making
a large donation to boost tech-focused training for high-school and college students. While
many Washington companies complain about the quality of job applicants, Boeing is
spending an impressive $6 million to do something about it. The aerospace company
does not stand alone. Last year, Microsoft gave $10 million to support the Washington
Opportunity Scholarship Program, which helps send low- and middle-income students
seeking science and technology degrees to college in Washington state. Since 2011,
both Boeing and Microsoft have donated at least $5 million each year to that scholarship
The Seattle Times, Oct. 5, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
Public higher education is at a tipping point in the United States. It is an essential
public good that is suffering from an unprecedented erosion of public support, with
potentially devastating consequences for our students and our economy. ... A result
of such massive disinvestment is the rising cost of education for students and families.
Universities are forced to cut programs and services. The doors of access swing shut
for the most vulnerable students. Stability and future viability are threatened. Public
higher education, barring a significant change in direction, may soon be public in
name only, no longer a public good but a private one.
The Washington Post, Oct. 7, 2016