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News Links | March 7, 2017

March 07, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Big Bend honor society inducts new members

The Big Bend Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently inducted 23 new members in the college’s winter induction ceremony. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community colleges.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 6, 2017

EdCC collects food to help children in district

Edmonds Community College held a Food 4 Kids Challenge and collected 12,935 food items for donation to the Foundation for Edmonds School District’s Nourishing Network, which provides meals for hungry and homeless students in the school district. Vice President for Workforce Development and Training Terry Cox lead the challenge and encouraged campus departments to take part. Eighteen departments participated, with the college’s IT Services and Help Desk collecting the most items at 2,658.
Edmonds Beacon, March 5, 2017

Future scientists compete in regional Science Olympiad

It’s a pretty simple recipe: Take one marshmallow, add flame. While Saturday’s charred result is unlikely to be part of anybody’s diet plan, the process actually was an exercise in calorie counting. On Saturday, that meant building a calorimeter to gauge the heat released by a burning marshmallow. “The students are looking at the chemistry of food,” said Amanda Crochet, chair of the Clark College chemistry department. She was monitoring the Food Science event in a college laboratory. In the just-add-fire phase of the event, “Students measure heat output in a marshmallow,” Crochet said.
The Columbian, March 4, 2017

Olympic College pondering how to save Mosaic

Efforts are afoot to resurrect a massive, 60-year-old mosaic that has been relegated to storage in an Olympic College parking lot. "The Progress of Man," a complex work of colored glass and tile pieces, adorned the wall of the college's math and science building for almost 50 years before the building was demolished in 2007. At the time, college officials felt they could not afford a "complete preservation" of the multi-ton art installation and it was cut up and placed within a wooden box in a lot on the northern part of campus.
Kitsap Sun, March 4, 2017

SPSCC plans renovation to help ease growing pains at Lacey campus

South Puget Sound Community College officials predicted that their new Lacey campus would become a popular choice for students in northeastern Thurston County. They just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. Classroom space and sometimes parking already have become scarce at the nearly 8-acre campus, which officially opened in Lacey’s Woodland District in September 2015.
The Olympian, March 4, 2017

Edmonds Community College holds Ethics Challenge

Edmonds Community College student government leaders took first place Feb. 16 in the college’s fourth Ethics Challenge with Master of Ceremonies Charles Ruthford, former ethics officer at The Boeing Company. The Ethics Challenge is an engaging and high-energy learning event designed to teach ethics through real-life scenarios.
Everett Herald, March 4, 2017

Pierce College offering spring quarter classes in Graham

Pierce College now offers college courses at Graham Kapowsin High School, providing access to higher education for communities in south Pierce County. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evenings, allowing working adults the added flexibility of earning college credits after work in their own community.
The Suburban Times, March 4, 2017

EdCC exhibit tells the story of the marginalized

In a tight space, curtained off by black fabric, I shut my eyes and listened. A robotic-sounding voice from a computer’s text-to-speech system began reading. The document’s subject was the former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Its meaning wasn’t easy to grasp because the screen reader vocalized everything, including punctuation, spaces between words, even paragraph breaks. That brief sensation of what a blind person might experience was part of an Edmonds Community College exhibit called “Tunnel of Intersections.”
Everett Herald, March 3, 2017

Opinion: Why I fly the flag upside down

By Vincent G. Barnes. Barnes, of Edmonds, has taught in the Humanities Division at Shoreline Community College since 1988. On a recent evening, a teenage boy knocked on the door to inform me that my American flag was flying upside down. His little brother, straddling his bike in the driveway, looked on as his big brother demonstrated what it means to have the courage of one’s convictions. I informed the young man that I had hung the flag upside down on purpose. He told me that he thought it was disrespectful and that he knew people who had died for this flag. ... First, I do respect the young man’s courage. What I wish I’d had the time and wherewithal to say was that an upside down flag is a symbol of distress. I do not mean any disrespect to this country and its institutions, to the flag, or to active military personnel or veterans.
The Seattle Times, March 3, 2017

Green River College narrows search for president to 8 semifinalists

The search for the next president of Green River College is down to eight semifinalists. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee — made up of students, faculty, staff and community representatives — reviewed 36 applicants and selected eight who will be interviewed by the committee during the next couple of weeks. ... Scott Morgan, who retired as president of Spokane Community College in 2015, is serving as interim president until a permanent replacement is found.
Auburn Reporter, March 2, 2017

Building a recipe for success

After years of working in a building that she described as a puzzle of past remodels, Alison Dolder is thrilled she will lead 2017 classes in a state-of-the-art space. Dolder, head of the professional baking and pastry arts program at Clark College, will instruct in a new building that includes a production kitchen, retail bakery, full-service dining room and variety of food kiosks. After four years of developing an updated curriculum and modernizing the existing kitchens and dining spaces, the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute will welcome its first class of students in the fall. The goal is to create community space on campus that highlights the growing influence of food on contemporary culture, according to Tim Cook, vice president of instruction at Clark.
Camas Post-Record, March 2, 2017

Buttercream dream: Heavenly bake shop opens on Spokane’s South Hill

It started with a simple vanilla cupcake. Lydia Cowles found a recipe online and began “playing around” – with batter, buttercream and her dreams for her future. She would be getting out of the Navy soon and needed something to do that she loved. ... Today, these varieties are available at her new South Hill storefront, along with other offerings – including her signature coffee cake. Twenty-Seventh Heaven Scratch Bake Shop opened at the end of January, realizing Cowles’ dream of owning and operating her own bakery. ... In spring 2015, she enrolled in Spokane Community College’s baking program, followed by its integrated business and entrepreneurship program. She graduated with honors from both.
The Spokesman-Review, March 2, 2017

Lakewood police officers to be first in state to collect blood samples from DUI suspects

A first of its kind program for Washington state: police officers performing their own blood draws on suspected impaired drivers. The program is off and running in the city of Lakewood and being watched closely by several other Puget Sound region police departments. Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro told Q13 News Thursday at a press conference that six of his officers recently completed phlebotomy courses at Bates Technical College, and they are all certified by the Washington Department of Health.
Q13 Fox, March 2, 2017

Big Bend job and career fair draws big crowd

Prospective employers, prospective employees, college recruiters, social service agencies, and people looking for career inspiration filled the ATEC building at Big Bend Community College Wednesday. The Job and Career Fair drew so many exhibitors and visitors it overflowed all available parking lots. Exhibitors came from industry and retail, health services, military and colleges, law enforcement and social service agencies. Representatives from SkillSource had information on job hunting and job training.
Columbia Basin Herald, March 2, 2017

Promoting regional peace and socio-economic development

Towfique is an accomplished alumnus of both the English Access Microscholarship program and the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) program for leadership, education, and culture hosted by Green River College in Auburn, Washington. He has been an ardent supporter of the alumni community while leading many alumni-based initiatives involving over 1,500 alumni from across the South Asian continent.
U.S. State Department International Exchange Alumni, Feb. 24, 2017

Achieving the Dream recognizes Pierce College

National community college reform leader Achieving the Dream (ATD) today awarded the 2017 Leah Meyer Austin Award to Miami Dade College and Pierce College District. The national prize is given annually to a college or colleges in the ATD Network that show measurable improvement in student outcomes driven by top-to-bottom cultural change in the institution. This year’s Award, sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and Achieving the Dream, is accompanied by a $25,000 prize for each college to continue its student success work.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 21, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

‘Access moves’: How one instructor seeks accessibility

Issues are being brought to the forefront as education becomes more digital. Inside Higher Ed profiles a Ph.D. student as she designs her first online course.
Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2017

White supremacists targeting Washington state colleges, report says

White-supremacist groups are targeting college campuses in Washington and 24 other states with fliers that promote their ideology, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League, a national organization that fights hate speech and anti-Semitism. Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said three white-supremacist groups appear to be at work in Washington: Identity Evropa and Atomwaffen at the University of Washington and American Vanguard at Washington State University.
The Seattle Times, March 6, 2017

Study: Statewide legal same-sex marriage reduced suicide attempts for gay, bisexual youth

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests a link between states legalizing same-sex marriage and fewer attempted suicides among gay, lesbian and bisexual teens.
The Seattle Times, March 6, 2017

Berkeley will delete online content

The University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts in response to a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the educational content accessible to people with disabilities. Today, the content is available to the public on YouTube, iTunes U and the university’s webcast.berkeley site. On March 15, the university will begin removing the more than 20,000 audio and video files from those platforms — a process that will take three to five months — and require users sign in with University of California credentials to view or listen to them.
Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2017

UW women’s rowing-team numbers inflated, avoiding Title IX scrutiny

Despite students never trying out for women’s rowing, the UW counted them on the team in its report to the Department of Education for several years.
The Seattle Times, March 5, 2017

Study on first-year orientation and retention

Incoming first-year students at Michigan State University who felt a connection with the university during orientation were more likely to fit in and want to stay enrolled at the university, particularly students from ethnic minority groups.
Inside Higher Ed, March 3, 2017

From Bowdoin to Boston

Former Bowdoin College president takes a lower-ranking role at UMass Boston, saying he thinks the challenge in American higher education is in public institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, March 3, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

‘You're lying!’ What it looks like when political negotiations break down in Olympia

For a few hours Monday, it looked as if Republicans and Democrats might agree on a plan to let school districts keep collecting the same amount in local property taxes, delaying a deadline that districts say forces them to plan for cuts in 2018. Things didn’t end up happening that way.
The News Tribune, March 7, 2017

Trump issues new travel ban

Revised travel ban promises to reduce disruption to current students and scholars from affected countries, but concerns remain for new international enrollments and American higher ed’s continued ability to attract top talent from abroad.
Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2017

Delay in gainful employment deadlines

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday announced roughly three-month delays to deadlines for colleges to submit appeals or public disclosures under the gainful employment rule, Obama administration performance standards for the ability of graduates of vocational programs to repay their federal student loans. The rule applies to for-profits and nondegree programs at community colleges and other nonprofit institutions. Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have signaled that they will seek to roll back gainful employment.
Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2017

New travel ban still sows chaos and confusion

A long-anticipated executive order restricting travelers from a half-dozen predominantly Muslim countries is likely to bring little certainty to American college campuses. The new order, which replaces a measure put on hold by a federal appeals court nearly a month ago, imposes a 90-day ban on issuance of new visas, including student visas, to citizens of six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. But it will allow free travel to those who hold current visas. While the reissued ban provides some reassurance to students and scholars already on campus that they can travel freely, it offers little guidance to those seeking to enroll for the first time this coming fall.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2017

Premium H-1B visa processing temporarily suspended

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications for up to six months beginning on April 3. USCIS said the suspension is intended to “reduce overall H-1B processing times” by allowing the government to “process long-pending petitions, which we have currently been unable to process due to the high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years.”
Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2017

Student loan Bill of Rights passes House

A measure championed by Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, to protect students who are borrowing money for their education passed the House. The measure, House Bill 1440, creates baseline standards for loan servicers and creates a student-loan ombudsman to help students navigate the system and deal with complaints.
The Columbian, March 3, 2017

Here's every major statement Trump and DeVos have made on higher ed

On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump discussed higher-education policy sparingly. That tendency has largely continued since his inauguration as President Trump, and appears to be shared by Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 3, 2017

State Senate passes bill protecting students’ free speech

A bill protecting high school and college students’ rights to publish and speak freely in school-sponsored media passed the state Senate Thursday. Senate Bill 5064 passed on a 45-4 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration.
Everett Herald, March 2, 2017

After Trump administration rescinds transgender student directive, states drop lawsuit challenging it

The 11 states suing to stop the Obama administration’s directive expanding transgender student rights agreed to drop their lawsuit following the Trump administration’s move to rescind the order. The states, led by Texas, sued in May, arguing that the Obama administration had overstepped its authority when it directed the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, regardless of the sex on their birth certificate. The Obama administration argued that barring students from bathrooms that match their gender identity is a violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools.
The Washington Post, March 2, 2017

Editorial: GPA cutoff has no place in the successful State Need Grant program

Because of budget constraints, it is a first-come, first-served policy that reaches only about 70 percent of the eligible students. Currently, more than 24,000 eligible students at state institutions are on a waiting list — losing out on a random and potentially life-changing lottery. The Legislature has chipped away at the backlog, and this year should try to end it, even at an eye-popping cost of about $100 million. What the Legislature should not do is impose a GPA cutoff for State Need Grants.
The Seattle Times, March 1, 2017

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