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News Links | July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

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Campers go hands-on during week-long search and rescue camp at Big Bend

From the crime scene to a mock trial; about 40 campers at Big Bend Community College were immersed in the world of emergency responders last week. The summer camp for 12 to 16-year-olds called “Serious Gaming: Search and Rescue” centered around a kidnapping; a mother and teenager taken to a cabin in the Potholes. Throughout the week, the campers worked to solve the crime with the help of Big Bend instructors, emergency responders and other community members.
iFiberOne News, July 23, 2018

Serving with passion — Meet Timur Kuzu, new Veterans Services Center director

Timur Kuzu radiates passion when describing his role in serving the military community at Pierce College. A 23-year veteran of the US Air Force, he joined Pierce College in Nov. 2017 as Director of the Veterans Resource Center at the Fort Steilacoom campus. “I’ve been a servant leader all my life,” he says. “My goal is to make this the best program in the country.” The Veterans Resource Center provides comprehensive support services for active and retired military students and families. hey serve 1,600 military affiliated students between the two campuses, and another 1,100 at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). In fact, Pierce College ranks among the top two community colleges in Washington State in total number of military enrollees (along with Spokane Community College).
The Suburban Times, July 22, 2018

Walla Walla High School puts new spin on summer

Summer school. For most, the term smacks of trouble. The goal of summer school has traditionally been to get failing or underperforming students back through the school doors for several weeks to retrieve necessary class credits. It’s a time-honored means to help get kids to the graduation finish line. At Walla Walla High School, students have taken more than 400 courses this summer in subjects such as U.S. history, math, language arts and P.E., noted Principal Ron Higgins. ... Between the June and July sessions, students had the opportunity to choose from a number of classes meant for acceleration rather than remediation, Higgins said. ... For example, more than 50 incoming ninth-graders took a high school health class that was offered at Southeast Area Technical Skills Center — SEATech — on the Walla Walla Community College campus, Higgins said.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 22, 2018

Sister Paula Turnbull, artist behind many of Spokane’s most iconic works, dies at 97

Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, the revered Spokane artist and nun who created the Garbage Goat and other iconic sculptures in Spokane and beyond, has died. Longtime family friend Tom Keefe confirmed that Turnbull died around midnight Friday. Her health gradually had been declining for several months, he said. She was 97. ... Internationally recognized for her liturgical works, Turnbull was known locally for dozens of public commissions and art installations around the city, including the statue of Anna Stratton Browne and her daughter in Browne’s Addition, Spokane Community College’s Sasquatch statue and Central Valley High School’s bear. An avid reader and thinker, Sister Paula explored God’s glory in her rendering of “Cosmos – In the Beginning” in the Chapel at the Convent of the Holy Names.
The Spokesman-Review, July 21, 2018

Editorial: Restore aid that helps inmates rebuild lives

In recent years realization has grown among Democrats and Republicans that much of the mid-’90s effort to “get tough on crime,” in particular that related to prison sentences and policies, was costly and counterproductive, adding to many prisoners’ sentences a lifetime of poverty and a likelihood of recidivism. ... As part of the 1994 Crime Bill, the eligibility of prison inmates to apply for federal financial aid for post-secondary education was eliminated. College and vocational programs often are available in prisons and correctional facilities — as they are at Monroe Correctional Complex through Edmonds Community College — but limited tuition support has been left to private groups and a handful of states that provide support.
Everett Herald, July 20, 2018

Olympic College brings English classes to Belfair

For the first time in more than a decade, Olympic College plans to offer classes in Belfair dedicated to helping speakers of other languages learn English. The courses will be offered through the community college’s Basic Studies Program and will be designed to help individuals improve their English in listening, reading, writing and speaking. 
Kitsap Sun, July 20, 2018

Highline College welcomes new president John Mosby

Highline College officially welcomed new president John Mosby with a reception July 12 at the campus, 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines. Mosby previously served as the vice president for student services at Mission College in Santa Clara, California. He has more than 23 years of higher education experience and has a doctorate in leadership/higher education administration from the University of San Diego. Mosby is filling the vacancy left by Jack Bermingham, who retired in August 2017 after more than a decade as president. Mosby is the college’s seventh president.
Federal Way Mirror, July 20, 2018

Career exploration at BBCC

The detectives were on the case. The participants at Serious Gaming Camp tracked the mysterious footprints to an equally mysterious cabin where – well, something happened. There is a suspect. There are clues, some of them pointing in different directions. And who’s the criminal? Well, that will be adjudicated at trial on Friday. Serious Gaming Camp is pretty fun – Wednesday morning, the students were painting fake wounds, and the more bloody and gory the better. But under the fun is a serious purpose. The camp is designed to give kids a look at some of the career options within fields like criminal justice, medicine and computer programming, and show them some of the classes available at Big Bend Community College, said camp administrator Kristen McCrae.
Columbia Basin Herald, July 19, 2018

City of words: ‘I am a Town’ project brings poetry to Spokane streets

Last week, two longtime Spokane residents walking with their teenage grandchild in Kendall Yards were stopped in their tracks by this snatch of poetry spray-painted on the sidewalk under their feet: “Headlamps of the midnight train / search the rotting trestles, / the vanished bridges / of Kendall Yards.” ... In a dozen more spots throughout the city, passers-by can come across fragments from other poems about Spokane places, matched to the particular locations to which the poems refer. The public arts project, called “I am a Town,” was conceived by former Spokane poet laureate Laura Read, in partnership with Spokane Arts. In 2016 Read, a Spokane Falls Community College professor, held free workshops to encourage people to write about Spokane places significant to them.
The Spokesman-Review, July 19, 2018

Welcome KUOW's Summer 2018 RadioActive youth producers

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our summer journalism workshop. Twenty teens, aged 15-18, will spend six weeks learning what it means to be a journalist. During that time, they'll gain the skills to create radio stories. They'll do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing to produce their own feature stories and podcasts on topics of their choice. ... Enya Garcia, Associates of Arts Candidate, Bellevue College. I love social sciences because I love learning about humans. I spend my time reading obscure poetry and watching horror movies. I like travelling, wearing bright colors, and prefer winter over summer. I hope to one day become a sociologist researcher and through that make a difference in the world.
KUOW, July 19, 2018

SPSCC to bring continuing education to Yelm

Michael Grayum, Yelm city administrator, was on a mission last week. It was a mission to establish a South Puget Sound Community College Extension in Yelm for continuing education courses. Without too much wining and dining, he succeeded on what he set out to do.
Nisqually Valley News, July 19, 2018

Students gear up for next round of Fire Science courses

This year’s fire season is just reaching full blast, but officials at Walla Walla Community College are looking ahead to the wildland infernos and structure blazes to come. Getting professionals ready to go into those battles is behind the college’s Fire Science program that graduates students ready to step into firefighter turnouts and take the heat.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 18, 2018

North Sound college awards first scholarship to inmates

A North Sound community college is giving away its first-ever scholarship for people who are incarcerated. The first two recipients are inmates at the state prison in Monroe. “Let's come up with an experiment or a hypothesis,” Duane Nelson said, helping a student inside a classroom at the Monroe Correctional Complex. ... Nelson and another inmate recently released are the first-ever recipients of the Edmonds Community College foundation scholarship.
KIRO 7, July 18, 2018

EdCC exchange student from Mongolia missing since July 1

An Edmonds Community College exchange student from Mongolia has been missing for almost three weeks, Lynnwood police said Wednesday. Battulga Batbold, 23, was last seen the evening of July 1 at his apartment in the 20400 block of 68th Avenue W. His nickname is Tulga and he has no family in the area, police said.
Everett Herald, July 18, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

'Forbes,' attacked by librarians, yanks essay

Forbes has pulled an essay by a professor that advocated that Amazon stores replace public libraries and thus save the taxpayers money. Librarians and library supporters responded by saying that the article was ill informed and didn't reflect the many roles libraries play.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2018

Don't find your passion — cultivate it, psychologists say

When students enter college, many are told it’s an arena “to find your passion” — that in classroom lectures, late-night debates with roommates, student clubs and/or literature, you will unearth the thing — your career, your calling, an area that will sustain your mind and soul. It’s just waiting to be discovered, that thing you can explore with boundless motivation. But perhaps that’s poor advice, at least according to psychologists from Stanford University and Yale-NUS College, in Singapore. Passions are not necessarily inherent, waiting to be found, but rather they are cultivated, the researchers argue in a new paper to be published in the journal Psychological Science. How students are taught this lesson can affect how they learn, because those who believe the old adage — that passions are “fixed” — tend to give up on new interests when they get too difficult to learn, the study suggests.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2018

An enormous study of the genes related to staying in school

When scientists publish their research, it’s rare for them to write an accompanying FAQ that explains what they found and what it means. It’s especially rare for that FAQ to be three times longer than the research paper itself. But Daniel Benjamin and his colleagues felt the need to do so, because they work on a topic that is frequently and easily misunderstood: the genetics of education. Over the past five years, Benjamin has been part of an international team of researchers identifying variations in the human genome that are associated with how many years of education people get.
The Atlantic, July 23, 2018

A tax on free campus parking?

If you park at no charge in the university lot in front of your campus office, you might be sticking your employer with a tax bill without even knowing it. Or maybe you ride public transportation to work at an urban college. You purchase your metro pass using money from your paycheck that's routed to a pretax account instead of your taxed paycheck. You also might be unknowingly leaving your employer holding a new tax bill. Colleges and universities are facing possible new tax bills like these, plus a dizzying number of questions about how and when they should be calculated, in the wake of the Republican tax-reform package signed into law at the end of last year. Even seven months after President Trump etched his signature onto the bill, institutions have little guidance on what, specifically, they will be paying.
Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2018

Fred Hutch program gives Washington science teachers a chance to hone their lab skills

Seattle is well known across the country for cancer treatment and research. For three weeks this summer, 24 secondary school science teachers from across the state are getting to tap into that expertise through a program called the Science Education Partnership at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Blaine Alvarez is one of them. He’s a biology teacher at Hazen High School in Renton, but during this program, he’s been on the receiving end of the teaching.
KNKX, July 23, 2018

Growing role of Amazon in library acquisitions

Research on where academic libraries buy their books has revealed the increasingly important role of nontraditional vendors such as Amazon. A preliminary study, published last week by Ithaka S+R, found that Amazon was the second most popular venue through which academic libraries purchased books in 2017. GOBI Library Solutions, a popular acquisition-management platform, took the No. 1 spot. It controls nearly half of the market share.
Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2018

Washington state’s colleges lead the nation in training more teachers of color, study finds

At colleges and universities across the U.S., students training to become teachers are disproportionately whiter than the rest of the undergraduates on campus, new research has found. But that’s not the case in Washington state, where teachers in training look more like the increasingly diverse students they serve. Why does this matter? For students of color, having a teacher who looks like them makes a big difference in their success in school.
The Seattle Times, July 21, 2018

White college graduates are doing great with their parents' money

The numbers are staggering: White Americans with a college degree are on average three times as wealthy as black Americans with the same credential, and in families whose head of the household is employed, white families have 10 times the wealth of black ones. One estimate on the conservative end suggested that this wealth gap could take two centuries to close. And the thing about wealth, says Tatjana Meschede, a researcher at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, is that it’s “sticky”: It tends to stay with a family. That has serious repercussions for how much money people accumulate over the course of their lives, regardless of whether they attend college — something that is usually thought to make a significant difference financially.
The Atlantic, July 20, 2018

Video: How to help students climb the income ladder

Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University, in New York, talks about how his institution seeks to improve the economic status of its students with an education that blends specific job skills and the broader benefits of the liberal arts.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2018

Some colleges cautiously embrace Wikipedia

Academics have traditionally distrusted Wikipedia, citing the inaccuracies that arise from its communally edited design and lamenting students’ tendency to sometimes plagiarize assignments from it. Now, [LiAnna] Davis said, higher education and Wikipedia don’t seem like such strange bedfellows. At conferences these days, “everyone’s like, ‘Oh, Wikipedia, of course you guys are here.’” “I think it’s a recognition that Wikipedia is embedded within the fabric of learning now,” she said.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

FAFSA for your phone

The Department of Education will take another step this week toward making the federal student aid process fully accessible from mobile devices like your cellphone. The department will launch a mobile-friendly version this week of, the website that hosts the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Then it plans next month to roll out the beta version of a student aid mobile app that would let financial aid recipients complete the FAFSA application as well as make loan payments and complete other financial aid tasks. A complete version of the mobile app is set to launch Oct. 1, in time for the beginning of the 2019-20 federal student aid cycle.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2018

Senate passes update to Perkins CTE law

The Senate on Monday unanimously passed an update to the Perkins Career and Technical Education Law. The House passed its own version of the bill more than a year ago, but negotiations in the Senate had been in a stalemate for months. Business groups and the White House had recently made updating the work-force training bill a priority, though — presidential adviser Ivanka Trump visited Capitol Hill last month to press senators on the legislation.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2018

The wrong kind of transparency?

Higher ed associations and scientific societies in recent weeks have joined a chorus of opposition to a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that would limit the use of science for crafting regulations where all underlying data aren’t publicly available. The proposal fits into a decades-long debate over what data should be made public from research that informs government policy making. More recently, arguments for data transparency have been wielded by critics of environmental regulations, such as Representative Lamar Smith, the outgoing chair of the House science committee who has been a vocal opponent of new environmental regulations.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2018

DeVos will join Turning Point USA, conservative campus group, at conference

Secretary Betsy DeVos of the U.S. Education Department will appear alongside Charlie Kirk, the controversial founder of Turning Point USA, as part of the group’s High School Leadership Summit, taking place this week in Washington, the Education Department announced on Monday. Turning Point USA is a right-wing group that has caused an upheaval among campus conservatives, with some criticizing it for undermining conservatism at colleges writ large. It has also faced allegations of racism in its ranks.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 2018

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