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News Links | May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

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Honor grad

On May 23, Waitsburg High School and Walla Walla Community Student Loren Negron was presented with honor graduate regalia for her work in the honors program at Walla Walla Community College. Loren is the Waitsburg High School Class of 2019 Salutatorian.  Her honors project focused on her attendance and volunteerism with the Hugh O' Brian Youth Leadership of Washington (HOBY) program.
The Times, May 30, 2019

LCC's production of 'Proof' explores personal identity, mental illness

Keeping with its year-long theme of “personal identity,” the Lower Columbia College theater program rounds out the school year with David Auburn’s “Proof.” The Pulitzer-prize winning play follows protagonist Catherine, a brilliant but emotionally fragile daughter of a University of Chicago mathematics professor on a quest to solve a mysterious mathematical proof. All the while, Catherine worries that she inherited her father’s mental illness along with his aptitude for math.
The Daily News, May 29, 2019

Butterfly sculpture installed in Mount Vernon park

With the recent installation of a sculpture at Kiwanis Park, the city of Mount Vernon is again displaying art in a public space while showing off the talents of local artists. The Butterfly, installed in April, joins three other sculptures created by Skagit Valley College’s Weld Club and displayed throughout the city. “I would describe it as a predator,” Mary Kuebelbeck, welding instructor and club adviser, said of the butterfly sculpture. “This thing could do some damage.” This sculpture, made of steel and colored plexiglass, weighs about 1,600 pounds and has a 10-foot wingspan, she said.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 29, 2019

From the Studio: SFCC Drama presents "Bonnie & Clyde"

Spokane Falls Community College Director of Drama, Ashley DeMoville, brings a preview of the Falls' final theatre production of the season, "Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical." Joining her are actors Jennifer Tindall and Jaycelane Fortin, and Music Director Andrea Olsen, sampling songs from the show and discussing their roles. [Audio]
Spokane Public Radio, May 29, 2019

Eric's Heroes: A teacher that fills his students with knowledge, one song verse at a time

Every day in the classrooms of Everett Community College, Dr. Greg Crowther willingly takes his place in the trenches. He prepares to face a daunting challenge: opening the minds of young people and filling them with information that will change their lives...and maybe the world. "Most of them are really hard workers ... they're really interested in this material, they understand how it connects to their futures," Crowther said.
KOMO News, May 29, 2019

Inslee tours Port of Skagit's fiber project

Gov. Jay Inslee toured the Port of Skagit on Tuesday afternoon to learn about the port’s investment in creating a countywide broadband internet network. The goal of the fiber-optic network that will stretch from Anacortes to Concrete is to provide high-speed, affordable internet to residents and businesses. ... Skagit Valley College President Tom Keegan said for a majority of students the ability to access higher education is dependent on online education.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 29, 2019

Way to Go: Housing Hope’s annual Stone Soup event raises $250,000

... Everett Community College, led by David Beyer and Everett Public Schools, led by Gary Cohn were recognized as Housing Hope’s 2019 Partners of the Year at the event. The organizations were recognized for their commitment to education and support of homeless students and families. 
Everett Herald, May 29, 2019

Hospital Guild keeps donations, fashion flowing at spring luncheon, fashion show

... As for the other donations, Getta Rogers Workman, Peninsula College Foundation’s executive director, said the college expanded its nursing program for up to 64 spaces and each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship thanks to donations such as the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild’s. Newly enrolled medical assistant students will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Sequim Gazette, May 29, 2019

WVC holds ceremony to remember, celebrate student athlete

The mood was somber outside the Van Tassell Center on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Tuesday evening, where hundreds of students, faculty, and community members gathered to celebrate and remember the life of a 20-year-old student athlete who was killed in an auto accident over Memorial Day Weekend.
iFiber One, May 29, 2019

Skagit Valley College graduate opens dream bakery

After graduating from Skagit Valley College’s culinary arts program in 2008, Christine Greenlaw didn’t open a bakery right away. She spent 10 years decorating cakes, making coffee and working in catering and fine dining to get the skills to run her own shop. She took a dozen business classes at the college, and she scouted out what other bakeries and coffee shops were doing. In October, the work paid off when she opened Indulge Bakery in Mount Vernon. She said it has exceeded her expectations.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 28, 2019

Centralia College shows its brightest

Karen Goodwin may have created Centralia College Capstone Project Day as a way to support her chemistry students in their future scientific endeavors but there is one thing she is adamant about. “This is not a science fair,” she said. Capstone Project Day, for Goodwin, is a way for students of all disciplines to show what they have learned and for students, faculty, administrators and the community at large to witness the learning that goes on at Centralia College.
The Daily Chronicle, May 28, 2019

‘Pay It Forward’ to benefit local projects, charities

A program that provides rebates for energy efficiency will lead to a $400,000 donation from Microsoft for the new Workforce Education building at Big Bend Community College. ... If the PUD commissioners approve, $400,000 will be donated to the Columbia Basin Foundation, and in turn to the BBCC Foundation, for the Workforce Education building currently under construction. State funds are being used for the first floor, but BBCC officials wanted to add a partial second floor.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 28, 2019

Lunchtime concert for Studium Generale at college

The David Jones Trio will take the Little Theater stage at 12:35 p.m. Thursday on Peninsula College’s main campus for a Studium Generale performance. The event will be free and open to the public at the theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. David P. Jones is the head of the music program at Peninsula College and has served as director of Peninsula College’s Jazz Ensemble since 2008. He has performed with Bob Curnow, Mike Bisio, Brad Sheppik, Jazz Police, Craig Buhler and many other local jazz musicians. 
Peninsula Daily News, May 28, 2019

Centralia College music shines at spring festival

Before coming to Centralia College, Beth May taught at an institution where music instructors did not have much of an opportunity to perform. When she became Music Department lead at Centralia College, May founded quarterly faculty performances because she believes they are an important part of the learning experience, not just for students but for the faculty themselves. “Being here and performing, I feel like I’ve gotten out of a kind of rut,” May said. “Performing keeps you alive and aware more than just teaching and grading papers. If you’re only doing that stuff, I think the students fall into a rut, too.”
The Daily Chronicle, May 28, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

College enrollment declines continue

College enrollment in the U.S. has decreased for the eighth consecutive year, according to new data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report covers 97 percent of enrollments at degree-granting postsecondary institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid. 
Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2019

National policies and internationalization

A report released Wednesday at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference looks at national policies supporting the internationalization of higher education in the Americas. The report -- “The Shape of Global Higher Education: The Americas” -- focuses on national policies in the U.S. and Canada as well as four Latin American countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. It was released by NAFSA in conjunction with the British Council and builds on a similar report the council released this month focused primarily on national higher education policies in Europe.
Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2019

Credit where credit is due

With the number of refugees at a record high, what should colleges and universities do to give opportunity to forcibly displaced people whose prior educational qualifications are undocumented or unverifiable? Speakers here at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference presented Tuesday about programs in place to recognize credentials from refugees in Europe and Canada as well as more nascent efforts to encourage more flexible admission policies for refugees and other people in refugee-like situations in the U.S. 
Inside Higher Ed, May 29, 2019

Visa woes, politics, and fears of violence are keeping international students away, report warns

An international-education group is warning that “harmful policies and anti-immigrant rhetoric” are keeping international students from enrolling at American colleges, hurting the economy. “Prospective international students and their families are concerned about U.S. federal policies and rhetoric on immigration, along with apprehensions of personal safety and tense race relations,” says the report, released on Wednesday by Nafsa: Association of International Educators.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 29, 2019

How xenophobia affects higher education

Sarah Todd, vice president (global) at Griffith University, in Australia, and president of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education, talks about xenophobia and its effects on international higher education. What’s called for, she says, is a shift from a characterization of visiting students as “those people” who “are coming to take our jobs” to “those students who are coming to spend some time at our institutions.” [Video]
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 29, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Biden promises fix to Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, promised in an education plan released Tuesday to "see to it" that the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is "fixed, simplified and actually helps teachers." Biden also promised to "partner with colleges" to build up the pipeline of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers and other support professionals employed in public schools. And he said he would boost the number of teachers of color enrolled in teacher training programs.
Inside Higher Ed, May 29, 2019

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