The word "emeritus" is derived from a Latin term meaning, "to earn by service." Emeritus is an honorary title bestowed on faculty and administrators retiring from Shoreline Community College. Eleanor Christensen, Sonja Solland, Barry Ehrlich and Christopher Simons are this year’s Professor Emeriti, and together, these fine faculty have given 141 years of service to students at Shoreline Community College.
Professor Eleanor (best known as Ellie) Christensen taught engineering here for nearly 38 years. When she began teaching at SCC, Prof. Christensen was one of only two women teaching engineering at a community college in Washington state, and at that time, more women studied engineering at SCC than any other community college in the state. Equally impressive, Ellie was one of only five women to graduate from the University of Washington School of Engineering in a class of 400. During her tenure at Shoreline, she encouraged women students to study the sciences and was very active in bringing and supporting the Expanding Your Horizons program at Shoreline. Prof. Christensen was also responsible for the college’s long-term relationship with Boeing.
Professor Barry Ehrlich has taught music at SCC for 33 years. While stationed in Germany for three years, he played in US Army bands. Prof. Ehrlich taught high school bands in Mountain View, California for 7 ½ years and started at Shoreline as the band director in 1978 where he taught Music theory, Music Appreciation, Jazz History, Music in American Culture and also directed bands. He also served as program chair for 15 years and was the Humanities division first Assistant Dean. Prof. Ehrlich currently plays trombone in the Cascade Symphony.
Professor Christopher Simons taught photography for 34 years at Shoreline. He graduated with honors as a straight A student with an MFA degree from Washington State University and a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Nevada as a President’s Scholar. Prof. Simons essentially built the photography program at SCC and developed the AFA degree in photography. A longtime faculty member in the Visual Arts Center, he helped to initiate the construction and design of the VCT Building with a wing specifically designed for photography. Chris is currently building his dream house—a Northwest contemporary Asian castle design—which has been his lifelong art project.
Professor of Anthropology, Sonja O. Solland, began teaching at Shoreline in 1973. During her tenure at SCC, she was the recipient of a number of prestigious research grants from groups like the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Prof. Solland completed her Ph.D. thesis, “A Study of Conflict in a Multi-Ethnic Community” at the University of Washington under the guidance of Professor Simon Ottenberg. Many of her students went on to earn impressive degrees at highly regarded universities; in 2005, one of her them was a recipient of the President’s medal at the University of Washington. Professor Solland led students in a study abroad program in Kenya, where her students were invited into the homes of the Massai.