Wednesday, January 21, 2009
* Committees hear budget information
Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert says he may be looking at as many as six potential budget-reduction plans.
Lambert made the comment Wednesday, Jan. 21, to a joint meeting of the college’s Budget and Strategic Planning committees. Also attending were members of the President’s Senior Executive Team (PSET).
Lambert said that vice presidents John Backes, Daryl Campbell, Tonya Drake and Stephen Smith had on Friday, Jan. 16, presented plans on how the college could meet potential budget cuts of 10, 15 and 20 percent. “The 20 percent level is more back-of-the-envelope,” Lambert said. “I don’t have the same level of detail at 20 percent.”
However, Lambert said after seeing the vice-presidents’ proposals, he asked them to take another look from a perspective of how cuts impact the college’s strategic plan. “I’ve been looking at how this could involve restructuring,” he said.
Budget Committee Chair Carla Hogan asked if that meant really six plans instead of three.
“Yes,” Lambert said. “Maybe six scenarios.”
Lambert and others continued to stress how the uncertain economic and political situation makes planning even more difficult. Holly Woodmansee pointed out that the 6.5 percent cut outlined in Gov. Gregoire’s proposed budget is really a systemwide average, not a specific target for Shoreline or any other college.
“That’s why we really need the state board to tell us what our percentage will be,” Lambert said.
A key point of the meeting was just how much and when would information be shared with committee members and the campus as a whole. Lambert said he was looking for a balance between enough information so that the committees could give useful feedback to PSET, but not so detailed that confidentialities or privacy issues might be violated.
Budget Committee member Bob Francis he’d prefer more rather than less information, but added, “I understand the horns of the dilemma you’re on.” Francis, who was closely involved in planning budget cuts less than two years ago, added: “I think this cut is going to be a lot nastier.”
Lambert and Backes each said they were committed to sharing as much as possible. "Nobody should be talking to anyone about losing their job unless it comes from me," Lambert said.
Lambert also outlined a tentative budget planning and communication timeline, including:
- Jan. 30, PSET planning finished.
- First week of February, discussions with union representatives.
- Feb. 1-20, discussions with State Board of Community and Technical College officials, Budget and Strategic Planning committees and PSET.
- Feb. 20, all-campus meeting to present budget-plan overview.
- Feb. 23-27, private meetings with potentially affected individuals .
- March 6, all-campus meeting to present budget-plan details.
- May 22, a tentative all-campus meeting.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
* Obama inauguration seen at SCC
Hundreds of students, faculty and staff members at Shoreline Community College paused Tuesday, Jan. 20, to see the inauguration of now President Barack Obama.
College officials set up three separate official viewing areas including the Quiet Dining Room in the Pagoda Union Building, the Ray Howard Library Technology Center and the Campus Theater. All three areas were filled to overflowing by the time Obama was sworn in, just before 9 a.m. PST. In addition in numerous offices around campus, radios and small TVS were tuned-in to the proceedings.
The opportunity to watch continued media coverage of the day’s events were planned at all three official viewing locations.
For more pictures of the event, go to:
SCC staff member Ann Martin-Cummins is in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration events. Click this link to see Ann's observations of the events so far.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
* Temporary move for smoking shelter
Although the Parent-Child Center (PCC) is on the northwestern corner of campus, far from the bus stops and college entrances, it may very well be one of the busiest places on campus.
Beginning at seven in the morning and continuing through six in the evening, students, employees and community members are dropping off and picking up their children before heading to class or work.
Not far from PCC sits another very busy spot, one of the 10 smoking shelters on the campus. Smoking is permitted at Shoreline Community College, but only in designated smoking areas. Throughout the day, shelter-users stop before heading to class or other activities. The shelter provides a haven from the wind and rain, and in the summer, the sun, but it isn’t big enough to accommodate the number of people who frequent it. During peak usage times, shelter-users can spill out into the driveway that leads to the PCC, impacting traffic flow.
“It’s important that we provide easy access to our Parent-Child Center as well as provide a smoking shelter for our students,” said Vice President Daryl Campbell.
On Wednesday, January 14, the smoking shelter will be moved to a temporary location east of the 1800 building and north of the 4000 building. The shelter will be safely and securely installed next to a 12-foot bench already at the temporary site. Signs will also be posted notifying that this is a "Temporary Smoke Shelter" asking smokers to "Please Use This Shelter When Smoking."
“I realize the temporary location is not ideal,” Campbell said, “but I believe this space will be adequate.” Campbell said, adding that he is hopeful a more complete review of shelter locations can be completed by the end of Spring Quarter.
* College officials discuss budget
Shoreline Community College officials will continue to plan for a range of potential budget cuts, following a Monday, Jan. 12, meeting of the President’s Senior Executive Team.
Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell outlined the difficulty of pinning down a specific target, despite the fact that Gov. Chris Gregoire on Dec. 18, delivered a budget proposal that calls for 6.5 percent reduction for the community college system statewide.
“The 6.5 percent number may not be realistic for Shoreline Community College,” Campbell said at the meeting. “The Governor’s budget identifies some areas of savings that (SCC) doesn’t currently get so we wouldn’t be able to cut them.” Campbell also talked about other variables, including action by the Legislature, which opened session on Monday, Jan. 12, and the potential for a worsening state and federal economic performance.
In addition, Gregoire called for a 5 percent tuition increase for community colleges, but Campbell said staff from the State Board of Community College and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) told him that any tuition hike could go into double digits. Such an increase could be a double-edged sword, he said. Higher tuition rates would bring more money, but also potentially bring lower enrollment if fewer students could afford the new rates, he said.
Campbell recommended that the college continue planning for 10, 15 and 20 percent reduction targets. “We should think of 10 and 15 percent as possible and 20 percent at the upper reaches,” he said.
At the meeting, vice presidents John Backes and Tonya Drake discussed preliminary looks at reduction plans in their areas, which include academic affairs and student success. Campbell said that all four vice presidents, including Stephen Smith in human resources, would meet their Friday, Jan. 16, deadline in presenting plans to President Lee Lambert. Before that happens, however, Campbell and Lambert will meet Wednesday, Jan. 14, with the college Budget Committee.
* College to provide viewing of inaugural coverage
Most Shoreline Community College students, faculty and employees can't attend the inaugural activities for President-elect Barack Obama, but at least they will have a chance to see them.
"Because of the broad interest expressed on campus in this year's Presidential Inauguration, the college will provide viewing areas for the television broadcast on Jan. 20," Vice President for Academic Affairs John Backes said.While classes will continue, those who can will be able to see the historic event and the rest of the day's events, he said.
There will be three viewing areas including the PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208), the Campus Theater (1600 Building) and in the Library Technology Center. The Women’s Center and the Multicultural Center will host the viewing area in Quiet Dining Room which is planned to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Obama is expected to take the oath of office just before noon in Washington, D.C. (9 a.m., PST).
Backes said that several student clubs are also planning inauguration-related events.
2009 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL SCHEDULE
Saturday, Jan. 17:
President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will participate in a Whistle Stop Tour by train, starting in Philadelphia and stopping in Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore before arriving in Washington, D.C. Authorities are expecting that hundreds of thousands of people will watch the train pass from overpasses, stations and other locations.
Sunday, Jan. 18:
President-elect Barack Obama will kick off the schedule of official inaugural activities in Washington, D.C., with a welcome event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The event will be free and open to the public.
Monday, Jan. 19 -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
In honor of the great memory of Dr. King, the president-elect and vice president-elect and their families will participate in community service activities in the Washington, D.C., area and encourage the public to join them.
In the evening, there will be a concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Although it is free and open to the public, tickets are required.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 -- Inauguration Day:
The president-elect and vice president-elect will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. (7 a.m. PST) on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:
- Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
- Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
- Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
- Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
- Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
- Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
- At approximately noon (9 a.m. PST), President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
- At approximately 12:05 p.m., (9:05 a.m. PST) Obama will deliver his Inaugural Address.
- Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
- Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
- The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”
After Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.
Starting at about 2 p.m., (11 a.m. PST), the 56th inaugural parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate.
In the evening, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host 10 official Inaugural Balls, including:
- Youth Inaugural Ball – Young Americans aged 18-35; Washington Hilton
- Obama Home States Inaugural Ball – Illinois and Hawaii invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Biden Home States Inaugural Ball –Delaware and Pennsylvania invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Eastern Inaugural Ball - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, PR, and USVI invited guests; Union Station
- Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball - MD, VA, DC, NY, NJ, WV, Dems Abroad, and invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Midwest Inaugural Ball - KS, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, and MO invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Southern Inaugural Ball - AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX invited guests; National Guard Armory
- Western Inaugural Ball - AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY, AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, OK, GUAM/AS invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Neighborhood Inaugural Ball – DC residents, additional guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball – Enlisted active duty and reserve military; National Building Museum
Wednesday, Jan. 21:
The newly inaugurated president and vice president of the United States will participate in a prayer service.
For a look at historical inaugural information, check out: http://inaugural.senate.gov/history/daysevents/index.cfm
Friday, January 09, 2009
* Shoreline gets ready for Legislature, budget
Main Entry: lim·bo
2c: an intermediate or transitional place or state d: a state of uncertainty
From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary
At least some of definitions of “limbo” are appropriate to characterize the budget situation Shoreline Community College, indeed all of Washington state government, is facing at the moment.
“I’d say we’re in limbo,” Janelle Runyon, director of communications for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, said recently.
True, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Dec. 18, 2008 unveiled a proposed budget that calls for a round-number cut of 6.5 percent for the coming two years. While a
deep and difficult target, Shoreline Community College and the other 33 community and technical colleges (CTCs) had been planning for at least a 20 percent cut.
From: Daryl Campbell
Re: Budget reduction
Date: January 12, 2009
As most of you are aware, Governor Gregoire recently announced her proposed budget for the 2009-2011 biennium. This initial proposal would reduce operating budgets at community and technical colleges by approximately 6.5% system-wide, from current levels. While this latest news is encouraging, it is important to remember that, historically, the Governor’s proposed budget has never been adopted as written. Additionally, the State’s financial situation remains uncertain; all indications are that the State’s March revenue forecast will project another shortfall. Based on this and other available information, we must maintain vigilance at Shoreline Community College as we prepare our 2009-2010 operating budget. President Lambert’s words continue to ring true: “we must hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”
The Governor’s proposed budget and subsequent analysis by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges suggest that next year’s budget reductions may be somewhat less than anticipated. Nevertheless, Shoreline must continue its commitment to fiscal responsibility in its budget planning process. The administration will continue preparing alternative budget scenarios for 2009-2010, which will be submitted to President Lambert, as scheduled, by January 16, 2009. Ultimately, reduction decisions made by the administration will be guided by the “Points of Consideration” document that was adopted by the College’s Budget Committee. The campus community will continue to be kept informed of progress and next steps as developments occur.
While encouraging, Governor Gregoire’s budget priorities are not yet conclusive. Until we know what our SCC budget reality is, we will remain cautiously optimistic and fiscally prudent. Your continued input, support and hard work are greatly appreciated
“We’re pleased that the Governor clearly values community and technical colleges,” Runyon said. Higher-education supporters across the state have been working hard to point out that a dollar invested in CTCs brings a quick and multiplied return to the economy. “All along, we’ve said that community and technical colleges are key to an economic recovery,” Runyon said.
However, Gregoire’s plan is not the final word on the budget.
The Legislature’s session set to begin Monday, Jan. 12, and as SCC Vice President of Adminsitrative Services Daryl Campbell points out (see related story in box), no governor’s budget has ever been adopted without lawmakers putting their own mark on it.
Other variables could be in play, too, including:
- Gregoire’s budget depends on getting $1 billion from the federal government. While President-elect Barack Obama is pledging a stimulus package that may nudge $1 trillion, recent economic news indicate the national situation is worsening;
- The Service Employees International Union Healthcare 775NW unit is suing the state because Gregoire didn’t include previously negotiated raises for state workers who are union members;
- The Washington Federation of State Employees, which represents many classified employees on college campuses, has filed a similar lawsuit;
- The state’s next full economic report is due in March, during the legislative session, and signs are pointing to a deepening slump.
At Shoreline, President Lee Lambert, members of his President’s Senior Executive Team (PSET), the college Budget Committee and others worked hard through the fall to be ready for serious budget cuts. Among the results was a timeline that Lambert announced Dec. 8 at an all-campus meeting attended by more than 300 people in the PUB Main Dining room, including:
- Dec. 8-31, 2008: Feedback from campus and constituencies
- Jan. 1-16, 2009: SET creates a budget reduction draft for 2009-01
- Jan. 20-30: Meetings with PSET, SBCTC staff to discuss draft
- Feb. 2-16: Meetings with unions, Student Government and Budget Committee
- Feb. 17-27: All Campus Meeting, private meetings with affected individuals; meetings with the Board of Trustees
- March 8: Implementation of layoff notices could begin
Since then, the feedback was gathered through a secure Web site available to employees as well as collection boxes placed around campus. All submitted comments are being compiled and will be shared with PSET and the Budget Committee.
The school’s vice presidents, who comprise SET, are working toward the Jan. 16 deadline for a budget draft. Campbell said that draft is likely to address a number of potential budget-cut targets, ranging from 5-20 percent.
After that, the schedule may be at the mercy of the Legislature and economic news, according to PSET members, who are scheduled to meet Monday morning, Jan. 12.