Tuesday, September 22, 2009
* Student fee aimed at transportation issues
Don’t scoff, two of the more visible policy changes implemented this fall at Shoreline Community College are in place because students did, SCOF, that is.
The Sustainable Commuter Options Fee approved by students during Spring Quarter, 2009, will also help reduce the cost of quarterly parking passes from $25 to $15.
In addition, the college is disabling the daily parking-pass machines. Eventually, the machines will be removed.
“The only parking on campus will be either with a parking pass or in the visitors lot,” Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said.
The visitors lot space is free, but space is limited. Visitors may park free for 30 minutes without a pass. For longer stays, visitors should get a free day permit at the 1000 Building information desk. Safety and Security Director Robin Heslop said parking checkers will be watching the lot to guard against those using the lot as an alternative to buying a pass.
“We’ll also continue to have free parking in the Sears lot and a free shuttle to the campus,” Campbell said.
Subsidized Metro Transit passes and cheaper on-campus parking permits are all because the Sustainable Commuter Options Fee (SCOF) was approved by students during the Spring, 2009 elections. The $34 fee is the brainchild of SCC student body President Yasuhiro Sumino
“It started with Yasu,” said Vice President for Student Success Tonya Drake. “He saw a need to help students get discounted bus passes.”
The journey began nearly a year ago with Sumino, Drake and other students and college officials looking into details of how to make the vision a reality. In looking at neighboring colleges and the University of Washington, it became clear that those schools had one thing SCC didn’t: A source of funding to pay for the subsidy or discount.
That lack of funding became even more important after a Fall Quarter, 2008 meeting with Metro Transit officials.
The transit officials pointed out that the programs at other schools were partnerships between the schools and Metro. Without something for the college to bring to the table, Metro couldn’t offer much in the way of price-breaks for students. All of the other neighboring schools, from the UW to Edmonds Community College, assess some sort of transportation fee that is paid by all students. At the time Shoreline Community College did not assess such a fee.
“Yasu did the very hard work of talking about the problem and working with the rest of student government and the college administration to work out the details of the fee,” Drake said, adding that any such fee would have to first be approved by the students themselves. “It went to the students this past spring and passed in large part due to his work.”
Officially called the Sustainable Commuter Options Fee (SCOF), the proposal was reviewed and approved by the Student Services and Activities Committee before going on the ballot. Besides transit pass discounts, the $34 per quarter fee is part of fund that supports parking lot maintenance, security personnel salaries, rental of the Sears parking lot, shuttle bus maintenance and driver’s salaries, vans for sports teams, security escorts, motorist assists and first aid supplies.
Eventually, the discount will apply to the ORCA Card, a cooperative program involving the seven transportation agencies in the Puget Sound region. ORCA uses smart card technology to automatically account for different fares and transfers on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries.
The Orca program is hoped to be available to students starting Winter Quarter 2010. in the meantime, money from the Sustainable Commuter Options Fee will be used to provide discounts for bus passes under the former system. SCC employees started on the ORCA Card on Sept. 1, but transit officials are still working out the details for students.
Monday, September 21, 2009
* Short-term loans to help students
Community College is
making $10,000 available to help students pay for school-related expenses.
“The money is available as short-term loans to students who
have qualified for financial assistance,” said Vice President for Student
Success Tonya Drake.
Drake said that despite processing a record number of
financial assistance requests so far this academic year, there can be delays.
“This will help bridge the gap between qualifying for financial assistance and
the money actually being available to the student,” she said.
The short-term loans will be made for up to $350 and are
anticipated to be used primarily for text book costs, Drake said. “We’re not
sure how long $10,000 will last,” she said. “However, we think the need is
greater than our ability to fill it.”
Daryl Campbell, Vice President of Administrative Services,
said the loan fund is a one-time opportunity for students.
“The money is in a fund earmarked for just this purpose, but
hadn’t been used for the past several years,” said Campbell, who joined the
college in July, 2008. “We’re just happy we have it available for students
Students interested in applying for a short-term loan can
contact the financial aid office at 206-546-4762.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
* SCC offers peek at new Web site
Shoreline Community College is about to give its Web site a new look, but before the world gets to see, you can take a peek.
“This is just the first step in what will be an ongoing effort to improve our online presence,” said Gary Kalbfleisch, director of Technology Support Services. “Before going live on Oct. 7, we’d like to have the campus take a look and tell us what they think.”
To see the new site, go to http://new.shoreline.edu, Kalbfleisch said. To provide feedback, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The site is more than just a new look, it is a new concept and built on new technology,” Kalbfleisch said. “We know there is much more to be done, but the new site provides the foundation for the work to come. We’re happy to hear any and all feedback, but right now we’re most interested in errors, omissions, dead links, wrong phone numbers and things like that.”
The new site is the result of 18 months of work by the Web Work Group, headed by Kalbfleisch. The group included others from TSS, the Office of Advancement, the Library Media and Technology Center, International Programs and Enrollment Services. Focus groups, open-house sessions and other outreach efforts helped form the look and concept of the site.
Jim Hills, a member of the work group from the Office of Advancement, outlined the the concept for the new site.
“One of the basic tenets was from Gary that, whenever possible, we be data driven in our decisions,” Hills said. “That helped focus the home page, which is designed first and foremost to answer the questions a new student might have. We know from usage data that our current students go right to the Current Students page or other pages that they regularly use, not the home page.”
Hills said the group also wanted to use plain language to frame the questions: “After talking with students, it was clear that in deciding to come here, they wanted to know three things: What classes are there, how much does it cost and how to get started. The new home page reflects those sentiments.”
The new site is not yet a total reworking, but the new home-page questions did require new transition pages as a tie to the existing site content. The work group created three new pages to provide that function.
“We wanted a different look and more focused home page, but we also knew we didn’t have time to rebuild the entire site,” Hills said. “The approach we took allows us to launch and then continue to work on the underlying pages.”
However, work on some pages has already occurred and more are in progress. For example:
- Chris Taylor, of Enrollment Services and a member of the work group, headed an effort to streamline the information of many of the pages related to Student Success. The result is less redundancy and cleaner flow through that portion of the site.
- Betsey Barnett and other the Intra American Studies faculty members are reworking the IAS pages, applying the same student-centric and plain-language approach used on the home page.
As for the underlying technology, the site is built using Microsoft’s SharePoint Designer application. The software is the next generation from Microsoft’s FrontPage, but it also allows the site to eventually move to the full SharePoint application, an integrated content management system.
Making the change also involved renaming every page on the site with a .aspx designation, a chore that fell primarily to Shoreline Community College webmaster David Holmes. While tedious, the work did two important things: first, all pages on the site can now be seen by Google searches, and, second, Holmes found lots of dead wood on the site.
“The entire site is now probably 20-25 percent leaner,” Holmes said. “That’s through a combination of dead pages and cleaner code.” Holmes said that while Word documents can still be used, SharePoint Designer strips away much of the cumbersome Word coding, making the site’s code cleaner with faster response for the user.
SharePoint Designer also allows for page templates and style sheets when pages need changes or new pages added.
“This is an important feature for a few reasons,” Hills said.
“First, consistency in look, layout and tools is really important for the user experience. If someone is spending any time on our site, having the navigation bars, side rails and other features look and work the same page to page just makes it an easier, more pleasurable experience.
“Second, our look is our brand. If a user clicks on a page and it no longer looks like us, that doesn’t reinforce the Shoreline Community College brand and experience.
“Third, it allows easier updating by those on campus with the responsibility and access to make changes.”
A uniform look doesn’t mean that creativity and thought isn’t required when updating or creating pages, Hills said.
“The look says, ‘you’re at SCC,’ but that’s all,” Hills said. “The creativity comes in the words and images we choose to use along with the look. It’s not only in what we choose, but what we don’t choose.”
One of the key features of the new home page is a Google-powered search function.
“We had come to rely on work-arounds like Quick Links because our search function was not robust,” Kalbfleisch said. “Now, with the Google search function, you get our bookstore page when you search for ‘bookstore.’”
So, what’s next?
“There’s lots left to do on the main site, but as soon as possible, I’d like the work group to take a look at our Intranet,” Kalbfleisch said. “It needs some help.”
* Shoreline Community College takes flu precautions
With the flu season coming and increased concerns particularly over the new H1N1 strain, or swine flu, Shoreline Community College is taking steps that may ward off or limit the spread of the illness.
Through Public Health – Seattle & King County, Shoreline Community College officials are closely monitoring flu conditions and will make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the college. Updates will be made as conditions warrant.
Steps taken so far include:
Communication/education: The college will inform and update on flu-related issues using on-campus signage, voicemail, e-mail, the SCC Web site, Twitter and Facebook.
- Facilities: Enhanced cleaning practices put in place this past spring are continuing. Also, non-touch dispenser for alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be installed in more than two dozen locations. Smaller dispensers will be in every classroom and employees will have access to sanitizer through their departments.
- Academics: For all appropriate classes, faculty members are developing Web-based learning options using technologies such as Blackboard and Elluminate should students or faculty be unable to attend class for extended periods due to illness.
Here are a few things everyone can do to help:
Practice good hygiene: Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaners. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Know the signs and symptoms: Look for signs of fever such feeling very warm, a flushed appearance and sweating or shivering. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.
Stay home if you are sick: Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without taking fever-reducing medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Talk with your health-care provider: Ask if you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu and about getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.
If this year’s flu season becomes more severe, college officials may take additional steps to limit the spread of the virus and safeguard the health of students, faculty and employees
Additional information is available at www.shoreline.edu/flu, http://www.flu.gov/ and http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
* Opening Week 2009 schedule set
The theme for Opening Week 2009 is “Changing Times.”
“It certainly is appropriate, given all the change we’ve seen over the past year,” SCC President Lee Lambert said. On the schedule are the traditional events, including division meetings, an all-campus meeting at the beginning of the week and an all-campus lunch near the end.
The breakout sessions touch on a spectrum of subjects. Some reflect the theme for the week, including “Strategic Plan Prioritization,” and “Teaching Hybrid and Using Technology to Do It.” Others are aimed at building a sense of community and celebrating the people and programs on campus, including a women’s soccer game with snacks provided by the SCC Foundation.
A fun event that is making a return to SCC Opening Week is the “Wear It Again Fashion Show,” coordinated by SCC employee Bonnie Madison. The concept for the event is to show how to shop second-hand stores and still look like a million bucks.
“There are always additions to the schedule as we get closer, but we’ll post those to this link on college Web site and send notices in Day at a Glance,” said Opening Week point person Amy Stapleton, of the Office of Advancement.
Opening Week 2009
Wednesday, September 16
Throughout the day
Division and Department meetings and lunches.
BA/IAS/SS — 12:00-2:30pm, Richmond Beach Park
HO/PE — 10:30am-12:00pm, TBD
Humanities — 10:30am-12:00pm; Lunch 12:00-1:00pm, Room 818
Department meetings: 1:00-3:00pm, Room 818
Library, TSS, eLearning — 10:30am-12:30pm; Lunch 12:30–1:30pm, Library Mezzanine
Science — 9:30am-12:00pm, Room 2925; Lunch 12:00–1:00pm, Room 2812
Workforce Education — 10:00am–12:00pm; Lunch 12:00–1:00pm, Room 2926A/B
Thursday, September 17
All–Campus Reception—Muffins and Juice – Theater Lobby.
All Campus Meeting – Theater. This year’s theme is “Changing Times.” Take part in the traditional speeches, introductions and awards.
Faculty Orientation to Blackboard – Library, Room 4214. Get started in a web-based classroom in Blackboard, the software that SCC uses for its online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes. You will login to Bb and learn the basics and more. Facilitated by Debby Handrich.
New Student Welcome – PUB Lobby and Main Dining Room.
SCC staff representing a variety of programs and campus services will welcome new students to the SCC community. Students will get information and support that will help them successfully settle into the college environment. Sponsored by Equity and Student Connections.
Friday, September 18
Employee Social – Library Sanctuary (upstairs). Drop in to socialize with your colleagues and to have a morning cup of coffee and light morning snack. This is a casual session without a formal presentation. Sponsored by the Foundation.
Bike to Work – Room 9201. Thinking about biking to work? Come talk to some of your colleagues who ride regularly! We’ll answer questions like, what should I wear? Is it safe? How do I get in shape so I CAN ride? Lights? Seats? Where is that Interurban Trail? How do you deal with hills? How do those bus bike racks work? We’ll have maps and lots of answers. Biking to work one or two days may be the jumpstart you need to help work with the changes we’re facing in education. Facilitated by Leslie Potter-Henderson and others.
Strategic Plan Prioritization – Room 2925. Help shape the future of Shoreline! Please join representatives from the Strategic Planning Committee to help us choose two strategic themes as priorities for the upcoming biennium. It’s not necessary to come for the whole session; even 10 minutes of your time will be appreciated. Presented by Kira Wennstrom.
Wear It Again Fashion Show – PUB Main Dining Room. It’s Back! Shoreline’s ‘Wear-It-Again’ or ‘You Only Paid…’ Fashion Show showing off the fashions found in your local thrift and consignment stores. Bring adult clothing for a donation drive. Faciliated by Bonnie Madison, MC’d by Jim Hills.
Dolphins Women’s Soccer Team plays Bethany College from California – SCC Soccer Field. Halftime snacks will be provided by the Foundation.
Employees of Color Caucus – Room 2308. With the support of the Multicultural Center, the goal of this session is to revive the Employees of Color Caucus by bringing together employees in a spirit of collaboration, networking, support, and respect. Facilitated by Cecilia A. Martínez Vásquez.
Monday, September 21
SCCFT Breakfast – PUB Quiet Dining Room. All faculty are welcome. Come to hear about faculty union issues and enjoy a breakfast catered by Chartwells.
Teaching Hybrid and using Technology to do it – Room 9201. Amy Kinsel will share ideas for hybrid teaching. Using media equipment is useful for hybrid teaching. Jim R. Miller will help you figure out who to call when you have a hardware technology problem in your classroom. Change is afoot! Facilitated by Amy Kinsel and Jim Miller.
Strategic Plan Prioritization – Room 9208. Help shape the future of Shoreline! Please join representatives from the Strategic Planning Committee to help us choose two strategic themes as priorities for the upcoming biennium. It’s not necessary to come for the whole session; even 10 minutes of your time will be appreciated. Presented by Kira Wennstrom.
Web Pages – Room 4106. How do faculty pages fit into the overall redesign of the college Web site? Can I keep what I have now? How do I get a page if I don't have one? What if I don't want one? From concept to creation, join Jim Hills and Dave Holmes to talk about this important component of SCC's presence on the Web. Facilitated by Jim Hills and Dave Holmes
Tuesday, September 22
Nature Walk with Matt Loper – Meet by the fountain. Take Matt’s fabulous tour and learn about the flora and fauna of our campus. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Legal Issues with Technology in Education – Room 4106. – Cyber bullies, MEEBO, Google chat, Podcasting, Blogs, Wikis, Web 2.0. We should make ourselves knowledgeable about the legal aspects of the newest technology. We don’t have all of the answers, but we do know how trouble can be avoided. Facilitated by Leslie Potter-Henderson and Gary Kalbfleisch. If you plan to attend this session and have a specific question you’d like addressed, please email Leslie (email@example.com)
or Gary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All–Campus Lunch – PUB Main Dining Room. Buffet lunch by Chartwells.
Accreditation Workshop with Norma Goldstein.
All–Faculty Senate Meeting– PUB Quiet Dining Room. Find out what faculty can do to make our programs more visible to prospective students, learn how state policies are affecting Shoreline, and discuss academic issues for the coming year.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
* Students Learn Value of Giving Back to Community
A student works in the garden near the 2600 Building.
Over the last few years people around the world jumped onto the green wagon to save our planet; and over the last year or so they responded to the losses of failed economies. In response to these hardships, more people than ever have turned to planting vegetable gardens to feed their families and their communities. Right now, students at Shoreline Community College are doing their part right here on campus.
This summer, 16 students who are enrolled at Shoreline through the Learning Center North, cleaned out an area near the 2600 building to prepare for planting a vegetable garden – and those veggies will be donated to shelters next spring and summer.
The idea to have students plant a garden came to instructor, Guru Dorje during the summer when he helped plant a community garden in his neighborhood. “I thought about the symbolism of what we were doing - planting seeds, watering the seeds, and taking care of them until they were ready to harvest,” said Dorje, “and I realized it was a perfect vehicle for our students to learn the value of hard work and helping others.”
The Learning Center North is an educational site on campus operated in conjunction with the King County Work Training Program. It serves youth from 16-21 who have not completed high school but who want to earn their GED and go on to college and/or employment. The students find success thanks to the one-on-one help they receive from counselors, staff and instructors, and many go on to earn college certificates and degrees.
Dorje wanted his students to also have the opportunity to have a hands-on activity that would provide them the inherent feeling of success – and to do something to help someone else.
“A lot of our students have not really had the opportunity to give before – so I wanted to give them the opportunity to experience the joy that comes from giving. I wanted them to understand that what they do matters – and it reverberates throughout the community.”
This summer, his students cleaned out the area for the future garden and brought in soil and river stone in preparation for the garden. During fall and winter, they will tend to the soil and keep it healthy during the cold months, eventually preparing it for planting the vegetables and flowers in the spring.
Dorje is pleased that the students in the LCN Program can be a part of the college’s commitment to making Shoreline one of the greenest campuses in the area.
Shoreline is one of the first colleges in the state to offer a solar design program and is currently in the process of expanding a Clean Energy Technology program. The college also has also been credited for having the largest solar-energy installation feeding the grid through Seattle City Light’s system.