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* Partnership may bring student housing to Shoreline Community College

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SCC President and Hou Baolin, a partner in David Lee & Partners, shake hands in Xian, China.

Shoreline Community College is one step closer to offering housing to students.

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President Lee Lambert has signed a memorandum of understanding that may result in a 400-bed student housing facility built on or near the campus. While excited about the potential, Lambert cautioned that the agreement is just a first step with many details to be clarified.

“This allows us to begin working on those details in a more meaningful way,” Lambert said Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. “What we do have is a willing partner who has agreed in principle to provide this valuable resource to the college and our students at no cost to the college.”

That willing partner is David Lee & Partners. Lee is a local businessman with ties to the telecommunications industry in the U.S. and China. If the project goes ahead, Lee’s company would be responsible for all design and construction costs. The college would be responsible for getting approval from the appropriate state agencies and assisting David Lee & Partners with local permitting and approval processes.

The college would also be responsible for amending the Master Development Plan, which is just now moving through the city of Shoreline’s review and approval processes. As currently submitted, that plan doesn’t include housing on the campus. Any potential off-campus housing project wouldn’t be included in the Master Development Plan, which focuses just on the campus.

“We’ve been thinking about housing for some time, but at the time we submitted the Master Development Plan, the state had no money for housing and we had no partners,” Lambert said. “The state still has no money, but we’ve found a partner who would like to make this project happen.”

One of the main items that would need additional scrutiny is just where such a project might take shape. The agreement talks about the possibility of an on-campus location with two levels of underground parking and built to LEED Gold environmental standards. Lambert said David Lee & Partners is committed to using cutting-edge green technologies in construction and that any on-campus location must address the already tight parking situation. However, the location could change, he said.

“There are several potential on-campus locations,” Lambert said. “Also, we have looked at off-campus locations before and we are open to looking again.”

With such significant details still to be decided, the project doesn’t yet have a price tag. However, construction of such a facility would bring needed jobs to build it, maintain it and serve the student residents. “This partner is interested in investing in higher education and his Shoreline community,” Lambert said. “Given today’s economy, we have to take a very close look at that.”

Shoreline draws students from across the state, the country and around the world and being able to offer housing could be an important factor in attracting them to the college. Shoreline now receives less than half of its operating funds from the state making the college more reliant on tuition, grants and contracts.

“We have a world-class automotive technology program, music technology and digital film programs that bring students from across the country; we also have the top biotechnology program in the state and our science, math and business students transfer to the top universities in the U.S.” Lambert said. “We have to meet the needs of our students and stay competitive. Unfortunately, the state is less and less able to help us so we are helping ourselves.”

If built, the project would also be of significant help in recruiting more international students. About 600 students from 34 countries attend Shoreline, a number that has bounced around by about 10 percent over recent years. Currently, Shoreline’s international students live in homestay arrangements or rent housing.

In 2010, Lambert announced a strategic initiative to grow that number to 1,000 in five years. While he has said that adding college housing isn’t necessarily required for program growth, it is very helpful.

“As a parent, whether you’re sending your child thousands of miles away and across an ocean or across town, you want the most assurances you can have for their safety,” Lambert said. “College housing adds to the peace of mind for those parents who are entrusting their children to us.”

Other community colleges who have added housing have seen their international-student numbers grow in recent years. Edmonds Community College officials added housing three years ago and their numbers have continued to rise as have those at Green River and Seattle Central community colleges.

Besides building the housing, David Lee & Partners is also offering Shoreline a base for student recruitment efforts in China. “They have a beautiful new building in Xian and have offered us space in that building,” Lambert said.

SCC/Jim Hills

* Shoreline looking at deeper state cuts

Shoreline Community College is again preparing to deal with another round of state-mandated budget reductions.

The latest in a mind-numbing series of cuts over the past three years, the potential size of this budget whack should clear any cobwebs: 23 percent.

“The Governor has said she needs to get $2 billion out of the $8.7 billion that is available to cut,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said. “She has also said that across-the-board cuts are no longer an option. So, 23 percent is the average; it could be more, could be less.”

For Shoreline, a 23 percent reduction in the state funding allocation translates to about $4 million, according to Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell. “That’s $4 million for the 2011-12 biennium,” Campbell said adding that two of those 24 months have already passed and the clock is ticking. “Waiting to act just means less time to make the same cut.”

The size of the budget challenge doubled in outlined less than two months. On Aug. 8, Gov. Gregoire asked all state agencies to consider what cuts of 5 and 10 percent would do to services. Among the impacts forwarded by the state’s community and technical colleges are three jarring realities:

1)      Fewer students earning fewer degrees and certificates;

2)      Deep cuts in basic-skills (pre-college) programs;

3)      Elimination of viable but high-cost workforce programs.

For Shoreline, dealing with the cuts will require a box of budget tools, but Lambert said the basic strategy will be the same as he outlined at Sept. 15 all-campus meeting.

“We will use those tools to build a bridge from this time of shrinking state resources to a time when our initiatives to grow non-state funds can take hold,” Lambert said.

Shoreline’s main tool comes in the form of reserves that could total as much as $3 million. “As a rule, I don’t like to use one-time money in such a fashion, but in this case, we’re buying time for our investments in internationalization, the virtual college, developing industry partnerships and seeking more grants and contracts, to grow.”

The college could also immediately freeze or limit spending in certain categories.

Salaries for two out of three employee categories are governed by union contracts. Classified employees, who are covered by a statewide contract, are already slated for a 3 percent reduction starting July 1, 2012.  College officials have discussed a similar reduction for administrative employees and will explore conversations with faculty for a comparable option.

After that could come program reductions or eliminations and layoffs.

“Our reserves could probably handle a cut of up to 10 percent, but 23? That can’t help but mean fewer classes serving fewer students,” Lambert said. “We’ll still use the reserves, probably more than we’d like to, but at the levels they’re talking about now, I don’t see how we avoid cuts.”

This past spring, the college reviewed the lineup of professional-technical programs. “We would have to revisit that list,” Lambert said and added that wouldn’t mean other classes, programs and departments would be spared scrutiny.

“At this point, we know the number is likely to be big and we know the longer we wait the more painful the solution becomes,” Lambert said. “At this point, we are planning to come back to the Board of Trustees at their Oct. 26 meeting with proposals on how to move forward.”

SCC/Jim Hills

* SCC Professional Automotive Training Center dedicates corporate dining room in Stanley O. McNaughton's name

STANLEY MCNAUGHTON JR.jpgFamily, friends and co-workers of Stanley O. McNaughton, former CEO of PEMCO Insurance, met at the Professional Automotive Training Center at Shoreline Community College to dedicate the facility's corporate dining room in McNaughton's name. The room includes a portrait of McNaughton and panels on the walls that reflect his favorite sayings that guided his life. McNaughton was a foundational supporter of the training center. Shoreline President Lee Lambert emceed the Sept. 27, 2011 event which was hosted by Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association and executive director Jim Hammond. The event included comments from McNaughton's son and current PEMCO CEO, Stan McNaughton, and Jason Courter, president of Honda of Bellevue and PSADA.

Slideshow of event.

* Campus Internationalization

 

If you didn’t get a chance to drop by the Campus Internationalization Resource Table during Opening week (9/20) here is an overview of just some of the internationalization initiatives happening across campus;  Click here for pictures from the Opening Week Resource Table

 

·        Why Internationalize the Campus?  What does Internationalization mean?  Check out the Information Sheet (See attached).

 

·        Global Learning Events Fall Quarter

-        9/11-  Ten Years After” hosted by the Global Affairs Center, questions contact Larry Fuell

-        International Education Week-  A Celebration of International Exchanges and Learning, November 14-18 , questions contact Pollie McCloskey

-        Global Eyes Series, co-hosted by International Programs and Global Affairs Center as a brown bag venue for students, faculty, staff and members of the off-campus community about recent travel, research or service with a global focus.  Offered the  2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (except December) from 12:30-1:20 pm in 9208 PUB (Quiet Dining Room).

 

·        Study Abroad - Overview of upcoming programs;  Contact Pollie McCloskey if you’d like posters/fliers to promote study abroad in your office/building/classroom

 

·        Grants to Internationalize your Curriculum -NIEA offers grants to assist faculty in designing new courses, making comprehensive revisions to existing courses, or adding modules to existing courses.  Questions contact Pollie McCloskey

 

·        Global Pathways- Education for a Changing World; Designed to prepare students for international careers;  questions contact Dean Bob Francis

 

·        International Peer Mentors were on hand to talk about their role in welcoming and introducing new international students to the campus life of Shoreline Community College. 

 

·        Overview of SCC International Students the countries where International Students come from and where SCC is recruiting this Quarter; questions contact Marci Fradkin, Asst. Director of International Outreach or Diana Sampson, Executive Director of International Education

 

* Gregoire calls for special legislative session

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On Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert told staff and faculty that, depending on the depth of the coming state budget chasm, the college just might be able to bridge the gap.

 One week later, on Thursday, Sept. 22, Gov. Chris Gregoire gave her take on what the college and the rest of the state is facing and how she wants to find a solution.

“This morning, I announced a special session to convene November 28 to bring the Legislature back to do the job,” Gregoire wrote in a memo to all state employees. “As you know, last week’s forecast dropped our revenues by $1.4 billion.  I’ve started preparing for $2 billion in cuts to assure that we have a reserve …”

In August, Gregoire warned of pending cuts in the 5- and 10-percent range and asked state agencies to detail how such cuts would impact services.

Also on Sept. 22, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges submitted those impacts for the entire system to the state Office of Financial Management. In that memo, Denise Graham, deputy director, finance, wrote:

The conclusions of the analysis of the impacts of additional 10 percent budget reductions:

·         Additional budget reductions will mean fewer student served and fewer degrees and certificates. 

·         The funding model for community and technical colleges has shifted over the last three years away from being largely state supported to being much more dependent on tuition revenues.

·         This shift has had two primary impacts on college mission:  Colleges must increasingly rely on tuition-paying students, to the detriment of ABE programs.  Additionally, the decrease in available state funding to support high-cost workforce programs has meant that colleges must scrutinize the financial feasibility of offering these programs, resulting in the elimination of many otherwise viable workforce programs.

·         The greater reliance on tuition has meant large tuition increases for students, resulting in students being saddled with more student load debt.  It could also result in fewer low- and middle-income students attending college.

·         In short, the state’s budget crisis is changing who the colleges serve and how they serve them.  The mix of mission areas is shifting out of financial necessity.  The State Board and the college presidents will be considering options and strategies for preserving key college system mission areas as the cut levels we face become clearer.

In his Sept. 15 comments, Lambert said a 10 percent state cut might equate to about $1.5 million for Shoreline. “If it is 10 percent, we might squeak through. If it is more, we may be looking at cuts,” Lambert said at the time.

Currently in China for meetings with potential college partners, Lambert is staying informed of the state budget situation.

“We knew this was coming, we just didn’t know the details,” Lambert wrote from China. “While today’s news gives us more information, we don’t yet know exactly what this will mean for the college.”

The numbers used by Gregoire could straddle the point identified by Lambert at which the college may be forced to make cuts. “We don’t know what level Olympia will decide on and we don’t know how they will choose to apply the reductions,” he said. Gregoire has said across-the-board cuts are not an option.

In his Sept. 15 address, Lambert outlined the idea that the college might be able to use reserves for a temporary bridge while strategic initiatives intended to reduce the dependence on state funding take hold and grow.

“This just reinforces the need to move ahead on internationalizing the college, expanding our virtual college and developing partnerships,” he said. 

* Welcome New Employees

The following new employees (2011) will be introduced at Convocation this morning:  Cliff Bergeson, Instructor, CNC Machinist; Kathleen Chambers, Instructional Designer, E-Learning; Dennis Chang, Tenure Track Instructor, Nursing; Ryan Dingle, Customer Service Specialist 1, Financial Aid; Dani Dutro, Veterans Counselor/Academic Advisor, Special Services; Marci Fradkin, Asst. Director, International Education Outreach; Bo Fu, Asst. Director, International Education Outreach; Emiliano Gamboa, Campus Security Officer; Christina Jacobsen, Program Asst, International Programs; Marsha Knight, Manager, Payroll & Employee Benefits; Grace Schulz, Graphic Designer, PIO/Advancement; and Delores (Lori) Stephens, Tenure Track Instructor, Nursing.  Welcome all!

Cliff Bergeson, Instructor, CNC Machinist, Science

Cliff Bergeson brings 14 years teaching experience as well 19 years industry experience to his role as instructor in the CNC Machinist Program at SCC.  Among his various teaching positions, Bergeson was an electronics and small engines instructor as well as a machine shop instructor at Roseburg Senior High School in Oregon, a CAD/CAM/CNC instructor at the Northwest Regional Area Vocational Center, a machine tool technology instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College, a CIM instructor at Clark County Vocational Skills Center, and a machine shop instructor at the Sabin Occupational Skills Center in Milwaukie, Oregon.  His industry experience is equally broad, with some of his positions including an engineering/CAD technician and machinist, a CAD/CAM Manager, a tool and die maker and a machinist draftsman. Bergeson holds a transfer degree in mechanical engineering and an associate degree in natural sciences.  He also studied in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University.

 

Kathleen Chambers, Elearning Instructional Designer
Kathleen Chambers is our new Instructional Designer in eLearning. She is a returning Seattle native after living in New Mexico for the past eight years. She received her MFA in Photography at Champaign Urbana, Illinois and her BFA in Studio Art at the University of New Mexico. She has been in teaching in higher education for over 15 years, spending the last seven with online instruction and faculty governance.

 

Dennis Chang, Tenure Track Instructor - Nursing, HO/PE-Nursing

Dennis Chang has been teaching in the nursing programs part-time at both Shoreline Community College and Lake Washington Technical College for the last couple of years.  Chang, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, is currently earning his master’s in nursing at the University of Washington, Bothell.  Chang’s honors include a Johnson and Johnson Promise of Nursing Fellowship, a Congressional grant for nurse educators, a nursing scholarship, Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.  Chang was an RN at Virginia Mason and at the UW Medical Center, where he worked in the Hematology, Urology and Gynecology Cancer units.

 

Ryan Dingle, Customer Service Specialist 1, Financial Aid
Ryan Dingle brings his experience from Washington State University where he worked in the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services as well as the Office of New Student Programs.  He organized and led visits for prospective students and families, answered admissions questions, processed student application materials and a number of other administrative tasks such as analyzing transcripts and evaluating transfer credits.  Dingle earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies.  While attending high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society. 

 

Dani Dutro, Veterans Counselor/Academic Advisor, Special Services

Dani Dutro was a staff counselor/therapist at Dutro Counseling Services in Aberdeen, Washington before coming on board with the Special Services group at Shoreline.  As a counseling services coordinator at the University of Washington, Bothell prior to that, Dutro advised students on academic, career and personal issues and evaluated transfer student transcripts.  She also developed and management curricula in Science and Technology as well as recruited and worked in retention of those students.  Dutro completed an internship as a mental health intern at the Phoenix Job Corps Center and also worked as an academic specialist at Arizona State University in Tempe.  Dutro holds credentials from the Washington State Department of Health as a licensed mental health counselor/associate (LMHCA) and is a national certified counselor (NCC).  She earned her master’s in counseling from ASU, Tempe and a bachelor’s degree in foreign language and literature (Spanish) from Washington State University.

 

Marci Fradkin, Assistant Director – International Education Outreach, International Programs

Marci Fradkin joins the IP team as one of two new assistant directors in international education outreach.  In her most recent position as assistant director of international recruitment at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, Fradkin designed, implemented and managed the program for graduate and undergraduate business students.  Prior to LeBow, Fradkin was an international programs coordinator at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.  In the role, she managed a staff of six and administered recruitment, admission and orientation, working closely with the Office of Enrollment Management. She established relationships with overseas partners, universities and international high schools.  Fradkin was also an international student coordinator at Texas A&M University and worked for the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington, D.C.  She earned her master’s degree in Global and International Education from Drexel University, her bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson.  She studied international education issues at NAFSA Academy.

 

Bo Fu, Assistant Director, International Education Outreach, International Programs

Bo Fu has joined the IP team to support the college’s international efforts.  Fu has extensive experience in international education.  He worked as an international education developer and consultant for the past six years, where he successfully recruited Chinese students for American colleges, helped U.S. colleges establish partnerships with foreign institutions and organized and led educational delegations of American universities to China.  He has worked with high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Education of China and has developed a relationship with the Washington State-China Relations Council. Fu’s mastery of the Chinese language and culture will be critical in the success of his new role at Shoreline.  Additionally, Fu has taught Mandarin Chinese at Shoreline Community College for 14 years and another local college for 13.  Fu was an associate professor at Shandong University in Weihai, China from 1991-95 and an English and Chinese Lecturer at Tonghua College of Health Sciences from 1986-1989.  He has a master’s degree in international studies from Beijing University and a bachelor’s in English and linguistics from Changchun Teachers College in China.

 

Emiliano Gamboa, Campus Security Officer
Emiliano Gamboa joined our Safety and Security Department as the newest Campus Security Officer last October.  Before he came to Shoreline, he was a security officer with Andrews International.  He was a lead sales support representative for AT&T Mobility prior to his work in security.  In a volunteer role as a trainer/bike patrol coordinator with the Lynnwood Police Department, Gamboa has collaborated with the department’s volunteer program to support a reduction in crime statistics and to built community trust through various crime prevention tactics. Gamboa is currently working toward a degree in criminal justice.  He would like to become a Seattle police officer someday.  His goals also include being an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

Christina Jacobsen, Program Assistant, International Programs
Christina Jacobsen comes to Shoreline from Peninsula College, where she worked in Enrollment Services and Financial Aid as an Office Assistant 3 since 2008.  In this position, Jacobsen worked closely with students in the processes of admissions and registration, including managing the SMS program coding to include DATAX reports and reconciling student financial accounts.  She was appointed to the College Council at Peninsula, a committee that was charged with policy review.  Jacobsen was an associate appraiser before moving into higher education. 

 

Marsha Knight, Manager – Payroll & Employee Benefits, Human Resources-Payroll
Marsha Knight has extensive full service human resources leadership experience in public administration and in the private sector with emphasis on HRIS management, payroll, policy development, training, classification and compensation and safety/worker’s compensation.  Most recently, Knight was an HR administrator with King County Department of Public Health.  Prior to that role, she worked as a financial/payroll manager for King County’s Department of Executive Services.  She developed and implemented King County’s HR and Payroll Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Plans, negotiated $30 million contracts that included significant savings for King County and researched, developed and provided training and maintenance plans for diversity assurance and succession planning programs at Boeing’s Commercial Airplane Group. Knight has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and History from the University of Washington and has 15 credits toward her master’s in human resources management from California National University.

 

Grace Schultz, Graphic Designer, Public Information Office

Grace Schulz joined the PIO/Advancement team as a graphic designer.  Schulz brings her knowledge and skills to Shoreline from her former work as a graphic designer at the Seattle Times Company, Tulalip Casino, Varsity Communications, Inc. and United Advertising Publications, Inc.  At the Seattle Times, Schulz designed and produced effective high quality advertisements for both the Times, Seattle PI, Pacific Northwest Magazine and HGTV Magazine. She worked as an integral member of a 15-person production team at Parenting Magazine.  Schulz has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Arizona, Tucson as well as studied in the Digital Production for Graphic Design and the multimedia programs at the University of Washington.

 

Delores (Lori) Stephens, Tenure Track Instructor, Nursing, HO/PE Nursing

Delores (Lori) Stephens was a part-time nursing faculty member at Shoreline Community College from 2003-2007.  She also taught in the nursing program at Skagit Valley Community College.  Stephens was a registered nurse at Skagit Valley Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital. She has worked in acute care and on-call and has also experienced working a as a charge nurse on a night shift. Stephens has planned, managed, organized and evaluated fundamental and medical surgical nursing courses with other nursing faculty.  She earned her master’s in nursing and her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Washington, Bothell, earning honors with both her undergraduate and post-graduate work.  Stephens has also worked as a legal nurse consultant. 

 

* More state budget cuts on the way

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While Shoreline Community College was getting ready to welcome students for fall quarter, the state budget headlines included a financial emergency declaration, the likelihood for more cuts, another special legislative session and little reason for immediate economic optimism.

Still, Shoreline President Lee Lambert said that previous planning and budgetary prudence may give the college some help in weathering the storm.

On Sept. 14, 2011, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges voted unanimously to declare a financial emergency for the community and technical college system.  

The emergency declaration provides colleges with the authority to expedite layoffs for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The Legislature adopted the process in the 1980s to address the job security provided for faculty in the state’s tenure laws.

President Lee Lambert said the State Board’s action doesn’t mean the declaration will be used at Shoreline. To invoke the declaration, each college’s Board of Trustees makes separate decisions based on the situation at each school. Lambert said Thursday, Sept. 15, that it is too soon to know if he would make that recommendation to Shoreline’s Board of Trustees.

“These are extraordinarily challenging times, requiring us to make many difficult decisions, including this one,” SBCTC Chair Sharon Fairchild said in a press release. She acknowledged the collaborative decision-making process colleges engage in when addressing the impact of budget cuts on faculty, staff and students and encouraged continuation of that collaboration.

Also Thursday, Gov. Chris Gregoire told the Seattle Times that she will likely call a special legislative session sometime after the next economic forecast, scheduled for November. Gregoire said she wanted to wait in case things get worse, according to the report.

Gregoire’s comments came just hours after the September economic forecast was released. That report said the state’s revenue losses are deepening due to the ongoing economic crisis. While the report pegs the current shortfall at $1.4 billion, Gregoire told the Times that she could be looking for something closer to $2 billion to make sure the state has some reserves.

In August, Gregoire asked all state agencies, including Shoreline, to plan for cuts of 5-10 percent in the current year.

At the same time the state forecast was being unveiled, President Lambert was addressing hundreds of college faculty and staff members at the Fall Convocation. Lambert said that good planning and budgetary prudence has put the college in a relatively good place to deal with the cuts.

“While I don’t like the idea of using one-time money to cover ongoing expenses, this may be a special case,” Lambert said.

If the cuts are 5 percent, unlikely based on Thursday’s state economic news; the college may be able to cover the loss. If they are 10 percent, Lambert said, “That could be a little tougher, but maybe still possible.” If the cuts go above 10 percent, he said the college would likely need to make some reductions.

Lambert said the special factors at play include the new strategic initiatives of bringing more international students to Shoreline, the expansion of online classes and student services and pursuit of new partnerships.

“We’re already seeing some improvement in these areas and they’re just getting started,” Lambert said. “I believe that we can get through this and have the college not just survive, but thrive.”

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* Global Affairs Center featured in Global Washington Newsletter

Global Washington featured the Shoreline Community College Global Affairs Center in the August 2011 newsletter.  GAC Director, Dr. Larry Fuell provides a good interview.

Promoting the Richness of Washington's Global Work in the Shoreline Community & Beyond by Bridgette Greenshaw

It isn’t just “famous people or folks living in major urban centers like Seattle who are globally affected and effective…”

Such appears to be the informal motto of Shoreline Community College’s Global Affairs Center (GAC) and its director, Dr. Lawrence (“Larry”) Fuell. When Larry speaks of the successes of Shoreline Community College’s Global Affairs Center, he tells them in stories. These stories highlight how Center programs drive students and community members to awareness and action regarding global issues.

fuell.jpgDr. Fuell describes Shoreline Community College students who, after attending the 2011 GAC Humanitarian Assistance Symposium, organized a community-wide computer drive for a local organization that provides computers to non-profit organizations abroad. He highlights students coming to him in the days following the 2010 Haiti earthquake asking that he coordinate a venue for the community to discuss relief efforts. The same thing happened this past April when students wanted to quickly arrange a discussion on the uprising in Libya. He details a student-created chapter of Amnesty International on campus – again spurred by a Global Affairs Center event.

Dr. Fuell seems excited but not surprised by the action that the Center’s programs stir. He chocks it up to the Center “finding and cultivating that sweet spot of student interest.”

From an outside perspective, what Shoreline Community College (SCC) is doing in terms of global engagement is extremely impressive. Dr. Fuell, a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer who teaches political science, created and currently directs the SCC Global Affairs Center, a “non-partisan program which strives to encourage critical thinking and engagement on global issues affecting global peace, prosperity and equity.” Just completing its third year of programming, the Center aims to stimulate critical thinking; encourage involvement; and show students, faculty and Shoreline community members that they can engage in global issues locally.

Dr. Fuell believes that global education– and thus the Center –must focus on four key pillars: awareness, engagement, collaboration through effective partnerships, and ongoing sustainable engagement that does not try to “reinvent the wheel.”

eventphoto6.jpgIn addition to SCC students and faculty, the Center aims to reach community members. Events are widely promoted beyond SCC’s student body and often take place in the evenings and on weekends to ensure that community members can attend.

The Center’s programming focuses on symposiums, speaker events, campus town halls and small-group evening discussions. The topics of these events run the gamut of global issues. Programming in 2010/2011 included a symposium centered on the debate around immigration policy in the U.S. and Europe. The Center’s second annual International Humanitarian Assistance Symposium focused on how NGOs bring relief, development and equity to people around the globe. A series of events in commemoration of Earth Week focused on national and international policies regarding water, food, health and other environmental issues.

In 2009/2010 programming included discussions on US-China relations; a student-requested campus discussion on the Haiti earthquake; and a series of “Great Discussions”– weekly small group dialogues with community members, faculty and students centered on current foreign policy issues. Topics often attempt to connect SCC’s learning focuses with global issues. For example, a recent speaker from Guatemala with ties to the SCC nursing program, was able to engage nursing students, who might otherwise not engage in SCC’s global dialogue.

SCC hosts a number of other globally focused programs with which the GAC collaborates. SCC has one of the only community college study abroad programs, some of which have a service learning component. SCC also features an international studies track, which prepares students for a four-year college degree. Global Pathways is an SCC umbrella program that prepares students in and out of the classroom for globally focused post-college lives. Student clubs, such as the Worldly Philosophers and Dismal Scientists Society (WPDSS) club, often focuses on international political and economic issues.

There are numerous opportunities to engage with SCC’s Global Affairs Center. For those interested in attending a 2011/2012 program, speaking at an upcoming event, providing materials on a local organization or program, connecting with Shoreline area students, or finding out how to support the Center, please visit www.shoreline.edu/gac or email gac@shoreline.edu.

The Center will host a symposium this fall that focuses on how life has changed since the tragic events of 9/11 (2001). According to Larry, the GAC will continue this next year to “reach beyond the choir” to students and community members who are not naturally interested in global issues or who do not automatically see their lives as globally relevant.

With the increasing importance of globally competent students and community members – particularly in Washington state – the efforts of SCC’s Global Affairs Center are critical. The GAC will continue striving to remind Shoreline community members and SCC students that, as Dr. Fuell puts it, “Washington is rich in global resources and NGOs…and you don’t have to go overseas to be globally involved.”