barnett.jpg (6945 bytes)Commencement 1999 Faculty Address
Betsey Barnett

Just a few years ago Betsey Barnett believed she understood what having a multicultural perspective meant -- after all, she grew up in a military family and lived in several European countries. She didn’t even live in the United States until she was 17. She was at home in Naples, Paris and Brussels. For a short time, the family also lived in Tripoli, Libya, where her Italian mother had been raised. Barnett was convinced that she understood what it meant to live in a multicultural world. Her work at Shoreline Community College would someday prove her wrong.

Barnett began her career at Shoreline Community College in 1978, when she worked as a part-time parent educator and as a coordinator of the Parent-Child Center. She joined Shoreline’s Education and Human Services faculty in 1981, teaching early childhood education courses. She began her love affair with the multicultural movement in higher education in 1993, when she was asked by the college to develop course work to meet new multicultural core requirements.

She researched curriculum models and talked with other community colleges to understand their perspective on multiculturalism and its role in higher education. Through her research, she discovered that her perception of multiculturalism was far from mature. "The term was so much more specific than what I thought it was all those years living with people of different cultures," says Barnett.  "I decided it was time to go back to school."  She enrolled in the Multicultural Education doctoral program at the University of Washington in 1990.

Barnett holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and one in French Language and Literature from Seattle University. She earned her master’s degree in early childhood special education from the University of Washington, and just over two months ago, she completed her doctoral degree in multicultural education from the UW. Her dissertation was "Student Learning in a Multicultural Course."

Barnett has taught a variety of classes such as Multicultural Issues: Culture, Communication and Change; Growth and Development; Creative Teaching; Group Dynamics and Classroom Management; and Child Guidance. Currently she teaches introductory courses in the multicultural studies curriculum.

After 20 years of teaching, Barnett has grown to appreciate how instrumental her students have been in shaping her understanding of the field. "They have taught me how to teach them in a way that they can hear what I’m saying as opposed to what they think I’m saying," says Barnett. "They have taught me how to sequence and pace my instruction."

One of Barnett's students, Elinor Tesfamariam hated to see Winter Quarter 1999 end.   "I was angry about all the race and gender issues that surround us," she says. "Then Professor Barnett helped me understand how to be patient -- and the importance of listening to and understanding other people and where they are coming from." Tesfamariam calls Barnett "my best teacher so far." She is most impressed with Barnett’s ability to inspire people to challenge themselves and to go beyond understanding and tolerance, to acceptance and appreciation.

Barnett has faced a variety of challenges in her career. She has been a library aide on a bookmobile, a teacher of fourth graders with behavioral disorders, a parent educator, a preschool teacher and a child care director. Since 1996, she has been a diversity-training consultant for the Washington State Bar Association. She has also offered consulting services to the Shoreline Children’s Center, Latona Children’s Center, State Services for the Deaf and Blind, and Shoreline Public Schools.

If she could have her way, Barnett would teach more -- she enjoys it more than anything. She also enjoys working out, kayaking, backcountry skiing, designing gardens, reading feminist science fiction and playing with her family.

Her presentations include:

bullet"White Students and Multicultural Learning," American Educational Research Association National Conference, New York, April 1996;
bullet"Mary MacLeod Bethune: Feminist, Educator, and Activist," American Educational Research Association National Conference, New Orleans, La., April 1995;
bullet"Teaching and Learning About Diversity," Joint Universities and Region III Washington Community Colleges Faculty Development Conference, Seattle, 1991.



This month's challenge is to guess the mystery person.  Please e-mail Donna Myers at if you would like to take a guess.

This person’s second grade teacher said of him,"He is usually the first person to finish an assigned task; however, it’s usually wrong. He then spends his time distracting those around him."  While in college, he lived rent-free in Beverly Hills in exchange for odd jobs and his work as a chauffeur for a 20th Century Fox executive.  He drove around Beverly Hills in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. He chauferred the wealthy family to a party one evening where Robert F. Kennedy was supposed to be among the guests.  Kennedy did not make it to the party -- he was assassinated that night.   Later, Karim Abdul-Jabbar was his student.  This person took a sabbatical leave for one year to work in a friend's new restaurant as a wine steward.


claritabhat.jpg (8791 bytes)Several people called PIO to see who lived in a jungle in South America and who liked to swim in Puget Sound.  Peggy Lytle once again won the free latte by guessing Clarita Bhat as the May mystery person.   Many called PIO to say that they were stumped by the puzzle.  Latte contenders included Mona Halcomb, who guessed Mary Greiss; and Ruth Clark, who guessed Kathleen Lynch.  After Lytle's correct entry, Clark came back and guessed Bhat as did Thalia Saplad.  



1999 Commencement Student Speakers

angel.gif (19700 bytes)Angel Taherazer
At the age of 6, Angel Taherazer fled war-torn Iran with her father and oldest brother.  Before making it out of Iran, however, the three were captured by Iraqi soldiers and imprisoned for a year and a half. At the 1999 commencement ceremony, Taherazer will talk to graduating students about the barriers that we encounter on life's journey, and the growth and joy that result when we overcome them.

Taherazer was born in Iran in 1976. Her father, a military man, made the decision to leave Iran when the Iran-Iraq War began.  He felt unable to fight for something he did not support.  If he had stayed in Iran, his life would have been in danger. The risk was too great to take the youngest children, so they stayed behind with their mother, but Taherazer and her older brother were able to make the journey with their father through the Kurdish Mountains to Iraq.

They traveled by foot and on horseback, and the three lived for six months with other Iranian families in the extreme mountainous conditions. The plan was to return home when the war was over. Unfortunately, they were discovered by Iraqi soldiers near the Kurdistan border and taken to prison, where they stayed for the next one and a half years. Accommodations could have been worse -- they at least were able to stay together with other families in a small room with concrete walls. Bathrooms were a mile walk away, and they were allowed to shower only once or twice a week.  They slept on filthy, old mattresses.  "The only safe food was hard boiled eggs -- the food was horrible," says Taherazer.  "But we were not hurt physically."

In 1983, the American Red Cross rescued them and relocated them to Spain, where her father had family who would help them for the next two years. Taherazer was seven at the time. The next move was to Seattle. Taherazer's  mother had difficulty getting proper authorization to leave Iran, but was eventually successful, and the family was reunited in Seattle. It had been nearly seven years since Taherazer had seen her mother and her younger brothers.

They lived in low-income housing. Taherazer and her brothers were able to make friends despite the language barrier. "It was a blessing living in low-income housing," says Taherazer. "I met people from all over the world -- and none of them spoke English either. It didn't matter to them that we came from Iran." School was a different matter, however. The American students ostracized Taherazer and her brothers. "We were different," says Taherazer.

Shortly after the family was reunited, a hit-and-run driver killed the youngest boy. "My family fell apart," says Taherazer.  Her parents divorced, her mother went on welfare, and suddenly, she was responsible for far more than she could manage at the age of 12.  She shopped, cooked and cared for her brothers and grieving mother. Shortly after the accident, her older brother moved out, leaving Taherazer without any support. To cope, Taherazer developed a tough exterior. Her neighborhood friends were involved in gang activity, and eventually, she too joined the ranks of gang members. By 15, she had quit school and was using drugs.

When her older brother moved back home, Taherazer realized how out of control her life had become.  "He was the only one who cared if I succeeded or not. All of a sudden it mattered that I wouldn't be graduating with my class," says Taherazer. She quit using drugs,  went back to school and attended night school to make up for lost time. In 1994, she graduated with her class from Ingraham High School.

Then, at 18, Taherazer became a mother. Without denying how difficult it is raising a child as a single parent, Taherazer says that her daughter, Layla, is the best thing that ever happened to her.  "She became the motivation of my life," says Taherazer, "and I don't want her to have to go through what I have." Layla also brought hope and joy to Taherazer's  mother, and has brought the family together.

When Layla turned one, Taherazer was able to return to school at Shoreline Community College. She enrolled for only one class during her first quarter, afraid that it would be too challenging, but soon discovered  that she could succeed -- in fact, she could excel. The next quarter she enrolled fulltime. "I'm smart," says Taherazer.

She became involved in many college activities.  She was a student advocate and a Senate member, and she was an active member of the API and International clubs. Taherazer served on a tenure committee and was very active on the Multicultural Week planning committee.  She also set up a program on campus to educate students about Initiative 200.  She made many new friends and gained leadership skills. "Mona Halcomb got me involved in planning the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Shoreline, and I moderated the ceremony in front of a lot of people," says Taherazer.  

She graduated from Shoreline Winter Quarter 1999, and today she is at the University of Washington working on a double major in speech communication and psychology.  She plans to go on to law school after graduating from the university.  "When I look at my life, I realize that all the hardships and difficult times have made me a stronger, better person," she says.  "I want to learn the law.  I want to master it to help people in need, and then I want to go back to my country and open up a women's college and teach."

Georgeallen.jpg (6488 bytes)George Allen, 21
George Allen, who goes by "GA," was living in Sicily, Italy, when he found out about the music program at Shoreline Community College. "I wanted to study music production and learn how to mix music," says Allen. He got on the Internet, selected a search engine and plugged in the words "audio engineering."  "The Shoreline Community College web site popped up with a picture of a guy behind a mixing board," says Allen. That was all it took. Allen contacted the college, enrolled and entered the audio engineering program Fall Quarter 1997. He will share with graduating students his story of finding his lifetime passion in the Music Department at Shoreline Community College.

"The program here is just wonderful," says Allen. "I have learned so much." Within the first two weeks of the program, he knew he had made the right decision. He was learning even more than he had hoped. His family was still living in Italy, and he had gone to the University of Florida for one year. "If I had stayed at the U of Florida, I wouldn't have gotten nearly the specialized education that I got here," Allen says. He is graduating this quarter with a degree in Audio Engineering and another degree in Digital Audio Engineering.

He gives a lot of credit to instructor Steve Mallott. "He has been a real influence for me," he says. "You can go to him and talk about anything. He’s been a disc jockey and an engineer. Even when he’s just sitting around and telling you a story, he’s teaching you something," says Allen.

Allen plans to pursue a career as a music producer after graduation.  He released his first CD, "It’s Time," in December, and is currently working on another CD for the production company, Gathered Artist Entertainment. The new CD is a compilation of several local artists. On May 28, Allen produced a show in the campus PUB that featured several of the artists on the compilation CD.

Born in Bangor, Maine, he was raised in Izmir, Turkey until the eighth grade. The family then moved to Verona, Italy, and later to Sigonella in Sicily. His father was in the American Armed Forces, and GA went to schools run by the Department of Defense.   Allen speaks both Turkish and Italian. He plans to return to the family’s summer house in Turkey this summer, and to visit Sicily to see old friends. Later this year, he will move back to Florida.


Following are Staff Updates for 1998-1999.

Full-time Faculty New Employees

Roland Baker, Business Administration, Purchasing/Business Admin., One Year Temporary @ 67% of full-time

Linda Barnes, Health Occ. and P.E., Nursing, 1/4/99

Robert Bigley, Humanities, Music, tenure track

Richard E. Davis, Humanities, Computer Graphics/Multimedia, full time, tenure track

Stephanie J. Diemel, Science, Physics/Astronomy, full time, tenure track

Eric David Genz-Mould, Science, Biology/Biotechnology, full time, tenure track

Sharon Hale, Auto/Mfg. Technology, CNC Operator Training, full time, tenure track

David Himes, F.T. Temp., Wtr/Spr 99, Mathematics, Science, 1/4/99

Thomas Kaupe, Science, Math, tenure track

Pearl Klein, ESL, F.T. Temp., Spring 99

Diana E. Knauf, IAS/SS, Psychology, full time, tenure track

Fred Kuczmarski, Science, Mathematics, full time, tenure track

Cheryl Laufle, Business Administration, Business, one year temporary full time

Stephen Paul Malott, Humanities, Audio Post Production, full time, tenure track

Rebecca Montgomery, F.T., Temp., Wtr/Spr 99, Mathematics, Science, 1/4/99

David Ortiz, Humanities, Speech Communications, full time, tenure track

Robert Shields, Business Admin., Computer Applications, full time, tenure track

Neal Vasishth, Humanities, English Composition, full time, tenure track

Cynthia Wilson, F.T. Temp., Spring 99, Nutrition/Dietetics/Foods

John Wrobleski, IAS/SS, Education, full time, tenure track

In addition to the new full-time hires, three long-time members of our staff have been added to the full time, tenure track roster

Grace Rhodes, Humanities, Reading & Writing Lab  Director, full time, tenure track, March 1998

Margaret Rogers, Science, Mathematics Learning Center Director, full time, tenure track, March 1998

Cecile Mielenz, IAS, Parent Education full time, tenure track, September 1998

Full-time Faculty Resignations/Retirements

Wen Chiu, Nutrition/Dietetics/Foods, 3/19/99

Mary Anne Doan, EDHS, 3/19/99

Mark Parker, Math, 3/7/99

Larry Runyan, Mathematics, 1/4/99

Carol Stevenson, Nursing, 12/15/98

Administrative-Exempt New Employees

Elizabeth Baker, Vice President for Business & Operations, 2/1/99

Shannon Flynn, Science, Acting Division Chair, 6/22/98

Michele Foley, Executive Assistant to the President, 8/31/98

M. Jean Hernandez, Health Occupations/PE, Division Chair, 5/1/98

Cheryl Kitchin, Asst. to V.P. for Business, 12/24/98

Donna Olsen, Confidential Secretary to V.P. for Business, 12/31/98

Guadalupe Reyes, Director of Continuing Education, 2/16/99

Sally Rollman, Business Administration, Acting Division Chair, 9/21/98

Paul Rucker, Director for International Programs, 9/21/98

Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Director of the Multicultural/Diversity Education Center, 9/21/98

Marvin "Grizz" Wallace, Director of Marketing & Manufacturing CNC, 6/10/98 (Temporary Appointment)

Administrative/Exempt Promotions
Shannon Flynn
, Division Chair, Science, 1/1/99

Holly Moore, VP Workforce & Economic Development, 10/5/98

Sylvia Orr, Division Chair, Business Administration, 2/1/99

Administrative-Exempt Retirements and Resignations

Carolyn Henry
, Business Division Chair, 9/30

Cheryl Kitchin, Assistant to V.P. for Business, 12/24/98

Keith LaBelle, Vice President for Business, 2/26/99

Donna Olsen, Confidential Secretary to V.P. for Business, 12/31/98

Cheryl Reed, VP Economic Development, 6/30

Dave Rosenquist, Science Division Chair, 6/30

Carolyn Wies, Exec. Asst. to the President, 6/30


Classified New Employees

Christen Aiguier, Computer Support Technician I, TSS, 5/24/99

Margaret Beam, Early Childhood Prog. Specialist, 9/11/98

Lynn Christiansen, Program Asst., Northshore, 4/13/99

Gail Dalton, Teaching Aide II, 9/16/98

Michele Davis, Secretary Senior, Library/Media Center, 11/02/98

Matt DeGooyer, Program Coordinator, International Students, 6/11/98

Megan Douma, Secretary, IAS & Social Sciences, 1/25/99

Aura Rios Erickson, Program Manager, International Progs, 3/15/99

Barbara Fiske, Secretary, Business Administration, 1/11/99

Cathy Fletcher, Office Asst. II, Enrollment Services, 4/12/99

Willie Fryson, Custodian, Plant Operations, 3/8/99

Sue Geisler, Instructional Technician I, TSS, 3/29/99

Kelly Hamilton, Science Instructional Tech. I, Biology, 9/18/98

Gayle Holm, Program Coordinator, Financial Aid Office, 7/6/98

Mark Huntley, Instructional Technician II, Automotive and Mfg., 11/23/98

Caryl Jacobs, Comp. Maint. Tech. I, 9/8/98

Joaella Lane, Budget Analyst III, Budget & Accounting, 5/31/99

Nora Normington, Pre-Employment Coordinator, Prof. Tech. Progs, 12/16/98

Huong Nguyen, Custodian, Custodial Services, 6/16/98

Mark Nichols, Program Coordinator, ARR,  8/3/98

Cathy Patrick, Secretary, IAS & Social Sciences, 2/8/99

Lynette Peters, Program Manager A, Women's Center, 2/24/99

Peter Pickering, Instructional Technician II, TSS, 5/17/99

Debra Salas-Haynes, Office Assistant Lead, Admissions, Records and Registration, 7/13/98

Katie Schumacker, Program Coordinator, Career Employment Services, 11/02/98

Sheila Sigmond, Buyer III, Business Office, 11/6/98

Luz Torres, Media Assistant II, Library/Media Center, 11/16/98

Phat Tran, Custodian, Plant Operations, 12/18/98

Donna Walthers, Program Assistant, Financial Aid, 1/26/99

Nathan Windle, Post Employment Coord., Prof. Technical Program, 11/30/98

Pam Ziegler, Human Resources Asst., 8/31/98

Classified Promotions, Reallocations
and Lateral Moves

Susan Atchley, Program Coord., CEO, 9/3/98

Joy Bafus, Office Asst. II, Enrollment Services, 4/12/99

Alice Billett, Library Technician I, Library/Media Center, 11/23/98

Keith Edholm, Computer Maintenance Tech. III, NSC, 12/16/98

Ann Ludwig, Office Assistant III, Career Employment Svcs., 12/28/98

Linda Mickelberry, Systems Analyst/Progammer III, TSS, 1/25/99

Marilu Neally, Secretary Supervisor, Bus. Admin, 8/24/98

Margaret Parker, Library Tech. III, 8/24/98

Norah Peters, Program Assistant, Health Occupations/Physical Ed., 11/16/98

Judy Proffitt, Secretary Senior, H.O.P.E., 12/16/98

Jeanne Rossire, Program Coordinator, Parent Child Center, 8/27/98

Lisa Smith, Office Asst. III, Student Programs, 4/1/99

Chris Taylor, Secretary Supervisor, Science,   8/17/98

Classified Resignations/Retirements

Greg Alexander, Custodian, Plant Operations, 2/26/99

Paula Brackett, Secretary Supervisor, Business Administration, 6/26/98

Julia Christianson, Program Assistant, FAO, 10/30/98

John Drake, Science Instructional Tech. II, AMT,   9/11/98

Cheri Dutton, Media Asst. II, 8/31/98

Clifton Eskridge, Custodian, Custodial Services, 6/15/98

Kelly Gould, Program Manager A, Women's Programs, 12/31/98

Cheryl Hauskins, Science Instructional Technician I, Science, 7/1/98

Jo-Ann Hermanson, Program Manager B, Enrollment Services, 3/31/99

Mee-Ling Hon, Program Manager A, International Student Programs, 12/22/98

Mark Huntley, Instructional Technician II, A.M.T., 12/21/98

Carolyn Keefe, Secretary, Business Administration, 11/13/98

Dolores Kleinholz, Secretary Supervisor, Science, 7/1/98

Candace Marshall, Office Asst. II, Northshore, 1/25/99

Marsha Morrell, Office Assistant III, Career Employment Services, 10/30/98

Shirley Morris,  Buyer II, 7/22/98

Nancy Parent, Secretary, Science, 7/1/98

Roxanne Scott, Program Manager A, CEO, 4/1/99

Sally Sharbaugh, Program Coordinator, Career Employment Services, 7/16/98

Ben Sigmond, Computer Maintenance Tech I, Northshore, 3/31/99

Carol Wilson, Office Assistant III, Student Programs, 11/30/98

Jean Wilson-Eager, Secretary Senior, Health Occupations and Physical Education, 10/12/98

Employee Status Change (Prof. Tech. Exempt - Other)

Ken Burrus, Director, Athletics/Intramural Programs, 7/1/98

Dorothy Cirelli, Manager, Training and Web Technology, 7/1/98

Gary Kalbfleisch, Manager, Technology Systems, 11/1/98

Berta Lloyd, Director, Career Employment/Workforce Services, 7/1/98

Lillie Plummer, Director, Running Start/High School Completion, 7/1/98

Elizabeth Robichaud, Publications Manager, 7/1/98

Joanne Warner, Director, Personnel Opertations, 7/1/98

Fred Watterson, Tech. Services Manager, 7/1/98

Prof. Tech Exempt New Emplyees
Elly Ellsworth
, Confidential Asst./Secretary to VP for Business & Operations, 4/1/99

Shirley Ferkingstad, Director, Parent Child Center, 11/02/98

David Modena, Manager, Campus Safety and Security, 5/17/99

This section will feature information about faculty and staff changes.  With help from Human Resources, we have provided news about the comings and goings of faculty, staff and administrators from summer 1998 to this time.  If you have any questions about personnel placements, please call Human Resources at x4769.

Events on the Horizon

bulletCollege Gallery
bulletCurriculum Transformation Institutes: Summer 1999
bulletSummercollege for Seniors - July 1999

Summercollege for Seniors - 1999

An Educational Sampler for Senior Adults on the Campus of Shoreline Community College

July 26-30, 1999 --- 7:30 am to 1:15 pm daily


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