Thursday, May 26, 2011
* Lawmakers pass budget, college still waits
Lawmakers have done their work on a budget for the state, but that doesn’t necessarily mean officials at Shoreline have a budget for the community college.
“I’d say we’re moving toward clarity; we know more now than we did before,” Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert. “Now, we have to wait for Gov. Gregoire to sign the budget, and she can veto sections if she chooses, then the State Board must take action on the allocations to the colleges.”
According to staff at the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Gregoire has until June 16 to sign the legislation, the same day as the next scheduled state revenue forecast. She can also veto some items while approving others. The next meeting of the State Board is set for June 22-23, with the agenda expected to include budget-related items.
“We’re working now to better understand the timing so that we can get a college budget passed by our trustees before July 1, the start of the new fiscal year,” Lambert said.
Based on experience with previous allocations, Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said the college looks to be losing about $2.7 million in direct allocation from the state for the coming year.
“It’s good news, bad news,” Campbell said. “We had previously planned for about $3.1 million in cuts, so the initial number is lower, but the budget bill also includes a number of other reductions that are difficult to gauge from our individual campus impact perspective.”
The caveats are many, Campbell said.
The bill includes salary reductions for state employees, but the language appears to be unclear relating to higher education and the budget impact for institutions. For example, compensation is reduced by 3 percent for the biennium, but higher education institutions are exempt. Exempt, except those represented community college classified staff making more than $2,500 a month, “must be reduced by 3 percent and temporary salary reduction leave of 5.2 hours per month for a full-time employee will be earned.“
The bill also says that represented classified employees funded from non-state funds must be treated the same as those funded with state funds. While other higher education employees are not included, the schools appear to be on the hook for reducing state-funded compensation costs by the same 3 percent.
In addition, the budget bill caps pension contributions at 6 percent, but doesn’t relieve colleges of the obligation to continue matching existing employee plans that are above that level. In comments to the Board of Trustees at their May 25, 2011 meeting, Campbell said that obligation could add up to $434,000 that had been coming from the state and now must come from the college. The kicker, Campbell said, is that the bill identifies the source of those funds: Tuition.
“The bill raises student tuition by 12 percent for each of the next two years,” Campbell said. “But, from that added tuition revenue must come the payment for pensions.”
Not only that, but 3 percent will be siphoned off for an “innovation fund” that is intended to buy a new technological backbone for the entire state community and technical college system, unifying back office and other functions. The total price tag for the system, dubbed “ERP” for Enterprise Resource Program, is projected by some to hit $100 million, with implementation to begin in the next several years.
The budget makes a reduction of $2 million in the coming year and an additional $3.5 million in following year for “efficiencies” in the system. Those savings could come from consolidation of college districts, consolidation of administrative and governance functions such as human resources, budget and accounting services and presidents’ offices; consolidation of student services functions and libraries; and other administrative efficiencies such as greater use of telephone and videoconferencing and reducing travel costs.
Campbell said there is no prior experience to fall back on for how plan for that reduction.
A separate bill gives the SBCTC free rein to implement what is called “differential tuition.” The issue is that some programs cost more than others to run, but the basic tuition is the same. What isn’t clear is how or when differential tuition could impact college budgets.
While there is still uncertainty remaining about final budget numbers, the trustees at the May 25 board meeting discussed how they might consider helping by putting some of the board reserves toward the problem.
“We’ve been talking for months about the idea of using board reserves, but we didn’t have a plan,” said Board Chairman Jerry Smith. The board reserves total approximately $1.2 million.
Campbell outlined a number of potential options for board consideration, including bridge funding for personnel during the current downturn, investing in strategic initiatives and keeping the reserves intact for unforeseen needs.
Trustee Shoubee Liaw asked somewhat rhetorically if the respected economist Paul Krugman would approve of using reserves for payroll needs. The answer came back from economics instructor and interim dean Bob Francis, who was sitting in the audience: “No.”
In the end, Smith polled his fellow trustees on their inclination to use board reserves in some fashion, getting positive, but nuanced, thumbs up all around. Trustee Phil Barrett closed the discussion by asking for further discussion at a future board study session or the annual retreat.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
* Memorial Day - SCC supports student veterans
Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Initially known as Decoration Day, the observance originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Read more at (http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history).
For student veterans, anniversaries and memorials can be difficult. Remembrances and anniversary dates have the potential to stir difficult emotions as many veterans and dependents have lost someone close to them in the recent conflicts (GWOT, OIF, OEF, and Operation New Dawn).
If you are concerned about your student veterans (or their dependents), please contact Dani Dutro in the Office of Special Services via email (email@example.com) or at x6719. Also, remember that mental health emergencies (potential for harm to self or others) are emergencies and should be treated as such. There are resources for veterans available through the VA and the suicide prevention hotline 800-273-TALK(8255) as well.
Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. If you would like to donate to the Veteran Resource Center at SCC, you are encouraged to come to FOSS 5225 to pick up a form or drop off your donation. Thank you for your support.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
* Russian Delegation Visits SCC
More and more Shoreline Community College is becoming a destination spot for educators from around the world.
Last year a delegation of educators from China visited the college for a two-week period to learn about the makings and operations of a community college. The visit was part of an ongoing program sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges’ Vocational Educational Leadership Training Program. Last month, Mike Nelson, who teaches renewable energy classes at SCC, talked with a group of educators and energy and innovative technology and environmental policy representatives from India about the college’s solar program. Yesterday, Science Dean Susan Hoyne and Biology Chair Guy Hamilton spoke to a group of eight Russian delegates about Shoreline’s Automotive and Biotechnology programs. The group of six men and two women were nominated as leaders in their fields and invited to the U.S. as guests of the Department of State on an exchange program.
The group of eight were visiting community colleges in the Seattle area specifically via the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The delegation, who represented a diverse range of interests, were here to learn about the community college model in the U.S. and how it addresses the dual goals of access and providing the workforce with state-of-the-art skills.
Before touring the Automotive Training Center and Biotechnology lab, the group had a chance to hear about college programs and ask questions. They were very interested in hearing about the admissions process for our professional-technical programs as well as the transfer process to universities and how the partnership with industry supported the development of programs. Hamilton talked briefly about the Biotechnology program and the internship requirement and its value. Some were interested in hearing about the college’s partnership with the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research. Hoyne said that many of the best hospitals and research labs hire our graduates and spoke more broadly on the breadth of SCC programs.
Dr. Maria Stanislavovna Kadatskaya remarked how lovely the campus was and many delegates lagged behind to take photos of the gardens and the fountain. When they arrived at the automotive center, they marveled at the facility and the number of cars, one of them saying in English, “I wouldn’t mind having that red Honda.” Hoyne talked about the training for incumbent workers as well as the factory-sponsored programs. At the biotechnology lab, the visitors enjoyed seeing a student working with a lab tech as well as a look at students working with tissue cultures.
The delegation: Alexey Viktorovich Gavrilov is the Director of Undergraduate Preparation at Kazan State Technological University; Alexey Pavlovich Gorbatov is the head of Industry Outreach Training at Forestry College; Maria Stanislavovna Kadatskaya is the Head of the Department of Eduation at Izhevsk State Technical University; Vladimir Vyacheslavovich Kudryavtsev is Director of Power Machine Building College at Ivanovo State Energy University; Alexander Aleksandrovich Popikov is Deputy Director of Academic Studies and Teaching at National University of Science and Technology; Evgeny Vladimirovich Vasiley is Director of the Industrial Technology Center at Omsk State Technical University; Vita Georgiyena Vyatchina is head of the Technical Training Center and Department of Professional Continuing Education at Ural Federal University; and Alexander Vladimirovich Zolotov is Director of the Continuing Education Center at Nizhniy Novgoro State University.
The tour was arranged by the World Affairs Council.
Flickr slideshow by Sean Duke.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp/ivlp.html
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
* Spring Scholarship Celebration
The Shoreline Community College Foundation awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships to more than 50 recipients at last night’s annual Spring Scholarship Celebration. Family, friends, faculty and staff looked on and applauded as each student was recognized as they received their awards.
Danielle Norton sat in the audience with her mom and baby sister. A senior at Marysville Getchell/SFE, Norton is enrolled in the School for the Entrepreneur.
"I was recruited for the soccer team and when I found out that Shoreline had a DECA program, my mind was made up," the 18 year-old said. She says she looks forward to the opportunities that await her at Shoreline.
Her mother, Tiffany, says her daughter's commitment to eduation has inpsired her and that she now, too, is a college student, studying accounting and bookkeeping.
Hsin Sung was awarded the Friends of Fircrest scholarship, the first to be awarded at Shoreline. This scholarship was established for the purpose of assisting students who are interested in pursuing careers in Nursing or Medical or Dental fields with additional focus towards serving people with developmental disabilities. Sung grew up in Taiwan, and arrived in the U.S. at the age of 17. Despite difficulties with learning the English language and financial setbacks, Sung first became a Certified Nursing Assistant and eventually was accepted into the SCC Nursing Program in March of this year.
Shoreline CC Foundation President Scott Saunders spoke for all who participated on the awards selection committee. “It was an honor to read these applications,” he said, stating that this year’s students were truly remarkable. He thanked all members of the Foundation Board as well for their continuing commitment to Shoreline students.
Saunders then focused on those who made this year’s scholarships possible. “Without the help of our generous Foundation donors, we would not be here today,” Foundation President Scott Saunders said. “Today is truly a day to celebrate all of you who support our deserving students. Thank you so, so much, and congratulations to you as well as our students.”
President Lambert talked briefly about U.S. President Obama’s support of higher education and its role in an increasingly competitive world economy before thanking the donors who are committed to supporting our students at a time when state budgets fail us.
“We have the finest education programs in the world – more people come here than anywhere else – but with state budgets waning, more and more costs are shifted to our students. I sincerely thank all of you who care about our students and supported their education.”
As emcee, Dr. Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Director, Center for Equity, Engagement and Services, thanked Trustees Jerry Smith, Roger Olstad, Gidget Terpstra, Shoubee Liaw and Phil Barrett and recognized city officials who also supported Foundation efforts. She thanked the Foundation Board members for their stellar fundraising efforts – President Scott Saunders, Warren Johnson, Ruth Kagi, Jim O’Hanlon, Harley O’Neil, Ken Noreen and newest Board member, Toby Travis for their hard work as well as Foundation Executive Director, Jane McNabb, Foundation Director, Ritva Manchester and Program Coordinator, Lynn Yaw. Terrell-Powell also acknowledged all the people who graciously gave time on award selection committees.
Terrell-Powell shared brief depictions on student accomplishments and goals. “I think you will begin to understand the breadth and wide diversity of both our Shoreline students and the programs and curriculum offered here at SCC,” Terrell-Powell said before the students were awarded their scholarships.
Sixty-two scholarship certificates were presented to students by Yaw and President Lambert and SCC Foundation President Scott Saunders congratulated them with a handshake.
More to come. See the Scholarship Celebration photo gallery.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
* SHORELINE SPLASH: A Festival of Learning
A CHORAL EXTRAVAGANZA (Part One)
1:00-1:45pm, Mon, May 16, COURTYARD (WEATHER PERMITTING) OR PUB 9215 (MAIN DINING ROOM)
Please join us for the first installment of the SCC Small Vocal Ensembles’ performances, directed by Susan Dolacky, presenting a short but exciting program consisting of both group and solo pieces of music from around the world.
SCC STUDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL <<NEW LOCATION>>
11:30-1:30pm, Tues, May 17, PUB 9202
This year, Shoreline students were hard at work creating, acting, directing, and producing some amazingly high-quality short films. No great work should go unnoticed, so please join us for two consecutive showings (11:30-12:30pm & 12:30-1:30pm) of the compilation of these film shorts.
A CHORAL EXTRAVAGANZA (Part Two)
1:00-1:45pm, Tues, May 17, COURTYARD (WEATHER PERMITTING) OR PUB 9215 (MAIN DINING ROOM)
Please join us for the second installment of the SCC Small Vocal Ensembles’ performances, directed by Susan Dolacky, presenting a short but exciting program consisting of both group and solo pieces of music from around the world.
11:30-12:30pm, Wed, May 18, PUB 9208 (Quiet Dining Room)
Back by popular demand! In early May, a group of SCC drama students, instructed by Tony Doupe, performed their own multicultural-themed monologues to a captive audience and received rave reviews. In case you had the misfortune of missing their first performance, you have another opportunity to experience the wealth of talent we have at Shoreline first-hand. Each student will also discuss their individual piece after they perform it.
SCC JAZZ BAND PERFORMANCE
12:45-1:30pm, Wed, May 18, COURTYARD* (WEATHER PERMITTING) OR PUB 9215 (MAIN DINING ROOM)
Please join us for an electrifying performance by the SCC Jazz Band, directed by Doug Reid, of contemporary jazz and popular music.
LEARNING FROM STUDENTS ABOUT MULTICULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
12:30-2:30pm, Wed, May 18, PUB 9208 (Quiet Dining Room)
What life skills have students acquired in these unique-to-Shoreline classes? What value do students see in these skills? A student panel shares their experiences in SCC Multicultural Understanding courses and the personal importance of what they have learned.
STUDENT ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC
11:30-1:30pm, Thurs, May 19, COURTYARD* (WEATHER PERMITTING) OR PUB 9215 (MAIN DINING ROOM)
Join us for the Student Acoustic Showcase that occurs every Thursday from 11:30am -1:30pm. This week’s special guests are: the SCC Chorale (performing from 11:45-12:15pm*), a sneak peek of the SCC Musical, “She Loves Me” (from 12:20-12:35pm), and the Shoreline Singers (performing acapella from 12:40-1:00pm*). There are some additional spots available for students to perform, but please make sure to sign-up in advance to secure your time-slot. Questions? Want to sign up? Contact Jess Gonzalez, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS <<NEW TIME AND DATE>>
1:30-2:30pm, Fri, May 20, PUB 9208 (Quiet Dining Room)
Student life on our campus would be seriously disrupted without the daily efforts by our amazing range of student leaders, that we are fortunate enough to have all over campus. Every year these students are nominated by other students, faculty, and staff to receive Student Leadership Awards because of their respective impact on our campus. Please join us for some light refreshments as we recognize them for their leadership efforts and accomplishments at Shoreline Community College.
*Disclaimer: This schedule is subject to change/cancellation and more events will be announced as they are confirmed.
* Master Gardener to be at Deep Roots Plant Sale
Bring your gardening questions to the Deep Roots Garden Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 20! Judy Griesl, a local Master Gardener and a member of Diggin' Shoreline, is joining us at an information table. She is happy to see what we are doing at Shoreline and is happy to support us! Select from natives, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, perennials and more! A selection of birdhouses will also be on sale! Money raised will support efforts to provide food to the local food bank, Hopelink over the summer. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Questions - or if you would like to help out, please contact Donna Myers at email@example.com or Judy Penn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
* Countywide Community Forum Comes to SCC
Countywide Community Forum, the effort that gathers citizens’ opinions on community issues and then delivers the results to elected officials, is coming to Shoreline.
John Spady, the lead organizer of Countywide Community Forums, will be at Shoreline Community College from 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, in Room 9208 of the PUB student union building. So far, this event is the only forum scheduled in North King County. Read more.
After a 20-minute video overview of issues facing King County, small group discussions and a survey seeking answers to questions such as:
What is needed in our community to provide more access to opportunities for success?
Is it education, affordable housing, or jobs?
What is the job of government and what isn’t the job of government?
How can we expand opportunities for success and economic growth in King County?
Spady is Executive Vice-President and Director of Research for the Forum Foundation. His father, Dick Spady, is the owner of the Dick’s Drive-In restaurants and has been a strong proponent of citizen engagement and dialogue for decades. Dick Spady’s funding support has been key to keeping the Countywide Community Forum moving ahead over the past three years.
The event is open to the public and all survey results will be tabulated by the King County Auditor and presented to the King County Council.
Host for the event is Shoreline Community College faculty member Elizabeth Hanson, who this past summer took part in the Countywide Community Forum on juvenile justice. “Our group met with King County representatives and some police and judges. It was a very good experience. We really felt listened to and I think we were,” Hanson said. “I think people need to feel like they personally can share their opinions and that their opinion matters.”
For more information contact Hanson at email@example.com or go to www.communityforums.org.
Friday, May 06, 2011
* Lambert outlines initiatives at all-campus meeting
Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert speaks at an all-campus meeting, May 6, 2011.
Faculty, staff, administrators and students at Shoreline Community College gathered in the PUB Main Dining Room for an all-campus meeting, May 6, 2011, to hear President Lee Lambert and others discuss strategic initiatives and legislative issues and highlight student successes.
An in-person audience of about 100 was on hand with another 47 watching via webcast using Elluminate.
Lambert spoke to a number of strategic initiatives being undertaken at the college, including: International Programs recruitment, the Virtual College Implementation Team, the Strategic Planning & Budget Committee, the 2015 group, an enrollment management plan, a new Web site, a new data management group and preparing for a new accreditation process.
Lambert said that all of the initiatives are intended to help the college manage through these times of significant change by attracting more students and revenue to cope with dwindling state funding. Lambert said growing the number of international students, who pay more tuition than state-resident students, is a key and component of the plan.
The virtual college idea, building on Shoreline’s already substantial online educational offerings, is another cornerstone component, he said. “Online education is the fastest growing sector of education today,” Lambert said. “I wish face-to-face was the fastest growing, but it isn’t.”
Shoreline does offer a number of completely online degrees and certificates, but the registration, payment and orientation processes can be cumbersome for a student who can’t come to the physical campus, he said. To that end, Lambert said he is pushing the Virtual College Implementation Team to move as quickly as possible with the process to add those capabilities by fall quarter.
Lambert spent some time tying four areas together: the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee, the enrollment management plan, accreditation and a new effort being called the 2015 group. “We’re trying to remodel the plane while it’s flying,” Lambert said. The Strategic Planning and Budget Committee is an essential part of the college governance structure, while the other three are components that do and will fall under the committee as appropriate.
The 2015 group doesn’t yet have members or an official charge, but Lambert said it will focus on recommendations for how the college should be structured given the realities of ongoing state budget cuts. “I’m speaking with the co-chairs of Strategic Planning to determine just how 2015 will fit in,” he said.
The college Web site is also moving ahead. Jim Hills, interim special assistance to the president for communications, marketing and government relations, announced the college has just this week purchased new software, a Web content management system by OmniUpdate. The Web site falls under the purview of the Web Work Group, led by Technology Support Services (TSS) Director Gary Kalbfleisch, who worked through the purchasing process for the new software. The group includes members from TSS, the Office of Advancement, classified employees, faculty and students.
Faculty member Al Yates is on the group and will help coordinate work on a new look and structure for the site.
“We’re very excited about this and the capabilities we’ll have,” Hills said. The planned timeline is for a beta site available by fall quarter and rollout by winter quarter, if not sooner. The work group, including TSS programmer Gavin Smith, is working on fine-tuning the timeline, training and other details.
Lambert also spoke of a new data management group, designed to better coordinate data requests and analysis.
Chief Advancement Officer Jane McNabb announced a Spring Awards BBQ, tentatively set for June 10. “Details to be announced,” McNabb said.