Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Edmonds Community College honored as a Champion of Sustainability by McKinstry and Seattle Seahawks

Kevin McKay and Stephanie Teachman accepting the award
Edmonds Community College will be recognized as a Champion of Sustainability at the Seattle Seahawks game on Nov. 23 for demonstrating a commitment to sustainability by the Seattle Seahawks and McKinstry, a Seattle-based consulting, construction, energy, and facility services company.

According to McKinstry, Edmonds CC has demonstrated actions to upgrade buildings' infrastructure and reduce energy consumption.

"Through our partnership with Edmonds CC and the Washington Department of Enterprise Services, we have been impressed with the college's continued investment in energy conservation projects," said Stephanie Pitts, Brand Manager for McKinstry. "The college is not only reducing its carbon emissions, but it is providing safer, more comfortable learning environments for students and staff."

Kevin McKay, Vice President for Finance and Operations at Edmonds CC, will receive the award prior to kick-off this Sunday on behalf of the college. All recipients are hosted by McKinstry at each Seahawks home game this season and presented with an award.

"We are honored to receive this recognition, " said Dr. Jean Hernandez, Edmonds CC President. "We are committed to infuse environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable practices throughout all aspects of the college's operations."

McKinstry has partnered with the Seattle Seahawks to recognize local companies and colleges who have committed to doing their part to reduce the global impact of their facilities. Some examples of this include innovating sustainable practices, driving out waste, influencing positive changes in behavior, and acting as community stewards.

The recognition program is a part of the Defend Your Turf campaign initiated by the Seahawks and Sounders FC in 2012. The campaign grew out of an energy efficiency upgrade and solar array installation that McKinstry performed at CenturyLink Field and Event Center in 2011. It reinforces the teams' commitment to operating a sustainable community asset that can serve as a model for sports stadiums across the country.
Learn more about the college's commitment to sustainability at Find out more about McKinstry's Champions of Sustainability program and the Defend Your Turf campaign at

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Art gallery features an interactive and collaborative exhibit Jan. 5-March 13

A blind user traces the outline of a stag beetle paper embossment.
Edmonds Community College’s art gallery this winter will feature work from Jim Ballard in an exhibit titled Please Touch.” It opens Jan. 5 and continues through March 13 in the college’s art gallery on the third floor of Lynnwood Hall, 20000 68th Ave. W.

A reception with the artist is 3:30-6:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 23 in the college art gallery.

The exhibit is interactive and collaborative and explores the themes of air, earth, the human form, and sound through a variety of media.

Ballard and his colleagues, sculptors Richard Hestekind and David Varnau, along with various teams of people will create an experiential art installation that focuses on touch, sound, and motion.

Collaborative aspects of the exhibit took place during fall quarter as part of Ballard’s artist-in-residence program. The program involved Edmonds CC students and instructors, blind or visually impaired local community members, and others who shared their ideas. They worked together to develop methods of executing the art and created tactile works.

This exhibit invites children and adults who want to discover more about the world to “Please Touch.”

"I attempt to show through detailed paper embossments and other tactile illustrations aspects
of the world that might remain unknowable to a person who is blind or visually impaired,” said Ballard. “I hope that through my work both children and adults can discover more about the world through touch."

The exhibit is sponsored by the college’s library, Visual Arts department, and the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership as well as the Edmonds Art Festival Foundation Board.

The gallery is open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday; and 1-5 p.m., weekends. For more information about the exhibit, call 425.640.1744 or go to For directions to the college, see

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Edmonds CC students to resolve real-life scenarios in Ethics Challenge

Twenty-five Edmonds Community College students from various academic programs will compete in an Ethics Challenge sponsored by the college’s Business Management program and Workforce Development and Training, in partnership with The Boeing Company.

The competition — free and open to the public — will be 1:30-3:45 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 20 in the college's Black Box Theatre on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. The event will have door prizes.

In the competition, five teams of five students will discuss ethics strategies through two rounds of live scenarios. Each team — using teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills — will be given seven minutes to discuss its given scenario and three minutes to present solutions.

Both Edmonds CC and Boeing will supply the judges. Students to participate — all who had ethics lessons this fall quarter — are:
  • Accounting: Sergey Ptachik, Marcus Lynch, Chia-Hsuan Shih, Dan Zahlmann, Shu Su.
  • Business Information Technology: Debbie Ryden, Mika Rozenberg, Maria Smith, Herman Velasco, Marcus Martinez.
  • Business Management: Michael DiGiovanni, Gabriel Ludlum, Leah Carter, Simon Yabowerk Haile, Christian Clarete.
  • Hospitality and Tourism: Benjamin Kong, Tyler Long, Nancy Travis, Abdirazaq Abdulla, Chris Dresnek.
  • Paralegal: Carrie Lim, Joe McArdle, Tony Hart, Anne Mulholland, Crystal Edwards Neal.
All participants have been invited to tour Boeing in Everett on Dec. 5.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Edmonds CC student-run literary and arts magazine now accepting submissions

Between the Lines, Edmonds Community College’s student-run literary and arts magazine, is calling for submissions of creative writing and visual art through Nov. 20 for possible publication in the 2015 issue.

Between the Lines represents the diversity of Edmonds CC students within the context of the local arts and cultural community. The magazine creates an opportunity to showcase the creative work of both students and local artists in a professionally printed publication.

Each year, students go through an editorial and design process to publish Between the Lines. It includes reading and selecting submissions, designing the layout, and working with a professional printer.

Currently, students enrolled in the college's Publications class, Humanities 235, are working on gathering, reading, and editing submissions. In winter quarter, students enrolled in the Print Production class, Visual Communications 245, will complete the design, layout, and printing.

Submissions of up to three pieces of writing or artwork are accepted via email at, with "literary submission" or "visual art submission" in the subject line. Written work should be sent as Word or Rich Text attachments. Visual work should be sent as .jpeg files. Writers and artists should also include a brief biographical note. Submissions are only accepted via email.

Edmonds CC students can pick up a free copy of the 2014 issue in the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) office in Brier Hall on campus. Community members can purchase the 2014 issue at the college bookstore for $10. The complete 2013 issue can be viewed online.

Between the Lines is funded by the Associated Students of Edmonds CC through the services and activities fee collected from quarterly tuition — giving students the opportunity to experience working on a literary publication from concept through creation.

For questions about submitting written or visual work or for other information about Between the Lines, contact the student editors at

Monday, October 27, 2014

English instructor Holly Hughes to read from her newest book at Peninsula College Oct. 30

Edmonds CC English instructor Holly Hughes
Holly Hughes, Edmonds CC English instructor and poet, will read from her newest book, "Sailing by Ravens," at Peninsula College at 12:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 30.

Hughes will be reading as part of Peninsula College's Studium Generale and Foothills Writers Series. It will be held in Peninsula College’s Little Theater at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Hughes has taught English at Edmonds CC since 1993. She is co-author with Brenda Miller of "The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World" (Skinner House Press, 2012), editor of the award-winning anthology, "Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease" (Kent State University Press, 2009) and author of the chapbook "Boxing the Compass" (Floating Bridge Press, 2007). Nominated for several Pushcart prizes, her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies.

For more information about the reading, visit


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Anthropology instructor wins local award for his impact in the community

Tom Murphy
Dr. Tom Murphy, anthropology instructor at Edmonds Community College, will receive an award for his work bringing together faculty and students, local governments, non-profits, Native American Tribes, and other community partners to foster cross-cultural communication and activism.

Murphy will be recognized Nov. 5 at the annual KSER Voice of the Community Award Celebration at the Tulalip Resort Casino. He will will receive KSER's Community Impact by an Individual award.

In addition to teaching anthropology, Murphy runs the college's Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) school. The LEAF school — founded by Murphy in 2006 — partners with tribes, government agencies, non-profits, and businesses to engage students through service-learning and community-based research to help make communities more sustainable.

Murphy has been involved in numerous projects with far reaching impact. Two most recent projects include his work on Stolja Ali ("Place of Medicine") at Gold Park and the Japanese Gulch in Mukilteo.

For the past four years, Murphy has worked with tribal members, community partners, and students at Edmonds CC and Everett CC to transform Gold Park from an overgrown, underused lot, to a thriving natural habitat and storehouse of traditional ecological knowledge.

In the summer of 2012, Murphy partnered with the City of Mukilteo and AMEC archaeologists to complete an archaeological field school dig in the gulch. The City of Mukilteo approached Murphy for his help after the City uncovered cultural artifacts during a stream restoration project in the gulch.

"Tom has the ability to transform ideas into collaborative service projects and opportunities and empower students with hands-on knowledge and ownership in their communities," said Liz Murata, former Edmonds CC Dean of Humanities and Social Science.

In 2011, Murphy was named Conservation Teacher of the Year by the Washington Association of Conservation Districts.

"Tom is like a stone thrown into a still lake," said Murata. "He creates a ripple effect that becomes waves of action in the community."

Read more about Murphy in the Daily Herald's article, "Anthropology teacher turns his local environs into a classroom."

Learn more about the LEAF school. To purchase tickets to the KSER Voice of the Community Award Celebration or to find out more about KSER, visit

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Campus to participate in statewide earthquake drill Oct. 16

Edmonds Community College is participating in the Great Washington Shake Out on Oct. 16. The Great Shake Out encourages participants to practice how to drop, cover, and hold during an earthquake. At exactly 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16, the drill will begin.

According to federal, state, and local emergency management officials, the drop, cover, and hold protocol protects lives during earthquakes.

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.

More than 990,000 people will be participating in this statewide drill.

In the event of a real emergency, the college will send out emergency notifications through the Triton Alert system. You can sign up for these alerts — email and text — at

For more information on earthquake preparedness and the Great Washington Shake Out, visit