Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Scholarships awarded to Edmonds CC Community Read winners

From left: Gloria Felicia, Mark Von Weber, and Jessical Pal
As part of the seventh annual Edmonds Community College Community Read, three Edmonds CC students — Gloria Felicia, Jessica Pal, and Mark Von Weber — were awarded scholarships for their project submission inspired by the 2013/2014 Edmonds CC Community Read book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Kayla Crosby was awarded an honorable mention for her project.

The three $1,300 scholarships, which cover spring quarter tuition, were funded by the Edmonds CC Foundation. The $300 honorable mention was funded by the Edmonds CC Art Department. The students will meet members of the Lacks Family when they present a lecture at 12:30 and 7 p.m. on April 23 at the Black Box Theatre on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W.

Gloria Felicia’s project is a 12-minute travel documentary featuring pictures of HeLa cells (named in honor of Lacks) from the Smithsonian Institution, in addition to three poems she wrote. “The ultimate goal of my project is to empower the millennial generation, our younger generation, to step up and act for the greater good of our world,” she said. Felicia is the student government’s Executive Officer for Academics. She plans to transfer to a four-year college next year, majoring in Business Management and Marketing.

Jessica Pal created an art project where she gives an overview of the HeLa story and connected it to her family in India. “After I was able to talk to my grandparents in India, I learned that because they were poor, uneducated, and of a lower cast, they were not provided appropriate health care,” she said. “Knowing that this could happen to anyone's family, I thought that sharing and making known what has happened could only help others. If no one knew about HeLa's story, there would be no such thing as the right to give consent, or many other medical benefits that HeLa has provided.”

Pal is a Running Start student who graduates from high school in June. She plans to transfer to a four-year college and major in biology, with the goal of applying to medical school. “My long term goal is to study medicine and hopefully become a doctor one day so that I will be able to give back to the community by helping them in any possible way,” she said.

Mark Von Weber’s project is a book review written for Health in Society, a sociology course from instructor Suzanne Bohmer. The project also included the "Home-House," inspired by and dedicated to Henrietta Lacks as an interpretation of her life and legacy. Von Weber is currently a student navigator in the Veterans Resource Center and using his GI benefits to complete the paralegal program. He plans to continue his service to veterans in a legal setting.

For her project, Kayla Crosby — a Licensed Practical Nursing student — decided to express her thoughts and feelings of the book by using a series of poems from the different points of view shown throughout the book. “I wrote the poems in first person from the standpoint of Henrietta, George Gey, and Debora,” she said. “While reading the book, I felt like I was being pulled in different directions and wanted to convey the multiple directions the book took me as I learned about Henrietta, her family, and all of the good things that came from a bad situation. I bound the poems into a book resembling my version of Debora’s beloved Bible.”

Previous Edmonds CC Community Read books are "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford; “The Big Burn,” by Timothy Egan; “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World,” by Dan Koeppel; “Middle Passage,” by Charles Johnson; and “Zaatar Days, Henna Nights, Adventures, Dreams, and Destinations Across the Middle East,” by Maliha Masood. 

Learn more about the Edmonds CC Community Read at

Monday, March 24, 2014

Alumni featured in spring art gallery exhibit

"Sunset Bay at Dusk," Jordan Ingmire
Edmonds Community College’s art gallery this spring will feature photos from six alumni — Katelyn Campen, Emily Getts, Felix Hidajat, Jordan Ingmire, Brian Oh, and Matt Verzola — in a group exhibit titled “Looking Back.”

It opens April 7 and continues through May 2 in the college’s art gallery on the third floor of Lynnwood Hall, 20000 68th Ave. W.

A reception with the artists is 4-6 p.m., Fri., April 18 in the college art gallery.

Edmonds CC’s Photography department fosters a sense of purposeful aesthetics in each student’s visual narrative, which has further propelled their artistic passion into a career.

The exhibit provides viewers an opportunity to examine what has transpired in their lives after leaving the campus.

Here’s a brief look at the artists:
  • Emily Getts graduated from Western Washington University’s Photography program. She is a freelance photographer based in Seattle for five years.
  • Katelyn Compen, a former contractor for Google, has built a freelance career with an emphasis in wedding and portraiture.
  • Matt Verzola is a photographer and student in the Design program at Cornish College for the Arts. His work includes numerous environmental portrait projects.
  • Brian Oh graduated from the University of Washington's Photography program and is a freelance photographer and creative director for Ziibra.
  • Jordan Ingmire is a freelance photographer whose clients include ESPN, Red Bull, Arbor, Volcom, and La Tabla.
  • Felix Hidajat, a fashion and editorial photographer based in Seattle, is a student in the Photography program at Seattle University.
  • The exhibit is sponsored by the college’s library, the Visual Arts department, and the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Alumna designs wine labels

Visual Communication alumna Brenna McKinnon has designed wine labels for the Shasta Roller Derby.

Great job!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Congratulations to latest round of BRAVO winners

Twenty-five employees were honored by President Jean Hernandez on March 11 during the latest round of the BRAVO Awards in Snohomish 304.

Each quarter, BRAVO Awards are given to those who have displayed extraordinary service.

Check out this site for a list, and pictures, of the winners. You can also read statements from the nominators.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Herald spotlights Music department founder Frank DeMiero

Frank DeMiero, an Edmonds resident who founded the music department and Soundsation jazz choir at Edmonds CC, was recently profiled by the Herald in a story about the 2014 DeMiero Jazz Fest.

DeMiro is currently conductor of the Sno-King Community Chorale and the Seattle Jazz Singers.

The festival featured a performance by Soundsation, now directed by Kirk Marcy.

Read the article in the Herald.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lynnwood Today interviews President Jean Hernandez

Lynnwood Today, an online news publication, recently interviewed Edmonds CC President Jean Hernandez.

"I work with a group of amazing employees who assist our students by transforming lives," she tells reporter David Pan.

"We provide educational and career opportunities that help individuals in our community achieve their goals to transfer to a university; develop workforce skills that lead to high demand, high wage jobs; take pre-college courses to prepare for college-level courses; or learn English as a Second Language.

"In addition, we have a comprehensive student support system that offers orientation sessions, advising, tutoring, counseling, career preparation, services for students with disabilities, student clubs, sports, residence halls, and much more to ensure students have resources and services that will help them be successful."

Read the article.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Creative Retirement Institute is spotlighted

Edmonds Community College's Creative Retirement Institute (CRI), a member-driven, self-supporting organization whose mission is to provide quality, affordable educational opportunities for adults in a supportive environment, was featured Feb. 23 in the Herald.

CRI is now in its 20th year.

Read the story in the Herald.

The CRI Spring Speaker Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. March 19 on campus in Woodway 202. Join Edmonds resident Jim Thyden for his presentation of “Highlights and Lowlights of a Career in Diplomacy,” focusing on his adventures at posts in Europe, promotion of international human rights, and interactions with Congress and secretaries of state.

Tickets are $26, or $15 for CRI members with registration. Tickets available after Feb. 11 at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds.