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

Halloween Dance features Headphone Disco

Join us for a Halloween Dance 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24 in Woodway Hall, room 202. Headphone Disco will be featured.

About Headphone Disco:
Two DJs. Two styles of music. Both at the same time. So how does it work?  Headphone Disco are the biggest 'silent party' people around performing their unique "TwoDeejaySuperShow" to enthusiastic crowds around the world. 

Each show involves arming guests with their own set of wireless two-channel headphones, switching off the sound-system and having two DJs spin two completely different sets side by side from Headphone Disco's visually enhanced stage set-up.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Film screening of “Growing Cities” examines the role of urban farming

Edmonds Community College is showing “Growing Cities,” a film about urban farming at 12:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 21, in the Black Box Theatre on campus — 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

The film screening is free and open to the public.

“Growing Cities” — a film about urban farming in America — offers inspiring stories of urban dwellers who are transforming their communities by growing healthy food and building stronger communities.

The film examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way people eat.  

This event is sponsored by the college’s Sustainable Agriculture Education program and the Center for Service-Learning.

The college’s Sustainable Agriculture Education program — launched winter quarter 2014 — focuses on helping students learn to grow food and develop and manage urban agriculture systems and businesses for local markets and clients.

The program is part of a Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Collaborative, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The collaborative is led by Edmonds CC in partnership with Skagit Valley College, Seattle Central College, and Washington State University.

The goal is to increase the number of sustainable urban and small-farm agriculture technicians who have the education and training to meet current and projected workforce demand in Puget Sound and beyond.

For more information about the film, visit To learn more about the college’s Sustainable Agriculture Education program, go to For directions to campus, see

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Edmonds CC to host two candidate forums Oct. 16 and 23

Candidates for the Washington State House of Representatives races in the 21st and 32nd legislative districts will appear at a question-and-answer forum 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 16. Also, candidates for U.S. House of Representatives races in the 2nd and 7th congressional districts will appear at a question-and-answer forum 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 23. Both events will be at Edmonds Community College’s Black Box Theatre in Mukilteo Hall, 20310 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Free and open to the public, the events are sponsored by Edmonds CC in partnership with the Sno-Isle Libraries.

Both forums will be moderated by Josh O'Connor, publisher of The Daily Herald, and Jon Bauer, Editorial Page Editor, also of The Daily Herald.

Each candidate, after giving a brief introduction, will have an opportunity to address issues that affect Washington state on a local, state, or national level.

The general election is Nov. 4. The following candidates are confirmed to attend.

House of Representatives, Washington State Legislature (two-year term)
  • 21st District, Position 1
    • Allen McPheeters (R)
    • Strom Peterson (D)
  • 21st District, Position 2
    • Lillian Ortiz-Self (D) — incumbent
    • Jeff Scherrer (R)
  • 32nd District, Position 1
    • Cindy Ryu (D), unopposed — incumbent
  • 32nd District, Position 2
    • Ruth Kagi (D) — incumbent
    • Alvin A. Rutledge (R)
Congress, United States House of Representatives (two-year term)
  • 2nd District
    • B.J. Guillot (R)
    • Rick Larsen (D) — incumbent
  • 7th District
    • Craig Keller (R)
    • Jim McDermott (D) — incumbent

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Presentation and panel discussion about “Trailblazers: The Women of The Boeing Company” will be Nov. 8 at Edmonds Community College

Women have played strong roles as aviation pioneers and innovators in the growth of The Boeing Company. Betsy Case’s book, “Trailblazers: The Women of The Boeing Company,” tells the stories of these women and their contributions of dedication, skill, and passion. Join us for a presentation and panel discussion with Case on Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-noon in Woodway Hall, room 202 at Edmonds Community College.

The event is free and open to the public. Sign up — for yourself or a group — at Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served.

The book covers the history of women at The Boeing Company—from the first seamstress hired to stitch linen wings in 1916 to the Rosie the Riveters of the 1940s to the engineers and pilots of today.

The panel discussion will feature Patricia Beckman — honored in 2010 by the Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame — for being the first woman to qualify as a crewmember on the F-15 Eagle fighter jet, and Sandra Jeffcoat, the first African-American woman to become a member of the Boeing Technical Excellence program.

Sandra Ward, marketing director of the Future of Flight and Boeing Tour in Everett, will moderate the panel.

After the panel discussion, Case, Beckman, and Jeffcoat will be available to sign copies of "Trailblazers." Books can be purchased in advance from the Edmonds CC bookstore, Boeing Store retail outlets and website, or Amazon. A limited quantity will be available for purchase at the event. The hardcover book contains rare archival photographs and interviews and is $35. More information about the book can be found at

Seattle-area author Betsy Case was an award-winning marketing writer at Boeing for 18 years. She is also the author of the books "In Plane View," "The Jumbo Jet: Changing the World of Flight," and "Houseboat: Reflections of North America's Floating Homes."

This presentation is sponsored by the Everett and Edmonds SnoKing branches of the American Association of University Women and Edmonds CC.