Friday, February 25, 2011

Cameroonian painter works with Sherwood Elementary in Edmonds


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Edmonds Community College brings painter Max Lyonga to Lynnwood from Cameroon to display his works in an exhibit “Therapy of Hope” in the college art gallery April 11-June 10, and to work with area school children. Prior to his visit children at Sherwood Elementary in Edmonds exchanged art with children in Cameroon.

Lyonga, of Buea, Cameroon is an accomplished painter with international exposure whose work depicts themes of contemporary life in southwest Cameroon. His exhibit “Therapy of Hope” brings a positive message that transcends cultures.

Lyonga is noted for using his art to uplift people in his impoverished nation and has joined The World Bank’s Fight Against Poverty. His charitable projects include bringing art to street children and donating the proceeds from his art sales to help children suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Lyonga will visit the Lynnwood area April 2-16 to work with art students at the college as well as students at ten area K-12 schools. The students have been participating in an art and letter exchange with students in Cameroon and will work on a mural begun by students in Cameroon.

A reception with the artist will be 4-6:30 p.m., Fri., April 15 in the college art gallery, third floor Lynnwood Hall, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. It will feature new music by Gypsy Reeds, Strings & Skins, an acoustic world jazz quartet, which includes Edmonds Community College music faculty John Sanders on accordion, Alexey Nikolaev on saxophone and Jon Hamar on acoustic bass as well as Brad Boal-percussion, and food prepared by Edmonds Community College Culinary Arts.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Semifinalist! Edmonds CC student could earn national service award

Washington Campus Compact and Inspireum announced that Edmonds Community College student Kristine Deleon is among 50 semifinalists for a national Students in Service Award. The winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship as well as a grant for their school ($2,500 for Edmonds Community College's Center for Service-Learning and $2,500 for the college's Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School).

Help Kristine win by voting for her nomination for the award.


Watch the video Kristine created to find out more about service-learning at Edmonds Community College and see what she's been doing: 


 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Alumnus sings with The Four Freshmen

Edmonds Community College alumnus Bob Ferreira made headlines again with the Four Freshmen, a jazz vocal ensemble, when they came to Tulsa, Oklahoma to perform with a symphony orchestra. He was featured in the article, "The Four Freshmen sing 'American classics'" in the Tulsa World.

In the article, Bob credits Edmonds Community College music instructor Kirk Marcy (a Four Freshmen alumnus), with encouraging him to join the group and thereby launching his professional music career. Bob performed for two years with Edmonds Community College's select vocal jazz choir Soundsation and then transferred to Central Washington University majoring in music education. About a year later, in 1992, he began performing with the Four Freshman. He's been with the group for 19 years and has performed for audiences in 50 states and eight countries.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Top scholars to be recognized in Olympia March 24

Edmonds Community College students Amadou Barrow, 26, of Lynnwood, and Alexei Sterhov, 20, an international student from The Republic of Moldova, will be recognized for their scholarship, leadership, and community service at a ceremony noon, Thursday, March 24 at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia.

Amadou and Alexei, representing Edmonds CC, are among 63 of the state’s top scholars, who will receive recognition as members of the All-Washington Academic Team. Each two-year college in the state may nominate two students for the honor. All of the state’s public four-year colleges and universities and most of the state’s independent colleges offer additional scholarships for academic team members who transfer to their schools.

Here's more about our top scholars:
“You have to start in order to make your goals.”
Amadou Barrow, Computer Information Systems
Why Edmonds CC? close to home, and the reputation of its Computer Information Systems department
Why now? Without higher education, I will not be able to advocate for my siblings to go to school and set a good example for them to follow. In this challenging world, without higher education, I will not be able support myself and family and be my son's role model.
Before Edmonds CC attended high school in Gambia before moving to the United States; I'm the fourth child of a family of 16, and the first person who had the opportunity to complete a high school education.
Biggest challenge beginning classes while my wife was pregnant with our first child. I didn’t want to wait.
Working three jobs helping developmentally disabled individuals with the tasks of daily living
Best advice for new students You have to start in order to make your goals. You can’t just sit on the couch. Start, and then make plans.
What’s next? transfer to Central Washington University for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information and Administrative Management — IT Specialization
College goal Ph.D. in management information systems
Dream job establish a charitable Information Technology/System Firm in developing countries to assist in combating global information system threats such as identity theft, hackers and social networking problems
“I want to look back on this as the happiest time in my life.”
Alexei Sterhov, Associate of Arts
Before Edmonds CC going to school in The Republic of Moldova
Clubs French and Hip Hop
Working as a tutor assisting students with math, economics, and accounting classes
Best college experience talking and sharing experiences with students of different ages and nationalities, for example, I have a classmate who is 55 from Africa and another classmate who is 16 from France. I think the combination of getting your education at a community college and a university is the best way to get the most out of your school life.
Best advice for new students It’s our time, our school life, we should do as much as we can and gain as much experience as we can.
Find him performing with Kontagious Performing Company, a professional dance team
What’s next? transfer to the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Dream job in marketing for the fashion and beauty industry

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Edmonds student in the running for national Students in Service award

Edmonds Community College student Azan Jacobs is in the running for a national Students in Service Award. The winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship as well as a grant for their agency ($2,500 for Edmonds Community College's Center for Service-Learning and $2,500 for Kontagious Performing Company)

Help Azan win by voting for his nomination for the award.

Watch a video of the Kontagious Performing Company at Prelude Northwest 2010: 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Edmonds student in the running for national Students in Service Award

Edmonds Community College student Kristine Deleon is in the running for a national Students in Service Award. The winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship as well as a grant for their school ($2,500 for Edmonds Community College's Center for Service-Learning and $2,500 for the college's Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School)

Help Kristine win by voting for her nomination for the award.

Watch the video Kristine created to find out more about service-learning at Edmonds Community College and see what she's been doing:

Edmonds CC student receives scholarship to study in Italy

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College student Joshua Tripp who received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for undergraduate study abroad students who receive Federal Pell Grant funding for 2-year or 4-year colleges. Joshua spent spring quarter 2010 (ten weeks) in Florence, Italy

He created a blog at http://studybeyondtheborders.tumblr.com/ to share his experience:
 My favorite class was World Literature, which catered to the works of Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch, to name a few. These innovative thinkers gave so much to the city during the Renaissance period and continue to give insight and intellect for the minds of today. To read of famous works, such as the Perseus, and immediately take a walk down to the actual sculpture was inspirational. To walk the streets of Rome, Venice, Siena and countless other cities in Italy gave a new meaning to my life. — Joshua Tripp
And a website studybeyondtheborders.com to provide resources to encourage others to try study abroad:
After spending ten weeks abroad, I came to the understanding of how imperative it is for a growing adolescent to experience the world at large and away from one’s comfort zones and familiarities. Not only did this alter my perceptions of the world but helped me grow academically, socially, psychologically, religiously, and inspired me to expose the opportunity to others as completely attainable and realistic. — Joshua Tripp

The application for Gilman International Scholarships for Summer and Fall 2011 study abroad programs is now available online. Apply now! Deadline: March 1. Edmonds Community College offers study abroad programs to Spain (3 weeks), Cost Rica (4 weeks), and Southeast Asia (2-4 weeks) summer 2011 and to South Africa and Japan fall quarter 2011.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Music instructors release CD with acoustic world jazz quartet

Gypsy Reeds, Strings & Skins, an acoustic world jazz quartet featuring clarinet, accordion, acoustic bass and Egyptian tabla, which released its first CD in 2009, features Edmonds Community College faculty John Sanders on accordion, Alexey Nikolaev on saxophone and Jon Hamar on acoustic bass as well as Brad Boal playing percussion for the group.

For Sanders, it all started with the college's 2007 production of the musical Cabaret.  

"The score is written for accordion throughout, but there is one tune at the end of the first act that really demands it. We had no accordionist, so I picked up a cheap used one online and learned the tune. I’ve been playing the accordion ever since," he said.

The quartet will perform at the reception for artist Max Lyonga Sako 4-6:30 p.m., Fri., April 15 in the college art gallery, third floor Lynnwood Hall, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Cameroonian painter Lyonga Sako exhibits his work “Therapy of Hope” April 11-June 10 in the college gallery.

Sanders teaches music classes including: Applied Music, MUSC 150, Jazz Band, MUSC 135, and Jazz Pop and Harmony, MUSC 170 at Edmonds Community College this spring.

Sharing democracy with Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Near East

Edmonds Community College administers the Northwest Community College Initiative, a U.S. State Department funded program that brings scholars from from South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Near East to Edmonds, Pierce, and Whatcom community colleges for professional training and cultural exchange.

Currently students from Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan are attending Edmonds CC as part of the Northwest Community College Initiative and studying Business Management, Desktop Support, Project Management, Health Unit Coordinator, and Hospitality and Tourism.

Recently, they took a trip to the state capitol in Olympia to experience U.S. democracy:



They also participated in cultural exchange during International Education Week, Nov. 15-19.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Baseball alumnus up for the Stopper of the Year award

Oregon.live.com reports that Edmonds Community College alumnus Chris Dennis is among 45 pitchers on the watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Stopper of the Year award, given annually to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Chris was a finalist for the award last year as well. His record, since transferring from Edmonds Community College, is 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA. He set a single-season and career school record with 14 saves for the Pilots of the West Coast Conference, according to Jim Beseda of The Oregonian

Go Tritons