Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Advisory board member mentors young engineers

Edmonds Community College advisory board member George Parker was featured in an article in He will be honored with a 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Corporate Promotion of Education at a ceremony in Feb. in Baltimore, Maryland. Parker is a lead engineer/senior chemist at The Boeing Co. where he's worked for 21 years. He's on the advisory board for the college's Materials Science Technology Program and has helped the program obtain donations of equipment from Boeing including a scanning electron microscope, which allows students to examine materials at the molecular level. He also created the Boeing Educational Exposure Internship Program, which serves eight to 10 materials-science students each year. He also helps students explore the materials science lab at annual YMCA Young Black Achievers events and supports a NSF National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education located at Edmonds Community College. Parker holds a Ph.D. in Polymeric Composite Technology Engineering from the University of Washington. He began his postsecondary education by earning a bachelor's of science in chemistry at St. Martin's College in Lacey and then earned master of science in organic/analytical chemistry at the University of Virgina and a master of science in Industrial Management from the University of Washington/Lille School of Business, Lille, France.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Heidi Farani plays Barbara Ehrenreich: Nickel and Dimed opens Feb. 18

Edmonds Community College Theatre Arts upcoming production of Nickel and Dimed opens Feb. 18. Based on the book by Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed is a provocative, humorous, autobiographical odyssey of survival on minimum wage in today’s America. 

In this picture from rehearsals, Barabara (Heidi Farani) listens to the Magic Maids Cleaning Team argue in Nickel and Dimed. Also, pictured, left to right: Lauren Woodyard, Leslie Deguzman and Alicia Jones.

Nickel and Dimed shows 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18-20 and Feb. 25-27 and 2 p.m., Feb. 21, by Joan Holden, at the Black Box Theatre in Mukilteo Hall. The Feb. 25 performance will be ASL interpreted.  $9 general admission and $6 students/seniors. Call 425.640.1448 for more information. Get tickets!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Travel to Kenya this summer with Edmonds CC instructors

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Yes, Edmonds Community College does offer study abroad opportunities. Most do! In addition, to chances to spend a quarter abroad in places such as England, Costa Rica, and Italy there are also short trips. In the past, instructors have taken students to France and Vietnam. These short travel opportunities may or may not include opportunities to earn college credit. Our newest travel opportunity is a trip to Kenya with English instructors Hayden Bixby Nichols and Greg Van Belle. This trip does not include college credit, but it does promise to be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. 

Experience the modern bustle of urban Nairobi, work directly with the children in the village of Cura, and participate in ecotourism on the Indian Ocean coast. This trip will cost about $4,500 including transportation, lodging, tourist attractions, and several meals. The trip leaves for Nairobi on June 19! Reserve your space today. A $450 deposit reserves your spot. For more information, call Hayden Bixby Nichols at 425.640.1589 or email or

Last summer, Hayden and Greg traveled to Kenya to get information for an composition class they are co-teaching this year East Africa in the Modern World. They worked at Cura Orphanage outside of Nairobi, which cares for 50 children, ages 5-11, who have lost their parents to AIDS. The English 102 class with a focus on East Africa will be offered again this spring. It will explore how technology, a modern economy, health issues, and population expansion affect various East African countries. It aims to move beyond the popular portrayal of East Africa in western media and present an accurate picture of the varied cultures of the region. It will also provide service-learning opportunities for students so they can get hands on experience with the issues they are studying. Research topics may include: women's health, poverty, elections, international aid and natural resource conservation.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Congratulations, Edmonds CC Community Reads scholars!

Olivia Yin, who is working on an Associate of Science degree and also takes art classes at Edmonds Community College, combined her interests in art and science to create a project to compete for the Edmonds CC Community Reads scholarship. Olivia's work won her a $1,100 scholarship from the Edmonds Community College Foundation. Her painting is inspired by Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by science and nature writer Dan Koeppel. It examines the biology and history of the fruit and, in the opening chapter, includes the idea that the scientific names of the plants suggest that the banana tree was the biblical “tree of knowledge” and the banana the true “forbidden fruit.”

Business Administration transfer student Bethany Friesen, created a business blog, Banana Stand, and audio engineering student Mark Medem composed a hip-hop song. They will present their projects based on the nonfiction book Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World on Tues., March 2 in Mukilteo Hall when the author Dan Koeppel speaks on campus. Koeppel will read from the book and answer questions 12:30-2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. The event is free and open to the public.

Get the Edmonds CC vibe: Take a campus tour with Sam!

One of the students who leads our campus tours is Hussam Abdurrahman (he goes by Sam). He's here at Edmonds Community College working on his Associate of Arts. His interests are skateboarding and photography, which make a great combo as seen here in this pic of him taken at the Mill Creek Skate Park.

Here's more about Sam:
Why Edmonds CC? because of the amazing vibe
Biggest challenge: waking up in the morning
Favorite classes: History and chemistry. They are fun. I like learning what they have to offer.
Best advice for students: Grab life by the horns young buck... and do it like you mean it. And don’t let anyone faze you, no matter what.
You’ll hear him say: "you’re blowin’ it dude" and "cynic"
Dream job: working at Goods, a Seattle boutique and skate shop  

Campus tours are a great way to get to know the college firsthand and make sure it’s a good fit. Students lead our campus tours, so you can ask them about their college experiences. Campus tours happen all the time. We can plan a tour so that it fits your schedule Call 425.640.1577 and we’ll get you started.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

English instructor publishes essay in feminist anthology

Edmonds Community College English instructor Marcia Woodard's essay "The Gymnastics Group," has been published in the anthology My Life at the Gym: Feminist Perspectives on Community Through the Body (2009, SUNY Press). The book includes essays, poems, and personal narratives about women’s experiences with exercise. Marcia's essay is a humorous memoir that mentions Seattle landmarks such as Woodland Park and Green Lake. She also teaches writing at the annual Edmonds Write on the Sound conference. She has an MFA from the University of Washington and was the nonfiction editor at The Seattle Review from 2002-2006. A columnist for the American Kennel Club Gazette magazine since 2004, her column “Law Enforcement Incident report” was nominated for a 2008 Dog Writers Association of America Award.

Marcia is almost finished with her book manuscript, Collected Kona, which features her dog breed columns. Other recent publications include Clamor, Kalliope, B-13, Crosscurrents,, and 13th Moon. 

Do you want to get published in 2010? Submit your artwork or writing to the 2010 edition of Edmonds Community College's literary journal Between the Lines by Jan. 31. For current guidelines, email