Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two paintings, one blog, and a hip-hop song: Edmonds CC Read

Bethany Friesen, Mark Medema, and Olivia Yin are recipients of Edmonds CC Community Read scholarships. The Edmonds Community College Foundation will award each of the students $1,100 scholarships for their spring quarter tuition.

The scholarship recipients will present 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.

To apply for the scholarship, students were asked to first read Banana, which explores the history of America’s most popular fruit. Students were then asked to create projects addressing key themes of the book. Each of the scholarship recipients approached the project using their own skills and interests. They will present a business-oriented blog, a hip-hop composition, and two paintings based on the book. This is the second of Olivia Yin's paintings based on the book. View the first one here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Alumna who designed college bicycle jerseys launches business

Last spring, students in instructor Claudia Levi's Project Management 270 and 271 classes organized a Bike to Work Day and created an Edmonds CC bicycle jersey. The students raised more than $5,000 in sponsorships and individual jersey sales to complete this class project.

Andrea Enos, a Visual Communications student at Edmonds CC at the time, designed the jersey and worked with the Project Management class on the final product. Andrea has since graduated and launched her own graphic design business, AE Design. She blogged about her process to create the jersey at and shared the above picture with the EdmondsSphere.

Edmonds CC bicycle jersey sponsors include: Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU), W.G. Clark Construction, Pearson Publishing, Cycle Barn, and the Edmonds Community College Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School (LEAF School), a series of three Human Ecology classes.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Edmonds CC alumnus coaches Special Olympics

A story in The Herald, "Local Special Olympians play for the love of the game," featured basketball coach Rian Cool and the athletes on the Lake Stevens Vikings adult men's basketball team. About halfway into the story, The Herald mentions Rian's Edmonds CC connection. Rian played basketball for two seasons at Edmonds Community College and then went on to play at universities in Australia. He works as a residential counselor and donates his time to coach Special Olympics.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Educator Ed Aliverti remembered

Educator Ed Aliverti made a huge difference at Edmonds Community College and in the community and he is widely remembered. In Feb. 2007, The Herald noted Ed's absence at the Mat Classic wrestling event and reported on Ed's diagnosis with pancreatic cancer in the article "Familiar voice missing." In January 2010, the Aliverti family continued to receive numerous inquiries about Ed and began blogging at The State of Ed to let people how he was doing. 

After a member of the Aliverti family posted on Feb 3, "It is with a heavy heart and great sadness to let you all know that my Dad, Ed Aliverti, passed away peacefully this morning at 5:48," reports from local media quickly followed:

A celebration of life for Ed Aliverti will be 11 a.m., Tues., Feb. 9 at Holy Rosary, 630 7th Ave. N, Edmonds with a reception to follow at Holy Rosary School. More information can be found at Beck's Funeral Home.

The Edmonds School District including Mountlake Terrace High School remembers Ed's many contributions. He's also well-remembered by the wrestling community:

"In memory of Ed Aliverti," Inglemoor Viking Wrestling

Ed started at Edmonds Community College in 1975 as a part-time music teacher. He retired in June 1988 as Associate Dean of Student Services, but worked for the college for another decade representing Edmonds CC at events and serving as an admissions representative. He received the college's Excellence in Education Award in 1988. While all true, this brief information does not begin to reflect all the wonderful personal memories that are also a part of our time with Ed at Edmonds Community College.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Advice for students: Dream big! Have passion!

Every year, Edmonds Community College selects two top students notable for their scholarship, leadership and community service and sends them on to the All-Washington Academic Team. They receive recognition from the governor and scholarships. This year, congratulations to go to Boris Davidovsky and Danielle Latimer. Both are earning their Associate of Arts degrees. Boris has also earned his paralegal degree at Edmonds Community College, but after doing so was encouraged to continue his studies. He's grateful to all his instructors in the paralegal department. He's already been accepted to the University of Washington where he plans to get his bachelor's degree in political science — and then go on to law school. His advice, 
"Dream big!"
Danielle Latimer (if that last name sounds familiar you may have taken a Computers, Electronics, and Networks class from her mother Kay Latimer, an instructor here), plans to become a television and film producer. Danielle has been collecting scholarships while attending Edmonds CC. She wrote an essay that earned her an Edmonds CC Community Read scholarship last year and was awarded the Harvey Day Memorial Scholarship from the Edmonds Community College Foundation She gives especially high marks to these classes: English 125 with Nancy Kennedy, Drama 151 with Joanna Goff, and Business 101 with Bill Bettencourt. Her advice:
"Make sure whatever you want to do, that you really have a passion for it."