Thursday, May 20, 2010

Instructor's anthology honored at Independent Publisher Book Awards

Edmonds Community College English instructor, poet and essayist, Holly Hughes' anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease will receive a silver medal May 25 in New York at the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards. A review of the book in the New York Times, The New Old Age blog,"Poets of Dementia," talks about how the book has tapped into a wellspring of concern and feeling around the issues of aging and dementia. In an interview on KUOW in October, Holly talked about how she began the project and how she turned to poetry to explore her own feelings about Colleen Lindsay Hughes, who died of Alzheimer's in 2001. Listen to Holly tell about compiling, Beyond Forgetting, and hear her read her poem, "The Bath" online.
Since the book was published in 2009 by Kent State University Press, Holly has toured with Beyond Forgetting to 13 cities across the United States, presented at the Regional Alzheimer’s Association Conference in Seattle and the Symposium at UW: Dementia and the Arts. She's given workshops at Elderwise in Seattle, on writing for caregivers, and at the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop. The book has also been reviewed in the Bellevue Literary Review.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Congratulations, outstanding students!

News keeps pouring in about our students' accomplishments. All your hard work is paying off! There's sure to be more news of student success as we head toward our June 13 commencement ceremony. So here's a recap of some great student achievements. If we've missed your success story, share it at or post what you're proud of in the comments!

Congratulations to these outstanding students:
  • Participants in the Future of Flight Foundation’s Royal Airforce Museum Exchange — Materials Science Students James Chappelle, Wubishet Kifelew, and William Murphy will spend three weeks in England this summer studying aviation.
  • Theatre students Janice Fix, Julie Hoang, and Chad Oswald who all auditioned for and were accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Theatre Arts Performance Program at Central Washington University. Also, acting student and Soundsation member, Paul Hutchinson, was accepted into CWU’s BFA Musical Theatre program and awarded the Dean's Talent Award scholarship. See Paul as "Brad," in The Rocky Horror Show May 13-16, 20-22.
  • All-Washington Academic Team scholarship recipients: Boris Davidovsky, paralegal, and Danielle Latimer, Associate of Arts.
  • And to our entire 2009-10 graduating class! See you at commencement!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Business instructor tells the story of her flight from Vietnam

Business instructor Marie Johnson (Tran) was featured in an article in The Herald, "Memories of family's flight from Vietnam in 1975 remain vivid for Edmonds Community College instructor" and in a story on KUOW about the new American opera Amelia about the Vietnam War.

Marie has told her story at the college and led students on trips to Vietnam which have included service-learning projects with the non-profit PeaceTrees Vietnam, which is dedicated to reversing the consequences of war.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

She'll be learning from NASA engineers in May

A participant in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program, Edmonds Community College student Nichole Porter is one of 76 students nationwide who has been selected to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. She will participate in a three-day on-site event, May 20-22, to develop robotic explorers that will rove the surfaces of other worlds. 

Nicole came to Edmonds Community College to provide an example to her two children ages 4 and 6.  "I wanted to show them the right way. I’m the first in my family to go to college," she said.

After earning her Associate of Science, she plans to go on for her bachelor's degree in engineering. She's interested in electrical engineering and her dream job would be working for NASA in sustainable energy.

Her advice to students, "Stay focused and work hard!"