Friday, August 27, 2010

Art instructor's works featured in college art gallery

Artist Dan Neish has been teaching teaching classes in ceramics, painting, and drawing at Edmonds Community College for the past 12 years. His paintings will be featured in the college's art gallery Sept. 20-Oct. 29. Meet Dan at a reception for the exhibit 5-7:30 p.m., Oct. 22

“On my canvases, I explore the patterns and the beauty found in domestic life, as well as images from nature. At their core, my paintings are an abstract narrative, a documentation of life, a personal crusade to find balance.” — Dan Neish

Neish was born in England and grew up in Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at Colorado State University and Masters in Fine Art, with an emphasis in ceramics, at the University of Washington.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The EdmondsSphere stretches to East Africa

This fall, the EdmondsSphere stretches to Burundi, East Africa. Gael, a student from Burundi, is looking forward to joining us this fall (classes start Sept. 20!) and he posted a number of photos of the Burundian Hills and Lake Tanganyika on the college's network. Stop by and say hi to Gael!

Find more photos like this on Edmonds Community College

Our EdmondsSphere has grown thanks to $2 million U.S. Department of State grant to provide professional training to, and foster cultural understanding with, students from South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Near East.

Meet our literacy volunteer: Dr. Rob Scarr

Rob Scarr, an Edmonds resident and physician at The Everett Clinic, has been a volunteer tutor in our Volunteer Literacy Program for two and a half years, teaching math, science, and social studies. EdmondsSphere recently talked with him about what it's like to be volunteer tutor working with students in GED classes at Edmonds Community College.
“I enjoy making a difference in people’s lives and I’ve always enjoyed teaching and mentoring.” — volunteer tutor, Rob Scarr
Why volunteer? My family has a long tradition of volunteering. It’s expected within our family.
Why literacy? Most of the students really want to learn, or at least pass the test, and they do appreciate the help. It’s fun when their eyes light up when they understand something. These students have combined challenges — a very basic understanding of some of the subjects and for many English isn’t their first language. They need the one-on-one interaction so they can get their questions answered and understand the process.
Best volunteer experience: When a student I’d been working with told me her friends had tried to get her to skip class because it was such a beautiful day, but she said she had to come to class because she knew I was going to be there — that’s how I can tell I’m making a difference.
Advice for people thinking about becoming volunteer tutors: Do it. It’s an interesting challenge to learn how to do it well and it makes a big difference in people’s lives. These students won’t get it from lecture alone. They need more personal contact. You don’t have to be great in math to help — and you can also teach reading and social studies. There are lots of ways to help.

The Volunteer Literacy Program is looking for more volunteer tutors for the 2010-11 academic year, and there's a particular need for reading tutors. A free training for reading tutors will be held on Sept. 17 (but you don't have to attend the training to volunteer). For more information, call Nancy Strom at 425.640.1032.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alumnus named Student-Athlete of the Year at University of Portland

Edmonds Community College alumnus and baseball pitcher Chris Dennis earned the University of Portland's 2009-10 Fr. Chester Prusynski Student-Athletes of the Year award. The Bothell-Reporter picked up the story, "Bothell's Dennis pitches his way to University of Portland honor," and notes that Chris has a 3.76 cumulative grade-point average and is majoring in finance. Great alum news! Congrats, Chris!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Edmonds CC students design garden, help restore Gold Park

Visitors enjoying Gold Park at 6421 200th Street SW in Lynnwood are benefiting from the work of Edmonds Community College Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School students. The students have been working in the park to help remove invasive ivy, blackberries, lamium, and holly plants. 

They also designed an ethnobotanical garden (a garden which highlights human relationships with plants, with an emphasis on indigenous uses of native plants). The garden will showcase native plants including ferns, salal, trillium, bleeding heart, and huckleberries. The students will also design and install interpretive signage in the park, which will help educate park visitors of the variety and benefits of the native plants. 

The Hazel Miller Foundation (dedicated to serving the citizens of Edmonds and South Snohomish County through programs and projects that serve the public's benefit) recently awarded $2,500 to the Lynnwood Parks & Recreation Foundation for restoration improvements at Gold Park. The Gold Park restoration project and the work of the LEAF school students is also supported by the City of Lynnwood, Edmonds Community College, State Farm Youth Service America, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Edmonds CC powwow princess adds law scholar to her honors

Congratulations and best wishes to Edmonds CC powwow princess Bree Blackhorse, a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University and an aspiring corporate lawyer and U.S. Senator, who has been awarded a $120,000 Native Scholar Award from the Seattle University School of Law. There's a great photo of her in cap and gown alongside a feature story "Bree Blackhorse, a young woman with lofty goals" in Indian Country Today along with quotes from her father Terrance Guardipee and family friend Andrew Morrison (fans of the college's powwow will recognize these guest artists). Edmonds Community College has hosted an annual spring powwow for 25 years.