Friday, September 24, 2010

Tritons now powering university teams: alumni-athletes in the news

The news is already coming in from our most recent Edmonds Community College student-athlete alumni, 2009-10, who are going on to play for universities and, possibly, Major League Baseball (Ryan Bean was drafted by the Giants).

Point guard Whitney Anderson who captained the Women's Basketball team and was named female Student-Athlete of the Year is now playing for the Alaska Nanooks at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Whitney was also the Associated Students Executive Officer for Budget and Finance while at Edmonds CC. She graduated from Bothell High School. “I’m really excited about Whitney because she brings a lot of leadership to the table,” said her new head coach, Cody Burgess. “As a point guard, she has the ability to really make my job easier. She played for a very competitive junior college coach, which will help her transition to the GNAC.”

From Triton Volleyball: Alumna Lauren Wilder plays for The Fighting Saints at Carroll College in Montana and Jaimalyn McEwen is at Walla Walla University.

From the Men's Soccer team: Scott Lane is playing for Northwest University and Thomas Sheets has joined the Yellowjackets at Montana State University Billings.

In baseball: Triton pitcher Ryan Bean was drafted by the Giants and also accepted to play at the University of Oklahoma. He was featured in an article in The Olympian (he went to Tumwater High School) "Bean goes to Giants in 17th round. "I couldn’t believe they actually said it,” Bean told The Olympian about getting the call from the Giants. “It’s a dream come true. It’s all you dream about when you’re a little kid. It’s a pretty good feeling.”
Best wishes to all of our alumni and congrats! Keeping reading EdmondsSphere for more alumni news and send your tips to

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Poetry, grief, Alzheimer's, and English class

Edmonds Community College English instructor, poet Holly Hughes was featured in the article "Indianola author uses poetry to honor her mother," in the North Kitsap Herald. Holly discusses how she explored the grieving process of losing her mother to Alzheimer's disease in poems such as “The Bath,” one of 100 poems in “Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease,” a collection of edited by Holly and released in April 2009. Holly teaches English Composition this fall at the college.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Student-to-student: Advice for new students

Check out the featured members on Edmonds Community College's network (where students can post events, discussions, and artwork), they have some great advice for new students!

"Don't wait until the last minute." — Scott Hill

"Never give up your dreams!!! no matter what it takes." — Anna Hopkins

"Have Fun, it makes learning easier." — Erica

"Stay focused, study hard, enjoy your classmates, enjoy your time at EdCC." — Robert Cazares

"Focus. Multi-tasking is a myth." — Vincent

"Do your homework, even if you don't have to turn it in!" — Soloman D. Bate

"Breathe ;)" — Carol Freeman

What works for you or where do you go for good advice?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

English instructors start-off fall lecture series

Edmonds Community College English instructors Sarah Zale, Amanda Laughtland, and Marcia Woodard will get the fall lecture series started this October. 

• Sarah will talk about her experience with the Compassionate Listening Project and her travels to the Middle East in her lecture Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine, 12:30 p.m., Wed., Oct 6 in the Black Box Theatre, Mukilteo Hall. She'll also read from her poems inspired by her work with the Compassionate Listening project collected in The Art of Folding.
• Amanda and Marcia give a joint presentation Postcard Poems and Puppy Prose, 12:30 p.m., Oct. 20 in the Black Box Theatre, Mukilteo Hall. Amanda will read from her poetry collection, Postcards to Box 464, and Marcia will read from her book, Collected Kona, a series of funny and touching stories of her dog Kona which originally appeared in the American Kennel Club's AKC Gazette magazine.

This fall, the lecture series also features an Edmonds Community College alumnus, Tom Hansen author of American Junkie.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Running Start student serves as a page in U.S. House of Representatives

Edmonds Community College Running Start student Jordan Pennington was featured in the Edmonds Beacon article "Teen serves as page in Capitol." The article tells how Jordan, 17, worked as a page during the last congressional session for the U.S. House of Representatives under Rep. Adam Smith. Wonder if she's taking lots of classes in the social sciences?