Friday, June 29, 2012

Our college library: from 6,000 books in 1967 to 37,074 books today

When Edmonds Community College opened, the college librarian was hoping to have 8,500 books available for students at the start of fall quarter.

Today, in June 2012, the college library has 37,074 books and 12,568 e-books available.

There are also more than 20 full-text research databases that provide access to thousands of journal and newspaper articles; as well as databases containing art images or business, legal, and career resources.

Farewell friends of Edmonds Community College

The Edmonds Beacon ran obituaries in June for two friends of Edmonds Community College:
  • Gladys Lawlor Eckhart died on June 13 in Bellingham. Gladys served on the planning commission to establish Edmonds Community College which opened in the fall of 1967. She was 98. 
  • Math instructor Robert “Bob” Eugene France died on June 13 in Kirkland. Bob taught math for 22 years and retired from Edmonds Community College. He was 67.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Edmonds School District Scholars: Look for Them on Campus

Amanda LeHuquet and Kayla Kinnard both of Scriber Lake High were honored among Edmonds School District's Students of the Month for June. They both plan to attend Edmonds Community College.

Amanda will be working toward her associate's degree with a goal of working in senior services. She has received a tuition waiver from the Edmonds Community College Foundation. She has been recognized for her achievement in math, biology, geology, and social studies. She helped the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary at the Waterfront Festival and traveled with a Scriber Lake High School group to Costa Rica to help save endangered leatherback sea turtles.

Kayla has received Edmonds Community College's EdSTEM$ scholarship for up to $5,000 each year while she completes her degree. She has been recognized for achievement in math. She will be studying biology and chemistry at Edmonds CC with a goal of transferring to Bastyr University and becoming a midwife. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant through her studies at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Alumna is the undergraduate student speaker at TESC Graduation

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College alumna Cari Pendergrass who was the undergraduate student speaker at the 2012 Evergreen State College Graduation Ceremony.

Evergreen State College Photo by Shauna Bittle
"Cari is a first generation college student who transferred to Evergreen Fall of 2009 after receiving her Associate of Arts from Edmonds Community College.  In her three years at Evergreen, she has been published in a scientific journal, completed 900 hours in Student in Service scholarship, coordinated The Womyn’s Resource Center and Greeners for Choice, acted in and directed the Vagina Monologues and taught in both Spain and Kenya. She is graduating with an emphasis in reproductive health and education and hopes to help increase the opportunities of disadvantaged populations." — via Evergreen State College

VP of Finance graduates from Leadership Snohomish County

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin McKay who completed Leadership Snohomish County training, an eight-month program that trains civic leaders, with the most recent cohort.

Kevin spoke about the benefits of the training at an Edmonds Chamber of Commerce meeting and was featured in "Leadership in spotlight at Edmonds Chamber meeting Thursday," in My Edmonds News.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Black Box Theatre celebrates 2011-2012 season

Photo by Jennifer Matthews
The Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College is excited to announce that during the 2011-2012 school year, it offered over 150 arts and cultural events and welcomed around 8,300 attendees.  These events included dance, music, lectures, films, community events and outstanding student and faculty performances.

The Black Box Theatre also teamed up with Unexpected Productions, Seattle’s longest running improv group, to host weekly improv comedy shows—bringing improv comedy North of Seattle!

As the staff at the Black Box prepare for the 2012-2013 season, they strive to continue to fulfill the mission of the Theatre:

The Black Box Theatre, an educational, events and performance venue, seeks to be a beacon for Enlightenment, Engagement, Education, and Entertainment in our community. The Black Box Theatre seeks to stay Relevant and Progressive as a workshop of Exploration for the students at EdCC and for the community that surrounds it.
The Black Box Theatre is a 200-seat, multi-purpose theater venue with flexible seating that opened on the Edmonds Community College campus in October 2008. The Theatre serves as a community events space to enhance arts education at Edmonds Community College and in Snohomish County through educational outreach programs, community partnerships and performing arts presentations.

The Theater, as an educational resource for the college and region, offers learning opportunities through its Lecture Series and Conversations Series on topics chosen to enhance curriculum and engage students in thoughtful discussions outside of the classroom. The Black Box partners with the Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement Initiative and with student clubs to increase campus involvement giving students, a greater voice in the programming ideas at the Black Box and creating an environment for engagement, exploration and education.

Stay-tuned as we prepare for the 2012-2012 school year and the 10th anniversary of our Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement initiative!

For event and ticket information, visit our website:

'Freedom of Expression,' photo by Pierce Provonost.
Van Jones, photo courtesy of Edmonds Community College
Musaic 2012, photo by Pierce Provonost

Friday, June 22, 2012

Student writes winning essay for YES! Magazine

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College student Willis Reed, the college winner of the YES! Magazine's spring writing competition.

Willis wrote "Brothers Around the Table" published in YES! as a response to Katherine Gustafson's article "You Are Who You Eat With."

His English 101, Composition class with instructor Daniel Griesbach used the writing prompt "Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?" as a class assignment.

Willis, who is pursuing a career with the Seattle Fire Department, wrote about dinners in the fire station.
For the last few years I have been working around the fire service as a Fire Cadet. Throughout my training, I have had the opportunity to partake in and observe the ritual of dinner at the fire station. Around those big tables at dinner, stories and experiences are shared, and knowledge is passed down from generation to generation. I was riding along with the firefighters of Seattle Fire Station #17, located in the University District of Seattle, Wash., when I first realized the importance of dinners in the fire service. 
Read the rest of his essay at YES!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Enter to win tickets to special weekend comedy show

Treat your family to a spontaneous night of laughs and interactive improv comedy fun during 'Up North Improv Happy Hour' at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 23, in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College. 

After 28 years Unexpected Productions, known for the wildly popular Theatresports, brings professional improv comedy north of Seattle. Each week it’s a different show filled with a different cast so you’ll never see the same one twice. 

This weekend is extra special because Unexpected Productions' amazing students from the east side school in Redmond will strut their stuff in a comedy showcase. Come see the improv stars of the future debut the skills they've learned in Unexpected Productions' Improv School. Laugh as students explore the various formats seen in the UP mainstage shows. It's a good price for a fun time!

* Comment on this blog and you’re automatically entered to win 2 free tickets to this weekend’s show*

Commencement 2012: Photos and Stories

Congratulations, Class of 2012!

 Read about our outstanding students:
• "EdCC student speakers offer perspectives on success," in the Weekly Herald
• "Like Dad, like grad: Terrace father, son earn EdCC diplomas," in The Herald  

And see some of the pictures from Commencement 2012:
Find more photos like this on Edmonds Community College

Congrats! Pro contracts for Triton baseball players

Congratulations to Triton baseball players right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks and shortstop Taylor Smith-Brennan on signing professional contacts.

Brooks signed with the Seattle Mariners and Smith-Brennan signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.

They are among nine of 11 local players selected in the Major League Baseball draft to sign professional contracts, according to

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Meet Hospitality and Tourism student Laila Guirgis

“This experience is wonderful.”
—  Laila K. Guirgis, Hospitality and Tourism
Why Edmonds CC? The learning atmosphere is positive and enjoyable. Teachers are excellent, supportive, and pleasant. Classmates are diverse and friendly. The whole experience is wonderful.  
Why now? I was laid off from work and I thought that was the end of my career…when I realized that there was another chance for me to go back to school, this was the best decision I've made in my life. I’ve learned a good deal about computers and I was able to shift gears to study things I enjoy and practice in my real life.
Before Edmonds CC I taught English and worked in the Department of Social and Health Services.  
Degrees Bachelor of Arts in English
Biggest challenge catching up with the new trends and technology in education
Best college experience Shifting my weaknesses to strengths. Overcoming the negative effects of being jobless, and finding a whole new opportunity, in a new field that I chose and loved.
Favorite class Hospitality classes in general are very informational and enjoyable. I learned things in the Ecotourism, HSPTR 220 class that I have never heard about before. Career Management, BSTEC 295 is also very practical.
Advice for new students Enjoy learning. It is endless. You are never too old to learn.
Interests arts and crafts, writing poetry, cooking, and volunteer work at my church
Dream job Helping people to plan for a lifetime travel experience.

Office of Diversity Affairs: Mark Your Calendar

Edmonds Community College's Office of Diversity Affairs notes the following upcoming event in our community:
  • Latino Fair, 1-6 p.m., Sat., July 28, in the Edmonds Community College courtyard — join us at our 9th annual event for live music, dancing, games, and free health screenings! Call 425.640.1246 for more information.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Edmonds CC poetry instructor Holly Hughes earns Artist Trust fellowship

Holly Hughes and Fox
Photo by Isolde Pierce
Edmonds Community College poetry instructor Holly Hughes has earned a 2012 Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines.

Holly is co-author with Brenda Miller of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012), editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009) and author of the chapbook Boxing the Compass (Floating Bridge Press, 2007). Nominated for several Pushcart prizes, her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies.

She co-directs the college's Convergence Writers Series, and has spent over thirty summers working on the water in Southeast Alaska, most recently as a naturalist.

She is the recipient of Edmonds Community College's 2012 Excellence in Education Award presented by the Board of Trustees to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to excellence in education consistent with the college’s mission and goals.

She teaches English 151, Writing Poetry this fall. Classes start Sept. 24.

Students earn Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation scholarships

Congratulations to Edmonds Community College visual arts students Cynthia Campbell, Sun Kyung Kim, Edward Arriesgado, and Tsz (Erin) Chan who earned scholarships from the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

And Edmonds Community College alumni Audi Asaf, now studying at Goddard College, and Juan Valdez, now studying at Savannah College of the Art and Design.

Read about the scholarship in The Weekly Herald, "College Honors: Arts foundation awards scholarships."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Connecting People, Creating Understanding With Global Opportunities

Did you know?
  • In 2010-11 international students contributed an estimated $463.7 million to the Washington economy.
  • Washington state is ranked #11 in the United States for the number of international students in its colleges and universities.
  • Edmonds Community College ranks #5 for Washington colleges and universities with the most foreign students.
  • The top five countries international students come from in our state: China, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and Hong Kong.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Edmonds CC students combine music and computers for ‘Musaic’

‘Music + computers = happiness’ for Edmonds Community College music students who blend these two mediums for ‘Musaic,’ June 8

Lynnwood, Wash. — Musaic, 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 8, showcases talented students in the Edmonds CC Digital Music Program for an innovative multi-media performance presented by the Edmonds CC Music Department and the Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement initiative on campus at the Black Box Theatre in Mukilteo Hall, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Musaic is a free event and open to the public, with a $7 suggested donation to support music scholarships.

This year's concert performance features student musicians interacting with computers in various ways. Some of these methods include live vocal sampling, piano processing, guitar looping, FX sampling, and video game simulations of musical instruments battling it out.  Presenting student musicians are Kasey Clarke, Josh Richins, Eric Hansen, Matt Sledgianowski, Calvin Hanson, Connor Favero, Arron Rudeen, Colin Berg, and Michael Martz.
“The Edmonds CC Digital Music Program prides itself as being one of the most exciting, advanced, and forward-thinking community college programs in the country,” said music faculty instructor, Dr. Nick Sibicky. “Musaic is the perfect opportunity to experience this overflowing creativity and ingenuity.”
For more information, call 425.640.1139 or go to