Friday Letter, 1-8-16

Welcome to 2016, the Year of the Pulses (as declared by the United Nations.)

It’s also the Year of Global Understanding (as declared by the International Council of Science.)

On February 8 begins the Year of the Monkey (as declared by the Chinese calendar.)

And last Monday began the Year of Cascadia (as declared by Kody.) Did you see the New Year’s Video?

I’ll let you pick which Year you want to be a part of. =)

(Oh, I learned that Pulses are not mischievous Greek gods, but “annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and color within a pod, used for both food and feed.  The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely for dry grain, thereby excluding crops harvested green for food, which are classified as vegetable crops.) (Wiki)

With regard to the Year of Cascadia, I am excited about DIA #2. We have absorbed much feedback to shape our next Day for Inquiry and Assembly on Tuesday, January 19 from 9am-3pm. As a reminder, this is a non-instructional day. Doors open at 8:30am and a light breakfast will be available at that time. The program begins promptly at 9am and your participation through 3pm is expected. Our activities will be guided by Caprice Hollins and Ilsa Govan of Cultures Connecting. A 45-minute lunch break will begin sometime around Noon. Once again, a Subway lunch will be provided, and coffee and fruit will be available all day. You have each received an Outlook invitation from Samantha Brown that will show on your calendar. Your RSVP by January 12 is key to ensuring enough coffee, food, chairs, and materials for all. When you RSVP, please click the option to send Samantha your response. If you do not see your invitation, email Samantha ( and she will send it to you. I look forward to seeing you there.

Many of you helped to greet our new students this week as they entered their new Year of Cascadia. The problem with mentioning everyone is that you always forget someone.  If you were forgotten from a mention anywhere on the list, and can say it to me honestly with a slight tear in your eye…I will buy you a coffee.  I promise.  But here goes…

The Desk: Lea Schubert, Sara Gómez Taylor, Tori Saneda, Susan Ford, Brandy Long, Vicki Newton, Jodie Galvan, Paul Gleason, Ken Hovda, Natalie Gonzales, Makenna Schumacher, Jeff Angus, Marah Selves, Elise Saracino, Dede Gonzales, Erik Tingelstad.

Outside promenade:  Rosemary Sutton, Shawn Miller, Erin Blakeney, Erik Tingelstad, Lyn Eisenhour, Glenn Colby, Noah Overby, Barb Crum, Paul Lee, Vickie Ashe

CC1/CC3 tables:  Shawn Miller, Sara Gómez Taylor, Debra Waddell, Haley Green, Lyn Eisenhour, Barb Crum, Rosemary Sutton, Vickie Ashe, Abigail Lynam, Erik Tingelstad

THANK YOU to all of you.

MY first week of the Year of Cascadia included spending time with BMG, ST3, and CC4. Bill and Melinda Gates had me over to their Foundation this week to hear the head of the Lumina Foundation talk about the need to look at Outcomes (of Higher Ed) not just the Process (of Higher Ed).  I think about 300 people got a copy of my invitation because they showed up too.  Not sure how that happened.

I spent time at Rep. Joan McBride’s House talking with Eastside Leaders about the Sound Transit 3 proposal. Here (SR 522 Info) you’ll find a link to some of the projects that are important to Cascadia.  The Sound Transit Board is currently weighing which projects to include on the November ballot.  Approving ST3, no matter what list of projects ends up on the final measure, is IMMENSELY important to our campus and the ability for our students to get to and from us.  Please help me focus attention on this during the Year of Cascadia.

Finally, I spent little time on this, but others spent much of their last few months working on our proposal for a new building (CC4). The application was submitted January 4 and we will know the results on February 19.  We will have a really good Year of Cascadia if this gets approved.  We still have to plan and squeeze and puzzle our way through space issues until it would get built, but that work is amplified if we do not get funded.  Ya, I’m a little anxious about that outcome.  Thank you to those who spent time on preparing it.

May you have a great Year of Cascadia.

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