Friday Letter, 11-4-16

Friday Letter for November 4, 2016

Guest Editor – Meagan Walker

In a nod to the upcoming election…

We’re A Democracy
so weigh in on the Cascadia/UW Bothell Campus Master Plan

PrintThe 2017 Campus Master Plan is underway. The master plan process will ultimately guide the future development and growth of our campus. Cascadia and UWB have been engaging with the City of Bothell, neighbors, and business leaders to get their early input.

Now it’s your turn! Please stop by North Creek Events Center any time between 3:30-6:30 pm on Monday, November 14th for the “Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping Meeting”. That’s a fancy way of saying there will be exhibits and experts on hand to share information and collect feedback. We are very interested to hear from Cascadia students, faculty and staff. Drop in to learn about the planning process, the EIS, and transportation. We’ll also be sharing preliminary concepts that illustrate differing approaches to campus growth. It’s an open house format. Visit our website for more information about the campus master plan.


A Non-Partisan Platform
Community Resource Day

Cascadia will be co-hosting a series of five Community Resource Days with UW Bothell at Mobius Hall. This effort is being coordinated by local volunteers to connect people to organizations that provide essential human services such as housing, food, and healthcare. Cascadia was interested in helping to support this effort, knowing that there are many individuals on our campus and in our community who struggle to meet their basic needs. Community Resource Day is being managed by community volunteers. Paula Molina is doing the work of coordinating the venue (set-up, parking, load and unload zone, etc.). The series will be promoted widely on campus and in the greater community. This pilot program will run the fourth Friday from January through May. More information will follow as we get closer to the January date.


I Want You
to get excited about the trailer

Yes, this is a shameless trailer promotion. John VanLeer and Jessica Ketcham took the trailer, AKA Mo (short for Mobile Laboratory), on the road Tuesday for their Octopuses Are So Hipster learning community. The class was held at Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds. The students collected water samples in the rain then retreated to the trailer to perform dissolved oxygen tests in a dry, well-lit space.

trailer-edmonds“We had 22 students in the trailer clustered around 5 tray tables,” John reported. “It would have been so much harder for us to do what we did if we hadn’t had the trailer.”

Chris Gildow’s Two-Dimensional Design students are working on a design for the trailer exterior this quarter. Their work will be transferred to vinyl then professionally installed.

If you have an idea for how to use the trailer, please contact Sara Gómez Taylor or me.


Our Choice For
the newest member to our Foundation Board

We are happy to welcome Ravi Raghavan to the the Cascadia College Foundation board. Ravi has worked as a senior executive in technology and financial services for Bill Gates Investments, Goldman Sachs, and UBS. He has expertise in strategic planning, financial processing, internal controls, audits, and a dozen other areas of importance to the operation and future growth of our Foundation. The Foundation continues to operate in its slim mode. Ravi joins veteran board members Tom McAndrew and Alex Lee, plus newer members Lori Cadwell and Ron Wheadon. We feel very lucky to have such talented people devoting their time to the benefit of our students and our college.


Every Vote Counts
cast yours to rename the new My.Cascadia

We spent time reviewing the list of fabulous suggestions brainstormed at this year’s convocation and arrived at two conclusions: 1) it is preferable to use in our domain name so that makes the super fun names a bit impractical 2) we cannot stick with because of the way we are building out our new intranet. Given those conclusions, we have selected three finalists for your consideration. Vote now. This poll will close on Thursday, November 10.


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