Friday Letter, 3-17-17

Happy St Patrick’s Day. Whenever a Friday Letter falls on a special day, like today, I look into the history of what makes the day so special.  I usually am surprised about how we have morphed ancient traditions and customs into American holidays.  Wikipedia is my source.  Here are some tidbits about today.

  • The dates of Patrick’s life cannot be fixed with certainty but there is broad agreement that he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the 5th century.
  • Early medieval tradition credits him with converting a society from practicing a form of Celtic polytheism to Christianity.
  • When he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland.
  • In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; the 17th is thought to be the day of his death.

Who are our modern day “saints”? Thinking about this from the secular perspective, who are the people in our culture that have cared for and protected others?  Who will society revere 1000 years from now? I’d be interested to know your thoughts.

In the meanwhile, I know our legislators have this as their mission to care for and protect our community. This last Sunday we had over 350 people gather in Mobius to hear our local state senator (Guy Palumbo) and representatives (Shelly Kloba and Derek Stanford) talk about what is going on in Olympia.  I moderated the two hour event where we talked Oprah-style about Education, Transportation, Mental Health, the Economy, and the State’s relationship to the current Federal administration.

While “Olympia came to Cascadia” on Sunday, Erin Richards yearly takes “Cascadia to Olympia”.  Here is a photo of the students who went with Dr. Richards to Olympia last week with Senator Hans Zeiger.  He was kind enough to take the students on to the floor of the senate and into the caucus room and talk about state government – particularly education – with the students.  Senator Zeiger has served in both the house and senate and had a lot of perspective and experience to share with the students.  Erin reports it was a great trip!

Congratulations to David Dorratcague. He was awarded the state’s highest teaching award this month, the Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching, & Learning Award.  You are welcome to put him on your list of people we will revere 1000 years from now.  =)

Again, congrats David. We appreciate your dedication and skills.

What are we working on for Spring? The following is a list of topics that are foremost in my mind.  These are topics that I and the executive team are attending to weekly.  If they are of interest to you, please contact the eteam member whose name appears next to the topic for more info.

    • Master Plan (Meagan)
    • Parking Rates and new lots (Terence)
    • Reserved Parking decision (coming to you from Eric in April)
    • Tenure process and celebrations (Rosemary)
    • Budget Council and Action Plans (Terence)
    • Strategic Plan “Closing the Loop” process (Rosemary)
    • Accreditation visit regarding the BASSP (Rosemary)
    • ctcLink, Go.Cascadia (Terence)
    • HR Executive Director hiring process (Rosemary)
    • April 24 (1:00pm, Mobius) Teach-in on Israel and Palestine (Eric)
    • Cavoline planning for 17-18 (Eric)
    • Scholarship awards (Meagan)

I know that each employee has their own list of important things to which they are attending. Thanks for your diligence and efforts.

Have a great weekend.


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