Friday (Thursday) Letter, 6-29-17

Good morning. I hope this last day of the week leads to an exciting weekend.  Many of you will surely take off Monday, July 3 so as to make this a 5-day weekend.  Best wishes and be careful if you are traveling or enjoying the sunshine.

I have three pieces of news today. The first two pieces make me do my happy dance.  I’m off campus today, but come by the office next week if you need to see the dance in person.

First, CONGRATULATIONS to Fidely.  Read more below:

Dear Fidley,

Congratulations! You have been awarded the Alan Spence Employee Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance for eligible employees to pursue a   degree and who have interest in a career as a Washington community or technical college administrator. 

We received several applications for this scholarship, each with their own impressive attributes. You have been selected because your application shows notable personal growth and dedication towards your education. Your colleagues at Cascadia College commend your accomplishments and commitment towards completing your degree.

Again, congratulations! Good luck in your journey in obtaining your degree and I look forward to seeing you at the Summer Conference in August.


Dr. Stephanie Delaney

The CTC Leadership Development Association Scholarship Committee Chair

Fidely was our campus nomination for this scholarship. She competed against other college’s nominees and received one of four state-wide scholarships available!  Well done!

Second, from our staff to our faculty, CONGRATULATIONS to Gail Alexander!  Read more below…

Dear Gail:

I am writing in regard to Cascadia College’s proposal submission to the American Association of Community College’s MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education (ATE) program.  Thank you very much for submitting the proposal and for your college’s commitment to STEM education.  For your information, AACC has completed the MentorLinks review process and your grant proposal, “From Classroom to Workplace: Illuminating and Supporting Career Opportunities in Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices” scored high with our review panel; and we would like to issue your college with an award for the 2017-2019 cohort.    […other details not necessary for the Friday Letter…]

Ellen M. Hause

Program Director, Academic and Student Affairs American Association of Community Colleges

Excellent work by Gail and the entire grant team. We are thrilled by this development and application to the ETSP program.

And third (not totally bad, but doesn’t make me dance either), there have been some governmental updates.  On the travel ban issued by the current presidential administration, the Supreme Court announced the following this week:

The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s travel ban can go into effect unless the visitors have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

So what, exactly, is a “bona fide” relationship? In its decision, the Supreme Court gave the following examples.

“A foreign national who wishes to enter the United States to live with or visit a family member … clearly has such a relationship … As for entities, the relationship must be formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading [the executive order]. The students from the designated countries who have been admitted to the University of Hawaii have such a relationship with an American entity. So too would a worker who accepted an offer of employment from an American company or a lecturer invited to address an American audience.”

This ruling means that there should be no adverse effects on our students.

More locally, the Washington State Legislature has until tomorrow to issue a state budget for the next biennium. Should they fail to do so, the government will technically “shut down”.  However, that does not mean you should stay home next week.  We will operate and pay salaries from reserves during the time of a shut down…if one happens.   Right now they say they are close to finishing.  We will interpret that budget next week to see what it means for us.

So let’s do our happy dance next week together. We’ll all get paid.  And congrats to Fidely and Gail.

Have a great weekend.

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