It’s the end of Winter Quarter. Congratulations!
We continued to receive good news this week. As you might recall from last week’s letter, we received more college funding from our Running Start reimbursement, we received a $300,000 grant to facilitate workforce planning for the biotech industry, and we got funding approved for the design of CC4, our next building.
This week, we received notice that the building that comes after CC4, conveniently called CC5, made it to the next construction list. Of the 25 proposed projects, we ranked #13. My crystal ball says that CC4 will be built within 4 years. It further says that CC5 will be built within 10 years after that. For those of us who intend to be around for the next 14 years, we should see two more buildings come on-line. WooHoo.
We also received other good news. The Bothell Arts Council has decided to start investing in public art around the City of Bothell. As a huge supporter of the council in the 2000’s, Cascadia worked side-by-side with them on Live Arts Bothell, an arts festival that no longer exists in our community. To honor that support, the Council has asked if a statue commissioned by them could be placed on campus. The executive team reviewed the proposal and agreed. The statue is of a 10’ tall dragonfly with a 12’ wingspan. They chose to honor Cascadia because of our past support and because the dragonfly is indigenous to wetlands in the northwest. The work is being commissioned soon. No word on its installation date yet.
As we move forward into Spring Quarter, I’d like to make you aware of two efforts underway.
First, we have established a “DREAMer Team.” Last November, Cascadia hosted “Undocu Ally” training during which employees developed ideas for supporting Dreamer students. i.e., those students at our institutions that are undocumented residents. If you are unaware, DREAMer stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. One idea that surfaced from this training was the development of a taskforce to support Dreamer/Undocumented students. The executive team approved the group to move forward as a formal campus “team”: The Dreamer Student Team. To highlight key points, the purpose of the Dreamer Student Team is to serve as a centralized way to collect and be familiar with current and correct information related to Dreamer students, communicate this information to the internal and external campus community, and discuss supports and solutions as issues and concerns arise. The primary mission is to support Dreamer students as requested and needed. Some of the Team’s other work includes: maintaining a library of current and accurate resources; maintaining a website presence; creating professional development opportunities; creating partnerships with Leadership Without Borders, UWB, 5 Star colleges, and local community groups and organizations. You can expect to hear more from the Dreamer Student Team as they continue their work. Please direct any questions or ideas to Samantha Brown (email@example.com). Thank you for your support of our Dreamer students and this new team.
Second, I’d like to take a moment to update everyone on the Vice President for Student Learning and Success process. This week a few of you showed surprise at learning that Rosemary is retiring. Indeed, she is retiring at the end of June as she slyly indicated in a recent email post. We will be having a summer farewell party for her and, in the meantime, have begun designing our search process. Thank you to Erin Blakeney and Tori Saneda for agreeing to be the committee co-chairs. We expect to post the position next week.
Here’s how the process will work:
- Those interested in serving on the search committee should talk with their assembly chairs, who have been asked to compile a list for me.
- The committee will form and go through all of the necessary preparations in April.
- Marty and I will be engaging in a “Listening Tour” in April to hear from Classified, Exempt, and Faculty on the traits and qualities you hope we find in our next VPSLS.
- In May, we will narrow the candidates first via the paper process, second via semi-finals, and finally in an on-campus interview of the finalists.
- Very close to the end of Spring Quarter, the finalists will be invited to campus. They will go through a grueling day-long process with the various stakeholder groups. These days have yet to be designed.
- We will then make a selection.
For our college, this is a pretty tight turn-around. I ask that you work with assembly chairs and the committee co-chairs to voice your input. We will make every accommodation reasonable and possible so that folks can participate in the process.
Have a great Spring Break. I’ll write again at the end of the first week of Spring Quarter.