How much do you know about Valentine’s Day?
Wikipedia says this:
“Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
Martyrdom stories associated with Valentine include a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.“
I spent my “day of martyrdom” on Mt Olympus putting out fires. I have been in Olympia since Wednesday morning doing so. Here are some of the things going on down here:
Fire #1: There was a rumor that the Empire was not going to fund CC4. For the moment, I have affirmed that the rumor is false. We will know next week when the House and Senate release their budgets.
Fire #2: The senate is considering pulling back the Running Start funding that was coming to us based on the budget passed last year. That’s about a million bucks for Cascadia. I did not make headway in changing people’s minds. The Senate believes it should stay with K-12 and not follow the student through to community college. The House may think differently. The presidents are working together to communicate that we need that money.
Fire #3: We are working to add some language to a faculty bargaining bill so as to avoid a situation where some colleges will “have” the ability to bargain successfully and others will “not have” that ability. There’s more detail in this last one than I want to cover here, but happy to talk about this one individually. That bill is still working its way through the system.
I don’t envy Valentine one bit. Yesterday was spent caucusing with the rest of the college presidents who arrived for our monthly WACTC meeting. We are putting together some strong messaging to help encourage lawmakers to remember their love for the community and technical colleges. The session ends March 8; I have no idea where we will land on some of these issues. We need a little of St Valentine’s help at the moment.
On a good note, Monday this week was spent celebrating the passing of the Master Plan. Thanks to Trustees Captain and Kelly for joining folks from the City of Bothell, UWB, and UW Seattle to congratulate on a job-well-done. Thanks to Terence and Meagan for providing great leadership along the way.
I will continue to be in Olympia today as we finish up some business. Back on campus, we are in the home stretch with regards to scholarship applications. The Cascadia College Foundation awards scholarships on an annual basis and, since 2013, they have presented more than $275,000 in awards to our students. Many thanks go out to Cascadia staff and faculty, longtime friends of the college, and community organizations for supporting these efforts. This year has been a good year for the Foundation and in April they will award almost 60 scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year – more than double their annual average. It will be their biggest year to date. As the deadline of Friday, March 2nd approaches, I’d like to invite you to help out by encouraging our students to get their applications in.
Please enjoy the long weekend. See you on Tuesday.