Friday (Thursday) Letter, 6-15-17

Welcome to summer!

We now begin our 4-10 work week tradition that will carry us through the summer months.  My calendar says I’ve already filled every free Friday with an adventure.  I’m not sure how that happened.  However, I hope YOU have a summer filled with adventure, relaxation and (hopefully) sunshine.

I want to add my name to those who have extended gratitude for the hard work that is required to pull off graduation.  The Student Recognition Committee with support from all sorts of staff and faculty did a great job at making sure we had another successful commencement.  We had more graduates walk than ever before, we had a bigger crowd than ever before, and we used more cups than ever before.  =)  Thanks for the hard work of everyone who played a role in last Friday’s ceremony.

Congratulations are now officially in order for Dr. Catherine Crain who becomes our fourth faculty member to reach Emeritus status.  The Trustees voted unanimously last night to award Catherine the status of emeritus faculty.  We are happy for Catherine’s new status, for all of her retirement adventures she has planned, and for the fact that she will stay close to Cascadia and continue teaching for us on occasion.

No good deed goes unpunished.  Yes, I’ve said that multiple times this week.  One instance involves the 15 Year Service Wall.  Since its unveiling, we’ve found three misspelled names (how does that happen after a review by three different people, including myself ??) and at least one person who hasn’t served 15 years.  That does beg some explanation, however.  Part-time and full-time status were not considered in the determination of “15 years”.  If your start date began over 15 years ago, and you’ve worked continuously for Cascadia in any capacity since then, your name should be on the wall.  Vicki is coordinating the corrections; talk to her directly if you feel there is an error.

I am entering Summer with optimism.  Our budget is looking better; I hope the legislature doesn’t change that.  We have multiple summer work groups starting; I look forward to seeing the product of their work at the end of the summer. And I get to start Coffees for Three with the staff; bring a hat…we’ll sit outside whenever possible.

Have a great weekend.


Friday Letter, 6-9-17

For those of us on the east side of CC2, we’ve had our blinds shut for most of the week.  There have been multiple tents erected outside in preparation for today’s Commencement Ceremony and the glare from the sun off the tilted canvas is somewhat blinding.  Let’s talk about the tents.

Tent #1:  Was erected to protect us from having to see the on-going construction project happening on the Mobius Stairs.  It looks much like an archaeological dig, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our science faculty have secretly been exploring the catacombs underneath the patio after hours.  During the daylight hours, construction crews are fixing a pesky water leak that is, of course, under 10 tons of concrete.  Please don’t sit in Tent #1 today.

Tent #2: Is an off-set, smaller structure on top of the Mobius Patio.  This is the tent for the stage party at today’s ceremony.  As you’ll see, it doesn’t align well with Tent #3.  It’s off-set due to Tent #1 and we had to install a new set of stairs to allow folks to get up and down from Stage Left.  If you are coming up to Tent #2 today, please use caution.  And for those of us blessed/cursed with a need for symmetry, this is not the year to breathe easy.

Tent #3: Is the Party Tent.  It is where the students, employees, and families will sit this afternoon and is ready for 1000 people.  It is expected to rain today at 4:00 (50% chance).  It has never rained once in the time I’ve been President; this is my 7th Commencement at Cascadia.  While there is always a first time for everything, I’m hoping that the entity that controls the rain has not been upset by the archaeological dig taking place under Tent #1.

With that said, please huddle under dry spaces, still please attend, and please help keep everyone in the joyous spirit that should pervade today.  Umbrellas may be common; let’s work around them.  Attitudes may get a little wet; help us dry them with humor and good will.  Today is about our students, the product of all of our hard work.  Thank you for helping escort them on this journey and while we have a few challenges today, we have taught them how to adapt, learn, and be successful. We, as their teachers & role models, also know how to adapt, learn and be successful…so I’m looking forward to putting that to good use.

Thank you for a good year.

Friday Letter, 6-2-17

I am in route on the way back from Japan.  Partnerships, communication, & trust. Those are the concepts that were an important part of my week in Japan.  And, they are the concepts that help Cascadia thrive.

Meagan, Anthony and I spent this week visiting with our partners at Trajal Hospitality & Tourism College at their campuses in Osaka and Toyko. Both experiences were similar and rewarding.  We spent time at each campus visiting with alumni from the Cascadia English program.  Most of them have returned to Trajal to complete their third and final year before entering the workplace.  One of the students, Toki, has graduated from Trajal and now works for American Express.

These students had in common their desire to improve their English and work in our global community. From internships and opportunities in the Maldives, cruise ships, Saipan, and other places, they all shared with us just how important their ELP instructors were and how fortunate they were to stay with host families and make friends at Cascadia.  At least three of them found significant others.  (I guess that was a bonus for them.)  Meagan and I were also able to witness the strong bond between Anthony and the students.  I want to take a moment to thank Anthony for being our guide, for organizing the trip, and for strongly supporting these students.

We also visited with first year students who will be at Cascadia starting next December. Trajal emphasized to them that Cascadia is challenging.  They wanted to make sure the students were ready for the academic rigor.  And, during our visit at the Tokyo campus, we spent time with the study abroad coordinator and main English teacher.  He is from rural Japan but learned English in London and had an Italian host family.  The worldwide influences on these students, teachers, and campuses were enormous.  And for Cascadia’s sake, I appreciate that we have the program and partnership; it is an important role for Cascadia in our global community.  Some of us may not think of the Trajal students as “Cascadia” students, but in fact they very much think of themselves as Cascadia alumni.  Their entire careers across the globe and with major companies come back to their success in learning English right here in Bothell.

These partnerships are not just overseas. I had the opportunity to chat with both Susan Jeffords (Vice Chancellor at UWB) and Ana Mari Cauce (President of UW) this week.  We discussed our shared desires to make sure our campuses can fully welcome and support our international students.  From UW Bothell’s creation of a new student Diversity Center, their work with faculty and staff to promote pluralism, and our on-going efforts to educate in the wake of micro-aggressions, we share a desire to create the best possible experience and support for all of our students.  I am grateful that we can send our students back to Japan with good memories, and I am grateful that many of our students can transfer next door and experience the same commitment to diversity and pluralism that is at the core of Cascadia and UW.

Last week I shared the story of one of our Japanese students. The take-away for all of us (Susan, Ana Mari, our Trajal teacher, Meagan, and myself) was that our work to create supportive environments never ends.  I know from talking to many of our students who transfer to UWB that last week’s story is not typical of their experiences there; I also know that our partners at UW Bothell (who read the Friday Letter!) took this feedback seriously.  Though Cascadia and UW Bothell have both worked hard to ensure welcoming environments for all students, we know that we can do more.  We must constantly educate our students, faculty, and staff.  We must constantly understand that we all bear responsibility for creating positive learning experiences.  UWB, Cascadia, and Trajal have that in common.  I am happy that we are partners.  I am happy that we can have confidence that our students will thrive when they head back to Japan, or when they head next door.

Friday Letter, 5-24-17

The Friday Letter comes a little early this week. I will be leaving for Japan tomorrow and was not sure of the availability of my internet connection on Friday.  Why am I going to Japan?  We have this relationship with Trajal Hospitality College.  Our ELP Faculty are very familiar with them because each year TJHC sends us 40 students to spend 9 months at Cascadia learning English.  We have graduated two classes so far and our next cohort has already arrived.  As part of our contract, Trajal would like to see the Cascadia leadership visit their campuses in Osaka and Tokyo every other year.  Likewise, they come to visit us every couple of years.

Last time I visited, Mary Acob-Nash and Terence Hsiao went with me. This time, Meagan Walker and Anthony DeVito will be my companions.  Anthony is our staff member who has primary responsibility for the Trajal students and he speaks Japanese.  He will be our guide.  We will spend time talking with the students who will be coming next year as well as visiting with the two classes of alumni.  We hope to gain more insight about how we are doing and how we can maintain our good relationship with Trajal.

I will be back in the office on Monday, June 5. Terence will be acting president until next Wednesday and then will be headed to the President’s meeting in Spokane on my behalf.  Todd Lundberg will be acting president on Thursday and Friday of next week.  If there’s ever a time to get what you need…take advantage of Todd.  =)

LAST Friday, I watched 5 Cascadia students present about their experience with UWB’s BOLD leadership program. All of the BOLD participants (5 from Cascadia and 25ish from UWB) gave presentations on their visits to area companies as they learned about leadership and business.  We are thankful that UWB saves space in this program for Cascadia’s students.  Everyone seems to love the program.  One of the UWB students I talked to transferred to UWB from Cascadia and is from Japan.  She shared with me how she was accepted at Cascadia.  Her words, “I felt that the instructors did really well at incorporating people from different places.”

We are all about Pluralism. I am glad that we now have a robust international program so that our domestic students can understand their role in a global society and marketplace.  And I am glad that we have faculty and staff who are learning everyday how to best serve this population.

Until next week…have a great weekend.

Andrew Park, Yours Truly Marketing Director

Interview conducted by Thaddeus Vale

Andrew Park, our Marketing Director for the 2017 edition of Yours Truly, shares his enthusiasm for marketing Cascadia’s creative arts magazine and promoting courageous creativity in all forms. Andrew is excited to share Yours Truly with our community at our launch event on June 5th!

Photo credit: Thaddeus Vale

Q: Why did you apply for the Marketing Director position this year?
A: In the Fall Quarter when I took Humanities 210 and learned about Yours Truly, I was on the campus marketing team and the goal was getting people to submit to our publication. After setting a record of 307 submissions, it gave me a feeling that the marketing was a success, and then I could bring all the takeaways from that into the job as the Marketing Director for the launch event and the magazine.

Q: What do you do in your role as Marketing Director?
A: First of all, one thing I do is lead my team in introducing the launch event and our magazine to the campus. Marketing means promotion, so we are promoting this year’s edition of Yours Truly at the launch event so people can learn more about the publication we have to offer.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge for your team this quarter?
A: Out of all the challenges I’ve seen, the biggest problem is knowing how to promote the launch event effectively. We have to know how we are going to bring our student body, former students, and faculty to the main event and create full interest in our magazine.

Q: How will you lead your team to handle it?
A: One of the most important steps is taking into account of everyone’s input seriously and identifying how we introduce our launch event to our campus. We will work with as many ideas as we receive and figure out what’s best for us as the marketing team, as well as the community we’re trying to reach out to. When we get the word out, we have to stay true to the values, image, identity, and expectations of Cascadia and our Yours Truly magazine.

Q: What do you wish to see at the launch event?
A: I would like to see a packed crowd of individuals who really wish to learn how to express their creativity with courage. I want them to create a successful piece to submit for future publications, too (our next submission period is Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, BTW!). I hope we attract people who are unfamiliar with Yours Truly who wish to learn about creativity at Cascadia.

Q: What do you want to notice the first moment you open up the magazine?
A: I wish to see high quality works with a clear meaning in the publication. I hope that the pieces have high emotional meaning and are significant to people who view the publication. I want our whole community to be proud of this year’s issue.

Q: If the budget were unlimited, what would you do?
A: Honestly, I think it’s a good thing the budget is not unlimited. If the budget were unlimited, people would have the tendency to randomly and mindlessly try out ideas inconsistent with the quality and the aesthetics we truly want in the magazine. A limited budget challenges people to be mindful of the emotional appeal and the visual qualities we really want in our Yours Truly Magazine.

Q: What is the key to success in your position?
A: Being an active listener and a communicator is a serious matter since this is a teamwork-oriented task. I have to communicate well with others on my team to get the word out about our launch event, so our community can get to know our publication.

Q: If a future member of your role wanted to ask for advice, what would you tell them?
A: The first step of marketing purpose is know what you want to achieve. It’s important to know how we want to introduce the magazine to our community so they’re interested in learning about the creative side we have to offer. It’s also important to be a true team player and be able to work with anyone with comfort and an open mind.

Q: What theme does this year’s publication reflect from your point of view?
A: Based on all the selections we’ve made a quarter ago, I’ve noticed a diverse range of subject matter. Each piece has its own unique qualities and strengths we can appreciate and be proud of.

Q: How do you feel Yours Truly contributes to our Cascadia community?
A: It encourages our community to be creative, be brave, and take risks to allow their imaginations to flourish. Any creative idea can be good in its own unique way if you know how to express your creative imagination with courage.

Learn more about Yours Truly by connecting with us on social media!

Facebook  •  Twitter  •  Instagram

RSVP to our Launch Event on June 5, 2:00-6:00pm HERE!

Friday Letter, 5-19-17

Today’s Friday Letter focuses mostly on a long-term discussion about the idea of our campus hosting Tent City.

Last Spring, I was presented with a recommendation by a campus task force suggesting that we should bring Tent City to campus for three months as a means of fulfilling our mission around integrated education in a learning-centered environment.  The interactions offered by such an event would create opportunities for us to teach our students how to apply their education to real world issues.  I responded to this recommendation by saying that we were not ready as a campus.

There were several criteria that needed to be met in order for me to feel more comfortable with this opportunity. These criteria included:

  • A report from UW Seattle about their hosting experience. They hosted last winter and I was hoping to better understand how this impacted campus. The leader of the effort at UW Seattle (Sally Clark) came to campus last month and spoke with several of us including our Pluralism Committee, a representative from the original campus Task Force, and a representative from UW Bothell.
  • A conversation with UWB about their willingness to co-sponsor the hosting. There exists an RCW that actually prevents any camping specifically on our campus. In order to get an exception to the RCW, both the Chancellor of UWB and I would have to request this of the Secretary of State. I had a conversation with UWB on Monday of this week about Tent City.
  • An understanding of the impact on human resources and financial resources. Many of you attended last week’s budget meetings and understand the state of the budget. Also, I continue to be concerned about the capacity of our faculty and staff to take on more things. This concern has been validated through my Coffee for Threes.
  • The identification of an appropriate space. This has gotten more complicated over the year as we have been on the hunt for spaces to build our next parking lot.
  • And, finally, a personal belief that our campus was culturally ready to host.

These were the things I wanted to consider before saying “yes.” As of today, I’ve had the opportunity to find the answers and have the conversations. Let’s talk about each of the 5 points (this time in backwards order…):

  • I believe the campus is culturally ready. The work we have done in DIA’s and Cavolines affirms for me that this campus believes strongly in inter-cultural competency and is ready to take on the presence of people who have fewer resources than we do.
  • Finding an appropriate space has become more difficult over the year. The space we identified last year has now been designated as the future site of a parking lot, which we hope to start construction on next year. And, after reviewing the campus map with UWB this week, we could not find another site that would allow for the necessities of Tent City. We work on a hillside; there is not much flat space accessible to water.
  • By having my conversation with UW Seattle, I am aware now of the huge impact on staff and finances. As you know, we may be operating in a deficit situation next year. I cannot approve the hosting because I fully believe that it will have a significant fiscal impact. Add to that, UW Seattle ended up taking their monetary support from their foundation because of criticism over using state funds. Our Foundation is not in the same place.
  • The impact on staff was huge. Over 10 departments needed to be involved, including risk management, safety, facilities, grounds, custodial, human resources, etc. As a state agency, we have requirements to staff and attend to such events. And, the common theme about staffing is that most all of these departments report to UWB. Not only were the departments tasked with the care of Tent City, but UW Seattle had an employee devoting 50% of her time to the facilitation of the experience. After a conversation with UWB, we decided we cannot afford to divert our staff to the support of Tent City at this time. We cannot afford the overtime and, like most of our employees, they already have full jobs.

So, as you can tell, the decision has been made to not host Tent City. UW Bothell has been a great partner with us over the past year and has been very willing to explore the ideas that come through Cascadia. I appreciated the partnership as we discussed this opportunity and had a frank discussion about our resources and capabilities. We are in agreement on both sides: we do not know where to physically locate them and we cannot afford the cash and staff support.

The Pluralism committee is in agreement with this assessment. They have suggested an opportunity however…

If an off-site entity would take on the hosting of Tent City, perhaps we could partner with them to create an academic connection that could lead to our desire for integrated learning. I am of course open to this and will connect with any local groups that decide to host Tent City.

Thanks for your understanding.

Have a great weekend.

Shaun Segraves, Yours Truly Editor in Chief

Interview conducted by Thaddeus Vale

Shaun Segraves, our Editor in Chief for the 2017 edition of Yours Truly, shares what it’s like to lead a publication team and champion our creative arts magazine on campus. With his stellar management, communication, and editing skills, Shaun is model for not only excellence in student leadership, but also in integrated and active learning at Cascadia.

Photo credit: Thaddeus Vale

Q: Why did you apply for the Editor in Chief position this year?
A: I have had previous experience as a manager in my chosen career in the past so I felt that it was the right fit for me. I felt that it was the best position for me to utilize my skill set. There is more than just managing involved and I wanted to take a position that has more pressure than a typical position.

Q: What do you do in your role as an Editor in Chief?
A: I delegate all tasks, overlook all the teams, and set and establish the timeline for our publication this quarter. I also meet with the leadership team to check in on their progress and to help them if necessary. I overlook everything and jump in when needed, so it’s basically an all-rounder type position.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge for your team this quarter?
A: The biggest challenge for the team is really making sure that every individual team is working collaboratively with each other, managing that whole experience, and checking and adjusting as we go. We try to look and see if there are any opportunities for improvement within the teams. We also take the time to appreciate the individual contributions people give to the publication.

Q: How will you lead your team to handle it?
A: I will be making sure that the final product is of the best quality it could be. I’m always putting pressure on myself to make sure the publication turns out in the best quality we could achieve.

Q: What do you wish to see at the launch event?
A: I would want to see a well-received interactive event with a diverse audience.

Q: What do you want to notice the first moment you open up the magazine?
A: I want to notice the magazine takes the reader on a journey. I feel that each page should be it’s own experience throughout the publication and no two pages should be alike.

Q: If the budget were unlimited, what would you do?
A: I would make a hard cover version of the publication, and I’d love to make the event a true cocktail party red carpet release event, where people are dressed up and we have passed-appetizers with a wait staff. Truly giving it a special feel, I would also love to frame artwork of the artists themselves as a token of appreciation for submitting artwork for Yours Truly.

Q: What is the key to success in your position?
A: COMMUNICATION IS KEY. I need to be able to see the big picture of the publication process. As the Editor in Chief, you must always see how all the teams interact with each other and oversee all activity.

Q: If a future member of your role wanted to ask for advice, what would you tell them?
A: I would tell them that communication is integral, start planning early, set a timeline, and hold yourself accountable.

Q: What theme does this years’ publication reflect from your point of view?
A: I’ve taken a journey of all three quarters of this class, so it feels like a journey. The poetry and images it appears to be a common theme of a emotional journey that takes place.

How do you feel Yours Truly contributes to our Cascadia community?
A: I feel like it creates an inclusive environment, not only for our students, but for our faculty and our community as well. Yours Truly has been a meeting place of creativity where people can share and soak in the creative aspect of learning.

Learn more about Yours Truly by connecting with us on social media!

Facebook  •  Twitter  •  Instagram

RSVP to our Launch Event on June 5, 2:00-6:00pm HERE!

Friday Letter, 5-12-17

I am off-campus today at an all-day seminar in Bellevue with Leadership Eastside. I am an observer/evaluator for a community-led team that is trying to support educational initiatives on the eastside.  My goal today is to hear about the work of these folks and help guide them to productive outcomes.  This is just one way that I work in the community to build support for higher education (in general) and Cascadia (specifically).

Yesterday I was in Olympia with Erik Tingelstad and Brian Bansenauer. We successfully made it through the State Board’s approval process for our new Bachelor’s degree in Mobile Applications.  Yay for us.  Congrats to Erik and Brian and the rest of the team for putting this together.  Our next step is to gain approval through our accrediting agency and then start building the specific curriculum.  We hope to enroll students in Fall 2018.  We are on the road to our second Bachelor’s degree and I am extremely proud of the team.

Thanks to those of you who attended the budget workshops. Hopefully this clears up where we stand (as of today) on new expenditures and the current situation.  For those who could not attend, we have a tentative budget we hope the Board will approve, but we are still unsure of our revenues.  If we fall into a deficit situation, our proposal is to rely on reserves (which are healthy) until we can “right-size” to a sustainable budget.  If we operate with a positive margin, we will assess the stability of our revenues and consider investing in additional human resources.

UWB is sponsoring their annual undergraduate Research and Creative Practice symposium today from 10am until 4pm. I am happy to report that four of our BASSP students are participating with support from faculty sponsor Abigail Lynam.  Tanya Saxby and John Kuykendall have an 11:15-11:30 presentation on Incorporating Sustainability Education across Horizontal Disciplines in Higher Education (…sounds so Cascadia, doesn’t it?) AND Dylan Kline and Alicia Bradley have a poster presentation from 10am until 12:15 on Chemical and Fecal Coliform Analysis of North Creek and the Horse Creek Tributaries.  You can find Tanya and John in UW1-103 and Dylan and Alicia on the top floor of the ARC.

Speaking of UW, leaders at the Seattle campus and I are in discussion of bringing a fall training to campus for 30 Cascadia employees on providing support for undocumented students. Their Leadership without Borders: Undoc Ally training has become popular and they have included us in their constituency to assist in our learning.  If you are interested in this training (sometime in Fall), please let me or Samantha know.  More to come.

I hope you programmed the number for campus safety into your phone last week. 425-352-5359

This week’s safety question is: Do you have a bomb threat checklist next to your phone?  Once upon a time these were distributed to employees so that they could follow a protocol in the event of a bomb threat.  Next to my phone I keep a folder of emergency related information that I review periodically.  I hope you might create something similar to stay fresh on the protocols that are most important to us.  Also, please check out for a ton of info that might be helpful to you. Spend some time with the site.  I was able to find the bomb threat checklist in about 30 seconds.

Have a great weekend.

Lien Pham, Yours Truly Managing Editor

Interview conducted by Andrew Park

Lien, our Managing Editor for the 2017 edition of Yours Truly, gives us a taste of her important leadership role. She is the “operations and budget wizard” of the YT Team and she’s an expert at fostering good communication among team members.

Photo credit: Thaddeus Vale

Q: Why did you apply for the Managing Editor position this year?
A: I have been taking the Yours Truly magazine publication classes since Fall Quarter. I feel that I am qualified for budgeting and tracking since I have a lot of experience in finance, and I thought this was a great way for me to contribute to Yours Truly.

Q: What do you do in your role as a Managing Editor?
A: I handle the budget for Yours Truly and keep track of the day-to-day operations. I help the Editor in Chief with his tasks. Additionally, I help and contribute to all the teams (Art & Design, Launch Event, and Marketing) related to Yours Truly magazine.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge for your team this quarter?
A: We don’t have too many big challenges this quarter. We have had small problems that we overcame. Typically, these problems involved communication. Everything is on track so far this quarter.

Q: How will you lead your team to handle it?
A: Shaun (our Editor in Chief) and I handle these problems together. We come up with solutions to deal with issues that may occur with communication.

Q: What do you wish to see at the launch event?
A: I want to see a lot of fun with a very chilled-out atmosphere of people having a good time. I also want to see a lot of people at the event, creative decorations, and of course the presence of the Yours Truly team. We also want to inform people for next year’s Yours Truly experiences as well.

Q: What do you want to notice the first moment you open up the magazine?
A: A balance between pictures and poems, visually appealing colors, and something that represents the entire Yours Truly Team.

Q: If the budget were unlimited, what would you do?
A: Have Adele come and sing for me and have the event at CenturyLink Field in Seattle’s SoDo district! I’d also like to have 5-star restaurant food for the event as well.

Q: What is the key to success in your position?
A: It’s balancing between numbers and workload, as well as communication. The most important thing is keeping track of everything– and I recommend using Microsoft Excel and keeping a tracking list. Also, having confidence in what you do is important, as well as trusting in other people when delegating tasks.

Q: If a future member of your role wanted to ask for advice, what would you tell them?
A: I would tell them to be confident and make sure they handle the budget wisely, and to trust the teams.

Q: What theme does this year’s publication reflect from your point of view?
A: I feel the Yours Truly publication inspires curiosity. Most people are unfamiliar with the publication when they come to Cascadia. Yours Truly gives me the excitement of a professional publication process and it also gives me summer vibes because the event is in the spring and early summer.

Q: How do you feel Yours Truly contributes to our Cascadia community?
A: It helps other people know about Cascadia. It’s also a symbol of creativity for the Cascadia student body. It is also a rare opportunity for students to have a job simulation instead of a typical classroom environment.

Learn more about Yours Truly by connecting with us on social media!

Facebook  •  Twitter  •  Instagram

RSVP to our Launch Event on June 5, 2:00-6:00pm HERE!

Friday Letter, 5-5-17

TOPIC 1 of 7:

Cinco de Mayo. From Wikipedia:

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico as a date associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores that initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain.

Topic 2 of 7:

In addition to celebrating today’s cultural significance, let’s also take a moment to celebrate the newly wrapped Mobile Collabortory, which we call “Mo”.  Check out Mo here.

Students in Chris Gildow’s fall quarter art class developed this design for the trailer. The students took as their inspiration the garden in which the trailer resides when not on the road and the theme of mobility.

Thanks to Chris, his students, and the College Relations staff (Meagan, Sara, Susan, Elise, and Anne) for all their hard work. Mo is officially ready to be used as a lab, mini museum, gathering spot. Midori Sakura has it checked out for wetland day on May 25 when it will be used as a photo booth and check-in for wetland tours and mud pies. If you are interested in programming the trailer for a lesson, an exhibit or an event, please email

Topic 3 of 7:

I’d like to take a moment to highlight some other student work. As a class project, one of David Ortiz’s classes (HUM 107) built small pantries to be placed in the Center for Cultural Inclusion and the Veterans Resource Center.  David and Larissa have been instrumental in keeping the pantries stocked, and they have been well used by many of our students facing food insecurity.  They are hoping to make these permanent fixtures on campus and using them to engage the campus community on issues of Food Insecurity.  They would like to assure that all employees are aware of the pantries and enlist some help for a small group that will keep them running.  If interested, please email David (  or Larissa (

Topic 4 of 7:

Thank you to Jared, Dianne, Chris, and Samantha for leading our Cavoline series this year. I believe we have landed on a sustainable model for our growth in Cultural Competency.  As such, Jodie Galvan, Mohan Raj, Sarah Zale, and Tasha Walston have been selected to design and lead next year’s series.  They will meet with the current team this quarter to transition and then start developing our options for next year over the summer.  I look forward to working with them and inspiring your continued commitment to become more culturally competent.

Topic 5 of 7:

Please note that we are soliciting nominations for employee service awards. Email Mark Collins for details or to nominate someone by the end of next week.  Note that part-time staff are also now eligible for the awards!!  Thanks to the Foundation Board for widening the criteria.

Topic 6 of 7:

I appreciated everyone’s participation at the DIA. This was an important day for us as we keep everyone up to speed on our current priorities and use your feedback to shape future priorities.  It is expected by our accrediting body that we do this, so it was a nice way to meet the requirement and also gain valuable feedback. If you would, please take a few minutes to complete this short, anonymous follow-up survey to help us improve future DIA and Closing the Loop meetings. Please complete the survey even if you were not able to attend.

The survey will remain open through next Wednesday (5/10/2017). Please direct any questions concerning the survey to Glenn ( Thank you in advance for providing feedback.

Topic 7 of 7:

Safety Check…do you have the number for Campus Safety pre-programmed into your phone? If not, I’d suggest you find out the number and do so that you can be prepared to call for help when needed.  (I could give you the number, but the teacher in me thinks you can find a way to figuring it out and that this would be better pedagogy.)  =)

Remember to always identify yourself, give your location, and clearly state the problem with calling Campus Safety.

Have a great weekend.