Friday Letter, 2-9-18

This has been the kind of week I long for. Every day on campus (i.e., no Olympia or other travel) and progress on a lot of projects.

One of the projects I am coordinating for the region is to bring together about a dozen biotech companies and seven institutions of higher education to conduct a gap analysis on workforce needs. We then hope to develop educational pathways to meet those needs. It’s the first time we have worked regionally to perform this kind of work. Our partners include the 5-Star Consortium (Cascadia, Shoreline, Edmonds, Everett, LWIT), Bellevue College, and UW Bothell. This got kick-started by a local company (Juno) who is expecting to expand their workforce by 900 employees over the next two years. We’ve had our first meeting. There is another in March and then in April. We hope to have academic pathways in the works by the time we are finished.

The second project, which I’ve reported on previously, is my 8-month long research project around new revenue sources. I have completed interviews with all 6 city managers in our district and am now moving on to develop our summit of industry leaders. They will help brainstorm our commodities and suggest possibilities for us. I hope to have that summit in April. I plan to conduct campus forums in May soliciting ideas from those of us on campus.

While I may not have been in Olympia, I continue to work on behalf of the State Board to communicate with legislators as the session progresses. The legislative session ends on March 8, or so they say. I plan to include in that week’s Friday Letter a list of bills important to us and the disposition of those bills. There have been issues around capital dollars, running start, and bargaining, among others.

On a side note,we were also reminded by the State Board this week that Governor Inslee’s executive order directs state agencies to refrain from inquiring about a person’s immigration status in order to determine whether that person has complied with immigration laws. This means that all of us, as employees, must not inquire about this status. It will help us continue to build a safe community.

Upcoming events, I hope to see you at these:

Legislative Town Halls. The 1st District (Palumbo, Stanford, and Kloba) will hold a town hall here at Cascadia in Mobius from 3:30-5:00 on February 17.  They will report on their activities and take questions.  Similarly, the 45th (Dhingra, Springer, Goodman) will host their town hall on the same day but at Lake Washington Tech, 11:30-1:00.  I will be at both.

President’s Pub (brought to you by the Cascadia College Foundation), for employees only. Join your colleagues for a Foundation-sponsored social event. It’s the return of a legend. February 26, 4:00-6:00pm, CC2-261.

Join Huda Sarhan and Becky Riopel in a group conversation about the Women’s March movement and the controversy/divisiveness it creates among sub-groups of women. They will share a brief history of the march and give folks a chance to talk about their personal experience in the march, the perception of the march through the lens of media and the perception from those who heard about the march from participants. The hope is to have a mutual dialogue in a confidential and respectful space. March 7, 12:00-1:00pm, CC2-261.

Next week, I am back to the travel routine. I will be in Olympia Wednesday through Friday.  Wednesday is another lobbying day and the other two days are for the Presidents’ monthly meeting.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 2-2-18

This has been an interesting and (mostly) campus-based week for me.

I had one day in Olympia where I testified on a Running Start bill. Cascadia has subsidized the Running Start program over the years using other revenue sources. This is necessary because we do not receive the same tuition for RS students as we receive for our state-supported students despite the fact that Running Start is a particularly staff-intensive program.

Next year, the revenues for Running Start will become equal to those for state-supported students. That’s a good thing. However, the legislature wants to dictate how that extra money is spent. That’s not a good thing. While the intentions are good (lawmakers want to help RS students on free and reduced lunch), if they were to give us local control of those extra funds, we could probably help more than just those students. There’s a social equity issue at play. My role was to explain this to the legislature on Monday.

This made for an interesting discussion at this month’s Cavoline TED talk. We talked about the cost of education and student loan indebtedness. Yes…we want to help lower-income Running Start students get access to higher education, but we also want to help the displaced worker, the 40-year-old returning student get a certificate, the single parent, and the homeless 18-year-old…without racking up insurmountable debt. It is difficult to find systemic solutions to the dilemma and many of us (including me) left the TED talk without knowing how we can help. But, I believe that this is the purpose of all of our Cavolines…to stimulate us to think about complex issues around equity and inclusion.

So I thought more this week about how we can help our students with needs. In addition to being able to direct students to student services staff, counseling, the Veterans Center, the Bock Center, and the Center for Culture, Inclusion & Community, we have a few new resources that have been made available through the Cascadia College Foundation. There is money to help Running Start students purchase textbooks, a brand new scholarship that will be awarded to individuals who enroll via College Goal Cascadia, and a scholarship designed to help students who are just a few credits shy of completing their degrees. And, as we process the DIA feedback, we hope to find more ways we can be equitable and inclusive.

Campus leadership has begun synthesizing comments from the DIA. This will take us several weeks. Ultimately, we hope to translate them into initiatives important to the campus’s health that can be accomplished with existing resources. Thanks again for your candid feedback. We’ll report back soon. In the meantime, I hope you will write or depict your reflections on the back of the “Your Voice. Your Space. No Hate.” cards and display those in your work spaces. I am looking forward to seeing them on my next visit to your space.


I want to announce the RETURN OF THE PRESIDENT’S PUB. Yes, you heard right. The return of the Pub. Once upon a time, the President would provide beer, wine and a specialty drink in a cozy late afternoon venue with sweet and salty snacks. The great State of Washington reminded the colleges 3 years ago that this can’t happen at a state agency unless it were to occur “after hours”. The president decided that the college never closes, so “after hours” was impossible, thereby bringing this social time to its demise.

Well, the Foundation has subsequently decided this event is important to the fabric of our institution, and as a NON-STATE entity, it can have a function whenever it wants to help with its mission. Therefore, on February 26 from 4:00-6:00 pm in CC2-261, the Foundation cordially invites employees to attend the “President’s Pub (brought to you by the Cascadia College Foundation)”. Make sure you’re done with work; understand there is a 2-drink limit (and non-alcoholic beverages are also provided); and come enjoy the company of your co-workers.  The Foundation will distribute some information on its current activities and future plans. How exciting is this???


As you know, we celebrated Marion’s long tenure with Cascadia yesterday. Her departure leaves a vacancy at the welcome desk. Cascadia will cover this position by hiring an additional customer service specialist 3 for enrollment services. All of the customer service specialists will share responsibilities for working at the Kodiak Corner desk AND the welcome desk. In the interim, all questions should be referred to Kodiak Corner until our new system is in place.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 1-26-18

The highlight of my week was the DIA. As I walked around during team meetings and the skill building workshops, I heard people engaged and enthusiastic.  Thank you for your participation.  Your ideas about our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus will be synthesized and turned into something actionable.  We’ll report back as soon as we have an idea of where we’re headed.

I’m not sure you would call it a highlight, but I spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Olympia. Monday was with Trustee Roy Captain for a New Trustee Orientation; Trustee Janet McDaniel joined us in the evening on Monday for the Transforming Lives Scholarship dinner.  Tuesday was spent lobbying with UWB and then beginning my monthly presidents’ meeting, which spilled over into Wednesday.

The top 3 topics of interest at the state level:

  • The supplemental capital budget. I’ve been working on that one. I am still hopeful that CC4 will be in the bill.
  • Running Start legislation. I’ve been asked to testify next Monday on the costs of that program.
  • ctcLink…we are still waiting to hear if we are in the next group to move forward.

We spent LOTS of time on these topics.

The Foundation Board meets today and is continuing to do good work. Scholarship season is here and the deadline for submission is March 2.  Please get the word out to students and direct them to the webpage.  There is a link in the main header (the rotating feature) of the homepage.

Activities next week include a return visit to Olympia on Monday and my second Cavoline TED talk on Wednesday about Student Loan Indebtedness. I hope to see you there (noon, CC2-170).

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 1-19-18

It’s been a whirlwind of a week and I don’t see the end of it just yet. Welcome to Friday…I hope we have a great weekend…and here’s the update:

The Trustees met on Wednesday. I received my evaluation…and they voted to renew my contract through 2022.  (That makes me happy.)  The Trustees also visited the Bock Learning Center and received a tour from Lindsay Burke.  They were completely impressed by the growth and professionalism of the unit.  Kudos to Lindsay and her staff for leading one of our highly-valued resources on campus.  Nice job.

The Trustees heard from Catherine Crain, Sharon Saxton, Natalie Serianni, and Gene Taylor about their sabbaticals last year and from Sarah Leadley, who gave a presentation on the Library. They were also updated on ctcLink, the Campus Master Plan, and CC4 and CC5. As I said, we have a lot going on and I enjoy keeping the board informed. We have tremendous assets at Cascadia.  (We are fortunate.)

I will be in Olympia next week on Monday with Trustee Roy Captain as he goes through the State Board’s Trustee Orientation. (Grant us patience.)  Following the all-day orientation, Trustee Janet McDaniel will join us for a dinner with Senator Guy Palumbo and our Transforming Lives Scholarship nominee LaShanta Sealy.  The five of us will be joined by the trustees, legislators, and student nominees from all 34 colleges in the state.

The next two days are also in Olympia as I meet with legislators and have my monthly presidents’ meeting. The meeting with legislators will be conducted jointly with UWB in our first attempt to lobby jointly. (Wish us luck.)

I’ll be back on Thursday in time for our DIA. You can find the agenda here and I hope to see you there.  We are using this day to help guide us as to our next steps with regard to diversity and equity on campus.  Your input is highly valued.  We want to make sure that this remains a priority, yet we also want to think strategically. (It’s gonna be a good day.)  As a side note, I’ve been holding onto this handout regarding LGBTQ allyship.  Given the topic of next week’s DIA, I thought it might be appropriate to share it with you now.  Click here.

Finally, we had two great workshops last week on generational differences. They were conducted in my Cavoline TED Talk series.  Several folks have requested the link to the TED Talk, so it is provided here.  Thanks for the participation; they were fun discussions.  As a Gen-Xer, I am an action-oriented Do-er (or so they say).  It makes sense…just look at this week’s letter.  I think I need to program in some down time.  I hope you do so as well.  =)

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 1-12-18

As promised, I was in Olympia this week on two separate days. Monday was spent in 7 legislative meetings, mostly with Representatives of the House, lobbying for the addition of 5 projects to the capital funding list.  The last project would be our own, CC4.  There was generally good reception for this addition.  My case:  by funding this facility, we move forward with building capacity at Cascadia, thereby allowing us to increase enrollment, thereby allowing us to get more students to UW (since we’re the best Transfer College in the state), thereby allowing us to meet the workforce needs of our region.  They bought it.

When I’m in Olympia, I “home base” in Senator Guy Palumbo’s office. His aides like me; I bring them Dr. Pepper.  I also responded to a comment by Senator Palumbo about the fact that he has more purple in his office (UWB) than blue (Cascadia).  Vicki and I hatched a plan.  We ordered 3 dozen helium filled blue balloons for me to put in his office.  As I carried the balloons into the State Capital building, two very nice, but persistent, State Troopers said I could not bring balloons into the building.  Even with all my charm and Dr. Pepper, I could not get around them.  The balloons therefore ended up at the sundial in the middle of the legislative campus.  See the picture.  We still got points with Senator Palumbo…it’s now a story that goes into the books.

Yesterday was my second visit to Olympia. I testified before the Senate Ways and Means committee about the capital funding list.  I hopefully made a compelling argument about the projects (see “my case” above).  On January 23rd I return to Olympia with Kelly Snyder from UWB.  She and I will jointly lobby the decision makers for our funding so that we can sync the building of UW4 with CC4, making the projects more cost-efficient for both of us.  This could be the first of many steps the legislature takes to demonstrate support for the co-location and the efficacy of our relationship.

Two other things of note this week.

Thanks to those who attended my TED talk on generational differences. This is a part of our Cavoline opportunities for building inter-cultural competence.  The two sessions were well-attended with great conversation.  I appreciate your attendance and look forward to the next talk on student loan indebtedness.

This week I also began in earnest my Trustee-approved research project. I am spending the next 8 months in a 3-step process to determine the most viable means by which we can increase our revenue outside of the legislative funding mechanisms of tuition and state-support.  Step One is to meet with all of the city administrators in our district to see how they might directly help the college financially.  As well, they will tie me in with the 5 most entrepreneurial business leaders in their communities to come to a summit on campus (Step Two) to determine our commodities and opportunities for revenue development.  Step Three involves a summit for our legislative leaders to have them help change policy and support these revenue ideas.  At the end of the project. I will evaluate the costs and benefits of the ideas and propose some new objectives to the Trustees about how we might generate more revenue.  My goal is to increase the operating budget by $2M, or 10% of our budget.

I’ve completed four city administrator meetings (as of noon today) with four more to come. After I’ve collected ideas from the cities and the business leaders, I will be hosting an open forum with campus to solicit your opinions of these ideas and to hear YOUR ideas.  I am excited about the process.  It is systematic and I am hopeful will we find something.  As a result of our Coffees for Three, I developed this project because, after hearing from you, I realized we can no longer wait for the legislature to meet our needs.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 1-5-18

Welcome to Winter Quarter. Let’s be thankful that we are not in the same blizzard situation as the east coast.  Although it’s been a short week, I know that everyone has been extremely busy.  Thanks to the help desk volunteers, the Kodiak Korner staff, and the International Programs staff who have done extra duty this week.

We know we’re full and enrollment is good. On Wednesday we received a message that all on-campus parking lots were full by 10:30am and that the Truly Shuttle was being heavily utilized.  I am hopeful that the $29M loan to build new parking will be authorized by the legislature this month and we can proceed with those projects.

Legislative activities have consumed most of my time this week. Tuesday night was a Kenmore send-off for the 46th district legislators.  Wednesday night was a send-off for the 1st district legislators (which we hosted with UWB, the City of Bothell, and our student governments), and yesterday morning was an entire eastside breakfast with legislators.  From all of these events, what have I learned?

I’ve learned that there is momentum to add a few more dollars to the capital budget this session to fund the community colleges’ construction list as far down as our project. If we indeed receive our $3.5M in design money in the next 2 months, our Best Case Scenario is to open CC4 by January 2022 (4 years from now).  I’m not sure if “construction project” and “best case scenario” have ever been used in the same sentence before, but we can hope.

There are other initiatives being discussed about raising full- and part-time faculty salaries and adding conversion faculty positions to each community college, but I don’t have a prediction on their outcomes. I will be lobbying for those things however when I am down in Olympia this quarter.  My first visit is on Monday when I’ll be meeting with a least 7 different legislators to review Cascadia’s and the system’s priorities.

I want to conclude today with interesting and happy news about the success of our baccalaureate students in Sustainable Practices. I’m quite happy that within 6 months of graduation we have students doing this kind of work:

  • Sales Associate at Recology in Bothell
  • A student launched his own company offering regulatory and sustainability consultation for the cosmetics industry.
  • Sustainability Educator at City Growers in Brooklyn, NY
  • Employee Transportation Specialist with Swedish Medical Center
  • Parks Maintenance employee with Carlsbad (CA) Parks and Rec
  • Solar System Designer with Artisan Electric

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 12-8-17 (guest author)

Dr. Murray is off this week and requested that I sub as a guest lecturer, so this week you get an exciting HR addition of the Friday letter!! As you all know, there is nothing more exciting than Human Resources…

It’s hard to believe that it has been 6 months since I joined the Cascadia team; it has been a blur. Thanks to all of you for being so welcoming and friendly. It didn’t take long for me to feel at home here. I have done my best to meet all of you and I apologize if we have not had time to chat, please feel free to stop by the HR offices anytime and say hello.

In this special HR addition, I wanted to accomplish two things:  tell you a bit about myself and provide a brief update on one area that has been at the top of my list since coming aboard, Title IX.

About me: Who is Martin “Marty” Philip Logan? (Side note: I had many people in high school who did not know my last name, it was always just “Marty”).

  • A native of the Pacific Northwest – I have lived here almost my entire life within about 5-15 miles of the College. No reason to leave because, so far, I have not found a better place in the country.
  • A huge Seattle Sport fan – any team, you name it. Big win last Sunday for the Hawks, hopefully you are sporting your blue Friday gear today. Looking forward to watching the Sounders rematch of last year’s MLS cup tomorrow.
  • A career HR professional – some past roles include: many years in customers service management, HR Consulting with Waldron (Seattle based firm), recruiting with the Seattle College District, and HR Director at North Seattle College.
  • A lifelong learner – I am always looking to expand my skills and knowledge. As far as my formal credentials go, I have an AA from Edmonds CC (also spent some time at Shoreline), a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from U-Dub, and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Seattle U. I also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) a Career Transition Consultant.
  • Family focused – both my wife and I have most of our family in the area and we enjoy spending time with all of them whenever we can. We also have a rescue dog that has quite the personality. She is about 6.5 lbs and can run like the wind. Gold star for whoever can guess the breed. Hint: She is an unusual combination, with one breed associated with a bus line and the other with a Mexican fast food company.

About Title IX: What is it? Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Title IX has been a hot topic with the current administration. In September, Betsy DeVos, US Secretary of Education, announced she would be rescinding Obama’s Title IX sexual assault guidelines. The Department of Education will need to engage in a formal process to make any changes. This has not been done yet. For the time being, the College will maintain the Discrimination Complaint Procedure recently adopted by our Board of Trustees. This procedure outlines how Cascadia handles Title IX complaints. It is based on a model policy created by the Attorney General’s Office and has been vetted by our legal counsel. You can view all the information here:

Cascadia just sent seven employees to a Title IX training at Bates Technical College. We hope to use this additional expertise to further define our processes moving forward.

Thanks for your time and have a great weekend. GO HAWKS and Scarves UP!


Friday Letter, 12-1-17

I hope everyone had a safe and joyful Thanksgiving holiday. We are now fast approaching the end of the quarter and I know that grading, student anxiety, and preparations for next quarter are on the rise.

Some updates:


The Coffee for Three program is winding down. I will have my last set of coffees the week of December 11.  I intend to publish an abbreviated version of my notes so folks can get a general sense of the kind of feedback I received.  As well, Deans, Directors, and the Executive Team will receive the detailed version so that we can attempt to start integrating suggestions into our daily work.  Thanks to all who participated.


When I went around with the Green Bucket this quarter, I distributed 109 Star Wars trading cards. I know some of you were coerced into taking them, but thanks for playing along!  As I mentioned, two of the cards hold special value.  If you are in possession of one of these cards, you are the winner of a $15 gift card to Starbucks.  You can redeem your gift card with Vicki in my office.  The winning cards are…

And this should make total sense given we’re an educational institution…

One card with a RED boarder and one card with a GREEN boarder that say…


I’ll announce the winners once we know who they are and then THEY can take you to coffee.


I have been in Bellingham since Wednesday night at the monthly Presidents’ meeting. We have discussed a range of topics mostly focusing on how we can increase compensation through successful lobbying with the legislature.  The business meeting is about to begin this morning. We’ll see what that brings.


I will be out of the office all of next week as I undergo my second and final eye surgery. Healing from the first surgery is progressing nicely.  The last 3 weeks have been hard as I see very differently out of each eye for the moment.  And, interestingly, I see colors differently out of each eye; my UNcorrected eye has a sepia tone while colors are brighter with my corrected eye.  No wonder my spouse and I have disagreed on color choices for the last 11 years.  Meagan will be the acting president in my absence next week and I look forward to seeing you in your true colors when I return.


A shout out to Erik Tingelstad who holds the title of our “College in the High School” administrator. We received a letter from the State Board last month with accolades for our program.  This program involves support from across the college, including faculty members and those who help with registration.  Erik is our main point of contact and I want to thank him and all those who contribute to making this program successful.  One paragraph in the letter reads:

The review committee commends Cascadia College for an overall solid CiHS program. We are encouraged by the quality and potential of this program to provide opportunities for Washington students seeking dual credit programs.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 11-17-17

A lot of great things happened this week.

As you may have heard, we are honored that Margaret Bock, a long-time friend of the college, gave a sizeable portion of her estate to the college upon her passing in 2016. Her scholarship endowment for students is approaching $1M and we will be helping students for generations based on her good will.  The Board of Trustees recognized Margaret and her late husband John this week by renaming our Learning Center to the “John and Margaret Bock Learning Center”, or the Bock Center.  We had a reception after the Board meeting this week to announce the resolution and celebrate Margaret’s life and contributions.  Thank you to Anne, Kari, Raquel, Shawn, and Vicki for helping with the reception and set-up for the Board meeting.

I hope you will join me in transitioning our vocabulary to call this space the Bock Center. In 2016-17, the Bock Center had over 1300 unique student visitors who returned multiple times resulting in over 10,000 student contacts.  I want to thank Lindsay Burke and her staff as well as all of the faculty facilitators who have helped to make this service successful.  It is probably our best retention tool and paramount to our students’ success.

Speaking of our students, I attended two school districts presentations this week about their new levies and bonds. The Lake Washington School district is now the 3rd largest in the state with over 29,000 students and 115 languages spoken by those students.  It has an 80% graduation rate compared to the state average of 60%.  The Northshore School District has 22,000 students who speak 96 languages.  It has a similar graduation rate.  Both districts have seen tremendous growth which is not slowing down.  Ultimately, this will feed into Cascadia’s growth as these students graduate.  One of the most frequent conversations in my Coffees over the last few months is how we will prepare for that growth.  Certainly, it is on the mind of leadership and we will spend much of the next few years preparing for CC4, full classes, appropriate staffing, parking and the other issues that come with growth.

I was around yesterday with the Green Bucket. Sorry if I missed you.  I was able to get to about half of campus and will try another round next week.  Most popular were the Star Wars trading cards I distributed.  There are 60 floating around currently with more to come next week.  Trade-up if you desire or come by if I missed you and you want one.  There is one very special card that I will announce in a couple weeks.  One of the purposes of the visit was to remind folks to sign up for Cavolines.  Please make sure to review the catalog:


discuss with your supervisor your options, and then sign up with the appropriate Cavoline leader.  Samantha Brown can answer almost every question about Cavolines if you have any.  Also, you will see the Annual Diversity & Equity Summary coming out soon. I hope you’ll take a chance to review ALL of our inclusion efforts as we attempt to coordinate the multiple initiatives underway this year.

To conclude, let’s celebrate one of our students:

Last week, the Activities Board (CAB) went to the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) West Regional Conference in Reno, NV.  It’s an opportunity for our students to network with students from two-year and four-year institutions across the western states, attend educational sessions about programming as well as leadership and see new/upcoming performers to bring to campus.

Ellie Boone, our CAB chair, won the award for Outstanding Programmer at a Two-Year Institution.  One of the comments from the nomination said:

“Ellie is someone who has embraced every leadership opportunity presented to her. She works hard every day to support her teammates, encourage other students to get involved, and to create a welcoming and inclusive campus experience for all students. Ellie really understands and values the importance of student involvement on campus and is planning on pursuing a career in Student Affairs.” 

We are proud of the hard work and time Ellie has put into Student Life and especially the Cascadia Activities Board.  When you see her on campus, help us to congratulate her.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 11-10-17

This Friday Letter is actually being posted on Wednesday. Friday is Veteran’s Day (more on that in a bit), and Thursday I will be off campus having the first of two eye surgeries.  To follow-up on a previous post, I have been approved to move forward with surgery.  If all goes well, I should be back to work on Monday with a corrected right eye.  I asked for them to change the color of my eye to Cascadia blue/gray. The left eye will be corrected a month later…to UW purple.  (And for those of you who take me always-so-seriously…I’m kidding about the color change part of that.)

But yes, I will be out for a few days hence the early posting of the Friday Letter.

This coming Monday, November 13, is the day we will post the Cavoline Catalog. I would like to urge you to review it and find a Cavoline to join.  Through my Coffee for Three program, I have been told over and over that this learning opportunity is one of the things that sets Cascadia apart.  We learn about inter-cultural competency so that we can be supportive of the employee and student experience.  I know it is “one more thing”, but I view it as a “critical one more thing” that helps define Cascadia’s commitment to Pluralism.  Thank you!

There are a couple of meetings this week that I think define Cascadia’s other commitments, namely transparency and collegiality. Today, the WPEA stewards and Cascadia management met to discuss how we can be most effective on the local level. Since the WPEA is represented at the state level and the college’s admin is represented by the Governor’s office, we asked those reps to come\ talk to us about the kinds of discussions we can have locally vs. those that need to go through “the machine”.  As with the faculty union, the WPEA members on campus and the administration have embraced an informal “interested-based” approach to problem solving.  We learned today how to make that more effective since it is often not the methodology employed in state negotiations.

And then tomorrow, the executive team (minus me), the deans and many of the directors will be having a “planning retreat”. We realized this summer just how many priorities we have going on and that none of them are coordinated with the others.  This planning retreat will put many of the managers in the same room with four-year calendars outlining over a dozen priorities.  They will be working to see where there is overlap, capacity, overload, and impossibilities.  We have to start thinking with an integrated systems approach if we want to accomplish everything on our plate. To do so, we need to get all of the players and all of the priorities in the same room, and then sort out how to get it done.

Because of our small size, we have the burden of too many things to do, but we also have the good fortune of being able to work through these things together.

As I said, Friday is Veteran’s day. I hope that you take a moment to reflect on the lives, challenges, families, sacrifices, and dreams of our vets, especially the 120 of those who study with us at Cascadia.  I am proud of our Veteran’s Resource office and the staff and faculty who support this group of individuals.

Have a great weekend. I hope to see you better on Monday.