Tis the season! Now that we are on our 4-10 summer work schedule and closed on Fridays, the Friday Letter will land at your door steps on Thursdays. This particular letter mirrors the frenzy that has overtaken us these last few weeks as we wound up the academic year. That is to say, I’m covering vast and varied territory here.
Congratulations to our students. Last week’s commencement went off very well. And, congratulations to those responsible for putting the ceremony together. A special shout-out to Becky Riopel for her leadership, and Shandy Stomieroski and Kirk Heynen for their tireless work, and Jodene Anicello for an awesome speech. Thank you also to International Programs for the reception treats. Link to the 2018 Graduation photo gallery on the website.
In response to one of the comments we received on the CESS, we are introducing a new feature to the Friday Letters. Through the years there has been concern that only select folks get recognition in the Friday Letter for their work. Admittedly, I can only report on the things to which I am a part. There are certainly so many things that go on outside of my view that I don’t know about.
Therefore, there exists now the FLShoutout@cascadia.edu email. That’s the “Friday Letter Shout Out” email address you can use to send me a note on something extraordinary done by one of your colleagues, or point me to newsworthy items to be included in the Friday Letter. Please remember that I try to limit the Friday Letter to one page, so not all suggestions may be incorporated. There’s a fix for THAT coming too as we move toward launching go.cascadia. That platform will include a master calendar and homepage sections to spotlight important news and interesting features. Hopefully, these methods of communication, in partnership will keep everyone up to speed and recognized for the great work you do.
I’ll take this opportunity to point out another communication tool: Cascadia’s Report to the Community. This undertaking was financed by our Foundation. We haven’t produced one for several years, it’s nice to have it again as it allows us to showcase our college and students to our greater community. Please share the link with anyone who might be interested.
The Board of Trustees had its final meeting of the year last night. The Trustees approved our budget which will go into effect on July 1. Thanks to the Trustees for their participation in the various ceremonies over the last couple of weeks. As well, they have presided over a number of important issues from budget to tenure; I appreciate their support of the college.
On Monday, the rainbow flag will be raised on campus. UW Seattle, UW Bothell, and Cascadia have agreed to fly the flag for the week in recognition of gay pride. The annual pride festival culminates with Seattle’s Pride Parade on Sunday the 24th.
Next Tuesday, June 19, from 5:00-7:00 PM, the Bothell-Kenmore Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual community open house. This occurs every year in Mobius and there will be free wine and bites among the 40+ vendors hanging out at the event. I hope you’ll be able to attend for a few minutes before you head home.
As you embark on summer adventures in and around the college, thank you for a great year with lots of hard work. I leave you with this happy memory from our End of the Year Celebration.
Have a great weekend.
P.S. Marty played goalie for 15 years and says this is the only way he knows how to pose for photos.