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.
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…
(Suspense) OBI-WAN’S TEACHINGS.
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.