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.

Friday Letter, 11-3-17

The DIA…

I hope your Day of Inquiry and Assembly on Wednesday was worthwhile no matter which topic you pursued. I’ve heard from one person that the Undocu Ally training went well and I look forward to hearing from the Faculty & Staff of Color Conference participants.

For those of us in the emergency planning exercise, thank you! We are debriefing on two separate topics:  how we responded to the hypothetical incident, and if/when we do this type of exercise again how we’ll make it better.

We learned a lot about certain gaps, such as the need to identify “essential personnel”, a plan for bomb threats when the police are not able to assist, a plan for the orderly evacuation of campus, etc. We have collected the notes about how we responded to the incident and will work on them.

We also know that the incident will take a different shape with less available people to help, when the EOC is properly located in Husky Hall, and when we work with our partners at UWB. Again, we’ve collected the notes on how we executed the exercise and will make improvements.

Overall, I am pleased that everyone was exposed to the chaos of an exercise and that there is a general understanding now of how we will operate in an actual situation. Patience and practice are the keys.  Thanks to all…it was a productive day.

On a different note…

Huda Sarhan and I will be hosting this fall’s “Conversations on Current Issues” program next week on November 7. It is a part of the campus “Your Voice, Your Space, No Hate” campaign. The conversation will happen in the President’s Conference Room (CC2-261) from 12-1. This is a time for any student or employee to chat in a small forum about the struggles and worries that the current national climate brings to their lives. We have established a set of conversational guidelines for the forum. In our conversations at Cascadia, we…

  • Respect difference
  • Listen for understanding
  • Expect and accept non-closure
  • Focus content on community issues and climate
  • Give others the opportunity to share

The Committee on Pluralism and Social Justice, along with the executive team and college relations, has been promoting such conversations since last January when many of our students and employees felt vulnerable. We invite you or your students to attend.

Lastly, some praises for a successful event collaboration…

iUrban Teen is a STEM education program that encourages STEM careers for youth (predominantly male youth of color ages 13-18). Cascadia welcomed over 100 visitors to our campus on Saturday, Oct. 28 for STEM-O-Ween that included STEM workshops and other interactive education forums. The event included three workshops led by Cascadians: Craig Duckett (Karel the Robot – computer programming); Mohan Raj (Egg Drop – engineering); and Jodie Galvan (Parking planning with Google Earth & iMap). Initial comments after the first round of workshops were positive, and especially for our Cascadia team! Thanks to Sara Gomez Taylor for her coordination and organizing of the event and to the faculty/staff who were willing to come in on a Saturday to help promote Cascadia and integrated education.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 10-27-17

We are about half way through the quarter.  I hope the first part has treated you well.  My Coffees for Three continue; I’m meeting briefly with all of the tenure candidates for a check-in this quarter; the Board of Trustees has met twice; and I meet with the Foundation Board this morning.  Overall, we seem to be chugging along.

Next week, on Wednesday, we have our professional development DIA (Day of Inquiry and Assembly).  Ten of you will be going to the Faculty and Staff of Color Conference; thirty of you will be going to Undocu Ally training; and the remainder of us will be going through an emergency preparedness exercise.  Breakfast for those on campus will be served at 8:30.  Trainings on campus begin promptly at 9.

We have begun discussions in the executive team about hate speech, what it is, and what campuses have done in response to such speech.  It seems like every week there is an incident on a college campus somewhere. Like everything, the issue becomes complicated.  Legal definitions don’t always match our perceptions of what hate speech really is.  In order for us to be better prepared on how to handle literature or oral exchanges that we find offensive, we really need to know what the law allows or does not allow.  Next quarter we’ll start an educational series on hate speech so we are all on the same page and will know how to react when such circumstances present themselves.  For now, if you encounter something that you think is hateful, please contact Erin Blakeney or Meagan Walker.

Cavoline sign-ups are just around the quarter.  Look for an email from Samantha Brown and view the catalog.  Some of our options happen in Winter Quarter but will be repeated in Spring Quarter if there is enough demand.  There should be an opportunity that fits most people’s schedules.

My apologies to the Classified Staff.  I had to cancel our quarterly TED Talk scheduled for November 9 because it is now the day I am scheduled to have eye surgery.  My period of wearing glasses is almost over and I have been approved to move forward in the surgery process.  That’s good news for me.  And, for the classified staff, I will repeat my TED Talk as part of my Cavoline series in Winter and Spring.  You can catch it then if interested.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 10-20-17

I am always looking for the reminders of why I like working at Cascadia. Often, students’ stories inspire me.  I am also motivated by the successes of our faculty and staff.  I get particularly excited by new collaborations with UWB and our community partners.

Last week we hosted a conference for folks in the international student realm and one of our former employees, Chris Thomas, was in attendance. He sent me this letter after the conference.

Hi Eric –

I attended the AWISA conference at Cascadia this morning.  It was the first time I had been back since I left nearly 4 years ago, and frankly, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of how it would feel being back on campus.

A lot has certainly changed!  New buildings, new staff, etc.   But as I walked across campus, it felt exactly the same as it did 4 years ago – the same community feel, the same commitment to sustainability, the same focus on students – and I realized that the emotion I was feeling was gratitude.  I was thankful to see that while time has passed and much has changed, Cascadia has stayed true to its values.  I was thankful to see the International Programs lounge area vibrantly decorated and full of international students interacting with one another.  And I was thankful for all the good memories and opportunities I have taken with me from my time there.  I think Cascadia will always have a special place in my heart and it makes me really happy to see it doing so well.

My job as President allows me to leave campus, visit other campuses or Olympia, and then return. The feelings expressed by Chris are ones I feel every time I pull back onto campus.  Sometimes seeing what else is out there allows one to appreciate what is at home.  And I, like Chris, certainly appreciate being at Cascadia.  Thanks to Chris for sharing his thoughts.

One of this week’s “big events” was our monthly Board of Trustees meeting. A lot was accomplished, including the Board’s unanimous nomination of a student for the state-wide Transforming Lives award. We saw this student’s story at Convocation; LaShanta Sealy will compete in January against 33 other students for one of five scholarships.  Send positive thoughts to the awarding committee in Olympia!

If you keep up with the Board agenda or minutes, you might also know that we received a generous donation from one of our long-time donors who passed away last year. In recognition of the donor’s generosity, the Board is considering naming our Learning Center after this donor.  Here is an excerpt from the Board packet:

Shortly after marrying in 1949, John and Margaret Bock moved to the Totem Lake area. John was a salesman and Margaret a homemaker. In the late 1960’s when the extension of Interstate 405 was slated to run through their property, they sold their home and moved east beyond Redmond.

Before John’s death some twenty years ago, the Bocks talked frequently of sharing their good fortune with a student or students seeking a college education. Ms. Bock made a commitment to honor that vision.  Although the Bocks did not have children of their own, Ms. Bock decided to establish an endowed scholarship to help Cascadia students reach their dreams.  The endowment supports students who demonstrate academic success and are pursuing a degree in the sciences, math, or economics.  The endowment has funded multiple scholarships to date.

Ms. Bock established the endowment in 2007 with a gift of $107,000; the first awards were distributed in 2008. Over the last 10 years, Ms. Bock continued to make generous donations.  Upon her death last year, a portion of her estate was entrusted to Cascadia.  Creating the endowment, especially one of such significant size, has and will fund dozens of student scholarships each year for generations.

In honor of the Bock’s generosity, the college’s executive team and the Foundation Board recommend to the Trustees that, at the November Board meeting, the college name the institution’s learning center (currently located in CC2) as the John & Margaret Bock Learning Center, or simply the Bock Center.

The Bock’s desire to help students learn and achieve their goals is best represented by naming the learning center facility after them. The learning center continues to grow as a vital resource to students’ success with quality professional staff, tutors, and services.  It is an integral facility for Cascadia and will continue to grow and expand in importance as the college itself grows. 

As I said, I am inspired by our employees, our students, our community partners, and all that we do at Cascadia.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 10-13-17

The week has been routine.  I hope yours has been too.

The Navigators met on Monday for our first meeting of the academic year.  I updated them on parking, budget, and the master plan.  No new issues were brought up, so I encourage you to remember that the Navigators represent each campus constituency.  If you have a concern, chat with them and they will help try to resolve the problem or bring it to my attention if needed.  You can find your navigators here.

The Chamber of Commerce endorsed the Master Plan this week.  There is a public hearing next Tuesday when the City Council will hear comments on the plan.  While not everyone will be 100% happy with the outcome, we think is contains a fair amount of compromise and future thinking.  The UW Board of Regents met yesterday and gave their preliminary approval to the plan.  I’m happy about our partners, especially Kelly Snyder and Ruth Johnston at UWB.  They’ve been good stewards of this process and have kept Cascadia’s needs as a priority.  Our Board will have an in depth study session next week on the plan.

I met with state legislators at Google in Kirkland this week.  They affirm what we heard at WACTC:  there are a lot of needs during this legislative session and they are not sure how things will play out.  It reminds me that I need to stay in front of them, keep them informed of our needs, and constantly advocate for Cascadia and the CTC system.  I expect to be in Olympia regularly this winter.

Coffees for Three continue.  I have 27 more employees on the list that I still need to meet with.  Once we have finished with those meetings, I’ll put out a call for those folks we missed.  The process has been good and I appreciate the feedback.  Thanks for your patience in the process; I’ve had to postpone a few of them including one this week.  But I promise we’ll circle back.

Have a great weekend.



Friday Letter, 10-6-17

Hello from Wenatchee. I am here for the monthly presidents’ meeting.  The last time I had a “monthly” meeting was last May, so we have had a lot to catch up on.  Besides our workshop yesterday on “leadership & equity”, I also attended the legislative committee where I am the Vice Chair.  The leg committee worked with the budget committee to make sure we are clear on our five legislative funding priorities for next winter, we reviewed the students’ wishes based on their state-wide organization, and we talked about how we wanted to approach our legislators.  My work on these things will begin almost immediately next week as I look to meet with our local legislators to make sure we are on the same page.  I will share the five priorities after the State Board cleans up the document that outlines them.

I post the Friday Letter in the early morning and in a few minutes I will have a 4 hour “business meeting” with the other presidents where we will review the priorities from each committee and make decisions. More to come on that if there is anything earth-shattering. I can affirm however, that my role as an advocate for the college among the legislators continues to be crucial.  Funding stays limited, expectations get higher, and accomplishing our mission can sometimes be inhibited when the legislators make decisions in the dark.  I expect this year, like last, that I will be in Olympia a lot this winter.

On to other news:

We got a letter this week from Catherine Crain. Allow me to share it with you:

Thanks so much for the ceremony at convocation, the beautiful plaques and especially the memory book!   It means so much to have these notes from faculty and staff that I’ve worked with all these years!     

Could share my thanks with everyone at Cascadia?   I’ll continue to check my Cascadia email account periodically, but if folks want to get hold of me quickly, my comcast account is better.  I’m hoping to teach a class winter quarter, so see you then.

And thank YOU Catherine.

I’d also like to share with you a recent accomplishment for Soraya Cardenas. She was a keynote speaker over the summer at the SAI (Science And Information) Intelligent Systems Conference 2017.  You can see her interview here:

Finally, you may have heard some rumblings about Title IX (the federal gender equity law) and changes by the federal government. The “opportunity” that is now available to colleges is to opt for a burden of proof in sexual assault cases that is more stringent than guidance given by the Obama administration.  Colleges can opt for either level of proof, and we have opted to remain under the former administration’s guidance until mandated by law to do otherwise.  What also remains the same is our commitment to due process, equity, and thorough investigation in every case that comes before us.  We protect victims and the accused until we have enough information to make informed and good decisions.  For questions about this process, please see Marty in HR or Gordon/Erin in Student Success.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Letter, 9-29-17

Hopefully I have been successful at staying out of everyone’s way this week as classes have started. The halls are full, as is the parking lot.  I expect the next few weeks to be tough; hang in there and thanks for all you’re doing to support our students. I care about your safety, well-being, and health.


We had some rocky moments this week and last. There was a fire (technically a “smoke-related incident”) in the elevator machine room.  Something burned out, and this generated smoke.  By all accounts, the evacuation went well.  Unfortunately, the elevator is not fixable until next week causing classroom location shifts and accessibility issues.  The Deans or HR can help point you in the right direction if you come across a hurdle.  Reach out to us…we’ll try to figure a work-around as best we can.

Another incident involved a man who attempted to rob Stopwatch. He was unarmed and eventually arrested at the bus stop.  The quick thinking of staff in International Programs to hit the panic button helped get Campus Safety and the Bothell PD to respond timely enough to make a difference.  Sometimes though, when we see suspicious behavior, we are not keen on approaching the person in question and don’t know if it warrants the involvement of Campus Safety.  These gray areas happen all too often.

So…some advice: If you see something that doesn’t look quite right, AND you don’t want to approach a person yourself, AND you’re not sure if campus safety should be involved, then you have two options:

  1. Get a manager involved. A Director, Dean, or Executive Staff member is expected (by me) to help handle these types of situations. A second pair of eyes can help assess the situation. During this assessment and before you approach the suspicious individual, the two of you may decide to not approach at all and call campus safety. Either way, we should inquire or call someone who will.
  2. Err on the side of caution and simply call Campus Safety. They will gladly come out, be your second set of eyes and make an assessment.

Health & Awareness

I next want to remind folks that the executive team is continuing to work on compensation issues for non-represented units. Human Resources has begun their evaluations of job descriptions, collecting good comparators for our job classes, and analyzing the part-time hourly pay structure. All of this work will continue over the year and, as we assess and make decisions, we will formulate a standard for our campus. Much like we did with promotions last year, we are squarely working to determine a consistent model for compensation. Thanks for your patience and we’ll communicate more once the work is complete


Lastly, I want to spend a minute talking about hidden disabilities. Some of you may have noticed that in the hallway this week I have not recognized you until we are virtually on top of each other. There is a reason for this.   Starting this week I began wearing my glasses full time. When I was 13, I was prescribed to wear contact lenses due to an astigmatism. This condition is common, but I am at the extreme end of the spectrum. I usually wear my glasses only a few minutes each day before bed. I have only worn my glasses for more than one day once since I was in the 7th grade.   My contacts are rigid so as to hold my eye in a certain shape to see better. When I stop wearing those lenses, my eyes begin to change shape and my eye-sight deteriorates. Over this next week, I will begin having trouble reading and driving, even with my glasses. I have noticed that I am already having trouble recognizing people who are more than a few feet away from me and my peripheral vision is non-existent. Without the technology of contact lenses, I would eventually become legally blind. I am wearing the glasses for four weeks so that the eye surgeon can assess my eyes in their natural state. If all goes well, I will have surgery soon thereafter and be free of contact lenses. The glasses will remain for reading, but otherwise I hope to be good to go.

The vulnerability I have with my eyes has made me a long-time advocate for people with disabilities, hidden or otherwise. My disability reminds to me to be sensitive to others. I share this so as to remind you that many of us on campus may have similar issues. We should never assume. Learning disabilities, chronic pain, eyesight or hearing issues…such challenges can go unnoticed. I would encourage you to contact Catherine Calhoun (our Assistant Director of Disability Support Services) if you have questions, need some guidance, or want to learn more about how to work with students or colleagues with disabilities. As well, I have no problem talking about this issue, so you can ask me too. =)

Thanks for your support, hang in there, and have a great weekend.


Friday Letter, 9-22-17

Hello All –

I hope this pre-fall week has been productive with the least amount of stress possible. Thank you all for attending the workshops and Convocation.  Convocation was a bit rushed…and we knew it would be…so thank you for your patience.  We will continue to come back to the priorities of our institution throughout the year and keep you updated on the progress of each of them.

This week I wanted to focus the Friday Letter on our next all-employee gathering, the DIA on November 1.  For those of you new to campus, the DIA is our Day of Inquiry and Assembly…an all-employee professional development day.  Attendance at the morning 9-12 session is expected.

The term “all-employee gathering” is actually misleading for our November date. Not all of our employees will be there this time.  A large cohort will be attending a special all-day training for how to support undocumented students.  This Undocu Ally training sponsored by UW will be held here at Cascadia and still has spots available.  For employees inside and outside of the classroom, I invite you to contact Samantha to talk about your interest in this topic and to join the cohort.

A second cohort of employees will be traveling off-campus to the Faculty and Staff of Color Conference. They too will experience a longer term event designed to support the needs of employees of color.

Those of us NOT attending one of these two opportunities were going to be offered several workshop options on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. As was rightfully pointed out to me this week, these workshops are richer when a diversity of perspectives can be present.  With the Undocu Ally training and FSOCC going on, we automatically lose much of this diversity.  The executive team decided this week that we will postpone the Diversity & Equity DIA until Winter.  Some of you had volunteered to lead sessions during this DIA.  We still want you to do that…but now we need your expertise in the Winter.

In lieu of this topic, those of us remaining will participate in a different experience. On November 1 we invite you to gather at Mobius for breakfast at 8:30am.  At 9:00am, we will reveal a scenario that will test our ability to respond to a crisis.  Only a handful of us know the scenario, but those who attend will be assigned to a work group within our incident command structure.  We will spend two hours responding to the emergency and then one hour debriefing all of the issues that arose for us.  I can tell you that the scenario is timely and affects our ability to successfully operate classes and the campus.  Staff AND faculty will find their areas impacted by the emergency.  However, this is NOT a shooter-on-campus exercise.  We have developed something different.

No preparation is necessary for the DIA. A handful of us have had FEMA and Incident Command training, but the experience will rely on your insights about your departments and our academic mission.  Therefore, all should feel comfortable attending.  We hope that you will walk away with a better understanding of how we will stand up our emergency response system in the event of a crisis.  All of us present will have a role in an actual emergency, so the training is relevant to all who can come.

I’m looking forward to the energy brought by our students next week. I hope you are too.

Have a great weekend.