I hope the first week of classes went smoothly for everyone. I didn’t see too many lines anywhere, and even parking was a tad bit better than I’ve seen in years past. Twice this week I parked on the bottom floor where we now have Employee Parking rather than first floor Reserved Parking: once on Wednesday at 2:45pm and once on Thursday at 9:10am.
On Wednesday it took me an extra 35 seconds to walk down from the old reserved parking area to the new employee area and one extra minute to exit (no traffic, total extra time 1:35). On Thursday, it took me 2:36 to get down to the bottom, plus 40 seconds to walk up to the old reserved area (light traffic, total extra time 3:16).
I readjusted my attitude about the “convenience factor” and became more positive. A few extra steps and a couple extra minutes to enjoy the walk were not bad things. I’ll keep monitoring!
Next week will not only be another busy week with high student attendance, but we will also host the President’s group (WACTC) and the Presidents’ Assistant’s group (PACTC). In order to minimize traffic, we have decided to hold the meetings for both groups at McMenamin’s on Thursday. Both groups will be on campus on Friday with WACTC in CC3 and PACTC at the Northcreek Center. Thanks to Vicki for doing a tremendous amount of organization and to Kari for assisting. Both Vicki and I will be unavailable next Thursday and Friday as we host and attend those meetings.
Bowling got off to a grand start last week. Our 8 teams and 32 participants had a ball! Each week I’ll share a picture of one of the teams. This week’s picture is of my own team which includes (left to right) Deann Holliday, Erin Blakeney, myself, and Shawn Miller. We are team Space Balls, with a subtle nod to our Planet ctcLink campaign.
I wanted to congratulate the Yours Truly team. They had an impressive 3rd place finish this year for Overall Best Literary Magazine for Small Community Colleges, U.S. Western Division. This award is given by the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA). In their announcement, they stated, “Your students along with Faculty Advisor Courtney Putnam have really done an outstanding job, beating out dozens of competitors in your region. As a former magazine and journal editor, I know you deserve a lot of credit, putting together a publication of that magnitude is no easy task. Thank you for supporting Yours Truly.” Nice Job!
Finally today, our Foundation is offering the college community an opportunity to share your thoughts about the Foundation’s mission, programs, and performance. Your invitation to participate in a brief survey went out by email Monday from Survey Monkey. If you didn’t receive the invitation, check you junk e-mail folder. Or you can access the survey through this link. The survey takes about five minutes – and will remain open through Friday, October 5th. By completing the survey, your feedback will inform the Foundation’s strategic planning activities over the coming months. Please complete the survey by 5:00PM Friday – October 5th and by so doing you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25.00 gift card from Stopwatch Espresso. Mark Collins will share the results of this survey in the coming weeks and offer a second opportunity to help the Foundation focus on what’s most important to us, our students, and our community. Thank you in advance for participating – and helping the Foundation chart its course for the next few years.
Have a great weekend.