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Seattle Colleges Convocation 2017

Seattle Colleges Convocation 2017


Hello and welcome everyone to the official launch of the Fall Quarter and the Academic Year. I am Cathy Lee Arcuino, executive director of International Programs here at North. Before we begin, let’s give a big round of applause to the Toucans Steel Drum Band who got us energized this morning. Listening to their music
made me imagine that I was on a tropical island somewhere off of the coast of
Thailand, so thank you for that. I know you’re not strangers to North, so
we are very glad you could be on campus today. We’d also like to thank the SCC TV
crew for taping this morning’s program. It is being live-streamed and will be
available afterward to those who are unable to join us today.
In addition we’d like to thank the Planning Committee for all their hard
work to plan today’s events, so let’s give everyone a warm round of applause. Just as a friendly reminder, please
silence your phone ringers so everyone can enjoy the program. If you want to
share some of the compelling points you’re bound hear during the program, as
well as during the breakout sessions, we encourage you to post it on social media
tagging @seattlecolleges and using the hashtag SeaConvo17. Again that’s
SeaConvo17. According to the dictionary Convocation in short means a
gathering of people for a meeting. However to me Convocation is more than
just that. It’s a time to reconnect with old colleagues and friends. A time to
meet new colleagues and make new friends. A time where we remember how each of us
contributes to our community, as well as the Seattle Colleges District
mission. An important time to reflect on how we are important for our students
and a part of their educational journey. Because not only are we teaching them,
but we’re also learning from our students. And lastly but not least
Convocation day is a time to pump it up for the academic year! So to get us
grounded for the day, I’d like to introduce Danielle Sewell she’s a
business faculty at Central and also teaches mindfulness at South in
continuing ed. She is going to lead us in a brief exercise and has practiced
mindfulness meditation for ten years. It was at the business school at MIT where
she really saw a great need for a safe place in an otherwise stressful
environment. This morning she’ll lead us in a short exercise to
help bring us into the present and set the tone for our program in this new
year. Thanks Cathy Lee. Welcome everyone! So
just think of, you can think of these next few minutes as just something for
you. So nothing to do, no obligation, no, kind of, place you need to get to, or
thing you need to think about. Just a moment to really take a break. So I want
to invite you to start by just allowing the body and mind to relax. So if it’s
helpful to minimize distractions you can close your eyes or just look down. And
take a few deep breaths. And as you breathe out you might imagine the body relaxing. As you breathe in, allowing thoughts and
plans to fall away. Conversations, to-do lists, plans. Just setting that aside for
a few moments knowing that it doesn’t need to be figured out right now. I’m first tuning into the sounds in the
room. I’m seeing what you notice. And then bringing your awareness in a
little closer to your own head and face. What are you experiencing there? So you
might notice the area around the eyes, the brow. You might notice tension there.
If so, you can invite it to relax or just let it be as it is. The head and the face are connected to
the neck and the shoulders, so moving your attention down to the neck and the
shoulders, what’s present for you there? Again, you might notice the feeling of
the muscles, tension, or calm There’s no thing to do or right thing to notice just whatever is present for you. The shoulders and neck are connected to
the torso and the core, so bringing your attention to your core. You might notice
the breath in the belly. The core is connected to the legs, and
the seat, and the feet, so you might sense the pressure the weight of the body in
the chair. Perhaps you notice your feet on the
ground. Now expanding your awareness to the
whole body, in the chair or standing, see if you can have a sense of the whole
body in the room. So here we can see that it’s not so much
a collection of individual parts but connection all connected to a whole. So
nothing can work individually, but all of the parts are necessary for the whole to
work. All the parts support us in moving around and caring about our day… standing, walking, doing the tasks that are important to us. So now I’d invite you to take a moment
to turn your attention to your service, the gift you give to students, faculty,
staff, the community. Each of you has a service, a gift. What is that? Taking a moment to recognize that gift
that you give. And last, expanding your awareness to the
whole. How your service fits into the service and the gift that the Colleges
here give to students, to employees, to the community at large. Each of us is
necessary and yet each of us needs the rest. We’re connected to the whole. So
just taking three more breaths here for yourself. And when you’re ready opening
your eyes returning to the room. Thank you, and have a great Convocation
and a great school year. Thank You Danielle! What I was thinking
about during that exercise is that since this week is International Student
Orientation, we’ve had many international students on campus. At first when they’re
looking quite lost, they’re a bit nervous and shy. But then knowing that in a few
weeks they’re gonna be more comfortable, confident, and have that feeling about
“I’m cool, don’t worry, I got this.” So for all of you that see international students on campus and our new students who come on campus, please remember to help them feel welcome and to help them get that feeling of knowing
that they’re cool and they got this. So before we go any further I need to tell
you that in case of an emergency we will evacuate out these double doors.
We will then turn right, go down the stairs and go to the northeast parking
lot. Since we have a full morning and it’s very jam-packed, let’s go ahead and
start with introductions and get this Convocation party started. With me on stage are Louise Chernin, chair of the Board of Trustees, vice chair Steve Hill, trustee Teresita Batayola, Chancellor Shouan Pan. Trustee Carmen Gayton sends her regrets that she is unable to join us today. Members of the district leadership team are in the front row. As I call your name please
stand. Central President Sheila Edwards Lange.
North President Warren Brown. South Interim President Peter Lortz. Maureen Shadair, Interim Dean of Instruction & Community Partnerships. Kurt Buttleman, Vice Chancellor for Finance & Technology. Dave Blake, Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer. Let’s give another round of applause for
everybody on stage as well as our guests. And now I would like to introduce the
leader, of who I moved all the way from Pittsburg, Kansas to work for, my boss the
President of North Seattle College, Warren Brown. Great! Thank You Kathy Lee! And I want to welcome everyone to North Seattle College for a Convocation 2017.
I have a question first to start off. I’m curious how many people today it’s the
first time you’ve been in the Roy Flores Wellness Center. Raise your hand if you
may. Wonderful! So no matter if this is your first time here at North Seattle
College or if you are a returning employee, North Seattle College, really
like the Seattle College District, always tries to reflect change and lead change.
And speaking of change what I wanted to do was kind of look three years to our
past. So going back to 2014, and also three years into our future. So 2020. So in 2014 you were here at North Seattle College for our
Convocation and at that time you helped North Seattle College open our Human
Services Health Sciences Student Resources building, so our HSSR building.
And today for lunch you will also be in that same building. So that was three
years ago when you were here at North Seattle College. Now looking three years
into the future it’ll be 2020 when you all come back to North Seattle College.
2020 will be important year for North Seattle College as that will be our 50th Anniversary, and we’re really excited that you all will be here to
celebrate that with us. But beyond 2020 and the celebration of our 50th
anniversary there’ll be changes that are reflected in the broader North End the
light rail station may open early in 2020 so we’re excited by that also in
2020 there will be a pedestrian overpass bridge from the North Gate mall light
rail station to the College we’re looking forward to that as well but also
what you will find in 2020 is assuming the state has a capital budget and we’re
kind of not holding our breath but we’re optimistic that will happen North has a
32 million dollar major renovation of our library building which is a hundred
thousand square foot building and by 2020 we hope that there will be advanced
work happening to get the library building up to the state of the art for
our students and for our staff so that’s looking three years in the past looking
three years in the pret in the future but I do need to talk about convocation
2017 so as the as a host College the the president of the horse College we’re
always asked to say a few words about the college and you know that’s very
difficult for a college president to only say a few words spend a short
amount of time to highlight the wonderful things that are happening on a
college campus here at North Seattle College so what what I decided to do is
I would engage the Chancellor because I know he’s he’s into data so I thought
well if I only have a few minutes let me try to persuade him that I need a lot of
time so what I decided to do is I have six slides that I’ll share with you in
just a bit and you know they say that a picture’s worth a thousand words so I
figured six slides that’s what about six thousand words right and then if you
figure out how many words goes into a page that’s about 12 pages of
double-spaced text so I told the Chancellor I need at least 30 to 40
minutes just to brag about everything that’s going on here at North and you
know the Chancellor gave me this this funny
look and I and I realized that he was really trying to save face for me
because the reality is the Chancellor and many of you know that if I speak for
more than five minutes I have that smooth jazz voice you know the the
late-night radio voice that will lull you to sleep so I think the Chancellor
was afraid that if I speak for more than five minutes my smooth jazz voice will
lull you to sleep and and I think that’s actually one of my superhero powers is I
can make you comatose so but the Chancellor didn’t tell me just keep it
to five minutes you didn’t tell me that instead he kind of looked at me and I
knew he was trying to come up with some excuse for me to keep it short so I can
say face and he said Warren you need to keep it short because of achieving
system integration and like what does ASI have to do with my speech I I don’t
know but but that was rational I think he was making sure that I kept things
moving so for ASI I will keep it short and I have slides to share with you
about some of the highlights that are happening here at North CL College in
2017 so the first slide North Seattle College like many of our colleges in the
districts we’re always trying to be responsive with our instructional
programs and you could see that we have three new programs coming online and
we’re really excited for that and I just want to take the moment right now to
acknowledge the faculty the deans the administrators have been responsible for
generating these new programs can you just raise your hands and be
acknowledged please come on raise your hand
yup there you go wait thank you so the next slide moving
towards my five minute timeline here one thing I’m really proud of is this summer
I had an executive team retreat and one of our major missions there was to
construct a non instructional program review process we put a lot of time into
it and we’re proud to say that we have finalized it and we’re one of only a
handful of colleges in Washington State that have not only an instructional
program review process but a non instructional program review process so
since we have board of trustees on on the stage here I need to explain why
there’s beer in the bottom right corner of this picture so that the beer I
assure you the beer came after the meeting after we put together this new
non instructional program review on that oh yeah so craft beer program is the
suggestion that maybe we should go for that all right the next slide North
Seattle college you know we have great IT and web staff here there is a picture
of Nico we unveiled our brand-new website and I don’t know how many
computer monitors on his desk or the amount of time I was put by both Nico
and web services staff and IT to make it happen but Web Services staff and IT can
you raise your hands so you can be acknowledged for all of your hard work
for developing our new website thank you on the next slide this was the
first year that we had a brand new curriculum for Norris leadership
development we infused more content about budgeting in the budget process as
well as more content regarding working in a multicultural environment so this
is the group of our first graduates if the graduates are here today why don’t
you stand actually and let’s give you all around applause for being our first
group through that Leadership Development Institute right thank you
and the next slide the thirteenth year there have been so many people across
the Seattle College District certainly at South Central and north that are
moving towards expanding the thirteenth year we know what the City of Seattle is
support both North and Central will be able to add one high school into the
thirteenth year program I’ve worked really hard to develop relationships
with the principal for Ingram and that’s principal Martin flow and despite all
the time and effort that I put in to develop the relationship with Martin
flow and Ingram which will be our 13th year school for some reason I decided to
share the silly set of pictures with you all so I think I may have just lost that
partnership that I have devoted so much time to so there’s Martin floweth if you
know him he’s a great supporter of what we do in the community college system
and of course in North Seattle College but please tell him you did not see the
picture of him making fun of himself up there all right next slide and this is
the final slide North Seattle College like Central or South there’s so many
successes that happen with our students and it’s it’s hard for us to share all
the powerful stories of what we do to change their lives and what they do to
give us life as we work in the college system so this is just highlighting one
particular student group this is the the rocketry Club at North Seattle College
resourceful group you can see from the text that they were one of three
community colleges that competed in this international rocketry competition we
actually believe that they won but there is just a slight variation of a few feet
where they became the second-place clubs so really proud of the resourcefulness
and the excellence of our students they were so resourceful resourceful they ran
out of money for their club and they they hit up several members of the
administrative team to find the more money for their travels and to support
their rocketry so it’s wonderful to see the great work that our students do and
I just need to say a little bit about each one of the students so the student
that’s to the left of the rocket he’s actually moved on to the University of
Washington and we’re really happy that he chose to come to North Seattle
College and the student that is on your far left that has a red hat on
he’s actually at Seattle University right now and so we’re really proud of
his success as far the other students that you see in the picture you know
I’ve been told they’ve now been hired by North Korea to help their program okay I
had it I had to go there okay I had to go there okay well that’s highlighted a
few things at North Seattle College again is so so that’s highlighted a few things at
North Seattle College and again it’s really not just about North Seattle
College because it could be Seattle Central or South Seattle up here there’s
so many successes that are happening because of the work that all of you do
so thank you for coming to convocation 2017 and again welcome to North Seattle
College representatives from our employee unions are also here with some
brief remarks please welcome type se president of the local Washington
Federation of state employees annette Stoffer president of the American
Federation of Teachers and Bob Sullivan presidents of the aft SPS good morning I want to start by giving
thanks to all of our hard-working staff we’ve made today possible often our
members and facilities maintenance engineering and food services don’t get
the credit that they deserve convocation is the time for us to come convocation
is the time for us to come together celebrate our accomplishments and find
inspiration for the coming year I truly wish everyone here today the very best
but I want to inspire us to find a new focus if we look to our faith
communities our traditions of wisdom and our best academic research there’s
really four key pillars a personal meaning belonging a relationship with
friends family and community purpose the service that we provide to the world ah
those transcendent moments where we see the world larger than us and finally the
stories that we all tell about our own lives I want to encourage all of us to
nurture our relationships with colleagues we spend far too much time
together to really waste that time by holding on to conflicts I want us to not
lose sight of our purpose think about those moments where we’ve seen students
come back to say hi the moment where they walk across the stage at
commencement or the thank you that we’ve all received cherish those moments
remember to occasionally step back and think about our lives we can all change
the stories that we tell about ourselves and we should all acknowledge what we’ve
lost what we’ve gained and also what the goals that sustain us are we’ll need
this strength on some coming year we’ll face challenges such as district
integration budget concerns and also the changing field of education we’ll need
the strength to work together to come up with a plan together our differences are
our strengths and everyone has a voice however this will take participation
from all of us no one is without value and everyone is needed in this so I
would encourage all of us to get involved in committees on campus
oops in the community actively participate in your Union and help make
these solutions for our incoming year thank you so much good morning on behalf of aft Seattle
Community College’s local 1789 welcome back I’m Annette Stouffer president of
our faculty Union this is not the same world as one year ago when we came
together for convocation most days it feels like we’re in a topsy-turvy
reality attacks on things that we hold dear come one after the other with no
time to catch a breath before the next one attacks on unions are not new but
the ferocity of what lies just ahead is and we had best not ignore it so-called
right-to-work legislation and a challenge in the Supreme Court require
us to prepare and organize our very existence depends on it as a child who
loved Star Trek these attacks bring to mind the Borg
they attacked mercilessly wherever they went they were Androids without
conscience who forced implants into their victims and assimilated their
bodies and minds into a collective they erased the free will and individual
voices of those they encountered their ominous warning as they attacked was
resistance is futile in so many episodes that seemed true and I have to admit
that there were times I was fearful that the Federation leaders that I watched
week after week would fall into their clutches of course they ultimately
prevailed against the Borg they combined the genius of individuals to formulate a
plan then all were united in their commitment to carry out the plan they
not only survived they turned back the Borg and were more resilient than before
we in our unions can and must use our best ideas to resist the attempts of
those who have set out to undermine us we need to call out right to work for
the lie that it is and be committed to being
stronger and more resilient no matter what comes along resistance is not
futile and we’ll see you in the trenches thank you I have to find my spot here in the here
we go my name is Bob Sullivan I am president of aft Seattle professional
staff locals 6550 the aft Seattle Pro staff union was formed two years ago to
address the needs of professional staff to organize in order to achieve some job
security and respective work in the beginning the district had almost no one
on the bargain in the bargaining unit we turned around and had almost everybody
in the bargaining unit and that eventually was established with aft
Washington and Kirk and the district in April of 2017 we had 185 folks in the
unit we now have 167 so three or four people leaving the roster in any given
month is nothing new but losing 18 is quite a big number another concern is
not being notified when the department is being reorganized when workflow has
changed we need to be sure that work remains in the bargaining unit when new
positions are created then the union needs to be notified to help determine
where the work belongs we need your help to let us know when conversations begin
so we can work with college administration of to facilitate change
equitably in October we’ll be going back to the table to negotiate another
contract there were campus meetings in August to
help us develop a survey to determine the priorities of the bargaining unit in
negotiating this contract to vote on this new contract you must be a member
in good standing representative fee payers do not get to
vote if you are not sure of your status please contact us union work is
difficult and often thankless union leaders and representatives do not
receive additional salary for the serving on the executive board
administering the contract we do it because solidarity in our bargaining
unit in connecting with our sisters and brothers and aft Seattle and wif c3o for
our key to building a community and trust between one another I’d like to
thank tine Annette for all their great work on behalf of their
unions I know we all have challenges ahead by working together we can get
through them and come out stronger than ever both as a union as and as a
district I wish each of you a great year and thank you for your support to sum up the essence of the trustees
lifelong learning awards I’d like to say a quote from Leonardo da Vinci learning
is the only thing the mind never exhausts never fears and never regrets
so here to present the awards are the Board of Trustees chair Louie Cernan and
vice chair Steve Hill thank you so much I’m really delighted to be here today
with my with my fellow trustees and the presidents and all the staff and faculty
and and dr. pan for me and Kathy thank you for all your help and I know
prodding when I need any help the fall is a start and and I can’t think of a
better place to start especially all the people who reference the hard times that
we’re facing to start by being in a room of such changemakers such powerful
people who are shaping and molding and opening hearts and minds and giving
people skills to succeed and vision and hope for the future so I just wanted to
personally thank every one of you for what you do every day to make a
difference because really we are the answer to all the toxicity that’s out
there I wanted to this award I’ve never this
is my first time presenting and it’s my first time at convocation so I’m very
excited to be here the trustees lifelong learning award is
made in recognition and support of the importance of continued intellectual and
professional growth of all members of the Seattle colleges conceived
twenty-five years ago as a means of rewarding excellence its primary purpose
is to encourage faculty staff and administrators to value and actively
pursue learning for learnings sake the awards are intended for costs associated
with professional association meetings conferences professional development
classes college coursework and similar activities which would enhance the
awardees individual intellectual and professional development and for those
who spend so much time preparing for your classes and teaching for your
classes we all do know and you have other lives what it means to go to all
these extra things to enhance your professional growth as well as prepare
you to really prepare our students so it’s very special thanks for taking that
time each of today’s recipients will receive $1500 towards that goal
the awards a special meaning because the nominations came come from each of you
from the colleagues of the people receiving the awards for the
accomplishments that you are recognizing some of their work will be highlighted
in today’s program they also have some words of inspiration for the start of
the academic year and some of us will be will be speaking those words the first
person I want to bring up here and congratulate is PAC lei information
technology specialist at Siegel Center come on up thank you so much you’re
going to see come on I’ll pack just this you’ll see in the program you can stay
here for me you’ll see in the program that pack was
a student before he joined the staff at Siegel Center I know there are a number
of employees here who have stayed on to work for Seattle colleges after
completing their studies what an amazing tribute that is by the way as a senior
member of the district IT team PAC is tasked with taking complex processes and
creating productivity enhancing solutions he is also responsible for
managing vast amounts of complex data for the district and assists in making
it usable and meaningful for staff and students PAC says and I quote every one
has a unique quality admire yourself and do not be jealous or envious of others
congratulations Pat and now Steve good morning I’m pleased to be here this
morning and like Louise I want to say that these lifelong trusty lifelong
learning learning awards are a highlight of our sort of our yearly process we go
through as trustees and I look forward to reading about the outstanding
accomplishments of people and being engaged in the process of selecting them
I’m I’m here today to give an award to Paul Mercer an who cannot join us today
but we’d like to erect recognize him with an award Paul is taking a leadership role role
was that way presenting his experiencing teaching twice a year at the Carnegie
Foundation in California he has won numerous awards for helping students
succeed in pre-college math he has also been featured in the Seattle Times as a
guest editorialist before his article Y statistics is a good alternative to
teaching pre-college math congratulations Paul Thank You trustee Hill now let’s let’s
bring up Betty Williams Betty is the parent education program
coordinator here at North Betty has been with the district for 27 years how
fortunate for us it yeah that does deserve applause in her career she has
made an impact on thousands of educators her main job being educating hundreds of
parents every year so they can build healthier families and communities she
also oversees more than 40 preschool co-op classes along with classes at
community childcare centers Seattle public school partnership classes and
parenting support at local homeless shelter programs I’m gonna quote Betty
now as she says as a parent education instructor and social justice advocate I
have found inspiration from these two women and I think their names you will
be familiar with and probably have been inspired as well by Maya Angelou it is
time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is
beauty and there is strength Marian Wright Edelman you just need to be a
flee against injustice enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even
the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform in the biggest nation let us
hope that is true congratulations Betty rusty hill so now it’s my pleasure to
introduce Tina young the interim chief diversity officer at Central Dean Tina’s deep engagement with
students of color has resulted in a number of innovative programs as a
leader in student services she recognizes that the persistence
graduation and transfer students is the result of overall experience interacting
with every facet of the college not just with individual courses her leadership
in institutional publications and research projects has created a body of
knowledge about Central’s students and identified critical factors for their
success tina quotes Andre Lord in age race class and sex women redefining
difference quote the future of our earth may depend on the ability of all women
to identify and develop new definitions of power and new patterns relating
across difference the old definitions have not served us nor the earth that
supports us congratulations Tina you do that so let’s give another round
of applause to all of our recipients of the trustees lifelong learning award and
now it’s my great pleasure to introduce Chancellor Sean Penn most of us first
met the Chancellor this time last year after he had been here just about two
months he’s had a very busy and very productive first year at Seattle
colleges and he’ll share his thoughts on the past 12 months as well as look to
future initiatives Thank You Kathy good morning so warren let me remind you
exceeded your five minutes by two seconds good morning Seattle colleges
thank you thank you all for taking time to join us this morning in launching the
new academic year it is truly wonderful to see colleagues cross the two district
interacting with each other I hope you’re taking advantage of opportunities
throughout the day to continue this collegial networking let me begin by
thanking dr. Warren brown and Norcia technologies for hosting this year’s
convocation on behalf of the board trustees college presidents I welcome
you to 2007 17 18 academic year I do hope whether you worked throughout
the summer months or not you have found time for relaxation recreation rich
Harton with your family and friends to follow up on the award presentation like
to take a moment to acknowledge another innovation of the year that is truly a
pride moments for Sierra colleges it is award by the league of innovation this
year Sarah College received an award for the
redesign of developmental English pathways for a
little history here this award was established more than 30
years ago by the leave to recognize capstone achievements and the spirit of
innovation and experimentation upon which the league was founded this award
is designed to recognize innovative programs practices partnerships policies
and activities that improved ability of institutions to serve students in the
community and to honor the work of faculty staff administrators who have
created implemented these innovative programs as I mentioned our district was
recognized for the redesign of developmental English pathways this
consisted three elements first changes in developmental English programs
courses at all three colleges teams from the three colleges work together to
redesign our developmental course outlines and programs and placement
procedures these changes were put into place this past four quarter second
changes to the district English placement test concurrent with the
curriculum redesign effort was the discontinuation of the compass the
district English placement test in a district-wide decision the Wonderlic
basic skills test was adopted by the English department for English placement
at both north south and central third elements pathways to developmental
English as no Sierra College faculty at north ero
redesigned the process for how students come to a developmental and college
level English classes the redesign help align the three colleges eliminate
barriers for students and streamline the journey towards college college-level
English thank you again for working together for all of you to make this
happen it is truly energizing to gather
together the beginning of this academic year while this morning may feel like
many other morning’s that have come before us we must recognize every year
is a bit different while we carry with us our individual
experience and wisdom we must also be ready to pray to bring a fresh eyes to
our work to become aware of the new opportunities promises and circumstances
that surround us and be ready to regroup realign our equip ourselves for a
constantly changing world and changing community as you know we recently
completed a six-month process of strategic planning guided by our board
of trustees and distilled from these discussions interviews surveys by
faculty staff administrators and students from inside SATA colleges and
input and feedback from external stakeholders including business
community leaders former trustees and chancellors the result is our new
strategic plan complete with refreshed mission vision values and goals this
plenty finds who we are what we’re about what do we want to become what we
believe in and where we were collectively focused for the next five
years this plan it is not just meant for the district office it is the official
strategic plan for all three colleges and district office in the coming months
we’ll be working together to completing to complete the major strategies that
are learning to the three strategic goals the three strategic goals are
first and foremost student success second organizational excellence and
partnerships while the trustees were evaluated all colleges on the progress
and outcomes towards these three goals each College may elect to adopt
additional goals measures and strategies that the distinguished South Central and
North when you’re right this morning I hope you have picked up a bookmark the
showcasing our new mission vision and values if not they are available on your
way out I do encourage you to become a ferment familiar with them and more
importantly take time to reflect to reconnect these missions these
statements with what we do it’s through living the mission and practicing the
values on the daily basis individually and collectively that we will achieve
our goals together we are the difference as we open the whole quarter we’re
keenly aware there are many students who enrolled on our campuses that will be
worried about their legal status because of the recent announcement by attorney
general sessions to end in six months the deferred action for childhood
arrivals or daca as an open access institution sailed ecologies deeply
committed to the fundamental American values of equity diversity and inclusion
we unequivocally we denounce acts of hatred
discrimination racism and violence our colleges welcome all students regardless
of their race national origin immigration status sexual orientation or
religious beliefs so please please take a moment to tell
your students in your class on the first day the cell ecologies always open to
them we’re here to serve them to help them to achieve their goals and dream
just last week the other colleges Board of Trustees passed a resolution
expressing our unwavering support to darker students this resolution bearing
my signature our trustees our college presidents has been sent to the
congressmen senators from Washington urging them to do their part at the
United States Congress to save and legalize the daca program the 2016-17 academic is behind us but
the work we did carry significance and relevance to the work ahead of us it was
a challenging but also productivity ax and together we made significant strides
on several friends in addition to taking on strategic planning process we
initiated achieving system integration Datchet office operations of review
committee and floating consultancy conducted abroad system-wide colleges
and district operations the review led to a set of comprehensive empirical
findings and recommendations that will serve our organization renewal and
realignment for years to come the executive cabinet and College vice
president have met several times the last few months to arrived at the first
phase of implementation decisions I share those decisions with the district
community in July next week we will resend out for everyone to remind we’re
taking on the work introducing to those two significant initiatives we took on
last year there are several other accomplishments that’s truly worthy of
mentioning president warm brown just highlighting the accomplishments of
north congratulations and thank you for your leadership I want to highlight what
knows and Warren just mentioned to all of us this new PS program particularly
in property management is one of the very few in the state of Washington you
imagine the work the need out there in the Seattle area so this is a timely
much-needed program notes also secured the funding as you recall to create a
new I passed program one in the IT and other electronics and robotics students
from South and Central can also benefit from these programs at the sale of Central College President
Sheila it was a lane and her staff organized a well-planned well-executed
central to see Otto 50-year anniversary celebration they succeeded in gathering
broad community participation and celebration college also successfully
renovated they sell to Maritime Academy that is truly a jewel for workers
training there not only serves local students but also provide on-the-job
training enhancement training to working professionals Warren brown mentioned at
the South the 13-year scholarship program had gained significant momentum
with collaboration from students staff throughout the district programs was
awarded one point five million dollars this next year to expand the program to
Central and two north the mayor the City Council also proved at one time five
million dollar budget to further expand the program citywide as you call this is
election year at least one of the contestant for the mayor is talking
about free tuition we are staying close to this
conversation we believe a free community college education it’s much needed
it’s timely for Seattle for sea otters use I also want to just mention the South
guided pathway programs although they still far from being implemented
completed but have gained significant progress they’re one of the leading
institutions not only in the state of Washington but nationally to implement
this is there’s a national movement about guided pathways we need to help
students to come to our colleges making progress towards their goal whether it’s
transfer or job placement or certification we cannot continue
practice letting students float in sink and swim on their own so this work it’s
likely be considered by all three colleges in the coming year this
required with active participation of all three colleges we have gained
momentum on enrollment management in particular with the implementation of a
customer relations management tool the CRM has yielded positive results with
regard to capturing the business intelligence on enquiries registration
of prospective students in June we successfully held our first ever
combined commencement nearly 900 graduates from throughout the district
walked across the stages ascetical field on a warm summer night surrounded by
their family and friends and representatives from faculty staff and
district college leadership feedback from the graduates indicates clearly
that they thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony the graduation planning
committee chaired by vice president of student services of three colleges and
the committee members rose up to the challenge of combining long established
traditions customers each college to create a new tradition a new way of
celebrating student accomplishments they did a truly beautiful job of
highlighting the achievements of student graduates and congratulate
on their success thank you for your leadership and master planning and
execution and just just a short while we are here from one of those enthusiastic
graduates earlier this year we successfully received the reaffirmation
of a board seats aboard membership to the League of innovation in the
Community College as part of the process we highlighted innovative programs
across the district during a special presentation to the league’s visiting
team it was a clear to me as well as to the visitors the sailors colleges
faculty staff have engaged and continue to engage in many collaborative
innovative instructional and student support programs in pursuit of
excellence in teaching and learning and student success again the i-best program
the redesign of English pathway project finish line were particularly praised
praised by the league visitors I’d like to recognize thank all of those faculty
staff who had had a role in this rigorous process innovation is an
important component of our institutional values and we will continue to nurture
and support it now and in the future even in the context of a difficult
budget circumstances these but a few examples of our common accomplishments
in the past year I hope you’ll take to heart the significance of these
achievements particularly under the current political and financial reality
did both at a national and state level take time to reflect on this because we
never want to lose sight of the life-changing impact of our work on so
many especially those underserved take time to savor the rich meanings of all
you do to serve students on a daily basis
no matter your role how support our students can be the
difference between the decision for them to stay or withdraw from a class the
difference between finding self-confidence or losing hope and the
difference between walking on the graduation platform or dropping out to
the sidelines so this morning we have invited and this is a special treat a
group of students and alumni who can make it true and real for us they will
share what the other colleges and their experience here mean to them and how you
faculty staff and ministers have made a difference not only in their educational
pursuits but in life so please join me in welcoming to the stage our first
speaker Samuel Amato a student at a set of
Central College welcome everybody I guess that should
quickly I’m part of what I’m why I’m here is to remind all of you to that
super superheroes out there do wear that don’t always wear their underwear on the
outside you have to excuse me I apologize in advance I got a little bit
of a scratch I’m getting over or something all right let’s get to it as
far as I can remember I’ve known what it’s like to struggle as a child I was a
victim of mental physical and unmentionable abuse at the hands of
others some of it looked like it when our episode of Law & Order except mine
was real and lasted for much longer I grew up in Walla Walla the oldest of
five kids I was a parent by the time I was seven because my mom worked in the
night shift at a cannery she kept the same ship for more than 35 years most of
my free time I spent with my grandpa a world war two vet he came home from the
war – one long one shoulder blade and half a rib cage on one side we lived in
Walla Walla to be close to the VA he was a great man the one who instilled in me
the core values that I abide by to this day such as kindness and honesty
unfortunately he lived his days with a bottle of black velvet and an endless
supply of cigarettes my mom at work my grandfather in his bottle and my
stepfather who wasn’t present there was no one to keep the bat away and there
was plenty of it I tell you this not to pity me or feel sorry for me so please
don’t for me this is about growth one thing I had going for me as I love
school but even that was hard because while
Green Park Elementary was one of the best schools in town it was 98 percent
white so my brothers and I were picked on and teased because we’re people of
color and we didn’t dressed in the latest styles one teacher even told us
we needed to go to a school with our own kind where they spoke our language which
was strange because we’d never known all we’d ever known was English by age 7 I
was working in the fields making money came first in our house I was on my own
at 8 at 13 and I was introduced to drugs and alcohol by 14 I was using every day
over the years I would have bouts of clarity and try to make something of
myself but nothing ever stuck I had jobs and did pretty well it’s easy
when everyone around you has the same pattern of drinking and drugging on the
job this was an endless cycle I had become a cancer to the community and
should have been dead many times over I got my GED in prison and when I got out
a second time 11 months ago this past Monday I decided something needed to
change I made a commitment to myself to give college a shot even though I’d been
told time and time again it was too late for me or that I wouldn’t make it
because I had no had never had any real schooling but I needed change and I’m
pretty determined you don’t go through what I’ve been through without having
that in your system despite my commitment and determination it wasn’t
easy to get here for people like me the process can be overwhelming
I completed some of the paperwork but I didn’t get very far I didn’t know what I
didn’t know I didn’t know what to ask or who to ask
needless to say I was ready to throw the paperwork away I walk away walk away
from it all not sure if I would return I love
central and was down the street when I looked up and I saw student WorkSource
on a building and it was tied to the college what I focused on was the word
work I knew that word I knew work so I went in and asked for
help my life changed in that moment I said I needed help and the man asked
what I needed help with and I said everything I wear my emotions on my
sleeve and I think he saw the exhaustion and frustration he said hang tight and
he brought out Molly Mitchell finally someone who finally someone who understood that I
had no idea how to navigate the system she assured me that it wasn’t that I
wasn’t smart enough to figure it out but that I didn’t understand the basics I
had never done this for real on my own she made me feel welcome and important
then got me to slow down and focus she lined me up with the right person which
started a chain reaction of true care and concern from others for me and my
future at Seattle Central I want to give a shout out to those who have been at
the beginning where my rock of support and still are and went above and beyond
Julia Bhushan’s with infra central arianna can do with trio a student by the name of Kirin orc and of course Molly Mitchell also the instructors who happen to be on
their computers at 11:00 at night to answer a question or wallet yes or
volunteers who turned down a night on the town because I needed help I feel
like I have a real and fair chance thanks to the people at central the
people there are my family and I no longer feel alone for the first time I
know what it feels like to have people who want the best for me and will help
me get it it’s hard to describe what being at Central is done for me maybe
you’ll get it with this example you get up and you go about your day doing the
right thing you don’t even think about it it’s
normal for you it’s never been normal for me not until now at age 47
have I been surrounded by people who do the right thing every day the people at
Central are my role models and thanks to them I too am doing the right thing
every day it’s almost it’s almost to the point that I don’t
even think about it my life was counted as lost by those who knew me since
January I’ve felt like a winner I’m working to pass on the beacon of life
that was handed to me the day I saw that WorkSource sign I just completed
training to be a student ambassador for the college and start classes again on
Monday my plan is to get my bias bachelor’s
degree in Health and Human Services I want to help people who struggle like
the old me to become the new mean thank you all for getting me thank you very much Samuel for sharing
your inspirational story and your strength but also reminding all of us to
be thankful and remember all the people who continue to help us along our
journey so thank you again Samuel now I’d like to introduce Rhea Perry and
alumna of North High I’m not the biggest fan of public
speaking but I decided so a few things I like to ask myself before I present or
do a speech I like my first question is always what percentage of my grade is
this going to be this is a freebie though so my father was was an educated
man and he believed in education and grew up in the 50s and Minnesota an
african-american with five brothers and sisters and he felt that education was
the way that he could elevate himself out of above his circumstances he
constantly instilled in me the importance of getting an education I’m a
little hard-headed so it took a few tries but my father is no longer with us
and and while we no longer have the conversations in which he subtly and
sometimes not so subtly interjects his interjected his desire for me to go back
to school he liked to say things like you know your cousin Robin didn’t go to
go back to school until her late 20s that was the easy stuff but he would
throw hard balls like the economy is in the tank what are people gonna do
meaning me when he passed I thought the the topic
of going back to school was had gone with him had passed with him
maybe I would get the occasional life question or you know
career college question distant relatives on Christmas or Thanksgiving
so twice a year I have no idea why I ever thought that because he was such a
stickler for education that three weeks after his funeral I received a package
in the mail I recognized the sender and it was an old college buddy of his I
open up the package and it’s a photo album one of those you know small 5×7
photo albums and the front has a slot where you can put a picture in the
picture on the cover is my dad ear-to-ear grin getting his master’s
degree from the University of Minnesota in 1975 and that that picture stayed
with me I always had it near me and it was one of the key items that led me to
North I it’s not like I had never tried my hand at higher education I tried a
few times like I said I just kept dropping out
it just never stuck I think I had some residual attitude tude
from high school and I was really edgy most of my school years I was a good
student but at some point I decided that it wasn’t it wasn’t really for me I
struggled to find both the inspiration and the motivation to give anything but
the bare minimum of effort I see now that it wasn’t that school wasn’t for me
it was me that wasn’t for me I wasn’t rooting
for myself my early in mid-20s consisted of a lot of loss I had lost my best
friend my father my boyfriend I found myself struggling with my own
loss of identity and fumbling to find footing in this world the after-effects
of this period left me feeling depressed and anxious and I was consoling filled
with self-doubt I never really knew what I was going to do next and I didn’t
really ever have a plan so when I got the photo album it kind of sent me on a
trajectory that has carried me into today and it was they the photo I wish I
had the photo but I couldn’t find it I just moved sorry it was more than just
thoughtful it symbolized hopes and dreams not only mine but the hopes and
dreams that were wished upon me and every day that I looked at that picture
the planet is seed I would think okay maybe I could try one more time but then
the next day I would say no I don’t think I know no it’s not for me and you
know I’d oscillate between the two until finally I said let’s do it okay so the
photo of my dad brought me clothes brought me to North’s front door but it
is the faculty and the staff and all of you that helped me succeed here at North
my first quarterback I was anxious and I remember the feeling of having of
doubting myself I didn’t know if I was wearing the right clothes I mean cares
about clothes just you know I just felt awkward uncomfortable
I wasn’t sure if I fit I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it because I hadn’t
made it so many times I was constantly having to shove that that doubt down and
I just remember how overbearing it could feel it was like carrying a 10-pound
weight around my neck I felt that was one bad day away from giving up again
and I had also decided that if I had to give her presentation in any of my
classes I was out of there that’s how much I don’t like presenting yeah I had
done it before I’d actually yeah let’s class um I didn’t put too much energy
into the thought about me presenting though because it was my first quarter
back I had only I only had three classes and I thought what are the odds that I
would have a presentation on one of my first quarters back three classes so I
think you know yeah thoughts were great yeah so I did have I had my very first
class I the very first day I found we had a presentation I instead of what I
usually did did which was run away I actually dope in headfirst I don’t know
what it was I think it was the environment that North had created for
me I felt so comfortable in my classes my instructors were so warm and attentive and I felt like I was part of
a bigger community and that is something that that kept me going even past the
first second and third and fifth presentation that I’ve done that I’ve
done it north as the days passed a weird it was a very weird thing happened I
started to enjoy school and I started to enjoy it like I did when I was in
elementary school I was excited to get up in the morning and I was excited to
do home where I was excited to learn I tried to mirror my instructors and I
tried to give back to them what they were giving to me I tried my
very best I did my very best so my first back to my presentation I
just can’t let it go my first presentation I think I was so
nervous I actually like I blacked I don’t remember it at all but when I came
to my class were was on their feet clapping for me and I had spent so much
time and so much effort on this presentation it was one of the most
exhilarating feelings I have ever had because presenting is a weak spot of
mine yeah so that day I drove home I couldn’t even make it past that 7-eleven
that’s right down there I parked and I cried and I hmm mmm-hmm I cried because I I didn’t beat
myself down and I I I told myself I could do it and I did okay so anyways that was a turning point
for me both academically and personally instead of saying to myself why not why
why I said why not I’ll never forget the way that I felt that day and I will
carry it carried me through the next two years it wasn’t just that at North I had
found a home and I had found support that I had been lacking for a long time
almost every one of my instructors made me feel as if I were their only student
I felt they had a whole school cheering me on and more importantly they believed
in me I cannot name just one thing or one moment that explains the deep
reverence that I have for this school I cannot name just one class or one
instructor that is because it is a contribution of each and every one of
you that has helped to instill courage and confidence in me
you saw potential in me and all your students and that potential is sometimes
hard for us me to see myself my personal journey would not have been possible
without people like the ones in workforce education who helped me get
into my first quarter here at North the library staff who saved me several hours
per quarter by their my instructors of course he treated me
with respect and made me feel valued the kitchen staff and their student aides
who let me who let me follow them around with a camcorder for a praha school
project I was so annoying they let me do it they were great
really gracious the friendly janitorial staff that would lend me an ear when I needed to vent and allowed me to
use a restroom even when the floor was wet thank you the completion office that helped me at
the last minute find funding for my final quarter here at North to secure
the guys in my security office who on several occasions helped me get my keys
out of my locked car I don’t know how they got there
I’m very important and the past and present people in the
student leadership office they always treated me as if I were one of their own
always have their door open and always made me feel as if I was part of the
team additionally all the staff members who
created a campus that is both safe and supportive mm-hmm
thank you hmm in closing I will say that like a painting by Georges Seurat up
close all you see are tiny dots it is only when you take a step back that you
see it’s a beautiful picture and with that I want to give you my sincerest
from the bottom of my heart thank you Rai I think you’re a great public
speaker and hilarious so thank you very much
now I’d like to introduce Leonard King jr. he is an alum of SBI good morning
everybody if you are happy to be part of the 2017
convocation clap your hands yes yes I got a call from Maria and I was working
so I didn’t get the call and the message for almost a weekend I call her back and
she said we want you to come and speak and you know share your testimony how
your experience was with the Seattle colleges and I felt honored I felt
honored I can’t believe I’m here with you guys today sharing my struggle I
want to success so I do want to start off by saying that I was not born to you
know college degree possessing parents you know I was born in the inner city of
Chicago in the projects not much success comes from that but music artisan
basketball players so I was born in the fear in knowing that I was not gonna be
too capable of doing anything my neighborhood was so terrible dad I have
to move up here to have a better life I didn’t even know how to grass born to
what I needed to do to even create a better life because I was so conditioned
on knowing I was only gonna be doing a certain
thing with my life for the rest of my life and my children was going to be
doing that same perpetuation of literally falling but I’m gonna tell you
guys today what God done for me what the help in the Seattle colleges said I am
honored to be here this morning and thankful for the opportunity to share my
story with you story with a happy ending thanks to you all when I enrolled in
Seattle Vocational Institute I was homeless sleeping on the streets of
Seattle downtown to be exact my family suffered a house fire which we
lost everything along with losing everything I felt very
hopeless I felt very afraid with a pregnant wife
and a small child not only was I feeling hopeless I started to feel my faith
diminishing of losing myself losing my family and losing my life I could not
look left I could not look right I was already down so the only direction I
could look to was to the light I fell on my knees on a cold rainy day in the
middle of downtown Seattle always was a strong person I never give up and I’m
always known for giving my all a card out to the only source that I knew of
which was my Heavenly Father I first cried thank you thank you law though I
was struggling I was still alive so that there I had to thank him I was looking
around Seattle and I was seeing a lot of stuff going on and I couldn’t see him
but thank you I wasn’t on drugs I wasn’t living in the projects anymore I wasn’t
making wrong decisions that mainly homeless just suffer the incident
and he said you’re gonna climb out of this just be patient in half faith acts
my heavenly father for help I left everything in the hands of the Almighty
because I knew I would be picked up by my faith the Almighty told me I never
give up either and I always give my all right then in there I knew everything
will be all right and I’m here today to say that I am thankful I became a student at SBI because it
offered a unique program caught the pre-apprentice construction training
program I like to say this it’s better known as the mighty pack program this
program it taught me the basics to build I used these tools to rebuild my family
rebuild my future and to rebuild my life these skills taught and opened up a
guaranteed pathway of success that I can follow my children and my children’s
children to follow for that I am thankful because when you grow up with
no skills you don’t even know how to maintain your own home let alone
maintain your own body so when you gain these skills and you’re looking at your
own young ones you could say hey I’m a father now I don’t know how to teach my
son how to carry himself how to build his own home I’m thinking Class VI for that cuz if
anything happened to my home I had no idea what to do no idea who to run to to
get help and they taught me and for that I am
thankful I became a director of advocacy and politics on the Association Student
Leadership Committee out as VI because I saw a vision of success in change for
our entire city and also I wanted to gain knowledge to become a better leader
being a veteran I have a passion for leadership I am a leader who knows
change a leader who understands the obstacles we all face throughout our
lives c1 champ challenges himself or herself
to completing the tasks one begins to change perception that he or she has
upon themselves positivity and motivation is the key like I said before
I wasn’t that educated or smart so when I made the Dean’s List twice in thank
you Miss Dean I’ve seen this dude I got a 3.8 3 grade point average I came
up here and I was reading on like a 5th grade level I do you know my timetables
or anything you know so my King skated through high school but it was just a
real struggle because I didn’t know the fundamentals of learning so when I come
to a college and I get a three point eight three and I see you know people
like the Dean and the staff of SPI you know I see some more back there who
actually would just talk to me when I was walking through the halls and say
you know what Linda you can do it you motivated keep on going keep on going
and they kept me coming to school early I’ll be the last to leave
I haven’t come on the days we didn’t even have class just because it was all
I had it was all I had to have a boost of
energy that can teach you to learn and you know we’ve never had that before
it’s something that you want to hold on to and never let go and I’m thankful for
the people that was around me that made that happen in my life I’m thankful for the instructors and
staff who motivated me to keep striving in June I walked across the stage nearly
with 900 other graduates meeting with stories like mine meaning with their own
stories but all of them like mine had a happy ending thanks to all of you guys
gotta give you a hand clap it out together you made a difference in my
family in my life and in my future I am thankful Seattle colleges and if you can
one more time I gotta stand up and give you got got to give ourselves a a praise
because you guys are awesome it’s so many people out here that that might not
even know who loves y’all actually touch and I actually are doing that I know
sometimes I have your ups and our downs and what’s going on with the colleges
but keep on doing it because if you can save one life it’s like you saved the
whole world I salute you guys Thank You Leonard for sharing your story
I’m so glad I was there in June to actually hear your story twice it’s very
inspirational so now I’d like to introduce natalya parker an alumna of
south hello everyone I too hate public speaking so bear with me I’ve never
spoken to this large of a crowd before if you would have told me two and a half
years ago that I would be standing here today I would not have believed it and I
probably would have laughed at you I was a high school dropout and I never
thought that I was a school person I didn’t think that I was smart enough
strong enough or disciplined enough the thought of going back to school was
terrifying much like speaking on this stages but I was unhappy with where I
was in my career and I was determined to give my daughter’s the kind of role
model that they deserve so I decided that I needed to go back to school and
get my diploma I took that first step and I enrolled in South Seattle colleges
high school 21 program just with a simple goal of finishing
high school and that was the beginning of the journey that has led me here
today at first it was challenging not just the
classes but the internal pressure that I put on myself as well as the
insecurities I had held for so many years about my about school and my
ability to succeed you see for so many years that feeling of being a failure
because I did not finish school had taken root in my mind and created walls
and barriers that I still even now struggle to break through but I’m
thankful it’s not my luck fate or destiny that may journey landed me
itself we had the privilege of meeting someone who was and is influential
towards my success Jane harness Jane is one of the educators for the
program and she cares for her students she really does and I believe that I am
proof of that Jane was the first person who showed me that I had what it takes
to be a successful student and it was through one of her classes pathways but
helped me to self-reflect and better understand my strengths and weaknesses
as well as provide me with the various resources that were available to me at
South pathways did exactly what the name implies and it provided me with the
necessary steps I needed to take to secure a better future and education for
myself during this class I met another individual who was and is influential
towards my success erin barson Aaron spoke to our class about the
different scholarships and workshops available to students to aid them in
their application process after I graduated from the high school 21
program I decided to attend Aaron’s workshop for the foundation scholarship
even though I didn’t think that I would get it I was thrilled when I found out
that I was awarded the scholarship after that I was further determined and I went
every quarter to Aaron’s workshops and every time she helped me apply and
subsequently every quarter but when I was awarded the foundation scholarship had I not taken the pathways class and
not met Aaron or Jane or Aaron and Jane and learned about these scholarships I
would probably still be working away slowly but surely on my a a but I’m not
I’m proud to say that not only did I graduate this past June with my
Associate of Arts degree while working and raising my two beautiful daughters
with my amazing husband but I did so although maintaining my spot on the
Dean’s List every quarter my journey has not been easy and it has
been full of stock sacrifice and hard work but I am a firm believer that the
experiences in your life that are the hardest have the potential to lead to
the most rewarding outcomes as I am a first-generation college graduate in my
family I was at times unsure how to proceed with my college education but
the wonderful advisers and staff at South providing me with all of the
guidance and support that I needed and I never once felt alone lost or confused I
would be remiss if I didn’t think the various people my life that have
contributed to my success as a student I want to thank my husband for always
believing in me and encouraging me to go back to school even when I didn’t think
that I ever could my parents were there constant support
and love and my daughter’s for being an inspiration I needed to further my
education and finally the amazing teachers
administrators and counselors and staff at South Seattle College my success is
your success and it is with immense gratitude that I thank you all from the
bottom of my heart my journey doesn’t end here but hopefully it is just the
beginning I recently applied to the University of Washington and I will find
out in a few months if I’m accepted wish me luck in the meantime I love to sell Seattle
College so much that I’m now working there part-time as a peer navigator I feel fortunate that I’m able to be a
support system to other students much like myself or maybe unsure scared and
nervous in their educational journey I hope with this speech I conveyed the
importance of educators roles in the major impact that you all have on
students lives every day you show us that we are smart enough we are strong
enough and we are disciplined enough and with your guidance and support there are
endless possibilities that await us thank you for your time today Thank You Natalia for continuing to be a
role model and inspiration to many people so please join me again in
thanking our guests this morning and a huge thanks to all of you for all you do
to support our students together we are the difference in conclusion join us for
one of the breakout sessions immediately following this program most are located
in the HSS our library and College Center buildings there are science and
volunteers to help direct you implementing the strategic plan with the
Chancellor chair churnin and presidents will be right here in the Wellness
Center the mannequins and cadavers tour will meet at the upper floor of the HSS
our building the SCC TV tour and taping tour is on the lower floor level of the
education building and the sustainability and wetlands tour will
meet in the courtyard the cookout is sponsored by our campus bookstore
operated by Barnes & Noble on your way out please stop by the Barnes & Nobles
College table and see the resources available for you to help students out
back here so during your lunch you can also get a sneak peek at the art
galleries newest exhibition it’s entitled speaking out arts and politics
and words something very special is that this exhibit does not open to the public
until the 27th and so we really appreciate the opportunity to see it
first this concludes and wraps up our program
thank you for joining us and have a fantastic year again remember together
we are the difference

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