Gillies Malnarich reads a passage from "Hope" during her presentation at Fall Convocation 2010. More photos.
Faculty, staff and Student Government representatives came together for the first meeting of the 2010-11 academic year on Thursday, September 16, 2010. The Fall Convocation began with an all-campus reception (coffee and juice provided by Chartwells and muffins by Costco.)
Vice President John Backes got the ball rolling by introducing Tom Prigmore, Accounting/Budgeting, who performed a personal rendition of the national anthem on sax that elicited huge applause. Backes gave a brief welcome followed by a budget process update by VP Daryl Campbell and Board of Trustees Chair Jerry Smith shared a personal accounting of the value of an education, sharing humility and inspiration.
After a brief presentation by SBA President Robin Aranas and introductions of Student Government representatives, VP Stephen Smith introduced new employees and those who earned 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 year service awards. Fifty-five employees were honored for their service of five years up to 35 years by Marcia Liaw and Gillian Lewis.
Dean Susan Hoyne was completely surprised - even "without words" when she received the Administrator of the Year Award. Hoyne was commended for her leadership and personal skills. "She truly seems to understand our work unit and our jobs and supports our efforts," a colleague wrote. Hoyne's open door policy and willingness to look at things with different perspectives were also highlighted. Her work developing new programs and bringing new partnerships to the college were also noted.
Ron Norimatsu asked his crew to join him on stage when he accepted the Classified Star Award. His pleasant personality, positive outlook and can-do attitude were common remarks on the nomination forms. One nomination read, "I haven't EVER seen him grouchy!" His determination and skills set were also highlighted. The humble Norimatsu did what he does so well -- shared the point that we all work together and we do it well no matter what. The "Shoreline way...that's what we do," he said.
Gary Parks accepted the Faculty Excellence Award for Gloria Anderson, whose nominations came from students, faculty and administrators. A student of Anderson's who was in her 40s raved about her instructor's ability to understand her challenges at returning to school. "She is an exceptional instructor and mentor who makes me want to learn as much as I can to be a better student," she wrote in her nomination form. Another student said that Anderson has a "knack for taking the student on a journey to find answers rather than providing answers outright."
Gillies Malnarich, co-director of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, The Evergreen State College, gave the keynote, capturing the interest of all, sharing her ideas and experiences around teaching and learning strategies. The center is organized as a consortium, working in collaboration with institutions across the country. Malnarich works with faculty members, staff, and administrators to share good practices and carry out collaborative projects aimed at improving undergraduate teaching and student learning. Through workshops, institutes, campus visits, publications, and our website, the Washington Center promotes projects aimed at improving student achievement. All Washington state community and technical colleges are members.
President Lee Lambert talked about the possibilities that lie ahead for college, sharing his vision of reaching aggressive enrollment numbers via a virtual college and a larger international student population via a 24-minute video presentation. Lambert is currently in Asia with the Governor's International Mission.