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* The newest alternative vehicles and technologies showcased at SCC

The mini-sized Wheego electric car (it measures just under 10 feet in length and 5.25 feet in width) and a natural gas-powered Chevy van were recently showcased at the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey at Shoreline Community College’s Professional Automotive Training Center.  Partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the event was specifically targeted at organizations and government agencies that have large vehicle fleets.

 

“Public and private agencies had the opportunity to learn about the latest options for alternative fuel vehicles,” Mark Hankins, Shoreline GST instructor said.  Hankins said that Shoreline provides skills upgrade training for several of the companies and agencies that have fleets. 

 

Stephanie Meyn, program manager of the Puget Sound Clean Cities program, organized the event to educate those who manage fleet vehicles and to encourage them to look at the newest in fuel efficient vehicles.  “It will make a difference,” she said, mentioning that Shuttle Express recently saved $11,000 in one month by switching only one vehicle to propane.  She hopes that more and more companies, organizations and government agencies will move to alternative fuel vehicles and that it will trickle down into the private sector.  

 

“We’re here to celebrate the local, homegrown talent and engineering and expertise that we have here in the northwest, and especially at our universities and colleges,” Meyn said.  She applauded Shoreline and other higher education programs that support alternative fuel technology training.   

 

Presentations were made by educators and industry representatives.  Garret Alpers of World CNG, Puget Sound’s largest supplier of alternative fuel packaging to area public and private fleets, talked about skills and certifications for the workforce.  Ben Farrow of Puget Sound Energy, who has outfitted their fleets with electric and other alternative fuel vehicles, talked about future trends in alternative transportation technologies.  Automotive instructors Hankins, and Ben Taves, South Seattle CC, talked about their programs that support alternative fuel education. Jeff Waldner of the University of Victoria presented on the EcoCar Challenge Team and Engineering programs and Eric Leonhardt of Western Washington University spoke about their Vehicle Research Institute on Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Projects.  Mark Watkins of Clean Energy shared future trends in heavy duty alternative transportation technologies.  Meyn, who organized the event, gave an overview of the Odyssey Day event and talked about the Clean Cities Program and the commitment of industry and educators in the area. 

 

car.jpgAn open house in the training center showcased a number of vehicles powered by electricity, propane, compressed natural gas and biodiesel.  Along with the Wheego electric car was an old VW “Bug” that had been converted to electric power. Alternative fuel vans and cars that are part of fleets owned by the City of Seattle were also showcased. Additionally, industry representatives talked about and demonstrated how electric vehicle charging stations operate.

 

The City of Seattle (who has a fleet of 4,000 vehicles) and the cities of Snohomish and Bellingham and King County attended.  Also attending were several local dealers, including MC Electric, Scarff Ford, Honda of Bellevue and Nissan.  Clean Energy, who sells natural gas and Ferrellgas, a propane/general bio-diesel company were also represented.

100 mile per gallon prototype showcasedProgressive car.jpg
Progressive Insurance Automotive (PIA) developed competitions, programs and events to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles. Western Washington was the only university in the United States to enter a $5 million contest sponsored by PIA to produce a fuel economy vehicle that would travel 100 miles per gallon.  The university’s Auto X-Prize Vehicle made it to the finals. 

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*Changes coming for class schedule

Technology and the economy are conspiring to bring big changes to Shoreline’s class schedule.

 

“For Winter Quarter, 2011, we won’t be mailing the class schedule in its traditional form,” said Jim Hills, special assistant to the president for communications marketing and government relations. “In these days of reduced budgets, printing and distributing a 60-72-page book to more than 60,000 households just became a cost that required scrutiny.”

 

Historically, colleges have looked at the class schedule as the primary marketing vehicle. “Today, we have our Web site, e-mail, Internet marketing opportunities, social media, direct mail and commercial print products to tell our story,” Hills said. “We use all of those.”

 

Instead of the heavy and costly booklet, Hills said the college will mail a new 8-page tabloid newspaper to those same 60,000 households.

 

“The new piece lets us talk about all the great things happening at Shoreline, we let the community know in general about the classes and other programs offered here and tell them where to get the latest, updated information, our Web site,” Hills said. “We expect to be on the press with our vendor today (Oct. 15) and in homes early next week.”

 

Hills said that while the traditional class schedule had value for some, “We also got feedback that many went directly to the recycling bin. We’re hoping that this new approach will engage more people for longer.”

 

There will still be a printed class schedule, too, Hills said.

 

“We will still print a class schedule, but it will be tightly focused on the most important information about classes, class numbers and descriptions,” Hills said. “It will also include the critical information about enrollment services, financial assistance and other areas that students, and staff helping students, need.”

 

The printed class schedule will be produced at the on-campus printing center. “It is primarily for on-campus use,” Hills said. “However, if someone tells us they’d like one mailed to them, we’ll do that.”

 

All the changes will result in significant savings.

 

“Even with printing and mailing the new tabloid newspapers, we expect to save about $10,000 per class schedule; about $40,000 a year,” Hills said.

* Music Faculty Perform for Students, Faculty and Staff

Last Friday, faculty of the Music Department showed us what they are made of -- pure talent.  These instructors have the stuff that makes people tap their feet, sing and dance, and want to come back for more. 

Instructors who have made their careers at SCC and some who are just beginning their work here delivered a couple of hours of entertainment as a gift to students, faculty and staff to start off Fall Quarter 2010.

Jeff Junkinsmith did double duty, performing on piano and emceeing.  His ease in both roles was evident as he introduced musicians with respect and admiration.  

Voice, piano, saxophone and banjo were just a few of the instruments tapped into for the annual Music Department Open House.  

Tom Moran's bluegrass group returned from a one year "sabbatical" to perform. The zippy tune brought a huge applause as did Sue Dolacky and Fred Lokken's duet of "Anything you can do I can do Better."  Bruce Spitz's version of an Eric Clapton piece was performed with quiet elegance and the jazz performances by Doug Reid, Steve Kim Doug Zangar and newcomers Jeff Kashiwa and James Elenteny was electrifying.

Kudos to an inspiring group of artists that includes Bruce Spitz, Jensina Byington, Helena Azevedo, Barry Ehrlich, Sue Dolacky, Doug Reid, Tom Moran, Steve Mallott, Charles Enlow, Fredrick Lokken, Steve Kim, Doug Zangar, Andy Shaw, and of course, to newcomers, Kashiwa and Elenteny. All the performances were stellar and provided a real testimony to the kind of educators are students are learning from.

One administrator was overhead saying, “I really want to enroll in music classes!”

Even though the two hour-long performances provided the perfect excuse for employees to leave their desks and classrooms, Junkinsmith reminded the group at the end of the show that it was back to work, directing students to appropriate classrooms.

A fundraiser for music scholarships is planned for 3 p.m., Sunday, January 30, 2011.  Watch DAAG for more information.

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HR CHANGES

Hours
The Human Resources and Employee Relations Department hours are:

  • 8 a.m-5 p.m., M-F – Staffed
  • 8-11 a.m. – Open-door hours
  • 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. - Closed to walk-in traffic
  • 2-5 p.m. – Open-door hours

Entrance
The main entrance to HR has switched to Room 1013. The former entrance, 1012, will generally be locked to entry from the hallway.

Phone tree
Calls to the HR main number, 206-546-4769, are answered by an automated phone tree. The six main branches are:

  1. Job information (two sub-branches)
  2. Employment verifications (5880)
  3. Benefits & retirement (4510)
  4. Payroll & TLR (two sub-branches)
  5. ADA, LNI, FML (4515)
  6. All other questions (5880)

Budget reductions have brought changes to the Human Resources and Employee Relations Department at Shoreline Community College.  “This reduction has required our office to limit its long-standing open-door policy to ensure that time-sensitive departmental work gets done,” said Stephen Smith, Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs.

So, starting Summer Quarter, the Human Resources and Employee Relations Department began closing for unscheduled walk-in customer traffic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Department personnel are still available for walk-in traffic from 8-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Staff will also be available by appointment.

Smith acknowledged that the new schedule is a significant change from past practice that had the HR department open throughout the day. “The change applies only to the main HR offices,” Smith said. “The payroll and benefits offices, Nancy Teske and Ellen Pincus, will continue to be open whenever those staff members are available.”

Also, the main entrance to the department has been changed to Room 1013. The former entrance (1012) will generally be locked to entry from the hallway. A drop slot for documents and other items has been added to the door at 1013 for convenience during times when the office is closed to walk-in traffic.

Besides the physical changes, HR has also begun using an automated “phone tree” to more efficiently route incoming telephone calls to staff. The phone tree will be in operation at all times. Smith said individual phone extensions will continue to be accessible by direct dialing.

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