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May 12 2014 Volume 41 Number 2

In This Issue President’s Log


Governor’s Visit


Virtual Campus


Remember Marty


Bylaws Vote


A Cautionary Tale


On August 18th, Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D. will succeed Interim President Daryl

SCCFT Election


Campbell as President of Shoreline Community College.

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Associate Focus


Ruth Gregory


In announcing the finalization of plans for Roberts to begin her work at Shoreline in August, Campbell stated that he is actively coordinating with the Board of Trustees and the incoming president “to assure this transition is as smooth as possible.”

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Calendar Continuing Student Registration (Summer and Fall 2014) May 12-19, 2014

SCC Welcomes President Roberts

Roberts, who is leaving her position as President of Chemeketa Community College in Oregon to take up her position at Shoreline, will be paid $200,000 per year for a three-year contract. In addition, the college has agreed to contribute to Roberts’ moving expenses and to increase her annual leave by six days to a total of 30 paid leave days per year.

Closet Giveaway and Swap! 12:30 - 2:00 pm Friday, May 16 Lower level hallway of Library Building (4100)

As quoted on the Shoreline News webpage, Roberts shared why she pursued a leadership position at SCC: “The drive, commitment to students and excellence and sense of community are what drew me to Shoreline.” Roberts continued, “I’m looking forward to joining such a dedicated and innovative group. Together, we can continue to grow from the great work that has been done and dive into the work that lay before us with confidence of direction and support.”

Advising 201 Diana Knauf, 2:00-3:00 pm Friday, May 16, Room 1102

Faculty at Shoreline look forward to welcoming Cheryl Roberts to Shoreline and wish her every success as she assumes the presidency.

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President’s Log Spring Beginnings (with tactical triage) Amy J. Kinsel Professor of History, AFT Local 1950 President Spring is the season of beginnings, and Shoreline faculty members have many beginnings to look forward to in Spring 2014. The college’s new president, Cheryl Roberts, will arrive on campus in August. A fresh class of students will enroll in September.

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Biology Business Administration Business Technology Counseling English (two positions) ESL Math Learning Center Mathematics Multicultural Studies (two positions) Nursing

And with vacancies and retirements in all employee groups, the college will be hiring more than a few new administrators, faculty, and staff in the coming The college has not hired this many tenure-track months. faculty at once for at least ten years. While it will The influx of new faculty will relieve some of the be great to welcome new colleagues to our departoverwork that has burdened both full-time and part- ments and programs, the tenure processes needed time faculty during Shoreline’s recent period of for as many as 17 new faculty will require a major layoffs and hiring freezes. Most of these new hires investment of time and energy from our existing will assume existing unfilled positions rather than tenured faculty. fill new tenure lines, which means we will be restorIf we are to fulfill the contractual obligations of seting rather than expanding faculty strength. ting up appointment review committees (ARCs) for The hiring of new colleagues is welcome news for our new colleagues, Fall 2014 will be an “all-handsfaculty who look forward to the chance to rejuveon-deck” quarter. Each ARC needs three tenured nate programs and departments that have been sub- faculty members, which for 17 ARCs comes to a tostantially under-staffed in recent years. tal of 51 tenured faculty members! As a start to this rebuilding process, five faculty have assumed tenure-track positions in Spring 2014:     

Alison Armstrong, Engineering Jeffrey Cromwell, Automotive Nancy Felke, ABE/GED H.S. 21 Advising Kevin Roner, Automotive Ginger Villanueva, IE Advising

Many new associate faculty members have joined the college as well, and ten new senior associate positions have been advertised for Fall 2014 to join twelve continuing senior associates. Tenure-track faculty positions slated to be filled for Fall 2014 include: 2

In addition, each tenure candidate needs to collect peer reviews from tenured faculty during every quarter of the tenure process, and Faculty Evaluation Plan (FEP) processes must continue for posttenure and associate faculty employees. This work will need to be done in addition to teaching, advising, department, program, division, curricular, committee, community, and student club work. I cannot imagine that many of us have “spare” time to devote to tasks that we are not already doing, so I don’t have an answer to the question of how Shoreline faculty should attempt to accomplish the

mountain of work that I just described. I do not ad- to remember what all our effort accomplishes: vocate that anyone follow my example, but for what learning that changes lives for the better. it’s worth here it is. Last week I participated as a presenter in the Lately, I am finding that I have adopted a kind of SBCTC’s annual Assessment, Teaching, and Learning “triage” system for the work that I find on my Conference in Vancouver. I had worked last summer plate each day. In fact, I must confess that I am on a project with associate librarian Mike Wood to trying to figure out how to make the workload of assess whether online conferences, tutorials, and serving as Federation President while teaching a assignments from a course librarian in an online hisfive-credit class (yes, just one class!) halfway tory class might have a positive effect on students’ manageable. I wonder how many of the tactics I information literacy skills. Happily, the answer was employ are mirrored in your experiences? yes, but the time and effort involved in the project was problematic in terms of opportunity cost. In the morning I look at my appointment calendar and the (literally) 100 items on my “to do” list and Rather than scaling up our project, we are now start prioritizing: thinking of scaling it down by only targeting librarian help to specific online students whom we identify Which letters of recommendation need to go out through pre-testing as being most in need of protoday? Which student work must be graded by the active information-literacy support. end of this week? Which emails must be answered this morning and which can wait until this afterI guess we’ve proposed a kind of “triage” for stunoon or tomorrow? Which phone calls do I need to dents. We can’t provide this service for all students, return, and when? Which project can I work on over just for the students who need it most. lunch? And which meetings do I absolutely need to Does this individualized student intervention parallel attend? the triage I’ve been performing with everything else Like many of my fellow faculty, I eat lunch at my I do at the college? In the absence of resources and desk more often than not, or skip lunch entirely. time, is triage the best we can hope to do? I’ve started skipping meetings that I used to regard as essential but that I now must consider optional. I For now, perhaps so. I’ll leave it to better thinkers than me to come up with a solution to the situation have not participated in this quarter’s community we cope with—declining real salaries and increasing read of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks— workloads for jobs that somehow we still love to do. something I would have loved to join in on. I have stopped attending department meetings for Equity Meanwhile, our new faculty colleagues will need all and Social Justice—one meeting on my schedule just the support we can give them. Some of us will be had to go, and this one was it. I can no longer make able to triage our existing obligations and add an it to my gym after work—I left my office after 6:30 ARC to our duties. Some of us will not. I have faith pm three days last week. In the triage system, we that there will be enough tenured faculty to fill out do what we can. all those ARC nominations. It’s spring again, and The needs of the college are mounting—new ARCs to along with the smell of flowers the love of teaching is in the air. set up, screening committees to staff, general education outcomes to assess, technologies to learn, strategic plans to update, policies to review, curricula to revise, and, above all, students to mentor. Oh, yes—We are all ostensibly here to work with students! It is when I lose focus on students that I need 3

Governor Inslee Comes to Shoreline On April 29, Shoreline Community College hosted a visit from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. In a ceremony attended by members of the Shoreline Board of Trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, and students, Inslee signed an executive order to move Washington forward in clean energy technologies to reduce carbon pollution.

The governor held a press conference in the Professional Automotive Training Center to highlight his establishment of a Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce charged with advising him on the implementation of a carbon pollution reduction program. The Taskforce will include leaders in labor, business, and public interest organizations.

Elearning rebranded: From Virtual College to Virtual Campus As part of the All-Campus Meeting on May 9th, Executive Director of eLearning and the Virtual College, Ann Garnsey-Harter, shared a vision to extend our bricks-and-mortar campus into the virtual realm to meet 21st-century student needs. Pointing out that the blueprint for the Virtual College was written in early 2011, Garnsey-Harter spoke about next steps in the future of online and hybrid learning for the students of Shoreline. A Virtual Campus Initiative, now in draft form, outlines a strategy of leveraging virtual technologies to enhance the quality of support services that will lead to student achievement and persistence from quarter to quarter. As Garnsey-Harter pointed out, “It’s not just about getting students in the door and increasing our enrollments. it’s about helping students to succeed when they are here.”

librarian project in Kinsel’s online History course and presented on that experience at a recent statewide conference. Garnsey-Harter also cited Library Director Claire Murata’s announcement that our campus Library has acquired 75,000 new ebooks that can be used on mobile devices, and mentioned Reference Librarian Cheryl Lovseth’s work for an instructor researching Open Educational Resources for Communication Studies classes. She said the Virtual Campus draft emphasizes combining online with face-to-face instruction: “Hybrid class delivery is now an area of strength for the college that we should leverage and build on.”

Garnsey-Harter shared that Shoreline deans have begun work on a hybrid degree program to be launched in fall quarter: “Increasing hybrid classes and programs are a way that the Virtual Campus Noting that Student Achievement Initiative funding initiative can complement our international initiaformulas emphasize student achievement and per- tive, as international students can take very limited sistence, Shoreline’s eLearning director spotlighted online classes. “ recent efforts to improve the quality and quantity The eLearning and Virtual College director closed of support services to improve student success. her informative comments to the campus communiGarnsey-Harter spoke of the collaboration between ty with a request for feedback about the new draft Professor Amy Kinsel and Course Librarian Mike strategic plan for the Virtual Campus. Further deWood, who together piloted a virtual embedded tails are available on the SCC Intranet. 4


For the love of Marty

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, hundreds of Shoreline faculty members, family, community members, and friends came to the campus to pay their respects to SCC Counselor and Professor Emeritus Marty Olsen. Mr. Olsen joined Shoreline in 1973, retiring in 2009. He passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 13. Biology/Microbiology Professor Judy Penn shares her thoughts.

I am speechless. We have lost too many of our faculty leaders and mentors. Marty looked great at Karen’s memorial service, shared advice about retirement with me (do it as soon as you can) and we reminisced about the old days. He was such a comfort to all of us at that service, sharing a funny story or a big hug. For those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Marty, he was SO very devoted to students. A Vietnam veteran himself, he was the main advisor for veterans on the campus, a compassionate and understanding listener. I knew I could always send students in crisis to him and they would be in excellent hands. I will always remember his gentle, positive nature when walking new students through the orientation to registration. He was a great representative of all the good things we do at this college. There was no better person for students to meet in their first campus experience. Marty loved this college and its mission. He was supremely generous, contributing significantly with time and funding to various causes on campus, such as Foundation scholarship breakfasts or student clubs taking their first camping trip. A mentor to new faculty, a member of countless committees and the Federation Executive Board for many years, he was a true model of what we mean by the word faculty. But Marty also fought valiantly to correct injustices. Our Advising/Counseling department has had to fight to maintain its existence since well before I arrived (1990). Prior administrations have tried to eliminate them, have hired staff to do their faculty jobs, have cut back new student orientation sessions, and reduced their numbers under the guise of budget cuts. Marty fought these battles throughout his career, never giving up on what we all felt was absolutely essential to support our students. Marty always made you feel like he was really interested in how you were doing, and an encounter with him was a highlight of any day! I will miss that voice, that chuckle, that smile, that wisdom. I can’t believe he’s gone. But I think Marty would say to us now: live every moment to the fullest and be kind to one another. --Judy Meier Penn


Faculty Senate: Changes proposed Kira Wennstrom Professor of Biology, Faculty Senate Chair During the academic year 2013-2014, the Fac- sentatives are selected to reflect current practice ulty Senate Council drafted revisions to its bylaws.

within the divisions (typically formal elections are not held to select representatives).

A vote to ratify the changes is scheduled for the first week of June 2014. The current and proposed ver- Article III, Section 1. Adds a new Officer (Moderator sions of the bylaws are available below. Please re- of the Faculty Listserv). This formalizes the arrangeview the changes in preparation for the June ballot. ment which has been in place for some time. Current bylaws (in effect now) Proposed revisions (would take effect Fall 2014)

Article III, Section 2. Revises the duties of the Officers to reflect current practice. Adds the Moderator of the Faculty Listserv.

Summary of proposed changes

Article IV, Section 5. Clarifies protocols around seArticle II, Section 3. Updates the representation lection of substitute (proxy) representation for model to reflect new methods of reporting FTEF (the Council meetings. old MIS report is no longer available). Due to organi- Article IV, Section 6. Outlines the purpose of the zation changes, many advisors and counselors are no faculty listserv. longer represented under the current model. A position has been created for faculty advisors/ Please feel free to contact me with any questions. counselors. Updates the language about how repre-

New Student Study Space The office space in building 4000 ( The Campus Library) formerly occupied by elearning has been repurposed for the use of our primary stakeholders, hardworking SCC students. Scholars can now work alone or in groups at the tables provided, or in an office with computer access for group work or online tests, which can be reserved at the Circulation Desk. The Library Office Area is open from 9am to 4pm.


A Cautionary Tale Diana Knauf Professor of Psychology Contrary to popular belief, I have not been on sabbatical. Many people have asked, and in hindsight, I serve as a cautionary tale for us all. In these times of economic difficulty for state institutions, where we have lost 25 percent of our fulltime faculty and watched respect for ourselves as practitioners of a time honored profession dwindle (suspension of sabbaticals, no cost-of-living nor STEP increases in the past 6 years despite what our contract says), it is little surprise that we may feel stressed, overworked, and unappreciated. Unfortunately, this has occurred at the same time that expectations have increased: new technologies, tightened assessment expectations, supervision of associate faculty, and filling the gaps left by those now gone. These tasks are not the enemy; they are simply difficult given our current context. Some of us have responded by putting our heads down, teaching, doing our office hours, advising, and getting the heck out of Dodge. Some have retreated to the online environment, rarely surfacing on the physical campus. Others have engaged in efforts to make up for the contributions of our missing colleagues, often attempting to do far more than we should. In my effort to continue to make sure things happened (because I passionately believe in their importance), I did many things – well, too many things. Do you know what happens when you try to do too many things? As I discovered, you reach a point where you do none of them well. In this sense, I am a cautionary tale.

With no sabbaticals available, for me it was a SelfImposed Time Out (aka, a Leave Without Pay). Now, I want to be clear – no one “made” me leave, and I am fortunate that my family was supportive and could weather an academic year without my salary. I am well aware that such a “time out” is not possible for everyone. We cannot be all things for all people. We cannot completely replace our missing colleagues and their work by giving more and more of ourselves until there is so little left that we cannot manage. I have tried that, and I am here to say it is neither effective nor useful. This past nine months has given me time to develop perspective. None of us is good to anyone when we attempt to do too much. All of those extra things ARE important, but they should not occur at the price they currently exact. We all work hard, and many of us do our fair share, and we can urge others to do the same – it is ALL important. However, we can also be clear about what is possible and what is beyond our current bandwidth when speaking with administration – trying to do everything has a cost. In my experience, we have been doing more and more with less and less, and ultimately it made me less of who I am. Please do not let that happen to you as well. Now, I am looking forward to returning so that I can put my energies where they belong, with my students in the classroom and my office. THAT is my job, and I am happy to do it.

And, when you are so angry and frustrated that you feel you have no recourse but to march into a Board of Trustees meeting, in academic robes no less, to “school” the then college president and unresponsive Board members? Well, that is a pretty good indication that it is time to take some kind of break. 7

SCCFT Election: Spring 2014 Leadership positions up for vote Amy Kinsel Professor of History, SCCFT Local 1950 President It’s time again for SCCFT Local 1950 to hold its spring election.

assigned to an academic division will vote with the MATH/SCIENCE division.

A secret ballot election to fill the second years of four vacant two-year officer positions, and to fill one-year terms for one COPE/Legislative representative and ten divisional representatives, as well as for five Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) representatives, is being conducted by mail in accordance with federal guidelines.

Ballots for this election have been mailed to SCCFT members’ home addresses. Any eligible SCCFT member who has not received a ballot packet in the mail at home by May 16, 2014, or any eligible SCCFT member who spoils a ballot or who receives the incorrect division ballot, may request a new packet or a new ballot by contacting Amelia Acosta at (206) 546-5818 or If you request and return new ballots, only the replacement ballots will be counted.

The four officer positions that need to be filled for next year are 1st Vice President (Membership), 2nd Vice President (Grievance), Treasurer, and Secretary.

The Federation can send ballots only to home addresses of members. If you do not receive a ballot, 1st VP Juliet Lovejoy is resigning her current position this may be because you need to update your memto run for Treasurer, 2nd VP Davis Oldham and Treas- bership information with SCCFT. A membership urer Shannon Flynn are resigning because they will form is included on page 9 for this purpose. Return be on sabbatical leaves next year, and the Secretary completed membership forms to SCCFT Local 1950 position has been vacant for all of 2013-14. 1st Vice President Juliet Lovejoy in FOSS. The President and 3rd Vice President (Part-time Affairs) positions will continue to be held by Amy Kinsel and Joanna Haeck, who next year will complete the second years of their two-year terms.

IMPORTANT: Mail your completed ballots in sufficient time for them to be received at 18405 Aurora Ave. N Suite H-84 Seattle, WA 98133 no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 30, 2014 (this is not a postmark date).

All other SCCFT elected positions have one-year terms. These positions include COPE/Legislative Only ballots received in the P.O. Box by 5:00 p.m. Representative, three division representatives each on May 30, 2014, will be eligible to be counted. for for HO/PE/BUS and Humanities, two division representatives each for Math/Science and SS/ESJ/LIB, and five Martin Luther King County Labor Council delegate position (positions 1 and 2 include E-Board Getting Soundings is easy! membership and positions 3 through 5 do not). All members in good standing of SCCFT Local 1950 may cast ballots. Eligible voters within each divisional unit will elect their respective divisional representatives; eligible voters will vote for divisional representatives based on their assigned academic divisions. Eligible voters from Academic Advising and Counseling units who are not assigned to academic divisions will vote with the HUMANITIES division, and eligible voters from the Automotive Department who are not 8

Did you know that there is a new Soundings email address to facilitate electronic distribution of our online newsletter? If you would like to receive a link to each new issue of Soundings in your personal email inbox, please send a message from your personal email account to with the subject line SOUNDINGS. (SCCFT can send direct links only to personal email accounts, not to

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Calendar, continued from page 1 AFT-Washington Celebrates Books and Reading 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday, May 17 Seattle Center Exhibition Hall New Student Registration Begins (Summer and Fall 2014) Tuesday, May 20 “How to Proofread for Clear and Correct Writing” Grace Rhodes, TWLS, free workshop Tuesday, May 20, 10:30-11:25 am, Room 1501 College Council Meeting Tuesday, May 20, 2:00-4:30 pm Board Room ARC Ballots Due Return to Amy Kinsel in FOSS Tuesday, May 20, 5:00 pm “Sentence Puzzles” Grace Rhodes, TWLS, free workshop Wednesday, May 21, 3:00-3:50 pm, Room 1501

Appointment Review Committee Training Thursday, May 22, 3:30-5:00 pm, Room 1402 All-Faculty Senate Meeting Wednesday, May 28, 2:30-4:00 pm, Room 2925 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Wednesday, May 28, 4:00 pm, Board Room SCCFT Local 1950 Spring 2014 Ballots Due Mail-in ballots due to SCCFT P.O. Box Friday, May 30, 5:00 pm College Council Meeting Tuesday, June 3, 2:00-4:30 pm Board Room Commencement Rehearsal Friday, June 6, 1:30-3:30 pm, Main Gym Commencement Sunday, June 8, 2:00 pm, Main Gym Final Day of Classes Monday, June 9 9

Associate Faculty Focus A new column sharing the perspectives of associate faculty at Shoreline Community College

Hello Union Colleagues! JaLynn Agustus Associate Faculty ESL

The purpose of this new column in Soundings is to be a forum for part-time faculty members in SCC Federation of Teachers Local 1950, a place to add our voices and unique points of view to the faculty publication at Shoreline Community College. My Name is JaLynn Augustus. I have been a part-time ESL teacher at 3 community colleges for the past 14 years. I’ve found that each college has its own set of values and degrees of support available for contingent faculty members. For example, did you know that our union’s 3rd VP is the official voice of part-time faculty on the Federation E-Board? Her name is Joanna Haeck, and you can contact her at: On April 26th, I attended AFT Washington’s 3rd Annual Contingent Faculty Issues Conference, hosted by the Seattle Community Colleges. The conference addressed two main topics: unemployment law for contingent faculty and the successes and challenges experienced by AFT contingent faculty members across the nation. Alyssa Picard, Assistant Director, AFT Higher Education (Washington D.C.) spoke about her advocacy efforts with City College of San Francisco’s faculty union in the past year. Tracey Whitten (, AFT Washington Internal Organizer, urged us to support union representation by forming part-time faculty committees at the local level. I think that this would be a great way for us to compare notes and share our knowledge and experiences with our union colleagues, so if you are interested in joining a new committee dedicated to part -time faculty at SCC, email me at the email address shown above! It’s an exciting time, nationally and locally, to get involved in union advocacy. Working together in solidarity, we can do much more than keeping our thoughts and concerns to ourselves. Let’s work together to make things better!


Shoreline at the movies? Catching up with Ruth Gregory To satisfy the curiosity of Shoreline faculty wondering what Digital Filmmaking instructor Ruth Gregory has been up to: Ruth is now working full time at the Arts and Academics Academy in Burien, an artsinfused public high school. There she teaches photography, graphic arts, video, animation, and theater, but admits that she still misses Shoreline, and would love to return one day when there is a fulltime faculty position open in her subject area.

This successful cinematic effort was not the first collaboration between Gregory and Harryman: “The one we made last year, A Dose for Dominic, I wrote and directed. She co-edited. It is about Tony and Anjela’s decision to treat their severely autistic 5-year-old son, Dominic, with medical cannabis.” A Dose for Dominic has won a couple of awards in the last year and will be aired on PBS as a part of Reel Northwest season 4, Reel NW Shorts | KCTS 9 Public Television.

Meanwhile, our former Soundings Editor has been quite active in film production, having recently coproduced a film with Shoreline faculty Amanda Harryman, titled Maikalu, which will be shown as part People can keep up with Ruth by checking out her website: of the Seattle International Film Festival this year. “Several Shoreline students and staff worked on this one,” said Gregory.

American Federation of Teachers Washington Celebrates Books and Reading Free books for children and families at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall On Saturday, May 17, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Washington will host a book give-away and resource fair. Through our partnership with an organization called First Book, we can obtain hundreds of books suitable for all ages and cultures at a vastly reduced cost. We invite families to attend the event at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. The event will also include reading tents, entertainment, and fun activities. Attendance is free. Karen Strickland, President AFT Washington, AFL-CIO


First-Ever Solidarity Event

Celebrate solidarity in labor with union brothers, sisters, and community Partners May 16th and 17th at the Best Western Executive Inn in downtown Seattle (200 Taylor Avenue North) and the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (Mercer Street at Third Avenue North).

Friday, 5/16


4 - 5:30 PM - Registration and Happy Hour For information, contact Elizabeth Ferrell at 206-432-8088 or 5:30 PM - Dinner for members and guests. Fundraising for the AFT Washington/Shwerin Iglitzin Lavitt Education Scholarship. 7:30 PM - "Labor's Got Talent!" A fun show for members of the labor community as part of the WSLC MayWorks Celebration. Be a star on the stage (singing, dancing, music, comedy, etc.) or simply sit back and enjoy the talents of other members of the labor community. Contact Tracey Whitten if you would like to perform: Saturday, 5/17 8 - 9 AM - Constituency Breakfast: Share a meal and meet other members. 9:15 - 11 AM - Breakout Groups: Member-to-member discussion on topics of interest, developed from a member survey. 11:30 AM - 4 PM - AFT Washington Celebrates Books and Reading As education employees, we know how important literacy is to a child's success in school and in life. We are hosting a book give-away and resource fair with our community partners, including First Book, which allows us to provide free books. Along with our members and community partners, we will reach out to students, their families, and others who will benefit by having books in their homes. Because we are expecting a large turnout, we are seeking volunteers to help with the book fair for a shift or two, or all day. You can volunteer by clicking this link. More at:


InfoBYTES InfoBYTES features ongoing news about what’s going on in the Ray Howard Library.

Springtime for Information Literacy Mike Wood Associate Faculty Librarian

Our Ray Howard Library has been active in

service to the campus community this spring: 

Lab 4214 on the main floor of the library has been extensively upgraded, with new technolo-  gy that facilitates student group work during information literacy classes with new group workpods replacing the former rows of tables, each pod equipped with up to date laptops and a large monitor for screen sharing. 

The office space formerly occupied by elearning has been re-purposed for SCC students studying in the library, with tables and an office with computer access for group work.

The library collection has been enhanced by 75,000 new ebooks, all instantly accessible on computers or on mobile devices. We are vigorously marketing 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week access to live text chat with a reference librarian, a service to students that we have branded SCC LibarianChat. Information Literacy Librarian Caroline Conley and Associate Librarian Mike Wood were copresenters with their respective faculty collaborators at SBCTC’s Assessment, Teaching and Learning Conference in Vancouver.

An invitation from Professor Judy Penn: Join the Federation “You are the future of this college.” We've recently lost three wonderful faculty and faculty emeriti (Marty, Phyllis, and Karen) who dedicated countless hours to Federation work as advocates for their colleagues. All were excellent role models of what it means to be a professor here at SCC. It's more than just teaching. It's also participating in advising, governance, and other campus activities. As someone who served for many years as a Division Representative and Secretary of the Executive Board, I want to especially encourage our newer full-time faculty (Ken LaFountaine would have affectionately called you "youngsters") to become involved. You are the future of this college. This is a great way to get to know colleagues across campus, how things work (and sometimes don't work), and to effect change, while serving your colleagues in the spirit of Phyllis, Marty, and Karen. Please consider getting involved. It is what you make it. ~ Judy 13

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friendly neighborhood Soundings Editor, SCC librarian Mike Wood, at the Soundings email address:

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Please include your name, off-campus phone number, and off-campus email address. Thank you,

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SCCFT SCCFT Executive Executive Board Board

Position Officer or Representative email phone President Amy Kinsel, History X4679 Office Officer Email Phone st 1 VP/Parliamentarian Juliet Lovejoy, Mathematics X4574 President AmyDavis J. Kinsel 206.546-4679 2nd VP/Grievance Oldham, English X4768 1st3Vice President/Parliamentarian Kira Joanna L. Wennstrom 206.546-4578 rd VP/Part-time Faculty Haeck, English X6787 2nd Vice President Davis Oldham 206.546.4768 Treasurer Shannon Flynn, Mathematics X4705 3rd Vice President Bonnie Frunz 206.546-6987 Secretary Vacant Secretary Elizabeth Hanson 206.546-4555 Immediate Past President Gary Parks, English X4785 Treasurer Shannon Flynn 206.546-4705 COPE/Legislative Rep. Vacant Past President Gary Parks 206.546-4785 HO/PE/BUS Rep. 1 Alison Leahy, Nutrition X5891 COPE/Legislative Representative Leslie Potter-Henderson 206.546-4554 HO/PE/BUS Rep. 2 Vacant HO/PE/BUS Rep. 1 Alison Leahy 206.546-5891 HO/PE/BUSRep. Rep.23 Vacant HO/PE/BUS Sueanne Seegers 206.546-4710 Humanities Rep. Elizabeth Hanson X4555 HO/PE/BUS Rep.13 vacant HumanitiesRep. Rep.12 Ruthann Duffy, ESL X6766 Humanities Ruthann Duffy 206.533-6766 Humanities Rep. 3 Grace Rhodes, English (TWLS) X4308 Humanities Rep. 2 Ruth Gregory 206.546-4789 Math/Science/Auto/Mfg. Rep. 1 Steven Bogart, Mathematics X6986 Humanities Rep. 3 Grace Rhodes 206.546-4101 x4308 Math/Science/Auto/Mfg.Rep. Rep. 12 Kristopher X6789 Math/Science/Auto/Mfg Steven Bogart Gutierrez, Physics 206.546-6986 Math/Science/Auto/Mfg SS/ESJ/LIB/Media Rep. 1Rep. 2 Leoned Amelia Gines Acosta, 206.546-4543 X5818 SS/ES/LIB/Media Betsey 206.546-4680 SS/ESJ/LIB/MediaRep. Rep.12 TimBarnett Payne, Economics X4706 SS/ESJ/LIB/Media 2 Rep. 1 ChipVacant Dodd 206.546-4653 King County Labor Rep. Council King County Tim Payne 206.546-4706 King CountyLabor LaborCouncil Council Rep. Rep. 21 Vacant King County Labor Council Rep. 2 Sarah Zale 206.546.4655 The following positions do not include Executive Board membership:

The following positions do not include E-Board membership: King CountyLabor LaborCouncil Council Rep. Rep. 33 Vacant King County Jonathan Betz-Zall 206.546-6939 King County Labor Council Rep. 4 Gary Parks, English X4785 King County Labor Council Rep. 4 vacant King CountyLabor LaborCouncil Council Rep. Rep. 55 Elizabeth Hanson, ESL X4555 King County vacant

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Soundings 05 12 2014 final  
Soundings 05 12 2014 final  

This is the May 12, 2014 issue of Soundings, the occasional newsletter of Shoreline Community College Federation of Teachers Local 1950.