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YAKIMA VALLEY COLLEGE Campus Update, Fall 2016

Board of Trustees Patrick Baldoz Sara Cate, M.D.

Letter from the President

Rosalinda Mendoza

The colorful foliage and the brisk

Robert Ozuna Patricia Whitefoot

weather are sure signs that the fall

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valley. In this issue of the

Niki Hopkins

Campus Update, we have highlighted

Stefanie Menard

some of the many activities and

season has definitely arrived in our

accomplishments that have occurred

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during the summer and fall quarters.

Niki Hopkins

We are delighted that our new

Stefanie Menard Jordan Vidmore

Toppenish Learning Center opened on

Justin Hawkes

September 9th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception, and tours. It is a

Published: December 2016 If you would like to be added or removed from our mailing list, please contact us: Yakima Valley College Community Relations PO Box 22520 Yakima, WA 98907-2520

beautiful, state-of-the-art facility and a tremendous improvement over the former facility. In late August, we were very excited to receive a Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution Grant for $2.625 million over five years. This grant titled EQUitable Access to Learning (EQUAL) will provide improvements to the Grandview Campus. In September, we were elated to learn that we had been awarded another federal grant titled Scaffolds to STEM Success (S2TEMS) in the amount of $3.875 million over the next five

years. These are both highly competitive grants that will enhance our STEM


programs and improve student success. On October 1, Governor Inslee appointed a new trustee to our college

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board, Patrick Baldoz. Mr. Baldoz has a long history of collaboration with YVC through his role as Director and CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Council. He replaces Ms. Lisa Parker who served as a YVC Trustee for the past thirteen years, including several years as board chair. Finally, this issue includes our Annual Report which provides current data about our students and staff, budget, and capital projects. We appreciate your interest in learning more about current activities, events, and accomplishments at Yakima Valley College. Your ongoing support and engagement is a large part of our success. Sincerely,

Linda Kaminski, Ed.D. President

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Toppenish Center Opens Annual Report TRiO Excelencia Finalist

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Campus News Athletics Student Activities Larson Gallery YVC’s People

Dedication This edition of the Campus Update is dedicated to Niki Hopkins. She has contributed her time and expertise to 39 editions of this publication. The college would like to recognize her work and extend our gratitude for her commitment to sharing our story. We wish her well on her future endeavors. Cover Photo: A student walks up the stairway of the pedestrian bridge on the Yakima Campus.

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New Learning Center Opens in Toppenish This fall Yakima Valley College hosted a grand opening celebration of the newly constructed learning center in Toppenish, Washington. The $2.5 million project provides 7,092 square feet of space to prepare students for entrance into college with programs such as High School 21+, GED Preparation, English as a Second Language, and Adult Basic Education. The building contains state-of-the-art classrooms, testing rooms, faculty offices, and student gathering spaces. “We are excited to have a beautiful facility that is welcoming to students to offer educational opportunities in the Toppenish community,” stated Interim Dean of Basic Skills and the Grandview Campus Marc Coomer. “The new center creates an educational gathering space that effectively supports multiple modes of instruction and allows us to increase class offerings,” he continued. The event provided an opportunity to gather tribal council leaders and educators from the Yakama Nation along with city, community, and educational partners to share information about YVC’s resources. Visitors toured the facility and met faculty and staff who will be working and teaching in Toppenish. The celebration began with the prayer from Yakama Nation Tribal Council Member Raymond Smartlowit. Guest speakers included Principle at BORAchitecture Allen Opfer, Yakama National Tribal Council Member Frank Mesplie, and YVC Basic Skills Instructor Russell Marquis. The ribbon-cutting celebrated the opening of the facility in time for fall quarter classes. The building was designed by Yakima firm BORArchitecture, PLLC, and built by Yakima contractor M Sevigny Construction, Inc. Left to right; Raymond Smartlowit, Yakama Nation Tribal Council; Patricia Whitefoot, YVC Board Chair; Frank Mesplie, Yakama Nation Tribal Council; Rosalinda Mendoza, YVC Board Member; Dr. Linda Kaminski, YVC President; Bruce Chandler, Washington State Representative from the 15th District; Allen Opfer, Principle at BORArchitecture, and Russell Marquis, YVC Basic Skills Instructor.


YVC’s first class of the bachelor of applied science in dental hygiene program. Students receives hands-on training as part of their coursework.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Bridge Program This fall the college was pleased to begin offering licensed dental hygienists, who have an associate degree, a “bridge” to the bachelors of applied science in dental hygiene (BASDH) degree. Graduates of dental hygiene programs approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation are eligible to apply. To receive a BASDH degree from YVC, students must meet the requirements of Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The BASDH degree includes 60 general education credits. The program awards upper division non-traditional learning credits for prior learning demonstrated through mastery of dental hygiene competencies. Evidence Based Clinical Practicum and Healthcare Teaching Practicum co-operative courses are also offered. For more information: 509.834.4527 or

Title V EQUAL Grant YVC was recently awarded a US Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Grant entitled “EQUitable Access to Learning” (EQUAL) in the amount of $2.625 million over the next five years. To be deemed an HSI, more than 50% of the college student population must receive federal financial aid and more than 25% must be Hispanic. HSI grants provide funding for institutions to create or improve academic programs, student services, and/or facilities with an eye toward improving the enrollment and success of low-income and Hispanic students. With this grant YVC will focus on enhancing programs and services on the Grandview Campus and expanding institutional capacity to utilize eLearning for course and service delivery. “We are extremely pleased and grateful to have been awarded this highly competitive grant. It will provide much needed upgrades to the Grandview Campus facilities, expand learning opportunities and student services, provide critically needed faculty support and training, and upgrade the technology infrastructure to better support eLearning,” stated Dr. Linda Kaminski.

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Last spring the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of Yakima Valley Community College, returning the institution to its former name of Yakima Valley College. A new logo was designed, under the direction of Dr. Linda Kaminski, to reflect the name change and refresh the college brand. The logo and updated college seal were released in September replacing the previous Yakima Valley Community College versions. The previous YVCC logo was designed in 1983 by graphic designer Anne Byerrum.

Students work on their undergraduate STEM research projects during the 2016-2017 academic year.

SOLVER & NeST Grants

YVC has been awarded a pair of National Science Foundation grants to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. First, a collaboration with Central Washington University (CWU) has been awarded $122,300 over the next three years to create a Sustainability for Our Lives, Values, Environment and Resources (SOLVER) bridge program between YVC and CWU. The grant is designed to increase the enrollment and retention rate of YVC STEM students. Specifically, YVC students will have increased access to undergraduate research and CWU faculty. “The SOLVER program provides multiple opportunities for our students to work on research questions and interact with CWU faculty,” stated YVC Biology Instructor Dr. Matthew Loeser. Second, YVC has been awarded a $447,776 grant over the next five years to create a New Scientist Training (NeST) program. The NeST program will stimulate performance of low-income and first-generation college students interested in earning a degree in a STEM field. The program, based at YVC, includes the following key elements: incentivized scholarships to be awarded for academic performance, undergraduate research opportunities, support for the STEM club, expanded tutoring and proactive advising. “The NeST program is an exciting addition to the suite of student experiences we offer at YVC and one that will improve educational attainment for lower income families from across our valley,” stated Dean of Arts & Sciences Kerrie Cavaness.

S2TEM Grant YVC has been selected to receive a competitive grant allowing the college to improve infrastructure and support services in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The grant titled, Scaffolds to STEM Success (S2TEMS), is provided by the US Department of Education. The award amount is $3.875 million over the next five years. The S2TEMS initiative is designed to increase enrollment, retention, completion, and transfer in STEM programs. S2TEMS will explore new ways to support underrepresented and low-income students interested in STEM by creating cohorts of first-year students. Each cohort will have expanded access to student support services and advising. YVC students pursuing major-ready transfer degrees will benefit from strengthened partnerships with Central Washington University and Washington State University via direct transfer agreements, shared advising protocols, campus visits, and transfer fairs. In addition, this grant will enable the remodel of a 6,000 square foot vacated shop and office space to become a state-of-the-art engineering and physics teaching space. Labs will be equipped with cutting-edge technology and students will gain group study spaces. “Washington State needs talented graduates to advance our STEM-related industries. The S2TEMS initiative identifies a leak in the STEM education pipeline and provides the tools to increase student success. We are grateful for the opportunity to put our ideas into action,” stated Biology Instructor Dr. Matthew Loeser. Fall 2016 6


Women’s Soccer

Women’s Volleyball

YVC Women’s Soccer welcomed new Head Coach Abigail Drollinger along with sixteen new players from Utah, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. The freshmen joined the Yak’s one returning sophomore. “As with all new beginnings there are bound to be learning curves and bumps along the road,” stated Drollinger. Season highlights included twice upsetting the undefeated North Idaho College, and playing strong against #1 ranked Spokane Community College. The Yaks finished their season with an overall record of 5-11-1, with most of the losses being within one goal. “This season was marred by missed chances, but we are a very young team. The majority of the team will return next season so 2017 already looks to be a very promising year,” concluded Drollinger.

YVC Women’s Volleyball took strides this season in building a strong program that is not to be overlooked. Lead by Interim Head Coach Emily Escamilla the team improved their overall record from the previous season to 13-13. “We had five returning players that learned a lot about themselves as teammates in the 2015 season. They were determined to leave a positive impression on this program,” stated Escamilla. There were standout individual performances from co-captains Kerista Goodpaster, who earned All-NWAC Eastern Region Second Team, and Molly Cavanaugh, who earned Eastern Region Setter of the Week and a spot on the NWAC Sophomore All- Star Team. In addition, Carly Davis was named Eastern Region Defensive Player of the Week. She led the NWAC conference in digs with a total of 485 for the season. Ember Punahele-Manaea was also named to the NWAC Sophomore All-Star Team.

YVC Loses Long-time Coach & Friend - Al Rogers The campus community was saddened by the loss of long-time friend, colleague, and Head Volleyball Coach Al Rogers. Rogers started coaching at YVC in 1978 and took over as head coach for women’s volleyball in 1988. He earned many awards and accomplishments including NWAC Eastern Region Coach of the Year in 1995, 2010, and 2013. His team won NWAC Eastern Region titles in the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons and he led the Yaks to 15 NWAC Championship Tournament appearances. He was the 2001 recipient of the Wilber H Peck Referee Emeritus Award from USA Volleyball and the 1988 recipient of the Glen G Davis Award by USVBA for referee service to the game of volleyball. Rogers mentored countless students both on the court and in pursuit of their educational goals.

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Annual Report • Academic Year 2015-2016 Enrollment 8,149 Annual Headcount 4,289 Full-Time Equivalent

Operating Resources Total $29,955,831


State Operating Funds $18,426,899 62%

Graduating Class 1,101 Graduates 1,280 Total Degrees and Certificates Earned


$15,000,000 Tuition $9,256,000 31%


355 Full-Time Employees 38% Faculty 44% Classified 10% Exempt/Professional 8% Administrative


Reserves $1,521,164 5%

Local Funds $751,768 2%


Financial Aid

State & Federal Grants & Contracts

Total $22,370,647

Total $4,975,269


Federal Grants $2,987,650 60%


Grants and Waivers $13,269,158 60%


$2,500,000 Local Grants & Contracts $1,791,248 36%


$9,000,000 Student Loans $6,580,089 29%


$6,000,000 $1,000,000




State Grants $196,371 4%



Scholarships $1,342,347 6% Outside Agency Work Study $867,854 $311,199 4% 1%

A Look at Our Students Basic Skills 18%

40 or Above 13%

Academic 43%

Under 20 24%

Multiracial or Other Race African American 5% 1% Asian/PaciďŹ c Islander 1% Native American 3%

30-39 16%

Developmental 12%

Course Type


20-29 47%

Hispanic 55%

White 35%


Vocational 27%

College Infrastructure Projects

Campus Operations

Toppenish Learning Center

Veterinary Technology Remodel

Campus Operations Campus Operations, a two building complex, was completed in April 2016. The 10,236 square foot administration building gives the print shop, security, and facility operations unique spaces that include offices, meeting spaces, and a training/muster room. The 13,144 square foot shop provides grounds and maintenance staff space for equipment, repairs, and storage along with a room for custodial storage and campus record storage.

Toppenish Learning Center Grand Opening The grand opening celebration of the Toppenish Learning Center was held on September 9, 2016. During the event, employees and the community had the opportunity to tour the new facility. The building opened for classes in the fall of 2016.

Veterinary Technology and Automotive Service Technology Remodel The remodel of the Veterinary Technology and Automotive Service Technology space located in the Technology Complex was completed in September 2016. In an effort to create better instructional spaces, Veterinary Technology and Automotive Service Technology collaborated to redesign existing square footage into a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment.

North Campus Commons The demolition of Palmer Hall took place in June 2016 and is currently being replaced with a gathering space that will include trees, shrubs, pavers, and a pergola. This will allow for an open and welcoming outdoor area in the middle of campus for faculty, staff, and students to enjoy the different seasons. Data for this report provided by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Budget Office, Grant Office, Financial Aid, Human Resource Services, and the Vice President for Administrative Services. Sources include: State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Annual Report, Data Warehouse, and Financial Aid Management. Published: December 2016.



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READS During the 2016-2017 academic year YVC’s Arts and Sciences Division will lead in celebrating the work of Aldo Leopold. First published in 1949, A Sand County Almanac is considered one of the cornerstones for modern conservation science, policy, and ethics. To learn more about his famous work visit:

“There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.” - Aldo Leopold

For information on upcoming events and activities at YVC visit:

STUDENT ACTIVITIES Learn more about student events and activities hosted throughout the academic year. Designed to enhance the student experience and provide meaningful outreach to the communities we serve many of the events are planned and coordinated with support from various student clubs, the Associated Students of YVC (ASYVC), and the Grandview Student Council (GSC). Below is a sampling of some of the events that were held during the past summer and fall quarters. For information on upcoming activities visit:

Welcome Back Socials Events held on the Yakima Campus included a week-long celebration welcoming students to campus for the 2016-17 academic year. The celebration included a club fair, a performance by magician Craig Martin, movie night, game day, talent show, and a blood drive. On the Grandview Campus a welcome back event was also held to help get students excited about the upcoming school year. They had the opportunity to meet with GSC officers, enjoyed free lunch, and had their picture taken in a photo booth.

Poetry Pizza Party In conjunction with the annual Diversity Series a Pizza Poetry Party was held in November. The event featured Washington State Poet Laureate and Gonzaga University Professor Tod Marshall. Marshall shared poems from his new book Bugle. In addition he led a workshop, Voices in the Valley, for students.

Undergraduate STEM Research For the past six years YVC has partnered with Heritage University to offer opportunities for summer research through a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) grant from the US Department of Education. This summer 25 students were accepted into the program to work on a variety of projects in the STEM fields. To learn more visit:

Dental Hygiene Outreach YVC’s Dental Hygiene Program recently hosted two successful outreach events. The first event helped educate preschool children on the importance of good oral hygiene. Participants were given free dental exams. In total, 15 children were served. Later, in honor of Veteran’s Day, free dental exams, x-rays, and cleanings were given to area veterans and active duty soldiers. In total, 18 individuals were served. YVC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic provides affordable services. Patients of all ages are seen throughout the academic year, including seniors and children.

Veterans Day In honor of Veterans Day students on the Grandview Campus held a fundraiser to sell cookies from the local bakery, Taste of Heaven. Proceeds totaling $68 were donated to Wreaths Across America, an organization who works to honor fallen veterans. 13 Yakima Valley College

Disability Awareness Month Students on the Grandview Campus worked to help raise awareness about disabilities in conjunction with the National Disability Awareness Month. A film viewing of I am Sam was hosted and moderated by Counselor Heidi Matlack. For more information about resources available to YVC students visit

Playmasters YVC Playmasters hosted a fall production of Jennifer Haley’s The Nether. The play explores how a virtual wonderland provides total sensory immersion. The production was directed by Drama Instructor Alicia Bickley. She also facilitated a discussion focused on the questions surrounding the moral complexities and the consequences of living out our fantasies in the world of virtual reality. YVC’s cast included Rebecca Fuchs, Lance Mendoza, Eduardo Rodriguez, Alex Knapp, and Katy Sokol.

Trunk or Treat Hosted for the second year in a row, Trunk or Treat, provided a safe and fun atmosphere for children of all ages to trick-or-treat. “Trunk or Treat provides a wonderful opportunity for campus clubs and ASYVC to collaborate and give back to the community. It’s becoming an event that our students look forward to each year,” stated Student Life Coordinator Caitlin Goodwill. The event served over 1,300 children.

Diversity Series The annual Diversity Series kicked-off the fall quarter with events to engage students in a discussion on the importance of voting. Three events were held. The first focused on registering voters for the 2016 presidential election. The second event was centered around the history of voter registration. The third event explained the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Diversity Series will continue throughout the academic year.

Native American Heritage Month YVC’s Tiin-Ma Student Club honored Native American Heritage Month with events for students and the community. In November the club invited guest speakers to address current issues, culture and tradition, as well as politics and art. Display tables were set up in the HUB and presentations with question and answer sessions followed. Later the club hosted a Round Dance. All YVC students were invited to participate in this traditional social gathering.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month During the month of October the GSC celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month by providing information and pink ribbons to students. To fundraise they sold cookies, goodie bags, pencils, and wrist bands. “We chose to fundraise for Breast Cancer because we know that many of our students have been impacted by this disease in their lives one way or another,” stated GSC President Ubaldo Pena. They raised a total of $182 to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation for research.

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YVC students in TRiO’s Scaffolds to Success program tour university campuses to successfully prepare for transition to complete bachelors degrees.

TRiO Program Selected as National Finalist - Excelencia Award YVC’s TRiO program, Scaffolds to Success, was recently selected as a finalist for the 2016 Examples of Excelencia Award. The award is given by the Washington D.C. organization Excelencia in Education. YVC was selected as one of six associate degree institutions from across the nation, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. This initiative honors America’s top programs that increase academic opportunities and achievement for Latino students. YVC is proud to be recognized by Excelencia in Education and included in the 2016 edition of What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education. “We are excited to be nominated for the Excelencia in Education award, not only in that it acknowledges the success of our program, but that it reflects on the quality of our faculty and staff that work directly with our TRiO Student Support Services students,” stated Marc Coomer, Interim Dean for Basic Skills and the Grandview Campus. In 2009, YVC created the Scaffolds to Success program to increase the persistence, graduation, and transfer rates of incoming students who are low-income, first-generation, and academically under-prepared. The goal is to ensure that qualifying students complete associate degrees and transfer to bachelor degree granting institutions. First year objectives include completing developmental English and Freshman Composition, staying continuously enrolled in a math sequence, and completing at least 15 college-level credits. Second year objectives include completing the quantitative requirement for their chosen degree, taking coursework through the general education distribution, and completing at least another 30 college-level credits. Third year objectives include progress towards degree completion and/or transfer.

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Call of the Flute IV

Champawati & the Snake Prince


Ishaan Raga: The Art of Dr. Deepali Mahanta Kayal Beginning in January the Larson Gallery will host an exhibit titled, Ishaan Raga: The Art of Dr. Deepali Mahanta Kayal. A doctor by profession, Dr. Kayal started painting at a young age after she won a national level painting competition. She has honed her skills over a period of time at several places: New Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai, and Guwahati in India. She has explored a variety of forms and experimented with different techniques and styles. Her engagement with various morbid conditions of her patients has not dampened her spirits but rather inspired her to search for hidden beauty, pathos, and meaning in our day-to-day life. Indian folklore, mythology, and philosophy has been a recurring theme in her work. She firmly believes that art is the quest for self-expression and truth. An artist may live in a moment but is free to let her imagination transcend all boundaries of time, space, and thought. Ishann Raga is translated as Raga of the North East as most of the folk tales and other themes present in the paintings are of North East India. As part of this exhibit, Larson Gallery Director David Lynx is creating a catalog of images by Dr. Kayal, along with accompanying folk tales. Funding for the catalog is made possible through the 2013-2018 Title V Cooperative Grant with Heritage University. The show runs until February 25. For more information on upcoming exhibits and events:

First Comes Love This fall the Larson Gallery showcased the photography of Barbara Proud in an exhibit called First Comes Love. The photographs, stories, and video provided a glimpse into the “everyday� lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) couples who have been in their relationships for 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years. Unlike the stereotypical picture painted by the media, these portraits and stories seek to educate those who question, celebrate those who have loving, devoted relationships, and provide a historical record of the strength of this community. The exhibit featured 33 photographs from her book First Comes Love, an edition of 65 photographs, and is the largest showing of her work. She also gave a lecture at the opening with funds from Humanities Washington. Proud is a fine art photographer and instructor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her book First Comes Love includes a foreword by Edie Windsor, whose portrait is prominently displayed in the exhibition. Windsor made her mark in history for her involvement in United States v. Windsor, the landmark trial in 2013 when Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Funding for this exhibition was also made possible by grants from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Pride Washington, and the 2013-2018 Title V Cooperative Grant with Heritage University.

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YVC Welcomes New Board Member

Patrick Baldoz

In October Governor Inslee appointed Patrick Baldoz to YVC’s Board of Trustees. Baldoz is the Executive Director and CEO of the South Central Workforce Council. He possesses over 35 years of experience with workforce programs and is a graduate of Central Washington University with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology. He is a member and past chair of the Washington Workforce Association, as well as a board member of the National Workforce Association and the National Transitional Jobs Network. Baldoz is active in the local community serving on the board of directors for the Yakima County Development Association New Vision, the Mabuhay Foundation and the Memorial Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council. His term of office is effective October 1, 2016, and ends on September 30, 2021. Baldoz fills the vacant position of Ms. Lisa Parker, whose second term ended September 30, 2016.

Classified Employee of the Quarter Congratulations to Dee Swank who is the recipient of the Spring 2016 Classified Employee of the Quarter Award. Swank is a Program Assistant in the Basic Skills Division. She began working for the college in 2010. Congratulations to Laura Yolo who is the recipient of the Summer 2016 Classified Employee of the Quarter Award. Yolo is a Program Coordinator in Upward Bound. She began working for the college in 2013. Dee Swank

Laura Yolo

Congratulations to Nursing Instructor Dr. Wendy Baker who recently completed her doctorate in nursing degree. YVC’s Communications Department recently held their first persuasive speech contest. The competition was judged by retired speech instructors Millie Stenehjem and Chuck Weedin and student Brittany Zampella. Student Anders Clark took first place for his speech, “Saving Lives through Kindness.” YVC’s English Department is participating in the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Instructor Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt is chairing the conference, hosted this March in Portland Oregon. Additional YVC English Instructors Dodie Forrest, Julie Swedin, Laura May, and Travis Margoni will all present during the conference. Congratulations to English Instructor Mark Fuzie who hiked Wonderland Trail this summer. The 93 mile hiking trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park. Larson Gallery Director David Lynx recently received the 2016 University of Washington Asian Studies Development Grant to develop an Art of Yoga course. Nursing Instructor Rhonda Taylor recently received The Exceptional Contribution Award from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. 17 Yakima Valley College

“Moore’s Alley,” a chapter from English Instructor Jill Widner’s novel was recently selected by Tessa Hadley as one of ten highly commended stories for the 2016 Bridport Prize in Fiction (UK) and was published in the 2016 Bridport Anthology. History Instructor Dr. Ken Zontek professionally reviewed the book Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) for Ethnohistory: The Journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory (July 2016). His favorable review stated: “This book makes a definitive case for thorough treatment of American Indian history in the survey narrative. College instructors who already draw on this history will want to recommend the text to colleagues who do not”(586). Five YVC staff members participated in the recent production of White Christmas hosted at the historic Princess Theatre in Prosser. The production was produced by English Instructor Brian Patterson. Others involved include Communications Instructor Kathryn Starr, Communications Instructor Mark Quinn, Instructional Classroom Support Technician Brad Smith, and Web Content Coordinator Melodie Smith. Congratulations to YVC’s Teaching Winery, Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), who received seven awards for their student crafted wines at the 2016 Tri-Cities Wine Festival. YVV’s 2014 Primitivo received a gold medal along with the 2014 Red Backpack Red Wine – which also brought home Best of Class for the red blend category. The 2014 A to Zin Zinfandel, 2014 Science Fair Carmenere, 2015 Easy A Chardonnay, and 2015 Alumno Albarino each garnered silver medals. The 2015 Summer Break Pinot Noir received a bronze medal. All wines submitted were judged blindly by a panel of prominent wine professionals. YVC student wines are included with all of the other commercial wineries during the competition. Alumni Steve Isaak recently presented at Central Washington University’s undergraduate research conference. He started the literature search for this research at YVC and has since turned it into an honors thesis.


January 4: Home Basketball Games

Come cheer for men’s and women’s basketball teams. For a complete list of game times visit:

January 10: Biology Lecture

YVC’s Biology Department, in partnership with Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, presents Nick Zentner. His talk, Central Washington Is Disneyland for Geologists, will highlight the variety of geologic stories that are behind the familiar landmarks of Central Washington. For more information: 509.574.4858.

February 1: YVC Reads Film & Panel Discussion

The film showing of Aldo Leopold’s Children: Living the Land Ethic will be held along with a discussion panel and reading from A Sand County Almanac. The event will take place at 7:00pm in the Parker Room. Visit:

February 16: V-FEST

YVC hosts V-FEST from 11:30-1:00pm with displays and interactive activities to raise awareness about violence against women and children.

February 25: Science Olympiad

YVC hosts middle school students from across the Yakima Valley to compete in a variety of science-based challenges. Top performing schools earn an invitation to the State Tournament.

March 3: Taste, Tour, Teach

The free event will include an evening of wine education and wine tasting. It will be held from 5:00-8:00pm on the Grandview Campus. For more information: 509.574.6810.

March 9 - April 15: National Juried Photo Exhibit The exhibit features photographers from around the United States. An opening reception will be held in the Larson Gallery on Thursday, March 9, from 5:00-7:00pm.

Foundation Scholarship Applications Available The YVC Foundation is accepting student scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year. Download the application at Completed applications are due February 28.


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