Monday, March 14, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 14 -- π Day -- 2011

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Gov. hosts forum on education consolidation plan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join Gov. Chris Gregoire and state lawmakers for a discussion on the governor's education reorganization plan on Monday in Olympia
Tri-City Herald, March 14, 2011

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Skagit Valley College receives two grants
Skagit Valley College
received a $305,000 grant to install energy-efficient lighting and plumbing at its Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses from the Ameresco Quantum, a renewable energy company ...  Skagit Valley College was selected as one of 30 community colleges for the Achieving the Dream Network.  Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit that works with colleges to improve student success, particularly students of color and low-income students...
Skagit Valley Herald, March 8, 2011


Two Bates students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Bates Technical College students Justyna Nowak, Dental Lab Technician, and Tia Sundberg, Administrative Office Assistant, were selected as members of this year’s All-Washington Academic Team for their academic achievement and community service.

The Suburban Times, March 10, 2011


Earthquake could unleash devastating tsunami along state's coast

... Tsunamis travel quickly over open water but slow as they reach land, becoming a tall wall of water, said Alecia Spooner, an earth sciences instructor at Everett Community College.

The Herald, March 11, 2011


Friends, family anxiously wait for word from those in Japan

... Faculty at Everett Community College held a brief meeting Friday to find out if any of the 23 students who are originally from Japan needed any assistance to contact their families. "The students who haven't been able to contact their families are very worried," said Kathy Koss, program coordinator of the Nippon Business Institute Japanese Cultural and Resource Center on campus. "The best we can do is support each other and that's what we're doing."

The Herald, March 12, 2011


Students from Japan studying in South Sound scramble to contact relatives

Nine students from Japan are enrolled at The Evergreen State College and another nine at South Puget Sound Community College.
The Olympian, March 12, 2011


YVCC women wrestlers earn third consecutive national championship

Yakima Herald, March 13, 2011


Never too late to learn, workers find / Laid-off workers celebrate their new skills

And it was a time for a group of former timber workers-turned-college students to celebrate their final stretch in worker-retraining programs at South Puget Sound Community College.  The luncheon Tuesday in the college’s Percival Dining Room was organized by Robbie Davis, 58, of the Satsop Valley near Elma. He helped prepare the meal as part of his coursework for SPSCC’s culinary arts program and picked up the tab for about 25 of his former co-workers, teachers and classmates and college staff members.

The Olympian, March 14, 2011


Whatcom County colleges receive grants to increase enrollment and graduation

Three Whatcom County colleges are receiving $250,000 grants after joining Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit organization that helps students in two-year college programs succeed. Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College and Whatcom Community College are among 30 schools that joined the organization this year.  …  Other Washington schools in the new group include Skagit Valley College, Everett Community College, Lower Columbia College, Edmonds Community College, Clover Park Technical College, Spokane Falls Community College and Grays Harbor College.  Other Washington schools in the organization include Seattle Central Community College, Tacoma Community College and Yakima Community College.

Bellingham Herald, March 14, 2011





Flagships Just Want to Be Alone

Hard times strain relations between big public research universities and their states

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 13, 2011

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Search for president for UW intensifies

Insiders say the University of Washington's hunt for a new president is accelerating. The regents have had two closed-door meetings in the past two months, presumably to discuss candidates. They're charged with finding a candidate who can meet some lofty expectations: An effective fundraiser, a strong lobbyist, a big thinker, a scholar, a rock star. [Ed: Sir Bob Geldof perhaps.]

The Seattle Times, March 13, 2011


On Pi Day, is 'pi' under attack?

CNN, March 14, 2011





Wash. budget shortfall could be worse than thought

Washington's anticipated tax revenues could drop as much as $1.5 billion for the next two-year budget cycle, complicating an already enormous shortfall, a prominent lawmaker says.

The Seattle Times, March 14, 2011




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