Thursday, July 19, 2012

NEWS LINKS | July 19, 2012

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Katz family donates $200,000 to Bellevue College

The Bellevue College Foundation today announced one of the 10 largest cash donations it has received in the past decade: a $200,000 gift to the Interior Design program that will connect students with firms and practitioners in the region, giving them vital professional experience and contacts to help launch their careers. Given by the family of Doris Katz, a former instructor and program chair, the gift will fund a comprehensive professional engagement program, including master workshops, visits from acclaimed interior design professionals, trips to working studios in the region, design internships and more.
Mercer Island Reporter, July 18, 2012


Peninsula College professor's work performed globally

The work of Dr. David Jones, Peninsula College music professor, is being heard internationally this summer. Two of his original compositions have been performed in France and Japan, and more concerts featuring another of his works are scheduled in France and Venezuela later this summer. “Legal Highs,” a piece for violin and marimba that Jones composed in 1989, was performed at Phoenix Hall in Osaka, Japan, on the Fourth of July at an All American Music Concert by Setsuko Kutsuno on the marimba and Yuka Sato on the violin.
Peninsula Daily, July 18, 2012


Kirkland filmmaker takes on suspense genre in new film

Stapleton quit his job at Expedia, earned a certification in film production from Bellevue College in 2008 and now works as an independent filmmaker while running his own production studio, Photo Finish Films. And despite opening his studio just two years ago, the lifelong Kirkland resident has quickly incorporated himself into Seattle’s vibrant, tight-knit film community while emphasizing the necessity of local filmmaking.

Kirkland Reporter, July 18, 2012


Smoking banned on EvCC campus
Students and staff at Everett Community College will no longer be able to smoke or chew tobacco on campus beginning this fall -- even inside their own cars.  The school's Board of Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to ban the use, sale and advertisement of all tobacco products on campus, effective Sept. 1. The policy makes Everett the fourth community college statewide to adopt a total tobacco ban. The others are Clark College, Lower Columbia College and South Puget Sound Community College.

The Herald, July 19, 2012


An exercise in poverty: Social services agency helps citizens understand what being poor feels like

…The kids were picked up by Child Protective Services because grandpa got so busy trying to pay bills that he forgot to pick them up after school. Grandpa was played by Roy Dotson who is, in real life, a Wenatchee Valley College instructor. The family also failed to pay their mortgage on time and found themselves evicted. … After the time was up for all families to pay their bills and deal with problems thrown their way, the whole group sat down to debrief. … “It was intense.” “It was stressful.” “It took my total energy just to stay afloat.” “It was really hard to get ahead.” “I had no money for gas so I was late for work and I got fired.” “It was brutal; everywhere we went there seemed to be an extra fee.” “It made the focus of conversation for the family to be on finances.”

The Wenatchee World, July 19, 2012





House Panel Endorses Pell Grant Increase and Level Funds for Other Programs

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2012


BLOG: How Washington state compares on higher ed funding cuts

The Seattle Times, July 18, 2012


Job-Placement Statistics Are Hardly the Whole Story

As colleges and lawmakers seek better data about the employment success of graduates, a lack of standardized tracking makes much of the information unreliable.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2012

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Parsing the NY Times Coverage of the Growth of MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses)

Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2012




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