Message from President Roberts: Welcome to Spring Quarter 2018!

Dear Colleague,

As we start spring quarter, I want to express my gratitude for the contributions you make each day to help Shoreline be a thriving campus that supports students. Last quarter we accomplished so much, including finalizing our Core Themes, which help us know confidently when we are fulfilling our Mission. The collection of our Vision, Mission, Values, Core Themes, and Community Standard keeps us focused on the promise we make to our students, our diverse communities, and ourselves. These are more than mere words. They animate our actions and the decisions we make, and they remind us how we live into our bold promise each day. We do this by transforming lives and supporting our diverse communities with exceptional student learning experiences.

We know that when we focus on students, great things happen! Here are some important updates I’d like to share with you as we recognize our many accomplishments and look ahead toward completing our academic year and celebrating Commencement!

Strategic Plan Goal 1: We attract students and community learners and ensure successful attainment of their goals through our programs, services, and teaching and learning environments.

Student Enrollment Update
Despite the many challenges colleges and universities are facing with student enrollment, Shoreline’s overall enrollment numbers remain quite strong. Our domestic student enrollment numbers are down less than one percent over last spring quarter. While our enrollment is trending slightly lower, it’s important to remember that student recruitment and retention go hand in hand. There are actions each of us can take to help support and retain current students. Here are three small things we can do to make sure students feel welcomed and supported on our campus:

-Notice and greet students as you walk around campus and conduct your work.
-In the classroom, learn students’ names right away and have students learn each others’ names. This builds a sense of community and belonging.
-Ask students what you can do for them and, if need be, take them where they need to go (and continue to learn about the College’s support services).

Congratulations to Our Newest Tenured Faculty
On March 21, the Shoreline Board of Trustees unanimously granted tenure to six faculty members: Eric Basham (engineering), Mary Burroughs (nursing), Duygu Erdogan Monson (film and theater), Elena Esquibel (communications), Joyce Fagel (advising), and Audrey Fischer (advising). Hearty congratulations to each of these newly tenured faculty!

Commencement 2018
This year’s Commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. in the Gymnasium. Please encourage students to apply for graduation by Friday, April 13 if they wish to participate in the ceremony. Students will be able to order their caps and gowns in the Bookstore starting in mid-May.

Faculty and staff are warmly invited to participate in Commencement – by taking part in the procession, by volunteering to assist on the day of the ceremony, and by nominating a graduate or faculty member to serve as a speaker or student service award winner. Faculty and staff who wish to participate in the ceremony should place their cap and gown order through Student Life Program Assistant Lisa Smith. Please watch for more information about these exciting end-of-year events and opportunities. For specific Commencement questions, please contact the Students, Equity & Success Division.

Seattle International Film Festival at Shoreline
For the third year in a row, Seattle International Film Festival is partnering with Shoreline Community College and the City of Shoreline, with film screenings May 25–June 2. As a part of our partnership, the College provides staffing, concessions, our state-of-the-art projector, and our theater, where attendees will enjoy 26 international film screenings as SIFF’s northernmost venue. The College receives many promotional opportunities throughout the Festival, and most importantly, we welcome over 3,000 attendees to the theater, many of whom have never been to our campus before. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the concessions in exchange for SIFF vouchers, please contact Foundation staff (206-546-4755).

The Foundation will host an Opening Night Benefit on Friday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and will benefit the Theater Arts and Digital Filmmaking Scholarship and include the Opening Night film screening, wine tasting, and hors d’oeuvres. Concession proceeds throughout the festival also benefit the scholarship.

Strategic Plan Goal 2: We continually strive for disciplined excellence and focused improvement in all that we do.

Vision, Mission, Values, Core Themes, Community Standard
Over the course of this year, we’ve worked together to solidify another important piece of our College identity. We’ve revised our Core Themes to Transfer Education, Professional-Technical Education, Basic Education for Adults, and Community Education. These four themes represent the four ways we fulfill our mission of serving the educational, workforce, and cultural needs of our diverse students and communities. Together, our Vision, Mission, Values, Core Themes, and Community Standard represent the cornerstones of the Shoreline experience. These statements frame our purpose, guide our actions, and ensure we are living up to the promise we make to our students and the community. Thank you to everyone who has participated in reinvigorating these organizational statements over the last few years.

Capital Projects – Building for the Future
With the passage of a state capital budget, the College now has access to funding for the design of our new Allied Health, Science, and Advanced Manufacturing facility, which will replace Buildings 2400, 2500, 2600, 2700, and 2800. We are beginning the process of schematic design and will be working with our architects through June 2019, with a plan for the new buildings to be ready to occupy in fall 2021.

Another exciting development is recent news about a second new instructional building to replace Buildings 800 (music), 2200 (general classrooms), and 2300 (nursing). The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges solicited proposals for future capital projects and Shoreline’s came in ninth of 24 approved projects. Depending on capital funding levels, this building could be slated for design within two or three biennia, with construction in the following biennium.

Finally, we continue to make progress on approvals for our residence hall, a 220-bed facility to be located in the parking lot immediately south of the Pagoda Union Building (PUB). Construction drawings have been submitted to the City of Shoreline for permit review, and we anticipate beginning construction in mid-May. We are working with the Office of the State Treasurer and the Department of Enterprise Services on financing and contracting issues. While the construction schedule is tight, we continue to plan for a fall 2019 opening.

Capital Campaign Feasibility Study
The state funding for the Allied Health, Science, and Advanced Manufacturing building requires a $3 million match from Shoreline Community College. The Foundation is gearing up to raise these funds over the next three years. The first step in the capital campaign is a feasibility study to determine the goal for how much can be raised. The feasibility study will take place May–August, with a final report presented in early September that will determine the final fundraising goal. Please watch for more information about the official launch of the capital campaign in October.

Employee Communication
In winter quarter, we held the first ever CommUnity Connection gathering, as a way to support engagement and create more informal conversations between the Executive Team and the college community. We had a great turnout and we will be hosting the spring CommUnity Connection on Thursday, April 12 (3-4 p.m. with refreshments at 2:30 p.m.) to meet, learn, and connect with each other. I hope to see you all there!

As part of our continued work around strengthening employee communication, the Communications, Marketing, and Community Engagement strategic planning steering committee is also developing an employee communication survey. Please watch for this survey in the coming quarter and be sure to share your thoughts, ideas, and feedback.

Strategic Plan Goal 3: We ensure that a climate of intentional inclusion permeates our decisions and practices, which demonstrate principles of ecological integrity, social equity, and economic viability.

Day of Learning
I am very much looking forward to our Day of Learning together on Friday, April 27. The day will introduce the inclusive excellence frameworkand equity scorecard and focus on the “three Es” from our strategic plan:

Social Equity – We engage in ongoing, deliberate conversation and mindful discovery about our shared purpose and differences as we conduct our daily work. We develop multicultural and global competencies to help us live the principles of social equity in an increasingly interdependent world.

Ecological Integrity – We develop and maintain a framework to ensure that ecological integrity guides our practices.

Economic Viability – We pursue and obtain sufficient resources to fulfill the College’s mission and allocate those resources effectively.

Please watch for additional information in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the Day of Learning, please contact Brigid Nulty, Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.

Shoreline Scholars and The Honors College at Shoreline
Through Shoreline Scholars, high school graduates who live in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park can apply for scholarship assistance for two years if they have a 3.0 GPA (2.75+ with a letter of recommendation) and some financial need. New this year, students may enroll part time and will be matched with a cohort of students who access a dedicated academic advisor and success coach, participate in workshops, and engage in leadership and community service activities. Applications are now open with a priority deadline of June 15, 2018.

The Honors College at Shoreline also has an amazing cohort of engaged students, and we are now actively recruiting new honors students for the fall. Thank you to faculty members who have been referring students to this unique offering! Current honors students who are completing the honors research track will present their original research projects to the campus in June 2018.

Lactation Space for Students and Employees
As the College works to establish a permanent lactation room on campus, a temporary, private lactation space will be available this spring and summer quarters in Building 3000 on the first floor, for any student or employee who needs it. We plan to locate a dedicated lactation space in the Counseling Center in the fall, once a remodel takes place this summer.

Budget and aSAP Timeline
Abbreviated Strategic Action Plans (aSAPs) – the process for requesting funding for new positions and initiatives – were due February 2 and have been reviewed by the Strategic Planning and Budget Council, as well as by the Dean Team. Operational requests are submitted by managers through the Budget Planning System (BPS), which will be open April 9 through May 4. Both the aSAPs and the BPS revisions will be reviewed by the Executive Team in spring quarter, for presentation to the Board of Trustees for consideration at its June meeting.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!
Please check the College Calendar and the Employee Calendar regularly for more information on these spring events:

April 12 – CommUnity Connection (3-4 p.m., refreshments at 2:30 p.m., PUB Quiet Dining Room)
April 27 – Day of Learning (8-4 p.m., various locations)
May 18 – Spring Quarter Campus Update (1:30-3 p.m., Room 2308)
May 25June 2 – Seattle International Film Festival (various times, Theater)
June 8 – Employee Retirement Recognition (5-6:30 p.m., PUB Quiet Dining Room)
June 21 – Commencement (6-8:30 p.m., Gymnasium)

I am thrilled to return to campus after my medical leave winter quarter. I’m so fortunate to work with such a compassionate college community who cares deeply for each other and I am grateful for the outpouring of support I’ve received from you.

I am looking forward to an outstanding spring quarter! We have much to be proud of and I am thankful for all you do each day to transform our students and our diverse communities’ hopes into reality.

With warm regards,
Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

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