Message from President Roberts: Welcome to Fall Quarter 2018!

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to fall term and the new academic year! Fall Convocation and Opening Week is a purposeful way for us to reconnect with each other, reflect on our collective progress and growth, and prepare for a successful year ahead – for us and for our students. Thank you so much for attending these events and kicking off the year in such a positive way.

I shared best practices during my comments at Fall Convocation that speak to simple yet powerful ways to help our students feel a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that when we welcome each other on campus, we make a statement that you belong and are important in the life of the College. We also learned that equity begins with each of us. When we wear our nametags, we let students know we are the keys to unlocking the resources they need to succeed. These are just the initial building blocks for creating a college that is inclusive and welcoming. We know when we do a few things deeply, students come and stay to complete what they started. Throughout this year, we will learn practices that will help us live more fully as a college community into our values of respect, inclusion, and student engagement. We’re on our way!

I ask that you watch for a Convocation feedback survey via email in the coming days; your valuable feedback will help inform our planning for next year!

Here are some important updates I’d like to share with you as fall quarter begins.


Student Enrollment and Retention
After finishing the last two academic years with solid growth on the domestic side, we are seeing a decline in fall-to-fall enrollment entering the new academic year. However, in the last month, we moved from being down 16% in domestic enrollment to just 4%, all because of our coordinated efforts. We will continue to take intentional steps toward an equitable, inclusive experience for all students, and share key practices to increase our capacity to support our students in achieving what they came to Shoreline to accomplish. We know when we collectively work together to solve a problem, good things happen for students.

Call for Applications: 1964 Society Faculty Professional Development Scholarship
The Shoreline Community College Foundation has created the 1964 Society Faculty Professional Development Endowed Scholarship to provide funds in perpetuity for faculty to use toward professional development such as attending conferences, workshops, or delivering presentations as a means to further their expertise in teaching at Shoreline. The current annual award is $1,100 and may increase over the years depending on the investment earnings. Part-time faculty may apply now for the 2018-19 award. The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2 and the awardee will be notified on December 1. For questions, please contact Karla Belmonte, Office of Advancement.

Office of Student Learning & Success
At the end of the academic year, June 2019, Executive Vice President Dr. Alison Stevens will retire from her position at Shoreline. Alison shares, “I am truly honored and privileged to be able to serve in this role and look forward to the opportunity to move forward this year with our shared initiatives.”

During the coming months, I will be reaching out to the campus to do a needs assessment regarding the position and our work in the various departments, offices, and divisions that make up Student Learning & Success. I welcome any comments you may have as we begin the process of recruiting a new leader in the area. In order to assure a strong, diverse pool, we will plan to move forward this October and November on committee formation, job description, and recruitment.

Day at A Glance Email Reminder
Another way to show your commitment to creating an equitable Shoreline is being knowledgeable about what’s happening on campus. Each weekday morning, you receive a Day at A Glance (DAAG) email message in your Shoreline email account. This is a centralized place to read about announcements and events that are relevant to your work as an employee and to campus life. Reading this each day will help all of us become better resources to our students. To submit information to DAAG, the College Calendar, or the Employee Calendar, please use the common online submission form.

Email Signature for All Employees
It’s the small things that can speak volumes about what we value! As part of the college identity guidelines we rolled out last year, we have established a standardized email signature for all employees to use. The signature includes two optional lines of text that can be customized to provide additional contact information and/or your personal pronoun preferences. You can easily copy the approved email signature in your Outlook email account. This will ensure we are using consistent contact information across the College and is another example of creating a consistent experience and commitment to let our students know we listened.

College Website Work
The Program Navigation Work Group has been diligently working throughout the summer on the website to clarify our academic offerings, develop a clear taxonomy and architecture to meet our content needs, build and test page templates, meet accessibility requirements, and align with our college identity standards. You’ll start to see some changes happening on the website this fall and continuing into next year. Please watch for additional details later in the quarter about what’s changing on the website and what training opportunities will be offered.

Wear Your Shoreline Attire on Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, show your #PhinNation pride by wearing Shoreline attire. It’s a fun way to connect with colleagues and students each week. Don’t forget to take advantage of your employee discount at the Bookstore. I look forward to seeing everyone decked out in Shoreline wear on Wednesdays!


Strategic Plan Steering Committee Applications
The Strategic Plan Steering Committees present opportunities for all members of our campus community to participate in implementing the strategic plan. Most committees meet two or three times per quarter. To learn more and apply for membership this year, visit the Steering Committee intranet page.

Housing and Capital Projects
We broke ground on our new 216-bed, 68-unit residence hall at the end of May, and construction is well underway. The concrete foundation and slabs for the two lower levels will be complete in a few weeks, and wood framing has already begun on the lower level. Our schedule calls for the “dry-in” of the building in mid–Winter Quarter, followed by interior work. We continue to plan for a Fall Quarter 2019 opening. Details about leasing options are expected to be available at the beginning of 2019.

Our second construction project, the new Allied Health, Science, and Advanced Manufacturing Complex, is in the design phase. This building will replace Buildings 2400, 2500, 2600, 2700, and 2800. We are currently working on design adjustments that will allow us to get the best building that we can for the amount of funding that the legislature is set to appropriate in the 2019–21 biennium. Assuming that a capital budget is passed before June 30, 2019, we should break ground in July 2019. While the design work progresses, we are working with our architects to plan for relocation of affected classrooms and offices during construction.

With regard to our third and final construction project for the foreseeable future, a replacement of Buildings 800, 2200, and 2300, we know that we are in ninth place on a list of 25 projects in the community and technical college system. It is difficult to predict when this project will be funded for design and construction, but the soonest that we would expect occupancy at this point is in the year 2025.


Ecological Integrity Steering Committee Update
The Ecological Integrity Steering Committee (EISC) will continue to strengthen the College’s commitment to sustainability in the coming academic year. Plastic water bottles will be phased out in the Bookstore and reusable bottle filling stations will continue to be installed. Purchasing guidelines for paper, electronics, and janitorial products will be implemented in accordance with Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recommendations. Emphasizing local and sustainable food purchasing for our dining areas is also a priority.

Furthermore, we are excited to continue to care for and promote our campus trees as a certified Tree Campus USA college and take steps toward climate neutrality with a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory and report with Second Nature. Our new campus rain garden (on the lawn in front of Building 1500) is in progress and should be completed this fall. Other focus areas include better integrating sustainability into curriculum, expanding orientations for both students and employees to include sustainability awareness training, and reducing campus waste by providing easily accessible and centrally located recycle and compost containers to employees and students throughout campus in the coming years.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Learning
Shoreline has affirmed a strong commitment to create an inclusive campus community for all, by focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. As we continue to look for ways to support our students access and resources they need to succeed, we also understand the need to provide ongoing professional learning, capacity building, and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, and administrators. We encourage you to attend, and participate in available events throughout this academic year, so that we can all be better equipped and empowered to become effective colleagues in serving our students.

Please watch for information about New Employee Orientation, as well as learning opportunities during quarterly Campus Updates & Professional Learning meetings and the Day of Learning (April 26, 2019). For more information, contact Gloria Ngezaho, Executive Director for Employee Engagement, Equity, and Organizational Development.

Care Team
If you are worried about the health and safety of a student or witness a student struggle academically or personally, Shoreline’s Care Team is here to help. Formerly known as the Behavioral Intervention Team, the Care Team provides consultation, support, and recommendations, and coordinates responses to manage situations and behaviors of concern using a comprehensive, equitable, and multidisciplinary approach. Learn more on the Care Team web page or attend a Creating a Culture of Care workshop offered several times a quarter. For questions, contact Sheryl Copeland in Counseling or Derek Levy in Student Support programs.

Lactation Lounge and Counseling Center
This summer the Counseling Center underwent a full remodel and will house a lactation lounge. Construction is expected to be complete in October. Until then, you’ll find temporary Counseling Center offices in Advising Services (FOSS 5229) and a temporary lactation lounge on the lower level of the Gymnasium (Building 3000). For more information, contact Sheryl Copeland in Counseling.

United Way Benefits Hub
The United Way Benefits Hub on our campus provides free services to students, including financial coaching, financial literacy workshops, housing support, a food pantry, and tax preparation. The Benefits Hub is located in the PUB, Room 9203. For more information, contact 206-546-5845 or email

Student Disability Services Name Change
Effective for fall 2018, Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) will change its name to Student Accessibility Services (SAS). The name change emphasizes the support services and desired outcomes of ‘access’ and ‘accessibility’, aligns with the preference of students surveyed in SSD’s Spring 2018 Student Survey, and is consistent with a trend in colleges and universities moving away from defining related offices and departments by the term disability. To help reduce confusion in the transition of the name change, it will run for a period with a statement “formerly Services for Students with Disabilities” on the website.  The word “disability” will continue to be used on the website and other publications as needed to assist those searching for the services.

Capital Campaign
A campaign feasibility study was conducted over the last four months to test the readiness of our Foundation and the College and the level of commitment of our donors, businesses and community for Shoreline Community College to conduct a capital campaign for our new Allied Health, Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing buildings and renovation and expansion of our Automotive Training Center.

We are thrilled that the Foundation excelled in all areas of assessment and our donors and community believe in our plan. The study showed we should conduct the campaign in phases over three years with the first year concentrating on the $3 million needed to secure the State’s $37 million match for the Allied Health, Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing buildings. During the second and third years, we will raise an additional $5 million or more for building enhancements, equipment, maintenance and operation, scholarships, and faculty professional development.


All Campus Food Truck Lunch
Thursday, September 27, 11:30-1:30 p.m., Campus Courtyard
Students and employees alike are invited to enjoy lunch and each other’s company to welcome in the fall quarter.

Fall CommUnity Connection
Tuesday, October 16, 1:30-3 p.m., PUB Quiet Dining Room
This event is an opportunity for all employees to connect with each other, learn about campus departments, and ask questions to the College’s leadership.

21st Annual Student Scholarship Community Breakfast
Thursday, November 8, 7-8:30 a.m., PUB Main Dining Room
Hosted by the Foundation, this favorite event features Jim Dever of KING5 as emcee and live music provided by our talented students. Attendees hear students tell their stories and learn how their support helps them succeed at Shoreline. Please consider supporting the Foundation in reducing barriers and helping our students realize their dreams of a college education. Tickets are available on the Foundation web page. If you are unable attend, you may also make a donation to scholarships in care of the Foundation.

Fall Campus Update & Professional Learning
Friday, November 30, 1:30-3 p.m., PUB Main Dining Room
Join us for a quarterly update on timely campus information and professional learning opportunities to help us serve our students better.

I look forward to working and learning alongside you all year. As we know, when we focus on a common vision of student success, great things happen. I am grateful that each of you is here and that we have the opportunity to work together in the service of our mission to serve diverse students and communities. Let’s make every moment count. Phins Up! All In!

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

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