Meet SCC’s Student Body President: GUN

1. Tell us a little about yourself 

Hi there, my name is Kanpong Thaweesuk. I go shortly by “Gun”. I am from Thailand, and my nickname is actually more meaningful than a firearm. It means “together” in Thai. So, I am not harmful, but friendly and outgoing. I came to Shoreline Community College in Spring 2010, majoring in business (transfer degree). I enjoy playing guitar, listening to music, and travelling.

2. Why did you choose to study at Shoreline?

I chose Shoreline because I like the green environment at the college. After looking at pictures of Shoreline, I was attracted to all of the trees (there are lots!) and the facilities.

3. How have you gotten involved on campus?

I have been extensively involved on the SCC campus. I worked as an International Peer Mentor (IPM) in 2010-2011. As an IPM, I was assigned to support new and continuing international students. Other IPMs and I organized quarterly events and activities/events and advocated on their behalf. In my second year (2011-2012), I was elected for the Student Body President. I got the opportunity to help serve over 10,000 students at the college as well as manage the student budget (over $1.5 million!). Being an IPM and now the Student Body President, I have discovered my passion which is serving others. Therefore, I decided to stay at Shoreline one more year and continue serving Shoreline students as the Student Body President in 2012-2013.

4. What have you learned from your experience at Shoreline?

My study abroad experience has truly been valuable for me. Shoreline is a great place to learn. I have gained knowledge at SCC from the many supportive, well-educated, and passionate teachers. I am also developing skills from learning opportunities outside of classroom. The campus community have been supportive in allowing me to gain practical experiences. I have learned to grow by taking actions out of my comfort zone which has given me skills and experiences that are priceless.

5. What is your favorite class that you have taken?

Multicultural Communication (CMST203). I learned about power, privilege and difference which are concepts that impact everyone on a daily basis.

6. What advice would you give future students?

If a student is seeking to learn and grow, I would suggest that you come to Shoreline with a will to learn. After your arrival, you remind yourself about the eagerness and the will that you have, and stay out of your comfort zone. Then, I am sure that you will grow much more than you might expect, because you will receive a lot of support here at Shoreline.

AJOU Visit

The SCC International Education Office hosted a group of 20 students from Ajou Motor College, Boryeong, South Korea, accompanied by Professor Seong Cheol Choi, here to attend a two-week program (June 29 – July 13, 2012) that combined Automotive training, ESL training, and visits to several  of the Puget Sound region’s premier commercial and cultural destinations.  The Ajou Motor College, parallel to Shoreline’s Automotive Center, is a top school for automotive technical training in South Korea.

Our Ajou guests were tutored in some of the finer points of automotive system analysis by Janos Szablya, and received ESL training by Betsy Binnian.  The group made several field trips, including:

–          Kenworth/PACCAR Truck Manufacturing Plant, Renton

–          Lexus of Bellevue auto dealership

–          Lee John Chevrolet, Kirkland, auto dealership

–          LeMay Automotive Museum, Tacoma

–          Boeing Future of Flight Center, Everett

–          Museum of Flight, Renton

–          Pike Place Market, Seattle

–          Tillicum Village, Blake Island

Based on preliminary feedback by the students reported to Professor Choi, it seems that they were very satisfied with the program.  They thought the automotive and ESL training programs were excellent.  They enjoyed the field visits, and especially enjoyed the opportunities to interact with U.S. students in some of the classes and on field trips.  Their only complaint was that two weeks was not long enough, they would rather the program be three or four weeks!

Larry Fuell

Director, Global Affairs Center

International Education

Scholarship Reception

We are so excited to announce that we now have scholarships available for international students! This is the first year the International Education (IE) Office awarded international students with scholarships. Six current Shoreline students were awarded $250-$500. We held a reception in our office to celebrate the hard working students and present them with their certificates and some treats. The IE staff was there to congratulate and support all of the students. We look forward to giving more scholarships in the future!

Ice Cream Social

It is finally summer in Seattle! And that only mean’s two things: SUNSHINE and ICE CREAM! The International Education Office had an ice cream social for all students. It was the first week of Summer Quarter classes so we wanted to make sure to make it a great start for students.

Students hung out in the office, even staff members joined all the fun. It was nice to see students taking a break from classes especially during the first week which is usually busy. There were so many flavors of ice cream!

International Student BBQ

Last month was busy for Shoreline because it was graduation time! Just a few days before the graduation ceremony, we had a barbeque (BBQ) – people gather outdoors and food is cooked on a grill – to celebrate the graduating students. People came and played games, listened to music, ate and talked to each other. I talked to a lot of the students who were graduating and they just could not believe how fast their time at Shoreline went. They talked about how they enjoyed their experience and although they are sad to leave Shoreline, they are excited to transfer to a university. Some new students were also at the BBQ making new friends and enjoying the Seattle sun.

There were also former Shoreline students who previously graduated. They came back to visit Seattle during their summer vacation. They told us about their adventures at the university they are attending. It was so fun to see students who left Shoreline over a year ago  and were able to tell the new students about their journey at Shoreline and now at their university. The BBQ was so much fun, everyone got to know both domestic and international students better—some students even started singing in front of everyone, giving us all a little concert!