International Education Week Photo Competition

We are looking for submissions for the International Education Week Photo Competition! The contest is open to all current Shoreline students, and each participant can submit up to three photos. The deadline to submit photos is November 8 at 11:59pm. Make sure you include a title/caption relating to the photo and the theme of “Transitions.”

Photo Contest

Submissions should be emailed to using the subject like “IEW Photo Contest.” The top 10 photos will be displayed around the PUB during November 13 through 15 for public voting. Each person can only vote once on their favorite three photos.

Winners will be announced at the International Myths & Tales Panel on November 15, from 12:30-2:30 in the Quiet Dining Room. The winners will be awarded movie vouchers. Take advantage of the nice weather and go take photos!

For more information and entry rules, check out the event post on the International Education Facebook.

– Meg Humphrey
Photo by Linda Du

Get Spooky and Shake Your BOOty!

Friday, October 27 is the Halloween Dance hosted by the International Peer Mentors. Join us in the PUB from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm for dancing, refreshments, a costume contest, raffles, a photo booth, and games! Costumes are not mandatory, but are encouraged.

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The Adventure Builder’s Club will also be hosting an escape room, and the International Club will be hosting a Zombie Room. There will be limited space for both of these rooms, so plan to arrive on time!

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Fill out this survey to make sure your favorite song is played during the night: Music Requests for Halloween Dance.

Make sure you review the guidelines for the event before you arrive:

  • All attendees need to bring their Shoreline ID
  • No cultural appropriation
  • No weapons, real or fake
  • No big bags – coat and bag check will be available
  • No alcohol allowed – intoxicated people will be asked to leave

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and activities around campus!

Japanese Cultural Festival

It has become a tradition for the Japanese students in Shoreline’s TRAJAL Hospitality Program (TJHC) to host a Japanese Cultural Festival for the school. Cultural festivals (bunkasai) are very popular in Japan, in all levels of schools, from kindergartens to universities.

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At the Shoreline Japanese Cultural Festival, attendees got to play games with the students, try on kimono and yukata, and make origami. For a souvenir to take home, you could get your name written in Japanese calligraphy (shodo).

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This year, students performed Soran Bushi, a traditional dance about a prosperous fishing haul. They also had a wishing tree where you write your wish on a small piece of paper (tanzaku) and hang it from the tree. These are often see in Japan during festivals like Tanabata.

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If you see the TJHC students around campus, make sure to say hi! Keep up to date with more events around campus by following the SCC International Education Facebook.

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– Meg Humphrey

Join a Club at Shoreline!

Now that you’ve had time to adjust to your new classes and catch up on your reading, it’s time to see what else Shoreline has to offer! Join us on Wednesday, October 18 for the Back to School Kick-off event. It will take place in the PUB Main Dining Room from 11:30am – 2:30pm.

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There will be over 50 student organizations there, covering a wide range of interests and causes. Joining a club is a great way to meet people and make new friends.

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Whether your goal is to learn about other cultures (or celebrate your own), find a fun way to exercise, improve your skills, or make this world a better place, you’ll find the right organization for you.

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Check out the active club roster to get an idea of who will be there! Follow the International Education Facebook for more events and school news.

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– Meg Humphrey

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival at Shoreline

On October 4, Shoreline celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in the Quiet Dining Room. Students came to try many flavors of mooncakes, watched the Chinese TV Gala, and decorated their own paper lanterns.

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The Mid-Autumn Festival is meant to give thanks for the harvest and for peaceful unions. It also celebrates the gathering of family and friends, and gives the opportunity for people to pray for good fortune in their future.

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Mooncakes are a traditional food of the festival because it symbolizes completeness and reunion. Making and sharing round mooncakes celebrates families. Some traditional flavors are pineapple, salted egg yolk, mixed nuts, and mungbean.

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Colorful lanterns are a staple of many Chinese celebrations. They like to hang them from buildings or carry them around. Sometimes people write riddles on them and have others guess. People also make Kongming floating lanterns, and children often write wishes on them before releasing them into the sky.

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with us! To find out about more events on and around campus, make sure you follow the International Education Facebook page.

-Meg Humphrey

Shoreline Welcomes Students from over 30 Countries

International Education was thrilled to welcome a great group of new international students for fall quarter 2017! We had students from over 30 different countries arrive for orientation.

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This year we had a combined welcome with new domestic students from Shoreline’s president, Dr. Cheryl Roberts, and Associated Student Government President Yorin Anggari. It was a wonderful morning getting to know each other and meeting their new community.

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On the Saturday before classes started, some of the new students joined the International Peer Mentors on a trip around Seattle. They visited popular places like Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, and Alki Beach.

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We’re all excited to get to know them better and wish them and all of Shoreline the best of luck during fall quarter!

– Meg Humphrey

#GoPhins Soccer!

Support your fellow Phins and come cheer for the men’s and women’s soccer teams! There are several home games coming up before fall quarter starts and during the first couple weeks of classes. It’s a great way to meet other students and make friends!

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All home games take place on the Shoreline Community College track and soccer field, just past the 2500 building. Make sure to bring a jacket as the weather cools down!

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Saturday, September 16

  • 12pm – Women’s Soccer vs. Edmonds
  • 2:15pm – Men’s Soccer vs. Edmonds

Wednesday, September 20

  • 2pm – Women’s Soccer vs. Everett
  • 4:15pm – Men’s Soccer vs. Everett

Wednesday, September 27

  • 2pm – Women’s Soccer vs. Peninsula
  • 4:15pm – Men’s Soccer vs. Peninsula

Wednesday, October 11

  • 2pm – Women’s Soccer vs. Whatcom
  • 4:15pm – Men’s Soccer vs. Whatcom

Follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and announcements!

– Meg Humphrey

Visit the Washington State Fair

The Washington State Fair opens its doors on September 1st! The fair is held at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup Washington. It’s a little over an hour drive from Shoreline, but there is plenty of parking and also plenty of public transportation options to get there.

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There’s plenty for you to do and see at the fair. Along with the traditional amusement park rides, there’s also carnival games, music and shows, animals, art displays, and contests. Don’t worry about going hungry, there’s plenty of options for whatever food you’re craving. Check out this list of 101 FREE things to do at the fair!

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The fair continues through September 24, and is open every day of the week except Tuesdays. If you’re able to, it might be a good idea to check it out on a weekday where there will be less traffic and smaller crowds. Tickets at the gate are $14 for anyone over 18, and $10.50 for people 18 and younger. For more detailed information, visit the Washington State Fair website.

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Make sure you follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and announcements!

– Meg Humphrey
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Meet Your IPMs: Duy and Freeman!

The International Peer Mentors for the 2017-2018 school year are excited to begin working with all of our wonderful students. Learn a little more about two of the eight new IPMs below!

Duy Nguyen (Vietnam)


Major: Hospitality

Dream Job: Hotel Manager or Event Planner

Shoreline CC Clubs/Activities: Just Dance Club

Why he became an IPM: I want to improve my communication skills as well as help the students out, especially the new ones. Moreover, I want to see this world with different paradigms since our school has students who are from more than 50 countries. I believe that looking at the world with a broader lens will help me become a better person.

What he likes best about studying here: A lot of clubs with a lot of activities is the best thing that I like about studying at Shoreline. In addition, the faculty, staff, and instructors do their job professionally and they are very friendly.

Come talk to Duy if you have an idea to make an event in our school! He loves hosting events!

Xiao “Freeman” Zhang (China)

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Major: Sports Management

Favorite Foods: Beijing roast duck and poké bowls

Shoreline CC Clubs/Activities: Chinese Culture Club and two times orientation volunteer

Why he became an IPM: I really want to help international students in the orientation and other times of each quarter, just like when they helped me when I first came here. Also, I especially enjoy helping others and I hope I can assist other students as much as I can. Becoming an IPM can also improve my communication and teamwork skills while working with my team, which is made up of other international students from different countries.

Advice for students to be successful and happy: My advice is not only focus on your studies, but also participate in different exciting school events and social events which can help you make many friends. Also, the experience of social activities can help you transfer to your dream university more easily.

Come talk to Freeman if you like sports (especially the New York Knicks), or want to ask for help in your life of studying at Shoreline!

– Meg Humphrey

Learn About Sustainable Living at NW Solar Fest!

The Shoreline Solar Project is hosting the Northwest Solar Fest on Saturday, August 22nd! The event will be held at Shoreline Community College from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

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NW Solar Fest is a sustainable living fair. That means it’s all about how people can change their habits in order to preserve the environment. There will be innovations like solar power for homes, electric vehicles, and tiny houses. There will also be “Conversation Cafés” with live demonstrations and panels.

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NW Solar Fest is free to visit and has free parking around campus. There will also be cultural performances, food stalls, and local business and non-profit booths. Come enjoy your Saturday learning about sustainable living and renewable energy!

– Meg Humphrey

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