Shoreline Celebrates Earth Week

Earth Day is observed all around the world on April 22nd annually. Shoreline Community College holds a yearly celebration for Earth Week each spring quarter. Earth Week reminds students of how important it is to take care of our environment.

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On Friday, April 20th, four clubs and organizations, Environmental Club, World Philosophers and Dismal Science Society club (WP&DSS), Tree Campus USA, and the Washington Native Plant society as well as Student Life all participated in Shoreline’s Earth Week events. All throughout the week, members of Environmental Club and WP&DSS were providing information through creative booths and fun games.

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Shoreline’s own Environmental Club provides information for the students about our environment and gave out volunteering opportunities to the students. Members of the club usually work in the Deep Roots garden and the greenhouse at Shoreline campus.

The Environmental Club encourages students to get closer to nature, which is why they take trips every quarter to observe plants, trees, and learn about animals and the ecosystem around them. They are also involved in planting trees in Boeing Creek Park which is right beside Shoreline’s campus. This year during Earth Week, the Environmental Club gave out free baby plants they grew themselves.

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Another fabulous activity of this year’s Earth Week is Student Life promoting the three Es of sustainability that not only relate to ecological issues but also issues of economics and equity. Student Life has a student committee called SCOF (Sustainability and Commuter Options Fee committee) that all students are welcome to attend and express their ideas. SCOF provides free reusable water bottles and many other things to help maintain the sustainability of the campus.

If you still want to help make an impact on the environment, SCOF holds meetings every other week on Wednesdays.

Destiny Hartanto, International Marketing Assistant

MLK Week at Shoreline

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Shoreline Community College. Learn about the events and opportunities happening around campus for students, staff, and faculty to get involved.

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Tuesday, January 16, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Volunteering at Mary’s Place

Join Student Life as we honor MLK Jr. by serving our community. We will be volunteering at Mary’s Place from 9am-3pm (2-hour shifts). Mary’s Place provides housing, employment, and wellness resources for women and families experiencing homelessness in Seattle. For more information and to sign up, visit the Student Life Volunteering Page.

Wednesday, January 17, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PUB 9208: Keynote Speaker: Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver is an organizer, educator, teaching-artist, and attorney. She has been actively involved in social justice movements including Black Lives Matter and No Youth Jail. In 2015, she received the Artist Human Rights Leader Award from the City of Seattle for her artist and activist work. Last year, Oliver ran for Mayor with the Peoples Party of Seattle – a collection of community and civic leaders, lawyers, artists, activists, and teachers.

Thursday, January 18, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PUB Lounge: BSU Open Mic

Inspired by MLK Jr.’s work and legacy, this open mic invites the campus community to collectively explore and critically think about social justice through artistic expression.

Thursday, January 25, 2:00pm – 4:30pm PUB 9208: Social Justice Collective Open House

The Social Justice Collective is committed to creating a campus climate that values equity and social justice at its core. We are a new group that will be recruiting members from all over campus. Come to this meet and greet! Come for pizza! Learn more about social justice and how to participate in social justice on campus. ALL are welcome!

– Meg Humphrey (event descriptions from the events calendar)

Holiday Festivities in Seattle This Weekend

Take a break from homework and studying this weekend and check out these great and FREE holiday events around downtown Seattle!

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Sheraton Gingerbread Village – Tuesday, November 21 through January 1
The Downtown Sheraton Hotel is celebrating their 25th year of exceptional gingerbread creations. This year the theme is honoring Seattle. They have viewing hours every day, so stop by when you have the chance.

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Macy’s Holiday Parade – Friday, November 24
If you’re an early riser, head downtown to see watch the Macy’s Holiday Parade! The parade route is along Fifth Avenue and University, ending at Macy’s. The parade starts at 9:00am and will last for around an hour.

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Magic in the Market – Saturday, November 25
If you don’t want to fight against Friday’s crowds, you can still kick off holiday celebrations in Pike Place Market on Saturday! Starting at 11:00am, there will be live music performances, photos with Santa, and a tree lighting at 5:00pm.

– Meg Humphrey

Badminton Tournament

International Education Week wraps up with a Badminton Tournament on Friday, November 17. The tournament is held in the main gym from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Even if you don’t play, go and cheer on your fellow Phins! Winners of the tournament will receive movie vouchers.

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Sign up online or visit the International Education Department (9302) and sign up at the front desk. The deadline to sign up is 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 15. This event is open to all current Shoreline students.

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Make sure you check out other International Education Week events and follow along at the International Education Facebook Page.

– Meg Humphrey

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival

The Short Run Comix & Arts Festival is taking place on Saturday, November 4 at Seattle Center, from 11:00am – 6:00pm. This free event is all about showcasing independent artists, writers, and creators.

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The Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center will be where the Book Expo is held, and the Vera Project will house all of the programming. There will be spotlights on featured creators, an Animation Tent, a bake sale, screen printing demonstrations, and a life size coloring book mural. There’s also an all-ages after party at the Vera Project from 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

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If you are interested in art or publishing, make sure you check out Short Run! There is a full list of exhibitors and programming on the Short Run website. For more information on events on campus and around Seattle, follow the International Education Facebook page.

– 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