Welcome New Students!

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Last week, Shoreline Community College welcomed new international students!

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The new students come from fifteen different countries, including Peru, Cambodia, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Kuwait! They had many opportunities to get to know each other and Shoreline Community College during orientation, like competing in a scavenger hunt that took them throughout campus.

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On Friday they went with the International Peer Mentors on a tour of the University of Washington and sightseeing in downtown Seattle. It was the perfect weather, and the students enjoyed a taste of summer in Seattle.

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Please welcome them and help make Shoreline Community College feel like a home away from home!

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– Text by Meg Humphrey, photos by 204 Photographers and Yushin Wung

This Weekend: Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is an outstanding event that has been in Seattle’s history for over 40 years! The event is completely free and takes place in Seattle Center in the outdoor Fisher Pavilion and inside the Armory. It spans three days: Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd.

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The festival has many events planned throughout the weekend including many music and martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, and tea ceremony (chado). Every day has a good mix of performances, so if you can’t make it one day, you won’t miss anything!

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You can wander through exhibits featuring flower arranging (ikebana), kimono, kite making, calligraphy, sword polishing, Yoroi armor, and more! There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival. For more details, you can check out their official website here.

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (GDFL or CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Engage in Change with Earth Week

Learn more about what you can do to protect nature during Shoreline Community College’s Earth Week! Earth Week is four full days of discussions, demonstrations, activities, and performances to help educate everyone about the importance of taking care of the world around us.

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For full times and details, please visit the Earth Week Events Calendar. Below are some highlights!

Wednesday: April 19

  • Sustainable actions through solidarity
    • Arbor Day Recognition/Tree Campus USA Certification
    • Keynote Address: Worldview of a Standing Rock Sioux: Tribal member Kyle Schierbeck, Coyote Follows the Road
    • Exhibit on Standing Rock and the Flint Water Crisis
    • LIVE Music Performance: Jared Bridge

Thursday, April 20

  • Community Sustainable Actions
    • Supporting a vibrant Seattle through urban forestry policy: Urban Forestry Policy Advisor – Sandra Pinto de Bader
    • Green City Partnership: Restoration for Enhancing Ecology & Community – Matt Mega
    • Discussion: The 3E’s of Sustainability: Finding the “SWEET Spot”
    • Deep Roots Garden Veggie Start Giveaway
    • Washington Native Plants Society
    • Mushroom Growing Kits
    • LIVE Music Performance: Funk & Groove

Friday, April 21

  • Engage in Change: Taking Action
    • Participatory Volunteer Action: Campus-wide fruiting ivy removal. Ridding our campus of invasive plants one species at a time. Participants MUST SIGN UP in the Student Leadership Center by Friday, April 14!
    • LIVE Music Performance: Ukulele Club

Saturday, April 22

  • Spring Ecological Restoration
    • All participants are welcome to join us for our annual Earth Day restoration event in the North Woods at Shoreline Community College. We will be removing invasive plants including ivy, laurel, holly, and blackberries. We will be planting a variety of native ground covers, shrubs, and trees. Gloves and tools will be provided, but if you have your own please bring them. Wear close-toed shoes or boots, layers of clothes, a rain coat if needed, and a hat. Bring water! Participants will meet at the parking lot east of the soccer field.

Shoreline Welcomes Students from 30 Countries

Fall quarter’s International Student Orientation Program is always the biggest of the year. This year, it was also among the most diverse groups of students we have ever welcomed to Shoreline, with arrivals from 30 countries across five continents.

To all of our new students: We are excited to see the contributions you will make to campus, and we wish you a wonderful start to your academic careers here at Shoreline. If you ever need any help, support, or even if you are just looking for opportunities to get involved, come in and see us in the International Education offices.

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“From Peril to Hope: Migration and Refugees” – NIEA Fall Workshop at Shoreline Community College!

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Every year, NIEA (Northwest International Education Association) sponsors a one-day conference for college faculty and staff to learn about current global issues and world events.  The theme of the conference builds on the Community College Master Teacher Institute organized by the Center for Global Studies of UW Jackson School of International Studies.

This year, the fall workshop theme is “From Peril to Hope: Migration and Refugees”. It will be held at Shoreline Community College on October 23rd, 2015.

WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop a deepened understanding of human migration, refugee and immigration issues.
  • Learn innovate approaches for integrating above themes into curricula and campus.
  • Hear reports from the 2015 Community College Master Teaching Institute.
  • Learn how faculty in different fields are utilizing NIEA mini grants to internationalize curriculum, and how you can apply for a mini-grant to infuse global perspectives into your courses.
  • Explore options for studying abroad, related experiences, and best practices.
  • Engage in lively discussions with colleagues from diverse disciplines across Washington state, and share innovative approaches to incorporate above themes into curricula and campus.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

“Safe Haven in the Storm?: Understanding the European Immigration Crisis”

Dr. David Fenner, Affiliate Faculty at the Jackson School of International Studies.

At a time of unprecedented mass migration from the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe – and the expanding humanitarian crisis as desperate migrants seek any means possible to reach Western Europe, we shall explore the historical, political and economic roots of human migration in general and these unfolding human events in particular.  In addition, participants will learn about a number of web-based tools designed specifically with student research projects in mind.

SESSIONS AT A GLANCE

What’s Old is New Again:  The Recurring and Elusive History of Washington as An Immigrant Border State.

Session Presenter: Valerie F. Hunt. faculty member in the bachelor’s degree program of Applied Behavioral Science at Seattle Central College.

In order to teach and develop curricula about immigrant and refugee issues, it is important to understand some of the structural, historical, political, and social contexts of immigration in general, and Washington State in particular. In this workshop, participants will examine Washington’s history as a border state and what it means to be a border state, especially compared to other U.S. border states.

We will also review key dimensions of immigration—labor market forces, state/society relationships, human and civil rights—and how these dimensions inform our perceptions and practices about issues such illegal immigration,  “anchor babies,” job and education funding competition between native-born and immigrant workers, and national identity. The workshop will provide participants with leading-edge, state-of-the-discipline concepts, themes, and language to use when developing their own immigration-focused curricula.

Additional Sessions:

  • Cultural Influences and Contributions of Immigrants
  • 2015 Community College Master Teaching Institute on Immigration and Refugees: Content and teaching applications.
  • Immigrants, refugees and undocumented students: Highlighting experiences and diversity on campus, in the classroom, and community.
  • Teaching Abroad: Best Practices and Options for Teaching Abroad
  • Integrating Global Perspectives into Teaching through NIEA mini grants.

The Workshop is especially significant in light of current conditions, and is sponsored by Northwest International Education Association (NIEA) and Center for Global Studies at University of Washington.  Registration is via the NIEA website www.nieawa.org, then send payment to Heather F. Lukashin as indicated on the form.

 

Free Concert on the Roof of Pike Place Market This Sunday! (Plus Even More Free Concerts!)

Summer is coming to an end, but you still have a few opportunities to see some of the free live music that makes Seattle one of the best cities to live in.

Concerts at the Mural

Every Friday in August, a local non-profit radio station puts on concerts at the Mural Amphitheater in Seattle Center. Each show is completely free and features three bands. You can find out who’s going to be playing tomorrow and next Friday here.

What’s even more exciting than that, though, is that on Sunday evening at 7:00, there is going to be a free concert on top of Pike Place Market, right under the Public Market sign! Seattle musicians from four legendary bands will be covering the songs of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, an even more legendary band. But really, it doesn’t matter what they’re going to be playing—they’re going to be playing it on top of Pike Place Market! Streets surrounding the market will be closed to cars to make space for people to watch the show, so don’t worry about dodging traffic while you dance. For more information, click here.

 

Editor: Cory Anthony, International Education

4th of July Fireworks in Seattle!

Have you picked out the best spot to watch the fireworks celebrating America’s Independence Day? If not, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

Check out this guide to places where you can watch Seattle’s fireworks display over Lake Union. Other cities (Edmonds and Bellevue, for example) will be celebrating with fireworks, too. You can find a list of fireworks shows here.

And be sure to greet the people you meet on Saturday by saying, “Happy 4th of July!”

 

By Andi Szilagyi from Seattle, WA, USA (Fireworks  Uploaded by X-Weinzar) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Andi Szilagyi from Seattle, WA, USA (Fireworks Uploaded by X-Weinzar) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons