Snow Watch! Tips for Campus Closures and Winter Weather

The Seattle area enjoys a mild climate – usually. But once in a while, we do see some cold weather and snow. Because it doesn’t happen very often, it’s important to be prepared when we are expecting enough snow to affect our daily routines.

If it snows enough, Shoreline Community College may open late or the campus may close for the whole day. Here are some ways to stay informed:

  • Sign up for Shoreline RAVE alerts. You can choose to be notified by phone call or text and email for urgent Shoreline notifications.
  • Check your @go.shoreline.edu email or the Shoreline website to see if campus will open late or be closed for the day.
  • Sign in to Canvas to see if your instructors still expect you to complete or submit assignments online.

If you are not used to cold weather and snow, here are some tips:

  • Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Driving on snowy and icy roads can be very dangerous, especially for those who do not have experience.
  • If you do drive, drive slowly and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you – stopping quickly may not be possible on snow and ice. Keep a warm blanket in your car to use if you get stuck.
  • If you ride the bus, check King County Metro to see if bus routes are changed.
  • When you go outside, wear warm clothing: a winter coat, hats, gloves, and waterproof shoes or boots are all good ideas. To make sure drivers can see you, it is also helpful to wear bright colors.
  • Walk carefully and slowly to avoid slipping and falling.

We hope you all stay safe and warm. Sometimes, the best thing to do on a wintry day is to curl up on a cozy chair with a nice hot cup of coffee (or hot chocolate) and a good textbook!

5 Reasons Living on Campus in a Residence Hall Is a Great Idea

With a move-in date this September, Shoreline Community College’s brand new residence hall could be the best place for Shoreline students who want to engage with their campus, their classmates, and have a traditional U.S. college experience!

Here are 5 reasons why living on campus when you come to study at Shoreline is a great idea.

You’ll be part of a community

When you live in a residence hall on campus, staff work to help create a sense of community among the students living there by planning and hosting events and activities like movie nights and video game tournaments in cozy common areas like the one above. You’ll meet lots of new people and make friends that you’ll have for life. The people I met in my residence hall are still some of my best friends today!

Staff will be there to support you

Our residence hall will have a full-time Director who will live in the hall. Additionally, there will be four student Resident Assistants living in the hall to help you with anything you need. If you’re feeling homesick, you’re adjusting to your new life as a college student in the U.S., or you just want to meet new people, you’ll always be able to talk to the Resident Assistants!

There will also be 24-hour security in case of emergencies.

Students who live on campus do better academically

Researchers have found that students who live on campus tend to get higher scores in their classes than other students. They also show more development, gain greater interpersonal self-esteem, and generally report having a better experience with their undergraduate education!

Lots of amenities for residents

Because our residence hall is brand new, all the rooms are beautifully finished. Plus, they already have tables, beds, chairs, and all the other furniture you’ll need, so you won’t have to worry about buying any!

Students who live there will also have kitchens with modern appliances that will make even people who don’t know how to cook want to learn! There will also be a shuttle that runs from the residence hall to nearby supermarkets, so if you don’t want to drive or walk, you can just hop on the shuttle to get your shopping done. Residents will also have access to free, secure Wi-Fi. Water, electricity, and gas are also provided at no extra cost.

You’ll be right on campus!

If you enjoy having a slow, peaceful morning, or if you don’t like waking up early, living on campus is the best! It will take you 10 minutes or less to walk to your classroom, and you won’t have to worry about driving or taking the bus every day. And between classes, it will be very easy for you to go home if you want to do some cooking, have your own space to relax, or take a nap! Shoreline’s campus is also, as you can see above, a beautiful, green, and relaxing environment. It’s the perfect place to live!

Of course, these are just some of the great things about living on campus. Rooms are filling up quickly, so be sure to apply to live in our residence hall as soon as you can! You can apply at our residence hall’s website.

How a Shoreline Student Got Thousands of Dollars to Study Abroad

Growing up in Yakima and working on his uncle’s fruit farm, Logan Gamache did not think that he would one day travel to Cape Town, South Africa. Logan said, “I definitely would not have the opportunity to go without Shoreline.”

Logan Gamache photo by Rylan Good

This summer, Logan, along with other students and faculty from Shoreline, will do just that. They will study issues of social justice, equity, and communications, as well as learning about local history and culture. He is able to do this thanks to a $2,500 scholarship he received to help pay for the program.

Logan attended an information session on the program with Dr. Ernest Johnson, who is leading the South Africa program along with Dr. Elena Esquibel. At the session, Dr. Johnson shared a list of scholarships for studying abroad. Logan found out that, because he receives a Pell Grant, he was eligible to apply for the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to help students pay for study abroad programs.

Cape Town, with Table Mountain in the background

After writing a couple of essays and a few months of waiting, Logan was notified that he would be receiving a $2,500 scholarship. He was the only student from a two-year college in Washington State to receive funding from the Gilman Scholarship for this application cycle.

So far, Logan has only traveled to Canada and Mexico. The farthest he’s ever flown is from Florida to Washington, which takes less than six hours. To get to Cape Town, he’ll be taking two back-to-back flights of more than ten hours each. He’s excited to explore a place so far away and so different from home.

Aside from the academic portion of the program, which Logan believes will be useful in the travel and tech industries he hopes to work in, he is looking forward to climbing the iconic Table Mountain and seeing breathtaking views of Cape Town.

As a player on Shoreline’s men’s soccer team, he will unfortunately have to miss a significant part of next year’s season, but this study abroad program funded almost entirely by scholarships is “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” according to Logan, and couldn’t be passed up.

Since 2012, sixteen Shoreline students have received the Gilman Scholarship. In recent years, even though this is a very prestigious scholarship, about 50% of Shoreline students who have applied have received funding. If you or someone you know wants to learn more about studying abroad and scholarships, contact Cory Anthony in the International Education department at canthony@shoreline.edu or stop by his office in PUB 9302.

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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