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2014-15 College Highlights

During the past year, some of our best moments were spent:

  • Applauding Edmonds College President, Dr. Jean Hernandez, for attending a White House summit on strengthening college remediation. Dr. Hernandez was among leading practitioners, researchers, and other higher education leaders exploring effective strategies to improve success for students in need of remediation.

  • Recognizing all that veterans have done for us. The Edmonds College Foundation proudly reached its $1 million fundraising campaign goal to support student veterans, ensuring a supportive path from military service to Edmonds College. Boots to Books and Beyond funds will support critical on-campus resources, services, and activities during the next ve years and beyond.

  • Congratulating Emily Yim, Edmonds College Board of Trustees Chair, who was elected on a national level to the Association of Community College Trustees Executive Committee.

  • Congratulating Girish Chummun for serving as the second student representative on the Edmonds College Board of Trustees.

  • Honoring Edmonds College alumnus Chester Curtis who was one of five community college students statewide to earn a Transforming Lives award from the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges.

  • Celebrating Edmonds College for being recognized as a Champion of Sustainability at the Seattle Seahawks game on Nov. 23 for demonstrating a commitment to sustainability by the Seattle Seahawks and McKinstry.

  • Cheering on Lisa Bauer, Edmonds College Horticulture alumna, who won the Founder’s Cup at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

  • Applauding the Edmonds College Horticulture department for receiving a $9,500 grant from the Sustainable Path Foundation to construct an aquaponics system.

  • Commending Dr. Tom Murphy, Edmonds College anthropology instructor, who received 90.7 KSER’s Community Impact by an Individual award for his work bringing together faculty and students, local governments, non-profits, Native American Tribes, and other community partners to foster cross-cultural communication and activism.

  • Congratulating Edmonds College alumnus Benjamin Kanligi for being awarded a prestigious grant offered by the U.S. Department of State Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF).

  • Awarding — for the eighth straight year — two $1,300, one $600 scholarship, and two $350 Edmonds College Community Read scholarships to students Megan McDermott, Denica McMillan, Shabina Pal, Ilene Ong, and Kathryn Severson. They each read “You’ve Got It All Wrong” and submitted projects inspired by the book.

  • Hailing Wilson Charles, Edmonds College alumnus and Maria Veronica, Edmonds College student for being chosen to represent Edmonds College on the All-Washington Academic Team.

  • Lauding Alexandra Serdyuk, Edmonds College student, who had her research paper accepted at the 29th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), and was selected out of 3,700 submissions.

  • Congratulating Vaughn Sherman for receiving the Cornerstone Award for his long-standing devotion and support of Edmonds College and its Foundation.

  • Partnering with the Boeing Company for the third year to sponsor an Ethics Challenge, in which 25 Edmonds College students from various academic programs competed. Teams of students discussed ethical strategies through three rounds of live scenarios.

  • Applauding Edmonds College for being nationally highlighted for its efforts to reduce the student default rate.

  • Cheering Kristyn Whisman, Edmonds College Dean of Corrections Education at Monroe Correctional Complex, as she competed for the title of America’s Strongest Woman. She’s already won four times, in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2014.

  • Saluting Edmonds College for being recognized as a culture of wellness by the American Heart Association yet again in 2015.

  • Appreciating Feven Haile, Edmonds College alumna; Melissa Newell, Edmonds College art instructor; and Steven Oliver, Edmonds College staff, for their talent during their art gallery exhibit, “From the Edge of Understanding.” The collaborative exhibit featured character narratives written by Haile, 100 mixed media images by Newell, and a movie created by Oliver.

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