Olstad leaves Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

IMG_1266Community involvement is a hallmark of Roger Olstad’s life.

With numerous volunteer positions to his credit, the retired University of Washington professor turned the page on another significant contribution on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in his final meeting as a member of the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees.

“I’m a strong believer in community,” Olstad said during a moment in the meeting to honor his service. “I’ve represented the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities over the years. The college is another community that has become very important to me and I’m a sorry to be leaving, especially at this time of change.”

State regulations require that trustees live within the designated college service area. Olstad, a longtime Lake Forest Park resident, is moving out of the college district in July. He has also served on the Lake Forest Park City Council, chaired the city’s Environmental Quality Commission and co-chair of the Friends of Third Place Commons.

Current Board Chair Phil Barrett said he Olstad was chair when he came on the board. “I have modeled myself after Roger; his calm and thoughtful approach.”

Olstad served as trustee starting in October, 2006.

Position changes in Academic and Student Affairs


A series of recent departures has prompted changes in positions in the Academic and Student Affairs area at Shoreline Community College.

“We’re saying good-bye to some wonderful people who have been a tremendous asset to the college and help to our students,” Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs James Jansen said. “I’m sure we will find equally wonderful people to build on their efforts and we’re working through those processes now.”

The positions and changes include:

Dean of Students

Jansen has asked Yvonne Terrell-Powell and Kim Thompson to share the duties of the position held by Tonya Drake, who is moving to a position at Edmonds Community College titled Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Inclusion. Terrell-Powell , director of advising and counseling services, will continue in that role and add the student conduct and behavior portion of the new job. Thompson, director of the Office of Special Services, will assume oversight of the student leadership portion of the new position.

Dean of Humanities

With the current dean, Norma Goldstein, retiring, Jansen has appointed Kathie Hunt as interim dean. Hunt’s instructional duties in the Visual Communications Technology Department will be reassigned during that period.

Institutional Data Specialist

Longtime employee Phyllis Harris took an opportunity to join the ctcLink project of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The statewide project will implement a single, centralized system of online student and administrative functions for all colleges. To carry Shoreline’s work forward, Jansen is creating director- and assistant director-level positions for an area to be known as institutional assessment and data management. Those positions are anticipated to be open soon for applications.

Dean of Workforce Education

The process of filling the shoes of the retiring dean, David Cunningham, has been ongoing for several months; Jansen said he expects to know soon the outcome of the search.

College-assigned e-mail accounts to be required for students


Starting Feb. 11, 2012, Shoreline Community College will use only


  • What is it?
    • A fully functional Gmail account assigned by the college to each student.
  • Timeline
    • Now-Jan. 14, 2013 – Inform students of coming change.
    • Jan. 14 – Students without College-assigned e-mail are notified of their new go.shoreline.edu accounts.
    • Jan. 19-Feb. 10 – Students log-in to new go.shoreline.edu accounts.
    • Feb. 11, 2013 – All College-communication to students transitions to go.shoreline.edu addresses.
      • All student addresses in the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems will change to assigned go.shoreline.edu accounts.
      • Primary address for Blackboard Connect emergency communications will change to assigned go.shoreline.edu accounts. Secondary Blackboard Connect e-mail addresses will not change.

College-assigned e-mail accounts (your.name@go.shoreline.edu ) for all official communication with students. Official communications may include messages about grades, payments, financial aid and other assistance, emergency and other notifications, the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems and other messages as required.

Standardized e-mail accounts for all students will help assure complete communication of College messages to all students and help protect privacy as required under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
A significant number of students already have College-assigned go.shoreline.edu accounts. These accounts are in compliance and students using previously assigned accounts are not affected by this change.

Students without a College-assigned go.shoreline.edu account will receive an account and be notified at their current e-mail address on file with the College. These students will be required to log-in to the College-assigned account.

Starting Feb. 11, 2013, all students are required to use their Shoreline-assigned go.shoreline.edu e-mail account for all college correspondence. The use of any other account in any configuration (forwarded, POP, IMAP, etc.) is not supported. Students are solely responsible for any consequences that result from lost or delayed communications resulting from the use of any e-mail account other than the College-assigned go.shoreline.edu account.

Shoreline takes big step toward on-campus student housing

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housing-signingShoreline Community Col­lege is one big step closer to of­fering on-campus student hous­ing.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, Shoreline President Lee Lambert signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a 400-bed facility that would be built on the site of the current soccer field and track at the north end of the campus.

“This is a very exciting day,” Lambert said. “Shoreline has wonderful programs that draw students from down the block and around the world. This proj­ect will be open to all students, making it easier to get the edu­cation and training they want and need.”

The MOA outlines a partner­ship between the college and private investors led by local resident David Lee. Under the agreement, Lee and the investors will build and operate the fa­cility on land they lease from the state of Washington, which owns the college campus. The MOA gives the college re­view and approval rights in significant areas of the design, construction and operation of the facility.

“This is a wonderfully creative and cooperative opportunity,” Lee said. “I’ve always admired the beauty of the Shoreline campus. We want this project to be part of that beauty.”

While no specific plans are yet drawn and no price tag, the agreement calls for the facility to be built to LEED Silver standards at a minimum. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an environmental design rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. While LEED Silver is required for new state-owned buildings, that was never a problem for Lee and the investors, according to their representative, Windermere Real Estate Broker Marguerite Knutson.

“David Lee has seen the campus many times,” Knutson said. “The de­sign, the trees and the natural beauty of the campus are all things they want this project to respect and embrace.”

In addition to building the facility, the developers take on the lion’s share of operations. They will operate the building, including staffing and main­tenance, all tied to agreed-upon stan­dards. The college will have some in­creased expenses, including staffing for increased safety and security and student programming services.

The developer is responsible for col­lection of rent payments from students, with a portion going to the college. The college would also receive an annual payment for lease of the land and there is a one-time, non-refundable deposit due when the lease is signed.

Led by David Lee, the other investors are from China. Both Lee and Lambert traveled there for the signing, which oc­curred Dec. 9. The son of one of the in­vestors has attended Shoreline, accord­ing to Lambert.

“This agreement involves interna­tional partners, but it is also about local residents and families of our students wanting to help build this college for others,” Lambert said. “This agreement not only opens the way to break ground on campus, it breaks new ground as a model for public/private partnerships for higher education in Washington.”

Signing the MOA is a significant mile­stone, but the work is not done, Lam­bert said.

The college had already been work­ing with the City of Shoreline on a Mas­ter Development Plan (MDP). That process was on hiatus while the hous­ing agreement was worked out.

“We’re excited that the college is pur­suing this project that will have a sig­nificant positive impact on the overall Shoreline community,” said Dan Ee­rnissee, Economic Development Man­ager for the city. “We look forward to working with the college to meet the needs of students, the college and the city.”

The MDP work will now resume with housing included, clearing the way for the city’s normal project-specific ap­proval processes.

“We know that parking and traffic will be top concerns of the city and our neighbors,” Lambert said. “We think the project may actually improve our on-campus parking situation and, with up to 400 students staying on campus rather than jumping in their cars at the end of class, it may help there, too.”

Also, the ground lease must be worked out and signed with state offi­cials. That process will involve the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which oversees Shoreline and the other 33 campuses in the state.

“Both the city and state are aware of this project, but now we’ve got to do the work,” Lambert said, adding that if all goes as anticipated, students could be moving in by August, 2015.

“This project is a significant step to­ward getting all our students ready to be successful in an increasingly global­ized world,” Lambert said. “The faculty and staff are working hard to create dynamic learning environments inside and outside of the classroom. Those ef­forts will be greatly enhanced by hav­ing domestic and international students living and studying together.

“This is critical to the success of Washingtonians as more and more of the state’s jobs are tied to international trade.”

Canvas coming to Shoreline Community College


Shoreline Community College will transition to the Canvas learning management system.

The decision to change was made by President Lee Lambert on Dec. 5 after a significant review period by faculty, students and staff. The transition from the current Blackboard learning management system will take place over the next several quarters with full implementation by summer quarter, 2013.

“We had one faculty member pilot a class in Canvas this fall quarter and we will have a handful of faculty piloting Canvas for winter 2013,” said Ann Garnsey-Harter, the Director of the Virtual College and eLearning Support Services. “We will spend winter quarter focused on training the rest of the faculty so that they can teach at least one class on Canvas for spring quarter. Faculty who are scheduled to teach for summer quarter can choose to wait to teach on Canvas until summer.”

The decision followed weeks and months of extensive inquiry, discussion, and consideration, said Garnsey-Harter. The entire process leading up to the decision is documented at https://sites.google.com/site/scccanvasdiscussion.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges negotiated a statewide license with Instructure, the company that created Canvas. Shoreline will take advantage of the statewide contract and expects significant savings.

Canvas is open-source software, meaning that users are encouraged to create additions and improvements and share those with other users. Washington will have a large group of users with almost all colleges and universities, including the University of Washington, deciding to move to Canvas.

“We are very excited about Canvas and look forward to serving students with what they have called a ‘modern’ and ‘user-friendly tool,” Garnsey-Harter said.

Shoreline uses other software products from Blackboard, including the emergency messaging system and the app for mobile devices. Those contracts are tied to the decision to move to Canvas.

Senior Executive Team makes changes


The Senior Executive Team (SET) of Shoreline Community College is making some adjustments to widen opportunities for input and discussion around important college issues.


Senior Executive Team (SET)

  • Daryl Campbell, Vice President – Administrative Services
  • James Jansen, Vice President – Academic & Student Success
  • Stephen Smith, Vice President – Human Resources & Legal Affairs

President’s Senior Executive Team (PSET)

  • Lee Lambert, President
  • Daryl Campbell, Vice President – Administrative Services
  • James Jansen, Vice President – Academic & Student Success
  • Stephen Smith, Vice President – Human Resources & Legal Affairs
  • Jim Hills, Special Assistant to the President – Communications & Marketing
  • McKinzie Strait, Executive Associate to the President – External Affairs
  • Holly Woodmansee, Special Assistant to the President – Budget & Internal Control


“We need to make sure SET is regularly interacting with people from across the campus on key issues as the college moves forward,” Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said. “These adjustments will help assure wider participation.”

Moving forward, SET will be comprised of the three vice presidents, including the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Vice President for Administrative Services and the Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs. The anticipated monthly meeting schedule includes:

Once a month: SET only
Once a month or as needed: SET, deans and the special assistant to the president for communications and marketing.
Twice a month: SET plus invitees to be determined weekly.
According to a memo outlining the adjustments, SET is the primary campus leadership group and responsible for ensuring the college conducts operations in accordance with standards of accreditation, pursuant to its mission and in line with its strategic plan. SET ensures accountability, drives transformational change and communicates frequently with all constituent members across campus regarding strategic-level issues.

SET meetings generally last between 90 minutes and two hours. Each vice-president will serve as meeting facilitator on an approximately four month rotation. While SET does deal with emergent issues as needed, in general, the agenda items should be submitted to the current SET facilitator at least three days in advance of the meetings.

Prior to these adjustments, SET membership included the vice presidents as well as special assistants and executive associate to the president. Those positions and the vice presidents will continue to participate in PSET meetings, which are chaired by the president.