News | Shoreline Community College Fri, 26 May 2017 17:31:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 56829118 Cranes spread hope, unity across Shoreline’s campus Fri, 26 May 2017 17:31:38 +0000

Emma Parkinson, an Associates in Fine Art major, poses in front of her art installation of 1,000 cranes in the 4000 building. The piece was created for Professor Matt Allison’s 3D design class.

Toward the rear of the main floor of the Ray W. Howard library, on a wall just south of the Math Learning Center, 1,000 origami cranes folded by Shoreline students, staff, and faculty hang as a reminder that even the littlest gestures can bring delight and positivity into the world.

The public art installation is the brainchild of Emma Parkinson, a freshman in Shoreline’s Associate of Fine Art program. The piece represents her final project for professor Matt Allison’s winter Three-Dimensional design class, in which students are tasked with proposing, constructing, and installing a site-specific piece out of any material they choose.

Parkinson had a few ideas in mind for her project, but dialed in on the cranes—which, in Japanese culture, are a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times—after the 2017 presidential election.

“It was the day after the election and I just felt despair,” said Parkinson. Susan Barclay, Parkinson’s anthropology professor, sensed that a lot of students in Parkinson’s class felt the same. So Barclay told Parkinson and her classmates to write down one positive thing on a piece of paper and hand it to someone random on campus. The exercise in spreading positivity brightened Parkinson’s spirits and sparked an idea.

Coupled with her experience in Barclay’s class and remembering an experience from 7th grade in which she and her classmates folded and sent 1,000 origami cranes to survivors of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, Parkinson decided to use her art project to bring unity, positivity, and hope to campus. She would enlist the campus community in creating an art installation of 1,000 origami cranes.

Photo credit: Emma Parkinson

While the idea of recruiting students and staff to fold cranes may sound simple at first blush, the reality of mobilizing enough participants to complete the project within the deadline of the class was daunting.

“I wasn’t sure I could get people I didn’t know to sit down and fold the cranes,” Parkinson said. “I was so hesitant about being able to pull it off, even just organizing the logistics of it, that I almost backed out, but the professor (Matt Allison) was really encouraging and supportive of the idea. He allowed me to extend the completion date into spring quarter, so I knew I had to go for it.”

Parkinson secured space for the installation in the library and then coordinated with various departments across campus to set up stations where students and staff could spend time creating the cranes. “I left materials, instructions, and a collection bin at each station,” said Parkinson. “I even created a YouTube video of myself making a crane that people could watch if they were more visual learners.” (Stations were housed in the Visual Arts Center, International Education, the Counseling Center, Advising, and the makerspace in the library.)

Setting up such an involved crowdsourced art project taught Parkinson some valuable lessons about what it takes to be a working artist. “I had never done anything so big like this before,” said Parkinson. “I learned a lot about how to organize, hold meetings, approach people, create proposals, and manage time. It was an invaluable learning experience, and I feel better prepared to tackle even bigger challenges in the future.”

The learning curve was steep, but Parkinson’s organizational efforts paid off. “I was very nervous I wasn’t going to get anyone to participate, but the first day I went to pick up the cranes I was pleasantly surprised. About 100 cranes were made in just that first day, and by the end of seven days I had about 500 cranes. We reached the goal of 1,000 cranes in just three weeks. It was amazing how fast it all went.”

While completing the project on time was always the goal, the swift completion was a bit bittersweet for Parkinson. “One of the main things I loved about this project was going around to the various stations around campus and just sitting with the students making the cranes and talking to them about what the project meant to them. Everyone wanted to contribute good, and that was really heartening to know we have such a caring community here that seeks unity.”

“It was also really wonderful to see people who were hesitant to even attempt to make a crane because they’d never done it before walk through the process, figure out it was something they could do, and be excited to make their next one,” said Parkinson.

“And I was surprised by how unique each crane was,” Parkinson continued. “I thought there was only one way to make a crane and that they’d all look the same, but people’s individuality definitely came through in how they created their cranes. It added to the depth of the project and served as a reminder that our uniqueness is what makes our community beautiful.”

There is currently no set end date for the installation, so the campus is encouraged to go enjoy it while they can. “I really want the people who contributed to come see it and know they were a part of this little bit of positivity. Because cranes are like that, you see them and you just brighten up and smile.”

Parkinson, who has a year left at Shoreline, hopes to transfer to a 4-year university after completing her AFA. She also hopes to find a way to continue making the cranes as a means to connect with people.

Learn more about areas of study in Shoreline’s AFA program.

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The Ebbtide wins big with annual PNAJE awards Fri, 26 May 2017 03:45:32 +0000

The Ebbtide Photo Editor Martin Musialczyk won a second-place Feature Photo award from the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators (PNAJE) for his shot of shoes in bathroom stalls for a story on SCC’s gender-neutral bathrooms.

The Ebbtide student-run newspaper has captured a new trophy from the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators (PNAJE).

Editor in Chief Connor Tee and his staff took Second-Place in the General Sweeps category of PNAJE’s 2017 student-journalism contest. The sweeps awards go to news staffs amassing the most points in the contest. It’s one of PNAJE’s highest honors.

Along with the Sweeps award, Ebbtide news staff collected seven individual awards and three honorable mentions:

  • Commor Tee won a first-place Commentary award for his opinion on blood donations
  • Copy Editor Areeya Tipyasothi placed first in Personality Profile for her piece on SCC Tutoring Coordinator Jessica Gonzalez
  • Photo Editor Martin Musialczyk won a second-place Feature Photo award for his shot of shoes in bathroom stalls for a story on SCC’s gender-neutral bathrooms
  • Design Director Coral Nafziger won an honorable mention in Comprehensive Coverage for her articles on resources for low-income students and an honorable mention in Editorial Cartoon for her comical drawing of the fictional “Bowling Green Massacre.”
  • Staff writer Emily Boyer won a first-place Review award for her critique of Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • Contributor Sara Rutherford placed second in Sports Feature for her profile on SCC Volleyball Coach Mark West
  • Former Editor in Chief Aaron Berry and his team placed third in Comprehensive Coverage for a special section on homelessness
  • Former Photo Editor Aaron Meliza placed third in Portrait Photo for his shot of SCC Photo Lab Technician Mark Swanson
  • Former Copy Editor Randy Hatfield received an honorable mention in Photo Illustration for an image accompanying a story on last year’s ASG president election

Judges for the PNAJE contest included working journalists and faculty at 4-year colleges such as the UW and Western. The judges considered work produced by community-college news staffs in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho between April 2016 and March 2017.

The Ebbtide is currently hiring staff for Fall Quarter 2017. Contact faculty advisor Patti Jones at if interested in working for this award-winning publication.

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Shoreline Community College announces USA Vietnam War Commemoration partnership, hosts inaugural event May 23 Tue, 23 May 2017 03:42:48 +0000
Shoreline Community College is proud to announce the College, led by the Veterans Program
and the Global Affairs Center, is a Commemorative Partner of the USA Vietnam War Commemoration. As a Commemorative Partner, the College will host two free community events yearly involving veterans who served in the Vietnam War. The partnership lasts three years.

The College’s first partnership event is Tues., May 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the PUB (9000 building), room 9208. The event is a panel discussion with military veterans from the Vietnam War titled “We Were Soldiers Once.” The discussion will focus on the experience of Vietnam War veterans during and after the war, as well as their reflections on the commemoration accorded to veterans for their service. The event is free and open to the public and was organized by the GAC and the Veterans Program, with close assistance from the office in charge of the USA Vietnam War Commemoration.

Panelists will include three U.S. veterans of the Vietnam conflict: Bruce Crandall, Colonel, U.S. Army (ret.) (1953-1977); Joe Crecca, Major, U.S. Air Force (ret.) (1964 to 1978); and Joe Galloway, Newspaper Correspondent and Journalist. The discussion will be moderated by Andrew Ringlee, Ph.D, Historian, U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration. More information about the speakers can be found on the GAC’s speaker biographies page.

With the College’s strong Veterans Program (recognized as a Best for Vets school by Military Times) and commitment to supporting and recognizing veteran students, becoming a Commemorative Partner was a natural fit.

“We are excited to be able to honor our Vietnam veterans by providing a forum for them to share their experiences and their knowledge through this partnership,” said Missy Anderson, Veterans Program Coordinator at Shoreline. “We also welcome the precedent this sets in establishing our college as a place where veterans programming is highlighted and the opportunities that creates for future events recognizing the service of all veterans, who have served in various conflicts, as well as their families.”

“We are so thrilled to embark on this partnership with the USA Vietnam War Commemoration,” said Larry Fuell, Director of the Global Affairs Center at Shoreline. “It affords students a rare opportunity to engage with veterans involved with a truly pivotal conflict in US history, and to gain a deeper understanding of both the local and global impact of that event.”

Learn more about Veterans programming and the Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College.

About the USA Vietnam War Commemoration: In 2008, the U.S. Congress authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War (November 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975).  By Presidential Proclamation, the Commemoration extends from Memorial Day 2012 to Veterans Day 2025. The primary objective of the Commemoration is to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families on behalf of the nation for their service and sacrifice. The four remaining objectives highlight the service of our Armed Forces and support organizations during the war; pay tribute to wartime contributions at home by American citizens; highlight science and medical advances made during the war; and recognize contributions by our Allies.

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Shoreline Community College Foundation, donors honor 2017 scholarship recipients Tue, 16 May 2017 16:43:14 +0000

Mary Brueggeman (second from left), Vice President, Office of Advancement and Executive Director of Foundation; Diana Sampson (middle), Executive Director of International Education at Shoreline; Greg Olson (second from right), President, Shoreline Community College Foundation; and Scott Saunders (right), Treasurer, Shoreline Community College Foundation, award a scholarship to a student recipient.

Seventy-six Shoreline Community College Foundation scholarship recipients were honored in a ceremony held at the College on Wed., May 10. The honorees ranged from incoming high school graduates to continuing full-time students, and between them received over $149,000 in scholarships.

The awards ceremony was the first put on by the Foundation in several years, and the College and the Foundation are excited to be bringing it back.

“These students are so deserving of the assistance and support the Foundation and community are providing to them,” said Mary Brueggeman, Vice President, Office of Advancement and Executive Director of Foundation. “I think it is important to recognize them and let them know we are surrounding them with support to succeed.”

The ceremony included remarks by Brueggeman and College President Dr. Cheryl Roberts, followed by the handing out of certificates of award. Diana Sampson, Executive Director of International Education at Shoreline; Scott Saunders, Treasurer, Shoreline Community College Foundation; and Greg Olson, President, Shoreline Community College Foundation, aided Brueggeman in handing awards to recipients.

Shoreline Community College student, Kehla Grow, who will graduate this spring, concluded the ceremony by sharing her reflections on how being a scholarship recipient has enabled her to achieve her goals.

Grow described herself as one of six children of a single father saying, “there was simply no money for college. Having to pay for everything entirely by myself and juggling work with school, it was so overwhelming and there was no way I could have done it without help. I’m the only sibling of six getting a college degree, and it’s because of the Foundation.”

Grow went on to tell the crowd, “I’m forever grateful to the Foundation and the donors. These people are here to help you, they want to help you, and you are not alone. Just ask, because they want nothing more than to make your dreams a reality and see you succeed like they did for me.”

Thanks to generous donor support, the Foundation was able to add two new scholarships this year: the Mark F. and Tiffany T. McVeety Student Fund, which provides funds for students affected by an unforeseen medical or mental health event that could affect their ability to continue with school, and the Performing Arts and Digital Filmmaking scholarship, which is funded through ticket and concessions sales from the College’s Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Opening Night Party.

The majority of funds for student scholarships are raised through the annual Foundation Student Success Breakfast, which broke records for attendance and donations this past year.

“It is truly a joy to feel so supported by the entirety of the Shoreline community,” said Brueggeman. “We’re not just a college, we’re a neighbor educating future contributors to this community, and we’ve truly been treated as such. Our donors and community partners are so generous, and it has made such a world of difference to our students.”

Thank you to all the donors to the Shoreline Community College Foundation, and to the many donors who attended the ceremony, including Pat Slusser (Tammy O’Brien Shanks Memorial Nursing Scholarship); Cherylyn and Forrest Adams and Baron and Jackie Wellman (Vivian Wellman Batty Memorial Nursing Scholarship); Harley O’Neil (Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Residents High School Scholarship); Cheryl Roberts (Tessie & Robert Adams and LeRoy and Ann Roberts, Jr. Memorial Scholarship); Greg Olson, Scott Saunders, Mary Brueggeman, Jeff King (SCC Full-Time and SCC Part-Time Continuing and Veterans Merit and Performing Arts and Digital Filmmaking); and more.

If you’d like to contribute to scholarships for students, consider attending 2017’s Foundation Student Success Breakfast on Nov. 2, 2017 or our SIFF Opening Night event, Fri., May 26. Donations can also be made online anytime.

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Shoreline students honored as WACC Presidents’ Leadership Award recipients Fri, 12 May 2017 21:11:36 +0000

Eberth Arias (third from left) and Wei-Yu Liao (third from right) are honored with the Washington Campus Compact’s Presidents’ Leadership Award at a ceremony on April 28, 2017. Also pictured (from left to right) are Shoreline Community College President Dr. Cheryl Roberts, Anne Powell Arias, Nida Haque, and Ángel Gonzalez.

Shoreline students Eberth Arias and Wei-Yu “Will” Liao were honored at a ceremony at The Museum of Flight in Seattle on April 28, 2017 as recipients of the Washington Campus Compact’s (WACC) Presidents’ Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and commitment to service.

The WACC asked presidents from each member institution to select two students for the honor, and Shoreline President Cheryl Roberts identified Arias and Liao for their demonstrated commitment to service, sustainability, and equity to Shoreline’s campus community.

Arias serves as Shoreline’s Associated Student Government (ASG) Sustainability Officer, leading projects that promote sustainability, accessibility, and social justice. He also serves as the Chair of the Sustainable Commuter Options Fee (SCOF) Committee, which addresses issues of accessibility on campus, and as a member of the campus-wide Ecological Integrity Steering Committee, an advisory committee to the Executive Team and President Roberts with a concentration on developing and maintaining a framework to ensure that our ecological integrity guides our practices.

In addition to his committee work, Arias also actively sought out employment in the College’s Community Integration & Employment Program (CIEP) to learn and enhance the experiences of students with disabilities on campus.

Liao serves on the Tree Campus Advisory Group, which was recently successful in obtaining Tree Campus USA® recognition status for Shoreline’s campus. Liao is also currently undertaking a research project to propose rain gardens on campus. His research efforts include consultations with faculty, local experts, and City of Shoreline staff.

Both Arias and Liao attended the April 28 ceremony along with President Cheryl Roberts, Student Leadership Center Assistant Director, Ángel Gonzalez, and the ASG’s Policy & Procedure Officer, Nida Haque.

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Seattle PI reporter learned to write his story in Shoreline’s honors program Thu, 11 May 2017 20:11:35 +0000

Daniel DeMay. Photo credit: Lisa Baumann.

When Daniel DeMay started at Shoreline in 2009, he had little expectation of navigating college with success. Eight years later, DeMay is now a culture, business, and transportation reporter for the Seattle PI. He’s also a graduate of Shoreline’s Honors Program.

DeMay describes his past as “checkered” revealing that, after dropping out of high school, his 20s were largely spent drifting from one thing to the next taking on jobs in such varied industries as auto repair, theater production, and construction. At the age of 27, DeMay decided it was time to stop hopping jobs and find a career he could stick with.

“One day my coworker and I were on our way to a construction site and we just looked at each other and said ‘I don’t know why we’re doing this’. We turned the car around,” said DeMay, “and I spent the next several months deciding I wanted to go to college and figuring out how to make that happen.”

DeMay’s stepsister had gone to Shoreline and “always raved about it in her efforts to get me to go to college,” DeMay explained, so choosing the school was easy. But he still wasn’t positive college was for him. “I entered with no expectations of success,” he said. “Going back to school after working for almost a decade, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was in for.”

Once on campus, however, the pieces started to fall together. With aspirations of becoming a journalist, DeMay started writing for the award-winning student newspaper The Ebbtide, working his way up from reporter to editor-in-chief.

“I’d always been into writing as a kid,” said DeMay, “and I saw journalism as a way to learn to become an efficient writer and saw it as a valuable thing for the community at large. I wanted to use writing to give back, whether to entertain or inform.”

Joining the Honors Program was the second piece of the puzzle for DeMay. He was in his second quarter at Shoreline and taking an International Political Economy class when one of the professors, Kenny Lawson, pulled him aside and suggested he apply for the Honors Program. (The class was co-taught at the time by Kenny Lawson, Chip Dodd, and Tim Payne.)

Not knowing exactly what he was getting into, DeMay admitted: “the Honors Program was daunting at first.”

“The idea that I was going to produce a 20-30 page research paper was unfathomable at first,” said DeMay. “But the program is set up to teach you to be a writer, researcher, and a critical thinker and reader, and by the end you’ve learned the skills you need to produce a high level of academic work.”

DeMay’s final thesis paper examining the history of the changing relationship between the press and the public ended up spanning 37 pages.

“It made any research project I undertook after that seem pretty easy,” said DeMay. “Any 5-page papers I was assigned suddenly became a piece of cake. But more important, it made me think deeply about my choice of study and really dive into the history of my chosen topic and master those necessary research skills I may not have developed during a regular course of study.”

DeMay went on to be the commencement speaker for his graduating class (2011) and transfer to Western Washington University with confidence in his ability to be a successful college student.

“The Honors Program was the first example of me learning what I was really capable of producing,” said DeMay. “To have successfully produced that thesis project, knowing that I was capable of something of that magnitude, was eye opening. There’s a confidence level you get that, hand-in-hand with learning academic skills, is invaluable.”

So what’s his advice to students considering joining the Honors College at Shoreline?

“Be prepared to make a big commitment, because I don’t think you’re going to find another honors program at a community college that’s that high level and far-reaching and undertaking a program like that is a big commitment,” said DeMay. “But if you really want to succeed, the commitment is worth it.”

“It was a great experience and I’m glad I did it,” DeMay continued. “I’m glad Kenny Lawson tapped me on the shoulder and got me involved, and I’m glad for the other instructors who urged me along and gave me support. It was certainly a life-changing experience.”

Learn more about the Honors College at Shoreline. The priority application deadline for admission into the Honors College for Fall 2017 is May 19!

Look for DeMay’s work at

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Shoreline Community College to screen 26 films for SIFF, host opening night gala Mon, 08 May 2017 23:25:13 +0000
For the second year running, Shoreline Community College, in partnership with the City of Shoreline, is an official Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) venue. The College’s state-of-the-art theater will screen 26 films, some with Northwest ties, May 26-June 3.

“Shoreline Community College is proud to partner with the City of Shoreline to host the northern-most SIFF venue, bringing high-quality arts and entertainment to our neighbors and our students,” said Dr. Cheryl Roberts, President of Shoreline Community College.

“Last year we welcomed over 3,000 people to our theater for the Festival and we are thrilled to do it again. Many of our students benefit from classroom visits with SIFF filmmakers and opportunities for hands-on learning during the Festival. It’s a wonderful partnership for all involved,” Dr. Roberts added.

Hosting SIFF is particularly meaningful for the College as Shoreline students and faculty have a longstanding connection to the festival. Shoreline film program alumnus Nick Terry premiered his feature Finding October at the festival in 2016, while students in the film program’s Production II class premiered their short, REFRACTION, the year prior. Also in 2015, film department chair Tony Doupé and associate faculty Lorraine Montez premiered their feature horror film The Hollow One. In 2014, staff and students contributed work to almost 20 films shown at SIFF and its adjacent festival, STIFF.

In addition to exposure to the level of filmmaking that SIFF attracts, students also benefit from the festival’s program of connecting filmmakers to classrooms. Throughout the duration of the festival, SIFF filmmakers including directors, screenwriters, and actors will visit with students across disciplines to provide real-world industry insight to Shoreline’s budding filmmakers and artists.

With a newly upgraded theater system, including Digital 4K cinema projection and 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound, Shoreline’s theater is an ideal venue for showcasing SIFF films, particularly the stunning underwater sequences of Shoreline’s opening night film, The Odyssey.

Starring Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men) as Jacques-Yves Cousteau, The Odyssey is an epic biopic taking a deep dive into the adventures and home life of the legendary explorer and conservationist. Also starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as Cousteau’s wife and directed by Jerome Salle, this meticulously researched film is sure to delight viewers with its spectacular glimpse into both the story behind the iconic oceanographer as well as the leviathans of the deep.

Movie-goers are invited to attend the Foundation’s Opening Night party on Fri., May 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m. to enjoy wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a meet and greet prior to the screening of The Odyssey. Opening night tickets are $50 and proceeds will go to scholarships for digital filmmaking and performing arts students. Tickets for the Foundation event can be purchased at or by calling 206-546-4755. Tickets for single film screenings are $14 each.

View the full schedule of SIFF films at Shoreline online.

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Multicultural job fair connects employers with workers with diverse backgrounds and skills Mon, 08 May 2017 17:03:36 +0000

175 participants in the 2016 Multicultural Job Fair connected to employers.

On May 11, 2017 over 20 area employers will attend the Multicultural Job Fair on Shoreline’s campus looking to connect with potential employees with a diversity of skillsets.

This is the second year that Shoreline, in partnership with Worksource, has hosted the fair. Over 175 job seekers connected to employers at the 2016 event.

“It’s really a fantastic opportunity for workers of diverse backgrounds to meet face to face with employers who value diversity and want to hire people who have multiple language skills,” said Tiffany Lamoreaux, a Career Navigator in Shoreline’s Workforce Education program.

The job fair, which is free and open to the public, particularly benefits Shoreline’s English Language Learner (ELL) students, who may not otherwise have a chance to meet employers in a low-stakes setting.

“So many jobs are only available to apply to online these days,” said Lamoreaux, “so getting face time with a recruiter gives attendees an advantage other applicants may not have. It’s also helpful that the employers expect that the majority of job seekers in attendance are students and learners, so it’s a good chance for students to practice their ‘elevator pitch’ while getting insight into a particular company’s culture they can only get by talking with someone face to face.”

In addition to connecting employers with talent, the fair has plenty to offer traditional job seekers. Stations will offer mock interview practice, resume reviews, and more. An internet station will also be available for job seekers to utilize to submit resumes on the spot.

The Multicultural Job Fair will be on the Shoreline Community College campus Thurs., May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the PUB (9000 bldg.) Room 9208.

Learn more about Shoreline’s Workforce Education or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

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Theater department brings Broadway hit “The Producers” to campus May 12-21 Fri, 05 May 2017 21:20:19 +0000

Students rehearse for Shoreline Community College’s production of The Producers, coming to the Main Stage May 12-21, 2017.

Shoreline Community College’s production of the Mel Brooks musical comedy The Producers opens Fri., May 12 and runs through Sun., May 21. The show is a crowd pleaser that follows a down-and-out Broadway producer who teams with an accountant to make money off making the world’s worst musical, “Springtime for Hitler.”

The show is a passion project for Theater Manager John Nold and Producer Dr. Charles Enlow, who have dreamt of bringing this show to the Shoreline stage for years. Shoreline Community College Foundation sat down with the pair to discover what it has taken to bring this hit to life and what audiences can expect from “the worst musical” Shoreline’s ever seen.

Q: Why did you pick this production?
Charles Enlow: The Producers is a show I’ve wanted to see on the Shoreline stage for a long time! It has all the elements of great musical theater: great tunes, good plot, interesting characters, and over-the-top comedy that hits all the right buttons. Seriously, many people familiar with the show will come just to see how we stage “Springtime for Hitler” – it’s one of the highlight spectacles of the show!

John Nold: The Producers is a large undertaking and a huge challenge and opportunity for our students to be part of a production that requires working with a very large group of actors and production members. It has always been a production that we wanted to undertake, and this year Charles thought that we should just go forward and tackle this enormous show with our talented team of actors and technical crew.

Q: How is Shoreline’s production bringing something new to this story?
CE: Shoreline’s theater has been building a solid tradition of innovative and successful shows with the goal of bringing the highest quality theater experience to our audiences, and this show continues that tradition. We also provide a one-of-a-kind training program for our students and actors in that ours is the only college in the Northwest that’s mounting three Main Stage productions every season. No other educational institution in Washington has more performance opportunities for actors and musicians. I’m very proud of that accomplishment.

JN: I’m not sure I know how it brings something new to the story but it definitely brings a new challenge to our production team in the enormity of the show. It has a huge cast and a ton of scenes and locations that we have to figure out how to make work on our stage. But we are very lucky to work with a set designer who is a master of disguising and also skilled in figuring out how to recycle pieces from previous shows. This show is expensive to produce, but also an amazing experience for our actors, and one they may never get the opportunity to participate in again.

Q: What’s going to surprise people about this show?
CE: Well, Mel Brooks is always full of surprises! Seriously, though, look for the amount and variety of costuming and characters in this show. It’s mind blowing!

JN: It’s got some real over-the-top scenes and comedy involved. Clearly, this is one of the funniest productions we have done to date. But with it being a Mel Brooks production, you’ve got to expect that it would be. And this show really pushes the boundaries of political correctness by making fun of things that you normally would never even want to discuss. Totally over the top, but all in a very respectful way.

Q: What’s the last thing you do before the curtain goes up?
CE: A prayer to the gods of the theater to smile on us (to borrow a phrase from Stephen Sondheim).
JN: Seriously, I take 60 seconds to myself and breathe. A quick self-meditation and positive affirmation, then I open the show.

Q: What or who inspires you?
CE: I’m continually inspired by the talents of our actors and our production team. I think we have some of the finest around! Also, I’m continually inspired by the work of Stephen Sondheim! We’ve featured three of his shows here in the past seven years and I hope to mount more in the future. He’s a living inspiration – I am continually surprised and awed by his work.

JN: Our actors and the talented production teams we always get to work with here. There is no other program like this around. And we are lucky enough to make participating in high-quality productions like this a reality for our students.

Q: Anything about the Shoreline theater program or this production you want to add?
CE: Like I said before, we have some remarkable things happening in the theater at Shoreline Community College! No other educational institution in this area can match what we pull off every season. Whether it’s opera, musical theater, or staged plays, there’s always something wonderful happening here.

JN: Well, come and have a great time! Whether it’s a musical, a dramatic play, a comedy play, an opera, or stand-up improv show, we have such a huge program to offer both students and our community!

Purchase tickets to Shoreline Community College’s production of The Producers at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

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DECA team is all business in international competition, students place in Top Ten Mon, 01 May 2017 19:47:03 +0000

Shoreline students competed at the 2017 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, CA April 18-22.

The Shoreline Community College DECA team has returned from the 2017 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) with three Top Ten finishers.

The conference was held in Anaheim, CA between April 18-22. Out of 19 Shoreline students competing, four earned a place in finals in Anaheim. The individuals and teams participating in this year’s conference had stiff competition from colleges across the U.S., Canada, and China.

Congratulations to the following students on their achievements:
Rachel Degginger  – Top 10 Finalist in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
Mahira Adipura and Ed Dilimulati – Top 10 Finalists in Entrepreneurship – Growing A Business
Evert Ableman – Finalist in Accounting

All 19 students are to be commended for their performance and hard work in past months. Faculty Advisors for DECA are Stephen McCloskey, Ailsa Kellam, Kyle Winslow, and Matt Lothyan.

“We have so enjoyed watching this group mature into competitors,” said Winslow. “All but three of our members were new to DECA when we started last fall, so their accomplishment in making it to this phase of competition is impressive.”

“We have a wonderfully diverse group of students who have gotten the opportunity to network with students from other colleges,” said Winslow. “Our hope is that our students will use the gracious professionalism they learn through DECA and at ICDC to help them in their future careers and in life.”

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. While many are familiar with DECA at the high school level, 15,000 Collegiate DECA members on college campuses around the world are preparing for careers in business. All Shoreline students are welcome to be involved in DECA regardless of major. The 2017-18 kick-off will take place in September right after the fall quarter begins.

Interested in studying Business at Shoreline? Check out our program offerings.