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* Ebbtide takes top award

The Ebbtide student newspaper took a top award from the Washington Community College Journalism Association this past weekend.


The paper won a General Excellence trophy from the organization for the third time in four years. It placed third in the category this year, while the Pioneer at Pierce College in Fort Steilacoom took first and the Puyallup Post at Pierce College in Puyallup took second.


The contest is open to all community colleges in Washington State and attracts entrants from neighboring colleges such as Edmonds Community College and Bellevue College, as well as far-away schools such as Clark College in Vancouver and Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Professional journalists and university professors from out-of-state serve as judges.


The three professional journalists who judged the General Excellence category this year praised the Ebbtide for both its look and its content. “The variety of stories and inventiveness of the ideas are excellent,” said one judge. “(It’s a) great, attractive paper.”


Dan DeMay, editor in chief of the Ebbtide, accepted the award Saturday during a ceremony at Olympic College in Bremerton.


“I’m really excited and honored to have received an award that represents our work as a whole,” DeMay said later. “It says to me that we have a good dynamic, we have a great group of people who love working together and it shows in the product.”


Several members of the Ebbtide also received individual awards.


Photo editor Sean Sherman won a second-place award in Feature Photos for a front-page image appearing in the paper’s Relationship Issue in February. The image shows a couple from the knees down, one wearing red sneakers, the other wearing black. Although the two are holding hands, the real expression is in their sweet, cozying-up feet. The judge in this category praised Sherman’s shot for his storytelling skills, his clean composition and his “artistic eye.”   “I love the low angle,” he said.


Former Photo Editor Dennie Chong won a third-place award in the same category. His winning photo ran in December, and shows a remix musician rocking the house at the Vera Project at the Seattle Center. “Nice moment!” the judge said. “You are in the right place at the right time.”


Staff writer JD Carter took third place in the Feature Writing category for a profile she wrote in March on the Ebbtide’s outgoing editor, Amelia Rivera. The judge gave Carter high marks for her attention-grabbing introduction, easy flow and ability to capture the story’s human element.


Webmaster Huai-Hsien Feng took third place for Best Web Site. She won the judge’s approval by including polls, links to social media, and a rotating photo display on   “It’s a cheerful, friendly homepage that provides easy access to all available content,” the judge said.


Jim Lovaas, arts and entertainment editor, received an honorable mention in News Writing for a story he wrote in March. “Campus security hands tied” explores SCC officers’ limited ability to break up violent conflicts on campus. The judge gave it high marks for shining light on a subject that most students are not aware of.


The awards ceremony and luncheon featured speakers Kirstin Millis, publisher of the UW Daily, and Manuel Valdes, a recent UW graduate, now working as a reporter for the Associated Press.


                               Provided by Patti Jones, Ebbtide Advisor

* DECA students compete in international competition

Thirteen students from Shoreline Community College recently competed at the 2010 College DECA International Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Seven of those students earned conference recognition and honors. 

College DECA has more than 13,000 members, serving its diverse international membership as a professional association, providing leadership and career opportunities to develop and enhance the business leaders of tomorrow. 

DECA’s renowned Competitive Events program uses interviews, role plays, simulations and project reports to evaluate students’ marketing and management skills.  The competition includes 25 different events, judged by business professionals.  

Serving as SCC DECA advisors are David Starr, Laura Portolese Dias, Stephen McCloskey and Mona Starr. 

SCC's overall student winner was Crystal Fong, National Finalist, Marketing Management.  Students earning Awards of Excellence are Amber Bonifas, Retail Management; Johnathan Le, Marketing Management; Kelly DeRosier, Human Resource Management; Carol Moy, Human Resource Management; Doug Allyn and Yasuhiro Sumino, International Marketing.

* SCC Nurses Day 2010

As a part of National Nurses Week, SCCANS (the SCC Association of Nursing Students) hosted an annual event to honor nurses of the past and present, including SCC nursing students and grads.  Faculty member Hermien Watkins, who has taught at SCC for 24 years, introduced guest speaker, 1986 SCC nursing graduate Rayne Engle, RN.  Engle brought tears and laughs in her presentation in which she shared her personal journey to provide health care to low-income and uninsured patients via her work at 45th Street Medical Clinic in Seattle. 

Nursing faculty member, Pat Olsen announced the 2010-11 scholarship recipients.  Kristie Miller, who sees nursing as "a calling," received the first Tammi O'Brien Shanks Memorial Nursing Scholarship.  Miller, who was a medical social worker at Children's Orthopedic Hospital, cared for her mother who died from the same disease that took Tammi O'Brien Shanks' life. 

"I did not realize it at the time, but my path towards nursing began in 1996 when my mother became ill and was ultimately diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis," she said. During that time while taking her mother to doctors and specialists, Miller said she experienced the best and the worst in health care.  Ultimately, it was her mother's death and other personal losses that prompted her to go into nursing.  She says that although she doesn't know what area she will focus on long-term, initially she would like to work in an acute care setting providing direct patient care.  She also plans on earning a master's degree in nursing, with a focus on education or management.  Miller is also a proud mother of her one-year-old son.

Tammi O'Brien Shanks graduated from SCC's School of Nursing in 1996 and worked at Northwest Hospital as a surgical nurse for 12 years. In 2001 she was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The hardest thing she ever had to do was to give up her nursing career due to her disability. She was patiently awaiting a lung transplant at the time of her death. This scholarship, established in memory of Tammi by her family and friends in 2009, will assist students in the Nursing Program at SCC.  Her family was at the SCC event to honor Tammi as well as Miller. 

Miller will receive the $2,000 scholarship at the Spring Scholarship Celebration on May 19.

Other scholarship recipients included Holly Robinson and Jennifer Rae, who received the Elizabeth R. Thomas Alumni Nursing Scholarship; Terresa Thayer and Julie Holden, who received the Joan Heeter Memorial Nursing Scholarship; Hallie Archer and Stephanie Jeffenes, who received the Margaret Mallett Nursing Scholarship; and Holly Robinson and Darcy Bengaard, who received the Sonia O Kemp Nursing Scholarship. 

                                                                Donna Myers/PIO

* Shoreline On Course: SCC Scholarship Scramble - Golf Tournament to benefit Business Programs

Shoreline CC business students are ready to tee off!  Business students at Shoreline Community College are launching a new golf tournament to benefit the business programs and scholarships at the college.


Shoreline On Course: SCC Scholarship Scramble will tee off Friday, June 4, at the Nile Golf & Country Club, 6601 244th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace.  Players can arrive as early as 3 p.m., with the first tee time at 4 p.m., rain or shine.


Thirty-six golfers will play a nine-hole scramble as well as compete in hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt contests. The $50 registration fee includes a golf cart, Western barbecue dinner and door prizes.  Space is limited, so golfers need to register before May 14 by contacting 


Proceeds from the tournament may endow scholarships such as the Leadership Challenge Scholarship. The college’s Business Administration degree program, in collaboration with its Advisory Committee, established the Shoreline Leadership Challenge in 2007 to provide financial assistance to qualified applicants seeking to further their education. The program is currently developing a requirement system; example requirements could include academic performance, community service, and leadership activity.  Recipients become eligible to receive a one-year, full tuition scholarship.  The intent is to fund this scholarship with $25,000 through programs such as the Shoreline On Course Golf Tournament. In addition, funds could be used to support business programs, such as collegiate DECA.


The scramble tournament is an example of SCC’s business education in action. Students in the college’s new Sports and Event Marketing class are responsible for the tournament’s logistics and marketing, as well as soliciting sponsors to donate money and in-kind merchandise. Every team in the class is also expected to recruit golfers to participate in the tournament.


“The value in this course is the ability to actually put on the tournament, rather than discuss it in theory,” said Dr. Laura Portolese Dias, who teaches the class. “Students will gain event management skills, but also crucial skills such as leadership, teamwork, organization and working within deadlines that will most definitely help them in their careers later on, not to mention it is a great resume builder!”


Businesses interested in sponsoring the tournament should contact Partner benefits include on-site signage and recognition, as well as acknowledgement on the tournament’s Facebook page, located at    


You can also check Facebook for tournament updates. For more information, send an e-mail to and we’ll respond within two business days.