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* Huy Minh Nguyen represents SCC on All-Washington Academic Team

Huy.jpgHe may be only 18, but Huy Minh Nguyen is serious about his future and understands the importance of a good education – and his commitment to getting all he could out of his education began at a very early age.


In his hometown, Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen went to school from seven o’clock in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon five days a week and half a day on Saturdays.  “It was a pretty intense education,” he said, adding that his commitment to school and the expectations of his parents and instructors played a huge role in his desire to succeed. 


His parents had dreams for their son and added English lessons to his already busy days.  The young Nguyen went to church every afternoon after school, where he learned his new language from a 70 year-old Sister.  “She was very strict…and if you spoke Vietnamese, she spanked you,” the SCC sophomore recalled.  But today, the international business major appreciates the tough environment the older woman insisted on in the classroom.  “I not only learned English, I learned how to manage my time.”


His father encouraged his gregarious son to practice speaking English any time the opportunity arose and Nguyen fondly recalls his father’s support. The family lived in the International District of the largest city in Vietnam where English was commonly spoken.  “He (his father) asked people on the street if they needed help and then threw me into a situation to help,” Nguyen said, who today is grateful for his father’s vision.  As Nguyen grew and his English developed, the quick exchanges became conversations and he learned to enjoy the opportunities to talk to others about their ideas and cultures. 


Nguyen’s language skills and interest in people have contributed to his success in his Student Government position as Minister of Finance at Shoreline Community College in which he supports student requests for club and organization funding.  He also advocates for students as a member of the Parliament at the college. 


His English skills have also come in handy for him as a member of the college’s DECA debate team. “Since I was young, I always liked to persuade people,” he says.  His team, who presented on sustainability of a business at the regional business competition, took second place for their business plan for a bed and breakfast.  Nguyen’s interest in world affairs earned him the vote as public information officer for the Global Development Project at the college as well.  The club is dedicated to learning how microcredit can provide market-based approaches to solving poverty in developing countries.  At Shoreline, he committed his personal time to supporting the efforts of the MLK Food Drive. 


Nguyen’s microeconomics instructor says that his class performance was continuously among the top in a class of around 40 students and well beyond his expectations. He plans to transfer to the University of Washington next fall to earn his bachelor’s degree in international business.  But first, he is looking forward to graduating from SCC.  “I think my family is proud of my success,” Nguyen says - so proud that his father is traveling nearly 7,500 miles to see his son graduate. 

* Ching-Hsuan "Jeff" Ma selected to 2011 All-Washington Academic Team

International student, Ching-Hsuan Ma, who goes by Jeff, says he was always an “average” kid, referring to his academic accomplishments.  Yet at only 18, he has earned a 3.99 GPA at Shoreline Community College and was selected by his instructors to represent Shoreline as an All Academic student.  MA.jpg

Ma grew up with his parents and younger brother in the third largest city in Taiwan, Taichung.  “In my family, education is remarkably important,” Ma says.  It is important because neither his father or mother have a college education and they have had to work extremely hard to make a living with a small business.  Although his dad wants the best for Ma and his younger brother, it is his mother who was very strict with him regarding his studies.  She also made sure he experienced the Humanities side, enrolling him in music and drama after school programs.


Ma’s parents agreed that their son should study in the states.  “They believe that education is the one thing that can result in a better life for me, therefore they sent me abroad in hope of a better education.” 


It looks like they made the right decision.  His instructors at Shoreline Community College are impressed with Ma’s quick mind and intuition for subject matter, and say that his engaging personality inspires other students. His mathematics professor was immediately impressed with his quick mind and intuition for math, saying he was among the top of his class in calculus.  Lauren Sandven says it was common for Ma to be the first to find the solution to problems during class discussions.  “He has a great mathematical intuition,” she says.  Those abilities also paved the road to a scholarship.  Ma was awarded the Dr. Bill Johnson Memorial Scholarship from the Shoreline Community College Foundation.  


He also strives to better the community around him.  Earlier this year he led a team in an MLK Jr. Day food drive, and he volunteers at the Math Learning Center at the college. 


These skills will support Ma’s plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in physics or engineering.  He says he has always been interested in “how the earth functions” and “can’t resist the strong gravity produced by the massive physics knowledge.”  His plans also include a master’s degree, most likely in business.   


As a member of the All-Washington Academic Team, Ma and Huy Minh Nguyen, another SCC team member this year, will receive a $750 scholarship sponsored by KeyBank and will have the opportunity for other scholarship awards.  All team members were honored at a ceremony at Puget Sound Community College on March 24, 2011 at which they received medallions from their college presidents (Jim Hills stood in for President Lambert who is in China) and Gov. Chris Gregoire.  The Governor delivered the keynote.


The All-Washington Academic Team program recognizes and honors our state's finest higher education students. The students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community. Their stories are often inspiring, sometimes surprising, and always reflective of the larger story of the state's community and technical college students.

The program has become the showcase for Washington's community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live. This recognition demonstrates the state's commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state's public community and technical colleges.


* SCC adds acting, cinema history and film production to Spring Quarter evening class offerings

Acting and web production instructors at Shoreline Community College will offer evening classes beginning Spring Quarter 2011.  The courses, open to college students and to community members, are being offered to support interest in introductory classes in film production and acting.  


Acting (DRMA 146)
6:30 – 8:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays
A five-credit beginning acting class in which students will experience a practical introduction to acting and improve character and story development abilities.  The class is designed for students who are thinking about trying acting out as well as for those who have some background in theater but want to explore another avenue for inspiration.  Chris Fisher, Instructor.


Cinema History (CINEM 201)
6:30-8:30pm, Tuesdays
Students will examine cinema history from pre-motion picture influences to modern advances. The course will cover the historical, cultural, and artistic impacts of film and filmmaking.  Chris Fisher, Instructor.


About Chris Fisher

B & W Fisher.jpgFisher received an MFA in theater from Rutgers University in 1992. In 1993, she co-wrote a book that was made into an Emmy-awarding winning film produced by Barbra Streisand that starred Glenn Close and Judy Davis.  She taught classes in theater and film, as well as directed over 20 plays and musicals at Shoreline Community College, where she was a full-time professor from 1993 to 2007.  Fisher co-founded The New Space Theater in Shoreline with fellow SCC acting instructor, Tony Doupé.  Fisher has directed at other theaters including the Broadway Performance Hall, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, and the other company. Her directing credits include Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill, Lady from the Sea and A Doll’s House by Ibsen, Travesties by Tom Stoppard, The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder, and The God of Hell by Sam Shepard. Her own plays have been produced or work shopped at Broadway Performance Hall, New City Theater, the Seattle Rep, Princeton Rep, and the Douglas Fairbanks Theater in NYC.   

Webisodic Production (DRMA 295)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Enrolled students will get an introduction to the basics of film production, with an emphasis on how to produce a short film or web series.  David Golden, Instructor.


About David Golden:

Golden has over 20 years experience as a writer, producer and director in the film and television industry. He has worked in every form of media, including network and cable television as well as feature films. Golden has also written, directed and/or produced award winning promotional, corporate and educational programs for a wide range of clients, and has directed and/or produced more than 100 national and regional television commercials. He has taught classes and workshops on film production and screenwriting at a number of colleges and universities across the country.



Shoreline Community College is currently accepting applications for Spring Quarter 2011.  New students must complete an application.  New students with previous college experience not seeking a degree or taking only one class can register online without an appointment beginning March 9, 2011. 


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