Phyllis Topham smiles during her comments at the
retirement party, June 12, 2009, in the PUB Quiet
Dining Room. (Click here for more photos)
So we've made it through another year - a year that brought more challenges and bittersweet memories due to budget constraints than previous years. But let's not forget the good things and the joy 2008-09 also provided. Our committed faculty and staff gave 110 percent to ensure our students experienced the best education possible - both in and out of the classroom.
As the academic year ends, we say goodbye to our colleagues who are retiring (or already retired) this year - Faculty: Nancy Field, Linda Sue Nelson, Marty Olsen, Bette Perman, Daniel Pray, Phyllis Topham and Art West; and Staff: Al Linden, John Wayne and Ann Ludwig.
Please join your colleagues in celebrating the faculty and staff who are retiring this year at the All Campus Retirement Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 12. (Not all retirees will be attending the party). Together they have given 255 years of service to Shoreline Community College.
Nancy Field, Counselor
Nancy has been a counselor at the college since 1980. In those 29 years her fondest memories are of the students she has worked with providing career/educational and personal counseling as well as advising. She will remember most her work in problem solving, supporting and encouraging students through difficult times in their lives. She has felt lucky to see the progress and successes of students she has served. Every quarter she has helped new students get started in their college experience and has been inspired by the students' enthusiasm and eagerness to begin an educational journey. Nancy started working at Shoreline through "soft money" funding and worked with students in our Parent Education program, provided accommodation services before we had an Office for Special Services and provided counseling and advising for educationally and financially disadvantaged students. She was involved in the securing of the County funding that started our Community Integration Program and managed that program for a number of years. Nancy helped reinitiate the celebration of Martin Luther King Day on campus by forming a campus wide committee that made the celebration a tradition. Nancy has been fortunate to work with so many great people in Advising and Counseling and with the campus community. She is looking forward to travel, time to figure out the next phase of her life journey and plans to spend more time in nature: "I want to contemplate the birds and flowers in my yard!"
Marty Olsen, Counselor
Marty has been with the college since 1973 - that calculates to 36 years! He says he will always remember the many students he worked with and very much enjoyed witnessing their growth and development. It has been great seeing the amazing accomplishments of some of these students who arrived here with academic deficits, special needs or difficult life circumstances who went on to do remarkable things." One memory, in particular, stands out: "I remember a call from a woman who came to me to drop out of college because she did not think she could ever get through Math 080. She was calling to inform me that she had been selected as president of the Women in Engineering Group and was graduating with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington."
Marty plans to simplify his schedule so that he can spend some time just being, and since he spent so many years advising, he is determined not to give advice to anyone unless they ask me for it. "That may be challenging for me."
Bette Perman, Professor of Nursing
Bette has been a nursing faculty member for nearly 20 years, also serving as Director of the Nursing Program for three years. Her fondest memories are having been part of both an excellent nursing faculty and a larger college community that has consistently and continuously strived for excellence in the teaching learning process. "For over 20 years I have felt proud and fortunate to be here," she said. During her tenure Bette has taught approximately 2,000 nursing students, with some coming from across the country and around the world. "I have been enriched by being a part of their education and in understanding their journeys toward becoming registered nurses." Shoreline nursing graduates have a long and respected place in the Puget Sound region. "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have shared in continuing that noble tradition." Bette will teach part-time at Shoreline next fall and then move with her partner, Barbara and poodles to the central Oregon coast. "What lies ahead? That is yet to be determined, but I do not own a rocking chair and have no plans of buying one."
Phyllis Topham, Professor of CIS
Phyllis started teaching at SCC in 1989 as an adjunct faculty member -- "when there were still carriage returns on campus," she says. Phyllis has taught Computer Applications, Computer Science and "a couple of" Math classes in both Professional/Technical and Transfer programs. Phyllis has participated on many committees, but says she never came near the record numbers that many of her coworkers manage. She recalls fondly that she served as chaplain to the Business Administration Division Softball Team "in a previous millennium." Phyllis says she is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with great people helping great students toward their goals. "One very enjoyable part of Shoreline Community College has been learning new ideas from students and coworkers almost everyday. I look forward to having more time to spend with friends and learning more things."
Linda Sue Nelson, Dan Pray and Art West are also faculty who have or will be retiring this year. Also retiring are classified staff members, Al Linden, John Wayne and Ann Ludwig.
Congratulations to all of our retirees.