Tuesday, November 24, 2009
* SCC is dedicated to ensuring students are financially prepared to attend college
Shoreline Community College is dedicated to ensuring students are financially prepared to attend college. The college has been proactive in financial assistance programs and services to meet the growing need and demand.
Financial Aid applications are still being accepted for 2009-2010. Students are asked to prepare early by allowing up to 12 weeks to process financial aid from the date a file is complete. A completed file includes the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA), the college data sheet, and any additional documentation if a student is selected by FAFSA for verification. Although, the college is still accepting financial aid applications, we are past the deferment date (which places a hold on tuition until financial aid can be processed for Winter 2010). As always, students are asked to make alternative plans to pay for college.
With the effort of many college employees for over a year, the college is excited to offer students a new comprehensive payment plan option. This payment plan is linked to a student’s bank account and allows for several installments through a third party vendor (Nelnet). While there is still a small fee, students will have greater flexibility than the previous payment plan option.
The college has several other financial assistance programs and service options through the Foundation, Worker Retraining (funds have been allocated for this year), Opportunity Grant, WorkFirst, and BFET, as well as short-term loans available through the Women’s and Multicultural Center.
Additionally, the college has created a wonderful new Service Learning program for which students are helping other students complete the FAFSA throughout the year. Again, this program took many employees to build, train the students, and implement in a short amount of time.
Student Success is achievable through academic preparation, open access, support services, and through intentional financial planning. Please ensure our students are prepared by reinforcing this message with them.
Friday, November 20, 2009
* SCC notices faculty union about layoffs
Shoreline Community College has notified union representatives that all faculty jobs at the school could be at risk.
Known as a Reduction in Force (RIF) notice, the college has never before put every faculty member on notice.
“We’ve faced cuts before, but we’ve never faced anything like what appears to be coming,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs John Backes, referring to pending state budget cuts. The notice was by Backes to college and faculty union officials on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009.
By contract, the college is obligated to send such notices as soon as possible, said Stephen P. Smith, Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs. Smith said classified union members and other employee groups have not been noticed because of differences in contract language. “We’ve spoken with the other groups,” Smith said. “They’re aware.”
In previous years, faculty for programs that drop below designated enrollment targets could’ve received RIF notices. However, economic conditions have forced many people back to school and Shoreline, like all other community and technical colleges in the state, are seeing explosive enrollment growth. In his message to union reps, deans and other administrators, Backes wrote:
“After review of all programs for low enrollment, I have concluded that no current programs are under-enrolled using the criteria we used last year. That does not mean, however, that all programs are at capacity. Given the anticipated budget reductions for the 2009-2011 biennium … and the (State Board of Community and Technical College) Declaration of Financial Emergency … adopted on June 11, 2009, … I must put all RIF units on notice for a Reduction In Force for the 2009-2011 biennium regardless of their enrollment.”
“This is an extremely serious situation,” Backes said on Friday, Nov. 20. “This is going to hurt us in ways we can’t even imagine. We’re going to chop into healthy programs”
On Thursday, the state announced the projected budget shortfall had grown to $2.6 billion. Potential cuts for community and technical colleges had been predicted in the 6-12 percent range. Backes said the Thursday announcement makes 12 percent seem more likely. “A 12 percent cut will be catastrophic for most institutions of higher education in this state,” he said.
Amy Kinsel, 1st Vice President of the SCC Federation of Teachers Local 1950, Faculty, agreed with Backes’ assessment.
“If layoffs happen, it will cut into our ability to serve the same number of students,” she said. “The (union) opposes any additional faculty layoffs. The state budget situation is dire. We’re looking to the Legislature to be innovative in finding a solution.”
Thursday, November 19, 2009
*State budget problem now $2.6 billion
Sources of $2.6 Billion Shortfall
- $686 million June Forecast
- $238 million September Forecast
- $760 million November Forecast
- $154 million Tax Lawsuit Pending
- $1.84 billion Subtotal
Costs Rising, Issues Emerging
- $659 million Demand for health care, schools, prisons
- $12 million Forest fires, landslides, dam failures, other
- $71 million Lawsuits blocking planned cuts
- $742 million Subtotal
- $2.6 billion Total
Chart from SBCTC staff reviews issues related the state budget deficit.
As anticipated, the projected hole in the state budget got deeper when officials announced Thursday that the expected deficit is now $2.6 billion.
“As Gov. Gregoire said a week ago, ‘This is dire,’” Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert said Thursday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2009. “The previous forecast put the problem at $1.8 billion, but most people thought it would slide to at least $2 billion, maybe a little more. This is worse than we expected.”
Lambert said the new revenue forecast makes SCC’s planning efforts now underway all the more urgent.
“The subgroup formed from the Budget and Strategic Planning committees is meeting this month,” Lambert said. “They’ll make recommendations and assist college administrators as we look for ways to deal with the budget cuts that are undoubtedly coming our way.”
Previously, officials from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges said, as a best-case scenario, colleges could expect to be asked to cut an additional 6 percent from their budgets. A worst-case scenario would be double that, 12 percent. For Shoreline Community College, those percentages would translate to $1.2 million to $2.4 million.
Just how potential impacts would be felt aren’t well known at this time. While the state budget is definitely in trouble, strings attached to the acceptance of federal stimulus package money may tie lawmakers’ hands.
“Through our conversations with OFM (the Office of Financial Management), House and Senate staff, we continue to believe that the maintenance-of-effort requirements that are attached to federal stimulus dollars, places some protection around education (including higher education),” said Chris Reykdal, of the SBCTC staff. “As we’ve mentioned before, the current estimate is that higher education institutions can’t be cut by more than $80 million in total for (fiscal year) 2011.”
However, Reykdal cautioned that there are variables such as the federal restrictions don’t cover financial aid, the restrictions are based on interpretations of U.S. Department of Education rules and it isn’t clear how the Legislature might choose to spread any anticipated higher-education cuts.
Reykdal called the coming choices for lawmakers, “gut-wrenching.”
“There will be tremendous pressure to spread the pain more evenly across all of the major functions of state government,” Reykdal said. “Message: higher education will have a target on its back, and the $80 million fence … is not a guaranteed protection.”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
* House Speaker and State Rep. Visit SCC
SCC's Mike Nelson holds up a Silicon Energy solar module showing Speaker of the House Frank Chopp how light passes through as state Rep. Maralyn Chase looks on. (More photos)
Frank Chopp, Speaker of the House in the Washington Legislature, and state Rep. Maralyn Chase got an up-close look at several key Workforce Education programs at Shoreline Community College.
Chopp and Chase met with SCC President Lee Lambert, Vice President of Academic Affairs John Backes and others before embarking on a walking tour Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009.
The first stop was at the Clean Energy Technology Center. The expanding program under Director Mike Nelson was recently rebadged from Zero Energy Technology. In the Zero Energy Technology House, Nelson showed examples of solar wafers, modules and system pieces that are all built in Washington. Nelson told the Speaker that classes in his program are geared toward skills that can help put students to work.
While at the house, Nicole Starnes Taylor, an architect with Make Designs Studio, LLC, shared conceptual designs for both a solar-powered carport and a Clean Energy Technology project building. The carport concept is a crossroads project of both the Clean Energy and Automotive technology centers. The idea is that current solar-electric technology can be used to create a solar-powered plug-in station for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Rep. Chase has been working on getting state start-up funds for the idea.
The concept behind the project building is to create an envelope, much like a large greenhouse, inside which normally outdoor projects, offices and other program functions can take place, out of the weather. In this case, much of the glass would actually be solar modules, potentially allowing the entire project to have net-zero use.
Chopp showed considerable interest in Nelson’s program, adding that beyond the jobs and energy benefits, he has a personal interest. “I’m designing what I hope will be our next house,” Chopp said, adding that he wants a solar component to the building.
Chopp said he understands the difficulty in getting capital projects funded, but added that he may have a solution coming in the 2010 Legislature. “We looking at introducing the JOBS Act of 2010,” Chopp said. “That’s, ‘Jobs and Opportunities for Better Schools.’”
The idea is that the state would sell bonds, with the revenue going to energy retrofit of existing buildings as well as some new construction. While the concept was generally intended for K-12 schools, Chopp said that there’s no reason the law couldn’t include community colleges. Chopp said the measure would likely pass the House, but because it would sell bonds, have to go to a statewide vote for approval. “Stayed tuned on that one,” he said.
Chopp asked a pointed question of Nelson and his program: “Why here, why Shoreline?”
Nelson’s reply came quickly: “Because they wanted us, they support us.”
That answer resonated with Chopp. “I’m not all bureaucratic,” he said. “I understand activism and that where there’s energy and desire, that’s where things grow and that’s where you support them.”
The tour then moved on to the Automotive Technology Center where Director Don Schultz talked about the program, its partners and the new building expansion.
“This program is all about jobs,” Schultz said. “Every student in the program has a job in a dealership. We have 100 percent placement.”
Schultz listed the manufacturers represented in the program, including: Toyota, Honda, GM, Chrysler, Volvo, Kia/Hyundai and Subaru plus Snap-on Tools, Hunter Industries and Chicago Pneumatic. Schultz then introduced Jim Hammond, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Auto Dealers.
“The partnership between Shoreline Community College, our dealers and the manufacturers is what makes this program unique,” Hammond told Chopp.
During the tour, Schultz pointed out how the millions of dollars contributed by industry partners allow the program to educate and train students that get jobs and pay taxes. “The top technician at Roy Robinson Chevrolet in Marysville, one of our students, made $148,000 last year,” Schultz said.
In addition, the partnerships mean that thousands of incumbent workers come to Shoreline Community College for additional training. “That’s education that the state doesn’t have to pay for,” Schultz said.
The partnerships also allow the program to reach into the K-12 system. “Last summer, dealer donations allowed us to bring in high school teachers from across the state for additional training,” he said. Schultz said he’s looking to the state to partner with industry to expand the K-12 component.
During the tour, which also stopped the CNC Machining program, Chopp acknowledged the difficult budgetary situation for the state, but also said he and other lawmakers are looking for solutions. He urged college officials to work closely with Chase.
“I’ve been looking for someone in the (Democratic) caucus to take the lead on these things and Maralyn is the one,” Chopp said. “She gets it.”
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
*THEFT ALERT NOTICE
Although we all know we need to be mindful about putting our personal items in a safe place at work, sometimes we are reminded to do so by those who take advantage of us. On Monday of this week, two employees returned to their desks after having been gone only a short time and only across the hallway, to find their wallet and cell phones gone. Two other similar incidents occurred earlier this fall in employee offices in the 2800 and 2900 buildings.
Safety and Security Director, Robin Heslop says we all have to watch out for one another. "Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent being victimized, but there are definitely things we can do -- starting with being aware and watching out for one another."
Heslop suggests the following:
1. Be aware of your surroundings.
2. Watch out for each other.
3. If you see anyone acting suspiciously (loitering, someone in an area they shouldn't be in, etc.), look them directly in the eye and ask them if you can help them - then call Safety and Security at x4633. If you can't reach anyone there, call 206-235-5860.
4. Lock up your personal items in a desk, file cabinet or locker. (Thieves know that most people put purses in bottom drawers - so be sure to lock it. Never put your purse or valuables on the floor or beneath your desk.)
5. Lock your office door when you leave (even for only a short period of time).
6. Do not leave your cell phone sitting in plain sight. Thieves have taken them.
Heslop says that before coming you work you might consider:
1. Making photo copies of the front and back of your credit cards (so you have a list of credit card numbers and who to call) in case they are stolen.
2. Eliminate the things in your wallet or purse that you don’t need. The fewer items you have, the fewer items that can be taken.
"And lastly, if you have a door chime, please turn it on, or consider putting a bell on the door, something that alerts you that someone has entered the building," Heslop said.
Friday, November 13, 2009
* Enrollment up, funding down across state
The numbers are in from across the state and it is clear that community and technical colleges are doing more with less, lots more with lots less.
Committees form subgroup for budget and planning work
To help chart a course for implementing likely budget cuts in the coming year, the Budget and Strategic Planning committees have formed a subgroup to make recommendations and assist college administrators.
The subgroup had an initial meeting Thursday, Nov. 12, with SCC President Lee Lambert and the senior executive team to review goals. The subgroup is scheduled to meet on its own four additional times in November.
No definitive deadline for the subgroup was set, with Vice President for Administrative Service Daryl Campbell acknowledging the broad set of variables surrounding budget issues.
Subgroup members are: Mary Keleman, Kira Wennstrom, Larry Fuell, Mary Bonar, Gillian Lewis, Chip Dodd, Susan Hoyne and Angela Atkinson.
Community and technical colleges continue to be part of the solution to Washington’s economic recovery with people turning to two-year colleges in record numbers. The latest numbers from fall quarter 2009 show that enrollments are up 16 percent above the state-funded level. At the same time, that state-funded level is down 11 percent.
At Shoreline Community College, enrollment this fall is up 9 percent over the fall 2008 number, which was itself a significant increase over fall 2007. Enrollment for summer quarter 2009 showed a 16.4 percent over the previous year.
“Those are huge increases, but they could’ve been even more staggering considering that we turned away hundreds of students due to lack of financial support,” said Tonya Drake, Vice President of Student Success at Shoreline. “We could’ve served so many more, but the money just ran out.”
While the enrollment numbers at Shoreline and around the state are big, the financial aid numbers are eye-popping.
“Requests for federal student loans are up 52 percent,” Drake said. “The amount of federal aid granted and available to students for fall quarter was up 65 percent, more than $1 million.”
According to officials at the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, this surge of students is stretching the system to the breaking point. While community and technical colleges have a long history of meeting their students’ and communities’ needs, it is increasingly difficult to serve everyone who walks through the door.
State officials say colleges have tried to shield instructional expenses from cuts while slicing deeply in other areas. Faculty members are taking more students into classes and foregoing professional development plans. Many colleges used one-time federal stimulus package money, hoping to bridge a gap that continues to grow. Those efforts, officials say, have allowed the system to serve an additional 31,000 people across the state who otherwise would’ve been turned away.
Officials say that all those efforts have used up any “give” in the system. Currently, colleges have exhausted all cost-cutting efforts, classes are as crammed as they can get, waitlists are growing larger, and financial aid is largely tapped out, they say.
Still, things may not get better anytime soon.
At Shoreline’s recent all-campus meeting, Vice President for Administrative Service Daryl Campbell said more cuts should be expected to come out of the pending legislative session. “We’ve been told, the best-case scenario will likely be a 6 percent reduction, about $1.2 million for SCC,” Campbell said. “The worst case-scenario could be as much as 12 percent.”
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
*Health-care series feels good
Dr. David Fleming, Director of Public Health - Seattle & King County, speaks at Shoreline Community College on Nov. 9, 2009 as part of the SCC Global Affairs Center series on the health of health-care systems around the world. Click here for a video of Fleming.
More on health
The series, “Is World Healthcare on Life Support,” will continue on:
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 12:30 p.m., Rm. 9208 (PUB Quite Dining), with Daniel T.C. Liao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle.
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 12:30 p.m., Rm. 9208 (PUB Quite Dining), with Kim Nesselquist, Consul of Norway in Seattle.
At the halfway point of Shoreline Community College Global Affairs Center’s four-part series looking at health-care systems around the world, one thing is clear: There are lots of ways to take your medicine.
Part 1 of the series kicked off Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 with a viewing of “Sick Around the World,” a documentary by the PBS show, Frontline. After the hour-long show, attendees heard from Dr. David Fleming, director of Public Health – Seattle & King County. Fleming has also worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation directing health-care initiatives and for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as deputy administrator.
“We’re at a very exciting time in public health and fortunate to be living where we do,” Fleming said.
The Obama administration has made several attempts at adding significant funding for public health. “The House bill that passed (Nov. 7, 2009) contains $30 billion for public health,” Fleming said. “The Senate version has less, $20 billion, but that’s still a lot.”
Fleming also said that as chair of a local group of health-care providers, insurance companies, hospitals and others, he’s optimistic that constructive change can come to the health-care system in this country.
In Part 2 of the series, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, Canadian journalist Ian Parker provided a glimpse into just how health care works north of the border. Parker, who is currently living in the U.S., outlined the differences between the Canadian and U.S. systems. After his presentation, one audience member raised a hand to ask about Canadian citizenship.
For more information, go to www.shoreline.edu/gac .
*SCC Honors Veterans
Approximately 40 faculty, staff and students stood underneath umbrellas at the flagpole in front of the Administration Building Tuesday afternoon to honor military veterans at a Veterans Day Tribute. Students who were walking by, stopped long enough to lower their heads, and some stayed for the ceremony.
Director of Special Services and chair of the Campus Veterans Education Team, Kim Thompson gave a warm welcome, thanking all for coming out in the rain to support veterans. She spoke briefly about the significance of the support of Americans.
The 10-minute event, organized by the college’s new SCC Veteran Student Organization, was not only a celebration of U.S. veterans, but of two new flags donated to the college by the Shoreline American Legion, Starr Sutherland Junior Post #227. Commander Thomas Drapac gave the college a new PIO/MIA flag that will fly every day with the new American flag the legion gave the college. The new American flag replaces the former flag that was not the correct size for the large flagpole. The donations were a result of conversations at the roundtable held last March. Thompson graciously thanked Commander Drapac for the generous donations.
Following a moment of silence student and veteran, Robert Lemmons read the poem, “In Flanders Field,” and then the college’s Veteran Navigator, Jonathan Phillips and student Shane Freund lowered the college’s old flag and folded it military style before raising the two new flags. Music student Jessica Ekegren sang the National Anthem.
It was a nice way to honor our vets, standing side-by-side with colleagues and students.
* SCC program is helpng veterans help veterans
With increased numbers of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and a new GI bill, Shoreline Community College is developing a new plan for veteran support services.
“One of the most important things the campus community can do for veterans is to understand they are making a transition between two very different cultures,” said Kim Thompson, Director of Special Services and chair of the Campus Veterans Education Team. “One of our main responsibilities is to assist student veterans as they make that transition and learn to negotiate the post secondary system.”
The college is providing that support in the form of two people who have recently been assigned to ensure that our vets get all the help they need.
Angela Atkinson has been reassigned to the position of Program Coordinator for Veteran’s Services. Atkinson, formerly the Program Coordinator for High School Programs, is the point person for veteran’s benefits. She is well-versed in both the new and old GI bills so she can inform veterans about benefit packages so they make the right choices for their individual needs.
Both bills provide funding for vets to go to school but each bill is unique and meets specific needs. Under the old Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), funding for a college education was sent directly to veterans and students had to pay for classes up front. Under the new Post 9/11 Bill, funding is sent directly to the college, making it easier for our veterans to enroll. Sounds pretty black and white? It’s not. Each plan looks different – and each veteran’s situation is unique. Making the right decision can be difficult, so Atkinson is there to help them by providing information.
“Some vets are better off with the old bill, and some, with the new bill,” said Atkinson, who helps each veteran work through the red tape and ensures that they understand the nuts and bolts of the bills before determining which plan to go with. “In the end, it is up to the veterans to decide whether or not they will go to school under the new or the old GI bill, but I am there to help provide resources so they make an informed decision. Once the students choose to switch from the old GI Bill they can’t go back. Their decision is irrevocable.”
Atkinson encourages faculty and staff to let veterans know that she is there to assist students in the transition from military to college life. Veterans who have run out of benefits should contact Angela, as they might qualify for a tuition discount. There are also Veteran Community activities posted in and outside her office. Angela wants to connect the Shoreline Veterans Community as much as they want to connect. She is located in FOSS 5226 and can be reached at 206-546-4645. Her email address is email@example.com.
Our vets also have someone else helping them thanks to an AmeriCorps grant. As a Veteran Navigator, Jonathan Phillips is making sure that once our vets are enrolled, they continue to get the support they need. He is working on a number of projects.
One of the first things on his “To Do List” is updating the college’s veteran’s Web site. Phillips said it is vital to keep veterans informed about federal news that may affect them as well as updated on college news.
“There is a lot going on that veterans should know about, and much of the time, they don’t,” said Phillips, who is a veteran. “For example, the Veterans Administration recently released at the last minute that vets didn’t have to go to Seattle to pick up checks as they could simply go online to get it. This was critical as logistically, many vets couldn’t get to Seattle, and trying to coordinate how to do this caused undo stress.”
The Web site will also provide information and links to partnership agencies such as the Veterans Administration and the Veterans Conservation Corps – “anything that will help them,” said Phillips. He has already established a calendar of events student veterans may be interested in such as ceremonies, like the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Auburn, and various service projects around the state.
The Web site will also provide important college information. One of the announcements he is planning on putting on the new web site is that the college is bringing back a Veterans Club. “Cohort groups are powerful retention aids for colleges - we haven’t had one geared towards veterans since the 80s,” he said.
Phillips said the club will provide endless opportunities for vets to help vets and become leaders in their communities.
“My goals, dictated partly by AmeriCorps, the VetCorps, and Shoreline Community College, are to provide a place for vets to come together to share stories and support each other, host an array of speakers, join up with local agencies like Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding America Together, and furnish a venue to plan events, and workshops to educate students, faculty and staff about issues that today’s vets face,” said Phillips.
“It’s going to be their club. I want it to last long after I am gone,” said Phillips.
Phillips is working with other Veteran Navigators from more than 30 colleges and universities across the state along with Mark Fischer of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs to coordinate a North Puget Sound Committee for Veterans. They hope to bring a larger veteran community together via community events.
The grant period ends June 30, 2010.
Phillips can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 206-533-6674.
Friday, November 06, 2009
* Public health director joins SCC series on world health care
Dr. David Fleming, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County will kick off a four-part series at Shoreline Community College looking at health-care issues around the world.
Fleming has served as Deputy Director of the Center for Disease Control and directed the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Strategies Program. Prior to Fleming’s comments, there will be a showing of the Frontline documentary, “Sick Around the World.” The program looks at health care in five other capitalist democracies – the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland.
Sponsored by SCC’s Global Affairs Center, the series’ first event will start at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9 in the PUB (student union building), Room 9208.
The next three series installments will be:
· Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m., Room 1102 - Canada’s Health Care System - Ian Parker, Canadian free-lance journalist who worked for the Romanow Commission of the Future of Health Care in Canada.
· Nov. 17,12:30 p.m., PUB Room 9208 - Taiwan's Health Care System - Daniel Liao, Director General, Taipei Economic and Culture Office, Seattle. Liao has held numerous positions with the Taipei government in Taipei, the U.S. and other countries.
· Nov. 24, 12:30 p.m., PUB Room 9208 - Norway's Health Care System - Kim Nesselquist, Honorary Consul General, Seattle. Nesselquist has been Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services in Oslo among other posts in Norway and the U.S.
All events will be on the main campus of Shoreline Community College. Public parking is available on campus. Enter through the main gate (west) on Innis Arden Way; public and event parking is across from the bus stop. The campus is located at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., just west of Aurora Avenue and north of Seattle city limits.
The mission of the Global Affairs Center is to encourage critical thinking and engagement on global economic, development and social issues that contributes to sound policy, peace and prosperity. The goal is to present programs that are timely and relevant to students and community partners.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
*Car prowls prompt call for vigilance
An increase in the number of car prowls on campus has Shoreline Community College officials warning students, staff and faculty to exercise caution, keep a watchful eye and report suspicious activity.
Who ya gonna call?
The Department of Campus Safety and Security Room 5102 and may be reached by calling:
For situations that call for immediate response from police, fire or emergency medical personnel, call:
“We had four vehicle prowls (Monday, Nov. 2, 2009),” said Director of Safety and Security, Robin Heslop. “Two were in the west ‘event lot’ and two were north of the 2500 building, near the track.”
Heslop said she suspects that those doing the break-ins were paying close attention to where, when and how.
“They picked lots that are more difficult to see from the main part of campus, they did them during class times, not during breaks and they did not force locks or break glass,” Heslop said. “They may have used a slim jim or flat bar or something to wedge a window open.
Heslop said she believes the thieves were going for stereos. “My guess would be that in order to do this during the day while classes were going on, they may have had a look-out/accomplice helping them,” she said.
“I want to remind folks not to leave anything of value in sight,” Heslop said. “‘Temptations’ left out in clear view may be the difference between being a victim and not. I like the old adage "Out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to leaving stuff in your car. If you have to leave something behind, put it in the trunk before arriving at your location.”
Heslop said campus security officers regularly patrol the lots as well as main campus locations such as the PUB and library. Still, it is difficult to be everywhere at all times so having the college community help by reporting any suspicious activity is helpful. “If you see something, give us call,” Heslop said.