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* President Lambert calls for campuswide discussion on violence

Recent tragic events provide an opportunity for all students, employees and visitors to the Shoreline Community College campus to review the emergency procedures and policies that are in place.

President Lee Lambert is asking the campus to do more.

"Reviewing our procedures is part of our daily work; it is expected," Lambert said. "I would hope that the Connecticut shootings would prompt more than just a policy check, but spur thoughtful and thorough conversations about all the facets of such an event and the American experience with such violence."

Lambert said those areas could include public safety, gun control, mental health and the effectiveness and implications of policies and actions in those areas and more.

"Using our college governance structure, I’m asking College Council to consider how such conversations might occur on our campus in a meaningful way," Lambert said. "The College Council includes representatives from all campus constituencies and I’d hope any effort gives everyone an opportunity to be heard and learn if they so choose."

Lambert noted that the college does have in place a variety of policies, procedures and resources related to emergencies of all kinds.

"Our goal is to promote a safe and welcoming environment to improve the quality of campus life for everyone learning and working at Shoreline Community College," President Lee Lambert said. “We do this by working in partnership with the campus community to provide professional and effective campus safety."

The college has in place a number of plans that outline procedures for general as well as specific emergency situations. Those plans include:

In addition, the college provides information in emergency situations, which may include campus-wide safety alerts. The college urges individuals to read the current emergency measures, including:

Pursuant to state law, the college restricts the possession of weapons, including firearms, on campus.

State law RCW 9.41 outlines restrictions regarding firearms and dangerous weapons.  All people in Washington are subject to the provisions of RCW 9.41. In addition, WAC 132G-120-015 prohibits students, employees and visitors from unlawful possession of firearms or any other weapons on campus.

To facilitate a quick response to any incident, the college has in place a Behavior Intervention Team. The team receives reports of inappropriate student behavior and determines whether or not to work with the student to address those issues and concerns. Instances of inappropriate behavior involving employees may result in referrals to the Employee Assistance Program or other resources.    

In the event of an emergency on campus, the college uses a Web-based system to alert students and employees via e-mail and their choice of phone text and/or phone voice-mail. It is critical for the safety of all students and employees that they sign-up for the service at

To report an emergency situation, an individual may use any of the following options:

  •  Dial 911 (Remember, calls from a campus phone line, require dialing a 9 first; dial 9-911. City of Shoreline police and/or Shoreline Fire Department personnel respond to the 911 calls from campus.
  •  206-235-5860 – On-campus security emergency number. A security officer is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  •  Ext. 4499 from any on-campus phone, calls go directly to the officer on duty.
  • Non-emergency calls to 206-546-4633
  • Blue-Light Emergency Phones – At various locations across campus, calls from all campus emergency phones go directly to the officer on duty.
  • Emergency Call Box - Yellow box located outside the Security office, calls go directly to the officer on duty.

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* Farewell event for Dr. Tonya Drake

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Friends, faculty, staff and students at Shoreline Community College gathered Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 in the Pagoda Union Building to wish Dean of Students Dr. Tonya Drake the best as she prepares to move to a new position at Edmonds Community College. More photos.

* Campus honors Goldstein at retirement event

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A packed board room listens to comments by retiring Humanities Dean Norma Goldstein. More photos

Faculty, staff and administrators from across Shoreline Community College turned out to wish Humanities Dean Norma Goldstein well as she prepares to leave the college in retirement. Goldstein is moving to Annapolis, MD, with her husband who is taking a new job there. Her final day on campus will be Dec. 28, 2012 and last day with the college is Jan. 7, 2013.

Norma smiles crop.jpgGoldstein was feted by all who spoke as a feisty champion of excellence, always moving forward toward the goal of helping students.

In her letter of retirement, her notes of program highlights clearly showed a continuing enthusiasm for the work and initiatives started and starting under her watch. Every program under her lengthy title of “Dean of Humanities, Academic Standards, Accreditation, articulation and Transfer, Transitional Programs/Basic Skills and K-12 Relations” received attention in her letter.

While a permanent replacement has not been named, Visual Communications faculty member Kathie Hunt is serving in an interim role.

* College-assigned e-mail acounts to be required for students

Starting Feb. 11, 2012, Shoreline Community College will use only College-assigned e-mail accounts( for all official communication with students. Official communications may include messages about grades, payments, financial aid and other assistance, emergency and other notifications, the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems and other messages as required.

  • What is it?
    • A fully functional Gmail account assigned by the college to each student.
  • Timeline
    • Now-Jan. 14, 2013 – Inform students of coming change.
    • Jan. 14 – Students without College-assigned e-mail are notified of their new accounts.
    • Jan. 19-Feb. 10 – Students log-in to new accounts.
    • Feb. 11, 2013 – All College-communication to students transitions to addresses.
      • All student addresses in the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems will change to assigned accounts
      • Primary address for Blackboard Connect emergency communications will change to assigned accounts. Secondary Blackboard Connect e-mail addresses will not change.
Standardized e-mail accounts for all students will help assure complete communication of College messages to all students and help protect privacy as required under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

A significant number of students already have College-assigned accounts. These accounts are in compliance and students using previously assigned accounts are not affected by this change.

Students without a College-assigned account will receive an account and be notified at their current e-mail address on file with the College. These students will be required to log-in to the College-assigned account.

Starting Feb. 11, 2013, all students are required to use their Shoreline-assigned e-mail account for all college correspondence. The use of any other account in any configuration (forwarded, POP, IMAP, etc.) is not supported. Students are solely responsible for any consequences that result from lost or delayed communications resulting from the use of any e-mail account other than the College-assigned account.


  • Required e-mail? When did this start?
    • Starting Feb. 11, 2013, all students are required to use their Shoreline-assigned e-mail account for all college correspondence. The use of any other account in any configuration (forwarded, POP, IMAP, etc.) is not supported by the college. Students are solely responsible for any consequences that result from lost or delayed communications resulting from the use of any e-mail account other than the College-assigned Gmail account.
  • Why can’t I continue to use my personal e-mail address?
    • Standardizing to for all official College communications will help assure messages get through and help protect privacy as required by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • How do I log-in to
  • How do I get a account?
    • On Jan. 14, all students without accounts will be assigned one and notified at their existing address. If you aren’t assigned an account and notified, or you don’t want to wait, go to and complete the sign up process.
  • Do I have to wait until Jan. 14 to get a account?
  • I already have a account, will I get another one on Jan. 14?
    • No, your current address will continue to work.
  • I have a account, but use my personal e-mail account for connecting with the college, what will happen now?
    • Starting Feb. 11, the College will require use of your account for all official communications.
  • How many students is this impacting?
    • About 70 percent of students already have a account. After Feb. 11, 2013, every student will have an account and be required to use it.
  • I already use Gmail for my personal e-mail, will that work?
    • No, every student will get a college-assigned account and be required to use it.
  • Can I just forward to my personal account?
    • All students are required to use their Shoreline-assigned e-mail account for all college correspondence. The use of any other account in any configuration (forwarded, POP, IMAP, etc.) is not supported by the college. Students are solely responsible for any consequences that result from lost or delayed communications resulting from the use of any e-mail account other than the college-assigned account.
  • When I leave Shoreline, what happens to my account?
    • Your account goes wherever you go, it is yours to keep.
Shoreline takes big step toward on-campus student housing

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In Xian, China, Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert and Hou Baolin sign a memorandum of agreement regarding student housing on campus. 

Shoreline Community Col­lege is one big step closer to of­fering on-campus student hous­ing.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, Shoreline President Lee Lambert signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a 400-bed facility that would be built on the site of the current soccer field and track at the north end of the campus.

“This is a very exciting day,” Lambert said. “Shoreline has wonderful programs that draw students from down the block and around the world. This proj­ect will be open to all students, making it easier to get the edu­cation and training they want and need.”

The MOA outlines a partner­ship between the college and private investors led by local resident David Lee. Under the agreement, Lee and the investors will build and operate the fa­cility on land they lease from the state of Washington, which owns the college campus. The MOA gives the college re­view and approval rights in significant areas of the design, construction and operation of the facility.

“This is a wonderfully creative and cooperative opportunity,” Lee said. “I’ve always admired the beauty of the Shoreline campus. We want this project to be part of that beauty.”

While no specific plans are yet drawn and no price tag, the agreement calls for the facility to be built to LEED Silver standards at a minimum. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an environmental design rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. While LEED Silver is required for new state-owned buildings, that was never a problem for Lee and the investors, according to their representative, Windermere Real Estate Broker Marguerite Knutson.

“David Lee has seen the campus many times,” Knutson said. “The de­sign, the trees and the natural beauty of the campus are all things they want this project to respect and embrace.”

In addition to building the facility, the developers take on the lion’s share of operations. They will operate the building, including staffing and main­tenance, all tied to agreed-upon stan­dards. The college will have some in­creased expenses, including staffing for increased safety and security and student programming services.

The developer is responsible for col­lection of rent payments from students, with a portion going to the college. The college would also receive an annual payment for lease of the land and there is a one-time, non-refundable deposit due when the lease is signed.

Led by David Lee, the other investors are from China. Both Lee and Lambert traveled there for the signing, which oc­curred Dec. 9. The son of one of the in­vestors has attended Shoreline, accord­ing to Lambert.

“This agreement involves interna­tional partners, but it is also about local residents and families of our students wanting to help build this college for others,” Lambert said. “This agreement not only opens the way to break ground on campus, it breaks new ground as a model for public/private partnerships for higher education in Washington.”

Signing the MOA is a significant mile­stone, but the work is not done, Lam­bert said.

The college had already been work­ing with the City of Shoreline on a Mas­ter Development Plan (MDP). That process was on hiatus while the hous­ing agreement was worked out.

“We’re excited that the college is pur­suing this project that will have a sig­nificant positive impact on the overall Shoreline community,” said Dan Ee­rnissee, Economic Development Man­ager for the city. “We look forward to working with the college to meet the needs of students, the college and the city.”

The MDP work will now resume with housing included, clearing the way for the city’s normal project-specific ap­proval processes.

“We know that parking and traffic will be top concerns of the city and our neighbors,” Lambert said. “We think the project may actually improve our on-campus parking situation and, with up to 400 students staying on campus rather than jumping in their cars at the end of class, it may help there, too.”

Also, the ground lease must be worked out and signed with state offi­cials. That process will involve the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which oversees Shoreline and the other 33 campuses in the state.

“Both the city and state are aware of this project, but now we’ve got to do the work,” Lambert said, adding that if all goes as anticipated, students could be moving in by August, 2015.

“This project is a significant step to­ward getting all our students ready to be successful in an increasingly global­ized world,” Lambert said. “The faculty and staff are working hard to create dynamic learning environments inside and outside of the classroom. Those ef­forts will be greatly enhanced by hav­ing domestic and international students living and studying together.

“This is critical to the success of Washingtonians as more and more of the state’s jobs are tied to international trade.”

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* Canvas coming to Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College will transition to the Canvas learning management system.

The decision to change was made by President Lee Lambert on Dec. 5 after a significant review period by faculty, students and staff. The transition from the current Blackboard learning management system will take place over the next several quarters with full implementation by summer quarter, 2013.

“We had one faculty member pilot a class in Canvas this fall quarter and we will have a handful of faculty piloting Canvas for winter 2013,” said Ann Garnsey-Harter, the Director of the Virtual College and eLearning Support Services. “We will spend winter quarter focused on training the rest of the faculty so that they can teach at least one class on Canvas for spring quarter. Faculty who are scheduled to teach for summer quarter can choose to wait to teach on Canvas until summer.”

The decision followed weeks and months of extensive inquiry, discussion, and consideration, said Garnsey-Harter. The entire process leading up to the decision is documented at

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges negotiated a statewide license with Instructure, the company that created Canvas. Shoreline will take advantage of the statewide contract and expects significant savings.

Canvas is open-source software, meaning that users are encouraged to create additions and improvements and share those with other users. Washington will have a large group of users with almost all colleges and universities, including the University of Washington, deciding to move to Canvas.

“We are very excited about Canvas and look forward to serving students with what they have called a ‘modern’ and ‘user-friendly tool,” Garnsey-Harter said.

Shoreline uses other software products from Blackboard, including the emergency messaging system and the app for mobile devices. Those contracts are tied to the decision to move to Canvas.

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* Legislators come to campus to talk budget and revenue


State Rep. Cindy Ryu welcomes attendees at a Dec. 6, 2012 legislative forum at Shoreline Community College. More photos

Six state legislators from three districts came together at Shoreline Community College for a public discussion and forum on state budget issues.

To kick off the Dec. 6, 2012 meeting, the audience of about 50 people heard a presentation by Andy Nicholas, senior fiscal analyst at the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, on the impacts the recession and budget cuts have had on the state and more specifically, higher education.


The meeting was hosted by  four state representatives, including  Cindy Ryu from the 32nd District, who acted as emcee,  Derek Stanford and Luis Moscoso from the 1st District, and Gerry Pollet from the 46th District, all Democrats. The audience included Ryu’s seatmate in the House, Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Shoreline, and third 32nd District legislator, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds.

Nicholas’ presentation focused on the budget imbalance accelerated by the economic recession and made a case that new revenue is needed for the state’s long term fiscal health. Included in the presentation was the idea of adding a limited capital gains tax in the state.

Much of the conversation between audience members and legislators revolved around the question of new revenue for the state budget.  The Legislature’s 2013 regular session is scheduled to begin on Jan. 14, and end on April 28.

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* Senior Executive Team makes changes

The Senior Executive Team (SET) of Shoreline Community College is making some adjustments to widen opportunities for input and discussion around important college issues.

SET generally meets four times a month to consider, discuss and decide on a variety subjects and issues pertinent to the college. SET will continue on that schedule, but now also include other groups and individuals on a scheduled and as-needed basis.

Senior Executive Team (SET)

  • Daryl Campbell, Vice President - Administrative Services
  • James Jansen, Vice President - Academic & Student Success
  • Stephen Smith, Vice President - Human Resources & Legal Affairs

President's Senior Executive Team (PSET)

  • Lee Lambert, President
  • Daryl Campbell, Vice President - Administrative Services
  • James Jansen, Vice President - Academic & Student Success
  • Stephen Smith, Vice President - Human Resources & Legal Affairs
  • Jim Hills, Special Assistant to the President - Communications & Marketing
  • McKinzie Strait, Executive Associate to the President - External Affairs
  • Holly Woodmansee, Special Assistant to the President - Budget & Internal Control


“We need to make sure SET is regularly interacting with people from across the campus on key issues as the college moves forward,” Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said. “These adjustments will help assure wider participation.”

Moving forward, SET will be comprised of the three vice presidents, including the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Vice President for Administrative Services and the Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs. The anticipated monthly meeting schedule includes:

  • Once a month: SET only
  • Once a month or as needed: SET, deans and the special assistant to the president for communications and marketing.
  • Twice a month: SET plus invitees to be determined weekly.

According to a memo outlining the adjustments, SET is the primary campus leadership group and responsible for ensuring the college conducts operations in accordance with standards of accreditation, pursuant to its mission and in line with its strategic plan.  SET ensures accountability, drives transformational change and communicates frequently with all constituent members across campus regarding strategic-level issues.

SET meetings generally last between 90 minutes and two hours. Each vice-president will serve as meeting facilitator on an approximately four month rotation. While SET does deal with emergent issues as needed, in general, the agenda items should be submitted to the current SET facilitator at least three days in advance of the meetings.

Prior to these adjustments, SET membership included the vice presidents as well as special assistants and executive associate to the president. Those positions and the vice presidents will continue to participate in PSET meetings, which are chaired by the president.

* Marijuana still prohibited on campus

While Washington voters recently approved Initiative 502 that eases some criminal penalties for possession of marijuana by adults over the age of 21, the new law does not change Shoreline Community College policies that prohibit illegal drugs on campus.

“Changes in state law do not change our policies that prohibit possession, sale and use of marijuana and other illegal drugs at the College,” Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs Stephen P. Smith said at the Dec. 4, 2012 College Council meeting. Shoreline’s drug policy is required for the College to receive federal funding, including financial aid for students.

Shoreline and all schools that accept federal funding, including federal financial aid to students, must comply with The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act that went into effect in 1990. The act prohibits universities and colleges from allowing drugs on campuses in order for the schools to receive federal funding.

The campus drug ban also applies to medical marijuana. “The state medical marijuana law doesn’t provide any protected status to the user under College policy,” Smith said. “The federal law still applies.”

Shoreline’s Policy 5030, Student Conduct and Discipline includes anti-drug provisions. A summary of related College policies for employees and students should be reviewed at:

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