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* Cultural awareness key to global business, says Brown University lecturer


Brown University Prof. Barrett Hazeltine responds to an audience member Saturday, April 27, 2013 during a lecture on Google and China. More photos

For more than 50 years, Prof. Barrett Hazeltine has been engaging students at Brown University and around the world.

Members of the Washington China Chamber of Commerce, the Seattle branch of the Brown University Alumni Club and others were drawn into Hazeltine’s world Saturday, April 27 at Shoreline Community College. Hazeltine, Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Brown, was there to speak about his case study, “Google and the Government of China: A Case Study in Cross-Cultural Negotiation.”

As he took off his jacket, grabbed a felt marker and strode to a flip chart, it was evident that class was in session.

“Am I getting to you? Am I making sense?” he asked the audience after literally illustrating a fundamental point about the balance of power in a business negotiation.

As the lecture focused on the particulars of the ongoing dance between Google and China, Hazeltine began asking more specific questions. Often, he got specific answers from Brown alums and Chamber members whose careers gave them a close perspective on the Google/China issue. When a student, rather, audience member got it right, Hazeltine walked over and offered a passing grade in the form of a handshake.

Hazeltine’s underlying message was that cultural awareness and sensitivity are critical to being successful in the globalized markets.

During a question-and-answer period after the presentation Chamber President Mark Wen reinforced Hazeltine’s premise. “Relationship building comes first in China,” said Wen, who was born in China, but now lives and works in Washington. “By the time you get to the negotiating table, the deal is already done.”

Shoreline President Lee Lambert and  International Education Director Diana Sampson are Chamber members.

SCC/Jim Hills

Google and China on tap at state China chamber meeting

Google and its relationship with China will be the subject of a presentation at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at Shoreline Community College.

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Barrett Hazeltine


Barrett Hazeltine, Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Brown University, will speak about his case study, “Google and the Government of China: A Case Study in Cross-Cultural Negotiation.” Hazeltine is giving the presentation at a meeting of the Washington State China Chamber of Commerce, hosted by the Brown Club of Seattle and Shoreline Community College. Co-sponsors include the Seattle 808 Club, Northwest Chinese Professionals, Seattle Chinese Entrepreneurs Club and the UW Global Business Center.

“We’re born with two ears and one mouth for a good reason; we should listen more than we speak,” Hazeltine says, paraphrasing the Greek philosopher Epictetus. “Google’s goals include providing high-speed access to information, earning profit, and promoting itself as the search engine of choice. Google’s mission used to be, ‘Do no evil,’ but the company no longer touts its ethical origins while pursuing profit."

According to the company’s website, the motto has morphed into, “You can make money without doing evil.”

Of China, Hazeltine says: “The government of China, in contrast, wants to protect its own Internet search company, Baidu, and address a brain drain of scientific and technological expertise. China wants access to cutting-edge technology, but also to set limits on Internet use to maintain its political power.”

For almost 50 years, Hazeltine has been a professor of engineering at Brown University. His teaching and research interests are in technology planning especially in developing countries, teaching of technology for liberal arts students and entrepreneurship.

After the lecture, the Washington China Chamber of Commerce will host a networking opportunity to meet and connect with Chinese-American professionals in the greater Seattle region who are doing business with or interested in doing business with China.

SCC/Jim Hills

* Lambert finalist for chancellor at Arizona college

Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert is one of four finalists for the position of Chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz.

“I love Shoreline and I’m happy to continue the work we are doing,” Lambert said. “At the same time, I am intrigued by the opportunity to do that work, helping students and serving communities, on a larger scale.”

In addition to President Lambert, the finalists, include:

A 31-member independent citizens’ Search Advisory Committee that has been leading Pima’s search for a new chancellor recommended the finalists to the Board of Governors Friday, April 19, 2013.

“We want President Lambert to stay at Shoreline, period. However, the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees understands that the same qualities that make him so valuable and effective at Shoreline also make him attractive to other community colleges,” Board Chair Phil Barrett said. “College employees, students and the communities we serve should know that regardless of the outcome, the Board is committed to the academic values and institutional goals that are in place and that President Lambert is pursuing with such success.”

Pima, which has six campuses across the greater Tucson metropolitan area and Pima County, has seen recent turmoil.

This past week, on April 16, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools placed Pima on two-year accreditation probation. There is an Aug. 1, 2013 deadline to file a monitoring report outlining how the college will address concerns in the probation notice.

The probation notice comes a year after former Chancellor Roy Flores resigned following reports of sexual harassment. Earlier this year, the Higher Learning Commission issued a report that reviewed the harassment issue and eight other complaint areas. Zelema Harris, retired chancellor of St. Louis Community College, is serving as interim chancellor until a permanent chancellor is appointed.

The Association of Community College Trustees has served as an executive search consultant in the effort since February after an earlier search by another firm was extended.

Lambert says he isn’t put off by Pima’s problems.

“There are challenges, but I enjoy addressing challenges,” Lambert said. He noted that the probation notice doesn’t cite anything related to academics. “Pima has good academic programs and faculty and staff who are very committed to student success.”

SCC/Jim Hills

* Junior Olympics gymnasts at Shoreline

A future Olympic gold medalist may be performing at Shoreline Community College April 11-14.

The 2013 Region 2 Girls Gymnastic Championships get started at 3:30 p.m., Thursday and run through three full days, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. These Junior Olympics regional championships are part of the process overseen by USA Gymnastics that can lead to a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Competing at Shoreline are girls ages 8 through 19.

The championships are sponsored by Metropolitan Gymnastics in Kent and hosted by Shoreline Community College in the campus gymnasium. For the event, a semi-truck load of equipment has been brought in to transform the college gym into a beehive of gymnastics activity.

The event is open to the public for viewing. Tickets are $15 per session/$25 a day for adults, $6 per session/$10 day for seniors age 60 and over and children age 8 and under.

SCC/Jim Hills

* Student housing project public meeting tonight

From 6-8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 9, Shoreline Community College will host the first of two public meetings at its 9000 Building, Room 9208 to discuss a proposed addition of a 400-bed student housing project to the college Master Development Plan (MDP).

The MDP is currently under review with the City of Shoreline and the meetings tonight and on April 23 are part of the city’s required process.   The April 23 meeting will also be from 6-8 p.m. in the same location. The MDP will define the future development plans for the college property for the next 10 years and address how the college will serve students and promote neighborhood compatibility.

At tonight’s meeting, college officials will:

  • Give an overview of the review process before the City of Shoreline; including the MDP review schedule and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process.
  • Describe the new projects that are anticipated to be developed in the next 10 years.
  • Discuss how comments from the meeting will be used to inform the College’s decision-making process.
  • Solicit comments from the public.

At the April 23 meeting, college officials will:

  • Summarize the comments received at the first meeting:
  • Respond to those comments received and describe the process moving forward in review of the MDP.

City staff members will be invited to attend and their contact information will be provided.  The proceedings will be tape recorded for accuracy.  The college’s response to public comments will be provided to city officials when the application is submitted.

SCC/Jim Hills