Gollin aims to be a star
By Colin Phan - Staff Reporter
Stefani Gollin has come a long way in her journey to become a star softball pitcher —heading to Highline to heat up her career from Langley, BC.
Here, she has been a force on the mound for the Highline women's faspitch team, helping lead them to a playoff berth.
Gollin (7-3) has tossed 44 strikeouts, and has a 3.88 ERA.
At first glance, you can't tell Gollin is Canadian.
But then she speaks. Her slight accent gives her away when she says "out."
It's been a long haul to pursue her dream.
Softball for Gollin began at age 5, with her mother being a heavy influence.
"My mom really got me into softball," Gollin said. "She was my coach from t-ball to rec."
Rec teams are the equivalent of an American travel team for Canadians, with an "A, B, C" system Gollin said. Gollin played rec all throughout high school, as Canada doesn't have varsity softball.
By the time she reached high school, Gollin was at a crossroads with softball.
"I was kind of freaking out because I didn't have as much downtime to hang out with friends," Gollin said. "I was at a fork."
A conversation with her mother helped iron out her priorities.
Gollin knew she wanted to be dedicated to softball — more specifically — as a pitcher.
"I had a conversation with my mom," Gollin said. "I figured out that I wanted to work on pitching, and that was when I decided to focus on softball."
Golin's intent to pitch helped her develop as a player, as well as develop a go-to pitch. "My go-to pitch is the curveball," Gollin said. "I've worked on that one the longest."
Gollin's reinforced focus to softball, helped her net scholarship offers.
"I was talking to a couple schools on the East Coast," Gollin said. "I always wanted to keep playing competitively. It was a goal of mine since elementary."
Those East Coast schools weren't the best fit for Gollin, who was trying to be concious about the financial burdens of being an international student.
"I had to be a little more realistic," she said. "I was just trying to figure out what would work best for me and my family."
Two years ago, when Gollin played at a softball tournament in Kent, her opportunity came.
"When I was playing at a tournament in Kent, I met [Highline Coach Jason Evans]," Gollin said. "It was close enough to home, and I knew I could come here and work on my skills in a personal environment."
She has improved her skills at Highline, but is willing to travel even further to improve them at a four-year university.
"I definitely want to keep playing softball," Gollin said. "I'm talking to one school in Kansas right now, but I'm trying to figure out what's best for me in the long run — whether that's back home or in the States. The goal is to keep playing down here though."
No matter how far she must travel, Gollin has a career path in mind she wants to pursue.
"I've gotten my AA at Highline," Gollin said. "I want to be a pediatric nurse eventually."
Library fight club
Public Safety Officers responded to a possible fight involving four individuals near the library at 9:30 a.m. May 3.
Officers talked to witnesses who said that those involved were most likely horsing around, Public Safety said.
There is no word if injuries occurred.
A student reported seeing an individual stealing an iPhone in the East Lot on May 3 at 11:38 a.m.
The report claimed the thief opened an unlocked car to snatch the phone.
The suspect has not been found, Public Safety said.
Individual takes a nap in Building 26
An individual was found sleeping in a crawl space in Building 26 on May 4 around 7:40 p.m.
The suspect woke up to the sound of Public Safety officers and bolted from the scene.
Highline crews arranged for the crawl space to be blocked off to future nappers.
Suspect pulling car door handles
Public Safety officers made contact with an individual who was yanking on multiple car doors in the East Lot at 11 a.m. on May 5.
The individual did not have a ID and claimed he was just waiting for a friend to get out of class,
Public Safety said. There is no word if the individual faced charges or met up with their friend.
Outstanding faculty: All rise
Nominations are due May 26 for three annual awards given to Highline employees.
The Highline College Foundation provides $1,500 awards to the oustanding employee of the year, the outstanding tenured faculty member, and the oustanding adjunct faculty member.
The employee of the year award seeks to recognize “an employee whose performance is outstanding and whose impact on a department or the broader institution is substantial,” according to the nomating material.
Only full-time tenured faculty are eligible for the second award, while the final award goes to part-time or adjunct faculty.
Nominations can be made by any student, staff member, faculty member or administrator at Highline. A person may make only one nomination for each award.
The nominations need to consist of written statements from both the nominator and then a second reference that gives specific emphasis to the nominee’s contribution to education at Highline.
Commencement speaker sought
Highline’s Student Government is looking for a student speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony.
Any graduating student is encouraged to apply for the spot.
Applications can be picked up from our Student Government leaders at our Center for Leadership and Service.
Completed applications should be turned in at the CLS front desk by this Friday, May 12, at 4 p.m.
Selected applicants will be interviewed on May 17, between 3-5 p.m.
Explore your transfer options
The Transfer Center is hosting an informational session on Washington State University’s pharmacy program and Highline’s Respiratory Care Program, today and tomorrow.
An adviser from WSU’s School of Pharmacy will be at Highline to give a presentation on how to successfully plan and apply to the program.
The WSU adviser will go over admissions requirements, including prerequisite courses, required grade point average, application timeline, documents needed for applying and extra advice on getting into the program.