Thunderweek welcomes new students

By David Slettevold - Staff Reporter

Thunderweek begins the 2017-18 school year this morning with events and activities planned throughout the week, designed to introduce students to activities and their Student Government representatives.

The theme this year is: "Bring the Thunder! Own Your Superpower!"

"We love our students and know that each student walks in our doors already with a super power — they simply need to find a place to grow their superpower and thrive," said Jade Chan, Center for Leadership and Service adviser and Thunderweek coordinator.  "We have the power to help connect and empower them."

Welcome Back tables opened at the Student Union this morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will reopen this afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

These tables are a place to ask questions of staff and student leaders about anything going on at Highline, from Thunderweek activities to directions around campus.

And if you aren't able to fulfill your quest for knowledge, you can at least fill up on the free food being offered.

"At the Center for Leadership and Service, we believe in working on behalf of our Highline College community and seek culturally responsive ways to affirm and uplift and advance their vibrant voices," said Chan.

Come Tuesday, the Welcome Back tables will again be available from 8 to 11 a.m. And withfree food being offered, there's more than one reason to stop by a table at the start of this week.

If you need to work off some of those calories, the schedule includes Thunderthon Zumba lessons from 11:30 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on the lawn outside Building 2.

On Wednesday, student leaders will host their Leadership Ice Cream Meet and Greet from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Union. Students presenting their Highline ID will be treated to free ice cream and be able to take home their very own Highline mugs. It's another opportunity to ask questions and socialize with new classmates.

On Thursday, the Thunderweek Involvement Fair will give students sneak peaks at the more than 55 clubs and programs offered at Highline this year. The event, also in the Student Union, runs from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

"You'll get a chance to get connected to clubs that can kick start a new hobby, career, or simply meet new friends – and free resources our campus programs have to offer," said Chan.

Just about everyone should be able to find something to like, she said. Whether students love cooking, want to take up skiing, or are looking for a job at Highline, this fair will show you the many ways that you can be included on campus and make new friends.

On Friday, the Center for Leadership and Service and Multicultural Affairs will host an open house breakfast from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 310 of the Student Union to Highline Leadership and learn about activities and projects for the year. 

From 1:30 to 3 p.m., the Inter-Cultural Center on the second floor of the Student Union will host its Thunder Treats Open House to introduce the cultural clubs at Highline and explain more about the resources that the Inter-Cultural Center in room 204 has for students.

"Thunderweek is one of the largest events at Highline College and with that comes great responsibility to honor the diversity and intersecting identities of our community," said Chan.

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An alert Highline staff member and local public safety officers helped stop a potential suicide on campus last week. While a staff member was working, he noticed a suspicious male wandering the East Lot around 6:25 a.m. May 25. The staff worker called Highline Public Safety who responded to find the individual running around with a rope in his hands, looking for a place to possibly hang himself. This prompted Public Safety to contact Des Moines Police and South King County Fire and Rescue. By the time first responders came to the scene, the distraught man climbed into a tree near Building 99, ready to use the rope on himself. First responders talked to the man, successfully convincing him to come down from the tree. After the turmoil settled the individual was transported to a nearby hospital for an evaluation. Sgt. George Curtis of Public Safety said this was the first time he has encountered someone attempting to endanger their own life on campus.

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Public Safety said the actions of the staff member who reported the incident is an excellent example of how “see something, say something” could potentially save a life. A staff member was reported to have passed out in Building 4 at 8:10 a.m. The person was sitting in their chair when they lost consciousness, then fell out, hitting their head on the ground. Public Safety arrived but the staff member refused any medical treatment.

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A suspicious car was spotted on campus at 1:35 a.m. on May 28 by a Public Safety officer. The car was occupied by two students and parked between buildings 29 and 22. The two students had gone to Jack in the Box and decided to eat the fast food on campus. They were told by the officer to leave because campus was closed.

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Allies of the LGBTQIA community along with faculty and staff will be hosting a Safe Zones training program, next month. Safe Zones is a program identifying individuals in the school community who are safe and supportive allies of LGTBQIA students and faculty. The Safe Zones training is put on by Highline’s Multicultural Affairs organization. The program is about learning more about the queer community and to build skills to use on the Highline campus and out in other communities. The LGBTQIA Taskforce has been working on creating a basic curriculum for the Safe Zones training that not only provides information that may seem basic or simple. Anyone is welcome to the Safe Zones training. The training will be June 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Writing Center, Building 26 room 319i.

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