Highline STEM students who want to learn more about physics are invited to get PHATT.
PHATT is an acronym for Physicists of Highline – Association of Thinkers & Tinkerers. Advised by Dr. Aleya Dhanji, the club aims to help students actively engage in the study of science in general and physics in particular.
Dr. Dhanji is a physics professor at Highline and teaches a variety of courses from conceptual physics for non-STEM majors to calculus-based engineering physics.
Highline’s new budget director said its budget can help unite the college.
“My goal is to work with all the different departments and create a process that is consistent and works for every department,” said Marco Lopez-Torres, who was named the new budget director earlier this fall. He added that the budget should “Create a culture of fiscal responsibility and bring all divisions together to achieve Highline’s goals.
Highline is meeting or exceeding COVID safety precautions prescribed by the state, college officials say.
“As a college we are committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for students, which includes providing the option for on-campus resources and learning opportunities when possible,” said Nicki Bly, Highline public health director.
Samantha Sebring has worn more hats than most in her time as a student at Highline.
She has been the community budget coordinator for the Center for Leadership and Service; chair of the Services and Activities Budget Committee; student representative to Highline’s Budget Advisory Council.
She has served as a member of the CORE Leadership Team; received a Student Legacy Award; stayed a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society; and maintained her honor roll-qualifying GPA.
Though it wasn’t always easy, Ramla Geilani is proud to say she’s graduating this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped her college experience and made things harder, she said.
“The hardest thing about graduating college during a pandemic was starting to lose motivation,” Geilani said. “Us college students didn’t really get to experience the regular college experience this past year and a half due to the pandemic.”
And even before classes went remote, it took some time for her to adjust to Highline.
Highline helped Tyler Ing-Pich find his voice.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people apart, he said he’s managed to grow close to those around him, all while learning more about himself and the person who he wants to be.
“Throughout my two years as a Highline student, I have been able to meet and connect with peers, professors, and counselors who have undoubtedly helped me grow significantly as an individual,” said Ing-Pich.
Returning to school gave Cathleen Turner the career path she wanted, alongside a better future for both her, and her daughter.
That’s not to say that it’s been an easy journey.
“It was a new beginning for me, I was really burned out with all the jobs I was doing. I wanted to go back to school to solidify a new opportunity,” Turner said.
Before becoming a mom, Turner was prepared to go to law school. So when her daughter came, plans had to shift.
Poetry helped Emily Hamilton reclaim rhyme and reason in her life.
Hamilton is a returning college student finishing her AA degree with honors and is an editor for Arcturus, the college literary magazine.
She will be working on her bachelor of applied science in Global Trade and Logistics at Highline in the fall.
Mary Belay is ready to shut her laptop and get back into the classroom.
When she first made the decision to attend Highline two years ago, she didn’t expect to be spending more hours on Zoom than on campus. And adjusting to the new learning environment proved to be a challenge.
For those interested in getting involved in Student Government and leadership at Highline, many positions are open and hiring.
“We are hiring up to 30 student employees to fill a variety of positions, from program planning to front desk and budget administration,” said Thomas Bui, director of the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS).