Highline College

Thursday, September 24, 2020


Student Employee of the Year

While some students may have trouble managing school and work at the same time, Running Start student Grayce Ross has managed to find balance in both work and academics.

Ross, community budget coordinator and the Service & Activities budget chair for the Center for Leadership & Service (CLS) and Center for Cultural & Inclusive Excellence (CCIE), is the recipient of the Student Employee of the Year award.

Student finds purpose in helping others

Christopher Ponce originally aimed to finish his time in the Marine Corps, and then pursue a career in the Los Angeles police.

That all changed when he witnessed an accident.

Students say Floyd death hits home

Highline students reacted with concern and anger over the death of an African-American man in Minneapolis.

George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, died after he was pinned down by the neck for nine minutes by a police officer in Minnesota on May 25. The incident has provoked waves of protest across the country.

Highline students reflect back on having an online spring quarter

Highline students said having Spring Quarter online was stressful at first but got better.

Highline’s Spring Quarter was moved online due to the coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak led Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to issue a stay-at-home order in mid-March.

Multicultural identity poses some challenges, students say

Having more than one ethnic identity brings both benefits and challenges, two students said at a recent Zoom workshop at Highline.

Highline students Malaysiah and Marrisah Banuelos are student leaders in of Highline’s AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) program, and spoke as part of the college’s observation of Asian American and Pacific islander heritage month.

Dean finalist says unity is key to providing better opportunities for students

Building strong relationships, uniting the community surrounding workforce education, and giving students the opportunity to access various services are some of the things that Cathy Alston said she believes in.

Alston is one of three finalists for the workforce dean position at Highline.

Highline rejected changes to spring grading system

Highline officials considered but ultimately decided not to change the grading system at the college for Spring Quarter.

Some local school districts, including Seattle, changed to grading scheme that guaranteed every student either an A or an incomplete, since students were forced to study online from home because of the coronaviru quarantine. Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib also said that higher education institutions in the state should do the same.

Graduating students will have a commencement ceremony, virtually

Highline is having a virtual commencement this year due to the COVID-19 virus.

Since no large gatherings are allowed, as ordered by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Highline’s commencement ceremony will be virtual this year.

Opinions differ on how quickly Washington should reopen

Some people want the state to re-open immediately. Others say we should wait.

Since March 23, Washington has been under a stay -at-home order issued by Gov. Jay Inslee. There have been protests all over the country due to the stay-at-home orders put in place by other states.

Better data, collaboration will help students, dean finalist says

A candidate for the workforce dean says that a collaborative effort among faculty and staff, and more informative data, that will better assist students.

“My leadership style is one of collaborative, and equity-minded,” said Dr. Paulette Lopez, the dean for Workforce Education at Yakima Valley College and one of the finalists for workforce dean, who manages the professional and technical programs at Highline.

Dean finalist says her collaboration skills show through her Highline career

Jennifer Johnston’s commitment and collaboration skills, as shown through her work at Highline, make her the right fit for the dean of Workforce Programs, she said.

Johnston is one of three finalists for the position, which oversees professional and technical degree programs at Highline.

Living Room Talk: What is the color of your rainbow: navigating historically oppressive spaces as a queer person of color

Students waiting to return to campus may have to wait a little longer.

Highline Public Safety officials say that plans to open campus and “return to normalcy” have been categorized into four phases.

Dean of Workforce Programs forums begin this week

Cathy Alston

Paulette Lopez

Jennifer Johnston

Forums for the three finalists for the dean of Workforce Programs begin Wednesday, May 27, and all of Highline is invited.

The dean of Workforce Programs position oversees Highline’s professional and technical degree programs.

Students have mixed experience with Zoom

Highline students are having mixed experiences with online classes this quarter.

Some students have said some of their classes use Zoom, while their other classes use pre-recorded lectures for class. Zoom is a video-conferencing app used by Highline. It allows people to conduct live virtual meetings by computer.

Prison program puts a crimp in prison pipeline

The new Prison-Based Education Program at Highline offers incarcerated students an opportunity to plan for their futures.

Students have mixed experience with distance learning, coronavirus shut down

Highline students and others in the community have had mixed reactions to all the changes brought about by coronavirus restrictions.

VP finalist unveils plans to close equity gaps at Highline

For Dr. Emily Larder, all students have the capacity to learn and everyone on campus has a role to play in students’ success.

Dr. Lardner, one of three finalists for vice president of Academic Affairs, spoke about her experience at Highline during a virtual faculty and staff forum via Zoom on Wednesday, May 20.

Vice President of Academic Affairs finalist wants to support students by creating connections

A candidate for the vice president of academic affairs wants to support students by creating connections between departments, faculty, staff and students at Highline.

“Part of my strength is that I’m a connector,” said Dr. Johnny Hu, the interim dean of Academic Programs at South Seattle College and one of the VPAA finalists. “I really do see my job as basically bringing people together, to connect people, and often people who might not agree on every issue.”

VP finalist utilizes the past to look towards his future

For Dr. Ilder Betancourt Lopez, his family’s past is what inspired his future.

Dr. Betancourt Lopez is one of three finalists trying for the vice president of academic affairs spot at Highline.

This position is in charge of planning, developing, and executing Highline's activities in the academic affairs section, as well as directing Highline’s educational planning process.

Budget plans unveiled as Highline receives funding from stimulus package

Highline is likely facing budget cuts due to declining state revenues driven by coronavirus-driven restrictions on business and consumer activity in the state.

Academic VP finalists zoom to Highline via forums

Dr. Johnny Hu

Dr. Ilder Lopez

Dr. Emily Lardner

Highline’s search for a permanent vice president of academic affairs will continue next week with virtual forums for three candidates.

The search committee finished their first round of interviews last week, with the Zoom forums being the next step.

Highline counselors offer quarantine help

Highline counselors are stepping in to help students struggling with social isolation during quarantine.

Counselors are offering help via telephone and Zoom, trying to help students get through the months of quarantine and social distancing brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Colonization cooked up a questionable diet for Pacific islanders

Colonization has greatly impacted the diet in the Pacific islands, a panel of speakers said at Highline recently.

Regardless of COVID, trains will still run on time

The Link Rail extension that will connect Highline and Federal Way to the rest of the Sound Transit system is proceeding on schedule despite COVID restrictions.

Tochi Onyebuchi’s lecture entitled “Dystopian for Whom?” explored who gets to live in the utopia while others see the dystopia of the real world.

Diversity in education has many faces

Local schools need more diversity to effectively teach an increasingly diverse group of students, a panel of educators said at Highline recently.

Author says it’s not a utopia for most people

Some people would describe the state of our country as a dystopia. But others at the top of the pyramid of power and wealth would describe it as a utopia.

Tochi Onyebuchi’s lecture entitled “Dystopian for Whom?” explored who gets to live in the utopia while others see the dystopia of the real world.

Corona community group offers a haven during quarantine

Like a lot of people, Jonnie Rutledge has been stuck at home during the Coronavirus quarantine.

Rutledge decided to do something about it and created the Corona Community Center, where people can interact through Facebook to share, combat loneliness and have fun.

Activist urges students to eventually give back

College students should give back to the community, a scholar-activist said at Highline’s Unity Week recently.

Rosa Clemente, a 25-year activist and community organizer, spoke at Unity Week, Highline’s annual celebration and exploration of diversity.

“As scholar-activists, we have the responsibility to give back to the communities,” she said.

Hospitality takes a hit amid outbreak, but will bounce back

While the hospitality and tourism field is currently suffering, it’s set to make a full recovery in a few years, said one hospitality specialist.

Due to COVID-19, the field is taking a huge hit, said Justin Taillon, Highline program manager for hotel and hospitality management.

Highline awaits governor’s next orders

What Highline will look like going forward is largely based on what Gov. Jay Inslee says this Monday, said Highline President Dr. John Mosby.

May 4 is when the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order that Gov. Inslee put in place is set to end.

Summer classes to be online/virtual; Fall Quarter may see live classes again

Highline will continue distance learning for Summer Quarter but face-to-face options may be available for Fall Quarter.

Professors will choose whether to offer summer classes via Zoom, online, or a hybrid of both. Students will be able to choose which types of classes suit them best.

VP finalist finds passion for equity through teaching and literature

One vice president of equity, diversity and inclusion finalist says that studying and learning about different communities and representations, brought him to where he is today.

Dr. Vik Bahl is just one of three candidates vying for the new VP position at Highline.

Technological troubles won’t hinder Highline

Getting everyone plugged in and attending classes, teaching or working online was a scramble - but the main technological issues are behind us, Highline’s top IT official said.

“The biggest issue has been consistency of equipment and internet connections with people, that goes across the board,” Executive Director of Information Technology Services Tim Wrye said.

Unity Week hopes to connect Highline during hard times

Highline’s Unity Week returns next week with a series of presentations available via Zoom.

Organizers said it was important to have the college’s annual exploration and celebration of diversity, even if it has to be done at arm’s length.

Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion candidate envisions national recognition for Highline

One of the candidates for the new vice president of equity, diversity, and inclusion wants to get Highline, and its students, recognized nationally for its equity, diversity, and inclusion work and help students succeed.

"From the very beginning of my career, I heard about Highline. Highline was always the leader, always doing the work, always setting the bar for equity, diversity, and inclusion work."

VP candidate wants to bring experiences to new position

A candidate for the new Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion wants to bring her experiences as an immigrant, communicator, and educator to the new position.

“In every position I’ve worked in, I’ve learned you need to communicate. I’ve learned to be a good listener and communicator,” said Dr. Veronica “Vero” Guajardo.

Covid-19 pushes Highline schools online

The outbreak of COVID-19 is sending schools into remote schooling, using technology to allow schools to stay connected with their students.

Local school district teachers adapt to online environment, working from home

Administrators and teachers in the Fife School District are trying to find a solution that will allow them to effectively teach online classes to their students.

Many local businesses close up due to coronavirus order

Many local businesses have ceased operations amidst the stay-at-home order that was implemented by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month.

Summer Quarter schedule undecided, but college president happy with progress so far

While Summer Quarter’s setup remains up in the air, Highline President Dr. John Mosby said that he’s proud of Highline’s ability to adapt and innovate in the current climate.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide order on March 23 due to the spread of COVID-19.

Homeless man rests where he can

Dominic Thompson occasionally finds refuge at Highline, such as here in the Bistro or in the Library.

Thompson has been homeless since 2006 and spends time at Highline resting in the library. His favorite spots are the fifth and the fourth floors, depending on where he finds an empty couch.

Pandemics of 1918 and 2020 have similarities, differences

One-hundred years ago a deadly flu swept the globe, killing millions of people and sickening many more. But while there are some similarities between COVID-19 and the misnamed Spanish Flu, there are also some important differences.


Highline honors students for excellence in and out of the classroom

Highline honored 53 students at this year’s Legacy Awards, where students were recognized for their hard work in and out of the classroom.

Legacy awards represent recognition to students who’ve made a legacy as scholars and leaders in the Highline community, the ceremony held live through Zoom.

Santos elected new president of student government

Jarmaine Santos officially won the election for the 2020-2021 Highline ASHC president.

The Associated Students of Highline College (ASHC) is Highline’s student government.

Tutors also learning during corona shutdown

Tutoring during quarantine has been different for tutors than previous quarters at Highline.

Highline’s Spring Quarter 2020 has been completely virtual. Tutors operate within a fixed schedule on Zoom in order to accommodate students during quarantine.

Bookstore copes with coronavirus changes

The campus bookstore is only available for online ordering, creating a much different school environment than students are used to.

Interim Bookstore manager Flint Thornton said that currently the bookstore has five permanent full-time employees and three part-time hourly. Pre-COVID, the store was open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with up to 25 student employees.

Summer class explores health care careers

Students can now apply to the Healthcare Exploration for Youth program which will be held at Highline this summer.

Student leadership jobs available for fall

Two student leadership organizations want to hire more than two dozen student workers for the coming school year.

Scholarship application deadline coming up

The Highline Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships for Highline students.

Application deadline is May 10. Some 30 different scholarships are available. Some scholarships offer multiple awards within one scholarship.

Some campus services close during coronavirus quarantine

Since the campus is closed, so are many of the services that require people to be on campus with face-to-face interaction.

Many campus services remain open online

Many virtual services are available for Highline students while the campus is closed.

Math Resource Center helps students survive

Tutors at the Math Resource Center help students solve unfamiliar math equations and succeed in their classes.

Between 20 and 25 math tutors do their best at providing students the help they need to ace complicated classes.

If a student is fighting with a tricky problem or concept, the tutors will go out of their way to make sure it’s understood by going over a work-along example, then assist the next student.


The future is bright for T-Bird men’s basketball after a successful recruiting season

After guiding the T-Bird men’s basketball team this past season to a 7-7 record in league play which culminated in an NWAC playoff berth, Head Coach Che Dawson thinks his team can build off last season and be even better this year.

With that said, Coach Dawson is very optimistic about the recruits that he has been able to bring into the program so far.

Former Highline keeper makes his move to MLS

Former Highline goalkeeper Liviu Bird is getting his chance as a video performance analyst with MLS’s Columbus Crew.

Bird was born in Fairbanks, Alaska but moved to Romania at the age of 1. That’s where his mother is from. While there, he fell in love with the game of soccer.

Quarantine finishes local athletes’ spring seasons

Spring sport athletes who would be participating for their school teams and even summer league teams are stuck at home in quarantine.

With social distancing in place, Highline Athletics must adapt to virtual recruiting

Women’s basketball
Head Coach
Daimen Crump

Men’s basketball
Head Coach
Che Dawson

Women’s soccer
Head Coach
Tom Moore

Highline’s search for a permanent vice president of academic affairs will continue next week with virtual forums for three candidates.

The search committee finished their first round of interviews last week, with the Zoom forums being the next step.

Women’s golf season stopped by coronavirus concerns, but players won’t lose eligibility

NWAC spring sports have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including women’s golf.

Steve Turcotte, head coach for the Highline women's golf team, said “It's disappointing because the kids don't have a chance to show their improvement.”

Women's tennis season lost to coronavirus

With all of NWAC spring sports having been canceled as of March 18 because of the ongoing crisis surrounding COVID-19, tennis players have expressed extreme disappointment.


Kent Farmers Market season may not happen

The Kent farmers market season, which typically runs from June to September, may not happen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tentative opening date has changed due to the pandemic. Instead of opening in June, the market will open July 11.

Highline literary magazine Arcturus launches on Zoom

For the past 40 years, Highline has published a literary magazine, Arcturus, with art from Highline students, staff, faculty, and alumni. But this year is different. With COVID-19, the editors face new challenges.

“Producing a physical object without ever touching the different options for cover stock or paper texture presents certain challenges,” Arcturus faculty adviser Susan Rich said. “Normally, the editors would visit with Dave Weber at the print shop. We'd also sit down with sales representatives on campus. Not this year.”

Author discusses Japanese American novel at virtual Big Read Event

Students who are taught about the history of World War II during high school or college rarely get to learn about how non-white citizens were affected by living in the U.S. during that era, an author told a Highline audience this week.

Author Julie Otsuka said that Japanese concentration camps were subjects that were not covered during school or any history class.

The Burien Farmers Market is back in business with numerous precautions to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The market re-opened May 7.

At the market, only essential business, such as vendors selling produce, are present.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Burien Farmers Market has put health screenings in place for all of the market staff, vendors, and customers.

Opening of the Kent East Hill Farmers Market has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kent East Hill Farmers Market is waiting for clearance from the City of Kent before it opens for the 2020 season.

“The city of Kent has canceled or suspended all park activities and programs through the end of May, and could be extending that deadline through June,” said Xavier Wurttele-Brissolesi, the food access coordinator and farm manager for Living Well Kent as well as the manager of the Kent East Hill Farmers Market.

Grow some love with gardening during quarantine

Local gardening experts say anyone can have a garden, and it’s just the kind of thing that might help you get through the coronavirus quarantine.

Auburn Symphony goes online to help and be helped

After cancellations of the rest of the concert season and the largest fundraiser of the year, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra has come up with a plan to stay connected with audience members.

Poetry month contest celebration moves online

Winners of this year’s National Poetry Month contest will read their work via Zoom, today, Thursday, April 30 at 3:15 p.m.

Burien Actors Theatre begins Shelter-in-Place season

The show must and will go on in Burien this weekend.

Burien Actors Theatre will be performing a live reading of The Letters by John W. Lowell to kick off its new Shelter-in-Place season.

Basketball poet takes top honors in contest

From lightning up teams on the basketball court these last two seasons for the Highline Thunderbirds to committing to Aurora University in Illinois to continue his basketball career about a week ago, Nathan Yockey is more than just a student-athlete.

If you’re planted at home, why not grow a garden?

As the weather gets nicer, and with more people staying home because of COVID-19, some may want to pick up gardening and grow their own food.

Before starting a project, such as making and maintaining a garden, there are things to know and steps to follow.

News Briefs

Living Room Talk: What is the color of your rainbow: navigating historically oppressive spaces as a queer person of color

Laura Yanez, the program manager of the Transition Success HUB at Highline, and Joshua Magallanes, a professor at Highline, will talk about navigating historically oppressive spaces as a queer person of color at a Zoom session this week.

Honors Program virtual poster session online

Posters and videos of Honors Programs students’ work will be displayed virtually June 8 through 12.

International Student Programs graduation ceremony to be via Zoom

The International Student Programs will hold its first virtual graduation ceremony on June 10. This ceremony is to celebrate international students who are graduating this spring.

Highline chooses distinguished alumna for 2020

Michele Pedicone has been selected by Highline as the 2020 Distinguished Alumna.

Second opportunity to Spring into Wellness

Students can get help with navigating the end of the quarter by attending the second Spring into Wellness mental health workshops created by the Counseling Center.

Scholarship opportunities for Highline students

Highline students wanting to transfer to the University of Washington Seattle could receive $12,000 a year for two to three years, scholarship.

Spring into wellness

Students can get help with navigating the end of the quarter by attending the Spring into Wellness mental health workshops created by the Counseling Center.

TRIO students are invited to attend this year’s TRIO End of Year Celebration and Awards Reception via Zoom

This celebration will be celebrating community and honoring students. Awards will be given and there will be live performances at the event.

Queer Connex*

Highline’s LGBTQIA Task Force has created a virtual space, Queer Connex, for students to get to know each other as well as queer faculty and staff.

Summer and fall registration

Students can get advising for summer and fall registration via The Advising Center’s virtual Pathway Advising Days.

Living Room Talk: Language of Justice

Rashad Norris, the director of Community Engagement at Highline, will talk about the language of justice at a Zoom session this week.

Cooking demonstration today

The Inter-Cultural Center is collaborating with Benefits Hub to present a cooking demonstration via Zoom today, May 7 from noon to 1:15 p.m. Mariela Barriga will be cooking, using ingredients from the Highline food pantry.

Financial workshop offered

A workshop on COVID-19 financial resources for students will be presented Monday via Zoom.

Center for Culture and Inclusive Excellence Dialogue

Join the Center for Culture and Inclusive Excellence and guest facilitators for living room talks. These talks will take place on Zoom in their living rooms. The first talk will be held on April 24, from 10:30 a.m.

WASC’s Compass for adult learners

College and Career Compass is a new online resource created by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) to help adults return to school. This tool is meant to empower adults to not only to return to school, but to stay in school and earn a credential or degree.

Secure remote TEAS testing available

The placement and testing center has found a way to administer the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test securely while also being taken off-campus.

Virtual college transfer fair

Highline will be hosting its first virtual transfer fair on April 28. This transfer fair will be via Zoom and students can attend from 10 a.m. to noon.

VP candidates will make their cases in online forums

The final three finalists for the Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion position will soon go online to make their pitches.

Highline departments work to get college online for spring

For students who are having technical difficulties or have technology-related questions, the Information Technology Service (ITS) help desk is operating online and is able to continue assisting students.