MSB weekly update – 10-2-2017 (Week 2)

October 2, 2017

Hi everyone,

Welcome to week 2 of fall quarter! I hope you had a wonderful first week of classes. Here is my Monday update to the Math, Science, and Business division for October 2nd.

Faculty coordinators:

Important Information:

Winter scheduling: The Winter 2018 schedule is being finalized this week. Faculty coordinators are soliciting feedback from discipline faculty and scheduling of classes will take place within the next 2-3 weeks.

District-wide A.S. degree: The Seattle Colleges are developing common A.S. degrees shared by all of the colleges, including the A.S. degree student learning outcomes (SLOs). A committee of faculty members from the Seattle Colleges have developed a draft of common SLOs and would appreciate your feedback. The proposed outcomes were based on the existing learning outcomes at each college, the district’s common A.A. Degree SLOs, and sources from ABET, AAS, AAAS, Vision and Change, and the AACU. Please take a look at the proposed AS Degree Learning Outcomes. Survey link.

Copy Center: Hours for fall quarter are:  Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Friday 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Data requests: There is an online system for requesting support, data and information from the Office of Planning and Research.  To manage, maintain and provide you with a consistent and a prompt response to your request and need, please use the online form.

Syllabi: If you haven’t already done so, please submit your course syllabi via the Academic Programs Canvas page.

Faculty Guide: A useful guide that you should bookmark for answers. Also: online instructional services support center.

Events and Announcements:

President’s Forums: Per previous e-mail from Wendy Nagasawa, here are the days and times to meet with Interim President Pete Lortz.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, October 25 1:00-2:00 p.m. President’s Boardroom RSB 30
Wednesday, November 15 1:00-2:00 p.m. President’s Boardroom RSB 30
Wednesday, December 6 1:00-2:00 p.m. President’s Boardroom RSB 30

GEM Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab: The University of Washington (UW) and Oregon State University are partnering with the National GEM Consortium to host a 2017 GEM GRAD Lab on October 13-14, 2017 on the UW Seattle campus. They will be bringing in 75-100 underrepresented minority (URM) students from the region who are prospective graduate students in STEM.

The GRAD Lab encourages young people of color to consider graduate engineering or science education and apply for graduate programs and fellowships. The symposium will help each student envision his or her future as a technology leader, successfully apply for fellowships, and gain entry to a graduate program.

On Friday, October 13, the GRAD LAB will kick-off with a dinner and welcome ceremony. On Saturday, October 14, we will host a series of workshops on “Why Graduate School,” “How to Apply to Graduate School,” “How to Fund Graduate School,” and “Voices from the Field.” Please share this event with other URM undergraduates (particularly juniors and seniors) and master’s students considering a PhD to attend the conference. Register at

If you have any questions and/or would like to receive updates, please email and/or

Johnny’s schedule:

I will be off-campus this week on Thursday, Oct. 5th and Friday, Oct. 6th to attend meetings. Note that I will be checking e-mail irregularly during these two days, so please be patient with a response. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Final Thoughts:

I woke up on Monday morning to news of another mass shooting in our country, this time in Las Vegas. As faculty and staff, you have the ability (and responsibility) to positively impact students’ lives. Please be aware of counseling services available on campus to students who may be affected by this or other social events.

My door is always open to support your teaching and professional goals here at South. If I haven’t gotten a chance to meet you yet in person, please stop by and say hello! Have a wonderful week!