After a year of being almost exclusively online, Whatcom Community College’s campus is starting to open again for spring quarter. While classes are still online, study pods have begun to open up at the new Phyllis and Charles Self Learning Commons and the Orca Food Pantry has reopened.
“In these uncertain/unprecedented times.”
“Now more than ever.”
“We’re all in this together.”
These are the refrains of our new reality. Zoom is how
we hold meetings with colleagues and happy hour with friends.
We are online with students, communicating fleetingly with
video conferencing tools but mostly by email.
Facebook and social media have become the go-to for
family updates and connections. Memes are how we cope and find humor in “this
thing of ours.”
These are indeed unprecedented times.
Here at the Horizon student newspaper, the decision to
go online was always in the conversation, but COVID-19 made us voice it out
loud and adapt to actually doing it… like, RIGHT NOW.
Feeling like the Whos in “Horton Hears a Who!” we are
raising our collective voice to let you know: “We are here… we are here … WE
As advisor to the Horizon since January 2013, I have
seen many changes and we seem to have weathered them all, so far.
Jerome Jenkins, former Sacramento State University Men’s Basketball coach, was hired in June of this year, and aims to build on the existing foundation of players and staff of the men’s team at Whatcom Community College this season and beyond.
Jenkins is entering his eighteenth year of head coaching, and his twenty-eigth year of coaching in total. He started his career shortly out of college, where he played point guard, as an assistant at Eastern Washington University. Based on his acumen for recruiting talent and his relationships with the players, he was hired as an assistant at Sacramento State University.
Courtesy of Whatcom Community College Information Office
Whatcom Community College’s Full-time Faculty Excellence Award for the 2018-19 academic year went to psychology instructor Melanie Zabel, while the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award went to Transitional Learning’s ESL instructor Catalina Hope.
Zabel began at Whatcom as an adjunct psychology instructor in 2009. She was hired full-time in 2016, and received tenure in March of this year.
Danny Day is looking forward to his first full season with the Orcas.
Danny Day, the recently hired Athletic and Recreations Director at Whatcom Community College, is in the process of adjusting to his new role and responsibilities.
“The Whatcom position was something that I felt really strongly about, said Day. “For me, it was an opportunity to move into more of a leadership role.”