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National Science Foundation gives Whatcom $1.28M for cybersecurity

The National Science Foundation has awarded Whatcom Community College two cybersecurity grants totaling $1.28 million. The $930,000 “Expansion of the CyberWatch West Resource Center” grant builds on funding awarded to Whatcom in 2018 to establish a national resource center in cyber
security education.

The national resource center leverages Whatcom’s leadership since 2013 of the regional CyberWatch West center, which recently changed its name to the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE). NSF also awarded Whatcom a $350,000 grant for NCyTE to organize and convene a national conference on the role of community colleges and future directions in cybersecurity education. The national conference will take place in Washington D.C. in June 2020.

Courtesy of the Whatcom Community College Office of Public Information.

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Two award faculty excellence, 2018-2019

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.

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Whatcom pulls for higher voter turnout

By Apple Parry

The ASWCC is pushing for more students to vote in the November midterm elections.

They started the #aswccROCKthevote campaign, which involves students finding painted rocks around campus and posting pictures of the rocks on social media with the hashtag “#aswccROCKthevote.”

Whatcom voter registration is a key issue for ASWCC President Mason Green.

Another part of the ASWCC voting push is a partnership with the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization that “encourages active and informed participation in government,” according to their website.

Cam Kerst, a volunteer with the League of Women Voters, has been outside by the ballot box near Heiner Center, handing out stickers and pins, helping students to register to vote.

voting box

Ballot box by Heiner Center

“Young peoples’ voices are important,” Kerst said. “We need everybody to vote.”

Another volunteer, Paula Rotondi, was standing in the rain and talking to students about voting. “It’s the most important and powerful thing I can do,” Rotondi said about voting. “It’s the happiest thing I do all year.”

In 2014 during the midterm elections, the League of Women’s Voters gave out around 14,900 ballots to 18-24 year olds, but only around 4,450 people turned in their ballots.

Senior citizens, on the other hand, have a much higher voter turnout.

One of the reasons for low, youth voter turnout is that nobody knows where the ballot boxes are, Rotondi said.

Ballot boxes close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, which is on Nov. 6.
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Self-censorship a necessary step after student reporter’s actions

By Catherine Wallace

Horizon Advisor and Journalism Adjunct

Last quarter, for the first time in the five years since I’ve been advisor of the Horizon, we had to pull an issue from the racks. That’s a very serious step toward self-censorship and one I hope never to have to repeat.

But before I get into what happened, it’s important to note that my writing this column is also not normal. My role is to advise, not to interfere—unless or until something bad happens.

Well, something bad happened. Continue reading

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Campus Briefs

Well Said is officially a club on campus
The first meeting is THIS WEEK – Wednesday May 24, 1:15-2:30 p.m. in Kulshan Conference Room 226
Coffee and cookies will be provided.
Well Said will be a club with two simple aims:
1. Have conversations and build relationships across differences – Meet people who don’t see the world the way that you do and allow yourself to be impacted by what they have to say. Ask questions yourself. Learn to understand and value them as individuals and not merely as arguments
2. An objective discussion on some of life’s key issues – A safe place to wrestle with our doubt and skepticism.
See the Facebook page @WellSaidWords. Check out the Well Said blog and let us know what you think.

Developing Your Future in Social Sciences
Have you thought about studying a social science? Wondering what it would be like to major in psychology or anthropology or history? Come to this workshop to learn what what being a social sciences major is all about and possible career pathways. Event located in Laidlaw Center Room 211, May 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Developing Your Future in English/Communications
Have you thought about studying English or communications? Are you interested in pursuing a major that will help you develop skills such as critical thinking, persuasive writing and effective communication? Come to this interactive workshop to learn what being an English or communications major might mean for you! Event located in Heiner Hall Room 108, May 24, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Developing Your Future in Biology/Chemistry
Attention potential chemistry and biology majors. It’s not just lab coats and covalent bonds. Come to an interactive workshop where we’ll debunk some common myths about studying these two disciplines, share what kind of classes you can take now to prepare to be a biology or chemistry major and discuss the wide range of career options available to graduates. Event located in Laidlaw Center Room 211, May 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
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