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Getting down to brass tax (assistance)

Students, low income families, and seniors can receive help with filing their income taxes through April 15 in the Heiner Center lobby at Whatcom Community College. The tax assistance is done by Whatcom Business Club students who’ve completed a 20-hour certification program.

Those interested should bring social security cards for themselves, as well as for a spouse or any dependents. If possible, those interested should also include: a copy of last year’s return, including all W-2 forms, all 1099s received, any 1098 or other forms from your college, or anything else you feel may be needed to complete your return.

Help is available during the following times: Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No help will be available on Feb. 26 or between March 25 and April 4.

WAAC Art Show

The first WAAC! (Whatcom Art Awareness Club)-sponsored student art show will be open to the public on Friday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, March 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A building and room location are still being worked out.

Deadlines for those interested in submitting work is Thursday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m., and March 1, from 1 to 6 p.m. The theme for the show is “Illumination: Dark vs. Light.”

Anyone seeking more information can contact Derek Vander Griend by e-mail at, or Pam Richardson at

Rainbow Center Fundraiser

Whatcom Psychology professor Laura Overstreet is planning a fundraiser for the Rainbow Center, a community resource for people with developmental disabilities in need of more funding, on Feb. 27.

For more information, contact Leah Congdon at, or Laura Overstreet at


The Whatcom men’s basketball team just keeps on winning. Having recently clinched a playoff berth, the Orcas have won eight of their last 10 games, including an impressive streak of seven wins in a row. Both their losses during that span came against Shoreline Community College.

The Orcas, currently second in the NWAACC North Region, will pit their 10-4 record against Skagit Valley College (4-10) on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Pavilion.

The Whatcom women’s basketball team, meanwhile, is 7-7 in league play and currently sixth in the North Region standings. They will play Skagit Valley (13-1) on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Pavilion.

Hybrid/Online Nursing Program to launch this summer

Whatcom is now accepting applications for a 20-student group to begin its hybrid/online Nursing Program in summer quarter 2010, according to a Feb. 19 college press release.

The Department of Health’s Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission approved the online program on Feb. 4. This program offers the nursing curriculum in an online, part-time format over 12 quarters. It offers students more flexibility, as nursing theory courses will be conducted online and on-campus attendance will be required only once every two weeks, on weekends, in order to participate in traditional labs and clinics.

The new program will cost students $1,800 per quarter. The fee covers students’ lab and tech fees but not books and other supplies. Because of the time needed for students who need financial aid to acquire it, the college offers a one-time waiver of $500 from the $1,800 cost for each of the first five quarters of the program. In addition, the WCC Foundation has many scholarships that cater directly to nursing students.

The deadline for applications is March 26.

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Drama members headed to Reno

Drama instructor Gerry Large and seven drama students will head for Reno, Nevada on Feb. 14 for the American College Theatre Festival. The festival, which features a week of workshops in addition to the Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition, will be held from Feb. 15 through 19.

Two of the seven students, Colleen Ames and Tim Greger, will take part in the scholarship competition after having been nominated by American College Theatre adjudicators for their roles in the fall quarter productions of “Intermission” and “Tragedy: A Tragedy,” respectively, two one-act plays by Will Eno.

First tenured, full-time faculty member dies

Floyd Sandell, Whatcom’s first tenured, full-time faculty member, died Jan. 29 at the age of 91. Sandell taught at the college for many years, and also designed and initiated the college’s farm management program in 1970. He was honored as one of the first inductees into Whatcom’s “Hall of Distinction” in 2006.

Last spring, Sandell’s family donated and planted a flowering Dogwood tree on the campus ground, with Sandell himself digging the planting hole. The tree is located at the path entrance to the Contemplation Garden at the front corner of the Laidlaw building.

Wolff visits Whatcom

Tobias Wolff, author of this year’s WhatcomReads! book, “Old School,” visited the Whatcom campus Feb. 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wolff spoke to a packed house in the Syre Student Center auditorium.

Winter Quarter Student Success Workshops

A series of student success workshops will be held every Monday during the quarter, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Laidlaw 203. Topics addressed will include: test anxiety (Feb. 22), scholarships (Mar. 1), and stress management (Mar. 8). For questions or more info, contact Entry & Advising at (360) 383-3080.

Free tech help

The IT Professionals of Tomorrow will offer a free help desk every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Laidlaw (outside the financial aid office) to assist any student, staff, or faculty member who needs help with their home computer or laptop.

Street level legality

The next winter quarter sessions of Street Law will be held, Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the WCC Career Center in LDC 116. The two sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m. Talk to a lawyer for free advice regarding issues including civil, consumer, and family law.


The Whatcom men’s basketball team is currently 7-3 in league play and second in the NWAACC’s North Region standings after defeating Edmonds Community College, 67-61, on Feb. 6. They’ll go for their sixth win in-a-row against Everett Community College on Feb. 10. The game begins in the Pavilion at 7 p.m.

The Whatcom women’s basketball team, meanwhile, finds themselves fifth in the North Region with a 5-5 league record after losing to Edmonds Community College, on Feb. 6, by a final score of 67-54. They will look to get back above .500 on Feb. 10, when they’ll face Everett Community College at 5 p.m. in the Pavilion.

Dude, there’s plants for sale!

The Whatcom Conservation District is currently accepting pre-orders for its 17th Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo, to be held at Whatcom on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roe Studio. The purpose of the sale is to “promote stewardship and conservation of our natural resources.”

Low cost native plants, seedlings, and shrubs will be available. The sale will include several local nursery vendors. Proceeds from the sale will support the WCD’s conservation education programs.

Pre-orders must be received at the WCD office by Friday, March 5, and require a $100 minimum purchase. A 50 percent deposit is due upon pre-order placement. Payments must be by cash or check.

For order forms or more information, go to Those interested can also contact the WCD office at (360) 354-2035 ext. 3, or e-mail at

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Drama Club Fundraiser TODAY
The drama club will be holding a fundraiser on Wed., Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Syre Student Center lobby in order to defray the costs of sending several of its members to the American Theatre Festival next month in Reno, Nevada.
Raffle tickets, available at $2 each, will be sold, with the winning tickets scoring a pair of seats for an upcoming student showcase of drama and dance.
“Old School” plagiarism discussion TODAY

A brown bag discussion on plagiarism, Tobias Wolff, and the WhatcomReads! book “Old School,” and led by WCC library staff members Ara Taylor and Linda Lambert, will be held today, Jan. 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Cascade Hall Rm. 104. Chocolate, cookies, and drinks will be provided.

“Wild Things” Come to Whatcom

The 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are” will be shown in the Syre Student Center Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Cost is $3. This is an opportunity to see the film before its DVD release on March 2. Deception,” a Whatcom County writing contest being held in honor of this year’s WhatcomReads! book, “Old School,” by Tobias Wolff, is seeking more submissions before its Jan. 28 deadline.
Winners will be announced February 1, 2010 on the Web site One winner from each educational institution will be published in an anthology and will be invited to read their work at an author’s reception at Village Books on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4 p.m. The winning entry will also be published in the February 9 issue of the Horizon.
In order to participate, the following criteria must be met: 1) You must attend a high school or institution of higher education (Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, or the Northwest Indian College) 2) Write up to 800 words 3) Create an entirely original story (fiction or non-fiction is welcome)
Entries must be submitted via e-mail to: by Thursday, January 28, 2010. The theme is deception: When does a lie become the truth? How far would you go to win?

Deception” Writing Contest Deadline Near

A Gathering of Voices seeking submissions
“A Gathering of Voices,” an annual online anthology of outstanding student writing and art at Whatcom, is currently seeking submissions from fall 2009 before its Jan. 31 (at midnight) deadline. Submissions can be from all disciplines and in any format. Student writing recommended by instructors are welcome as well.

Those interested should send an e-mail with the subject heading “Gathering of Voices Submission” to You must include your full name, contact information, and, if applicable, the class the paper was written for and the quarter taken, as well as the instructor’s name.

Submissions should be attached to the e-mail as MS-Word documents (.doc) or rich text files (.rtf). You will receive a confirmation of your submission after it’s received.

Student Art on Display

Several students from instructor Pam Richardson’s fall quarter Art 116 (three-dimensional design) class currently have artwork from their final project displayed in the Heiner Center lobby. The pieces of art are forms based on shoes created in homage to artists that the students admire, and will be on display until February 4.

Winter Quarter Student Success Workshops

A series of student success workshops will be held every Monday during the quarter, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Laidlaw 203. Topics addressed will include: a financial aid workshop (Feb. 1), procrastination (Feb. 8), test anxiety (Feb. 22), scholarships (Mar. 1), and stress management (Mar. 8). For questions or more info, contact Entry & Advising at (360) 383-3080.

Free tech help

The IT Professionals of Tomorrow will offer a free help desk every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Laidlaw (outside the financial aid office) to assist any student, staff, or faculty member who needs help with their home computer or laptop.

Donuts rocket into Dockside

Fresh, famous, locally produced Rocket Donuts are now available at the Dockside Café. The donuts, which include everything from chocolate donuts to vegan muffins for under $1.50, will be available every Monday and Wednesday. The full selection of Rocket Donuts is available at their downtown Bellingham cafe on Holly Street in Old Town. For more info, go to their website:

QSA Masquerade Ball

Whatcom’s Queer Straight Alliance will present its Winter Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Syre Student Center Auditorium. For ages 16 and up, the event will feature food, dancing, games, and costume contests.

Hockey Night in…Everett with the IFC

Whatcom’s International Friendship Club will attend an Everett Silvertips hockey game on Saturday, Feb. 13. at the Comcast Arena in Everett. The Silvertips will take on the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Tickets for the event are $15, and interested students can go to the International Programs office in the Syre Student Center, Room 201, to sign up. The student group will go to the Seattle Premium Outlets mall for shopping before attending the 7 p.m. game. They will return to Whatcom around 11 pm.

Professor’s brother wins big on Jeopardy

Whatcom psychology professor Colette Colburn’s younger brother, Jason Zollinger, recently won $148,000 during a six-night run on the popular TV game show “Jeopardy.”

Colburn said that Zollinger, 39, who lives in New York State, had been trying to get on “Jeopardy” since for 22 years. Colburn said she flew back east to watch the show with the rest of her family. “It was so great,” she said. “It was a really neat experience.”

Colburn said her brother plans to use some of the money on a home remodeling project.

Spanish Club Tamale Orders

The Spanish Club is making and selling tamales along with local friends of the club, and will be taking pre-orders until Feb. 2. They are offering cheese or chicken tamales, and the masa (dough) they will be using has some lard in it.

Tamales will be frozen but not cooked, and will need to be steamed for about 90 minutes. The proceeds from the sale will be split between the Spanish Club and “A Watered Garden,” a local group of Spanish and English learners. Orders can be picked up at the Spanish Club meetings on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Laidlaw 208.

For more information, contact Angela Enderberg at

2nd Annual Combined Fund Drive Chili Cook-off Challenge

Whatcom’s 2nd annual Combined Fund Drive Chili Cook-off Challenge will take place Thursday, Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Syre Student Center, rooms 107 and 108.

Anyone interested in bringing chili should bring a crock pot of their recipe to share with others, including “professional” judges that will assist in choosing the best tasting chili and awarding prizes. The campus community will vote on their favorite for the “People’s Choice” award. The winner will be presented a ceramic bowl created by Whatcom art instructor Rob Beishline.

Other awards include the “Trustee’s Award” and the “Chef’s Award.” Anyone interested in submitting a chili should contact Becky Rawlings by Jan. 29 at, or by phone at (360) 383-3404. All proceeds from the event will go to a Haiti earthquake relief rund.

Basic Skills instructor Mary Mele took last year’s top honors with her Italian Chili. Who will take home the crown this year?

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Jazz band concert TONIGHT

The Whatcom jazz band, along with the collegiate choir, will put on their fall concert tonight, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heiner Center Auditorium. The concert is free to all Whatcom students and faculty.

Laying down the law

Talk to a lawyer for free on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when Street Law’s student legal services will be available for the final time this quarter. Held in the Career Center (LDC116), there will be two sessions of Street Law—from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m.

Students can have questions answered regarding civil and consumer law, debt collection, and more.

Bowling with IFC for free!

The International Friendship Club will hold their final activity of the quarter, a bowling party, on Friday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 20th Century Bowling. The event is free with a WCC student I.D. card.

Student art show at Co-op

The opening of an exhibition of WCC student art works inspired by fruits, vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, and other produce will take place Dec. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Cordata Community Food Co-op.

Drawings in pencil, charcoal, pastel and paintings in oils and acrylics, created in the art classes of Gena Grochowski, Caryn Friedlander, Catherine Morgan, and Ene Lewis will be on display.

The artists will be on hand for the opening of the exhibit, and refreshments will be served.

Trivia bee

The WCC Communication Club will be holding their second annual Trivia Bee (in conjunction with the Business Club Book Sale) on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.

In addition to the trivia bee, there will be free food and raffle give-aways, including a day’s ski lift (and ski or snowboard rental package) to the Mt. Baker Ski Area.

Admission is $4 (no presale), or $2 with a nonperishable food donation. To compete in the bee, each team must sign up and pay a $30 entry fee (at the cashier’s window in Laidlaw to guarantee a spot; or 30 minutes prior to the event, if there’s still space).

Writing opportunities for students

The WhatcomReads! Committee, in preparation for author Tobias Wolff’s appearance at Whatcom on Feb. 8, has two contests available to anyone in the campus community. The first is a six-word story contest, catalyzed by Ernest Hemmingway’s response to write a memoir in only six words. Anyone interested can go to and submit their entry.

The second contest, called “Deception,” will name one winner from each participating high school or college. The winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the authors will be invited to read their work at an author’s reception at Village Books.

New modern dance course offering

A new course, “Modern Dance & Movement,” will be offered for winter quarter through the WCC Learning Contract Program in conjunction with the WWU Dance Program.  The course is an introduction to movement and dance featuring Pilates-based warm-ups, strength building, and fluidity through movement sequences and improvisation.

No dance experience is necessary. To register for the course, contact Beth Tyne in Entry and Advising (LDC116) at 383-3088, or by e-mail at

Free tech help

The IT Professionals of Tomorrow will offer a free help desk every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Laidlaw to help any student, staff, or faculty member who brings in their home computer or laptop.

Donuts rocket into Dockside

Famous, locally produced Rocket Donuts are now available at the Dockside Café. The donuts will be available every Monday and Wednesday.

Drama students nominated for scholarship

Three actors from the drama department’s recent performances of two one-act plays by Will Eno have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, part of a national festival that will take place in Reno in February.

The three nominees: Colleen Ames, for her performance in “Intermission,” as well as Emily Lester and Tim Greger, for their performances in “Tragedy: A Tragedy.”

New Professional Tech Advisor

David Knapp has joined Whatcom’s advising team as the new Educational Planner-Technical Professional Advisor. Knapp replaces Meg Delzell, whose duties were reassigned to that of Division Chair for Health and Human Development.

Knapp, who has over ten years of professional technical advising experience, was Worker Retraining Coordinator at Bellingham Technical College for the past two years, and has extensive experience supporting and assisting recently unemployed workers and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds as they learn to navigate the complexities of college.

Knapp received a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Western Washington University.

European Union Winterfest on Dec. 3

Whatcom’s German, French, and Spanish clubs are sponsoring a European Union Winterfest on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.

The event will feature many activities and presentations, including:

● British and Irish songs performed on the Celtic harp by Rebecca Blair

● German winter dances from the Women of the German Heritage Society of Whatcom County

● Classical carols sung by the Collegiate Choir and conducted by Carol Reed-Jones

● Songs of Spain, as sung by the Spanish Club

● Songs France, as sung by the French Club

● Songs of Germany and Austria, as sung by the German Club

● A traditionally decorated German Christmas tree with real candles

● Skits, sonnets, and songs by Whatcom students

● Instructors Earl Bower on guitar, and Patti Braimes on piano.

Refreshments will include the cookies and pastries of France, Germany, and Spain, accompanied by spicy hot apple cider.

Dickens’ Carol Comes to Life

The Whatcom Community College Radio Players will present a “radio-type broadcast” performance of Charles Dickens’  “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Heiner Center Auditorium. Cast and crew members include Guy Smith, John Gonzales, Ron Leatherbarrow, and Dr. Christopher Roberts, among others.

Admission is free, but Toys-For-Tots donations will be accepted. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., with the show running from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Refreshments will also be served.

Public Memorial for Fallen Police Officers

A public memorial for the four Lakewood, Wash. police officers killed Nov. 29 will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5 at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham. The memorial will occur from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and is being held to, as a flyer for the event says, “help heal some of these wounds that the law enforcement community has suffered.”

Those who want to attend can “bring a friend, bring an umbrella, a candle if you can, and bring your support for our men and women in uniform that risk their lives every second they wear that badge. It’s only going to take 30 minutes out of your Saturday, and you can just show up for a few minutes and leave. Stop by on your way to work or out of town, or be here in thought.”memorialposter

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International Education Week

A series of events will be held on campus from Nov. 16 through Nov. 20 to celebrate International Education Week, a “joint initiative between the U.S. Dept. of State and the U.S. Dept. of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. 

In addition to presentations and discussions from several Whatcom faculty on topics ranging from the Berlin Wall to Chinggis Khan, as well as Fulbright and study abroad opportunities for faculty, there will also be a study abroad fair in the Syre foyer during the week.

The Spanish club will also host a free salsa dance class on Nov. 16 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium. No experience is required to participate 

Event supports veterans

The college will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, but on Nov. 12, “Listener: Talk Music,” will present music and poetry in the Syre Auditorium at 7 p.m. The event is free, but $3 minimum donations, which will benefit local veteran’s services, are suggested.

Nov. 17 College Fair

Representatives from 15 Washington universities and colleges will invade the Syre Student Center on Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a once-a-year college fair. There will be a prize drawing, as well as information on university application processes and how to snag scholarships.

Nov. 18 Transfer Fair

A college transfer fair will be held on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Heiner Center foyer. Eleven different colleges, including Western Washington University, the University of Washington, and Washington State University, will have representatives present to give transfer info and answer questions from students.

New Financial Aid Director

Jack Wollens has been introduced as the new Director for Financial Aid at Whatcom after spending the last three years as financial aid director of Bellingham Technical College. He also worked in financial aid at Loma Linda University in California, and has a business management degree from Andrews University in Michigan.

Fun in Seattle!

The International Friendship Club will be taking a day trip to Seattle on Nov. 21. The trip, open to all Whatcom students, will give them the chance to visit landmarks like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, as well as do some holiday shopping.

Cost is $5 per student, which covers transportation (a chartered bus) and parking. Those attending should meet at the flagpole in from of Laidlaw Center at 9 a.m. on Nov. 21. The bus should return to Whatcom around 8 p.m. Those interested in the trip can sign up in the International Office in Syre 201.

Phi Theta Kappa

The induction ceremony for new members of Whatcom’s Phi Theta Kappa is Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in Heiner 209. Paul Schroeder will be the guest speaker.

Roberts releases new CD

Whatcom music professor Dr. Christopher Roberts’ latest CD, “Last Cicada Singing,” is now available for purchase in Whatcom’s bookstore. There is also a copy of the CD in Heiner Library available for checkout. The album is a series of solo compositions for the qin, a zither-like Chinese classical instrument Roberts studied while living in Taiwan. The album sells for $8.95.

Avoid failure with success workshops

Two more hour-long student success workshops will be held in LDC203 from 1 to 2 p.m. on each remaining Monday in November. Topics covered will include test-taking strategies (Nov. 16) and stress management (Nov. 30). Those with questions should contact Entry and Advising at (360) 383-30 

Career Center Open House

There will be an hour-long “open house” for the Career Center’s new office on Thursday, Nov. 12 between 12 and 1 p.m. in LDC 116 (Entry and Advising) to allow those interested to explore the new office and see what the Career Center has to offer. Treats will be provided.

 The Career Center features computerized career exploration, job searches, career assessments, resume writing, interview tips, and a resource library. For more information, contact the Entry and Advising office at (360) 383-3080.

“Don’t Trash Transit” rally

A rally in support of maintaining the WTA’s current level of transit service will take place on the Bellingham Public Library grounds across from the courthouse between 7:30 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 19. WTA’s board of directors will be in the council chambers of the courthouse that morning to consider a draft budget for 2010.

The rally, sponsored by the Amalgamated Transit Union, is to voice opposition against a proposed 14 percent reduction in county bus service starting next year.

Upcoming performances 

The musical group “Bottom Line Duo” will perform with bass and cello on Nov. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Heiner Auditorium.

“Elephant Engine High Dive Revival,” a spoken word performance party featuring Buddy Wakefield, Derrick Brown, and numerous other performers, will take place on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., also in Heiner Auditorium.

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