Campus Briefs

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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