All campus meeting
President Lambert and others discussed the state of the college's budget and its Virtual College and International Education initiatives at the most recent all-campus meeting on Nov. 29.
Its been a struggle figuring out how to manage the expected 13 percent budget cut that comes on the back of several other previous cuts, they said. However, they are cautiously optimistic that Governor Gregoire's proposed sales tax increase of one half cent will be enough to keep their strategic initiatives moving forward to where they can start showing returns on investment.
In the presentation, President Obama was quoted as saying, "…A good education is no longer a pathway to opportunity – it is a prerequisite," and that was a message that ran throughout the meeting.
Soulful Sounds of Christmas
For students and community members still around during the break, Soulful Sounds of Christmas will be performing for the 23rd year. There will be a performance by gospel group Cora Jackson and the Judah Song Choir at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 in the SCC Theater. Soloist Nichol Venee' Eskridge will also be performing for her 23rd year. The event will also help sponsor an outreach program aimed at providing turkey baskets and toys for needy families. Appetizers will be served. Tickets will be $15 - $20, and available at the door or by calling (206)-234-7859.
'True Blood' illegally shared through SCC's network
The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges was recently given a "DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) Takedown Notice" because the HBO show "Ture Blood" was being shared through illegally through the BitTorrent protocol over SCC's computer network. According to SCC's blog, the notice read: "We have received information leading us to believe that an individual has utilized the below-referenced IP address at the noted date and time to offer downloads of copyrighted television program(s) through a "peer-to-peer" service." (The details weren't published.)
SCC's Director of Technology Support Services Gary Kalbfleisch was quoted as saying that they will find the source. "We have enough information that the next time they do it, we'll know," he said.