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* SCC sponsors BioGENEius Challenge

It wasn’t a normal Saturday.  You know, like sleeping in and then meeting your best friend for a game of H-O-R-S-E before going to the mall.  No, for a couple of local high school students, Saturday, April 19th meant a different kind of fun.  And that fun was in a science lab at Shoreline Community College. 

 

High school students from as far away as Montana came to Shoreline Community College to compete in the Sanofi-Aventis Northwest Regional BioGENEius Challenge, the world’s largest biotechnology competition.  The event, held annually for high school students who are doing outstanding research in biotechnology, is held across the country.  The NW region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington) competition was held at Shoreline CC. 

 

Frazier Mork of Shorewood High School, Phillip Wu of Eastlake High School and Maria Brown of Helena High School competed in the event at Shoreline. 

 

Mork’s project studied the mechanism of how cells store essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.  He tested yeast cells that had lost the ability to produce specific amino acids, therefore had to import them from the environment.  His results demonstrated that cells would adsorb and store as much of some nutrients as the environment provided while at the same time limiting the uptake of other nutrients.  This is useful both for nutrition and for anti-viral dosage information.

 

Brown worked with a virus that has the potential to contribute tools to treat or cure the bacterial form of tuberculosis. The virus attaches itself to a host bacterium and disrupts the vitality of the bacterium by injecting its DNA into the host.

 

Wu looked at how a colony of cells would respond after a protein that was vital to their growth was stripped away and replaced with a foreign, yet similar, protein.  After allowing the cells to grow for a couple of weeks with the replaced protein, Wu found that a small percentage of the cells lived and reproduced more colonies. 

 

Biotechnology instructor, Guy Hamilton says, “The experimental work done by these students was of very high quality and tremendous stepping stone for them to start their educational careers in Biotechnology.   

Shoreline Community College was asked to host the competition for a number of reasons.  The college offers a biotechnology lab specialist program in which students are trained to help scientists in the burgeoning biotechnology industry.  It is the largest program of this type in the region.  Shoreline CC is the site for the NW BIO-LINK Regional Center to advance biotechnology training in the six states.  Additionally, the college was awarded a $200,000 workforce grant to promote biotechnology in high schools and middle schools and a $300,000 Amgen grant (along with Bellevue CC) to target low-income high schools to train instructors and provide equipment.

 

“The Puget Sound region supports a strong and thriving bioscience industry,” says Berta Lloyd, dean of professional-technical programs at Shoreline CC.  Hamilton says that our graduates are working at essentially every major Biotech company in the region, UW, Fred Hutch and Amgen. 

Brown and Mork won the competition at Shoreline CC.  They will compete in the sanofi-aventis International BioGENEius Challenge in San Diego in June.  The first place winner of the international competition will receive a $7,500 cash award, with awards also going to second and third place winners.

 

To find out about Shoreline’s Biotechnology Program, please visit the web site located at:  http://www.shoreline.edu/biotech/.

* Daryl J. Campbell new VP for Administrative Services

Daryl J. Campbell is the new Vice President for Administrative Services at Shoreline Community College.

 

“I am excited to have the college benefit from Daryl’s combination of experience and enthusiasm,” SCC President Lee Lambert said Wednesday, April 16, in making the announcement.

 

As head of Administrative Services, Campbell will oversee the departments responsible for finance, budgeting, facilities, safety and security and auxiliary services, such as the campus bookstore.

 

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the team at Shoreline,” Campbell said. “The opportunity to work with President Lambert as the college moves ahead with some exciting initiatives is a wonderful opportunity.”

 

Campbell is currently Vice President for Finance and Administration at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Campbell also served as the school’s Chief Financial Officer, Dean of Finance and Institutional Advancement, and Director of Administration. At Goddard, Campbell was the chief architect of a business plan that led to a financial turnaround for the school in 2002.

 

He also has experience in the business sector, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a Burlington, VT.-based health club management company

 

Campbell holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, San Francisco, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont and spent ten years as a Registered Dietitian.

 

Campbell will succeed Stuart Trippel, who has served as Acting Vice President for Administrative Services since September 2006. “I’m very pleased that Daryl will be joining the excellent team at Shoreline Community College, and I look forward to working with him closely to ensure a smooth transition,” Trippel said.

 

Campbell will start at Shoreline Community College on July 1, 2008

* Toyota students celebrate award at Mariner’s game

Seattle, WA It’s common practice to celebrate the success of our students and instructors here at Shoreline Community College.  In fact, the college hosts all sorts of events throughout the year to honor their hard work and commitment to their education.
            Recently, Toyota T-TEN students and grads met their instructors at Qwest Field to celebrate a big win at a party hosted by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.  The big win came earlier this year when the college’s Toyota T-TEN program was selected as one of only five programs nationwide to receive the 2007 T-TEN School Recognition Award from Toyota Motor Sales. 
            Shoreline’s program was selected for its excellent implementation of the national training model, including placement of students at Toyota dealerships, meeting graduate objectives, maintenance of instructor and program certifications and compliance with Toyota training requirements.  The College was also commended for providing a Toyota professional-technical certificate through the Extended Learning program to support industry demand for certified technicians.  Shoreline received the award last year, also.   
            “We’re the only ones west of the Rockies to get the award,” says Matt Spitzer, Toyota T-TEN instructor at Shoreline.  Spitzer says there are 53 schools across the country that offer the Toyota program.  
            To celebrate this achievement, Toyota Motor Sales USA., Inc., the U.S. sales, distribution and marketing unit for Toyota, hosted the private party at the ball field.  Students and graduates joined local dealership service managers, their instructors and representatives from the Puget Sound Auto Dealers Association at the April 13th Mariners game against the Anaheim Angels.   
            Spitzer made sure that our local dealerships were able to come to the celebration.  “We are so fortunate to work with the local Toyota and Lexus dealerships.  They not only provide great learning and internship opportunities for our students, but go the extra mile for our students.  We couldn’t have celebrated this without them.” 
            Toyota T-TEN/AYES Area Manager Andrew Passage, Technician Development Manager Rick Lester and Portland Region Technical Director Ken Fritts joined the group at the ball game as did local partner service managers and mentors.
            Passage said that “The instructional quality (at Shoreline) is of high caliber and the T-TEN staff, Matt Spitzer and former instructor, Jack Shiel, have done a great job of building positive relationships with the Toyota dealer body.”
            Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert, Pete Calkins, director of automotive training at the college, and Don Schultz and Ron Olsen of the Puget Sound Auto Dealers Association also celebrated with Spitzer and the students. 
            The Toyota T-TEN program was started nationally in 1986; Shoreline started its program in 1987.  Shoreline CC works with 15 Toyota and Lexus dealerships across Puget Sound.  A total of 145 people have received Toyota certification through Shoreline’s program in 21 years. 
            For information about the Toyota T-TEN program at Shoreline Community College, please call 206.533.6793 or check out the web site located at
www.shoreline.edu/shorelinepdfs/plan/psAMToyota