Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire

Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire

A member of the Olympic College family will be leaving at the end of May 2016. Jim Stuart, who is part of the facilities team, is retiring after sixteen long years of working at Olympic College. His service to the school has impacted all members of the staff and faculty, not only through a job well done renovating and improving the campus, but with a friendly smile and humor that is unforgettable: “I’ve worked with him for eight or nine years now and I’ll say there isn’t anyone like him. We’re going to miss him, he’s a great worker and funny as hell,” reflected one of Stuart’s coworkers, Kent Pearcy, in regards to his friend’s impending departure.

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Remembering the Part and Celebrating the Future

Remembering the Part and Celebrating the Future

I would not be able to type this sentence with effective speed while maintaining accuracy without my third grade typing class, taught by the wonderful Mr. Hoffman. Whether students recognize it or not, the things learned in class and the interactions experienced with instructors make an impact on us for the rest of our lives. These important life lessons are why we celebrate National Teacher’s Day. Congress deemed the first Tuesday of May as National Teacher’s Day from 1981 until 1985, when the National PTA declared that it would be celebrated as the first whole week of May.

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Twenty-First Century Converts to STEAM Power

Twenty-First Century Converts to STEAM Power

“STEAM” is the acronym incorporating art into the previously existing “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, and math) program. STEM was created in response to the large demand of science and math skills required for modern day career. This program is found in both private and public schools, from grades K-12. These practices engage the students in real life scenarios and promote collaboration and ingenuity. Alongside creativity, the STEM programs help activate student’s minds by exposing them to critical thinking at an earlier age. The work given in these programs is motivating and has a focus on combined efforts and communication.

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Olympic College Joins in Marking an Impact

Olympic College Joins in Marking an Impact

Early in the morning on April 21, 2016, Olympic College students rendezvoused inside the Multicultural Center on campus. Here attendance was called and shirts were handed out that said “OC WE THE BEST.” Many students put on their red and white shirts to represent Olympic College as a unified team. The students boarded a charter bus and set out on a three hour journey to Yakima where they would attend the Students of Color Conference. 

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Prom Season Returns with Pink Prom

Prom Season Returns with Pink Prom

Pink Prom returns again this year to kick off prom season. On May 14 at the Admiral Theatre, youth between the ages of fourteen to twenty are welcome to dance the night away with whomever they choose, regardless of sexual orientation. The theme this year is “Black and White” and will feature local drag performers, a photo booth and a prom court coronation.

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New Sound Coming to Olympic College

I am willing to bet that you have played some music on your phone today. If you have not, then you are not utilizing a precious resource of creativity and focus. How many people have you walked passed today with music blasting in their ears? It would be more than a few. Music, either on your phone, in your car, or even on your daily elevator ride, is something you cannot escape. For some it is their voice to the world, for others it is a way to connect with people that feel the way they feel. This is how some people communicate their passion for growth in the community, and this is why the Olympic College Electronics Club is starting something new for the students of OC.

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National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

We observe the month of April for many things. For students, a new quarter has just begun. Ecologists recognize April for Earth Day and the profound arrival of spring. Religious individuals find honor in this month as well. Jewish families are honoring Passover, while Christians remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

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Earth Day's History and Legacy

Earth Day's History and Legacy

Earth Day is an international holiday dedicated to saving and celebrating the planet we call home. Every year on April 22, people around the world come together and participate in activities to take care of the environment and raise awareness for environmental concerns. With over one billion people celebrating Earth Day every year, it is the largest secular observance in the world.

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears? Oh my!

Lions, Tigers, and Bears? Oh my!

Some of the Earth’s most beautiful and gracious gifts known to man are not only being marveled and protected, but abused and murdered. Today, the king of the jungle, also known as the Panthera Leo (lions), joined many other species under the classification of endangered. Many could wonder the reason why anyone would find it suitable to pursue any animal one did not intend to eat; however, the issue stands clears, but not the solution. Today, lions joined tigers, as well as a few species of bears, along with a host of other endangered species under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

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Foundation at Anthony's

Foundation at Anthony's

On Sunday March 5, The Olympic College Foundation held a conference at Anthony’s in downtown Bremerton. Over 200 guests and students participated. Awards were given along with amazing speeches from important OC faculty. This event kicked off with an auction, with table prices ranging from 500 dollars to two thousand dollars, and individual tickets were 125 dollars. All proceeds help fund Olympic College programs and student scholarships, and over the first five years these events have generated over 185 dollars.

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Shannon Turner Hosts an Open Conference Discussing Racism

Shannon Turner Hosts an Open Conference Discussing Racism

February 29, 2016, Club President Shannon Turner took a leap forward sharing his personal views about student and professors alike at Olympic College. This is a sensitive topic that is rarely discussed here on campus. The North-South conference center was filled with familiar faces and wonderful food. For the meeting Club President Shannon Turner had the OC Culinary Program prepare a banquet of short ribs and garbanzo bean salad, alongside many other side dishes and desserts. 

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Gearing up for the Baja Challenge

Gearing up for the Baja Challenge

As Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

This quote has been a running mantra of the Olympic College Shop program.

Last year, faculty and students embarked in a competition, the 2015 Society of Automotive Engineering Baja Competition. This event prompts colleges around the world to build a vehicle from scratch that can compete in a number of challenges such as rock climbing and maneuverability, as well as a two-hour endurance race.

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A New Blend of Artwork and Publishing

A New Blend of Artwork and Publishing

Last month, The Olympian and Blended, the official literary arts magazine of Olympic College, came to the agreement that Blended would now publish their magazine under The Olympian for the benefit of both student organizations. The new magazine includes samplings of artistic contributions from students from all three campuses. They not only take admissions for fine and digital art, like film and photography, but they also accept fiction along with its creative counterpart, nonfiction, as well as poetry and music.

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Coming Up: Emerald City Comicon

Coming Up: Emerald City Comicon

For all aficionados of comic books, movies, video games, the annual Emerald City Comicon will be taking place in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle on April 7 through April 10. From Thursday to Sunday, there will be a multitude of people and activities including celebrity meet-and-greets and autograph signings from various people. Artists and writers from comics like Wonder Woman, Archie vs. Predator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures, My Little Pony, Invincible Iron Man, and so much more.

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