Partial list of Bellevue College’s local and national awards for excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership in the past four years.


  • New Center for Undergraduate Research, Innovation, and Experiential Learning created.
  • Dr. Gita Bangera named Dean of Undergraduate Research, a newly created position to support campus undergraduate research.
  • State approves sixth bachelor’s degree at BC, the BAS in Data Analytics.

Among grants received in 2014:

  • $605,000 WA Dept. of Commerce Energy Efficiency/Solar Power for Higher Ed grant
  • $585,829 National Science Foundation S-STEM grant – STEM Scholars Network provides scholarships for STEM majors with financial need
  • $250,000 SBCTC Health Employees Education and Training grant – Pathways to RN continuation allows completion of nursing prerequisites for a cohort of incumbent hospital workers
  • $124,500 SBCTC Early Achievers Opportunity grant – Increases the number of low income childcare workers with Early Childhood Education credentials


  • Selected one of 10 colleges or universities nationwide to receive a prestigious Climate Leadership Award in recognition of its efforts to improve campus sustainability.
  • Received a Governor’s Commute Smart Award and a Diamond Award from Commuter Challenge for sustainability efforts.
  • Began classes for two new bachelor’s programs in September: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and in Information Systems and Technology (IST), bringing to five the total number of four-year degrees offered at BC.
  • To honor American service men and women, a 600+ pound cast bronze monument, designed and forged by artist and BC faculty member Ross Brown was unveiled in December.

Among grants received in 2013:

  • $11,775,297 Dept. of Labor Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training grant – Health eWorkforce builds training programs for health information technology at BC and 10 college partners in WA
  • $1,185,000 WA Dept. of Commerce Energy Efficiency grant
  • $548,724 National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science – ComGen Authentic Research Experiences enriches and expands undergraduate research experiences
  • $249,482 SBCTC Health Employees Education and Training grant – Pathways to RN partners with SEIU and EvergreenHealth for incumbent hospital workers to complete prerequisites for registered nursing

Faculty and Staff Honors

  • Samantha Girard, BC nursing faculty member, earned a spot in the prestigious Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program.
  • Susan Gjolmesli, Disability Resource Center director, presented the Governor’s Trophy by the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE).
  • Yoshiko Harden, BC’s vice president of diversity, honored by the non-profit Women of Color Empowered organization.
  • The 91.3 KBCS public radio station – a service of BC – celebrated its 40th anniversary.
  • Yalda Daneshfarnia, BC interior design student, won first place in the student category of the 14th annual Northwest Design Awards.
  • Summer Sterling, BC interior design student, won the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) student essay competition.
  • Nic Oliver and Natalia Bryant, students in BC’s Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program, earned Paul Cole Technologist Scholarships from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).
  • BC’s 46th Annual Commencement Ceremony held off campus for the first time; Seattle’s Key Arena held the largest BC Commencement audience ever, estimated at 4,500; more than 2,600 awards conferred to the Class of 2013.
  • Stella Orechia, BC P.E. faculty member, cycled 1,000 miles throughout the Pacific Northwest to fundraise for the Northwest Communities of Burma; then cycled a 1000-mile loop in Burma to fundraise for the Mae Tao Clinic, a refugee medical clinic.
  • Work began on the new $39 million, 70,000 sq. ft. health science building—completion set for 2016–which will house the nursing bachelor’s degree program, radiology and other programs in the health field.
  • Marci Muhlestein, Director of the Occupational & Life Skills Program, named winner of Leadership Eastside’s LENI Insight Award, which celebrates “people of vision and passion, who shape the Eastside.”
  • Scottish Gaelic Instructor Geoffrey Sammons received the Alexander MacRae Memorial Award for Support of Gaelic Culture from the Board of Directors of Slighe nan Gaidheal, Washington’s Scottish Gaelic society.


  • State approves third BC bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Technology and Management.
  • Dr. Gita Bangera named Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) leadership fellow by the National Science Foundation
  • BC instructor Peter Bearcik received national recognition with a merit award for innovative teaching from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.
  • The BC vocal jazz ensemble “Celebration” took first place in the college division at the Reno Jazz Festival.
  • Barbara Brodsky, director of TRiO Student Support Services at BC, receives the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the Washington State TRiO Association.
  • BC awarded $145,000 SkillUp grant to help low-income working adults and disadvantaged youth succeed in the college’s Operating System Support Specialist training program.
  • BC earns national recognition as a finalist for a national Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development category for its “It Takes a Village: Strategic Partnerships for Student Success” program.
  • The Seattle Foundation awards BC a grant of $80,000 to support the “It Takes a Village” program.


  • Science magazine features BC’s ComGen project in an article about two-year colleges that involve students in high-level research.
  • BC instructor Mark Mappala named the nation’s most innovative design educator by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.
  • BC instructor Dale Hoffman received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America
  • College station KBCS News and Public Affairs Director, Sonia Green, named the 2011 Woman of the Year by the Bellevue chapter of the Business and Professional Women