I am entering my ninth year of teaching at the community college level and third year at Bellevue College. I have the pleasure of teaching Introduction to Communication, Interpersonal, Intercultural, Small Group and Public Speaking. I love teaching at the community college level because I am able to interact a great deal with my students and learn new things from my students in class nearly every day. My research interests include how gender, culture, and the media affect our interpersonal relationships as well as the “darkside” of interpersonal communication.
I was born and raised in King County and currently live in NE Seattle. I earned my B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Washington and my Master’s in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. My hobbies include running, scrapbooking, volunteering, and hanging out with my two kids. Some interesting things about me include that I’ve run seven marathons, including Boston, am training for an ultramarathon (50-miler), and I am afraid of fish (silly, I know).
When not teaching various Communication Studies courses at Bellevue College you will find Whitney camped out at cafes in Wedgwood working on her dissertation (entitled What makes young people participate in politics: The relationships among national identity, EU political mobilization campaigns, and the political behavior of German youth) and/or succumbing to her addiction to a social networking site that will remain unnamed.
Whitney holds a B.A. in Communication from Worcester State College and her M.A. from the University of Rhode Island. She is planning to graduate in the Spring of 2010 from the University of Washington with her Ph.D. in Communication. Whitney’s research is focused on critical studies of communication, political communication, and media effects.
Whitney has taught a variety of courses at Bellevue College over the past few years, including Introduction to Communication, Small Group Communication, Multicultural Media Messages and Intercultural Communication.
M. Lee Buxton
I have been teaching at Bellevue College since the spring of 1984. I have also taught at Highline Community College and the University of Washington. The road to teaching was not direct. I ran a swimming program for Seattle Public Schools, worked as a fashion buyer for a large retailer, consulted in small and large businesses and nonprofit organizations. Through all the different directions my occupations have taken me, I have always returned to the Northwest. I was born and raised in Seattle and have been spoiled with the easy access to the outdoors of every kind of terrain, an endless variety of good restaurants, unique bookstores, a community that embraces music and the arts and in general offers a laid back lifestyle that encourages individuality and communal support.
I enjoy teaching all the speech communication courses. My Bachelors and Masters are from the University of Washington and I spent a lot of time changing majors because I was too curious about everything. Started in political science and law, made a turn into the natural sciences, a side trip into the fine arts and backed into communications because it was a bridge discipline that has connections to all fields of study. All those changes taught me that whether you are a student or a teacher-you need commitment, curiosity, tolerance, humor and a sense of the ridiculous.
Renee DeHeck is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, CA with a BA in Organizational Communications and a Masters of Arts, in Mass Communication Management also from CSU, Stanislaus.
Prior to becoming an educator, Ms. DeHeck has a diverse background of 25 years in the Media/Advertising Industry. Her early beginnings were with KCSO/UniVision as a Floor Director working in Broadcast News, Talk Shows, Commercials and Music Videos. Next she worked for E&J Gallo Winery as photographer, videographer, and photo stylist making national TV spots, industrial training films, documentaries, infomercials and the Gallo Winery Magazine. After 4 years with the Winery, Ms. DeHeck left Gallo to start her own production company known as Master Reel Productions which has been in operation for over 12 years. She produces and writes media projects as well as freelancing a voiceover artist, photographer, editor, make-up artist, set design, location scout, and casting agent.
Since starting her company, she’s produced award winning TV commercials with advertising agencies, namely AT&T Media Services, which have aired on cable networks such as Discovery, A&E, ESPN, TNT, HGTV, VH1, Animal Planet and more. Currently she is freelancing in the summers working on independent films and short media projects.
DeHeck enjoys the arts. She likes to paint and draw, photography, and music. Besides playing guitar and mandolin, she enjoys attending and participating in community theater. Of course going to the movies and working in the film industry is a passion of hers.
Remaining active in the media industry allows Ms. DeHeck to stay current with the ever-changing technology field in addition to supplementing lectures with valuable illustrations to pass on to her students. DeHeck’s passion for teaching is always in the forefront of her experiences.
DeHeck loves teaching at community colleges because of the opportunity for smaller class size and the connection with the students. Being able to provide the students more hand-on experiences is valuable for practical application and preparing for one’s career. Taking the time to interact with the students and share her experiences is what’s really rewarding about teaching.
Roger George, Office: R 230 D, Phone: 425-564-2021
I'm a native of the Northwest, born in Sedro-Wooley, Washington, at the height of the Baby Boom and growing up in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle. I attended Nathan Hale High School, and after that went to the University of Washington (for the first time). I got my Bachelor's degree from the U.W. in 1970, in English (Creative Writing).
In 1970, in Seattle at least, English majors didn't have many lucrative job prospects. I ended up working for a non-profit community organization with a name that was impossible to answer the phone with: Central Seattle Community Council Federation. CSCCF provided staff support for around twelve community groups, trying to give a voice and political clout to the people who lived in Seattle's urban core. I was the Public Relations person; I wrote press releases, organized press conferences and promotional events, and wrote and edited fact sheets and newsletters. We even experimented with early uses of videotape and multi-media to give a different kind of voice to community concerns. CSCCF was involved in most of the important inner-city issues of the time: racist insurance and lending practices, unequal educational and employment opportunities, police/community relations, and the destruction of residential communities by massive highway projects.
I spent a year after that as a freelance journalist and writer, publishing articles in a number of newspapers and magazines, some nationally-circulated, most local. The creativity was great, but the income not-so-great, so I landed a job as a Tribunal Administrator for the American Arbitration Association (another impossible telephone title.) American Arbitration Association provides a way for individuals and corporations to resolve disputes without going through the courts; you may occasionally hear their name in connection with sports salary disputes. Although not a lawyer, I learned quite a bit about the legal process at AAA - most notably, the importance of effective communication.
It wasn’t what I wanted to do, though, for the rest of my life, so after eleven years out of school, I went back to graduate school, again at the University of Washington, and got my Master’s degree in English. Since that went well, I decided to go on for a Ph.D., and earned that in 1986 with my dissertation, The Transcendental Traveler, a study of American non-fiction travel writing.
Oh, yeah, along the line I spent several years racing power boats (Outboard Performance Craft).
Another English degree, another job search. With great good fortune, I started teaching part-time at Bellevue Community College in 1986 and got a full-time position in 1988; I've been here ever since. I was Chair of the Communication Department from the mid-1990s to 2008 when the department merged with the Speech Department, fulfilling my original career goal of being a journalist and (in my wildest dreams) a writer and filmmaker.
I joined Bellevue College's staff after retiring from 31 years of teaching in Public Schools. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College. I also earned a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan where I enjoyed two years as a Teaching Fellow [Won Teaching Fellow of the Year 1968]. I enjoy watching my students learn to communicate more comfortably, more efficiently, and with more pleasant results.
Stephanie Hurst, Office: R230 V, Phone: 425-564-3062
Stephanie came to Bellevue College in 2003 having previously taught at Palm Beach Community College and California State University Long Beach.
Stephanie has her M.A. in Speech Communication from California State University, Long Beach, where she was also the assistant to the Director of the Center for First Amendment Studies and the Freedom of Expression Foundation.
Her particular interest of study and teaching is in Intercultural Communication. Courses she has taught include: Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Public Speaking, and Introduction to Communication.
Stephanie’s teaching philosophy incorporates practical application of scholarly theory in an effort to improve students’ lives. Stephanie is the advisor for the Communication Club on campus.
Michael Korolenko, Office: R230 J, Phone: 425-564-4109
Michael Korolenko was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, New York, which in itself is a frightening concept to contemplate. He did undergraduate work in English and film at Vassar College where he was in one of the first co-educational graduating classes which to this day causes him endless consternation. While doing graduate work in film and communication at Boston University, he experienced both the worst winter and the worst summer in Boston's history. He received his Masters of Science degree for his thesis film, "SINCE '45," a documentary on recent American history and the media. The film went on to win a student Academy Award for Best Documentary as well as the Focus Competition Award. It was screened at both FILMEX in Los Angeles and the New York Film Festival and was televised nationally on Showtime, the Discovery Channel, and Jim Lehrer's PBS series "U.S. Chronicle."
During the period of time that Michael lived in New York City, he made his living as a writer and a maker of films. He was on the ground floor of interactive multimedia, working with the firm of Ramirez and Woods and MIT on an interactive exhibit for the US Pavilion at the Knoxville World's Fair. He also created an interactive multimedia science lesson chosen by IBM for use throughout Europe, a project on which he foolishly accepted a flat fee. He also made numerous independent films, including "CHORDS OF FAME," a musical biography about American folk singer Phil Ochs and the 1960's, funded in part by grants from both The American Film Institute and The National Endowment for the Arts. He made a short "electric folk operetta," "TAMLIN," based on an old Scottish ballad, as well as numerous corporate films. He also appeared as an extra in the feature film "Somewhere In Time," but his big scene where he bumped into Christopher Plummer was cut.
Michael moved out to Issaquah, Washington in 1986, working for awhile with Phil Lucas Productions, Inc., a Native American owned company. While at Lucas Productions, Michael wrote the legend sequences of the "Walking With Grandfather" series. Shown nationally on PBS and the winner of the National Educational Gold Apple Award, the series dramatized Native Indian legends. Michael began teaching at BC in 1992 and went on to make a series of short documentaries for the school dealing with new technologies. During this period, Michael’s fantasy story "Reynardine" was in the "Life On The Border" anthology series published by TOR and his textbook "Writing for Multimedia" was published by Wadsworth. His second textbook, “Storytelling and Design For The Digital Age”, co-written with Bruce Wolcott, was published by Pearson.
In 1999, "Arcadia," another fantasy tale by Michael was published in "The Essential Bordertown" anthology. He worked for a while at Microsoft as a writer for MSN's Online series about modern U.S. History: "Retrospect 360." It was here that he learned never to threaten the life of a graphic designer. Michael has also spent the last eight summers working on dramatic videos as part of his "Making Movies" class (no wonder he has no social life). "ROCKET MAN: The Musical!", the third of a trilogy of really bad 1930's adventure serials was his last Making Movies opus and “Samantha In Waiting” was shot in the summer of 2009 by his Directing Actors for Film class. Last year, he directed a professional dramatic film titled "Of Yesterday and Tomorrow" where many BC film students worked as crew and assistants. His newest textbook, "Digital Futurama" co-written by Bruce Wolcott was also recently published by Kendall-Hunt.
Michael typically teaches Techniques & Technology of Propoganda, Exploring the Digital Future and various film courses (from Scriptwriting to Movie Making).
I typically teach CMST 138 (Media Law) a few times a year. I've lived in the Seattle area since 1992. I began practicing law out here in 1993 as a solo practitioner. I specialize in transactional matters around entertainment and business law. I count many local artists, musicians, designers, and small business people as clients.
Prior to my arrival in Seattle, I taught legal practice skills at Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Northern Illinois University College of Law in Dekalb, Illinois (That's where I got the Dekalb Corn hat I sometimes wear).
I earned my Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in History and Social Science. Subsequently, I earned a Masters degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Then I earned my law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
I am admitted to practice law in Washington, Illinois (inactive), Massachusetts (inactive), and Wisconsin (inactive).
In addition to practicing law, I am a musician. I've been playing and singing pretty much as long as I can remember (my dad is a retired professor of music and a composer too). I also love to cook, and I'm especially fond of barbecue (both cooking it and eating it). I'm also probably one of the few people you will ever meet who has made a Turducken (for more on this see http://www.thestranger.com/2002-11-28/chow.html). I've also deep fried a turkey.
I'm really happy to have the opportunity to teach again. I think it's really critical that folks who want to work in the communication, web and multi-media fields have a general understanding of the legal issues related to these endeavors. There is also a lot of misinformation out there about issues like intellectual property law, and a lot of traps for the unwary. A little bit of awareness can save you a lot of problems.
Laura Nudelman, Office: R230 V, Phone: 425-564-2358
I have been teaching over 20 years at Bellevue College. I was hired immediately after I finished my MA in Speech Communication from San Diego State University. Before SDSU, I attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where I received a BA in Communication and English. My first experience in the discipline of Communication was through high school debate. I then competed for University of the Pacific on a full scholarship. After coaching debate at SDSU, I hung up my competitive debate hat and concentrated on the interpersonal and organizational communication facets of this discipline.
I teach a variety of courses, but mainly focus on the behavioral side of Communication rather than the Rhetoric and Public Address areas. In addition to teaching, I have also served in leadership positions on campus and volunteer efforts in the community. At times I have worked as a communication consultant or trainer for area businesses and organizations and enjoy discussing workplace application of Communication Studies material.
My husband and I live in Sammamish with our three daughters. My oldest child is now in college and I am constantly reminded of what the undergraduate experience is like from the student perspective.
Katherine Oleson, Office: R230 U, Phone: 425-564-3050
I have been teaching at Bellevue College since 2005. I taught part-time for two quarters and then was hired as a full-time faculty member of the Speech Department. In the summer 2008 quarter, we merged the Speech & the Communication Departments into the Communication Studies Department.
I attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where I studied Communication Studies and Scandinavian Studies (yes, I speak some Swedish). I moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington for my M.A. in Communication. I am particularly interested in rhetorical studies and argumentation in print advertisements and public speeches. I primarily teach Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Survey of Speech Communication in our department at BC. I enjoy teaching face-to-face courses as well as hybrid courses (a combination of in-person and online learning).
I am currently serving as the chair for the Communication Studies Department. I also am the faculty advisor for our local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. My campus involvement in FYE (First-Year-Experience) and academic advising also provide opportunities to welcome and connect with students.
I am often reminded of the specific impact that three professors had on my overall college experience and my growth as a person; I draw upon these interactions on a regular basis. I value education and hope to pass this value on to my students. The most rewarding element of teaching for me is watching students gain confidence in themselves. Each day I receive affirmation of the many joys I find in teaching.
My husband & I live in Des Moines, a few blocks up from the Sound. I love seeing the Northwest waterways and mountains every day, as I grew up on a farm in the Midwest (Minnesota/South Dakota) and we don't have any mountains to speak of there. We have two golden retrievers, Cosmo and Seven, who are both named after "Seinfeld" references. I enjoy being outdoors with them in this beautiful region.
Debbie Pope serves as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Seattle Pacific University and joined the adjunct faculty at Bellevue College in Fall 2009. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at SPU, Debbie taught for fourteen years in both the English and Communication Departments at Northwest University in Kirkland. She earned her B.A. in English at Bethany University, Santa Cruz, California (1982), and her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois (1990). Over the years, Debbie has taught a wide range of courses in both disciplines, including Developmental English, English Composition, Research Writing, Creative Writing, Feature Writing, Introduction to Literature, Journalism, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Oral Interpretation, Faith in Film, and Communication Theory. She has a special research interest in the rhetoric of novelist and theologian Frederick Buechner.
A transplanted Tennessean who loves Flannery O'Connor, geraniums, Jazzercise, and cats, Pope drinks Starbucks coffee—without the mint julep. She has lived in an Episcopalian convent in New York City, worked at the AIDS Institute in lower Manhattan, helped train staff for work in a refugee camp in the Philippines, parasailed over Elliott Bay, and taught English in Japan. She loves teaching at Bellevue College for the incredible diversity of the student body.
Veteran broadcaster Art Sanders may also be familiar to AM 570 KVI, KOL and Star 101.5 listeners. You can hear Art on KOMO Newsradio 7 p.m. – midnight Tues. – Fri. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. He’s also the voice of Mariners news broadcasts and co-host of KOMO’s popular gardening show, Ask The Expert with Ed Hume.
Art served at the helm of some of the nation’s leading radio stations, garnering such prestigious awards as the Edward R. Murrow and Country Music’s Broadcast Personality of the Year Finalist. You may have heard Art on “The Price is Right”. He had a great time announcing for TV’s number one game show.
His broadcasting career began in his hometown of Santa Monica, CA, and he has proudly called Washington his home for more than twenty years. Art and his wife, Candy, have volunteered for numerous charities and spend their leisure time RVing, home remodeling and traveling.
Art is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University. He also holds an Associate in Arts in Broadcasting from LACC. Art loves teaching at Bellevue College. He says, “I love the enthusiasm of the students. Our students are excited about their career choices at this point and it's fun to help them develop their skills and work toward their goals. There are a lot of changes in their lives at this point and being a part of that is rewarding.”
Bruce Wolcott has over 25 years of experience in various aspects of multimedia production. Early in his career, he studied motion picture production in Rome, Italy, and worked at Motiva Ltd., a multi-image production company in New York City. After completing his B.A. at The Evergreen State College in multimedia and human perception, he served as media production coordinator for the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, and for 18 years as an optical effects designer and producer, for a wide range of Seattle-area clients.
Since 1998, while teaching at Bellevue College, he's completed web-related projects for the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies, Harcourt Brace Publishers, Thomson Publishing, and the civic organization, the Seattle Independent Media Coalition. His current interests are in collaborative Web-based learning environments, and exploring the application of real-time interactive computer simulations and games for learning. At Bellevue College Bruce has taught courses in the Digital Media Arts Department and the Communication Studies Department, including: Web Multimedia Foundations, Digital Imaging, Exploring the Digital Future, Digital Design and Storytelling, History of Animation, Technology of Persuasion, Computer and Internet Foundations, Videogame and Simulations Theory, Writing for the Web, Media and Messages, the Summer Institute (PhotoShop) and WEBCT for instructors.
Bruce recently co-authored a textbook called Design and Storytelling: Media Literacy for the Digital Age with BC faculty member, Mike Korolenko. A second textbook co-authored with Korolenko, called Digital Futurama, was released by Kendall Hall Publishers in fall 2008.
Alan Yabui, Office: R230 C, Phone: 425-564-3083
Alan has taught at Bellevue College since the fall of 1993. His prior teaching experiences include teaching Geography at the United States Air Force Academy for six years (1967-69, 1972-76) and Speech Communication at Montana State University (1989-93).
Alan served in the United States Air Force for 25 years and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1989. He earned his Doctorate degree in Higher Education at Montana State University in 1993.
Alan currently teaches Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication, an American Studies class on the Japanese American Internment, and an Ethnic Studies class on “Hawaii: The Center of the Pacific.”
He is married to Carolyn Yabui, has five adult children, and one granddaughter.