Inclement Weather - No Closure

Bellevue College Main and North Campuses are both operating on normal schedules today, December 9. No closures or delays due to inclement weather. More Information.

Katherine Oleson

Communication Studies Chair


Greetings! I’m Katherine Medbery-Oleson. I have been teaching at Bellevue College since 2005. I primarily teach Public Speaking and Survey of Speech Communication in the Communication Studies department. I am the current chair of the Communication Studies Department, so feel free to ask me any questions about majoring in this field, transferring, courses to take, etc.

I attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where I studied Communication Studies and Scandinavian Studies. 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. I am also fascinated by political rhetoric and the media coverage of elections and politics in general.

My husband & I live in Des Moines, a few blocks up from the Puget Sound. I love seeing the Northwest waterways and mountains every day, as I grew up in the Midwest (MN/SD) and we don’t have any mountains to speak of. We have two golden retrievers, Cosmo and Seven, who are both named after “Seinfeld” references. I enjoy being outdoors with them (even in the rain).