Faculty Professional Development Day

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March 2, 2023

“Connecting on Campus

9:00-9:15 a.m. | Coffee, Tea and light snacks (think breakfast bars, maybe donuts for the first arrivals) in U301

9:25-10:25 a.m. | First round of sessions | click for descriptions

Presenter: Michael Korolenko  

Description: In the late 1990s, we began offering a course every summer called Making Movies. Students would act as crew, cast and, in some cases, editors. Some of our films have won local awards, along with some prestigious national and international awards. Many of the students involved in the class have moved to California where a good many of them have found work in the film industry. This session will show off some BC productions with commentary from Michael.

The Knights of the Wind  (25:00)

Nighters  (2:00)

Rocket Man, Episode 1 (18:40)

Rocket Man, Making of  (2:42)

The Ballad of Rocket Man (4:06)

Rocket Man the Musical (45:00)

Yesterday Tomorrow (32:00)

Alternatives Sizzle Reel  (:30)

Alternatives Story Reel (4:00)

Presenters: Jennifer Parada, Melissa Martinez, Ricky Bar  

Description: Students are the reason we are here. Where do you fit in to the student journey? The ISS Collective and the info shared isn’t just about helping students wayfind, but also helping each other wayfind. This is our opportunity to connect to each other so we can better connect students to the resources they need when they need them. Join us to reflect on, learn about, and develop high impact practices to use in your daily work!  

Presenters: Chloe Horning, Elexa Moore, Felipe Anaya, Lisa Lapointe, Michelle Schewe, and Nicole Longpre  

Description: Head over to the library, D126, to discover what’s new in the library! Refresh your memory of what the library has to offer students and faculty and see what’s changed since our return to campus. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your division liaison librarian, who can demonstrate resources in your specific subject area. Learn how the library can support your instruction and your students’ research and discover updates to our collections and services. We look forward to seeing you there!   

Run by Tessa Cornish  

Description: How well do you know the BC campus? Let’s find out! Quick! Come to U009 (“home base”) for all the clues you need then get moving to collect as many items as you can! (There’s even a prize!) 

Presenters: Michael Culpepper and Jim Sisko 

Description: Need help with student engagement in the classroom? Michael Culpepper and Jim Sisko will share a few of the activities that they use to get students involved in the learning process. As this is a cooperative session, PLEASE COME PREPARED to share some of your favorite activities to improve student engagement 

Presenters: Melanie Enderle, Deborah Leblang, John Passmore, Chad White 

Description: Visual literacy is the ability to interpret and make meaning from information presented in media that is neither audio nor text/written. Students benefit from visual literacy because they’re able to think from multiple perspectives, utilize their imagination, and engage critically with image-based material. This session will discuss basic visual literacy skills and provide case studies as working examples.    

Presenter: Lupe Lizana 

Description: This presentation will include an introduction to our new full-time faculty member in the Astronomy Department. She will share about her own work, the function of the planetarium, and then engage in a demonstration of how students use the planetarium. This presentation will include a 20-minute Planetarium show. 

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10:35-11:35 | Second round of sessions | click for descriptions

 Presenter: Michael Korolenko  

Description: In the late 1990s, we began offering a course every summer called Making Movies. Students would act as crew, cast and, in some cases, editors. Some of our films have won local awards, along with some prestigious national and international awards. Many of the students involved in the class have moved to California where a good many of them have found work in the film industry. This session will show off some BC productions with commentary from Michael.

The Knights of the Wind  (25:00)

Nighters  (2:00)

Rocket Man, Episode 1 (18:40)

Rocket Man, Making of  (2:42)

The Ballad of Rocket Man (4:06)

Rocket Man the Musical (45:00)

Yesterday Tomorrow (32:00)

Alternatives Sizzle Reel  (:30)

Alternatives Story Reel (4:00)

Presenters: Jennifer Parada, Melissa Martinez, Ricky Bar  

Description: Students are the reason we are here. Where do you fit in to the student journey? The ISS Collective and the info shared isn’t just about helping students wayfind, but also helping each other wayfind. This is our opportunity to connect to each other so we can better connect students to the resources they need when they need them. Join us to reflect on, learn about, and develop high impact practices to use in your daily work!  

Presenters: Chloe Horning, Elexa Moore, Felipe Anaya, Lisa Lapointe, Michelle Schewe, and Nicole Longpre  

Description: Head over to the library, D126, to discover what’s new in the library! Refresh your memory of what the library has to offer students and faculty and see what’s changed since our return to campus. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your division liaison librarian, who can demonstrate resources in your specific subject area. Learn how the library can support your instruction and your students’ research and discover updates to our collections and services. We look forward to seeing you there!   

Presenter: Lupe Lizana 

Description: This presentation will include an introduction to our new full-time faculty member in the Astronomy Department. She will share about her own work, the function of the planetarium, and then engage in a demonstration of how students use the planetarium. This presentation will include a 20-minute Planetarium show. 

Presenters: Luke Rawlings  

Description: Luke would like to briefly share relevant research in what is known as “ungrading” and tell a story of what has been happening in his mathematics courses in the past year, the pros and cons of a new grading procedure that, overall, is producing results that he did not see as an outcome. He will try his best to explain why he will never write a grade on work returned to students.

Presenters: Tessa Cornish, Cassie Cross, Dellyssa Edinboro, Chris Dixon-Hundredmark, Leo Kiralla, Claire McKinley, Renee Nejo, Patrick Torres

This panel of tenure-track and newly tenured faculty will reflect on what they did to make themselves strong candidates for tenure-track positions.  This spirited session should provide valuable insight.

11:45-12:30 | Keynote | click below for more information | U301

“Stop. Pause. Proceed…” is a pluralist electro-acoustic work commissioned by Bellevue College in commemoration of the post-COVID return to campus over the 2022-2023 academic year.  Through the structural unfolding, the music highlights three stages of the quarantine experience: paranoia/uncertainty to timelessness/fatigue/desperation ending with hope/reconciliation/rebirth.  As the composer, it is my sincerest hope that the musical experience set forth in this work will meet each listener on their own terms and not suggest a specific path of how to feel about this life-altering collective experience, as all our experiences are unique to each of us.  As we reemerge, I believe it is important to reflect on the reality of the situation as our world(s) stopped, acknowledge the strength to sustain hope during our collective pause, and to proceed with a new sense of existential clarity & wisdom with empathy for what lingers (whether it be positive or negative) in your fellow human being.

— Brian Cobb, Composer

About the keynote performers:  

Award-winning guitarist Naeim Rahmani has performed throughout the US and internationally. His performance venues have included everything from a renovated industrial space in Oaxaca, Mexico, ancient churches along the Camino Santiago in Spain, and arthouses in Berlin. In all of these places Naeim brings his deeply personal style to create an intimate musical experience for the audience. 

Naeim is an experienced teacher. He trained under renowned Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo at the University of Wisconsin where he received his M.M. degree. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Maranatha University and at the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the artistic development of youth in the community. Naeim is thrilled to be part of the music faculty at Bellevue College and looks forward to working with both students and faculty. 

Naeim performs regularly around the Seattle area, and he has won prizes at guitar competitions in Seattle, San Francisco and Louisville. Outside of his performance career, Naeim is the director of the Seattle-Isfahan Music Project. This collaborative endeavor was created as a way to forge connections between musicians in Seattle and in Naeim’s hometown of Isfahan, Iran. For more information about Naeim, visit his website at www.naeimrahmani.com. 

Jim Sisko has become one of the most sought-after teachers, and performers in the Northwest. The Jim Sisko Quintet has been featured at countless festivals and concert venues, including the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, The Art of Jazz Series and Jazz Under the Stars. He has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, The Manhattan Transfer, and the rock band Yes to name a few. Jim has served as principal trumpet for the Yakima Symphony and has performed with the Seattle Symphony as well. He can be heard on over 40 motion picture soundtracks, and many independent recording projects. Sisko’s trumpet students are well versed in both classical and jazz styles and are consistently recognized as some of the strongest players in the region. Jim has served as a Camp Director for Jazz camps throughout the Northwest and is currently the director of the Shoreline Jazz Camp. In addition to his home teaching studio, Jim is the director of the Instrumental Music program at Bellevue College and is the director of the award-winning Bellevue College Jazz Bands. 

Marly Mitchell is a Bremerton-based musician and private instructor. She began performing live at the age of 8 and began her professional career in music at the age of 15. Marly has performed in renowned venues and conferences such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Fantasy Land Stage at Disneyland, White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Jazz Alley in Seattle, and the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. For 4 consecutive years, Marly was the recipient of the Talent Grant Scholarship from the Music Department at Bellevue College. In 2022, she graduated from Bellevue College with two degrees, one of which included a DTA/MRP in Music, and was awarded high honors for her 4.0 GPA. Marly is the recipient of multiple awards in Vocal Jazz. These include Best Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble in Downbeat Magazine with the Bellevue College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Special Mention Soloist at the Kobe Sister City Jazz Solo Competition, along with various other outstanding group and solo awards from Jazz Festivals across the West Coast. Marly currently teaches private voice and piano lessons out of her home in Bremerton. When she isn’t teaching, Marly plays live shows with a band, or solo with her ukulele, at venues in the Seattle area. She also remotely tutors all music courses offered at Bellevue College, and occasionally records vocals for studio artists. 

Tessa Ravagni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University. She operates a private voice studio near Bellevue College. You can find more information about her studio at www.tessasvoicestudio.com. 

Vocal health and self-exploration are primary focuses of her teaching style. Her formal education and experience have given her a foundation that allows her to understand the form and function of the vocal structure. She firmly believes that the most important aspects of her job are to help each student develop healthy and efficient singing for life-long enjoyment, become confident in their singing, and feel empowered in their learning. 

You can find her performing with Cascadian Chorale, a local choir group she has been singing with since September of 2018. 

Currently, she serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Cascadian Chorale. She has volunteered with Eastside Sings, a local choral fundraiser which raises money for choral groups on Seattle’s eastside. She is a member in good standing with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She continues to attend workshops and conferences to further her own education and keep her knowledge current. 

Dr. Brian Cobb has been on faculty at Bellevue College since 2006. Presently, Dr. Cobb serves as the music department’s private instruction & music theory coordinator, as well as an instructor in the fields of music theory, composition, and popular & film music history.  He is the founder and director of the Bellevue College Composer’s Studio. Brian moved to Seattle in 2001 from the east coast to pursue his doctorate degree (D.M.A. ’06) in music composition from the University of Washington. He has also received degrees from the University of Massachusetts (M.M. ’00) and Berklee College of Music (B.M. ’96), both in the field of music composition. Over the years, Dr. Cobb has taught music at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts, Shoreline Community College’s Summer College, and as guest lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University, Western Oregon University, Central Washington University, and Seattle Conservatory. 

Dr. Cobb is an active composer and double bassist.  His composition catalogue includes music for voice, wind ensemble, orchestra, dance, film, electronic media, and numerous chamber settings.  Brian’s works include an award-winning film music for the documentary Bezango, WA, Campfire Songs (for two voices and mixed ensemble) a theatrical song cycle set during the American Frontier era, sCatterEd (for solo flute) an interdisciplinary work that fuses music/theatre/kinesics, and the evolution-influenced in far country (for alto/soprano saxophone & piano) commissioned by saxophone virtuoso Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin.  Cobb’s music has been published by Ludwin Music Co and has received awards and grants from ASCAP, the University of Washington, and Jack Straw Productions.  He is a Present Sounds Records recording artist and has recorded and performed with the Tom Baker Quartet, the William O. Smith Trio, CrossTalk, David Hahn’s Concert Imaginaire, Aaron Goldberg, George Garzone, and Mantana Roberts. Cobb’s debut CD, Campfire Songs, was released on Present Sounds Records in 2011 and the follow up collection of ambient lullabies, “Good Night, Darwin”, released in 2019. 

12:30-2:00 p.m. | Lunch, sponsored by bcahe, with tabletop activities in U Building

2:00-4:00 p.m. | BCAHE Union Meeting in U301

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Faculty Professional Development Day Committee:

Chair: Tessa Cornish, Biology

Michael Culpepper, Interior Design

Chris Dixon-Hundredmark Anthropology

Leo Kiralla Psychology

Michael Korolenko, Communication Studies

Helton Leal Math

Jamiiru Luttamaguzi Math

Michael Pulido History

Jim Sisko, Music

Patrick Torres, Math

Sandi Xhumari, Math

Liangmin Zhou, Math

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