Introduction: Dr. Gayle Colston Barge

Dear Bellevue College Family and Friends,

What an exciting year it’s been at Bellevue College! You’ll find this issue brimming with fascinating stories that highlight the institution’s innovative spirit, commitment to educational advancement opportunities for all, and community leadership. Together we are making a meaningful impact on the lives of so many students, from all walks of life, as we help them reach their academic and career goals.

Within these pages you’ll discover how virtual reality is being used to re-envision the classroom experience through the work of Fulbright Scholar James Riggall and BC faculty member/instructional designer Bruce Wolcott. Learn more about Dr. Jerry Weber, and how the role of college president is shaping the continually evolving landscape in higher education. Meet one of our successful baccalaureate alums, Andrea Coder, as she shares the many ways in which BC faculty helped her balance family life and her education so that she now has the job of her dreams right here in Bellevue.

Take a deep dive into our newest degree offering, a transfer associate degree in robotics and artificial intelligence, which offers a pathway to an emerging high-tech industry. Be inspired by our director at the Center for Career Connections, Christina Sciabarra, who is using a prestigious fellowship to foster peace and promote women in politics. And witness Project 42, the thought-provoking, multidisciplinary work of BC assistant professor Jono Vaughan that honors transgender lives lost to violence, which is currently being exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum.

I’m delighted to share these BC stories, which exemplify the creativity and commitment to student success that our campus demonstrates each day, and hope you share them with your friends and colleagues. Thank you for making this an exceptional environment where our students thrive.

Warmest Regards,

Signature of Gayle Colston Barge

Gayle Colston Barge, Ed.D.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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Last Updated June 11, 2018