Introduction: Dr. Jerry Weber, President, Bellevue College

Dr. Jerry WeberI’m excited to share just a few of the stories that capture our vibrant learning community at Bellevue College. Together we’re  creating a brighter future one student at a time.

In this issue we highlight three stellar BC graduates: Katie Chang, a millennial who has rocketed to success at Overlake Medical Center & Clinic, where she supervises ultrasound, nuclear medicine, PET and CT scans, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology; Erik Uri, one of the first graduates of the Bachelor of Science in computer science program, who landed the job of his dreams at Microsoft shortly after graduation; and Daniel Cruz, a professional dancer who found a new passion in our interior design program, winning design awards along the way.

We also focus on exceptional faculty and staff who bring a world of experience, and fresh perspectives, to our campus. Jean D’Arc Campbell shares his inspirational journey from the Hotel Rwanda and a refugee camp in Kenya to a new life in the U.S. and a summit hosted by then-President Barack Obama. Faculty member and classical guitarist Naeim Rahmani, a native of Isfahan, Iran, explains why it’s never too late to find your passion, and how music can bridge cultures. And we explore the college’s origins with a retrospective of the life, vision and mission of Merle Landerholm, BC’s first president.

Within these pages you’ll also discover how the new MakerSpace and XR Lab are bringing 21st century learning to life, take a deep dive into a unique service learning project where interior design students created functional living spaces for people who are homeless, and enjoy a photo tour of the new residence hall through the eyes of BC students.

A family member shared that Landerholm wanted BC to “be an extraordinary school, advancing higher education through both exceptional pedagogy and practice.” It’s a legacy we work hard to live up to every day.

Warmest Regards,
Jerry Weber, Ph.D.
President, Bellevue College

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Last Updated September 18, 2020