Spring 2019 Contents


Millennial in Charge

BC alum Katie Chang was able to step into a management role at Overlake Medical Center & Clinic, thanks to her degree. BC’s radiation and imaging management program takes grad further than she imagined Twenty-something Katie Chang supervises ultrasound, nuclear medicine, PET and CT scans, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology for Overlake Medical Center & Clinic ...more about Millennial in Charge


From Dance to Design

Daniel Cruz poses in front of mountains and a lake

Daniel Cruz had an enviable career as a professional dancer—one many could only dream of. He worked with artists such as Prince and Macklemore  and appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards. But between performances, Cruz found himself watching HGTV.


Landing a High-Tech Dream Job After Graduation

A professor and student at a work bench

What computer programmer wouldn’t want to work at Microsoft? Recent Bellevue College grad Erik Uri is thrilled with his new position as a software engineer there. He credits faculty in the college’s computer science program, as well as support staff in its Autism Spectrum Navigators program, for helping him land the job of his dreams shortly after graduating.


Take 5 with Naeim Rahmani

It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Passion Naeim Rahmani Bellevue College music faculty member Naeim Rahmani began studying classical guitar, with no prior formal musical training, in his early 20s. Rahmani began taking guitar classes after immigrating to Washington state from Iran and quickly advanced, gaining entrance to the University of Washington School of ...more about Take 5 with Naeim Rahmani


Creating Dignity Through a Sense of Space

Three female studentsin a prototype shelter

On any given night, more than 12,000 people in King County will experience homelessness. Numerous organizations open their doors in the evening to provide shelter, generally offering mattresses rolled out on the floor and bins for belongings. BC interior design faculty member Michael Culpepper wanted his students to consider how to make shelter space more efficient while also designing something that meets more than basic needs: He wanted his students to consider the dignity of those using the space.



Merle Landerholm

The Eastside owes much to Bellevue College’s founding president. Merle Landerholm’s commitment to education, youth and families has left an enduring legacy that continues to act as a catalyst for positive change. A man who never wanted to be anything but a good teacher found himself a college president in 1966 at the age of 38.