Notes from the President

Feb 3, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

This February Bellevue College celebrates Black History Month: an annual, month-long observance which recognizes the lives, legacies, and accomplishments of Black people in the United States, and globally.

There are some wonderful Black History Month books and educational guides offered through our Library Media Center, and virtual exhibits and collections available on On Feb. 1, the Black Employees of Bellevue College (BEOBC) held a Black History Month Opening Celebration that was attended by over one hundred members of our community, and BEOBC will be offering other events, panel discussions, and presentations throughout February. Please check your email as details are announced.  

Recognizing the Transforming Lives Nominees

On Feb. 16, the Board of Trustees will recognize the 10 current and former BC students nominated for the annual Transforming Lives Award at their regular meeting. This award is designed to recognize students whose lives have been transformed by pursuing higher education at a community or technical college. Please join the Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. to celebrate these outstanding current and former students, as well as the tremendous faculty and staff who nominated them.

  • Nominated by: Abner Pagunuran
  • Graduation Year: Exp. 2022
  • Major: Digital Marketing & Cert. in Retail Marketing

  • Nominated by: Pilar Lopez
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Major: Occupational and Life Skills

  • Nominated by: Frank Lee
  • Graduation Year: Exp. 2022
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering

  • Nominated by: Eric Stewart
  • Graduation Year: Exp. 2022
  • Major: Healthcare Informatics

  • Nominated by: Tim Jones
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Major: Undeclared

  • Nominated by: Barbara Brodsky
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Major: Computer Science

  • Nominated by: Heather Rane
  • Graduation Year: Exp. 2023
  • Major: Occupational and Life Skills, Business Technology Specialist Cert.

  • Nominated by: Nora Lance
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Major: Pre-Nursing

  • Nominated by: Betty Torrell
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Major: Interior Design

  • Nominated by: Kevy Wijaya
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Major: Nursing
Head and shoulders picture of Saidi Lwanga who is looking directly at the camera with a smile and wearing a blue jacket.

Congratulations to Saidi Lwanga who was selected by the Board of Trustees to represent Bellevue College for the state-wide Transforming Lives Award. Saidi was then chosen by the state-wide nomination committee as one of six students across the 34 colleges of the CTC system to receive the state-wide Transforming Lives Award. Saidi graduated in June 2021, earning an AA in Global Health. Saidi has become a Certified Nursing Assistant and is continuing his path to getting his RN to pursue his dream of becoming a nurse.


Apply for a Lockwood Grant.

The Lockwood Foundation Grant is administered by the BC Foundation, open to faculty members, and given in support of new or ongoing projects that promote innovation in teaching and/or advance entrepreneurial models at the college. Individual grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are made available through a generous donation from the Lockwood Foundation. Applications are due Feb. 11.

Encourage Students to Apply for a BC Foundation Scholarship.

The 2022-2023 Student Scholarship Application is now available through the BC Foundation and open until Mar. 7. All current or prospective BC students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA and who plan to attend BC for the 2022-23 academic year starting Fall Quarter are eligible to apply. Applicants complete one application and are considered for more than 175 scholarship opportunities. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year to cover tuition, fees, and in some cases, books.


Congratulations to the adjunct faculty members who were recently promoted. You are an integral part of the success of our students, and we would not be the college we are without your contributions!

Associate Adjunct Professor

  • Leanne Kunders
  • Michal Lotzkar
  • Sara Trethewey
  • Kevy Wijaya
  • Amelia Wexler

Associate Adjunct Professor

  • Brian Stephanik
  • Sandra Emerson
  • Stacy Alvares
  • Taesik Kim

Senior Adjunct Professor

  • Erika Tessandori
  • Jaime Holthuysen
  • Stephanie Brommer
  • Jillene Seiver

Associate Adjunct Professor

  • Polly Good
  • Chiemi Ma
  • Jabril Hassen
  • Beta Bales
  • Ciarelle Jimenez

Senior Adjunct Professor

  • Weina Sun
  • Zoe Aleshire
  • Dru Williams

Associate Adjunct Professor

  • Greg Grewell
  • Diane Dieterich
  • Deborah LeBlang
  • Ferdinand Tablan
  • Douglas Cole
  • George Rowe

Senior Adjunct Professor

  • Catherine Smith
  • Annika Carson
  • Krista Capodanno
  • Renee Tinsley

Associate Adjunct Professor

  • Amilee Roberge
  • Nancy Emery

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Stay safe and well.

Gary Locke

Interim President