Thursday, November 12, 2009

Around The Courtyard

Events and Adventures - Upcoming Goings-on With the month and weather changing, activities have an increasing indoor feel to them. Here’s a partial listing.
North Focus Group, wraps up. It’s not too late to go online today to register your perspective on the school and how it lives out in practice what it preaches in its mission and values. Go to to participate in an online focus group session, if you are a student. Employee views are also valued, at where you can review the values statements which probably look familiar.
November 13, In a non-league game, men’s basketball team, the Storm, host Another Level at 8 pm in the Wellness Center gymnasium. North students are free.
November 16, New student registration begins.
November 18, Student Health Fair, in the Cafeteria, from 10 am to 2 pm. Free chair messages for North students! Sign up in the Coral Room next to the Espresso lounge.
November 18, special matinee performance of the play, “It’s Not In the PI” – at Stage One Theater.
November 22, the MLS Cup, the Super Bowl of USA’s top soccer league, plays at 5 pm in Qwest Field. While Seattle’s Sounders FC were eliminated last weekend, the game features the top two teams, the Western Conference Champions (LA Galaxy or Houston Dynamo) versus the Eastern Conference Champions (Chicago or Real Salt Lake).
November 24, Silent Cinema Series continues with Tuesday showings, “Woman in the Moon” (1929). Rather than a flight of pure fantasy, Lang, screenwriter Thea von Harbou and a group of technical consultants conceived a modernized "Trip to the Moon" grounded in state-of-the-art astrophysics. Spiced with romance and espionage (including a network of diabolical super-spies straight out of Lang’s Mabuse films), Woman in the Moon was one of the most influential science fiction films of its era.
November 26 through 30, Thanksgiving holiday observed – no classes, campus closed.
December 1, Silent Cinema Series concludes with “Flying Deuces,” (1939) Parodying Hollywood's 1930s Foreign Legion films, The Flying Deuces showcases a multitude of gags from the cinema's funniest duo: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
December 3, Naby Camara plays music of West Africa in the Espresso Lounge Concert Series from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
December 9, FREE 10 minute chair massage. Come relax before finals, making sure to sign up outside the Coral Room outside Espresso Lounge.
December 12, the Storm takes on Tacoma CC at 7 pm in the Wellness Center gymnasium. North students are free.
December 16 through January 4 2010, Fall quarter ends, December 16. Winter break.
Best source to keep up with the school’s functions, is available via that put out by the Public Information Office, Carol Summers is Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North.
[ED NOTE: The Polaris had a video captured of the Halloween activities. Check to see what (and when) it goes up here.]
… future listings can be sent to .
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You Paid for it, Use it!
By Ron Chang . . . There are many important services that are just too expensive for us to afford. However, students may not realize the vast amount of resources that they have already paid for. Here are only few areas that are funded by our student services fees.

Women’s Center - The women’s center is an incredible resource, but its title can be deceiving. They will help students, both male and female, to find connections to resources for housing, healthcare, transportation, childcare, substance abuse, public health, and legal services. Step in their office to take a look at the various ways in which they can help you.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: 206-526-3696
Location: CC 2345C (2nd floor, North of Admissions & Registration)

Media Services - Did you know you can rent digital cameras and audio recorders from the school? There is a large amount of equipment that you can rent to help you optimize the effectiveness of class presentations. The available equipment includes overhead projectors, slide projectors, video projectors, whiteboards, camcorders, etc. Use of equipment is subject to approval and reservations can be made by getting in contact with David Gronbeck at 206 526 0072. Be sure to give 48 hours notice when reserving.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: 206-526-0072
Location: Top floor of the library towards the northern border of the staircase.

Counseling Center - North has 2 counselors with doctorate degrees to help you become a more effective student. Jenny Mao and Lydia Minatoya can help students in the areas of study skills, concentration, time management, and simply coping with life’s changes. Barbara Goldner, of the Math Learning Center, has teamed up with Jenny Mao to provide a series of study skills workshops. The 3 remaining dates of this quarter are:
Thursday, Nov 5 4:30 pm Learning Styles and Strategies IB 3430
Monday, Nov 16 2 pm Enhanced Memory and Concentration club room
Monday, Dec 7 2:15 pm Preparation for Final Exams IB3430
People struggling with stress management or similar issues may be inhibiting their progress by continuing to use the same method of coping. The counseling center offers an opportunity to introduce effective methods to optimize an individual's efforts.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Telephone: 206-527-3676
Location: CC 2346A (2nd floor, north end of the College Center)

Wellness Center - Private gyms can be crowded and often require expensive, long-term commitments. North’s own Wellness Center offers these same services free to students. The Wellness Center’s 44,000 square feet features a fully equipped weight lifting room, a multitude of cardio machines, 3 studios with plenty of floor space, locker rooms with showers, full basketball court, and even a running track. There is a full schedule of drop-in classes such as yoga, kick-boxing, strength training, and Pilates. Lockers can be rented quarterly. Friends and family members can pay for the gym quarterly or buy individual passes.
(Please note we are closed MWF 8–11 am for PE classes only, and Sunday.)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45 am – 8 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 1pm
Telephone: 206-527-3631
Location: The Wellness Center building is the northeast building near Interstate 5.
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Student Groups & Activities – Notices …

BCM – – Meets Wednedays 4:30 in the cafeteria, near the club room. BCM will reconvene on November 18th for final passage on book of Joshua. The group intends to start reading Romans the following week, November 25th, just before the Thanksgiving holiday. No other plans as of yet. In any case, until we meet (again), God bless.
Points of contact is Dustin Sutton, or Pat Poplin,
Jogging Club - Weekly scheduled runs Tuesday mornings at 7:30, meeting in front of the sustainability coordinator office, North entrance to cafeteria. Thursday morning group run is currently going to be on hold. There will be a Google group created to run at alternate times and to find running/jogging partners for weekend/weekday sessions. Trail runs and other fun activites have been discussed. Contact Warren Woo at 808-230-7938, or email Also Kristen Distelhorst, at email, participant.
The Google group =
Flag Football – Fun in the sun, run, rain, or mud! 2 pm Saturdays at Indian School, 92nd & Wallingford Ave N, one block from the South West corner of campus. Invite email contact to confirm with you … Students, friends (do not have to be from the College). We play rain or shine - its better in the rain anyways.

Email or call for questions point of contact, Chris Murdoch at 206-453-8112,
[Members of the flag football team gather during break in action, in photo at right.]

Video of recent action is to be posted on the blog. Also, link to game location -!139&encType=1 .
Polaris – Student newspaper production – Use all the modern media tools in publishing to keep an informed population - writing, reporting, photography, web design, blog editor, rich media, social networking, desktop publishing. If you believe in the value of the Fourth Estate, this is a great way to contribute to the North community as well as to enrich your employability – by practicing communication. And, it’s fun! Contact faculty advisor, Tracy Furutani at
MSAMuslim Students Association. Please, be invited to make contact for club activities - meeting dates, time and location, observances. Point of contact: Faculty Advisor, C Bonney, or student, Sumaya Farah,
PTKPhi Theta Kappa, The North chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, PTK, is an international academic honorary society for outstanding community college scholars. Enthusiastic participation brands the service projects where true strength of the Chapter seeks to exemplify the Hallmarks of Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship, and Service that repeatedly earn recognition as a Distinguished Chapter. For example, on tap this month:
- PTK member Warren Sole leads help posting King County Health Posters around campus as part of flu season education process. Three are needed for about an hour beginning at 12 noon in the Student Council office. Please email or Warren at
- General help will be offered Vice President of Services, Nadine Alawi, in distributing bottles of hand-sanitizer around campus at some point next week. Please contact her at to lend a hand, five people to help for approximately 2 hours.
- Thursday the 12th at 1 pm, Vice President of Fellowship, Judy Yee hosts an open meeting from 1 to 2 pm in the Green Room, behind Tully’s coffee. All are invited.
- November 19th, PTK Founder's Day, Judy will be hosting a fellowship event, again in the Green Room, from 1 to 2 pm. Immediately followed by a Service Project in conjunction with NSCC Facilities come to plant trees here on campus as part of our wetlands maintenance. Enjoy the fellowship, service or both -- all are invited to participate. Meeting at the school flagpole at 2 pm for the service project, which runs from 2 to 4 pm.
- November 20th at 7 pm, the New Member Induction Ceremony will be held in the North Star Dining Room (adjacent to the security office). Please attend and receive or support the recognition deserved of this outstanding club. The ceremony and speech is brief, followed by light food and fellowship. Family and friends are welcome. Dress is casual, business, or as you are comfortable.
- November 21st from 9 to 11 am, another tree planting, meeting at flagpole off College Way. All are invited to participate. Aaron Newton, Advocacy Coordinator, Student Administrative Council; Faculty contact: Michaelann Allen
Video Club – Join with students whose interest in video is expanding through the school’s new video club. Sought are individuals who have an enthusiasm for learning and applying new tech ideas to creative expression through video. WE have camera gear and make use of the SIMPC, and other campus resources. Club needs anyone who knows how to operate, edit, produce - wants to learn. Have ideas for video news stories? You are welcome to contribute. Participate weekly, or just once in a while is helpful too. International students check us out; movies are a universally understood medium!
Contact Matt at, or see him at the play!

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