DYSTOPIA Launch Party

All the hard work has paid off and now it’s time to celebrate! The SFCC Pullman Creative Writing Club is proud to announce the publication of their anthology, DYSTOPIA.  Authors will be at Thomas Hammer Coffee on Wednesday, June 6th to read sections of their work and be available to autograph copies for the public. Coffee and munchies will be provided.

Copies of the book are available for purchase from Bruised Books in Pullman and BookPeople of Moscow.  On June 4th copies will be available from And Books, Too, in Clarkston.  In addition, Aunties Bookstore and Giant Nerd Books in Spokane have agreed to sell the book just as soon as I can get a few copies to them.  Bookworms can read for free by using their library card.  Print copies of the book have been distributed to libraries in Whitman, Asotin, Latah, Nez Perce, and Spokane counties.

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Bigfoot Review, Call for Submissions 2017

For Monday FUNday this morning, the SFCC Pullman Creative Writing Club unveiled the cover of the 2017-2018 Bigfoot Review.  The students will be working on this all year, with the expectation of having a book in hand in May 2018.  Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a copy of the book and have an opportunity to participate in a reading on May 23, 2018.  Submission information is listed below:

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SFCC Creative Writing Club Creations, June 2017

It’s been a busy quarter at the Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Center.  I’m the advisor of the Creative Writing Club, which undertook a joint venture with Film Club this year.  The Creative Writing Club produced a screenplay, which the Film Club then produced.  The final product was released at an end-of-quarter showing on June 8th.

When the script was complete, the club decided that they wanted to try their hand at comic strips and came up with a couple of fun ones.  Those were displayed on the big screen in the foyer, enabling them to share their creativity with the rest of the student body.  I received permission from some of the students to display their work here.

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It’s Official: SFCC Pullman has Moved!

Sasquatch is on the move in Latah and Whitman Counties . . . In the days following the SFCC Pullman Center’s move to the Washington State University campus, Bigfoot was sighted in nearby Latah County where a motorist swears she saw Bigfoot chasing deer along the highway just north of Potlatch.  Perhaps Skitch invited a few friends over to check out his new digs and they tried grabbing some food on the way.

Skitch’s new stomping grounds will be the Math Annex located on the WSU campus.  Approximately 200 students will start classes in the new building on April 3, 2017.  Being on the WSU campus will expose SFCC students to university life and enhance their college experience. There isn’t enough classroom space in the Math Annex, so some students will have classes across campus in Krugal Hall. Continue reading


SFCC Pullman Finds New Home

Kruegel HallThe Pullman Center of Spokane Falls Community College, which was in danger of being shut down just a few weeks ago, has found a new home.

In May, President Janet Gullickson made some announcements regarding the possible closure of the Pullman Center and even held applications for admission and sent letters to prospective students saying the Center would only be operating with limited classes for Fall 2016.  This resulted in students and faculty rallying to show support for the campus, especially since the campus was a profitable venture.

Since the center’s lease for the space in the Gladish Community and Cultural Center ends in June 2017 there was an opportunity to find other space that would cost less to rent.  An appropriate location was found in Kruegel Hall on the Washington State University campus.  Kruegel Hall offers ample space for classrooms and offices for less rent, making the Pullman Center even more profitable.

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SFCC Pullman Campus Might Close

Janet Gullickson, President of Spokane Falls Community College, visited the Pullman Center on Wednesday, May 4th, and informed students, faculty, and staff that the campus may close its doors at the end of the quarter.  The reason, she said, was a $2 million dollar budget shortfall.

That afternoon, students took to the streets protesting the possible closure.  The announcement came after financial aid deadlines had passed.  A campus closure would leave many in the cold, without an opportunity to apply for financial aid at any other colleges or universities next year.  The students involved in the protest posted pictures on Facebook, but the administration in Spokane quickly demanded that the photographs and comments be removed.

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As an economist, I know that hard managerial decisions must be made.  I also know that those decisions need to be based on good information and facts, not emotions.  As luck would have it, the day following Janet Gullickson’s announcement, the lecture covering the shut-down case was scheduled for Econ 201, microeconomics.  The lecture was silent, students wide-eyed with fear, were still processing the information from the previous day, and learning a rather hard reality in class.

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