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The Yama Project

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Anthropology is the study of humankind. It is a holistic discipline that is divided into four subfields:

Archaeology, Cultural, Linguistics, and Biological. OC offers courses from all the subfields of anthropology.

The Anthropology Department at OC has developed new educational and training opportunities for students. Beginning in June 2014, the OC anthropology faculty began developing a research project focused on the study of a late-nineteenth century and early-twentieth century Japanese immigrant village on Bainbridge Island. The site, called Yama (45KP105), has regional and national significance since it is one of the only well preserved immigrant sites left from this era in the Pacific Northwest. Archaeologists from OC have developed a research plan to map the site and conduct select excavations geared toward documenting the village life of Japanese families in the community, how residents adapted to American customs, and how the village of approximately 300 people over 40 years contributed to the early economic growth of western Washington. Over the past 8 months, the team of anthropologists from OC have nominated Yama to the National Register of Historic Places, established a Task Force group represented by OC, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum, Bainbridge Island Parks, Bainbridge Historic Preservation Committee, and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community. In addition, OC students spent two months last summer combing over archival records contained in the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum where there is rich information about the Yama village residents in special collections of historic photographs, oral histories, census records, Port Blakely Mill documents, and cemetery records. Yama was a Japanese enclave within a large Port Blakely Mill operation and is the only preserved segment left of this world renowned lumber operation that developed and grew in Kitsap County.

The Yama site offers special opportunities for public education, student training, and professional work in preserving an important historic property. Anthropologists Caroline Hartse, Bob Drolet, and Floyd Aranyosi have been coordinating the efforts to establish a 3-year study of Yama beginning in summer 2015. This will include an Archaeological Field School sponsored by Olympic College, Museum exhibits of the recovered research at OC, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and at Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum. Students from OC and other US colleges and universities will participate in fieldwork, exhibits, laboratory artifact analysis and have the opportunity to present research papers at public talks and professional meetings.

The goals of the Yama Project are to preserve and protect the archaeological site, document the Japanese culture and heritage associated with the village, and offer academic and public education opportunities that will enrich the cultural history of Western Washington.

Meet the Faculty and Students behind the Yama project

DSC_0017 CHCaroline Hartse

Caroline loves anthropology. While trained in all four subfield of anthropology, her Ph.D. is in cultural anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests are varied but include cultural change, psychological anthropology, anthropology of religion, and communitarian societies.

Caroline is passionate about anthropology and connecting students with this dynamic and useful discipline. Caroline has received the Lawrence M. Noonan, the Bremer Exceptional Faculty, and the Distance Learning Exceptional faculty awards from OC.

DSC_0005 RDRobert Drolet

Robert aka Dr. Bob is passionate about engaging with other world cultures, teaching anthropology, and doing archaeology.

Dr. Bob holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is bilingual (Spanish/English) and has taught Anthropology at the University of Hawaii, Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and Texas A&M University. He has also been a museum curator at Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and has directed archaeological research projects and field schools in Central America and Texas.


DSC_0026 FAFloyd Aranyosi

Floyd has been teaching anthropology courses for over 20 years, 13 of them here at Olympic College. Floyd holds a Ph.C from the University of Washington. His field experience in archaeology has included survey and excavation of both historic and prehistoric sites in coastal California, the Mississippi River Valley, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Hawaii, and now here in Washington state.

He is particularly passionate about taxonomy, and considers the art and science of classifying the things that we study to be the most important “first step” in understanding. “We can’t understand what something means until we understand what it actually is, so defining categories, and the relationships between them, is the first step in acquiring knowledge.”

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Etsuko graduated from the University of Japan in Tokyo, earning a degree in teaching. Etsuko’s passion is to help others learn, especially about Japanese culture and society.

She joined Olympic College over five years ago as a Japanese instructor and tutor, and is currently taking courses at Olympic College to help advance her professional communication skills. Notable awards include receiving a Certificate of Recognition in 2010, as well as Dean’s Scholar and President’s Scholar awards. She enjoys teaching and dreams of becoming a teacher again.

As a research assistant for the Yama Project, Etsuko is excited to help uncover different aspects of Japanese life in the Pacific Northwest. She provides cultural context to help identify the objects found and assists with document translations.

DSC_0038 MCMackenzie Cooper

Mackenzie is a current student at OC working toward a sociology degree. She began her collegiate endeavors during the Fall 2013 and has made the President’s Scholar list each quarter. She intends to transfer to the University of Washington Tacoma to complete her 4 year degree.

Mackenzie has been working since she was fourteen in a variety of occupations, from waitressing to working in the engine room of a 103’ fishing vessel during a scheduled refit. She is currently an administrative assistant for a company that manages 5 fishing vessels working in Alaska.

The Japanese culture is immensely interesting to Mackenzie which led to her visit to Japan during her junior year of high school. She continues to study the Japanese language. Mackenzie has also traveled to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Alaska.

Candice Merrill named WWU director of operations on the peninsulas

candicemerrillCandice Merrill has been hired as Western Washington University’s director of operations on the peninsulas. Welcome to Olympic College Poulsbo!


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AbelAssociate Professor Troy Abel has accepted an appointment as academic program director of Huxley’s Peninsulas program at Western Washington University Center at Olympic College Poulsbo.


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Youth Programs Coming to the Peninsulas!

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Western Washington University Youth Programs will now be available at Olympic College Poulsbo!





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A variety of classes offered for grades K through 12. For more information:

Horizons: A Student and Faculty Collaboration


‘Horizons’ in the College Service Center, first floor.

Horizons is now available for viewing in the entryway of the CSC.

Marie Weichman proposed this four-panel, mixed-media piece that highlights the major areas of our Art program at OC.  Three upper level students were identified from Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, but the art department had no one in Sculpture who could produce the piece, as a result Marie volunteered.  Another major area of study in the Art program is Design which is represented by the entire, four panel composition.

The concept was to depict a landscape that communicates “horizons,” “journey,” and our geographic area, the Olympic Mountains, as well as the college name, Olympic College, (hence, the mountains).  Marie found the image online and appropriated it for this project by dividing it into four equal sections.  Each section was created using a method representing the classes offered by OC’s Art Program:  Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, and Sculpture with Design represented by the total composition.  The final image is of the Olympic mountains with a road leading the viewer to the horizon.


Artist: Shantia Crowly, Painting.

The concept was to depict an Olympic Mountain landscape that communicates “horizons,” “journey,” and “Pathways” as a metaphor for the process of education and goal achievement.  The Olympic Mountains not only represents our regional identity, but also reflects the name of our college.


Artists: Charles Martin, Ceramics; Caila Robinson, Drawing; Marie Weichman, Sculpture.

Each panel was created on plywood using a method representing the classes offered by OC’s Art Program:  Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, and Sculpture with Design represented by the total composition.

Charles Martin, Ceramics (Student)

Caila Robinson, Drawing (Student)

Marie Weichman, Sculpture (Faculty)

Shantia Crowly, Painting (Student)

Meet Our Student Government Leaders!

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Margarita Mashkina

President Margarita Mashkina, born and raised in Russia, immerses herself in new and exciting experiences, taking great pride in her independence and responsibility.   Excellent grades allowed Margarita to attend boarding school free for two years before coming to Olympic College.  When asked what she enjoys most about OC, Margarita said, “the diverse community, student development resources and leadership opportunities that Olympic College offers.” Margarita is majoring in Business and plans to transfer to a four year University in New York City to earn a degree in Finance.


Gabriel Krebs

Gabriel Krebs, Executive Vice President, is originally from California; he moved to Poulsbo, WA in 2006.  When asked what he enjoys most about OC, Krebs said he “loves the convenience of being able to stay in Kitsap County after graduating high school and the price.”  Krebs is currently on a business transfer track and deciding between marketing and accounting; he plans to attend the University of Washington.  Krebs enjoys a very active lifestyle and loves anything to do with sports. He is currently playing a lot of basketball.


Jonelle Lapat

Jonelle Lapat, Vice President of Finance, was born in Dau Pampanga, Philippines and grew up in Bremerton.  When asked what she enjoys most about OC, Lapat said “the people and the many activities that OC provides.”  Lapat is currently studying pre-pharmacy and plans to transfer to the University of Washington or the University of California San Francisco to complete her Pharmacy degree.  Jonelle keeps active with basketball, tennis, playing the organ for her church choir and teaching kids to sing and read notes.


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In Young Cho

In Young Cho, Vice President of Student Affairs, has been living in the United States for almost a year. An International Student from South Korea, he followed his dream to come to school in America.  When asked what he enjoys most about OC, Cho said, “students’ open-minded attitudes and the size of school is perfect.”  Cho is studying Psychology and plans to transfer to University of Washington to complete his bachelors degree. He plans on obtaining a master’s degree; his ultimate goal is to become a professor of Psychology in a college in the U.S.  Cho enjoys watching movies, cooking and is working on becoming trilingual in his free time.


Western Washington University to Host Public Lecture Series in Poulsbo This Spring

Contact: Alisyn Maggiora, Western Washington University Extended Education, at (360) 650-3717 or

POULSBO – Focused on topics surrounding environmentalism and energy, Western Washington University is offering a series of lectures which will take place at the newly created Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.

The spring Western Lecture Series is open to the community and will feature three events, which are free unless noted otherwise:

Thursday, March 13: “The Climate Reality Project;” presentation by Jill MacIntyre Witt, a local Climate Reality project leader. MacIntyre Witt will give an updated presentation based on Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The presentation will focus on connecting climate change and extreme weather events, along with exploring the myths surrounding the denial of climate change. This event will be at 5:30 p.m. at WWU Center at OC Poulsbo.

Saturday, April 26:  Join local ornithologist Daniel Froehlich to learn about local avian residents, while considering the possible fates of the bird habitat. Froehlich’s presentation, “The Port Gamble Forest Block as Habitat for Native Birds” will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an educational walking tour at Port Gamble Forest Block and a post-lunch follow up lecture at WWU Center at OC Poulsbo. The cost of the walking tour and lecture is $39.

Tuesday, May 20: Kevin Schneider, a senior research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Library, will provide a free lecture at 5:30 p.m. at WWU Center at OC Poulsbo titled “History and Current Status of the Electricity Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.” Schneider’s lecture will include a brief history of the region’s electricity infrastructure and a discussion of today’s issues and their societal impact.

For more information on this lecture series, please visit the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo website at, or call (360) 650-3717.

Olympic College-Washington State University Mechanical Engineering

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The first graduates of Washington State University and Olympic College Engineering Program.


Wind Tunnel: Allows students to visualize and measure the flow of air around objects. This enhances learning of a complex subject called fluid mechanics. Coupled with OC’s 2 three-dimensional printers; there is literally no object that cannot be investigated.


One of the new classrooms in the Engineering building.


Conveyer belt system: This allows WSU mechatronics students to learn a different, industry standard, programming language. Students have to program the conveyer system to deliver discs to correct belts at correct intervals of time.


Industrial Robot: Robots are used in most industries to perform repetitive tasks. Students learn how to program an actual production robot in a WSU class called mechatronics. Pictured is the robot placing Lego blocks at required locations. The robot uses a manufacturer’s specific programming language.


Internal Combustion Engine: Allows students to investigate the operation of a real Honda 4-cylinder engine that logged 100,000 miles in a car in Japan. Measurements include power generated, emissions, efficiency, temperatures and pressures throughout the engine. Students can explore how changes in engine timing effect performance and emissions.


Fan Performance: (big silver pipe on the wall). Allows students to measure fan performance by measuring radial pressure and velocity variations at various axial and circumferential locations.

Olympic College has always been the affordable and convenient option for furthering one’s education in Kitsap County allowing residents to start their educational career, hone a skill or take a class for fun.  Now more than ever, there is a need for more educational and developmental programs, mainly baccalaureate options. These four year degrees are vital to the county and will provide more employment opportunities as well as boost the economy and the community. The demand of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) based careers are at an all-time high especially in Washington and Kitsap. Olympic College wants its residents to be at the top of an essential field.

Engineering is an exciting field with good pay and job satisfaction. While it is a challenging field and requires four years of intensive study, the program is rewarding and enriching. The field of engineering is diverse with many specializations. Students are expected to specialize in a particular concentration of engineering as they will be tested on their specialization in the Fundamentals of Engineering exam which all students have to pass in order to start their career. Olympic College does an exceptional job in preparing its Engineering students and the mission of the program is to “graduate students who are prepared to excel in any four-year Engineering program in the country.”

With a desire to bring a four-year program closer to home, the Olympic College Engineering faculty developed a key partnership with Washington State University in 2010. This partnership forged the development of an articulation from OC’s Engineering program through Washington State University’s Mechanical Engineering program. This was a significant step for the College, Bremerton and Kitsap County, truly setting the bar high for what is to come.

“This is an exciting opportunity. Olympic College and WSU are offering a new degree to the community which will help residents get a four-year education locally rather than having to go across the bridge or across the water. It also means regional employers, such as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, can draw from a local pool of candidates with this high demand engineering degree,” said  Dr. David Mitchell, President of Olympic College.

In June 2013, the newly remodeled 10,000-square-foot engineering lab was opened. It is housed in what was once the College’s Automotive building. It is fully equipped with a wind tunnel, a materials testing lab, a thermal properties and fluid dynamics lab, two robots, state-of-the art computer labs and an internal combustion engine donated by Boeing. These features along with the advanced engineering lab allow Olympic College’s Mechanical Engineering students to complete their degrees in Bremerton. Students no longer have to make the trek to Pullman or give up jobs and family life to complete their degree.


The Whale Project

8207581106_d2f973eb14_oThe idea for the Whale Project was born when Professor Marie Weichman heard a news story about a dead whale that washed ashore in West Seattle.  It had died because of several pounds of plastic waste found in it’s stomach. Months later on a boat ride in Maui she spotted a baby whale that did a full breach and dive. Recalling the fate of the deceased whale in Seattle, Professor Weichman began to reflect on her role as an artist and  teacher and how she could inspire change. “I8142507251_067d880f51_o knew I needed to show people their beauty and the sad reality for which we humans are responsible.”

Professor Weichman embarked on a project that would involve art, welding, manufacturing, and marine science. Faculty and students collaborated to create a whale comprised of steel, fence materials, chicken wire and plastic bags. “Art is made much more powerful when created by a group of diverse participants and enjoyed by an even larger audience of community members,” says Professor Weichman. The plastic bags are one of the many types of debris found in Puget Sound although bags used for the whale were not taken from the Sound. Olympic College has a monthly debris collection and analysis program organized by Geography Professor Susan Digby.


The team goes over the CAD drawings. Photo by Joanie Reynolds.


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A few of the bottles contained messages.










The steel skeleton of the whale was welded by Olympic College welding student David Beckstead. He welded the skeleton in segments with the help of volunteers. After the segments were completed, the pieces were conjoined in the Olympic College  Art Gallery. Welding on the project took all summer long. To create the skin of the whale, art students wove plastic bags through fence material attached to the steel skeleton. Marine biology students composed a looped narrative about gray whales as an educational tool for viewers. The video was produced in the College’s audio and video recording studio with the help of Roger Nick, a Media Technician at the College.

Ron Raty, Technical Design faculty, made large computer-aided designs of the whale. That feature the steps that went into creating the project. The project required art and welding students to coordinate during the construction of the skeleton of the whale. Being collaborative and staying cohesive throughout the project was essential for this multidisciplinary project that fused art, media, texture, composition and form.

Ron Raty, Technical Design faculty, made large computer-aided designs of the whale. That feature the steps that went into creating the project. The project required art and welding students to coordinate during the construction of the skeleton of the whale. Being collaborative and staying cohesive throughout the project was essential for this multidisciplinary project that fused art, media, texture, composition and form.


Welded frame of ECO. Photo by Joanie Reynolds.

8290117152_8f35c94c8f_nThe Whale Project was such a success that Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent invited Olympic College to display the piece at the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton. On display for seven months, the whale amazed visitors and local business people, who were inspired to name it “Eco.” News of the project reached the state capitol and Eco was invited to be on display at the Washington Legislative Building from January 3, 2014 through March 14, 2014. In April 2014, during Earth Week, Eco will migrate to the University of Puget Sound where the project will be on display.

Mayor Patty Lent has been working on getting Eco to Washington D.C. so that the project can be shown as an example to the nation of a successful interdisciplinary project that fuses art, science, and technology.  Those involved in the project have also been invited to talk at the 2014 Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The power of art cannot be underestimated and the power of a creative, interdisciplinary project speaks volumes about the creativity, ingenuity, and vision of Olympic College’s faculty and students.

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With the support of Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and Senator Christine Rolfes baby whale “ECO” will be installed on January 4, 2014 in Olympia in the State Capital Legislative building and remain on display through March 14, 2014.
Pictured here Bottom row: D. Shan Beckstead, Justine McNeal, Laura Priddis, Lisa Lopinski-Tyler, Jennifer Lynch, Charles Gore. Top row: Roger Nick, Al Kitchens, Joan Hanten, Theresa Helton, David Emmons, Christine Rolfes, Marie Weichman, Patty Lent, Susan Digby. Photo by Joanie Reynolds.

Kudos to Professors Marie Weichman (Art), Dr. Susan Digby (Geography), Elizabeth Keddy (Adjunct Instructor in the Biology), Ron Raty (Technical Design) and the myriad of students and volunteers along with the OC Art Gallery volunteers who worked on the project to bring notoriety to Olympic College.

Meet the faculty behind the Whale Project


Marie Weichman


Marie Weichman with Eco.

Having earned a BFA from Sam Houston State University and an MFA from Texas Tech University, Weichman has developed an extensive exhibition record.  During the summer of 2007 Weichman traveled to Jingdezhen, China where she spent two months as a resident artist at The Pottery Workshop and Experimental Sculpture Factory.  In 2009 Weichman spent three months working as Artist-in-Residence at the Guldgergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor Denmark, followed by a short residency in Paducah, KY in 2010.  In 2008 she was included among Ceramic Monthly’s Emerging Artists and was nominated for NCECA’s annual Emerging Artist competition.  Her work has been published by CERAMICS ART & PERCEPTION, ARTSHOUSTON MAGAZINE, 002 MAGAZINE, and CERAMIC MONTHLY.    Most recently, her work was included in HUMOR AND CRAFT, by Brigitte Martin.  Weichman has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally including Peru, Germany and China.

As well as exhibiting works of art, Weichman is a founding member of Houston Seven, an artistic collaborative aimed at creating works of art that push the boundaries of the accepted definition of art while working with communities to highlight areas of need within the community.  From 2004 – 2006 Weichman operated a grassroots gallery focusing on emerging artists.  She is also a founding board member of EMPTY BOWLS HOUSTON.  Weichman currently serves on the Permanent Acquisitions and Exhibitions Committee for Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and has taught art at the Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Texas Tech University, Kingwood College, Sam Houston State University, Houston Baptist University.  She is currently teaching at Olympic College where she is Professor of Art and the Chair of the Faculty Gallery Committee.

Marie Weichman is an identical twin and draws from her experiences for the content of her work.  While working primarily in ceramic, she often employs other materials to help define the work’s meaning. Installation, repetition of form, found material and collaboration are a few of the ways in which her work is created and presented.  She can be contacted through her website at and is available for workshops and presentations.


Susan Digby

Dr. Susan Digby teaches geography at Olympic College. She has geography degrees from McGill and Carleton Universities in Canada and UCLA.  She has an education degree from Queen’s University, Canada.  Prior to community college teaching she worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Canada Center for Remote Sensing where she focused on remote sensing of sea ice.  Her working career started out with high school teaching geography, art and science in Eastern Canada.

Susan’s teaching interests focus on raising essential geographical awareness of both physical and human aspects of the world.  Physical aspects include climate, soils, water issues, and landforms; human aspects include population dynamics, place-making, culture, and social justice.  She views connecting students to their local and global environments  to be crucially important for both students and the environment.  Susan is particularly interested in the interplay between the fields of geography, art, and literature.  In 2010 she received the Bremer Exceptional Faculty Award.8754387219_acfc864a2f_n

Susan has two research tracks.  The local year-round project involves monthly collections and analysis of marine debris at Old Mill Park in Silverdale.  This program is in its fourth year and on average the Olympic College Environmental Outreach Club and Geography students collect over 10,000 pieces of debris annually that are sorted and catalogued.  The second involves research into place-making and art, particularly land art.  This work has largely taken place during summer vacations.

Susan travels, hikes, paints and gardens in her spare time.  With the exception of gardening these activities take place, when possible, in Mediterranean regions.

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Elizabeth Keddy

Elizabeth Keddy is an Adjunct Instructor in the Biology Department at Olympic College. She joined OC in the fall of 2011.

Elizabeth earned a B.S. in Marine Science at Costal Caroline University. As a student, she studied coral reefs in Jamaica, and bottlenose dolphin behavior in South Carolina.  She earned her M.A. in Biology of Moss landing Marine Labs through San Jose University. As a member of the Vertebrate Ecology Lab, Elizabeth participated in marine mammal necropsies, marine mammal and seabird tagging and tracking studies, and acoustical studies of harbor porpoises.

Prior to joining Olympic College, Elizabeth taught high school biology and marine biology and worked as the science coordinator for a submersible research company.

Elizabeth mainly teaches Marine Science at Olympic College. She incorporates experience and enthusiasm for science into her classes and hopes to excite Olympic College students to explore the natural world around them.

ECO on the Move!

ECO migrated down to the state Capitol in Olympia from Jan. 3 – March 14 in a continuing effort to educate the public about the consequences of polluting oceans and waterways.





















Start here, go anywhere. See where Bailey and Chris Jantzi are headed

At Olympic College, students can start here and go anywhere. Such is the case with two OC Alumni Chris and Bailey Jantzi. Bailey attended Olympic College from Spring 2010 through Winter 2012 and transferred to the University of Washington where she majors in Political Science. She may double major in Political Science and Geography or minor in Geography, but clearly she is very ambitious. Chris had two stints at Olympic College in early 2000-2003 and later in 2010-2011. Moreover, he and Bailey met in Dr. David Toren’s Political Science class so OC had a role in matchmaking the pair as well!

Chris started off his education with Music Composition. While in his gap year, he was in a band with the goal of becoming a rock star! His mother suggested that given his interest it would be a good idea to go to College and study music. Chris enrolled in Olympic College and took Composition 1-6 with Rick White and noted that he learned a great deal from him. After a couple of years of studying, he went into the Navy and worked on nuclear submarines.

Both Chris and Bailey served in the US Navy and returned to college as nontraditional students. During his second stint at Olympic College, Chris enrolled in Physics and notes that Professor Linnea Hess was a major influence and inspiration to him. He also mentioned that he fell in love with Physics largely because Dr. David Fong turned him onto quarks and his life hasn’t been the same since! This interest in quarks sparked his love of dark matter and inspired his quest to find it. In fact, he was so inspired that he now majors in Comprehensive Physics at the University of Washington. As an undergraduate in the Physics program, Chris is currently working on an experiment with several graduate students and professors. The title of the project is: “Axionic Dark Matter Experiment – ADMX” and because of his experience on nuclear submarines, which provided him with the necessary skill set, he was invited to work on the project. Specifically his experience in refrigeration andDSC_0056 plumbing helped to earn him a spot on the team.

Chris cites Mathematics Professor Myong Stinson as providing him with a solid foundation in Algebra which he uses to this day. He also noted that Professor Linnea Hess worked with him throughout his tenure at Olympic College and encouraged him in his studies making it possible for him to move through the Physics track quickly. While Dr. Fong inspired his love of quarks and dark matter (Chris is determined to discover dark matter at the UW), he mentioned that what excites him the most is working with faculty at the UW who are published researchers and highly respected in the field. He feels that OC was the ideal stepping stone in getting him there. He plans to earn his Ph.D. in the field. However, music is still a great love for him and he is currently writing music for the play (“Who is Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?”) for a friend who will be directing it.

Bailey mentioned Dr. David Toren as a professor that should be cloned at OC. “The College should have 50 more of him!” She mentioned that he has high expectations and makes students work for their grade. She learned a lot and was inspired by him. Bailey also took a class in Geography. It was a course she needed as one of her pre-requisites for an AA. Little did she know that this course would inspire her to end up either majoring in the field or minoring in it! It is one of those courses that she took that surprised her and ended up igniting an interest in the subject.

Bailey also noted that because of her coursework in Logic and Ethics with Professor Dinshaw Jokhi, she has become a better writer and critical thinker. Her essays are well written and her arguments are solid. She attributes these skills to her experience in Professor Jokhi’s classes. She mentioned that he expects students to participate and discuss topics in the class and these experiences have prepared her for her coursework at the UW. This academic year she will be taking courses in GIS programming along with two other Geography courses and she mentioned that she has a keen interest in International Security as well. She is planning on pursuing her Masters in Political Science, but is open to the thought of getting a Ph.D. She is eager to begin working in her chosen field, however and finds it exciting to be working with professors who are active in the field.

Both Chris and Bailey feel that Olympic College is essential to the local community and both are grateful for their experiences at the College. When asked what advice they would have for anyone who is on the fence about going to college they said, “Try it. DSC_0029A lot of people think they don’t like school because of their experiences in high school, but college is different.” They both also mentioned the asset of being non-traditional students and how their life experiences have contributed to their success as students.

Olympic College exposed both of them to areas of study that were largely unfamiliar to them, but now have become their passion. Without that exposure, they would have lost out on what has ended up being great opportunities and a new life path for them both. Start here, go anywhere. Bailey plans to earn her Masters and work in the field and Chris says that in ten years he will be in Lucerne, Switzerland working on dark matter and quarks. Going to college opens up the world and provides new interest and opportunities ask Chris and Bailey.