As a university event, we will showcase talent from staff, faculty and others who have connections to the Community Colleges of Spokane, where we believe the seeds to new forms of community lie at the edges.
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Craig RickettCraig Rickett teaches and coaches students in the gentle arts of public speaking, argumentation and debate, and theatre at Spokane Falls Community College. During the last two decades at CCS, he has also coached the intercollegiate speech and debate team and taught and directed theatre. Craig currently serves as SFCC’s Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator. Craig’s play Seeds of Change débuted in May at the Spokane Interplayers Theatre, and his poetry is published in a variety of literary journals, including SFCC’s Wire Harp. In 1999 he appeared opposite Patty Duke in the Spokane Civic Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie.
Angela RasmussenAngela Rasmussen teaches English at Spokane Community College, where she has worked together with Andrea Reid in the classroom and in the community, team-teaching several learning community courses and offering guest lectures on topics as varied as the power of food, contemporary gender roles in popular culture, and heroes and villains. Angela and Andrea most recently published, co-written article, “Tearing Out the Kitchen,” analyzes domestic space in the television series Mad Men. In addition to academic endeavors, they share a passion for travel, cooking, and binge-watching Netflix original programming.
Andrea ReidAndrea Reid teaches English at Spokane Community College, where she has worked together with Angela Rasmussen in the classroom and in the community, team-teaching several learning community courses and offering guest lectures on topics as varied as the power of food, contemporary gender roles in popular culture, and heroes and villains. Angela and Andrea most recently published, co-written article, “Tearing Out the Kitchen,” analyzes domestic space in the television series Mad Men. In addition to academic endeavors, they share a passion for travel, cooking, and binge-watching Netflix original programming.
Duane SunwoldDuane Sunwold, Culinary and Hotel-Restaurant Management Instructor, has been teaching at Spokane Communiy College since 1981 where he has influenced countless chefs and hotel managers. Duane has published dozens of journal articles and given numerous talks on his life-saving diet and his transformation as a chef with a nutritional focus. An alumnus of SCC and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Duane once served as guest chef to Bill Gates and to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary AB, Canada. He is currently writing a cookbook for patients with chronic kidney disease.
Geoffrey Bagwell, PhDGeoffrey Bagwell, PhD, is a philosophy instructor at Spokane Community College and an expert in the Socratic method. For the past decade Geoffrey has advocated the use of this method in higher education to encourage greater student engagement in the classroom. He has also conducted research into the effects of Socratic dialogue on learning and student success. Geoffrey’s work aims to promote the ancient method as the most effective form of instruction in liberal arts education.
Jim Mohr, PhDJim Mohr, PhD, is a recent transplant to Olympic College as its Dean of Student Development. Jim hails from the former Institute for Extended Learning, now part of Spokane Community College, where he was instrumental in implementing the Behavior Intervention Team process, Safe Campus Advocates, Green Dot nonviolence training, and numerous clothing, food and school drives for students and neighbors in need. A champion for equity and diversity while at the Community Colleges of Spokane, Jim worked on Unity in the Community, lead initiatives at the Gonzaga Institute of Hate Studies and provided workshops on bias, gender and sexual equality, privilege and other human rights topics. He founded the CCS Intercultural Leadership Program (ICLP), which he left in the capable hands of TEDx speakers Lori Hunt and Barry Moses.
Lori HuntLori Hunt is the Director of Multicultural Services and Outreach at Spokane Community College. She earned a bachelor’s in sociology from Gonzaga University and a master’s in educational leadership from Washington State University. She has worked in education for over 12 years at universities throughout the region before landing at the Community Colleges of Spokane. Lori is a member of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and serves as a board member with the Washington Council for Higher Education. Currently Lori is a co-facilitator for the Intercultural Leadership Program at CCS.
Eric MarrEric Marr is a graduate of Spokane Community College and Eastern Washington University, where he currently conducts dopamine research in the neuroscience lab. He turned down a coveted spot in dental school to further his research on learning and will continue in a neuroscience PhD program. Before becoming a professional student, Eric traveled with a rock band, worked in finance and in retail. He has plenty of time to ponder his research during cross-country rides on his Kawasaki Vulcan to visit little-known bergs and byways.
Whitney Phillips, PhDWhitney Phillips, PhD, author and researcher, received her doctorate from the University of Oregon in English with a Digital Culture/Folklore structured emphasis. Her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing is from Emerson College, and her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy is from Humboldt State University. Whitney has published articles in First Monday, Television and New Media, and Transformative Works and Cultures. She has taught in the Media, Culture and Communication department at New York University and is currently a faculty associate at Humboldt State. Whitney’s work has been featured on CNN.com, the Atlantic, BBC Radio, NPR, and more. She is finishing her book that explores the cultural context of online trolling.
Randy CorradineRandy Corradine is the Community Colleges of Spokane's road warrior as the District Outreach Coordinator. A first-generation college student from Compton, Randy earned a bachelor’s in philosophy and a master’s in public administration from The Evergreen State College. Randy has worked in admissions and diversity areas at Gonzaga and Evergreen, inspiring at-risk students to excel in all areas of life. A performer, poet and writer, Randy is currently working on a novel, Memoir: Being Between Blue-Line Boundaries. Randy can be seen at open mic nights at the Phat House in Spokane.
Jerod GrantJerod Grant, Acting Multicultural Director at Everett Community College, is the first person in his family to graduate from college. He attended Eastern Washington University and earned a bachelor’s in communication. Jerod has worked in college admissions, program outreach and has a passion for serving historically marginalized populations. Jerod loves athletics and the leadership qualities he feels young people are able to gain from participating in them. He has coached football and basketball for youth of all ages. Jerod’s future plan includes completing a master’s degree and starting a non-profit Sports Leadership camp that focuses on leadership and identity development.
Amy WolfsenCurator and Speaker Coach / SFCC Communication
Scott OrmeCurator and Speaker Coach / SCC English
Kurt MadisonSculpture / SFCC Art
Eric BouvierSet and stage contribution
Jim CollenSet and stage contributions/District Facilities
Bruce McGeeSet and stage contributions/District Facilities
Gordon GroveTechnical Crew: Stage and lighting design
Teresa LukensTechnical Crew: Videography
Ryan TuckerTechnical Crew: Camera/Video Editor
Clare SossoTechnical Crew: Videography
Lindy TurnerTechnical Crew
Brenda NormanOnline Ticketing and Promotion