EvCC Celebrates Honors Program Grads June 5: Author Will Braden to Speak

Press Release

Release Date: May 21, 2014

Contact: Peg Balachowski, EvCC Honors Program Director, 425-388-9529; mbalachowski@everttcc.edu

EvCC Celebrates Honors Program Grads June 5
Author William Braden to Speak 

Photo: Everett Community College's 2014 honors graduates are (from left) Nada Yousif, Tanner Gaskin, Megan Brewer, Kathryn Smith and Melania Baublitz (not pictured).

EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College will celebrate the 2014 graduates from the college’s honors program at 5-7 p.m. June 5 in EvCC’s Jackson Center with guest speaker filmmaker William Braden, author of “Henri, le Chat Noir.” 

The event is free and open to the public. 

Honors program graduates include Melania Baublitz, Megan Brewer, Tanner Gaskin, Kathryn Smith and Nada Yousif. This is the second year students have graduated from the program.

EvCC started its honors program in Fall 2011 to provide advanced academic challenges to students and enable students to stand out when they transfer to 4-year schools. Honors graduates’ achievements are reflected on their transcripts. The program is supported in part by a donation from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

At the celebration, students will present information about their honors projects. 

  • Baublitz, 22, of Arlington, who plans to become a probation officer, followed a case through the justice system, describing each critical component. 
  • Brewer, 18, of Marysville, a future English professor, will discuss her project focusing on dystopian novels and how they have changed from the 20th to the 21st centuries to match our ever-shifting society.
  • Gaskin, 17, of Arlington, who plans to earn an engineering degree, designed and built a robot that is controlled by hand motions, which he will demonstrate at the forum. He is a Running Start student.
  • Smith, 19, of Granite Falls, who plans to become a music therapist, implemented a music program at EvCC’s Early Learning Center, which provides care for children ages 1-5. 
  • Yousif, 20, of Marysville, surveyed and interviewed college students, with the help of EvCC’s Center for Disability Services, and examined how autism affects grade point average, attention and other factors. She plans to continue her study of psychology. 

After to the students’ presentations, Braden, an author and filmmaker from Seattle, will talk about the value of creating your own path. He is responsible for the character of Henri, le Chat Noir, a feline existential philosopher whose comedic short films have been seen by over 20 million people, and is curator of the Internet Cat Video Festival.

Any student who has earned a B or higher in English 101 and has an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher is eligible to join the honors program. To graduate from the honors program, students must complete honors gateway classes, 15 more honors course credits and a 5-credit culminating capstone project. 

For more information about the honors program, contact Honors director Peg Balachowski at mbalachowski@everettcc.edu or visit www.everettcc.edu/honors to learn more.