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Forensics to compete at Northwest University Eagle British Parliamentary Tournament

Four members of the MHCC forensics team will compete at the Northwest University Eagle British Parliamentary Tournament in Kirkland, Wash., this weekend.

The tournament will offer only British Parliament debate. MHCC forensic students Kevin Craig, Kaylyn Lewis, Ryan Rhoades and Stephanie Saracco will debate on current event issues.

The forensics team is also hosting the second Greater Portland Parliamentary League at MHCC on Jan. 21. Shannon Valdivia, director of forensics, said the teams are not finalized but she knows that MHCC students will be competing in the IPDA and the British Parliamentary Debate.

Valdivia said Oregon State University, Clark College and Lower Columbia College will be competing along with other colleges.


Game design instructor and Japanese instructor win part-time faculty award for excellence in teaching

At the Jan. 11 board meeting two part-time faculty members were recognized for winning the 2011 Part-Time Faculty Award for excellence in teaching.

Japanese instructor Yoko Sato and Game Design instructor Erika Ruhl were given trophies during a presentation by Christi Plinksi.

Early in the fall term MHCC interim President Michael Hay presented the two part-time faculty members with flowers and balloons.

Sato was nominated by her students. Along with teaching at MHCC, Sato helped organize a fundraising effort following the Japan earthquake last March that resulted in donations of $3000 to Mercy Corps.

Ruhl was also nominated by her students and said she is a passionate gamer herself.

Both faculty members received $250 at the district board meeting.

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