Washington Restaurant, Lodging Associations announce joint operating agreement

The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) have taken a further step in strengthening a partnership that will lead to the creation one of the state’s largest trade associations.
On Oct. 1, the WRA and WLA began operations under a joint operating agreement, combining staff and operational functions in the WRA’s Olympia office. Under the agreement, the associations remain separate legal entities with independent Boards of Directors. However, the two boards will hold joint board meetings and are governed by a joint executive committee.  WRA’s President & CEO Anthony Anton is now also serving as WLA’s chief executive officer.

The next step in the WLA and WRA collaboration will be the launching of a unified hospitality association under a new brand in 2016. The decision to join forces comes after an extensive, two-year due diligence process which focused on the common interests of the state’s restaurant and lodging sectors.
“This is an exciting time for our membership and the businesses they represent across Washington. Combined leadership capabilities and viewpoints also creates more opportunities for innovation,” said Anton. “By joining forces, we now have an expanded government affairs team that is increasing our influence and effectively addressing the challenges facing our industry at both the state and local level.”
The new, unified hospitality association will have more than 6,000 members and advocate on behalf of an industry that employs more than 250,000 Washingtonians and generates $17.7 billion in revenue each year. It will also serve as the primary source of hospitality information for the state’s restaurants and hotels.
“This alliance delivers even more value to members, and we are excited to be joining forces with the Washington Restaurant Association,” said Matt Van Der Peet, WLA chair and general manager of the Westin Bellevue Hotel. “By coming together, we are better able to leverage the strength and resources of both associations, benefiting our members, their employees and, ultimately, the state as a whole,” he said.

About the Washington Restaurant Association
Founded in 1929, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) is the leading business association representing the state’s restaurant industry, which includes more than 5,700 member companies. Restaurants are the largest private employer in the state, with more than 218,000 employees. Washington’s 13,832 restaurants annually contribute $15.1 billion to the state economy, generate $757 million in state taxes, and pay more than $3.8 billion in wages each year. Washington restaurants are the cornerstone of the economy, vital to communities and fundamental to careers. 
About the Washington Lodging AssociationFounded in 1920, the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) is the trade and professional association for Washington’s lodging industry. WLA is an advocacy organization and works toward a favorable legislative and regulatory environment for lodging and tourism. It serves 500 lodging members representing 40,000 guestrooms, as well as more than 125 allied members who serve the lodging industry. WLA also works to promote Washington as a tourism destination and publishes the Washington State Visitors’ Guide and its online companion, StayInWashington.com. 

Washington Capitol Christmas tree-lighting ceremony set for 6 p.m. Friday as AWB celebrates 27th annual Holiday Kids’ Tree program

The Association of Washington Business welcomes the arrival of the 2015 holiday season Friday with a 6 p.m. Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the Capitol rotunda.
The festive event marks the conclusion of the association’s 27th annual fundraiser to benefit children and families in rural communities throughout the state.
Since 1989, AWB’s Holiday Kids’ Tree project has raised more than $360,000 for families in need.

Donations gathered this year will be presented to 18 rural fire districts in nine counties, which use the funds to buy food and gifts for families in their communities. Grant, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Spokane, Thurston, Okanogan, Chelan and Walla Walla counties are this year’s recipients.

This year’s tree is a 33-foot Noble fir donated by Black Lake Christmas Trees in Olympia. This year’s theme is “Heroes Near and Far.”
In addition to traditional decorations and 5,000 LED lights, the tree will be decorated with plush characters representing cartoon heroes. After the tree comes down Dec. 30, the stuffed characters will be individually wrapped along with a Golden Book that relates to the tree’s theme and handed out to children at Seattle Children’s hospital.

bsp;   WHO:             Association of Washington Business
·       AWB President Kris Johnson
·       Secretary of State Kim Wyman
            WHAT:          AWB Holiday Kids’ Tree Lighting Ceremony
            WHERE:        Capitol Rotunda/State Legislative Building
416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW
            WHEN:          FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015
6:00 p.m. – Welcome: Bob Covington, deputy director, WDES
6:03 p.m. – Musical performances by Kids in Concert
6:11 p.m. – Statement of appreciation: Kris Johnson, AWB president
6:16 p.m. – Additional musical selections by Kids in Concert
6:24 p.m. – Proclamation and lighting of the tree: Secretary Wyman and Okanogan County firefighters: Lt. Mark Crum and his wife Sara, daughter Macey, age 10 and son Arlen, age 8; and Senior Firefighter Zack Gurney and son Mason, age 4
6:35 p.m. – Santa arrives
About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,900 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10.

President Obama Signs Bill Recognizing Asteroid Resource Property Rights into Law

 Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, applauds President Obama who signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262) into law. This law recognizes the right of U.S. citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain and encourages the commercial exploration and utilization of resources from asteroids.

“This is the single greatest recognition of property rights in history,” said Eric Anderson, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc. “This legislation establishes the same supportive framework that created the great economies of history, and will encourage the sustained development of space.”
Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc., said, “A hundred years from now, humanity will look at this period in time as the point in which we were able to establish a permanent foothold in space. In history, there has never been a more rapid rate progress than right now.”
Peter Marquez, Vice President of Global Engagement, Planetary Resources, Inc., said, “Our nation’s continued leadership and prosperity in space is enabled by this new law. Planetary Resources is grateful for the leadership shown by Congress in crafting this legislation and for President Obama signing H.R. 2262 into law. We applaud the members of Congress who have led this effort. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Patty Murray (D-WA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) have been unwavering in their support and leadership for the growth of the U.S. economy into the Solar System.”
Senator Rubio (R-FL) said, “Throughout our entire economy, we need to eliminate unnecessary regulations that cost too much and make it harder for American innovators to create jobs. The reforms included here make it easier for our innovators to return Americans to suborbital space and will help the American space industry continue pushing further into space than ever before. I’m proud the final bill includes proposals I had previously introduced in the Senate, including one related to commercial recovery of space resources. This bill is an important win for Florida’s space coast and the entire space exploration community.”
Senator Murray (D-WA) said, “I am glad that we’ve taken this important step forward to update our federal policies to make sure they work for innovative businesses creating jobs in Washington state. Washington state leads in so many ways, and I’m proud that local businesses are once again at the forefront of new industries that will help our economy continue to grow.”
Chairman Smith (R-TX) said, “The natural resources of our Solar System have great potential to facilitate and support our human endeavors, both in outer space and on Earth. Commercial space companies in the United States are making significant investments to develop technical capabilities that will allow us to explore and use outer space resources. This bill enables this new industry and provides guidance for future entrepreneurs.”
Congressman Posey (R-FL) said, “This bipartisan, bicameral legislation is a landmark for American leadership in space exploration. Recognizing basic legal protections in space will help pave the way for exciting future commercial space endeavors. Asteroids and other objects in space are excellent potential sources of rare minerals and other resources that can be used to manufacture a wide range of products here on Earth and to support future space exploration missions. Americans willing to invest in space mining operations need legal certainty that they can keep the fruits of their labor, and this bill provides that certainty.”
Congressman Kilmer (R-WA) said, “The commercial space industry in Washington state is leading the way in developing the cutting edge technology necessary to support human space exploration. The U. S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act will give these ventures the framework they need to continue to innovate, and to keep the United States at the head of this growing, global industry.”
Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, Inc., said, “This off-planet economy will forever change our lives for the better here on Earth. We celebrate this law as it creates a pro-growth environment for our emerging industry by encouraging private sector investment and ensuring an increasingly stable and predictable regulatory environment.”
About Planetary Resources
Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, was founded in 2009 by Eric Anderson and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. Our vision is to establish a new paradigm for resource utilization that will bring the Solar System within humanity’s economic sphere of influence. The company will conduct low-cost robotic space exploration beginning with the Arkyd series of space missions that will identify the most commercially viable near-Earth asteroids. These initial missions will assist the company in enabling the retrieval of raw materials from these select asteroids, including water, precious metals and more.
Planetary Resources’ pathway in identifying the most commercially viable near-Earth asteroids has led to the development of transformative technologies that are applicable to several global markets. The company is financed by industry-launching visionaries, three of whom include Google’s CEO Larry Page & Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt; and Ross Perot, Jr., Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group; who are committed to expanding the world’s resource base so humanity can continue to grow and prosper for centuries to come. Some of the company’s partners and advisors include the Bechtel Corporation; film maker and explorer James Cameron; former Chief of Staff, United States Air Force General T. Michael Moseley (Ret.); Sara Seager, Ph.D., professor of Planetary Science & Physics at MIT and TED fellow; and Dante Lauretta, Ph.D., professor of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. Members of the company’s technical staff have worked on every recent U.S. Mars lander including Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity, and include other key non-aerospace and safety-critical disciplines. For more information, please visit www.planetaryresources.com.

Tickets for 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish Now Available

Tickets for the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to be held at Sahalee Country Club from June 7-12, 2016, are now on sale.
Ticket prices for the Championship range from $10 for each practice round (June 7 – 8) to $75 for a six-day weeklong pass.
Ticket options include:

  • Practice Rounds (Tuesday & Wednesday, $10 each day)
  • Weekday Championship Grounds (Thursday & Friday, $20 each day)
  • Weekend Championship Grounds (Saturday & Sunday, $25 each day)
  • “Good Any Day” Flex Ticket ($30 for choice of one-day access)
  • Weekly Pass ($75 for grounds access all six days)
Complimentary access to the Championship will be available to active duty military, retirees, active reserve, National Guard, DoD Civilians and their accompanying spouse.  Juniors (age 17 and younger), when accompanied by a ticketed adult, will also receive complimentary access. Military personnel (with identification card), and Junior tickets will be distributed on site at the Admissions & Will Call office on the day of admission.
The official ticket launch was staged alongside the annual University of Washington vs Washington State “Apple Cup” football game on Friday, Nov. 27.  As part of the festivities, LPGA Tour veteran and Golf Channel studio analyst Paige Mackenzie, a former All-American at the University of Washington, hit a precision shot at the Rainier Vista on the UW campus, winning one complimentary “Good Any Day” Flex Ticket for all in attendance at Husky Stadium.
In addition, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship made a $10,000 donation to the University of Washington’s women’s golf program.
Spectators at Sahalee will be part of a new era in golf history, with this being only the second year that a women’s major championship is being run by the PGA of America, which operates the annual PGA Championship and bi-annual Ryder Cup competition. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, held last June at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., was won for a third consecutive year by Inbee Park.
Sahalee Country Club, site of the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, as well as the 2002 WGC-NEC Championship, becomes the second Washington state site to host a U.S. women’s major. In 1946, Spokane County Club hosted the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — a collaboration between the PGA of America, KPMG and the LPGA Tour — continues the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship. Broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, the Championship offers a purse among the highest in women’s golf.  It combines a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative – all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

Just one third of CEOs believe their organization has the resilience to succeed

Global study by the Economist Intelligence Unit for BSI finds that 88% are prioritising investment in resilience to ensure long-term survival
A new report released today (November 30th) by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of BSI identifies a worrying gap in the capability of firms to maintain long-term growth. The global study of business leaders[1] reveals that just one third (29%) trust that their firms have fully embedded resilience practices, and less than half (44%) expect it to be the case in three years’ time. This is despite 88% believing that resilience is a priority for their organizations, and indispensable for long-term growth (80%).

The study, “Organizational resilience: Building an enduring enterprise”, finds that achieving the resilience to survive and prosper in the long-term is held back by a lack of skills and knowledge, insufficient leadership commitment and short-term financial considerations. It also highlights that cultural resistance and skills silos create weak-points and bottlenecks within an organization. Two fifths (39%) of business leaders struggle to secure business support for essential resilience measures such as information security, supply chain efficiency and corporate governance.
Just one in five (19%) European organizations have succeeded in fully embedding resilient processes, compared to a third in North America (37%) and Asia Pacific (34%). Worldwide, a third (33%) of larger organizations have resilient processes embedded across their business, compared to a quarter (26%) of those with revenues of less than $500 million. Smaller businesses are held back by a lack of knowledge, whereas larger firms cite financial issues. Older organizations are found to be more likely to see the connection between resilience and long-term growth.
Resilience as a driver of business success is defined by the report from the avoidance of operational failures to a strategic enabler. Three fifths (61%) see it as a source of competitive advantage, with more than half seeing a very strong link between investment in this area and long-term financial performance. Firms interviewed for the report, including Fiskars, the 366 year old Finnish consumer goods company, explained that achieving organizational resilience is vital for long-term financial success. True resilience is found to come from strategic adaptability across all aspects of operations.
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI commented:
“Navigating today’s fast moving and ever-changing world requires companies to be agile, robust and adaptive in order to defy corporate mortality and pass the test of time. That two out of three business leaders believe their organizations may fail this test, shows just how fragile and vulnerable company structures are. This is further reinforced by high-profile examples regularly appearing around the world.”
The report identifies six key features of resilient organizations:
  1. Proactive approach – a willingness to adapt before being forced to
  2. Dynamic leadership – support from the top of organization to embed process, CEO down
  3. Responsiveness to change – a willingness to listen to market needs
  4. Strong corporate culture – holistic inclusion and recognition of everyone’s responsibility and contribution to the business
  5. Keeping focused – possessing a clear vision, purpose and identity
  6. Long-term view – avoiding responding solely to short-term financial goals
Victoria Tuomisto, editor of the report from the Economist Intelligence Unit concludes:
“The apparent gap between the intention and action in companies’ approach towards resilience suggests that businesses are facing a host of challenges in embedding resilience in a changing and volatile marketplace. These, in turn, will be different for every company. But a resilient organisation by definition is one that is constantly shifting and adapting; there is no ‘finish line’ when it comes to implementing a culture of resilience”

Latest DEXA Scan: Mixed Results and New Direction

Earlier this week, two days before Thanksfeast Day, Stacia and I went back to the Washington Institute of Sports Medicine to get another DEXA body composition scan.  It was our second experience there and like the first time, I felt like my results were less than optimal.

Two years ago at my first DEXA scan, I was 50 years old, weighed in at 167.4 lbs and had a total body fat of 16.7%.  Despite the statistics showing I was in the top 1% of body comp for guys my age (and top 8% of 25 year old guys), I was disappointed.  After all, my previous most recent body comp test showed me at about 5.4% body fat – but that was in a Bod Pod and not nearly as accurate as a DEXA scan.

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After our first DEXA scan, Stacia and I planned to go back for regular scans every 6 months or so.  That didn’t happen
for a couple of different reasons:

1) It’s not cheap to do – WISM charges $125 per scan.
2) I have been traveling for work a lot and it’s been a bit difficult to schedule and train for the scan.

Over the past 4 months, I have pretty much been constantly on the road too.  Only this time, I did not allow myself to not eat right (most of the time) or to not train (although rarely had a proper gym to workout at). I felt like I worked extremely hard to eat (mostly) clean and to get daily exercise, despite frequently being on my feet working for 10+ hours a day.

About 10 days prior to the DEXA scan, I was just over the weight of my scan two years earlier.  I already felt like I had cut quite a bit of body fat percentage, but decided to cut some weight rather quickly and lost over 10 pounds in the 10 days leading up to the DEXA scan.  Not sure it had much effect on the results of the scan, but I do know that my results did improve – just not nearly as much as I had expected.

Joe Abs DEXA Scan November 24, 2015:

157.8 lbs
Total Body Fat % = 14.4%
Top 1% for 52 year old men.
Top 97% for 25 year old men.

In the five days since the scan:

I cheated good on Thanksgiving (eating cream puffs, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and even pumpkin pie).
I have worked out 3 times, using heavier weights, lower reps, and shorter workout time.
I have set a goal to weigh 180 lbs, with 14.4% BF (or better) for my next DEXA scan – less than 6 months from now.
I have gained back more than the 10 lbs that I cut before this last DEXA scan.

Stacia Kennedy had much better improvement on her DEXA scan and seems pretty motivated to make future improvement as well.  I’m very proud of her, but don’t want to steal her thunder, so will let her tell y’all about it if she wants.

BTW – if you Are looking to take a DEXA scan in your area, check the directory at DexaScan.com


Holiday 2015 Survey: A Majority of Americans to Shop on Thanksgiving Day

I really hope that this survey about Thanksgiving shopping is not true.  I know that I will not be shopping at all (except for groceries) during the next 5 days just because of my beliefs against shopping on holidays, “Black Friday”, “Cyber Monday” and especially American Express ‘s “Small Business Saturday”.  
REI’s response to Black Friday is to #OptOutside , keep their stores closed – and pay their employees to go outside!  How awesome is that?!?  As a tip of the cap to Recreational Equipment Inc (REI Co-op) (and because I just enjoy being outside), I will be spending a good portion of the day outside too – either skiing, snowboarding or enjoying a public park.
Here’s the release that claims that most Americans will indeed be shopping on Thanksgiving:  In addition to enjoying turkey and family,  a majority of Americans plan to shop on Thanksgiving day this year. Ebates released the results of its 2015 Holiday survey that examined American’s behavior around holiday shopping. The survey revealed that more than half (55 percent) of Americans plan to shop on Thanksgiving.  In fact, more people plan to shop on Thanksgiving than Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  Forty eight percent of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday and 42 percent of Americans plan on shopping on Cyber Monday.  

It turns out that Americans like deals. When asked why they chose to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving, 39 percent said that it is because Black Friday deals are actually starting earlier. This is followed by better selection of products that haven’t been picked over (24 percent), and killing time after eating Thanksgiving dinner (18 percent).  
The survey also discovered that 28 percent plan to eat an earlier Thanksgiving dinner in order to get a head start on shopping, and one in five (20 percent) say they will scope out deals instead of cooking in the earlier part of the day.  
There are some Americans who will skip a home cooked meal all together. Nine percent reveal that they’d rather eat out in order to get a jump start on the Black Friday sales.  
Black Friday and Cyber Monday still remain big shopping days 
Black Friday still remains a very popular day to shop. With almost half of American adults (48 percent) planning to do the majority of their holiday shopping on Black Friday and 42 percent planning to shop on Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving weekend remains the biggest shopping weekend of the year. 
When asked why they plan to shop on Black Friday, 81 percent of those polled said it was because they want to get the best prices on holiday gifts and 43 percent say it is a family tradition.  Almost a quarter (24 percent) say they will shop on Black Friday to get all of their holiday shopping done in one day and one in five (20 percent) say it’s because they ‘love the madness.’ 
Online Shopping is Popular this Holiday Weekend 
Americans are choosing to shop from the comfort of their homes this year. More than half (52 percent) reveal that they will shop online via their laptop. This is followed by a home computer (37 percent), and a mobile device (29 percent). Only 4 percent say they will do any Black Friday shopping via smart watch
“Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now Thanksgiving have become the most popular days to shop for holiday gifts and we understand that while it is important to take advantage of the deals and discounts, it is equally important to enjoy the holidays with friends and family,”  said Kevin H. Johnson, CEO of Ebates.   “That’s why Ebates.com makes it quick and easy to shop and earn cash back at your favorite stores from the comfort of your home so that you can cross items off your shopping list and go back to spending quality time with your family and friends.”
Of those Americans who do not shop primarily on Thanksgiving weekend or Cyber Monday, 39 percent say they do their holiday shopping in October, and 31 percent admit to doing their holiday shopping very last minute – the week before Christmas. One third (34 percent) admit to doing their holiday shopping year-round and a very prepared 10 percent say they do their holiday shopping in the summer to avoid the holiday crowds.


MainStreet Property Group LLC, the Developer of The Carter Apartments in Redmond, WA, seeks to Procure Art by Local Artist, Dudley Carter, for Potential Restoration and Display
MainStreet Property Group LLC has issued a public call for Dudley Carter artwork, a Redmond artist and woodcarver whose artwork has gained international recognition through his life-long work. The developer plans to display the pieces in a collection of Dudley Carter art at The Carter, a 180-unit apartment complex located in downtown Redmond, WA adjacent to the Dudley Carter Park planned to open in the Fall 2016.

Dudley Carter was the inspiration for The Carter building as well as its namesake.  In 1988 at the age of 96, Carter served as King County’s first artist-in-residence at Slough House Park in Redmond where he carved many of his pieces on-site, allowing the public to watch and learn as he worked. The park located across the street from the project now includes Carter’s Haida House Replica No. 4, which he carved in the 1980s at his home in Bellevue. It was reconstructed in the early 1990s while he was in residence at the park. The Slough House Park was pronounced the Dudley Carter Park on September 8, 2012.
MainStreet seeks to procure, through long-term loans or donation, artwork made by Dudley Carter for display at The Carter.  Artwork submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m., December 18, 2015.  To submit, please send pictures and a brief description of the art and its condition to THECARTER@MSPGROUPLLC.com
About MainStreet Property Group LLCMainStreet Property Group LLC is a real estate development firm dedicated to the vision, construction and operation of landmark mixed-use properties that bring value to their communities. MainStreet’s team of experienced professionals strive to acquire, develop, construct and operate properties in niche locations, complimenting and respecting each property’s natural and developed surroundings. MainStreet’s project portfolio includes The Carter in Redmond, Wash., The Spencer 68 in Kenmore, Wash., and Six Oaks and The 104 in Bothell, Wash.

NEW QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has released the pilot edition of their new Graduate Employability Rankings. Designed to provide new insight into how universities are preparing their students for employment, they show Stanford University leading the way.

The first eight places on the pilot rankings are occupied by universities from the UK and the US, cementing the position these countries enjoy as producers of employable graduates. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT, which ranks top of the QS World University Rankings, comes second, while Harvard University completes the dominant US triumvirate. The most successful university for graduate employability neither in the UK nor the US is China’s Tsinghua University (9th). France’s Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech completes the top ten while The University of Sydney (14th ) is the top-ranked Australian institution in this ranking.
QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016
Top 15
2016 Rank
Stanford University
United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
United States
Harvard University
United States
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Yale University
United States
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
Princeton University
United States
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
United States
Tsinghua University
Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech
Cornell University
United States
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
United States
University of Pennsylvania
United States
The University of Sydney
Peking University
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2015.
View the complete ranking, Top 200 universities: www.iu.qs.com
The QS Graduate Employability Rankings are the result of an extensive research project that began operation in October 2014. It saw detailed consultation with both students and employers, and is designed to provide a new approach to the increasingly important issue of graduate employability. This process saw QS choosing five key criteria that illuminate how successful universities are in making their graduates employable.
These criteria are: the reputation a university has among employers (weighted at 30%), alumni outcome (20%), employer partnerships (25%), employer presence on campus (15%), and graduate employment rate (10%). QS’s desire to produce a new rankings, with a new methodology, is based on the desire to provide students with a rankings that went beyond graduate employment rates. Though one important feature of the employability picture, they do not allow fruitful cross-country comparison, and thus a new, more insightful methodology is necessary.
The new methodology takes into account not simply the end product – whether a student is employed – but how successful a university is in creating a process conducive to that end product. It allows students to understand precisely how a university succeeds in making them employable – the opportunities they provide, the networks they create, and the reputation they have among employers.
Though this ranking remains a pilot edition only, QS aims for this new ranking to enhance the dialogue around measuring graduate employability. In seeking ever-greater participation from universities, employers, and students alike, the hope is that all parties will better understand the part they can play in creating a thriving employment market. The pilot edition can be found at www.iu.qs.com.

Student David Kook Named to Bellevue College Board of Trustees

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has named student David Kook, of Bellevue, to the Board of Trustees of Bellevue College. Kook is the fourth student to serve on the Bellevue College board.
“As Bellevue College continues to grow, I want to be a part of the new advancements and help the Board provide and sustain a large and diverse learning environment for the wide array of Bellevue College students,” said Kook. 

As a student trustee, Kook will have all of the duties and powers of a regular trustee, but must excuse himself from participation or voting on matters related to hiring, discipline or tenure of faculty and personnel, or any matters pertaining to collective bargaining agreements. His term runs until June 30, 2016.
“I look forward to working with David,” Bellevue College President Dr. David Rule said.  “His naturally inquisitive and thoughtful nature will be an asset as our institution moves forward.” 
Kook, who is working towards an associate of science degree with an emphasis in biochemistry, has been an active and dedicated member of several clubs and groups at Bellevue College including the Debate Club, the Asian and Pacific Islander Student Association, the Rotaract Club, and Phi Theta Kappa. He also serves the campus as an editor of the student newspaper, The Watchdog.
Off campus, Kook is involved with Swedish Medical Center Seattle’s Health Scholars program, where student volunteers receive training to assist in basic patient-care tasks such as bathing, changing and feeding patients as they rotate among the different departments within the hospital.
Students at Bellevue College spearheaded the effort to allow those who attend the state’s community and technical colleges to serve on their boards of trustees, a right that students at the state’s public universities have enjoyed for years. Those efforts resulted in the passage of SB 5217 in the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by former Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2012. The law allows any college district’s board of trustees, which are comprised of five members, to establish a sixth trustee position to be filled by a student. 
The governor selects the student from a list of candidates submitted by the student government of that college district.
Current members of the BC Board of Trustees include: Steve Miller (chair), Lisa Chin (vice chair), Merisa Heu-Weller, and Richard Fukutaki.