An e-newsletter for friends and alumni of Highline College.

Calendar of Events

What’s happening? Below is a partial list of upcoming events. Check here for the full schedule.


June 16: Commencement


June 17: T-Bird Golf Tournament


June 27: Summer Quarter Begins


3rd Saturday of each month:

             MaST New Volunteer Orientation


Foundation Gala 2016 



The Annual Foundation Gala was held at the picturesque Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac. The event, which included a fabulous dinner and live auction, was a resounding success and raised over $100,000 in direct support of student scholarships. Alumni from across the region were in attendance along with local dignitaries and community leaders. Student speaker, Shelley Timmons, shared her Highline story and touched the hearts of all attendees. She is a testament to both fighting against the odds and embracing the wonderful support systems in place at Highline College.

Mark your calendars! Next year's Gala will be held April 29, 2017, at Cedarbrook Lodge.

Missed the event but ready to start planning your legacy at Highline College? Contact the Highline College Foundation today!


Alumni Trivia Challenge


What is the size of Washington state in square miles (land and water)?


A.  71,300 sq miles 

B.  147,042 sq miles

C.  98,381 sq miles

D.  54,556 sq miles


Find the correct answer somewhere in this edition of Highline Connections! 

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About This Newsletter


Highline Connections will be published electronically four times a year in February, May, August and November for friends and alumni of Highline.

Do you have questions or comments?

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Highline College was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. With approximately 17,000 annual students and 350,000 alumni, it is one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education.


DISCLAIMER: Highline College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types).

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

Sandra Cravens Robinson 


Sandra Craven Robinson's achievements are many: nearly 50 years in nursing, 20 years in the military, and several academic degrees. A woman of profound faith, she feels called to serve others. Sandra was the only student of color in the first graduating class of Highline College's Nursing program in 1966 and views Highline as a crucial starting point in her life. She went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing and a master's degree in theology. Now at 72, she is pursuing her doctorate in psychology from California Southern University. During her celebrated military career she served as Dean of the Army's sole psychiatric program. Sandra retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. After the Army, she continued in nursing and now works part time in a private practice. She is an evangelist missionary serving in her local congregation, the district, and the state.  


Read more about the personal story and career of Sandra Cravens Robinson.






New Alumni Association Membership BENEFITS! 


Visit our updated benefits page to access exclusive membership benefits and discounts. Keep checking in, we are committed to serving our alumni!

  • Highline Alumni Association members have a discounted entry to all home Thunderbird sporting events.
  • Receive a 15% discount on Highline College gear and memorabilia from our campus Bookstore. Offer is valid both in store by presenting your Alumni Membership card or online with the access code ALUM. Go T-Birds! 
  • Please see our Benefits page for other offers, resources and discounts!
Our Beautiful Campus
Alumni know that Highline College is situated in an extraordinarily beautiful setting, now the nation is finding out.  We were recently named the 7th Most Scenic Campus in the US!
Our well cared for grounds lie with the majestic Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound as a backdrop. Minutes from Seattle, we cherish some of the best views in Washington state. The state itself is the 18th largest in the nation with 71,300 square miles of picturesque forests, mountains, lakes, plains and shoreline. (As compared to Montana 147,042, 4th largest; Oregon 98,381, 9th; and New York, 54,556, 27th.)


We are looking for YOU!

"I'd rather do something of significance..."


Article Image       We are always searching out and creating new ways for alumni to get involved and serve the community in impactful ways. Do you have a great project you want to start, or have the time and energy but don't know how to begin? Contact Laura Rosa in Alumni Relations to begin your journey of service.    


Prefer to directly support the causes and missions of alumni with a financial gift? Donating through the Highline College Foundation allows you to "Pick Your Passion" and select a specific fund to donate to. You can further direct your contribution though the "Comments" section on the pledge form. 


Retiring Faculty and Staff


With our deepest gratitude for their service, we want to congratulate and send our best wishes to Highline College Faculty and Staff retiring in 2016. 


Rosemary Adang

Nancy Allen

Bob Bonner

Angi Caster

Emmanuel Chiabi

Tam Duong

Juana Lackie

Marsa Mair

Jo Sears

Joy Smucker

Susan Taylor

Andrea Tompkins

Ruth Windhover