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The Olympic College Alumni Association, founded in 2013, helps College Alumni stay in touch with one another and with the College.

Getting involved is the perfect way to know what’s going on at Olympic College, with other alumni, and in the community.

Thanks to the ongoing support and volunteerism of Olympic College alumni and friends, the Association is able to accomplish its mission of developing a sense of community among alumni and promoting the lifelong personal, educational, and professional growth of alumni and students of the College.

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Kitsap Wine Festival

Join the Alumni Association at the Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park on Saturday, August 12th, 2017! The KWF is a celebration of food and wine on Bremerton's scenic waterfront and proceeds benefit the Olympic College Alumni Association in support of the OC Promise.


2017 Speaker Series

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Speaker Series! All lectures are free to the public and scheduled for Thursdays at 6pm in the Rotunda on the Bremerton campus. 

We hope you are able to make it to one of the four planned events this year, let us know if you have any questions.

Archaeology, Japanese Culture, and the Power of Community. Come learn about Yama and the role of archaeology in studying the past. Yama, an historic Japanese immigrant village (1880s to 1920s) located on Bainbridge Island, was a vibrant community with a Buddhist temple, hotel, general store, tea garden, and other businesses. Many of the residents worked at the Port Blakely mill, one of the largest saw mills in the world. In the 1920s the mill closed and Yama was abandoned. Come learn about this vibrant Japanese community, the power of community, and the role Olympic College Archaeology plays in uncovering the past.

DR. CAROLINE HARTSE is project manager for the Yama Project and lead faculty in Anthropology at Olympic College. Faculty at OC since 1994, she earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. In August 2016, the World Archaeology Congress requested a presentation from Caroline about the Yama Project. Archaeologists worldwide traveled to Kyoto, Japan to hear top-notch presentations like hers; now all you need to do is come to OC.

Mars may have been habitable before Earth and might be still--so where are the Martians? We’ll discuss the history and current state of our nearby neighbor and examine the possibilities of life in its past, present, and future.

DR. BOB ABEL is a Professor of Applied Physics at Olympic College and a Collaborator with the University of Washington’s Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Group (www.lsst.org). He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences (Space Physics) from UCLA and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fluid Mechanics) from the UW. Bob has published multiple articles in eminent science journals, posted 120 physics lectures on the internet (http://www.youtube.com/olympiccollege), and in 2015 brought an Astronomy conference to downtown Bremerton.   

Were you ever told you were a loser, that you’d never amount to anything? Or that you have no future? How do you overcome such a withering, confidence-destroying assessment? It all starts with taking a leadership role in your life. Dr. Bolton will share with you her life lessons on how to overcome the negative: Karen’s perseverance, determination, and a family legacy motivated her to reject being another high school dropout with no future and led her to becoming a college graduate with a doctorate. Her lifelong struggle and successful outcomes will inspire and motivate you to take charge of your future!

DR. KAREN J. BOLTON teaches Organizational Leadership and Resource Management at OC. Karen holds a Doctorate of Education from Brandman University, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman U., and a B.S. in Workforce Education Development from Southern Illinois University. Karen’s work with education programs began with a twenty-year career in the Navy, where she trained and mentored leaders in supervisory positions at all levels.

Is art relevant anymore in this uncertain world full of questions? What is the value of art today and why does it matter? Come hear how Art brings people together and provides unexpected therapy. Art is a language without words serving those without a voice. Learn how STEM becomes STEAM,* and ideas become innovation when art is part of the process. Find answers to your questions and begin painting the future you envision.

*Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics

PROF. MARIE WEICHMAN earned an MFA from Texas Tech University in 2000. She has been Artist in Residence in China, Denmark, New Zealand, and the U.S. She has exhibited her artwork internationally in both private and public collections including the Kinsey Institute and Los Cruces Museum of Art. Weichman co-founded Empty Bowls Houston, Broad Humor Bremerton, and ran a grass roots art gallery in Houston, TX. She serves on Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s Acquisitions & Exhibitions Committee and the Bremerton Arts Commission. She teaches Art at OC, where she’s founded the OC Clay Club and chairs the OC Gallery Committee.


Speaker Series 2017

Check out our SUMMIT Magazine Today!

The SUMMIT Magazine is published by the Olympic College Alumni Association and celebrates the successes and stories of Olympic College students, alumni, and employees by promoting them throughout the community. This publication aims to educate its readers, engage stakeholders and recognize donors through compelling stories and images. Here is a link to our latest issue (Vol. 3 / Spring 2017). If you would like to suggest a story or find out more about our magazine, please contact us.

Vol 2. / Summer 2016