Pierce College News

April 30, 2004

Five-minute film festival set for May 19-20

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 10:29 am

April 29, 2004

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Media contact: Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Five-minute film festival set for May 19-20

Film aficionados can enjoy short digital films created by Pierce students and other community artists at the Five-Minute Film Festival May 19 and 20 in the theater at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Dr. S.W., Lakewood.

Screenings will be at noon and 7 p.m. both days, and admission is free and open to the public. For more information contact Fred Metzger, phone (253) 964-6659, e-mail fmetzger@pierce.ctc.edu.

April 27, 2004

Summer courses at Pierce – bulletin now available

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 2:32 pm

Want to take a class at Pierce during your summer break? Students at four-year colleges can get electives or pre-requisites out of the way, while spending less for tuition. [Learn more...]

Get ready for graduation!

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 8:14 am

The 2004 Guide to Commencement has all the information you need for participating in the 2004 Pierce College graduation ceremony on June 11.

April 23, 2004

Oregon Shakespeare Festival to highlight summer drama classes

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 9:46 am

Students of Shakespeare can enhance their classwork with an extraordinary summer field experience at Oregon’s Shakespeare Festival through Pierce College Continuing Education. The course combines nine class sessions with a four-day stay at the festival in Ashland, Ore., one of the best Shakespearean festivals in the world. [read more about the Shakespeare Festival]

Northwest favorite Darren Motamedy to perform at Jazz Expo

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 9:23 am

The annual Jazz Expo on May 7 will feature saxophonist Darren Motamedy, Pierce’s vocal ensemble Farwest Jazz, and the Pierce College Jazz Ensemble. [Read more about the Jazz Expo.]

April 22, 2004

Oregon Shakespeare Festival to highlight summer drama classes

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 1:48 pm

April 22, 2004

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Media contact: Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Oregon Shakespeare Festival to highlight summer drama classes

Students of Shakespeare can enhance their classwork with an extraordinary summer field experience at Oregon’s Shakespeare Festival through Pierce College Continuing Education. The course combines nine class sessions with a four-day stay at the festival in Ashland, Ore., one of the best Shakespearean festivals in the world.

Classes (Shakespeare and Drama – English 234/202 and Shakespeare Festival – English 250/Theater 255) are 7 to 9 p.m. June 14 through July 1 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, with the Ashland trip June 22-25. The $785 fee includes course tuition and fees, tickets to plays and lodging for four nights in Ashland. The course can be taken for 10 credits, for 100 in-service hours, or just for fun. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. To register call (253)964-6616, or for information contact Aysin Clay, (253)964-6601, or by e-mail at aclay@pierce.ctc.edu.

April 16, 2004

10-Minute Play Festival to feature original works by Pierce students May 14-22

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 11:14 am

April 16, 2004

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Media contact: Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

10-Minute Play Festival to feature
original works by Pierce students May 14-22

Pierce College Theater will present its third annual 10-Minute Play Festival at 7 p.m. May 14, 15, 21 and 22, with 10 a.m. matinees May 19 and 20, in the Cascade Building dining bay. Tickets to the evening performances are $7 general admission, $2 for students and seniors. Matinee admission is free but reservations are required. Call 964-6710.

Theater instructor Patrick Daugherty directs as the actors present a series of short plays by Pierce College student authors. Playwriting instructors are Mike Darcher, Sharon Russell and Lisa Albers, and screenwriting instructor is Denise Hartley. The genre has been likened to speed chess or a 50-yard dash in that the short plays can generate tremendous bursts of energy.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is at 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood. For directions go to www.pierce.ctc.edu.

Pierce College Celebrates distinguished alumni April 28

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 11:10 am

April 16, 2004

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Media contact: Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Editor’s note: high resolution digital photos are available on request.

Pierce College Celebrates distinguished alumni April 28

The accomplishments of this year’s class of Distinguished Alumni are exemplary. A broad range of talents and abilities are represented in the nominees. All credit Pierce College as being a great stepping-stone in their success.

They will be recognized at a dinner in their honor at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Performance Lounge, 9401 Farwest Drive, S.W., Lakewood. For reservations or more information call (253) 840-8495.

The distinguished alumni of 2004 are:

Dr. Rose Bailey Dental Hygiene, 1978
Dr. Rose Bailey works in many community service projects in the South Sound area. She owns her own dental clinic, housed in a newly built facility that she designed in Olympia.

She was a single mother during her time at Pierce College, and she graduated with honors. She earned her dentistry degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Bailey employs two Pierce College dental hygiene graduates and has been called one of Olympia’s biggest supporters of the Pierce program.

“Pierce College Dental Hygiene is proud to call her an alumna,” says Sharon Golightly, dental hygiene program director, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. “We frequently hold her up as a role model for our students to share with them the possibilities of a career in dentistry.”

Art Chantry, A.A. 1975
Art Chantry attended Pierce College Fort Steilacoom to reassess the direction of his life. He has had a continuing fascination with gathering knowledge since going to Pierce.

“I credit Pierce College Fort Steilacoom still, with opening my eyes to world culture,” says Chantry.

Recognized internationally, Chantry’s designs are in the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Experience Music Project. His has won countless design awards and his work has even hung in the Louvre. Chantry created a regional design style associated with the rock underground (grunge music) of the 1990s.

“His raw imagery and energetic style has influenced designers around the world,” says Ken Murphy, graphics lead, Pierce College.

Eleanor Cozart, A.A.S., 1988
Eleanor Cozart gave up an active private law practice to serve as the executive director of a non-profit mediation center. Her work at the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution is challenging and rewarding. Cozart’s efforts protect the most vulnerable people in the community.

“Under her direction, the Center for Dispute Resolution has flourished, becoming a more popular option for individuals and organizations in conflict, as well as providing the legal community with an alternative to the often overcrowded courts,” says MJ Redman, training programs coordinator, Pierce County Center for Dispute Problems.”

The path to her law career began when she decided to attend Pierce College. Already a busy working mother and wife, Cozart chose Pierce for its accessibility and the variety of classes offered. The excellent instructors and the diversity of the student population contributed to her positive experience at Pierce.

Cozart was recently honored with the Marilyn Holzman Humanitarian Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.

Josh Dunn, 1992-93
Pierce College was a great launching point for Josh Dunn to establish his career as an entrepreneur. Dunn, a local publisher, completed coursework with the goal of owning his own business. A Dean’s list student, he learned a lot from his classes, instructors and fellow students.

“My time at Pierce taught me diligence,” says Dunn. “I learned what I do want and what I don’t want pretty clearly.”

Dunn owns Premier Media Group (PMG), which publishes Premier Wedding and Event and Premier Home and Garden magazines, as well as specialty publications. PMG has grown from two employees to eight in only a year.

“Josh is an energetic supporter of local towns/ cities,” says Mayor Ron Lucas of Steilacoom. “This bright, articulate young man is a success in large part due to his education at Pierce College.”

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Lakewood council member honored with Asby Award

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 11:02 am

April 16, 2004

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Media contact: Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Lakewood council member honored with Asby Award

Dr. Claudia Thomas, Lakewood City Council member and former deputy mayor, is the first recipient of the Jack Asby Award. Pierce College and the Pierce College Foundation established the Jack Asby Award in February 2000.

Asby is a former interim president of Pierce College, a long-time Lakewood activist, and a Pierce College Foundation Board member. The award was established to honor volunteerism, advocacy for higher education, and bringing visibility to the central role Pierce College plays in improving quality of life in the community. All are traits of Thomas’ long service to the Lakewood community.

Thomas will be honored at the Distinguished Alumni Banquet on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Performance Lounge at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive, S.W., Lakewood.

For reservations or more information call (253) 840-8495.

A high-resolution digital photo is available upon request.

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New women’s volleyball coach Dottie Harris brings passion, commitment to the game

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 10:34 am

April 16, 2004

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Media contact: Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

New women’s volleyball coach Dottie Harris
brings passion, commitment to the game

Passion for the game is listed high on Dorothy (“Dottie”) Harris’ resume. The new women’s volleyball coach for Pierce College Fort Steilacoom has devoted more than 30 years to teaching and mentoring young athletes, and sees volleyball as a sport with special appeal for women in its demands for stamina and strategy. “Volleyball is a great sport for women,” Harris said. “It’s something you can do for a lifetime.”

Pierce College athletes and program officials have high hopes for Harris, according to Duncan Stevenson, director of district athletics and recreation.

“We hope that Dottie Harris will return the Pierce Volleyball program to its former elite status in the NWAACC when the Raiders captured four consecutive Western Division titles (1997-2000), and qualified for the conference tournament in six of the past eight years,” Stevenson said. “Coach Harris brings a wealth of coaching experience to her new position, and we believe that her competitive approach to the game along with her local ties will be the special touch that puts the Raiders back on top.”

A physical education and health teacher at Bellarmine Preparatory School for 25 years, Harris also has directed and/or coached at volleyball camps for University of Washington and Western Washington University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University and recently completed her master’s in education at Lesley University.

In addition to her new coaching position at Pierce, Harris plans to continue teaching at Bellarmine.

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