Pierce College News

October 26, 2004

All-District Day Inservice

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 11:55 am

Services will be limited on Friday, October 29 as our staff and faculty participate in our annual all-district inservice day.

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Fort Steilacoom services

* Information desk: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Library: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
* Computer labs (O301 & SN121 only): 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Puyallup services

* Library: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Health care open enrollment for employees through Nov. 30

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 10:17 am

Pierce College employees: this is your annual opportunity to make changes to your medical and dental coverage. Visit the PEBB Web site to review changes to the plans for 2005, find out about upcoming benefit fairs, and change your coverage.

A Familial Sight on Campus

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 10:08 am

A man and woman sit in front of the main Pierce College Puyallup building with their son just behind them

Roger Nix, his wife Pheng and their son Colin enjoy the broad range of learning opportunities available through Continuing Education courses at Pierce College.

Roger, an ESL instructor at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Clover Park Technical College, has taken many CE courses, particularly in computer science.

Pheng, who graduated with honors this spring with an associate degree from Pierce College Puyallup, took a First Aid class that enhances her skills as a paraeducator in the K-6 reading program at Firgrove Elementary School.

And Colin, a ninth-grader at Kalles Junior High, took a guitar class that inspired him to go on to private lessons.

You too can explore new skills and experiences: visit the Continuing Education Web site for more information.

October 21, 2004

Pierce College Theatre presents multimedia performance bodyBODY Nov. 12-20

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 10:51 am

Media contact: Nancy Butterfield, (253) 964-7331 or nbutterfield@pierce.ctc.edu
or Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

The Pierce College Theatre will present “BodyBODY: Aphrodite Raves,” a multimedia exploration of women’s body-image issues by playwright Vanessa McGrady. Katjana Vadeboncoeur will direct the production, which will feature designer Gordon Adams and a cast of local actors.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 12, 13, 19 and 20, and at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 and 18 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood. Admission is $7 general and $2 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets call (253) 964-6710.

Vanessa McGrady’s play is based on interviews with women and men about how they perceive, accept and reject the beauty ideal. With humor, pathos, and a little divine intervention, a hairdresser named Eve learns to navigate messages about her own body from her family, friends, her lover and the media. The show also incorporates video from Kathlyn Albright’s “Beyond the Body” and photographs from Amanda Koster’s “This is Beautiful” collection.

The play contains adult subject matter and is recommended for mature audiences. For more information visit www.bodybodyproject.com.

October 19, 2004


Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 9:19 am

The Roland Weis History Lecture Series: World War II Week [image also includes posters from the era and a photo of a Japanese-American soldier]

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

World War II Week features speakers, plays, historic exhibits Oct. 18 – 23

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Pierce College’s annual World War II Week will feature presentations by a Holocaust survivor, a Tuskegee Airman, a Navajo Code Talker and others, along with one-person dramatizations, big-band music and historic exhibits.

The event will be Monday, October 18 through Saturday, October 23, at the 4th Floor Dining Bay/Performance Lounge at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood. All events are free and the public is invited.

Events and Presentations:

Monday, Oct. 18
9 a.m. “Within the Silence”
Living Voices, Dining Bay

Tuesday, Oct. 19
10 a.m. Internment – a personal experience
Joe Kosai, Dining Bay

Wednesday, Oct. 20
10 a.m. “Through the Eyes of a Friend”
Living Voices, Dining Bay
7 p.m. Code Talkers
Samuel Tso, Performance Lounge

Thursday, Oct. 21
11 a.m. Holocaust Survivor
Peter Metzelaar, Dining Bay

Friday, Oct. 22
10 a.m. Tuskegee Airmen
Bill Holoman, Dining Bay

Saturday, Oct. 23
9:30 a.m. Doors open. Performance Lounge/Dining Bay
10 a.m. American Fighter Ace Joe McGraw
11 a.m. War Correspondent Wilmont Ragsdale
Noon Big Band music with A Touch of Class
1:30 p.m. A Childhood in Germany during WWII
Bruno Lange, Author of “Born Into Turmoil”
2:30 p.m. Marines in the Pacific
3:30 p.m. Band of Brothers – Don Malarkey, 101st Airborne
5 p.m. Doors close

Displays, pictures, posters and artifacts will be on exhibit all week.
For more information contact Randy Leifson, (253) 964-6734.

October 8, 2004

EWU offers bachelor of science in dental hygiene at Pierce College

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 3:23 pm

Date: October 8, 2004
Media contact: Dale Stowell, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is home to an Eastern Washington University satellite degree-completion program that offers dental hygienists with associate or applied science degrees the opportunity to earn their bachelor of science in dental hygiene locally while they work full time.

The program, which began in 2002, allows working students to complete their degrees with classes in the evenings, on Saturdays, and/or online. The program does not require a clinical component.

Twenty-six students are enrolled for the 2004 fall quarter, seven of whom plan to complete the curriculum in one year. The program graduated 12 students in its first class in June 2004, with half of them earning Cum Laude honors or above. One graduate, Tina Colby, won EWU’s prestigious Frances B. Huston award for outstanding community service and high academic achievement. Twenty students are expected to graduate in June 2005, according to Monica Hospenthal, co-director of the program.

For information please contact Monica Hospenthal at (253) 912-3642 or

October 5, 2004

Twelfth annual Korean Alphabet Day celebrates traditions Oct. 11

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 11:03 am

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

Traditional calligraphy and dance performances will highlight the 12th Annual Korean Alphabet Day celebration from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 11 in the Cascade Building’s third floor at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood.

The event is free and open to the public. The invited guest of honor will be Kim Jae-Gouk, Consul General of the Republic of Korea. The event is sponsored by the International Education and Korean Language programs.

Korean Alphabet Day commemorates the development of the Korean alphabet in 1446 under the leadership of King Sejong, who believed that Koreans needed an easy-to-use system for writing their language. Prior to the introduction of the Korean alphabet, the Korean language was written in the more complex Chinese characters.

For information contact Son Ok Kirst, (253) 964-6567 or Patrick Cavendish, (253) 984-7327.