Pierce College News

March 31, 2005

Best library in the nation

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 10:52 am

photograph of the library staff taken from above An award-winning recipe of creativity, strong relationships and a focus on student success and learning has helped the Pierce College Library earn the distinction as the best community college library in the United States.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) honored the Pierce College Library with its 2005 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, which recognizes the staff of a community college, college, and university library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

Join us in celebrating the library’s achievement on Friday, April 15 at 8 a.m in the Fort Steilacoom Library. A continental breakfast will be provided, followed by remarks and an awards ceremony at 8:45 a.m.

h3. What does it take to be the best?

Pierce College, only the 6th community college library in the country to receive this distinguished award, earned it by meeting the standards of excellence set forth by ACRL. The Pierce College Library was recognized as a national leader in outcomes assessment focused on student learning. With libraries at Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom, the library embraces a service model of “1 library in 2 places.” The library has 23 staff members, and a combined total of 140,000 volumes in both locations.

“Pierce College librarians and staff work as a team with faculty in achieving the five core abilities of a Pierce education, particularly information literacy which enables students to achieve personal, academic and workplace goals,” says Helen Spalding, chair of the 2005 Excellence in Academic Libraries Selection Committee. “Pierce College Library is the only community college library in the nation to support an INTEL Computer Clubhouse, by leading an innovative collaboration with the local school district and city government to provide Computer Clubhouse members, age 10-18, with an opportunity to explore their creativity and learn how to learn.”

h3. A learner-centered library, engaged faculty

Pierce’s five core abilities are critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, information competency, multiculturalism, and responsibility.

Debra Gilchrist, Pierce’s dean of library and media services, says that Pierce College Library is one of the few libraries to have taken service quality and the academic mission to a new level by creating a learner-centered library. This means that learning outcomes drive everything. All services and programs are planned to enhance student success, and library faculty do more than deal with books — they teach.

“For all of our staff, the goal is not just to serve, but also to enhance learning, and to creatively apply and integrate instructional practices and student learning,” Gilchrist says.

The library’s philosophy is that inquiry is central to education. In helping students to value their own questions, as well as to effectively access, evaluate, and apply information, the library prepares students for a lifetime of learning. The library’s staff and faculty members work together to provide excellent assistance and research opportunities for over 3,000 students per week.

“The library faculty are everywhere — they serve on the assessment team, as student advisors, work with Phi Theta Kappa (the community college honor society), with SLAM (Student Literary Arts Magazine), and conduct workshops through student services,” says Gilchrist.

“We are proud of the commitment our library faculty and staff have made to supporting quality instruction across the curriculum and for their special talents in promoting information competency,” says Dr. Michele Johnson, president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. “They are a wonderful team of professionals led by an exemplary leader, Deb Gilchrist, who sets the vision and inspires others to reach our outcomes.”

Pierce College District Chancellor Steve Wall says, “The approach of Deb Gilchrist and the rest of the library faculty and staff to ensure that our library is a teaching library and is fully integrated into our instructional programs has been a very important accomplishment.”

h3. ACRL and the Excellence in Academic Libraries award

This year’s other recipients are the Mount Holyoke College Library, South Hadley, Mass.; and the University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va. Each winning library will receive $3,000 and a plaque, to be presented at an award ceremony held on each recipient’s campus. The winners also will receive special recognition at the ACRL President’s Program during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference on June 27 in Chicago.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

h3. Find out for yourself….

Discover the resources of our award-winning library for yourself by visiting the library’s Web site or the libraries at Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup today!

March 30, 2005

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides to speak at Pierce College April 7

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 11:16 am

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

Jeffrey Eugenides, who was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his second novel “Middlesex,” will be the featured speaker as part of the Pierce Presents series, at Pierce College Puyallup’s College Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Admission is $15 general/$10 students.

“Middlesex” is the story of a hermaphroditic teen on the hunt for clues to the real nature of her/his identity, and the family history that created it. The New York Times’ Michiko Kakutani calls the book “an uproarious epic, at once funny and sad, about misplaced identities and family secrets,” and observes that “Mr. Eugenides has a keen sociological eye for 20th-century American life. . . But it’s his emotional wisdom, his nuanced insight into his characters’ inner lives, that lends this book its cumulative power.”

For tickets visit the ticket office in Room A120 at Pierce College Puyallup; call (253) 840-8416; or contact any Ticketmaster location. Tickets purchased through the college will not include a service fee. Pierce College Puyallup is at 1601 39th Ave. S.E. Pierce Presents is an artists and speakers series sponsored by Pierce College Puyallup Student Programs, KPLU 88.5 FM, and The News Tribune.

Awards dinner to honor Pierce College 2005 distinguished alumni April 6

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 11:15 am

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

The Pierce College Foundation will present the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Awards at a special dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the College Center, room 102, at Pierce College Puyallup. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased by calling 964-6296, or by e-mail at gcrippen@pierce.ctc.edu . Pierce College Puyallup is at 1601 39th Ave. S.E.

Recipients of the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Awards are Katherine Boyd, principal of Hunt Middle School in Tacoma; Johan Dupuis-Lund, regional manager for Intel Corp.; and John Haugh, a social worker with the state Department of Social and Health Services Children & Family Services Division in Tacoma.

Jerry Korum, owner of Korum Motors, and James Washam, president of KeyBank, co-chairs of the Pierce College Foundation’s Campaign for Childcare, will be recognized as recipients of the Jack Asby award for outstanding community service. The award was established in 2000 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. Asby is a former interim president of Pierce College, a long-time Lakewood activist, and a Pierce College Foundation Board member.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were created to honor outstanding Pierce College Alumni who have shown strength in adversity, overcoming disadvantages to become successful in their professions.

Katherine Boyd, A.A.S., 1990, is principal at Hunt Middle School in Tacoma. Boyd is the first among her 10 siblings to earn a college degree. As a school principal she has come a long way from her elementary-school years when she could only do her schoolwork on rainy days when she wasn’t required to work in the fields.

Johan Dupuis-Lund, A.A., 1993, is a regional manager for Intel Corp. in DuPont. As an immigrant to the United States from Denmark, Dupuis-Lund was not fluent in English. He says his greatest personal triumphs were graduating from Pierce College and passing the U.S. Citizenship test in 2001.

John Haugh, A.A.S., 1999, is employed as a social worker for Children & Family Services. Haugh has overcome much adversity, including a football accident that left him partially paralyzed. He is active in community and volunteer organizations, including child advocacy groups.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Support Services Office at least 10 days in advance at (253) 964-6468/V; (253) 964-6228/TTY; or dssaccess@pierce.ctc.edu.

March 29, 2005

Student e-mail service now available

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 9:05 am

E-mail service is now available for all currently enrolled Pierce College students as part of Pierce College’s Student Online Services. Learn more about your e-mail address and how to access your account on the SOS Web site.

March 23, 2005

Pierce College Foundation Board of Directors seats four new members

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 3:05 pm

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

The Pierce College Foundation welcomes four new members to its board of directors, including Jan Lucas, an instructional facilitator at Lakeview Elementary School in Lakewood; Steve Moceri, president and owner of Moceri Leasing; James Roth, vice president and commercial loan officer at Columbia Bank; and Linda Stowe, owner/partner of both Stowe Construction, Inc and the High Cedars Golf Club.

The Pierce College Foundation mission is to acquire private funding for the district, provide enhancements to college programs, improve access for students, and promote the colleges to the community, said Foundation Director Cherry Tinker.

Jan Lucas said she became aware of the Pierce College Foundation during the 2004 garden tour in Steilacoom. As a member of the planning committee, she worked with several members of the Pierce College faculty and staff. She was inspired to become more involved in the foundation as a result. “Their good work and worthy projects, all done to benefit the college, stirred my interest and desire to get involved,” Lucas said.

Steve Moceri’s interest in the foundation stems from serving on the Campaign for Childcare Cabinet. “Working with (Foundation Director) Cherry (Tinker) and other cabinet members has been a wonderful experience,” Moceri said. “I hope to lend my same enthusiasm to the foundation.” Moceri’s wife, Joane, is the director of the nursing program at Pierce College.

James Roth said he is excited about the opportunity to become involved with the foundation. “I feel that continuing support for higher education is vital and promotes an educated, qualified workforce,” Roth says. He is looking forward to interacting with the members of the foundation board who share the same vision of improving access to higher education.

Linda Stowe hopes to help direct the results of college-level education to have a more effective and practical impact for both students and employers. “I think the foundation can be very instrumental in helping shape the college curriculum to make more practical and realistic applications to everyday needs of employers,” Stowe says. “This will make the students’ education more valuable in finding careers.”

For information about the Pierce College Foundation, call (253) 964-6269 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/foundation/.

March 18, 2005

Pierce College offers free public seminar on identity theft

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 3:41 pm

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

The public is invited to attend a free seminar on identity theft, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the College Center at Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. S.E.

Representatives from the Washington State Patrol and the Department of Licensing Identity Theft Unit will present detailed information and offer resources on identity theft, which now constitutes the fastest-growing type of crime in the United States.

Speakers representing local law enforcement agencies, banks and the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office also will be on hand to address various aspects of identity theft and to answer questions. Anyone who has been a victim of identity theft or would like to know how to keep from becoming one is encouraged to attend. The seminar also will address protecting personal information while using the Internet.

Sponsors for the program in addition to the college include the Identity Theft Unit, Washington State Patrol/Dept. of Licensing; and Rainier Pacific Bank.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Support Services Office at (253) 964-6468/V; (253) 964-6228/TTY; or dssaccess@pierce.ctc.edu.

March 16, 2005

Pierce College Farwest Jazz takes first place at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

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

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

Farwest Jazz, Pierce College’s award-winning choir, took the first-place award for the second year in a row at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at University of Idaho in Moscow. One of the group’s soloists, Brecklynn Bradford, also took first place in the alto solo competition and was selected to sing with some of the jazz greats for the evening “legends” concert.

Vocalist Peter Jones finished second, one point behind the winner, in the tenor solo competition. “The solo awards are firsts in the history of Pierce College,” said Kelly Kunz, Farwest Jazz director. “The student jazz band was also very successful, finishing first place in their division.”

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is in its 38th year. Each year, thousands of college, high school, junior high and elementary school students travel from all over the United States and Canada to the University of Idaho campus to perform and to meet some of the world’s greatest jazz performers.

The adjudicated performances span four days and typically involve approximately 14,000 students from more than 300 schools, ranging from colleges to elementary schools. Outstanding vocal and instrumental soloists take the stage with the professionals at the evening concerts.

March 15, 2005

Photos of College Center opening

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 11:53 am

We celebrated the opening of the new College Center at Pierce College Puyallup on January 6 — check out photos of the building, the crowd, the speakers, and more!

March 10, 2005

FS Fitness Center temporary closure

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 12:38 pm

The fitness center will be closing March 28 in preparation for a complete renovation.

* Normal hours will continue through March 18: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday
* The center will be open on a shortened schedule the week of March 21 – 25: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you are using lockers in the fitness center, please remove all your belongings before March 28.

Throughout the month of April, contractors will be inspecting the building as they prepare to submit bids. We expect that a construction contract will be awarded by the end of April and the facility turned over to the contractor to begin work sometime during the latter part of May.

The facility will be completely rebuilt with new locker rooms, exercise areas, classrooms, student gathering spaces, offices and, of course, a first-of-its-kind (for Pierce College) gymnasium.

We expect construction to be completed sometime during late spring 2006. Thank you for your patience.

March 9, 2005

Pierce College receives largest gift in its history

Filed under: News releases — Pierce College at 4:03 pm

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

Pierce College has received the largest gift in its history, in the form of a bequest of more than $717,000 from the estate of Catherine Garnero of Buckley. Most of the money will be used to establish an endowed scholarship in honor of Garnero’s late son Joe, who worked in the education center at Fort Lewis for 16 years. Part of the gift will be used in the college’s Campaign for Childcare.

Catherine Garnero was a retired schoolteacher with a lifelong love of learning who continued to teach people to read, and even led a weekly knitting class at Buckley Senior Center well into her 90s. She passed away in April 2004 at age 96.

Mel Monk, Garnero’s nephew, remembers her as a woman who was never extravagant, but nurtured excellence in her environment. “She just wanted the best quality of life she could create:” he says, “the best flowers, the best vegetables in her garden, the best relationships with people.”

The Campaign for Childcare will break ground at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in April for construction of a 10,000-square-foot building at the site of the current portable buildings, which now are being demolished. The child care centers to be constructed at both the Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom campuses will be designed to accommodate 65 children and 100 children respectively. The 6500-square-foot Pierce Puyallup child care center will be situated on the west side of campus.

“Catherine Garnero touched the lives of the people she knew and was a good friend of Pierce College,” said District Chancellor Steve Wall. “Now her generosity will help hard-working students achieve their personal and professional goals from today forward.”

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