Pierce College News

January 31, 2006

Bottom Line Duo to perform at Pierce College

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 2:23 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with two romantic performances of Bottom Line Duo at Pierce College. Enjoy the music and a decadent dessert at Sweet Indulgence on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Puyallup. Tickets are $3 for individuals and $5 for couples. Then, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at noon in the Fireside Lounge, Fort Steilacoom, you and your honey can decorate cookies and listen to the sweet performance. This event is free and open to the public.

The husband and wife duo mix light humor with serious music. The double bass and cello resound with a blend of chamber classics, modern sounds and classical concerti that will delight audiences of all ages. Duo-ing since 1996, Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland have performed all over the U.S. and overseas. They are regular performers at Seattle’s Bumpershoot and the Juan de Fuca Arts Festival.

Pre-Valentines Day, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. – Sweet Indulgence
Multi-Purpose Room
Pierce College Puyallup
$3 individuals
$5 couple
For more information call (253) 840-8415

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, noon – Sweet Performance
Fireside Lounge
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Free
For more information call (253) 964-6614

Pierce College Puyallup is located at 1601 39th Ave. S.E., Puyallup, Wash.
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Dr. S.W., Lakewood, Wash.

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

The Pierce Advantage

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 2:17 pm

MSgt James Conger, a successful Pierce College student At the end of his coursework at Pierce College, Master Sergeant James Conger is looking forward to a new job and new challenges in the next year, including a permanent change of station to Germany.

MSgt Conger is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Civil Law in the Legal Office at McChord Air Force Base. In the Air Force for 12 years, he has worked as a paralegal for nine.

Conger’s courses at the Pierce McChord site were taken to apply to his CCAF degree with the Air Force in Paralegal Studies. “I chose to attend Pierce because I heard really good recommendations from co-workers,” says Conger. “I heard about the small class sizes and the ease of registration and getting started. I was interested because the hardest part for me is the getting started.”

He started, and has now completed all of his coursework for his CCAF — he graduates in June 2006. Though finished with his degree requirements, Conger plans on taking a couple more classes until he moves to complete his next educational goal. He plans on earning a bachelor’s in International Relations in order to assist his work overseas.

Pierce coursework including math and public speaking helped him improve his professional skills. “I took a speech class with Dr. Tom Norton — it was very beneficial to my paralegal career,” says Conger. “I do a lot of briefings and public speaking and I picked up good skills to assist me with those duties.”

Conger has many responsibilities between work, school and home life and he has to work to maintain a balance. He is married with two children and it is important to him to make enough time for his family. Taking a manageable course load helps him with this balance, giving him time to spend with his children. For Conger, the best part of being a dad is “Reliving all of those little things you cherished when you were little,” Conger says. “And getting to go back and experience them through their eyes.”

January 26, 2006

Bizarre Magic Show to be presented at Pierce College Puyallup

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 10:37 am

Entertainer Brian Brushwood will perform his unique brand of magic, sideshow, and the bizarre at Pierce College Puyallup on Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Brushwood mixes comedy, magic and bizarre feats of daring to entertain audiences and earn him appearances on national TV. He has also earned awards as Best Club Magic, Best Comedy Magic and Best Stage Magic by the Texas Association of Magicians. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Talk Soup, The Roseanne Show and a variety of news affiliates including FOX, ABC, CBS, Time Warner and others.

Brushwood performs feats of fire eating, escapes from an audience-tied straitjacket, performs sleight of hand moves, breaks a cinder block over his head, sticks nails in his eyes, reads minds and more. The appearance at Pierce College Puyallup will include a special feature entitled Scams, Sasquatch and the Supernatural. This program is designed to separate reality from myth.

For more information contact (253) 840-8415. This event is sponsored by Pierce College Puyallup Student Programs. Pierce College Puyallup is located at 1601 39th Ave. S.E., Puyallup, Wash.

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

January 25, 2006

Pierce College Presents Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion Music and Dance

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 9:54 am

the multicultural performers of Maya Soleil Help celebrate Black History Month at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom with Maya Soleil on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at noon in the Performance Lounge. This event is free and open to the public.

Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion Music & Dance presents world-class performing artists from Africa, Asia, Jamaica, and the U.S. in a multi-cultural program featuring costumed dancers and traditional African music blended with contemporary sounds. This Pacific Northwest sensation’s album Dance of the New Sun was one of the top nominees for the Seattle Area Music Awards.

Pierce Presents Fort Steilacoom is sponsored by Fort Steilacoom Student Programs, The News Tribune and KPLU 88.5 FM.

The series continues in the spring.

One World Taiko – Japanese Drum Ensemble
noon Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Performance Lounge
Free admission

Award winning author and Seattle firefighter Earl Emerson
10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Performance Lounge
Free admission

Margaret Starbird – Mary Magdalene: Woman and Archetype
7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006
Performance Lounge
$10 general admission, students free

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Access and Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at: (253) 964.6468/V, (253) 964-6228/TTY, or dssaccess@pierce.ctc.edu.

Living Voices to perform The Right To Dream at Pierce College

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 9:53 am

Media Contact Information
Dale Stowell, Director College Relations
(253) 964-6780, dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

In honor of Black History Month, the Roland Weis History Lecture Series brings the Seattle/New York based educational theatrical group Living Voices to Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Wednesday, Feb. 22 for three performances of The Right to Dream in the Performance Lounge. The one-person play will be performed at 9, 10 and noon. This event is free and open to the public.

The Right to Dream follows Raymond Hollis, a young man coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Civil Rights issues are illuminated during the re-creation of his life’s experiences. From the civil rights sit-ins and protests of the early 1960’s to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Hollis’ life provides a backdrop for audiences to better understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our nation’s history.

For more information contact (253) 964-6734. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood.

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

January 14, 2006

DREAM

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 10:54 am

photo: Josh Dunn…is spelled out in large bronze colored letters across the red wall over his desk. From his office with a view of Commencement Bay, Josh Dunn, president and owner of Premier Media Group (PMG) of Tacoma, says he chose that because a dream is where it all started.

A Pierce College Distinguished Alumnus in 2004, Dunn is an example of the advantage Pierce advantage — an advantage that helps people achieve their dreams.

PMG provides the south sound region with high quality, community-focused magazines. PMG’s Home and Garden, Wedding and Event, Remodel and Kitchen and Bath magazines are national magazine quality with the local flair, celebrating the resources available locally. PMG also provides marketing, advertising and website design to assist clients who need something innovative and special. PMG’s magazines have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally.

photo: luxurious red and glass bathroom sink with a tray of candles
Dunn and PMG gain even more recognition:
* PMG’s Idea House featured nationally on the Home and Garden channel
* Dunn honored in the 2004 Business Examiner’s 40 Under 40
* 1 national design award
* 2 international design awards

Dunn is living his dream, and he credits Pierce as a great start. “Inspiring instructors and the excellent business courses at Pierce were effective stepping stones in building my business,” says Dunn. “Pierce is a great place to be as a student and a great asset to the community. Attending the local college helped in making the local connections needed to create a successful business.”

The business and community connections have certainly brought Dunn success. His network has grown even wider since PMG’s move to St. Helen’s Street in downtown Tacoma. Dunn’s enterprises are now able to better tap into the downtown “historic, lofty, urban culture” that is really coming alive. “We connect with and embrace the downtown culture.”

Dunn is planning another expansion — 425 magazine — a home, garden and lifestyle magazine with the goal to specifically serve the eastside communities including Bellevue and Redmond. 425 is set to be launched next year.

All this growth and success is not done alone. Although Dunn is the man behind the vision, he credits his staff for their accomplishments too. “It’s about finding the right people with the right talent,” Dunn says. “I had the dream, but it takes a team to make it happen. I believe in letting that talent come to life, allowing us to work together and reap the rewards together.”

January 10, 2006

Actor Tracy Perry conducts workshop at Pierce College

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 4:26 pm

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2006

Media Contact Information
Dale Stowell, Director College Relations, (253) 964.6780, dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

photo: Tracy Perry, a white man in his 30s wearing a black shirtThe Pierce College Theatre/Digital Film program presents guest artist series with equity actor Tracy Perry. He will conduct a Musical Theater Workshop and Performance for singers and actors on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Theatre. This is a free event and open to the public.

The multi-media workshop with live performances by Perry will be followed by a question and answer session. “The proud origins of popular music that once poured from Broadway now seems quaint and old fashioned,” said Perry. “Our indifference is a sad commentary for this uniquely American art form…I hope to offer my own personal love for the stage and by doing so help others look with new eyes and open their ears to possibility.”

Perry, a native of Pierce County, has performed at a variety of local theatres including Seattle Civic Light Opera, Pacific Lutheran Theater, 5th Avenue Theatre, and Tacoma Little Theatre. In addition, his credits include Titanic and Crazy for You at the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities on Los Angeles and Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden at Glendale Center Theatre. Perry is the son of Pierce College instructor Leslie Watts, a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and a finalist in last summer’s Tacoma Idol musical talent search.

For more information call (253) 964-6683. To request disability accommodation, contact the Access and Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at: (253) 964-6468/V, (253) 964-6228/TTY, or dssaccess@pierce.ctc.edu.

Pierce College is located at 9401 Farwest Drive, S.W., Lakewood, Wash.

Pierce offers courses for a New You in the New Year

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 10:24 am

For Immediate Release
January 9, 2006

Media Contact Information
Dale Stowell, Director of College Relations
(253) 964-6780, dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

A variety of courses are scheduled to start this January that are specially designed with the New Year in mind. Whether you’re looking to clean your closets, fashion a new image, awaken your spiritual power or gain energy, Pierce College has the course for you.

Fashioning a New Image, 1 Session Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m., Puyallup campus
You don’t have to go under the knife to make over your own image. This course teaches you how to assemble a wardrobe that flatters both your body type and budget.

Closet Clean Sweep, 1 Session, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Puyallup campus
It’s time to clear the clutter and get organized. It’s easier than you would think. You’ll learn hints to sort through your clothes, organize your closet and create a simplified wardrobe.

Awakening Your Spiritual and Healing Power, 4 Sessions, Saturdays Jan. 21- Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., South Hill Park
Learn about the powers within yourself.

The Science of Personal Power, Spirituality and Health, 6 Sessions, Saturdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fort Steilacoom campus
This is Module 1 of the new Energy Anatomy Certification designed for those pursuing a professional interest in Energy Medication and personal growth.

Yoga Meditation for Energy, Radiance, Peace, 6 Sessions, Wednesdays, Jan. 25 – March 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fort Steilacoom campus
Learn how movement can relax and energize you at the same time.

All courses are offered through Pierce College’s continuing education program. For more information or to register contact Aysin Clay at (253) 964-6601 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/conted.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive, SW, Lakewood, Wash.
Pierce College Puyallup is located at 1601 39th Ave. SE, Puyallup, Wash.
Pierce College at South Hill Park is located at 716 South Hill Park Drive, Puyallup, Wash.

Raiders basketball debuted Saturday

Filed under: General — Pierce College at 10:22 am

For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2006

Media Contact Information:
Dale Stowell, Director College Relations, (253) 964-6780, dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWACC) league play has officially begun for the Pierce College Raider basketball teams. The Raiders will host eight double headers this season. The home season opened with play against Highline Community College Saturday, Jan. 7. Both teams had a tough outing. The men’s team lost 75 to 56 and the women’s team lost 65 to 49. All Raider home games will take place at Lakewood Community Center.

Returning just one player from last year’s team that recorded the best season in the history of the college’s men’s basketball program, Coach Bill Mendelson has the 2005-06 Raiders poised for another run at the NWAACC Tournament. The 2004-05 Raiders compiled a 23-9 record last season, fought their way to 2nd place in the NWACC, and ranked first for best defense in the Western Division. Falling just shy of the big prize has Coach Mendelson and this year’s team ready for a come back.

“We’re an inexperienced team,” admits Coach Mendelson. “With David Howard and Ryan Reynolds our only two returning players, a starter that never even played high school ball, and the rest having been out of structured play for a while, we’re rusty.”

“We’re starting to gel,” said Mendelson. “But we’ve got a long way to go.” Coach Mendelson’s goal is to “take each game as it comes.”

The women’s basketball team welcomes two returning players as well, Tia Nofoa and Crystal Lee. Last season’s team reached the post season for the first time in ten years. With five new players, the Raiders are looking for an improved record and a trip to the NWAACC Tournament in the Tri-Cities in March. Second year head coach Ann Bowen and assistant coach Ron Sampson will build this year’s team on solid, aggressive defense and a disciplined offensive attack.

Coach Bowen remains confident despite the team’s shallow roster of only seven members. “The plan is to push for the 4th and final playoff spot for the West,” said Bowen. “If we take care of business at home, we can do it.”

Pierce College offers six inter-collegiate sports: men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball. The NWAACC is made up of 32 colleges from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Pierce College also offers cheerleading. For more information, contact Duncan Stevenson, athletic director at (253) 964-6612.

Pierce College is located at 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood, WA 98498. The Lakewood Community Center is located at 9112 Lakewood Dr. S.W.

Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program offers help to patients with gum disease

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 10:20 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2006

Media Contact Information
Dale Stowell, Director College Relations, (253) 964-6780 or dstowell@pierce.ctc.edu

The Dental Hygiene Program at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is offering treatment for adult patients who haven’t had their teeth cleaned in several years, and who may have periodontal disease.

Second-year students in the Associate in Dental Hygiene Program offer gentle, quality cleaning, X-rays, and other care at fees dramatically lower than those of other dental care providers, according to Sharon Golightly, Ed.D., the program’s director.

Potential patients who contact the program are given a free screening appointment to determine their suitability for treatment. Once accepted for treatment, patients will have their teeth cleaned and may receive other appropriate services such as X-rays, fluoride treatments or small fillings on selected patients. Patients with sensitive teeth and/or gums may be given a local anesthetic.

Dr. Golightly emphasizes the importance of dental health in maintaining overall well being, pointing to recent studies that have found a connection between periodontal inflammation and heart disease. “The cleaner the mouth, the healthier the person,” she said.

The program works with area dentists and clinics to make referrals for further treatment, and X-rays can be sent with the patient. Dental insurance and Medicaid coupons are accepted. For a free screening appointment call (253) 964-6694. For additional information about the Associate in Dental Hygiene Program, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/Denthyg.

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