Pierce College News

November 29, 2006

Event cancellations for Nov. 28 & 29, 2006

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Farwest Jazz Night, scheduled for Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. at Fort Steilacoom, has been cancelled.

The Dental Hygiene all-applicant meeting scheduled for November 28 has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 18, 2007.

The IBEST Certified Nursing Assistant orientation scheduled for Nov. 29 at Puyallup has been rescheduled to December 7. Students will be contacted with more details.

November 27, 2006

Highlighted Events, December 2006 – January 2007

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Pierce College District offers a variety of arts, entertainment, and educational events to enrich the lives of the community members we serve. In addition, some departments like Pierce College Theatre and Music offer hands-on learning opportunities for our students.

To request disability accommodation for any event, 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.

Dec. 3: Pierce College Music Department JazzAfternoon with Jay Thomas
Pierce College Jazz Ensemble I and II will perform with trumpet and saxophonist Jay Thomas at this popular annual event on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at JazzBones in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 for the general public. Pierce College students are free. College credit is available in all performance groups. JazzBones is located at 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma. For more information, contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572.

Dec. 5: Pierce College Fall Film Festival
The Fall Film Festival features films by Pierce College students but is open to submissions from the general public. The event is Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Films should be submitted to the Humanities Desk, Cascade Bldg., Room 365 by 4 p.m. on Nov. 30. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive, S.W., Lakewood. For more information, call: (253) 964-6659.

Dec. 8: Pierce College Music Department Performs Winter Concert
The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Concert Band and Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup Concert Choirs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 for the general public. Pierce College students are free. College credit is available in all performance groups. For more information, contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572.

January 8 – 30 Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery exhibits Philip Govedare paintings
Paintings by Philip Govedare, art and painting faculty at the University of Washington, is the January Exhibit at Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery. Govedare’s work is not intended as a literal depiction as much of it is imagined. According to the artist’s statement, his work “presents a fiction and a metaphor, placing landscape in a context that is both contemporary and historical”. The works are on loan courtesy of the Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive, S.W., Lakewood. The Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Olympic Building, Room 265. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

January 11, 2 p.m. – Pierce College Theatre auditions for The Laramie Project
Auditions for Pierce College Theatre’s production of The Laramie Project will be hosted on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Theatre. Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project explores the reaction of the town of Laramie, Wyoming to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, widely considered to be a hate crime motivated by homophobia. Actors portray a variety of characters, drawn from hundreds of interviews conducted with town members. The production will be performed Feb. 23, 24, March 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and March 1 at 10 a.m. For more information, call (253) 964-6683.

November 22, 2006

Registration open for winter ABE/GED classes

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For those thinking of earning their GED or taking Adult Basic Education classes, registration is open for winter quarter. Tuition is only $25 per person per quarter, and tuition waivers are available for students who qualify. Students may register at the orientation session or at class at the site where they wish to attend.

Daytime classes:
Old Country Buffet at Lakewood Towne Center. Classes meet 9 – 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. Orientation will be held the following days, times and locations:
* Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m., Tillicum Community Center
* Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
* Wednesday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m., Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Bethel Family Center, Building P, 18020 “B” Street East, Spanaway. Classes meet 9 – 11:40 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Orientation is Tuesday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.

Tillicum Community Center, 14916 Washington Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Classes meet 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Orientation is Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m.

Evening classes:
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, C528, 9401 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood. Classes meet 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Orientation will be held the following days and times:
* Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m.

Thompson Elementary School: 303 159th Ave. East, Spanaway. Classes meet 5:30 – 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Note: All classes run 10 weeks.

For more information, call: (253) 964-6657.

November 21, 2006

Help us find the best

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The Pierce College Foundation celebrates the success of our students by presenting the Eleventh Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2007. The award is presented to alumni who have extraordinary achievements in their personal, professional, academic and community service lives. Anyone can make a nomination. Award nominations are due Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Nomination forms are available online at http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/foundation/alumni or by calling (253) 864-3261 for more information.

To date, forty-eight former students have been recognized at previous events. Several deserving alumni will join this select group at the April 12, 2007 Distinguished Alumni banquet at Pierce College Puyallup. Last year’s recipients included Patricia Bosmans, City Attorney, Sumner; Ryan Hauge, Engineer, TORAY Composites, Puyallup; Brigadier General (Ret.) Oscar B. Hillman, Deputy Commanding General, I Corps, Fort Lewis, 2005-2006; Karl Ickes, Archaeologist, Tacoma; and Wayne R. Mangan, Sales Manager, BMW West Building Materials, University Place.

The Pierce College Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to helping Pierce College students by building relationships with the community to acquire resources that support academic excellence and educational access.

November 10, 2006

Softball players sign letters of intent

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Ashley Svarthumle and Sarah Curley, members of the Pierce College Raider softball team, have signed national letters of intent to attend Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, next year. Svarthumle was a first-team Western Division All-Star utility player on coach Chris DeMiero’s 23-7 Raider team in 2006. Curley was a second-team all-star outfielder.

The duo are expected to be the first of as many six Raider softball team members to sign with four-year university softball programs, according to Raider Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson.

“It is a great statement on the job that Coach DeMiero and his staff are doing with the program,” Stevenson said. “Their hard work and commitment to the college and the program are dramatically changing the reputation of our softball program. We are now considered one of the teams to beat in the NWAACC.”

Music Department presents fall performances

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Note: date correction for Farwest Jazz Night

Nov. 29: Farwest Jazz Night
Pierce College’s Farwest Jazz vocal jazz ensemble will perform with special guests on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Steilacoom Performance Lounge in the Cascade Building. The event is free and open to the public. Farwest Jazz consistently wins the highest awards at regional jazz festivals and regularly performs at the International Association of Jazz Educators convention. For more information, call: (253) 964-6652 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/music.

Dec. 3: Pierce College Music Department JazzAfternoon with Jay Thomas
Pierce College Jazz Ensemble I and II will perform with trumpet and saxophonist Jay Thomas at this popular annual event on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at JazzBones in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 for the general public. Students are free. College credit is available in all performance groups. JazzBones is located at 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma. For more information, contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572.

Dec. 8: Pierce College Music Department Performs Winter Concert
The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Concert Band and Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup Concert Choirs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 for the general public. Students are free. College credit is available in all performance groups. For more information, contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572.

To request disability accommodation for any college event, 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.

November 8, 2006

Pierce College brings home the Gold … and Silver and Bronze

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Pierce College was one of the big winners during the annual National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District VII Medallion Awards. The awards recognize the best public relations work done in 2005-2006 at community and technical colleges in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon Territories.

Pierce College received the gold award for its student handbook, designed by Publications Manager Teri Platt. The newly designed quarterly catalog, which is also designed by Platt, took a silver award. Also taking silver was an athletics department note card created by graphic designer Amy Foster. Ken Murphy’s poster design for the Pierce College Theatre’s production of Darker Face of the Earth won a bronze award, and new outreach banners used at high schools and community events, designed by Platt, also took bronze.

This year’s Medallions included 168 entries from 30 institutions. Only Clark College in Vancouver and Kwantlen University College of British Columbia earned more awards than Pierce. Five of the seven entries Pierce submitted were judged to be among the top three in their respective categories.

November 7, 2006

College Trustee and Chancellor travel on Governor’s trade mission

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Koreans in traditional martial dress

Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire witnessed the signing of an educational agreement between Changwon College and Pierce College in October at the Lotte Hotel, Seoul, Korea. The signing ceremony was a major even in Gov. Gregiore’s trade mission to Asia. Pierce District Trustee Elizabeth Willis, Chancellor Dr. Michele L. Johnson, and International Outreach Manager Gene Baker were part of the delegation.

In addition to reaffirming a long-standing educational partnership, the mission provided Johnson and Willis the opportunity to discuss Washington higher education and trade issues with Gov. Gregoire. The governor is a strong supporter of community college education and has a good grasp of educational issues, Johnson said.

In her departure speech, Governor Gregoire singled out Pierce College as a catalyst for enhancing the global value of international education. She said that she had the largest delegation of educational members traveling with her than any previous trade mission in Washington history.

College officials from Changwon and Pierce

You can read Willis’ account of the trade mission and view other photos at: http://www.wtcta.org/index.php?CURRENT_PAGE_ID=635

The Pierce/Changwon College agreement reaffirms the colleges’ shared values of high quality education, exceptional student service, and the belief that international education is mutually beneficial. In addition, the agreement strengthens the college’s commitment “to continue the friendship and development of both institutions through exchange programs for faculty, students, curriculum and research.”

“We are honored to work with Changwon College and look forward to strengthening our relationship,” said Johnson. “Our students gain tremendous value from the shared experience. It provides them with the benefit of becoming culturally competent – better preparing them to live and work in a global society.”

Pierce and Changwon College have been partners in international education for a number of years. During that time, the colleges have enjoyed the exchange of students and faculty. The exchange provides a unique immersion experience for participants as well as the opportunity for students of the host college to be enriched with the presence of a diverse student body.

November 2, 2006

Marc Gaspard joins Board of Trustees

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Marc Gaspard of Puyallup will join the Board of Trustees of the Pierce College District in November. Gaspard was appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire to replace long-time board member Elizabeth Willis of Lakewood. Willis has been appointed to the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.

Gaspard has a long history of advocacy for higher education. As a member of the Washington State House of Representatives and Senate president, he helped gain the funding that built the first building to open at Pierce College Puyallup in 1989. Pierce College Puyallup gained full college status in 1999.

Gaspard resigned from the Legislature in 1995 to become the executive director for the Higher Education Coordinating Board. He is the president of the Washington Financial League and he serves on the board of directors for Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, and for VADIS and the Association for the Developmentally Disabled.

Gaspard’s father, Gordon, served on the original Board of Trustees for Pierce College. The first building constructed at Pierce College Puyallup was named in honor of the Gaspards’ contributions to the college.

“We look forward to adding Marc Gaspard’s leadership, vision and experience to our board of trustees,” said Pierce College Chancellor Michele Johnson. “Beth Willis has been an outstanding leader and advocate, and we feel fortunate to have found someone of Marc’s caliber to join us as she moves to a statewide leadership role.”

Gaspard will complete Willis’ term on Pierce District’s board, which expires Sept. 2008. He will be eligible for reappointment at that time.

Travel with us

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Each year, Continuing Education offers a variety of travel opportunities around the world. Our destinations range from Asia to Europe, Mexico and locations around the United States. Experienced tour guides provide personalized attention to every detail so participants can sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.

Choose from one of these 2007 adventures:

London and Environs in Spring Time — March 23-31, 2007
Enjoy London and the surrounding areas by day and be dazzled by theatre at night. Trip highlights include the Tower Bridge Exhibition; St. Paul’s Cathedral; a daytrip to Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath; a private tour and reception at Windsor Castle; and visits to Stratford-upon-Avon and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

The $3,000 per person fee is based on double occupancy and includes round trip airfare, four-star hotels, entrance fees, four theater performances, attendance at one high tea, informative guides and coach travel, continental breakfast; and a welcome and farewell dinner. Registration and final payment is due November 15. For more information, call: (253) 964-6601.

Turkey & Greece — Aug. 25 – Sept. 7, 2007
Join us for the experience of a lifetime exploring the historic crossroads of ancient civilizations, including three of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Trip highlights include visits to Constantinople, The Spice Market, The Grand Bazaar, the Temple of Artemis, The Acropolis, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the largest underwater archeological museum of Europe: the Bodrum Underwater Museum. You’ll also experience a private boat cruise along the Bosphorus waterway; one of the world’s most strategic waterways, connecting the Black sea to the Mediterranean, and dividing Istanbul in two continents.

City visits include Istanbul, Ephesus, Bodrum, the Greek islands, Rhodes, Crete, and Arthens.

Learn conversational Turkish to prepare you for your trip with the Turkish Conversation for Beginners class beginning Jan. 23, 2007. You’ll study grammar, learn common vocabulary and phrases; touch on reading, writing and listening; and learn about the Turkish culture. The 10-session course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fort Steilacoom campus. The fee is $99.

The $2,995 fee covers land travel, hotel accommodates, most meals (excluding beverages), an English-speaking guide, air-conditioned tour bus, group flight transfers, all entrance and admissions fees, and baggage handling. Airfare to be determined by the airlines. Aysin Clay, Pierce College continuing education program developer and Turkey native, leads the trip making it one of the college’s most popular destinations. Early registration is suggested. Register by March 2007. For more information, call: (253) 964-6601.

Heritage of America — Oct. 20-28, 2007
Take a fall journey to historic East Coast sites. On this tour of Americana you’ll visit New York City, Philadelphia, the Amish country, Gettysburg, the Shenandoah Valley, Washington, D.C., Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, and the Smithsonian Institution.

The fee of $1,999 per person is based on double occupancy and includes round trip airfare from Seattle, 12 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 dinners), hotels and locally guided sightseeing. Register by April 15, 2007. For more information, call: (253) 964-6601.

Branson Musical Holiday — Dec. 1-5, 2007
Enjoy a country Christmas with non-stop entertainment and performances by the Doug Gabriel Show, Shoji Tabuchi, Dutton Family Theatre, Yakov Smirnoff, Branson Variety Theatre and The Hughes Brothers.

The fee of $1,499 per person is based on double occupancy and includes round trip airfare from Seattle, eight shows, hotel, and nine meals (five breakfasts and four dinners). Register by June 15, 2007. For more information, call: (253) 964-6601.

All travel trips are non-refundable unless canceled by the College. All trip prices are per person, double occupancy. Single rooms may be available upon request for additional charge. Trip itineraries, accommodations and travel dates are subject to change. Trip deposits and fees are non-refundable.

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