Pierce College News

November 29, 2007

Pierce College Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2008 Alum Awards

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The Pierce College Foundation is seeking nominations for its Twelfth Annual Distinguished Alumni award recipients.

The alums will be honored in the spring of 2008 for extraordinary achievements in their personal and professional lives as well as for their contributions to the community. Anyone can submit a nomination for the award which has been presented previously to 53 Pierce College alums.

Nomination forms are available online at http://pierce.ctc.edu/foundation/alumni or by calling (253) 864-3261 for more information.

Winners of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards were Gil Hulsmann, vice president and director of land development services, Abbey Road Group; Sylvia Maine, chief of manpower and organization at McChord Air Force Base; Janet McTurnal (Col. Ret. Washington State Army National Guard), medical director of the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS); James Murphy, senior vice president for the International Division of Costco Wholesale; and Cyndi Wikstrom, general manager, Tacoma’s Click!Network.

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.

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Pierce College to offer certificate in language interpreter

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 4:09 pm

When winter quarter begins Jan. 2, 2008, Pierce College will offer the opportunity for individuals who are bilingual to use their language skills to become a certified interpreter.

The college established the new program in response to a need for interpreters in languages such as Russian/Ukrainian, Cambodian, Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish. There is a demand for interpreters to work with social service agencies or local medical and legal offices who are serving clients who speak a foreign language.

Students enrolled in evening classes will have quality, affordable child care available 5-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the new Milgard Child Development Center a Fort Steilacoom. Children must be at least three years of age and toilet-trained.

Continuing education classes being offered during Winter Quarter include a Winter Travel Skills Course designed to help individuals learn how to safely travel, navigate and—if necessary—survive the winter mountain environment in less-than-perfect conditions. The course, which includes instruction in protecting oneself with emergency snow shelters, includes overnight field trips to mountainous terrain.

A “Create! Activate Your Creativity” course will provide instruction in integrating your own wisdom with writing, visual art and movement techniques to live a freer, more creative and passionate life.

Information about the college transfer, professional-technical and continuing education programs offered by the Pierce College District at Fort Steilacoom, Puyallup and continuing education sites around the county and can be obtained by visiting the college web site, www.pierce.ctc.edu.

For registration information about Winter Quarter beginning Jan. 2, 2008, call (253) 964-6616 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Pierce College offers the option of registering in person, by FAX, on-line, by mail or by phone. For a class schedule, call (253) 840-8452 or go to www.pierce.ctc.edu.

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SLAM literary magazine seeks submissions

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 3:01 pm

Dave Hassler, Communications Consultant
(253) 864-3160, dhassler@pierce.ctc.edu

LAKEWOOD — Sporting a wide range of fiction and art, the award-winning Pierce College student literary magazine SLAM is still accepting submissions from writers, poets, artists and photographers – but act soon, because the deadline is drawing close: Dec. 7. Anyone who was a Pierce College student at any time in the past calendar year is eligible to submit material.

SLAM advisor and English instructor Mike Darcher said the magazine, which won honorable mention in a statewide literary and arts journal contest last year, welcomes submission of poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and literary essays and criticism. Photographs and other visual media are also welcome.

“Without question, the high level of student imagination and artistic expertise is the strength of SLAM year in and year out,” Darcher said. “It really shows the sheer breadth of the students’ creativity and skill.”

The magazine has grown significantly in recent years, Darcher said, expanding by 30 percent last year, reflecting the volume of high-quality work being done by students at Pierce College. “Different issues seem to be highlighted by a different focus,” he said. “Sometimes it’s the poetry, sometimes the fiction and sometimes the art.”

Manuscripts should be typed and have the author’s name, address and phone number at the top-left of the first page; poetry should be single spaced and all others double spaced. A separate sheet with name, phone number and a short biographical sketch should also be included. Submission on computer disk is encouraged. Electronic submission of artwork is preferred, although a slide will also be accepted for photographs of art such as paintings or weavings. All submissions will be recycled unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

For more information about SLAM, call Darcher at (253) 964-6408, e-mail to mdarcher@pierce.ctc.edu or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/studentlife/slam.

Pierce College December Calendar of Events

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 12:40 pm

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.

Dec. 7: Submissions close for Pierce College magazine Slam
Attention poets, writers, photographers and artists – SLAM, the award-winning student literary and arts magazine of Pierce College, seeks poems, short stories, creative non-fiction, photographs and artwork for its Spring 2008 issue. Anyone who has been a student at Pierce College in the past year is eligible to submit work. Please include on a separate page your name, telephone number and a brief biographical note. Submissions are accepted electronically or via mail to mdarcher@pierce.ctc.edu, Mike Darcher, Room C364, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood. For more information, call (253) 964-6408.

Dec. 8: Jazz Night featuring Pierce College’s Student Jazz Ensemble and Tacoma School of the Art’s (TSOA) jazz groups
Pierce College’s Jazz ensemble will perform with Tacoma School of the Art’s (TSOA) jazz groups on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at JazzBones, 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/music. 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.

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November 21, 2007

Don Meyer re-appointed to Pierce College District 11 Board of Trustees

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 1:46 pm

Brian Benedetti, acting director, district college relations
(253) 964-6549
bbenedet@pierce.ctc.edu

Gov. Christine O. Gregoire has re-appointed Don Meyer, executive director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority (FWDA), to the board of trustees of Pierce College District 11.

Originally appointed to the board in 2002, Meyer served as board chair in 2005-6. His term will continue through 2012.

In his current position, Meyer directs an organization which has responsibility for developing 1.5 miles of waterfront property along the Thea Foss Waterway with a focus on marina, residential, hotel, retail and office development uses. Projects affiliated with the FWDA include the Museum of Glass and Thea’s Landing.

Prior to joining the FWDA in 1999, Meyer was deputy executive director of the Port of Tacoma. He also has been deputy director with the Washington State Office of Financial Management, a budget officer with the Evergreen State College and a business co-owner.

Active in the community, Meyer has served on numerous boards involving international trade, education and land-use matters, including the Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma and the Harold LeMay Car Museum.

The Parkland resident received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and his master’s in business education from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.

In her re-appointment message, Gov. Gregoire said, “We need people like you who are willing to give of their time and abilities…to move the state in the right direction and build the public trust.”

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November 7, 2007

Pierce College Earns Medallion Awards for Outstanding Work in Marketing

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 11:32 am

Pierce College graphic designer Ken Murphy and publications manager Teri
Platt recently received recognition form the District 7 National Council for
Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for their work.

Murphy earned a Gold Medallion, the highest honor awarded, in the poster
category for the spring 2007 theatre production of Talk Radio. The
predominantly blue and red 4-color design featured bold lettering with a
three-dimensional abstract background. ³Insert judge comment²

Platt earned a Silver Medallion, the second-highest award, in the catalog
category. The college, which has published a two-year catalog for numerous
years, switched to a one-year publication because of some upcoming issues
concerning course numbering. In order to save costs and print two one-year
publications, the paper stock and binding changed. The cover was designed
to be student-focused and a new web directory was added. The ³what¹s in it
for me² cover design garnered the most comments from the judges with
statements like ³loved the cover,² ³interesting cover², and ³professional
looking.²

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NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents
marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical
colleges. District 7 includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon,
Washington and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia,
Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory.

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Pierce College November Calendar of Events

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 11:28 am

Media Contact Information
Sally Perkins, marketing
(253) 864-3239, sperkins@pierce.ctc.edu

Brian Benedetti, interim director, college relations
(253) 964-6549, bbenedetti@pierce.ctc.edu

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.

November: Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery Showcases Faculty Art
The November exhibit at the Fine Arts Gallery celebrates the talents of the college faculty. This year, paintings and prints by Paul Clinton and photographs by David Johnson will be featured. 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. 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. For more information, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/art or call (253) 964-6718.

Nov. 5: Pierce College Puyallup honors National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month with Kuteeyaa Dancers
Celebrate National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage month with Kuteeyaa Dancers on Monday, Nov. 5 at noon in Pierce College Puyallup’s Connection Café. Kuteeyaa (which means totem in Tlingit) is a multi-generational group that specializes in the traditions of southeast Alaska and western British Columbia, including songs and dances of the Tlingit, Tsimpshian, and Haida tribes. Their performance is closely tied to tribal ceremonies and customs featuring elaborate costumes, storytelling and dance.
The student program sponsored event is free and open to the public. For more information call (253) 840-8416. 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. For more information, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/art or call (253) 964-6718.

Nov. 6: Get motivated at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Hear motivational speaker Kitara McClure on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at noon in Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s cafeteria. Get tips on how to persevere through life’s ups and downs. The student programs sponsored event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (253) 964-6254. 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. For more information, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/art or call (253) 964-6718.

Nov. 7: Bottom Line Duo to perform at Pierce College Puyallup
Listen to the sounds of Bottom Line Duo at Pierce College Puyallup on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose room. 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 Bumbershoot and the Juan de Fuca Arts Festival. Dinner available. For more information call (253) 840-8416. 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. For more information, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/art or call (253) 964-6718.

Nov. 9, 10, 14, 15,16, and 17: Pierce College Theatre Presents Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on
Pierce College Theatre performs Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. and noon in the Commons, Cascade Bldg., Fort Steilacoom and Nov. 14 at noon in the Commons, College Center Bldg., Puyallup. The performance is a collage of Shakespearean scenes interlaced with Elizabethan music and dance. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $2 for students. 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. For more information contact (253) 964-6659 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu.

Nov. 13 – Nov. 15: Pierce College International Education and Student Programs celebrate International Education Week
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup celebrate International Education week with a variety of events featuring the diverse cultures that reflect the Pierce College student body and the local community. Events will occur at both the Puyallup campus and Fort Steilacoom. The events are sponsored by International Education and Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom Student Programs and are free and open to the public.

An Inter-College International Quiz Bowl kicks off the week on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the 3rd Floor Cascade Building at Fort Steilacoom. Two five-member student teams representing each campus will compete simultaneously answering questions about geography, politics and global issues. A faculty panel judges the event.

Indian Classical Dance & Theater Workshop – Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-7 p.m., Puyallup College Center, Multi-purpose Room and Thursday, Nov. 15, noon to 1:50 p.m.,
Health Education Center, Fort Steilacoom. Conducted by Dr. Ratnay Roy and students from the Urvasi Dance Company.

Japanese Business and Work Forum with visitors from the Glory Company, Japan- Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:10-4:30 p.m., Puyallup College Center, Multi-purpose Room.

International Menus all week served by Chartwells with menu cooperation by International Education Department.

Nov. 14: Pierce College hosts Victim Impact and Resource Panel
Learn how to break the silence at Pierce College’s Victim Impact and Resource Panel Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the new Health Education Center on the Fort Steilacoom Campus, 9401 Farwest Drive, S.W., Lakewood. The forum is sponsored by the college’s Criminal Justice program and is supported by the Pierce County Commission against Domestic Violence, Pierce College Women and Family Services, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Student Services, Multi-Cultural Services, Student Programs and the Pierce College Foundation. Experts in the field of domestic violence will explain the myths surrounding the issue and talk about the power dynamics that typically occur within relationships affected by domestic violence. Hear survivor stories and connect with a number of local criminal justice and community organizations. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call: (253) 964-6790 or cpedro@pierce.ctc.edu. 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.

Nov. 14: College Transfer Fair at Pierce College Puyallup
Anyone interested in transfer from a two year community and technical college to a four-year school is invited to attend the Fall College Transfer Fair at Pierce College Puyallup on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the College Center Building. Representatives from more than a dozen area schools including Washington State University, the University of Washington and UW-Tacoma, Central Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, Central Washington University, University of Puget Sound and more will be attending. The event is co-sponsored by Pierce College Puyallup Advising Center and the Washington Council for High School Relations. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call: (253) 840-8431.

Nov. 15: Pierce College Presents Farwest Jazz Night
Pierce College’s Farwest Jazz vocal jazz ensemble will perform with Pacific Lutheran University’s (PLU) Park Avenue jazz choir and Meadowdale High School Jazz Choir on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Chris Knutzen Hall at the PLU campus, Tacoma. 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. For more information, call: (253) 964-6572 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/music

Nov. 15: Pierce College Puyallup hosts Surviving the Holocaust: A Survivor’s Story
Hear Holocaust survivor Susie Sherman recall her first-hand account of her life on Thursday, Nov. 15, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., at Pierce College Puyallup Multipurpose room. Her experiences of horror and hope will shed light on the continuing acts of genocide today. Sherman is a representative of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (253) 840-8416. 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. For more information, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/art or call (253) 964-6718.

Nov. 20: Pierce College Farwest Jazz performs in Vocal Summit
The Pierce College Farwest Jazz vocal jazz ensemble will perform in a collegiate vocal jazz summit on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 pm at the Bellevue Community College Theatre, Building E, 300 Landerholm Circle SE., Bellevue. The event is free and open to the public. Other featured jazz choirs to perform include Bellevue Community College, Olympic College and Mt. Hood Community College. For more information, call: (253) 964-6572 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/music.

Nov. 23-25: Pierce College Raiders Men’s Basketball host Invitational Tournament
Join the Pierce College Raiders Men’s basketball team as they host the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament in the new Health Education Center at the Fort Steilacoom campus. Teams from the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges will participate. For more information visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics or call (253) 964-6612.

Nov. 29: Pierce College Puyallup Presents Debating Race with author and scholar Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
The 2007-08 Artists and Lecture Series at Pierce College Puyallup kicks off Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose room with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation’s most renowned African-American public intellectuals. The author and scholar tackles some of the most controversial issues of the day including race, politics and pop culture with fearless, fiery rhetoric. Dyson earned his PhD from Princeton University and is currently a professor at Georgetown University. He has been named by Essence magazine and Ebony magazine as one of the most influential black Americans and has received the NAACP Image Award twice. A book signing and reception will follow immediately. Admission is $15. Pierce students are $7. For tickets or information, visit the ticket office in Room, C210 or call (253) 840-8416 or contact any Ticketmaster location. Tickets purchased through Pierce College will not include a service fee. General seating only. No refunds or exchanges. Seating is limited. Early purchase is suggested. 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.

Nov. 30: Pierce College Concert Bands and Choir perform
The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Concert Band and Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup Concert Choirs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 for the general public. Pierce College students are free with ID. For more information, contact Dr. Jere Knudtsen at (253) 964-6572 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/music. 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