Pierce College News

August 28, 2008

Pierce College's dental hygiene program celebrates new technology and new direction

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 9:23 am

Monica Hospenthal has been director of the Pierce College dental hygiene program for nearly a year and, during that time, she’s been able to bring the latest technology to the program, giving students even greater access to the tools they’ll need to excel in their careers.

New to the program this year is digital radiography and other digital software for the college’s dental clinic and offices, and a computer-assisted anesthesia system for enhanced patient care.

“We’ve been able in this last year to incorporate the advanced technology needed for our graduates to be successful,” said Hospenthal. “At the same time, we’ve improved our services to patients by increasing efficiency and providing alternatives to traditional dental therapies.”

Digital radiography (or a digital X-ray) not only reduces the impact on the environment by eliminating the need for film and processing, it also exposes patients to much less radiation than traditional X-ray methods.

In addition, the new computer-assisted anesthesia system allows the hygienist to deliver the anesthetic slowly over time, which greatly increases patient comfort, said Hospenthal.

 “Pierce College has had a renowned, accredited dental hygiene program for 30 years, and it’s changed in many ways since then. But, it’s great to be able to grow the program to even greater heights,” she said.

Hospenthal has been working in Pierce’s dental hygiene program since 2001, starting as an instructor before becoming site director for Eastern Washington University, which partners with Pierce’s program to provide an on-site baccalaureate option for Pierce students.

She became director of Pierce’s program in September 2007.

“I came into this position with a very strong clinical background, as well as recent experience teaching,” she said. “I believe I know the skills students need to be successful, as well as how to meet the needs of patients.”

While Pierce College’s dental hygiene program is committed to teaching students the skills needed for a successful career, it also provides the community with a lower-cost alternative for basic dental health care. The on-site clinic offers such services as:

• Comprehensive evaluation of oral health and teeth;

• Preventative teeth cleaning for both children and adults;

• X-rays;

• Sealants;

• Desensitizing;

• Treatment for adult patients with infrequent dental care and/or periodontal disease (dependent on the extent of the disease);

• Amalgam (silver) or composite (white) fillings (dependent on severity).

Dental hygiene students are able to perform these and other critical services at a cost that is more manageable for working individuals and families, and seniors. The students practice under the guidance and expertise of the highly qualified dental hygiene faculty, and the dental hygiene clinic works with area dentists and other low-fee clinics to refer patients for additional treatment care when necessary.

To access these lower-cost services, contact the dental hygiene program at (253) 964-6694 to schedule a free screening. From there, if you are accepted for treatment in the program, a customized treatment plan will be devised and appointments will be scheduled.

Students schedule their own appointments with patients directly. Since the appointment times align with Pierce College’s academic calendar, this is a perfect time to get started, as the fall quarter begins next month.

Payment is required at the time of service. Medicaid coupons are accepted.

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about a career in dental hygiene, please call (253) 964-6694 or visit the program Web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/Denhyg

August 19, 2008

Elite artists featured at Pierce College's Fine Arts Gallery through Sept. 10

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 2:46 pm

The Fine Arts Gallery at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is for a limited time showcasing “Selections from the Permanent Collection,” a singular group of pieces in various media.

This exhibition is set to run through Sept. 10. Featured artists include Linda Artage, Leonard Baskin, Antie Brink, Clint Brown, Paul Clinton, H. Creuzevault, Kathy Fridstein, Addie Gram, Rachael Parr, Midore Onon Theiel, Philip Pearlstein, Andrew Richards, Betre Schneider, and Wayne Thiebaud.

The gallery is located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

For more information, call Gallery Director Jennifer Olson-Rudenko at (253) 964-6535.

Pierce College Scholarship Scramble's 15th anniversary event nets more than $53,000

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 2:36 pm

ORTING — A four-man team of newcomers took the tournament title and helped raise more than $53,000 for student scholarships Aug. 7 at the Pierce College Scholarship Scramble at High Cedars Golf Club.

The winning team score was posted by Kevin Smith, Stu Clifford, John Lewen, and Dean Strand. Other notable teams included the Columbia Bank team led by Stan Ausmus, which posted the lowest score among teams with handicaps of 10 or lower, and the team led by Pierce College science instructor Tom Bush and the members of his reunited high school golf team from the 1970s, which posted the lowest score for teams with handicaps of 11 or higher.

In addition to the four-person scramble tournament, there were numerous games scattered along the course. These included Beat the Kid, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Drive the Green, and a putting contest.

Following the day of golf, live and silent auctions were held to raise additional funds for the Pierce College Foundation’s many scholarship opportunities. This is the 15th anniversary of these events, raising nearly $500,000 over the years.

Peter and Anna Comfort, Shan Vipond and Steve Vipond


Waste Connections, of Tacoma, was the title sponsor of the Pierce College Scholarship Scramble for the fourth straight year.

For more information on the Pierce College Foundation and its scholarship offerings, call (253) 864-3261.

August 5, 2008

Local artists now being considered for winter art exhibition at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 9:16 am

Under the guidance of new Gallery Director Jennifer Olson-Rudenko, the Fine Arts Gallery at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is accepting applications from artists for its first-ever, all-local art show this winter, Pierce Arts at Pierce College.

Artists in all media are encouraged to apply for consideration for this exhibition, which is set to run from Nov. 3 to Dec. 12. The application fee is $25, but will be waived for students with valid student identification.

All artists are asked to submit their resume, an artist’s statement, and a CD of five images. Deadline to apply is Sept. 8. Application materials can be sent to Jennifer Olson-Rudenko, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98498.

An artists’ reception will be held to celebrate this exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3.

Olson-Rudenko, an art teacher at Pierce College for three years, took over as gallery director when longtime Director Paul Clinton retired in June. Olson-Rudenko is a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University and has gallery leadership experience at the El Paso Museum of Art, the Colgate University art gallery, the Museum of Western Art in Denver, and many more.

The Fine Arts Gallery is located at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

For more information, call Olson-Rudenko at (253) 964-6535.

August 4, 2008

Pierce student email moving to Google Mail

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 4:18 pm

Pierce College’s student email system is getting a radical upgrade thanks to Google Mail (Gmail).

The entire system is switching to Gmail this summer, bringing new services, including a personal calendar you can share with friends, chat capabilities, optional default languages, and a homepage you can personalize.

Plus, your new student Gmail account can be forwarded to any email account you choose, so you’re sure to never miss any important messages.

In order to bring about this upgrade, your current student email address will change. Your new address will be your first initial, followed by your last name and the last four digits of your Student Identification (SID) number.

For example, a student named John Smith whose last four digits of his SID are 9999, will be JSmith9999.

The default password for these new accounts will be your six-digit birthdate (year, month, day). That means if John Smith’s birthday is Sept. 1, 1980, his default password will be 800901.

· First time login and setup
· Logging in after setup
· Forwarding your mail to another account

Other Information:
· New Student Email Login
· Student Online Services

Pierce College partners with DeVry to offer a fast track to a bachelor's degree in business

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 3:51 pm

LAKEWOOD — Pierce College Fort Steilacoom President Denise Yochum and DeVry University President David Stewart inked an agreement Thursday, joining the two colleges in a partnership that now gives business students a head start in earning their bachelor’s degrees.

The articulation agreement between Pierce and DeVry allows students to earn their two-year associate’s degree in business management at Pierce and move directly to its partner program at DeVry with junior status. This allows students to earn their bachelor’s degree in three and a half years instead of the traditional four.

“This partnership gives our students yet another pathway to achieving their goals and realizing their possibilities,” said Yochum. “It is the result of really listening to what students need to succeed, and finding ways to help them reach those goals.”

Added Stewart, “For someone who wants to move through their education with a career at the end, we now have a straight path to offer them. For a lot of people, that makes all the difference.”

The partnership was led by Dr. Paul Gerhardt, coordinator of Pierce’s Business Management and Marketing program, who saw the agreement as a way to help his students build upon their success at Pierce and set new goals.

“This is another opportunity, another door, that is now open to Pierce students,” he said.
For more information on the partnership or on Pierce’s business programs, call Dr. Gerhardt at (253) 964-6429 or visit the Pierce College Web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/business.

August 1, 2008

Pierce College Scholarship Scramble to celebrate 15th anniversary Aug. 7

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 10:31 am

The 15th Annual Pierce College Scholarship Scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Thursday at the High Cedars Golf Club in Orting.

The field for this year’s scramble is full, with 144 golfers set to tee off in the formal tournament. In addition, there will be fun games, including Monster Golf and Hole in One, scattered throughout the course.

Following the day of golf, a dinner and auction will be held at the clubhouse. Items up for bid include a getaway at the Alderbrook Resort in Union, a weekend stay in a cabin on Mount Rainier, and a catered dinner from local celebrity Chef Benjii Bittle from the Broadway Center at the home of Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson.

Tickets are still available for the dinner and auction portion of the event. Tickets are $25 and available by calling Ruth Ann Hatchett at (253) 864-3261.

All proceeds from the golf tournament and games, as well as both the silent and live auctions, goes to the Pierce College Foundation for student scholarships. Last year, the Scholarship Scramble‘s net proceeds exceeded $53,000. Over the course of the event’s 14 years, more than $445,000 has gone toward student scholarships.