Pierce College News

September 30, 2008

Parenting education programs to celebrate 70 years of service on Oct. 23 in Tacoma

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 9:41 am

After 70 years of providing Pierce County families with compassionate parent education, it’s time to kick back and have a party.

Representatives from parent education programs and cooperative preschools from Pierce County and around the state will be in Tacoma on Oct. 23 to take part in a very special birthday celebration marking 70 years of parenting education in Washington.

The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College. Gov. Chris Gregoire has already declared it Parenting Education Day statewide to commemorate the significance of the 70th birthday.

Keynote speaker at the event will be state Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Shoreline), chairwoman of the House’s Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee and winner of the Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award from the Washington State Association of Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.

The celebration is being hosted by the Organization of Parent Education Programs (OPEP), a professional organization of program coordinators from state community and technical colleges. OPEP has been meeting since the 1970s to share information, curriculum, and ideas for enriching the parent-child educational experience.

“Parent cooperative preschools provide support and resources to families in the early years of childhood, helping develop a strong foundation for future years,” said Michelle Barnes, coordinator of parent education programs at Pierce College. “These programs strengthen families and enhance a parent’s ability to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their child.”

Parenting education began in 1938 when a group of Seattle women formed a preschool group. Today, that effort has grown to include more than 170 cooperative preschools and parent programs coordinated by 26 of the state’s community and technical colleges. More than 14,000 families are touched by these programs each year.

In Pierce County, parent education is offered at Pierce College and at Bates and Clover Park technical colleges. For more information on Pierce’s preschool programs, call (253) 840-8445. For more information on Bates’ preschool programs, call (253) 680-7517. For more information on Clover Park’s preschool programs, call (253) 589-5739.

September 29, 2008

Olympian Melanie Roach to speak at grand opening of Puyallup Health Education Center

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 11:59 am

A celebration of health and fitness will mark the grand opening of the new Health Education Center at Pierce College Puyallup from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

Special guest will be local Olympian Melanie Roach, who placed sixth in weightlifting at the Beijing Olympics in August. Melanie will speak about her experiences as a top-ranked athlete, the importance of lifelong health and fitness, and the impact Pierce College’s new facility will have on the community at large.

Other guests will include Tana Hasart, Pierce College Puyallup president, Marc Gaspard, chairman of the Pierce College Board of Trustees, state Rep. Dawn Morrell, and Ryan Campbell, former student and one of the leaders of the successful 2002 campaign to gain student support to fund the facility.

“The new Health Education Center adds a dimension of wellness and student development that has not been offered on campus before, and its impact is far-reaching,” said Mari Kruger, director of Student Support Services and Student Life at Pierce College Puyallup. “It’s exciting to be able to make such a spectacular facility available to everyone in our community.”

The new Health Education Center emphasizes comprehensive health and wellness with innovative fitness equipment, exciting classes, helpful, knowledgeable staff and instructors, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Boasting 16,000 square feet of energizing space for exercise, recreation, relaxation, and learning, the HEC is located on the northwest side of Pierce College Puyallup’s campus at 1601 39th St. SE.

For information on classes, membership, and facility hours, visit the Web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/hec/py/ or call (253) 864-3280.

September 26, 2008

Author Elliott Lewis to speak on racial identity Oct. 9 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 2:12 pm

Television journalist, author, and acclaimed national speaker Elliott Lewis will explore the issues of race and identity, and his personal experiences as a multiracial American, at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Student Center (fourth floor of the main Cascade building)at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.

The entertaining and insightful presentation is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Lewis is the author of “Fade: My Journeys in Multiracial America,” a story that weaves Lewis’ own experiences with those of dozens of other multiracial Americans. Both Lewis’ father and mother are white and black, and his experiences growing up echo those of many mixed race individuals.

“People often make snap judgments of anyone who says they’re biracial,” he said. “Some people think we’re confused or we’re trying to escape being black. Others go to the opposite extreme and think we’re exotic and the wave of the future. Neither view captures our reality.”

When he’s not touring the country speaking on race and diversity, Lewis, a former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists, works as a freelance television journalist in Washington, D.C. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent most of his youth in Pullman.

Lewis’ visit is part of an ongoing nine-part lecture series, Pierce Presents, hosted by Pierce College Student Programs. For more information, call (253) 964-6614.

September 17, 2008

Becky Frehse to be featured at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom art gallery through Oct. 24

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 2:22 pm


Security IX, 2008

Security IX, 2008

“Collected Stories,” an exhibit of mixed media drawings by Becky Frehse is now on display at the Fine Arts Galley at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom through Oct. 24. A special artist’s reception will be held from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Refreshments will be served.


Frehse, who teaches art at the University of Puget Sound and whose work is on display at the Grand Impromptu Gallery in Tacoma, has a very diverse background, one that is reflected in her work. She worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia in the 1980s and lived in Trinidad with her husband and daughters in 1999. She returned to Tunisia earlier this year.  The influences of these cultures and people are evident in her work. For example, her most recent “Fiancaille” drawings are inspired by the musicians and dancers of Tunisia, and their “moments of longing and acts of celebration.” “Fiancaille II” will be one of seven pastels on display at Pierce College.

Other works now featured include “These Eight Became My Children,” a series of eight portraits of children Frehse taught as a Peace Corps volunteer, “Salt,” a series of pastels on inkjet photographs, and “Trini Shrine,” a mixed media piece on paper with mosquito netting, lights, a table, and more.

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. 

September 8, 2008

Pierce College Raiders softball standout Kelly Smith receives national Golden Shoe award

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 11:16 am

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith, who helped lead the Pierce College Raiders to their second consecutive Western Division Title this spring, has been named an Adidas Golden Shoe award winner by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Nine student athletes, one from each collegiate athletic division nationwide, are chosen to receive Adidas Golden Shoe awards annually in recognition of superior baserunning. Smith, who led the conference in stolen bases this spring, was chosen to represent the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

Smith, 20, hit .367 on the season for the Raiders, going 62-for-169 with 47 runs scored, 10 doubles, six triples, two homeruns, 19 RBI, and 35 steals on 38 attempts.

In addition to winning the Golden Shoe award, Smith was also chosen for the NWAACC Western Division First Team All-Stars, the NWAACC All-Academic Sports Team for spring 2008, and the NWAACC Academic Leadership Award.

Smith, a Lacey native who graduated in 2006 from North Thurston High School, completed her associate of arts degree at Pierce College in June. She is now attending Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.