Pierce College News

February 19, 2010

Raider coaches, athletes to host soccer, basketball, and volleyball camps for youth this spring and summer

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 8:28 pm

Pierce College coaches and players will be opening up their playbooks for young athletes this spring and summer with soccer, basketball, and volleyball camps. Space is limited for all camps, so parents are encouraged to sign up their children early. Also, there are multi-player, family discounts available. All campers will receive a t-shirt, ball, and certificate.

For more information or to register for one or all the camps outlined below, call (253) 964-6613 or visit the Athletics Office website at www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics.

Raider youth sports camps

Soccer
Head Soccer Coach Bill Pearson, his staff, and Raiders players will lead young athletes through the skills and drills, both technical and tactical, needed to elevate their games. There are two spring sessions and one summer session available.

Spring Session I is for boys and girls ages 8 to 11. It runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 5-9 at the Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup. Cost is $90 per camper ($100 on the day of the camp).

Spring Session II is for boys and girls ages 12 to 15. It runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 12-16 at the Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup. Cost is $90 per camper ($100 on the day of the camp).

Summer Session is for boys and girls ages 8 to 15. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. July 12-16 at the Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup. Cost is $100 per camper ($110 on the day of the camp).

Basketball
Veteran Raider Coach Bill Mendelson will teach young athletes the fundamentals of the game and impart the wisdom that helped him lead the Raiders to a second place finish in the conference championships is 2004-05 and to the conference playoffs 21 of the last 26 years.

Players will participate in instructional clinics, drills, leagues, contests, and other fun activities. They will also play in an all-camp tournament and receive camp awards and keepsakes.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 13. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28-July 1 at the Health Education Center, Pierce Fort Steilacoom, Lakewood. Cost is $100 per camper in advance or $110 on the day of the camp.

Volleyball
Head Coach Doug Carlson, his staff, and players, will lead young athletes through a fun, educational, and exciting week of clinics, drills, contests, and leagues. Carlson has coached for 20 years at various levels and has helped many young players achieve greater levels in the game.

The camp is open to girls ages 9 to 15. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28 to July 1 at the Health Education Center, Pierce Fort Steilacoom, Lakewood. Cost is $90 per camper in advance or $100 on the day of the camp.

Again, for more information or to register for one or all the camps, call (253) 964-6613 or visit the Athletics Office website at www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics.

February 17, 2010

Pierce College offering study tour of Japan this summer

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 7:02 pm

Take the trip of a lifetime!  Join a 2 1/2-week study tour to Japan, led by Pierce College’s Japanese language instructor Kazuko Howard.

The study tour will focus on Japanese language, culture, and contemporary life.  The program will consist of classroom instruction and visits to various sites in Tokyo. Instruction and lodging (in student guest houses) will be on the beautiful campus of Tokyo’s Tamagawa University.  Participants will earn five Pierce College credits for studies in Japanese vocabulary and conversation.

Study tour activities will include:

• Visiting Tamagawa classes and joining in student club activities, such as tea ceremony, flower arranging, calligraphy, and martial arts;

• Seeing the sights in Tokyo, including the Imperial Palace, the Kamakura Buddha, and the Edo Museum, as well as various parks, gardens, museums, and shrines;

• Participating in Japanese cultural events, such as attending a professional baseball game, visiting Akihabara, Tokyo’s high tech electronics district, shopping in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku area, and attending a performance of traditional Japanese music.

Applications are now being accepted. Tour size is limited. Knowledge of Japanese language is not required.

For more information or to reserve your place on the trip of a lifetime, contact Mary Meulblok in the International Education Office at Pierce College via phone at (253) 964-6725 or via email at mmeulblo@pierce.ctc.edu.

February 9, 2010

Author of Maus and Maus II, Art Spiegelman to speak in Puyallup on March 4

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 4:56 pm

Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator, and author of the critically acclaimed graphic novels Maus and Maus II, will discuss the evolution of comics and their value as artistic and cultural mediums at 7 p.m. March 4 at the Liberty Theater in Puyallup.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for Pierce College students. Tickets are available at the Office of Student Life, College Center building, Room 210, Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE or online at Ticketmaster. Early ticket purchase is recommended, as this event is expected to sell out quickly.

Speigelman is best known for his Holocaust narrative, Maus, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. The comic portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. He followed it up with Maus II, in which he chronicled his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their later life in America.

Spiegelman’s incredibly diverse career includes a decade of writing and illustrating for The New Yorker magazine. He also founded, with his wife, RAW, the avant-garde comics magazine. He has written and illustrated In the Shadow of No Towers, which was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.

Spiegelman’s lecture, What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?, is presented by the Pierce College Puyallup Office of Student Life as part of the 2009-10 Artists and Speakers Series.

Comic book revolutionary and author of Maus and Maus II, Art Spiegelman to speak in Puyallup on March 4

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 4:56 pm

Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator, and author of the critically acclaimed graphic novels Maus and Maus II, will discuss the evolution of comics and their value as artistic and cultural mediums at 7 p.m. March 4 at the Liberty Theater in Puyallup.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for Pierce College students. Tickets are available at the Office of Student Life, College Center building, Room 210, Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE or online at Ticketmaster. Early ticket purchase is recommended, as this event is expected to sell out quickly.

Speigelman is best known for his Holocaust narrative, Maus, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. The comic portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. He followed it up with Maus II, in which he chronicled his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their later life in America.

Spiegelman’s incredibly diverse career includes a decade of writing and illustrating for The New Yorker magazine. He also founded, with his wife, RAW, the avant-garde comics magazine. He has written and illustrated In the Shadow of No Towers, which was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.

Spiegelman’s lecture, What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?, is presented by the Pierce College Puyallup Office of Student Life as part of the 2009-10 Artists and Speakers Series.

February 5, 2010

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom students named to 2010 All-Washington Academic Team

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 10:29 pm

Two Pierce College Fort Steilacoom students will be honored as members of the 2010 All-Washington Academic Team at noon March 25 at South Puget Sound Community College. The ceremony recognizes top scholars from community and technical colleges from all over the state with scholarship prizes.

This year, the team members representing Pierce College Fort Steilacoom are Shepherd Engle and Bethany Foster.

Shepherd Engle

Shepherd Engle

As one of 10 children in his family, Shepherd Engle, 24, of Puyallup, initially chose community college for its affordability. He soon became involved on campus and has spent two years helping other students as a math tutor, and last year began serving as a teaching assistant for a calculus course. In his off time, he is active in his church and enjoys helping others. He is currently studying math and physics and working towards an university transfer degree. He plans to become a medical doctor.

Bethany Foster

Bethany Foster

Bethany Foster, 29, of University Place, knew she had to be a good role model for her daughter and doing so meant getting a good education for herself. Since starting at Pierce, Bethany has served extensively in student government and as a leader in the campus’ Multicultural Leadership Institute. She is now working towards an university transfer degree, studying psychology. She ultimately wants to become a marriage and family counselor.

Both Shepherd and Bethany will receive $750 scholarships from Key Bank and the National Education Loan Association, and they are now nominated for the 2010 All-USA Academic Team. Officials from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, will select students for the All-USA team.

For more information on the All-Washington Academic Team and the ceremony, visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.

Pierce College Puyallup students named to 2010 All-Washington Academic Team

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 10:25 pm

Two Pierce College Puyallup students will be honored as members of the 2010 All-Washington Academic Team at noon March 25 at South Puget Sound

Community College. The ceremony recognizes top scholars from community and technical colleges from all over the state with scholarship prizes.

This year, the team members representing Pierce College Puyallup are Lauren Adler and Alfredo Tabulina.

Lauren Adler

Lauren Adler

Lauren Adler, 21, of Puyallup, is passionate about politics and she lives that passion through service. She is currently the vice president for Government Concerns at Pierce Puyallup and she chairs the campus election committee. She has also served on several local political campaigns. She plans to earn her associate’s degree at Pierce and later a bachelor’s degree in political science. Her career goal is to work in public service or public relations.

Alfredo Tabulina

Alfredo Tabulina

Sixteen years after dropping out of high school to support a young wife and baby, Alfredo Tabulina, 34, of Olympia, found himself divorced and laid off from his job. With few prospects in a down economy, Alfredo started taking high school completion courses at Pierce College Puyallup. He is now working towards an associate’s degree while serving as the president of the college’s PTK chapter and district vice president for the Greater Northwest Region. Alfredo is not only the first in his family to earn a college degree, he’s earning it with honors.

Both Lauren and Alfredo, by virtue of their inclusion on the state team, will receive $750 scholarships from Key Bank and the National Education Loan Association, and they are now nominated for the 2010 All-USA Academic Team. Officials from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, will select students for the All-USA team.

For more information on the All-Washington Academic Team and the ceremony, visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.

Intense. Personal. Life-changing: Pierce College Theatre presents “K2″ Feb. 17-20

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 6:42 pm

Witness the struggle of two men stranded on the world’s tallest peak in the Pierce College Theatre production of “K2,” a thrilling show that will have audiences captivated.

“K2″ runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 17-20 at the BlackBox Theater at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood. Tickets are $5 general admission or $2 for Pierce students, military personnel, and seniors. For tickets, call the Ticket Line at (253) 964-6710.

"K2" runs Feb. 17-20. Tickets are now available.

"K2" runs Feb. 17-20. Tickets are now available.

Actors David de Rouen and Andrew Myrick have been training with the Tacoma and Seattle Mountaineers, learning the basics of mountain climbing and experiencing first-hand the thrills and fears of such a dangerous sport. The actors were able to climb an ice wall and feel what their characters may have felt in the play.

“The kinesthetic activity and professional training gave the actors a better understanding of what it’s like to be a mountaineer,” explained Director Patrick Daugherty.

In addition, one of the actors will be wearing the actual climbing gear worn by famed local climber Stan Engle when he summated Alaska’s Mt. McKinley. Engle passed away in March, but his legacy in the local climbing community is profound. The equipment was graciously loaned to Pierce College by Engle’s wife, Helen Engle.

The new theater is intimate, so purchasing tickets early is recommended.