Pierce College News

October 22, 2010

Supporters and opponents will discuss Arizona’s controversial new immigration law at Pierce Puyallup

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 11:53 am

Arizona’s new immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, has sparked nationwide debate on illegal immigration, states’ roles in enforcing federal mandates, and civil rights. Pierce College Puyallup is bringing all sides of the debate together for an open discussion of the constitutional implications and the social and cultural implications of this controversial new law.

The community is invited to share in the discussion of Arizona’s SB 1070 at a panel presentation from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the auditorium, Arts and Allied Health Building, Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE. This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include:

•  Jesse Hernandez, chairman of the Arizona Latino Republican Association, a supporter of SB 1070;

• Mark Spencer, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, also a supporter of the law;

• Magdaleno-Rose Avila, activist and former director of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, an opponent of the law;

• David Ayala-Zamora, organizing director of One America with Justice for All, an opponent of the law;

• And, Luis Fraga, a political science professor from the University of Washington, who is presenting a neutral position and will offer background on the issue and a discussion of constitutionality.

Audience members will be able to ask questions of the panelists. Moderator for this event will be John Lucas, a political science professor at Pierce College.

This event is sponsored by the Pierce College Puyallup Office of Student Life. For more information, call (253) 840-8487 or jtrejo@pierce.ctc.edu.

October 18, 2010

Casino Night at Pierce College offers Vegas-style gaming, food, and fun Oct. 30

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 1:49 pm

The thrills and excitement of Las Vegas are coming to Pierce College Fort Steilacoom for one night only!

Try your hand at blackjack, craps, roulette, and Texas Hold ‘Em at Casino Night from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s Health Education Center in Lakewood. Cost is $50 per person and includes a deluxe pasta buffet dinner, $5,000 in gaming chips, one raffle ticket, and one drink ticket (bar service with beer and wine will be available). In addition, there will a silent auction.

All proceeds from this event benefit Pierce College Raider Athletics.

“This is a great opportunity to have a fun night out and to experience casino-style gaming close to home without spending a lot of money,” said Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson. “Plus, it supports a great cause, our Raider student athletes!”

Casino Night is sponsored by the Pierce College Foundation and Raider Baseball.

For ticket information, contact the Raider Athletics office at (253) 964-6613.

October 12, 2010

Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House, to speak at Pierce College Puyallup on Nov. 6

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 9:31 am

The 2010-11 Pierce Presents Artists and Speakers Series at Pierce College Puyallup kicks off Nov. 6 with one of the world’s most beloved and successful storytellers, Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants and Ape House.

Bestselling author Sara Gruen

Gruen will speak at 7 p.m. at the new theater in the Arts and Allied Health Building at Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE. A book-signing reception will follow.

Cost is $15 for general admission and $5 for Pierce students (with student ID). Tickets are now available by phone at (253) 840-8416 or in the College Center in room C210. Seating is limited, so early ticket purchase is recommended.

One of the most beloved and widely read novels of the last decade, Water for Elephants (2007) told the story of Jacob and his experiences with a seemingly untrainable circus elephant named Rosie. Soon to be a major film starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, Water for Elephants was a New York Times bestseller that has been printed in 44 languages worldwide.

Gruen’s fourth novel, Ape House, is the story of a family of bonobo apes stolen from a language laboratory that later resurface on a television reality show. The thrilling, funny novel analyzes human-ape interaction and the very essence of human nature.

The Pierce Presents Artists and Speakers Series is presented by the Pierce College Puyallup Office of Student Life.

October 11, 2010

Little Bill and the Bluenotes to perform at Pierce College on Nov. 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 12:14 pm

Famed musicians Little Bill and the Bluenotes will rock the brand new Pierce College Puyallup Arts and Allied Health Building at a benefit concert to support the Pierce College Foundation.

The local, longtime band will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. A pre-reception with lead singer Bill Engelhart will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for guests who want the chance to learn more about life in the Seattle Blues scene from a Northwest Music Association Hall of Famer.

“The Pierce College Foundation is thrilled to have someone of Little Bill’s caliber playing on our behalf,” said Suzy Ames, executive director of the Pierce College Foundation. “Community members will have a special treat listening to this great music in our brand new performing arts theater.”

Little Bill and the Bluenotes has released 11 CDs and Engelhart has won every award possible (except for female vocalist) from the Washington Blues Society. The band deems itself the first rock and roll band in Tacoma. Formed in 1957, it is the only Northwest band with an original member (Engelhart) still performing on a consistent basis today.

“We are looking forward to putting on a good show for Pierce College and the community,” said Engelhart. “It’s a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and have a good time while we’re at it.”

Tickets to the advance reception and concert are $25. Tickets to the concert only are $10. Seats are limited. For tickets, contact the Pierce College Foundation at (253) 864-3260 or foundation@pierce.ctc.edu.

October 8, 2010

Students + Gmail = Informed!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 11:56 am

As a Pierce College student, you received a Gmail account when you registered. This account is how we inform you of upcoming important dates, financial aid information, registration times, withdrawals, etc. It is very important that you check this account regularly and stay current on this critical information.

For convenience, you can forward your official student Gmail account to any of your other email accounts.

To access your student Gmail account, visit Student Online Services.

October 7, 2010

Puyallup’s Arts and Allied Health Building is officially open!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 11:42 am

It was a grand celebration on Oct. 1 to officially open the new Arts and Allied Health Building on Pierce College Puyallup’s campus. Event emcee and new College President Patrick Schmitt welcomed a large crowd of students, college employees, and community members to the new 61,600-square-foot building, which includes a theater, recital hall, music library, recording studio and practice rooms, art studios, and an expansive lobby.

Puyallup President Patrick Schmitt addresses the crowd at the grand opening ceremony Oct. 1.

It is also the new home of Pierce Puyallup’s nursing program and features a fully-equipped nursing skills lab, lifelike (but synthetic and computerized) patients, and medication and observations rooms to provide real-life hospital experiences and state-of-the-art technology.

“This building gives us wings,” Schmitt said. “It enlarges the human spirit. The beauty of the design reflects the beauty of the art and science going on inside.”

Speakers at the grand opening ceremony included: Michele Johnson, Pierce College District chancellor, Don Meyer, chair of the Pierce College Board of Trustees, Dan Bennett, president of the Pierce College Foundation Board, Lauren Adler, president of the Associated Students of Pierce College Puyallup; Roya Sabeti, chair of the Puyallup science and allied health division; and Ann Salak, chair of the Puyallup arts and humanities division. The keynote speaker was Karen Scott, chair of the business and social science division.

“It’s the heart of the college,” said Scott. “It’s the place where the arts and the sciences come together in the middle.”

Special guests at the event included: Sean Murphy, Pierce County liaison for Sen. Patty Murray; Veronica Marohn, South Puget Sound regional representative for Gov. Chris Gregoire; Sen. Jim Kastama and Reps. Bruce Dammeier and Dawn Morrell from the 25th District; Rep. Steve Conway from the 29th District; Sen. Pam Roach and Tammi Lewis (representing Rep. Dan Roach) from the 31st District; Pierce County Council Member Tim Farrell; Puyallup Mayor Kathy Turner; Puyall City Council Members Kent Boyle, Tami Brouillet, Rick Hansen, John Knutsen, and Nicole Martineau; Puyallup City Manager Ralph Dannenberg; the architectural design team of Kathy Leonard, Tom Sanford, and Bill Sloan from MSGS, and Alec Holser, James Meyer, and John Shorb from Opsis; Amy Sparks and Lillian Northern from Sparks Management; Steve Wall, former chancellor and Pierce College Puyallup president; Tana Hasart, former Pierce College Puyallup president; Mary Chikwinya, former vice president for student learning and success; Mike Lamka, former division chair for natural and social sciences; and Koryn Rolstad, creator of the building’s new art piece “Reflection in Motion.”

Classes began in the Arts and Allied Health Building on Sept. 22.

October 5, 2010

Former five-time astronaut to share her experiences at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Oct. 21

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

What’s it really like to be in space? What’s the future of space exploration for NASA? Pierce County residents can get these questions and more answered by listening to former five-time astronaut Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar as she talks about the importance of space exploration and science education in a presentation Thursday, Oct. 21, at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

Dunbar will speak on Oct. 21 at Pierce Fort Steilacoom.

Dunbar will be available for more intimate conversations at an advance reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for ticket holders, and she will provide a one-hour presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. for a larger audience.

“The Pierce College Foundation is thrilled to bring Dr. Dunbar to campus for a community presentation,” said Suzy Ames, vice president of advancement and executive director of the Pierce College Foundation. “The future of space exploration couldn’t be a more timely topic with the events happening nationally and the opening of the college’s new Rainier Science and Math Building.”

Dunbar is executive director of Wings Over Washington, an arm of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, and is currently finding ways to bring a space shuttle to Seattle to be permanently housed at the museum.

“I am looking forward to my presentation at Pierce College,” Dunbar said. “I plan an evening filled with informative, entertaining dialogue about human space exploration and the future before us.”

Tickets to the advance reception and presentation are $25. Tickets to the presentation only are $10. Seats are limited. For tickets, contact the Pierce College Foundation at (253) 864-3260 or foundation@pierce.ctc.edu.

October 4, 2010

You love me…right? Pierce College event series to explore issues of relationship violence

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 1:44 pm

Pierce College District is reaching out to men and women with a series of relationship violence awareness events in October. The 2010-11 Relationship Violence Event Series is free and open to the public. Presentations are being held at both Pierce College Puyallup and Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood.

Sin by Silence

Sin by Silence is a documentary film that tells the personal stories of women imprisoned for killing their abusive partners. Discussion with Brenda Clubine, a previously incarcerated survivor featured in the film, will follow.

• 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, Multipurpose Room (MPR), College Center building, Pierce Puyallup.

• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, Health Education Center, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

Voices of Men

Using humor and celebrity impressions, Ben Atherton-Zeman has gained national acclaim for this provocative, one-man performance that tackles sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and objectification.

• Noon, Thursday, Oct. 14, Library Building, Room 244, Pierce College Puyallup.

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, Health Education Center, Room 302, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence: DV 101

This interactive presentation teaches how to recognize an unhealthy relationship, the cycle of abuse, and how to get help.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, Multipurpose Room (MPR), College Center building, Pierce College Puyallup.

The 2010-11 Relationship Violence Events Series is sponsored by the Pierce College offices of Student Life and Student Development. For more information, call (253) 840-8415 at Puyallup or (253) 964-6525 at Fort Steilacoom.

October 1, 2010

Pierce College receives grant to start a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 2:49 pm

Veteran students will soon have a dedicated center and a team of specially trained advocates to help them in their pursuit of higher education.

On Wednesday, Pierce College was notified it had been selected to receive a three-year, $364,000 grant from the federal Department of Education to develop a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

This center will provide veteran students a designated space to gather and learn, a person to help with one-on-one attention, and services to help them be successful in higher education and transition into civilian life.

Pierce College serves a large number of veteran students. Last year, the Fort Steilacoom campus alone served 1,084 veteran students.

For Carol Green, vice president of learning and student success at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, this center represents not only a major accomplishment for the college, but a personal victory.

“Through my son’s career in the military (her son has served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq), I’ve learned so much about what armed services personnel do and how much they sacrifice for each of us,” she said. “This center is a way for us as an institution to say ‘thank you’ and to help them to an educational pathway.”
Pierce College anticipates the center will provide veterans with dedicated tutors, small-group instruction groups in critical courses, and evening and weekend study tables staffed with additional math and writing tutors.  The grant will also provide veterans with directed funds for childcare and transportation assistance, as well as other emergency needs, including housing assistance. Pierce College faculty and staff will be specially trained to increase their knowledge of the effects of war zone stressors and the complex needs of veterans.

The grant was made official today. Green said she and her team are already working to redistribute staff duties and secure a location on campus for the new center.