Pierce College News

November 30, 2010

Take a break from holiday shopping with top-notch women’s basketball Dec. 10-12 at Pierce Fort Steilacoom

Filed under: General,News releases,Uncategorized — Amanda Haines at 1:29 pm

The best in women’s basketball is coming to Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Dec. 10-12 with the Third Annual Raiders Women’s Basketball Holiday Tournament. The three-day, double-elimination tournament boasts eight of the top community college women’s basketball teams in Washington and Oregon.

The Annual Raiders Women's Basketball Holiday Tournament is Dec. 10-12 at Pierce Fort Steilacoom.

This year’s field includes four teams (Clackamas, Lane, Peninsula, and Skagit Valley) that qualified for the 2010 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championship Tournament. Other teams include Olympic, Tacoma, and Wenatchee Valley, and the hosting Pierce College Raiders.

The tournament begins Friday, Dec. 10, with the following first-round matchups:

2 p.m. – Peninsula vs. Lane

4 p.m. – Tacoma vs. Skagit Valley

6 p.m. – Clackamas vs. Olympic

8 p.m. – Wenatchee Valley vs. Pierce

Second-round matches will begin at 1, 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Third-round matches will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, with the tournament championship game at 3 p.m.

All games will be played in the Health Education Center gymnasium at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.

Admission to the tournament is $6 per day for adults, $3 per day for students, seniors, and military personnel, and free for children younger than 12. A three-day tournament pass is available for $14. For more information, contact the Raiders Athletics Office at (253) 964-6613 or visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics.

April 9, 2010

Pierce College chancellor discusses budget reductions on ‘Northwest Now’

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 1:47 pm

Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson joined the presidents of Tacoma Community College, and Clover Park and Bates technical colleges in an episode of “Northwest Now” on KBTC television on April 1. They discussed the statewide budget cuts and the unique ways community and technical colleges are continuing to meet the needs of their respective communities.

April 7, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day early with author, sustainability expert Ted Bernard at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 3:02 pm

Author of The Ecology of Hope and its follow-up Hope in Hard Times, Ted Bernard will speak at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the new Rainier Math and Science building (Room 363). This event is free and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Bernard, a geographer, co-wrote The Ecology of Hope in 1997 after visiting nine communities throughout the country in search of stories of sustainable resource management. Thirteen years later, Bernard revisited these sites and recorded each community’s progress for his new book, Hope in Hard Times.

Bernard, a leader in the sustainability movement nationwide, will present a slideshow of his research and experiences, and engage in dialogue with the audience about the issues surrounding sustainability and communities.

According to Peter Kaslik, a Pierce College math instructor and organizer of the event, Bernard’s visit provides the local area with an incredible opportunity to learn from, and get inspired by, one of the leaders in the field.

“This transition to more sustainable communities is happening and it’s important for Pierce College to be a leader in our area,” said Kaslik. “Ted Bernard’s visit is a great way to inform our community and keep the sustainability topic alive.”

Bernard will be signing books after his presentation. Guests can bring their own books or purchase one at the Pierce College Bookstore.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.

April 5, 2010

Want a smarter baby? Learn the signs!

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 2:45 pm

Diaper change? Check. Bottle? Check. Blanket? Check. So, why is the baby still crying?

There is a better way! Starting Saturday, April 10, Pierce College’s Continuing Education program is debuting a new sign language course for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers. The Sign With Baby course will teach the basic signs babies need to express their wants and needs. The 90-minute class will be held at 9:30 a.m. for six Saturdays, April 10-May 22 (no class April 17), at Pierce College Puyallup. Cost is $99.

“Children as young as 8 months can learn to sign,” explained Nancy Clapp, teacher for the Sign With Baby series at Pierce Puyallup. Clapp teaches American Sign Language courses at Pierce College and Orting High School. “All infants can benefit from watching and learning to recognize signs used by parents and caretakers. This course will provide the basic vocabulary skills so that adults and older children can communicate with babies and toddlers who do not yet have the verbal skills to express themselves.”

In addition to easing babies’ and parents’ frustration, said Clapp, studies have shown that early exposure to sign language can have lasting impact on a child’s brain development and future education.

“Studies show that learning to sign at this tender age actually increases the number of neural pathways forming in the brain and the frequency of synaptic activity,” Clapp described, adding that the IQs of children who learn to sign as infants “tend to be several points higher than those of non-signing infants.”

The first session on April 10 is a parents-only class, but parents may bring one preverbal child with them to each subsequent class.

Register in person at either Pierce College Puyallup, 3901 39th Ave. SE, or Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 1601 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood; by phone by calling the Registration Line at (253) 864-3330; or online. For questions or additional information, call (253) 840-8450.

Pierce College to add four to its Distinguished Alumni roster in 2010; banquet set for April 14

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 8:59 am

Pierce College will celebrate the accomplishments of four former students at the annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet at 6 p.m. April 14 at Pierce College Puyallup.

Honorees this year are:

Deighton Maragh

Before taking a job in the computer lab at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom as a high school student, Deighton Maragh had only a passing interest in computers. He had no idea what he was going to do with his life, or even if he’d go to college. But, at Pierce, both as an employee and as a student, he was challenged and inspired, and he soon learned that computers were his passion. Deighton now works as the principle service engineer for management platforms and service delivery at Microsoft.

Jonathan Harris

After serving in the Air Force in Vietnam, Virginia-native Jonathan Harris returned to McChord Air Force Base uncertain about his future. After a mentor on base told him a college degree was the best way to get promoted, he started taking classes at Pierce College (then Fort Steilacoom Community College) using money from the GI Bill. Jonathan took every class he could and quickly worked his way up the military ranks. With his renewed confidence, he also began serving the community and spent 12 years on the Steilacoom school board and 20 years as the assistant tournament director for the state high school basketball championships. He retired from the Air Force in 1995 as Chief Master Sergeant and served as Chief of Chiefs.

He now works as the deputy director of the Air Expo and Air Mobility Command RODEO events, which occur on alternating summers at McChord and draw thousands of spectators and competitors.

Jody Woodcock

When disasters and emergencies strike Pierce County, Jody Woodcock is the second in command. As the deputy director of Pierce County Emergency Management, Jody is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the entire department, a job she finds deeply satisfying. Jody began her education as a transfer student at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. A member of the college’s honors program, she always had an interest in writing and politics. Journalism seemed a natural fit for the outspoken, energetic student. She transferred to Pacific Lutheran University and began working as a communications intern for the county in 1990. By 1993, she was hired on permanently and worked 11 years in the Pierce County Executive’s Office. Nine years ago, she transitioned into emergency management.

John Gibson

Eight months after graduating from high school, John Gibson was drafted and deployed to Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star. After his service, John worked as a TV repairman, but, as one of nine children in a poor family, John had watched his parents struggle and he wanted more financial security for himself and his wife. He began taking business courses at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Today, he’s one of the most successful men in Tacoma. In addition to his real estate projects, including the award-winning Metropolitan Apartments downtown, John is the founder of Cool Cycles, a mobile ice cream company that raises money for children in Africa. He also donates his time as Santa Claus for the Tacoma Rescue Mission and other agencies, and is widely loved for his kind, generous spirit.

For more information or for tickets to the event, contact Ruth Ann Hatchett via phone at (253) 864-3261 or via email at rhatchett@pierce.ctc.edu.

March 31, 2010

Chancellor Johnson to appear on ‘Northwest Now’

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 10:04 am

Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson will join the presidents of Tacoma Community College, and Clover Park and Bates technical colleges in an episode of “Northwest Now” on KBTC television. They will discuss the statewide budget cuts and the unique ways community and technical colleges continue to meet the needs of their respective communities. This live program will allow viewers to ask questions via phone and email.

The 30-minute “Northwest Now” program will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, on the following channels:

• Comcast Channel 12 outside Tacoma

• Comcast Channel 3 inside Tacoma

• Click Networks Channel 3

• Dish Network and DirecTV Channels 28

The show will be repeated at noon Sunday, April 4.

March 19, 2010

Don’t go it alone. We can help.

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 8:27 pm

For Pierce College students, getting help for the emotional and personal challenges that are often faced in college just got a lot easier.

The Counseling program at Pierce College has recently made available a number of anonymous, confidential, online self-screening tools for students. The brief questionnaires allow students to assess themselves using a number of guided and specific questions on such topics as stress and anxiety, food and body image, sadness and depression, and alcohol use. There is even an assessment targeted to military personnel readjusting to life after a deployment.

According to Counselor Deborah Bransford, the online screenings are a new and important tool for students who may be unsure if they need help or where to go to get it.

“I wanted to offer the online screenings as a 24/7 resource to our students,” she said, adding that the screenings cover the challenges most often faced by college students. “They are easy to access, short to take, and lead into the opportunity to gain insight, education, and help.”

Students who may need additional help with an emotional or personal issue, based on the results of the online screenings, will be given a list of campus, community, and national resources for additional help or information. Bransford hopes it gets more students into her office at the Fort Steilacoom campus and into Counselor Liz Scott’s office at the Puyallup campus.

There’s no need for Pierce students to struggle through a problem alone, she said.

“We hope to bring awareness to the issues and visibility to the mental health services we have available at Pierce,” Bransford said.

To take an online screening, visit the Counseling webpage . For more information on the counseling and other mental health services available at Pierce College, call (253) 964-6525.

March 18, 2010

Patrick Schmitt chosen to be the next president of Pierce College Puyallup

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 9:07 am

Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson today announced that Patrick Schmitt has been chosen to be the next president of Pierce College Puyallup.

Schmitt, who currently serves as the campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, holds a doctorate with specializations in American 20th century theatre and drama and dramatic theory and criticism, and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theatre.

He will assume the presidency at Pierce College Puyallup on July 1.

Dr. Schmitt is an articulate, forward-thinking, and collaborative leader, who is well-experienced in working in a complex district, said Johnson. We are looking forward to him joining our Pierce College team.

Schmitt was one of five finalists who visited Pierce College Puyallup the first week of March. During those visits, each candidate participated in a public forum and took a number of questions from the community.

Schmitt spoke about his experiences in education, as both a teacher and administrator, and about feeling a “sense of fit” with the Puyallup community.

Schmitt will replace the current president of Pierce College Puyallup, Tana Hasart, who is retiring June 30 after five years. She previously served as the vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of student affairs for the University of Washington-Bothell, president and vice president of student services at Clark College in Vancouver, and director of admission, registration and student aid for Pierce College, where she worked from 1983 to 1993. A former Pierce student, Hasart was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1998.

March 8, 2010

Pierce College music programs celebrate spring with concert series

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 10:22 pm

Pierce College’s musical groups will be celebrating winter’s end and the start of spring with three concerts in the coming weeks. The low-cost or free concerts are open to everyone and promise a good time for lovers of live music and performance.

The shows are as follows:

• Pierce College Jazz Band Winter Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14 at Jazzbones in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 at the door.

• Pierce College Concert Band and the Fort Steilacoom Choir with special guest the Olympic College Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University. Tickets are $5 at the door. The concert will include a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” as well as a local premiere of the “Don Quixote Symphony #3” for concert band by Robert Smith.

•Pierce College Concert and College Choirs and Orchestra Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Puyallup. This concert is free. The program includes a piano concerto, jazz pieces, songs from Italy, Spain, and Korea, and a musical tribute honoring the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

For more information on the music programs at Pierce College, visit the website at www.pierce.ctc.edu/music.

Jazz, choirs, and bands, oh my! Pierce College music programs celebrate spring with concert series

Filed under: General — Amanda Haines at 3:21 pm

Pierce College’s musical groups will be celebrating winter’s end and the start of spring with three concerts in the coming weeks. The low-cost or free concerts are open to everyone and promise a good time for lovers of live music and performance.

The shows are as follows:

• Pierce College Jazz Band Winter Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14 at Jazzbones in Tacoma. Tickets are $5 at the door.

• Pierce College Concert Band and the Fort Steilacoom Choir with special guest the Olympic College Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University. Tickets are $5 at the door. The concert will include a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” as well as a local premiere of the “Don Quixote Symphony #3” for concert band by Robert Smith.

•Pierce College Concert and College Choirs and Orchestra Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Puyallup. This concert is free. The program includes a piano concerto, jazz pieces, songs from Italy, Spain, and Korea, and a musical tribute honoring the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

For more information on the music programs at Pierce College, visit the website at www.pierce.ctc.edu/music.

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