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.

January 30, 2009

Pierce College Puyallup students named to 2009 All-Washington Academic Team

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 3:26 pm

Chris Scaniffe

Robert Leavitt

Robert Leavitt

Robert Leavitt

PUYALLUP — Two Pierce College Puyallup students will be honored as members of the 2009 All-Washington Academic Team at noon March 26 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 Chris Scaniffe and Robert Leavitt.

Chris Scaniffe, 22, of Puyallup, worked in a warehouse for a year, saving every penny, in order to study nursing full-time at Pierce College Puyallup. It’s a profession that’s close to his heart, since serving as caregiver for his elderly grandmother. Now, as president of the Associated Students of Pierce College, Chris is committed to supporting students’ rights and enhancing political awareness on campus. In October, he helped plan a voter registration drive and a debate for candidates for Pierce County executive.

Robert Leavitt, 18, also of Puyallup, has shown a strong commitment to community service since starting his studies at Pierce College Puyallup. A communications major with ambitions to enter the youth ministry, he truly believes in giving of himself for others. Robert’s work includes serving in student government as the vice president of government relations, teaching through Light Source Kids Ministries, volunteering with homeless and transient families through New Horizons Christian Center, and singing in a semi-professional volunteer choir that tours state nursing homes.

Both Chris and Robert, 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 2009 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.

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.

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 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.

June 23, 2008

Pierce College District moves to summer hours

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 2:20 pm

Starting the week of June 23, Pierce College District is observing summer hours at all college offices and locations. Through Aug. 29, the district is offering extended hours Monday through Thursday and reduced hours Friday to help conserve energy costs through the summer months.

As of June 23, the following office hours are in effect:

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
• Admissions Office: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

• Advising Center: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Walk-ins are welcome between 8 and 11 a.m. and between 4 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments are needed to discuss specific advising needs, however. To make an appointment, call (253) 964-6705.

• Bookstore: Through Aug, 15, hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:45 a.m. to noon Friday. From Aug. 18 to Sept. 5, hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:45 a.m. to noon Friday.

• Library: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Due to construction, library hours through the summer may vary from this schedule. To check updated, hours, visit the library’s Web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/library or call (253) 964-6547.

• Registration/Cashier: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

Pierce College Puyallup
• Admissions Office: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

• Advising Center: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. To schedule an appointment, call (253) 840-8431.

• Bookstore: Through Aug. 15, hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:45 a.m. to noon Friday. From Aug. 18 to Sept. 5, hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:45 a.m. to noon Friday.

• Library: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

• Registration/Cashier: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

All Pierce College offices and locations will be closed July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

June 11, 2008

Groundbreaking Friday for new Arts and Allied Health building at Pierce College Puyallup

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 10:21 am

College officials and members of the local arts community will gather at 10 a.m. Friday at the future site of the Arts and Allied Health building at Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE.

The 61,600-square-foot Arts and Allied Health building will include a theater, recital hall, music library, recording studio and practice rooms, art studios, and an expansive lobby with large windows, ample natural light, and high ceilings. In addition, there will be classrooms and faculty offices.

“The opening of the Arts and Allied Health building will provide a much needed performance and visual arts venue on the South Hill and establish Pierce College Puyallup as a cultural center for east Pierce County,” said Mary Chikwinya, vice president of learning and student success. “We are very excited about how this new facility will support our ability to continue to meet the needs of our surrounding community.”

Cost of the new building is about $18.7 million. Construction is expected to be completed in February 2010. The first classes will he held in the building in either spring or summer quarters 2010.

Arts and Allied Health will be built near the new Health Education Center on the northwest side of the college’s campus. The groundbreaking is open and the community is encouraged to attend. Parking will be in the college’s northwest parking lot, adjacent to the construction site. Signs will be posted the day of the event to direct visitors.

June 6, 2008

Groundbreaking ceremony for Rainier building to be held June 10 at Fort Steilacoom campus

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 1:38 pm

LAKEWOOD – A special groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. June 10 at the future site of the Rainier science and technology building, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.

College officials and local dignitaries will celebrate the start of construction of the 80,645-square-foot Rainier building, which will contain classrooms, science and math labs, faculty offices, and two wintergardens (plant-filled glass atriums).

This eco-friendly building is designed to achieve a silver rating based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, allowing the building itself to be part of the college’s curriculum and increased focus on environmental sustainability.

The anticipated cost of construction is $21.2 million. The first classes in the Rainier building are planned for winter or spring 2010.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom President Denise Yochum said the new facility will allow the college to enhance its existing science and math programs and provide greater educational opportunities for students.

“We currently have excellent math and science faculty and programs. Adding new, updated facilities will enhance the experiences and the successes of our students,” she said. “We also believe this new facility, along with our approach to curriculum, will attract even greater numbers of top notch science and math students, and provide greater opportunities for K-12 educational and community partnerships.”

The building is being built adjacent to Fort Steilacoom Park on the north side of the college’s campus. The groundbreaking is open and the community is encouraged to attend. Parking will be in the college’s north parking lot, adjacent to the construction site. Signs will be posted the day of the event to direct visitors.

Puyallup campus' new Health Education Center to open July 14

Filed under: General,News releases — Amanda Haines at 8:59 am

Starting this summer, fitting a workout around a packed class and work schedule will be as easy for Puyallup students as walking across campus.

The brand new Health Education Center (HEC) is set to open at Pierce College Puyallup on July 14, offering expansive spaces for cardio and strength training, as well as organized exercise classes and areas for relaxation and socializing. This student-centered facility is warm, friendly, and inviting with vibrant colors, ample natural light, high ceilings, and impressive views of the surrounding forest.

In addition, students are invited to utilize the state of the art cardio and strength equipment, including more than 30 cardio machines and a full spectrum of both free weights and weight machines for total body conditioning for all ages and fitness levels.

The goal of the center and its friendly, helpful staff is to build holistic wellness, diversity, and community for students, faculty, and staff on the Puyallup campus.

Visit the HEC’s Web site for detailed information on the facility, equipment, operating hours, and membership rates.

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