Category Archives: Campus Life
While certain books have been banned by countries, governments and communities over the years for being “dangerous” — remember Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses? — many groups regard book banning as a threat to democracy and education. Count Pierce College and the American Library Association among them.
On Oct. 9, Tom Link, psychology instructor, and Robert Johnson, biology professor, led a banned book reading in the Science Dome in Puyallup. Featured texts included The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm, and Geography Club, by Tacoma native Brent Hartinger.
At any college, students and faculty are running in so many directions, it can be difficult to find anything like a shared learning experience. But Pierce College has a unique answer to this — the third annual Common Book program, focused this year on The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. Campus-wide discussions begin with two panels in November.
A faculty panel and discussion is set for Thursday, Nov. 7, at noon in the Dining Commons in Puyallup. Then on Wednesday, Nov. 20, a community panel and discussion is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the AAH Theatre in Puyallup.
A little rain didn’t keep a Pierce College contingent from joining in the Western Rodeo Parade & Cattle Drive down Meridian Street on Sept. 6. More than a dozen staff, faculty and students donned slickers and hoisted umbrellas — and toted the Pierce banner — as part of the annual opening festivities of the Washington State Fair.
Want to help new Pierce students find their way around and get to know what the college has to offer?
Sign up by Friday, Oct. 4, to be a Student Ambassador — a student leader who helps others navigate the college system and use online tools. Ambassadors also lead campus tours, explain campus resources, coordinate student activities and provide general peer mentoring and guidance.
Candidates can access the application packet online, or pick one up in the Student Success Center (ADM-106) or the Student Programs Office (CTR-210). Completed packets must be received by 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, in the Student Success Center. For information, contact Jamie Silva, 253-864-3227 or JSilva@pierce.ctc.edu.
Last spring, coffers at Special Olympics and two local pediatric cancer charities grew by nearly $4,000, thanks to some Pierce College business students who each started with nothing but a paperclip and the story of Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald.
In 2005-06 MacDonald drew worldwide attention by turning a red paper clip into a free house in Saskatchewan through a series of 14 online trades. And for the past five years, Associate Professor and Business Department Coordinator Paul Gerhardt has adapted that concept for his Creative Sales course (MNGT 182) to give students from each campus a unique perspective on salesmanship and thinking on their feet.
After watching a video clip about MacDonald’s experience, students were allowed to work with friends and family for their first seven trades. But they had to approach people they didn’t know for the second half of their experience in trading for bigger and better things.
“You can’t learn all you need to know about sales from a book — you’ve got to get into the activity,” Gerhardt says. “People tend to go into this a little scared because it’s sales, but they usually leave thinking it’s pretty neat.”
Pierce College alumnus and author Brandon Stogsdill will be the guest speaker at this year’s Creating Possibilities Breakfast fundraisers.
The breakfasts will be Sept. 13 at the Fort Steilacoom campus and Sept. 20 at the Puyallup campus.
Stogsdill turned a turbulent childhood and prison sentence into a catalyst for personal change. Today, he is a licensed counselor for teens, and has been featured by numerous media outlets and broadcasters, including television personality Dr. Drew Pinsky, for his recent memoir, “The Boy with the Gun: From Incarceration to Higher Education.”
Congressman Denny Heck will share stories and photos from his recent trip to Afghanistan in a town hall-style meeting at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Tuesday, Aug.13.
And the next day, Heck will host a discussion on the federal budget at Pierce College Puyallup.
In the first event, at 10 a.m. Aug. 13, Heck will talk about his Afghanistan trip and facilitate a discussion among several panelists, including Afghanistan veterans from the local community.
Pierce College is fielding a team of about 20 women to compete in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Team tryouts will be Aug. 9 and 10. Practice begins Aug. 12 at the team’s home field, Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup.
Congratulations to Raider Baseball player Wesley “Wes” Hoskins for making the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-American team.
Hoskins is the fourth Raider Baseball player in Pierce College history to receive the national honor, according to Pierce College Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson.
The body has a memory in space, in the shadows it leaves and the traces it creates.
Artist Alan Abdulkader explores the search for the “Body’s Memory” in an exhibit of the same name at the Pierce College Puyallup Fine Arts Gallery.
Abdulkader’s exhibit of contemporary photographs is on display now through Aug. 23. A reception will be held in the gallery for Abdulkader at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.
The artist was born in Kurdistan in Northern Iraq, according to his website, www.aascapes.com.