Category Archives: Campus Life

Pierce College launches exciting new programs and initiatives this fall

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It’s an exciting time to be a student at Pierce College, with a number of innovative new programs and initiatives in the works. The college is committed to listening to the needs of students to truly understand the challenges they face each day.

Banned book readings celebrate intellectual freedom

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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

Common Book discussions start in November

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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

Pierce paraders help kick off Puyallup fair


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

Student Ambassadors apply by Oct. 4


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

Turning paperclips into business know-how


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

Breakfast fundraisers to feature Pierce College grad who went from criminal to counselor

Pierce College alumnus and author Brandon Stogsdill

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.”

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck to speak twice in two days at Pierce College

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck

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

Women’s soccer debuts at Pierce College


Raider fans can get their crazy on for a new team: women’s soccer. 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.

Raider first baseman Wesley Hoskins scores national honor

Raider first baseman Wesley "Wes" Hoskins

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.