Category Archives: Features

Dr. Paul Gerhardt receives President’s Award from City University


In recognition of his consistent performance and demonstrated excellence in teaching, City University recently awarded Pierce College Professor Paul Gerhardt, Ph.D., with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Pierce College Puyallup hosts event on successful aging May 14


Pierce College is helping the community celebrate May as Older Americans Month with a special event focused on aging successfully. On Sat., May 14, Pierce College Puyallup will host “Blaze a Trail to Successful Aging in an Age-Friendly City,” featuring a resource fair full of important information for seniors, an appearance by nationally recognized author

Wanted: Friendly families to host international students


Pierce College is seeking caring, English-speaking families to host international students who have traveled from around the world to attend classes and experience American culture.

Yotsaphon Sangnil named 2016 Pierce College Distinguished Alumni


When Yotsaphon Sangnil arrived in the United States as a high school student, he had his sights set on big dreams. Yet the former Pierce College international student admits it was not easy to move to a foreign country, adjust to a new language, and excel in school in a language that was not his

Four Pierce College alumni recognized during celebration April 14


This year’s Distinguished Alumni celebration honored four former students for the personal and professional achievements they have made since their time at Pierce College. The nominees provide inspirational examples of the impact Pierce College can have on its students as well as the greater community.

Pierce College names Melody Williams 2016 Distinguished Alum

Melody Williams

Thanks to the support of her parents, Melody Williams could have attended college just about anywhere after she graduated high school. Since she was unsure of her future career path, she knew she wanted to stay close to home in Lakewood. “Pierce College was the obvious choice,” she said. “It was close, convenient and it

Chief Leschi Schools Superintendent named Pierce College Distinguished Alum

Amy E

After dropping out of high school in ninth grade, Amy Eveskcige did not necessarily believe college was in her future. None of her family members had attended college, but they ultimately encouraged her to finish her high school diploma. Eveskcige enrolled in a vocational program that allowed her to finish her high school diploma while

Pierce College administrators recognized with national award for excellence

Tom Broxson_NISOD

Two talented Pierce College administrators have been nominated for the 2016 NISOD Excellence Awards. This year’s honorees are Dental Hygiene Director Monica Hospenthal and Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Tom Broxson. Award winners will be honored during the International Conference on Teaching and Learning Excellence in Austin in late May.

Pierce College receives award for expanding options for commuters

Transit Award

Pierce College was recently honored with a Silver Summit Award during the 18th annual Summit Appreciation Luncheon. The Summit Awards program strives to recognize excellence in leadership, dedication and innovation in employee transportation programs that support ridesharing, transit use, walking and biking to work.

Meet Rosanna Sharpe, 2016 Distinguished Alumni

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After Rosanna Sharpe was accepted into the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, she had her sights set on following in her father’s footsteps and entering the military. She had earned stellar grades in high school, passed multiple physical exams, and earned an endorsement from a member of congress. She was looking forward