Monday, December 14, 2009

Weather closure information

Please see updated information in red regarding Saturday classes.
With snow already in the forecast, it’s time to prepare for weather’s impact on our operating schedule. This blog post is easy to print and display in your office or classrooom to inform students of how to get weather closure information. Just click on the hyperlinked headline and hit your browser's print button.

Below are the information sources that we update in the event of a weather incident:

  • Weather Closure Information Line (680.7060)
    Outgoing message is updated by 5:30 a.m. with current information.
  • Broadcast Voicemail - Employees
    A broadcast voicemail with current information will be sent to all Bates telephone lines by 5:30 a.m. You may check your voicemail remotely to access.
  • Bates Website (
    This web page will be updated by 5:30 a.m. with current information
  • Regional School Information & Media Notification (
    Information will be submitted by 5:30 a.m. This site is regional media’s source for broadcast information. You may log on to view a list of school closures and delays.
  • Local Broadcast Television (KIRO, KOMO, KING, KCPQ)
    Watch the scrolling information at the bottom of your television screen beginning at 5:30 a.m.
  • Broadcast Email - Students
    A broadcast email will be sent to the Bates student email distribution email list by 5:30 a.m.
Saturday Closures

If the college closes on a Friday because of inclement weather, then Saturday classes will be automatically cancelled.
If inclement weather creates hazardous travelling conditions on a Saturday, then the President will make the decision to cancel classes by 6 a.m. on that Saturday. Staff and students should call the weather closure line at 253.680.7060, which will be updated by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays IF classes have been canceled.

Please note: Communications & Marketing staff members update these outlets as soon as we receive the information, and usually by 5:30 a.m. and by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays.  If staff members have a long morning commute and an early start time, coordinate your departure time with your supervisor.

From Facilities: Please keep in mind that Facilities staff members have limited staffing on campus in the early mornings and may not have had the time to treat or scrape all paths to the college entrances. Please use extreme caution on walkways and parking lots and in entrance areas where areas may be wet and slippery. Avoid paths with inclines if possible, use cleared paths as they become available, and use handrails at stairs and ramps. Wear appropriate clothing including shoes with traction.

Below are priority areas for de-icing college grounds:
• Main Building entrances
• Primary paths to Main Building entrances
• Secondary Building entrances
• Primary paths to Secondary Building entrances
• Parking lots
• Primary path(s) from parking lots to campus building(s)
• Sloped walkways
• Reported areas of unsafe conditions
• Primary walkway routes between buildings
• Perimeter walkways
• Additional walkways between buildings

Student outreach and recruitment events

To promote your program at this event, please contact Billie Jo Wood, x7213.

Dec. 14, Lincoln High School Resource Fair, Tacoma, 5-7:30 p.m.

KBTC invites you to a holiday social!

Mark your calendars! You’re invited to enjoy holiday treats at KBTC on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 12:30-2 p.m.

Have you verified your dependents?

Back in September, the PEBB Program mailed letters to employees and non-Medicare retirees who covered dependents on their PEBB account as of Sept. 1. The letter requested subscribers to verify their dependents’ eligibility for PEBB benefits or voluntarily remove them from the account by Nov. 30.

If you responded to the request by Nov. 30, thank you! It will take a few weeks to process your documents. PEBB will then send you a letter either confirming verification of your dependents’ eligibility or your voluntary cancellation of their PEBB coverage, or asking for additional information.

If you didn’t respond to that request, PEBB still needs to hear from you. Here is what you can expect to happen next:

1. Around Dec. 21, PEBB will mail a second notice letter to you requesting that you submit documentation to confirm your covered dependents’ eligibility or voluntarily remove them from your PEBB account. You will have 30 days to respond to this request.

2. PEBB will send a list of names of non-responsive employees to each agency’s personnel, payroll or benefits office. HR also will contact you to remind you to submit your documents to PEBB and help answer questions you may have about the process.

3. If you respond to the second notice within the 30-day deadline, you will receive a follow-up status letter from PEBB after we have processed your document(s). If you request to cancel your dependents’ PEBB coverage, the letter will include the date that your dependents’ coverage will end.

For more information on the dependent verification process, visit the Verify My Family Members section of the PEBB website.

Board of Trustees agenda

December 15, 2009 Regular Meeting No. 09-16

3:00 I. Call to Order – Determination of a Quorum – Pledge of Allegiance

_____ Chair, Stan Rumbaugh
_____ Vice Chair, Theresa Pan-Hosley
_____ Trustee Mike Grunwald
_____ Trustee Calvin Pearson
_____ Trustee Karen Seinfeld

3:05 II. General Matters

A. Adjustments/Approval of Agenda

Action B. Approval of Board Minutes (Tab 1)

1. November 3, 2009 [p. 2]
2. November 17, 2009 [p. 5]

C. Citizen Remarks

3:10 D. Introductions/Presentations (Tab 2)

1. Fire Service Program Presentation, Cheri Loiland
2. New Staff Introductions, Veta Paget
3. Personnel Action Report [p. 2], Veta Paget

3:30 E. Information Reports/Remarks (Tab 3)

1. Associated Student Government, MarQuis Bradford
2. Communications & Marketing [p. 2], Edie Jeffers
3. Bates Development/Foundation [p. 5], Kym Pleger
4. KBTC Update [p. 6], David Hinman
5. Diversity News/IDEAL Report [p. 8], Kat Flores
6. Local Bargaining Units:

Tacoma Education Association, Michelle McElvain
Int’l Union of Operating Engineers, JC Smith
Washington Federation of Teachers, Karen Patjens
Public Safety Officers, Jeri Jacobsen

3:45 F. President’s Report Vickie Lackman (Tab 4)

1. President’s Remarks/Announcements, Vickie Lackman
2. Enrollment/FTE Update [distributed at meeting], Ivan Gorne
3. Finance Report [distributed at meeting], Vallie Jo Fry

4:00 III. New Business (Tab 5)

A. 2009-2014 Strategic Plan [p. 2], Vickie Lackman

4:05 IV. Executive Session

The Board may go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing items provided for in RCW 42.30.110(1):

(a) (not applicable to education)
(b) to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or pur-chase…;
(c) to consider the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease…;
(d) to review negotiations on the performance of publicly bid contracts…;
(e) (not applicable to education)
(f) to receive and evaluate complaints or charges brought against a public officer or em-ployee;
(g) to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee;
(h) to evaluate the qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office;
(i) to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency matters relating to agency enforcement actions, … or litigation or potential litigation ....

No action will be taken during Executive Session. The Executive Session will last approx-imately ___ minutes.

5:35 V. Board Member Discussion/Remarks

A. Development/Advancement Theresa Pan-Hosley
B. TACTC/ACCT Theresa Pan-Hosley/Karen Seinfeld
C. KBTC Stan Rumbaugh/Calvin Pearson
D. Legislative Stan Rumbaugh
E. PCCC Stan Rumbaugh/Karen Seinfeld
F. ASG Mike Grunwald/Karen Seinfeld
G. GAC Mike Grunwald/Theresa Pan-Hosley
H. IDEAL/Diversity Theresa Pan-Hosley/Calvin Pearson

5:40 VI. Adjournment

Next meeting: January 26, 2010, Clyde Hupp Board Room

What's happening at Bates this week

Monday, Dec. 14
10 a.m., KBTC Manager’s Meeting, MC Conference Room
5 p.m., Childbirth and Infant Parenting, SC Auditorium

Tuesday, Dec. 15
11:30 a.m., Student Budget Workshop, SC Auditorium
3 p.m., Board of Trustees, DT Clyde Hupp
3 p.m., General Information Session, SC A100
4 p.m., TEA Dinner, SC A317/A318
4:30 p.m., PTE E-Board, SC E206

Wednesday, Dec. 16
9 a.m., Wash. Public Fire Ed., SC Auditorium
9:30 a.m., HS Orientation, Session I, SC Library Classroom, E106
11:30 a.m., Clock to Credit meeting, DT Clyde Hupp
2 p.m., HS Orientation, Session I, DT Auditorium
3 p.m., Fire Service Orientation, SC A100
3:30 p.m., Running Start Orientation, SC 206BC
3:15 p.m., Strategic Planning, DT Clyde Hupp
4 p.m., YMCA Training, SC Auditorium
5 p.m., Boiler Written Exam, SC E206

Thursday, Dec. 17
7 a.m., World Affairs Council, SC Auditorium
9:30 a.m., John Howard Dept. Meeting, DT Clyde Hupp
10 a.m., Boiler Symposium, SC E206
10:30 a.m., HS Orientation, Session II, SC A100
1 p.m., Safety Committee, MC Conference Room
1:30 p.m., Instruction Council, DT Clyde Hupp
3 p.m., Truck Driving Orientation, SC A100
3 p.m., HS Orientation, Session II, DT Auditorium
4 p.m., Kiwanis Holiday Dinner, SC Auditorium

Saturday, Dec. 19
7:30 a.m., Childbirth Class, SC Auditorium