Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Board votes to extend offer to Lyle Quasim as Interim President

The Board of Trustees held a special board meeting Monday, Jan. 4 to discuss the two final candidates for the Interim President position. After a brief public comment period, an executive session and additional board discussion on the merits of the candidates, the Board voted to extend an offer to Lyle Quasim. The Board has scheduled a special meeting on Jan. 14, 2009 at 2 p.m. to discuss compensation and other terms of the offer to be made to Mr. Quasim. The minutes from the Jan. 4 meeting will be available on the Bates website in a few weeks. Please direct questions to Vickie Lackman, Acting President, x7103.

Bates in the news

Keep Bates flu free!

Instructors, please share with your students.

Hand hygiene
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. To help reduce the spread of germs, the college has installed additional hand sanitizers around all three campuses.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Respiratory etiquette
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick…
• Stay home! This is the best way to get well and avoid getting other people sick. Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of fever without using fever-reducing medicines.
• If you are sick and sharing a common space with others in your home, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, to help prevent spreading the virus.

Advance Planning
• Talk to your health care provider about getting a flu shot.
• As a precaution, consider storing a supply of extra food, medicines, and other essential supplies.
• Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.

Contact Vallie Jo Fry, x7124 for more information.

Students help with memorial for Deputy Mundell

Once again, culinary arts students and instructor Roger Knapp lent their services Tuesday, Jan. 5 to help with the memorial for fallen Deputy Kent Mundell. Students served food to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department employees and honor guard volunteers from around the area who participated in the memorial service.

During the holiday break, second year culinary arts students Michael Benthian, Andrew Croutch and James Ward contacted Chef Knapp to ask if they could help with this memorial service.

Also during the break, Edie Jeffers, director of communications and marketing, made contact with the Pierce County's Emergency Operations Center to offer the students' help for this second police memorial service in one month's time. Community volunteers working on the memorial service secured food donations from Costco and other vendors. On Sunday, Chef Knapp and a group of volunteers, including his daughter Kajsa, and Edie and her daughter Alison, visited Costco to purchase the food and transport it to South Campus.

All 40 culinary arts students from both campuses assisted in preparing food on Monday and set up and served food at today's memorial.
"All [of my students] are enthusiastic about helping out," says Roger.

Truck driving instructors Wade Westphal and Louie French also graciously agreed to help transport students and the donated food to the service.

Pictured above: Chef Knapp and his daughter Kajsa; Pictured right: Alison Jeffers and Kajsa

Campus public safety officer adds first grandchild to family

Jeri Jacobsen, campus public safety officer, and her husband Jake announce the arrival of their first grandchild! Ruby Fern King was born on Dec. 28 at 5:58 a.m. in Onalaska to Tanya (Jeri and Jake's daughter) and Mark King. Ruby weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Congratulations Jeri, Jake, Tanya and Mark!