Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Legislative Cookie Day a sweet success!

On Thursday, Jan. 28, state legislators, their aides, and just about everyone roaming the state Capitol received delicious chocolate chip cookies, baked by our culinary arts department.

The cookies featured a special message about the important role two-year colleges play in economic recovery. It said, "Washington's recipe for economic recovery: invest in worker retraining, fund financial aid, reinvent our students' future. Technical education is a key ingredient!"

Approximately 18 students broke into five small groups and visited with 17 legislators and aides.

One group of students spoke with Leslie Goldstein, executive policy advisor to the Governor for higher education. Fire Service student Tien Tran, Marketing and Business Management and Technical High School student Alex Willis, and Machinist student Beverly Morris told their personal stories, the impact of Bates on their lives, and affirmed the importance of funding financial aid and other vital programs as trustees Theresa Pan-Hosley and Calvin Pearson listened.

Kathy Goebel, associate director for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, sat in on the meeting with Goldstein. She wrote to Edie Jeffers, director of communications and marketing, earlier this week. "The students who spoke with Leslie Goldstein were just terrific," she said. "When they spoke about their experiences at Bates, they became animated and real advocates for the college. I was so impressed that Theresa and Calvin made time in their busy schedules to support the students and college at this event. You did an incredible job. The state board members and staff appreciate your efforts. Thank you for graciously including me in the meeting," said Kathy.

Each student told a unique story about what technical education means to him or her.

Beverly recalls how amazing the experience was. "People on 'Capitol Hill' were listening to me and supporting what I was doing," she says. "Not a single one of the [legislators] gave us just some line. Everyone was honest...It has changed my way of thinking and changed me for life," says Beverly.

Legal Office Assistant student Michele Roman boasted, "Cookie Day in Olympia was such a great opportunity for me to tell my story," she says. "Everyone we spoke with was all for technical colleges! This was a day that I will never forget. I met many interesting and successful people who come from a similar background as myself, including attending a technical college," says Michele.

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanic student Christin Sexton met with longtime Bates advocates, Sen. Rosa Franklin and Rep. Steve Conway, among others. "Having had the ability to go down to the state's Capitol and meet with [representatives and senators] to put a face on education was truly an amazing experience," says Christin. "The impact that this opportunity afforded me was an experience of a lifetime," he says. "My hope is that our presence has impacted [the legislators], that our messages...will be passed on, and that we will be remembered for our efforts, unique backgrounds and abilities."

Special thanks to Digital Media student Taylor Hawkins, who spent the morning walking around the Capitol with the groups of students and a video camera to document the event.

Vickie Lackman, vice president of human resources; Dion Teague, dean of students; Kimberly Pleger, director of the Bates Foundation; Emma Ruhl, development specialist; and Chelsea Lindquist, communications specialist, also took time out of their schedules to accompany the students to Olympia. 

Thank you to all of the students and staff members who helped to make Bates Cookie Day a sweet success! Please see below for more pictures.

Bodies...The Exhibition offers discount to employees

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime! Bodies...The Exhibition gives you an intimate view of the human body. With more than 200 actual human bodies and specimens respectfully on display and meticulously dissected, this exhibition presents a unique look at how extraordinary the body is.

Because of a special promotion, Bates employees can now receive a 20 percent discount on entrance tickets to Bodies...The Exhibition. Just click on the coupon image (above), print it and present it to the box office when you purchase your tickets.

The exhibition is showing at 1505 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, across from the City Centre, from now until March 28. Tickets are regularly $19 for adults ages 13-64. You can find more information on tickets, location and hours here.