Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Commencement speakers

Celebrate success at Commencement 2010!
Thursday, May 13 | 6 p.m. | Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall

This year's commencement ceremony will feature keynote speaker Eric Davis and Administrative Office Assistant program graduate Iris Silber.

Eric Davis, a consultant, trainer, keynote speaker with DMG Associates, and an associate faculty member with Bellevue Community College, has more than 15 years experience delivering innovative diversity/inclusion and leadership services and programs.

He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, higher education institutions, government organizations, professional associations and private companies throughout the country. He focuses on diversity management, intercultural communication, leadership development, conflict resolution, and student success.

Eric holds a Master of Education from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

His keynote speech is titled Fly like an Eagle.


Iris L. Silber is a graduate of the Administrative Office Assistant program.

Following the end of her 21-year marriage, she struggled to support herself for several years. Realizing she needed to upgrade her skills to compete in today’s workforce, Iris made the decision to move from California to Washington to live with family and attend college.

Bates’ emphasis on diversity and the individual needs of the student attracted Iris. “When I walked in the doors of Bates, I just knew this was where I fit,” she says. As a student, she volunteered for the Associated Student Government as a club coordinator and senator. She also began a work study job in the IT department.

Today, Iris works part-time in the IT department managing student accounts, the student help desk, and a variety of assignments while she pursues full-time employment opportunities.

Bates in the news

A round-up of Bates news stories:

South Campus serves Mexican cuisine

Instructors, please share with your students.

Chef Michael Clark and his students bring the taste of Mexico to the South Campus cafeteria every Thursday this month.

If you love Mexican food, this is your chance to have traditional Mexican fare at least once a week throughout the month of May! 

Questions? Contact Chef Michael Clark, x7447.

Library Corner

Instructors, please share with students.

Commencement is almost here! And that means our graduates will soon hit the pavement in search of the perfect job.

If your students need help with the basics, the library staff can help. Students can use their services to help write the perfect resume', find job listings and perform company research. Materials online and on the shelves can also help students take the next step toward their future. Here is a sample of available titles students can check out on the library shelves:

Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring, Downtown Campus (DC)

Overcoming Barriers to Employment: 127 Great Tips, DC

Resumes for the Rest of Us: Secrets from the Pros, South Campus (SC)
The Complete Job Application Filling in the Blanks, SC

One last note: If you haven't already participated in the library's 2010 survey, here's the link. Please also encourage students to take a moment to fill out this brief survey.

Student Outreach and Recruitment

If you're interested in promoting your program at this event, please contact Billie Jo Wood, x7213.

Thursday, May 6
Sixth Annual Latino Youth Summit, PLU, Tacoma, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

What's happening at Bates the week of May 3

Tuesday, May 4
Department of Commerce, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium
Recruiting, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium
Educational Shadow, 9 a.m., DT Auditorium
Biotechnology, 11 a.m., SC A101
Educational Shadow, noon, DT Auditorium
General Information, 3 p.m., SC A100

Wednesday, May 5
Department of Commerce, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium
First Aid/CPR Class, 8:30 a.m., SC Auditorium
Fire Service Orientation, 3 p.m., SC A100

Thursday, May 6
Marketing Business Management Advisory, 7 a.m., DT Auditorium
Department of Commerce, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium
High School Orientation, 10:30 a.m., SC A100
IBEST, 2 p.m., SC A100
Truck Driving Orientation, 3 p.m., SC A101
Student Development, 4:30 p.m., DT Auditorium
Postpartum, 5 p.m., SC Auditorium

Friday, May 7
Department of Commerce, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium
SBCTC, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium

Saturday, May 8
NICET Testing, 7 a.m., DT Auditorium
HypnoBirthing, 7:30 a.m., SC Auditorium
SEIU, 9 a.m., SC A318
Fork Lift Class, 9 a.m., SC Multi Media E101
Home Buyer’s Seminar, 10 a.m., DT Auditorium