Tuesday, June 29, 2010

South Campus features summer picnic and festival foods

Memphis ribs. Hot dogs. Peach cobbler. These are just a few of the scrumptious lunch items South Campus Culinary Arts will feature Monday-Thursday from now until the end of July.

Chef Clark's All-American Summer Picnic and Festival Foods highlight the traditional fare featured at many picnics and festivals, such as hamburger variations, sausages, barbeque everything, shish kabobs, Vietnamese sandwiches and satays, Northwest crab fest food, reservation dogs and pow-wow tacos, fresh berries, peaches, melons, halibut and salmon, fish and chips, peach cobbler, strawberry rhubarb pie a la mode with fresh churned ice cream. Now wipe the drool off your chin and get over to South Campus' cafeteria!

Questions? Contact Chef Mike Clark, 253.680.7447.

Tulle Cool: Students craft costumes for ballet

Pirouettes, arabesques and pliĆ©s—you can find these elegant ballet moves and much more when you watch the renowned two-act ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker.

In Tacoma, several organizations perform the much-loved ballet each holiday season. The Tacoma City Ballet dancers, accompanied by the Northwest Sinfonietta, present a full-length Nutcracker in the historic Pantages Theater.

This year's performance of The Nutcracker will feature something special: brand new hand-crafted costumes for the Waltz of the Flowers, the Land of Snow and a court of fairies.

Students in Apparel Construction have spent nearly four months developing, designing and creating 14 bodices and 12 skirts for the Waltz of Flowers. The design will be carried forward during a fall extended learning course to create the other costumes. During that class, parents, grandparents and other ballet enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn how to create ballet and theater costumes.

"The costumes are between 10 and 15 years old," says Frances Hall, apparel construction instructor. "They are pretty worn, and we're honored to have this opportunity to create a new batch of costumes for the ballet."

With more than 27 yards of tulle per costume, Frances notes the cost of materials was $2,500. "By creating markers for each garment, we saved half a yard per garment," she says. Markers are pattern pieces that are created in the Gerber Techology computer-aided design (CAD) system, which are based on the width of the fabric to maximize fabric yield. "The Tacoma City Ballet is saving thousands of dollars by using Bates to help create these costumes."

Student Susan Treloar says this project imitates industry. "Grading, marking and digitizing—it's everything people do in the industry. It's the whole process, and we're doing it." Grading simplifies the process of increasing and decreasing the size of a garment. Digitizing allows users to input patterns into the CAD system so it's easier to modify and design a garment.
Students are replacing the costumes true to the style of the original 1892 Russian performance.

You're invited to tea!
Come and celebrate with the Apparel Construction class, ballet dancers and the Tacoma City Ballet Artistic Director Erin Ceragioli! The students have finished the Waltz of the Flowers costumes and will host tea on Thursday, July 1 at noon in room M316. For more information, contact Frances Hall at 253.680.7378.

Cutting out the patterns for the bodices.

Students Susan Treloar and Nga Trinh work on creating bodices.

Frances Hall works with student Devon Calhoun.

An artistic rendition of the finished costumes by Nga Trinh.

Retirement Reception

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Host families needed!

Please spread the word! If you belong to any local organizations or clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis or Propeller Club, please forward to your fellow members.

Are you looking for an unforgettable cultural experience for your family? Then consider becoming a host family for a Chinese student.

Bates will hold its third USA English as a Second Language and Cultural Academy from July 15-Aug. 14. Seventeen students and teachers from the Liaoning University in Dalian City in northern China will visit Tacoma to become immersed in American culture.

Students will receive English lessons at the college and will accompany college representatives on numerous excursions to places such as Mt. Rainier, the State Capitol and Pike Place Market, in an effort to expose them to the Northwest region.

“The students are coming from thousands of miles away,” said international education coordinator Barbara Kuhn. “Our goal is to ensure that each of our visitors from China will have an exciting and fun educational experience in the Northwest.”

Kuhn says host families are essential to the academy’s success. “Host families provide the students with an introduction to American culture and family life,” she said.

Families must be willing to take two students into the home, transport them by 8 a.m. Monday-Friday to Bates’ South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St. in Tacoma, for English class. Host families should provide meals for students, except lunch Monday-Friday. In turn, host families will receive $1,050 in compensation for hosting two students for the month.

For more information or to arrange to host students, contact Barbara Kuhn, bkuhn@bates.ctc.edu, 253.680.7183.

South Campus power shutoff

Marty Mattes, director of facilities and operations, notes there is a planned electrical power shut down at South Campus Building A (Administration Building) related to the remodel construction on Wednesday, June 30 after 5 p.m.

The anticipated interruptions will be loss of power to Building A and a likely loss of phone and data communications campus wide at South Campus.

"The outage is expected to be very short in duration to allow the contractor to make some required reconnections of electrical power distribution," says Marty.

Questions should be directed to Marty, x7156.