Monday, November 1, 2010

First of community forums to discuss budget reductions this week

Dear Bates Stakeholders, Partners, Community Leaders and Colleagues:

Here at Bates Technical College, we have cut $3,648,753 from the budget since 2008. At the same time, our enrollment is up. We anticipated a 4 percent cut from the Governor’s office for the current year. Unfortunately, the mandated 6.287 percent exceeds that and we need to look at additional budget reductions this year. We also know more cuts will come in 2011-2013 and we must be prepared for them.

As we look to the future and continue to plan for further budget reductions, we need to understand something: this is our “new normal.” These reductions are not temporary and we must reset for the future and learn how to do more with less. If there is a silver lining, it is this: We have a great opportunity ahead of us to closely examine and evaluate our mission and ensure that the programs and services we offer meet our community’s needs. We can continue to work towards working more efficiently to help educate and train students for today’s workforce.

As some of our closest stakeholders, I’d like to invite you to be part of the conversation. We need your input in determining the path we’ll take towards Bates’ mission to Inspire, Challenge and Educate. To that end, I would like to invite you to several community forums. We have scheduled multiple forums and we encourage you to attend any that fit your schedule.

President Lyle Quasim

Community Forums

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Downtown campus auditorium
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Downtown campus auditorium

Employee Forums
Friday, Nov. 12, noon – 1:30 p.m. Downtown campus auditorium
Friday, Nov. 12, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. South campus auditorium

Student Forum
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11:15 – 12:45 p.m. Downtown campus auditorium

New hours for South Campus Financial Aid Office

Faculty, please share with your students.
Starting Nov. 9, the hours for the South Campus Financial Aid Office will be changing. The new office hours will be as follows:
  • Tuesday, 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Remember Combined Fund Drive drawing this Friday!

Wow! Thanks to all of our employees for a great start to the Combined Fund Drive (CFD). Online pledges currently total $12,876 (visit here to make an online donation), so we are well on our way to surpassing last year’s total of $19,000.

All employees who submit their CFD form or Bates Foundation payroll deduction form by Fri, Nov. 5 will have their name entered into a drawing for several great gift certificate prizes, courtesy of the Bates Foundation. If you are already giving or if you gave online, simply send an email to Emma Ruhl and she will enter your name in the drawing. Winners will be announced by Tues, Nov.9.

The drive continues into Dec. and you can submit your forms to Emma Ruhl, Ivan Gorne or your team captain (the colleague who gave you the CFD form).
Remember that participation is our primary goal. If we exceed the number of employees who gave last year, we will exceed the financial goal.  As was mentioned in the CFD email, giving as little as one dollar a month can make a huge difference. Thank you for making your pledge today!

Attention all veterans and friends, family: Do you have photos?

The Bates ASG and Diversity Center is sponsoring a Veteran's Day event on Wed., Nov. 10 in the downtown campus auditorium from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (One dollar sandwich and wraps will be sold during the first half hour.)

The Diversity Center is looking for photographs of military service people and/or armed forces related pictures to make a slide show for the event. This could be the vehicle to honor a loved one, whether that person is still with us, or not. Interested students and staff should forward electronic images to LeMont Lucas at by Nov. 8 to be included in the slideshow.

The First Veteran's Day, November 11, 1919

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful elations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

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Free web-based scholarship clearinghouse for Washington students

Instructors, please share with students. is a new, free, web-based scholarship clearinghouse that matches Washington scholarship seekers with Washington scholarship providers. New scholarships are added weekly.

Since the January launch, over 30,000 scholarship seekers and 125 scholarship providers have registered. Read the  recent article in The Seattle Times. Have you checked out recently? Phase 2, guided by feedback from nearly 800 scholarship seekers and providers, launched earlier this month. It includes improved layout and navigation, as well as twenty-five new features and enhancements.

esigned to be a one-stop-site, is a free, student-centered, online clearinghouse for Washington students seeking college scholarships. This user-friendly site allows students to search and apply for verified scholarships that are specific to their academic interests, college or university, or other criteria. And it is advertising and spam-free. Scholarship providers will benefit from the increased exposure, reduced paperwork and access to statewide scholarship data.

The Coalition is a public/private collaboration of the Higher Education Coordinating Board, The Seattle Foundation, Independent Colleges of Washington, the Northwest Education Loan Association, Washington Spark, College Success Foundation, and the College Planning Network.

Visit for more information.

Administrative office assistant students celebrate the season

On Friday, Oct 29, Sharon Netter’s administrative office assistant students celebrated the season by dressing in fun costumes and passing out treats and goodies to Bates' employees.

What's happening at Bates: Week of Nov. 1

Monday, November 1
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
Physical Fitness, 1:30 p.m., SC Auditorium (E102)
Alphabet Training (Home & Family Life), 5:00 p.m., SC Auditorium (E102)

Tuesday, November 2
Fiber Optics Class, 8:00 a.m., DT Auditorium
Admin Office Asst (AOA) Advisory, 12:00 p.m., DT Auditorium
Community Forum, 5:30 p.m., DT Auditorium
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
General Information Session, 3:00 p.m., SC Cafeteria (A100)
General Information Sessions, 3:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A)
Information Sessions, 3:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)
Auto Parts CTI Technical Institute-Carquest, 6:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)

Wednesday, November 3
Fiber Optics Class, 8:00 a.m., DT Auditorium
GED Pre-registration, 12:00 p.m., DT Auditorium (M130C/D)
Legal Office Advisory, 12:00 p.m., DT Auditorium (M130B)
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
Fire Service Orientation, 3:00 p.m., SC Cafeteria (A100)
Information Sessions, 3:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)
Local 4184 Faculty Union Meeting, 3:30 p.m., SC Cafeteria (A318)

Thursday, November 4
ATCS Advisory, 7:30 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
Fiber Optics Class, 8:00 a.m., DT Auditorium
High School Orientation, 3:00 p.m., DT Auditorium
KBTC Managers’ Meeting, 2:00 p.m., MC 2nd floor Conf. Rm.
High School Orientation, 10:30 a.m., SC Cafeteria (A100)
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
Information Sessions, 3:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)
Truck Driving Orientation, 3:00 p.m., SC Auditorium (A100)
Auto Parts CTI Technical Institute-Carquest, 6:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)

Friday, November 5
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)

Saturday, November 6
NICET Testing, 7:30 a.m., SC Auditorium (A138)
Fork Lift, 9:00 a.m., SC Multi Media (E101A)

Library Corner: Week of Nov. 1

The library's focus for November is government information. This week, we'd like to highlight items on this topic from our physical collection. You can always search the catalog (24/7 from any computer with internet) if you want to explore the full collection, but here are a couple reviews for those that prefer suggestions:

• "Understanding Government Budgets: A Practical Guide" by R. Mark Musell, 352.4973 MUSELL 2009

This slim book seeks to help “make government more accessible" by serving as a guide to government budgets – how to read them and how to interpret what they tell us about their respective government bodies. Chapters cover the basics of budget structure, performance measures, capital spending and examples from local, state and federal government.

• "Courage After Fire : Coping Strategies for Troops Returning From Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families" by Keith Armstrong, Suzanne Best, Paula Domenici, 616.85 ARMSTRO 2006

"Courage After Fire" offers soldiers and their families a comprehensive guide to dealing with the all-too-common repercussions of combat duty, including post traumatic stress symptoms, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. It details state-of-the-art treatments for these difficulties and outlines specific ways to improve couple and family relationships. "Courage After Fire" also offers tips on areas such as rejoining the workforce and reconnecting with children.” – from Title Peek (the catalog)

Student Outreach Events: Week of Nov. 1

Kennewick School District Higher Education Fair

Life After High School, Highline High School

Port Angeles High School College Fair

High School & Beyond Night, Mt. Tahoma High School
Beyond High School Night, Bonney Lake High School

WA Youth Academy, Bremerton

 If you're interested in promoting your program at any of these outreach events, please contact Patricia Chase, student outreach and recruitment manager.

Ten great afternoon getaways with kids

Don't let the fall rain keep you from enjoying the beautiful environment we live in. Here are ten great suggestions for afternoon getaways. (Hint: you don't even need to have children to enjoy these activities! Adults welcome, too.)

Hike and bird at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.
Fish at Bradley Lake, Puyallup.
Geocache at Fort Steilacoom Park.
Beach play at Tolmie State Park, Lacey.
Walk or ride the Foothills Trail;, Puyallup-South Prairie.
Watch Salmon at Minter Creek Hatchery, Key Peninsula.
Let family explore Discovery Pond, Tacoma Nature Center.
Play at Saltwater State Park, Des Moines.
Camp at Millersylvania State Park, Maytown.
Walk the beach at Chambers Creek, University Place.

November is Tacoma Arts at Work Month

Tacoma Arts Month: November 2010

Each November, the goal of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month, is to illustrate the collective talent in our city and get people involved in the arts. The month is not just for artists ... it is an opportunity for all community members to be an active part of Tacoma’s cultural life. Tacoma is ripe with activity... and offers a multitude of events. There really is something for everyone.

2010 marks the 9th anniversary of the Art at Work studio tour! The tour allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work. It is also a chance to watch demonstrations, ask artists questions, purchase one-of-a-kind creations and, in come cases, even try your hand at creating your own masterpiece

Visit our very own Dionne Bonner's studio during the tours to see some of her new work. In addition, Marissa Thomas, Dionne's niece's work will be displayed in the studio.

Nov. 6 and 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Broadway Artist Cooperative, 705 Opera Alley (Court C).

Dionne Bonner
Visual Artist/Designer
Bringing Life to Design

Marissa Thomas (Dionne's neice)
Functional Artwork