Monday, November 8, 2010

Reminder: Bates' Veteran's Day event

The ASG and Diversity Center is saluting veterans during this year’s Veteran's Day event, Wed, Nov. 10, in the Downtown Campus auditorium from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

One dollar sandwich & wraps will be on sale during the first half hour.

NOTE: South Campus students can see the event via a video feed in Rm E105, starting at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Honor Veteran's Day at the State Capital Museum

With a special emphasis on a wide variety of military experiences, the Washington State Historical Society honors veterans, their families and active military members with an afternoon of programs for the entire family.

Thurs, Nov. 11, 2010
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
"River of Promise: Lewis and Clark on the Columbia"
"Rescue of the Ghost Soldiers of Bataan"

Retired and active military free, $2 general admission.
Cake and refreshments served.

Tickets at the door; you are advised to arrive early to guarantee a seat.

PEBB's open enrollment runs Nov. 1 - Nov. 30

Employees receiving health coverage through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program will have an opportunity to make changes to their account during the 2011 open enrollment, which runs November 1 – 30, 2010. These changes will be effective January 1, 2011.

During open enrollment, you can:
• Change your medical and dental plan.
• Add or remove dependents from your PEBB coverage.
• Waive PEBB medical coverage or reinstate previously waived coverage.
• Enroll or reenroll in the flexible spending account (FSA) or Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP). To continue enrollment in the FSA or DCAP programs, you must reenroll each year.

Where can I find more information?

For more details on PEBB’s open enrollment, you can read the newsletter mailed to your home in mid-October or go to PEBB’s website at On the web, look for the information specific to 2011. The website includes plan comparisons, videos about 2011 coverage, open enrollment newsletters for state/higher ed employees and guidance on how to make changes.

Don't forget the Bates downtown bookstore book buy back!

Instructors, thank you for sharing this information with your students!

The Bates bookstore will be having a book buy back on Nov. 17 and 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the downtown campus only. Students can receive cash for their used textbooks.

Help drive the fund(CFD) towards the goal!

A message from CFD Chair, Ivan Gorne:

The number of donors thus far for the 2010 Combined Fund Drive (CFD) campaign totals 61. Those 61 pledges place us within $146 ($12,876 or 98.88% of the way there) of the total fund drive for Bates last year ($13,022). Unfortunately, I made an error in last week’s Bulletin when I reported the following: ” Current, online pledges total $12,876, so we are well on our way to surpassing last year’s total of $19,000.” The $19,000 was last year’s goal, not the actual, which – as stated above – was $13,022.

Back to the importance of number of donors. 92 of your colleagues donated to the CFD last year. Just imagine what we can contribute if 31 more Bates faculty and staff pledge to the fund this fall. Better yet, move that imagining from a thoughtful intent to a concrete pledge this week, so that we can exceed last year’s total and move on from there.

But MOST important of all, thank you for your generous pledges and continued support to the combined fund drive.
(Click to access the
online donation form.) Thank you!

Go green this holiday season and help Bates students attend Land Survey Annual Convention

Turning Point Survey Club is selling wreaths and holiday trees. Proceeds benefit Bates' student attendance at the Land Survey Association of Washington’s annual convention.

Wreaths are 100% Holly with your choice of natural or artificial berries.
16" wreaths - $28
18" wreaths - $30
Order Pick Up Dates
Orders placed by Nov. 5th will be available for pick up starting Nov. 19th.
Orders placed by Nov. 19th will be available starting Dec. 3rd.

Trees are Noble Firs, and are available in lengths of 6 to 10 feet. Orders must be placed by Dec. 6th, and Will-Calls will begin Dec. 10th.
Any size tree - $45

To order or to see an example, contact Rich Lang, surveying instructor:
253.680.7345 or email

What's happening at Bates: Week of Nov. 8

Monday, November 8
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)

Tuesday, November 9
Classroom on the World, 3:00 p.m., DT Auditorium
Tacoma Pierce Genealogy, 6:00 p.m., DT Auditorium
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)

Wednesday, November 10
Veterans Day Celebration (ASG), 11:00 a.m., DT Auditorium
Boiler Refresher Class/Exam, 8:00 a.m., SC Auditorium (E102)
First Aid/CPR, 8:30 a.m., SC Auditorium (E103)
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
FCCAPC, 4:30 p.m., SC Cafeteria (A318)

Thursday, November 11
College closed in honor of Veterans Day

Friday, November 12
Employee Forum with Pesident Lyle Quasim, 12:00 p.m., DT Auditorium
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
PC3 Governing Board, 12:00 p.m., SC Auditorium (E103)
Employee Forum with President Lyle, 2:30 p.m., SC Cafeteria (A318)

Saturday, November 13
NTSI-Petty Theft, 8:00 a.m., SC Auditorium (E103)
NTSI-Level 2, 8:00 a.m., SC Auditorium (E102)
Flagger, 8:30 a.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
SEIU Local #925, 9:00 a.m., SC Cafeteria (A318)

Library Corner: Week of Nov. 8

Last week, we reminded you about all the government and history materials we have on the library shelves. The Library's collections don't end on the shelves, however. It continues online with resources like the Social Sciences and History Recommended Websites that the librarians have compiled on the General Education Guide.

New KBTC videos in the library collection:

• Northwest Now: Troops coming home
• Northwest Now: Veterans and PTSD
• Northwest Now: Volunteerism
• Northwest Now: The Interfaith Amigos
• Northwest Now: Community and Technical Colleges

 The Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, for Veterans' Day. Thank you to our students, employees, and community members who have served or currently serve their country in the military.

Student Outreach Events: Week of Nov. 8

Tacoma Community House presentation
Puget Sound Skill Center Career Fair

Steilacoom High School Career Fair

Lincoln High School Careers

Cascade High School presentation