Monday, November 15, 2010

Benefit Fair: Tues, Nov. 16 at South Campus

The college will be hosting the Health Care Authority Benefit Fair at the South Campus Auditorium on Tues, Nov. 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vendors from the medical and dental plans, flexible spending, and others will be available to answer your benefit questions about their plans and services.

Come learn about the changes in rates, benefits and plans. If you would like to continue your flexible spending account you must re-enroll during the open enrollment period. A Flexible Spending Account session is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in rooms E101A and E101B. A retirement presentation is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in rooms E101A and E101B.

'Tis the season for inclement weather! Check out Bates' weather closure policy.

Instructors, please share with your students.

When the college is closed or operations delayed due to inclement weather and the subsequent hazardous driving conditions, the following are implemented to inform our employees and students as early as possible:

Weather Closure Information Line (253.680.7060)
Up-to-date information will be recorded on Bates’ weather and schedule information line, 680-7060. You may call this number after 5:45 a.m. to hear the pre-recorded message for the affected day.

Broadcast Voicemail (Employees only)
A broadcast voicemail with current information will be circulated to all Bates employees by 5:45 a.m.
Bates Website (
This web page will be updated by 5:45 a.m. with current information.

Regional School Information and Media Notification (
Log on to from your home computer. In the left hand column, click on ‘colleges’ and find Bates' updated information for the day. This information is normally updated by 5:45 a.m.

Broadcast Email (Students and Employees)
A broadcast email will be sent to the Bates student and employee email distribution email list by 5:45 a.m.

Downtown Reader Board
The electronic sign at the downtown campus will be updated with current information by 5:45 a.m. (Remote access problems may prohibit this from occurring.)

Twitter and Facebook
The social media sites Twitter and Facebook will be updated as available. Follow @BatesTechnical or join us on

Watch the local newscast on KOMO-4, KING-5 or KIRO-7. School information scrolls continuously across the bottom of the screen.

If you don't hear to the contrary via media, phone call, college voicemail or Internet posting, please assume that the college is open and operating on our usual schedule. 

There are times when K‐12 schools will close, though colleges remain operational. Students with children for whom K‐12 cancellation may present a hardship are encouraged to discuss individual situations with their instructor.

Combined Fund Drive raffle winners announced

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Combined Fund Drive (CFD) or to the Bates Foundation.  The Bates Foundation donated several raffle prizes and the winners of those prizes are named below.
  • $25 to The Rock Pizza – Karen Urstad
  • Two free entrĂ©e’s at Chevy’s – Patty Cooley
  • $20 gift card to Amazon – Karin Kelley
  • Arthur Murray dance lessons – Kat Flores
  • Entry into Fantasy Lights (Six Winners) - Shondea Chapman, Diane Goracke, Susan Neese, Debbie O'Ravez, Karen Scott, Robin Stanton

Library Corner: Week of Nov. 15

The Library is closed whenever classes are not in session. This means we will be closed Nov. 23-26, 2010, during the Faculty Planning Days and Thanksgiving Break. While the Library won’t be available for walk-in access, library staff will still help whenever they are present and will reply as soon as they return if out of the office.

Here are a couple of the e-resources that the library subscribes to that support the November focus on Government Information: 

• Gale U.S. Gale U.S. History in Context History in Context is an online collection of full-text articles, reference works, primary documents and scholarly analysis all on the subject of U.S. History.
• CultureGrams CultureGrams contains cultural information on over 200 countries. Each country report includes history and government information and much more.

What's happening this week at Bates: Week of Nov. 15

Monday, November 15
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
Physical Fitness, 1:30 p.m., SC Auditorium (E102)

Tuesday, November 16
Leadership team, 9:30 a.m., DT Auditorium
Community Forum, 5:30 p.m., DT Auditorium
Health Care Fair, 8:00 a.m., SC Auditorium (E102/3)
Health Care Fair (HR), 8:00 a.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)
General Information Session, 3:00 p.m., SC A100
Information Sessions, 3:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)

Wednesday, November 17
ASG General Assembly Meeting, 11:15 a.m., DT Auditorium (M130C/D)
Machinist Advisory, 11:30 a.m., DT Auditorium (M130A)
SBCTC Meeting, 9:00 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
AFLAC, 8:00 a.m., SC Conference Room (A101)
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
Fire Service Orientation, 3:00 p.m., SC A100
Information Session, 3:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)
Boiler Written Certification Test, 5:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)

Thursday, November 18
ASG Harvest Festival, 11:00 a.m., DT Auditorium
Instruction Council, 1:30 p.m., DT Clyde Hupp
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 A100
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
Information Session, 3:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)
Truck Driving Orientation, 3:00 p.m., SC A100
Auto Parts CTI Technical Institute-Carquest, 6:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)

Friday, November 19
General Education, 12:00 p.m., SC Multi Media (E101B)
Recruit Academy Graduation, 2:00 p.m., SC Auditorium (E102/3)

Saturday, November 20
Boiler Refresher, 8:00 a.m., SC Multi Media (E101A/B)
TACA, 9:00 a.m., SC Auditorium (E102/3)

Student Outreach Events: Week of Nov. 15

National College Fair, Seattle

National College Fair, Seattle
Tacoma College and Career Fair

Bremerton HS, It's Your Future Fair
South Kitsap HS, It's Your Future Fair

Rogers HS College Fair
Cedar Heights HS College Fair

W F West High School College Fair

College and Military Fair, Aberdeen HS

International Education Week: Nov. 15-19

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

• A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week (IEW) was first held in 2000 and today, is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

• Exchanges are critical to developing mutual understanding and respect, building leadership abroad, fostering an appreciation for the U.S., and investing in the future relationship between Americans and people around the world.

• According to Open Doors, 262,416 U.S. students studied abroad in 2007/08.

• International education prepares U.S. citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy.

• International education is also a vital service industry, bringing more than $17.7 billion into the U.S. economy in 2008/09.

• According to Open Doors, 671,616 international students from over 200 countries studied in the U.S. in 2008/09.

• International cooperation on education contributes to education reform and education solutions for the U.S. and for our partner nations.

A dose of laughter

Things You Don't Want To Hear During Surgery

  • Better save that. We'll need it for the autopsy.
  • Someone call the janitor - we're going to need a mop.
  • Bo! Bo! Come back with that! Bad Dog!
  • Wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what's that?
  • Oops! Hey, has anyone ever survived 500ml of this stuff before?
  • What's this doing here?
  • That's cool! Now can you make his leg twitch?!
  • I wish I hadn't forgotten my glasses.
  • Well folks, this will be an experiment for us all.
  • Sterile, shcmerile. The floor's clean, right?
  • And now we remove the subject's brain and place it in the body of the ape.
  • Don't worry. I think it is sharp enough.
  • FIRE! FIRE! Everyone get out now!!