Friday, February 25, 2011

Go Green: Sustainability Summit and Expo 2011

If you're dedicated to green initiatives, then this is the place to be. The South Sound Sustainability Summit helps college teams work on sustainability initiatives on campus. The free event will be held Friday, March 4 at Pierce College-Ft. Steilacoom.

Aimed at fostering stewardship and encouraging action around sustainability issues, the summit is sponsored by Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College-Puyallup, Pierce College-Ft. Steilacoom, Tacoma Community College, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Washington Tacoma and University of Puget Sound. For more details, visit

The 2011 Sustainability Expo is a showcase of the various businesses that provide sustainability services to residents in Pierce County. The expo will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. Tell your neighbors and bring your friends! For more information about the Sustainability Expo, visit

Celebrate Success: Commencement 2011

Save the Date!

Legislative Cookie Day a sweet success

Bates students and staff delivered a tasty treat to several state legislators and their aides Thursday, Feb. 17 at the annual Legislative Cookie Day.

The students handed out fresh chocolate chip cookies baked by the Culinary Arts program, individually wrapped with a message about the important role two-year colleges play in economic recovery.

Students from career education programs such as Administrative Office Assistant, Diesel and Heavy Equipment, Legal Office Assistant, Facilities Maintenance Engineer, Wireless Voice and Data Communications, Technical High School, Culinary Arts and Electrical Power and Process Automation, spoke with legislators and aides. They shared stories of what technical education means to them and how an investment in technical education will aid the economic turnaround in Washington State.

A tradition for the college, this event marked the 19th year that students have visited the state Capitol during the legislative session to deliver cookies with a message.

Way to go!

The Cookie Day group poses for a quick photo.
President Lyle Quasim talks with Trustee Mike Grunwald prior to cookie distribution.

Students gear up to spread chocolatey treats around the Capitol.

Administrative Office Assistant student Nicole Wyman poses in the
Legislative Building before meeting with a legislator.
A group of students meet with Nancy Ryan, the legislative aide
for Representative Jeannie Darneille (27).

Kaylee Clark, administrative office assistant program student
 and Nicole pose in the Legislative Building.

Kaylee and Nicole pose for a picture in front of the Capitol.
Students Kaylee; Danial Carpenter, wireless voice and data communication; and Nicole
gather for a photo with Representative Connie Ladenburg (29).
Students Aeriele Johnson, legal office assistant; Stan Betts, facilities maintenance engineer;
and Shannara Phillips, legal office assistant, pose in the Governor's office
in front of portraits of past Washington state governors.
Senator Debbie Regala (27) takes a moment out of her busy day
to speak with students.
A group of students pose with Trustee Grunwald at the end of the day.

Get a free, fish-friendly car wash kit

Thirty fish-friendly fundraising car wash kits will be given away to qualified applicants within Pierce County. The car wash kits redirect soapy car wash water away from storm drains, which protects local water quality for fish and other aquatic life.

You can apply for a free car wash kit if it will be used at least five times per year for fundraising efforts through a:

• Non-profit organization.
• School, school district, or other special district.
• Recreational league.
• Jurisdiction or agency in Pierce County interested in developing a car wash kit borrowing program.

Applications for priority consideration are due by March 1, 2011 and can be found at If you don't think you will use the car wash kit more than five times per year, you can borrow a kit free of charge for your event by contacting the Surface Water Management division at 253.798.2725.

When a car is washed on paved surfaces, the soap, automotive fluids, oil and roadway dirt goes into nearby storm drains. Water in storm drains flows directly into lakes, wetlands, streams and Puget Sound with little or no treatment. The fish-friendly car wash kit is easy to use and helps keep toxic car wash runoff from entering our waters. The kits were purchased with grant funds by Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Surface Water Management.

Each kit comes with a catch basin insert, submersible pump, garden hose, extension cord, instructions, and a sign identifying the car wash as fish-friendly.

Got training? Register for the STTACC conference today!

From office ergonomics and classroom safety to Google Docs and Microsoft Infopath, this year's Staff Training for Technical and Community College's Region E conference has your training needs covered. On Friday, March 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., join your colleagues from other area two-year colleges at the Downtown Campus for a day of fun, networking and learning.

This conference is open to all classified employees, including: PTEs, Facilities and Maintenance, and Campus Public Safety. Faculty and Exempt employees are also invited to participate.

The registration fees are as follows:
STTACC Member Classified Staff - $25 (Bates classified staff do not pay.)
Non-member Classified Staff - $35
Exempt and Faculty - $40

Please Note: There is no registration fee refund available.

Please contact Vlad Samoylenko if you have any questions.

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Student eNews

The Associated Student Government sends Student eNews to the student email list each week. Be sure to check your inbox for this important information.

Diversity and Student Government
Women’s Month – LaSandra Owens Presents the “SISTA Project”
The SISTA Project is an HIV Prevention program for black women under the age of 30 and advocates safe sex and protection from HIV. As part of Womens’ Month, LaSandra Owens, from the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, discusses relationships, dating, and offers information on the SISTA Project. Her lunchtime presentation is Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 11:30 in the diversity center, Downtown Campus, E301. Everyone is welcome!

Your RSVP is encouraged! Call Kat at 253.680.7178 in the diversity center to sign up, or for more information on the SISTA Project contact LaSandra Owens at 253.722.0710.

Mascot Logo Winner!
First, a big thank you to all the students who submitted their creative ideas as part of the Bates Bobcat Logo Contest! Over 100 students and staff cast their votes. The winning mascot logo is #1, the “BTC” Bobcat! Congratulations to Alex Toderashko, Biomedical Service Technician program student, and the artist who created the logo. He received a $50 gift card to Fred Meyer for his winning entry. Alex told ASG officers Friday, “It’s not about the money—it’s about creating something lasting, that will remain after I’ve graduated.” For a final look at all the logos, go to:

Looking for Talent!
ASG is looking for talented students and staff! Whether you sing, dance, rap, are a comedian or have another talent—the committee is looking for you! Sign up in the Diversity Center or email Terelle Hardiman or Aeriele Johnson. Talent search ends this Friday, March 4.

Commencement Information Online
For our graduating students, this year’s Commencement Ceremony information is linked in multiple places on our website. Students can get information at:

College Event
University of Washington-Bothell on campus
Thinking about life after Bates? If you're considering pursuing your bachelor's degree, come learn about transfer possibilities at University of Washington-Bothell. Representatives will be in the diversity center Wednesday, March 16 with two presentations:
- Transfer Options – Special for International Students – 11:30 a.m.-noon
- Transfer Options – Domestic Students (citizens and permanent residents) – noon-12:30 p.m.

Can’t come to the information session or want to talk with the Transfer Advisors after the session? Meet advisors and pick up materials to take with you at the Information Table outside the center from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Contact Laurie Arnold with your questions.

Brain Series: The Effects of Media on Children
Learn how various media affect the cognitive, emotional and behavior and social development of children ages 0-18. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, internationally-known expert on media and its effects on childhood development and behavior, is keynote speaker for the April 28 event, from 7 - 9 p.m. in the South Campus Auditorium, Bldg E. The event is free and open to the public and students are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact 253.680.7500 or go to

Student Survey
Bates Summer Quarter – Child Care for School-Age Children?
Bates’ summer quarter runs May 16 through July 27. Some students may have difficulty finding child care after summer break begins at local elementary schools. The college is surveying students with school age children:

1) If Bates offered summer day care for school age children 5 to 12 years old, would you be interested using the service?
2) If you would be interested, how many children would you enroll in the program?

A fee for services to cover direct costs ($125 per week, per child) would be charged and a limited number of slots available. The college accepts DSHS funding for those families eligible. This survey is open until end of day March 4. Reply to the Student E-News or contact Kat in the Diversity Center (Downtown Campus, E301) at 253.680.7178. Thank you for your input.

Important Dates
Spring Quarter
March 8, Last day to add class with instructor permission
March 8, Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript
March 9, Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund
March 31, Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
May 12, Last day of the quarter

Room reservations @ Bates

Tuesday, March 1
Information Session, 1 p.m., DT Auditorium
General Info Session, 3 p.m., SC A209

Wednesday, March 2
Scholarship Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., SC Auditorium
Fire Service Information Session, 3 p.m., SC A209

Thursday, March 3
PC Coordinating Council, 7 a.m., DT Auditorium
Educational Shadow, 11:30 a.m., DT Auditorium
KBTC Manager’s Meeting, 2 p.m., MC Conf Room
Information Session, 2 p.m., DT Auditorium
Truck Driving Information Session, 3 p.m., SC A209

Friday, March 4
SBCTC-Learning Standards Training, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium
Educational Shadow, noon, DT Auditorium
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Business Meeting, 6:30 p.m., SC Auditorium

Saturday, March 5
HFL Class, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium