Monday, March 7, 2011

Bates Foundation announces Summer Quarter scholarships

The Bates Foundation is now accepting applications for the Summer Quarter. The Foundation will award up to 25 scholarships totaling $12,550 for Summer Quarter. To apply for a scholarship, visit the online application at The scholarship application deadline is Friday, April 1 at noon. Please note that the scholarship application now requires a recommendation form. You can find complete application information and the recommendation form online.

Bates students can apply for health insurance

Faculty, please share with your students.

Did you know that Bates students are eligible for health insurance? Students can pick up a Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan brochure from the front desk at the Downtown Campus or in the Student Services Center at South Campus. Students can also go online to apply for benefits.

Apple Health Insurance for kids

Faculty, please share with your students.

Did you know that up to 75,000 Washington children do not have any health insurance? Many of these families are eligible–but they just don’t know it. Use this simple eligibility checklist to find out if your family is eligible for coverage. Remember, health coverage doesn’t just work when your children are sick. It also includes preventive care like immunizations or physical exams, so you won't want to miss out on this new, streamlined process to apply for and secure health coverage.

Pierce Transit reduces bus service

A fire in the natural gas fuel station has caused Pierce Transit to temporarily reduce services. Beginning Monday, March 7, Pierce Transit will operate on a modified Saturday Schedule, with additional service. Go to for information on how reduced service affects specific bus routes in your area.

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Classroom on the World: Through the Prism of Piracy

When the World Affairs Council in Tacoma initially scheduled this program on piracy, they had no idea it would hit so close to home with the recent tragedy involving Somali pirates and four American boaters, including two from Seattle.

Join educators and other community members on Tuesday, March 8, 4-7 p.m. in the Clyde Hupp Board Room, to explore the history of piracy with keynote speaker Ken Miller. Miller, whose knowledge of piracy comes from research for his recent novel, Langata Rules, is a former World Affairs Council board member. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The News Tribune and various professional journals.

Bates seeks host families for cultural academy

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. Forty-two students and teachers from Liaoning University in Dalian City in northern China, Wuxi Professional College, and Shanghai Maritime University, both in southern China, will visit Tacoma to immerse themselves 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, 253.680.7183.

Free job fair for those with developmental disabilities

Job seekers and students with disabilities can attend a free conference called "Tools 4 Success" to help prepare them for their job searches and employment.

The half-day employment and technology conference will be held March 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tacoma Community College.

Sponsored by Pierce County Community Connections, Developmental Disabilities, and community organizations, the conference is also open to career counselors, employment specialists, parents, and agency case managers. A $20 registration fee is required for professionals and parents.

The conference is aimed at being interactive and assistive technology will be on display. Special sessions will include resume preparation, interviewing skills, job and career search, getting and keeping a job, computer tools, asking for reasonable accommodation, and success stories.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact PAVE at 253.565.2266 or Kady Duggan. TTY users, please use Washington Relay at 711 or 1.800.833.6388. Accommodation and interpreters will be provided if requested by March 8.

Room reservations @ Bates

Monday, March 7
Work-Based Learning Coordination, 4:30 p.m., DT Clyde Hupp

Tuesday, March 8
IHS- WA State hearing Exams, 8 a.m., DT M124
Educational Shadow, 11:30 a.m., DT Student Services Conf Center
Information Session, 1 p.m., DT Cafeteria
Classroom on the World, 3 p.m., DT Clyde Hupp
Tacoma Pierce County Genealogy Society Meeting, 6 p.m., DT Cafeteria
Auto Parts CTI Technical Institute-Carquest, 6 p.m., SC Auditorium

Wednesday, March 9
High School Assembly, noon, DT Clyde Hupp
FCCACP, 4:30 p.m., SC A318
Work-Based Learning Coordination, 4:30 p.m., DT Clyde Hupp
Parent Ed Seminar, 6 p.m., SC Auditorium

Thursday, March 10
IDEAL and CDAC Joint Meeting, 8 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
KBTC Manager’s Meeting, 2 p.m., MC Conf Room
High School Orientation, 3 p.m., DT Cafeteria

Friday, March 11
Dental Assisting, 8 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
Educational Shadow, 11:30 a.m., DT Student Service Conf Room

Saturday, March 12
SEIU, 8 a.m., SC A317

**Please note the DT Auditorium is closed for maintenance and repairs until mid-April. You can direct inquiries to Marty Mattes, director of facilities and operations.