Monday, March 21, 2011

Donations to Combined Fund Drive help quake, tsunami victims


The recent 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami have ravaged the island nation of Japan, and we encourage state employees to do what they can to help. From now until April 18, the Combined Fund Drive (CFD) will sponsor a special disaster relief campaign for the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

The CFD Japan webpage is equipped with news updates on the conditions in Japan and news releases. Employees can give through an online one-time deduction or through a special paper contribution form. Please visit the CFD website for more information.

ONLINE ONE-TIME DEDUCTION
Donors can give a special, one-time deduction to the charity of their choice. Simply sign in, select a charity, and the nearest payroll date. To give to the Japan Relief Campaign, please specify this in the program field.

PAPER CONTRIBUTION FORM
Donors can also give through a special paper contribution form. This form highlights the charities that are both present in Japan and registered through the Secretary of State’s office. Contact Kym Pleger, director of college relations, for the paper contribution form.

Special message from Governor to state employees

Governor Chris Gregoire

March 16, 2011

Dear Colleague:

In the days since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan we’ve watched, in sorrow, the devastation brought to that country. Washington and Japan have had a long relationship—we share deep cultural and familial ties and a strong economic relationship. Japan is our state’s third largest trading partner, and our people and businesses have a proud history.

Several people have asked what they can do to help. At the Seattle Sounders match last night, First Mike and I helped the American Red Cross and several Japanese-American community groups raise awareness and money for earthquake and tsunami relief. An amazing $22,000 was collected in just an hour—a true outpouring of support and generosity.

As we struggle with our own economic recovery here at home, the spirit of giving and caring is alive and well. If you are interested in helping with relief efforts please click here for a list of some of the charities accepting donations. As we saw last night, every dollar counts.

Our Department of Health monitors the air for radiation around the state. We have seen no signs of radiation from Japan and our radiation experts assure us that the nuclear events in Japan do not pose a public health threat to people in Washington.

An FAQ on public health risks has been posted here to answer some of the questions you have or that you are receiving from the public. If you have additional public health related questions, forward them to prepare@doh.wa.gov.

Our hearts and minds are with our friends, families and peers in Japan. They remain in our thoughts.

Sincerely,

Chris

Cora Voce Spring Concert Series

The Cora Voce Spring Concert Series will be held on April 2, 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Tacoma and on April 3, 3:30 p.m. at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor. Click on the images below for more details.


Click on images for details on the Cora Voce Spring Concert Series.
 

General Announcements

Bookstore Hours
During Spring Break, April 4-8, the South and Downtown Campus bookstores will have modified hours. The bookstores will be open 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Thursday, and they will be closed Friday, April 8. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please direct comments or questions to Spiro Manthou, general services manager, 253.680.7150.

Wanted: A Projector Lamp
Dental Assisting instructor Flossie Hollie is in need of a 3M projector lamp, number MP8635. If you have one in your area, please contact Flossie, x7308.

Employee Assistance Program shares email tips

Is email becoming your preferred method of communication? Because it's so easy and fast, there's a temptation to think email isn't as important as other written forms of communication. In fact, the easier it is to send it, the more likely you are to send out something you'll regret later.

Tip:
Make your email stand out. Write an attention-getting opening sentence or subject line and a unique closing or sign-off.

Email Etiquette
• Give your message a cooling-off period. Some people set up their software to delay sending messages for 15 minutes.
• Limit your message to one screen if possible. Put more involved messages on paper.
• Review your message for spelling and grammar mistakes. Use your built-in spelling checker.
• Avoid sending personal messages by email.
• Avoid sending any information you don't want to get around. Above all, avoid discussing other workers by email. Email is not private.
• Keep a record: Save important messages you send and receive.
• Email readers can't see or hear you. Avoid jokes, sarcasm or any kind of communication that might be misinterpreted.
• Always add a subject line that can help busy people scanning their mail decide whether to read your mail immediately or save it for later.
• Though it may be tempting, don't fill colleagues' mailboxes with the latest joke or chain letter that's making the rounds. Instead, print it and post it on a (real) bulletin board.

Want more information? Check out these links for more email etiquette, tips and tricks.
http://www.emailreplies.com/
http://www.101emailetiquettetips.com/
http://www.netmanners.com/email-etiquette/dont-attach-that-large-file/
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/06/books/review/Barry.t.html?_r=1
http://www.effective-time-management-strategies.com/email-etiquette.html

Board of Trustees agenda

3:00 I. Call to Order – Determination of a Quorum – Pledge of Allegiance
Chair, Theresa Pan Hosley
Vice-Chair, Calvin Pearson
Trustee Mike Grunwald
Trustee Stan Rumbaugh
Trustee Karen Seinfeld

3:02 II. General Matters
Action A. Approval of Agenda
Action B. Approval of Board Minutes (Tab 1)
1. Feb. 22, 2011 [p. 2]

3:05 C. Citizen Remarks

3:15 D. Introductions/Presentations (Tab 2)
1. Fantasy Lights Presentation….………Kathy Kravit-Smith, Metro Parks
2. New Staff Introductions …………………………………………….. Veta Paget
3. Personnel Action Report [p. 2] …………………………………….Veta Paget

3:30 E. Informational Reports/Remarks (Tab 3)
1. Associated Student Government (ASG) ………………………Kaylee Clark
2. Diversity News, IDEAL/CDAC Report [p. 2] .…………………….Kat Flores
Action a. Adoption of Leadership Document on Diversity [p. X]
3. Communications & Mrktng./Foundation Report [p. X]……Kym Pleger
4. KBTC Report [p. 8] ………………………………………………….David Hinman
5. Local Bargaining Units
a. AFT-Washington Federation of Teachers ……………..Karen Patjens
b. International Union of Operating Engineers ………………….JC Smith
c. Public Safety Officers ……………………………………………Jeri Jacobsen
d. Tacoma Education Association ……………………...Michelle McElvain

3:50 F. President’s Report ………………………………………………………….Lyle Quasim (Tab 4)
1. Information Technology ……………………………………………..Tom George
2. Institutional Research ……………………………………. Summer Kenesson
3. Enrollment/FTE Update [p. 2] …………………………..………….Ivan Gorne
4. Finance Report [p. 5]………………………………………………Janet Luxtrum
5. President’s Remarks/Announcements ……………………....Lyle Quasim

4:10 III. New Business (Tab 5)
Action A. Reserve Fund Policy - amendment to existing policy [p. 2]…Lyle Quasim

4:20 IV. Unfinished Business (Tab 6)
A. Budget Discussion………………………….…………………………….…Lyle Quasim
1. Reduction in Force
Action 2. Resolution No. 11-02, Appointment of a Hearing Officer [p. 2]
B. Review of trustees’ committee and council memberships (see item VII.)

4:40 V. Executive Session
The Board may go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing items provided for in RCW 42.30.110(1):
(a) (not applicable to education)
(b) to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase…;
(c) to consider the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease…;
(d) to review negotiations on the performance of publicly bid contracts…;
(e) (not applicable to education)
(f) to receive and evaluate complaints or charges brought against a public officer or employee;
(g) to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee;
(h) to evaluate the qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office;
(i) to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency matters relating to agency enforcement actions, … or litigation or potential litigation ....
No action will be taken during Executive Session. The Executive Session will last approximately 20 minutes.

5:00 VI. Reconvene in Open Session

5:01 VII. Board Member Discussion/ Remarks
A. Development/Advancement …………………………….T. Pan Hosley/M. Grunwald
B. TACTC/ACCT ………………………………………………………T. Pan Hosley/K. Seinfeld
C. KBTC …………………………………………………………………S. Rumbaugh/C. Pearson
D. Legislative ……………………………………………………..S. Rumbaugh/ M. Grunwald
E. Pierce County Coordinating Committee (PCCC)…T. Pan Hosley/S. Rumbaugh/K. Seinfeld
F. Associated Student Government (ASG) ……………….T. Pan Hosley/K. Seinfeld
G. General Advisory Council (GAC) ………………………..M. Grunwald/T. Pan Hosley
H. IDEAL/CDAC (Diversity Councils) …………………………T. Pan Hosley/C. Pearson

5:15 VIII. Adjournment

Next Meeting: April 26, 2011
Location: Bates Technical College, South Campus Auditorium, 2201 South 78th Street

Outreach & Recruitment Events

If you're interested in promoting your program at one of these outreach events, please contact Billie Jo Wood, x7213.

Wednesday, March 23
Orting Educational Shadow, On Campus

Thursday, March 24
Eighth Grade College Exploration Day, Pierce College

Friday, March 25
Washington TSA State Conference, Bellevue
Career Fair, John Sedgwick Junior High

Room Reservations @ Bates

Monday, March 21
Work-Based Learning Coordination, 4:30 p.m., DT Clyde Hupp

Tuesday, March 22
Boiler Refresher, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium
Information Session, 1 p.m., DT Cafeteria

Wednesday, March 23
Educational Shadow, noon, DT Diversity Center
Work-Based Learning Coordination, 4:30 p.m., DT Clyde Hupp

Thursday, March 24
ASG Talent Show, 11 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
KBTC Manager’s Meeting, 2 p.m., MC Conf Room
HS Orientation, 3 p.m., DT Cafeteria

Saturday, March 26
FCCAPC, 8 a.m., SC A318
SEIU, 8 a.m., SC A317