Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Trustee wins City of Destiny Award for leadership and volunteerism

Theresa Pan Hosley
Board of Trustees Chair
Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the City Council will recognize Board of Trustee Chair Theresa Pan Hosley for her leadership and service to the community as part of the annual City of Destiny Awards on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

A college trustee since 2002, Pan Hosley, along with the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, made it a priority to educate the community and establish a historical memory surrounding the expulsion of the Chinese in Tacoma in 1885.

"Theresa Pan Hosley is an exemplary leader whose commitment, dedication and vision brought together a diverse group of community members," said the City of Tacoma news release.

The City of Destiny Award recipients–six individuals and four groups–will recieve a hand-crafted glass sculpture created by students in the Hilltop Artists in Residence Program.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Stadium High School Auditorium, 111 N. E St.

Bates Technical College congratulates Trustee Pan Hosley on her exemplary leadership and commitment to drive Tacoma forward.

Learn more about the event here.

Brain Series: Media and Children

Dr. Dimitri Christakis outlines ways to give children quality screen time

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under two years old shouldn’t watch any television. Children older than two should watch no more than two hours of quality programming each day. So what exactly is quality programming?

Before children are given tube time, parents can learn about media and its impact on children ages 0-18 from Dr. Dimitri Christakis at Bates Technical College’s 14th annual Brain Series event, April 28, 7-9 p.m. at South Campus, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma.

Director of Seattle Children’s Hospital Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington, Dr. Christakis notes that not all media is bad.

“There are many very high-quality television programs for children,” said Dr. Christakis. “And [there are] many ways we can help make technology work for parents.”

The Brain Series, a Home and Family Life event, provides two hours of free training and coincides with the Month of the Young Child, a child advocacy month aimed at bringing attention to the needs of young children and their families.

The Pierce County Public Library System, Kaplan Early Learning Company, Bates Technical College Foundation, KBTC Public Television, the Tacoma-Pierce County Child Care Resource & Referral, and the Pierce County Association for the Education of Young Children sponsor this free event.

For more information, call 253.680.7511.

Health Fair offers assessments, yoga class, prizes and more

Curious about the health benefits of therapeutic-quality essential oils? Want to explore the art of yoga? At our annual Health Fair, you can learn about these topics and more.

On Friday, April 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Downtown Campus Auditorium, the health fair will feature more than 40 informational booths, including the Cascade Regional Blood Bank’s bloodmobile, a yoga workshop, and vendors who will offer screenings, demonstrations and health assessments to promote health and wellness within the community.

Visitors will also have a chance to win prizes donated by vendors, and a $50 or $100 Fred Meyers gift card. The first 350 people will receive a gift bag full of health-related items.

The yoga workshop will be held in Room MZ138, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and is an introductory class that will cover philosophy and styles, health benefits, basic yoga poses and sun salutations. Yoga mats will be provided, and participants should arrive in comfortable clothing and be prepared to move and stretch. Space is limited, so please arrive early to secure a spot.

The Health Fair is free and open to the public. Call 253.680.7177 or visit to learn more.

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Host families still needed

If you have an empty bedroom and a desire to learn about other cultures, then becoming a host family could be the experience you're looking for.

Participants in the Cultural Academy spend a month in Tacoma during the summer, participate in the college's English as a Second Language course, and travel with the group to several Northwest attractions and scenic destinations.

Click on the image below to learn more. If you'd like to host a student, please contact Barbara Kuhn, 253.680.7183.

Save the Date: Campus Blood Drive

On Thursday, May 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Downtown Campus auditorium, Practical Nurse students, along with Cascade Regional Blood Services, will hold a blood drive for staff, students and the general public.

If you're interested, please call the Practical Nurse program at 253.680.7316 to sign up for a time slot.

If you have any questions, please call Dianne Nauer, 253.680.7328.

Pierce County news

Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care invites public input
Residents of Pierce County are encouraged to help shape the future of services for older adults and people with disabilities.

Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care is conducting a survey that will help guide what the next four years should look like for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The survey will ask participants to identify the biggest needs and recommend how scarce funds should be prioritized to properly address the needs.

The online survey is now posted at Paper copies of the survey and business reply envelopes are available to distribute to persons without Internet access. Deadline for submitting comments is May 1.

The mission of Aging and Long Term Care is to ensure that Pierce County residents have a range of community-based services available that promote dignity and maximize individual choice.

A picture is worth a thousand words…or at least a prize
More than 60 local restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and coffee stands are using “Puget Sound Starts Here” coasters and coffee sleeves. If you take a photo of yourself with a “Puget Sound Starts Here” coaster or coffee sleeve and post it to the Puget Sound Starts Here Facebook page, you can win cool prizes.

Want to see where you can get your coaster or coffee sleeve? Go to to find a location near you.

April is “Puget Sound Starts Here Month” and this contest is one of many events dedicated to improving water quality in the Puget Sound, local lakes, rivers, and streams. The messaging on the coasters and coffee sleeves highlights simple actions people can take to prevent water pollution.

For more information about what you can do to help, go to

Free workshops help neighborhoods manage stormwater
Many homeowner associations (HOAs) are responsible for a stormwater pond or other drainage systems in their neighborhoods. These systems need ongoing maintenance.

HOA members in Pierce County can learn how to protect these systems and how their HOA can work more effectively at three upcoming workshops:

• Thursday, April 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at East Pierce County Fire and Rescue Public Safety Bldg., 18421 Old Buckley Road in Bonney Lake.
• Thursday, May 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Graham Library, 9202 224th St. E. in Graham.
• Wednesday, June 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. NW in Gig Harbor.

The workshops focus on basic stormwater system maintenance and HOA management issues, such as how to protect your HOA's valuable community assets, basic HOA operational needs and strategies for success.

The Public Works and Utilities workshops are free of charge, but seating is limited and advance registration is required.

To register, please call 253.798.2485. Workshop attendees will receive a copy of their HOA engineered stormwater system plans if available.

Visit Surface Water Management's website at for a workshop flyer and additional information on stormwater system maintenance.

Outreach and Recruitment: Open House a success!

A message from Patricia Chase, manager of student outreach and recruitment, and Billie Jo Wood, student outreach and recruitment specialist.

A big, giant thank you to all of you who participated in this year’s Open House. More than 1,000 visitors, including prospective students and educators attended the event. We could not have made it without you!

School districts and community organizations: Shelton SD, Puyallup Middle Schools, Sumner SD, Tacoma SD, Peninsula SD, Cedar Heights Junior High in Port Orchard, Tacoma Community House, Chief Leschi SD, Truman High School, Enumclaw HS, Bremerton SD and much more.

Thank you to:
  • Associated Student Government for providing student ambassadors Jessica Beal, facilities maintenance engineer student, and Louisa Clark, biotechnology lab technician student.
  • Ramon Burton, opportunity grant specialist, for helping with the career testing.
  • Stan Betts, facilities maintenance engineer student, and Laurie Arnold, Jason Carroll, Jim Field, Rhonda Sample, Blake Ingram for staffing the outreach table and visitor take-in.
  • Communications and Marketing for promoting the event.
  • Culinary Arts students and faculty for their hard work in preparing lunch.
  • Facilities and Maintenance, with special thanks to Teresa Ciolkosz and An Dang for organizing and directing the set-up, maintenance and clean-up.
  • Instructors and their students in:
    • Web Development
    • Software Development
    • Database Technology
    • Fashion Construction and Design 
    • Biomedical Service Technician: Clinical Engineering 
    • Machinist
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant 
    • Practical Nurse
    • Dental Assisting
    • Administrative Medical Assistant
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Fire Protection Engineering Technology
    • Land Survey
    • Electrical Engineering Technician 
    • Fire Service
    • Early Childhood Education/Child Care
    • Commercial Truck Driving-Entry Level
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician
    • Information Technology Specialist 
  • South Campus programs for hosting the numerous tours (Fire Service, Diesel, Electrical, Facilities Maintenance, Boat Building, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Welding, Auto Body, Power Sports, and Auto Mechanic).
  • Departments and their representatives in: JRTC, BMTC, Financial Aid, Assessment Center, High School, ASG, Diversity Center, Home & Family Life
  • Bob Gunter, commercial truck driving-entry level instructor, for providing transportation for TCH to attend the event.
  • IT department
  • High School Advisors Robin Stanton and Lexine Torres for hosting the workshop, “How high school courses relate to your career.”
  • Dion Teague and Monica Schumaker for hosting the College Information Session.
  • Fire Service students and chiefs for graciously providing more than 25 tours throughout the day. You were amazing!!!!
And a big thanks to all who participated not mentioned here.

Room reservations @ Bates this week

Thursday, April 28
High School Information Session, 10:30 a.m., SC A209
KBTC All-Staff Meeting, 3 p.m., MC Conf Room
Annual Brain Series Seminar, 7 p.m., SC Auditorium

Friday, April 29
Health Fair, 10 a.m., DT Auditorium

Saturday, April 30
Kiwanis-CLE, 8 a.m., SC A318