Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Commencement Speakers Announced

Kaylee Clark, Administrative Office Assistant
student, will speak at this year's commencement.
Student Speaker
Kaylee Clark is a second-generation graduate of the Administrative Office Assistant program. Her mother, a 2007 graduate, enrolled in the college after a layoff from a major company. She is now gainfully employed as an office assistant for a local union.

Kaylee says her mother has always served as an exceptional role model and an inspiration. So when the Tacoma native graduated from Bates’ Technical High School program, Kaylee secured financial aid and, taking the cue from her mother, enrolled in the Administrative Office Assistant program in winter 2009.

“I’ve had a great college experience, which included numerous leadership opportunities and sharpening my workplace skills,” said Kaylee, who served as the Associated Student Government president this year and held a work study job in the Diversity Center.

Kaylee is eager to intern as an office assistant at a business or organization for her final quarter, fulfilling a work-based learning requirement. She eventually wants to work as an office manager at a reputable company or organization.

Keynote Speaker
Executive Director of Tacoma
Community House Liz Dunbar
will give the commencement
address on Thursday, May 19.
Liz Dunbar, executive director of Tacoma Community House, will give the commencement address at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m.

Former Deputy Secretary of Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Dunbar has worked in the government and nonprofit sectors for many years, and has served on various committees and boards in the community, including the college's Integrating Diversity and Equal Access in Learning (IDEAL) Committee, the Associated Ministries, Asian Forum of Pierce County, and the American Leadership Forum.

Commencement 2011: Celebrate Your Success

Student Commencement Rehearsal
Students are strongly recommended to participate in the rehearsal at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 at the Downtown Campus Auditorium.

GradImages Pre-registration
GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to graduates' homes and via email within three to five days after Commencement. You can order pictures online, by phone, or by mail. Visit GradImages for more details.

Registering with GradImages provides graduates with the information they need to deliver graduation proofs in a timely manner. Be sure to provide them with an accurate mailing and email address so GradImages can send proofs to walkers without delay. Graduates can also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members so they can help celebrate success.

Other Details
Graduates must arrive at the exhibition hall by 5:15 p.m. If you or your guests require special needs, please contact Disability Support Services at 253.680.7012. Parking (general and disabled) is $8 in the Dome parking lots. No balloons inside the exhibition hall please.

Community Events

Farmers Markets
The 2011 Farmers Market season is here!
• 6th Avenue Market--Opens Tuesday, May 3. Hours: 3-7 p.m.
• Broadway Market--Opens Thursday, May 5. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
• South Tacoma Market--Opens Sunday, June 5. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Gig Harbor Market--April-Sept. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Uptown
• Gig Harbor Market--June-Sept. Hours: noon-5 p.m., Downtown Gig Harbor
Learn more about your area Farmers Market here.

Fairs and Festivals
Click here to learn more about upcoming fairs and festivals.

Intersections: Cross-Cultural World Music Experiences, May 5 and 19
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2011 Washington State NOW Conference
On Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the IBEW Local 76 Union Hall, Tacoma NOW (National Organization for Women) will host the the Washington State NOW Conference, which will feature the national president of NOW, Terry O'Neill and Senator Rosa Franklin.

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Long-term Care Workshop
"Options, Choices and Family Matters" will help individuals understand the many alternatives they will encounter and how to make level-headed decisions when it comes to long-term care for themselves or a family member.

The free workshop will be held three times:
• May 9, 12:10-12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Conference Room, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma
• May 11, 7-8 p.m. at the Soundview Building, 3611 S. D St. in Tacoma
• May 12, 12:10-12:50 p.m. at the County City Building 7th Floor Rainier Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave., S. in Tacoma

Benefits Corner

Since 1949, Americans have celebrated May as Mental Health Month, which aims to highlight mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness.

Below are some web resources to help you increase your own mental health wellness and become a better mental health advocate.
"One in six adults and almost one in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Yet, for many, the stigma associated with the illness, can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. This is where the misconceptions stop. This is where bias comes to an end. This is where we change lives. Because this is where we Bring Change 2 Mind."
"Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives."
This sub-website of Mental Health America focuses on preventive mental health and wellness-related living.
Developed and maintained by wife/husband psychologist team in California, this website was created in response to their own daughter’s suicide. "Helpguide’s mission is to help you understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge and support you need to take charge of your life and make healthy choices."
"Based in Washington, D.C., the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide."

Room Reservations @ Bates

Wednesday, May 4
Fire Service Information, 1 p.m., SC A209

Thursday, May 5
Pierce County IT Breakfast Meeting, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium
Truck Driving Information, 1 p.m., SC A209
Information Session Health, 2 p.m., DT Auditorium
KBTC Managers’ Meeting, 2 p.m., MC Conf Room
HS Orientation, 3 p.m., DT Auditorium
Parent Ed Seminar, 6 p.m., SC Auditorium

Friday, May 6
KBTC Development Meeting, 8 a.m., MC Conf Room
Delta Digma Theta Sorority Meeting, 6:30 p.m., SC Auditorium

Saturday, May 7
First Aid/CPR, 8:30 a.m., SC Auditorium