Monday, May 23, 2011

"Invincible: Baseball in Tacoma" airs tonight on KBTC

The Invincibles, the first baseball team in Tacoma, 1874.
Whether you're a history buff, a baseball fanatic, or a proud Tacoman, you won't want to miss this documentary. "Invincible: Baseball in Tacoma," is a history lesson on baseball in the city, and begins with Tacoma's first baseball team, The Invincibles, who took to the field in 1874.

The documentary will air on KBTC tonight, Tuesday, May 24 at 8 p.m., and will also air Friday, May 27 at 8 a.m.

In tandem with the documentary, KBTC will host a Night in the Ballpark at the newly-renovated Cheney Stadium on Sunday, July 3. Learn more here.

Practical Nurse students walk to raise money for Arthritis Foundation

The Bates group at the
2011 Arthritis Walk on Ruston Way.
Did you know that arthritis is more common among women (24.9 percent) than men (18.1 percent), and girls are twice as likely to develop juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as boys? And that arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States?

It is because of these startling statistics that students in the Practical Nurse student club, Student Nurses Achieving Professionalism (SNAP), decided to join their instructor Eileen Beck and laboratory technician Jackie Haynes, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, at the 2011 Arthritis Walk at Marine Park on Ruston Way in Tacoma on Saturday, May 14.

Student Amy Robbins, whose husband has arthritis, said a total of five students, their families and one Chihuahua (who also has arthritis) participated in the walk. Together, the group raised more than $200 for the foundation.

"It was great," she said. "My feet hurt, and I was tired--but it was a good tired feeling, because I did something good for myself," said Amy, who, along with her peers, walked the three-mile walk with their scrubs on. "It was nice to do something like that as a team."

This signature fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation raised more than $21,000 for arthritis research, education and life improvement programs in 250 communities across the country.

This Week's Student eNews

Diversity and Student Government
THIS WEEK: Global Heritage Celebration Canceled
This year’s global heritage May 24 event has been cancelled. The scheduled group experienced a death in the family and will be unable to perform. The Diversity Center is attempting to reschedule its multicultural event and will send information as soon as it is available.

Ethnic Fest Volunteers
The Diversity Center is looking for adventurous individuals who want to immerse themselves in other cultures. If this is you, then volunteer to be at Ethnic Fest July 30-31. Bates has maintained a booth at this event for several years. Volunteer shifts at the booth are in two hour blocks; after that you are free to explore the diverse world Wright Park is transformed into, sampling the various foods and wares of the many cultures represented. All interested parties should contact LeMont Lucas at

College Information
Volunteer to Work the Bates Booth at the Puyallup Fair!
The Bates booth is in education building / pavilion near the Gold Gate (main entry). The booth will be stocked with class schedules, information request cards, cluster brochures, and catalogs. Your Role: Promote the College by talking about your experience, getting out and greeting fair-goers, and providing printed material to interested individuals. As a representative of Bates, you’ll receive free parking and free fair entrance. Sign-up in the Diversity Center for your shift today!

Are You Eligible for Worker Retraining Funding?
If you are a Dislocated Worker, Displaced Homemaker or recent Veteran, you may be eligible to receive Worker Retraining Funding (WRT) for Spring and Summer quarters. Whether you are new this quarter, or are a long-term continuing student, you should schedule to attend the WRT Continuing Student Application Workshop. WRT provides funds for tuition, books, & transportation. For those who have exhausted their Unemployment Benefits, we provide funding for living expenses. Interested students may schedule at the Downtown Advisors’ desk with Treonna, or call ext.7002.

Summer Quarter Dates
May 30 Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund
May 27 Last day to add class with instructor permission
May 27 Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript
June 22 Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
July 27 Last day of the quarter

Attention students and staff: ASG is seeking talent

Put on your blue jeans and bobby socks, break out those chocolate milkshakes, and turn up the Rock 'n Roll, because this summer, the Associated Student Government (ASG) is turning South Campus into Coolsville during Summer Fest, a 1950s-themed bash, on Friday, July 8.

The ASG is looking for all you talented cool cats out there!

If you:
  • Can entertain people,
  • Make and/or sell items,
  • Would like to showcase a talent,
  • Or have a have a FUN idea for a booth... 
Then please contact Kerrie Hanson, ASG Event Coordinator, no later than Friday, June 3. Or you can contact Kat and LeMont in the Diversity Center to sign up. Remember, you don't have to be James Dean or the Good Humor man to participate!

Pierce County news

One-day Milroy Bridge closure set for May 31
The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River will close on Tuesday, May 31, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to allow crews to perform guardrail repairs and a detailed structural inspection.

The bridge will be closed to all traffic during this time. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

The inspection work will be performed by crews from Washington State Department of Transportation and Pierce County Public Works and Utilities. The work is performed every other year as part of Pierce County's bridge inspection program that ensures the safety of travelers and the longevity of the county's transportation structures. Maintenance crews will also be completing some concrete deck repairs.

The Milroy Bridge is a steel truss bridge that connects state Route 167 (River Road East) and North Levee Road East at 66th Avenue East. The bridge was constructed in 1931 and carries approximately 11,000 vehicles a day.

Golf tourney benefits student scholarship

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You are invited to the 4th annual Zach Stewart Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 16, 1 p.m., at Madrona Links Golf Course, 3604 22nd Ave. NW in Gig Harbor.

Proceeds from the tournament fund the Zach Stewart Endowed Scholarship through the Bates Foundation for students in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program. Last year, four scholarships were awarded to students, each worth $1,300.

The tournament is $70 and includes the cart, play and dinner.

For more details, please visit:, or