Monday, September 26, 2011

Barber student lends skills, helps kids

On Saturday, Aug. 20, Hilltop's People's Park was packed with activity. More than 800 members of the community attended the 16th annual Hilltop Community Summer Slam, an event put together by the Hilltop Christian Center.

Kids slid down a water slide, families enjoyed a barbecue, and people visited several booths. You could get your blood pressure checked, grab a bag of school supplies, peruse second-hand clothes, and receive a hair cut, all free of charge.

One of the people supplying free haircuts at this event was Barber student Jon Hart. He volunteered to help when another student couldn't attend.

Jon, who graduates at the end of fall quarter, arrived at the park at 10:30 a.m., cut hair all day, and finished at 5:30 p.m. 

"Of the haircuts I gave, 80 percent were to kids," said Jon. "It felt good to give the kids an opportunity to get a back-to-school haircut when they wouldn't otherwise have had an opportunity."

Way to go, Jon!

Jon gave free haircuts to countless kids
at the 16th annual Hilltop Summer Slam.

Meet your Veterans Corps Resource Assistant

Veterans Corps Resource Assistant
Angela Foster
My name is Angela Foster. I am the new Vet Corps Resource Assistant here at Bates. While I am not a veteran myself, I have been an Army spouse for 20 years. My husband is currently with 4th Brigade at Fort Lewis.

Last year, I was the Veterans Resource Assistant at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. While there, I was on the steering committee for the Center of Excellence Grant for Veterans Success. I was able to help create a Veterans Center, establish a Corps of Veterans student club, facilitate training for faculty and staff on best practices in the classroom as related to Veterans issues, and facilitate the signing of the MOU by both Pierce College campuses.

Veterans returning to the civilian world, especially to college, face many unique issues. My main mission is to ensure that veterans know what benefits are available to them and to help them take advantage of those benefits. I am also here to help veterans understand their GI Bill, connect with other veterans for peer support, and help them navigate the college environment and system. I can provide veterans with connections for job search assistance, interviewing techniques, and resume writing assistance.

One of the goals of Vet Corps this year is to ensure that faculty and staff are educated on the unique issues that student Veterans face and to provide you the resources needed to help them.

I will be at Bates part time, as I am also the Resource Assistant at UWT. My goal is to be at Bates Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Please feel free to stop in and see me anytime at the Downtown Campus, Room M306B. My phone number is 253.680.7057 and my email is . I look forward to working with each of you.

Combined Fund Drive has arrived!

Dear Colleagues,

Every fall, the Washington Secretary of State’s office operates the Combined Fund Drive (CFD). The mission of the CFD is "Empowering Washington public employees and retirees to strengthen communities through the funding and support of charities."

The CFD is Washington State's workplace giving program for active and retired public employees. This program allows employees to make donations via check and payroll deduction to their favorite charities. Since 1984, Washington State public employees and retirees have generously donated more than $100 million to charity through the CFD.

The Bates community is already very generous. In fact, last year, 63 employees participated in CFD, giving via payroll deduction to your favorite charities. As you consider your charitable giving plans for the upcoming year, please consider donating via CFD.

To participate in CFD, you simply sign up online to give a one-time or recurring donation through your paycheck. You can designate a charity of your choice—whether it be the arts, food banks, animal shelters, education or more. Donations are automatically deducted from your paychecks beginning January.  

If you are currently giving through a recurring monthly payroll deduction, and wish to maintain your current donation, then you don’t need to do anything at all.  Your current monthly deduction will continue.  If making a change or donating for the first time, using the CFD online donation form is recommended.  However, a printed form is available and must be completed, in full, and returned to one of the college volunteers.
If you’d like to give but aren’t sure where to designate your dollars, consider giving a donation to help either KBTC or the Bates Foundation.

Bates Technical College Foundation (Charity Code 1478716)–Contributions to the Bates Foundation support scholarships, program purchases, emergency assistance, and more.  Last year, the foundation awarded over $70,000 to students.  

KBTC Public Television (Charity Code 0377104)–Your support of KBTC keeps this station a vibrant cultural and educational resource for the community. 

In the coming weeks, you may be asked by a volunteer co-worker for your support of the CFD. Thank you to the following volunteers who are helping this year: Wayne Caldwell, Geof Kaufman, Ed Ulman, and Steve Wood. Please feel free to ask them questions, or to let me know if you need anything. Your support of our community is very important and we appreciate your consideration of giving through the Combined Fund Drive.

Dave Montgomerie
CFD Campaign Chair

Faculty and Staff of Color Conference

The 16th Annual Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference will be held in Vancouver, WA at the Vancouver Conference Center, Oct. 26-28.

Conference highlights include:
  • Keynotes from Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D., Frances Contreras, Ph.D. and Justin Guillory, Ph.D.
  • A variety of engaging workshops, and networking with faculty and staff from across the state.
Please visit the FSOCC website for a detailed overview of the 2011 conference agenda and to register today!
2011 WA-FSOCC Fees & Deadlines$225 - Early Bird Registration, Oct. 1, 2011
$250 - Registration, Oct. 15, 2011
$275 - Late Registration, Oct. 25, 2011
$300 - On-site Registration, Oct. 26, 2011
The conference hotel is the Vancouver Hilton. Conference rates will be available until October 11, 2011 or block has filled.

To reserve your room, visit:

Library Corner

From the Tumblr:
Special note for students who use the Downtown Campus Library:
In order to save you time, the Bates Library would like you to know about print/photocopy cards and our new computer logon procedure.

To log on:
1. Press Control-Alt-Delete
2. In the first box, enter your first initial and last name (no spaces)
3. In the second box, enter your Bates email password (or Bates07, if you’ve never changed your password*).
4. For your own protection, please log off when finished.
*It is highly recommended that you change your password.

To print:
1. Purchase a print card from the cashier’s office (Room M210).
2. Go to the library.
3. Log on to a computer, using your Bates email ID and password.
4. With staff help, add a printer (once).
5. Use computer to send print job.
6. Show the print card to the library staff and ask to print.
7. The staff will release the print and mark off the number of sheets you use.

$1 for a 20-sheet card
$2 for a 50-sheet card

Please note: Step 4 (highlighted in yellow) and the logon procedure are both new.
If you need help, please talk with a library staff member.

Meet your AmeriCorps tutor

Americorps volunteer Gregory Cook
Meet Greg Cook
Hello Bates community! My name is Greg Cook, and I am glad to be here and working at the Tutoring Center on the Downtown Campus and also at South Campus. My specialty is writing: I’ve been writing for 30 years, and I have published short stories, essays, and reviews in a number of publications. I was a newspaper reporter in my native New York state. In 2009, I was one of six News Tribune reader-columnists. I received a bachelor of arts in English and history, a master of arts in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York, and a master's degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College (Go Geoducks!) in 2010.

Most recently, I worked at the state legislature during the 2011 session. I am serving at Bates until July 15, 2012. I look forward to building up our tutoring services and helping students to master their subjects and move forward in their career and life paths. Stop in and say hello, call me (x7259) or email ( Together we can “inspire, challenge and educate.”

Volunteers wanted!
One of the emphases of AmeriCorps is encouraging voluntarism. In that spirit, I hope as you have the opportunity, you will share volunteer opportunities with your students. Volunteering is a great way for students to learn skills, get a taste for different sectors of the economy, and to give back to our community. I am keeping my eyes open for opportunities.

Feel free to send students my way who may be interested in volunteering.

Tutoring Center Hours
Downtown Campus, Room E302
Mon: 7:30 a.m.-Noon; Tues-Fri: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Walk-in tutoring at the Tutoring Center (math/writing): Mon-Fri, 11 a.m. - Noon; other times by appointment

South Campus, Library Conference Room (math): Mon-Thu, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Fri. by appointment
Mon (writing): 1-3:30 p.m.

Mohler Campus
By appointment

STTACC announces new recognition award

 Do you know of a classified staff member who has gone above and beyond? Nominate them for the Short STTACC Award!

The Short STTACC Award is a classified staff recognition award given out quarterly by Staff Training for Technical and Community Colleges (STTACC). 

It recognizes classified staff who have aided a student, staff, faculty or project with their great attitude, innovation and development. Award winners are featured in the STTACC Chat (STTACC’s quarterly newsletter) and receive STTACC promotional items along with a $25 gift certificate to IHOP (or other breakfast restaurant).

To nominate a classified staff member for the Short STTACC Award, send a nomination statement (around 250 words) outlining why they are eligible for this award. The statement should include a specific situation or story that highlights their attitude, innovation and development.

Send your nomination statement to

Winners will be notified and will have their nominating statement published in the STTACC Chat. Winners will be asked to share a photo for the article.

Pierce Transit updates

Pierce Transit prepares for major reductions in bus service
Bus riders need to be prepared for significant changes in their bus service. Effective Sunday, Oct. 2, Pierce Transit bus service will undergo considerable changes throughout the county. Weekday and weekend service will be reduced, segments of some routes will be cut, and in some cases, entire routes will be eliminated.

Yellow bags began covering signs at the bus stops that will be closing earlier this month. The bags are printed with the message: Effective Oct. 2, 2011, this stop will be CLOSED.

Transit riders can continue to use these stops through Saturday, Oct. 1. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our passengers.

Approximately 600 bus stops, including 35 with shelters, will be closed on Oct. 2. Following that, Pierce Transit Facilities Maintenance crews will begin physically removing the bus stops; the sign pole, shelter structure, or bench that may be at the site. The process is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. Complete Press Release

Bus schedule available online
Because of reductions in spending, Pierce Transit will no longer be able to mail the automatic shipments of Pierce Transit’s The Bus Stops Here schedule books to the college. However, the bus schedules are available on all Pierce Transit buses, and available to download from our Pierce Transit website.

Download Pierce Transit's The Bus Stops Here

Coffee service at South and Downtown Campus Bookstores

Bookstores at both the Downtown and South Campus are now serving single cup brewed coffee. For just $1.50 per cup (includes tax), you can choose from five different types of coffee and an assortment of teas and hot cocoa.

Questions? Contact Spiro Manthou, x7150.

Benefits Bulletin: Flu Shots, Life Insurance freeze

Get your flu shots!
Bates will offer flu shots to employees and students at both campuses on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Downtown Campus, Clyde Hupp Board Room, M331
Thursday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-Noon

South Campus, Home & Family Life Classroom 116
Thursday, Oct. 20, 1-2 p.m.

Faculty and staff, please bring your medical insurance card, and your completed insurance claim form (check your email, or check with Human Resources) with you on the day of your flu shot. Uniform and Group Health plans will be billed directly, as long as you present your medical insurance card and complete the form.

Without the medical insurance card and completed form, the cost for the flu shot is $30 (cash or check made payable to Get A Flu

The cost for students is $25, and students are required to present their Bates Student ID card. The nurse can only accept cash or checks made out to Get A Flu

The foundation has a limited number of flu shots that will be offered at a discounted price of $15, cash or checks made out to Get A Flu This is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students will be required to show their Bates Student ID card. The limit is 10 students at the Downtown Campus and 10 students at the South Campus.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at x7181 or x7174.

Click to download poster for SOUTH CAMPUS.

Click to download poster for DOWNTOWN CAMPUS.

Life insurance freeze and changes
Have you been thinking about applying for an increase in your optional and supplemental life insurance coverage (Part B-Supplemental, Part C-Optional and Part D-Supplemental) through the Public Employee Benefit Board (PEBB)? If so, then this is an important message for you. 

PEBB is about to institute a freeze on any changes to the coverage amounts for current employees between Nov. 1, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2012. New hires and newly-eligible employees will still be able to enroll in these life coverages during the freeze.

PEBB and ReliaStar Life Insurance Company are introducing several changes to the supplemental life insurance coverage available starting in 2012. Those changes include:

• Higher supplemental employee and spouse/domestic partner coverage levels.
• Merging of the current “optional” and “supplemental” life programs.
• Elimination of the automatic increases in coverage driven by salary – the so-called “life maximizer.”
To facilitate the transition from the current to the new 2012 life benefit portfolio, PEBB and ReliaStar Life will not accept requests from current employees to make any changes to their coverage amounts during the three months of the freeze (November 2011-January 2012).

If you wish to make any changes to your life insurance, please submit your application by Oct. 31, 2011 or wait until February 2012. 

PEBB will soon provide additional information about our 2012 Life Insurance options, including an opportunity for employees who are already enrolled in the optional and supplemental programs to potentially purchase additional levels of supplemental coverage.