Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On the Air with KBTC

This Thursday night, take a swig of Prohibition, the newest documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, this three-part series tells the true story of the rise and fall of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution. It was called the "Noble Experiment," but it was one of America's most notorious civil failures, a lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior.

Prohibition: Thursdays at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 13 on KBTC, Comcast 12, Click! 3.

KBTC is proud to present the premiere broadcast of the latest program in its 'For the Love of Fabric' series, The Pacific West Quilt Show, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

All the excitement and beauty of this world-class quilt show is captured in this locally-produced program. Shot in stunning high definition videography, this program stars many of the amazing award-winning quilts that were presented at the 2011 Pacific West Quilt Show in Tacoma.

Go behind the scenes and experience the well-organized preparation for the show. Listen to revealing and fascinating personal interviews with judges, event organizers and contest winners. Directed by KBTC's Michael Peters, and narrated by longtime pledge host Jane Moxey, this program is sure to delight and dazzle all fans of quiltmaking.

The Pacific West Quilt Show: Saturday, Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Did you know KBTC is on Twitter and Facebook? Follow @KBTCtv, 'like' KBTC.

You're invited to Hoptoberfest!

For just $40, you can enjoy a gourmet five-course meal, paired with robust and flavorful beer from New Belgium Brewing.

Whether you like your libations smooth, sweet, spicy, bitter, malty or hoppy, you're bound to find the perfect pairing that will make your palate dance with delight.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Proceeds from this event benefit Bates students. Visit the Bates Foundation to learn more.

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Get ready for November's Art at Work Month 2011

In November, Tacoma's Art at Work Month 2011 will celebrate its 10th anniversary. With the goal of encouraging our community to get involved in the arts, Art at Work aims to celebrate and highlight Tacoma's collective artistic talent.

Art at Work Month has something for everyone to enjoy: music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings, lectures, workshops; film screenings and cultural events. This is your opportunity to experience something new--or enjoy an old favorite.

Visit for comprehensive details.

Outreach and Recruitment

If you're interested in promoting your program at one of these outreach events, please contact Patricia Chase, x7302.

10/17, South King County College & Career Fair/Presentations
10/19, Renton School District College Fair at Hazen High School, Renton WA
10/19, Spanaway Lake High School
10/19, Federal Way School District Life After High School
10/20, High School & Beyond  Night, Mt. Tahoma
10/21, Pierce County Health Career Day
10/24, Timberline HS Career Fair
10/25, Kennewick High School College/Career Fair
10/25, Yelm HS
10/26, Capital HS Career & College Fair
10/27, Lakes High School /Gear Up college fair
10/27, TCSN Tacoma School District Strategic Planning College partnerships
10/28, Washington Youth Academy/career fair

This summer, Manager of Student Outreach Patricia Chase participated in the first annual Quinalt Career Days. Here's what an organizer of the event had to say:

"Thank you for taking part in our first Quinault Career Day last week in Taholah," said Rod Johnson, tribal employment rights office manager for the Quinalt Indian Nation, in an email to Patricia.

"It is nice to know that people care enough to show up in our village at the end of the road and give our tribal members hope that there is opportunity out there" he said. "We plan on having a larger scale career day at the resort in the spring which should be well attended and I will keep you posted as to when that will be. Thank you again!"

Way to go, Patricia!

Age is no barrier to staying at home

Your home is your castle. But will you be able to stay in your castle? "What's In Your House?" will share remodeling tips to get around those everyday barriers before they become obstacles.

"Home is where we plant roots for the long term," said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care. "But that also means giving some forethought to what we can do to make sure our home can serve our needs. Aging at home doesn't just happen. It's the result of good planning."

The workshop will look at examples of how a home can easily become barrier-free. Each room will be studied: entrances, living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, stairs and more. Practical solutions will be suggested to make staying at home a sound choice.

The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be repeated three times.

• Monday, Oct. 17 - Pierce County Annex; 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
2401 35th St., Tacoma - Main Conference Rm.
• Monday, Oct. 17 - Puyallup Library; 7 - 8 p.m.
324 S. Meridian, Puyallup
• Wednesday, Oct. 19 - County City Building; 12:10 - 12:50 p.m.
930 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma - 7th Floor Rainier Conference Rm.

"What's In Your House?" is hosted by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center and Rebuilding Together South Sound. Please call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253.798.4600 for more information.

Constitution Day Winners

Congratulations to this year's Constitution Day winners!
  • Barry Dale, student, $100 scholarship from the Bates Foundation
  • Steve Wood, employee, a pat on the back
  • Hannah Payne, high school student, $100 gift certificate

Closure information for inclement weather

Instructors, please share with your students.

With forecasters already predicting a cold and wet La Nina winter, it’s time to prepare for weather’s impact on our operating schedule. This blog post is easy to print and display in your office or classrooom to inform students of how to get weather closure information. Just click on the hyperlinked headline and hit your browser's print button.

Below are the information sources that we update in the event of a weather incident:
  • Weather Closure Information Line (680.7060)--Outgoing message is updated by 5:45 a.m. with current information.
  • Twitter and Facebook--The social media sites Twitter and Facebook will be updated as available. Follow @BatesTechnical or 'like' us:
  • Broadcast Voicemail - Employees--A broadcast voicemail with current information will be sent to all Bates telephone lines by 5:45 a.m. You may check your voicemail remotely to access.
  • Bates Website ( web page will be updated by 5:45 a.m. with current information.
  • Regional School Information & Media Notification ( will be submitted by 5:45 a.m. This site is regional media’s source for broadcast information. You may log on to view a list of school closures and delays.
  • Local Broadcast Television (KIRO, KOMO, KING, KCPQ)--Watch the scrolling information at the bottom of your television screen beginning at 5:45 a.m.
  • Broadcast Email - Students and Employees--A broadcast email will be sent to college email accounts for both students and employees by 5:45 a.m.
Saturday Closures
If the college closes on a Friday because of inclement weather, then Saturday classes will be automatically canceled.


If inclement weather creates hazardous travelling conditions on a Saturday, then the President will make the decision to cancel classes by 6 a.m. on that Saturday. Staff and students should call the weather closure line at 253.680.7060, which will be updated by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays IF classes have been canceled.

Please note: Communications & Marketing staff members update these outlets as soon as we receive the information, and usually by 5:45 a.m. and by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays. If staff members have a long morning commute and an early start time, coordinate your departure time with your supervisor.

From Facilities: Please keep in mind that Facilities staff members have limited staffing on campus in the early mornings and may not have had the time to treat or scrape all paths to the college entrances. Please use extreme caution on walkways and parking lots and in entrance areas where areas may be wet and slippery. Avoid paths with inclines if possible, use cleared paths as they become available, and use handrails at stairs and ramps. Wear appropriate clothing including shoes with traction.

Below are priority areas for de-icing college grounds:
• Main Building entrances
• Primary paths to Main Building entrances
• Secondary Building entrances
• Primary paths to Secondary Building entrances
• Parking lots
• Primary path(s) from parking lots to campus building(s)
• Sloped walkways
• Reported areas of unsafe conditions
• Primary walkway routes between buildings
• Perimeter walkways
• Additional walkways between buildings

If you don't hear to the contrary via media, phone call, college voicemail or Internet posting, please assume that the college is open and operating on our usual schedule. 

There are times when K‐12 schools will close, though colleges remain operational. Students with children for whom K‐12 cancellation may present a hardship are encouraged to discuss individual situations with their instructor.

South Campus Financial Aid has new hours

This month, the South Campus Financial Aid hours changed because of the adjustments in administrative processes for producing financial aid checks. 

The new hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. These hours are subject to staff availability.

Visit the Financial Aid website for more information.