Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lakewood Mayor Richardson to give keynote address at Veterans Day Celebration

City of Lakewood Mayor Douglas G. Richardson will serve as keynote speaker at Bates' annual Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Downtown Campus Auditorium.

Mayor Richardson is a retired Army Reserve Brigadier General with 32 years of active and reserve service, and is also a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal. In addition to Mayor Richardson, the audience will hear from area veterans who will speak about transitioning from corps to community, the event’s theme.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Organizers will serve coffee and cake to veterans in attendance, and audience members can purchase two slices of pizza for $1.

For more information, contact LeMont Lucas, diversity center assistant, at 253.680.7113 or visit www.bates.ctc.edu/Diversity.

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Diversity News

Diversity activities from the Washington State History Museum

Tell your story on Veterans Day
Veterans Day evokes memories of service; maybe a loved one, a family friend, or you yourself spent time serving your country in the armed forces or supporting those who have or are currently enlisted.

We commemorate this Veterans Day by offering a personal look at military experiences through written memories submitted by the public. Ten stories will be read aloud during an afternoon program beginning at 2 p.m. Non-selected stories will be posted in the museum's education lobby for visitors to read.

Submit by email your recollections of veteran's, the military or any memory related to the armed forces. You do not have to be a veteran, a military spouse or active military to participate; everyone is welcome who would like to share a story.

Please make them no longer than 500 words, and indicate if you give permission for your story to be posted and read aloud. All submitted stories will remain the property of the historical society.

Friday, Nov. 11, admission is free to active duty and retired military and their families. Regular admission is charged for everyone else. Museum hours on Veterans Day is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The program begins at 2 p.m. on the Museum Mezzanine floor.

Visit the Washington State History Museum website for more details.

African Americans in aerospace
Take a close look at the remarkable story of African Americans in aerospace history at this special exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute on display now through Jan. 16, 2012.

From the thrilling barnstormers if the early 1920s to the first African American to walk in space at the dawn of the Millennium, this exhibit features historic images, artifacts and interviews with the pilots who struggled to be accepted as equals and made history in the air!

Meet Astronaut Bernard Harris at a special program celebrating the history of African Americans in flight and commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. 

Click here for more exhibit information.

Community film: We Still Live Here-As Nutayunean
This film tells the astonishing story of the return of a Native American language that was silenced for more than a century.

Celebrated every Thanksgiving as the Indians who save the Pilgrims from starvation and then largely forgotten, the Wampanoags of Massachusetts are now saying loud and clear in their native language, "We Still Live Here!"

Special guest speaker is a  member of the Wampanoag Tribe. She will speak about the customs, culture and the journey of her people to bring back their native language.

Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. with a program to follow. Stay for refreshments and informal discussion!

Admission to the museum is free every Third Thursday, year round.

November is Art At Work Month

This month, help celebrate Art At Work, a month-long celebration of artists and their artwork, and an opportunity for community members to come together and be an active part of Tacoma's art culture. There are numerous events throughout this month. From a baroque Christmas concert rehearsal to a Breakfast at Tiffany's screening, there is something for everyone. Visit artatworktacoma.com for a comprehensive list of activities.

Combined Fund Drive ends Thursday

A message from your Combined Fund Drive chair
The 2011 Combined Fund Drive (CFD) campaign is winding down. First, thank you to all who have agreed to participate through payroll deduction or a one-time donation. Your generous donations are very important, especially in these times when there are so many in need of services. Second, I would like to thank those who have agreed to be a CFD volunteer for Bates.

Our campaign officially ends on Thursday, Nov. 10. So, if you have been planning to donate, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, there is still time. Just go to the CFD website to sign up online or to get a printed form. The printed form can be filled out and given or sent to one of our Bates CFD volunteers:  Wayne Caldwell, Geof Kaufman, Bob Traufler, Ed Ulman, Steve Wood and Sharri Huey. Or, you may send it directly to me. If you are simply continuing an existing monthly donation via payroll deduction, there is nothing further to do. Your donation automatically continues unless you cancel it.

Remember, the campaign ends on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Thanks again to everyone for your support and generosity.


Dave Montgomerie, CFD Chair

Student email account information

Special note from the IT Department concerning student email accounts
We’ve been experiencing quite a few situations where information about student accounts and email addresses either hasn’t been correct or hasn’t been relayed to students at all. Please read the information below and help our students get the correct information so they aren’t frustrated.

1.  Students do NOT have to come on the campus to check their Bates email. As long as they have internet access from anywhere in the world, they can go to http://www.bates.ctc.edu/MyBates/ and click on “Check Your Email,” or go directly to https://mail.bates.ctc.edu/owa  and log in with their user account and password.

2. Students should dial the Student Help Desk at 253.680.7055 (x7055 on campus) for email account issues. If they get voicemail, be patient and leave a call-back number. We might be on the other line, but will get back to them as quickly as we can. Please do not have them dial individual technicians or the main IT help extension, because that line is dedicated for staff issues.

3. The mailbox size limit has been increased to 200MB from last year’s 70MB.

4. Non-career training students (ex. High School Completion, Continuing Education, General Education-only) do not have server storage space. If they need to save files, please make sure they are saving them to an external device, such as a flash drive.

FYI: Shirley Mingo manages all of the student email accounts, and she can be available to help or give orientations on the subject of network accounts and email information. Please call x7055 or send an email  to contact her.

Click here for more information about student email accounts.

Bookstore holds book buy back

Book Buy Back will be held at the Downtown Campus Bookstore on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the bookstore.

Pierce County-area news

City of Tacoma launches new email subscription service
Citizens who wish to know the city council agenda in advance, get the latest police and fire news, get information about selected city projects, development, initiatives, public safety and more, can now take advantage of the city's new, free electronic news service. They can go to cityoftacoma.org, select from various topics of interest and, when relevant information is updated on the city's website, they would receive instant, automated email alerts or wireless notifications.

Homeless Awareness Week at TACID
You're invited to view The Soloist, a movie about a homeless Julliard-trained musician, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2-6 p.m. to help Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID) celebrate Homeless Awareness Week. Discussion will follow the movie. To increase awareness of homelessness in our community, please bring a personal hygiene item to donate to TACID's essential needs bank. For more information, please click here to send an email, or call 253.565.9000.

Off-Campus parking is available

Campus Public Safety would like to remind students, staff and visitors at the Downtown Campus that there is off-site parking available at the intersections of 13th Street and I Street, and 13th Street and J Street. Click here to check out the Downtown Campus parking map.

Benefits Bulletin

AFLAC on campus
It’s that time of year again! Karol Graham, our AFLAC representative will be at South and Downtown Campuses for several days during open enrollment. At this time, you can make revisions or deletions to your AFLAC accounts.

The meetings are scheduled for Nov. 16 at South Campus, Home and Family Life, Room 116, and Nov. 17-18 at Downtown Campus, Human Resources Conference Room, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Each meeting is 30 minutes long.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Karol at the Downtown Campus, visit the HR Office and sign up for a meeting timeslot. If you would like to schedule a meeting for South Campus, please drop by Student Services in the lobby area and sign up on the sheet at the the counter.

PEBB’s Open Enrollment: FSA and DCAP–Two Ways to Save Money in 2012
The PEBB Program’s open enrollment in November is your chance to enroll or reenroll in the flexible spending account (FSA) or the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP). Remember, if you are already enrolled, you need to reenroll to continue in 2012. And for those of you who are considering one of the new PEBB consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), you won’t be able to have both the CDHP and an FSA.

Both the FSA and DCAP allow you to set aside pre-tax money from your paycheck. You can then draw upon your FSA funds to pay for deductibles, copays, coinsurance, dental, vision, and many other expenses for both yourself and your dependents, even if they aren’t enrolled in your PEBB medical or dental plan. 
Similarly, you can draw upon your DCAP funds to pay for qualified dependent care expenses such as babysitting, daycare, and pre-kindergarten so you and your spouse can attend school, work, or look for work. DCAP can also be used to pay care costs for a spouse or any other IRS-recognized dependent who is physically and/or mentally incapable of self-care.

The FSA allows you to set aside $240 to $3,600 per year, and the DCAP allows you to set aside up to $5,000 per year for couples filing joint tax returns ($2,500 if you and your spouse file separate tax returns). The amount you decide to set aside is divided by the number of pay periods in the year, and deducted from each paycheck.

Under federal law, any unclaimed money in your account after March 31 of the following year will be forfeited and you won’t be able to claim it. So plan carefully and use the funds you’ve set aside within the year to be sure you take full advantage of these products.

For more information, call ASIFlex (the administrator for both the FSA and DCAP) at 1.800.659.3035 (TTY 1.877.879.9038) or visit http://pebb.asiflex.com/.