Thursday, February 23, 2012

Community events: 253 Collective art show, and more

253 Collective artists showcase art at group show

Artists from the 253 Collective, which includes Bates' graphic designer Dionne Bonner,  and Tower Bar and Grill owner Debbie Portzer, will hold an opening reception for the 253 Collective Group Show on Friday, Feb. 24 from 5-8 p.m. at Tower Bar and Grill, 1101 Tacoma Avenue in Tacoma.

The group show aims to highlight and celebrate local artists and businesses, and will feature a variety of art pieces from members of the collective from February to March.

John Wise, a 253 Collective member, will perform a live painting demonstration during the reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Wise, who specializes in creating breathtaking landscape scenes in acrylic, teaches workshops locally, and was a featured artist in the Tacoma Art Museum's winter exhibit, Franke Tobey Jones Senior Art Show.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of artwork during the reception will be donated to charities chosen by artists in the collective.

For more information, contact Dionne Bonner at 253.468.2514, email
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About 253 Collective
In 2009, Tacoma visionary Linda Danforth founded the 253 Collective. The collective is a cooperative of local artists whose goal is to provide a retail location for artwork while keeping the cost to each artist as low as possible. Each artist pays a monthly membership fee, and has an assigned job (marketing, art rotation, etc.). There is no commission collected on anyone’s work, so artists receive the full payment when their work is sold. Visit for more information.

About John Wise
John Wise is no stranger to showing and selling his work in galleries. He has painted landscapes, cloudscapes, and seascapes. He paints what he sees, or what he remembers, mostly in nature. "Almost all of what I paint comes from inside my head," said Wise. For more information visit

About Towers Bar and Grill
Tower Coffee Bar and Grill opened December 2011. Located at 1101 Tacoma Ave., Towers is an offshoot of Tower Coffee, which began seven years ago. This bistro offers all the comforts of home; breakfasts, french toast, omelets, a full array of lunch choices, salads, homemade soups, burgers and a full bar with beer, wines and spirits. Enjoy a beautiful downtown Tacoma and Mt. Rainier view in a location that accommodates large groups or intimate special occasions. Open Monday through Friday. 253.212.1357.

TACID offers free tax help to those who need it
Looking for help with your taxes? Look no more. Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID) will offer tax help at their office, 6315 S.19 Street, in Tacoma the following days: 
  • Tuesday, March 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you have questions, or would like to make an appointment, please call Georganna Megenity, volunteer coordinator, 253.565.9000, ext. 21.  

Free storm debris disposal program ends Feb. 26

If you have put off cleaning up after the January snow and ice storm, time is running out to take advantage of free storm debris disposal. Pierce County’s program will wrap up on Sunday, Feb 26.

More than 15,000 tons of debris has been collected since the program began on Jan 20. On its busiest collection day, the Hidden Valley Transfer Station averaged 196 vehicles every hour.
You can haul your debris to the county transfer stations listed below.

• Puyallup/South Hill/Graham Areas
Hidden Valley Transfer Station, 17925 Meridian Street East
Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

• Gig Harbor Peninsula
Purdy Transfer Station, 14515 54th Avenue NW
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

• Bonney Lake/East Pierce County
Prairie Ridge Transfer Station, Prairie Ridge Drive East at South Prairie Road East
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

If you pay for curbside yard waste collection you can put smaller debris in your yard waste containers throughout the spring. Debris must fit inside the container and is limited to foliage and branches smaller than four inches in diameter. No thick branches, trunks or stumps are allowed in yard waste containers. Storm debris placed next to a container will not be collected.

Remember, it is unsafe and illegal to dump storm debris into public rights-of-way, storm water facilities or other public property. Please call the Pierce County Responds hotline at 253.798.INFO (4636) to report illegal dumping.

Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator
Steve Wamback, Public Works and Utilities solid waste administrator

Employees eligible for free tickets to Tacoma Remodeling Expo

Check out the latest in renovation and design trends at the Tacoma Remodeling Expo. All Bates employees are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to the expo.

Tacoma Remodeling Expo
March 9-11 (Friday: noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

Please pick up your free tickets in Human Resources.

Click here for more details about the expo.

Board of Trustees Agenda

Note: Bates' Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 28 for trustee training and information regarding Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS) and Karras Consulting. The regular meeting will take place at 3 p.m. as originally scheduled. The agenda for this meeting is below:

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting | Tuesday, Feb. 28 | Clyde Hupp Board Room

3:00   I. Call to Order – Determination of a Quorum – Pledge of Allegiance
Chair, Mike Grunwald
Vice-Chair, Karen Seinfeld
Trustee Theresa Pan Hosley
Trustee Calvin Pearson
Trustee Stan Rumbaugh

3:05  Special Presentation by Jim Mullen (Barbering Advisory Committee)

3:10 II. Executive Session
A. Tenure Candidate Review
The Board will go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing items provided for in RCW 42.30.110(1):
(g) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee….;
No action will be taken during Executive Session.  The Executive Session will last ap-proximately 30 minutes.

3:40   III.  General Matters
Action   A. Approval of Agenda
Action   B. Approval of Board Minutes
1. January 31, 2012
   C.   Consideration of Tenure Candidate, Chair Mike Grunwald
   D.  Tenure Reception

3:50  E. Citizen Remarks

3:55  F. Introductions/Presentations                                                                               
1. Video Presentation (Mike Rowe – Alternative Education), Lyle Quasim
2. New Staff Introductions, Vickie Lackman
   3. Personnel Action Report, Vickie Lackman

4:05  G. Informational Reports/Remarks                                                                       
1. Associated Student Government (ASG), Becky Bailey
2. Diversity News, IDEAL/CDAC Report, Kat Flores                                            
3.  Communications & Mrktng./Foundation Report, Kym Pleger
4. KBTC Report, David Hinman
5. Local Bargaining Units
    a. AFT-Washington Federation of Teachers, Karen Patjens
    b. International Union of Operating Engineers, JC Smith
    c. Public Safety Officers, Jeri Jacobsen
    d. Bates Professional Technical Employees, Michelle McElvain

4:25  H. President’s Report, Lyle Quasim
1. Information Technology, Tom George
2. Institutional Research, Summer Kenesson
3. Enrollment/FTE Update, Ivan Gorne
a. Opportunity Grant
4. Instruction, Cheri Loiland
5. Finance Report, John Ginther
6. President’s Remarks/Announcements, Lyle Quasim

4:45 IV. New Business                                                                                                             

 4:50 V. Unfinished Business                                                                                                    

4:55 VI. Executive Session
The Board may go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing items provided for in RCW 42.30.110(1):
(a)  (not applicable to education)
(b) to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase…;
(c) to consider the minimum price at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease…;
(d) to review negotiations on the performance of publicly bid contracts…;
(e) (not applicable to education)
(f) to receive and evaluate complaints or charges brought against a public officer or employee;
(g) to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee;
(h) to evaluate the qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office;
(i) to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency matters relating to agency enforcement actions, … or litigation or potential litigation ....
No action will be taken during Executive Session. The Executive Session will last approximately 20 minutes.

5:25  VII.  Reconvene in Open Session
VIII.  Board Member Discussion/ Remarks
A. Development/Advancement, T. Pan Hosley/M. Grunwald
B. TACTC/ACCT, T. Pan Hosley/K. Seinfeld
C. KBTC, S. Rumbaugh/C. Pearson
D. Legislative, S. Rumbaugh/ M. Grunwald
E. Pierce County Coordinating Committee (PCCC), M. Grunwald/K. Seinfeld
F. Associated Student Government (ASG), T. Pan Hosley/K. Seinfeld
G. General Advisory Council (GAC), M. Grunwald/T. Pan Hosley
H. IDEAL/CDAC (Diversity Councils), T. Pan Hosley/C. Pearson

5:30   IX. Adjournment

   Next Meeting: March 27, 2012
   Location: Clyde Hupp Board Room, Downtown Campus

Outreach and Recruitment events

If you want to promote your program at one of these events, please contact Patricia Chase, x7302.

March 1
GEAR UP tour
Emerald Ridge High School College Fair

March 3 
2012 Pierce County AEYC annual Conference (at Pierce College)

March 5
Eatonville High School College & Career Fair

March 6
Bonney Lake High School's Career Education Shadow
Beyond High School Night, Enumclaw

March 8
Lincoln High School Career Shadow

March 9
Tacoma Community House board meeting

March 12
Enumclaw High School College Fair

March 17
Pre-Deployment Readiness Training (DRT) event

March 20
College and Career Fair at Southridge High School

March 21
SOTA School of Arts Career Shadow

March 22
UW Tacoma College Planning Day

March 23
8th grade College Exploration GRCC

March 26
College Planning Day, Olympia

March 27
Walker High School Career Shadow

March 28
College Days, Centralia

March 29
College Days, Longview

March 30
8th grade College Exploration, Pierce College