Monday, May 14, 2012

Student eNews: Free haircuts for grads, Commencement information, and more!

College Information

THIS WEEK:  Commencement Ceremony
Congratulations class of 2012!  Bates Technical College’s Commencement ceremony is Friday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Graduates must arrive at the exhibition hall by 5:15 p.m. If you or your guests require special needs, please contact the Disability Support Services Office at 253.680.7012. Parking (general and disabled) is $10 in the Dome parking lots. No balloons inside the exhibition hall please. 
Commencement – Student Rehearsal
Students are strongly encouraged to attend the commencement rehearsal at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18 in the Downtown Campus Auditorium.

Attention Grads! Pose for pics in your best ‘do.
Want to look your best for graduation photos? Stop by the Foundation office to snag a free coupon for a haircut at Bates’ Barber Shop, courtesy of a mystery donor. First come, first served—so what are you waiting for? Questions? Contact LeAnn Dreier at or 253.680.7160.

Tutoring Center News
Is algebra keeping you up at night? Does that thesis statement need some help? The folks at the Tutoring Center can help! We have regular walk-in hours and we can make appointments as well. Whichever Bates campus you’re on, we will do our best to get you the help you need to succeed in your classes. Call Greg Cook at 253.680.7259, or send an email to The Tutoring Center is located in E302 (near the Skybridge and across from the Diversity Center), Downtown Campus.

Diversity and Student Government

THIS WEEK:  ASG General Assembly Meeting – May 16
The ASG General Assembly meets Wednesday, May 16, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Downtown Campus auditorium. Kat Flores will looking for student feedback on the development of a diversity workshop series. A very important meeting—and the last general assembly meeting of the school year.

T-Shirt Design Contest for Leadership Conference
The second year of the "institute t-shirt design contest" is here! The Council of Unions and Student Programs (CUSP) is again seeking student submissions for a super-cool, totally hip, spiffy t-shirt design for the 2012 Leadership Institute this fall. The theme this year is: Leader Fever. Submission deadline is June 1 at 4 p.m. Interested students can go to for more information.

Job Opportunities

Airport Jobs – Position Openings
                        Sea-Tac employment information from “Port Jobs” for people interested in work at, or near, Sea-Tac Airport. Go to:, Airport Jobs ‘Hot List’ of positions.

2011-2012 Summer Quarter Dates
May 15            Summer classes start
May 17            Last day to add class without instructor permission
May 21            Last day to drop a class and receive an 80% refund
May 29            Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund
May 29            Last day to add class with instructor permission
May 29            Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript
June 28            Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
July 26             Last day of the quarter

Learn more about Friday's Commencement speakers

Frank Boykin Jr. is the enterprise accounts manager at United Parcel Service. An active community member, Frank serves as the vice chair of the University Place Planning Commission.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Frank has served on various boards and committees, including as a tenured trustee at Annie Wright School, a past president and board chair of Washington’s original African American Museum, and as a Governor Gary Locke appointee to the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs.

He has served as political director and campaign manager for two elected officials, and is an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church, and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Frank holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. Frank and his wife Alyce have a daughter, Tasia. He enjoys music, theater and mentoring young people.

Tammy L. Chalmers knew she needed a degree after she was laid off twice in the last four years because of the down economy. She evaluated her educational options and chose Bates Technical College because it offered the marketing and business management program she knew would make a difference in her life.

“When I visited the campus, I really enjoyed the environment,” says Tammy. “The career advisors were caring and interested in me, and my instructor was truly concerned about what was best for me.” 

Originally from Coos Bay, Ore., Tammy says she’s learned a lot about teamwork through her experience at Bates. She served as treasurer for the Associated Student Government (ASG) for three quarters, where she worked with other ASG officers to put together the budget and evaluate recipients of ASG funds.

During her final year at Bates, Tammy has incorporated online courses into her regular coursework. In February, she began working as a purchasing coordinator at a firm in Renton.

Tammy graduates with an associate of applied science-transfer degree, and the knowledge and college experience that has made a difference in her life.