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In the Spotlight

Monday, November 30, 2009

Loss of 4 Lakewood Police Officers on Sunday

The loss of 4 Lakewood Police Officers on Sunday is a terrible tragedy for our community. As a neighbor in the City of Lakewood, Clover Park Technical College mourns the loss of 4 heroic individuals. We stand ready to support and assist them in any way possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, and friends of these brave officers - the victims of this senseless act of violence. Our thoughts are also with their many colleagues who risk their lives every day on our behalf.


Dr. John Walstrum
President, Clover Park Technical College

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fantasy Lights Preview Walk 2009

Fantasy Lights celebrates 15 years running in 2009. In an recent interview with Scott Hall, Superintendent of the Recreation Division of Pierce County Parks and Recreation, said area schools are the key components.

"We have many sponsors but each one plays a vital role for reaching the community in different ways. This is a project that all employees are able to work together on for the community, "Hall said.

Hall continued, "Fifteen years ago we opened our first year with 38 designs most of which were rented. Now we have four schools participating and we have the ability to make changes to the displays each year to give the park a fresh, new look every year. We want Fantasy Lights to be an inexpensive event to bring joy to the hearts of many families during these tough economic times."

"We will start the planing process for next year at the end of January," said Hall.

The element to a successful program is what the students receive personally from working on a display to be viewed by thousands of people annually for years to come.

Attendance tips the scales at 20,000-25,000 vehicles each year on average.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The holidays are here - check out Fantasy Lights!

This Sunday, November 22nd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. is the "Annual Walk-Through" event complete with a choir singing holiday songs, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

When this bear is in the air the time has come to join the fun November 26th - January 6, 2010.

The latest project produced by Clover Park Technical College - the Stegosaurus. This year marks the 15th annual Fantasy Lights display. Clover Park has been a big part of this event for 11 years.

Clover Park has a total of 18 different sculptures donated to this event plus numerous snowflakes.

Becky Little and her crew are working every day to complete the installation of displays. Every year you will find something new at Fantasy Lights.

A man lift helps workers put the lights in the trees.

The crew is putting together/placing an arch display that will span over the roadway.

Don't forget to wave goodbye to mamma and papa snowman on your way out.

So many people to thank for their hard work this year.

Hope to see you there!

THURSDAY PRAISE--November 19, 2009

Sometimes we forget how much our college means to the students who come here. These are some recent anonymous comments on an online survey of public speaking students at CPTC:

-Clover Park holds you accountable for yourself and your future, and that is a very good thing.
-I don't have to pay for printer paper.
-CPTC has excellent instructors!!
-CPTC has a very accessible campus. I love how the library is open late!
-Had a good time on a field trip.
-Learning is an art.
-Nice friendly people:)
-Really nice teachers at CPTC.
-My instructors were very understandable about me missing class.... I appreciated that!
-They have good breakfast at the grill
-Most staff members are nice!
-Great speech from the Major General.
-Clover Park has wonderful instructors that are laid back and fun to be around. They make learning enjoyable and possible.
-I like the people here :)
-CPTC is where I finally felt accepted, one of the best friendly environments and where I finally begin to enrich my life with good education & knowledge.
-Redefining education Clover Park Technical College.
-Clover Park has made me want to strive for more.
-Our classroom is so cozy when it's stormy outside. My seat is next to the window and I like being able to see the leaves fly.
-It’s a really good school :) I'd recommend it to anyone.
-I am glad the student counselors are willing to help.
-A particular staff member really showed me that I am an asset to the program I'm in. When I was feeling down she lifted me back up. My skills will get better with practice.
-It's a second home.
-It's lovely, with interesting people, grounds and buildings.
-Hurray--I got my financial aid! They are wonderful.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Instructors care at Clover Park

Recently, two of our fantastic instructors took the opportunity to give back to our community in Downtown Tacoma.

Debbie Lewandowski, our dental assistant instructor, and Debbie McGlauthlin, cosmetology instructor, were recently a part of Project Homeless Connect. This annual event is put together by Ellie Ottie of the Tacoma Housing Authority, the Tacoma Health Department, and Medical Northwest - using their fleet of 4 mobile vans. The event helps the homeless of Tacoma and surrounding communities come together under one roof to receive the following services for free:

  • HIV/AIDS testing
  • Dental care
  • Medical assistance
  • Hygiene assistance
  • Cosmetology services

Inside the amazing vans:

The vans provide a clean and safe environment for dental and medical care.

Debbie Lewandowski with her class. She and many others including our very own Debbie McGlauthlin, cosmetology instructor, received recognition for their effort at the Homeless Awareness Week luncheon this week. This is the third year of Project Homeless Connect.

Debbie Lewandowski has volunteered for two years running. Our community survives because of people like her.

Thank you for representing Clover Park and the fantastic programs you teach.

Webmasters Corner

As many of you know we’ve been working hard to bring some exciting new web tools to the Clover Park online community. First off we’ve created Webmasters Corner a simple site that lets us share our vision, provide web team contact information, submit requests, and allow everyone to “Check Out” what’s online. Next we’ve created a Clover Park facebook page, so if you’re already on facebook stop by and become a fan! Finally, we’ve also created a Twitter account just waiting for us to tweet what were up to! So if you’ve got something to share just let me know and we’ll tweet it!


Thanks and have a great day!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Campus' Un-sung Heros

Landscape crews work very hard all year to help keep Clover Park the colorful campus that it is today. Ehren, Yemil and Aleksandr work as a team to minimize the work load at the Rainier Room.

Lev works on safer walking paths between parking lots and buildings while the weather is right.

These guys work very hard at keeping Clover Park a clean and beautiful campus to call home.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day Ceremony Photos 11-09-09

Veterans Memorial in front of Building 16
Major General John Hemphill, US Army Retired, (center) stands next to Dr. John Walstrum, CPTC President (right).
Veterans Memorial in front of Building 16

Dr. Walstrum signs Memorandum of Understanding next to John Lee, Director of WA State Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Advising and Counseling Open House

Don't forget...

Come join us for the Advising and Counseling Center's 2nd Annual Open House. Please take a moment to come by and meet the staff, play a trivia game or two, and have a little something yummy to eat.

Yes! We will be mulling cider again this year.

The event will be on: Thursday, 12 November, 2009 from
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

We look forward to seeing faculty, staff and students this Thursday!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Holiday House Tradition

We have several outlets for gift giving here at the College, and Holiday House is a favorite of many. There is a generous spirit here that is irresistible, inspiring, and elevating. For many who come through the doors of CPTC, they come to our campus to find the best in themselves, to be trained and educated, allowing them to create new lives when they leave us. Their holidays are made a little brighter by our family reaching out to their family.

Holiday House was first begun about 24 years ago by Linda Wight, an instructor at the time, who had three students who were in need of help around the holidays. Last year, Holiday House helped 126 families, some receiving help in the form of food or gift certificates, and others, toys and gifts.

Students will be notified whether or not they’ve been adopted by Friday, November 20. Holiday food baskets/gift certificates and children’s gifts will be available for pick up on Thursday, December 10, in the Student Center, Building 23, Room 214, 1:00-6:00 p.m. Since this is the only date students will be able to pick up their packages, they should make arrangements early.

This year, as in the past, children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap (2:00-4:00 p.m. on December 10), enjoy some punch and cookies, and have their pictures taken.

Anyone having questions should call the Holiday House Helpline at (253) 589-5745.

This season, feel the generosity and warmth at Clover Park, the kindness and the gratitude of those giving and receiving through Holiday House, one of our brightest traditions here at CPTC.

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Veterans Day Event at CPTC

Veterans Day comes to us as an observance of the November 11th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. The war was formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It has evolved into a time for honoring living veterans who have served, or are serving, in the military during wartime or peacetime, and complements Memorial Day, which honors those who have died in the service of their country.

Since the 11th is a national holiday, Clover Park Technical College will commemorate the day on Monday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m., when our Veterans Day celebration will take place in the McGavick Student Center, Bldg. 23. Major General John Hemphill (U.S. Army, Retired), keynote speaker, will take us through a sometimes somber and sometimes celebratory remembrance, providing insights and perspective to help us connect a little more intimately to the courage and patriotism of those who answered the noble calling of the brutal reality of war.

On Monday, we celebrate those who pledged to serve and protect our country. As we participate in the commemoration of their service, let us remember that we have much to be grateful for and much to recognize in terms of the sacrifices that many men and women in all branches of the service have made.

Dianne Bunnell
Clover Park Technical College

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

On Campus Student Jobs!

HURRY! Student Leadership Applications are Due this Friday!

Students have an opportunity to learn leadership skills and get paid for it! Applications are available in the student center and at the south hill campus.

Interested? Contact Claire.Korschinowski@cptc.edu for more info!

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