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In the Spotlight

Saturday, October 30, 2010

CPTC Students and Faculty Present At National Conference

Sally Gove, Margi Nowak (UPS Anthopology Professor), David Cotton, Dayna Niedbalski, and Phil Venditti

Neill Sweerus at Wheelock Student Center

Main Courtyard at UPS

Autumn Foliage by a UPS Building

Four CPTC faculty and students represented the college in a presentation to the Race & Pedagogy 2010 National Conference at the University of Puget Sound Friday, 29 October. The following two students joined Phil Venditti and Sally Gove, general education faculty members, in presenting information about the Collaborative Cross-Course Student Involvement Project:

Dayna Niedbalski--Graphic Technologies Program
David Cotton--Medical Histology Technician Program

This year's national conference, which takes place every four years, attracted approximately 800 students, faculty members, community leaders, and educational administrators from around the United States.

The title of CPTC's presentation was "Justice Begins With Contact: Students Cross Boundaries of Knowledge and Experience to Build Multicultural and Multiracial Understanding."

Arts, cultural events, and many other activities composed this conference, including this outdoor drumming performance:


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Born into Brothels-A Documentry

bring your lunch and watch a very interesting documentary about several of the children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes.

November 3rd, 11am, Student Center, Building 23

College Closed Friday for Furlough

Clover Park Technical College will be closed Friday October 29th, 2010 for a scheduled furlough day. For more information on college furlough day's please check out our Previous Post.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Into the Fire..True Stories of Combat Veterans"

All Clover Park Technical College Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to attend "Into the Fire." This presentation will share the stories of combat veterans as they reintegrate into their families, communities, educational institutions and the workforce.

"Into the Fire..True Stories of Combat Veterans"
When: Tuesday November 2nd 2010 2:00-4:00pm
Where: CPTC Student Center, Building 23

PDU credits are available for Faculty for this event if you sign up through the TLC.

We will have sign-in sheets available for students at the event if instructors would like to offer credit to students who attend.

Community members are welcome to attend. Please feel free to post and distribute the attached flyer.

Special thanks to the Clover Park Technical College Foundation for sponsoring this event.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Furlough days scheduled at Clover Park Technical College

State budget reductions directly affect employees and services

LAKEWOOD, WA – Clover Park Technical College employees will be taking their first furlough day on Friday, October 29, the first of four scheduled furlough days during the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

In response to the Governor’s Executive Order to reduce costs by 6.3 percent during the current fiscal year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011), all unions and non-represented staff agreed to voluntarily cut their pay by four working days this fiscal year in order to temporarily postpone the need for additional layoffs.

“Just like our neighboring colleges across Washington State, we are looking for ways to trim our expenses in order to meet state-mandated cuts,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College. “We are doing the best we can with record enrollment and fewer state dollars,” he added.

All staff and faculty are striving to continually serve more students with fewer staff/faculty and resources, in order to support our community’s workforce training needs during this recession.

The latest numbers show fall 2010 full-time equivalent (FTE) students up 6 percent from fall 2009. Fall 2009 was up 13 percent from fall 2008.



  • Scheduled furlough days are Friday, October 29, 2010; Wednesday, November 24, 2010; Friday, February 18, 2011; and Friday, May 27, 2011.
  • No college services will be provided on all scheduled furlough days.
  • Previously scheduled events in the McGavick Conference Center will proceed as scheduled.
  • By the end of this biennium (July ’09-June ’11), Clover Park Technical College will have cut 20 percent of its budget, totaling approximately $3.9 million.
  • The projected 2011-2012 fiscal year budget cut will be an additional 10-12 percent.

In the Spotlight: Holiday House, Catch the Dream

Have you had the experience of snuggling down into the warmth of covers on a cold morning, squeezing your eyes shut, trying to catch the last bit of a dream of something simply beautiful, and the moments begin to fade and tip your consciousness into wakefulness?

At CPTC, we have been living the dream for many years now (about 25), through the Holiday House Program, and this holiday season needs you, more than ever, to catch the dream and be a part of a tradition of giving that has brightened the lives of many of our students and their families.

In the current economy, we anticipate that many families will request assistance, and Holiday House coffers are low (269 received assistance last year). To build up funds, a raffle will be held of theme baskets put together by staff, instructors, and students (think chocolate, movie night, a spa extravaganza). Baskets will be on display in Bldg. 19, Room 104, on November 9-16. Buy your raffle tickets (50¢ each) for the baskets of your choice, then hold onto your winning ticket, because the drawing will be held at the November 16 All Staff meeting. Anyone – inside or outside the College – may buy raffle tickets. Winners need not be present to win.

Last year, Holiday House gifted qualifying students and their families with food or gift certificates, toys, and gifts. This year, as in the past, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, children will sit on Santa’s lap, enjoy some cookies and punch, and have their picture taken…and then on a cold December morning, they’ll find something just for them.

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

You don’t have to tuck that comforter under your chin to feel the warmth. It’s in the air, in our hearts and smiles as giving and receiving through Holiday House, one of our brightest traditions here at CPTC, that keeps the dream alive for many.

Dianne Bunnell

Clover Park Technical College

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Clover Park Interior Design Alumi, Student and Instructor Join ASID, Help YWCA

The new women’s shelter in downtown Tacoma will have its opening on Friday, October 22, from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Eleven CPTC designer graduates, one Interior Design student, and an instructor have volunteered with ASID Northwest (American Society of Interior Design) and completely designed and fitted-out some of the 22 units with all the necessities as community pro bono work. Taking on a charity such as this under the supervision of ASID is a first for an organization that usually focuses on Street of Dreams. CPTC designers are rocking the design world around Puget Sound!

Hope to see lots of CPTC folks and community members at the event. The address is 401 St. Helens Ave. (The Wilsonian). There’s a $10 donation at the door, tax deductable. Any questions, call Kelly McDonald, at the Y, at 253.272.4181 x 243.

To see more, check out

Also, the blog for Sunset Magazine covered the ribbon cutting www.homebysunset.com

Detail of mural for a children's room by Kate Penk, Clover Park graduate

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Culinary Arts at the Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Show Oct. 23

Check out the Culinary Arts program from Clover Park Technical College at the Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Show on Saturday, October 23 at the Tacoma Dome.

Topics include Holiday Table Décor at noon and Holiday Appetizers at 1:00 p.m. The program will have two groups of students helping with presentations.

Visit www.holidaygiftshows.com and click on Features, then Cooking Show. You’ll be able to choose “Cooking Program” and “About the Chefs” to preview the line-up for next week.

See you there!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Fundraiser Benefits Scholarships at Clover Park Technical College

The Crown Bar will host a Halloween party on Halloween Day from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. 20 percent of the food proceeds will go to the Culinary Scholarship Fund at the Clover Park Technical College Foundation.

The party will feature a 'count the candy corn in the container' contest with prizes and a costume party at 9:00 p.m. The Crown will be decorated as a haunted house and the staff will be in costume. Also featured is the famous 'witches brew,' a martini that spews its own fog.

Additionally, the Crown Bar will give to the Clover Park Technical College Foundation, $1 for each glass of McGavick Wine sold during the last week of October.

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