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Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Service-Learning Center Newsletter

There are some great events happening this term, including the April 23rd and 24th Service-Learning Fair. The Peer Mentors have scheduled three service projects that we hope will allow us to take advantage of the Spring weather, including one restoring the wetlands across from campus.

College Knowledge Presents: Financial Aid Workshop, 4/3/12

Financial Aid Workshop

by EOC representative Jessica Moore

Tuesday, April 3,
Session 1- 8:00am-10:00am and Session2 - 10:15am-12:00pm
Location: Building 15, Room 101

Looking for funding to pay for your education?
Need assistance with completing your FAFSA?

Come and join us for an informative workshop on the basics of financial aid.

5 Healing Herbs to Cook With

We’ve been told time and time again to eat our veggies but more often than not we tend to forget that herbs can be just as crucial for adding nutritional density to the foods we eat and even better, they add tons of flavor to all our favorite recipes.
If you’re a big fan of herbs then you know that they can be pricey so it’s best to grow your own whenever possible and it’s pretty simple.
Here are some of nature’s most healthy herbs. They make us feel good from the inside out from calming our nerves to settling our stomachs. If you’re not sure how to cook with them, we’ve got that covered too, with delicious recipes and techniques for putting your favorite herbs to good use.
1. Basil
Chefs the world over love basil and nutritionists agree. Basil is rich in flavonoids which prevent cell damage from both radiation and oxygen. Two of the main flavonoids are orientin and vicenin. Basil also provides vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium.
2. Ginger
Historically, ginger is known for being very effective for an upset stomach as well as nausea. Its antiviral components make it good for prevention and treatment of the common cold.

3. Flat Leaf Parsley
Parsley is rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. These components are good for controlling blood cholesterol levels and preventing constipation. It’s also rich in antioxidants, specifically apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. In fact, it’s known for having some of the highest levels of antioxidants.
4. Turmeric
A study reported on the BBC found that turmeric kills cancer cells. Tests released by a team at the Cork Cancer Research Centre show turmeric can destroy gullet cancer cells in the lab within 24 hours. That’s no small deal. Now the question is, are you getting your fill?
5. Mint
The strong aroma of mint is very effective at providing relief in respiratory disorders resulting from asthma and colds. Mint is also good for promoting digestion so it’s ideal to eat before a meal.
Eggplant with Mint and Capers
Roasted Beets with Lemon, Mint, and Cilantro
Source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-healing-herbs-to-cook-with.html?page=1

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Greetings from Sister College in Japan, Osaka Jikei

From left, Mr. Hashimoto, Dr. Walstrum, Hostess
For about seven years, Clover Park Technical College has had a close relationship with Osaka Jikei colleges in Japan. A group of hand-picked Osaka Jikei students comes to CPTC twice yearly to take part in our Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program. The experience provides them with a more global perspective and includes technical presentations, comparing notes between the Japanese and U.S. MLT programs, visits to clinical labs, as well as the accompanying cultural experiences.
Dr. Walstrum with Japanese President (Host) and Chinese College Representatives
            This spring, President Walstrum traveled to Japan at the invitation (and financial gifting of the trip) by the Osaka Jikei Colleges to speak at their two graduation ceremonies. The President delivered congratulatory and celebratory remarks to graduating classes. Also, at a faculty forum, President Walstrum spoke about post secondary education in the U.S. and his support for the continuing educational partnership between our colleges.
Commencement address
            Exactly one year ago, CPTC was invited to participate in the ceremonies, but had to cancel the trip, due to the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami the country suffered. This year, the remarkable recovery of the country was evident everywhere, a tribute to the Japanese spirit of community and perseverance. 
            There’s a congenial sense of familiarity each spring and fall, seeing Osaka Jikei students involved in our MLT Program, and at the end of their stay, cheering for Ichiro at Safeco Field. The same could be said for administrators and students at our sister college when they are greeted by the President of Clover Park Technical College in the role of ambassador. This year, the beautiful Japanese plum tree blossoms represent growth and rejuvenation, as well as a strong international friendship.

Written by Dianne Bunnell, edited by Shawn Jennison, Clover Park Technical College.

Dr. Walstrum with former CPTC student graduates

Dr. Walstrum with another group of MLT graduates who have visited Clover Park

Dr. Walstrum attending a post-graduation party

Dr. Walstrum, attending a faculty forum

Photos: Recareering @50 Expo

Spring Break Operations Update

March 28, 2012
Submitted by Amy Goings, MPA, Vice President for Operations and College Relations

I hope that faculty and students enjoyed your spring break – it sure seemed like a quick one given the amount of work that needed to be done during the short break.  Welcome back, and a special thanks to the grounds crew who worked diligently to freshen up the campus for spring, despite the very un-spring-like weather. 

Here is a brief update for you on the current and upcoming facilities changes on campus:

Building 18 Demolition:  Under the direction of Jody Miller Construction Building 18 is being demolished as we speak.  Great care is being taken to carefully dismantle the building so that most of it can be recycled and/or salvaged.  As you recall the ceiling timbers from the building are going to incorporated into Buildings 21 (stairs) and 15 (circulation desk).

After Building 18 is demolished, the beginning of an ellipse-shaped campus commons will emerge as illustrated in the attached rendering. Again, these changes are funded through the capital construction budget allocated for the Health Sciences Facility.

Health Sciences Facility: The Health Sciences Facility continues to progress on time and on budget.  Efforts are now underway to finalize the equipment list with faculty.  Again, you can always watch the construction progress in real time at www.cptc.edu/webcams.

Culinary Arts Program Expansion:  Minor renovations are now complete to Buildings 23, 31, and 37 to prepare for the spring launch of delicious offerings made by the Pastry Arts students.  Pastry Arts is a new certificate program within the Culinary Arts program. 

Sustainability Progress:  A special note of appreciation to Kathy Smith’s Environmental Sciences class for a thorough job in their winter quarter garbage audit.  I have attached Kathy’s chart that shows campus progress in wasting less and recycling more.  Kudos!

Harrison Prep Academy Update:   Feel free to join me on Tuesday April 10 for a brown bag lunch update on the Clover Park School District’s Harrison Prep Academy and Elementary School construction project. We will meet at noon in 26P. 

You can find the complete listing of the Operations Updates and specific listings by visiting www.cptc.edu/blog and searching for, “Operations.”  As always, if you have questions please contact me directly at amy.goings@cptc.edu.  Thank you.

Summer 2012 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Summer Quarter 2012 Scholarship Applications are now being accepted. Apply online by 4 p.m., 18 April 2012.

CPTC High School Transfer Scholarship Applications are also being accepted - these 2012 high school graduates who will begin attending Clover Park Technical College, full time (12+ credits) summer, fall, or winter of the 2012-2013 academic year. Apply online by 4 p.m., 18 April 2012.

Go to www.cptc.edu/scholaship for

Available Scholarship List
Eligibility & Criteria
Workshop Dates
Link to Online Application

Be sure to read all of the instructions at www.cptc.edu/scholarship before beginning the online application.

Contact Heather Ervin at 253-589-5732 or heather.ervin@cptc.edu for more information.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Student Services Hours

Disability Tip of the Week!

Not all disabilities are visible or apparent. Disabilities such as chronic health conditions (diabetes, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease), learning disabilities, psychological/ emotional disabilities (anxiety, depression, bipolar) and sometimes physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, are all disabilities that are often not apparent. Some disabilities are apparent some of the time and not at other times. Some learning disabilities may be very apparent in some learning environments and not apparent at all in others. While having a non- apparent disability may mean that someone is not stigmatized as having a disability much of the time, it may also mean that they have trouble talking about their disability or have a greater burden to prove they have a disability in order to get needs met. Many unapparent disabilities are very stigmatized and rarely talked about.

Here are a few articles about/ by folks with unapparent disabilities:

Friday, March 23, 2012

March is National Kidney Month

More than 26 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and millions more are at risk and don’t know it. Since early kidney disease has no symptoms, and can become kidney failure with little or no warning, kidney disease has been labeled a “silent killer” and a “quiet epidemic.”

For more information on kidneys and kidney disease, visit www.kidney.org

A few interesting facts about kidneys…

1.) About one-third of transplanted kidneys come from living relatives and about two-thirds are from someone who recently died.
2.) The kidneys perform their life-sustaining job of filtering and returning to the bloodstream about 200 quarts of fluid every 24 hours. About two quarts are removed from the body in the form of urine, and about 198 quarts are recovered. The urine we excrete has been stored in the bladder for anywhere from 1 to 8 hours.

3.) Over 400 gallons of recycled blood is pumped through your kidneys every day.

4.) Half of one kidney could do the work that two kidneys
usually do.

5.) In the U.S. in 2005 there were over 60,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney.

Ebony Nurses of Tacoma Scholarships

Ebony Nurses Association of Tacoma

PO Box 8208
Tacoma, WA 98419
253. 564. 5326
Website: www.ebonynurses.org

$$ Nursing Scholarship $$

Our organization is offering scholarships to African American
nursing students. The student can submit an application on line
on the website of our organization. A member of the Scholarship
Committee will contact your student to answer any questions.

Scholarship Criteria:

1. The applicant must be of African American heritage.
2. The applicant must be a resident of Pierce County Washington.
3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale.
4. Submit the completed application.
5. Submit copy of transcript. (can be unofficial)
6. Two letters of recommendation. (one reference from school)
7. A short (2-3 pages) typed, double-spaced essay on “Why I Want
To Be A Nurse” and how the scholarship will assist in
achieving your goals.
8. Personal interview (in person or telephone) with the
Scholarship Committee.

The 2012 application deadline is April 13, 2012

Submit online: www.ebonynurses.org

Notice from Financial Aid

The 2012-2013 Financial Aid letters have been mailed out to home addresses of all students who have completed a FAFSA application for the 2012-2013 academic year which begins summer quarter 2012. In order to complete your Financial Aid file with Clover Park Technical College, you must complete all of the requested documentation, along with a CPTC datasheet, and submit to the Financial Aid office in Building 17 by the April 13th deadline, or your aid may be interrupted. If you did not receive a letter from the Financial Aid office, verify that your 2012-2013 FAFSA application was processed and your address information is up to date with both the Registration office and the Financial Aid office.

If you have further questions or concerns you can check the status of your Financial Aid by coming into the Financial Aid Office in building 17 on Monday 7:30-5pm, Tuesday 7:30am-12:30pm, Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday 7:30am-12:30pm and Friday 9am-5pm or call our office at 253-589-5660.

CPTC Financial Aid Office

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Clover Park Technical College students honored at Thursday ceremony

Among the best and the brightest

Clover Park Technical College students MaryJane Lustick-Conley and Scott Charette have been selected as members of the 2012 All-Washington Academic Team.

They will represent Clover Park at the All-Washington recognition event, to be held at South Puget Sound Community College on Thursday.

Each student will receive a $750 scholarship.
MaryJane Lustick-Conley, Human Services student

Mary Jane Lustick, Human Services program
Upon graduation, Mary Jane plans to use her Human Services degree by integrating it into a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources.  She is highly self-motivated and excels at every task she takes on. As a single parent, Mary Jane understands the importance of scholarships and the difference that they make.  She hopes to give back all the scholarships she has earned to help another person in the same situation.

Scott Charette, Environmental Sciences and Technology student
Scott Charette, Environmental Sciences & Technology

After a career ending injury, Scott came back to school in the spring of 2011. He is the president of the CPTC EcoClub and a member of the Associated Student Government Selection Committee. He is also a on the Pierce County Stream Team. Prior to coming to Clover Park, Scott worked as a commercial truck driver for 20 years. During this time he raised two children, coached athletics and volunteered.

The Ceremony
Members of the 2012 All-Washington Academic Team will be honored in a recognition ceremony on Thursday. Honorees will receive medallions from their college presidents.  The Governor has been invited to deliver the keynote address.

In 2012, the All-Washington Academic Team project includes 66 students representing 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state. The program has become the showcase for Washington’s community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live. This recognition demonstrates the state’s commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state’s public community and technical colleges.

Monday, March 19, 2012

College Knowledge Presents: Financial Aid Workshop, 4/3/12

Financial Aid Workshop

by EOC representative Jessica Moore

Tuesday, April 3, Session 1—8:00am-10:00am and Session2—10:15am-12:00pm Location: Building 15, Room 101

Looking for funding to pay for your education? Need assistance with completing your FAFSA?
Come and join us for an informative workshop on the basics of financial aid.

Disability Tip of the Week

I want to focus on the ‘R’ word. Often in our culture, we use the word ‘retarded’ to describe something, someone, or ourselves being clumsy or lacking knowledge. When we do this, we are harming people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and potentially also people with learning disabilities, who may have heard this word used by doctors, social workers, teachers, parents and peers throughout their lifetimes. Please watch the videos below for more information from people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. There is also a national campaign called ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ and you can pledge to end the word in your vocabulary and pledge to let others know as well!

Shorter video:

longer video:


Saturday, March 17, 2012


With instructor Dan Hughes acting as M.C., the following four Clover Park Technical College students presented speeches to the Lakewood Rotary Club Friday, 16 November as part of a Multi-Class Community Speech Event (MCCSE):
  • Amanda Davenport (Human Services)--"Family Dynamics"
  • Rico Sayasack (Sustainable Building Sciences)--"My Journey"
  • Megan McKune (Dental Assisting)--"The Importance of Public Speaking"
  • Gerardo Grosjean (Histology)--"Stereotyping"

Friday, March 16, 2012

Recareering @50+ Expo

Clover Park Technical College’s Plus 50 Initiative/Completion Strategy, in partnership with the other Pierce County colleges, AARP, and a host of other community-based organizations, will sponsor our 2nd annual “Recareering @50+ Expo, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 12:00 noon-6:00 pm, Clover Park Technical College, McGavick Student/Conference Center….It’s FREE!!

Please share this information with family/friends/students and feel free to disseminate/post.  We look forward to seeing you…We had 500 attendees last year, including many of you who presented, volunteered, walked around the exhibit area, etc!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Parking Decals and Photo IDs

Swing by the security office in the Student Center to pickup your parking permit and photo ID. Starting March 19, hours are 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Photos: Demolition of Building 18 Day 1

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