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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Silent Heroes - Blood Drive Thank You

One pint of blood can save 96 infant lives and on 5/23/2012 in a combined effort students and staff at Clover Park potentially saved 3,936 infants. Your donation matters; we appreciate your selfless and empathetic donation to our community. Thank you again for making our blood drive successful and for helping those in need.

CPTC Graphic Technologies Student Wins the 2012 PGSF National College Poster Design Competition

 Former member of the US Army Infantry eyes owning his own design studio someday

Wil Houdeshell, a US Army Veteran and Graphic Technologies student at Clover Park Technical College, has won the 2012 Print and Graphics Scholarship (PGSF) College Poster Design Competition.

Wil Houdeshell, Graphic Technologies student
The poster, titled, "PGSF Scholarships are the KEY, unlock your FUTURE," will be given to all colleges and high schools in the United States that have printing and graphic communication programs for the 2012-2013 academic year.

This student-designed poster is used to promote the availability of scholarships to pursue a career
in the graphic communication industry. The posters will be available at the PGSF booth during the 2012 GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, October 7 through October 10.
Wil's winning poster design

The Poster design competition was entered by many classes and individual students that used the
competition entry as a real working assignment.

"The PGSF scholarship program inspires ALL my students," said John Moyer, Graphic Technologies instructor. "My students have researched our industry and most have made a tough decision to change the direction of their lives by entering into this vast industry of Graphic Communications. For them to see that there is a national program that supports their decision, reaffirms their decision and is inspiring to us all," said Moyer.

"All of the student submissions to the foundation were of a truly professional caliber, making it a challenging choice for our team of judges," said Larry Kroll, vice president of development at PGSF. "Wil Houdeshell, Clover Park Technical College's winning student, used a unique approach combining awareness of PGSF and the availability of scholarship funds with a call to fellow students to take action."

More than 200 college students attending 72 schools are receiving financial assistance through PGSF.

About Wil Houdeshell, Graphic Technologies student:
Wil served in the US Army Infantry for nine years on active duty before being honorably discharged from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2011. He and his family decided to make Lakewood their home. He has always been interested in graphic design and visual arts. With the prospect of returning to school after the service, he researched the Puget Sound region's art schools and universities and found the Graphic Technologies program at Clover Park Technical College. Wil plans to continue his education in visual arts after graduating from CPTC and hopes to one day own his own design studio.


How long does it take you to wash your hands? If you follow recommendations from the CDC, you're supposed to lather up and scrub your hands for 20 seconds--the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
Proper handwashing is the single best way to prevent colds and many other infectious diseases. The combination of soap and water, along with the friction of rubbing your hands together, loosens dirt and creates a slippery surface so germs slide off.
You should wash your hands often: before and after eating or preparing food (particularly raw meat, fish, and eggs), after using the toilet, after blowing your nose, after changing a diaper, after playing with pets or cleaning up their waste, before and after touching someone who is sick or treating a wound, before putting in contact lenses, and after gardening.
Does the water temperature matter?
There's little research, but two studies suggest that water temperature has no significant effect on reducing bacteria under normal handwashing conditions. A downside to hot water is that it can irritate skin. Hotter water does cut through oil on your hands faster, but cooler water will also do the job.
How should you dry your hands?
Drying your hands reduces bacteria levels further, but it's debatable whether using paper or cloth towels or a warm-air dryer is best. A Mayo Clinic study found no differences between these methods in terms of removing bacteria from hands; other research suggests paper towels are more effective. Whichever method you use, the key is to make sure your hands are fully dry. Hands that remain wet are more likely to transfer bacteria to and from the next surface you touch.
Is hand sanitizer a good substitute?
Handwashing is generally preferable, but alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a convenient option when soap and water are not available. They kill most bacteria and viruses on contact, but not bacterial spores. Look for products with at least 60 percent alcohol (ethanol and/or isopropanol). Rub about a dime-size amount over all the surfaces of your fingers and hands until they are dry. Dirt, food, and other grime on your hands make the alcohol in hand sanitizers less effective, however, so if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy, you're better off washing them.
What about antibacterial soaps?
We don't recommend them for ordinary household use. Soaps that contain antibacterial agents (most commonly, triclosan) kill or inhibit bacteria, as well as help physically remove them. But there's concern that such soaps contribute to the growing problem of bacterial resistance, which is causing many essential antibiotics to become ineffective. Also, though triclosan is not known to be hazardous to humans, studies in lab animals have shown it to have hormone-disrupting effects. The FDA is reviewing its safety. Regular soap and water are all you need.

Peer Mentors need volunteers!

The Peer Mentors are hosting their final service event of the quarter, coming up on Saturday June 2nd at Mother Earth Farm in Puyallup. The Farm produces over 150,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each growing season—all of which is distributed directly to local food banks and hot meal programs. Produce from the Farm is in the hands of food bank clients within eight hours of being harvested.
Students will get the opportunity to be hands on in the fields, weeding plant rows and attending to any necessary harvesting and/or planting. The Mother Earth Farm incorporates an educational component for area youth and adults. It illustrates more than any other of Emergency Food Network’s programs the diverse community engaged in the fight against local hunger.
When?:  Saturday, June 2nd. The event will run from 9am-2pm, with a break for lunch.
Box lunches are being provided to students who sign up prior to May 31st (end of day). The sign in sheet is located in front of the student programs office in Building 23 Room 207.
Where?: We will meet at Mother Earth Farm at 9:00am Saturday morning! 15208 102nd St E., Puyallup! Students are encouraged to carpool!
For any questions or information about this event, please contact Kailene Sparrs at asg.peermentor4@cptc.edu

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Korum Ambassador gift to Clover Park Technical College Foundation

Jerry Korum, National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation Ambassador (NADCF), has designated a $2,000 gift to the Clover Park Technical College Foundation in memory of his father, Mel Korum.

The money will be used to support student scholarships.

For many years, Mel Korum owned Korum Dodge and Tacoma Dodge and was well known for his community service and his prominence in the automotive industry.

"This gift is heartfelt and means a great deal to our college community and our automotive programs," said Dr. Debbie Ranniger, CPTC Foundation Executive Director. "The funds will be awarded in scholarships to help our automotive students complete their course of study. We are grateful for Mr. Korum's support"

About the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation:
Founded in 1975, the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADCF) is committed to preserving and promoting private enterprise and personal freedom of mobility by supporting organizations involved in emergency medical care and higher education.

The NADCF has contributed nearly $13 million to communities throughout the nation, supporting emergency assistance for dealership employees after natural disasters, as well as scholarships for deserving students. 

Left to right - Jerry Korum, NADCF Ambassador, Dr. Debbie Ranniger, CPTC Foundation Executive Director,
Dr. John Walstrum, CPTC President, Robert Mallon, NADCF Chairman

Financial Aid Workshop, Thursday May 31st

Financial Aid Workshop
Presented by EOC representative Jessica Moore

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

If you would like assistance completing your 2012-2013 FAFSA, please bring the following items with you to the workshop:
  •   Your Social Security number
  •   Your driver’s license number, if you have one
  •   Your W-2 forms and Federal Income Tax return.  
  •   If married, spouse’s W-2 and Federal Income Tax return.
  •   Your current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds and other investments
  •   Your records of other untaxed income received, such as Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF), welfare or veteran’s benefits
  •   Your business or farm records, if applicable
  •   Your alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen
  •   If you are a dependent student, you will also need:
    •  Your parent(s)’ Social Security number(s)
    •  Your parent(s)’ income and financial records (as listed above)
Not sure if you are a dependent student?
Visit: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm to determine your status.

DATE: Thursday, May 31st
TIMES: Session 1—10:00am-12:00pm and Session 2—2:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATION: Building 15, Room 101(Session 1), Room 104 (Session 2)

Veteran's Resource group pig roast on May 24th

Staff from Student Services sponsored what is now our annual Pig Roast lunch at the Veterans Resource Center.  There was an excellent turnout of student veterans who were very appreciative of the college's efforts to acknowledge and assist our veteran students.  CPTC has become known for having one of the best and most active Veterans Resource Center in the community and technical college system.  The lunch was funded by the Associated Student Government and work performed by the Veterans Resource Group made up of Marisa Hackett, Disability Specialist; Sean Cooke, Student Programs; Annemarie Solbrack, counselor; Glenda Epps, Veterans Clerk; Shema Hanebutte, Coordinator of Student Success; Tiffaney Trapero-Foscue the Veterans Navigator; and June Stacey-Clemons.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Clover Park's eLearning Quality Improvement System

Kelley Meeusen, Instructional Designer at Clover Park Technical College, wrote an article for the Instructional Technology Council (ITC). ITC is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization representing nearly 400 institutions that offer distance education courses to their students in the United States, Canada and around the world.

Click here to read the entire article.

As with most colleges in our system, eLearning continues to play a growing role for the students and community at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC).  The college has committed considerable resources to expanding its online course and program offerings. During the past four years, as CPTC has significantly expanded its use of this dynamic instructional delivery method, we realized we needed to develop high-quality standards, comparable to traditional course and program metrics, to support this growth.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Disability Tip of the week!

People with multiple chemical sensitivities can have reactions to common scents in body care products, perfumes and colognes as well as cigarette smoke and household cleaners.
Exposure to these chemicals/ scents can cause headache, migraine, seizures, breathing problems and worsening of chronic pain.
To minimize the effects to people with MCS you can:
·         Purchase and use scent free or fragrance free body, hair and face products as much as possible
·         Use natural cleaners such as baking soda and vinegar around the house and in your laundry (baking soda works great for laundry!)
·         If you smoke, do so away from common walk ways and doorways, don’t smoke in enclosed spaces or when you’re in a big group of people, wash hands and face after smoking and wear an outer layer of clothing you can remove after you smoke
If you would like more information about scent and chemical sensitivity please follow the link below:

Medical Laboratory Students Association Health Fair

The Medical Laboratory Students Association will hold its first annual health fair on May 30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Room 301 of the Sharon McGavick Student Center.  Lunch will be served. We will be giving away two $50 gift cards. Come one, come all.

Library Update

As you’ve probably heard, significant portions of Building 15 (the library) are scheduled to be renovated during the summer and fall quarters.  We’re excited about the plans that are underway, and we want to provide you with an update about how that will impact the services currently offered in Building 15:
Spring Quarter Finals week
·         During the current quarter, the last day that Library services will be available to students is Monday, June 11 (for checking out books, space in the library for quiet study, and study rooms) During the last 3 days of the quarter (June 12-14), the library portion of building 15 will be closed as the stacks of books and other library materials are moved to the old cafeteria. Limited reference support for students will be available during the week through the computer lab.
·         During finals week, the following areas in Building 15 WILL STILL BE OPEN for service to students:
o   Tutoring – will be offered in what is now the General Computer Lab behind the circulation desk.  Students should enter through the east side of the building to access this service.
o   Computer Lab – The computer lab in the old board room will be available to students throughout finals week. Students should enter through the door on the west side of the building (exterior door near the parking lot) that leads directly to the room.
o   Math Lab – will be open throughout finals week. Entrance to the Math Lab will be through the east side of the building.
·         Writing Lab – will not be available after Monday, June 11.
Summer Quarter
During summer quarter, the services currently offered in Building 15 will be available at the following locations:
·         Library – The old cafeteria in building 15
·         Tutoring – Building 17, Room 240
·         Computer Lab – Building 23, Room 111
·         Math Lab – Building 14, Room 102
·         Writing Lab – Building 10, Room 118
·         TLC – co-located with eLearning in Building 16
·         Annex (Library room 104) – Building 11, Room 112

Eat Your Breakfast

Here are some of the ways that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss:
·         Reduced hunger. Eating breakfast may reduce your hunger later in the day, which may make it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix — such as vending machine candy or doughnuts at the office. In addition, the prolonged fasting that occurs when you skip breakfast can increase your body's insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.
·         Healthy choices. Eating breakfast may get you on track to make healthy choices all day. When you eat breakfast, you tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you're more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too.
·         More energy. Eating breakfast may give you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.
So, if you skip breakfast — whether you're trying to save time or cut calories — you may want to reconsider, especially if you're trying to control your weight.
Tips on Eating a Quick and Healthy Breakfast
  • Pick 2-3 foods, including at least one from each of the following food groups:
    -bread and grain (i.e.cereal, toast, muffin)
    -milk and milk product (i.e. low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk)
    -fruit or vegetable group (i.e bananas, apples, carrots)
  • Pick up portable breakfast items when at the grocery store. You should buy foods like fruit, low-fat yogurt, whole grain breakfast bars, or granola bars for those mornings when you have to eat breakfast on the go.
  • Replace or accompany that morning cup of coffee with a glass of orange juice or milk.
  • Make an omelette! You can shorten preparation time by chopping up your vegetables ahead of time.
  • Get up 15 minutes earlier. You can fix and consume a healthy breakfast in 15 minutes or less.
  • Plan ahead to eat breakfast. This means you should decide what you are going to eat for breakfast before the next morning. You can save time by putting out the box of cereal or cutting up some fruit the night before.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Board of Trustees Meeting Scheduled for May 30

Clover Park Technical College, District No. 29, Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on May 30, 2012, from 3-5 p.m. The location will be in the Rotunda, Bldg. 3, on the Lakewood campus.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Architectural Engineering Design program at local convention

Eight students in the Engineering Club at Clover Park Technical College volunteered to staff the main registration table for the CSI Regional Convention. This 3 day event involved serving for more than 30 hours helping with setup and registration.  Eight Construction Specifications Institute chapters and over 120 members attended from the Northwest Region. One highlight was a special event banquet held at the new LeMay-America’s Car Museum on Friday night.

Blood drive today! One pint can save three lives

Give blood today from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the courtyard between Buildings 16 & 17.  Spread the word. One pint of blood can save three lives! Sponsored by the ASG Campus Activities Board.
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