Puyallup Tribe partners with UW Tacoma

TACOMA — The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the University of Washington Tacoma are launching a pathbreaking collaboration that aims to infuse Native ways of knowing into UW Tacoma teaching, learning and research.

The effort will be funded initially by a $275,000 grant from the Puyallup Tribe. During a four-year period, the funding will support curriculum transformation, research activity, community engagement and student enrichment. [Read more…]

George ‘Shorty’ Hunt, Jr. is Puyallup’s ‘Boy in the Boat’, Apr. 18

Shorty Hunt and Gert Wilhelmsen

The Puyallup Historical Society presents a history of local boy and UW crew member George “Shorty” Hunt, Jr., including race memorabilia, photographs and film clips of the 1936 Olympic boat race. Cameo appearance by Hunt’s daughter, Kristin Cheney. Revel in race memorabilia and stories of a local “Boys in the Boat” crew member at 10:30 a.m. on  April 18, 2015, at Puyallup Public Library , 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup 98371. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Emergency Food Network. [Read more…]

North Korean refugees take center stage at Pierce College Puyallup

North Korea webThree North Korean refugees shared their stories with the college community on Feb. 25 as part of a special event sponsored by Pierce College International Education. To protect their identities – and to protect their families back home –cameras were strictly prohibited, but for many in the audience, the memory of hearing their stories could very well last longer than any photograph.

Keynote speaker and internationally recognized human rights activist Suzanne Scholte has made it her life’s work to advocate for the North Korean people. She has been involved in the rescue of many North Koreans seeking freedom. [Read more…]

Pierce College Puyallup hosts event on human rights in North Korea

Photo Scholte_Suzanne-on-whitePierce College is hosting an event featuring one of the world’s leading activists in the North Korean human rights movement on Feb. 25. Suzanne K. Scholte is an internationally recognized, award-winning human rights activist, and has worked for more than 18 years to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people. She will speak during a special event at Pierce College Puyallup on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. in the Arts and Allied Health Building Theater. [Read more…]

Teen draws County Council support for awareness of heart defects

Zoe Cardwell was born with five severe heart defects, but the 16-year-old Puyallup resident considers herself one of the lucky ones. “Congenital heart defects are all around us. You hear it in the stories of student athletes who have died with an undiscovered heart problem,” the Puyallup High School junior said. “This is why pulse oximetry tests are critical. It has the ability to save lives, yet ‘pulse ox’ is not a required test for newborns in the state of Washington. This needs to change.” [Read more…]

Pierce College Puyallup announces new faculty art exhibit

Flower Picture[1]Pierce College Puyallup unveiled its latest Fine Arts Gallery exhibit Feb. 2, featuring a collection of work created by art faculty from both campuses. The work of art instructors Scott Aigner, Peter Temple-Thurston, Sharon Hartley Iverson, David Roholt, Danella Sydow, Mark Dungan and art gallery Curator Elizabeth Sorensen.

The exhibit runs through March 20, with an artist reception and lecture taking place Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Arts and Allied Health building lobby. This is the first exhibit in four years featuring the work of Pierce College faculty. [Read more…]

Pierce College introduces the community’s newest children’s choir

CHOIRSWhen Pierce College Puyallup Choir Director Ken Owen began searching for a children’s choir in the area for his son, he had a much more difficult time than he ever expected. The nearest youth choirs were located in Tacoma, Auburn and beyond, and the time commitment to drive to rehearsals was simply too much. “There are wonderful children’s choirs out there, but they were too far away and also very expensive,” Owen said.

He noticed a need in the community, and made it his own personal mission to develop a youth choir right here at Pierce College Puyallup. The need and demand in the community was certainly there and, in its first quarter last fall, the Canto Children’s Choir had 22 young singers involved, ages 5 to 12. [Read more…]

Urban search and rescue dogs face final test

Canine heroes-in-waiting from around the nation will converge this weekend on a Puyallup gravel pit for their final trial. For those that pass the test, they’ll receive coveted certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue program.

Dogs like these spent weeks sniffing through the rubble of the World Trade Center looking first for survivors, then for human remains. More recently, FEMA-certified dogs and their handlers who have been through the rigorous US&R Canine Search Specialist Certification program were deployed to the devastating SR530 Landslide in Snohomish County. [Read more…]