UPS’s Rathje named a Rhodes Scholar

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TACOMA Wash. — University of Puget Sound senior William J. Rathje ’15 has been named a Rhodes Scholar. The accomplished student from Lake Oswego, Ore., is Puget Sound’s third Rhodes Scholar, and the first to also be offered a British Marshall Scholarship.

Rathje will join 31 other young men and women who will represent the United States as 2015 Rhodes Scholars. The Rhodes Scholars, selected from a pool of 877 candidates, receive full financial support to pursue degrees at the University of Oxford in England. They were announced on Saturday, Nov. 22, by the Office of the American Secretary of The Rhodes Trust. [Read more…]

Potential sites chosen for new South Sound 911 center

South Sound 911, in cooperation with Pierce County, is entering into agreements for two properties for the construction of its new public safety communications center – a preferred site in Fircrest and an alternate site in Tacoma. The public safety communications center will house operations from six consolidated and collocated 911 centers, as well as administrative and public services.

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Humana and MultiCare Health System form partnership

TACOMA – MultiCare Health System and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the country’s leading health and well-being companies, announced a new Accountable Care arrangement and partnership focused on improved health for Humana’s Medicare Advantage members in South King County and Pierce County.

The partnership is expected to result in more coordinated care for Humana membership with an increased emphasis on preventive services. Humana offers Medicare Advantage HMO plans, a prescription drug plan and Medicare supplement policies to Medicare recipients in the Tacoma area. [Read more…]

Home and Leaving Home: Mary Lucier at TAM opens Nov. 22

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Tacoma, WA – Mary Lucier helped to pioneer video art in the 1970s and has continued to innovate in this genre for more than 40 years, achieving acclaim through national and international exhibitions. Lucier’s compelling 5-channel video and audio installation The Plains of Sweet Regret opens at Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) on Saturday, November 22, and will be on view through February 8, 2015. Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret is a sweeping, poetic response to the austere landscape, historic boom-and-bust cycles, and the resilience of the inhabitants who live and work in the harsh terrain of the northern Great Plains. Through multiple video channels and the accompanying sound composition, Lucier vividly conveys the realities of economic distress, agricultural production, migration and depopulation. [Read more…]

‘Art, Ice, and Everything Nice’ opens Nov. 22

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Tacoma, WA – Franciscan Polar Plaza, Tacoma’s open-air ice skating rink, is back for a six-week winter run at Tollefson Plaza thanks to presenting sponsor CHI Franciscan Health and organizing partner Tacoma Art Museum (TAM). Gather friends and family and join the fun beginning November 22. A free on-site photo booth will capture your memories of this beloved annual tradition. Those who are new to ice skating can use double-bladed skates or skate aids (a walker for use on the ice) for stability. [Read more…]

Empty Bowls 2014 to benefit EFN

Empty Bowls is an annual tradition at Charles Wright Academy (7723 Chambers Creek Road West) to benefit Pierce County’s sole nonprofit food distributor, Emergency Food Network. More than 1,200 bowls will be available (at the Saturday, November 22 – 1:00-3:30 pm event) for purchase for guests’ homes or as holiday gifts, with many of them having been made by Tarriers. Guests who purchase bowls will be served a bowl of soup (in a separate bowl) donated by local chefs. Admission is free and Empty Bowls is open to the public. [Read more…]

Bates Technical College’s Dan Eberle honored

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TACOMA – Governor Jay Inslee honored Dan Eberle, a career advisor and the disability support services coordinator at Bates Technical College, with the state’s highest award given to a person with a disability. Eberle received the prestigious Governor’s Trophy in Memory of Carolyn Blair Brown at a ceremony held at Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond in October. [Read more…]