Pierce College honors former students in Distinguished Alumni event

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LAKEWOOD – In honor of their personal and professional achievements, four Pierce College alumni will be recognized April 17 during the annual Distinguished Alumni celebration. Nominees are selected based on their achievements in academics, business, community or humanitarian support or personal triumph over adversity. This year’s honorees provide inspirational examples of the impact Pierce College has had on its students as well as the greater community.

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Pierce College students selected for 2014 All-Washington Academic Team

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By Kate Burrows

LAKEWOOD, WASH. – In recognition of their high academic achievements, four Pierce College students were recently named to the All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to honor students for their scholastic achievement and community and college service. Students nominated to the All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to the state team.

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Pierce College Science Dome to launch full-dome show on moon contest

By Laurel Bennett

LAKEWOOD – Premiering on Dec. 6, at 8 p.m., narrator Tim Allen takes audiences Back To The Moon For Good at the Pierce College Science Dome on the Fort Steilacoom campus. The film is being shown as part of Pierce’s Comet Day celebration.

Back To The Moon For Good is an exciting, educational, 25-minute full-dome digital film that highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.

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Pierce students recognized with Military Academic Achievement Awards

By Brian Benedetti, Director of Marketing & Communications

LAKEWOOD – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will honor two Pierce College students on Thursday, Nov. 21, during its annual Military Academic Achievement Awards ceremony. SPC Michael J. Bunyon II and A1C Marissa E. Delgado will receive their commendations along with a handful of other active military students at JBLM’s Stone Education Center.

“Pierce College could not be more proud to call SPC Bunyon and A1C Delgado its own,” says Dr. Michele L. Johnson, chancellor of Pierce College District 11. “Both are dedicated students and service members, representing Pierce’s values, vision and mission of Possibilities realized: Innovative and engaged learners enriching our local and global communities.”

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Pierce College women’s volleyball aims for NWAACC championship

FRONT (L-R): Sierra Smith, Brianna Glass, Brittany Smith, Ashly Flores, Brandy Rutherford, Mackenzie Valdez. BACK (L-R): Coach Doug Carlson, Ashlee Chapman, Cheyenne Lewis, Brittany Rutherford, Samatia Huntley, Kendra Barnes, Casey Williams, Haley Harn. Photo by Lori Goodwin.
FRONT (L-R): Sierra Smith, Brianna Glass, Brittany Smith, Ashly Flores, Brandy Rutherford, Mackenzie Valdez. BACK (L-R): Coach Doug Carlson, Ashlee Chapman, Cheyenne Lewis, Brittany Rutherford, Samatia Huntley, Kendra Barnes, Casey Williams, Haley Harn. Photo by Lori Goodwin.

FRONT (L-R): Sierra Smith, Brianna Glass, Brittany Smith, Ashly Flores, Brandy Rutherford, Mackenzie Valdez. BACK (L-R): Coach Doug Carlson, Ashlee Chapman, Cheyenne Lewis, Brittany Rutherford, Samatia Huntley, Kendra Barnes, Casey Williams, Haley Harn.

By Lori Goodwin, Writer/Social Media Manager

PUYALLUP – They said at the outset that the 2013 season promised to be one of “firsts” for Pierce Women’s Volleyball. Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson and Head Coach Doug Carlson weren’t kidding. Following the departure of last year’s all-sophomore squad, Carlson had to completely re-load the roster and hope for the best. Mid-season that’s what he got: this year’s all-freshman team, coming straight from high school, won the Treasure Valley Community College Crossover Tournament in Oregon. “We won three straight matches, and won the championship,” said Carlson. “First time we’ve won a championship since the late 90s. That was a big deal.”

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New Trustee, Brett Willis, appointed to Pierce College

By Brian Benedetti, Director of Marketing & Communications

PUYALLUP, WASH. – Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Brett Willis to the Pierce College Board of Trustees. Mr. Willis replaces Marcus S. Gaspard, who has been on the board since 2006 and was instrumental in establishing Pierce College Puyallup.

“We welcome Mr. Willis to the Board and are looking forward to the expertise and insights he brings to The Pierce College District. With many connections to the College, he is a well-known and respected leader in Puyallup. We are pleased that Governor Inslee has appointed someone of Mr. Willis’ stature,” says Board chair Angie Roarty.

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Emergency Management Program a good fit for international students

By Brian Benedetti, Director of Marketing & Communications

Pierce College is playing a role in helping to keep the people in small south Asian countries safer the next time they face a natural disaster such as 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Over the past two years, The Homeland Security Emergency Management program has graduated two stellar students from Indonesia, a country hit hard by the tsunami, and launched them in the field in their home countries.

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Pierce College awarded $1.8 million federal grant to help students succeed

By Brian Benedetti, Director of Marketing & Communications

LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Pierce College learned this week it has been awarded a $1.8 million, five-year U.S. Department of Education Title III “Strengthening Institutions Program” grant. The funds will help support the college’s efforts to improve student success, with a particular focus on low-income students.

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