THIS WEEK: Thursday and Friday, help fellow students in need at annual holiday meal drive
Fire Service students and employees will be out Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12 to collect money to fund a holiday meal for Bates students in need. Fire Service students will perform pushups for each dollar they receive. Donate at both Downtown and South Campuses, 7-10 a.m., and at Central/Mohler Campus after 10:30 a.m. Organizers will be at entrances and will visit classrooms. Bring your dollars to help your fellow students!

Diversity and Student Life

THIS WEEK: Anime Alliance Club Meets
Interested or curious in Anime, Manga, or Cosplay then come and join the Bates Anime Alliance Club, Thursday, December 11th at the Downtown Campus in Rm. MZ136 at 3 P.M. This time we’ll be taking a look at the world of comedy anime and manga and some of the types of themes and character types found in this genre of anime and manga.

Administrative Office Assistant Raffle
Every holiday season the students in the Administrative Office Assistant Program at Bates Technical College hold a raffle to help raise funds for their luncheon in April on Administrative Office Professionals Day. The baskets being raffled are a Tacoma Boys basket, and a basket full of donated items and gift certificates from Tacoma’s finest places. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the downtown campus in the cafeteria or in room E308. The last day to enter into the raffle is December 16, so buy your tickets now!

Students of Color Conference 2015 – Applications Available Now!
The 2015 Students of Color Conference (SOCC) is conference is Thursday through Saturday) April 23-25, 2014, in Yakima, Washington. The goal of the conference is to provide a fun, educational experience that promotes leadership, diversity, and academic success. This year, the application process will completed electronically. Email LeMont Lucas for the two conference application files. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2015.

ASG General Assembly Meeting – December 17
This month’s General Assembly meeting is Wednesday, December 17 from 11:15am to 12:15pm in the Downtown Campus auditorium. All students are welcome to attend general assembly meetings. PASSPORT EVENT.

Library News

The libraries close for Winter Break on Friday 12/19/14. The doors will be locked but… you don’t have to be in the library to be using the library! Bates Library staff will respond to email and phone when they are present (or you can contact the AskWA service to chat with staff at other libraries) and there are several online databases that are available 24/7. The Libraries will re-open when classes resume on January 2nd, 2015.

CultureGrams is just one of the databases you can access online through the Bates Library. This resource includes short, reliable reports on over 180 cultures from around the world… including details about what holidays they celebrate. A brief search just now discovered that, in Russia, the final day of Maslenitsa is celebrated by burning an effigy of winter to symbolize sending the cold season away until next year.

IT News for Students

Recently, Google made changes to their Chrome browser, starting with version 37 which changed the way it handles certain code in websites. Unfortunately, this affected how Outlook Web Access (OWA) operates in Chrome. File attachment and copy/paste of URLs to the body of messages are a couple of the issues that have been identified. Google has not indicated they plan to resolve this for users so if you need to check your Bates email from OWA, please use another browser like Internet Explorer. Student Help Line (253) 680-7055.


Soroptimist International of Tacoma (SIT) Scholarship Application
The Soroptimist International of Tacoma’s Live your Dream awards are available open. Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families; have financial need; are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or undergraduate degree program. This information is available on-line at . The application deadline is December 15, 2014. +

In the Community

Share Your Health Care Story
In 2014, did you get coverage for the first time? Are you seeing a medical or dental provider instead of going to the emergency room? Can you fill prescriptions you couldn’t afford before? The Health Care Authority (HCA) is looking for individuals in Washington State whose lives have changed for the better because they have Washington Apple Health coverage under expanded eligibility for families, children, pregnant women, and adults. The testimonials will be used on the HCA website or in printed materials. Go to for more information. +

2014-2015 Winter Quarter Dates
December 10 Winter classes start
December 12 Last day to add class without instructor permission
December 12 Last day to drop a class and receive an 80% refund
January 2 Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund
January 2 Last day to add class with instructor permission
January 2 Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript
February 4 Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
February 27 Last day of the quarter