Diversity and Student Life

THIS WEEK:  ASG General Assembly Meeting – February 18

This month’s General Assembly meeting is tomorrow, February 18 from 11:15am to 12:15pm in the Downtown Campus Auditorium. The mid-year passport drawing will take place near the end of the meeting. Contact LeMont for more information. All students are welcome to attend general assembly meetings. PASSPORT EVENT!

ELS Language Center needs Home Stay families!

Do you have an extra furnished bedroom in your home that you’re planning to rent out? Consider hosting an international student for the ELS Home Stay Program! We will provide each family a stipend to offset the costs of hosting our students. We’re looking for kind and respectable families to join our program. You can pick how long you’re willing to host a student (4 weeks up to 1 year). We will conduct an in-person home visit and background checks for each family before we accept them into the ELS Home Stay Program. Call Mary Lou at 253-680-7192 or mboles@els.edu for any questions!

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – Information Sessions

Have you completed at least 12 hours of Associate Degree coursework? Do you have a GPA of 3.5 or better? Would you like to be recognized for your academic excellence? Are you interested in scholarships? You may qualify for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) membership, the world’s largest honor society of community college students!

If you meet the qualifications you will be receiving an invitation to join from PTK headquarters via e-mail (and regular mail).  Go “on-line” to complete the application, and pay a one-time, lifetime membership fee. The enrollment period ends March 20. Have questions or want to know more?  Attend one of the two information sessions:

  • Monday | February 23 | 3:00pm | South Campus Cafeteria
  • Tuesday | February 24 | 11:30am | Diversity Center Conference Room (E301)

The college’s PTK chapter is Beta Upsilon Omicron. See you at one of the sessions!

Get Office for FREE!

Bates has made an agreement with Microsoft to provide Office to every one of our students for free. This automatically updatable, subscription-based software ensures our students always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more for as long as they’re a student here and the program continues.

  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets
  • Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing
  • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular document software
  • Use the same programs as the faculty to ensure full file fidelity

To get your complimentary Office, visit Office.com/GetOffice365 and follow the on screen instructions. Contact the college’s IT department or visit install Office on your PC or Mac with Office 365 (http://aka.ms/Y0o21h) for installation assistance.

From the Registration Office

It is open registration for current students! Current students have priority registration so make be sure to take advantage of it and get the classes you need before open registration begins on Thursday February 19, 2015. Go to your MyBates Kiosk for paperless online registration.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors

The Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors (PNTC) offers a scholarship program to qualified applicants. You can apply using the application form found below. Each year the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors will award a minimum of two $1500 scholarship to applicants wishing to continue their education beyond high school. The intent is to award scholarships to students pursuing education and training programs that lead to careers that make use of traditional tools. Examples of careers that use traditional tools include: Automotive Mechanic, Boat builder, Cabinet Maker, Machinists, Pattern Maker, Model Maker, Welding etc. Click here for PNTC Scholarship Brochure (Adobe PDF format) | Click here for PNTC Scholarship Application (Adobe PDF format).

2014-2015 Winter Quarter Dates

February 27     Last day of the quarter

2014-2015 Spring Quarter Dates

February 19     Open registration

February 19     Spring tuition due

March 5          Spring classes start

March 9          Last day to add class without instructor permission

March 9          Last day to drop a class and receive an 80% refund

March 18        Last day to add class with instructor permission

March 18        Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript

March 19        Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund

May 4              Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript

May 29            Last day of the quarter