Living the Mission: Don Sanford

Living the Mission: Don Sanford

What began four years ago as two friends casually trading books is now a two-campus lend-fest, at the center of which is one smiling, book-loving man, Don Sanford.

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Wings down, the world’s cutest turkey

Wings down, the world’s cutest turkey

At the center of Terri Mitchell’s Thanksgiving table was a turkey so adorable, it had to be shared. Terri’s granddaughter, Clara Mitchell, is just 11 months old and already hamming (or birding?) it up for the camera. She loved her costume and sat smiling for a number of photos. (To see a larger version of the photo, click on More.) Thanks, Terri and Maria Camilon-Price, for sharing the picture!

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Open Course Library moves into second phase

Open Course Library moves into second phase

Faculty members Emily Wood (library) and David Lippman (math) have been selected to contribute to the second phase of the state’s Open Course Library project, which seeks to make low-cost educational materials openly accessible to students. Both contributed to Phase 1 of the project, which was rolled out to students in October. For Phase 2, Lippman will write a textbook for Math 107 (Math in Society). Wood will continue her work as an instructional designer, working with faculty to develop holistic instructional programs.

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Fall Pride of PY: Christine Richtig

Fall Pride of PY: Christine Richtig

Christine Richtig (Running Start) was recognized for her excellent customer service, positive attitude, and professional demeanor. In the Running Start office, Christine comes into contact with more than 600 students every quarter, and she greets each of them with kindness, consideration, and a commitment to the college’s core values. Said one nominator, “I believe that Christine reflects all of the core values that Pierce College is about. When I see the words Learning, Integrity, Respect, Accountability, and Sustainability, I think of Christine, believing we could all learn from her example.”

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FS Employee Excellence Award: Tony Grace

FS Employee Excellence Award: Tony Grace

Tony Grace (eLearning) was recognized for his commitment to innovation and continued progress in the area of student retention. Tony has been a champion of Tegrity, a class-capture system that addresses different learning styles and students’ need for in-depth review of course materials. He has also been integral to Academic Early Warning, SmarterMeasure (a readiness tool), a math cohort implementation, and a virtual office for increased access to students. According to his nominators, “Tony is always willing to try new approaches. He is very student success focused. He works across the district to assist all eLearning students, and works well with faculty to launch and employ technology where it will help facilitate student success.” Tony is living the Pierce mission through his efforts to improve access and create an environment that encourages learning and success!

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FS Employee Excellence Award: Kristi Kelly

FS Employee Excellence Award: Kristi Kelly

Kristy Kelly (IT) was recognized for her work on the eSchedule. During a hectic time and with a lot of changes coming at her from every direction, Kristi stayed cool and focused, and used the experience to learn new skills. “Not only was she unfamiliar with all the SMS coding, she had to learn this new schedule process and make all kinds of changes and adjustments along the way to creating a functional and working schedule for summer and fall,” explained her nominator. Kristi is living the Pierce mission with her commitment to excellence and her willingness to work towards continuous improvement.

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FS Employee Excellence Award: Mary Meulblok

FS Employee Excellence Award: Mary Meulblok

Mary Meulblok (International Ed) was honored for her compassion, commitment to students, leadership, and tireless optimism. Said one nominator, "No matter how busy she is, she will not hesitate to help anyone…She is always ready with a hug, a solution, and a sympathetic ear. She handles hundreds of disasters with a positive ‘can do’ attitude and with amazing haste.” Another nominator pointed out a recent example of Mary’s dedication. When a student was seriously ill, Mary took her home and took care of her for an entire weekend. “She consistently goes above and beyond to help students improve themselves and to help them get what they need to be successful. They all love her and come see her regularly even after they have graduated and gone on to university.” Congratulations to Mary for living the Pierce mission and contributing to the positive environment of the college and the local community!

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FS Employee Excellence Award: Margaret Phillips

FS Employee Excellence Award: Margaret Phillips

Margaret Phillips (cashiering), who was recently named the Fall Quarter Short STTACC Award winner, was honored for her efforts to help students facing crisis. Her nominator relayed a specific incident when a student was desperate for his financial aid check. She immediately went to the folks in finance to work out a solution for the student, ensuring he would get his check that day. “With her showing patience and taking the time to resolve his issue, the student left that day with a financial aid check in his hands and commended Margaret for caring enough to help fix his problem,” said his nominator. Margaret is living the Pierce mission by demonstrating the core values of integrity and respect, and by helping remove some of the barriers to student access.

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Be flood-savvy this winter

Flooding is the most prevalent natural hazard facing Washington residents. Pierce County recently released a list of flooding resources and information to keep in mind as flood season goes into full flow.

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