Foundation Scholarships Due This Week:  The Bates Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for spring quarter. The foundation will award up to 37 scholarships totaling $32,600 for spring quarter 2015. Instructions on how to apply for a scholarship begin on page 5 of the attached document.

The scholarship application deadline is Friday, Jan. 23 at NOON.

Diversity and Student Life

THIS WEEK:  ASG General Assembly Meeting 

This month’s General Assembly meeting is tomorrow, January 21 from 11:15am to 12:15pm at Central Campus (enter through side door next to construction area).   All students are welcome to attend general assembly meetings. PASSPORT EVENT!

THIS WEEK:  Phi Theta Kappa hosts “Ending Debtors Prison”

Phi Theta Kappa hosts “Ending Debtors Prison” presented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Guest speaker Caitlin Anderson will outline the pitfalls surrounding legal financial obligations and discuss strategies for overcoming financial hardship. Anderson will also offer an immediate “takeaways” during her talk. The event is Thursday, January 22, downtown in room M218 from 11:30am-Noon. PASSPORT EVENT!

THIS WEEK:  Anime Alliance Club

Join the Bates Anime Alliance this week as we take a look at some of the many varieties of music that appear in anime and Japanese video game. Join us on Jan. 21 in room MZ 136 at the Bates downtown campus from 3 – 4 P.M. as we once again animate our lives.

THIS WEEK:  ASG Club – Warm Winter Clothing Drive

The Bates Student Occupational Therapy Assistants Club is hosting a winter clothing drive, which ends Friday, January 23rd. Students and college staff are encouraged to bring in new or gently used warm winter clothing, such as jackets, boots, scarves, and gloves for donation. Donation boxes will be located at Downtown (in front of Library and in Skybridge), South (Main Office area and E Building main floor), and Central (TBD) campuses. Monetary donations will also be collected in the Downtown Campus Cafeteria 12:00-12:30 on Tuesdays. Donations will benefit the Tacoma Rescue Mission. +

VST “Life Skills” Series – Affordable Health Care – Jan 27, South Campus  

The college’s VST (Veteran Support Team) is hosting a series of workshops open to all students! The first is Affordable Health Care Tuesday, January 27, 11:30am to 12:30pm, in the South Campus Auditorium. With the deadline for securing health insurance fast approaching, a guest speaker from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department will provide information about Affordable Health Care. The event lunch special is $1 for student (while supply lasts). PASSPORT EVENT!

Students of Color Conference 2015 – Applications Available Now!

The 2015 Students of Color Conference (SOCC) 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 30, 2015.

Phi Theta Kappa

Congratulations to all full time students who received a GPA of 3.5 or higher during fall quarter!  You may be eligible to join the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  Please keep a look out for your invitation letter, in both your mail box and inbox. Check out our website for more information.

Financial Aid News

To be considered for grants, loans, work study, and certain scholarships in 2015-16, filing an application for financial aid is an important step. (The priority processing date for Bates is expected to be June 8, 2015, for fall quarter.)   Most students file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for both federal and state financial aid. DREAMers who aren’t able to file a FAFSA can still apply for state financial aid by completing the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

http://www.wsac.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2015.01.14.FinancialAidApplications.pdf

The WASFA is an online application available on ReadySetGrad.org/WASFA . The WASFA exists for DREAMers who meet residency requirements , want to be considered for State Need Grant, and who are unable to file a FAFSA due to immigration status. Eligible students should submit it as soon as possible. The State Need Grant is a need based financial aid program.

Campus Safety

The Campus Public Safety Department received a Foundation grant to purchase three AEDs. They are accessible by the officers in the event of an emergency. The units have been received and are ready to be used. REMINDER:  If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 first! Then call Campus Safety at x7111 from a college land line or 680-7111 from a cell phone.  An officer will respond to assist as appropriate to the medical emergency.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

NEED HELP WITH SCHOOL COSTS? Are you:

WorkForce Central can provide up to $4000 per qualified student for books, tuition, fees & supplies. FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED. ** CONTACT & MORE INFO AT: Patricia Chase, M.A.E.D | Outreach &Recruitment Coordinator Bates Technical College | PChase@bates.ctc.edu | 253.680.7302

American Indian Endowed Scholarships

The Higher Education Coordinating Board is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES).  Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2015.  Criteria includes:  applicants must demonstrate financial need, and be a Washington resident with close social and cultural ties to an American Indian Tribe.  Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student at an in-state public or independent college or university by fall 2015.  Your link to the scholarship is: http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/american-indian-endowed-scholarship or contact Ann Voyles at 360-753-7843, or via email at aies@wsac.wa.gov for more information. +

 2014-2015 Winter Quarter Dates

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

February 27     Last day of the quarter

2014-2015 Spring Quarter Dates

February 5       Start registration for continuing students

February 11     Start registration for waitlisted Veterans

February 12     Start registration for waitlisted students

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

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