Student eNews: Week of March 5

Posted: March 05, 2018


This Week on Campus

Phi Theta Kappa Today

Today PTK meets from 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM in the Student Diversity Center, room C 303 downtown.

ASG General Assembly Meeting Wednesday

The next ASG General Assembly meeting is Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in room B 102 of Central Campus, main building from 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM and is open to all students. Pizza is available for participants.

Rock Painting Thursdays Thursday

This Thursday from 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM in the Student Diversity Center, room C 303 downtown. For more information go to:

ASG and Student Life

Students of Color Conference – April 12-14, 2018 in Yakima, Washington

The goal of the conference is to provide a fun, educational experience that promotes leadership, cultural competency, and academic success.  It is also important to us that we provide a safe environment for each participant. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be maintaining a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA (transcript verified)
  • Be available to attend the entire conference from April 12-14, 2018 in Yakima, Washington
  • Apply online at by March 5, 2018 or
  • If you don’t have internet access, this form can be picked up in the Student Diversity Center, room C 301 downtown and room B 512 on South Campus

X Intersectionality Club

The club also has open leadership opportunities for treasurer, vice-president, secretary & public relations. For more information, contact Megan Sales,

Sustainability Club

Are you interested in organic gardening? The Sustainability Club meets every Wednesday in the Downtown Campus Cafeteria from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM. For more information, contact Gabriel Montgomery,

Robotics Club

Interested in Robotics?  Bates Bots meets every Thursday in room C 102 (Electronics, Downtown Campus). Come check us out! Read more about the club in The Insider.

Student Clubs

Start a student club! Visit our club website It is a great opportunity to meet new people who share a common interest.

Commencement News

Apply to Walk at Graduation

If you are eligible for graduation, you will need to apply to walk in commencement. Follow these steps:

  1. Complete a Commencement Registration Form
  2. Turn in your paperwork and pay the registration fee.  (Note: the fee increases after Friday, April 27, 2018)
  3. Purchase your cap and gown.
  4. Celebrate!

Order You Cap and Gown

Order your cap, gown, and tassel for $34.50, plus tax. Extra and souvenir tassels are $4.50, plus tax. Go to to order by March 30, 2018! Our gown color is royal blue, though the photo on the website may show a different color. You can pick up your order at the Downtown Campus Store beginning May 4, 2018.

The Rehearsal

Know before you go. Attend the commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 12 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Auditorium. You do not need to wear your gown.  Do bring your cap and art supplies, we will decorate them after rehearsal.

The Big Day

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Tacoma Dome

The Hashtag: #BTCgrad18

The Fine Print: Graduates must arrive at the Tacoma Dome by 5:30 p.m.  Parking (general and disabled) is $15 in the Dome parking lots. No balloons inside the dome please.

Financial News

Veteran Students

The Tacoma Vet Center is seeking highly motivated and mature student-veterans to serve as work-study employees.  Candidates must be qualified for VA work-study program.  If interested, please contact the VA certifying official, Andy Hall, at (253) 680-7035 or for further details.


Need assistance funding your education? Bates Foundation scholarships can help.

The Bates Foundation offers quarterly scholarships that can provide assistance with your educational expenses. If your financial aid package doesn’t cover all of your tuition, you have student loans or are a self-pay student, scholarships can help you to focus on your education by helping to relieve your financial burdens. For more information about the scholarship process and workshops, contact LeAnn Dreier at 253.680.7160 or .

Phi Theta Kappa News

Have a 3.5+ GPA?

If you have earned 12 college level credits, with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or above, you may be eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society on campus.  Keep your eyes on your email for an invitation!

2017-2018 Winter Quarter Important Dates

March 5 Last day of regularly scheduled General Education classes

March 13 Last day of Winter quarter

March 19 – 23 Spring Break

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