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News Archive for July, 2008

Lecture focuses on historical international competition to settle Oregon Lecture focuses on historical international competition to settle Oregon
The Washington County Museum is pleased to host an Oregon Chautauqua program from the Oregon Council for the Humanities. University of Portland history professor Mark Eifler will discuss the myriad global consequences of a famous expedition in “Lewis and Clark and the International Competition for Oregon.” This free, public program will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Washington County Museum at the Rock Creek Campus. The Pacific Northwest coast was a hotbed of international competition between 1775 and 1815, when four nations—Spain, Russia, Great Britain, and the United States—sought control of the region. By the time of the Lewis […] Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008
Foundation surpasses annual goal by raising more than $1.3 million Foundation surpasses annual goal by raising more than $1.3 million
The PCC Foundation has exceeded its fundraising goal for the fiscal year, raising $1,314,118 in contributions. This past year, more than 36 percent of PCC employees donated to the PCC Foundation during the 2008 Superhero Faculty, Staff & Retiree Campaign to support students through scholarships and programs. Together, faculty, staff and retirees contributed $177, 588 – a significant increase from last year. “Thank you for your support,” said PCC President Preston Pulliams. “As I talk about PCC in our community, reaching this goal is the first step in our three-year capacity building plan to grow the Foundation’s ability to raise […] Friday, Jul 25, 2008
PCC-Cascade hosts National Night Out
Many neighbors, local businesses, government agencies and nonprofit groups will converge on Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus on the night of Tuesday, Aug. 5 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Night Out. The event, essentially a giant block party, will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on the campus’ Borthwick Mall between North Killingsworth and Jessup streets. “It’s a great opportunity for families to bring their kids down and have a safe environment for them to hang out and play,” said Marissa Johnson, president of Cascade Campus’ student government. “And with all these community organizations on hand, there […] Friday, Jul 25, 2008
PEOPLE and PLACES: Aman takes job with College of Western Idaho
Rick Aman has accepted the position of associate vice president for academic affairs at the College of Western Idaho. The school will be Idaho’s newest community college and will give Aman an opportunity to create an institution of higher education from the ground up. “His background in accreditation and technology as well as his experience in facilitating innovative solutions makes him a valuable, creative academic leader for the College of Western Idaho,” said Christine Chairsell, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “We wish Rick…the very best as (he) begins this new journey.” Congratulations to Rick! Santa Monica CC welcomes […] Thursday, Jul 24, 2008
PHOTO: Persson says 'good bye' to Rock Creek, PCC PHOTO: Persson says 'good bye' to Rock Creek, PCC
Rock Creek Campus President Katherine Persson enjoys the moment during her farewell party at Rock Creek’s Event Center. Persson is leaving her post to accept the presidency of Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. Persson was a founding faculty member of this college in 1984 and spent 21 years there before coming to PCC. Persson joined PCC in 2005 after serving as the vice president of educational programs and services at Kingwood College in the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, located in The Woodlands, Texas. Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008
PHOTO: Summer Arts Institute goes 'X-treme' PHOTO: Summer Arts Institute goes 'X-treme'
During late July, students enrolled in the class, X-treme Musical Theatre, as part of the Summer Arts Institute at PCC Sylvania rehearse for their upcoming production of “Godspell.” The production and theatre course is part of the school’s Summer Arts Institute, offered each year from June through August at the Sylvania Campus. Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008
Chan's story of re-training, perseverance Chan’s story of re-training, perseverance
Hong Kong native and Sherwood resident Hilary Chan knows what it means to be dedicated. If he didn’t, he probably wouldn’t have survived all these years. Chan had worked for a tavern for almost a decade, but thanks to a downturn in the economy, he was laid off. He rebounded by being hired as a waiter with little training and worked his way to becoming the bartender, then was promoted to manager. But he was laid off again. "Finding a new job was not easy, but I was given an opportunity to work for my friend’s trading company," he said. […] Monday, Jul 21, 2008
PCC goes by Rule to fill Rock Creek presidency PCC goes by Rule to fill Rock Creek presidency
David Rule, current president and CEO of Muskegon Community College, has accepted the position as president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus. Rule will start work in early fall as he relocates to Oregon from Michigan. He replaces Katherine Persson, who recently left after three years to accept the presidency of Lone Star College in Houston. Rule has been president of Muskegon Community College for the past three years and recently serving on the National Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity through the American Association of Community Colleges. “Dr. Rule has exhibited outstanding talents in academic and student leadership, […] Friday, Jul 18, 2008
11,000-mile road trip sparks gluten-free bakery 11,000-mile road trip sparks gluten-free bakery
Taking wheat – and gluten – out of his diet during a 2005 illness, led Chris Gumke to found New Cascadia Traditional LLC in Northwest Portland. Since 2007, the bakery has produced handcrafted, artisan gluten-free breads and baked goods – the first gluten-free retail bakery in the city. Gumke and Teresa Atkins decided to put down roots in Portland after the Detroit, Mich., couple sold their house in 2006 in preparation for a new place and new life. “I think I was looking to change careers,” said Gumke, a former physical therapist. “And I’ve always been a connoisseur of hand-made, […] Friday, Jul 18, 2008
General Motors workshop trains high school instructors in alternative fuel vehicles General Motors workshop trains high school instructors in alternative fuel vehicles
A few high school automotive instructors check out an exploded air bag during a demonstration at the Sylvania Campus auto shop. On July 10, Scott Morgan, program director of General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP), and Automotive Service Technology instructor Russ Jones tested air bags as part of PCC Automotive Service instructors teaching classes during the week to 30 high school and community college automotive instructors from around the state. This workshop is supported by General Motors and featured work with alternative fuels and hybrid cars. Jeff Triplett, division dean of Math and Industrial Technology, said, “it’s a nice […] Wednesday, Jul 16, 2008