January 3, 2013
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Project & Workflow Coordinator
Clark College President Robert K. Knight will deliver the 2013
State of the College address on Thursday, January 17
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Nearing its 80th anniversary, Clark College is also creating a vision for the future. What will the college look like in the year 2020? How will Clark serve the region?
Those important subjects will be the focus of the 2013 State of the College Address by Clark College President Robert K. Knight on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. in the Gaiser Student Center on the college’s main campus. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.
Following the address, guests will be invited to join Knight on a visit to Clark’s new basic education site, located in the “T” Building on the west side of Fort Vancouver Way.
State of the College Food Drive
As part of the college’s ongoing commitment to service learning, students, faculty, staff and guests are invited to bring nonperishable food donations to the State of the College Address. For the fourth consecutive year, Clark Student Ambassadors will collect food donations for the Share Vancouver Backpack Program. Donations can also be taken to the college’s Welcome Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 17 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. The Welcome Center is located on the lower level of the Penguin Union Building.
Share Vancouver provides daily meals for homeless and low-income members of the community. As part of their Children’s Hunger Initiative, Share Vancouver coordinates a “backpack program” in which more than 1,300 bags are filled with donated, nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food. The bags are distributed to 60 schools in the Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Ridgefield, Vancouver, and Woodland School Districts. Each Friday, the bags are discreetly given to youngsters in K-12 to take home so they have food during the weekend.
For the backpack program, foods such as granola bars; fruit rolls; canned tuna; canned soups, stews and beans; cereal; crackers; peanut butter; canned fruits and vegetables; boxed dinners (for example, Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni, Mac & Cheese, Tuna Helper); and juice boxes are especially welcome.
Because the food is distributed to young children, glass containers are not included in the bags. Portion sizes of under 16 ounces are ideal.
Additional information about the program is available at http://www.sharevancouver.org/Programs/childrens-hunger-initiative. Organizers note that all donations of nonperishable food are welcome.
Knight said, “We know that supplies at food banks run low after the holidays. We also know that many people in our region are struggling. This is a wonderful opportunity for the college to give back to our community as a thank-you for the support they have given to us.”