Clark College launched its 75th anniversary with great events covering 75 hours starting on October 1. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


9 a.m.


Employees and students sang "Happy Birthday" to Clark College


All offices, classrooms, and other gathering spots


All faculty, staff, students, and community members were invited to convene in their offices, classrooms, and salute Clark College by singing Happy Birthday in unison at 9 a.m.


All Day


"Happy Birthday" was the music on the Chime Tower




The Chime Tower has been an iconic site for Clark College for more than 40 years.  It struck the time with the tune of "Happy Birthday" throughout the day.


2 p.m.


Dedication of the Ellis F. Dunn Community Room




The dedication of the college's new community room pays tribute to Ellis F. Dunn, who served Clark College for 30 years in a number of roles including interim President, by designating the “Ellis F. Dunn Community Room” in Gaiser Hall.


2-4 p.m.


Birthday Cake and College Tours


Penguin Student Lounge


Members of the community were invited to join faculty, staff and students to enjoy birthday cake and take part in tours showcasing our beautiful main campus and our college's history.


7 p.m.


Reception and Lighting of the Chime Tower


Gaiser Student Center, new Gaiser Hall foyer and Andersen Fountain


In conjunction with the Clark College Alumni Association, the Clark College Chime Tower was enhanced with new lighting.  The evening’s program, which was held in the newly-enhanced Gaiser Student Center, included welcomes by college dignitaries, entertainment, and surprises.


Thursday, October 2, 2008


11 a.m. –
2 p.m.


Rock the Vote Rally and Launch of Service Learning Projects


Gaiser Student Center and Andersen Fountain


This event was specifically designed to engage the students at Clark College in celebration of the 75th Anniversary while also gauging their interest in the electoral process as we enter into a symbolic election year.


2:-3:30 p.m.


Accreditation Appreciation Reception


Penguin Student Lounge


Clark College has just completed a comprehensive self-study thanks to the efforts of more than 100 faculty and staff members.  This event honored their work and that of their peers in making sure Clark College will continue to hold its margin of excellence within the community.


Friday, October 3, 2008


10 a.m. to noon


Town Plaza Open House and Tours


Clark College at Town Plaza Center


Clark College at Town Plaza Center is the home of our Adult Basic Education programs, English as a Second Language, and GED instruction.


1 p.m.


Andersen Educational Complex Dedication




This celebration event was held in honor of Roy and Virginia Andersen, who made history a decade ago by making a contribution to Clark College that would change the culture of philanthropy in support of community and technical colleges across the United States.


4-8 p.m.


Penguin Oktoberfest


Gaiser Student Center and Quad


Penguin Oktoberfest:  a family-friendly festival and free to the public, complete with a play area, coloring station, artisan booths, food, and FUN for the entire community to enjoy!


4-8 p.m.


Alumni Hospitality Suite

(in conjunction with Penguin Oktoberfest)


Penguin Student Lounge


The first-time ever reunion of Clark College alumni throughout the decades aims to reconnect the men and women who have benefitted from having Clark College as their alma mater.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Registration at 9 a.m.

Race at 10 a.m.


Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship 5K Run and Walk


Christensen Soccer Field

  $25 per person  

This special event helped to raise funds for the Kalani Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.


11 a.m.


Hawaiian Luau Lunch and Entertainment


Gaiser Student Center and Andersen Fountain

  Free with Run/Walk Registration or $10 per person  

Scrumptious Hawaiian food, tantalizing dance and entertainment honored the diversity of our community and its impact on the richness of our culture.

Sunday, October 5, 2008
1-3 p.m.   Clark College Archer Gallery – Ruth Patterson Hart exhibit reception   Archer Gallery   Free  

Clark College's Archer Gallery extended the college’s 75-hour kickoff of its diamond jubilee by hosting a reception for its first exhibit of the new academic year – a retrospective of work by artist Ruth Patterson Hart.  The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be on display at the Archer Gallery from September 30 through October 25.