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Clark College Next Step logoSeptember 21, 2006
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


The newest addition to Clark’s communications and marketing department
brings years of publications experience to the college

Erica Schwenneker photoVANCOUVER, Wash. – Erica Schwenneker, a communications and marketing professional with experience in education, health care and public relations, has joined Clark College as its new communications specialist.  Schwenneker, who resides in Vancouver, joined the college on August 28 and is primarily responsible for the writing, coordination and publication of the college’s quarterly class schedule and academic catalog, as well as the Clark 24/7 and Clark Journal newsletters for the college community.

Prior to joining Clark College, Schwenneker worked as the marketing director of Concordia University in Portland, where her duties included management and production of the university’s alumni publication, the Concordia Connection, and working with campus departments to develop and execute marketing and student recruitment plans.
Her experience with publications crosses state lines and includes two years in the role of managing editor of the Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, a monthly scientific peer-reviewed medical journal.  She also served as an account manager with Public Strategies, a public relations firm in Oklahoma City.  Among her responsibilities were the planning, coordination, and execution, as part of a public-private team, of the Oklahoma Safe Schools campaign.

“Clark provides an excellent opportunity for individuals throughout Vancouver to learn, grow, and advance in life,” said Schwenneker. “Serving students and the community by making information on classes and degree programs accessible is just one way I can help others experience the benefits of an education — something that has always been an important part of my life. I am excited and honored to be part of the Clark community.”

Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Barbara Kerr noted, “Throughout her career, Erica has been responsible for creating high-quality publications that educate and inform.  I know that her passion for education and her commitment to excellence will help us take the next step in supporting student success and effectively sharing information across our main campus, the Clark Center at WSU Vancouver, our classrooms at Town Plaza, and the greater community that we serve.”

A Northwest native, Schwenneker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minn., and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Her professional affiliations have included the American Marketing Association, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Council of Science Editors.


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