January 8, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
THE PENGUIN NATION AT 75:
THE EXCITEMENT AND CHALLENGES OF A NEW YEAR
Clark College President Robert K. Knight will deliver the 2009 State of the College address on Thursday, January 15
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Against the backdrop of economic challenges but with a focus on a bright future, Clark College President Robert K. Knight will deliver the 2009 State of the College address on Thursday, January 15.
The event 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.
Knight will discuss accomplishments and challenges from the past year including the college’s accreditation visit by officials of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the kickoff of the college’s 75th anniversary celebration.
Knight will also provide an overview of Clark’s contributions to the region as well as discussing the fiscal situation facing Clark and other colleges as the State Legislature begins work on the state’s 2009-2011 budget. Knight will also look to the future of the college, including the fall 2009 opening of Clark College at Columbia Tech Center.
In addition to delivering the keynote address, Knight will visit Clark College at Town Plaza and Clark College at WSU Vancouver to mark the annual State of the College event.
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. Clark Student Ambassadors will collect donations at the event. Donations can also be taken to the college’s Welcome Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day. The Welcome Center is located on the lower level of the Penguin Union Building.
The food donations will be given to Share Vancouver, which provides shelter, food and emergency services through four shelters. Their goal is to assist people in getting back into permanent housing and alleviate the factors which lead to homelessness.
Share Vancouver provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. The program serves more than 120,000 meals each year and the number continues to grow as local need increases.
As part of their Children’s Hunger Initiative, Share Vancouver coordinates a “backpack program” in which food is provided on Fridays after school to more than 430 children in 23 local schools. Without those food-filled “backpacks,” many of those children would likely go hungry during the weekend. For that project, foods such as granola bars, fruit rolls, canned tuna, soup, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, jam and juice boxes are especially welcome.
Knight said, “We know that many organizations report a drop in food donations after the holiday season. We also know that many of our residents are in need during these tough economic times. This is an opportunity for our college community – and our community as a whole – to reach out and make a difference.”