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Clark College News and Events

April 1, 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921





During Clark College’s 75th anniversary year, the college has earned
national and regional honors for communications projects

VANCOUVER, Wash. – During its diamond anniversary, Clark College has earned national gold and regional silver awards for the college’s 2007-2008 athletics media guides and the commemorative book for the college’s 75th anniversary. The honors came from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “It’s exciting to me that these projects were designed to support our students and staff and to reach out to our community.  Coming during our 75th anniversary year, recognition of the high quality of this work is very exciting for our college.” 

Knight added, “I’m proud that, even in challenging times, our college strives for excellence in everything we do.”

Athletics Media Guides

Cover of spring 2008 athletics media guide

The college’s 2007-2008 athletics media guides earned a gold Paragon award for best sports brochure from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), the organization of marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges.  The gold award indicates first place honors in the national competition.  The award was announced on March 17. 

The award-winning publications were created by communications specialist Erica Schwenneker and senior graphic designer Pat McDonald in partnership with Lisa Quednow-Bickler and Joy Varney of Clark athletics, Charlie Warner of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC), and photographers Ian Beckett and Eva Hershaw. 

Interim Director of Athletics Denny Huston said, “These publications are valued by our coaches as part of the college’s recruiting efforts.  They’re especially valued by our student athletes because they celebrate their participation in Penguin athletics.”

NCMPR has more than 1,500 members from nearly 600 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. 

“Voices and Dreams” – Clark College 75th anniversary book

Cover of 75th anniversary commemorative bookThe college’s 75th anniversary commemorative book received a silver award from District VIII of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).  District VIII includes all of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska as well as seven western Canadian provinces and territories).    The award for “Voices and Dreams: Celebrating Clark College’s Diamond Anniversary” was presented at the CASE regional conference in Seattle in February. 

With text by former Columbian reporter Tricia Jones, the book was designed by Clark College senior graphic designer Pat McDonald.  It featured photography by Clark designer/photographer Jenny Shadley.  Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Barbara Kerr served as researcher and editor. 

The book will be on sale through June at the Clark College Bookstore at a cost of $7.50.  Proceeds benefit the Clark College Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.


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