Clark College News and Events

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Clark College News and Events

September 17, 2010

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

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


Fall Focus:  Clark College
Opens Its 2010-2011 Academic Year

The new academic year begins with strong enrollment
and individual and institutional accomplishments

VANCOUVER, Wash. – On Monday, Sept. 20, Clark College will open the doors for its 2010-2011 academic year.  Continuing its strong enrollment, the college expects to welcome 16,000 students. Clark is also home to the largest Running Start program in the state.

Opening day comes one week after the college broke ground for phase one of its new Early Learning Center.  Work is scheduled to be completed in summer 2011.

New for Fall 2010 -- Mechatronics

The college is introducing mechatronics classes at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center.  This growing technical field of study deals with the integration of mechanical and electrical systems managed by control devices.  Mechatronics technicians troubleshoot, maintain and repair mechanical equipment controlled by electrical, electronic and computer systems.  The systems are increasingly used in a wide variety of manufacturing and related technical applications such as high technology manufacturing, and process control.  

Information about the program is available at Clark College at Columbia Tech Center is located at 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. 

People in the News


William Belden joined Clark College as Vice President of Student Affairs in August 2010 after serving 15 years at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington.  While at Green River Belden worked in various capacities with the most recent being Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management.  He has spent 20 years working in community colleges, 12 years in college administration. 

His statewide credits include service as the past president of the Washington Council for High School-College Relations and 10 years on their board of directors.  He serves on the Washington State Student Services Commission (WSSSC) and as their liaison to the Transfer Policy Group, Technology Committee, and Financial Aid Council.

Belden received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University, a master's degree in student personnel administration from Western Washington University, and a certificate in career development from University of Washington.

Biology professor Anthony Chennault is the newest Clark faculty member to earn tenure at the college. Chennault was hired as a tenure-track biology instructor in spring quarter 2008.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Science degree in biology from Portland State University. Prior to joining Clark College, Chennault taught anatomy, physiology and related biology courses at Ashmead College and Portland State University. Tenure is awarded to faculty members who have exhibited professional excellence and outstanding abilities in their disciplines. 


Honors and Awards


On Sept. 8, the annual Exceptional Faculty and Exceptional Classified Staff awards were presented during fall orientation for faculty and staff.  

The 2010 Exceptional Classified Staff awards were given to Susan Maxwell, a research analyst in Planning & Effectiveness, and Peggy McClellan, a program support supervisor in Instruction.

The 2010 Exceptional Faculty honorees, who had been announced during Clark’s 2010 commencement ceremony, are Nadine Fattaleh, Professor of Chemistry; Dr. Anita Fisher, Professor of History; and Karen Swallow, English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor.

In addition, Clark College President Robert K. Knight presented five presidential coins. The coins are awarded to faculty and staff members who provide exemplary service to Clark students, the college and the community.   The fall 2010 presidential coin recipients are:  Tina Barsotti, Professor of Engineering; Theresa Heaton, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Administrative Services; Miles Jackson, Dean of Social Sciences & Fine Arts; Debbie Maurina, Loan Program Specialist, Financial Aid; and Pat McDonald, Senior Graphic Designer in Communications & Marketing.    

Additional honors include:

  • Director of Library Services and E-Learning Michelle Bagley has been named Secretary of the Executive Board of the Library and Media Directors' Council (LMDC) of the Instruction Commission for the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges (WACTC).

  • Communications studies professor Deena Bisig has been named Greater Northwest Regional Coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the honor society of two-year colleges.  Bisig serves as advisor to Alpha Sigma Phi, the Clark College PTK chapter, which earned “Most Distinguished Chapter” honors during PTK’s 2010 International Convention in Orlando, Fla. During the conference, Bisig earned “Most Distinguished Advisor” honors.  Earlier this year, the Alpha Sigma Phi chapter was named “The Most Distinguished Chapter” in the Greater Northwest Region of Phi Theta Kappa.  That region includes Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Canada).

  • Clark College physics professor Richard Shamrell was honored by the University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering department as one of its 2010 Inspirational Teacher award recipients.  Undergraduate students may nominate high school and community college teachers from any discipline to receive the award.  U-W student Sothie Keo said Shamrell “has the gift to make anything seem interesting. Learning physics with him was always a blast and his enthusiasm motivated not only me but also the whole class to ponder and discover the laws of the universe." 

  • Communications instructor Suzanne Southerland has been recognized by the Washington Community College Humanities Association (WCCHA) for her contributions to the humanities.  Southerland will receive an Exemplary Status Award at WCCHA’s Fall Conference on October 15. The conference will be held at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Wash.

  • Clark College has been ranked among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide for active duty military personnel, veterans, and military families, according to the 2011 Military Friendly Schools list released by G.I. Jobs. The Military Friendly Schools list is based on a poll of 7,000 schools nationwide.  Criteria included programs and policies, financial commitment, and success in recruiting military and veteran students.  The nomination noted that Clark College has an office with a full-time certifying official and that many faculty and staff, including Clark President Robert K. Knight, have served in the military.  The nomination also reflected “excellent support in the greater community and with all veterans organizations” as well as an active veterans club which provides programming and group support.



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