Clark College News and Events

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Clark College News and Events

November 7, 2008
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing



From Nov. 17-21, Clark College will host a community-wide celebration of International Education Week


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College will welcome the community and celebrate the world by hosting a week of special events in honor of International Education Week. 

Bridging Cultures and Community" will take place from Nov. 17-21.  The week-long celebration is co-sponsored by the college’s Office of International Programs and the Office of Student Life and Multicultural Student Affairs.

The celebration will feature workshops, presentations and cultural activities each day.   On Friday, Nov. 21, the college will host a passport fair.  Guests will be able to meet with representatives from the United States Postal Service and apply for passports.  Information about passports is available at

Clark College’s main campus is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and maps are available on the college’s Web site at  For additional information, call 360-992-2390.

Schedule of events

Monday, November 17

Meet Clark College Students from Around the World (ongoing cultural activities)

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Office of International Programs, Penguin Union Building Room 012

Tuesday, November 18

Students of Color Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Guest speaker:  Clark College alumna Carol Lopez-Gustin, the first Clark student to win both the Penguin Award (given annually to an outstanding Clark student) and the Clark College Presidential Scholarship.
Penguin Student Lounge (Penguin Union Building Room 161)

Wednesday, November 19

Associated Students of Clark College Diversity Day Lunch

Guest speaker: Eric Davis, vice president of DMG Associates. Davis has more than 15 years of experience delivering innovative diversity/inclusion and leadership services and programs. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and higher education institutions since 1992 and has been a keynote speaker and presenter at conferences throughout the United States. The Web site of DMG Associates notes that it was founded in 2002 to deliver “high quality and innovative diversity, leadership and organizational performance services for higher educational institutions and non-profits.”

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Penguin Student Lounge (Penguin Union Building Room 161)

Thursday, November 20

Penguins at the Pyramids
The Clark College History Club shares experiences from their summer 2008 travels to Egypt
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Gaiser Student Center

Study Abroad Opportunities/Travelogues (information sessions on faculty-led summer learning opportunities) 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.  – Japan
1:15 to 2:00 p.m. – Germany
2:15 to 3:00 p.m. – Spain
Penguin Student Lounge (Penguin Union Building Room 161)

Penguins in Concert
Clark College Music Department students will share their experiences from their summer 2008 performance tour in Korea.

3:15 to 4:00 p.m.

Penguin Student Lounge (Penguin Union Building Room 161)


Friday, November 21

Passport Fair (guests will be able to apply for a U.S. Passport)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Penguin Student Lounge Hallway

Korean Culture Workshop (tips for travel and study abroad)

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Penguin Student Lounge (Penguin Union Building Room 161)

Study Abroad Opportunities/Travelogues (information sessions on faculty-led summer learning opportunities) 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. – Turkey and Greece

1:15 to 2:00 p.m. – Germany

2:15 to 3:00 p.m. – Spain

3:15 to 4:00 p.m. -- Japan

Penguin Student Lounge (Penguin Union Building Room 161)

About the Passport Fair

A U.S. passport application booth will be featured on Friday, Nov. 21 during International Education Week at Clark College. Participants with completed, unsigned applications and the required supporting documents are invited to attend this event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hallway of Penguin Student Lounge in Clark’s Penguin Union Building. A representative of the U.S. Postal Service will be on hand to accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis. The fair is open to community members as well as Clark students, staff and faculty.

Applications and information are available online at The forms are also available in the Office of International Programs at Clark College.

New applicants must provide a certified birth certificate; a valid driver’s license or state issued photo identification; a completed, unsigned application; two passport photos; and two checks. Only checks or money orders will be accepted. Cash, credit and debit cards are not acceptable. Applicants may have their passport photos taken at the fair for $15 per set.

About International Education Week (IEW)

A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week (IEW) was first held in 2000.  Today, it is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

According to organizers, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.

According to Open Doors, an initiative of the Institute of International Education, 223,534 U.S. students studied abroad during the 2005-06 academic year.  Statistics from Open Doors also show that 582,984 international students from over 200 countries studied in the United States during the 2006-07 academic year. 

Open Doors leaders have noted, “Exchanges are critical to developing mutual understanding and respect, building leadership abroad, fostering an appreciation for the U.S., and investing in the future relationship between Americans and people around the world….International education prepares U.S. citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy. International education is also a vital service industry, bringing more than $14.5 billion into the United States annually. International cooperation on education contributes to education reform and education solutions for the U.S. and for our partner nations.”


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