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A Time for Commencement

Happy Summer Penguins!

We are almost done with the 2016-2017 school year, which means that once again students will be taking the final walk that they have been preparing for. Commencement is a time of reflection and celebration for the graduates of each class and is a great opportunity for you to come and support your friends and family. Getting a degree is a great feeling, and the proof of culminating efforts to gain a higher education in pursuit of a career. Clark College is an incredibly flexible academic environment that has allowed students of all backgrounds and experiences to study under one institution.  Attending Commencement is a great place to witness student success stories about overcoming difficult odds. Having attended last year,

Oswald greets students at the 2014 Clark College Commencement ceremony at the Sleep Country Amphitheater, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Steven Lane/The Columbian)

and now taking my own walk this year, I can confidently say that it’s an event worth experiencing.

Some of the activities include a photo opportunity with graduates and Oswald, hearing the key-note speaker Ernie Hudson,  musical performances, student speeches, and the walk of the graduates. This is all set in the beautiful Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA.

For more details and directions just visit the Clark College main website.

 If you are graduating this year, congratulations! You’ve made a great accomplishment!




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Student Leadership: The Life of an Ambassador

I did not feel like I had a huge impact or connection with Clark College before becoming a Student Ambassador. My first year at Clark provided a good learning experience, but there were so many moments where I felt overwhelmed, alone, and clueless to where I could go for help. I knew there had to be resources and exciting opportunities that I was missing just because I did not know where to look. Reflecting back on my journey, I realize I needed to be more proactive about getting involved.

I remember the first time I came to campus I spotted a sign inside Gaiser Hall that advertised the Student Ambassador Program. I went into the Welcome Center to ask more questions, and found out that I needed to be a student for one quarter before applying for the position. I was intrigued because I love leadership opportunities and I knew the job would challenge me in ways I needed to be challenged. So, I waited for the first full year and kept this idea in the back of my mind. The following year I saw that they were hiring so I inquired again, and began the application process.

From my beginning experiences alone, I could tell this was a perfect position for me. Before I was even interviewed I had to meet with Career Services and format a professional resume which I did not know how to do. I went through an official interview which I will now draw from for future job opportunities, and attended in depth training that opened my eyes to Clark’s vast community. I could not have imagined how many resources Clark has to offer, but also how much work goes into every department, class, and event.

As the academic year comes to a close I can say that my job as a Student Ambassador has vastly improved my overall college experience. If I compare the two years I’ve been attending Clark, there are major differences in my attitude toward the school, but also a change in the way I approach my academic achievements. I’ve learned that it is imperative to make connections with whatever community you find yourself a part of. I have had the opportunity to meet with the Clark’s President, Washington State Government Members, and equally as important, other students. As exciting as it is to meet people with great influence, I find the most enjoyment in serving our student body and helping others make the connections I wish I had made sooner.

If you want to get involved, I would highly recommend asking yourself “why”? If it’s just to make money or have a convenient job location, then this might not be the best fit for you. You need to be driven to serve others, and willing to step outside of your comfort zone. Being a Student Ambassador means we represent Clark College and are often the first people potential students will see. It is our responsibility to make a great impression, and set the examples of leadership that exceed Clark’s standards.

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Honoring Diversity

diversity-center01Hey Clark Penguins!

I hope you’re making it through winter quarter without getting too stressed or sick. Sometimes it’s hard to find time for our personal enrichment when homework and  jobs take up most of the time.

If you’re looking for a way to relax from your busy schedule, or if you’re feeling overwhelmed, come and visit the Diversity Center. They are located upstairs in Gaiser Hall room 214.diversityoswald

They have tables and chairs set out to eat your lunch, coloring books, movie screenings, and peer mentors to meet with and talk to about school issues or campus life questions. It can be difficult to feel included and involved in a college that doesn’t offer on-campus housing. Clark has made many resources available, like the Diversity Center, to make our campus as friendly and accepting of all lifestyles and backgrounds, as any college community.

diversity-center-libraryA neat feature of the Diversity Center is their “lending library” where you can check out a book, read it, and then return it at your convenience. They just ask that the book is returned by the end of the year. They also offer many campus events, often times providing free food.

Some upcoming events include:

  • PPL in the Classroom Series: Millenials – March 1st @ 3:00pm
  • Students of Color Conference – April 6-8 in Yakima, Washington. Please visit the Diversity Center for more questions on any of their upcoming events.

Don’t worry if you’ve been feeling alone or overwhelmed in life. Now you can come and visit the Diversity Center and bond with all types of students to get the support you need to make it though the college experience.

Please feel free to visit me in the Welcome Center as well! I look forward to seeing you!


Posted by Ambassador Abigail

Posted by Ambassador Abigail


Tips and Tricks: Hello Winter Quarter!

Hey Penguins!

It’s that time again to open our textbooks and begin a new quarter here at Clark. It’s a new year and a great time to learn a few tricks to save you money and time, which we all know are the things a college student worries about the most. I hope you make it a part of your resolutions to put 110% into all you do this year and to strive for being the best you can be. I wanted to share some knowledge from my experience as a student that I wish I had known during a transition period.

  1. Be on time. This is a really simple and kind of obvious “tip” and yet most of us have hit snooze and slept those extra, valuable minutes. This isn’t just referring to class, which needs to be a priority. This refers to your job, events you’ve joined, or whatever else you do that has a schedule. Being on time is respectful to others and their time as well as yours. It shows that you value their needs and that you can plan your life in an organized fashion. It requires tipsandtricks-2discipline and is good practice of time management, which I guarantee you’ll be required to do in a future career. Employers have told me that those who are on time and prompt are noticed and trusted with more tasks and responsibilities than others, and are more likely to reap the benefits.
  2. Keep some sort of planner. This can either be electronic or paper based (I use Clark’s planner, which is free to students), and I find it does a lot of my thinking for me. It’s proven that writing down information helps us remember it better anyway, and I know that without a planner I would struggle everyday to keep all of my tasks in order. I see students quickly scribble down their upcoming assignments on a random piece of paper or their hands, and while that might work in an emergency, it’s not effective long-term. If you’re not used to keeping a detailed layout of your day it does take some getting used to and practice, but as a first-hand witness I can assure you that it pays off. Planners don’t just have to remind you of homework that’s due, they can be utilized to record everything you need to remember to get through your day.
  3. Reuse old supplies. From quarter to quarter, I’ve found that I have extra supplies that often go to waste. Sometimes a class doesn’t require a lot of notes and I have extra room in my notebooks, or I throw out a supply I end up needing for a new class. Try to reuse as much as you can from each quarter. This is a huge money saver. As someone who isn’t the best at budgeting, I’ve learned that recycling as much as I can is really kind to my wallet. So, make sure to look through those old binders and notebooks to get as much extra use out of them as possible. Make sure to wait a few weeks into class as well before throwing anything out, so you get just the supplies the professor asks for. Most likely, you’ll already have them.
  4. Stay positive. It’s cold and flu season, cloudy most of the time, and probably one of the busiest quarters of the year. It’s really easy to let the stress get to us, and in the past it’s not only effected my mental health, but my physical health as well. Freshman year at Clark I spent more time in the ER than I have in the rest of my life combined, and all of it had to do with how I was letting stress effect me. Stress can lead to lack of appetite, lack of sleep, and the general feeling of being weighed down.  It really does effect us more than we realize and can cause our bodies fatigue. I’ve found that making a conscious decision to be positive goes a long way. Some ways to make that easier include: spending time with good friends, taking time for your hobbies or actual rest during the week, doing something kind for someone else, listening to music, exercise (yes, it actually works), and a healthy diet. The best way to keep our bodies healthy is to keep our minds healthy first.


I am so excited for you to enjoy winter quarter and always feel free to come and ask me for help. I’ll be in the Welcome Center if you need me!

Be amazing today!

Abigail  ❤

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Clark’s Music Program

Hello again Penguin Nation!

I am so excited to tell you all a little bit about Clark’s musical resources and share my passion for music with you.

Chorale Choir

Chorale Choir

I have been a choral singer for 6 years now, beginning in high school and now continuing for the two years I’ve attended Clark. Before getting involved with music, I struggled with the question every student meets at some point in their education: what career is right for me? Once I joined choir in high school, I knew I found what I was passionate about and what I could pursue for the rest of my life. Ever since then I encouraged others to try choir or pick up an instrument and here is why:

Music is highly therapeutic. Even if your journey takes you down a career path that is not art-based, music can be an outlet to use for personal growth and peace of mind amidst the stress of everyday life. I have been a personal witness to the power of community, trust, and passion that music can inspire; and while it, like everything else, takes practice, it is a truly rewarding tool to utilize self-expression.  Beyond the jobs we will have and the education we can achieve, we have to remember to take care of our bodies and minds. I feel that music is one of the few things that simultaneously heals individuals and touches all, thus connecting people across seemingly impossible boundaries.

One thing I hear from people who I encourage to join a choir is that they are not confident enough in their musical ability or singing voice. Fortunately, choir re-teaches us how to sing in a very different way than a solo would allow. We learn to sing as a team in choir, which means we don’t try to solo or stick out. This idea not only makes the choir sound wonderful, but is one of the quickest ways to build a bond with others. Please think about getting involved with music in some way, even if it’s just for fun.

The music department at Clark College is located in Beacock Music Hall on our main campus. They offer beginning piano and guitar classes, as well as applied abi01instrument and voice lessons that allow more advanced students one-on-one time with a professor to enhance their musical skills. The building holds individual practice rooms each with its own piano. There are classrooms and large rehearsal rooms where our choirs and bands practice, including the offices of music professors and the music department’s main office.

We have three choirs on campus: Concert Choir, Women’s Ensemble, and Chorale. We also have a Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra for those who play an instrument. If you are interested in any of the classes or music groups I’ve mentioned, feel free to contact Shelly Williams at (360) 992-2662.

Before I go, I wanted to let you all know what days the Concert Choir is performing since I will be singing. We perform in the O’Connell Sports Center gymnasium on December 4th at 3:00pm. Admission is free and the Concert Band is performing as well.

I really hope to see you there to support our music department!

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Meet Ambassador Abigail!

Hello Penguin Nation!

My name is Abigail Volk, and I am so honored to be a part of the Student Ambassador team here at Clark College for the 2016-2017 academic year. I am taking classes toward the Associate in Arts Degree and my projected graduation year will be 2017. I plan on transferring to a university in northern Washington to finish my dream degree in Music Therapy and Education.

I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember, but I decided to peruse it as a career when I started high school. Since then I’ve focused my education around music, and while I enjoy almost every subject there is to offer, I have found what I’m truly passionate about. I am involved with Clark’s Concert Choir this year, and I play instruments including guitar, piano, and ukulele.

Aside from music, I am a deep believer in being involved at school and in the community, so I’ve participated in programs such as The National Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and  various leadership opportunities. Being an ambassador is just an extension of my love and appreciation for student leadership and volunteerism.

I have three amazing younger siblings and we are all involved in Mixed Martial Arts, specifically Krav Maga, which is a form of self-defense. I highly encourage people to take a self-defense course at some point in their lives, because it teaches discipline and awareness. I also love Netflix shows like The Office, my beautiful tabby cat Rosie, and eventually I want to travel the world and teach music to little kids. If I could travel anywhere, I would go to Africa, because lions are my favorite animal, and I would love to see them in the wild.

If you ever have any questions about Clark or you just want to say hi, please stop by the information desk inside Gaiser Hall. We would love to see you!

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