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Preparing for Graduation

To all of you who are graduating at the end of this quarter, Congratulations!!! That is a huge accomplishment! Whether you are graduating with an Associate’s degree, a high school diploma, or even a Bachelor’s, you should be immensely proud of yourself. It takes perseverance and courage to stick with school all the way through. For some of you, this will be the final leg of your formal education and you are ready to go out into the world and start your chosen career. For others this is but a milestone as you continue your journey towards higher degrees. Either way, this is an occasion we can all take pride in and celebrate.

As we get closer to the big day, do not forget to stay on top of your work this quarter. It’s getting gorgeous outside, and we all want to start summer and not stay inside studying, but doing poorly in a class now can still affect your graduation.

However, in preparation for the big day, remember that cap and gown packets ordered by April 21, 2017 can be picked up June 5 – June 9. If you forgot to order them, see the bookstore or the Clark College website for further instructions. Clark College students who will be graduating this school year are encouraged to try out. Graduates interested in trying out please complete the Commencement Speaker Application Form.  The application form is due to Michelle Golder, in the President’s Office, Baird 103 by Monday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.

Attending rehearsal is mandatory and will be on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6 p.m. It is scheduled to be held at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The Commencement ceremony is Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7 p. m. scheduled to be held at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642.  Doors will open at 5 p.m



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Research Opportunities for STEM Undergraduates

dsc_7086xFor those of us in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, it can be challenging to find real world applications for the material we are learning in the classroom. We also run into problems when we graduate all of the entry-level jobs requiring experience beyond our degree. GPA is meaningless if you can’t apply it to the lab. Because of this problem, scientists around the globe have come together to provide research experiences for undergraduates. These REU opportunities are available to all students, even us here at Clark.

Although there are many other programs available, one of the biggest is the National Science Foundation’s REU program. Their opportunities are available to all undergraduates and can take you all over the world. The NSF’s grants provide students in the program with considerable stipends and can sometimes provide gas and housing compensation. Through the NSF, certain locations such as Universities and Research sites can be approved as hosts for REU interns. These students are paired with faculty and researchers who help them develop a research plan to either work on the mentor’s projects or develop their own project to complete during about 9 weeks in the summer. One site that is local to us here at Clark is WSU-V’s campus. They host approximately 10 interns each summer. There are also sites at PSU, UW-Seattle, and WSU-Pullman, each specializing in their own topics and projects.

Another, more long-term, opportunity for STEM majors is the BUILD EXITO program through PSU. Clark, PSU, and several other sites are all part of the EXITO stemprogram that provides research opportunities to undergraduates who join the program during the first or second year of their degree. This program focuses on the medical side of the field and integrate hands-on research into all of your undergraduate work. To be a part of this, students must attend PSU after their first year of undergraduate work and must finish their degree through PSU. In addition to the opportunities during the year, EXITO students also have many opportunities to be a part of paid research experiences and often receive help with their graduate school applications from their mentors.

In today’s experience-intensive environment, having a bit of experience working on research can make the difference between landing that job or not. Not only do REU and EXITO students gain valuable skills, they also make lifelong connections with their mentors and other interns that are invaluable to their future education and careers.

Links to some useful websites:

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Clark College’s Amazing Resources


Language and writing tutoring center

As first or second quarter students at Clark, many of us are not aware of just how many resources are freely available to us. Clark is devoted to helping its students succeed, and they are aware success is defined differently for each of us.

One of the substantial barriers to the workforce after leaving high school or college is a lack of knowledge about job search and interview skills. We are no longer taught in high school how to create a resume or present ourselves professionally in interviews. Many of us have little to no experience managing our finances or even what why it is necessary to do so. This is why the Career Services office in PUB 002 is such an amazing resource. They offer every type of help you never knew you needed. The staff in Career Services will assist you in choosing a major through interest review and skills tests, help you develop a winning resume, and work with you to conduct a successful job search. They also have a financial literacy coach available to assist you with understanding how to manage your money and stay out of debt.


Student Ambassadors at the Information Desk

diversity-center01Another spectacular resource available to students is the Center for Diversity and Equity. This office, located in GHL 214, is an open safe space for the entire college community to learn and engage in conversations regarding diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, and social justice. The diversity center is a hub of activity with many resources available. In addition to their lending library of materials related to issues of diversity, identity, and culture, they also host many cultural events throughout the year. The Diversity Center is also the home of Clark’s Peer Mentor Program. These mentors are current Clark students who are trained to help their peers navigate the college system and connect with campus resources.

These are but a few of the many resources available to Clark students and the community at large. For more information about resources or just to have a free cup of coffee, swing by the Welcome Center in Gaiser Hall and say Hi to our ambassadors!

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Pottery Classes at Clark

My degree is in Biology and, surprise, there’s a lot of hard science classes. However, even in the science degrees there are many requirements for humanities and general elective credits that can be really fun. I chose to fill one of these requirements with a 4-credit Ceramics class twice a week. It is one of the best classes that I have taken. I have learned so much about art and crafting, and made some great friends in the process. My teacher did a great job of creating assignments that pottery-image3allowed our creativity to run wild.

During the course of the quarter we had the opportunity to meet with visiting artists and learn about their styles and careers. During the third week of the quarter, one of the artists visited the studio for several days, giving presentations about different ways to create patterns on the surface of your pieces. My favorite that I implemented on several of my cups and bowls was a stenciling technique where you take strips of wet paper and stick them to the surface of your piece. This creates a resist that leaves the designs behind and creates an abstract design. As is always the case, the professionals make it look way too easy, but after much trial and error I was able to use this technique on one of my bowls.


Stenciling technique

A second technique that I love is called a nature resist. It’s where you pick up leaves or other things from nature and use them to create patterns in the glaze.


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The absolute best part of the class, however, was the community atmosphere in the pottery lab. Clark has tons of open lab time, and it is so nice to have access to it whenever you need. It is monitored by volunteers who truly care about helping you experiment and create the best work that you can. They are always around to share tips and answer questions.

Overall, I would recommend this class to anyone who wants a fun class to balance out your hard classes. It is a great way to spend some fun hours playing with clay and learning about the ceramics process.

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Meet Ambassador Kristen!

Hello, my name is Kristen Hall, and I am one of your new Student Ambassadors for the 2016-17 school year. This will be my third and last year at Clark College as I finish up my AA Transfer Degree in Biology. Next fall I will be transferring to a 4-year University to pursue Biochemistry/Forensics. I am so excited for this year both because I get to start on my serious science classes and because I get to be a part of the team of ambassadors working at Clark. My favorite class this quarter is my pottery class, but I am also taking a diving class that is really fun as well. That is my favorite part of Clark, getting to take classes that there are fun as well as the tough ones.

I was home schooled through my Freshman year of high school and lived in many different countries during that time due to my parent’s love of traveling and my dad’s job. Once we returned to Vancouver, I attended River HomeLink for my sophomore year. That is where I initially started in student government as a Representative, then moved into the position of ASB Treasurer. I also was a Running Start student here at Clark during my junior and senior years.

In any time that is not gobbled up by classes, work, or sleep, I love going riding with my friends, watching movies, and doing homework…yes, I’m weird that way. I am also involved with equestrian drill, and am starting on a new team this year, Diamond Dust. Since you most likely don’t know what it is, drill is where you do maneuvers/patterns and get judged on timing and spacing. Easy right? Except we do it on horseback at full speed in an arena with up to 16 riders. Look it up…you won’t be disappointed! I also love my pottery class that I am taking now, and am spending way too much time working on those assignments.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope you all are having a great quarter. If you have any questions or need help finding anything, please come visit us at the Info desk or the Welcome center in Gaiser Hall. ~ Kristen

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