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Clark College ASL Department

One of my favorite things I had the opportunity to explore while here at Clark College was ASL and Deaf Culture. I started with Deaf Culture, where I walked in worried about not ever having been exposed to Deaf Culture previously, and didn’t know what to expect. I walked in and over the time in the class, I found a whole new awareness, not only of Deaf Culture today, but what created and influenced it throughout history. We took a look specifically at American Deaf Culture, where I learned more about many other cultures, like the difference between collectivist and individualistic culture. We covered some current issues that Deaf and Hard of Hearing people face. I was able to learn that many Deaf people don’t feel like they have a disability, and learned more about how the community more closely adheres to a language minority. This helped me to make the decision to take ASL classes as well. Being a person that interacts with the community, I never realized how much educating myself can truly impact someone else’s day.

I continued on to take ASL 201, and though I thought there were definite times that I struggled, I realized just how much I am able to learn when I push myself. I am now focusing on getting my credits for my degrees completed and then plan to return to complete the next classes in the sequence. I will be applying what I have learned into my future plans by incorporating a more aware design to my business, making it more accessible and welcoming to the Deaf community.

In Deaf Culture I learned a lot more about the necessity for programs that assist with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, and as a student leader I have used the knowledge to understand the value of what Clark College offers to Deaf and Hard of Hearing faculty and students.

The Disability Support Services (DSS) office is a great resource on campus. They are here to make Clark College accessible to our students. Some of the resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are interpreters or captioning for videos. If you identify as someone who needs assistance or have had accommodations in the past, I highly recommend dropping in to the office located in the Penguin Union Building (PUB) 013 early. I say early because some accommodations can take time to arrange and you want to make sure to have everything completed in time for your first class!

Hope your finals go well and have a wonderful winter break!


Posted by Ambassador Kody


Family Movie Night


Hello Penguins,

I hope everyone had a relaxing break! This week starts December, which means our lives are about to get extremely busy. With finals coming up in the next couple of weeks just remember there are resources here at Clark to help you, and you can do it! However, make sure to put the books down every once in a while to make time for some fun and yourself. Starting with this Wednesday night. November 29th Student Life is holding a family movie night.

Family movie night starts at 4pm, but I would get there a little earlier to make sure you get in line for the free pizza they are giving out. Yes, completely free. You can bring your children, siblings, nieces, nephews, whoever! Family movie night will be located in Gaiser Student Center.

If the free movie and pizza does not convince you enough I am sure the movies will. The first movie will be Despicable Me 3, this movie starts at 4pm. This movie is rated PG and is kid friendly. If you have seen the first two movies, you know you will not want to miss this movie. I personally have not yet seen the third one but I have seen the first one about 75 times and it never disappoints.

The second movie starts at 6pm, which will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This movie is rated PG-13. Therefore, if you have youngsters who are not allowed to watch it or it will be too late you can just come to the first one. On the other hand, if the first movie does not interested you can come to the 6pm movie.
Either way a free dinner and movie is not something that you should pass up. We will see you Wednesday night in the Gaiser Student Center!




Posted by Ambassador Makayla

Penguin Pantry

Hello penguins,

Clark has just opened up a brand new resource for students called the Penguin Pantry. The Penguin Pantry can support you by helping eliminate hunger and connecting you to outside resources. The pantry is a place where you can go to pick up a variety of foods either to take home or to eat as lunch. Other than food they have things such as soap, toothbrush, feminine products, and even school supplies. Outside resources they help you connect with are counseling services, public benefits, and local food banks. This is a safe place for students to go. There is also a microwave and tables in the pantry so feel comfortable to eat there.

If you are able to please help the Penguin Pantry continue to grow by donating. There are multiple ways you can donate. You can either bring in items or send a financial contribution. Items can be dropped off either at the Penguin Pantry or in Gaiser Hall upstairs room 204 in the Office of the Vice-President of Student Affairs. Items that can be donated include non-perishable foods, gift cards, and basic toiletries. All financial contributions must go through the Clark College Foundation. I will include items they are requesting right now on their website:

  • Canned food/Dried fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Crackers
  • Protein-rich snacks
  • Soap
  • Menstrual products
  • Toothbrushes/tooth paste
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner

The Penguin Pantry is located in the Science Building (SCI) in room 101. The hours for this Fall 2017 quarter are Monday, Thursday, and Fridays from 11am until 2pm. Tuesday and Wednesday from 2pm until 5pm.





Posted by Ambassador Makayla

Bye Clark!

Hi Penguins!

I am writing my last ambassador blog ever! Weird. I have had the honor of being a Clark College ambassador for over a year now. My time as a Penguin ends today and my time as a Student Ambassador ends this month.

I am transferring to the University of Washington for winter quarter and I am beyond excited.


I am not very good with words or goodbyes, so I have made two videos for you all and hope you enjoy it.

Thank you Clark College for giving me multiple opportunities to be the best student I can be.

I will always be proud of being a Penguin.



Posted by Ambassador Melia

Meet Ambassador Jonathan!


My name is Jonathan Dutson and I’m a new Student Ambassador. I became an Ambassador because I wanted to help create a strong community on campus. I also find people fascinating and enjoy meeting new people and learning about them. Before working at Clark College I was a bar manager for a year and a half, and now I am a student tender.

img_20150907_142223797I am not a Native Washingtonian, but I feel like one already. I hail from the land of dirt, concrete, and cactus, A.K.A. Arizona. I’ve wanted to move to the Pacific Northwest since I was thirteen. I did a bunch of research and talked to people and deducted that Vancouver was destined to be my new abode. Don’t hate on the rain guys! Without it, this paradise wouldn’t be so lush and green. In Arizona, it’s still over one hundred degrees in November, and can get up to the 130’s in some places. When I was a kid, a day that rained was cherished more than Christmas, so it’s sweet nostalgia living here. Not to mention, the people here are so nice, accepting, laid back, and don’t try to fight you in traffic. I feel a lot of people that were raised here take for granted how special it truly is.

Growing up everyone called me “Renaissance Man”, because my vast passions and talents, which is a blessing and a curse. Especially when I do not have  time to pursue everything I am passionate about. Even more difficult, is choosing which ones to focus on the most.

My many interests are acting, film making, theatre, writing, singing, compimg_20161022_123943117osing and performing music, drawing, art, design, scuba diving, the outdoors, working out, martial arts, traveling, cooking, reading, coffee, and laughing. As you can see, no one on the planet has time for that many interests. Between full-time school and two jobs, I have to prioritize. Most of my spare time is spent working out, training to be a scuba instructor, exploring nature, cooking because I’m poor, and a combo of the rest. After I graduate, I plan on opening up my own business, so I also spend a lot of time on that.

I will be at the Info Desk or Welcome Center to help you out or make you laugh (I do great impressions). As I said earlier I’m not from here, so come say “hi!” I love meeting new people.



Posted by  Ambassador Jonathan

Penguins fly

Okay not literally…but our very own Clark College Penguin graduates will be walking across the stage on Thursday, June 16th to commemorate their educational achievements.

Every year in the Spring, Clark College administrators and staff hold a ceremony to present Clark graduates with their completed degrees or certificates. This year graduation is going to be held at The Sunlight Supply Amphitheater at 7:00 p.m. on a warm June evening.  The parking and entrance gates will be open by 5:00 p.m. so you can get there early. Graduates must be lined up and ready to go by 6:30 p.m.

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

Oswald greets students at Commencement.

I encourage all the graduates and current Clark students to take a second to think about what graduation means for them. For some students graduation is the start of a new career. For others it’s a big move to a new university, and/or it’s a new step in their education. These are all goals and achievements to celebrate! I find that when things end, huge beginnings start to unravel. I am beyond excited for all of my graduating Clark College students and especially my graduating co-workers. We have Student Ambassadors Lauren, Christian, Patricia, and Michael all graduating this June. I couldn’t be more proud of them and their accomplishments.

Make sure to bring your name card with you to commencement if you are graduating because this is the card they will be reading as you walk across the stage. Also know that any guests that are there supporting you on your big day may take photos of you from their seats only. But don’t worry, we will be having a professional photographer at commencement taking pictures of you. Any seating or parking concerns can be addressed to Disability Support Services at 360-992-2314.

I wish all you graduates the best of luck in your next adventure in life!


Posted by Ambassador Melia

Posted by Ambassador Melia


Does exercising make you smarter?

workout pic1Does exercising make you smarter?

Yes it does. This may sound like a subjective answer and topic but there has been a lot of research done on this topic. The overwhelming conclusion is that the healthier you are (physically), the better you are at studying and learning. Not to mention the million other positive side effects of exercising.

Google ‘positive effects of exercise’ and you will encounter a barrage of articles. If you don’t have the time to do that then I will help you out and list some positive effects of exercise right off the top of my head.

  • More energy
  • Better mood
  • Confidence
  • Less stress
  • Good distraction
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease


But how do these things actually make you smarter?

Great question! Thanks for asking.

My very first job at the age of 18 was a telemarketing gig (it sucked). Our supervisors would encourage us to get up and walk around every two hours or so to get the blood flowing and get hyped. From firsthand experience I can tell you that after getting my blood flowing and getting my energy up I would be able to perform better with customers.  You have probably seen this in movies. For example, Wolf of Wall Street or in real life where salesman getting hyped for a sale or a banker going crazy and having super high energy levels. The way this correlates with exercise is that this is a naturally occurring phenomenon when you perform in rigorous activity.


Although there is a lot of data that backs up exercise and health/productivity nothing is definitive.workout pic2


Even if you don’t believe that exercise will make you smarter, keep in mind that exercise WILL make you healthier!


“Ever since I started running a few months ago, I have not gotten sick!” –Amy Tam

Posted by Ambassador Daniel

Posted by Ambassador Daniel