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Celebrating Independence Day!

What are your plans for the fourth? For most, it is a time for celebrating with family and friends, fireworks displays, and barbecues, but with all that celebrating, let us not forget why we celebrate. Independence Day is a day for remembering what our Fore Fathers sacrificed to provide us the freedom that we have today. I personally get goosebumps every time I see red, white, and blue fireworks exploding onto the starry backdrop. What a remarkable tribute and a time I happily cherish.

If you love fireworks and food, but don’t enjoy the mess that it will leave at your house, then it may be best to get out and explore the events around your community. We are fortunate that in our area, we have so many places to gather together and watch firework displays. Of all of the shows, one remains the same. They fill up fast so arrive early to reserve your spot.

One of the most common events and a neighbor to Clark College is Independence Day at Fort Vancouver. While the firework display begins at 10:05pm, this event includes activities for the entire family in preparation for the grand spectacle. There will be live music from 6:00pm – 10:05pm. Also beginning at 6:00pm, there will be family games, crafts for kids, and food. For more information, visit:

Portland Fireworks Show @ Waterfront Blues Festival: This event has the largest display in Oregon. This is a five-day event and with 120 acts at only $10/day, the live entertainment is enough to make this event worth every penny. The fireworks are launched from a barge on the Willamette River, which is a must see for everyone. For more information, visit:

Those are just a couple of displays that we have around Vancouver and Portland. For more details on the Independence Day events listed below, visit:


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!




Posted by Ambassador Abigail

Spring Thing!

Hello Penguins,

One more week left, we can do this! I know everyone is going to be busy and stressed about finals, but take a break this Friday 6/16 and come to the annual Spring Thing. The event runs from 10am to 1pm. It is perfect way to have fun and celebrate the end of the year. The best part is everything is going to be free! Our food carts will be giving out free food like rice bowls, hot dogs, nachos, or burritos. And for dessert there will be ice cream from Sweet Tooth. If the free food is not a good enough reason for you to come, there is so much more offered. There will be inflatables from Portland Party Works, so we can feel like kids again and jump around!  Document the day with two photo booths or from a drawing done by a caricature artist. You will also be able to get artwork done from a henna artist. For entertainment we are lucky enough to have Adam the Great Magician!


The event will be held outside in Anderson Plaza by the Chime Tower. If the weather decides not to cooperate the event will be moved into Gaiser Hall in the Student Center. But either way take some time out of the studying and come have some fun, it’ll be worth it!


Good luck on your finals!

Mindfulness @ Clark

Whether you are new to Clark, or have been here for a few years now, you should be aware of the vast amount of resources that are available to you. The resources that Clark provides are for students to take full advantage of, and most of them are free and available as your time allows. One office available to students as well as the community is the Career Center. Many of you may be aware of the invaluable resources and tools that are available in that office, whether that be reviewing your resume, aptitude tests to discover a career path, assisting in building a cover letter, or holding mock interviews. Those are still only a few of the offerings they provide. Throughout the year, Career Services provides training and workshops for future career growth and academic success. However, they also provide tips and tools for personal growth. These such workshops can be essential for your success at Clark College and beyond.

One upcoming workshop is Mindfulness for Stress Management. In case you are unaware of what the term Mindfulness refers to, it is focusing on the present, and looking at your emotions or feelings from a distance without seeing them as positive or negative. The idea of being able to navigate your emotions in times of great amounts of stress can be critical when attending school. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 6th from 11:00a – 11:50a in GHL 213. No registration is required to attend.

For a complete list of workshops, you may find them here.

If you would like to dive deeper into how Mindfulness will help you to be successful, Clark also offers classes through their Economic and Community Development  programs. The classes are for beginners as well as those who would like to deepen their knowledge and practice.

Additionally, Clark is fortunate to have a Mindfulness club. Meeting times may very. For more information, contact:

There is no denying that life gets hectic and stressful, and many times, we forget to take care of ourselves. Hopefully, these opportunities to practice mindfulness will be either a starting point for you or a way to continue the process of self care.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”   – Lou Holtz

Subtext Literary Festival

Are you a fan of all things that are literary arts? Then you cannot miss out on Subtext. This festival is held over 3 days (May 15 – 18) and includes everything from writing workshops to author readings.

This festival is put together by our English faculty and is an exciting way to meet with students who have a passion for writing and reading. The great thing about this festival is that everyone is welcome, so bring your friends and family. All events are free and do not require preregistration.

One event that takes place annually during the festival is the Phoenix Unveiling. The Phoenix is Clark’s art and literary magazine that is student run. Students are encouraged to submit works of art in all different types of mediums. As for the literary side, students are encouraged to submit works of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

In addition to the many of events Subtext has to offer, Clark is fortunate enough to host award-winning author Peter Rock onto our campus. Peter Rock lives in Portland, OR where he writes both short fiction and novels. The Columbia Writer’s Series will be hosting a reading of his works on Thursday, May 18th from 12:00p – 1:00p in PUB 161. After the reading, there will be a Q & A session. It’s a great time to get your questions about the writing process answered.

For information on more events that are happening that week, visit:

Come on out! This is sure to be a great week!

On-Campus Money Saver Tips

“College is expensive, there’s no doubting that, but Clark College offers numerous ways to save while on a budget!

Being a student at  Clark College has its perks! ASCC offers free coffee each morning of the week day to students at Student Life (PUB 160). Also join them for hot chocolate and oatmeal during Welcome Week.

Traveling to school every day can be expensive so take the bus instead! Through the BackPASS program any registered Clark College student with a current Clark College Student ID can purchase a quarterly discounted C-Tran Bus Pass. Visit the Clark College Bookstore in Gaiser Hall, each quarter to purchase a BackPASS for only $15.00 (current Clark
College student ID required – $9.00 annually).

Staying active and paying for a gym membership each month can add up in the long run! Registered Clark College students can purchase a discounted Fitness Center Pass at the beginning of each quarter for only $10.00! Visit the Office of Student Life in PUB 160 with your current SID number and proof of identification. Student Life will verify your current student status and provide you with a discount slip to take to the Cashier’s Office. Take the discount slip to the Cashier’s Office and present it to the Cashier to get the $10 Fitness Center Pass price. The Cashier’s Office will collect your discount slip when you pay. Then take your receipt to the fitness center and enjoy a whole quarter of fitness fun!

Ever notice those lockers around campus? Those are free to use! There are a limited number of lockers around campus for student-use. If you would like to reserve a locker FREE of charge in (PUB, HHL, SHL, JSH or APH) please visit the Office of Student Life in the Penguin Union Building 160 starting the first day of each quarter. This is a great way to save space at home and stay organized.

Stuck on a homework problem but can’t meet with your professor? Struggling in a class and rethinking your life choices? Have no fear, Student Tutoring Services is here! Student Tutoring Services is designed to provide individualized attention that facilitates student learning and academic success. Their friendly, supportive, and encouraging tutors assist with transitional studies as well as most business, English, math, science, and general education classes offered at Clark College. Tutors will also help you develop skills and confidence to become a stronger, more independent learner. Students who come in for tutoring may also access computers, software, handouts, reference materials, and other resources. This service is completely FREE!

There is also free counseling available on campus for anyone feeling stressed out or just wanting to talk to someone. Counselors are available to help students make changes that will enable them to achieve success in their personal, academic, and professional lives. The counselors provide free, short-term goal-focused counseling. Counselors support students in self-development, goal setting, and problem solving to enhance student success. Academic, personal, and mental health counseling is available. To make an appointment to see a counselor go to the Counseling and Health Center at the Health Sciences Building (HSC) Room 124 or email
There are so many more free and discounted resources available to Clark College students. If you ever have any questions about these resources stop by the Welcome Center or call us at 360-992-2078.”


Posted by Ambassador Michaela



My Journey to Becoming a Student Ambassador

Hello Penguins,

My first year here I was a running start student,  and I loved it. I had so much freedom, only went to class a couple hours a week and took classes that interested me. However, something was missing. I came to Clark for class then went straight home. I only went to my high school to get my tuition waiver signed and pick up graduation items. I did not really fit into any category. I was not a high school student anymore, but I was not really a college student either. At least that is what it felt like. I decided I wanted to be involved. I wanted to make my time at Clark count, but I really did not know what that meant either. One day while I was on Twitter, Clark retweeted a post and the word ambassador intrigued me. I mean who doesn’t want the title as an ambassador. I found out it was a paid position, had flexible hours, and an ambassador helped students. It was perfect! I decided to apply, and once I found out I got the job, I was overjoyed.

Months after actually being hired is when training started, and I am not going to lie; I was intimated. There was so much information to learn in the week of training! But as soon as we started working at the desk on the first day of fall classes, it came natural. The first day flew by. We helped so many students; I couldn’t believe it. But this one person stood out to me. He accidentally scheduled his classes back to back at the CTC campus and the main campus. I sat with him at the computer, and we went through and changed his whole scheduled. He kept thanking me and said he could not have done it without me. It was my first day, and I had already made a difference.

Since then I have helped countless students. Anything from helping students walk through the application process with a step

Ambassadors Makayla & Michaela

by step guide, giving tours and opening up student’s eyes about the college experience, or helping students who are coming back to school for the first time in twenty years. It is all rewarding. I finally felt like I fit in somewhere. I was excited to go to work; it helped that I loved my hours. After class I’d just  grab some lunch, change my shirt, and just like that I’d be working. Everyone in the Welcome Center are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. They truly inspires me to be the best version of myself.

Being a college student can be extremely challenging. Don’t make it harder on yourself by running back and forth from your job and school, or trying to change your class time to fit your work schedule. I love working at Clark, and I bet you will too. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Stop by the information desk or the Welcome Center in Gaiser Hall and grab an application or just ask us more questions on everything we do!

Posted by Ambassador Makayla

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