The Clark Journal 1-5-2006


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  1. 1. Vol. 2, No. 1 Jan. 2006 The President’s Perspective Contents T here’s a special excitement that comes with the start of a new year. At Clark College, this new year marks the start of a new quarter and the The President’s Perspective energy that comes from the return of students, faculty and staff. The month Page 1 of January is named for Janus, the Roman god who presided over openings, beginnings and doorways. In fact, Janus was often depicted with two faces Facilities Master Plan Plots Course to House because he could look backward and forward at the same time. Looking back Growth of Clark College over the past year, we will celebrate our successes. Looking forward, it is also Page 2-3 a time to think about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The 2006 Legislative Outlook Page 4 During my 2005 State of the College speech, I focused on the many ways in which Clark College is rethinking, reinvnenting and reengineering the way we Clark College Exceptional Faculty do business to better serve our students and our community. That work -- Pages 5-6 that journey -- continues this year. In my 2006 State of the College address on January 19, I’ll focus on the critical importance of staying the course that Clark College Exceptional Staff we have set as we all work together to support our strategic plan, implement Page 7 our new branding and identity plan, and bring our vision to life. “Clark College, a respected leader in Southwest Washington, will be nation- ally recognized for student success and excellence in teaching, empowering learners to enrich the social, cultural and economic vitality of our region and the global community.” Editorial Staff The days just before and after New Year’s are a time for renewed energy and optimism about the year to come. It’s like opening a book filled with blank Editor: Barbara Kerr pages waiting to be written or starting down a path in which every step is Reporters: Nell Gladson & truly “The Next Step.” Debra Meadow Graphic Design: Linda Bowman Happy New Year! Photography: Ian Beckett Dr. R. Wayne Branch
  2. 2. Facilities Master Plan Plots Course to House Growth of Clark College C lark College is growing to meet the needs of the community. To track that growth, the College has created and is implementing a Facilities Master Plan. “A critical part of enrollment growth is keeping pace by adding, remodeling and renovat- ing buildings to house new and expanding programs,” said Bob Knight, Vice President of Administrative Services. In 2001, the College formulated a 20-year master plan to support the strategic goals of the institu- tion. The current and upcoming projects from that general plan are keeping Knight and his colleagues busy with the ongoing quest for funding, as well as the supervision of construction. On Clark’s main campus, the Gaiser Hall renovation is next on the building agenda. Starting next summer, the entire Student Affairs area of Gaiser Hall will be remod- Above and below: With an expected completion date of late 2007, the entire Student eled to allow for better access and service Affairs area of Gaiser Hall will be remodeled to allow for better access and service for for students and visitors. The changes, with students and visitors. an expected completion date of late 2007, will reorient the entrance to Gaiser Hall to the south. In addition, a new Welcome Center has been proposed for the lower level of the Penguin Student Union Build- ing. While the Gaiser renovation is underway, Student Affairs will be relocated to the County Social Services Building, which is sometimes called the “T Building.” It is lo- cated in the so-called “triangle area,” across Fort Vancouver Way from the main campus. In that area, three significant projects are slated to begin soon. The renovation of the “T Building” will temporarily house Stu- dent Affairs and Workforce Development while their permanent facilities are being built or remodeled. The “T Building” will also permanently contain the new medical radiography program. The Clark Journal 2
  3. 3. Facilities Master Plan The star-shaped building, which currently houses Clark County Health Services, will be demolished and replaced with a building housing Clark College’s Health and Human Services programs, including dental hygiene, digital radiology, pharmacy and phlebotomy. A requested $29 million in growth project funds will support a new structure in the triangle area to house a health and advanced technology facility for biotechnology, nanotechnology, prosthetics, math, science and engineering. If the funds are approved, the new structure would be built during the 2012-2013 biennium. The College has also put forward a Foster Hall replacement project. If the proposed project is approved by legislators and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the offices in Foster Hall would be Above: The star-shaped building will be demolished and replaced with a building housing replaced with a new facility. The replace- Clark College’s Health and Human Services programs. ment project, which would house the music and theatre departments, would include a 700-seat auditorium, three classrooms and 12 faculty offices. Also in that complex, the Child and Family Services facility, now on the main campus, will be replaced with a new building in four to five years. The old Foster Hall would be razed by 2012. In addition to these centrally located proj- ects, the Clark Center East, located in the Columbia Tech Center at 192nd Street and Mill Plain Boulevard, will be completed by the end of 2009. The Clark Center East will house general education classes and corporate training. The Clark Center at Washington State University Vancouver opens this month to nursing, science and engineering, and general transfer students. “There will be a lot of facilities growth in the future to keep pace with enrollment growth,” said Knight. “We rely on input from throughout campus to program these facilities in order to best meet the needs of Above: The renovation of the “T Building” will temporarily house Student Affairs and Work- a growing and increasingly diverse popula- force Development and will permanently contain the new medical radiography program. tion.” January 2006
  4. 4. The 2006 Legislative Outlook A lthough the 2006 Washington State legislative session is a short one – only 60 days – it is an important one quests the establishment of a predictable, permanent formula for funding faculty salaries. that was not funded during the 2005-07 biennial budget process. A stable and pre- dictable funding source for MO projects for Clark College. The College’s legisla- has also been requested. tive agenda for this session, which begins Impact on Clark College January 9, includes support for fund- Impact on Clark College ing of faculty salaries, maintenance and Clark College supports the SBCTC operations of new buildings, and accom- request for continued support for fac- The College supports the SBCTC re- modations for disabled students. ulty compensation, both increments for quest that includes $42,000 for MO for full-time faculty as well as increases for Hanna Hall that was never funded. In the After approval by the College Board of part-time faculty. These salary items were future, a stable funding source for MO Trustees, Candy Bennett, Executive Dean not funded beyond the first year of the would ensure that our new state-approved of Planning and Advancement, partners biennium and are critical in maintain- buildings, including the remodel of Stout each year with Clark College President ing a high quality faculty. Clark College and Gaiser Halls and construction of R. Wayne Branch to communicate the supports the SBCTC request to establish Clark Center East, are adequately main- College’s agenda to the local legislative tained over time. delegation. The delegation includes 12 senators and legislators from Clark Provide Additional Funding for College’s service district, which covers Students of Disability Clark and Skamania Counties and the western third of Klickitat County. The State Board for Community and “We work closely with the lawmakers Technical Colleges’ (SBCTC) supple- to gain their assistance and support mental budget requests an additional for issues that affect Clark College,” $1,500,000 to fund accommodations said Bennett. for students of disability. Costs for these mandated services for students, This year’s Clark College legislative including interpreters and real-time agenda reflects similar issues identified captioning, have more than doubled in the legislative agenda of the State in the past five years, outstripping Board for Community and Technical growth in state and tuition funds. Colleges: Impact on Clark College Provide Continued Support for Compensation for Faculty The location of both the Washington State Schools for the Blind and the The 2005-07 enacted budgets pro- Deaf in Vancouver brings a propor- vided funding to award faculty salary tionately higher number of students increments for professional develop- to Clark College whose disability ment and experience for only 2006. requires extensive accommodations. However, since faculty earns increments a predictable, permanent formula for Although the state provides some funding annually, the SBCTC requests $2.4 mil- funding faculty salaries so the College can to offset the additional cost to the College lion to provide increments in the second retain high quality faculty. of providing accommodations for these year of the biennium. The 2005-07 en- students, the expenditure out of local acted budgets provided funding to more Provide Maintenance and Operations funds has averaged close to $400,000 per closely align part-time faculty salaries with Funds to Sustain New State-Approved year over the last three years. The Col- full-time faculty salaries for only 2006. Buildings lege requests that the legislature provide SBCTC requests $6.7 million in funding full funding for accommodations to help to continue the effort to close the gap SBCTC requests $7.006 million for main- our students of disability access the tools between part-time and full-time faculty tenance and operations funding (MO) needed to pursue a college education. salaries in 2007. In addition, SBCTC re- The Clark Journal
  5. 5. Simply Exceptional I n 2005, Clark College honored three outstanding educators and two staff members with the College’s Exceptional Faculty and Exceptional Classified Staff Awards. While these outstand- ing professionals work in different department, they share com- mon traits. They are admired by their peers, and they are commit- ted to student success. Clark College Exceptional Faculty “Y ou can’t visit a medical facility in Clark County without running into an employee trained by John Clausen,” said a colleague. Clausen is Clark College’s Director of Medical Office Programs. “I love my subject,” said Clausen, who enjoys help- ing students with their career goals by instructing them in medical assisting, billing, coding and transcription. He is a leader both in and out of the classroom. During his 18 years at Clark College he has not only taught legions of students, but developed an accred- ited Medical Assistant Program and a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate. “John Clausen is the nicest man I know,” said another peer. “John has the ability to make every student feel as though they are the most important student at Clark College. He challenges each and every student to reach their potential and nurtures in them a hun- ger to learn. He has a broad knowledge of his discipline.” “I like the atmosphere with students, the give and take,” said Clau- sen. He often runs into former students when he goes to medical facilities. “It was a great honor to receive this recognition,” he said, “a feeling of being really appreciated. The fact that the students nominated me is moving, but embarrassing, because there are so many outstanding instructors here.” January 2006
  6. 6. A mazing. That’s how colleagues and students describe Physics Department Chair Richard Shamrell. “You will not meet anyone more excited about physics than Dick Shamrell,” said one student, adding that Shamrell “brings physics concepts to life in the classroom by turning such simple, everyday actions as walking up and down the stairs into a physics problem.” Students and faculty rave about Professor Shamrell, and the feeling is mutual. He compliments the community of fac- ulty and staff who welcomed him when he arrived at Clark College seven years ago. “They are open, giving, engaging, and have the same goals of making it happen for students,” said Shamrell. Of his students Professor Shamrell said, “When I see the look of understanding on their faces in the classroom or lab, when I hear their cry of delight as they see the planet Saturn for the first time, when they ask me questions which push me to become a better instructor – that is the reason I am here.” F or Dr. Jean Watson, who has been teaching for 32 years, receiv- ing the Exceptional Faculty Award was “a capstone to my career.” Dr. Watson is a Health Occupations Instructor and teaches classes as diverse as Math for Medication Administration and Basic Con- cepts of Anatomy and Physiology. Colleagues will tell you that she is an enthusiastic, open-minded, and extremely knowledgeable instructor who builds student confidence through her steadfast patience with students’ curious questioning. One student said, “I believe Jean Watson demonstrates all the qualities you look for in an instructor. She challenges you to think, keeps the mood upbeat and presents the class in an organized manner.” Since 2001, Dr. Watson has been training Clark College students entering the allied health fields to become highly skilled profes- sionals and critical thinkers. “I love that the students are so serious about what they’re doing, so determined,” she said. In return, her students are, as one student put it, “grateful for her energy and her passion for ensuring that they truly learn, rather than simply memo- rize, the course material.” “I really appreciate the tremendous support of fellow faculty and the administration in helping me with what I do, which is helping people,” said Dr. Watson. Though she admits that she has con- templated retirement, she has put that on hold. “The students are constantly pushing me to be a good teacher and wanting all I can give them,” she said. The Clark Journal
  7. 7. Exceptional Classified Staff B arbara Davenport can’t imagine doing anything but work- ing with people, and that’s exactly what she does in her role as Credentials Evaluator for Health Occupations Programs. In helping students ascertain what they need in order to be eligible for nursing and dental hygiene degrees, or pharmacy tech, EMT, and phlebotomy certificates, her first thought is to make students feel comfortable. She then guides them through the complicated steps of being successful in the Health Occupation fields. Davenport was a student at Clark College, became a peer advisor and worked her way up to her present position. “I enjoy the job I do. The opportunity to assist students in making positive steps to- ward their future is really rewarding,” she said. In addition to mov- ing students closer to their goals, one instructor noted that Barbara Davenport’s “smile is indicative of her inner spirit. She’s unfailingly positive and supportive to students.” Davenport is regularly involved in campus activities and her work ethic and sensitivity serve as a role model for other staff members. “I was truly stunned” at being recognized for excellent service to Clark College, she said. “I was honored that people thought I did such a good job for them. I try to do the best I can.” A n Instructional Technician II in the Business Administration Division, Jeanette Steinmueller spends countless hours tutoring accounting students, often juggling up to 25 at once in the Tutoring Center. With a certificate in accounting, credentials as a CPA, and tax accounting experience in a large insurance company, Steinmueller displays a thorough understanding of her subject matter, as well as the patience and willingness to provide exceptional service to the students of Clark College. Without being asked, she prepares handouts to shed light on what one student termed “the thornier issues.” “If it weren’t for her, I don’t think I would have made it,” another student said. Steinmueller has been at Clark College almost eight years and in that time has developed exceptional technical and computer skills, as well as an organized and systematic approach to tutoring. Her supervisor, Stephen Walsh, said, “Her diligence and people skills have contributed greatly to the completion rate in our accounting and business math classes. The students come to class raving about her.” “I am excited, honored and overwhelmed to have received this award,” Steinmueller said. “I feel privileged.” She added, “I love interacting with students on a daily basis. I go home feeling like I’ve made a posi- tive difference in people’s lives.” January 2006