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The podcast series from Clark College Foundation features fascinating conversations with Clark alumni, partners, donors, faculty, staff and students.

Featured Podcasts


“Delicious mysteries at Clark”

Ellie Alexander is an alumna and author of the popular Bakeshop Mystery series. She was at Clark in July to launch her latest book, “Till Death Do Us Tart.” Alexander shared some of her writing tips and ideas for her next books before a live audience, while Clark’s pastry chef shared the secrets of making a no-fail chocolate ganache.



“Birds of a feather make great music together”

Rich Inouye


Clark’s music program has a reputation for producing some remarkable musicians. Rich Inouye, head of Clark’s band programs and leader of its revered annual Jazz Festival, helped to create that reputation. He recently put his conductor’s baton down for the last time. Clark College Foundation’s Joel Munson talked to Inouye about how he went from soaring with a flock of falcons with the prestigious Air Force Academy Band to shaking things up with a jazzy waddle of Clark penguins.



“The Places We Will Go”

Keith Koplan and Randy Grove are long-time Clark College Foundation board members who recall funny stories such as how area banks stopped selling them certificates of deposit because the foundation owned too many, to serious times too. CEO Lisa Gibert spoke with the two men to reflect on where the organization has been and the exciting places it’s going next.



“DNA of Dirt” Professor Roberto Anitori with student Georgia Tytler.

Dr. Roberto Anitori talks about a new cutting-edge course he’s teaching at Clark College that identifies the genetic makeup of dirt. He’s using a hand-held device that is leveling the playing field for scientists to analyze samples outside of their labs.

Patchwork of Wordsmarie bostwick

National bestselling author and Clark Alumna Marie Bostwick ’80 believes it’s never too late start writing. She’s an example of that having raised three children and moved around the country for her husband’s career before seriously putting pen to paper. Now she’s on fire having published 14 full-length novels in 10 years. Her popular books include two different series, called Cobbled Court Quilt and Too Much, Texas.



Discovering Gravitational Waves

Cody Messick ’10 spends most of his waking hours out of this world. He’s part of a team of scientists that confirmed the sound of space-time compressing, cosmic events that occurred one billion years ago when black holes collided. Three of the top scientists on the project won a Nobel Prize in physics in October 2017.



Pushing Words”  – Mitchell Jackson ’93 is an author andMitchell Jackson educator who is playing a part in the national discourse about race relations. His next novel focuses on immediate decisions that African American men make to stay alive, and the prejudice of appearances. He also reads an excerpt from his next book, “Survival Math.”



The Power of Inclusion


Dr. Debi Jenkins

Professor Debi Jenkins ’93 explains what social equity is, how to dismantle power privilege and how being called a racist is misunderstood. Jenkins is an expert in age-related changes that occur throughout a person’s life and she’s a national speaker on equity practices.



Reflections of a Mayor


Former Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt ’92 reflects on his political career, how he championed rapid transit and set the foundation for affordable housing. Also, he thinks there’s plenty of room for better leadership at the highest levels of government in the state of Washington. Does that mean he’ll run for national office?

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