Penguin Chats: Season II
Clark students are getting new personalized support as they embark on academic and professional goals. A new framework – called Guided Pathways – has turned around several struggling community colleges across in the nation. Lorie, a full-time card dealer in the gaming industry before an injury put her out of work, is one Clark student who has embraced the new approach in an effort to change her future.
Pacific Bells’ Tom Cook, who began his career frying taco shells and today runs a highly successful franchise, has refined the recipe for business success. He and his wife Jen talk about building Pacific Bells Inc. and its sister company World Wide Wings, into a remarkable business with revenues expected to approach three-quarters of a billion dollars.
Penguin Chats: Season I
“Delicious mysteries at Clark”
Ellie Alexander is an alumna and author of the popular Bakeshop Mystery series. She was at Clark in 2018 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”
Clark’s music program has a reputation for producing some remarkable musicians. Rich Inouye, the former head of Clark’s band programs and leader of its revered annual Jazz Festival, helped to create that reputation before his retirement in 2018. Joel B. Munson talked to Inouye in 2018 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 reflect on their collective tenure, recalling how area banks stopped selling them certificates of deposit because the foundation owned too many. CEO Lisa Gibert spoke with the two men to talk about where the organization has been and the places it’s going next.
“DNA of Dirt”
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 Words“
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.
“Pushing Words” – Mitchell Jackson ’93 is an author and educator who is playing a part in the national discourse about race relations. His newest novel focuses on immediate decisions that African American men make to stay alive, and the prejudice of appearances. In this podcast, he also reads an excerpt from his book, “Survival Math.”
“The Power of Inclusion”
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?