April 29, 2019 - Spring has sprung

May 2, 2019, 12:08 PM by Kirk Fryrear
It has been a busy couple of weeks as we are at the midpoint for spring term. The weather has been wonderful, and it’s nice to see students and staff outside enjoying the sunshine. Here are some highlights from what I have been doing recently.

All-Oregon Academic Team

Every community college in Oregon gets to recognize two students for the All-Oregon Academic Team. Each state then selects two representatives for the All-USA team. Our students this year were Lizajane Gray, a geology major transferring to Portland State University, and Natalia Rodriguez, an education major transferring to Concordia University. All of the students got to meet Gov. Brown. Then we went to the beautiful Chemeketa Viticulture center for lunch and the ceremony recognizing the students.

Tim with the All-Oregon Academic Team 2019

The All-Oregon Academic Team 2019

Russian Youth Conference

I had the privilege to welcome more than 100 high school students from across the region for the Russian Youth Leadership Conference on the Oregon City campus. This was the 23rd annual Russian Youth Leadership Conference, and they have all been at CCC. I understood about half of what the speakers were saying as they switched between Russian and English throughout. The students had several choices of learning opportunities during the day and one of them included planting trees at the Environmental Learning Center.

The 2019 Russian Youth Conference at the ELC

The 2019 Russian Youth Conference planting trees at the ELC

Future of Workforce in Clackamas County Panel

I participated in a Clackamas Workforce panel discussion hosted by the Oregon City Business Alliance. I spoke about how CCC is preparing students for the future of work. The other panelists included Peter Lund from SuperGenius Studios, Oregon City School District Superintendent Larry Didway and Marcus Gores of Gores Construction.

Is the Clackamas Workstudy Ready

Business Outreach

I had the opportunity to present the State of the College to about 20 business owners and community members at the Estacada Chamber of Commerce.

Several of us from CCC met with business representatives at the Canby Business Roundtable discussing how the college can help meet their workforce needs.

Music Performance and Technology Garage Band Competition

My youngest son and I attended the MPT concert. The MPT students performed several songs by Fleetwood Mac and were quite impressive. I was blown away by the winners of the vocal and songwriting contests. Then the faculty put on a great show to close out the evening. Great work all around, and we really enjoyed it.

2019 Garage Band Competition poster

Students singing at the 2019 Music Performance Technology Festival

Expanded Options/Early College Recognition

The High School Partnership office put on a nice recognition for students participating in coursework on campus.

Tim with students participating in Early College Recognition

West Linn Rotary

RB Green accepted a $10,000 check for the Joanne Truesdell Military Family Scholarship Endowment from the West Linn Rotary. The Rotary held a Barn Dance during winter term and the scholarship fund was the primary beneficiary. This was a very generous from this service club.

RB Green speaking at the West Linn Rotary

AACC Conference

I spent a few days at the American Association of Community College's (AACC) annual conference in Orlando. AACC is the national organization for community colleges, and the conference is typically quite informative. I presented with Mt. Hood Community College President Lisa Skari and Columbia Gorge Community College President Marta Year-Cronin on the topic of preparing for a presidential search. We had a standing-room only crowd and it was a fun presentation.

Slideshow at AACC Conference

Tim speaking with Lisa Skari and Marta Year-Cronin at the AACC Conference

Nursing poster presentations

Our soon-to-be-graduating nursing students recently presented some of their learning during an open house at Harmony West. I was impressed with the quality of the poster presentations. Each group researched a prevailing health issue and did a fantastic job of explaining history, further research and potential solutions. The students were professional in the presentations of their work.

Tim with nursing students

Guitars!

Finally, I have to give a shout out to Casey Sims and his guitar project. The students in the video below were recently in the stairwell in Barlow Hall playing the guitar and singing. When I asked them if the acoustics were better in the stairwell they said yes but the stairs in McLoughlin were much better.

I love it when I stumble across students playing the guitars, it is truly one of the reasons that makes Clackamas a special place.

That's all for now, I look forward to seeing you at graduation.

With gratitude,

Tim