Founders' Week

May 14-19, 2012

Founders' Week

On May 15, the college celebrates the signing of the PCC Charter! Join us for a week-long slate of events honoring our core theme: Opportunity – Then, Now, and Always!

All Week

Watch for trivia contests and historic displays, and visit PCC's exhibit, "PCC: 50 Years of Education Revolution" at the Oregon History Museum. Admission to the museum is free for PCC students, staff, retirees and alumni all week long!

Monday, May 14 Founders' Week Kickoff

Start Founders' Week off right with a trip to the PCC Bookstore – select spirit gear is 50% off all week! Look around campus for free 50th anniversary buttons, pens and decals.

Tuesday, May 15 PCC Day

May 15 has been declared PCC Day by the Oregon Governor! Celebrate PCC Day and the signing of the college Charter by wearing your blue 50th Anniversary t-shirts and other PCC apparel. Show your PCC pride! Plus, join your campus for an ice cream social, hosted by ASPCC.

Ice cream socials will be held from 11am to 1pm, at the Borthwick Mall, Cascade; 11am to 1pm, Upper CC Mall, Sylvania; and 11:30am to 1:30pm, Building 3 Mall, Rock Creek.

Wednesday, May 16 Service Drive & Book Donation

Visit tables at each campus from 11am to 2pm to report any volunteering you have contributed throughout the year – it all helps us exceed our goal of 50,000 hours of community service in honor of the 50th Anniversary! Support the Children's Book Bank by donating gently-used or new children's books at any service table.

Thursday, May 17 Author Rebecca Skloot

PCC Reads presents national best-selling author and PCC Alum Rebecca Skloot as she returns to PCC to discuss her acclaimed book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Rebecca first learned about Henrietta Lacks in a PCC biology class. She will speak at two events: 10-11am at the Event Center, Building 9, Rock Creek Campus, and 6-7pm at the Slavic Church Emmanuel (2025 SE 82nd Ave.), adjacent to the Southeast Campus. At Rock Creek, Skloot will have a conversation with her former PCC biology instructor Don Defler, who first sparked her interest in “HeLa cells” and their namesake, Henrietta Lacks. In the evening, she will explore the book’s themes with students and faculty.

Transportation will be provided to the evening event from Cascade and Sylvania’s shuttle stops and return after the talk. At Sylvania, the shuttles will leave at 4:30pm. Two 60-seat buses will be available. The Cascade shuttle will leave at 5pm. It requires a reservation by emailing (limited space, first come, first served).

Friday, May 18 Presidents' Picnic

Join President Preston Pulliams in welcoming back five of PCC's past presidents at the Presidents' Picnic! ALL students, staff, retirees and alumni are invited to a 60's-priced, $2.00 BBQ lunch at Rock Creek Campus, from noon to 2pm. Hear from past presidents how PCC has grown and changed, enjoy live music and view the dedication of the PCC Unity Project – four, beautiful steel-and-glass large-scale sculptures commissioned for the college's anniversary, to be given to each PCC campus. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, May 19 PCC's 50th Anniversary Gala

The PCC Foundation invites you to a 1961-themed benefit gala event featuring dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment. Tickets are $125 per person, and proceeds support scholarships and programs that foster PCC student success. For more information, visit

If you have a disability that requires any special materials, services or assistance, please contact the Disabilities Services at least 72 hours prior to the event so we may arrange appropriate accommodations.