Founder's Week

PCC to celebrate third annual ‘Founders' Week,' May 12-17

Make way for Portland Community College to salute its history with the third annual Founders' Week, May 12-17, 2014!

The week offers faculty, staff, students, retirees and alums of Portland Community College the opportunity to share their pride in the college and its accomplishments in a mix of athletic and academic activities - as well as some that are simply pure fun!

Following is the event line-up, which will be regularly updated as details continue to be confirmed. An academic component to showcase the instructional expertise at PCC is new this year to Founders' Week. In campus-by-campus 'Light Bulb Lectures,' a handful of faculty has been tapped to share their 'best lecture' in approximately 15 minutes, round-table fashion ... complete with lightening fast questions-and-answers afterward!

In the event of questions, contact Kate Chester, public relations manager, at (971) 722-8233 or at Look forward to seeing you at many - perhaps all - of the festivities!

Monday, May 12

Panther Prowl

Formerly known as the 'Chicken Chase,' this fun run/walk has been renamed and serves to get Founders' Week off to a healthy start! The 1.75 mile walk/run will take place at the Sylvania Campus at 11am, with registration taking place from 10am to 11am in the Health Technology (HT) Building, lower mall.

Sylvania Light Bulb Lecture

  • Location: Science Technology (ST) 107
  • Time: Noon to 1:30pm
  • Presenters/Topics:
    • Gregg Meyer - 'FAKE-FREE MAGIC: Engineering in Action' (Engineering)
    • Carmen Thompson - 'African American History: From Pedagogy to Praxis' (History)

Tuesday, May 13

Cascade Light Bulb Lecture

  • Location: Moriarty Arts Auditorium
  • Time: 11:30am to 1pm
  • Presenters/Topics:
    • Monica Schneider - 'Happiness: The Connections and Disconnections' (Psychology)
    • Robert Victorino - 'Me and my EKG: What a Heart Attack is and How It is Identified and Treated by EMS' (Emergency Medical Services)
    • Hsaio-Yun Shotwell - 'Learning to Speak Mandarin: A Full-Immersion Introduction' (Chinese)

Wednesday, May 14

Rock Creek Light Bulb Lecture

  • Location: Building 9
  • Time: Noon to 1pm
  • Presenters/Topics:
    • Doug Byrd - 'American Democracy: Who's Running the Show?' (Political Science)
    • Russ Dunnington - 'LabVolt Virtual Hydraulic Trainer' (Diesel Technology)
    • Brad Martin - 'Climbing Wall: A Better View' (Physical Education)

Thursday, May 15

SEC Light Bulb Lecture

  • Location: Great Hall
  • Time: 1pm to 2:15pm
  • Presenters/Topics:
    • Lauren Kuhn - 'Profiling Successful PCC Students: Grit, Resilience, High Self-Efficacy and Discipline' (Psychology)
    • Matthew Funk - 'Function with Funk: The Key Characteristics of a Successful Math Student' (Mathematics)
    • Abdul Majidi - "Beyond the News: Understanding Islam" (Workforce Development)

PCC's birthday!

May 15 is PCC's official birthday! Celebrate at birthday parties featured at each of PCC's campuses that day - with food, fun and more!

  • Sylvania - College Center (CC) lower mall, around lunchtime
  • Cascade - Borthwick Mall, 11am to 1pm
  • Rock Creek - On the mall, 11:30am to 1pm, 'Best Hat Contest'
  • SEC - Campus Plaza, 12:45pm to 2pm

Friday, May 16

All-College Picnic

Faculty, staff, students, retirees and alumni are invited to this fun-filled lunch to celebrate the close of the academic year. The event will take place on the Borthwick Plaza at the Cascade Campus, from 11:30am to 2pm, complete with live music from Brownish Black, a free throw contest with members from the PCC men's and women's basketball teams, and more! Specials will be offered in the cafeteria for $5.75, in addition to complimentary dessert and drinks thanks to the PCC Foundation and Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC). Additionally, food carts - The Taco Pedaler and Taste of Lebanon/Sesame Donuts - will offer delicious cuisine, too! Those wearing PCC 'Spirit' gear - t-shirts, etc. - will receive a $3 raffle ticket to put toward the cost of your lunch. And an extra shuttle bus will be running between the Rock Creek and Cascade Campuses that day. For details about the shuttle, visit: PCC shuttles

Golf Tournament to benefit the Foundation

The tee-off of the PCC Spring Classic takes place at 3pm on Friday, May 16 at the 9-hole Colwood National Golf Course, with proceeds going to the PCC Foundation. For additional details and to register, visit the: Golf Classic website

Saturday, May 17

'An Evening for Opportunity' - British Invasion and Gala

The annual formal gala hosted by the PCC Foundation caps the 2014 Founders' Week! The event, which supports student scholarships and success programs at PCC, takes place at 5:30pm, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel (1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, 97201). Join President Jeremy Brown and approximately 500 community leaders and PCC supporters at the celebration! Tickets are $150; sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit the website for more information: Gala website


Diamond Alum Award winners

Profiles on this year's Diamond Alum Award winners will run each day of Founders' Week on the PCC website, with links to the 'Opportunities' microsite.

A double celebration with Art Beat

In a first this year, PCC's 27th annual Art Beat Festival coincides with Founders' Week! Set to take place Tuesday, May 13 through Thursday, May 15, Art Beat again features a host of activities at each of the campuses that celebrate the visual and performing arts. For more information on daily events, visit the: Art Beat website

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.