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PEOPLE AND PLACES: Hill named dean of instruction

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Paul Hill has been named dean of instruction and student development for the Extended Learning Campus and Southeast Center. In this role, Hill will work with Nan Poppe (ELC president) and the staff to develop and implement a plan to expand Southeast Center into a comprehensive campus."I want to thank Paul for his dedication and service to PCC as interim campus president for the Sylvania Campus," said PCC District President Preston Pulliams, who made it clear this wasn’t a new management position being created. "Paul’s leadership at Sylvania, and work on my Cabinet, has been a great help to me and service to PCC." The PCC Board will select an executive search firm to provide the college with a diverse pool of qualified candidates for the Sylvania Campus presidency. Pulliams would then appoint a committee to work with the search consultant. "I have asked Paul to continue to serve PCC as interim Sylvania Campus president until the search is completed and a new campus president is on staff," Pulliams added. The Trades and Industry department at the Cascade Campus invited the public to an open house on Friday, Jan. 6 in the Technology Education Building. Staff and faculty showcased hands-on lab training in facilities maintenance, HVAC/R, electrical and fiber optic programs. Attendees also learned about becoming a mentor, administering internships or providing a co-op training site.Mayik to discuss post war SudanThe Cascade Campus and the Portland Teachers Program are hosting speaker James Mayik at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Terrell Hall 122. It will be a unique opportunity for staff and faculty to learn about the challenges that face the people of Sudan. Mayik is from south Sudan and has experienced war and refugee camps first hand.Gondara wins alum award from Montana StateMontana State University at Billings awarded Brooke Gondara, Division Dean of Social Science at the Sylvania Campus, with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Gondara will be given the award in March at the university. Gondara, a high school drop out, was the first woman from the Northern Cheyenne Nation to earn an academic doctorate. She earned her GED from the state of Montana in 1990 and went on to receive a doctorate in education with an emphasis in community college leadership from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Native American studies from Montana State.Rhodes, fixture at SE Center for many years, passes awayJane Rhodes passed away on Jan. 7. Her battle with cancer forced her retirement from the Southeast Center Math Department approximately five years ago. "Rhodes struggled valiantly since that time, maintained her positive attitude, lived and died with grace and dignity," said Glenda Nelson, executive assistant to the campus president at Southeast Center. "She was a wonderful woman, a friend who will be dearly missed."Session helps staff manage their time betterFrom noon to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, staff can learn all about time-management strategies in the session, "Where Does the Time Go?" in Room 265 of the CC Building at the Sylvania Campus. Counselor Jackie Elliott will present strategies for improving academic performance and how to balance school, work, family, friends, and self.For more information, call 503-977-4626. Art galleries exhibiting new workThe Northview Gallery is featuring an exhibit of faculty art work until Feb. 3. Come and see what the art faculty at PCC has to offer. There will be a closing reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery, located in the CT Building, on Feb. 2.PCC District President Preston Pulliams enjoys a chat with Nan Poppe (right), Extended Learning Campus president, and Christine Chairsell, Vice President of academic and Student Affairs. They were attending a meeting of PCC presidents and local high school superintendents to discuss issues surrounding Senate Bill 300, which would allow eligible students to enroll in post-secondary courses for credit at eligible post-secondary institutions.At the Rock Creek Campus Gallery, the current painting exhibition is of artist Jeannine Edelblut’s "Doors of Perception." It will run until Jan. 28. Her work weaves together many of the ideas that have intrigued her for the last quarter-century, combining abstract imagery with her fascination for creating illusions of space and her penchant for color. The Rock Creek gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located in Building 3 of the Rock Creek Campus. Oliveros presents on life in The PhilippinesIn the Sylvania Campus Teaching Learning Center on Friday, Jan. 27, Multicultural Center Coordinator Claire Oliveros will discuss her study and volunteer work in The Philippines. The oppression in The Philippines doesn’t make our headlines, but Oliveros brings it to life for us between 2 and 3 p.m.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »