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Rock Creek Campus has big plans for its 40th anniversary

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Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus 40th birthday celebration was officially launched during the campus In-Service on Sept. 20. Even Zippy the Drone made an appearance by capturing faculty and staff on the lawn in front of Building 7 spelling out the birthday year (see photo!). The campus will spend the next 12 months celebrating its history.

“We are still working on the details,” said Rock Creek’s Community Relations Manager Janis Nichols. “But the basic outline is in place. We want to use the birthday year to celebrate our history, the end of the 2008 bond construction, and the introduction of new spaces that benefit our students.”img088

Here are the events:
September – At In-Service, Rock Creek faculty and staff were asked to donate 40 items of food to the Food Pantry in the Women’s Resource center and they were asked to go online to pledge 40 hours of community service on or off campus. Participants have until next June to fulfill their pledges.

October – The ASPCC-sponsored Harvest Festival, in partnership with the Learning Garden, will provide 400 free pumpkins to festival guests 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.

November – The Women’s Resource Center and ASPCC will prepare 40 Thanksgiving baskets for Rock Creek student families.

December – The annual Rock Creek $25 art show and free holiday concert will celebrate the new Helzer Gallery in Building 3 on Dec. 6.

January – Washington County Museum will open the Rock Creek History Exhibit on Jan. 20 and on Jan. 18 the MLK Day of Service and the “Life & Legacy of MLK” concert is set for 7:30 pm in the Forum in Building 3.

March/April – Rock Creek student and staff artists can submit their art work for a juried selection. Forty art pieces will be exhibited in the Helzer Gallery beginning in May. (Art faculty are not eligible to participate).

May – On May 3, the grand opening of the “40 For 40” art exhibit at the Helzer Gallery from 5 to 6 p.m. Reception and entertainment in the foyer of Building 3 followed by the Brazilian Concert in the Forum at 7 p.m.

June – The campus will announce the results of both the Food Pantry drive and the online pledges of community service during the annual end-of-the-year picnic for Rock Creek faculty and staff.

July – Learning Garden event (TBD).

August – PCC Night at the Hops to include the 40th finale (TBD).

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Director of Public Relations at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic... more »