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As Clackamas Community College approaches its 50th Anniversary in 2016, we want to celebrate the people and events that connect CCC and our community. Please share this email with others who may be interested in CCC and the Foundation. 


In This Issue
An Evening by the Falls
Student Spotlight: Pake Benthin
Plaque unveiled at Clemans Garden
Graduation 2014
Golf Registrations
Newest Board Member: Sue Stein
Clackamas Rep
An Evening by the Falls celebrates 2013-2014
CCC President Joanne Truesdell and Foundation Board President Pam Bloom present Greg Wallwork with a plaque commemorating his 25 years of service to the CCC Foundation Board of Directors.


Foundation Board members, friends, and family gathered on Thursday, June 5 to celebrate the past year and look ahead to 2014-15. After enjoying appetizers and live music, outgoing President Pam Bloom conducted the business portion of the evening. 


In honor of his retirement, the Foundation Board recognized Greg Wallwork for his 25 years of committed service.  Pam Bloom introduced new Board members Ron Cutter, Jamie Damon, and Sue Stein.  The Board unanimously elected the 2014-15 Executive Committee. 


At the conclusion of a delicious dinner catered by The Bomber, guests heard from a scholarship recipient who shared his story about the impact the Foundation has on the lives of students. Pake Benthin's story is featured below. 


President Truesdell and Development Officer Vicki Smith announced five new endowments and unveiled the endowment plaques that will be displayed on campus.  

  • Josephine Hardaway Bynam Crenshaw Family Endowment
  • Michael and Alice Norris Family Endowment
  • Oak Grove Disposal Company Life Transitions Scholarship Endowment
  • John Percin Jt. Wildfire Fighting Scholarship Endowment
  • Dick and Carol Petrone Endowment

Each of these endowments benefits a different population of students and will be featured on our website,, or in an upcoming issue of this newsletter.


Click here to view photos of this event.

Pake Benthin strives to help others


Pake Benthin, a freshman at Clackamas Community College, had a tough time getting to CCC. Pake lives with learning difficulties that make school extra challenging. During his high school years at Molalla HS, he found amazing success in cross country and track, achieving two district titles and setting two school records.


Pake had no intention of pursuing college until he received recruiting calls from college track coaches. When he got the call from CCC coach Keoni McHone asking if he would run on the cross country and track teams, Pake's life took a new direction. Running has really sparked his interest in going to college, and motivated him to excel.


Pake was the recipient of an Inskeep Family Scholarship this year, which allowed him to focus more time on achieving good grades and on his athletic training.  


He told the audience, "Receiving the Inskeep Family Scholarship changed my life and helped me become the successful student and athlete I am today." Pake has maintained a 3.3 GPA and experienced two great running seasons.


The future for Pake is wide open. He is now setting his sights on being a coach and/or physical therapist.


"I would never have been at this point in my life without those telephone calls and the scholarship. CCC has been such a help and inspiration to me: I want to do the same for others someday."  


Plaque unveiled at Clemans Sculpture Garden


Foundation Board Members, CCC staff, and friends of the college are pictured next to a new plaque in the Chuck Clemans Memorial Sculpture Garden at CCC's Oregon City campus. The new plaque was unveiled on May 19. The sculpture garden features the work of several Northwest sculptors.

Joy of accomplishment shines at graduation
This year a record number of students donned cap and gown
to walk down the aisle at graduation.
Two graduation ceremonies happen every June at Clackamas Community College.  


On Thursday June 12, the college celebrated the graduation of students in the Adult High School Diploma and GED (General Educational Development) programs. The youngest student who participated was 14, and the oldest was 46. 


The graduation on Friday, June 13 recognized students earning degrees and certificates. The college awarded 1,428 certificates and degrees this spring, although not all students participate in graduation. The youngest graduate in Friday's ceremony was 16, and the oldest was 70. Eighty-one graduates earned a 4.0 GPA, and 381 students made honor roll with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.  


The college also recognizes an outstanding alumni and distinguished friends of the college at graduation. The outstanding alumni was Shilo Wittrock-Laccino, who overcame hardships to complete her transfer degree at CCC. She earned a bachelor and a master of social work at Portland State University and now works in her hometown of Molalla as a school social worker.


The college recognized the Miles Family of Miles Fiberglass and Composites as Distinguished Friends of the College. Lowell Miles, his daughter Lori Miles-Olund, and her son Alex Luchak accepted the award. The Miles family has a long history of support of CCC and the college Foundation. Three members of the family, Lori, Alex, and Stephanie, are CCC alumni. 

Changing Lives. Changing Communities.



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Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Director
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Golf Registrations
29th Annual Invitational 
Monday, July 21, 2014
10:30 am Check-in
1:00 pm Shotgun Start
Stone Creek Golf Club
Oregon City


Corporate Challenge
Monday, August 25, 2014
10:00 am Check-in
Noon Shotgun Start
Willamette Valley Country Club, Canby


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Sue Stein
The Foundation's newest Board Member


Sue Stein works alongside her father, Bob Stein, as Vice President of Stein Oil, a local company started in 1932. 


Sue has been a member of the President's Circle of the Foundation since 2010. She personally funds an annual scholarship in memory of her grandmother, Gladys Stein. Stein Oil has funded an honors/opportunity scholarship for the past 14 years.


Sue serves as a member of the Foundation's Scholarship Committee and a scholarship reader. She is an avid believer that education is the key to a brighter future.


Clackamas Rep
The Philadelphia Story

Presented by Clackamas Repertory Theatre

June 27 - July 20

The Osterman Theatre in The Niemeyer Center
CCC Oregon City Campus

Join Philly socialite Tracy Lords on the eve of her second wedding as she juggles her fianc´┐Ż, her ex-husband and a handsome visiting reporter who all vie for her attention. This mad-cap high society comedy will leave you happy and even a little romantic too.

For more information and/or purchase tickets, visit


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