The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, June 04, 1997, Page 5, Image 5

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    Maureen Jones z
Peggy Hess
Feature Editor
Feature Editor
Maureen Jones will be retiring
from her position as facility reser­
vations specialist as of June 30.
Jones has been at the college
since 1975, when she was a student.
After taking a few classes, she was
hired to work for the college in July
Working full time as the assistant
to the college president's secretary,
Jones found her job very stressful
with three children to take care of
at home.
So, she found a part-time posi­
tion working for the Clackamas
Print. She did the billing and many
other secretarial duties. Soon she
found herself
also working for
health center.
I love this
Eventually, she
was ready to try S/flCif so
full time again, so much, it's
working for the going to be
director of Com­ ; the hardest'
munity Services,
thing for the
Bill Hargadine.
She was a secre­ to leave.
tary as well as the
planner for com­
munity recre­
Hargadine be­
came a dean
Jones followed
him to become di­
vision secretary.
For 19 years Jones has always
done part of what she does now.
When Hargadine retired,'Jones
took over more of the department.
“I was pretty much responsible
for the facility scheduling and
event coordination,” Jones ex­
Jones’s current supervisor of
seven years is Gale Miller.
“I’m responsible for making sure
it happens. I’m part of the total
event,” Jones explains of her posi-
Cashier Peggy Hess will register
students this fall for the 92nd time
during her career at Clackamas.
Hess will work her last day on
September 30.
She has been employed at
Clackamas for almost 24 years.
Hess worked for almost 16 years
in the Registrar’s Office before
transferring to the cashier.
“I needed a change, I was ready
for a change,” Hess said.
has been employed
To date, Hess has been with the
for almost 24
college 23 full-time years, and one
and a half part-time years. Her 24
year anniversary will be November
They plan to spend a lot of time
17, just two months after she re­
in Nevada. They have relatives all
over the United States, so they will
“I started over in Clairmont build­
have a place to park their motor
ing with Terri Acker, keypunching,”
Hess explained.
The Hess’s would like to travel
Acker talked Hess into applying
for five years and see where it takes
for a position at the college.
them. If they do settle down, it will
"I was coerced into applying; I
probably be near Prineville.
had no intentions of coming back
Hess and her husband and her
to work full-time,” Hess
have been planning
their long trip for 10
Hess has witnessed
quite a few changes at
“When I started
Clackamas. Mainly, she
working here, they
$ TherG has '
has noticed how much the
didn’t realize that I was
to^be life
college has grown by size
dyslexic. The college
and the number of stu­
has only known about
it for the past nine
these walls
“I’ve seen a big change
years. The support that
in the students more than
I got from everybody
and I'm
anything,” she said. “I
was absolutely out­
going to
see a different attitude in
standing.,” she said.
find it.
the students that was not
Through people
their 25 years ago.”
learning she was dys­
Her favorite thing about
lexic, Hess was able to
working at the college is
help students with their
Peggy Hess
the commute to and from
dyslexia. She feels that
work. The total distance
is the most satisfaction
both ways is two miles.
she has in her job.
After her retirement,
“A lot of these
Hess and her husband,
students here in the
who is a third-year retiree waiting
last 23 years have been like my chil­
for his wife, will travel across the
dren, and they’ve come back to see
United States in their new motor
me and that’s been nice. I love the
contact with my students,” she
In order for the two to come home
occasionally, they are renting their
Some students will only register
home to their son and daughter-in
with Hess; they say she is their
good luck charm.
“One of our goals is I would like
Hess will be missed by the col­
to see every mall and casino in the
lege students and staff.
United States. Everybody and any­
“There has to be a life outside
body that knows me knows that
these walls, and I’m going to find
‘Peggy likes to gamble,’” Hess
it!” Hess said.
Maureen Jones has been
working for the college for 22
tion at the college.
Like others, Jones has seen many
changes at the college.
“I see women in higher positions,”
she explained. “Everything seems
to go full circle.”
She commented that a lot of the
college's departments and programs
have dissolved, and “computeriza­
tion is amazing from 10 years ago.”
Jones admits that she will miss the
“I love this place so much. It’s go­
ing to be the hardest thing for me to
leave,” she added.
Jones will have six months aftei
her retirement when she will work
part-time on a very light schedule.
After her retirement Jones hopes
to travel to New Zealand, take a
Mediterranean Cruise and participate
in the house-exchange program thal
will take her to England so she car
study her native country.
On the lighter side, she plans to
do some gardening, hiking, and
she’d like to spend some more time
with her grandchildren.
“I’ve made so many friends here, 1
just have a tremendous admiration
for all of them.”
Jones said all of her experiences
with the college have been positive,
“I’m sure I’ll be incredibly emo­
tional when it’s time to leave,” Jones
Bernie Nolan
Feature Editor
Bernie Nolan started at Clackamas
as a student and is now retiring 26
years later as a counselor.
Although Nolan is a counselor
now, she has also taught a variety of
classes including math, psychology
and reading. Nolan also helped de­
velop Psychology 142, the Personal
Development and College Success
course. For Nolan, the most enjoy­
able part of working at the college
was the teaching.
Nolan hopes to travel and be more
active with her grandchildren’s
schools. She also plans to reactivate
her massage therapist license.
Recently, Nolan's family was fea­
tured at the Trail's End Gallery in the
Trail's End Museum. The exhibit fea­
tured Nolan's great grandparents on
her mother's side who came to Or­
egon on the Oregon trail. Nolan also
wrote a chapter in the book Our
Proud Pair which tells of her family
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Richard Ramsperger
Feature Editor
Bernie Nolan has been with the
college for 26 years.
coming to Oregon.
She remembers the college as grow­
ing from trailers into a large campus
with a diverse student population and
class structure.
“The growth that I experienced as a
student is reflected over and over
again in the students I see,” said
Nolan. “That is the joy of CCC.”
Richard Ramsperger retiring af­
ter 26 years as an instructor in An­
thropology at Clackamas.
In addition to Anthropology,
Ramsperger also taught classes in
film studies which featured discus­
sions and lectures about different
film genres.
“He dearly loves teaching,” said
his wife, Sharon. “He has always
kept up in his field and has kept
his lectures up to date.”
One staff member said that former
students have described Ramsperger
as a “quietly enthusiastic instructor.”
The Ramspergers recently bought a
new home. Ramsperger plans to gar­
den and is currently landscaping the
The Ramspergers plan to travel to
Holland and Germany. They are also
thinking of travel to China, South
America and Indonesia.
“I’ll be
things I
want to
do when
I want to
- Sharon
The retirement reception honoring these faculty and staff members
will be held in the Randall Lobby on Wednesday, June 11 fom 2 to
3 p.m. Dessert and coffee will be served. Everyone is welcome to
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