The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, June 03, 1998, Page 6, Image 6

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TI he Q ac I< amas P rint
Retirees bid farewell to college
“Beihg in the Registrar’s Office has given me the opportunity to
look fa new waysto do business. I’ve seen barriers removed and
the whole mood change to finding ways fa students to succeed. I
love working with students—ithasbeena wonderful experience!”
/ Co-Editor-inChief ■
This is our tribute to this year’s retirees. These outstanding
individuals have put in years of time and effort to Clackamas.
Their smiling faces, knowledge and help will be remembered and
truly missed.
Carolyn Knutson has been the department chair for the fam­
ily/ human services department for 17 years. During her time at
Clackamas she has
also taught nutrition,
gerontology, food
service management
and coordinated vari­
ous grants for the
Family Resource
Center. Prior to the
Department Chair
position Knutson
took in 1981, she
worked part-time
from 1972-1976
teaching nutrition
and food service at
As for her own education, she graduated with he BS in Institu­
tional Administration from the University of Washington and con­
tinued on to earn her MS in Food: and Nutrition.
During her many years at Clackamas Knutson says that in some
ways nothing has changed.
“I started teaching in a trailer by Clairmont—a single wide—
and now I’m in a double-wide trailer by Randall,” she said.
“Clackamas has always been small and friendly and still is; we
just have more buildings, more students and more staff,” she added.
Now that Knutson has this new-found freedom from working,
she plans to travel to Sweden and Norway in July, do some hiking
in Oregon and Washington, visit her daughters in California, spend
a month in the winter in Hawaii and get serious about working out
and doing some nutrition counseling. As if that isn’t enough, she
also hopes to get involved in some volunteer activities. Of course,
Clackamas won’t be left behind; Knutson will be taking many
fond memories of the college with her.
“My memories will be of an organization that trusts the indi­
vidual to do what is needed to serve the student and the commu­
nity” she said. “People here work hard and put student needs
first The staff is what makes Clackamas a great place to work and
a great place for students,” she added.
Both of Knutson’s daughters attended Clackamas, and she feels
they received an excellent base for their future education.
“They had a lot of individual attention from excellent instruc­
tors,” she said. -<
Jacque Arellano has worked as a teacher in the math depart­
ment for 27 years.
Arellano earned her BA at Marylhurst College, and her MAT at
Reed College. She
also took classes at
University of Oregon
and Portland State
Arellano has
also seen changes
over her years at
Clackamas. “The
school has grown
quite a bit The first
year I was here
Barlow had been
open for only a short
- and
McLoughlin and
Randall were new. The campus has become much more attrac­
tive,” she said.
Arellano will take many memories of Clackamas with her.
“This has been a great place to teach. The people with whom
we work and the students here are beyond a doubt the best” she
Sue Manzella started working at the college in 1981 as the
drafting department secretary. Later she moved to department
secretary for math, English and computer science. Manzella has
waked as Assistant Registrar since 1987.
Manzella’s education consists of classes from Clackamas,
Willamette University, Portland State, Marylhurst and she earned
her BS in liberal studies at Eastern Oregon University.
Wednesday, June 3, 1998
Manzella said.
Now that she’s going to have a lot of extra time on her hands
Manzella plans to rest, catch up on reading and quilting, spend
time with her grandchildren and do some birdwatching and hiking
around her new home on the Sandy River.
Sue McCarty has waked as Instructor Assistant in the bush
ness department lab
for 16 years.
McCarty said
that while she was
earning her "MRS"
degree at Lewis and
Clark College she
added to the college and many programs have grown while others
have been eliminated.
The memories Hodges will take from Clackamas are of his
outstanding colleagues and supportive administration, but most
of all his teams. Hodges led the men’s and women’s cross country
and track teams to 22 NWAACC championships which is the
most by one coach in NWAACC history.
“In 1991-92 we won all five cross country and track titles in
one school year; it’s the first time it was ever done,’ ’ he said. ‘Then
we won all three
titles in 1992 cross
country to make it
eight in a row and to
not only win all five
in a calendar year as
was fortunate to meet
Betsy Crist is look­
ing forward to trav­
McCarty attended
eling and enjoying
Clackamas prior to
spending time with
that where she earned
her family after her
. . ..
retirement. Crist
her associate’s degree.
Clackamas has ; started working at Clackamas in 1983 in. CommunityEducation
definitely changed and since 1993 Crist has been waking at OATC to assist with
ova* the years.
open enrollment classes in Wilsonville, to work with Wilsonville
based businesses and to coordinate a project an curriculum known
‘We have grown both in size and structure. Clackamas Com­
munity College is continually improving and scoring goals that as Partnerships Fa Quality (P4Q).
Crist completed her associate’s degree at Colorado Women’s
build toward future success,” McCarty said.
McCarty and her husband plan to travel to Gettysburg to enjoy College, and earned her BS and MS at Portland State University.
some history at a Civil War enactment. They plan to work on
Throughout her 15 years at Clackamas Crist says that she has
projects around their mountain home, golf, spend time with fam-
seen many changes.
“Inside, outside, upside down. Ideas and people come and go.
ily and friends and do various outdoor activities.
“And of course w lives will continue to revolve around foot­
ball,” McCarty said of her retired husband's position as head foot-
ball coach fa Sandy High School.
McCarty will truly miss Clackamas.
“My position here at Clackamas was a responsible one which I
took very seriously. I do know that I will miss all of the special
friends, students and staff,” she said. “I will take with me a feeling
of accomplishment, success ¡and fulfillment I want to say a great
big thankyou” she added.
Carole Yatesjoined Clackamas in 1983 after spending 16years
at home raising her two boys. She started out as the Art Depart­
ment Secretary. She worked there for nine years and then moved
to her present job as division secretary fa the Arts, Humanities
and Social Sciences.
Yates has enjoyed arts and humanities classes at Clackamas,
and she hopes to return to the college as a student to take classes
that have captured her interest, such as Anthropology, Shakespeare
and Poetry.
“My greatest achievement, I believe, was learning a second
language. I found French to be a great challenge and an even
greater satisfaction,” Yates said.
Yates and her husband Ken plan to travel often with their fifth­
wheel trailer; they are eager to see some of the United States.
Yates also plans to volunteer for the Cultural Arts Committee and
the pARiy Committee, and practice her “long-neglected” skills at
the piano.
“It will be hard to find me without a book or a garden trowel in
my hand. I love to read and fa the past several years I have found
that every time I sit down with a book in the evening, my eyes
automatically close. Itwillbearealtreattobeabletoreadduring
the day (dr maybe a// day!) and to not be so tired,” Yates added.
Yates will miss Cackamas, especially the people.
“The very best memories I will take with me are the many,
many friends I have made here. Most especially the division sec­
retaries. What a wonderful group these ladies are. We have laughed
and cried-and supported each other through some really tough
times as our lives have changed and our positions have become
more and more complex. I will miss them, each One of them,
That’s life at CCC, and every where. It’s been fun to be a part of
helping people get where they want to go,” she said.
Crist and her husband, Rich, plan to participate in outdoor sports
and activities as much as possible during their free time.
“I will continue to volunteer work as a Court Appointed Spe­
cial Advocate for children who are wards of the court,” she added.
Crist will also be taking fond memories of Clackamas with her.
She remembers taking pottery from Nancy Travers and early
morning aerobics classes from Gayle O’Toole.
Wayne Wright will bid farewell to the physical science de­
partment after 32years. He has beenaphysical science and chem­
istry teacher, and occasionally math andphysics. When he started
he was the only full time teacha in the department so he was the
department chair fa a couple of years.
Wrigftt earned
his BA in Chemistry
at Brigham Young
University and his
MS in Physical
Chemistry at the Uni­
versity of Washing­
ton: He also took
various classes at
Weston Washington
and Portland State
During his
free time Wright
would like to teach
part time if he can, wok on web-based instruction materials and
wait fa his wife to retire in five years.
Wright has noticed some significant changes at Clackamas over
the years.
“From mud and potable buildings to water intrusion and por-
table buildings,” he said.
Wright is taking memories of Clackamas getting its first dona­
tion of the sod for our first lawn and originating the final schedule
that has tests more or less at the time of the classes.
more than I can express,” she said. '
Mike Hodges has been the assistant track and cross country
coach for the past year. He has also worked with High School
Relations. For 11 years prior to this year Hodges was the track
and crass country head coach. Ova his 12 years at Clackamas
Hodges has also been Athletics Department Chair, Northwest
Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) com-
missioner and Sports Information Director. j
Hodges attended the University of Oregon where he earned his
BS and MS in Physical Education and Health.
According to Hodges, ova the years the student body has grown
consistently, new buildings have been built, older buildings have
been remodeled, Harmony and Wilsonville campuses have been
These retirees have made a difference at Clackamas and they
will truly be missed. The Print regrets that we couldn’t include all
of the retirees in this special tribute. Several people retired earlier
in the year who were not available for interviews or photos at this
The following people woe not profiled above and are retiring
or have retired this year: Jim Davis, Mike Kepler, Janet Kondo,
Dale McGriff, John Orelle, Mary Pat Moty, Pat Reinert and Ton
There will be a retirement reception held Wednesday, June 10
from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Gregory Forum.
Good luck and thank you to all of the retirees from the Clacka­
mas Print.