Recent Rock Creek Happenings

By Bridge Staff|April 6, 2016News, Rock Creek|

Campus President Sandra Fowler Hill Reports:

  • Thanks to Anne LaSenne and David Sandrock for leading the application for Portland Community College to be recognized by Tree Campus USA. Created by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota, the honor recognizes PCC’s exemplary commitment to the selection, protection and sustainable management of the thousands of trees that enrich its 1,500 square-mile footprint. A formal Tree Campus USA award was presented today and the Tree Campus flag is flying over Rock Creek. For more information about the program, please visit
  • Heating ventilation and air conditioning system upgrades in Buildings 2, 7 and 9 at Rock Creek resulted in the awarding of a check on March 18 for $19,800 from Energy Trust of Oregon.  It was a great finish to the first year of the Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program and it set the bar for future endeavors. The $56,000 in avoided utility costs at Rock Creek, measured against weather-corrected baseline data, were recorded between September 2014 and September 2015 and focused on mechanical fine tuning. The winning team includes Laura Ward, district energy manager, Briar Schoon, district sustainability manager, Elaine Cole, Rock Creek sustainability coordinator, Mitch Kilgore, Rock Creek associate maintenance manager and Doug Jay, maintenance technician at Rock Creek. 
  • Rock Creek hosted 30 high school students on March 23 as part of the SEMI High Tech U science workshop. Focused primarily on microelectronics, the program “provides secondary school students with an intensive three/four day, industry-led introduction to the high tech industry, potential career paths and education requirements to meet their goals.”
  • The March 5 Women in Science Day, sponsored by SOLVE, drew approximately 150 girls from area schools to Rock Creek Campus as well as several representatives from local tech industries. Students participated in round-table discussions with women scientists and had the opportunity to plant native plant species in the Rock Creek Environmental Science Center.
  • The PCC Rock Creek Chorus traveled to Seattle March 30 to April 2 to attend the 2016 Emerald City Choral Festival. This is the first such trip for the Rock Creek Chorus. Students sang with a large professional orchestra in an ensemble of 200 other singers from various choirs from across the country. The Rock Creek Chorus is under the direction of Pollyanna Hancock-Moody.  
  • On March 10 Rock Creek and the Bond Office hosted a Washington County mandatory neighborhood meeting to give campus neighbors an opportunity to discuss the construction of the farm custodian’s residence at the west end of campus. Guests included Washington County Commissioner Greg Malinowski and CPO7 officer Martha Moyer.
  • Approximately 20 members of the PCC Advancement Team joined Rock Creek campus leaders and students April 1 for a day of tours, a student-led lunch discussion and a presentation by Christian Kaylor, workforce economist for the Oregon Employment Department. He provided data analysis relating to the Portland economy and discussed Columbia and Washington County manufacturing trends. 
  • Are you wondering how to dispose of those dead batteries? You can recycle them in Building 5, Room 112 at the Recreation Center checkout desk – (AA, AAA, hearing aid, or any “small batteries”). Look for the small, white bucket on the counter.
  • Overall, the district enrollment is down 8.2% from last Spring. Rock Creek’s enrollment the 2nd day of week 2 was 1,948.08 FTE’s (-5.1% from Spring 2015).
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