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  ecently, I found myself on MHCC’s Web page and I was struck by the phrase “be your dream.” The Mt. Hood Community College Foundation Board, through its hard work, never ending generosity and the generosity of many donors, has changed the lives of countless students by helping them to be their dreams. I have been honored and privileged to serve as the Foundation Board President for the 2008 / 2009 year. But I am most proud and fortunate to have been a student at MHCC. Many years ago this College changed my life and started me on an educational journey that allowed me to live and be my dreams.


reetings! The Mt. Hood Community College Foundation annual report represents the commitment and hard work of many people who believe that MHCC plays a vital role in our community. We appreciate the dedication of all those who volunteer their time and resources to assist MHCC’s students and employees.  

This report highlights the importance of your role as donors and friends of the College and our Foundation and we want to thank you for all that you have done to contribute to our successful year.


  s your new Foundation Executive Director and Vice President for College Advancement, I am thrilled to be part of a community that is so supportive of our strategic plans to transform lives and build communities. Many thanks to all of you: our dedicated donors, board members, patrons and supporters of the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation. Whether you attended the MHCC Foundation auction, made a scholarship gift in support of the Miller Scholarship Challenge, attended a play, concert or event on campus or interacted with any of our talented students, faculty and

MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE foundation 2008–2009 annual report


The 2008–2009 year was a success in spite of a challenging economy. One of the many highlights of the year was our largest fundraiser, the annual auction and dinner. Over 450 guests enjoyed a wonderful evening benefiting MHCC students. Thanks to the many sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers, $149,000 was generated. This year brought a new president to the College. John J. “Ski” Sygielski has infused the College with his boundless energy and leadership. His attention to the Foundation has been appreciated. The Foundation has begun implementing new ideas that will allow it to be a more effective fundraising organization.

I look forward to working with my fellow Foundation Board members, “Ski,” the College employees, and leadership in the coming year to find more ways to help the students and employees of MHCC to accomplish their dreams. Warmest regards,

Ronald W. Gullberg, class of ‘72 MHCC Foundation President

At the same time the economy continues to challenge non-profits, educational institutions, and state agencies, MHCC is experiencing more and more demand from students in all aspects. Our College community has established three key goals as part of our strategic plan: Teaching and Learning, Community Engagement and Resource Development. Hiring Cassie McVeety as our first ever Executive Director of the MHCC Foundation was a major step in supporting our plans to develop new funding opportunities — and we look forward to your ongoing investment and involvement to make all of

our goals come to fruition as we serve more students than ever before.

staff, we appreciate all that you do for MHCC! I am especially grateful to Brenda Brady for the incredible role she played this year as Interim Director of College Advancement.

therefore we received a matching contribution from the Miller Foundation, allowing us to serve more of our students in need.

While 2008–2009 was a great year in terms of our Foundation mission, we hope that 2009– 2010 will bring us even greater investments in our students, faculty and programs. The Foundation was also fortunate to participate in the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation challenge grant scholarship program. Because of the generosity of donors like you, more than $106,000 in scholarship funds was raised and

Thank you for your passionate support of education and for helping make our students’ dreams come true! With your support, we will continue to build on our successes. Sincerely,

John J. “Ski” Sygielski MHCC President

I sincerely thank you for your support and I invite you to continue to invest, engage and connect with us as we build a very bright future for our students and our community.

Cassie S. McVeety Vice President for College Advancement & Executive Director, MHCC Foundation

generous donors making dreams a reality for mhcc students The following individuals, businesses and foundations provided gifts in support of MHCC students between July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009. If we overlooked a name or made an error, please let us know by calling 503-491-6944. Presidential Summit Club $1,000 and above American Association of Women in Community Colleges Lori Aus Autzen Foundation The Boeing Company Fred & Brandace Bruning Bullivant Houser Bailey, PC Jim & Mickie Bybee Ernie Cadman The Center for Men’s & Women’s Urology CenterCal Properties, LLC Chartwells Chrysler Foundation Clackamas County Bank Flyfishing Arts & Conservation Society Larkin Franks William R. Grace James R. Graybill Ron & Ann Gullberg Henry Lea Hillman Foundation G. Adolf Hertrich HM3 Energy, Inc. Stan & Ann Hymel J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Trust Juan Young Trust KeyBank Foundation Mark & Kathy Kralj Pete Lorain & Jan Burgess US Charitable Gift Trust / Martin Memorial Foundation MBank Roger & Sonya Lea McDowell Mersereau & Shannon, LLP Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association Micro Giving, Inc. Mt. Hood Community College Administrators Association Mt. Hood Community College Classified Association Mt. Hood Community College Faculty Association Neighborhood Saints of Mt. Hood Community College Northwest Fish Culture Conference Northwest Motorsports Association NW Health Foundation ON Semiconductor Oregon Community Foundation / John & Betty Gray Oregon Funeral Directors Association PacifiCorp Pepsi

Portland General Electric Dr. Shammai & Theresa Rockove Beverly Russell Edna Jean Russell Tamara Russell Cordelia Sayler SCI Oregon Funeral Services Zaryab Sheikh Duke & Laura Shepard Dave & Tricia Shields Steven Storla Suburban Auto Group John J. “Ski” Sygielski Talbot Korvola & Warwick, LLP Michael & Anna Mae Tichy Trust Management Services Vanport International Verizon Karyn Vincent West Coast Bank Jan & Leann Weston Weston Pontiac Buick GMC KIA Wintz Family Foundation Ralph & Laurie Yates BJ & JoAnn Zahn

Alpine Associates Club $500 to $999 Joan Albertson Ameriprise Financial Brenda Brady BREMIK Construction Tim & Monica Brunner Kurt & Kristine Bruun Cascadia Foundation Peter Conklin & Kathy Clevenger Marc & Elizabeth Davidson Dignity Memorial/Bateman Carol Funeral Home Eagle Financial Group Enterprise Rent A Car Express Personnel Services Dale & Pat Fiedler Doug & Vicky Freeman Deborah Frick Brad & Kitty Fudge Mark & Janet Garber Richard Grace Gresham Sanitary Service Inc. Gary Grimes Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center Patricia McGaffigan Microchip Technology Inc. Mt. Hood Linen Supply Inc. Linda Neumann NW Natural Pacific Crest Construction Brent & Deanie Parry Jane Patterson

R.W. Gullberg Consulting, LLC Elizabeth Sammons Wendy Schissel Evelyn Schmidt Deanna Spooner Sundstrom Marie Squires Marshall Tuttle US Bank Charitable Services Group / Governmental Banking USI Northwest Joe & Wendy Vondrak Ron & Marilyn Zook

Chalet Club $250 to $499 Larry & Pam Amato Gale Blessing Susan Brady Daryle Broadsword Courtesy Ford Mike Czajka Dawson Media Group, LLC Michael & Christi Dillon Michael & Kathy Finnigan Brian & Annette Freeman Kim Freeman William & Catherine Grace Marlene Haldors Ken & Patti Hallgren Greg & Sue Handy Kimberly Hutchinson June Jacobs Jerry & Nancy Jaksich Larry & Suzy Krasky Eugene & Patsy Lee Linnie Carter & Associates, LLC Kay Lopez Patricia Martin Robin McGregor Norma ‘Gussie’ McRobert Greg Mettler Paul Molino Sheri Mosher Mt. Hood Community College Supervisors Association Barbara Nydegger Marvin & Dorothy Ogle Oregon Public Broadcasting Michael Patrick Steve Perrault Judith Poutasse Todd & Peggy Sloan Joseph & Patrica Spooner Mardella Stevens Teresa Tong Eric Tschuy Umpqua Bank Jeffrey & Jaylene Von Allmen Sarah Watts

Cascade Circle Club $125 to $249 Leslie Allen Bandcroft Attrell’s S.C.C., Inc. Funeral Home Axis Design Group Lawrence Baker Leisa Beck Tom Bennett Frank Brown Daniel Bunnell Suzanne Byers-Connon Jennifer Cahill Jane Cedar Betty Chisum John Cleary Coleman Mortuary, Inc. Larry Duncan George Rich Duval Rich & Gail Egner, Jr Charmagne Ehrenhaus Lorianne Fiedler Jeff Forbis Geoffrey Gibor Katherine Goodwin Edward Hershey Paul Hill Lynn Horn Barbara Howell Elizabeth Johnson Paul Karczag Sunny Klever Ralph & Judy Krussow Steven & Mary Sue Macy Glen Milligan Henry & Eulia Mishima Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson Senator Rod Monroe Bob Morris Michael Myers Cherilyn Nederhiser K’lynn Ogle Kim Patterson Tom Perrick Leo Pillifant Mike & Joan Porter Leslie Radke Robert Rockwell Michael & Jill Russell Paul & Dian Schaffran Pam Shields Nancy Siegel Al Sigala Juanita Syron Nancy Szofran Bob & Charlene Thompson Mike Tilden Kathy Toynbee Jeanette Wagner Allan Warman

Maureen Westphal MarCia Whitfield Sharon Wiley Sara Williams Delores Wilson

Friends of the Mountain up to $124 John Aas Brianna Aliabadi John Allan Patricia Allen Andreason’s Cremation & Burial Services Jim & Barbara Andrews Kimberly Applin Janet Arenz Jamie Autry Bill Bailey Dawn Barberis David Barlow Sue Barokas Geraldine Barra Mary Kay Bean Nicki Belnap Aurora Benenati Pam Benjamin Donald Bilyeu Regina Blake Christine Bloome Sherri Lynn Bottari Rhonda Brandeberry Clifford Brock Jack Brook Robert Buroker Cathi Bushaw Mike & Renee Bybee Andrew & Rina Byrne Richard & Francine Cach Ken Cahill Michael Callaghan Celia Carlson Tom Carter Patrick Casey George & Suzanne Casterline Jane Cease Deseri Cerruti Marcus Christopher Terry Ciecko Laurie Clarke Michael Cline Paula Cline Jim Coats Elizabeth Cohen Columbia Funeral Home, Inc. Columbian Garden Club Irene Cook Bob & Betsy Costi Tim Courtis

Shannon Creel

“I was so excited

when it was announced during the GED graduation ceremony I had received the Foundation scholarship. I probably wouldn’t have been able to go to college without it. It showed me someone believed in me. It motivated me to work hard in school and for the first time, I have a 4.0 grade point average.” Shannon Creel

MHCC Outdoor Recreation program GED Scholarship Recipient


MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE foundation 2008–2009 annual report

Catherine Curtis Kornelijs Dale Lynn D’Angelo Joe Davis Lawrence Dawkins Philip Dean Gary DeRoest Gary Desrochers Cynthia Dettman Donald Devore Joan DeYoung Christi Dobson Jennifer Duquette Ed’s House of Gems Ludmilla Ellis Cheryl Faust Dave Favreault & Dawn Forrester Doug Ferrin Lynn & Lynne Flanders Ronald Foreman-Kinder Jack Foster Carol Foster Nancy Fox Ethlyn Fromme Jeremy Geschwind Joan Gilbert Lawrence Gilius Mary Girsch Mike Greenslade Gresham Ford Sherrill Grimes Judith Hadley Cameron Hamilton Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home Inc. Todd Hanna Jeremy & Krista Hardwick Gail Hare

Cynthia Harnly Daryl Harrison Carson Jeffry Hathaway Lanny Hawley Janice Hayslip Bryce Helgerson Janice Hellyer June Herd Karen Herrala George Hicks Deborah Higa Tony Hill Polly Hobbs Jarrod Hogue Kathryn Holt James Huguet Ursula Irwin Bonnie Jepsen Peggy Johansen Phillip Johanson Russell Johnson Susan Jones Alan & Linda Jones Arlene Jurgens Steve Justus Chris & Jen Kelly Thomas Kent Linda Kirby KJK Trust Gerald Kohler Robert & Dorothy Krofft Governor Theodore Kulongoski Joanne Lancaster Linda Larson Marcella Lee Arlene Lemieux Brian & Michelle Lessler

Betty Pritchett Light Clinton Locey Juanita Loveland Cindy Luebbers Debbie Lynne Margaret Maas Mike & Jane Mace Judith Mahoney Christina Maier Malcom’s Funeral Home Eric Manarang Keith Maneval Joseph Marquess Jere Marrs Gregory Martenson Marsha Martin Jolie Massey Matthews Mortuary, Inc. Jeff & Annette Mattison Martha Mattus Michael McAfee Theresa McAreavy Bianca McCarthy David McCarthy Malcolm McCord Gail McCowen Mike & Diane McKeel Sheila McQueen Marilyn McVey Suzette Meyer Jack Miller Joyce Miller Sandy Miller Mike Molsom Elizabeth Morse Mt. Hood Community College Head Start Employees

Mt. Hood Community College Part Time Faculty Mt. Hood Community College Steps to Success Employees Mt. Hood Community College WorkSource / Maywood Park Campus Gary Murph Tom & Mary Nemmert Carol Nielsen-Hood Scott Norton Gary Novak Margery O’Brien Suzanne O’Halloran-Richard May Oka Antonio Paez Bob Paine Anthony Palermini Lila Palmiter Nancy Park Rod Park & Joy Guidry Wendy Patton Nelson Paynter Kristin Pearson Brad Perry Larry & Mary Zoe Petersen Diane Peterson Marilyn Peterson Ma Phiengsay Pamela Polito Timothy Polly Judith Pomeroy Portland Cremation Center Julie Ramos Holly Rasmussen Mary Redfield David Reilley

Patricia Reinke Mika Roberts David Roberts Linda Robinson Diana Rosvall Kari Rothi David & Phyillis Saks Nirandone Sanethavong Cecilia Sattergren Douglas & Judy Sawtell Brinkley Schedeen Tony Schedeen Ted Scheinman Fred Schnell Dan & Lori Schofield John Schommer Cynthia Sellers Doug & Pat Sharp Reiko Sherlock Walter Shriner Terry Siedelman Cherie Siegmund Susan Smith Mary Anne Snow Dennis & Gale Spencer Jonathan Spindor Rebecca St. Clair Maxine Stannard Steve & Janet Stevens John Strauss Jody Sullivan Mary Ellen Summer John Swank Anne Sweet Janice Sweet Valerie Tadda Judy Terry Phyllis Thiemann

lifetime giving In grateful recognition of total lifetime gifts to the College and Foundation through June 30, 2009. Thank you! For the complete lifetime giving list please visit Summit

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$250,000 and above

$100,000 to $249,999

Allen Charitable Remainder Unitrust Fred & Brandace Bruning Chrysler Corporation Erickson Charitable Remainder Unitrust Ford Motor Company Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc. LSI Logic Corporation Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz Myrtle McKercher Charitable Remainder Unitrust

Estate of Susan Fry Don & Lois Grufke Adolf Hertrich John Malcom Charitable Remainder Unitrust K & L West Charitable Remainder Unitrust Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association MHCC Employees Raymond & Vivian Murhammer Edward & Helen Nelson Larry & Mary Zoe Petersen

Progressive System Technologies, Inc. Rodney T. & Ruth Robinson Weston Pontiac-Buick-GMC

Glacier $50,000 to $99,999

The Boeing Company Estate of Evelyn Humphreys J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Trust Neighborhood Saints of Mt. Hood Community College Northwest Motorsport Association Oregon Community Foundation / John & Betty Gray Fund

Soroptimist International of Gresham Soroptimist International of Portland-East Verizon WordPerfect Corporation

Timberline $25,000 to $49,999

Asyst Technologies, Inc. Boyd Coffee Company Raymond & Betty Chaney Estate of Richard O. Fimmel MacKenzie Ford W.R. “Bill” Grace Family H.W. Metal Products, Inc. Juan Young Trust Peggy Kilburn Morey

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Marion Lord Roger & Sonya Lea McDowell MHCC Associated Student Government MHCC Chapter of AAWCC Neal & Ella Miller Hiroshi Morihara / Mary McSwain M.W. Unitrust PacifiCorp Pyramid Technologies Ron Ricciardi Spirit Mountain Community Foundation Steve Martin Management Company Wells Fargo Foundation

– Winston Churchill

My Tran Debbie Van Dover Douglas & Ann Van Fleet Janet Van Fleet Laura Van Fleet Lucy Van Kirk Thomas Vogelpohl Norman & Marie Wachlin Mary Wales Doug & Diane Walker Roger Wallis Mark & Sue Walter Brant Ward Alison Warr Jenny Weller Welpland Insurance Supermarket / Richard & Sharon Garrick Barbara Wennig Jack Wheeler Edward Whitaker Bill & Barbara White Ellen White Spencer White Laura Whiting Carole Wickham Renee Willer Robert & Karen Williams Robert Wilson Larry Wise Suzann Woodrow David Wright Sarah Wright Pat Young Laura Zalent Rick Zimmer

Memorial & Honorary Donations These donors made gifts in honor or in memory of someone special. In Memory of Alex Anderson Mary Anderson In memory of Shirley Labinowicz Ed Labinowicz In Honor of Gerald W. Sayler, Class of ‘77 Cordelia M. Sayler In Memory of Brinkley Schedeen Ron & Shirley Carlson Scenic Fruit Company / Maridean Eisele In Memory of Joan Stovall Richard Bolesta James Bowness Jay Collins Columbia Willamette Chapter American Society of Safety Engineers Char Dolan Martha Jurick Javid Mohtasham Melinda Morris Cherilyn Nederhiser Gary & Anne Olson Karen Reynolds Santa Clara County Office of the Clerk James Schutten Tom Worcester

in-kind donations to the college Gifts of materials, equipment and supplies generously given from July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009. Albertsons Grocery Store Ruth Babbitt Best Buy Big Apple Pizzeria Gale Blessing Mike and Janice Bolt Burgerville Kimberly Clark Mary Ellen Churchill Coffee’s On Espresso Bar Court Carrier Steve Davis Desert Sun Tanning Salon Scott & Kate Eakman Angela Fowlks Fred Meyer, Gresham Mike Galloway Evelyn Grubb Paul Hill Brenda Houchen Marti Jurick

Kimberly Clark Co. Julia Longbrake Main Street Ale House Robert & Lela McCall Wendy Patton Camille Piersall Karen Reynolds Beverly Russell Linda Saroni Don & Mary Smith Theresa Snyder Don Sprague Starbucks Coffee Company Steven Storla Marshall Tuttle Wireless Toyz Tom Worcester Pat Young

jack malcom leaves a legacy


  n 1953, “Jack“ Perry Malcom opened Flowers by Malcom and for 47 years he provided flowers and bouquets for anniversaries, birthdays, funerals and weddings in the Gresham community. He also taught at Mt. Hood Community College and enjoyed sharing his knowledge by teaching floristry classes at the college. “Jack loved MHCC and he worked closely with Betty Schedeen in establishing the College and he always stayed connected,” said Rich Egner MHCC Foundation board member.

Jack Malcom

Malcom thought so highly of MHCC and the value of education that he included the College in his estate planning.

A few years ago, Malcom was thinking of selling a piece of property he owned in Lincoln City, but he was concerned about paying the high capital gains tax. The MHCC Foundation offered a way for Malcom to avoid the capital gains tax and provide him with annual income on the proceeds from the sale of the property. Malcom opened the charitable remainder unitrust and could have chosen to have a fund manager oversee the investment; instead, he chose to manage the account himself. The invested profits from the sale of the property produced an 8 percent annual return. Malcom received an income, a tax deduction and only paid taxes on the interest and not the capital. In addition, he received the satisfaction of helping the College he so loved. “Upon his passing in June 2009, the Foundation became the owner of the account,” Egner said. Malcom also had a small IRA and directed it to be added to the charitable trust. The Foundation will establish an endowed scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts with the proceeds of the trust serving as a lasting tribute in memory of Jack Malcom.

Jack Malcom Photo Courtesy the Gresham Outlook

is a charitable remainder trust right for you? Q: What is a charitable remainder trust? A: It is a trust in which cash, securities or other assets are

Q: Who can receive the income from a trust? A: The primary account holder and / or another

irrevocably placed to provide a specified income—usually for life.When the trust ends, the assets in the trust passes to a qualified organization such as the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation.There are many types of charitable trusts, including a charitable remainder annuity trust (CRAT), a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) and a charitable lead trust.

recipient. In certain cases there may be more than two income recipients.

Q: What is the difference between a charitable remainder annuity trust, a charitable remainder unitrust and a charitable lead trust? A: Both the CRUT and CRAT provide payments to one

Q: Is there a charitable income tax deduction? A: Yes, there is a charitable income tax deduction in

or more individuals for life or for a period of years, with the principal passing to the designated charity. The CRAT provides a fixed dollar amount equal to at least 5 percent of the value of the assets placed in the trust and the interest is paid to the income beneficiary. The CRUT, instead of paying a specific dollar amount to the income beneficiary provides that a specific percentage (minimum 5 percent) of the value of the property in trust be paid annually. If the value of the trust increases, the payout will increase. Decreases are also possible. A lead trust enables the non-profit beneficiary to receive distributions during the term of the trust. Upon termination of the trust, the remainder of the trust assets are paid to the donor or other beneficiaries designated by the donor.

Q: How much income can be generated from a trust? A: That depends upon what rate of payment was selected

when the trust was funded, age of the recipient and other factors. Donors of lifetime trusts typically specify a 5-8 percent trust payment. If the CRUT assets appreciate, then the income recipients will receive more. Conversely, if the assets decline in value in a given year, there will be less income paid from the trust in that year. If a CRUT does not earn enough in a given year to make the payment, then the trustee would utilize trust assets toward the payment.

Q: How long does a charitable remainder trust last? A: Some trusts provide lifetime income to one or more

Q: How old do the income recipients need to be? A: Generally, recipients of lifetime income should be at

least 50 years of age when income begins.

the year the trust is funded for a portion of the amount used to fund the trust. A donor who is unable to use the entire deduction in one year may carry the remaining amount forward for up to five additional years.

Q: Can additional money be added to the trust from time to time? A: Yes, but only to a charitable remainder unitrust (not

an annuity trust). A portion of each addition may qualify for additional charitable income tax deduction depending on the situation.

Q: What amount is necessary to fund a trust? A: Trusts are typically funded with a minimum of

$100,000, but the MHCC Foundation has many programs available for estate planning. While the CRUT, CRAT and charitable lead trust are the most common types of trusts there are many other types of trusts available that can be tailor-made to fit the particular needs of the donor. NOTE: This Q&A is for illustrative purposes only and is not meant to constitute tax advice. For more information, about establishing a charitable remainder trust or making other donations to the MHCC Foundation contact Cassie McVeety, executive director, at 503-491-7204, or Cassie.

recipients or for a specified period. The trust ends when all life-income recipients have passed away or the terms of the trust are complete. Then the remaining trust assets are given to the designated charity.


MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE foundation 2008–2009 annual report

mardi gras party and auction benefits students


  hanks to the donors, volunteers, board members, auction attendees and generous sponsorships the Foundation’s annual dinner and auction successfully generated more than $149,000. Beads, feathered masks and velvet costumes were abundant at the Mardi Grasthemed event titled “Unmask the Potential.” Attendees bid on a variety of auction items while being entertained with New Orleans-style jazz music performed by the MHCC Jazz Band. MHCC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski was master of ceremonies for the evening and kept the auction lively and fun for all. Trips to Africa, Italy, New Orleans and Orlando were just a few of the wonderful items offered during the live auction. Joshua Ray, a veteran of the Iraqi war, received a standing ovation from

the audience for his powerful speech on how MHCC changed his life and gave him the tools to make positive changes in his life. MHCC student Tatiana Bondarchuk and Nallely Gonzalez also shared their life stories and thanked the donors for their contributions. The Foundation thanks the presenting sponsor, Weston Dealerships, as well as all the other sponsors and donors listed below for their support and assistance. Join us for the 2010 auction to be held Saturday, May 1, at the Portland Waterfront Marriott. The garden theme “Seed our Future ~ Help us Grow” will be as unique and lively as last year’s Mardi Gras party. Please contact Sunny Klever at 503-491-7206, or e-mail, if you would like to be a sponsor or donor for the 2010 auction.

thank you to our generous auction sponsors and donors Presenting Sponsor

Major Sponsors Clackamas County Bank Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP The Outlook Vanport Manufacturing West Coast Bank

Additional Sponsors The Boeing Company Bullivant Houser Bailey PC The Center for Men’s & Women’s Urology, LLC. Enterprise Rent A Car Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center MHCC Administrators Association MHCC Classified Employees Association MHCC Faculty Association Mersereau Shannon LLP Portland General Electric R. W. Gullberg Consulting, LLC / NW Natural Suburban Auto Group Umpqua Bank US Bank Charitable Services Group / Governmental Banking Verizon

(Top) MHCC President Ski (left) Shelly Hamann, auction committee member and Sandy Miller, auction chair, check out the handmade glass Mardi Gras masks donated for the auction. (Bottom) Representing the presenting sponsor, Jan Weston addresses the crowd. MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE foundation 2008–2009 annual report


Donors Betty Chisum Sale Accent Verticals, Inc. Accents of Elegance Brie Aliabadi All About Automotive All About Clean All About Kids All American Limousine Al’s Garden Center Always Perfect Catering Dave Anderson Ankeny Vineyard Winery Archery Summit Autry’s Offroad Tours Bank of the West Shane Bemis Pam Benjamin Best Buy Store #1058 Gale Blessing Boeing Retirees Brenda Brady Susan Brady Jim & Mickie Bybee Sue Byers Ernie Cadman Court Carrier Pat & Laura Casey Cathedral Ridge Winery Cedar Glen Floral Co. Charles Fine Art Portraits Chartwells Clackamas County Bank Clackamas Dream Dinners Joe Clifton

Columbia Distributing Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge Columbia River Gallery Columbia River Maritime Museum Pete Conklin Cynthia’s Floral Design Dan Christopher Photography Darcelle XV Showplace Deborah Messinger School of Dance Lucy DeMarsh Dennis 7 Dees Cedar Hills Don & Kelly DeVore Christi Dobson Doubletree Hotel - Portland Lloyd Center Eagle Financial Group Rich & Gail Egner Lawrence Eichman Jerri Ellis Embassy Suites Hotel Portland Airport The Feathered Nest Pat Fiedler Victoria Flagg Flying Pizza Pie Pizzeria Larkin Franks Free Spirit Salon Brian Freeman Rob & Stacey Friedman Gary Gaska Glass Butterfly Glendoveer Golf Course GoldArt Jewelry Greg & Elizabeth Gomez

Goodyear Auto Service Center Grand Central Baking Green Frog Toys Gresham Ford Gresham Historical Society Gresham Optical Gresham Speech Therapy Ron Gullberg Harvey’s Comedy Club Michelle Heckman Hiroshi Morihara & Mary McSwain Carol Hoeth Staci Huffaker Kimberly Hutchinson Stan Hymel Kristi Iglesias Jack Beaudoin’s Golf Shop Jack In The Box Jerry & Nancy Jaksich Jazzy Bagels Jerry’s Rogue Jets Peggy Johansen Becky Johnson Jeff Jones Susie Jones Judy Han - Han Collections Jim & Nina Kight Kitchen Concepts Robert & Dorothy Krofft Ralph & Judi Krussow Donna Larson Laurie Miller Design Leupold & Stevens, Inc. Lil’ Britches in Historic Downtown Gresham

foundation helps create smarter classrooms


  ore classrooms are getting smart thanks to the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation. Three ordinary classrooms were recently upgraded and turned into “smart” rooms thanks to a grant from the Foundation.

These upgraded rooms take instruction methods away from the conventional formats of blackboards and movie projectors and bring more up-to-date tools to the classroom. Today, instructors prefer to create presentations using the computer or demonstrate techniques using video or audio lessons, something ordinary classrooms aren’t equipped to accommodate without special equipment. The smart rooms are hi-tech multimedia rooms featuring a master control panel that will operate a computer, DVD / VCR unit, a projector and an electronic alternative to transparency projectors. Instructors can seamlessly switch from one device to another allowing a variety of teaching tools.

Lucky Planet Photography Mike & Jane Mace Magnum Opus Delpha Mahar Marine Discovery Tours Greg Martenson & Jan Leeding Patricia Martin Mark Mason McMenamins Edgefield Mary Lou Mendoza Maryhill Winery Greg Mettler MHCC Aquatics Center MHCC Child Development & Family Support Programs MHCC Cosmetology MHCC Foundation MHCC Human Resources MHCC Learning Success Center MHCC Library Resource Center MHCC Math Department MHCC Planetarium MHCC Project YESS MHCC Testing Center MHCC Veterans Association MHCC Visual Arts Department Mia Frama Stephen Mickey Sandra Miller

Brian Mohr Senator Rod Monroe George Morgan Bob Morris Dr. Javid Mohtasham and Dr. Arezu Movahed Mr. Formal Michael Myers The Mystic Pony Nature Play, LLC Cherilyn Nederhiser Linda Neumann New Seasons Market Cathy Nichols North Portland Veterinary Hospital NW Natural Oaks Amusement Park Marge O’Brien Lauren Obenour Marv & Dorothy Ogle Old Wives’ Tales Restaurant Oregon Shakespeare Festival Oregon State Fair & Expo Oregon Zoo The Outlook/Community Newspapers Pacific Cascade Town Car Anthony Palermini

The Foundation has helped fund a total

Spanish Instructor Aurora Benenati uses a special Spanish-language textbook designed specifically for use in a multimedia room. “Each chapter of the textbook has a short movie segment of “fotonovela,” a soap opera that allows students to be entertained while being introduced to the information covered in the chapter,” Benenati said.

of five smart rooms over the past three years. During the 2008–2009 academic year the Foundation also awarded more than $42,500 for campus program projects and equipment and awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships to 250 students.

If someone brings in a relevant newspaper article or book, there is no need to make dozens of photocopies, Benenati can use the new projector to display the contents on the screen for the class to read. The projector is also connected to a computer with Internet access allowing her to quickly search the Web and display additional materials. “The ability to use a variety of materials and activities helps keep the students engaged, on task and enhances comprehension,” Benenati said.

Palm Beach Tan Jane Patterson Pendleton Round Steve Perrault Tom Perrick Persimmon Country Club Larry & Mary Zoe Petersen David & Beth Pitonzo Pittock Mansion Judy Pomeroy Portland Beavers Portland Center Stage Portland Nursery Portland Timbers Quenett Winery Leslie Radke Richard Ransome Dave & Jill Reilly Retriever Towing Karen Reynolds Sue O’Halloran & Al Richard Riegelmann’s Appliance Rip Caswell Sculptures Rivermark Community Credit Union Riverside Golf & Country Club Bob & Debbie Rockwell Jack V. Rounsefell Beverly Russell

Tamara Russell Ruth’s Chris Steak House Nirandone Sanethavong Scenic Fruit Co. Ted Scheinman Wendy & Bernard Schissel Anne Schulz Seaside Candyman Selma’s Bakery & Deli Duke Shepard Dave Shields Shilo Inns & Resorts Smiddy’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Dr. Dain Smith Bill Snyder Speed’s Auto Service The Stash Tea Company Suburban Auto Group Super Cuts Richard & Debra Surface Don & Evelyn Swart Rick & Cheryl Swart John J. “Ski” Sygielski Marta Szabatin Taste Chocolate, LLC Fred Thompson, DMD Timberline Dealerships Trevor Shaw Safaris

Kathy Toynbee Troutdale General Store Troutdale Vision Clinic Lucy Van Kirk Van Kirk’s Florist Julie Vawser The View Point Inn Viper Parts Rack, Inc. Joe & Wendy Vondrak Walker Travel & Cruises Mark Walter Patty Weightman Barbara J. Wennig West Coast Bank Whispering Woods Resort G. Raven Whitney Widmer Brothers Brewing Company Wildhorse Resort & Casino Wildwood Cafe on Main David & Gloria Willhite Robert & Karen Williams Woodburn Dragstrip Leslie Yates Ralph Yates BJ & JoAnn Zahn Ronald & Marilyn Zook Wendy Vondrak, Foundation vice president, organizes the Mardi Gras beads and prepares to greet the attendees.

mt. hood community college foundation board members

2008–2009 Ronald Gullberg President Wendy Vondrak Vice President Tom Perrick Secretary Greg Mettler Treasurer Bill Bailey Robert Brown Jim Bybee Don DeVore Rich Egner, Jr. Pat Fiedler Mark Garber Bryce Helgerson Jim Huguet Stan Hymel

Nancy Jaksich Peggy Johansen Alan Jones Judi Krussow Robin McGregor Sandy Miller Marv Ogle Michael Patrick Jane Patterson Brad Perry Mary Zoe Petersen Mike Porter Leslie Radke Robert Rockwell Beverly Russell Zaryab Sheikh John J. “Ski” Sygielski Marvin Woidyla Marilyn Zook

NEW MEMBERS 2009–2010

mike porter chosen as patron saint


  he 2009 Patron Saint Award, sponsored by the MHCC Foundation, was presented this year to Mike Porter, a tireless supporter of the College. Porter is a person who recognizes a need or problem and asks, “How can I help?” Since 2000, when Porter joined the MHCC Foundation Board, he has been one of its most active members. Porter volunteers his time and resources because he believes in the Foundation and its mission to provide resources for the College, including scholarships for students who are seeking to change their lives through education. Porter served as the Foundation Board president for two years and as chair of the Foundation Board’s Business Relations committee for three years. In addition, he has participated in every fundraising project led by the Foundation. While Porter’s achievements on the MHCC Foundation Board are impressive, his greatest achievement involves the annual Northwest Motorsports Association “Rockin’ Around the Block” car show held in downtown Gresham. He helped create the event and has co-chaired the car show for many years. The partnership between this event and the Foundation began more than 10 years ago, and in that time, the event has raised more than $100,000 in scholarship funds for MHCC Automotive Technology students. These scholarships offer a

Mike Porter tremendous boost to students and make it possible for them to pursue their educational goals. Porter is an altruistic, selfless person who volunteers his time and resources, because he believes in the mission of MHCC and wants to make a difference.

miller foundation challenge doubles money raised

A Paul Capell

Theresa Rockove

  n exciting opportunity to raise additional money for student scholarships has again been offered by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation to the MHCC Foundation and all other Oregon community colleges. Now is the best time to make a donation to the MHCC Foundation because the Miller Foundation will match new and increased student scholarship donations dollar-for-dollar.

Last year, the MHCC Foundation raised $106,707 and received a matching contribution from the Miller Foundation. The Miller Foundation has renewed its challenge and until March 31, 2010, it will match new and increased scholarship contributions made to the MHCC Foundation up to a total of $120,000.

According to John J. “Ski” Sygielski, president of MHCC, this scholarship will greatly increase the Foundation’s ability to help MHCC students. He attributed last year’s successful campaign to the many new and longtime donors who made generous contributions to the MHCC Foundation and he anticipates meeting this year’s new challenge. The Miller Foundation is an independent, private foundation established to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians through support of the arts and education. Please use the gift envelope enclosed with this mailer to designate your scholarship gift and mark the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation Challenge or contact Cassie McVeety at 503-491-7204 or e-mail

ron russell a legacy of education


  n June 2006, the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education unanimously voted to create the Ron Russell Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Due to the donations of the many individuals enriched by Ron’s life, the balance has almost reached the $25,000 endowment minimum needed to award its first scholarship. Ron was a tireless advocate for education and gave back to his community throughout his life. He served as an MHCC District Board of Education member from 1999 until he died from a brain tumor in February 2006. “It’s wonderful to know students will have an opportunity to attend the College through this scholarship,” said Beverly Russell,

Ron’s widow, and current chair for the MHCC District Board of Education and MHCC Foundation board member. Michael Russell, who is Beverly and Ron’s son, is also committed to education and is currently a chemistry instructor at MHCC. “My father instilled a deep belief and reverence for the power of education,” Michael said. “Hopefully his scholarship will continue his legacy of helping others to be all that they can be.” New and increased contributions to the Ron Russell Memorial Scholarship, as well as the other Foundation scholarships, listed below, are eligible to be matched by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation if given by March 31, 2010.

annual and endowed scholarships Altrusa International of Greater Gresham Scholarship American Association of University Women Gresham Branch Scholarship Automotive Technology Student Scholarship Betty & R. E. “Poly” Schedeen & Neighborhood Saints of MHCC Endowed Leadership Award Boeing Company Manufacturing Tech Prep Scholarship David H. Spooner Memorial Endowed Scholarship Dr. Earl L. Klapstein President Emeritus Award for Excellence Endowment Dutch Triebwasser Memorial Fund for Athletics Ed Benedict Memorial Endowed Scholarship Edward M. & Helen B. Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship Ellsworth D. & Elenora W. Purdy Endowed Scholarship Evelyn E. Humphreys Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fly Fishing Arts & Conservation Society Scholarship Frank & Mary Wales Endowed Scholarship G. & A. Hertrich Endowed Scholarship George & Polly Casterline Memorial Scholarship Glenn Otto Community Service Award Endowed Scholarship Gorge Hotels Hospitality & Tourism Scholarship Gorge Hotels Music Scholarship Hoodview Amateur Radio Club Scholarship Idaho Funeral Service Association Scholarship J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Endowed Scholarship James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation Scholarship

James R. Graybill Scholarship for Fisheries Technology Jim Weston Scholarship Joan Stovall Memorial Scholarship Fund John & Betty Gray Early Childhood Education Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation John Barry & Doris Ruth Norlin Endowed Scholarship John J. “Ski” Sygielski Endowed Scholarship John Lim/Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Endowed Scholarship Kaiser Permanente Latino Staff Association Scholarship Lyle Lapray Memorial Endowed Leadership Fund for ASG Marcus Family Endowed Scholarship Margaret Lorian Scholarship MEChA Club Scholarship Metro East Employer Council Scholarship MHCC Hospitality & Tourism Club Endowed Scholarship Moen Machinery Endowed Scholarship Muriel Schier Memorial Endowed Scholarship Noll Family/McVey Memorial Endowed Scholarship Northwest Fish Culture Conference Scholarship Northwest Motorsports Association Annual Scholarship Northwest Motorsports Association Endowed Scholarship Olive Elizabeth Grace Memorial Scholarship Oregon Funeral Directors Association PacifiCorp Scholarship

Paul Kreider Endowed Scholarship Fund for the Performing Arts Portland Swap Meet Endowed Scholarship for Automotive Technology Raymond & Vivian Murhammer Endowed Scholarship Richard O. Fimmel Scholarship Robert C. Scott Memorial Endowed Scholarship Rodney T. & Ruth Robinson Endowed Scholarship Ron Russell Memorial Endowed Scholarship Sam Kosta Memorial Scholarship SCI Oregon Funeral Services Inc. Scholarship Sed & Betty Stuart Endowed Scholarship Senior Adult Center Scholarship Sharon Lewis Memorial Endowed Professional Development Fund for Part-Time Instructors Shelie Macias Memorial Endowed Scholarship Soroptimist International of Gresham Endowed Scholarship Soroptimist International of Portland East Foundation Endowed Scholarship Steve Martin Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Outlook/Lee Irwin Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Pepsi Bottling Group Scholarship Tichy Family Nursing Scholarship Tichy Nursing Scholarship Walt Morey Memorial Endowed Scholarship Win Casterline Memorial Endowed Scholarship Wintz Family Foundation Scholarship

Rollie & Pat Hanson Neighborhood Saints

For more than 30 years, Mt. Hood Community College students benefited from the efforts of a group of generous volunteers known as the Neighborhood Saints. Since its creation in 1976, the Neighborhood Saints helped thousands of students secure emergency loans with funds raised through sales at the Saints Thrift Store.

In the fall of 2008, the officers of the Neighborhood Saints determined the thrift store and organization would end operations. A check for more than $28,000, representing the organization’s assets was given to the Betty & R.E. “Polly” Schedeen and Neighborhood Saints of MHCC Leadership Award Scholarship Fund. In recognition of their dedication to the community, in February 2009, the College hosted a reception to honor the Neighborhood Saints for their many years of service. 9

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donor profile: adolph hertrich founder, Adolph Hertrich, working in the office of the business he started in 1967. Hertrich established the G. and A. Hertrich Endowed Scholarship for several full-time students in the Forest Resources program who will transfer to a university Forestry program. “Forestry is a big part of the economy, and this scholarship helps reinforce that Forest Resources is a viable career choice,” said Joan DeYoung Caldwell, MHCC Forestry instructor.

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  ucked away in a quiet corner of the city of Boring is the headquarters of the international lumber, manufacturing and consulting firm, Vanport International, Inc. On any day of the week you’ll find company

Although his business interests span the globe, with interests in Canada, China, Russia, Germany and Japan, Hertrich has long been a generous supporter of his local community, and especially of MHCC and its Natural Resources Technology program. Hertrich was born in Germany and came to the United States after finishing high school. After serving in the U.S. Army, he earned a degree in Forestry from the University of Michigan and then returned to Freiberg University in Germany for graduate work.

In 1960, Hertrich started his forestry career with the U.S. Forest Service working in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Vanport was the first company outside Japan to be certified by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to produce certified lumber to the Japanese markets. “The specifications are very exacting for the Japanese market,” Hertrich said. To fully appreciate the beauty of the wood produced, Hertrich has a surprise tucked away on the premises—an authentic Japanese teahouse surrounded by trees and a quiet pond. He uses the teahouse as a showroom for his employees and clients to view how precisely the wood produced will appear. His pride and appreciation for the work produced by his company are apparent, and he hopes this same love and respect for forestry will be continued through the recipients of the G. and A. Hertrich Endowed Scholarship.

hertrich scholarship helps student change his life


 hen Brad Hamel graduated from high school in 1992, he assumed he did not have a chance to attain a college scholarship, so he didn’t apply. He only took a few college classes before he found a job in sales and management. It wasn’t until he was in his 30s that he decided it was time to make a life change and enrolled in the MHCC Natural Resources Technology program with an emphasis in Forestry. During his second year in the program, Hamel applied for and received the G. and A. Hertrich Endowed Scholarship for Forestry students. “To pay for college I had taken money out of my 401(k) and was working about 30 hours a week,” Hamel said. “The scholarship made it possible for me to cut back on my part-time work and focus on my education. It changed my whole viewpoint on scholarships; they aren’t impossible to receive.“

Receiving this and two other scholarships also meant Hamel had more time to give to the MHCC community as well. When he went to his first meeting of the Forestry Club, he came out as the newly-elected president. Hamel used his experience in management to organize a club fundraising campaign to send Natural Resource Technology students to Honduras for two weeks. The students wanted to help the villagers construct an eco-friendly vacation spot for tourists. It took most of the school year, but Hamel and the students raised enough money to make the trip and purchase building supplies to build a communal kitchen and several small cabins.

After graduating from MHCC, Hamel transferred to the Forest Management program at Oregon State University and expects to graduate in the fall of 2010.

“It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Hamel said.

“It’s worth taking the time and effort to apply for a scholarship,” Hamel said. “A scholarship can go a long way in helping a student succeed. I thank Mr. Hertrich for giving me this opportunity.”

Hamel is pleased with the life changes and new experiences made possible by attending MHCC.

fisheries scholarship helps student complete her education


“I interned with an interior designer, looked into being a physical therapy assistant and even obtained a real estate license,” Peterson said. “But then I found a temporary job working at a fish hatchery and I knew I’d found my calling.” When she asked other employees what she needed to do in order to have a career in fisheries, they recommended the MHCC Fisheries Technology program. Peterson earned her associate degree in two years at MHCC and credits the scholarship she received from the NW Fish Culture Conference for making it possible.

Kelli Peterson, class of ‘09

“The demand for

Peterson graduated June 2009 and soon found work at the Cascade Hatchery near Cascade Locks, Ore. She spent six weeks working knee-deep in the pond clipping the fins of young trout raised at the hatchery. “Fish caught with a clipped fin can be harvested by fishermen and kept. Fish born and raised in the wild don’t have the clipping, if they are caught, they must be released. The work I do helps protect and increase the number of wild fish.”

  elli Peterson, Mt. Hood Commnity College Fisheries Technology graduate, tried out several careers before finding what suited her best.

“The second year of the Fisheries Technology program is the hardest and busiest year,” Peterson said. “With the scholarship, I could focus on school full time.”

MHCC Fisheries graduate

trained professionals in the fisheries industry is increasing every year. Scholarships such as the one from the NW Fish Culture Conference will help the MHCC Fisheries Technology program put our graduates to work in this vital industry.”

On average, she and 24 other workers clipped 140,000 fish a day, and by the end of the six weeks, about 3 million had been clipped and were ready to be released for their long journey to the ocean.

Tom Worcester

Fisheries Technology program instructor

“I care passionately about what I do and it’s rewarding to know I am making a positive difference in the world,” Peterson said. “I am so thankful for the assistance I received from the NW Fish Culture Conference. The scholarship not only helped me financially but it motivated me to stay in school.”

foundation financial report July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009* Revenues, Gains/Losses and Other Support Donations Interest and Dividends Realized Gains / (Losses) on Sales of Investments Special Events / Fundraising Other Income Total Revenues, Gains / (Losses) and other support Scholarships and Other Expenses Awards and Scholarships Fundraising Administrative Other Expenses Total Expenses Increase / (Decrease) in Net Assets NET ASSETS, beginning of year NET ASSETS, end of year

$319,720 $126,584 ($284,988) $168,963 $8,673 $338,952











$316,004 $113,488 $100,521 $55,902 $585,915 ($246,963) $3,516,375 $3,269,412

* For audited 2008-2009 financial statements, please visit






Foundation Growth Total Assets in Thousands


MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE foundation 2008–2009 annual report

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