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By the way: Preus to leave BMCC

Published on September 4, 2018 6:04PM

Cam Preus will leave Blue Mountain Community College on Oct. 31.

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Cam Preus will leave Blue Mountain Community College on Oct. 31.

Blue Mountain Community College will be searching for a new leader after college president Cam Preus announced Tuesday afternoon that she is leaving to become executive director of the Oregon Community College Association. She has served as BMCC’s president since 2013, and her last day will be Oct. 31.

Preus said that it has been an honor to serve BMCC. In her new job she will be representing all 17 of Oregon’s community colleges in Salem.

“The Board now faces a significant challenge to replace one of the most outstanding presidents BMCC has ever known,” said Chris Brown, chair of the BMCC Board of Education said in a statement.

The board will soon name an interim president and will hire a firm to conduct a nationwide search for Preus’s replacement.

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Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2016, will be making an appearance in Pendleton on Oct. 9.

Huckabee will be speaking at the Pendleton Convention Center to promote Pregnancy Care Services, a Pendleton anti-abortion nonprofit that provides counseling services, parenting classes, and other resources to expecting mothers and fathers.

Pregnancy Care Services Executive Director Laura Jensen said the event where Huckabee will speak, “Unite for Life,” will not be a political rally. Pregnancy Care Service’s goal is to raise $100,000 from the event and use it as a launch pad to raise more money toward their expansion project within the next 3-5 years.

The Pendleton Convention Center seats 500, but Jensen said last week there were only about 300 free tickets left for the event available to the general public. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through Pregnancy Care Services (541-276-5757).

The dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. and Huckabee’s speech at 7:30 p.m.

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There are more pages to turn these days at the Umatilla Public Library — thanks to a grant from the Oregon State Library. Director Kellie Lamoreaux said the library recently received a $3,000 Refreshing Youth Collections Grant.

The money is being used to purchase a variety of materials to enhance the collection for younger readers, including picture books, early chapter books and young adult books. Funding for the grant was provided by Oregon’s Library & Technology Services Act Program, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Lamoreaux said.

The Umatilla Public Library is located at 700 Sixth St. For more information, call 541-922-5704.

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Area students recently cashed in with their good grades. During the eighth year of Community Bank’s Earn While You Learn Program, 704 student-customers in Eastern Oregon and southeast Washington area earned $16,777.

Students in first through 12th grade presented their end-of-the-year report cards during the months of June and July and were rewarded with $1 for every top grade received. Students can earn up to $50 annually through the program.

CEO Tom Moran said the program encourages the academic success of young people and assists in teaching students the value of saving. Since the program’s inception in 2011, a total of $96,385 has been paid out, said Leah Johnson, the bank’s marketing manager.

Community Bank has 11 branches in Eastern Oregon, including Hermiston, Heppner, Pendleton and Milton-Freewater. For more information about the Earn While Your Learn Program, visit www.communitybanknet.com.


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