CGCC’s Wolff hired

Since 2004, Dr. Susan Wolff has been the chief academic officer at Columbia Gorge Community College — a college that now serves 5,900 students across seven counties in the mid-Columbia region.

Wolff is about to take the skills and achievements of the last eight years with her to a new leadership position.

Montana State University President Waded Cruzado announced on Monday that Wolff will become the new dean and CEO for MSU-Great Falls College of Technology. She is slated to start July 16.

“CGCC has been fortunate to have Dr. Wolff’s leadership, energy and passion,” said Dr. Frank Toda, CGCC president. He also noted that Wolff “has been a key participant in putting CGCC on the path to independent accreditation in 2013.”

“Dr. Wolff has a long and distinguished career in two-year education,” Cruzado said in the announcement of Wolff’s selection. “She has a great depth of experience and a great enthusiasm for helping students become the best they can be. She will be a wonderful addition to Montana State.”

“It will be hard to leave CGCC and this area,” said Wolff. “It has felt like home to me and it is an honor to have worked with outstanding faculty, staff, students and community members these last eight years.”

In addition to her position at CGCC, Wolff will be leaving her posts on the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board, Hood River Rotary and the United Way Council of the Columbia Gorge.

“I am a native of Montana, and it does feel good to be returning home to share the skills and experiences I have gained since my departure in 1975,” said Wolff, who earned a bachelor’s degree in education from MSU. In addition to her numerous leadership positions within institutions of higher education since moving west, Wolff went on to obtain a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in community college leadership from Oregon State University.

Among many accomplishments achieved during her tenure at CGCC, Wolff also recently received national honors from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during its annual convention in Nashville.

“Dr. Wolff’s leadership at both the community college and university levels during her career in Oregon and Washington prepared her well for this position,” concluded Toda.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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