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SALMON CREEK — Ethics of nursing topic of Wednesday program

The Clark College nursing department will host the second annual Hilma Speights Distinguished Lecture and Nursing Celebration on Wednesday, at the Washington State University Vancouver campus.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ginny Guido, regional director and assistant dean of nursing at WSUV, will present “Nursing and Ethics: A Legacy from Florence Nightingale.”

She will discuss key ethical issues today’s nurses are facing.

The free event, a collaboration with the WSUV College of Nursing, runs 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 120 of the Clark College building at WSUV, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

WSUV parking is free after 7 p.m.

Nurse professionals may use the lecture as one contact hour, for training purposes.

The annual lecture and celebration was established in honor of Hilma Speights, who provided an estate gift of $4.1 million to Clark College for nursing education. The event coincides not only with National Nurses Week, but also with International Nurses Day (May 12 is Nightingale’s birthday).

A resident of Washougal who died in 2004, Speights spent most of her career at Vancouver’s Alcoa aluminum facility. She took several classes at Clark and was a volunteer in the college’s Mature Learning Program.

Portland author, poet to speak at Clark College

VANCOUVER — Portland author and poet Penelope Scambly Schott will appear Tuesday at Clark College for the latest installment of the school’s Columbia Writers Series.

Winner of the 2008 Oregon Book Award in poetry for her verse biography “A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth,” Schott will speak from noon to 1 p.m. in the Penguin Student Lounge (fireplace room) inside the Penguin Student Union, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

The event is free to the public.

Schott has published a novel, five chapter books and seven full-length books of poetry.

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Humane Society offers programs for children

CLARK COUNTY — Parents and children, from toddlers to age 14, can choose from many programs involving animals this spring and summer at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.

The shelter’s new building at 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave. has room for a wide range of educational programs for kids that teach kindness, compassion, environmental stewardship and civil responsibility, officials said in a bulletin. They begin this month and continue into August.

They include a weeklong Critter Camp at the shelter in July and August; Little Critter for ages 3 to 5; Animal Crusader for ages 6 to 10; and Wild Explorer for ages 11 to 14. There’s also a new Kids’ Club for ages 6 to 14.

The schedule, including times, dates, topics and fees, is at Or call Kate Goudschaal, director of community programs, at 360-213-2615.

State Patrol will run career camp for kids

CLARK COUNTY — High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for a career camp this summer, hosted by the Washington State Patrol and funded by Kiwanis clubs and supporters statewide.

It runs July 11 through 17 at the WSP Academy in Shelton.

State troopers and officials with law-enforcement agencies on several levels — federal, state, county and city — serve as teachers, counselors and guest speakers.

Students learn about problems officers deal with daily, and can explore the law enforcement field as a possible career path. Among the most popular classes are the driving course, defense tactics and demonstrations by SWAT and K-9 teams, according to a WSP bulletin.

Applications can be downloaded from, on the home page under Outreach. The deadline is May 14.