Clark State College en Clark State Hopes For Arts Center Upgrade <p>A community college in southwest Ohio is asking the state for $500,000 to make over its 20-year-old performing arts center.</p><p>Officials at Clark State Community College in Springfield say the downtown building needs a new roof and upgrades to the heating and air conditioning systems.</p><p>Clark State says the performing arts center has drawn over 1.5 million people in the last 20 years.</p><p>The Springfield News-Sun reports that local officials say the performing arts center has been vital to the city's downtown.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Associated Press & Springfield News Sun 44104 at Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform meet at Clark State <p>A group of religious, business, and law enforcement officials met Monday evening at Clark State to discuss immigration reform. The group held a public forum to talk about providing a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:49:43 +0000 Wayne Baker 34574 at Jo Alice Blondin Selected as Clark State's Next President <p>Clark State Community College has selected a new president.&nbsp; Dr. Jo Alice Blondin will take over for Karen Rafinsky, who announced that she would retire at the end of the school year.<br><br>Since 2006, Dr. Blondin has served as the chancellor of the Ozark Campus at Arkansas Tech University. She is credited with growing the enrollment by 600 percent.<br>&nbsp;<br>Blondin says she is excited about the opportunity to lead Clark State and has identified the challenges that lie ahead.<br> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:40:15 +0000 Wayne Baker 31024 at Clark State president to retire next June <P></P> <P><FONT size=4>Clark State Community College President Karen Rafinski, has announced her retirement. She will end her 16-year tenure with the college next June.</FONT></P> <P><FONT size=4>During Rafinski's time as president, Clark State’s enrollment has grown to nearly 9,000 students from the 4,000 mark it was at when she took over in 1997.</FONT></P> <P><FONT size=4>The college's board of directors says Rafinski helped the school raise more than $100 million through the Clark State Foundation. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:32:25 +0000 Wayne Baker 20908 at