LETTER:Cheers Ames

Articles and photos about Peninsula College’s Fall Spectacular on Oct. 1 offer a promising preview for Olympic Peninsula’s major higher education resource.

Of course, a hot air balloon could be available only for such special activities.

But they are just one indication of the creativity new Peninsula College President, Dr. Suzy Ames, seems to be bringing to enrich the college’s educational experiences and connections with communities it serves.

Peninsula Daily News Reporter Paula Hunt and photographer Keith Thorpe helped us feel as if we were at the event and determined not to miss the next one.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to benefit from the college’s student-run media.

College enrollment challenges from the pandemic and other problems have shut down digital and print versions that have won more than 150 state, regional and national awards.

That has had more serious consequences than coverage they might have provided.

Low enrollments have threatened the amazing Webster journalism scholarships students have used to prepare for professional success in a variety of communications careers, including an Emmy award and jobs with First Federal, Costco, ESPN, NBA and Standard and Poors newsletters as well as more traditional newspaper, radio and television positions.

Dr. Ames has pledged to seek ways to reinvigorate campus communications and enable students to benefit from the generous bequest now worth about $1.4 million from the family that founded the Peninsula Daily News and KONP radio.

Up, up and away, President Ames.

Robbie Mantooth

Port Angeles