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Why be nice? Because evolution says so

Clatsop Community College President Chris Breitmeyer kicks off Ales & Ideas at Fort George Brewery on Oct. 5

Published on October 4, 2017 4:12PM

Last changed on October 4, 2017 4:13PM

Chris Breitmeyer, the president of Clatsop Community College since 2016

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Chris Breitmeyer, the president of Clatsop Community College since 2016

ASTORIA — Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are about to kickoff the 2017-18 first-Thursday Ales & Ideas community lectures.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, College President Chris Breitmeyer presents “Why Being Nice Matters (Because Evolution Says So).”

The lecture, which draws upon Breitmeyer’s experiences in the natural sciences (ecological genetics) and educational leadership, will reveal how important cooperation, sharing and positive social interactions have been throughout evolutionary history.

Breitmeyer will then explain how community colleges, and specifically Clatsop Community College, embody many of these principles and can serve as an example to our community, and to the nation, for a better way forward.

Doors open with food and beverage service at 6 p.m. Come early to gather with Indivisible North Coast Oregon representatives, collect Immigration 101 information — including Family Preparedness Packets, Know Your Rights/Know Your Roles info — and learn how residents can support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and other immigrant neighbors under threat.

Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase, but no purchase is required. The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at Duane and 14th streets in Astoria. Everyone, including minors, are welcome.

Breitmeyer became Clatsop Community College President in July 2016. Prior to moving to Astoria, he served at Saint Charles Community College in St. Louis, first as Dean of Math, Science & Health, and then as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

He has a master’s degree program in Zoology from Arizona State University, and completed Ph.D. research in ecological genetics before accepting a position on the biology faculty at Yavapai Community College in Clarksdale, Arizona.


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