- And the 1980 Best Picture Oscar goes to Ordinary People. Robert DeNiro packed on 60 pounds for his role as
boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull - and won an Oscar for his efforts, while Sissy Spacek claimed the Best Actress
award for Coalminer's Daughter.
- The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) and Firestarter (Stephen King) were favorites on the 1980 New
York Times Bestseller List.
- And "Hill Street Blues" and "Taxi" went home with Emmys for best TV drama and comedy.
Let's be careful out there.
Tank you veddy much.
With the dawning of a new decade, the times, they were a' changin'. In his 1979 annual report, LaGrandeur had warned, "We will
keep looking at our instructional programs to be certain the content is current, the delivery is effective and the existing
programs are really suitable to current needs. Buggy whip-making may have been suitable 50 years ago, but it isn't now - although
may be again 10 years ahead."
And, indeed, the other shoe dropped soon enough in 1980 when the first in a series of state budget reductions would require the
community colleges to cut enrollments for the first time in their history. Summer school would be cancelled in 1981 with SCC
only offering health science classes for students completing clinical experiences. The college closed all buildings except for
the Health Science and Administration Buildings.
And districtwide, employees went to a four-day, 40-hour work week. Funny how history repeats itself.
By September 1982, the colleges had already undergone six budget revisions with more anticipated. In his greeting to faculty
and staff that fall, District 17 President C. Nelson Grote wrote, "District 17 will be different and we will need to respond
to the changing expectations. We need to be proactive as well as reactive. We will be tested as perhaps we have never been
"Perhaps by coincidence, a number of circumstances are coming together at the same time - diminishing state revenues,
declining enrollments, reaccreditation, basic questions concerning our role and mission, personnel vacancies, and a new
district president. These are only a few of the factors that provide a catalyst for re-examination and change."
In 1982, despite wrestling with daunting budget challenges, faculty and staff from SCC and SFCC undertook a six-month-long
internal self-study called Decade III, to examine, among other things, the district versus multi-college model and corporate
image. The Sept. 27, 1982, staff newsletter, Inside District 17, reported, "Suggestions for new [district] names were
extremely varied. Inland Empire, Northeastern Washington, Eastern Washington, Greater Spokane, and Spokane Area figured into
many of the options. One frequently mentioned possibility was a college name followed by a site designation, such as 'Spokane
Community College at Mission.'"
The end result? In February 1983, the district renamed itself Community Colleges of Spokane, and re-committed to the
multi-college structure. District president, C. Nelson Grote, became a "chief executive officer," while LaGrandeur's title
of president, and that of his SFCC counterpart Gerald Saling, remained unchanged.
A new district logo followed in the spring - the now familiar signature with a sun, three mountains, and six trees. It was
designed by the district's graphic designer, Joan Gisselberg, and first used on the fall 1983 class schedule. It would be
retooled and updated 26 years later in 2009.