Dual Enrollment Challenges, Opportunities for Local Students Students who started college while still in high school are making adjustments now from being in the dual enrollment program to being in college full time. Dual enrollment is a program that allows any high school student to earn credit for several college classes while still in high school. It can help students get on a fast track to being more prepared for college and getting a degree faster. Being a full time college student can be just as confusing for dual credit students as for new college students. It’s especially different in the world everyone is livingRead More →

Modified learning: UCC COVID PLAN Kelley Plueard, UCC’s director of Human Resources, working with a UCC committee with assistance from the Douglas County Public Health Authority, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control, developed a UCC plan for dealing with COVID-19. “UCC recognizes that health and safety precautions that are due to COVID-19 are necessary until the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the governor’s office determine otherwise,” Plueard said. UCC’s President Debra Thatcher said that the goals for the school’s COVID plan are to make sure students’ needs are met first and foremost. “During COVID-19, our goals includeRead More →

Halloween is not canceled because of community trick-or-treat drive-thru NOTE: An error with the original version portrayed U.S. Cellular as the company hosting the event; U.S. Cellular is the title sponsor. The News Review and Brooke Communications are hosting the event. The original version was also misleading, giving the impression that U.S. Cellular is giving locals a chance to win $1000, when in fact it is a national event put on by U.S. Cellular. Halloween is not canceled even though most members of the community remain skeptical about partying or trick-or-treating. Brooke Communications and The News Review, along with other sponsors, are putting on aRead More →

Christmas Craft Fair

Santa isn’t coming to this year’s Christmas Craft Fair In spite of pandemic scares, the popular Douglas County Christmas Craft Fair at the fairgrounds is happening December 4 through 6, but on a much smaller scale with a lot of restrictions, fewer booths and more inconvenience. “The fairground staff thought they could do it in a safe manner and give it a shot with big enough buildings, cutting vendors back and continuing with positive thinking, thinking safety first,” Daniel Hults, the fairgrounds director for the past 21 years, said. For safety, the fairground staff is requiring facial masks and that guests sanitize or wash handsRead More →

Chalk the Walk

Students connect during Chalk the Walk domestic violence awareness campaign Douglas County’s Peace at Home organization with UCC’s student Government ASUCC is encouraging students with a virtual Chalk the Walk to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) during October. All month, students can write positive messages drawn in chalk and post photos of these messages on ASUCC’s Chalk the Walk Facebook post for a chance to win a back-to-school themed prize. “It can be really easy to be negative and to really just get stuck in like a gloomy mindset,” Erin Ritchie of Peace at Home said, noting that this is especially true for domesticRead More →

New UCC Memorial. Photo provided by UCC

UCC remembers Oct. 1, 2015 with new memorial UCC’s Oct. 1, 2015 memorial site is nearly completed with the installation of memorial globes, a platform, stones, benches, a border and a couple of walkways. The memorial is located on the UCC campus, behind Jackson Hall overlooking the North Umpqua river.  After 5 years of planning, UCC staff, a Memorial Committee, welding students, family members of 10/1 victims, community members, the Board of Education, and others have finally come to the concluding steps of finishing the memorial.  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the dangerous air quality from the wildfires, UCC had to put a haltRead More →

With November’s presidential election just over four months away, voters are wondering how the vast economic downfall and the ongoing rise of tragic pandemic casualties will affect the battle between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. As the first real crisis of his presidency so far, will it be enough for Trump to lose the very supporters who sent him to Washington? The recent wave of protests following the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have caused massive uncertainty as to how the election might be held. Will it be safe enough for people to go out and vote by then? Primaries throughoutRead More →

The amazing life journey of Jesika Barnes On her way to becoming the leader she is today, ASUCC president and 2020 graduate Jesika Barnes had a similar story to most of us in our early childhood. Her parents divorced when she was four years old. She moved around repeatedly, from Oregon to California to France, never getting enough time to solidify relationships. School was not always kind to Barnes. She often felt worn-out and unmotivated. Even so, Barnes does not believe in wasted experiences. Even a bad experience is still an experience which can be learned from. By fourth grade, Barnes was already cross-age tutoringRead More →

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS Erica Nicole Abercrombie Kirk P. Arrant Jesika M. Barnes** Megan R. Bates Misty Blue Beebe Jenett L. Behrens Brody T. Black Hunter E. Boske Allyse J Bowen Megan L. Bradley Brianna L. Brewster Taylor Alyssa Brooks Daisy Jane Brown** Keli J. Bruehling Katelyn Marie Buxton* Faith M. Byars* Grace R. Campbell Spencer A. Campbell* Aleta M. Campman** Gunnar S. Campman** Samantha L.Cancilla Olivia Q. Cardillo Michala Lynn Carpine McKenzie R. Carrier Zachary Cameron Chaffin Christa Dawn Clausen Connor R. Coleman Rebecca Lynn Comer Stephen A. Cooksey* Benjamin D. Cornell Eugene Anthony Cortapassi Tiera M. Crews Steven Dahlman** Kyle Jacob Davis Megan RochelleRead More →

Honoring students: 2020 Honor and Awards Virtual Recognition During spring term, 55 exceptional students were chosen by UCC faculty and staff to receive Outstanding Student awards.  This year the awards were given to students at the 2020 Honors and Awards Virtual Recognition on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 3 p.m. Honored students are chosen by staff or faculty according to three basic criteria, as well as any additional criteria that the nominators wish to use. “The student must have a concentrated focus or exhibit interest in the award area. The student must show evidence of significant creative growth,” says Marjan Coester, UCC’s director for studentRead More →

Dual Enrolled Animal Science Student: Running a Guide Service, Ranch, and Lodges For Becky Beam, a dual enrolled UCC and OSU animal science student, an average work day involves a trek through a forest of Douglas fir trees accompanied by the soothing sound of dripping rain or whispering creeks and the chirping of birds or a walk out to her family pasture to check on her cows. Beam and her husband, Craig, run a hunting guide service in Oregon as well as a ranch in Dixonville, located east of Roseburg, and a couple lodges in Alaska. From a young age, Beam has been involved withRead More →

Letter from the Editor: Conquering Challenges and Change Whether transferring to university or moving into the workforce, in a short few weeks most of us will change where we live, who we spend time with and what we do for the majority of each day. These changes are even more stark during a pandemic when so much about education and workplaces is uncertain. Change can be refreshing and invigorating, or it can be unsettling and disruptive. Whether you are excited or daunted by graduation and the next step in life, it is vitally important to maintain the same level of commitment that you have demonstratedRead More →