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 →

Relationships with Instructors Key to Post-Grad Success “Building a strong relationship with instructors gives them the knowledge to write a recommendation that brings out the student’s strengths” As you graduate and leave behind the exams and due dates of student life, don’t make the mistake of neglecting the relationships you have built with your instructors. Not only can instructors be excellent mentors and good friends, but they can also provide professional recommendations essential to success in higher education that dream job. The form of a professional recommendation can vary from a simple phone conversation between your reference and a potential employer to an official letterRead More →

Commencement 2020 to take place as vehicle parade due to pandemic Graduation will look a little different this year with the June 12 commencement taking place in vehicles as graduates parade in cars through campus. Students are encouraged to decorate their cars for the event. The event will be livestreamed on the college’s YouTube channel, as well as being broadcast on Brooke Communications. If necessary, graduates can also tune in to i101 to hear the ceremony. The event will be recorded on YouTube for later viewing. The change is UCC’s response to a national effort by schools to mark their students’ important milestones without jeopardizing their safety because ofRead More →

The Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Students Moving classes online has been hard on UCC nursing students who are parents. Nursing student Nicole Johnston, mother of a 10 year old, has dealt with the challenges of K-12 schooling being shut down, childcare options being limited as well as medical facilities suspending clinical opportunities. Closure of the K-12 schools meant Johnston was required to teach her own daughter while also trying to handle difficult nursing classes. “Returning to school online as a parent is a balancing act at best. I often am working on schoolwork eight to 10 hours a day,” Johnston says.“Now, my studying isRead More →

From homeless teen to CASA advocate: UCC graduate earns degree in helping others At 13 years old, upcoming UCC graduate Pamela Kuk not only had to face the emotional and physical changes that all adolescents go through, she also became homeless and self-supporting. She was on her own. Kuk was raised by her mother and stepfather, never meeting her biological father. When Kuk was 11, her stepfather lost his job after more than 20 years of service when the Douglas County Champion Mill shut down. He tried to get several jobs but couldn’t hold any down, and her mother rarely could find work. The familyRead More →

UCC’s 3D Printers Creating Mask Connectors Two of the four 3D printers at UCC are being put to use for creating mask connectors. These connectors are available in the Laverne Murphy Student Center for students, staff, and members of the community. Loops of face masks are placed on the connectors on the back of the head in order to protect the ears from damage. In honor of National Nurses Month, ASUCC President Jesika Barnes suggested creating mask connectors to honor those working in the field. The Engineering Club President and ASUCC Business Manager Vyla Grindberg took on the project and began creating the connectors. “OriginallyRead More →

Douglas County libraries continue to offer services to patrons and students despite pandemic Libraries are adjusting services to their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Since the county’s library patrons can no longer come in to check out books, use the computers, or attend any of the other community-centered events that take place there, Douglas County libraries have become more creative in the way they offer their services. Some have transitioned children’s story-time to an online format, while others have extended access to eBooks through their online library catalog. Some offer curbside checkout services so patrons can pick books they reserved online. Six of the county’sRead More →