Staying motivated with online classes during social isolation As classes have moved online for Oregon students, some are struggling to find the motivation to do school work as social distancing continues. One struggle students navigated was figuring out whether their classes were synchronous or asynchronous.  Synchronous is a real-time type of learning where students have in the past met together with their teacher, but now these sessions have been moved onto Zoom, a live video conferencing software.  While sounding like a good use of technology, there has been many struggles for students and teachers alike while using Zoom. One such problem is the lack ofRead More →

Covid-19 and how to make testing for it easier As the U.S. enters the acceleration phase of the pandemic conflicts about testing and quarantining are rising. Even though the country is in a bit of a tough situation, not everyone agrees with how it is being handled. It is not hard to tell who disagrees due to individuals posting memes, conspiracy theories and misinformation concerning COVID-19. Most objections to quarantining that are circulating the web compare COVID-19 to other flu deaths or deaths from other common diseases, insinuating that COVID-19 is not serious enough to justify shutting down the economy. For example, one meme circulatingRead More →

Photo provided by Hannah Turner Former UCC student helps make over 900 face masks and shares her pattern With the arrival of COVID-19, a simple trip to the grocery store has become an occasion for everyone to wear a mask according to the guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Former UCC student Hannah Turner, who is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Business Organization and Management at Eastern Oregon University, has joined community efforts to provide masks not only for the immunocompromised, but also for healthcare workers who are facing shortages during this time. She is part of aRead More →

Students answer some quarantine questions Many students are finding themselves faced with a slew of new problems now that they are anchored in their homes, while others are finding new delights in life. Here’s what students shared about their quarantine experience.   How have you been personally affected by the social distancing order?  It’s become harder to find ways to get outside. – Marley Maloney  I live with my daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids. My son-in-law is the only one going to work. My daughter is an elementary school teacher; she holds Zoom classes a few times a week, and the students seem really excited. Life with aRead More →

Covid-19 Virus Biology key to understanding virus Ever wondered how something too small to see could send our nation into lockdown? The answer lies in the form and function of the miniscule virus pseudo-organism. What exactly is a virus? When compared to other infectious agents such as bacteria or yeast, a virus is small and fairly simple. Viruses consist of two basic parts: the viral genome and the protein capsid, according to Neal Rote in the textbook “Understanding Pathophysiology.” The virus’s two-part design is very different from the cell, which is the basic unit of life. Viruses are non-cellular infectious agents. A cell composes all other unicellular andRead More →

Photo from Pixabay Accessing Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Through our current social climate during the pandemic many teachers and students have had to adjust their academic and personal lives. Through these changes many people may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, fear and loss of control. There are available resources for those who may be struggling at this time. UCC students are able to access Life Coach Hanna Culbterson. Culbertson is a Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA). Culbertson can provide personal counseling for any sort of issue that impacts personal or academic life. Services extend to 2-8 sessions per academic term and then referralsRead More →

Fearless GirlPhoto provided by Alicia Kirschman Staying Inside, Together Although many of us are staying inside away from others, we are also finding new and unique ways to connect and provide support to each other during this time. UCC instructor, trainer and consultant Pauline Martel shared her experience using UCC’s adapted social distancing tool Zoom during this time. “I really miss seeing our students face-to-face, chatting in the hallways, hearing about their day to day struggles and accomplishments, meeting their children, and hearing their laughter as they talk with each other. Zoom has helped fill the gap a little and I have enjoyed telephone calls,Read More →

Photo by Owen Cherry Getting close to the earth: learning how to garden Besides producing fresh fruits and vegetables, gardening can be a fun hobby and stress reducer. “Gardening during this time of social distancing is a great activity that not only can give you a break from all that you see and hear on the media, but it also provides you practice with a life skill that will benefit your health,” says Jennifer Johnson, a local gardener of four years. Staying home is a great time to get closer to the earth, and Americans have an interesting history related to gardening. Originating from WorldRead More →

Wildlife Safari is open and booming with life, offering families vibrant one-of-a-kind memories during the COVID-19 social distancing mandate. We recently toured the Wildlife Safari Drive-Through and found some fun facts about 12 of the Wildlife Safari star species. Most of the animals discussed below are on a species survival plan (SSP) or are an endangered species.  We saw the most powerful animals, as well as flightless birds capable of killing with their feet or pecking eyes out with their beak.  We learned about how one bear is in less pain due to cannabidiol (CBD) medication.  We’ll share exciting news about the six new cheetahRead More →