Ciara Byars

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“Angels Passing” closing soon

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The Art Gallery in Umpqua Community College, Whipple Fine Arts building presents “Angels Passing” by Michael Hoeye. Hoeye graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts. He later received a Master of Arts in Religion and Psychiatry from Union Thelogical Seminary in New York, New York. Hoeye moved back to Oregon in 1992 and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

The exhibit features people from Hoeye’s neighborhood in Portland. He captures the people in actions that seem ordinary and meaningless as he passes them on the streets during their daily routines. Hoeye uses a series of mediums such as drawing, photography, choreography, written text and digital printmaking to create this series.

Hoeye describes the people in his series as “strong, happy, dignified, funny, elegant, hopeful, dreamy and mysterious.” He wanted to focus on the people. Each piece is focused around each subject on a blank canvas. There are six passages that accompany the exhibit, concluding with: “Perceive the luminous trace of each passing angel. Stay alert to messengers local and distant. Glimpse the beauty in a fluid leap for the bus, wings outstretched. Attend to the gleam in a stranger’s eye, the joy saturating two linked arms”.

Students who visited the exhibit gave it high praise using words such as “unique,” “beautiful” and “interesting.” There are approximately 100 pieces on display in the gallery through Thursday, March 16.  The Art Gallery is free and open to the public. It is open weekly from Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as for special events at Centerstage Theater.

Wellness department in the works

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    Small Group class is helping with Resiliency Week event. Ciara Byars / The Mainstream

Umpqua Community College is working on building a new wellness department on campus to focus on students’  mental health and accessibilities needs.  A  wellness center is now located in the Educational Skills Building  across from the Swanson Amphitheater. The center provides many recourses to help students through difficult times such as specialty short term counseling services, special academic advising, weekly wellness workshops, support groups and  the resiliency room (located in ESB 9).

A group from Dustin Cosby’s Small Group discussion class is hosting a Resiliency Week in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 to March 3 to help kick off the wellness center.  Group members and wellness staff will provide  information on wellness center courses as well as food, a drawing for prizes, therapy dogs and wellness workshop sign-ups. The group’s goal  is to spread information to students about all the free health services and support available to them on campus.

Kylie  Chong, a student in the Small Group class, is helping with the Resiliency Week event. “Raising awareness about mental illness and eliminating the stigma attached to it is incredibly important. So many people struggle everyday, unaware what is wrong, and many others are too afraid to get the help they need. We want to show people that you are never alone. There are so many resources on campus and in the community that we want to showcase and bring light to and show that there are always people in your corner,” said Chong. Chong’s other Small Group team members will also be in the Student Center during Resiliency Week: Taylor Tate, Sheri Rokus, Cheyenne Ramos and Rebecca Mapes.

The Small Group team is requesting donations for the Resiliency room to make it more of a safe and comfortable space for students. They ask for decorative room décor such as student art (paintings, poetry, drawings, sculptures, etc.), activities (moon sand, adult coloring books, colored pencils, books, dry erase markers, quiet games, paper, etc.), and other items such as CDs, plants, and headphones.

They request  that none of the donations are negative or profane, for  they want to keep the area a safe place for everyone.

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