UCC will be constructing its first solar array as part of an ongoing energy efficiency overhaul for the campus. According to Jess Miller, director of UCC facilities, the installation will feature 36 kilowatts of installed power but the electrical framework and inverters will be designed to deal with 300 kilowatts of installed power. This will allow the array to be expanded to provide up to approximately 10 percent of UCC’s yearly electricity consumption.
Construction workers may be a common sight on campus for the next several years as new buildings continue to expand the UCC experience. While work continues on the Health, Nursing, and Science Center (HNS) and a new astronomy observatory, staff are looking ahead to the Snyder rebuild, as well as a possible Industrial Technology building.
Violence is most corrupt when it attacks humanity in its institutions of hope and peace. Whether the victims are writing students in an Oregon community college or poetry students in a school called Bacha Khan in Pakistan, communities grieve in ways that can connect us. The Mainstream reached out to Bacha Khan University after it suffered a school shooting on Jan. 20, 2016, 111 days after UCC’s attack. Bacha Khan’s attack left 21 dead, including students, teachers and staff. The university, located at Charsadda in northwestern Pakistan, was named after Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a friend of Ghandi and a peace activist who trained thousands
A new future has been approved for Snyder Hall, but questions remain on what changes the project will bring to the UCC community. The UCC Board of Trustees, advised by a committee made up of faculty and students as well as community members voted unanimously on a proposal to rebuild Snyder based on preliminary plans created by Portland architectural firm, Mahlum Architects.
Eric Stoltz, a NASA employee, visited UCC on Jan. 15, giving students and faculty a message of solidarity as well as a unique look into the opportunities available for those interested in a career with the space agency. Originally from Evergreen Valley Community College in San Jose, California, Stead said he felt the impact of the events following Oct. 1 through friends and family who lived in the region.
Jill Biden, second lady of the United States and wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, calls herself a lady who doesn’t do lunch, but she did lunch today with the UCC community. “What an honor it is to have her here,” UCC President Rita Cavin said. Biden’s campus visit came after the Vice President’s office asked UCC what they could do to help regarding Oct.1.
A new natural resources program is offering UCC students a chance to learn hands-on from local experts in fields such as environmental monitoring, ecology and conservation science. The UCC Associate of Science program is titled Natural Resources: Landscape Monitoring. It is designed as the first two years of a four year OSU degree. Students can transfer all of their program classes to the OSU Natural Resources bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree can then be completed through OSU’s online Ecampus; students will not have to relocate to Corvallis.
On-campus clubs are beginning to gather again, providing an environment for students with common interests to connect, share, and support one another. The focus is on having fun, meeting new friends and getting involved in the local community. According to Amy Baker, a therapist and head of the Trauma Support center at UCC, bringing people together through shared interests can help improve personal well-being.
The community is beginning to feel the need for a physical space to honor those who suffered through Oct.1. Students are starting to form visions of a UCC memorial while discussing the future of Snyder Hall and what it represents. There are no easy answers. The road to healing is a different one for each individual. Evan Burns, a UCC history student, sees a memorial as a positive way to transform the campus. He envisions a tribute which would be integrated into the day-to-day life of the college, something more than just a place of remembrance.