Silas Scott/The Mainstream UCC instructor Alyssa Harter preparing to start her speech 218 class. Editor’s note: Mainstream Reporter Silas Scott is a student in Alyssa Harter’s Speech 111 class at Umpqua Community College. New communications instructor Alyssa Harter understands students who put off taking their required speech classes due to fear of public speaking. As a person who overcame her own public speech anxiety, or glossophobia as it is professionally termed, she can relate. However, Harter believes that studying speech early in your education will benefit you later on. “Students communicate with speech every day. They also will be benefited by it as they willRead More →

Silas Scott / The MainstreamAnn Abel’s work study office is located in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center. Work study helps students gain relevant work experience while earning income Often students work to help cover the costs of tuition and living while attending college. One great option for student employment is federal work-study, which allows students to be employed and usually within their field of study.  “Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federal financial aid work program that provides students the opportunity to work a part-time job on or off campus and earn a paycheck to decrease student loan debt. In order to be eligible, students mustRead More →

Boone Olson/ The MainstreamStudents can take the CLEP at the UCC Testing center, located in the Educational Support Building Testing center now open for CLEP exams A CLEP college course exam, which can substitute for an entire class, could save a student time and money while providing the college credit needed to accomplish career goals faster. Umpqua Community College has the tools required for the CLEP exam process. A CLEP is “a way to gain college credit without taking a class if you are knowledgeable of the subject,” Ellis Poole, UCC’s testing center coordinator, says. “I clepped out of four classes, which saved me thousandsRead More →

Photo provided by PixabayVolunteering can imporve psychological well-being and satisfaction Volunteering offers many unexpected benefits Would you volunteer if volunteering helped you to secure a scholarship? Would you volunteer if it greatly impacted your social health? Volunteering is surprisingly helpful and beneficial. Volunteering for the sake of a scholarship, however, may be hard for some who are shy or who avoid socializing. Nevertheless, the benefits may be worth the effort. “Volunteer experience may also boost your financial aid package. There are a great deal of scholarships and grants out there that list community service as a prerequisite, so if you dedicate some time each weekRead More →

Silas Scott/ The Mainstream Blood drive successful John Jachetta attends the American Red Cross blood drives in Roseburg, Oregon every couple of months whether it is UCC’s drive or the drive at the local Red Cross center. “It is good for me to give my blood every couple of months because it renews my blood,” said Jachetta. Bobbi Long, a phlebotomist who works for the Red Cross and has for years, offers confirmation of Jachetta’s perspective. She knows the benefits of blood donations, “For men, it reduces a chance of a heart attack by 80%,” she says. This benefit is larger in men because menRead More →

Photo: Silas / Mainstream The cafeteria closure this summer led to some students protesting with a failed petition while others shrugged it off. But the need for a place to sit, relax and study while eating is ongoing. “It was nice place to sit and talk. Good food,” said George Turner, a second year UCC student. Connor, another student, added, “The close was disheartening because it was a place to relax and get food.” Some students decided to stand their ground and rounded up some votes for a petition, which failed to circulate among the entire student body. The petition itself then ultimately failed.  Turner,Read More →