After 15 years of teaching a wide variety of speech, communication, and gender classes here, associate professor Paula Usrey plans to retire at the end of fall term. “I will miss the students that I see grow and share so much (I learn so much from students), and I get so excited and there’s nothing more rewarding than to see students start from one place and taking those steps to work hard and end in a different place. I will also miss the interactions with my colleagues and friends. You think you’re going to see some people, but you usually don’t,” Usrey said. Usrey expressedRead More →

This year, the UCC Student Engagement/ASUCC Leadership team will be providing up to 75 Thanksgiving meal baskets to students with families in need. The Thanksgiving basket project began in 2010, starting with 25 baskets. In 2014, it increased to 50 baskets. “In 2015 we increased it to 75 in order to provide baskets to the students/families who were directly impacted by 10/1. We’ve kept it at 75 since then,” said Marjan Coester, Director of Student Engagement. Students can apply for a meal basket by filling out a short online application. ASUCC only requires that applicants be enrolled students with needs. However, preference will be givenRead More →

College students love nothing more than a hot caffeinated beverage, especially when their least favorite class gets canceled. Although coffee is a caffeine favorite, tea is also a valued option with a broader variety of flavors. “I believe tea has so many health benefits, ranging from controlling blood pressure to skin benefits. It is also a relaxing treat in the evening or a refreshing beverage in the heat of summer. Something as simple as tea can be relaxing and have an assortment of health benefits and is packed full of antioxidants, so I definitely recommend drinking it to relax and reap the health benefits,” secondRead More →

What defines a perfect study environment? A quiet and cool silent isolation box, or sitting amongst a sea of white noise and chaos? Whatever the preferred style of studying is, campus has the place for it. Students seem to enjoy the study environments built into UCC’s newest building. “I like to study right outside the TAP building on the patio! It is usually pretty secluded and has a really nice view of the fountain” first year UCC student, Sierra Krussow, Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer said. If a loud, bustling style sounds more appealing, the Laverne Murphy Student Center has plenty of open seating. LocatedRead More →

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and spring term is nearing its end. Summer is just around the corner and UCC students can start preparing for the future by getting a summer job. Have a resume prepared and updated: The sooner the better. Interviewers and most employee seekers will ask for a resume, so it’s best to have one ready. Academic advisors can help students create a resume. The UCC website states, “Make an appointment (preferred). To make an appointment with your assigned academic advisor, log into your student self-service and from the main menu choose “Make Advisor Appointments Here.” You will logRead More →

A video game trailer, face painting, food samples, and informational booths of the clubs and activities on campus brought student and community involvement to ASUCC’s Creatively Celebrating U event. “The Celebrating U event is a multicultural event celebrating everyone in UCC,” Patricia Sipe, ASUCC activities officer said. The event was located outside in the campus compass. As part of the celebration, students could step into a booth about Malaysia to learn how Malaysia came to have the largest population of Indians outside of India from a UCC student born there. They could then stroll up to visit Andre Jacob, a professor at the Woolley Center,Read More →

Roseburg is bustling with fresh produce and products from farmer’s markets, U-Pick farms and local vendors as harvest season begins. UCC students are joining others in becoming more active in the natural local produce/eating trend. “I like going to the farmers market because not only am I getting to support local businesses, but I also get to meet the people who own those businesses. It’s a great opportunity to buy healthy, fresh produce and make connections within my community,” said Sarah Orsingher, engineering major. The Umpqua Valley Farmers’ Market hosts numerous vendors who sell a variety of farm-fresh goods including high quality produce, baked goods,Read More →

UCC students Madison Becker, Margaret Anderson and Brook West prepare to snorkel on March 28 in Baja California as part of BI 101A: Evolution, Diversity and Ecology of the Baja Peninsula. Susan Jarvis attended the BI 101 trip as a reporter for The Mainstream Students experienced sparkling sunsets, warm beaches, diverse plants and evolving ecosystems while discovering more about themselves as well as the beautiful natural world of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, on a spring break field trip. Associate Professor of Biology, Ken Carloni led  an “ed-venture” for his BI 101A: Evolution, Diversity, and the Ecology of the Baja Peninsula students. Community members,Read More →

Wake up, study. . . study. . . more studying. . . crying. . . and if one is lucky enough, a little bit of sleep, then wake up, repeat. This is a common schedule for the typical student preparing for final exams. All over the country, finals week is coming up, whether students are prepared for it or not. Instead of stressing out and shutting down, students can take some easy steps to lighten the weight that finals (and their backpacks) are putting on them. “Remember to give yourself healthy breaks during studying for finals, as it can easily become overwhelming quickly. I’ve foundRead More →

Fully protecting all children from sexual abuse may be impossible, but local and national agencies are allocating resources for parents in order to reduce the risk. The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, known as RAINN, advises being actively involved in children’s lives and encouraging them to speak up. There are safe ways to reduce sexual abuse and increase child safety. Parents should have conversations with children about boundaries and about their bodies. Parents should let children know that they won’t get in trouble for speaking up about these topic, RAINN says. Local resources are also available for education and prevention of child sexual abuse.Read More →

Drinking a cup of hot coffee in the morning has become a sacred, everyday ritual for college students everywhere. Many can barely make it through the day without downing a form of caffeine in one way or another. Caffeine is a common type of energy for college students, and is usually delivered to bodies in the form of coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks. What many students don’t know is that caffeine considered a stimulant drug. “Caffeine is a stimulant which when consumed in excess can make us feel jittery, can increase heart rate, and can actually lead to insomnia,” Sarah Martinelli, lecturer for ArizonaRead More →

   Do yourself a favor and throw away your microwave ramen, unless you are looking for sodium, saturated fat, and very little nutritional value. Ramen, like other college diet staples, may be inexpensive, but your health deserves more. Eating healthy on a student budget may seem difficult, but it’s not impossible.    Is spending a few extra minutes packing food or just re-evaluating campus menu options too much work? Not really, affordable healthy eating choices are important and accessible, even for students on a budget. The UCC cafeteria staff says, “Healthy eating is an important start to the day, and for thinking.”    An affordableRead More →

Spells, runes, champions… and cupcakes? Umpqua Community College’s University of League Of Legends club held a bake sale in the middle of campus on Oct. 17. They offered different “nerd based foods” and pastries such as cinnamon rolls, cupcakes with countdown dice, and chocolate chip cookies. University of League Of Legends is the official campus club for the popular online game, League of Legends. The bake sale was designed to raise money for the ULOL club’s goal to raise funds for the PAX video game conference. While most gaming competitions take place online, UCC’s University of League Of Legends Club will try to compete inRead More →