I’m going to miss all my fellow students and our advisor Melinda Benton. The Mainstream helped me improve my writing skills and how to come out of my shell. Having recently changed my major I was worried I was too far behind in what I should already know, but after my two terms at The Mainstream I feel a lot more comfortable with my decision to go into writing and have more confidence in my decision. I really want to thank all the English teachers at UCC who have helped me, and a special thank you to Melinda for all her help this past year.Read More →

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This year’s UCC faculty of the year award went to Associate Professor Georgann Willis. “I’m incredibly honored” Willis said. Completing her sixth year at UCC, Professor Willis said she had no plans of leaving UCC and will continue teaching the same courses: psychology, human relations, human development and human sexuality. Willis’ favorite course to teach is general psychology because it includes a full range of psychology and students don’t lose focus as often; also she gets to meet almost everyone on campus because it is one of the most required courses. Another psychology course called abnormal psychology will be added next year but Willis willRead More →

The UCC 2019-2020 budget was proposed and approved during the month of May. A major concern, in terms of budget shortages, with this new budget was the “increase in revenue sources as the state allocation doesn’t keep up with the cost increases” Natalya Brown, chief financial officer, and Katie Workman, budget manager, said. “It remains a concern for all of the community colleges in Oregon.” The state currently allocates $590 million for the community college support fund. “In the case that allocation doesn’t hold, UCC will need to look into additional budget adjustments,” Brown and Workman said. Another source of revenue could have come fromRead More →

Accreditors mark accommodation, recommendations UCC was up for its mid-cycle evaluation report in April. This report falls in between the college’s normal seven-year accreditation cycle and acts as a pre-evaluation so that UCC is ready for the next accreditation evaluation in four years. Accreditors spoke to significant UCC individuals and groups on April 18 and 19 about some of the main points of the accreditation report. Four issues of concern included new strategic plans, shared governance ambiguity and incomplete assessment practices. The accreditors reviewed the college’s mission and core themes, human resources and leadership throughout the college. Director of Assessment and Accreditation Emily Fiocco sharedRead More →

UCC student Cody Phillips’s car was stolen from the UCC campus Friday, April 26. Phillips left his blue Honda in the UCC parking lot, west of the Whipple center, just before 11 a.m. After he and fellow student Zach Schissler put their backpacks with laptops inside. He returned shortly at around noon to discover his 1994 Civic Hatchback and his valuables inside were nowhere to be found. After searching the surrounding parking lot, Phillips contacted the police and UCC security to report the missing car. UCC security was unable to find any evidence from campus security surveillance tapes of how the car was stolen. TheRead More →

As the list of front runners in the coming 2020 U.S. presidential election continues to assemble, the number of female candidates has surpassed the previous election by double. In the 2016 elections, only 12% of running candidates were female. In the current election race, 33% of 18 candidates are female, according to The Washington Post. The U.S. isn’t the only country experiencing a rise of female politicians. In the current 116th Congress, 131 women currently serve in both the House and the Senate, compared to last year’s total of 115, according to Congressional Research Service reports. These numbers contradict polls which have shown some AmericansRead More →

Professor Jillanne Michell is taking her first sabbatical to study Shakespeare in England after 20 years teaching Shakespeare and other literature classes at UCC, including women’s literature, environmental literature, and various other introduction to literature courses. Michell, who will be away from UCC all spring term, will travel with her husband who is a retired UCC English professor also passionate about Shakespeare. The pair will be traveling to London, Stratford and Oxford for three weeks during her time away from teaching. She plans on researching and seeing plays at the Globe Theatre and at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, as well asRead More →

UCC’s nursing program is one of eight regionally approved community colleges with Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs in the state of Oregon. Although recent news reports have pointed to its financial decision to forego national accreditation is due to its no longer being needed, the program is wildly recognized for its rigor and student success with over 85 percent of students passing their state licensing exams.   Amber Wenzl, a first-year student in the program has both endured and excelled so far. She offers some tips on studying and staying motivated. “Take it day by day. It’s a lot of work, and it’s important to wake up every day with a positive attitude,” Wenzl said. Instructor feedback has helped her the most during her first year, Wenzl said. She added that the valuable feedback helps with learning and rememberingRead More →

Community members assembled at Stewart Park for the Martin Luther King’s Day river clean-up on Monday January 21. This volunteer-based event started at 10 a.m. Monday morning underneath the Stewart Park pavilion for a 3-hour long community service act in honor of the King.  Maris Wilson with Umpqua Watersheds and Americorp helped coordinate and lead Monday’s event. As Education Outreach Coordinator, she assisted in rallying people together to help clean up the surrounding area between Stewart Park and Gaddis Park with donated supplies from Umpqua Watersheds and DC Co-op. Wilson said, “I feel really gracious that today’s community came on their day off to pickRead More →