Out of a group of 94 eligible UCC students, three have been nominated for the Jacoby Award. The three finalists are Taylor Strickland, Monica Botwinick, and Eric Anderson. The nominees were evaluated by their scholastic achievement, college service such as participating in college events, and community service. To be considered for nomination, students needed to complete at least 72 credits and six terms at UCC, have a GPA above or at 3.5, and have all graduation requirements completed by the end of summer term 2019. After a committee led by Georgann Willis narrowed the choices to three nominees, interviews were held in order to determineRead More →

UCC took gold in welding and second and third in the automotive contest during the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference at Camp Withycombe on March 15 to 16 in Clackamas. UCC has been competing in association with SkillsUSA since 1985. Derek Meier took first for gold in the welding category. Ian Fisher is the lead welding instructor for the current 26 students in UCC’s program. In the automotive category, Garrett Wene won second and Kelton Sivola won third. Kevin Mathweg is the automotive instructor for roughly 21 students. “The students need to be at a comprehensive caliber to go to the competition. There areRead More →

What are you doing after UCC? Garrison Leif: I’m going to pursue a life to become a therapist and and am going to achieve my bachelor’s in psychology and then a masters in Portland State.Colleen Jackson: After I graduate I’m actually going to apply for the degree partnership through always OSU and stay at UCC for one more year. After that, I plan to go to OSU to major in chemistry and going to a Pharmacy program.Alec Hillman: I’m heading to Old College in Alberta, Canada on an athletic scholarship to play basketball. Where do you see yourself in five years from now? Leif: InRead More →

UCC graduating senior, Shyla Yu, receives the Diversity Excellence Scholarship for the University of Oregon because of her hard work and passion of social science. Yu was awarded $14,000 dollars to aid with her Bachelors degree in psychology. “I’m really proud of myself for getting the scholarship because I started college having no idea how I would ever pay for it,” Yu said. She has been awarded this scholarship due to recognition of her achievements in and out of the classroom, and her commitment to enhancing diversity in the community. “I’m interested in psychology because I want to normalize, raise awareness, and help adolescents withRead More →

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 →

How old were you when you started teaching at UCC? I was 52 when I started teaching at UCC in 2004. Why UCC? Ageism led me to Roseburg. I had lived in the Portland Metro area most of my life. When I wanted to start my encore career as a fulltime speech teacher, I knew I was qualified, but I didn’t realize that being older might be a barrier for me. When I had interviews with people who were the same age as my children, I realized getting my dream job was going to be a bit more complicated than I’d anticipated. Let’s face it,Read More →

Bart Copeland retiring at age 85 spent everyday living the postman’s oath “Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Dark Of Night Shall Stay These Couriers From The Swift Completion Of Their Appointed Rounds.” Bart will forever be known as a celebrity on UCC campus. Bart has been working hard ever since he was a little kid. He said “My folks taught me how to work hard.” His father owned a ranch and a feeding store. He told how he remembered mowing the lawn, milking cows, and feeding the animals on the ranch. When he got older, he began working at the movie theater selling tickets andRead More →

Monica Botwinick has been highly engaged at UCC as a full-time student, peer mentor, Phi Theta Kappa five-star officer, QSA Club president, and Debate Club public relations officer, as well as wife and mother of three.  After experiencing many life challenges, like simultaneously being homeless, jobless, and pregnant at 21 years old, Botwinick allowed those experiences to take the backseat on a journey filled with opportunities to help others who have also dealt with loss and persistent struggle. Recently, Botwinick found herself on a fast-track to bringing her visions of becoming a Post-Partum Mental Health Counselor to fruition.  “On April 23, over 30 supporters, manyRead More →

The February snowstorm led to the loss of many campus trees. To counteract the losses, ASUCC put together a tree planting ceremony. The snowpocalypse,  also known as Snowstorm Ryan, left the once beautiful campus looking in ruins with down trees and fallen debris. Pamela Goodwin, the ASUCC Event Coordinator, noticed both staff and student concern about the campus’s appearance. “I am a firm believer that, if you don’t like something, find a way to change it.” To make that change, clubs came together on Friday, May 10 to replant trees on UCC’s campus. A total of 16 trees were planted. Staff and students planted sixRead More →

The damage done to UCC’s campus brought on by the snowpocalypse three months ago led to a dilemma about the hole in the bookstore roof: Repair or Replace? UCC’s school board decided to remove the roof due to the internal damage to the building beyond the hole in the roof as well as a desire to strengthen the roof for future storms. During the process of repair, students and staff only saw the external reconstruction of the roof by Roseburg Roofing and Steve Songer Construction, who provided their services as well. Limb Walkers Tree Services also removed the tree off the roof as part ofRead 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 →

After a voting period of three days held on Canvas, 245 votes for the ASUCC student council election were tabulated on May 9th. The Results: ASUCC President – Jesika Barnes ASUCC Vice President – Jessica Grubbs ASUCC Activities Officer – Jadyn McAbee ASUCC Public Relations Officer – Kayla Kilburn ASUCC Business Manager – Vyla Grindberg The results were accepted by the ASUCC Student Leadership Team on May 14, and the candidates will take their new positions during the 2019-2020 school year. The incoming 2019-20 student body president Jesika Barnes, who is attending UCC for her pre-nursing major, is excited about her new position. “[Being onRead More →

Douglas County educators are working to double the percentage of students proficient or advance in math and science. Only about 42 percent of all Oregon students (elementary, middle, and high school) for 2016-17 met the progress measure and only about 43 percent met the intermediate level (level 3) for math, according to the Oregon Statewide Report Card. The 2019 Steam Extravaganza took place on campus Saturday, May 18. This free event was put on by the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub. The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub works together to unite schools and engage students in interactive events and workshops. STEAM stands for science, education, engineering, andRead More →