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 →

The Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) is now offering ten new spots to students who need assistance with advising and so much more. TOP is a unique program to help students graduate which offers academic advising, transfer advising, peer tutoring, financial aid and scholarship assistance. To be eligible for TOP, students need to meet certain federal requirements for low-income and be first generation college students who want to complete their transfer degree and transition to university. Students can use this service any time Monday through Friday as they are working toward that transfer. However, TOP will benefit the most students who use it from the beginningRead More →

The UCC bookstore roof, damaged from heavy snows in March, is being repaired by Roseburg Roofing. To help fund the bookstore roof repair, $150,000 was transferred from UCC’s general fund, according to the May UCC board report. The old roof was removed and new roofing material installed during a period of sunny skies in late April and early May. The bookstore was open during the process with taping around the sidewalk to protect students and staff.Read More →

The Explore UCC event took place on April 25. This event allowed different departments to share what they offer. Seniors from high schools or possible students from the community had a look behind the curtain to discover what they would like to do when they attend UCC. Whether or not it was more successful than last year is hard to say, but with 100 people attending sure is better than 0. The event had thirty departments participate including the automotive department, History, TOP and human resources just to name a few. Explore UCC will come back for 2020. Jessica Richardson, recruitment coordinator said “Yes, Absolutely.”Read 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 →

Dan Habibi, filmmaker of the documentary “Intelligent Lives” knows that people with intellectual disabilities are the most segregated of all Americans. “Only 17 percent of students with intellectual disabilities are included in regular education. Just 40 percent will graduate from high school. And of the 6.5 million Americans with intellectual disability, barely 15 percent are employed,” Habibi says. “People with disabilities number over 288,000 as of 2017 in the state of Oregon. Only 37.8%, or 109,027 of those with disabilities are employed.” — Oregon Study of Health & Disability His documentary “Intelligent Lives” was shown at UCC on April 23, sponsored partly by Les Rogers,Read 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 →

Umpqua Community College and Umpqua Valley Arts Association have partnered with the Ford Family Foundation and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art to present the Hallie Ford Fellows Exhibition “What Needs To Be Said.” The exhibition features a presentation at both UCC and UVAA, and the work can be viewed at both venues until May 8, 2019. An artist panel was held March 15 at Centerstage Theatre in the Whipple Arts Building as part of the opening reception. During this time, Susan Rochester, Fine Arts department chair, asked the three artists in attendance, Karl Burkheimer, Samantha Wall, and Blair Saxon-Hill, various questions about their workRead More →

Sometimes the process of getting healthy requires a little assistance. The new local chapter of the global Blue Zones project is attempting to do just that. They promote healthy living in all aspects of life, including diet. Thirty percent of Oregon adults are now obese, according to “The State of Obesity” report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Oregon is not alone in the battle for healthy choices; half of U.S. states now have obesity rates of more than 30%, including four states in the South with rates of more than 35%, according to the Center for Disease Control’sRead More →

Passion comes through loud and clear whenever Sophia Garcia, UCC’s Accommodations Specialist Ambassador, explains why she enjoys working with students so much. Garcia, who is currently pursuing an Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer degree at UCC, serves as the friendly face of the Accessibility office. “I just want students to be empowered through us,” Garcia says. Garcia asserts what she considers to be the best thing about working in Accessibility: “Seeing people succeed when they didn’t think that they could.” Even though accessibility offices are common across U.S. college campuses, students often fail to reachout for accommodations and support. One of the reasons for thisRead More →

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America lists symptoms, provides tips on anxiety management. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that “anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions – just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in the United States.” And, anxiety is on the rise. “There is no question that all of the national surveys we have at our fingertips show a distinct rise in the number of mental health problems,” Dr. Jerald Kay, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Wright State UniversityRead More →