Honoring students: 2020 Honor and Awards Virtual Recognition During spring term, 55 exceptional students were chosen by UCC faculty and staff to receive Outstanding Student awards.  This year the awards were given to students at the 2020 Honors and Awards Virtual Recognition on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 3 p.m. Honored students are chosen by staff or faculty according to three basic criteria, as well as any additional criteria that the nominators wish to use. “The student must have a concentrated focus or exhibit interest in the award area. The student must show evidence of significant creative growth,” says Marjan Coester, UCC’s director for studentRead More →

Letter from the Editor: Conquering Challenges and Change Whether transferring to university or moving into the workforce, in a short few weeks most of us will change where we live, who we spend time with and what we do for the majority of each day. These changes are even more stark during a pandemic when so much about education and workplaces is uncertain. Change can be refreshing and invigorating, or it can be unsettling and disruptive. Whether you are excited or daunted by graduation and the next step in life, it is vitally important to maintain the same level of commitment that you have demonstratedRead More →

Relationships with Instructors Key to Post-Grad Success “Building a strong relationship with instructors gives them the knowledge to write a recommendation that brings out the student’s strengths” As you graduate and leave behind the exams and due dates of student life, don’t make the mistake of neglecting the relationships you have built with your instructors. Not only can instructors be excellent mentors and good friends, but they can also provide professional recommendations essential to success in higher education that dream job. The form of a professional recommendation can vary from a simple phone conversation between your reference and a potential employer to an official letterRead More →

Commencement 2020 to take place as vehicle parade due to pandemic Graduation will look a little different this year with the June 12 commencement taking place in vehicles as graduates parade in cars through campus. Students are encouraged to decorate their cars for the event. The event will be livestreamed on the college’s YouTube channel, as well as being broadcast on Brooke Communications. If necessary, graduates can also tune in to i101 to hear the ceremony. The event will be recorded on YouTube for later viewing. The change is UCC’s response to a national effort by schools to mark their students’ important milestones without jeopardizing their safety because ofRead More →

The Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Students Moving classes online has been hard on UCC nursing students who are parents. Nursing student Nicole Johnston, mother of a 10 year old, has dealt with the challenges of K-12 schooling being shut down, childcare options being limited as well as medical facilities suspending clinical opportunities. Closure of the K-12 schools meant Johnston was required to teach her own daughter while also trying to handle difficult nursing classes. “Returning to school online as a parent is a balancing act at best. I often am working on schoolwork eight to 10 hours a day,” Johnston says.“Now, my studying isRead More →

UCC’s 3D Printers Creating Mask Connectors Two of the four 3D printers at UCC are being put to use for creating mask connectors. These connectors are available in the Laverne Murphy Student Center for students, staff, and members of the community. Loops of face masks are placed on the connectors on the back of the head in order to protect the ears from damage. In honor of National Nurses Month, ASUCC President Jesika Barnes suggested creating mask connectors to honor those working in the field. The Engineering Club President and ASUCC Business Manager Vyla Grindberg took on the project and began creating the connectors. “OriginallyRead More →

Attending summer term: the advantages and disadvantages UCC students who need to get back on track so they can graduate on time or students who must work ahead should apply now for summer school. “I think students should consider what their goal is for taking a class or classes; do they have other obligations that will get in the way, do they have time management skills, and what is the right number of classes for them?” says Melissa (Missy) Olson, the dean of enrollment management at Umpqua Community College. For those planning to attend UCC in the fall for the first time, the more casualRead More →

Automotive Program Downsizing and Reduction in Force Used to Cut Costs The automotive program at UCC is being downsized. Voted by the UCC board of education at the May 13 board meeting, the one year automotive program will remain in place and the Toyota T-Ten and two year automotive degree will be canceled. “This comes from the decrease in enrollment, increase in costs for full time equivalents (FTE) and the decline in need for associate degree students in the automotive program,” Debra Thatcher, UCC president, said. “It is a painful thing to downsize but the auto program is not going away. We feel we willRead More →

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Organic chemistry trains students to use creative thinking Students who want to change the world start small in Sean Breslin’s Organic Chemistry class. Really small. Carbon atom small. Despite the microscopic subject matter, however, students learn thinking skills in Organic Chemistry class that helps them succeed in medical school. For most people, organic chemistry brings to mind complicated theories about atoms and molecules with little relevance or importance outside of the chemistry lab. However, according to Sean Breslin, an Umpqua Community College organic chemistry instructor, nothing could be further from the truth. But first, what even is organic chemistry? “Organic chemistry is the chemistry ofRead More →

Photo provided by Hannah Turner Former UCC student helps make over 900 face masks and shares her pattern With the arrival of COVID-19, a simple trip to the grocery store has become an occasion for everyone to wear a mask according to the guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Former UCC student Hannah Turner, who is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Business Organization and Management at Eastern Oregon University, has joined community efforts to provide masks not only for the immunocompromised, but also for healthcare workers who are facing shortages during this time. She is part of aRead More →

Students answer some quarantine questions Many students are finding themselves faced with a slew of new problems now that they are anchored in their homes, while others are finding new delights in life. Here’s what students shared about their quarantine experience.   How have you been personally affected by the social distancing order?  It’s become harder to find ways to get outside. – Marley Maloney  I live with my daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids. My son-in-law is the only one going to work. My daughter is an elementary school teacher; she holds Zoom classes a few times a week, and the students seem really excited. Life with aRead More →

Kamilah Mirza/The Mainstream UCC’s newly formed baseball team finds success opening weekend After a long awaited return, the UCC Baseball team is met with great community support. Opening weekend saw 1,500 fans including alumni from 35 years ago come and cheer the baseball team to a successful 3-1 start to their preseason. “Community support has been great, we’ve had volunteers for concessions, sold a lot of merchandise and have had families house athletes while the Flegel Center was being finished,” Assistant Athletics Director Whitney Pitalo said. The two biggest hurdles for the athletics department were housing and returfing the whole stadium. “The host families hadRead More →