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 →

The MainstreamPE Complex and Tom Keel Fitness Center Lockdown Drills: Being prepared for the unexpected Starting on March 10 Umpqua Community College will begin having lockdown drills. Lockdown drills have been around for a while and are now happening more often as safety preparedness is important. The drills will be happening on March 10, 11 and 13.  They will be conducted by UCC’s security team and each building will be done separately.  “This is the first time that UCC has participated in any kind of lockdown drill,” says Brian Sanders, chief of security at UCC. While the drills are going on there will be two areasRead More →

Silas Scott/The Mainstream UCC instructor Alyssa Harter preparing to start her speech 218 class. Editor’s note: Mainstream Reporter Silas Scott is a student in Alyssa Harter’s Speech 111 class at Umpqua Community College. New communications instructor Alyssa Harter understands students who put off taking their required speech classes due to fear of public speaking. As a person who overcame her own public speech anxiety, or glossophobia as it is professionally termed, she can relate. However, Harter believes that studying speech early in your education will benefit you later on. “Students communicate with speech every day. They also will be benefited by it as they willRead More →

Kacy Buxton / The Mainstream Spring break: Activities in the local area to enjoy with family and friends For students, spring break from March 22 to 29 is a time to forget about homework and hang out with family and friends. Douglas County offers many forms of entertainment that are options for spending time away from UCC. Depending on the weather, outdoor options for exploring are everywhere; this includes Susan Creek Falls, 29 miles east of Roseburg. The trail to the falls is 0.8-mile rated easy for hiking.  “The scenic 50-foot waterfall plunges over moss-lined rock cliffs,” according to the Umpqua National Forest Service’s website.Read More →

Owen Cherry/The MainstreamGail Radford shows Alicia Kutz and Kiela Manes how to prepare for sterile procedures. The dental assisting program at UCC brings together some of the key advantages of a community college education: affordability, learning valuable career skills and excellent employment opportunities after graduation. Tamara Loosli is the director of UCC’s dental assisting program. Here she shares some insights on dental assisting and UCC’s program.  What is dental assisting? The trend in dentistry for a long time now has been four-handed operative dentistry. This increases the efficiency and productivity of the doctor. The traditional dental assistant role has been to make sure that theRead More →

Katelyn Buxton/The MainstreamThe campus of Umpqua Community College prepares for spring. Pros and cons: Community college versus university For those who are looking to continue their education, the decision whether to attend a community college versus a university can be difficult. Both have significant benefits and disadvantages, ranging from the small, tight-knit classes of community colleges, to the wide variety of degree opportunities found at universities. One of the biggest factors students consider when deciding what school to attend is the cost of tuition. “I would personally recommend that everyone go and do two or three years at a community college first,” said Grant Laiblin,Read More →

Kamilah Mirza/ The MainstreamTable display for Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society Many students at UCC have seen the Phi Theta Kappa tables set out around campus or perhaps received emails asking students to join, however many students still don’t know what P.T.K. is.  “When I hear Phi Theta Kappa, I immediately thought it was a fraternity,” said student Christian Deweese. While this is a common misconception with Phi Theta Kappa or P.T.K., it is actually an honorary society that has been functioning in the U.S. for over 100 years.  Phi Theta Kappa origins began in 1918, with the original chapters in several women’s colleges.Read More →