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 →

Photo provided by PixabayRegular exercise can strengthen the immune system, leading to an increased resistance to illness during flu season. Natural ways to have a healthy immune system Improving the immune system will help keep one healthy and be beneficial overall. As many students know, getting sick can be a major problem because it clashes with their ability to do well in school. There are many natural ways to improve your immune system.  Getting enough exercise, eating healthier foods, and getting adequate sleep will greatly help the health of the immune system, which helps to fend off illnesses.  Yet there are more ways to helpRead More →

Photo Provided by PixabayA video gaming competition where competitive esport teams vie for the win. Esports and video games grow in popularity Humble beginnings for games blossomed into a lucrative industry that tethers students to their seats.  Esports have begun to seep into schooling, with many colleges offering scholarships and opportunities for students to play video games competitively for them. UCC has even shown interest in implementing esports in to their program. The UCC Athletics Department is busy with the introduction of a new baseball team this year, but still plan to grow their sports program in the years to come. “The UCC esports teamRead More →

Kacy Buxton/The MainstreamProfessor Marie Gambill in her office at Wayne Crooch Hall on UCC’s campus. Getting prepared for exams: how to be ready for midterms or finals Exams are a challenge and every student knows this, but not everyone knows how powerful good studying habits can be.  Many students often fall into the trap of cramming before an exam.  On the other hand, having quality preparation can lead to excelling on an exam. Most students find preparing for an exam, to be a daunting task, but with practice students can find a way that works for them can help make exams a less stressful experience.Read More →

Silas Scott / The MainstreamAnn Abel’s work study office is located in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center. Work study helps students gain relevant work experience while earning income Often students work to help cover the costs of tuition and living while attending college. One great option for student employment is federal work-study, which allows students to be employed and usually within their field of study.  “Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federal financial aid work program that provides students the opportunity to work a part-time job on or off campus and earn a paycheck to decrease student loan debt. In order to be eligible, students mustRead More →

Kamilah Mirza/The MainstreamChristina Wooten stands outside the student center. Stay on track to graduate on time with the new student educational plan Have you ever found yourself struggling to find balance between home life and school? Do you ever find yourself confused on what goals you need to be creating? Have you ever been confused about what classes to take to graduate on time and to stay on track? At UCC every student has the opportunity to create an educational plan to fit exactly what they need for the career path they would like to take. In the past this course of action has beenRead More →

Photo provided by Tiffany ColemanClass of 2019 UCC graduates gather for a group photo on the lawn in front of Swanson Ampitheatre. The path to graduation and transferring to a four-year university College students come across many questions over the course of their education, and one of them is how to graduate. After spending countless hours on the homework, classes, and the other work necessary to get them through their degree, this last challenge can be overlooked. In its simplest form, the path to graduation is the completion of all the credits for a student’s degree program. For an Associate’s of Arts Oregon Transfer degree,Read More →