This year, the UCC Student Engagement/ASUCC Leadership team will be providing up to 75 Thanksgiving meal baskets to students with families in need. The Thanksgiving basket project began in 2010, starting with 25 baskets. In 2014, it increased to 50 baskets. “In 2015 we increased it to 75 in order to provide baskets to the students/families who were directly impacted by 10/1. We’ve kept it at 75 since then,” said Marjan Coester, Director of Student Engagement. Students can apply for a meal basket by filling out a short online application. ASUCC only requires that applicants be enrolled students with needs. However, preference will be givenRead More →

Stress hurts. No question. Students often fail to seek social support and human connection before allowing chronic stress and anxiety to drive them into isolation. The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, including directors from Oregon State University, published results from a 2013 study showing that anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent). College students’ mental health is a growing concern, the survey found. Whether students have chosen higher education to open doors, to begin a new dream career, to learn about a passion, or to seek overall lifestyleRead More →

The downtown Roseburg library will have a soft opening within the next few weeks, according to new Library Director Kris Wiley. The grand opening is planned for Jan. 10. The scheduled reopening will bring an end to a year and a half closure for the library, which was previously the heart of an 11-branch library system run by the Douglas County government. Those libraries closed due to funding difficulties after voters rejected a proposed countywide library district tax in November of 2016. Delays to a previously planned fall opening were related to construction remodeling. Soon the library will be open 30 hours a week fromRead More →

Since its inception in 1991, the card game “Magic: The Gathering” has generated a huge buzz that influences many other games and has amassed over 12 million players worldwide, including a group at UCC. UCC’s MTG players congregate in the student center to play daily. They came from high schools in Sutherlin, Roseburg and Myrtle Creek which also had niche groups who regularly played the game. One student even started playing back in middle school. One of the appeals of the game is that there’s always something to learn. “I enjoy the tactics and the strategy; it’s a tactical game,” said Scarlet who plays atRead More →

Art professor Susan Rochester’s project, set to begin showing at The Art Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 31, was created by taking geological and satellite photos of land along the U.S. Mexican border and weaving them into a collage. The visual information in her work announces rising conflicts along the southern border of the United States. Part of Rochester’s art analyzes border patrol practices such as stopping historical visits between ancient villages and increasing danger for families in transit. Traveling to many different cultures and being introduced to historic weavings inspired Rochester to create her series of collages. Using borrowed images from Google Earth, she wasRead More →

This fall students and staff are finding new ways to get to school and reduce emissions. Carpooling and using alternative transportation is becoming more common at Umpqua Community College for students and staff. Mike Mateo, a UCC math instructor, can be seen waiting to take the Umpqua Transit bus home at the bus stop below Jacoby. He has been using the bus since last year. Scarlet Kelley, a UCC student, also takes Umpqua Transit. He said two of his friends who did not receive their financial aid were able to use ASUCC student government services for a free bus pass. I also use the UmpquaRead More →

Just one day after the third anniversary of the UCC mass shooting, the state on Oct. 2 held an all-day Trauma Informed Care Training and Community Forum in the Lang Center on campus. Host Mandy Davis, the director for Trauma Informed Oregon, engaged 130 people in a conversation about recognizing the widespread impact of trauma on Oregonians and how to better care for those who have experienced trauma. Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is a statewide collaborative working to prevent or reduce the impact of traumatic experiences on children, adults, and families. TIO also advocates for informed policies and practices, providing training on the profound effectsRead More →

People nationwide are preparing for October’s month of domestic violence awareness. Students and staff gathered Friday, Oct. 5 to discuss potential ways to prevent domestic violence. Students also created an art project with red flag banners that were displayed in the Campus Center. The red flag banners on the front had red flag warnings in dating behavior like; disrespecting, controlling and guilt tripping. On the back, they showed a healthy relationship by using words like; loyalty, respect and freedom. At a second meeting on Oct. 9, students and staff wrote positive journal entries about personal boundaries and expectations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OnRead More →

“How many days can I miss if I’m sick?” “Should I get to know my professors?” “How can I make college easier?” New students wonder about these questions and more, but no worries. Returning UCC students have some helpful advice. Cheaper alternative for books Alex Acevedo, a sophomore at Umpqua Community College says, “There’s a site that offers students free books. It’s called Openstax.” Openstax.org is a nonprofit and offers plenty of books free of cost from their partnerships with philanthropic foundations as well as educational resource companies. College doesn’t totally mean freedom Sam Canete is a sophomore in college, but a new addition toRead More →

What defines a perfect study environment? A quiet and cool silent isolation box, or sitting amongst a sea of white noise and chaos? Whatever the preferred style of studying is, campus has the place for it. Students seem to enjoy the study environments built into UCC’s newest building. “I like to study right outside the TAP building on the patio! It is usually pretty secluded and has a really nice view of the fountain” first year UCC student, Sierra Krussow, Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer said. If a loud, bustling style sounds more appealing, the Laverne Murphy Student Center has plenty of open seating. LocatedRead More →

Birds are chirping from a large pine tree as the sun steams the air outside Anne’s window. She listens to students chatting during a volleyball game on the lawn in a kind of joyous symphony. But this isn’t a happy spring day for Anne. Negative thoughts in her head rise and fall like a tidal wave. She can’t escape an ever-present darkness that seeps into her mind, never giving her a moment of rest. Close to 60 percent of college students, Anne suffers from debilitating anxiety and depression. “It all became too much,” she says. “I had to take the rest of the term off,Read More →

Can student housing become a possibility for UCC within the next few years? Many students certainly hope so. Due to Douglas County’s problems with low wages, high prices for housing and a shortage of rental homes, students struggle finding a suitable place to live. “Our low-income residents have a 1 percent rental vacancy rate. Really it is closer to zero, as we have long wait lists for our properties,” Nick Noyes, Communications Specialist for NeighborWorks Umpqua said. UCC administrators recently reviewed the possibility of purchasing the old DHS building on Harvard Avenue in Roseburg to be turned into an off-campus form of student housing; however,Read More →

Three years after the Oct. 1, 2015 UCC shooting when eight students and one instructor were killed, students and staff, families of those who died and friends collected on campus to honor those who lost their lives Fall term of 2015. “I can remember it like it was yesterday,” said a guest at the memorial who wished to remain anonymous. “It is a day that will live with me for the rest of my life.” The guest was still in high school during 2015, and the shooting delayed her UCC enrollment. “I thought it was safer to work full time and save up for aRead More →