Eric Stoltz, a NASA employee, visited UCC on Jan. 15, giving students and faculty a message of solidarity as well as a unique look into the opportunities available for those interested in a career with the space agency. Originally from Evergreen Valley Community College in San Jose, California, Stead said he felt the impact of the events following Oct. 1 through friends and family who lived in the region.
ASUCC Vice President Joshua Friedlein recently met with U.S. Secretary of Education to discuss school violence. His tale from Oct. 1 came with him. When Duncan retired at the end of 2015, after meeting with Josh and other student advisers, many of the points he mentioned in his farewell speech concerned the student’s session’s, indicating the impact the student discussions had upon him. Friedlein believes the discussions also perhaps influenced President Obama’s recent executive order for more stringent background checks on guns.
A new natural resources program is offering UCC students a chance to learn hands-on from local experts in fields such as environmental monitoring, ecology and conservation science. The UCC Associate of Science program is titled Natural Resources: Landscape Monitoring. It is designed as the first two years of a four year OSU degree. Students can transfer all of their program classes to the OSU Natural Resources bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree can then be completed through OSU’s online Ecampus; students will not have to relocate to Corvallis.
Increased Security On Campus A retired deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office started providing security on the UCC campus Nov. 9, 2015 as the first of a series of security changes being sought. Deputy Scott Batsch will provide security 35 hours a week and remain on staff until June of next year. Batsch was with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years before retiring, according to KEZI News. The college is contracting with the sheriff’s office approximately $30,000 for their services, and the sheriff’s department chooses the officer.
On-campus clubs are beginning to gather again, providing an environment for students with common interests to connect, share, and support one another. The focus is on having fun, meeting new friends and getting involved in the local community. According to Amy Baker, a therapist and head of the Trauma Support center at UCC, bringing people together through shared interests can help improve personal well-being.
Rain didn’t stop the crowds of people waving American flags who came out to support veterans in what organizers call “Oregon’s Greatest Veterans Day Parade” in downtown Roseburg, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Crowds gathered to watch an estimated 120 entrants which varied from veterans on floats and motorbikes to car clubs and the boy and girl scouts. The Roseburg High School Marching Ensemble, the Glendale Pirates and the Marshfield High School Marching Band from Coos Bay played patriotic tunes while cheerleaders danced.
The community is beginning to feel the need for a physical space to honor those who suffered through Oct.1. Students are starting to form visions of a UCC memorial while discussing the future of Snyder Hall and what it represents. There are no easy answers. The road to healing is a different one for each individual. Evan Burns, a UCC history student, sees a memorial as a positive way to transform the campus. He envisions a tribute which would be integrated into the day-to-day life of the college, something more than just a place of remembrance.
Community College Tuition To Be Free For Students Within 6 Months Of High School Graduation Oregon students will now be eligible to attend community college for $50 per term, a significant discount from the $1,500 cost of attending full-time currently. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the Promise Bill and other higher education pending funding should improve college affordability for families, according to her press release.
Adjunct Speech Communication faculty Dustin Cosby is creating a series of portraits to be shown beginning Nov. 16 in Whipple Fine Arts. The finished project will be displayed over a three screen process in the gallery. The photographs will feature students, staff and faculty members wearing their I Am UCC and UCCStrong apparel in a setting of the subjects choosing. He is looking for volunteers to be photographed showing, or to offer anonymous statements about, where they are at in the grieving and healing process after Oct. 1.
Several staff who work in Snyder Hall have recently experienced adverse health effects with at least two incident reports recently filed related to severe respiratory distress attributed to the office building. In the last couple months, concerns of air pollution in Snyder Hall led Jess Miller, director of Maintenance and Grounds, to hire a certified industrial hygienist to inspect the Snyder office building. Brad Johnson from PCA Health; Safety Consultants of Lake Oswego evaluated the building on Oct. 23. Results showed poor indoor air quality, as well as microbial and ventilation issues, among other problems. This is not the first year that Snyder staff have
The Debate Club is selecting their topic for the upcoming formal debate during winter term in a new and unusual way. The topic for the winter term will be chosen by the student body in order to peak more interest in the club by allowing students to be interactive and influential in what the Debate Club debates. The idea is also expected to raise awareness of the debate club and its beneficial elements. ASUCC President Mark Silva-Horta said that he would like to see the club explore subjects like U.S. health care or campus policies. If you would like to participate in Debate Club, they