Campus clubs and organizations formerly funded by ASUCC’s student activity fee accounts may be facing cuts for next year. This year’s ASUCC officers are concerned over budget allocations of the student activity fee (assessed at $2 per credit) because last year’s ASUCC team was encouraged to spend more of the student activity fee fund, resulting in some depletion, said ASUCC VP Joshua Friedlein.
New Leadership Oregon, is an award winning program focused on helping women reach their full potential in leadership roles. Annually housed during the summer at the Center for Women’s Leadership at Portland State University, the intense six day program gives participants the empowerment and skills to take on leadership positions in the workforce, politics and other aspects of life.
A new future has been approved for Snyder Hall, but questions remain on what changes the project will bring to the UCC community. The UCC Board of Trustees, advised by a committee made up of faculty and students as well as community members voted unanimously on a proposal to rebuild Snyder based on preliminary plans created by Portland architectural firm, Mahlum Architects.
Campus security and questions of what has changed since Oct . 1 are still on the minds of many. Changes in security began last term and are continuing. Besides the deputy who is already on patrol, additional security staff have been requested in a grant that will go before the Oregon legislature in February.
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.