Imagine coming home from a long work day, taking off your shoes, grabbing a bottle of wine, and splashing some water inside because that wine bottle now contains your very own succulent! Umpqua Community College’s Alpha Sigma Upsilon honor society, a chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, are taking an innovative approach on how to repurpose old wine bottles. They are selling recycled wine bottles as unique, upcycled plant containers varying in price, shape and size. Alpha Sigma Upsilon honor society is hosting the wine jar planter fundraiser on campus from now up to “at least until January,” stated President of AlphaRead More →


Since the winter term of 2017, Umpqua Community College has been working hard on upgrading and improving the slow internet speeds and connectivity issues on campus. Some students are already seeing improvements in the network, while others are not. Jakob Bergman, an engineer major, said the network has been “a little better.” Tanner McCue, another engineer major, thought the network’s speed has had little to no difference, saying it has been “marginally different, but still overall bad.” Those who have not seen a change with the internet may need to give it some time. UCC is still working on adding a couple of more improvementsRead More →


Umpqua Community College has set new protocol for students creating new social media pages using the UCC name. The protocol was sent out in the Oct. 6 Umpqua Updates sent to faculty and staff According to the protocol, students creating a Facebook page or other social media pages with UCC’s name must meet with UCC’s Communication and Marketing Department. Students must also share the page with UCC’s Communication and Marketing staff and a designated member of that staff must be made a page administrator. The college website at in the A-Z index has a “social media at UCC” link that takes you to aRead More →


The two grants which had helped UCC provide a recovery advising specialist and a badge-wearing deputy, among other things, unexpectedly ended, leaving the college scrambling for new options. These federal U.S. Department of Education SERV grants would have continued, but as Susan Taylor, executive director for the UCC Foundation, pointed out, the rules were difficult to understand, sometimes obtuse and difficult to follow correctly. Taylor recalled that it was “frustrating” to not understand some of the vague wording presented by the government. While the two grants were lost, a new grant has helped to offset the losses. Taylor helped bring a new grant that mitigatedRead More →


It’s October. That also means that it is Domestic Violence Awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime”. It is important to highlight the resources available to students in our community. While the former counseling services on campus are not currently being funded, the college has arranged for a life coach position, a victim services coordinator and a victim mental health therapist. Some of these positions are grant funded. The life coach position offers short-term personal and crisis counseling, healthRead More →


To say that Jessica Richardson in the new provost office has been a life-long fan of Umpqua Community College is to make a literal statement. “UCC has been a part of my life (since) around 8 years old,” Richardson says, “I took a sheep shearing class that had a field trip to Oregon State University.” Richardson, a native of Myrtle Creek, does not mind her daily commute to work at all. “I love the small towns; it’s like a step back in time,” she says, referring to the rural area she calls home. As a runner, she says she can travel into Myrtle Creek’s downtownRead More →

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Dear Graduates: As we close out this year and we see our graduates move on to the future, it is important to remind ourselves of the power we have in each of us. Some might say we find ourselves in concerning times. This author would say that we find ourselves in times of certain uncertainty. However, we have the power to change our future, our country and our world. Our graduates go forward into this world, and they are armed! –armed with knowledge, with a voice, with a degree and with the opportunity to declare, resoundingly, that Silence is the Enemy. Often we have beenRead More →

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Mat Guido is a part of moving collective of individuals who are trying to make waves within the Roseburg’s art community. Guido’s work titled “Cloud Patrol” is the first art exhibit to be featured in the new Cass Studio, located off Cass Street in downtown Roseburg. The idea behind Cloud Patrol was based on using experimental photography techniques documenting the clouds during the spring time. Guido’s work represents the transition and growth around clouds that can change how we think depending on the changing of the season. By using light leaks, red scale photography and double exposure, Guido obtained these types of effects. The termRead More →

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During the summer, there is plenty to do outside in Douglas County. For outdoors fun, hike the hundreds of miles of hiking trails, explore the many waterfalls located near Highway 138 or unwind at one of several lakes scattered throughout the county. Near Twin Lakes along Highway 138 near mile mark 50 is one of the 12 locations people can park and hike the North Umpqua Trail that begins at Swiftwater Park and ends at Maidu Lake. Maidu Lake is the source of the North Umpqua River. It lies just east of Mt. Thielsen and can be reached a couple different ways. For a reallyRead More →

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Surfperch have arrived on Oregon shores. Those who do not fish for surfperch, or don’t know someone who fishes for them, are unlikely to get a chance to taste this fish. These fish can rarely, if ever, be found in fish sections of supermarkets. The May 23 recreational fishing report by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife describes surfperch fishing as “good” during periods of small ocean swells and incoming tides. ODFW’s website names late spring through early summer as the best times of year to fish for surfperch. Persons of varying ages and strengths can cast for surfperch. These fish average roughly aRead More →