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From music to education: Dr. Debra Thatcher’s journey to becoming UCC’s president

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    Dr. Debra Thatcher, president of Umpqua Community College. Photo provided by Robynne Wilgus.

Dr. Debra Thatcher never expected to land into the position of a college president while in her studies as an undergraduate student. “I never dreamed of being president of anything,” Thatcher said. A passion from her childhood, Thatcher initially intended to earn a degree in music at the private school she first attended. “In elementary…

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I Am UCC: UCC student survived being drugged at public event and abducted

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    Joy Smith, UCC nursing student, was found nearly lifeless in her totaled car in a remote location. Photo provided by Joy Smith

UCC nursing student Joy Smith was working with a group of volunteers at a wine tasting event four years ago in Portland, Oregon, when she allowed her cup to be out of sight for several minutes. She didn’t consider that doing this was unsafe. Seven hours later, in a remote location, the police found Smith’s…

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    Jared Norman, 33-year-old nursing student, learned to push his own boundaries in his life journey.

Joy, Adversity, and Inspiration Jared Norman’s road to UCC nursing program Halfway through a year-long backpacking trek a few years ago, Jared Norman realized his calling.  He knew that becoming a pediatric oncology nurse would be his career path. To clarify, the practice of pediatric oncology deals with treating children with cancer.

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