The following was received April 27 with a request if we’d be willing to consider printing.  Dear Umpqua Community College Staff and Students, It’s surely no secret that our campus and the nation as a whole is going through a very difficult time currently, and while our world is full of negativity and darkness, there are still a good many things that deserve to be celebrated. Many of you may not know that the month of April is also national Autism Awareness month, and while the entire world as we know it seems to be crumbling beneath our feet, those with Autism Spectrum Disorder areRead More →

Owen Cherry/ The MainstreamVyla Grindberg, ASUCC Business Manager Last year, being my first year at Umpqua Community College, I kept to myself for the most part, content to keep building on my successes. To me, originally that meant simply graduating and doing the best I could do in my classes to get a job. It was small things that I kept doing – moving to take an internship, going to Engineering Club, and then becoming a representative to go to these meetings so our club could get some extra income. Even at that point I didn’t realize what I was capable of – I didn’tRead More →

When we see things happening all over the country, like the tragedy that happened here on October 1, it should be a time to ask questions and reflect on the events leading up to these moments in order to prevent them from happening again. What can we actively do to make a difference in the real world for the better, to be the change? That’s what life is all about. Progressive actions being taken place to enforce true change that inspires hope to even go further, beyond our wildest expectations, and make our dreams a reality.Read More →