Owen Cherry / The Mainstream Chemistry professor discusses common obstacles and success strategies for chemistry students Joseph Villa, who has a doctorate in analytic/environmental chemistry, has been a chemistry professor at Umpqua Community College since 2014. Villa spent 13 years studying chemistry. Here he shares some of his educational story with insights on how to succeed as a chemistry student. What drew you to study chemistry? Up until the 10th grade I was convinced I was going to be a child psychiatrist. That was what I thought I wanted to do. But in 10th grade I took a biology course with a really great teacher,
I’m going to miss all my fellow students and our advisor Melinda Benton. The Mainstream helped me improve my writing skills and how to come out of my shell. Having recently changed my major I was worried I was too far behind in what I should already know, but after my two terms at The Mainstream I feel a lot more comfortable with my decision to go into writing and have more confidence in my decision. I really want to thank all the English teachers at UCC who have helped me, and a special thank you to Melinda for all her help this past year.
This year’s UCC faculty of the year award went to Associate Professor Georgann Willis. “I’m incredibly honored” Willis said. Completing her sixth year at UCC, Professor Willis said she had no plans of leaving UCC and will continue teaching the same courses: psychology, human relations, human development and human sexuality. Willis’ favorite course to teach is general psychology because it includes a full range of psychology and students don’t lose focus as often; also she gets to meet almost everyone on campus because it is one of the most required courses. Another psychology course called abnormal psychology will be added next year but Willis will
How old were you when you started teaching at UCC? I was 52 when I started teaching at UCC in 2004. Why UCC? Ageism led me to Roseburg. I had lived in the Portland Metro area most of my life. When I wanted to start my encore career as a fulltime speech teacher, I knew I was qualified, but I didn’t realize that being older might be a barrier for me. When I had interviews with people who were the same age as my children, I realized getting my dream job was going to be a bit more complicated than I’d anticipated. Let’s face it,
Bart Copeland retiring at age 85 spent everyday living the postman’s oath “Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Dark Of Night Shall Stay These Couriers From The Swift Completion Of Their Appointed Rounds.” Bart will forever be known as a celebrity on UCC campus. Bart has been working hard ever since he was a little kid. He said “My folks taught me how to work hard.” His father owned a ranch and a feeding store. He told how he remembered mowing the lawn, milking cows, and feeding the animals on the ranch. When he got older, he began working at the movie theater selling tickets and
I graduated from high school 2 years ago, I graduate from community college on June 14. Those 2 years flew by like a shooting star. It might sound cliché, but just like a shooting star my life at UCC was short, but it made an impact. I made memories, friends, mentors and family. I am sure this is the same for some of the graduating class of 2019, and maybe some beg to differ. As I send off the class of 2019 I would just like to say I hope your time here has the same impact on you. I started my career in the
L.M. Montgomery’s character Anne Shirley once mused, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” Until I came here, I felt my life was nothing but mistakes, carrying over day after day. Leaving here, I now know I was wrong. As I reflect on the journey I have taken here at UCC and with The Mainstream, I am reminded that each day is a new experience, sometimes with mistakes. However, with mistakes come learning and understanding. Montgomery’s character Anne understood this as she took her next steps not long after uttering those words. Her teacher inspired
I was barely able to turn a computer on when I first arrived at UCC, or I would have signed up to write for The Mainstream sooner. When more confident, I registered for J215 and then spent an entire four terms with the paper. I couldn’t be pulled away from my adopted family of creative people. If I could reasonably argue for another term (or more) I would love to have stayed even longer. My journey towards an English/Writing degree has been helped immeasurably by my time with The Mainstream, though, and I send all of my best wishes to the staff and future writers