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,
Katelyn Buxton/ The Mainstream Study groups enable students to succeed The average college GPA for a math major is 2.90 with only 2.78 for chemistry majors, according to a study done by Kevin Rask of Wake Forest University. For anyone struggling with these subjects, this is not surprising. However, majors and non-majors alike can get help through UCC’s study groups. Study groups are dedicated meetings with an academic coach. While students may meet with the coaches other times, study groups enable students to come together and discuss the subject as a body. Students are often pleased with the results of attending academic coaching. “Study groups
Photos: Katelyn / Mainstream Starting in January, students at Oregon’s colleges and universities may begin to get some relief from textbook prices thanks to the passage of House Bill 2213. This is only the most recent in a line of laws enacted to change the way students use textbooks. This bill necessitates that colleges set measurable goals for increasing textbook affordability. Previous bills created a state-level Open Educational Resource librarian position to support the use of OER in Oregon, which was soon followed by House Bill 2871. This bill required community colleges to designate no-cost and low-cost textbook courses. Open educational resources are free teaching
Photo: Silas / Mainstream The cafeteria closure this summer led to some students protesting with a failed petition while others shrugged it off. But the need for a place to sit, relax and study while eating is ongoing. “It was nice place to sit and talk. Good food,” said George Turner, a second year UCC student. Connor, another student, added, “The close was disheartening because it was a place to relax and get food.” Some students decided to stand their ground and rounded up some votes for a petition, which failed to circulate among the entire student body. The petition itself then ultimately failed. Turner,
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.
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Out of a group of 94 eligible UCC students, three have been nominated for the Jacoby Award. The three finalists are Taylor Strickland, Monica Botwinick, and Eric Anderson. The nominees were evaluated by their scholastic achievement, college service such as participating in college events, and community service. To be considered for nomination, students needed to complete at least 72 credits and six terms at UCC, have a GPA above or at 3.5, and have all graduation requirements completed by the end of summer term 2019. After a committee led by Georgann Willis narrowed the choices to three nominees, interviews were held in order to determine
What are you doing after UCC? Garrison Leif: I’m going to pursue a life to become a therapist and and am going to achieve my bachelor’s in psychology and then a masters in Portland State.Colleen Jackson: After I graduate I’m actually going to apply for the degree partnership through always OSU and stay at UCC for one more year. After that, I plan to go to OSU to major in chemistry and going to a Pharmacy program.Alec Hillman: I’m heading to Old College in Alberta, Canada on an athletic scholarship to play basketball. Where do you see yourself in five years from now? Leif: In