How to stay on track with school: study schedules Studying can be a challenge in more ways than one, as any student knows.  One of the biggest issues is procrastinating on homework; this is where study schedules come in.  Not only do they help keep students from procrastinating, they also help to keep students on track with their homework. Students should start with a schedule that plans out their entire day for a week in hourly segments. As this schedule is used, students can add incentives for keeping the schedule to avoid the temptation of procrastination. After a couple weeks, some students might find thatRead More →

To ease the stress of being cooped up all day, as well as the looming threat of incoming midterms, UCC students have been asked an array of lighthearted quarantine hypotheticals. Here’s what they shared.  If you could pick one restaurant to be able to eat at during quarantine, where would it be and why?  Definitely a Mexican restaurant. I love the energy and getting chips before the meal! –Julia Spens  I would eat at Panera Bread in Eugene. It’s not in Roseburg, so I can’t eat there right now, and I love soup and good bread so that’s my favorite place to go! –Sicily Tornell  I would wantRead More →

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Organic chemistry trains students to use creative thinking Students who want to change the world start small in Sean Breslin’s Organic Chemistry class. Really small. Carbon atom small. Despite the microscopic subject matter, however, students learn thinking skills in Organic Chemistry class that helps them succeed in medical school. For most people, organic chemistry brings to mind complicated theories about atoms and molecules with little relevance or importance outside of the chemistry lab. However, according to Sean Breslin, an Umpqua Community College organic chemistry instructor, nothing could be further from the truth. But first, what even is organic chemistry? “Organic chemistry is the chemistry ofRead More →

Staying motivated with online classes during social isolation As classes have moved online for Oregon students, some are struggling to find the motivation to do school work as social distancing continues. One struggle students navigated was figuring out whether their classes were synchronous or asynchronous.  Synchronous is a real-time type of learning where students have in the past met together with their teacher, but now these sessions have been moved onto Zoom, a live video conferencing software.  While sounding like a good use of technology, there has been many struggles for students and teachers alike while using Zoom. One such problem is the lack ofRead More →

Photo provided by Hannah Turner Former UCC student helps make over 900 face masks and shares her pattern With the arrival of COVID-19, a simple trip to the grocery store has become an occasion for everyone to wear a mask according to the guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Former UCC student Hannah Turner, who is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Business Organization and Management at Eastern Oregon University, has joined community efforts to provide masks not only for the immunocompromised, but also for healthcare workers who are facing shortages during this time. She is part of aRead More →

Students answer some quarantine questions Many students are finding themselves faced with a slew of new problems now that they are anchored in their homes, while others are finding new delights in life. Here’s what students shared about their quarantine experience.   How have you been personally affected by the social distancing order?  It’s become harder to find ways to get outside. – Marley Maloney  I live with my daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids. My son-in-law is the only one going to work. My daughter is an elementary school teacher; she holds Zoom classes a few times a week, and the students seem really excited. Life with aRead More →

Kamilah Mirza/The Mainstream UCC’s newly formed baseball team finds success opening weekend After a long awaited return, the UCC Baseball team is met with great community support. Opening weekend saw 1,500 fans including alumni from 35 years ago come and cheer the baseball team to a successful 3-1 start to their preseason. “Community support has been great, we’ve had volunteers for concessions, sold a lot of merchandise and have had families house athletes while the Flegel Center was being finished,” Assistant Athletics Director Whitney Pitalo said. The two biggest hurdles for the athletics department were housing and returfing the whole stadium. “The host families hadRead More →

Silas Scott/The Mainstream UCC instructor Alyssa Harter preparing to start her speech 218 class. Editor’s note: Mainstream Reporter Silas Scott is a student in Alyssa Harter’s Speech 111 class at Umpqua Community College. New communications instructor Alyssa Harter understands students who put off taking their required speech classes due to fear of public speaking. As a person who overcame her own public speech anxiety, or glossophobia as it is professionally termed, she can relate. However, Harter believes that studying speech early in your education will benefit you later on. “Students communicate with speech every day. They also will be benefited by it as they willRead More →

Owen Cherry/The MainstreamGail Radford shows Alicia Kutz and Kiela Manes how to prepare for sterile procedures. The dental assisting program at UCC brings together some of the key advantages of a community college education: affordability, learning valuable career skills and excellent employment opportunities after graduation. Tamara Loosli is the director of UCC’s dental assisting program. Here she shares some insights on dental assisting and UCC’s program.  What is dental assisting? The trend in dentistry for a long time now has been four-handed operative dentistry. This increases the efficiency and productivity of the doctor. The traditional dental assistant role has been to make sure that theRead More →

Katelyn Buxton/The MainstreamThe campus of Umpqua Community College prepares for spring. Pros and cons: Community college versus university For those who are looking to continue their education, the decision whether to attend a community college versus a university can be difficult. Both have significant benefits and disadvantages, ranging from the small, tight-knit classes of community colleges, to the wide variety of degree opportunities found at universities. One of the biggest factors students consider when deciding what school to attend is the cost of tuition. “I would personally recommend that everyone go and do two or three years at a community college first,” said Grant Laiblin,Read More →

Photo provided by PixabayRegular exercise can strengthen the immune system, leading to an increased resistance to illness during flu season. Natural ways to have a healthy immune system Improving the immune system will help keep one healthy and be beneficial overall. As many students know, getting sick can be a major problem because it clashes with their ability to do well in school. There are many natural ways to improve your immune system.  Getting enough exercise, eating healthier foods, and getting adequate sleep will greatly help the health of the immune system, which helps to fend off illnesses.  Yet there are more ways to helpRead More →

Lisa Clark/ The MainstreamNursing Student Cami Mattravers feels great eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet. The food you eat can determine how you live Despite the incredible advances in medicine and science, lifestyle changes are essential to living a long, healthy life. “Back in 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that the ‘doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of [the] human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of diseases,’” says Dr. Michael Greger in his book “How Not to Die.” More than 100 years later the majority of doctors are still not instructingRead More →

Kacy Buxton/The MainstreamProfessor Marie Gambill in her office at Wayne Crooch Hall on UCC’s campus. Getting prepared for exams: how to be ready for midterms or finals Exams are a challenge and every student knows this, but not everyone knows how powerful good studying habits can be.  Many students often fall into the trap of cramming before an exam.  On the other hand, having quality preparation can lead to excelling on an exam. Most students find preparing for an exam, to be a daunting task, but with practice students can find a way that works for them can help make exams a less stressful experience.Read More →