For students, volunteering is much more than resume or application filler; it’s learning that develops and improves work-related and educational skills. The satisfaction and reward of volunteering all depends on choosing the right opportunity. The TRIO Top Community Service page on Umpqua Community College’s website encourages students to, “choose an opportunity that is related to your future profession.” Volunteering for something that strikes a chord in interests or passions will enhance the experience. Tackling school along with working or raising a family is already quite stressful, so before students add volunteering to their schedule, they should assess what they have time for and what theyRead More →

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Flu season has started, and for many students that means staying at home battling through the long list of debilitating symptoms. Carolyn Crampton, a clinical nursing instructor on campus, says that the best remedy for the common cold is to start off the day by drinking a lot of fluids. Eating chicken noodle soup helps as it includes an antiviral component effective in treating viral infections. Most colds are caused by viruses, the most common being the rotavirus which takes about two days for the symptoms to occur. Many of these viruses are on classroom and bathroom door handles, or buttons in an elevator. “Use yourRead More →

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Now five episodes into the first season of HBO’s new series, Westworld, plotline development has finally started to pick up the pace. Based on the 1973 film written by Michael Crichton, the story of “Westworld” revolves around a future reality where artificial intelligence has been nearly perfected. For $40,000 a day, “guests” are invited to enter Westworld, a park populated by A.I. “hosts” programmed to cater to guests’ every desire for sex, violence, treasure and everything in between.Read More →

This is part 2 of the Campus Resources 101 article. See issue 43.2 at mainstreamonline.org which explains services in the student center. Reading, researching and remembering are common threads to students of many fields, and help in these areas is available where a lot of student research information is found; in the campus library.   Sue Shaffer Learning Commons & Library Some alterations and improvements that Director Carol McGeehon would be happy to share with you include the following: 87 databases can all now be searched at once when students type their keywords into the library web page search bar EBooks are increasingly available asRead More →

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The band The Amity Affliction means so much to me. With all Oct. 1 aside, this band gave me the strength to move on. This story is through my eyes. As a concert goer, I want others to feel what it’s like to be at a show. A friend and I braved the October 2016 storm threats for a growling long, three-hour drive to Portland’s Hawthorne Theater. We arrived around 4:15 p.m. near check in time, lining up with a crowd of people gathering around the front entrance. The forecast rain then started to pour down as we waited outside for the doors to open.Read More →

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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.Read More →

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The first few days of a new term can even be trying for returning students. New students in particular can feel overwhelmed by all of the handouts, materials and information presented to them. Though we’re encouraged to ask any questions of the faculty, staff  and peers, it is useful to know the best places where we can get answers. What follows is a comprehensive listing of campus resources and their locations. Almost directly behind the Welcome Center (front of campus, with a water fountain) is the LaVerne Murphy Student Center which has a concentration of services to offer.Read More →

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The Random Acts of Kindness Campaign is spreading the gift of positivity through the UCC campus in light of the deadly shooting that tragically killed eight students and one teacher on Oct. 1 of last year. The UCC Remembrance Committee has created their own version of the national Random Acts of Kindness campaign through the month of October. The random acts of kindness movement was initially inspired by a social media movement to demonstrate a random act of kindness following the Sandy Hook shooting where 20 students and six adults were killed on Dec. 14, 2012. “The campaign gives each person affected by the Oct.Read More →