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Financial Aid Process Begins for 2015-16

The financial aid process for next school year, 2015-2016, has started. UCC students are advised to get into their Student Self Service account now to check on their financial aid status for next year.

The financial aid department has started to process student requests and is posting about any unmet requirements. The faster you get these taken care of, the faster you get your money. To check your status, go to umpqua.edu, then Quick Links search box, select Financial Aid and scroll down to “Important Reading” and select the Financial Aid Process document.

New Scholarship Opens

The Douglas County chapter of the Oregon Employer Council is accepting applications for a two-year scholarship in the amount of $1,200/year to attend Umpqua Community College.
Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Be employed by or a dependent family member of an employer who is a member of the local Oregon Employer Council (UCC is a member).
  • Enroll or plan to enroll in a two-year program at UCC and maintain a 2.0 GPA.
  • Provide the OEC with quarterly grades.

The application deadline is April 30. Go to www.co.douglas.or.us/hr/application.pdf and scroll down to page 3 for the application.
For more information, contact Don Cherry at 541-957-4896 or drcherry@co.douglas.or.us

Blood Drive April 27, 28

Although national Cesar Chavez Day was March 31, students can still celebrate community service and honor Chavez’s life work by donating blood at UCC’s Health Fair on Monday, April 27 or Tuesday, April 28. A blood donation can save up to three lives.
The health fair will also promote health and wellness and careers in health and science. Food will be provided for those who donate.
To donate, students and staff must register online at https://esiebelarecprod.redcrossblood.com/eevents enu/start.swe?SWEC

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Campus News

Task forces analyze student barriers

As young adult novelist Katherine Paterson once famously wrote “a dream without a plan is just a wish.” However, community college students who plan to fulfill their dreams of graduation frequently struggle to successfully navigate through UCC’s educational process. The struggle is especially difficult for non-traditional and at risk students who often make up the majority of UCC’s campus community.

This is why more than 50 faculty, administrators and students are working together on 26 new student success task forces as part of UCC’s involvement in the national Achieving the Dream program.  The national program works to “close achievement gaps and accelerate success among diverse student populations,” according to the program’s website.

At UCC, ATD is just one of eight recent guiding initiatives that the college developed to boost the number of students coming in and graduating. Over 200 community colleges nationwide are involved in the program which reaches out to over 3.8 million students at a cost to each college of $10,000 annually. ATD coaches and advisers travel throughout 34 states, providing college administrators with resources to help at risk students.

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Casino Night at Danny Lang

Vegas style gambling’ rolls into the Danny Lang Event Center at 5:30 p.m. May 9, in support of Umpqua Community College athletics.

With all the evening’s proceeds going to the athletic department, it stands as the largest fundraising event of the year for UCC athletics.

The evening will consist of dinner provided by Umpqua’s culinary department, an auction and casino style gambling. A variety of items ranging from golf packages, hotel stays, to free tax consulting will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month

The beginning of April once again signifies the start of National Poetry Month, started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The intent of the month is to celebrate poetry as an art form for both poets and people who do not usually care to read poetry.

Poetry is an often misunderstood form of literature, seen as either too complex or too simplistic. Gregg Smith, associate professor of English at UCC, teaches poetry and talked about why poetry matters to the world. “It affects us in different ways . . . not because the subject matter, but how it’s said,” says Smith. “It’s about anything and everything. It’s a means of articulating something that couldn’t be said; . . . it speaks to us. It’s applicable to everyone.”

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Oral Health Fair

The phrase “bad oral hygiene” is often associated with third world countries or clichés about the British; it isn’t exactly a phrase brought up in polite conversation. But it should be – according to local dentist Alexis Atchinson, oral cancer kills one person per hour, 24 hours a day. Over 45,000 people will be newly diagnosed this year.

On Saturday, April 25, the Douglas County Health Action Group will present its inaugural Oral Health Fair. Free oral cancer screenings as well as blood pressure screening will be given by dentists, physicians and dental hygienists. Children can meet the “Tooth Fairy” as well as get a chance to win prizes from the UCHC’s “Wheel of Smiles.” Each adult screened will be entered into a raffle for prizes. The screenings are quick and painless, about three to five minutes.

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Capturing adventure one bicyclist at a time

Although a little over two million adults rely on a car for transportation, nothing beats a bicycle for creating experiences, stories and opportunities for human interaction while traveling. No one knows this better than Greg Siple.

Since 1982, Siple has captured images of bicyclists from all around the world and recorded their stories of peddling through the Adventure Cycling Association headquarters in Missoula, Montana. For serious bicyclists, passing through the headquarters and getting their photo taken for the association’s wall is considered a rite of passage.

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