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School and basketball have given student Breannie Robinson a lot to smile about.

Winning at Life and Basketball

“My mom is my everything. She is my teacher, my shoulder, my strength, my smile and my frown. Even when my mom passes on, my wings are still going to be flying for her.” —Breannie Robinson

None of us have choice over our childhood. So much of our life’s foundation is based upon our parent’s decisions, good or bad. A tumultuous childhood handed 19–year-old UCC athlete Breannie Robinson plenty of opportunity and excuse to give up. But she didn’t.Full Story

 
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This graph displays a representation of the new Legacy fee of $7 per credit for two years and then $8 per credit for the following three years. The fee’s purpose will be to aid in additions and renovations to the college campus.

UCC Legacy Fee Approved for the Construction of the Allied Health and Science Building

A new student fee of $7 per credit has been approved by the UCC school board as of Oct. 8, at this month’s board meeting. This fee will start next summer term and continue for the next two years. Based on information from a student open forum at UCC’s library Oct. 3, this fee will be raised to $8 per credit for the next three years. After a total of five years, the legacy fee will be reevaluated and will either remain the same, be raised or lowered. Full Story

 
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UCC is raising funds to install a rock wall like the one illustrated above.

Rock Wall Faces Climb to Completion

Did the Chinese have funding issues with the Great Wall of China?
Well, if they did, UCC’s student government could commiserate with all their struggles to fund a campus climbing rock wall.Full Story

 
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Debate Club officers Jamie Glenn and Theresa Barry led a debate over beef or pork jerky preferences.

Fall Club Fair Invaded Student Center

An uproar filled the usually quiet student center where two students dressed up in cow and pig costume jumped around, disco lights illuminated the space on the overcast day and fog machines created an eerie glow. The ASUCC Student Leadership Team hosted the quarterly club fair Oct. 15. Full Story

 
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Students Seeking Out Thrills This Halloween

“Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with ‘scary’, ‘spooky’, ‘haunted’, or ‘forbidden’, in the title” is something Shaggy would proclaim from the well-known television cartoon Scooby Doo.
However, this seems to be a great difference in opinion from what some of the student body at UCC plans to do in terms of festivities this season. Many students are really drawn to the creepy and thrilling this Halloween season. Full Story

 
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Second year French students are currently fundraising to “flea” to France for spring break.

Flea Market to Help Students Travel

For most, a trip to France is just a dream, but ASUCC officer Haley Stammen and TOP director Caroline Hopkins have set out to make those dreams a reality for the French 200 level students.
Stammen and Hopkins are organizing a fund raiser in the form of a flea market to support a spring break educational trip to France in the student lounge on Nov. 6 and 7 running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full Story

 

Riverhawks Look to Spread Wings Internationally

An international program was proposed to College Council by Jason Aase, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Oct. 14. The proposal was well-received with the biggest concerns were initial cost and housing, Aase said.
“The idea of an international program has been a bee buzzing around in Jason’s bonnet for a while,” Nick Tratz, World Languages instructor, said. Full Story

 
The Mainstream will lose design editor Jared Hegg, web editor Susie Day, copy editor Alex Ivey, sr. reporter Don Gilman and designer Summer Hall to graduation.
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The Mainstream will lose design editor Jared Hegg, web editor Susie Day, copy editor Alex Ivey, sr. reporter Don Gilman and designer Summer Hall to graduation.

Graduating Mainstream staff will be missed

As graduation nears, The Mainstream must say goodbye to some of its best.

With nearly seven years of combined experience, Susie Day, Don Gilman, Jared Hegg, Alex Ivey and Summer Hall will move on in their story of life, leaving a sizable void in The Mainstream and its family. Read More


The foundation has been looking into purchasing apartment complexes exclusively for UCC students. The project is in the “pre-preliminary stages,” according to UCC President Joe Olson.
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The foundation has been looking into purchasing apartment complexes exclusively for UCC students. The project is in the “pre-preliminary stages,” according to UCC President Joe Olson.

Campus housing in discussion between board of trustees and foundation

UCC has never had a form of on campus housing for students for the last fifty years. The Foundation has issued a request “to select and contract with a real estate broker to provide real estate services for the organization,” according to the May board report. UCC Foundation was looking into purchasing “multi-family complexes” in hopes of providing housing opportunities for UCC students in Douglas County. Read More


Success started around a campfire for 2014 graduate Ursula Angel.
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Success started around a campfire for 2014 graduate Ursula Angel.

Jacoby award nominee beats odds to graduate

Commencement will be a pinnacle in many students’ lives, but few have faced as many challenges as Human Services student Ursula Angel. For Angel, UCC has been a journey from homelessness to a life of helping others. Read More


Indoor rock wall coming to campus

When the current ASUCC student government approved a large spending package, one of the items was $8000 for a rock climbing wall to be built in the racquetball court. However, almost immediately afterwards several current and former students raised their voices in protest, stating the rock wall a waste of money and resources. Read More


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SOWI chosen for $180,000 grant

SOWI will receive payments in aggregate of $180,000 over the course of three years to spend on their Grow Our Own job readiness project. This project will work to recruit viticulture and enology students, help train current SOWI students and assist SOWI graduates find jobs. Wal-Mart Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges provided the grant through the two organizations’ Job Ready, Willing, and Able initiative. Read More


UCC Skills USA competitors placed in a record number of events. Automotive students swept their division.
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UCC Skills USA competitors placed in a record number of events. Automotive students swept their division.

Skills USA students dominate competition

Students from UCC’s automotive service technology, welding, commercial baking, technical math and technical drafting departments recently competed in the SkillsUSA Oregon competition. The SkillsUSA group is a collaboration of students, teachers and members of industry working to ensure that the United States continues to have a workforce with the requisite skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. UCC did well in each of the events. Read More


UCC faculty and staff are preparing for the accreditation process. The process will be completed next year, three years sooner than expected in order for the NWCCU to be able to accommodate all the schools in the Pacific Northwest.
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UCC faculty and staff are preparing for the accreditation process. The process will be completed next year, three years sooner than expected in order for the NWCCU to be able to accommodate all the schools in the Pacific Northwest.

Staff work on accreditation process now underway

While pupils here at UCC are writing papers and factoring polynomial equations, a handful of faculty members are prepping for a test of major importance that takes place next year: the accreditation of Umpqua Community College. Accreditation is a required periodic school evaluation that occurs in seven year cycles. It ensures a certain level of competency and quality is being met. Read More


No Smoking
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E-cigarettes spark UCC smoking policy reform

The beginning stages of revising the UCC smoking and tobacco policies are currently underway.

The College Council will be updating the campus smoking policy to include e-cigarettes. Inconsistencies within the tobacco free campus administrative procedure and UCC’s smoke- free campus board policies will be addressed as well. Read More


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7 Questions For 7 Candidates

With the May 20 and 21 ASUCC elections right around the corner, we sat down with seven student candidates in hopes to get to know them a bit. Read More


Tuition
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College to link tuition increases to U.S. consumer price index

Tuition increases may become more predictable as financial experts on campus decide on a new way to calculate costs per credit. UCC plans to approve a new policy for determining tuition increases by linking a consumer price index, also known as CPI or the index, to the college’s financial needs. Read More


Shop students can now work under better lighting funded by a Toyota donation.
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Shop students can now work under better lighting funded by a Toyota donation.

Auto shop gets $20,000 donation from Toyota

As a reward for meeting the certifications of Toyota’s affiliated T-TEN program, UCC’s automotive department received an initial $20,000 donation this year from Toyota. The donation is devoted to auto shop renovation, to improve working conditions for the automotive students. Read More


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Students pay as college balances budget

The 2014-15 academic year will begin with a larger financial burden for students as per credit and term fees are increased.

The board of trustees voted April 9 to raise the registration, technology, online course and hybrid course fees. Read More


Sarah Gordon
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Sarah Gordon, ASUCC President

ASUCC leaders spend as elections near

The ASUCC Student Leadership team, in an attempt to spend down approximately $60,000 in student activity fees saved over the last few years, has finished voting to spend over $18,000 in student projects and is now beginning the process of putting together the student government election for 2014- 2015. Read More


April Hamlin, Caroline Hopkins, Ali Mageehon and Emery Smith are collecting ideas for how to improve student success.
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April Hamlin, Caroline Hopkins, Ali Mageehon and Emery Smith are collecting ideas for how to improve student success.

Achieve the Dream committee wants to help every student graduate

Graduating from college is an important milestone. Many would say it is achieving a dream.

Advising Specialist Caroline Hopkins and a team of UCC staff members are looking to break down the barriers that stand in the way of that dream by implementing new ideas and using data collected from those changes to implement college improvements that will help more students graduate. This work is part of the Achieving the Dream program, funded partially through the Lumina Foundation. Read More


UCC budget overcomes deficit

Running an institute of higher learning isn’t an easy thing, but it is especially difficult when enrollment is down, costs are skyrocketing and funding is scarce. For the last several years UCC has been dealing with not only a difficult economy but a stifling deficit as well. Read More


John and Lynda Vannice shared a passion for teaching and an office in Synder Hall. Lynda describes her husband as “borderline brilliant.”
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John and Lynda Vannice shared a passion for teaching and an office in Synder Hall. Lynda describes her husband as “borderline brilliant.”

Students and faculty reflect on memories of John Vannice

UCC instructor John Vannice passed away after a short battle with cancer March 6, 2014. Vannice retired in spring 2004 after teaching a variety of courses on campus for many years. His retirement was short lived, as he returned fall 2004 to teach online sociology and psychology courses. Read More


Casino night fundraiser proceeds to benefit UCC athletics

A little bit of Vegas style gambling rolls into the Danny Lang Event Center 5 p.m. April 26, in support of the Umpqua Community College’s athletic programs.

The event will consist of dinner, a silent auction and casino gambling. A variety of items such as a wine and oak table along with a Sun River House and Golf package will be auctioned. Read More


Hannah Hawkins served as editor of the student newspaper for two years.
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Hannah Hawkins served as editor of the student newspaper for two years.

Mainstream Editor Hannah Hawkins reflects as she moves on

Now that basketball is finished and my education at UCC will be done at the end of this term, my time at UCC will also come to an end. I am in the Army National Guard and will be going to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in April for Basic Training.

I have enjoyed many different experiences at Umpqua Community College: Participating in new courses of study, meeting new people (both faculty and students), playing basketball and more. However, nothing can compare to working on The Mainstream. Read More


Juniper by Brenna Tyler is made from collected wood & metal materials.
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Juniper by Brenna Tyler is made from collected wood & metal materials.

Campus infused with Northwest art culture

Campus has a bit more Northwest flavor as 37 new pieces of art by 24 artists have been added to UCC’s permanent art collection for display in public locations throughout the college.

The art pieces, most from Oregon artists, were selected by a blind jury led by Susan Rochester, chair of the Fine and Performing Arts department. Read More


Ben Chu works with dry ice and CO2 gas in Science club, showing that carbon dioxide is denser than air.
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Ben Chu works with dry ice and CO2 gas in Science club, showing that carbon dioxide is denser than air.

Five new clubs connect students

Student success is an equation with many factors: studying, networking and participation, to name a few. To help students access some of those benefits, UCC now offers five new official student clubs: drama, nursing, science and technology, veterans and environmental. These new clubs are looking for members. Read More


>The original College Board: (top row, left to right) Dr. Clifford babbitt, William Markham, Charles Dowd, Ray Coffenberry, (bottom row) Wayne Crooch, Fred Booth.
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The original College Board: (top row, left to right) Dr. Clifford babbitt, William Markham, Charles Dowd, Ray Coffenberry, (bottom row) Wayne Crooch, Fred Booth.

Celebrating half a decade of UCC

To some people, the age of 50 means enrolling in AARP or a discount at Mainstay Suites, but for the people of UCC, 50 means half a decade of accomplishment. This year, the college is celebrating fifty years of success with students, employees and the community. Read More


The board of trustees unanimously passed the UCC Scholars program which offers free tuition to high school graduates who meet eligibility requirements.
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The board of trustees unanimously passed the UCC Scholars program which offers free tuition to high school graduates who meet eligibility requirements.

UCC Scholars to offer free tuition for fall 2014

The UCC Scholars program, coming next fall, will grant free tuition to top local in-district students graduating from high school who attend UCC. These students must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher as of the first semester of their final year of high school. Read More


A silent art auction, held Feb. 13, raised $3,440 for the new Veterans Center. Artist Linda Aman, wife of UCC Vice President of Student Services Rick Aman, donated 30 paintings which she painted in 30 days.
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A silent art auction, held Feb. 13, raised $3,440 for the new Veterans Center. Artist Linda Aman, wife of UCC Vice President of Student Services Rick Aman, donated 30 paintings which she painted in 30 days.

Donors assist with opening of new Veterans Center

Veterans at UCC can find a place to study, unwind, and get assistance in the new Veterans Center. The Center, located in the Education Skills Building, opened up on Jan. 27.

The Veterans Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Any student who is a veteran, who has previously served or is currently serving in the armed forces, can use the Center to socialize. Read More


Virtualizing servers will simplify computer labs at UCC, if implimented.
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Virtualizing servers will simplify computer labs at UCC, if implimented.

Preparing for the virtual future

Managing software installations and computer lab updates on campus may get faster and cheaper soon if a concept to virtualize labs works out.

The idea is called “thin-client architecture” and will treat PCs in labs more like terminals. The “thin” means that the lab computer itself runs only a few applications; software and data is stored instead on a central server and executed over an intranet or the Internet. Read More


Kira Oerman-Perkins and Leanna Chapman work together to organize the new Welcome Center.
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Kira Oerman-Perkins and Leanna Chapman work together to organize the new Welcome Center.

Administration building now Welcome Center

Those needing help with registration, admissions or cashiering should go to the Welcome Center (the old Administration building), and students needing assistance in counseling, financial aid or student life should revert to Campus Center. Read More


Hutchison sometimes helps out at the circulation desk.
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Hutchison sometimes helps out at the circulation desk.

A New Book, a New Chapter, a New Life

When spring term comes to a close, just about when students start to plan their summer vacations, the UCC library will be making some new arrangements of their own.

David Hutchison, who has been the library director for close to 20 years, will retire and end a chapter in the book of his life. Read More


Violeta Bilan is the current ASUCC activities officer.
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Violeta Bilan is the current ASUCC activities officer.

Bilan fills vacancy on ASUCC student leadership team

This term, the ASUCC Student Leadership Team has recruited Violeta Bilan as Activities Officer for the remainder of the year. The position was vacant since fall term after the previous officer was removed.

Bilan was born in Ukraine. She has also lived in Russia, the country Georgia, Massachusetts and Michigan before moving to Portland and finally Roseburg. She moved frequently because of her husband’s job. Read More


Dennis Corbin, keynote speaker, is working on becoming a vocational craft laborer.
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Dennis Corbin, keynote speaker, is working on becoming a vocational craft laborer.

General Education degree unlocks doors for students

The reasons for dropping out of high school are many and varied, but without a GED or diploma, jobs are fewer, and with less pay. Little chance often comes later to finish that education.

“You have a much more difficult life without a GED,” Sociology teacher Emery Smith said. Smith, who holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Oregon, knows firsthand how important getting that diploma is. After dropping out of high school at a young age, Smith later took the courses necessary to receive his General Education Diploma. Read More


Filing early for graduation, an effort to help students proceed

Attention students who will be graduating this spring: the deadline for filing for graduation was Jan. 31. Do not freak out if you missed the deadline, there is still hope of graduating on time, but you must hurry.

Students filing for graduation should either go to the Admissions Office in Campus Center or fill out the graduation evaluation online through the self-service Banner. Read More


The ASUCC Student Leadership president was impressed with the turn-out at the Jan. 29 Club Fair.
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The ASUCC Student Leadership president was impressed with the turn-out at the Jan. 29 Club Fair.

ASUCC helps boost club enrollment

The ASUCC Student Leadership Team held a club fair for campus clubs to recruit new members and increase involvement on campus. “The club fair was a great success,” President Sarah Gordon said. “We pushed for clubs to have interaction with students at the fair, and they brought it.”

More than eight clubs had tables at the fair on Jan. 29, including the Veterans Club and the National Student Nursing Association which formed Jan. 27. Read More


Cody Perry, UCC’s new Culinary Arts chef instructor, would like to increase student leadership in the Bistro.
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Cody Perry, UCC’s new Culinary Arts chef instructor, would like to increase student leadership in the Bistro.

Campus Bistro now offering daily specials

Many people enjoy a quality meal with excellent customer service, but those dinners are not always feasible within the college student’s budget. Recently, the UCC River Rush Bistro began dishing up not only higher-end food, but also exemplary customer service at an affordable price.

The Bistro, located in Campus Center next to the dining room, is just as affordable as the cafeteria where many students often purchase French fries or other quick foods. Read More


After dinner, visitors were told about bachelor programs that work with associate of applied science degrees.
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After dinner, visitors were told about bachelor programs that work with associate of applied science degrees.

Engineering and CIS open house teaches technology degree importance

Prospective high school and college students learned about local and statewide engineering, surveying and computer information technology opportunities at an open house event hosted last week in the Danny Lang Center. About 200 guests attended. Read More


Students are not the only people who suffer in the financial aid process. Michelle Bergmann is bound by many federal regulations that keep her from helping students.
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Students are not the only people who suffer in the financial aid process. Michelle Bergmann is bound by many federal regulations that keep her from helping students.

Struggle between students and financial aid

Although financial aid has already been dispersed, students complain about the process. If there is one thing the people working in the financial aid office would like students to know, it is this: they are there for you. “At the end of the day the reason we’re here is to help you get your aid and understand. We are here to serve you, sometimes it doesn’t seem that way, but ultimately that is what the goal is,” Michelle Bergmann, head of UCC’s financial aid department said. Read More


Margaret Davis, cafeteria employee, punches a cafe card for a student.
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Margaret Davis, cafeteria employee, punches a cafe card for a student.

Resources for students

Many students can barely find funds for their tuition and fees; how are they supposed to pay for meals and transportation as well, especially at the beginning of the term before financial aid checks arrive? For students signed up for financial aid, UCC has options. Read More


UCC’s new website features a more modern look and easier navigation.
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UCC’s new website features a more modern look and easier navigation.

Website reinvented to better serve students

The new Umpqua Community College website is now available on campus computers which hopes to go live by the end of January. The site, which uses a Joomla content management system, features a cleaner, more modern look, easier navigation, a working search bar and updated information. Read More


UCC student, Cheyenne Lange
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UCC student, Cheyenne Lange

Students warned about GoPrint practices

The GoPrint system in the campus library, which is supposed to help reduce printing costs, has led to an unforeseen issue of student privacy. Students are unknowingly exposing their Social Security numbers, tax and FAFSA information while printing documents containing this information. Read More


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Video: UCC Pool Repair

The UCC pool, which has been in a state of disrepair for several years, is soon going to get a badly-needed overhaul and should be up and running by the spring term. Mainstream Senior Reporter Don Gilman interviews Jess Miller and Cheryl Yoder. Watch Video


Intro to Women’s Literature will feature poetry, short fiction, a novel, and essays by women. Jill Michele looks forward to teaching this course.
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Intro to Women’s Literature will feature poetry, short fiction, a novel, and essays by women. Jill Michele looks forward to teaching this course.

Professor hopes literature class will encourage study of female writers

The gender stereotype is that women dominate the English classrooms of American, but in real life, male authors dominate literature courses’ reading lists.

Literature instructor Jill Michell hopes to change that imbalance with her Introduction to Women’s Literature class, to be offered winter term. This four credit course focuses only on writings by women. Read More


Brent Lewis teaches several classes in the Learning Skills Department. Geology instructor Karen Carroll also began her educational journey at a community college.
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Brent Lewis teaches several classes in the Learning Skills Department. Geology instructor Karen Carroll also began her educational journey at a community college.

Lewis, Carroll finish their first term

If you were new to campus this fall, you are not the only one. While you were swimming through financial aid forms, working to make your term schedule fit together and finding your way through the bookstore for books, a host of new faculty also had to work through their own first-time on-campus challenges. Over 20 instructors began their first year as new hires. Two of these shared their first-time experiences in email interviews. Read More


Six of the eight pieces in the art show “Groundspace” use twine, thread, cord or a combination to illustrate calmness amidst chaos.
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Six of the eight pieces in the art show “Groundspace” use twine, thread, cord or a combination to illustrate calmness amidst chaos.

Reifsneider “threads” her non-traditional art into gallery

Spending a few minutes in the Whipple Fine Arts gallery can be mesmerizing and mind-blowing. It can also be a place of overwhelming calmness and ease. Taking the time to look at the art may make a person take a couple deep breaths and think . . . or not think for that matter.

The art that currently inhabits the gallery is ethereal, a showcase of patience, perseverance and reverence of time. The show, titled “Groundspace,” exhibits work from artist Jennifer Reifsneider. Read More


Any item that is left alone can be snatched away, as illustrated above.
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Any item that is left alone can be snatched away, as illustrated above.

How to handle on-campus theft

Oh no! You left your brand-new laptop on a table and turned your back for just a few minutes, and now it’s gone. What do you do? You report your loss to security.

To begin the process of recovering stolen property, students need to call security. They will then be asked to fill out an incident report, which can be found at most of the offices on campus, or a security officer will bring students one once they’ve reported the theft. Read More


Students registering for classes in the early days of UCC
Photo provided by Rick Aman, Vice President for Student Services
Students registering for classes in the early days of UCC

Welcome center prepares for grand opening

Registration will be easier for students soon, due to a streamlined system that will begin in January. This system involves a Welcome Center which will be inside the current administration building.

Vice President for Student Services Rick Aman says the Welcome Center will be a more efficient way for students to utilize services. “Students can apply for admission, register for classes, review grades, accept financial aid awards, view and pay bills and much more, all at one convenient location,” Aman said. Read More


The Club Fair hosted by ASUCC Student Leadership Team provided information about club activities.
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The Club Fair hosted by ASUCC Student Leadership Team provided information about club activities.

Campus clubs, organizations increase employability

All clubs invite anyone interested in gaining skills to attend a meeting and explore opportunities from becoming involved. Read More


Ukrainian faculty and staff studied UCC programs.
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Ukrainian faculty and staff studied UCC programs.

Campus career and technical programs impress Ukrainian visitors

UCC faculty and staff hosted five delegates from two major universities in Ukraine when they visited Oregon Nov. 8 to 17 as part of an Open World Program. The purpose was to exchange ideas regarding higher education and learn about the American culture.

The delegates explored the automotive, nursing and the wine programs to gain insight on the way career training is financed and administered in America, said delegate Alexandr Dubiv, the head of information technology at Uzhhord Technical University. Read More


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UCC policy allows for smoking on the outskirts of campus. Twenty nine percent of community college campuses are smoke free. Should UCC be one of them?

Should UCC be a smoke-free campus?

Of the 17 community colleges in the state of Oregon, only five are 100 percent smoke and tobacco-free. The other 12 have less restrictive smoking policies, such as allowing smoking only in the parking lots. Of that 12, one other campus shares UCC’s policy of perimeter smoking—no smoking permitted in the core of the campus, only on the outer edge. Read More


Disability Service department assists students

Serving more than 100 students singlehandedly, Danielle Haskett, the Disability Services Coordinator, needed help.

Recently, the Disability Services department added a new employee to their small staff.

Dianne Carter started work Nov. 4 and is currently working part-time Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Academic Advising and Career Service Center. Read More


Bottles of S.O.W.I. Wine
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Bottles of S.O.W.I. Wine

Wine sales started to support S.O.W.I. programs

Southern Oregon Wine Institute began selling its wine for the first time to faculty and staff of UCC two weeks ago on Oct. 25 and 26, and on Friday Nov. 1 they began selling their wine to students and the general public. Read More


The ASUCC leadership team is Vice President Charles Martin, Public Relations Officer Susie Day, Buisness Manager Shane Rhinehart and President Sarah Gordon
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The ASUCC leadership team is Vice President Charles Martin, Public Relations Officer Susie Day, Buisness Manager Shane Rhinehart and President Sarah Gordon

ASUCC Leadership Team looking to increase student involvement

The lack of senators and an activity officer means a heavier workload on the current officers and less staff to assist with events. For example, senators are required to maintain seven hours per week, which includes the two meetings, and the budget allows for the funding of six senators per quarter. That would equal 30 hours per week of assistance which is now unavailable. Read More


$445,821 grant to impact students

Students will benefit in many ways this year thanks to the $2 million U.S. Department of Education grant that was awarded to UCC. More than $445,000 will be utilized during the first year to go towards seven different areas of interest: personnel, fringe benefits, travel, supplies, equipment, contracts and endowment. Read More


Jessica Powell practices her skills during a welding class at UCC. Many students have found  employment opportunities as welders in Douglas County and Oregon following graduation.
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Jessica Powell practices her skills during a welding class at UCC. Many students have found employment opportunities as welders in Douglas County and Oregon following graduation.

Welding program looks to expand its horizons

The welding program has been on campus for nearly 50 years. The Lockwood building, where the class takes place, was one of the first structures built. “It looks just the same as it did in 1975,” said Duane Thompson, part-time welding instructor at UCC.

The welding program is currently a one year experience (a single nine month term), though Fisher and Thompson strongly feel that students need more time to learn. “Welding is just one skill set,” Thompson said. The jobs that involve welding also require math, writing, how to work the machines and how to read blueprints. Read More


Students leaving campus late Tuesday night could hear sirens from the Winchester shooting.
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Students leaving campus late Tuesday night could hear sirens from the Winchester shooting.

Security guards take precautionary action after Winchester shooting

Campus security worked closely with the Douglas County sheriff’s department and initiated procedures for lock down and student escorting the night of Oct 22. when  a shooting incident near the college led to two deaths.

Police and sheriff officers looked for the shooter in the Hwy 99, Page Road area across the river from the college around 9:30 p.m., a time after evening classes had ended and most students were off campus. Read More


GoPrint screens require students’ ID and passwords.
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GoPrint screens require students’ ID and passwords.

GoPrint or Go Home

Printing procedures are beginning to change on campus as the new GoPrint software continues to roll out.

Students are now required to log-in to GoPrint with their student I.D and pin number in order to print any materials off library lab computers and some lab computers, a big change from the touch screen release stations used previously. Read More


The Success Center is an open area where students like Jorge Nader and Graham Founds can study.
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The Success Center is an open area where students like Jorge Nader and Graham Founds can study.

New Success Center: Listening to students’ needs

Finding help with the stresses and problems of student life just got a little easier because of changes recently made to UCC’s former tutoring lab. The name change reflects the center’s new, broader scope.

The Director of Learning Skills, Terrance Bradford, said the changes came as a direct result of “simply listening to students.” The Success Center now offers help with everything from time management skills to academic success plan development and help with online classes. It still offers individual tutoring. In addition, financial aid and baby sitting issues are addressed. Read More


New satellite dishes allows UCC’s Centerstage to stream London’s National Theatre productions.
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New satellite dishes allows UCC’s Centerstage to stream London’s National Theatre productions.

Facilities crew bring life to theater broadcasts

Bringing London’s National Theatre Live broadcasts to UCC required a complex coordination between faculty, administrators and the UCC facilities crew. Stephanie Newman, Theatre Studies director pitched the idea for the live broadcasts to Jason Aase, dean of Arts & Sciences. Aase then brought the plan to Vice President of Instruction, Roxanne Kelly. Read More


Appearing from left to right are Krista Johnson, Ellen Brown, Susan Taylor
Photo provided by Krista Johnson, UCC Foundation
Appearing from left to right are Krista Johnson, Ellen Brown, Susan Taylor

Foundation kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The Foundation kicked off their “Hats off to the 50th” campaign Oct. 22, a fundraiser for Foundation grants and scholarships. The college celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.

“We have seen a tremendous spirit of giving since the campus’s inception and are confident that the campus will continue to make a difference in the community for years to come,” said Krista Johnson, Scholarship and Donor Relations Coordinator. Read More


Susan Taylor’s US Dept of Ed grant will bring the college $2 million over 5 years.
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Susan Taylor’s US Dept of Ed grant will bring the college $2 million over 5 years.

Hard work pays off with $2 million UCC grant

After more than 100 pages of text and approximately 50 revisions over a four year process, UCC received a $2 million grant from the US Department of Education. This grant, is part of the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program. SIP is money that goes toward low income students to help complete college. Read More


Ninety-seven percent of all TOP students are in good academic standing, according to TOP advisers. 2013 TOP Graduates.
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Ninety-seven percent of all TOP students are in good academic standing, according to TOP advisers. 2013 TOP Graduates.

Transfer students benefit from TOP

The Transfer Opportunity Program is a TRiO Student Support Services Program that supports community college students as they complete their two year transfer degree and move on to a University.

TOP provides services such as academic advising, transfer planning, book loans, financial aid and scholarship assistance, peer tutoring, university campus visits, free one-credit classes, cohort opportunities and career advising. Read More