UCC is hiring two new vice presidents; one for academic services and one for student services. The college’s current president, Rachel Pokrandt, is choosing to return to the traditional VP administration structure instead of the previous provost structure that combined these two positions under president Debra Thatcher. A hiring committee
Free pizza at a college has been a tried and true method of gathering students in one location on campus, but students who answered the invitation to question candidates for UCC’s next vice president of student services were more interested in being heard than eating. The search for VPSS particularly
Two changes are coming to UCC: An updated Student Center and a new Welcome Center. These changes will provide a single hub for student services and a resource for student engagement. Staff looks to focus on improving the role of the Student Center, which serves as a place for many
Often quiet with a small smile at the ready, AAOT student Tayla Griffin regularly attends her Zoom classes with the camera on, eyes focused on the instructor, her own office in the background. Math professor Mary Stinnett praises Griffin as a model remote student. “Tayla ensures her camera is on,
Although UCC campus clubs are an important part of some student’s college experiences, many clubs have fizzled out due to the pandemic. Since UCC has reopened its campus to students, clubs are slowly starting to reactivate. Currently, 15 clubs, both active and inactive, are on the club roster. While many
Nestled far away from major cities and tucked between two river bends, Umpqua Community College is unquestionably rural; just look at the family of deer munching on the lawn or the mob of wild turkeys in the school parking lot. Rural living has it challenges and perks; rural education is
Mind over matter may be seen as a mantra for achievement, but most successful people suggest taking a break and re-evaluating how sustained herculean effort affects health. One UCC student shared his story about finding balance through school. Kodi Fisher, a second-year UCC student, spent five years of his young
First-time renters are competing currently with previous homeowners, due to extremes within this housing market, to get a rental agreement approved. Preparing ahead of time will greatly increase the chances of getting approved. “Preparing documents beforehand will greatly reduce the stress involved in the rental application process,” Michelle Dellit says.
The pandemic caused many of UCC’s most active clubs to go dormant. The Queer StraightAlliance, Healthy Minds, Automotive Club, and the Nursing Club, even the Nerd Herd whichused to be UCC’s most active club. Students struggle with making student connections from thelack of availability of meeting times from classes being
While UCC students have begun to return to in-person learning, the campus still resembles a ghost town. To get students back on campus, ASUCC has been scheduling an assortment of events and activities in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center. “The events are fun and almost always include food and drink.
To increase the utility of the LaVerne Murphy Student Center space, ASUCC is working with Director of Facilities Jess Miller to suggest repurposing the UCC kitchen and cafeteria into an expanded lounge for students. The newly expanded student lounge could boast a larger space for student government, a student kitchen,
UCC students are now juggling multiple course delivery methods including face-to-face, hybrid and online. Education has become similar to a tech training program with students learning how to navigate live Zoom lectures, recorded Zoom lectures, Panopto interactivity, recorded tutorials, recorded lessons, online discussion boards and the Canvas learning management system.
For many students, funding for college is the difference between following a career path that aligns with their passions or just getting a job. College students have the unique struggle of trying to prioritize school while being continually pressured to prioritize everything else. The Revealing Institutional Strengths and Challenges group