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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series continues with professor of anthropology and director of the Laboratory of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University, Dr. Mark Tveskov, speaking about "Archaeology of the Rogue River War" at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Hales Center for Performing Arts on the Coos campus of Southwestern, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Professor Tveskov teaches anthropology, environmental studies, and Native American studies at Southern Oregon University. He holds BS and MS degrees in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oregon.  Dr. Tveskov is the Director of Southern Oregon University's Laboratory of Anthropology.  In 2014, Dr. Tveskov was appointed by the Governor of Oregon to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation.  Dr. Tveskov is widely published, including numerous publications which focus on the people and history of Oregon’s south coast.
The talk will focus on archaeological excavations at two sites: the Geisel Monument and the Miner’s Fort site. The Geisel family were German immigrants who settled in sovereign Tututni lands during the Oregon gold rush, and found themselves in the middle of a dramatic battle when they were attacked in February of 1856. Mr. Geisel and his sons were killed, their home was burned down, and the Geisel women taken hostage. The remaining Curry County pioneers, some with local Native American wives, sought refuge in Miner’s Fort, a log fortification built overlooking the Pacific Ocean. These sites are part of a violent landscape of war that had no front lines, and are central to the understanding the colonial process in southern Oregon that led to the removal of Native people to the Coast Reservation.

Join us in the lobby before and after Dr. Tveskov’s talk to discuss our south coast history with representatives from the following groups starting at 6:30 pm:  the Coquille Tribe; the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians; and Coos History Museum.
Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  For those not able to attend in person, all lectures are Livestreamed and archived, with access from the College's web site at  Continuing sponsors of the lecture series include DB Western, the Southwestern Foundation and the College.
The final talk scheduled in the series this year will be Dr. Carolyn Porco (UC Berkley) with “Cassini to Saturn:  The Journey and the Legacy” on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.


Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Society for the Cinematic Arts Club will be showing the movie “1984,” based on George Orwell’s novel, on Tuesday, April 4th at the Egyptian Theatre. This date corresponds with a nationwide art house showing of the film, and the first day the protagonist of the story begins keeping his illegal diary. There will be a brief pre-movie lecture, with an open Q&A to follow.
The lecture will begin at 6:45pm, and will review the themes and current relevance of Orwell’s classic novel. Our speaker, Ian Bailey, is a political sociologist trained at Cornell University, who has researched social movements and global political economy.  Among other sociology classes, he designed and taught a seminar on 21st Century Utopias and Dystopias.
It is our hope that presenting this movie will open up dialog, and alert people to the ongoing battle to preserve our fundamental rights. Will Orwell’s vision of a society controlled by the government through fear and the presentation of “alternative facts” become reality?  Will the pillars of democracy—independent press, independent judiciary, balance of power, etc.—be eroded or preserved in the 21st Century?  This film screening is an opportunity to engage and discuss these questions.
The movie will begin at 7:00pm. Admission is free.
For more information, please contact Suzan Villers at 541-888-7429.


 Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Swimming competed at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship Meet last week at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY.  The team found success in and out of the pool, receiving accolades from coaches, officials, parents, and spectators about their sportsmanship, class, and great swimming.  The combined team effort resulted in achieving many individual lifetime best times, setting 22 new school records and bringing home 74 medals, including 10 relay and 34 individual top 8 finishes.  The women’s team finished in 4th place.  The men’s team finished 2nd as the Runner-up National Champions!

The success of the team was a true team effort.  All 27 athletes that competed for Southwestern did their part to add to the respective team point totals.  Although the overall team totals are not recognized at the national championships, we have worked hard all season on teamwork and a unified effort and it is worth mentioning that all 27 athletes scored points for the team and Southwestern finished 2nd overall in the combined team point totals.

Southwestern had 5 women place in the top 8 in at least one individual event.  The women’s team was led by Sophomores Annessa Clear and Sienna Smith with 3rd place finishes in individual events.  Clear finished 3rd in the 50 free with a new school record of 24.07.  Smith finished 3rd in 50 fly with a new school record of 26.53 and 4th in the 200 fly with a new school record of 2:15.26.  Both Clear and Smith will be named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) First Team All-Americans for their individual swims as well as their contributions to relays.

Freshmen Mya Falk and Madeline Cramer added to the women’s team top 4 finishes and will be named CSCAA All-Americans for their individual event.  Falk took 4th place in the 1000 and 1650 free.  Cramer took 4th in the 50 breast stroke.  Freshmen, Angelica Lemus and Khalani Hoyer and sophomore, Casey Jentges will also be named CSCAA First Team All-Americans for their contributions to relays.

The women’s team set new school records in all 5 relays and placed in top 4 in 4 of the 5 relays.

Southwestern had 14 men who placed in the top 8 in at least one individual event.  The men’s team was led by 4 individual top 4 finishers.  Top 4 finishes included: Sophomore, Christian Broschat – 4th in 50 breaststroke; Sophomore, Thomas Crawford – 3rd in 50 butterfly; Sophomore, Chad Seevers – 4th in 1650 freestyle; and Freshman, Cas Sheridan – 3rd in 1000 freestyle and 3rd in 1650 freestyle.   

The team also had 4 relays place in the top three with our best finish of the meet coming in the Men’s 200 Yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:36.17.  The sophomore relay included: Michael “Storm” Fields, Christian Broschat, Carson Rose, and Thomas Crawford.

In its third year, we continue to see improvement as the program continues to grow.  The Men’s Team accumulated 557 points to finish as the Runner Up National Champions in 2nd place and the Women’s Team improved this year moving up to 4th place with 480.5 points.


2017 NJCAA National Swimming & Diving Champs 01-Mar-17 to 04-Mar-17 School Records Set
16 New Individual Records
Women 50 Free
24.07 Y  Annessa Clear
Women 100 Free
54.69 Y  Annessa Clear
Women 50 Back
29.45 Y Annessa Clear
Women 100 Back
1:03.06 Y Annessa Clear
Women 200 Back
2:15.42 Y Angelica Lemus
 Women 50 Breast
32.22 Y Madeline Cramer
Women 50 Fly
26.53 Y Sienna Smith
Women 200 IM
2:24.66 Y Sienna Smith
Men 200 Breast
2:09.91 Y Shane Williams
Men 50 Fly
23.33 Y Thomas Crawford
Men 100 Fly
52.84 Y Thomas Crawford
Men 200 Fly
2:06.93 Y Logan Wintermute
Men 200 IM
1:58.84 Y Shane Williams
Men 400 IM
4:16.43 Y Shane Williams
6 New Relay Records
Women 200 Free Relay
1:42.46 Y Presley LeBlanc (FR) Asha Huffman (FR) Khalani Hoyer (FR) Annessa Clear (SO)
Women 200 Medley Relay
1:53.59 Y Angelica Lemus (FR) Madeline Cramer (FR) Sienna Smith (SO) Annessa Clear (SO)
Women 400 Free Relay
3:42.83 Y Sienna Smith (SO) Mya Falk (FR) Angelica Lemus (FR) Annessa Clear (SO)
Women 400 Medley Relay
4:10.58 Y Angelica Lemus (FR) Madeline Cramer (FR) Mya Falk (FR) Annessa Clear (SO)
Women 800 Free Relay
8:24.87 Y Casey Jentges (SO) Khalani Hoyer (FR) Angelica Lemus (FR) Mya Falk (FR)
Men 400 Medley Relay
3:33.72 Y Darrin Breshears (FR) Christian Broschat (SO) Carson Rose (SO) Caleb Dean (FR)


Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Junior Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Associated Student Government (ASG) held its second annual “Teddy Bear Toss” benefiting the Pediatric Unit and the Kids’ HOPE Center at Bay Area Hospital.

381 Bears were collected at the event held during the men’s basketball game on February 22, 2017.

The teddy bear toss assists the hospital in providing a toy to pediatric patients while admitted at Bay Area Hospital. This can help ease the anxiety and fear for children being hospitalized.


 students and bears

“I am so happy the Junior Chamber was able to get the students and the community involved in such an important cause. We are really proud of everyone’s involvement and are already looking at dates to have the Teddy Bear Toss again next year.”  – Chad Anderson, Student President of Southwestern Oregon Junior Chamber and pictured here with the collection of bears for the hospital.