Physics & Astronomy Lecture: Southwestern brings former NASA Flight Director to discuss Lessons Learned from Mission Control

Physics & Astronomy Lecture: Southwestern brings former NASA Flight Director to discuss Lessons Learned from Mission Control

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Physics and Engineering Department is pleased to welcome Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, current National Space Grant Project Manager at NASA and former Flight Director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control for a talk “Lessons Learned from Mission Control”. Gonzalez-Torres will be sharing insights gained through his academic and professional career. The lecture will take place Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 4:00 pm in Umpqua Hall 184 on Southwestern’s Coos Campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay).

Gonzalez-Torres will discuss the experiences that led him to oversee space missions at Johnson Space Center, and his current work with the Space Grant program. He will highlight challenges he’s encountered and share advice for students and future scientists. We encourage students of all ages and interested community members to attend and participate in the Q and A following the lecture.

The talk will be streamed live for those that cannot come to campus. Access the live stream via our website (www.socc.edu) or at this link: https://livestream.com/swocc/physicsandastronomy2022-23.

For students and community members in Curry County (and beyond) a Zoom link will be available so that you may participate in both the lecture and Q and A. For zoom participation information contact Dr. Aaron Coyner at aaron.coyner@socc.edu.

 

For more information about the lecture series contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, aaron.coyner@socc.edu.

To learn more about physics and engineering degrees at Southwestern visit https://www.socc.edu/physics/.

Photo Credit: Iowa State University

 

 

Physics and Engineering Programs at Southwestern hosts Open House

Physics and Engineering Programs at Southwestern hosts Open House

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Physics and Engineering programs will host an open house event for prospective students of all ages and their families. Join us on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 6 pm in the auditorium of Umpqua Hall (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay), our new Health & Science Technology building. We will discuss the available programs and transfer options at Southwestern and highlight the research and project experiences of our current Space Physics Engineering and Atmospheric Research (SPEAR) team.

This event is a joint venture between Southwestern and NASA Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC), and the Providing Research Infrastructure in Space and Material Sciences Project (PRISMS).

The evening will include a Question-and-Answer session about our programs and a tour of our new physics and engineering labs. The event is free and open to anyone interested: middle and high school students, as well as non-traditional students.

For more information, please contact our OSGC PRISMS project coordinator, Krystal Hopper, at krystal.hopper@socc.edu or Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, aaron.coyner@socc.edu.

To learn more about physics and engineering degrees at Southwestern visit https://www.socc.edu/physics/.

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute offers a Prepared Dinner and Chocolates & Sweets for Valentine’s Day

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute offers a Prepared Dinner and Chocolates & Sweets for Valentine’s Day

Coos Bay, OR – The Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s (OCCI) Culinary Competition Team is offering a three-course take-home meal for two to share with your Valentine. Proceeds from the sale support the team’s travel to competitions around the country.

 

PRE-ORDER IS NECESSARY: You must pre-order by Friday, February 10, 2023. Pick up is at OCCI (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay) from 10 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, February 14.

 

This meal for two is prepared and ready to serve. Cost is $65 for the dinner; $80 if you’d like a bottle of wine included. On the menu: Caesar Salad, Focaccia, Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce & Spicy Sausage, Heart Shaped Cheesecake and four Chocolate Covered Strawberries. To pre-order, email lapatisserie@socc.edu or call 541-888-7309.

 

Looking for sweet treats only?  OCCI’s La Patisserie is having a chocolate and sweets sale as well. Pre-order is not necessary. Just come to OCCI between 10 am and 1 pm on Tuesday, February 14 and pick out your favorites.

 

Items include:

  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries (GF): $5 each, $15 for six
  • Selection of Chocolates (GF): $7 box of four, $18 box of 12
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes: $18 for four
  • 6-Pack Macarons (GF): $8
  • Heart-Shaped Cheesecake (GF available): $12
  • 8” Flourless Chocolate Torte (GF): $15
  • 6-Pack Sugar Cookies: $12

 

Questions? Email lapatisserie@socc.edu or call 541-888-7309. Thank you for supporting our students in this fundraising event.

 

Physics and Astronomy Lecture: Diving into an Ocean World – NASA’s Hunt for Habitability on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

Physics and Astronomy Lecture: Diving into an Ocean World – NASA’s Hunt for Habitability on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the return of our Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series for 2023. For the first lecture we proudly welcome a return visit from Southwest Research Institute Research Scientist, Dr. Tracy Becker. Dr. Becker was a guest in our series in November of 2020 where she provided an introduction to the Europa Clipper mission and NASA’s interest in Jupiter’s icy moon within its search for habitable worlds. With the launch of Europa Clipper approaching (tentatively October 2024), we welcome Dr. Becker back for new mission updates and insights.

This free lecture will be held on January 19, 2023, at 6:30 pm in Umpqua Hall, the new Health and Science Technology building, on the Coos Campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay). Our speaker will be joining us virtually but will be able to interact with the live audience for a question-and-answer discussion.

Dr. Becker provided the following insight on her presentation:

NASA’s Europa ­­Clipper mission will conduct a detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter’s moon Europa and investigate whether the icy moon could have conditions suitable for life. The Europa Clipper mission will carry a payload of cutting-edge instruments used for an in-depth study of the composition, geology, and interior of Europa. But why explore this moon? Europa has an icy surface that protects a liquid ocean underneath, making it a very compelling target for NASA’s search for habitability. In my talk we will discuss what we know about Europa and how we know it, plus what we hope to learn through the deep exploration of this ocean world with the Europa Clipper mission.

The talk will be streamed via Zoom for those that cannot come to campus. Access the lecture using this link: https://socc-edu.zoom.us/j/95211532545

For more information, please contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, aaron.coyner@socc.edu. To learn more about physics and engineering degrees at Southwestern visit https://www.socc.edu/physics/.
On track for long career as a welder

On track for long career as a welder

Daniel Morris

Years ago, when Sause Bros.’ Human Resources Director Kathy Rose, and HR Coordinator Ashley O’Neil, visited Daniel Morris’ high school manufacturing class, he couldn’t imagine where his life was headed. First came a job at Sause Bros., and then with support and encouragement from them, Daniel entered the welding program at Southwestern, working and training at the same time. Currently Daniel is an apprentice welder, on his way to becoming a journeyman welder/fitter.

Rose says, “Sause Bros. looks forward to our continued partnership with SWOCC and welding instructor Chelsea Clemens, to encourage upcoming generations to seek professions in the trade fields.” 

Daniel says he struggled with academics when he was young but was good working with his hands. Hours spent hanging out with Dad in his shop had an impact. He knew he had an inclination for working in the manufacturing field.

A major influence on Daniel’s career path was his Marshfield High School manufacturing instructor, Glen Crook. Crook is a great partner to Southwestern and a big supporter of the College’s welding program. “Daniel was a perfect candidate for the apprenticeship program at Sause Bros. I’m really proud of him,” shared Crook.

Daniel is grateful for where he’s ended up. “I’m not sure where I’d be if I hadn’t found the trades. Sause Bros. gave me an amazing opportunity right out of high school. Mr. Crook did so much for me. And my instructor at Southwestern, Chelsea Clemens, was great. She really knows her stuff and works hard for her students,” says Daniel.

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