Physics and Astronomy Lecture: Explore Solar Wind

Anne Matthews News

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern welcomes Dr. Craig DeForest of Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado to discuss the exploration of our heliospheric environment and the solar wind with the new PUNCH mission. Dr. DeForest will speak via Southwestern’s Livestream at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and interested community …

Geology Lecture: Radon – the Invisible Geological Killer

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series continues virtually with Dr. Scott Burns, speaking about “Radon – the Invisible Geological Killer” at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2021, via Livestream at the college website ( A professor emeritus of geology at Portland State University (PSU), Dr. Burns specializes in engineering and environmental geology, soils, geomorphology, Quaternary …

Southwestern students recognized for Academic Honors Fall Term 2020

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled fall term 2020-2021. These students are being recognized with placement on the college’s Dean’s List (DL), Honor Roll (HR) and Academic Excellence (AE) list. •    Academic Excellence – students must receive a GPA of 4.0 in at least 12 credits •    Honor Roll – students …

Southwestern students on lookout for space debris

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Courtesy of The World Newspaper – Jillian Ward COOS COUNTY – Students at Southwestern Oregon Community College are on the lookout for both asteroids and micrometeorites. Dr. Aaron Coyner, associate professor of physics at SWOCC, has students participating in two new projects. The first is Project Stardust, which is searching for micrometeorites in Coos County. “Meteorites are fragments of space …

Southwestern, Bandon Dunes Partner in Scholarship Fundraiser

Kelsey Guenther News

Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation and the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort will host a golf tournament fundraiser for scholarships. Opportunity Links! is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 8, at the 13-hole Bandon Preserve course, 57744 Round Lake Road, Bandon. Check-in is at 8:15 a.m. at the Bandon Trails Golf Shop area.

Southwestern Physics to simulcast NASA coverage of Mars landing

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Coos Bay, OR – Explore Mars with us! The Physics and Engineering department at Southwestern Oregon Community College will simulcast the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) TV coverage of the Mars Perseverance Rover landing on Thursday, February 18, 2021 beginning at 11:30 am. Join Dr. Aaron Coyner and others interested in space exploration to celebrate the landing of our newest rover and discuss …

Physics & Astronomy Lecture Series: “Smelling Better than a Bear”

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UPDATE: This lecture will now take place on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. (it was previously scheduled for February 18, 2021). As part of Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2020-21 Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series, we welcome Dr. Scott Holmstrom of the University of Tulsa Department of Physics and Engineering. Dr. Holmstrom will present a lecture entitled, “Smelling Better than …

Motivated by critical experiences

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Most of us are touched by trauma at some point in our lives. Southwestern Oregon Community College student Jonathan Torres turned traumatic experiences into motivation to pursue a career in helping others. As a young man, his parents were involved in life-threatening accidents. Both would probably not be alive today had it not been for the skill and compassion of …

Southwestern to participate in upcoming Virtual College Fairs

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Learn why Southwestern is your number one choice for higher education on the south coast! Join us at one of the upcoming virtual college fairs to talk with our reps and find out about the “Southwestern Advantage”. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to visit Southwestern from home. Sign up for an account and register now at College fairs are …

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is seeking the community’s help to honor graduates who have gone on after college to improve their professions, education, communities, and/or the world. Each year since 1992, the college has considered nominations for a distinguished alum. The college is accepting nominations for 2021 through April 1. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a …