eSports at Southwestern!

Southwestern has partnered with the

National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) 

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NOV 27-28, 2018

Teams of 6, BYO Computer

Registrations DUE October 17

Gather your team and sign up today!


To learn more or for tech support contact:

Tasha Livingstone, eSports Coach


Joe Belter, Director of Residence Life  –  541-888-7800

Wrestler Tanner Harvey wins National Championship

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Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Tanner Harvey claimed the top wrestling title in the nation Feb. 24, 2018, in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship tournament.

At 184 pounds, Harvey beat Iowa Western’s Otis Peeler 10-6 in the semifinals and then topped North Idaho’s Levi Perry of North Idaho with a 14-9 decision in the championship match at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“Tanner, as always, was composed, aggressive, had his eye on the prize,” Coach Adam Whitlatch said. “Even through some adversity giving up a takedown here or a point there, Tanner soon was right back on it. He scored and did what he does best match after match – he wins.”

Southwestern is known for its strong men’s and women’s wrestling programs and star athletes. In addition to Harvey’s win this year, in 2017 Anthony Lyons-Lopez earned a spot as a finalist in the men’s competition. Both athletes are from Oregon — Harvey from Lowell and Lyons-Lopez from Albany. Southwestern’s last national champion was heavyweight Dustin Rogers in 2005.

“I hope Oregon kids see this success at our community college and realize they can join a competitive winning team here,” Whitlatch said. “We want wrestlers from our area. We want Oregon athletes on our team.”

 To learn more about Southwestern's Wrestling program contact coach Adam Whitlatch at or 541-888-7228; or visit


Music Students Perform at the Bend A Cappella Festival

SWOCTET Vocal Group posing in front of theater

Pictured in front of the Tower Theatre after a stellar performance are (from l. to r.): Amanda Finley, Zack Wassman, Sam Augsburger, Kayla Fodrea, Jewlia Conner, Annie Maxwell, Aaron Wagner and Christopher Leake.


SWOCTET, an eight-person vocal ensemble from Southwestern Oregon Community College performed at the 3rd Annual A Cappella Festival in Bend, Oregon on February 10, 2018.

The Bend A Cappella Festival offers the opportunity for groups in junior high, high school, college, and beyond to connect with fellow a cappella singers and performers, gain more performance experience, learn and hone new skills, and hear from a cappella professionals. This year, the father of modern-day a cappella, Deke Sharon coached individual groups and was the MC for the opening concert featuring the House Jacks.

The Southwestern SWOCTET was extremely excited to be a part of this event as Deke Sharon was the arranger of two selections which the Vocal Jazz Ensemble sang last year at the The Apollo Theater in New York City. The group sang two jazz arrangements at the festival competition: "Here's That Rainy Day" arranged by Dave Barduhn, the founder of vocal jazz in Oregon through his work at Mt. Hood Community College; and, "En la Macarenita", arranged by Bob Chilcott.

The SWOCTET came away with renewed enthusiasm for music arranging and composing - along with beat-boxing. The headliner group, The House Jacks, led phenomenal workshops and kept the audience spellbound during the festival kick-off concert.

For more information about The Bend A Cappella Festival, visit their website at

Psychology 231 Student Project

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Psychology 231 Students: Emily Nielson, Cole Osbon, Aurora Moss, Demitra Schmidt, Ricky Moraguez, James Walljasper. Seated: Jane Suppes, Jace Six.


Recently, Psychology 231 students represented Southwestern well when they went to local high schools to teach Dating Communication and Violence Prevention Activities. These students successfully facilitated discussions with high school students on issues such as healthy relationships, boundaries, societal influences on intimacy, what love really is, and low-cost to no-cost date ideas. One high school student wrote: “All of the activities were good at having us involved in talking about these topics and all the topics were relevant.”

Southwestern Psychology 231 student Shelby Harris shared, “It felt good knowing that we could potentially help out younger students in making important life decisions regarding safe dating and healthy communication skills. I wish people came in to my class when I was younger and had that conversation with me.”