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 Coos Bay, OR  –  Southwestern’s Geology Club will be hosting Dina Pavlis on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm on the Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, in Eden Hall Room 1 for a talk on “The Oregon Dunes: Past, Present and Future”. Dina Pavlis has lived and played on the Oregon dunes for over 15 years. A volunteer interpretive ranger, photographer and author, she has a special skill in delivering the story of the dunes in a way that is exciting, understandable and engaging for people of all ages. Dina is a member of the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative (SaveOregonDunes.org), a group of stakeholders and community volunteers working together to save the Oregon dunes.

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The Oregon dunes are important to our coastal communities, both economically and ecologically. Yet, the dunes are disappearing before our eyes. Author and Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative member, Dina Pavlis, will focus on the geologic history of the Oregon dunes including why they exist, current threats to our dune system from invasive plants and what’s being done to try and save them. Additionally Dina will touch on the wildlife and plants that can be found in the dunes. Join us for this free presentation that is open to all on our Oregon dunes to find out more about this vanishing resource and what is being done to save it.

For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.

New Evening & Weekend Classes added for Winter Term

Call the Student First Stop Center 541-888-7352 or Register online at myLakerLink (24/7).

Classes start January 7!


MTH*20 Basic Mathematics
Tues. & Thurs. 5:00-6:50 pm
Jesse Yeager

MTH*98 Math Literacy
Tues. & Thurs. 7:00-8-50 pm
Jesse Yeager

PS*202 American Government Policy Issues
Thursday 6:00-8:50 pm
Fred Brick

PSY*202 General Psychology
Tuesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Nate Douda

PSY*232 Psychology of Humor
Wednesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Bill Simon

SPAN*102 First Year Spanish
Mon. & Wed. 4:00-5:50 pm
Michael Campbell

WR*115 Introduction to Expository Writing
Michael Winston

WR*115 Introduction to Expository Writing
Saturday 9:00-11:50 am

WR*121 English Composition
Wednesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Vistoria Ramirez

WR*122 English Composition
Tuesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Michael Winston

WR*242 Imaginative Poetry Writing
Tuesday 6:00-8:50 pm
Nicole Freim

BI*102 General Biology
Tues. & Thurs. 6-8:50 pm
Amy Burgess

BA*110 Group Dynamics for Teams (Hybrid)
Monday 6-7:50 pm
Machelle Maddox

CIS*120 Concepts of Computing (Hybrid)
Tuesday 6-7:50 pm
Steve Ryan

Southwestern to host eSports Community Overwatch Tournament

Coos Bay, OR  –  Southwestern Oregon Community College is excited to host our first ever eSports Community Overwatch Gaming Tournament and the public is invited to come watch the action! Esports is competitive video gaming and Southwestern is the first community college in Oregon to join the National Association for Collegiate Esports (NACE).

The tournament will take place in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts and Empire Hall on the Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Opening ceremonies begin at noon on November 27, 2018 and will include team introductions and a gaming music video to kick off the tournament. The competitions will run until 5 pm on Tuesday and start again Wednesday, November 28th at 9 am and end at 5 pm. The event is open to the public for viewing and will be live-streamed via our website as well.

Overwatch, is owned by Blizzard Entertainment. Southwestern has five teams confirmed for the tournament and over 70 students involved. The eSports club plans to form Varsity and JV teams in fall 2019.

For additional information, please contact Tasha Livingstone at 541-888-7284 or tasha.livingstone@socc.edu.

First Generation College Student Celebration

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On November 8, Southwestern Oregon Community College joins the Council for Opportunity in Education, NASPA’s Center for First-Generation Student Success, the American Association of Colleges and Universities and higher education institutions across the country in recognizing the National First-Generation College Celebration.

This second-annual celebration falls on the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. Among the many resources and initiatives connected to the legacy of HEA is the recognition of the experience of those who are first in their families to attend college.

To promote the celebration and demonstrate to students that many in our community have experienced similar pathways in higher education, faculty and staff on Southwestern’s Coos and Curry campuses are invited to wear “I’m First” buttons. Beginning November 8 and throughout the academic year, students, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to participate using the hashtag #celebratefirstgen in social media posts and pictures.

First-generation students comprise approximately 70% of Southwestern’s enrollment. As an institution we take great pride in supporting their experiences within our community. In an effort to highlight the diverse experiences and strengths they bring to campus, the celebration will include a "Human Library Project" where first-generation students and graduates are on loan to chat with readers and share their stories. There will also be an ice cream social, a slide show of notable first-generation college graduates, as well as “I’m First” buttons for students, faculty and staff to wear with pride.

Activities will take place in the Hales Center lobby on Thursday, November 8, from 11am – 1pm.

For more information or to learn about ways you can participate please contact Michelle Benoit at mbenoit@socc.edu or call 541-888-7421.