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Southwestern Students Recognized for Academic Honors Winter Term – Academic Year 2023-2024

Southwestern Students Recognized for Academic Honors Winter Term – Academic Year 2023-2024

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled winter term for the 2023-2024 academic school year. 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 must receive a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 in at least 12 credits

•    Dean’s List – students must receive a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 in at least 12 credits

 

Southwestern Offers Free GED® and Adult Basic Education Classes Summer Term 2024

Southwestern Offers Free GED® and Adult Basic Education Classes Summer Term 2024

Southwestern Oregon Community College is offering free GED® and Adult Basic Education classes summer term 2024. These classes prepare individuals to take the GED® exam and update skills to enroll in college or career training programs. Students enrolled in these classes can build a pipeline to enter college, training programs, and jobs in high-demand career areas.

We have two options for GED® and Adult Basic Education classes summer term:

  1. MorningGED®Class – Tuesday through Thursday from 10am-1pm
  2. EveningGED®Class – Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm-8pm

All classes are live and in-person on the Coos Campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay). For students who cannot attend in-person, classes are offered via Zoom during all three sessions.

Curry County Residents: Morning classes, Tuesday through Thursday from 10am-1pm are live and in-person on the Curry Campus (96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings).

Summer term starts June 24, 2024 and ends August 15, 2024. To register for orientation and classes go to https://swoccapce.org/ and click GET STARTED. For questions, please email Adult & Pre-College Education at apce@socc.edu or call 541-888-1593.

 

Southwestern announces 2024 Commencement Ceremony – June 14

Southwestern announces 2024 Commencement Ceremony – June 14

Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 14, 2024, at noon in Prosper Hall on the Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Southwestern is proud of the 2024 graduates! This year the College is pleased to honor a total of 402 graduates, from 24 states and eight countries.

Degrees being awarded are:

164 Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer

96 Associate of Applied Science

48 Associate of General Studies

52 Associate of Science

100 Certificates of Completion (one year)

 

Southwestern also congratulates 15 local high school students who acquired their associate degrees at the same time they were completing their high school diplomas.

Guest attendance at the ceremony is by ticket only. The celebration can be viewed live via the College’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@SouthwesternOR.

Additional information for graduates and their families can be found on the Graduation webpage located at https://www.socc.edu/graduation.

Friends of Curry Campus Speaker Series Presents: Second Annual Wild Rivers Film Festival Sneak Preview – June 13

Friends of Curry Campus Speaker Series Presents: Second Annual Wild Rivers Film Festival Sneak Preview – June 13

The Second Annual Wild Rivers Film Festival (WRFF) in Brookings, Oregon is a few months away, Aug. 15 – 18, 2024, however, the community can get a sneak preview at the Curry Campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College on Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Sue Wright and Kat Lidell, board members of the WRFF will be the presenters for this lecture. Each brings a wealth of experience to the film festival.

Dr. Sue Marie Wright, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Washington University’s Department of Sociology and Justice Studies. As president of the Wild Rivers Film Festival, she leads efforts like the new summer filmmaking workshop for middle and high school students, showcasing her leadership and commitment to community development. Sue founded and directed the Children’s Studies Program from 2002 to 2012. Dr. Wright is dedicated to fostering creative expression among children and youth through research initiatives, community support, and educational grant proposals.

Kat Liddell, a Brookings native, wears many hats in the community. Liddell has spent the last seven years co-hosting The Insider Report entertainment podcast with Bruce Ellis, and is the Executive Director of Brookings’ newest nonprofit theater company, Threepenny Theater Co. Liddell received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bushnell University in 2012 and a master’s degree in library science in 2018. By day, Liddell works as a librarian.

This year’s festival will feature a film made by local young people. Students are invited to learn the art and craft of film making through a week-long workshop at the Curry Campus. The youth workshop film will be presented at the festival. Registration for this free class is May 13-June 28. The Class will be held the week of July 15-21. More information is available at: https://www.wildriversfilmfestival.com/event-details/summer-youth-filmmaking-workshop.

The film workshop is funded this summer by grants through the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, The Ford Family Foundation, and Brookings Harbor Education Foundation.

Last year the festival organizers screened 60 independent films from around the world that were entered into a competition for cash awards. This year the festival organizers will screen many more films and are including a screenwriting competition.

The film festival is attended by film makers and film enthusiasts. It gives the public an opportunity to meet the film makers. Selected films will include a Q & A with the film makers after the show. The festival is a multi-day experience for south coast residents and attracts people from outside the region contributing to the local tourism economy.

This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of Curry Campus and will be held in the Community Room on Southwestern’s Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway (off Highway 101), Brookings. Bring a friend and a brown bag lunch.

 

Stay tuned for upcoming talks in our speaker series. For more information contact the Curry Campus at 541-813-1667.

 

Annual Student Research Symposium – May 30

Annual Student Research Symposium – May 30

Southwestern Oregon Community College invites the community to join us on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 6:00 pm, for our Annual Student Research Symposium. In addition to the student presentations, a poster exhibit will be on display starting at 5:30 pm in the Umpqua Hall Main Lobby. This is a free event; all ages are welcome.

Coos County residents can join us in-person in the Umpqua Hall lecture room 184 on the Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Curry County residents can join us for a watch party in the Community Room on the Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings.

For those not able to attend in person the lecture will be streamed live on the College’s YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/@southwesternOR/streams.

Southwestern’s student SPEAR (STEAM, Pathways, Experimental, & Academic Research) Team is actively working on a variety of science research projects. Participation on the team teaches students valuable skills and allows them to gain hands-on experience.

Students within Physics, Engineering, Geology, Computer Science, Biology, Agroecology, and Sociology will be showcasing their work for the community. Our SPEAR team is led by Krystal Hopper Meyers and mentored by Professors Aaron Coyner, Win McLaughlin, and Derek Morrelli.

Some of the projects include:

  • attempting to increase flight time for an electrical aircraft using magnetic induction,
  • recent developments in nuclear propulsion,
  • searching for micrometeorites within local storm drains and investigating if they were significant in supporting early plant life,
  • researching the fossils, chronology, and relationship to Cascadia megathrust earthquakes at Fossil Point,
  • comparing the composition and extent of the Oregon Coast basalt and if it correlates with Yellowstone hotspot or not,
  • interplanetary ion population modeling working with a Lead Scientist at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio,
  • locating never found before asteroids using data sent to us from the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (PAN-STARRS) located at the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii,
  • statistical analysis of King Tide heights and frequencies working NOAA tidal data.

Many of these projects are supported by grants awarded through Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Additionally, Professors Jason Bennett and Maria Farinacci have two students who will be presenting research on invasive Green Crabs. These students recently finished an internship with South Slough National Estuary Research Reserve Lead Scientist, Dr. Shon Schooler. Posters from Professor Dana Pertermann’s Sociology students’ will also be on display. Topics from their research include Indigenous culture and raising grandchildren, Japanese marriage customs and culture, the study of forensics in time over the last 100 years, and changes in the human diet.

Please join us and help support these students while learning more about the exciting things happening at the College within our STEAM programs!

For more information contact Krystal Hopper Meyers, STEAM Pathways Assistant, at 541-888-7416, or krystal.hopper@socc.edu.

To learn more about STEM degrees at Southwestern visit: https://www.socc.edu/programs-classes/stem.

 

Geology Lecture: Ice Age Horses of the American West – May 21

Geology Lecture: Ice Age Horses of the American West – May 21

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College invites the community to join us on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 6:00pm, for “Ice Age Horses of the American West” with vertebrate paleontologist, Eric Scott. This is a free event; all ages are welcome.

Coos County residents can join us in-person in the Umpqua Hall lecture room 184 on the Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Curry County residents can join us for a watch party in the Community Room on the Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings.

For those not able to attend in person the lecture will be streamed live on the College’s YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/@southwesternOR/streams.

Southwestern’s Professor of Geology, Dr. Win McLaughlin welcomes Eric Scott, a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in extinct Ice Age mammals, particularly horses and bison. Horses have a long history in the Americas before going extinct at the end of the ice ages… only to be brought back a few thousand years later! During the ice ages North America supported a diversity of fossil horses ranging across the landscape. Tune in to learn about these beasts in Oregon and elsewhere and what our rich fossil record can tell us about them.

Scott studies the evolution and extinction of North American Pleistocene megafauna, with a focus on biogeography – particularly, how the geographic distribution of species can change through time, and how this can inform our understanding of Ice Age extinctions.

He has worked throughout western North America as well as East Africa. He is Vice President and Principal Paleontologist of Cogstone Resource Management, Inc., and an adjunct lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino. He is emeritus Curator of Paleontology for the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, California, where he worked for 24 years. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

For more information about the lecture series contact Dr. Win McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of Geology, at 541-888-7002, win.mclaughlin@socc.edu.

For more information on upcoming lectures contact Krystal Hopper Meyers, STEAM Pathways Assistant, at 541-888-7416, or krystal.hopper@socc.edu.

To learn more about STEM degrees at Southwestern visit: https://www.socc.edu/programs-classes/stem/.

 

 

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