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Veterans Affairs S.A.V.E. Training – Four Ways You Can Help a Veteran in Crisis

Veterans Affairs S.A.V.E. Training – Four Ways You Can Help a Veteran in Crisis

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Veterans Center presents “VA S.A.V.E. Training,” Friday, March 1, 2024, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, with time for questions after the presentation.

This free training will be held on Southwestern’s Coos Campus (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay) in the Eden Hall lecture room, and will be streamed live on the College’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/@SouthwesternOR/streams.

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

What is VA S.A.V.E. Training?

VA S.A.V.E. Training will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a Veteran who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. The acronym S.A.V.E. helps you remember the important steps involved in suicide prevention: S – Signs of suicidal thinking should be recognized; A – Ask the most important question of all: “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”; V – Validate the Veteran’s experience; E – Encourage treatment and expedite getting help.

Our presenter is Ariana Ryzebol, MSW, LCSW who is a Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the United States Veteran’s Administration, based in North Bend, OR. She has been in this position for three years. Ariana is from California’s Bay Area and has been in Oregon since 2014. Ryzebol completed her master’s in social work from California State University, East Bay in 2014 and has been licensed as a clinical social worker in the State of Oregon since 2020.

For more information, please contact Shana Brazil, Southwestern’s Veterans Service Coordinator at 541-888-7236 or email sbrazil@socc.edu.

For information regarding Veterans at Southwestern visit: www.socc.edu/veterans.

 

Friends of Curry Campus Speaker Series Presents: Curry County Watersheds and You!

Friends of Curry Campus Speaker Series Presents: Curry County Watersheds and You!

Brookings, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus invites the community to join us on Thursday, March 14, 2024, 12:00 to 1:00 pm for “Curry County Watersheds and You!”.

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.

The Curry Watersheds Partnership is a group of non-regulatory organizations working together to help local landowners and communities keep our shared lands and rivers healthy and sustainable. The Curry Watersheds Partnership includes the Curry Soil and Water Conservation District, the South Coast and Lower Rogue Watershed Councils, and the Curry Watersheds Nonprofit. Our staff and dedicated network of volunteers are focused on improving our watershed health through community-based restoration efforts, scientific monitoring, and educating the public through local schools and community presentations.

 

Guest Speakers Kelly Timchak, Robie Lascheck and Liesl Coleman:

Kelly Timchak always knew she wanted to work in creeks and rivers. She previously worked for the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Science in Fisheries from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Kelly is the Lower Rogue Watershed Coordinator.

Robie Lascheck has a passion for mountain lakes and crystal-clear rivers. He received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon, and Master of Environmental Management from Portland State University. He has worked on a variety of natural resource monitoring projects. His tool set includes natural resource monitoring, data analysis, and GIS. He is the South Coast Watershed Council Coordinator.

Liesl Coleman is a happy and hardworking Manager at Curry Soil and Water Conservation District. One of the things she loves most about the work of the Curry Watersheds Partnership is building relationships that endure and create respectful stewardship of the watershed.

 

Stay tuned for upcoming talks in our speaker series. Talks this spring will focus on travel and tourism and the Wild Rivers Film Festival. For more information contact the Curry Campus at 541-813-1667. To learn more about Southwestern’s Curry Campus visit www.socc.edu/curry.

 

New Chemistry Lecture Series presents: Cancer Immunotherapy – Does the Science Match the Hype?

New Chemistry Lecture Series presents: Cancer Immunotherapy – Does the Science Match the Hype?

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is excited to launch our new Chemistry Lecture Series, presenting a lecture by Dr. Cory Brooks, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Fresno State, who will discuss “Cancer Immunotherapy – Does the Science Match the Hype?”. Please join us on Friday, March 15, 2024, at 6:00 pm. 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.

About the lecture:

At the end of the 19th century German physician Paul Ehrlich dreamed of a “magic bullet” that would specifically eliminate disease without harming the body. More than a century later, this dream has become a reality. Scientists have harnessed the incredible ability of the immune system to destroy disease. Monoclonal antibodies are immune proteins that bind and eradicate disease using a variety of mechanisms. In 1986, the first monoclonal antibody was approved for human treatment. Now in 2024, with approximately 250 billion dollars in sales last year, more than 160 monoclonal antibodies on the market, and hundreds more in clinical trials for the treatment of everything from arthritis to cancer, we may be on the cusp of a new era of antibody-based immunotherapy. By drawing on examples from the literature and research in the Brooks lab at Fresno State, this talk will explore what basic research can tell us about the promise and flaws of antibody therapy.

About the presenter:

Dr. Brooks obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Victoria (2005-2010) and was a postdoc at the University of Alberta (2010-2013). He has been a faculty member at Fresno State since 2013 and his research program at Fresno State uses structural biology to understand fundamental aspects of antibody-antigen recognition. Dr. Brooks also teaches a variety of biochemistry courses.

 

For those unable to attend in-person, the talk will be streamed live through Southwestern’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/@SouthwesternOR/streams.

For more information about the lecture series contact Derek Morrelli, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at 541-888-1507, derek.morrelli@socc.edu.

For information about studying chemistry at Southwestern visit: https://www.socc.edu/chemistry/.

 

 

Friends of Curry Campus Speaker Series Presents “Birds of the South Coast”

Friends of Curry Campus Speaker Series Presents “Birds of the South Coast”

Brookings, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus invites the community to join us on Thursday, February 8, 2024, 12:00 to 1:00 pm for: BIRDS OF THE SOUTH COAST.

This presentation will be given by Tom Bozack, a retired aerospace engineer who moved to Brookings with his wife Linda in 2007. His interest in photography began as a youth living in central Michigan. He has owned several 35mm cameras over the years before switching to digital in 1999. He photographs whatever seems interesting, including wildlife, sunsets, waves, buildings, insects, and of course, birds. More recently, he has photographed birds that he and Linda see on their daily walks, especially at the Port of Brookings-Harbor.

Ann Vileisis, president of the Kalmiopsis Audubon Society, which is Curry County’s locally based bird and wildlife habitat conservation group, will also speak. A life-long bird and nature enthusiast, Ann will talk about our distinctive south coast birds and ways to see and enjoy them. The mission of the Audubon Society is to protect the extraordinary and diverse natural habitats of southwest Oregon including old-growth forests, stunning coastlines, and wild rivers — for birds, fish, wildlife, and future generations.

Tom’s photographs are stunning, and the expertise of the Audubon representative is a great combination.

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. Talks during winter term will focus on the nature all around us. For more information contact the Curry Campus at 541-813-1667.

 

 

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations

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 the world. Each year since 1992, the College has requested nominations for a distinguished alumni. 

The College is accepting nominations for 2024 through April 1. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate, or have completed a minimum of 60 credits from Southwestern.

Past recipients have included leaders in education, the arts, Native American tribes, business and finance, research, health care, and the military. Today, Southwestern’s graduates continue to distinguish themselves in professions and innovative efforts to build friendships around the globe. The College wants to celebrate these individuals who have contributed selflessly to improving society. Please consider nominating alumni for the recognition they deserve. 

To read more about past recipients, go to Alumni News at www.socc.edu/alumni-news/

To download the nomination form, go to:

https://www.socc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/dist_alumni_nom_fillable.pdf

Please submit nomination forms by April 1 to: alumni@socc.edu

 

Or mail them to:

Southwestern Oregon Community College 
c/o President’s Office
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR  97420

Scholarship Applications Open for the 2024-25 Academic Year

Scholarship Applications Open for the 2024-25 Academic Year

Coos Bay, OR – The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the annual scholarship application period is now open. Any credit-seeing student thinking of attending Southwestern during the 2024-25 academic year is encouraged to apply January 1 – March 1, 2024, at www.socc.edu/scholarships.

With just one application, both part-time and full-time students can apply to more than 100 scholarships offered. Applications submitted by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2024, will be eligible to qualify for a $1,000 “early bird” scholarship. All scholarship applications are due by 11:59 pm on March 1, 2024. There are no exceptions to this strict deadline.

Thanks to generous donors in our local communities, the Southwestern Foundation awards more than $250,000 in scholarships annually to support students pursuing their education at Southwestern.

All information is available at www.socc.edu/scholarships. For additional help, join one of our drop-in Financial Aid and Scholarship workshops. Representatives will be on-site, readily available to address questions and walk students through various aspects of applying.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Drop-In Workshop Dates:

  • Coos Campus, Tioga 301 (1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay):
    • January 26th @ 2 – 4 pm
    • January 29th @ 11 – 1 pm
    • January 31st @ 5 – 7 pm
    • February 9th @ 4 – 6 pm
    • February 14th @ 11 – 1 pm
    • February 28th @ 2 – 4 pm
  • Curry Campus (96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings):
    • January 25th @ 10:30 – 2:30 pm
    • February 12 @ 10:30 – 2:30 pm

Guided by a board of community volunteers, the Southwestern Foundation organized as a nonprofit organization in 1962, the year after the college started. Since then, thousands of students have attended the college using Foundation scholarships. These awards help students achieve their goals, by breaking down barriers and cultivating the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators in local communities, the state and around the world. If you are interested in donating to Southwestern Foundation scholarships visit www.socc.edu/give or call 541-888-7211 for additional information.

For any additional inquiries about the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation scholarships, please reach out via email at foundation@socc.edu or by phone at 541-888-7209.

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