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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/.

 

 

Southwestern hosts student research presentation: “Invasive Five-Spine Crabs: What You Can Do to Help” – May 23

Southwestern hosts student research presentation: “Invasive Five-Spine Crabs: What You Can Do to Help” – May 23

Southwestern Oregon Community College invites the community to hear biology student Caleb Lafrombois and agroecology student Michelle Riley present their internship research work “Invasive Five-Spine Crabs: What You Can Do to Help”. Please join us Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 6 pm. This is a free event.

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.

Lafrombois and Riley have spent spring term working with Dr. Shon Schooler, Lead Scientist at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Invasive five-spine crabs, or European green crabs, have been wreaking havoc on the East Coast for over a century. In the past few decades, they have spread to the West Coast. Green crabs are vicious predators, linked with the decline of native populations such as native eelgrass, Olympia oyster, and clam populations, which once flourished along our coastlines. Come learn about what you can do to help slow this invasion and protect our coastal ecosystems.

This is a free event and will be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing via the College’s YouTube channel. To watch the livestream from anywhere go to https://www.youtube.com/@SouthwesternOR/streams.

 

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

For more information about the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve visit https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/reserves/south-slough.html.

For more information regarding science programs at Southwestern visit the STEM Pathways & Degrees page of our website.  (https://www.socc.edu/programs-classes/stem/).

 

Southwestern offers “Two for One” deal on credit classes for summer term 2024

Southwestern offers “Two for One” deal on credit classes for summer term 2024

Southwestern Oregon Community College is excited to announce that selected credit classes during summer term are being offered on a “Two for One” deal. Register for one summer class and take another course for FREE!

Our “Two for One” summer deal allows students a cost-effective way to explore their options and career pathways. Do you need to get ahead on credits over the summer? Are you looking for a way to broaden your horizons? Maybe you only have a few credits left to earn your degree. There’s no better time to enroll at SWOCC.

Both classes students register for must be for credit. This offer excludes Oregon Coast Culinary Institute courses. All required fees and books are the student’s responsibility. The second class must be of equal or lesser value. Classes may be in-person or online and must be a minimum of three credits, with a maximum limit of two free classes. Tuition waiver will be added to student’s accounts on July 3, 2024.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to double your learning potential this summer at Southwestern!

For more information and to register contact the Student Success Center at 541-888-7352 for the Coos Campus, and 541-813-1667 for the Curry Campus.

$6,000 grant provides laptops to Trio Pre-College students

$6,000 grant provides laptops to Trio Pre-College students

COOS BAY, OR – The Oregon TRIO Association (OTA) is proud to announce the receipt of a $6,000 grant from the Coquille Tribal Fund. This generous award will support OTA’s mission to provide resources and support for low-income students in the Southwestern Oregon area who are pursuing postsecondary education.

In today’s educational landscape, access to technology is paramount for academic success. Many students from disadvantaged communities face barriers to accessing essential resources like computers, laptops, tablets, and high-speed internet connectivity. The grant from the Coquille Tribal Fund will enable OTA to bridge this digital divide and ensure that these students have the necessary tools to thrive in their academic pursuits.

“We are grateful to the Coquille Tribe for their generosity and support of our pre-college TRIO students. As potential first generation college students, our high school TRIO scholars have overcome many obstacles and worked very hard. They are grateful for the community support and are so thankful to the Coquille Tribe for enabling them to enter college next fall with a laptop.” – DeAnne Varitek, Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Director of TRIO, Upward Bound, and Educational Talent Search.

“Our project aims to address the critical need for technology access among low-income students in Southwestern Oregon,” said Matt Bisek, Executive Director of the Oregon TRIO Association. “This generous grant from the Coquille Tribal Fund will allow us to provide computers, laptops, tablets, and internet connectivity to students in need, empowering them to access online learning platforms, research materials, and educational software.”

The project targets households in the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community, where access to affordable broadband and essential resources like computers is often limited. According to the 2020 Census, a significant number of households in Oregon lack access to computers or internet connectivity, further exacerbating educational disparities.

“There are 140+ AI/AN TRIO students in the Coquille Tribal Fund target area that OTA can reach,” added Bisek. “This grant will make a tangible difference in the lives of these students, providing them with the resources and support they need to succeed academically.”

OTA’s project addresses the immediate need for technology access and contributes to long-term economic development and educational equity in the Southwestern Oregon area. By providing students with the tools they need to excel in their studies, OTA is helping to create a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape for all students.

 

For more information about the TRIO Talent Search program at Southwestern Oregon Community College, please visit our webpage. (www.socc.edu/resources/trio-programs). If you or your organization is interested in supporting our TRIO programs with a donation you can do so at: https://www.socc.edu/give. Please label your donation “TRIO Pre-College”.

 

 

Friends of Curry Campus Speaker Series presents “Inspiring Travel and Strengthening a Sustainable Coastal Economy” – May 9, 2024

Friends of Curry Campus Speaker Series presents “Inspiring Travel and Strengthening a Sustainable Coastal Economy” – May 9, 2024

Brookings, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus invites the community to join us on Thursday, May 9, 2024, 12:00 to 1:00 pm for: Inspiring Travel and Strengthening a Sustainable Coastal 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.

Want to learn more about travel and tourism in Curry County? Stacey Reynolds and Miranda Plagge both play big roles in what’s happening in Curry County now and in the future. Their talk promises to be one filled with stories and strategies.

Stacey Reynolds works as the Global Sales and Marketing Coordinator for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA). They are a Regional Destination Management Organization for the entire Oregon Coast.

The tourism industry is one of the leading economic drivers on the Oregon Coast. OCVA’s mission is to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.

The OCVA is the official Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO) for the entire Oregon Coast as designated by the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon).

OCVA has the honor of working with coastal communities to align partnerships, destination development projects, and destination marketing with the vision of creating “a coastal utopia for all.” This includes coastal stakeholders, new and returning visitors, and the natural resources that make these coveted experiences so magical.

Stacey Reynolds was born in Portland, Oregon but raised in North Dakota. Stacey knew from an early age she’d return to Oregon. The Oregon Coast captured her twelve-year-old heart while on a family vacation during a stormy Thanksgiving, and she vowed to move here someday. Now, as a 15-year resident of the coast, her love for The People’s Coast still runs deep.

Stacey attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she studied graphic communications with an art minor. Stacey has used her graphic design skills to market companies of all sizes, including her own small business on the Oregon Coast. Through this experience, she found a passion for building and promoting small community-oriented businesses. She is deeply excited to bring her passion and skills to the OCVA team. Her past projects with OCVA include developing the Oregon Coast Public Art Trail and designing communication pieces for the Oregon Ocean Cluster Initiative.

Stacey lives in Brookings with her son and enjoys hiking the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, surfing, swimming, and exploring the local rivers.

Miranda Plagge is the Economic Development Administrator for Curry County.  She actively promotes the expansion of the tourism industry on the South Coast, while also expanding her responsibilities to include more comprehensive economic endeavors.

Her professional experience prior to Curry County ranged from the picturesque landscapes of Colorado to the dynamic culture of New Mexico. Miranda pursued a Bachelor of Science in Creative Media at New Mexico State University while minoring in Business Administration. Miranda also completed a certificate in Sustainable Destination Management from The George Washington University.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Miranda supports the arts and community development. With her past positions as President of the Ellensburg Theatre Company and Board of Director for Travel Southern Oregon Coast, she continues to promote sustainable development and cultural vitality.

“I lead one of Oregon’s hottest destinations on the southern Oregon coastline. I’m extremely passionate about telling the stories of this region including the businesses that make up this industry. The businesses we support gravitate to my office for direction in social media engagement and strategy. We help educate businesses on the possibilities of scaling up with consistent social media marketing, all while promoting the County with traditional and non-traditional media buys. When I’m not developing marketing strategies, I love traveling – road trips are my absolute favorite! I sit on the Board of Directors for Gold Beach Mainstreet, Rogue Playhouse, and South Coast Oregon Film Festival. I also try to keep up with 15 nieces and nephews throughout the year.”

 

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

 

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