Event Calendar

Laker Men’s Basketball @ Prosper Hall
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
DUSCO Presents: Peter and the Wolf @ Hales Center for Performing Arts
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

On February 27th, 2020 Peter and the Wolf returns to The Hales Center For The Performing Arts, featuring Ballet Pacific. This outreach is an offering for all third graders in our community. The opportunity for these young people might be the only time they are exposed to dance in a professional manner and in a venue as beautiful as The Hales Center For The Performing Arts. Through educational outreach programs children of all ages are exposed to the art of dance and the power of creative arts. Our hope is that they will be inspired to get out there and make their own dreams come true.

It takes dancers plus community support to make a great ballet company. Help support our desire to enrich the Southern Oregon Coast through the creative arts

DUSCO Presents: GALA 2020 @ Hales Center for Performing Arts
Feb 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

DUSCO Presents: Gala 2020! Join us as multiple dance companies from our area and Oregon take the stage to showcase the art of dance. Companies include Pacific School of Dance, Eugene Ballet Youth, Center for Movement Arts, and more. Tickets are $20. It takes dancers plus community support to make a great ballet company. Help support our desire to enrich the Southern Oregon Coast through the creative arts.

Southwestern Foundation: Winemaker’s Dinner with Kriselle Cellars @ Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI)
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation for this exclusive, intimate dinner featuring the cuisine of award-winning Executive Chef Randy Torres and premium wines of the Rogue Valley’s Kriselle Cellars. Chef Torres will be assisted by the 2020 OCCI culinary competition team. Enjoy a multi-course meal, spectacular culinary creations and the personal story of Kriselle Cellars directly from owner and winemaker Scott Steingraber. All funds from the evening go toward lab equipment in the new Umpqua Health & Science Technology building.

Tickets are $150 per person. Limited seating (only 42 seats) – BY RESERVATION ONLY on a first come, first serve basis.

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2020, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
WEHRE: At the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) – 1988 Newmark Ave. Coos Bay, OR

To join us, please call 541-888-7209 or email [email protected]

Physics & Astronomy Lecture Series @ Hales Center for Performing Arts
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As part of Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2019-20 Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series, we welcome Dr. David Alexander, O.B.E , Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University and Director of Rice Space Institute, to discuss what Sun-Earth interactions can tell us about the habitability of exoplanets around other stars. The lecture “Goldilocks Planets and the Search for Habitable Worlds” will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7pm in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Exoplanet discoveries occur on an almost daily basis, with some 4000 planets already confirmed, a further 2000+ candidates in the wings and thousands more waiting to be discovered by the TESS mission. As we transition from a phase of discovery to one focused on detailed characterization and science, it is important to understand how stars and planets interact. The effects of magnetic interactions between the host star and such close-in exoplanets are still not well-constrained. Yet the magnetic and energetic environment at an exoplanet and its impact on the planet are important components of its habitability. In this talk, Dr. Alexander will discuss how our detailed knowledge of the Sun-Earth interaction is being used to explore the energetic impact of stellar activity on these new planets.

Dr. David Alexander is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where his primary areas of research are solar physics, exoplanetary physics and earth remote sensing. Alexander also serves as the Director of the Rice Space Institute where he is responsible for providing vision, direction, and leadership, managing the various institute programs, identifying and fostering research opportunities for our faculty, and interacting with government and the space industry. Professor Alexander was recently named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the Birthday Honours List of June 2018 for services to US/UK connections in the space industry and higher education.

For further information please contact Dr. Aaron Coyner in the Southwestern physics department at (541) 888-7244 or by email at [email protected]

CANCELED: FREE Geology Lecture – The Future of Ice: What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Climate Change in Polar Regions @ Hales Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

EVENT IS CANCELED: The geology lecture series talk by Dr. Eric Steig on Friday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. has been canceled due to travel issues. We will be working to reschedule his lecture on “The Future Of Ice,” likely as part of the 2020-21 lecture series.

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


Southwestern’s geology lecture series continues with Dr. Eric Steig on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Steig will present a lecture on “The Future of Ice: What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Climate Change in Polar Regions.” Dr. Steig is a glaciologist and isotope geochemist who studies how the climate behaved in the past to learn what it can tell us both about the effects of climate change today, and how it will change in the future. He uses ice core records to study climate variability over thousands of years. He works on the geological history and dynamics of ice sheets, as well as on aspects of atmospheric chemistry, and develops novel laboratory research tools in isotope geochemistry. He is the founding co-director of ISOLAB, a state-of-the art isotope geochemistry facility involving research ranging from climate, atmospheric chemistry and neotectonics, to geobiology, aquatic science and fisheries. In addition to his research and teaching, he is committed to fostering greater public understanding of the effects of climate change, and is a founding member of RealClimate.org.

Representatives of the Coquille Tribe and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve will be present in the lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. and also after the lecture.