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Employee Recognition Event, Thursday, May 21, 4 pm
Please join us at OCCI to celebrate our retirees and enjoy a little 'down time' together.

This year we are saying goodbye to and honoring the service of these employees:
Jerri Bennett-Stillmaker
Floyd Chase
Glenda Cottrell
Monty O’Dell
Diana Schab
Ann Sylvia

Please note: Mike Detwiler and Zita Ingham have chosen to be recognized at next year's event.

See you there!        
Congratulations to the first graduating class of LEADERSHIP SWOCC!
Click here to see more photos of our participants.

Leadership SWOCC's first graduating class
Look for information coming soon about next year's class - staring in October!

Governor Brown and the SWOCC Oregon Scholars
Southwestern students Robby Dilg and Ningxin “Teddy” Shen, members of the
2015 All Oregon Academic Team, meet with Governor Brown in Salem.

All-Oregon Academic Team event
celebrated student achievement statewide

This marks the 22nd year that Oregon’s community colleges have selected outstanding students from each campus for their achievements. There are as many as two students from each college and campus.

The 39 students on the All-Oregon Academic Team come from each of Oregon’s 17 community colleges, and were selected based on their classroom achievements and community involvement.

The students were announced at a gala luncheon on April 30 at the Salem Conference Center, attended by college board members, presidents and state higher education officials.

The scholars also met privately with Gov. Kate Brown for remarks and a photo session. Legislators in the House and Senate also recognized the students during their respective floor sessions.

Marcia Jensen

Marcia Jensen will lead
Oregon Community College Association
Executive Board in 2015-16

The OCCA board on April 30 approved the slate for the association’s executive board for the upcoming year. The new president will be Marcia Jensen, a Weyerhauser office manager who is currently board chair at Southwestern Oregon Community College. She has served as a board member since 2000. Jensen currently serves as the vice-president on the OCCA Executive Committee.

In Memory

We recently lost two beloved friends of the College, Dorothy Heagy and Margaret Dean.

Dorothy Heagy
Dorothy Heagy
was born on July 9, 1918 in York, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Millersville Pennsylvania State University in 1939 with a Bachelor's Degree. She went on to Graduate from Duke University in 1944 with a Master's in Education and graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1950 with her Doctorate Degree in Education. She taught for fifty years in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Hawaii, Washington, Michigan, and Oregon in public schools and universities. She retired as director of special education for Coquille Schools. Hating to be separated from education after her retirement, she worked enthusiastically at the local, state and national levels helping college students to acquire scholarships. Her enduring passion for travel took her to all of the states and all of the continents. Another passion she had was helping to keep the Coquille English Handbell Choir from becoming extinct. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, League of Women Voters, Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation Board, Mensa and Beta Sigma Phi.

Margaret Dean

Margaret Dean
was a long time supporter of the College through the Jack and Margaret Dean Scholarship Fund. She also supported the construction of the Curry campus with a generous $25,000 donation and thereafter the College named a classroom in honor of Jack and Margaret. Maggie, as many of her friends called her, believed in education, and especially the need for college to be close enough for students to attend near their homes.


Regional Achievement Collaboratives
What is a RAC?
Oregon school districts, community colleges and universities each have an individual achievement compact with the OEIB. Achievement compacts set goals for improving key outcomes, such as third grade reading, 9th grade on track, graduation rates, college enrollment, and closing achievement gaps. Regional Achievement Collaboratives, or RACs, are commitments made by regions throughout Oregon to ensure that all of Oregon’s students reach these milestones. RACs look different in each of the 13 regions in which they exist; however there are some basic components of RACs which are shared:
· RACs bring together community leaders, business and industry partners, and non-profit and service organizations to engage them in the improvement of key outcomes throughout the P-20 educational continuum.
· RACs are action oriented, with a focus on projects that enhance education in the region.
· RACs set clear metrics that identify outcomes and measure impact for projects in each region.

Coos and Curry’s RAC is South Coast Connect for Success (SCCS). The south coast community supports the work of OEIB’s regional achievement collaborative, and it is our collective mission to ensure equity, break down barriers, increase successful transitions, and increase outcomes for the people in our communities. We believe in this work because we have seen the successes made by other RACs, and have our own initial successes from this gathering of our own communities. The SCCS has six guiding principles:
· Build foundations for healthy beginnings
· Support readiness to learn
· Engage families, students, partners and community
· Enhanced learning for all
· Complete education and workforce goals
· Prepare for life

The SCCS will have a Declaration of Collaboration on May 29th from 9:00am – 1:00pm at Southwestern Oregon Community College. This is a public meeting meant for both educational partners as well as community leaders who wish to engage in this work, and can dedicate their time to projects. For more information about RACs or the South Coast Connect for Success please visit

Want to be more creative?
Go for a walk.

Photo of walking feet
Check out this article from The New York Times:
The New York Times, April 30, 2015.

I will be starting to have quarterly employee forums again. Some of you will be randomly selected to participate in the first forum and feedback session on May 28, 2015. Please watch for your invitation.

Thanks for your time and as always don't hesitate to get in touch with me
if you have anything you'd like to talk about.



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