Coos Bay, OR – The Music Department at Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to present its end of term concert series March 7 – 10, 2016 at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Southwestern Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  Celebrating 51 years of music at Southwestern, the concerts are open to the public and will begin at 7:00 pm each night. The music department will be accepting donations to help pay for our many department needs.

 
On Monday March 7, 2016 the Southwestern Symphonic Choir, under the direction of David Aakre, will perform a variety of music for large choir.  The choir will be accompanied on Piano by our newest Piano Instructor at the College, Lynne Kuhn.  
 
On Tuesday March 8, 2016 the Southwestern Community Orchestra, under the direction of our new conductor Rolly Toribio (who is a Southwestern Alumnus), will perform a variety of works for Orchestra, including works by various composers including Mendelsohn, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi.
 
On Wednesday March 9, 2016 come join us for an evening of Chamber and Jazz music as the Southwestern Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ida Jo Gates, will perform a variety of Classical, Jazz, Popular and Broadway classics arranged for Chamber Choir and Swing Choir.  In addition, a number of student solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets will perform a variety of works from the vocal literature.
 
Finally, on Friday afternoon March 11, 2016 the Southwestern Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Mike Turner, will perform at the South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival as part of the YMEF Youth Band Performances for the Festival.  The performance is free to the public and will take place in the Salmon room at the Mill Casino with the Jazz Ensemble performing last at approximately 4:20 pm. Those persons younger than 21 will need to enter the Salmon room though the lobby of the Mill Casino Hotel and not through the Casino itself.
 
For more information contact Mike Turner, Professor and Director of Music, at the Southwestern Music Department, 541-888-7242 or mturner@socc.edu.

Walk, Jog or Run to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College's Junior Chamber of Commerce Club has set the date of June 4, 2016 for the 4th Annual Bear Claw’s 5K Your Way Benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, June 4, 2016, the 4th Annual Bear Claw’s 5K Your Way - Walk, Jog or Run - will take place at Southwestern Oregon Community College located at 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Students, faculty and community members will gather to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, and to promote health and fitness in the community.
 
Local business, Canard Labs, located in downtown North Bend, has announced they are donating 100% of their proceeds from their famous Coastal Bar soap to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for the months of March, April, May and June. Canard Labs makes handcrafted, small batch artisanal soap, organic skin care products and wood wick soy candles. They sell retail, private label and wholesale and are located at 1989 Sherman Ave., in North Bend, 541-357-9667.
 
If you would like to learn more about the 5k or inquire about a table at the Health Fair, contact Jessica Engelke at 541-297-7263.
 
The health fair and registration for the 5K begins at 9:00 am in Henry Hansen Union Square (the quad). The 5k starts at 10 am. Participation is FREE with a $5 suggested donation to the Pancreatic Action Network. For additional information e-mail jessica.engelke@socc.edu.

Bear Claw's 5K Your Way Flyer

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled summer term 2018-2019. 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 Summer Term 2018 Academic Standings

 

Southwestern Oregon Community College leads and inspires lifelong learning through its campuses on the south Oregon coast in Coos and Curry counties, and through its University Center.

Douglas Bunn

COOS BAY, Ore. – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to welcome Dr. Douglas N. Bunn as the new Executive Dean of the Curry Campus. Dr. Bunn holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University where he conducted empirical analysis of the physician/patient relationship. He also studied at Auburn University, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Utah State University, and received an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences from Ricks College.

Before joining Southwestern, Dr. Bunn held the position of Associate Dean of the Kingman Campus and Online Learning at Mohave Community College, and prior to that he served as Division Chair of the Humanities and Business Division at Western Wyoming Community College. Doug is passionate about community college education because he’s seen the benefits of a college education first hand.

Although he views degree attainment with a great deal of pride, Dr. Bunn wouldn’t have anyone distracted by degrees or titles. As a Rupert, Idaho native, he enjoyed humble beginnings, but life on the farm was never dull. As a youth he enjoyed the traditional summer job experiences of one growing up in a farming community. He milked cows, moved pipe, drove tractor, swathed alfalfa, and drove truck. Upon graduation from high school he worked in fast food and later fought fires with the Cassia District of the BLM. 

Persuaded to go to college, Doug thought he wanted a career in banking. Though he never lost interest in banking, his academic trajectory changed in his first semester as he excelled in economics. Under the direction of talented instructors his interest in economics bloomed. A scholarship offer lead to attending Utah State University (USU). While at Utah State Doug was offered a grading job for Dr. Reed Durtschi. Dr. Durtschi was as seasoned Professor of Economics (teaching at USU since 1958), in his 70’s by then, but never lacking energy. He followed the news closely and they would talk public policy, taxes, government spending, inflation and trade. Durtschi always had a question, something to think about or consider. It was that experience that led Doug to graduate school.

Following graduate school Dr. Bunn began his career performing grant funded research.  He assisted in the implementation of a prospective payment system for the public employers of the state of West Virginia. That work led to a stint performing cost of illness studies for the pharmaceutical industry, and then to profiling physician practice behavior. Though the work was anything but boring, Doug was inclined to seek a return to the classroom. An opportunity came in 2001 as he joined the faculty at BYU-Idaho. He has since taught at North Idaho College, Blackburn College and Western Wyoming Community College.

Doug says, “The Brookings community has been so welcoming and kind. It’s wonderful to be on a campus that is so beautiful, relaxing, and inviting. My wife, Colleen, and I are excited to be part of the community.”

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