Student Veteran’s Center Grand Opening!

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is proud to announce the grand opening of the new Veterans Center on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. We would like to extend a warm invitation to our local community members to stop by, meet our student veterans, and enjoy some refreshments on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 12 pm to 4 pm, in Coaledo Hall, Room 5.

The center was developed with funding received from the Campus Veteran Resource Grant Program. Southwestern’s veteran’s department renovated and remodeled Coaledo 5 and it’s now a comfortable and safe area that supports our student veterans while they fulfill their educational goals.

In addition to new computers, furniture, appliances, and supplies, the center is very welcoming and is significant in its therapeutic offerings for veterans suffering from PTSD and other disorders. The center is also unique in that it offers a full view of the outdoor space, Henry Hansen Union Square (the quad) from inside a quiet building, creating a perfect environment for veterans to study, relax, and reconnect with fellow veterans. 

For more information about how Southwestern serves veterans please contact Shana Brazil, Veteran’s Services Coordinator, at 541-888-7236,

Photo of observatory and night sky   Scott Fisher


Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Fisher, Director of Pine Mountain Observatory and physics faculty at the University of Oregon, to Southwestern on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Dr. Fisher will present a lecture illustrating the wonders of our vast universe with visuals from observatories such as Hubble Space Telescope and Oregon’s own Pine Mountain Observatory. The goal of the lecture will be to connect everyone to the Universe we inhabit through the use of an easy-to-grasp scale that relates the actual size of the Universe to the audience.

Once we have our new perspective in mind, Dr. Fisher will move into a discussion of one of the most exciting recent discoveries in all of astronomy – the existence of Exo-planets. Exo-planets are planets that are known to orbit stars other than the Sun, as of late 2017 we have confirmed that over 3500 planets live outside our Solar System. Along the way our speaker will be very open to questions from the audience and is up for a round of "stump the astronomer" with anyone that attends the event.


For more information please contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, physics instructor at Southwestern via phone at (541) 888-7244 or email

Geology Lecture Series at Southwestern

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern’s geology lecture series is pleased to welcome Dr. Josh Roering on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Roering will present a lecture on “Lakes: How Geologic Accidents Help Us Decipher Past Earthquakes, Climate, and Landscapes in Cascadia”. Residents of the Pacific Northwest are no stranger to mountainous landscapes. We ski on them, hike on them, harvest trees on them, and drive over them to get to Portland or most out-of-state destinations. But, the powerful, steep rivers that emerge from our mountainous surroundings are sometimes subject by geologic forces that impede river flow, creating lakes. By geologic standards, these lakes are not permanent, but rather serve as ephemeral repositories formed by an array of geologic accidents. Fortunately for geoscientists, these mountain lakes preserve sediments and sometimes even create ghost forests that reveal the climate and earthquake history of our region.

Dr Josh Roering 

Dr. Josh Roering, Professor of Earth Science at the University of Oregon, is a geomorphologist specializing in the evolution of landscapes. His research group has been studying the dynamic nature of Cascadia over human to million-year timescales using "old school" and new school technology. In this presentation, he will highlight recent discoveries that demonstrate how frequent and profound change defines landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Join us in the lobby before and after Dr. Roering’s talk to discuss our south coast links to Cascadia with representatives from the Coquille Tribe and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve starting at 6:30 pm.

Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. For those not able to attend in person, all lectures are Livestreamed and archived, with access from the College's website at This will be the final talk in the series for this academic year. Lecture series sponsors include DB Western, The Mill Casino, the Southwestern Foundation and the College. For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.

Coos Bay, OR  Southwestern’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is proud to partner with Portland’s Teatro Milagro to bring the bilingual (Spanish) play Bi- to the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, Southwestern’s Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. The performance is free of charge. This event is being co-sponsored by Associated Student Government, Trio Student Support Services, and the Office of International Students and Programs at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Bi- (be) is about embracing the complexity of the greatest bipedal organism: the human. Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s novel FlatlandBi– will break open the boxes of selective classification and raise the question: “What is your ‘bi-dentity?”

Set in the year 2089, the characters of the fictitious Tierra Plana inhabit a place where everything is determined by a pre-recognition of their individual categories. Four friends, Fig, Noir, Isa and Hex, are preparing for the day they receive their identity bracelets. Nervous about not fitting in, they escape to the desert and discover the mystery of the past hidden in boxes from the U.S. census’ bureau; boxes filled with the stories of people from across the binary. With the help of a two-spirit guide, they realize that it is possible to break down the boxes of classification, so that they can just be.

“The actors play a variety of roles and movement/dance is a large part of that expression, which is very well choreographed by Portuguez.  Escobar has chosen a very eclectic and talented cast to mold her vision around.”   – Dennis Sparks

“Charles gives a breakout performance as the sassy and subversive Noir and Tripathi does a fine job as the anxious Fig. The strength of the show is its sincerity. In a time of walls going up in our country, it asks us look past them and see the beauty of in-between.” – Oregon Arts Watch

The 2018 world premiere of Bi– is devised and directed by Georgina Escobar, and developed with Dañel Malán and Ajai Terrazas Tripathi through a collection of personal interviews, and choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez.  Teatro Milagro’s new touring actors, Justin Charles, Kenyon Acton and Sierra Brambila round out the creative ensemble.


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The 2018 National tour of BI– is funded in part with support from the Juan Young Trust, EC Brown Foundation, Bloomfield Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Carpenter Foundation and The Ventura Group Inc.

Bi- Poster