Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Physics Professor, Dr. Aaron Coyner, will give a free talk at the Coos Bay Public Library titled Science in the Shadows. The talk will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Myrtlewood Room.

The program will be a presentation about the upcoming total solar eclipse. Dr. Coyner will cover the history and importance of eclipses, the science learned as a result of eclipses, and proper observing techniques for the event. A limited number of free eclipse glasses will be available to attendees.

For more information contact the Coos Bay Public Library at 541-269-1101 or visit:

Introduction to Acting class offered summer term

Coos Bay, OR – Whether you are new to performing or more experienced, Introduction to Acting will give you the foundations to build on or brush up your acting skills. In a fun, supportive environment, you will boost your creative confidence and communication skills through games and exercises looking at the voice, body, character, and performance.  

Instructor:  Lindsay Bytof

Day:  Tuesdays

Time:  Weeks 1-6: 5:30pm-8:00pm; Week 7 & 8: 5:00pm-8:30pm

Location:  Student Recreation Center Room 125

Cost:  $92

For more information, please contact Brenda Rogers in the Community Education and Workforce Development office at 541-888-7328 or go to to register.

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Coos Bay, OR – Celebrating 53 years of Music at Southwestern, the Music Department is pleased to present its End of Year concert series on May 25 and 30, 2017 at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Southwestern campus. Celebrating 53 years of music at Southwestern, these concerts are presented free to the public and will begin at 7:00 pm each night.

On Thursday  May 25 the Southwestern Symphonic Choir, under the direction of David Aakre, will perform a variety of works from the Renaissance and contemporary choir literature. Also included on the concert will be a performance by “The Accidentals” a local Barbershop Quartet.
On Tuesday  May 30 the Southwestern Community Orchestra, under the direction Don Walden, will perform their Spring Showcase with a variety of compositions for orchestra by Puccini, Smetana, Vivaldi, Bottesini, Dvorak and Johann Strauss.
In addition to the above concerts there will be two daytime concerts taking place at two different locations on the Southwestern campus.  On Thursday  June 1, the voice students of Ida Jo Gates will present a concert of vocal solos and duets at 2:00 pm in Sunset Hall (Music Building) – Room 2.
Finally, on Friday, June 2 at noon come join us for an afternoon of Jazz music as the Southwestern Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ida Jo Gates, and the Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Mike Turner, will perform a variety of works for Jazz Choir and Jazz Band. This concert will take place OUTSIDE of Prosper Hall in the open area between the steps at the front of the Hall.  

While all of these concerts are free and open to the public, the music department will be accepting donations to help pay for our many department needs.

For more information please contact the Director of Music at Southwestern, Mike Turner at 541-888-7242.

Southwestern’s Fishing Club is heading to Nationals!

Coos Bay, OR –  Last school year the Southwestern Oregon Community College Fishing Club placed in the top ten at the California Delta Fishing League Worldwide tournament. By doing so, the club qualified to compete in the Fishing League Worldwide College National Bass Tournament in Rogersville Alabama, May 31st – June 2nd. This was a huge accomplishment for the club and the school is very excited to be represented at this year’s national tournament.

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Patrick Budden (left) and Christian Somerville (right) are students in the Welding program at Southwestern. They started this club last fall with the hopes of making it to the national tournament and are both very excited to be representing Southwestern in Alabama. Both students have put in a lot of work to get this point and are confident that they can compete amongst some of the largest schools in the nation at the tournament such as the University of Wisconsin, Penn State, Louisiana State University and Virginia Tech. The club is led by the Fishing Club advisor Tom Nicholls. These students have fundraised all monies for this trip and are still taking donations. For more information on the tournament or to donate, please visit the following websites: