Walk a Mile in Her Shoes  –  May 24, 2017

Event starts at 11:30 am – Southwestern Oregon Community College Campus

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Coos Bay, OR – On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Southwestern Oregon Community College will host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence”.  Co-sponsored by The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area, the march benefits the Women’s Safety & Resource Center and raises awareness of rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

Inspired by the saying that you can’t understand someone else’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in his (or her) shoes, men will literally walk one mile in women’s high heeled shoes!

All men (young and old) in the community are invited to join the march! Bring a pair of ladies heels, preferably RED (a limited amount of shoes will be available) and come to the Southwestern campus, gathering in Henry Hanson Union Square.  Costumes and teams are encouraged!  Registration begins at 11:30. Speakers will speak at 12 pm and the walk will begin at 12:15 pm.  Southwestern’s Associated Student Government will be providing a free lunch to the first 50 (non-Southwestern students) registered to walk. Bottled water will be provided and lunch will be available for purchase from Southwestern’s Dining Services.  If you’re not able to walk, please come support and cheer on the walkers! Women and children are encouraged to attend as well.

Cash donations for this event are greatly appreciated and will go to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at the Women’s Safety & Resource Center.  You can mail donations to the Women’s Safety & Resource Center at 1681 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420 or bring your donation to the event.

For more information about the walk please call Cellila at the Women’s Safety & Resource Center 541-888-1048.

If you would like to purchase a pair of Red Shoes for the walk ($45/pair), or donate money towards the shoe fund, please contact Margaret Melvin at margaretkmelvin@frontier.com.

More information about the national “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” can be found at www.walkamileinhershoes.org.

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series goes out of this world with Dr. Carolyn Porco, speaking about "Cassini to Saturn: The Journey and the Legacy" at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Hales Center for Performing Arts.

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Dr. Porco is the lead imaging scientist of the Cassini Project to Saturn. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Stony Brook University in New York and a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. Dr. Porco has co-authored more than 120 papers in leading scientific journals. Her popular science writings have appeared in such distinguished publications as the London Sunday Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Astronomy magazine, the PBS and BBC websites, the Arizona Daily Star, Sky and Telescope, Scientific American, and American Scientist. She has presented at such renowned cross-disciplinary conferences as TED (2009, 2007) and PopTech (2006, 2005).

The American Astronomical Society for Excellence in the Communication of Science honored Dr. Porco with the Carl Sagan Medal in 2010. In 2012, she was named one the 25 most influential people in space by TIME magazine. She was a consultant on the 1997 Robert Zemeckis movie Contact, based on a novel by Carl Sagan. Lead actress Jodie Foster was reportedly advised by Sagan to base her performance in the film on Porco.  In 2008, she was invited by J.J. Abrams, the director/producer of the 2009 release, Star Trek, to join the film's production crew as a consultant on planetary imagery.  Since 2015, Dr. Porco has been a visiting distinguished scholar at UC Berkeley and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.  Additionally, she is the namesake of Asteroid (7231) Porco, which was named to honor her work in planetary science.

Porco's impressive accomplishments include work as an imaging scientist for the Voyager program, which sent two probes to the outer solar system in 1977. She also served as an associate member of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and leads the imaging science team for the Cassini mission currently in orbit around Saturn.

In this Geology Lecture Series presentation, Porco will discuss her role as the leader of the imaging science team on Cassini with a retrospective look at what has been learned from this profoundly successful mission and what its final legacy will be.
Her work in the Saturnian system is extensive. She is an expert on Saturn's rings, as well as its icy moon Enceladus, whose geysers supply much of the material for one of the planet's many rings. In 2013 a prediction made by Porco two decades earlier was confirmed when Cassini data showed that acoustic oscillations within the planet create features in its rings.

The international mission to explore the Saturnian system – the planet and its magnetosphere, glorious rings, and many moons -- began more than 26 years ago.  After seven years of development, the U.S. launched the Cassini spacecraft in 1997. Following a seven-year trek to Saturn, it finally entered Saturn orbit and has since returned more than a dozen years’ worth of insights on the solar system’s most splendid and scientifically rich planetary system.  In less than a year, its mission will be over and Cassini will be sent plunging into Saturn.

Join us in the lobby before and after Dr. Porco’s talk with representatives from the following groups starting at 6:30 pm:  The Stallknecht Rock Museum; The Charleston Marine Life Center; Coos Watershed Association and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

All geology 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, (except this May 20th lecture which will only be Livestreamed and not archived) with access from the College's website at www.socc.edu. Sponsors of this lecture include The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park, DB Western, the Southwestern Foundation and the College.

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

Southwestern selects MacAdam as 2017 Distinguished Alumna

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is honored to announce the selection of Shirley MacAdam as 2017 Distinguished Alumna. MacAdam is a partner in Hough, MacAdam, Wartnik, Fisher & Gorman LLC of the North Bend/Coos Bay area, and a longtime community volunteer and education advocate.

The Southwestern Distinguished Alumni Award is given in recognition to individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to their profession, community, or academia. MacAdam has demonstrated strong leadership, commitment to community, and service to others.
“Shirley is an inspiration to many people in our community,” said Dr. Patty Scott, Southwestern president. “While raising a son and working, she enrolled in GED classes through Southwestern and embarked on a highly successful college path that led to her becoming a certified public accountant. Through her volunteerism, she has made it possible for many women of all ages in our community to go to college, gain the job training they need and make positive changes in their lives.”
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, MacAdam grew up in Southern California and moved to the south Oregon coast in 1980, living near Reedsport for 25 years.  For many years, she worked in restaurant and catering management, contract administration for the software company CBSI, and operations and lending in the banking industry. In 1991, MacAdam enrolled at Southwestern to earn a GED and begin her college coursework. She went on to study at the University of Oregon and then Linfield College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1998.
“Education does not end with a degree in hand and will be a part of my life forever,” MacAdam said. “As I continue on my journey, I am often reminded that some of the best instructors I have had were right here at SWOCC. I am just one small bit of proof that the community college experience provides opportunity and is critical to the future of our community.”
MacAdam’s community involvement and advocacy over the years has included working as an ASPIRE volunteer, and serving as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. She is past president of the Women’s Safety & Resource Center board, and past president and a very active member of the Zonta Club of Coos Bay Area.
“Anyone who has worked hard to accomplish their goals knows it was not done alone. It is important we support and encourage one another along the way always to strive for excellence and personal growth.  Our local and global communities depend on it!” MacAdam said.
Southwestern is proud to select Shirley MacAdam as the 2017 Distinguished Alumna.
For more information on the College’s Alumni Association visit https://www.socc.edu/alumni.

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Music Department wishes to thank the community for their support in sending students to the New York City Jazz Festival to perform at the Apollo Theater! The students returned full of inspiration which they will share with the audience at a free concert on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7 pm at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Southwestern Oregon Community College's Music Department received an invitation this summer from Manhattan Concert Productions in New York City for the Southwestern Vocal and Instrumental Jazz Ensembles to participate in the New York City Jazz Festival from April 7 – 10, 2017. The College is extremely proud of our music students and hope you’ll join us for the performance to witness first hand these talented young people.

For more information about our music programs, or to make a donation to help students with the cost of the trip, please contact Professor Mike Turner, Director of Music at Southwestern; mturner@socc.edu; 541-888-7242.