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Coos Bay, OR – The Eden Hall Gallery at Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to announce a new exhibit,  Back to Sculpture: New and Recent Work by Janet Geib Pretti.

Janet Pretti is the Executive Dean of Southwestern’s Curry county campus in Brookings. A life-long sculptor with a Master’s degree in art, Janet works in her basement studio when not performing her duties as head of the Curry campus.

She says, “I became a sculptor to say things I could not say with words, but more and more I find myself grappling to find the image and the words. Originally I only wrote as part of my sculpture process, but I recognize that sculpture is an oblique way to communicate. I have included the words in this show to give you a starting point, to use as a bridge into my sculpture and into the world of sculpture.

In 2015, I began to transition to a planned retirement in 2017. I had not started a new sculpture in over six years. My life had been overtaken by my day job. I was promoted to Curry Campus Executive Dean just as the dream of building a new campus became a reality. There was money to raise, a building to design and build, and programs to run. There was no time to think about, let alone make art."

This exciting show includes five brand new pieces along with eleven other exquisite pieces completed between 2004 and 2010.

Back to Sculpture: New and Recent Work by Janet Geib Pretti
April 4 – May 5, 2017
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Coos Campus, Eden Hall Gallery
1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, April 22, 3-5pm
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am – 5pm
(or by appointment, call James Fritz at 541-888-7322)

Gallery is located at the back of the Southwestern’s Coos Campus. Follow East Student Way around the soccer and softball fields. Stay on ring road until Parking Lot 2 or 3. Park in either lot. Eden Hall is the first building from either parking lot. Look for the building with large, roof-mounted windows.

For more information contact James Fritz at 541–888–7322 or jfritz@socc.edu.

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Nikki Armstrong, Maidie Rosengarden, Joseph Tremonti (on screen), Melissa Speery, Amber Ashpole, Bryan Thurman


Coos Bay, OR – It is with great pleasure Southwestern Oregon Community College announces that the Board of Education granted tenure to six faculty members at the March 27, 2017 board meeting.

Tenure is permanent status for faculty members and is a lengthy, in-depth, three-year process that evaluates the teacher from multiple perspectives. This process ensures that students receive a high quality education from instructors who maintain their professional development. Faculty at Southwestern have a probationary status for the first three years of their employment, being evaluated annually by their peers and their Dean.
We wish to congratulate the following faculty for doing an outstanding job over the past three years, and we look forward to many years of exceptional academic achievements.
Nikki Armstrong – Assistant Professor of Math, Math Learning Center Coordinator
B.S. in Mathematics, 2007, California State University
M.A. in Mathematics, 2009, University of California
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching, 2011, University of Oregon
My work at Southwestern focuses on creating meaningful math placement processes, streamlining math pathways for community college students, and providing transformational leadership to the Math Department. My research interests include knowledge space theory, educational neuroscience, and how the brain learns mathematics.
Amber Ashpole – Assistant Professor of Writing & Humanities
B.A. in Liberal Art, 2005, Oregon State University
M.A. in Humanities/English, 2010 California State University
Certification in Community College Teaching, 2010 California State University
As a non-traditional student, Amber rematriculated into college in 1997. Over the course of thirteen years, she earned degrees from Oregon Coast Community College, Oregon State University and California State University. In 2010, she began teaching writing and humanities part-time at Southwestern, as well as teaching part-time at Lane Community College. In 2014 she was hired to teach full-time at Southwestern. Currently she is working on her Doctorate in Education.
My focus over the past few years, beyond teaching World Mythology and Religions, writing, and literature classes, has been working with state committees to develop more accurate placement strategies for writing students. In addition, I am an active member of the Oregon Writers of English Advisory Committee and recently co-presented with Meredith Stone and Rod Keller at the National CCCC conference in Portland regarding a newly designed, integrated reading and writing class that provides students a faster and more effective path towards graduation. However, the most exciting moment was last spring when students named me as one of two faculty members as Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Maidie Rosengarden – Assistant Professor of Childhood Education & Family Students
M.Ed. Education/ECE, 2002, Belmont University
Ed.D. Education/Ed. Leadership, 2004, Trevecca Nazarene University
Maidie spent fifteen years teaching in pre-school, elementary, and middle school classrooms, in addition to teaching college level courses.
It’s a privilege to serve a college at which both the campus child development center (The Family Center), and the Associates degrees in the Childhood Education and Family Studies program, are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Preparing students to work as teachers providing high quality care and education in family centered programs is an amazing opportunity.
Melissa Sperry – Nursing Instructor
A.A. Nursing, 1998, Northwest Community College
B.S. Nursing, 2008, Regents College
M.S. Nursing, 2015, Excelsior College
After 6+ years of working in pre-hospital settings: emergency medicine, migrant health clinics, and other community settings, I decided to change my career to nursing. I have been a nurse for 19 years now and served as a mentor, Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support Instructor and volunteered for many community health projects along with my full time practice. I began teaching part-time at Southwestern in 2008 as I continued my nursing practice and worked on my MSN degree. As I approached the end of my Master’s program I choose to teach full time and share my experiences with our future nurses.
Bryan Thurman – Welding Instructor
A.A.S. in Welding and Fabrication, 2013, Southwestern Oregon Community College
Certified Welding Educator recognized by the American Welding Society
I have been fortunate enough in my 27 year welding career to have had the opportunity to train a multitude of apprentices along the way. This enabled my transition into instructing fairly easy. We are currently working on a simulation yard which consists of an out-building, portable welder and an inventory of materials, where our students can perform “real world” cutting, fitting and welding scenarios. All this gives our students a great advantage when they venture out into the welding industry!  
Joseph Tremonti – Associate Professor of Digital Design
B.F.A.  Interdisciplinary Studies, 1999, University of Georgia
M.F.A. Electronic Visualization, 2002, University of Illinois at Chicago
Joseph is a new media artist and designer with a background in digital imaging and 3D computer graphics. Prior to joining Southwestern Joseph was an Assistant Professor of New Media Arts at Kapi`olani Community College. He has more than thirteen years of college teaching experience.
My work at Southwestern has focused on building the Digital Design program. The Associate of Applied Science CIS in Digital Design is Southwestern’s first fully online AAS degree program. The curriculum delivers a rich, highly interactive design education with the inherent flexibility of online learning. The program prepares students for careers in high-tech creative disciplines, including: graphic design, web design, digital photography, and 3D computer animation.

Southwestern Oregon Firefighter Camp

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College, in partnership with Charleston Rural Fire Protection District, Coos Bay Fire Department, North Bay Fire District, and North Bend Fire Department, invites all high school students from Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas County school districts, who are interested in pursuing a career in the fire and emergency services, to attend the Southwestern Oregon Firefighter Camp being held at North Bend High School, 2323 Pacific Street, North Bend on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Participants will be given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in tasks relevant to the firefighter and emergency medical service (EMS), such as patient assessment and care, search and rescue, hoseline management, fire extinguisher operations, and vehicle extrication. Participants and their parents will be provided with college-specific information such as educational timelines, cost of attendance, and career data for the fire and emergency services.

Participants will also be informed of the opportunity to become a Resident Volunteer Firefighter with one of four local fire departments: Charleston Rural Fire Protection District, Coos Bay Fire Department, North Bay Fire District, and North Bend Fire Department. Resident Volunteer Firefighters live in the fire station full time and gain valuable real-world experience as they complete their college education.
This is the perfect opportunity for high school students to learn how they can go to school and volunteer locally, as they build their knowledge, skills, and abilities toward becoming a professional firefighter, paramedic, or both. To register, email your name, age, school, and phone number to firescience@socc.edu. For more information, contact Fire Science Instructor, Tony Peters at 541-888-7296.

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s popular Geology Lecture Series continues with professor of anthropology and director of the Laboratory of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University, Dr. Mark Tveskov, speaking about "Archaeology of the Rogue River War" at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Hales Center for Performing Arts on the Coos campus of Southwestern, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Professor Tveskov teaches anthropology, environmental studies, and Native American studies at Southern Oregon University. He holds BS and MS degrees in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oregon.  Dr. Tveskov is the Director of Southern Oregon University's Laboratory of Anthropology.  In 2014, Dr. Tveskov was appointed by the Governor of Oregon to the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation.  Dr. Tveskov is widely published, including numerous publications which focus on the people and history of Oregon’s south coast.
The talk will focus on archaeological excavations at two sites: the Geisel Monument and the Miner’s Fort site. The Geisel family were German immigrants who settled in sovereign Tututni lands during the Oregon gold rush, and found themselves in the middle of a dramatic battle when they were attacked in February of 1856. Mr. Geisel and his sons were killed, their home was burned down, and the Geisel women taken hostage. The remaining Curry County pioneers, some with local Native American wives, sought refuge in Miner’s Fort, a log fortification built overlooking the Pacific Ocean. These sites are part of a violent landscape of war that had no front lines, and are central to the understanding the colonial process in southern Oregon that led to the removal of Native people to the Coast Reservation.

Join us in the lobby before and after Dr. Tveskov’s talk to discuss our south coast history with representatives from the following groups starting at 6:30 pm:  the Coquille Tribe; the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians; and Coos History Museum.
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 web site at www.socc.edu.  Continuing sponsors of the lecture series include DB Western, the Southwestern Foundation and the College.
The final talk scheduled in the series this year will be Dr. Carolyn Porco (UC Berkley) with “Cassini to Saturn:  The Journey and the Legacy” on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.