Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Society for the Cinematic Arts Club will be showing the movie “1984,” based on George Orwell’s novel, on Tuesday, April 4th at the Egyptian Theatre. This date corresponds with a nationwide art house showing of the film, and the first day the protagonist of the story begins keeping his illegal diary. There will be a brief pre-movie lecture, with an open Q&A to follow.
The lecture will begin at 6:45pm, and will review the themes and current relevance of Orwell’s classic novel. Our speaker, Ian Bailey, is a political sociologist trained at Cornell University, who has researched social movements and global political economy.  Among other sociology classes, he designed and taught a seminar on 21st Century Utopias and Dystopias.
It is our hope that presenting this movie will open up dialog, and alert people to the ongoing battle to preserve our fundamental rights. Will Orwell’s vision of a society controlled by the government through fear and the presentation of “alternative facts” become reality?  Will the pillars of democracy—independent press, independent judiciary, balance of power, etc.—be eroded or preserved in the 21st Century?  This film screening is an opportunity to engage and discuss these questions.
The movie will begin at 7:00pm. Admission is free.
For more information, please contact Suzan Villers at 541-888-7429.


 Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Swimming competed at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship Meet last week at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY.  The team found success in and out of the pool, receiving accolades from coaches, officials, parents, and spectators about their sportsmanship, class, and great swimming.  The combined team effort resulted in achieving many individual lifetime best times, setting 22 new school records and bringing home 74 medals, including 10 relay and 34 individual top 8 finishes.  The women’s team finished in 4th place.  The men’s team finished 2nd as the Runner-up National Champions!

The success of the team was a true team effort.  All 27 athletes that competed for Southwestern did their part to add to the respective team point totals.  Although the overall team totals are not recognized at the national championships, we have worked hard all season on teamwork and a unified effort and it is worth mentioning that all 27 athletes scored points for the team and Southwestern finished 2nd overall in the combined team point totals.

Southwestern had 5 women place in the top 8 in at least one individual event.  The women’s team was led by Sophomores Annessa Clear and Sienna Smith with 3rd place finishes in individual events.  Clear finished 3rd in the 50 free with a new school record of 24.07.  Smith finished 3rd in 50 fly with a new school record of 26.53 and 4th in the 200 fly with a new school record of 2:15.26.  Both Clear and Smith will be named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) First Team All-Americans for their individual swims as well as their contributions to relays.

Freshmen Mya Falk and Madeline Cramer added to the women’s team top 4 finishes and will be named CSCAA All-Americans for their individual event.  Falk took 4th place in the 1000 and 1650 free.  Cramer took 4th in the 50 breast stroke.  Freshmen, Angelica Lemus and Khalani Hoyer and sophomore, Casey Jentges will also be named CSCAA First Team All-Americans for their contributions to relays.

The women’s team set new school records in all 5 relays and placed in top 4 in 4 of the 5 relays.

Southwestern had 14 men who placed in the top 8 in at least one individual event.  The men’s team was led by 4 individual top 4 finishers.  Top 4 finishes included: Sophomore, Christian Broschat – 4th in 50 breaststroke; Sophomore, Thomas Crawford – 3rd in 50 butterfly; Sophomore, Chad Seevers – 4th in 1650 freestyle; and Freshman, Cas Sheridan – 3rd in 1000 freestyle and 3rd in 1650 freestyle.   

The team also had 4 relays place in the top three with our best finish of the meet coming in the Men’s 200 Yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:36.17.  The sophomore relay included: Michael “Storm” Fields, Christian Broschat, Carson Rose, and Thomas Crawford.

In its third year, we continue to see improvement as the program continues to grow.  The Men’s Team accumulated 557 points to finish as the Runner Up National Champions in 2nd place and the Women’s Team improved this year moving up to 4th place with 480.5 points.


2017 NJCAA National Swimming & Diving Champs 01-Mar-17 to 04-Mar-17 School Records Set
16 New Individual Records
Women 50 Free
24.07 Y  Annessa Clear
Women 100 Free
54.69 Y  Annessa Clear
Women 50 Back
29.45 Y Annessa Clear
Women 100 Back
1:03.06 Y Annessa Clear
Women 200 Back
2:15.42 Y Angelica Lemus
 Women 50 Breast
32.22 Y Madeline Cramer
Women 50 Fly
26.53 Y Sienna Smith
Women 200 IM
2:24.66 Y Sienna Smith
Men 200 Breast
2:09.91 Y Shane Williams
Men 50 Fly
23.33 Y Thomas Crawford
Men 100 Fly
52.84 Y Thomas Crawford
Men 200 Fly
2:06.93 Y Logan Wintermute
Men 200 IM
1:58.84 Y Shane Williams
Men 400 IM
4:16.43 Y Shane Williams
6 New Relay Records
Women 200 Free Relay
1:42.46 Y Presley LeBlanc (FR) Asha Huffman (FR) Khalani Hoyer (FR) Annessa Clear (SO)
Women 200 Medley Relay
1:53.59 Y Angelica Lemus (FR) Madeline Cramer (FR) Sienna Smith (SO) Annessa Clear (SO)
Women 400 Free Relay
3:42.83 Y Sienna Smith (SO) Mya Falk (FR) Angelica Lemus (FR) Annessa Clear (SO)
Women 400 Medley Relay
4:10.58 Y Angelica Lemus (FR) Madeline Cramer (FR) Mya Falk (FR) Annessa Clear (SO)
Women 800 Free Relay
8:24.87 Y Casey Jentges (SO) Khalani Hoyer (FR) Angelica Lemus (FR) Mya Falk (FR)
Men 400 Medley Relay
3:33.72 Y Darrin Breshears (FR) Christian Broschat (SO) Carson Rose (SO) Caleb Dean (FR)


Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Junior Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Associated Student Government (ASG) held its second annual “Teddy Bear Toss” benefiting the Pediatric Unit and the Kids’ HOPE Center at Bay Area Hospital.

381 Bears were collected at the event held during the men’s basketball game on February 22, 2017.

The teddy bear toss assists the hospital in providing a toy to pediatric patients while admitted at Bay Area Hospital. This can help ease the anxiety and fear for children being hospitalized.


 students and bears

“I am so happy the Junior Chamber was able to get the students and the community involved in such an important cause. We are really proud of everyone’s involvement and are already looking at dates to have the Teddy Bear Toss again next year.”  – Chad Anderson, Student President of Southwestern Oregon Junior Chamber and pictured here with the collection of bears for the hospital.



Southwestern Alumni Association Honors Former Athletes

COOS BAY, OR - Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Laker Alumni Association honors former athletes, teams, coaches, and those that have had a large impact on the school and its athletic program during the annual Homecoming celebrations. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Prosper Hall, on Southwestern's Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  A special recognition to induct two teams and one individual is planned for half-time of the Men’s game (4 p.m.) with an evening banquet at 6 p.m.
The First Men’s Track & Field Team (1962-63) was coached by Gary Feasel.  Members of the team were Dennis Getchell, Larry Gregory, Charles Hartwell, Jim Jellison*, Tom Johnson*, Louis Lambert, Stu Merchant, Larry Mikulecky, Arnold Sampson, Steve Silverstone, Dean Southam and Al Stvetzle*.
The Alumni Association is seeking help in locating members of the First Men’s Track & Field Team.  Anyone having information on the members indicated with an asterisk (*) should contact the Hall of Fame Committee at hof@socc.edu or 541-888-7452.
The First Women’s Track & Field Team (1976-77) was coached by Mike Hodges.  The sole member of the inaugural team was Joy (Moore) Hall.  In addition to the team honor, Ms. Hall is also being recognized as the College’s First National Champion for her accomplishments in the javelin at the National Junior College Track & Field meet in Dodge City, Kansas in spring of 1977.

If you are interested in attending this year’s banquet, contact the Hall of Fame Committee (hof@socc.edu or 541-888-7452) to reserve your spot at $20 per person.