Diversity in the Workplace talk by Cass Averill

COOS BAY, Ore.  Southwestern Oregon Community College proudly welcomes Cass Averill, Board President, Founder and Administrator of Trans*Ponder, to speak about Diversity and the Workplace. His presentation will take place on May 31, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on the Coos campus of Southwestern, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, in Eden Hall. 

Cass Averill is a computer security specialist by profession and a transgender activist by passion. He founded Trans*Ponder in 2012; has organized countless events catered to spreading support, education, and awareness for the trans/gender diverse communities; and works hard to keep the “T” in the LGBT an active part of the conversation. Mr. Averill is also a sexual orientation and gender identity advocate in the corporate sector. He was the first person to publicly transition on the job in his fortune 500 global corporation, advocated for (and ultimately received) transgender-inclusive healthcare, instituted guidelines for how-to transition within the company, implemented all-gender single-stall restrooms, and continues to author and advise on transgender/transition related policies and procedures. Mr. Averill attends the Out and Equal Workplace Equality conference annually to remain contemporary with what is happening politically for LGBTQIA people in the professional/corporate sector. He works with organizations to provide gender diversity awareness training, policy and procedure consultation, and promotes the inclusive treatment of transgender employees and clientele. Mr. Averill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Assurance and Security from Capella University.

Mr. Averill’s discussion of how to promote a climate of inclusivity in the workplace is free and open to all!

For more information on the exhibition and Mr. Averill’s presentation, please contact John Bacon (john.bacon@socc.edu) or Sara Keene (sara.keene@socc.edu / (541-888-7127). 

TransPonder Flyer

COOS BAY, Ore.  Southwestern Oregon Community College is happy to partner with the Coos History Museum and the community to host a creative writing contest for high school and Southwestern students. Poetry and short fiction entries will be accepted, and prizes will be awarded to first, second, third place and honorable mention winners for both categories.  Winners will have an opportunity to read their work at Oregon Author Day in the Coos History Museum on October 13, 2018.  The contest submission deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018.  

For more information, please download the contest flyer and submission guidelines or contact Amy Pollicino at education@cooshistory.org.

COOS BAY, Ore.  Southwestern Oregon Community College is honored to welcome Mitzi Loftus back to Coos County for a special talk and exhibit. Ms. Loftus spent three years in a wartime internment camp in Tulelake, California during World War II and will be speaking about her experiences. Please join us for her presentation on May 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts, on the Coos campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Ms. Loftus’ presentation is part of Graham Street Production’sArchitecture of Internment: The Buildup to Wartime Incarceration, hosted by Southwestern’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The traveling exhibition highlights the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, of whom more than two-thirds were U.S. citizens. The display includes documents from 1941 and 1942 advocating for the exclusion and incarceration of Oregonian Japanese Americans, blueprints of potential assembly centers and internment camp locations such as racetracks and fairgrounds, and letters from Japanese Americans expressing their outrage about the injustice of internment. Southwestern will be hosting this exhibition from May 14 to May 28, 2018 in the Empire Hall Lobby. Ms. Loftus will bring the exhibition to a close with her personal reflections on wartime internment.

Mitzi Loftus was born in Hood River, Oregon and graduated from Hood River High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1954 and a master’s degree in 1960. She married and had three sons, all of whom graduated from Marshfield High School. Ms. Loftus has a remarkable teaching record, spanning multiple continents and several languages. She taught at Creswell High School for three years and in 1957 received a Fulbright award to teach English as a Foreign Language in Japan. She went on to teach French in Eugene in 1960 and began substitute teaching in Eugene and Coos Bay/North Bend for the following 30+ years, punctuated by a three-year interlude from 1969 to 1971 when she and her family lived in Germany. Ms. Loftus moved to Ashland in 2006, where she currently resides. Ms. Loftus has published a memoir of her life as a Japanese-American in Oregon titled, Made in Japan and Settled in Oregon.

For more information on the exhibition and Ms. Loftus’ presentation, please contact Sara Keene at 541-888-7127, sara.keene@socc.edu.

Mitzi Loftus Flyer

Walk, Jog or Run to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Junior Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th Annual Bear Claw’s 5K Your Way and Health Fair benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018 the 6th Annual Bear Claw’s 5K Your Way – walk, jog, or run – will take place at Southwestern Oregon Community College located at 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Students, faculty, and community members will gather to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, and to promote health and fitness in the community. Since the first Bear Claw’s 5K and Health Fair the group has raised over $10,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Southwestern’s Business Instructor, Jessica Engelke, who lost both her Father, Jim “Bear Claw” Engelke and Grandmother, Eleanor Mateski to Pancreatic Cancer has made a lifelong pledge to continue raising money and awareness towards this deadly disease. Engelke stated that the National Cancer Institute reports that pancreatic cancer is on the rise in the United States and there will be an estimated 55,400 new cases in 2018, with only an 8.5 percent survival rate after five years.

If you would like to learn more about the 5k or inquire about a table at the Health Fair contact Jessica Engelke at 541-297-7263.

The Health Fair and registration begin at 9:00 a.m. in Henry Hansen Union Square (the quad). The 5k starts at 10 am. Participation is FREE, $5 suggested donation to The Pancreatic Action Network. For additional information e-mail Jessica.engelke@socc.edu.

Bear Claw's Flyer

The Junior Chamber is organized around a 4-point mission, to:

  • ·Create an exclusive portal for opportunities, connections and access to the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, while providing a multi-tiered platform for professional enrichment and readiness.
  • ·Develop leaders through volunteer work and community services.
  • ·Build a bridge between generations and bring the community together by combining education with business development.
  • ·Influence the future of Southwestern Oregon Community College students through civic and community involvement.