Geology Lecture Series at Southwestern

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern’s geology lecture series is pleased to welcome Dr. Josh Roering on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Roering will present a lecture on “Lakes: How Geologic Accidents Help Us Decipher Past Earthquakes, Climate, and Landscapes in Cascadia”. Residents of the Pacific Northwest are no stranger to mountainous landscapes. We ski on them, hike on them, harvest trees on them, and drive over them to get to Portland or most out-of-state destinations. But, the powerful, steep rivers that emerge from our mountainous surroundings are sometimes subject by geologic forces that impede river flow, creating lakes. By geologic standards, these lakes are not permanent, but rather serve as ephemeral repositories formed by an array of geologic accidents. Fortunately for geoscientists, these mountain lakes preserve sediments and sometimes even create ghost forests that reveal the climate and earthquake history of our region.

Dr Josh Roering 

Dr. Josh Roering, Professor of Earth Science at the University of Oregon, is a geomorphologist specializing in the evolution of landscapes. His research group has been studying the dynamic nature of Cascadia over human to million-year timescales using "old school" and new school technology. In this presentation, he will highlight recent discoveries that demonstrate how frequent and profound change defines landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Join us in the lobby before and after Dr. Roering’s talk to discuss our south coast links to Cascadia with representatives from the Coquille Tribe and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve starting at 6:30 pm.

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 website at This will be the final talk in the series for this academic year. Lecture series sponsors include DB Western, The Mill Casino, the Southwestern Foundation and the College. For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.

Coos Bay, OR  Southwestern’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is proud to partner with Portland’s Teatro Milagro to bring the bilingual (Spanish) play Bi- to the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, Southwestern’s Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. The performance is free of charge. This event is being co-sponsored by Associated Student Government, Trio Student Support Services, and the Office of International Students and Programs at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Bi- (be) is about embracing the complexity of the greatest bipedal organism: the human. Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s novel FlatlandBi– will break open the boxes of selective classification and raise the question: “What is your ‘bi-dentity?”

Set in the year 2089, the characters of the fictitious Tierra Plana inhabit a place where everything is determined by a pre-recognition of their individual categories. Four friends, Fig, Noir, Isa and Hex, are preparing for the day they receive their identity bracelets. Nervous about not fitting in, they escape to the desert and discover the mystery of the past hidden in boxes from the U.S. census’ bureau; boxes filled with the stories of people from across the binary. With the help of a two-spirit guide, they realize that it is possible to break down the boxes of classification, so that they can just be.

“The actors play a variety of roles and movement/dance is a large part of that expression, which is very well choreographed by Portuguez.  Escobar has chosen a very eclectic and talented cast to mold her vision around.”   – Dennis Sparks

“Charles gives a breakout performance as the sassy and subversive Noir and Tripathi does a fine job as the anxious Fig. The strength of the show is its sincerity. In a time of walls going up in our country, it asks us look past them and see the beauty of in-between.” – Oregon Arts Watch

The 2018 world premiere of Bi– is devised and directed by Georgina Escobar, and developed with Dañel Malán and Ajai Terrazas Tripathi through a collection of personal interviews, and choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez.  Teatro Milagro’s new touring actors, Justin Charles, Kenyon Acton and Sierra Brambila round out the creative ensemble.


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The 2018 National tour of BI– is funded in part with support from the Juan Young Trust, EC Brown Foundation, Bloomfield Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Carpenter Foundation and The Ventura Group Inc.

Bi- Poster

Free Showing of "The Watchman's Canoe" at Southwestern

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern’s “Leadership SWOCC” is proud to partner with the Multicultural Club and Associated Student Government to present diverse and inclusive events as part of this year’s campus Spring Fest. We will show the locally-filmed and award-winning movie The Watchman’s Canoe directed by Barri Chase of Light Dancing Productions. Please join us Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00) on the Coos campus of Southwestern, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, in Eden Hall Room 1. Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food or gently-used clothing to benefit the Student Supply Closet will be gratefully accepted.

We will host a question and answer session with Chase and the cast after the film. Snacks and beverages will be provided in the Eden Hall Lobby.

WHAT: The Watchman’s Canoe
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00)
WHERE: Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, Eden Hall Room 1

Leadership SWOCC is a course introducing college employees to departments and services on campus and in our community, which promote student success and mission fulfilment. A variety of instructors introduce collaborative leadership skills to identify and develop the qualities of effective leadership and teamwork that are essential for career, organizational, and personal success.

The Watchman's Canoe Poster

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled winter term 2017-2018. These students are being recognized with placement on the college’s Dean’s List (DL), Honor Roll (HR) and Academic Excellence (AE) list.

  • •    Academic Excellence – students must receive a GPA of 4.0 in at least 12 credits
  • •    Honor Roll – students must receive a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 in at least 12 credits
  • •    Dean’s List – students must receive a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 in at least 12 credits

Academic Honors List