COCC e-News March 2014

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MARCH, 2014
Volume 11, Issue 3

To help keep you informed of coming deadlines and events, COCC will send you this newsletter every month.

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Winter Term Final Exams: March 18 - 22
Plan ahead.  Check the times for your final exams 

Bookstore News
Spring textbooks and bookstore credit are available March 10.
Bend Campus Buy Back is March 13 through March 21.
Redmond Campus Buy Back is March 17 through 20. 

Winter Term Course
Evaluations:  March 4 - 23

Your feedback on the courses you are taking at COCC is appreciated! Please evaluate your courses by logging into your Bobcat Web Account and clicking on the "COURSE EVALUATIONS" link. Your feedback is anonymous. After completing all of your evaluations, you will be entered into a drawing for a free iPad Mini.
If you have questions, email us

Planning to Graduate this Winter or Spring?
If you haven't already done so, please complete an Application for Certificate/Degree. You will receive verification of your application in your COCC email. 
If you have questions, please email

Commencement 2014
Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 AM at Mazama Field

In April, check the COCC website and the commencement webpage for details on how to participate in the 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

Summer Class Schedule
The class schedule will be available in mid-March. Check the Class Schedule webpage


If you're thinking of dropping a class, don't delay! To drop a class with a "W" on your transcript, get your instructor's signature on the registration (add/drop) form and submit it to the Enrollment Services office.  OR ask your instructor to give online approval to drop a class - is done, you must drop the class in person in Enrollment Services or call 541-383-7500 to drop the class. The deadline to drop a full-term class is 6pm, March 12.  See deadlines for short-term classes.  


Spring term registration begins the week of March 3 - 7, for currently enrolled students.  Are you ready? Find out for sure by logging in to your Bobcat Web account.  Click on "Registration" and then the "Can I Register for Credit Classes?" link.  This page will let you know the day you can begin registering and if you have any holds (such as an advising requirement or an unpaid parking ticket). 


COCC Foundation Scholarship
The College's Foundation offers more than 250 awards totaling more than $750,000 for COCC students. The COCC Foundation Scholarship application is available through your Bobcat Web Account. The deadline is 9 a.m. on July 15.

Financial Aid for 2014-15
Students may now apply or renew their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2014-15 academic year (the new academic year starts summer term 2014). Students are encouraged to apply or renew online. To electronically sign the FAFSA, a PIN number will be required. Students may " apply for a Pin" or " Request a Duplicate PIN" online with the Department of Education.

FAFSA Workshops

Get assistance completing your 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid from a financial aid staff member. 

Friday, March 7, 10-11:30am, Bend Campus, Pioneer 200C
Friday, March 14, 10-11:30am, Bend Campus, Pioneer 200C
Monday, March 17, 3-4:30pm,  Redmond Campus, Bldg 1, Rm 128
Friday, March 21, 10-11:30am, Bend Campus, Pioneer 200C
Please contact the financial aid office at or 541-383-7260 if you have any questions.

Central Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund (COLSF)
The COLSF is offering academic scholarships to support college-bound Latino students. The privately managed fund has set aside $10,000 to fund scholarships in 2014, which will be awarded to qualifying students who enroll in Oregon colleges, universities and trade schools.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a complete application and required documents must be postmarked by April 10, 2014. Entering freshmen and continuing college students from Deschutes, Jefferson or Crook counties, seeking their first academic degree, and students in an accredited technical training program that leads to licensing, may apply. The current scholarship cycle will award five ($1,000) scholarships by a local volunteer committee, and an additional $5,000 in partnership with the Portland Metro Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Scholarship applications are available at the fund's website:



Monday, March 10 - Free Chair Massages 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Foyer 
Relax and enjoy an upper body chair massage performed by a COCC Massage Program alumni. 

Tuesday, March 11 - $1 Lunch
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center, Dining Room
Enjoy chips, drink and a cookie with your choice of one of the following: hamburger, cheeseburger or grilled cheese, for lunch sponsored by ASCOCC!

Wednesday, March 12 - Pet A Pup Therapy
Noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. in the Barber Library, Front Study Room
Take a stress break to visit with Nationally Registered Therapy Dogs with their handlers. Courtesy of Pet Partner Teams, Therapy Dogs International Teams, and Therapy Dogs Incorporated Team. Please do not bring pets to this event.

Thursday, March 13 - Dodge Ball Tournament 
7 p.m. in the  Lobby of the Mazama Gym
Take your mind of all the studying to get a workout in playing dodge ball in this fun tournament for all levels of play.  Free refreshments will be served.

Library Extended Hours with Coffee & Snacks
Friday, March 14: 5 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 15: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 16: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Barber Library, Foyer
Enjoy free coffee and snacks to help you study and successfully prepare for finals in a quiet environment that is open late all weekend long.

Pizza Hut will be delivering on Tuesday, March 18th from 12:30-1:30 and Thursday, March 20th from 11:30-12:30.

The Sandwich Factory will be delivering on Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th at 11:30 both days.

Tres Hermanos will serve a taco bar on Wednesday, March 19th at 11:30 in Building 3.


All students now have access to the full version of MS Office 2013 through your Office 365 email account. You will need to have Windows 7 or higher to install the latest version of Office.   It is also recommended that you have IE10 or higher to access the full features available. We also recommend that you complete the install from your home internet connection as it downloads much faster.

  • After logging into your COCC email account, look for the "Gear" icon in the top right hand corner of your screen:
  • From the drop-down menu, select "Office365 Settings" from the bottom of the list.  It may take a few minutes for the page to fully load (see image below with icons).
  • On the left hand side of the screen, look for a link that says "software" and click on this link. You will be sent to a new window with the word "Office" at the top and a line of logos of Microsoft's Office products.
  • Click the "install" button on the bottom of the screen to begin the installation process for Office 2013 (a.k.a. 365ProPlus!)

If you have questions, you may direct them to feedback365@cocc.eduor call 541-383-7716


9 a.m. on Friday, March 14 at the Redmond Campus, Bldg 3, Room 305.  Info: 541-318-3741


For drivability, (i.e. tune-ups, fuel problems, valve adjustment, etc. for vehicles '98 and newer). This is ideal for a 60K or 90K service.  Contact Paul Pelly
For electrical problems, contact Carl Cavallo at
For computerized engine controls, contact Ken Mays at

For cruise control and anti-lock brakes (ABS lamp on), contact Paul Pelly at

For a drive shaft or drive axle repair, differential noise and worn transfer case, contact Terry Steele at
For steering and suspension and alignments, contact Terry Steele at  

Cost: $25 shop fee, plus parts at list price or you can buy the parts.


The Writing Center is a free service located on the first floor of the Barber Library for one-on-one tutoring. Whether you need help with brainstorming, drafting or revising, our trained and friendly tutors will help you out! We also have great resources, such as writing handbooks and a computer station, available for your writing needs. This quarter we are also holding a writing workshop series on Mondays on the Bend Campus on a variety of topics from thesis help to writing an effective conclusion. We also have free tutoring for a variety of subjects (math, science, foreign language, etc), so visit the tutoring services web page!

Info: visit this website, or contact Leslie Parisi, Writing Center Coordinator, at  


Three-day conference inspired by International Women's Day & Women's History Month, Sunday, March 9 on the COCC Bend Campus.  Limited FREE student tickets to the workshops are available from the Information Desk in COCC Campus Center.  One morning session and one afternoon session with current student ID.  Info:

Cascade Winds Symphonic Band Performance
2 p.m., Sunday, March 2 in the Summit High School Auditorium.  Free; open to the public.  Info:

Spanish Conversation Group
Meets the 1st Monday of the month at noon in Campus Center Room 116.  The next meeting is Monday, March 3.

Diversity Workshops with Judith Sloan
Monday, March 3, 4 - 6 p.m., Room 118 Cascades Hall
Tuesday, March 4, 5 - 7 p.m., Room 247 Cascades Hall
Thursday, March 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Room 118 Cascades Hall
Join author/actor of Crossing the BLVD in a workshop to discuss how we can foster a respectful and inclusive campus community at COCC and OSU-Cascades.  Info: 541-383-7412 

The Changing Face of America: Immigration Then and Now
Wednesday, March 5, noon - 1 p.m. in Wille Hall, Campus Center Building, COCC Bend Campus.  Actor/author, Judith Sloan, discusses her performance of "Crossing the BLVD" and its relevance to our society today.  Co-sponsors: OSU Cascades and Corvallis, Deschutes Cultural Commission.  Free and open to the public.  Info: 541-383-7412 

Theater Production: Crossing the BLVD:  Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America
Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m. in Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC Bend Campus.  This theater performance by Judith Sloan presents the human stories of the reasons why immigrants and refugees have migrated to the US and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post-9/11. Based on Lehrer and Sloan's critically acclaimed book, actor/writer Judith Sloan channels many of the people interviewed by the couple on their three-year journey around the world through the borough of Queens, New York.  Co-sponsors: OSU Cascades and Corvallis, Deschutes Cultural Commission.  Free and open to the public.  Info: 541-383-7412 

Latino Dance Festival
Various workshops in salsa and bachata: Friday, March 7; and Saturday, March 8 in Wille Hall, Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus.  Featuring Javier and Kara of Gemini Salsa.  Minimum fee $5 per day; proceeds support Latino Club scholarships.  Info: 541-318-3726 

COCC Hosts American Sign Language Film: "In the Can"

7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 in Hitchcock Auditorium in Pioneer Hall on the COCC Bend Campus.  Tickets $11 (cash or credit) available at the door.  Proceeds benefit Oregon Association of the Deaf.  Info: Betsy Burks

'A Plein Air View' Featured at Art Exhibit
March 8 through May 2 in the Rotunda Gallery, Barber Library, COCC Bend Campus.  Opening reception to 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 13.  Free; public is welcome.  Info: 541-383-7564 

Camp Fire Day Camp for K-5 Kids
Thursday, March 13 & Friday, March 14, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m..  Westside Village Magnet School.  Discounted opportunity for COCC students with K-5 kids with days off of school to explore theater, dive into science projects, make crafts, learn about nature, sing songs, play games, and get outside. Bring your own lunch, snacks provided. Prices are $35 for one day, $60 for both days or volunteer and save even more. Space is limited register online or call 541.382.4682 

Big Band Jazz Concert 
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in the Pinckney Center for the Arts, COCC Bend Campus.  $10 adults; $5 seniors and students with ID.  Info: 541-383-7510

March: Women's History Month
1911 was the first International Women's Day in the United States. Now every March Women's History Month highlights and pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. Join us as we "Celebrate Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment" in 2014.

National Sleep Awareness Week March 3-7
The 2002 National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Sleep in America poll found that 74 percent of American adults are experiencing a sleeping problem a few nights a week or more, 39% get less than seven hours of sleep each weeknight, and more than one in three (37%) are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities. In the past century, we have reduced our average time in sleep. Though our society has changed, our brains and bodies have not. Sleep deprivation is affecting us all and we are paying the price. This week, let us explore how many hours of sleep your body needs at different ages, tips for healthy sleep and information on the benefits of getting enough sleep.


Thinking About Your Next Step: 
OSU-Cascades offers 18 undergraduate majors, with 30 minors and degree options. To learn about admission requirements and degrees offered at OSU-Cascades, interested students can meet with an admissions expert on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Cascades Hall. No appointments are required. Info:  or call541-322-3100

OSU-Cascades Lunchtime Lecture: Keep Bones Strong at Any Age - It's Never Too Late
Osteoporosis runs in families but just because it runs in yours doesn't mean you're doomed to a life of brittle bones and an early hip replacement. Dr. Kara Witzke presents her research and provides practical recommendations for improving bone health across the lifespan. Wednesday, March 19, noon - 1 p.m., Cascades Hall, Rm. 117-118.

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