COCC E-News April 2014

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APRIL, 2014
Volume 11, Issue 4

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

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Boyle Education Center Drop-In Lab Grand Opening
Wednesday, April 2, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the BEC Drop-in Lab
Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the new drop-in computer lab in Boyle Education Center. We will have sweet treats, door prizes every 15 minutes and help with COCC technology.

Grad Fair

Attention 2014 graduates!  Gather together on Wednesday, April  16, from 11am – 1:30pm in the Campus Center Building Lobby (Bend campus) to prepare for commencement.  Ask questions about graduation, view regalia and enter to win great prizes! Raffle entries accepted in Admissions and Records in Redmond, Madras and Prineville on April 16.

Planning to Graduate this Spring or Summer?
If you haven't already done so, please complete an Application for Certificate/Degree. COCC's Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 10am, Saturday, June 14 at Mazama Field. Invitations to participate in Commencement will be sent to eligible students' COCC email in April. If you want your name printed in the commencement program and local newspapers, your application must be submitted by May 1. If you have questions, please email

Bookstore News: Extended hours during first week of term:

Bend Store Monday –Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Redmond hours: Monday, March 31 – Thursday, April 3, 9 am – 6 pm

Avoid Parking Tickets
Parking permits must be adhered (not taped) on vehicles by April 7, the first day of the second week of the term. However, tickets WILL be issued for all other violations starting Monday, March 31. Parking permits are free for students and can be obtained in the Boyle Education Center or at the Campus Services Building.

Please be aware that parking on a crosswalk, in yellow zones, within 10 feet of a fire hydrant and in a bike lane is prohibited. Bend Police will be aggressively enforcing all violations, including the yellow zones/hydrants, throughout the term.

Ride the bus with $10/month passes!
COCC, Bend Area Transit (BAT) and the ASCOCC have partnered to offer discounted BAT monthly passes for students (including ABE students). Students may now purchase a monthly BAT pass for only $10. Students must show ID and not purchase more than one pass per month. Info: 541-383-7590

Reminder about Smoking
Smoking is banned in all of the buildings of COCC. Smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco is limited to campus parking lots and no closer than 25 feet of any building. During high fire danger periods, smoking will be banned completely.


Welcome new and returning students to the COCC and OSU-Cascades campus!

Jump Start is a week of programs and events that will orient you to the campus. From Monday, March 31, to Friday, April 4, there will be a variety of activities and events to help you start on a path to success.

Monday, March 31:  Free Dutch Bros Coffee

9 - 11 a.m., Cascades Hall, Patio
Start spring term off with caffeine from Dutch Bros. Look for staff in red Jump Start vest to answer any questions you have about the campus or college life over coffee and great music. 

Tuesday, April 1:  Free Student Lunch

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cascades Hall, Atrium
Get ready for spring term and mingle with students and staff. Enjoy a FREE healthy Mexican food lunch from Longboard Louie's.

Wednesday, April 2:  Dakine Grindz Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Music 

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Campus Center, Front Patio 
Enjoy Free authentic gourmet Hawaiian shaved ice in 13 different flavor options. Also enjoy live music from local musicians. 

Thursday, April 3:  Cuppa Yo and College Resource Fair

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Campus Center, Wille Hall
Learn more about the college’s services and resources that help you succeed in college while enjoying Cuppa Yo frozen yogurt and all the toppings of your choice. 

Friday, April 4:  Family Friendly Fun Night

6 - 8 p.m. Bouncing Off the Wall (1134 SE Centennial Ct, Bend)
Students, their families, and children can gather in Bend’s first and only inflatable family fun center. Enjoy free unlimited bouncing, games and activities with pizza.


Tuition is due by 5 pm, Friday, April 11; avoid long lines and pay online. The deadline to drop a full-term class and receive a refund is also 5pm on Friday, April 11.  You may drop a class using your COCC Bobcat web account, in-person at the Enrollment Services office at any COCC campus or by calling the Enrollment Services office at 541-383-7500.  An instructor's signature is not required to drop a full-term class by this deadline. See the schedule for short-term class drop deadlines. 


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. 


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 website:


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.

Get assistance completing your 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid from a financial aid staff member.
Friday, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m., Bend Campus, Pioneer 200D
Friday, April 18, 10-11:30 a.m., Bend Campus, Pioneer 200D
Monday, April 21, 3-4:30 p.m., Redmond Campus, Bldg 1, RM 128 
Friday, April 25, 10-11:30 a.m., Bend Campus, Pioneer 200D
Wednesday, April 30, 10-11:30 a.m., Prineville Campus, RM 114 

Please contact the Financial Aid office at or 541-383-7260 if you have any questions.


This begins April 4 and runs on Fridays, April 18 and May 16. All workshops begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m in Wille Hall. Breakfast and lunch are served. These workshops are for students only and are sponsored by COCC Native American program, COCC Multicultural Office and OSU-Cascades Student Government. For information, please contact Gina Ricketts, Native American Program Coordinator at COCC, or visit Ms. Littledeer’s website.

All students now have access to the full version of MS Office 2013 via their Office 365 email account. Students can access and download the full versions of MS Office 2013 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and it is FREE to them as part of their account. Requirements include Window 7 operating system.
Info:  or 541-383-7716 Feedback365 phone line.

APRIL 28 – MAY 2 

The student “voice” is important as we seek to improve opportunities for student learning. One way for COCC to hear from students is through the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE).

From April 28 – May 2, students in randomly selected classes at COCC and many other community colleges across the nation will have the chance to share their views by completing the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Survey questions focus on how students spend their time, the nature and quality of students’ interactions with faculty members and peers, and what students have gained from their classes and other aspects of their college experience. 

If you are in a class that is selected to participate in the survey, the College encourages you to respond candidly. Your individual responses will remain confidential, but the results of this national survey will be important in helping COCC examine educational practices and identify ways that we can improve programs and services for students.

We appreciate your willingness to help us learn from your experience. Info: Brynn Pierce at


Celebrate the Week of the Young Child (April 6-12) with a family-friendly event! Join us on Wednesday, April 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Barber Library classrooms 001 and 023 for stories, games and a snack. All COCC students with young children are welcome. More information at


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 of 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


The COCC Diversity Committee will be sending out a survey to students at the beginning of spring term.  This survey aims to assess the kind of welcoming atmosphere we have at COCC.  We want to know how inclusive and respectful the students believe our campus to be.  The results of the survey will provide important information that will enable us to improve the quality of our environment for students as they engage in their academic pursuits.

Students who complete the survey will have the chance to win one of two $100 gift certificates at the book store. Look for an email sent to your COCC address and help us learn more about our campus community! Questions: Karen Roth, director of Multicultural Activities, Room 216 Campus Center, 541-383-7412 or


Fore more information regarding ASCOCC events please click here
Info: 541-383-7595.


For more information regarding multi- cultural events please click here.  Info: 541-383-7412


Michael Boonstra Featured at Artists of Oregon Exhibit
The Gallery in the Pinckney Center on COCC's Bend Campus runs from April 3 through April 30, 2014.  Opening reception is 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014.  Free; public is welcome.  Info: 541-383-7511.

'A Plein Air View’ Art Exhibit

This exhibit continues through May 2, 2014 in the Rotunda Gallery in the Barber Library. Free; public is welcome.  Info: 541-383-7564.

How Did We Get Here: Human Origins, Evolution and Migrations Lecture Series
“Clues from the Solar System” will be presented by Scott Fisher, a UO astronomy instructor at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC Bend Campus.
Nature Center members $8; general public $10; students free with ID
Info: 541-593-4394 or or


Is OSU-Cascades in Your Future? Continue your academic adventure at OSU-Cascades! Put those COCC credits to work toward a bachelor’s degree.

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