COCC e-News April 2018

Student News
APRIL 2018 Volume 15, Issue 4

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


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FINANCIAL AID
The 2018-19 FAFSA/ORSAA is available for students who plan to attend COCC between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA may apply for the ORSAA. A completed ORSAA is required for students who may be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise, OSAC scholarships and the COCC Foundation scholarship. Attend a FAFSA/ORSAA workshop for help.

COCC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation offers nearly 400 awards each year totaling $1.5 million. A little application time can go a long way. The COCC Foundation Scholarship application is available through your Bobcat Web Account.

SUMMER TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you're attending Summer term, Financial Aid will give priority consideration to those students completing and submitting their requirements by June 1.

HEY BOBCATS!

In this era of casual selfies, it's refreshing to see a photo op that unfolds over 10 days. That's what happened last April when astronomers in eight locations around the globe set out to capture the ultimate in incriminating photos: visual evidence of a black hole. Years of coordination and collaboration—and a 10-day window chosen for prime sky conditions—led to the electronic link-up of observatories from Hawaii to Antarctica. And while the data is still being crunched, results are expected sometime soon. Sadly, Stephen Hawking, who passed away last month and whose work attempted to unravel the deepest secrets of black holes, didn't live to see the day. But his impact, a legacy of unwavering inquiry and inspiring focus, taking the cosmos (and humanity) to new heights, will no doubt outshine the substance of any photograph. Rousing stuff as we launch into Spring term. Keep on scrolling, 'cats!

JUMP START: APRIL 3-5

Start your Spring term right with Jump Start's FREE food and activities!

BEND
Tuesday: FREE movie with popcorn and drinks, "Guardians of the Galaxy," 6 p.m., Mazama Field or Hitchcock Auditorium (weather depending).

Wednesday: FREE Lunch and Club Info Fair, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wickiup Hall patio. Philly cheesesteak lunch by Bruneau's South Philly Cuisine.

Thursday: '80s-themed Student-Staff Volleyball Showdown, 7 p.m., Mazama Gym, FREE snacks, prizes.

REDMOND
Monday: Tate & Tate Catering Coffee and Pastries
Tuesday: Tate & Tate Catering Coffee and Pastries

PRINEVILLE 
Monday: AK's Tea Room Coffee and Pastries
Tuesday: AK's Tea Room Coffee and Pastries

MADRAS
Monday: Dancing Beans Coffee and Pastries
Tuesday: Dancing Beans Coffee and Pastries

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
TUITION PAYMENT/REFUND DEADLINE: APRIL 13
Tuition is due by 5 p.m., Friday, April 13; avoid long lines and pay online. The deadline to drop a full-term class and receive a refund is the same date/time. 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.

STUDENT REFUNDS
Did you know you can select how you receive your COCC refunds? Direct deposit and pre-paid Discover debit card options available. Visit the student refunds page.

CAP & GOWN TIME?
Congratulations! The Commencement Ceremony is at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at Mazama Field. Invitations go out this month; if you would like your name printed in the program and local newspapers, your RSVP must be submitted by May 20. Visit the Commencement page for details. If you have questions, please email myprogress@cocc.edu.

AROUND CAMPUS
CAP Services, WITH NEW NAME, RELOCATING
CAP Services (formerly known as CAP Services) is moving to the second floor of the newly remodeled Cascades Hall. Offices will be closed April 16-17 and reopen in the new space on April 18. CAP Services offers career services, academic advising, personal counseling and placement testing. Note: the Tutoring and Testing dept. will remain in the lower level of the Barber Library.

CASCADES HALL UPDATE
In addition to CAP Services, Cascades Hall will be home to the Emergency Medical Services and Forestry programs later this year. Additionally, transfer advisors from several universities will be moving into that space during the course of Spring term: Eastern Oregon University, OSU-Cascades and Portland State University. Visit the transfer information page.

TEACHING AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE BY APRIL 3
It's time to recognize your part-time or adjunct instructor's enthusiasm, innovation and passion for teaching! Send your nomination by April 3 to Eric Weller. Click for nominating procedures.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
Become a student government leader! Get involved! Make a difference! And get paid to do it all. Applications for elected positions are available April 6 and due April 27. Find out more about ASCOCC positions and pay.

AN IDEAL ADDRESS
Join the Wickiup Hall lifestyle! The residence hall is filling fast, so act now. Room and board rates for 2018-19 start at $3,590 per term. Learn more or apply for residence hall living. (Returning residents fill out a different application beginning April 9.)

STUDENT RESOURCES
ONE NUMBER TO RING THEM ALL
What's one of the first challenges every new student faces? Learning how to login to various student accounts. Admissions and Records, ITS and eLearning are working together to improve the student experience by joining under ONE phone number that will route to different technical services. Call 541-383-7716 to get the help you need.

COMPUTER LAB SERVICES
Computer lab attendants can assist with your account-related services, including Bobcat Web, email/network and Blackboard accounts. Stop by a computer lab to get FREE Office 2016 (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Skype and OneNote).

GRAPPLING WITH NUMBERS? 
The Math Tutoring Lab is located on the upper campus in the Grandview Building, Rooms 234 and 235, adjacent to the math instructors' offices. This is a resource for all levels, and offered in addition to the math tutoring in the library's tutoring center. Click for Math Tutoring Lab hours.

EXPLORING HEALTH CAREERS
Learn about the Allied Health programs at COCC and discover the rewards of being a dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech or pharmacy tech at an April 12 Allied Health info session in Bend.

EVENTS
MATH CONTEST EQUATES FUN
Ready, set, calculate! Some 150 high school students will be at the Bend campus for the 40th annual High School Math Contest beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 12. Find out where to spectate or how to volunteer for the Math Contest.

FARM & FOOD FAIRE
Learn about local farms, fresh food resources and how to get your hands dirty at the Farm & Food Spring Faire, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Coats Campus Center. More than a dozen area farmers and ranchers will be on hand to sell early crops, sign you up for a CSA, and share volunteer farming opportunities.

FIESTA CELEBRACIÓN
Join the Latino Fiesta for food and fun from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Coats Campus Center. The event features Mexican food, music, folklórico dancing, games, crafts and more. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for Latino program students; suggested donation is $10.

POETRY MONTH
From Aztec-inspired poetry with pre-Columbian music to the readings of an award-winning poet from the Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma, COCC is celebrating National Poetry Month with a stellar lineup! Share your own work during the Student Poetry Jam from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the Wickiup Hall kitchen area.

ARTS
FINDING INSPIRATION IN CAST-OFF ITEMS
Mixed-media artist Lloyd McMullen will exhibit new work at the Pinckney Gallery April 5-28. There will be an opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, to include an artist talk at 5 p.m. McMullen creates two- and three-dimensional "constructions" that integrate cast-off items.

EXHIBIT MERGES TOPOGRAPHY, RAW DATA
The Barber Library gallery is exhibiting Kiel Fletcher's "Panopticon," a collection of landscape photos generated by using data-shaped topography, March 3 through April 20.


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