COCC e-News February 2018

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FEBRUARY 2018 Volume 15, Issue 2 

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STUDENT CONCERNS 
Students are encouraged to resolve the issue with the appropriate faculty or staff member. For academic concerns, this should begin with the instructor. If the student is not comfortable discussing directly with the instructor, the student may initiate the concern with the appropriate department chair. If the instructor is the current department chair, the student may initiate the concern with the appropriate instructional dean. For non-academic concerns, the student should bring the issue to the director of Student Life for assistance in identifying the appropriate contact. For assistance in identifying the appropriate faculty or staff member, contact the Office of Student Life, 541-383-7590.

HEY BOBCATS!

Some inspiring events are happening at the COCC campuses in February. Among them: a talk on immigrant rights, shared perspectives from a Muslim American, a meet-and-greet career fair, and a Chinese New Year celebration. Oh, did we mention the donut bar? Keep on scrollin' for the essentials.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Feb. 23, 5 p.m.: Last day to drop full-term classes with no grade on transcript. Last day to change to/from audit or add classes. Courses not spanning full term will have different deadlines. See listing of short-term class refund and drop deadlines.

Feb. 23, 5 p.m.: COCC payment plan due.

Feb. 26: Beginning date for required instructor approval to drop classes. Instructor approval may be given online or on the add/drop form (student must follow up with Enrollment Services to complete the drop). A grade of “W” will show on transcript. Courses not spanning full term will have different deadlines.

Feb. 26 to March 2: Registration begins for current, priority degree-seeking students.

FINANCIAL AID
The 2018-19 FAFSA/ORSAA is available for students who plan to attend COCC between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Early submissions have the best chance to receive the maximum aid. 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/ORSA workshop for help.

COCC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation offers nearly 400 awards totaling $1.5 million. The COCC Foundation Scholarship application is available through your Bobcat Web Account.

OSAC SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
More than 500 scholarships are available through the Office of Student Access and Completion. Search the OSAC Catalog or apply now! The application deadline is March 1.

SPRING TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you’re attending spring term, Financial Aid will give priority consideration to those students completing and submitting their requirements by March 1.

For more details, contact the Financial Aid office at 541-383-7260 or finaid@cocc.edu.

AROUND CAMPUS
"TEA TUESDAYS AT BEND COMPUTER LAB
Get a FREE “cuppa” at Tea Tuesdays in the Boyle Education Center’s Computer Lab.

MMMMM….DONUTS AT COATS
This month, the Coats dining hall is offering a lineup of special snacks. Mark your calendars for:
Feb. 1: Hot Cocoa Bar (lunch)
Feb. 4: Wings (dinner)
Feb. 11: Sundae Funday (dinner)
Feb. 13: Kalamata Plate (dinner)
Feb. 14: Donut Bar (dinner)

WICKIUP HOUSING APPLICATION 2018/19 OPENS FEB. 5
Wickiup Residence Hall has filled the last two years, so mark your calendar for Monday, Feb. 5. Wickiup is an easy, easy-going and exciting place to call home! Current residents will receive an update about their returning application soon. Click for COCC Housing information or call: 541-383-7545.

FACULTY AWARD: NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
Honor an inspiring faculty member by nominating him/her for the Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching! Nominations can be made by any student who has accumulated more than 30 credit hours within the last two years. Please submit a nominee statement to Eric Weller no later than Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. See nominating procedures for more info. Award is for full-time faculty only; part-time and adjunct faculty nominations take place in March.

CAREER FAIR CONNECTIONS
At the Career Fair students will have the opportunity to network with local employers and learn about internship and employment opportunities, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Wille Hall. Come talk to reps from the Army ROTC, Bend Parks & Recreation, Consumer Cellular, Deschutes County, Discover Your Forest, IBEX Global and many more.

EVENTS (LISTED BY DATE)
SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE: JULISSA ARCE BOOK TALK & IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
Join Julissa Arce, immigrant rights advocate and author of “My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant who Became a Wall Street Executive,” for two events at the Coats Campus Center. First up, a book talk from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6; second, a discussion on supporting immigrant rights from 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7.

FILM: "OUR SPIRITS DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH: INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOL"
A documentary told from the Native American perspective that uncovers the truly dark history of Indian boarding schools. This film gives voice to the countless Native children taken from their families.

Madras campus: noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12

Bend campus: 4-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14

CHINESE NEW YEAR: A TASTE
Experience the traditional foods and games of Chinese New Year from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, in Wickiup Hall. Crafts and lantern-making too!

OPERAGANZA! FEAST AND FUN
Just in time for a unique Valentine’s Day celebration, it’s Operaganza! A gala soiree at Elevation restaurant at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, featuring a three-course meal, wine and entertainment, all for $75. Plus, a silent auction with exciting, one-of-a-kind treasures to bid on. Proceeds will support OperaBend’s 2018 Season. Operaganza! tickets and info here.

BOYS WITH BRAIDS
A community event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Coats Campus Center, to bring awareness to the cultural importance of why Native men and boys wear their hair long. A variety of guest speakers will share their personal experiences. Snacks and drinks provided.

SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE: “NOT IN OUR TOWN: LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS”
In 2008 a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York, culminated in the murder of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant. Over a two-year period, this film follows the residents of Patchogue as they address the underlying causes of the violence and the steps they take. Discussion to follow.

Prineville campus: noon-1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19.

Redmond campus: noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, Building 3, Room 312.

SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE: A MUSLIM AMERICAN’S EXPERIENCE IN OREGON
Join Nora Mahmoud to reflect on the social beliefs of Islam and the current issues Muslims are experiencing today, from 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center.

CHINESE NEW YEAR: PAINTING
Join us for a Sumi e’ class session to paint in the spirit of Chinese landscapes, 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Pence Hall, Room 100. (Limit 15 people)

ARTS
RISING STARS IN THE ARTS
The Central Oregon Scholastic Art Awards program, now in its 10th year of celebrating budding artists at the middle school and high school levels, is holding an exhibit opening and award ceremony at Pence Hall and Pinckney Art Gallery from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. The works will be on display at the gallery from Feb. 10-28.

PREFERRED FIRST NAMES
COCC recognizes that many individuals prefer to use first names other than their legal first name to identify themselves. In support of our commitment to creating and sustaining a welcoming, safe and supportive environment, COCC provides students the option to use a preferred name where possible. Please see our preferred name FAQ webpage for additional information.

LACTATION ROOMS
COCC provides two locations for students and employees to have access to a private space for lactation purposes. Private, secure spaces are available in the Barber Library, Room 226, and in Grandview Hall, 2nd floor bathroom/shower. See lactation rooms web page for hours and key information.


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