COCC e-News February 2019

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FEBRUARY 2019 Volume 16, Issue 2

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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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HEY BOBCATS!

Early February is a unique time of year at COCC: It's a time to honor a difference-maker in your life! Is there a faculty member who has inspired you, helped expand your educational horizons or contributed to your personal success? Nominate them for the Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. Nominations (this award is for full-time faculty only) can be made by any student who has accumulated more than 30 credit hours within the last two years, including this year. After reviewing the criteria, please send your nominations to eweller@cocc.edu by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15. Keep on scrolling, 'cats!

NEWS TO USE: BEND CAMPUS
>>> Don't get a ticket! The Bend Police Dept. has reported an increase in the number of vehicles parking in the bike lane along College Way. Avoid a ticket by not parking on College Way from the Ponderosa crosswalk going south past the Boyle Education Center!

>>> The Barber Library just added a fun new collection to take some of the frazzle out of your daily grind: an area devoted to board games and puzzles (for use in-house), graphic novels and other light reads, as well as coloring books to stretch the tired minds. Check it out!

IMPORTANT DATES
Feb. 22 at 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.

Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.: COCC payment plan due.

Feb. 25: 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.

FINANCIAL AID
The 2019-20 FAFSA and ORSAA are available for students who plan to attend COCC between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. 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 workshop for help.

COCC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation offers nearly 400 awards totaling $1.6 million. See the Foundation Scholarship application.

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

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

CAREER CLOSE-UPS
Take a peek at COCC's health care careers through a one-hour info session. Nursing has three this month: Feb. 12 (Redmond), Feb. 15 (Bend) and Feb. 20 (Bend). Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at a Feb. 11 info session in Redmond.

COMPUTER LAB LOWDOWN
Searching for a midterm study space? Look no further! Computer lab locations (and services) are in the Boyle Education Center, Pioneer Hall, Barber Library and the Redmond Technology Center.

AROUND CAMPUS

HOUSING APPLICATION OPENS FEB. 1
Can't find a place? Tired of your current living situation? The Wickiup Hall housing application is open for 2019-20, and it is a welcoming and convenient place to call home! Apply today. (Note: current residents will receive an update about their returning application soon.)  

EVENTS

SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE: "ONCE AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT & FOSTER CHILD, NOW AN OREGON JUDGE"
Circuit Court Judge Xiomara Torres of Multnomah County shares her own narrative of overcoming adversity through hard work and education. She arrived undocumented in the U.S. from her home country of El Salvador at the age of nine and faced many obstacles, but she held onto hope and possibility through that time of adversity as a child abuse victim and product of the foster care system. This free presentation (RSVP here) is from 6-7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 21, in Wille Hall.

BOOK TALK: GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS
Sisters and co-authors Alana Dusan and Jessica Mendoza—a Bend high school English teacher and an ESPN analyst, respectively—will discuss their softball-themed young adult novel, "There's No Base Like Home," at the Barber Library, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, as part of a "Girls and Women in Sports Day" event. Both sisters played collegiate softball—Dusan for Oregon State University and Mendoza for Stanford, later earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

ARTS

EXHIBIT: "IF TREES COULD DREAM"
Ted Gladu's exhibit is an exploration of space and time, a tribute to the wild lands of Central Oregon. What might happen if trees, in fact, could dream? Other pieces are tributes to architectural design. At the Barber Library Rotunda Gallery, Feb. 23-March 21, with a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28.

EXHIBIT: TOM MERET RETROSPECTIVE (CONTINUES)
A long-overdue tribute to Tom Meret (1906-1971), an artist who perfected his mosaic watercolor technique in the mid-1960s through 1971. A tragic auto mishap took his life the same year that most of the renderings in this exhibit were slated for a one-man show in NYC. Meret was a highly respected architect and Deputy State Architect of California. In the Barber Library Rotunda Gallery, through Feb. 15.

COMING UP

CAREER FAIR: MARCH 6
Network with Central Oregon employers to learn about internship and employment opportunities that are open now or in the future, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the Coats Campus Center. Enter to win door prizes.

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.

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 locations for students and employees to have access to a private space for lactation purposes. Private, secure spaces are available in Boyle, the Barber Library, Room 226, and in Grandview Hall, 2nd floor bathroom/shower. Click here for hours and key information.

 


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