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COCC e-News February 2020

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FEBRUARY 2020 Volume 17, 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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NOMINATE A DIFFERENCE-MAKER
February is a unique time of year at COCC: 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 (for full-time faculty only) can be made by any student who has accumulated more than 30 credit hours within the last two years. After reviewing the criteria, please send your nominations to eweller@cocc.edu by 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.

HEY BOBCATS!

The Broadside is back. COCC's student newspaper is relaunching with a digital format and currently needs reporters, photographers and an opinion editor. Enrollment in a lab is required for newsroom positions (Spring term starts March 30), but freelance writers and photogs can start as contributors immediately. For details, contact Teresa Ristow, advisor to student media, at 541-383-7249 or tristow@cocc.edu. Keep on scrolling, 'cats!

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Feb. 21 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. 21 at 5 p.m.: Payment plan due.

Feb. 24: 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.

SPRING TERM REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
Spring term registration begins the week of Feb. 24-28 for currently enrolled students. Are you ready? Find out for sure by logging in to your Bobcat Web account. Click on "Registration" and then "Can I Register for Credit Classes." 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). 

FINANCIAL AID

FAFSA/ORSAA
The 2019-20 FAFSA and ORSAA are still available for students who are attending COCC now through June 30, 2020. And if you're planning on attending COCC between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, be sure to complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA and ORSAA early; 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 and Oregon Promise. Attend a 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.

VETERANS BENEFITS
Utilizing Veterans education benefits? Please be sure to request certification for your classes for Winter term. If you have any questions, contact vetsed@cocc.edu or call 541-383-7264.

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

CAREER CLOSE-UPS
Take a peek at COCC's health care careers through a one-hour info session. Nursing has two this month: Feb. 12 (Redmond) and Feb. 14 (Bend). Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at a Feb. 10 info session in Redmond.

DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP
Join the creative writing faculty for a drop-in workshop. All students, staff and faculty are welcome. The theme is "Falling In, Falling Out: Love and Poetry," and will be held from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the Children's Literature & Equity Resource Center (CLERC), first floor of the Barber Library.

AROUND CAMPUS

SHARE YOUR RECYCLING HABITS
The Sustainability Committee is seeking feedback on how to best improve the recycling process at COCC. Please take a quick moment to fill out this short anonymous recycling survey. Provide your COCC e-mail address to be eligible for a prize drawing.

CLIMATE SURVEY
Be on the lookout in your COCC email this month for a Student Campus Climate Survey. Your input on the College's culture is appreciated!

EVENTS

RESILIENCY, JUSTICE AT THE HEART OF TALKS
The 2020 Season of Nonviolence includes free events at the Bend (Feb. 12 and 13) and Madras (Feb. 20) campuses; RSVP here for a seat. Activist and former Black Panther Ericka Huggins will discuss "Spiritual Activism and Social Justice" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Wille Hall (tickets at Coats' Student Life office). The next day, Huggins will lead a session, "Creating a Toolkit for Resiliency," from 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Wille Hall. "Sentenced for a Season, Punished for Life: How Long Should People Pay for Past Crimes?" is the title of a conversation facilitated by Pamela Slaughter at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Madras Campus.

ARTS

BIRDLIFE THE SPARK BEHIND EXHIBIT
An art exhibit of impressionist bird paintings titled "Bird Stories: Flying with Nature," a collection of compact oil canvases by Bend artist Jacob Joseph Norris, is showing in the Barber Library Rotunda Gallery through Feb. 13.

FINAL DAYS OF FACULTY ART SHOW
The Pence Pinckney Gallery is exhibiting a range of works from COCC art faculty members through Feb. 5. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

"IN FULL BLOOM" PAINTING EXHIBIT
The flower paintings and watercolor sketches of Bob Barber will be on display from February 27 to March 27 in the Barber Library Rotunda Gallery (yes, that Barber; he was COCC's president from 1990-2004). Opening Reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.

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, and in Grandview Hall, 2nd floor bathroom/shower. Click here for hours and key information.


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