COCC e-News March 2018

Student News
MARCH 2018 Volume 15, Issue 3 

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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!

The year was 1784 and Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Minister to France at the time, decided that enough was enough. So he penned (well, quilled) an essay entitled, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light,” and sent it off to the Journal of Paris, making known his disdain for candle-burning Parisians, believing they could accomplish so much more if their clocks were simply adjusted to revolve more around natural light. Yes, the essay was published. And, yes, the essay was underscored with more than a little sarcasm (not to mention some whopping calculations about wax costs). But it was an early argument for daylight savings…and so here we are. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on the eve of March 10. Keep on scrolling, ‘cats.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
SPRING TERM REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
Spring term registration begins this week for currently enrolled students. Are you ready? Find out for sure by logging in to your Bobcat Web account. Click on “Registration” and then on the “Can I Register for Credit Classes?” link. 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).

March 14, 6 p.m. - Last day to withdraw from classes. Instructor’s approval is required (either online or signature on the drop form) and a grade of “W” will show on transcript. Once this is done you must drop the class in person in Enrollment services or call 541-383-7500.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
March 19-23: Winter term finals
March 24-April 1: Spring Break

SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE
The class schedule will be available mid-March. Check the Schedule of Classes webpage.

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.

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/ORSAA workshop for help.

COCC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Every year, the Foundation offers nearly 400 awards 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.

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
MOVING ON UP
Join the Wickiup experience! The residence hall fills 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 will fill out a different application beginning April 9; details to be announced.)

PI DAY MEANS PIE DAY
The Coats dining hall is putting some fresh flavors on the menu. Mark your calendar accordingly.
March 4: Sundae Fun-day (dinner, 5-7:45 p.m.)
March 6: Asian Cuisine (dinner, 5-7:45 p.m.)
March 14: Pie Day (lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
March 15: Build-Your-Own Pizza (dinner, 5-7:45 p.m.)
March 18: Sundae Fun-day (dinner, 5-7:45 p.m.)

FREE COFFEE DURING FINALS
Stop in for a FREE cuppa Keurig all week during finals at the Pioneer Computer Lab.

EVENTS
SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE: A READING OF “THE MEETING” (TWO DATES)
At the Bend campus’s Coats Campus Center.
3 p.m., Thursday, March 1
7 p.m., Friday, March 2
“The Meeting,” an American play written in 1987 by Jeff Stetson, portrays an imaginary meeting between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in a Harlem hotel room in 1965 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Performed around the United States and Europe, this play earned eight NAACP theatre awards in 1987. Members of COCC’s Afrocentric Studies club will read the play.

CASTING LIGHT ON CHINESE NEW YEAR
Experience the Lantern Festival and celebrate Chinese New Year from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, at the Bend campus’s Modoc Hall. This free event will feature traditional games, foods, crafts and a display of student-made lanterns. For info, contact Lin Hong, at 541-383-7261 or lhong@cocc.edu.

SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE: “NOT IN OUR TOWN: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA”
6-7:30 p.m., Monday, March 5
This film profiles how five Northern California communities have individually dealt with deadly hate violence over a five-year period. Following the film screening, filmmaker Patrice O’Neill, executive director of Not In Our Town, will lead the audience in a discussion on how to prevent and respond to incidents of hate and bigotry. Not In Our Town is a film series that began as a PBS special and turned into a dynamic movement that continues to thrive in communities across the U.S. and around the world. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel to provide welcoming remarks.

SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING WORKSHOP
9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 6
Patrice O’Neill, executive director of Not In Our Town, will meet with community activists, students, teachers, civic leaders, law enforcement, elected officials and other concerned citizens to discuss how to foster greater safety and inclusion in the community. This event will promote communication and collaboration in order to create a framework for preventing and responding to incidents of hate.

“OUT WEST WITH BUFFALO BILL”: A FOUNDATION VISITING SCHOLAR EVENT
Author, historian and Hollywood producer Gregory Hinton will discuss LGBT history and culture in the American West, notably the impact of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, in “Out West with Buffalo Bill,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at the High Desert Museum. Free tickets for COCC students at the Coats Campus Center info desk. For info, contact Charlotte Gilbride at 541-383-7257 or cgilbride@cocc.edu.

GERMAN MOVIE NIGHT
A free screening of “Good Bye Lenin!” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in the Wickiup Residence Hall Conference Room, with an introduction by Janet Gesme and a light dinner provided. RSVP: Frau Gesme, jgesme@cocc.edu.

BRING THAT SWING
The Big Band Jazz, a group featuring some of Central Oregon’s finest jazz musicians, is performing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at the Coats Campus Center. Admission is $5 for students. Big Band Jazz has been a part of the Central Oregon music scene for over 30 years).

ARTS
JOURNEY OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT
Bend Artist Mark Edward Fuller, past recipient of the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen award, will exhibit a collection of his abstract paintings at the Pence Pinckney Gallery from March 8-31, with an opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8, to include an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Fuller, a self-described recluse, launched his career in the Seattle art scene. His bold paintings feature energetic elements of pop icon posters, comic book art and graffiti.


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