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COCC e-News March 2020

Student News
MARCH 2020 Volume 17, Issue 3

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A GREAT ADDRESS
Become a community assistant with Wickiup Hall in exchange for free room and board. CAs serve as residence hall role models and facilitate community development among roommates, suitemates and floor members through interactions, outreach and programming. Deadline for applicants is March 16. Questions? Contact: housing@cocc.edu or 541-383-7545.

HEY BOBCATS!

Healthy living is at the heart of the nursing students’ annual Community Health Fair, which will fill Wille Hall in the Coats Campus Center with great info and tips from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. The second-year nursing students, working in small teams, have researched a range of topics and will present on subjects such as the benefits of essential oils, healthy snack options, companion animals, the value of massage, yoga and more. Talk a walk through Wille and discover plenty of healthy lifestyle add-ins and jump-starters. Keep on scrolling, 'cats!

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Remember to set your clocks ahead on the evening of March 7!

Winter term final exams are coming March 16-20! Are you ready? Don’t forget, drop-in tutoring is available! Check the Final Exam Schedule if you need more information.

Planning ahead for Summer term? The Summer class schedule is coming soon, and will be available mid-March. Check the Schedule of Classes for more details. 

March 11, 6 p.m.: The last day you can withdraw from classes. You will need to get instructor’s approval (either online or with your instructor’s signature on the blue add/drop form), and contact Enrollment Services in person (with blue form) or by phone at 541-383-7500 (with online approval) to drop your class. Once complete, a grade of "W" will show on your transcript.

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.

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 Spring term. If you have any questions, contact vetsed@cocc.edu or call 541-383-7264.

EVENTS

OREGON SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO VISIT BEND, REDMOND CAMPUSES
Justice Adrienne Nelson will speak about her life experiences at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the Bend Campus’s Wille Hall and at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Redmond Campus’s Technology Education Center, Room 209. She’ll share elements of her life story, from being the first person of color selected as valedictorian at her Arkansas high school to serving as the first African American on the Oregon Supreme Court. Free, but RSVP here.

BIG IDEAS, RESEARCH FUSE AT SCIENCE FAIR
From treating E. coli with natural supplements to examining the impact of radio waves on honeybee navigation, research projects of innovation and discovery will converge at the annual Regional High School Science Fair on Friday, March 6, in Wille Hall. There will be nearly 60 projects in all, with exhibits open for public viewing from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

ART AS A BRIDGE
Artist-activist Chisao Hata will facilitate a conversation about connection and community at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at the Redmond Campus’s Technology Education Center, Room 209 and at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the COCC Crook County Open Campus in Prineville. Hata is an artist-educator, community activist and performing artist. Free, but RSVP here.

"EVOLVE" BRINGS A MESSAGE OF UNDERSTANDING
Real-life interactions between police and communities of color are delivered through powerful monologues in a performance titled "Evolve," showing at the Tower Theatre at 7 p.m. on both March 13 and 14, as part of the 2020 Season of Nonviolence. The shows are free; reserve seating at towertheatre.org. Presented by the COCC Afrocentric Studies Club and The Red Door Project.

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: March 4 (Bend), March 10 (Redmond) and March 11 (Bend). Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at a March 11 info session in Bend.

AROUND CAMPUS

WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Nominations for the "Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award" are being accepted now through March 15. Eligible instructors are those who have taught at the College for at least three years and who have averaged at least eight credits per year over the past three years. Please submit a brief statement to Eric Weller. Nominations may be made by any student who has accumulated more than 30 credit hours within the past two years.

KNOW YOUR DOWNLOADS
"When it comes to downloading materials, we want to make sure our students are very aware of copyright issues," said Wesley Dymond, Information Security Administrator. "With so many options for legal content streaming, there’s no need for copyright infringement." This encompasses illegal downloading or distribution of copyrighted material. By downloading music, movies, software or videos without the permission of the owner, Dymond stresses, a crime is being committed. If you download content from legitimate sources, you have the right to use that content, however you do not have the right to distribute that content to others. Learn more about copyright infringement.

BOOKSTORE FEEDBACK
When you go to the Bend or Redmond bookstore, or visit online, what do you typically buy? Or do you rent? Do you have suggestions? Please take a quick moment to fill out this short, anonymous bookstore satisfaction survey. Five minutes of time will help shape COCC bookstore services. At the end of the survey, enter to win a gift card!

THE CAMPUS BEAT
The Broadside, COCC’s student news source, is back online with new content posting regularly, including a look at student job opportunities with the Census Bureau, a piece on the new Live Action Society club on campus and a photo gallery exploring some all-season hikes near Bend. Now’s the time to sign up for the Spring term Publications Lab (Spring term starts March 30) and apply to work with The Broadside. Freelancers can apply anytime. Contact thebroadside.cocc@gmail.com for more info.

ARTS

GREET MARCH WITH A JAZZY NOTE
The Big Band Jazz group is performing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, in Wille Hall. Admission to the 12-song, two-set show is a suggested donation of $10 (cash only) at the door. "We’ll play a wide variety of big band jazz, including arrangements featuring the fabulous Lisa Dae on vocals, songs from the Stan Kenton library, Glenn Miller, Radiohead and three arrangements by local Bend arrangers," said Sarah Owen, band director.

FLOWERING EXPRESSION
In a wonderfully apt convergence, Barber is coming to Barber. The flower-themed paintings and sketches of Dr. Robert Barber, president emeritus of COCC (1990-2004) and namesake of the Barber Library, are exhibiting at the Rotunda Gallery now thru March 27. Just in time for an early spring.

ABSTRACT WORK TO FILL PENCE
An exhibit of abstract paintings by Mike Hascall, titled "A Year of Exploration," is showing at the Pence Pinckney Gallery from March 5-27, with an opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.


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