COCC e-News May 2019

Student News
MAY 2019 Volume 16, Issue 5

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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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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. Lactation Room hours and key information.

HEY BOBCATS!

Warm afternoons, big blue skies and clear views to the horizon: spring is fast unfurling. It seems like you can almost taste summer... which means commencement isn't far off. The Commencement Ceremony will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at Mazama Field in Bend. For those who are graduating, if you would like your name printed in the program and in local newspapers, your RSVP must be submitted by May 19. Visit the Commencement page for details.

NEWS TO USE: BEND CAMPUS
The Mt. Washington/Shevlin Park roundabout will undergo construction beginning in May and could last up to 45 days. There will be road closures and detours, so plan your commute accordingly. Check the city's Road Report for a route map. 

AROUND CAMPUS 
ASCOCC ELECTION SEASON
The Associated Students of COCC is holding its annual elections for student body president, director of student affairs and director of legislative affairs. Electronic ballots are made available through Blackboard to currently enrolled COCC students. The Candidate Forum will take place at 12:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 1, in Wille Hall; elections take place on Blackboard from May 6-9.

IMPORTANT DATES
May 13: Fall term advising appointments open.
May 17, 5 p.m. Last day to drop full-term classes with no grade on transcript. Also, payment plan due.
May 20: Beginning date for required instructor approval to drop classes.
May 20-24: Fall term priority registration.
May 27: COCC will be closed in recognition of Memorial Day.
Summer term registration continues; term begins June 24.

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.

SUMMER TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you're attending Summer term, Financial Aid will give priority consideration to those students completing and submitting their requirements by June 1.

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

CAREER CLOSE-UPS
Take a peek at COCC's health care careers in a one-hour info session. Nursing has five this month: May 8 (Bend), May 14 (Redmond), May 22 (Bend) and May 29 (both Bend and Redmond). Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapy, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at a May 15 info session in Bend.

EVENTS

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
The Jewish Students Club presents the personal stories of two local Holocaust survivors, Hans Biglajzer and David Stoliar, through video and family stories. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at Wille Hall.

FARM & FOOD FAIRE
Learn about local farms, fresh food resources and how to get your hands dirty at the Farm & Food Spring Faire, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the Coats Campus Center. More than 15 area farmers and ranchers will be on hand to sell wares (from honey to produce), sign you up for a CSA, and share volunteer farming opportunities.

NORTH AFRICAN SOIRÉE
A slice of North Africa is coming to the high desert. The COCC North African Soirée, to be held in the Health Careers Center, Room 330, from 4-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, will feature visiting historians Ashley Garcia, Ph.D. from UCLA, and Michelle Mann, Ph.D., from Washington State University, who will discuss settler colonialism in Algeria as part of a broader look at the impacts of colonialism. This free event continues with brunch/colloquium from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, in Room 301 (RSVP Dr. Jessica Hammerman by May 1 to participate in the Friday event).

HAS THE AMERICAN DREAM BECOME A FALLACY?
When Robert Putnam, Harvard professor and New York Times best-selling author, set out to study and chronicle the opportunity gap that exists for today's American youth, he uncovered some compelling case studies across the nation—including one in Bend. Putnam will be speaking about the resulting work, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” as part of the Foundation's Visiting Scholar Program, at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, May 13, at the Bend High School. Free student tickets at the Coats Campus Info Desk. The event will also be live-streamed at the Redmond, Madras and Prineville campuses. A series of book discussions will take place at various dates from May 2 to May 22; visit cocc.edu/foundation/vsp for details.

A PARTY FOR THE PACIFIC RIM
Enjoy an afternoon of culture and fun at the annual Asian-Pacific Islander Festival, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 18, a free celebration of Pacific Rim cultures at the Coats Campus Center. Performances, cultural crafts for children, local artists and businesses, and tasty foods.

BETTER RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE
With rubber snakes, mud pits and log crossings, the annual four-mile Jungle Run (or two-mile walk) is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, beginning at the college's track. Free to COCC students; day of race registration takes place from 4:30-5:15 p.m. at the Mazama Gym.

STRONG CHEMISTRY
The annual chemistry poster session at COCC, where students distill the findings of researchers, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 31, at the Bend campus's Science Center, staged in the first floor lobby. Snacks and refreshments served. 

ARTS

AT THE THEATRE: JUDGE TORRES
Woven with magical realism and Mayan folktales, this play by Salvadoran playwright Milta Ortiz is the story of Xiomara Torres, who rose from undocumented immigrant to become one of Oregon's only Latina judges. Held in Hitchcock Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. Free tickets available at Coats Campus Center Info Desk.

COMING UP

SALMON BAKE
Join the First Nations Student Union Club from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at the Bend campus's athletic field for a free traditional salmon bake lunch and festive celebration.


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