COCC e-News November 2018

Student News
NOVEMBER 2018 Volume 15, Issue 11

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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!

Every day, the humble, ordinary ballpoint pen gets to perform a slew of mundane tasks, like jotting down a grocery list, filling out a form, or writing a check. But come election season, it has the power—in vote-by-mail states like Oregon—to transform into a gleaming instrument of democracy. With Election Day nearing (Nov. 6, with ballots received until 8 p.m. that day at these drop sites), consider some sobering data about U.S. voter turnout. Incredibly, only 55.7 percent of the country’s voting-age population turned in a ballot for the 2016 presidential election. And as a member of OECD—the internationally led Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with participating democracy-minded countries ranging from Chile and Japan to Mexico and Sweden—the U.S. came in close to dead last in the same timeframe for overall election participation: 26th out of 32 nations. Get that pen and make it mighty.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Nov. 4: Daylight Savings ends; set those clocks back an hour Saturday night.

Nov. 12: COCC closed in recognition of Veterans Day. Thank you, Veterans, for your service.

Nov. 22-23: COCC closed for Thanksgiving. Areas of campus normally open until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays will close at 5 p.m. Evening classes are still scheduled unless cancelled by instructor.

IMPORTANT FALL TERM DEADLINES
Nov. 9, by 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. See listing for short-term class refund and drop deadlines.

Nov. 9, by 5 p.m.: COCC payment plan due.

Nov. 13: 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.

Dec. 5, by 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. Courses not spanning full term will have different deadlines. See listing for short-term class refund and drop deadlines.

WINTER TERM REGISTRATION
Meet with your academic advisor as soon as possible to prepare for Winter term. Priority student registration for Winter term classes begins the week of Nov. 26. To check your registration date or to see if you have any pre-registration requirements or holds, log on to your Bobcat Web Account, click on “Student Services,” “Registration” and “Can I Register for Credit Classes?” Questions? Call Admissions & Records at (541)-383-7500 or CAP Services at (541)-383-7200.

FINANCIAL AID
WINTER TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you're attending Winter term, Financial Aid gives priority consideration to those who complete and submit their requirements by Dec. 1 to ensure financial aid is processed in time for the tuition due date of Jan. 18.

APPLY FOR AID FOR 2019-20
Students attending COCC between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, will need to complete the 2019-20 FAFSA/ORSAA. Early submissions have the best chance to receive 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.

OSAC SCHOLARSHIP NOW AVAILABLE
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.

AROUND CAMPUS
BUS BETA: NEW PASS PRICE
The cost of the monthly discounted student multi-zone bus pass (to travel back and forth between Bend and other communities) is going up in January. The cost is currently $40 per month but will be raised to $50. The monthly zone-1 pass (all routes around Bend) will remain at $10. Passes are available at the Information Office in Boyle, Student Services in Coats Campus Center, and at Redmond’s Building 3 and Madras’ front desk.

NOSHING IN NOVEMBER
The dining hall will be running the following special items this month:
Nov. 14: Lunch special, add on of $5 with door price of $7.50: ribs, corn on the cob and hush puppies.
Nov. 20: Thanksgiving buffet during lunch service.
Bookmark the dining hall’s Facebook page for foodie updates.

READY, SET, TROT!
It’s the 19th annual 3-mile run/walk, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, starting on the COCC track. Free to students; day of race registration will take place in Mazama Gym from 9-9:45 a.m. Food, fun and prizes.

WELCOME HOME TO WICKIUP
Tired of your current living situation? Wickiup Hall has availability and is currently accepting applications for both Winter and Spring terms. It’s a welcoming and exciting place to call home, but act fast—the application deadline is Friday, Dec. 7! Apply today or call 541-383-7545.

STUDENT RESOURCES
EMAIL ESSENTIALS
Did you know that COCC email passwords now expire every six months? If you soon receive an email from ITS InfoSec Admin, that means your password is soon to expire. Don’t get locked out! Update your password using the COCC Password manager before Nov. 13.

CONSIDERING A CAREER IN NURSING OR HEALTH PROGRAMS?
Check out the rewarding world of nursing at one of the program’s upcoming Nursing Program info sessions: Nov. 2 (Bend), Nov. 12 (Redmond), Nov. 14 (Bend) and Nov. 30 (Bend). Learn more about the Allied Health programs at COCC (dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech or pharmacy tech) at an info session on Nov. 13 in Bend.

ARTS
STUDENT PHOTO EXHIBIT IS A STUDY OF SHADOWS
Traditional black-and-white photography, captured with analog cameras, is the focus of a student art exhibit at the Pence Pinckney Gallery from Nov. 8 to Dec. 7, with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

EVENTS
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
A film screening of “In the Light of Reverence: Protecting America’s Sacred Lands,” from 1-2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, at the Madras campus (with a light lunch included) and also 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Bend campus’s Boyle Education Center, Room 155 (with snacks).

Flute music with guest musician Clem Picard from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Hitchcock Auditorium on the Bend campus.

Traditional Native American dancing, singing and drumming with Quartz Creek Drum and Dance and Carlos Calica, 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Wille Hall. All will perform and share. A light snack will be provided.

TOXIC & POSITIVE STRESS: HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BALANCE
The COCC Foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program presents Dr. Alexandra Crosswell, assistant professor with the University of California’s Dept. of Psychiatry, to discuss the science of stress, including evidence-based practices to build and maintain stress resilience, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Coats Campus Center. Free student tickets at the Coats Campus Center info desk.

 


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