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COCC e-News October 2020

Student News
OCTOBER 2020 Volume 17, Issue 10

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


 


 

HEY BOBCATS!

Make the most of your time at COCC and discover the College's many helpful resources and engaging programs by attending the first-ever virtual Student Resource Fair at noon, on Zoom, on Tuesday, Oct. 6. (Password is 191196.) Intramurals, Library Services, CAP Services and Student Life are just a sampling of what you'll learn about. Hosted by Marcus LeGrand, COCC Pathways College and Career Success coach, with live closed captioning provided. All student attendees will be entered to win one of four $10 gift cards to Looney Bean Coffee Roasting Company. If you can't attend, the session will also be recorded and shared on the COCC YouTube channel. Questions? Contact mlegrand2@cocc.edu.

COVID-19: UPDATES & PROTOCOLS
If you test positive for the coronavirus, even if you haven't been on a campus, please report a confirmed positive case to your instructors so they can help you make the necessary adjustments to your coursework.

Need a mask? Just ask! The College provides free disposable masks to any student or visitor. The CDC does not recommend gaiters, plastic shields or masks with exhalation valves as a substitute. COCC does not endorse bandanas as a substitute. For accommodations to the facemask requirement, per Oregon Health Authority guidance, contact Disability Services.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Oct. 2, 5 p.m.: Tuition due and end of refund period. Courses not spanning full term will have different deadlines. Use your Bobcat Web Account to pay online with a credit card, checking or savings account. You can also pay over the phone at 541-383-7229.

Oct. 2, 5 p.m.: This is also the deadline to drop a full-term class and receive a refund. You may drop a class by using your COCC Bobcat Web Account or by calling the Admissions and Records office at 541-383-7500. An instructor's approval is not required to drop a full-term class by this deadline. Short-term classes have different drop and refund deadlines. See the schedule for short-term class deadlines.

EVENTS

LATINX HERITAGE MONTH
Join us for lectures on the influence of indigenous languages of Latin America in Spanish with Professor Freddy O. Vilches, Ph.D. The first lecture is on México and Central América (Nahuatl and Maya) at noon, on Thursday, Oct. 8. Second lecture on Caribbean and South America at noon on Thursday, Oct. 22. Zoom link for both.

Get a taste of ceviche mixto with a virtual cooking demonstration at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, via this Zoom link.

Share your own thoughts on the film "Ixcanul," in a Zoom discussion at noon on Thursday, Oct. 29. See the film trailer.

THE GREAT TIDE OF HUMANITY: RACE & GENDER REFORM IN THE 19TH CENTURY
A lively panel discussion on social reform with Concord, Massachusetts-based historians and social rights activists, hosted virtually by the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. Students invited free; register for the COCC Foundation event here.

VACCINES: HISTORY, SCIENCE & ETHICS
An educational talk on vaccines at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28., by Jacob M. Appel, MD, director of ethics education in psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine, and emergency room psychiatrist, Mount Sinai Health System, presented by the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program. Register for this free COCC Foundation event here.

SPORTS

DIVE INTO FALL
The Juniper Fitness Center Fall Kickoff for Student Life will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Meet other students while having access to Juniper's indoor pools, hot tub, fitness center and various fitness classes. This event will accommodate state social distancing guidelines (50 spots available).

FACE THE MUSIC...AND RUN!
Ready, set, face the music. With Beethoven's famed 5th symphony serving as an auditory stopwatch, runners of the Central Oregon Symphony Association's (part of COCC) annual "Beat Beethoven's 5th" fundraiser will make up their own 5K-course this year as the event shifts to a virtual format beginning on Sunday, Oct. 11. Racers will have until Sunday, Oct. 18, to run and record their 5K or one-mile time against Beethoven's 33-minute composition. Register for the nonprofit's event at beatbeethoven5k.com.

AND MORE....
For more sports options, including Tula movement arts, such as slacklining and juggling (Oct. 5 & 12), training for the annual 5K/10K Turkey Trot race (Running Club training begins Oct. 12), and basketball skills competitions, see Student Life listings.

AROUND THE VIRTUAL CAMPUS

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: OCT. 1
Every other Thursday, join Tracy Dula, COCC's Career Services Coordinator, at 3 p.m. to get a jobs report via videoconference. Dula will share current information from local employers and answer your job search questions in these live 30-minute sessions. Contact tdula@cocc.edu  no later than noon on the day of the session to receive a Zoom link.

STUDENT RESOURCE FAIR
Make the most of your time at COCC and discover the College's many helpful resources and engaging programs by attending the first-ever virtual Student Resource Fair at noon, on Zoom, on Tuesday, Oct. 6. (Password is 191196.) Intramurals, Library Services, CAP Services and Student Life are just a sampling of what you'll learn about. If you can't attend, the session will also be recorded and shared on the College's YouTube channel. Questions? Contact mlegrand2@cocc.edu.

CAREER CLOSE-UPS
Take a peek at COCC's health care careers through a one-hour virtual info session. Nursing has three this month: Oct. 7, 12 and 19. Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at an Oct. 20 info session.

JUST IN: BROADSIDE PONDERINGS
Are electric bikes the future of cycling? How is an Australian education different from an American one? Read these new stories and more in The Broadside student newspaper. Receive the latest Broadside news delivered to your inbox weekly. Sign up for the Broadside newsletter here.

GETTING OUT THE VOTE
If you're not already registered, don't forget to register to vote ahead of the November election. Visit the State of Oregon's website where you can register online, or download, print and mail a voter registration form. The deadline is Oct. 13.

FIRST NATIONS STUDENT UNION
Join the first FNSU Zoom meeting of the academic year from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Meeting ID: 948 2260 8953.

CASCADES EAST TRANSIT
CET has eliminated fares through at least the end of 2020 to help maintain a distance between passengers and drivers. The service is operating regular weekday schedules for the Bend fixed-route and the Community Connector services. Weekend services are currently suspended.

FINANCIAL AID

FAFSA/ORSAA
If you're planning on attending COCC between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, be sure to complete your 2020-21 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.

WINTER TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you are attending Winter term, Financial Aid will give priority consideration to those students completing and submitting their requirements by Dec. 1.

VETERANS BENEFITS
For Fall term, students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill will continue to receive the on-campus housing rate as long as at least one course is remote, hybrid or converted to online from an in-person course. See law S. 3503. Please be sure to request certification for your classes for Fall term. If you have any questions, contact vetsed@cocc.edu or 541-383-7264.

VETERAN EDUCATIONAL BRIDGE GRANT
The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new grant, the Veteran Educational Bridge Grant. Under this program, eligible student veterans who are unable to complete their degree program within the expected completion period, due to the timing of course offerings, may be eligible for additional funding. See Educational Bridge Grant for more information.



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