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Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

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The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation brings renowned scholars, lecturers and experts to our region to provide broad-based programming on a diverse range of subjects. The program was established in 1985 by the late Robert W. Chandler, Sr. to honor his wife Nancy.

For more information about the program or its upcoming events, please contact Charlotte Gilbride, the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program Coordinator at or 541-383-7257.

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 The Science of Happinesssanderson

Catherine A. Sanderson, Ph.D - Professor of Psychology at Amherst College  

Tuesday, May 25, 6 p.m. PDT - Virtual Presentation 

This talk will present both surprising and not-so-surprising information on the science behind happiness. What role do money, marriage, friends, children, weather, age and religion play in making us feel happier? Is happiness stable over time? How can happiness be increased? How has COVID-19 changed this? Professor Sanderson will describe cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and provide practical (and relatively easy!) ways to increase psychological well-being.

$5 - Register here
COCC students can register at no charge. Email to register. 

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About Professor Sanderson. Ph. D. 
Catherine A. Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and Chair of Psychology at Amherst College. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She is the author of The Positive Shift (2019) and Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels (2020). In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.

This program is sponsored by Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, the Associated Students of COCC and Marjorie Meret, M. Ed


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The Visiting Scholar Program and COCC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion have just finished an incredible season of programming to honor the  Season of Nonviolence Programming. Click here for details.  

 Sponsors of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:

Central Oregon Community College

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St. Charles Health System 

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AccessibilityIn advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola at 541.383.7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541.383.7583.