Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

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. VSP's mission is to provide educational and relevant programming to COCC, its students and the community.

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 541-383-7257.

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Coming Fall Programming 



Hope for the OceanDr. Jane Lubchenco

Dr. Jane Lubchenco -- Distinguished University Professor & Advisor on Marine Studies, Oregon State University and Former Administrator of NOAA and First US Science Envoy for the Ocean

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. 
Tower Theatre, Bend 

Tickets $10. Purchase tickets here.
Free student tickets available at Coats Campus Center Info Desk 

Ocean health is important to every human, and Dr. Lubchenco will tell us why. She will summarize current and emerging threats to ocean life and describe successful efforts to tackle resource depletion and disruption to achieve sustainable use of our oceans.  Drawing on four years as the Administrator of NOAA, two years as the first US Science Envoy for the Ocean, and her vast experience doing research around the world, Lubchenco will address the basic question: 'Can we use the ocean without using it up?’  Join us for this message of urgency and hope.  

Photo credit: Joy Leighton 

About Lubchenco 
Dr. Jane Lubchenco is a world renowned environmental scientist with deep experience in the fields of science, academia, and government. She was the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of NOAA from 2009-2013. Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Dream Team,” she is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being.  She earned her B.A. in Biology at Colorado College, her M.S. in Zoology at University of Washington and her Ph.D. in Ecology from Harvard University.

 Lubchenco scuba NOAA


Sponsored by OSU-Cascades with support from Brooks Resources, the Associated Students of COCC and OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.



For those of who missed our Season of Nonviolence keynote speaker, Dr. Shakti Butler, we have the below links to her presentations and workshops. 








Sponsors Of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:


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