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Love wine? UCC wines now available
Umpqua Community College’s Southern Oregon Wine Institute will open for public wine tastings and sales on Friday and Saturday afternoons beginning in November. The tastings will be held at the institute, which is located in the Danny Lang Teaching, Learning and Event Center on the UCC campus, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg.
“We’re so excited to make UCC wine available to the community for the first time,” said Chris Lake, director of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute. “Wine is meant for drinking and it’s a great honor to share our wine with the community.”
Tasting hours will be noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through the holidays.
White wines available for tasting include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, and the 2011 Riverhawk Rose. Red wines include Pinot Noir and Merlot. There is a $5 fee to sample up to five wines. The tasting fee will be waived with any bottle purchase. Bottles range in price from $11 to $17.
Wines are currently produced by students in UCC’s viticulture and enology programs.
For more information on the Southern Oregon Wine Institute or the weekly tastings, call 541-440-4629 or visit sowicellars.com.
UCC to receive childcare grant
Umpqua Community College has been selected to receive a $350,496 four-year grant to improve access to childcare for low-income students.
The highly competitive Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant was awarded to 58 colleges nationwide; UCC is one of only three in Oregon (with Portland and Lane community colleges) to receive the award.
UCC will use the grant to fund its UCC ACCESS Program (Affordable Child Care Entry for Student Success), which helps low-income and military-connected students with childcare needs. The program allows parents to pay for childcare at UCC’s Ford Childhood Enrichment Center on a sliding scale, and funds a summer childcare program and additional academic help for student parents.
“Childcare costs more than college tuition and can be a major barrier to parents attending college,” explained Susan Taylor, director of grants and planned giving for the UCC Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be able to continue UCC’s commitment to student parents with this additional funding.”
This is the second time UCC has received a CCAMPIS grant. In 2009, the grant was used to provide summer childcare on campus for students attending summer term.
Nationally, the CCAMPIS program supports the participation of low-income parents in college education through campus-based childcare services. CCAMPIS is a component of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
UCC selected for $2.2 million grant
Umpqua Community College received notification it will receive a $2,241,102 five-year grant to improve student success.
UCC is one of only two colleges in Oregon (with Tillamook Bay Community College) and 39 nationwide chosen to receive the highly competitive Title III, Part A grant.
The grant will fund Students at UCC Engaging in Strategies for Success (SUCCESS), a program that will establish a comprehensive, integrated First-Year Experience Program for all new students intending to earn a degree or complete a credit program. SUCCESS aims to improve graduation rates by better preparing students for college.
“This grant supports UCC ongoing efforts to help students achieve their goals of a college degree,” explained Susan Taylor, director of grants and planned giving for the UCC Foundation. “By allowing us to provide additional support for students as they start college, we can have a huge impact on their ability to complete a degree or certificate program. The impact will be life-changing.”
Some of the SUCCESS components include early alert and intervention systems to prevent students from dropping out, supplemental instruction and mentoring, flexible learning spaces in the campus library, and campus technology improvements.
Title III, Part A is a component of the Higher Education Act of 1965, a legislative document designed to strengthen the educational resources of colleges and universities and provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary education.
Free job prep seminars this fall
In conjunction with the new monthly Employers on Campus events at Umpqua Community College, the Community Education program is offering UCC students and alumni three free seminars aimed at helping increase the odds of a successful job search.
Job Interviewing Tips and Tricks
Seminar Dates: Noon – 2 p.m. Oct. 23, Tech Center 119
Noon – 2 p.m. Nov. 21, Tech Center 119
Learn effective strategies for interviewing with a potential employer. You will gain exposure to local hiring managers and professionals, and have a better understanding of the purpose of job interviewing and the techniques necessary to move forward in the job hiring process.
How to Dress for a Job Interview
Seminar Dates: Noon – 2p.m. Oct. 29, Tech Center 101
Noon – 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Tech Center 119
Gain suggestions and tips for building an appropriate wardrobe for job interviews. Learn how to assemble a personal wardrobe, identify low cost alternatives, and how personal grooming and presentation standards lead to a professional presentation.
Creating Job Ready Resumes
Seminar Dates: Noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 30, Tech Center 119
Noon – 2 p.m. Nov. 27, Tech Center 119
Explore current resume formatting requirements so that you can develop or tailor a basic resume in preparation for a job interview. You should bring your current resume to the workshop and be prepared to receive instruction and feedback on how to tailor the resume to the current job environment.
Early registration is strongly encouraged. Registration is available online at tickets.umpqua.edu. For additional information, contact Community Education at 541-440-4651.
New endowment targets wine students
The Umpqua Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Sarah Powell Memorial Viticulture and Enology Scholarship Endowment.
Funded by Powell’s father William J. Powell and stepmother Leona Dater, the endowment helps Southern Oregon enology and viticulture students with expenses related to wine internships or exchange programs through UCC’s Southern Oregon Wine Institute.
With outstanding insight and problem-solving ability both in the vineyard and the wine cellar, Powell preached the gospel of natural wine. Her first commandment was that “quality wine is made in the vineyard not at the winery.”
Harry & David, Summit Distributors of Medford, and Sarah Powell Wines have committed to continue this legacy. Each will contribute $1 to Powell’s endowment for every bottle sold of SPW 2008 Pinot Noir, winner of the 2013 Silver Medal at the World of Wine competition last month.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Powell earned a degree in fermentation science from the University of California at Davis. Her commitment to develop an international wine palate led her to internships in France, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In the Rogue Valley, she devoted 10 years to growing and producing award winning, highly acclaimed wines as winemaker for Foris Vineyards.
Upon leaving Foris, she created Vigneron Consulting to promote best viticulture practices with area grape growers. In 2002, Powell helped design the Roxy Ann Winery, becoming a co-owner and the inaugural winemaker.
In 2003, she achieved a long-held dream of designing her own premium wine under the Sarah Powell Wines label. The first vintage was released in February 2004, just before she passed away from cancer at age 41.
For information on how to make a charitable contribution to sustain this internship/scholarship, please contact Sarah Powell Wines representative Larry Richie at 541-951-1466, or Ellen Brown, UCC Foundation, at 541-440-7847.
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