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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.
Complete Your Financial Aid Steps
Are you waiting for your financial aid award? This is the time to log in to your Riverhawk Web account regularly to check your status. It could be that you still have steps to complete in order to keep your financial aid process moving.
Here are the steps in the financial aid process:
Fill Out the FAFSA
Go online to fafsa.gov. UCC’s school code is 003222.
Check Your Student Email
When your FAFSA is ready for UCC to review, UCC will send confirmation to your student email account. The email will include your next steps. Be sure to read it carefully.
Login to Riverhawk Web
Visit your Self-Service Banner Account online to view a list of additional documents that are needed to process your financial aid application. Computers are available for use in the library and Educational Skills Building, Room 15.
Turn in Your Docs
Submit all required documents to the Financial Aid office as soon as possible. It can take up to 16 weeks to review your application. Payment is due if your required documents are not turned in before the payment deadline.
Stay Connected to Email
Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by UCC. Sometimes, follow-up information is needed. If that happens, a financial aid specialist will send a notice to your student email account.
Check For Your Award
If you’re eligible for aid, you’ll be sent an Award Notification Letter to your student email address. Read the letter carefully and follow all instructions. If you have questions, visit the Financial Aid office.
New Observatory Gets a Boost
Just above Umpqua Community College’s campus, near the track, plans are being made for a new remote observatory, one that will be accessible online to homes and classrooms all over Douglas County.
So far, more than $56,000 has been raised for the observatory, including a $20,000 grant from the Associated Students of Umpqua Community College and other financial support from the Umpqua Astronomers, a local astronomy club, Wolf Creek Job Corps, and a generous anonymous donor.
When completed, the observatory will be equipped with powerful telescopes and planetary imaging cameras, which will allow lab experiences to be live-streamed to UCC students, as well as to K-12 students and private citizens all over Douglas County, opening up new opportunities for learning and understanding of complex scientific concepts.
“Students throughout Douglas County will be able to progress through unique astronomy learning modules designed both for our observatory and for Oregon’s earth and space science curriculum,” explained UCC astronomy professor Dr. Paul Morgan, who is spearheading the observatory project. “Synchronous virtual classroom experiences will engage and inspire students and private citizens to learn more about the universe we inhabit, establishing UCC as a leader in astronomy outreach.”
The total cost of the observatory is expected to be about $127,000. Morgan is currently seeking grants and private donations to fund completion of the observatory, which is scheduled for spring 2014, depending on fundraising. To donate to the observatory, call the UCC Foundation at 541-440-7678 or visit the Foundation website.
Commencement Honors Graduates
On June 14, Umpqua Community College hosted its 49th annual commencement ceremony, honoring the efforts of 493 students to earn a total of 549 degrees and certificates. Of those, 275 graduates walked in the evening ceremony, which was held in UCC’s outdoor Swanson Amphitheatre.
The youngest graduate was 18. The oldest was 69. Sixty-three percent were women. Forty-six percent earned a transfer degree, while 54 percent earned a career/technical degree or certificate. Among the graduates, there was at least one married couple and one uncle and niece.
Commencement speaker was Melissa Osborne, a 2010 UCC graduate, who went on to Reed College, where she recently finished her bachelor’s degree in sociology. Osborne is going to the University of Chicago this fall to earn her doctorate. Like many UCC students, Osborne’s journey was full of challenges. She dropped out of high school at age 15. She didn’t enroll in UCC until she was 28.
“I knew I needed something more in my life and that was an education,” she told the graduates. “It paid off more than I would have imagined…I took a chance my future might be brighter, and so did all of you, and that’s what I consider success.”
During the ceremony, the Outstanding Faculty Awards were given to business instructor Bill Armstrong (full-time) and criminal justice instructor Steve Cable (part-time). Richard Wright was named winner of the Harry Jacoby Award, which is UCC’s annual student of the year award. Wright, who made an emotional speech, received $1,000 from the UCC Foundation and will have his name engraved on a plaque on display at UCC.
The 2013-14 academic year at UCC kicks off June 24 with the start of summer term classes. Registration for both summer and fall classes is now open.
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