Wrestler Tanner Harvey wins National Championship

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Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Tanner Harvey claimed the top wrestling title in the nation Feb. 24, 2018, in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship tournament.

At 184 pounds, Harvey beat Iowa Western’s Otis Peeler 10-6 in the semifinals and then topped North Idaho’s Levi Perry of North Idaho with a 14-9 decision in the championship match at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“Tanner, as always, was composed, aggressive, had his eye on the prize,” Coach Adam Whitlatch said. “Even through some adversity giving up a takedown here or a point there, Tanner soon was right back on it. He scored and did what he does best match after match – he wins.”

Southwestern is known for its strong men’s and women’s wrestling programs and star athletes. In addition to Harvey’s win this year, in 2017 Anthony Lyons-Lopez earned a spot as a finalist in the men’s competition. Both athletes are from Oregon — Harvey from Lowell and Lyons-Lopez from Albany. Southwestern’s last national champion was heavyweight Dustin Rogers in 2005.

“I hope Oregon kids see this success at our community college and realize they can join a competitive winning team here,” Whitlatch said. “We want wrestlers from our area. We want Oregon athletes on our team.”

 To learn more about Southwestern's Wrestling program contact coach Adam Whitlatch at awhitlatch@socc.edu or 541-888-7228; or visit https://swoccathletics.com/sports/mens-sports/wrestling/.


Music Students Perform at the Bend A Cappella Festival

SWOCTET Vocal Group posing in front of theater

Pictured in front of the Tower Theatre after a stellar performance are (from l. to r.): Amanda Finley, Zack Wassman, Sam Augsburger, Kayla Fodrea, Jewlia Conner, Annie Maxwell, Aaron Wagner and Christopher Leake.


SWOCTET, an eight-person vocal ensemble from Southwestern Oregon Community College performed at the 3rd Annual A Cappella Festival in Bend, Oregon on February 10, 2018.

The Bend A Cappella Festival offers the opportunity for groups in junior high, high school, college, and beyond to connect with fellow a cappella singers and performers, gain more performance experience, learn and hone new skills, and hear from a cappella professionals. This year, the father of modern-day a cappella, Deke Sharon coached individual groups and was the MC for the opening concert featuring the House Jacks.

The Southwestern SWOCTET was extremely excited to be a part of this event as Deke Sharon was the arranger of two selections which the Vocal Jazz Ensemble sang last year at the The Apollo Theater in New York City. The group sang two jazz arrangements at the festival competition: "Here's That Rainy Day" arranged by Dave Barduhn, the founder of vocal jazz in Oregon through his work at Mt. Hood Community College; and, "En la Macarenita", arranged by Bob Chilcott.

The SWOCTET came away with renewed enthusiasm for music arranging and composing - along with beat-boxing. The headliner group, The House Jacks, led phenomenal workshops and kept the audience spellbound during the festival kick-off concert.

For more information about The Bend A Cappella Festival, visit their website at http://www.bendacappellafestival.com.

Psychology 231 Student Project

Psychology students posing in front of class

Psychology 231 Students: Emily Nielson, Cole Osbon, Aurora Moss, Demitra Schmidt, Ricky Moraguez, James Walljasper. Seated: Jane Suppes, Jace Six.


Recently, Psychology 231 students represented Southwestern well when they went to local high schools to teach Dating Communication and Violence Prevention Activities. These students successfully facilitated discussions with high school students on issues such as healthy relationships, boundaries, societal influences on intimacy, what love really is, and low-cost to no-cost date ideas. One high school student wrote: “All of the activities were good at having us involved in talking about these topics and all the topics were relevant.”

Southwestern Psychology 231 student Shelby Harris shared, “It felt good knowing that we could potentially help out younger students in making important life decisions regarding safe dating and healthy communication skills. I wish people came in to my class when I was younger and had that conversation with me.”

Think About It - 2017-18

The College is launching Think About It- our on-line Title IX training for students. Think About It helps prepare students for the unique challenges and responsibilities of college life. It addresses issues related to alcohol, drugs and sexual assault prevention, and provides important information regarding SWOCC policies, as well as the on- and off-campus resources that are available to our students. If you are a student who is:

  • A full time degree seeking student (12 credits or more)
  • New to Southwestern
  • Between the ages of 18 and 24;

You will receive an email invite from Campus Clarity with a direct link to the training. The invitation will be sent to your Southwestern student email address.

Participation is required for all students listed above; a hold will be placed on your account until the training is complete. When it is complete, the hold will be taken off of your account within 24 hours. Please plan to complete the program early to avoid any delays in registration or account access.

The training will take approximately 45 minutes. You can log in and out of the system; it will return to the place where you left off when you come back.

If you have not received an invitation to participate in the program, check the spam or junk folders of your email as it may be there. In addition, the program can be accessed by going to www.campusclarity.com and registering with your SWOCC student email address.

If you are experiencing difficulty and need assistance, you can contact the Campus Clarity help desk at LRSupport@everfi.com; or by phone at 1-800-652-9546.