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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College's Physics Instructor, Dr. Aaron Coyner, has been chosen by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California as a Solar System Ambassador (SSA) for the southern Oregon coast. He will serve as a volunteer outreach ambassador connecting students and community members with current information on National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) missions, space and planetary science outreach, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. As an ambassador, Dr. Coyner will be available to present to schools, civic organizations, afterschool programs, scout troops, non-profit organizations, museums, and public community events.  All SSA events are free educational outreach and can cover a wide array of solar system and astronomy topics. 

If any organization would like to schedule an event, they can reach Dr. Coyner at or by phone at (541) 294-5992.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers information and excitement about real missions that explore our solar system. Volunteer ambassadors in communities throughout the country are selected by JPL based on their backgrounds and on their plans for public outreach activities. JPL provides ambassadors with educational materials and training. However, the opinions of Ambassadors are not necessarily those of NASA or JPL. Further information about the Solar System Ambassadors Program is available at JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. 

Southwestern hosts Open House to review Master Facilities Plan

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College invites residents of the college district to learn about and offer comments on a proposed 10-year master facilities plan. The college will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute at 1988 Newmark Ave., on the Coos Bay Campus.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to visit with planners and college staff, view conceptual schematics, ask questions and share thoughts.

The plan will guide the college as it develops and adapts programs serving its students and community members on the Coos and Curry campuses, with a vision toward leading and inspiring lifelong learning on the south Oregon coast.

This will include guidance on building renovations and design, branding, historical significance and designations, transportation/circulation and conservation of natural space and wildlife. Other topics for discussion will include open spaces, accessibility, signage, lighting, technology, athletic facilities, student housing and campus safety.

In creating the plan, the college is striving to manage its facilities and campuses with a long-term view toward economic, social and environmental sustainability.

For more information, please contact Anne Farrell-Matthews, Communications Administrator at 541-888-7612 or

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is seeking the community’s help to honor graduates who have gone on after college to improve their professions, education, communities, and/or the world.

Nominations are open through March 15, 2019. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate, or have completed a minimum of 60 credits from Southwestern. 

Past recipients have included teachers, leaders in business and finance, a fitness champion, medical professionals, a poet, a human rights advocate, athletes and a U.S. Army colonel. Southwestern’s graduates have distinguished themselves in professions and efforts around the globe. The College is committed to celebrating individuals who have contributed selflessly to improvement.

This year’s distinguished alum will be invited to speak at the commencement ceremony on June 14, 2019 and will be recognized at the Southwestern Foundation Distinguished Alumni Celebration the evening before (June 13). To read more about the Distinguished Alumni nomination process, including who the past recipients have been, visit the Southwestern Foundation’s webpage at

Nomination form and guidelines can be found here:

Distinguished Alumni Award Guidelines

Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form

Please submit nomination forms by March 15 to:


Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee
c/o Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR  97420

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled fall term 2018-2019. These students are being recognized with placement on the college’s Dean’s List (DL), Honor Roll (HR) and Academic Excellence (AE) list.

  • •    Academic Excellence – students must receive a GPA of 4.0 in at least 12 credits
  • •    Honor Roll – students must receive a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 in at least 12 credits
  • •    Dean’s List – students must receive a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 in at least 12 credits

Southwestern Academic Honors List Fall Term 2018