Workshops help families prepare for kindergarten

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Pathways to Positive Parenting Program invites Coquille-area families to an 8-week series of workshops to help children prepare for kindergarten success.

The workshops are scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday evenings, Oct. 4 through Nov. 29, at the Lincoln School of Early Learning, 1366 N. Gould. They are open to anyone involved in the life of a child ages 0-6, and are designed so parents are able to help their children feel empowered, resourceful and creative.

Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to learn what to do at home to help their babies, toddlers and preschoolers be more successful in learning. Families also can talk about useful tips and tricks with other parents going through the same stages.

The Coquille High School Key Club will provide free dinner and free childcare for families. Also, participants will receive free books and kindergarten kits with school supplies and activities.

Please call 541-888-1588 to register, or for more information.

Coos Bay, OR – The Music Department at Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to present its end of term concert series March 7 – 10, 2016 at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the Southwestern Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  Celebrating 51 years of music at Southwestern, the concerts are open to the public and will begin at 7:00 pm each night. The music department will be accepting donations to help pay for our many department needs.

On Monday March 7, 2016 the Southwestern Symphonic Choir, under the direction of David Aakre, will perform a variety of music for large choir.  The choir will be accompanied on Piano by our newest Piano Instructor at the College, Lynne Kuhn.  
On Tuesday March 8, 2016 the Southwestern Community Orchestra, under the direction of our new conductor Rolly Toribio (who is a Southwestern Alumnus), will perform a variety of works for Orchestra, including works by various composers including Mendelsohn, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi.
On Wednesday March 9, 2016 come join us for an evening of Chamber and Jazz music as the Southwestern Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ida Jo Gates, will perform a variety of Classical, Jazz, Popular and Broadway classics arranged for Chamber Choir and Swing Choir.  In addition, a number of student solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets will perform a variety of works from the vocal literature.
Finally, on Friday afternoon March 11, 2016 the Southwestern Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Mike Turner, will perform at the South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival as part of the YMEF Youth Band Performances for the Festival.  The performance is free to the public and will take place in the Salmon room at the Mill Casino with the Jazz Ensemble performing last at approximately 4:20 pm. Those persons younger than 21 will need to enter the Salmon room though the lobby of the Mill Casino Hotel and not through the Casino itself.
For more information contact Mike Turner, Professor and Director of Music, at the Southwestern Music Department, 541-888-7242 or

Walk, Jog or Run to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College's Junior Chamber of Commerce Club has set the date of June 4, 2016 for the 4th Annual Bear Claw’s 5K Your Way Benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, June 4, 2016, the 4th Annual Bear Claw’s 5K Your Way - Walk, Jog or Run - will take place at Southwestern Oregon Community College located at 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. Students, faculty and community members will gather to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, and to promote health and fitness in the community.
Local business, Canard Labs, located in downtown North Bend, has announced they are donating 100% of their proceeds from their famous Coastal Bar soap to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for the months of March, April, May and June. Canard Labs makes handcrafted, small batch artisanal soap, organic skin care products and wood wick soy candles. They sell retail, private label and wholesale and are located at 1989 Sherman Ave., in North Bend, 541-357-9667.
If you would like to learn more about the 5k or inquire about a table at the Health Fair, contact Jessica Engelke at 541-297-7263.
The health fair and registration for the 5K begins at 9:00 am in Henry Hansen Union Square (the quad). The 5k starts at 10 am. Participation is FREE with a $5 suggested donation to the Pancreatic Action Network. For additional information e-mail

Bear Claw's 5K Your Way Flyer

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled summer 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 Summer Term 2018 Academic Standings


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