Dr Pfeffer Headshot Credit James Balog

Coos Bay, OR  –  Southwestern’s geology lecture series partners with the “State of the Coast” conference to welcome Dr. W. Tad Pfeffer on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Pfeffer will present a lecture on “Projecting Real Sea Level Rise: Moving From Global Assessments to What You Might Actually Experience”. Dr. Pfeffer is a glaciologist, geophysicist, and photographer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his Bachelor of Science at University of Vermont, Masters of Science at University of Maine, and PhD at University of Washington. He has done field research for more than 30 years in glacier regions of the world, ranging from Alaska to Antarctica and the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dr. Pfeffer also leads the long-term study of Columbia Glacier, on Alaska’s South Central Coast, one the world’s most extensively studied and most rapidly changing glaciers.  

In the past decade, Dr. Pfeffer’s research focus has shifted to include global assessments of glaciers and ice sheets, their response to environmental change, and their contributions to sea level. This has led to work on the full spectrum of natural hazards and the role of scientific research in decision-making on natural hazards. In these capacities he has served as an advisor to the United Nations Environmental Program, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, and was a Lead Author for Chapter 13 (Sea Level Change) in the IPCC Fifth Assessment/Working Group I.  Dr. Pfeffer was also a member of the National Research Council Committee on Sea Level Rise in California, Washington, and Oregon (2010-2012) and is presently the Editor in Chief of the new Oxford Handbooks Online series in Natural Hazard Science

Tad is also active in photography of glaciers and landscapes, using imagery for both description and analysis of glacier changes.  In addition to scientific publications, his photographic work has appeared in exhibitions in the Boulder/Denver area, in American Scientist, GEO (Germany), Geotimes, BBC television productions, and in the movie and book, An Inconvenient Truth, by Nobel laurete Al Gore.  Dr. Pfeffer’s book, The Opening of a New Landscape: Columbia Glacier at Mid-Retreat was published by the American Geological Union.  Tad was also a team member/scientist in the production of the documentary film Chasing Ice.

Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  For those not able to attend in person, all lectures are Livestreamed and archived, with access from the College's web site at https://livestream.com/SWOCC/.  Additional talks in the series for this academic year include:  Dr. Frederick Simons (Princeton), an IRIS/SSA distinguished speaker on November 30, 2018; Dr. Lucy Jones (The 14th Annual Cascadia Anniversary Lecture) on January 25, 2019; Dr. Shannon Kob (Idaho State) on undersea volcanoes and the search for extraterrestrial life on March 2, 2019; Dr. Julia Reece (Texas A & M) an ODP distinguished lecturer on April 13, 2019; and Dr. Stephen Palumbi (Stanford) on extreme life in the sea on May 17, 2019.  Lecture series sponsors include DB Western, The Mill, the Southwestern Foundation, and the College. 

For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.

Southwestern SBDC seeks business mentors

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting a Lunch and Learn for people interested in becoming small business mentors. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the center, 2110 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Mentors are local individuals who have extensive experience as a business owner, entrepreneur, executive or manager. These mentors share their knowledge, skills and experience with budding entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers. Only 30 seats are available for this Lunch and Learn event. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sbdc-mentor-recruiting-tickets-50609316829 or call the Southwestern SBDC office at 541-888-7026.

“The Southwestern SBDC is looking for individuals who are passionate about local business and are able to effectively communicate and assist entrepreneurs in seeking out and taking action on new opportunities,” said Dr. John Bacon, Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the college and Director of the Southwestern SBDC.

Southwestern’s SBDC is part of the Oregon SBDC Network providing practical guidance for small business long-term profitability. It focuses on assisting South Coast communities with retention and expansion of established businesses. Additionally, SBDC staff and mentors offer specialty services to local people who own businesses and start-ups, with a goal of strengthening and supporting an entrepreneurial culture.

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 mturner@socc.edu.