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Red Blood Moon Image from the Observatory
Red Blood Moon Image from the Observatory
Paul Morgan Observatory Reopens and Hosts Lunar Eclipse Stargaze; Free community event (Photo) - 05/09/22

ROSEBURG, Ore., May 9, 2022 — The Paul Morgan Observatory at Umpqua Community College will reopen to the public on May 15, after over 2 years of closure due to the pandemic. The dark red Super Flower Full Moon will be rising in total eclipse. Weather permitting, the observatory telescopes will project images of the eclipse onto a large digital screen showcasing the event in real-time for public viewing.

Eclipse totality begins at 8:29 p.m., with the moon rising in the southeast at 8:25 p.m. The moon will clear the hills in the southeast within the first 20-30 minutes, and visitors will be rewarded with a blood moon climbing slowly into view, rising from the hills south of Mount Scott, and totality will last nearly another hour until 9:54 p.m. The total eclipse concludes at 10:54 p.m. with the reappearance of the brilliant Super Flower Full Moon. 

“This is the only active digital observatory in the northwest and only one of two community colleges with an observatory. We have three high-powered reflector telescopes: 9, 11, and 14 inches, permanently installed in the building with a rooftop that slides open to expose the night sky. Everyone will be able to see the moon up close without having to stand or climb up to look through the telescopes, as the digital technology allows the visitors to see the moon on a large digital screen,” says Paul Morgan, Associate Professor of Astronomy.

The public is invited to the free Lunar Eclipse Stargaze event, weather permitting, from 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday, May 15, at the Paul Morgan Observatory, Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg. Dress warmly, and bring folding chairs, binoculars, and blankets. Parking is available in the lower lot near the Technology Center. The observatory is handicap accessible and designed for wheelchair viewing of the digital screen.

About Umpqua Community College

Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities. For more information, please visit us online at 


Ian - self portrait
Ian - self portrait
Umpqua Community College presents Annual Student Art Exhibition (Photo) - 04/29/22

ROSEBURG, Ore., April. 29, 2022 — The Art Gallery is proud to present An Unfolding Process: UCC’s Annual Student Art Exhibition by Umpqua Community College students from May 5 - June 3, 2022. A reception will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 1 p.m. 

Each year in the spring, UCC presents a juried student art exhibition, which now returns to UCC’s physical gallery space after two years due to the pandemic. The exhibit showcases work from students enrolled in UCC’s Fine Art classes during the current academic year.

“I am looking forward to the show, and I think everyone should check it out. I will have some pieces in the show, and it will be my first one, which is exciting!” said Emily Michel, a current art student at UCC.

This longstanding Annual Student Art Exhibition is the highlight as it marks the end of the series of gallery shows for the year. This collective art show will present the abilities and talent of emerging artists from UCC, featuring their outstanding works in studio arts, specifically ceramics, basic design, drawing, and painting. 

About The Art Gallery: 

The UCC Art Gallery, located in the Whipple Fine Arts Building at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road in Roseburg, is a 100 square-foot exhibition space that features six exhibitions per year showcasing a variety of media from emerging to established artists. The primary focus of the Art Gallery is to exhibit high-quality artwork for the education and cultural benefit of the students of UCC and the residents of Douglas County. The gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday - Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

3D sculpture, by Emily Michel
Color study painting, by Emily Michael
Self-portrait, by Ian McCanna
3D sculpture, by Penelope Shipley

UCC keeps tuition as low as possible in time of high inflation - 04/21/22

Roseburg, Ore., April 21, 2022 – The Umpqua Community College Board of Directors has voted to raise tuition per credit from $104 to $109 for the 2022-23 school year, which for most students will be covered by increases in state and federal grant programs. The 4.8 percent increase falls well below the national inflation rate of 8.5 percent and UCC will still have one of the lowest tuition costs in the state.

To help balance this and future increases, UCC will allow full-time students to freeze their tuition rate for up to three years from the time of their initial payment.

“This is a really encouraging proposal where students will get more bang for their buck. I’m proud that UCC is able to keep the increase well below the price hikes we are seeing in the economy at large,” said board member David Littlejohn.

Tuition will increase to $115 per credit, in 2023-2024, and to $120 per credit in 2024-2025. Additional cost savings programs will include access to online textbooks to reduce book purchasing requirements that can be expensive and expanded access to UCC Foundation scholarship support. 

"UCC will focus on adding value to students. Price is only an issue in the absence of value and UCC is a place where education and training can lead to sustained and increased job opportunities and wages,” said UCC President Rachel Pokrandt.

Around 92 percent of UCC full-time students take advantage of financial aid covering many of the out-of-pocket college costs. In the 2021 academic year, UCC students received more than $6.4M in financial aid that does not have to be repaid, including federal and state funding for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise, and the federal Pell grant, all of which are set to increase for the 2022-2023 academic year.

"We will continue our mission to provide high-quality, affordable education to those looking to invest in their futures," Pokrandt added. "UCC serves as a valuable resource within our community, helping families secure living-wage careers and addressing the need for local in-demand jobs. We are pleased to offer a tuition guarantee program and other cost-savings programs while staying fiscally responsible to a balanced budget."

UCC is also making the following additional investments in student success:

  • Increased tutoring and academic supports in the form of a student success center.
  • Improved student access to programs through a broader offering of class times and classroom/online options.
  • Upgraded software that will make it easier to navigate the college’s web-based systems.
  • New programs that lead to family-wage supporting jobs in key fields like advanced manufacturing and medical careers.

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About UCC
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities. For more information, please visit us online at