What’s the value of a free lunch?

In the fall of 2017, with a full year as college president under her belt, Cathy Kemper-Pelle initiated a campus luncheon series to create an opportunity for “meaningful dialogue” among RCC employees. Once a term on each campus, the president hosts an informal luncheon for a dozen guests. All faculty and staff are welcome; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. As a starting point,...
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RCC Foundation updates

The RCC Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new directors to its governing board, comprising 16 local business and community leaders. Laura Magstadt and Jennifer Krauss Phillippi were appointed in fall 2017 to three-year terms that run through June 2020. Magstadt is the vice president of nursing at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. She has more than 13 years...
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SBDC helps startup take flight

The RCC Small Business Development Center has helped grow many successful businesses. Here is just one example. Seth Benham was a senior in high school when he launched Novum Visuals (www.novumvisuals.com), a design and media company. Located in historic downtown Grants Pass, Novum Visuals produces marketing and advertising content for local companies and helps them to develop social media marketing campaigns. The media company also...
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Rain garden at Redwood campus in Grants Pass

The rain garden project

As Oregonians, we deeply understand the value of our environment and how precious clean water is. That’s why Rogue Community College (RCC) and Sustainable Rogue Valley have teamed up on a demonstration rain garden and bioswale on the Redwood Campus to show how to help prevent stormwater pollution from fouling freshwater ecosystems. The rain garden gathers rainwater runoff from hard manmade surfaces such as parking...
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Lutz Kramer

Longtime RCC instructor Lutz Kramer “still learning”

“At one point, I was teaching ethics, volleyball and remedial spelling,” Lutz Kramer recalls with a laugh. The humanities instructor has been part of the RCC community since 1974. He estimates that as many as 10,000 students have passed through his classes over the past 43 years, mostly in subjects like philosophy, ethics and intercultural communication. “I originally assumed I would spend a few years...
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RCC innovators recognized with national awards

          Innovative staff Rogue Community College staff were honored with John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Innovations Conference March 18–21 in National Harbor, Maryland. John E. and Suanne D. Roueche are recognized leaders in the community college field and early advocates of connecting teachers to student performance. In recognition of their tradition...
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Gary Heigel, EMS Department Chair

RCC teaching innovations benefit students

Simulation exercises play a major role in preparing RCC Emergency Services students to become paramedics and emergency medical technicians. An ambulance crew typically consists of one para-medic and an EMT, meaning from day one recent graduates must be fully prepared to handle the range of real-life emergencies they will experience on the job. “They may be the only para-medic on the scene,” says Gary Heigel,...
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Are You Ready to Choose Happiness?

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. If you’re not sure what it means to be “happy,” or would like to increase your own happiness, consider the Happiness Project. A handful of RCC students are studying the concept of happiness and what it means to be happy, as well as methods for increasing their own happiness, thanks to a support group offered...
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