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Rocky Horror Picture Show on Riverside Campus!

You heard that right – RCC’s theatre arts program is hosting Rocky Horror Picture Show! It will be hosted on Riverside Campus and runs from October 16 - November 1, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and will be playing twice on Halloween. Interested in auditioning? Information on

Art and Sound in Downtown Medford

Come join local and touring musicians and artists on September 19 & 20 for the Downtown Art and Sound event in Medford! The event is sponsored by Metro Medford, The Rogue Messenger, and the City of Medford Arts Commission. Day passes and VIP tickets are available, so come check out the featured event’s website for more information:

Morris Family Foundation Named RCC’s Outstanding Citizen

For the second time in two years, the Morris Family Foundation has received the Rogue Community College Outstanding Citizen Award.

In addition to the hundreds of scholarships the Morris Family Foundation has provided to students over the years, the foundation recently pledged $200,000 a year for five years toward the expansion of RCC’s health sciences program. Because a major gift of this kind is unprecedented in the college’s history, it was not a difficult decision to acknowledge the Morris Family Foundation again this year, according to RCC President Peter Angstadt.

“The Morris Family Foundation believes in RCC and our students and has been working to provide the needed financial support so that our students can achieve their goals,” Angstadt said. The $1 million pledge will help RCC respond to a growing demand for regional health care services. It will be matched by the Oregon Legislature, which has designated up to $8 million in matching funds for new and updated health science facilities at RCC.

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Math, Science Appeal To Outstanding RCC Student

For as long as she can remember, Daisy Proksch has had an affinity for math.

But when she started taking classes at Rogue Community College, she discovered she also liked science. Since then, Proksch has pursued her science studies so well that she was named 2014 recipient of Rogue Community College’s Outstanding Science Student Award.

While attending RCC, Proksch earned a 3.97 GPA and received RCC Foundation and TRiO scholarships. Proksch has been accepted at American University in Washington, D.C.

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Outstanding RCC Electronics Student Heading For OIT

Rogue Community College student, Dakota Meeker, was named a 2014 Outstanding Electronics Technology student. He is graduating June 14 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronics Technology.

Meeker began his RCC studies while still a student at Eagle Point High School, an opportunity provided by the Morris Family Foundation for students from several rural high schools. Meeker has attended Rogue full time since graduating from high school last year, while also working at a local pizzeria.

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Speaker Offers Encouragement to Fellow RCC Graduates

Eric Grace was initially drawn to Rogue Community College by his deep love of learning. He stayed because of excellent, inspiring instructors who care about their students.

“I loved RCC. I learned things in each class that helped me grow as a person,” he said. “RCC makes it easy for us to take the steps we need to take. I didn’t expect a community college to offer such diverse classes and responsiveness to students,” he continued. “I’ve also attended three universities, and RCC is by far the best school.”

Grace, who is completing his Associate of General Studies degree, is one of two RCC grads delivering commencement speeches at the college’s ceremony, set for 6 p.m. June 14 at the Marjorie Holzgang Concert Bowl on the Redwood Campus.

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Graduation Speaker Found Her Way At RCC

Lisa Hansen plans to keep her commencement message to her fellow Rogue Community College graduates simple and straight from the heart:

“Say, ‘Yes!’ Say ‘Yes’ to life and to all the opportunities that come your way. You will never know what you are capable of accomplishing unless you have the courage to say ‘Yes.’”

Hansen will be one of two RCC grads delivering speeches at the RCC commencement, set for 6 p.m. June 14 at the Marjorie Holzgang Concert Bowl on Redwood Campus. Hansen, who has earned an Associate of Art Oregon Transfer degree with a 4.0 GPA, will transfer to Southern Oregon University to study graphic design.

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Facebook and Smartphones for Small Business

Use the latest technologies to promote your business! Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center invites you to get the most out of your smartphone and Facebook business account with two courses offered this summer term. Josephine County residents may qualify for a 90 percent tuition discount.

Learn how to use Facebook to interact with customers and build business fans in “Using Facebook for Your Business.” Offered 6-8 p.m. in Grants Pass and the Illinois Valley, the class is scheduled June 16 and 18 in the Illinois Valley Business Entrepreneurial Center, 24353 Redwood Hwy., Kerby, and June 23 and 25 in the SBDC computer lab, 214 Fourth St., Grants Pass. Tuition is $70.

Discover the functionality of smart phones in “Smart Phones for Your Business.” Learn to create connections to email, Facebook, order systems and customer information. Also, discover how to use the smart phone camera to document and share information instantly from scope of work and estimates to job progress, completion and billing. The class is scheduled 6-9 p.m. July 8 at the SBDC. Tuition is $50.

 Pre-registration is required by noon two working days before the class begins. Enrollment is limited. Register at any RCC site by calling 541-956-7494 or online at:

RCC Forms Academic Alliance with University of Phoenix

Rogue Community College and University of Phoenix have formed an academic alliance to help working students earn advanced college degrees.

Three free online information sessions are planned in June with a representative from the University of Phoenix presenting information about on-campus and online courses.

UP offers class time and flexible schedules designed for working students and offers more than 20 degree programs with 50 areas of concentrations.

Sessions are scheduled 9-10 a.m. or 3-4 p.m. June 10 and July 22. 

  • Participants can log in to a session at any time during the scheduled hour by visiting: 
  • Participants also will need to call 877-886-3404 and enter conference code: 8656480.

For more information, contact Darren Van Lehn, RCC counselor, at 541-245-7589 or

RCC's Laurel Pederson named to leadership institute

Laurel Pederson health professions education coordinator at Rogue Community College, will attend the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development (OILD), a state program for faculty, staff and administrators in Oregon’s community colleges interested in leadership, personal and professional growth.

Pederson was chosen to participate in the four-day program, which includes sessions on human relations skills, problem solving, balancing priorities, team building, leadership, and organizational transformation as well as discussions with state experts and community college leaders on the issues confronting community colleges during the next decade.

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