College of the Siskiyous is offering fall tennis classes to the general community on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:50 pm for all age and ability levels. Rod Koehler, 2003 USPTA Northern California Rookie Teaching Pro of the Year, is the instructor. Koehler teaches regular tennis classes at COS as well as at resorts in Jamaica, Barbados, and Playa del Carmen.

    The Tennis classes will meet from August 19 through October 16 at the Weed Campus Tennis Courts. The class will include instruction, game-based drills, and leveled match-play and is open to all levels and ages, but parents of younger players may be required to enroll in the class at the instructor’s discretion. Students who want to earn credit (1 unit) should register for: Beginning Tennis (PEAC 1024 / #7199) or Intermediate Tennis (PEAC 1124/#7257). Community members and/or high school students who want to register should sign up for Junior Tennis Camp (XFW 0308/#7258). All three classes will be held at the same time and place (concurrently). (more…)

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    This fall, the College of the Siskiyous will offer two, three-unit, American Sign Language classes, Beginning (ASL 1020-01 / #7051) and Intermediate (ASL 1521-01 / #7052), taught by Michele Rose. This is an excellent opportunity for those desiring skills in communicating with hearing impaired family members or friends as well as for emergency first responders, health care professionals, and public service workers.

    Beginning ASL classes will meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Intermediate classes will also meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Both classes will be held at the Weed Campus in the Science Building, room 7-210. (more…)

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    Thirty-six kids, ages 8 to 13, participating in Camp Broadway at College of the Siskiyous this month will retell the classic “Little Mermaid” fairy tale musically through their production of Once on This Island JR., beginning August 1. Once on this Island JR is part of the Music Theatre International (MTI) Broadway Junior Collection®, MTI’s special collection of musicals for younger performers which includes “JR” titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and “KIDS” titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children.

    Once on This Island JR is an adaptation of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” set in the Caribbean. The story follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a young man from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his land, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and death. (more…)

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    Space is still available for kids who want to attend Camp Broadway at COS. This camp will take place at the COS Weed Campus beginning July 7 and ending August 3. Camp Broadway (XSU 0320 / #5135) will meet Monday thru Thursday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cost to participate is $40 per student for the full four-week camp. Each participant will receive over 80 hours of instruction, a script, music, and practice CD. Participants will learn all aspects of putting on a show including acting, singing, dancing, costume design, set building, sound, lights, auditions technique and more!

    This summer’s production will be Once On This Island, Caribbean folk-tale, uniquely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Participants will be not only be singing, dancing and acting but also drumming! There are eight leading roles available with a plethora of fun chorus parts as well. Sign up now, registration must be received no later than July 1. (Students who are over the age of 14 may sign up to assist with the production and even get college credit!) Emmy award winning Broadway performer, Wendy James is the Camp Director. (more…)

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    By Dawnie Slabaugh, COS Public Relations Officer

    “Don’t be afraid of going back to school.
    It’s worth it!”
    Aletha Bonner-Doherty

    Aletha Bonner-Doherty is not a quitter. Aletha is a 54-year old COS student. She is the youngest of seven children and by the age of 15 already had two children. But she did not quit school. She graduated and then attended Heald Business College while at the same time providing care to her mother who was disabled. Aletha then worked for “twenty-odd” years as a manager with the Bay Area Rapid Transit until she became too sick with Asthma to continue working for the BART and decided to move to Washington.

    In 2007, Aletha and her partner Craig moved to Siskiyou County. She enrolled at COS in the fall of 2009, but soon found out she had Tubular Carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, and withdrew from her classes because of fear. Aletha credits Kathy Metro, a long-time South County physician, who recently passed away, for saving her life and giving her hope.

    “Kathy knew I needed my asthma medicine, but also knew I wasn’t taking proper care of myself and needed a mammogram. I got the mammogram and she gave me my medicine. We also found out I had cancer from the mammogram. Kathy saved my life!”

    Aletha beat the cancer she was diagnosed with in 2009 only to find out in late 2013 she had developed a second form of cancer, Aggressive Ductal Carcinoma, which is the most aggressive type of breast cancer.

    “No problem,” she said. “I can beat this one too!” And she did, as a full-time COS spring 2014 semester student. “I did not want to miss a single day of school or fall really behind. So I took my books with me to the hospital while I was fighting the cancer and getting my chemo. The nurses had to take them away from me.” (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Athlete of the Week and 2014 season is Alex Henderson.

    “Alex is the 2014 CCCAA State Champion, 2013 state runner up, Northern California Section record holder (69.82/229-01), COS school record holder, and two-time All-American in the javelin. Henderson is from Redding, CA (Enterprise) and currently has offers to Alabama, USC, UCLA, Kentucky, and others. From the Siskiyous T&F coaching staff, congratulations on this season’s success, and continued success in the future Alex!” said Maas.


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    Last Thursday evening, hundreds of visitors, students, faculty, staff, administrators and the COS Foundation attended an Art Department printmaking sale and reception complete with live printing press demonstrations in the COS Learning Resource Center. At the same time, the COS Art gallery was open featuring the annual Student Photography Exhibition. Near by, at the Weed Brewery, a COS Art fundraiser took place-featuring displays of COS student paintings and drawings.

    The feature attraction of the evening was the unveiling of two new additions to the COS Permanent Art Collection. Mount Shasta artist and COS art alumni, Faith Sponsler, currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Sacramento State University, was selected by the art department full time faculty to receive the purchase awards for two of her large oil paintings. Art instructors Dennis Weathers, James Gilmore, and Sean Kenny submitted the formal request to college president Dr. Rob Frost and the COS Foundation who unanimously supported and approved the purchase. (more…)

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    Students who wish to “jump start” their education can do so at College of the Siskiyous this summer. Summer session begins June 2 and ends August 7. COS is offering a variety of classes that meet general education requirements as well as CSUGE and IGETC transfer requirements. Even better, these classes are mainly being offered via the internet so there is no travel or scheduling inconveniences to worry about. Registration is currently open. Classes that meet the general education requirements include (sampling of summer class offerings):

    Small Group Communication (COMS-1200 / #5007)

    Intro to Computer Science (CSCI-1001 / #5011)

    Child Development (ECE-1002 / #5014)

    College Composition (ENGL-1001 / #5017)

    Ethnic Studies (ETHN-1001 / #5021)

    Nutrition (FCS-1011 / #5022)

    Health in Action (HEA-1010 / #5027)

    United States History (HIST-1006 / #5031)

    Intermediate Algebra (MATH-0980 / #5040)

    General Psychology (PSY-1001 / #5049) (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Athlete of the week is the Women’s 4×100 Relay Team of Jamika Davis, Kristina Busby, Casie Johnson and Jennifer Goacher.

    The Relay Team broke the school record at the NorCal Trials last week with a time of 49.29, to qualify for the Nor Cal Championships. (more…)

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    By Dawnie Slabaugh, COS Public Relations Officer

    I first met Kristen Riccomini when she was still Kristen DeBortoli. Kristen was a camp counselor at a summer basketball camp that I attended at COS. What I didn’t know then is what an important part Kristen would play in my life and that of many of the families in south Siskiyou County. Kristen is currently my youngest son’s first grade teacher at Mt. Shasta Elementary. She is a wonderful teacher and my son absolutely loves her. Because of her connection to COS, I knew she would be the perfect person to choose for a COS Alumni profile story. I asked Kristen to share with readers a little bit of information about herself, her family, and about her memories and experiences as a COS student.

    Q – Where did you grow up?

    A – I grew up in McCloud as the youngest of four children to parents Douglas and Margaret. My older siblings are Noelle, Joel, and Jennifer (all COS alumni). As a child, I learned the value of family and later as an adult the amazing life one can have from growing up in a small community.

    Q – Tell us a little bit about your family.

    A – I am married to Kale Riccomini (Principal of Mt. Shasta Elementary and Sisson School) and we live in Mt. Shasta with our three boys (13 year old twins Kole and Kaden and 8 year old Kellen). Our lives today revolve around our boys and all their sports activities….which I truly love!  My interests include anything to do with my family and teaching again!

    Q – Why did you choose to attend College of the Siskiyous?

    A – I attended COS mainly to play basketball for Tom Powers. My entire family, including parents, all attended COS before me and it just seemed like the perfect stepping stone for me after high school. Attending a small high school like McCloud and graduating and attending a large four year college terrified me! So COS was a perfect transition school for me, plus I got to live at home too! At COS I had the great opportunity to play basketball – a sport I grew up playing and loving. (Editor’s note – During her freshman and sophomore years, Kristen was selected as MVP of the Golden Valley Conference and a member of the All-State Team. She is the only basketball player from COS to be selected to the All-State Team in consecutive years. In 2003, Kristen was inducted into the COS Athletic Hall of Fame.) (more…)

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    On April 22, College of the Siskiyous Athletic Department recognized the 2013/2014 Scholar Athletes. To be eligible for the Scholar Athlete award, an athlete must have participated (including redshirts) or will participate in a sport or the athletic training program, have passed 12 units counting towards basic skills, career & technology or transfer, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall 2013 semester. Approximately 66 athletes were honored for their academic achievements. Listed below are the 2013/2014 Scholar Athletes:

    Women’s Basketball
    Tabatha Anderson
    Shelby Weekley
    Maryann Parker
    Lydia Strong
    Casie Johnson
    Maya Stevens

    Delanie Tally
    Kristin Cox
    Mackenzie Matthis
    Katelyn Bauman
    Jessica Conrad
    Lydia Strong (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Athlete of the Week is Jennifer Goacher.

    “Jenny ran a personal best and new school record in the 400 meter dash at the Oregon Relays finishing 4th in her heat with a time of 58.16. She’s currently in a 3-way tie for 4th spot in Nor Cal (top 4 go to state),” said Maas. (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Athlete of the Week is Kristina Busby.

    “Kristina earned her second ‘athlete of the week’ in 2014 by running 12.30 at the Chico Twilight meet in the 100 meter dash, breaking the 23 year old school of 12.35. She’s scheduled to run at University of Oregon in the 100 this weekend at the Oregon Relays,” said Maas (more…)

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    The community is invited to share an evening of poetry with readings from College of the Siskiyous faculty poets. Poem in Your Pocket Night will be held Thursday, April 24 at the COS Weed Campus Library. The doors will open at 6:30 pm for “open mic” signups and readings will begin at 7:00 pm. Faculty members will read their own poetry from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. Faculty members who are participating include: Maria Fernandez, Jacalyn McNamara, and others. A short intermission will follow the faculty poets, with the poetry open mic concluding the event. Readers can read their original work or that of another author. COS students, staff, and community members are all welcome to read poetry and attend this event. (more…)

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    The College of the Siskiyous Natural Resources Program invites the community to attend a free presentation by Dr. Lowell Diller, Ph.D. on Thursday, April 10 at the Weed Campus. The presentation titled “Killing One Owl to Save Another: Should We Be Doing It and Will It Work” will begin at 7:30 pm in the Life Science Building, room 9.

    In September 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its Record of Decision that authorized the experimental lethal and non-lethal removal of barred owls from four study areas in the Pacific Northwest as a means to benefit threatened northern spotted owls. In this presentation Dr. Diller will report on the feasibility, effectiveness and response of northern spotted owls to a five-year pilot program that has removed more than 80 barred owls from approximately 400,000 acres of timberlands in northern California owned by the Green Diamond Resource Company. (more…)

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    College of the Siskiyous Track and Field coach Shannon Maas choice for the Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery Track & Field Athlete of the Week is Jamika Davis.

    “Jamika broke the school record in the javelin with a throw of 144′ 9″ (44.12meters), besting the previous mark of 140′ 0″ by Ashley Geer in 2008,” said Maas. (more…)

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    The College of the Siskiyous softball team split a doubleheader against the Lassen Cougars on Wednesday in Weed. Lassen took game-one 3-0. COS won the second contest 8-2.

    Lassen scored it’s first run of the opening game in the third inning on a swinging bunt, a sac bunt, and a pair of errors. The Cougars also received plenty of help on their two fourth inning runs. Lassen took advantage of a bloop single, a sac bunt, a passed ball and an error to make the score 3-0.

    The Eagles had a runner in scoring position four times, three times with one out or less. Katelyn Bauman took the loss for COS (7 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 4 K).

    Game-two was a didn’t-have-to-be marathon. Just a word to the Lassen College profs. Some of the players may be a little tired on Thursday from getting home late. It’s not their fault. The Cougar coach objected to an illegal pitch call in the second inning, and was hit with an “unsportsmanlike” warning from the umpires. Coach decided to protest the game at that time. The game was then delayed for about a week past forever, while the umpires proved that the unsportsmanlike warning was actually in the rule book. Nearly every inning for the rest of the game the Cougar coach had a complaint, some a bit legit, some not. Seriously, is there something in the Susanville water because it sure seems to be a pattern?

    Anyway, on with the game-two action.

    After setting the Cougars down in order, two by strikeout, in the top of the first, COS took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half. Lydia Strong singled with one out. A base hit by Kristin Cox put runners at first and second. Strong found her way home on a single by Sydney Haynes. (more…)

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