Earlier deadlines to register, get refunds this fall

Cochise College is making significant changes to its deadlines to register for classes and policies for receiving refunds for dropped courses this fall semester.

Students must be signed up for a class the day prior to the course start date. That is, if a class begins on a Monday, students need to register by Sunday; if a course begins on a Tuesday, students must be signed up by Monday. Late registration is no longer available

To receive a full refund for a dropped course, it must be dropped prior to the start of the term. Students who drop a class within the first week of the term will be refunded 90 percent of their tuition, which can be applied to a new course added to their schedule — as long as the new class hasn’t met yet. No refund is available after the 90-percent refund window closes.

For the regular 16-week semester, courses will be refunded in full if dropped before Aug. 18, or at 90 percent if dropped between Aug. 18-25, or no refund after Aug. 25. For 8-week, 10-week and 21-week terms, visit www.cochise.edu/tuition for the complete refund schedule.

“Research shows that people who get into classes when they first start have more success than the people we let in late,” said Dr. Bo Hall, Dean of Student Services. “In the past, we could be 10 days into a semester and you could walk into a class you’ve never been in. We want students to get into their classes on time so they have a chance to be successful.”

By July 15, students who have registered for classes must have paid for those classes in full or signed up to use the payment plan at www.MyCollegePaymentPlan.com/Cochise; otherwise, their registration will be deleted. If students register for classes after July 15, full payment is due at the time of registration.

“There are two key things to understand: Sign up for class before it starts, and if you want all your money back, drop it before it starts,” Hall said.

These deadlines and policies apply to all course terms that begin this fall. The fall 16-week semester begins Aug. 18. For more information about the new refund schedule, visit www.cochise.edu/tuition.

Students who plan to apply for financial aid to help pay tuition should also consider freeze date deadlines when planning their fall schedules. A student receiving financial aid must be registered in all classes for the semester by the listed freeze date, which is Aug. 27 for Fall 2014. Find more important deadlines on the Academic Calendar or contact the Financial Aid Department for more information.

College seeks mementos for history exhibit

By Dr. J.D. Rottweiler

When Cochise College dedicated its first campus in Douglas nearly 50 years ago, “The Heliograph” student newspaper featured an article outlining the college’s three-year history, beginning with the 1961 election to establish a college district, and a photo of a plaque that has hung on the campus Administration Building since its unveiling. Another announced the first birth to a campus resident – one Jennifer Ann Long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Long Jr., head residents of the men’s dorm; George was a science professor who later became department chair of chemistry and biology at an Illinois college. A note from “The Heliograph” staff introduced the “journalistic effort of the students” and explained the challenges of starting from scratch, of having “inherited nothing from any previous staff.”

Starting from scratch makes for a memorable time, and the newspaper will be included in a historical display of college mementos that will rotate to museums and other sites around the county during the anniversary year.

While the college retains many photographs, publications and promotional items, there are holes in the collection. Specifically, we are looking for your help in identifying items that our former students, employees and board members held dear.

Each item already submitted has a story.

Cochise alum John Sauer (’66), a member of the basketball team recruited from the Midwest, provided two of the four “Heliograph” issues planned in the college’s first year. The June 1965 issue features an article about his hole-in-one shot at the Bisbee Country Club a month prior. The publications provide rich insight into the culture and attitudes of the times, as do the personal papers of Dr. George Spikes, a college founder and board member, and Dr. William Harwood, the college’s second president. These collections include detailed and skillfully crafted “snail mail” related to college priorities and notes from early staff meetings. What a treasure!

Bruce Wertz of Las Vegas, N.M., contributed pins he received in the 1960s for his role on the Student Senate and Dorm Council. A New Mexico native, Wertz was concerned about going to a university; in researching Arizona’s junior colleges, he selected Douglas’ cooler climate over the heat he could face at the Phoenix and Yuma schools. Ultimately, he recalls a campus performance by Louis Armstrong, frequent dances and film screenings, athletic competitions, dorm life, and being impressed that college president Jack Netcher made time to have coffee with students.

he plaque mentioned above caught the eye of Art Smith when he visited campus for a meeting. Mr. Smith had never visited campus before last year, but he knew many of the leaders named on the plaque because his father was a college supporter, pilot and publisher of “The Tombstone Epitaph,” which memorialized him when the plane he piloted that was also carrying the college’s first president – Dr. T.C. Johnston – and Don Ensign, another local education leader, crashed in January 1964 prior to the college’s opening. Mr. Smith graciously shared his memories of that time and sent relevant copies of that newspaper.

There also exist a baseball cap owned by a member of the 1980s Cochise teams that went to the Junior College World Series; college yearbooks from the early years and one that appears to feature primarily the Sierra Vista Campus in the 1980s; photos of the Cracchiolo family, which contributed the property that is now home to the Sierra Vista Campus; and a shovel used at the groundbreaking of the Benson Center.

Cochise College has a fascinating history. With your help, we look forward to depicting it for the general public. College memorabilia (and related stories) may be submitted to the Cochise College Office of External Affairs, (520) 417-4735 or alumni@cochise.edu. Items will be returned if the contributor so desires.

J.D. Rottweiler is president of Cochise College. Contact him at jdr@cochise.edu.

Fall registration going on now

Registration for the Fall 2014 semester has begun. Students can register either online through MyCochise or in person at any campus or center.

Find out what courses are offered this spring by viewing the schedule of classes. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 18. Find out more important dates and deadlines by viewing the Academic Calendar.

For more information, contact Admissions and Registration at (520) 515-5336 or 5415 or the Student Development Center at (520) 515-5483 or 5495.

Cochise to celebrate 50th anniversary

Cochise College will celebrate its 50th anniversary with activities and events at campuses and centers across Cochise County throughout the 2014-15 academic year to commemorate the legacy of economic mobility and opportunity established by the citizens, employees, students and community members who have supported the college.

The golden anniversary celebration kicks off Sept. 21-23, beginning with a Founder’s Dinner reuniting students, faculty, staff and board members who were connected to the college in the 1960s, as well as other special guests.

Festivities continue with “Twist & Shout: The Definitive Beatles Experience,” a free concert open to the community, at the Sierra Vista Campus on Sept. 22 and at the Douglas Campus on Sept. 23. Played by musicians with an inherent understanding of why The Beatles are the most beloved and respected rock band in history, Twist & Shout will take you through The Beatles metamorphosis and immerse you in the complete experience.

“1964 was a good year: The Beatles came to America, and Cochise College opened its doors,” said Cochise College president J.D. Rottweiler. “In September 1964, we welcomed 491 students, and 50 years later, we serve over 14,000 students annually. That shows the impact a local institution of higher education has on a community. It is, most definitely, a golden opportunity.”

At each location, Twist & Shout concerts begin at 7 p.m., following book signings by faculty authors beginning at 4 and campus ceremonies at 6.

Anniversary-themed brown bag lunch lectures, hosted by the Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning, will be offered throughout the fall in Sierra Vista and Douglas, with presentations by the college’s library staff, Cochise alumni and from the perspective of presidents’ spouses.

The full schedule of events for this year’s 50th anniversary celebration is available at www.cochise.edu/50. New activities are continually added as details are finalized.

Additionally, the Cochise College Foundation is seeking college memorabilia to be considered for inclusion in an exhibit that will rotate to locations around Cochise County. For more information about submitting memorabilia, contact the foundation by emailing alumni@cochise.edu or calling (520) 417-4735.

The college is also working to establish a Hall of Fame to honor former students, faculty, staff and community leaders. For the inaugural class, nominations will be accepted through fall 2014 and the induction ceremony is slated for April 2015. For more information or to make a nomination, visit www.cochise.edu/alumni/hall-of-fame.

Information about 50th anniversary events, activities, hotel accommodations, memorabilia, the hall of fame, and more is available at www.cochise.edu/50 or by calling (520) 417-4735.

Cochise on summer hours until August

Cochise College offices are on summer hours through the first week of August. Offices at all campuses and centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, except for closures on two holidays: Memorial Day on May 26 and Independence Day observed July 3. Summer hours end Aug. 7.

Libraries on the Douglas and Sierra Vista campuses are currently closed for inventory and will reopen on May 27. From May 27 through June 30, the Douglas Campus library is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the Sierra Vista Campus library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Union Cafe on the Sierra Vista Campus will be open for lunch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Broxton’s Coffee on the Sierra Vista Campus will be open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On the Douglas Campus, the dining hall in the Student Union is open Monday through Thursday for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and Friday through Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The college’s summer eight-week session and first five-week session begin May 27, and the second five-week session starts July 1. View the Academic Calendar to find out more. Registration for summer and fall classes is going on now. The fall semester begins Aug. 18.

Summer camps available in June, July

Brianne Cartagena prepares her "rocket," made out of a film canister, water and antacid tablets, at Inventors Camp in June.
Brianne Cartagena prepares her “rocket,” made out of a film canister, water and antacid tablets, at Inventors Camp last year.

SIERRA VISTA — Cochise College’s annual Summer Campus program offered by K-12 Outreach is available this June and July with a variety of educational activities for fourth- through 12th-graders.

This year, more than 20 weekly camps are offered over the summer on the Sierra Vista Campus. Camps offered in June include physics, painting, robotics, video game design, creative writing and sculpture, while those in July include technology, rock band, dance and forensics.

Space is still open in the camps, but slots are filling up quickly.

Each camp costs $100 and runs Monday through Thursday. Most of the camps are offered in the afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a few held in the morning from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information and to find what camps still have spots open, visit cochise.edu/k12/summer-camps or contact K-12 Outreach Coordinator Angela Moreno at morenoa@cochise.edu or (520) 515-3630.

College budget meeting June 10

SIERRA VISTA — On June 10, the Governing Board of Cochise County Community College District will consider the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget in a special meeting open to the public.

The meeting will be held on the college’s Sierra Vista Campus at 6 p.m. in the Horace Steele Conference Room located in the Andrea Cracchiolo Library. The FY 2015 budget is available for viewing here.

Questions about the budget should be directed to the college’s Director of Budget and Payroll, Sandy Bryan, by calling (520) 417-4098 or emailing bryans@cochise.edu.

They say it’s our birthday!

This isn’t just any birthday. Anyone who’s turned 50 knows what we mean. Cochise College opened in 1964 and in 2014-2015 celebrates five decades of providing golden opportunities to citizens and students. It will commemorate the occasion with a year of celebratory events small and large.

Twist & Shout promo 2013 091713In September, we invite you to “Come Together” to celebrate “Yesterday.” The Beatles took the world by storm when they played on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, and we’re proud to present two free concerts by “Twist & Shout: The Definitive Beatles Experience.” In addition, if you were a student in the 1960s, we’d like to see you at the Founder’s Dinner on Sept. 21. RSVP for the dinner here.

But first we need “Help!”

  • We’re seeking Cochise College memorabilia to include in a historical exhibit that will rotate to locations around Cochise County. So far, we’ve collected baseball attire from Dr. Richard “Bubba” Hall (‘89), Student Government pins from 1960s student Bruce Wertz, and the first edition of the “Heliograph” newspaper from John Sauer (’66). To submit something, contact us at alumni@cochise.edu or (520) 417-4735.
  • Cochise’s first Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for April 2015. Nomination criteria are somewhat broad. Start thinking about former students (individuals, teams or groups), faculty/staff and community leaders who have made a major contribution to the mission and goals of Cochise College, or who have contributed in a significant way to the lives of others after being a part of the Cochise College community. The nomination deadline is Dec. 17, 2014, and nominations can be submitted online.
  • Did you take “The Long and Winding Road?” Are you a “Paperback Writer?” Does “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” describe you better? Tell us your post-Cochise stories here.

If we could, we’d celebrate “Eight Days a Week,” but since that’s not in the cards, we’re planning memorable events we hope will both make history and illuminate all that’s good here at Cochise College. Now, we better get a bigger spotlight.

College closed Memorial Day

Cochise College will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.

Offices reopen and summer classes begin Tuesday, May 27, at all campuses and centers. The college is following summer hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until August.

To find out more important dates this summer and next year, check out the Academic Calendar.

GED graduation set for May 22

Cochise College’s GED graduation will be held at 7 p.m. May 22 on the Sierra Vista Campus.

Anyone who received his or her GED in Cochise or Santa Cruz counties in the last year should contact Cochise College’s Adult Education Department at (520) 515-5456 for more information.

The last day to pass the test for recognition at the ceremony is May 16. The cost to participate is $25.

Verlyn Fick, Cochise College’s Vice President for Instruction, will be the guest speaker during the ceremony.