Umpqua Community College

Michael Sullivan | The News-Review

Umpqua Community College officials say there are low-levels of toxic lead dust in a former National Guard armory that is slated to become student housing.

However, they say they can't provide the lead test results to the public because the college doesn't have those results on file.

Michael Sullivan | The News-Review

Umpqua Community College administrators say they’re postponing the move-in date for students into a newly renovated student housing building due to the possible presence of toxic lead dust.

Liam Moriarty/JPR News

Most of us can't imagine what it would be like to be in a place where a mass shooting happens. 

We don't WANT to imagine the horror.  Students and staff at Umpqua Community College do not have that luxury; UCC was the scene of ten gun deaths almost exactly a year ago (October 1st). 

The Umpqua Story Project encourages people in Douglas County to share their memories of that day and its aftermath. 

Mark Yaconelli runs the Story Project; Susan Rochester is a professor of fine arts at UCC.  They join us to talk about the anniversary, the project, and the feature. 

Umpqua CC President Settles In

Sep 26, 2016
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Running a community college figures to be a complicated job. 

But it's just that much more complicated at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, still recovering from a mass shooting last year.  Debra Thatcher was not on campus at the time; now she's the president of UCC. 

Roseburg Objects To The Play "Roseburg"

Aug 3, 2016
Liam Moriarty/JPR News

Art imitates life, but not always without controversy. 

Many people in the Roseburg area objected when Philadelphia playwright Ginger Dayle wrote and staged a play about the mass shooting last year at Umpqua Community College called simply "Roseburg."

The shooting is just part of the story; the other part is a Roseburg appearance by Bobby Kennedy just the day before he lost the Oregon primary in 1968.  Kennedy himself was murdered a few weeks later. 


Mark Baker has worked at the Register-Guard in Eugene long enough to be called Senior Reporter and get his own column ("Living Here"). 

But he might be hard-pressed to come up with a year as eventful as 2015 was for him and his colleagues. 

The year included the shooting at Umpqua Community College an hour from Eugene, the resignation of the governor and the burning of Civic Stadium.  And that's just the top of the list. 

Roseburg, Recovering From UCC Shooting

Dec 18, 2015
Liam Moriarty/JPR News

It's not that so much time has passed--not even three months--since the Umpqua Community College mass shooting in Roseburg.  It's that several other large-scale shootings have happened since that time. 

Our colleague talk show, Think Out Loud on Oregon Public Broadcasting, made plans to return to Roseburg for a town hall-style meeting in early December.

A Memorial Concert For UCC Victims

Oct 22, 2015
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Umpqua Community College was on the minds of just about all Americans after the mass shooting of October 1st. 

Classes have now resumed, and students and faculty alike are making efforts to remember and memorialize the nine victims. 

Members of a number of music ensembles will join forces for a free concert today (Oct. 23). 

The UCC Memorial Concert starts at 7 PM on campus at Jacoby Auditorium. 

Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard

UPDATE: October 2, 4 PM

The Douglas County Sheriff's office released the names of the Umpqua Community College shooting victims and fixed the number of wounded at nine. 

The Sheriff's office also clarified that the shooter was enrolled at UCC and was a student in the class where the shooting took place.  Below are the names of the dead: