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The Campus Connection - June 2024

Office of the President

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth National Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the end of slavery. It is celebrated annually on June 19th. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom and reflect on the history of slavery in the United States. It's also a time to recognize the achievements of African Americans.

In acknowledgment of Juneteenth, the Weed Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first annual Juneteenth Celebration on Wednesday, June 19 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Bel Air Park next door to the Weed Campus. Live music, farmers market vendors and ice cream truck treats will be available. Kid activities include bubbles and alpaca petting area.

In honor of Juneteenth, College of the Siskiyous will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

District Holiday. Juneteenth. Wednesday, June 19, 2024. All Campuses and Facilities will be closed.

ASM Appreciation Week is June 17 – 21, 2024!

Thank you ASM. We donut know what we would do without you!

At the May 21, 2024 COS Board of Trustees meeting, we presented the resolution which designates the third week of June as Administrative Support Management (ASM) week. It is the intention of this annual designation of a week of recognition to celebrate Administrative Support Management employees and their numerous contributions to the College.

I want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude to our outstanding Administrative Support Management team. Your dedication, expertise, and tireless efforts are the backbone of this institution. You keep our operations running smoothly, anticipate challenges, and provide invaluable support to every team. You make a real difference in the lives of our students and staff. Thank you for your hard work and positive attitude!

Public Relations & College Foundation

Graduation 2024 – It Takes a Village (… and then some)

On Friday, May 17 we had a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our students at Commencement. The evening was spectacular, the weather was wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed being there. Each year there is a tremendous amount of planning and buildup for one spectacular evening. That evening goes by quickly but none of it would be possible without the help of many across the entire campus. It truly takes a village to pull off something like this. There are so many things to do and each year I walk away amazed at how everyone pulls together to get it all done leading up to the event and on the day of the event.

So many wonderful people helped to make Graduation 2024 'THE EVENT OF THE YEAR,' and rather than everyone and chance forgetting someone, I just want to say again, THANK YOU! Your amazing help came in a variety of ways related to facilities, decorating, sound, parking, marketing, setup/cleanup and much more. It was a pleasure working with you all.

Planning a successful event does not happen overnight. Rather, once the event happens planning begins all over again, months before the big day. Like I said, it takes a village and then some. But most of all, we need to remember… without our students we would not have Graduation. I invite you to share your feedback on the event. This will help us with planning for next year.

In case you missed it, you can watch the ceremony here or to view photos from the event, visit the College of the Siskiyous (COS) Facebook page.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024… and Congratulations to all of you for another successful year!

Visit us at the Fair

The 2024 Siskiyou Golden Fair will be Wednesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 11. We need HELP! COS will have an outreach booth and we need people to volunteer and help. The Fair offers us a SUPER OPPORTUNITY to promote the College, our classes, and the many wonderful programs and services we offer students. Sign up to work a shift by yourself and meet someone new or sign up to work with a campus colleague. The shifts are 2.5 hours long. Sign up is first-pick, first-get.

Those who sign up to help will receive two tickets for free admittance to the fair (one to be used on the day you work - or if you volunteer to work more than one day…a ticket for each day, the other(s) to be used as you like). The sign-up sheet is located in Building 95. Stop by to sign up, send an email, or call extension 5373.

Can’t help out in August… No worries… we will also have a COS outreach booth at the Tulelake Fair in September (September 5 - 8).

Upcoming Activities & Events:

Event dates, times, and locations based on information available at the time of publication and are subject to change.

June 2024

  • June 18: Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting, 4:00 pm – Board Room
  • June 19: Juneteenth – Campus Closed
  • June 19-24: Lemurian Life Expo, All Day - Campus
  • June 21: Campus Closed
  • June 23-29: Vocal Jazz & Show Choir Camp (Daily)
  • June 26: Vanguard at Weed Campus (One Day Only)
  • June 28: Campus Closed
  • June 29: Vocal Jazz & Show Choir Camp Performance, 12:00 pm - Theater

July 2024

  • July 3: Summer Session 1 Ends
  • July 4: Independence Day Holiday (Campus Closed)
  • July 5: Campus Closed
  • July 8: Summer Session 2 Begins
  • July 12: Campus Closed
  • July 16: COS Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting, 4:00 pm – Board Room
  • July 19: Campus Closed
  • July 26: Campus Closed

Follow us on Social Media:

  • Facebook – College of the Siskiyous (COS) & COS Foundation
  • Instagram – @siskiyous_eagles
  • LinkedIn: college-of-the-siskiyous
  • Snapchat – @siskiyous_eagle
  • TikTok - @eddie.the.eagle3

Web Content

For those who haven’t heard… Weblinks, Anne-Marie Kuhlemann (Web Content Editor) and Michael Reetz (Web Content Designer), are now part of Public Relations.

The Web Content team is responsible for keeping the College of the Siskiyous website current, usable, accessible, and appealing. Check out our new web page which outlines the current process for web updates. This will have more content when we approach the website redesign. We are happy to help you get your pages updated!

Administrative Services

Campus Gift and Book Shop

Hey COS Community! Summer is here, and we’ve got new hours for the Campus Gift & Book Shop! Starting now, we’re open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We've also been busy updating fall semester course information as we receive new changes. As soon as we have the latest updates, we’ll reach out to faculty to get the textbook requirements to you as quickly as possible.

Thanks for your support! We can't wait to see you around campus this summer!

Facilities & Maintenance

Completed projects:

Soccer stadium accessible walkway project
  • Soccer stadium accessible walkway project is complete.
  • Vaporizer paint project is complete.
  • The ESTC HVAC air handler repairs are complete.

Upcoming projects:

  • Engine bay exterior paint Fire Academy.
  • Science building exterior paint.
  • Maintenance shop exterior paint.
  • Gutter installation Mc Cloud Hall and Student Center near entrance locations.
  • Annex building exterior upgrades roof, fascia, and paint.
  • Completion of the fire sprinkler system repair in the science building.

Investigative work for upcoming capital projects:

  • June 18 and 19, A-Plus utility will be investigating parking lot C for underground utilities and conduits that may be in the path of our new student housing building.
  • June 20 at 10:00 am Pacific Power and Peter’s Engineering will be at the Theater investigating a new power source for the Theater Arts upcoming interiors construction project.
  • June 18 and 19 Mid Pacific Engineering will be completing geotechnical investigation at the Mc Cloud Hall Canopy.

Student Services

Vice President, Student Services

Summer is here and normally I think we all look forward to a little slower pace but I haven’t seen that happen yet. Student Services is in the midst of a lot of hiring to fill vacancies and trying to get some big projects underway. This summer, we will be writing our application for the TRiO: Student Support Services grant. This grant is important for the College, our students, and the employees working in this grant. We plan to submit it by July 15 and will hope for good news roughly 90 days after that. We are working with our ConexED partners as we continue to implement this new service and look to more fully implement and get some assistant from their team to do so. ConexED will be vital for some new requirements that are coming from the Chancellor’s Office.

We are working as quickly as we can to clean, prepare, and get the lodges ready for students to come back for fall semester. More details to come later but we will have a Lodge Student Welcome BBQ in August and we plan to invite the campus staff, faculty, administration, and board to attend. We are also piloting a case management system with Lodge Students this upcoming year. This will help us to make sure they have their financial aid done, finished their residency, got an education plan, been connected with support services, and much more. We are excited about this and believe it will help with retention and student satisfaction.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the awards night for Mount Shasta High School to present the "Early College Award." This award idea came from Kim Peacemaker and helping out with Dual Enrollment. Six MSHS students graduated from high school and had also completed at least 12 units of college work from COS. It was a pleasure to be in attendance and celebrate these students. I know others have attended the awards ceremonies at other schools and done the same. How fortunate our small county is to have College of the Siskiyous in our midst and to benefit the lives of so many. These types of initiatives highlight the tremendous work we do and the opportunities we provide to students of all ages.


The CalWORKs program served 14 students this Spring semester which is an increase from the Fall semester. Out of the 14 students 2 of those students graduated this semester. We hosted a graduation brunch for our CalWORKs, EOPS, and Veteran’s students that turned out amazing and all of our students appreciated.


The EOPS program had a very successful semester and served 122 students. Of those students, 89% completed all of the requirements of the program and received a $450 grant at the end of the semester! Along with the $75 worth of gas vouchers, the backpack full of school supplies that the students got in the beginning of the semester, they also received a $100 Grocery Outlet gift card to help with food costs. A new service that EOPS provided this Spring semester was giving webcams to students who frequently use Zoom to meet with their EOPS counselors and were struggling with the camera or microphone on their computer. The students who received them were very appreciative to have a clear way to communicate with their teachers and counselors!

We would like to give a special congratulations to our 30 EOPS graduates, we are so proud of you! The EOPS staff and counselors enjoyed celebrating our graduates at the EOPS, CalWORKs and Veterans Graduation Brunch on graduation day prior to practice. The students brought their children, spouses/partners, and friends and had a great time eating delicious food provided by the amazing COS Food Services staff and sharing their excitement about the upcoming graduation ceremony. Once they were done eating, they got to take a polaroid picture in front of the graduation backdrop to take with them and they enjoyed that as well. Congratulations again EOPS graduates and we all will miss you!! Please enjoy a few pictures from the event!

EOPS, CalWORKs, and Veterants graduation brunch
EOPS, CalWORKs, and Veterants graduation brunch
EOPS, CalWORKs, and Veterants graduation brunch
EOPS, CalWORKs, and Veterants graduation brunch
EOPS, CalWORKs, and Veterants graduation brunch
EOPS, CalWORKs, and Veterants graduation brunch
EOPS, CalWORKs, and Veterants graduation brunch
EOPS, CalWORKs, and Veterants graduation brunch

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