News Briefs

Poetry champion performs at Hitchcock Auditorium
Two-time individual World Poetry Slam champion Buddy Wakefield will be performing in Central Oregon Community College’s Hitchcock auditorium, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

Wakefield won the Individual World Poetry Slam finals in 2004 and went on to defend that title at the International Poetry Festival. Wakefield claimed the title again in 2005 and has gone on to perform in hundreds of venues internationally.

Wakefield will be promoting his book “Gentleman Practice.” He hopes to have it available in February, according to his website.
For more information visit http://buddywakefield.com/.


COCC instructor granted patent for photography innovations

Natasha Bacca, a Central Oregon Community College instructor, has been granted a patent for her innovations in photography.
The patent was applied to an original artistic process developed by Bacca. Using self-created light tools, photo-sensitive paper and photo-chemical processing, Bacca invented a way to create paintings out of light.

Bacca currently teaches photography at COCC. Her art using this process is featured on the 2010 label for Jubelale, a local beer. It has also been featured in national exhibits and private, public and corporate collections, according to a press release.
For more information visit Bacca’s website at http://www.luxartwork.com/.
Sister Prejean comes to COCC
Sister Helen Prejean will be visiting Central Oregon Community College on Feb. 24 to talk about issues surrounding the death penalty. Prejean is one of the leading advocates for the abolition of the death penalty in America.

She was portrayed by Susan Sarandon in “Dead Man Walking,” an autobiographical film about the relationship formed between Prejean and a convicted killer on death row. COCC will show the film in the Pioneer Hitchcock auditorium at 4 p.m., Feb. 16. in preparation for Prejean’s visit.

For more information contact COCC’s diversity coordinator Karen Roth at kroth1@cocc.edu.

Compiled by The Broadside staff. The staff can be reached at broadsidemail@cocc.edu

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