Learn about Egypt and Syria

Mt. Hood Community College is hosting a free Historians’ Roundtable discussion called “What’s Going on in Syria and Egypt” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Room AC 1610.

“We’ll focus on events in Egypt, where massive public protests (part of the Arab Spring) helped sweep former dictator Hosni Mubarak from power, leading to the election of Mohamed Morsi,” said Patrick Casey, a history instructor. “The Egyptian military played a key role in Mubarak’s departure and in arranging that country’s first presidential elections, and thus earned the support and respect of much of the Egyptian public.”

Casey said the discussion also will address Syria, where President Bashir Assad and the Syrian military are fighting a civil war in which at least 100,000 people have died.

The discussion will ask these questions: Did Assad use chemical weapons against his own people? What should the U.S. response be? What about the current arrangement in which Russia and the U.S. will oversee Syria’s destruction of its chemical weapons — is that a win for the U.S. or for Russia?

The panel will include history instructors Elizabeth Milliken, Joe Cavalli and Casey; political science instructor Janet Campbell; environmental health and safety instructor Javid Mohtasham; and Judit Szentirmay, English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor.

The next Historians’ Roundtable will focus on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination and will be held at noon Nov. 22 in Room AC2755.

MHCC opens new center

It’s not a SoCal TV show nickname, but Mt. Hood Community College’s new O.C.—Orientation Center— opened Monday, Sept. 30, in Room AC1002 of the Gresham campus.

“The O.C. is designed to be a line-free, customized, ‘sit down and let’s talk’ center for new, restarting and current students,” said Sydney Eustrom, MHCC’s manager of student outreach.

The center will house 20-plus computers and serve as the go-to site for students to get oriented or reoriented on the registration process, MyMHCC (the college’s online gateway for students), support services, general financial aid procedures, online payments and more — all via one-on-one support.

Advising workshops for students will be held in the O.C. from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Drop-in services will not be available or will be limited during these times.

Fall term hours for the O.C. are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.

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