Board Approves New Building Name

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Tapʰòytʰaʼ Hall will be a symbol of the College’s future optimism. (Rendering: Mahlum Architects)

ROSEBURG, Oregon – The newest building at Umpqua Community College (UCC) has an official name. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the UCC Board of Education approved the College’s request to call the new academic building Tapʰòytʰaʼ Hall. The name, which follows months of consideration that included campus, community, and tribal feedback, is derived from a Takelma language word that means “to be blessed and to prosper.”

The College wanted to use a Native American word to recognize the area’s history, and to honor the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, one of the College’s most significant supporters. After considering multiple words, the use of tapʰòytʰaʼ (pronounced duh-poi’-tuh) was authorized by the Tribal Board of Directors.

In addition to approving the new building’s name, the UCC Board also approved reassigning the Ralph Snyder name to the campus’ nearby circular fountain. Mr. Snyder, one of UCC’s original administrators, was known for his unwavering student support. In a recent survey, UCC students felt strongly about honoring Mr. Snyder’s legacy by placing his name on the campus fountain.

The building is currently under construction. The official dedication for Tapʰòytʰaʼ Hall will be Friday, March 23, at 3 p.m. Tours will be provided for the media following the dedication ceremony. More information will be released within the next few weeks leading up to the event.

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Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.


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