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OCC’S PSI BETA HONOR SOCIETY DONATES TEDDY BEARS TO UCI MEDICAL CENTER CHILDREN’S CLINIC
Thursday, December 15, 2005

Orange Coast College's Psi Beta Honor Society and the campus Psychology Club donated 200 teddy bears this holiday season to the Children's Clinic at UCI Medical Center and to a home for abused children.

It marks the ninth holiday season that OCC's honor society and club have donated teddy bears to children in need. OCC's staff and students have donated more than a 2,000 bears to children in recent years.

Psi Beta is a national community college honor society for psychology majors. Advisor for OCC's chapter is OCC psychology instructor, Dr. James Smollen. Twenty-five students comprise the Orange Coast chapter.

"The national Psi Beta has encouraged all of its chapters to collect teddy bears during the holidays to give to children who are sick or in need," Smollen says. "We started collecting bears in early November.

"We elected to give the bears again this year to the UCI Children's Clinic. These bears help to quiet anxiety and turn frowns into smiles."