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Monday, December 19, 2005

Orange Coast College has a new baby on campus that resides in the Consumer and Health Sciences Division. It measures 28 inches long and weighs 21 pounds, and is an interactive infant simulator that’s been informally named "Baby Hoagie." Its official moniker is BabySIM. The baby has the physical attributes of a three to six-month old infant. The medical equivalent of a pilot’s flight simulator, Baby Hoagie is hooked up to a monitor and displays all vital signs of life. It can be a girl or boy, depending upon the medical scenario, and can cry, wet a diaper, clinch its fists, sneeze, drool, and react to medical treatment and drugs. The simulator has a strong pulse, heart functions, eyes that dilate and blink, and it exhales carbon dioxide. BabySIM feels realistic to the touch. Should students make mistakes in treating Baby Hoagie, the simulator can "die." OCC’s instructors are able to program a variety of symptoms, illnesses and conditions into the infant simulator for student diagnosis. After receiving a $42,000 grant last summer from the George Hoag Family Foundation of Santa Monica, plus money from OCC’s Foundation and from state sources, the college purchased the $59,000 human baby simulator this fall for use by students enrolled in the college’s School of Allied Health Professions. OCC is the first community college in California to possess a BabySIM. Four years ago, Orange Coast College became the first of California’s 109 community colleges to have the adult patient simulator on campus, purchased for $200,000. The only other BabySIM in the state is currently being used by medical students at UC Davis. BabySIM and the adult human patient simulator are manufactured by Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (METI) of Sarasota, Fla. BabySIM is being used by students training in OCC’s Respiratory Care, Cardiovascular Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Neurodiagnostic Technology, Radiology, and Emergency Medical Technology departments. "This new simulator is preparing our students to face critical events involving babies that are routinely encountered in real-world health care situations," says Kevin Ballinger, dean of OCC’s Consumer and Health Sciences Division. OCC’s full-size adult simulator — nicknamed "Big Kev" in honor of the OCC dean — has been providing students with valuable on-campus training for four years. Contact: Kevin Ballinger, Dean of Consumer and Health Sciences (714) 432-5702.

OCC’s defending national champion dance and stunt teams have been seeded number one in their respective divisions for the 2006 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National Championships, scheduled for Jan. 13-15 in Florida. The competition will be staged at Walt Disney World/MGM Resorts in Orlando. OCC’s dance team captured an unprecedented seventh straight national title last January. The Pirate dancers have won eight of the last nine national crowns. Orange Coast’s stunt team grabbed its first-ever national championship last January. Both OCC teams were seeded number one based upon audition videos they submitted this fall to the UCA. As a result of their number one seedings, both squads are having their airfare to Florida paid for by the Universal Cheerleaders Association, and will receive free hotel accommodations. OCC’s dance team has dominated the opposition over the years, winning national crowns in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The stunt title came last year. OCC’s teams are coached by Mike Reynolds and Dan Sapp. Contact: Mike Reynolds, Cheer and Dance Coach at (714) 432-0202, Ext. 26330.

OCC’s cheerleading squad, which has captured five national titles since 1996, has been seeded number one in the 2006 Chick-fil-A Cheer and Dance Collegiate Championships, scheduled for April 5-9 in Florida. Sponsored by the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), the competition will be staged in Daytona Beach. OCC will compete in the All-Girl Category, Division 2. OCC’s cheerleaders captured national championships in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003. They were seeded number one in the NCA Daytona Beach competition based upon audition videos they submitted to the organization earlier this fall. As a result of their number one seeding, the team’s hotel accommodations in Florida will be taken care of by the national organization. "That’s a huge benefit for us," says OCC cheer coach, Mike Reynolds. "As a result, we’ll save approximately $8,000 in hotel and registration fees." OCC’s 21-member cheer squad is ranked number one in the Division 2 competition. Hawaii Pacific University is number two; Elmira College of Elmira, N.Y. is third; the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is fourth; and Azusa Pacific University of Azusa, Calif. is fifth. Other schools that will compete in the division include Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Mich.; the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; Lindenwood University of St. Charles, Mo.; Iowa Western Community College; Framingham State College of Framingham, Mass.; Assumption College of Worcester, Mass.; New York University; and College Misericordia, of Dallas, Pa. Contact: Mike Reynolds, Cheer and Dance Coach at (714) 432-0202, Ext. 26330.

OCC professor of physical education and athletics, Leon G. Skeie, has been named the college’s Faculty Member of the Year for 2005-06 by a vote of the faculty and staff. The Faculty Member of the Year Award, being given for the 15th year, is sponsored by OCC’s Staff Development Office and Academic Senate. Skeie, 63, a Corona del Mar resident, has been a member of OCC’s faculty for 32 years. In 2000, he was named the California community college Fitness/Exercise Physiology Instructor of the Year. OCC’s election was held Nov. 15-16. Skeie was selected for the award by his peers. The OCC professor will be recognized next April during a presentation in OCC’s Student Center Lounge. He will be the featured speaker at the college’s 58th commencement ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, May 25, at the Pacific Amphitheater. Skeie joined OCC’s faculty in 1973 and served as the college’s athletic trainer and strength coach for a dozen years. He has helped to establish several campus centers, services and programs for sports medicine and fitness. He started OCC’s Sports Medicine Center, and assisted in establishing an Exercise Science Lab, a Strength Lab and the college’s Adapted Physical Education Program. He has also developed numerous OCC professional physical education courses. Skeie is director of OCC’s Fitness Specialist Certification Program, which he helped to establish 26 years ago. It was the first accredited program for personal trainers in the United States. Skeie was named the National First-Year Community College Teacher of the Year in 1973, and was twice named the National Community College Athletic Trainer of the Year, in 1980 and again in 1984. In 1986, he was honored by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as an Outstanding Contributor to Athletics. Author of several fitness books and numerous articles, Skeie owned and operated health clubs in Orange County for 15 years. He was a competitive weight lifter for many years. A native of Story City, Iowa, Skeie earned his B.S. degree in physical education and biological sciences at Iowa State University. He remained at Iowa State to pick up an M.S. in physical education. Before joining OCC’s faculty in ‘73, Skeie was an assistant athletic trainer and strength coach at Iowa State for four years. He taught physical education and was athletic trainer at Corona del Mar High School for one year. Contact: Leon Skeie, Professor of Physical Education and Athletics at (714) 432-5124.

OCC ranks second out of California’s 109 community colleges in the total number of students it transferred in 2004-05 to the 10-campus University of California and 23-campus California State University systems. Taken separately, OCC is first in the state in transfers to the California State University system, and sixth to the University of California system. When the two systems are combined, OCC rates second of out 109 California community colleges. Transfer figures were released this fall by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. OCC transferred 1,452 students to the California State University system in 2004-05, an increase of 27 percent over 2003-04. Orange Coast is the number one transfer institution to the CSU campus at Long Beach, and number two to the campus at Fullerton. Fullerton College ranked second in the state with 1,372 transfers to the CSU system. Pasadena City College and De Anza College of Cupertino were tied for third, and Mt. San Antonio College was fifth. Santa Monica College ranked first in transfers to the University of California system with 974 transfers. Diablo Valley College of Pleasant Hill was second (611), De Anza College third (572), Santa Barbara City College fourth (536), Pasadena City College fifth (496) and OCC sixth (486). OCC increased its transfers to the UC system last year by 14 percent. "Our 14-percent growth-rate to the UC system was higher than any growth-rate exhibited by a top-five school," said Sherri Sterner, OCC’s director of institutional research. In combined transfers to the UC and Cal State University systems, OCC rose from number five in the state in 2003-04 to number two last year. Orange Coast transferred 1,938 students to the two systems in 2004-05, an increase of 23 percent.



Rank College CSU UC Total Transfers

1. Santa Monica College 1,256 974 2,230

2. Orange Coast College 1,452 486 1,938

3. De Anza College 1,320 572 1,892

4. Pasadena City College 1,320 496 1,816

5. Diablo Valley College 1,156 611 1,767

6. Mt. San Antonio College 1,274 315 1,589

7. Fullerton College 1,372 176 1,548

8. City College of San Francisco 1,069 334 1,403

9. American River College 1,128 220 1,348

10. Riverside Community College 1,085 258 1,343



Rank College Total Transfers

1. Santa Monica College 974

2. Diablo Valley College 611

3. De Anza Community College 572

4. Santa Barbara City College 536

5. Pasadena City College 496

6. Orange Coast College 486

7. San Diego Mesa College 418

8. City College of San Francisco 334

9. Mt. San Antonio College 315

10. Cabrillo College 306



Rank College Total Transfers

1. Orange Coast College 1,452

2. Fullerton College 1,372

3. Pasadena City College 1,320

3. De Anza Community College 1,320

5. Mt. San Antonio College 1,274

6. Santa Monica College 1,256

7. Diablo Valley College 1,156

8. American River College 1,125

9. Riverside Community College 1,085

10. Fresno City College 1,084

There may be no fountain of youth or wondrous anti-aging pill available on the planet today, but it’s been conclusively demonstrated in study after study that regular physical activity is the next best thing to a silver bullet. Studies show that daily exercise can decrease all the biomarkers of aging by reducing chronic diseases and improving general health and quality of life — particularly in adults over the age of 50. Orange Coast College’s Physical Education and Athletics Division is inaugurating a new program for adults over 50, titled "The Second Half — Adult Fitness Program." Initially, the program will consist of two classes, "Strength and Balance" and "Cardio and Stretch." More classes will be added later. The first class in the program, "Strength and Balance" (Physical Education 199), will be offered next spring. Spring classes begin on Monday, Jan. 30. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:35-11 a.m. "The program is designed for persons who are already physically active, and for those who are sedentary but who wish to become more physically active," says Barbara Bond, dean of OCC’s PE and Athletics Division. "The goal of the program is to help students improve their quality of life through a holistic/wellness approach that integrates physical, mental and social aspects." All classes will be offered on OCC’s campus. The college’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities include an all-weather track, a cardio lab, a strength lab, and aerobics rooms. The first class to be offered, "Strength and Balance," will assist senior adults in addressing mobility issues. Mobility problems often occur as a result of poor muscular strength and endurance. The second course in the program, "Cardio and Stretch," will help seniors to improve cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. That class will be offered for the first time in the fall of 2006. "This is not just another fitness program for seniors," Bond stresses. "‘The Second Half — Adult Fitness Program’ will help participants to integrate physical activity and a healthy lifestyle into the best time of their lives." Bond says the program will be taught by degreed professors and instructors who possess years of experience and expertise in the health and fitness fields. Student costs will be less than what individuals would encounter at a gym or health club. Contact: Barbara Bond, Division Dean, at (714) 432-5766.