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Coast to Coast ... OCC's Weekly Campus Newsletter
A Weekly Campus Newsletter of Orange Coast College
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Volume 44, Number 1
Thursday, January 31, 2002


Freshly Squeezed News
President's Corner
Faculty & Staff Conferences
On A Personal Note
Book Talk
Resources in the Mac Lab/Media Center
Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints
Campus Events
Contact the Editor


"I've learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person."

Andy Rooney


To New Beginnings

Coast to Coast would like to welcome everyone not just to another exciting semester but also a fantastic new year. We trust you all had a wonderful winter break, now it's time to have a splendid spring.

Throughout the semester we welcome everyone to submit any noteworthy, inspiring or interesting news events for publication. Submissions can be dropped off to the Community Relations office in person, by phone to Vicki Zimmerman at Ext. 25726, or by e-mail at


Frank M. Doyle photoOCC's Foundation has received a $1 million gift from the family of a developer who built thousands of Orange County homes and several shopping centers in the 1960s and '70s. Developer Frank M. Doyle built homes in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Garden Grove and Anaheim. He built the first condominiums constructed in Southern California.

"Frank always wanted to help students who wanted to do something good with their lives," Mrs. Doyle said. "He would be extremely pleased with this exciting Orange Coast College project." The gift, presented to the college by Doyle's wife, Trudy Doyle of Reno, was awarded to OCC's capital campaign to construct a new Arts Pavilion on campus. Mrs. Doyle bestowed the gift in memory of her late husband. The Doyles were married for 60 years. On Jan. 16, Trustees of the CCCD gave their approval to naming the facility the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. A total of $2.25 million in gifts and pledges have been received for the project. OCC officially kicked off its Arts Pavilion campaign in the fall of 2000.

Upon Mr. Doyle's death in 1996, Mrs. Doyle established the Frank M. Doyle Scholarship Foundation to provide scholarships for students graduating from high school in the Huntington Beach Union High School District. Since the initiation of that founda tion, many new and transferring OCC students have benefited from scholarships from the organization.

The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, being funded entirely by private donations, will be a companion building to the college's newly completed instructional facility, the Arts Center. Construction on the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion is expected to begin in the fall of 2002. It will be completed in late 2003. The 8,500-square-foot Arts Pavilion will include an Art Gallery, a Young Artists Gallery and a Gallery Cafe. The two-building complex the Arts Center and Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion will form a gateway entrance into the campus from the south, and will constitute a campus and community hub for the arts.

ORANGE COUNTY WRITER TO GUEST SPEAK: Prolific Orange County novelist T. Jefferson Parker will discuss "The Craft of Writing" on Feb. 20 during the third program of the year hosted by the Friends of OCC's Normal E. Watson Library. From 1972 -74, Parker was an OCC student then earned his B.A. degree in English from the University of California, Irvine. The Laguna Beach resident specializes in writing mystery novels set in Orange County locales. His latest work, "Black Water," will be released in April. His other books include "Red Light," "Little Saigon," and "Laguna Heat."

Parker began his writing career as a journalist, first with the Newport Harbor Ensign, and later with the Orange Coast Daily Pilot. He's also been a columnist with the Los Angeles Times. He was inducted into OCC's Alumni Hall of Fame in 1993. The lecture will be staged at 7:30 p.m. in the Lido Isle Women's Clubhouse located at 701 Via Lido Soud, on Lido Isle. The presentation is open to the public, and admission is $5 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by calling (714) 432-5087. For more information about the program, or about joining Friends of the Library, call (714) 432-5885.

DID YOU KNOW: The High Tech Center at OCC has specialized equipment that can enlarge the text on a computer monitor. The Center also has computers that can "read" the monitor through a voice output device, as well as other computers adapted for the physically disabled. The Center is located in the Special Services Building. For more information, call Bill Alvarez at (714) 432-5505.

Group photo of instructors Casados, Muller, Baker and Clemans


Ten local professional painters, including three OCC professors and one olden West College professor, have their exquisite art presented in a major exhibit at the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Center in Costa Mesa. "Painters of Costa Mesa" features art by OCC instructors Victor Casados and Jerry Muller , as well as Ted Baker, who recently retired as Dean of Fine Arts. Harvey Clemans, a Golden West College professor, also has artwork in the show.

"Painters of Costa Mesa" features a great variety of styles, from oil paintings to watercolors, realistic to the abstract, and impres sionistic to surreal. It runs through March 15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is free to the public. The Center suggests that all visitors call first, however, as certain galleries may be closed on a particular day for a special event. The Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Center is located at 1570 Scenic Avenue, Costa Mesa, just a block off Harbor Boulevard, between Sunflower and MacArthur. The phone number is (714) 327-8300. For additional information, please call Jerry Muller at (714) 540-0808.

OCC DEAN TO CHAT WITH KOCE'S ED ARNOLD: On Monday, Feb. 25, George Blanc, Dean of OCC's Community Education and Economic Development Office, will spend 20 minutes talking with Ed Arnold, from KOCE's "Real Orange," who is the host of OrangeWorks. The chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and a prominent CEO of a large company who is hiring employees will also be participate in the discussion, which will focus on education, training, and workforce resources, among other topics.

The interview will highlight the Orange County Economic Recovery Job Fair, which will be held on Feb. 27 from 12-6 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center. If you are interested in participating or would like more details, please contact George Blanc at Ext. 25916.

COMMITTEE SEARCHING FOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: OCC's Graduating Committee is seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year and Honorary A.A. Degree recipients for 2002. The honorees will be recognized May 23 at OCC's 54 th Annual Commencement Ceremony. The Citizen of the Year is awarded annual for his or her service to the students of OCC and the citizens of Orange County. Honorary A.A. Degree recipients are recognized for years of service to the students and staff of the college. Nominations should be submitted to Graduation Committee Chair Nancy Kidder (Ext. 25773).

OCC Dance Team photo


OCC's dance team has captured its ninth national title in seven years after winning the 2002 Division IA dance championships early this month. The Pirates won at the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championships held at Walt Disney World/MGM Resorts in Orlando, Fla. Indiana University finished second in the competition and Michigan State University was third. Congratulations, team!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL FOR SMALL BUSINESS EXPO: The 2002 Small Business Conference and Expo will be held at OCC's Student Center on March 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Though it may seem a ways away yet, it's recommended that you register now before the advance registration deadline of Feb. 14 passes. The advance registration fee is $49 ($20 for OCC students) and includes a continental breakfast, name tag, expo bag and giveaways, 12 workshops to choose from, as well as a keynote presentation by Rieva Lesonsky, senior VP and editorial director of "Entrepreneur" magazine, and much more. After Feb. 14, registration will cost $65 until March 17 when it will increase to $79. For more information, call (714) 432-5880, Ext. 1 or visit online at

OCC GRAD BECOMES AN EGYPTIAN FILM SENSATION: When Sean Delon was voted OCC's homecoming king in 1992, it was a harbinger of things to come. The native of Alexandria, Egypt, and son of an engineer, Delon came to the U.S. after high school to pursue his Hollywood aspirations. After arriving in 1991, he enrolled at OCC and majored in theatre arts. "When I talked with my Newport Beach relatives about a good school in the area to attend, they all raved about Orange Coast," he said. "So that's where I went, and I had a terrific experience."

Counselor, Jack Whitesell, and then-college President David A. Grant encouraged Delon to transfer to a university. In 1994, Delon moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. While there he appeared in 17 student films. "I learned a great deal at USC. When I graduated in 1997 I was ready to try my wings in the industry," Delon said. However, his friends and professors encouraged him to begin his career in Egypt. Just prior to graduation, he sent one of his student films to an Egyptian director and was offered a role in a film. "Egyptians love America, they really do," he said. "They see it as the land of opportunity. That's why you see people lining up at American embassies throughout the Middle East." From there he broke into television and movie roles.

He landed small roles in a pair of action films, "Hero in Action" and "A Woman From Tel Aviv." Those parts led to an on-going role in the popular Egyptian TV soap opera "Family Ties" and a historical series called "Corruption in the Palace," in which he played a double agent conspiring against the king. Last year he starred in "Sweet Guys," a blockbuster independent Egyptian production by director Hatim Fareed. Now Delon can't walk down the streets of Cairo or Alexandria without people squealing and asking for his autograph. "I like the attention, I can't deny that, but I think the worst mistake an actor can make is to become conceited," he said. "When I leave the studio, I'm just a normal person."

With his fame cemented in the Middle East, Delon is hoping to do the same here in the States. He has a script called "No Other Way" making its rounds through such studios as Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures. He originally began the script as a USC student and hopes to get it made, either as a Hollywood picture or an independent production. "No Other Way" tells the story of a young Egyptian man and Israeli woman who fall in love while attending classes at an American university. "It makes a statement against terrorism," Delon said. "It communicates a strong message for peace in the Middle East. It's a message that Hollywood needs to consider sending to the world."

Melinda A. Nish photoNEW BUSINESS DIVISION DEAN TO UTILIZE TECHNOLOGY: Melinda A. Nish, the new dean of OCC's Business Division since Jan. 2, is a product of both the academic and corporate environments. Most recently, Nish was general manager of a beachfront resort in Negril Beach, Jamaica. Prior to that she was chair of the Department of Finance, Business Economics and Business Math at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. The college enrolls 22,000 students.

"I bring to Orange Coast College a broad background in the use of technology," the new dean says. At Salt Lake Community College, Nish played a central role in developing online business courses. In Jamaica, she put the Internet to extensive use for the resort's bookings. "When I first began with the resort, approximately five percent of our clients booked online," she says. "When I left, 95 percent of our business was conducted online. As the new dean of the Business Division at OCC, I want to foster a climate in which the Internet is used extensively as a business tool."

A native of Salt Lake City, Nish earned her B.A. degree in political science, and a certificate of international relations, from the University of Utah. She received her M.A. degree from the university in economics, and studied French language and translation at the University of Nice, France. She was a doctoral candidate in international economics at the Graduate Institute of Interna tional Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Nish taught international finance, corporate finance and financial mathematics at Ameri can College of Switzerland in Leysin, and at Webster University in Geneva. The new Orange Coast College dean spent seven years at Salt Lake Community College. She was an associate professor of finance and economics and became Department Chair of Finance, Business Economics and Business Math in 1997.

A PLAN TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT: Campus Safety is currently developing a proposal for the Triennial Employee Commute Reduction Plan. The purpose of the plan is to get employees to rideshare, walk, ride a bike, or take a bus to work. The plan will be submitted to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and once approved, OCC will be in compliance with federal and state Clean Air Act requirements. The target goal is 1.5 vehicle ridership or two vehicles for every three people. The transportation survey conducted every fall is to determine if OCC is reaching its goals. You can see that as many participants as possible are needed. If you have suggestions for incentives or strategies that would attain the target AVR, please contact John Farmer at Ext. 25017.

KEEPING THE AIR CLEAN AND WINNING MONEY FOR IT: Congratulations to Araceli Quezada, the November win ner of the monthly $100 drawing for employees who participate in the Employee Transportation Alternative Program. Araceli has worked for the District for two years and six months as a night custodian for M&O. She has participated in the program for a year now, carpooling 42 miles with another co-worker from the same department. She says she enjoys the benefit of saving gas money. If you have any questions about the Employee Transportation Alternative Program, the incentives or the $100 drawing, please contact John Farmer, Employee Transportation Coordinator, at Ext. 25017.

President Gratton photoPRESIDENT'S CORNER by Margaret A. Gratton

Spring Semester 2002

Welcome to a new year and to a new semester--Spring 2002. We begin again, after a highly successful Intersession, with good news and high hopes for Orange Coast College.

The heavy enrollment of fall semester continues. We have more students taking more hours and more units. Weekend classes and services continue to expand. Orange Coast College is the college of choice for nearly 27,000 students and our record of student success is stronger than ever. This fact was happily confirmed by the California Post Secondary Education Commission's end of the year report. The Commission ranks OCC as the number one community college in the state of California in transferring students to California State University. We are ranked second in Southern California for transfers to UC, only a few students behind Santa Monica. However, in the past year we produced a 21% increase in the UC transfers. This represents outstanding effort and achieve ment. The continuing solid strength of our transfer record affirms a strong curriculum, rigorous teaching, and well-prepared students. Moreover, the OCC record affirms the expanded initiatives and leadership of the OCC Transfer Center, the thoroughness of our articulation processes, excellent matriculation programs, counseling, and academic guidance and support. It takes system-wide energy and commitment to create the environment and opportunities for student success. That happens on a daily basis here at OCC.

The achievements of the past year and, in particular, last semester, have sustained us through a difficult time. Along with the rest of the nation, we continue facing complex challenges to our most precious values, beliefs, and rights, from airports, to campuses, to our very identities. The struggle continues, but along with the rest of the nation, we want to regain balance and healing. Where do we go from here? A good part of healing and balance resides with the sanctity of our mission and our daily engagement with students. This spring we are the college of choice for the largest number of students in years. What will each experience at OCC? What will each achieve? What will they leave knowing and what will they remember about being a student at Orange Coast College?

Education, teaching and learning, is a transforming process at its best. Our students have a right to expect the best of us. In giving our best, we reaffirm the mission of OCC and we model excellence for our students. That is a gift. When we succeed, our students succeed. When our students succeed, they strengthen the college and become examples for future students to choose to enroll at Coast.

So, welcome to Spring Semester 2002. We have new facilities to open and dedicate. We have an extraordinary $1 million gift to the Arts Pavilion capital campaign from the Frank M. Doyle family. Our scholarship program grows. Our OCC Dance team has made history by being the first community college to surpass four-year schools in national competition. We face state and local budget challenges. We need to plan our next three years and restate our vision and mission. Much to do.

In Fall 2001 we learned in both inspiring and painful ways how extraordinarily interdependent we are. This Spring 2002 let us help one another. Let us give our students a good, solid, learning experience. Let us move forward together, with faith in our exceptional capacity for success and fulfillment of our educational mission and values.


Robert Dees , vice president of Instruction, will attend the 27th Annual Association of California Community College Administrators Conference Feb. 21-22 in Hollywood. Tom Garrison, professor of Marine Science, will attend the Annual Conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Feb. 14-17 in Boston, Mass. Mark Goode, skilled maintenance, will attend the National Fire Protection Association Fire Alarm Code Conference Feb. 20-22 in Irvine.


After 16 years working in the mailroom, Pat Thornborrow retired earlier this month. She is living the good life in Oceanside and wanted to express the following to her former colleagues: "Over the years of working at OCC, I have met a lot of very special people and you will all truly be missed. Thank you for the wonderful party and all the wonderful gifts. It really made my retirement from OCC very memorable. It was a very special day and a day I will never forget. I'm going to miss everyone."

Special congratulations go out to OCC Professor Laird Hayes who was recently selected to be one of seven officials to supervise Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Hayes, who is also the OCC men's soccer coach, has been a National Football League side judge for seven years. This is his first appearance at the Super Bowl. Though some might guess that Super Bowl officials are chosen on the basis of seniority, they are not. Merit is the primary criterion the NFL uses in selecting its officials. Once again, congrats, Laird!

BOOK TALK (We Are What We Read)
By Debbie Webb, Librarian

"A Day Late and a Dollar Short"
By Terry McMillan
PS 3563 .C3868 D3 2001
Terry McMillan is perhaps the world's finest chronicler of modern life among African American men and women. She writes as if she were your sharpest, savviest, funniest confidant. This is her latest novel about family in America.

By Keith Maillard
PR 9199.3 M345 G57 1999
This is a story set in John O'Hara territory. The hot music is on 45s and cokes come in frosty glass bottles. It is a vivid portrayal of class and gender in an era when challenging assumptions seemed un-American. It is Gloria Cotter's story, written with elegance by Maillard.

By Vinta Shumway, Media Librarian

"You Can't Say That! 'Politically Correct' Free Speech"
Films for the Humanities, 2001, 42 minutes
Location: VHS KF 4772 .Y6
In this program, ABC News correspondent John Stossel looks at growing constraints on free speech and examines whether or not some are necessary in the interest of protecting the public from offense. For information on this video or other media, contact me at Ext. 21057 or the Mac Lab/Media Center at Ext. 25871.

By Jane Hilgendorf, Former Dean of Physical Education and Athletics

Thousands of Web sites promote aloe juice for everything from boosting immunity to curing ulcers, but there's no scientific evidence that swallowing it cures or treats anything. One worry about the juice is that it may be contaminated with aloe compounds that act as a laxative, and thus can cause severe cramping and diarrhea. However, aloe vera gel, from the leaf of an aloe plant, has long been used in lotions and cosmetics and as a treatment for burns and wounds. The fresh cut leaf may have soothing properties when applied to the skin.


The 2002 performing arts season is shaping up to be an exciting star-studded one. Many exceptional acts will perform at OCC in February and the months to come. The following are some highlights:

Rhapsody in Taps: This energetic program celebrates its 20th anniversary in a retrospective show of favorite repertoire works. Featuring seven tap dancers, five jazz musicians and choreography by tap legend Eddie Brown, "Rhapsody in Taps" is set for Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Lavay Smith photoLavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: Considered one of the top swing and jump blues groups in the country, Smith and her eight-piece band will perform a large repertoire of classics by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and others. The show is on March 2 at 8 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company: Hailed as the "Baryshnikov of Flamenco," Greco II's unique style of athleticism and flash will be featured on April 6 at 8 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

For more information on any of these shows, please call
(714) 432-5880, Ext. 1


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"Coast to Coast."

Coast to Coast is published weekly for the faculty, staff, retirees and friends of
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