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CAMPUS INVITED TO VISION 2020 FORUMS
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A series of campus-wide Vision 2020 Forums will be held in February, March and early April to gather specific information on the six District strategic themes, as well as the major themes identified in the OCC forums. These forums are organized around the college's value areas. Information for the spring 2011 forums is below.

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Voices of the Golden West: Our California Stories
Sylvia WordenJoin editor Sylvia Worden and her guest writers who will explore some personal stories of their experiences settling in California as Orange Coast College Friends of the Library launches its Spring 2011 program on Tuesday, March 1st, at 7:00 p.m. in the OCC Library Lecture Room.

Sylvia and her writers will share tales included in “Voices of the Golden West: Our California Stories,” a collection of 89 true stories collected for the California Stories Initiative. The project was funded by a California Council on the Humanities grant sponsored by the Golden West College Foundation.

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OCC Rep to Stage ‘Augustine’s Confessions’ Feb. 25-27
Student actors and directors in Orange Coast College’s Repertory Theatre Company will present an eclectic collection of six plays, “Augustine's Confessions: Scenes From American Life,” from Feb 25th through Feb. 27th in the Drama Lab Studio Theatre. Written by contemporary playwright John Augustine, the witty and surprising short plays, for mature audiences, encounter modern life in all of its absurdity.

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OCC Theatre Students Plan Romp in Shakespeare's ‘As You Like It’
scene from playThe cast of characters in Orange Coast College theatre director Alex Golson's latest effort, Shakespeare's “As You Like It,” is preparing for a romantic romp in the Forest of Arden posing as beatniks, hippies and “Mad Men”–those advertising sharks from Madison Avenue–representing the counterculture and high society in the 60s.

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OCC Sets Auditions for Pirates of Penzance March 14 & 15
posterOrange Coast College's Theatre Department will hold auditions for its spring musical, “Pirates of Penzance,” on Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the OCC Drama Lab. Performers should prepare a song and bring sheet music to the tryout.

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Student Center Plans Open House on March 3
cafeteria seatingThe newly renovated Student Center will open its doors Thursday, March 3rd, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for an open house to show off $6.35 million in improvements made during the semester-long remodeling this fall.

Fresh paint, new carpeting and new furniture greeted students on the opening day of classes. However, many of the improvements aren't obvious, unless you happen to be working in the kitchen or taking a class in the sparkling new baking lab.

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OCC Staff Aide Volunteers as Nonprofit Photographer in Ghana
Carmella Hardy at eye clinicCarmella Hardy, a staff aide in Orange Coast College's Office of Instruction, is using her skills as a photographer to help promote Unite For Sight, a global nonprofit organization that helps local clinics provide much-needed eye-care services to patients living in extreme poverty.

Carmella recently spent 10 days in Ghana, Africa, as a volunteer photographer for Unite For Sight. A collection of Carmella’s photographs, “Ghana–Unite For Sight,” will be on display in the Project Space on the first floor of OCC's Art Center from March 7th to March 24th. She hopes the images will help promote the work of Unite For Sight (www.uniteforsight.org).

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OCC Debate Squad Members Successful at Cerritos
Thirteen members from Orange Coast College's Speech, Debate and Theater team won awards at the Tabor-Venitsky Tournament held at Cerritos College this past weekend.

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Distinguished Speaker Shares Acting Expertise with OCC Drama Students
Robert CohenRobert Cohen, the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at UC Irvine and a noted stage director and best-selling author, led a pair of workshops for students and presented a public lecture in the Drama Lab last week. The program was part of the college's Distinguished Speaker series.

Cohen, the author of 15 books on acting, led a workshop on “Acting Power,” the name of one of his best-selling books, followed by “Acting Professionally Seminar.”

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OCC to Host High School ‘Mathletes’ March 18
previous attendeesOrange Coast College will welcome teams of high school math students on Friday, March 18th, for its annual math meet, a competition sponsored by the OCC Math Department since 1957. Each team of four students will answer test questions based on high school level mathematics; no calculators are allowed during the exam.

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Senior Day Looking for Volunteers on March 22
senior day volunteerFaculty and staff members will have an opportunity to volunteer for Senior Day on Tuesday, March 22nd.

A variety of volunteer opportunities will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., including handing out T-shirts, greeting buses, staffing information tables, working at the BBQ and ushering the theatre presentations.

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Courtney Chambers Exhibit Opens in Student Gallery
The photography of OCC student and photography lab aide Courtney Chambers will be on display through March 14th in the OCC Student Gallery, located in the Photography Lab in the Fine Arts Building.

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District Releases Vision 2020 Draft Report
A first rough draft of the Master Plan Report is available for review on the District’s home page (http://www.cccd.edu). Select the Vision 2020 link, then Vision 2020 Resource Documents, and Draft of the Master Report on the black banner at the top of page. A feedback link is available immediately to the right of the draft report link.

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Gourmet Thursdays at Captain's Table
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OCC culinary arts students are serving up gourmet fare at the Captain's Table every Thursday at 12:00 noon. For reservations, call Rosio at (714) 432-5876 ext. 22. Price is $16 including tax. The menu is subject to change without notice.

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ASOCC Sponsors ‘Red Carpet Movie Night’ Feb. 24
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The Associated Students of Orange Coast College and College Life will present a free screening of the film “Inception,” complete with complimentary popcorn and snacks, on Thursday, Feb. 24th, at 6:30 p.m. in the campus quad as part of Red Carpet Movie Night. For more information, call (714) 432-5507 (x25507).

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Commencement Speaker Tryouts Set for April 20
commencement speakerTryouts for OCC’s commencement speaker will take place on Wednesday, April 20th, at 12:00 noon in Math Wing 146 (formerly Science 146).

Students who would like to participate in the tryouts are encouraged to contact Speech Communications professor Ben Lohman at blohman@occ.cccd.edu for advice and information about preparing for the tryouts.


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District Plans CalPERS Retirement Planning Workshop
A CalPERS Retirement Planning Workshop and CCCD Retirement Benefits Presentation will be held on Tuesday, March 1st, in the District Board Room. CalPERS members may register for either the morning session, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, or the afternoon session from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. by contacting Nancy Hill at x94709 or nhill@mail.cccd.edu by Feb.

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This Week's Community Education Classes
For more information, visit Community Education’s website at http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/commed. Register at the OCC Bursar's Office. Call (714) 432-5880 or visit www.occtickets.com.


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MACINTOSH USERS GROUP MEETS SATURDAY, MARCH 5
OACC logoThe Orange Apple Computer Club, a Macintosh user's group, meets Saturday, March 5, on campus.
 
The club, which has been gathering at OCC for more than two decades, meets the first Saturda of each month (except holiday weekends), from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon in the Chemistry Building, Room 214. First time visitors are free.

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OCC Newsmakers

Hana SmithOrange Coast College student, Hana Smith, 19, was named Miss Huntington Beach at the 2011 Scholarship Pageant Saturday night at the Huntington Beach High School auditorium. She will compete in the the Miss California Scholarship Pageant in June. Read the OC Register story at http://tinyurl.com/OCC-MissHB.

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Save The Date!

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On A Personal Note

Margaret Tomka, who worked at Orange Coast College for nearly 20 years before her retirement as Cafeteria Manager in the Food Services Department in 1983, died of natural causes on January 30th at the age of 85. Margaret was born in England and naturalized in the early 60's. She is survived by four children, Dion, Karen, Geoffrey and Lauris; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. She worked for Orange Coast College and National University, where she earned an MBA, a BA, two BS degrees and teaching credentials. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be sent to the Margaret Tomka Memorial Fund at Schools First FCU, P.O. Box 11908, Santa Ana, CA 92711-1908.

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Book Talk

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THE ANGLO FILES
By Sarah Lyall
DA 589.4.L93 2008


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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

Cardio exercise reduces inflammation and abdominal fat. Engaging in cardiovascular exercise reduced levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and abdominal fat and increased fitness levels, while flexibility and balance exercises did not, according to a study in a recent issue of “Brain, Behavior and Immunity.”

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Did You Know

The National Federation for the Blind (NFB) offers several scholarships to legally blind persons pursing undergraduate degrees. The 2011 NFB scholarship program is offering 30 scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. The deadline to submit an application is March 31st. To apply contact the NFB of California at 1/800-775-2226 or visit its website at www.nfb.org.

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