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Coast to Coast ... OCC's Weekly Campus Newsletter
A Weekly Campus Newsletter of Orange Coast College
Coast to Coast Masthead
Volume 44, Number 5
Thursday, February 28, 2002


Freshly Squeezed News
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

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"America is woven of many strands ... Our fate is to become one,
and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description."

– Ralph Ellison


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THE LONG ROAD TO EDUCATION: Sixty-year-old Dixie McCorkindale – the mother of four children and grandmother of 13 – drives 108 miles round-trip three days a week to take classes at OCC. The neurodiagnostic technology major is an OCC honor student who boasts a near perfect 3.93 grade point average. She's been awarded several scholarships. "I have to do this," she says of her drive to finish school – no pun intended. "I'm absolutely compelled to do this. And, I'm having the time of my life at OCC. I love it here. Forty years ago I wanted, in the worst way, to go to college, but my family didn't have the money. Now I'm finally fulfilling a lifelong dream." Born in Santa Ana but raised in Upland, Dixie has lived for many years in San Bernardino.

After a divorce, the collapse of her successful construction business due to an employee's embezzlement, and the death of her second husband, Dixie found herself without any means of financial support in 1999. After working various positions at the Chapel in the Wildwood in Upland, she decided to return to school. After visiting many colleges in Southern California she chose OCC. Dixie decided upon neurodiagnostic technology as her major. OCC is the only California community college out of 108 to offer a program in that specialty. Neurodiagnostic technology is a specialty that provides a diagnosis for patients with such disorders as epilepsy, stroke, coma and multiple sclerosis. OCC's program awards students a two-year certificate and an associate in arts degree. Dixie will complete her neurodiagnostic technology clinical studies next year, and will graduate in May of 2003. "My goal after graduation is to become employed by a hospital and monitor brain activity during surgeries."

DID YOU KNOW: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) offers several scholarships to legally blind people pursuing undergraduate degrees. The 1998 NFB scholarship program is offering more than 25 scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. To apply, contact the NFB of California at 1-800-775-2226.

CAREER CORNER: The Dietetic Technicians and Dietary Service Supervisors surprised Eleanor Huang at Professional Development Day on Feb. 9 by honoring her 20 years of tireless service. Eleanor has been providing training, continuing education and political support for this often forgotten group. She continues to champion their cause statewide and they wanted to show their appreciation. In addition to the 60 attendees at the meeting, faculty at OCC and old friends showed up as well. OCC Food Services provided a lovely cake with her name on it. Others signed a large card and contributed to a gift.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT NEWS: Voting for Outstanding Coast Colleagues of the Year has been rescheduled to Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 -13 in the mailroom. Copies of all nomination forms will be placed in the Division, Staff Development and Senate offices as well as the mailroom. Congratulations go out to the following classified members who have been nominated for OCC's 12th Annual Staff Member of the Year: graphic designer Chauncey Bayes, of College Publications; Digital Media Arts Department Coordinator John Clark; staff assistant Wanda Doty, of Fiscal Services; Child Care Center coordinator Suzanne Jaglowski; matriculation staff specialist Judi Lagerlof , of Counseling; instructional associate Reginald Lewis , of Mathematics and Sciences Division; office assistant Patti McDonald, of Admissions and Records; International Center's immi gration adviser Madjid Niroumand; semi-skilled Maintenance technician Jorge Sanchez; Reprographics technician Jim Stead ; and Allied Health Programs assistant Pony Stevens .

A VISITING ARTIST: As part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, mixed media artist Yong Soon Min will be presenting and discussing her work on Thursday, March 7 at 7-8:30 p.m. in the Art Village. The lecture, in Art Center Room 101, will be open to the public and Art faculty and students are encouraged to come. For more information, contact Hillary Mushkin at (714) 432-5539.

Photo of mother and child reading bookBOOK SALE TO BENEFIT THE CHILDREN'S CENTER

A wide variety of quality children's books will be on sale March 11-15 at the Children's Center. Books, appropriate for infants through sixth grade, will be sold between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by and shop. These Scholastic Books are wonderful, inexpensive additions to a child's library and are terrific gifts. For more information, contact the Center at Ext. 26700.

WINNING MONEY AND SAVING THE PLANET: Anis Wakim is this month's winner of the $100 drawing, which is held each month and is open to contract employees who participate in the Commute Reduction Program for a minimum of eight days for the month. Anis is an operation assistant for the Snack Bar and lives a mile from the campus. It only takes him 10 minutes to school. Walking provides exercise and saves him the hassle of finding a parking space and from polluting the air. He's going to use his prize money on a nice dinner. Congratulations, Anis! If you have questions about the Commute Reduction Program, contact John Farmer at Ext. 25017.

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN: The Leadership Development Wing of the ASOCC invites you to participate in a clothing drive to benefit Women Helping Women of Costa Mesa. The clothing must be professional attire in good condition. Items needed include blouses, skirts, dress pants, suits, dresses, purses, jewelry, "like new" shoes, and new cosmetics. Please bring your donations to the ASOCC Office in the Student Center. Clothing will be accepted through early March. For more information please call Ext. 26449.

STUDY ABROAD IN DUBLIN, IRELAND: Join Tom Dowling, OCC Art professor, during the month of July 2002 on the "Emerald Isle." For more information about the study abroad program, come to a preview meeting on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Faculty House. There are only six spaces left. For more information, call the CCCD at (714) 438-4704 or visit online at

OCC SPOTLIGHT: Every week we will welcome two new OCC employees by shining the spotlight on them. Next time you see someone new please take a moment to introduce yourself. This week we welcome:

Elliot Ikuta photo ELLIOT IKUTA

Department: Institutional Research

Position: Research Assistant II

Ext. 26230

A native of California, Ikuta loves to attend college football games, listen to hip hop music and jazz, reading and playing tennis.


Department: Recycling Center

Position: Coordinator

Ext. 25131

Originally from Vietnam, Pham has previously worked as a maintenance technician and enjoys watching and playing sports.

ENJOY THE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES: The Orange County Museum of Art will be showing "Detour" (1945) March 1 at 6:30 p.m. as part of its Friday Night Film Series. This 69-minute, black-and-white movie is one of the great low-budget film noirs. A drifter is enticed into a life of crime by a beguiling, destructive enchantress who plays on his infatuation. Director Edgar G. Ulmer thrives on budgets other director scorn because here in the economic basement he can embrace and explore subversive implications of the genre. With Tom Neal, Ann Savage and Claudia Drake. The Friday Night Film Series continues on March 15 with the screening of "Lifeboat" (1944), a film about survivors of a WWII torpedoing and the microcosm of American society abroad their lifeboat. All social strata, philosophies and morals are tested when they take a Nazi on board. With Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak and William Bendix. Alfred Hitchcock directs this 96-minute, black and white film. Dr. Arthur Taussig, an OCC photography professor and the museum's adjunct curator of film, will introduce each film in the series and lead the discussions following the screenings. Recommended donations are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and museum members. The museum is located at 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. For more information please call the museum at (949) 759-1122, Ext. 204.

OCC SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: OCC will host its annual High School Senior Day on April 9. This event is designed to welcome incoming high school students and help them become familiarized with the campus. Please be on the lookout for a blue memorandum in your mailboxes that should be filled out if you'd like to get involved. Volunteers are needed to assist in the Robert B. Moore Theatre along with other duties. All volunteers will even be given a specially designed Senior Day T-shirt. For more information, please call Jeanette Mahoney at Ext. 26460 or Vicki Zimmerman at Ext. 25726.

NEWS FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS: Students can apply to join the ASOCC Budget Committee. Likewise, request forms for ASOCC funds for the fiscal year of 2002-03 are also available. Appointments will be held from April 17 to May 2 on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is the responsibility of the applicant to schedule an appointment. Also, Service and Leadership Nomination forms are available as well. All applica tion forms are now available in the Dean of Students Office located in the Student Center. All applications are due March 22.

OCC MEDIA GUIDE AND SPEAKERS BUREAU: We're just about to print the OCC Media Guide and separate Speakers Bureau Booklet, but it's not too late to add someone. Call Jeanette Mahoney at Ext. 26460 for more information.

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The "Orange County Artists Showcase 2002" is a weekend arts exhibition presented by the Costa Mesa Senior Center and OCC. The exhibition runs from March 8-10 at the Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 West 19th St., Costa Mesa. It features the works of 200 senior artists from Orange County in a show titled "A Tribute to Freedom." Public viewing of the "Orange County Artists Showcase 2002" costs $2.50 per person and is open throughout the weekend. Admission to the entire exhibit, including the awards reception and dinner on March 9 at 6-10 p.m., costs $50. The Showcase benefits the future OCC Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion as well as educational and social programs at the Costa Mesa Senior Center. For more information, call the Costa Mesa Senior Center at (949) 645-2356 or Doug Bennett at Ext. 25126

PLEASE INFORM YOUR STUDENTS: OCC is looking for bright, talented altruistic students to run for the ASOCC Board of Trustees. Just the slightest nudge from a respected member of the OCC community can make the difference between students "just doing their time" here and those same students experiencing truly remarkable personal growth. Please announce that the election packets are available in the ASOCC Office and encourage students to pick up one. The deadline to turn in completed forms is Tuesday, March 12. For more information, contact Greg Clark at Ext. 25185.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: Once again the College Life Program is sponsoring the Bloodmobile. The OCC community will have the chance to donate blood to help save lives on Thursday, March 7 in the Quad. A form has been placed in all mailboxes. Please fill out the form and return it to the College Life Office. An appointment card will then be returned to you confirming your desired time to donate.

OCC GETS SYMPHONIC: Pianist Brian Gould will be the featured soloist Sunday, March 10 when OCC's Symphony Orchestra offers the third concert of its 41st season. They will perform Felix Mendelssohn's beautiful G Minor Piano Concerto, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Gustav Holst's A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21B. The concert is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Advanced tickets are $6 for staff and students, or $10 at the door. There are also a limited number of complimentary staff tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call Ext. 25880.

THE SEND-OFF IS FULL OF "MIXED EMOTIONS": The annual faculty exhibition, titled "Mixed Emotions," is a multimedia show and has always been a highlight of the Fine Arts Gallery's season. The works present a wide variety of disciplines and are but a small sampling of the talent to be found among the members of OCC Fine Arts professors. The 41-piece group show features paintings in watercolor, oil and other types; drawings in charcoal, ink and colored pencil; photography; digital video and other digital media; as well as metal and woodworking. The show runs through March 21. For more information, call (714) 432-5039.


Marge Ball, director of Community Education, was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Association of Community and Continuing Education, an organization of the California Community Colleges. The Mariann Lonello Award, the highest honor presented by the organization, was given to Ball for her outstanding accomplishments over the years. Ball became involved with the organization in 1981 at the organizational meeting and has held several positions ever since, including secretary, historian and treasurer, hercurrent position. Her career in the not-for-credit, fee-based Community Education program started at CoastlineCommunity College in 1980. She joined OCC Community Education in 1983. Congratulations go out to Marge on a great accomplishment!


  • Professors of Allied Health Dan Adelmann, Dan Farrell, Radiologic Technology Professor Lorraine Henry, and Respiratory Cardiology instructor Gail Hovland attended the 2002 Human Patient Simulator Network Conference on Feb. 26 to March 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Eileen Anderson, Rayline Anderson , Elizabeth Blackburn, Joyce Boelzner , Thuy Bui, Katie Caovette, Barbara Cortes, Kim (Kelly) Dang, Nicole DeWitt, Melisa Hall, Jan Jobse, Jasmah Pierstorff, April Stilson, Maria Tullai, and Debbie Womack , all from the Child Care Center, will attend the 2002 California Association for Education of Young Children Conference on March 1-2 in Long Beach.
  • Kevin Ballinger, dean of Consumer and Health Sciences, and Susan Coleman, Interior Design coordinator, will attend the California Community College Occupational Educators Association Conference on March 5-8 in Yosemite.
  • Vicki Borthwick, Child Care coordinator, attended the National Coalition for Campus Children's Center Annual Conference on Feb. 27-March 2 in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Frank Fonseca, Maintenance skilled, Benito Gomez , groundskeeper III, Don Grigsby, Maintenance semi-skilled, and David A. Schindler, groundskeeper III, attended the Procurement and Use of Compost in Turfgrass and Landscape Planting Conference on Feb. 26 in Montebello.
  • Carol Grams, Psychology professor, attended a workshop sponsored by the Claremont Forum on Feb. 23 in Glendora. Angeles Arrien presented "A Deeper Exploration into the Second Half of Life: Cultivating Relationship, Spirit, Mentoring and Joy."
  • Steve Hogue, instructor of Aviation Maintenance, attended the Aviation Maintenance Tech nology/Federal Aviation Administration Safety Conference on Feb. 28 in Buena Park.
  • Kathryn Mueller, dean of Students, attended the Burroughs of Manhattan Community College as ASOCC adviser on Feb. 26-28 in New York, NY, to present money raised to help victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
  • John Prange, adjunct instructor of Early Childhood, will lecture at the California Association for Education of Young Children on March 1 -2 in Long Beach.


Robert Mitchel, retired Business Division dean, stopped by last week to have lunch at the Captain's Table and visit with former colleagues. He's currently substituting in high schools and middle schools in the Issaquah, Wash., area.

Elizabeth Hoegh, a 1972 retiree from the District Human Resources office, has passed away. She is remembered by many here throughout the district. The Huntington Beach resident received an honorary A.A. degree from OCC in 1991 for her years of work supporting the Friends of the Library. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hoegh family.

Katia Powers was in a car accident in Brazil while attending her cousin's wedding recently. Though she was injured, she is doing okay and recovering steadily. To send well wishes and get well cards, please mail them to Katia at 984 Denver Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

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

"Mirth of a Nation"
By Michael J. Rosen
PN 6162 .M54 2000
If you need a good laugh, this is the book for you! It is a premier showcase of 54 great literary humorists and master of the journalistic jab, social spoof, satire, tirade and send-up.

"See Jane Win"
By Sylvia B. Rimm
HQ 799.15 .R56 1999
Noted child psychologist Rimm conducted an extensive 3-year survey among more than 1,000 satisfied women who achieved success in their careers. She explored these women's lives, noting what the women had in common and culling from her findings important advice on how parents can give their daughters the same advantages. This book is an important advancement in the liberation and building of self-esteem amongst "our daughters."

By Vinta Shumway, Media Librarian

"The Impressionists"
A&E, 2001
200 minutes on two discs
Location: DVD ZZ 2000 .I62
Available on DVD, this excellent program tells the story of the first truly modern artistic movement. Focusing on Renoir, Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Morisot, Sisley, Bazille, Manet, Cassatt, and others, it includes paintings, rare photos, scholarly insights and excerpts from the artists' diaries and letters. For more information on a 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

If you're overweight, as little as an hour and a half of exercise a week may significantly reduce your risk of getting pancreatic cancer, according to a study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" (Aug. 22, 2001). The report showed that people defined as obese were 72 percent more likely to get pancreatic cancer than were people who weren't overweight. But among people defined as overweight or obese, those with an active lifestyle were less likely to get the disease than were their more sedentary peers. For example, obese people who walked or hiked at least an hour and a half a week had 50 percent lower risk of pancreatic cancer than those who exercised little or not at all. Physical activity had no impact on pancreatic cancer risk among healthy weight people.


Thursday, Feb. 28

  • Men's Golf at Costa Mesa, noon
  • Baseball vs. Fullerton, 2 p.m.
  • Men's and Women's Swimming at Mt. SAC Invitational, 9 a.m.

Friday, March 1

  • Women's and Men's Basketball, Southern California Regionals, Round 1, TBA
  • Track and Field, Golden West, 2 p.m.
  • Softball at Fullerton, 3 p.m.
  • Men's Volleyball at Golden West, 7 p.m.
  • Men's and Women's Swimming at Mt. SAC Invitational, 9 a.m.

Saturday, March 2

  • Women's and Men's Basketball, Southern California Regionals, Round 1, TBA
  • Baseball vs. Cypress, noon
  • Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Robert B. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m., $25 advance, $23 seniors, students and children, $29 at the door.
  • Men's and Women's Swimming at Mt. SAC Invitational, 9 a.m.

Sunday, March 3

  • Forever Plaid, Robert B. Moore Theatre, 4 p.m., $25 advance, $23 seniors, students and children, $29 at the door.
  • OCC Symphony Orchestra, Robert B. Moore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $6 advance, $10 at the door.

Monday, March 4

  • Men's Golf vs. Cuyamaca @ Steel Canyon, 11 a.m.
  • Softball at Irvine Valley, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5

  • Women's and Men's Basketball, Southern California Regionals, Round 2, TBA
  • Men's and Women's Tennis vs. Riverside, 2 p.m.
  • Baseball vs. Irvine Valley, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6

  • Women's and Men's Basketball, Southern California Regionals, Round 1, TBA
  • Men's Golf vs. Riverside/SCC/GWC at Santa Ana, 10 a.m.
  • Softball vs. Santa Ana, 3 p.m.
  • Men's Volleyball at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 7

  • "The Waiting Room," Drama Lab, 8 p.m., $9 advance, $7 seniors, students and children, $10 at the door, $8 at the door for seniors, students and children.
  • Men's and Women's Tennis vs. Fullerton, 2 p.m.
  • Baseball at Riverside, 2 p.m.

Friday, March 8

  • Women's and Men's Basketball, Southern California Regionals, Finals, TBA
  • Men's and Women's Swimming, dual meet vs. Fullerton, 2 a.m.
  • "The Waiting Room," Drama Lab, 8 p.m., $9 advance, $7 seniors, students and children, $10 at the door, $8 at the door for seniors, students and children.
  • Track and Field, at Riverside, 2 p.m.
  • Men's Volleyball at Mt. San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 9

  • Women's and Men's Basketball, Southern California Regionals, Finals, TBA
  • Baseball at Santa Ana, noon.
  • "The Waiting Room," Drama Lab, 8 p.m., $9 advance, $7 seniors, students and children, $10 at the door, $8 at the door for seniors, students and children.

Sunday, March 10

  • "The Waiting Room," Drama Lab, 2 p.m., $9 advance, $7 seniors, students and children, $10 at the door, $8 at the door for seniors, students and children.


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Publicity, news and personal items are welcome for submission to
"Coast to Coast."

Coast to Coast is published weekly for the faculty, staff, retirees and friends of
Orange Coast College. Deadline for submissions is each Monday by 11 a.m.

Coast to Coast is published by Orange Coast College's
Community Relations/Publications Office.

Editor: Vicki Zimmerman
Design & Layout: Linda Newman
Intern: Patrick Vuong

To Submit an item ...

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