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SPRING BREAK
Orange Coast College classes will not meet during Spring Break, Monday, March 24 through Sunday, March 30. Campus will remain open Monday through Thursday, March 24-27, but will close for the holiday on Friday, March 28. Regular classes will resume on Monday, March 31.

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OCC SUBMITS ACCREDITATION FOLLOW-UP REPORT BEFORE DEADLINE
Orange Coast College submitted its 2014 Follow-Up Report to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges last week ahead of the March 15 deadline, reported Vice President of Instruction John Weispfenning, who is also the college’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.


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OCC TOURING PRODUCTION TAKES BULLYING MESSAGE TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS
“Aftermath,” a touring production by OCC Theatre Arts students, is traveling to area high schools this spring. The performance, free to high school and community audiences, focuses on the problem of bullying among young people.

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OUTSTANDING COLLEAGUE AWARD DEADLINE IS FRIDAY
Friday is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2013-14 Outstanding Staff Members of the Year. Awards will be presented to full-time and part-time faculty members and a classified staff member who have made significant contributions to the college and to the education of students by their dedication, performance and commitment to the mission, vision and values at OCC.

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CAMPUS FORUM TO DISCUSS FACULTY HIRING
The OCC College Council and Institutional Effectiveness Committee will host a series Campus Forums to discuss a number of vital issues and developments that are important to the OCC community. Refreshments will be served.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES ON CLASSIFIED SENATE AGENDA
The Classified Senate will discuss Professional Development opportunities on Friday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. in the Captain’s Table. Representatives from both Professional Growth and Staff Development will provide information on resources available to the Classified Staff.

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A BIG THANK YOU TO SENIOR DAY VOLUNTEERS
It takes a campus to organize a successful Senior Day. Many thanks to all of our volunteers, including staff, Maintenance and Operations and everyone from OCC’s many academic divisions and student services, as well as Brenda Shine’s hotel management and hospitality students, who made OCC’s 31st Annual Senior Day a resounding success.

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WOMEN “WALK IN THEIR OWN BEAUTY” IN STUDENT PHOTO EXHIBIT
OCC photography student Elizabeth Boocks has mounted a new show in the OCC Student Gallery full of portraits of women – a series of three of each subject. The first is a woman with no makeup, in the second shot, she is wearing one item of makeup. The final photo in each series shows the woman wearing makeup that she usually wears.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS DISPLAY MOVIE POSTER CREATIONS
The Digital Media Arts Department is featuring a “Best of the Movie Posters - DMAD 193” exhibit in the Visual and Performing Arts Office on the third floor of the Art Center through March 27. Graphic design students in Lisa Bloomfield’s classes had to invent their own movie plots and star in their movie. Come see these graphic design of stars in their own movie poster creations. Genres include horror, comedy, thrillers, sci fi , westerns and beyond. Drop by to enjoy the work!

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PATHWAY DAYS FOCUSES ON OCC FILM, VIDEO PROGRAM
More than 40 high school students will get a close-up introduction to OCC’s Video and Film Program on Friday, March 21, as part of the Pathway Days career training education program.

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OCC HORTICULTURE PLANS SPRING PLANT SALES IN APRIL
Save the date and get your garden ready for spring planting!

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ECLECTIC CAFÉ TO SERVE LAMB, VEAL AND SWORDFISH FRIDAY
The Eclectic Café will present a gourmet lunch at a fresh price on Friday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Lunch is $7.00. Call x26435 to make a lunch reservation or order a take-out lunch. Take-out orders, at a cost of $8.00, are available until 12:30 p.m.

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ALCOHOL SAFETY INITIATIVE HOSTS STUDENT ‘POOL PARTY’
Anti-binge drinking initiative LessThanUThink hosted a “pool party” on the quad Tuesday morning. The party’s slogan – “U think you won’t do a belly flop” – reminded students of the negative social consequences of binge drinking as OCC approaches spring break.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SEEKS BOOK, CD DONATIONS
The OCC Friends of the Library is collecting gently used books, CDs and videos for its annual spring book sale, which will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29-30, in the OCC Library. Donations can be dropped off in the FOTL collection bin located in Parking Lot E, adjacent to the Library. Tax receipts are available upon request.


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LIBRARY STUDENT WORKSHOPS
The library provides open workshops for students to learn how to do research in the physical and virtual library. The students do not need to make a reservation, but can just drop in. These 60-minute workshops are held in the library’s Lecture Room (go right when you enter the library) Extra credit slips will be provided.

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MARCH 22 WORKSHOP TO SHARE TEST TAKING SECRETS
Test Taking Secrets for Jobs and School, a three-hour workshop offered on Saturday, March 22, by OCC Community Education, will give test-takers tips to improve their results on tests and exams, whether they are for employment, college entrance exams or job promotions.

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“CASH IN WITH A SUCCESSFUL HOME-BASED BUSINESS” SET FOR MARCH 26
LeeAnne Krusemark, a successful Southern California business entrepreneur, will lead a workshop on home-based businesses on Wednesday, March 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Social Science 109.

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“PERSPECTIVE WITHOUT PAIN” TOPICS FOR OCC DRAWING WORKSHOP
Artists can learn how to draw more accurately in a Community Education class on “Perspective Without Pain – Tips on Drawing the Illusion of Space” that will take place on Friday, April 4, in Art Center 311.

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OCC’S TOM SELZER TO LEAD ICE SCULPTURE WORKSHOPS
Thomas Selzer, general manager of Instructional Food Services at OCC, will teach a series of workshops on the art of ice sculpturing on Fridays, April 4 through April 25, through OCC Community Education. Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Le Bard Stadium Field House, Room 110.

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COMMUNITY ED OFFERS SPRING CLASSES
Class listings are available online at orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net. Printed copies of the spring program can be requested from Community Education at 714-432-5154.

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CAMPUS CALENDAR
Gallery Exhibits - Campus Events - Cheer On the Pirates!

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Pirate Sports Blog

PIRATES RESPOND WELL WITH ROAD SWEEP OVER LASERS
IRVINE – Apparently, the Orange Coast College men’s volleyball team knows how to bounce back from a loss. After a stunning five-set setback at Grossmont, the Pirates headed to Irvine Valley College and swept past the Lasers, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 on Friday night in an important Pacific Coast Conference matchup.

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PIRATES HANG TOUGH AT BEN BROWN INVITATIONAL
FULLERTON – Competing against two-year and four-year schools, the Orange Coast College track and field team competed well and posted respectable times at the 2014 Ben Brown Invitational, held at Cal State Fullerton this past weekend.

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PIRATES ROLL PAST RUSTLERS, 11-1
HUNTINGTON BEACH – After struggling to find some offense on Tuesday, the Orange Coast College baseball team found plenty on Thursday and breezed past Golden West, 11-1, at Fred Hoover Field.


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PIRATES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS WITH 7-1 WIN OVER CHARGERS
COSTA MESA – The Orange Coast College women’s tennis team improved to 8-1 overall, 5-1 in the Orange Empire Conference following Thursday's 7-1 win over visiting Cypress.


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PIRATES DEADLOCKED WITH HAWKS FOR OEC’S TOP SPOT
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – With just five matches remaining in the 2014 regular season for men’s golf, Orange Coast College, Santiago Canyon and Riverside are in for one heck of a dogfight.

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PIRATES FALTER DOWN THE STRETCH IN 11-8 LOSS TO HORNETS
COSTA MESA – An inspired seventh-inning comeback went for naught in the eighth for the Orange Coast College softball team during Monday’s 11-8, eight-inning loss to visiting Fullerton College.


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