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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 8
Thursday, March 21, 2002


Freshly Squeezed News
Book Talk
Resources in the Mac Lab/Media Center
Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints
Campus Events
Contact the Editor


"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter"

e.e. cummings



Angelika Nemeth performance photoOCC Middle Eastern dance instructor Angelika Nemeth is in Japan for the last two weeks of March to teach her specialty. As a 25-year OCC adjunct instructor, she will teach classes in private studios in Tokyo and Yokohama. She is also scheduled to perform in two Tokyo supper clubs. "Japanese students of Middle Eastern dance are very dedicated, serious and respectful," she says. "My advanced classes will focus on choreography for classic urban belly dance. I lived in Japan in the early 1970s, when I was a flight attendant with World Airways. That's before I began dancing professionally. It will be a wonderful experience to return to Japan to do what I most love doing, teaching Middle Eastern dance. For more than a decade, a strong interest in Middle Eastern dance has been building in Japan. Many Japanese, in fact, have gone to Egypt and Turkey to study local dance styles." Next summer, she'll teach workshops and will perform in Germany and Croatia. She is also artistic director and choreographer of OCC's award-winning Angelika Nemeth Dance Ensemble.
DID YOU KNOW: There is a new telephone system in California for individuals with speech impairments. This 24-hour free service is called Speech-to-Speech and provides human "voicers" for people who have difficulty being understood by the public on the telephone. For example, people with cerebral palsy or Parkinson's disease may benefit from this service. To use Speech-to-Speech, call (800) 854-7784. The service is sponsored by the California Public Utilities Commission.

HONORS NIGHT/SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE: If you are responsible for selecting a scholarship recipient, you should have received the forms by now. Please complete and return them to Nancy Timmons in the Scholarship Office because they are due the week after spring break. To ensure that errors are not made, they cannot take names over the phone. For assistance or more information, call Nancy at Ext. 25645.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT NEWS: The governor's proposed budget has eliminated all AB1725 Staff Development funds and technology training funds for next year. If the budget is approved, there will be no Staff Development or technology training funds available for professional development for managers, classified staff, full-time or adjunct faculty. Therefore, the Staff Development Office will not approve or process funding applications for any activities occurring after June 30, 2002. For more information, please call the Staff Development Office at (714) 432-5920.

CLASSIFIED FORUM: There will be a general meeting on Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. in the Counseling and Admissions Room 105. Co-facilitators are Carolyn Thomas (Ext. 26378) and Ann Nicholson (Ext. 25946).

EXCITING ACTION AND AMAZING PRIZES: A $900 weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel. A $300 original Mickey Mouse Serigraph. Two passes to Disneyland or California Adventure. You could be the winner of one of these fabulous prizes for just a $5 tax-deductible donation, which gains you admission to the wheelchair rugby exhibition on Saturday, March 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at OCC's Basil H. Peterson Gym. Proceeds benefit disabled students scholarships. The exhibition will consist of two games between Casa Colina Plan B and the Casa Colina Buccaneers. Plan B features OCC's Bill Alvarez of the Disabled Students' High Technology Center. "For someone who's never seen wheelchair rugby, they'll be impressed," Alvarez says. "There's actually a lot of strategy involved. And rugby is all out. You can go at a guy head-on, knock him flat and there'll be no foul." Wheelchair rugby is played on a basketball court with four players a side and using a volleyball. Advance tickets to the exhibition are available in the Disabled Students' Center, Adapted PE Office and the High Tech Center. You can also buy tickets at the door and there will be drawings for various other prizes as well. Winners need not be present. For more information about the exhibition games, contact OCC's Disabled Students' Center at (714) 432-5807, Adapted PR program at (714) 432-5528 or Disabled Students' High Tech Center at (714) 432-5505.

A WORD FROM MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS: To improve the department's service to the campus, Maintenance and Operations coordi nator Jerry Wass welcomes any input, concerns or questions. Please contact him at Also, he requests that the Mainte nance and Operations office be notified prior to all equipment installation. For more information, call Ext. 26300 or 26302.

ENJOY THE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES: The Orange County Museum of Art will be showing "I Walk Alone" (1948) April 5 at 6:30 p.m. as part of its Friday Night Film Series. This film noir is set during the prohibition days. After taking the fall for his bootlegging friend and partner, Frankie Madison is released from prison only to find the old criminal lifestyle replaced by corporate structures and bookkeepers, one of whom is his own brother. His quest for his share and revenge causes the death of his brother. Directed by Byron Haskin, this 98-minute film stars Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott and Kirk Douglas. 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.

AN ARTISTIC AFFAIR: As part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, muralist and painter Wayne Alaniz Healy will present and discuss his work at OCC on Thursday, April 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. The lecture is open to the public, with a focus on Art faculty and students. Admission is free. It will take place in Art Center Room 101 in the Art Village. For more information, call Hillary Mushkin at (714) 432-5539.

2002 DIMSDALE STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD: As you know Jeff Dimsdale retired last July after more than 35 years of service to OCC. The OCC Foundation would like to give tribute to the role Jeff played in developing student leaders at OCC during the 2002 Honors Night festivities by presenting a $500 scholarship to a deserving student in Jeff's name. Please consider giving a generous contribution towards the development of the 2002 Jeff Dimsdale Student Leadership Award. Checks can be made out to the OCC Foundation and sent directly to the Foundation office. Deadline for checks is Friday, March 29. For more information, call Lucy Groetsch at Ext. 25562.

FREE T-SHIRTS FOR OCC VOLUNTEERS: OCC will host its annual High School Senior Day on Tuesday, April 9. This event is designed to help incoming high school students learn about the campus. 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 during two orientation meetings. The first one is Wednesday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the second is on Thursday, April 4 from 2-3 p.m. For more information, please call Jeanette Mahoney at Ext. 26460 or Vicki Zimmerman at Ext. 25726.

SAVE THE EARTH, WIN SOME MONEY: The February winner of the $100 Commute Reduction Drawing is Juan Carlos Cruz. This monthly drawing is open to contract employees who participate in the Commute Reduction Program a minimum of eight days out of the month. Juan has been at OCC since 1992 and is a custodian in charge of the first floor of the Literature and Languages Building as well as the Business Education Building. He commutes eight miles to work with two other employees, and for carpooling each day he gets $5, the maximum daily aware in the Commute Reduction Plan. He and his rideshare partners alternate weeks driving, and that's a benefit coming off of the graveyard shift, because the passengers can sleep. Juan also appreciates the money he saves on gas. He'll use the contest money to take his family out to dinner. Juan has two children, a son, 8, and a daughter, 2.

PRE-SCHOOLER OPENINGS ARE AVAILABLE: Wait list applications for childcare openings are now available at the OCC Children's Center. This opportunity for on-campus childcare is open to full-time administrators, faculty and staff members. If you have any questions, call Lucy Groetsch at Ext. 25562.

Captain's Table logo


The Dining Room Service/Management and Ala Minute classes will host Thursday lunches at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $8 including tax. (Menu and prices are subject to change.) Reservations are taken two weeks in advance.

For information or to make reservations,
call (714) 432-5835, Ext. 4.

Spring 2002 Menu

March 21 Greek
March 28 – Spring Break
April 4 – Chinese
April 11 – Japanese
April 18 – Thai
April 25 – Indian
May 2 –Californian
May 9 –Northeastern
May 16 – Cajun Creole

OCC TO HOST ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS EXPO: OCC will host its third annual Small Business Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 27. This year's theme is "The Dynamics of Branding, Marketing and Sales." Activities will run from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in OCC's Student Center. Conference registration fee is $79 and includes a continental breakfast, conference materials and parking. OCC students can preregister for only $20. For registration information, call (714) 432-5880, Ext. 1.

SAVE THE EARTH, WIN SOME MONEY: The February winner of the $100 Commute Reduction Drawing is Juan Carlos Cruz. This monthly drawing is open to contract employees who participate in the Commute Reduction Program a minimum of eight days out of the month. Juan has been at OCC since 1992 and is a custodian in charge of the first floor of the Literature and Languages Building as well as the Business Education Building. He commutes eight miles to work with two other employees, and for carpooling each day he gets $5, the maximum daily aware in the Commute Reduction Plan. He and his rideshare partners alternate weeks driving, and that's a benefit coming off of the graveyard shift, because the passengers can sleep. Juan also appreciates the money he saves on gas. He'll use the contest money to take his family out to dinner. Juan has two children, a son, 8, and a daughter, 2.

PRE-SCHOOLER OPENINGS ARE AVAILABLE: Wait list applications for childcare openings are now available at the OCC Children's Center. This opportunity for on-campus childcare is open to full-time administrators, faculty and staff members. If you have any questions, call Lucy Groetsch at Ext. 25562.

BENEFIT EVENT HOSTED BY LEADERS OF TOMORROW: OCC's Model United Nations program will be hosting a special fundraiser called "A Night Around the World" on Thursday, April 4, in the Student Center. Those in attendance will be treated to gourmet food from OCC chefs, performances from three dancing/singing groups, and a silent auction filled with incredible gift certificates and fantastic prizes. The silent auction begins at 6 with dinner at 7. All proceeds will benefit the students in the Model United Nations and provide them necessary funding to travel to their first ever conference hosted by Santa Barbara City College. Tickets cost $15. For more information call Cameron Hastings at (714) 432-0202, Ext. 26449, or e-mail

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY will be hosting its annual book sale on Wednesday, April 17, at the temporary facility at the north end of the Adams parking lot. There will be many great used books at incredible prices. The books will be unsorted and not categorized. There will be an exclusive one-hour presale for Friends of the Library members from 9-10 a.m. The sale will then be open for the general public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (714) 432 -0202, Ext. 21058. To join Friends of the Library, call (714) 432-5087.

THE NEXT PDK MEETING: Phi Delta Kappa – Trabuco Chapter's second dinner meeting this spring will be at the Captain's Table on Thursday, April 4, starting at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. Dinner ($12 or $6 for students) will be followed by a presentation by OCC's own Dr. Art Davis, legendary musician, psychologist and educator. He is skilled in jazz, classical and popular music, sharing his talents with the likes of John Coltrane, and has an impressive record of performances with major orchestras (detailed information at The main focus of his talk will be about his other passion, education. Throughout his career, Davis has always encouraged young people to strive towards their highest professional ambitions. He has also established a non -profit organization, Better Advantages for Students and Society (BASS), which administers the Dr. Art Davis Scholarships and the Gladys Davis Memorial Scholarships (in honor of his late wife). Please RSVP at (714) 432-5885, Ext. 21057 by Monday, April 1.


Photos of Hayward, Mortillaro and McDonald

The votes are in and the campus has spoken. Congratulations go out to Math Professor Valerie J. Hayward and Fine Arts Professor Karen G. A. Mortillaro , who tied for Faculty Member of the Year, office assistant Patti McDonald for being named Classified Staff Member of the Year, and instructors Gloria Bogdan, Kristi Genoway, Ana Luisa Horton and Pauline Hagino for winning Adjunct Instructors of the Year awards in their individual departments.

A dozen professors were nominated by members of the college community (students, staff, faculty and administrators) for this year's Faculty Member of the Year Award. "It was an extremely close election, and we counted all the ballots three times," said Kat Carroll, a speech professor who chairs the two committees that coordinate the election: the Academic Senate Faculty Recognition Committee and the Classified Recognition Committee. "We're very excited. The faculty has spoken, and Valerie and Karen are well deserving of this wonderful honor."

Hayward, a Seal Beach resident, has been an OCC professor since 1989. She is director of CCCD's innovative TEACh 3 Program (Teacher Education At Coast Community Colleges), a program that trains students for careers in teaching. She's currently teaching a math course for elementary teachers, and serves as a mentor to new faculty members. Mortillaro, who lives in Huntington Beach, joined the college's faculty 32 years ago. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mortillaro is an award-winning artist who has received a patent for one of her works, and has been awarded three fellowships. Two years ago, Mortillaro received a state award and became the first recipient of the Costa Mesa Mayor's Award for her work with handicapped and disabled students. In 1998 for the 50th annual Writers Guild of America awards ceremony, Mortillaro created the official award statuette – which takes the form of an abstract bird with outstretched wings – and it is now to the Writers Guild what the Oscar is to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Also, 11 staffers were nominated for the Classified Staff Member of the Year award. A native of Aimes, Iowa, McDonald has been on staff for 14 years. "I am very honored and pleased to be selected for this award," McDonald said. "I love working at Orange Coast College. I love working with students, and with staff and faculty members. We're a very special community here, and I feel it's a great privilege to be able to come to this campus every day." McDonald oversees staff members in the Admissions and Records Office, and handles class rosters. She's also responsible for publish ing the President's, Honors and Dean's lists. McDonald, Hayward and Mortillaro will be honored on Tuesday, April 16, during a presentation in OCC's Student Center Lounge. The program begins at 3 p.m. and will conclude with a reception at the Captain's Table. The community is invited to attend.

Furthermore, Adjunct Instructors of the Year are from the following departments: Bogdan is from Social and Behavioral Science; Genoway of Fine Arts; Horton from Literature and Languages; and Hagino of Dance/Physical Education.

HERE COMES SOME TAX RELIEF: Please announce to your classes that OCC accounting students are offering free income tax preparation services this tax season for low-income, disabled, non-English speaking and elderly clients. They are offering their services on Saturday afternoons, March 23, April 6 and 13, from 1:15-4 p.m. in room 109 of the Business Education Building. Students taking part in this service have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). For more information, call OCC's VITA hotline at (714) 432-0202, Ext. 26105.

THE WORLD'S BEST MOUNTAIN FILMS AND VIDEOS will be featured in this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival, which is being hosted by OCC in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. As part of a world tour, the festival will make its only Orange County screenings on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The festival, which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society, began in Banff, Alberta and will travel the globe, from Peru to Singapore, showing a 3-hour collection of mountain- and outdoor-oriented films (with an intermission). Ticket price includes an entry into a raffle with great prizes being given. All proceeds will benefit the OCC College Life Volunteer Program. Advance tickets are $8 or $5 to OCC students with I.D. and can be purchased at the OCC Bookstore. Tickets sold at the door will be $9. For more information call Ext. 21058.

CONCERT COMMEMORATES MAURICE CHEVALIER: Tony Sandler will bring his captivating one-man show, "Chevalier: Maurice and Me," to OCC on Sunday, April 7, in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at 4 p.m. Sandler, a remarkable entertainer who has performed throughout Europe and the U.S. for more than four decades, recounts the colorful and extraordinary life and music of Chevalier, one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. Advance reserved tickets are available for $21 from the Community Education Ticket Office. Advance discount tickets, priced at $19, are available for OCC students, seniors and children under 12. Tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $25. For more information, call (714) 432-5880 or visit online at

PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE: April is Colon Cancer Awareness month. The CCCD Wellness Committee is conducing a screening and education program for employees over 50. Screening kits will be mailed to all employees over 50 within the next week. The kits are simple to use and include a letter from the committee and an informative brochure. Because colon and rectal cancer can develop slowly over the years in any of the four sections of the color or rectum, early screening is important before a true cancer develops. You're at high risk if you: are over 50; have family history of colorectal cancer, personal history of colorectal cancer, or personal history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease; are physically inactive; or have a high fat, low fiber diet. The Wellness Committee encourages you to use the kit provided and mail the results to your private medical care provider. To request additional screening kits for a spouse, please call the Benefits Office at (714) 438 -4727. For more information on colorectal cancer, contact the Hoag Cancer Center at (949) 7-CANCER or online from the American Cancer Society at

THE CCCD CHAPTER OF THE AAWCC is presenting a spring gardening and decorating dinner lecture on Tuesday, April 2, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Captain's Table. Special guest speaker will be Janelle Wiley from Sherman Gardens Foundation. The menu includes spinach cheese ravioli, salad, espresso cake, and more. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Green reservation slips have been placed in your mailboxes already. Please return them with a your check (payable to AAWCC) to the attention of Arlene Eckstein, AAWCC Treasurer, CCCD, 1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For more information, call (714) 438-4655.

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

By Helen Humphreys
PR 9199.3.H822A69 2001
England in 1865 is the age of invention, the Crystal Palace, progress and the colonies. Isabel, mistress of a country estate, struggles with a new technology – photography – to produce art. Inspired by the life of the famous photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, the book is exquisite in its evocations – a story of class, art and freedom.

"Corelli's Mandolin"
By Louis de Bernières
N6494 .P6 L47 1999
The Greek island of Cephallonia – peaceful, remote, famed for its beauty and mythic history – has barely entered the 20th century when the tide of World War II rolls onto its shores. This is the setting for de Bernières' lyrical chronicle of the island's inhabitants, including the independent beauty Pelagia and Captain Corelli, a mandolin-playing officer of the Italian garrison that establishes the Axis presence on the island. Read this funny, multi-layered novel that was the basis for the Nicolas Cage movie.

By Vinta Shumway, Media Librarian

"Women World Leaders"
New Dimension Media, 1997
30 minutes
Location: VHS HQ 1390 .L578 W6
In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8), this program explores whether the experiences of women prime ministers and presidents bring us closer to answering the question: "If women ran the world, would it be any different?" Included are interviews with Corazon Aquino, Banazir Bhutto, Mary Robinson, Margaret Thatcher, and other women world leaders. An excellent Web site for Women's History Month is at 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

The brain is like a muscle: the more you use it, the more powerful it gets. Some research suggests that flexing your mental muscles prevents memory loss and possibly even Alzheimer's disease. Here are some brain-building ideas from Dr. Robert Friedland of Case Western University in Cleveland: Class Act: whether taking a formal class or learning on your own from books, as long as you're learning something – anything new – you're helping cerebral nerve cells grow and strengthen connections. Trivia: Memorize poetry, join a theater group, or learn to identify as many birds or trees as you can. These keep your memory center active and sharp. Get Artsy: Try painting, sculpting, woodworking or ceramics, or even jigsaw puzzles. These help strengthen your brain's control of spatial relation – the ability to recognize how things piece together. Mind Games: Play chess, bridge, poker, scrabble, or do crossword puzzles or anything else that involves concentration to help exercise the mind. Hand-Eye: Play an instrument. Learn sign language. Take up table tennis or the computer. Or play video games. These activities will help your dexterity and reaction time to hone your hand-eye coordination.


Thursday, March 21

  • Baseball at Fullerton, 2 p.m.
  • Men's and Women's Tennis vs. Riverside, 2 p.m.

Friday, March 22

  • Men's and Women's Swimming, Dual Meet vs. Cypress, 2 p.m.
  • Softball vs. Fullerton, 3 p.m.
  • Men's Volleyball vs. Long Beach, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 23

  • Baseball vs. Fullerton, 2 p.m.
  • Women's Crew, Berg Cup at Newport, 8 a.m.
  • Men's Crew vs. San Diego State and U of SD at Newport, 8 a.m.
  • Track and Field, at La Verne Invitational, U.S. Elite Invite at Olympic Training Center, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, March 26

  • Track and Field, Southern California Multi-events at Mt. Sac, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, March 27

  • Baseball at Sequoias Tournament, TBA
  • Men's Golf vs. IVC, Cypress, Cuyamaca at Santa Ana, 10 a.m.
  • Men's Volleyball at Santa Monica, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 28

  • Baseball at Sequoias Tournament, TBA

Friday, March 29

  • Baseball at Sequoias Tournament, TBA


Please let us know what's going on in your OCC habitat.
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 ...

you can now submit it via e-mail to our new address at or by the old fashion means of putting your item in Vicki Zimmerman’s mailbox or bringing it in personally to the Community Relations office, located in the Administration Building. You can also call Vicki at (714) 432-5726.


Coast to Coast is now available in PDF (portable document format) delivered via e-mail attachment. If you're interested in receiving Coast to Coast in this format to save paper and help the environment, write to Linda Newman at with the subject heading "C2C PDF Subscription," and giving the e-mail address where you want to receive this version. PDF files are read by Adobe's Acrobat Reader, which is a free download at


On behalf of the Community Relations Office, Coast to Coast would like to wish everyone a happy and safe spring break. Because of the weeklong vacation, there will be no Coast to Coast published next week.
We will be back Thursday, April 7. See you all then!


11 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2002

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