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PIRATE CHEER & DANCE TEAMS WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
cheer team performanceOrange Coast College’s Cheerleading and Dance Teams didn’t have to travel far to win the 2012 national title. The team took first place at the USA Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships that took place at the Anaheim Convention Center March 18 & 19.

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STUDENT CHEFS STRIKE GOLD AT REGIONALS, WILL COMPETE FOR NATIONAL TITLE
hot food teamOrange Coast College’s Hot Food Team struck gold at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Regional Championships in Reno, NV, Wednesday to take first place in the student competition and to earn a berth at the national championship in Orlando, Florida, this July.

The Pirates surpassed eight rivals, including teams from Hawaii, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Alaska and Arizona to win a gold medal and take top honors for the western region.

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SPEECH WINS BRONZE MEDAL IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Members of Orange Coast College’s Speech, Debate & Theatre Team collected 20 gold, silver and bronze medalsto take an overall bronze award at the California Community College Forensics Association State Tournament at Moorpark College in Los Angeles this weekend.

OCC sent 20 students to the competition, and 15 advanced to the final rounds of competition.

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OCC HOSTS PRESENTATION ON EXTENDED FOSTER CARE THURSDAY
“Top 10 Things Higher Education Professionals Need to Know About AB 12” will look at benefits that are now available for foster care youth enrolled in college on Thursday, March 22nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the OCC Student Lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

Debbie Rauchers, with the John Burton Foundation, will be the guest speaker. The arrival of extended foster care (AB12) presents a host of new opportunities for foster care youth who are participating in post-secondary education, and it is crucial that educators understand the benefits that are available.

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FREE PERFORMANCE OF "THE LOTTERY" MARCH 23
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a free preview this year’s touring production by the Theatre Department at 12:00 p.m. Friday, March 23rd, in the Drama Lab.

A short play, “The Lottery,” is as adaption of the short story by Shirley Jackson.

“It is only 20 minutes long and very low tech needs,” according to director Rick Golson. The cast and backstage crew will visit local high schools this spring. The project provides touring experience for OCC theatre students, and it also introduces the Theatre Department to prospective students.

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APRIL 4 TOWN HALL TO DISCUSS STUDENT ALCOHOL USE
Orange Coast College will unveil results of a campus survey on student drinking habits at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 4th, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge. The event will feature guest speakers, including Richard McGaffigan, MSW, of the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, CA, and Randy and Jackie Lee, parents of Cara Lee, a 20-year old OCC student who was killed two years ago by a drunk driver who was also an OCC student.


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'EMPEROR'S RIVER' PHOTOGRAPHER TO SPEAK AT APRIL 7 MOPLA EVENT
Phillipp Sholz RittermannInternationally renowned photographer Phillipp Sholz Rittermann will kick off the exhibition of his “Emperor’s River” collection with a lecture at Orange Coast College on Saturday, April 7th, at 2:00 p.m.
 
OCC School of Photography’s Damian Tsutsumida and Blade Gillison worked with the Month of Photography LA (MOPLA) to bring the event to campus. The lecture will be held in the Robert B. Moore Theatre, followed by a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. Refreshments will be served, and extra credit slips will be available for students.

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JOB CENTER RECRUITING EMPLOYERS FOR JOB FAIR
fair on quad
The OCC Job Center will host its annual Job Fair on Tuesday, April 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Quad. Last year more than 50 employers participated. Application forms and fair information are available at www.tinyurl.com/OCC-2012-job.

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GREEN COAST DAY SET FOR APRIL 18
Glen MacDonald, Ph.D
UCLA climate change expert Glen MacDonald, Ph.D, will be the keynote speaker for Orange Coast College’s annual Green Coast Day on Wednesday, April 18th. His presentation, titled “Implications of Climate Change for the Southern California Region,” will take place from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

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MULTICULTURAL AWARENESS DAY HOPES TO BOOST GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING
multicultural day bannerOrange Coast College will observe International and Multicultural Awareness Day on Thursday, April 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Quad.

“The goal of the event is to display the many different cultures and customs of the world in hopes to educate members of our campus community,” according to Kolby Keo, chairman of ASOCC’s International Multicultural Day Committee (IMD).

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ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE SEEKS CAMPUS FEEDBACK FOR 2012 SELF STUDY
The Orange Coast College Accreditation Coordinating Committee is inviting feedback from faculty, classified employees, managers and students on the draft preview of the Accreditation Standards for the 2012 self study that will be submitted to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACJCC) in December.

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BANNER ON "VACATION" DURING SPRING BREAK
OCC’s Banner system will be taking a break for maintenance during OCC’s spring break from March 26 through March 30.



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HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS VISIT CAMPUS FOR 29TH ANNUAL SENIOR DAY
senior day bbqSeniors from high schools throughout Orange County – and some students from more of a distance – flooded OCC’s campus Tuesday for the 29th annual Senior Day.

Students filled the Robert B. Moore Theatre for three preview sessions, and 1,020 students toured campus facilities, compared to 783 last year.

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ROBOTICS TEAM RAISING FUNDS TO COMPETE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The OCC Robotics Team needs a little help from its friends.

The team, organized by the OCC Engineering Club, has qualified to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship on April 19th at Anaheim Convention Center. The problem is the students need $15,000 to cover expenses. The team already has a $6,000 deficit, including $2,500 supplied personally by Robert Castano, professor of electronics technology, who is coaching the team.

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G.I. EDUCATION BENEFITS ORIENTATION
The OCC Veteran’s Services is launching a series of orientation sessions for veterans who are planning to attend OCC and use their G.I. benefits for the first time. The sessions will be held on Thursdays, from April 5 through June 28th at Watson Hall.

Veterans will learn what steps they must take to receive benefits under the G.I. Bill. Attendees should complete their OCC application before the orientation meeting and bring official transcripts from colleges they have attended.

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MILITARY VETS JOB FAIR
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will host a Job Fair for Military Veterans on Friday, April 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Metro Headquarters Building, One Gateway Plaza, Plaza Level, Los Angeles. Resume writing workshops will be offered onsite. The fair is open to the public.

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CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS DEADLINE FRIDAY
Friday, March 23rd, is the deadline for nominations for OCC’s 2012 Citizen of the Year, 2012 Community Partner of the Year, and recipients of Honorary AA degrees that will be awarded at the college’s 63nd Commencement. OCC’s graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 23th, at the Orange County Fair & Events Center’s Pacific Amphitheatre at 5:30 p.m.

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ECLECTIC CAFE
eclectic cafe logoOCC’s Eclectic Café, “fresh food at a fresh price,” will serve Mongolian Beef Tips with Sesame Broccoli and Steamed Jasmine Rice and Farlalle & Sundried Tomatoes with Sauteed Spinach, Pine Nuts and Parmesan this week.

Appetizers will feature Mache Goat Cheese, Beet & Walnut Salad and Pancetta Wrapped Scallops. Dessert will be Ricotta Stuffed Cannoli with Seasonal Berries.

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SPRING BREAK BEGINS MARCH 26
spring break graphicOrange Coast College students will get a respite from their studies during spring break, March 26th through April 1st. The campus will be open as usual except for Friday, March 30th, when all offices will be closed.

The college's Enrollment Center in Watson Hall, which includes Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Job Placement and the International Center, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday next week.

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CHANCELLOR'S WEEKLY NEWSBRIEF
The March 16th Newsbrief by Coast Community College District Chancellor Andrew Jones, EdD, is now available on the OCC Portal. In this week's issue, Dr. Jones reports on the American Council on Education recent annual meeting in Los Angeles, campus budget forums, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor’s visit to OCC, and a district-wide scheduling meeting.

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ASSEMBLYMAN MANSOOR: EDUCATION SHOULD BE TOP PRIORITY FOR CALIFORNIA
Allan Mansoor
Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, who is running for reelection in the 74th Assembly District that includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and portions of Irvine and Huntington Beach, reaffirmed his support for education at a public forum at OCC last week.

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OCC COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE
Orange Coast College won two silver awards at the annual NCMPR (National Council for Marketing & Public Relations) District 6 Medallion Awards last week. The district includes community colleges and technical colleges in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

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COASTLINE COLLEGE SPONSORS BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS WALK
brain injury awareness bannerThe 6th Annual Walk for Brain Injury Awareness will take place at Huntington Central Park on Saturday, March 24th, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m. The walk attracts hundreds of participants a year who are passionate about raising funds for Coastline College’s unique Acquired Brain Injury Program.

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CHOC FOLLIES TO SPOOF CINDERELLA AT OCC MARCH 29-31
choc follies bannerNearly 100 of Orange County’s prominent business, civic and society leaders are bringing their singing and dancing talents to the stage for CHOC Follies XV, “Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set,” an original musical comedy benefiting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. This year’s production, sponsored by XCARET Family Foundation, is a hilarious spoof on the classic fairy tale with a modern online twist.

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MACINTOSH USERS GROUP MEETS SATURDAY, APRIL 7
oacc logoThe Orange Apple Computer Club, a Macintosh user's group, meets Saturday, April 7th, on campus.

The club, which has been gathering at OCC for more than two decades, meets the first Saturday of each month (except holiday weekends), from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Chemistry Building, Room 214. First time visitors are free.

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES
community education brochure
Community Education classes are in full swing with a variety of programs available for adults and kids. The 32-page Community Education spring program guide is available in various campus locations, or you can request a copy by calling 714-432-5154.

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OCC Newsmakers

Ralph Becker, who writes a column on college counseling for the Long Beach Gazette, compares the advantages of enrolling at Orange Coast College to UC Irvine. "From a cost standpoint alone, attending a community college is a value,” he writes. Read his column at www.tinyurl.com/OCC-gazettes.

Her interest in anthropology was sparked at Orange Coast College, according to Marla Prochnow, Ed.D., professor of anthropology at College of the Sequoias. Prochnow told her story to “The Campus” student newspaper: www.tinyurl.com/OCC-prochnow.

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Save The Date!

Gallery Exhibits
Campus Events
Cheer On The Pirates!

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News You Can Use

Bookstore Spring Break Hours
Renley Scholarship Deadline April 2
 

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Book Talk

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FRENCH IMPRESSIONS
By John S. Littell
DC 34.5.A44 L57 2000

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

prevent cancer logoIf you have had a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer, you don’t need to repeat it for 10 years if you’ve always had normal results and you have no symptoms, according to current guidelines. But nearly one-quarter of people over 65 have had the test repeated in less than seven years, even though there was no clear reason for the repeat exam, according to a large study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Did You Know

dogs for the deaf logoDogs for the Deaf is a non-profit organization that provides rescued dogs to assist individuals who are deaf with their activities of daily living. Over the last 27 years this organization has rescued and placed over 2,500 dogs. The dogs are trained to be alert for seven critical sounds: fire/smoke alarms, telephones, knocks on doors, doorbells, oven timers, alarm clocks and someone calling out the owner’s name.

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