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ABC COMPLEX GRAND OPENING TODAY
ABC buildingThe campus and the public are invited to the grand opening of the $52 million new Allied Health Sciences, Biological Sciences and Consumer Sciences & Design Complex–also known as the ABC Complex–on Thursday, March 24th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Theme for the event is “Showcasing Tomorrow’s Careers.” Activities will include an open house, lab and classroom tours, and refreshments.

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CAMPUS INVITED TO VISION 2020 FORUM
The final Vision 2020 Forum will be conducted Wednesday, April 6th, at 12:00 noon in Admin 108.  The topic will be Sustainability.
 

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SOCIAL SCIENCE STUDENTS PLAN WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH PRESENTATIONS TODAY
flag graphicThe campus is invited to attend student presentations celebrating Women's History Month that will be held in the Student Center Lounge today.

Marilyn Kelly's Women in History class will present a series of posters describing the accomplishments of women who have made an impact on history throughout the world from 9:35 to 11:00 a.m.

“Double Duty: A Day in the Life of a Female Veteran” is the topic for a presentation by students in Jessica Alabi's Gender Studies. Students will honor an OCC female Vet and discuss women's role in the military on from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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STATE CHAMPION SPEECH TEAM SET READERS' THEATRE SHOWCASE TONIGHT
The campus will have an opportunity to see Orange Coast College’s award-winning speech team in action tonight at 7:15 p.m. in the Science Hall. Team members just returned from the California state championship with the first place title and a team gold medal. Team members won a total of 42 medals during the competition. Donation for the event is $4.

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CULINARY ARTS ECLECTIC CAFE OPENS FRIDAY
Eclectic Cafe logoThe campus will have an opportunity to enjoy a gourmet lunch, “fresh food at a fresh price,” when the Culinary Arts Program introduces Eclectic Cafe on Friday.

A three-course gourmet menu will be offered on Fridays starting March 25th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria area closest to the OCC Administration Building. Cost for the meal is only $5.

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“ODYSSEY” RESURRECTS BRONZE AGE AT OCC
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Ten professional actors will recreate ancient Greece’s Bronze Age using colorful costumes and paintings in a performance of “The Odyssey” on Friday, March 25th, at 5:45 p.m. in Orange Coast College’s Robert B. Moore Theatre. The play, based on Homer’s epic poem, was adapted for the stage by archeologist Gary Stickel, described by the London Times as “the real Indiana Jones.”

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DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS PROFESSOR CURATES 'EDEN' EXHIBIT
Considering Eden artAn opening reception for “Considering Eden,” an exhibition at the Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, will be Thursday, March 31st, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit is curated by Lisa Bloomfield, co-chair of OCC's Digital Media Arts & Design Program.
 
The exhibition features the work of five mid-career California artists and their explorations in relationship to the idea of Eden. Works in the show include small cast bronze artifacts, oil on canvas, photographic works, collages of found objects, and digitally manipulated images with narrative.


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OCC STUDENTS ENJOY SPRING BREAK; CAMPUS CLOSED APRIL 1
spring break graphicOrange Coast College students will get a respite from their studies during spring break, March 28th through April 3rd. The campus will be open as usual except for Friday, April 1st, 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.

The Library and Student Success Center will be closed during the Spring Break.

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JOB CENTER, INTERNSHIP ACADEMY TEAM UP FOR STUDENT WORKSHOPS
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OCC's Job Center and Internship Academy will offer a series of Job Seeker Preparation Workshops just in time for students to prepare themselves for the annual Job and Internship Fair on Tuesday, April 12th.

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WATER EXPERT TO SPEAK AT OCC'S GREEN DAY APRIL 6
Steve SolomonWater will be the focus of Orange Coast College's Green Day activities on Wednesday, April 6.

The Distinguished Speaker Series will present author Steve Solomon in a presentation, “Water Is the New Oil,” at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

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MASTER YOUR FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Georgie Monahan
 
OCC professor of speech, Georgie Monahan, will lead a workshop titled “Master Your Fear of Public Speaking,” on Thursday, April 7th, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Admin 108 for classified staff members. The program is sponsored by Staff Development.

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STUDENT PLAYWRIGHTS PREMIERE WORK IN ORIGINAL PLAY FESTIVAL
Seven new plays written by OCC students will mark their premieres in the Repertory Theatre’s Original Play Festival April 16, 16 & 17. Performances will be 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 and 7:00 p.m. Sunday. The plays are intended for mature audiences. Admission is free.

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AWARD-WINNING FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER TO SPEAK AT OCC APRIL 16
Sokosky photoRenowned fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky will speak at Orange Coast College on Saturday, April 16th, at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. An artist's reception and exhibition will take place immediately following the lecture in the Frank M. Doyle Art Pavilion.

This is the first annual lecture and exhibition series in Orange County as part of the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA). The public is invited to attend the lecture, reception and exhibition. Admission is free.

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28TH ANNUAL SENIOR DAY DODGES RAIN FOR RECORD TURNOUT
senior day crowdsHigh school seniors from more than 32 high schools visited OCC’s campus Thursday for the 28th annual Senior Day.

More than 4,000 Orange County high school seniors attended, including 2,900 students who arrive on 51 buses. Despite rainy weather the day before Senior Day, and predictions for inclement weather for the remainder of the week, OCC’s annual event managed to draw clear skies.

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SENIOR DAY T-SHIRT ON SALE AT EOPS OFFICE
Jeff Pham wearing OCC t-shirt
Orange Coast College's new “official” 2011 Senior Day T-shirt is now available for sale in the EOPS Office on the 4th Floor of Watson Hall.

T-shirts are $7 each for sizes small through extra large. XX-Large shirts are available for $9.


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SAVE THE DATE! 35TH ANNUAL SAAAB REUNION SET FOR APRIL 30
SAAAB aerialOrange Coast College will host the 35th Annual Santa Ana Army Air Base Reunion on Saturday, April 30th, at 11:30 a.m. in the Captain’s Table. Featured speaker will be former Costa Mesa Mayor Jack Hammett, a Pearl Harbor survivor and a member of the Freedom Committee of Orange County. Cost for lunch is $25. Proceeds will benefit the SAAAB Scholarship for OCC students. Call the OCC Foundation at (714) 432-5707 for reservations.

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HONORS PROGRAM 'QUIET HERO' EARNS HEARTY ROWER TROPHY
Carl Morgan & Terry ScarbroughTerry Scarbrough, described as the “quiet hero” of OCC's successful Honors Program, is the latest recipient of the Hearty Rower Award.

The previous Hearty Rower, OCC Librarian Carl Morgan and co-founder of OCC’s Honors Program, praised Terry’s work with the Honors Program during the past 10 years. “Her organization of the program has made all of the difference,” he said.

The Hearty Rower is passed from one OCC staff member to another in recognition of their contributions to the college. Each winner selects the next co-worker to receive the honor.

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NEW LIBRARY BOOK BIN DEDICATED TO DONATIONS
book drop binIt just got easier to donate books to support the Orange Coast College Library.

Orange Coast College’s Friends of the Library, with the help of Maintenance and Operations, installed a book bin for donations. The new bin is located next to the Library’s return book bin in Lot E on Merrimac Way between Harbor Blvd. and Fairview Road.

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COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER TRYOUTS SET FOR APRIL 20
Tryouts 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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ASOCC BUDGET REQUESTS DUE FRIDAY
Tomorrow is the deadline to submit requests to Associated Students of Orange Coast College for their 2011-2012 annual budget.

Instructions (cover letter) and the Budget Request Form are available on the OCC portal:
http://occportal/Departments/Student%20Services/Dean%20of%20Students/Pages/default.aspx 

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GOURMET THURSDAYS AT CAPTAIN'S TABLE
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OCC culinary arts students are serving up gourmet fare 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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SPRING PLANT SALES BEGIN APRIL 15
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Backyard gardeners will find a plentiful selection of vegetables and flowers, including 30 varieties of tomatoes in five-and-a-half-inch pots, at Orange Coast College Horticulture Department’s spring plant sales on Fridays, April 15th through May 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Garden Nursery near the campus’ Adams Parking lot.


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PASSAGE TO FREEDOM
seminar audienceDr. Juani Funez-Gonzalez and So Van Nguyen described their experiences as political refugees in “Passage to Freedom,” a special campus event sponsored by the International and Multicultural Committee and Associated Students of Orange Coast College. Last week's program drew a large audience in the Student Center Lounge.

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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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SPRING TRANSFER FAIR
transfer fair
More than 20 colleges and universities participated in OCC's Spring Transfer Fair. On Tuesday, April 19th, OCC's Transfer Center will sponsor an Evening College Fair from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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CULINARY ARTS PATHWAY DAY
students set table
More than 60 students from Segerstrom and Westminster High Schools visited campus last week for Culinary Arts Pathway Day.

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OCC Newsmakers

CHOC Follies
Lin and Larry Pardey
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Save The Date!

This Week On Campus
OCC Galleries
Campus Events
Cheer On The Pirates!

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On A Personal Note

Jessica Joy ReesJessica Joy Rees, the 10-year-old granddaughter of Leon Skeie, professor of physical education and athletics, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Jessica began radiation/chemo treatment at Children’s Hospital Orange County CHOC this week. Leon has provided a link to Jessie's website that friends and supporters can visit to stay up to date about Jessie's progress. Visitors can post messages of encouragement and read her journal at http://www.jessicajoyrees.com.



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Book Talk

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THE GREAT MOVIES III
By Roger Ebert
PN1994.E2323 2010

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

prevent blindness logoActive older people who wear bifocal or multifocal (progressive) eyeglasses may reduce their risk of falling if they wear single lens glasses for distance activities. In a recent Australian study of 600 multifocal lens wearers (average age 80), those who regularly took part in outdoor activities were 40% less likely to fall when they were provided with single lens distance glasses.

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Did You Know

CAF logoThe Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) was founded in 1994 to support athletes with disabilities in their sporting and competitive activities. Over $4.8 million has been raised to assist 1300 "challenged" athletes with grants to pay for wheelchairs, artificial limbs, and to help send athletes to the Para Olympics Games. For more information visit their website at www.challengedathletes.org.

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