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TOM GARRISON "FIRST-EVER" DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
Tom Garrison
 
Marine sciences professor Tom Garrison, Ph.D., has been named Orange Coast College’s first-ever “Distinguished Professor” by the OCC Academic Senate.

Dr. Garrison, who has taught at OCC for 40 years, was nominated for the honor by Dennis Kelly, chairman of OCC’s Marine Science Department, and Lee Gordon, assistant business professor.



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OCC TO RECOGNIZE ‘OUTSTANDING COLLEAGUES’ APRIL 9TH
OCC will honor Outstanding Coast Colleagues of the Year at a reception at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9th, in the Student Center Lounge. Faculty Member of the Year, Jim Smolin, will present “Fears and Phobias.” Honorees include part-time faculty members Millie Sweesy-Barger, physical education and health education, and Mark Roessler, political science. Kye Daniels, Staff Development and Partnership staff aide, is Staff Member of the Year.

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2009-09 FACULTY MEMBER OF THE YEAR’S PASSION IS PSYCHOLOGY
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OCC psychology instructor and 2008-2009 Faculty Member of the Year, James Smolin, planned to become an accounting major until he stumbled into a psychology class to fulfill general education requirements as a community college student.

It changed his life and put him on a new career path…as an educator.

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CLIMATE CHANGE EXPERT TO SPEAK AT OCC APRIL 8TH
Eric RignotEric Rignot, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in climate change, will speak at Orange Coast College on Wednesday, April 8th, as part of Orange Coast College’s fourth annual Green Energy Day.

Dr. Rignot will be a special guest speaker for OCC Professor Tom Garrison’s marine science class, which meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the presentation.

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2ND 8-WEEK CLASSES BEGIN IN APRIL
More than 100 class sections will begin during Orange Coast College’s second 8-week session. Most of the classes will run April 6th through May 31st, unless otherwise noted in the class schedule, which is available online at www.orangecoastcollege.edu.

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SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 13TH
Registration for summer classes will open for continuing students on Monday, April 13th. New and returning students will begin registration a week later, on April 20th.

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OCC REPERTORY STAGES ORIGINAL PLAY SHOWCASE MARCH 26-28
The Orange Coast College Repertory will present a five original plays written, produced and performed by Theatre Department students. Performances are 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

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OCC SPEECH TEAM EARNS SWEEPSTAKES GOLD AT STATE MEET
The Orange Coast College Speech, Debate and Theatre Team won a gold medal in the Sweepstakes division at the California Community College Forensics Association State Tournament held this week at Moorpark College in Los Angeles.

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CHAMBER SINGERS AND CHORALE TEAM UP FOR ‘BACH AND BEYOND’
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The Orange Coast College Chamber Singers and Chorale, directed by Eliza Rubenstein and Ricardo Soto, will perform “Bach and Beyond” at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28th, in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

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STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR OCC THEATRE DEPARTMENT’S ‘MACBETH’
scene from MacbethFollowing positive reviews by the media, the OCC Theatre Department enjoyed sell-out performances for the final weekend of “Macbeth,” directed by theatre arts instructor Pete Uribe. “The folks at OCC’s Theatre Department have a monster hit on their hands,” wrote critic Tom Titus in The Daily Pilot. “OCC’s powerfully visceral production of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is among the most impressive projects from a local college in many years.”

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DOYLE ARTS PAVILION TO OPEN JOHN PAUL JONES RETROSPECTIVE
 
john paul jones self portrait“John Paul Jones Retrospective” will open in the OCC Doyle Arts Pavilion from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8th, with a reception especially for the students, faculty and staff. A public reception is planned from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10th.

Admission is free for both receptions and the exhibit, which will run through May 6th.

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DAVID GRANT, OCC PRESIDENT EMERITUS, WILL BE VISITING SCHOLAR
David Grant"Voyaging – Adventures and Discoveries" will be the topic for Spring 2009 Visiting Scholar series on Thursday, April 23rd, featuring David Grant, OCC President Emeritus.

Please contact Diane Colvin (dcolvin@occ.cccd.edu) or Kye Daniels (kdaniels@occ.cccd.edu) for more information.

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VISITING SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS FOR 2009-2010 DUE APRIL 10TH
Do you know someone who would be interesting to students, faculty and the community? Talk to your colleagues about a scholar or professional expert whom you would like to invite to OCC. Applications and an example of a past application are available on the OCC website: www.tinyurl.com/VisitingScholarApp 

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OCC TO OBSERVE NATIONAL START! WALKING DAY APRIL 8TH
Kristina Tarin, coordinator of OCC’s Exercise Science Lab and the campus Working on Wellness Program (WOW), is organizing a campus-wide walk to nearby Tewinkle Park as part of National Start! Walking Day on Wednesday, April 8th.

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STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER TRYOUTS APRIL 22ND
Tryouts for the 2009 Student Commencement Speaker will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd, at 12:00 noon in the Faculty House. The 2009 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 29th at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the speaker tryouts, contact Professor Ben Lohman at 714-432-5580 or via email at blohman@occ.cccd.edu.

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CHOC FOLLIES: ‘THE PRINCESS AND THE PRIUS’ AT OCC APRIL 2-4
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Orange Coast College will host Children’s Hospital of Orange County Foundation’s Annual CHOC Follies XII: "The Princess and the Prius" on Thursday through Saturday, April 2-4. Performances are 8:00 p.m. each day, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

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UNIVERSITY HIGH TOPS "MATHLETES"
Irvine’s University High School outscored the closest rival by more than 100 points to win the top award in Orange Coast College’s 2009 High School Math Meet Friday.

Nearly 100 students representing 12 high schools competed in the event.

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BEST-DRESSED PIRATE, OLDEST SENIOR DAY T-SHIRT EARN $50 PRIZE
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Forum course assistant Daisy Wolf donned a vintage 1989 Senior Day t-shirt to win the “oldest Senior Day t-shirt” competition. Daisy is a regular volunteer to the annual Senior Day event held on campus each spring. She will receive a $50 gift certificate donated by the OCC Bookstore operated by Follett Higher Education Group.

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THANK YOU SENIOR DAY VOLUNTEERS!
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Senior Day is a campus-wide effort, and it couldn’t happen without the support of many volunteers and extra efforts by staff members to make the day a success. Maintenance and Operations and Campus Safety pulled out all the stops to make the event run smoothly.

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PROM BECOMES REALITY FOR 200 GIRLS AT OCC-SPONSORED EVENT
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Rene Kinn, OCC Foundation staff member, spent Saturday helping to host Belle of the Ball, an event held at Orange Coast College, to provide prom dresses, jewelry, shoes and makeup for 200 high school girls. In addition to finding that special dress for the prom, the students attended workshops on self-esteem and empowerment. Part of the message included encouragement to continue their education after high school.

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BOOK DRIVE RAMPS UP FOR APRIL 22 BOOK SALE
Orange Coast College’s Friends of the Library is collecting book donations to re-stock the FOTL Library bookstore and fill shelves for the annual Spring Book Sale on April 22.

Donors are encouraged to bring their gently used books to the Library or to the OCC Foundation Office in the Administration Building. Tax receipts will be available.

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BANFF FILM FESTIVAL DRAWS CROWD
OCC Librarian Carl Morgan estimates 650 in attendance at the recent screening of the Banff Film Festival. “The film selection was amazing this year,” he reported. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. The campus Sierra Club assists with set-up, clean-up and runs the concession stand.

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GOLF TOURNAMENT POSTPONED
OCC Pirate Baseball has postponed 3rd Annual Pat and Phyllis Golf Tournament originally scheduled in April. The tournament will be rescheduled during the fall months.

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Save The Date!

• ORIGINAL PLAY SHOWCASE – MARCH 26, 27 & 28
• CHAMBER SINGERS & CHORALE: “BACH & BEYOND” – MARCH 28TH
• CHOC FOLLIES: ‘THE PRINCESS AND THE PRIUS’ – APRIL 2ND-4TH
• GREEN ENERGY DAY – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH
• OCC TEWINKLE PARK WALK – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH
• JOHN PAUL JONES RECEPTION– WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH
• COAST COLLEAGUES RECOGNITION PROGRAM – THURSDAY, APRIL 9TH
• VISITING SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS DUE – FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH
• JOB FAIR – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH
• A MEXICAN PIRATE PILLAGES ORANGE COUNTY! – THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH
• FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22ND
• DAVID GRANT, VISITING SCHOLAR – THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD
 
 

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News You Can Use

OCC NOTEBOOKS – Bright orange OCC Pirate notebooks are available for outreach efforts by anyone who would like to promote the college to prospective students.
 
SPRING BREAK TECHNOLOGY TRAINING – Staff Development will offer workshops in Microsoft Word and Excel during spring break.

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On A Personal Note

A memorial service will be held for former Orange Coast College instructor, Gloria Bogdan, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Old Orange County Courthouse Museum in Downtown Santa Ana at Broadway and Civic Center Drive.

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Staff Development

Staff Development Newsletter
Week of March 23, Week Eight

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Book Talk

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THE POWER OF A POSITIVE NO
By William Ury
BF637.N4U795 2007

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Library Instruction and Information Literacy

Did you know that the library is considering how to provide library instruction to online courses? Did you know that you may request a librarian be part of your online class discussion board regarding a library assignment? If you teach an online class, is this something that you would be interested in?

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

Still another reason to exercise regularly: it reduces blood levels of C-reactive protein (a marker for inflammation associated with heart disease and diabetes). A recent Finnish study in the “European Heart Journal” found that sedentary people with high CRP had a 24% reduction after 20 weeks on a three-day-a-week moderately intense exercise program.

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Did You Know

VITA is a volunteer program through the IRS that offers free tax return preparation services for low income individuals, seniors and persons with disabilities. The program is staffed primarily by volunteers. There are several local VITA programs including the Community Action Partnership (CAP) located at 12640 Knott Avenue, Garden Grove.

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