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Coast to Coast ... OCC's Weekly Campus Newsletter
A Weekly Campus Newsletter of Orange Coast College
Coast to Coast Masthead
Volume 44, Number 12
Thursday, April 25, 2002


Freshly Squeezed News
President's Corner
Faculty and Staff Conferences
Book Talk
Resources in the Mac Lab/Media Center
Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints
Campus Events
Contact the Editor


"Experience is not what happens to you;
it's what you do with what happens to you."

Aldous Huxley



Photo of Fiesta Latina performance

OCC will stage its third annual Fiesta Latina on campus on Friday, May 3. Fiesta Latina is an OCC dance and cultural heritage outreach to Orange County's elementary schools and high schools – and to local adults. It's a colorful and energetic educational presentation, offering striking examples of Latin American culture, dance and music. One-hour public performances are scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon in OCC's Robert B. Moore Theatre. The performances are open to elementary and high school students, and to members of the community. Admission is free.

Artistic director for Fiesta Latina is OCC Dance Professor Jose Costas, a native of Puerto Rico who spent nine years as principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico of New York. He joined OCC's faculty in 1999. OCC's Fiesta Latina features eight student-dancers. Costas will act as emcee for the two May 3 performances, which will showcase dances from Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. "When you learn about our dances, you learn something about who we (Latinos) are," Costas says. "The Latino community is a tapestry of culturally diverse people who share deep historical roots. These traditions, which emanate from European, Indian, African and other indigenous influences, reach far back into time and far across the globe to blend into a vivid kaleidoscope of dance and music."

Orange Coast College's students will perform the Meringue with 40 fourth and fifth graders from Costa Mesa's Wilson Elementary School. Costas says Fiesta Latina performances offer unusual insight into Latino culture. "You must remember that there's no one definitive Latino culture. When you look at Central and South America on a map, it's a huge region with many different influences, cultures and ethnic groups. We're attempting to depict that diversity in our performances." For information about Fiesta Latina, phone (714) 432-5506, ext. 4.

DID YOU KNOW: The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) provides artists with disabilities many resources, such as education, access to arts organizations, recreation and health professional information, and training to promote the full inclusion of disabled individuals in the arts community. NADC is a project of the University Affiliated Program at UCLA. Visit their Web site,, for more information.

HONORS NIGHT/SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE: Honors Night tickets are now available for faculty and staff in the Community Education Office. Staff and faculty are entitled to one complimentary ticket. Additional tickets are $12 with a limit of one. If you're a scholarship donor, please pick up your ticket in the Scholarship Office. Seating is assigned and tickets are required for admission to the event on Wednesday, May 8. For more information, call Nancy Timmons at Ext. 25645.

SERVICE, THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN OCC'S M.O.: Round-the-Clock Coverage! Maintenance and Operations coordinator Jerry Wass wants everyone on campus to know that, after regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M&O can be reached through Campus Safety. After office hours, please call Ext. 25017, and Campus Safety will reach M&O by radio. During office hours, please call Ext. 26302.


Please join the Math and Sciences Division at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17,
for the dedication of a garden bench in memory of Sandy Savage.
It will be in the Horticulture Gardens.

For more information, please contact Stan Johnson at Ext. 25093.

VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES: As part of the continuing lecture series, sculptor Alexis Weidig will present and discuss her work on Thursday, May 2, in Art Center Room 101 from 7-8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, with a special focus on Art faculty and students. For more information, call Hillary Mushkin at (714) 432-5539.

COAST TO COAST IN PDF FORMAT: Did you know you may receive Coast to Coast newsletter via e-mail attachment by e-mailing requesting placement on the subscription list?

MONTHLY COLLECTION OF KINDNESS: Make a difference in someone's daily life by assembling a Coast Cares Kit. It's easy to do – just purchase (or bring from your shelves at home) any combination of new items (from sample to bulk sizes) and assemble your kit in a basket, bag or baggie. Your basket might contain canned food, non-perishable foods, trash bags, paper, postage stamps, stationery, shampoo, paperback books or clothes. Your grocery/gift bag might hold washcloths, towels, toothbrushes, combs, scarves or blankets. Your baggie or zip lock bag might have sample size toiletry items like deodorant, hand soap, nail clippers or mouthwash. Please bring your Coast Cares Kit to the College Life Office by Monday, May 20. As always, extra credit verification slips are available for your students.

NEW SERVICES AT THE BOOKSTORE: The OCC Bookstore now has several new services and items for your convenience. You can now find film developing services in addition to finding the latest CDs, DVDs, and magazines. And the bookstore now sells the newest iMac computers and software and is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (714) 432-5896 or visit online at .

AN OPEN NOTE: Coast to Coast recently received a card from Nuha Salibi, associate professor of English as a second language. She had the following to express: "I would like to take the opportunity to thank all my friends and colleagues for all the support I have received since my husband Raja passed away. I am so grateful for the wonderful flowers, calls, cards, and sincere expressions of sympathy and caring I have received.

What touched me most was seeing so many people at the funeral. Once more, I have been reminded of the OCC spirit that is truly incomparable. My family and I are deeply grateful."

STAFF DEVELOPMENT NEWS: The Staff Recognition Committee and Academic Senate Faculty Recognition Committee would like to extend a giant thank you to the many people who helped make the Outstanding Coast Colleagues Program on Tuesday, April 16, a huge success. Thank you for your support!

OCC volleyball team photo

COAST TO HOST STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY & SATURDAY: OCC will host the best men's volleyball teams from throughout the state this weekend (April 26 & 27) as they compete to see who is the best in the State of California. Our own men's team, coached by Chuck Cutenese, is currently undefeated and ranked #1 in the state and will be playing in the semi-finals at 8 p.m. on Friday April 26 in OCC's Peterson Gymnasium against the winner of the Santa Barbara vs. Grossmont match that is being played on Tuesday (April 22). Should the Pirates win on Friday they will be playing for the State Championship on Saturday (April 27) at 7 p.m. also in Peterson Gymna sium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Come and support the Pirates as they seek their first state title in men's volleyball since 1994!

ENJOY THE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES: The Orange County Museum of Art will be showing "Force of Evil" (1948) on May 3 at 6:30 p.m., as part of its Friday Night Film Series. Corruption and loss of values plague a lawyer who abandons his principles and goes to work for a racketeer to protect his brother. It's a compelling study of how ambition leads in different directions, but ultimately to downfall. Politically conscious director Abraham Polonsky uses a veneer of gangsterism and corruption to mask an extraordinarily existential vision and strong social criticism. This 78-minute, black-and-white film stars John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, and Marie Windsor. The Film Series will continue on May 17 with the showing of "The Canterville Ghost" (1944), about American soldiers caught in a haunted English castle during War World II. 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.

LET'S HIT THE BEACH: Please announce to your students that the College Life and Interclub Council are seeking volunteers from Beach Cleanup 2002, which will take place Saturday, April 27, at Crystal Cove State Park Beach at 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. The buses will leave at 9 a.m. from OCC and return at 4:30 p.m. Please sign up and pick up medical forms at the College Life Office by the deadline of Thursday, April 25. Extra credit slips are available.

SHOWCASING OUR NATIONAL CHAMPS: OCC's speech and debate team captured the national championship title earlier this month in Texas and will now be hosting two showcase performances Tuesday, April 30, on campus to display their talents. The first showcase will be in the Student Center Lounge from noon-1 p.m., and is open to everyone with a $2 donation. There will be another open performance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Fine Arts Hall 116, where admission is $3.

BECOME AN ONLINE DESIGNER THIS SUMMER: Are you interested in creating an online class or some online instructional materials?Or have you wondered what it's really like to be an online student? The OCC Guide to Online Design program, a 10-week online summer class presented by Karen Klammer, is the first step for faculty who want to design online course materials or convert a class for online delivery. The program is free to OCC faculty and staff. A face-to-face orientation will be offered to participants but the rest of the class will be held entirely on the Internet, using the same online classroom thatmost of our OCC online students use! There are no regular meeting times, so you'll be able to fit the online activities into your summer schedule and not miss any valuable time at the beach! To sign up for the program, which will start June 3, please email Karen at or come to an information session on Tuesday, May 7, at 4 p.m. in Administration Room 108!

Eiffel Tower graphic Au Revoir Margaret!

You are cordially invited to attend a Parisian-style retirement party
for Margaret Gratton, Friday, June 7, 2002 at the new OCC Arts Center. Tickets are $30 and reservations may be made by calling
714-432-5749. The event will be catered by OCC's Culinary Arts Department (hors d'oeuvres 6:30 p.m., gourmet French fare 7:15 p.m.). Program and dance to the music of Jim Roberts will follow. Invitations will be placed in mailboxes in early May.

President Gratton photoPRESIDENT'S CORNER
By Margaret A. Gratton

High Technology Committee Sets Sail: Last Friday over 20 members of the OCC High Technology Committee gathered at the Sailing Center for a day of review, discussion, and planning for the future. Kristin Clark and Don Rueter, co-chairs of the committee, designed the session with assistance from Lee LeJeunesse and John Hanna. Facilitating the group was Norm Fricker , who skillfully kept participants on task, on time, energized, and even laughing. The theme of the workshop was "Continuing A Voyage of Discovery." Metaphors were in abundance as the "crew" checked to see where our technology "cyber vessel" has navigated in the last decade, and then "charted the next leg of the course." In other words, Lee and John presented an excellent report showing the technology achievements at OCC over the last decade, and how the college has fulfilled the technology plan plotted out in 1995. The committee spent most of the morning outlining current challenges and visions and goals for a new cycle of planning for 2003-2006. In the afternoon, the group worked to find the message and common visions, and to gain some sense of priorities. Major issues included how to most effectively enhance instruction with technology, how to achieve universal, totally integrated access for all, and how to be proactive in finding new resources and efficiencies for technology. Another central theme was how to have a dynamic learning community that provides continuous development in the applications of technology, service to students, and excellence in teaching and learning. Do we know what our students want and need in this new age of technology? Do we have the ability to envision daily academic life three years from now -- a decade from now? A report of the session will be presented to the Planning and Budget Committee this week. Next task for the committee is to continue working on a draft of the new plan which could be made final in the fall semester and serve as a complement to the institutional plan for 2003-2006. With these timelines, Orange Coast College will be well posi tioned for a mid-term WASC accreditation report in 2003, and well grounded for the next accreditation cycle culminating in 2006.

Student Talent Shines: Last Thursday the annual Student Art Show opened in the Orange Coast College Gallery. The diversity of student talent is fascinating, and, as usual, the exhibit is mounted with loving care and imagination -- even in our small and temporary quarters. Friday and Saturday evenings, the annual Student Dance Concert played to full houses at the Robert B. Moore Theatre. The beautiful, exciting, and diverse pieces truly showcased the depth and breadth of dance education at Orange Coast College. Kudos to our fine arts faculty and our dance faculty for the achievements of their students. There is no mystery -- no question about "outcomes." The excellence, the discipline, and the "professionalism" of our student artists and performers is right out there for all to see and appreciate.

Math Meet and More: Congratulations to the Mathematics Department for a successful High School Math Meet last Friday. Students from local high schools spent the day in individual and team competitions, ending with lots of awards for success. The High School Math Meet encour ages young students who like mathematics. The Meet celebrates their achievements and allows them to see what Orange Coast College is about. Special tribute to Sonia Avetisian, who took on the task of coordinating the event -- something she had not done before. With help and encouragement from her colleagues, she did a great job and promises she will do it again next year. Thank you, Sonia.

Four New Faculty Selected: Following many days and hours of interviewing, four new faculty have been selected and recommended to the Board of Trustees for fall semester, 2002. The selection process has been completed for two positions in physics, one in chemistry, and one in physical education/athletics (remaining from 2001-2002). The search/selection process for a political science position is under way.


  • Interior Design coordinator Susan Coleman attended the Enlightened Leadership Workshop on April 17 -19 in Lake Arrowhead.
  • Student Health Director Marilyn Dickson will attend the Post Graduate Clinical Management/Control Tuberculosis Conference on April 20-28 in Denver, Colo.
  • EOPS/CARE Director Richard Hernandez, clerical assistant Xiomara Melendez , EOPS Outreach specialist Lydia Arbizo, and EOPS counselors Clyde Phillips, Vida Shajie, and Marta Cabral attended the 2002 Region VIII Mini Conference on April 18-19 in Lake Arrowhead.
  • Bob Lazarus, Film/Video instructor, attended the National Association of Broadcasters Conference on April 11 -12 in Las Vegas.
  • Sociology/Psychology Professor Charles Leviton will attend the Certification Program in Guided Imagery Workshop on April 24 -29 In Milwaukee, WI.
  • Dean of Counseling Hue Pham , staff assistant Ana Tovar, and counselors Patricia Arfsten, Linda Bagatourian, Carol Barnes, Phyllis Cool, Eric Cuellar , Nghia Duong, Benjamin Figueroa, Steven Goetz, Alex Guillen, Toni Iseman , Anna Katsuki, Stacy Kirch, Kelly Lee, Jessica Nguyen, Robert Schnederman , and Jan Tolson will attend the Ensuring Transfer Success Conference on April 29-30 in Anaheim.
  • Vinta Shumway, media librarian, will attend "Information Competency: The Community College Experience" on May 3 in Santa Ana.

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

"Empire Falls"
By Richard Russo
Bestsellers PR 3568 .U812 E4 2001
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Literature, this story is of how the textile and logging industries have deserted Empire Falls, Maine, and it appears ready to die. But Miles Roby, manager of the Empire Grill, finds sustenance for the soul by observing the eccentricities of his repeat customers. The storyline centers on small town life mostly from the milieu of the diner.

"The Bonesetter's Daughter"
By Amy Tan
PS 3570 .A48 B6 2001
Tan's latest novel harkens back to her first, The Joy Luck Club, in its fascination with mother-daughter relationships. Familial squabbles erupt within every chapter, particularly among daughters, mothers and sisters. Tan uses these conflicts to explore the dynamics that exist between first-generation Americans and their immigrant elders.

By Vinta Shumway, Media Librarian

"Harvest of Fear"
PBS, 1999
120 minutes
Location: VHS ZZ 1997 .H35
Recommended by Eleanor Huang in the Nutrition Department, this PBS Frontline/NOVA program examines the perils and potential of genetically modified foods. Are they vital scientific breakthroughs that will help end world hunger and reduce global pollution, or are they "Frankenfoods" that will ruin health and provoke environmental disaster? For information on this 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

Don't apply vitamin E creams or ointments to help heal wounds. One small study of patients who had undergone surgery to remove skin cancers found that vitamin E cream didn't promote healing any better than a placebo (petroleum jelly). In fact, the cream worsened the appearance of the scar and in one-third of the patients it caused a rash. This is not the first study to have found this.


Thursday, April 25

  • Baseball vs. Golden West, 2:30 p.m.
  • Men's and Women's Tennis, Ojai Invitational, all day
  • Track and Field, OEC Preliminaries at OCC, 1 p.m.
  • Swim Team, OEC Swimming Championships at Saddleback, all day

Friday, April 26

  • Men's Volleyball, State Championships at OCC, TBA.
  • Men's and Women's Tennis, Ojai Invitational, All day
  • Track and Field, OEC Preliminaries at OCC, 1 p.m.
  • Swim Team, OEC Swimming Championships at Saddleback, all day
  • "Swan Lake," Robert B. Moore Theatre , 8 p.m., $19 advance, $16 for seniors, students and children, $20 at the door, $17 at the door for children. For reservations, call (714) 432-5880, Ext. 1

Saturday, April 27

  • Men's Volleyball, State Championships at OCC, TBA.
  • Men's and Women's Tennis, Ojai Invitational, All day
  • Swim Team, OEC Swimming Championships at Saddleback, all day
  • Women's Crew, Miller Cup at Marina del Rey, 8 a.m.
  • "Swan Lake," Robert B. Moore Theatre , 2:30 p.m., $19 advance, $16 for seniors, students and children, $20 at the door, $17 at the door for children. For reservations, call (714) 432-5880, Ext. 1

Sunday, April 28

  • Men's and Women's Tennis, Ojai Invitational, All day
  • OCC's Wind Ensemble, Robert B. Moore Theatre, 3 p.m., $5 advance, $7 at the door.

Monday, April 29

  • Men's Golf, OEC Tournament at Los Seranos, 7 a.m.

Tuesday, April 30

  • Baseball, OEC Mini-Tournament, 2:30 p.m.
  • Women's Tennis, Dual team playoffs, 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 2

  • Swim Team, State Championships at Pasadena, all day
  • Baseball, OEC Mini-Tournament, 2:30 p.m.
  • Men's Tennis, So. Calif. Regionals at Western State, TBA
  • Women's Tennis, So. Calif. Regionals, TBA

Friday, May 3

  • Swim Team, State Championships at Pasadena, all day
  • Baseball, OEC Mini-Tournament, 2:30 p.m.
  • Women's Crew, WIRA Championships at Sacramento, 8 a.m.
  • Men's Crew, Pacific Coast Championships at Sacramento, 8 a.m.
  • Men's Tennis, So. Calif. Regionals at Western State, TBA
  • Women's Tennis, So. Calif. Regionals, TBA
  • Fiesta Latina, Robert B. Moore Theatre, 10 a.m. and noon, admission is free.

Saturday, May 4

  • Swim Team, State Championships at Pasadena, all day
  • Women's Crew, WIRA Championships at Sacramento, 8 a.m.
  • Men's Crew, Pacific Coast Championships at Sacramento, 8 a.m.
  • Softball, Southern Calif. Regionals, TBA.
  • Men's Tennis, So. Calif. Regionals at Western State, TBA
  • Women's Tennis, So. Calif. Regionals, TBA
  • Track and Field, So.n Calif. Preliminaries, 9 a.m.

Sunday, May 5

  • Women's Crew, WIRA Championships at Sacramento, 8 a.m.
  • Softball, So. Calif. Regionals, TBA.
  • Men's Crew, Pacific Coast Championships at Sacramento, 8 a.m.
  • OCC Symphony Orchestra, Robert B. Moore Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $6 advance, $10 at the door.


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