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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 15
Thursday, May 16, 2002


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


"Do everything you do as though your seventh generation grandchildren are watching and all they will know of you is what they see right now." –

Chickasaw Indian adage

Beach graphic


This will be the last Coast to Coast issue for the semester.

We'd like to thank everyone who contributed news items, heartwarming stories
and funny tidbits over the last five months. On behalf of the Community Relations office,
Coast to Coast would like to wish everybody a great summer and we will see you back here in the fall.



Honors Night photos

Photos (left to right): Brenda Shine welcomes guests;
Kevin Shannon (Friends of Students); Sharron Perez (Kroll Award)

OCC honored nearly 500 students May 8 at its 44th annual Honors Night Awards Ceremony. The college handed out more than $260,000 in scholarships to 289 students, and presented 186 students with leadership and service awards. The cer emony, held at Robert B. Moore Theatre, was attended by nearly a thousand students, parents and guests. Attendees enjoyed a light buffet in the Student Center. OCC student body President Traci Travis, a sophomore from Garden Grove, captured the second annual Sharon K. Donoff Student Leader of the Year Award. She received a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship.

Sharron Perez received the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Les Miller Award as OCC's Woman of the Year for 2001-02. Giovanni Scarfone was named the Les Miller Man of the Year. Seven students shared the prestigious Joseph R. Kroll Student Leader of Distinction Award and received engraved gold pens and $500 scholarships. Kroll Award winners were Amy Angelo, Adriana Chrispens, Laura Mayer , Traci Travis, Giovanni Scarfone, Sharron Perez and Luong Truong. Twenty-two students received the Robert B. Moore Pin. The sterling silver lapel pin is awarded to students who have assumed leadership roles and exhibited excep tional dedication in service to others.

Guy Chapman was named OCC's Disabled Student of the Year.

Seventy-one students accepted engraved pens for student leadership. Twenty earned gold certificates for volunteering a mini mum of 70 hours of service to the college, and 64 students received silver certificates for a minimum of 20 hours of service. The $260,000 distributed this year in scholarships is a record for the college. Last year's total was $240,000. Approximately 250 corporations, clubs, and organizations contributed awards.

DID YOU KNOW: The Abilities EXPO will be held June 7-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This is the largest exhibi tion of products and services for disabled people in the U.S. There will be over 200 exhibitors displaying various products, including wheelchair vans, special clothing, sporting equipment and adapted computers and software. Admission is $5. There are a limited number of discount coupons available in the Disabled Students' Center on campus. For each of the coupons used, OCC disabled student scholarships will receive $1. Do not miss this important event.

WHEN SPRING CLEANING, REMEMBER THE FRIENDS: After a very successful spring book sale by the Friends of the Library, Friends' members would like to ask you to continue with your book donations. When you find an old book that's ready for a new home or when you clean out your closets, bookshelves, garages and cupboards – remember the Friends. They will be taking donations throughout the summer in preparation for future book sales. Books may be dropped off at the library, located in the Adams parking lot. Friends of the Library are grateful for your ongoing support.

GIVE ME A STUDY BREAK: ASOCC is sponsoring Study Nights in the Student Center where free sodas, coffee, tea and snacks will be available to students with school ID. The Study Nights will be held May 20-22 from 7-10 p.m.

HONORS NIGHT-SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE: The Scholarship Office had this to say: "Congratulations to all recipients of scholarships. Thanks to all faculty and staff who helped make Honors Night a success.

THESE THUMBS FOR YOU: The OCC Admission and Records Offices would like to congratulate Claire Ippolito, a transcript evaluator in Student Records. Claire has been nominated as the first A&R Thumbs Up Employee of the Quarter. The Thumbs Up Program was implemented to recognize those who exemplify excellence while serving students, faculty and staff. Claire received comments such as, "She never has an off day," "She gives 110 percent" and "She is one of OCC's best kept secrets!"


Faculty and staff are invited to the End of the Year Breakfast on Tuesday, May 21, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Student Center. Hosted by the OCC Foundation, the breakfast will honor the 2001-02 retirees and service award recipients starting at 9:45 a.m.

THE OCC OSCARS: The Film/Video Department is hosting its 32nd annual Student Film and Video Festival on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. A $5 donation will be taken at the door.

SAVE THE EARTH, EARN SOME MONEY: The lucky April winner of the $100 monthly drawing in the Commute Reduction Program is Rita Schulte. As a 3-year OCC employee, she works as the accounts payable clerk. Rita drives to work with her son, Jared, who is an OCC student and works part-time in the mailroom. They commute 18 miles each way and have done so since January 2000. She has not yet decided how she will use the money but said she does need new tires – a fitting way to use the winnings from a carpool drawing. For more information about the program, call John Farmer at Ext. 25017.

SERVICE – THAT'S OCC'S M.O.: Maintenance and Operations Coordinator Jerry Wass is pleased to announce that Sean Rivell will begin serving as the new grounds supervisor on May 28. He is from New Jersey and has lived in San Juan Capistrano for two years.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT NEWS: The Classified Welcome Aboard Reception is Wednesday, May 22, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Captain's Table. If you are new to OCC campus within the past year, you should have received an invitation, along with your supervisor. All other classified employees are invited but did not receive a special invitation. We are requesting that everyone RSVP for food and seating planning. This is a special program designed to welcome new classified employees and get infor mation about our campus. If you haven't already RSVP'd, please call Kye Ext. 26238.

Jim Carnett photoCARNETT NAMED OCC'S MANAGER OF THE YEAR: OCC's director of marketing and community relations, Jim Carnett, has been named Manager of the Year for the college for 2001-02. The Costa Mesa resident received the award last week at the spring luncheon hosted by the Coast Community College District Management Association. The award was presented by President Margaret A. Gratton.

Carnett, who has been a member of OCC's staff for 31 years, has served on the board of directors of both the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) and the California Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO). He was CCPRO president in 1994-95, and chaired three state conferences. He was named NCMPR's national Communicator of the Year in 1987, and was presented the D. Richard Petrizzo Career Achievement Award last year. He was given CCPRO's career service All -PRO Award in 1991.

Carnett has won four first-place national feature-writing awards, and 35 first-place California, regional and national writing cita tions. He has captured a total of 61 first-place state, regional and national community college public relations awards. An OCC graduate, Carnett earned his B.A. degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton, and his M.A. in education from Pepperdine University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Information School at Fort Slocum, N.Y.

ATTENTION ALL ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS: The last payment for the spring 2002 semester will be June 28. Checks/direct-deposit receipts will be held in the personnel office for pickup from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until July 9. After this date, checks and receipts will be mailed to the address on file in the personnel office. Please update your address if you have recently moved. To change your address, complete a PDF form available from the office or your division/area coordinators.

THE ANNUAL MARINE GEAR SALE AND BOAT AUCTION is back at OCC on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. This is a liquidation of boats, gear, sails and equipment that have been purchased or donated to the school.For more information, call (949) 645-9412 or visit online at


Have a good idea that might help improve our world on the campus, in the surrounding community, or in the larger world? Well here's the new forum to express it. We hope to make this a regular column for next semester's newsletter so please feel free to submit suggestions in the future. Below are a few great examples:

"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." – From the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy.

"If every household in the U.S. replaced just one box of 18 load petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with our vegetable-based product, we could save 79,000 barrels of oil – enough to drive a car over 83 million miles" –

ENJOY THE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES: The Orange County Museum of Art will be showing "The Canterville Ghost" (1944) on May 17 at 6:30 p.m., as part of its Friday Night Film Series. While the story may be about American soldiers in a haunted English castle during World War II, the real battle is between two of the film's greatest scene-stealers: Charles Laughton, the 300-year-old ghost, and little pigtailed Margaret O'Brien. Jules Dassin directed this 92-minute, black-and-white film.

The Film Series will continue on June 7 with the showing of "Point Blank" (1967), the neo-noir about an "honest" criminal, Lee Marvin, who only wants his share of the loot. 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. Recom mended 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.

President Gratton photoPRESIDENT'S CORNER
Margaret A. Gratton

The Spirit of Orange Coast College

This is a special time of year. Although our days are jam-packed and we wonder if we ever will "get it all done," this also is a time of joy and fulfillment. If anyone wonders what Orange Coast College is all about, the concluding events of spring semester dramatize for us the achievement of our mission, again and again.

There is Honors Night. Our 44th annual Honors Night, "Let Freedom Ring," was attended by over 900 persons. A record total of $260,000 in scholarships was awarded to 289 students. These gifts came from 250 corporations, service clubs, campus organizations, individual and family donors. That was just the scholarship part. Another 186 students were honored for leadership and thousands of hours of service. Our Culinary Arts students, faculty, and staff provided a sumptuous buffet. The achievements of our students are dazzling, and we rejoice for them as they reap the rewards of their hard work. The grand ceremony of Honors Night happens because of the spirit of Orange Coast College. Everyone – faculty, administrators, support staff, students, the OCC Foundation, ASOCC, various committees, our community, and individuals all pull together – each with his or her special role – committed to making the best evening possible in honor of students. And, indeed, each time it seems better than ever. Our compliments to Kate Mueller, Dean of Students , who led the way this year (her first Honors Night!) with grace and competence.

In the last few weeks of spring semester, we are busy with celebratory lunches and dinners, even breakfasts and afternoon receptions. These events tell the stories of our year of work and the Coast Spirit – our legacy. There is the Puente Project, EOPS, the Honors Program reception, the Allied Heath professions pinning ceremonies. Last Friday evening, the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOPS) held its 10th anniversary dinner.

Alumni was there with families, new babies, and stories of degrees earned, achievement and dreams fulfilled – paying tribute to their counselors, Cheryl Jupiter and Alex Guillen . The program has successfully transferred over 200 students, most of whom are the first in their family to attend college. We have our final concerts, and on what other community college campus can you be treated to "Peter and the Wolf," Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto (played brilliantly by Teresa Dejong-Pombo) and Mozart's "Requiem Mass" (under the direction of chorale director, Dr. Ricardo Soto) all in one week. Each event, each celebration, leads us, step by step, to the grand finale of Commencement 2002. Another year – and once again we have prevailed in the fulfillment of our mission – leading students to transfer and technical professions, helping them fulfill their quest for learning, preparing them to be global citizens. This is what Orange Coast is all about. This is what we do together and why Orange Coast College is the prestigious community college it is.

Such are the thoughts within me as I prepare this final "President's Corner." There are three essential values that OCC must hold dear and never fail to cherish, protect, and cultivate no matter what. You know what they are. You live them each day. One is that OCC is deeply student-centered. Second, there is an unrelenting passion for excellence in thought and action. And, finally, the true alchemy of this beautiful place – community, nobility, and generosity of spirit. The OCC legacy. Thank you for six wonderful years.

Eiffel Tower graphic

You are cordially invited to attend a Parisian-style retirement party for President Margaret Gratton, Friday, June 7, at the new OCC Arts Center. The event will be catered by OCC's Culinary Arts Department (hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., gourmet French fare at 7:15 p.m.). Program and dance to music of Jim Roberts will follow. Tickets are $30. Reservations may be made by calling (714) 432-5749, or return the invitation cards no later than Friday, May 24.


  • Marjorie Ball , Community Education Director, will attend the Association of Community and Continuing Education Executive Board Meeting on May 20 in Sacramento.
  • Professor Barbara Bond, Dean of Physical Education Fred Hokanson , Professor Janice Maran, and department secretary Donna Wright attended the Athletics Department Spring 2002 Combined Meeting/Conference on May 6-7 in Shelter Island, San Diego.
  • Rosalind Campbell, accounting clerk, will attend the Conflict Management Skill for Women Conference on May 23 in Long Beach.
  • Susan Coleman, Interior Design coordinator, will attend the Council for Interior Design Certification Board Meeting on May 23-26 in Inglewood.
  • Jose Costas, Dance instructor, will attend the 3rd Annual West Coast Salsa Congress Workshop on May 23-26 in Inglewood.
  • Terry Craig, Director of Facilities, attended the Technology 2002 Conference on May 6-7 in San Diego.
  • Mary Martin, Adapted Physical Education instructor, attended the Adapted Physical Education State Task Force Workshop on May 3 in San Jose.
  • Irene Naesse, geography instructor, attended the California Geographic Society Annual Meeting from May 3-5 in Lone Pine, Calif., where she was elected to CGS Board.
  • Vinta Shumway, media librarian, attended "Information Competency: The Community College Experience" on May 3 in Santa Ana .
  • Betil Yett, assistant professor of Anthropology, and Jay Yett, professor of Geology, will attend the American Association of Community Colleges Broadening Horizons Grant Conference on May 20-21 in Woodland Hills. Jay Yett will also attend the National Campus Compact Conference Service Learning Workshop as a presenter on May 22-24 in Woodland Hills.


Congratulations go out to Ursula Hartunian, who recently upgraded her amateur radio license (ham radio) to Extra Class by passing a test on Saturday, May 11.

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Bev Miller, of Reprographics, had this message to pass on: "I would like to express my thanks to the faculty and staff for the concern they have shown me during my husband's illness and the sudden death of my brother. Your thoughts and prayers have been greatly appreciated."

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

"Athletries: The Untold Story of Ancient Greek Women Athletes"
By Anne C. Reese and Irini Vallera-Rickerson
GC 21 .R44 A7 2002
Co-written by our own illustrious Professor Rickerson, the book gives an exhaustively detailed look at the ancient Greek games and all of the women's shining contributions. The authors' thorough documentation adds to the reader's pleasure. It has an excellent index, and the "Certificates for Winners" – with its ancient Greek inscription, modern Greek and English translations – is a gem. Women's achievements in sports are often overlooked in contemporary times – now just marvel at how the authors have saved ancient Greek female athletes from obscurity!

"On Histories and Stories"
By A.S. Byatt
PN 3343.B93 2001
This book is a series of essays on the complicated relations between reading, writing and remembering. The gifted novelist A.S. Byatt sorts the modish from the interesting and the truly good to arrive at a new view of British writing in our time. Her essays amount to an eloquent and often moving meditation on the commitment to narrative and storytelling.

By Vinta Shumway, Media Librarian

"The Secret Life of the Brain"
PBS, 2002
60 minutes each
Location: VHS QP 376 .S43 (Part 1-5)
Recommended by Julie Bauman in the Speech Department, this series of five programs examines how and why the brain changes from birth through childhood, puberty, adulthood, and our final years. For information on Library 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 incidence of neural tube birth defects dropped almost 20 percent in the two years following the mandatory fortification of refined grain products with low levels of the B vitamin folic acid in 1998, according to a recent national study. This decline may also be due in part to the increasing use of supplements containing folic acid among young women.

All females of childbearing age should consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day, according to the March of Dimes and Centers for Disease Control. It's important to build up folic acid level at least four weeks before becoming pregnant. To be sure you're getting enough, take a multivitamin or eat a heavily fortified cereal (a few do supply 400 micrograms).


Friday, May 17

  • Baseball, state championships, TBA
  • Track and Field, state championships at Santa Barbara, 9 a.m.
  • Armchair Travel Series, "Japan," Robert B. Moore Theatre, 7 p.m., $7 advance, $6 seniors students and children, $9 at the door.

Saturday, May 18

  • Baseball, state championships, TBA
  • Track and Field, state championships at Santa Barbara, 9 a.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • OCC Big Band Jazz Concert, Robert B. Moore Theatre, 1 p.m., $5 advance, $7 at the door.

Saturday, May 25

  • A Salute to the USO Shows and Glenn Miller, Robert B. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m., $31 advance, $29 seniors, students and children, $35 at the door. Only a few tickets remain!


Coast to Coast is published weekly for the faculty, staff, retirees and friends of Orange Coast College. Coast to Coast is published by OCC's Community Relations/Publications office.

Have a fantastic summer!

This is the last issue of the Coast to Coast for the spring 2002 semester. Coast to Coast would like to thank everyone who has submitted news items and tidbits this past semester. We truly appreciate all the contributions and well wishes. Our publication will resume in the fall. Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Editor: Vicki Zimmerman
Design & Layout: Linda Newman
Intern: Patrick Vuong

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