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GRADS URGED TO 'HOLD FAST TO YOUR DREAM'
graduateOCC Faculty Member of the Year Robin O’Connor urged 2,508 graduates to “Hold Fast to Your Dream” at the college’s 64th commencement ceremony held at Pacific Amphitheatre May 23rd.

Robin heads OCC’s Adapted Physical Education Program, where she helps students with disabilities and traumatic injuries. “The dream is out there,” she said. “You move forward like my students do–one step at a time.”

A total 1,283 students received Associate in Arts degrees, while 610 earned Associate in Science degrees. Certificates of Completion were presented to 614 graduates.

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CAMPUS INVITED FEEDBACK ON ACCREDITATION
OCC students, faculty members, classified staff, managers and administrators are encouraged to submit feedback on the college’s accreditation self-study by Friday, June 1st. Comments received by that date will be considered as the college prepares the final report.

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OCC STUDENT WINS $30,000 JACK KENT COOKE SCHOLARSHIP
Tung PhanTung Phan was in the middle of an exam in his computer science class when he heard the news that he was the winner of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship.

“Winning the scholarship was a complete surprise,” said Tung, who was nominated for the award by Dean of Students Kate Mueller. “Winning the scholarship means a lot,” he added. “It’s the first step toward my dream.” He plans to attend UC Berkeley where he will study mechanical and nuclear engineering.

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DEDICATED TRIO HONORED BY "HANGING OF THE ORANGE"
An administrator, a faculty member and a M&O skilled maintenance staff worker shared recognition this week as recipients of Orange Coast College’s Hanging of the Orange Award presented to staff members who go “above and beyond” their regular campus duties.

Kevin Ballinger, who wore two hats this year as dean of both Consumer Health Sciences and the Physical Education & Athletics divisions, was selected along with ESL instructor Tamar Goldman, and Jorge Sanchez, who works for M&O.

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT SEEKS HELP WINNING $10,000 MATCHING GRANT
Eliza RubensteinThanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the OCC Music Department has been offered a matching donation in the amount of $10,000 to fund scholarships for our vocal and choral students! The catch? We have to act fast, as only those funds received before June 1 will be matched.

Can you help us reach our goal by making a contribution? Your tax-deductible donation, large or small, will help talented vocal and choral students in need, so that lack of financial resources doesn’t keep them from realizing their potential and their dreams.

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IRINI RICKERSON NAMED "HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR"
Irini RickersonOCC art history professor Irini Rickerson was named the first-ever Humanitarian of the Year by the EOPS Honors Club.

“She’s not the type of woman you’d meet every day,” according to Un Joo Kang, club vice president who organized the ceremony. The event, held in the Student Center, raised more than $5,000 in scholarships for the club.

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2012 RETIREES
Dan Adelmann, Tom Akers, Mary Belcher, Dan Farrell, Dave Gleason, Jill Golden, Ken Hearlson, Lorraine Henry, So Van Nguyen, Rick Steadry, Wayne Tennant, Debbie Webb, Nicholas Winter, Anne Wynne.

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: OCC TO COLUMBIA FOR MARINE VETERAN
Michael FalkensteinMichael Falkenstein, a 23-year-old Marine and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, has been accepted into Columbia’s School of General Studies after squeezing two years of community college into three semesters at OCC.

He has earned a 4.0 GPA in honors classes at Coast although he takes more classes each semester than the average student, and most of his classes are in challenging courses like math and computer science. During the summer he took additional classes at Cal State Long Beach. This spring he will complete 26 units.

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OCC OPENS DOOR TO MEDICAL CAREERS FOR HUNTINGTON BEACH COUPLE
Chelsea and Matt TafoyaFor Chelsea and Matt Tafoya, OCC’s slogan, “We’ll help you get there,” means a chance to follow their dreams to become medical doctors at the University of Michigan Medical School.

The couple, who graduated five years ago with degrees in political science and psychology, has been collecting credits in science classes at Coast since 2008, when they decided to pursue careers in medicine.

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USC PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDENT THANKFUL FOR NEW START AT OCC
Sadia Quidwai
Sadia Quidwai first enrolled at Orange Coast College when she graduated from Fountain Valley High School at the age of 15, and she transferred and graduated from UC Irvine. However,  a change in career plans brought her back to Coast.
 
Sadia she returned to OCC three years ago to complete the science classes she needed to enroll in the Physician Assistant program at University of Southern California.


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SATURDAY IS LAST CHANCE TO VIEW "MASS APPEAL"
“Mass Appeal,” featuring works by OCC students, will close on Saturday. The exhibit will be open Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:0 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. “It is a beautiful group of artworks by 154 of our students,” said Arts Pavilion director Andrea Harris.

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OCC TO HOST 'WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL' MAY 30
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“Wild & Scenic Film Festival” will be presented on Wednesday, May 30th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Tickets are $10 in advance at the OCC Bursar’s Office and at REI stores in Tustin Market Place and Huntington Beach. Student tickets are $5 at the Bursar’s Office.

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ASTRONOMY CLUB INVITES COMMUNITY TO VIEW TRANSIT OF VENUS JUNE 5
Orange Coast College’s Astronomy Club will set up five to six solar telescopes near the Planetarium on Tuesday, June 5th, to view the transit of Venus, an event that occurs once every 120 years.
 
Prime viewing of the transit of Venus will take place between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., but the solar telescopes will be available until 8:00 p.m. The event is open to the public free of charge.

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STUDENTS ORGANIZE TEDx EVENTS ON JUNE 20
tedxocc logoOrange Coast College will host a TEDx event on June 20 focused on the theme “Innovation in Education to Inspire the Next Generation.” The program will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 1:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The event is the first of its kind at OCC, and one of the first at a community college, according to OCC student Mohammad Al-shootfa, who is organizing the event with a team of 15 students

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION SLATES SUMMER CLASSES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
KIDS IN POOLOrange Coast College’s campus will be bustling this summer with a wide range of classes for kids, teens and adults offered by OCC Community Education.

Classes for children run the gamut of science camps, swimming, filmmaking, sports, music, arts and crafts, a Summer Career Academy camps and academic enrichment, including the well-known Escalante Math Progam.

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IMC COMMITTEE PUBLISHES SPRING NEWSLETTER
The International & Multicultural Committee (IMC) has published a six-page newsletter and would like to share it with faculty, administrators and staff.

The newsletter features articles by committee members and profiles on faculty members and students.
The newsletter is available on the OCC Portal at www.tinyurl.com/IMC-News.


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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY: JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST 2012 CALENDAR
This calendar is provided by the International and Multicultural Committee to celebrate diversity at Orange Coast College and in our community.

The following are celebrations of diversity for June 2012:

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RE-ENTRY CENTER PLANS SWAP MEET FUNDRAISER
The Re-Entry Center is organizing a fundraiser at the OCC Swap Meet on Saturday, June 9th, from 6:30 am-4:30 pm. Please come and bring your CASH to spend. All proceeds will go towards helping our re-entry students.

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TECH TRAINING INSTITUTE IN JULY AT COASTLINE
Coastline Community College is inviting OCC faculty and staff to attend its 8th annual Summer Technology Training Institute on Thursday and Friday, July 19 & 20, at the college’s Garden Grove Center, 12901 Euclid Street. The event is sponsored by Coastline’s Distance Learning/Technology Committee.

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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JOY JARS DEADLINE MAY 31ST
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Jessica Joy Rees, Leon Skeie’s granddaughter who passed away Jan. 5th had a wish to send Joy Jars to every child fighting cancer–50,000 children. Joy Jars are about 7 inches high and have a 3 ½ inch opening and are stuffed with toys to bring a smile to a child’s face. Please check Jessie’s website www.jessicajoyrees.com to see the smiles on the children’s faces that have received a Joy Jar.

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MANAGER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS OPEN UNTIL JUNE 1
Nominations for Manager of the Year are open for faculty, staff, hourly and managers who would like to recommend a manager who goes “above and beyond the call of duty.” The nomination process has been simplified this year with an online nomination form at www.cdmaweb.org. Deadline for nominations is June 1st.

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MACINTOSH USERS GROUP MEETS SATURDAY, JUNE 2
oacc logoThe Orange Apple Computer Club, a Macintosh user's group, meets Saturday, June 2, 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.

For more information, go to the Orange Apple website at www.oacc.org.

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OCC Newsmakers

OCC in the News
The CCCD Board of Trustees voted to back Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative. www.tinyurl.com/CCCD-tax-initiative

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Save The Date!

GALLERY EXHIBITS
CAMPUS CALENDAR

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News You Can Use

LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS
FOOD SERVICES SUMMER HOURS
SPRING GRADE LABS and MyOCC TRAINING

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On A Personal Note

 
Al IrwinAl Irwin, 94, coached football and water polo at Orange Coast College, and moved on to coach water polo at UC Irvine in 1965, opening a brand new school. The Newport Beach resident also served as athletic director at UCI from 1974 until his retirement in '79. UCI will name its new athletic center after Irvin, who was featured in a story in the OC Register. www.tinyurl.com/al-irwin.

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Book Talk

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ROOTS OF STYLE: WEAVING TOGETHER LIFE, LOVE, AND FASHION
by Isabel Toledo
TT505.T62 A3 2012


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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

Jane Hilgendorf began writing her weekly column for Coast to Coast 25 years ago. This week's column will be her last.

Jane began “Healthful Hints” after her brother died at the age of 47 from congestive heart failure. It could have been prevented if he had taken better care of his health. Her personal loss motivated Jane to share information that would help others improve their health in “in short subtle hints without being preachy.”

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