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OCC GRADUATES EMBRACE THE FUTURE
President Harkins & Michael CanasThe future was in the minds of more than 2,500 graduates as they received 2,552 associate degrees and Certificates of Achievement at Orange Coast College’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony held at Pacific Amphitheatre on Wednesday.

The college awarded 1,441 Associate in Arts degrees, 520 Associate in Science degrees and 591 Certificates of Achievement.

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MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP OFFERS BROADWAY FAVORITES
Theatre arts instructor Beth Hansen will direct Orange Coast College students in a performance of Broadway favorites Friday, May 27th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Tickets are $10.

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STUDENT ARTISTS SHOWCASE WORK IN 'MASS APPEAL'
sculpture“The third year of ‘Mass Appeal,’ OCC’s student exhibition, is a hit!” reports Doyle Arts Pavilion director Andrea Harris. The show, which will be open through June 8th, features the best work of 172 student artists.

Award winners include Catherine Smith, drawing; James Bruce Robertson, painting; Chris Dovey, printmaking; Young Nikita Kim, sculpture; Hannah Melde, collage; Omar DelaRiva, photography; Lisa Mathis, mixed media, Judi Jordan, photography; Jonathan Wade, drawing; Noriho Uriu, printmaking; Karen Schwandt, knit blanket; and Justin Pepper, sculpture.

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'HANGING THE ORANGE' HONORS ART PROFESOR, EOPS SPECIALIST
Irini Rickerson & Jennifer LaBountyEOPS and CARE specialist Jennifer LaBounty and Irini Vallera-Rickerson, OCC professor of art, were named recipients of the “Hanging of the Orange” Award for Coast faculty and staff who “go the extra mile” in their efforts to serve the college and its students.

Hanging of the Orange became a tradition at OCC when OCC Foundation Director Doug Bennett raced to a nearby grocery store to purchase oranges to hang on the barren citrus trees decorating the state during the college’s 59th commencement ceremony in 2007. Although he could only find tangerines, no one noticed the difference.

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OCC'S MAN OF THE YEAR PLANS FUTURE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
Bernardo CervantesBernardo Cervantes, Orange Coast College’s 2011 Man of the Year, has known he wanted to be a biomedical researcher since he was 16 years old. But first he had to learn English well enough to excel in college classes.

Born in San Diego, Bernardo grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, with dual citizenship. He was able to converse casually in English, but really wasn’t bilingual until he spent a year at OCC working hard to master college-level classes. Now–three years later–he actually thinks and dreams in English.

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WOMAN OF YEAR: 'OCC'S AN AMAZING SCHOOL'
Hasti Ahangi with Chancellor Currie There is no doubt in Hasti Ahangi’s mind that Orange Coast College was the perfect place to begin her college education.

“My focus was to get into an amazing school,” said Hasti, OCC’s Woman of the Year. Her decision paid off. She has been offered a full-ride scholarship to UCLA, where she plans to major in communications. She was also admitted to USC and is waiting to see if it will match UCLA’s offer.

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STUDENT LEADER OF THE YEAR: OCC CHANGED HIS LIFE
James Wren & Chancellor CurrieYou could call James Wren, Orange Coast College’s Student Leader of the Year, an “accidental” student.

“It was sheer luck I attended OCC,” James explains, “and I’m thankful for it.”

He had recently moved to Costa Mesa from Los Angeles and lived just a few blocks from campus. A veteran of eight years in the Army reserves, James decided to stop in OCC Veterans Services to see if he qualified for veterans benefits. Staff member Midge Hill encouraged James to take a full load of classes instead of one or two courses, as he originally planned.

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OCC COMMENCEMENT A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR COSTA MESA MOTHER, DAUGHTER
Eloisa Rangel and Susy OrozcoA Costa Mesa mother and daughter graduated together Wednesday as members of Orange Coast College’s Class of 2011.

Eloisa Rangel and her daughter, Susy Orozco, a graduate of Costa Mesa High School, were among 2,552 OCC students receiving associate degrees and certificates at the college’s 63rd commencement ceremony at the Pacific Amphitheatre. The women will continue their education together at Cal State Fullerton this fall.

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BOARD APPOINTS DR. ANDREW JONES AS CCCD CHANCELLOR
Dr. Andrew JonesThe Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Andrew Jones of Dallas, Texas as Chancellor. Jones will replace the retiring Ding-Jo Currie, and will begin as Chancellor this summer.
 
Jones, a senior college administrator for more than 30 years, currently serves as the executive vice chancellor of educational affairs for the Dallas County Community College District, one of the largest community college systems in the nation.


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LIVE WEBCAST THRILLS ALLIED HEALTH GRADS
One hundred and eighty-nine graduates of Orange Coast College’s School of Allied Health Professions were honored Tuesday, May 24th, at the college’s annual "pinning" ceremony. The ceremony was held in the Robert B. Moore Theatre and was simulcast live to Fine Arts 119 to accommodate the overflow audience.

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PUENTE PROGRAM COORDINATOR WINS STRONG ROWER AWARD
Terry Scarbrough and Maria TraverMaria Traver, OCC counselor and Puente coordinator, was honored as the OCC Strong Rower. Maria received the award from Terry Scarbrough, Honors Program coordinator.

“Maria has inspired to be as supportive and helpful to our students as I can be. Our Puente students benefit so much from Maria’s willingness to go the extra mile– whether in the classroom, in her office or on the salsa dance floor.

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SANTA ANA COLLEGE NAMES DR. ALABI TO HALL OF FAME
Jessica Alabi, Ph.D.Jessica Alabi, Ph.D., a full-time sociology and gender studies instructor at Orange Coast College since 2007, was inducted into the Santa Ana College Alumni Hall of Fame last week.

Dr. Alabi, a 1997 graduate from Santa Ana College (SAC), was recognized for her strong commitment to the development and success of youth through teaching, research and publishing. As a student at Santa Ana College, she was president of the Black Student Union, the start of community advocacy that she has pursued throughout her career.

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CIRCLE K VOLUNTEERS PITCH IN AT CHILDREN'S CENTER
Circle K membersOCC Circle K Club joined more than 75 volunteers at Orange Coast College’s Children’s Center for a spring clean-up under the direction of Sue Bierlich and her staff.

Volunteers included members from Circle K, Costa Mesa High School Key Club, Estancia High School Key Club, and the Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa—all together as part of a collaborative group called United K.

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OCC ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS SWEEP AIA COMPETITION
Orange Coast College students took the top awards at The American Institute of Architects Orange County 2011 Student Design Competition sponsored May 21st by American Institute of Architects Orange County.

Lance Hassini took first place in the contest, followed by Lanthao Nguyen in second place and Jean Francisco Rivero Ze Vallos in third place. OCC students receiving Honorable Mention Awards include Chou Nguyen, Dug Nguyen, Daniel Neilson, Sane Shokat Moghaddam and Andrew Tran. Honorable mentions also went to OCC students Pedro Calixto, Jason Marshall and Johny Sotomayor.

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PAPER BY OCC GRAD WINS AT STATEWIDE GEOGRAPHY CONFERENCE
Leaa Short, an OCC alumnus and a student of geography professor Irene Naesse, won an award for Best Paper Presentation for Graduate Students at the California Geographical Society Conference in Bishop, CA. The conference invites students and faculty from around the state to present their research.

Short transferred from OCC to Cal State Fullerto, where she received a BA in geography with a minor in anthropology last year. She is a graduate student at CSUF, and plans to complete her Master’s degree in geography in January 2013. Eventually she hopes to work in geographic research and teaching.

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FORMER BALLERINA DISCOVERS NEW ROLE TEACHING PILATES TO BLIND STUDENTS
Amelie Hunter & Dayse TarakdianOCC dance student Dayse Tarakdian, who once had a promising career as a professional ballerina and dancer until she was plagued by injuries, is turning her dance skills into a new career as Pilates instructor for students with impaired vision.

Dayse, who has a diabetic sister who is blind, decided to find a place where she could reach out to blind students. She contacted several agencies, and the Braille Institute in Anaheim welcomed her services.

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RETIREMENT CELEBRATION PLANNED FOR DING-JO CURRIE
Chancellor CurrieA celebration of Coast Community College District Chancellor Ding-Jo H. Currie’s career will take place on Friday, June 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. in the Euromasters Car Museum, 18370 Pacific St., Fountain Valley. Currie is retiring on June 30th.

Reservations can be made by contacting Kristen Le at kle@mail.cccd.edu or 714-438-4606. Tickets are $25 each. Donations can also be made toward a gift and scholarship in Dr. Currie’s name.

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FACULTY INVITED TO SUMMER BOOT CAMPS AUG. 17 & 18
OCC faculty can learn about new technology for use in the classroom at a Summer Technology Boot Camp on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 & 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Journalism 105 & 107. Back by popular demand, Summer 2011 Boot Camp will cover mobile computing, online teaching and Microsoft Office. “We received responses from past attendees, and we are making some great changes to the boot camps,” said Boot Camp instructor Eric Wilson. “We will have some interesting topics, and it will be full of information.”

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SPEECH TEAM SENDS FIVE MEMBERS TO MONTANA LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE
speech studentsFive members of Orange Coast College’s championship Speech and Debate Team will head to Helena, Montana, this fall to enroll at Carroll College, the alma mater of OCC speech instructors Shawn O’Rourke and Sherana Polk.

Matt Rodriguez of Long Beach; Zach Rosen, Fountain Valley; Andrew Martinez, Huntington Beach; Megan Towles, Fountain Valley; and Jonathan Men, Garden Grove, will join the Carroll College Talking Saints Forensics Team, winners of the Northwest Forensics Conference regional title 21 years in a row. The team has not lost a regional competition since 1990. The Talking Saints are also ranked 15th in the nation, according to the college’s website.

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GIRLS INC. OFFERS SUMMER PROGRAM FOR GIRLS AT OCC
Girls Inc. membersEureka!, a program for girls entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade will launch its 13th year on the Orange Coast College campus from July 5th through July 29th.

The program will introduce 90 young women to nontraditional careers including filmmaking, photography, engineering and chemistry.

Eureka, sponsored by Costa Mesa’s Girls Inc., is part of Operation Smart STEM, a national effort to encourage girls to explore careers in science and technology.

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MACINTOSH USERS GROUP MEETS SATURDAY, JUNE 4
OACC logoThe Orange Apple Computer Club, a Macintosh user's group, meets Saturday, June 4, 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 noon in the Chemistry Building, Room 214. First time visitors are free.

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ALASKA EAGLE ON FINAL LEG OF SOUTH AMERICAN ADVENTURE
Alaska EagleWhen OCC's flagship, Alaska Eagle, pulls into Newport Beach on June 20th, she will have sailed 15,000 miles over the past eight months.

Student crews ranging in ages from 18 to 73 stood watches, changed sails, navigated and steered through some of the world’s most spectacular and remote areas.

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JUNIOR SUMMER SAILING CAMPS BEGIN JUNE 20
junior sailing photoThe OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship will offer Junior Summer Sailing Camps for youngsters ages 7 to 16 from June 20th through Aug. 25th.

Beginning students can sign up for two-week sessions, while returning students can enroll in a variety of one-week classes. Students can advance from Sail Level 1 to Advanced Level 1 during the summer.

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COMMUNITY ED OFFERS SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS & ADULTS
kids swim classOrange 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, theater, music, arts and crafts, fashion camps, criminal justice classes and academic enrichment.

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'LORD OF THE RINGS' ANIMATOR VISITS CAMPUS
Stephen A. Buckley, an alumnus of OCC’s film school, shared his experiences as an senior character animator for major blockbusters, with students in Coast’s Digital Media Arts Program last week. A senior character animator for “Spider-Man 3” and “King Kong,” Buckley spent seven years in New Zealand working on the “Lord of the Rings” projects. The OCC alum got his start shortly after he left OCC working on he “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Gumby the Movie.” Recent projects include “Yogi Bear.”

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BROBERG, RAMIREZ TO LEAD CLASSIFIED FORUM
Scott Broberg, Film and Video Department coordinator, and Nancy Ramirez, Staff Development coordinator, have been selected as co-chairs of Classified Forum for 2011-2012.

They replace former Classified Forum chair, Julie Clevenger, was selected to be executive secretary to President Dennis Harkins.

Scott has coordinated the college’s Film and Video Department since 1994. He also produces an annual film festival for the college and serves as Film Club and internship advisor.

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VOLUNTEER FOR FALL WELCOME TABLES
The Communications and Marketing Department is organizing volunteers to staff welcome tables on campus on the first two days of the fall semester, Aug. 29th & Aug. 30th. The tables will be set up from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Volunteers direct students to their classes and answer questions about registration, petitioning classes, parking and student services. If you can help out for an hour or two, please contact Heather Codding at x26511 or email her at hcodding@occ.cccd.edu.

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MYOCC TRAINING SESSIONS PLANNED FOR GRADE SUBMISSION
Training sessions for MyOCC grade submission will be held Thursday, Friday and Tuesday, May 26th, May 27th and May 31st from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. in IT Training Room 115, located across the road from the Horticulture Gardens. Faculty members can drop in to receive assistance while they record student grades before the May 31st deadline. Reservations are not required.

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VSA DINNER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR JAPAN
VS fundraiser flyerOCC’s Vietnamese Student Association is sponsoring a Dinner Night on Friday, June 3rd. Tickets for the event, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Diamond Seafood Palace, 8085 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove 92841, are $25. Proceeds will benefit earthquake victims in Japan. To purchase tickets call Lampson Nguyen at 714-312-8332 or Phuongthu Do at 714-331-7829

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ORANGE COUNTY FAIR OPENS JULY 15-AUG. 14
oc fair adThe 2011 OC Fair, themed LET’S EAT!, will take place July 15th though Aug. 14th with 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the popular Super Pass (season pass), Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair will be open Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the OC Fair website at www.ocfair.com.

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OCC Newsmakers

Commencement Marks End of 17-Year Journey for OCC Grad
Youngster Helps Others While She Fights Cancer
Van A. Romans, Professor Emeritus, Selected for National Museum Board
2006 Publication by OCC Poly Sci Prof Predicted Bin Ladin’s Location

 

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Save The Date!

OCC Galleries
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News You Can Use

Summer Hours

Admissions & Records (Admissions, Records, Matriculation, Veterans Center, Graduation Office)
Monday-Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Counseling
Monday-Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Transfer Center
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

International Center
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

EOPS
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Job Center/Career Library
Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Honors Office
Monday-Friday,

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On A Personal Note

From Margaret Gratton, President Emeritus
Bob Wendell Was an Accomplished Artist
David Johns Was Fine Arts Chair for a Decade

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Did You Know

hydrobikingMatt Thomas, an OCC student who survived a traumatic head injury in 1991, will try to set a Guinness World Record for hydrobiking from Avalon Harbor, Catalina, to Long Beach in June to raise funds for people with disabilities.

Matt, a student at OCC since 1998, has also been actively involved in the community assisting other individuals who have experience a traumatic head injury.

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