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Coast to Coast ... OCC's Weekly Campus Newsletter
A Weekly Campus Newsletter of Orange Coast College
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Volume 45, Number 31 • Thursday, May 29, 2003

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"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be."

Douglas Adams




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Orange Coast College's fall 2003 class schedule is now listed on the college's Internet web page (

Persons arriving at the web site should first click on "Class Schedules" and then on "Fall 2003." Fall semester classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25. The semester will conclude on Dec. 14.

OCC's printed class schedule will be available on campus on Monday, June 23. Touch-tone telephone registration by appointment begins July 14.

For registration information, phone Ext. 25072.


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In a move to cut its utility expenses, Orange Coast College will be closed on Fridays throughout the summer.

The college will close on Fridays, beginning June 6. The campus will resume its regular schedule, beginning the week of Aug. 18. Fall semester classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 25.

Campus facilities will be open Monday through Thursday this summer, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer school classes will be offered Mondays through Thursdays.

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NEWLY TENURED FACULTY HONORED: A luncheon was held on Monday, May 18, to honor Orange Coast College's newly tenured faculty members. The luncheon was staged in the Captain's Table. Congratulations to all faculty members who have reached tenure!

MANY OCC FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS WILL BE RETIRING THIS SPRING AND SUMMER. If, when cleaning out your desk, you come across old photos, clippings, newsletters, publications, letters, books, memos, mementos, etc., please consider donating them to the campus archives. With the advent of the new Emeritus Institute, the college is looking to dramatically enhance its archives and historical collection. You may donate your archive-appropriate materials to Jim Carnett in the Administration Building. Thanks!

PLEASE KEEP THE FRIENDS OF THE OCC LIBRARY IN MIND AS YOU CLEAN OUT YOUR OFFICES and homes of books. The Friends use the donations in their annual book sale. Proceeds from that sale go back into services and materials for the library. Please contact either Treisa Cassens, at Ext. 21053, or Carl Morgan, at Ext. 21058.


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Miles W. Eaton, a charter member of Orange Coast College's faculty who joined the staff in September of 1948, has died.

Eaton, 90, a resident of Irvine, died on Monday, May 19, of heart-related complications. A service is scheduled for next Saturday, June 7, at the First Baptist Church in Santa Ana. The service will begin at 11 a.m., and a reception will follow. The church is located at 1010 W. 17th St., at the corner of 17th and Flower.

A native of Powersville, Mo., Eaton taught at Dodge City Junior College, Fort Hays State College and Kansas City Junior College before moving to California in 1947. He taught economics at Santa Ana College for one year, and was Santa Ana's head basketball coach before being spirited away to Orange Coast College by OCC's founding president, Dr. Basil H. Peterson.

"My first impression of the OCC campus was thumbs down," said Eaton in 1997 during the college's 50th anniversary celebration. He ended up spending 30 years with the college, and retired as dean of the Social Sciences Division in 1978.

"I'd come from a campus in Kansas City that was pretty sophisticated by comparison. Consequently, I wasn't impressed by what I saw at OCC at the beginning...barracks buildings and all."

OCC was being established on a deactivated World War II military installation, the Santa Ana Army Air Base.

"But this place experienced a complete transformation over the years. Most of the college's success can be attributed directly to Dr. Peterson's early leadership. He managed to pull everything together."

Eaton was offered the job by Peterson, but was uncertain as to whether or not he should accept it. Frankly, what he observed initially--the physical layout of the place--didn't appear too promising. After all, he had a pretty good situation going at Santa Ana College, serving as a basketball coach and economics professor.

"Shortly after my interview with Dr. Peterson, I attended a meeting at Long Beach City College," he recalled in 1997. "I was talking with a dean there and told him that I was new to California, but had been offered a position at a new junior college in Orange County, called Orange Coast College.

"I told him that the offer had been made by a guy by the name of Basil Peterson. I've never forgotten his response. He said, 'Hellfire, Eaton. If you have a chance to take a job with Basil Peterson, grab it.' I went back and accepted the position."

A Santa Ana newspaper ran the banner headline the next day, "Orange Coast College Pirates Santa Ana Basketball Coach." OCC's athletic nickname--months before its first game--was the Pirates.

"I've never regretted that decision," Eaton said. "Looking back on it now, I only wish I would have retired 10 years later than I did."

"Miles was an interesting combination," says another OCC charter faculty member, Dr. Giles T. Brown, of Newport Beach. Brown was an OCC history professor, and dean of the Social Sciences Division for 12 years before Eaton took over. Brown was later chair of the History Department at California State University, Fullerton.

Brown and Eaton were close friends for 55 years, and Brown will deliver the eulogy at the June 7 service.

"Miles was both a coach and scholar," Brown said. "He combined those two things because he realized that a coaching career doesn't always last very long. Dr. Peterson recruited him primarily as a coach, but he turned out to be an excellent economics teacher and division dean."

Brown remembers Eaton as a member of OCC's pep band during the early years of the college.

"Dr. Peterson wanted to have a marching band for all home football games, and Miles played the trombone," Brown said. "We were a very small school at the time, so the band was made up of both faculty members and students.

"I remember one particular game in which the band was performing at half time. The band was marching in formation, and did an abrupt about-face. Miles must have been concentrating too much on his music, because he just kept walking forward. The stands erupted in laughter. It was 10 yards or so before Miles realized that the rest of the band was no longer next to him, but marching in the opposite direction. He had to run to catch up with them."

Brown also remembers a particular donkey basketball game played on campus in the early 1950s.

"It was a fund-raiser, and a faculty team was playing a student team. Miles was the star of the faculty team. He was an expert at both riding a donkey and shooting baskets. I could do neither. It was pretty embarrassing. The students beat us, but Miles was the star of the game."

Eaton earned his B.S. degree from Northeast Missouri State University and his master's at the University of Missouri. He did post graduate work at UCLA and Cal State Fullerton.

Eaton coached OCC's basketball team for its first seven years and logged a 74 108 record. In 1960, he was named dean of Orange Coast College's Social Science Division and served in that capacity for 18 years. For many years, a basketball tournament in his honor, the Miles Eaton Invitational, was staged at OCC.

He was president of the Costa Mesa Rotary Club and a member of the Orange County Grand Jury. He was moderator of the First Baptist Church for three years. He received an award of recognition from the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1974.

Eaton is survived by two daughters, Sara Joyce Perry and Martha Gonzalez, and two grandchildren, Pamela Ruth and David Ruth. His wife, Fran, preceded him in death.


Orange Coast College will host its 55th commencement ceremony tomorrow evening (May 30) in LeBard Stadium.

The ceremony is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., and a crowd in excess of 6,000 is expected to attend.

A total of 2,025 students will be honored during the ceremony. Associate in arts degrees will be awarded to a record total of 1,524 students. A total of 501 students will be granted certificates of completion from a variety of career and technical programs.

Commencement speaker this year will be OCC Faculty Member of the Year, Sharon Callaway Daniel. Daniel, a Costa Mesa resident, is an Orange Coast College professor of biological sciences. Daniel, who has been a member of the faculty for 30 years, has titled her speech "What I Learned at College."

Student speaker will be Priscilla Haag, a communications major from Orange. Haag has titled her speech, "A Mosaic of Support."

Orange Coast College will present its annual Outstanding Citizen Award to Ronald V. Davis, former president of Perrier America and founder of OCC's Guardian Scholars Program. The Guardian Scholars Program supports emancipated foster care youth. An Honorary A.A. degree will go to longtime Orange Coast skilled maintenance worker, Tim Richey.

The graduates will be presented by OCC president, Gene Farrell. A gala reception for all graduates and certificate recipients, and their friends and family members, will be held on the field following the ceremony.


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During the past 16 months, Traci Travis has had her share of achievements and calamities.

Traci, 40, who served as Orange Coast College's student body president during the 2001-02 academic year, was in a severe automobile accident in January of 2002. She shattered her jaw, requiring surgery, and seriously injured her back. Last fall, her younger brother died following a courageous battle with cancer.

On the plus side, Traci, a Costa Mesa resident, graduated from OCC last May, but remained on campus as a student for one more year in order to compete for the college's speech and debate team. Her decision paid off. She was crowned state champion this spring in informative speaking.

"This has been a trying 16 months, for sure," she says. "I faced a physical challenge after the automobile accident, and an emotional challenge following my brother's death. I had to fight not to give in to an overwhelming feeling of sadness and despair. I tend, naturally, to be an upbeat and outgoing person. But I had to stoke those fires extra hard this year."

Following a series of ups and downs, the 2002-03 academic year ended with a huge rush. Traci was named OCC's Woman of the Year this month (May) by the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce. She volunteered more than a thousand hours this year to campus projects, and more than 2,500 hours over the past two-and-a-half years to campus and community activities.

Last Friday (May 16), the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, in Lansdowne, Va., announced that Traci is the recipient of a $30,000 scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for a second year. Monday (May 19), she was accepted into the honors program at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

She'll transfer to Santa Barbara next fall as a communications major.

"I'm on cloud nine," Traci said Monday morning. "I can't tell you how excited I am to be in the honors program at UC Santa Barbara. I guess it just proves that if you hang in there and work hard, good things will come your way.

"The Jack Kent Cook Scholarship gives me the luxury of fully immersing myself in my last two years of undergraduate study."

Though she applied to Stanford University, and came within an eyelash of being accepted, she feels a particular partiality to the Santa Barbara campus.

"It's an incredible place, situated right on the beach. I'm a beach person, and I love the ocean. I find the campus to be very peaceful and calming. It's also a campus that is populated by lots of highly motivated people. I can't wait for fall classes to begin."

The Jack Kent Cook Foundation Scholarship was awarded this spring to 15 community college and 15 four-year university students on campuses throughout the nation. The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, fees and books. Awardees were selected from a pool of 1,150 applicants.

In two-and-a-half years at OCC, Traci has been unrelenting in her struggle for excellence. She's maintained a brilliant 3.96 grade point average, and has been named to either the President's, Dean's or Honors List every semester. She's a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma, Phi Alpha Mu and Phi Theta Kappa international honor societies.
In completing more than 90 units at OCC, Traci has received all A's and just two B's. All of her units will transfer to Santa Barbara.

"I received a B in a computer class way back in my first semester on campus," she says with a slight grimace. "My other B came in a step-aerobics class. How embarrassing is that? I sprained my ankle and had to miss a couple of class sessions. I thought I'd made them up, but my instructor had no record of it, so she gave me a B."

A full-time student, Traci has been employed a substantial number of hours each week throughout her two-and-a-half-year OCC career. She's been the recipient of a dozen Orange Coast College scholarships, valued at nearly $12,000.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship will allow Traci to attend UC Santa Barbara full-time without working.
"Just think, I'll be able to throw myself into my studies. What a luxury!" she says with a laugh. "Like I did at Coast, I want to involve myself in as much campus life as possible. I'd like to volunteer my services with the UC Santa Barbara Foundation, and also become involved in student activities."

Traci's goal is to earn her B.A. degree in communications in two years, then transfer to the University of Southern California to pursue a master's in public administration, with an emphasis in fund raising. Her goal after that is to work with a non-profit organization or foundation.

Five years ago she co-founded and operated a small non-profit foundation, called the Deaf Children's Athletic Foundation.

"If I could pick the ideal position for the first assignment of my career, it would be to represent a foundation by going out and speaking to large groups, seeking donations and support," she said. "I really enjoy getting up in front of audiences, and I'd be able to put my OCC speech-team experience to practical use."

A former gymnast, champion power weight lifter, marathoner, stock broker and Las Vegas card dealer, Traci looks a full decade younger than her chronological age. She's a dynamo.

"I've had a wonderful time at Orange Coast College," she says. "My time here has been incredible, and eye opening. I've learned much more than what can be pulled from a book. I've met great people, made many lifelong friends, and enjoyed a completely supportive environment. I've been thoroughly involved with the campus.

"I'm a shining example of the fact that if you throw yourself into your education, good things will result."

Born in Southern California, but raised in Stow, a suburb of Akron, Ohio, Traci was an active high school student. She was a gymnast and member of the Latin Club.

"Actually, I was rather shy in high school," she says. "But I began to come out of my shell my senior year. I've been outgoing ever since."

She graduated from Stow High in 1981. Her dream was to go to college, and she was accepted at UCLA.

"Unfortunately, my family couldn't afford to send me to California," she says. "I was disappointed, and went to work. I promised myself, however, that I'd eventually return to school."

She worked for a bank in Akron, and soon was promoted to department supervisor. A couple of years later she moved to Texas, then farther west to Southern California. She easily glided from one bank job to another--each featuring increased responsibilities.

Traci decided to take her career in a different direction. While continuing to work for a Beverly Hills bank, she attended a Redondo Beach card dealer school.

"It sounded like fun," she says. "I was 23 or 24 and ready for something new."

She moved to Las Vegas. That was 16 years ago.

"I worked at a hole-in-the-wall in Henderson, then was hired by Circus Circus. I was a blackjack dealer."

Traci concluded her two-year Las Vegas stint at the Sahara. Her excellent interpersonal skills landed her on the hotel's high-stakes tables. She worked prime-time hours, 3 p.m. to midnight.

She found the life of a Vegas dealer to be both fascinating and depressing.

"I met people from throughout the world, and had many wonderful repeat customers who'd stop by to see me each time they were in town. But there are also negative aspects associated with being a dealer."

Traci left the business because she saw many of her fellow dealers becoming cynical. If there's one thing Traci is not, it's cynical! She moved from Las Vegas to Orange County and returned to banking.

"It was easy for me to get good jobs," she says. "I'm a responsible person and a team player. But I was never satisfied with any one job. I was always looking for something more. Deep down, I knew that my prospects were limited by the fact that I hadn't completed my education."

She left banking in the early 1990s and worked for six months as a stock broker. She then spent a number of years in the entertainment industry. She was employed by an Orange County entertainment company, handling marketing and bookings, and organizing private events.

She decided to return to school in the spring of 2001 when the postman came ringing.

"I graduated from Stow High in 1981," she says. "Just before Christmas of 2000, I received a postcard announcing my 20th reunion. I was stunned. It hadn't occurred to me that it had been 20 years since I'd graduated from high school! That card triggered a 'mid-life crisis.'"

Traci quickly reviewed her 38 years on the planet.

"What had I done since high school? Quite a bit, actually. I'd done lots of cool things, and had had many fascinating careers. But I was still missing one important thing- my college degree. And I was no closer to getting it at that moment than when I'd graduated from high school. I decided to return to school."

Traci quit her two lucrative jobs--one in the entertainment industry and the other as a part-time worker with a rental car company--and enrolled as a student at Orange Coast College.

"I selected OCC because of its reputation as the ultimate feeder school to four-year institutions."

Traci has enjoyed many highlights during her two-and-a-half-years at Coast: student body president, Woman of the Year, Joseph R. Kroll Student Leader of Distinction (twice), state speech champion, and winner of countless scholarships and academic honors. But her most profound memory, and accomplishment, occurred in February of 2002.

Traci, as student body president, traveled to New York City to present a check for $3,300 to Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), which had lost an entire 15-story building, and six students, during the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Immediately following Sept. 11, Traci headed up a campuswide OCC campaign to raise funds for BMCC.

"OCC responded to BMCC's needs immediately and, though our gift was small, it was noticed by many others," she says. "The gifts to Borough of Manhattan Community College soon mushroomed. This whole scenario clearly demonstrated to me that one little effort of service can turn into something much, much others add their contributions to a building momentum.

"Our BMCC effort was the highlight of my Orange Coast College experience."

Traci began her final year at Coast as a "golden trophy," and concluded it as a mermaid. She giggles at the images that statement conjures up.

"At the beginning of the fall semester, the speech team mounted a campaign to recruit new members from the student body. We sponsored a booth on campus, and I spray-painted my skin gold and put on a toga and made like I was a speech trophy. It raised lots of eyebrows, and--being the ham that I am--I loved it."

This month (May), at the college's 45th Honors Night Awards Banquet, she dressed up like a mermaid.

"The theme for the evening was 'Coastal Treasures,' and we had an incredible South Pacific set on the Robert B. Moore Theatre stage. Prior to the ceremony, I sat on stage in my mermaid costume, adding authenticity to the scene. I had so much fun. I haven't laughed that much in years.

"That's typical of my OCC experience, however. I've worked hard here, but I've also enjoyed every moment. I love this college. It will always occupy a special place in my heart."

Though life can be risky, Tracy Travis--Orange Coast College's student extraordinaire--is savoring the adventures that life has brought her way. And things promise to become even more electrifying as she embarks upon the next phase of her collegiate UC Santa Barbara.

"College is a journey," she says. "And I'm thoroughly enjoying the adventure."

boat graphicOCC'S BOAT AUCTION AND MARINE GEAR SALE TO RAISE FUNDS TO SAVE 2003 -04 CREDIT CLASSES: Orange Coast College will conduct its annual spring boat auction and marine gear sale on Saturday morning, June 7, and this year's auction features a major twist.

In the past, the auction has raised funds to support OCC's School of Sailing and Seamanship. This year, the funds will be used to put classes back into the college's creditcourse schedule that were eliminated due to state budget cuts.

The sale will open at 8 a.m. behind the Coast Community College District Office. The auction will get under way at 9 a.m. The boat auction has no minimums and, in the past, people have purchased boats for as little as $10. Last year's auction and marine gear sale raised $60,000.

"We hope to raise at least $50,000 this year," said Doug Bennett, director of OCC's Foundation. "That amount would allow us to put 17 or 18 credit classes back into our schedule. Those are classes that otherwise would not be offered."

Presently, because of the state's severe financial crisis, Orange Coast College is facing a $6 million budget cut for the 2003-04 academic year. If circumstances remain unchanged, the college will have to cut approximately 1,000 courses next year.

The auction is a liquidation of boats and equipment purchased by or donated to the college. It will feature an array of trailerable sail and power boats, dinghies, inflatables, runabouts, kayaks, Boston whalers, sabots, ski boats, keel boats, sails, electronic equipment, rigging, life rafts, outboards and more. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, checks and cash will be accepted.

A list of boats and equipment for sale is available by calling OCC's School of Sailing and Seamanship at (949) 645-9412.

REGISTRATION GETS UNDER WAY MONDAY FOR OCC'S SUMMER CLASSES: Touch-tone telephone registration for OCC's summer classes begins Monday (June 2).

OCC's four, six and eight-week summer sessions begin on Monday, June 30.

New students must first file an application in the Admissions and Records Office. Students who apply will receive a telephone registration appointment. Telephone registration continues through Thursday, July 3.

Orange Coast College's 2003 summer class schedule is posted on the OCC Internet web page ( Persons arriving at the web site should first click on "Class Schedules," then on "Summer 2003." The schedule is also available in the Admissions Office.

For summer registration information, phone Ext. 25072.

UCI EXTENSION OFFERS 21 COURSES AT OCC THIS SUMMER: Due to recent state budget cuts, Orange Coast College has dramatically decreased the number of courses it will offer this summer.

During a typical summer session in recent years, OCC would offer nearly 600 course sections. This year, the college will offer just 125. To assist students with the courses they need, UC Irvine Extension is offering additional classes this summer at OCC.

The UCI Extension courses are equivalent to courses offered at OCC, and are taught by Orange Coast College faculty members. Because the courses must be self supporting, course fees are $85 per quarter unit.

The six-week courses begin the week of July 7 and run through Aug. 14.

Orange Coast College-equivalent courses being offered by UCI Extension on campus this summer include: "General Microbiology," "Anatomy and Physiology," "Introduction to Information Systems and Programming," "Freshman Composition," "Critical Reasoning, Reading and Writing Through Literature," "The Bible as Literature," "Contemporary Ethnic America," "Nutrition," "General Geology," "Survey of American History," "World Civilizations to the 17th Century," "Finite Math With Applications," "Pre Calculus," "Calculus I," "Introduction to the Hospitality Industry," "Real Estate Practice," "Introductory Sociology" and "Intermediate Spanish."

For information about the UC Irvine Extension summer program at OCC, phone (949) 824-5414.

FALL APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: Applications for students planning to enroll at OCC for the first time next fall are available in the college's Admissions and Records Office.

Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25. The fall schedule is currently posted on the college's web site (, and will be available for pickup in the Admissions Office on June 23.

"The earlier a person files an application, the better his or her registration appointment," says Nancy L. Kidder, OCC's administrative dean of Admissions and Records.

For application information, phone Ext. 25072.

ADULT TRANSITION PROGRAM SETS JUNE 16 REUNION: Join Bob Boettiger and his staff and students from the Adult Transition Program for a reunion on Monday, June 16, in the Student Center. Current and former students will reunite to celebrate good times.

The reunion will run from noon to 2 p.m. Eric Arellano will serve as disk jockey. This group of 18- to 22-year-old developmentally-disabled students has done much to help many departments on campus as they learn job skills for future work environments. You're invited to drop in and say hello!

Bob says 36 graduates over the years have passed through OCC's Adult Transition door and have entered the world of work. Some have been employed for many years. Jay, a graduate of the program 13 years ago, has been steadily employed since his graduation.


Honors Graduates

Orange Coast College's Honors Program last Friday morning (May 23) recognized with a special ceremony 60 students who'll graduate this spring with "Honors Student" designation on their transcripts.

The 60 students have completed the college's 18-unit Honors Program sequence. They'll participate in OCC's 55th commencement tomorrow evening (May 30). Each Honors Program graduate will wear a special honors cord with his or her graduation regalia.

OCC's Honors Program has been fully functional for seven years. More than 250 students are currently working toward honors designation at OCC, and 600 are enrolled in honors courses this spring. "Honors Student" designation is awarded to transferring and graduating OCC students who complete a minimum of 18 units of honors course work- from at least three different academic disciplines--and who sustain at least a 3.25 overall grade point average.

Students who complete Honors Program requirements qualify for guaranteed priority consideration for transfer admission to the University of Southern California, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Long Beach, San Diego State, Pomona College, Chapman University and Occidental College.

Students completing OCC's Honors Program sequence this spring include Ashley Aldrich, Ajlan Amur, Juan Aragon, Sammy Barkho, Mai-Phuong Bo, Adam H. Caldwell, Amalia Cardenas, Anh Chau, Angela Chung, Marina Clarke, Debbi Crawford, Amish Dalal, Dwight A. Delgado, Jessica Detsch, Natalie Elliott, Amanda J. Farrell, Sarah Ferrentino, Adam Foster, Brian Heinze, Jacqueline Hoang, Jared Hodges, Loc Huynh, Ryan Johnson, Ramin Kashani, Amy Kennedy, Erica Knill, Sarah Kuplinski, John Lee, Jamie Lefmann, Jack Lin, Ashley Martin, Andrew Merwin, Fatemeh Namakshenassan, Amber Nguyen, Don Q. Nguyen, Michael Nguyen, Michael Pei, Mijanou Pham Borst, Christian Rodriguez, Timothy Schulz, Jr., Ryan Sears, Adam Seligman, Jamie Shohat, Scott Somers, Joseph Sorace, Natalie St. Andre, Eric Sun, Wen-ye Tang, Jamie Tanzer, Sose Thomassian, Ngan Tran, Eric Tran, David Tsai, Leah Van Deth, Christopher R. Veneracion, Emily Crean Vogler, David Vu, Kevin Yang, Kristina Yawn, Carla Zuniga.

The 60 graduating Orange Coast College honors students will transfer next fall to such four-year institutions as UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, the University of Southern California and UC Santa Barbara.

For information about OCC's Honors Program, phone Ext. 25601.


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Jim McIlwain's 41-year career in education got off to a rather discouraging start.

McIlwain, Orange Coast College's vice president of Administrative Services, will retire June 30 after serving 38 years on OCC's campus. Previously, he taught high school for three years.

During his long and sterling career he's been a teacher, coach, director, athletic director, dean, vice president and interim president. But, at its outset, his career had a rather inauspicious beginning.

While finishing up his final semester at the University of California at Santa Barbara, in the spring of 1962, McIlwain was hired to begin the following fall at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera as a P.E. teacher and head cross country and track and field coach.

"The principal who hired me said he wanted me to teach a biology class as well," recalls the 66-year-old Mission Viejo resident with a pained expression on his face. "I told him I'd never taught biology. In fact, I'd never even taken a biology course! He was insistent, and expressed confidence that I could do it."

McIlwain returned to Santa Barbara to complete his studies. He visited a Santa Barbara high school and asked a biology teacher there if he could sit in on his classes for the remainder of the semester.

"The teacher was very generous," McIlwain says. "He allowed me in his classroom."

The following fall, McIlwain began coaching cross country, teaching P.E. courses, and teaching a biology class at his new high school. An indefatigable perfectionist, he worked long and hard in preparing for the biology course. He'll never forget the very first class meeting.

boat graphic"It was a disaster," he winces. "During the initial class I went through my entire first week of lesson plans in just 35 minutes. I was so nervous, I was talking a mile a minute. When I finished with the final lesson plan of the week, I looked up at the clock and saw that we still had 20 minutes left in the period. What now?

"We talked about our summer vacations for five minutes, then I opened a drawer in the teacher's desk and found a book on the Great Wall of China. I read excerpts from the book for the final 15 minutes."

He has since learned to take deep breaths every now and then and slow down his delivery.
Mcilwain has enjoyed three distinct careers in his 38 years at Orange Coast College. For the first dozen years he was a teacher and coach. McIlwain was the head cross country coach for the Pirates for 10 seasons, and was head track and field mentor for 12.

In 1978, he left coaching to become OCC's fitness guru. He started the college's unique Exercise Science Laboratory. Orange Coast was the first community college in the nation to establish such a lab. Two years later, in 1980, OCC recorded another first. McIlwain teamed up with physical education professor, Leon Skeie, to establish the college's Sports Medicine Center.

In 1990, McIlwain was named OCC's interim dean of Administrative Services.

"It was originally going to just be a two or three-month gig, but I discovered that I enjoyed the job," he says. "I ended up applying for the position and was selected."

He was responsible for the college's fiscal planning and budget development, and also managed OCC's physical plant. In 1991, the title of the position was upgraded to vice president of Administrative Services.

In December of 1995, when OCC president David A. Grant retired, McIlwain was named interim president. He served in that capacity for six months, until July of 1996, when Margaret A. Gratton came aboard as president. McIlwain returned to his previous assignment.

"I was quite happy to be a VP again," he says with a smile. "Being president of the college for six months was plenty long for me. I had no aspirations to be a permanent president."

Born in Greenville, Tex., McIlwain was raised in Orange County. He attended Anaheim High School for three years and did his senior year at Valencia High, where he graduated in 1954. A hard-working athlete, he ran cross country and track at both institutions.

After high school, he served two years on active duty with the U.S. Army. He took his basic training at Fort Carson, Colo., then served with the U.S. Army Security Agency in Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Following his discharge, McIlwain enrolled at Fullerton College where he ran cross country and track and earned an A.A. degree in physical education. He won Fullerton's "Man of Distinction Award," and was the student speaker at his commencement ceremony.

McIlwain transferred to UC Santa Barbara where he ran cross country and track and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in physical education. He wrote a 300-page master's thesis on track and field records.

"From the time I was a freshman in high school I wanted to be a coach," he says. He realized his dream at UC Santa Barbara.

While a graduate student, he was head cross country coach at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara. It was a temporary assignment. After the season, he began to look for a full-time post. That's when he discovered El Rancho High School. He started there in the fall of 1962.

"El Rancho was a great place to work," he says. "The kids were great, and the teachers and coaches on the staff were very helpful. The head football coach was Ernie Johnson, who was already on his way to becoming a 'coaching legend.' I respected Ernie a great deal, and learned a lot about coaching from him."

Johnson captured several CIF championships at El Rancho, and went on to coach at Newport Harbor High School and Cerritos College.

McIlwain applied for the assistant cross country and track and field coaching positions at Orange Coast College in 1965.

"The college had never previously hired a full-time assistant for those sports," McIlwain says. "When I saw the announcement, I knew that that's where I wanted to be. Realistically, I also felt that I was a long-shot for the jobs. I hadn't built a coaching resume, yet."

McIlwain contends that his birth year has played a significant role in his success. He's not a numerologist...just a pragmatist.

"That year has impacted my life in ways I'll never fully comprehend," he says. "I was born in 1936. As a result, I've never had to face any major wars. I was too young for World War II and Korea; too old for Vietnam. I missed the Depression, and I haven't faced that much competition for jobs throughout my career because the birthrate during the Depression was very low. I didn't have many contemporaries competing with me for jobs.

"1936 was a very good year to be born."

But McIlwain wasn't hired at OCC because there were few candidates for the position. He was hired because he was the best candidate...and showed extraordinary qualities.

In his initial Orange Coast College interview, McIlwain was quizzed by an intimidating triumvirate: Coast Community College District chancellor, Dr. Norman E. Watson; OCC president, Dr. Robert B. Moore; and Orange Coast dean of instruction, Dr. James S. Fitzgerald.

"I was nervous, but must have done better than I thought because I was invited back for a second interview."

This time he was interviewed by OCC athletic director, Wendell Pickens, and head cross country and track coach, Ernie Bullard.

"I felt much more comfortable the second time," he says.

Pickens called him a few days later and offered him the job.

"I was so excited that I couldn't talk. I'm serious! I couldn't croak out even a single word. Finally, 'Pick' became impatient and said, 'Well son, do you want the job or not?' I summoned all the strength I could muster and yelped out a raspy, 'Yes!'"

McIlwain assisted Bullard for one season, then became OCC's head cross country and track and field coach in 1966 when Bullard left Orange Coast to take over the same programs at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz.

"I loved coaching cross country and track at OCC for more than a decade," McIlwain says. "It was the fulfillment of a dream." "

He spent much of his first year buried in the archives of the Orange Coast Daily Pilot Newspaper, researching records.

"Orange Coast College had existed for nearly 20 years, yet had few records on the books. I've always been intrigued by statistics and numbers, so I went through hundreds of issues of the Daily Pilot researching every OCC meet record, stadium record and school record I could find."

As a result, OCC today has an extensive track and field record book.

McIlwain's early days on campus, in the 1960s, are remembered for their "traditional" ambiance.

"We all dressed very Ivy League in those days," he reminisces. "I had a crewcut, wore a jacket and tie to work every day, and had wing-tip shoes. We signed in and out of the department, and, when I went to the snack bar to get a Coke, I always had my sports jacket on.

"It was a rather formal atmosphere."

Things changed in the '70s.

"The Vietnam War brought major transformations. We all grew our hair longer, and the clothing styles changed drastically."

His crewcut advanced over his ears and collar, and down his forehead.

McIlwain was a pioneer in involving women in cross country and track and field. OCC became the first of the state's 108 community colleges to establish a women's cross country program in the mid 1970s. Orange Coast was the second community college in the state to institute a women's track squad.

"Maybe it's because we were among the first to establish women's teams, but our women's programs on this campus--in all sports--have consistently been among the best in the state. I'm very proud of that."

OCC's women's cross country team has won the last two state championships in a row, and nine total. Overall, Orange Coast has captured 35 women's state championships over the years, the most by any community college. In addition to cross country this year, OCC also grabbed 2002-03 state titles in women's swimming and women's basketball.

McIlwain enjoyed coaching his OCC cross country runners and track and field athletes, and relished teaching his P.E. classes. He was an active member of the college's faculty, serving two terms on the Academic Senate. He was a Senate officer, filling the vice president and secretary assignments.

While he found coaching to be completely to his liking, he discovered that recruiting was something he detested. In the 1970s, McIlwain coached the second fastest men's two-mile relay squad in the nation.

"That was exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed working with those kids. The following year our two-mile relay squad was awful. I was coaching just as hard as I had the previous year, but to no avail. It was like turning the wheel of a ship, but the rudder wasn't moving.

"I realized that the name of the game is recruiting. You don't win without talented athletes, no matter how hard you coach. Successful coaches are good recruiters. I felt uncomfortable as a recruiter."

McIlwain stepped aside from his coaching assignment and began his second OCC career: as a fitness guru.

"It was time to move on," he says.

He took a sabbatical leave in 1977 and enrolled in 12 units of exercise physiology and sports medicine classes at California State University, Fullerton. He loved it. After earning A's in all 12 units, he opened the Exercise Science and Sports Medicine laboratories on OCC's campus.

OCC's high-tech Exercise Science Lab, labeled the "Fit Stop," provided a complete computerized physical fitness analysis and individualized exercise prescription program for students enrolled in certain fitness classes.

The Sports Medicine Lab, labeled the "Parts Department," provided athletic training for the college's sports teams. Both labs were housed in OCC's state-of-the-art Sports Medicine Center. Coach Mike White's University of Illinois football team trained at OCC prior to the 1984 Rose Bowl Game specifically to take advantage of the sophisticated Sports Medicine Center. White told reporters that OCC's center was more advanced than the one on the Illinois campus.

McIlwain was founder of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 1984, he was named the Coast Community College District's "Innovator of the Year" for his expertise and creativity in establishing OCC's nationally recognized Sports Medicine Center.

In 1987, he was named OCC's athletic director and dean of the college's Health and Physical Education Division.
"After being named dean, I received a phone call from Phyllis Basile, who was the Coast District's vice chancellor of Human Resources," he says. "Phyllis said, 'Congratulations, Jim, on becoming a manager. Unfortunately, six months from now you'll be out of a job! Your problem is that you're a perfectionist and you won't delegate. It's a shame, but you'll never last.'

"That statement got my attention," he laughs. "It was an invaluable piece of advice. The fear of failure motivated me. I forced myself to learn how to delegate duties."

Rather than being sacked, three years later he was promoted to vice president of Administrative Services.

Just as he'd never taken a biology course prior to teaching his first class in that subject at El Rancho High School, neither did McIlwain know a thing about being a community college business manager.

"I'd never taken a business or accounting course," he says, "but I did know how to use a computer spread sheet, and I'm a pretty organized guy. I'd learned to keep track of inventory as an athletic director, and manage a budget. I just put my head down and worked my tail off learning the job.

"I'm a Scottish/Virgo, so I'm tight with a buck and anal-retentive. Those traits have served me well over the years."

McIlwain has thoroughly enjoyed his 16 years as an Orange Coast College senior administrator.

"It's been fun," he says. "OCC has been my home for almost four decades, and I've loved spending my life here. On balance, I could never have found a more accepting place. Coast has always possessed a friendly, family atmosphere. Sure, we sometimes have our squabbles, but we resolve them and move forward."

McIlwain will officially retire on June 30. He'll remain on campus for a number of months afterward as a consultant, assisting OCC president Gene Farrell and his staff in formalizing a new campus master plan. With the passage of ballet Measure C last November, the college will spend the next two to three decades putting nearly $200 million into facilities on its 164-acre campus.

"That will be exciting," McIlwain says. "This place will change dramatically, from a facilities standpoint, in the years ahead."

No one knows OCC's campus like McIlwain does.

"I think my biggest professional strength is that I'm a facilities guy," he says. "Over the years I've derived the most pleasure from upgrading and enhancing campus facilities. We've done a lot of that. I also love to do planning. I hope to stay around campus for a number of months after retirement in order to help work out OCC's master plan for the future."

In phase one of the three-phase plan the college will expand and renovate the Robert B. Moore Theatre so that it can be used more effectively for classroom instruction; will convert the former Norman E. Watson Library into Watson Hall, a facility that will house classrooms and faculty offices; will renovate and expand the Lewis Center for Applied Sciences; will renovate and repair LeBard Stadium, making it ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant; and will construct an 80,000-square-foot library on campus.

"There's going to be lots happening on this campus in the months and years ahead, and I'm glad I'll be able to return in a limited capacity to assist with those plans and projects."

Because of the state's fiscal situation, the college currently faces the biggest budget challenge in its 55-year history.
"I'll be available to help with that, as well," McIlwain promises. "We'll get through this budget crisis and we'll come out on the other side in better shape than we've ever been."

He and his wife, Ann, are longtime Mission Viejo residents. He plans to remain in close geographical proximity to OCC's campus.

"Ann and I plan to spend lots of time traveling and playing with our grand kids," McIlwain says. He'll also broaden his participation in his ongoing hobbies: computers, music, golf and automobiles. He enjoys collecting old rhythm and blues records, and reads extensively about World War II.

"I'll be accessible if OCC needs me to help with facilities or the budget."

Jim McIlwain is a bright, creative, hard-working guy who has demonstrated throughout his long career that he's not afraid to tackle new assignments--even when he's completely unprepared for them. He's certain to be equally successful in tackling his retirement.

"I plan to enjoy it," he says confidently.

The wing-tips have already been placed in mothballs.

ALUMNI AND FRIENDS HOST "MEET AND GREET" RECEPTION: OCC's Alumni and Friends Association will host the first in a series of "Meet and Greet" receptions on Tuesday, June 3, from 6-8 p.m. in the Horticulture Gardens. Refreshments will be served and live entertainment will be featured.

President Gene Farrell will greet attendees.

A campus tour will be provided by the Coast Navigators at 5:15 p.m. from the Horticulture Garden.

Admission is free, but reservations need to be made by tomorrow (May 30). Contact Tabatha Wilson at Ext. 25707.


Thirty-three students will receive their diplomas Thursday afternoon, June 5, from Orange Coast College's Middle College High School.

The ceremony will be the fifth graduation to be conducted in the Middle College High School's seven-year history. The school has been operating on OCC's 164-acre campus since the fall of 1996.

The 2003 graduation ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre. The public is invited to attend. A reception will follow in the theatre foyer.

Orange Coast College president, Gene Farrell, will offer welcoming remarks. Commencement speaker will be Middle School valedictorian, Grace Allard. Scholarships will be awarded by Middle School counselor, Michael diDonato. The class of 2003 will be presented by OCC Middle College High School principal, Bob Nanney.

Newport-Mesa Unified School District assistant superintendent, Jaime Castellanos, will award diplomas. Newport-Mesa trustee, Dana Black, will accept the class.

The Middle College High School is designed for high-potential, underachieving high school juniors and seniors. It's a collaborative effort between OCC and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. A total of 80 high school juniors and seniors are enrolled this year.

"The school is geared specifically for students who, for a variety of reasons, are not performing up to their full potential in a traditional high school setting," says principal Nanney.

"We offer a small-school environment, with all the classes necessary for students to

earn their high school diploma. Our students are also eligible to enroll concurrently in Orange Coast College credit courses."
Nanney says all graduates this spring have a substantial number of college units to their credit.

"Some will transfer to colleges as second-semester freshmen or even sophomores."

Several students in the class of 2003 will transfer to four-year universities. The vast majority are expected to remain at Orange Coast College next year to continue their college studies.

2003 Orange Coast Middle College High School Graduation Candidates

Grace Allard, Matthew Blackford, Casey Blair, Jensen Boyd, Lilly Bui-Grossman, Lilliam Cabezas, Dathan Calvert, Rachel Carter, Justin Chester, Arman Dadashzadeh, Patricia Doran, Patricia Ethell, Phillip Godwin, Cheryl Hack, Tiffany Haubrick, Vanessa Hunt, Michael Jones, Alina Kalakoutski, David Katz, Christopher Luff, Ryan McNulty, Tracie Mills-Winkler, Ryan Mullin, Crystal Nay, Geoffrey Pietrok, Danielle Pistner, Derek Satterfield, Amanda Schrum, Kurtis Schureman, Christopher Skidmore, Amanda Smith, Anthony Smith, Adam Steel.


A record total of 51 Orange Coast College faculty and staff members will retire on or before Monday, June 30, this year.

The 51 retirees, who represent a total of 1,385 years of service to the college, were honored Thursday morning (May 29) during a special faculty and staff breakfast on campus.

Thirty-three OCC faculty members, 15 classified staff members and three administrators are retiring this year. The longest tenured retiree among the faculty is mathematics and engineering professor, Don F. Jeffries. Jeffries joined the faculty in 1962 and has served the college for 41 years.

Jim McIlwain, vice president of Administrative Services, is the longest tenured administrator with 38 years to his credit. Lula Cobb, a food service worker, is the longest tenured classified staff member with 35 years.

OCC is retiring 33 professors this spring, who have accumulated a total 955 years of service to the college among them. Sixteen of the 33 retiring professors have been with the college for 30 years or more, and 27 have been on the staff for at least 25 years.

The 15 retiring classified staff members have accumulated a total of 328 years with OCC. Three have more than 30 years of service with the college. The three administrators have compiled a total of 102 years with the college, for an average of 34 years each.

"These faculty and staff members have committed a substantial portion of their personal and professional lives to this institution," said OCC president, Gene Farrell. "I want to express my deep admiration and appreciation for their dedication and hard work. We're going to sorely miss them. These people have helped to make Orange Coast College the extraordinary place that it is."

OCC's 2003 retirees include:

Patricia Anthony--Professor of Airline Travel Careers, 25 years
Marjorie J. Ball--Director of Community Services, 22 years
George Blanc, Administrative Dean of Economic Dev. & Community Ed., 29 years
Kenneth H. Blum--Skilled Maintenance, 31 years
Ann Boughey, Professor of Emergency Medical Technology, 27 years
Bruce Cary, Professor of Counseling Services, 31 years
Lula B. Cobb, Food Service Worker 1, 35 years
Phyllis Cool, Professor of Counseling Services, 23 years
Alice L. Cross, Senior Account Clerk, 19 years
Cynthia R. Dye, Library Assistant, 14 years
Ginny Fereira, Professor of Physical Education and Athletics, 28 years
John Ferzacca, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, 33 years
Leslie F. Friedman, Course Assistant, 20 years
Carol A. Grams, Professor of Psychology, 35 years
Florence L. Hanchett, Associate Professor of Sociology, 34 years
Robert J. Hancock, Professor of Mathematics and Engineering, 34 years
Rod L. Hansen, Associate Professor of Speech, 34 years
Claudia M. Jackson, Division Office Coordinator, 18 years
Rosalind M. Jacobs, Division Office Coordinator, 32 years
Don F. Jeffries, Professor of Mathematics and Engineering, 41 years
Sharon S. Jones, Professor of Health and Physical Education, 34 years
Howard Judkins, Associate Professor of Music, 29 years
Joan Kosuth, Counselor, Professor of English, 27 years
Lawrence P. LeBrane, Professor of Art, 32 years
Charles D. Leviton, Professor of Psychology, 34 years
Judy Lindsay, Senior Staff Assistant, 28 years
Mary M. Martin, Professor of Physical Education and Athletics, 13 years
Dick E. Marsh, Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 35 years
Sally M. Mazur, Cook, 18 years
Helen J. McGinley, Administrative Secretary, 12 years
Jim McIlwain, Vice President of Administrative Services, 38 years
Frank L. Miller, Associate Professor of Mathematics, 37 years
Judith O. Olson, Professor of Airline Travel Careers, 29 years
Alan M. Paladino, Professor of Electronics Technology, 27 years
Guenter G. Rehm, Pastry Chef/Instructional Assistant, 20 years
Alan Remington, Associate Professor of Music, 26 years
Judith Renna, Intermediate Account Clerk, 19 years
Monty Ruth, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, 18 years
Dorothy J. Sampson, Senior Secretary, 20 years
Kenneth H. Shaw, Assistant Professor of Electronics Technology, 21 years
H. Arthur Taussig, Professor of Photography, 31 years
Janet M. Tolson, Professor of Counseling Services, 15 years
Sandra E. Toy, Professor of Business Education, 28 years
Doreen W. Vail, Professor of Sociology, 38 years
Linda L. Visintainer, Associate Professor of Radiologic Technology, 12 years
Barry C. Wallace, Professor of Physical Education and Athletics, 35 years
Charles L. Warren, Instructional Associate, 20 years.
Jack Wichert, Associate Professor of Business Education, 28 years
Judith A. Wolfe, Associate Professor of Spanish and French, 28 years
Barbara J. Wright, Professor of Physical Education and Athletics, 30 years
Jay Zimmermann, Professor of English and Education, 38 years



This spring, the joint staff and Academic Senate recognition committees approved a permanent plaque which will honor all the recognition finalists since the program's inception in 1990. Pictures of the current Outstanding Coast Colleagues Faculty and Staff Members of the Year will be on display. The display will be in the Mailroom, on the wall across from the classified mailboxes. Construction on the display will begin this summer.

Call or e-mail Lesley Danziger at or Kye Daniels at for information on the above listing. Lesley and Kye can be reached at Ext. 26238 or Ext. 25920.


Jeanette Mahoney will be moving to Sammamish, Washington this summer. Her new address as of July 2 will be;

427 243 Place S.E.
Sammamish, WA 98074



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

By Sebastian Junger
D24 .J86 2001

Junger, author of "The Perfect Storm," has written a book that is a very lyrical "quest for fire." It is like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. His lyrical style finds heroism in the most unlikely places--these are the ultimate proving grounds, under fire.

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay"
By Michael Chabon
PS 3553.H15 A82 2000

Chabon won a well-deserved Pulitzer for this imaginative novel--a novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of boy geniuses reveal much about what happened to America in the middle of the 20th century. Chabon is a writer of rare wit and style, and his latest book is a marvel.

"Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers"
by Sharman Apt Russell
QK 653.R87 2001

The author eloquently unveils the "inner life" of flowers, showing them to be more individual, more enterprising, and more responsive than we ever imagined. Anyone who has ever been moved by the sight of a field of wild flowers will find these gracefully written essays of Sharman Apt Russell both interesting and informative.


By Vinta Oviatt, Media Librarian

"Women Artists: The Other Side of the Picture"
Films for the Humanities, 1999
VHS, 53 mins.
Location: VHS N 8354 .W66

Recommended by Monica Rothschild-Boros, a professor in the Art Department, this provocative program interviews respected artists, curators, art historians, and The Guerrilla Girls; discusses the dearth of women's artwork in major art galleries; and examines the social history of women in the fine arts. For information on this or other media, contact me at Ext. 21057, or at, or contact the Mac Lab/Media Center at Ext. 25871.



By Jane Hilgendorf
Retired OCC Dean of Physical Education and Athletics

Here's a high-fiber alternative to tomato or cream sauces on pasta. Toss the cooked pasta with canned or homemade lentil or other bean soup. This is a quick version of the nutritious pasta-and-bean dishes that are popular in Italy. You can also puree the beans before adding them to the pasta. First rinse the beans well to remove much of the added salt.


Bob Zhe photoDID YOU KNOW?
By Bob Zhe, Counselor Disabled Students

One of the French Resistance fighters during World War II was blind. A Resistance fighter had discovered some important information concerning German army deployments on the Normandy Coast prior to the D-Day landings. He could not personally deliver the information to his resistance leader so he sent his son. The son memorized all the information, then walked to the next town and delivered the information. The son memorized the information because he was blind.





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Have a fantastic summer!

This is the last issue of the Coast to Coast for the spring 2003 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!

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