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REFURBISHED CLASSROOMS READY FOR FALL SEMESTER
Orange Coast College’s Maintenance and Operations Department completed renovation of classrooms just in time for fall classes next week. When students arrive on campus Monday, they will find bright new rooms waiting for them in business, math and computer areas.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WELCOME TABLES
Volunteers–faculty members, staff members, administrators, students and retirees–are invited to staff welcome tables on Monday and Tuesday, August 29th and August 30th, to provide information to students as they try to find their classrooms and get information about OCC.

Volunteers, who are needed between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. both days, will be equipped with maps and information books to help assist students. If you can help out for an hour or two, please contact Heather Codding at x26511 or email hcodding@occ.cccd.edu.

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SERVICE TO VETS EARNS OCC 'MILITARY FRIENDLY' DESIGNATION
military friendly logoOrange Coast College has been named a Military Friendly School for 2012. It is the third year that Coast has ranked among the top 20% of colleges universities and trade schools evaluated in a national survey by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

The “2012 Guide to Military Friendly Schools” will be published in September. Results will also be available on the www.militaryfriendlyschools.com website.

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OCC AMONG NATION'S TOP DEGREE PRODUCERS
Orange Coast College has been recognized as one of the nation’s “top 100 degree producers” in a report that was published by Community College Week, a biweekly publication that reports on issues and trends affecting two-year colleges.

Orange Coast College ranked 79th overall, with 1,557 associate degrees issued in 2009-2010, according to the report. In addition, OCC students earned 466 Certificates of Achievement that year.

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MELISSA MOSER IS 2010-2011 MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Melissa MoserMelissa Moser, director of Financial Aid, has been named Orange Coast College’s 2010-2011 Manager of the Year by the Coast District Management Association.

Financial Aid staff members, who nominated Moser for the CDMA recognition, praised the director for her leadership, especially for transforming OCC’s Financial Aid Office into an electronic and paperless environment since she took the helm in 2001.

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RICH AND SHERI CROWE RETIRE AFTER 29 YEARS ABOARD ALASKA EAGLE
Rich and Sheri CroweRich and Sheri Crowe, longtime captains of Alaska Eagle, the flagship for Orange Coast College’s community sailing program, are retiring after 29 years steering the 65-foot yacht 250,000 miles to nearly every corner of the world.

Their voyages took them to Australia and New Zealand, northern Europe, Antarctica, Hawaii, Alaska, the South Pacific and circumnavigations of South America, including rounding Cape Horn, described by Rich as “Mt. Everest for sailors.”

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5-YEAR-OLD ARTISTS SPEAK 'LANGUAGE OF PAINT'
language of paint artistWhat happens when you give pre-kindergarten children disposable cameras and let them explore their environment? Then ask them to select their favorite photo and recreate the image with paint, even mixing the colors themselves?

The result was 24 colorful paintings created by five-year-olds from Orange Coast College’s Harry and Grace Steele Children’s Center. “The Language of Paint” was on display for one day only in the Children’s Gallery of the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. The public was invited.

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NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE GIVES CHILDREN'S CENTER $24,000 GIFT
The National Charity League Newport Juniors presented Orange Coast College’s Harry and Grace Steele Children’s Center with a much-needed $24,000 grant this summer that will enable a few more student parents to provide childcare for their children.

Center director Sue Bierlich said the grant is “critically important right now” as the center faces steep cuts in state funding as a result of California’s budget crisis.

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NEW BOOK BIN BOOSTS DONATIONS
book donation binA new book bin designated for donations is making it easier for donors to give their gently used books, CDs and DVDs to the Orange Coast College Friends of the Library. Donations are needed to supply the FOTL store, located in the lobby of the OCC Library.

The book bin, easily accessible 24 hours a day, is located in Parking Lot E, on Merrimac Way between Fairview Road and Harbor Boulevard. The bin is adjacent to the Library building.

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OCC CHAMBER SINGERS, CHORALE INVITE SINGERS TO MONDAY MEETING
chorale groupA required informational meeting for all singers interested in auditioning for the OCC Chamber Singers or the OCC Chorale will be held Monday, August 29th, in Music 101 at 12:05 p.m.

Auditions will take place on Monday and Wednesday. It is essential that all students attend the informational meeting to learn about the process. Admission to the ensembles is by audition only. Singers do NOT need to be currently registered in order to get in—and if they are currently registered, that’s not a guarantee of admission.

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'SHERLOCK HOLMES' RECRUITING ACTORS FOR 24 ROLES
Sherlock HolmesThe Orange Coast College Theatre Department will cast 24 actors–12 men and 12 women–in the college’s fall production of “Sherlock Holmes” during auditions on Monday and Tuesday, August 29th and August 30th.

Interested performers will meet in the OCC Drama Lab at 7:15 p.m. on August 29th and at 7:00 p.m. on August 30th. Scripts are available on reserve in the OCC Library or by contacting the director Alex Golson, at (714) 432-5522 or by email at agolson@occ.cccd.edu.

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ARTHUR TAUSSIG TO EXHIBIT DANTE-INSPIRED WORK IN ART CENTER GALLERY
Arthur Taussig“Alex’s Abventures in the Five Rivers” or “A Year of Dreaming Dangerously” is the title for a new exhibit of photographic images by Arthur Taussig that will be on display in the Art Center from August 29th through October 10th.

Taussig, a film and photography professor at OCC from 1971 to 2001, will host a reception on Monday, October 3rd, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Art Center, where the gallery is located. The exhibit will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.

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FINE ARTS, STUDENT PHOTO GALLERIES MOUNT NEW EXHIBITS NEXT WEEK
remains of the day
Two additional photography gallery exhibits will open August 29th as fall classes begin. Photographers Knoll+Cella are featured artists with “Remains of the Day” in the Fine Arts Gallery through October 10th. The work of Harmony Gerber will be on display in the Student Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building Photography Lab, through September 19th.


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RED CROSS BLOODMOBILE ON CAMPUS AUGUST 30
Orange Coast College is sponsoring a bloodmobile on Tuesday, August 30th, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the quad area. Visit the link below to make your life-saving appointment.

http://tinyurl.com/OCC-bloodmobile 

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OCC PROGRAM WILL HELP NON-PROFITS ATTRACT FUNDING
Orange Coast College Community Education will offer a two-day grant-writing retreat led by John Drew, Ph.D., on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30-31, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Watson Hall second floor conference room. The retreat is designed to help grant writers develop proposals to attract funding for projects by city, county and state agencies, as well as non-profits and educational institutions. Fee is $395. Register online at orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net or by phone at the OCC Bursar’s Office, 714-432-5880. For more information, call 714-432-5154.

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FOCUS DAY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
All faculty and staff are invited to attend Focus Day on Friday, September 9th. The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in front of Science Hall, followed by a 10:00 a.m. presentation in the Science Hall.

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THEATRE DEPARTMENT OPENS SEASON WITH DON NIGRO PLAY
Faculty director David Scaglione will open the 2011-2012 Theatre Department season on Friday, September 9th, with a work by playwright Don Nigro. “Seascape for Shark and Dancer” begins as a quirky comedy and transforms into a harrowing portrait of a destructive relationship.

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OCC COMMUNITY ED UNVEILS FALL PROGRAM
brochure coverOrange Coast College’s Community Education Office will offer a variety of noncredit, fee-based classes for adults and children this fall.

A 32-page program guide, hot off the presses, describes classes, including culinary basics, arts and crafts, computers, wine tasting, fitness and recreation, language, professional development and travel excursions, as well as online classes.

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OCC ARCHITECTURE VOLUNTEERS BUILD CHAIRS FOR ENSENADA FAMILIES
A small band of students from Orange Coast College’s Architecture Club will travel to Ensenada, Mexico, this week with a gift for poor families–40 chairs they designed and built themselves.

OCC architecture instructor Dean Abernathy has organized student groups to travel to Mexico to build houses for poor families with the nonprofit Corazon for three years. When Valentine Woodworks of Fullerton donated high-quality scrap plywood to OCC, Abernathy saw an opportunity to give his students some additional experience. Corazon needs furniture, too.

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OCC CIRCLE K COMPETES WITH GIANTS
The OCC Circle K Club received first-place awards in a Circle K competition in Virginia Beach, VA, in July against powerhouses such as UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.

The OCC club, sponsored by the Costa Mesa Kiwanis, won awards for its newsletter, the family relations program, and for growth enhancement and membership. During the past year, the club grew from 45 to 103 members, according to outgoing OCC Circle K President Jennifer Que.

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CIRCLE K VOLUNTEERS HELP YOUNGSTERS SHOP FOR SCHOOL
This Saturday members of OCC’s Circle K Club will join Costa Mesa High School and Estancia High School Key Club members on a back-to-school shopping spree with 24 youngsters from the Costa Mesa Boys and Girls Club.

The program is sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa, Hoag Hospital, South Coast Plaza, Union Bank, the Costa Mesa Community Foundation, Office Depot, Sears, the OCC Foundation and attorney Gregory Bartone. Project advisor is Jeff Dimsdale, emeritus dean of students and advisor to OCC’s Circle K Club.

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ROBIN O'CONNOR TOP FUNDRAISER IN RELAY FOR LIFE
Robin O’Connor, associate professor of physical education and athletics, was the top fundraiser in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, held at the OCC Track on June 11th. O’Connor raised $2,400 to lead her team, Orange Coast Cruisers 1, to a second place team finish. The team, which included 12 members who camped overnight at the track during the 24-hour event, generated $3,973 in donations.

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OCC INSTRUCTOR WINS FILM AWARD FOR DOCUMENTARY
Goold's Gold promoA documentary produced and directed by part-time Orange Coast College English instructor Tucker Capps won Grand Jury Award for Best Feature at the Gen Art Film Festival in New York.

“Goold’s Gold” is the story of Jonathan Goold's hapless adventures to find gold where Alaska's glaciers have receded. Capps will present his film at a special screening sponsored by Friends of the Library this fall. Time and date to be announced.

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LONG-TIME TRAINER, DAN BRIGHT, RETIRES FROM OCC
Dan BrightAfter 27 years of service, Orange Coast College's long-time head trainer Dan Bright retired in August, according to Athletic Director Steve Tamanaha.

Bright has helped keep thousands of players' careers in check with his services before, during and after OCC sporting events. During his career, the Pirates have won 60 state championships.

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LAIRD HAYES CONTINUES ROLE AS NFL SIDE JUDGE
Laird Hayes may have retired as OCC soccer coach and physical education professor, but he is still on the NFL payroll. Laird will don his official’s uniform as National Football League Side Judge 125 when the New England Patriots travel to Detroit to play the Lions on Sunday, August 27th.

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BERNIE LUSKIN, OCC PRESIDENT EMERITUS, RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dr. Bernard LuskinDr. Bernard Luskin, OCC president emeritus, has received lifetime achievement recognition from the American Psychological Association Media Psychology Division for his pioneering work in the field of media psychology at the APA's 2011 annual convention held in Washington, D.C. last week.

Luskin is chief executive officer and senior provost of Touro University Worldwide.

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CLASSIFIED FORUM TO MEET SEPTEMBER 1
The NEW Classified Forum arrives September 1st. Co-chairs Nancy Ramirez and Scott Broberg plan to revitalize the Classified Forum this year, and they are encouraging all classified staff members to attend the monthly meetings and help rebuild the Classified Forum. Next Thursday's meeting will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Faculty House.


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RESERVE A CONFERENCE ROOM
The conference room calendars for the Administration Building, Student Center and Watson Hall are now on the Portal under “Conference Room Calendars” on the home page.

To make a new reservation, click “New” in the top left corner of the calendar for the room you want. Please remember that you can only make changes to your own reservations.

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Save The Date!

OCC Galleries
Campus Events
Cheer on the Pirates!

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News You Can Use

Fall 2011 Instructional Food Service Hours of Operation

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On A Personal Note

Maria Antoinette Wakim
Loretta Shelton
Jay Zimmermann
Robert Ledford
Edmund C. “Eddie” Pope
Russell Brown

 

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Book Talk

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THE MASTER SWITCH
By Tim Wu
HE 7631.W8 2011

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

fruit & veggies art
September Fruit and Veggies - More Matters Month
Produce for Better Health Foundation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

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Did You Know

Life Rolls On logoLife Rolls On is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people affected by spinal cord injuries. Headquartered in Southern California and a subsidiary of the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, this organization uses sports to motivate individuals to move beyond their disability. Some of the programs include They Will Surf Again, post-injury resources and outreach and motivational speaking events. For more information call 866/WEWILL WALK or visit LRO website at www.liferollson.org.


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