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FALL ENROLLMENT JUMPS 11.5%
occ campusOCC opened the semester with a bang….enrollment increased 11.5%, according to John Weispfenning, Vice President of Instruction. As of the first day of classes, students filled 65,975 seats compared to 59,191 last year.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR FOCUS DAY – SEPTEMBER 13
The campus will kick off the fall semester on Friday, September 13th, when faculty and staff gather for Focus Day meetings. Faculty and staff will have an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and meet faculty and staff members.

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TAPINGO ELIMINATES WAITING IN LINE FOR CAMPUS FOOD
tapingaOCC Food Services has partnered with Tapingo, a new campus food ordering service, to help the entire campus community save time every day! Students, faculty and staff can now use Tapingo to order their favorite meals ahead of time for pick-up or delivery through a free, easy-to-use, safe and secure iPhone/Android application.

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ACE LABORATORY WILL HELP EFFORTS TOWARD “INTERNATIONIZATION”
In efforts to internationalize OCC, Academic Senate President Denise Cabanel-Bleuer, Director of the International Center Nathan Jensen, and Vice President of Instruction John Weispfenning are participating in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory, which will help OCC to develop a realistic plan to enhance the global learning capacity and experiences of all of our students, Weispfenning said.

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CAMPUS WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Summer was busy for OCC hiring committees, which added 10 new staff members to the rosters of faculty and staff members, including two directors, a marine science instructor, a counselor, a temporary supervisor and five new classified positions.

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STEVE CASEY JOINS OCC MEN'S CREW COACHING STAFF
stevecaseyOrange Coast College men's crew has recently added the services of former rower Steve Casey to become a new assistant coach for the Pirates, according to head coach Paul Prioleau.


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“14 @ < 40” OPENS AT OCC ARTS PAVILION
arts pavillionAn opening reception was held for “14 @ < 40” on Wednesday, August 28th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion.

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PHOTO GALLERY EXHIBITS OPEN THIS WEEK
Orange Coast College’s photography galleries opened three new exhibits this week.


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FRIDAY IS DEADLINE FOR LAUNCHPAD CONFERENCE RESERVATION
Coast Colleges will be hosting the Fall 2013 Launchpad Conference on Friday, September 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will be held in the Coast Colleges District Board Room, and lunch will be served. Faculty and staff who plan to attend should RSVP to Kristen Le at kle@cccd.edu by Friday, August 30. Seats are limited.

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FOOTBALL INVITES CAMPUS TO SATURDAY FUNDRAISING BBQ
The Orange Coast College football team will host a barbecue fundraiser following its scrimmage on Saturday, August. 31st, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Fitness Complex Patio. Advanced sale tickets will be available until August 30th at the Kinesiology/Athletics Division Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is $2 for student-athletes; $15 for adults in advance, and $3 for student-athletes; $20 for adults at the event.


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OCC THEATRE OPENS SEASON WITH “39 STEPS”
Orange Coast College Theatre Department will open its 2013-14 season with an entertaining comedy, “The 39 Steps,” on Friday through Sunday, September 6-8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Lab Studio Theater. The award-winning play, directed by David Scaglione, spoofs the great English thriller using five daring – and energetic – actors to portray more than 100 zany characters.

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OCC TO HOST US WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SEPTEMBER 6
USA VolleyballThe U.S. women's national volleyball team will hold a scrimmage and a prematch chalk talk by Coach Karch Kiraly at Orange Coast College on September 6th.


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MARINE MAMMAL RESCUE TOPIC FOR FOTL OPENER SEPTEMBER 18
Marine MammalThe Friends of the Library will present a director from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) at its first program of the semester on Wednesday, September 18th, at 7:00 p.m. in the OCC Library Community Room.

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OCC WINS GRANT TO SCREEN CIVIL RIGHTS FILM SERIES
created equalOrange Coast College has been awarded a $1,200 grant and a copy of the film series, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” from the Gilder Lehrman Institute as part of the Bridging Cultures initiative sponsored by the National Endowments of Humanities. The $1,200 stipend is designed to support programming costs for the film series.


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PEER HEALTH ACTION TEAM (PHACT) STUDENTS READY FOR ANOTHER YEAR
healthOCC’s PHAcT, which brought the campus the “I am OCC” sober driver campaign and the Walking DUI Check Point last year, is already planning this year’s events to promote health to students at OCC. Anna Hanlon, coordinator, reports that the group is already planning events to promote road safety, mental health and physical fitness. PHAcT student leaders are supported by the Student Health Center and the Kinesiology & Athletics Division. If you have students who might be interested in joining, they can email occpeered@gmail.com for more information.

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CAMPUS SAFETY ISSUES GUIDELINES TO SECURE EMPTY OFFICES, CLASSROOMS
Campus Safety Director John Farmer issued three basic guidelines for faculty and staff to follow to keep the campus safe. He urged employees to make sure that all building doors and windows are locked and secure when they are not in use.

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OCC COACH ACCEPTS MENLO COLLEGE POST
Teeya FrenandezTeeya Fernandez, a former Orange Coast College women’s basketball player who was an assistant coach for the Pirates the last seven seasons, will be an assistant coach at Menlo College in 2013-14, OCC Coach Mike Thornton said.


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FORMER OCC DEAN AWARDED UC PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL
jack scottJack Scott, who was OCC’s Dean of Instruction from 1973 to 1978, received the UC Presidential Medal for his work leading 112 California Community Colleges as chancellor from 2009 until his retirement in 2012.


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BERNIE LUSKIN NAMED INTERIM PRESIDENT AT MOORPARK COLLEGE
Bernie LuskinFormer OCC President Bernard Luskin has been selected as the new interim president at Moorpark College.


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STUDENTS HAVE OPTIONS FOR FINANCIAL AID DISTRIBUTIONS
In early August 2013, OCC students received a bright green envelope from Higher One, an agency that will distribute financial aid monies. The envelope contains a MasterCard debit card, which may be activated by logging in to the Higher One website www.MyCoastCollegesCard.com.


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NEWS YOU CAN USE
Staff annual parking permits are available Campus Public Safety Office Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Employees must bring their driver’s license for identification.

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CHANCELLOR’S NEWS BRIEF
cccd logoTo view the August 23, 2013, edition of the News Brief from Chancellor Jones, please use the following link: http://www.cccd.edu/chancellor/chancellors_weekly_news_briefs.aspx

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7TH ANNUAL PILATES GUEST SPEAKER SERIES BEGINS SEPT. 11
The Orange Coast College Dance Department, will host its 7th Annual Pilates Guest Speaker Series for OCC students and the greater community. The series of five lecture-activity workshops will be held on Wednesdays from September 11th to November 13th in Art Center 148.

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OCC Newsmakers

OCC IN THE NEWS
Jim Carnett, who was OCC’s Director of Communications for more than 30 years, recalls acting classes during his freshman year at Coast.

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Save The Date!

CAMPUS CALENDAR
Galleries – Campus Events – Cheer on the Pirates

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On A Personal Note

Amanda Orenstein, former OCC adjunct instructor, has joined the faculty of County College of Morris in Randolph, NM. She has been teaching college-level biology since 1999 including classes at OCC, Saddleback Community College, the University of California, Irvine, and Centenary College, Washington. She earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Irvine and her B.S. in biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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