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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 1 • Thursday, August 29, 2002


Coast to Coast wishes to welcome students, faculty and staff back for another exciting semester. We trust you had a wonderful summer. Now it’s time to have a splendid fall!

For the foreseeable future--due to cuts in Community Relations Department staffing--a scaled-down version of the campus newsletter will be posted weekly online for all staff members. If you’d like to contribute items for publication, send them to Or, call the Community Relations Office, at ext. 25726. Division offices are requested to print out Coast to Coast and post it weekly for employees who don’t have computer access.

Gene Farrell photoWELCOME ABOARD, GENE FARRELL! Gene Farrell, a former OCC Dean who served as Coast District Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs for a dozen years until his retirement two years ago, is OCC’s Interim President for 2002-03. Gene was an instructor and administrator with the Coast Community College District for 31 years.

A nationwide search for a new OCC president was launched last spring. After reviewing applications, however, the presidential search committee decided to terminate the search and re-advertise the position later, during the 2002-03 academic year.

A community college product himself, Gene attended Compton College and was a Compton football player. He went on to play three years of football at California State University at Long Beach, and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees there. He did additional post-graduate work at Long Beach, Chapman University and Cal State Fullerton.

After serving as a high school history and geography teacher, and football and wrestling coach, Gene joined the Golden West College staff in 1969. In addition to teaching in the physical education department, he was an assistant football, baseball and track coach. He was Golden West’s head wrestling coach for one season.

Gene was the GWC Athletic Director for two years, from 1980-82, and served as Associate Director of Business Services from 1982-84. He was Director of Business Services from 1984-86. Gene moved over to OCC in 1986 as Dean of Administrative Services. He was responsible for the coordination of all fiscal affairs on Orange Coast College’s campus.

Gene became the Coast District’s Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs in 1988. He was responsible for budget development and management, and for facilities planning. He also served a year as acting vice chancellor of human resources. Following his retirement in 2000, Gene served as an administrative consultant with Long Beach City College and with the Ventura County Community College District.

Gene and his wife, Dorothy, have three grown children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys travel, history, golf and soaring.


Friday, Sept. 6, has been designated as Orange Coast College Day. OCC Day will feature a continental breakfast/social in the morning; welcoming remarks; introduction of new faculty and administrators; messages from District Chancellor, Dr. Bill Vega, and Interim President, Gene Farrell; and an all-staff luncheon hosted by OCC’s managers and the Foundation. All faculty, administrators and staff are invited to participate in the event.

Orange Coast College Day
Friday, September 6, 2002

10:00-10:30 a.m.
All Staff Continental Breakfast in front of Science Hall

10:30-11:30 a.m.
OCC Day Program and Presentation of New Faculty and Administrators (Science Hall)

11:30-1:00 p.m.
Faculty and Staff Barbecue (Cafeteria)

9-11 COMMEMORATION: Orange Coast College will conduct a “Circle of Remembrance” in honor of the victims of the 9-11 tragedy on Wednesday, Sept., 11, on campus. The ceremony will be similar to memorials held on campus on Sept. 14 and Sept. 18, 2001. Thousands of students took part in those two remembrance activities.

This year’s event will begin at noon in OCC’s quad. Short speeches will be delivered by student body president, Femia Scarfone, and college president, Gene Farrell. As was done last year, all persons in the quad will join hands in a huge “Circle of Remembrance” and moment of silence. A bugler will perform.

At 6 p.m., candles will be lit in the quad commemorating the loss of more than 3,000 lives in the 9-11 tragedy.

BOND ISSUE: On July 31, the Coast District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a $370 million bond measure before voters on the November 2002 ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would provide funds to repair, update and expand facilities at Orange Coast College, Golden West College and Coastline Community College, including: improving parking and safety facilities; replacing heating and cooling systems; upgrading technology and telecommunications capacity; repairing buildings; constructing new, high-tech library facilities; and, expanding classrooms and labs.

OCC’S CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM RECEIVES MAXIMUM ACCREDITATION: The Culinary Arts Program has received a maximum seven-year accreditation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF). OCC’s accreditation, which runs through June of 2009, was awarded on July 31 by the ACF’s Accrediting Commission. ACF is headquartered in St. Augustine, Fla.

Hundreds of culinary and food service programs exist in the United States, and programs may or may not meet the standards of the ACF Accrediting Commission. A total of 112 programs are accredited by the ACF. Eight are located in California.

An ACF accrediting team spent three days on OCC’s campus last April.

CRIME TAKES BIG DIP ON CAMPUS: Running counter to recent reports for the city of Costa Mesa and surrounding communities, crime took a big dip on Orange Coast College’s campus during the 2001-02 academic year. Crimes were down on campus by 32.4 percent, compared to 2000-01.

Crime stats were reported in July in a document issued by the Campus Public Safety Department.

“Most categories remained fairly consistent with past years’ statistics except for a very dramatic decrease in crimes against personal property,” said John D. Farmer, director of OCC’s Campus Public Safety Department. “We experienced five-year lows in three important areas, vehicle thefts, burglaries and petty thefts. Our figures this year confirm the value of the Campus Public Safety Department’s proactive enforcement to protect persons and property on campus.”

Only 14 burglaries of personal property took place in 2001-02, compared to 40 in 2000-01. Thirty-three petty thefts occurred last year, compared to 54 in 2000-01. Ten vehicle thefts were recorded in 2001-02, compared to 15 the previous year. There were no violent crimes in 2001-02.

“We should keep in mind that our drop in crime occurred at the same time that the city of Costa Mesa and surrounding communities were experiencing an increase in crime, and when the college’s student population was growing at a healthy rate.”

Farmer attributed the dramatic decrease in campus crime in 2001-02 to continuous high-visibility patrols carried out by Public Safety Department staffers.

“Our staff members patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. That presents a major deterrent to crime.”

AN EMPLOYEE GROUP HEALTH FAIR will be staged on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge. All staffers are invited to attend.

THE ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) has been named national “Chapter of the Year” by the sponsoring organization. Orange County’s student chapter consists of architecture students from four local community colleges. The students attend Orange Coast College, Fullerton College, Saddleback College and Golden West College. The student chapter was nominated for the national award by the county’s professional chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Officers for the Orange County student chapter are all OCC architecture students. Officers include Terri Moore (president), Naomi Szto (vice president), Tonya Ashcraft (secretary), Luis Esquivel (treasurer) and Nick Ketpura (public relations director). OCC architecture instructor, Rose Anne Kings, serves on AIA’s Education Committee.

During the past year, the students visited the offices of a number of local architects; conducted a lecture series; participated in the Design Village competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; participated in the national convention sponsored by the American Institute of Architects; and conducted several field trips.

OCC HOSTS OCT. 26 COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE Orange Coast College will host a community Open House on Saturday, Oct. 26. The entire community is invited to attend.

OCC is encouraging young children, older children, teenagers, college students, adults and seniors to spend part or all of the day on campus. The open house will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

The day’s activities will include campus and department tours, food booths, lectures, workshops, lab activities, performing arts events, displays, sports events, and demonstrations. OCC’s Associated Students will host games for kids, teens and adults in the campus quad. Faculty members will give lectures in their classrooms and lecture halls, and musical and theatre groups will perform in OCC’s performance halls. The college’s science labs will be open to the public, and displays and demonstrations will be featured.

For additional information check OCC’s web site. The Open House button is located on the splash page. If you’d like to be involved, contact Tabatha Wilson at 25707.

OCC’S FOUNDATION ENJOYS BANNER YEAR; RAISES RECORD $4.7-MILLION IN DONATIONS: The 2001-02 academic year was the most successful in the history of Orange Coast College’s Foundation--by a wide margin.

Between July 1, 2001 and June 30, 2002 the foundation raised a total of $4,711,489 in cash and in-kind donations. That’s a whopping 70.8 percent increase over last year’s total of $2,757,910, and a 69.2 percent increase over the previous one-year record, set in 1994-95.

Cash donations for 2001-02 were a record $1,956,379, up 3.8 percent over the previous year’s total of $1,884,040. The college raised $2,755,110 in in-kind gifts last year, up a remarkable 216 percent over the previous year’s total, which was less than $900,000.

Orange Coast College’s Foundation has total assets valued at more than $10 million.

RETIRED OCC ENGLISH PROF, RICH LINDER, PUBLISHES FIRST NOVEL: It took the onset of retirement before Rich Linder--an Orange Coast College professor of English for 29 years--was able to find time to realize his lifelong dream. Linder has just published his first novel, “Two Men Tall.”

The work, classified in the mystery/suspense genre, was released in May. Rich dedicated it to his wife, Susan.

A long-time Laguna Beach resident, Rich retired from OCC’s faculty in 1995. For nearly three decades he taught courses in English literature, creative writing, short story writing, and poetry writing. He began work on his novel shortly after teaching his final OCC class. The book was published by Creative Arts Book Company of Berkeley.

Set in a tiny lumber town in northwest Montana, “Two Men Tall” is centered around a Blackfoot Indian fable about a legendary race of forest giants who are “two-men tall.”

“A wonderful combination of myth and mystery...Linder taps into atavistic human fears and explores the headwaters of legend with a deft and knowing hand,” writes best-selling Orange County novelist, T. Jefferson Parker, in a supportive statement contained on the back cover of Linder’s new work. “(It’s) a terrific debut,” Parker concludes. Parker is a former OCC student, and a member of the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

“Two Men Tall” is being sold in bookstores, and also by the major online sellers, such as, Barnes& and Borders.

ALASKA EAGLE RETURNS TO HER NEWPORT BERTH: OCC’s spectacular 65-foot sailing vessel, Alaska Eagle, nestled cozily into her berth July 9 at the college’s School of Sailing and Seamanship in Newport Beach. The sleek vessel returned from an exhausting 13-month, 27,000-mile adventure from Newport Beach to Antarctica and back. More than a hundred sailing students took part in the various legs of the trip.

“This was, by far, the largest and most ambitious expedition we’ve ever conducted with Alaska Eagle--or any of the college’s boats,” said OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship director, Brad Avery.

PARKING UPDATE--Parking in student areas and meters is free, through Friday, Sept. 6. Beginning Monday, Sept. 9, permits will be required in student areas and meters must be paid. Staff spaces, red zones, yellow zones, disabled parking spaces, and unauthorized areas are enforced at all times.


OUR PRAYERS WITH LESLEY: Early this summer, Lesley Danziger’s husband, Jim, was diagnosed with cancer. He underwent immediate surgery, and is now in the midst of a radiation therapy regimen. Lesley is assisting Jim with his daily treatments. She won’t be back on campus until mid-October. Questions for Lesley can be funneled to her through the Staff Development Office or through the Academic Senate. Messages can also be send to her email address

CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY of retired OCC art professor, Robert F. Krieger, who passed away Aug. 10. Bob joined OCC’s faculty in 1956. He retired in 1986. He served as Assistant Division Chair of the Fine Arts Division from 1959 through 1965, and was Fine Arts Division Chair in 1965-66. Bob earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art from the University of Southern California. His art was exhibited in galleries across the nation.

DAVE GRANT INDUCTED INTO PRESTIGIOUS LEANDER ROWING CLUB: Retired OCC president David A. Grant, who recently completed his 38th and final season as the college’s head crew coach, was inducted in July into the prestigious Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames, England. Founded in 1818, the Leander Club is the world’s oldest and most renowned rowing club. Leander’s membership, which stands at 3,000, comprises distinguished past and present British and overseas oarsmen and oarswomen, together with those who’ve given special service to the sport of rowing.

DR. BOB CHANGES ADDRESS: OCC President Emeritus, Dr. Robert B. Moore, recently changed his address. Bob and Pat have moved a few miles south, from Medford, Ore. to Ashland (of Shakespeare Festival renown). Bob and Pat would love to hear from old friends. Their address is 915 Mountain Meadows Circle, Ashland, OR 97520. They can be reached at (541) 482-5888.

CONGRATS TO CHAD HANNA, instructional associate in OCC’s Technology Division. Chad was named a “Local Hero” by the City of Fountain Valley for his efforts in creating Southern California’s first senior men’s softball league. The league has expanded dramatically, and now includes co-ed and women’s teams. The league serves more than 1,225 community softball patrons and sports fans.

OCC WILL BID Au Revoir, Arrivederchi and Auf Wiedesehen to Marge Ball, OCC’s director of Community Education, during a special retirement reception on Thursday, Sept. 5. The reception is set to run from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge. A Coast District employee for 22 years, Marge joined OCC’s staff in 1983. During her retirement, she’ll pursue a new venture, running her own travel business, “Marge’s Tours.” We’re gonna miss you, Marge!!!


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