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2006-07 SCHOOL YEAR GETS UNDER WAY AT ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
Orange Coast College has successfully launched its 59th academic year.

Fall 2006 classes began Monday.

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OCC OPENS FALL SEMESTER
WITH 1.5 PERCENT ENROLLMENT GROWTH
Orange Coast College opened fall semester classes Monday (Aug. 28) showing a 1.5 percent increase in student enrollment compared to the opening day of classes a year ago.

OCC began classes Monday with a total of 20,853 students enrolled. That figure was 1.5 percent higher than last year’s opening day total of 20,552.

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FACULTY, STAFF FOCUS DAY SET FOR FRIDAY, SEPT. 8
Orange Coast College Focus Day, geared for all full-time faculty, part-time faculty and staff members, is set for Friday, Sept. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre.

President Bob Dees will welcome the faculty and staff back to the campus, and will introduce new faculty members and administrators.

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DR. HAROLD SCHRUPP, AN OCC COUNSELOR FOR 41 YEARS, DIES
Dr. Harold A. Schrupp, an Orange Coast College counselor for the past 41 years, died Monday evening, Aug. 21, following a stroke.

Schrupp, 77, was preparing to begin his 42nd academic year with the college. A memorial service was held Monday afternoon, Aug. 28.

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OCC UPGRADES 20 CLASSROOMS FOR FALL
OCC dramatically upgraded and improved 20 campus classrooms during the summer months.

Cost of the renovation was $1.5 million. Money from the Coast Community College District’s November 2002 bond issue, Measure C, funded the project.

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OCC RANKS 70TH IN NATION IN AWARDING A.A. DEGREES
Orange Coast College ranks 70th out of the nation’s more than 1,200 community colleges in the number of students it graduated with associate in arts degrees during the 2004-05 academic year.

America’s top 100 community colleges in awarding 2004-05 A.A. degrees were listed in the June 19 issue of Community College Week, a national community college publication, published by Cox, Matthews & Associates, Inc. in Fairfax, Va.

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FOUNDATION RAISES RECORD $5.6 MILLION
DURING 2005-06 ACADEMIC YEAR
OCC’s Foundation raised a record total $5.6 million in donations during the 2005-06 academic year.

Between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006 the Foundation raised $5,589,829 in cash and in-kind donations. That was a 1.3 percent increase over the previous year’s record total of $5,518,481.

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ROY DISNEY TO "RENT BACK" PYEWACKET
TO COMPETE IN 2007 TRANSPAC RACE
Roy E. Disney donated his record-breaking 86-foot yacht, Pyewacket, to Orange Coast College and its renowned sailing school following the 2005 Transpacific Yacht Race.

The 2005 race was to have been his 16th – and final – Transpac.

He recently reconsidered, however.

He’s not rescinding his donation…rather, he plans to compete in the Transpac for a 17th time. Disney will rent the boat back from the college and race in the 2007 Transpac event.

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NEW MATH AND SCIENCE DEAN, DR. ROGER ABERNATHY,
HAILS FROM ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
It all happened so quickly.

Not quite two months ago, Dr. Roger Abernathy was on a plane flying from his home in Arkansas to Southern California to interview for a position at Orange Coast College. Today, the 2006-07 academic year is just under way, and Abernathy is dean of OCC’s Mathematics and Sciences Division.

His first day on the job was Tuesday, Aug. 1.

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ASTRONOMY PROFESSOR INTRODUCES "NICK ASTRO" TO STUDENTS
Nick Astro…see him this fall at a community college near you!

Orange Coast College astronomy professor, Nicholas Contopoulos, is always at the cutting edge. That’s probably no stunning revelation, considering the fact that he’s a scientist.

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HONORS PROGRAM RECOGNIZES 48 STUDENTS
OCC’s Honors Program recently recognized 48 students who completed all requirements for Honors Program certification in the spring of 2006.

The students are required to have fulfilled a minimum of 18 units of honors course work – from at least three different academic disciplines – with a minimum 3.25 overall grade point average. They must have received a minimum grade of “B” in OCC’s Honors English 100 class, “Freshman Composition.”

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OCC IS POPULAR PLACE
A survey, reported this summer in the Orange County Register, revealed that Orange Coast College is the most popular community college campus for Orange County high school graduates.

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OCC HONORS RECORD 2,222 STUDENTS AT 58TH COMMENCEMENT
A record total of 2,222 associate in arts degrees and certificates of achievement were awarded May 25 at Orange Coast College’s 58th commencement ceremony, held at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa.

A crowd of 7,000 was in attendance.

OCC gave out a record total 1,719 A.A. degrees. A total of 503 students were granted certificates of achievement from a variety of career and technical programs.

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STUDENT BOOKSTORE SETS FALL HOURS
Orange Coast College’s Student Bookstore has announced its hours for the fall semester.

During the first week of school, Aug. 28-Sept. 3, the Bookstore will be open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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OCC GRAD PURSUES CAREER AS MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST
Kathi Dobrow enjoyed a successful 15-year career in data analysis with Deloitte & Touche, a prestigious international financial corporation.

“It was a great job, with full benefits,” she says. “I was very happy with my situation.”

Then something unexpected happened. In 2003, at the age of 48, the Huntington Beach resident was laid off due to an economic downturn.

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LIBRARY FEATURES NEW ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
OCC’s Library has a new electronic resource this fall for students.

PsycINFO is an abstract and citation (not full-text) online database of psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. It provides scholarly literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health, and in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.

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AQUARIUM CLASS FOSTERS STUDENTS’ LOVE OF THE SEA
Sea creatures command a special place in the hearts of Orange Coast College’s hard-working crew of student aquarium managers.

Fascination for marine animals drew Larissa Clary and Allicia Sebastinelli to the student-run public aquarium, which is home to more than 250 fish and tidal animals. The two OCC graduates served as aquarium managers last year, and they spent the summer preparing manager trainees Suzanne Welsh and Tim Ruiz to take over this fall.

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ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS SWEEP AWARDS
IN ORANGE COUNTY AIA COMPETITION
Orange Coast College architecture students swept all awards late last spring in competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Orange County (AIAOC).

OCC’s students were honored May 20 at the AIAOC awards ceremony held at the Crystal Cathedral’s International Center for Possibility Thinking, in Garden Grove.

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RADICAL REELS ADVENTURE FILMS SLATED AT OCC
The Radical Reels Film Tour, a collection of high-adrenaline outdoor adventure films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, is coming to OCC on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

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OCC SLATES SPARKLING PERFORMING ARTS SEASON
Orange Coast College’s Division of Visual and Performing Arts has scheduled an ambitious and sparkling 2006-07 performing arts season.

The season includes dance, theater, musical comedy, symphony and chorale concerts, big-band jazz concerts, and guitar and wind ensemble performances.

OCC’s Theatre Department will offer 11 productions this season, including eight by the student-run Orange Coast College Repertory Theatre Company. The Rep is entering its 22nd season of productions.

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OCC OPENS 22ND REPERTORY SEASON WITH DARK COMEDY
Orange Coast College’s Repertory Theatre Company opens its 22nd anniversary season on Friday evening, Sept. 8, with Casey McCabe’s dark comedy, “Dreaming of Norton.”

OCC’s Rep is a student-run, faculty-advised campus theater company.

“Dreaming of Norton” will be staged Fridays through Sundays, Sept. 8-10 and 15-17, in OCC’s Drama Lab Studio. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

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REP COMPANY STAGES "SOLO VOICES" FESTIVAL
“Solo Voices,” a festival of student-directed one-person plays and monologues, will be staged this fall by OCC’s Repertory.

The production, for mature audiences, runs Fridays through Sundays, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, and Oct. 6-8, in the Drama Lab Studio. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, and 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES LAUNCHES THIRD SEASON
The Orange Coast College Friday Night Film Series opens its 2006-07 season with a screening of the1948 thriller, “The Killers,” on Sept. 8. The program features stadium-style seating and a discussion following each film.

The series has grown to a total of 25 films, and features H. Arthur Taussig, Ph.D., a retired professor of film and internationally recognized film critic.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY LAUNCHES SEASON
WITH PROGRAM ON GLOBAL WARMING
The Orange Coast College Friends of the Library will launch its 2006-07 lecture series with a program on global warming at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

J. Mickey Laux, Ph.D., will discuss “Global Warming: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at the Willis Longyear residence at 215 Via San Remo on Lido Isle in Newport Beach.

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LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW FALL HOURS
Orange Coast College’s Library has announced new hours of operation for the fall semester.

Beginning this week, the Library will be open on Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m. All services will be available to students and patrons, including access to reference librarians and the computer lab. The Library will be open Saturdays throughout the fall, excluding holidays, through Dec. 16.

The Library will also be open Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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OCC GRAD NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO
OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA
Orange Coast College graduate, Scott Lay, was named in June the new president and chief executive officer of the Community College League of California.

CCLC’s Board of Directors selected Lay following a year-long national search.

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MACINTOSH USERS GROUP MEETS SATURDAY
The Orange Apple Computer Club, a Macintosh user’s group, meets Saturday (Sept. 2) on campus.

The club, which has been gathering on OCC’s campus for more than two decades, meets the first Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Chemistry Building.

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Orange Slices

SHE PERSONIFIED ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
Which Orange Coast College president came closest to embodying the institution he/she served?

That’s easy. Margaret Anne Gratton.

Gratton was OCC’s seventh CEO – and its first female president. She regularly stepped out into the community and represented the abstract – Orange Coast College – in physical form. In carrying out her responsibilities as “OCC-in-the-Flesh,” she served the college with great distinction and grace.

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On A Personal Note

OUR DEEPEST SYMPHATHIES TO THE FAMILY OF DR. THOMAS BLAKELY, who died in July just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday. Dr. Blakely served as director of OCC’s Evening College from 1953-76. He is survived by his children, Tom, Lorraine and Elaine, and by his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

CONDOLENCES TO NORMA GOBLE, WHO SERVED 28 YEARS AS SECRETARY TO THE COAST DISTRICT CHANCELLOR. Norma’s husband, Jerry, died July 13 following a long illness. Services were held July 28 at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana. Norma retired from the district eight years ago.

CONDOLENCES TO COAST DISTRICT CHANCELLOR, DR. KENNETH D. YGLESIAS, whose mother, Mrs. Julia Yglesias, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 20. The Golden West College Foundation has established a scholarship in her memory.

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF MARYANN SPEARS IN THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT. Maryann’s niece, Candace Tift, was killed Aug. 24 by a car when it jumped the

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Book Talk

“Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out”
By Fawzia Afzal-Khan, editor
HQ1170.S463 2005
 
“Tim Burton”
By Tim Burton
PN 1998.3.B875 A3 2005
 
“Very New Orleans”
By Diana Gessler
F379.N55 G47 2006
 

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Library Instruction and Information Literacy

The OCC Library is now using the term “electronic resources” as a link on its Web page, in my title of duties, in the new and part-time faculty handbook, and in various library publications. But what is or are electronic resources?

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Library Media/Computer Lab

“We’ll Help You Get There! Orange Coast College”
Orange Coast College, 2006
DVD, 30 minutes
Location: Media REF LB235.5 .W44x and Media CIRC LB2350.5 .W44x

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Employee Commute Reduction

AQMD CARPOOL DRAWING WINNER: HUNG DINH
Another winner has been chosen from the bucket of commuting participants. This time our winner is Hung Dinh! Hung has worked in Maintenance and Operations for the past two years. He was doing utility work and receiving, but is now warehouse coordinator.

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

Drive with special care when it rains after a dry spell.

Everyone knows it’s more dangerous to drive in the rain, but its most risky if the rain occurs after several weeks of dry weather, according to a study done at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, which looked at more than one million fatal crashes across the U.S. over the past 25 years and matched them up with local weather patterns.

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Did You Know

OCC’s Disabled Students and Services Program has created a comprehensive guide for professors and staff on accommodations available to disabled students attending the college. The booklet covers note taking, test taking, books on tape and other accommodations available to disabled students on campus. If you have not received a copy of this informative booklet, contact the Disabled Students’ Center at (714) 432-5807.

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