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OCC’S ACADEMIC SENATE URGES CHANGE IN “REPEATABILITY” RESTRICTIONS
In a near unanimous decision this month, Orange Coast College’s Academic Senate passed a resolution urging the California Community College Board of Governors to reconsider its 2012 decision to limit “repeatability” of classes, especially in visual and performing arts and kinesiology.

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NEW THEATRE INSTRUCTOR BRINGS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE, ENTHUSIASM TO OCC
If you happen to see new Orange Coast College theatre instructor Tom Bruno walking around campus, you’d do well to wish him “buongiorno!” Bruno, who spent much of his childhood in Italy, is fluent in the language of love. He’s also a seasoned actor and director, who happens to have a passion for teaching

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FOCUS DAY TOUCHES ON SAFETY, NEW CONSTRUCTION, SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Faculty, administrators and staff gathered on Sept. 12 for Orange Coast College’s annual Focus Day event. The day kicked off with a continental breakfast just outside the Robert B. Moore Theatre, where Coast employees had the chance to mingle and catch up. Presentations began at 10 a.m. in the Theatre, with President Harkins giving opening remarks and welcoming new employees to campus.

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OCC OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2015
Orange Coast College is now accepting online applications for 2015 spring classes on the school's website. Students are advised to apply early for best class selection. OCC's spring semester will begin on Jan. 31.

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HEATHER CODDING FOCUSES ON NEW OCC ROLE - COUNSELOR
Heather Larson Codding, who joined the Public Information and Marketing staff as a key hourly employee six years ago, has left the department to focus her energies as a part-time counselor with OCC’s CalWORKS program, which helps young families balance their educational, career and family goals.

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OCC CHILDREN’S CENTER INVITES CAMPUS TO JOIN FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
OCC faculty and staff can help support the Orange Coast College Harry & Grace Steele Children's Center by eating ice cream, supporting a young rider in the Trike-a-Thon or ordering boxed veggies from Tanaka Farms CSA (Community Support Agriculture).

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS VISIT CAMPUS FOR CONSTITUTION DAY EVENT
More than 500 high school students from Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties will convene on campus on Saturday, Sept. 20, for Constitution Day with emphasis on teaching civics at the high school level. The day-long event includes a mock Supreme Court hearing, small group sessions, and keynote presentations by Dean of University of California, Irvine law school Erwin Chemerinsky and Judith McConnell, Administrative Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, 4th Appellate District. The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County and the Departments of Education from Orange, San Bernardino and Ontario counties are co-sponsoring the event with Orange Coast College’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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AHOY YE LANDLUBBERS! TALK LIKE A PIRATE ON SEPTEMBER 19
Friday is National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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MEET THE ARTISTS AT OCC ARTS PAVILION SATURDAY
Orange Coast College’s Frank M Doyle Arts Pavilion will host a “Meet the Kiyo Higashi Artists” reception from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Admission is free.

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‘“HEART OF AFRICA AND LOWLAND GORILLAS’” TOPIC FOR FOTL PROGRAM
World traveler and Orange Coast College retiree, Nancy Timmons, will present “Heart of Africa - Bonobos and Lowland Gorillas” at this year’s inaugural program for OCC Friends of the Library on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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PILATES SERIES TO EXPLORE CAREERS IN THE ‘REAL WORLD’ SEPTEMBER 24
The Orange Coast College Dance Department alumni Chelsie Carr and Arlene Dragon will present, “A Pilates Career in the ‘Real’ World” on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the second presentation in the 8th Annual Pilates Guest Lecture Series.

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KIDS BOOK FESTIVAL STIRS THINGS UP WITH NEW COOKING & HEALTH STAGE
The 11th annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival is turning up the heat with their educational and entertaining stage presentations by adding a NEW Cooking and Health Stage. “Families will have the opportunity to learn the importance of meal preparations and also lots of kid friendly recipes from several outstanding chefs,” said Pat Burns, festival co-founder.

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OCC TO SCREEN RADICAL REELS ADVENTURE FILMS OCTOBER 1
Orange Coast College will screen the 2014 Radical Reels Tour, high-adrenaline outdoor sport films from the world-famous Banff Film Festival, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Advance tickets are on sale for $10 at the OCC Bursar's Office and at REI Stores in Tustin and Huntington Beach. Admission for OCC students is $5. Admission at the door will be $12. The event is sponsored by OCC Friends of the Library and all proceeds will benefit the OCC library.

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OCC TO PRESENT ‘BEETHOVEN SPECTACULAR’ OCT. 4 WITH PIANIST ALISON EDWARDS
The Orange Coast College Symphony and choral ensembles will present a “Beethoven Spectacular” on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Under the direction of Ricardo Soto, with guest soloist Alison Edwards on piano, program includes Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, also known as “The Emperor Concerto,” and the “Egmont Overture.” The OCC Chamber Singers and Chorale will perform the “Hallelujah” from Beethoven’s cantata, “Christ on the Mount of Olives.”

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OCC TO HOST TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE VIEWING OCT. 8
The Orange Coast College Astronomy Department will host a viewing of a total lunar eclipse on Oct. 8. The eclipse, which is the second in a four-eclipse series that began on April 15, will be visible in North America, the Pacific, Australia, and East Asia.

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OCC REPERTORY TO STAGE ‘10 OR LESS FESTIVAL’ OCT. 10-12
The Orange Coast College Student Repertory Theatre will present a festival of very short plays directed by students during its annual “10 or Less Festival” Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10 through Oct. 12. Several vignettes are written by students, while others are penned by known playwrights. All scenes are directed by students. Some material involves mature themes.

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SAVE THE DATE - ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME NOVEMBER 1
Orange Coast College will introduce new members of the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Student Center Lounge with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 6 p.m.

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JOY JARS TOY DRIVE FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER
Patti McDonald doesn’t want Orange Coast College to forget Jessica Joy Rees, granddaughter of Leon Skeie, OCC Kinesiology professor. Jessica passed away from brain cancer in January 2012 when she was just 12 years old. Patti is continuing Jessie’s efforts to send “Joy Jars” to other children fighting cancer at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Jessica launched the campaign after she learned that many of the children there remained hospitalized after treatments while she was able to go home.

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CAFETERIA STAFF SHOW OFF RESULTS OF ‘CAKE BOOT CAMP’
Cafeteria staff members completed a two-day “Cake Boot Camp” before the start of the fall semester with professional cake decorator and chef Whitney Couch, who owns and operates Calling All Cakes in Fort Worth, Texas.

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CAPTAIN’S TABLE OPENS THIS WEEK FOR THURSDAY LUNCH
Students in Chef Bill Barber’s Culinary Principles 3/American Regional class will prepare gourmet delights from representing various locales in the United States for the Captain’s Table Thursday lunches starting Sept. 18.

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ECLECTIC CAFÉ OPENS FOR FALL SEMESTER FRIDAY
Red wine braised short ribs with spaetzl and fall vegetables tops the first menu of the year for Orange Coast College’s gourmet Eclectic Café on Friday, September 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Choice of entrees also includes grilled New York steak sandwich with island slaw and red rose potato salad or baked polenta with feta, mushrooms and tomatoes.

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KIDS USE MIT PROGRAMMING TOOL TO CODE COMPUTER GAMES IN COMM ED CLASS
Orange Coast College’s “Learn to Code Computer Games,” will introduce young computer enthusiasts, ages 9 to 15, to creative computing featuring MIT’s Scratch programming tool that uses a design-based learning approach. Classes will meet Mondays, starting Monday, Sept. 29 through Nov. 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. in Business Education Room 105. Registration is $230 per session, which includes $5 for materials. Participants can sign up online at orangecoastcollege.edu/commed or register at the OCC Bursar’s Office at (714) 432-5880.

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COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES TO DEBATE AT OCC
Candidates for the Costa Mesa City Council will face off on Thursday, Sept.18, at Orange Coast College as part of the Feet to the Fire Forum, a series of political candidate debates sponsored by the Daily Pilot and Orange County Register. The debate starts at 7 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR
Interim Chancellor Tom K. Harris reported on the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council, which will hold a public meeting at the District Office at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. The Council advises county supervisors on veterans issues.

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LIBRARY STUDENT WORKSHOPS
The library provides open workshops for students to learn how to do research in the physical and virtual library. SThe students do not need to make a reservation, and can just drop in. These 60-minute workshops are held in the Library’s Lecture Room (go right when you enter the library); extra credit slips will be provided.

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OPEN LABS SCHEDULED FOR TRACDAT TRAINING
Do you have assessment data that needs to be reported?
Were you unable to make the TracDat training held in the spring?
Do you want to learn about the Power of Assessment?

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OCC IN THE NEWS
Orange Coast College’s 2020 Master Plan drew concerns from Costa Mesa’s mayor and 60 residents at a community meeting on Sept.10. Read the Daily Pilot report at

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CAMPUS CALENDAR
Gallery Exhibits - Campus Events - Cheer on the Pirates

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Pirate Sports Blog

PIRATE FOOTBALL FALTERS TO FALCONS
NORWALK – The Orange Coast College football team fell to 0-2 for the season with a 55-26 loss to Cerritos College on Saturday night at Falcon Stadium.

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PIRATES WATER POLO FIGHTS HARD IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TOURNEY
STOCKTON – The Orange Coast College men’s water polo team took to the road this past weekend and faced some stiff competition up in Northern California.

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PIRATE GOLFERS FINISH 7TH AT OEC MATCHUP
STOCKTON – The Orange Coast College men’s water polo team took to the road this past weekend and faced some stiff competition up in Northern California.


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