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Coast to Coast ... OCC's Weekly Campus Newsletter
A Weekly Campus Newsletter of Orange Coast College
Coast to Coast Masthead
Volume 45, Number 5
Thursday, September 26, 2002


Freshly Squeezed News
Staff Development News
On A Personal Note
Book Talk
Resources in the Mac Lab/Media Center
Did You Know?
Contact the Editor


"The best thing to do behind a person's back is to pat it."



Email Coast to Coast submissions to Or, call the Community Relations Office, at Ext. 25726. Deadline for submission of items is Tuesday afternoon, at 4 p.m. Division offices are requested to print out Coast to Coast and post it weekly for employees who don't hav
e computer access.

OCC'S FOUNDATION HOSTS SILENT AUCTION: OCC's annual Mazda Open Golf Tournament was canceled this year. The Foundation, however, with help from surrounding businesses, has come up with an alternative fund-raising activity. Five silent auction gift baskets are ready for the highest bidders. Proceeds will benefit the Harry & Grace Steele Children's Center.

    The "I Love NY" basket contains two travel certificates, good for round-trip travel on JetBlue Airways from Long Beach to New York City. Value: $564. Minimum Bid: $200.

    "A Night of Theatre" basket contains dinner for two at South Coast Plaza's Z-Tejas Southwestern Grill; two tickets to South Coast Repertory's production of David Auburn's "Proof," running Jan. 3-26; and an overnight stay on a Friday or Saturday night at the Hilton Costa Mesa. Value: $300. Minimum bid: $50.

    "A Day at the Beach" basket contains a one-night stay at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Tennis Club; a one-night stay at the Balboa Bay Club's new Resort and Spa, set to open in the spring of 2003; and dinner for two at the Yankee Tavern Restaurant and Newport Landing in Newport Beach. Value: $460. Minimum bid: $50.

    The "Weekend Getaway" basket contains a two-night stay at Costa Mesa's Marriott Residence Inn; a one-month fitness membership to The Spa and Fitness Club; and dinner for two at Gustaf Anders' Restaurant and the Blue Water Grill Restaurant, both at South Coast Village. Value: $350. Minimum bid: $75.

    The "Good Eats" basket contains gift certificates to Gustaf Anders', the Yard House, the Newport Rib Company, BJ's, Duke's Huntington Beach and Ruby's Diner. Value: $290. Minimum bid: $75.

Stop by the Foundation Office for more details, or contact Tabatha Wilson at Ext. 25707.

YOU CAN STILL GET INVOLVED IN OCC'S OPEN HOUSE: You're invited to be an active participant in Orange Coast College's community Open House, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26. It's an opportunity for us to show off to our community the college that we love!

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 7 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. The OCC-GWC football game will begin at 4 p.m. in LeBard Stadium.

You're invited to donate an hour or more to the event. How can you help? You can give a lecture; conduct a demonstration; run an athletic clinic; volunteer to staff a both; perform a sketch; sit at a table and answer questions; give a tour; or give directions to campus visitors. The opportunities are endless.

If you'd like to participate, contact Tabatha Wilson at Ext. 25707, or email her at

For additional information about the Open House, view the page on OCC's web site at:

"A Taste of Orange Coast College"

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Games and Activities in Quad, Sponsored by the Associated Students
9 a.m. to Noon
Free Counseling for Small Business Owners
9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Coast Navigators" Campus Tours
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Radio-Controlled Robot Toy Demonstration
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"Big Kev" Human Simulator Demonstration
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open House for OCC's Cold and Warm-Water Aquariums
10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Performances by OCC's Children's Theatre Company
11 a.m.
OCC Arts Center photo

Grand Opening Ceremonies for OCC's Arts Center

Noon & 2 p.m.
OCC Chorale Concerts in the Arts Center
1-4 p.m.
Planetarium Shows
4 p.m.
OCC vs. Golden West Football Game (LeBard Stadium-free)

Also: Food Booths, Faculty Lectures, Campus Tours, Department Tours, Cooking Demonstrations, Computer Demonstrations, Sports Demonstrations, Open Labs, Information Tables, Games, Art and Photo Gallery exhibits, and more.

Open Facilities: Admissions Office, Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Arts Center, Children's Center, Chemistry Labs, Computer Aided Drafting Lab, Counseling Office, Early Childhood Lab School, Financial Aid Office, Hospitality Program, Marine Science Department, Small Business Assistance Center, Student Center/Cafeteria, Technology Building, Transfer Center and more.


Parvina Fernald photoGrowing up in war-torn Tajikistan, a former Soviet Republic, Parvina Fernald viewed America as both a symbol and distant dream.

The 24-year-old OCC student watched American television programs as she grew up, and viewed American films. She was captivated by what she saw. A close friend of her family's was an American who worked with her eldest sister. He was a warm and generous individual who put flesh and bones to Parvina's American dreams.

After Tajikistan gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the central Asian nation located west of Tibet, north of Afghanistan and east of Uzbekistan experienced a bloody five-year civil war.

"It was a hard time," says the OCC freshman. "Many people died and women were raped. It was brother against brother. Even during that difficult time, I never abandoned my dream of coming to America."

Tajikistan today possesses a republican form of government with an elected president, an elected Assembly of Representatives and a partially elected National Assembly.

Comparable in size to the state of Wisconsin, Tajikistan is a mountainous nation of nearly seven million people. Sixty-five percent of its population is Tajik, and 25 percent have ethnic ties to much larger neighbor, Uzbekistan. Eighty-five percent are Muslim.

Parvina is a Muslim Tajik who speaks three languages: Tajiki, a language of Iranian derivation, Russian and English. She doesn't fit any stereotype. She looks just like any other typical OCC female student, and dons western fashions.

"Though the members of my family have always been devout Muslims, we don't cover ourselves," she says. "We don't wear the type of clothing that many westerners associate with Muslim nations. We wear western fashions."

Parvina grew up in a small village south of the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. In 1995, at age 17, she moved to the capital to attend the state national university. She finished her five-year diploma in journalism and worked as a writer for a local television station.

"I served as a writer for a television program, titled 'Family,' that focused on women's issues," she says. She also worked for a Tajik organization that circulated its own publication, titled "Open Asia."

"We did some huge projects that focused on violence against women in our country, and on violence against children. During my time with Open Asia I interviewed approximately 250 women who'd been raped during the civil war, or who had witnessed the killing of their husbands. We documented their history. It was heart-wrenching, but very important."

In 2001, Parvina's eldest sister, Zara, 13 years her senior, told her little sister that she wanted to send her to the States to study English.

"I told her no, she shouldn't do that," Parvina says. "It was far too expensive. I told her I would eventually earn the money myself."

Zara researched an English language school for foreign students located at California State University at Northridge. It would cost approximately $5,000 to send her younger sister to the States for several months of study.

"Again I told her no, but Zara was insistent. I finally accepted her gift. I was able to secure a passport and visa, and came to the States in August of 2001."

She flew from Dushanbe to Moscow, then spent 15 hours on a non-stop flight from Moscow to Los Angeles.

"The trip was incredible," she says with a smile. "I'd never flown before. I got on a plane in Moscow that seemed the size of a building."

When she arrived in Los Angeles she was picked up at the airport by a shuttle and transported to a Cal State Northridge dormitory.

"As I walked through the airport, I almost felt as if I were floating. I couldn't believe that my dream had come true. Not only was I in America, but I was in the place in the States that I wanted most to visit California!"

Parvina spent three months in the Cal State Northridge English language program. She progressed quickly. A month after she arrived in the U.S., she, like the rest of the country and the world, was stunned by the tragedy of 9-11.

"It was painful to watch the people on television who had lost family members. That act of terrorism has forever changed the whole world. It has changed the way people think. I'm afraid that Americans now think differently about Muslims, and, for me, that's personally painful. But, America is a strong country with strong people, and she will survive."

Shortly before she finished the Cal State Northridge English language program, Parvina attended a party that included her classmates and a few invited guests. A young man from Huntington Beach took notice of the pretty young woman from Central Asia.

"His name was Cory Fernald," she says. "We talked that first night and became friends. I liked him very much."

It didn't take long for their friendship to blossom into love.

She elected not to return to Tajikistan and, several months later in January of 2002 Parvina and Cory were married. Cory is not a Muslim. In fact, he chooses not to identify with any particular religion. They were married in front of his family and friends in a secular ceremony. Today they live in a small home in Newport Beach.

Cory, who is 28 and an avid surfer, works in construction.

"Cory loves the beach and he loves to surf, that's his passion," Parvina says. "I come from a country that has no ocean, and few lakes and rivers. I'd never seen the ocean until Cory showed it to me. I was filled with awe. It's amazing."

Since her arrival, Parvina has been smitten by a uniquely American pastime rollerblading. She loves to rollerblade near the beach. At the end of the day, she'll sit on the sand next to the water and watch the sunset.

"It's so beautiful to watch the sun go down into the ocean. I never grow tired of it."

She speaks often with friends and family in Tajikistan, and says they're envious of her lifestyle.

"This summer I would say to them, 'Oh I must hang up now, I'm going to the beach with Cory,' and they would say, 'Oh, how lucky you are!' I tell them that I live near the ocean as well as next to the beautiful mountains."

After her marriage, Parvina worked for a Newport Beach dental lab for six months. She soon decided, however, that she wanted to further her education by attending an American college or university.

"Cory told me about Orange Coast College, so I rode my bike to the campus during the summer to check it out."

She was impressed by what she saw.

"It was a beautiful campus, and the people in the Admissions Office were extremely friendly and helpful. I was referred to the International Center where I met Saeeda Wali Mohammed. She helped me a great deal."

"Parvina became our first student from Tajikistan," Wali Mohammed says. "She's delightful, charming, and a breath of fresh air. She brings wonderful life experiences to our campus, as well as a winsome personality. The faculty and students love her. She has many friends, and is a very popular young lady."

Parvina began her OCC studies this fall. She is enrolled in an English as a Second Language course and in a pair of computer programming classes.

"I'm doing well, but it's definitely a challenge," she says. "I'm doing lots of reading and studying, and I have a tutor who helps me. One of my professors is particularly helpful. I was afraid to ask him for assistance at first because in my culture it's not proper to ask older people to help you.

"I once told him, 'I am so embarrassed for taking your time.' He said, 'Don't be silly! That's what I'm here for. I'm here to help my students.' The support that students receive from their professors at Orange Coast College is amazing."

Parvina's plans are to continue her OCC studies until she has completed an A.A. degree. She'd then like to transfer to a four-year university.

"I think I'd like to earn my degree in journalism, and pursue a career as an American journalist. In order to do that, however, I must be able to speak and write English extremely well. I have lots of work ahead of me."

In the meantime, Parvina continues to discover America through her husband and the many new friends and acquaintances she has made. And also through her OCC experiences.

America has welcomed Parvina Fernald with open arms. She's very grateful.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OCC FIVE FACULTY MEMBERS who have recently attained full tenure. Those faculty members are: Gregory D. Clark, instructor and advisor to the student leadership programs; Christopher DeSurra, instructor in speech; Martha Malaty, instructor in computer science; Joseph E. Poshek, instructor in music; and Cathleen Werblin, instructor in communications and advisor to the Coast Report.


Dr. Neil Holbrook photoDistinguished Australian oceanographer, Dr. Neil Holbrook, arrived on OCC's campus Monday and will remain through Friday, Oct. 4. Dr. Holbrook is working with students in the college's marine science, geology and geography classes.

A prominent researcher, Holbrook is a physical oceanographer. He is a senior lecturer in atmospheric science at Macquarie University in Sydney. His primary research interests are in large-scale oceanography and climate modeling. He has a particular interest in interannual ocean and atmosphere variability associated with El Nino.

Dr. Holbrook earned his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Sydney. He completed undergraduate degrees in mathematics and marine sciences.

Holbrook will speak in numerous classes, and will be the featured speaker at a luncheon in his honor on Monday, Sept. 30, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Captain's Table. His visit is sponsored by OCC's Foundation and Honors Program. For information, contact Tom Garrison at Ext. 25647.

DIGITAL WORKS BY ARTHUR TAUSSIG ON DISPLAY SEPT. 30-OCT. 28 IN PHOTO GALLERY: An exhibition of work by longtime OCC photography professor, Dr. H. Arthur Taussig, will be on display Sept. 30 through Oct. 28 in the college's Photo Gallery. The show is titled "Digital Photographs."

The gallery, located in OCC's Fine Arts Building, is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

A reception for Taussig will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4-6 p.m. on the ground floor of OCC's Arts Center. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend.

An OCC professor for 30 years, Taussig is an internationally recognized authority on the psychology and sociology of film. He is author of the 1997 book, "Film Values/Family Values: A Parents' Guide." The book contains more than 300 film reviews. He launched a film-review web site in 2000. For six years, Taussig edited his own nationally distributed publication, Hi-Q Film Review. He teaches Orange Coast College photography and contemporary film classes.

Taussig's OCC Photography Gallery exhibit will consist of current digital works, and photos from the 1980s that have recently been digitally reprocessed.

On Oct. 26, OCC will conduct a public open house for the community, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. As part of the day's many activities, OCC's new Arts Center will be dedicated. Taussig will exhibit several very large works that day in the Arts Center.

Taussig, who is known on campus for his extensive collection of Hawaiian shirts, will exhibit his work on the three-story-tall Arts Center walls. The exhibit will consist of his signature Hawaiian shirts, accompanied by his artistic reflections on the designs.

For information about the exhibit, phone Ext. 25520.

TED BAKER EXHIBIT OPENS TODAY IN OCC'S ART GALLERY: "Ebbs and Flows," an exhibition of oil paintings by retired OCC Fine Arts Division dean, Ted Baker, opens today (Thursday) in the college's Art Gallery. It runs through Nov. 14.

OCC's Art Gallery, located in Building 5 of the Art Village, is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 4-8:30 p.m., and other times by appointment. Admission is free.

An opening night reception is scheduled for tonight, from 7-9 p.m. in the Gallery.

Baker's oil paintings focus on water motion. The paintings, executed in his Costa Mesa studio, are derived from his drawings and photographs of beaches, estuaries and rivers throughout Southern California and Hawaii.

OCC HOSTS TRANSFER DAY TODAY: Recruiters from more than 80 public and private colleges and universities from throughout the nation will be on campus today (Thursday) for OCC's annual "Transfer Day."

The event features representatives from University of California and California State University campuses, as well as recruiters from independent California colleges and universities, and out-of-state institutions.

Recruiters will be stationed at tables in OCC's quad from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They'll distribute information about transfer requirements, educational offerings, admissions procedures, scholarships, fees and expenses, campus environment, student housing, athletics, financial aid, special programs, services for the disadvantaged, and ROTC programs.

Lamu Ta-afue touchdown run photo

Lamu Ta-afue on his way to a 67-yard touchdown run
after recovering a fumble on Saturday, September 21 against L.A. Harbor.


Mike Taylor's Orange Coast College football squad will host perennial powerhouse, El Camino College, Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. in LeBard Stadium. The Pirates and Warriors both bring 1-1 records into the tiff.

Saturday promises to be a beautiful day. Come on out on a glorious afternoon and back the Bucs!

FREE FACCC CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: OCC faculty members are invited to take advantage of some free workshops slated for the FACCC Conference. The conference is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3-5, at the Westcoast Anaheim Hotel. Single non-meal sessions are free. To attend a workshop or session without charge, call conference registrar, Janet Oropeza, at 916-447-8555. Check the conference web site for details, at . For information, contact Kat or Kye in the Staff Development Office at Ext. 26238.

S.H.A.R.E. OFFERS STAFF TRAINING: OCC's S.H.A.R.E. (Student Health And Resource Education) will offer staff training this afternoon (Thursday), from 3-5 p.m. in the Student Health Center. The training session is designed to prepare staff members to properly use the S.H.A.R.E. resource manual in identifying, assisting and referring students with health -related problems. Each workshop participant will receive a S.H.A.R.E. manual. The session will be facilitated by Marilyn Dickson, Health Center director, and Sharon Jones of the Physical Education and Athletics Division. Reserve your spot by calling Ext. 25920.

Captain's Table logo


Thursday, Sept. 26 – Italian

Thursday, Oct. 3 – French

Thursday, Oct. 10 – Spanish

Lunches run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals are priced at $8, plus tax. For reservations, call Ext. 25835 # 4.

COUNSELING AND CAREER CENTER BOASTS NEW VIDEO SERIES: The Center now has the new 26-part video series, "Career Advantage." The series offers job hunting tips from the pros, and gives real guidance on making basic career decisions. It is produced by KCSM of the College of San Mateo. For information, stop by the Career Library in the Counseling Building, or call Ext. 25619.

OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE IN SEMESTER IN PARIS PROGRAM: Openings are still available in OCC's spring Semester in Paris Program. The three-month program runs Feb. 5 through May 7, 2003.

Students will live in single or double rooms in the Foyer International d'Accueil de Paris, a modern student residence facility. Students in the program must enroll in a minimum of 12 units for the semester, and may select from a slate of classes being offered in art history, English, history, political science and French. Courses will be taught by OCC history professor, Dr. Ann Wynne, and Golden West College English and French instructor, Jane Osick.

Students will attend on-site lectures at museums and historical sites within Paris, and outside the city. They'll also take excursions to Chartres, Giverny, Normandy and Brittany.

For information about the Semester in Paris Program, phone Ext. 84704.

OCC HOSTS SESSION ON E-PACKS: Tony Salas has scheduled a workshop on ePacks. The workshop meets on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 104 of the Computing Center. The session is designed for faculty members who are interested in enhancing classes with online course materials.

With more than 1,500 e-Packs in over 50 disciplines from over 20 different content partners to choose from, e-Packs provide instructors with an easy way to get up and running with an online course or a Web-enhanced classroom.

e-Packs make it easy for instructors to start teaching online without having to create a course from scratch. e-Packs provide instructors with fully customized materials around which to build their courses, including video animations, sample syllabi, lecture notes, quiz and test banks, and glossaries, all combined with the functionality of the OCC e-learning solution.

View your invitation on the Web at:

Space is limited to 40 seats. Direct your RSVP to or phone Ext. 25621, press 26071

GOOD EMAIL ADVICE: Though coworkers mean well, courtesy emails like those that say, "Okay, thanks," or "I'll get on it" waste our time. Especially if you send out a zillion emails. How do you get associates to stop sending them, without being rude? Charlotte Ford, author of 21st -Century Etiquette, suggests ending your email with "No reply necessary." Or, if you want to be more diplomatic, "Unless you require more info, we're all set."


Two upcoming workshops are scheduled.

"Public Speaking for College Professors"
Friday, Oct 4
10 a.m. to Noon
Faculty House
Come and learn great new strategies to keep your students involved in the classroom.

"Service Learning Workshop"
Friday, Oct 4
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Captain's Table

Discover the diverse opportunities available for projects in Orange County. Earn salary advancement credit or a $100 stipend. A continental breakfast will be served from 8-8:30. Workshop starts at 8:30.

For information, contact Kat or Kye to register, at Ext. 26238, or sign up online at:


STAFFER JERRY SMITH SUCCUMBS: Gerald (Jerry) Smith recently passed away. Jerry began teaching in the Business Information Systems Department at Coastline College in 1989. He became a popular instructor of computer hardware classes, most recently at the Harper School Site. He also taught at OCC. Services are scheduled for today (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m. at the Dilday Brothers Funeral Home, 17911 Beach Blvd., near the intersection of Beach and Talbert. In lieu of flowers, family members request memorials be given to the Coastline College Foundation, specifically to support the Computer and Computer Services Technology Departments.

OCC GRIEVES FOR Yasuko Ando, an international student from Japan, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident Sept. 22. Yasuko was enrolled in OCC's Airline Travel Careers Program. Her brother and mother have come to the States to collect her body and personal effects. Our prayers and wishes go out to the family.

CONGRATS TO COACH DAVE SALO!: Congratulations to OCC men's head swim coach, Dave Salo, who was selected USA Swimming Coach of the Year at the U.S. Aquatics Sports Convention in Dallas. Dave is also coach of the Irvine Novaquatics. He is in his second season at OCC. Dave has been the Novaquatics' coach since 1990, and guided the club to the combined team championships at the U.S. nationals last spring and summer. He coached Aaron Peirsol to a world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the spring nationals.


Donna Uchizono photoFormer Orange Coast College dance student and Alumni Hall of Fame member, Donna Uchizono, captured a "Bessie Award" for choreography Friday, Sept. 20, at the 18th annual New York Dance and Performance Awards. The ceremony was held at the Joyce Theater. Bessies are the dance world's equivalent of Oscars and Tonys. Uchizono, a New York choreographer, was honored for her work, titled "Low." Uchizono, who was inducted into OCC's Alumni Hall of Fame in 1993, was the recipient of a 1998 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is artistic director of her own acclaimed New York City dance troupe Donna Uchizono Company. She returned to OCC in 1998 to conduct a master class and perform in a concert.

BOOK TALK (We Are What We Read)
By Debbie Webb, Librarian

"Soka Education"
By Daisaku Ikeda
LB880 .I36 A3 2001

In this book, humanist educator Ikeda focuses on why education today is failing the individual and society and what is needed to create a new and compassionate civilization in the world. He demonstrates how education can inspire actions in individuals that are beneficial to themselves and society. What a wonderful idea!

"Doing School"
By Denise Clark Pope
La 229.P59 2001

This book offers a highly revealing and troubling view of today's high school students and ways in which they pursue high grades and success. Students interviewed for this book feel that in order to get ahead they must compromise their values and manipulate the system by scheming, lying and cheating. In short, they "do school."

By Vinta Shumway Oviatt, Media Librarian

"Shock of the New"
Ambrose Video, 2001
58 mins. (each program)
Location: DVD N 6447 .H83 pts.1-4

Recommended by Tom Dowling and the Art Department, this series of eight programs on four DVDs is the sequel to BBC's "Civilization" series. Written and presented by Robert Hughes, art critic and senior writer for Time Magazine, the series covers the "new" art and architecture of the 20th century. For information on this or other media, contact me at Ext. 21057 or the Mac Lab/Media Center at Ext. 25871.

By Bob Zhe, Counselor Disabled Students

OCC's High Tech Center has specialized equipment that can enlarge the text on a computer screen. The Center also has computers that can "read" the computer screen through a voice output device, as well as other computers adapted for the physically disabled. The High Tech Center is located in the Special Services Building on campus. For more information, contact Bill Alvarez at Ext. 25505.

4 p.m. Tuesday, October 1

If you have a noteworthy item to submit for publication, you can now submit it via e-mail to or by the old fashioned means of putting your item into Vicki Zimmerman's mailbox or bringing it in personally to the Community Relations Office, located in the Administration Building. You can also call Vicki at Ext. 25726.

Coast to Coast is published weekly online for faculty, staff, retirees and friends of Orange Coast College. Coast to Coast is published by OCC's Community Relations/College Publications Office.


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