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SPRING REGISTRATION BEGINS IN NOVEMBER; EARLY SIGN-UPS ADVISED
campus quadOrange Coast College will begin registering new students for the Spring 2010 semester on Nov. 30th. Prospective students should apply online now to get an early registration appointment at www.orangecoastcollege.edu or visit the campus enrollment center in Watson Hall. Registration appointments will be emailed by the college. Currently enrolled students will begin registration Nov 16th. Spring classes start Jan. 30th.

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ALL-CAMPUS MEETING GENERATES IDEAS FOR SUMMER SCHOOL
computing centerAn all-campus gathering was held last Friday to brainstorm and gather input regarding whether or not to hold Summer School 2010, and to obtain input as to cost containment ideas for June-July-August 2010.
 
There were 36 attendees: Barbara Bond, Joe Poshek, Kevin Ballinger, Paul Asim, Rich Pagel, John Fawcett, Mary Roda, Kristin Clark, Frank Fonseca, Hue Pham, Blade Gillissen, Torii Ott, Hal Golson, Rodney Foster, Kris Cutting, Allan Herman, Steve Tamanaha, Richard Hutchison, Jose Vilchez-Azcono, Bernardo Cervantes, Juani Funez-Gonzalez, Arabian Morgan, Robin O’Connor, Glen Profeta, Andrea Stone, Valerie Hayward, Irini Vallera-Rickerson, Michael Mandelkern, Melissa Berta, Steve Drum, Mayra Novasky for Vickie Hay, Denise Cabanel-Bleuer, Beating Keith, Michael Slobom, Ma

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FACULTY, STAFF ASKED TO COMPLETE PACE SURVEY BY OCTOBER 30
To comply with Accreditation standards, OCC needs your help. Please complete the OCC PACE (Personal Assessment of College Environment) survey emailed to employees last week. The deadline has been extended to Oct. 30th.

Responses pertain to 2008-09 only. It covers WHAT WE DID, rather than what we’re doing. This is for all OCC Faculty and Staff.

We need as many responses as possible. This information will help us be compliant with Accreditation Standards, Policies and Guidelines. It will also play a central role in the college’s strategic planning efforts.
 

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR OCC FACULTY AND STAFF OF THE YEAR
Staff Development announced nominees the 2009-2010 Coast Colleagues of the Year. Voting will be available only on the OCC Portal. Voting begins Monday, Nov. 9th, and ends Monday, Nov. 16th at 3 p.m.

Absentee Ballots will be available in the Staff Development office, division offices, and Watson Hall during the voting period.

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FROM OCC TO ROME, ITALY
Dowling artThe Gallery Stamperia del Tevere in Rome, Italy, is exhibiting the photographs of OCC Art Professor, Tom Dowling, and English instructor, Lisa Dowling, Oct. 29th through Nov. 26th. “Ritorno a Roma” features selections from the Dowlings’ photographs taken during the couple’s 2006 sabbatacal to Rome. The OCC Library displayed the photographs last year.

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RHAPSODY IN TAPS TO PERFORM OC PREMIERE AT OCC FACULTY DANCE CONCERT
performance photoA variety of different dance styles will be featured during Orange Coast College’s 34th Annual Faculty Dance Concert on Friday, Oct. 30th, at 8:00 p.m. in OCC’s Robert B. Moore Theatre, including an Orange County premiere by guest artists Rhapsody in Taps.

The concert, directed by Jeff Mayor, will feature the dancing and choreography of OCC dance faculty members Linda Sohl-Ellison, Monti Ellison, Amelie Hunter, Shana Menaker, Amy Fritzler, Kathy Kahn, Angelika Nemeth and Teresa Avina.

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OCC JAZZ ENSEMBLES TO PERFORM NOV. 1
Orange Coast College music instructor Paul Navidad will direct the OCC Jazz Ensembles in a fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 1st, at 2:00 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Advance tickets are on sale in the OCC Bursar’s Office for $8. Admission will be $10 at the door.

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OCC CHAMBER SINGERS AND CHORALE SLATES CONCERT NOV. 7
The Orange Coast College Chamber Singers and Chorale will entertain listeners in their first concert of the year on Saturday, Nov. 7th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Eliza Rubenstein, OCC’s director of choral and vocal activities, will conduct. Rubenstein also serves as artistic director for the Orange County Women’s Chorus and the Long Beach Chorale & Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are $10.

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OCC REPERTORY PRESENTS '10 OR LESS' FESTIVAL
The Orange Coast College Student Repertory Theatre will present a festival of very short plays during its annual “10 or Less Festival” from Nov. 6th through Nov. 15th. Some material involves mature themes.

Performances will be 8:00 p.m. Nov. 6, 7,13 and 14; and Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 15. Admission is $5 in advance at the OCC Bursar’s Office at (714) 432-5880 or online at www.occtickets.com. Tickets will be $7 at the door. Admission is free for OCC faculty and staff members.

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HOLIDAY GATHERING TO BLEND CAMPUS APPRECIATION, FUNDRAISING FOR TEXTBOOKS
gift basketInterim President Denise Whittaker is inviting faculty, staff and administrators to join her in a campus-wide Holiday Gathering, Campus Appreciation and Student Textbook Fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 10th, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (location TBD).

She hopes to generate $2,500 for textbooks using opportunity drawings for gift baskets and other donated prizes. Whittaker will provide the baskets and the cellophane, and she has asked the campus to pitch in with goodies to fill the baskets.

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ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY DRAWINGS
Get a chance to a HP mini laptop computer or a wine-tasting weekend while you provide some holiday cheer to a struggling single parent who is also trying get an education at OCC. The EOPS/CARE Adopt-A-Family program is sponsoring an Opportunity Drawing to raise money to purchase food, supplies and gifts for needy students and their children. Individuals, organizations and groups on and off campus can also personally Adopt-A-Family for the holidays.

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MACINTOSH USERS GROUP MEETS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
OACC logoThe Orange Apple Computer Club, a Macintosh user’s group, meets Saturday, November 7, on campus.

At 10 a.m. a South Coast Plaza Apple Store rep will demonstrate iPhoto.
 
The club, which has been gathering at OCC for more than two decades, meets the first Saturday of each month, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon in the Chemistry Building, Rm 214. First time visitors are free

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OCC Newsmakers

brower youth award logoOCC Grad Wins Prestigious Brower Award for Environmental Efforts

Hai Vo, Orange Coast College’s Student of the Year in 2006-07, has been selected as a 2009 Brower Youth Award honoree by the Earth Island Institute for his work as an advocate for sustainable food.

Vo, a 2009 graduate of UC Irvine’s social ecology program, helped organize the “Real Food Challenge” on the UCI campus. The organization is a nationwide, student-based network that advocates use of locally grown and ecologically sound food sources.

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News You Can Use

Reclassification Deadline

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Book Talk

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IN FED WE TRUST
By David Wessell
BestSellers HG 2565 .W47 2009

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Library Instruction and Information Literacy

Did you know that the library offers workshops for students on library and information research skills and that the second series of workshops will be offered soon? Did you know that the librarians teach the same information in these workshops that we teach in our lectures to classes, but that the students may just drop in? Would it benefit your students to attend a library workshop? Would you offer extra-credit to a student who attends one?

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

Be Cautious when Choosing an Herbal Product
• Avoid any product that makes outrageous claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
• Buy herbals from reputable companies. Your pharmacist can help you make the proper selection.
• Know the adverse effects before taking an herbal or natural product.
• Do not use herbals in pregnancy; the effects of herbal products on an unborn child are unknown.
• Do not use herbal products in children; often the effects and proper dosage are not known.
• Some people think they can replace their conventional medications with herbal and natural health products. This can comprise your health. “Natural” remedies are rarely replacements for existing prescriptions medications.

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Did You Know

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers support and resources for persons diagnosed with a mental illness including bi-polar or depression. Bi-polar disorder affects between 1.2% and 2.5% of the U.S. population. NAMI offers links to local support agencies that can assist the individual with bi-polar disorder and their families to cope with this illness. In addition, NAMI has a Veterans Resource Center on their web site with resources for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and homelessness. For more information, visit their web site at www.nami.org.

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