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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 10
Thursday, October 31, 2002


Freshly Squeezed News
On A Personal Note
Employee Commute Reduction Program
Book Talk
Resources in the Mac Lab/Media Center
Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints
Did You Know?
Contact the Editor

"After 42 years in the shadow of the Los Angeles Dodgers,
the Anaheim Angels step into the spotlight and win the World Series."

Fox play-by-play announcer, Joe Buck

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William Vega photoA MESSAGE FROM

"As you may know, the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees has placed a $370-million bond measure on the ballot aimed at raising money for facilities improvements at Orange Coast, Golden West and Coastline. This bond measure has been named Measure C the Orange Coast, Golden West and Coastline Community College Classroom Repair, Public Safety Education Measure. Voters within District boundaries will vote on this bond measure Tuesday (Nov. 5).

"As faculty and staff members at Orange Coast College, you may get questions from family members, neighbors and friends about this measure. To make sure you can answer those questions accurately, just go to the Coast Community College District web site at for information about the need for the bond, what projects the bond monies would fund, the fiscal accountability measures built into Measure C, and what the bond would cost to property owners in our District.

"While the decision to vote yes or no on Measure C is up to the voters in this District, it is up to us to make sure that that vote is an informed one. If you have further questions about the bond measure, please contact the District public affairs office or send an email to ."


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The community turned out in impressive numbers last Saturday (Oct. 26) for Orange Coast College's Open House. Thanks to the hundreds of OCC students and staffers who volunteered their time to make the day a big success!

Titled "A Taste of Orange Coast College," the campuswide event celebrated the college's 55th anniversary year.

Activities included campus and department tours, food booths, lectures, workshops, lab activities, games, performing arts events, displays, sports events, and demonstrations. OCC's Associated Students hosted games in the quad for children.

A grand opening ceremony was held Saturday morning for the college's new $15 million Arts Center. Guest speakers included recently retired OCC president, Margaret A. Gratton, and interim president, Gene J. Farrell. Dr. Paul G. Berger spoke on behalf of the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees.

Particularly impressive were two splendid concerts held in the Arts Center, featuring OCC's 125-voice Chorale. The Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Soto.

chorale performance photo

Titled "The Glory of St. Marks, Venice," the 30-minute concerts featured polychoral works and showed off the Center's magnificent acoustics. The concerts were attended by more than 500 guests. Featured work for the two concerts was Anton Bruckner's beautiful "Ave Maria," originally written for performance in an Austrian monastery.

Also performing with the Chorale was OCC guitar instructor, Joseph Poshek.

OCC's national champion cheer and dance teams performed Saturday afternoon in the college's quad.

Exhibitions were displayed throughout the day in OCC's Art Gallery and Photo Gallery. The Marine Science Department hosted a public open house of its large cold and warm-water aquariums. The college's Planetarium offered shows throughout the day.

OCC's School of Allied Health Professions demonstrated its high-tech human patient simulator in the Allied Health Sciences Building. Numerous computer demonstrations were conducted in labs throughout the campus.

Lectures were also held in classrooms all over campus.

OCC's football team put the cap on the day's activities with a 31-7 drubbing of archrival Golden West College, in LeBard Stadium. The Pirates are currently in first place in the Mission Conference's Central Division standings.

OCC'S SPRING CLASS SCHEDULE NOW ON INTERNET: Orange Coast College's 2003 spring class schedule is now posted on the college's Internet web page (

Persons arriving at the website should click on "Spring Class Schedule" on the first page of the site. Nearly 2,500 different classes will be offered by the college next spring. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Feb. 3. The semester will conclude on May 31.

Spring class schedules have not been mailed this year to residents of the Coast Community College District, as has been the practice in the past. Schedules will be available for pick-up in the Admissions Office, beginning the week of Nov. 4. Registration begins the week of Nov. 25.

Because OCC's web site is expected to receive heavy traffic over the next two months or so, it is requested that you please restrict your Internet surfing from your office computer to work-related activities only. Please refrain from downloading Real Player or streaming videos, and please do not listen to the radio via your computer. Thanks!


The printed version of OCC's 2003 spring class schedule will be available Monday (Nov. 4) to the public, on campus.

Spring schedules are not being mailed this year to all residents of the Coast Community College District, as has been the practice in the past. Schedules will be available for pick-up Monday (Nov. 4) in the Admissions Office. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


OCC'S CONSTRUCTION TECH DEPARTMENT WINS "RUBY SLIPPERS" AWARD: OCC's Construction Technology Department has been named a 2002 recipient of the Building Industry Association of Orange County (BIA/OC) "Ruby Slippers" Award. The award goes to Bob Mendoza, Ravin Carlson, Tim Peters, David Rodriguez, Robert Cavanaugh and all Construction Tech Department adjunct faculty members.

Ruby Slippers are given to individuals or organizations that demonstrate an innovative or extraordinary commitment to illuminating challenges in the home-building industry, or in providing solutions to crucial Orange County housing issues.

At a time when the housing industry is experiencing a shortage in skilled labor, and is emphasizing a support of education, the BIA/OC recognizes OCC for having the "largest and most comprehensive training program in residential construction and management anywhere in the U.S., and quite possibly the world."

OCC's Construction Tech Department was cited because it is staffed by professionals who possess many years of practical experience. Staffers are all licensed general contractors in the State of California. The department offers an associate in arts degree as well as specialized certificates.

"Several executives of leading home building companies (are graduates of) the Construction Tech Program, including Richard Douglass, South Coast Division president (of) Centex Homes," says a BIA/OC news release.

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN GETS UNDER WAY SOON! The United Way Campaign will run Nov. 4-29 this fall. Form packets will be distributed in mailboxes tomorrow (Nov. 1). The college will conduct a weekly drawing, and raffle tickets are included in the packet. For more information, contact Christal Wright at Ext. 25741, or Linda Mott at Ext. 26262. Thanks for your contribution!

Linda Sohl-Donnell photo OCC STAGES ANNUAL FACULTY DANCE CONCERT, SATURDAY: Orange Coast College's Dance Department will stage its annual Faculty Dance Concert Saturday evening (Nov. 2) in Robert B. Moore Theatre. Curtain is set for 8 p.m.

The concert will offer the premiere performance of a piece by dance faculty member, Jose Costas. Other works in the concert are choreographed by faculty members Christine Baltes, Dennon and Sayhber Rawles, Marie de la Palm, Amelie Hunter, Linda Sohl-Donnell, Angelika Nemeth and Ramaa Bharadvaj. There will also be a piece by guest choreographer, Joe Goode.

A variety of dance styles will be represented in the concert, including tap, ballet, jazz, modern, Middle Eastern and classical Indian. Many of the dances will be accompanied by live music. The dancers will include faculty members, students, OCC alums and professional dancers.

Costas' jazz piece will feature two dancers, himself and OCC student dancer, Susan Thoma.

OCC SETS 20TH HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR DAY: Orange Coast College's 20th annual High School Senior Day has been set for Tuesday, March 25, 2003, in the campus quad. More than 3,500 Orange County high school seniors are expected to attend. Activities will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SAILING TALES FROM THE SOUTH PACIFIC TO BE PRESENTED NOV. 8 AT OCC: "Tales From the Remote South Pacific" is the title of a two-hour lecture being presented on Friday evening, Nov. 8, at OCC by Cruising World Magazine writer, Barbara Marrett. Marrett will speak at 8 p.m. in the Science Hall.

The lecture is sponsored by the college's School of Sailing and Seamanship. Registration fee is $10 for singles, and $18 for couples.

Marrett will describe a 2,600-mile westward voyage that she took last spring aboard OCC's Alaska Eagle. The excursion took her through the South Pacific's most beautiful and interesting islands. The slide-lecture program focuses on Easter Island, Pitcarin, Rapa, Raivave and Tahiti.

Marrett, who first visited Easter Island and Pitcarin 16 years ago, will report changes she has seen in those islands, and will detail the challenges their inhabitants face. At Pitcarin, Marrett and the Alaska Eagle crew lived with Bounty mutineer descendants for three days, waiting out a gale that was lashing the island.

From Pitcarin, Alaska Eagle sailed 800 miles to a stunning landfall at mysterious Rapa. Next, was the classic reef-fringed island, Raivave. The two lonely and spectacular sentinels are home to Polynesians whose cultures met with tragic fates.

Marrett completed her voyage in Tahiti.


Art Davis photoDr. Art Davis, an Orange Coast College music instructor for the past 17 years, was honored recently with a prestigious ASCAP Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Davis teaches OCC's "History of Jazz" class. He has also taught "Ear Training" and "Rhythm Studies" at the college.

Davis, a composer, musician and writer who has been dubbed the world's greatest double bassist, was honored by ASCAP for a composition he wrote that was partly jazz and partly classical. He was given ASCAP's Award for Creativity.

This year's ASCAP Award was Davis' fourth. He was also the recipient this year of a Congressional Recognition Award for Service in Jazz. The award was presented by the U.S. Congress during a ceremony in Philadelphia.

Davis performs locally with his own group, the Art Davis Quintet, and also does regular studio work in Hollywood.

A classically trained bassist, and listed in the current edition of Who's Who in America, the Long Beach resident worked with drummer Max Roach and saxophonist John Coltrane in the late 1950s and '60s.

"I was one of Coltrane's confidants," Davis says. "I'm in the process of writing a book about him, and hope to publish it in the near future."

Davis was named the "Number One Bassist" in Downbeat's famed International Critic's Poll. In a musical career that has spanned more than four decades, he has performed with a wide range of artists in virtually every style imaginable. He has worked with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Max Roach, Thelonius Monk, Gil Evans and Quincy Jones.

Davis has also performed with Arturo Toscanini's Symphony of the Air, the National Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the L.A. Philharmonic. He has appeared with Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Harry Belefonte, Minnie Pearl and Hank Williams. Davis toured with Peter Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan and John Denver.

The OCC instructor began studying piano at the age of five in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa.

"I came from a very poor family," he says. "We didn't own a piano, so the only time I had an opportunity to play the instrument was during my lessons. As a result, I learned how to use my mind. The only way that I could prepare for my lessons and practice was mentally."

Later, during junior high school, he played the tuba. He switched to the double bass in high school. He won the Pennsylvania State Award for tuba playing, and later for playing the bass.

"The tuba and bass are instruments that are actually quite similar," he says. "I liked the tuba very much, but switched to the bass because I realized as I grew older that I'd be able to get a lot more work playing that instrument."

He later studied on scholarship at both the Manhattan School of Music and the Juillard School of Music.

Davis met Coltrane in 1958 while playing with Max Roach's group at Small's Paradise in Harlem. Coltrane, at the time, was a member of the Miles Davis Band.

"One day Coltrane asked me if I would like to 'practice' with him," he says. "I jumped at the chance." The two practiced regularly together for about a year. The sessions lasted for hours.

"It was during this time that John wrote the tune, 'Giant Steps,'" Davis said. "My association with John was the most intense and enriching musical experience of my career. Until his death in 1967, Coltrane and I remained close musically and personally."

Davis was a member of several bands that played on Coltrane albums. Those albums included "Ascension," "Africa Brass I," "Africa Brass II" and "Ole!"

He also played on the 1965 Coltrane album, "A Love Supreme," that was never released. The album will finally be released this fall.

"The original tape was lost before it could be released," Davis said. "It was stashed away in a record executive's office. I always felt that it would eventually turn up, and it did. I already have a pre-release CD copy of the album, and recently played it for my OCC jazz class. They loved it."

In 1958, he opened up the Monterey Jazz Festival, performing with Dizzy Gillespie.

"That was the first Monterey Fest, and it was very exciting," he says.

The following year, Davis joined Gillespie's band and toured with the group for twoand-a-half years. He was a member of the NBC Staff Orchestra during the 1960s, playing regularly on the Merv Griffin, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson shows.

He went back to school in the 1970s and earned a master's degree in experimental psychology from the City College of New York, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University. He supported himself while in college by teaching and performing in Broadway shows.

After completing his doctorate, Davis devoted four years to psychology patients in New York City, and teaching in medical centers and colleges. He was on staff at the New York Medical College, working with psychiatric and psychology interns.

"I've always had an interest in the mind, from the time I was very small," he says. "Music has been my life's passion, but psychology has been a great love of mine as well."

He taught music for 15 years at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and began teaching at Orange Coast College in 1986.

Most students who enroll in his OCC "History of Jazz" class are young, and know little if anything about jazz.

"Many of my students are exposed to jazz for the first time during that first class meeting," he says. "They're all neophytes."

Davis sees himself as something of a jazz evangelist.

"There's no question that I use the class to be an advocate for jazz. I encourage my students to listen to and eventually appreciate jazz. Many former students come back to sit in on the class and visit. I make it a policy that any former student who has completed the class has a standing invitation to come back at any time to sit in, listen and contribute. They come back all the time."

Davis sends his OCC students out to listen to jazz artists at local night spots.

"Most of my students have limited incomes, so I attempt to get them discounts on tickets. The students have an opportunity to see big-name groups. Pianist Ahmed Jamal, who I know very well, is coming to Cerritos soon. A number of my students are planning to see him. He's a legend. I tell my students, 'When Ahmed Jamal is in town for a concert, run don't walk to see his performance.'

"Pianist McCoy Tyner plays locally, and my students regularly see him play."

Some people in the music industry have predicted the demise of jazz, but Davis isn't buying that.

"Very few young people today know about or are interest in jazz, but it's not a dying art form...and it won't die," he predicts. "Ken Burns did a wonderful PBS series on jazz a few years ago, and it proved to be a tremendous boost to jazz music in America. You hear jazz all the time being played on television and in radio commercials. It's getting more exposure today than it was a few years ago. Many jazz greats have passed on, but jazz itself is coming back."

Davis can be seen every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Terrace Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel. He also has a gig scheduled for Nov. 29-30 at the Howling Monk Coffee Shop in Inglewood.

Davis has a fan club that, several years ago, established a Dr. Art Davis Scholarship for college students who are well-rounded in their studies, receive good grades, and are involved in extra-curricular activities. He also founded a non-profit organization, called BASS (Better Advantages for Students and Society). BASS awards scholarships to fulltime college and university students.

Davis established the Gladys Davis Memorial Scholarships a few years ago in honor of his late wife who was a health care provider and passed away in 1995. Gladys Davis Memorial Scholarships are awarded to health care majors only.

"Things are going well with my life," Davis says with a smile. "I love teaching at Orange Coast College and I love my students. I also continue to perform on a regular basis, so I can't complain about anything."

Art Davis with bass

YOU'RE INVITED TO I-405/SR-73 OPEN HOUSE, NOV. 19: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) invite OCC students and staffers to learn about the improvements being made to the I-405/SR-73 Improvement Project. The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov, 19, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Paularino Elementary School in Costa Mesa. Representatives from the two agencies will be on hand to answer questions about the project.

Engineers, consultants and designers will provide information about the upcoming closure of the northbound Harbor Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-405, the anticipated opening of the new 'flyover' off-ramp to Fairview Road from the northbound SR-73, the new sound walls along the SR-73 and more. A project video will also be shown.

Now 70 percent complete, the project will be finished by mid-2004. For more information, call the project's community liaison, Julie Toledo, at (714) 223-1665. For information about any freeway improvement project in the county, call the toll-free Transportation Helpline, at (800) 724-0353.

SIGN UP FOR 24-HOUR FITNESS MEMBERSHIP: The Coast Community College District Wellness Committee is again sponsoring a corporate membership to 24-Hour Fitness, for all employees. The District is paying a corporate fee to 24-Hour Fitness and employees will be permitted to enroll at pre-determined monthly fees. Mark your calendar for on-site enrollment on the following dates, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

Thurs. Nov. 14 – Coastline College, Main Lobby

Tues. Nov. 19 – Golden West College, Community Ctr. 102

Wed. Dec. 4 – District Office, Human Resources Conf. Rm.

Thurs. Dec. 12 – Orange Coast College, Admin. 103

Look for a promotional flyer with details and enrollment information in your mail box.

OUR APOLOGIES TO OCC'S MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL! Coast to Coast apologizes for incorrectly identifying the principal of Orange Coast Middle College High School in last week's issue.

School principal is Bob Nanney. Bob took over this fall from Joe Fox, who retired last summer. We'll have a profile on Bob in an upcoming Coast to Coast issue.

OCC HOSTS REGIONAL RE-ENTRY EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Orange Coast College will host a day-long conference, Nov. 1, that focuses on adult re-entry education.

Titled "Launching Into the Seas of Change," the conference is sponsored by California Advocates for Re-Entry Education (CARE). The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in OCC's Student Center and Captain's Table. The conference is meant for community college and university re-entry educators, and for students.

Registration fee is $15 for students and $35 for CARE members. On-sight registration, and registration for non-CARE members, is $40. On-site registration will run Friday, from 9-10 a.m. The registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, materials, speakers and parking.

Keynote speaker for the day will be Jim Marteney, a speech and broadcasting professor at Los Angeles Valley College. Marteney has titled his motivational address, "Fish! Catch the Energy, Release the Potential."

Workshop sessions are titled "Emotional Intelligence: A Tsunami on the Seas of Change," featuring Dr. Rick Cantey of the Cal State Long Beach Counseling Center; "Creatively Coping With Change," with Sherry Bene Stevens of the Cal State Fullerton Counseling Center; and a "Transfer Panel," featuring students and re-entry education professionals. The panel will be headed by Bruce Vancil of the Re-Entry Center at Cal State Long Beach.

For information about the conference, call OCC's Re-Entry Center at Ext. 25162.

IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, the Districtwide Wellness Committee has made available a 2003 monthly planner for women. Watch for it soon in your campus mailbox.

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Students enrolled in Orange Coast College's ceramics classes will conduct their 26th annual Holiday Art Pottery Sale Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8, on campus.

This year's holiday art pottery sale will be the first ever held in the new Arts Center. The Ceramics Department is located in Room 113 of the building. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. OCC's Mudslingers Club is sponsoring the event.

The three-day sale will focus on functional as well as decorative pottery. Hundreds of items, created by more than 30 intermediate to advanced-level OCC ceramics students, will be available for sale.

Fifteen percent of the proceeds will go toward the purchase of equipment for the Mudslingers Club. The remaining 85 percent will go to the ceramics students themselves.

For information, phone Kevin Myers at Ext. 25843.

OCC HAS UC AND CSU APPLICATIONS: Applications for University of California and California State University campuses for the fall 2003 term are available in OCC's Transfer Center. The Transfer Center is located in the Counseling and Admissions Annex.

The priority fall 2003 filing period for the two university systems is Nov. 1-30. OCC is hosting application workshops to assist students in completing their UC and CSU applications. For application or workshop information, phone Ext. 25894.

The Transfer Center is designed to assist students in transferring to and from OCC. It is open Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 31 – Japanese

Thursday, Nov. 7 – Thai

Thursday, Nov. 14 – Indian

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

OCC'S REP SLATES TWO WEEKENDS OF SHORT PLAYS: "Ten or Less," a series of student-directed short plays that are each 10 minutes in length or less will run for two weekends on campus, beginning Friday (Nov. 1).

The plays are being staged by OCC's Repertory Theatre Company.

The production runs Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 1-3 and 8-10, in the Drama Lab Studio. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, and 2 and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Some of the short plays are original, and others were penned by recognized playwrights. All are student directed. For a performance schedule, phone Ext. 25640 #1.

AAWCC SCHEDULES NOV. 18 PROGRAM: The Coast Community College District Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) will host a dinner in the Captain's Table on Monday, Nov. 18. The dinner will run from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Tab Livingston, OCC instructor of math, will be the guest speaker. Livingston's presentation is titled, "Fulfilling Your Dreams on the Wild Side."

Cost of the dinner and program is $12 for AAWCC members and $14 for nonmembers. Reservation deadline is Nov. 18. For information, contact Arlene Eckstein at the District Office at Ext. 84655.


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Coach Mike Taylor's OCC football squad, fresh from an impressive 31-7 victory over arch-rival Golden West College, will host powerful Palomar College Saturday afternoon (Nov. 2) at 1 p.m. in LeBard Stadium. OCC is 3-3 on the year, and tied for first place in the Mission Conference Central Division standings, with a 1-0 mark. Palomar is 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in Central Division play.

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT" DAY WAS A SUCCESS: More than 500 students attended last week's SHARE (Student Health and Resource Education) awareness day, "Food for Thought," cosponsored by the ASOCC. It was a great success! Keynote speaker, Ellen Coleman, was outstanding and attracted a standing-room-only crowd.

Sharon Jones, SHARE coordinator, attributed the day's success to "tremendous collaboration on OCC's campus." It would not have happened without the contribution of Library staff members, who printed a wonderful bibliography; the coaches and dance instructors who attended with their students; the nutrition instructors who set up a resource table; and the Leadership students who made introductions, served on the planning committee and helped all day long.

The Student Health Center staff provided a resource list and professional consultation for students with questions. Kathleen Burton and Cameron Hastings, ASOCC support staff, helped with facilities, publicity and served on the committee. Special thanks to Cecil Trollinger and his Audio Visual crew who provided all the equipment needed, set it up and responded quickly to emergencies.

It was a total team effort!

Irini Rickerson photoIRINI RICKERSON OFFERS PUBLIC LECTURE: "Unique Art and Architecture Around the World" is the title of a 90-minute lecture being presented this fall by OCC art professor, Irini Rickerson. The benefit lecture is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre. Admission is $10. Proceeds will benefit AIDS Charities of Orange County.

Tickets will be available at the door. They are also being sold in OCC's Art Gallery, located in Building 5 of the college's Art Village. The gallery is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursdays from 4-8:30 p.m.

Rickerson will introduce lecture attendees to the whimsical Tuscany Tarot Garden of Niki de Phalle; unusual rock art in the Sahara Desert; the Reggio Bronzes of the fifth century, B.C.; body art; unique dog architecture; and more.


CONDOLENCES TO OCC WOMEN'S CREW COACH and associate professor of physical education and athletics, Linda Moeller, whose father, Wilbur Chapman, passed away Oct. 22. Mr. Chapman had just undergone successful hip surgery, but died after being returned to his hospital room. No service will be held, but donations in his name may be given to the OCC Women's Crew Scholarship Fund. Wilbur was a huge supporter of OCC women's crew.

CONDOLENCES TO OCC FOUNDATION DIRECTOR, Doug Bennett, whose father, William "Ben" Bennett, passed away last Friday evening, Oct. 25, after suffering a stroke.

Ben had been a commander in the United States Navy, and served as a submarine captain. No service will be held.

CONGRATULATIONS TO PONY STEVENS! Upon the recommendation of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), Pony Stevens of the Allied Health Division was invited to join a group of "Remarkable Women of Orange County" on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Irvine Marriott. Vikki Vargas, Orange County bureau chief for KNBC News, was mistress of ceremonies. The event was sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

By Dorothy Sampson

Richard Ramos photoRichard Ramos is the lucky winner of $100 in the September Commute Reduction Program drawing. Richard works in the Matriculation Department. From April to August, as Orange Coast College recruits high school students, Matriculation Department staff members are extremely busy coordinating placement and student orientation for incoming students. Matriculation clears pre-registration for students transferring to OCC. Staff members also coordinate follow-up counseling appointments so that students will have an educational plan. Student success is the goal of the department.

Richard has worked for Matriculation for 13 months. He says he spends most of his time at OCC because he is also an intern trainer for our football team and the women's basketball team, so he's at the games. He tapes the ankles, wrists, and knees of our athletes, and applies various therapeutic modalities to those who have been injured. He has a degree in kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton, has completed over 1,500 hours of intern work, and has obtained an OCC personal trainer certificate. Soon he will take the Athletic Training Board Certification Exam.

Richard carpools to work with another OCC employee, usually Patti MacDonald. Each employee in a two-person car pool receives $3 per day for keeping a vehicle off the road. Other advantages for Richard are that he doesn't have to leave as early to get to work because they can drive in the car pool lane, and there is a real savings on the cost of gasoline when traveling 17 miles each way every workday.

Richard was happy to win the $100. It will go to the cost of his Athletic Trainer Exam.

If car pooling to work is a viable option for you, contact John Farmer at Ext. 25017. We can get you started in the Commute Reduction Program, and you could be a winner, too!

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

"A Smile As Big As The Moon"
By Michael E. Kersjes
LC 3969.4 .K47 2002

Mike Kersjes taught special education classes at a Michigan high school. He got the bright idea that his students would benefit from going to space camp, in conjunction with NASA. So, he set out to make this happen. This is his students' success story a truly triumphant story of the power of the human spirit.

"What Just Happened?"
By James Gleick
TK 5101.G58 2002

This is a chronicle of the information revolution's first 10 years. Gleick always has a refreshing analysis and he even pokes fun at himself for some of his early (1992) "obsolete" observations.

By Vinta Oviatt, Media Librarian

"Blue Jeans"
Buena Vista Video, 1995, 81 mins.
Location: VHS ZZ 1997 .H577

Recommended by Diane McGroarty and Chris Amaral of the Fashion Department, this program traces the history of blue jeans from Renaissance Europe to the gold rush; from farm and cowboy outfit to social statement in the 1960s; to worldwide trend-setting fashion of today. For information on this or other media, contact me at Ext. 21057 or the Mac Lab /Media Center at Ext. 25871.

By Jane Hilgendorf
Retired OCC Dean of Physical Education and Athletics

Call your doctor for test results don't assume that no news is good news!

Many doctors fail to notify patients of abnormal test results. The most common reason, according to a study in Michigan a few years ago: the patient was expected to return to the office soon. The study found that many doctors didn't even make a record when they did notify patients. And, more than two-thirds of the doctors didn't always report normal test results, believing that patients would assume that all is well.

A good idea: ask your doctor to send you a copy of the results.

By Bob Zhe, Counselor Disabled Students

The Deaf Awareness Expo will take place at the Ontario Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16. There will be a wide range of activities and exhibits including information on education, health resources, recreation and technology. There will also be a GLAD/EDD job fair on site. The web site for more information is

4 p.m. Tuesday, November 5

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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