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THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
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Orange Coast College will be closed Nov. 24-27 in observance of Thanksgiving. The next issue of Coast to Coast will be Thursday, Dec. 1st.


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OCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH MIKE THORNTON WINS GAME 500
500th win team photoMike Thornton, head coach for the Orange Coast College women’s basketball team, recorded his 500th win this weekend as the Pirates won their season opener on Friday with a 53-50 victory over visiting Cuesta at the Tip Off Crossover.

The win put Thornton among just seven elite community college coaches in California to achieve the 500-win mark. Thornton began coaching at OCC in 1989. During his 23-year tenure, the team has recorded a 500-220 record.

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SCIENCE NIGHT WINS $7,500 GRANT FROM PACIFIC LIFE FOUNDATION
Pacific Life Foundation has agreed to provide a $7,500 grant to support Orange Coast College’s annual Community Science Night in 2012.

Science Night, an annual campus event for the past 12 years, drew 6,000 youngsters and their families to campus in October to participate in a variety of hands-on science experiences.

Pacific Life has made contributions to a variety of programs and projects on campus including the Coastal Dolphin Survey Project, Children’s Center, and the Doyle Arts Pavilion, according to OCC Foundation Director Doug Bennett.

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ANGEL TREE GOAL: MAKING CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER FOR 1,500 CHILDREN, SENIORS
group with angel treeStudents serving on ASOCC’s College Life Committee hope to collect 1,500 gifts that will be delivered to needy children and senior citizens this holiday season through the 27th Annual Angel Tree Drive.

Last week committee members delivered Christmas trees decorated with gift tags to various campus locations, including the Library, Science Hall, Lewis Center, Watson Hall, Technology Center, Chemistry Building, Business Education, Science Lecture Hall, Literature & Language, Administration Building, Clark Computing Center, Forum, Puente Office and the Bookstore. Students who bring gifts directly to the ASOCC Office in the Student Center will receive extra credit slips.

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ADOPT-A-FAMILY WILL BRING HOLIDAY CHEER TO 76 STUDENT FAMILIES
Jennifer LaBounty, an EOPS/CARE specialist, vividly recalls her first experience with the Adopt-a-Family program at Orange Coast College.

Eight years ago Jennifer was an OCC student and single mother with four young children, ages 7 to 12. Professor Lorraine Henry’s radiologic technology students adopted Jennifer’s family and surprised them with an all expenses paid trip to Disneyland.

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EOPS ANNOUNCES ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPPORTUNITY DRAWING
Get a chance to win a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 computer, a 16 x 20 Bradford/Renaissance portrait painting or an afternoon of horseback riding while you provide some holiday cheer to more than 76 single parent students and 150 children. Prizes also include gift cards and baskets.

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.

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ARTS PAVILION: 'THINGS THAT KEEP ME UP AT NIGHT'
multimedia sculptureThe inspiring–and sometimes creepy–work of 20 artists will be on display through December 16th in the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion exhibit, “Things That Keep Me Up At Night.”

“The exhibition is charged with images and messages that will challenge the viewer and hopefully create a dialogue about many topics and lingering in the mind long after the artwork has been seen,” explained Arts Pavilion Director Andrea Harris.

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OCC'S 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE' CREATOR CHAMPIONS LOCAL WRITING TALENT
Jill JohnsonJill Johnson has been described as the “champion of local playwrights.” It’s a title she will happily defend when she directs “Dead Letter Office” at Orange Coast College’s Drama Lab Studio in a four-day run November 17-20.

Johnson launched the first round of “Dead Letter Office” scenes in 2003 when she invited local authors to create short stories based on old postcards recovered in an estate sale. Writers would use the cryptic messages they found for inspiration. The result is a collection of monologues and vignettes from 35 different playwrights.

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COAST LAUNCHPAD INITIATIVE DEADLINE NOVEMBER 18
Friday is the deadline for the Coast Community College District Launchpad Initiative, a $10,000 contest designed to increase student success.

The District will award $10,000 to the team of District employees that develops the most creative and innovative plan to increase student success. Applications must be submitted to Martha Parham, CCCD Foundation director, by 5:00 p.m. on November 18th to MParham@mail.cccd.edu or by mail to the Coast Community College District, 1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, Attention: LAUNCHPAD INITIATIVE COORDINATOR.

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ROBOTS TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT OCC ON NOVEMBER 19
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Thirty teams of junior high school and high school students will compete in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Invention Challenge at Orange Coast College on Saturday, November 19th. The fun will begin at 9:00 a.m. in front of the OCC Library when teams will direct their student-designed miniature robots to kick a regulation football into a trash can.

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PIANIST, TRUMPETER TO JOIN OCC CHORALE IN PERFORMANCE SATURDAY
choraleThe Orange Coast College Chamber Singers and Chorale will perform a Fall Choral-Vocal Showcase on Saturday, November 19th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

The program includes works by Norman Dello Joio, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and Randall Thompson. Special guest artists, Janelle Tag on piano and Alfred Lang on trumpet, will perform “Song of the Open Road” by Dello Joio with students singing lyrics inspired by Walt Whitman.

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LEBARD STADIUM SITE FOR CENTRAL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL SATURDAY
The 2011 Central West Conference champion Long Beach City College (LBCC) football team will face Golden West College in the Central Championship Bowl on Saturday, November 19. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. at Orange Coast College’s LeBard Stadium.

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JURIED STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OPENS MONDAY
A Juried Student Show will display 150 photographs by OCC students in Orange Coast College’s three photography galleries located in the Art Center and Fine Arts Building from November 21st through December 13th. A minimum of $500 in prize money and non-cash prizes will be awarded by Cat Jimenez, executive director of the Lucie Foundation, at a closing reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13th, in the Art Center.

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ASOCC TO SPONSOR TWO-DAY BLOOD DRIVE NOVEMBER 21 & 22
Orange Coast College student leaders are sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, November 21st, and Tuesday, November 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge. Schedule your appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org. Sponsor code is "OCC". For more information, call the ASOCC Office at 714-432-5507.



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MUDSLINGERS SHAPE 1,000 PIECES FOR 35TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CERAMICS SALE
ceramics studentSixty members of Orange Coast College’s Mudslingers Club are creating more than 1,000 functional and creative ceramic pieces for the 35th Annual Holiday Ceramics Sale on Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and December 3rd.

The sale, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days in Art Center 113, will feature ceramic art priced from $10 to $80. Most of the proceeds go to the student creators, while 15% supports the ceramics program which supplies glazes and equipment for students. Students must purchase their own clay.

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CHRISTMAS MELODRAMA TO STAGE "RETURN OF THE PEPPERMINT PRINCE"
melodrama graphicOrange Coast College’s Repertory Theatre Company will stage “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social” December 2nd through December 11th. Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Advance tickets, at $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors, are on sale in the Bursar’s Office at (714) 432-5880 and online at www.occtickets.com.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLES TO PERFORM DECEMBER 5
Orange Coast College music instructor Paul Navidad will direct the OCC Jazz Ensembles in a concert on Monday, December 5th, at 7:30 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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BLACK HOLE EXPERT TO SPEAK AT OCC DECEMBER 2
Aaron BarthUC Irvine's Aaron Barth, physics and astronomy associate professor, will be the guest speaker at Orange Coast College's “Black Hole Night” on Friday, December 2nd, at 4:00 p.m. in Chemistry 214. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

OCC’s Physics, Engineering and Math Students (PEMS) are sponsoring the free lecture. Giant black holes–among the strangest and most fascinating objects in the universe–exist in the centers of most large galaxies, including the Milky Way. Their role in the formation and evolution of galaxies is the subject of extensive astrophysical research.


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STUDIO HOUR SHOWCASES WORK OF DANCE STUDENTS
Orange Coast College’s Dance Department will offer an end-of-the-semester informal presentation of classroom material and works in progress at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th, in Robert B. Moore Theatre. Admission is $6.

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IMPROV TEAMS TO COMPETE IN FREE SHOW
Orange Coast College Theatre Arts students will present “Improv & Comedy Night,” when improve teams will compete for prizes by performing sketches and games based on audience recommendations on Thursday, December 8th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Lab Theatre. Recommended for ages 16 and above. Admission is free.

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DECEMBER 9TH HOLIDAY LUNCHEON PLANNED FOR EMERITUS
More than 500 retired faculty and staff members have been invited to the annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 9th, at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Lounge. Retirees should reserve their seat by calling 714-432-5707 or sending an email to eparker@occ.cccd.edu.

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HORTICULTURE PREPARES FOR 34TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY POINSETTIA SALE
poinsettiaOrange Coast College’s Ornamental Horticulture Department will conduct its 34th annual holiday poinsettia sale on Friday, December 9th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The most popular 6-inch pots have three plants instead of one, which makes them lush and fuller than plants usually sold in stores. The Horticulture Department also has 4 1/2-inch pots, 14-inch bowls, centerpieces and hanging baskets. Prices range from $5 for the smaller plants to $40 for the 14-inch bowls.

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"MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR" AUDITIONS DECEMBER 12 & 14
promoThe OCC Theatre Department will hold auditions for all major speaking roles for Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” on Monday and Wednesday, December 12th and December 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Drama Lab.

Guest director will be Glendele Way, assisted by theatre arts professor Alex Golson as the show’s producer.

Auditions for small roles, ensemble roles and non-speaking parts will be Monday, January 30th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Drama Lab. Casting will be for 6 to 10 female roles and 10 to 12 male roles.

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AACC OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is observing the 12th annual International Education Week from November 14-18, 2011. This year's theme, "Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally," highlights the important role U.S. community colleges play in advancing the global readiness of students.

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AQMD COMMUTE REDUCTION PROGRAM ANNOUNCES WINNERS
Francois Hiep Tran is the winner of the $200 Summer 2011 quarterly drawing offered by OCC’s AQMD Commute Reduction Program.

Francois has worked for the CCCD for over 22 years. He is an Information Systems Technician at OCC. He has been a member of OCC’s Commute Reduction Program for over five years and enjoys receiving the $4 incentive each day that he carpools to work.

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CAPTAIN'S TABLE FEATURES AMERICAN REGIONAL FARE
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Diners at the OCC Captain’s Table will enjoy gourmet meals starring regional favorites found throughout the United States this fall. Reservations for the Captain’s Table, with seating on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m., can be made by calling (714) 432-5876, ext. 22. Price for lunch is $12.

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ECLECTIC CAFE CLOSED UNTIL DECEMBER 2
The Eclectic Café, which usually serves a budget gourmet lunch each Friday, will reopen on December 2nd following the Thanksgiving holiday.

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OCC COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Community Education Offerings

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OCC Newsmakers

movie posterOC Weekly announced the free screening of “Goold’s Gold” at OCC this week. Matt Coker wrote, “In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore told you about the consequences from global warming. In Goold's Gold, Jonathan Goold tells you about the opportunities from global warming.” OCC English instructor Tucker Capps produced the award-winning documentary and co-directed with with Ryan Sevy. View the article at http://tinyurl.com/goold-ocweekly.

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Save The Date!

OCC Galleries
Campus Events
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News You Can Use

Children’s Center Prepares Thanksgiving Feast
Crafters Wanted for Coastline Holiday Boutique
Order Thanksgiving Baked Goods by November 18

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On A Personal Note

College Life coordinator Mike Morvice and Elizabeth Aniceto were married on October 29th at Saint Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance, where they met 16 years ago.
 
Jodi Della Marna’s daughter, Anna, will be performing as a soldier, angel and gingersnap in the Nutcracker Ballet with the Tustin Dance Center on Saturday, December 17th, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at the Nechita Center Theater at Orange Lutheran High School.
 
Watch for OCC’s favorite National Football League official when Laird Hayes takes the field: November 20th – Seattle @ St Louis; November 27th – Buffalo @ NY Jets; December 4th – Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh; and December 11th – Chicago @ Denver.


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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Book Talk

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STONE ARABIA
By Dana Spiotta
Best Sellers PS 3619 P566 S76 2011

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

smokeout logoThe American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout on November 17 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke.

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Did You Know

DAV logoThe Disabled American Veterans organization provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to a VA medical facility. DAV volunteers drive veterans to VA facilities with the DAV providing the vans. If you wish to volunteer or wish more information visit the DAV website at www.dav.org/volunteers.

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