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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 13
Thursday, November 21, 2002

horn of plenty with turkey


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

This Week's Quote

"To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work."

Sister Mary Lauretta

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 have computer access.

There will be no online issue of Coast to Coast on Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving). The next issue of this publication is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5. Subsequent fall issues will be published on Thursdays, Dec. 12 and 19. The first spring issue is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6




OCC's touch-tone telephone registration for spring semester classes gets under way Monday (Nov. 25).

New and returning students will register for classes via telephone through Thursday, Jan. 30. In-person, late registration will be conducted Feb. 3-13. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Feb. 3. The semester concludes on May 31.



lit & language building photo OCC's Open House Committee has set Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003 as the date for next year's campuswide Open House. The Open House will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Persons who'd like to volunteer to serve on the Open House Committee, or be involved in next year's program, should contact Tabatha Wilson, at Ext. 25707. The committee will begin meeting next spring.

If you or your program or department are considering hosting a public event next fall on campus, why not consider tying it in with the Oct. 11 Open House?



Marilee Stockman photoNewport Beach artist, Marilee Stockman – a sculptor and painter, whose work is inspired by forms and shapes from nature – has added welding to her repertoire.

Stockman, 62, has studied painting and sculpture with outstanding artists and teachers throughout the Southwest. She has long created her sculptures from clay, wax, bronze, stone and wood.

She also creates plein-air paintings: paintings that are executed in oil and done at an outdoor location in three hours or less. Portraiture is another of her specialties.

But Stockman has embarked upon a new direction in her art in recent years. She is studying welding at Orange Coast College. Since becoming an OCC welding student in 1996, she has created a host of sculptures from welded steal.

"I love the human form and most of my work is figurative in some way," she says.

Exceedingly busy, Stockman and her husband, Larry, are the parents of three grown children and a grandchild. She practices her art seven days a week, maintains a website that displays her work (, and runs a small non-art-related business on the side. Larry runs two businesses of his own.

For relaxation, Stockman likes to ride her horse at Irvine Park three days a week.

"Riding my horse allows me to maintain my sanity," she says with a laugh. "I love getting out into nature."

While sculpting in wood, Stockman feels the warmth emanating from the natural material. That warmth seems to animate the medium as she shapes it. Working with steel, however, doesn't provide her with the same sensual, tactile experience. Yet, she derives significant pleasure from heating, bending and forming steel into an art piece.

"I started taking Orange Coast College welding classes in order to repair my bronze sculptures after having been unable to find anyone else to repair them for me," she says. "Bronze is extremely soft and fragile, and few professionals know how to work with it in order to repair it. I decided to learn to weld so that I could make repairs myself."

She went on to weld bases for her bronzes, and now creates entire sculptures from welded steel.

When Stockman first began thinking about enrolling in a welding program, she was able to find just three available programs in the immediate area.

"There was a program at California State University at Long Beach, one at Long Beach City College and one at OCC," she says. "I took a couple of classes at Cal State Long Beach, but then the program was closed down. I'm not certain of the current status of the Long Beach City program.

"OCC's program is the only welding program of its type in Orange County, and one of a very few in all of Southern California. It's wonderful. I've thoroughly enjoyed taking courses there."

She has now completed 18 or 19 different OCC welding classes, and has developed proficiency in arc, oxy-acetylene, TIG (gas tungsten arc) and MIG (gas metal arc) welding.

Stockton in welder's mask"I take an OCC welding class every semester, plus I've also taken several summer courses over the years," she says. "This is a great program. It has transformed me as an artist."

"Marilee has become a very good welder," says her Orange Coast College instructor, Bill Galvery, who heads up the college's Welding Technology Department.

"She could qualify right now as a structural welder. She's very good. But she's an artist, and the art she creates is quite unique and wonderful. She's come a long way over the past several years. What she turns out today in OCC's Welding Lab is amazing. Our students are in awe of her work."

A graduate of Ohio State University, who also possesses a B.F.A. degree in sculpture from Cal State Long Beach, Stockman taught drawing, painting and sculpture for many years, and owned her own art sale and lease business. She was a member of the Newport Beach Arts Commission for seven years, and was chairman for two years.

Stockman is currently exhibiting bronze, wood and stone sculptures locally and in North Carolina. Her work can be seen at Showcase Gallery at South Coast Village in Santa Ana, and at Showcase North Gallery in Santa Ana. Her work is also on display at the New Elements Gallery, in Wilmington, N.C.

Stockman exhibited her work last summer at the 22nd annual National Associated Artists Juried Show in Southport, N.C., and at the Brunswick Art Council's third annual Art Show in Sunset, N.C.

"I especially enjoy shaping metal into unusual forms," says the petite Stockman, who, by all appearances, is the antithesis of the stereotypical burly welder.

"I suppose I'm not what most people would conjure up in their minds were they asked to close their eyes and imagine what a welder looks like," she says with a laugh. "But I'm not all that unusual, either. There are other women enrolled in OCC's welding classes. I'm by no means the only one."

She says welding and forging have become further steps in her development as an artist.

"When I'm working with industrial steel and with other metals, I thoroughly enjoy the feeling of being able to melt the metal and bend it to conform to my will."

She approaches her welding projects differently than other art ventures.

"It's quite interesting," she says. "I tend to agonize over my sculptures. I spend months at creating bronzes, and I may take a year or longer to complete a single clay work. But, when I'm working with steel, I experience a feeling of freedom and spontaneity. In fact, I find the creative process to be the most enjoyable when I'm welding. I sweat blood when I'm working with bronze and clay, but not with steel."

Stockman has been working on a new series that has been particularly satisfying for her.

"It's been pure enjoyment," she says. "I collect scraps that other OCC welding students cut for their class assignments, and create small sculptures out of them. It's lots of fun."

For the past two years, Stockman has taken part in 16 shows in Orange County and North Carolina.

"I don't ever plan to retire from my art," she vows. "I'll keep working until I can't work any longer. I derive tremendous pleasure from creating art."

Heating and molding industrial steel is Marilee Stockman's new passion in life. Welding has renewed her zeal for her craft.


OCC TELEPHONE DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE: OCC's telephone directory has been updated and is available for circulation. You may request your copy via email from Sheryl Area or Jan Neth in Personnel Services. Sheryl or Jan will respond by forwarding an email file attachment that can either be printed out or kept on your desktop.

The directory is still a work-in-progress. Directory updates should be routed through your appropriate supervisor, who will request changes to be made to the database directly to Sheryl or Jan.

Request your directory from Sheryl at or Jan at


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.:

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

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



photo of ceramics student 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.



Joan Bush photoJoan Bush feels a little like "closer" Troy Percival, who came out of the bullpen throughout the 2002 baseball season to nail down victories for the world champion Anaheim Angels.

Bush recently came out of the bullpen to lend her invaluable background and expertise to Orange Coast College's Student Bookstore.

The 72-year-old Huntington Beach resident served as a full-time employee of the bookstore for 20 years, and was manager of the store for the final two years until her retirement from the college in 1988, at the age of 58. She's now back – at least temporarily – serving as the bookstore's acting director.

For the next several months, Bush will shoulder leadership responsibilities for the store, replacing the previous director who resigned earlier this month.

"I'm here to fill in until a new bookstore director is hired," she says. "This feels like home to me, and I'm happy to be back. Things in the store have changed dramatically in the past 14 years – everything is computerized now. But, this is still the same great place it has always been, and with the same student-friendly atmosphere. The campus is the same, as well. It's good to be back."

Bush took an early retirement in 1988. It was a retirement not necessarily of her own choosing.

"My husband retired in 1987 after working for 40 years as a service representative with Southern California Edison Company," she says. "I worked for a year after he retired, but it drove him crazy to be home alone, without me.

"He pleaded with me to retire, so I did. I wasn't exactly ready to go at the time, but, I must confess, I've had a thoroughly enjoyable retirement ever since. We've both had a great time. Still, it's lots of fun to come back to the campus for a while."

Bush has remained in close contact with the college over the past 14 years.

"I've been back on campus numerous times over the years," she says. "I've attended retiree functions, and I still have many friends that I visit at the college. I've also occasionally visited the bookstore. I've continued to maintain close ties with Orange Coast College."

Raised in Union City, N.J., just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, Bush moved to California after her high school graduation. She lived in Santa Ana and worked for a time with the Orange County Register.

"I loved my job at the Register," she says. "I was in the circulation department, and we were situated in the old Register building, located at 6th and Sycamore in Santa Ana, just across the street from the courthouse. I had lots of friends at the paper and really enjoyed the work."

She later worked for a Santa Ana automotive dealership, then a lumber company.

She met her husband, Richard, in a singles group at her church. He was a native of Cleveland. They were married in January of 1951. They remain married today, almost 52 years later.

Bush went to work as a cashier in OCC's Student Bookstore in 1965. Three years later she was promoted to intermediate accounting clerk. Her younger sister, Marilyn McMann, was hired as a bookstore clerk later and stayed with the college nearly 30 years. McMann worked during most of her career in OCC's Admissions Office.

In 1983, Bush was offered managership of the student bookstore on Orange Coast College's sister campus, Golden West College, in Huntington Beach. She took the promotion.

"I enjoyed my three years at Golden West, but I missed Coast," she says. "When the manager's position became available in the OCC Student Bookstore in 1986, I applied and was hired."

She remained at OCC for two years, until her retirement in 1988.

Bush admits to being "caught off guard" recently when contacted by OCC's vice president of administrative services, Jim McIlwain, and asked to return to the college to serve in a temporary capacity as director of the bookstore.

"I was surprised by the offer, but accepted quickly. I was more than happy to return for a time to the campus that I've always loved."

Bush started the job on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

"The store has changed a great deal since I retired," she admits. "It's slightly larger, and things have been rearranged. It looks very nice. This is a wonderful bookstore. Store manager, Diana Smothers, and her staff, have done a fantastic job."

Bush says the campus hasn't changed much over the years. Though larger, it has retained its friendly atmosphere.

"It possesses the same great OCC 'spirit' that I've always remembered," she says. "That's why I love it here."

The 5,000-square-foot Orange Coast College Student Bookstore serves a campus population of 29,000 students, and does nearly $7 million a year in business. It ranks among the top dozen or so community college stores in the country.

In addition to textbooks, OCC's Student Bookstore sells such items as trade books, reference books, study aids, course materials, office and school supplies, computers, art supplies, gift items, academic software and emblematic clothing.

Retirement has been a satisfying vocation for Bush. She and Richard have traveled extensively, and have spent thousands of hours with their four daughters, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

"I can't complain," she says. "Life has been very good. Filling in here at Orange Coast College for the next several months is an unexpected treat. I plan to enjoy every minute of it."


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OCC's Ornamental Horticulture Department will conduct its annual public poinsettia plant sale on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, on campus. Persons purchasing poinsettias in advance may pick them up in the Ornamental Horticulture Department on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Approximately 12,000 plants have been grown by OCC's horticulture students this fall in the campus' five greenhouses. Plants will be sold in the Horticulture Garden. All proceeds from the sale are earmarked to fund future student projects.

The sale runs Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"It's long been a tradition at Orange Coast College for ornamental horticulture students to produce beautiful poinsettias during the holiday season as part of their studies," says ornamental horticulture professor, John Lenanton. "Our students planted these poinsettias the first two weeks in September, and have been nurturing them ever since.

"Customers will purchase the poinsettias directly out of the greenhouses where the plants were grown. They're completely fresh, with no shipping injury or damage."

Four, six and 10-inch (diameter of pots) plants will be sold, along with hanging baskets and centerpieces. Plants come in red, red winter rose, pink winter rose, white, and monet. They range in price from $5 to $40.

For information about the sale, phone Ext. 25748.



dance performance photos

Orange Coast College's Dance Department will offer an informal evening of dance Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Robert B. Moore Theatre on campus. The informal performance is set to begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced-level students will be featured from a variety of different OCC dance classes.

"Students from all of our classes will do a performance or demonstration of what they've been working on in their classes," says OCC Dance Department director, Jeff Mayor. "This performance is an annual event that provides the public with a taste of what our department has to offer."


SCHOLARSHIP APPS AVAILABLE AT OCC: Scholarship applications for Orange Coast College's 2002-03 academic year are available in the college's Scholarship Office.

Scholarship forms may be completed online on the college's web site ( Applications must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at 2 p.m.

More than $220,000 in scholarships will be awarded to approximately 400 students at OCC's annual Honors Night Banquet, on Wednesday, May 14, 2003. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2,500 each. The Scholarship Office, located in OCC's Student Center, is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For scholarship information, visit the college's web site (, or phone Ext. 25645.


BOOKSTORE CLOSED FOR INVENTORY: OCC'S Student Bookstore will be closed today and Friday (Nov. 21-22) for book inventory. It will reopen Monday.


LIBRARY EXTENDS ITS HOURS – INCLUDING TWO SATURDAYS: OCC's Library will be open extra hours in order to provide a quiet study place for students during final exams. The extended library hours are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Please be sure to inform your students of these extended hours.


OCC’S UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN is under way and will run through Monday, Dec. 2. Completed forms can be left in the United Way mailbox on the Mail Room counter. For more information, contact Christal Wright at Ext. 25741, or Linda Mott, at Ext. 26262.  Thanks for your contribution!

Congratulations to Chris Kiger, winner of two tickets to see “Salute to Swing Era Ballroom” at the Robert B. Moore Theater next May, and to Leinaala Kalama-Dutro, who won beginning sailing lessons at OCC’s Sailing Center.  More great prizes will come in the weeks ahead, including a grand prize drawing, to be held on Dec. 4!


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.


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Thursday, Nov. 21 American Regional, Northeast

Thursday, Nov. 28 Holiday – No Lunch

Thursday, Dec. 5 American Regional, Cajun Creole

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


CAFETERIA CONDUCTS THANKSGIVING BAKED GOODS SALE: OCC's Cafeteria is conducting its annual Thanksgiving Baked Goods Sale. Deadline for submitting orders is today (Nov. 21). Orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. Items for sale include: home-style dinner rolls; a bread bowl; nine-inch apple, pumpkin and pecan pies; nine-inch pumpkin praline cheesecakes; nine-inch cranberry apple cheesecakes; 10-inch pumpkin creme moussecakes; and banana nut, pumpkin and cranberry nut quick breads. For information, contact Judy De Vries at Ext. 26435.


AUDIO VISUAL DEPARTMENT MAKES MOVE: OCC's Audio Visual Department has moved into its beautiful new facility, the former Arts Annex, located next to the Technology Center. You're invited to drop by for a visit.

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SATURDAY CONCERT FEATURES TONY MARTIN, GLORIA DE HAVEN AND THE DE MARCHE SISTERS: Music industry legends Tony Martin and Gloria DeHaven will join with the DeMarche Sisters and the Horace Heidt Orchestra Saturday (Nov. 23) to offer a concert of "Music to Remember" at Orange Coast College.

The show is set to begin at 8 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Martin, DeHaven, the DeMarche Sisters and the Horace Heidt Orchestra will regale the audience with popular renditions of their favorite tunes.

Advance reserved tickets for the concert, priced at $37, are on sale in OCC's Community Education Ticket Office. Advance discount tickets, priced at $35, are available to OCC students, senior citizens and children under 12. Tickets are available online at

Tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $41.


"FORTINBRAS" OPENS TWO-WEEKEND RUN TODAY: Playwright Lee Blessing's self-described metaphysical farce, "Fortinbras," opens a two-weekend run today (Nov. 21).

Under the direction of Alex Golson, the play runs Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 21-24 and Dec. 5-8, in the Drama Lab Theatre. The theatre will be dark during Thanksgiving week. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

"Fortinbras" provides a comic interplay of wry literary criticism and contemporary wit that takes up where William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" leaves off. It opens with the last scene of "Hamlet," in the Great Hall of Elsinore Castle. Fortinbras, the Prince of Norway, is a minor character in "Hamlet" who's frequently cut from modern productions. In Blessing's play, however, he sweeps in during scene I to claim the sovereignty of Denmark. He makes his claim, fundamentally, because everyone in the Danish royal family has expired in the final scene of Shakespeare's work.

Fortinbras' plans, however, are impeded throughout Blessing's play by the ghosts of the characters who passed on in "Hamlet."

"This play is reminiscent of and equal to Tom Stoppard's masterpiece, 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,'" says director Golson. It was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best plays of the 1990s,

Advance tickets, priced at $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, students and children, are on sale in the Community Education Office. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12 and $8. Seating is limited.


OCC'S FOOTBALLERS HOST SADDLEBACK SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Coach Mike Taylor's OCC football squad will host Saddleback College Saturday afternoon (Nov. 23) at 1 p.m. in the season finale at LeBard Stadium. The Pirates defeated Fullerton College last Saturday evening, 37-21. OCC's Bucs are 4-5 on the season and 2-2 in Mission Conference Central Division play. Saddleback is 7-2 and 3-1.



Jaycee Mahler photo

Photo: Jaycee Mahler has led the Pirates with 23 goals so far this season.

CONGRATS TO BARBARA BOND'S OCC WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM, which defeated Glendale College, 5-1, Tuesday in the opening round of the state playoffs. The Pirates are seeded third in the state. Sarah Ronquillo scored two goals for the Bucs in Tuesday's victory. OCC, now 20-1-2 on the season, will host second round opponent, Palomar, on Saturday (Nov. 23) at noon.


RACE ACROSS AMERICA UPDATE: Barbara Wright reports that the Race Across America continues to move steadily across the map of the U.S. The four top teams are: the Coast to Coasters, who have accumulated 1,428 miles; Team S & M, which has logged 1,325 miles; the Business Blazers, who have recorded 1,061 miles; and the Marvelous Milers, who have notched 942 miles. All teams in the competition have rolled through Las Vegas (266 miles), and most have visited the Grand Canyon (532). Some teams have gone as far as Sedona (678). The Marvelous Milers are just leaving Gallup, N.M. (914), and the Business Blazers have just departed Albuquerque (1,053). Team S & M is headed for Carlsbad Caverns National Park (1,342) and closing in on the Coast to Coasters, who just left the park.

“It’s fun to follow the competitive aspects of this event, and I think the top three teams are amazing,” says Barbara, OCC’s Race Across America coordinator. “What’s even better, however, is that so many of the people that are participating have continued to increase or maintain their mileage each week. For those of you who think that we’re really walking across America ... I hate to break this to you, but, we’re traveling ‘virtually.’ I tried to pick an interesting route with interesting cities.”




photo of Margaret and Bruce PRESIDENT EMERITUS MARGARET GRATTON and Bruce Turner were married Oct. 19 in Portland, Ore. The ceremony, held in a private home, was attended by family members and close friends. Bruce's brother, Scott Turner from New York, officiated. Elizabeth and Madison (the Bozeman, Mont. granddaughters) performed violin solos. Portland granddaughter, Catherine, was the flower girl and grandson Aidan Nicolas of Portland (now a year old) crawled under the coffee tables. Margaret and Bruce are now at home in Chula Vista where Bruce is dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at Southwestern College.

CONGRATULATIONS TO HARRIET OUELLETTE on the birth of her second grandson, William Reed Ouellette. Li’l Will was born on Friday, Nov. 15, in Falls Church, Va. He’s a robust one, at 8 lbs, 1 oz, and 20 1/2 inches long! Will lives with his parents, Mark and Nicole Ouellette, in Falls Church. The parents — and Grandma — are holding up well!

FOUNDER OF KOCE, BILL FURNISS, DIES: Bill Furniss, founding president and general manager of KOCE, died Tuesday (Nov. 19) at the age of 66, of lupus. Bill began his tenure with the Coast District and KOCE in 1970. He retired in 1996. A native of Dallas, and a Marine Corps veteran, Bill started the instructional television program at Corona del Mar High School before coming to KOCE. He was recruited to the district by then-chancellor, Dr. Norman E. Watson. Bill will be deeply missed! Services are private.


By Dorothy Sampson

Phyllis Acevedo photoCongratulations to Phyllis Acevedo, lucky winner of the $100 drawing for October participants in the Commute Reduction Program. Phyllis has worked at the District Office for seven years as a payroll technician, making sure that the certificated staff are paid. She deals in numbers, collecting information from the campuses and turning them into paychecks!

Phyllis has participated in the Commute Reduction Plan off and on for two years. Originally, she was in a carpool with another district employee until her partner moved away. She has also walked the four miles to work from her house. She now has the perfect solution for herself. She purchased a Toyota Prius, a hybrid electric and gas car. The new vehicle has cut her gas mileage in half and discharges 80 percent less emissions than the next-closest hybrid car. Phyllis really likes her car. It drives the same as a regular car, and the benefits are great. In addition to spending half as much on gasoline, she qualifies for Commute Reduction incentive awards, and will get a tax credit at the end of the year. Also important to her, she's helping to protect the environment, otherwise she would not have purchased a foreign-made vehicle.

In addition to working for the district, Phyllis is taking an OCC course in braille transcription. It's challenging to learn to type in braille. Her hope is to volunteer to transcribe textbooks and novels for the seeing-impaired. Not only will she be providing a valuable service, but she'll have an opportunity to practice her skills.

This is Phyllis' first month to participate by driving her hybrid car. With all the benefits – and winning the $100 – she feels lucky. The prize provides her with extra spending money for Christmas.

If you can carpool, walk, ride a bus or a bike, or purchase an electric vehicle, contact John Farmer at Ext. 25017. We can get you started in the Commute Reduction Program, and you could be a winner too!


By Lesley Danziger

Faculty: Please pay attention to the green turtles!! Those green turtle flyers in your box and distributed around campus are reminding you of the great variety of activities that you can complete for salary advancement credit over the intersession. Go to the PDI web site for further information: or pick up a PDI Handbook by the mailboxes or in the Faculty Senate. There are some positive changes for professional development in the new union contract. In particular, you should note that (1) Instead of 40 hours, faculty need only 36 hours across the board for one unit of salary advancement credit; (2) Faculty can now earn salary advancement credit for writing textbooks or works of creative merit regardless of any remuneration from an outside source; and, (3) Faculty may now apply to job-shadow a colleague within the district for salary advancement credit (your division dean must approve).

Faculty and Staff Development: This week you will find in your mailboxes a call for proposals for spring workshops. Be sure to return these by Wednesday, Dec. 11. With budget cuts necessitating less money for conferences, we need to share the wealth of expertise we already have on our campus. There is a special interest this spring in the teaching and office applications of technology, retirement issues and conflict resolution. We are always interested in sharing in strategies to improve student success. Faculty can earn salary advancement credit by presenting workshops.


"Using Power Point in the Classroom"
Tuesday, Dec. 10
8:30-11:30 a.m.

"Excel GradeKeeping"
Friday, Dec. 13
8:30-11:30 a.m.

"Word Syllabus"
Monday, Dec. 16
8:30-11:30 a.m.

To enroll in a class or classes, contact Kye Daniels in Staff Development, at Ext. 26238, or go to the Staff Development website,


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

"Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World"
By Walter Russell Mead
E 183.7 .M47156 2001

In his new book, Mead offers a provocative way of looking at American foreign policy, one that moves far beyond the conventional wisdom of "realists vs. idealists."

"Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy"
By Paul R. Pillar
HV 6431 .P56 2001

This book is a thoughtful and balanced treatment of a particularly complex issue. It is informed both by the author's scholarship and his long experience in the U.S. intelligence community. This is a very thought-provoking book.

"I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It"
By Charles Barkley
GV 884.B28 .A29 2002

In this book, Charles Barkley not only talks about how he is making the transition from basketball to something else – politics, talk show host, party guest – he also takes on a myriad of wild and woolly subjects. This is a very entertaining book!


By Vinta Oviatt, Media Librarian

"Blue Planet (IMEX)"
Projected Medium, 2001 (c.1990), 42 mins.
Location: DVD ZZ 2000 .B58

Originally released as an IMEX motion picture in 1990, this is a fascinating DVD program about the planet we live on. It shows earth as seen from space, but also examines how many of our environmental decisions are damaging the only "home" we have. 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

Elder Care. Getting elderly people involved in setting and achieving goals for their daily care – like dressing, bathing, preparing meals, doing laundry – can help them stay at home longer. A Yale University study published recently found that seniors who got this "restorative" care, instead of the usual passive kind, were more mobile, better able to look after themselves and more likely to stay in their homes. They were also much less likely to need a trip to the E.R.


By Bob Zhe, Counselor Disabled Students

The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) provides artists with disabilities, arts organizations, and education, recreation and health professionals with resources, training and information to promote the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the arts community. NADC is a project of the University Affiliated Program at UCLA. You can access the NADC web site at


4 p.m. Tuesday, December 3

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.


Thursday, December 5

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