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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 14
Thursday, December 5, 2002


Freshly Squeezed News
On A Personal Note
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

"Start each day with a smile and get it over with."

W.C. Fields

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.




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


BOOK SOUP SUPPORTS FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: Book Soup, at South Coast Plaza, is donating 20 percent of the purchase price of any items purchased between now and Christmas to the Friends of OCC's Norman E. Watson Library. Coupons for the program are available in the Foundation Office. Call Rene, at Ext. 25749, to have a coupon placed in your mailbox. Book Soup is located on the Plaza's second floor, in the former Rizzoli site, near Nordstrom's.


library photo

LIBRARY HOSTS STUDY NIGHTS: 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 slated for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 9 and 10, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please inform your students of these extended hours.


LIBRARY TO CLOSE FOR HOLIDAY BREAK: Orange Coast College's Library will be closed to the public for the holidays from Saturday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 2. The library will reopen for the start of spring semester classes on Monday, Feb. 3.

The library is located in a temporary facility on the northern edge of campus, just off Adams Ave. Regular library hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information about the library's hours or services, phone Ext. 25885.



Katherine Sharif photoKatherine Sharif fell in love with Paris when she was just 17.

She first visited the city on the Seine three years ago as a high school senior. The love affair continues.

Today the Orange Coast College honor student is making preparations to return to Paris to study at the Sorbonne during the spring 2003 and summer sessions – and, perhaps, for the entire year.

The Sorbonne, located in the center of Paris' Latin Quarter, on the Left Bank, was founded in the 13th century. It houses, today, the arts and human sciences faculties of the University of Paris.

Sharif, a Huntington Beach High School graduate and resident of Lake Forest, is an OCC history and political science major who has maintained a brilliant 3.9 grade point average for the past two-and-a-half years. After her time in France, she plans to return to the U.S. and transfer to either Stanford, UC Berkeley or UCLA to complete her bachelor's degree. She'll later attend law school. Her career ambition is to become a corporate lawyer.

"The upcoming spring semester will perhaps be my one and only chance – for quite a while, at least – to fulfill my dream of living and studying in Paris," she says. "I'd love to be able to study in Paris for several years, but I'm planning to enter the law profession, not the arts, so I must be pragmatic. Realistically, the spring and summer semesters will be my only opportunity to live out my fantasy."

Sharif will finish her OCC exams on Dec. 13. She'll leave for Paris Jan. 27. The Orange Coast honor student will take part in the Sorbonne's spring and summer semesters, and will return home on Aug. 27.

"There's an outside chance that I might remain through the fall semester and return in December of 2003, but that's uncertain at this point," she says. "My family wants me back in the summer and, realistically, I need to get back in order to insure that I land one of my three preferred transfer destinations."

If she returns in August, Sharif expects to attend OCC for one more semester. Though she's completed all of her transfer requirements for a four-year university, she is still one requirement shy of obtaining her Orange Coast College associate in arts degree.

"I probably won't be able to transfer to Stanford, Berkeley or UCLA immediately upon my return from France anyway, so I might as well complete a few more classes at Coast in the fall of 2003, then transfer in the spring of 2004. And, since I've come this close, I want to make certain I finish my A.A. degree."

Sharif first visited Paris as a senior at Huntington Beach High School.

"I took high school French for four years and went to Europe for a month-and-a-half with my French teacher and classmates," says the Orange County native. "We had a fantastic time. My French teacher got me interested in both the French language and in European history. She was a wonderful mentor and motivator.

"We traveled all over Europe, and even had an opportunity to go off on our own for a couple of weeks. I traveled with several girlfriends. I loved everything I saw in Europe, but my absolute favorite place was Paris. I wasn't ready to come home. Some of the girls couldn't wait to get back to the States to see their boyfriends but, me, well, I cried all the way home on the plane. I wasn't ready to come back."

Her dream ever since has been to return to a student. Though not fluent in the language, Sharif speaks French quite well.

"I'll be taking all of my classes at the Sorbonne from French professors. The students in my classes will be French, or students from other European countries. There may be a few Americans as well. All of the lectures and the work will be in French. I'll be forced to immerse myself in the language.

"When I return home, I hope to be fluent in the language."

Sharif was an advanced-placement (AP) high school student, and maintained a flossy 4.2 grade point average. She hadn't planned on attending Orange Coast College after receiving her diploma.

"My family was very university-oriented, and I was planning to attend a major four-year institution. During my senior year, however, I began to reconsider things. I felt I wasn't ready to leave home just yet.

"I decided to enroll at Coast because I was aware of its outstanding record for transferring students to four-year universities."

OCC ranks number two out of the state's 108 community colleges in transferring students to the University of California and California State University campuses, combined. Orange Coast is number one in the number of students it transfers to the 23-campus CSU system.

"I felt I could go to OCC, remain at home with my family, save money, and then transfer to a major university as a junior."

She hasn't regretted her decision.

"I've had a fantastic time at Orange Coast College. This has been an amazing experience for me. I've felt happy and comfortable here."

Sharif has been one busy student. Last spring she took a whopping 23 OCC units; worked 15 to 20 hours per week as a clerk in the college's Student Bookstore; and served as a member of the Coast Navigators, a group of OCC students who provide tours of the college's campus for prospective students.

"I'm not taking 23 units this semester," the over-achiever quips with a laugh. The average "full-load" for an Orange Coast College student is 15 units. "That was a killer semester, though I ended up getting all A's in those classes. I've learned to balance my schedule a bit. This fall has been an excellent semester for me."

Sharif has enjoyed her OCC professors.

"I've had some really great teachers and classes that I've thoroughly enjoyed," she says. "I've found the work here to be both challenging and engrossing."

She has recommended the college to her younger sister, who will enter high school next fall.

"She's an excellent student and is already planning to go to Coast to complete the first two years of her bachelor's degree. I'm a big advocate for this place."

While in Europe next spring and summer, Sharif plans to see every nook and cranny of the continent.

"I'll have a Eurail Pass and I figure, from January through August, to take a total of two months off to explore Europe. I'm planning to hit 18 different countries. There are so many places I want to see that I can't begin to enumerate them all."

Her list grows longer by the day.

"We have more than 1,200 international students enrolled at OCC – many of them from European countries – and I get to talk with them often in the Bookstore. I always ask them where their favorite spot in Europe is. I've received dozens of good recommendations."

One place Sharif doesn't want to miss is Bellagio, Italy, a small town on Lake Como, near the Swiss border. She visited Bellagio while a high school student, and definitely wants to return.

"My French teacher told my girlfriends and me not to miss it three years ago when we were in Europe. She had spent her honeymoon there. We discovered just how romantic it is. We were intending to pass through the town on our way to Rome, but ended up spending four days there. I absolutely must go back and see it again."

While studying at the Sorbonne, Sharif will live in a studio apartment in Paris. She'll take classes in art history, a French history class, and French language and pronunciation courses.

"We'll visit all of the Paris galleries and museums, and we'll see many of the historical sites both in and outside the city."

She'll also do many things on her own.

"I want to live and breathe the essence of Paris," she says. "I love the city late at night and early in the morning. I'll also get a chance to experience it in the winter, spring and summer. I plan to drink in the ambiance."

Sharif won't be making the study abroad trip alone, however. She'll be accompanied by fellow OCC student, Debby Le, who has been one of her best friends since high school.

"Debby was with me in Europe three years ago. We both share many of the same interests and passions, and I know we're going to have fun together next spring and summer. I bugged her like crazy to sign up for this Sorbonne program, and she finally relented. Now, we can't wait to go."

Sharif feels strongly that every American student should study abroad once during his or her college career.

"One of my friends took part in OCC's Semester in Paris Program last year, and had a fantastic time. Every American student needs to study abroad and travel. It changes the way you think, and the way you look at the world. Europeans do it. We need to do it, too."

Orange Coast College's Katherine Sharif is certain to return home from the Sorbonne a more well-rounded human being. And, one lucky four-year university – Stanford, Berkeley or UCLA – will have the good fortune of snatching her up as a student!



Ceramics student at workStudents enrolled in OCC's ceramics classes will conduct their 26th annual Holiday Art Pottery Sale this 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 ADJUNCT PSYCHOLOGY INSTRUCTOR, DR. KEN TANGEN, has recorded a Christmas CD to raise funds for his 23-year-old daughter Katrina's medical and living expenses. Ken is a classically trained tenor. He recorded the CD, titled "Katrina's Christmas Wish," in North Carolina. It has a "Country" flavor to it.

Three years ago, Katrina finished her second year at Harvard University and volunteered her summer in a Nicaraguan orphanage. She returned sick, however, and remains disabled, unable to return to college, get a job or live by herself. She appears to have an extremely rare disease of the autonomous nervous system.

Ken did all the vocals and wrote several songs on the CD. Katrina joined with him in a duet of the title song. Tracks were produced by David Johnson, a previous winner of the Southern Gospel Music Association's "Studio Musician of the Year."

"Recording the CD was a great experience," Ken says. "Mostly, we wanted to do it as a statement of faith in action. We don't want to just be receivers; we want to be givers, too."

CDs are available for purchase at .


INTERSESSION STAFF DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES: Career Education is staging two Internet staff development activities for faculty during the intersession:"Making the Work -Based Learning Connection" and "Assessment Adventures." Both begin on Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, and must be completed by Jan. 31. Persons who sign up and complete the courses will earn 20 hours at their miscellaneous non-instructional rate. "Making the Work-Based Learning Connection" offers individuals the opportunity to craft a work-based learning module for their classroom. Participants will visit a work site and explore how work-based learning complements and illuminates course work for students. "Assessment Adventures" takes participants through the "Nine Principles of Assessment" in a series of interactive exercises. Attendees will obtain a new perspective on assessment and some easy-to-implement classroom assessment activities.

Deadline to sign up for either staff development activity is Saturday, Dec. 16. Applications may be picked up in the Career Ed Office, located in Admin 107. Individuals with questions should contact Susan Coleman, at Ext. 25628, or at


THUMBS UP! OCC's Admissions and Records offices would like to congratulate Cathe Hutchison, a transcript evaluator in the Graduation Office. Cathe has been selected as the A&R "Thumbs Up Employee" for the third quarter. The Thumbs Up Program was implemented to recognize those who exemplify excellence while serving students, faculty, and staff. Cathe has received such comments as: "She always has a smile on her face and is never in a bad mood," and, "She goes out of her way to help people and is a real team player." Congratulations Cathe!



poinsettia photo

OCC's Ornamental Horticulture Department will conduct its annual public poinsettia plant sale Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6-7) on campus. Persons purchasing poinsettias in advance may pick them up today (Dec. 5) in the Ornamental Horticulture Department, 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.


OCC LIBRARY FRIENDS POST NEWSLETTER: The Friends of OCC's Library now post their newsletter on the college's web site. You can reach both the newsletter and the Friends' web site by going to and clicking on "Library/Media Services" at the bottom of the screen. You'll then find "Friends of the Library" listed on the left side of the screen.


SCHOLARSHIP APPS AVAILABLE: 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.


Nancy Kidder photoOCC'S ADMISSIONS OFFICE PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH ELECTRONIC SERVICES: The Admissions and Records Office is offering Orange Coast College's 29,000 students a variety of new electronic services.

Registration is under way for spring semester classes. 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.

"Students are now able to complete most of their transactions via distance services without having to make extra trips to campus to stand in line," says OCC administrative dean of Admissions and Records, Nancy L. Kidder.

OCC's electronic services include making application to the college via the campus web page, and touch-tone telephone registration. Students are also able to add or drop classes via the touch-tone system.

"This year, we've provided students with a helpful new service," Kidder said. "Students now have the opportunity to add closed classes via the touch-tone system through the use of Instructor Permission Codes (IPCs)."

Students wishing to add a late class using the Instructor Permission Code system must attend a class during the first week that that class is offered, and petition the instructor for an IPC. If an IPC is granted, the student may then add the class via touch-tone registration.

The college also offers fee payment through a touch-tone credit card system. Students may view their current class schedule or current fees status via an electronic system, and grades are posted electronically. Students may also take advantage of an electronic transcript and verification service.

OCC's web page is a 24-hour per day, seven-day per week service. Touch-tone telephone registration is a year-round service, except for holidays and during semester breaks. Registration calls may be made Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OCC's Admissions and Records Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


CAFETERIA CONDUCTS HOLIDAY BAKED GOODS SALE: OCC's Cafeteria is conducting its annual Holiday Baked Goods Sale. Orders are now being taken, and will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 11. Orders will be available for pickup on Dec. 10, 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17. You must select a pickup date. Pick-up hours are noon to 3 p.m. at the Bakery Counter. Items for sale include: stollen; a bread basket with dinner rolls; nine-inch apple and pecan pies; nine-inch pumpkin praline cheesecakes; nine-inch cranberry apple cheesecakes; 10-inch pumpkin creme moussecakes; zucchini, pumpkin and cranberry nut quick breads; and holiday cookies. For information, contact Judy De Vries at Ext. 26435.


THE UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN FOR 2002 IS NOW COMPLETE. Thanks to all for contributing to a very successful campaign!. For more details, contact Christal Wright at Ext. 25741, or Linda Mott at Ext. 26262.

Congratulations to Linda Clark and Stan Johnson, who won OCC polo shirts and $5 gift certificates to the OCC Cafeteria. Also, congrats to Gene Farrell and Bob Denton, who won OCC canvas bags and wind breakers, as well as $10 gift certificates to the Cafeteria.


Bobbie Burgess and Elaine Balden photo

Bobbie Burgess and Elaine Balden, America's favorite dance team, will join with "Lawrence Welk Show" veterans Myron Floren, Ken Delo and Tanya Welk to present "A Champagne Musical Family at Christmas" Concert Sunday (Dec. 8) at OCC. The concert will also feature the Barney Liddell Band.

Curtain is set for 4 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Advance reserved tickets for the concert, priced at $35, are on sale in the Community Education Office. Advance discount tickets, priced at $33, are available to OCC students, senior citizens and children under 12. Tickets are available on-line at

Tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $39.


ANTI-DRUG AND STREET GANG PLAYS OFFERED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE SATURDAY: A pair of short but powerful plays that deal with issues related to substance abuse and street gangs will be staged Saturday (Dec. 7) for adolescents and teens by Orange Coast College's Theatre Department.

The plays, being offered as part of the Theatre Department's Community Outreach Program, will both be staged at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Drama Lab Theatre. Admission is free. The plays are suited for young persons, between the ages of 12 and 20.

The first play, "The Empty Chair" by Tim Kelly, runs 25 to 30 minutes in length. Directed by theatre professor, Alex Golson, the production tells the story of members of a rehab group who must deal with the overdose death of one of their members.

The second play, "End of Innocence" by Laney Roberts, runs 10 to 15 minutes in length. The play, directed by OCC theatre student, Laura Viramontes, focuses on a shy middle -class girl who is seduced into joining a street gang.


"FORTINBRAS" CONCLUDES THIS WEEKEND: Lee Blessing's self-described metaphysical farce, "Fortinbras," concludes this weekend. Under the direction of Alex Golson, the play runs Thursday through Sunday (Dec. 5-8) in the Drama Lab Theatre. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

"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 CHRISTMAS SHOW FOR KIDS OPENS DEC. 12: A Christmas production for kids – geared for the entire family – opens Thursday evening, Dec. 12, at OCC. The show is being staged this holiday season by the college's Repertory Theatre Company.

Titled "An Old-Fashioned Christmas Show and Ice Cream Social," the Yuletide treat runs Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 12-15, in the Drama Lab Theatre. Curtain is set for 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday nights, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Under the direction of Rick Golson, the show features an evening of music, vaudeville acts, and the college's traditional Christmas melodrama. The melodrama was written by OCC theatre instructor, David Scaglione.

Everyone in attendance will be treated to a free ice cream treat. There will also be a visit by Santa, so parents are advised to bring their cameras.

Tickets, priced at $6, may be reserved in advance by calling Ext. 25640, No. 1. Tickets will be sold at the door for $7.


OCC VOCAL STUDENT, ANNIE BOYER, PRESENTS SOPHOMORE RECITAL FRIDAY: Orange Coast College vocal student, Annie Boyer, will perform her sophomore recital Friday afternoon (Dec. 6) on campus.

The recital begins at noon in OCC's Music Room 101. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Boyer has been involved with music since the second grade. She plays the piano and is a vocalist. She performed with a large missionary group in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan in front of a crowd of more than 30,000 people. She aspires to teach children to sing and play the piano.

During her OCC recital, Boyer will perform works by Cyndi Lauper, Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, and Bob Cutter. Boyer will be accompanied on piano by Bill Meza.


PROGRESS AND CHANGE COMING TO I-405/SR-73 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT: Come the first of the year, motorists will begin to see a significant improvement in their drive throughout the I-405/SR-73 Interchange. The I-405/SR-73 Improvement Project's first milestone – the new 'flyover' off-ramp to Fairview Road from the northbound SR-73 – will open during the first quarter of 2003. The new off-ramp will greatly alleviate weaving and merging from the northbound SR-73 to the northbound I-405.

In addition, other improvements will occur at Harbor Blvd. The northbound Harbor Blvd. on- ramp to northbound I-405 will be realigned to accommodate an improved onramp, as well as the northbound I-405 Harbor Blvd. off-ramp. In early 2003, the ramp will close for three weeks to allow needed improvements to be carried out on the ramp. While the loop on -ramp is closed, motorists will use the northbound I-405 on-ramp at South Coast Drive and Hyland.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) anticipate the project's completion by mid-2004. For more information, call the project's community liaison, Julie Toledo, at (714) 223-1665. For information on any freeway improvement project in the county, contact the toll-free Transportation Helpline at (800) 724-0353.



OCC Sailing Center photo

Registration is under way for a variety of non-credit public sailing courses being offered this spring by OCC's School of Sailing and Seamanship.

The classes begin during the months of January, February, March, April and May. Sessions are scheduled for mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Most courses are five weeks in length, and are based at OCC's Sailing Center in Newport Beach. They offer hands-on instruction. Eighty percent of the class time is spent sailing on Newport Bay or in the ocean. Courses range from "Beginning Sailing" in Lido 14 dinghies to "Ocean Sailing" aboard OCC's large ocean racers.

OCC is also offering a host of spring cruising seminars, evening non-credit classroom courses, and credit courses.

OCC's Sailing Center is located at 1801 W. Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, between the Balboa Bay Club and the Orange County Sea Scout Base. Visa and MasterCard holders may register by phone.

For information about the sailing courses, or to request a free sailing brochure, call (949) 645-9412. Spring courses are listed on OCC's sailing web site, at


women's volleyball team photo CONGRATS TO CHUCK CUTENESE'S OCC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM, which defeated Cuesta College last Saturday night in the Southern California Regional Playoffs in Peterson Gymnasium. The Pirates, who boast a flossy 19-3 season record, move on to the state tournament Friday through Sunday (Dec. 6-8) at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. OCC finished second in the state last year.


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Photo: Lauren Murray goes up high to get the rebound vs. Allan Hancock earlier this season.

KUDOS TO COACH MIKE THORNTON'S WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM, which defeated the state's number one squad, Ventura, 53-48, last Friday night in Ventura, in front of a highly partisan crowd of more than 1,500. The Pirates have a 5-3 season record and will compete tonight through Saturday (Dec. 5-7) in the Cuesta College Tournament.


logged a 2-1 record last weekend at the Citrus Tournament. The Pirates, who possess a 4-3 season record, will host the eight-team Coast Classic tonight through Saturday (Dec. 5-7) in Peterson Gym. The Pirates open the tourney tonight at 6 p.m. against Long Beach City College.

Photo: Sam Bailey
during a recent practice.



CONDOLENCES TO RETIRED COAST DISTRICT EMPLOYEE, PEGGY CROXSON, who lost her Costa Mesa home on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in a fire. Peggy lived in the home with her two sons and grandson.

DR. BERNARD J. LUSKIN, OCC’s president from 1982-84, and the founding president of Coastline Community College, has been named executive vice president for institutional partnerships and director of the new Community College Leadership Program at the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. Bernie’s duties will include the design and implementation of a doctoral curriculum to enable community college leaders to address current challenges in higher education.

Idamae Keily photo

FORMER LONGTIME OCC STAFF MEMBER, IDAMAE KEILY, recently relocated to Northern California to be near her daughter, Laurie. Idamae, who started in 1960 as a staff secretary in the Community Relations Office, retired in 1986. She received an Honorary A.A. Degree at OCC's 1989 commencement. She was actively involved with the Friends of the Library for more than two decades, and served on the board until last year. She'll be 92 on March 1. Idamae's new address is: Pleasant Manor, 1720 Laurentian Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94087. She'd love to hear from her OCC friends.

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE NETTIE ANN LORANGER, who was in town last week to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. She stopped by campus. Nettie Ann has lived in Glendale, Ariz. since retiring from OCC in 1993. She is spending her retirement "nesting" in her beautiful Glendale home, and traveling. She has been all over the States in recent years. She loves the Arizona heat!

DAVE HEIKES STOPPED BY CAMPUS TUESDAY FOR A FEW MINUTES. Dave, OCC's former Director of Maintenance and Operations, retired in 1993 after spending 41 years on campus as a student, athlete and employee. He started at OCC in 1952 as an 18-year-old freshman football player. He looks great today! Dave no longer runs long distances, due to knee problems, but enjoys power walking. He has two greatgrandchildren, and lives with his wife of 48 years, Sandy, in Huntington Beach.


By Lesley Danziger

Faculty and Staff: Don't forget to submit your Call for Proposals for Staff Development presentations in the spring. Due date is Wednesday, Dec. 11. If you can't submit your proposal by this date, email me at or Kye at, by Jan. 17, so we can include the information in our handbook. We are especially interested in presentations related to retirement issues, strategies and resources for care givers, conflict resolution, and creative applications of technology. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Staff Development at Ext. 25920

Upcoming classes:

"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, development


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

"Mr. Potter"
By Jamaica Kincaid
PR9275.A583K56383 2002

The island of Antigua comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate chauffeur who makes his living along the wide, open roads that pass the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. Amid his surroundings, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease; to purchase a car, have girlfriends, to endure his daughters. Kincaid has a flair for sensuous language.

"Galileo's Commandment"
By Bolles, ed.
Q162.G22 1997

Bolles has scoured the literature of science to build a treasury of great science writing that is accessible and riveting. It includes essays by such fine scientists as Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Feynman and others.

"Wild Ginger"
By Anchee Min
PS3563 .I4614W35 2002

In this powerful novel, Min returns to a story of the devastating experience of the Cultural Revolution and brilliantly delineates the psychological perversion of those times.


By Vinta Oviatt, Media Librarian

"Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet"
UC Extension, 1990 , 42 mins.
Location: VHS DS 786 .S48

This is both a fascinating documentary and an intriguing work of investigative reporting about a little-known conflict during the Cold War. The United States government trained the Tibetans to conduct guerilla warfare against the superior Chinese forces, but later abandoned them in the interests of a larger U.S. agenda. 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

Fast-Food Networks. While Mom and Dad are snoozing on Saturday morning, the kids are being hit with a barrage of ads for fast-food restaurants, according to a study by Louisiana researchers. In 1976, 12 percent of food plugs aimed at kids were for burgers, fries and other fast fare (43 percent were for breakfast cereals). Last year, 20 percent of ads sang the praises of fast food. The trend may have contributed to the rise in child obesity, researchers say.


By Bob Zhe, Counselor Disabled Students

There are books available for sighted and blind persons to read together. The series is entitled Twin Vision Books. With print on one page and Braille on the facing page, the books are ideal for a sighted parent and a blind child. For more information, call the American Action Fund for Blind Children at 818-432-2022.


4 p.m. Tuesday, December 10

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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