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$2 MILLION BOAT DONATION BRIGHTENS HOLIDAYS FOR OCC
Nordic StarThe OCC Sailing Center received an early Christmas present – a $2 million boat donation. Jerry Barto, a noted developer and longtime resident of Newport Beach, gifted the iconic luxury yacht Nordic Star to help the college’s Professional Mariner program, which trains students for careers in the maritime industry.

Barto said: “All three of my kids went to OCC, so this was a family decision. We wanted to help students and this great program, so it was an easy decision to make.”

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SPEECH TEAM WINS FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CERRITOS
speech teamThe Orange Coast College Speech, Debate and Theatre Team captured top honors at the annual Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Fall Championships held last weekend at Cerritos College in Norwalk. Coast also received the D. L. Miller Perpetual Sweepstakes award for longstanding excellence in forensics.

In addition to first place overall, OCC took first place in Novice Sweepstakes and won the Community College Sweepstakes for the eighth year in a row.

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COAST STUDENTS WIN AWS POSTER COMPETITION AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
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Three Orange Coast College welding students won first place in the American Welding Society (AWS) poster competition at the recent FABTECH national conference and exhibition in Chicago. It was the second year that Coast students were recognized at the annual event, which drew 35,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors.

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SHIRLEY MACY: OCC HISTORY BEGAN BEFORE SHE WAS BORN!
Shirley Macy’s Shirley Macy’s history at OCC really started before she was even born. Her father was a U.S. Army Air Force pilot and was stationed at the Santa Ana Army Air Base. He fell in love with Newport Beach and moved the family there in 1954.

“My father always had boats, even building one in our garage,” Shirley said. “He bought my sister and I our first boat when I was just 9 and enrolled us in sailing lessons at the Sea Scout Base on Coast Highway. Our teacher was a teenager, by the name of David Grant.

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OUTREACH/EOPS SPECIALIST PURSUES NEW CAREER AS AN ARTIST
Lydia ArbizoFor Lydia Arbizo, retiring from Orange Coast College is bittersweet.

An Outreach Program Specialist and EOPS (Equal Opportunity Program Services) staff member for nearly 12 years, Lydia decided to retire early to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time artist. She plans to travel the world to find inspiration. She will officially retire at the end of the fall semester.

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COAST TO COAST EDITOR RETIRING AFTER 35 YEARS
Mary Roda
When Mary Roda decided to leave her career as a newspaper reporter to help out with public relations at Orange Coast College in 1976, she thought she would be on campus for two years–until her husband completed his master’s degree at UC Irvine.
 
Thirty-five years later she is finally making a move–this time to Albuquerque, NM, to be closer to her daughter’s family and two young grandsons, ages 6 and 3.

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ENJOY CHRISTMAS MUSIC? OCC'S JOE POSHEK RE-RELEASES HOLIDAY ALBUMS
Joe Poshek CD coversEvery year at Christmas time, Joe Poshek, dean of Visual and Performing Arts, is inundated with email requests from music lovers from all over the country.

They want his albums, including two holiday titles that were released in the late 1980s. At that time, Poshek sold more than 120,000 albums. Instead of mailing copies of CDs individually, he decided to make them available through most online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby and Rhapsody.

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COLORFUL NOTECARDS SHOWCASE CHILDREN'S CENTER ARTWORK
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Colorful paintings created by five-year-olds from Orange Coast College’s Harry and Grace Steele Children’s Center for “The Language of Paint” exhibit last summer are now available in unique notecards at the Children’s Center. Perfect as stocking stuffers, the cards are $5 for a package of four cards. For more information, contact the Children’s Center at (714) 432-5569.

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ANGEL TREE PROJECT EXTENDS DEADLINE
students with angel treeDonors will have an extra week to go shopping for gifts for ASOCC’s 27th Annual Angel Tree Drive. Gifts and donations can be dropped off until Friday, December 16th.

Christmas trees decorated with gift tags are located throughout campus, 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.

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ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM WELCOMES HOLIDAY DONATIONS
The campus can give cash donations and gift cards that will make the holidays brighter for 75 families enrolled in OCC’s Adopt-a-Family program through December 19th, when OCC closes for the winter holiday.

Make checks payable to the OCC Foundation and write “Adopt-a-Family” in the memo line. Checks can be dropped in Jennifer LaBounty’s mailbox or delivered to the EOPS Office in Watson Hall, 4th floor.

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HOURLY EMPLOYEE WINS COMPUTER IN ADOPT-A-FAMILY DRAWING
Adopt-a-Family announced winners in its annual holiday drawing that supports holiday gifts for 75 OCC needy families. Jagger Adkins, an hourly employee, won the top prize, a Dell mini laptop.

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BOOKSTORE ANNOUNCES RAFFLE WINNER
Phong Phan, staff assistant in the Student Services Wing, won a Kindle Touch from Amazon at the OCC Bookstore’s Faculty/Staff Appreciation Raffle event last Thursday. “We would also like to thank all of you who attended our event and participated in the raffle,” said Bill Kirchinger, director of the District bookstores. “Have a great holiday season!”

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IMPROV TEAMS TO COMPETE IN FREE SHOW
Orange Coast College Theatre Arts students will present “Improv & Comedy Night,” when improv 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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CHRISTMAS MELODRAMA TO STAGE "RETURN OF THE PEPPERMINT PRINCE"
melodrama logoThis weekend will be your last opportunity to see Orange Coast College’s Repertory Theatre Company’s “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social.” Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. 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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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. Emeritus members should reserve their seats by calling 714-432-5707 or sending an email to eparker@occ.cccd.edu.



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HOLIDAY POINSETTIA SALE SLATED FOR DEC. 9TH
poinsettia saleOrange 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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JURIED STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT RECEPTION DEC. 13
A closing reception for OCC’s Juried Student Show, featuring more than 150 photographs by OCC students, will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13th, in the Art Center. Students will receive cash and noncash prizes awarded by Cat Jimenez, executive director of the Lucie Foundation, who is serving as the event’s juror. The Student Show is open through December 13th in the photography galleries in the Art Center and Fine Arts Building.


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"MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR" AUDITIONS DECEMBER 12 & 14
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The 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 p.m. in the Drama Lab.

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

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CAMPUS HOLIDAY EVENT PLANNED DEC. 14
The campus will honor employees who will retire at the end of the fall semester at a Holiday Event on Wednesday, December 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center. Retiring employees include Shirley Macy, Mary Roda and Lydia Arbizo. Everyone is invited to attend.


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WIND ENSEMBLE INVITES COMMUNITY TO FREE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Dana Wheaton will direct the OCC Wind Ensemble in its 9th Annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Admission is free.


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ARTS PAVILION: 'THINGS THAT KEEP ME UP AT NIGHT'
film stillThe 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 THEATRE ARTS INSTRUCTOR PREMIERES "RICHARD REX"
The public is invited to a staged reading of “Richard Rex,” an original political satire written and directed by theatre arts instructor David Scaglione, on Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Lab Studio. Admission is free.

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COASTLINE HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
The Coastline College Classified Council will present a Holiday Craft Fair on Thursday, December 8th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Coastline Community College Center at 11460 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley. The fair features more than 23 vendors selling unique holiday items. There will also be opportunity drawing tickets available for handcrafted items.

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BENEFIT FOR NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
The Newport Beach Film Festival will celebrate the grand opening of Island Cinema in a special benefit event on Tuesday, December 13th. The event opens with a wine reception at 7:00 p.m. followed by a special advance screening of “Young Adult,” a comedy starring Charlize Theron. The theatre is located at 999 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. Tickets, at $50, also include a post-screening celebration at True Food Kitchen, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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CITY OF COSTA MESA SPONSORS PHOTO CONTEST
Amateur, professional and youth photographers are encouraged to enter the inaugural “Celebrate Costa Mesa” photo contest that features cash and prizes worth more than $1,000.

The finalists’ photos will appear on the City’s revamped website scheduled to be unveiled early next year.

Photographers can enter six categories:

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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY: DECEMBER 2011 CALENDAR
This calendar is provided by the International and Multicultural Committee to celebrate diversity at Orange Coast College and in our community.

The following are celebrations of diversity for this month:

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OCC Newsmakers

The Orange Coast College Recycling Center’s pilot holiday grease project was featured in several local newspapers last week. The Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Daily Pilot and Costa Mesa Current all picked up the story, which was also featured on KTLA Channel 5.
 
OCC marine science professor Dennis Kelly reports on an unusual sighting of a Risso’s dolphins off the coast of Corona del Mar in the OC Register. www.tinyurl.com/OCC-Risso-dolphin

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News You Can Use

Food Service Hours
Address Changes for 2011 W-2's
Bursar's Office Calendar Year Deadlines

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On A Personal Note

Maia Cabanel-Bleuer, the 6-year-old daughter of OCC Spanish instructor Denise Cabanel-Bleuer, will perform again this year in the Long Beach Ballet's production of “The Nutcracker.”
 
Three OCC employees are retiring at the end of the semester, and the campus will also bid farewell to Melinda Nish, vice president of instruction, who will be leaving to become the president/superintendent of Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Book Talk

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WHEN GADGETS BETRAY US
by Robert Vamosi
QA 76.9 .C66 V36 2011


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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

Wash your hands carefully after handling pet turtles and other reptiles. Such animals cause about 6% of all human Salmonella infections in the U.S., according to the CDC, which recently reported on a large outbreak from pet turtles. About half of the cases involve young children, and few infected people are aware that reptiles can spread these bacteria.

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Did You Know

St. Jude's logoSt Jude’s Hospital in Fullerton has developed an evaluation program for individuals who have experienced a traumatic head injury. Saint Jude Brain Injury Network Vocational Services can access individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Individuals who participate in the program will complete a program of vocational evaluation to assist in selecting a new occupation.

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