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Coast To Coast

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Coast to Coast ... OCC's Weekly Campus Newsletter
A Weekly Campus Newsletter of Orange Coast College
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Volume 45, Number 15
Thursday, December 12, 2002

Freshly Squeezed News
On A Personal Note
Staff Development News
Book Talk
Resources in the Mac Lab/Media Center
Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints
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This Week's Quote

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Abraham Lincoln

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.

This is the final fall issue of Coast to Coast. The next issue is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6.



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 in Personnel Services. Sheryl will respond by forwarding an email file attachment that can be printed out or kept on your desktop.

Sheryl asks that all staff members please double-check the current (Nov. 2002) directory for errors. Please route any corrections through your immediate supervisor. The supervisor will then request directory changes via email to Sheryl. Deadline for corrections is Monday, Jan. 27.

Request your directory from Sheryl at .


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OCC'S PSI BETA HONOR SOCIETY DONATES 400 BEARS TO UCI MEDICAL CENTER CHILDREN'S CLINIC: Orange Coast College's Psi Beta Honor Society and the campus Psychology Club donated 400 teddy bears this holiday season to the Children's Clinic at UCI Medical Center.

It marks the sixth holiday season that OCC's honor society and club have donated teddy bears to children in need. OCC's staff and students have donated more than a thousand bears to children in recent years.

Psi Beta is a national community college honor society for psychology majors. Advisors for OCC's chapter are psychology professors, Deborah Maher and Christina Bednarski. Twenty-five students comprise the Orange Coast chapter.

"The national Psi Beta has encouraged all of its chapters to collect teddy bears during the holidays to give to children who are sick or in need," Bednarski says. "Our students really got behind this year's program and outdid themselves. We started collecting bears in early November.

"We elected to give the bears again this year to the UCI Children's Clinic. These bears help to quiet anxiety and turn frowns into smiles."



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Orange Coast College is showing a 2.1 percent increase in spring semester enrollment over a year ago despite a 14.7 percent drop in course sections for the semester.

Enrollment figures were released Tuesday (Dec. 10) by OCC's Admissions and Records Office. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Feb. 3.

OCC had a total of 13,513 students enrolled for spring classes as of Tuesday morning, compared to 13,236 for the same date last year. OCC's enrollment is up by 12.1 percent over figures two years ago.

OCC will offer 390 fewer course sections this spring. The college has scheduled 2,255 course sections for the spring of 2003, compared to 2,645 for the spring of 2002.

Registration by touch-tone telephone for new and returning students continues through Thursday, Jan. 30. In-person, late registration will be conducted Feb. 3-13. All students who are California residents are charged an $11-per-unit registration fee for classes.

Spring applications are being accepted – and registration appointments are available – in OCC's Admissions Office. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The campus will be closed for the holidays, Dec. 19 through Jan. 1.

OCC's spring class schedule is posted on the college's website ( Printed copies of the schedule are available for pick-up, free of charge, in the Admissions Office.


LIBRARY TO OPEN ONE DAY PER WEEK DURING WINTER INTERSESSION: OCC's Library will be open on Tuesdays throughout the winter intersession to assist students. The Library will be open on Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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.



Dr. Monica Rothschild-Boros has been teaching Orange Coast College's "Women in Art" course for seven years.

Only two of Orange County's nine community colleges offer such a class.

Rothschild-Boros initiated the OCC course in 1996. She wrote the course outline and secured its approval through the college's Curriculum Committee. Listed in the catalog as Art 108, the three-unit class will be offered this spring on Thursday evenings, from 710:10 p.m. OCC's spring semester begins on Monday, Feb. 3.

The 49-year-old Irvine resident is a zealot when it comes to recognizing contributions made by women in the field of art: as art objects, observers and artists themselves.

"This class focuses on the unrepresented half of our society – women," Rothschild-Boros says. "Art books are filled with accomplishments of men. It's only a recent phenomenon that women have been included in books – sparingly.

"It appears that publishers won't increase the size of their books, however, so they're adding a few women at the expense of pulling out a few men. That's not fair, either. My OCC course is devoted to the women who have been left out, ignored and buried by history."

During the first meeting of the class each semester, Rothschild-Boros goes around the classroom and asks each of her 25 students to name a prominent male artist.

"That's never a problem," she says. "Every student is able to come up with one."

She then starts around the room again, this time asking students to name a celebrated female artist.

"We usually get answers like Georgia O'Keeffe, Freda Kahlo and Mary Cassatte. Beyond that, it's total silence. If we have a student or two who's previously taken OCC's 'History and Appreciation of Western Art' class (Art 101), we'll get another few names, but that's about it."

When the course comes to a conclusion at the end of the semester, however, students are capable of rattling off dozens of names.

Rothschild-Boros possesses a Ph.D in Roman archeology from UCLA. She earned her M.A. in archaeology from the Westwood institution and a B.A. in European history from Connecticut College.

Six years ago, Rothschild-Boros taught classes in art history, archaeology and anthropology as part of OCC's popular "Semester in Florence" Program. She and her students were in Italy for nearly five months. Over the past several years she has taught art history and anthropology courses at OCC, UC Irvine, Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, Cypress College and Santa Ana College.

She has taught the "Women in Art" class only at OCC, however. It's the treasured jewel in her academic crown. The course explores such topics as: "The Female as Subject,""Women as the Creators of Art in Different Cultures," "How Men Have Depicted Women," "How Women Depict Men" and "How Women See Themselves."

"The central core of this class is the way in which women today create art," Dr. Rothschild -Boros says. "I try to go below the surface so that we can understand what motivates female artists today. We also look at what has inspired women throughout the centuries."

Dr. Rothschild-Boros with quilt

Each semester, Rothschild-Boros involves her "Women in Art" students in a quilt-making project. Quilting has traditionally been a female art form. Every student in the class – and there are always a number of men enrolled – takes part in the endeavor.

"We are after all an art class, so this project is our artistic effort," Rothschild-Boros says with a smile. "Students are responsible for creating squares for the quilt. The class then puts the entire quilt together. It's a rewarding, challenging and exciting venture."

Each student must create a square that reflects an issue that's personally important to him or her.

"Images vary dramatically, and reflect the diversity of our classroom."

Squares can be created from almost any type of artistic medium available. They are frequently photographs, collage pieces, ink designs, paintings, drawings, iron-on items, written text, or sewn items.

Students bring their individual squares to the classroom and explain them to their classmates. The entire group then discusses how each square should fit into the mix. The group physically arranges the quilt, and a single class member takes the piece home and assembles it.

"We've now created nearly a dozen quilts – one for each semester – and they've all hung in the office of the dean of OCC's Fine Arts Division. A quilt provides a unique portrait of an individual class."

The quilts are each accompanied by a book. Students who submit squares are required to write a paragraph that explains the meaning behind their particular square.

Rothschild-Boros is planning to auction off quilts this spring in an effort to raise funds for the college's new Arts Pavilion, set to break ground in 2003. The $2.5-million Pavilion, to be funded entirely by private donations, will be located next to the college's brand new 60,000 -square-foot, $15-million Arts Center that opened earlier this year. It was constructed with state funding.

The 8,500-square-foot Arts Pavilion will contain a campus Art Gallery, a Young Artists Gallery and a Gallery Cafe.

"We expect to auction off the quilts in April at the Square Blue Gallery in Newport Beach. Each quilt is unique and different from the others. They're all quite beautiful."

Square Blue Gallery is located at 355 Old Newport Blvd.

The product of German parents who escaped Europe's holocaust prior to Hitler's invasion of Poland, Rothschild-Boros was born and raised in New York City. She developed an early love for archaeology, art and history. She speaks four languages fluently – English, Italian, German and French.

"My upbringing was somewhat sheltered," she says with a smile. "I was an only child, and my parents – because of their background – wanted to shelter and protect their daughter. They were German Jews who met and married in New York.

"My father left Germany in 1937 and came to New York City. My mother was raised in Nuremberg and went through Kristalnacht in November of 1938, a horrifying experience."

Kristalnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass," was a Nazi pogrom against Jews. More than 7,500 Jewish shops were destroyed in one terrible evening. A total of 191 synagogues burned.

"Not long after that, my mother was sent by her parents to Scotland on a youth transport. She then came to this country. My grandparents followed later."

Rothschild-Boros attended a private girls school in Manhattan.

"One weekend each month, as I was growing up, my mother would take me to a museum. Over the years, we covered every square inch of every museum in Manhattan. I can't draw a lick, but I developed a love for art."

Rothschild-Boros left the sheltered confines of accessible Manhattan to earn her B.A. degree in European history from Connecticut College, in New London. She also studied Roman-British archaeology. Summers during her undergraduate years were spent in England studying and working at archaeological sites. She completed her B.A. degree and moved to the West Coast to attend UCLA.

She picked up her M.A. in archaeology, specializing in the Pueblo period of America's Southwest.

"Pueblo archaeology is about as far removed from Roman-British archaeology as one can imagine, but I fell in love with the locale and period."

That's not all she fell in love with. After completing her M.A. and beginning work on a UCLA doctorate in late Roman archaeology, she met a young UCLA law student, David Boros.

"David and I were married right after I completed my written and oral exams for my Ph.D."

She was awarded a Fulbright, and the newlyweds moved to Rome where she conducted her dissertation research. She spent 18 months in Italy.

Working with the University of Rome School of Medicine, she carried out research at an archaeological site in the center of the Italian capital, on the back side of Palatine Hill. The site faced the famous Circus Maximus.

"I was working with pieces of pottery found at the site," she says. "Using a biochemical technique, I extracted residues that had absorbed into the fabric of the clay. I did that in order to determine what food products the vessels had contained."

Not surprisingly, she concluded that the vessels had held grain, oil and wine – staples of the Italian diet 16 centuries ago...and today.

After returning to the States and giving birth to her two daughters, Lauren and Emily, she began teaching at Orange Coast College in 1989. Lauren is now a senior human development major at the University of California at Davis. Emily is a senior at Woodbridge High School in Irvine.

Rothschild-Boros has taught OCC classes in "History and Appreciation of Art from Prehistoric Times to the Renaissance" (Art 100), "History and Appreciation of Art from the Renaissance to Modern" (Art 101), "History of Asian Art" (Art 103), "Cultural Anthropology" (Anthropology 100) and "Comparative Cultures" (Anthropology 110).

But her favorite class is "Women in Art."

"I'm extremely proud of the class, and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching it," she says. "It's my 'baby,' so to speak."

Rothschild-Boros takes an even-handed approach in her classroom.

"This is not a class about male bashing, not at all," she says with emphasis. "In fact, a significant number of our students each semester are male. It's a class about looking at women and their unique contributions to the world of art."

Since the beginning of time, Rothschild-Boros asserts, male artists – in virtually every culture – have objectified the female form.

"They've appreciated and worshipped the female as goddess. Women, on the other hand, have not objectified men, at least not until recently. Since 1970 – and no doubt partly as a way of seeking revenge – women have given men a bit of their own medicine."

Her OCC class takes a multicultural approach to looking at women in art. The course examines European influences in art, as well as influences that have come from Africa and Asia. It also explores African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic-American contributions.

The Orange Coast College instructor has done more for art than just stand in front of a classroom, however.

From 1989 through 1992 she curated a traveling art exhibit, titled "In the Shadow of a Tower." The exhibit featured the work of a Black Jew, Josef Nassy. Nassy, born in Surinam, was arrested by the Nazis in Belgium in 1942 and imprisoned for three years in Laufen internment camp, not far from the infamous Dachau concentration camp. While imprisoned, he created more than 200 paintings and drawings, depicting camp life.

"The Nazis never discovered that Nassy was Jewish, so he wasn't held as a 'racial' or political enemy of the state," Rothschild-Boros said. "He survived the war and lived until 1976. I was able to talk with members of his family."

Rothschild-Boros secured the paintings and drawings from a collector, Severin Wunderman. She researched the work, wrote an exhibition catalog and put the show together. During its three-year run, the exhibit made stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Hartford, Hamburg, and at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. Rothschild-Boros visited each exhibition site and offered public lectures about Nassy and his work.

"It was an extremely gratifying experience," she says. "It was a story that needed to be told, and the response to it was extraordinary."

Once again this spring, Monica Rothschild-Boros will be back in her Orange Coast College classroom teaching her favorite class, "Women in Art."

"Teaching is my passion," she confides. "Except for my family, nothing makes me happier. I love doing this."


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.


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 Monday, 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


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.


OCC'S CALWORKS PROGRAM is collecting used Christmas cards this holiday season for donation to St. Jude's Hospital. The campaign is being carried out in cooperation with the City of Costa Mesa. Instead of tossing your cards away this year, please hold on to them until the campus reopens following the winter break. You can deliver your worthy contributions to the CalWORKs Office, located in the Financial Aid Building. Or, place them in Vickie Hay's mailbox. Last year, OCC's CalWORKs Program collected nearly 20 pounds of cards. The program hopes to double that amount this year!


ESL WRITING WORKSHOP SET FOR JAN. 31: Dr. Robin Scarcella, Director of the ESL Program at UC Irvine, will be the featured speaker at OCC's "Workshop on Writing: Strategies for Student Success in Writing," set for Friday, Jan. 31. It will be held in the Student Center Lounge. The workshop will include Dr. Scarcella's presentation and presentations by members of OCC's faculty. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch will be served. Full-time faculty members may apply for salary advancement credit through Staff Development. For information about the workshop, or to make a reservation, phone Ext. 25920.



Dr. Richard Soto photoOrange Coast College's 120-voice Chorale will give a North American premiere Saturday evening (Dec. 14) to a pair villancicos by 18th century Spanish composer, P. Antonio Soler.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre.

OCC's Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Soto, will join with the college's Dance Department and with the Guitar Ensemble in presenting the holiday concert. The concert is titled, "A Winter Celebration in Song and Dance."

"This concert promises to be a wonderful pastiche of choral music, dance and guitar," Soto says. "It is topped off with a distinctive Spanish flavor."

In performing the two villancicos, Soto's Chorale will be joined in the performance by dancers under the direction of OCC dance instructor, Lilia Llorens. Llorens has taught OCC Spanish classical dance classes and Flamenco for nearly 15 years.

OCC's Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of professor Joseph Poshek, will perform Vivaldi's "Winter," from "The Four Seasons." Written originally for violin, Poshek has transcribed the Vivaldi work for guitar. Poshek will be soloist for the piece. Dancers, under the direction of Orange Coast College dance instructor, Amelie Hunter, will perform with the Guitar Ensemble.

Soto will also direct an OCC orchestra in the performance of Mozart's composition, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik." Dancers, directed by Orange Coast instructor, Linda Sohl Donnell, will perform to the piece.

OCC's Chorale will offer two villancicos by Soler, "Anton y Pasqual" and "El Laurel del Amor." Soto discovered the unpublished manuscripts last summer while conducting research at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, in Spain. The monastery is an hour's drive from Madrid.

"What led me to do the research was my cultural background," Soto says. "As a Latino, I have long been looking for a way to express my culture through choral music. We're all familiar with choral music by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi. And it's absolutely spectacular! But I was searching for something that reflected Spanish culture in choral music.

"You won't find much in choral literature that is sung in the Spanish language. I had been wanting to do research in Spain for some time. I finally went there last summer to see what I could find."

He discovered the work of P. Antonio Soler, a monk at the Monastery of San Lorenzo in the 18th century. Soler, the monastery's choral master, wrote more than a hundred villancicos during Spain's golden age. The villancicos were usually performed during church services.

"A villancico is similar in structure to an Italian or German cantata," Soto says. "Villancicos contain arias, choruses and recitatives, all elements of the classical style. Villancicos show an Italian influence, but they are also heavily imbued with Spanish flavor. They contain folk -like melodies with Spanish dance rhythms."

Soto brought two of the unpublished Soler manuscripts home with him from Spain, and has since prepared them for his Chorale. "Anton y Pasqual" is a villancico that tells the story of two shepherd boys who fight over who will serenade the Christ child at the creche. Lilia Llorens has choreographed a dance that will accompany the choral work.

"El Laurel del Amor" is a piece composed by Soler in honor of the patron saint of the Monastery of San Lorenzo.

"St. Lorenzo was martyred for his faith," Soto says. "He was actually burned to death on a grill. While death is revered in Latino culture, it is not a terror for us. In fact, quite frequently, persons of my culture laugh at death. This is what 'El Laurel del Amor' does. Soler has taken a tongue-in-cheek approach to death in this work."

Soto is in his second season as director of OCC's Chorale. Southern California born and bred, he earned his B.A. and master's degrees in music from California State University, Fullerton, and his doctorate in musical arts from the University of Southern California. Before joining OCC's faculty in 2001, Soto led the men's and women's choruses at UC Irvine for four years, and conducted the men's chorus and directed opera at Cal State Fullerton for three years.

Hunter, who studied with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, earned a B.A. degree in ethnic dance and an M.A. in dance ethnology from UCLA. She picked up an M.F.A. in performance and choreography from NYU. She is a nationally recognized choreographer whose works have been performed by regional ballet companies throughout the nation.

Dance professor Sohl-Donnell is a product of the dance departments at Ohio University and UCLA. A member of OCC's faculty for 22 years, and an award winning choreographer, she is founder and artistic director of the popular Los Angeles-based tap dance company, Rhapsody in Taps.

Llorens has taught Spanish dance and Flamenco at OCC since 1989. She has a rich background in teaching and performance. In 1997, she performed a traditional Spanish dance, "Zapateido," in OCC's Faculty Dance Concert. She danced on a specially constructed drum to enhance the sounds of her footwork. She has choreographed numerous works for OCC's student and faculty dance concerts.

Poshek is an OCC guitar instructor and head of the college's Music Theory Program. He is a classical guitarist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Lake George Opera, the Riverside Shakespeare Company and Actors Outlet in New York, and the Berkshire Center for the Performing Arts in Massachusetts.

Advance concert tickets, priced at $8, are on sale in the Community Education Office. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, using Visa or Mastercard. For information, phone Ext. 25880.



Alan Remington photoOrange Coast College's Symphony Orchestra will offer the second concert of its 42nd season Sunday evening (Dec. 15) with a program featuring works by George and Ira Gershwin, Dimitri Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

The concert is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre. The Symphony is under the direction of OCC music professor, Alan Remington.

OCC's 60-piece Symphony will perform arias from the opera "Porgy and Bess." The orchestra will also offer Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 8.

The "Porgy and Bess" performance will feature soprano soloist, Shelia Tate, and baritone soloist, Dennis Ruff.

"Porgy and Bess" is based on DuBose Heyward's 1926 novel, "Porgy." George and Ira Gershwin joined Heyward in Charleston, S.C. in 1934 to collaborate on a folk opera. George Gershwin wrote the music, while Ira Gershwin and Heyward penned the lyrics. The 700 pages of music represented George Gershwin's most ambitious creation ever, and his favorite composition.

"Porgy and Bess" opened on Broadway, at the Alvin Theater, in October of 1935, but experienced a disappointing run of just 124 performances. For years it was performed more frequently in Europe, where it was considered a true American opera. Its first uncut production was produced in Houston in the 1970s, conducted by John DeMain, to great reviews and acclamation. The opera was finally produced by the New York Metropolitan Opera 50 years after its initial Broadway run.

"Porgy and Bess" is the only opera founded on 1920s and '30s jazz which has survived the post-World War II era.

Shostakovich, who lived from 1906 to 1975, has been called the greatest composer of the 20th century. During the hard and cruel era of Stalinism, Shostakovich had the courage to express the misery of the Russian people in his music. His work became sustenance to all who were persecuted. A belief in the final victory of justice permeated his compositions.

"To me, he seemed like a trapped man," wrote New York critic Nicholas Nabokov in 1949, "whose only wish was to be left alone to the peace of his own art and to the tragic destiny to which he, like most of his countrymen, has been forced to resign himself."

Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70, in 1945.

"It was commissioned by Stalin to celebrate the Soviet victory in World War II," says OCC Symphony conductor Remington. "Shostakovich, however, despised Stalin, so he ended up writing a parody. Symphony No. 9 is supposed to be a grand victory symphony, but, instead, is a comic symphony that has nothing to do with victory."

Remington says the symphony is not subtle in its derision.

"When Stalin heard the symphony, he was furious. He kicked Shostakovich out of the country."

Remington says the work is a challenge to play.

"Though a mockery, it's a very beautiful symphony," he says. "It's extremely difficult to play. Musicians must be very attentive. The piece constantly changes meter, one measure after another."

Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 will feature guest conductor, Dr. Ricardo Soto. Soto is director of OCC's 120-voice Chorale.

"Ric has bailed me out in this concert," Remington says. "I recently had hip replacement surgery, and he's very graciously agreed to conduct the Beethoven 8th. Ric is a consummate musician, and may take over OCC's Symphony one day."

Remington says the 8th was one of Beethoven's favorite compositions.

"He liked it better than his 7th Symphony. No one else felt that way, but he did. It's a short symphony, only 25 minutes in length, and is very upbeat and lighthearted. It's unlike any other Beethoven symphony. Perhaps that's why he liked it so much."

OCC Symphony director, Remington, is a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music with B.A. and M.A. degrees in composition and orchestration. He joined OCC's staff in 1977. Remington has been a bassoonist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the NBC Orchestra in Chicago.

Guest conductor, Soto, is in his second season as director of OCC's Chorale. He earned his B.A. and master's degrees in music from California State University, Fullerton, and his doctorate in musical arts from USC. Before joining OCC's faculty in 2001, Soto led the men's and women's choruses at UC Irvine for four years, and conducted the men's chorus and directed opera at Cal State Fullerton for three years.

OCC's orchestra is supported by a variety of community groups and individuals, as well as by the college's Community Education Office.

Advance concert tickets, priced at $8, are on sale in the Community Education Office. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets for children, students and senior citizens are priced at $6. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, using Visa, Discover or MasterCard. For information, phone (714) 432-5880.


OCC'S CHRISTMAS SHOW FOR KIDS OPENS TONIGHT: A Christmas production for kids – geared for the entire family – opens tonight (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'S WIND ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM CHRISTMAS FAVORITES FRIDAY AT JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT: Orange Coast College's Wind Ensemble will perform Christmas favorites Friday evening (Dec. 13) at Orange County's John Wayne Airport.

The group is appearing at the airport for the 11th successive holiday season.

The 50-member ensemble will perform from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the terminal's lower level. Admission is free. The ensemble is under the direction of OCC music professor, Dana Wheaton.

The ensemble will offer selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," as well as popular Christmas songs and carols, and medleys.

OCC's Wind Ensemble rehearses Wednesday evenings throughout the year from 6:30-9:45 p.m. Persons wishing to join the ensemble must enroll in the college's one-unit class, Music 132AD.


Nutcracker performance photo


A lavish production of "The Nutcracker" will be staged Friday through Sunday, Dec. 20-22, at OCC by the Orange County Festival Ballet Theatre.

Performances will be held in Robert B. Moore Theatre. Curtain is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The Festival Ballet Theatre will team with the children of the Southland Ballet Academy to offer the production. It will be the company's 14th annual production of "The Nutcracker."

This year's production will feature a live orchestra.

Check the Community Education Office for tickets.


John Byner photoOCC HOSTS JAN. 12 "TRIBUTE TO ED SULLIVAN": Comedian John Byner, singer Anna Maria Alberghetti, the Amazing Platters, ventriloquist Todd Oliver, and a host of classic novelty acts will be featured on Sunday, Jan. 12, in a special "Tribute to Ed Sullivan" at Orange Coast College.

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

Sullivan hosted a wildly successful Sunday night variety series on CBS that ran from 1948 through 1971. For more than two decades Sullivan brought an incredible array of entertainment into American homes.

For ticket information, check the Community Education Office.


Dale Salwak photoSTARS OF MAGIC TO MAKE 13TH OCC APPEARANCE ON SATURDAY EVENING, JAN. 18: For the 13th year in a row, OCC will host the spectacular Stars of Magic comedy, variety and magic show.

Many of OCC's previous Stars of Magic performances have been sold out.

This year's production, geared for the entire family, is scheduled for Saturday evening, Jan. 18, in Robert B. Moore Theatre. Curtain is set for 8 p.m.

Now in its 27th year of touring the nation, the Stars of Magic feature top international magicians who perform acts that have made them headliners throughout the world of magic. This year's full-stage production features Greg and Lyuda Wilson, fresh from a six -month tour of China, with a brilliant review of illusions, titled "Allakazam"; Dale Salwak and his elegant presentation of the classics of magic; Jason Byrne's astonishing "magic with birds"; and, from Washington, D.C., irresistibly funny master of ceremonies, Rich Bloch.

For ticket information, contact the Community Education Office at Ext. 25880.



More than 10 percent of Orange Coast College's 29,000 fall semester students are concurrently enrolled at another college or university.

A total of 3,090 students are enrolled at OCC and another institution this fall, according to figures released Tuesday (Dec. 10) by the college's Admissions and Records Office.

The largest number of students – 812 – are concurrently enrolled at OCC and at its sister campus, Golden West College. A total of 670 Orange Coast students are concurrently enrolled at the college's other sister institution, Coastline Community College.

Three hundred and seven OCC students are enrolled at Santa Ana College.

"That's a relatively large number of students, and I was a bit surprised to find out that we had so many students at Santa Ana," said OCC administrative dean of Admissions and Records, Nancy L. Kidder.

"It's obvious why we share so many students with our sister campuses, Golden West and Coastline. We're all in the Coast Community College District, and we make it convenient for our students to take classes at one or more of our campuses."

A total of 243 students attend both OCC and Irvine Valley College.

Perhaps geographical proximity plays a role in why colleges share students. OCC and Santa Ana are seven miles apart on Fairview Road. Driving time is just 15 minutes. OCC and Golden West are slightly over nine miles apart, and Orange Coast and Irvine Valley are 12 miles apart.

Many students are simultaneously attending Orange Coast College and four-year universities. A total of 155 students are concurrently enrolled at OCC and UC Irvine; 148 at Orange Coast and California State University, Long Beach; and 147 at OCC and California State University, Fullerton. Thirty-seven are attending OCC and Chapman University; 10 are attending OCC and UC Santa Barbara; and nine are attending Orange Coast and UCLA.

A total of 107 students are attending OCC and Saddleback College. Sixty-eight are concurrently enrolled at OCC and Fullerton College, and 59 are attending OCC and Cypress College.

One student is attending OCC and the University of Massachusetts. OCC also has one student each at the University of Utah, Portland State University and the University of Wyoming.



A brand new eight-week course that teaches students how to develop digital portfolios, using state-of-the-art hardware and software, will be offered for the first time this spring by OCC's Business Division.

Spring classes begin on Monday, Feb. 3.

Listed as Computer Information Systems 199AD in the schedule, two sections of the 1.5 -unit class are slated. Both meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11:10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The first section begins the week of Feb. 3, and the second follows the week of April 7.

Electronic portfolios act as resumes for viewing an accumulation of academic work for transfer, employment or for other ventures that can enhance academic, social and business opportunities. E-portfolios assemble everything neatly into a single digital package.

Students enrolled in OCC's new course will learn how to create business-card CDROM electronic portfolios. Students will collect, organize, document and verify evidence of learning experiences, achievements and abilities.

"E-portfolios are commonly used in teacher education as a means for assessment, but are rapidly becoming a medium for marketing talent and ability in all disciplines," says course instructor, Maryann Watson.

"An art student, for instance, who chooses to apply to a highly-acclaimed four-year college or university, or graduate school, may use – or be required to use – the e-portfolio as part of his or her application. The computer science student who has developed program projects throughout his or her coursework may use an e-portfolio to demonstrate programming ability to prospective employers at job fairs."

Watson says culinary arts majors may digitally record their creative presentations for future reference. Athletes may record video of their sports accomplishments and showcase them in a portfolio resume.

The new OCC class is fully transferable to the California State University system.



The following Orange Coast College faculty members will retire after 10 or more years of service with the district, on Dec. 16, 2002. We salute them and will deeply miss them!

Rod Hansen photo Rod L. Hansen

Rod was born in Omaha, Neb. He earned his B.A. degree from Northwestern University, and picked up a master's degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Rod also attended the University of Hawaii on an NDEA Fellowship. He worked in public relations for a time for Aerojet General Corporation, and was a debate coach at Westside High School in Omaha. He served as assistant debate coach at UC Santa Barbara. Rod joined Orange Coast College's faculty in 1969 as an instructor in speech and a forensics coach. He retires as an associate professor of speech. Rod has been a member of the Speech Association of America, Delta Sigma Rho and Tau Kappa Alpha. He resides in Dana Point.

Howard Judkins photo Howard M. Judkins

Howard was born in Topeka, Kan. He attended Kansas State University and also took classes at the University of Kansas. He enrolled in courses through the extension programs at UCLA, UC Irvine and California State University at Long Beach. Howard served two years in the United States Army. He was stationed at Ford Ord, Calif. and Fort Riley, Kan. He spent more than 30 years as a professional musician and was a music store proprietor for many years. He was owner of Blu-Note Music Co. Howard became a part-time Orange Coast College music instructor in 1973, teaching musical instrument repair. He became a full-time staff member the following year, teaching vocational music classes. He later served as Acting Assistant Chair of the Music Department. He has had a long love affair with travel, anthropology, archaeology, and sailing. He and his wife, Betty, have two grown children.

Joan Kosuth photo Joan M. Kosuth

Born in New York City, Joan earned her B.A. degree in English from the College of New Rochelle. She received an M.A. degree in English from City University of New York, and an M.A. in counseling from the University of Southern California. Joan received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She and her husband, Thomas, completed their Ph.D. degrees together. Thomas has been a counselor at Golden West College. Joan taught junior high school in New York City, and was a counselor at Troy High School in Fullerton. She joined Orange Coast College's faculty in 1976 as a general counselor. She later also became an OCC professor of English. Joan has been a presenter at National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) conferences at the University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys classical music, travel and photography. She and Thomas have a grown daughter.

Arthur Taussig photoH. Arthur Taussig

Born in Los Angeles, Arthur earned his B.S. degree in physics from UC Berkeley, his M.S. in biological chemistry from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was a research fellow for three years at the Brain Research Institute, located within the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA. He also worked as a physicist with the Aeronutronics Research Laboratories in Newport Beach. Arthur joined Orange Coast College's faculty in 1972 as an instructor of photography. For the past 30 years, he has taught OCC photography and contemporary film classes. An accomplished fine art photographer, his work has been featured in more than 200 exhibitions, and is included in the collections of many major American museums. Arthur is an internationally recognized authority on the psychology and sociology of film. He is author of the 1997 book, "Film Values/Family Values: A Parents' Guide." The book contains more than 300 film reviews. He launched a film-review web site,, nearly three years ago. Numerous articles on his "career" as a film analyst have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Orange Coast Daily Pilot. He has hosted a number of film series over the past decade at the Newport Harbor Art Museum. For six years, Arthur edited his own nationally distributed publication, Hi-Q Film Review. He has had more than 200 articles published internationally. This fall, the college exhibited a collection of his digital photographs in the Photo Gallery. Arthur, who has been known on campus for years for his extensive collection of Hawaiian shirts, hosted an exhibition of his work this fall on the walls of the college's new $15-million Arts Center. The unique exhibit consisted of his signature Hawaiian shirts, accompanied by his artistic reflections on the designs. Arthur has also taught folk guitar, banjo and autoharp; was an instructor with the Golden State Dance Teacher's Association; and has written several music books. He is a longtime Costa Mesa resident.


volleyball game photo CONGRATS TO CHUCK CUTENESE'S OCC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS, who finished third in the state tournament in Stockton last weekend. The Pirates concluded the year with a 21-5 record.

Photo: Casey Petersen has led the Pirates with a .366 hitting percentage this year.


basketball game photo COACH MIKE THORNTON'S OCC women's basketball team swept to the championship of the Cuesta Tournament last weekend. The Pirates beat Allan Hancock, Bakersfield and Cuesta in the tourney to up their season record to 8-3. The Pirates, ranked fourth in Southern California and sixth in the state, will visit San Diego Mesa on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Photo: Alisa Carillo looks to put up the shot vs. Allan Hancock earlier this season.


COACH STEVE SPENCER'S OCC MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM finished third last weekend in the 2002 Orange Coast Classic. The Pirates beat El Camino in the third-place game Saturday evening, 102-81. The Pirates are 6-3 on the season.



Toni Iseman photo CONGRATULATIONS TO OCC COUNSELOR, TONI ISEMAN, who was named mayor of the City of Laguna Beach last Tuesday evening (Dec. 3). Toni has been a member of the Laguna Beach City Council for several years, and was reelected to that post last month. She was elected mayor of the city by the other council members.



Upcoming classes:

"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

"Lost Garden"
By Helen Humphreys
Bestsellers PR 9199.3.H822 L67 2002)

Fleeing war-torn London in 1941, gardener Gwen Davis leaves the bombing for the safe haven of the English countryside. Gwen is a captain in the Women's Land Army, in charge of a sullen group of young women on an estate in Devon. Gwen soon discovers the "Lost Garden" hidden on the vast grounds. This is a beautifully crafted, lyrically written story.

"The Last Temptation"
By Val McDermid
Bestsellers PR 6063.C67 L37 2002

McDermid is one of the few crime authors who can be convincing when it comes to writing tough, yet retain a powerful emotional insight. These qualities have finally brought her the international recognition she deserves. In her latest novel, a series of brutal killings have taken place at various locations in Europe, requiring international police cooperation and the skills of Dr. Tony Hill, McDermid's psychological profiler, who has been featured in a few of her books.

"Geisha, A Life"
By Mineko Iwasaki
GT 3412.7 I93A3 2002x

Mineko Iwasaki was celebrated as the most successful geisha of her generation. She was only five years old when she left her parents' home and, for the next 25 years, lived a life filled with beauty, culture and music. Mineko desires with this book to clear up the mystery surrounding the life of the geisha.

"Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo"
By Hayden Herrera
ND 259.K33 H47 1983

Frida is quite a hot item now – what with the new film starring Selma Hayek. This book is as close as one can get to a definitive biography. Herrera vividly portrays a woman of strength, talent, humor and endurance. He illuminates and amplifies her life story, her importance as an artist, and her ultimate triumph over tragedy.


By Vinta Oviatt, Media Librarian

Holidays & Observances – On The Web

Happy holidays to you all! An excellent starting point for information on all major holidays and observances, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Divali, Chinese New Year, and others, is provided by the "Librarians' Index to the Internet," at Also included are Web links to information on holiday food, costumes, clip art, and many other resources. For information on this Web source or 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

Partially precooking meat before final cooking makes certain bacteria, if present, hardier and thus more difficult to kill. In a recent study, USDA scientists used ground beef containing a strain of E.coli bacteria. Cooked normally in a skillet, it took eight minutes to kill the bacteria in the tainted beef. But, when the meat had been preheated at low temperatures, it took 12 minutes to kill the bacteria during the final cooking. This 50 percent extra cooking time made the internal temperature hot enough to kill the hardier germs. If, for any reason, you partially precook meat, remember to cook it longer later on. And, if you use a slow-cook pot, make sure you follow directions for adequate heating.


4 p.m. Tuesday, February 4

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.