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Staff Development
Thursday, December 13, 2007

Diane Colvin
Staff Development Newsletter
Week of December 10, 2007
by Diane Colvin

New Faculty Orientation – Spring, 2008
Thursday, January 24

Program 9:00 – 11:45
Lunch Noon-1:00
Optional Technology Workshop 1-1:30
Getting Started with OCC E-mail and MyOCC – Computing Center

RSVP by Friday, January 10, 2008
Kye Daniels, Staff Development
Administration Building: 714/432-5920

Winter Intersession is almost here. Is there a project that you want to work on during the break? Early in the Spring semester? Before you leave for the holidays contact the following people if you have questions about your project.

Conferences and Workshops (funding for off campus events) – Marilyn Kennedy
In-Service (campus presentations, workshops activities) – Diane Colvin
Professional Improvement (credit for classes, independent study) – Felicia Coco
Alternative Methods (credit and funding for producing
educational materials, professional leadership, publications) – Maria Lerma

New Faculty Academy
The last session of the New Faculty Academy for the Fall semester was held on Friday, December 7.

The topic was teaching and learning best practices. Melissa Berta, Denise Cabanel-Bluer, Karen Felts, Maria Lerma, Irene Naesse, Marc Perkins, Ric Soto and Stephanie Wells each talked about a favorite concept, technique or technology and the attendees discussed how these ideas related to their specific discipline and teaching styles. Thanks to the presenters and the attendees for sharing their ideas with the group.

Our next New Faculty Academy meetings will be on Friday, February 8.

First-year faculty will meet from 1:30 – 3:30. This session will feature representatives from key programs and services on campus which meet students’ needs as they pursue vocational and academic goals.

Second-year faculty will meet from 10:30-12:30. Faculty members will share strategies for engaging students both in and out of the Classroom.

Meetings take place in the Captain’s Table. All faculty members are invited and encouraged to attend individual sessions of the academy!

Sign up for Blackboard Vista Classes

Jill Golden, Eric Wilson and Raya Lopez will be providing 30-minute workshops, followed by 60-minute labs covering the basic components of Black Board Vista during the inter-session. You'll learn about the communication and syllabus tools available to you, how to use the grade book and more. During the lab session, you will be able to access your account and work with this Blackboard Vista while experts are on hand to help, answer questions, and troubleshoot any issues you may have.

Faculty can register at:
If you are a full-time or part-time faculty or staff member who has not activated your email account, you can call the tech helpline, 25500, and ask to reset your password. The number for you or students to call if you are having trouble logging on to MyOCC is 1-877-500-4622.

Get to know your OCC Brown Bag Lunch Series

Doug Bennett


Rich Pagel


Doug Bennett, Director of the OCC Foundation will host the first event for spring semester on Thursday, February 21, in Admin 108. He will give us the ABC’s of fundraising on our campus.

V.P. of Admin Services, Rich Pagel, started off our informal lunch-time series on November 15 by bringing us up to date on the construction we see on campus. Rich used maps and photos to highlight the dramatic changes that have been taking place. He concluded by outlining some of the plans for the future. If you missed the presentation, you can find Rich’s PowerPoint on the Staff Development Page of the Portal. Look under forms.


I hope that you’ll join us when this series of informative lunch meetings continues in the spring.

Team Grants - Another successful Team Grant project completed.

chess piecesCheckmate: Education and industry leaders come together to provide a “CheckMate” solution.

The School of Hospitality, Travel & Tourism held an Open House on November 27.

368 High School principal and counselors were invited to OCC. They, along with industry representatives, other invited guests and students were provided with an overview of the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism programs. The consensus by the high school educators was that our programs were highly desirable, and some of the students are planning to enroll this spring. Congratulations on a very successful open house.

Thank you Brenda Shine, Dan Kenney, Ryan Giffen, Jodie Ochwatt, Christy Jones, Candi Koves, Sherri Keefer, Ray Asad and Jaclyn Groendke.

Completed Workshops

Dennis Kelly’s Big Bones Tour took place last Saturday. It was a fun day and fascinating look at the collection at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History Warehouse. Thanks to Dennis Kelly for leading this educational and entertaining tour.

60 for 60

60 for 60 prizesThe latest “Milestoners” are Melissa Berta and Ursula Hartunian! Congratulations to both for completing their first 15 activities. Melissa reached her first milestone by attending a variety of meetings, visiting the OCC Art Gallery and purchasing discount movie tickets. Ursula is a music lover who enjoys the OCC Symphony. She also takes advantage of other OCC offerings such as the Swap Meet and Recycling Center.

Congrats also to Lynda Lariosa, the first participant to reach the third milestone. She has earned a water bottle, Fitness Complex towel, and dandy OCC “action” key chain. Will you be the next to a milestone?

If you have not reached your first milestone, challenge yourself to complete enough activities to get there before December 14. I know you can do it! We will continue our Celebrate 60 with 60 during the spring semester, so if you were not able to complete any milestone, no worries, you will have an opportunity next year! Anniversary cards are available in the PE&A division office. Keep celebrating 60 with 60! PE&A


This award is given to an employee of Orange Coast College who represents the values of service, integrity, compassion, collaboration or innovation. When you look at the list of our recent nominees, you will see that many have been busy nominating deserving colleagues.

I encourage you to take a minute to visit the Portal and fill out a Kudos form if you want to say thank you to someone. Go to the Portal and click on “Committees”. Next, click on “Kudos Committee.” When you get to the Kudos page click on “Make a Nomination”. Now click the word “nominate” which appears above the list of names. Fill out as much information as you can.

You can also get a Kudos Nomination form in Staff Development or the racks in the mailroom. The recipient of a Kudos award will receive a certificate, a $5 Bob’s Bucks and become a member of a very special group.

Congratulations to these recent Kudos recipients: Claudia Ackley, Maria Anzaldo, Jay Brahmbhatt, Marcus Carpenter, Kim Co, Norm Cole, Ray Cotter, Florence Crumsey, Jeff Dimsdale, Cynthia Erger, James Fallow, Erin Fitzgerald, Frank Fonseca Jr., Rene Goode, Dave Heikes, Eric Hobbs, Keith Jorgensen, Heather Larson, Keith Matten, George Mattias, Michelle Mendenhall, Ryland Metzinger, Kathy Misserville, Anh Ngo, Allison Paine, Phil Riddick, Hank Schellingerhout, Marilyn Scion, Eva Shaffer, Lynnette Stiles, Julie Tran, Samantha Wellen

Allison Paine


Jennifer La Bounty

La Bounty

Classified Staff

Classified Forum meetings are held monthly on the third Friday of the month in the Watson Hall, 2F conference room. Attendees from every classified support group are invited to attend. Proposed agenda items may be submitted to co-chairs Jennifer La Bounty and Allison Paine

Please check Coast to Coast, the Staff Development pages of the OCC public website and Portal frequently for upcoming conferences, training and other events.

Staff Development Office
Administration Building