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Orange Coast College's fall semester will come to a conclusion on Sunday, Dec. 19.

The campus will close for the holidays Monday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 2. Campus offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3.

OCC's four-week winter intersession is set to run Jan. 3-30. The intersession is sandwiched between OCC's fall 2004 and spring 2005 semesters.

Orange Coast College's spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 31, and runs through Sunday, May 29. New and returning students will register for classes via telephone, Jan. 3-27. For spring application or registration information, phone Ext. 25072.



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Applications for spring semester classes are available in OCC's Admissions and Records Office.

Spring classes begin on Monday, Jan. 31. The spring class schedule is posted on the college's website ( Printed schedules are available in the Admissions Office.

"The earlier a person files an application, the better his or her spring registration appointment," says Dr. Nancy L. Kidder, OCC's administrative dean of Admissions and Records.

Anyone who has been an Orange Coast College student in the past, but is not enrolled in classes this fall, must submit a new application for spring classes.

The 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. (excluding Dec. 20-Jan. 2). For application information, phone Ext. 25072.

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The American Red Cross will have its Bloodmobile on campus on Thursday, Jan. 13.

The bloodmobile will be situated in the quad, in front of the Student Center, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Persons need not sign up in advance in order to donate blood.

The Bloodmobile will also be collecting bone marrow registrants to support Dewey Young. Young, 36, suffers from myelodysplasia, a life-threatening blood disease. The only cure for Young, and for thousands of other patients, is a marrow stem/cell transplant. Due to the nature of these life-threatening blood diseases, regular blood transfusions are also necessary.

For information about the blood drive, and the marrow donation sign-up, contact Kathleen Burton at Ext. 25727.

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Scholarship applications for Orange Coast College's 2004-05 academic year are available in the college's Scholarship Office.

Scholarship forms may also be downloaded from the college's website ( Applications must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at 5 p.m.

More than $250,000 in scholarships will be awarded at OCC's annual Honors Night Banquet, on Wednesday, May 11, 2005. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2,500 each. The Scholarship Office, located in OCC's Administration Building, is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OCC's "Continuing Student Scholarship" category is designed for students who plan to enroll at the college next fall. Students applying for continuing scholarships must have completed 12 units by the end of winter intersession classes in January, and be enrolled in a minimum of six units next spring. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Jan. 31. A cumulative grade point average of 3.50 is required.

Students applying for a "Transferring Student Scholarship" must have already completed a minimum of 42 units at any post-secondary institution, to include at least 24 units at OCC. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50, be enrolled in at least six units this coming spring, and be preparing to transfer next fall with junior status to a four-year college or university.

Criteria utilized for the evaluation of continuing and transferring scholarship applicants include grade point average, units completed, financial need, service and leadership, employment, and exceptional personal and academic circumstances.

Applications for "Career Education Scholarships," geared for specialized OCC technology, music, visual arts, and consumer and allied health students, are also available. Students applying for career education scholarships must have an overall grade point average of 3.00, and must possess excellent grades in their major. The specialized scholarships are judged by individual criteria.

Scholarship winners are selected by the college's Scholarship Committee, which includes faculty, staff members and students.

For information about OCC scholarships, visit the college's website (, or phone Ext. 25645.

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Orange Coast College will close its campus for the Christmas holidays, beginning Monday, Dec. 20. Registration for spring classes resumes on Monday, Jan. 3.

Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Jan. 31.

Registration for spring classes by touch-tone telephone will run Jan. 3-27. Applications will be available throughout that period in OCC's Admissions Office. The office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spring class schedules are available, free of charge, in the Admissions Office. The spring schedule is also listed on the college's Internet web page ( OCC's spring enrollment fees are $26 per unit.

For spring application or registration information, phone (714) 432-5072.

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A running clinic, conducted by legendary UCLA track and field coach, Jim Bush, will be staged Friday evening (Dec. 17) at Orange Coast College. The two-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Hall.

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Orange Coast College's Library will be closed to the public for the holidays from Saturday, Dec. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 2.

The library will observe limited hours during the January intersession. It will be open Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 3, 5, 10, 12, 19, 24 and 26, from 1-5 p.m.

The library will return to its regular schedule on the first day of spring semester classes, on Monday, Jan. 31.

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.

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Orange Coast College fine arts professor, Donald Jennings, will lead his 24th OCC art tour/class to Europe next summer. The 17-day tour is set to run June 19 through July 5, 2005.

Titled "Art of Western Europe," the summer trip will include stops in France, Switzerland and Italy. It will concentrate on the arts, architecture, culture and history of Paris, Venice, Florence, Lucerne, Lyon and Rome. There will also be excursions to Orvieto and Versailles. The trip features an optional five-day London extension.

"The tour provides a first-hand observation of Western Europe's major artistic achievements," Jennings says. "We'll examine architecture, world-class art museums, sculpture and other historical sites."

Cost of the excursion is $4,295. The fee includes round trip transportation, centrally located hotels, daily continental breakfasts, seven dinners, deluxe motor coach, local guides, historical sites, museum fees, and city sightseeing.

Registration deadline is March 15, 2005.

For information about the course, phone Ext. 25515

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Spring classes at Orange Coast College's Middle College High School will get under way on Tuesday, Jan. 11. OCC's spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 31. The Middle College High School has been operating for nine years on OCC's 164-acre campus. MCHS spring semester classes will conclude on Wednesday, June 1. The school's seventh graduation ceremony will be held that afternoon.

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Dr. H. Arthur Taussig's 2004-05 OCC Film Series continues tomorrow evening (Dec. 17) with Robert Montgomery's 1947 work, "Lady in the Lake."

The film series runs through May 27. It meets at 6:30 p.m. in Fine Arts Hall 119. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and OCC students.

The film offers a Phillip Marlowe story that is seen through Marlowe's eyes – literally. It's an amazing experiment in subjective camera, directed by – and starring – Robert Montgomery. "Lady in the Lake" is one of the few film noirs that is brave enough to be set at Christmas time.

The film stars Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Jayne Meadows, Tom Tully and Leon Ames.

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Orange Coast College's 20th annual Angel Tree Project will continue to accept gifts through Friday (Dec. 17) at noon.

OCC students have been collecting Christmas gifts for needy youngsters and senior citizens since mid November. The program is sponsored by the Associated Students and College Life Program.

The Angel Tree Project benefits children enrolled in OCC's Children's Center and also supports the outreach program of the Costa Mesa Senior Center. Other charitable organizations benefit from the project as well.

Unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the Associated Students and College Life Office, located in the Student Center.

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Orange Coast College's beautiful 2005 calendar is now off the presses and available to the staff. Two different versions of the calendar have been created by OCC's graphic designer extraordinaire, Chauncey Bayes. One calendar features a campus scene at sunrise, and the other focuses on a local surfer catching a wave.

If you wish a copy, please contact Mary Roda at Ext. 25022. Feel free to take extra calendars to give to friends and businesses.


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Orange Slices


By Jim Carnett

(Jim was an Orange Coast College student in the early 1960s. He's been Director of Community Relations for 33 years. He is editor of Coast to Coast. This is a regular column that focuses on OCC's history and distinctive characteristics and characters.)

I wrote an Orange Slices column last year recounting how this college acquired its distinctive name (Orange Slices, Sept. 4, 2003).

It's an interesting story. Today, however, I'd like to provide a quick "style guide" for how our name is to be properly used. We have a protocol!

First, however, let me briefly reiterate how the name came about.

Orange Coast College officially became an entity on Jan. 27, 1947 when local voters approved a ballot measure establishing the Orange Coast Junior College District. The name for the new institution was suggested and selected one month earlier, in December of 1946. Local resident, Margaret Elliott, has the distinction of providing Orange Coast College with its unique title.

While dozens of people were racking their brains in an attempt to come up with a catchy sobriquet for the institution, Margaret suggested a creative solution to her husband, Raymond Elliott, then superintendent of the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

Raymond recounted how the name came to be in a chapter he later penned for "Tumbleweeds to Roses." Shortly after the close of World War II, Raymond became involved with an organization that was committed to establishing a "junior college" along Orange County's coast. At the time, the only two community colleges in existence in the county were Fullerton College and Santa Ana College. The organization working to establish the new college was called the Orange County Coast Association.

"(Margaret and I) usually did the evening dinner dishes together, the only sure way to escape a houseful of children," he wrote. "After many attempts to find a suitable title, she said, ‘Why not work on Orange County Coast Association College? Just strike out "County" and "Association," and you have it: "Orange Coast College."'"

Shortly thereafter, the district's first board of trustees unanimously approved the title. The first classes were offered on Sept. 13, 1948.

At that time, Orange Coast College was the only Orange Coast anything in the Western Hemisphere...perhaps the world! There was no Orange Coast Jeep, no Orange Coast Plumbing and no Orange Coast Bail Bonds. Those businesses – and hundreds of other copycats – attached themselves to the college's brawny name many months and years later.

In the early days, the institution was referred to most frequently by its students and staff as "Orange Coast College" or just plain "Coast College."

During the campus' first two or three years, "OCC" was an abbreviation that carried little weight with the college's administration. It was perceived as being too "informal." But, administrators, frankly, had little say in the matter. An institution ends up being called exactly what the public – and its students – choose to call it.

The University of Texas officially embraces the University of Texas at Austin as its handle, but most students, alumni, staff and Austin residents favor UT. It's an affectionate and convenient shorthand. In California's central valley, the university of note is California State University, Fresno, but almost no valley denizen calls it that. It's Fresno State...or FSU (not CSUF!).

When you explore this name thing a bit more deeply, you'll find that some college and university shorthands, frankly, defy logic. Indiana University, for example, insists on being labeled IU...and that makes sense. The University of Illinois is just as adamant for UI. No dispute there. The public accepts those variations on a theme. Now, the University of Kansas is never officially referred to as Kansas University, yet, for some strange reason the institution officially brands itself KU...not UK. There's a KU logo on the Jayhawks' football helmet. Likewise, the University of Colorado – never referred to as Colorado University – garnishes its football logo with a block CU. Go figure? Orthodoxy, as well as sanity, rules with the University of Kentucky (UK) and the University of California (UC), however. But strange permutations exist in academe.

How about Washington State University? That institution was originally called Washington State College until the state legislature re-christened it Washington State University in 1959. It didn't take long for fans – as well as detractors – to begin referring to it as "Ole' Wazzou." The university has an interesting logo, to boot. The logo consists of the letters WSU shaped cleverly into the image of Butch the Cougar...the university's grandiosely-whiskered mascot. In fact, almost the same exact logo was used when the school was WSC. The C was tilted ever so slightly into a U. (To my unseasoned eyes, that U still looks like a C.)

In the end, it's all about how we're perceived and labeled by our various constituencies. As marketing experts consistently opine, perception is reality. I submit that universities have little control over their ultimate nomenclature. After once deciding upon an official name, an institution is at the mercy of its publics...and things can go south quickly.

Our accepted handle at this college is "OCC."

Beginning in 1948, local Orange County newspapers – in a concession to the tyranny of one-column news stories – eagerly adopted OCC as the appropriate shorthand for the college name. OCC can be easily shoehorned into a narrow one-column headline. It's virtually impossible, however, to put Orange Coast College into a one, two or even three-column, 30-point head.

So "OCC" began to creep into the campus lexicon. It showed up in letters, memos and PR and marketing literature. It was on schedules and catalogs. It became integral to the campus culture.

And, by sheer dumb luck and good fortune, three letters seem to be the ideal length for a college or university acronym. Two letters seem terse (SU...Syracuse University); four are interminable (NMHU...New Mexico Highlands University); but three seem just right (OSU...Oregon State University, Oklahoma State University or Ohio State University).

Early on, the acronym was frequently seen in print as "O.C.C." Not anymore. Like USC, LSU and UCLA (an exception to the four-letter rule), by the 1960s OCC was stripped of its periods...perhaps in obeisance to The Associated Press Stylebook that says, "Abbreviations using only the initials of a name do not take periods. Omit periods unless the result would spell an unrelated word."

"The OC" may be a trendy – albeit cheesy! – television series, but the acronym OC has never been used to define this college. When I graduated from OCC in 1969 and transferred to California State University, Fullerton, I became friends with a guy who'd just matriculated from Cypress College. We frequently discussed our respective community college backgrounds and experiences. He would invariably refer to Orange Coast College as "OC." "When you were at OC," he would say, "did you take any communication courses?"

I was continually forced to admonish him. "Look, my alma mater is OCC...not OC!" I would bray. A subtle difference, perhaps, to the uninitiated, but a profound distinction to a Coast alumnus. We Coasters know well that this place IS OCC!

But there have been several "OC" exceptions over the years. During the first decade of the college's existence, the "letter" that an athlete wore on his sweater or jacket (there were no female letterwinners at that time) was an intertwined OC. That practice stopped in the mid ‘50s. The Lettermen's Club, until the early ‘60s, continued to call itself "Block OC." A few baseball and golf caps over the years have had an OC above the bill.

But this college has never been referred to by its students or staff as OC.

The official campus logo, adopted in 1996, employs the OCC motif. The logo is an orange circle – or O – with two interior blue Cs, shaped like ocean waves.

In the late 1950s and early ‘60s, OCC male and female cheerleaders wore a large C on their sweaters, for Coast. The pom squads wore CC, for Coast College. By 1962, when Dick Tucker arrived as head football coach, and the Pirate gridders began winning conference championships and bowl games, OCC replaced C and CC on cheerleaders' outfits. Athletes representing the college had Orange Coast, OCC or Pirates emblazoned on their jerseys. The organized cheers from the stands were always "O-C-C!" or "Go Coast!"

In recent years, we've seen many teams wearing Coast on their shirts. In 1976, Mike Mayne took over OCC's baseball program and made a clever fashion statement that has since been employed by other Pirate men's and women's athletic squads. His players had "Coast" stitched across their jerseys, and the "o" in the word was designed to look like a succulent orange, topped off with a short stem and green leaf.

We've established a few rules and regulations in the Community Relations Office for how we identify the college in press releases. For the first reference in a story, the school's full name must always be spelled out – Orange Coast College. Subsequent references can be: (in descending order of preference) OCC, Orange Coast or Coast. Never OC, nor OC College, nor O.C.C., nor Coast College.

Though the OCC label is distinctive, and provides an invaluable shorthand for identifying who we are, it cannot be assumed that, as a first reference, a reader will automatically know what it means. Following the first full reference, however, OCC should be easily interpreted by even the uninitiated reader.

Lest we think it our exclusive possession, it's important to realize that Orange Coast College is not the only "OCC" in the country. We have company.

I have a friend whose daughter is a USC graduate, living in North Carolina. My friend's daughter asked her mom to visit the USC Bookstore, while she was visiting the Southland, and purchase two license plate frames for her North Carolina vehicle. She told her mother very pointedly that she did not want a "USC Alumni" frame, rather, it had to say "University of Southern California Alumni."


"Because, if I have a USC license plate holder on my car in Winston-Salem," the daughter replied, "everyone will assume that I'm a University of South Carolina alum." And that would be unacceptable for a Trojan! 

University of Southern California

University of South Carolina

Sometimes it comes down to a matter of geography. Just as USC means one thing along the Santa Monica Boardwalk and another thing entirely on the Charleston Battery, OCC means different things in different parts of the nation. It can mean: Ozark Christian College (Joplin, Mo.), Ocean County College (Toms River, N.J.), Oakton Community College (Des Plaines, Ill.); Oakland Community College (Auburn Hills, Michigan), or Owens Community College (Findlay, Ohio). Each is a distinct – and legitimate – "OCC." It's amusing to go to these schools' respective websites and read their materials. They have adroitly adapted the "OCC" persona to fit their individual situations. Logos differ dramatically. I hate to be provincial, but I think our logo is best!

Orange Coast College. OCC. Orange Coast. Coast. It works for me...and it's all good!


My wife, Billye, hit the nail right on the head when she said as we were leaving "An Old-Fashioned Christmas Melodrama and Ice Cream Social," "these are the kinds of offerings to the community which have great meaning and help to bring people together."

We loved (the show) and were most impressed when the entire cast lined up to greet us and say their farewells in person.

Happy holidays and, better still, a Merry Christmas!

Capt. Lefteris Lavrakas, USN (Ret)

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Extended Education Calendar

Sponsored by Extended Education
For more information, call (714) 432-5154
Sign up in the OCC Bursar's Office or online at

To request a brochure describing the spring class offerings sponsored by OCC Extended Education call (714) 432-5154.

French Conversation - Intermediate/Advanced
Short Session - Wednesdays, Jan. 12 - March 16
Long Session - Wednesdays, Jan. 12 - May 25
9:30 am - 12 noon - Oasis Center
800 Marguerite Ave, Corona del Mar
Fee: $65 short session; $120 long session

Parent-Child Workshops
Co-sponsored with OCC Early Childhood Program
For toddlers and preschoolers and their parents
Classes meet one morning each each week beginning the first week of February. For more information, contact Mary Belcher at 714-432-5067, ext. 3

OCC Film Series
Co-sponsored by OCC Fine Arts Department
Film classics followed by a discussion session led by H. Arthur Taussig, Ph.D. Pick up a 2005 schedule in the Extended Education Office, Administration Building.
Jan. 14 - You Can't Take It With You (1938)
Jan. 28 - The Set-Up (1949)
Feb. 11 - City Lights (1931)
Feb. 25 - The Swimmer (1968)
Tickets $5 for OCC Staff

How to Immediately Become a Successful Woman Investor in Real Estate
Presented by Marshall Reddick Seminars
Saturday Jan. 15
9 am - 5:30 pm - Fine Arts 119
Fee: $69 per person, $99 per couple, including materials

How to Get the Job You Really Want
Saturday Jan. 22
Repeated on Feb. 12, March 26, April 16, May 7
9 am - 12 noon - Bus Ed 106
Fee: $49 per session

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Home Inspections
Saturday, Jan. 29
Repeated on Feb. 5, March 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 2
9 am - 3 pm - Technology Center 165
Fee: $125 per session

Notary in a Day
Saturday, January 29
Repeated March 5, April 23, May 21, June 4
8:45 am - 5 pm - Fine Arts 119
Fee: $105, includes class materials;
does not include $40 state certification

Life Drawing Workshops
Co-sponsored by OCC Fine Arts Department
Morning and afternoon sessions on Saturdays with live models. Participants must be 18 years of age.
Saturdays, Feb. 5 - May 21
No meetings Feb. 19, Mar. 26, Apr. 2
Morning session 9 am - 12 noon
Afternoon session - 1 - 4 pm
Art Center 325
$5 per session

Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement
Session 1 - Thursdays, Feb. 10 - March 3
6:30 - 9 pm - Coun & Adm 110
Session 2 - Tuesdays, Feb. 15 - March 8
6:30-9 pm - Admin 108
Fee: $69 per session

Profiting with Fixer/Uppers - With or Without the Work
Presented by Marshall Reddick Seminars
Saturday Feb. 12
9 am - 5:30 pm - Fine Arts 119
Fee: $69 per person, $99 per couple, including materials

Child Visitation Monitor Training
Saturday, February 26
Repeated May 21
9 am - 5 pm, Business Ed 101B
Fee: $119, includes materials

Planetarium School Shows
Wednesday mornings by appointment
Call (714) 432-5154 to make a reservation for your school or community group.
$200 per show

Solving Retirement Pitfalls for Public School Employees
Learn the latest information about retirement planning in connection with CalSTRS and CalPERS.
Saturday, March 19
Repeated on Saturday, June 25
9 am - 12 noon - Business Ed 103
Fee: $29 per person, $40 per couple

                                    Adventures at Rabbit Island, British Columbia

Call (714) 432-5154 for more information

Extended Education is offering a series of adventures for the Coast Community at the college's Rabbit Island. Located 50 miles north of Vancouver, the heavily wooded isle lies between Vancouver Island and the Canadian mainland in an archipelago operated by the British Columbia Parks System. The island was donated to OCC by Southern California yachtsman, Henry Wheeler. The island serves as an outdoor classroom for many OCC student. The programs below is the first time the island has been made available for non-credit programs for the community. Enrollment is limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Photo Adventure with Don Gale
Sunday, August 21 - Friday, August 26
Not-for-credit class
Fee: $475, including lodging, meals and transportation between Nanaimo and Rabbit Island.

Adventures at Rabbit Island, British Columbia
Kayaking, Hiking and Wellness with Jack Lincke
Sunday, August 28 - Friday, Sept. 2
Not-for-credit class
Fee: $475, including lodging, meals and transportation between Nanaimo and Rabbit Island.

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On A Personal Note


By Jane Hilgendorf
Retired OCC Dean of Physical Education and Athletics

If your teeth hurt when exposed to heat, cold, brushing or acidic foods, try a desensitizing toothpaste, such as Sensodyne.

These toothpastes contain compounds, such as strontium chloride and potassium nitrate, that can reduce the painful nerve response, though it often takes at least two weeks of regular use for this to occur. But, first see your dentist to make sure there's no underlying problem – a cavity, cracked tooth, gum disease, nocturnal tooth grinding, or a dying root. 
      Jane Hilgendorf

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OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO OCC COUNSELOR, ELI MARRON, whose wife, Sara, died Monday evening following a lengthy illness. Eli wooed the Italian native for nearly a decade before they were finally married on July 4, 1997 in the picturesque Italian mountain village of Gesualdo, 50 miles east of Naples in the Avellino region. Eli and Sara first met in 1987 at an international youth conference in Anaheim. Sara was singing with a contemporary Christian recording group, MDP. He flew to Italy five times during the next 10 years to court her. After the wedding took place in a small church in Gesualdo, Eli and Sara honeymooned on the Greek isle of Mikonos. Several weeks later he took her on a second honeymoon – to the American isle of Maui – after they had moved to the United States. They have a six-year-old son, Christian.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OCC'S ALEX GUILLEN who has been nominated for the Hayward Award for "Excellence in Education." Alex, a professor of counseling services, has been a member of OCC's faculty since 1989. The Hayward Award will be presented at the March 7, 2005 Board of Governors meeting. Four faculty members from throughout the state will be honored for their commitment to serving students, their service to their institutions, and their commitment to the fundamental principles of the California community college mission. Each faculty member will also receive a cash award of $1,250. Good luck, Alex!

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Staff Development

STAFF DEVELOPMENT NEWS – Week of December 13, 2004
and (714) 432-5920

By Lesley Danziger

Orientation for Part Time Faculty
Friday, January 21, 8:30-12:00 p.m. Student Center Lounge
Orange Coast College will be offering its first orientation program for part-time faculty on Friday, January 21. Light refreshments will be served from 8:30-9:00 a.m. Melinda Nish, Dean of Business, will welcome the part-time faculty and introduce administrators who will address policies and procedures particularly relevant to part-time faculty. Following this presentation, a panel presentation will be offered teaching tips and strategies for part-time instructors, ranging from the construction of effective and comprehensive syllabi to classroom management. The panel presenters include Donna Barnard, Jane Bennett, Tim Murphy, and Barbara Price. A question and answer period will follow the panel presentation. All part-time faculty are invited to this program. Further information is available on the Staff Development web site Course Descriptions Page:\

Call for Proposals

The Staff Development Steering Committee would like to invite all OCC faculty, classified staff, and managers to develop a Faculty/Staff Development workshop, training session, or special event for the spring semester. Being a presenter offers you an opportunity to share your expertise with others, and full-time faculty can earn salary advancement credit. Possible topics range from health and wellness, to teaching strategies, to customer service skills. You may offer a workshop to the campus at large, or for your department or division. Full-time faculty can earn salary advancement credit for leading tours or giving workshops.

It's easy—just call us or complete the form on our website and submit it to the Staff Development Office. Make sure you provide us with a telephone number in case we need to verify information in January.

Body Worlds Tour, California Science Center

Back By Popular Demand - Body Worlds Tour
Ann Harmer and Sharon Daniels will be touring the Body Worlds Exhibit at the California Science Center one last time. If you are interested in attending, the meeting place will be near the ticket counter at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5.

Staff Development will not be hosting by supplying a bus; however Ann and Sharon welcome participants. For further information:

The FACCC Education Institute's Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium will be held in Northern California this year, at Diablo Valley College, on January 7-8, 2005. This year's colloquium will focus heavily on Student Learning Outcomes and Instructional Planning Workshops, and will be partially structured around the new accreditation standards, but will also continue its partial focus on technology and diverse learning styles.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday!

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Book Talk

We Are What We Read
In 1865 Boston, a small group of literary geniuses puts the finishing touches on America's first translation of "The Divine Comedy" and prepares to unveil the remarkable visions of Dante to the New World. The powerful old guard of Harvard College wants to keep Dante out – believing that the infiltration of such foreign superstitions onto our bookshelves would prove as corrupting as the foreign immigrants invading Boston Harbor. The members of the Dante Club – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell and publisher J.T. Fields – endure the intimidation of their fellow Boston Brahmins for a sacred literary cause. But the plans of the Dante Club come to a screeching halt when a series of murders erupts throughout Boston.

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The "Librarians Index to the Internet" has created an entire browsing Web page dedicated to holiday foods, beverages, and recipes. Bon appetit! Happy Holidays!

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Did You Know

There Are Books Available for Sighted and Blind Persons

Bob Zhe

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 1-818-432-2022.

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