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MELINDA NISH: AN INSPIRING LEGACY AT OCC
Melinda Nish, Pete the Pirate, and Georgie MonahanPassion. Energy. Brilliance. Vision. Integrity. Humor.

These are the words one Orange Coast College administrator used to describe Melinda Nish, who will be leaving her post after six years as Vice President of Instruction to take the lead at Southwestern College as its new president/superintendent.

Faculty, administrators and staff agree. The consensus is that Nish will be sorely missed, and that the Southwestern College, a community college with an enrollment of 20,000 in south San Diego County, is fortunate to have her as its top administrator.

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CHANCELLOR'S LISTENING TOUR: COMMUNITY COLLEGES FACE "PERFECT STORM"
Andrew Jones, Ed.D.Coast Community College District Chancellor Andrew Jones, Ed.D., met with Orange Coast College faculty and staff last week in an informal session as part of the “Chancellor’s Listening Tour” series.

Jones visited every CCCD campus during the last month, wrapping up the meetings at OCC on December 7th.

Public education is facing “a perfect storm,” Jones said, as community colleges deal with shrinking revenue and increasing demand.

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STUDENT HEALTH CENTER WINS $220,000 GRANT FOR ALCOHOL PROJECT
Greg Kang and Kellyann GreenOrange Coast College’s Student Health Center is launching an alcohol intervention project using a $220,000 grant from the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Greg Kang and Kellyann Green, health educators from local state universities, will coordinate a campus-wide survey to examine drinking behaviors of OCC students. Kang is studying public health at Long Beach State, and Green is enrolled at Cal State Fullerton.

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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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WINNERS NAMED IN JURIED STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Greetings from Champaign IllinoisOCC student Gale Weatherby won $500 for her winning entry, “Greetings from Champaign Illinois” in OCC’s Juried Photography Exhibit. Second place of $250 went to Cierra Rose Lopez for her untitled photo, and Will Marques place third and won $150 for his untitled entry.

Photo 120 winners were Anna Ziebarth, “Blackies Fog, with a $150 first place prize, and Christina Craig, who took second place and won $150 for “Rosslyn Hotel.” Teran Blasisure won the third place prize for “Disney Hall.”

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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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OCC RETIREES ENJOY HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
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More than 100 retired faculty and staff members had an opportunity to see old friends and enjoy a holiday luncheon, complete with entertainment from Beth Hansen’s advanced performance students who sang Broadway favorites penned by from Rodgers and Hammerstein. For a slideshow of the event, visit http://www.photos.occ.cccd.edu/120911.


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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.

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OCC Newsmakers

OCC’s annual poinsettia sale is always a sell-out, according to OC Register’s Home and Garden editor Cindy McNatt. www. tinyurl.com/OCC-poinsettia-2011 

Longtime Newport Beach resident Jerry Barto donated a $2-million yacht to Orange Coast College, the largest donation of its kind to the campus. See the news articles at www.tinyurl.com/nordic-star-OCC and www.tinyurl.com/Nordic-Star-DP. See the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVrD5PFsB_w.

CCCD Trustee Mary Hornbuckle will retire as director for St. Mark Community Preschool this June, but she plans to run again for the District board in November. www.tinyurl.com/hornbuckle-OCC.



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Save The Date!

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News You Can Use

Food Service Hours: The Student Center will open part of the cafeteria for a limited menu (TBD). Hours will be 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. beginning January 3rd to accommodate staff members who will be on campus following the holiday break. The last day of operation for the Student Center is Thursday, December 15th. Starbucks last day is December 16th closing at 2:00 p.m. Shack’s last day will be Thursday, December 15th.

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On A Personal Note

Laird Hayes’ son, Andy, helped his USC Trojan Men’s Water Polo Team win its record-setting 4th consecutive NCAA Championship December 3-4. Andy scored a goal in the semi-final game against Princeton, Laird’s alma mater. Laird will be back on the football field to officiate Baltimore at San Diego, December 18th; Tampa Bay at Carolina, December 24th; and Washington at Philadelphia on New Year’s Day.

The campus said farewell to Mary Roda, Communications & Marketing; Shirley Macy, Student Services; and Lydia Arbizo, Outreach and EOPS this week.

Melinda Nish, Vice President of Instruction, will say good-by to colleagues at an informal reception on Friday, December 16th, from from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center Lounge. Everyone is invited, and no RSVP is needed.

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Pirate Sports Shorts

Pirate Sports Updates

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Book Talk

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HAMLET’S BLACKBERRY
By William Powers
HM851.P688 2010

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

December Is National Handwashing Awareness Week

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Did You Know

The website Classical Children’s Books has a list of classic children’s literature that have a disability them. The books include The Door in the Wall about a knight in the middle ages facing a crippling illness, Mine for Keeps concerning a nine year old girl with cerebral palsy and The Blind Colt set in the American West about a blind colt who learns to use his hearing to survive. For more books visit their web site at www.classical-childrens-books.com/disability-stories.html.

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