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CAMPUS TO CLOSE FOR WINTER BREAK
holiday greeting graphicThe Orange Coast College campus will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 to begin Winter Break. College offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. The Watson Hall Enrollment Center will stop accepting applications at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17th, and begin accepting applications again on Jan. 4th. Spring classes begin on Jan. 30th.

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OCC STAFF RAISES $3,750 FOR TEXTBOOK FUND
Employees of Orange Coast College generated $3,750 for the college’s textbook scholarship fund in a holiday gift basket raffle and silent auction Thursday.

The OCC Foundation will award the funds to needy students who are unable to pay for college textbooks.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPRING SEMESTER WELCOME TABLES ON FEB. 1-2
The Communications and Marketing Department is organizing volunteers to staff welcome tables on campus on the first two days of the spring semester, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. The tables will be set up from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Volunteers direct students to their classes and answer questions about registration, petitioning classes, parking and student services. If you can help out for an hour or two, please contact Heather Larson at x26511 or email her at hlarson@occ.cccd.edu

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DOYLE ARTS PAVILION CELEBRATES "ALEX GREY" WITH CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION
Alex Grey exhibitA closing night reception will end Orange Coast College’s month-long exhibit, “The Art of Alex Grey,” on Friday, Dec. 18th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. The event includes refreshments, a yoga-style “Om-Out” and a performance by “Spirit Soul and Friends,” a musical peace troupe. The exhibit includes more than 300 works by psychedelic artist Alex Grey, including 21 life-size paintings from his “Sacred Mirrors” project. Admission and parking are free.

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FIRST AID AND CPR TRAINING OFFERED JAN. 13
Campus Public Safety Officer Tim Winer will lead a class for OCC faculty and staff in First Aid and CPR Training on Wednesday, Jan. 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the OCC Faculty House. Call Lynette at x25024 to sign up.

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ALEX GOLSON 'LUTZ RADIO HOUR' ON STAGE IN LONG BEACH
Lutz castRadio's waning heyday – a time when the broadcast medium linked people to the world – comes alive in "Lutz Radio Hour."
 
The play, by Alex Golson and the OCC Repertory Theatre Company of Orange Coast College, is being staged at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, through Dec. 27.

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GIRLS INC. NOMINATES OCC EOPS PROGRAM FOR PHILANTHROPY AWARD
EOPS Director Steve Tamanaha represented the college as a nominee for Outstanding Philanthropic Group by Girls Inc. at Orange County’s 24th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon held in November at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.

OCC EOPS has hosted the Summer Eureka Program for Girls Inc. for the past 10 years. Approximately 60 girls in grades 7 through 9 spend three weeks on campus each summer for a variety of activities, including building robots, learning the basics of film production and photo editing, and experiencing life on campus.

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OCC FOUNDATION UNVEILS ONLINE APPLICATION FOR OCC SCHOLARSHIPS
OCC students can now apply for OCC Foundation scholarships online until Friday, Feb. 26th. The link for the new application is https://scholarships.orangecoastcollege.net

The new process allows students to fill out and submit all of the necessary information for scholarships online. Continuing and transferring students who have completed at least 12 units at OCC and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply for OCC scholarships. Questions regarding the scholarship application process can be directed to TJ Nguyen at (714) 432-5645. The Orange Coast College Foundation provided funding for the new online scholarship application.

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THEATRE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY AUDITIONS FOR ‘HAMLET’
Auditions for “The Tragedy of Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark (Hamlet Redux)” will begin the first week of classes in February in the OCC Drama Lab. The audition schedule will be 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb.1st, and 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 2nd and Feb. 3rd.

John Ferzacca, emeritus professor of theatre arts who retired in 2003 after teaching drama at OCC for 33 years, penned the shortened adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy. This version of “Hamlet” has been cut to less than two hours. The lines are all Shakespeare’s, but scenes have been rearranged, and some character relationships and motivations have been reconsidered.

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SCRIPTS AVAILABLE FOR 'SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY' AUDITIONS IN MARCH
Scripts for “Spoon River Anthology’ are on reserve in the OCC Library and may also be obtained from OCC Theatre Arts Professor Alex Golson in Drama Lab 201, agolson@occ.cccd.edu or (714) 432-5640, x5.

“Spoon River Anthology” replaces “You Can’t Take It With You” in the Theatre Department’s performance schedule. The times, dates and ticket prices will remain the same for the May 13-23 run in the Drama Lab.

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STARBUCKS ADJUSTS HOURS OF OPERATION FOR JANUARY
Starbucks will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during January. A limited number of food items will be available. Because there are no classes this year, keeping Starbucks open will depend upon campus demand, said Anis Wakim, Cafeteria food service operations coordinator.

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CELEBRATING MULTICULTURALISM AT OCC - JANUARY 2010 CALENDAR
The following are celebrations of culture for January 2010:

• 5 – Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Birthday (Sikh)
• 7 – Christmas (Coptic Orthodox Christian, Eastern Orthodox Christian, Rastafarian)
• 14 – New Year (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
• 18 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day (U.S.A.)

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OCC Newsmakers

The Daily Pilot covered a recent Pathway career day on OCC’s Professional Mariner Program at the Sailing Center. By the end of a day spent tying knots, touring boats and learning about ocean-based career opportunities, many of the students from area high schools were ready think about careers in the maritime industry, including the U.S. Coast Guard. http://tinyurl.com/OCC-marine-career.

OCC student Staphany Suarez was featured in the Orange County Register’s “Season of Caring” article recently. While she was a junior at Santa Ana High School, Staphany participated in the Girls Incorporated of Orange County, which runs program each summer at Orange Coast College. Girls Inc. addresses issues teenage girls face every day – body image, relationships, college and money.


Staphany, 19 and a psychology student at Orange Coast College, credits the organization for inspiring her to promote equality for women. As a representative for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (

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Book Talk

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TRUE COMPASS
By Edward M. Kennedy
BestSellers E840.8K35KA3 2009

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Did You Know

President John F. Kennedy suffered a severe injury to his back while playing football at Harvard in the 1930’s, aggravating an existing back problem from birth. During his presidency, Kennedy wore a back brace for most of his work day. He was wearing a back brace on the day he was assassinated.

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