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HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Happy holidays from Orange Coast College! Orange Coast College and the Coast Community College District faculty and staff will enjoy two weeks off during the Winter Break, which begins Dec. 22nd and runs through January 2nd. Offices will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5th when Spring Intersession begins. Orange Coast College’s spring semester begins on Saturday, Jan. 31st.

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BOAT PARADE CELEBRATES "100 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS CHEER"
boat parade logoThe annual Christmas Boat Parade will run through Sunday, Dec. 21st. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. each evening at the Bay Island Channel near Newport Landing Restaurant, following a route along the Balboa Fun Zone, circling Balboa Island, Harbor Island, past the Pacific Coast Highway Bridge and along Coast Highway. The parade is scheduled to cruise by the Orange Coast College Sailing Center at 7:56 p.m. The finish of the parade will be 9 p.m. near the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

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OCC SEMESTER IN REVIEW
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OCC's Fall 2008 Semester in Review

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MATH & SCIENCES, CURRICULUM BID FAREWELL TO KEY STAFF
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OCC President Bob Dees praised retiring staff member Harriet Ouellette as the “backbone of curriculum” and bid farewell to Roger Abernathy, dean of Math & Sciences, “one of our favorite deans,” at a holiday reception this week that marked the end of the fall semester.

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OCC AVIATION FLYING ACE TO COMPETE IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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While other Orange Coast College instructors will be enjoying a quiet holiday break, aviation instructor Richard “Smokey” Young will be racing in the first grand prix of the 2009 Aero GP air racing in the Al Ain Aerobatic Show in the United Arab Emirates this January.

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WELCOME TABLE VOLUNTEERS RECRUITED FOR SPRING OPENING
faculty assisting studentYou can make the first two days of the Spring semester easier for students struggling to find their classes and navigate the campus. OCC Emeritus, OCC Navigators and campus volunteers will man welcome tables on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 2nd and Feb. 3rd, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you can spare an hour or two, please contact Robbie Lever at (714) 432-5010 or Mary Roda, (714) 432-5726. Email Robbie at rlever@occ.cccd.edu. Mary can be reached at mroda@occ.cccd.edu.

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MACINTOSH USERS GROUP MEETS SATURDAY, JAN. 3
OACC logoThe Orange Apple Computer Club, a Macintosh user’s group, meets Saturday, Jan. 3 on campus.

The club, which has been gathering at OCC for more than two decades, meets the first Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Chemistry Building. For more information, go to the Orange Apple website, at www.oacc.org.

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On A Personal Note

On A Personal Notes
Pat Thornborrow, who retired from OCC’s mail room several years ago, had successful surgery recently. She is currently in a skilled nursing facility getting her strength back. Hopefully she will be home for Christmas and looks forward to seeing her furry friend "Mr. Buttons," who has been has been extremely lonely. You can send your get well wishes to Pat at 3730 Gail Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056.

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Staff Development

Staff Development Newsletter - Week of December 15

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Book Talk

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CAN'T BUY ME LOVE
By Jonathan Gould
ML 421 .B4 G68 2007

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Employee Commute Reduction

Florence CrumseyThe most recent winner of the $500 drawing is FLORENCE CRUMSEY. This drawing is one of the benefits of OCC’S Employee Commute Reduction Program under the guidelines of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). Four times a year, a drawing is held for $500 for participants who use alternative transportation for their commute to work for a minimum of ten days each month. The more months you participate, the more tickets you can have in a single drawing. Florence is the winner for October’s drawing.

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

To prevent whiplash, properly adjust the head restraint on your car seat. According to researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin, it should be positioned no more than 2.4 inches from the back of your head. This limits movement of the head and neck in case of accident.

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Did You Know

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) was formed in 1994 to support athletes with disabilities in their sporting and competitive activities. Over $ 4.8 million has been raised to assist 1300 ‘challenged’ athletes with grants to pay for wheelchairs, artificial limbs and to help send athletes to the Para Olympics Games. For more information visit their web site at www.challengedathletes.org.

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