An impressive trio of former Orange Coast College students were inducted Thursday evening (Sept. 29) into the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
An ambassador to the United States; a former Major League baseball player; and a fashion industry icon were inducted into the Hall of Fame during a campus ceremony in the Student Center.
The Alumni Hall of Fame is cosponsored by OCC’s Associated Students and the college’s Alumni Association. Approximately 150 local business, civic, education and community leaders, and students, attended this year’s 18th induction ceremony.
Inductees included: Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Zambia; Brent Mayne, former Major League baseball player; and Paul Frank, director and head designer of Paul Frank Industries.
Mbikusita-Lewanika, Mayne and Frank are in elite company. They’re the 61st, 62nd and 63rd persons to be inducted into OCC’s Alumni Hall of Fame. More than one-and-a-quarter million students have attended the college during its 58-year history.
Ambassador Mbikusita-Lewanika arrived at Orange Coast College as a 17-year-old international student in 1960 and graduated two years later with an A.A. degree in home economics. She was the recipient of the 1962 Crisco Award for student
leadership. Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika went on to complete B.A. and M.A. degrees at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She earned a Ph.D. from New York University in early childhood and primary education.
For 15 years, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika taught at several colleges and universities in Zambia. From 1980-90, she worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), covering most of Africa, south of the Sahara. She fought for the rights of African women, children and refugees.
From 1991-2001, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika served two terms in the Zambian Parliament. In 2002, she was appointed Ambassador and Special Envoy for the President of the Republic of Zambia, covering African Affairs. For the past two years, she has served as the Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Zambia.
The new Hall of Famer was introduced to the audience Thursday by retired OCC professor of home economics, Patricia Mogan.
"She came to us in 1960 as a 17-year-old student," Mogan said. "Her father, who was a member of the North Rhodesian parliament, came to the U.S. to search for a college for his daughter. He visited schools on the East Coast, then came to Southern California. He fell in love with Orange Coast College.
"Beatrice — which is the name that we knew her by at that time — became a student leader on the OCC campus. She had a sparkle about her, and she gave us the impression that she had everything under control. She did outstanding work in the
classroom, and has gone on to make Africa — and the world — a better place."
"I would like to thank the officials of OCC for welcoming my father in 1959 and giving him a campus tour," she told the audience. "He was greatly impressed, and Orange Coast College ended up setting the foundation for my life. It prepared me for everything that I have since encountered."
During her two years at OCC, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika lived with three different families in Costa Mesa.
"Costa Mesa and OCC gave me an introduction to the United States of America and its people," she said. "Prior to that, my knowledge was restricted to what I’d read in history books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and what I’d seen in Hollywood films.
"Orange Coast College showed me how kind, friendly, generous and sensitive the American people are."
In closing, she thanked her professors and the college for supporting her during her two years on campus.
"Thank you for the investment you made in me. It has turned out to be an investment that has paid dividends for children all over the world."
Brent Mayne played baseball at OCC in 1987 for his father, Mike Mayne. Mike Mayne was an OCC baseball and football coach for 28 years.
Brent Mayne hit .297 for the Pirates in ’87, and led the team to a 35-13 season
record and the Orange Empire Conference title. He went on to play for two years at Cal State Fullerton. Mayne was All-Conference both years, and was voted a 1988 All-American.
The former OCC catcher enjoyed a 15-year Major League playing career, performing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Oakland A’s, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants. The 6-1, 190-pounder was drafted 13th in the first round of the 1989 draft, and broke into the big leagues at the age of 22.
During his 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, Mayne hit .263 and had a slugging percentage of .348. He hit .301 for the Giants in 1999, and duplicated that mark the following season with the Colorado Rockies.
He was introduced to the audience by his father, Mike Mayne, who retired in 2004 after spending 28 years as an OCC coach.
"It gives me tremendous pride to introduce my son for this honor," Mike Mayne said. "We both owe a great deal to this institution.
"When Brent got to the big leagues at the age of 22, he acted like he belonged there…and he did. Orange Coast College had a lot to do with that. He’d been in an environment at OCC where he’d been around great people. He developed his work ethic here, and that work ethic followed him throughout his baseball career.
"He wasn’t the most talented guy in the Major Leagues, but there wasn’t anyone
who was more mentally tough than Brent Mayne. And he learned that at Orange Coast College. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Look at his family. He’s a father first. He was a wonderful player, but, above all else, he’s a wonderful person."
Brent Mayne called his induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame a "great honor."
"It seems like I’ve had a relationship with Orange Coast College all of my life," he reflected. "Most students go here one, two or three years. My younger brother, Kevin, and I were here for 10 or 11 years. It was our gigantic playground when we were kids. We were always on campus while my dad was coaching.
"Kevin and I can tell you the best places to hide on this campus, the best places to jump, and places to find reptiles. We used to eat burritos and cheeseburgers under the bleachers. It was a safe place to grow up. Orange Coast College was a blessing for us."
There were also advantages to being the baseball coach’s son.
"Dad used to give us the keys to the weight room, and we could go in at any time to lift weights. He also gave us the combination to the baseball shed. We could get balls and bats at any time, and play on the field."
As he got older, Brent Mayne began to appreciate the location of his dad’s OCC office.
"It was right across from the Dance Room," he said with a smile. "We could sit in his chair and watch the beautiful girls taking dance classes. It was a great place to bring high school recruits. After sitting there for a few moments, why would a high school kid want to go anywhere else?"
Brent Mayne said he learned everything he needed to know from his OCC experience.
"Not only did I learn everything I needed to know about playing baseball, but I learned about responsibility and showing up on time. I developed a work ethic. This is a great school, and I’m very grateful that I had an opportunity to come here and to play for my dad."
A talented musician, Frank has been playing in bands since he was 13. While an Orange Coast College art student, from 1994-96, he experimented with altering his band’s clothing. In 1995, his $100 million design business was born…small at first, but on a steep growth curve. The neophyte company featured customized wallets and a sock puppet monkey.
Before long, Paul Frank Industries began to feature clothing, accessories and watches. It now produces bicycles and surfboards. Within three years of its founding, the Paul Frank brand — featuring Julius (the sock puppet now turned into a cartoon character) — had permeated the fashion world from mainstream to couture.
In 1999, Sanrio, creator of another pop icon, Hello Kitty, allowed Paul Frank Industries to design shirts featuring Julius and Hello Kitty, side by side. Frank has since developed co-branding deals with Oscar Mayer, the Elvis Presley estate, Barbie, John
Deere and Andy Warhol.
Today, Paul Frank Industries is a cultural phenomenon that features more than 200 different characters — all created by Frank — that are executed by 15 gifted designers. Frank possesses one of the few brands that can be sold at Disneyland, in Pac Sun, in Nordstrom and at high-end boutiques. Paul Frank retail stories are located throughout the world.
Frank was introduced by his former OCC fashion instructor, Christine Amaral.
"Paul has an extraordinarily creative mind, and he discovered his passion while at Orange Coast College," Amaral said. "Paul Frank is our friend, and a strong supporter of the college.
"He’s a member of our Fashion Department Advisory Board; he supervises our student interns at his company; he is a guest speaker in our classes; and he has returned to campus to teach a fashion class. He gives students everything they need to be creative."
"Wow!" Frank said, flooded with emotion, as he stepped to the podium. "I came to this school after attending Golden West College because I was so impressed with the art projects I saw here.
"My favorite class was three-dimensional design. It was so cool. I also took freehand drawing from professor Kevin Myers. I was petrified the night before a big project was due in that class and, when I left for school the next morning, it was like I
was marching off to war. It was a real challenge. But I learned a great deal from Kevin."
Frank taught himself how to sew while he was an OCC student, and he took a class from Amaral.
"Chris taught me things about sewing and fashion that I couldn’t teach myself. I would learn things in her in class, and then go home and design."
He concluded his remarks by thanking Orange Coast College for giving him a strong foundation.
"I’m honored to receive this award, and I owe a lot to this school," he said. "Thank you very much!"
OCC ALUMNI HALL OF FAME
Name Year Inducted
Lynn Adams, National Racquetball Champion 1986
Dr. Daniel G. Amen, Neuropsychiatrist 2001
Jay Amestoy, Vice President, Public Relations, Mazda 1999
Margaret R. Anderson, Judge, N.O.C. Municipal Court 1990
Marge Anderson, Community Activist, MFCC 1987
Jill Angel, Highway Patrol Spokesperson, Radio Reporter 1991
John Baker, Vice President, Union Bank 1994
Harold Burch, Principal, Harold Burch Design 2001
Judy Burns, Television Writer 1984
Terry Cole-Whittaker, Author and Motivational Speaker 1994
Ken Cory, Controller, State of California 1983
Clive Cussler, Bestselling Novelist 1985
Dr. David Emmes, Producer, South Coast Repertory 1984
Dr. Iris Engstrand, Professor of History, U of San Diego 1999
Dennis Fitzpatrick, Bank President 1983
Paul Frank, Director, Paul Frank Industries 2005
Brad Gates, Sheriff-Coroner, County of Orange 1984
Dr. Will D. Gillett, Professor, Washington University 1988
James R. Glidewell, President, CEO Glidewell Labs 1994
Dr. James T. Goodrich, Neurologist 1984
David A. Grant, OCC President and Administrator 1996
Rachel Hamilton, Campus and Community Volunteer 1999
Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo, Saddleback Instructor 1995
Mary Hornbuckle, Mayor, Costa Mesa/Preschool Director 2001
Rush Hill, Newport Beach Architect 1986
Dr. Franklyn L. Hruza, Professor, Univ. of Puget Sound 1988
Susan Huscroft, Pediatrician 1985
Ross Johnson, State Senator, 35th District 1995
William Katt, Actor 1983
Jack Kennedy, High School Principal 1986
Patricia A. Krone, Community Activist 1988
Shirley "Dani" Leyrer, Sculptor 1985
Dr. Raul Magana, Vice President, AlthaMed Health Svcs. 1992
Brent Mayne, Catcher, L.A. Dodgers, Kansas City Royals 2005
Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, Zambian Ambassador 2005
Mary McAleer, Commercial Photographer 1996
Randall McCardle, Real Estate Developer 1983
Terry McCardle, President Century 21/The Real Estaters 1987
Mark Milroy, Commercial Photographer 1996
Robert Moses, Stanford Dance Instructor/Company Director 1999
Dr. Martha Newkirk, Community Volunteer, UC Regent 1992
Dr. Thuy Thi Nguyen, Physician 1989
Nancy Noble, Child Care Administrator/Advocate 1998
Carlos Palomino, World Boxing Champion/Actor 1986
T. Jefferson Parker, Bestselling Novelist 1993
Starr Parodi, Television Composer and Arranger 1992
Leo E. Peart, Chief of Police, Irvine 1991
Dan Quisenberry, Pitcher, Kansas City Royals 1983
John J. Ryan, Judge, Calif. Superior Court 1989
Benny Ricardo, NFL Football Player and Broadcaster 1985
Leon Robinson, Hollywood Actor 1996
Dr. Tom Ruiz, Physician 1993
Richard Shaw, Artist 1985
Susanne S. Shaw, Judge, O.C. Municipal Court 1988
Cathy Barrett Sizemore, California Lobbyist 1985
Steve Timmons, 1984, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist 1989
Donna Uchizono, Dancer/Choreographer 1993
Ernie Vitucci, General Manager, O.C. Edit., L.A. Times 1990
Erich Vollmer, Exec. Director, Santa Fe Music Festival 1995
Thomas C.K. Yuen, Chief Op. Officer, AST Research Inc. 1991
Carol Anne Williams, Founder, Interval House Shelters 1993
Albert Wong, Exec. Vice President, AST Research Inc. 1987
Dr. E. Aubrey Woodroof, Scientific Researcher 1990