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OCCC Scholars Honored – Big campus birthday celebration coming up


Celebrating OCCC Scholars Brittany Williams (center) and Mike Winter (right)
OCCC Interim President Bruce Koike (left)

Oregon Coast Community College’s (OCCC) Academic Scholars, Brittany Williams and Michael Winter were honored recently at an event in Salem hosted by the Oregon Community College Association. The OCCC scholars were nominated by faculty members Dr. Catherine Pavlish and Ms. Jeanne Quarles.

Writing and Literature instructor Dr. Catherine Pavlish reflected on the OCCC representatives; “Over the past two years, Brittany Williams has been my student and the editor of the Waves Literary Journal. She always gives 200% in all that she gets involved with”. Likewise, Mike Winter received accolades from Dr. Pavlish. “Mike, through his compassion and intelligence will have a great deal of positive influence and change the lives of people with special needs”.

Brittany Williams will be completing her Associates of Art Oregon Transfer at OCCC then furthering her studies to be a registered nurse at Oregon State University-Cascade campus. Mr. Winter, upon completion of his OCCC degree will pursue a baccalaureate degree in Psychology/Special Education from Western Oregon University. As members of PTK Honor Society, Williams and Winter are both eligible for transfer scholarships in support of their studies at the baccalaureate level.

Event host Oregon Community College Association turns 50 years old this year while the Oregon Coast Community College turns 25 years old on May 19th. The community is invited to attend the 25th Anniversary celebrations at the Newport campus on May 19. The day features self-guided tours through the main campus and the Aquarium Science building and includes music, food and games. The event officially kicks off at 10:00 but a birding session, bike ride and the 2.5 mile walk are pre-event activities. A July 21st birthday celebration is also planned on the Lincoln City campus.

The College’s Community Education Program is currently underway and includes over 25 new non-credit classes. Coinciding with the College’s age, many of the classes cost $25 with community instructors generously donating their time. The class catalog was recently mailed to households in Lincoln County.

Having fun while supporting a vital education service on the Central Coast

Help Support Oregon Coast Community College’s Nursing program!!

The 8th Annual Healthy FORE Life Golf Tournament for the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation will be held at Salishan Golf Links on Friday, May 11 with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. The tournament Title Sponsor is Samaritan Health Services. The tournament is the Foundation’s main benefit for the OCCC nursing program, which will be graduating the fifth year of nursing students in June. Counting this year’s soon to graduate students, 91 students will have graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing, allowing them to take the state licensing exam leading to their chosen field as a Registered Nurse. The majority of past students are now working as Registered Nurses in Lincoln County, with most employed through the Samaritan system
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Marty Cahill, CEO of Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital said, “Samaritan Health Services is proud to be a sponsor of the golf tournament in support of OCCC’s nursing program. We enjoy a strong relationship with the nursing program and are proud to be able to provide hands-on learning opportunities for OCCC student nurses.”

The Foundation is seeking additional sponsors as well as in-kind donations for the raffle and the luncheon.

Sponsor opportunities are still available for a number of activites. The OCCC Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization; donations to the Foundation are deductible according to tax laws. Call A.T. Ronan, OCCC Foundation Executive Director at 541 867-8531 for more information.

Early bird golf tournament registration is April 30 for the special price of $99; the fee increases to $109 on May 1. To register, type in healthy fore life golf tournament in your browser or go to the college website at www.oregoncoastcc.org. Registration includes a sack lunch, snacks, golf cart, a hat and a goodie bag and the chance to play and win a crystal golf ball team trophy plus a great day of play at Salishan Golf Links while supporting OCCC student nurses as well as the nursing program.

Oregon Coast Community College rolls out new courses for its 25th Anniversary!

Whether working toward a full college education or just brushing up on life skills or recreational learning, Oregon Coast Community College is touting its 25th Anniversary to celebrate its continuing commitment to further empower local residents. The college is mailing out, to all of Lincoln County, it’s new 25th Anniversary Spring publication listing academic classes in a wide variety of areas but also adding 25 low cost personal enrichment courses that everyone will find compelling; from Basic Birding and Nutrition to Resumes That Get You Hired (even a class on brewing beer if your resume upgrade doesn’t work the first time) as well as how to start and grow your own business if you want to be your own boss. Other courses include Beginner Computer Skills, Cooking with Seasonal and Local Food, and Writing Your First Book. There’s lots more.

The publication enroute to your mail box will also announce Oregon Coast Community College’s 25th Anniversary Party at the Newport campus set for all day May 19th with a kaleidoscope of fun activities for the whole family as well as great information on the college and how it intends to remain at the center of economic and intellectual growth in Lincoln County. The party moves to the Lincoln City campus July 21st.

If you don’t want to wait for the publication to arrive in your mailbox, just click here and be prepared to be impressed. It’s a real fun read! Click on the lower right or left pages to turn them as you would any magazine in your hands.

Free Choral Concerts at Oregon Coast Community College

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OREGON COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESENTS FREE CHORAL CONCERTS

Putting what they’ve learned about music and vocals to work, music students at Oregon Coast Community College will be showing off their skills during two FREE concerts at the college on Tuesday, December 6th. The first concert, in the College Commons, starts at 12:15pm, just in time for a musical lunch, and then again at 7pm that evening as a musical aperitif.

The concerts are under the direction of Dr. Mary Lee Scoville, and are the culmination of music learned during the Fall Term. The concert includes a variety of seasonal choral works and solo musical performances. Choral selections include a medley of songs from film and Broadway musicals.

Oregon Coast Community College’s first new President in 22 years: Bruce Koike, “Mr. Aquarium”

Bruce Koike (left)
New OCCC Aquarium Sciences Building (right)

The Oregon Coast Community College Board did something this week that no OCCC board has done in 22 years. Select a new college president. With the recent announcement that OCCC President Pat O’Conner is stepping down after nearly a quarter of a century at the helm, the board must find a replacement for Mr. O’Conner whose guiding hand has produced an impressive record of success in serving the educational needs of the community from Lincoln City to Yachats.

The board says they think they’ve got a good candidate in Bruce Koike, the brains behind the college’s new Aquarium Sciences Program and the drive that spear-headed the new Aquarium Sciences building on the Newport campus. “Koike has the entrepreneurial drive and love of education going for him. I think the college deeply needs both qualities in these challenging times,” said OCCC Board Member Sandra Roumagoux. Roumagoux said Koike is well respected on campus and among his academic peers. Roumagoux said it was Koike’s excitement about establishing an aqaurium sciences program at the college and his commitment to finding the funds and where-with-all to get the Aquarium Sciences Building constructed on time and on budget that impresses her.

Roumagoux says Koike’s appointment as interim president doesn’t mean the search for a permanent replacement won’t go on. It will. But she added that if Koike develops a series of strategies to help the college navigate very lean budget times by enlisting resources from the private sector, both financially and collaboratively, he’ll be just what the college needs. “And he has already demonstrated that he’s adept at both,” she added. “If he performs well, he’ll have a shot at keeping the job, permanently.”

Roumagoux said the college’s immediate future is clouded by reduced state support while demands for education services are going up. She said OCCC and its sister colleges of Tillamook Bay and Clatsop, are already exploring ways to share resources and to employ economies of scale in making each college more efficient. She said “talks are very preliminary but that’s the wave of the future, in my opinion. More distance learning between the three colleges is quite likely going to be the rule.”

Roumagoux said the board will be looking at now President Koike very closely in the months ahead to evaluate his performance at developing a college budget that will continue to move the college forward despite very challenging times.

Pat O’Connor resigns as president of Oregon Coast Community College

After twenty one years at the helm of Oregon Coast Community College, Pat O’Connor this week resigned his post saying only that he’s proud of his accomplishments but that he won’t miss the 50 to 70 hour work weeks. He said he’s off to explore other possibilities.

Board of Trustees member Sandra Roumagoux said the board was saddened at O’Connor’s departure but that they wish him well and congratulate him on an impressive list of career accomplishments including the creation of the three campuses of Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, Waldport and Lincoln City. Also the creation of the small business development program and Aquarium Sciences curriculum and new building dedicated to it. Roumagoux said they’re immediately launching a recruitment drive to attract qualified candidates for the job.

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