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Weekly News Brief | April 16, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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I recently revisited a commencement address Steve Jobs gave in 2005 at Stanford University. There, he lauded the unforeseen value of diversions – even failures – in a life's trajectory.

Specifically, Jobs described the path from being fired from Apple, the company he cofounded, to starting Pixar and NeXT, to his celebrated return to the reins at Apple. He told the recent graduates that the dots of his life were never fully connected in the present, the path was obvious only when looking back.

This year had its stumbles, diversions, and failures. Many would-be students paused or abandoned their education plans. At times we as a District came up short in reaching these students. This was not for lack of effort, but the reality of a devastatingly unpredictable pandemic.

Today, we must help our students and our colleagues rediscover their paths. Just as Jobs' forced exit from Apple inspired a period of creativity and personal development, we must nurture the strength that comes from struggle.

This is a call for openness, compassion, and determination. Openness to the new. Compassion for those recovering from loss – educational, economic, and personal. And determination to recover in a way that leaves the District, and our neighbors, better off than we were before the crisis.

Openness, compassion, and determination will be my mantra in planning for the future of the Coast District. It is how we connect the dots for future generations.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


Are You Prepared for the Next Disaster?

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The District Hazard Mitigation Plan will provide an opportunity to better understand threats, both natural and human-caused, and act to mitigate them. From pandemic to fires and earthquakes, this is your opportunity to be heard on preparation and concerns. Through May 15, students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the districtwide survey: Are You Prepared for the Next Disaster?


College News


Coastline College will be hosting a virtual art exhibit throughout the month of April entitled, April Showers. The exhibit brings together a group of artists working within their own mediums of painting, drawing, and photography. This virtual art exhibit will be available for viewing all April long and showcase Bradford Salamon, Barbara Brown, Douglas McCulloh, Steve Metzger, and Natasha Shoro.


The words Coastline Art Department, Virtual Art Exhibit, April Showers, April 1st through April 30th.


The Golden West College Foundation will be hosting its first virtual silent auction and fundraiser. All proceeds will be going toward efforts to support students. Wine, staycations, and outdoor activities are just a few items up for auction. The auction will open on Friday, April 23.


The words Golden West College Foundation, Sunday Funday, Virtual Silent Auction, Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25.


Orange Coast College's Marketing and Public Relations department won three awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Virtual Paragon Awards on March 17. OCC took home the top prize for its "Forever Pirates" alumni website. The College also received a silver award for its 2019 Annual Report electronic viewbook, and a bronze award for the "Jim DeFrance: A Retrospective" video created in collaboration with OCC's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion.


The words 2020 Paragon Awards, College Finalists, and the NCMPR logo.


Schedule, Week of April 19

This is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The college Title IX offices are working together to raise awareness, support victims, and provide prevention education. A listing of activities can be found here.

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, April 21, with closed session beginning at 3:45 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District: Monday through Friday