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

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Today, we launch a new website providing information on vaccination. While Coast District students are the primary audience for this site, it is also a resource for faculty, classified and confidential staff, and management.

As an educational institution, we pride ourselves on gaining knowledge through rigorous scholarly processes. The continuing spread of COVID-19, particularly the delta variant, presents an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of educating oneself from high-quality sources.

From the scholarly sources I've read, the COVID-19 delta variant poses a serious risk to our educational, social, and economic recovery. Beyond being more contagious, the spread of the variant among unvaccinated clusters may produce further variants that may be vaccine resistant – endangering us all.

If the increase in Orange County's case counts continue to rise as they have been, we could see backtracking on our newly returned sense of normalcy. This could mean a return of face coverings for all (now recommended in Los Angeles County) or even affect our plans for a return to campuses and offices.

Being antagonistic, or confrontational, will not aid in encouraging vaccination. Yet, we do know that quiet and consistent modeling of behavior will lead others to consider their own actions. Together, we can set a positive example for our students and communities.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


District Launches Vaccine Information Page

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With Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College offering vaccines on campus – in partnership with Orange County – now is a good opportunity for students and others to educate themselves about vaccination. The Coast District is offering a starting point for this process of self-education as well as resources to schedule a vaccination appointment.


College News


Coastline College is accepting submissions for the arts and letters magazine, StoryLine, by August 13 for inclusion in Issue 3. All topics are welcome. See complete submission guidelines for more information.


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The Golden West Swap Meet is back and better than ever! Come check it out on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reminder: GWC Swap Meet now open! Sat & Sun 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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Orange Coast College – now hosting a vaccination site – is sharing stories of why individuals are choosing to get vaccinated on its social media platforms. For Yuna Watanabe, access to a COVID-19 vaccine is a privilege she does not take for granted. "I decided to get the vaccine because it is available. My family is currently in Japan and only 18 percent of the population have received the first dose of the vaccine there. Most 65+, including my grandma, are not vaccinated. When you are fortunate enough that you can get vaccinated, you should get it," Watanabe said.


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Yuna Watanabe with a Stay Healthy Pirates sign



Schedule, Week of July 19

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

Chancellor's Schedule
Dr. Weispfenning is in the District, Monday through Wednesday
Dr. Baeza is acting chancellor, Thursday and Friday