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Weekly News Brief | July 23, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Chancellor Weispfenning at his desk typing

On Monday, Orange County returned to daily reporting of COVID-19 measures – after a brief period of reporting only weekly.

This change in reporting notes something far more concerning, an increasing number of COVID-19 cases alongside higher hospitalizations and deaths. This is a very tentative moment, with the potential for conditions to rapidly change – and the District is closely monitoring the numbers for signs of movement in either direction.

Our plans for returning to Colleges and the District Office are flexible on purpose. Though we remain committed to returning in full, we will adjust the timeline if needed to protect the health of our community.

In the meantime, the District's vaccine information campaign has begun and will steadily ramp up in the coming weeks and months. It is my hope that our students, colleagues, and neighbors will recognize the danger of going unvaccinated – for them and for all those potentially exposed.

We are, indeed, in this together.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


Report from the Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees gathered around a conference table in conversation

On Wednesday, July 21, the Board of Trustees met in regular session and approved salary schedules for the 2021-22 fiscal year, reflecting a 5.07% cost-of-living adjustment for faculty, classified and confidential staff, and management. Hourly employee salary schedules were also updated to reflect a $15 minimum wage. The new salary schedule and hourly rates were made effective July 1, 2021.

Trustees also celebrated faculty tenure awards and other employee milestones, commending all those who continued to do excellent work throughout the pandemic. The 236 classified staff members, faculty members, and managers recognized have served a collective 3,035 years in the District. The longest serving honorees were Charles Oostdyk (50 years with Coast), Nathalie Ferrero (40 years), and Rip Profeta (40 years).

Vice Chancellor Andreea Serban provided an update on the status and progress made towards the objectives of College Student Equity Plans developed in 2018-19 with goals extending through the 2021-22 year. Dr. Serban also provided a report on the status of Career Technical Education programs and grants. Vice Chancellor Andy Dunn advanced Diana Carey (at-large representative), Ellen Riley, (at-large representative), and Fredrick Phu Nguyen (at-large representative) for reappointment to the Measure M Citizens' Oversight Committee. Trustees approved the reappointments.

Associated student organizations from Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College each provided their reports to the Board of Trustees. The Board found all three student auxiliary organizations to be in good standing.

Trustees approved a letter to California Assembly and Senate budget committees urging flexibility in deferred maintenance funding.

The Board adjourned in memory of Coastline College student Lorelle Knight Valenti, Robert "Bob" Patterson, higher education advocate and brother to Trustee Jerry Patterson, and Michael De Herrera, friend of the District.


College News


Coastline College's Esports Club will be hosting a "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" tournament and coaching session on Thursday, July 29. The tournament will be held at the Le-Jao campus in Westminster from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Those interested can RSVP online.


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With in-person classes ramping back up in the fall, Golden West College students can take advantage of riding the OC Bus for free. With unlimited rides on all OC Bus local fixed routes, it is easy and convenient to attend GWC. Relax in air-conditioned buses and avoid paying parking costs. You can ride safely and with peace of mind that you are contributing to a healthier and greener environment.


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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. Dani Zhao visited the OCC campus to talk about why she got the COVID-19 vaccine. "I got the vaccine to protect myself, the community and, more importantly, my family, who are part of the high-risk group for COVID-19. I also understand how incredibly difficult it has been for everyone in the world, and the vaccine will help us return to normal sooner," Zhao said.


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Dani Zhoa standing in front of the Student Union



Schedule, Week of July 26

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