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Weekly News Brief | September 10, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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From the special message of Thursday, September 9.

This past Tuesday, September 7, was originally the date to open departments and offices four days per week.

As recommended by the District Consultation Council, we now have moved that date back to October. And, if needed, we could continue at our current level of in-person support or take a step back. I assure you that we will continue monitoring progress on vaccination against COVID-19 and the spread of any variants.

Further, my thanks for a smooth beginning to the fall term. I know that the hybrid schedule has advantages and disadvantages. I appreciate you doing all you can to provide support for our students and each other.

While there is some hope that the recent surge in new cases in Orange County has peaked, an unrelenting pandemic is exhausting. If you need help, please seek it out. We have the Employee Assistance Program available, and I would hope that we can all be a support for each other.

The students are our mission, yet it is you making their success possible.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


College News


Coastline is accepting submissions for their third issue of StoryLine, Coastline's "arts and letters" magazine, due out this fall. Artists, photographers, poets, essayists, short-story writers, and digital storytellers are encouraged to submit. Examples of digital stories can be found in the most recent issue. Deadline for submissions is September 30 and can be sent directly to


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Golden West College's Campus Life is hosting weekly Community-Building Circles to foster meaningful relationships between students. Circles create a space for students to share their personal stories through rounds of questions and prompts. Community-Building Circles will be held every Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm throughout the fall semester (September 7 - December 14, 2021). Students from all three Coast Colleges are invited to join! For more information, contact Dr. Frank A. Cirioni, Director of Campus Life.

In the News: "Golden West College welcomes most students back for first time in 17 months" Daily Pilot


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Orange Coast College has officially launched a new software program called Starfish that will make it easier than ever to connect students with the resources they need to succeed in their coursework. Originally recommended by OCC's Guided Pathways implementation team, Starfish gives faculty the opportunity to identify problems early, and refer students to various student support services at the College. The software, which fully integrates with OCC's existing student information system Banner and course management system Canvas, gives faculty the ability to not only flag issues early on, such as "low attendance" or "low score on early assignment," but also send "kudos" when a student is doing well.


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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15. To celebrate, the Coast District will be highlighting staff, faculty, and students. If you would like to participate, please fill out the questionnaire. Submissions are optional and meant for public release (such as social media). Please send a photo of yourself to for the artwork.


Schedule, Week of September 13

Chancellor's Schedule
Dr. Weispfenning in the District, Monday and Tuesday
Dr. Serban acting chancellor, Wednesday through Friday