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Weekly News Brief | October 22, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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Recently I heard back from one of our Coast District colleagues that so much of what we're confronted with recently is gloomy. While difficult discussions are important, we should also take time to celebrate. So, I am doing that today.

Congratulations to everyone for making it halfway through the fall semester. You successfully managed a blended online and in-person course schedule alongside blended services and operations. This is a substantial change to how all of us are used to working. The tenacity and ingenuity you've shown are noted and appreciated. Equally, I appreciate those who have been in-person five days a week, or nearly so, throughout much of the pandemic – including members of Maintenance and Operations, Public Safety, and Information Services.

I want to celebrate some of the ways you are meeting our students where they are and laying the groundwork for their success. Student Health Services have taken on an enormous role in the provision of mental and physical wellbeing at a time when all students are under strain. Veteran Resource Centers are stepping up to serve those who served. Faculty have expanded the use of open educational resources to cut student costs. Simultaneously, multiple offices are partnering with the community to bridge gaps in student basic needs and technology access.

Thank you as well for the work on broadening our offerings for the needs of our future students. Programs under development or major program revisions include competency-based education, education certificates, computer science, engineering, health information technology, environmental science, child development, and enhanced noncredit CTE certificates.

The pandemic continues, yet we are greater than the doom and gloom. Let's continue the forward momentum as we meet each new challenge with resolve. Last week, I reminded you that our students and your colleagues need you. Today, I hope to leave you with the reminder that you are accomplishing great things for the community we serve.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

COVID-19 Question and Answer Highlight

Will I be notified of a potential exposure?
Yes. With any suspected or positive case, contacts will be traced and close contacts will be notified. Per the California Department of Public Health: "A close contact is someone who spent 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of an individual with COVID-19 infection during their infectious period, which includes, at a minimum, the 48 hours before the individual developed symptoms." HR, risk management, and public safety – in consultation with the Orange County Health Care Agency – work with departments and may take additional precautionary steps to mitigate any potential exposures while waiting on testing results. Maintenance and Operations will identify and deep clean affected work areas and shared spaces.

Additional questions and answers are available here.


Report from the Board of Trustees

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On Wednesday, October 20, the Board of Trustees met in regular session and found that the state of emergency continues to directly impact the ability of the Trustees to meet safely in person, therefore meetings will continue virtually at this time.

The Board held a public hearing on the initial negotiation proposal from Coast Federation of Classified Employees. Trustees next heard a report from Chancellor John Weispfenning on his goals for the District and districtwide accomplishments – including COVID-19 response and the faculty, staff, managers, and others involved in successfully managing the crisis. The Chancellor also noted progress on student success initiatives, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) efforts, and basic needs support. The Chancellor and Board commended the work occurring districtwide and all those involved in making that a reality.

Vice Chancellor Andy Dunn provided a report on the 50 Percent Compliance Law, a requirement that half of the District's expenditures be on classroom instruction. The District is above this legal requirement. Vice Chancellor Andreea Serban presented on the Full-time Faculty Obligation Number (FON), with the District significantly above full-time faculty requirement. Based on dedicated state funding for the purpose of full-time faculty hiring, the District proposed and the Board approved an additional 30 positions distributed across all three colleges. Trustees further adopted an amended Code of Ethics (adding a DEI focus) alongside guidance on an instrument and timeline for the Board evaluation.

Natalie Schonfeld, Coastline College Dean of Students, presented on the MyPath program that helps students navigate the application, admissions, financial aid, and advising process to support enrollment and engagement.

Trustees adjourned in the memory of General Colin Powell and Martha "Marty" Jefferson – a retired classified employee who worked in the Disabled Student Program at Golden West College.


College News


Coastline College's Associated Student Government (ASG) will be hosting a free drive-in movie night at the Newport Beach campus on October 28. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the movie, Disney's Cruella, will begin at 6:30 pm. Tickets are currently limited to Coastline students. Remaining tickets will be offered to CCCD Students and Coastline employees.


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In recognition of National Coming Out Day, the GWC Title IX Office, the Gay Lesbian and Alternative Lifestyle Student Association (GLASA), and Campus Life will be hosting a GWC Coming Out Day. The event will take place on October 26th from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Student Union Patio. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to stop by GWC's Coming Out Day festivities to craft, paint, or simply join in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

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Poster for Coming Out Day, contact 714-895-87-81 for details



Orange Coast College student Federico De Palma is among 28 Phi Theta Kappa members to who will be published in the honor society's 2021 issue of Nota Bene, a literary journal that showcases outstanding writing of community college students. De Palma has also been named PTK's International Poet Laureate for a poem titled "Immigrant's Song." A recent graduate of OCC with an associate degree, De Palma has been a member of OCC's PTK chapter since 2019 and currently is majoring in Spanish with a minor in education at UCI.


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Schedule, Week of October 25

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: The Coast District Title IX offices have collaborated to provide programming throughout the month of October. Details are available here.

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District, Monday through Friday