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Weekly News Brief | January 28, 2022
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Chancellor Weispfenning at his desk typing

Next week, we welcome students back for classes. This return of energy to college life, even if largely virtual, is cause for celebration. Please take a moment to appreciate this turn in the academic calendar and the step all students are making in their academic journeys.

My thanks to those districtwide who worked to provide a user-friendly interface for vaccine verification and testing status. This next week is going to be a test for all of us in adapting and applying new processes in the protocol.

All new processes require time for adjustment. Fortunately, for most classes, the first two weeks will be online. This is a good time to learn the new system and find any unexpected hurdles that – despite everyone's best effort – may still exist.

As educators and educational professionals, we witness the journey the human mind takes from the novel to the familiar. We will all be on that journey together. I ask only flexibility and kindness with students and colleagues, alongside patience with ourselves, as we again adapt.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day – designated by the United Nations to be January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum posted a virtual ceremony that features the reflections of survivors and honors the lives of Europe's Jews.

The Coast District joins in this somber remembrance and reflection.


College News


Coastline College's Umoja Community will be hosting various events throughout the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. To kick off the month, the Umoja Community will be participating in the Annual OC Black History Month Parade and Culture Faire on Saturday, February 5 in Downtown Anaheim. Toward the end of the month, the Umoja Community will be hosting a virtual and in-person mixer and paint hour. All in the Coast District are invited to participate, with registration information on the linked website.


The words Coastline College above a shield with the letter C.


Golden West College is highlighting past and present students on their social media in a series entitled, "I am GWC." Vy Ngo is a current biology major and is excited to continue her education at GWC. Ngo says, "I love being at Golden West College for its supportive and judgment-free environment. With the support of various financial aid programs and knowledgeable counselors, I was able to explore and solidify my interest in Biology. I'm excited to continue my journey at GWC!" Follow along GWC's social media to read about more students.


A circle with the words Golden West College, Huntington Beach, on the outside with a central surfboard and the letters GWC.


An ambitious exhibition that focuses on a significant motif in Rebecca Campbell's paintings – the agency she gives young and adult women – will be on display at Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion from February 15 until March 24. Titled "Rebecca Campbell: Painting Feminine Power," and curated by The Doyle's director Tyler Stallings, the exhibition includes paintings created over the past two decades. The exhibition includes several series that convey Campbell's sense of feminine power.


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Schedule, Week of January 31

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, February 2, with closed session beginning at 4:00 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.

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