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Weekly News Brief | April 15, 2022
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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This past Tuesday, we had the opportunity to dedicate the Orange Coast College Kinesiology and Athletics Facility. If you have not seen the new OCC competition pool, it is truly impressive – as is the rest of the facility. It is also a reminder that we in higher education are called to educate the whole student.

Research is increasingly drawing a connection between physical activity and academic performance. This is not surprising given exercise's known benefit to mental health. Beyond that, healthy habits gained in college can lead to a more vibrant life. Though modern medicine is impressive, it is still our students' diet and exercise that will determine many of their health outcomes.

It is important that students leave our colleges with the healthy habits and coping strategies that enable long-term success. These healthy habits and strategies are also important to staff, faculty, and managers. Given the stresses of the past few years, we could all use a little time poolside – either taking laps for exercise or taking time for reflection.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


Student Trustee Search

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The Coast Community College District is looking for the next Student Trustee. Applications are open until April 15, 5:00 p.m. The 2022-2023 Student Trustee's primary duty and responsibility is to bring a student perspective to all Board of Trustees meetings for the District. All applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications, and applicants meeting those minimum qualifications will be invited for interview by the District Student Council on Friday, May 6, 2022.


College News


The Coastline College Associated Student Government (ASG) is now accepting applications for vacant Officer and Committee Representative positions. ASG Officers are voting members of the ASG. They represent the student voice in the campus decision-making process by serving on campus and district-wide committees, and they foster a sense of community by planning and organizing events. Committee Representatives are non-voting members of the student government who attend campus committees on behalf of the ASG. Deadline for applications is April 22.


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On April 21, GWC will be hosting a Global Studies Lecture Series on the Refugee Crisis, Forced Migration, and Contemporary Afghanistan via Zoom. Members of the Afghanistan Youth Empowerment and Peace-building Organization – many of whom have recently immigrated to Germany in the wake of the Taliban's return to power – will discuss their commitment to social justice in Afghanistan, the circumstances surrounding their escape from Kabul, the myriad difficulties of refugee life in the 21st Century, and the various ways that concerned global citizens can contribute resources to the ongoing refugee crisis.


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Orange Coast College dedicated its recently completed Kinesiology and Athletics facility on Tuesday, April 12. OCC's Kinesiology and Athletics facility houses the College's physical education, athletics, sports medicine and kinesiology departments, as well as the OCC's Adaptive Kinesiology program. The facility was funded by Measure M, a general obligation bond provided and supported by the local community to modernize education facilities for all colleges within the Coast Community College District. The dedication ceremony was followed by a ribbon cutting and light reception.


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Chancellor's Schedule, Week of April 18
Dr. Weispfenning is in the District, Monday through Wednesday
Dr. Dunn is acting chancellor, Thursday and Friday

Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities continue districtwide.

Black Student Success Week returns April 25-29, 2022. Webinar registration is now open.

Save the date for Black Student Success Week held April 25-29, 2022