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Weekly News Brief | May 13, 2022
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Chancellor Weispfenning at his desk typing

This week, a devastating fire threatened the neighborhoods of many in our community. To my knowledge, no one who works or teaches for the Coast District lost their home. Still, the harrowing experience of an encroaching disaster is something that too many of us know well. Thank you to the fire fighters and first responders who fought back the flames under harsh conditions.

On the subject of safety and health, thank you to our nurses. Today concludes National Nurses Week, and the nation's nurses have provided amazing care in the midst of the pandemic. From frontline emergency care to outpatient services, nurses have treated, informed, and comforted us all.

I began this week thinking about the State of the District in preparation for next week's remarks. Part of what I am thinking about is the through line between the work that began around the time I started as chancellor, six years ago, and where we will be post-pandemic.

Many priorities had momentum that carried them through the last two years and a few were even accelerated by the necessities of online teaching and support. Other priorities, I believe, will return to the forefront as the crisis fades into memory. This is an exciting opportunity for the District in the years ahead.

We have all been changed by global crises, and that should bring new ways of looking at long-term, persistent challenges.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


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District and College News


Coastline College held a recognition ceremony on May 6 to celebrate scholarship recipients. The Coastline College Foundation awarded more than 235 students with scholarships totaling upwards of $135,000. The 2022 recognition ceremony was held at the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel.


Scholarship recipients at an outdoor ceremony.



Golden West College will be celebrating their 2022 graduates at a Graduation Day BBQ. The event will be on May 26 at 11:00 am and is open to all GWC students. There will be gifts for grads, food, games, and photo opportunities.


Save the date for the graduation BBQ at Golden West College.



Orange Coast College awarded $602,000 in scholarships at its 64th Annual Honors Night on Wednesday, May 11. This year's ceremony took place in person after two years of virtual ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the OCC Symphony and the OCC Chamber Singers and members of the Long Beach Chorale joined forces to present their first full-scale live concert since the COVID shutdown.


Chorale and instrumental performers.




Chancellor's Schedule, Week of May 16
Dr. Weispfenning is in the District, Monday through Friday

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, May 18, with closed session beginning at 4:00 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.