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"Be the Match" Bone Marrow Registration Campaign - November 6, 2013

Bone marrow donation screening has never been easier or quicker!  A simple swab of your cheek by a trained professional health-care worker after answering a few basic questions is all it takes -- about 5-10 minutes of your time!  Your willingness to donate your bone marrow (now done 75% of the time through blood filtering, not direct withdrawal of marrow) can save up to 18 lives.  Be a hero.  Pledge to donate!

Find us on the lawn between the Library and Starbucks on Wednesday, November 6, from 10am - 2pm to register yourself as a prospective bone marrow donor or to make a cash donation of any amount.  Free coffee to all who register!  Ask your instructors about extra credit for participating.

Alpha Gamma Sigma Member Kim Young Selected to Attend D.C. "2011 Power Shift"

'PASSION FOR SUSTAINABILITY' WINS STUDENTS TRIP TO NATION'S CAPITOL 
As published in Coast to Coast e-Newsletter
Thursday, April 14, 2011 
 
Kim Young, Rebecca Cady, Matthew Jacinto
 
ShowPhoto.bmpThree Orange Coast College students who have a “passion for sustainability” are traveling to Washington, D.C. this weekend to participate in the Power Shift 2011 Conference at the Washington Convention Center.
 
Kim Young, an accounting major; Rebecca Cady, who is studying interior design; and Matthew Jacinto, a political science major, will attend the three-day conference April 15-18 with more than 10,000 young people working to create a clean energy economy.
Environmental leaders and keynote speakers participating in the weekend event include former U.S. vice president Al Gore, environmentalist Bill McKibben, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Van Jones, an award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy.
 
The OCC representatives will join in the largest organizing training in history, including breakout sessions and workshops where they will learn about building a clean energy economy and the environmental justice movement.
 
Associated Students of Orange Coast College's new T.G.I.F. (The Green Fund Initiative) Appropriations Council, led by chairman Jamey Briddle, is sponsoring the trip.
 
The students were selected based on their essays describing their passion for sustainability and explaining how they–and the OCC community–will benefit from their attendance at Power Shift 2011. A letter of recommendation from an OCC instructor was part of the application.
 
The students will be accompanied by OCC Recycling Center coordinator Mike Carey. They will make a report to the T.G.I.F. Council following the conference.
 
Briddle, who attended a Power Shift conference with the Sierra Club two years ago, said the experience “definitely opened my eyes.” He changed his personal habits, including recycling, using a reusable water bottle and avoiding wasteful consumer produce packaging.
 
Now he always asks himself, “What’s my carbon footprint, my personal impact on the environment?” This fall the former ASOCC president, vice president and student senator will transfer to UC Santa Cruz, where he plans to study psychology.
 
Matthew Jacinto, who received a recommendation from political science instructor Rendell Drew, recently transferred to OCC from Seattle University. The Servite High School graduate lives in Huntington Beach. He is looking forward to learning about lobbying for environmental issues and hopes to use his education to shape national environmental policy.
 
Rebecca Cady, a resident of Huntington Beach and a graduate of Huntington Beach High School, already has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Long Beach State. She is studying interior design and received a recommendation from interior design professor Renée Kubiak. Eventually she hopes to pursue a Master's degree in environmental studies.
 
All of Cady’s class projects focus on environmental sustainability, and Kubiak thought her student would be a natural candidate to attend the conference.
 
Kim Young, an international student from the Phillippine Islands who is living in Irvine, is also a college graduate with a degree in developmental studies from the university there. She decided to take accounting classes at OCC because she is interested in business and how it can promote green policies, such as cap and trade. Her recommendation to attend the conference came from accounting instructor Arabian Morgan.
 
“I took one accounting class and I totally loved it,” Young explained. She is working to become a Certified Public Accountant and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in international taxation. Someday she hopes to help corporate clients use “green accounting” to save money and help the environment.
 

Alpha Gamma Sigma Permanent Member Eloisa Rangel Wins Coveted CA Academic Senate Scholarship

OCC ESL STUDENT WINS CALIFORNIA ACADEMIC SENATE SCHOLARSHIP 
Thursday, November 04, 2010 
  
Eloisa Rangel, who enrolled in Orange Coast College as a beginning English as a Second Language student, has won the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges’ Jonnah Laroche Memorial Scholarship for continuing students.
Eloisa, who has a 3.78 GPA, will accept the $500 award at the ASCCC’s Fall Plenary Session next week at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim.
When she first stepped onto the Orange Coast College campus in 2005, Eloisa started with the most basic courses any student can take in English as a Second Language and math. She recently aced Math 157, calculus for biology, management and social science majors.
Shy and soft spoken, Eloisa is “a quiet leader,” according to EOPS counselor Vida Shajie. An active member of the EOPS Honors Club, where she is club treasurer, Eloisa also won the EOPS Honors Club Scholarship in 2010. Vida describes the student as “a team worker...always volunteering.”
A native of Mexico, the Costa Mesa resident has lived in the United States for 20 years. She became a citizen 10 years ago.
 
Eloisa was surprised to learn she won the award at last week’s meeting of the Academic Senate, which nominated her for the scholarship. “I wanted to cry,” she said, “but I couldn’t.”
 
Getting an education was “one of my dreams,” Eloisa said, but she was unable to attend college when her children were small. Now she takes classes with her 20-year-old daughter, Susan. Both mother and daughter will earn associate degrees in May. Her son, Chris, 16, attends Costa Mesa High School.
A victim of domestic violence, Eloisa and her children sought shelter from Human Options to escape abuse and start a new life. As a single parent, she funded her education through federal work study, grants, scholarships and CalWorks.
 
She plans to pursue a BA degree in accounting and eventually become a certified public accountant (CPA). “I like numbers,” Eloisa said, although she still struggles with English. She never hesitates to ask for help from her instructors, classmates and the Success Center. Occasionally she will tutor a classmate in math in exchange for help with her English. She also attends the Re-entry Center's ESL Conversation and Pronunciation Group, which meets twice a week with OCC student Trudi Hinkley.
 
Once Eloisa becomes a CPA, she plans to use her skills to give back to her community, especially “women like me.”
 
In addition to the EOPS Honors Club, Eloisa is treasurer for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, and a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma, an honors society for California community college students. She also participated in CARE Club for students with young children.
The Jonnah Laroche Memorial Scholarship was established in 1994 by Roger Laroche in memory of his wife, who served as ASCCC president and dedicated her life to serving under-represented students and developing mentoring programs to help them.