October 31, 2013

President's Bulletin: October 31, 2013

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Coast District launches a new website
This afternoon, the District will launch its new website viewable at www.cccd.edu.  Much of the information and links are the same, but it now resembles the District’s updated colors and design style.  The site was also updated in its infrastructure and built on a new SharePoint platform with responsive design for iPhone and iPad.  Eventually, the site will morph again once the Active Directory project has been completed and much of our internal information and forms will then move to the new district-wide portal — Navigator. The switch to the newly redesigned District site should have no impact on campus-specific websites and should be seamless. If you encounter any issues with the new District site, or find broken links, please report them to mparham@mail.cccd.edu.

Retirement party to celebrate five exiting Coastliners
Don’t miss a special Retirement Party celebrating the contributions of long-time Coastliners Ted Boehler, Alice Curren, Debbie Desmond, John Giaconia, and Cynthia Pienkowski. The party will be held at Coastline’s Newport Beach campus (map here) on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

See’s Candy fundraiser going on now to support Coastline Special Programs
Support Coastline’s Special Programs and Services for the Disabled, which includes the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Intellectual Disabilities (ID) Programs,  by Participating in Our See’s Candy Fundraiser! A See’s Candy order form was sent out college-wide on October 29th. If you did not receive it, please contact Lisa Winger at the Newport Beach campus (x17216). Completed forms can be returned to Lisa Winger. All orders and money must be turned in by November 8th.  Please make checks payable to CCC Foundation. Candy will be delivered to your location the week of December 4th.

Schools First FCU on-site at Coast District Office
The Schools First Federal Credit Union will be on site at the Coast Community College District Office the first Thursday of every month beginning Thursday, November 7, 2013. Representative will be able to provide information or assistance with:
  • 403b and 457 plan options, new enrollments, plan changes
  • Retirement planning
  • Signing up as a Schools First FCU member
On-campus (District site) hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment with Schools First Retirement Plan Advisor, Adam Jacoby, at (714) 914-3471 or ajacoby@schoolsfirstfcu.org.

Coastline seeking stories from student, faculty, and staff Vets
As a college that is deeply committed to serving Veterans, active duty servicemen and women, and their families, Coastline is honored to pay our respect and extend our deep appreciation to our Veterans on Veterans Day. Coastline is asking students, faculty and staff members who are also Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to share their stories. Please tell us about your service, including military branch, years served, highest rank, duty station(s), and one special memory from your enlisted time. Also, please include a brief answer to the following question: What advice do you have for those who are pursuing an education as veterans or while serving in the U.S. military? Photographs are also welcome with your submission, but not required. Coastline will share your stories online at www.coastline.edu as well as via our social media sites, Friday, November 8 – Friday, November 15, 2013. Submissions can be e-mailed to vet2vet@coastline.edu by November 7, 2013. Thank you for your service and for your stories.
Veterans and currently enlisted students, faculty, and staff are invited to share their stories with Coastline, which will be posted online November 8-15 in observance of Veterans Day.

Veterans and currently enlisted students, faculty, and staff are invited to share their stories with Coastline, which will be posted online November 8-15 in observance of Veterans Day.


Student Success Lives Here! Newport Center Hosts 3CSN Event
Student Success Lives Here logoOn Wednesday, September 18, Coastline’s Newport Beach campus hosted an event sponsored by the California Community Colleges Success Network (3CSN) called Building our Practice: Learning Assistance with Habits of Mind, Reading Apprenticeship & Tutoring. The event was led by Jan Connal from Cerritos College and Student Success Coordinator Daniel Pittaway from Coastline.  Ms. Connal discussed the concept of ‘habits of mind’ that can be inculcated in curriculum and activities to help students develop the habits that lead to success in school and in life. Mr. Pittaway discussed the concept of reading apprenticeship, which is essentially a framework for helping students to adopt reading strategies that deepen engagement and connection to material. Presenters also included representatives from Coastline’s burgeoning tutoring program:
  •  Stacy Nguyen (Supplemental Instruction Leader, BIOL C225: Human Physiology) discussed the merits of the Coastline SI program and presented data about the success of students who attended her weekly review sessions.
  • Nicole Bailey (Student Success Center Writing Tutor / Embedded Tutor for PHIL C115 and C120) discussed the value of course-embedded tutoring and her role as a site-based tutor for walk-in writing assistance at the Newport and Garden Grove Student Success Centers.
  •  Professor of Mathematics Richard Shiring shared his experience with utilizing an embedded tutor for three consecutive terms (Spring ’13, Summer ’13, and Fall ’13) in his onsite math courses
Associate Dean Bob Nash, who attended the event, remarked on the positive impact of the event: “This was an excellent workshop!  I learned even more about our fantastic tutoring programs here at Coastline, in addition to how we can improve student success using the concepts of “Reading Apprenticeship” and “Habits of Mind.”  After having seen this 3CSN group in action, it’s my belief that they can help us leverage our professional development program here at Coastline…especially with our efforts focused on completion.” This event was the first collaboration between 3CSN and Coastline. We look forward to more events and collaboration with 3CSN in the spirit of promoting student success and the means to achieve it. For more information about this workshop, upcoming workshops, and tutoring at Coastline, please contact Student Success Coordinator Daniel Pittaway.  

Coastline named “Military-Friendly” once again
Military Advanced Education logo Military Advanced Education (MAE) included Coastline Community College in its recently released “2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities.” The guide provides potential students with information about colleges and universities that implement military-friendly policies in support of men and women in uniform. Institutions were evaluated based on a number of attributes, including: the flexibility of online learning options, the extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, active duty and veteran assistance services and support, and the support provided to the families of service members, among others. On average, Coastline Military Programs serves nearly 3,000 unique students each term and offers programs and courses that lead to a degree or certificate in a variety of fields. Students can complete their coursework without ever setting foot on a Coastline campus. The college also offers programs for military spouses. For more information, visit http://military.coastline.edu.