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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Student photography exhibited at Royal Oak campus

 Works by students in the photography program at Oakland Community College’s Royal Oak Campus are on exhibit in the campus’s main hallway between B and D Buildings now through Dec. 4.

Admission is open and free to the public.

The exhibit features 61 examples of black and white, color and digital images. Some are for sale.

The exhibit takes place three times a year, or once a term, for a month and features digital and traditional photography from photography classes.

The Royal Oak campus is at 739 South Washington Street at Lincoln (10 ½ Mile Road). Free parking is available in college structures across the street from the campus. To learn more call 248-246-2633.

County Executive Visits Management Class

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson spoke to an OCC management class Monday night, focusing on what it takes to a build a strong, loyal team.
Patterson spoke to a class of 24 students taught by OCC adjunct faculty Cynthia Peterson at the Highland Lakes campus. Peterson is also a county employee—she trains and supports police officers in the technology they use in their jobs.
Brooks, who has been County Executive since 1992, says his team is well recognized and sought after by others around the state and credits them for his continued success.
A good leader is born to lead but is also good at applying life lessons to their work, Patterson told students. Leaders will express their vision, set expectations and “get out of the way” so others can do their job, he said.
“As long as everyone is rowing in the same direction, goals will be reached,” he added.
Patterson spoke about some of his team’s top accomplishments, saying he is most proud of the county’s Emerging Sectors program, whose goal was to bring high-tech, knowledge-based sector jobs to Oakland County. These emerging sectors include healthcare, automotive, robotics and automation, and communications and information technology.
In one example, the initiative predicted job growth in healthcare and programs were created to fit this prediction. One in five employees in Oakland County currently has a healthcare-related job. More than 60% of new jobs in Oakland County are in economic sectors identified in Patterson’s Emerging Sectors program.
He concluded by saying that good leaders need to be willing to “plant seeds and let them grow.”
Praising staff is important, he added. “I always credit my staff when it’s time to recognize good work.”

OCC Chancellor Chairs MCCA Presidents Committee

Chancellor Tim Meyer is the new chair of the Presidents Committee of the Michigan Community College Association.

“I am proud to have been chosen to represent my peers in this leadership role,” Dr. Meyer said. “I will work with my peers to advocate for policies that benefit community colleges across the state, representing a unified voice in Lansing to benefit our communities and our students.”

The Michigan Community College Association provides leadership on issues concerning the association’s 28 member colleges, which have a combined total annual enrollment of 473,307. The MCCA provides legislative and government advocacy for its members colleges. Its members benefit from initiatives that leverage the combined efforts of multiple colleges, resulting in more efficient and effective programs.

Dr. Meyer was appointed chairperson of the Presidents Committee this summer and will serve until 2015. The Presidents Committee exchanges ideas on the role of community college’s chief administrators and discusses matters of mutual interest to community college chief administrators.

He is also a member of the association’s Executive Committee. He was appointed to that six-year term in 2011. The Executive Committee of the association is composed of MCCA officers, the Trustees Committee, the Presidents Committee and the association’s immediate past chairperson. The Executive Committee prepares an annual budget for approval by the MCCA’s Board of Directors before the beginning of the fiscal year for which the budget is proposed.  The committee serves as a planning committee for the association and supervises and evaluates the president. 

OCC Women's Volleyball NJCAA D-II National Championship Schedule

The 2013 NJCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Tournament will kick off at Owens Community College near Toledo on Thursday, November 21 in the Student Health and Activities Center.

Sixteen teams from around the country have qualified for this year's Championships. The 2011 champion Cowley County Community College from Arkansas City, Kansas is the tournament's top-seed with an overall record of 31-4. Defending National Champion, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College (31-6) will look to repeat as the No. 10 seed.

Here are the first-round matches for Thursday, November 21:
Match 1 -        #3 - Johnson County (Kan.) vs. #14 - Hagerstown (Md.)     Court 1       9:00 am
Match 2 -        #6 - Glendale (Ariz.) vs. #11 - Des Moines Area (Iowa)       Court 2       9:00 am
Match 3 -        #7 - Catawba Valley (N.C.) vs. #10 - Grand Rapids (Mich.)   Court 1     11:00 am
Match 4 -        #2 - Parkland (Ill.) vs. #15 - Moraine Valley (Ill.)                 Court 2     11:00 am
Match 5 -        #1 - Cowley County (Kan.) vs. #16 - East Central (Mo.)       Court 1       1:00 pm
Match 6 -        #8 - Monroe College (N.Y.) vs. #9 - Central (Neb.)               Court 2        1:00 pm
Match 7 -        #5 - Illinois Central (Ill.) vs. #12 - Southwestern (Iowa)        Court 1        3:00 pm
Match 8 -        #4 - Oakland (Mich.) vs. #13 - South Suburban (Ill.)             Court 2        3:00 pm
Tickets are for sale on the day of the event at the Student Health and Activities Center. 
3-Day Tournament Pass - $35
1-Day Tournament Pass - $15
Children 12-and-under - $5/day
All matches will be streamed for free on NJCAA
For complete tournament results and information, click here

Monday, November 18, 2013

OCC Creative Team Shines at District Conference

OCC made its mark at the annual National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 3 Conference held earlier this month. 
The conference, “Journey to a Brave, New Marketing World,” was organized by Michele Kersten-Hart, OCC’s Manager of Multimedia and Web Services and NCMPR’s District 3 Director. District 3 encompasses Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio. More than 70 people attended the conference.

OCC’S creative team won three awards in the “Printed Publications” category of the conference’s Medallion Awards ceremony, more than any other college in its division. Division B encompasses all colleges with three or more full time marketing and communications staff. OCC won a Silver award for its academic catalog, a Bronze award for its schedule and a Silver award for the music student showcase flier.

Members of the creative team are Manager of Multi Media and Web Services Michele Kersten-Hart, Multi-Media Coordinator Dawn McDonald-Watkins and designers Alan Crouse, Alejandro Herrera and Christine Lasiewicki.

“I am thrilled for our very talented creative team,” Kersten-Hart said. “It was a successful conference for many reasons but especially because of the great work of our graphics team. I’m so proud to lead such a talented team. They made OCC shine at the district conference.”

The conference offered a dozen breakout sessions ranging from creating an integrated marketing plan, writing for the web, to diversifying your digital footprint. 

This is Kersten-Hart’s last year as District 3 Director, a two-year post. Next year, she will be a member of the NCMPR’s Executive Counsel.

NCMPR represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. An affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries.

Raider Rally Wednesday!

Help send off OCC's women's volleyball team to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II national tournament Nov. 21-23 at Owens Community College in Ohio.
A rally will be held from 10-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Auburn Hills Student Center. The rally is held in conjunction with Student Government and Student Life.

Students will be able to meet volleyball coaches and players before they depart for  Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. The Raider's first game is at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21.
It will be telecast live on this website:
Follow #occraiders for updates.