Enrollment numbers up by 17.7 percent over last year

OCCC has experienced a record-breaking summer enrollment, due in part to an increase in adult students and those taking developmental classes.

The college headcount is expected to come in at 6,682 students enrolled for the 2010 summer semester, said Stu Harvey, Planning and Research executive director.

Harvey said that is a 17.7 percent increase compared to 5,679 summer students who were in enrolled in 2009.

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Former OCCC biology professor to plead into drug court

A former OCCC biology professor is scheduled to plead into drug court this August, according to Oklahoma County court records.

Cassandra R. Meek, who is facing charges of methamphetamine possession, two counts of marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession, possession of a counterfeit item, and use of a surveillance camera during the course of a felony, is expected to enter the plea agreement Aug. 11.

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Blood institute to host campus blood drive June 22, 23

Blood will soon be shed on campus — but for a good cause.

Student Life and the Oklahoma Blood Institute will host a blood drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 and 23 in the College Union, said Katie Treadwell, Student Life programs coordinator.

Treadwell said the drive is the first of the semester.

To give blood, donors must be at least 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds, said Lindsay Cobb, OBI representative.

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College plants 46 trees to enrich the landscape

The OCCC campus is more beautiful because of 46 trees and bushes planted on campus recently by Facilities Management staff, said Facilities Management Director J.B. Messer.

The tree planting is part of the $250,000 Arts Festival Oklahoma Landscape Improvement Project.

The trees, shrubs and perennials were planted in the northwest portion of campus, near the Visual and Performing Arts Center, and include 11 Lacebark elms, three live oaks, and 32 Shumard oaks.

“It’s really pretty over there,” said student Ashly Allen. “It looks great.”

“We are making this site so we can use it for many different types of events year ’round,” said Messer.

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Voter deadlines approaching

Anyone wanting to vote in the upcoming elections needs to be registered by July 2, the deadline for registering to vote or to change parties in the state primaries.

The deadline for requesting absentee ballots is July 21.

According to the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website, people can register to vote at their County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies and libraries. Each potential voter must 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Oklahoma.

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College implements new password security system

The Institutional Policy Committee passed a new rule that forces faculty members to password protect their personal computers and phones, provided that they could be used to share confidential OCCC information.

The new college rule is part of the updated Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy. The decision was made May 17 when faculty and students were on summer break.

“The purpose of the policy is to prevent unauthorized access to confidential information,” said Jerry Steward, executive vice president.

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OCCC graduate recognized for animated film

Isaiah Powers, a 2005 OCCC graduate, and graduate of the Kansas City Arts Institute of Missouri, has been named a winner of the 37th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.

“I’m very excited, pretty blown away, actually,” Powers said.

“It’s nothing we were expecting.”

Powers and his collaborators Jeremy Cas-per and Stuart Bury, won for their short animation “Dried Up.”

He said the short, made entirely in classic stop-motion animation, was a collaborative effort between the three from concept to finish.

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Tuition increase possible after state funding decreased

For the first time since June 2008, OCCC is considering raising tuition, and for the second year in a row faculty and employees will not receive raises — all due to a decrease in state appropriations, said President Paul Sechrist.

For 2011, the college is expecting a $1.46 million funding reduction over last year.

As a result of the reduction, the college has proposed a $6 per-credit-hour increase for resident students and a $10 increase per credit hour for non-resident students.

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OCCC nursing staff attend seminar on national safety initiatives

Improving the quality and safety the nation’s healthcare system is the goal of a major curriculum revision under way for nursing programs across the country, said Rosemary Klepper, nursing program director.

Two members of the OCCC nursing program staff attended a national seminar in San Antonio this semester on infusing national safety initiatives into nursing education programs, Klepper said.

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