CDCLS students learn about gardens

The children at the Child Development Center and Lab School have harvested vegetables every morning in their garden this week, Lisa Jones, teacher and lab assistant said.

The garden, planted in May, has sunflowers, squash, okra, watermelon, sunflowers, sweet potatoes, and strawberries, she said.

Jones said the children are harvesting their plantings to learn about things that grow and how they grow.

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Lifeguard games held at White Water Bay

For the past 25 years OCCC has hosted the Southwest Regional Lifeguard games which came to an end July 9 at White Water Bay.

Head lifeguard Tre Kramer said OCCC’s Senior Lifeguard team came in fifth out of 15 teams, placing second in Spinal Injury Management, fourth in Deep Water Tug-of-War, and 11th in the Reach, Tow and Rescue competition.

Kramer won the male Iron Guard award. For the Iron Guard award, Kramer said, judges look for someone exceeding the expectations of lifeguard duties.

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New sanitary lift station installation quicker than expected

The Main Building received a new $13,000 sanitary sewer lift station over the Fourth of July weekend said Building Maintenance and Operations Supervisor Gary Belcher.

The lift station and pumps take portions of drainage and sewer water from different areas on campus at lower elevations and lift them up so they can to drain properly until they reach the city sewage system, Belcher said.

Money for the lift station came from the campus repair and remodel budget, Belcher said.

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Bike ride honors fallen EMS personnel

OCCC Student Emergency Medical Technology Association members and Emergency Medical Services department staff competed and participated in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride last month in Colorado, said Emergency Medical Sciences Director Leaugeay Barnes.

She said the team included EMS majors Melissa Vice, Megan Pfieffer, Brett Colclasure, Seth Clark, and Bill Greyson.

Barnes said she and Shelly Troxel-Tevis, Affiliation Compliance administrator, accompanied the students.

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English professor travels to Nebraska to learn about Native American tribes

English Professor Bertha Wise was recently selected as one of 50 professors from across the nation to attend a workshop to learn about the Ponca, Pawnee and Omaha Native American tribes.

Wise attended National Endowment for the Humanities, a grant funded workshop for community college faculty June 20 through 25 at Central Community College in Columbus, Neb.

She was selected as one of 50 from 98 applicants from across the nation. Wise said the group of 50 was then divided into two groups of 24 and 26.

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International student, Iowa professor to tour parts of India

An OCCC student from India will team up with an Iowa State University engineering professor to tour the most prominent colleges of India, speaking to students, teachers and government officials.

Akash Patel is a promising young motivational speaker from Nasik, India, according to an article in the Ames Tribune.

Patel said he recently transferred from Iowa State University to OCCC.

He will accompany Carolyn Heising, an Iowa State engineering professor and nuclear scientist who worked as a federal engineer under the Clinton administration.

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College for Kids fourth, fifth graders perform ‘Cinderella’

A group of fourth and fifth graders in the College for Kids Musical Theatre Camp produced and performed “Cinderella” June 25 in the OCCC Bruce Owen Theater, said Joe Salter, class instructor.

Salter said seven musical numbers, including solo performances and group ensembles, were performed during the show. He said each musical number was accompanied by dancing.

An audience filled with parents, family members and friends cheered on the children during the 45-minute show.

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