Welcome Week to greet fall students

Faculty, staff and new and current students are encouraged to participate in the college’s Opening Day event 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Main Building, First Year and Student Life Programs Coordinator Stephanie Baird said.

“Students can come to a family-friendly event where we give away door prizes and refreshments, but they can mainly learn about what their new campus has to offer,” Baird said.

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New student orientation sections added

An increase in enrollment numbers has caused the college to schedule a larger number of New Student Orientation sessions than ever before, said First Year and Student Life Programs Coordinator Stephanie Baird.

Baird said the sessions, which are two-hour non-credit courses where students learn about OCCC, have increased to 37 sections from 32 since April.

The sessions end Aug. 25.

“Last year there were usually about 28 students in a session, and we ran 32 sessions which is almost 900 people,” she said.

“Now the sections are serving many more new students because of the enrollment rise.”

Baird said class sizes are relatively small so students can have a better connection with each other and ask questions.

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Retreat to focus on leadership, networking

Student Life will hold its annual clubs and organizations retreat Aug. 13 to 15 at Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Grove, Okla., said Darin Behara, Student Life director. Anyone is welcome to participate.

The retreat will offer instruction about leadership skills to students and faculty, and help everyone connect and network with each other before the upcoming fall semester, Behara said.

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Blood drive circulates compassion

Dozens of students, and some faculty and staff, laid down and rolled up their sleeves Tuesday and Wednesday as OCCC held a blood drive in the Student Union.

The drive, held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, and sponsored by the Oklahoma Blood Institute, was titled “Feel Wild, Give Blood” because of a connection with the Oklahoma City Zoo,” said Blood Program Consultant Jennifer Beattie.

Beattie said all who donated blood received a voucher good for admission for two to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Donors also were given a free health screening and a T-shirt.

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Club values supportive sponsor

English professor Stephen Morrow was commended recently for promoting peace on campus and in Oklahoma City.

As the sponsor for the OCCC Advocates of Peace for six years, Morrow has been an influential and positive role model, his students and club members said.

“I try to hold a safe space for our students who are advocates, and lend my support in all of their wonderful ideas,” Morrow said.

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Parade participants to march proudly

Oklahoma City gay and lesbian citizens and supporters, including OCCC’s Gay Straight Alliance, will celebrate annual Gay Pride events June 25 to 27.

The parade, the third of the three-day festival, begins at 6 p.m. June 27 at NW 36th Street and Classen Boulevard near Memorial Park and ends at the 39th Street Strip, NW 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dan Hair, parade chairman, said this year’s theme is “Simply Proud.”

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