APRIL 2016
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Welcome to the President's Bulletin!

This publication has been developed to share Coastline news and events. We welcome submissions by faculty and staff.

The President’s Bulletin is produced in collaboration with Dr. Loretta P. Adrian, President and Coastline’s Marketing and Public Relations Department.

Please email Nhadira Johnson, Director of Marketing and PR at

Coastline's 40th Anniversary Gala

Coastline Presidents Honorees: (Lt to Rt) Dr. Bill Vega, Dr. Ding-Jo Currie, Dr. Leslie Purdy, Dr. Bernard Luskin, and Dr. Loretta Adrian.
Coastline Band: Dave Thompson (Director of eLearning R&D) and Dana Emerson (Dean of Instruction, English, Humanities, ESL & Basic Skills)
The Coastline Community College Foundation hosted their 70s themed “Jewel of Orange County” gala in honor of the College’s 40th anniversary. The gala took place on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa where more than 300 attendees dressed in their favorite 70s attire and formal wear to commemorate the establishment of Coastline in 1976.
The event was hosted by mistress of ceremonies, Maria Hall-Brown, Executive Producer of Arts and Cultural Programming at PBS SoCal, and celebrated Coastline’s past, present, and future by honoring former presidents, Dr. Bernie Luskin, Dr. Bill Vega, Dr. Leslie Purdy, and Dr. Ding-Jo Currie.
Coastline’s rock band of administrators and staff members, entitled “One Credit Shy” performed tunes from the 70s during the opening reception, followed by a live performance from local band, Funky Hippeez. Special guests included Westminster Mayor Tri Ta, Phong Ly (representing U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal's Office), Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, Board of Trustees members, Dr. Lorraine Prinsky, Mary Hornbuckle, Interim Chancellor Gene Farrell, and Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services & Technology, Andrew Dunn.

During the event, Coastline’s noteworthy achievements were honored. Special accolades included the following:
  • Recipient of 20 Los Angeles Area Emmy® awards
  • Recognized by Huffington Post as being the #1 community college in the U.S. in 2015
  • Designated as the fourth school in the nation as a National Center of Academic Excellence for Cybersecurity by the Department of Homeland Security
  • Voted “Best for Vets” by the Military Times in 2016
  • Chosen as one the top 150 community colleges eligible for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
Congratulations Coastline Foundation on a wonderful event! 
Happy Anniversary Coastliners!!!!

10th Anniversary Latino Youth Conference

On Friday, April 22, 2016, Coastline hosted their 10th annual Latino Youth Conference in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The event provided local high school students a full-day of lively workshops that covered the following topics: civic engagement in the 21st century, overcoming challenges, and student leadership.

Event speakers included President of LULAC, Benny Diaz, Westminster City Council Member, Sergio Contreras, Chair of Chicano and Latino Studies, Dr. Jose Moreno, Chairman of South County Labor AFL-CIO, Raymond Cordova, and Santa Ana City Council Member, Michelle C. Martinez. Board of Trustees Members, Jim Moreno, Dr. Lorraine Prinsky, and Mary Hornbuckle were also in attendance to show their support.

All College Spring Workshop & BBQ

The All College Spring Workshop was held on Friday, April 15th at Coastline’s Garden Grove Center. The event provided faculty with a full-day of Canvas workshops, where faculty received updates from the Canvas Rollout Team and Faculty Success Center.

The Canvas sessions were followed by a discipline discussion workshop regarding modeling courses, rubric, and mutual resources. The workshop included a panel and showcase entitled, “I’m Teaching & Learning in Canvas,” which included an open lab that highlighted Canvas training.

Once the morning sessions concluded, faculty and staff enjoyed a wonderful lunch hosted by the President's Cabinet. Attendees of the lunch were welcomed by President Lori Adrian and Vice Presidents, Dr. Vince Rodriguez, Christine Nguyen, and Ross Miyashiro, who honored Coastline recent retirees: Dr. Gayle Bergeron, Anita Preciado, Carol Spoja, Gary Stromland, Cheryl Stewart, and Diana Ramon.

During the lunch, the 2016 Staff and Faculty Awards Committee honored the following Coastliners for their outstanding achievement: 
  • Maribeth Daniel, Customer Service Award
  • Sylvia Amito'elau, Professional Training and Advancement Award
  • Angela Goetz, Special Achievement Award
  • Admissions & Records Team, Team Excellence Award
  • Alexis Bosley, Humanitarian Award
  • Aeron Zentner, Outstanding Manager Award
Following lunch, staff members had the opportunity to attend the afternoon session entitled, Cultural Intelligence. The session addressed creating a culturally intelligent campus at Coastline. More than 75 Coastline staff were in attendance, and Vice Chancellor, Administrative Services & Technology, Andrew Dunn provided a special appearance.

New Director of Human Resources

Coastline is proud to welcome the new Director of Human Resources, Renaté Akins. Renaté has 14 years of experience in Human Resources, which includes employee and labor relations, training and development, academic personnel, payroll, recruiting, benefits and leave of absence administration, and more.  

She was most recently employed as Senior HR Business Partner for New Century Health, and she previously served as an Employee Relations Consultant at UCLA.

Renaté has a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Renaté's office is located on the 2nd floor in the Administrative Services Wing, and she can be reached at extension x16146.

We are excited to welcome our new Coastliner! 

Coastline Faculty on the Move!

Coastline's Arabic Instructor, Amer El-Ahraf was awarded two (2) awards during this fiscal year. 
  • The "2015 Superior Long-Term Service Award" by The Association of Egyptian American Scholars (AEAS). Awarded at its International Annual Conference held in Cairo, Egypt, December, 2015.
  • The 2016 "Publication Award" by The California Environmental Health Association (CEHA). Awarded at its Annual Educational Conference held in Oakland, California, March, 2016.
El-Ahraf has served as a Past President for both organizations.
Coastline faculty member, Dr. Katherine Watson presented a paper to the League for Innovation in the Community College last March and presented two jury-selected papers "CARA e caro" to the International Conference on Teaching and Learning this month. The United Nations CARA program is for cultural sustainability, particularly through the United Nations Academic Initiative.

Dr. Watson has also been requested by an academic jury to host two "General Sessions" at the annual TCC, Teaching in the Community College, online conference hosted by the University of Hawaii and Kapi'olani Community College.

Memorial Day Event 2016

                  On behalf of Coastline’s Veterans Resource Centers:

If you have a family member or friend who paid the ultimate sacrifice while on active duty, Coastline would like to honor and recognize the commitment of your family member or friend.
Please use the link below to provide the requested honoree information:
(The web link will allow multiple entries from the same individual.)
We will honor each of the fallen during the CCC Veterans Resource Center's FREE 4th Annual Memorial Day Fundraising Barbecue & Social on Friday, May 27, 2016 11:30am to 1:30pm.

The barbecue will be held at Coastline's College Center on the back patio. Donations will be accepted and appreciated.

Special Programs Options & Opportunity Event

Coastline’s Special Programs and Services for the Disabled Department hosted its Inaugural Options and Opportunities Resource event on Thursday, April 14th.  This event is a showcase of resources available to individuals and their families with Intellectual Disabilities (ID), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Developmental Disorders. More than 70 inquisitive students and family members were able to discover resources from 28 local agencies as well as attend presentations on Understanding SSDI and Work Incentives, Transition K-12 to College and a Coastline ID Program Instructor Q&A Panel.  Hungry attendees were treated to TK Burger. 

STAR 2.O Pre-Allied Health & Psychology
Preview Day

Over 50 students and staff from five high schools attended Coastline’s STAR 2.0 Pre-Allied Health & Psychology Preview Day, on April 12, 2016 at the Newport Beach Center.
High school students visited from Estancia, Huntington Beach, Godinez, Ocean View, and Fountain Valley. During the event, attendees had the pleasure of speaking with a panel of Student Ambassadors who are also STAR students. The panel discussed how STAR 2.0 works, and enabled the high school participants to ask them any questions they had about the program. By the end of the event, many students applied to the program in hopes of joining in the fall.

Coastline's STAR Program helps students complete their coursework faster so that they can get in, get out, and get working! Many STAR students are seeking a fast-track path to a 4-year university, and STAR helps them accumulate the units they need to transfer. Participants in the STAR Program are guaranteed their classes.
Students can complete 60 transferable units in just 4.0 semesters by completing four semesters plus one summer session. The new focus for the STAR Program is our 'major' specific format. Students may select one of the following majors: Business Administration, Pre-Allied Health or Psychology to complete necessary units to graduate and/or transfer in the four semester time frame.

Congratulations Coastline Marketing Department!

Coastline's Marketing Department was recognized by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) through the Outfront Media Media Group for their outstanding work on their local bus advertisements. Coastline was one of the OAAA Local Case Studies Competition Winners!
The Coastline Marketing Department's bus campaigns have helped gain exposure for the college and has helped boost website traffic.

According to the Outfront Media Group, within a 4 week campaign, Coastline ads have collected 3,447,000 impressions for the exterior ads and 360,000 impressions for the interior ads. Over the span of the year and half that Coastline has advertised on OCTA buses, impressions have increased to more than 3,700,000 impressions during a 4 week campaign.

Congratulations to the Coastline Marketing Team for their outstanding work!

Graduation is Approaching

Coastline's 40th Graduation Commencement will take place on Friday, June 3rd at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theater located at 2701 Fairview Rd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

The ceremony starts at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony with light refreshments. For information on filing for graduation or participating in the ceremony, call (714) 241–6325

Go Coastliners!

Coastline’s ASG Spring Dance

Coastline held its first ASG Spring dance on Friday, April 8th, at the Newport Beach Center. The event was a huge success with more than 100 people in attendance. Attendees enjoyed food, prizes, and a special live performance from local band, Population U.

Special guests of the event included Vice President of Student Services, Ross Miyashiro, Dean of Le-Jao, Dr. Dana Emerson, and ASG Vice President, Roberto Orozco Jr.

Special thanks goes to all of Coastline’s dedicated staff and volunteers who helped make the event happen!  

Management Staff Acheivement

Dean of Le Jao Center, Dana Emerson recently defended her dissertation at Oregon State University, and she is now Dr. Dana Emerson!

Further, Dr. Emerson recently gave the keynote address at the African American Youth Leadership Conference in Oregon – on March 29th.

Scholarship Ceremony

The annual Coastline Scholarship Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 5th at the Robert Moore Theater on the OCC campus. 

If you are interested in assisting the Foundation on the night of the Ceremony to hand out awards to students, to please contact Ashley Lopez directly at

Spring 2016 Important Dates

College Closed - No Classes 

May 30 (Sunday)              Memorial Day
Spring Registration Dates

May 29 (Sunday)              End of Semester 


The most recent news brief is available for April 29, 2016. 

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