News & Events
News & Events
August 24, 2015
TO: Members, OCC Board of Trustees
FROM: Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.
SUBJECT: Items of Interest for the August 24, 2015, Board Meeting
DATE: August 20, 2015
Fall 2015 Colloquium
The Fall 2015 semester will begin with Colloquium on Thursday, September 3, in the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts. The Colloquium theme is “Transforming for Resilience and Performing Excellence.”
The program for the day will include:
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. President’s State-of-the-College Address
10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Workshops
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshops Repeated
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. $1 Lunch Special
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Retention Presentation
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Individual School Meetings
The workshops that will be offered are:
Description - The Changing Face of the Nation’s Healthcare: Continuous change in the healthcare industry requires transformation in the delivery of educational programs to promote the well-being of our nation. The college setting plays a pivotal role in the development of innovative programs to meet the educational needs required for a constantly evolving health care environment. This workshop will discuss various strategies the community college may consider, including forming partnerships with other institutions of higher learning, developing programs focusing on holistic health and wellness, enhancing delivery of foundational courses within the institution to create a robust curriculum, and collaborating with local clinical affiliates to prepare students to meet the future health care needs of the community.
Description - As a result of our institutional outreach efforts, OCC has formed several new partnerships with Tier I institutions and training companies in the Middle East. Earlier this summer, the President of Egypt’s Ain Shams University, the second largest institution in Egypt with over 200,000 students, together with the Dean of its School of Business Studies, visited OCC to develop a joint degree and sign articulation agreements with OCC, Kean University, and NJIT. In our pilot project this Fall, Egyptian students will be participating in online courses from OCC as the beginning of full joint degree programs with OCC and our partners Kean and NJIT.
Discussion afterwards led by:
Description - The workshop presenter will provide a brief overview of his leadership experience followed by discussion focusing on the importance of values for leaders, the organizational impact of poor leaders, and the Five Principals of Exemplary Leadership as discussed in The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. Based on these topics, the group will have a discussion on why everyone in a successful organization needs to be a leader and needs to understand his/her responsibility. The presenter will close by providing a brief overview of upcoming leadership training and how this can enhance the skills of rising leaders within Ocean County College.
A Colloquium Program for Adjuncts is scheduled for Thursday evening. Light fare will be offered at 5:30 p.m., the President’s Welcome will begin at 6:00 p.m., and a presentation on “Creating the Environment for Successful Learning: Classroom Management, Technology, and Students’ Profiles,” is scheduled from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fall semester classes begin on Tuesday, September 8. We are looking forward to another exciting and successful academic year.
The Academic Affairs Division had a busy summer with a number of initiatives that will lead into the Fall semester:
The Career, Employment, and Counseling Services Department provides comprehensive services to students. On Monday, Dr. Kate Pandolpho, Director, will share some of the activities of the department.
A very important service is to conduct interventions for students who are academically at risk due to poor grades. The intervention, Step by Step to Academic Success, was designed and implemented by the counseling staff. With the recent changes in academic sanctions, several populations were required to attend Step by Step sessions.
Step by Step sessions are scheduled through the end of September to accommodate students who are registering late for the Fall semester or for Quick Term.
Ocean County College has been awarded a $1.1 million TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the United States Department of Education. The grant was renewed for five years and will be disbursed at $220,000 a year. The SSS program provides academic support to 140 OCC students who are first generation, low-income, and/or disabled who also have academic need. Student Support Services is a comprehensive program dedicated to increasing the academic success rate of students by providing supportive services, including tutoring, advising, cultural trips, and success seminars.
In addition, the College also has been awarded a renewal of the Displaced Homemakers Program grant from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. The grant provides comprehensive services to women who must become economically self-sufficient due to separation, divorce, death or disability of the primary wage earner. The program also received an extension of the SSBG Sandy funds through September 30, 2015, which are targeted for training. The total amount of funding for the Displaced Homemakers Program is nearly $80,000.
Finance and Administration
Recruiting and Retaining the Class of 2016 and Beyond
In order to better compete in today’s crowded higher education marketplace, the College must acknowledge that the entire landscape has changed. Higher education has become a product – a worthy product of great importance to our society – but a product, nonetheless. Fun, yet aggressive, marketing and recruitment strategies need to be created that will successfully sell this product to a slightly jaded, overly stimulated, increasingly savvy new generation of college students and their influencers. Though there is much to be done in the high schools, in the homes, and in the community, the far greater challenge is embracing the cultural transformation that must take root and flourish within our campus community over the next few years.
At Monday’s meeting, Ms. Lisa Kasper, Director of Admissions, and Ms. Jan Kirsten, Executive Director of College Relations, will briefly present a few of the recruitment and retention initiatives that will take place during the next year.
Alumni are OCC representatives in the community, and their successes can be used to support our recruitment, enrollment, and retention efforts. OCC’s growing alumni network includes a diverse set of accomplished individuals who are proud to recognize OCC as their alma mater and want to offer their support back to the College in various ways. On Monday, Ms. Rebecca Feiler White, Director of Alumni Relations, Development, and Grants, will present some of the exciting activities currently occurring in the Alumni Office.
In line with the goals of this program, on September 15, OCC is hosting Health South interviewed to possibly fill positions in their facilities.
The State of New Jersey’s Division of Archives and Records Management (DARM), Bureau of Records Management, places all public records on a Records Retention schedule that lists the minimum period of time that a state and local governmental and educational entity must retain records. Retaining records that are not required and/or records that are beyond their required retention period is very costly to the College. Because of that, a renewed focus has been placed on college-wide records management.
Ms. Charlene Braun, Manager of Mail Services and Liaison for Ocean County College Records, led a project which resulted in documenting and inventorying the College’s records vault that contained voluminous materials from all departments. To date, approximately 1,750 boxes of records have been removed and disposed, with many more yet to be done. The records vault has been transformed into a clean, well-organized, and functional storage area.
Going forward, Ms. Braun will work with each department to ensure that only necessary records are stored and that each box is inventoried and appropriately labeled with the destruction date clearly marked.
The Human Resources Department continues to make steady progress in a number of areas of process improvement:
“The Little Star That Could” https://vimeo.com/62307068
“300 Years of Astronomy” https://vimeo.com/13537356
Mr. Zollner has a longstanding history with the College and has been involved with the Planetarium since the 1970’s. He is currently a Planetarium presenter and has also taught Astronomy at the College through our Continuing and Professional Education Program.
Mr. Zollner has been invited to Monday’s meeting to accept a Certificate of Appreciation to thank him for his generous gift and the many years of support he has given to the Planetarium.
Outdoor wireless access is continuing to expand across the campus. External wireless is now available on the Toms River lower mall and the area surrounding the Gateway Building. As part of the HETI grant, the wireless infrastructure has been upgraded to improve its controllers and backend systems, including wireless security.
Advanced Manufacturing Employer Summit
In support of New Jersey Manufacturing Week, which begins September 28, the College will be hosting an Employer Summit on Wednesday, September 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. It is hoped that between 30-50 employers will be in attendance.
The Summit agenda will include a guest speaker followed by a panel of several employers representing small to large companies. The objective of this first Employer Summit is to create a dialogue among the manufacturers to discuss the needs of their employees, the type of training they require for their businesses, and ideas that the partners can translate into programmatic solutions. As an ancillary benefit, the Summit will allow the College to confirm and begin generating a profile of each of the 376 manufacturers in Ocean County.
The long-term goal of this effort will be for the partners to personally visit each manufacturer over a six-month period for follow-up. In addition, there is a commitment to sponsoring future forums for the sharing of innovations.
Partner participation includes: