News & Events
News & Events
February 1, 2016
TO: Members, OCC Board of Trustees
FROM: Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.
SUBJECT: Items of Interest for the February 1, 2016, Board Meeting
DATE: January 27, 2016
Instead of a final examination at the end of the fall 2015 semester, Ms. Jennifer Evans, College Lecturer II in Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Management, assigned a special project to her students in HRTM 212, Conferences, Conventions, and Special Events. The class was required to host a special event, assuming responsibility for every aspect of organization and management to ensure its success.
The students decided to host a toy drive to benefit Brandon’s Elves, a local nonprofit organization that honors the memory of six-year-old Brandon Holt, who died in a gun-related incident in 2013. The students set a goal to collect 50 gifts. Because of their enthusiasm, passion, and determination, they collected over 200 gifts and $70 in gift cards. Following the toy drive, the class then hosted a gift organization party with a buffet, beverages, and decorations, and faculty and fellow students were invited to assist in sorting and dividing the gifts by age for distribution by Brandon’s Elves.
By all measures, this assignment was a wonderful success. It not only benefitted many area children, but it became much more than a learning experience for the students. To share more details with you, I have invited Ms. Evans and a few students to attend Monday’s meeting.
Trip to Egypt and Morocco
Our trip to Egypt and Morocco from January 8 to 15 was extremely fruitful, and we accomplished more than we had hoped for. Joining me were Mr. Jeff Harmon, Associate Vice President of e-Learning and Learning Enterprises; Dr. Maysa Hayward, Dean of Instructional Outreach; and Mr. Hatem Akl, Chief Information Officer. Their contributions during this important trip were invaluable, and we had a truly wonderful time.
Our very busy itinerary included:
As a result of this, we accomplished the following in the MENA Region:
Spring 2016 Colloquium
The Spring 2016 Colloquium was held on Thursday, January 21, in the Grunin Center Theatre. The day began with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. At 9:00 a.m., I presented my address, “The End of Work,” as well as recognized very deserving employees with Longevity Awards and President’s Excellence Awards.
Three workshops followed for faculty and administrators: From Theory to Implementation: The Student Success Experience; Societal Trends and Factors Impacting Higher Education: An Intellectual Dialogue; and The OCC Leadership Academy – Where Are They Now? Adjunct faculty attended an evening program led by Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Carol Brown.
Attached you will find a copy of the Colloquium program as well as my address to the College community.
Mr. Robert Mather, Financial Aid Specialist, and Ms. Deeanne Gatta-Salter, Senior Financial Aid Specialist, have been instrumental in ensuring the continuation of Ocean County College as a Military Friendly school. They will attend Monday’s meeting to share with you the plaque received by the College.
Using a collaborative, communication approach within and across the campus community, the Student Success Experience will offer and ensure access to comprehensive programs and services designed to empower all students and to connect them reliably and easily with the resources they need to achieve their academic and personal goals.
On Monday, the project coordinators, Mr. Keith Bunn, Enrollment Management Technical Administrator, Ms. Veronica Guevara-Lovgren, Coordinator of Academic Support, and Ms. Sheenah Hartigan, CRM Communications Administrator, will report progress to date and explain in more detail the plans and implementation process.
Ms. Fazio and a student participant, Sean Newman, will give you a brief report on the Conference at Monday’s meeting.
As Academic Affairs begins the new semester, there are several new initiatives and projects that are helping to shape its direction:
The grant has identified five Ocean County school districts to service, which include the following high schools and middle schools: Barnegat High School, Russell O. Brackman Middle School, Lacey High School, Pinelands High School, Toms River High School South, Toms River Intermediate School South, Toms River High School East, and Toms River Intermediate School East.
Finance and Administration
Appreciation is expressed to Mr. Bertini, Mr. Kobus, and Mr. Whitehead for their good work with the students and positive relationships with County high schools.
Upcoming performances include:
On Monday, Mr. Mark Wilson, Interim Director of Cultural Affairs, will give you a brief summary of Grunin Center activities.
OCC has been researching data analytic systems for several years with the intent of procuring a stand-alone system that would require an interface to work with Ellucian Colleague. Since Ellucian has now formed a DPG to create a system within Colleague, OCC will have the opportunity to help design the system as well as enjoy the added benefit of using the system at no cost while it is under development.
The following institutions are participating in the DPG: Becker College, Duke University, Fordham University, Lourdes University, Ocean County College, Our Lady of the Lake University, Regis University, Seattle University, and University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Ms. Sara Winchester, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Ms. Alexa Beshara, Executive Director of Institutional Research, will represent OCC in the development group.