News & Events
News & Events
July 27, 2015
TO: Members, OCC Board of Trustees
FROM: Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.
SUBJECT: Items of Interest for the July 27, 2015, Board Meeting
DATE: July 22, 2015
Ain Shams University
On Tuesday through Thursday, July 21-23, 2015, Dr. Hussein Mohammed Ahmed Eissa, President, and Dr. Sayed El-Sayed Elkouly, Chair of the Department of Management, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, visited with Ocean County College to discuss partnership opportunities. On Tuesday, Dr. Eissa, Dr. El-Sayed, and OCC representatives visited with Dr. Dawood Farahi, President of Kean University, and on Wednesday, the group traveled to the New Jersey Institute of Technology to meet with Dr. Joel Bloom, President.
The visit was quite informative and productive. Dr. Eissa and Dr. El-Sayed are anxious to pursue a wide variety of opportunities for Ain Shams students to study at OCC, Kean, and NJIT.
Business and Financial Affairs
Tickets are on sale in the Student Life Office. The price includes the picnic buffet, game seat, and fireworks: $22 for adults and $14 for children ages 5-12.
The first Alumni Picnic last year was a wonderful success, with approximately 150 in attendance representing OCC. If your schedule permits, please come for a fun evening.
The College has been awarded a $50,000 grant, $25,000 for each of two years, from Investors Foundation in support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy. The new STEM Academy will encourage students of all ages, from kindergarten through high school, to consider pursing an education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which will assist in meeting the increasing demand for employees skilled in these fields.
This award will be accepted by the Board on Monday. We are very grateful that Investors Foundation recognizes the importance of STEM-related education. We will have the opportunity to express our appreciation on Monday when Investors Bank representatives join us to present a check. With us will be Ms. Victoria Magliacane, Senior Vice President of Sales and Service; Ms. Cindy Dundas, Market Manager; Ms. Lisa Carta, Branch Manager; and Ms. Sandy Broughton, Community Development Officer.
Wireless infrastructure upgrades are underway. This project will improve the College’s wireless security and will provide wireless coverage throughout the campus mall and the area surrounding the Gateway Building.
The firewall upgrade was completed successfully during June. This project also improves security, provides real-time intruder detection and prevention, and strengthens protection against malware.
The official Human Resources website has been completed and is now available on Ocean Connect. Much positive feedback has been received regarding its content and usability. Ms. Jackie D’Amore, Human Resources Specialist, will provide a brief demonstration of the new site at Monday’s meeting.
The Facilities Maintenance Department initiated its LED upgrade program in Parking Lot #1 last month; 52 parking lot lights were replaced with LED lighting, which provides better illumination, requires virtually no maintenance, and is cost-effective.
At the start of summer, Facilities Maintenance implemented a schedule for staff to paint and repair facilities in need of immediate care. Working with Ms. Debra Pfaff, Academic Administrator for the School of Language and the Arts, through the R25 space utilization program, classes are being relocated to provide the flexibility to make the necessary repairs.
Each year, a competition is held for “Ocean County’s Best.” This year, the Planetarium has been nominated by readers in the category of "2015 Kids: Children's Entertainment." Voting is going on now; the link to vote is:
On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at 8:00 p.m., young trumpet phenom (and Toms River native) Geoff Gallante will perform on the main stage. Mr. Gallante only seems to get better as he enters his teenage years. As his star continues to grow and he becomes more in demand around the country, this will be a great opportunity to see him back home.
Advisors personally spoke or met with nearly 30 percent of these students of academic concern. Conversations focused on identifying the causes for the students’ difficulties; how to register for the Step-by-Step program, which assists students in getting back on track; the option of filing appeals; and Fall registration. Advisors left voice mail and sent email messages to students they were unable to reach by phone. These measures will, hopefully, encourage students to continue at OCC and improve their performance.
The total number of students attending Orientation this summer, however, is down from last summer. In an effort to encourage students to register for Orientation and increase enrollment, the Advising Office coordinated outreach to students who had been invited to, but not yet registered for, an Orientation session. The Advising Office, with support from the Office of Admissions, contacted 457 students by phone. Of those 457 students, they spoke with 178 and left messages for 214. Students were encouraged to schedule their Orientation, and the staff was able to answer questions and provide assistance. This effort will be repeated in August, if needed, pending enrollment numbers at that time.
Financial Aid continues to offer students important information regarding the financial aid opportunities available to them. They are particularly focused on providing assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A FAFSA Workshop Series – Opening Pathways to Education Now is offered throughout the year:
In addition, students have available to them Financial Aid TV – Digital Financial Aid Answers on Demand service on the OCC website. These videos have proven to be very popular with students: