OCC Student Austen Brantley’s Sculptures Wow at Art Prize

Oakland Community College student Austen Brantley was among the 1,500 artists exhibiting work at the famed ArtPrize event September 24 to October 12 in Grand Rapids. His sculptures were displayed at Grand Rapids City Hall.

His pieces were selected as part of a “cocoon” series to be displayed at the 822 gallery in Royal Oak on Saturday, October 25.

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Brantley, who is in his teens and a graduate of Berkley High School, has studied at Orchard Ridge and Auburn Hills. His works have been exhibited in three art fairs. Currently, he has three pieces on display at private galleries.

Here is an excerpt of his ArtPrize artist statement.

“My hope (and dream) is to attend the a traditional private art school. I am grateful, excited for the unknown journey that has already begun and still awaits me; it shapes, hones, and sculpts, if you will, the artist I’ve become, aspire to become, and in many ways, have always been. I am not only an artist: I am a seeker—a seeker in pursuit of his vision. My philosophy is this: if my dreams don’t scare me, they’re not big enough. So why not shoot for the impossible?”

For more on Brantley and his works visit the following links:

ArtPrize artist page

Artist website

PBS interview

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OCC Students Experience Real Life Police Work in Detroit Police Internship

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Darell Wagner, a criminal justice sophomore at OCC, participated in a Detroit Police Department internship this summer.

The Detroit Police Department invited OCC’s Internship & Cooperative Education Program to become a partner in a new internship program.

As a result, Oakland Community College criminal justice sophomores Justin Snow and Darell Wagner joined 33 other students for the internship from over 175 who applied from Oakland University, Wayne Community College, Macomb Community College, Michigan State and other in-state and out-of-state schools.

The selection process included a detailed application process, scoring based on work and academic performance, criminal background checks and interviews by officers and human resources. Students were given the opportunity to view crime scenes, autopsies, conduct interviews with victims and witnesses and complete police reports. OCC students said the internships gave them “real world” experience and affirmed their desire to enter a law enforcement career.

“The skills I learned and the welcoming environment at the DPD was the best,” said Wagner, 30, of Pontiac. “I was able to get hands-on experience and participate in the dynamic Commercial Auto Theft Squad. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in law enforcement.”

Detroit police are seeking student interns for the winter semester. Internships will require a 10-hour-a-week time commitment and will include experiences such as working with officers, ride-a-longs, assisting on crime scenes and working in special units. DPD plans to offer a summer intern program for students in high school and college.

“Students seeking an internship assignment at OCC should be prepared, organized, proactive and work hard to set career goals,” said Willie Lloyd, Director of Placement Services and Cooperative Education at OCC. Lloyd also encouraged students to review the Internship and Co-op Schedule for upcoming events and opportunities.

For information about becoming an intern or posting an internship, click here, or contact Kathie House, Program Coordinator at OCC, at kshouse@oaklandcc.edu or (248) 232-4140.

By Miranda Mayuiers

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Prescription Drug Abuse Luring Suburban Youth into Harder Drugs

imagesCAFE48DSMore youth are raiding their parents’ medicine cabinets, a growing problem in Oakland County that often leads to the use of harder drugs like heroin. These, in turn, can lead to addiction and even death.

Learn more about the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in youth at an Oakland Community College forum October 28.

Robert Stutman, the former head of New York City’s Drug Enforcement Agency office, will speak at community forum between 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at OCC’s Royal Oak Campus, 739 S. Washington, Royal Oak. OCC is the presenting sponsor.

Stutman will share his expertise with parents, students and communities. Every day 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. He will share his thoughts on how to cope with and potentially resolve this devastating and debilitating problem.

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Robert Stutman, the former head of New York City’s Drug Enforcement Agency office, will share his thoughts on how to cope with and potentially resolve the devastating and debilitating problem of prescription drug abuse in youth.

“For the past few years, more young people have died from prescription drug overdose than from heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine combined,” Stutman said.

To register for the October 28 event, visit prescriptionabuse.eventbrite.com.

The events are part of a larger Oakland County initiative to address the emerging problem of prescription drug abuse among pre-teens, teens and young adults.

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, 51st District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, OCC Dean of Nursing and Health Services Lori Przymusinski and Oakland County Health and Human Services Director George Miller, announced a partnership last month that includes the Oakland County Sheriff to raise awareness of the issue among youth and their parents.

Judge Debbrecht Switalski, founder Regional Anti-Drug Education and Outreach (RADEO) program, brought the issue of youth prescription drug abuse to Patterson’s attention after seeing many teens in her courtroom struggling with addiction. She has seen firsthand how prescription drug abuse is a gateway to using heroin.

Often, access begins with a prescription from a doctor, from a trusted friend, or from the family’s medicine cabinet. Parents are encouraged to take the following steps to help prevent prescription drug abuse:

  • Talk to your children about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs
  • Know your child’s friends
  • Supervise your child’s activities
  • Monitor prescription medication in the home
  • Lock up medications
  • Monitor where your children spend time and their surroundings
  • Properly dispose of unused and expired medications

Warning signs include but are not limited to missing medications from family members, dramatic changes in appearance or behavior, excessive over‐the‐counter medicine use, abrupt mood swings, always looking for money, continued use of the prescription drug and missing valuables.

About OCC:

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.

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Students Can Now Take Raider One Card Photos at Campus Book Stores

Starting immediately, students can have their Raider One Card photo taken at the Raiders Stores on all campuses.12765 Raider One Card Photo Stations_403x403

The Raider One Card is the all-in-one student ID Card and campus cash card.

Students can have their photos taken during regular Raiders Store business hours. For store hours visit, www.oaklandcc.edu/bookstore. Hours may vary per campus.

See Raiders Store cashier for details.

For more information about the Raider One Card, visit www.oaklandcc.edu/RaiderOneCard.

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Culinary Studies Institute Celebrates the Swingin’ Sixties with Dinner Event

Calling all Hip Chicks and Cool Cats! Grab your love beads, your old 45s and dust off your bell-bottoms for a groovy party. Join the Culinary Studies Institute in celebrating the Swingin’ Sixties and Oakland Community College’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy righteous food, drinks and live entertainment.Swinging-Sixties-Square

The Swingin’ Sixties Celebration dinner will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 23, at OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus in the 3rd floor of Tirrell Hall – J Building. The evening will feature a five-course meal with authentic specialties including neato drinks, a rad photo booth, and the lively Beatles tribute band, Toppermost.

The Swingin’ Sixties is CSI’s first themed dinner of the 2014-2015 season. Under the watchful eyes of chef instructors, students research, plan, prepare and serve a feast including wines selected to complement dinner. The evening’s mood is set at a cocktail hour before the dinner with specialty hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar offers beverages concocted to reflect the evening’s theme as well as offering a selection of wines and beer.

At each dinner event, pastry chefs and their students create specialty products for purchase. The bake shop opens at 5 p.m. to allow time to shop for specialty breads, coffee cakes, cookies, tortes and candies. Many items freeze well. It is not necessary to attend the dinner to shop at the bakery goods sale.

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased on the Eventbrite website or using an order form on the dining website. Go to www.oaklandcc.edu/culinary and click “Swingin’ 60’s Celebration.” Reservations are required. The deadline for reserving seats is Tuesday, October 21. For more information, call (248) 522-3700.

About the OCC Culinary Studies Institute: The CSI is Michigan’s premier hospitality school. The largest of the Institute’s programs, Culinary Arts, gives students a combination of classroom and hands on experience. In addition to extensive time in kitchen labs cooking and baking, specialties such as ice carving and wine and spirits are offered. Students participate in events such as the annual Wassail Feast at the student-run Ridgewood Café, a restaurant on the Orchard Ridge Campus.

About OCC: With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.

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