OCC Names New Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services

Peter Provenzano has been named the new Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at Oakland Community College effective September 1. Provenzano, Peter - 3

Provenzano is a Michigan native with more than 20 years of accounting and managerial experience in private and public sectors. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has experience as a chief financial officer, assistant city manager, controller and auditor.  Provenzano served as a key member of executive leadership teams and managed budgets up to $640 million. He is an expert in department reorganization to improve efficiency of services and was awarded Crain’s Detroit Business Government CFO of the year in 2012.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Provenzano’s caliber join our leadership team at OCC,” said Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “It’s an exciting time at the college – we are undergoing transformation to meet a changing landscape in our community. Peter is a skilled leader with a deep sense of fiduciary responsibility and innovative ideas for efficiency and solving complex issues.”

He most recently served as finance director for Macomb County, with a population of 850,000 residents, approximately 2,500 county employees and 2,500 retirees. Oakland Community College, celebrating its 50th anniversary, serves over 47,000 students a year and employs 2,200 people across five campuses with a budget of $157 million.

“I am excited to take on this challenge,” Provenzano said.  “I have long admired Oakland Community College as a dynamic institution. The educational and training programs at the college have a widespread influence on the county and the region, directly impacting the county’s vitality and economic stability.   I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this system during such an exciting time as they celebrate 50 years of educational excellence.”

Provenzano graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting. He has a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University and is a certified public accountant. He lives in Macomb County with his wife, son and daughter and serves on the boards of Chippewa Valley Schools Educational Foundation, the Macomb Health Plan and the Macomb Township Fire Retirement System.

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Let OCC Recycle Your e-Waste!

In support of Campus Sustainability Day 2014, the OCC Sustainability Committee is sponsoring an electronic waste recycling event at the Auburn Hills and Southfield Campuses.

eWaste collection times, dates and locations are:

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Auburn Hills campus, 2900 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills, parking lot 9.
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct 25, at the Southfield campus parking, 22322 Rutland Ave, Southfield.12122-EWaste-403

The Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) company will take approved e-waste from OCC students, staff, faculty and the Oakland County Community and transport the waste to the company’s facility. 

The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, printers, copiers, cell phones, office phones, microwaves, chargers, TVs, cable boxes, lithium ion and car batteries, hard drives, industrial equipment, personal electronics, radios, computer monitors, audio equipment, routers, circuit boards, cables, wires, cords and home appliances.

The following materials will not be accepted: bio-hazard material, radioactive material, VHS tapes, CDs, Freon-containing devices, alkaline batteries, leaking batteries, any non-electronics and hazardous waste like paint or oil.

For more information, contact Mike Halaburda at (248) 341-2016.

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OCC Raiders Ready for a Banner Year

OCC Women's Volleyball

OCC 2013-2014 Women’s Volleyball Team

Oakland Community College Athletics have kicked off the 2014-2015 season with athletes training and competing in cross country, women’s volleyball and men’s golf. Basketball season begins next, on October 1.

With the current athletes and newly signed talent, OCC Athletic Director Laurie Huber anticipates a very successful 2014-2015.

“OCC Raiders had three All-Americans last year, all freshmen,” Huber said. “This year should be just as successful if not better.”

OCC is excited to begin the new athletics season, which features great talent, including the following new athletes who signed on as OCC Raiders:

Women’s Basketball:

  • Brianna Hopkins, of River Rouge High School, signed as Point Guard. A strong defender and good rebounder, she will help OCC transition offense and second chance possessions.
  • Martavia Poole, of River Rouge High School, signed to OCC Southfield. A great addition on defense, tough and strong with guard ability to score, she will help with rebounding goals for the team.
  • Starrnisha Harris, of River Rouge High School, signed as Point Guard. Born to be a point guard, she has great floor presence and knows the game well.
  • Ferndale High School Senior Taryn Stephens signed with OCC, accepting a 2-year scholarship to play shooting guard and small guard for the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) team.

Women’s Volleyball:

  • Kalie Marantette is a 5’10” outside hitter from Lakeland High School in White Lake. Kalie played club volleyball at Super Nova Volleyball.
  • Selena Golnick is a 6’, six-position middle attacker from Cadillac High School. Selena placed 13th in the 2013 Class-B All-State voting. She played club volleyball at InsideOut Volleyball.
  • Jonna Villamure comes to OCC from Michigan Tech. Jonna was a setter for the Huskies before transferring to OCC in January. Prior to MTU, Jonna played at Milford High School and club volleyball with A2.
  • Cassie Porta transferred to OCC from Lawrence Tech. Cassie was the libero position for the Blue Devils before coming to OCC in January. Prior to LTU, Cassie played high school volleyball at Hartland High and club volleyball with A2.
  • Paige VanOordt, a graduate of Grand Haven High School, comes to OCC as a utility player. She is 5’10” and filled the roles of defensive specialist and setter in high school. Paige plays club volleyball with Impact Dynamic 18’s.
  • Karlee Weissend is a 6’1,” six-position middle attacker from Clio High School. She plays club volleyball at Oakland Elite with the 18-1.

The OCC Raiders had a banner year in 2013-2014 featuring 44 signed athletes, 15 athletes transferring to four-year schools with athletic scholarships and stellar performances by all Raiders teams.

“Four of our teams won their conference and two teams were national tournament qualifiers,” said Head Softball Coach Jamie Corona. “Multiple athletes from all seven teams won post-season athletic and academic awards.”

Outstanding performances by OCC Raiders in 2013-2014 included:


OCC Raiders Softball team finished in the top 10 at the NJCAA DII Women’s Softball Tournament in Clinton, Mississippi. 

Freshman pitcher Manda Messer was named DII Player of the week for the weeks of 4/14/14 and 4/21/14. She was also named Conference MVP for the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

Maggie Irvine was named National Softball Player of the Week for 4/28.


  • Women’s Softball head coach Jamie Corona won Coach of the Year for the MCCAA Eastern Conference & District H.
  • Richard Coatta was awarded the Golf MCCAA Eastern Conference Coach of the year.
  • Jeff Stark, Volleyball coach, received Michigan Community College Athletic Association & Region XII Coach of the Year.

The following athletes were awarded National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors:

  • Sarah Lindsay – Half Marathon
  • Mike Gaulin – 2nd Team All-American – Men’s Golf
  • Manda Messer – 3rd Team All-American – Women’s Softball 

These athletes transferred to four-year schools with athletic scholarships:

  • Peyton Lang – University of North Alabama (volleyball)
  • Kaitlin Mault – University of Northwest Ohio (volleyball)
  • Ellsea Smith – University of Northwest Ohio (volleyball)
  • Spencer Stokes – Madonna University (volleyball)
  • Brittany Guldan -Wayne State University (volleyball)
  • Lauren Featherston – Concordia University (basketball)
  • Dianna Doebler – Finlandia University (basketball)
  • Tanner McCune – Concordia University (basketball)
  • Courtney Murphy – Northwood University (basketball)
  • Hannah Rockensuess – Cleary University (softball)
  • Adrian Emanuelson – Cleary University (softball)
  • Alexis Powell – University of Michigan, Dearborn (softball)
  • Jametrius Wade – Concord University (basketball)
  • Carlos Eubanks – Lake Superior State University (basketball)
  • Ben Proben – Ferris State University (golf)
  • Nathan Stepney – Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (basketball)

 Schedules for all Raiders sports are available at http://www.mccaa.org/.

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OCC Hosts “Golf for Scholarships” Outing

Oakland Community College is hosting its 23rd Annual “Golf for Scholarships” Outing on Friday, August 22, at the beautiful Pine Knob Golf Course, 5580 Waldon Road, in Clarkston, MI.

The outing is an excellent opportunity for professional networking and to play a friendly game of golf while raising funds for scholarships.

Last year’s event raised more than $43,000 in scholarships. The day’s lineup is as follows:

8:30 a.m. – Registration and Full Breakfast
10 a.m. – Shotgun Start (Scramble format) – Hot dog and chips provided at the turn
3:30 p.m. – Full Dinner (chicken or steak)

Individual golfers pay $200. OCC employees and retirees pay $150. The day will feature a hole-in-one prize, beverages on the course, golf competitions and lots of great giveaways.

To register, visit:
Register by email (send fillable form to occfoundation@oaklandcc.edu)
Pay Online (PayPal)
Register By Fax/Mail (fillable form)

A map and directions are available here. For more information, call (248) 341-2137 or send an email to OCCFoundation@oaklandcc.edu.

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OCC Conference to Feature National ADHD Experts

This year’s annual Michael Golds Memorial Conference on ADHD will feature an exciting gathering of ADHD experts including keynote speaker educator J. Russell Ramsay, an expert in the treatment of adults with ADHD.

Ramsay is co-founder and co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. A complete list of featured speakers and panelists is available here. OCC and the Eastern Oakland Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Chapter are co-sponsors of the September 19 conference, now in its 14th year.

Watch Michael Golds’ mom Barb speak about a previous conference:

“The goal of this conference is to empower individuals with ADHD and their families, friends, employers, educators, medical and mental health treatment professionals with the most current researched-based information about Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder,” said organizer Tammy Schluchter.

“Attendees will be provided with information on ADHD including symptomology, diagnostic procedures, course of ADHD across the lifespan, treatment options, common comorbidities, impact of the disorder on learning, relationships, careers, and resources for treatment and support,” she added.

Conference registration is now available online at Eventbrite. The program goes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 19, at the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. Attendees should take the Orchard Lake Road exit off I-696 in Farmington Hills. Online registration is $75 and $30 for students with a student ID. Registration at the door is $85. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for educators, school psychologists and social workers.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a brain condition that makes it challenging to concentrate and has a number of other symptoms such as impulsivity and hyperactivity. About 9.5%, or 5.4 million children ages 4-17, have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The annual Michael Golds Conference was founded in 2000 to create awareness about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Michael Golds, an OCC and Eastern Michigan University graduate who excelled despite his ADHD diagnosis, died in an accident shortly before he was to enter graduate school. His parents created the conference in his honor. For more information, contact Tammy Schluchter at mgoldsconf@gmail.com or at (248) 731-6747.

About OCC

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. OCC is celebrating its 50th year and 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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