It’s Free Pizza with the President of OCC’s AH Campus! RSVP NOW!

Dr. Tim Taylor, OCC Auburn Hills Campus President, wants YOU to join him for lunch.Free lunch with the president

OCC Students are invited to join Dr. Tim Taylor for a free lunch and feedback session. Dr. Taylor wants to hear your student story. What do you like about OCC? What would you do differently if given the opportunity?

“The ‘Free Lunch with the President’ event is a Student Life initiative aimed at fostering greater communication, understanding and strengthening the relationship between the Campus’s administration and the student body,” Taylor said. “I am in the position of making day-to-day decisions that affect the quality of the learning environment for our students. This initiative will add clarity to my decisions, plus it gives students a formal mechanism for infusing their voice in the governance of this campus.”

Student LIFE will have a prize drawing for an OCC Swag Bag that includes a Raiders Store gift card at the event. Students who engage with the free luncheon event on social media can earn entries into the contest. Each “like,” retweet, share, etc. is an entry into the contest. You must be present to win.

“I just love being around students. Initiatives like these help keep my emotional batteries recharged,” Taylor added.

Bring your appetite and share your opinions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, at the Auburn Hills Campus, Room G240, 2900 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills, MI, 48326.

Please RSVP by October 26 to for your coupon for free admission. The luncheon is open to the first 100 students who respond. Walk-ins may be accepted, but Student LIFE reserves the right to turn away guests who have not RSVP’d if the event exceeds capacity.

By Miranda Mayuiers

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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

DPD intern Darrell Wagner

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 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.


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

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

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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, Hours may vary per campus.

See Raiders Store cashier for details.

For more information about the Raider One Card, visit

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