Find Gems at OCC’s Warehouse Surplus Sale This Week

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The public is invited to Oakland Community College’s warehouse surplus sale November 21, with a preview November 20.

OCC is selling gently-used computers, equipment, furniture and more. All items are deeply discounted from retail prices. Highlights of this year’s sale will include Dell 760 computers, restaurant-grade ovens and kilns.

A preview will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, November 20. No sales or holds will be accepted during the preview.

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. All items are first-come, first-served. All sales are final.

The OCC warehouse is located in the M-TEC building of the Auburn Hills Campus, 2900 Featherstone Road.

By Miranda Mayuiers

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Retired McDonald’s USA President, OCC Alum Jeff Stratton Gives Kudos to OCC

Editor’s note: Jeff Stratton, former President of McDonald’s USA, sent OCC this note for publication prior to his retirement in October. Stratton, an OCC alum, was with McDonald’s for 41 years. We thank him for his kind words. Look for more #OCCis50 alumni profiles in this spot. If you’d like to share your story about attending OCC, please contact Margarita Bauza Wagerson at (248) 341-2125 or mbwagers@oaklandcc.edu.

I am proud to be an OCC alum. But when I was a student, I never imagined that I would be in the position I am today.Strantton-Jeff-2008-61-v1_Cropped.jpg

As the president of McDonald’s USA, I’m responsible for the operations of more than 15,500 restaurants in the USA and Canada. I’ve been with McDonald’s for 40 years. But I started out as one of six kids from a modest Detroit family. And, like many of you, I completed important coursework at OCC.

Ultimately, I received the bulk of my education at McDonald’s itself. In fact, 40 percent of our top executives, like me, started in the restaurants. But that kind of “trial by fire” career success is becoming rarer and rarer. A college degree is fast becoming a prerequisite.

We each chart our own path in life and make our own choices. But if you’re making the choice to attend OCC as I did 40 years ago, know that you’re making a good one. OCC offers the kind of well-rounded educational opportunity that will help get where you want to go in life — perhaps a lot faster than I did!

Here’s a little of what I’ve learned over the years: Build your foundation on integrity and values. Surround yourself with people who think differently than you. And remain flexible enough to respond when the right opportunity comes your way.

When you do, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.

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Royal Oak Campus Invites You to its Student Art Exhibit

You are invited to enjoy the work of OCC’s photography students  at the Royal Oak Campus now through December 5.

The display features 74 black and white, color and digital prints on the lower level between B and D buildings.

The Royal Oak campus is at 739 South Washington Street at Lincoln (10 ½ Mile Road). Free parking is available in college structures across the street from the campus. To learn more call (248) 246-2633. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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OCC Foundation Board Member Recognized as Distinguished Volunteer

Oakland Community College Foundation Board member Jan Dolan was recognized as a Distinguished Volunteer by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter’s at its National Philanthropy Day Dinner last night.Jan Dolan

Dolan has been a member of the OCC Foundation Board of Directors since 1996 and is a consummate ambassador for the College. She established the Mark R. Dolan Memorial Endowed Scholarship through the Foundation in fall of 2011 and continues to encourage others to support educational opportunities for OCC students.

“Jan is a steadfast advocate for accessible, affordable education in Oakland County,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “From her 18 years on the OCC Foundation Board of Directors to her endowed scholarship, we are grateful for her service and generosity.”

Dolan was state representative from 1989 to 1996, Farmington Hills City Councilwoman from 1976 to 1988 and Mayor of Farmington Hills in 1978 and 1985. She also chairs or sits on a variety of boards including the Botsford Commons Seniors Community, Farmington Rotary, Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Every November, more than 200 Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters across the country observe National Philanthropy Day to recognize the contributions of philanthropy and volunteerism of those people active in local nonprofits.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter National Philanthropy Day Dinner was Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the COBO Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI, 48226.

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.

About the OCC Foundation:

The mission of the Oakland Community College Foundation is to raise financial support to advance the mission and goals of the Oakland Community College. The Oakland Community College Foundation was established in 1979 to raise private contributions to provide opportunities for students and enhance the quality of education at the College. Gift dollars support students through scholarships, equipment purchases and program development. The OCC Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is made up of volunteer community leaders, representatives of the OCC Board of Trustees, administration and faculty.

About AFP

The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Detroit is a membership resource for fundraising and nonprofit professionals throughout southeastern Michigan seeking to foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals, preserving and enhancing philanthropy and volunteerism and promoting the highest ethical standards in the fundraising profession worldwide.

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OCC Celebrates 50 Years!

As OCC turns 50, it launches a year-long celebration to mark its launch in 1964 and the first class to walk through its doors in 1965.

Oakland Community College honored 2,300 graduates receiving more than 2,600 degrees and certificates at its 48th annual commencement ceremony  in 2014. Nearly one million students have studied at OCC in the last five decades.

Oakland Community College honored 2,300 graduates receiving more than 2,600 degrees and certificates at its 48th annual commencement ceremony in 2014. Nearly one million students have studied at OCC in the last five decades.

This fall, OCC enrolled its 50th group of freshmen and began the celebration of a half century of excellence. Nearly one million students have studied at OCC in the last five decades. OCC graduates chefs, EMTs, nurses and dental hygienists. Students also transfer to bachelor and graduate degree programs to become doctors, lawyers and teachers. One of OCC’s graduates is astronaut Andrew Feustel.

“We are excited about OCC’s next 50 years,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “The total impact OCC and its graduates have had on this community is beyond calculation.”

: A Lake Orion native, Andrew Feustel attended OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus 1983 to 1986, graduating cum laude with an Associate in Science degree. Feustel was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in 2000.  He trained for two years as a mission specialist and served on his first space mission, STS-125 Atlantis, in May, 2009.

: A Lake Orion native, Andrew Feustel attended OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus 1983 to 1986, graduating cum laude with an Associate in Science degree. Feustel was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in 2000. He trained for two years as a mission specialist and served on his first space mission, STS-125 Atlantis, in May, 2009.

Some highlights of the last 50 years:

  • George and Doris Mosher are known as OCC’s “founding” parents. With her husband and community members, Mrs. Mosher campaigned to make a vote on the College successful. George Mosher was elected to the first OCC Board in 1964 and remained on it until 1970.
  • Classes began in 1965 in adapted buildings at the Auburn Hills Campus, a demobilized Army missile base dating to the 1950s, and the Highland Lakes Campus, a former county tuberculosis sanatorium in Waterford built in the 1920s. In 1964, the College purchased a former apple orchard in Farmington Hills and transformed it into the Orchard Ridge Campus, opening in 1967. An administrative center opened in Bloomfield Hills in 1969.
  • OCC set a national record for a community college opening semester enrollment with 3,860 students in 1965. Enrollment was 15,142 five years later.
    OCC set a national record for a community college opening semester enrollment with 3,860 students in 1965.
    OCC set a national record for a community college opening semester enrollment with 3,860 students in 1965.
  • Dr. John E. Tirrell was OCC’s first president, serving from 1964 to 1968. Since its founding, OCC has featured eight leaders. Its current chancellor, Dr. Timothy Meyer, took the helm in 2008.
  • In 1990, OCC’s student population reached 28,667, making it the largest of Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Today, OCC is the largest of 28 community colleges in Michigan and 23rd largest of the country’s 1,200 community colleges. It has enrolled nearly a million students since its founding. It offers more than 160 degrees and certificates, including transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts.
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