Coming to a Campus Near You: the Raider One Card Mobile Unit!

13182 Raider One Card Photo Stations_403x403_JanuaryGet your photo taken at the Raider One Card Mobile Unit from 11 am – 5 pm at the following campus locations:

January 12th and 14th

Southfield Campus (across from the Raiders Store)

January 20th

Auburn Hills Campus (in the Student Center/Café area)

Students will need to bring their student ID number and a photo ID. Photos may also be taken at any campus Raiders Store during normal business hours. For additional information, please see a Raiders Store cashier for details or contact the Raider One Card Office by email at raideronecard@oaklandcc.edu.

By Miranda Mayuiers

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College Raises $10,000 on Building Implosion Auction

Editor’s Note: The Ebay auction raised $8,000. A number of bidders came forward after the auction to donate to the OCC Foundation. While initially reporting having raised $12,000, after verifying all donations, the final amount raised was $10,000.

Andrea Wilson, an Oakland Police Academy recruit and OCC Foundation scholarship recipient, was selected to hit the lever that started the implosion of the North Park Plaza building Sunday morning.

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wilson copy Top photo: Chancellor Tim Meyer thanks the donors for making the event a success. Bottom photo: OCC Police Academy graduate and scholarship recipient Andrea Willson readies to implode North Park Plaza.

Wilson was sponsored by an anonymous donor who made an $8,000 bid on an eBay auction for the opportunity. A number of other bidders came forward as well to donate their bid amounts to the OCC Foundation. The final amount raised was $10,000. All proceeds benefit student scholarships. At the close of bidding on Thursday, the top bid was $15,000. The $8,000 bidder, who wished to remain anonymous, was the first one to come forward and claim the prize.

“It was a very big shock to be asked,” said Wilson, 26, of Waterford. “I’m honored to have been chosen and grateful for the donor who will fund a scholarship for someone. Since I am a scholarship recipient myself, it felt really good to be able to help with this project.”

Wilson was awarded the “LJPR, LLC Guns and Hoses Scholarship” through the OCC Foundation, which goes to a self-sponsored police recruit with outstanding leadership, high academic achievement and excellent communications skills. Wilson is a recent OCC Criminal Justice program graduate and an active member of OCC’s Criminal Justice Student Association.

The Oakland Community College Foundation auctioned the opportunity to raise funds for student scholarships.

“It’s something I’ll be able to tell my kids one day, that I helped blow up a building. It was exhilarating. It happened real fast. There were a series of explosions and then it all went down all at once.”

Chancellor Timothy Meyer, who was initially offered the opportunity to hit the lever, decided to auction off the opportunity as a way to raise scholarship money.

“This is a momentous event that we are looking forward to sharing with the community,” Meyer said Sunday morning. “This is something that only happens once in a lifetime. The OCC Foundation was started in 1979 and was established to support scholarships for our students. And that is what this implosion is all about, the support of our students.”

The auction began Thursday, December 4, 2014, and concluded on Thursday, December 11, 2014. The bids were tax deductible, with all proceeds benefitting OCC students.

OCC acquired the North Park Plaza, a 17-story, 42-year-old, 340,000 square foot property in Southfield earlier this year. There are no immediate plans for the property, but the building is blighted and must be removed. An implosion was preferred as it is faster and minimizes the dust and debris better than a mechanical demolition.

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The OCC Foundation was established in 1979 with the purpose to raise private contributions in order to provide opportunities for students and to enhance the quality of education at the College. A board of directors composed of volunteer community leaders governs the Foundation. Gifts support students through scholarships, equipment purchases and program development. In the 2013-2014 school year, it awarded approximately $150,000 to 230 students. To learn more about the OCC Foundation, visit http://www.oaklandcc.edu/Foundation/.

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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 http://www.oaklandcc.edu.

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Poverty Simulation at Auburn Hills Campus Offers Life Perspective

What’s it like to live the life of a single parent with no support system, living on a fixed income, with a disabled child?

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Students participate in poverty simulation exercise at the Auburn Hills Campus

This is one of the many scenarios participants will put themselves through when they take part in the 5th annual Poverty Simulation Exercise at the Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus on February 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. in G240.

That night, 88 students from several psychology courses and the student body at large will participate in a simulation to go through “a day in the life” of a person or family living in poverty.  Auburn Hills Student LIFE is the program organizer. The program is open to the public. Participants must register by emailing studentlife@Oaklandcc.edu.

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Jessica Lizardi

“This event is always truly an eye opening experience for all involved,” said Auburn Hills Student Development Coordinator Jessica Lizardi. “We encourage faculty to communicate this opportunity to your students as extra credit – or bring your entire class to experience the simulation.”

The idea took shape five years ago when Gail Palmer, former Mental Health/Social Work faculty and Lizardi, who was teaching American Government, were brainstorming ways to combine concepts of American Government and Social Work.

“It’s set up like a small town and it unfolds as a day in the life of someone in poverty,” Lizardi said. “People are given a scenario complete with their income, and other aspects of their situation, such as being a single parent with no support system or having a disabled child. The program is set up as four 15-minute weeks and the person interacts with the city during that time.13111 Poverty Simulator

“They take kids to school, go to work, there’s a school, a “Check n Go,” a pawn shop, resources that people in poverty would go to.

“Students walk away with a sense of empowerment to effect change in their communities and a better idea of the things people go through and how they live,” Lizardi added.

All profiles are based on real people, the clientele serviced by the Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA), which created the program.

MACA created a national model for agencies, nonprofits and schools to purchase in order to hold their own Poverty Simulation events.  For the last few years, OCC has accepted the assistance of Lighthouse of Oakland County in delivering the simulation. In 2010, AH Student LIFE and the AH Mental Health Social Work Program purchased the kit in order for OCC to be able to do it on a continuous basis.

In additional to simulation participants, planners are seeking 20 volunteers from OCC staff, faculty and/or student to help during the exercise. The program needs 88 students and 20 volunteers for it to run efficiently.

Volunteers are needed to serve from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and act as “Community Resource Personnel” in the simulation. Volunteer orientation begins at 4:30 p.m. and the exercise starts promptly at 6 p.m.

No prior experience as a community service worker is necessary, but a working understanding of challenges faced by those in poverty, or in navigating community and/or government resources is a big plus, Lizardi said.

To volunteer or register, email studentlife@oaklandcc.edu.

By Margarita Bauza Wagerson

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A gift for someone who has it all!

Add a little kaboom to your holiday season! Oakland Community College is auctioning the opportunity to implode a Metro Detroit skyscraper. usethisone

On the morning of December 14, 2014, one lucky bidder will have the chance to start the implosion of a 17-story building in Southfield,  Mich. Visit http://r.ebay.com/xU7jJy to place your bid. Bidding is open through 11 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Auction winner will receive: 1) The opportunity to start the implosion of the skyscraper, 2) A commemorative photo of the event, 3) Recognition on the OCC Foundation website. Bids are tax-deductible and all proceeds go to OCC students.

“We are excited to offer this unique opportunity to one lucky winner,” said OCC Foundation Executive Director Carol Furlong. “Proceeds go to supporting our students.”

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OCC purchased the 42-year-old, 17-story, 340,000 square feet property known as North Park Plaza earlier this year. While there are no immediate plans for the property, the building is blighted and must be removed. The implosion date is subject to change based on weather and other conditions.

The Oakland Community College Foundation is a licensed nonprofit organization, established in 1979 to raise private donations, increase opportunities for students and enhance the quality of education at the College. Gifts support students through scholarships, equipment purchases and program development. The OCC Foundation is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteer community leaders.

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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OCC Retirees Present Check to OCC Foundation

Oakland Community College retirees presented a $1,000 check to the OCC Foundation at its annual Association of Retired Personnel (OCCARP) luncheon at the Orchard Ridge Campus in October. OCCARP has contributed more than $17,000 in scholarships since 1999. The scholarship provides deserving OCC students with scholarships each school year for tuition and course related textbooks.

“We feel it’s a privilege to help fund the education of those who need it the most,” said OCCARP Board Chair Bob Zemke. “With every scholarship, we improve the lives of others and our community as a whole.”

Back Row: (L-R) Sylvia Berggruen, Debbie Schmidt, Tim Meyer, Cheryl Kozell, Bob Zemke, Julie Burley, Candy Geeter, Barb Frey Front Row: Judi Yerkes and Diane Fisher

Back Row: (L-R) Sylvia Berggruen, Debbie Schmidt, Tim Meyer, Cheryl Kozell, Bob Zemke, Julie Burley, Candy Geeter, Barb Frey
Front Row: Judi Yerkes and Diane Fisher

Click here to find out how you can give to the OCC Foundation.

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