OCC Names 2017 Diversity Champion, Allison McFadden-Keesling

mcfadden-diversity-champion-2017.jpgOakland Community College’s (OCC) 2017 Diversity Champion by the College’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  McFadden-Keesling, a librarian at OCC’s Highland Lakes Campus in Waterford, received the award for her work on OCC’s Human Library, a collection of diverse individuals who are on loan to readers.

“In this age of rapid globalization, the understanding and appreciation of others is an important foundation for personal and professional success,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer.

The College’s Diversity and Inclusion committee mission is to ensure that diversity, in all its forms, is respected and valued, in an environment of inclusiveness and understanding. The committee offers college-wide programs and serves as an educational resource for OCC students, employees and the community with opportunities to provide input and diverse insight. Each year, the committee honors an individual who has helped promote its core values and goals.

Under the national Human Library guides, OCC’s Human Library represents a multitude of diverse populations including economic, cultural, religion, race, and more, for open and sometimes difficult conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

In addition to her work on OCC’s Human Library, McFadden-Keesling created a special collection of documentary films about diversity and inclusion at the Highland Lakes campus library and moderates film viewings and discussions. For the last eight years, she organized OCC Highland Lakes’ “African American Read-in.”

McFadden-Keesling presents on the Human Library at state and local conferences and events including the Michigan Library Association Academic Libraries Conferences and the Optimist Club of Central Detroit. She will be recognized May 4 at an annual event hosted by the Birmingham Race Relations and Diversity Task Force.

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Event Explores Historic Parallels, Civil Rights Impact of Minority Registries

How does the internment of Japanese Americans relate to a potential registry of Muslims in America?

On 4.20-2.PNGApril 20, Oakland Community College (OCC) along with the Michigan Asian Pacific Affairs Commission (MAPAC), National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and the Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL) will be showing a documentary about the civil rights case of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American who refused to go to an internment camp during World War II.  Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion about the documentary and the similarities of a potential Muslim registry.

The documentary spotlights the historic case of Korematsu, who challenged the constitutionality of the U.S. government’s imprisonment of Japanese Americans, but lost in 1944. In 1983, key documents were discovered that Japanese Americans had not committed acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. That same year, Korematsu’s case was re-opened and his conviction was overturned, creating a pivotal moment in civil rights history.

The panel will be moderated by OCC Academic Dean of Art, Design and Humanities Henry Tanaka, a recognized leader in Asian-American affairs. Panelists include Rula Aoun, director of the Arab American Civil Rights League, psychologist Krishna Stilianos, OCC faculty member and Ph.D., and immigration attorney Geck Budd.

This free, public event takes place on Thursday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at OCC’s Royal Oak Campus, room B249-252. The campus is located at 739 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak.

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Eileen Husband Named OCC General Counsel

Oakland Community College (OCC) welcomes Eileen Husband as general counsel, formerly general counsel and vice president of legal services at Henry Ford College.

Husband brings more than 15 years of local and statewide community college experience to OCC, including general counsel to the Michigan Community College Risk Management Authorityeilleen husband.jpg representing its 21-member colleges throughout the state while partner at Cummings, McClorey, Davis and Acho.

“We are delighted to have the caliber of professional experience that Eileen brings to the College as an instructor and general counsel for higher education, public entities and business.” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “She has represented many of our colleagues across Michigan including work at OCC and as a resident of Oakland County, we are happy she is bringing this depth of experience to her home community.”

Prior to her work in higher education, Husband was general counsel at Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., onsite counsel for Greektown Casino and assistant general counsel for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART).

A Novi resident, Husband has received numerous honors and awards including the prestigious “Women in the Law Award” from the Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly in 2011. She was also named a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 by Thomson Reuters, a “Top labor and Employment Attorney” in 2015 by Detroit Business Magazine; and was a contributor to the first edition of “Employment Law in Michigan, An Employer’s Guide,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education-University of Michigan.

“I am excited to join OCC’s outstanding leadership team in supporting OCC’s mission in the community and being a champion for the College in the region,” said Husband. “It is a truly a great honor to be part of the continuing tradition of Oakland Community College.”

Husband earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor of Law degree from Detroit College of Law.


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Oakland Community College Student Secures Admission to Highly Competitive Coast Guard Academy

Oakland Community College (OCC) student Gunner Smith, secured a highly competitive appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

gunner smithSmith, a resident of Beverly Hills, graduated from Brother Rice High School, and started attending OCC in fall 2016.  He is currently pursuing an Associate in Science degree.

The United States Coast Guard Academy is an accredited college educating future Coast Guard officers.  The smallest of our nation’s five military service academies, the Academy’s Corps of Cadets represents the nation’s best and brightest students, ready to serve and lead their country.  Admission to the Coast Guard Academy is highly competitive and fewer than 350 appointments are offered annually from a pool of over 2,200 applicants.  Cadets receive a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend for a five-year service commitment to the Coast Guard upon graduation.  All graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are guaranteed a position of leadership as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard.

The OCC Associate in Science degree offers a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the environmental sciences, which is fundamental for the Bachelor of Science degree offered by the Coast Guard Academy.

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Get Ready to Ride! OCC Partners with Secretary of State for Motorcycle Safety Courses

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Ready to experience the open road on two wheels? Oakland Community College (OCC) and Michigan Secretary of State are offering three Motorcycle Safety programs through June. A motorcycle endorsement is required to drive on public roads; the motorcycle safety course is required for teens.

Courses will be held at OCC’s Auburn Hills campus at 2900 Featherstone Road. Contact the office at (248) 232-4167 to reserve your seat and get ready to ride!

  • Basic Rider Course- Web Enhanced: Designed for someone who has minimal experience operating a motorcycle, this course focuses on the development of basic riding skills. 3 hours of online preparation is to be completed prior to class start date. This course is offered Apr. 22-23; Apr. 29-May 1; May13-15; June 3-5; June 10-12 and June 24-26.
  • Basic Rider Course- Traditional: Same content and course duration as the Basic Rider Course-Web Enhanced, however this is all in-person instruction. Available May 20 –May 22.
  • Returning Rider Course: A one-day course designed for the experienced but unlicensed rider to become licensed and legal. Many experienced, licensed riders use this course as a refresher and skills tune up. This session takes place May 7 or June 18.

Full details on each course are available here.

To obtain an endorsement, drivers must successfully pass a motorcycle safety course, OR pass a written and vision test at a Secretary of State office, obtain a motorcycle temporary instruction permit which allows drivers to practice riding legally on the streets, pass a motorcycle skills test at a third-party testing organization like OCC, and present your skills test certificate at a branch office.

Michigan has 488,765 residents with a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license and 249,547 registered motorcycles.

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