Enhanced Debit Raider One Cards with MasterCard Feature Being Phased Out



Due to a recent ruling by the Department of Education (DOE) regarding the management of federal student funds, OCC will no longer offer the Enhanced Raider One card with the MasterCard debit feature, effective January 19, 2016.

The BRaider one FAQasic (non-debit) Raider One Card will continue to be available.

“It is only our Enhanced Debit Raider One cards that are going away,” said Sarah Rowley, interim director of purchasing and auxiliary services. “The Basic Raider One card will still remain active and is important as OCC’s official identification card. Students and staff still need the Basic Card for all print/copy permissions, iROC Cash and library card access functions.”

Key dates for closing the U.S. Bank Debit MasterCard program.

Refunds will continue to be processed and issued to Raider One Cards with the U.S. Bank Prepaid Debit MasterCard feature until March 31, 2016. Keep in mind, however, that the last day you can use the debit card feature will be June 29, 2016.

April 30 is the last day funds can be loaded to a U.S. Bank Prepaid Debit MasterCard; December 31, 2016 is the last day to view online transaction history.

Click here for more information about OCC’s Raider One cards. Contact U.S. Bank with any questions at (855) 613-9098


Quote | Posted on by | Leave a comment

Chevrolet Brand Team Taps OCC Graphic Design Students for Ideas

CHEVY photoWrapping up the fall 2015 semester was a particularly exciting time for OCC’s GRD 1150, Applied Design 1. It started with an idea from Peter Ternes at GM, suggesting students apply their talent and develop creative campaigns for professional project review as a way to prepare for “real life feedback.” It resulted in a partnership and class project.

“The partnership was a great boost for our graphic design program,” said faculty member Peter Schade who led the project. “OCC students were asked to research and develop real-world social media campaigns for Chevrolet millennial targeted vehicles—Spark, Sonic and Trax—with the potential these could be incorporated by the brand.”

Six student teams were given three weeks to design a creative strategy targeting millennials using Chevrolet identity standards. Student teams produced ad concepts and design, “vision boards,” brand research, project hashtags, and social media and communications strategies.

Feedback from a world-class brand and top global communications firm.

A panel of judges reviewed student presentations, including GM’s Ternes, Corporate Communications; Cristianna Vazquez, Chevrolet Communications; Meghan McAlister, FleishmanHillard; Sam Mertins, FleishmanHillard; Janet Roberts, OCC executive director, Marketing & Communications; and Miranda Mayuiers, OCC social media strategist.

Comments from the Chevrolet/agency team were encouraging. Judges noted some student work was “very close to finish for professional use.” They also believed each campaign could be used in student portfolios noting “potential employers would be impressed with the quality and creativity.”

Student ideas included: encourage consumers to take photos of their cars and share using hashtags; use Internet “celebrities” in promotions; and design a giving campaign where Chevrolet donates cars and drivers to help transport homeless people to job interviews, stores, etc.

“As testament to our program quality, the agency and Chevrolet want to repeat the project next year and improve on its success adding an introductory ‘Lunch & Learn’ for our 2016 cohort.”

For more information contact Peter Schade by phone or email

With Chevrolet Team

Quote | Posted on by | Leave a comment

Stressed? Worried? Overwhelmed? OCC Hosts Free Wellness Sessions for Students and the Community

Oakland Community College (OCC) is hosting a number of free wellness sessions, open to the community. Registration is not required.

Eliminating Stress Workshop – Speaker Tanya Martin, Psy.D., LLP introduces effective tools and techniques for eliminating personal stressors and leaves participants feeling “stress-free.” This workshop includes role-play and audience participation in an effort to clearly illustrate effective stress reducers. Repeating sessions are offered from 12:15–1:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26 at OCC’s Southfield campus, Student Center and Tuesday, Feb. 2 at OCC’s Royal Oak campus.

Family Caregiving Journey: You are Not Alone – Speaker Pamela Miller Malone shares her personal journey and provides insight to making very difficult decisions and accessing the many resources available to unpaid family caregivers. Attendees currently caring for an aging or ailing loved one will realize, “they are not alone.” Thursday, Jan. 28, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., OCC Southfield campus, Student Center.

Spirituality Workshop for the Non-Religious – Speaker Lisa Haysmer, LMSW will engage the audience in discussions exploring the possibility of finding a deeper spiritual connection within their current religion, or finding a spiritual connection completely separate from “traditional religion.” Repeating sessions are offered from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27 at OCC’s Southfield campus, Student Center and Wednesday, Feb. 3 at OCC’s Royal Oak campus Alcove.

Beat the Winter Blues – Join us for a free workshop on “Building Healthy Relationships” and sign up for a free massage to invigorate body and mind from OCC Massage Therapy Program. Thursday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at OCC’s Auburn Hills campus, Student Center.

Mental Health Resource Week on Campus – Information on mental health resources, hosted by Common Ground. Feb. 8–11 at Auburn Hills campus, Student Center; Highland Lakes campus, Woodland Hall; Royal Oak campus, Alcove; Southfield campus, main level.


Quote | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

OCC Dean Returns from Historic Trip to Japan

tanaka sidebarIn December, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan hosted a delegation of Asian-Americans to travel to Japan – among the 10 leaders selected from across the United States was Henry Tanaka, Academic Dean of Art, Design and Humanities at Oakland Community College.

An important visit designed to strengthen global relations, cultural understanding, and prepare for potential policy and business opportunities, the delegation engaged with Japanese leaders in business, government, academic and cultural sectors. Each delegate represented varied U.S. geographies, backgrounds and vocations. Tanaka was the only Japanese-American in the delegation and only one of two from the mid-west.

“This first visit to Japan for me was an amazing personal experience. I was brought up in post-WWII and growing up, my Japanese heritage was an important factor,” said Tanaka.

The MOFA program is a result of a 2014 meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. The purpose of the delegate visits is to promote and enhance the already strong relationship between the U.S. and Japan through direct, people-to-people exchanges. Planned as an annual event, Tanaka’s group represented the second MOFA visit since the launch of the program last year.

“It was an honor for the Japanese government to reach out to all of us on the delegation. During the trip, their leaders spoke about the geopolitical environment and international dynamics. It is important to understand there is great interconnection of all countries world-wide related to political and social issues, as well as trade.”

There was particular interest from MOFA on Tanaka’s view of Detroit’s revival from his vantage as a collaborative leader in the region’s Asian-American community. There are 400 Japanese owned companies in southeastern Michigan.

The delegation visit was a week’s worth of immersed learning on many geopolitical issues and the current U.S.—Japan relationship including meetings with representatives of government, business, academia; briefings by each ministry; exchange of opinions; state dinners; and, local travel.

“During the trip, we learned about many things including post-war recovery changes, NAFTA restrictions, recurring boundary issues and recent recovery struggles from the earthquakes where help is still needed – we are told it will be 30 years till they can return to that part of the country,” Tanaka explained. “The size of Japan, by number of people, is hard to imagine. They are highly dependent on imports of fruits and vegetables as little are grown there to sustain the population.”

During the eight day visit, December 6-13, the group traveled by plane, bus and bullet train to Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto. They visited temples, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), the Meiji Shrine, the Theatre of Traditional Japanese performing arts, and other historic and cultural sites

“We were shown tremendous respect and graciousness by everyone we encountered, including dignitaries and the people of Japan.”

In addition to Tanaka, the delegation included Rosemary Abriam, Center for Asian Pacific American Women, San Francisco; Allan A. Alvarez, KPHI Filipino Radio, Hawaii; Christine Chen, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, Washington D.C.; Pramila Jayapal, State Senator, Seattle; Daniel Arrigg Koh, Chief of Staff, City of Boston; Tuyet-Anh M. Le, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chicago; Clarence Low, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Denver; Patricia Shin Rockenwagner, Condé Nast, Los Angeles; and, Bonnie Wong, Asian Women in Business, New York.

The visit marked the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 1945.

For more information and pictures from the historic trip, visit the group’s Facebook page.

Quote | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Events/Activities Celebrate Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Staff, faculty and students college-wide, as well as interested community members, are invited to join in events and activities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation 2016MLK Meyer quote

Friday, January 15, 2016, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Orchard Ridge Campus, Smith Theatre

  • Open to the public, free admission.
  • Guest Speaker, Stephen Henderson. Henderson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Detroit Free Press editorial page editor, host of WDET’s Detroit Today and host of the weekly talk shows “American Black Journal” and “MiWeek,” both on Detroit Public Television. Among his many awards and honors, Henderson was the National Association of Black Journalists’ pick for Journalist of the Year in 2014.
  • Sponsored by OCC College Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, to raise diversity and inclusion awareness through programs and activities and advocate a collaborative vision of diversity and inclusion.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016 (all day) Start time 9:00a.m. | 11600 East 7 Mile Rd, Detroit MI

  • Open to community members, students, staff and faculty college-wide.
  • For over 10 years, OCC’s Student LIFE organizers participate in a volunteer project benefitting a local non-profit organization (the college is closed in honor of the holiday).
  • This year’s project is to secure 25 vacant properties and create safer pathways on student walking routes to Detroit’s Pulaski Elementary and Osborn High Schools. The larger project is sponsored by the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program, Build On, Detroit Public Schools, the Detroit Youth Service Corps, Wayne Cares and Wayne State University. Register at https://mlk2016.splashthat.com/
  • OCC Student LIFE is deeply dedicated to community service and providing additional pathways for students for leadership development. “This is a perfect opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy and celebrate his belief that “Everyone can be great. Because anybody can serve.”
Quote | Posted on by | Leave a comment