September 28, 2003
EDUCATION Sharing the experience of unexplored lands Recent visitors to Rabbit Island, a 36-acre island given to Orange Coast College this year, spoke Wednesday about educational opportunities the land could provide. Dennis Kelly, a professor of marine science at the school, said that he hopes the college can offer classes, like ones to study Rabbit Island's intertidal waterways, to students next summer. The island sits about 50 miles off the western Canadian coast.
October 24, 2004
Alicia Robinson It was a cold and spiny day for visitors to the Orange Coast College marine science department Saturday. Well, it was cold and spiny for anyone who stuck a hand in the marine science lab's touch tank and had a brush with a sea urchin. The department offered an open house, as it does once every semester, and invited the public to look at its cold- and warm-water aquariums, check out displays of scuba gear and marine life, and touch sea stars and urchins.
February 10, 2010
More than a dozen Costa Mesa High School students Tuesday operated high-power microscopes, checked the levels of acidity in samples of ocean water, then got their first gander at sea urchin eggs. It all took place inside an 80-year-old historic cottage that now serves as one of the premier state marine research facilities in Orange County. The students were the latest in a wave of high school marine classrooms to hit Crystal Cove State Park’s Marine Research Facility to learn about global warming’s detrimental effects on ocean life and water.
September 24, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Next summer, Orange Coast College students could have the opportunity take tests and face challenges on a remote island. But on the college's newly acquired Rabbit Island, no one will get voted off at a tribal counsel and midterms will replace immunity challenges. Recent visitors to Rabbit Island, including OCC professor of marine science Dennis Kelly, will lecture tonight about their trip and what they see as its future role for the school.
August 17, 2000
Alex Coolman ORANGE COAST COLLEGE -- Advance warning to math professors: the school aquariums are about to start looking even better than they already do. The aquariums, housed in the Lewis Center for Applied Science, are a popular attraction for passersby, says Dennis Kelly, director of the school's Marine Science department. They're so popular, in fact, that math teachers in the nearby classrooms occasionally complain that their students, fascinated by the fish, don't make it to class on time.
March 13, 2000
Jasmine Lee Melody Alley smoothly scrambled across the slippery rocks at Little Corona State Beach, stopping occasionally to bend closer to the tide pools. Softly and slowly, but surely, she lifted a brownish, slug-like creature. The California sea hare -- a fragile animal with its glass-like shell underneath its skin -- lie upon her still hand, perhaps a bit confused and a little uncomfortable. Alley splashed some water on the sea hare, which is named for its tentacles that resemble rabbit ears.
March 15, 2005
Jim Carnett Nearly 4,000 high school juniors and seniors are expected to gather on Orange Coast College's campus March 22 for OCC's 22nd annual High School Senior Day. Activities will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and the event is open to the community. Every senior in attendance will receive early registration materials for fall 2005 classes. Counseling, orientation and financial-aid materials will be available. Information about OCC's transfer program and occupational programs will be distributed.
June 23, 2006
If you head down to the tide pools at Corona del Mar's Little Corona, don't worry if you're confused about what marine creatures you're looking at. On most days, high or low tide, the tide pools are staffed with friendly and helpful tide pool rangers who work to educate visitors and protect the marine environment. "The tide pools are a very delicate environment and delicate ecosystem," said Marine Life Refuge Supervisor Amy Stine. Newport's tide pool ranger program is unusual.
September 25, 2001
-- Deirdre Newman Orange Coast College has received an anonymous gift of $335,000 that will support a variety of projects and programs. Fund For Families, which works to provide high-quality child care for student-parents and the working poor, will receive $100,000. The Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center Capital Fund will get $125,000 to fund half of the remaining balance needed for the construction of a classroom addition to the Children's Center.