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Sep 15th, 2021
Olney Central
Chad Groves Named Director of Instructional Support Services
Chad Groves has been named Olney Central College’s Director of Instructional Support Services, overseeing both the Academic Success Center and the Anderson Library. “I’m thankful for this opportunity, and I feel like this is where I want to be at this point in my career,” Groves added. “I’m excited about the job and excited to begin the next chapter here at OCC. We have a great staff with Kaitlyn (Weger) and Brianna (Simpson). They are vital to the success of the Library and the Academic Success Center. I look forward to being part of a great team.”
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Sep 15th, 2021
Olney Central
Peer Coach Helps Students Adjust to College Life
Students face many challenges as they begin their college careers. Olney Central College hopes to ease the transition with its new Peer Coach Program. Created by Title III Advising Specialist Ashley Bigard, the initiative connects incoming freshmen with a current student through OCC’s text platform, SignalVine. Sometimes students have a question, but they may be reluctant to contact their professor or even an advisor, Bigard explained. With a peer coach, the situation is less intimidating because they are asking a fellow student.
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Sep 15th, 2021
Olney Central
Welding Students to Benefit from Building Renovations
Olney Central College’s Welding Technology Building underwent renovations this summer that not only improved its aesthetics, but created more usable space for the program. “This project has been a long time coming,” said Instructor Curtis Marshall. “Maverick (Fisher) came out over the summer and put a lot of time and effort into this. It has made for a cleaner shop and the logistics are much better.” The building’s extensive overhaul included power washing and sealing the original cement floors, painting the walls and reorganizing workspaces.
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Sep 15th, 2021
Olney Central
OCC to Observe Constitution Day Sept. 17
Olney Central College will celebrate Constitution Day on Friday, Sept. 17. A Constitution Day exhibit will be on display in the Anderson Library Gallery and free booklets of the Constitution will be available to students. The video “Creating the Constitution” will be played on monitors in the Library Gallery and the hallways of the campus. Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
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Sep 8th, 2021
Olney Central
Auditions for 'Curious George and the Golden Meatball' Sept. 27-28
The Olney Central College Theater will hold auditions for “Curious George and the Golden Meatball” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27-28 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center. Call backs, if necessary, will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30. Roles are available for high school freshmen through adults. Dialogue cuts, better known as sides, are available at www.iecc.edu/occtheater for the prepared readings. Adult and high school actors should also be prepared to sing 60 seconds from any song with sheet music for the accompanist.
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Aug 27th, 2021
Olney Central
OCC Softball Raising Funds for Press Box
Olney Central College Softball is raising funds to construct a press box for their field. “In the nearly 40 years of softball being played at OCC, there has never been a press box,” said Coach Nick Short. “We are looking to change that and are hoping the community can help. This is something I feel is needed and hopefully we can get it completed this fall.”
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Aug 18th, 2021
Olney Central
OCC Knight Kafe Serving Homemade Pizza
Olney Central College’s Knight Kafe is expanding its menu this fall to include homemade pizza. The medium-sized pizzas contain eight slices each and come with a choice of one to three toppings for $10. Choose from traditional favorites like pepperoni and mushrooms or try new combinations like chicken and spinach. Specialty pizzas are $12 and include Hawaiian, Philly Cheese Steak, Taco, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Meat Lovers, BBQ and Italian Beef.
Cement being poured at OCC
Aug 18th, 2021
Olney Central
Improvement Projects Completed at OCC
Olney Central College’s Operations and Maintenance Department has been busy undertaking several campus-wide improvement projects this summer, including two that will increase energy efficiency in Wattleworth Hall. O&M Team Leader Clay Atkins said OCC received 1,000 free LED lights through an Ameren Illinois sponsored program. Existing fluorescent tube lights in all hallways have been replaced with the new bulbs.
Hands molding clay
Aug 13th, 2021
Olney Central
OCC Fall Ceramics Course Starts August 18
Local artist Mari Yamato invites both college students and area residents to attend her fall ceramics course. “I am very excited about working with the students,” Yamato said. “For the past year, we haven’t had ceramics due to COVID. I taught TRIO students this summer and enjoyed it, but it was a very condensed month-long course. I’m looking forward to this fall when I’ll have four months to teach and work with the students. In a full semester, we can relax and you can see the gradual growth in the students.”
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Aug 11th, 2021
Olney Central
OCC Evening Quilting Class Starts September 14
Local quilter Laurie Rist will share her expertise with students during Olney Central College’s 10-week evening quilting course. The non-credit class is open to varying skill levels and will meet at the West Richland Center in Noble from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 14. Beginners will complete a designated quilting project from start to finish while learning how to read patterns as well as cut and prep material. More advanced students can work on a project of their choice with Rist’s guidance.