Future Business Leaders of America Club
The COC FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) club participated California State FBLA Fall Business Leadership Conference on Saturday, November 10th in Sacramento, along with 200 FBLA members from the State. The club was awarded special recognition by the state organization for “Largest Increase in Chapter Membership for the Fall 2012 Semester.”
The speech team won a college record five medals at the 2013 Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournament at the Woodland Hills Marriott in April 2013. The team won one gold medal, one silver medal and three bronze medals.
The speech team won a college record seven medals at the 2013 California Community College Forensics Association (CCCFA) State Tournament, held at the Woodland Hills Marriott on March 17. Over the four-day competition, the team combined to win two gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze. As a result of these tremendous individual achievements, the team was awarded 2nd place in the tournament’s Limited Entry Division (18 or fewer slots). The event also marked the first time COC has placed at the CCCFA state event, as well as the first individual gold medals taken home by COC at the tournament.
The speech team won first place at the PSCFA Spring Champs Speech Tournament in the Limited Entry Division at California State University, Long Beach.
The speech team took first place at the annual Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensic Association (PSCFA) Spring Champs Speech Tournament’s Limited Entry Division, in addition to several individual awards. The event -- held at CSU, Long Beach -- marked several firsts for the COC team, including a college-record three individual first-place finishes by COC students Derek Isomaki (impromptu category), Shawn Kern (persuasive) and Hillary Philips (programmed oral interpretation). Philips also becomes the first COC competitor to qualify for the upcoming national tournament, primarily made up of competitors from four-year universities.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa members Ryan Arroyo, Anthony Fernandez, Michael Kramer and Kathryn Webb were selected to be part of the All California Academic Teams. They were part of a group of 60 students selected from all community colleges in the state. This special award makes them eligible for great scholarships through Phi Theta Kappa and the Coca-Cola Foundation.
The Phi Theta Kappa chapter, under the leadership of biology instructor Miriam Golbert, traveled to the organization’s Nevada/California Regional Convention in Las Vegas, where the COC chapter received the following awards and/or recognition: first place (Honors in Action Research, third place (Honors in Action Project), third place (Distinguished Chapter Office Team), and Five Star Level status (the highest possible).
Model United Nations Team
The COC Model United Nations team won four awards at the Model United Nations Conference hosted by UCLA. The conference included teams from Stanford, UC Berkeley and Princeton. A number of community colleges also fielded teams.
Dr. Phil Gussin and the college’s Model UN (United Nations) Team traveled to Harvard University to participate in the team’s first national competition in March 2013. Of the more than 300 colleges and universities in attendance, COC was one of only four community colleges in the nation -- and the only one from California -- that participated. Despite not bringing home any awards, the team entered the competition very well prepared, and gained the notice and respect of several more experienced teams, all while displaying their Cougar Pride on a national stage.
The team also participated in the Long Beach Intercollegiate Model United Nations (LBIMUN) Conference. Of the 10 awards given, the team won four awards.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
COC student Kristina Smolenski was one of approximately 60 community college students across the nation to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The award will provide Smolenski -- who was recently accepted to the University of Hawaii at Manoa -- with up to $30,000 per year to complete her bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. It's the largest private scholarship available to two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Students must be individually nominated by their institution and cannot apply directly. With her award, Smolenski (who is double majoring in art and biology) becomes the first COC student to receive this honor.
A group of baking and pastry students in the college's culinary arts program won a first-place award in the 2013 Sweet Charity Cake Auction, hosted by the SCV Youth Project.
Sports Medicine Club
On March 9, 2013 students from the college’s newly formed Sports Medicine Club traveled to CSU, Long Beach to participate in the Bailey Arnheim Games. At the event -- which serves as a sports medicine competition -- students were tested on their taping skills, injury evaluation practices and teamwork in completing a 40-yard dash, while carrying emergency equipment. Despite being the only community college to participate and competing against mostly juniors and seniors from surrounding four-year universities, the COC team earned a total of nine awards (including three first place finishes) in categories including ‘tape relay,’ ‘ankle tape off,’ ‘super relay’ and ‘upper extremity evaluation.’
Sociology Book Awards
Jonathan Almarez won first place in the 17th Semi-Annual Sociology Book Award for his article: “An Analysis of J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace by Means of Hybridity, Ambivalence, and Feminism. Alexjandro Castro won second place for “Farm Workers: A Case of Injustices,” and Ryan Joslin won third place for his essay, “Do You Know What You’re Eating for Dinner?”