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									October 29 to November 11, 2007

               Sorry, did I scare you? It’s that time of year again. I know that I say the
               same thing every year…but it’s true…this is the spookiest, scariest,
               creepiest, most frightening, chilling, terrifying, and bloodcurdling
e-notebook to date! So be afraid…be very, very afraid! There are some old tricks,
(some very old tricks from back in the 1990s) and some new treats. Read it if you dare,
but do not, I repeat, do not read this edition in the dark (if the lights were out, how could
you see?)! Some of the entries are real…some are frighteningly fake! But you’ll have
to read to find out which is witch. So sit back, grab some candy corn and a cup of apple
cider, and enjoy. If you don’t like this edition of e-notebook…well…you’ve got bats in
your belfry!

NJ is Preparing for a Flu Pandemic. Are You?
The flu season is upon us! In case a flu pandemic occurs, the New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services has increased its ability to detect
and contain health threats and to communicate with health care professionals and the
public. No need to panic! Just be ready. Whether there is a flu pandemic or just the
regular flu season, there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and those
around you. Practice Good Health Habits: To prevent the spread of harmful germs,
wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (see article on antibacterial soap
under “To Your Health”), cover your coughs and sneezes, dispose of tissues, and stay
home if you’re sick. Have a Plan: Maintain a supply of food and water in case health
officials instruct you to stay home or you’re too sick to go out, and have emergency
contact phone numbers available. Get Informed and Stay Informed: Learn as much
as possible about a potential flu pandemic before it occurs and listen to advice from
medical experts. To find checklists that help families, businesses, and schools prepare,

      Fluorescent Light Bulbs & Hazardous Waste Day
        Are you unsure whether or not you should use compact fluorescent light bulbs
        because of mercury content? The BBNEP explains that although fluorescent light
        bulbs contain mercury, they are much more energy efficient than non-mercury
incandescent lights. The increased energy efficiency of compact fluorescent light bulbs
actually results in a reduced amount of mercury emissions from coal-burning power
plants, which severely impact our nation’s waterways. Therefore, compact fluorescent
light bulbs should be used but also must be disposed of properly. Ocean County is now
recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs at the following recycling centers: 601 New
Hampshire Avenue in Lakewood and 225 Recovery Road in Manahawkin. Residents
can drop off a maximum of five light bulbs or lamps, Monday through Saturday from 7:30
a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The County has also scheduled a fall household hazardous waste
disposal program and will be accepting compact fluorescent bulbs along with other
waste. There is no charge to residents, but you must register ahead of time by calling
732.367.0802 for Lakewood and Point Pleasant, 732.506.5047 for Toms River and
Lacey, and 609.978.0913 for Stafford and Long Beach.

Bite the Bug
OCC’s Flu Shot Program will be held on Wednesday November 28
From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A & B, College Center/ Bookstore Annex.

             Health Lecture
             On Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00 midnight, Vaslov Dracula, associate
             professor of phlebotomy, will present “Bloodletting: A Drain on Human
             Society – Fact or Fiction?” in the Arboretum. Prof. Dracula is a lifetime
             member of the United Schistosome Society of America.

It’s a Matter of Health
Smoking is permitted in parking lots only. When you are ready to quit smoking,
the nurses in the Health Services Office can assist you. Info: ext. 365.

                    Plain Soap and Water Do the Trick
                     Did you know that using antibacterial soap made with the ingredient
                     “triclosan” can do more harm than good? Antibacterial soap does
not remove or kill any more germs or bacteria than good ol’ regular soap. An article in
Woman’s World says that using “triclosan” can actually make your body resistant to
some antibiotics such as amoxicillin.

Blood Pressure Check
Employees may have their blood pressure checked in Health Services, First
Floor, Instructional Building. Info: ext. 364.

             Health Grant Received
              Dr. Vladimir Dracula, professor of phlebotomy, recently received a grant
              totaling $666.00 for the acquisition of the new fang-sharpening device
“Bite-as Upleeze.” Dr. Dracula is certain that this new machine will make the collection
of blood from victims faster and virtually pain-free. The grant was accepted by the
National Board of Vampires on October 31 and runs through fiscal year 2007-2008.

It’s a Global Experience
The Eighth Annual Conference: New Jersey Global Educators will be
held on Friday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the OCC Main
Campus. Hosted by Global Education Task Force and the Office of Academic Affairs.
Sponsored by NJ Global Educators. Registration required. Info: Prof. Ellen Lindemann,
908.526.1200, ext. 8348, or

             Fall Lecture Series on Religious Experience
             Dr. Xiao-Ming Yang presents Yin & Yang: The Complementary
             Opposites in Daoism on October 30, 12:30 p.m., Tech Lecture Hall, Tech
             Building. Sponsored by Student Life and Humanities, Fine Arts,
and Media Studies. Free and open to the public. Info: Dr. Katherine Tietge, ext. 2272

Distinguished Faculty Presents Science Lecture
On Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00 midnight, Dr. Frank N. Stein will
present a lecture Coming Apart at the Seams: A Look at One Man’s
Quest to Create Life After Death. Sponsor: Grave Robbers Society.
Info: ext. 666.

             Entrepreneurial Fair and Workshops
              Entrepreneurial/Business Opportunity Fair will be held on Thursday,
              November 8, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Solar Lounge, College Center.
              Choosing a Major Workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 6,
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Interviewing Techniques on Thursday, November 1,
2:00 to 3:15 p.m., in the Career Center, Ground Floor, Administration Building.
Sponsored by Career, Employment, and Counseling Services. To Register: ext. 2945.

Planning for Your Financial Future
Michael Gibson, TIAA-CREF Financial Counselor, will meet with employees
on Wednesday, November 14; and Thursday, December 6, in Human
Resources, First Floor, Library. Private appointments take 30-45 minutes.
RSVP: Wanda Jones, ext. 2093.

              Disability Awareness
             Many successful people have a Learning Disability (LD) or Attention
             Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Paul Teutul, Jr., Orange County
             Choppers, has an LD, and Valli Kugler, Miss Tennessee 2002, used the
pageant as a platform to increase LD awareness. Sculptor Robert Graham, Ingvar
Kamprad, founder and chairman of IKEA, and Atoosa Rubenstein, former editor-in-chief
of Seventeen magazine, all have dyslexia. James Carville, political consultant, has
AD/HD. Info: Center for Academic Services – Disability Services, ext. 456.

Thru October: OCC Board of Trustees proclaims, “October is Disability Awareness
Month.” Resource displays and information disabilities are featured in the Library.

November: (Selected Classes) Disability Awareness thru Education (D.A.T.E.),
sensitivity training. Funded by the NJ Commission on Higher Education.

November 29: College Planning Workshop for special needs students interested in
attending OCC, Conf. Room A & B, 6:30 p.m. Call to Register: ext. 456.

Check out these interesting websites:
ADA Proclamation:
Famous People with LD/ADHD:
Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD):
LD Online:

Check out these interesting videos:
Ennis’ Gift, October Sky, F.A.T. City, Beyond F.A.T. City, and Sound & Fury

That’s Entertainment!
Entertainment '08 Books (Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer, Southern Middlesex)
are on sale. The book pays for itself in as little as one visit to a fine restaurant
and make great Christmas and birthday gifts! Cost: $25. Call Darlene
LaMonica, ext. 345, or stop by the Athletics Office or Student Life during office
hours. All proceeds go towards the Women’s Softball team.

              Dr. Vladimir Dracula, professor, and Vaslov Dracula, associate professor
              (both phlebotomy), presented “The Importance of Venesection on a
              Global Society” to Troup 666 of the Bloodletters League of Ocean County.

             Frank N. Stein, coordinator of anatomy, addressed the Grave Robbers
Society of Southern Ocean County. His topic was “Disposable Body Parts: One
Man’s Legacy.”

Say hello to Michael Davis, Preventive Maintenance Technician,
Physical Plant. When you see Michael on campus stop and introduce
yourself. Let’s make him feel at home!

                    WORD WORK OUT
                    Let’s S–t–r–e–t–c–h our vocabularies and our minds!

                    Hal-low-een: noun, short for All Hallow Even (All Saints' Eve)

The following is paraphrased from the History Channel’s web site. For more information,

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic new year of Samhain (pronounced
sow-in). Celebrated on November 1, the Celts believed that on the night before the new
year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred with
ghosts of the dead returning to earth on October 31. They built huge sacred bonfires,
where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
The Celts wore costumes, of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's

By A.D. 43, Rome had conquered Celtic territory. Two Roman festivals were combined
with Samhain: Feralia commemorated the passing of the dead, and a day to honor
Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees, whose symbol was the apple. This probably
explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples.

By the 800s, Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope
Boniface IV designated November 1 as All Saints' Day (called All-hallows or All-
Hallowmas), a time to honor saints and martyrs. The night before, the night of Samhain,
was called All-hallows Eve. In A.D. 1000, the Church made November 2 All Souls Day, a
day to honor the dead. It was celebrated with bonfires, parades, and dressing up in
costumes as saints, and angels.

“Ghouls, Goblins, and countrymen, lend me your spleens. I come to
raise Seizure from the dead not to bury him.” Murk Antipathy

“An Adam’s Apple a day, keeps the sunlight away.”     Weir Wolf

“Nothing is more delightful than waking up from a dead sleep and discovering you have
bats in the belfry!” Igor

                             TRAVEL ADVENTURES
                             Calling All Day Trippers!
                             Sign up for one of these exciting bus trips with the Academy
                             for Lifelong Learning. Info: 732.255.0400, ext. 2384. To
                             Register: 732.255.0400.

                             The Broadway Experience – All Orchestra Seats!
                             The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway: Wed, Nov 14, $159.

                             NY Culinary Institute of America: Thurs, Nov 8, $109.
                             American Museum of Natural History: Sat, Nov 17, $85.
                             Christmas in New York, Sun, Dec 2, $59.
                             Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Tues, Dec 4, $109.
                             New York City Holiday Lights Tour: Mon, Dec 10, $109.

Old World European Tour
Seating is still available for the trip Transylvania: Horrors and History.
Plane departs on Halloween and will return on All Soul’s Day. Included
in price: tour of dungeon, graveyard barbeque including complementary
Bloody Mary, and Marquis de Sade Ball. Info: ext. 666.

             WHAT’S HAPPENING?
             Fine Arts Center Theatre & Gallery
             Info: ext. 500 or
             (Children under three will not be admitted to any performance.)

Funny Fangs Productions will present the black comedy, Bats in the
Belfry, starring Cnt. Drac Ula on Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00
midnight. Tickets: Two pints of blood, adults; one pint, children.
Sponsor: Ghost Riders Association. Info: ext. 666.

             OCC Theatre Company, The Real Inspector Hound and Bang, Bang,
             You’re Dead on Thurs-Sat, Nov 8-10 at 8:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat, Nov 16-17 at
             8:00 p.m.; and Sun, Nov 11 at 2:00 p.m. Theatre Tickets: $20 Regular, $8
             Young People. [Friday Night Dinner-Theatre Event on November 9.
Enjoy dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the College Center and then see the show at 8:00 p.m.
Dinner-Theatre Tickets: $35 per person.]

Sun, Nov 18 at 2:00 p.m. – The Hi-Fives are back together to relive the
fun, the music, and the memories. Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at-the-door.

             Wed, Nov 28 at 8:00 p.m. – Pianist Derek Smith is “passionate” and has
             “an evil left hand.” Tickets: $13 in advance, $15 at-the-door.

Sat, Dec 1 at 8:00 p.m. – OCC Concert Band, Christmas Recollections.
Tickets: $15 Regular Price, $8 Young People.

             Sun, Dec 2 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. – The Nutcracker is a special holiday
             memory! Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at-the-door.

             OCC Community Chorus, Sweet Rejoicing on Sat, Dec 8 at
             8:00 p.m. and Sun, Dec 8 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 Regular
             Price, $8 Young People.

             Sat, Dec 22 at 1:00 p.m. – A Christmas Carol inspires and entertains with
             music and dancing. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at-the-door.

Wed, Dec 12 at 8:00 p.m. – Marlene VerPlanck Returns features a voice
said to be “one of the wonders of the Western World.” Tickets: $13 in
advance, $15 at-the-door.

             Sat, Dec 15 at 8:00 p.m. – Broadway Tonite recreates hits from West
             Side Story, Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, Rent, Chicago, and more! Tickets:
             $17 in advance, $20 at-the-door.

Student Life Activities Info: ext. 348
Get Together:
A slide/lecture presentation will be given in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room on
Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00 midnight. Lou Sefer will show pictures and
discuss his trip to Hades and Sheol. Pre-registration is not required. Souls
will be admitted at the door. For ticket information, please contact Bea
Elzebub, ext. 666.

             Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00 midnight, The United Lycanthropy
             Association of the Greater New Jersey Area will be baying at the moon.
             Interested individuals should contact Dean Weir Wolf. Fun for the Whole

Annual Costume Contest!
Wednesday, October 31. Enter to win at the Student Life Office from 8:00
a.m. to 12:00 noon. Winners announced at 12:00 noon in the Cafeteria.

             Bus Trips:
             Saturday, November 3, Lancaster, PA, $28-$32
             Saturday, November 10, Metropolitan Museum of Art, $12-$20

Jackson Outlets, present OCC ID at Info Center and receive a free VIP
coupon book worth hundreds of dollars in savings!

             Movie Passes – NO EXPIRATION!
             AMC Gold, $7.50, any day, any movie, even new releases.
             AMC Silver, $6, any day, movie must be out for 10 days.
             Marquee Cinema, $6.50, any day, movie must be out for 14 days.
             VIP Super Saver Passes, Regal Cinemas: $7, any day, any movie.

ALL NEW DISCOUNT! Present your OCC ID and receive a free pint of blood
with the purchase of every cadaver sandwich between the hours of 12:00
midnight and 3:00 p.m. at the Bar and Ghoul. Offer valid on Monday,
October 31 only. Cannot be combined with any other discount.

                    T.G.I. Friday’s, 20% off food from Mon to Thurs, 9:00 p.m. to close,
                    and 10% off food anytime! Present OCC student or employee ID at
                    Toms River restaurant only. Plus, you can work while you eat with
                    FREE WIFI ACCESS!

Great Adventure Theme Park Daily/Safari Ticket, $28. Buy three, Get one Free!

Q: How can you tell that a vampire likes baseball?
A: He turns into a bat every night.

             Q: What do sea monsters eat for lunch?
             A: Fish and ships.

Q: What did the mother ghost say to the baby ghost?
A: "Don't spook until you're spooken to."

Q: What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost?
A: Bamboo.

Lizard Stew
¼ cup Eye of Newt                              2 med. size lizards, any variety,
2 small Tail of Yak                              hickory or smoked flavor
1 cup green moss, fresh or frozen              2 cups stagnant water
4 large poison mushrooms, washed,                (skim off excess algae)
  thinly sliced, use stems                     2 med. potatoes, cut in chunks
2 hummingbird wings                            salt and pepper to taste
16 oz. red wine vinegar or sour wine

Heat a cast iron cauldron to 666 degrees. Combine all ingredients. Cook approximately
666 minutes or until lizard bones are “al dente.” Serves 6 to 8.

              This one’s for real!
              Pumpkin Fruit Roll Ups
              1 cup pumpkin pie mix
              1 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Spray liberally a 15-by-10-by-1-inch jellyroll pan with non-stick cooking spray. In medium
bowl, combine ingredients. Spread evenly into pan. Smooth with spatula. Dry in a 140-
150 degree Fahrenheit oven for 8 to 10 hours or until surface is no longer sticky to touch.
Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Loosen edges with spatula. Starting at narrow end,
lift up corners, peel back slowly. Cut into desire lengths and roll up. Wrap each piece in
plastic wrap.

              Helpful Tip
              Sally Crawford sent in this Helpful Tip – for those of us who have fragrance
              and chemical sensitivities. No-Wax Floor Cleaner: two cups water, one
              tablespoon vinegar, one teaspoon fragrance-free Castile soap. Cleaning
Wipes: Stuff a tall plastic container with quartered Job Squad paper towels (the best, in
Sally’s opinion) and then cover with a solution of 2 ½ cups water, ½ cup rubbing alcohol,
one tablespoon vinegar, and cover tightly with the plastic container lid. It’s best if you let
it saturate overnight. Furniture Polish: A simple mixture of lemon juice and olive oil.
Laundry: Try All-Free and Clear laundry detergent and All-Free and Clear dryer sheets,
available through If you have a favorite cleaning tip (serious or
funny), send it to RoseAnn D’Urso, editor, at

Log On Today! Board Clips
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accessed by clicking

              e-notebook Publication Dates
              The e-notebook publication schedule is as follows: November 12
              (Thanksgiving), December 3, December 17 (Holiday). Email submissions
              to by the Monday before each publication date. Read
              current and back editions at

                   Published by the Office of College Advancement
            RoseAnn D’Urso, Coordinator of Public Relations & Programming
                   732.255.0326 (ext. 2466) or


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