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Prof. Emeritus Alibrandi Passes Away

November 30, 2010 — 10:40 a.m.

Lucinda "Cindy" Alibrandi, a Cypress College Professor Emeritus who continued teaching part-time following her retirement, has passed away.

Last evening I received the following email from Nina DeMarkey, the Dean of our Social Science Division:

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Dr. Lucinda (Cindy) Alibrandi passed away on Thanksgiving morning, 11/25. She had been ill for a few months and was getting better, but experienced complications. Dr. Alibrandi had been a full-time faculty member in our Human Services Department until her retirement a few years ago, and she continued to teach for us as an adjunct faculty member.

I am working with her family to hold a memorial service here on campus in January (possibly January 22nd). I will send more information as the details are finalized. The family has requested that memorial donations be made through the Foundation Office to the Cypress College Dr. Lucinda Alibrandi Scholarship that Dr. Alibrandi started after she retired.
a 2002 photograph of Lucinda (Cindy) Alibrandi
Cindy Alibrandi, in a 2002 photograph

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Student Support Services Shares Scholarships Opportunities

November 30, 2010 — 9:35 a.m.

Dr. Richard Rams, our Dean of Student Support Services, shared a list of scholarships with specific eligibility requirements in order to qualify. Please contact Student Support Services Division for more information at (714) 484-7374.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Cypress College Thanks 'We Give Thanks' Founder

November 29, 2010 — 3:40 p.m.

Cypress College was highlighted at the "We Give Thanks" on Thanksgiving day at the Honda Center when college President Dr. Michael J. Kasler was given the opportunity to share that event founder Frank Garcia will be the Americana Man of the Year.

In addition to providing a Thanksgiving Day feast to the homeless and less fortunate, The
We Give Thanks Thanksgiving Dinner has become a meeting point where anyone not wanting to spend this festive time of year alone can come and enjoy a great meal, entertainment, and the friendly company of thousands of others from Southern California.

Event emcee Kent French (who will also emcee the 36th Americana Awards on February 26, 2011) announced that Cypress College is honoring Mr. Garcia as the Americana Awards Man of the Year for his work starting and running We Give Thanks.

We Give Thanks was expected to feed up to 20,000 people.

a photograph showing Cypress College President Dr. Michael J. Kasler and We Give Thanks Founder Frank Garcia

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Veteran's Resource Center Receives Donation from College Managers

November 29, 2010 — 3:25 p.m.

Cypress College student veterans were surprised last week with a donation that will provide a television for the new Veteran's Resource Center on campus.

The $355 contribution from Cypress College managers was presented to the students by Dr. Kasler and Nina DeMarkey, Dean of the Social Science Division, during a potluck held in the VRC on Tuesday, November 23.
The VRC opened this semester as part of the college's effort to serve the increasing number of military veterans who are returning from duty and seeking to further their education.

a photograph showing students receiving a donation from Cypress College managers in the campus Veteran's Resource Center

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Holiday Art Sale is Tuesday-Thursday

November 29, 2010 — 2:55 p.m.

The Annual Holiday Art Sale will begin tomorrow! Be sure to drop by the Art Gallery to do your unique holiday shopping. The days and hours of the sale are:

• Tuesday, November 30 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, December 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Thursday, December 2 from 9 a.m. - noon

The sale offers hundreds of one-of-a kind art objects in a wide range of styles and all at remarkably reasonable prices. Items on sale include paintings, prints, photographs, greeting cards, jewelry, ceramics, glass, clothing accessories, home accessories, and more. Cypress College art students as well as professional artists from both Orange County and Los Angeles County will be participating in this event.

Proceeds from the sale are used to support the Cypress College Fine Arts Gallery and its educational programs.

Happy Holidays from the Cypress College Art Gallery Faculty and Staff

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Draft Accreditation Report Now Online

November 5, 2010 — 4:26 p.m.

Today I uploaded the third — and final — draft of our accreditation report to the campus website.

I mention it for reasons other than just the amount of time that has gone into the information gathering, authoring (that task went to Language Arts Faculty Member Cherie Dickey, who is serving as our Accreditation Chair), design and review.

The report also represents a milestone as the college prepares for a team of visitors to be on campus next March. During the past 16 months or so, faculty, staff, students and administrators have worked to explore what we do well and where we can improve.

Those assessments are all reflected in the docuement on our website. Part of the job of the team that will visit us next spring is to verify what we say in the document.

I don't imagine many students or members of the general public will read the full report. Regardless, I think it's important for everyone to at least know it exists and to understand the reason for it.

If you're interested, there is more information in
this week's edition of @Cypress and there is an accreditation section on our website.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

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