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Photographs from Cypress College's 44th Commencement are now online. The 288 images in the gallery are taken from the work of students Eric Book and Sunny Magdaug, along with employees Grace Suphamark and Marc Posner. The team produced a whopping 1,672 images from the graduation ceremony.

Click here to view the gallery.

Graduates who are pictured in the gallery may contact the Public Information Office if they are interested in receiving a printable version of the photograph(s) in which they apprear.

Individual photographs of graduates, taken as they received their diplomas, will be made available through University Photo this summer. Visit Graduation Central for details.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Each year, the Academic Senate selects three faculty to honor for their significant contributions to the Cypress College learning community. These three, along with the campus Teacher of the Year recipient, are honored at graduation.

This year, the awards are presented to: Richard McKnight, Outstanding Full-Time Faculty; Devon Tsuno, Outstanding Adjunct Faculty; Clifford Lester, Charger Award; and Mark Majarian, Teacher of the Year.

McKnight was the first faculty member of the Computer Information Systems Department, served as the department coordinator for many years, and was instrumental in the development of the CIS computer lab, which provides support for students in CIS, Accounting, and other Business Division courses.

He is an experienced Distance Education instructor and an active participant on the college's Distance Education Advisory Committee meetings. He is also the first in the department to explore a hybrid course, which mixes online and in-person instruction.

Seeing a void with available texts, he authored two books used by roughly 800 students each semester. Colleagues say the books help students move into advanced courses and be better prepared for university transfer.

Tsuno has been an adjunct faculty member at Cypress College for the past 4 years, teaching art, and — more recently — taking over as director of the Art Gallery. He has also forged strong connections with neighboring Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton, and with other community college art students.

Tsuno has created both a website and a blog and established social media channels on Flickr, Facebook and Twitter for the Art Gallery. This semester, he worked with "Artist in Residence" Kiel Johnson on an ambitious project where students designed and crafted elaborate robot costumes, which were then used for a short film produced on campus. He recently had an exhibition in the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.

His dean, Joyce Carrigan, offered this assessment: "As an artist, Devon is a person of exceptional talent and quality. As an instructor, he is passionate and compassionate. And, as a colleague, he is dedicated and will often go above and beyond the call of duty to lend a hand."

The Charger Award — which honors an instructor who has made significant contributions to the educational community outside the classroom, through either research, leadership and service, or creative endeavors with his or her discipline — was presented to Lester, faculty member in our Fine Arts Division.

Prior to joining the faculty at Cypress College, he operated a successful commercial photography business with clients such as Frito-Lay, Del Taco, Albertson's and Langer's Juice — an experience that colleague Rob Johnson said has been invaluable to students.

For years, he has done extensive pro bono work for Para Los Ninos, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides childcare, schooling and other services to at-risk children and their families. By involving commercial photography students in this and other similar endeavors, he offers them real-world experience.

Lester is currently documenting Holocaust survivors and their experiences following their liberation to help ensure that their persecution is collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations. Johnson called the work "beautiful, personal and sensitive depictions of lives touched by an unforgettable past experience."

Majarian, a third member the Fine Arts Division faculty, teaches a variety of classes in the Theater Arts. In the student-led Teacher of the Year selection process, Majarian received high praise from his students for the dedication, enthusiasm, and passion he displays.

In addition to his teaching duties, Majarian was responsible for the development of the Cypress College New Play Festival. He and his students received the OC Weekly Best of 2008 award for the effort. Majarian specifically credited his students for the honor.

That's not surprising considering that in his biography, Majarian says he has "been learning from students and teaching at Cypress College for thirty years. Majarian has notable playwright collaborations with Doug Cooney's Long Story Short, Mickey Birnbaum's "Big Death Little Death," and with Cody Henderson, whose play "Cold Tender" won the 2002 OC Weekly award.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Cypress College will hold it's 44th Commencement on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 6 p.m., in the Gateway Plaza. The Class of 2011 is comprised of 859 students who will receive a total of 909 associate's degrees.

More than 300 students are expected to participate in the graduation ceremony, which the college will broadcast live beginning at about 5:45 p.m.

More than 500 members of the Class of 2011 are graduating with honors, and 70 of those are receiving high honors — meaning they have earned a career grade-point average of 3.75 or higher. Among them is Kelly Chiffer, a Psychology major with a perfect 4.0 GPA and a member of the two-time conference champion women's volleyball team.

"Her performance has been at one of the highest levels I have seen over the past few years in the course," said Randy Martinez, Chair of the Psychology Department. "As a student, she displays the characteristics of a dedicated learner. Ms. Chiffer is inquisitive, objective and has a passion for acquiring knowledge."

During the ceremony, the college will recognize John Moore as the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus. Moore is a faculty member and the head basketball coach at Westmont College, where he also played following his time at Cypress College. He is described by legendary Cypress College basketball coach Don Johnson as "THE most inspirational athlete in Cypress College Basketball history."

The commencement address will be presented by Timothy Naftali, the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, a part of the National Archives and Records Administration. Before joining the National Archives, Naftali taught history at a number of universities, including the University of Virginia. Dr. Naftali also was a consultant on the history of U.S. counterterrorism policy to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (popularly known as the "9/11 Commission").

Two strong supporters of the college — Frank Garcia and Irv Pickler — will be recognized for their accomplishments with honorary degrees.


Posted by Marc S. Posner

The Chargers softball team won its second straight California title, and state-record seventh overall, on Sunday in a 9-1 rout of San Joaquin Delta in the California Community College Athletic Association Softball Championship game at Bakersfield College.

Cypress sophomore third baseman Jennifer Aanderud earned the 2011 State Tournament Most Valuable Player after batting .375 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. Charger freshman Monique Hernandez was recognized as the 2011 State Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher after going 2-0 while picking up a save in the game she didn't start. Cypress sophomore Marilyn Toriz earned top defensive honors as the 2011 State Tournament Gold Glove Award winner for her outstanding play at first base after recording 27 put-outs and two assists without committing an error. In all, there were nine Cypress players selected to the 2011 All-Tournament Team.

As a team, Cypress outscored its opponents 18-2 in its three victories, with a 5-1 win over San Joaquin Delta in game one, a 4-0 shutout of Mt. SAC in game two, and a 9-1 rout of Delta in the championship game.

2011 All-Tournament Team Selections

From left: Magalona, Toriz, Crissman, Aanderud, Arredondo, Harner, Hernandez, Morales.

Individually, Toriz led the Chargers with a team-high four RBI over the three-day tournament, followed by Tourney MVP Aanderud with three, and four others tied with two apiece. Audrey Harner scored three times to lead the team, while six other players crossed the plate twice each. Harner and Toriz had the only homeruns for the Chargers.

Full story

Story by Tom Sheridan

a photograph showing presentation of a proclamation by La Palma Mayor Ralph Rodriguez to the Cypress College EOPS Program

Last night, the La Palma City Council honored Cypress College's EOPS Program at the council meeting. Two students, along with the Dean and the program manager received the proclamation from Mayor Ralph Rodriguez.

Here is the email EOPS Manager Gilbert Contreras sent to the staff this morning:

On behalf of Cypress College EOPS, Dean [Richard] Rams, EOPS students Becky Mugica and Jasmin Hajimomen, and myself received a proclamation from the City of La Palma City Council last night during the La Palma City Council meeting.

La Palma Mayor Ralph Rodriguez presented the proclamation and delivered very personal comments about his participation on our advisory committee. This accolade is a testament to all of our hard work on behalf of our students. I realize a lot of the time we are searching for innovative ways to continually improve, but this proclamation provides us with an opportunity to take a step back. We are making a difference on our campus, in our community, and most importantly in the lives of our students.

Each one of us contributes to our success, from the student workers to President Kasler and Chancellor Doffoney, and through the state legislative process. Thank you for 40 years of hard work at Cypress College and for the job you do day in and day out for our students! We will undoubtedly receive many more accolades in the near future because of our commitment to student success. As always, I am honored to serve as the EOPS Manager!



Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state and college funded program designed to assist students with economic, linguistic, and educational challenges (as defined by Title V) to enroll and succeed in higher education. Comprehensive support services are provided to promote access to college, and once the student is enrolled, to increase retention and/or transfer to four-year universities and colleges.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Photos, Video from Scholarship Awards Available

May 17, 2011 — 10:51 a.m.

a photograph showing scholarship recipients at the Cypress College 2011 Scholarship Awards ceremony

Cypress College presented scholarships to 345 students during the 2011 Scholarship Awards ceremony, which was hosted by the Cypress College Foundation on Monday, May 16, 2011.

The event took place in the Campus Theater.

Photographs of scholarship recipients are now available for viewing on the college website. Students who would like a printable version of any photography can contact the Public Information Office via email. Please provide the image number (appears in the gallery below the thumbnail) or numbers.

The event, which was broadcast live, can also be viewed on the Cypress College Ustream page (click play below).

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Softball Team Headed Back to State Championship Tournament

May 16, 2011 — 4:44 p.m.

The defending California champion Cypress College softball team is headed back to the 2011 CCCAA Softball State Tournament Finals for a remarkable 22nd consecutive year under the direction of Coach Brad Pickler.

The Chargers head to the finals following a 5-1 victory over Riverside in the last game of the Southern California Super Regional held at Cypress College on Friday through Sunday.

After falling to the Tigers (37-9) 5-1 in the first game of the day, the Chargers (39-8) flipped the score in the Super Regional finale with some timely hitting, and a gutsy complete game effort on the mound by sophomore Mia Magalona in her last start at Cypress' home field.

The full story is here.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Classified Employee Week is May 16-22

May 16, 2011 — 10:04 a.m.

Today marks the beginning of Classified Employee Week. The celebration, in the words of Dr. Kasler, is "a time when all of us - students, faculty and administrators — can say 'thank you'" to the college's support staff.

The more than 200 classified employees perform critical, non-teaching assignments at the college. Without their work, which ranges from administrative to technological, the college would not be able to function.

"Thank you for everything you do everyday for all of us!!!" Dr. Kasler said in an email to all employees. "On behalf of our students, faculty and administrators I thank you for being a very important part of the Cypress College family. Without you we couldn't accomplish everything we do."

Classified Employee Week is celebrated formally through a resolution passed by Trustees for the North Orange County Community College District at the April 26 Board meeting.

The resolution set May 16-22 as Classified Employee Week.

The Resolution includes the following:

• You contribute to the establishment and promotion of a positive instructional environment

•You play a vital role in providing for the welfare and safety of our students

•You strive for excellence in all areas

•You contribute to the quality of education our students receive

a portrait of Nancy Pound holding Cypress College's Classified Employee of the Year award

Earlier this month, the college hosted an on-campus event, where Nancy Pound was selected as the Classified Employee of the Year. Pound, the Division Office Manager for the Social Science Division, was selected for the honor based on a nomination and selection by a subcommittee of the Staff Development Committee.

In all, 29 employees were recognized as finalists for the award.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Cypress College Schedules Broadcasts of Commencement, Scholarship Awards

May 13, 2011 — 3:45 p.m.

Free Videos by Ustream.TV

For the second year, Cypress College will broadcast its commencement ceremony on May 26, 2011 at 6 p.m. A broadcast of Monday's (May 16, 2011, at 1 p.m.) Scholarship Awards will also take place. The broadcasts will run through the college's Ustream site and will also be available on the campus website (see video player above) and the Facebook page.

Last year, in a first, Cypress College broadcast the 43rd Commencement. It was viewed in at least four countries and was seen by 178 people live and 368 people following graduation.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Summer 2011 Notice to Applicants

May 13, 2011 — 3:33 p.m.

The Admissions and Records Office asked that the following informaiton be shared related to summer enrollment

Dear Students: Due to unprecedented enrollment, demand for classes and a reduction of funding by the state of California, Cypress College at this time cannot guarantee that your application will permit you enrollment into your choice of summer classes. As of May 13th, the majority of summer classes are full. You are strongly encouraged to check the available Summer Schedule of Classes online at

If you submit a summer application, you will automatically be permitted to enroll into the fall 2011 semester which begins August 15, 2011. The Fall 2011 Schedule of Classes is now available online at

We apologize for any delay that this will cause you in your educational endeavors.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Fall Schedule Available Online

May 13, 2011 — 3:26 p.m.

Cypress College's Fall Class Schedule is now available on our website.

You can view the schedule at:

Fall semester courses begin the week of August 15, 2011. Late-start classes begin on August 29 and "Half-Semester" classes begin the week of October 17.

We anticipate that registration appointments for fall will be posted in MyGateway on June 15. You can find them in the "Student" tab by looking for "Reg. Tools" and then clicking on the "check registration appointment" link.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Encore for Cypress College Student Film Festival

May 3, 2011 — 11:25

I received the following email from colleague Ian Holmes, from the college's Digital Cinema Program:

I am pleased to announce the encore screening of the 2nd Annual Cypress College Student Film Festival, all are invited and admission is free.

Encore Screening
May 4, 2011
1:00PM - 3:00PM

25 short films will be screened in a two-hour period including winning films,

FICTION - Best Picture by Jake Heflin

MESSAGE DELETED - Best Director by David Ramos

BLESSINGS - Best Drama by Alissa Bowen

BACK TO 1994 - Best Action/Adventure by Nathan Laolagi

SILENCE OF THE NIGHT - Best Abstract by Juan Hernandez

Congratulations to all the film festival winners!!! Please see the attachment for the complete list of winning films and filmmakers.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Cypress College Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3, 2011 — 11:10

It is officially Teacher Appreciation Week here at Cypress College and in the rest of the North Orange County Community College District. Trustees passed a resolution honoring faculty at their most-recent board meeting.

Here is some of that resolution, as shared by Cypress College President Dr. Michael Kasler:

•   Faculty make a significant impact on the experience of students

•   It is important that the contributions of faculty members to their students, their colleges and learning centers, and to the people in the community who benefit from their endeavors be acknowledged

•   Trustees acknowledge the important work of our teachers

Dr. Kasler added these thoughts:

I would also like to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" to all of our teachers. You help and guide our students to achieve their goals. You support and counsel them and you play a very important role in their lives. They look to you for words of encouragement and guidance. Thank you for working with our students! They are fortunate to have you as their teachers and all of us at the College are fortunate to have you as colleagues!

Posted by Marc S. Posner

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