James Caviola is Seal Beach Citizen of the Year for 36th Americana Awards from Cypress College Foundation

Marc S. Posner
Friday, February 04, 2011
James C. Caviola is the Citizen of the Year from the City of Seal Beach for the Cypress College Foundation’s 36th Annual Americana Awards. The Americana Awards, sponsored by Union Bank, N.A., will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Caviola has been a recipient of the Congregational Recognition Certificate and State Senate Community Service Award. Few have had as great an impact in Seal Beach as attorney Caviola, who is also a 31-year resident.

At his own expense, Caviola removed over 10,000 tons of concrete from city parkways between 1994 and 2000, planting over 1,000 trees in their place. In a continued effort to beautify the city he loves, he helped established “Trees for Seal Beach” as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which he currently leads as chairman. The results of his efforts are staggering: 3,000 new trees, center dividers, slower traffic and an enhanced Main Street. He was instrumental in saving mature trees on Main Street and in town.

In addition, he has raised thousands of dollars for “Trees for Seal Beach” by hosting fundraiser beach parties that attracted as many as 500 to 750 people. Its dual purpose was also to raise public awareness. Also, with the assistance of the corporate board, and tree-committee members, they have helped to obtain grants. Currently, the committee members and Caviola are helping to develop a master tree policy, procedure manual, and get more trees planted.

Tickets for the Americana Awards are available from the Cypress College Foundation for $225 per person with various sponsorship levels also available. Information is available by calling (714) 484-7126 or at http://www.CypressCollege.edu or http://www.Facebook.com/AmericanaAwards. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

At the awards, Frank Garcia will be honored as the Man of the Year. The owner of La Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurants in Anaheim, Garcia is known as an altruistic businessman who serves those who are less fortunate through his “We Give Thanks” organization.

In addition to the Man of the Year, the America Awards salute citizens of the year from the eight cities in the college’ primary service area. Along with Caviola, citizens of the Year are: Patricia Pina, Anaheim; Diane Scheerhorn, Ph.D, Buena Park; Frann Shermet, Cypress; Pat Halberstadt, Garden Grove; Ron and Elfriede MacIver, La Palma; Alice B. Jempsa, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor; and Sandra Stubban, Stanton.

In July, Union Bank, N.A., strengthened its partnership with Cypress College, agreeing to serve as the title sponsor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Americana Awards. Union Bank has a long-standing leadership role at the college with representation on the Cypress College Foundation Board of Directors. Union Bank’s three-year commitment to Cypress College totals $75,000.

For more information about the Americana Awards, please call the Cypress College Foundation office at (714) 484-7126 or visit: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/Foundation/.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice and for others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,500 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 58 university-transfer majors, 145 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 55 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs just $26 per unit — just $78 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships also are available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Michael J. Kasler is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.

Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $84 billion at June 30, 2010. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 396 banking offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas as well as two international offices, on June 30, 2010. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.