President Schilling’s Board Report for November 13, 2018

The following is a report to members of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees.

Presented by Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.

on November 13, 2018

Campus News

  • On November 6, Cypress College introduced our Connect2Cypress event to our local high school seniors, and the campus. The half day event featured over 1000 high school seniors, who were treated to a morning session which included an introduction to our college, a student panel, a Charley the Charger Guided Pathways virtual tour across campus, and lunch provided by Habit Burger out at the Pond. They also had the opportunity to visit with student clubs, programs, and experience our Majors2Careers event, which included our own current Cypress students. We were even treated to a surprise flash mob dance led by our dance students and our own Dr. Cheryl Marshall. Thanks for Dean Rick Rams and Paul de Dios for re-inventing our Senior Day event to engage and interact with high school seniors earlier, and provide a great example of Charger Pride.
  • Cypress College sent our first edition of the new Cypress Community newsletter. This went out to over 300 community members, educators, legislators and elected officials, as well as our city partners. We plan to send this electronic newsletter on a quarterly cycle so our community knows all the great things happening at the college. Thanks to Marc Posner and his team for making this happen.
  • Kelly Carter, our Counseling Department Chair, was honored on November 2 as Cypress College’s OC Faculty of the Year. Kelly was recognized at the Disneyland Hotel in a beautiful celebration recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding Orange County teachers in K-14. In attendance to support Kelly were her family, counselors Doreen Villasenor and Marilou Garibaldi, Dr. De Dios, Dr. Schilling, and Trustee Stephen Blount. Also in attendance were NOCE and Fullerton honorees. Congratulations, Kelly!
  • The College commemorated the country’s 100th Veterans Day on November 8 at 11 am, starting with a morning ceremony by our flag pole, and then a luncheon reception directly afterwards. Blas Villalobos, an Iraqi war veteran was our keynote speaker, as well as a special musical work composed by veteran Caesar Martinez, and played by faculty and veterans Gary Gopar, David Pitell, Humberto Ruiz, and Kerry Loeschen.
  • Cypress College will be hosting two budget forums for campus employees and the public on Tuesday, November 13, and Wednesday, November 21, both at 2-3 p.m. Please join us as we share an overview of our budget process, discuss the new funding formula and its impact on Cypress, and discuss our new construction projects.

Community Events

  • Please join us on November 16 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., at the Old Ranch Country Club, located at 3901 Lampson Ave. Seal Beach, CA 90740, for a special STEM2 event. Our STEM scholars, will present their research posters and share their experiences conducting scientific research at UC San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Irvine, and Cal State Fullerton this past summer – one of the very special support programs offered in our STEM2 program. Also joining us that morning will be Founder and CEO of New World Education, Mandla Kayise, who will provide tools and strategies for academic development and student empowerment among high school, community college, and university students to ensure success.
  • We look forward to our fall Coffee with the Chancellor and Trustees event at Cypress College on November 20 from 2-3 p.m. Thank you to our Chancellor for hosting these meetings and being willing to answer questions from the campus.

In our continuing commitment to share data with the camps and our board, below is a compilation of a report sent by The Campaign for College Opportunity on degree awards. Our researchers compiled the data for all surrounding colleges to show where Cypress College (and Fullerton!) falls. We are committed to growing our completion of degrees and certificates!

That’s the Board Report from Cypress College. Buen Cypress!

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