T-TEN Students Earn Statewide Grants

Two Automotive Technology T-TEN students received awards from the California New Car Dealers Association Scholarship Foundation this month. This year’s annual “Car Careers” Scholarship program selected 20 total grant recipients and one overall statewide winner, a Cypress College student, to receive an additional $5,000.

Two Cypress College T-TEN students pose in front of Toyota T-TEN sign

Molly Poer, a Year 1 T-TEN student, received $5,000 from the organization. Vincent Lagasca, a Year 2 T-TEN student, who was awarded the Peter K Welch Honorary Scholarship, was granted $10,000.

“There’s something fulfilling about tightening the final bolt on a project – a sense of accomplishment that I haven’t found anywhere else,” Poer said in a press release. “Being an unconventional student, who has already completed previous degrees, worked in a different field, and yet still wants to grow my skill set to transition to a vastly different career, I know that I don’t fit the mold of a traditional technician… I want to be able to give people, men and women alike, the peace of mind that their vehicle is in the hands of someone who cares.”

The CNCDA scholarship program provided more than $100,000 to students in automotive technology programs. The organization awarded grants to applicants based on academic performance, career interests, and industry experience, according to a press release.

The Foundation Board selected the top four candidates from five regions across the state, who were each awarded $5,000 to cover education and training expenses. From these 20 grant recipients, Vincent Lagasca was selected as the overall statewide winner, receiving an additional $5,000 for the Peter K. Welch Honorary Scholarship.

“We were very impressed with the students who applied for this scholarship program and are proud to be able to support them as they pursue promising careers in the auto tech industry,” Brian Maas, CNCDA President and CNCDA Scholarship Foundation vice president, said.

The CAR CAREERS Scholarship will be offered again in 2022 and information on program specifics and the application process can be found here.

President Schilling’s Board Report for September 14, 2021

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 September 14, 2021

Although we are well underway with the fall semester, I want to thank our student services team and academic leaders for hosting our 2021 Virtual New Student Welcome Night and helping our students get off to a positive start. On August 20, over 650 students and their families tuned in to our Livestream for the Main Session and participated in the breakout sessions with Student Services and Academic Programs. Our support teams continue to be there to reassure and answer all of our students’ questions about the upcoming semester. Thank you to Gisela Verduzco, Pryscilla Truong, Paul de Dios, and all our Academic and Student Services deans, staff, and faculty for participating in this important event!

We are proud to announce that Yanet Garcia Padilla, AnnMarie Ruelas, and Gisela Verduzco have been accepted as fellows into the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo Fellowship Program — a program designed to increase diverse representation in executive and senior-level positions in higher education. Three of the 25 higher education leaders selected are from Cypress College — more than any other institution in the United States. The one-year fellowship is open to “talented individuals who aspire to leadership positions at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs,” according to HACU (please see accompanying HACU news release). Congratulations to each of these dynamic leaders!

Cypress College will be hosting a Bystander Intervention Training on September 30, 2021 3–4:30 p.m. This training will be held for all Cypress College students, faculty, and staff. The Bystander Intervention Training will address specific strategies that can used to intervene on behalf of others who are targets of harassment, disrespect, and other racist attacks, either in person or online. Individuals who undergo the one-hour interactive training will learn the five D’s – distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct – and how to prioritize their own safety while intervening. The training, organized by Paul de Dios and Pryscilla Truong, is in response to this spring’s spike in anti-Asian hate incidents post-COVID. Attendees will also learn about the AAPI experience in the Southern California region and will empower individuals to make a meaningful difference as allies to AAPI friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the Cypress College Health Center is committed to educating and raising awareness, as well as advocating for mental health services and resources to help break the stigma surrounding mental health. This year, the college took another step forward by establishing an Active Minds chapter on our campus. Active Minds is a national nonprofit organization leading the way for mental health awareness, through education and suicide prevention for young adults. They are active on over 800 college campuses and are now in high schools and even the workplace.

To further our goals to support the wellness of our students, the Health Center will be piloting new Mental Telehealth services for students, which allows for unlimited mental health counseling for our LGBTQ, veterans, athletics, EOPS, Legacy, Puente, and DSS students this fall. Our goal is to expand this service across the campus in spring. Please see the following events from the Health Center this month:

  • “S Word” Film Screening on Wednesday, September 1 @ 4-6 p.m.
  • World Suicide Prevention Day: Mental Health First-Aid and Self-Care Techniques with Dr. Erica Gergely on Friday, September 10
  • “Wake Up” Film Screening on Tuesday, September 14 @ 3-5 p.m.
  • Wellness Wednesday – Sorting Out Chaos: Accessing Our Mental Health Resources on Wednesday, September 22 @ 12-1 p.m.
  • A Collaborative Workshop with Active Minds, Integrative Wellness Club, and the Cypress Wellness Collaborative on Wednesday, September 29 @ 4-6 p.m.

Our student laptop program is underway with the first 2000 free laptops going to students in our Legacy, Puente, Veterans, Athletics, EOPS, the Charger Experience, and STEM(2) Programs. Another 1000 laptops will be arriving soon for Phase Two of this important technology program. In the meantime, any student may request a free Chromebook from our L/LRC.

Tyler University faculty member George Rodriguez reached out to Cypress Ceramics chair, Molly Schulps, to participate in a Cup Exchange Project between Cypress and Tyler students. Each student will be paired with another student and then will ship their cups to each other and have a meet up on Zoom. We can’t wait to see what they will create! Please check out Craft in America, Storytellers featuring George Rodriguez, for more on this project.

In other news, one of our Cypress College students, Saul Nieto, was featured in a profile by EdSource on community college students who are making the most of federal aid support during the pandemic. Saul received two emergency grants from our campus during the spring semester totaling $1050. He shares his story in this linked article.

Upcoming Events

Save the date!  The Grand Opening of the new Veterans Resource Center and SEM building has been set for October 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Look for invitations with more information coming soon. Also, on the calendar is our November 10 Veterans Day fundraising event beginning at 5 p.m. and hosted by the Cypress College Foundation. Details to come!

Our Disabilities Student Support (DSS) team will host a virtual “Drop-In with DSS!” one day each month during the fall semester. Please pop in and out during the hour or stay for the entire session to hear what your colleagues are asking! September 8, October 12, November 10, December 2, all from 12-1 p.m.

Save the Date! The 36th Annual Cypress College Foundation Golf Classic will be held on October 25 at the Los Coyotes Country Club. Come for a day of golf or join us for the dinner/banquet as we raise funds to support scholarships for Cypress College students.

Here are the upcoming events featured during our Hispanic Heritage Month. We hope you will be able to join us for all or some of these wonderful convenings celebrating the contributions of our Latinx community in our lives and institutions.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

HACU Leadership Academy Selects Three Cypress College Leaders for Fellowship Cohort of 25

For Immediate Release

September 2, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 484-7006

Three of the 25 higher education leaders selected as HACU Leadership Academy fellows are from Cypress College — more than any other institution in the United States. The announcement was made earlier today by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

The three Cypress College leaders are Yanet Garcia Padilla, AnnMarie Ruelas, and Gisela Verduzco. They have been accepted as fellows into a program designed to increase diverse representation in executive and senior-level positions in higher education.

“We are proud of these three amazing leaders,” said Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. “Their leadership has already improved the success of thousands of students, and we know the HACU Leadership Academy will further improve their opportunities for professional advancement and for the benefit of the students they serve. Cypress College is incredibly proud to have three fellows selected, more than any other institution in the nation. We believe this speaks to the commitment to support our employees and students as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.”

The Leadership Academy (La Academia de Liderazgo) is a one-year fellowship open to “talented individuals who aspire to leadership positions at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs,” according to HACU (please see accompanying HACU news release).

Padilla is Cypress College’s Director of Educational Partnerships and Programs for the (STEM)2 Program. She launched this program in support of underserved students in the STEM fields in 2012 and has overseen its growth, which now includes oversight of a $4.1 million grant.

Ruelas is the Director of Cypress College’s EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, Guardian Scholars & Grads to Be programs — a group of services providing support to first-generation students, single parents, emancipated foster care students, students without residency documentation, and returning adults, among others. She moved into the position on an interim basis in 2017 and was selected for the permanent position in 2018.

Verduzco is the Director of Student Equity and Success. She started at Cypress College as an adjunct counselor and was later promoted to interim Director of the Student Success and Support Program in 2018 before moving into her current role in 2020. She has responsibility for the college’s Promise Program — known as the Charger Experience Program — and outreach events such as New Student Welcome Night and Commit2Cypress. Verduzco was also responsible for the implementation of Cypress College’s multiple measures and guided self-placement (AB 705).

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are now offered both in person on campus and in an online/remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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DMS Instructor Goes Back to the Field and Refreshes her Industry Knowledge

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director Lynn Mitts completed an externship in Radiologic Technology this summer, made possible through an OC Regional Strong Workforce project. Mitts went to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Downey for her externship, which began in July. 

Cypress College DMS Program Director Lynn Mitts works on radiologic tools at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Downey, CA.

“It has been some years since I have been in the hospital setting as a radiographer so it was wonderful and exciting to be with the healthcare team,” Mitts said. “I have already updated my classroom lectures with the new items of information.”

Mitts spent time in the radiology department, learning about the latest digital equipment and software programs. She also observed various radiographic exams and how they differ from Mitts’ time as a radiographer.

Lynn Mitts stands behind Devin Grissom seated at his desk at Kaiser Permanente Downey, where he is the director of Diagnostic Imaging.

Mitts worked with Devin Grissom, director of Diagnostic Imaging at Kaiser Downey.

“I feel this externship provided me with a sense of renewal in my teaching. I was excited to see what changes have occurred since I have been in a radiology department. I was energized every day I walked into the hospital to see what new things I would discover.”

After finishing the clinical portion, Mitts wrote a report, which included a review of the department’s quality assurance program, policies, and procedures. She interviewed the radiology department administrator, clinical instructor, radiologist, and students. Mitts asked questions about student-training expectations, future employees, and the future in imaging.

Two Cypress College students with their instructor Lynn Mitts outside Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Downey, CA.

Cypress College DMS students Krista De La Luz (left) and Samantha Smith (top) served their internship at Kaiser Downey at the same time as Mitts’ externship.

“I have gained invaluable experience in learning the capabilities of digital radiography equipment that is constantly changing. The conversations and interviews I had with different people in different positions were eye-opening.”

In addition, 13 more Cypress faculty have completed an externship this summer through OC Regional Strong Workforce funding. Mitts says she would highly recommend all CTE instructors participate in an externship given the chance.

“I feel it is important to rediscover the joy of our primary profession and bring that back to our students.”

President Schilling’s Board Report for August 24, 2021

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 August 24, 2021

Thank you to all who participated in our Opening and FLEX Day activities this past week. Many people contributed to an inspiring morning from Marc Posner and communications team members Marcie Kagawa, Anthony Diaz, and President’s Office staff Kristi Valdez and Louella Nelson. Highlighted in our pre-show were authors Stephanie Teer and retiree Donna Friess who have written a young adult book series and meditation and wellness, respectively. Anthony Ray Hinton, our keynote speaker, inspired us with an emotional presentation about his time on death row, and FITE Club student Dewayne McCoy shared his own challenges coming back to school after experiencing incarceration. We were also honored to present our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award to all 22 members of our Black Lives Matter Taskforce — the first time a group was honored — for the important work they have contributed in support of transforming our college.

As part of the Flex Day events, a Campus COVID Update panel discussion was held on August 19, 2021 from 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Topics covered included:

  • Our Safe Return to Campus Guide
  • Facilities Update
  • Student Services Update
  • Health Updates

We appreciate the involvement of panel participants Paul de Dios, Alex Porter, Debbie Marriott-Simes, Marc Posner, and Marla McBride.

Our Communications Team has been busy providing updates to our students. Some of the recent efforts are below:

7/29 — Welcome Back to Campus

8/2 — (STEM)² Applications Now Available!

8/3 — Mortuary Science Application Workshop August 18

8/4 — Fall Classes Still Available

8/5 — We’re Here to Lend a Helping Hand

8/5 — Reminder: Get Vaxxed at Cypress College

8/6 — You’re Invited to New Student Welcome Night

Our athletics teams, led by Interim Dean Colin Preston and Athletic Director Wesley McCurtis, have been leading the way all year on COVID testing and vaccinations. CCCAA has mandated that 85% of student athletes must be vaccinated before weekly testing can be diminished. A recent survey sent to all our athletes showed the following results:

Total Survey Responses: 231

  • Vaccinated: 138 – 60%
  • Vaccinated + Planning to be Vaccinated: 168 – 73%
  • Vaccinated + Planning to be Vaccinated + Waiting for FDA Approval: 201 – 87%

We plan to be above 87% by October 15 for all sports teams.

Our M&O Team has been busy getting the college ready for students, returning faculty, and employees on campus. Thank you to Phil Fleming, Carlos Guerrero, and our outstanding team for this impressive list of work they have accomplished:

  • Over 2,000 visual aide decals have been installed throughout the campus in corridors/classrooms, entrances, and exits in these areas helping to direct students, staff, and visitors to their destination.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations and sanitizing wipes have been placed in all classrooms targeted for occupancy (a few more are still going out).
  • PPE has been distributed to every division on campus, and we will be re-stocking supply to meet the reoccurring demand throughout the entire fall semester. This PPE consists of face masks, some face shields, and latex gloves.
  • Every building on campus has been deep-cleaned and all restrooms have been deep-cleaned over the summer months.
  • We have placed over 200 individual plexiglass barriers at numerous locations throughout the campus, and our student services area is fully equipped with plexiglass protection.
  • Every HVAC filter on campus has been changed out to the MERV-13 standard filters.
  • HEPA air filters in each classroom for fall.

Cypress In the News

We are happy to share the latest press articles featuring Cypress College below:

The CEO Leadership Alliance-OC recently launched a career pathways program in partnership with OC school districts and community colleges.  North Orange County Community College District was acknowledged for our partnership in the CLA-OC Talent Bridge program with OC computer software firm Alteryx. Students in this program are earning a certification in data analytics, while gaining insight to the company’s career pathways. Upon conclusion they will be provided an invitation-only opportunity to network with top-level Alteryx leadership and affiliated Alteryx companies. Click here for CLAOC article.

The Event News-Enterprise carried additional news coverage in the last two weeks. This article covers both the OCADA awards provided to Cypress College and Michael Klyde’s CAT Teacher of the Year award.

And in late breaking news, the Cypress College Aviation Program was featured on Wednesday, August 18 on ABC Channel 7 news. We are trying to obtain a video of this great story, which we will share with you soon. Thank you to Edilberto Valdez for continuing to lead the way in our outstanding Aviation Program.

Upcoming Events

Save the date! The Grand Opening of the new Veterans Resource Center and SEM building has been set for October 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Look for invitations with more information coming soon.

At our last board meeting, we shared that Dr. Schilling would be participating in the Pathways of Hope Look Who’s Dancing competition. Unfortunately, due to concerns about the safety of holding this event in the fall, the fundraiser has been postponed until 2022.  Dr. Schilling looks forward to participating in the competition next year.

We are happy to share our Student Athlete Highlights:

  • 3.1 spring 2021 average GPA
  • 119 student athletes cumulative 3.0+
  • 42 different majors
  • 3.0 average cumulative student athlete GPA
  • 203 student athletes
  • 39 athletes with a 4.0 during spring 2021
  • 143 athletes with a 3.0+ during spring 2021
  • 11 teams with GPA 3.0+ in-season

Thank you to Sports Communication Specialist Brett Franchino for putting together this information. Go, Chargers!

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Cypress College Alumni Compete in Tokyo Olympics

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2021
Contact: Marc Posner
(714) 484-7006

 

Cypress College can now add two more names to its list of Olympians after two of its former students participated in the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Amanda Fama, of the Italian softball team, and Alon Leichman, of the Israeli baseball team, competed this summer in their respective events. Both athletes played for Cypress College while they were enrolled as students, with Fama playing from 2008-2010 and Leichman pitching from 2011-2013.

Fama, who plays shortstop, is the first-ever Charger to represent Cypress in softball at the Olympic games. While at Cypress College, Fama won a state championship in 2010 and three Orange Empire Conference (OEC) championships. She was inducted into the Cypress College Hall of Fame in 2017.

 

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Leichman pitched on behalf of Team Israel during the Tokyo Olympic games. He and his team went up against South Korea, the United States, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. While at Cypress, Leichman was given the coveted closing pitcher role, and led the team to the state finals in 2013, where the Chargers clinched the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Championship that year.

Cypress College Athletic Director Wes McCurtis said the college recognizes the value of supporting its student athletes, and it is committed to helping them move on to succeed in their academic and athletic endeavors.

 

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“As a community college, we have a limited window to impact student-athletes’ lives,” said McCurtis. “Ultimately, there is nothing more exciting than seeing our student-athletes embrace the opportunity they have here at Cypress, move on, and reach new heights in whatever they do. Amanda and Alon are role models for our student-athletes and alumni, highlighting the success that hard work and perseverance can lead to. That’s what our athletic program at Cypress is all about.”

Fama and Leichman are not the only alumni who went on to compete in the Olympics. Cypress College former Olympians include water polo player Bernice Orwig, judo athlete Tony Okada, and baseball player Augie Ojeda, who also went on to play in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Minnesota Twins.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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New Student Life, VRC, SEM Buildings Scheduled to Open at Cypress College This Fall

For Immediate Release

August 20, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 484-7006

Cypress College is slated to open its Science, Engineering, and Math (SEM) building and its dually-housed Student Life & Leadership (SLL)/Veterans Resource Center (VRC) building this fall, both part of the larger 20-year, $574 million Measure J Bond project approved by voters in 2014. Measure J funds projects at Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education.

Exterior of new SEM building

The new 106,000-square-foot SEM building will serve as the campus collaboration hub, and includes research and teaching laboratories, interactive student resource areas, a multidisciplinary classroom, lecture spaces, and conference rooms. The new building is designed to have lasting use, with versatile design features that allow for future expansion. The new building effectively replaces and doubles the size of the old facility, which had been in use since the early 1970s. Groundbreaking for the new building began in late 2018. It is the first new instructional space to open on the campus since 1976.

Perhaps one of the most unique and exciting features of the new SEM building is the immersive digital classroom, a 96-seat theater that features motion projection on the domed ceiling, and the possibility of a planetarium to be added later on.

Science, Engineering, Mathematics building

Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. said these state-of-the-art buildings are representative of the kind of support the institution enjoys, and that the SEM and SLL/VRC buildings would not have been possible without the widespread backing of the community.

“This project represents a promise kept with our students and our neighbors, who generously supported our Measure J Bond project,” said Dr. Schilling. “Our STEM students now have a state-of-the-art lecture and lab facility replacing one that was designed before humans walked on the moon. These spaces — including the immersive digital classroom — will prepare our next generation of scientists, engineers, and chemists.”

Student Life and Leadership building

The SLL/VRC is also scheduled to open its doors to students in upcoming weeks and will serve Cypress College’s more than 16,000 students, including 900 who identify as veteran or military-affiliated. The VRC will serve as the centerpiece of the Veterans Education Resource Complex, which includes a tribute garden, veterans’ memorial bridge, and an outdoor event plaza. The project also saw the renovation of the SLL building (formerly the Student Activities Center), which will now house the International Students Program, and is connected to the VRC by the new construction.

Cypress College’s new VRC will offer essential educational support services to veterans as they transition from active military duty to civilian life, and it has been specifically designed with their unique needs in mind. Veterans and military-affiliated students will have access to updated computers and technology, as well as private counseling rooms, social space, and a private patio in the new facility.

Veterans Resource Center lobby

“The additions of the event plaza and tribute garden create a space for celebrating our U.S. veterans that is unique in Orange County — and the flags of our military branches will be watched over daily by our students who have transitioned from service to studies,” Schilling said. “Inside the VRC, these students will have access to services that will help them succeed.”

For more information about Measure J, the SEM building, or the SLL/VRC building, visit: cypresscollege.edu/measure-j-bond-program/veterans-resource-center-student-activities-center-building/.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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President Schilling’s Board Report for August 10, 2021

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 August 10, 2021

Enrollment continues to be a challenge, despite the excellent efforts on the part of our Communications team, our Cypress Cares Campaign, our researchers, and our academic deans. The enrollment percentages continue to fluctuate and the challenges students are facing due to the COVID virus is impacting our enrollment. Interestingly, our online classes are filling faster than our on-campus classes, so we will continue to monitor this trend and adjust our schedule where we can.

Please join us for our Opening Day virtual convocation on Friday, August 20. It is hard to believe this will be our third virtual Opening Day, but we appreciate the efforts of Marc Posner and his team to pre-record, produce, and continue to make this event engaging. This year we will begin at 8:30 a.m. for a pre-show featuring interviews with three faculty members who have published books, and a brief update on our new construction projects. At 9 a.m., our program begins with greetings from our constituent leaders and Dr. Dunsheath, introduction of our new employees, the celebration of our three Faculty of the Year awardees, and the winner of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. This year we are honored to have Anthony Ray Hinton as our keynote speaker. Mr. Hinton is featured in the movie Just Mercy, and has written his own book, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row about his experience spending 27 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. We look forward to a fabulous morning and hope our Board members will be able to join us.

Our campus welcomed back our employees and managers during the week of August 2-5 and their presence and energy is already transforming our campus into a more vibrant place. Our Welcome Back Week provided an opportunity for employees to mingle, reconnect, and reengage.  We are grateful for everything our employees have accomplished this past year and look forward to welcoming our students back to campus very soon. Great to have our team together again!

We are also reminding everyone of our upcoming Vaccination Days on August 10 and August 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each date. These events will be open to our entire District and local communities.  Please spread the word so we can encourage more people to receive their vaccinations and keep our campus and local community safe. Get the scheduling link here; we encourage you to share.

Cypress College will be hosting a Bystander Training for all employees on September 30 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Bystander intervention training will equip allies with specific strategies to intervene on behalf of others who are targets of harassment, disrespect, and other racist attacks, either in person or online. Individuals who undergo the one-hour interactive training will learn the five D’s – distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize their own safety while intervening. The training will also provide opportunities to practice with this toolkit of options to safely intervene and make a difference. This training has been customized to speak to the AAPI experience in the southern California region, especially as it relates to this spring’s spike in anti-Asian hate incidents post-COVID. Thank you to Dr. Paul de Dios, Gisela Verduzco, and Pryscilla Truong for organizing this training for our campus community.

On July 30, Cypress College, Magnolia High School, and AUHSD partnered to present our annual White Cap Ceremony. In 2019, Cypress College received a grant offering a CyberSecurity pathway from high school to a bachelor’s degree. The CS3 Program provides a pathway from Magnolia High School to Cypress College, and then completion at UCI. Thirty students were accepted into the program in 2020 and 45 students are getting ready to begin in 2021. Thank you to Dr. Henry Hua, Stephanie Teer, and Sandra Rocha for leading this program partnership with Magnolia High School and UCI.

As announced at our last board meeting, alumna Amanda Fama made Cypress history as the first softball alum to represent the Chargers at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Amanda took the field in Tokyo, representing the Italian Softball National team. Amanda spent three seasons with the Chargers from 2008-2010 before transferring to Concordia University, Irvine. In addition, Charger baseball alum Alon Leichman (’13), was selected to Team Israel for this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Leichman pitched for the Chargers in the 2011-2013 seasons before moving on to become a scholar athlete at UC San Diego. Go Amanda and Alon and Go Chargers!

The Cypress College deans held their summer retreat in our new Student Activities Center (SAC) conference room on August 5.  Dr. Frank Harris joined us for the morning to discuss how we continue to lead the way in support of our students and employees of color, as well as a discussion on how to engage all employees on the important issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our new Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Bryan Ventura, jumped right in as he joined senior researchers Eileen Haddad and Kristina Oganesian to present new Tableau reports on enrollment management. Thank you to our deans and presenters for participating in an engaging morning.

Dr. Schilling will be participating in the 2021 Look Who’s Dancing competition and fundraiser with Pathways of Hope. You may all recall that Dr. Greg Schulz and Fullerton College’s Director of Communication, Lisa McPheron, gamely stepped up to raise funds for our community partner, and now it is Cypress’ turn. The event will be held at Fullerton College on October 21. Please support us as we raise money for a worthy cause and come see Dr. Schilling stumble…uh, dance her way to support the work Pathways of Hope accomplished to fight hunger at our colleges and in our community.

Our campus communications team has been sending weekly briefs to our students and employees about enrollment, our safe campus reopening, public health information, and resources we are providing. To review this student outreach, the links below provide a sample of what has been sent to our students. Thank you to Marc Posner, Marcie Kagawa, and Cari Jorgensen for their excellent communication across our campus.

Student Communication

7/12 – What to Expect When Your Returning to Campus

7/12 – Safe Reopening of Campus

7/13 – ESC Open for Business

7/13 – Pre-Semester Laptop Survey

7/13 – Time for Registration (July 19-23)

7/14 – Fall Registration Fair

7/15 – Reminder: Learning Resource Center Open This Summer

7/20 – We’re Here to Support You

7/22 – Pre-Semester Aid Survey

7/27 – On-Campus Vaccination Clinic

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

Free Vaccination Clinic with MemorialCare

Cypress College will be hosting two free COVID-19 vaccine clinics, in partnership with MemorialCare. The clinics are open to the public.

The first clinic is held on August 10 and the second on August 31. Both take place in the NOCE Building (adjacent to Lot #4), from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Book an appointment here. Walk-ups will be accommodated based on available supply of the Pfizer vaccine.

campus map

WHEN:

Tuesday, August 10 (1st dose)
Tuesday, August 31 (1st and 2nd doses)
@ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (both days)

WHERE:

NOCE Cypress Center, Rm. 118 (near Lot 4)

A campus map and directions are available here.

Vaccinations help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Over 90% of new positive cases are in those not fully vaccinated
  • Over 95% hospitalized with COVID-19 had not been fully vaccinated
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the virus, including serious outcomes like severe disease, hospitalization, and death.

Source: OC Health Care Agency (July 16, 2021).

Cypress College Dean Named National “Cyber Hero” for Innovation and Leadership in the Cybersecurity Program

For Immediate Release

August 3, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 484-7006

Henry Hua, Cypress College’s Dean of Business and Computer Information Systems, was recently dubbed a national “Cyber Hero” for his work in promoting cybersecurity education and building pathways to employment for his students.

Hua was named the national Cyber Hero for June 2021 by SynED, a national nonprofit organization that identifies emerging best practices for effective articulation between employers, job seekers, and education providers. The organization selected Hua for his efforts to build relationships with local employers, resulting in bridges to employment in well-paying jobs in cybersecurity for his students.

“What we’re trying to do is have everybody understand that they bring value to the workplace and how to express that value to potential employers,” Hua said. “We want our students to know that they’re coming into the profession and into a career, not just taking a few classes here and there.”

Cypress College’s Cybersecurity Program provides students with the foundation necessary to enter into the emerging cybersecurity industry. Courses within this program prepare students to take their first steps toward industry-recognized certifications in computer networking, including Cisco, Cybersecurity, and Microsoft Networking. The program also offers a two-year Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Cyber Defense. Cypress College is one of three community colleges in the state to receive their CAE2Y (Center of Academic Excellence, 2-Year) designation by the U.S. National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Cypress College Cybersecurity Instructor Ben Izadi has led the exponential growth of the program in recent years.

“Before I met Henry in 2017, our Cybersecurity program had only a handful of students and we barely had any engagement with the middle school and high school students,” Izadi said. “In less than four years, through Henry’s leadership and dedication, we have transformed our program into one that is nationally recognized.”

Hua is also currently working to integrate cybersecurity in other business and computer information systems’ disciplines at the college in an effort to make students prepared and marketable to today’s employers.

“There isn’t a business that doesn’t need cybersecurity. And without cyber, there is no business,” Hua said. “We’re trying to have students understand that this is a very dynamic relationship that allows people to work together in very different spaces that are closer than they think.”

About SynED®

SynED is a non-profit organization that acts as a catalyst to help colleges and other higher education partners equip students with the skills they need to enrich their lives through education, knowledge, and skill acquisition, giving them rich career opportunities. SynED’s CyberHeroes series, which highlights cyber heroes who quietly go above and beyond in helping to prepare our national cyber force, is a monthly column published nationally. SynED also maintains a resource for CTE professionals at Cyber-Guild.org®.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Cypress College Campus Reopens for Student Services Following 16-Month COVID Closure

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 484-7006

Cypress College’s in-person services reopen for students on Monday, August 2, 2021 — a significant next step in the return to normal pre-COVID campus life. Students will also continue to have the option of meeting with support staff online moving forward, a modality that has proven to be highly convenient.

The college’s service areas will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning August 2 and will expand hours and services at the start of classes on Monday, August 23. Based on student and faculty demand, roughly 30% of Cypress College’s course offerings will take place on campus and in person. The remaining courses will continue online for the fall semester. The mix of services will be approximately the same — weighted for remote use.

“We’re excited for students to safely return to campus,” said Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. “While they have appreciated the convenience of remote service, nothing can replace the experience of engaging face to face. We are happy for this next step in our return to being a campus community once again.”

Cypress College closed the campus and paused all in-person activity on March 13, 2020. Extremely limited in-person coursework — mostly in the technical trades and health sciences — resumed during the 2020-2021 academic year. Cypress College also safely and successfully resumed athletic competition during the spring 2021 semester. During the COVID pause, most employees worked from home — teaching and providing service to students. A core group of maintenance, custodial, technology, and campus safety employees continued work in person.

Students can complete the free admissions application on the campus website at CypressCollege.edu.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at http://cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Return to Campus Information — Get “In the Know”

We present “In the Know” to keep you connected with the information Cypress College is sharing as we prepare to implement the safe return to campus.

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Click on the links below to get the return to campus information.

Students Take Home Prizes in Automotive Technology Competition

Office of Campus Communications

For Immediate Release

July 28, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner (714) 493-6626 (cell)

Five Cypress College students took home prizes in the Orange County Auto Dealers Association’s (OCADA) Automotive Technology Competition, including first place in the contest.

All five students representing Cypress College are dual-enrolled high school students in the Automotive Technology program, including Christina Do, a Cypress High School College student enrolled in her second semester in the program. Members of the Cypress College team attend either John F. Kennedy High School or Cypress High School during the day.

Students were required to take a written exam to qualify for the competition. Qualifying students were then required to put together a video presentation and a virtual automotive simulation.

Dr. Kathleen Reiland, the dean of Career and Technical Education at Cypress College, said the Automotive Technology Competition provides students with an excellent opportunity to test their knowledge and skills. She also acknowledged Automotive Technology Instructor David Endo’s dedication as key to his students’ success.

“I am very proud of our Cypress College Automotive faculty in helping our dual enrollment students participate in the event and achieve these awards,” Reiland said. “It was particularly rewarding to see a woman, Christina Do, in first place for the first time in 28 years! We are also thrilled that Cypress instructor David Endo’s extra work and commitment to these competitions was recognized, with him receiving the OCADA Teacher of the Year Award.”

The following video presentations were submitted from members of the Cypress College team:

Winners of the program received scholarships and professional automotive tools.

Learn more about Automotive Technology at Cypress College.

Learn more about Dual Enrollment at Cypress College.

 

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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President Schilling’s Board Report for July 27, 2021

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 July 27, 2021

In a few short weeks the college will be welcoming back over 30% of our courses on campus, as well as offering all of our services both on campus and online. It will be fantastic to see students on campus in larger numbers for the first time in over 17 months. In order to encourage and facilitate students and employees to be vaccinated, the college will be hosting two on-site Vaccination Days on August 10 and August 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each date. These events will be open to our entire District community, as well as the local community.  Please spread the word so we can encourage more people to receive their vaccinations and keep our campus and local community safe.

On July 31, 2021, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva will honor individuals who have contributed to the community. Our own Dr. Juan Garcia has been selected as Veteran of the Year. Dr. Garcia has been a leader to our 754 military-affiliated students at Cypress College, instrumental in the design of and support of our new Veterans Resource Center, and served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2004-2008, with three deployments in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Juan will be honored on July 31 at 10 a.m. at Ehlers Event Center in Buena Park. This is a well-deserved honor and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to Juan and his family.

Also receiving recognition by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s office is student Catherine Cueva, who just completed her associate degree in political science and will be continuing at UCLA in the fall. Catherine received the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) Award which comes with a $5000 scholarship. Ms. Cueva, you might recall, currently represents Cypress College on the Student Leadership Council at the Hope Center, and also serves as a workforce commissioner in the city of Stanton. We are #CYProud of Catherine and wish her our congratulations!

Henry Hua, Dean of Business and CIS, has been selected by SynED for their CyberHero series, which “highlights cyber heroes who quietly go above and beyond in helping to prepare our national cyberforce.” The press release about Henry and the CyberHero series can be found here. We appreciate Henry’s guidance and leadership in helping us create successful opportunities for our students. Congratulations, Dean Hua!

Charger Baseball alum, Tylor Megill, recently made his Major League debut in a start for the New York Mets. Megill received a standing ovation after pitching 4 1/3 innings with 4 strikeouts.  While at Cypress, he helped lead the baseball program to a CCCAA Final-Four appearance in 2016 before transferring to the University of Arizona. Megill is the 26th Charger to appear in the Major Leagues.

The Charger Experience Program added the Charger Nights component to expand the number of students served in the spring. Charger Nights allowed students to complete the matriculation process (ed plan, assessment process, orientation) and ensure that students were ready for registration in July. The total number of students served through Charger Fridays and Charger Nights was 843. These students represented over 30 high schools, in addition to our 10 AUSHD partner high schools.  Charger Friday and Charger Night make-ups were held the week of June 14, through 8 sessions that accommodated 200 students each to onboard and learn how to select classes and prepare for registration.

Priority Registration Events began the week of July 12. All CEP students attended sessions to assist them with the registration process and these workshops will continue throughout July for all students. Counselors will be on hand to assist with the registration process, clear any prerequisite errors that were encountered during registration, and ensure our Promise students enroll in 12 units, including English, Math, and a COUN course.

The Student Ambassador team continued the Cypress Cares Campaign this spring and reached 2,518 students.  The purpose of this campaign was to help students stay connected to the college and we will continue this for the fall semester. Students were directed to campus resources such as the campus food distribution, tutoring, and laptop rentals. Student Ambassadors also called students this spring to inform them of the Legacy Program to promote enrollment for spring 2021. The call campaign has also continued throughout the summer, focusing on students who have dropped classes in spring 2020 and have not returned, in order to ensure they are reenrolling in the fall semesters.  Ambassadors will connect students to resources and make referrals to our Student Success counselors.

This summer, in an effort to help guide students who struggled during the pandemic, Student Success Counselors are meeting with students who would have been placed on Academic Probation and financial aid disqualification to provide a high-touch, holistic approach to better serve our students. Counselors help create Ed Plans and provide students with support services that ensure their success moving forward.  Our Financial Aid counselor has been working with students who have been disqualified from Financial Aid to complete their satisfactory academic progress appeals in an easy and student-centered way. We thank your dedicated student service counselors, Dr. Troy Davis, and Dr. de Dios for their innovative approach to serving students.

Congratulations to our five graduating ambassadors! These Student Ambassadors, who began as Promise students and then became ambassadors in their second year, have all stayed with us through the COVID pandemic and have made a difference by leading the Virtual Welcome Center, continuing to provide outreach support online, and maintaining a connection with our students through the Cypress Cares campaign. Each are transferring to a four-year institution. They are: Sean Del Castillo – CSUF; Vivian Tieu – CSULB; Haylee Barsumian – CSULB; Isabella Ferinac – CSULB; Jude Suleiman – CSUF. We are very proud of them and thank them for their commitment to Cypress College!

On July 8, our Toyota T-TEN instructors, Michael Klyde and Paul Kelly, with support from Dean Kathleen Reiland, hosted our 2020 and 2021 T-TEN Commencement for an in-person, on-campus event by the pond. Graduates from both years were able to receive their certificates and service plaques as their families and our Toyota Dealers looked on. Our Foundation supported the event by hosting a food truck for all attendees and a celebration cake to support our graduates. Congratulations to our T-TEN program for being the top ASE awarding college in the nation for the second year in a row!

Also on July 8, our Legacy Program hosted its first Summer Bridge Culmination Ceremony. This year, for the first time, incoming Legacy students participated in a two-week summer bridge program to help prepare them for the semester. The culmination ceremony included their instructors, greetings from Dr. Schilling and Dr. Davis, a keynote form Dr. Douglas, and families and friends. Twenty-seven new Legacy Scholars participated in the summer activities. Thank you, Regina Rhymes, Annette Letcher, Virgil Adams, and LaRon Armstead for putting together this great summer introduction to Cypress College.

In honor of those employees returning to campus, the President’s Office, Caring Campus coaches, and Guided Pathways are sponsoring a Welcome Back Week August 2-5. On Monday there will be a hosted breakfast from 9–10 a.m.; Tuesday will feature a taco cart from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Wednesday employees can enjoy ice cream sundaes from 1–2 p.m., and on Thursday we will have the Classified Carnival, featuring team competition. We are grateful for everything our employees have accomplished this past year and look forward to welcoming them back to campus.

Enrolled students participating in our affinity programs such as Legacy, Puente, EOPS, Athletics, Promise, DSS, Veterans, and students with demonstrated need, will be eligible for a Free Laptop and Grab & Go Meals for the 2021-22 academic year.  We are reaching out to all students who may be eligible for this program in order to support their education this year. Thank you to our student services, and VPs de Dios and Porter for leading this effort.

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

Cypress College Hosts Virtual Registration Fair

Need help preparing for fall registration? We’re here to help!

Registration Fair Flyer

Registration for fall 2021 has started. To help you with your registration needs, Admissions and Records will again host a virtual Registration Fair, designed to help you prepare for registration by checking for holds and overcoming other possible registration issues.

Register to attend on one of the specific days and times listed below:

Have questions or need immediate assistance with course registration? Visit the Admissions and Records Virtual Front Counter.

City of Cypress to Hold “Salute to America” Event at Cypress College

The City of Cypress will hold its “Salute to America” Independence Day Celebration at Cypress College on Friday, July 2, at 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. A fireworks display is scheduled at 9 p.m., and the City is expecting about 3,500-4,000 attendees.

Salute to America flyer

To accommodate the event, some sections of campus will be impacted.

  • Parking lots 4 and 5 are closed through Friday, July 2, 2021. Vehicles in either lot are subject to towing.
  • On Friday, July 2, access to the campus from Holder St. will be ENTRY ONLY, and access from Orange Ave will be EXIT ONLY. The portion of Circle Drive between Orange Ave and Holder St. will be closed to vehicles.
  • The Valley View entrance/exit will remain open and unaffected.
  • Event parking will be offered in lots 6, 8, and 9 starting at 4 p.m.

Info: https://www.cypressca.org/activities/community-events/salute-to-america

Schedule for Fall 2021 Available

Cypress College’s Schedule of Classes for the fall 2021 semester is now available. Registration begins in July and classes begin the week of August 23.

Fall class schedule

The searchable class schedule is the definitive source for up-to-date, accurate listings. For convenience, the schedule also is available as a PDF.

Approximately 20% of the college’s courses will be available in person and on-campus as the college community returns from the COVID-19 pandemic. All services will be available in person and remote formats to best meet students’ needs.

Cypress College’s counseling faculty are available to assist students with educational planning for the coming semester.

President Schilling’s Board Report for June 22, 2021

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 June 22, 2021

June is National Pride Month, and in commemoration of our LGBTQ students and employees, the college has been flying a Pride Flag all month on our website, and on our Valley View marquee. The DEI Committee will also be hosting a Pride Week in fall featuring activities and an LGBTQ student of distinction will be featured each day during Pride Week.

There will be a Pathways to Private Schools Summer 2021 Virtual College Fair hosted by our Transfer Center on Thursday, July 8 from 4–7 p.m. Students will be able to meet virtually with over 20+ colleges and universities.

The City of Cypress will be hosting their annual Salute to America Celebration at Cypress College for the second year on Friday, July 2. This patriotic celebration will feature food trucks and live music from Electric Vinyl, all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and end around 9:30 p.m. Please join us for this celebration!

Cypress College managers came together for an outdoor teambuilding day on Tuesday, June 15. The purpose of this retreat was to begin building community as we start to come back to campus. Many managers were seeing one another for the first time in over a year, and some for the first time ever. It was a great morning of fun, shared purpose, and friendly competition. My thanks to Kristi Valdez for helping organize the day! Our activities and lunch were funded by Schools First and we thank Kristin Crellin for her generous grant on behalf of our employees.

The First Look Tour of our new campus buildings are currently underway. We have four tours scheduled to meet your schedules on June 21, 24, and 25. If you haven’t yet registered, we hope you will be able to join us to see these beautiful new additions to the Cypress College campus. Only Trustees, Foundation board members, and our Citizen Oversight Committee members are eligible for these tours, but we will be conducting more tours for members of the public beginning in September.

Retiring Dean of Health Sciences, Rebecca Gomez, has been recognized as the recipient of this year’s Educator Award by the California Health Information Association (CHIA).  The Educator Award honors an individual who demonstrates excellence in preparing the next generation of professionals for Health Information Technology (HIT) careers in a field that depends on a continual influx of well-trained new talent. The award winner must demonstrate excellence in all aspects of education and teaching by setting high standards of excellence and high expectations for students, while impacting the student as a role model through the instructor role. Rebecca will be receiving her award the week of June 14-16 at CHIACON21. Please join us in thanking Rebecca for her service to Cypress College the past 15 years and in congratulating her on this well-deserved award.

Athletics Update: The Chargers returned to competition this season on March 24 when women’s basketball hosted Golden West College for the first Cypress athletic event in over a year. With no competition in the fall of 2020, the CCCAA voted to participate in a Spring I and Spring II season. For Cypress Athletics, the Spring I season consisted of seven sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s water polo, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. Spring II wrapped up in early June, with an OEC Tournament championship for women’s softball, a second place OEC finish for men’s baseball, and a third place finish for men’s golf. Cypress was one of fewer than 15 CCCAA schools to successfully compete in all sport offerings during the COVID modified season. Zero confirmed positive COVID cases in 5 months of daily testing proved the commitment of our student athletes, coaches, and staff to make this season happen. This season was far from normal for each sport, but our coaches and staff were overjoyed to have an opportunity that allowed our student athletes to compete and return to competition to bring a glimpse of normalcy to their physical and mental health. Below is a list of notable accomplishments in the 2021 spring season. Congratulations to all our coaches and to Athletic Director Wesley McCurtis and Interim Dean Colin McPherson for a successful season!

Also, in athletic news, we say thank you and farewell to long-time athletic director Bill Pinkham, three-time OEC swim coach of the year Larry Beidler, and Athletic Training Association Hall of Fame inductee Scott Tucker, who each completed their final season with the Chargers as they head into retirement. Below is a list of student accomplishments:

NOTABLE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Softball’s Emily Rush and Alyssa Huerta selected to All-OEC First Team. Paige Shafer and Eliza Sandoval selected to All-OEC Second Team
  • Baseball’s Coby Morales, Andrew Sojka, and Brenden Harris selected to All-OEC First Team. Julian Aguilar, Brett Garcia, and Ricky Lane make All-OEC Second Team
  • Swimmer Ethan Umpornpuckdi placed first in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles at the OEC Championships, while Zachary Sofai placed first in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles
  • Men’s Golfer Luke Bartram finishes second in the OEC with an overall average score of 73.4. Selected to All-OEC First Team
  • Baseball alumnus Tommy Nance makes MLB debut

Our newly formed Native American Faculty and Staff Alliance (NAFSA) held a contest for the best art concepts for a new logo for their group this past May. A $100 cash prize was awarded to the first-place winner, and two $50 prizes were awarded to the honorable mentions. All current and former Cypress College, Fullerton College, and NOCE students were able to submit original works.

Cypress College has received a full IEPI Grant, focused on improving our enrollment dashboards in Tableau and institutionalizing the Guided Pathways best practices identified by our Title V completion teams. The college will be working on a more detailed plan this summer with Academic Senate and college leadership, and we will expect our first campus visit in late fall.

The Community College League of California is pleased to announce the release of A College for All Californians: A History of the California Community Collegesthe first comprehensive written book on the history of the largest and most diverse public system of higher education in the United States. Serving over 2 million students annually—approximately one-quarter of the nation’s community college undergraduates—California’s 116 community colleges play an indispensable role in career and transfer education in North America and have maintained an outsized influence on the evolution of post-secondary education nationally. We invite you to pre-order this book, co-authored by League President and CEO Dr. Larry Galizio. Proceeds of book sales will go toward a League scholarship for California Community College students.

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

Details for the 2nd Cypress College/City of Cypress Salute to America Celebrations is below:

Salute to America flyer

Thank you to our Office of Campus Communications for creating our Pride Month logo, currently on our Valley View marquee and our website:

#PrideMonth

President Schilling’s Board Report for June 8, 2021

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 June 8, 2021

The college has been working on a plan for a safe return to campus since March, and our three workgroups—including our Instructional Operations, Faculty Senate, and Student Services workgroups—have been meeting and conferring with our C19 Taskforce all semester. Currently, we are creating safe instructional, outdoor, and engagement learning spaces; finalizing the safety protocols developed this spring; creating training videos for students and employees; and putting in place the equipment needed to keep our employees and students safe.  By August we plan to have clear protocols in place to help guide students and employees as we begin to reestablish our in-person community this fall term.

May was Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and in addition to our AAPI student and employee recognitions, the college also provided a list of resources to highlight the experiences of the AAPI community in the United States. Here are the resources shared and we encourage our board to also take time to better understand the contributions our AAPI community has provided to our college and country:

AAPI Information and Resources

Federal Asian Pacific American Council AAPI Resources
AAPI Heritage Stories
Anti-Asian Violence Resources
Anti-Asian Violence Resources for Educators
After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
The Invisible Artistry of Asian Actors
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Cypress College is proud to share the impactful work of one of our recent alumni, Alex Alpharaoh. Mr. Alpharoah was honored several years ago for his one-man play, “Wet: A DACAmented Journey,” the harrowing tale of how he came to reside in the U.S. Mr. Alpharaoh has continued to share his story virtually and was highlighted for his work in the  Los Angeles Times. He has just recorded his one-man show with the Los Angeles Center Theater Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, which will stream on their digital stage in June. Congratulations, Alex, and thank you to retired theater professor, Mark Majarian, for sharing this news with us!

Cypress College recently announced our collaboration with Cal State Fullerton on a new 2+2+1 Accounting Degree, which provides guaranteed admission from Cypress College to CSUF in Accounting all the way through a master’s degree. This important pathway for our Business students was shared at our recent Commit2Cypress event and is highlighted here in the CSUF student newspaper. Congratulations to our Accounting instructors Ann Sheridan-Solis and Samreen Manjra, and to Dean Henry Hua for this landmark collaboration!

According to a recent report by Georgetown University, Cypress College ranks among state and national leaders for post-degree wages among California colleges offering associate degrees. Cypress College ranks 5th in median monthly earnings at $6,036, compared to the average earnings of associate-degree awardees in all California community colleges at $2,423. View the full report.

The Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce has released a new white paper that examines the transportation challenges confronting community college students. Addressing Affordable Transportation Needs. Dr. Schilling authored this paper in collaboration with the taskforce, which highlights the challenges our students face due to the high cost of, or access to, reliable transportation. This new report provides tangible transportation solutions for college leaders to implement on their campuses and advocate for their students, with a spotlight on the work Cypress, Fullerton, and our OC region is doing in partnership with OCTA to address student transportation at our colleges.

Cypress College is proud to be sending a total of 88 students, faculty, and staff to the 2021 National Conference on Race and Equity (NCORE), the first week of June.  Fifty-two faculty, staff, and managers are attending along with 36 students — an all-time high. This amazing conference features national leaders speaking on issues of race, equity, sexual orientation, and diversity, and is one of the foremost conferences in the country addressing the inequities facing our students. Each participant will be required to participate in a professional development plan that will help us to continue to develop our Cypress College Equity Framework and infuse this important work with student and employee feedback. Thank you to Director of Equity and Success, Gisela Verduzco, SEA co-chair Alison Robertson, and Professional Development co-chairs, Ruth Gutierrez and Michael Brydges for their work recruiting and organizing participation in this years’ NCORE conference.

The annual Cypress College Students’ Show, Adaptive Vision II, includes works from students across all departments in the Fine Arts Division – Art, MAD, Theater, Dance, Music, and Journalism – presented in a 3D environment that visitors can “walk” around, viewing the works and clicking on them for more information. Visit this exhibition and see our student work.

We invite our Trustees to join us for a tour of our new Veterans Resource Center, Student Activities Center, and Science Engineering and Math buildings on June 21 or June 25. You have been sent a link to register for the tour of your choice, which can also be accessed here. You must be a member of our Board or of our Citizens Oversight Committee to access this invitation. General public tours will be available beginning in September. We look forward to seeing you and showcasing our two newest buildings!

Dr. Schilling will be joining the statewide CEO Executive Board, representing the Orange County colleges as part of Region 10; she begins her three-year term on June 18.

Finally, it is with great sadness that we share the untimely passing of Mark Eaton, our 2004 Outstanding Alumnus, a 2014 Cypress College Foundation Man of the Year, and a member of the Chargers Athletics Hall of Fame. Mark was a tireless supporter Cypress College and he will be missed. Read more about Mark’s incredible journey.

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

MAD Student Is a Festival Finalist

A Media Arts Design student at Cypress College is a finalist in the 2021 MODE: Motion Design Educational Summit festival and conference, being held June 10-13, 2021. Jocelyn Hernandez and 11 other Cypress College MAD students submitted work and earned free admittance to the annual conference.

Animated image of a young girl at left and a younger, "inner child" version of her on the right, listening to music on their respective devices and dancing.

This student competition is part of an international conference held since 2015. This year’s theme is “(re)connect,” to examine ways we can come together after a year of pandemic distance as well as highlight diversity and inclusion. The conference, workshop, and film competition focus on motion design, which is the commercial application of animation.

 

 

“I am tremendously pleased by the achievement of our students, because to create a finished and cohesive work at a community college level is a great accomplishment,” MAD professor Kati Angelov said. “Students from OTIS, SCAD, and Pasadena Art Center are entering these competitions, just to mention a few. To be a finalist from a community college is indeed a great accomplishment.”

Hernandez has a graphic design degree from CSULB, yet when she entered the job market, she found that her prospective jobs required more than her degree offered; they called for motion design skills. CSULB didn’t offer classes in motion design, so she enrolled in a class in the Cypress College MAD department. She has taken several classes with Angelov, and is working on earning her Motion Design Certificate.

“I am extremely proud of Jocelyn, who came to Cypress College specifically to learn motion design, as very few educational institutions offer this area of studies,” Angelov said. “[Jocelyn’s] success highlights the role we play in providing current and relevant education to our students. This success is a wonderful example why Cypress College is great in offering cutting edge, technology, and art driven courses and programs.”

The conference, which will be held virtually this year, will allow attendees an opportunity to learn about the motion design industry, to connect with professionals and other students, and to attend workshops to expand their knowledge of the field.

Cypress College Instructor Voted California Automotive Teacher of the Year

Cypress College Automotive Technology Instructor and Toyota T-TEN Program Coordinator Michael Klyde was selected by his peers in the California Automotive Teachers (CAT) Association as Automotive Teacher of the Year, 2021. The CAT board plans to honor Klyde for this achievement with a virtual ceremony and plaque presentation this fall.

Automotive Technology students on campus in the garage working on the Toyota T-TEN program.

CAT President Wendy Lucko informed Klyde of the news in a phone call, and said he was selected for this honor because of his continuous hard work and dedication as a professor in one of the top performing T-TEN programs. In addition to teaching during this 20-21 school year, Klyde has authored two advance automotive textbooks and received peer recognition, working with a small team to develop a Safe Labs plan to get automotive students back into labs as soon as possible.

Klyde presented the Safe Labs material to T-TEN instructors in May 2020 at Toyota headquarters and to attendees of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Instructor Conference last August. He also created generic versions of the materials and presented them at the ASE Education Foundation conference in July 2020 and at the CAT Conference in October 2020. He has also shared these resources with others on the Cypress College campus so colleagues can adapt them for use in their respective areas.

Remembering Alumnus Mark Eaton

Mark Eaton’s path to a record-setting NBA career could have been a Hollywood script. But, dig deeper and it also accurately depicts the role of community colleges: an instructor sees possibility and sets a student on a path they never expected. Eaton — the college’s 2004 Alumnus of the Year, the Cypress College Foundation’s 2014 Americana Man of the Year, and a member of the Chargers Athletics Hall of Fame — died on Friday.

Mark Eaton at 2014 Legends of Hoops Night

(L to R):Don Johnson, Mark Eaton, Swen Nater, Dr. Bob Simpson, Dr. Rick Rams at the Legends of Hoops Night at Cypress College. The event was held on Don Johnson Court on Friday, February 21, 2014

“Eaton played above the rim and all plausible dreams,” columnist Mark Whicker wrote in yesterday’s edition of The Orange County Register.

Eaton frequently shared the story that brought him from the tire shop at the corner of Lincoln and Knott to Cypress College, where he learned to play basketball. While driving past what’s now Just Tires (but was then Mark C. Bloome), Chemistry Professor Tom Lubin saw a tech looking in the window of a car — that was raised on the auto lift. Lubin, an assistant coach on the basketball team, swung back to the shop and began recruiting the 7-foot-4, 21-year-old who hadn’t been a basketball player at Westminster High.

In fact, he said he didn’t even like the sport.

But, Lubin and Cypress College Head Basketball Coach Don Johnson saw possibility. And, from there, the sky became the limit. He went on to UCLA and then the NBA, where he helped transform the culture of the Utah Jazz into a winning organization.

Eaton was part of Cypress College’s 1979-1980 state championship team. He transferred to UCLA, where he played, his bio says, “just 53 minutes in a total of 11 games” during his senior year.

That number later graced his Utah Jazz jersey and now hangs in the rafters after his #53 was retired by the franchise in 1996, the fourth player so honored by the team. His number #35 jersey was retired by Cypress College in 2014 during the first-ever Legends of Hoops night.

Eaton was drafted by the Jazz in 1982 and spent his entire 11-year NBA career with the team. He still holds the record as the NBA’s best shot blocker as well as for most blocks in a season. Twice, he was the league’s defensive player of the year. An NBA All-Star, Eaton is fourth in league history with 3,064 blocked shots, a category he topped in four different seasons.

Following his playing career, Eaton remained in Utah where he worked with at-risk kids, partnered in a restaurant, did TV work for the Jazz, became the president of the NBA’s retired players union, and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show.

He remained in Utah where he enjoyed the outdoors, “especially fishing, mountain biking, and golfing,” he said. It was while mountain biking on Friday night that Eaton apparently had a fatal accident, according to the Jazz.

In 2008, Eaton became a motivational speaker — and, Lubin again played a role in shaping his student’s future. As they struggled to articulate his story, Eaton’s speaking coach reached out to Lubin, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Lubin identified keys to Eaton’s basketball success — “he knew his job, he did what he was asked, he protected people, and he unselfishly embraced making others look good” — the Tribune article noted. This became the foundation of Eaton’s message, Four Commitments of a Winning Team.

Mark Eaton with Tom Lubin

Mark Eaton with Tom Lubin.

When Professor Lubin passed last summer, Eaton authored a tribute titled “Today I lost my Coach,” and he graciously shared his words for Cypress College’s remembrance:

“In his wake he leaves legions of doctors, researchers and scientists who wandered into his Cypress College chemistry classes thinking, ‘I hope I can pass this course.’ They left inspired, by a man who would not let them fail. … He was committed to helping everyone he met find their potential.”

Undoubtedly, Mark Eaton was one of those alumni.

Mark Eaton, 2004 Alumnus of the Year, at Cypress College in graduation regalia

Cypress College Alumnus of the Year Mark Eaton, an NBA record holder, received his award during the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 25, 2004.

 

 

 

 

President Schilling’s Board Report for May 25, 2021

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 May 25, 2021

As we end the year, we want to thank each of you for attending our Cypress College Virtual Commencement. This year our students have earned 2,016 associate degrees in our 98 degree programs. In addition, 1,249 students have earned occupational certificates from one of our 145 career-certificate programs. This would be a remarkable feat in any year, but especially during this past year, when 98% of our courses have been in a remote format. We congratulate our resilient students, as well as our faculty and staff for their continual support.

Other commencement activities held the week of May 17-21 included our Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 17, our DSS Graduation on May 20, and our Drive-Up EOPS event to honor our graduates on May 20. This year’s EOPS cohort featured an historic 209 graduates – the most in EOPS history. We are so proud of all our graduates!

This year 13 faculty members will be receiving tenure. Cypress College acknowledges this important milestone in their academic career. Congratulations to Jill Bauer, ESL; Michael Coronado, Journalism; Damon de la Cruz, Mortuary Science; Juan Garcia, Counseling (Veterans); Amanda Gargano, Culinary Arts; Anthony Hall, Physics; Ernesto Heredia, Counseling; Jeannie Jo, Management & Marketing; Jennifer Page, Communications; Thu Pham, Nursing; Jacquelyn Rangel, Counselor; Scott Roby, Mathematics; and Patricia Spitler, Health Information Technology. Many in this illustrious group of colleagues have already been honored individually for their excellence and we are grateful they are joining the ranks of tenured professors at our college.

Cypress College was ranked the #1 program by NursingProcess.org in their 6 Best Ultrasound Technician Schools in California for 2021. We are proud of our dedicated faculty and students for achieving this honor.  In addition, our Radiological Technician Program underwent its accreditation site visit May 13-14 and although the report will not be final for a few months, the exit report was stellar. Thank you to faculty members Lynn Mitts, Michael Frianeza, and Barry Siegel, as well as counselor Kelly Carter for their outstanding work in support of our students.

A team comprised of five students from the Dual Enrollment, Automotive Technology Program at Cypress College participated in the Orange County Auto Dealers Association’s “Automotive Technology Competition.”  Five students placed in the top 10 of the competition. Students were awarded scholarships totaling over $3000, and Snap-On Tools sets for their achievements. Christina Do, a Cypress High School student, took first place – the first woman in 28 years of competition to finish first! Congratulations to all these students on their success.

Michael Klyde was named as 2021 Instructor of the Year by the California Auto Teacher Association. Professor Klyde is our Automotive Technology and T-TEN Coordinator, and many of you know that our Toyota T-TEN program has been a national leader for years — and will be yet again this year. Our auto instructors are also active with the Orange County Auto Dealers as well as the California Auto Teacher Conference each year. We are proud of Professor Klyde’s acknowledgement by CAT and for the outstanding work he and our team do at Cypress College.

April was the California Community Colleges inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Awareness Month and Cypress College celebrated by offering activities to highlight our students throughout the month, concluding with Black Student Success Week April 26-30. May is now AAPI Awareness Month and the college has been highlighting a student daily for the past two weeks, as well as announcing our Alumna of the Year, Nancy Matsui, who is our first AAPI alumnus to be honored.

The Puente Program celebrated 25 years at Cypress College on April 30. It was a joyful celebration, reuniting past and present Puentistas, including Trustee Rosales. Dr. Mosqueda-Ponce, who has led this program since 1996, was surprised with a special award presented by Dr. Troy Davis and Lela Beck. Participants also enjoyed a guest performance by East L.A.-based band Las Cafeterias. Happy Birthday, Puente!

Dr. Nina Lanza, Team Lead for Space and Planetary Exploration at Los Alamos National Laboratory, joined our STEM(2) Scholars on May 7 to share her presentation How to Get to Mars and Back Without a Map about her journey as one of the lead geologists on the current Mars expedition. Over 107 scholars and faculty members joined her virtually for this exciting and empowering presentation. Thank you, Yanet Padilla and team for continuing to bring important speakers to inspire our students.

The Professional Development committee hosted our campus-wide End of the Year Fiesta on May 5, 2021.  It was wonderful to be together – even virtually – and to celebrate retirees and service pin recipients for their service and commitment to the college. Congratulations to Court Reporting faculty member, Carolee Freer, who earned her 40-year service pin. And thank you to our PD committee and Ruth Gutierrez and Michael Brydges, for planning such a great event.

The virtual Cypress College Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony was held on May 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.  This virtual celebration provided the opportunity for donors and recipients to meet and celebrate their accomplishments.  This year, $250,000 in scholarships were awarded to over 300 students, with the average total per student of almost $700 per award. Alumnus of the Year, Nancy Matsui, provided an encouraging message to our scholarship awardees. Thank you, Trustee Dunsheath and Irma Ramos, who donate a memorial scholarship each year, for attending!

Our ESL faculty keep leading the way on the creation of important ESL certificates in the state. Cypress participated in a case study conducted by the RP Group on our initial ESL Course Transferability Certificate. They will now be featured in another case study for their Guided Pathways ESL Milestone Certificate. Thank you to ESL faculty Kathryn Wada, Alison Robertson, Jenelle Herman, Samantha Simmons, and Jill Bauer for their exemplary leadership in ESL education.

The Cypress College Classified Appreciation Day will be held on Friday, June 4 at 12 noon. Each year our managers contribute to a raffle and this year will be no different. In addition, the President’s Office will be providing a Grub Hub e-certificate to all classified employees, whether or not they are able to attend the luncheon. We are eager to celebrate our classified professionals and look forward to being together in person soon.

Over 100 employees are participating in the Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge this spring. Participants have until August 20 to log their miles and complete the 480-mile trip. We already have our first five participants to cross the finish line. They are: Sarah DeMartino, James Tapia, Joel Gober, Monica Doman, and Holly Segoviano. Each will receive their medal and Compostela (certificate of completion) on Opening Day. Kudos to our colleagues!

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

Class of 2021 Celebrated in 54th Commencement

Cypress College celebrated the Class of 2021 in its live, remote 54th Commencement on Friday night.

photo of commencement participants in regalia

As one of Cypress College’s largest graduating classes, the 1,542 students overcame the pandemic along with the rigors of their normal coursework.

Graduates provided photographs and quotes shown on screen along with the recitation of their names. These individual slides can be found in the Commencement Central section of the college’s website. The live studio-based broadcast featured: Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.; North Orange County Community College District Chancellor Cheryl A. Marshall, Ed.D.; NOCCCD Board of Trustees Vice President Jacqueline Rodarte; Cypress College Academic Senate President Dr. Craig Goralski; Cypress College Vice President of Student Services Dr. Paul de Dios; and Nicolette Garcia, who is both the Associated Students president and the 2021 Outstanding Graduate.

The ceremony — which was broadcast live at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021, on the college’s Vimeo and Facebook platforms — also included video features of the 2021 Outstanding Graduate and the 2021 Presidential Scholars of Distinction.

Class of 2021

In all, the college awarded 2,016 associate degrees and eight bachelor’s degrees during the 54th Commencement. Some 62% of associate-degree graduates did so with transferable degrees, meaning they will be attending 4-year universities as juniors starting in the fall. There were 255 graduates on the President’s Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA), 859 on the Dean’s Honor Roll (3.0-3.74 GPA). In addition, 1,249 students earned certificates this academic year from one of the college’s 145 certificate programs.

In its third year, the Presidential Scholars of Distinction is a scholarship highlighting the accomplishment and persistence in overcoming adversity of students in each of the college’s nine pathways. Faculty in each of these pathways nominate and vote on the recommendations with the students being affirmed by Dr. Schilling. The 2021 Presidential Scholars of Distinction are:

  • Jacklyn Marie Williamson, BUS/CIS;
  • Alexandra Camacho, CTE;
  • Paul Scott, Fine Arts;
  • Abigail Villegas, Health Sciences;
  • Jonathan Gad, Kinesiology;
  • Hiroki Funahashi, Language Arts;
  • Lia Thompson, SEM;
  • Wilfredo Carrasco, Social Sciences; and
  • Ayah Said, representing Counseling and Student Development and the “We Journey Together” pathway

Garcia, the Outstanding Graduate, was selected from among those who were graduating on the President’s Honor Roll based on their nomination submission and work of the review committee. In addition to her role as the Associated Students’ president, Garcia is a member of the DSS, EOPS, and Charger Experience programs, and help found or re-start student organizations such as the Anthropology and ASL clubs. She will attend Pepperdine University in the fall.

Meet the full class of 2021, see additional viewing options, and more at Commencement Central.

Campus Statement Regarding Video in the News

Update Regarding Video Interaction in the Media, 5/7/21:

Cypress College remains committed to protecting the individual rights of all those in a class video circulating in the media and acknowledges the importance of an objective review process that will help us understand the full context of this situation. We hope to bring closure to this matter in the weeks to come.

Throughout this process, we have done the right thing for the right reasons. In this case, the right thing has been honoring the request of the faculty member in the video to protect her identity for her own safety. The decision to remove her from the classroom was done to protect her safety, maintain her confidentiality, and mitigate attacks from those who sought to threaten her as well as the students in her class.

During the past week, Cypress College has worked closely with our partners in the Cypress Police Department. Out of an abundance of caution, the college elected to pause its limited on-campus operations on Monday, May 3, 2021, as a result of a threat directed at the campus community. Some on-campus activities resumed the following day and the normal pandemic-level operations were fully restored by Wednesday. Our campus IT department continues to monitor attempts to compromise our technology security, and several emails, social media comments, and other correspondence have been referred for examination throughout the week.

Cypress College has supported and will continue to support the academic freedoms we know are essential in an institution of higher learning. Equally important is our mission to serve our students in a safe learning environment. Our faculty remain committed to a culture that fosters a free exchange of ideas in the classroom while supporting the educational needs of our students. We are proud to provide an inclusive and welcoming educational environment — especially for those students whose only access to higher education is through the community colleges.

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Original post, dated 4/30/21:

Cypress College takes great pride in fostering a learning environment for students where ideas and opinions are exchanged as a vital piece of the educational journey. Our community fully embraces this culture; students often defend one another’s rights to express themselves freely, even when opinions differ. Any efforts to suppress free and respectful expression on our campus will not be tolerated.

The adjunct professor will be taking a leave of absence for the duration of her assignment at Cypress College. This was her first course at Cypress and she had previously indicated her intention to not return in the fall.

We are reviewing the full recording of the exchange between the adjunct professor and the student and will address it fully in the coming days.

President Schilling’s Board Report for April 27, 2021

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 April 27, 2021

We would like to share student survey results, which were sent to spring 2021 Cypress College students to assess their course preferences for fall 2021 and inform return to campus plans. Data collection is ongoing but, as of 4/20, a total of 2,234 students completed the survey and their responses are summarized below.

  1. What type of classes would you prefer for Fall 2021?
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  2. What is your preferred instruction method for online classes?
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  3. Do you plan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before Fall 2021?
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We are proud to announce the Cypress College 2021 Presidential Scholars of Distinction. They are:  Jacklyn Williamson, Business/CIS; Alexandra Camacho, CTE; Ayah Said, Counseling and Student Development; Paul Scott, Fine Arts; Abigail Villegas, Health Science; Jonathan Gad, Kinesiology; Hiroki Funahashi, Language Arts; Lia Thompson, SEM; Wilfred Carrasco, Social Sciences. Each of these scholars were nominated and voted on by the faculty in each division, and represent their respective Academic Pathway. During the commencement, each scholar leads the graduates from their respective divisions during the Commencement Processional. This year, given that we are conducting our commencement virtually, each scholar will be highlighted during the ceremony. Congratulations to these wonderful scholars!

We are also thrilled to announce that Nicolette Garcia, Associated Students President, was named as the Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Nicolette, an Anthropology major who is transferring this year, has been involved in the campus wide DEI and Sustainability efforts, led our Drive-up Food distribution, and has created awareness for DSS innovations at the campus, among so many other initiatives. We look forward to honoring Nicolette at our commencement this year. Congratulations, Nicolette.

The Cypress College Theater Arts Department presented the spring musical EDGES, directed by Professor Jim Hormel, April 16-18. EDGES is a contemporary song-cycle about young adults at the metaphorical edge of their lives. The songs cover such universal issues as love, commitment, identity and meaning. Our students did a terrific job of blending a virtual performance into an ensemble performance. The production was edited by student, Sophia Barajas, who also edited the award-winning 96,000 number last year.

Cypress College held our Strategic Planning Retreat on April 23. Over 100 campus employees attended a virtual convening in order to align our DEI Framework with the District’s Educational and Facilities Master Plan’s Strategic Directions, while prioritizing our own guiding principles, goals, and objectives for the next three years. Thank you to Dr. Eileen Haddad, our interim IRP Director, and Kristina Oganesian, Senior Research Analyst, for leading us through the day. Also special thanks to Gisela Verduzco, Alison Robertson, Ruth Gutierrez, and Michael Brydges for leading the development of our DEI Framework.

Our Foundation undertook an equity audit of the 2019-2020 scholarship recipients in order to help guide our scholarship process this year. Below are the results, which align well with our student population. We are also happy to announce that we more than doubled the number of scholarship applicants this year. Thank you, Howard Kummerman and Rachel Ghatikar for your data-driven processes!

Scholarship Recipients by Ethnicity

Ethnicity Scholarship Recipients
n %
Am. Indian or Alaska Native 1 0.4%
Asian or PI 59 23.4%
Black 16 6.3%
Latinx 120 47.6%
White 48 19.0%
Not Reported 8 3.2%
Overall 252 100.0%

Scholarship Dollars Received by Ethnicity

Ethnicity Scholarship Dollars Received
n %
Am. Indian or Alaska Native $300.00 0.1%
Asian or PI $52,650.00 25.0%
Black $16,100.00 7.7%
Latinx $95,880.10 45.6%
White $41,098.02 19.5%
Not Reported $4,300.00 2.0%
Overall $210,328.12 100.0%

Upcoming Events

Commit2Cypress event will be held on April 29 from 4:30-7 p.m.  This will be our fourth annual Commit2Cypress event, and each year our numbers grow larger as we welcome our new and incoming Pledge and Promise students. This year Dr. Marshall, Dr. Schilling, and CSUF President Fram Virjee will be signing a ceremonial commitment for our new 2+2+1 accounting pathway with CSUF. This accounting degree will include two years at Cypress, guaranteed admission to CSUF for a baccalaureate degree with an option for a one-year master’s degree from CSUF. Thank you, Dr. Henry Hua, Dr. Catherine Greiner, and our accounting faculty members Ann Sheridan-Solis and Samreen Manjra, for your work on this important collaboration.

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Puente Program will be held on April 30 from 6-8 p.m.  We hope you will join us!

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

Cypress College Pursues Racial Justice, Anti-Racist Campus

Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. released the following statement regarding the verdict today in the murder of George Floyd:

The guilty verdicts have just been read in the trial for the murder of George Floyd. For many of our students and employees, this trial was nothing less than a measure of whether or not the racism embedded deep within our laws and values would prevail. We can breathe a sigh of relief that, this time, justice for all has been served. No matter what the verdict was today, at Cypress College we remain committed to our pursuit of racial justice, becoming an anti-racist institution, and being unapologetic in our assurance that our campus community will care for and be there for our students and employees.

As Ibram Kendi stated, “there is no neutrality in the racism struggle…One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in between safe space of ‘not racist.’ The claim of ‘not racist’ neutrality is a mask for racism.” We are grateful for the work so many have done and continue to do at our campus to ensure this justice prevails today and every day.

Four Cypress Students Receive Soroptimist Scholarship

For Immediate Release

April 19, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 493-6626 (cell)

Four Cypress College students, all who have overcome hardship to better their lives and the lives of their families, have been awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships from the local Cypress chapter of Soroptimist International to further their educational goals.

Image of Soroptomist International Centennial pin

Cypress students Charity Racaniello, Samantha Arroyo, Amber Portillo, and Emily Kosmol were the 2021 recipients of the Cypress Soroptimist “Live Your Dream Awards,” an annual scholarship given to young women to help them improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. The award recipients are all Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) or Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) students.

Racaniello, Arroyo, Portillo, and Kosmol were recognized during a virtual ceremony with the Cypress Soroptimists on March 24. “Live Your Dream Awards” recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition, and transportation. Soroptimist International, a worldwide non-profit that seeks to improve the lives of women and girls, distributes more than $2.6 million in education grants to about 1,700 women all over the world.

Representatives from the group said they were “very proud to be part of a program that is so impactful for women in our Cypress community” and called the awards ceremony a “wonderful and moving presentation, and a reminder of why we do this each year.”

For those interested in learning more about Soroptimist of Cypress and how it empowers women and girls in the Cypress area, please email ssicypress@soroptimist.net.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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President Schilling’s Board Report for April 13, 2021

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 April 13, 2021

The Cypress Chargers are Back in Action!  The Chargers kicked off their first competition in over a year on March 24, when women’s basketball hosted the Golden West Rustlers. Cypress College opted into competing in Spring I and Spring II competition earlier this year. Cypress men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball will participate in an abbreviated season over the four weeks as part of the Spring I competition. Spring II sports, including baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s swim, women’s beach volleyball, and women’s tennis will begin competition April 12.  Due to COVID restrictions, no spectators are able to attend Cypress Athletics events this year.

April is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion month. In celebration, Cypress is participating in the statewide social media campaign on the importance of DEI on our campuses. The college will also be honoring April 19-23 as Black Student Success week, by featuring the stories and accomplishments of our Black students each day during this week.

Cypress College welcomes Interim Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics, Colin Preston. After five years as Athletic Director at El Camino College, Colin has accepted the Interim Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics role at Cypress College. Originally from Modesto, CA, Colin grew up playing soccer and was an avid sports competitor. As our new Interim Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics, Colin is ready to make an impact on our student-athletes academically and support all 14 of our athletic programs at Cypress.

Cypress College student Catherine Cueva, one of 23 students nationwide selected as the inaugural cohort of #RealCollege’s Student Leadership Advisory Council, has now been appointed as one of the Stanton Commissioners on Public Safety. Catherine is a Political Science major at Cypress and wants to become a Supreme Court Justice one day. Congratulations, Catherine!

The CalWORKs association publishes a collective book of CalWORKs students and their stories across the regions titled “CalWORKs Student Voices.” Cypress College CalWORKs program had the second most submissions from all regions in the state! The book will be published with our student stories by the end of April.

On March 19-21, Cypress College Theater Arts Department presented the spring virtual play, Water by the Spoonful, directed by Professor Jenni McMillin-Brick.

Cypress Soroptimist held their Live Your Dream Awards program on March 24, 2021.

Awardees from the EOPS/CARE programs this year included Charity Racaniello, Samantha Arroyo, Amber Portillo, and Emily Kosmol. Over $5,000 in scholarships were provided to our students. We thank the Soroptimists of Cypress for their continued generosity!

On April 5, the Queer-Straight Alliance and Theater Arts Department, with the support of our Student Equity and Achievement Committee, hosted actress and activist Alex Billings. Alex has starred in multiple Broadway plays, as well as appearing on Transparent, and other TV series. She shared her experience, challenges, and success as a trans woman with students and employees. The event helped create more visibility and understanding of our trans students and employees. Thank you to our LGBTQ coordinator, Jenelle Herman, and theater professor, Donny Jackson for hosting the Q&A.

The Career Planning Center is hosting More Than A Pathway: Connecting Social Justice to Careers Conference on April 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Our own Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Lee Douglas, will be the keynote speaker.  Attendees will gain information on career options with a social justice focus, opportunities for networking, and community resources, information, and tools for providing services to diverse and underserved populations.

A new article from EdSurge, “AI Is Changing the Workforce. At This District, It’s Changing the Curriculum Too” features AUHSD, Superintendent Matsuda, Cypress College, and our Career Preparedness Systems Framework. The article can be found here.

Dr. Marshall, Dr. Schilling, and Superintendent Matsuda will be presenting to the CEO Leadership Alliance of OC on April 15 on Artificial Intelligence and the plans for the Cypress College CAIRE center (Center for Artificial Intelligence Resources and Entrepreneurship), a new resource space for students, faculty, community, and industry partners.

The Cypress College Health Center and Fullerton College Health Center will be co-hosting a Virtual Spring Health Fair on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 and Thursday, April 29, 2021. Each day will have two programs, a morning program (10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) and an afternoon program (2–4:30 p.m.) with specific themes. We have invited community health and wellness organizations to present information about their services.

The Sustainability Committee will celebrate Earth Day week with a screening of the film, Kiss the Ground, on April 22 at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion. On Monday, April 19, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., we will be hosting a panel discussion on sustainability featuring Aditi Mayer, fashion designer; Diandra Marizet, Co-founder of Intersectional Environmentalist Platform; Isaias Hernandez, Creator of Queer Brown Vegan; Kamea Chayne, Creator of Green Dreamer Podcast; and Lauren Ritchie, Founder of It’s Eco Gal. Please join us!

Please join us for our 5th annual Yom HaShoah Day of Remembrance, Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. The event is free and you can register here. We will never forget!

Here is the overview of the recent national student basic needs survey by the Hope Center. Cypress College is a member of the #RealCollegeCalifornia alliance. This survey reveals that the needs of our students, and those across the country, continue to be serious, and that the pandemic only accelerated the challenges that already existed before — and will exist afterwards. We must continue to seek solutions to help provide the essential services and support to our most vulnerable students. Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

President Schilling’s Board Report for March 23, 2021

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 March 23, 2021

Cypress College hosted a COVID Town Hall on Wednesday, March 3, to provide updates on testing, vaccinations, and safe return to campus scenarios, as well as provide answers to questions and concerns. Marla Mc Bride, our Director of Health Services, and Dr. Chinsio-Kwong from OCHCA were present to answer questions submitted in advance and live during the convening.  For those who were unable to attend the event, the town hall is now available for viewing on the Cypress College website.

Congratulations to Dr. Jose Antonio (Tony) Sanchez-Duran, Cypress College’s Orange County Teacher of the Year for 2021. Tony is a full-time biology instructor and was named and nominated by our students, and then approved by the Associated Students. Dr. Sanchez-Duran is a committed and caring instructor, and we are proud to have him represent us in this year’s 2021 Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year Awards in October. Congratulations, Dr. Sanchez-Duran!

We hope you were able to join us for A Conversation About Racial Equity with Dr. Frank Harris on Monday, March 22, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.  The townhall featured a presentation by Dr. Harris on the importance of this work, a student panel discussion on their own experiences at Cypress College, and attendees had the opportunity to share thoughts in small breakout discussions. We thank all who attended!

The Cypress Speech and Debate Team is proud to announce this semester’s campus-wide speech competition – Honoring Student Voices: My Diversity Story. The first speech will be on March 23 from 5 – 6 p.m.  All Cypress College students are welcome to participate and compete for a $50 prize.  We hope to see you there, and if you are interested in being a judge, please let us know!

Ester Plavdjian has been invited to be a panelist for a conference hosted by the Society of College and University Planning on April 16 with Moore Ruble Yudell (MRY), the architects and planners from the EFMP committee. She will be representing the student voice alongside architects Carissa Oyedele, Mario Violich, and Dr. Cherry Li-Bugg. The session is titled “Innovative Tools for Engaging Contemporary Challenges in Equity and Inclusion.” Congratulations, Ester!

We are pleased to share our tribute to the Women of Cypress in a moving video created by our Communications Department. Women’s History Month is a time when we remember all of the women who have made an impact in the world, in our lives, and of course, at Cypress College. We salute all the women in our District, each of whom make an impact every day.

The Cypress College Foundation 46th Annual Americana Awards – The Reunion Year was a huge success.  Net proceeds totaled more than $120,000.  The event was held live in studio with a special watch party for former Americana Honorees, and pre-recorded stories featuring Cypress College students.  Funds were also raised to directly support students through the Fund-A-Need direct donations, and the new Americana Honoree Scholarship which will provide $1,000 awards to students exemplifying the ideals of service to the community.  A replay of the livestream, list of sponsors, Americana program, and all of the videos are available to view here.

The Cypress College Foundation submitted and successfully received $25,000 in COVID relief funds from the State of California Small Business COVID Relief Grant – designed for small businesses including non-profits. This funding will be used to support scholarships and support for students. Congratulations to Howard Kummerman for actively seeking this additional aid.

Cypress College is now reading the DEI Committee’s spring book selection, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. To preview our discussion, please take a moment to view this 6-minute interview with the author. This fascinating book details the history of social hierarchy and racism in the United States, and will be discussed on March 23 and April 27 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and repeated on March 24 and April 28 at 4:30-5:30 p.m. Please join us!

Upcoming Events:

Please Save the Date for the Cypress College Scholarship Awards Ceremony which will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. The Cypress College Foundation awards nearly $400,000 in scholarships each year, and students are currently applying for this year’s awards.  Thank you to the many faculty and staff who are volunteering to serve on this year’s scholarship committee.

The LIFE Program has two exciting upcoming events. The first event is a presentation by Cathy Trinh a Vietnam-born mother, cancer survivor, and advocate for mental health awareness, holistic healing, and addiction recovery expert. She will be sharing her story and inspiration with us on Thursday, March 25: 1 – 2 p.m.  On Friday, April 9 from 1-3 p.m. we will host  Liberating Scholars Educational Training: Brittany Morton & the Breaking Bars Community Network. This training will assist faculty and staff provide equity-minded and culturally competent services to our formerly incarcerated student population on our college campus.

Please join us for the Cypress College Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance event, to be held virtually on Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. This year we will hear powerful stories from several Holocaust survivors, as well as Irene Perbal, whose family risked their lives to hide Jews in Amsterdam.  Her story depicts the power of the human spirit, the unimaginable courage of human beings, and our amazing ability to bring light from darkness – a trait we all have within us. Registration is free but donations are accepted at www.YomHaShoah.org.  We hope to see you there!

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

Two Cypress College Employees Earn Top State Honors for Serving Students with Disabilities

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 493-6626 (cell)

 

Two Cypress College faculty were recognized by a state organization for their efforts to advocate and provide excellent educational experiences for students with disabilities.

Dr. Dawn Decker, learning disability specialist, and Professor of Dance Maha Afra were recognized by CAPED, the California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability. The organization recently honored the two women for their efforts to make Cypress College an accessible place for students with disabilities.

Decker is a member of CAPED and was recognized internally by the organization for her efforts to ensure that students at Cypress College can access the resources they need in order to be successful in school.

Dr. Dawn Decker

“I feel like [this field] is something that chooses you. I feel like it chose me,” she said. “It’s not where I expected to be. I don’t even live in Orange County — I commute 30 miles to and from campus. But the second I walked onto campus, it felt right.”

Decker works in Cypress College’s Disability Support Services (DSS). She was selected for the CAPED President’s Award, a designation that is given to only one person per year within the organization.

Afra was nominated by Decker for the Teacher of the Year Award for her efforts. Afra, a self-proclaimed proud person with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, has developed dance classes that are accessible for students with disabilities. She said she pays special attention to each class and how each student learns so she can adapt her teaching style accordingly.

“You let the students inform how to teach, not have the students adapt to you,” Afra said. “The class is not about you; it is about the students. We want a collaborative space.”

Professor Maha Afra

Decker said this is precisely why she nominated Afra and why CAPED selected her for the award.

“She is such an advocate for the students. She exemplified what CAPED is about — every student having access,” Decker said of Afra.

Cypress College has prioritized accessibility in its programming. The college has: adaptive equipment; note-taking assistance; test accommodations; the ARISE hub, a space for students, faculty, and staff to unwind from the stresses of college life; and more. The ARISE (Academics, Relationships, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Emotional Health) Hub was originally designed to be a comforting, low-stimuli space for students with autism and other mental health conditions, but evolved to provide these services for all students and faculty.

Decker said that Cypress College is so accessible thanks to the hard work, advocacy, and dedication of the entire college to ensure all students can learn.

“We have a fantastic team at Cypress DSS. [Afra] and I may have been the awardees on this, but it’s our team behind us,” she said. “Nobody does this in a vacuum; no one does this alone. We lean on each other. Our hearts are on our students. We want to make sure all of our students have these opportunities.”

Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. said the college is committed to providing accessible learning for all students who want to attend.

“Cypress College believes that we are made better by having a diverse group of students and by creating an environment of inclusion for all who wish to learn,” Dr. Schilling said. “Having faculty and staff who are also committed to accessibility and embracing all the students who attend our college is key to our success.”

Decker, who has worked at Cypress for nearly a decade, agreed.

“There’s something about Cypress. It’s just the people, the faculty, the staff, the administrators. It’s a beautiful place. The more I worked, the more it felt right,” she said.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Former Cypress President to Lead University

Former Cypress College president Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail has been named president of St. Augustine’s University in east Raleigh, NC. She takes the role held by her husband, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, who passed away in October 2020 after contracting COVID-19.

Christine Johnson McPhail poses for portrait
Christine Johnson McPhail, former Cypress College president, has been named president of St. Augustine’s University in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of St. Augustine’s University

The St. Augustine’s University Board of Trustees announced Johnson McPhail’s appointment as the HBCU institution’s 13th president in late February. The presidential search committee who selected her was made up of trustees, alumni, faculty, deans, local government officials and members of the surrounding business community.

“We are excited and fortunate to have an innovative, proven … leader of Dr. Christine McPhail’s stature to lead St. Augustine’s University to the next level of excellence as we reimagine a new model of the HBCU of the future,” James E. Perry, chairman of the St. Augustine’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement.

Johnson McPhail was Cypress College’s first Black and first female president when she was hired in 1995. She stepped down in June 1998, the same month she married her late husband.

Since her departure from Cypress ,Johson McPhail has served as a professor of practice at the John E. Roueche Center for Community College Leadership at Kansas State University, and the founding professor and director of Morgan State University’s community college leadership doctoral program. She has also worked as a leadership coach for Achieving the Dream from 2004 to 2018.

“I am committed to the success of this University and each of its students,” she said in a statement. “I also feel a responsibility to carry on my late husband’s work to establish the University as a 21st Century, learning-centered institution while at the same time leaning on several decades of experience in higher education leadership and strong partnerships with the [St. Augustine’s University] community to move us forward.”

President Schilling’s Board Report for March 9, 2021

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 March 9, 2021

Cypress Athletics: The Chargers took the first step in a return to practice and competition with the first day of rapid COVID testing on February 22. Every student athlete planning to compete for the Chargers this spring began their season with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test, which was administered under the supervision of our Cypress College Health Center and Athletic Training Staff.  Cypress Athletics’ top priority is the health and safety of all student athletes, coaches, and staff, so each athlete will be required to test daily prior to each scheduled practice or competition for the duration of the 2020-21 athletics season. The Chargers began practicing during the last week of February and hope to return to competition sometime in March.

The 46th annual Americana Awards was held virtually on February 27. Thank you to those who were able to attend in support of this event. The Fund-a-Need portion was very successful and, for the first time ever, we sold out our special Yamaha raffle — this time for two electric bicycles. Our Celebration packages were hand-delivered to all attendees and included a fabulous dinner of salmon and beef, and a German chocolate cake that will require working off some extra calories this week. Thank you to our Foundation staff, led by Howard Kummerman, Rachel Ghatikar, and Lesley-Anne Loon, as well as Marc Posner for his technical support and student Adrian Romero who sang during the event. We are grateful for the continuing generosity of our community.

Congratulations to Victoria Ygnacio, semi-finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship from Cypress College. Victoria is a pre-engineering major in her second year at Cypress College and intends to transfer in the fall. She is a student leader in the (STEM)2 program and participated in a summer research program at Cal Tech. Victoria has applied to multiple UCs for transfer. We are proud of Victoria and wish her much success when the finalists are announced later this spring.

The Cypress College COVID Townhall was held on Wednesday, March 3 from 1 – 2:30 pm.  Topics covered by campus professionals included: C19 updates/fact and fiction, de-mystifying the vaccination process, the Othena vaccination app, reporting protocols, and the safe return to work scenarios being discussed.  Thank you to Marla McBride, Dr. Bredehoft from OCHCA, Tami Oh, Alex Porter and all our presenters for a lively conversation about our campus needs and operations.

Cypress College was proud to send 30 students and employees to the A2MEND Conference on March 4-5. Thank you to Dr. Marshall and NOCCCD for sponsoring this important summit.

Our stellar Black History Month concluded with another excellent week of programming.  Thank you to Regina Rhymes, Virgil Adams, Annette Letcher and all our BHM organizers for an impactful month of events! On Friday, February 26, over 300 participants had the pleasure to join us for A Conversation with Dr. Angela Davis: Freedom is a Constant Struggle. Moderators Ruth Gutierrez, Michael Brydges, and Annette Letcher did a great job moderating the discussion with Dr. Davis, which is linked here in case you missed it.  The Hairtage Speaker Series was featured in Voice of OC this week, another accolade for this amazing exhibit. Hairtage was organized by Janet Owens-Driggs and curated by Nzuji De Magalhaes in conjunction with the Cypress College Black History Month Committee.

Other Black History Month events included:

  • A showing of the movie Rosewood about the 1932 Rosewood Massacre, and student panel discussion afterward
  • Debates hosted by Legacy Scholars: Does Capitalism benefit the Black Community? Are Reparations Required in Achieving Racial Justice?
  • Day of Expression – Let’s Express Social Justice, Dance, Music & Spoken Word hosted by Maha Afra

The Cypress College Transfer Center announced a robust lineup of virtual university group tours for Cypress College students on select Fridays. Tours will consist of an admissions presentation and live virtual campus tour led by currently enrolled university students. Upcoming virtual campus tours include UC San Diego, UC Riverside, CSU Long Beach, San Diego State, and CSU Dominguez Hills.

This fall the Charger Experience Program had a 100% acceptance rate at UCI, with 56 out of 56 of our Pledge/Promise students being admitted in fall 2020. 35% of students who applied to UCI were accepted and 53% of those began with us as Pledge/Promise students. These results are demonstrating that the high touch experience provided by our Charger Experience, as well as the commitment to provide a first-year experience where all Promise students take their math and English in the first year, is leading to successful transfer and success. Congratulations to Gisela Verduzco and her Charger Experience team, for making a difference!

The Career Planning Center is hosting a Virtual Career and Social Justice Conference More than a Pathway: Connecting Social Justice to Careers on April 13 and 14.  The goal for this conference/event is to:

  • Present information about career options with a social justice focus within each of the eight Cypress College Divisions
  • Create opportunities for networking with, as well as learning from, professionals who are engaged in advocacy work
  • Share community resources, information, and tools for providing services to diverse and underserved populations

Our classified professionals have just completed the Caring Campus coaching sessions. Caring Campus’ CEO, Brad Philips, recently sent the following acknowledgement: As President/CEO of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) I’d like to commend Cypress College on the successful completion of the Caring Campus coaching sessions and steps taken toward implementation. We know that students go where they feel welcome and stay where they feel cared for. Your professional staff have worked hard to identify and implement behaviors intentionally and campus-wide that ensure students feel connected to their college and, in turn, successfully persist and complete their educational goals.  Our Caring Campus teams are currently creating is an interactive sticker/avatar pack within the mobile app, CypressConnect. This will allow students to collect virtual stickers when they visit certain areas on campus, reach a milestone, or attend events. Thank you to Christy Montenegro and Summer Justice who are leading the two Caring Campus teams and to all our classified coaches for the work they are doing to support our students!

Congratulations to our Psychiatric Technology Program for receiving 100% passing scores for their state board exams during the last quarter of 2020. The program was also reaffirmed for accreditation from the California State Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians for four more years. We are #CYProud of our faculty, staff, and students!

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

Supporting our Asian-American Community

Events targeting Asian-Americans in Orange County and throughout our state and country have, regrettably, become more common and more deliberate. When we see this kind of bigotry directed at our students and those within our community, we cannot be silent. Our campus community is proud of our almost 30% Asian/Pacific Islander student population, all of whom enrich and enhance our entire campus experience. These recent targeted attacks, which have been physical, verbal, and symbolic, denigrate the students and employees we all care about at Cypress College.

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have seen an increase during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March and September 2020, there have been more than 2,500 reports nationally of anti-Asian hate incidents related to the pandemic. Sadly, the true number is likely much higher. Many of our Asian-American students and colleagues have been the targets of micro and macro aggressions that seek to diminish their important contributions to our community. An example of this kind of harassment was reported in the Los Angeles Times, where a family in South Orange County has been repeatedly intimidated due to their ethnicity; the uplifting part of this story is that their neighbors have united to stand up against this hatred, and so must we stand together to condemn discrimination wherever we see it.

According to a recent report by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, violent acts of hate (in LA County) in 2020 grew to their highest rate since 2008. The most notable increases are violent crimes against people of Middle Eastern descent (142%); Jewish descent (89%); Asian descent (32%); and transgender persons (64%). These numbers are shocking, in no small part because these violent actions are directed against friends, neighbors, and those identified as immigrants.

I am proud that Cypress College continues to speak out against all forms of bigotry. As educators, we can counter ignorance through the power of education; our students come to Cypress College seeking a better life and it is our responsibility to ensure that they are valued, supported, and empowered by the knowledge and love each of you provide every day.

Let us embrace the power we have as educators by refusing to give in to hate wherever it seeks to take hold.

You make a difference in the lives of so many, and we must continue to take this journey together.

Cypress College Student Cueva Selected for Inaugural #RealCollege Student Leadership Advisory Council

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 484-7006

Cypress College student Catherine Cueva is one of 23 students nationwide selected as the inaugural cohort of #RealCollege’s Student Leadership Advisory Council. Cueva is the only member from the California Community Colleges and just one of four from the Golden State.

California’s additional selections come from Fresno State University, California Polytechnic State University at Pomona, and the University of California Berkeley. In all, the 23 students attend 19 public institutions, eight community colleges, and four Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Three-quarters of the SLAC members identify as female and 87% are people of color.

Cueva, said she joined the Student Leadership Advisory Council  “to help inform others about food insecurity, especially on college campuses.” Her interest is an extension of her volunteer efforts providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

“We are so pleased that Catherine Cueva has been selected to serve on the Student Leadership Advisory Council on behalf of Cypress College and the California community colleges,” Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. said. “We know she will do a great job. #RealCollege is an effort that aligns strongly with our campus efforts to meet the needs of our students and we are also excited for the opportunity to strengthen this relationship and to tie the work of these 23 extraordinary students with the initiatives we recommend to legislators in California.”

#RealCollege is an initiative from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice based at Temple University. The effort seeks “to center college students as humans first and increase the availability of supports for their basic needs,” according to the organization. The new Student Leadership Advisory Council seeks to elevate students’ voices in decision making, to highlight the diversity of their institutions, and to introduce the amazing students at these colleges to a broader public.

Cypress College is one of the #RealCollege member institutions.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Remembering the Ladies, a Celebration of Women’s History Month

Back on March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams pled to her husband, John Adams, in a letter to “remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

Women’s History Month in particular is a time when we remember all of the women who have made an impact, however big or small, in the world, in our lives, and of course at Cypress College.

Numerous women have been remembered for their accomplishments since the writing of Adams’ letter. In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott helped organize the first women’s rights convention. The following year, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to get a medical degree and become a doctor. Women’s rights were fought for by Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony, among others. In 1932, the world saw the first woman (Amelia Earhart) to fly across the Atlantic nonstop.

Women standing in front of building

Women were instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement (Rosa Parks, 1955), and in the 1960s, the country saw birth control pills, Equal Pay Act, Title VII, and Title IX.

Tennis star Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in “The Battle of the Sexes” only a few years before Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, leading to many firsts in government, including the most recent first: a female vice president.

As individuals, we remember our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and aunts.

Coach Margared Mohr talks to her players during a time out on the Legends of Hoops Night at Cypress College. The event was held on Don Johnson Court on Friday, February 21, 2014

As an institution, we would be remiss to leave out the women who have made an impact here on campus. Christine Johnson was our first female president; two others have followed her: Margie Lewis (our ninth president), and JoAnna Schilling (our twelfth and current president). Professor Pat Ganer was our first female Academic Senate president. Geology Professor Dorothy Stout made groundbreaking strides in her field. Coach Margaret Mohr, Gail Taylor (Americana), our women deans (Rebecca Gomez, Katy Realista, Treisa Cassens, Kathleen Reiland, Lisa Gaetje), and so many others past and present have all made an impact on our campus community.

That impact includes you, too, Cypress College students, and everything you’ve done to be part of this legacy. Please join us in remembering the ladies and celebrating Women’s History Month, and share the name and/or a story of one in our comments below.

President Schilling’s Board Report for February 23, 2021

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 February 23, 2021

As part of Black History Month, HAIRTAGE: Tangled, Twisted, & Black Speaker Series continues featuring top speakers. The LA Weekly highlighted this exhibition as their Culture Pick of the Week. Cedric Adams shared his drawings on February 17. Adams is a child of the Watts Renaissance who is best known for his meticulous drawings; Cedric looks to life around him for the subjects of his artworks, which currently feature portraits of African American men and women that are, he explains, “a visual reaffirmation of how we see ourselves.” The Hairtage Speaker Series is organized in conjunction with the Cypress College Black History Month Committee.

Cypress College has kicked of the Camino de Santiago Challenge. Our team will take the journey together to complete the 480-mile Camino de Santiago trail virtually! All those who complete the full virtual journey to Santiago will receive a medal of completion. Schools First will be providing some incentive raffles between now and fall 2021 Opening Day to acknowledge and encourage the team’s progress. To add yet another reason to join, our Foundation is hosting an optional Camino de Santiago Crowdfunding site to raise funds for your journey. All funds raised will go directly to emergency aid for our students.

The college is providing an Auto-awards Pilot for five CTE certificate programs. Students were notified they were eligible to receive their specific certificate(s) in Baking, Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage, Hotel and Special Events. After one week 56 of 83 students had responded and 100% of the 56 accepted their certificate. Thank you to Kathleen Reiland, Stephanie Rosati, Marc Posner, David Booze, and our CTE counselors Jane Jepson and Jeannie Mitsch for getting this pilot program off the ground. We hope this is the first step in being able to more easily award our students with their earned degrees and certificates.

From November 8, 2020 through April 18, 2021 the California Botanic Garden in Claremont is exhibiting the works of some local ceramicist’s in their exhibition, Clayfornia. One of these artists is our adjunct professor, Mary Beierle. The Botanic Garden’s winter magazine cover features one of her works on display. We are proud of the talent we have at Cypress College and applaud Professor Beirele’s accomplishments. To view the California Botanic Garden’s Clayfornia exhibit click here.

Dr. Schilling and Kathleen Reiland were honored to attend the Orange County Business Council Annual Installation Dinner on February 4. Dr. Schilling attended as the guest of Union Bank and Regional Manager Robbin Narike Preciado. Captain “Sully” Sullenberger was the keynote speaker and spoke eloquently about the importance of teamwork, compassionate leadership, and ensuring all are elevated when the team accomplishes their work together.

On February 5, the CCCCO sponsored a webinar called Voices of Freedom: Stories of Hope from Formerly Incarcerated Rising Scholars. This powerful panel discussion on the pipeline to prison inherent in too many communities and educational systems, featured Cypress College’s FITE Club founder, Nohelani Casperson, who transferred last spring and is now attending UC Berkeley. Nohelani had powerful observations about how her educational journey was impacted by Cypress College, FITE Club advisor, Anne Marie Beck, and the importance of providing a path forward through education for our formerly incarcerated students. We are #CYProud of Nohelani and our FITE Club students!

Our Student Services Team welcomed Dr. Frank Harris to Cypress College on February 11 for the spring Student Services kick off meeting. The theme, Enhancing the Student Experience, was the focus of the morning, and Dr. Harris complemented this retreat with a powerful presentation on the digital equity divide. Thank you to Dr. Harris for presenting, and to Dr. de Dios for putting together a great morning of professional development for this team.

Dr. Schilling was invited to share her State of the College address to the Cypress City Council on February 8. She discussed our new buildings on campus, provided an Americana invitation to all council members, and discussed tentative plans for a limited re-opening of the campus this fall. We are grateful for our positive relationship with the city leaders in Cypress.

The Health Center now has a Canvas Shell and will be providing information, updates, and resources via Canvas, as well as using Canvas to conduct workshops. Please refer your students to our Canvas Shell for resources and event information. Feel free to forward the attached flyer at the end of this report.

Wellness Wednesdays continue this spring semester. Each Wellness Wednesday will be held virtually from 12-1p.m.

  • February 24, 2021- Creating Good Habits and BetterYou App
  • March 24, 2021- Eating Healthy for a Healthy Brain
  • April 21, 2021- Healthy Relationships & Setting Healthy Boundaries
  • May 12, 2021- Stress Reduction Techniques

Upcoming Events

Dr. Schilling will be attending the CEO Symposium on February 25-26; she will be facilitating one of the breakout sections on February 25 focused on the work recommended by the statewide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce.

DEI Book discussions – Please join us for a discussion of Book Two of The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande on February 23 @ 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and February 24 @ 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Next up are discussions of Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson on March 23 @ 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and March 24 @ 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., and on April 27 @ 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and April 28 @ 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Cypress College is planning a COVID Townhall on Wednesday, March 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to hear from the OC Department of Health regarding vaccinations, testing, and will hear from campus professionals on reporting and safety protocol on campus, and open a discussion on plans for reopening in fall.

Our next Cypress College Equity Retreat– will be held on March 5 to begin development of our campus DEI Framework in support of our next Strategic Plan. Tony Santa Ana will be our guest facilitator and 100 campus colleagues will be attending to help lead the discussion on this important planning focus.

We hope you will all be able to join us for the 46th annual Americana Awards on February 27 at 6 p.m. This year all honorees from the previous 45 years will be acknowledged. All in virtual attendance will receive a Celebration package including dinner, dessert and wine delivered to their home. We hope to see you there as we raise funding for student scholarships!

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

Cypress College Partners with NextFlex to Launch FlexFactor Program

Cypress College has partnered with NextFlex this spring to launch the FlexFactor program with both our native college students and our dual enrollment students from both the Anaheim Union High School District and the Garden Grove Unified School District.

Dual Enrollment FlexFactor Flyer

Through the launch of this educational partnership, students will have the opportunity to explore STEM and manufacturing pathways through project-based learning emphasizing technology and entrepreneurship. Students will identify a real-world problem, conceptualize a product solution, build a business model, and finally pitch their concept to panel of industry partners not limited to private companies, academic institutions, and nonprofits.

What is NextFlex
NextFlex is a nationally recognized network of nationwide institutes including private companies, academic institutions, nonprofits, local and federal government partners that have come together to narrow the manufacturing workforce gap, promote sustainable ecosystems, and facilitate innovation through many channels including K-14 educational programs.

What is FlexFactor
FlexFactor is an outreach program through NextFlex in partnership with Cypress College designed to promote STEM and manufacturing pathways to K-14 students. We are excited to announce that our first cycle of FlexFactor launches in spring 2021! The program uses a project-based learning approach to engage students with advanced technologies, entrepreneurship, and education/career pathways.

For additional information, please reach out to our Dual Enrollment program at DualEnrollment@CypressCollege.edu.

President Schilling’s Board Report for February 9, 2021

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 February 9, 2021

February is Black History Month and this year our BHM Committee at Cypress College collaborated with our Fullerton College colleagues for a series of exciting events planned for our campus communities. The kick-off, including the opening ceremony, was held on February 1 and featured our District CEOs to help launch the festivities. The theme for Cypress College’s Black History Month this year is “Social Economics and Liberation of the African American Community.” In addition to our kick-off event, there will be events featuring Dr. Frank Harris and Dr. Angela Davis, as well as many other opportunities for our students and employees to celebrate the vast contributions made by our African American community. For a full calendar of events, please visit our events calendar.

The Cypress College ESL department was commended by the RP Group as one of the top colleges in the state for its outstanding ESL program.  The college is among the top in the state for three of the four ESL student typologies that RP Group and the AB 705 Advisory committee are examining including:

  • US high school graduates (#2)
  • International Students on the ESL pathway (among the top 6%)
  • Degree-seeking Adult Ed ELL students (among the top 10%)

Thank you to our excellent ESL faculty. We are very proud of our students and our program!

Cypress College has been chosen to participate in the Co-Pilot Ascend pilot, a joint project conducted by Wheelhouse (UC Davis) and PERTS (Stanford) and funded by the Gates Foundation.  Twenty instructors in our Language Arts division will be piloting this new evidence-based software and process to enhance student engagement and equity in the classroom. Benefits include faculty receiving insights into how students experience their teaching, while improving student engagement and narrowing equity gaps in student experience. Cypress College is one of only four community colleges statewide have been invited to participate in this project, and this is the first pilot to include community colleges overall.

Extended by popular demand, the Cypress College Art Gallery will be continuing its popular Pic ‘n’ Mix virtual exhibition for the spring semester. Named for the gone-but-not-forgotten Woolworth’s candy counter, Pic ‘n’ Mix brings together collections amassed by members of the Cypress College community. From panda bears to bricks, from feathers to computer game screenshots and sundials, the Pic ‘n’ Mix collections tell tales of distant places and intimate dreams, passionate loyalties and political lies, and sometimes of great sweetness.  Thank you to Janet Owens-Driggs for curating these collections and to everyone who has generously shared their collections.

The Cypress College Art Gallery also presents HAIRTAGE: Tangled, Twisted & Black from January 21 to March 25, 2021. Curated by artist Nzuji De Magalhaes, the HAIRTAGE exhibition and speaker series gathers together artists who approach Black hair as a locus of tension and affirmation.

Cypress in the News: A recent article in Precinct Reporter Group featured one of our current Funeral Services BDP students, Margo Malone. The article covers how frontline morticians are dealing with the challenges presented by the pandemic.  Please click here to read the article.  According to Margo, “Not only have I had opportunity to use information and resources since I graduated so long ago, but I have been able to hone my skills through the B.S. program and the classes I have taken thus far. I would not be where I am in my career had it not been for the Cypress College Mortuary Science program.”  Margo is another amazing alumnus, and well on her way to completing her B.S in Funeral Services!

The Cypress College community will be participating in the Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge. As many of you know, our Buen Cypress greeting was modeled on the Camino de Santiago, a 480-mile trail which runs from France to Spain. For the next 6.5 months, Cypress College will be taking the challenge to complete this journey virtually. To add yet another reason to join, our Foundation will be setting up Crowdsourcing pages to helping raise funds based on participant completions. All funds raised will go directly to emergency aid for our students. Please join us in taking the challenge! Buen Cypress and Buen Camino!

Open Study Space: Cypress College will again provide a safe study space on campus for students who need a quiet place to work, access their remote class, or study. We will be moving this space into the Cypress College Art Gallery this semester, with a planned opening on February 16. During warm weather, there will be tables outdoors around the gallery, as well as physically distanced and protected tables indoors. Students will still need to make an appointment on our mobile app, complete the wellness check form, wear a mask at all times, and check-in using our new temperature kiosk. Laptops, ear buds, and PPE are provided on request.

Our Athletics Department has launched an upcoming campaign called “Chargers for Change.” The goal is to shine light on the voices of our Cypress Athletics community while spreading awareness of the department’s commitment to anti-racism. This campaign will allow the entire Chargers community to speak, listen, learn, and reflect about the social injustices that impact their daily lives and those around them. Campus colleagues have been asked to share their thoughts in the form of a video, voice recording, or a simple quote that speaks to the importance of anti-racism. Statements from the Charger Athletics Community will be shared on all social media platforms and on our website. Thank you to Athletic Director, Wesley McCurtis, and Sports Information Director, Brett Franchino for putting this excellent campaign together. Go Chargers!

The Hope Center announced their Inaugural #Real College Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC) and Cypress College is proud that one of our students, Catherine Cueva, has been chosen in this important role. The 2021 SLAC cohort is comprised of 23 #RealCollege students from coast to coast, including 19 from public institutions, eight from community colleges, and four who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Three-quarters of the students identify as female, and 87% are people of color. Catherine, who is the president of our Students for Basic Needs Club, is the only student chosen from a California community college for this honor. To read the full press release, please click here. Congratulations, Catherine!

We hope you will all be able to join us for our 46th annual Americana: Reunion Year. The event will be live-streamed virtually but will still include our fabulous silent and live auctions, and a Celebration Package delivered to your home including a full meal, wine, dessert and a few surprises. This year our special Opportunity Drawing will include two Yamaha electric-enhanced bicycles valued over $7,000 for the pair. The District will be sponsoring two tables of ten so we hope you will be in attendance as we raise funds for scholarships to support our students and celebrate all past honorees from years 1 through 45! The pre-event begins at 5:30 with the main program starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021.  See you there!

Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together!

President Schilling’s Board Report for January 26, 2021

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 January 26, 2021

As we begin the spring 2021 semester, the college continues to have enrollment challenges. Currently the college is trending down about 6%; a current statewide enrollment report shows Cypress trending above other colleges in our area, but we remain concerned about losing any of our students. Before the end of the fall semester, our Institutional Research Program, led by Dr. Eileen Haddad, sent out a survey to all students, asking the question What can we do to better support you? A total of 864 students responded to the survey, and 363 students provided an open-ended response. Here’s a brief snapshot of responses:

Most students plan to re-enroll at Cypress College in spring 2021

  • 95% said that they plan to re-enroll at Cypress College in spring 2021 (n = 822)

Most students had an “excellent” or “good” experience with remote instruction this fall—but many students did not

  • 53% had an “excellent” or “good” experience (20% excellent; 33% good)
  • 28% had an “average” experience
  • 19% had a “bad” or “terrible” experience (12% bad; 7% terrible)

Biggest Challenges Reported by Students

  • Having a quiet place to do their school work (45%; n = 386)
  • Financial difficulties (34%; n = 294)
  • Reliable internet (30%; n = 260)
  • Accessing academic support services (30%; n = 258)
  • Other (18%; n = 153) (e.g., mental health, instructor-related, engagement)

We are continuing our Cypress Cares Campaign with our student ambassadors, who have been, and will continue calling all students throughout the semester to help keep them on track, offer encouragement, and provide resources.

The Guided Pathways Workgroup offered Adjunct Learning Day on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 9 – 3:30. This event provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about current initiatives being implemented under Guided Pathways, connect with other adjunct faculty, learn more about the leadership of the college, find ways to have the adjunct voice included, and enhance their knowledge of how to connect students with support services at Cypress College. Thank you to our Guided Pathways team for offering this impactful day on behalf of our adjunct faculty.

Dr. Frank Harris was a guest speaker at the dean’s retreat on January 8, and provided a two-hour workshop on the importance of having difficult discussions about race across our campus. Dr. Harris will also be attending the Student Services Kickoff on February 11 to discuss bridging the digital divide exposed in our current remote environment. Thank you to VPs Dr. Douglas and Dr. De Dios for planning these events and leading your respective teams!

Thank you to those who were able to join us for our virtual Opening Day on Friday, January 22. Marc Posner and his team created an interview-type pre-show, focusing on conversations with new VP, Lee Douglas, a chat with Juan Garcia and Howard Kummerman about our Veterans fundraising campaign, and a conversation with Janet Owens Driggs on the recent gallery show Pic n Mix. Opening Day featured a presentation from our Guided Pathways Completion Teams and Caring Campus leaders on how Cypress College is moving forward and grounding our Guided Pathways in Equity. It was great to have our campus community together again, even in this virtual space.

As a result of the College’s participation in the Community College Equity Leadership Alliance this fall, several of our teams have been busy putting together projects to share with the campus. On FLEX Day, one team led two FLEX workshops on Understanding and Confronting Anti-Black Racism, detailing the work being done currently at Cypress, and the work that still needs to be done to create a socially just and anti-racist environment. Another team created an Implicit Bias tool which was presented in all division meetings on Opening Day. Thank you to all our teams for sharing their work to benefit their colleagues across the campus.

Also, on FLEX Day, the keynote speaker for both Cypress and Fullerton Colleges was Joe Feldman, author of Grading for Equity, and his colleague Dr. Shantha Smith, who shared compelling reasons for re-looking at how students are graded, with suggestions for how faculty might implement grading practices that improve student achievement and make their classrooms more equitable. And speaking of making classrooms more equitable, Cypress just completed a three-day Curriculum Equity audit with 15 full time faculty members. This review included looking at courses and syllabi through an equity lens. Thank you to curriculum chair, Silvie Grote, and VP Lee Douglas for bringing colleagues from LBCC to lead this important workshop.

Cypress College’s Toyota T-TEN program was again recognized for having the highest number of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications per student nationwide for the second year in a row! As a result of this recognition, the college was awarded a Techstream Award and $8,000 for the program in honor of this achievement. Congratulations to faculty Michael Klyde and Paul Kelly, for their commitment to, and outstanding leadership of, the Cypress College Toyota T-TEN Program.

Cypress In The News:  Cypress was mentioned again in Superintendent Mike Matsuda’s article in Working Nation, highlighting the importance of preparing high school and college students for life after college and how Cypress College is working closely with AUHSD to create these essential pathway opportunities. Read this article featuring Cypress College student Andres Licea who came to Cypress from Savanna High School with a full year of college credit completed and is now an active Pledge mentor to other students. Andres has an inspiring story of how he is building a brighter future for himself and others through education.

Drs. Dunsheath, Contreras, and De Dios participated in a panel discussion at the CCLC new Trustee workshop on January 20, focusing on post-pandemic possibilities, challenges, and innovative practices that have emerged from the abrupt move to distance education stemming from COVID-19. The presentation, Navigating the New Normal: Innovative Practices and Challenges as Colleges Move to Distance Education reflected innovations and strategies at NOCCCD to provide effective student services while ensuring equity for our students.

The Wheelhouse Institute, part of the UC Davis research office, recently issued a report on the ten-year progress of Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) across the state. If you wish to read the full report, it is linked here. The next page provides an overview of the Cypress ADT progress for the past five years.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADTs) Data Trends

Cypress College currently offers 36 Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) programs. In 2019-20, the College awarded 918 ADTs across 29 of these programs. Below is an historical overview of ADTs awarded overall, by ethnicity, and transfer rate in the past five years.

Spring 2021 Opening Day Provides Updates, Looks to Future

Cypress College employees kicked off the spring 2021 semester with the traditional Opening Day meeting on Friday, January 22, 2021 — held virtually for the second consecutive semester rather than in the Theater.

Dr. Schilling speaking at Opening Day Spring 2021

The event provided an update on what’s happened during the previous several months and a look forward at what’s anticipated in the coming months. This includes our efforts to build a more-equitable campus, the completion of the Veteran’s Resource Center and progress on the new SEM Building, and how we are addressing the pandemic. In addition, employees shared their reasons for involvement in Guided Pathways, including the new Caring Campus initiative, and the college’s common book was highlighted by author Reyna Grande reading from “The Distance Between Us.”

Links to individual segments of Opening Day are below.

Culinary Instructor Nominated for Teacher of the Year

Hotel, Restaurant, and Culinary Arts instructor Chef Amanda Gargano has been nominated as a 2021 Orange County Teacher of the Year. The award is bestowed by the Orange County Department of Education and SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, and would have been granted to Gargano at a gala, however, the pandemic has put the in-person celebration on hold until at least fall 2021.

Culinary Instructor Amanda Gargano with flowers and balloons

Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. and Associated Students representatives broke the news to Gargano with a certificate, flowers, and balloons. A presentation last December, sponsored by the OCDoE honored Gargano, and nominees. The acknowledgement ceremony was attended by David Okawa, Marc Posner, Schilling, and Career and Technical Education Dean Kathleen Reiland.

“In course evaluations, it is striking to see such consistently high marks and comments about Chef Amanda’s instruction from all students,” Reiland says. “Students rave about how wonderfully informative and supportive she is throughout their studies.”

Reiland said Gargano seeks creative learning opportunities and industry connections for the HRC Department, and that she is thrilled to have her at Cypress. Gargano is humble but her inspirational instruction has certainly reached the students who nominated her.

Culinary students gather around instructor Chef Amanda Gargano

Gargano with her culinary students before the pandemic prevented in-person classes.

“My teaching philosophy has always been to pique my students’ curiosity, lead by example, and empower them to be the best version of themselves,” Gargano says. “All students are capable of success!”

Nominees came from 28 school districts, three regional occupation programs, and 10 community colleges in the county. Two other North Orange County Community College faculty received nominations — Dr. Amber Rose González of Fullerton College and Erin Sherard of North Orange Counting Education (NOCE).

Each of the 58 nominees will receive a SchoolsFirst tote bag containing a personalized blanket, an all-access pass to OCDE Professional Learning Opportunities, an invitation to the Teachers of the Year gala, and other gifts — including a cash award of $500 from SchoolsFirst. Additionally, the Orange County Teachers of the Year Award Foundation provided each nominee with a gift of $3,000.

New Course: Civic Engagement in Public Health

Our current health crisis, along with changing political tides, has caused many to reevaluate the support networks in place for health and human services. At Cypress College, a new class could inform and prepare students for work in reinforcing structures that help communities navigate public health concerns.

Woman in classroom engaged with lesson.

KIN 289—Civic Engagement in Public Health (CRN 24245) educates students in several areas of supportive services. The class aims to instruct on assessing health education, create health and education programs based the needs of different populations, and design and facilitate health education trainings.

“Students completing this course will gain appreciation of community as a unit of identity,” instructor Silvie Grote says. “From a social justice perspective and with focus on health equity research for action, students will learn to lead initiatives to promote community health and community wellbeing.”

The class is offered as a required course for the Community Health Worker Certificate as well as for students who are passionate about health of their communities and want to gain skills to bring about change. Students will have the opportunity to put their instruction into practice, as the course includes 60 hours of internship in the area of public health engagement.

To enroll, visit the Cypress College spring 2021 class schedule here.

Take a Virtual Tour of Art Professor’s Studio

Cypress College art professor Paul Paiement will lead a virtual tour of his studio over Instagram Tuesday, January 19, at 2 p.m. An Instagram Live video by Tufenkian Fine Arts will show the interior of his Long Beach creative space as the first in its series of visits.
Painting by Cypress College art professor Paul Paiement of rolling hills and an abstract building.
Glendale-based Tufenkian announced the new series of online virtual artist studio visits on January 10 on its Instagram page. Click to view the upcoming visit.
Art professor Paul Paiement painting of trees mirroring each other in a forest.

To see more of Paul Paiement’s work, visit his website.

T-TEN Program Ranks First in Tests Passed per Student for Two Years in a Row

Cypress College’s T-TEN program has been recognized for the highest Automotive Service Excellence tests passed per student, for the second year in a row. The Automotive Technology Department program also was recognized for having 22 graduates in 2020, a year hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A car waits to be serviced in the Automotive Technology department

The news was announced during the Toyota Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN) annual conference the week of January 4. At the conference, Michael Klyde was recognized for serving on the T-TEN Safe Labs Project, the Distance Learning Team (which provided training to T-TEN instructors on Distance Education), and the T-TEN Instructor Community Board. He also presented two of the sessions during the event.

The Cypress T-TEN program earned an additional Techstream diagnostic scan tool to reward its ASE pass rate. There are eight ASE tests in the Master Automotive Series and the Cypress T-TEN class of 2020 had an average of 6.2 per student.

This is the second Techstream, valued at over $8,000, that the Cypress T-TEN program has earned in the past three months. It was awarded by Toyota for the Automotive Technology recruiting efforts this past November, during which Klyde interviewed 13 potential T-TEN students online. Since September, he has interviewed more than 35 potential T-TEN students.

“T-TEN and the entire Automotive Technology Department have stepped up in the face of COVID-19 to make the adjustments necessary to maintain a viable program for the past year,” Career and Technical Education Dean Kathleen Reiland says. “Our students are lucky to have such vested faculty, staff, and counselors to support our students’ success.”

“It is also good to hear that T-TEN recognized you for your work in providing pandemic related resources to Cypress College and other colleges to ensure safe lab usage and quality distance learning,” Reiland says.

Happy Holidays from Cypress College!

It brings us joy to share this year’s Cypress College video holiday card, which was initially designed by then-student art student Ken Huynh, who is now enrolled at Cal State Fullerton. We have added some highlight moments from this unique year — including a transformation from in-person to remote instruction.

As 2020 comes to a close, Cypress College will pause instruction and services starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. We will be back to serve you — refreshed and re-charged — on Monday, January 4, 2021.

“As we dream of a brighter future, I wish you and your families the best for a peaceful and restful holiday season,” said Cypress College President Dr. Schilling, Ph.D., in sharing the holiday card with the campus and broader community.

View our full year in review “Rewind 2020” video.

From all of us here at Cypress College, we wish you a most joyful holiday season. We hope you enjoy the holiday greetings in our campus card and the well-deserved rest during the upcoming winter recess.

President Schilling’s Board Report for December 15, 2020

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 December 15, 2020

This year, instead of an in-person gathering for the holidays, Cypress College is presenting the Festival of Holidays, which commemorates the many ways cultures across the globe celebrate this time of the year.

For 14 work days, from December 1–18, faculty and staff have been receiving a different holiday greeting. When recipients click on the envelope to open the message, they discover a new holiday tradition and have the chance to enter a daily holiday raffle.  Follow us as we visit holidays around the globe.

On Wednesday, December 9, the EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs and Guardian Scholars team hosted a drive-thru distribution of holiday cheer and gifts for approximately 50 of our students and their children. Every year the Cypress College community steps up to provide the generous donations and donated gifts from staff, faculty, and administrators that make this event and the “wish lists” of these children possible. Thank you to all who contributed this year. You have made these children and their parents feel loved and appreciated this holiday season!

The Cypress College Debate Event against Irvine Valley College was held on November 18.  The topic was “Resolved: When casting actors, preference should be given to actors within the identities of the characters being portrayed.”  Thank you to Co-Director Bill Neesen and the students from Irvine Valley College for a great debate.  Thirty-two (32) students participated and IVC won the debate by only 1 vote. Another event was held on November 19, with the theme of “My Diversity Story.”  Congratulations to Fatima Gonzalez Gomez for winning the $50 prize!  Thank you to judges Eldon Young, Billy Pashaie, and Jolena Grande for taking time out of their busy schedules to participate as judges for these events.

The 4th Annual Transfer/Pre-Graduation Fair was held on November 20.  More than 350 students participated in the virtual event and interacted with recruiters from over 65 four-year colleges and universities. Additionally, students received important information about graduation deadlines, academic regalia, and were able to strategize with Cypress College student support offices about how to receive similar support services at four-year institutions. And a special thank you to Howard Kummerman and the Cypress College Foundation for contributing scholarships to Transfer/Pre-Graduation Fair student participants.

The week of November 16-20 was 2020 International Education Week.  Normally, the ISP & International Club would coordinate and hold an event to promote the importance and benefits of international education.  Instead, Vivian Kim and Director Yongmi Han designed a special edition of International Focus, ISP Newsletter, highlighting our international students and their academic accomplishments for the past two years.

The Theater Arts Department’s fall production of Chrysalis streamed for free on November 19-20.  Chrysalis was a poetic and emotional response to the struggles of 2020, written and performed by our students and directed by Professor Jennifer McMillin-Brick.  Thank you to the Theater Arts Department for a wonderful production and for providing an original and beautiful opportunity for our students to express themselves.

The Health Center continues its Let’s Talk flyer series serving students during this time of isolation. Let’s Talk provides a space for students to connect with others, while providing them with tools and skills to manage stress and anxiety. In addition, the Cypress College Nursing Department held a joint workshop with the ARISE team on November 25.  The workshop covered how to create Healthy Habits Over the Holidays. These are just a few ways our faculty and staff are serving students during this pandemic.

Students in the Mortuary Science Program held the Mortuary Science Department Annual Memorial Service on December 3. Over the years this event, memorializing those from the county morgue who died without a proper burial, is organized by our students and faculty and has been held in various locations on our beautiful campus, including the Duck Pond, the Campanile, and the Theater Lobby. The event was held virtually this year. Thank you to faculty member Lori Collins for assisting our students plan this event.

The virtual #RealCollegeCA Basic Needs Summit was held on December 4, co-chaired by Cypress College and Imperial Valley College.  The theme of this year’s summit was Fostering Resiliency During a Pandemic. The summit, which welcomed over 500 participants, included workshops and panel presentations covering topics such as food security, housing, remote learning technology, fundraising efforts, and community partnerships. Soledad O’Brien served as the keynote speaker and agreed to waive her $2000 honorarium to provide four $500 scholarships offered as a drawing for all students who attended. A Cypress student, Gabriel Lauro, was one of the lucky winners! Thank you Trustees Dunsheath and Rodarte for attending; special thanks to Marc Posner and his entire team, as well as Kristi Valdez, who spent countless hours helping plan the event and offered amazing technical support throughout the day. Click here to view the keynote with Soledad O’Brien.

The Legacy Program held their Annual Kwanza Celebration on December 8. Dr. Douglas served as the keynote speaker.  Our students worked in teams to present the seven principles of Kwanzaa and created amazing video expressing these principles. Thank you to Regina Rhymes and our faculty leaders and mentors for their support of our Legacy scholars and for organizing this meaningful event.

It was an honor to celebrate Cypress’ Culinary Arts professor, Amanda Gargano, on December 7 with a presentation sponsored by the OC Department of Education. Amanda was named Orange County Teacher of the Year, and the acknowledgement ceremony was attended by Dean Kathleen Reiland, David Okawa, Marc Posner, and JoAnna Schilling. Normally we would have the opportunity to celebrate Amanda’s honor at the Disneyland Hotel, but we were happy to be able to let her know how proud we are of this accomplishment and hope to celebrate together next year! See photos at the end of this report!

On December 3, the Cypress College Psychology Department, led by faculty members Dr. Brandy Young and Dr. Randy Martinez, hosted the Fall 2020 Psi Beta Induction Ceremony. This induction is for the Honors Psychology students who have maintained a 3.2 GPA or higher in their major. Dr. Schilling and Dr. Gaetje had the pleasure of attending and supporting these young scholars.

Cypress In The News:  Cypress was featured twice this week – in NPR’s piece by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez highlighting enrollment across our region and student challenges during the pandemic. Counselor Anne Marie Beck and dance student Briana Sanchez were featured in this story sharing the difficult decisions students are facing to stay in school or support their families. Here is the link to this important story. Cypress was also mentioned in Superintendent Mike Matsuda’s article in Working Nation, highlighting dual enrollment student Anthony Gomez who attended Cypress College and interned at Hulu. Read this great article on creating equitable work and learning environments during the pandemic and the relationship between AUHSD, Cypress College, and our industry partners.

Upcoming Events

The Guided Pathways Workgroup is happy to announce an Adjunct Learning Day on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This event is designed to familiarize attendees with current initiatives being implemented under Guided Pathways. It will also provide an opportunity to connect with other adjunct faculty, learn more about the leadership of the college, find ways to have the adjunct voice included, and enhance their knowledge of how to connect students with support services at Cypress College.

Dr. Frank Harris will be a guest speaker at two events this spring. He will be attending our Dean’s Retreat on January 11 and again at the Student Services Kickoff in February. Thank you to VPs Dr. Douglas and Dr. de Dios for planning these events and leading your respective teams!

Dr. Schilling, Dr. Reiland, and Teacher of the Year Amanda Gargano

Celebrating Amanda Gargano, Cypress College Orange County Teacher of The Year!

 

Buen Cypress and Happy Holidays! We Take This Journey Together!

 

 

Dental Hygiene Clinic Upgrades

The Cypress College Dental Hygiene Clinic recently underwent a major renovation, to support the needs of the program and improve student success. The $50,000 investment in the award-winning Dental Hygiene program facilitated several significant upgrades.

The renovation includes new dental cabinetry, sterilization center, new ADA-compliant reception desk, front office, chairside power and data, portable aerosol collection units, dental grade air purifiers, chairside partitions, and privacy screens. In addition, the dental hygiene classroom has new computer workstations, power/data, and laptop computers.

Upgraded electronics in the Cypress College Dental Hygiene Clinic

“It looks like a professional dental lab, it looks beautiful,” Peter Maharaj, Ph.D., Manager, Technology Services and Academic Computing. He led the electrical and technological upgrade efforts. “Furniture, power, data and all the technology that’s associated with it to support the program have been very central.”

Funding came primarily from the Strong Workforce program. Cypress College provided additional financial support for equipment and supplies recommenced by the Dental Hygiene Board of California for compliance and COVID-19 regulations.

Renovated front office at the CYpress College Dental Hygiene Clinic

Dental hygiene procedures such as teeth cleaning and polishing can expose patients, students, faculty and staff to aerosols, so COVID-19 precautions needed to be taken. Six JADE Air Purifiers and 16 chairside Aerosol Collection Units were installed to address this need.

2020 Annual Safety and Security Report Released in Compliance with the Clery Act

Cypress College’s 2020 Annual Safety and Security Report is now available. The report meets the federal requirements intended to provide students and the public with access to information critical to their safety.

The Campus Safety Department prepares this report annually to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies near our main campus and the North Orange County Community College District Office.

The report can be viewed in the Campus Safety section of the college website, which is linked in the footer of every page. The report is available directly here. If desired, paper copies of the report will be available through the Campus Safety Office.

If you see something, say something

Cypress College takes matters related to personal and campus safety seriously. Suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Providing such information may prevent someone else from becoming a victim. Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387. All members of the campus community are encouraged to program the number into their mobile devices.

As part of our commitment to safety, Cypress College plans and implement drills each semester. When appropriate, Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit the main Campus Safety page.

The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.

The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

President Schilling’s Board Report for November 24, 2020

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 24, 2020

The LIFE Program’s resource fairs and Lift Up3 events were held on November 9 and 16. LIFE is a grant funded program that supports our formerly incarcerated students and this was the first resource fair for formerly-incarcerated and system-impacted student populations. We were honored to host such amazing community resources as Project Rebound, Project Kinship, and Homeboy Industries. Attendees heard the voices of students who have experienced incarceration – and are now pursuing higher education.  They left feeling inspired by these individuals.

DSS counselor, Dawn Decker, was awarded CAPED’s highest honor – the 2020 President’s Award. Dawn has been a member of CAPED for many years and has been an active member, serving on several committees. She is well respected in the LD and CAPED communities for all of her hard work. Brava, Dawn! Also, at the CAPED convention, Maha Afra, was recognized as CAPED’s Teacher of the Year.  She was invited to the DSS team meeting on Thursday, November 12 to be recognized. The CAPED President, Dr. Chad Bowman, was also there to virtually present the award to her.  Congratulations, Maha!

Kane Smego, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, and cultural diplomat returned to Cypress on Friday, November 13, 2020 to hold the second in a series of workshops for students. Drawing on the concept of intersectionality pioneered by Kimberly Crenshaw and harnessing the power of poetry, this dynamic workshop series helped students tell their own stories by creating an original piece of spoken word poetry.  Kane’s workshop series will culminate with an open mic session in two weeks.

Cypress College just wrapped up a fantastic Hispanic Heritage Month celebrating our Puente Program’s 25 Years of Success. Thank you to all faculty and staff that attended and those who sent students to our events. A big thanks to our wonderful Hispanic Heritage Month planning committee members and Puente leaders Therese Mosqueda-Ponce and Ashton Politanoff.  These events were not only culturally inspiring but also brought much needed human connection. Students commented that they looked forward to these activities and they appreciated learning about the Hispanic culture.

The Cypress Health Center, in partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency, provided over 300 flu shots with 3 separate Drive Thru Flu Clinics. The HC staff supervised students from psych tech and nursing programs to provide clinical hours to these students. Since going live with “TeleHealth” in March, the HC has provided over 600 medical visits and 200 counseling sessions.  The HC has supported the formation of Cypress Wellness Collaborative to support health and wellness across the campus including drop in sessions for students called “Let’s Talk”, Wellness Wednesdays, and supported Mental Health events such as “Movies for Mental Health” on a virtual platform for students and staff.  Movies 4 Mental Health (online) workshop last week had 77 participants.  Participants stated they felt the event created awareness of mental health issues and helped them confront and address stigma related to mental illness. Attendees that were not already receiving mental health support also reported an increased likelihood to reach out for help.

The Veterans Resource Center construction is almost complete.  Take this opportunity to leave a permanent tribute and support Cypress College students with the opportunity to name a space, room or building at the new Veterans Resource Center.  Or honor veterans and your family, a loved one, or business through an engraved paver along the path at the new VRC complex.  For inquiries email foundation@cypresscollege.edu.

The Cypress Farmer’s Market has a new mural/banner, designed by our student Michelle Bac.

Brooke Straus, the City’s communication analyst reached out to the college earlier this year seeking a partnership. Four students submitted design ideas and received $25 vouchers for the Market, with one receiving a $100 voucher for the design that was selected by the City of Cypress. The Market could not provide an actual wall, so the final product is a portable printed banner and it looks great. Customers will be able to take selfies and photos of themselves in front of this mural. We’ve included a photo of Michelle’s winning design at the end of this report. Congratulations Michelle!

Dr. Barbara Dunsheath spoke at the Soroptimist Club of Cypress on November 18, sharing her lecture on a Women’s Right to Vote and the impact that women’s clubs had on the Suffragist Movement. It was a wonderful, thoughtful, and inspiring lecture on the women who fought for the right to vote and the importance of ensuring all citizens can make their voices heard through the act of voting. In the words of Trustee Dunsheath, “We are stronger when we are organized and work together!”

Congratulations to students Joyce Lin, Ryan Chieng, and Traci Nguyen, for presenting their research papers at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) conference last month. All three students developed their research under the tutelage of advisors, Randy Martinez and Brandy Young, and are members of Psi Beta Phi, an honors society for psychology scholars. We are #CYProud!

Upcoming Events

The Career Center’s first ever drive thru event will be a socially-distanced Headshot Happy Hour! This will be held on Wednesday, November 18. This event will be set up at the roundabout in front of the theater.  Students will be able to pull up to the curb, get out to take a headshot, get back in their car and drive away. One to three professional headshots will be emailed to them for use on their LinkedIn or Portfolium profiles, or for other career readiness and attainment needs.

Due to the recent fires in Irvine, the Debate against Irvine Valley College was rescheduled to Wednesday, November 18.  The debate topic is “Resolved: When casting actors, preference should be given to actors within the identities of the characters being portrayed.” There will also be a Speech/Performance Event on Thursday, November 19.  The theme this month is “My Diversity Story.”

The Legacy Program is sponsoring a series of engaging study sessions for our students. One will be Game Night on November 19 that uses a Jeopardy format. The second study session will be a Jam Session that will include the Pomodoro Study Technique coupled with Karaoke / dancing.  The goal of these study sessions is to create a fun environment for our students to review important subjects before the final.

Mental Wellbeing, Stress and Mindfulness Workshop will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020.  Sam Gould and Angela deDios will look at stress, its effects on health, and how mindfulness can be applied to our life, allowing us to live and experience the fullness that life affords us.

Please join us on December 8 at 5 p.m. for the Cypress College Annual Kwanza Celebration. This year the event will be virtual, but it promises to be as inspiring as ever. Our students work in teams to present the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and faith (imani). Please join us for this important celebration.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

CYProud: Francisco Cornejo-Garcia, Computer Science

Francisco Cornejo-Garcia was born in Mexico, and grew up in California. As a deaf and hard of hearing individual, Francisco found his life positively impacted by a cochlear implant, spurring an interest in technology and computer science in particular. Reflecting on the power of the computer, Francisco said, “it is the possibilities of where and how to apply this tool that has launched me into the field of computer science.” He ultimately hopes to pursue a doctoral degree, but in the meantime will be transferring to Rochester Institute of Technology in New York to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Student Francisco Cornejo-Garcia

Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests? What is your story?

Born in Mexico, my family and I moved to the United States when I was about 3 years old. As I was growing up in California, I realized that computers are something special. As a deaf and hard of hearing individual, I wear a cochlear implant, which translates sound into electrical signals to my brain. For a technology that has impacted my life in such a meaningful way, it has kickstarted my journey into computer science in a search to help and perhaps create something that can make an impact, no matter how big or small, in this amazing world we live in. My interests include improving my software engineering skills, practicing piano, meditating, and drawing.

Why did you choose Cypress College?

Nearly my entire family has attended Cypress College. It would not make sense if I hadn’t chosen this college, too. From their advice and experiences, they had helped me understand and take advantage of the many resources this college has to offer. It didn’t hurt that it was close to my home, and I would be able to do more around campus, knowing that I don’t have to spend too much time with transportation.

What have you been involved in at Cypress College? How has your path unfolded?

Coming into Cypress College, I wasn’t sure how I was going to take advantage of my time here; however, I found a flyer for the (STEM)2 Program, which inspired me to join, along with the recommendations of my peers. I joined the program and became inspired to become a family group leader. From one stepping stone to another, I gained courage in leading others and giving advice while I learned from others’ stories and experiences. I even applied to scholarships and summer research experiences that I was sure I wasn’t qualified for, but still went for anyway. I joined various clubs to explore my interests, which led to my motivation to help develop the American Sign Language Chargers Club to teach and guide others about this amazing language and the community that it is a part of. I even developed some tools to help with learning ASL.

Student Francisco Cornejo-Garcia sitting in front of the Science building

What are you most passionate about? Why?

You cannot live your life without algorithms. You perform a series of steps and actions every day, from getting dressed to making a cup of coffee. In a similar way, a computer follows a series of steps as well, but at a much faster and efficient rate. Such computational power fascinates me, and it is the possibilities of where and how to apply this tool that has launched me into the field of computer science. I am fortunate to have my major become something I am most passionate about. I truly hope to contribute to this field someday.

Who are the faculty and staff that have helped you get where you are today? How has Cypress College supported you throughout your semesters?

As I have taken classes here, I’ve met some amazing faculty, as well as interesting students. Throughout my semesters, I was able to balance my course load along with the responsibilities I have both academically and personally. Also, I cannot understate the impact the (STEM)2 Program and its faculty has made on me, in both academic and personal capacities. To name all the people who have impacted me and my life at Cypress College would take up a lot of space, so to all the faculty and professors who are reading these words, I personally express my gratitude for your commitment and knowledge you have shared. Thank you.

What are your immediate plans after completing your studies at Cypress College (at your transfer institution, in the workforce, etc.)?

I will be transferring to an out-of-state university called Rochester Institute of Technology in New York to continue my studies and my journey into studying the field of computer science. Before I do so in fall 2020, I will be researching in the STARS Program at UCSD to improve my academic skills and hopefully contribute to their research.

What are your long-term goals? What do you aspire to?

I intend to go for an M.S. degree and perhaps a Ph.D. As my journey may take a different path than I expect, my goals might change; however, thanks to Cypress College, I know I have the ability and skills to work hard toward any goal I intend to succeed at. I simply aspire to give the best of my ability to my goals, for my family, to enjoy life.

What are you most proud of?

I am personally proud of the impact I have made at Cypress College. As a (STEM)2 family group leader, there were amazing experiences I’ve had with my various groups each semester. As president of the ASL Club, I have helped teach students what ASL truly is and the culture behind the deaf community. Simply being able to share my knowledge and advice, especially to those who seek it, is one of the most rewarding things I have experienced.

What one bit of advice would you give to current and future Cypress College students?

Finally ready to transfer, it becomes obvious to see how I could have improved or done in my time at Cypress College. To those reading my words, if you are a Cypress College student or will be, here is my advice to you: Visualize yourself graduating Cypress College. See yourself, already successful and proud of what you’ve done. Now, the only question is: how would you define your success? Follow that, and that vision might just come true.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I have developed a motto that I now follow every day of my life. While these words are special to me, I hope they will help you: Be the person you wished was there for you.

CYProud: Nader Barsoum

Nader Barsoum grew up in Cairo, Egypt, and moved with his family to the United States when he was fairly young. He had an opportunity to attend Cal State Long Beach straight out of high school, but decided to “see where I could go if I pushed myself and strove to do better in school.” At Cypress College, he committed to getting involved on campus, joining multiple clubs and programs that both supported and motivated him. All his hard work and extracurricular involvement at Cypress College has paid dividends; Nader was accepted to attend Johns Hopkins University in fall 2020. With a passion for life and learning about the human body, along with seeing the community he grew up in struggling with health insecurity, Nader aspires to attend medical school and specialize in dermatology or orthopedics.

Student Nader Barsoum holding a pennant and sitting on a bench on campus

Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests? What is your story?

I grew up in Cairo, Egypt and moved to the United States when I was still relatively young. I had a very atypical childhood, but it was all for the sake of me and my brother to build on our parents’ sacrifice in order for us to have a better future. I was always involved in sports from a young age, from the athleticism to the physique, it was always something I admired and was what got me started on my path to wanting to learn more about the human body.

Why did you choose Cypress College?

I chose Cypress because I wanted a second chance. In high school, I did what I needed to get by and even though I pushed myself academically by taking multiple AP course, I still always knew I could do more and be better. I was ready to dorm with a friend of mine at Cal State Long Beach, where a lot of my friends were going at the time, but I wanted to see where I could go if I pushed myself and strove to do better in school.

What have you been involved in at Cypress College? How has your path unfolded?

From the moment I walked on campus, I wanted to make sure that I did everything I could so that when it came time for me to transfer, I would leave with no regrets. I was involved in multiple organizations on campus such as the (STEM)2 Program, STEM Club, Honors Club, and EOPS. Through these programs, I was able to meet and make a lot of valuable friendships with Alan (EOPS counselor), Yanet Garcia (STEM Director), and many professors who helped me push myself and motivated me to keep pursuing my goals even when I thought I couldn’t.

What are you most passionate about? Why?

I am passionate about life. It’s mind-blowing how complex and ordered the human body is in order to properly function. In my biology and chemistry courses, I got to learn and apply what I was learning in the classroom to a real-life situation. I grew up in an area where a person’s health wasn’t taken for granted because we didn’t have the capability to get medical treatment easily. Seeing my community’s insecurity with health pushed me to want to make a change and bring a sense of relief to those in need.

Student Nader Barsoum standing in Gateway Plaza

Who are the faculty and staff that have helped you get where you are today? How has Cypress College supported you throughout your semesters?

Julie Angevine (SEM Office): Ms. Julie can turn a bad day into a good day. She was always there when I needed someone to talk to, reassuring me that everything would be okay and that my efforts would be rewarded. I always knew I could go to Ms. Julie regardless of how I was feeling.

Alan & Alex (EOPS Counselor & Mentor): Whenever I needed guidance academically or with something in my life, I was always met with the same radiant energy and support. Every time I went in, I would set a new goal, see how far along I was, and see what I needed to improve in order to reach it.

Dr. Tomooka (Chem 211A&B): One of my favorite classes on campus was organic chemistry! All those times after class when I would stay in his office hours, talking to him asking for advice, will be a staple memory of my time at Cypress. Despite teaching such a difficult subject, he always made room to get a cheesy joke in.

Dr. Ogoshi (Bio 175): I never thought I could learn so much material in one lecture, only to go to the next and learn just as much, if not more. The friendships and memories that I made in that class, as well as the conversations I had and advice I received from Dr. Ogoshi will stick with me throughout my entire academic journey.

Caleb Jones (Bio 174 Lab instructor): Professor Jones taught my first biology lab course. His attitude and smile lit the room as he always worked with his students, making learning fun.

Professor Phyllis-Mays (Chem 111B): Professor Phyllis was more than a professor; she was a role model who expected the best from all her students. She was there for me during some of the lowest moments and helped me get back on my feet. Her energy will wake the most tired students in the class.

Johnathon Harris (Math 150A): I would always go to the MLC with the same group of friends from class and keep practicing problems from WebAssign until we felt like our brains were fried. Professor Harris would always sit down with us, help us, and assure us that we were capable of accomplishing any task even when we felt stuck. He was more than a professor; he was a friend.

What are your immediate plans after completing your studies at Cypress College (at your transfer institution, in the workforce, etc.)?

Upon transferring to Johns Hopkins, I plan to involve myself as much as I did at Cypress, if not more so. I want to network and get involved in the research and academic opportunities the school offers so that when I go to my first research study in the summer, I will be prepared and well versed in what’s required of me.

What are your long-term goals? What do you aspire to?

Upon finishing medical school, I want to specialize in skin, or bones and muscles, using that knowledge to help those in my community. I want to be able to help those in need by lessening the burden on their shoulders when it comes to health.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the path I’m setting for myself. I want to continue to go down a path of continual growth and improvement.

What one bit of advice would you give to current and future Cypress College students?

Surround yourself with those who want to succeed and make you want to improve as both a student and a person.

VRC Presents Virtual Wall of Heroes on 101st Annual Veterans Day Observance

November 11, 2020 marked the 101st annual observance of Veterans Day, which originated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday in 1938.

Virtual Wall of Heroes Landing Page

In celebration of this year’s Veterans Day, our Veterans Resource Center collected submissions for its virtual Wall of Heroes to honor and recognize those who have served.

See the virtual Wall of Heroes here.

President Schilling’s Board Report for November 10, 2020

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 10, 2020

The ARISE Hub (Academics, Relationships, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Emotional Health), which originated at NOCE, is now open virtually at Cypress College. The facility which could not open on schedule due to the pandemic, was designed to be a comforting, stimulus-sensitive space for students with autism and other mental health conditions, but has now evolved to serve as a virtual space sponsoring workshops and other resources for our DSS students and in alignment with our Wellness Collaborative. We look forward to safely opening this new space when we are back on campus, but appreciate the services currently offered to our campus community.

Cypress College is now certified as an HBCU transfer institution. On October 21, 2020, 59 Cypress College counselors, faculty, and staff participated in a Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) training and certification event. This session was conducted by Helen Young (El Camino College Counselor) who serves as the Project Director for the California Community Colleges Transfer Guarantee Agreement to HBCUs. Tools, resources, and activities to broaden knowledge and support of pathways for students into the nations 100+ HBCUs, 39 of which have a CCC transfer agreement was covered in this high energy and informative discussion.

The Financial Aid Office participated in our first Virtual Cash 4 College event for Western High School on October 21, 2020. Over 200 students and families received direct assistance for completing a 2021/2022 FAFSA or Dream Act application. Cypress College remains committed to supporting our local High Schools in their college preparedness efforts and will be continuing outreach to our local districts.

The 35th Annual Cypress College Foundation Golf Classic is happening! Schedule your tee time between November 16 and December 18, including weekends. Participants may complete their registration online to receive the Golf Classic Tournament Instructions. Your donation supports the work of the Cypress College Foundation supporting student scholarships, book loans, emergency assistance, faculty grants, endowment development, and more. Thank you for participating!

Cypress in the News: The Cypress College Open Space was featured in the state Chancellor’s Office Twitter feed and in the OC Breeze, as was the press release on our new ARISE Hub.

The Cypress CARE Program has launched its annual “Adopt-A-Family” program to assist our single-parent CARE families during the holiday season. Last year our Charger family adopted over 55 families and generously provided gifts for the holidays. If you are interested in sponsoring a CARE family, please click on the previous link. In addition, The Guardian Scholars Program will continue their second year of the “Adopt-an-Angel” Program to assist our current and former foster youth. Please let us know if you are interested in sponsoring a Guardian Scholar. Thank you for making the holidays so special for our students, especially during these unprecedented times! Please respond by Tuesday November 17, 2020.

The Cypress Legacy Program sponsored two workshops examining racial and social justice issues and their impact on self-esteem and self-efficacy, followed by practical tips for self-care and mindfulness. The topics were Exploring Race and the Imposter Syndrome (Wednesday, October 28 @ 11:30 a.m.) and Black Coping in an Era of Madness (Monday, November 2 @ 11:30 a.m.).  In addition, the Legacy program conducted a special “Let’s Talk” feedback forum post-election to assist students cope with the election results. Thank you to Regina Rhymes, LaRon Armstead, and our Legacy faculty and mentors for their support of our students.

Our Associated Students will also be hosting a post-election Town Hall on November 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Congratulations to STEM Scholar Alumna, Alejandra Garcia who was recently featured in the CSU Office of the Chancellor magazine. Alejandra shares her story and the power of self-determination, positive guidance, and mentorship, emphasizing how the STEM Program at Cypress College helped her educational journey. Her story is one of courage and resilience, but also of the important role our faculty, peer mentors, administrators, and counselors play in her success. Thank you, STEM(2) Director, Yanet Garcia, for sharing and supporting Alejandra’s journey.

Upcoming Events

The Cypress College Equity Retreat, rescheduled from spring due to the pandemic, will be held in two sessions, November 6 and on November 13. The purpose of the retreat, facilitated by Veronica Keifer-Lewis, will be to have deep conversations about the meaning of equity on our campus, and to begin the process for a common definition and DEI framework that will then provide the foundation for our Strategic Plan, which will be revised in spring 2021. 100 leaders across the campus will be participating. Thank you to Ruth Gutierrez, Michael Brydges, Gisela Verduzco, and Alison Robertson for their leadership developing the agenda for this important campus retreat

Please join us on November 19 or 20 at 6 p.m. for a virtual production of Chrysalis, a student-driven play about 2020 and all it is doing to each of us. This very personal play was written and performed by our theater students, directed by faculty member Jennifer McMillin-Brick. It will be streaming free at www.CypressCollegeTheatre.com

Kane Smego, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, and cultural diplomat will be leading three workshops for students on November 6, 13 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drawing on the concept of intersectionality pioneered by Kimberly Crenshaw and harnessing the power of poetry, this dynamic workshop series helps students tell their own stories.

The Transfer Center and Admissions & Records are teaming up again on November 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to host this year’s TPG Fair in a virtual format. Students can meet representatives from 65+ universities, learn important graduation information, attend specific breakout sessions with the colleges of their choice, and hear from our student services team at Cypress College.

Join us for a drive-in screening of “The Story of Plastic,” sponsored by the Cypress College Sustainability Committee. The movie takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.

This event is free and open to the public. The movie begins at 7 p.m. in Lot 1; pre-show raffle begins at 6:30 p.m.

Information on attending our upcoming book club discussions is on the following page.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Campus Common Book Discussions Are Happening!

Join your fellow campus community members in reading “The Distance Between Us,” a memoir by Los Angeles-based author, Reyna Grande, the selected common book for the academic year.

The college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will be holding multiple discussions over the fall and spring semesters on the following schedule:

  • Discussion #1 Book One: Prologue – Chapter 7 – November 3*, 4**
  • Discussion #2 Book One: Chapters 8-14 – November 17*, 18**
  • Discussion #3 Book One: Chapters 15-20 – December 1*, 2**
  • Discussion #4 Book Two: Prologue – Chapter 9 – February 2*, 3**
  • Discussion #5 Book Two: Chapter 10-18 – February 23*, 25**
  • Discussion #6 Book Two Chapter 19 – Epilogue –  March 9*, 10**

*11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
**4:30–5:45 p.m.

To access the Canvas course and join the virtual discussion via Zoom, please go to: cypresscollege.instructure.com/enroll/KYLDXP

 

ARISE Hub Provides Cypress College with Online Support to Students Struggling with Isolation

In a time when college students might feel particularly isolated from the world due to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College and sister campus North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) are offering students a bit of reprieve in the form of social and mental health support.

Female student wearing a sweatshirt gazing in front of her

The ARISE (Academics, Relationships, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Emotional Health) Hub, which has locations at Cypress College and other NOCE locations, had served as a space for students, faculty, and staff to come and unwind from the stress of college life. Originally, the facility was designed to be a comforting, stimulus-sensitive space for students with autism and other mental health conditions, but evolved when the hubs realized that all students and faculty could benefit from their services.

Cypress College’s ARISE Hub physical space was slated to open this year, but was sidelined due to the pandemic. As on-campus activities were moved to online, facilitators and counselors for the ARISE Hub knew students would need socio-emotional and mental health support more than ever — so they brainstormed ways to pivot and move their efforts to assist students virtually.

NOCE ARISE faculty coordinator Casey Sousa said the facilities and their virtual counterparts were designed with the needs of the college student. The hope is that by providing students and faculty with mental and socio-emotional support, their academics will also improve.

“(The ARISE Hubs) are helpful for everyone: the biggest expansion has been recognizing this holistic approach and having a place for students to go when things are really overwhelming,” said Sousa. “So we are an academic institution but all of these areas impact that.”

Facilitators have made sure that students are still having the most “real college” experience they can possibly have, in spite of the lack of on-campus activities. To date, the ARISE Hub has hosted virtual talent shows, movie nights, and social hours to keep students connected and socializing.

Cypress College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. said the college is committed to supporting the health of students, faculty, and staff.

“Now, perhaps more than any point in recent memory, it is important to focus on our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others in our community,” Dr. Schilling said. “We have launched ARISE to serve as a virtual Wellness Center for all students at Cypress College. This space is also a symbol of successful partnerships as it was created in partnership with our sister campus, NOCE. Together, we are able to provide social hours for students to connect, study hours and workshops to help guide students with college-related issues, social support and community building, and emotional and mental health wellness support.”

Beyond social activities, counselors hope to teach students coping strategies so they can take those skills with them as they move beyond community college to either a four-year university or into the workforce.

“We teach our students self-advocacy so that they can take care of themselves even when we’re not around,” said Cypress College ARISE Counselor Sneha Kohli Mathur.

Workshops held by the program include coping strategies, mindfulness exercises, guided meditation, and how to deal with “Zoom-fatigue.”

For more information about the ARISE Hub at Cypress College, please email Sneha Mathur smathur@cypresscollege.edu, ARISE@noce.edu, or call (714) 484-7465.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Virtual Apps, Cloud Storage Available for Students

Cypress College Academic Computing has built a virtual platform for students to access several high-powered software applications and file storage capacity. By visiting my.cypresscollege.edu, all enrolled students have 24/7 access to My Office Online, featuring the Microsoft suite of programs and file storage through One Drive, along with the new Virtual Labs called the Charger Cloud. The Charger Cloud offers access to a broader range of programs, depending on the courses in which students are enrolled, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD, and IBM SPSS.

Student wearing glasses and looking

“The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted access to the campus physical computer labs, so we went to the cloud and offered virtual services,” Dr. Peter Maharaj, manager of Technology Services & Academic Computing, said.

Students’ coursework can benefit from this in multiple ways. If a student completes a written assignment using MS Word, they can save the file via their One Drive, and then access via Charger Cloud to store even more information. If the student completes an assignment that requires the IBM SPSS application, they can save the project automatically to their One Drive as well, and have the convenience of accessing it anywhere, anytime.

“The processing power occurs in the cloud, so students don’t need access to a powerful computer,” Dr. Maharaj said. “The use of Chromebooks offers a more accessible resource to these services with a lower entry. Cypress College offers Chromebooks to our students through the great work by the staff in the Library and LRC in support of our students’ learning needs; this allows students to utilize programs to complete assignments for their classes during the time the campus is closed.”

We control the Charger Cloud using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to scale resources based on demands and ensure access to our enrolled students, Dr. Maharaj says. The controls in place allow the college to scale resources and support Cypress College student and faculty technology needs for both teaching and learning.

“Learning does not occur between fixed time; rather, we can have our virtual labs and resources to accommodate our student body to learn whenever and wherever they choose,” Dr. Maharaj said. “As a college, we have to be proactive, agile, and be ready to lead our students and support our colleagues through these challenging times. Cypress College has led the way with support from faculty and staff, including drive-up Wi-Fi, VoIP, touchless services, hardware distribution, technology training, and new cloud services to ensure operational sustainability.”

President Schilling’s Board Report for October 27, 2020

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 October 27, 2020

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has chosen “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande, as our fall book selection. Ms. Grande was also a guest speaker on October 21, as part of our Hispanic Heritage Month activities. We will be announcing the dates and times of our virtual book discussions beginning the week of November 1, 2020. Please join us!

Last spring Cypress was one of 18 colleges awarded a grant from the Institute for Evidence Based Change (IEBC) to participate in the Caring Campus initiative. Twenty classified employees were chosen to represent their respective areas, and to develop campus protocols for serving students in alignment with our campus Guided Pathways. Last week the chairs of this project, Summer Justice, Christy Montenegro, and subcommittee leads, Gloria Ortega, Ayman Gadalla, Belinda Allan, and Angela Haugh presented their behavioral-based commitments to the managers, including 1) Developing a Resource Guide for the campus; 2) Implementing a Warm Welcome Referral Program supporting students; and 3) Ensuring someone from each department is answering phones, checking emails, and responding to students each day. The managers and Executive Team then created their own commitment to support our classified professionals in this work.

The college has completed two of the twelve Equity Alliance convenings through our membership in the California Community College Equity Leadership Alliance at USC’s Center for Race and Equity. Two groups of five attended Fostering and Sustaining Inclusive Classrooms for Students of Color on September 10, and Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias on October 12. Both groups will be developing projects with our Professional Development team to share what they learned with the campus community. The next workshop will be Understanding and Confronting Anti-Black Racism on November 12. We are currently accepting applications for attendance at all upcoming convenings.

Cypress is also getting ready to implement the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates, a student survey also made available to us through our Equity Leadership Alliance membership. The survey will be sent to students between November 14 and December 14, and is intended to capture student campus climate on race, equity, engagement, and available resources at Cypress College.

Thank you to Peter Maharaj and his IT Team who have developed an innovative wellness check form in our mobile app to measure student readiness to be on campus. All students attending F2F classes on campus must check in 12 hours before their class by going to the CypressConnect app and answering key wellness questions. Based on the responses, the student either receives a green check mark or a red stop sign, indicating whether or not they are cleared to be on campus. Their information is confidential and if a student is not cleared, they will be followed up with for further support and instruction by a designated employee.

In collaboration with our Connect2Cypress event, our third annual Majors2Careers 2020 Virtual Event will be held on Tuesday, October 27 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Students will be able to join in virtually for workshops featuring: Career Exploration, Connecting Your Interests to Cypress College Programs, Employer Career Panel, and more! Thank you to Angela Sardan, our Career Center Coordinator, and her dedicated team.

In support of Undocumented Students Action Week, October 19 to October 23, our Grads to Be Program, in collaboration with the District, Fullerton College, and NOCE hosted multiple workshops, resources, and learning opportunities for our undocumented student population and districtwide community across all three campuses. View the event schedule here.

This year, as we celebrate Veterans Day remotely, we would like to celebrate our Veterans with our Virtual Wall of Heroes campaign. This campaign invitation is open to Cypress College students, board members, alumni, faculty/staff, family members or any veteran you may know and want to celebrate their service. Requested information includes name, branch, service dates, rank, military occupation, deployments, and a brief comment on your service; favorite memories, shout outs, or dedications (500-word maximum). We will be sharing all submissions online through a webpage that will be accessible by URL link on November 10, 2020. If you would like to be included, please CLICK HERE to complete the online registration form.

The construction on our new Veterans Resource Center is moving forward on schedule and we anticipate that this new facility will be fully completed by January 2021. Furniture and fixture deliveries will begin in November and the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Tribute Garden are close to completion. Water is back in our pond, and new drought resistant landscaping has been planted. Our Foundation staff will be sharing important naming opportunities soon and a fundraising campaign is planned for acknowledging the veterans in your lives. We look forward to scheduling some sneak preview tours within the next few months. Stay tuned!

Cypress College is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Orange County Transit Authority to provide bus passes to all enrolled students who have paid their Associated Students fee, beginning in the spring semester. The grant provides us with a full year of funding to support this initiative. We appreciate Fullerton College leading the way on this important initiative and beginning in January, students will receive a free bus pass for all OCTA routes 24/7, including weekends throughout the year. Although students will not be coming to the campus in spring, the benefit to students extends throughout the county. Thank you to Student Trustee Ester Plavdjian and Associated Students President, Nicolette Garcia for their leadership, as well as Student Activities Director David Okawa, Jay Shonkwiler, and Dean Rick Rams.

The Cypress College Equity Retreat, rescheduled from spring due to the pandemic, will be held in two sessions, November 6 and on November 13. The purpose of the retreat, facilitated by Veronica Keifer-Lewis, will be to have deep conversations about the meaning of equity on our campus, and to begin the process for a common definition and DEI framework that will then provide the foundation for our Strategic Plan, which will be revised in spring 2021. 100 leaders across the campus will be participating. Thank you to Ruth Gutierrez, Michael Brydges, Gisela Verduzco, and Alison Robertson for their leadership developing the agenda for this important campus retreat.

On the next page is an overview of the work our Dual Enrollment Team is doing with AUHSD in our Cybersecurity Program. This work was made possible by a 1.5 million dollar grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and supports complete K12 and college pathways in Cybersecurity. Our Dual Enrollment Team, led by Dean Henry Hua, will be presenting the following information at the upcoming 2020 ATE (Advanced Technology in Education) Conference for NSF Grantees.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Cypress College Opens New Study Space to Serve Students Impacted by COVID and WFH

Cypress College has expanded its on-campus study space by opening a 4,500-square-foot, open-air facility capable of accommodating 70 students. The Outdoor Student Study Space follows the model used by many restaurants to continue dine-in service during the pandemic and expands on the free WiFi program Cypress College initiated in the aftermath of the campus closure in March.

Tent with tables and chairs and a student studying

“Finding creative solutions to help our students succeed is an important part of our work to ensure our students can meet their goals,” said Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. “We know that some of our students are doing homework, attending classes, and even studying in their parked cars because multiple people in their household — siblings, parents, spouses, their own children — are also attending school remotely or working from home. Our Outdoor Student Study Space provides a safe alternative with reliable WiFi.”

Students can use the space for studying or for attending live sessions of their courses.

The study space is available each weekday, from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. on Friday. Students may walk up or reserve a space through the college’s award-winning mobile app.

Students complete a wellness check in the app and must abide by health and safety regulations while using the study space. Restrooms, charging stations, and protective barriers are available.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Grads to Be Program Adds Free Legal Consults for Campus Community

Cypress College has been selected by the CCCCO, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the California Department of Social Services as a pilot school to provide free legal services to our undocumented students and neighboring communities. We have contracted with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), to provide free legal services to students. This new service will further enhance our Grads to Be Program for undocumented students by providing additional resources and support.

If you are a student needing immigration legal services, CHIRLA, can help. They serve students, faculty and staff to ensure their rights and protections. The CHIRLA immigration attorneys and Department of Justice representatives provide culturally competent, reliable expertise with sensitivity to the trauma our immigrant community regularly sustains.

To book a free confidential virtual appointment, visit legal.chirla.org/ and select Cypress College.

President Schilling’s Board Report for October 13, 2020

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 October 13, 2020

We are now beginning our eighth week of instruction, the midpoint of the semester. I want to thank our faculty, counselors, managers, and staff for the many ways they continue serving our students. The work of the campus continues, but it is important to acknowledge that there exists a palpable fatigue due to the many stresses that our employees and students are facing as we continue learning remotely. To that end, the college has launched the Wellness Collaborative, in partnership with our Health Center, faculty experts, and Professional Development Team, who will be providing free mindful meditation, yoga, group therapy sessions, as well as health and wellness workshops to help our students and employees find ways to de-stress. We appreciate the leadership of adjunct faculty member Sam Gould, our Health Center staff, led by Marla McBride, and our Professional Development coordinators, Michael Brydges and Ruth Gutierrez. View our classes here.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has just released our three selections for a common book reading series this fall semester. The three books are: “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson, “How to Be An Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi, and “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande, who will also be visiting our campus as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Our larger goal is to strengthen our community and continue to work towards dismantling the systemic barriers that impede racial equality on our campus. The campus will be voting on the top selection and we would like your input! Please vote here by October 15. We will announce our campus common book and discussion series soon after voting closes.

I had the opportunity to appear on AUHSD’s “Future Talks” series on Wednesday, October 7. Superintendent Mike Matsuda has begun this important discussion with county leaders to inform AUHSD’s 30,000 students and their families about the future of work for young people post COVID-19. Guests come from a broad spectrum from work, careers, and higher education, who are grounded in kindness and compassion dedicated to making a world a better place. The podcast will be shared soon with AUHSD friends and family.

The college hosted our second Presidential Advisory Group meeting on September 22, featuring 30 industry and community leaders. Presentations included updates on internships, our technical programs, Charger Experience, dual enrollment, and opportunities to support the college financially and through employment opportunities for our students. To see our presentation, please click on the following link.  Videos need to be viewed in presentation mode.

Our Queer Straight Alliance, under the oversight of ESL faculty member, Jenelle Herman, hosted a student and employee panel on October 8, commemorating National Coming Out Day. The panel focused on de-colonizing the fears inherent in coming out, and hearing from our current and past students who shared their powerful and empowering stories. We appreciate the faculty, staff and students who attended and provided their support.

The college welcomed Dr. Lee Douglas, our new Vice President of Instruction, to the campus on October 5. We are all looking forward to his leadership and the support he will provide for our faculty and academic divisions. Welcome Dr. Douglas!

The statewide Affordability, Hunger and Housing Taskforce has begun meeting again and I am honored to again represent Region 10 on this taskforce. I will also be serving as the co-chair for the #RealCollegeCA conference, which will be held virtually on December 4. Soledad O’Brien will be the keynote speaker and talk about her work providing support for young women of color who are struggling with food and housing. The third annual conference will focus on the many initiatives being implemented and pursued across the state to assist our food and housing insecure students, especially in this challenging environment. We hope you will be able to join us virtually at this year’s convening.

CARES Funding update: As of last Wednesday, 7,008 students have been awarded emergency grants from the CARES Act set up last spring to address student need due to COVID 19, providing a grand total of $3,501,075. This includes specifically reaching out to Legacy and Puente program leaders, who were given the opportunity to notify their students prior to the grants being released to the entire student body. In the spring 2020 semester, 3,794 students were awarded $500 emergency grants totaling $1,895,075. In the fall 2020 semester, 3,203 students were awarded emergency grants totaling $1,606,000. Additional funding has been spent on the purchase of technology to support students, including laptops, wi-fi hot spots, lab kits, and other instructional support. The college will be looking at additional emergency grants for students through our shared governance process and how we might allocate additional grants for the spring semester.

Upcoming events

Cypress College’s annual High School Superintendent and Principals convening will occur on October 29 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This year’s convening will include representatives from AUHSD, Fullerton Union, ABC Unified, Garden Grove Unified, and Los Alamitos Unified Districts.

The college Sustainability Committee will be hosting a campus Drive-In Movie event on November 13 at 7 p.m., premiering The Story of Plastic. This impactful movie, about the presence of plastic in our oceans, polar ice, and the air we breathe will change your mind about the many ways we use, and rely on, plastic in our consumer culture. Please join us for a socially responsible evening together on campus.

The Pic ‘N Mix Collection continues virtually, from September 17 to December 3. This unique exhibit features collections amassed by members of the Cypress College community. At a time when we cannot meet in person, Pic ‘n’ Mix invites you to unwrap its ‘candies,’ savor old friends, and make new connections. Visit the Exhibition, as well as other events offered this semester in the Cypress College Art Gallery.

Our annual Connect2Cypress event on October 27, will welcome up to 1000 high school seniors to our campus for a virtual introduction to the campus, introduction to Guided Pathways, the opportunity to interact with career center staff in the Majors2Careers event, and information about the Charger Experience Program.

Please join us on Thursday, October 15 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for “Cafecito with Sylvia Mendez” as Hispanic Heritage Month continues. Ms. Mendez was a child when her parents were involved in Mendez vs. Westminster, a 1947 landmark case effectively ending racial educational segregation in California. Her firsthand story is harrowing and enlightening and she tells it with a quiet grace and power. Also coming up is a Q&A with author Reyna Grande, author of “The Distance Between Us”, which is also one of our book selections this fall. That event will be offered on October 21 at 5 – 6 p.m.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Cypress College Reports First Student-Related COVID-19 Case of 2020-21 Academic Year

A Cypress College student who is currently enrolled in a class that meets intermittently on campus tested positive for COVID-19. The student notified Cypress College of a positive test result on Thursday, October 8, and was last on campus the morning of October 1.

Tracing information provided by the student states that appropriate protective equipment, including a face mask, plastic shield, and gloves were worn at all times when the student was on campus. In addition, the student did not have either direct or prolonged contact with anyone else on campus. The student reported no needs of support from the college and is self-isolating in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

According to the CDC, “A potential exposure means having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more without Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of time of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.”

While the CDC guidelines for potential transmission exposure to others was not met in this instance, Cypress College has notified all students in the course, along with the instructor and staff member who was assisting that day, so that they are informed about the positive COVID-19 result. To be cautious, Cypress College has encouraged each student enrolled in the class to self-quarantine at home and to practice physical distancing. In addition, Cypress College has made available its Health Center professionals to answer questions or to provide additional guidance and support to these students.

In advance of the semester, Cypress College launched its “We Above Me” Health and Safety Protocol campaign which connected the college’s motto with the need for safety precautions both on and off campus.

All participants in on-campus coursework and study sessions must complete a health and wellness screening in the college’s mobile app prior to participating. Students are not permitted to participate in on-campus activities if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they believe they may have been exposed to someone with the virus. In addition, masks and social distancing are required at all times while on the Cypress College campus.

Dr. O. Lee Douglas Joins Cypress College as New Vice President of Instruction

Portrait of Dr. Lee DouglasCypress College is proud to announce the arrival of the new Vice President of Instruction, Dr. O. Lee Douglas, who began in his position on October 5.

Douglas said he has long admired Cypress College and sees the school as an admirable institution that is providing pathways to brighter futures for all of its students and its community-at-large.

“When the position opened up at Cypress College, I jumped at the chance because of what they stood for, and the wonderful reputation the school has,” Douglas said. “And their motto, ‘We take this journey together,’ speaks volumes about the institution.”

Douglas said he has a number of goals he hopes to achieve in his new role. His highest priorities include continuing the great work and tradition of serving the students and community of Cypress College. His second goal is to work with faculty to promote equitable outcomes for all student groups to close the equity gaps ensuring students continue to achieve at a high level.

The work looking at programs, policies, processes, and pedagogy to address unintended barriers to student success has been Douglas’ life’s work through positions at various institutions, including El Camino College, Pepperdine University, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and, most recently, Long Beach City College.

“I have always been a champion for equity,” he said. “Making sure all students have equal opportunity is an obligation we have as a community college. And I have a personal obligation to provide students with what they need to succeed. We need to provide that type of help, support, and instruction.”

Cypress College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling said this is one of the reasons Douglas was brought on board.

“Dr. Douglas is deeply committed to dismantling systemic, structural barriers that produce inequitable student outcomes,” Schilling said. “I am thrilled that he has agreed to join our leadership team and look forward to the great things we will accomplish together under his academic leadership.”

Douglas is hoping his visibility as a successful individual who believes in the individual capability of every student at Cypress College, along with the collective support of the institution, will motivate students to work their hardest to achieve their full potentialities.

“I’d say to the younger version of myself, ‘Believe in yourself.’ It may seem a little trite, but it’s true. I didn’t have a lot of good role models to look to. I didn’t know if I could go to college. So believe in yourself, and find others who believe in you. You can be what you see.”

Dr. Douglas Jr. was raised in Southern California and completed his bachelor’s degree in communication at Pepperdine University, master’s degree in education from California State University at Dominguez Hills, and Ed.D. in community college leadership from National American University.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Remote Instruction to Continue During Spring Semester at Cypress College

Cypress College has announced that course instruction will continue in a remote/online format during the spring 2021 semester as a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made as the college works to finalize the course offerings for spring in time for registration to begin in a few weeks.

Computer screen with image of student center and words "spring 2021 online/remote"

“This decision allows us to balance the safety needs of our students while providing them with certainty about their coursework for the upcoming semester,” said Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. “Although we sincerely wish we could welcome our employees and students back to our campus this spring, this decision was made in the best interest of our students and employees, while allowing our faculty the necessary time to best prepare their courses for continued remote/online delivery.”

Spring classes begin January 25, and registration begins November 9. Prospective students are invited to visit www.cypresscollege.edu/admissions/apply-now to apply. Cypress College’s spring offerings will be expansive, roughly at the same pre-pandemic level of spring 2020. Nearly all fall courses are being taught remotely with a limited number of face-to-face courses meeting occasionally on campus to meet lab and accreditation requirements. These include courses in Career Technical Education, Health Science, and Kinesiology.

All of the college’s student services, activities, and premier support continue to be provided via our virtual services all semester. In addition to free, drive-up WiFi, Cypress College this month initiated an on-campus outdoor student study space — a power and data-equipped, socially distanced gathering spot where students can find a quiet location to study and/or attend virtual class meetings.

Cypress College halted in-person coursework on March 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the college notified students that instruction would continue to be remote in the fall semester to allow for the greatest level of preparation possible for students as well as faculty and staff.

For more information about Cypress College, visit www.cypresscollege.edu.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all of Cypress Colleges and services are offered remotely. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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President Schilling’s Board Report for September 22, 2020

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 September 22, 2020

Cypress College is now in the third week of the “drive-through” food distribution in partnership with NOCE and Pathways of Hope. This drive-up event occurs each Wednesday at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. throughout the fall semester. Through the first three weeks, we have served over 500 students.  Many of you have asked how you can support our efforts so here are ways you can help:

  • Donations: The Cypress College Food Pantry welcomes donations of all non-perishable, pre-packaged food items. Additionally, we welcome donations of sealed and prepackaged hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, men’s/women’s razors, shaving cream, soap, shampoo/conditioner) as well as household essentials such as toilet paper, diapers, wipes, baby formula and related products that are sealed and fresh.
  • Where to Donate: For fall 2020 while we are remote, donations can be dropped off at our Campus Safety Office (1st Floor, Business Building). Campus Safety will work with our staff to deliver donations to our Food Pantry staging area for packaging and distribution. We recommend that you contact Campus Safety prior to arrival to ensure a staff member is available to meet you in their office. Financial contributions can be made through our Foundation by selecting where you wish your donation to go.
  • Volunteering: During the pandemic, we are limiting volunteers to the Food Pantry at the moment to comply to social distancing and COVID safety guidelines on campus. Our staging area and distribution area are currently staffed sufficiently thanks to the support of NOCE and Cypress College staff and student leaders. However, if a need arises to increase the need for additional volunteers, we will put out a separate call for participation. Thank you for your understanding and support!

VRC Update: The Cypress College VRC is conducting Zoom mixers every other week for students to connect with one another during this remote learning era. The staff is also keeping connected with our veterans through “Operation Re-supply” where students are picking up much needed school supplies and information to on/off-campus resources. Students receive biweekly email updates with pertinent information about VA education benefits, tutoring services, mental health resources, food and housing information, and mentoring services.

Financial Aid Update: The College Financial Aid offices dispersed Pell Grants to 3,745 students for a total of $4,051,028.92 in the first week of classes. We are now contacting all CARES eligible students for an additional 2,797 $500 emergency grants. We are making special efforts to reach out to affinity groups to ensure all in need have access to request this emergency funding. Additional funding will be handled through an online application that was successfully implemented spring 2020.

Cypress Cares College Campaign 2.0: Our Charger Experience Ambassadors are calling every enrolled student during the fall semester to provide support, understand their challenges, and provide needed resources. In this remote environment, we are finding that students appreciate the human touch and our student ambassadors are stepping up to support their peers.

Cypress College will be implementing Wellness Workshops for students and employees to help handle their stress and anxiety this semester. We will be implementing weekly workshops on yoga, mindful meditation and a group “Let’s Talk” series for students who need to connect during this stressful time. In addition, there will be wellness resources posted in all Canvas shells, on our website, and in the Health Center, including a menu of weekly activities each week. For employees, we will be launching a series of Friday workshops on stress management and then encouraging participation in quick “touch point” workshops on mediation, stress management and other techniques specifically directed towards employees.  More to be shared very soon. Please join us if you can!

The College will be hosting our second Presidential Advisory Group meeting on September 22, featuring 30 industry and community leaders to share the work the college is doing to support our community, and gain important insight on what our industry professionals need from us. The presentations will include an update on internships, our technical programs, Charger Experience, dual enrollment, and opportunities to support the college financially and through employment opportunities for our students.

Cypress College has been accepted to present at the Pathways to Equity Conference, sponsored by the CCC Foundation, and presented virtually September 29-30. Our presentation is called: Centering Guided Pathways in Equity at Cypress College and will be an overview of our efforts the past three years to ground our Guided Pathways implementation in ensuring equity for our students. The focus of our presentation will be the connection between data and equity, and the opportunity to use the data to tell stories of inequities. This centering of Guided Pathways presents an opportunity to shift the very culture and thinking of a college, from college policies to classroom practices to implicit biases, that will change the college experience for all students, but most dramatically for students of color. Presenters include Eileen Haddad, Lisa Gaetje, Steven Estrada, Ruth Gutierrez, Deidre Porter, and JoAnna Schilling.

In his most recent report to AUHSD, Superintendent Mike Matsuda acknowledged the partnership between AUHSD, Cypress College and NOCCCD. Here is his report and links to the specific work we are doing with our feeder high schools: Prior to the pandemic, I had the honor of representing the District (along with JoAnna Schilling, President of Cypress College) at IBM’s international education conference in New York highlighting STEM workforce pathways.  AUHSD was the only California school district invited to this prestigious event. Dr. Schilling and I were asked to share with national and international participants how we are transforming education through our Anaheim Educational Pledge, our award winning AIME (Anaheim Innovative Mentoring Experience) program, and our dual credit courses with Cypress and Fullerton Colleges, which all lead to preparing students for good jobs and careers. Besides the award winning partnership with Cypress College and the  Cyber Security Pathway at Magnolia High School, the District is developing Artificial Intelligence at Kennedy High School, Biotechnology at Anaheim High School, and Orange County’s first business and entrepreneurship incubator (iLab) at Western High School. Thank you, Superintendent Matsuda for the shout out, and to our Dual Enrollment Team, led by Henry Hua and Stephanie Teer in developing this important pathway approach in our dual enrollment programs.

Speaking of our partnership with AUHSD, the following graphic details the growth of our Promise Program (called the Charger Experience), disaggregating this by Pledge students in AUHSD, and all other students from other Districts, including Fullerton, Garden Grove and Los Alamitos. The success of this program has led to a dramatic increase in students completing math and English their first year (a requirement for Promise students) and over 30% of Charger Experience students maintain over a 3.0 GPA, placing them on the Deans or President’s Honor Lists.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

New On-Campus Charger Study Space Now Open

Cypress College is providing a new, safe study space on campus for students to use throughout the fall semester.

Tent in Gateway Plaza with words "Charger Study Space, Safe, Open, Outdoor"

The study space will be available Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.  Make a mandatory appointment in two-hour blocks using the college’s Cypress Connect app. If you haven’t downloaded the app already, please download it here.

To complete your reservation time, please go to our COVID-19 module within the mobile app. Next, complete the required Wellness Check Form, also located in the COVID-19 module in the app, each time before coming onto campus. Wear a mask while on campus and maintain a distance of at least 6 ft. with others.
Additional guidelines are available below:

I made an appointment. How do I access the study space?
You may enter the study space using the designated access area from Lot 1 through Gateway Plaza only.

Will charging outlets be available?
Limited charging outlets will be available in the study space. It is strongly recommended that you charge all of your devices prior to coming on campus.

Will I be able to use the restroom while on campus?
Yes, there will be designated restrooms and hand-washing stations for use. You must wipe down or spray each area touched after each use.

Can I eat while studying?
No, food is not allowed in the study space. There will be designated areas for eating. Please ask a staff member about these designated areas.

Is it OK for me to attend a Zoom class while at the study space?
Certainly! To be considerate of others using the study space, you are required to use head/earphones if you are taking a live Zoom class that requires sound and interaction.

Can I go anywhere else on campus?
No. Students must stay in the study area only. When exiting campus, leave the study space area and return straight to your transportation. Exceptions will be made for students with an on-campus class before or after using the study space; however, these students are also limited to accessing only those areas at the entry point identified by their instructors.

What health and safety precautions are being taken to provide this study space?
You must wear a mask while on campus, and may only remove it when seated at your designated study space and at least 6 feet away from anyone else. Hand sanitizer will also be available to students at every table.

The study spaces must be wiped down and disinfected with provided materials by students and staff after each use, and the campus’ Maintenance and Operations team will do a nightly deep cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing.

President Schilling’s Board Report for September 8, 2020

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 September 8, 2020

As we end the first two weeks of the semester, we are seeing an enrollment dip from last year but are showing consistent fill rates over 90% across the curriculum. We are, however, offering 90 fewer sections than last fall, mainly in the arts, athletics, CTE, and health sciences due to the inability to fully offer remote and online course offerings in those areas; we are not seeing significant student drops due to online instruction. The college has distributed over 800 laptops, Chromebooks, and WiFi hot spots and our faculty, counselors and students services staff continue to work tirelessly serving our students in this remote environment.

Cypress College is now offering an on-campus “drive-through” food distribution each Wednesday at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. throughout the fall semester. The first distribution was on Wednesday, September 2. Students received one large reusable Buen Cypress grocery bag of select non-perishable and fresh food items delivered to the campus on the day before our distribution. Additional personal hygiene items may be requested, if in stock. To help our efforts in managing inventory, a weekly reservation will be required to access this service every visit. After registration, students will receive a confirmation number and details including the location of the distribution.  We will be asking for volunteers from the campus and community once our operational team gets through the first distribution. On the first Wednesday, our team of Cypress and NOCE staff served a total of 220 students, including 134 Cypress Students and 86 NOCE students. A huge thank you to Dave Okawa, Jay Shonkwiler and our NOCE partners for their leadership coordinating the details of this service.

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with a special program, led by Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce, on September 17 at 12 noon including a virtual lecture by Obed Silva on the significance of Hispanic Heritage month in context of our current national reckoning on race. This will be followed by a virtual Dance concert on September 24 from 6-7 p.m. led by Maha Afra and the Cypress College dancers. More activities are planned in October with a lecture on the importance of Dia de los Muertos on October 1 from 12-1 p.m. Please join us!

The Grads to Be Program is starting its third year and is aimed at assisting and supporting undocumented students at Cypress College. The program provides counseling and advising, legal aid assistance, financial aid and scholarship assistance, mental health referrals, and workshops and events. We are proud that Cypress College has been selected by the CCCCO, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the California Department of Social Services as a pilot school to provide free legal services with CHIRLA to undocumented students and neighboring communities.

Congratulations to the Dr. Juan Garcia, our Veteran’s Coordinator for successfully defending his dissertation, titled Eye balls! Click! Ears! Open!: A Qualitative Study to Begin Understanding the Experiences of Veteran Resource Center Administrators Within California Community Colleges

Congratulations are also in order for faculty member, Jenelle Herman, who was honored as the recipient of Cypress College’s 2019-20 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. Jenelle has served as a full-time member of the English as a Second Language Department faculty since fall 2016. She is also an advisor for the LGTBQ student club, the LGBTQ Faculty coordinator and one of our champions for ensuring gender neutral bathrooms and preferred names on campus. Jenelle has been a mentor for the Legacy Program, serves on the college DEI Committee, and spearheaded the planning of Coming Out Day at Cypress College. Congratulations, Jenelle!

Please join us for our 2020 Foundation Scholarship Awards. Held virtually on September 10 at 6 p.m., we will be celebrating our outstanding scholarship winners, hearing form our Alumna of the Year, Catherine Sorenson, and providing over $200,000 in scholarship funding to our worthy students. Please let us know if you can attend this short virtual ceremony and we will provide the Zoom link.

Our Associated Students will be hosting Student Townhalls throughout the semester to help students stay connected, build community, and communicate their needs to AS leadership and the administration. Thank you to our Associated Students leaders, President, Nicolette Garcia, Student Trustee Ester Plavdjian, and the AS Executive Board for hosting these important townhalls, held every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.

Cypress College will serve as a Voting Center during this year’s November election period. We will facilitate both in person voting as well as drop-off balloting. The county will be responsible for running the center and providing oversight. We appreciate our M&O staff, led by Director, Phil Fleming, for working with the county to provide this important service to the community.

The college is also partnering with the City of Cypress to host Parking Lot Cinema, a Drive-In Movie Night, on the Cypress campus in Lots 4 and 5 each month. The next Parking Lot Cinema event will be a showing of The Karate Kid on September 25. Registration is required and the college opens to cars at 7 p.m. with the movie beginning at 8 p.m.

The college will be opening our first outdoor study space to support students who cannot find a quiet space to study at home. The first open-air tented space is already installed on our Gateway Plaza and will open to students the week of September 14. The space will accommodate up to 70 students at a time and students will need to register for 1, 2, and 3-hour appointments via our mobile app. All students will be required to follow our campus and District protocols including completing a wellness check form, be temperature-checked, wear a mask while on campus, and maintain a distance of more than 6 feet at all times. The tent features room for 70 students with socially distanced tables, electrical outlets, lighting and WiFi access. Open 7:30 a.m.to 10 p.m. M-Th, and 7:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

To help keep students engaged with all the services and resources available on campus, the Communications Team has complied a guide to assist new and returning students. The following links will take you to our new website and services, all located at Fall Semester Central on our website.

Fall Preparation Tips
Frequently Asked Questions
Academic Services
Student Services
Health & Safety
What to Expect/Important Dates & Deadlines
Online Student Tips

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Register to Vote, Help Cypress College Win Ballot Bowl

The California Secretary of State, along with each California higher education system and the Lieutenant Governor, has created the California Students Vote Project (CSVP). The goal of the CSVP is to help improve student civic engagement, the Secretary of State’s Office wrote in an email sent to California colleges and universities.

Graphic of a ballot box stating "Your vote is your voice. Be heard."

As part of this goal, California colleges and universities have been asked to participate in the second Ballot Bowl, a competition encouraging students to vote. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo won the last Ballot Bowl with over 3,000 registrations, according to an email sent by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Can Cypress College win this year? To do so, we need your help! Register to vote here.

President Schilling’s Board Report for August 25, 2020

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 August 25, 2020

Navigating this new world: As we start the fall semester online, we are learning much about our student needs, the support they need to navigate this virtual environment, and building community and connection when we are not able to be on campus together. Challenges like reaching a counselor, financial aid rep, service, or talking to a live person to answer questions, have posed new challenges. To address these barriers, we have opened Express Counseling centers, our Student ambassadors are available at our Zoom Welcome Center to respond in real time to student inquiries, are sending daily social media blasts to inform students of our services and how to access them, and our faculty are reaching out to help guide and direct.  Our enrollment has improved since our last Board meeting and we are now close to the enrollment from last fall. The key will be retaining our students during the first critical weeks of the semester and we appreciate the work our managers, staff, and, especially, faculty are doing to reassure students we are with them. This summer has been anything but quiet and I am grateful for the faculty, staff, and managers who have delayed or shortened their own vacation time to address the important issues facing our college.

Student Support: To address technology challenges, all students may request a laptop and WIFI hot spot to assist them in their studies. Our L/LRC team is distributing this equipment to students during designated hours and so far the demand has been high. We appreciate our L/LRC team, led by Treisa Cassens, and our IT team, led by Peter Maharaj, for their work obtaining and distributing these resources to students. In addition to our Drive Up WIFI access in Lot 1, we are also exploring having safe outdoor study spaces on campus to support students who cannot find a quiet space to study at home. The first space is planned on our Gateway Plaza with social distanced tables, plexiglass shield, appointment only service, and WIFI access. We are still working out the logistics of how to allow students on campus and ensure their safety and the security of our employees. We hope to have this in place by mid-September.

Don’t forget your mask! Although the number of students on campus this fall will be limited, when they are here, we are providing direction on our expectations. Students must complete a wellness check form on our mobile app before accessing our campus. To view the recent PSA video on safety protocol for students, please check out this video.

The college’s HSI Title V Grant focuses on the creation of Completion Teams for each academic pathway (meta major) which are led by faculty peer and data coaches. In addition, each Completion Team includes a counselor, success coach, transfer coach, career coach, financial aid rep, and dean. The purpose of these completion teams is to form support communities and utilize data to inform the support and actions needed within each community. At the core of our Guided Pathways approach is ensuring equity for our students. To ensure equity is grounded in our teams, our peer and data coaches took part in an important kick-off training during the week of August 10-14, led by Title V Project Director, Deidre Porter, Director of IRP Eileen Haddad and Research Analyst Kristina Oganesian, Guided Pathway co-chairs Ruth Gutierrez and Lisa Gaetje, and Peer Coach lead, Steven Estrada. We are off to a strong start in reaching the outcomes of our grant and ensuring all students have the support and resources needed to succeed at Cypress College.

Graduation Packets: Associated Students coordinated the Cypress College Grad Pack Drive Up on August 17-18, 2020.  Students, many with their families in the car, were welcomed by Dave Okawa, Jay Shonkwiler, Ester Plavdjian, Nicolette Garcia, Garret Sepulveda, a.m.erica Olmedo, Joshua Boynton, Harley Tran, and Marielena McDermott.  Recent graduates received a commemorative 2020 Buen Cypress Medallion, Academic Pathway Sash (Business, Career Technical Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Language Arts, Science/Engineering/Mathematics, Social Science, and/or We Journey Together), picture frame, and diploma cover. This week’s event drew almost 900 students. We have scheduled another Grad Pack Drive-Up in late September.

Black Lives Matter Oversight Task Force: The BLM Taskforce Recommendations Report has been released and is located on our website. Although this report is still in the early stages of discussion, our Board is welcome to request a copy for your own review. You can find the recommendations included in our affirmation and commitment to racial equity page, which is prominently displayed on our Cypress College home page and college marquee at the campus entrance along Valley View Street.

Equity Institute Training: The Cypress College Executive Team, Senate Executive Team, academic deans and all of our peer and data coaches who are leading our Guided Pathways Completion Teams – a total of 40 faculty, staff and managers —  are participating in an 8-week course through USC’s Center of Race and Equity to provide leadership skills for us to engage in the necessary, and uncomfortable, discussions required to address racial equity at Cypress College.  The course began August 5 and runs every week through September 23 and will result in eight focused projects that will be implemented at the college. I am grateful for the seriousness in which all attendees have embraced the opportunity to become race-conscious leaders, and for Lisa Gaetje and Ruth Gutierrez, our Guided Pathway co-chairs who saw the need for this training and created this space for us to learn together. Our work with the Equity Alliance will expand the number of participants in this work to an additional 60 participants in the coming year.

Our COVID 19 Response Team continued to meet throughout the summer and we thank our Senate for their work in developing recommendations for Cypress College and the District for faculty-student interaction. Cypress faculty, who have been engaged in teaching courses on campus this summer, have put in countless hours developing protocols for student interaction on campus, and their work helped inform the F2F protocols which will be included in our NOCCCD Return to Work guidelines.

Cypress College has a new website! This has been over a year in the making and after countless hours by our Communications and IT Teams, (with special thanks to our web designer, Cari Jorgensen), our official unveiling occurred on August 18. The navigation of our site is much easier for our students, employees, and community members, and although we will continue to modify the content throughout the fall semester, we are proud of our new look and the clear focus on our academic pathways.

Our Opening Day convocation was held virtually this year on August 21 from 9 –11 a.m. Thank you to Marc Posner and his Communications staff who put in countless hours creating the content for Opening Day, and to all our guests and presenters who participated in making this a unique and inspiring morning together. If you missed it, you will be able to view the event on our website. The Opening Day event featured an engaging pre-show with faculty interviews, campus updates, and some entertainment. The program focused on celebrating our students, faculty awardees, and a panel of our Black faculty who discuss their personal and professional experiences with racism. Thank to those who were able to join us!

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Degree and Certificate Attainment for 2019-2020

Here are some key trends:

  • We had another record-breaking year, awarding more degrees and certificates than any previous year
  • African-American and Latinx students saw a greater increase in the number of awards earned since 2017-18 (76% and 54%) than White students (22%)
  • The largest increase in awards was observed among Asian students who more than doubled the number of awards earned since 2017-18 and saw a 136% increase

Degrees and Certificates Awarded 2019-20

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Impacts of AB 705 Implementation

With the implementation of AB 705 in Fall 2019, the completion rate of transfer-level English within one year increased from 46.5% in Fall 2015 to 71.2% in Fall 2019, and the completion rate of transfer-level math within one year increased from 23.2% in Fall 2015 to 43.3% in Fall 2019 (see Figures 1 and 2).

Two charts

  • In English, the completion of transfer-level was 1.6 times higher among African American students, increasing from 36.5% to 59.3%, and 1.7 times higher among Latinx students, increasing from 38.2% to 64.8%, whereas for White students, completion rates were 1.5 times higher, increasing from 50.8% to 78.6%.
  • In Math, the completion of transfer-level was 3.1 times higher among African American students, increasing from 8.6% to 26.8%, whereas White student completion rates were 2.4 times higher, increasing from 22.8% to 55.2%.

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Professor Jenelle Herman Earns Annual Diversity Award

Faculty member Jenelle Herman is the recipient of Cypress College’s 2019-2020 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. Herman has served as a full-time member of the English as a Second Language Department faculty since Fall 2016. She also is an advisor for the LGTBQ student club, has been a mentor for the Legacy Program, serves on the college DEI Committee, and spearheaded the planning of Coming Out Day at Cypress College.

Award for Jenelle Herman; Jenelle standing with surfboard

“This year one name rose to the top for her work in ensuring that all voices are heard at our college, for her fierce advocacy on behalf of our LGBTQ community, and despite her own personal fight with cancer this past semester, she has never stopped fighting for our LGBTQ students to be treated with dignity and respect,” President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D., said during the award presentation. “Jenelle has worked tirelessly to advocate for preferred names on our rosters and in Canvas, for the need for gender neutral restrooms and is currently serving as the campus LGBTQ faculty coordinator, among so much more.”

The annual award is presented based on nominations made to the college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Nominations are evaluated for individuals or groups that: Demonstrates outstanding effort in support of advancing the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in our communities.

Cypress College Affirms that Black Lives Matter and Our Commitment to Racial Equity

As we begin our summer, the tragic events unfolding across our nation demand a response, so please allow me to affirm our commitment to our work in support of equity on the Cypress College campus. Recent events remind us, yet again, there is no escaping just how far we have to go to eradicate the awful stain of racism within our communities and institutions. 400 years after the first enslaved people were forcibly taken from their homes, 160 years after their descendants were “freed,” 60 years after the civil rights movement, we still live in a country where too many of our citizens cannot go about their daily lives without the fear that a trip to the store, a jog down the street, or a drive into a new neighborhood could result in violence or death. Each death, each act of bigoted violence, each moment someone is silenced or told they don’t belong, diminishes each of us. It is a pain that cannot be ignored.

Students with their arms raised in the air, fists clenched with words "Black Lives Matter"

As members of an institution of higher learning, we must continue our resolve to take racism seriously on the Cypress College campus and stand up to the institutional norms that cripple each of us, no matter who we are. The responsibility of living within a democracy is both a gift and a chore.

These are uncertain times but I am reminded that each generation has faced their own defining point; I hope this will be ours. I hope we will finally say “enough,” and stand together for change. Willing or not, change is upon us and we must choose a world where justice is offered to all. [Read Dr. Schilling’s full statement here.]

Cypress College is a member of the Equity Alliance. See the Black Lives Matter Task Force Recommendations.

Application, Registration Remain Open For Cypress College’s Fall Semester

Don’t miss your chance to study at Cypress College for the upcoming fall semester. Applications are available and registration for courses is underway and open for all students, including those who have changed their plans to attend a university this fall.

Person typing on computer

Classes begin August 24, and registration is now open. Prospective students are invited to visit www.cypresscollege.edu/admissions/apply-now to apply. Returning students are invited to view the schedule of classes at www.cypresscollege.edu/schedule-of-classes-and-college-catalog.

Cypress College notified students in May that instruction would continue to be remote in the fall semester to allow for the greatest level of preparation possible for students as well as faculty and staff. All our services, activities, and premier support will continue to be provided via our virtual services all semester. Welcome to the #1 community college in California, according to the 2020 Best Community Colleges in Niche.com.

For more information about Cypress College, visit www.cypresscollege.edu.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all of Cypress Colleges and services are offered remotely. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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President Schilling’s Board Report for July 28, 2020

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 July 28, 2020

In the last month, our campus community continues to address the challenges brought on by the surge in COVID-19 cases, the continued commitment to addressing anti-racism on our campus and in our communities, and challenges posed by budget and declining enrollment. Despite our enrollment being up by 1% for summer, our fall enrollment is down almost 5%, an alarming trend. Although this is in line with other colleges across the state, the feedback we received from students indicated they would be returning in the fall. We are actively reaching out to all students who have missed a registration appointment to determine how we can assist and support. This summer has been anything but quiet and I am grateful for the faculty, staff, and managers who have delayed or shortened their own vacation time to address the important issues facing our college.

Community College Equity Leadership Alliance: Cypress College will be participating in USC’s Race and Equity Center’s Equity Leadership Alliance with other community colleges across the state. This alliance will provide the college with access to a 12-month curriculum led by racial-equity experts; an online resource library of rubrics, readings, and case studies; guidance on designing action plans; and climate surveys for students, faculty, and staff members. The first eConvening will be from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, September 10. The topic will be Fostering and Sustaining Inclusive Classrooms for Students of Color. Attention will be paid to equitable teaching practices in virtual and traditional on-campus learning environments. A decision will be made on which participants will take part at this eConvening by the Equity Alliance Task Force at our meeting July 28.

Black Faculty and Staff Association Task Force:  A group of Cypress College BFSA members have been meeting the past 5 weeks to identify and make recommendations on six areas for change as we grapple with becoming an anti-racist campus. These six subcommittees are: 1) Documents, Compliance and Policies; 2) Campus, District Committees; 3) Institutional Hiring Committees; 4) Curriculum; 5) Special Programs; 6) Student Needs. My thanks to the leaders of these committees, Annette Letcher, Fola Odebunmi, Daniel Lind, Virgil Adams, Renee Ssensalo, and Deidre Porter.

Black Minds Matter: The Cypress College Executive Team is taking part in the Black Minds Matter webinar series provided by CSUSD. This weekly series is offered each Thursday beginning July 16 and continues through August 13.

Our COVID-19 Response Team continues to meet throughout the summer to address planning for the fall semester. The Response Team is identifying the equipment, PPE, and other safety requirements for an eventual re-opening of the campus, when it is deemed safe. The C-19 Response Team is working in tandem with our Emergency Operations Committee to plan for C-19-related and other emergencies requiring a clear and informed response. As we have seen a spike in employee cases of C-19, we continue to modify our plan for remote work, and have developed protocols for those limited courses that still require some F2F instruction on campus.

Athletics moves to spring semester: The CCCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved implementation of its Contingency Plan on Thursday, July 17, providing a return to intercollegiate athletics for the 2020-21 academic year that shifts all sports to the spring season. The return to athletics in January will only occur if it is safe to do so, a decision that will be guided primarily by state and local health guidelines. The Contingency Plan can be viewed here.

Food Distribution: Our food bank, which is closed during the campus closure, will be re-opening in August in collaboration with NOCE and Pathways of HOPE. The college will be implementing a weekly drive-up food distribution for all students on the Cypress campus each Tuesday, as well as virtual appointments to assist with student housing needs. Volunteers will be needed each week to assist.

Caring Campus Kick Off: We are happy to announce the classified employees who have agreed to be Caring Campus Coaches this year. They are: Summer Justice, Diana Domingo, Evelyn Lindley, Cari Jorgensen, Tayler Thomas, Mohammad Chaudry, Jodie Thomas, Sarah Barriga, Angela Haugh, Ayman Gadalla, Anne Marie Valadez, Ashley Berry, Temperance Dowdle, Belinda Allen, Cindy Lopez, Julie Vorathavorn, Vivian Kim, Gloria Ortega, and Cindy Cao. The upcoming coaching sessions are scheduled for: Session 1, July 28; Session 2, August 18; Session 3, September 15; Session 4, October 6. Thank you to Lisa Gaetje and Ruth Gutierrez for organizing our classified employees as part of IEBC’s Caring Campus Initiative.

Cypress College in the News: Our STEM(2) program was recently named as one of NASA’s 11 top community colleges in the nation for their work as a minority-serving institution. This honor comes with funding to help recruit and retain more underrepresented students in the STEM fields, while providing opportunities for research internships with NASA. Congratulations Yanet Garcia and the STEM(2) team!

For the third year in a row, Cypress College was voted as the Long Beach Press-Telegrams’ Best Community College, by its readers. This designation was given by readers and students at surrounding community colleges (including Cerritos, Long Beach, Golden West, El Camino, and Compton colleges) for our student-friendly outreach, support for students and community, and for being the college students most want to attend. Congratulations for the continued excellence of our faculty, staff, and administrators.

Congratulations is also in order for the Cypress College IT team for the recent recognition by Modo Labs at the 2020 Appademy Awards for Best Student Driven Mobile Application. Cypress beat out other institutions across the country, including runners-up Penn State and UC Berkeley, for this honor.  We are very proud of the work performed by students James, Chia, Tareq, and Urjaa on the projects they worked on and for the support of our IT team to move us forward in the digital application ecosystem.

A reminder to our board that our Opening Day convocation will be held virtually this year on August 20 from 9–11 a.m. On August 19, the FLEX Day focus will be on Distance Learning, in collaboration with Fullerton College. The Opening Day event will feature a virtual guest speaker discussing the laws that support racism against our communities of color, followed by a panel of our Black faculty who will discuss their personal and professional experiences with racism. We hope you will join us for this virtual event.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Retired Professor, Coach Tom Lubin Remembered

Cypress College is remembering retired professor and coach Tom Lubin. One of the college’s pioneering faculty, Lubin was a chemistry professor who is fondly recalled for his memorable lessons — including jumping off a building — and for his devotion to students, including standouts Swen Nater and Mark Eaton.

Professor/Coach Tom Lubin

The Lubin Family has established the Tom Lubin Memorial Scholarship Endowment with the Cypress College Foundation. The endowment is intended to provide scholarships to chemistry students and the Men’s Basketball program in perpetuity. The goal is to raise $30,000 “in honor of the 30 years he dedicated to Cypress College” and in hopes of naming a chemistry lab in the new SEM building in honor of his contributions to the campus and its students.

Professor Lubin lost his battle with Lewy Body Dementia on July 1, 2020, at the age of 80. Always known for going the extra mile for students, Lubin’s last complete sentence was: “can I do anything to help you?”

“That was him. Always teaching. Always helping. Always encouraging,” his daughter Kara Lubin wrote in tribute on Facebook.

Helping others certainly was a theme for Lubin, who started at Cypress College in 1967, just one year after the campus began operation. The stories of NBA standouts Nater and Eaton clearly illustrate Lubin’s commitment, passion, and devotion to students. Both still hold NBA records, but neither one was playing basketball when Lubin, Cypress College’s assistant basketball coach, discovered, recruited, mentored, and trained them outside team practices. After completing their studies at Cypress College, both played at the University of California at Los Angeles before going on to NBA careers.

The Cypress College Foundation’s 39th Annual Americana Awards were held on Saturday, February 22, 2014, in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel. Photos by George Fenton/Fenton Photography.

Both men frequently credit their success to Lubin — a man whose impact was so large that his name appears over and over in newspaper articles featuring Nater or Eaton. This includes a New York Post feature on legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. In 2017, Lubin joined his former students in the Cypress College Athletics Hall of Fame.

You don’t have to appreciate or know basketball, though, to appreciate the lengths Lubin went for students.

One legendary story had Lubin jumping off the roof of a campus building to illustrate a lesson to his science students. To be fair, it was one of the many pre-fabricated buildings that dotted “the instant campus” in those early days. Still, even for a man of Lubin’s stature, that’s a tall order.

“I saw him jump off the roof,” said Patricia Ganer, who was both a student of and a colleague to Lubin. “It wasn’t the only time he did things like that. He also set up a fulcrum outside and did similar things with that to illustrate concepts. He was very hands on with his teaching. He was also very approachable.”

Another popular tale involving Lubin was his intervention in a Vietnam War-era demonstration on campus that he deescalated and kept from getting out of hand.

Lubin was recognized by students, his peers, and administrators in 1998 as the college’s nominee for the Orange County Teacher of the Year award. In 2000, a semester after his retirement, he was recognized by the Academic Senate with the Outstanding Faculty Award.

As a coach, he helped Cypress College to California Community College Athletics Association state championships in 1977 and 1980. As an academic and a chemist, he published more than 25 papers related to soil and agronomy and has consulted on golf courses across the globe.

“In his wake he leaves legions of doctors, researchers and scientists who wandered into his Cypress College chemistry classes thinking, ‘I hope I can pass this course,’” Eaton wrote in tribute to Lubin. “They left inspired, by a man who would not let them fail. … He was committed to helping everyone he met find their potential.”

Nater’s life also was changed by Lubin.

“Tom Lubin is the rare kind of person who, if you needed something and he had it, it was yours,” Nater said. “Not only did he give me a hookshot, he gave me a bicycle to get to school on, a coat to keep me warm, a Shopsmith when I got interested in woodworking, and much more. When I left home, after my stepfather told me to quit the team, I moved in with the Lubins. I was treated as family and found a love I had not experienced before. More than any other person, Tom Lubin, was ‘Buen Cypress,’ and I thank God for him.”

While Nater and Eaton are two of Lubin’s most-recognizable and successful alumni, Lubin didn’t exclusively turn out all-star alumni. He once shared that Dr. Mark Feitelson was possibly his most accomplished. Feitelson, a member of the Class of 1972, is now a professor at Temple University and considered one of the world’s leading authorities on hepatitis B and C viruses. Feitelson received Cypress College’s 2007 Alumnus of the Year. The award, which has been presented 24 times since its 1996 inception also went to Eaton (in 2004) and Nater (in 2017).

That was Tom Lubin — Always teaching. Always helping. Always encouraging.

After completing his master’s degree at San Diego State University in 1964, Lubin was hired at Cypress College as a chemistry professor and soon became an assistant basketball coach under Don Johnson, winning several state championships and teaching countless players.

“Tom ate, slept, and breathed Cypress College from its inception,” Kara wrote. “His 30 years as a chemistry professor and basketball coach at Cypress were some of his proudest days. We would love nothing more than to honor his life and legacy through the act of supporting the institution and students he loved so dearly.”

Lubin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, two daughters, Lora and Kara, and four grandchildren, Henry, Lucille, Mildred, and Paris. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and state and federal restrictions, the family has chosen to follow the health guidelines and will not have a public memorial service at this time.

In lieu of a service, flowers, and cards, the Lubin Family ask loved ones, former students, players, friends, and associates to make a donation to the Cypress College Foundation, and to consider including a note in memory of Tom to accompany your donation.

International Students Will Remain in U.S. After Federal Government Relents on ICE Plan

Last week we shared with the campus community that the Trump Administration, through Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was moving to expel international students from the United States unless their campus offered in-person instruction in the fall. Today, we have good news: at a court hearing seeking to block implementation of the plan, the White House reversed course fully — meaning our international students will be able to remain enrolled in the fall semester.

Students at a booth

To those employees and students who expressed concern and advocated on behalf of our international students: thank you.

Cypress College is home to 160 students (30 new and 130 continuing on from last academic year) as part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, known as SEVP. Both Cypress College and the California Community Colleges made immediate pledges to support our students. The State of California — on behalf of students enrolled in the California Community Colleges, the California State University system, and the University of California system — was among the groups seeking legal intervention.

Here is some information from the Associated Press (full AP story):

Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was announced at the start of a hearing in a federal lawsuit in Boston brought by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs said federal immigration authorities agreed to pull the July 6 directive and “return to the status quo.”

Today’s decision is a full and complete reversal, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which posted a partial transcript of the court procedures.

International students who have any questions can reach out to Yongmi Han, our International Students Program manager, at international@cypresscollege.edu.

Cypress College Supports Our International Students

We know that this week’s surprise announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement related to the status of international students across the nation is both jarring and stressful for many of us in the campus community.

Cypress College wants all of our international students to know that we stand with you and we are already designing a strategy to facilitate your continued education here in the fall and through completion. You have all already been contacted by Yongmi Han, our International Students Program manager. She and the ISP staff are available to you at this time via email at international@cypresscollege.edu, and our college administration is here for you.

Rest assured that her communication to our Cypress College international students is just the first of many steps. Cypress College, along with California’s other colleges and universities, will be working tirelessly to keep our students here in this country, and moving forward with your academic journey at Cypress College.

JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
President
Cypress College

Cypress College ESL Among the First in SoCal to Offer Transfer-level Composition ESL Course with UC/CSU Approval

The Cypress College ESL Department is proud to offer a NEW course: ESL 110 C College Composition for Non-Native Speakers (5 units). Starting Fall 2020, students have another option for freshman composition. ESL 110 C is among the first course of its kind in all of Southern California, and Cypress is one of only seven California community colleges to have an ESL course specifically designed for English language learners to complete their UC/CSU composition requirements.

Pen on top of a closed journal

ESL 110 C College Composition for Non-Native Speakers focuses on language. It meets the Written Communication requirements for both UC/CSU transfer as well as Cypress College AA/AS degrees.

ESL 110 C Fast Facts:

  • Approved for transfer to the UCs (IGETC 1A)
  • Approved for transfer to the CSUs (CSU A2)
  • Approved for Cypress College AA/AS degrees (A1)
  • 5 units
  • Remote and fully online options available for Fall 2020

ESL 110 C is ideal for students wanting ongoing grammar and vocabulary instruction in their composition course. For more information, contact a Cypress College counselor or send an email to ESL@cypresscollege.edu.

 

Cypress College Named One of NASA’s 11 Minority-Serving Community Colleges

Cypress College has been named a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar (NCAS) and was awarded $62,500 with the goal of attracting and retaining more minority students in STEM careers.

Just 11 community colleges nationwide were chosen as a minority serving NCAS, splitting a total of $800,000 in awards funded by NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). The award will be used at Cypress College to increase diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by implementing NASA’s evidence-based NCAS model on campus.

NASA on Campus engages students in NASA missions and research through blended learning experiences of online research and activities with NASA-affiliated research labs, museums, industry partners and NASA internships.

Students standing in front of aircraft

“This award provides even more opportunities to educate and serve our students,” Cypress College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. said. “We are proud to be a minority-serving institution partnering with NASA, and honored to be recognized for creating access to underrepresented students in the emerging science and technology fields.”

Cypress College STEM students who successfully complete the five-week online course are invited to a four-day, on-campus engineering design and robotics competition. The competition offers first and second-year students a hands-on, collaborative engineering experience early in their college careers and further connects students with NASA content and experts in the STEM field.

“We are elated to be one of three California community colleges selected for this amazing opportunity,” said Yanet Garcia, STEM Program Director. “Over 160 of our STEM students will gain this NASA experience during the next four years.”

Students at NASA

Cypress faculty will begin training this summer. Through a blend of individual and group online activities, the training will build toward a campus onsite event in fall of 2021.

For more information about STEM at Cypress College, visit cypresscollege.edu/academics/divisions-special-programs/science-engineering-math.  

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 115-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all of Cypress Colleges and services are offered remotely. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Engineering Technology New Equipment Makes Program “One of the Best”

Engineering Technology recently acquired new equipment and software licenses to assist students. The additions have raised the quality of the program above and beyond others, according to Professor of Engineering & Engineering Technology Massoud Saleh.

“Our Mechatronics lab is one of the best and most complete labs anywhere,” as a result of the recent purchases, Saleh says.

The following is a list of the new additions:

  • Ten computer stations added to room 102, converting the lab to a computer lab
  • Eight units of Elvis III
  • Quanser sensor and mechatronics panels, for hands-on training of the students
  • A Parker Hydraulic/Pneumatic trainer cart (our system is the newer version that is more compact than the one in the video but has same functionalities)
  • License to LabVIEW. This is software that also can be used as a virtual replacement of some equipment for remote teaching. More information about LabVIEW can be found here:

“We were able to purchase a sample of almost every type of sensor out there for hands-on training of the students,” Saleh says. “These sensors can be connected to Labview for a realistic analysis of any system in form of a digital twin.”

President Schilling’s Board Report for June 23, 2020

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 June 23, 2020

In the past few weeks, our campus community has been deeply affected by the social unrest across our communities and the globe, and the demands for change in the equitable treatment of African Americans have been heartfelt, personal, and courageous. I have appreciated the leadership of our faculty, staff, and managers who have shared their experiences with racism in their personal and professional lives, and who have been honest about the changes needed at Cypress College. All communications sent to our students and campus community can be found on our website in the President’s Blog page, but we will not be content to issue words without action in support of anti-racism at the college. Below are some the initial steps we’ve taken in the last few weeks.

Community College Equity Leadership Alliance: Cypress College has joined 59 other community colleges, including Fullerton College, as part of USC’s Race and Equity Center. This alliance will provide the college with access to a 12-month curriculum led by racial-equity experts; an online resource library of rubrics, readings, and case studies; guidance on designing action plans; and climate surveys for students, faculty, and staff members. The Kick Off convening on Monday, June 15, introduced 20 of our campus leaders to the steps we will need to support, understand, and participate in, to enact the anti-racism changes our college will be developing in the coming year.

Student Town Hall: Cypress College Associated Students held a student forum on Wednesday, June 10, via Zoom as a start to the student-led dialogue to come together in support of racial equity and identify strategies to promote a better environment for our students. Sociology Chair and Legacy Coordinator Regina Rhymes and Legacy Counselor LaRon Armstead served as moderators, along with our AS President Nicolette Garcia and other AS officers. There were approximately 60 participants at the event with conversation that ranged from a sharing of valuable insight on recent events around the country, to steps the campus can take to start addressing the discrimination and disadvantages inherent in our society and education system.

Racial Equity Task Force: On Thursday, June 18, all black employees at Cypress College were invited to an e-convening on racial equity at Cypress College. They were encouraged to discuss the challenges they face at the college and in the District, and make recommendations to campus administration for lasting change. We plan to host similar e-convenings with other demographic groups on campus with the goal of bringing recommendations to the campus at large in the fall.

Our Covid 19 Response Team continues to meet throughout the summer to address planning for the fall semester. The Response Team is identifying the equipment, PPE, and other safety requirements for an eventual re-opening of the campus, when it is deemed safe. The C19 Response Team is working in tandem with our Emergency Operations Committee to plan for C-19 related and other emergencies requiring a clear and informed response. We are grateful for those, including Senate President, Craig Goralski, who are willing to continue work this summer towards a successful and eventual safe re-opening in spring.

CARES funding: Our Presidents Advisory Council met recently to discuss the allocation of the second 50% of CARES stimulus funding focusing on the following categories: 1) Support for remote instruction; 2) Technology to support students and employees in a remote environment; 3) Facility modification in response to C-19 safety; 4) PPE and cleaning supplies for C-19 support; 5) Student Basic Needs.  We will continue to have ongoing discussions in the fall about how to ensure these funds support instructional, safety, and basic needs of our employees and students.

Charger Experience Commencement Photos: Graduating students who purchased a Chargers regalia package were provided the opportunity to come to campus for a professional Cypress College photo taken in their regalia. Students scheduled appointments on Tuesday, June 9, or Wednesday, June 10, and received a complimentary 5×7 commencement photo. Approximately 150 graduating students participated over the two-day period.

Caring Campus Kick Off: This spring, Cypress College was accepted into the Caring Campus program sponsored by the Institute for Evidence-Based Change. Caring Campus’ purpose is to create a college environment that increases students’ sense of connectedness and belonging and, in turn, lead to the completion of each student’s education goals. 20 classified employees will serve as Caring Campus coaches this next year and all managers who have classified staff reporting to them will be attending the Caring Campus Kick-off to be held via Zoom on June 25th.

Cypress College in the News: The following news releases were shared in the OC Breeze recently. To read more click on the highlighted links: Cypress College Earns 2 National Rankings, Ranked #3 Best Community College and #8 in Success Rate: Cypress was named the #3 best community college in the nation by College Consensus, and #8 in student success among 4-year public colleges by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a recognition of the great work our faculty and staff are doing to help students complete their goals. The Chronicle list ranks colleges that mainly serve students who are seeking an associate degree or preparing to transfer to a four-year institution by the percentages of first-time, full-time students who completed within 150 percent of the normal time, or transferred to another higher-education institution.

Cypress College Partners with National Guard in 22-Week Jobs ChalleNGe CTE Academy Cypress College was awarded the 2020 National CyberWatch: Innovations in Cyber Security Education award for its work with the California Jobs ChalleNGe last semester. This is the second consecutive year in a row that the Cypress College Cybersecurity Program is being honored. The program is led by Ben Izadi and Russ Alizadeh and the Dual Enrollment team, led by Dr. Henry Hua, Stephanie Teer, and Stephanie Flores, was also involved in the effort, along with the Auto Technology program faculty. The Jobs ChalleNGe program is a collaboration with the National Guard and Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Cypress College Among Initial Members of New USC-Based Equity Leadership Alliance

Cypress College is among the initial members ​of the California Community College Equity Leadership Alliance, an initiative from the USC Race and Equity Center formed in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests. The alliance is an effort to move from words to action.

“Cypress College is committed to addressing institutional racism and improving the experiences and outcomes of our Black employees and students,” said Cypress College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. “We have always focused on ensuring our students of color have access to a welcoming environment, a quality education, and successful results in the classroom. But we must do more.”

In the past week, the college’s Associated Students held a town hall, and plans are in place for similar forums throughout the coming academic year. A series of employee town halls have been organized and a campus wide equity retreat — originally planned for March, but delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic — is being re-scheduled in a remote format for the fall semester.

“Our students and employees want to know they will be seen and heard, and we must all be part of the solution to make sure we not only create a space for meaningful dialogue, but are a campus that allows for engagement to flourish,” Dr. Schilling said. “Our vision is to ensure we have the best people working here at Cypress and continue to hire dynamic and diverse employees who demonstrate compassion for, and commitment to, ensuring equity and student success.”

Joining the alliance is a significant step in forwarding the college’s goals on equity. The alliance will: help Cypress College improve professional development related to equity issues; provide access to a racial equity resource portal with tools for all campus employees; and administer a national campus climate survey to measure metrics such as belonging, encounters with racism, cross-cultural interactions, and more.

The alliance was formed by Dr. Shaun Harper, who directs USC’s Race and Equity Center. He is a nationally recognized expert on race and equity.

“Merely proclaiming in written statements that Black Lives Matter is insufficient,” said USC Rossier School of Education Professor Harper in a release. “I am grateful to the presidents who responded favorably to my invitation to take serious, strategic action to dismantle systemic racism, address longstanding racial climate problems and eliminate racial inequities on their campuses.”

For more information about Cypress College, visit cypresscollege.edu.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 115-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all of Cypress Colleges and services are offered remotely. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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In Appreciation of Your Service, Thank You, 2019-2020 Retirees

Cypress College thanks the following employees for their commitment to students and offer them our best wishes in retirement.

Banner announcing a "Thank You to all Retiring Employees"

John Alexander

John began teaching in the Automotive Technology Department at Cypress College in 1981, and has contributed to the excellent reputation of this program. His taught the Brakes and Suspension course for over 37 years. He has been Master Certified from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for almost 4 decades. He was instrumental in the development of the Toyota Technician Training and Education Network (Toyota T-TEN) at Cypress College and was the T-TEN Coordinator for over 25 years. He has been the Automotive Technology Department Coordinator several times.

Deann Burch

Deann worked for five years in Admissions and Records, then was hired to work in the Career Planning Center. “Chalk this up as the absolute best career-move I could have made,” she said. “I cannot begin to adequately share the joy I had when connecting with and contributing to the field of career development.”

Carmen Dominguez

Carmen was a music professor at Saddleback College for 16 years and also served as department chair and Academic Senate president. She was dean at College of the Canyons for eight years.

Phillip  Dykstra

In February 2004, Philip came to Cypress as a classified professional serving as the college’s research analyst. In 2012, he was promoted to the Director of Institutional Research and Planning. “When I look back on my time here at Cypress, I feel a sense of joy and accomplishment in all the things that the Research Office has undertaken with the goal of helping our students be successful,” Philip said. “And for that, I am eternally grateful to all of my colleagues for allowing me to be a part of our students’ educational journey along with them.”

Victor Jimenez

Victor has been with Cypress since 1990. He has served the college in Maintenance & Operations.

Jessica Puma

Jessica began teaching Spanish full-time at Cypress in fall 1998.  She was instrumental in developing the Spanish Heritage Speakers curriculum and program, increasing the number of class offerings. She was quite skillful in developing these students’ literacy and appreciation of many aspects Hispanic culture.  Jessica served as the college’s first instructional designer, a role that later became the Distance Education Coordinator.  In 2005 she received the Cypress College Faculty Development Award, later known as the Charger award.

Stuart Rosenberg

Stuart joined the English Department as a full-time instructor in Fall 1997. He contributed to the integrity of the English program in numerous ways, such as developing creative writing curriculum, along with advising the Creative Guild and producing a literary magazine. He also successfully led three Study Abroad programs. Stuart garnered respect from across campus, a reason why he recently received the award of Outstanding Faculty Member from the Academic Senate.

Frederico Vasquez

Federico was hired to work for Maintenance & Operations in 1998, and worked there until his retirement.

 

Cypress College Years of Service

We recognize the following employees for their years of dedicated service to the college.

5 Years
Eva Palomares; Sara Escarrega; Celeste Phelps; Jenny Lee; Jodie Thomas; Julie Vorathavorn; Luis Diaz; Yvonne Olive; Treisa Cassens; Victor Leonardo; Juan Arreguin; Armando Dorado; Karen Joy; Christopher West; Roy Holmes; Tyesha Volcy; Kirk Pickler; Allen Arslanian; and Zola Aponte.

10 Years
Salvador Casillas; Louis Krebs; Miguel Miranda Romero; and Timothy Noriega.

15 Years
Philip Dykstra; Teresa Sestito; Gonzalo Arenas; Steven Marshall; Karla Fajardo; and AeYoung Kim.

20 Years
Paul Hamblin; Melisa Chteoui; Renay Laguana-Ferinac; Veronica Del Campo; Deborah Michelle; Marylou Garibaldi; and Ruben Martinez.

25 Years
Monica Doman.

30 Years
Ambika Talwar.

35 Years
Anna Marie Peto.

Cypress College Partners with National Guard in 22-Week Jobs ChalleNGe CTE Academy

Cypress College was awarded the 2020 National CyberWatch: Innovations in Cyber Security Education award for their work with Jobs Challenge last semester. This is the second consecutive year in a row that the Cypress College Cybersecurity Program is being honored.

The program is led by Ben Izadi and Russ Alizadeh and the Dual Enrollment team, led by Dr. Henry Hua, Stephanie Teer, and Stephanie Flores, was also involved in the effort, along with the Auto Technology program faculty. The Jobs Challenge program is a collaboration with the National Guard and Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

Last semester, nearly 50 students completed the California Jobs ChalleNGe, a 22-week residential career technical academy at Cypress College. The program was formed by the National Guard to provide post-secondary Career Technical Education (CTE) to graduates of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.

The California Jobs ChalleNGe program provided CTE training and career readiness skills that will lead to gainful employment. Student participants earned industry-recognized certificates, college credits and selected between automotive technology, construction pre-apprenticeship and cybersecurity programs.

“We are so honored to have hosted this important program,” said Cypress College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling. “One of our Cybersecurity students, Noah Touchstone, broke the record on our campus earning the highest score on the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+Cybersecurity exam, and students in our automotive program also earned Cypress College certificates and achievement patches. Most important, every student participated in Career Professional Development activities to assist with potential employers. We are proud of our partnership with the National Guard and each of the students who participated in this program.”

Forty-seven students participated in the California Jobs ChalleNGe program graduation, held at the end of last semester. Program participants must be between the ages of 17 and a half and 20 years of age, have graduated from a California ChalleNGe Academy, have a high school diploma or GED, and agree to reside at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base for the duration of the program.

Cybersercurity graduates Grace Motley, Ivan Torres, Noah Touchstone, and Daniel Uscanga were sponsored by the Western Academy Support and Training Center (WASTC) to co-present with Cypress College on the cybersecurity program at the WASTC 2020 Winter ICT Educator Conference in January at CISCO’s headquarters in San Jose, California.

Four graduates of the program have already accepted internships at local companies and are continuing their studies at Cypress College in pursuit of their associate degrees.

This year’s graduates are: Robert Augustine, Leann Avila, William Barela-Irvin, Edward Barragan, Jonathon Benson, Dulce Cardona, Kiley Cardona, Victor Castaneda, Nicholas Castro, Romero Clark, Jaden Crawford, Juan Delgado, Brian Elias, Zach Fretland, Justin Fuentes, Carmen Garcia, Arriana Gonzalez, Nancy Hernandez Tovar, Maleni Hernandez, Gilberto Jaramillo, Isaiah Johnson, Chantal Lopez, Sandra Luna, Ethen Magana, Isabella Martinez, Samantha Martinez, Anthony Mcgrew, Ricardo Mendoza Torres, Wendy Montoya, Miguel Moran, Grace Motley, Ruby Nunez, Alex Olivera, Natalie Omana, Dixie Palacios, Nathaniel Peralez, Kathy Perez, Maria Ramirez, Christin Rios, Ivan Torres, Noah Touchstone, Gabriella Urquidez, Daniel Uscanga, Joana Vargas, Juana Venegas-Jeronimo, William Washington and Jimmy Zamecki.

For more information about the Jobs Challenge, visit http://cajc.us.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 176 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 73 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 115-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.

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.

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Cypress College Earns 2 National Rankings, Ranked #3 Best Community College and #8 in Success Rate

The faculty and staff at Cypress College are doing their part to help students complete their goals, and it has not gone unnoticed. Cypress was named the #3 best community college in the nation by College Consensus, and #8 in student success among 4-year public colleges by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Our shared sense of purpose at Cypress College creates an environment committed to serving students and helping them reach their goals,” said Cypress College president Dr. JoAnna Schilling. “These two recognitions of Cypress College as one of the best educational institutions in the United States, validates the hard work of our faculty, staff, and administrators by making sure we live our core values and are focused every day on providing quality instruction and support services to our students.”

College Consensus ranked the Top 50 Community Colleges focusing strictly on regionally accredited, reputable institutions. Programs were ranked by three evenly weighted points: cost using current data from the U.S. Department of Education; reputation using Niche data; and success using Payscale data. With those factors, College Consensus ranks colleges according to their “success in providing a return on investment.” Cypress College was chosen as the nation’s third best combination of market reputation, educational quality, and rewarding income.

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that low graduation rates at two-year public colleges inadequately reflect “the value of these colleges to students.” The Chronicle List ranks colleges that mainly serve students who are seeking an associate degree or preparing to transfer to a four-year institution by the percentages of first-time, full-time students who completed within 150 percent of the normal time, transferred to another higher-education institution, or were still enrolled at the original college.

Among “4-year public colleges that primarily offer associate degrees,” Cypress earned the 8th highest percentage – 72.1% – of its students completed, transferred, or are still enrolled.

For more information about Cypress College, visit cypresscollege.edu.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 115-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all of Cypress Colleges and services are offered remotely. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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Our Commitment to Social Justice Change at Cypress College

Dear Colleagues:

Much has occurred this past week as our country and communities continue joining together to demand justice for our black brothers and sisters. I have appreciated the heartfelt conversations I’ve had with many of you about what we can do at Cypress College, as well as the many reminders that we can no longer keep talking, without backing up that talk with meaningful change.

Some of you have asked about my own vision for equitable institutional change. I hope that vision has been clear from the efforts to center our core values around equity and our focus on improving success for our students of color; but like many of you, I cannot witness the events of the past few weeks without doing some soul searching, and asking if that vision is fully informed or aims high enough.

At Cypress College our shared vision is to ensure our campus is a safe zone for our students and employees of color, and that we are a campus that can have meaningful conversations on equity, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Our students want to know they will be seen and heard, and we must all be part of the solution to make sure we not only create a space for meaningful dialogue, but are a campus that allows for engagement to flourish. Our vision is to ensure we have the best people working here at Cypress and continue to hire dynamic and diverse employees who demonstrate compassion for, and commitment to, ensuring equity and student success. Our vision is to support our faculty to prioritize educational change in our classrooms and to be unrelenting in our dedication to transform Cypress College into a place where social justice is authentic. Our vision is to create a culture of respect for differing opinions, without stifling the important conversations that must occur for us to create a healthy and dynamic college environment. Ultimately, the culture we want at Cypress College is shaped by all of us.

So my commitment to you is to use my position and privilege to continue to support our collective vision, while not allowing this moment to be something we talk about for a few weeks and then move on. That will not happen. In the coming weeks and months we will prioritize these important conversations. Some short term and long term plans are:

Our Associated Students will be hosting a student town hall this Wednesday at 1 p.m. Please share this Zoom link with students and encourage them to attend:
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/96966778934?pwd=NjU0dzlQd01WeTU2MWs5bXRXS2tUZz09

Our hope is for our students to continue to host these workshops throughout the year (summer, fall and spring). We are committed to providing students a safe space to educate others, and advocate for action with the goal of improving the student experience on our campus.

With the help of our campus leaders, we will also be designing a series of employee town halls and discussions that will also continue into the fall. An update will be shared soon on this first convening.
We will be rescheduling the Equity Retreat we had to cancel this spring, in a Zoom format this Fall to allow for more employees to participate.

Cypress College will be joining the California Community College Equity Leadership Alliance from USC’s Center for Urban Equity. Our Completion Team peer and data coaches have already been accepted to participate in this important training, but as part of this Alliance we will have access to guest speakers, additional training, and climate survey tools.

This is just the beginning of the work that must be done. Education has always been the path to social justice change, and community colleges are the system of higher learning that educates more black and brown students than any other. We have a powerful responsibility and role to play in creating real systemic change in this country. Join me as we step into this moment together.

“The greatest glory in living, lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” – Nelson Mandela

JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
President,

Cypress College

Dance Department Presents Annual ‘People in Motion’ Virtually

Every year since the 1980s, the Cypress College Dance Department has put on its People in Motion dance concert. With the campus closure due to COVID-19, there was a possibility of not holding the concert. However, in an effort to continue the tradition, People in Motion was performed virtually.

Students and faculty came together via the internet to present what they’ve worked so hard on throughout this semester. Check it out on YouTube.

President Schilling’s Board Report for June 3, 2020

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 June 3, 2020

The last two weeks have been challenging, as our campus and communities have been rocked by the turmoil in our nation. We took swift action to respond to our students and employees that Cypress College is a place where racial equity is celebrated and supported. As this report is being prepared, the campus leaders are preparing to have a Student Town Hall and an Employee Town Hall, to allow all our constituents a safe place to have difficult, but important conversations. Our hearts are broken for our African American brothers and sisters and we must, and will, do better.

Summer enrollment demand continues to be strong. As we approach the beginning of our first session on June 8, we are up 2% in enrollment, up by almost 8% in our fill rate and up 2% in FTES. We are offering 20 fewer sections this summer due to the challenges with our lab sections, and although there is additional demand for classes, we have decided to add sections this fall when we are certain that these sections will serve more of our Cypress students, rather than add courses to our summer term.

Capt. Ed Valdez, Cypress College’s aviation instructor, participated in a well-publicized Memorial Day tribute, and one you all may have seen. He was among the aviators aboard the “Flabob Express,” a World War II-era DC-3 that flew in the lead group. In all, about 14 vintage aircraft flew as the “D-Day Express” across Southern California on Monday, May 25, crossing landmarks in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles counties. Captain Valdez flew a Douglas DC-3 aircraft.

Cypress College in the News: National Public Radio (KPCC), and journalist Adolfo Lopez-Guzman, featured student, Kylie Christensen in his LA Diary project. Kylie, our Presidential Scholar of Distinction for the Fine Arts Academic Pathway, spoke about her pride in receiving this recognition, of her feelings about participating in our virtual commencement, her love of dance, and her vivid tale of overcoming adversity in her life. To hear more, and read the article click this link. We are #CYProud of Kylie.

Classified Appreciation Day: The campus held our Classified Zoom Appreciation Celebration on Wednesday, June 4. We had a great time together and shared some fun, provided raffles, and provided all our classified employees with a GrubHub e-certificate in place of the luncheon we normally serve. Thank you to our Professional Development Team, led by Michael Brydges and Ruth Gutierrez , to Christina Mix and Marc Posner for the Zoom content, and special thanks to Classified President, Dawnmarie Neate for her inspiring words of encouragement.

Now that the semester has ended, we are finishing up our degree and certificate evaluation and we are happy to report that with 600 transcripts still being evaluated, the college continues to exceed last year’s award total. Here is a quick overview of our progress:

  • We are awarding more degrees and certificates than any previous year (with currently over 4,100 awards to date, compared to 3,600 last year)
  • Every demographic group was awarded more degrees and certificates than any previous year
  • The largest increase in awards was observed among Asian students, with Hispanic students a close second

We will be providing a full tally to the Board in July when we have our final numbers.

Our Media Arts and Design Program students featured their annual film festival virtually this year. Fifty films from a variety of genres, including live-action narrative, stop-motion animation, and motion graphic title sequence are screening now on YouTube. Get out your popcorn, relax at home and enjoy these short films. Kudos to faculty members Kati Angelov and Ian Holmes for their leadership.

It is our pleasure to announce the newly appointed Peer and Data Coaches for the college’s Title V Grant. Led by project manager Deidre Porter, and partnering with our Guided Pathways Steering Committee, led by co-chairs Lisa Gaetje and Ruth Gutierrez, each of these outstanding individuals will serve on one of the Completion Teams created for each academic pathway. Peer coaches will lead the completion teams and create strategies for helping guide students on their path. Data coaches are responsible for pulling the data needed in each pathway to help drive strategies for student success. BUSINESS & CIS Completion Team: Peer Coach – Ali Moady; Data Coach – Peter Molnar. CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION Completion Team: Peer Coach – Lisa Clark; Data Coach – Stephanie Rosati. FINE ARTS Completion Team: Peer Coach – Janet Owen Driggs; Data Coach – Michael Brydges. HEALTH SCIENCE Completion Team: Peer Coach – Thu Pham; Data Coach – Jolena Grande. KINESIOLOGY/ATHLETICS Completion Team: Peer Coach – Anthony Hutting; Data Coach – Sergio Cutrona. LANGUAGE ARTS Completion Team: Peer Coach – Stephanie Tran; Data Coach – Kathy Wada. SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICS Completion Team: Peer Coach – Sarah Jones; Data Coach – David Nusbaum. SOCIAL SCIENCES Completion Team: Peer Coach (Lead) – Steven Estrada; Data Coach – Angela deDios.

On the following page is a sample of some of the amazing work from our Theatre Arts Prosthetic Makeup Class. You may be looking at the work of some future academy award winners. Kudos to instructor Paul Hadobas and his students!

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

An Affirmation of our Cypress College Values

Dear Chargers:

As we begin our summer, I want to again thank each of you for the exceptional service you have provided to our students this past semester. I have missed you. I have missed the ways we celebrate together, and I miss the random opportunities to stop and learn of one another’s lives. I miss the many ways we collectively remind ourselves why we do the often-hard work of educating others. This desire to connect has been especially acute the past few weeks as we celebrated our students’ accomplishments remotely, serving as a reminder of all we have lost this semester. Although it is possible to deliver education remotely, like a package onto someone’s desk, the things that make us a community, make learning an engaged and meaningful learning experience, and helps our students flourish, are the ways we connect and engage with one another.

As I began this letter to you, I had intended to update you on our budget situation and progress in providing safeguards for slowly bringing employees back to campus. But the tragic events unfolding across our nation demand a response, so please allow me to affirm our commitment to our work in support of equity on the Cypress College campus. Recent events remind us, yet again, there is no escaping just how far we have to go to eradicate the awful stain of racism within our communities and institutions. 400 years after the first slaves came to our shores,160 years after their descendants were “freed”, 60 years after the civil rights movement, we still live in a country where too many of our citizens cannot go about their daily lives without the fear that a trip to the store, a jog down the street, or a drive into a new neighborhood could result in violence or death. Each death, each act of bigoted violence, each moment someone is silenced or told they don’t belong, diminishes each of us. It is a pain that cannot be ignored.

As members of an institution of higher learning, we must continue our resolve to take racism seriously on the Cypress College campus and stand up to the institutional norms that cripple each of us, no matter who we are. The miseducation that we knowingly, or unknowingly, perpetuate, resides in the stereotypes we carelessly accept, the symbols we have learned to absorb, and assumptions we believe as truth because we don’t take the time to live with, and understand, one another.

The responsibility of living within a democracy is both a gift and a chore. As we watch any sense of unity in this country tested daily by our hyper-politicized views, I am especially concerned by any rhetoric in our own community that seeks to pit us against one another. It is hard to work together in times of safety and security; to do so in times of crisis takes character and commitment. At the heart of all education must be a sense of moral and social justice, a respect for the feelings and opinions that are different than our own, a willingness to listen and learn, for we all play a role in keeping our community healthy; without one other, we cannot be what, and who, we need to be.

I know that the broader national situation includes concerns about the impacts of COVID-19 and the repercussions it has for the economy and our own state budget. Collectively these are tremendous stressors in our lives. You want to know what this will mean for you at Cypress College, so I want to reassure you that no permanent employees will be losing their jobs or asked to take furloughs. As Dr. Marshall said, we do have healthy reserves and these will be put to good use in time of crisis. And it is my commitment that even as we have difficult decisions ahead, you as employees will know your welfare and safety come first.

I am grateful for the leadership that exists here at Cypress College and NOCCCD, and our ability to respond to these concerns. Our shared governance committees and academic senate have agreed to be available over the summer and we will be working together to ensure any decisions about critical matters — such as the college’s budget and our work to prepare for the safe re-opening of the college — is communicated openly and collaboratively.

As we work through these challenges, we also want our traditionally disadvantaged students to know they will find support here, and we will collectively embrace an equity-mindedness that reflects our shared humanity. We will not sit back while others are hurt or persecuted; we will ensure that all our students, but especially those who feel disenfranchised in our culture at large, will know they have a home here on our campus. This has always been important at Cypress College but right now nothing is more important. Cypress College must be that place that instills the capacity for empathy, resilience, and collaboration.

Please remind students that Telemental Health Counseling is available by calling (714) 484-7361 and they can find more information by clicking on the following link: cypresscollege.edu/services/health-center/. Likewise, all employees can find support through our confidential Employee Assistance Program at www.guidanceresources.com. More information can be found on the “Employee” tab of myGateway.

These are uncertain times but I am reminded that each generation has faced their own defining point; I hope this will be ours. I hope we will finally say “enough,” and stand together for change. Willing or not, change is upon us and we must choose a world where justice is offered to all. To quote the Greek poet, Aeschylus, “In our sleep, pain, which cannot be forgotten, falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the grace of the gods.”

Let’s not waste this pain or this moment, but vow we will be that place that others come to learn and find wisdom. I want you to know that you each matter, that every role at our college is essential, and that we will come through this together.

Wishing you peace, love and safety,

JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
President,

Cypress College

A Message to Students in Light of Recent Events

Dear Students,

As we begin our summer, the tragic events unfolding across our nation demand a response, so please allow me to affirm our commitment to our work in support of equity on the Cypress College campus. Recent events remind us, yet again, there is no escaping just how far we have to go to eradicate the awful stain of racism within our communities and institutions. 400 years after the first slaves were forcibly taken from their homes, 160 years after their descendants were “freed,” 60 years after the civil rights movement, we still live in a country where too many of our citizens cannot go about their daily lives without the fear that a trip to the store, a jog down the street, or a drive into a new neighborhood could result in violence or death. Each death, each act of bigoted violence, each moment someone is silenced or told they don’t belong, diminishes each of us. It is a pain that cannot be ignored.

As members of an institution of higher learning, we must continue our resolve to take racism seriously on the Cypress College campus and stand up to the institutional norms that cripple each of us, no matter who we are. The responsibility of living within a democracy is both a gift and a chore. As we watch any sense of unity in this country tested daily by our hyper-politicized views, I am especially concerned by any rhetoric in our own community that seeks to pit us against one another.

I am grateful for the leadership that exists here at Cypress College and NOCCCD, and our ability to respond to these concerns. As we work through these challenges, we also want our students to know they will find support here, and we will collectively embrace an equity-mindedness that reflects our shared humanity. We will not sit back while others are hurt or persecuted; we will ensure that all our students, but especially those who feel disenfranchised in our culture at large, will know they have a home here on our campus. This has always been important at Cypress College but right now nothing is more important. Cypress College must be that place that instills the capacity for empathy, resilience, and collaboration.

Please remember that Telemental Health Counseling is available by calling (714) 484-7361 and you can find more information by clicking on the following link: cypresscollege.edu/services/health-center/.

These are uncertain times but I am reminded that each generation has faced their own defining point; I hope this will be ours. I hope we will finally say “enough,” and stand together for change. Willing or not, change is upon us and we must choose a world where justice is offered to all. To quote the Greek poet Aeschylus, “In our sleep, pain, which cannot be forgotten, falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the grace of the gods.”

I vow to use the pain of this moment to work even harder to ensure that Cypress College will be that place that others come to learn and find wisdom. I want you to know that you each matter and that we will come through this together.

Wishing you peace, love and safety,
JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
President
Cypress College

Cypress College Commencement Efforts Lauded in News Coverage

Media coverage of Cypress College’s amazing 53rd Commencement ceremony on May 22, 2020 continues to come in. Today, Kylie Christensen, one of nine Presidential Scholars of Distinction, was profiled by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez of KPCC-FM and LAist.

Christensen, who represents the Fine Arts pathway, was the subject of both an audio and a written profile.

 

The commencement was also covered by David N. Young at the Event-NewsEnterprise. The feature highlighted 2020 Outstanding Graduate Elise Cunanan and the Presidential Scholars of Distinction: Brandon Nguyen, Business/CIS; John Lasater, CTE; Christensen, Fine Arts; Christina Williams, Health Science; Frankie Islas, Kinesiology; Nate Garcia, Language Arts; Anh Nguyen, L/LRC; Connor Kilzer, SEM; and Sarah Queneau, Social Sciences. Young also highlighted the Academic Senate’s faculty awards — which were presented to all full-time faculty, all adjunct faculty, and Distance Education Coordinator Kathleen McAlister. The awards recognize the tremendous effort necessary to transition the college from in-person instruction to remote nearly overnight in mid-March.

Female Graduate posing on campus for news article

On Wednesday, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office spotlighted Cypress College, specifically the work of the Charger Experience team with a photograph and caption at the top of their daily report: “Members of Cypress College’s Charger Experience team pause for a photo while distributing regalia to the college’s Promise students. The drive-up distribution supported participation in Cypress College’s virtual commencement on May 22. The Charger Experience Program supports the college’s Pledge/Promise students and their transition into college, connecting them to services and people on campus to help ensure a successful higher education experience.”

Faculty wearing masks on campus in news article

Finally, on the Sunday prior to commencement, the Times Orange County printed an article about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on OC graduations (the article also appeared online earlier that week). The coverage included a color photograph of Cunanan. Ada Tseng of the Times wrote: “The processional will include a 2019-20 highlight video, a roll call of graduates, as well as a video of their 2020 Outstanding Graduate Elise Cunanan and their 2020 Presidential Scholars of Distinction. President JoAnna Schilling, Chancellor Cheryl Marshall, Academic Senate President Craig Goralski, Associated Students President Presten Jimenez and Student Trustee Ester Plavdjian will give remarks.”

News article clipping

A complete recap, including the full video along with individual segments, is available online.

Aviation Department Coordinator Flies In Memorial Day Tribute

Capt. Ed Valdez, Cypress College’s aviation instructor, participated in a well-publicized Memorial Day tribute. He was among the aviators aboard the “Flabob Express,” a World War II-era DC-3 that flew in the lead group.

In all, about 14 vintage aircraft flew as the “D-Day Express” across Southern California on Monday, May 25, crossing above landmarks in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.

Valdez is aboard the light-colored plane in this group of three Douglas DC-3 aircraft.

Valdez is aboard the light-colored plane in this group of three Douglas DC-3 aircraft.

Valdez is the department coordinator for Cypress College’s Aviation & Travel Careers Department , as well as an instructor with the Commercial Pilot Program.

Ed Valdez flies the DC-3 "Flabob Expres.s"

Valdez’s view from the Douglas DC-3 “Flabob Express.”

In addition to teaching at Cypress, Valdez flies for United Airlines on the Boeing 757 and 767; he occasionally flies private Gulfstream G3 aircraft on a contract basis as well.

Recently, he was invited to fly the Flabob Express (a Douglas DC-3) as a volunteer pilot, and is currently in training for the aircraft.

President Schilling’s Board Report for May 26, 2020

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 May 26, 2020

The last two weeks have been all about celebrating our graduates. Although this is a year like no other, the campus community is stepping up to commemorate the accomplishments of our graduates, our special programs, all while embracing all our students’ accomplishments. This report is dedicated to the Class of 2020, our retiring employees, and the celebrations that have been going on across the college.

Our Puente Program, which provides a first-year experience for our LatinX students, hosted a Zoom Graduation for Class #24 on Tuesday, May 12 at 12 noon.  The graduation celebrated our students with photos and poetry commemorating their growth and experiences with Puente at Cypress College. In addition, the Puentistas participated in a drive-by graduation in Parking Lot 8, on May 16, receiving a certificate of completion and an embossed portfolio commemorating their successful year. Thank you, Professors Therese Mosqueda-Ponce and Ashton Politanoff, for leading and supporting our Puente students this year.

Our Legacy Program, dedicated to celebrating the African-American experience, sponsored an end-of-the-year Wellness Webinar on Wednesday, May 13, at 3:30 p.m. The speakers, Professor Virgil Adams and Professor Fola Odebunmi, offered tips to students on self-care during a Pandemic.  Together, these two Professors offer 50 plus years of scientific, spiritual, and practical experience in the area of self-care, mindfulness, and spiritual well-being. In addition, the Legacy Scholars completed their year with a Legacy Culmination Celebration on Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. Our largest Legacy class ever shared what they have learned, expressed their gratitude to their professors, and received awards and scholarships from their faculty and mentors. Thank you to Professors Regina Rhymes and LaRon Armstead for their leadership of this important program this year.

Charger Experience students were honored Monday, May 18 for successfully completing the 2019-2020 Academic Year.  Students participated in a Drive-By, many with their families in the car, to receive their recognitions. They were welcomed by the Charger Experience Team (Gisela Verduzco, Brittany Hamer, Maria Haro, Adriana Caridad, Cynthia Cervantes, Amelia Mosely, Kassandra Abreu, Pryscilla Truong, and Luu Tran), who presented them with their commemorative packets. The first graduating class from the Charger Experience/Pledge Program received a Cypress College Diploma Frame, a Charger Experience sash and Honors Patch. First and second year students who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher received their Honors Certificate and NOCCCD Promise Scholar patch. This Fall 2019 semester, over 700 students earned a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Among those in the car line up that extended to Valley View at times, included Cypress College Student Trustee Ester Plavdjian and the Cypress College Graduate of the Year, Elise Cunanan.

Pledge/Promise Success: Last Friday, May 15, was our last spring Charger Friday of the year, and our team was able to continue serving the students in our areas with the same high touch, high quality experience, welcoming over 2000 high school students to virtual Charger Fridays this semester. In addition, UCI accepted 95 of the 223 Cypress College applicants for transfer and 28 of those students were from the first 2018 Pledge cohort. Congratulations to these students and to our Charger Experience Program for their outstanding work!

Psychology Psi Beta: For the past two semesters, under the guidance of psychology professors, Dr. Brandy Young and Dr. Randy Martinez, Psi Beta students have been working on analyzing and presenting research. Several of these honors students presented the results of their research at the virtual Spring 2020 UCI Honors Conference. Cypress also had two research posters accepted for presentation at the 100th annual Western Psychological Association conference in San Francisco, CA. In order to become a member of Psi Beta, students must have completed 12 college units, maintained a minimum GPA of 3.25, and have completed a college-level psychology course with a grade of B or higher.  Our acknowledgement of these graduating scholars will be on Friday, May 22, at 12 noon.

Commencement: The college will be hosting an Employee Watch Party for our first ever virtual commencement as a campus community. Please join us Friday, May 22, 2020 beginning at 4:30 p.m. for the pre-show interviews with Faculty Senate President, Craig Goralski, Dr. Paul de Dios, Dr. Schilling, our 2019 Alumnus of the Year, Foundation Executive Director, Howard Kummerman, Alumnus of the Year, Curtis Sheets, and 2017 graduate Crystal Neer. Commencement begins at 5 pm and this year we will be honoring 1695 graduates who will be receiving 2125 degrees, and celebrating with the 528 graduates who will be participating in the ceremony and will cross our virtual stage. Be there to cheer them on! Employee Watch Party Zoom Link

Cypress College in the News: The countdown to our virtual commencement began with an article in the Ocean Breeze on May 19. In case you missed it, here is the article and overview of our fabulous Class of 2020.

Student Needs Survey: The college sent out a student needs survey to students this week and in the first 24 hours, 900 students had already responded. We will be sharing their responses in detail, but here is a snapshot of what they are telling us: 86% of our current students said with certainty that they plan to re-enroll at Cypress College in Fall 2020; an additional 9% were not sure yet if they would be re-enrolling, and 5% said they do not plan to re-enroll. 48% of students feel “very prepared” or “prepared” for remote instruction in the fall (16% very prepared, 32% prepared) 33% or neutral or not sure of their preparedness, 19% do not feel prepared. More than half of our students reported not having a quiet place to do their school work (55%). This was followed closely by concerns about access to academic support services (50%). Concerns about financial difficulties (28%) and reliable internet (20%) were also expressed. Students expressed interest in staying engaged and are interested in discussion boards (44%), video group chats (32%), and virtual meetings and town halls (25%). We plan to use this data to assess workshops over the summer, support to provide in fall and ways to keep students engaged and connected next semester. Thanks to Eileen Haddad and our IRP team for putting together this important survey!

Faculty Retirees: Each May and June we come to the end of our academic year and must say goodbye to valued and honored employees. This year two long-time faculty members, Stuart Rosenberg, English, and Jessica Puma, Spanish, will be leaving us. Together they represent over 44 years teaching at Cypress College and they will be missed. Their impact has been felt by countless students and their contributions to their respective departments and the campus community has been deeply appreciated. We wish them well in their next adventure, and thank them for their service to Cypress College.

Classified Appreciation Day: The campus traditionally honors our classified professionals with a Classified Luncheon. This year will be different, but we have plans to host a Classified Zoom Appreciation Celebration on Wednesday June 4. Our managers will be contributing e-prizes for raffle and we look forward to honoring our classified retirees, Victor Jiminez, and Frederico Vasquez, both from M&O.

On the following page is a snapshot of our successful transferring 2020 scholar-athletes. Thank you to Athletic Director, Wes McCurtis, for putting together this great info graphic on behalf of our students.

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Psychology Research Methods Poster Session Now Online

Students in Dr. Randy Martinez and Dr. Angela deDios’ Psychology 202 classes participated in a psychology reseach poster project this semester. Traditionally held on campus, this semester’s presentations are available online.

You’re invited to view the presentations, leave questions and comments for the student researchers, or simply observe.

Click here to view our students’ research posters.

Cypress College’s 53rd Commencement Scheduled for Friday, May 22, Via Virtual Broadcast

The celebration will go on! Cypress College will celebrate the Class of 2020 by hosting its 53rd Commencement at 5 p.m. on May 22, 2020, as a streamed virtual event. Graduates will participate with viewing parties from their stay-at-home locations. The Class of 2020 is also invited to participate in Cypress College’s next in-person commencement.

Cypress College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D., said hosting the celebration without delay felt like the best way to honor the Class of 2020’s achievements.

“We decided it was essential to hold a virtual commencement on our original graduation date to best honor our students’ accomplishments,” Dr. Schilling said. “We know nothing can substitute for the opportunity to walk across our stage, to share in that moment with family, friends, and beloved faculty, but every attempt has been made to create an event that is celebratory, meaningful, and acknowledges the accomplishments of our scholars.”

Each student will be recognized in the ceremony, which is part traditional but also tailored for delivery in a digital environment. The commencement will be streamed from the college’s Commencement Central website at cypresscollege.edu/commencement-central. In addition to the traditional roll call of the Class of 2020, the commencement will feature an address by Dr. Schilling, and messages from North Orange County Community College District Chancellor Dr. Cheryl Marshall, NOCCCD Board of Trustees President Ryan Bent, Cypress College Academic Senate President Dr. Craig Goralski, Cypress College Student Trustee Ester Plavdjian, and Cypress College Associated Students President Presten Jimenez.

Video features will honor Cypress College’s 2020 Outstanding Graduate Elise Cunanan and the nine Presidential Scholars of Distinction, who represent each of Cypress College’s academic pathways.

As part of the virtual ceremony, each graduate was provided the opportunity to be recognized with an official customized slide with their photo and a personal message, which can be downloaded and shared on social media.

Class of 2020:

This year, 1,695 students are graduating from at least one of Cypress College’s 98 degree programs. Combined, these students are earning 2,227 associate degrees — meaning some are earning multiple degrees. In addition, 1,528 students have earned occupational certificates from one of the college’s 174 career-certificate programs.

In addition:

  • 58% of the graduates have chosen a transferable degree, meaning they will be attending four-year colleges and universities in the fall;
  • 225 degree-earning students earned a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 4.0, qualifying for the President’s Honor Roll;
  • 811 degree-earning students earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.74, qualifying for the Dean’s Honor Roll; and
  • Three students are graduating with bachelor’s degrees from Cypress College’s Baccalaureate Degree Program in Funeral Services.

Outstanding Graduate:

Elise Cunanan is Cypress College’s 2020 Outstanding Graduate. Cunanan completed two associate degrees in fall 2019, one in sociology and the second in liberal studies: social and behavioral sciences. She began attending California State University, Fullerton, this spring. Her career goals are to become a school counselor and to work for a non-profit organization.

At Cypress College, Cunanan was a member of the Associated Students, worked as a member of the Student Ambassador team, and established the Student Advocates for Education Club to provide community service to K-12 and higher education students. She also worked to raise awareness about student homelessness.

“I selected Cypress College because my parents both are alumni of community colleges, my mom even attended Cypress College herself,” Cunanan said. “I actually did not apply to any universities as a high school senior, because I felt that choosing a university to attend was a big decision that I was not ready to make at the time. Another great benefit about Cypress College is that tuition is affordable and the staff here is extraordinarily helpful.”

Presidential Scholars of Distinction:

Cypress College’s 2020 Presidential Scholars of Distinction represent a scholar from each of the college’s eight academic pathways, as well as academic support areas representing either the Counseling Division or the Library/Learning Resource Center.

The 2020 scholars are: Brandon Nguyen, BUS/CIS; John Lasater, CTE; Kylie Christensen, Fine Arts; Christina Williams, Health Science; Frankie Islas, Kinesiology; Nathaniel Garcia, Language Arts; Anh Nguyen, L/LRC; Connor Kilzer, SEM; Sarah Queneau, Social Sciences. Each scholar will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Cypress College Foundation.

This tradition, begun in 2019, honors a student who best represents their academic pathway. The graduates are nominated and voted for by their respective division faculty and were chosen using the following criteria: a) must be graduating in 2020; b) be in good academic standing; c) exhibit persistence in overcoming adversity; and d) represent the values of the academic division.

Faculty Awards:

Each year, the Cypress College Academic Senate selects recipients of three awards: the Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award; the Outstanding Adjunct-Faculty Award; and the Charger Award, which recognizes professional dedication beyond the classroom.

For the first time in college history, the Academic Senate voted to present the Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award to all full-time faculty members, and the Outstanding Adjunct-Faculty Award to all adjunct faculty members.

“This unique selection is made to illustrate that we have collectively risen to the occasion in transitioning our classes to a remote environment under the most stressful of circumstances,” said Dr. Goralski. “This collective recognition highlights that every faculty member’s contribution was essential to completing the semester successfully and helping to ensure that students all are able to graduate on time.”

The Charger Award was presented to Kathleen McAlister. While her role as the distance education coordinator is likely transparent to students, she has been instrumental in facilitating the transition for Cypress College faculty to a remote teaching environment.

“It has traditionally been the Academic Senate’s practice to avoid honoring an active member of the body,” Dr. Goralski said. “However, Kathleen’s hard work, especially during our COVID-19 response, made her an undeniable recipient of this award.

“We are grateful for the dynamic and innovative work our faculty do,” he continued. “Our appreciation for the contribution that each of our faculty make to our students cannot be fully expressed.”

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 115-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.

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.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all of Cypress Colleges and services are offered remotely. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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President Schilling’s Board Report for May 12, 2020

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 May 12, 2020

Now that we turn our attention to summer and fall in a remote format, we face new planning decisions. We will be analyzing the effect remote learning has had on student success and whether or not there was a disproportionate impact on certain student groups. In addition, we are sending out a survey to students in the next week assessing how we can better support them be successful in remote instruction and will use this information to develop and conduct student success workshops for online learning this summer. For faculty and staff, our Distance Education Team is putting together distance education training and our academic areas are identifying needed instructional support for online and remote instruction this fall. We continue to try to address our students’ financial, food, and technology needs, while removing barriers in our processes that require unnecessary obstacles to their success.

CARES Stimulus Funding: The college has worked on an ambitious plan to provide support for students using the first 50% of the CARES federal stimulus package allocated to support students. The federal dollars will go to support 7,148 grants of $500 for spring, summer and fall. In addition, we will be providing 250 additional $500 grants to Dream Act students, and 61 private grants using Foundation funding, for a total of 7,459 grants of $500 in support of our students. Thanks go to Dean of Student Services, Rick Rams, Financial Aid Director, Korey Lindley, and VPs Paul de Dios and Alex Porter for their creative solutions and hard work in allocating these dollars. Disbursements have already begun to be sent to students.

Cypress College in the News: Cypress College participated in an NPR interview with Adolfo Lopez-Guzman, about the factors colleges should consider in determining whether or not to re-open the college in fall for on campus or remote instruction. Other districts profiled along with Cypress, were Santa Monica and LACCCD  Read the full article here.

Outstanding Graduate of the Year: We are pleased to announce that Elise Cunanan was named the Cypress College 2020 Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Elise is graduating as a Sociology major and has transferred to Cal State Fullerton to continue her education. Elise served as a Student Ambassador, has been involved in Associated Students, as well as maintaining a 3.87 GPA overall with a 4.0 GPA in her major. We all know and love Elsie as one of those students who volunteers for everything, is kind to her fellow students and who believes in the power of giving back. Elise will be featured in our commencement program and we are happy to honor her this year. Congratulations, Elise!

Congratulations to our newly tenured faculty! Each of these faculty has made a huge impact on the Cypress campus and within their divisions. We are proud to welcome them to our tenure ranks and look forward to the great work they do, and will continue to achieve, on behalf of our students: Kati Angelov, Media Arts and Design; Jolina Cadilli, Math; Justin Campbell, English; Alma Castro, Math; Bret Clarke, CIS; Angela De Dios, Psychology; Dawn Decker, DSS Counseling; Steven Estrada, Ethnic Studies; Jenelle Herman, ESL; Anthony Hutting, Baseball/Kinesiology; Shinah Ji, Nursing; Bret Kaufman, English; Mymy Lam, Counseling; Jennie Larez, HIT; Annette Letcher, English; Samreen Manjra, Accounting; Ryan Ortega, Nursing; Janet Owens Driggs, Fine Arts; Leslie Palmer, Library Science; Massoud Saleh, Engineering; Gary Shin, Biology; Diana Tira, Dental Hygiene; James Tapia, Human Services, and Stephanie Tran, English. Congratulations to these outstanding faculty!

Go Chargers!  Our long-time Athletic Trainer, Scott Tucker, will be inducted into the California Community College Athletic Trainers Association (CCCATA) Hall of Fame in 2021. Scott has served the college for 35 years and this is a well-deserved honor! In other great athletics news, Men’s Basketball student athlete, Demetri Mariolis, was selected as the Orange Empire Conference Male Character Champion Award recipient. This award is given to the student athlete who displays the following values: sportsmanship, respect, caring, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility shown through a specific action, ideally directed toward an opponent during competition. He is the third Charger to win the award since its inception in 2012. Congratulations Demetri!

Superintendents CyberSecurity Cup: The second annual Cyber Patriot competition, was held on April 23 and featured 275 students from 16 different schools and 8 districts competing to take home “The Superintendent’s Cup.”  All eight superintendents, and Cypress College administrators were there to salute and support these hard-working scholars. Our winning school was Savanna Elementary School District. Congratulations to Superintendent Dr. Sue Johnson and her students!

Yom HaShoah: Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Yom HaShoah on April 29. Holocaust Survivors’ Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, Sarah Schweitz, Piri Katz, and Joe Alexander along with l05 year old liberator Lt. Col. Sam Sachs, shared stories of inconceivable horror combined with incredible hope.  We are grateful to Cliff Lester for his expert interviews of each survivor, as well as David Halahmy and Howard Kummerman for organizing the evening. A rebroadcast of the event is on our Foundation website. We Will Never Forget!

Commit2Cypress: Our annual Promise and Pledge event was held virtually on April 30. We welcomed almost 700 interested seniors from our local high school districts who joined us on You tube and Facebook Live to learn more about the college. Kudos to Gisela Verduzco and Paul De Dios who put on a fantastic event, and to our faculty who joined us in program break-out sessions. We appreciate Dr. Marshall and AUHSD Superintendent Mike Matsuda, for sharing a few words of encouragement to our incoming freshman.

Commencement: We continue to make progress on our commencement planning. Thank you to presenters Craig Goralski, Presten Jiminez, Ester Plavdjian, Dr. Marshall, and Board President Bent, who have all videotaped their commencement messages. We currently have almost 500 students who have entered our portal and will be uploading their photos and profiles for our virtual graduation ceremony. We will be asking all trustees to make a brief video of yourselves to add to our recessional. Please join us on May 22 at 5 p.m. We will be sending an invitation and link very soon.

Silver Linings

As reported at last board meeting, we were happy to announce that Cypress College was ranked #3 nationally in the Best Community Colleges 2020 by College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews. We are proud that Cypress continues to rank at the top of all colleges in the country, due to the quality support and instruction we provide to our students. Go Chargers!

Cypress College Theater Arts students gained national attention this month in a contest called “Stay Home and Sing,” sponsored by InspireAmarillo.com. Their entry, a Zoom video edited by student Sophia Barajas, featured an adaptation of the song, “96,000” from the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights.” Check it out on our website and prepare to be amazed! They are shining stars!

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

MAD Film Fest Premieres Online

The Media Arts Design Film Showcase debuts today, to display the work of MAD students and , this year, to offer alumni contributions. In keeping with government guidelines to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, this year’s festival will take place online.

According to Professor Ian Holmes, digital cinema coordinator, the virtual event features 50 works from live-action narrative films, to stop-motion animations, to motion graphics title sequences. You can see all entries here.

Originally, the MAD department planned to hold an alumni film showcase in April, separate from the the annual student event. The campus closure related to COVID-19 caused organizers to rethink the two events and combine them into one.

Mort Sci Student Answers Call to Volunteer Assistance with Coronavirus Victims

The spread of COVID-19 continues to grow nationwide, and the need for medical responders rises with it. The duty of first responders, such as doctors and nurses, is well known, but there is also a call for last responders: workers who tend to those who have passed.

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) alerted its members that volunteers in heavily affected areas would be valuable in addressing the pandemic. Several have responded, including a student in Cypress College’s Mortuary Science program named Soraya Pitram.

“I was already packed and ready to go — I had my scrubs — and then they told me that they had sufficient staff,” Pitram said. She planned to work in New York City for two weeks at a medical center teaching hospital.

Pitram, who is in her second year of the program and works in the industry at two Orange County funeral homes, had secured the proper identification and was fully prepared. Volunteers in closer proximity, however, were selected to fill in for the NFDA’s requested two-week volunteer rounds.

“What I’ll be doing now, since I have my ID, is that I have access to all volunteer opportunities,” Pitram said. “When people’s two weeks are over, I’ll have a chance to go.”

Pitram says this is unlike other NFDA calls for last responder volunteers, such as during Hurricane Katrina, where the experience is to do recovery after a catastrophe has occurred. She says in this case, the need for last responders will ebb and flow as the Coronavirus infection curve flattens and possibly resurges.

“Honestly, with how things are going in California, I might get sent to Sacramento or LA or somewhere more populated,” Pitram said. “Who knows how long this is going to last.”

President Schilling’s Board Report for April 28, 2020

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 April 28, 2020

Much continues to change and evolve since our campus closed to students and the public over six weeks ago. We continue to modify plans, begin looking towards summer and fall instruction, discuss the many details involved in distance education training and support, and try to find ways to engage. Our students continue to show amazing resilience; but, also experience hardship and extreme challenges that make it hard to focus on their studies. We continue to try to address their financial, food, and technology needs, while removing barriers in our processes that require unnecessary obstacles to moving forward. The following report attempts to recap progress, challenges, and plans we are making as we continue with this new reality we face together.

Cypress Cares Campaign: Our student ambassadors have been reaching out to all of our students to find out how they are, what they need, and what we can do to assist. To date they have emailed 10,415 students, and made 3,595 phone calls to our most at risk students. In addition, calls have been made to 1,360 students who were on probation (below 2.0). Thank you to Gisela Verduzco and Kassandra Abreu for their leadership, but a special thanks to our students who have worked tirelessly on behalf of their peers.

Town Hall: In the ongoing effort to update our campus on the many changes occurring daily and weekly, we have continued to conduct town halls. The most recent convening was Wednesday, April 15 for employees and community members. We welcomed almost 180 participants to share updates, words of encouragement and kudos to all our campus employees for the excellent work they are doing. We also introduced our Cypress@Home campaign, which is depicted on the last page of this report. We hope you will also share how you are weathering this health crisis while @Home.

Pathways of Hope Hub: The Cypress College Food Bank is currently closed; however, Pathways of Hope continues to offer food and other assistance to Cypress College students at its Hub of Hope in Fullerton at 611 S Ford Ave. Cypress College students are invited to stop by to receive a bag of groceries once a week from 1-2:30 p.m. daily. We continue to be grateful for this important partnership.

Presidential Scholars of Distinction: We are thrilled to announce the 2020 Presidential Scholars of Distinction. This tradition, begun in 2019, honors a scholar from each of our eight academic pathways, plus either counseling or L/LRC, who were nominated and voted upon by the division faculty. Each student was chosen using the following criteria: a) Must be graduating in 2020; b) In good academic standing; c) Exhibited persistence in achieving and overcoming adversity; and d) Represented the values of the academic division. Our scholars are: Brandon Nguyen, BUS/CIS; John Lasater, CTE; Kylie Christensen, Fine Arts; Christina Williams, Health Sciences; Frankie Islas, Kinesiology; Nathaniel Garcia, Language Arts; Anh Nguyen, L/LRC; Connor Klizer, SEM; Sarah Queneau, Social Science. Each scholar will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from our Foundation. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Virtual Events: We are pleased to announce that many of our end of the year celebrations will continue in a virtual format. The following are those that we have confirmed, and hope you will be able join us!

Superintendents Cybersecurity Cup: The second annual Cyber Patriot competition, held on April 23 from 6 – 7 p.m. between our middle and high school students, will feature 275 students from 16 different schools and 8 districts competing to take home “The Superintendent’s Cup.” Students have been earning points since last fall and these points will be tabulated to determine the winning team. All eight superintendents, and Cypress College administrators will be there to salute and support these hard-working scholars. Our student mentors have coached and worked with these students all year, under the leadership of Dean Henry Hua and our dual enrollment team of Stephanie Teer and Stephanie Flores. Last year our winning district was Centralia. Who will win the Cup this year?

YomHaShoah: We are pleased to announce our 2020 Cypress College virtual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial event will be held on April 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Please join Holocaust Survivors’ Dr. Jacob Eisenbach and Sarah Schweitz, along with liberator Lt. Col. Sam Sachs, who flew his glider into Normandy Beach and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  This will be a historical event that should most definitely be witnessed.  One benefit of being online is that it can be viewed anywhere.  Please join us and feel free to share this information with others.

Commit2Cypress: Our annual Promise and Pledge event, to welcome incoming freshmen to “commit” to Cypress College, will be held on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Interested seniors from our local high school districts will be invited to join us virtually to be welcomed, encouraged, and informed about our college. In addition to the messages and ceremonial hand-off between AUHSD, Cypress College, CSUF, and UCI, students, and their parents, will be able to choose from over eight different breakout sessions, including parent-only sessions in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Commencement: By now you have heard that Cypress College will be conducting our commencement virtually on May 22, beginning at 5 p.m. Although a few students were disappointed not to have a live commencement, we have assured everyone that they will be invited to our next live commencement, and commemorate them as the Class of 2020, whenever that may be. Our students are excited and eager to participate, and we believe we have an exciting and impactful commencement planned. In addition, each student will receive a 2020 medallion, a Cypress photo frame, commemorative sash by academic pathway, and special app for a grad photo. Students will also be able to purchase, at a substantial discount, their regalia and a free photo session when we are able to come on campus.

Online and Remote classes: The percentage of courses that have now moved fully online is at 97%. Due to the ingenuity of our faculty, and collaborative work of our deans, we have been able to move almost all classes to a remote format. Some classes have remaining hours left to complete, which we hope we can complete during the summer on campus, practicing social distancing.

Silver Linings

3D Masks: Instructors Devon Tsuno and Ed Giardina, along with other artists from Cypress College Art Department and CSU Dominguez Hills PRAXIS art engagement program + DHAC student art club are voluntarily working together (remotely) to construct, assemble and distribute 3D face shields to communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. These communities include healthcare and essential workers – such as hospitals and clinics, senior communities, grocery and delivery workers, public-transportation riders, and other under-funded non-profits. Their efforts have been funded by donations made by people across the globe via social media. Bravo Ed, Devon and our caring students!

Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Student Finalists in National Video Contest

Cypress College students have gained national attention in a contest called “Stay Home and Sing,” with a video featuring their adaptation of a song from the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In The Heights.” The students performed the song “96,000,” selected from their spring production of the musical, which was cut short due to the Coronavirus-related campus closure.

If the students earn enough votes, they could win thousands of dollars for a charity of their choice and a chance to perform their musical number for a public audience. The team entered in the “Open” category, and became one of three finalists in that group on April 27.

Voting ends April 29. Click here to support the Cypress College entry, under the header “Open”: https://inspireamarillo.com/#/home.

The contest was created by a group from the Texas panhandle called Inspire Amarillo. According to the contest page, their goal is “to ‘connect’ with our family, friends and colleagues” through videos of teams performing their favorite songs.

The Theater Department’s adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In The Heights” was directed by Angela Cruz, a Professor of Theater at Cypress College. It premiered Friday, March 6, and ended its run Sunday, March 8; the campus closed before the second weekend of the performance, because of government-mandated shutdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The sets still stand in the Cypress College theater awaiting the scheduled shows that never took place.

Inspire Amarillo describes itself as “a way for all of Amarillo, the Panhandle and the Nation to virtually speak, perform or sing words of hope.” The contest is sponsored by Fairly Group.

The grand prize is performing at the Amarillo Sod Poodles 2020 Opening Day Game. In addition, five entries with the most votes each get to pick a charity to receive $5,000.

President Schilling’s Board Report for April 14, 2020

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 April 14, 2020

Much has occurred in the past four weeks since our campus closed to students and the public. The most inspiring stories are of our students’ resilience, our faculty who have completely changed their mode of instruction in a short time, of the tenacity of our managers and support teams to serve our students and our employees, and the innovation demonstrated by all employees across the campus. I have been sharing daily, and now weekly, briefings to help our students and employees stay engaged, and the following report provides a recap of the many initiatives we have implemented the last few weeks.

Campus Communication

In addition to Dr. Marshall’s updates, Cypress College has sent six daily briefings, and two weekly briefings to employees; in addition, six student notifications have been shared, as well as social media postings, and two town hall meetings in which over 200 students and staff participated. Our managers conduct frequent update meetings with their staff and faculty, and our Communication, L/LRC, and Distance Education teams have answered countless emails, trying to ensure students have the resources and information needed to succeed. In addition, our constituent leaders have sent communications to their members, specifically Craig Goralski who has been tremendous in his communication with our faculty, in collaboration with our Response Team in addressing needs and challenges. During this stressful time, we need to do whatever possible to engage and share information with our employees and students.

Technology

A big challenge in moving to a remote learning, work, and meeting environment has been ensuring that students and employees have the appropriate technology. Almost 92% of all students stated they had a laptop. To date, we have provided almost 50 laptops to students and the same number to employees. Students have self-identified their needs through our student survey or faculty referrals and employees have let their managers know of their needs. The recent District employee survey is also identifying additional needs so we are working on making sure that all employees have the technology to do their job remotely. In addition, 12% of students stated they did not have reliable WiFi, so the college is instituting a Drive-up WiFi in Lot 1. Our IT department, led by Peter Maharaj, worked to install additional hotspots so students could come on campus and access this needed WiFi.

Financial Need

Our Cypress College Foundation has committed $10,000 to a student emergency relief fund and to date has disbursed almost $15,000 in aid to 31 students. We continue to raise funds through donations, and our Student Equity and Achievement committee has also committed $14,500 to assist even more students. The need is still great and the stories are heartbreaking. If you wish to donate, we welcome all donations at our Foundation website: cypresscollege.edu/foundation.

Commencement

The college has decided not to cancel or postpone our annual graduation ceremony and, instead, will conduct a virtual commencement, while also offering students the opportunity to participate in our next live commencement. The virtual ceremony will take place on May 22 and all are welcome. Students will be announced individually and invited to submit a photo and profile statement along with their award during the ceremony. We will be sharing more information soon, as we finalize details, but please Save the Date!

Student Services Support

Our students service teams, including all our One-Stop Services, Library, and Distance Education teams, have been outstanding throughout this crisis, not missing a beat in providing high touch services to students.  We are incredibly proud that all these areas have quickly mobilized to continue the services and resources for our students in their usual high touch way. Here is a recap on the progress:

  • Counseling and One Stop: Our counselors were already serving students by March 20, a mere week after we shutdown campus services. Through Cranium Café, the college has set up virtual counters across all our student services, including Admissions and Records, the cashier services, and our Welcome Center. In counseling, students access a virtual environment and can “knock on the door” of any counselor who is available, while making appointments with those who are not. This includes our general and embedded counseling, Veterans, DSS, EOPS, and Career Counseling. Thank you to VPSS Paul de Dios and his amazing team.
  • In Distance Education, our team has been nothing short of amazing. They have posted countless how to videos to support students and faculty in migrating to this new world, shared tips and guides, responded to countless requests for help, and have continued to provide a level of support that is deeply appreciated by all. They have just integrated Proctorio, the secure testing software, and Labster, a virtual software for our lab sciences. Thank you to the entire team, especially Kathleen McAlister, our DE coordinator, and Treisa Cassens, Dean of the L/LRC.
  • And in our Library, our librarians, led by Monica Doman, have created easy-to-use resource guides, made free textbooks available to students, helped students with their research remotely, and responded to the many emails asking for assistance.
  • And our Charger Experience Team welcomed 300 high school students virtually for their first Charger Friday on Friday, April 3. They spent 4 hours in a virtual setting reviewing a campus tour prepared by our student ambassadors, meeting with counselors, and getting excited about coming to Cypress in the fall. Recruitment continues and we are so proud of the great event, led by Gisela Verduzco and her amazing team, as they prepare to welcome our incoming seniors.

Silver Linings

Although there have been many challenges this past month, there are always rays of light across the college and we are proud of the good work that continues. Below are a few of these shining lights.

Our scholar athletes were heartbroken to have their season cut short -, our Chargers were having a phenomenal season across our teams. Here is where our teams would have finished up if the season had ended on March 13. Go Chargers!

  • Men’s Golf- ranked #2 in the State
  • Baseball ranked #2 in the State
  • Softball – ranked #3 in the State
  • Women’s Beach Volleyball – ranked #9 in the State

Cypress College was also chosen as one of 18 colleges to participate in the Caring Campus Initiative sponsored by Institute of Evidence Based Change. This professional development grant will provide our classified employees the opportunity to participate in four sessions aimed at supporting our classified professionals in their transition to a Guided Pathways model. We look forward to beginning this training when we can return to campus.

I am also pleased to share that our Cyber Security program was awarded the 2020 National CyberWatch Innovations in Cyber Security Education award for their work with Jobs ChalleNGe this past semester. This is the second year in a row that the Cypress Cyber Security program, led by Dean Henry Hua, and instructors Ben Izadi and Russ Alizadeh, has received this national award. Jobs ChalleNGe, a collaboration with the National Guard, was implemented by our Dual Enrollment team, and over 60 students were successfully awarded a certificate in either Cyber Security or Auto Technology. Congratulations to all! Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together!

Cypress College Transitions to Remote Learning, Student Service Delivery Without Missing a Day

Cypress College is operating at nearly full capacity as a remote learning environment — with approximately 90% of all coursework transitioned from in-person instruction and essentially 100% of student services available to students online. The immediate transition of all services is unique among regional peer institutions, and perhaps across the state.

Delivery of uninterrupted student support services is especially impressive because Cypress College accomplished the transition from in-person to remote without missing a day of meeting students’ needs. When state orders accelerated the campus closure in mid-March, Cypress College paused classes on March 13, 16, and 17 to facilitate a transition to remote instruction.

The faculty, Distance Education, and Student Services teams kept right at work. For example, using Cranium Café, the student support staff began meeting virtually with students to provide needed support. Cypress College was in full swing with Counseling, Veterans Services, EOPS, Disabled Student Services, and Admissions & Records available. All services were fully implemented by Friday, March 20.

“Our student services staff have completely reinvented how they provide services,” said Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. “This expanded capability meets students’ needs on demand and without requiring students to come into an office to receive the same high-touch assistance.”

At the same time services were transitioning, the Distance Education team worked to expand their framework and support — and connected with faculty across the entire curriculum to ensure that nearly all courses (including many with lab components) could transition to some virtual format.

Nearly all employees played some part in the transition. Leadership came from the college’s executive staff, the Academic Senate, Associated Students, and a group of in-house experts such as the Health Center, Maintenance and Operations, IT, and Campus Safety.

“I am so proud of the work accomplished by our employees to make this transition happen,” Dr. Schilling said. “Converting classes from in-person to remote is a tremendous undertaking and I am amazed and thankful for the lengths our faculty are going to in order to make this happen so that we can continue to meet our students’ needs. Our Distance Education team, especially, has done tireless work. This transition is an incredible achievement on its own. It is even-more amazing when you consider that half of our courses are in career-technical fields, such as automotive technology and health sciences. I commend the creativity, hard work, and dedication of our faculty and staff.”

In addition to providing services such as Counseling, Financial Aid, Admissions and Records, Disability Support Services, the Health Center, and the Library/Learning Resources Center, our student ambassadors and Student Services staff are also reaching out to all students through the Cypress Cares Campaign, which focuses on helping students complete their studies.

The college organized and implemented a laptop-loaner program for students and employees who need equipment at home, is raising emergency funds through the Foundation to provide assistance to students, hosted two virtual town hall meetings, and launched drive-up WiFi service for students who need temporary access to high-speed internet connections.

A number of events are also scheduled to continue in virtual format, including: commencement on its original date of May 22; Commit2Cypress; outreach to high school seniors; virtual tours; and the popular Charger Experience/Charger Fridays campus visits.

Cypress College has paused all in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic through May 23 in response to stay-at-home orders.

 

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 176 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 73 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 115-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.

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.

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“Drive-Up WiFi” Program Launched by Cypress College to Facilitate Student Internet Access

In an effort to provide students with reliable, high-speed internet access — and in keeping with social-distancing directives issued by county, state, and national officials — Cypress College is launching “Drive-Up WiFi” available to all enrolled students.

Wireless access will be available to students in Lot #1 on a first-come, first-served basis. Access is for registered Cypress College students with valid login credentials. Access to Lot #1 will be available to students on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. until the end of the last scheduled class on that particular day of the week (typically 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m., Friday).

Students must remain in their cars while using the college’s network and adhere to all current public health directives, including social distancing. In congruence with social-distancing restrictions, the college will not accommodate pedestrians or cyclists; in addition, no restroom or other facilities will be made available. Students will park in every-other parking stall to enhance social-distancing protocols.

To use the WiFi, students will enter the college, and Lot 1, at the main entrance (Valley View Street and Cypress College West) and exit onto Orange Avenue. A valid Cypress College parking pass is required to access the college and Lot 1. Additional restrictions and requirements are designated on the college’s website.

Cypress College President, JoAnna Schilling, expressed her pride at the many ways the college community has stepped up to address student needs.

“The resilience our students have demonstrated during this health emergency has been inspirational, but the need for support is great,” Dr. Schilling said. “Hearing the challenges our students are facing is heartbreaking, but we are grateful to our staff for their personal and professional contributions to our students. We are also thankful for donations made to the Cypress College emergency-assistance campaign.”

Cypress College last held in-person instruction on March 12 before entering a three-day pause to convert instruction to remote methods in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. At roughly the same time, the college launched a survey of students to determine their technology needs for continuing their studies remotely. With more than 3,300 responses, Cypress College students indicated overwhelmingly they had access to necessary technology — 92.4% of respondents stated they had access to a computer, 88% noted they have reliable internet access, and an additional 30% indicated they did not have a private space at home to conduct their class work. Students who did not have these resources were invited to request assistance.

With data collected from the survey, the college has loaned approximately three dozen laptops and Chromebooks to students. The “Drive-Up WiFi” program comes in addition to helping connect students to free and low-cost internet opportunities in the commercial marketplace. The Cypress College Foundation has also launched an emergency-assistance campaign to help students: who have lost a job or experienced income loss; buy/borrow computers for home use; obtain access to reliable home internet; and purchase books for online classes. So far, the Foundation has provided 24 emergency grants, totaling $12,000. Donations can be made at cypresscollege.edu/about/foundation.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous 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 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 176 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 73 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 $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 115-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.

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.

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Professor Shares Creative Solution During Difficult Time

In uncertain times, such as these, our old ways of solving problems might not work. A long-time Cypress College professor recently shared a story that might get creative wheels turning while many of us reconfigure our work and study environments and routines during the Coronavirus-related order to stay home.

Management and Marketing Professor Emerita Patti Kishel remembered an exercise during her first year teaching, in 1990, during a team-building retreat at the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead. She recalled a “Survivor Exercise” for attendees: Determine which of a group of people would get to stay in a crowded lifeboat and which would be sacrificed (young person with potential, the older person with skills to share, the scientist, farmer, etc.).

Kishel described the results:

“With only limited space available each team had to make hard decisions and justify them – placing a value on human life. One by one, each group told who they picked to stay in the lifeboat – and why. It was hard making life-or-death decisions this way even in a simulation, in effect ordering people ‘Out of the boat!’

“The last group to share their decisions was the teachers from the Fine Arts Department. And, unlike the other teams, they had another approach. Working together, the people in the boat were going to make a float out of existing materials and position it under the lifeboat so that it was strong enough that all the people could stay in the boat. Rather than limiting their decision to the parameters of the problem, they expanded them and took a more creative approach.

“Instead of saying ‘Out of the boat!’  they said, ‘Back in the boat!’

“This is where we are now. Looking for new ways to keep us safe and to keep more people in the boat. With creativity, we can expand our parameters to do so.”

It’s a great reminder to rethink the usual choices we make – it could yield great results. Why not take a moment  to find a new way to view work or study options today.

Dance Students Chosen to Perform at CSULB

The Cypress College Dance Department participated in an annual conference put on by the American College Dance Association March 4-7. The ACDA’s Baja Conference took place at California State University Long Beach, and was open to faculty, staff, students, and musicians.

The conference was capped off with a gala performance at CSULB’s Carpenter Center.  The adjudicators picked 11 pieces to be featured in the Gala Performance, one of which was Cypress College’s “This Is Who We Are,” a piece choreographed by the students. The Student Equity and Achievement Committee provided funding to attend.

“Thank you Student Equity and Achievement Committee for giving our students the opportunity to experience a conference, master classes, performances, and to share the stage with so many academic programs in dance,” Maha Afra, chair of the Cypress College Dance Department, said. “Our students and faculty represented all of you Chargers. The faculty taught classes and students performed.”

Cypress College presented another piece called “Sui-T-able,” choreographed by faculty member Francesca Lee, with costumes by Marci Alberto and Francesca Lee. “This Is Who We Are” featured costumes by Becky Ogden.

“The three adjudicators’ feedback was an endless stream of accolades for both pieces,” Afra said.

The conference portion of the event featured four days of classes, workshops, adjudication and informal concerts, feedback sessions, scholarly presentations, and faculty-only classes.

The students who attended were Astrid Ardon, Anthony Capulong, Kylie Christensen, Nickolas Currenton, Xavier Contreras, Briyanda Fresquez, Gabriella McQuoid, Michael Moseray, Brittany Post, Briana Sanchez, Isaiah Singleton, and Rochelle Villaroel.

CSULB student Production Assistants worked to design and produce Baja at the Beach, the sixth ACDA conference held on the CSULB campus, according to the university.

President Schilling’s Board Report for March 10, 2020

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 March 10, 2020

In collaboration with NOCE, Cypress College was proud to support a community voting center during the recent election on the NOCE/Cypress campus February 29-March 3. Our volunteers did a great job accommodating all attendees and there was a steady flow of voters all four days. Thank you to our M&O Team for all their efforts, as well as campus safety for opening up parking availability and making sure visitors knew where to go and how to navigate the campus.

Cypress College has been invited to apply to be one of 18 community colleges to participate in the Institute for Evidence Based Change (IEBC) “Caring Campus” initiative for classified staff. If selected as one of the colleges, Cypress will identify up to 30 classified professionals from across the campus to become coaches for their respective areas. The focus of the Caring Campus Initiative will be to empower and support our staff to identify specific behaviors that lead to student engagement and success. If chosen, the college, in partnership with IEBC, will conduct three half days and one full day training for staff beginning this spring through the summer.

Drs. Reiland and Schilling participated in the Intersegmental Pathways Taskforce meeting in Sacramento on February 24, as part of our continued interest in building a connection between the K12 and university systems. The taskforce is composed of CSU, UC, community college, policy, and career partners interested in creating a more robust pipeline for students journeying through the California secondary and postsecondary educational systems. Cypress continues to be the only community college that has implemented both Program Finder (an integration of career programs identified at the high school level and connected to all Orange County community colleges), and Program Mapper (an educational planning tool by degree). The CSU system is looking to begin piloting Program Mapper so, potentially all students could view their pathway from associate’s degree all the way through the baccalaureate degree when they attend Cypress College.

Topping Off Ceremony: Tuesday, February 25, Cypress College recognized the topping off of the new Science, Engineering, & Mathematics building, with the placement of the final steel beam of the new structure. College and project officials, construction personnel, and our SEM division faculty and staff were present for the milestone occasion, and had an opportunity to sign the final beam before its installation. Come by to see the progress we are making on this beautiful new facility.

Campus Safety Officers Anne-Marie Valadez, Richard Anaya, and Benjamin Chacon will be awarded the California College and University Police Chiefs Association (CCUPCA) CCUPCA award on April 10, 2020 in Lake Tahoe, for their incredible service to a student in need. In February a student collapsed during a routine gym class; our campus safety officers came to her aid and helped keep her stabilized until the paramedics arrived. Their quick action undoubtedly saved her life. We are so proud of these three fine individuals and it is gratifying to see them honored for their work.

Charger Sports Update:

  • Members of the Men’s Basketball, Softball and Baseball teams supported Miller Elementary School (La Palma) Read Across America effort on February 28, 2020 by reading books and visiting classrooms to support early childhood literacy and reading.
  • The Cypress College Baseball team supported Cypress Little League’s Challenger division by partnering in a morning of baseball on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
  • Our Women’s Basketball team attempts to punch their ticket to the State Final 8 this Saturday, March 7 at Moorpark College after a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Rio Hondo last Friday, February 28, 2020. Go Chargers!

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (creator of Hamilton) first musical, will be gracing the Cypress College Theater March 6-7 and March 13-14 at 7 p.m. and March 8 and 15 at 4 p.m. The musical, which ran on Broadway 2008-2011, chronicles three days in the lives of the residents of Washington Heights, NY.

Our annual High School Counseling Breakfast was held on Tuesday March 3 in our Campus Theater. Lead by Dr. Flor Huerta, our Interim Dean of Counseling, the college hosted over 100 counselors for middle and high school to hear presentations on dual enrollment, our new Program Finder software, and engage in the important programs that Cypress has to offer. Thank you to our Student services team for a great informational morning.

Cypress joined with our sister campuses, Fullerton College and NOCE, to attend and sponsor the A2Mend Conference on March 5-6 at the LAX Hyatt Regency. On the evening of March 4, our own Dr. Greg Schultz was honored with the Educational Leadership Award for his exemplary advocacy, mentorship, and support for African American males. We are so proud of Greg and fortunate to work with and support him! Congratulations, Greg!

In partnership with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, and the Student Equity and Achievement (SEA), our Disability Support Services (DSS) invited LeDerick Horne to present at Cypress College on March 5 at 2 p.m. in our Campus Theater. LeDerick was diagnosed with a learning disability in the third grade, but defied those who tried to limit him to become a spoken word poet, inspirational speaker, and advocate for those with disabilities. What a great presentation!

Cypress College’s 24th Kindercaminata took place on February 28. We welcomed over 800 kindergartners from our local schools to our Gateway Plaza from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for activities, introductions to age-appropriate academic fun, and other surprises to engage these young scholars in a college-going future.

Our 45th Americana Award Ceremony was held on February 29 at the Disneyland Hotel. Thank you to Trustees Brown, Dunsheath, Bent, and Blount for joining us, as well as our Chancellor and staff. Our Executive Director, Howard Kummerman, and his team put on a fabulous event, raising more than $300,000 in scholarships for our students. We are grateful to all of our volunteers, staff, and our student ambassadors for their support. We hope you will also mark May 14 on your calendars for our annual Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony, when we get to give away all the funding raised last week at Americana. Thanks for your support!

Chief Rod Cox, long time police chief of Cypress, and friend to our campus, will be retiring. His retirement ceremony will be held on March 13 from 4-6 p.m. at the Cypress Community Center. We hope you will be able to join us.

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

Commit2Cypress and Take Advantage of Free Tuition Through Pledge and Promise

Join us at Commit2Cypress on Thursday, April 30 at 4:30-8 p.m. to learn more about and sign your contract for the fall 2020 North Orange Promise or AUHSD Pledge granting free tuition to all qualifying first-time college students for their first two years!

Meet representatives from support programs and services on campus, interact with deans and professors from the college’s academic programs, and attend sessions on topics most relevant to new college students and parents.

RSVP here!

Commit2Cypress and Take Advantage of Free Tuition Through Pledge and Promise

Join us at Commit2Cypress on Thursday, April 30 at 4:30-8 p.m. to learn more about and sign your contract for the fall 2020 North Orange Promise or AUHSD Pledge granting free tuition to all qualifying first-time college students for their first two years!

Meet representatives from support programs and services on campus, interact with deans and professors from the college’s academic programs, and attend sessions on topics most relevant to new college students and parents.

RSVP here!

President Schilling’s Board Report for February 25, 2020

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 February 25, 2020

As we enter the fifth week of the spring semester we look back on a successful and inspirational Black History Month and look ahead to our 45th Americana Awards. Our Black History events celebrated the amazing contributions Black Americans have made to the world of pop culture, fashion, and the arts, while the Americana Awards again celebrate the many contributions our Citizens and Man of the Year have made to our communities. We hope you had the opportunity to join us for the remaining “pop-ish” Black History events, and look forward to having you there on Saturday, February 29 as we raise funds for our students while honoring those who have given so much to our communities.

Campus News

Cypress College hosted two open forums on February 12 to allow students, faculty, and staff to provide input on our Educational and Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). In addition, the President’s Office hosted a comments box and EFMP map and projects list the week of February 18-21 to allow those unable to attend these forums to provide input. Our EFMP consultants will also be visiting our Associated Students, our Presidents Advisory Council (PAC), Academic Senate, Planning and Budget Committee (PBC), the Management Team, and various divisions on request. Our goal is to ensure a high level of participation and feedback for the important projects we will be supporting for the next decade.

Our Leading with Equity Symposium, which will be held at the UCLA Conference Center on March 26-27, opened registration on February 12, and we are already reached our maximum of 80 participants. This important summit will be facilitated by Dr. Veronica Kiefer-Lewis and we are hopeful it will be a dynamic time to build community among all constituents, engage in the challenging discussions that are needed to move our college forward, and to make progress on becoming an equity-minded campus. I want to acknowledge the efforts of our Professional Development coordinators, Michael Brydges, and Ruth Gutierrez, for their efforts in putting together this retreat.

Cypress College participated this year in the Every Student Succeeding event for the Cypress Schools. This event honors students from all grade levels who have persevered under challenging and difficult circumstances. Our awardee was Tyuana Boochee, a single mother who is a Legacy Scholar, and an honors student despite struggling with homelessness and personal challenges. Tyuana is an inspiration to us all and was presented with her award by Legacy counselor LaRon Armstead. This was the first year that a Cypress College student was acknowledged.

Our 45th Americana Award Ceremony will be held on February 29 at the Disneyland Hotel. Our Executive Director, Howard Kummerman, and his team have been working hard to ensure we have more premiere silent and live auction items than ever before, and to guarantee a record-breaking number of sponsors. Our Man of the Year, Bill Taormina, is a staunch advocate for ending homelessness and our Cypress Citizen of the Year, George O’Hara, is a Cypress College Foundation member. Margie Lewis, former president of Cypress College, has graciously volunteered to serve as our Americana Chair this year, and she is exhibiting the same standard of excellence in her chair position, as she did as our president. We are grateful to all of our volunteers and staff for ensuring we raise scholarship funds to support our students at our annual Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 14.

17 former Charger baseball players are on the opening day roster for NCAA Division I teams this spring, including UNLV, UCLA, Oregon State, Michigan, Long Beach State, Ball State, Dayton, UCR, CSUF, Morehead State, HBU, & UML. We are #CYProud of our transferring athletes and their ongoing success. Go Chargers!

Please join us at the upcoming Cypress College Art Gallery (CCAG) opening on Thursday, February 20. This new exhibition, Superscope, Clay 2020, curated by faculty member, Molly Schulps, offers a widescreen view of contemporary clay-based visual arts in California, We are also pleased to announce that this semester CCAG has partnered with LEAF/Able ARTS Work, and will be providing 20-free visual arts workshops in the Gallery to classes of local school children.  For more information, visit the exhibition website HERE.

Future Upcoming Events – Save the Date(s)!

Cypress College’s 24th Kindercaminata will be taking place on February 28. We will be welcoming over 800 kindergartners from our local schools to our Gateway Plaza from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for activities, introductions to age-appropriate academic fun, and other surprises to engage these young scholars in a college-going future.

Rotary Spaghetti Dinner will be held on March 7 at the Cypress Community Center. All sales go to support our EOPS program and all tickets go back to our food pantry to provide free meals to students. If you are interested in purchasing a $5 ticket and support a student, please let Dr. Schilling know.

YomHaShoah – Please join us on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Cypress College Campus Theater for the 4th annual Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust. This year we will be hearing from eight survivors as well as Sam Sachs, one of the WWII camp liberators, who will share their stories. In addition, Cliff Lester will also be awarding the Ursula Lowenbach Foster Holocaust Memorial Scholarship, in honor of his mother’s memory. It promises to be a moving evening and we hope you will join us. Registration will be open soon and proceeds go to Holocaust Education.

Cyber Security Superintendents Cup – On April 21 we will host our second annual competition features our District middle school students as they compete for bragging rights and the Superintendent’s Cup. Last year Centralia School District was the big winner and this year our other districts are vying to take the cup back home to their district. Please join us to see the future of Cypress College students in our Cypress College Theater at 5 p.m.

The Cypress College Legacy Society will host its next reception on April 29. Currently the Legacy Society, which acknowledges donors who have pledged or given over $10,000 in support of our students, has over 50 members and growing. Members include Trustee Barbara Dunsheath, past presidents of Cypress, Margie Lewis, Mike Kasler, and Bob Simpson, Chancellor Cheryl Marshall, and many past and present staff, faculty and managers. We are grateful for their support of our students.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for February 11, 2020

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 February 11, 2020

We enter the third week of the semester and it is wonderful to have our students back on campus. The campus welcomes a new food vendor and the reviews from students have been positive. Enrollment is holding steady with a slight (very slight) bump in enrollment with an 87% fill rate across all divisions. Club Rush was in full swing the week of February 3-6 and our Associated Students welcomed all students back to campus with energy and exciting events. February also moves forward with Black History Month and a full schedule of events, which are detailed at the end of this report. We look forward to a dynamic spring semester.

Campus News

Please stop by and see our new wall graphics on the CCCPLX building. Our Communications team has introduced new window graphics, each that tell the story of our commitment to student success. On the first floor, we feature our four core values, with equity at the center. We want our students to know that our college is centered by the values we have embraced. On the second floor we feature our Every Student Has A Story wall. Seven students are featured, each representing the attributes of Be Confident, Creative, Courageous, Dedicated, Dynamic, Motivated and Passionate. On the third floor, we welcome students with our promise of Buen Cypress, We Take This Journey Together. Thank you Marc Posner, Marcie Kagawa, and Cari Jorgensen for designing this new addition to our campus!

Gisela Verduzco and Kelly Carter were chosen to present two sessions at the Degree Works Conference in Orlando, FL April 3-8. Their presentation is: Utilizing DegreeWorks to Address the Vision for Success in California Community Colleges. This session will focus on implementation of Guided Pathways and Program Mapper at Cypress College. The second session is titled: Re-Routing: From Maps to Plans in DegreeWorks, highlighting the importance in having counselors and faculty working together to implement a pathways plan for students.

Also chosen to present at the upcoming League of Innovation conference in March are Lisa Gaetje, Deidre Porter, and Kristina Oganesian. They were invited to share the work they are doing with predictive analytics using our Civitas software. Their presentation will highlight our new Accelerate campaign, which focuses on solutions to the challenges that affect the success rates of our part time students. They will also present on this topic in San Jose in June.

Our Sustainability Committee has launched a “Do You Know” social media campaign to help educate our employees and students about the surprising things that influence climate change. This link provides an example of the kind of notice going out each week to our students and employees.

Sixty-five high school students attended a Cypress College Auto Technology seminar in preparation for the upcoming Orange County Auto Dealers Association (OCADA) High School Auto Technician Competition. These students will compete on Saturday April 26 at 8:30 a.m., with winners receiving tools and scholarships to attend a college level automotive program in Orange County.

On January 23, 2020, from 6-8 p.m., more than 70 students attended the inaugural Hotel, Restaurant, and Culinary Arts Open House. Faculty welcomed students with program presentations, tours, and cooking demos, while support staff provided resources including financial aid, counseling, EOPS, DSS, and Pledge information. Thank you to our HRC faculty and staff for this excellent event.

We will be creating two new student engagement spaces on campus, located on the first floor of the Humanities building. These two new spaces will feature two new study areas, furniture for work and student interaction, and additional charging stations. Our Puente and Legacy programs will be housed there until we can build a new multi-cultural center on campus, but all students are welcome!

The eDLAs (Directed Learning Agreements), developed by our tutoring center staff and math faculty, continue to exceed expectations for students who successfully complete them. The math review opportunities are part of the new co lab math courses and were funded by our OER and Basic Skills funding. 5,251 students who participated in Tutoring from Fall 2016 to Fall 2018 were analyzed and matched with 5,251 students who did not participate in tutoring within the same semesters, during the same time period. Designed to be used on and off campus, eDLA completers had an overall success rate approximately 29 percentage points higher than those students who did not complete eDLAs and a 4.8% lift in persistence rates. The largest lifts in persistence were observed for students in the most at-risk student groups. For the math eDLAs only, there was a 60.4% difference in success rates between completers and non-completers. Thanks to our tutoring staff under Dean Treisa Cassens, and to our Math Department Chair, Cindy Shrout, and math faculty for creating these interactive eDLAs.

Congratulations to Theater Arts student, Aaron Espinosa, who has just been hired by the Center Theater Group (Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatres) as an Education Intern for spring 2020.

Community Events

Dr. Schilling and Howard Kummerman, and Trustees Blount and Dunsheath attended the Cypress State of the City luncheon on January 29. Dr. Schilling and Howard Kummerman will also be attending the Buena Park State of the City on February 12. Paul de Dios will be attending the Garden Grove State of the City luncheon also on February 12.

Dr. Schilling also enjoyed the “Look Who’s Dancing” event, a Pathways of Hope Fundraiser on February 6.  Fullerton Communications Director, Lisa McPheron, and Fullerton President, Greg Schulz were the stars of the show. What a wonderful evening of fun in support of our partner, PoH!

Upcoming Events

  • EFMP Open Forums – February 12 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Equity Symposium- March 26-27
  • Americana Awards – February 29 at the Disneyland Hotel
  • Rotary Spaghetti Dinner – March 7 at the Cypress Community Center- all tickets sales go to support our EOPS program.

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

 

 

The following is our calendar of events for Black History Month. Please join us!

 

President Schilling’s Board Report for January 28, 2020

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 January 28, 2020

Happy New Year!  The college is back in session and we are looking forward to the spring semester and seeing the many things happening at Cypress College. Spring enrollment is showing a slight decrease in head count from last year, but an increase in units taken and FTES. We are hopeful this is in response to some of the Guided Pathways initiatives we are beginning to implement.  We also look forward to providing a State of the College presentation to the board on February 11, which will focus on our progress on the four 2019-2020 focuses of the college: Housing and Hunger, Increasing Equity-Mindedness, Sustainability, and implementation of Guided Pathways.

Campus News

FLEX Day was held on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Tim Wise was the keynote speaker at 9 a.m. in the Campus Theatre and provided an insightful and powerful message. Opening Day was held on Friday, January 24, 2020 followed by lunch served by our Associated Students. During the program we shared campus updates, the past semester’s accomplishments, followed by a staff and student performance titled “This Is Who We Are.” Thank you to Trustee Blount for attending and representing the Board.

Chargers Athletics Spring Preview: After having 4 of 5 fall sports qualify for the playoffs, the spring season has already begun. Women’s Basketball is currently undefeated in conference play and the Lady Chargers are ranked No. 12 in the state with a 15-3 overall record. Cypress College Baseball enters their season opener on Friday ranked No. 2 in Southern CA. Softball is considered the favorite to win a sixth consecutive Orange Empire Conference Title. Men’s Golf is expected to make another run at a state title after winning in 2018 and finishing as runner-up in 2019. Go Chargers!

New website: Cypress will be unveiling our new website design at the end of February. A preview was provided to employees on Opening Day and our Communications team will be reaching out to all divisions and areas to ensure their information is updated. The new website will align with our Guided Pathways approach by providing a consistent look and navigation on all academic and student services pages. We look forward to our new site being fully available to all staff and students by March 1, 2020.

The college will be offering preferred name and pronoun options to students through our Canvas platform, and by personal request through the Registrar. Going forward into fall, students and employees will be able to input this information in our new Banner 9 system. This has become an important issue for our transgender and non-binary students who are often identified by legal names that no longer align with their preferred gender identification. More needs to be done on this issue across the District, including reviewing policy, but our Registrar will address this confidentially with those students who seek to be identified with a preferred name and pronoun this semester.

Cypress College is in the News…again!  Fox News KTLA visited our campus to feature the work we are doing on housing and hunger. Reporter Gina Silva interviewed Tyuana Boochee a Cypress student who shared her experience with homelessness. The feature is scheduled this week on Good Day LA. We will keep you updated when we have an air date. In the meantime, the Spectrum News Channel 1 hour-long feature on community colleges that aired last month (and featuring two segments on Cypress College) can be seen at: The first 20 minutes focus on Chancellor Oakley; Cypress segments begin around the 20 minute mark.

A recent report by the Center on Education and the Workforce revealed the strong return on investment (ROI) produced by community colleges. According to this report, which listed over 4,500 colleges in the US, Cypress College has an 875% return on investment and ranked 431 in 10-years and 1383 in 40-years across the US. As a comparison, CSU Fullerton’s ROI ranked 499 in 10-years and 1338 in 40-years. In addition, students who earn an associates degree at Cypress earn $838,000 more in their lifetime than they would without that associates degree.

STEM(2) Fall recap: 78 STEM scholars were selected to participate in undergraduate summer research experience this past summer – a record number of participants to date. From 2017 to 2019, participation increased by 90%. In addition, efforts are being made to connect our students with industry, resulting in internships with Vescio Manufacturing, PSI Intertek and V&M Precision. Seven students are now working for these three companies, and the numbers are growing. Thank you, Yanet Garcia and her team, for this excellent support of our students. Read our student profile at the end of this report to hear how these experiences transformed one student’s life.

Our first Presidential Advisory Group meeting was held on January 14 at the college. Sixteen CEOs and decision makers from local industries including the Los Angeles Angels, SubSync, Union Bank, Orange County Business Council, Mentor Global Consultants, CHOC, Exemplis, OC4 Venture Studio, and Schools First, among others, were there to learn more about Cypress College and discuss potential partnerships. It was an exciting morning engaging with our business leaders and we are eager to continue developing the important relationships that benefit our students.

Cypress College was honored with a 2019 Excellence in Energy and Sustainability award on January 14 at the California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting in Sacramento. The college and the North Orange County Community College District were recognized for Cypress College’s chilled water thermal energy storage tank, which reduces cost and increases energy efficiency. The District won for the Best Project — Large District Category.

The new Cypress College Sustainability Committee met in December and January and we are busy developing ideas for the spring semester. Upcoming will be a presentation by non-profit, Algalita, who will be presenting on developing curriculum that  incorporates sustainable practices in our courses. In addition, the college will be sponsoring a contest for all students and employees to build an art project using recyclable materials. The winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22. Finally, we will be imitating a campus wide “Did you Know?” social media campaign to educate our community on the things we can all do to create a sustainable world. Stay tuned!

Upcoming Events

“Equity at Work” Symposium at UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead – March 26-27

Americana Awards at the Disneyland Hotel – February 29

Black History Month – Kick off event on February 5 and events throughout the month of February

Yom HaShoah – April 22, 2020

This month’s student profile focuses on one of our STEM(2) students who had the opportunity to travel to NYC this summer and participate in a summer research program at Columbia University. Meet STEM(2) Scholar, Gricelda Weed.

“My summer research experience at Columbia University was transformative! I had the opportunity to conduct neuroscience of aging research alongside world-renowned scientists. As a first-generation student, mother of five, and woman of color, the opportunity to spend two, fully-funded, months at an ivy league in New York City was an opportunity of a lifetime. My research investigated the association between socioeconomic status and white matter hyper intensities in older adults. I wanted to see if the socioeconomic status of an individual affected the neuropathology later in life. One of the most memorable activities was shadowing a brain cutting session performed by a neuropathologist. It was the first time that I encountered what the human brain and spine anatomy were like in real life. At the end of the program, I presented my research at the STAR U symposium and will be presenting in national conferences in 2020. Participating in this summer research program solidified my career path in neuroscience of aging, and it has provided mentorship in my journey towards becoming a physician-scientist that is truly valuable as a first-generation student. Currently, I am a STAR U ambassador and will continue conducting research with my mentor. It is because of programs like (STEM)2 that underrepresented minorities feel seen, heard, and supported to pursue a career in STEM. I am the first STEM scholar to conduct research at Columbia University, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.”

Congratulations Gricelda. We are #CY Proud!

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

Cypress College Wins Overall Best Project at 2019 Excellence in Energy and Sustainability Awards

Cypress College was honored with a 2019 Excellence in Energy and Sustainability award on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the California Community Colleges Board of Governors (CCC BOG) meeting in Sacramento for its commitment to reducing the campus’ reliance on electricity. The college and the North Orange County Community College District received top recognition as the Best Project — Large District Category.

The award was presented for Cypress College’s chilled-water, thermal-energy storage tank, which reduces cost and increases energy efficiency. In addition to Cypress, the Board of Governors honored nearly a dozen California community colleges and college districts for environmentally sensitive projects developed to save taxpayers more than $2 million annually.

“We are thrilled to have our project recognized by the state Chancellor’s Office,” said JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D., president of Cypress College. “Sustainability is one of our top priorities. Bringing the energy storage tank online is the result of significant effort by current and former employees who share a vision of providing sound energy and fiscal stewardship.”

The award was received on behalf of the college by Phil Fleming, Cypress College’s Physical Plant and Facilities director, during the CCC BOG meeting. In addition to Fleming’s leadership, the project was initiated and developed under the direction of two now-retired Cypress College employees: Albert Miranda, Fleming’s predecessor, and Karen Cant, the former vice president of Administrative Services. Cypress College’s HVAC staff are also integral to the implementation and operation of the thermal-energy storage tank.

“With 115 colleges across the state, the California Community Colleges have a responsibility to meet the state’s climate change goals,” said Board of Governors President Tom Epstein. “The Board is pleased to recognize this year’s winners for setting the standard in taking action to protect our environment while saving taxpayer dollars.”

Cypress’ 890,000-gallon chilled water Thermal Energy Storage (TES) tank is connected to a chilled-water system that l