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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

 

 

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!

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

 

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!

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!

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!

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!

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).

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  • 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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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.

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!

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

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

President Schilling’s Board Report for December 10, 2019

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 10, 2019

Happy Holidays from Cypress College!

Campus Events

Our Legacy Program Kwanzaa event was held on December 5, featuring keynote speaker, Rashad Cromwell, who comes from four generations of HBCU scholars. Mr. Wallace is the founder and President of Harbor Institute, an educational firm based in Washington DC and focused on cultural competency, student success and Black/Latino male development. It was a great night for celebrating the traditions of Kwanzaa and we are grateful for those who serve as Legacy mentors. Special thanks to Regina Rhymes and LaRon Armstead for their leadership of the Legacy program.

Please join us on December 12 for our annual EOPS and Guardian Scholars Holiday celebration. All our EOPS and Care families will be gathered for our annual Adopt a Family event, as well as our Guardian Scholars Foster Youth program. We want to thank Ann Marie Ruelas, Ashley Berry, and the EOPS team, as well as the entire campus community who have stepped up yet again to contribute to ensuring our students have a festive and happy holiday.

The Cypress College Music Department highlighted our students in two excellent events including the Jazz Concert, held on Monday December 2, and our Vocal Concert on December 6. Both featured our students performing holiday classics and the timeless classics of Motown. Kudos to music faculty Gary Gopar, Ronal Segovia, and Terra Hurdle for their musical direction.

Our Associated Students will be holding a Finals Fuel event during finals week December 9-12. Students will receive free scantrons, blue books, coffee and snacks, and there will be therapy dogs available across the campus to help students de-stress. Thank you, David Okawa, Jay Shonkweiler, and our student leaders for supporting our students this week!

Our graphic art students participated again in our 2nd annual Holiday Card Contest. Three winners were chosen – Phat (Ken) Huynh, Gabriela Jaramillo, and Benjamin Eusebi – receiving $250, $100, and $50 respectively. Ken’s winning design will be used as an electronic animated card, and will also be sent as a traditional card to our community and partners. Congratulations to our student winners!

Vanessa Natera, a Cypress College STEM student, was one of three students interviewed as a panel on Spectrum News for their “Inside the News” show on Wednesday December 4. The segment was part of an episode focused on the California community college experience and featured students from Compton, Long Beach, and Cypress Colleges.  The episode aired at 8 and 11 p.m. that evening and we will share a link when it becomes available.

Go Chargers! Four of our five fall sports teams made it to the CCCAA Playoffs this year, including women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, and women’s water polo. Women’s soccer went undefeated on their way to winning the 2019 Orange Empire Conference Championship. In addition, 14 of our athletes were All-Orange Empire Conference selections this Fall. Congratulations to these outstanding scholars and to our coaches, Nanci Welliver, Erick Hurtarte, Christina Rus, and Mark Canner, Athletic Director Wes McCurtis, and Dean Rick Rams, for an outstanding season.

The Accelerate Program, a Civitas-based pilot that is focused on encouraging working students taking 6 units to accelerate to 9 units, was implemented this week with its first nudge email message which was delivered to 1,120 students identified as either at risk of dropping out or might be interested in this program. Students were offered a specific course that was being saved for them. The program also includes online counseling support and other access to books and materials designed for a student who doesn’t have much time. Thank you to Kristina Oganesian, Lisa Gaetje, Deidre Porter, and Henry Hua for working with Marc Posner to initiate this campaign.

On November 16, the college held an LGBTQ feedback forum to hear from our students and better understand the challenges they face at the college. Topics included preferred names and pronouns, and gender-neutral bathrooms. The college will be implementing preferred names through Canvas on our rosters for spring, while the district works through the policies and procedures to implement this across the district.

A New Creative Writing Certificate in Creative Writing is being offered by Cypress College’s Language Arts Division. The 18-unit certificate is designed for students seeking a broad appreciation of literature and increased skills in communication. Six courses, including three new ones — Introduction to Poetry Writing, Introduction to Short Story Writing, and Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing — are being offered in spring 2020 and will fulfill the certificate requirements.

Our Cypress College Mortuary Science Program held their end of the semester Memorial Service on December 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This memorial is planned and organized by our students, faculty, and staff to memorialize all those who came into their care for instruction this past year. Thank you to faculty members Lori Collins, Jolena Grande, and Damon de la Cruz for their support of this event.

The college completed our biannual Climate Survey last week. Every two years all employees take part in a self-evaluation process. The purpose is to assess how employees feel about the campus, our services, their interaction with colleagues, and a variety of issues including equity, participatory governance, and planning processes  Survey results are widely shared and used to improve planning, communication, and decision-making at the college.

Community Events

Our vocal students performed this year at the annual Cypress Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, held on December 3 at City Hall. The Cypress vocal ensembles joined high school choirs and community members in this annual kick off to the holiday season.

Cypress College will be a sponsor of the Cypress Chamber Holiday Extravaganza on December 12 at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress. We have a table for eight people if any of our board members wish to join us at 6 p.m.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for November 26, 2019

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 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! The college is in end-of-the-semester mode and looking forward to seeing our students succeed. Spring enrollment has also begun and although it’s very early in the registration process, enrollments are slightly up from last year.

Campus News

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 will be contracting with CHIRLA, to provide legal services to students, with the intent to begin during the spring 2020 semester. This new service will further enhance our Grads to Be Program for undocumented students by providing additional resources and support. Sixty-four campuses across the state were selected and we will serve the students of multiple community colleges in our area, including Fullerton College and NOCE.

The retrospective of Sergio O’Cadiz-Moctezuma’s work has ended its run and there has been a renewed interest in his work, thanks to this unique and special gallery show. The following link appeared in Voice of Orange County, one of many articles that were written about his work since the exhibition opened. I want to thank Janet Owens-Driggs, our CCAG curator, for her exceptional show and for educating our campus about the significance of the Library Mural on our campus, its importance in Orange County, and for highlighting Mr. Moctezuma’s work.

On November 7, the college hosted its 3rd Annual Transfer/Pre-Graduation Fair.  More than 400 students participated in this event, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with recruiters from four-year colleges and universities. Thank you to our excellent Transfer Center staff, led by Rebeca Laveaga, Peter Maharaj, and his IT team for integrating our mobile app with registration and providing an easy interface for students to get more information about the colleges via our app.

The Foundation held its Annual Golf Classic at Los Coyotes Country Club, raising $80,000 to fund student scholarships, book grants/loans, faculty grants, and more. This was an all-time record for this event and we are grateful to our community for their generosity. There were 168 participants, including a member of the LPA foursome who shot a hole-in-one and won a new vehicle. Special thanks to Fullerton College President, Greg Schultz, Gill Contreras, and Rod Garcia for joining us, as well as Vice Chancellor Fred Williams, and Cypress VPs, Paul de Dios and Alex Porter. This year, for the first time ever, one of the LPA foursome hit a hole in one on the 7th green, winning a Jeep for his efforts. Thank you to Howard Kummerman and his team for a successful tournament!

Cypress College’s Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Program passed a reaccreditation visit by HVAC Excellence on October 3, ensuring its accreditation for six more years. HVAC Excellence, which sets educational program standards and verifies their fulfillment, toured the AC&R facilities and reviewed program curriculum. Congratulations to faculty members Richard Hock, Carlos Urquidi, Doug Sallade, and Dean Kathleen Reiland for setting the bar high for our students.

Our Cypress fall semester dance concert was held on November 22-24 and featured new choreography by Cypress College Dance Department faculty and students, as well as guest artists. The event was directed by Department Chair Maha Afra.

Our Professional Development team held the Cypress College Equity Walk on November 15 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., and 20 people participated from Cypress, Fullerton, and Compton colleges to experience the campus from an equity lens. Modeled after the activity first introduced at the CUE workshop last year (and implemented last spring at Fullerton College) each participant was provided with a student profile and then explored the campus with specific objectives, before reporting back on their experience. Thank you to Ruth Gutierrez and Michael Brydges for organizing this event.

Also on November 15, Dr. Reiland and Dr. Schilling presented at the CCCO Intersegmental Pathways Symposium in Bakersfield. This convening welcomed over 400 participants, including K12, CSU, UC, and legislative representatives, to discuss the important pathway connections between all segments of education. Our presentation featured our work on Program Mapper and Program Finder.

The Business and Marketing Department held their fall semester Shark Tank competition on November 19. Seven teams participated including a team from AUHSD, competing for prizes and the option to have their innovation funded. Five professional judges from across OC industry helped provided input. David Patrick, a real Shark Tank contestant (and inventor of the shark wheel) was also a judge. The entrepreneurial innovations presented by our students were amazing!

November 18-22 was Homelessness Awareness Week. The campus participated in the OC United Way “myths and facts about homelessness” campaign via social media. Each day of the week we shared one myth about homelessness, as well as information about our own students. Thank you to Marc Posner and his team for implementing this educational awareness campaign.

Our Associated Students are hosting a “Friendsgiving” event on November 27. Last year’s event provided a free meal to over 300 students. Turkeys for this event were donated by Foundation Board member Ken Vecherelli and Golden State Water. Thank you to our students for this great event!

Please don’t forget to save December 5 for the Cypress College Holiday Reception. Held in our theater lobby from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., this event will feature a holiday dinner for employees, courtesy of Schools First, a Christmas decorating contest, a sing for your supper competition and for everyone who brings an item for our food pantry, your name will be entered in a raffle drawing. Please join us in our celebration of the holidays.

 As we continue momentum on our Title V Grant, the college will be conducting two information sessions for faculty interested in serving as peer mentor coaches or data coaches – both integral roles in our completion teams. These events will be held on Dec 5 at 3pm and December 13 at 1pm. In addition, a Civitas training was held on November 22 to support evidence based decision-making and through the Civitas dashboards. If you would like to know more about this grant, please feel free to join us.

We are sad to announce that long time Cypress College Foundation Board member, Walt Bowman, passed away unexpectedly on November 17. Walt has been a Foundation Board member since 1993, as well as an Americana Citizen of the Year, Cypress City Council member, and a Foundation Legacy member with his wife, Ethel. He has been a pillar of the Cypress community for decades and will be deeply missed.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for November 12, 2019

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 12, 2019

The college continues to be busy and engaged in serving students and employees. Below is just a sample of the many events taking place across our community as we head into the last third of the semester.

Our Career Center and CTE program took part in an innovative project the end of October called Headshot Happy Hour. Almost 400 students were provided with a professional headshot and assistance setting up a Linked In account.  Thank you, Melissa Carpenter, Belinda Allan, Zola Aponte and the Career Center team for this great opportunity for career development.

Over 800 high school seniors arrived on campus on November 5 for our second annual Connect2Cypress event. Prospective students were welcomed with a 90 minute orientation to the campus, campus tours by meta major, attended a program fair in the Gateway Plaza, and were surprised by a flash mob dance created by dance instructor, Maha Afra and her dancers.  Lunch was served by Habit Burger food trucks, and prospective and current students had the opportunity to visit the Majors2Careers Showcase presented by the Career Planning Center to learn about the career development process, explore majors offered at Cypress College, and have their resume critiqued. Thank you to Rick Rams, Paul DeDios, Flor Huerta and all our deans, counselors, and student services team for this excellent introduction to the Cypress Charger spirit!

The Cypress College Smoke Free Art Contest is now open.  Students are invited to enter this campus contest answering the question “Why I Want a 100% Smoke Free Campus”. Submissions will be judged by the associated students and the winning entries will be displayed on campus and submitted to  an all-Orange County panel for inclusion in a regional marketing campaign.

Cypress College has seen positive enrollment results from our Districtwide Future Built marketing efforts. Below is a snapshot of the increase in CTE enrollment in the last two years, likely due to this campaign.

CTE ONLY Fall 2017 Fall 2018* Fall 2019** Overall since Mtg began
Fall Enrollment 9554 9899 11144  
% change   3.61% 12.58% 16.64%

Also in CTE news, CTE Counselor Jane Jepson was recently named 2019 Counselor of the Year by the Orange County Career Education Community College Network. The award, given each year to counselors who excel in a number of areas related to student and career success, was presented at the 2019 OC Counselor Symposium on Thursday, November 7. Congratulations, Jane!

Also in the news is Auto Technology faculty, Russ Bacarella, who was honored on Wednesday at the 2019 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) Show Educator Breakfast. Russ was one of 3 finalists selected out of a nationwide nominated pool of instructors for the SEMA Educator of the Year. We are all extremely proud of Russ for earning this honor.

The college’s DEI Committee will be leading discussions in person on November 12 at 12:30-2 p.m. and November 14 at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and online for our fall common book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”. This is the first in a series of equity initiatives on campus, and the goal of this campus wide effort is to create opportunities to discuss, challenge, and engage one another about issues facing our students and one other. Next up is From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, which will be held November 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us, if you can!

Veterans Day Week (November 4-7) in honor of our veterans and military-connected students and families, featured multiple events including a Green Zone Training for staff, A Housing Assistance and Support Session, Veterans BBQ luncheon, and a special Veterans Day Ceremony on November 7. We salute and thank all those who have served us keep our freedoms safe.

The District free speech open forum will be held at Cypress College will be held on Monday, November 18 at 2-3:30 p.m. in CCCPLX-216.

Dr. Schilling attended Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva’s Town Hall on Homelessness on November 5. Orange County Assembly members attended to hear presentations on housing and homelessness and Dr. Schilling spoke in public comments regarding the challenges community college students are facing and the need to properly fund student housing.

On Friday, November 1, Dr. Schilling was able to attend the OC Teacher of the Year Awards at the Disneyland Hotel, along with Dr. Schultz, Provost Purtell, Trustees McClanahan and Rodarte, and Dr. Li-Bugg. We were there to support and honor Cypress College English instructor, Alyssa Garman, as well as Fullerton’s Aline Gregorio, and NOCE’s Md Riffat Ahmed. Congratulations to all!

Cypress College is planning to move forward to implement an OCTA bus pass, similar to our sister college, Fullerton College. We thank Fullerton for leading the way on this important transportation issue. After surveying our students, there was overwhelming support for moving forward to support a slight fee increase to serve our students. Next steps are to take this increase proposal to our students for a vote. Our hope is to implement in spring 2020, if the students agree on the very small fee hike. We appreciate the efforts of Student Trustee, Ester Plavdjian and AS President, Presten Jimenez for their advocacy on behalf of our students.

The week of November 12-15 will be busy for our Health Sciences Division. Up first is the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) accreditation visit for our Mortuary Science Program, which occurs November 12-15. Also that week is a cultural exchange with our Nursing Program and Japan’s Osaka-Jikei School of Health on November 13-15.  We appreciate the work of Dean Rebecca Gomez, Jolena Grande, Nursing Director Teri Wheeler, Carmen Dominguez, and the HS staff and faculty for their efforts getting ready for both visits.

Drs. Schilling and Reiland will be presenting at Bakersfield College on November 15 at the statewide Intersegmental Education Conference on our work implementing Program Mapper and Program Finder. Cypress is currently the only college utilizing both programs, thanks to the leadership of Dr. Reiland. We will be sharing our experience to date on our Guided Pathways efforts and these software tools specifically.

The college’s Title V Kick Off event occurred on November 1 with over 100 students, staff and faculty in attendance. We spent an engaging morning sharing all the work currently occurring on campus in support of Guided Pathways, and enhancing the student experience. We also detailed how the grant will help support and fund the next generation of Guided Pathways 2.0. If you are interested in viewing the grant overview and plans for Guided Pathways 2.0, you may access our presentations at the following link: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/GP-Cypress-Nov1-LT-mtg.pptx

Below is a visual graph detailing the current programs in place as part of Guided Pathways 1.0. There are live links (if viewing electronically) detailing these initiatives.

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

 

President Schilling’s Board Report for October 22, 2019

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

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

on October 22, 2019

Campus News

Cypress hosted its annual High School Principals and Superintendents Breakfast on October 15 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am.  Dynamic presentations were provided by our Dual Enrollment team, led by Henry Hua, Stephanie Teer, and Stephanie Flores; Program Finder, the new interactive K12 Crosswalk software led by Kathleen Reiland; and our Pledge/Promise and Connect2Cypress update, led by Paul DeDios, Gisela Verduzco, and Rick Rams. Thanks to our team for the many ways they are making a difference in our students’ lives.

We want to commend Library faculty, Monica Doman, who was approved to represent Cypress College on the statewide Academic Senate (ASCCC) Library and Learning Resources Advisory Committee. We are proud that her work on the Library Service Project (LSP) has provided an opportunity for her to serve on the state advisory board. This appointment gives Cypress College and NOCCCD a voice in policy decisions to assist libraries in the Guided Pathway initiative. Congratulations, Monica!

Cypress continues to have two fall teams still ranked in the Top 10 with Women’s Soccer at #4 and Men’s Soccer at #9.  Currently fall teams are 35-14-4 collectively. Go Chargers!

Cypress College continues to innovate with our Mobile App, Cypress Connect. Thanks to Peter Maharaj, and the IT team at Cypress College, we are now able to register students into orientations, our food pantry, and transfer events with a wave of their smart phone. Our IT department has developed a QR code that allows a student to use the app to automatically register. This then allows our staff to develop mailing lists, nudge notifications and other forms of communication with the student who has registered for this event. This is going to allow our teams to communicate more effectively with students in ways they are requesting, as well as save time for students and staff. Pathways of Hope is especially excited to be using this technology in our food pantry. Thank you, Peter and our IT team!

Our Nursing Program recently completed a three-day campus visit from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The outcome was a recommendation for reaffirmation of accreditation, with several recommendations for improvement. The final approval by ACEN will not be completed until March 2020, but we are confident our program will be reaffirmed.   Thanks go to Dean Rebecca Gomez, Nursing Director Terri Wheeler, Interim Nursing Director Denise Bernstein, Associate Nursing Directors, Suzy Smith and Sally McNay, and our outstanding nursing faculty for a successful self-study and the excellence they demonstrate every day in their classrooms.

Cypress College welcomed Senator Ling Ling Chang to our campus on October 16 to visit our Aviation Lab, see the progress of our VRC construction, and to discuss the educational needs of our students. A reporter from Cal Matters in Sacramento joined us and documented our amazing Aviation program. It was a positive and productive visit and we appreciate Senator Chang’s advocacy on behalf of Cypress College and NOCCCD.

On October 8, the college met with Jordanna Gessler, Director of Education at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, to discuss expanding our Holocaust Education efforts by collaborating with this wonderful Museum. Video testimonials of survivors will be shown in our gallery along with displays of memorabilia and artifacts loaned by LAMOTH. Appreciation goes to Cliff Lester, David Halahmy, Howard Kummerman, and Marc Posner for their work on this project.

On October 17, Cypress College participated in the Great Shakeout at 10:17 am. All students, faculty and staff on campus went through an in-class drill, in preparation for a real emergency. In spring, we will be going through a full evacuation drill, which we are beginning training for now. Thanks to VPSS, Paul de Dios, Campus Safety Director, Ralph Webb, and Director of Communications, Marc Posner for their assistance in this drill.

Our upcoming Foundation Golf Tournament, held on October 21, is sold out. This year we are holding the tournament at Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park and they were able to accommodate additional foursomes, which has allowed us to augment support for our annual fundraiser. Thanks to Vice Chancellors, Irma Ramos and Fred Williams, as well as VPAS Alex Porter, and Executive Director Howard Kummerman for their efforts working to increase our sponsors this year.

In the effort to build campus community and get to know one another a little better, the President’s Office is hosting Thirsty Thursdays, which will occur in October, February, April, and July from 4 pm to 5 pm. The first event is coming up on Thursday, October 24 on the 3rd Floor of the CCCPLX Building. All staff are invited to stop by for some hot cider, light hors d’ oeuvres and assorted snacks, supported by the President’s Office. Happy Thursdays!

Dr. Marshall, Trustee Bent, and Dr. Schilling met with representatives of NextFlex a non-profit company who is expanding their K12 partnerships with community colleges as part of our dual enrollment program. Thank you Trustee Bent for you excellent ambassadorship of our colleges!

Upcoming Events:

 

On November 1, we will be attending the OC Department of Education’s OC Teacher of the Year event at the Disneyland Hotel. This year, Cypress College will be honoring adjunct English professor, Alyssa Gorman, as our awardee. Congratulations, Alyssa!

The District will be conducting a Free Speech Forum on the Cypress campus on November 18 from 2 to 3 pm in our CCCPLX 216 lecture room.

We will be conducting our Title V Kickoff meeting on November 1 from 8:30 am to 12 noon in the Theater Lobby. At this meeting we will be discussing the funding opportunities, perimeters of the grant, and how to form the critical Completion Teams that are at the center of this grant.

Dr. Marshall, Fred Williams, Cypress VPAS Alex Porter, Dr. Schilling, and Dr. Rick Rams will be meeting with Buena Park city officials again in the effort to partner with the city on affordable housing options for Cypress students. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 4. Dr. Schilling also continues service on the statewide Affordable Housing and Hunger Taskforce. This year’s focus will be on finding affordable housing options for our students across the state, while expanding the CalFresh options at our campuses.

And that’s our board report. Buen Cypress. We Take This Journey Together!

President Schilling’s Board Report for October 8, 2019

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

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

on October 8, 2019

 

We are proud to announce that Cypress College is the recipient of an HSI Title V grant in the amount of $2.8M to “Enhance the Student Experience through Guided Pathways.” This Department of Education grant is awarded for five years and helps the college move towards a fully integrated pathways model by 2024. The grant award was very competitive:  Cypress was one of 43 campuses across the country – only 19% of all applicants were funded this year. Kudos to our Guided Pathways work group for a successful application. Now the work begins!

Cultural Exchange: Cypress College’s Dental Hygiene Program hosted 23 medical hygiene students from Nagano, Japan during the program’s annual cultural exchange on September 17. The Japanese students spent the day learning about how dental hygienists are licensed in California, the new technologies that are available, and what the college’s students in the program are taught. Upcoming, on November 13-15, the Cypress Nursing program will be hosting Osaka-Jikei School of Health Care. This cultural exchange will feature 30 students from Japan who will be on the Cypress campus for three days, interacting with our students, attending special lectures, and visiting various clinical sites to learn the needs of healthcare in the US.

On Friday, September 27, our STEM(2) Program held their kick off orientation at the Cottonwood Church. This program, which began with 40 students in 2012, welcomed over 1000 participants including almost 600 new students, as well as continuing students and peer mentors. It was exciting to see so many students engaged and eager to learn. Congratulations to Yanet Garcia, Rosa Mejia, and Richard Fee for their leadership of this high impact program.

Our Educational Master and Facilities Planning team conducted multiple feedback sessions on campus October 1-2. Over the two-day period over 250 students, staff, and faculty provided input what works, and how we can improve. A campus survey has also gone out to all employees, student, and community members. We are eager to hear all the good ideas for helping our campus improve the educational experience for all.

Americana Events: The campus will be holding its 2020 Americana Honoree luncheon on October 10 at the Cypress Bistro. Then, on November 14, we will be hosting the Americana Kick Off Dinner in the Theatre Lobby. The past few years the kick off has been held off campus so we are eager to welcome this event back to our campus. This dinner is to introduce our Americana honorees to their respective communities, while also honoring past awardees for their contributions to our local communities. We hope you have all marked your calendars for the annual Americana Awards on February 22, 2020!

Our Foundation will also be hosting the annual President’s Night at the Theatre on Friday, October 11. President’s Club donors, Legacy Society donors, and special Foundation donors are invited for a pre-theater dinner, a brief lecture by the director, and attend a presentation of the fall production of American Clock by Arthur Miller at 7:00 pm. In addition, American Clock runs from October 10-13 at 7 p.m., and 4 p.m. on October 13, so please join us for a vaudeville version of this classic play.

The 34th Annual Cypress College Foundation Golf Classic will be held on Monday, October 21, at the Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park. Proceeds support the work of the Cypress College Foundation. Come join us for a fun day and opportunity to participate in golf, dinner and chance to win prizes.

Cypress College has launched a common book reading series. Our first book will be White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk About Racism; by Robin Di Angelo and Michael Eric Dyson an exploration of the counterproductive reactions people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. Please join us on November 12 or 14 for a brown bag lunch discussion of this book. To participate via chat, please click this link to join the Canvas course, which will allow for a public chat discussion.

https://cypresscollege.instructure.com/enroll/KYLDXP

Our first annual Cypress College Angels night was a great success. Over 730 tickets were sold, 1200 students were sponsored to attend and 16% of all ticket sales will go to our food pantry. Another 5000.00 is anticipated through sales of our Cypress-logoed hat. Thanks to all employees, trustees, and their families who were able to come out to the ballpark.

Cypress will be hosting its annual High School Principals and Superintendents Breakfast on October 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. This event provides an opportunity for college staff to engage with our K12 partners on the initiatives we share, provide and hear updates on ways we can support our students, and continually strengthen the relationship we have with all our high school partners.

Spectrum News Channel 1 was back on campus on October 2 to capture the District’s Hostile Terrain installation. The reporter also came to campus during the opening to interview students and Jason DeLeon, the installation artist. To view the news story and video please go to this link: https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/news/2019/10/02/art-installation-honors-migrants-who-died-trying-to-come-to-us

The week of October 14 is Undocumented Student Action Week. The flyer on the following page details all the events happening that week, in support of our DACA students. We appreciate AnnMarie Ruelas, our EOPS Director and our student services team for promoting and organizing this important week of activities.

Upcoming Events

On October 10, the college will be hosting its second Coming Out Day on campus. Activities are planned from 11:30 to 1:30 by the Campanile / Gateway Plaza.

Save the Date! NOCCCD and Cypress College will be hosting a Regional Deans Conference on January 15, 2020. We expect over 100 participants from across the OC Region, and will update you on keynote speaker, workshops, and other activities planned as we get closer to the event. Thank you to VPI, Carmen Dominguez and the deans across the district for planning and organizing this conference.

The campus will be welcoming Senator Ling Ling Chang to Cypress to visit our Aviation Simulation Lab on October 16.

And that’s our board report. Buen Cypress. We Take This Journey Together!

President Schilling’s Board Report for September 24, 2019

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

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

on September 24, 2019

 

Enrollment is off to a great start as we have almost doubled the number of Promise students, and increased our fall FTES enrollment by 1.5%. Our deans and faculty moved over 2200 students off the waitlists and into active enrolled status by opening more classes based on education plan demands. Special acknowledgement goes to the CTE division who increased their FTES by 87, and the Business division for increasing their FTES by 20, both by keeping their fill rates over 95%. Kudos to all!

 

Campus News

As part of our continued Guided Pathways support for a more student focused experience, our Campus Communications Office, led by Marc Posner, Cari Jorgensen, and Marcie Kagawa, have created a series of student-friendly videos with quick tips for the semester. To view these videos, please check out these links:

At the end of this report, you will find some samples of our info graphic flyers designed to share information quickly.

Cypress will be hosting its annual High School Principals and Superintendents Breakfast on October 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. This event provides an opportunity for college staff to engage with our K12 partners on the initiatives we share, provide and hear updates on ways we can support our students, and continually strengthen the relationship we have with all our high school partners.

On September 17 we gathered at the home of retired Reading faculty, Cheri Dickey, to celebrate our newest Legacy Society members. There are currently 50 Legacy members who have pledged $10,000 or more to the college to create an endowment ensuring Cypress students will be supported for many years. Thank you to Trustee Dunsheath and Chancellor Marshall (both Legacy Society members!) for attending, and to Howard Kummerman and his staff for planning an excellent event.

On September 20, the NOCCCD Black Faculty and Staff Association hosted a career-planning event for black professionals at Cypress College. San Diego City College president, Ricky Shabazz, and Herb English, Dean of Student Equity at Victor Valley College, conducted a hands-on workshop focused on job and interview preparation in higher education. Thanks to the District for sponsoring this event and to Dr. Schulz for also attending.

On September 13, the CTE Division welcomed two newcomers to the Tech III Building. Bronzed statues of Orville and Wilbur Wright now greet students and staff as they enter the building. This is another generous donation from our Aviation donor who is focused on ensuring the Cypress Aviation program is the best in the state.

Cypress College, along with Fullerton College, will be launching a Smoke-Free Campus Campaign for the next year. The colleges are partnering with OC Waymakers to help raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and vaping. You will be hearing much more about our Arts and Media contest for students, as well as enlisting the help of the entire campus to foster a smoke-free environment.

The college is participating in the SUR;Biennial, a collaboration between three community colleges: Cypress, Cerritos, and Rio Hondo, and multiple galleries across the southland, in a celebration of Latin artists. Cypress will be exhibiting retrospective of the work of Sergio O’Cadiz-Moctezuma  in our gallery. Moctezuma is the creator of the mural that dominates our front quad at Cypress College and this retrospective of his contributions to the Orange County art world is long overdue. The Hostile Terrain installation will be in our theater lobby. Both opened on September 19, with a screening of the documentary, Border South, and Q&A with director Raul Pastrana at 4:30 p.m. and reception at 6 pm. The Hostile Terrain interactive installation, documenting the treacherous journey through the Sonora Desert in Arizona taken by migrants trying to reach the US, identifies the over 3200 migrants who perished during this journey through Southern Arizona since 2000. Over 100 students participated over a three-day period to install this living history and share their own stories of immigration. We plan to share these stories across the campus at a later date. Please stop by before the end of October to witness these two powerful exhibitions.

On September 24, four Cypress College students will be the recipients of the Anaheim/Orange County  Hotel and Lodging Association’s Bill Snyder Scholarship awards.  This annual luncheon will be attended by Dr. Schilling, faculty member Lisa Clark, and Dean Kathleen Reiland, in celebration of our outstanding Hospitality students. Each year over 50% of the awards go to Cypress students and we are competing with community and four-year colleges across Orange County. We are #CYProud!

Cypress College, NOCE, and the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress are collaborating again to offer free childcare to our students. Hosted at the NOCE Cypress campus, we have expanded these services from two days to four days a week. The BGCC staff provide childcare services, and offer art, recreation, and literacy instruction each day from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A great example of an excellent collaboration that benefits our students!

Upcoming Events:

Howard Kummerman, Dr. Schilling, Juan Garcia and two of our veteran students attended the Los Alamitos’ Heroes Appreciation Luncheon on September 19. This luncheon celebrated the contributions of our women and women in uniform.

The Cypress Chamber of Commerce will be honoring longtime Foundation Board member, Phil Wendel, as Cypress Man of the Year. The award dinner will be held on October 10 at 5:30 pm and Cypress has purchased a table of 8, if any of our board members would like to share this evening with us. Congratulations Phil!

Hispanic Heritage Month continues with  month-long activities –. Highlights include: Sept 19 Gallery Opening of our retrospective for Mexican sculptor, Sergio O’Cadiz,-Moctezuma, whose important mural is installed in our CCCPLX building facing the quad; September 26- screening of “Singing Our Way to Freedom” at 11am; October 15 – Closing Ceremony “ Siquerios: A Revolutionary in Art and Life” at 3 p.m.

And that’s our board report. Buen Cypress. We Take This Journey Together!

President Schilling’s Board Report for September 10, 2019

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

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

on September 10, 2019

Fall enrollment continues to stay strong and the energy on campus is high. We are currently exceeding last year’s enrollment by 1.5% after ending the summer with a 3% increase from the prior summer. Students are engaged and appear comfortable on campus, attributable to much of the advance planning with our Promise students, the many counseling phone calls, social media alerts, communication nudges on registration, an upgrade in our Cypress Connect mobile app, and staff being welcoming, helpful and available. The campus agreed to part company with our food vendor in August and, until we can identify a new vendor, we are relying on food trucks, and an expansion with Follett to supply our morning coffee, lunch and dinner menu, and “grab and go” convenience items. The response to the different food offerings has been extremely positive from students, staff, and faculty, and has created a great energy in our Gateway Plaza as all constituents have been mingling together during the lunch hours.  We are asking all food vendors to offer at least two low cost items each day (under $5).

 

Campus News

The college has increased the total of our Pledge/Promise students to over 1400 students taking 12 units or more and enrolled in math and English during their first year – an increase of almost 50% from last years’ cohort. Our 35 Promise Mentors, all second year Promise students, are working to support the new first year cohort stay focused and encouraged.

Our Student Services team, led by VP of Student Services, Paul de Dios, has adopted the theme, Enhancing the Student Experience as their 2019-20 guiding principle. To emphasize this important work, all meetings, communication, and decision-making will ensure that students come first. Paul issued his first newsletter communication, which will be sent each quarter, emphasizing the great work being done by his staff, counselors, and the student services team in serving Cypress students. Thank you, Paul, and our excellent SS team!

Congratulations to Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce, the recipient of the Cypress College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award this year. Dr. P. as she is affectionately known is the founding faculty of the Cypress Puente Program and has been the passion and force behind this important first-year experience for our LatinX students for over 23 years.

Kudos to our Financial Aid team, led by Korey Lindley, under the oversight of Dean Rick Rams, for completing all pending financial aid requests during the first week of school! Director Lindley challenged his team to complete all outstanding student files while maintaining an “all hands on deck” approach with assisting the students in the lobby, over the phone, or through email inquiries. This means that all students will be ready to receive their financial aid disbursements in a timely way, helping them to purchase books, receive their vouchers, and be ready for school within the first few weeks of the term. Thank you to Korey and his excellent team for enhancing the student experience!

The Charger Assessment Team (ChAT) exists to support faculty and staff to work with distressed, concerning, or difficult student behavior. Implemented in 2018, ChAT promotes a safe college environment for employees, while helping students in need. The support team will soon be certified through the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and will be implementing a new electronic reporting mechanism, Maxient, this fall to assist faculty easily identify and help students in distress. Thank you to ChAT Team members: David Booze, Treisa Cassens, Paul deDios, Flor Huerta, Marla McBride, Dave Okawa, Nicola Perry, Celeste Phelps, Marc Posner, Katy Realista, and Ralph Webb.

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the inaugural Cypress College Angels Night (vs. the Houston Astros) on Thursday, September 26 at 7:05. Special VIP tickets are available for our trustees and we will be hosting a tailgating reception at 5 p.m. under the Big A. Tickets are $25, with $4 of each ticket going to support our food pantry. You will receive a Cypress-logoed commemorative hat in addition to joining the Cypress community for a fun evening at the ballpark. Tickets can be reserved by request through the Chancellor’s Office. In addition the Cypress College Foundation will be auctioning off the chance to throw the first pitch. For more information, and to make your bid for this once in a lifetime opportunity, please visit: https://www.32auctions.com/CCF-Angels-First-Pitch

Personalized e-Brochures: Cypress College students have downloaded more than 500 personalized e-brochures since they became available in February as part of the new Career Education website (careers.cypresscollege.edu) and marketing campaign. Each program website has a “Get Info” button where students can select just the programs they are interested in, along with any support services information such as counseling and financial aid. Within 30 seconds, an information packet is generated with the students’ name at the top and essential information they need to get started, including program options, career details, department contact, and pathway maps. A sample of this personalized brochure is at the end of this board report.

During our Club Rush event on September 3-4, photo-storyteller, John Noltner, was on campus filming students and hearing their stories as part of the “Peace of Mind” project. Students had the opportunity to explore their common humanity through a unique photo collage entitled: What Kind of World Do You Want To Live In? Once the stories are filmed and edited, Noltner will be turning them into collage of our student experiences, which we will be exhibiting and showing on Opening Day in spring 2020.

As part of our Civitas implementation, Cypress College will be implementing a pilot focused on our students who are first time/part time students. Our data shows that students who take only one course in their first semester persist at a 46% rate versus part time students who took just one additional course in their first semester — these students persisted at 74% rate. To help serve these first time students, many of them older adults, we will be implementing multiple “nudge” campaigns to provide tutoring support, encouraging one additional course, and providing targeted online counseling. We look forward to updating you with the results in spring!

Upcoming Events:

 

Patriot Day Remembrance – on September 11, the college will be honoring the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. The college will share a moment of silence at 9:11 a.m., and our veterans will decorate our Gateway Plaza with over 3000 flags to commemorate those who lost their lives that day, while acknowledging the heroism of our first responders. May We Never Forget.

Hostile Terrain opens on September 19, with a screening of the documentary, Border South, and Q&A with director Raul Pastrana at 4:30 p.m. and reception at 6 pm. This interactive installation, documenting the treacherous journey through the Sonora Desert in Arizona taken by migrants trying to reach the US, identifies the over 3200 migrants who perished during this journey through Southern Arizona since 2000. Please join us for this important exhibit.

Hispanic Heritage Month – On September 17 at 11 a.m. near our Campanile, we will be having the kick off reception for Hispanic Heritage Month. Highlights include: Sept 19 Gallery Opening of our retrospective for Spanish sculptor, Sergio O’Cadiz,-Moctezuma, whose important mural is installed in our CCCPLX building facing the quad; September 26- screening of “Singing Our Way to Freedom” at 11a.m.; October 15 – Closing Ceremony “ Siquerios: A Revolutionary in Art and Life” at 3 p.m.

Below is a sample of a personized e-brochure for Cypress College students.

CYPRESS COLLEGE

Career Education

Info Packet For:

Mario Munoz

Cypress College is here to build careers. Start your journey to job success by gaining the skills and education you need to enter your field, knowing you’ve built your future at an award-winning campus.

We offer 176 career-certificate options for you to choose from, in fields from technology, to arts, to travel, to business, and beyond. Our programs are highly decorated by the Strong Workforce Stars initiative, and we partner with leading companies to fast-track employment You’ll find cutting-edge teaching tools, equipment, and instructors who either work in their industries currently or bring years of previous experience to their students.

Begin your new career path with confidence as a viable candidate in the field of your choice. Take the first step by viewing our program options, and know that we’re here to guide you along the way.

More info: http://careers.cypresscollege.edu

Next Steps

If you are ready to take the next steps toward becoming a Cypress College student, click the links below.

Apply Now http://www.cypresscollege.edu/index.php/admissions/apply­ now/

Enroll in Classes  http://www.cypresscollege.edu/schedule-of-classes­ and-college-catalog/

Dates to Remember http://www.cypresscollege.edu/index.php/academics/academic-calendar

President Schilling’s Board Report for August 27, 2019

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

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

on August 27, 2019

Fall enrollment is well under way and the college is showing positive growth, despite the challenges posed by our construction projects. Currently, with the beginning of the semester upon us, we are showing a slight increase, with fewer sections. This means our fill rates are stronger and our classes are focused on student need. Our communications office has been busy sending nudges to our students about enrollment dates, reminders on open classes, and encouraging them to meet with their counselors. We are excited to welcome our students back for the academic year!

 

Campus News

Opening Day was held on Friday, August 23. We appreciate those who were able to attend from the District Office, NOCE, and our board members. As part of our sustainability efforts, all attendees were provided with a Buen Cypress water bottle and encouraged to use this in lieu of purchasing plastic water bottles. We will also be supplying over 50,000 Buen Cypress granola bars to students during the semester as part of an ongoing Grab and Go campaign in all divisions. The logo message encourages students to access our food pantry, health services, and seek the many resources we have across campus.

Cypress College is thrilled to announce that we have been named the #1 Community College in California in the 2020 Best Community Colleges rankings by Niche.com. Cypress College was also named #1 in 2018. These rankings are based on five rigorous academic rankings, as well as student feedback. For those who wish to see the full rankings, please go to: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-community-colleges/s/california/

In other good news, our Ultra Sound Technician Program was ranked #1 in California by NursingProcess.org. Kudos to our fantastic faculty, Lynn Mitts and Michael Frianeza, and the dedicated students in our Ultrasound program for this accolades.

Our Toyota T-Ten Program has been recognized once again as the top school in the United States.  Toyota awarded Cypress T-TEN with several awards, including:  T-TEN Top School nationwide (#1 among 38 programs across the US); T-TEN ASE Pass Rate (highest pass rate with 6.4 ASE tests passed per student); and T-TEN Graduation (highest # of graduates: we had 17 this year). Congratulations to faculty Michael Klyde and Paul Kelley for their efforts in keeping the Cypress T-TEN a premiere program in the country.

Our Nursing students had a 91% passing rate on their NCLEX exams this year. 81 of 89 nursing students passed on their first attempt. We are very proud of these outstanding results and thank interim nursing director, Denise Bernstein, and our nursing faculty for their leadership, dedication, and support of our students.

Cypress College will be featured on Spectrum News 1 on Thursday, August 22. The feature includes the expansion of our food pantry, the District partnership with Pathways of Hope, and a feature on Legacy and Guardian Scholar, Kenyun Rone, a young man who has struggled with homelessness and food insecurity in his determined effort to complete his education. Kenyun is transferring this month to Cal State Dominguez Hills after completing his psychology degree at Cypress College. The feature will be replayed throughout the month on Spectrum News 1.  To view the clip: https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/news/2019/08/21/cypress-college-confronts-a-growing-challenge–homeless-students

Dr. Schilling posted the first of three welcome message videos to all students on social media on Sunday night. The next video will be posted during mid-terms and the final video will be a holiday/end of the semester message. Our goal at Cypress College is to create a warm welcome and reassure our students that we are invested in their success and safety.

Dr. Schilling, Dr. Hua, and Mike Matsuda, Superintendent of AUHSD, attended the Planet P-Tech Conference, hosted by IBM, in New York City on August 19-20. IBM has been collaborating with various community colleges on the east coast, to create a STEM pathway for underserved students. This rigorous program begins in the 9th grade and culminates in a bachelor’s degree by utilizing a design model focused on programs much like what we have been offering through our Pledge and Promise program. IBM pairs the students with industry mentoring and internship programs. Cypress College was one of six colleges in California to receive a 1.5M grant to implement the P-Tech model on the west coast.

The District, along with our BFSA, will be hosting a professional development event for our black professionals interested in promotion and advancement. This event, on September 20 at Cypress College from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, will feature San Diego Community College president, Ricky Shabazz, and Victor Valley’s Dean of Academic Affairs, Herb English, who will present on opportunities for advancement within the community college system.

Cypress College will host the District event Hostile Terrain, a unique art installation in our Fine Arts building. A reception will be held on September 19 at 6 p.m. after a 3 p.m. documentary showing in the campus theater. It will also coincide with the opening of our art gallery retrospective on Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma’s work. Many of this artist’s works, including the iconic mural in the center of the Cypress campus, have been torn down throughout Orange County and the Cypress College mural is one of only a few left in California. This retrospective will commemorate his work for the last 40 years and his importance in the canon of works by LatinX artists. Please join us!

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Irv Pickler, long-time council member and community leader in Anaheim, as well as father to faculty Scott and Brad Pickler, and uncle to staff member Kirk Pickler. His memorial will held on Saturday, August 24 at Servite High School, in Anaheim at 11 a.m.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for July 23, 2019

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

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

on July 23, 2019

Summer enrollment is almost completed and the college is up 1% from last summer. Fall enrollment has begun and, after the priority enrollment period, the college is showing positive signs of growth, despite the challenges posed by our construction projects. We are optimistic that our fall enrollment will be on par or slightly ahead of last year. The report below reflects all the work being done this summer to enhance the student experience and ensuring our students start the fall on a positive note.

 

Campus News

The Charger Experience registration week for all Pledge/Promise students was held the week of July 15th. Over 1000 students participated in the week’s activities and enrolled in 12 units or more during the registration events. Counselors and Pledge mentors and ambassadors were on hand to assist students identify their meta majors, enroll in classes, and obtain the books needed for fall. Thank you to Paul DeDios, Gisela Verduzco, Kassandra Abreu, and their teams for organizing, communicating, and implementing this important student focused event.

New Twin-Engine Motion Flight Simulator: Cypress College has added a new Twin-Engine Reciprocating & Turbine Motion Simulator, and we will soon be installing four more FAA certified simulators to enhance student technical skill attainment and increase completion rates. These unique flight simulators enable instructors to train beginning pilots on the ground for the initial private pilot certificates. This capability saves students 30 to 60 hours of flight training time which equates to a $7,500 to $15,000 savings. The new simulators will further enhance our program by reducing FAA required flight training times of 20 hours for the instrument rating and 50 hours for the commercial certificates, which will also benefit students with a significant cost savings. Instructor Ed Valdez has volunteered to provide a demo for board members interested in seeing this new technology on Friday, July 26. Please let Dr. Schilling know if you are interested in attending.

Personalized e-Brochures: Cypress College students have downloaded more than 500 personalized e-brochures since they became available in February as part of the new Career Education website (careers.cypresscollege.edu) and marketing campaign. Each program website has a “Get Info” button where students can select just the programs they are interested in, along with any support services information such as counseling and financial aid. Within 30 seconds, an information packet is generated with the students’ name at the top and essential information they need to get started, including program options, career details, department contact, and pathway maps. These PDFs, generated by Clarus, can be printed, emailed, or saved. The college receives the students’ names, email addresses, and areas of interest to enable follow-up by the specific programs as well.

We are getting ready to launch phase two of our implementation of Cypress Connect, our mobile app. Our Cypress IT team, led by Peter Maharaj, the District IT team, and ModoLabs, are in the process of implementing the student schedule of classes and Financial Aid award notification through the app.  We are working to have this ready by August. Also planned for August is a long-awaited feature which will allow us to customize messages to targeted student populations, including meta major groups, clubs, and cohort groups such as Puente, Legacy, Honors, and STEM 2. This is the all-important “nudging” technology to help remind our students how to succeed at Cypress. Thank you to our District and campus teams for taking this next important step to serve our students.

The Cypress College Foundation Board will be hosting its annual board retreat on August 1 at Stanton Central Park. The purpose of this retreat is to establish goals for next year, update our by-laws, discuss board composition, and plan for our fundraising for the coming year. We appreciate the leadership of Executive Director, Howard Kummerman and our outstanding Foundation Board for the many hours they spend raising funds for our students.

The college will be hosting its annual Management Retreat on August 5 at Park Newport in Newport Beach. The focus of the retreat will be on team building, budget, and establishing our college goals for the coming year. We are looking forward to preparing for the upcoming school year on a positive path.

Our students now have access to two important new features as part of our Guided Pathways implementation. Roadtrip Nation:  Roadmap to Careers! is a pilot collaboration with the CCCO and will provide a dynamic, interactive, user-friendly career exploration platform offering options to help students identify their area of interest, career goals, and the academic programs that will help them get there. Thank you to Deann Burch, Belinda Allan, and Zola Aponte for their vision in offering this new career assessment to students.

The other new implementation is our Program Mapper, which is now live on the college website. Please take a look at this new program mapping feature to help students envision their path and identify the schedule of courses they need to take to complete their degree. Thank you to Kathleen Reiland, our faculty and counselors, and VPI, Carmen Dominguez, for their work getting our degrees mapped and implemented in this new software.

Along with Fullerton College and NOCE, our exciting new collaboration with Pathways of Hope has been finalized and will be implemented on campus in mid-August. Cypress’ food bank will be open five days a week to serve students, and our PoH staff member will be providing additional resources for housing, new food partnerships, and assisting us serve the basic needs of our students. We are grateful for this collaboration, the support of our sister institutions, and Dr. Marshall for assisting us with the funding to make this happen. I am proud to work in a district that cares for the health and welfare of all students.

Below is an update of the progress we are making in our degree and certificate completion, with special attention to the progress being made by demographic group. We are very pleased to see that the focused attention on guiding students on their path is showing positive results; this doesn’t happen without major collaboration across the campus. Thank you to Institutional Research and Planning Director, Phil Dykstra and researchers, Kristina Oganesian and Eileen Haddad for providing the following report.

2018-19 Awards Data for Cypress College

The number of degrees and certificates awarded this year is more than any prior year in the history of the college.

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Bachelor Degrees 0 0 0 4 9
Associate Degrees 952 1,202 1,145 1,385 1,595
Certificates 819 677 1,008 1,105 1,839
Total 1,771 1,879 2,153 2,494 3,443

The number of degrees and certificates awarded to Hispanic students has increased dramatically since last year. This increase in awards since last year has been most pronounced among ethnic minority students who all had increases over 30% compared to White students at 6%.

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 % Change

2017-18 to 2018-19

African-American 72 87 77 107 140 31%
Am. Indian/Alaska Native 15 6 18 8 24 200%
Asian/Pacific Islander 315 361 452 580 771 33%
Filipino 111 125 147 158 254 61%
Hispanic 679 807 970 1,056 1,614 53%
White 542 463 462 542 577 6%
Not Reported 37 30 27 43 63 47%
Total 1,771 1,879 2,153 2,494 3,443 38%

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for June 25, 2019

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 25, 2019

Campus News

The Charger Experience Program will be holding orientations the week of June 24 to inform students of the requirements for free tuition for all Pledge/Promise students and to prepare them for the registration process in July. July registration events will be held the week of July 15. We are expecting over 900 students to participate and enroll in 12 units or more during the registration events this summer.

For the first time, Cypress College will host the annual City of Cypress Salute to America Celebration on July 3. This Independence Day event will be held in partnership with the city and will take place from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on our campus. This is a free community event and the fireworks display begins at 9 p.m.

Our winning Modo Lab team attended the Kurago 2019 Tech Conference at MIT on June 15-18 and was the only community college to make it to the finals. They were competing for a $10,000 prize and chance to have their low cost book app featured in all new Modo Lab applications. They ended up as the runner up to UC Berkeley. Nice company! Thank you to Peter Maharaj for implementing this competition at our college, and for attending the conference with the students. In addition, they had the opportunity to tour the MIT and Harvard innovation labs, providing a window to the future for these future entrepreneurs. We are so proud of their accomplishments!

Cypress College women’s basketball coach, Margaret Mohr, is hosting her 21st annual MohrHoops” summer basketball camp. This year’s June session (June 17-21) is already SOLD OUT, but there are still limited spaces available for the July session (July 15-19). Boys and girls ages 7-14 can participate in either Monday-Friday session. All camp participants will receive a camp t-shirt, jersey, basketball, player evaluation, and other prizes.

Beginning in the summer session, all new students will be using the Guided Self-Placement Tool to guide them in which math or English class they should take. All incoming students will be placed into transfer level math regardless of their preparation. There will be no more assessment tests, saving students money, time and challenges caused by placement below college-level math and English.

This week, Cypress College is hosting the Cypress Boys and Girls Club for our second annual Camp Cypress experience. For four days, 50-60 young teens and pre-teens come to Cypress College from 12:30-4:30 p.m. to experience college through activities focused on science, psychology, cybersecurity, art, literacy, a college knowledge scavenger hunt, and physical activities each day. We appreciate the efforts of our faculty and student service team in making this happen.

Our spring/summer DOM Appreciation Luncheon will be held on June 24. This once a semester luncheon is a time for our hard-working Division Office Managers (DOMs) to discuss challenges or needs with the president and vice presidents, and to enjoy one another’s company.

The next monthly meeting of the Orange County Hunger and Housing Taskforce will be on June 28 at 8:30 a.m. This taskforce features representatives from all the OC community college districts, and is focused on sharing resources and, potentially, funding, to address the growing food and housing insecurities facing the students who attend our colleges. Drs. Schilling and Schultz are serving on behalf of NOCCCD.

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva’s Open House, showcasing her New District Office Grand Opening will be held June 27 at 5 p.m. Cypress will be represented by Dr. Schilling, Marc Posner, and Dr. de Dios.

In celebration of June Pride month, the Library will be featuring displays in honor of our LGBTQ history. In addition, the college is developing a Safe Zone training for all employees to help create awareness of the challenges our LGBTQ students face on daily basis. We anticipate this curriculum will be ready by the fall semester, and have identified multiple initiatives to create a warm and welcoming environment on campus of our LGBTQ students.

The Cypress College Foundation Board will be hosting its End of Year Celebration on June 26 at 5 p.m. Location is still to be determined, but this annual event is an opportunity to provide an overview of the many successes the college has enjoyed due to our strong Foundation support, and to celebrate these important accomplishments.

We are happy to report that Cypress will be wrapping up the final hiring of 25 new faculty members and two new managers in the next few weeks. Our new group of faculty are diverse in all ways are solidly focused on assisting our students succeed. We are looking forward to welcoming this new class of colleagues to NOCCCD in August and thank the board for their support.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for June 11, 2019

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 11, 2019

While the end of the semester doesn’t mean a slow-down in operations, our final academic celebrations are coming to an end. It has been a joy to see our students succeed and to witness our degrees and certificates increase to historic highs. While we still have so much to do, we want to pause for a moment and celebrate the accomplishments of so many. It has been our pleasure to serve our students and to embrace the good news in the 2018-19 academic year!

 

Campus News

STEM(2) Transfer Celebration: On May 31, we held our annual transfer celebration for our STEM scholars who are transferring to a 4-year institution. 48 scholars are transferring, 26 scholars received over 50 Foundation scholarships this year, and 39 scholars have been accepted into prestigious summer research programs. In addition, graduate Minh Nguyen was selected as the Orange County American Chemical Society Outstanding graduate – the third year in a row that this award has gone to a Cypress College student! We are so proud of this important program developed to serve and support underrepresented students in the STEM fields. Thank you to Director, Yanet Garcia, Program Coordinator Rosa Mejia and Dean Dr. Richard Fee for setting a standard of excellence that our students reach and exceed each year.

Toyota T-TEN Graduation – On May 31, we celebrated the graduation of 12 newly completed T-TEN graduates with their friends, families, and instructors. All of these graduates have received between 2-8 master certificates. Instructors Michael Klyde and Paul Kelly require all students to complete at least two master maintenance certificates, which is no minor accomplishment. Because of this commitment to excellence, the Cypress College T-TEN program was again the top producer of T-TEN degrees in the country.

On May 16, 2019 the Cypress College Veterans Resource Center received a $12,500 donation to support costs to support a Veteran Student Leadership Retreat that will be led by our Veterans Counselor/ Coordinator, Juan Garcia, and Student Services Dean, Dr. Richard Rams in early fall 2019.

Executive Retreat – On June 3, we held our first executive planning retreat as the kick off to goal-setting and a new planning and resource process at the college. The purpose was to come together as a new team, and identify executive-level planning and budget priorities for the college. The next step in this process is to build upon these priorities at our managers retreat in August, add to these plans through the program review and learning outcomes processes in the fall, and conduct an all-college Strategic Vison Planning retreat in spring 2020.

Faculty Hiring: The College has completed the hiring of 21 of the 25 new faculty. The level of commitment to equity and student success all our selected faculty have exhibited has been impressive, and we are looking forward to welcoming all new faculty to the campus in August. Each faculty member will be encouraged to participate in the District-wide new faculty development program, and will have a mentor identified to assist them with their own personal and professional transition to the college and their department.

In May, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) completed an on-site visit for the Nursing Program.  There were no issues of non-compliance and many commendations for our program. The formal approval of the program will take place in August and September. In addition, our Nursing program was recently identified as 37th in the entire state of California which includes over 950 2-year, 4-year and private nursing programs across the state.

We are pleased to announce that 14 of the 21 Dental Assisting graduating students already earned job offers in the area before graduation.  The Dental Assisting program earned a bronze star from the state’s Strong Workforce Program this past year, and we are proud these job offers demonstrate that our graduating students are well-prepared and quickly employable upon completion of this program.

In further good news for our Health Sciences, on May 17, at the California Dental Hygienists’ Association Spring Scientific Session, our students entered an educational poster competition to discuss an area of research on Dental Hygiene.  Among 25 small group entrants from various Associate and Baccalaureate DH programs, the Cypress College Dental Hygiene students took first and second place in their respective competitions, receiving a $1000 award for the first place team and the second place received $500. Congratulations to our hard-working teams!

Cypress College sent 15 staff and faculty and 4 students to the National Conference on Racial Equality (NCORE) in Portland, Oregon last week. This annual conference, focused on the institutional challenges educators face in creating equitable spaces for students and employees, will help us expand upon our campus priorities to become an equity-minded institution. I am grateful for the dedication and commitment from our employees, and the District, to support attendance at this important conference.

On June 6, Cypress College will be hosting our Classified Appreciation Luncheon. This annual tradition includes raffle prizes donated by our managers, a catered luncheon, and an opportunity to salute and celebrate our amazing classified staff who work hard all year to support our students, our campus, and our facilities. Thank you to all our classified service personnel.

On June 17-20, Cypress will host its second annual Camp Cypress for the Cypress Boys and Girls Club. This academic-focused camp features four days of stimulating fun and academic adventure for middle and early high school students. Activities such as science experiments, college-knowledge scavenger hunts, brain games, and physical activities such as hip hop dance, soccer camp, a basketball clinic, and fitness competitions, are featured for 50-60 youngsters. The goal of Camp Cypress is to help potential first generation students experience college and demystify the obstacles to attending college. Thank you to our academic deans, faculty, and to VPSS Paul de Dios and Student Services Specialist, Liliana Huerta, for organizing this fun week and partnership between Cypress College and the BGCC!

Now is your chance to begin plans to join us at Angel Stadium for the first-ever Cypress College Angel Night on September 26. This game will occur during the last week of the regular season with the division rival Houston Astros. Your $25 purchase includes field level seats, a collectors-edition Cypress College Angels baseball hat, and fun with your favorite Cypress colleagues. Please join us for this great evening. Tickets are available online at: https://www.mlb.com/angels/tickets/specials/cypress-college or at our Bursars Office on campus.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for May 28, 2019

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 28, 2019

Campus News

This is such a great time of the year! Thank you to all for your support of our commencement. We had a historic 600 plus graduates participate in commencement, with more than 1900 degrees awarded to over 1500 students. There are so many stories to share. Our students inspire!

We have also been celebrating many other end of year events. The following list are some, but not all, of our smaller student success celebrations. We are so proud of our graduating students.

  • May 8 – our annual Scholarship Award evening- with over $262,000 given to support students!
  • May 10 – our Associated Students banquet and ESL transfer celebration
  • May 16 – our Legacy End of the Year Celebration
  • May 17 – the Human Services certificate awards
  • May 21 – Puente Celebration and Nursing Pinning Ceremony
  • May 24 – our EOPS celebration and Veterans celebration
  • May 30 – our STEM2 celebration and Toyota T-TEN graduation

On May 13, our Business program hosted its 4th Shark Tank competition. Five teams, including dual enrollment students, were selected to present entrepreneurial ideas, a budget, and business plans to four professionals who served as our judges. The ideas generated by our teams included a non-plastic straw, an app to rate companies that contributed positively to the world and environment, a new tennis shoe with interchangeable soles, a social media scheduler, and the winning team who developed a real-time wildfire locator in conjunction with the Monrovia fire department. It was a great night to witness the business ingenuity of our students.

Our Financial Aid staff hosted their first Financial Aid Awareness event. We are all dedicated to providing a refreshed image of what a Financial Aid office can be, which is a customer-service office:  300 students participated and received 50 Chick-fil-A meal vouchers,  $700 worth of gift cards to the Cypress Bookstore, and 100+ balls of cotton candy cones were given out. Under Korey Lindley’s leadership, and supported by dean Rick Rams, our FA Team is making a positive difference.

Cypress College Film Festival: On May 17, our Media and Digital Arts (MAD) program sponsored their annual film festival, showcasing our student work. Short films, animated films, documentaries, and digital innovation was all on display. Kudos to instructor Katelin Angelov and Ian Holmes for their leadership and support of their budding filmmakers.

Athletic Update: For the first time in recent memory, every Spring sport in the Cypress College athletics program qualified teams or individuals going to their respective playoffs. To provide an update, our Golf Team came in third in the state, our women’s softball team made it to the state playoffs after eliminating Southwestern and Riverside in the first two rounds, but were eliminated by Fullerton College (!) in the semi-finals. Our women’s Beach Volleyball twosome were eliminated in the first round, and our men’s baseball team lost a heartbreaker in their second round playoff to El Camino. It was a great year for our teams and next season is looking very bright. Congratulations to our student athletes and coaches:

Anthony Hutting (Baseball), Brad Pickler (Softball) Dana Bedard (Golf) and Nancy Welliver (Volleyball).

Night with Forensics: Our national award winning Speech and Debate teams showcased their hard work and talent on May 20 at Cypress College. Featuring various debate presentations, including a dramatic reading, impromptu speaking demonstration, a speech for entertaining, and an international public debate, our students showed why they are award-winning. Thanks to instructors Josh House and Jennifer Page for encouraging their students to succeed.

People in Motion: Our spring dance concert was held May 17-19 in the Theater. Eleven new pieces and over 40 students were involved in these engaging and collaborative works. Thank you to our instructors, Maha Afra and Erin Landry, for their leadership of our dance program.

North Star Awards: We are pleased to support our two awardees for the North Star Award tonight – Phil Dykstra and Marcia Jeffredo. Both have had exemplary careers at Cypress and have contributed to the success of the college in countless ways. They both demonstrate our core values of Excellence, Integrity, Collegiality, and Inclusiveness in all they do. Thank you for acknowledging them; it is my honor to work with them.

The SANS Institute launched Cyber FastTrack in 25 states in April as the first step in a national initiative to close the US cybersecurity skills gap. More than 13,000 students participated in the Cyber Fast Track, including Cypress College students. Six of our students made the quarter finals and are now competing for $2.5 million in scholarships. In addition, Cypress College was ranked as the # 6 college in California (behind Berkeley, USC, and Cal Poly Pomona) and #70 in the nation in the 2019 Governors’ Cybersecurity Talent Competition.  Go Chargers!

The week of May 20-24 was Classified Appreciation Week. The President’s Office sponsored donuts and coffee on May 20 and a cookie break on May 21 to thank our wonderful staff.  Due to our annual commencement, we don’t have the opportunity to salute our classified staff the way we should, but will be honoring them on June 6 at our annual Classified Appreciation luncheon. All our trustees are invited to share a meal with us at 11:30 a.m. in the Theater lobby. Thank you to our staff for the many ways they serve our students, faculty and managers.

Student Selina Jaimes-Davila was featured in a profile on KPCC regarding her courageous journey from homelessness to a Cypress College STEM2 scholar. Selina is also our Presidential Scholar of Distinction for the SEM Division this year and will be transferring to Cal Poly SLO in the fall. If you missed it, here’s a link to the web story and here’s the radio version. It was a great spotlight on the critical housing issues facing our students.

YBH, the college food services vendor, will be leaving Cypress College in August. We will be discussing our options, but wanted to let our board know we will be looking for opportunities that support the campus goals to address hunger and healthy food options for our students.

Dr. Schilling is serving on the Orange County CEO Hunger and Housing Task Force along with Dr. Schulz and presidents from Santiago Canyon, Saddleback, and Golden West. Our goal is to share information and seek community partners to support our housing initiates here in Orange County. Dr. Schilling is also serving on the OC United Way Leadership Council for Homelessness.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for May 14, 2019

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 14, 2019

As another academic year comes to a close, we are busy celebrating the many accomplishments of our students, supported by our committed staff and faculty. I am proud to report the following activities and achievements at Cypress College.

May is Foster Youth Awareness Month and the Guardian Scholars, a program that provides wrap around services to current and former foster youth at Cypress, is highlighting the challenges that foster youth face throughout their lifetime. As part of our awareness campaign, our Guardian Scholars program will be posting signage along the Gateway Plaza with data collected nationwide, as well as anonymous stories that have been shared by the foster youth that attend Cypress College during the week of May 13.

On Saturday, April 27, the Cypress College Baseball Team volunteered with the Cypress Champions League to work with children with special needs. A big thank you to our student athletes, to Head Baseball Coach Anthony Hutting, and to Cypress Councilman Jon Peat for inviting our team to spend the day in our community with our special champions.

Cypress College held our first-ever AB705 Summit on Friday May 4, hosting over 100 counselors, math, and English faculty who attended to hear Fullerton College’s Miguel Powers speak about growth mindset, to discuss the challenges instructors and students will face in these courses, and to share ideas for ensuring our students complete college-level math and English in their first year. Thank you to Gisela Verduzco for her leadership organizing this important event.

On May 2, we welcomed almost 1000 parents and students from AUHSD to our second Pledge Night. 809 AUHSD students completed contracts to attend Cypress next year. Thanks to AUHSD’s Jaron Fried, to Cherry Li-Bugg, to UCI, and CSUF for attending and sharing this evening with us. The energy in the packed theater and overflow rooms was exciting as we welcomed these young scholars to Cypress College. Thank you Dr. Paul de Dios, Dr. Rick Rams, and Gisela Verduzco for organizing this event.

Also on Pledge Night we celebrated the success of five of our Western High School dual enrollment students.  These students were the 1st place team in the Orange County Automobile Association (OCADA) Auto Technology competition, prevailing over 14 other teams. They won a 2018 Hyundai for the college. Representatives from Sharon Quirk-Silva’s office, OCADA, and Hyundai were present to honor the winning team. We appreciate the efforts of our Dual Enrollment Team, Dr. Henry Hua and Stephanie Teer, Dean Kathleen Reiland, and Auto Tech instructors Russ Bacarella and David Endo.

On May 3, we had the opportunity to host a lunch for our Dual Enrollment mentors, who have been working throughout this year with our high school and middle school Cyber Patriot teams. These Cypress students have volunteered countless hours to help our young scholars compete at the highest level. It was an honor to thank them for their excellent work building this proud program!

Fullerton College hosted the 1st Annual Veterans softball game on Friday, 5/3/19. We are happy to report that although Fullerton had home field advantage, the Cypress College veterans helped the Chargers win a tough game 6-5. Fullerton College President, Dr. Greg Schulz was a gracious host on behalf of Fullerton and in spring 2020, Cypress College will host this new annual tradition to celebrate our NOCCCD Veteran students. Go Vets, Go Chargers!

For the first time in recent memory, every spring sport in the Cypress College athletics program has qualified their respective playoffs. Congratulations to Baseball, Softball, Women’s Tennis, M/W Swimming, Men’s Golf, and Beach Volleyball on their quest for team and individual titles!

Playoff updates: The Cypress College softball team wins another conference championship and took the first round of playoffs, winning 2 of 3 games over Southwestern. The softball program has claimed the last five OEC Titles and 17 of the last 18. It is the 24th Conference Championship in program history, all coming under the leadership of Head Coach Brad Pickler. They will play at home the weekend of May 10-11 against Riverside in the second round. Our baseball team also won their first round 2-0 over favored Bakersfield. They will take on El Camino in the second round May 10-11.

 

The Cypress College Speech & Debate Team took four students to the Community College National Tournament, Phi Rho Pi from April 4-6. Our students took home six bronze medals in the individual categories and brought home an award in all the sweepstakes categories, winning two bronze medals and one silver. From April 5 – 6, 2019, four members of the team also competed at the Public Communication Speech and Debate League National Tournament, at Butler University in Indiana, taking an overall 2nd place sweepstakes award, and three individual awards. We are so proud of our Forensics program and instructor Josh House and Jennifer Page for their dedication to our students.

Cypress College was featured in the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), English as a Second Language Report for our new ESL certificates. Cypress will be the first in the state to offer this certificate for students who master advanced transfer-level academic English skills and complete at least one course in a Guided Pathways meta major. Thank you Kathy Wada, Jill Bauer, Alison Robertson, Jenelle Herman, and Sam Simmons for your innovative approach to ESL. To read the report, go to https://www.ppic.org/wp-content/uploads/english-as-a-second-language-in-californias-community-colleges.pdf (and be sure to check out page 27 which highlights Cypress College!).

Student Selina Jaimes-Davila will be featured on KPCC regarding her courageous journey from homelessness to a Cypress College STEM(2) scholar. Selina was interviewed on Monday, May 6 by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and will be highlighted in an NPR profile on housing challenges for community college students.

The Cypress College Foundation Scholarship event was held on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Campanile. We welcomed over 500 students and their families, donors, faculty, staff, and supporters. The Foundation gave out more almost $250,000 in scholarships. Thank you to our attendees and our generous donors!

Cypress received its #RealCollege California data on hunger and homelessness. Almost 1100 students participated from Cypress, and over 65% of respondents experienced a deficiency in one or more basic need area of housing or hunger. We will be sharing the results of this report broadly on campus and use these statistics to work with city and community organizations as we seek solutions to supporting our students’ basic needs.

Cypress was honored to host the District’s  Guided Pathways Summit on April 26, featuring presenters from Grossmont, Mission, Mesa, San Diego City, and Pasadena Colleges, as well as our own Cypress. Thanks to our college professional development teams, and the District support of Arturo Ocampo, Amita Suhrid, and Cherry Li-Bugg.

On Thursday April 25, seven Cypress students presented their scholarly research at ART+POLITICS, the 3rd Annual Community College Art History Conference, which was hosted by Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Approximately 45-people attended the conference from Cypress, Fullerton, and Cerritos Colleges — over half came from Cypress. The work of the Cypress College students will be published on the CC Art Department’s website at CSUDH.

It’s been an exciting spring semester as the Counseling Division continues to provide comprehensive services and support for all students. Charger Fridays welcomed over 250 students from various feeder high schools. The Career Planning Center collaborated with the Legacy Program to provide students with networking opportunities and tools including Elevator Speech and Dress for Success. Our DSS Counselors visited high schools to promote and register students in First Steps, Summer Prep Program. And the Cypress College Puente students participated in the Northern California university tour in April. We appreciate the great work our Student Services team does on behalf of our students!

This year’s Commencement will take place on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m. This year, for the first time, we have chosen nine deserving Presidential Scholars of Distinction to lead their meta majors in the processional. We are looking forward to honoring all our graduates and hope you will join us at the pre-reception at 4:30 p.m. in CCCPLX-419, followed by our commencement celebration.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for April 23, 2019

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 23, 2019

Campus News

Each year, UC Irvine partners with SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union to hold the Educator Recognition event, in which our most academically successful transfer students identify the faculty member or counselor from their community college who played a critical role in their successful transfer to UC Irvine. This year, we are honored to have one manager and three faculty honored: Yongmi Han, International Students Director, music adjunct faculty Jim Simmons, and astronomy adjunct faculty, Jessica Asbell, and full-time political science faculty member, Gloria Badal. Congratulations to all!

The college will be sponsoring a Homelessness 101 training from OC United Way on April 23 at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM-136. This training, similar to the training previously hosted at Fullerton College, is a two-hour workshop meant to elevate awareness about the costs, challenges, myths, and misconceptions about homelessness in Orange County. If you were not able to attend the previous training, please join us for this enlightening workshop.

Date Change! The Cypress College Foundation Scholarships (previously scheduled on April 23) will now be held on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Campanile. We decided to change the time and date for this year’s celebration in order to accommodate the large number of applicants due to our new online application, and to ensure the attendance of faculty, families, and students. This year we had over 500 applicants – triple what we usually receive! We are looking forward to honoring our excellent students and hope you will be able to attend.

Our students services are sponsoring “Don’t Cancel that Class” presentations to be held when faculty are absent from a regular lecture or as requested by an instructor. The idea behind this great concept is that before a faculty member cancels a class due to illness, they first reach out to our students services teams in financial aid, counseling, food bank, EOPS. and even campus safety to provide a presentation to students about how to access resources on campus in our various areas.

On Saturday, April 13, Cypress College hosted the first annual Ideathon, a competition sponsored by Modo Labs allowing our students to create a new interface to be included in the Cypress Connect mobile app. The winning team won $2000 fort their sustainability function, and will attend the Kurogo Mobile conference in June on the campus of MIT. Thanks to judges Cheryl Marshall, Peter Maharaj, and Henry Hua for their support!

For the second straight year, Cypress College has been named the 2019 Readers Choice Favorite Community College by readers of the Long Beach Press-Telegram. We are proud to be an annual favorite and grateful our students think Cypress College is doing a great job serving them. Thank you Long Beach Press-Telegram!

Construction Update: Construction is actively progressing on the Science, Engineering, and Math building, and the Veteran’s Resource Center. The pond has been drained, and the pile driving testing begun during spring break while students and faculty were not on campus. After the testing, we will be able to set a schedule for the real pile driving, which can be quite disruptive. Our goal is to start this portion after final week, but we will know better after the testing is completed this week. One way or another, there will be no pile driving during finals week. We will be doing what we can to help mitigate any discomfort during this construction phase. Letters have also gone out to all residents within a mile radius of the campus warning them of the occasional noise disruption. If you hear any complaints, please refer them to Dr. Schilling’s office and we will do our best to listen and reassure!

This year’s Commencement will take place on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m. This year, for the first time, a Presidential Scholar of Distinction will be named for each division/meta-major. This scholar will be chosen by division faculty and honored as one who has persevered and succeeded under adversity. They will have the honor of leading their division in the processional, and their story will be shared from the podium. We are looking forward to honoring all our graduates who are scholars of distinction. Please join us at the pre-reception at 4:30 p.m. in CCCPLX-419, followed by our commencement celebration.

 

Cypress hosted a Guided Pathways Summit on April 5, featuring keynote speaker Jessica Hurless from Skyline College. It was a great day focused on data, great discussions on how we can better serve our students, followed by table work groups of counselors and faculty working together to create course mapping for our 32 AD-Ts which will migrate into our new Program Mapper. Our hope is all our AD-Ts will have a clear pathway that students can easily follow semester by semester for a 2 and 3-year plan. Please see our progress on our Guided Pathways initiatives below:

Guided Pathways initiatives

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for April 9, 2019

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 9, 2019

Campus News

The Cypress College Green Zone training was featured on ABC 7 news on Sunday, March 31. ABC News was on campus several weeks ago to film the training and hear from students about what our veterans program has meant to them. Congratulations to Veterans counselor, Juan Garcia, who is featured in the news clip, and Dean Rick Rams for implementing this training across our campus. Over 50 staff, faculty, and students have been trained so far. We are #CYProud! To see the broadcast, please go to this link: https://abc7.com/education/cypress-college-program-helps-vets-transition-into-civilian-life/5225447/

The Cypress College Grads to Be Program, which serves undocumented students at Cypress College, is preparing to launch enhanced support services for these students starting May 1, 2019. This program is funded through the Catalyst grant awarded to NOCCCD, and is designed to increase personal growth and development through academic, career and personal counseling, peer mentoring, legal aid assistance, and staff, faculty, and student development.

The Cypress College Dance Department attended the American College Dance Association regional conference being held on the campus of University of Southern California this past week. This conference supports and affirms dance in higher education by offering college dance students classes, observations, the opportunity to perform and be adjudicated for prepared pieces.

Congratulations to Alyssa Gorman, Cypress College’s Orange County Teacher of the Year. Alyssa is an adjunct faculty member in the English Department and was nominated by our students. She has served Cypress for almost four years and we are grateful for her thoughtful attention to our students. Clearly, her encouragement and excellent teaching is making a difference! Congratulations to Alyssa Gorman.

The college will be sponsoring a Homelessness 101 training from OC United Way on April 23 at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 136. This training, similar to the training previously hosted at Fullerton College, is a two-hour workshop meant to elevate awareness about the costs, challenges, myths, and misconceptions about homelessness in Orange County. If you were not able to attend the previous training, please join us for this enlightening event.

Student Brandon Davis, Cypress College’s Opening Day student speaker, and who also spoke at Americana this year, has been awarded a $2,500-$7,500 scholarship from 1 Million for Anna Foundation, for Ewings Sarcoma survivors. Brandon will be graduating this semester and transferring to Cal State Long Beach. This scholarship will provide $2,500 per year for up to three years, and assist him continue his pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Math. We are so proud of this young scholar!

Our Cypress College Hall of Fame event was held on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This year we honored 11 athletes and coaches, who achieved a high level of success at Cypress, in their transfer institution, or at the professional level. In total, Cypress HOF now includes 77 athletes, coaches, and supporters of our programs. The 2019 inductees included former wrestling coach Ray Haas, Citrus College softball coach, Jackie Cosgrove, and two former major league baseball players.

Save the Date! The Cypress College Foundation Scholarships will be held on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. We decided to change the time for this year’s celebration in order to accommodate the attendance of faculty, families, and students.  We also changed our application process this year to an online application and more than doubled our applications. We are looking forward to honoring our excellent students and hope you will be able to attend!

Cypress hosted a Guided Pathways Summit on April 5, featuring keynote speaker Jessica Hurless from Skyline College. It was a great day focused on data, great discussions on how we can better serve our students, followed by table work groups of counselors and faculty working together to create course mapping for our 32 AD-Ts which will migrate into our new Program Mapper. Our hope is all our AD-T’s will have a clear pathway that students can easily follow semester by semester for a 2 and 3 year plan.

Cypress College hosted Board of Governors president, Thomas Epstein, as well as BOG trustees, Blas Villalobos and Bill Rawlings on March 28. The visit included a meeting with our Executive Team, a campus tour, and wrapped up with a luncheon to share ideas and concerns with the three BOG members. We thank our faculty, students, staff, as well as Dr. Marshall and Trustee Blount for attending.

Our Executive Team met with the City of Cypress officials to discuss important issues between the college and city. This ad hoc meeting helps to increase communication and collaboration with our city officials and find ways to support our students and keep the city informed about changes at the college. This year our focus was on housing support for our students and one idea was to explore hosting city “home stays” to help identify residents who might want to allow student to stay in their homes. We will be following up to identify residents who might be interested in participating in this program.

Dr. Schilling will be participating in the Vineyard Institute this year, a CEO leadership institute hosted by CCLC. This year’s institute will take place April 7-9; eleven CEOs will be participating this year. Thank you to Dr. Marshall and the Board for your support.

Attached to this board report are the results of a recent Guided Pathways survey we sent our students. This data will be used to inform how we develop and implement our pathways programs, but we are also heartened that the changes we are making seem to be well received by our students. We Take This Journey Together!

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for March 26, 2019

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 26, 2019

Campus News

On March 8, 2019, the Cypress College Veterans Resource Center hosted a Mentor-Mentee Mixer comprised of 18 mentors and mentees as part of the newly launched mentoring program. The Cypress College Veterans mentorship program was implemented this year to assist Vets with the following: Academic issues, probation, employment tips, mentor training, and mentee training.

Thank you to our board for attending the groundbreaking ceremony for our Veterans Resource Center, on March 15. We had over 250 people attend and raised over $5,000 afterwards at our annual 5K run. Congratulations to Dean Rick Rams, Veterans Center coordinator, Juan Garcia, as well as Marc Posner, Kai Stearns Moore, Karen Joy, and Chelsea Salisbury for all their hard work organizing and planning this event.

Also on Friday, March 8 there was an exciting collaboration between EOPS and the LRC tutorial services.  Alan Reza, our EOPS counselor, gathered together a group of nursing students to help them to take the TEAS 6 test (sort of a boot camp for the nursing exam). Alan provided guidance on test taking and the overall structure for the session. The Learning Resource Center provided several math and science tutors and an adjunct who helped guide work on the math and science portions of the test. A great effort by all!

This past weekend the Cypress College Speech & Debate Team took five students to the California Community College Forensics Association’s State Championship Tournament. At Moorpark College, students Nate Garcia, Isaac Ramnani, Jolene Gazman, Chris Piazza, and Michelle Sandoval competed in a total of 11 events resulting in four bronze awards and a 5th place overall in the Limited Entry Division. We are so proud of all of our students!

As part of our spring Theater season, tickets to 12 Angry Jurors are now on sale for performances from March 29-30 at 7 p.m., and March 31 at 4 p.m. in our Studio Theater. We hope you can come to see our student work!

The Cypress College FITE Club for Formerly Incarcerated Students, held an event on March 21 featuring four formerly incarcerated men who had spent over 100 years in prison collectively. Their stories were powerful and spoke to the need for change in our prison system. Thanks to counselor Anne-Marie Beck for advocating for these students and providing invaluable support through our FITE Club

Cypress College’s 4th Annual Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, will feature a panel interview with Holocaust survivors Betty Cohen and Lou Fogelman, the founder of Tower Records. Cohen was a victim of Dr. Mengele’s experimentation in Auschwitz, and Fogelman, Cohen’s nephew, was a child survivor and now-successful record industry executive. A pre-event story and signing opportunity for students will feature Cohen and Fogelman, along with survivors Piri Katz and Dora Zipper at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. To reserve your tickets for this powerful evening, please go to Event Brite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cypress-college-yom-hashoah-holocaust-day-of-remembrance-tickets-58141878925

Author and artist, Ellen Forney, visited the campus on March 20 as part of Cypress College’s Mental Health Awareness Week, for a talk, book signing, and workshop. Forney is the author of the best-selling graphic memoir, “Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me,” and graphic self-care manual “Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life.” She also collaborated on the National Book Award-winning novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Her work is taught in several English sections on campus, and she connected to our students in a powerful way. Thanks to English faculty, Joseph Melodia, for his role in bringing her to our campus.

Dr. Schilling and Dr. Kathleen Reiland are currently serving on the statewide Educational System and Intersegmental Pathways Taskforce, to help coordinate the technology needs across educational segments to support Guided Pathways across the state. Our most recent meeting was on March 21 at CSU Long Beach and featured representatives from K12, the CC Chancellors Office, CSU, UC, WestEd, the Career Ladder Project, and Bakersfield, Cabrillo, and Cypress community colleges.

Cypress College, hosted the first Superintendents’ Cup on Friday evening, March 22 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This inaugural event celebrated all our high, middle, and elementary schools who competed as part of the Cypress College-sponsored Cyber Patriot program. This year we had over eight schools represented, to celebrate their students’ success. It was a wonderful night, hosted by Dr. Schilling, Dr. Henry Hua, Dr. Carmen Dominguez, Dr. Paul De Dios, and faculty member Dr. Ben Izadi. Our Cerritos High School team will be going to Baltimore to compete for national recognition!

Our bi-annual Hall of Fame event will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Past athletes, and scholars who have achieved a high level of success at Cypress, in their transfer institution or at the professional level, will be honored and admitted into the Cypress Hall of Fame. Please join us in our Gym II lobby for a morning event honoring our athletes.

Thomas Epstein, President of the CCC Board of Governors, will be visiting the Cypress Campus on March 28 from 9:30-1 p.m. He will be meeting with campus leaders throughout the day and we are hosting a luncheon for him and for staff who wish to stop by to meet him. Any trustee interested in joining us for lunch, we will be meeting in CCCPLX-414 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Cypress College Foundation Scholarship application is now available online! A number of scholarships are available, and while they each have unique criteria, a student will only need to fill out this single application to be considered for them all. We are encouraging students to fill out the application carefully and completely.

Cypress College will be holding a Shelter in Place drill on April 2 at 10:15 a.m. The purpose of this drill is to assess our ability to quickly and safely respond to an active shooter situation or emergency. We will be assessing our new automated lockdown system, emergency broadcast, and educating students and staff on the steps to take in the event of an emergency.

The college will be hosting our annual Kindercaminata on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. We expect over 600 children and their teachers for a day of educational fun. Snoopy will make an appearance, as well as the Cypress PD and Fire Departments, and many other programs and activities for our future college graduates! Please join us!

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for March 12, 2019

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 12, 2019

Campus News

Cypress College participated in the Temple University #RealCollegeCalifornia survey on hunger and Housing Insecurity. The survey results were released on March 7 at 12 noon in Sacramento, showing that 7 in 10 students across California Community Colleges have experienced basic needs insecurity. At Cypress we are seeing that 44% have experienced food insecurity, 55% have experienced housing insecurity, and 14% have experienced homelessness. We are looking forward to having our full report so we can share this with the board and begin focusing on how to address our students’ basic needs in a real and compassionate way.

KPCC, NPRs station in Pasadena, interviewed Dr. Schilling, Dr. Rick Rams, and David Okawa on Cypress’ participation in the #RealCollegeCalifornia survey and to discuss our efforts addressing food insecurity. The interview is scheduled to air at 10 am Thursday, March 7 and will be repeated online at https://www.scpr.org/

CCAP grant awarded: Cypress College received a $1.43 million grant to facilitate a new K-12 dual enrollment pathway at Cypress College in the field of cybersecurity. Cypress College is one of six recipients — and the only one in Orange or Los Angeles counties — of the California College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) STEM Pathways Academy Program grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The college will use the four-year grant to develop a cohort-based group of students from neighboring Magnolia High School enrolled in cybersecurity coursework at Cypress College. Students who complete the program will earn certifications qualifying them for entry-level career positions in the field and benefit from a preferred pathway partnership between Cypress College and Orange County’s two public universities — California State University, Fullerton, and the University of California, Irvine — along with other four-year institutions. Congratulations to Dean Henry Hua and Dual Enrollment Special Project Manager, Stephanie Teer, for their work successfully obtaining this grant.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships: Cypress College students Madison Morris and Raymond Pi Oliver are semifinalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced that the pair were selected from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants representing 369 colleges across 45 states and the District of Columbia. Madison is seeking a career in the medical field and Pi is a member of our STEM(2) program – you may remember him as one of our student speaker at our recent SEM groundbreaking ceremony. Finalists will be announced in April.

Ideathon: In partnership with our app vendor, ModoLabs, Cypress College is hosting a competition for students to present their technology and business ideas via a mobile platform.  This competition includes a prize of $2,000 for the local winner. The winning idea from Cypress will be sent to the national competition, in Boston MA this June. The winner will have the opportunity to compete for a prize of $10,000. We invite all board members to attend the final presentations on Saturday, April 13, 2 to 5 p.m.

DSS First Steps Program: Our DSS program is introducing a summer experience program to introduce and support Guided Pathways for our DSS students.  The program is in collaboration with special education departments from Kennedy HS, Savanna HS, Cypress HS, Magnolia HS, Western HS, Katella HS, and Pacifica HS and runs from June 17 to July 11.

Groundbreaking Ceremony: Our second building project, the Veterans Resource Center, will hold its groundbreaking on March 15. The program will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and then our annual Veterans 5K run will begin at 11 a.m. Please join us for all or part of the day!

Charger Experience Program:  Charger Fridays will begin on March 8 with graduating seniors from Western High School visiting Cypress College to complete the matriculation process (orientation, assessment process, and educational planning with a counselor).  As part of this full day event, they will engage in Career Exploration (by academic pathway), have lunch with student ambassadors and current Pledge mentors, tour the campus and participate in a student services resource fair.  In preparation for Charger Friday, students have completed the CCCApply and FAFSA applications at their campus.  Other AUHSD and local feeder high schools will be coming to Cypress College for Charger Fridays through the end of the spring semester and over 700 students are expected to participate.

The Financial Aid Office just completed over 51 visits to local high schools in order to present and assist students and their parents complete the FAFSA for 2019/2020. With the California priority deadline on March 2nd, the Financial Aid staff also held a series of on campus labs to assist students in applying for FAFSA and Dream Act.

Save the Date(s): Please join us for the spring musical! Tickets are on sale for Legally Blonde which runs from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17.

The college will be holding a Guided Pathways Coffee Forum in CCC-414 next Tuesday, March 12th, from 2-3:30PM to discuss the implementation of Guided Pathways at Cypress College. Led by Academic Senate President, Craig Goralski, and past president, Bryan Seiling, this forum will also include VPI, Carmen Dominguez, Nic Perry, and the members of the GP Taskforce. We appreciate their leadership on this important discussion. This event will be followed by our Guided Pathways Summit on April 5 which will be an all-day working event for faculty, staff, and managers.

Dr. Schultz and Dr. Schilling attended the annual CEO Symposium on March 1-3 in San Diego. This convening of the presidents and Chancellors of the 115 California Community Colleges provided an opportunity to meet, learn, and discuss the important issues going on in our state.

Disposable Camera Project: Keeping students engaged while on campus, promoting social connectedness, and providing a sense of community has proven to positively impact persistence. With this in mind, our communications department, led by Marc Posner, implemented the Disposable Camera Project, where disposable cameras were placed around campus for students to use. We invite you to take a look at a quick snapshot of campus life as seen through the lens of our students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ox4jWS78Rc

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for February 26, 2019

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 26, 2019

Campus News

Black History Month: Black History Month continues with our theme “A Celebration of Collective Community Through Education, Faith, Politics, Culture, and Race Relations.”  On February 21, from 6-9 p.m. in HUM-131, there was an excellent movie and panel discussion of I Am Not Your Negro, an Oscar nominated documentary about James Baldwin. Our final event takes place on February 27 – A Day of Expression, from 12-2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Atrium, where students take to an open mic to express their thoughts, feelings, and creativity. My thanks to faculty organizers Regina Rhymes, Danny Lind, Steven Estrada, Maha Afra, Annett Letcher, and Virgil Adams, and Dean Eldon Young, for their excellent work planning the events this month.

Groundbreaking Ceremony: Our second building project, the Veterans Resource Center, will hold its groundbreaking on March 15. The program will be held from 9:30-10:30 am and then our annual Veterans 5K run will begin at 11 a.m. Please join us for all or part of the day!

Athletics

  • 2018 Men’s Golf Team was selected as the CCCAA Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team of the Year. This honor recognizes excellence in overall team GPA and puts the exclamation point on our Championship season with recognition for success in the classroom as well as on the course. Kudos to Coach Dana Bedard and the Men’s Golf Team.
  • 2018 Softball alum, Sydney McCollum (now at CSULB) was selected as a CCCAA student-athlete scholar for her athletic success and will be recognized in Concord, CA at the CCCAA Annual Convention in March 2019 for her academic and athletic excellence as a key contributor to our State finalist team.
  • It is my honor to share that Wes McCurtis has been selected as the Brass Top Award winner for 2019. This award is the top honor voted on by the membership of the California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA). Wes will be honored and accept his award at the CCCAA Convention in Concord, CA on March 27, 2019.
  • Don Johnson, the long-time Cypress College basketball coach, passed away on Feb 6, 2019. Coach Johnson retired as the all-time winningest coach in California Community College men’s basketball history, with a record of 588-259, and is now fourth on the CCCAA men’s basketball all-time wins list. Cypress College named its main basketball court in his honor in 2009 — a fitting tribute for an original faculty member who was later inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The campus is remembering this inspirational man following his passing at age 88. We will be sponsoring a memorial on March 3 at 2 p.m. in Gym II, for all who wish to attend.

Save the Date(s): Please join us for the spring musical! Tickets are on sale for Legally Blonde which runs from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17.

Guided Pathways: The Guided Pathways Task force met on February 25 to to identify the next steps in our progress. Some of the activities this semester include a Guided Pathways Faculty Forum in late March to help communicate to our full and part time faculty what Guided Pathways will look like as we reorganize our institution across campus. In addition, there will be Guided Pathways Leadership Summit on April 5 for faculty, students, counselors, and managers. Please take a moment to read the Guided Pathways blog which is now posted on our website and can be found under the Presidents Blog site. This installment provides an update to the campus community on our progress towards becoming a Guided Pathways College.

And speaking of Guided Pathways, we have taken a big step forward with our Cypress’ Program Mapper project. Cypress College is one of three colleges piloting this mapping software, The program areas have now been created and we are loading the curriculum data. Right now students can see data such as salary and focus; before the end of the semester, there will also be preliminary course mapping developed by faculty ad counselors to help students map out their time and courses at Cypress. To see an example, go to this link:  https://cypress.preview.programmapper.ws/academics.  and click on the CTE pathway, then go to the Administrative Justice AS-T to view the data we will be sharing with students. Kudos to Dean Kathleen Reiland, Articulation Officer, Jacky Rangel and the many staff and faculty who have working to get this up and running!

CY Professional: This month’s employee focus is on Peter Maharaj, Cypress College’s Manager of Academic Computing. Since arriving on campus in 2017, Peter and his team have transformed the focus of technology on campus, developing our mobile app, reinvigorating our production center, printing services, and assisting with our website navigation process. Peter exemplifies the “Dream Big, Get Stuff Done” aspirations of our managers and we are grateful for his leadership of our Academic Computing operations on campus. Peter is also part of the NOCCCD Leadership Academy this year.

Community Events

Our annual Americana Award ceremony was held on February 23 at the Disneyland Hotel and Resort, Our annual fundraiser sold almost 500 seats and we are optimistic we were successful in bringing in a record number of donations to support our student scholarships. Congratulations to new Foundation Executive Director, Howard Kummerman, Special Project Manager, Gail Taylor, our Foundation Board, and our team for organizing a wonderful night of funding for our worthy students, and acknowledgement for all our Citizens of the Year!

Cypress School District’s “Every Student Succeeding” breakfast was held on Thursday February 21 ; this annual event celebrates children and young adults across their district who have overcome challenges in life and their education. It was an inspiring event and Cypress College is pleased to participate each year.

Dr. Schilling has been asked to represent the community college industry sector on the OC United Way Leadership Council. This group, made up of industry leaders across Orange County, serves as an advisory work group focused on the growing hunger and housing challenges across the county. Dr. Schultz, Dr. Schilling, and managers Celeste Phelps, AnnMarie Ruelas, and counselor Lili Perez, attended the Homelessness 101 training at OC United Way on February 13.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for February 12, 2019

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 12, 2019

Campus News

The spring semester is off to a brisk start. Enrollment is keeping pace with last spring, and we are seeing that our retention is stronger than in previous semesters. In academic news, faculty are busy holding auditions for the performing arts, meeting with students, welcoming students back in the Pledge programs, dual enrollment, Puente, Legacy, FITE Club, EOPS, and, in general helping students integrate back into campus life. We are off to a positive start.

Showtime! Our Mortuary Science Program was featured on A&E’s “Storage Wars,” airing on January 30. Retired Professor Dave McCament appeared in an episode titled “Nowhere to Formaldehyde.” The episode debuted at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, and was filmed on campus last summer. The episode was shot primarily in the Mortuary Science Department’s embalming room — a source of discomfort for one of the buyers — and includes other visual elements of the campus. Stay tuned for reruns of this episode.

Black History Month: February is Black History Month and our theme this year will be “A Celebration of Collective Community Through Education, Faith, Politics, Culture, and Race Relations”. Our celebration begins with an Opening Day Ceremony on Thursday, February 7 from 12- 2 p.m. in front of the LRC. On February 13 Erin Gruwell, author of The Freedom Writers Diary will be sharing the stories of the Freedom Writers from 3-6 p.m. in HUM-131.  There will also be a movie and panel discussion of I Am Not Your Negro, an Oscar nominated documentary about James Baldwin on February 21, from 6-9 p.m. also in HUM-131. We hope you will join us for some or all of the events throughout February.

Food and Housing Insecurity – Our food pantry has launched a free breakfast and lunch station in the Student Union, and students who qualify may access a cereal and sandwich bar each day. Dr. Schilling also participated in a legislative session in Sacramento on Monday, January 28 – presenting the recommendations of the Affordability, Hunger and Housing Access taskforce. Cypress student, Kenyun Rone shared his powerful story of the challenges that faced him as a foster youth and then finding his way to, and succeeding in, college without stable housing.

Groundbreaking Ceremonies: The groundbreaking ceremony for our new SEM Building was held on Friday, February 8 from 10 – 11:15. We thank our board members who attended this important kick off to our District Measure J project. In addition, our second building project, the VRC, will hold its groundbreaking on March 15. The program will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and then our annual Veterans 5K run will begin at 11 a.m. Please join us for all or part of the day!

Sunburst Youth Academy: Cypress College is collaborating with the Sunburst Youth Academy and the CA Jobs Challenge to provide 75 students with training in Cybersecurity and Automotive Technology beginning this summer. Each student will be enrolled in a 22-week intensive training program held at Cypress College. The students will live at the Los Alamitos Army Base and come to Cypress each day for their classes. At the end of the training, they will receive their certificates in either Cybersecurity or Auto Technology. Dean Henry Hua and Special Project Manager, Stephanie Teer, led this collaboration as part of our Dual Enrollment program and we had a program kickoff this past Tuesday to provide a tour of the campus and meet the coordinators of this program.

The Cypress College Art Gallery opened the student-curated and faculty show, Trajectories, on January 25. This photographic exhibition focuses on the exploration and inquiry of the multiple diverse and curving lines of a celestial body, such as a planet, in space. Cypress College photography student Patience Joy Flaro has curated the exhibition featuring the work of Photography Department faculty members. Trajectories runs through February 21 with an opening reception on Thursday, February 7, from 6-8 p.m.

Also in the Art Department, tickets are on sale for the musical Legally Blonde which runs from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17. Please join us for this fabulous show.

Please take a moment to enjoy the wonderful video, Cypress 2018 Rewind, which our Communications team put together commemorating the past year of Cypress College student, staff, and faculty accomplishments We are #CY Proud!

#CY Professional: We are proud to focus on our faculty profile this month. Juan Garcia, our Veterans Center Counselor, is featured on the website as our #CY Professional for February. Please read more about Juan’s story and his passion for serving the veterans at Cypress College. We are truly fortunate to have Juan as part of our team.

Finally, our most recent Guided Pathways blog is posted on our website and can be found under the Presidents Blog site. This installment updates the campus community on our progress towards becoming a Guided Pathways College.

Community Events

Garden Grove and Buena Park State of the City Luncheons: Dr. Schilling and Foundation Executive Director, Howard Kummerman, Dr. Paul de Dios, and Dr. Rick Rams attended the Garden Grove State of the City Luncheon on January 30, and the Buena Park State of the City Luncheon on February 6. Both events were excellent updates on the great things happening in our neighboring communities, and emphasized the importance of partnering with our communities.

The Cypress College, NOCE, and the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress short term babysitting services will be starting on February 11-May 24 — allowing students to drop off children over 5 years old on Tuesdays and Wednesday between 2 pm to 6 pm, with the hopes of expanding these services next fall. BGCC will supply qualified and certified staff, NOCE is providing the room and art supplies, and Cypress will be funding the personnel. All children will participate in literacy, art, and educational activities, as well as be able to access services at the Cypress and Anaheim Boys and Girls Clubs. We are excited to see this collaboration take shape.

Dr. Schilling and Marc Posner participated in an interview on housing and food insecurity with LA Times Reporter, Carla Hall. Ms. Hall will be writing an op-ed for the LA Times regarding the challenges students in higher education are facing with these serious issues. We hope Cypress College will be positively represented in the opinion piece.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for January 22, 2019

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 22, 2019

Campus News

Enrollment Trending Up! As of this week, the college has enrolled 14,000 students and our headcount is up 2.1% compared to last spring. Our deans and faculty chairs have worked diligently to reduce the number of sections, while increasing the fill rates and addressing demand. A great example of meeting student needs is that last week we added 4 additional Biology and Chemistry sections meeting on Friday and Saturdays, and they immediately filled, adding an additional 146 students needing to take these critical classes. Our Communication department has been sending nudge messages letting students on wait lists know of new and open classes, as well as reminding students of their enrollment period. We are using email, our app, social media, and our website to communicate with students to ensure our numbers stay positive. We have also asked students about any barriers they face and have been working to assist these students. These are all great examples of the Guided Pathways interventions we want to make standard at Cypress.

Opening and FLEX Day Events: We are fast approaching the beginning of the spring 2019 semester. This year all breakout sessions and activities are focused on looking at our work thorough an equity-minded lens. Our FLEX Day will be held on January 24 and we kick off with keynote speaker Ken Nwadike, a filmmaker and peace activist. His speech will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the campus Theatre if you are able to join us. On January 25, our Opening Day convocation will include the Presidents Message on why Guided Pathways though an equity lens is so important at Cypress, followed by keynote speaker Heather Hackman, on “Developing and Utilizing an Equity Lens in Our Teaching”. Ms. Hackman is a nationally recognized speaker and we are fortunate to have her share her expertise at Cypress College.

Food Insecurity — Also on Opening Day we will launch a new phase in our efforts to reduce food insecurity among our students. All employees will receive a re-usable grocery bag with messaging on the topic. We will ask our faculty, staff, and administrators to use these bags while shopping and to remember to purchase “grab-and-go” items to share with students in need. Additional bags will be used to support donations to our food pantry. You will each receive your own Buen Cypress food bag at the board meeting. We Take This Journey Together!

Save the Dates: We are happy to announce that the groundbreaking ceremony for our new SEM Building will be held on Friday, February 8 from 10 – 11:15. You will be receiving an invitation very soon to this important event so please mark your calendar for this kickoff to Measure J. In addition, our second building project, the VRC, will hold its groundbreaking on March 15. The program will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and then our annual Veterans 5K run will begin at 11 a.m. Please join us for all or part of the day!

Kudos to our Library staff! The Cypress College library is one of 11 colleges that will be leading the Statewide LSP (Library Services Platform) Project through the state Chancellor’s office.  This encompassing project will lead to a remodel of the library catalog, while linking all database resources within one system.  The training and certification for our staff is now complete.  Under the leadership of Dean Treisa Cassens, faculty member, Monica Doman, and Classified coordinator, James Carrocino, will now transition to training the rest of the 111 California Community College library staff and faculty this semester (spring 2019) and summer (2019).

Take Flight! Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling and Aviation & Travel Careers Department Coordinator Ed Valdez test-flew our new 737 Flight Simulator on January 10, 2019. This state-of-the-art simulator was made possible through a donation to the college, and it will serve advanced aviation students seeking careers as commercial pilots. No other community college in the state has a piece of equipment this advanced. Come by the college for a demo- you will be amazed!

Personnel Changes: The President’s Office welcomes interim Executive Assistant III, Karen Joy, to our team. Ms. Joy has served in multiple capacities at the college, most recently as the Administrative Assistant to Dean Rick Rams and Student Support Services; she is lending her expertise to the Presidents staff and we are grateful for her wonderful support.

Finally, our most recent Guided Pathways blog is posted on our website and can be found at: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/guided-pathways/ under the Presidents Blog site.

Community Events

Cypress Chamber State of the City Luncheon: The District has purchased a table of eight in support of our Cypress City Council. This event will be held on January 23 at the Cypress Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cypress will also be participating

Save the Date: Join us for a Ribbon Cutting on February 1, 2019 at 10 a.m., announcing that Cypress College, NOCE, and the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress will be launching a collaboration to support short term babysitting services for NOCE and Cypress students with children. We are starting a pilot on February 11-May 24 allowing students to drop off children over 5 years old on Tuesdays and Wednesday between 2 pm to 6 pm, with the hopes of expanding these services next fall. BGCC will supply qualified and certified staff, NOCE is providing the room and art supplies, and Cypress will be funding the personnel. All children will participate in literacy, art, and educational activities, as well as be able to access services at the Cypress and Anaheim Boys and Girls Clubs. We are excited to see this collaboration take shape.

Hunger Task Force Legislative Briefing: The Taskforce on Affordability, Hunger and Housing Access will be briefing the legislators on the needs of our students at the upcoming Capitol Briefing on January 28 at 4 pm in Capitol Room 444. If you are attending the CCLC Legislative Conference that weekend, and are in town, we encourage you to join us and show your support.

Pathways of Hope: In another great community collaboration, Drs. Schultz, Schilling, and Provost Purtell met with David Gillanders of Pathways of Hope to discuss providing staff for our respective food pantries. The current proposal is to have expert staffing provided by Pathways of Hope who can not only provide much needed resources on food insecurity, but also help provide on the spot counseling for housing resources. We are working out the details but are hopeful this will produce positive results for our neediest students.

That’s the Board Report from Cypress College. Buen Cypress and Happy New Year!

Moving Forward With Guided Pathways: Coming Attractions!

We continue to make great progress in becoming a Guided Pathways college, and this blog exists to provide updates on the various initiatives happening across campus. Guided Pathways is an intentional, holistic, student-centered approach ensuring students have the tools, guidance, and support to complete their academic goals. Think of it as a GPS for students—there are many ways to get to the same goal, but our responsibility is to provide a guided approach to ensuring the goal is achieved.

Meta Majors to Academic Pathways

Over the past 18 months, our work groups have continued making Guided Pathways a reality at Cypress College. Our deans, faculty, and counselors have worked diligently within the Meta-Majors Work Group and decided we would no longer use the term “Meta Majors” and, instead, would call our academic pathways by their division name. This means we are now using division nomenclatures to help students determine their area of interest. Fine Arts; Social Sciences; Science, Engineering, & Math (SEM); Business and Computer Information Systems; Career Technical Education (CTE); Kinesiology; and Language Arts are now official communities for Guided Pathways! Below is an example of how this will look on our website:

Program Mapping Project

Cypress is also one of only three colleges in California to participate in the Program Mapping Project. This initiative will be a game changer for our students, allowing them to map out their comprehensive academic plan based on if they want to complete their studies in two, three, or more years. Below is a preview of how students will enter this new portal. Faculty and counselors will be involved this spring in determining which courses students would take each semester to complete their degree or certificate. To launch Guided Pathways, this past fall we offered Connect2Cypress, a campus-wide effort to help students clarify their path and introduce our current and prospective high school students to Guided Pathways.

My Path

Another key project focused on a streamlined onboarding process for students utilizing My Path, a bridge between CCCApply and when the student actually registers for classes. This tool guides students through essential steps and directs them to the appropriate resources—all before they step foot on campus.

Anaheim Pledge

The college also launched its inaugural Anaheim Pledge class in fall 2018. This cohort was larger than expected, due to the great work of our Counseling and Student Development staff.  The Pledge is an integral part of Guided Pathways, as is our Dual Enrollment Program, helping students to focus on taking more units, being intentional in their decisions, and ensuring a guided approach to their completion. These are only a few of the many efforts our fabulous teams have engaged in, whether as a department or division, to help improve our students’ lives. I thank you for your continued commitment, and as we move forward I encourage you to remain involved and focused on the great work ahead that will take us into Phase II. The next 12 months will include the submittal of a Title V grant, written in conjunction with Dr. Al Solano and Nicola Perry, our new Guided Pathways consultant. The activities included in this grant were developed by our Guided Pathways Task Force, and will shape how Cypress College operationalizes the idea of creating guided pathways. For more information about Dr. Solano’s background and work, please visit his latest blog, where he details the work completed by Bakersfield College. Ms. Perry has consulted in our district, as well as in Southern California, and worked in the well-respected Maricopa (AZ) Community College District. The potential grant will allow us to focus on three critical areas:

  1. Distance Education: Increase Pathway options, increase the pools of trained faculty and adjunct faculty, strengthen SEM and CTE programs, especially for our underrepresented student populations
  2. Develop Completion Teams for Each Pathway: These completion communities have been tested throughout community colleges in California and have had great success here and in other states. The team is embedded within each school, providing a coordinated approach to supporting students by increasing the communication and coordination of our services.
  3. Develop a Faculty Center for Excellence: Invest in ourselves through professional development and continued learning opportunities. We have plans to create a Faculty Center of Excellence on the fourth floor of the Cypress College Complex. Whether the subject is writing and incorporating SLOs or ILOs, developing curriculum, and building equity and inclusion in your classroom, Cypress College will continue to have innovative, caring, and engaged faculty leading our charge to remain number one.

There is so much more ahead. This is an exciting time to be a Charger, as we are in the driver’s seat for building our future. Buen Cypress! We Take This Journey Together.

President Schilling’s Board Report for December 11, 2018

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

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

on December 11, 2018

Enrollment: Because this past week was finals week, our enrollment has been slow. We are actively sending out reminders to students who have missed their enrollment dates, as well as beginning our Interact marketing campaign this week. Students are being called, and our social media campaign has started. We also sent a reminder to all students on Friday, December 7, reminding them of their upcoming enrollment dates and to enroll for the spring semester. We anticipate a bump in our enrollment starting on Monday, December 10.

Campus News

President’s Holiday Reception: Thank you to those who attended our Holiday Reception on December 5. It was a wonderful time to reconnect, visit with colleagues, and enjoy the holidays. Thanks to faculty member Gary Gopar, and his student musicians who entertained us throughout lunch with their holiday tunes. Kudos to the brave souls who volunteered to sing their favorite Christmas carol for a chance to win a raffle basket. And thanks to Schools First who provided the funding for our lunch. We also appreciate everyone who brought donations to our food bank and were entered in a raffle for prizes. Thanks to Dr. Marshall, and Vice Chancellors Williams, Ramos, and Li-Bugg for joining us!

Save the Dates: We are happy to announce that the groundbreaking ceremony for our new SEM Building will be held on Friday, February 8 from 10 – 11:15. Please mark your calendar for this important kickoff to Measure J. In addition, our second building project, the VRC, will hold its groundbreaking on March 15. The program will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and then our annual Veterans 5K run will begin at 11 a.m. Please join us for all or part of the day!

Triple Threats! Our talented triple threat students (dance, music and acting) performed their student-developed choreography, acting monologues and scenes, and musical theater songs on December 3 and 5, respectively. What talented students we have. Thank you to our performing arts faculty for making this opportunity possible and for coaching our students to be their best.

On December 1 & 2, 2018, the Cypress College Speech & Debate Team took 18 students to the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s Fall Championship Tournament held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.  This year 39 universities and community colleges attended both near and far, including; the University of Utah, Northern Arizona University, Kansas City Community College, Cerritos College, Concordia University at Irvine, and Palomar College. 7 students placed 3rd place or higher and 3 students took 1st place in their respective competitions. Congratulations to our outstanding students and to instructors Josh House and Jennifer Page for their exemplary mentoring and coaching of these students.

State Playoffs: Our Women’s Volleyball team made it to the state playoffs by defeating LBCC in an historic match. Down 2-1 and a point away from losing the 3rd set, our Chargers came all the way back to win the 2nd set and then the third set, to take the match. They made it to the final four before being eliminated 3-1 by Gavilan College, after winning the first set and leading the second. Our Lady Chargers had an outstanding season under Coach Karen Welliver, and we are #CYProud of their efforts.

We are also proud to announce our All-Orange Empire Conference (OEC) winners. These outstanding student athletes achieved outstanding seasons in their sports, as well as in the classroom. Congratulations to: Women’s Soccer All-OEC 1st Team, Morgan Patea, and Audree Campos; All-OEC 2nd Team, Taleah Carter, and Jordan Barber. Men’s Soccer All-OEC 1st Team, Alex Ochoa; All-OEC 2nd Team, Connor Fitzgerald, and Lorenzo LaViolette. Women’s Volleyball All-State/All-OEC 1st Team, Kayla Owens, All-OEC 1st Team, Jane Woodward; All-OEC 2nd Team, Ashley Corona and Marina Pilkington. We are proud of these student/athletes!

We held our fall Vocal Chorale and Jazz Concert on December 7 at 7 p.m. in the Music Concert Hall. Our students, under the tutelage of music faculty, Terra Hurdle, performed timeless jazz and holiday favorites and did a wonderful job of showing what the Cypress music program is all about!

This year, our annual holiday card was designed by one of our graphic arts students. We sponsored a contest for students and received 24 applications. Picking a winning design to represent the college was a difficult decision, but we chose three designs that stood out as representing the holiday season, and Cypress College. Our winning design was by Nhi Ngyuen and our two runner-ups were Ruben Bangi, and Marbie White. The winning designer was announced on Monday night in instructor Daniel Gross’ class by Dr. Schilling and Marc Posner and we awarded a $250 check to Ms. Nguyen. The two finalists also received recognition and a $100 check – all provided by our Foundation. Congratulations to all!

Nursing Pinning: Please join us for our fall nursing pinning ceremony on Monday, December 10 at 6 p.m. Our graduating nursing students will be celebrated, and acknowledged for successfully completing their Associates in Nursing Degree. It is always a wonderful night of celebration and accomplishment for our students and their families!

Please join us for our annual EOPS Adopt a Family holiday party will be held on December 12 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Theater Lobby. Every year the campus community adopts families involved in our EOPS/CARE programs, to provide a joyous Christmas celebration. We thank the campus community for their generosity to these students and their children.

Community Events

Cypress Chamber Holiday Extravaganza: Cypress College has purchased a table of eight in support of our Cypress Chamber. This event will be held on December 13 at the Old Ranch Country Club at 6 p.m.  We have one seat available at our table, so please let us know if you would like to join us.

Americana Citizens of the Year: Dr. Schilling and Gail Taylor will be visiting all our city councils in the next month to announce the Americana Citizens of the Year.

Hunger Task Force meeting: The latest task force meeting occurred on Thursday, December 6. Discussed was our presentation during the Legislative session in January and a focus on what we can achieve together to assist the students silently suffering from housing and food insecurity. Dr. Schilling will be sharing more about this at the OC legislative meeting on December 13, and Dr. Schulz, Provost Purtell, and Dr. Schilling will be meeting next week with Pathways of Hope to discuss other initiatives we can look into to provide support for our students. Stay tuned!

Guided Pathways Technology Task Force: Dr. Schilling is also participating on another statewide task force, exploring the use of technology and data that can support and assist all California Community Colleges identify solutions for Guided Pathways. Because Cypress is one of three colleges serving as a pilot for the new program mapper, as well as taking the lead on the K12 crosswalk in Orange County, we were invited to participate on this new task force. This group convened on November 29 to hear more from the various partners on this project, the Chancellor’s Office, and to consider ways we can better serve our students. Participants included Cabrillo, Cypress, and Bakersfield Colleges, the Chancellors Office, CSU, Career Ladders, K12 Crosswalk, Concentric Sky and CCGI – all innovators looking to help create pathways between our respective educational systems. I am honored to serve in this capacity and hope to have information to share that will benefit our District’s work on Guided Pathways.

That’s the Board Report from Cypress College. Buen Cypress and Happy Holidays to all!

President Schilling’s Board Report for November 27, 2018

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

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

on November 27, 2018

The college is busy completing all of the end of the semester activities, getting ready to celebrate the holidays as well as looking around at one another asking “where did this fall semester go?” It has truly been an eventful and productive semester.  Here are some updates:

Enrollment: Our spring enrollment has just begun and we are currently seeing a great bump in enrollment as compared to 2017. Of course, it is too early to tell if this will last, but we are optimistic that we are off to a positive spring.

Campus News

Our Cypress College Flying Team placed first in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Region II Safecon competition hosted by Embry-Riddle Aero University in Prescott, Arizona, this past weekend. Cypress College placed first overall for two-year colleges for the first time since 1978, scoring a 74. The runner up (Mt. SAC) scored a 42. It wasn’t even close!  We are proud of our students, faculty member Edilberto Valdez, and Dean, Kathleen Reiland. Congratulations!

As we approach the holidays, the college is stepping up its initiatives to assist students and their families. We are #CYProud that employees want to assist our students and recognize that hunger issues affect performance in the classroom. Some of the recent Hunger Initiatives in process are the following:

  • Golden State Water, our community partner and Foundation supporter donated 50 turkeys to our Associated Students Thanksgiving baskets. In recent years the campus has donated all the trimmings (dessert, canned goods, stuffing, etc.) and AS has purchased the turkeys. This year, with the generosity of GSW, all the baskets were provided through donations and we were able to provide full dinners for 50 students, families and veterans.
  • Donate a meal initiative – the college has undertaken a project to get over 50 local restaurants to donate $5 meal vouchers for our students. We estimate that we have over 300 students who could benefit from a meal-a-day plan and are trying to find ways to address this. This initiative is in its early stages and all donations will go through our Foundation. If you would like to help us identify and recruit restaurants who might donate, you can contact our Foundation or Dr. Schilling.
  • Our Associated Students hosted the annual Friendsgiving event with a turkey dinner for all students on campus, November 21, while also providing a pick-up to all students receiving the Thanksgiving baskets. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
  • The college is participating in fundraising for our sister college, Butte College, who has, to date, over 130 employees who have lost their homes in the Camp Fire. Donations can be made on the Cypress College websites to the Butte College GoFundMe account.
  • Our Foundation is participating in the Giving Tuesday promotion on November 27. Our Foundation is encouraging all staff to participate in this annual event, as a way to encourage others to give to our Foundation and raise funds for scholarships. If interested in giving, please visit www.cypresscollege.edu/about/foundation.
  • On November 30, from 6-8 p.m. in CCCPLX-414, the Business Department will host its popular Shark Tank featuring Cypress College students competing against our high school dual enrollment students. Cypress College student entrepreneurs will compete in the finals in this event modeled after the popular “Shark Tank” TV show. Guest judges and faculty will assess the entrants and their projects. Please join us for a lively evening.

Join us for our Holiday Fine Arts events!

  • Celebration of Dance: The Cypress College Dance Department presents its end-of-semester dance concert. November 29-December 1 at 7 p.m. and on December 2 at 4 p.m.
  • Vocal Chorale and Jazz Concert performs timeless jazz and holiday favorites on December 7 at 7 p.m. in the Music Concert Hall.
  • Triple Threat Week – join us on December 3 for the Choreographers Showcase and December 5 for the Musical Theatre Revue -both in the Campus Studio Theater.

End of year highlights

  • Please join us for the President’s Holiday Party, which will be held in the Theater Lobby on December 5 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. This year we will be hosting lunch, funded by Schools First, games, music by Gary Gopar and his student jazz ensemble and, for all employees who bring a contribution for our Food Pantry, they will be entered in a raffle for gift baskets, gift cards, and other prizes.
  • Our annual EOPS Adopt A Family holiday party will be held on December 12 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Theater Lobby. Every year the campus community adopts families involved in our EOPS/CARE programs, to provide a joyous Christmas celebration. We thank the campus community for their generosity to these students and their children.
  • Kwanzaa Celebration will be held on November 29 from 6-9 p.m. in CCCPLX-414. Come learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa with the Cypress College Legacy Program. This fun, interactive event aims to help students, faculty, and other guests learn about the history of Kwanzaa and what it celebrates.

Our Women’s Volleyball team is in the Playoffs! Our Lady Chargers beat San Diego City College on November 20 and if they win on Saturday, they will play Long Beach City College on November 27, at 6 p.m.

Cypress will be sending a team of 12 faculty, staff, and students to the IEPI workshop on Guided Pathways, hosted by the Chancellors Office. The college is making great strides on our Guided Pathways work and look forward to sharing ideas with other colleges and each other.

New Personnel: Cypress College is excited to welcome new personnel, pending board approval: Liz Arcos-Realpe will be our new facilities scheduler, replacing retiree Betty Germanero in this important role. Juan Carlos Rodriguez will be our new M&O Custodial Manager, Ty Volcy, the Presidents Executive Assistant III, will be taking the Interim position of Manager, LEAP program at NOCE. Taking the position of Interim Executive Assistant III will be Karen Joy, currently our Administrative Assistant for Student Support Services. Welcome to all these excellent employees!

The Cypress Chronicle is back! The student-run Cypress Chronicle newspaper is back in print after a more than three-year hiatus. Journalism Program Chair Michael Coronado, a decorated journalist and news editor, has worked to rebuild the program and advises students in the journalism class. The first edition was extremely well done. Congratulations Michael and our student journalists!

Our Student Trustee election was held on November 21. We are looking forward to finally having a representative for Cypress on the dais for our December board meeting.

Community Events

  • The Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony will be held on December 1, featuring choral, symphonic, and contemporary music in a celebration of the season. We appreciate the many ways Disney supports our colleges and our students.
  • The Americana kickoff was held on November 8 at the Park Avenue Grill in Stanton, and featured the introduction of our Americana Citizens of the Year, and our Woman of the Year, Jill Bolton, former vice president at Disneyland Resorts. New Executive Director Howard Kummerman presided over the event, along with our Foundation Board members, and past Americana honorees. Thank you to Trustee Barbara Dunsheath, and Cheryl Marshall for attending.
  • On November 15, Howard Kummerman and Dr. Schilling attended the Buena Park Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, featuring keynote speaker, former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee.
  • Paul DeDios and Dr. Schilling hosted the Garden Grove Chamber Board for a luncheon at the Cypress Bistro on November 15. We were so proud of Lisa Clark and Jeremy Peters who oversee our Hospitality Management Program, our students and staff for their impeccable work and for proving the quality of the Cypress Culinary Arts Program.
  • On November 20, Dr. Schilling presented at the Cypress Rotary Club on the hunger and housing issues facing Cypress College students, with the goal of enlisting their help in addressing these serious community issues. Thank you to Chancellor Marshall for attending!
  • Thank you, too, to Dr. Marshall for her Coffee with the Chancellor event, held on November 20.

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

 

President Schilling’s Board Report for November 13, 2018

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

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

on November 13, 2018

Campus News

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

Community Events

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

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

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for October 23, 2018

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

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

on October 23, 2018

Campus News

  • On October 15, the Orange County Auto Dealers Association (OCADA) hosted a scholarship and career fair event at the campus. 53 auto technology students received a total of $45,000 from this organization – the most of any college in the state. In attendance were recruiters from Fletcher Jones, Norm Reeves, Tustin Toyota, and other dealerships, interested in hiring our students. We continually shine for our various auto programs and industry associations. Kudos to faculty members, Michael Klyde, Paul Kelly and Russ Bacarella, and Dean Kathleen Reiland, for their exemplary work to ensure their students have the best training available.
  • On October 24, Dean Henry Hua and Dr. Schilling will be presenting at the OCBC Cyber Security Task Force This meeting brings together industry leaders in this area and they are interested in Cypress’ new NSA designation as a Center of Excellence, and to better understand the training we provide.
  • On October 25, at 6 p.m., the Cypress Art Gallery will be hosting Director Folleh Tamba for a screening of her film “Triangle of Death” – a documentary on one of the deadliest regions in Iraq, and what our armed forces experienced there. Wounded in combat in Iraq, Tamba was awarded a Purple Heart, and has since produced and directed three award-winning documentaries: The Triangle of Death (Wolf Dog Films, 2009), The Line of Departure (2011), and The Process (2016), which won best documentary short at the 2016 Gary International Black Film Festival. Please join us!
  • Hunger Initiatives: On October 17, Presidents Schulz and Schilling, and Provost Purtell met with representatives from Pathways of Hope to discuss how we can partner together on our hunger and homeless issues. It was an excellent discussion and Pathways of Hope will be collaborating with NOCCCD to host a training for our staff to augment our food pantry services and help identify students who need additional resources. We are grateful for this partnership between our colleges and outside organizations. In addition, Cypress College will be implementing a Safe Zone overnight parking area in Lot 1 for any student who may be sleeping in their cars. Campus Security will supervise and support these students between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Students need to register, which will then help us point them to other resources we may have on campus to support them. We are also working on funding students for a hot meal voucher program at our food services.
  • The Cypress College Women’s Volleyball Team is currently ranked #12 in the state and 11-7 in overall play. Our Women’s Soccer Team is 7-4-4 overall and both teams are aiming for a playoff spot in both sports. Go Chargers!
  • Cypress College and our Associated Students are committed to increasing civic engagement. AS is sponsoring voter registration drives, making voter registration forms available throughout the college, and encouraging students to register online through social media.
  • The College is gearing up for our inaugural Connect2Cypress event on November 6. This will replace our Senior Day, which traditionally occurs in the spring. The event will kick-off our Guided Pathways initiative. Each student will be encouraged to choose a meta major – receiving a T-shirt that designates them as part of the meta major community. In addition, we will be incorporating our annual Majors2Career on the same day so Cypress students will be mingling with prospective Cypress students at the career and program fair. We expect over 1000 seniors to attend the event as they begin to prepare for college.

Community Events

  • Cypress will be hosting our annual High School Superintendents and Principals Breakfast on October 23 at 7:30 a.m. This event is to present the work Cypress is doing in collaboration with our high schools, as well as the opportunity to discuss needs and how we better serve the transition from high school to college.
  • Cypress College is the grateful recipient of a $100,000 grant from the state – one of only 29 colleges to revive this funding. In addition, we accepted another $100,000 from Forest Lawn at last week’s Patriot Chapel grand opening. Currently the funds raised for our VRC exceed $600,000 and we appreciate the support our community has provided.
  • Schilling, Trustee Blount, Foundation Executive Director, Howard Kummerman, and Special Projects manager, Gail Taylor, attended the Cypress Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on October 17.
  • Schilling and her husband will be attending the Cypress Boys and Girls Club annual fundraiser, held at Los Alamitos Racetrack on October 20. They are also looking forward to attending the upcoming Fullerton College Presidential Gala on October 27.
  • Schilling, along with Dr. Schulz and Dr. Marshall, enjoyed hearing keynote speaker Dr. Gil Contreras at the Latino Faculty and Staff Association mixer on October 16. Dr. Contreras spoke about the importance of understanding our first generation student challenges, and how we might be more mindful in how we serve and encourage these scholars. Thank you, Dr. Contreras, for your wise words!

I want to thank all our study session presenters who will be sharing the great working they are accomplishing on AB705, our new Mobile App, our SWP Marketing campaign, and Multiple Measures. My thanks go to Linda Borla, Cindy Shrout, Kathy Wada, Gisela Verduzco, Paul de Dios, Kelly Carter, Kathleen Reiland, and Peter Maharaj.

In an effort to identify the barriers our students may experience enrolling at our college, our Institutional Research department looked into the difference between how many student applied, using CCCApply, and how many students enrolled. This summer we deliberately reached out to students who had applied, but not enrolled, in the attempt to enroll more student. The result was a 7% increase in those students, and a 2% increase overall.

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

 

President Schilling’s Board Report for October 9, 2018

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

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

on October 9, 2018

Campus News

  • On September 26, four Cypress College students received a Bill Snyder Scholarship, awarded to outstanding college students in Hospitality and Hotel Management programs. Six scholarships were awarded by the Orange County Association of Hotel Managers; two- to four-year university students, and the other four were given to Cypress College students. Such an outstanding showing by our students! Kudos to these young scholars, as well as Hospitality chair, Lisa Clark, faculty member Jeremy Peters, and Dean Kathleen Reiland.
  • The college is gearing up for our inaugural Connect2Cypress event on November 6. This will replace our Senior Day, which traditionally occurs in the spring. The event will kick-off our Guided Pathways initiative. Each student will be encouraged to choose a meta major – receiving a t-shirt that designates them as a part of the meta major community. In addition, we will be incorporating our annual Majors2Careers on the same day so Cypress Students will be mingling with prospective Cypress students at the career and program fair. We expect over 1000 seniors to attend the event as they begin to prepare for college.
  • Hunger Initiatives: On October 24, there will be a meeting of the Affordability, Hunger and Housing Access Taskforce and over 20 other organizations who are also trying to address these important issues. Attending from Orange County are Pathways of Hope, United Way OC, Orange County Business Council and HomeAid.
  • On September 27, the Cypress College Gallery opened the show: A Different 1% focused on the .05% of American citizens who serve in the military. The LA Times featured this exhibit on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. All artists in this exhibit are veterans and the main focus of the show is how art has healed these young men and women from the scars of war. I encourage you all to stop by and share it with us. At the opening was former President Bob Simpson and his wife, Denise, and other guests. Congratulations to curator, Janet Owen-Driggs!
  • On October 3, the Cypress College Honors Program and Associated Students hosted the annual Donate a Day of Service event. Featured were speakers and representatives speaking about the power of giving back to our communities. We appreciate all who attended and to Honors coordinators Kendyl Covey and Penny Gabourie for their leadership on this event.
  • The Cypress College Theater and Dance Departments open our fall musical production, Little Shop of Horrors which will run at 8 p.m. October 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, and 2 p.m. on October 7 and 14. Please join us! On October 12, Dr. Schilling will be hosting our President’s Club, Legacy Society, and Foundation donors for a special Night at the Theater.
  • Cypress College will be participating in Undocumented Students Week – featuring a week of activities dedicated to supporting undocumented students at Cypress College. A recent report in the LA Times identified a continued fear in our undocumented community and many of these students attend our colleges. The following activities will be featured: UndocAlly Training on October 15; a Student Panel & Ferias Legales on October 16; a Resource Fair on October 17; a Financial Aid Workshop for undocumented students on October 19.
  • Cypress alumni Alex Alpharoah completed a run at the Skirball Center performing his show “WET: A DACAmented Journey,” detailing what he hid for years: his immigration status. The former Cypress College theater student’s effort to make sense of government policies around undocumented immigrants led to the creation of this autobiographical play, and a spot on the cover of “American Theatre” magazine’s May/June 2018 issue. Congratulations, Alex!

Community Events

  • Our Foundation Golf Classic was held on October 1, 2018 at the Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach. New Executive Director Howard Kummerman presided over the event, along with former Executive Directors Raul Alvarez and Gail Taylor. The event was extremely successful – bringing in over $60,000. We appreciate all our generous donors, vendors, employees, and Foundation members for their hard work and participation.
  • On September 24, Dr. Paul de Dios and Dr. Schilling met with former Cypress alumna, Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council. Lucy has an amazing story and we were thrilled to learn about her experience at Cypress College. We are eager to begin setting up business roundtables for Cybersecurity, Aviation, and Science, Engineering, and Math, which OCBC will assist us with.
  • On October 11, Cypress College will be participating in the ribbon cutting of the new Forest Lawn Patriot Chapel – a facility focused on those who have served in our Armed Services. In partnership with Forest Lawn, we will be honoring our veterans and receiving a $100,000 check from Forest Lawn for our new Veterans Resource Center.
  • One Monday October 8, Cypress College will be participating in the AUHSD Educational Summit, an opportunity to share ideas with our counterparts for the benefit of our students. Faculty, counselors, and administrators will be in attendance.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for September 25, 2018

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

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

on September 25, 2018

Campus News

  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Cypress College continued celebrating our Latinx students and community by hosting a Fiesta on September 19. Student dancers shared Folklorico with students and staff, and our own Yanet Garcia thrilled us with her singing prowess. On September 25, the college will host an evening with Alex Bernal, Cypress’ Safety coordinator, whose father, Joseph, was the key player in desegregating housing in Fullerton in 1943. Mr. Bernal found a home located on the Sunnyside tract of Fullerton which the owners of that property had agreed to sell to him. Shortly after his father, wife Esther, and sisters Irene and Maria Teresa moved in, residents of the Sunnyside tract met Esther and learned that they were of Hispanic descent. These residents sued his father and ordered them to get out because of land restrictions that read, “No portion of the said property should be used, leased, owned or occupied by Mexicans or persons other than Caucasian race.” His father hired an attorney who would go on to represent the Mendez’ in their school desegregation case in the 1950s, to defend their right to live in their home. This landmark case gained worldwide recognition and paved the way to end housing segregation. We are honored to have witnesses to history living among us and appreciate Alex sharing his family story.
  • Pledge Welcome Center on September 19, the College welcomed elected officials, community members, our generous donors, Catherine Sorenson, and the Disneyland Resort, as well as Board member Jackie Rodarte, Foundation board members, Chancellor Marshall, and AUHSD officials, to the grand opening of our Pledge Welcome Center. It was a wonderful celebration to acknowledge the importance of this partnership, the students who are benefiting from the generosity of our donors, and the great job our staff have done in coordinating efforts to ensure student success. The Welcome Center is focused on providing a space to help students know of various resources available across campus. Thanks to Dr. Paul de Dios and Gisela Verduzco for their great work!
  • Cypress College student Brandon Davis was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, last November. The college sponsored a GoFundMe campaign for this courageous young man to help his family while he underwent treatment. Brandon’s tumor was in an inoperable location on his neck and this past year he has had to endure grueling chemotherapy treatments. He just finished his 16th treatment, and hopefully final round of chemo, and is about to start radiation, which is his last phase of treatment. Luckily his prognosis is very good, but he obviously still has to endure all of the pain, trials & tribulations of being a 20-year old man with cancer. Through it all he has kept an amazing attitude. Never bitter or spiteful, always smiling, even though he’s hurting. Amazingly he’s managed to finish almost all of the incompletes he had to take in Fall 2017 and he’s enrolling in online classes this semester. His plan is to transfer to CSULB and become a math teacher. His timeline is a little delayed, but we are happy to report that Brandon is doing much better and his spirit is strong. We have such amazing students at our college and I am reminded daily that it is they who teach us the most important lessons of resiliency, courage, and persistence. Brandon is featured on our My Cypress Story wall in the Humanities Building.

Community Events

  • Our Foundation Golf Classic will be held on October 1, 2018 at the Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach. We invite all Board members, either as part of a golfing foursome, or to attend the late afternoon award dinner at 3:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please go to: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/foundation/majorevents/. We look forward to seeing you!
  • On September 26, Dr. Schilling will have the pleasure of being the keynote speaker at the Orange County Women’s Conference, held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Cypress Community Center. Her message will focus on the power of education to transform lives. Please join us, if you can!
  • On September 21, Gail Taylor and Dr. Schilling had lunch with Dennis Kuhl, Chairman of the Angels. The Angels are hosting 38 Cypress students on September 25 to participate in a career panel with Angels executives, who will discuss how they got into a sports career. The 38 students will also attend the Angels game the same night. Our goal is to forge a more robust partnership with the Angels organization and to make Mr. Kuhn aware of our own illustrious baseball history at Cypress.

Transfer-level Placement Rates

  • Cypress College expanded the use of high school data, as part of multiple measures, in 2017-18 to help place students in transferrable courses who graduated from high school up to two-years prior before enrolling at Cypress College.
  • This resulted in a large increase in the percentage of transferrable English placements and a slight increase in the percentage of transferrable mathematics placements. These rates are further expected to increase for 2018-19 with further expansion of multiple measures for all incoming students.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for September 11, 2018

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

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

on September 11, 2018

Enrollment: The College reached our census date with a 1% projected growth. Based on our current enrollment and the anticipated enrollment of late start classes and positive attendance, we are on target to exceed last year’s fall FTES. In addition, we have increased our fill rate from 86% last year to 92% this year, and increased our efficiency across classes. Our faculty, deans, and researchers have done a great job in managing enrollment and we are grateful.

Campus News

  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Cypress College hosted civil rights activist, Sylvia Mendez, on campus last Tuesday evening. She spoke about her role in the landmark case, Mendez v. Westminster School District, which led to the desegregation of schools in California. Ms. Mendez’s parents sued the school district to allow Sylvia and other Latinx children to attend “whites-only” schools in 1946. Sylvia was only 9 years old when the case was settled in 1947 and spoke of the challenges and opportunities that awaited her. Our thanks to Puente faculty member, Therese Mosqueda-Ponce, Dr. Adela Gomez, and counselor Marbelly Jairam, for bringing Ms. Mendez to our campus to share her story. Special thanks to Trustee Lopez for attending and showing his support. We will also be hosting a Latino poetry reading next week, September 11 from 6-8 pm. In CCCPLX 414. Obed Silva, former faculty member at Cypress, will be sharing his poems with our students and staff. Please join us!
  • Welcome Back! Last week, to welcome Cypress students to the college, we made surprise visits across the campus to deliver granola bars and Buen Cypress cookies to classrooms. These “surprise and delight” visits were orchestrated in advance with faculty, and provided the opportunity to welcome students and let them know of various resources available across campus.
  • Hunger Initiatives: Our food pantry is up and running and we are orchestrating a campus-wide initiative to ensure students understand how to access food on campus. 1) Our Buen Cypress bars detail our food pantry and other resources for students in need of food; 2) We created a video detailing the location, services, and hours of our food pantry, and sent this video to every student; 3) Our campus safety department is working on a plan to allow students in need of a safe place to sleep (in either an RV or car) to park on campus overnight; 4) For any student who is experiencing homelessness or food insecurity, we are creating a fundraising campaign to provide hot meals each day for these students, and 5) We are planning to add a feature to our new mobile app that will notify students when there is food left over from events and department functions. More on these initiatives as they develop!
  • The College is in our final phases of hiring a new Executive Director of our Foundation. We hope to have a candidate to forward for approval at our next Board meeting.

College Events

  • Professional Development welcomed our new full-time and adjunct faculty to the campus Thursday, September 6. Our annual Mixology event had a great turnout and was a great opportunity to meet these new members of the campus.
  • Please join us on September 19 as we celebrate the opening of our new Pledge Welcome Center. This event will be held from 4- 5 p.m. and will introduce a new center to welcome and facilitate the success of students in our Pledge program. You will be receiving an invitation with agenda and details very soon.
  • Our Foundation Golf Classic will be held on October 1, 2018 at the Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach. We invite all Board members, either as part of a golfing foursome, or to attend the late afternoon award dinner at 3:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please go to: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/foundation/majorevents/. We look forward to seeing you!
  • The first meeting of the statewide Food Insecurity and Housing Access Task Force took place last week at San Diego Mesa College. The goal of the taskforce is to find solutions and partners to address the challenges our students face on these issues. Here’s some statistics from a recent Report by the Assembly Office of Research:
    • 43% of the cost of being a community college student is housing.
    • 60-70% of remedial students have issues meeting their basic needs
    • 56% of all college students report food insecurity at some point and 35% were experience housing insecurity

We would also like to share some Cypress College highlights from last year – completion and transfer rates. On the following pages you’ll see some charts prepared by our Institutional Research team, Phil Dysktra and Kristina Oganesian, regarding our outcomes.

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

Cypress College Highlights from 2017-18

  • The number of total awards increased by 16%, while the numbers of associate degrees and certificates awarded increased by 21% and 10% approximately.

Transfers

  • The number of ADT awards per annual year has increased by approximately 125% since 2013-14.
  • Transfer rates for this group of students have remained stable at over 85% for each cohort examined.

President Schilling’s Board Report for August 28, 2018

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

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

on August 28, 2018

Enrollment: We are moving forward with our fall enrollment. Currently we are gaining momentum each day, picking up over 100 FTES in week one. Currently we are projecting a 1% increase in fall 2018 v. fall 2019. The good news is that we have increased enrollment while decreasing sections and appreciate our faculty support in increasing our efficiency while still meeting student demand.

Campus News

  • Cypress College has been designated a Center for Academic Excellence for Cyber Security by the National Security Agency – only one of two community colleges in California, and only one of a handful of community colleges in the nation. This is a great honor and will allow us to attract students, employers, and industry to our campus. Thanks to Faculty members Ben Izadi, Mike Hannah, and Deans Henry Hua and Kathleen Reiland for their efforts this past year applying for and creating a culture of excellence that helped us receive this important designation.
  • We enjoyed a well-attended Opening Day on Friday, August 17. The event featured three inspiring student speakers, several student performances, awards to outstanding faculty of the year awardees, Cindy Shrout (Math) Wayne Chang (Biology), and Regina Rhymes (Sociology), as well as our Diversity Award winner, Cliff Lester for his outstanding work documenting the stories of Holocaust survivors. All attendees received a Buen Cypress Thank you to Trustees Blount, and McClanahan for attending, to Trustee Bent for his excellent words of welcome, to Dr. Marshall for her keynote address, and to District employees, Irma Ramos, Victor Manchik, Nicola Perry, David Soto, and Simone Thunder-Brown for joining us.
  • We welcomed over 600 students and 100 parents to our Welcome to College Night on Friday, August 17 – a record. Highlights were a student panel featuring our AS President Robert Mounce and former Student Trustee Tanya Washington, as well as breakout sessions and campus tours. The students were in the bookstore purchasing their books and finding their classrooms for the start of the semester.
  • Our fall semester has gotten off to a positive start as we see more students enrolling and getting involved. This year we surprised students by showing up to classes on their first day and sharing our Buen Cypress cookies. We also purchased over 20,000 Buen Cypress granola bars which have been placed in all division and support offices, as well as welcome booths across the campus. Students have been grateful for the welcome and all granola bars have details about our Food Bank and how to access food on campus. In addition, we are developing a feature in our Mobile App to send alerts to students when we have food available after various events. Finally, a counselor shared with me that during her Counseling 100 class, a student brought up the issue of hunger; the counselor immediately went out to grab a box of granola bars, shared them with each student, and spoke about our Food Bank. She said it was a wonderful moment when she could help a student right on the spot, while also teaching them about our services across campus. After this week, we plan to stock our Food Bank and division offices with the remaining granola bars as part of our Grab and Go campaign.
  • Our M&O staff re-opened Lot 4 this week, creating almost 400 new parking spaces for students. This is in anticipation of the decrease in parking spaces in Lot 7 when we begin construction on our new SEM building. We also welcomed our new Director of Facilities, Philip Fleming, who comes to us with over 17 years of experience at Fullerton Union High School District. Phil began on August 15.
  • Cypress Connect, our new Mobile App seems to be a hit with students. We are still building more features, but so far our students are using it and accessing many search features to get information. We are optimistic for the many ways we will be able to engage our students.
  • Come check out our My Cypress Story wall on the first floor of the Humanities Building! This Buen Cypress installation greets students entering the college from Lot 9 by sharing the inspiring stories of 17 students who attend our college. The stories featured here share the journey to college from many perspectives. We will soon be adding My Cypress stories from staff and faculty. Please visit this special commemorative wall!

College Events

  • Civil Rights activist, Sylvia Mendez, will be on campus on Tuesday, September 4, to share her stories and experiences as a civil right leader. The event is from 5-7 p.m. in our Humanities 131 Lecture Hall
  • Please join us on September 19 as we celebrate the opening of our new Anaheim Pledge Center. This event will be held from 4- 5 p.m. and will introduce a new center to welcome and facilitate the success of students in our Pledge program. You will be receiving an invitation with agenda and details very soon.
  • Our STEM 2 program has a new home in our Fine Arts Building. The Stem staff has moved into new STEM Center equipped with new offices and space to provide focused counseling, peer mentoring rooms, events, and meeting facilities for our STEM 2 students. This new center will also allow us to grow the program to 700 students this year.

Community Events

  • Dr. Schilling will be the keynote speaker at the West Orange County Women’s Conference on September 26, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the Cypress Community Center. We hope you will be able to join us!
  • Schilling has been named to represent Region 10 on the statewide Food Insecurity and Hunger Awareness Task Force. The first meeting will be at San Diego Mesa College on August 31. We are looking forward to ensuring NOCCCD is a leader in the state on this important issue.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for August 14, 2018

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

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

on August 14, 2018

Enrollment: We are moving forward with our fall enrollment. Currently we are trending down 3% from last fall semester, but our enrollment period is one week shorter this year so the weekly comparison is proving a challenge. The key date will be at census, which occurs after the second week of the semester so we still have time to pick up our enrollment and are maximizing our opportunities to increase enrollment. We are actively adding classes where we have wait lists, and cancelling low enrolled courses, sending texts to students who have missed their enrollment date, while continuing our dynamic phone campaign reaching out to students who have not yet enrolled.

Campus News:

  • Our M&O staff continue to work hard to get the campus ready for the fall semester. We are currently striping our parking lots, deep cleaning our classroom facilities, and upgrading software in all our classrooms. This is a dynamic time on campus and we are grateful for having a strong, and seasoned team. We will be making a recommendation for a new Director of Facilities at this Board meeting and, if approved, this person will begin on August 15.
  • The Cypress College T-TEN program recently received more accolades from Toyota for the highest number of ASE tests (stackable certifications) passed for our 2018 graduating class. 108 certifications were earned by Cypress graduates. Of the 36 T-TEN programs in the nation, Cypress was #2 in the nation with 5.6 ASEs passed per student. We are so proud of our committed students, and passionate instructors, Michael Klyde and Paul Kelley.
  • In more great news for our CTE programs, we are building a new Aviation Simulation Lab, funded by a 1M donation – the largest in Cypress College history!. This project, which will double the size of our existing simulation lab, is the beginning of a state of the art new Aviation Center at Cypress to ensure that our Aviation Program is the pride of California. The goal for this project is to reinvest this donation into building projects that will attract other donors while also providing top quality instruction to our students. We will be having a grand opening sometime in the fall, so stay tuned!
  • Cypress Connect, our new Mobile App is now available for download! Go to the App store and search for Cypress Connect and you will find our app. We are still building more features, but it already has many capabilities and we are looking for feedback to make it better. Please download this today to stay connected to all that is happening at Cypress with Cypress Connect! Thank you to Academic Computing Manager, Peter Maharaj, for his tireless work leading this project.
  • Our outstanding STEM2 Program, which had a record 34 students participate in prestigious summer research programs this year, is moving to a new home. We are opening up a new facility in our Fine Arts Building which will add a conference room, 6 new offices for counselors and faculty advisors, peer mentoring and study rooms, to help support our STEM students achieve their goals. This year’s co-recipient of the North Star Award, Director Yanet Garcia, and counselor Rosa Mejia, as well as Dean Richard Fee, have expanded this program to over 600 students for the coming year. This is a great example of what can be done by using a Guided Pathways model to support students on their journey.
  • Come check out our My Cypress Story wall on the first floor of the Humanities Building! This Buen Cypress installation greets students entering the college from Lot 9 by sharing the inspiring stories of 17 students who attend our college. The stories featured here share the journey to college from many perspectives. We will soon be adding My Cypress stories from staff and faculty. Please visit this special commemorative wall!
  • Schilling recorded several videos we will be sharing with our students including a Welcome Back video for students returning to the college or are new to the college, a Buen Cypress video, and two videos featuring our core values of Excellence and Integrity – all which include student voices. We are sharing these via email social media and on our website. The goal is to inspire, motivate, and ensure our students feel welcomed at Cypress College.
  • Cypress will be launching a quarterly newsletter called Cypress Community Connection which will launch in September. This email, social media, and hard copy newsletter will highlight the great things happening at the college and how we partner with, support, and enhance our community. We look forward to sharing Cypress Community Connection very soon!

College Events

  • Cypress College hosted our annual summer Management Retreat on August 6. We appreciate the participation of Dr. Cheryl Marshall, Kai Stearns-Moore, Fred Williams, Joyce Carrigan, Victor Manchuk, who joined us for Team Building, establishing our shared goals and vision for 2018-19, how to conduct Difficult Conversations, and prioritizing our Guided Pathway projects for the upcoming year. Thanks to Nicola Perry and Geoff Hurst from the district who helped take us through the students experience and helped us prioritize our action items for the upcoming year.
  • Please join us for our Opening Day activities on Friday August 17 at 9 a.m. in the Cypress College Theatre. We will be inspired by staff and faculty accomplishments, a celebration of student stories and successes, and our rollout of the new Cypress College Mobile App.
  • Please join us on September 19 as we celebrate the opening of our new Anaheim Pledge Center. This event will be held from 4- 5 p.m. and will introduce a new center to welcome and facilitate the success of students in our Pledge program. You will be receiving an invitation with agenda and details very soon.

Community Events

  • Dr. Schilling will be the keynote speaker at the West Orange County Women’s Conference on September 26, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the Cypress Community Center. We hope you will be able to join us!
  • Cypress College donated 150 socks to Cypress schoolchildren for the start of their new school year. In partnership with the Soroptimist Club of Cypress, we provided schoolchildren with a new pair of socks to start their new year off on the right foot – pun intended! These partnerships are what make Cypress College a true community college and I appreciate the campus community and their generosity.
  • Schilling has been named to represent Region 10 on the statewide Food Insecurity and Hunger Awareness Task Force. The first meeting will be at San Diego Mesa College on August 31. We are looking forward to ensuring NOCCCD is a leader in the state on this important issue.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for July 24, 2018

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

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

on July 24, 2018

Enrollment: Our summer session ended with an enrollment increase of 1% or 57.8 FTES, exceeding last summer’s total and our projections for this year. This is an encouraging trend which we hope to duplicate for fall.

Campus News: Our M&O staff are working hard to get the campus ready for the fall semester. Albert Miranda, our long-time Director of Facilities, retired in June and Bob Riffle, our Manager of M&O, has been leading his team to ensure we are ready for the fall semester. Bob will also be retiring in August; we hope a new Director of Facilities will be approved at the August 14 Board Meeting.

We have also finalized interviews for an Interim EVP, to address the departure of our EVP, Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay, who left on July 12 to take the position of President at Columbia College. We anticipate this candidate recommendation will also appear on the August 14 Board agenda.

It is with great regret that we announce the resignation of Emily Day, our current VPAS. Emily has done an excellent job in her brief six months with the District and will be missed.

Cypress will be one of three colleges in the state to participate in an Academic Mapping project with the Chancellor’s Office. This mapping project will be part of our Guided Pathways plan to help connect students with their majors more quickly and provide a clear foundation for an informed education plan.

Our Math Department is collaborating with NOCE to move all our credit Math 10 courses to the noncredit Math Labs. This is a great example of the potential collaborations we can facilitate to help our students reach their goals and ensure a pathway from noncredit to credit. In other math news, our math department has also committed to developing OER materials for all math classes by 2019. We will be converting four key courses to OER beginning in the spring semester. We appreciate our faculty recognizing the challenges our students face because of the high cost of books and academic materials.

College Events

  • Dr. Schilling, Deans Kathleen Reiland and Henry Hua, and Special Projects Manager Stephanie Teer attended an all-day symposium at the Sunburst Academy at the Los Alamitos Armed Forces Base on June 27. Also attending were various workforce development boards, apprenticeship programs, and other community colleges, to collaborate on a potential 5M Department of Defense grant. The purpose of the grant is to educate at-risk youth. Cypress is hopeful we can partner with Sunburst Academy and educate these youth from across the state.
  • Dean Hua and Stephanie Teer also conducted a packed Dual Enrollment Fair at Magnolia High School on Tuesday, July 17. Over 150 students attended to hear about the dual enrollment opportunities at Cypress College.
  • Cypress College will be hosting our annual summer Management Retreat on August 6. Events for the day will include Team Building and establishing our shared goals and vision for 2018-19, how to conduct Difficult Conversations, and prioritizing our Guided Pathway projects for the upcoming year. Thanks to Nicola Perry and Geoff Hurst from the District who will be taking us through the students experience and helping us to improve.
  • Our second Pledge Night was held on July 17; over 300 students were on hand to participate in a welcome orientation, success workshops, and prepare for fall enrollment. Thank you, Paul de Dios, Gisela Verduzco, and her Charger Experience Team for organizing a successful event and for working to ensure the almost 1,000 Anaheim Pledge students who will be attending Cypress in the fall, will understand what is required of them, how to navigate the college, and the resources available in order to be successful in college.
  • Please join us for our Opening Day activities on Friday, August 17 at 9 a.m. in the Cypress College Theater. We will be inspired by staff and faculty accomplishments, a celebration of student stories and successes, and our rollout of the new Cypress College Mobile App.
  • We will also be holding our Faculty FLEX Day on Thursday, August 16 and the Welcome Back for Students on August 17. The welcome back event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Campus Theater. We hope you will join us to see our students and their parents get off to a great start at Cypress College!

Community Events

  • Our Foundation Americana kick off began with a breakfast meeting of all the City Chairs on July 19. This meeting helped clarify the roles of each chair, ensuring communication with the city councils, and the importance of recruiting a diverse pool of honorees.
  • The Foundation Board held its end of the year reception on June 20. Our Spring into Cypress campaign is ongoing, which is a board-led fund raising effort. So far, almost $30,000 has been raised. Thanks to all who have helped us with this important fundraiser.
  • Schilling and Chancellor Marshall were guest speakers at the annual LIFT (Leaders Inspiring for Tomorrow) Academy on June 27. This academy is sponsored by CSUF and is open to faculty and mid-level community college managers across the state, looking to develop their leadership skills and, perhaps, move up in their organizations. Drs. Ding-Jo Currie and Pam Walker organized the 4-day event and will be matching attendees with mentors in the spring.
  • Schilling also had the opportunity to attend the second Wheelhouse Fellowship session at UC Davis the week of July 10-13. This convening of 15 CEOs and state leaders was a welcome and exciting chance to be a student again. Highlights of the week included hearing from CC Chancellor Eloy Oakley and UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexler, reviewing several case studies on innovative work at colleges across the country, and hearing from Harvard Psychologist, Robert Kegan on resolving difficult situations and operating within the 5th dimension of human interaction.
  • Schilling attended the LAOCRC Governance Meeting on behalf of Dr. Marshall on July 18. This CEO committee meets to determine structures, projects, and oversight of the regional Strong Workforce Initiative (SWI) funding. Thank you, Chancellor Marshall, for allowing me to attend on your behalf.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for June 26, 2018

The following is a report to members of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees.
Presented by Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
on June 26, 2018

The past few weeks have been very busy as we continue to conduct summer classes, and get ready for fall.

Enrollment: Our summer enrollment continues to be slightly ahead of last summer. We are currently maintaining our enrollment and although we have dropped slightly from the first week, we are still up 2% in our headcount and our fill rate has increased to 88% from 78% last year. We held an Enrollment Management meeting with our academic deans and looked at new reports detailing historical trends in course offerings, fill rates, and productivity that we hope to build on in fall. Other topics included scheduling, extended day budgets, and new Tableau reports to help analyze our course offerings. My thanks to VPAS Emily Day, IR Director, Phil Dykstra, EVP Santanu Bandyopadhyay, and Senior Researcher Kristina Oganesian for all their work developing the presentations.

College Events

  • Dean Henry Hua hosted a Cyber Patriot workshop this week. Students from local elementary schools learned the ins and outs of cyber security as we help engage them in computer activities, and the academic powers of computer networking. The goal of these workshops is to engage rising 6th graders to participate in early Cyber Patriot competitions next year when they come to middle school.
  • Gail Taylor and Dr. Schilling visited the Loara High School campus to tour the Union Bank branch on that campus and provide two scholarships to Loara High School students who will be attending Cypress College in the fall as part of our 2018-19 Pledge class. Union Bank, which is also an Americana sponsors, offers 13 interns the opportunity to work at the branch office, provide workshops to high school students, and learn to work in a professional setting. It was our honor to award these outstanding students a scholarship and to view their operations. A great pathway program!
  • Thanks to Vice Chancellor Cherry Li-Bugg and her team for hosting a productive Student Team Retreat on Tuesday, June 12, to discuss Banner 9 and our onboarding processes for students. It was an excellent opportunity to brainstorm ideas on how to support our students in each aspect of their journey at our colleges. We look forward to more great ideas to come!
  • We also appreciate Dr. Marshall hosting a successful District Management Retreat on Thursday, June 14. There were excellent presentations on collaborations across the district. It was also an important time to collaborate with managers across the District.

Community Events

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Cypress joined us at Cypress College for the inaugural Camp Cypress, held June 18-21. We appreciated the time and generosity of our faculty for hosting workshops in Chemistry, Acting, Cyber Security, Anthropology, Basketball, College Readiness Jeopardy, and Soccer, among others. Our student Ambassadors helped to provide campus tours, facilitate the movement from one location to the next, and staff members, Rhonda Kraft and Liliana Huerta facilitated our organizational details. Thank you all for a successful community partnership.
  • The Foundation Board held its end of the year reception on June 20. Our Spring into Cypress campaign is ongoing, which is a board-led fund raising effort. So far, almost $25,000 has been raised. Our goal is to raise $50,000 by July 30, 2018. Thanks to Foundation Board member (and trustee) Barbara Dunsheath, Chancellor Marshall, and District Foundation Special Project Manager, Brent Hunter, for attending.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for June 12, 2018

The following is a report to members of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees.
Presented by Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
on June 12, 2018

The college successfully completed our “end-of the-semester” events, adding a few more since the last Board meeting. I personally want to thank our Board members for their support at so many of these events; it means so much to our staff and faculty that you are invested in seeing our students succeed and flourish. It’s been a wonderful first year to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments. We Take This Journey Together!

The past few weeks have been “quiet” only because we are between the spring and summer sessions. But it has been very busy as we prepare for the summer session, close out the fiscal year, and complete evaluations and end-of-year administrative tasks.

Enrollment: Our summer enrollment is going well. On the first day of our summer session, we are currently up 5% in our headcount (+500 students) as compared to last summer and our fill rate has increased to 86% from 78% last year. We attribute this increase to offering more dual enrollment courses, a reduction of previously low-enrolled courses and adding more high demand courses, and a focused approach to marketing our summer offerings.

College Events

  • Dr. Schilling and a District team made up of HR, Cypress, Fullerton, and NOCE faculty, staff, and administrators attended the NCORE conference in New Orleans the week of May 29 – June1. It was an exciting time to look at moving our Equity agenda forward at Cypress and within our District. The Cypress team consisted of faculty members Justin Campbell and Stephanie Tran, Executive Assistant Ty Volcy, and Dr. Schilling. We are still in the process of identifying action items, but will be reconvening to identify equity strategies in July.
  • Cypress held our Classified Appreciation Day on June 1. Over 100 classified employees and managers attended to enjoy great food, raffle prizes, games, and camaraderie in our Theater Lobby. Many of our retirees were honored and will be missed.
  • Our Toyota T-TEN Program held their graduation ceremonies on June 1. Each student was honored and accompanied by their Toyota industry partner, and all students are working and advancing in their careers in Auto technology. Thank you to Trustee Molly McClanahan for attending and supporting this event!
  • Also on Friday, June 1, our (STEM)2 Program honored their graduating students at a wonderful celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. Fifty-seven transferring graduates and their families were in attendance; 34 students have obtained summer research projects. Biology faculty member, Adel Rajab, provided an inspiring keynote speech to our graduates.
  • The College will hold a Deans Enrollment Management retreat on June 18. We will be looking at making final changes to our fall schedule, based on reviewing our historical data, and additional topics will include scheduling, extended day budgets, and strategic enrollment planning.
  • Cypress is exploring how to “auto-award” degrees to our students. Although there are challenges and we want to be sure not to award degrees that will affect the ability of students to continue to receive Financial Aid, we are exploring the feasibility of notifying those students who may be close to completing a degree and offering incentives to complete. This will become more important with our new funding formula, so we are looking at ways to implement this slowly in preparation of helping students complete.
  • Cypress is exploring a collaboration with NOCE in the hopes of moving our Math 10 from Cypress credit programs and into a non-credit NOCE pathway. We appreciate our math faculty thinking creatively and for the opportunity to partner with NOCE.
  • Our math faculty are also ramping up to move many of their course materials and textbooks into an OER platform. The college is supporting math faculty this summer as they review how to reduce textbook costs for students. Thank you to Math Coordinator Cindy Shrout, and math faculty Amy Ward for their leadership on this important initiative!
  • Congratulations to Cypress Faculty member, Jolena Grande, who was named by Governor Brown to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. The 17-member board is appointed by the governor and formally interacts with state and federal officials and other state organizations.

Community Events

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Cypress are gearing up to attend the inaugural Camp Cypress June 18-21. We met to discuss the upcoming schedule or workshops, which include Bug Class, Basketball Camp, Library Scavenger Hunt, Chemistry Fun, and Acting Class, among others. We have many exciting workshops to share with our 6-10th grade boys and girls, and hope to show them they, too, can attend college one day!
  • Dr. Schilling and Foundation Director, Gail Taylor, attended the La Palma City Council meeting to discuss the kick off to the Americana Awards. They shared information about the committee membership, scholarships to La Palma students, and the process for choosing the 2019 Citizen of the Year.
  • The Cypress city representatives came to tour the Cypress campus on Monday, June 4. Marc Posner and Dr. Schilling shared the vision of the Measure J projects, and showed them our new water and energy saving projects.
  • Dr. Schilling and Marc Posner have identified over 21,000 Cypress College staff and alumni on Linked In. We are working on a focused campaign to connect with them and share the great work happening at the college. Our goal is to better engage our alumnus and encourage a robust fund-raising campaign.
  • On Tuesday, June 12, Mortuary Science Program Faculty member David McCament will be featured on the TV show “Storage Wars”; he will be filming an episode discussing the history of antique embalming equipment found in a storage unit and what it was used for. Airing dates will be announced soon!

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for May 22, 2018

The following is a report to members of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees.
Presented by Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
on May 22, 2018

The college has been in thoroughly engaged in “end-of the-semester” events and we are enjoying seeing our students succeed and flourish. It’s a wonderful time of the year to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments!

College Events

  • Cypress College will be celebrating its 51st Commencement this Friday, May 25 at 6 pm. We will be welcoming over 1000 graduates receiving more than 1200 degrees and 649 certificates, including our first ever BA graduates in Funeral Services. More than 400 students will participate in this year’s ceremony. Also being honored is Abhiruchi Chaulagin, our Outstanding Graduate of the Year; Curtis Sheets, Foundation Board Member and our Outstanding Alumnus of the Year; Regina Rhymes, our Charger Award winner; Cindy Shrout, our Faculty of the Year, and Wayne Chang, our Adjunct Faculty of the Year. Our Commencement Speaker will be NASA’s Farisa Morales, a former community college student who now searches for new planets with JPL. We are looking forward to an inspiring commencement and hope all our board members will be there!
  • Eleven Cypress College psychology students have been chosen to present research projects at the CC2PhD Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference at UCLAon Saturday, May 26. The conference is one of two held annually by the UCLA-based CC2PhD Association and strives to provide an accessible opportunity for community college and transfer students to engage in research and encourage pursuit of a graduate degree. It will feature presentations from more than 100 California community college and transfer students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM.
  • The Cypress College Men’s Golf Team, led by Coach Dana Bedard, won their first CCCAA State Championship round on Monday, May 14, capturing the first team state title in program history. Sophomores Matthew Rafter, Georgios Bris, and Andrew Thomson posted top-six scores, earning them All-State honors. Congratulations Chargers!
  • Congratulations to our Women’s Softball team who finished third in this season’s CCCAA State Championship Tournament! The Cypress College softball team fought a good fight in their state semi-final appearance against Palomar College, losing by just one run in the seventh inning.
  • Sophomore Alejandra Gomezbecame the most decorated women’s diver in Cypress College history with her performance at this year’s CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships. Gomez repeated as the CCCAA State Champion on the 3-meter board and broke the state meet record on the 1-meter board to earn her third state title in two seasons. Awesome job, Alejandra!
  • Our Performing Arts students have been busy with their end of year concerts, including the Jazz Band Concert on May 7, MAD Film Festival on May 11, Jazz Choir on May 18, Concert Choir on May 19, and our Dance Concert on May 20.
  • In other graduation and scholarship news, our Language Arts Scholarship Awards were held on May 14, our Forensics Showcase was held on May 15, Honors scholarship celebration on May 17, as well as our DSS graduation, Puente graduation on May 15, and Human Services graduation on May 18.
  • Our Court Reporting Program is 40 years old! Faculty member Carolee Freer organized a wonderful breakfast which was attended by past and present students, instructors and alumni of the program. Carolee noted that when the program began “nobody drove on the 91 Fwy – can you believe that?”
  • The Cypress College Foundation awarded over 72 scholarships, to 250 students at our Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 21. It was a wonderful event attended by proud students and parents, as well as our generous faculty, staff and donors.

Community Events

  • On May 9, Dr. Schilling and Dr. Hua attended the Cypress Chamber Golf Reception at the Navy Golf Course in Los Alamitos, to support the work of our local chamber and our partnership with this important business association.
  • On May 10, Dr. Schilling, Dr. De Dios, Dr. Bandyopadhyay, Kathleen Reiland, and Hospitality Management coordinator, Lisa Clark, presented to 20 hotel General Managers representing large hotel chains in Garden Grove, to discuss our Hospitality Management Program and the opportunities we provide for training.
  • Schilling attended the CSULB Spring Educational Leadership Forum on Monday May 14. CEOs, VPs, and Academic Senate Presidents from across the LA/OC area attended to discuss opportunities for transfer and building intersegmental courses across our institutions.
  • Schilling, Trustee Stephen Blount, and VP Emily Day attended the annual Cypress Police Appreciation Luncheon on May 15. It was a wonderful event and opportunity to honor our great partnership with our Cypress Police department, and to honor them for the heroic work they do on our behalf.
  • On May 17, Dr. Schilling had the honor of sharing lunch at the Cypress Bistro with City Council woman, Mariellen Yarc, and Cypress City Manager, Peter Grant. They were impressed with our amazing students and the culinary experience they share with their guests.
  • On Friday, May 18, the college community said goodbye to Don Bedard, “Mr. Cypress”, who was one of the first Cypress College employees in 1967. Dr. Bedard served the college for over 30 years as Vice President and Interim President (twice). He was beloved by the campus community and his service was filled with blue and gold well-wishers.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for May 8, 2018

Presented by Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
on May 8, 2018

The college has been in thoroughly engaged in “end-of the-semester” events and we are enjoying seeing our students succeed and flourish. It’s a wonderful time of the year to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments!

College Events

  • Our inaugural Pledge Night, held on both the Cypress and Fullerton campuses on May 2, was a fabulous success. At 4:30 when our registration began, there were lines around the building as eager students and parents came to enjoy our program tables, free food, and to get ready for the Pledge kickoff. We hosted over 800 students and their parents, opening an additional overflow room to accommodate everyone. Thanks to Dr. Marshall. Superintendent Mike Matsuda, Vice Chancellor Cherry Li-Bugg, and attendees from UCI AUHSD, and CSUF for supporting and attending this event.
  • Thank you to Our CSEA colleagues who sponsored the annual CSEA Chapter Breakfast on May 8. Cypress College’s Melisa Barrios received an award acknowledging her outstanding service to the College and District. Congratulations, Melisa!
  • Cypress College faculty members Ann Sheridan-Solis and Adel Rajab are being honored at the University of California, Irvine’s 13th Annual Educator Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony on May 22. Solis, Rajab, and other honorees were chosen by UCI’s most academically successful transfer students who identified the faculty member or counselor from their community college who played a critical role in their successful transfer to the university. Congratulations Ann and Adel!
  • The Cypress Auto Technology Program added another acknowledgement to its growing list of accolades. Schools.com ranked our Auto Technology Program as the #4 program in the United States.! Congratulations to Dean Kathleen Reiland and her excellent faculty.
  • On May 8 from 1-3 pm, the Transfer Center is hosting its annual Transfer Celebration to celebrate and recognize students who will be transferring to a four-year college or university in the fall. There will be food, certificates, and breakout sessions with local university representatives.
  • Please join us on Friday, May 11 from 6-10 pm as the Media Arts Design Department presents its annual Cypress College Film Festival featuring student-submitted works.
  • Our Veterans 5K on Friday, April 27 raised over $5,000 for our veterans and another $3,000 from the Cypress Women’s Assistance League who held their own fundraiser on Saturday, April 28 in support of our veterans. We appreciate the efforts of Mariellen Yarc, Cypress city councilwoman and Chair of our VRC capital campaign, for her support!
  • On April 25, the college planted its fourth Peace Pole next to the Theatre Arts Building. This project, spearheaded by English faculty member, Ambika Talwar, is designed to promote peace, and proper ecologic stewardship of our environment. The peace poles are a wonderful way to promote our core values of collegiality and inclusiveness on campus.
  • The Cypress College End-of-The-Year Luau was held on campus Thursday, May 3. Our retirees and colleagues celebrating their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 year anniversaries with the District were honored.
  • The Cypress College Women’s Softball Team started off the playoffs with two quick wins against Southwestern College 8-2 and 6-4. The Chargers enter the next round this Friday at 2 pm against Bakersfield. Go Chargers!
  • On May 10, we will host the annual International Students Dinner as we both honor our students’ accomplishments and wish our graduating students well as they continue their academic journey.

Community Events

  • Schilling and Foundation Director, Gail Taylor, attended Service Night at Los Alamitos, celebrating and honoring our veterans.
  • Schilling, Dr. Hua and our academic deans will be attending the Cypress Chamber Golf Tournament reception on May 9 at the Navy Golf Course in Los Alamitos. We have appreciated the Cypress Chamber on our campus since January and support their efforts in our community.
  • Also on May 9, Dr. Schilling will be attending the annual Soroptimist Scholarship Awards presentation, honoring five of our EOPS students. We are grateful for the work this excellent organization does in support of our students.

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

President Schilling’s Board Report for April 24, 2018

Presented by Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
on April 24, 2018

The college has been in thoroughly engaged in “end-of the-semester” events and we are enjoying seeing our students succeed and flourish. Here’s a recap of the many things going on:

College Events

  • Last Tuesday, Cypress hosted the third annual YomHaShoah. We welcomed 500 attendees and had four holocaust survivors, and a 98-year old GI who fought in WWII and participated in the liberation of the concentration camps. In addition, we commemorated the addition of Dr. Henry Nahoum to our Holocaust Memorial Gallery on the same day. Dr. Nahoum’s daughter, Bonnie Nahoum-Jaros, a former Santa Ana music professor, also sang during the YomHaShoah event. Thank you to professors Clifford Lester and David Halahmy for this moving event, and to Marc Posner for his assistance putting this together. We also appreciate Dr. Marshall and Trustees Rodarte, Dunsheath, and McClanahan for joining us.
  • Our women’s softball team won their fourth consecutive OEC Title and the 16th in the last 17th titles. This is the 23rd Conference Title under retiring Coach Brad Pickler. Playoffs begin this Saturday with a home against El Camino College. Go Chargers!
  • Cypress College art students presented scholarly research at ART+POLITICS, the 2nd Annual Community College Art History Conference that took place at the UC Riverside ARTSblock on Saturday, April 14. Students Sandra Alvarado and Randy Cruz presented on “White Westernized Walls” and “The Marginalization of People of Color in Film” respectively. Out of only six students chosen to present, two were from Cypress. Our thanks to art professors Janet Owen-Driggs, and Ed Giardina for making this opportunity possible for our students. We are #CYProud of Randy and Sandra!
  • We enjoyed hosting Coffee with the Chancellor on April 19. Dr. Marshall shared her budget presentation, and we discussed campus safety, the CBT report, and how the District can support the college. We appreciate having this opportunity to discuss ideas and issues with our Chancellor, and appreciate that Trustee McClanahan also joined her for this visit.
  • On Wednesday, April 18 our Professional Development committee hosted Janet Zadina, an expert on Brain studies, and how this can form our understanding of teaching and learning. Dr. Zadina spoke to a full house on how students learn, retain, and understand information. It was a fascinating look at how to improve the ways we share information, and an awareness we could all benefit from.
  • Tuesday, April 24, Cypress College will be adding our fourth Peace Pole. This project, inspired by English Professor Ambika Talwar, is to promote peace on campus and provide daily reminders to be kind to one another. We believe this fits in well with our core values of Inclusiveness and Collegiality and thank Ambika for her advocacy for promoting peace across our campus.
  • Our Engineering and Beyond symposium was held this Friday, April 20. Four graduates from our STEM programs who are either continuing their education and/or working in their field, were here to speak with our STEM2 students, share their journey and advice, and help provide inspiration to our current students. We appreciate Yanet Garcia and her innovative ways of providing opportunities for our students.

In an effort to get more student feedback, our Guided Pathways retention group is sponsoring the “Question of the Week” at our Student Table Talks. Last week the question was “what is great about Cypress and what can be improved?” Students added comments to the table poster board and then we will be capturing this to provide feedback for our strategic conversations. We love this idea and thank Treisa Cassens for this innovative way to get student feedback.

  • Our annual Sex Day, initiated and led by Psychology faculty member Susan Johnson, was held on Wednesday, April 18. Students participated in games focused on promoting a healthy sexual awareness, and emphasizing the importance of good health and self-esteem.
  • On Saturday, April 21, Dr. Schilling and Dean Paul De Dios attended the Latina Leadership Network conference to honor Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce as she received the prestigious LLN Madrina Award for her 22 years of service to the Cypress College Puente Program and tireless support of her students and developing future Latina leaders. Eight Puente students were in attendance and spoke about their excitement at seeing so many powerful female leaders
  • On April 25. Cypress College will be sponsoring its spring Parents Night, welcoming prospective students and their parents to the college. In addition to attending Parents Night, Dr. Schilling will also be giving the keynote speech at the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress.

In closing, it is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Charlene “Char” Felos, retired Cypress College ceramics professor, who had worked so tirelessly for Cypress College, the education of students, and the fine arts community. Char died at her home in Huntington Beach on April 15 at the age of 75. She began her career at Cypress College in 1969 and became art department chair in 1987. She retired in 2003 after 34 years of service with the district.

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

Taking a ‘Choice Architecture’ Road to Guided Pathways

As the college moves forward with the important work of Guided Pathways, a few things have become extremely evident: our students want us to help them make more informed decisions about their educational pathway, and our processes are often unintentionally confusing. The students who are successful in navigating their way, are those who know where our resources are, find cohort programs on campus that provide a high-tech, high-touch experience, and know who to ask for help when their confidence wanes or their life becomes overwhelming.

The majority of our students are first-generation college students, receive financial aid, attend college part time, hold full-time jobs, have extensive family commitments, struggle with food and/or shelter insecurity, and do not have the time to join clubs or other extracurricular activities known to help students stay on their path. It is easy to approach these challenges with a deficit mindset — that is, adjusting our expectations downward because we are aware of the many competing demands on our students’ time. We are not surprised when a student takes 4-6 years to complete at our college. But what if we, instead, found ways to provide the direction that helps the student navigate our processes more simply and effectively? How do we help our students aim high, when we know they have so many real-life challenges?

Cypress College has responded with many thoughtful and effective interventions to address the real challenges our students face:

  • high-performing cohort programs such as Honors, (STEM)2, Puente, Legacy, and EOPS;
  • high-support programs like Veterans Program, ACCESS, the Food Bank, Embedded counseling, and MLC and LRC tutoring support; and
  • financial assistance in the form of scholarships, Hunger-Free grants, and DACA emergency aid, to name just a few.

These are essential programs with a proven track record of success.  But even with all that, we still only reach a small percentage of our students in need. And that is why looking at our institution through a Guided Pathway lens is so critical.

A recent research brief by Community College Research Center (CCRC) out of Columbia University found that the three most important guided momentum points that help propel students forward are Credit Momentum, Gateway Momentum, and Program Momentum. I encourage you to read this important report by clicking the link.

Below we take a look at the Cypress data on these key elements:

Only 12% of Cypress students completed 24 credits in the first year, and of the 16% who attempted 30 credits in the first year, only 4% were successful. This might lead us to question whether or not we should be discouraging students from attempting 15 credits a semester, or 30 credits in a year. But here’s another statistic to consider —  those students who completed 15 credits versus 12 credits each semester had a 9% higher chance to earn any degree, and saved over 20% in tuition and fees per degree earned. For students struggling to stay in college and make ends meet, this can be the difference between succeeding and being just another failed statistic. If our students are not succeeding by taking 15 units each semester, this is an area for discussion.

At Cypress only 7% of our students complete math and English in the first year. We are improving each year, so kudos to our faculty for this excellent progress, but we need to find ways to help students complete these critical gateway courses early in their academic career at Cypress. Here’s why:

Math and English are often the gateway classes where students get stuck. Either they are delayed in remediation, or they delay entering into their gateway courses (especially math) until they are well into their major courses. Students who pass a college-level math and English course were 50% more likely to complete their degree, than those who did not.  71% of students in transfer pathways who completed a college-level math class completed a degree or certificate and transferred successfully versus only 11% of those students who did successfully complete their college-level math course. The same goes for English courses — 52% of those who complete college-level English went on to complete and transfer successfully, versus 17% of those who did not complete any college-level English course.

Although the study did not look at the data supporting a student completing math and English, recent data in Tennessee showed that in the first three years of implementing Guided Pathways, and asking students to take math and English in their first year, 48% of these students completed their degrees versus 18% of those who did not complete these courses in the first year. A STEM student recently told me she did poorly in her Microbiology course her first semester, because she did not take Calculus first. The math was not a prerequisite, but she realized that she would have done much better if she had taken her math first. And so many students delay taking their English composition course, and then struggle with many of their GE courses that require research, writing, and reading comprehension.

At Cypress, we will be building upon our excellent Charger Experience Program by implementing these early momentum metrics with the anticipated 600 plus students who will be entering Cypress College this fall from AUHSD. As part of our inaugural Pledge class these students will be required to take at least 24 units, including math and English in their first year in exchange for math and English books, free tuition, and counseling support. Non-AUHSD students will still have the same advantages by participating in our Charger Experience Program.

This initial course will allow us to evaluate if these interventions will assist students, and help us expand this initiative to all students in a Guided Pathway model.

As we continue to design pathways that work for our students, let me remind you that we are not changing everything we do. We are looking at what works, and trying to ensure more students, not just those who are lucky enough to find the resources they need, can easily understand the steps needed to reach their goals. Choice Architecture is the process of guiding students toward the choices that will assist them in reaching that goal, rather than confuse them.

For example, Behavior Economics underscores that if people are overwhelmed by choices, they either don’t make a choice, or make a poor choice. Check out the graphics below:

When provided with an opt-out versus an opt-in choice, people overwhelmingly make the choice to participate.

Choice Architecture is not about limiting student choice; it’s about creating clear opportunities to make good choices that lead to a strong foundation for success. I believe their futures depend on us getting this right.

Lot 5 Expansion to Facilitate New SEM Building

Update, January 17, 2018: The parking lot expansion project is underway and should be completed by June. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward with the project.

To prepare for construction of our new Science, Engineering, and Math Building (scheduled for Spring 2019), we are ready to proceed with the expansion of Parking Lot 5. This construction work will take place during the upcoming spring semester.

Below is the proposed layout for the Parking Lot 5 expansion. When completed, the work will provide an additional 252 spaces. This will more than offset the 200 spaces that will potentially be displaced from Parking Lot 7 during the SEM construction. Once the work is completed, the total number of stalls in Lot #5 will more than double to 453 (201 existing  plus 252 new).

Also of interest, modifications in Lot #9 have increased staff parking by 34 spaces, which are located just north of the Humanities Building and the SEM Building.

Lot 5 Expansion

The dark black parking spaces in the illustration indicate the expanded parking areas in Lot #5. The grey spaces indicate the current spaces in the area (above). The full campus map (below) is highlighted to show the project area detailed above.

Progressing on the Path: An Update on Workgroup Activities and Our State Application

For those of you reading this blog for the first time, and are not yet aware of Guided Pathways, I urge you to take a look at the two previous blog postings. For those of you who have been reading and sharing your comments, this is an update on the conversations, discussions, questions, and progress we are making toward becoming a Guided Pathways College.

We now have a Guided Pathways website! Our Guided Pathways Task Force has been working on the college’s self-assessment, which will be sent to the State Chancellor’s Office by the end of December. Over 70 campus participants responded to the college’s self-assessment survey — we thank those of you who sent in excellent feedback, which was incorporated into our final draft.

Read on to see what your colleagues have been working on.

Workgroup #1: Meta Majors — Defining Areas of Interest to Help Students Identify the Right Major

A Meta Major can be defined as an area of interest. If a student thinks they are interested in health, they might declare a Health & Wellness Meta Major, for example, instead of declaring Nursing or Human Services, as his or her “major.” This is an example of possible Meta Majors:

Defining clear areas of interest are paramount to Guided Pathways working at Cypress College. Meta Majors are the umbrella for all the other workgroups, and, like the exploration that our students undergo, it is important that we do the deep thinking on Meta Majors before deciding how to define and set up these areas. Here are some of the questions being asked:

  • How many Meta Majors should we have? Start with a few and grow or start with many?
  • Should Meta Majors cross divisions?
  • What makes sense to a student and how do we ensure our students have a voice in this project?
  • For students who are unsure of their interests, how do we allow for some student discovery before narrowing the path into a major?

Workgroup #2:  Onboarding — Entering the Path

This workgroup has focused on the many entry points at Cypress College and how to streamline the process for students to successfully apply, enroll, and navigate their way through the maze of Financial Aid, Counseling, Education Planning, Scheduling, and enrollment in the courses needed for completion. Some ideas being generated:

  • My Path — this is a new version of CCCApply which will streamline the process for students applying to Cypress College. This is still being tested by the Chancellor’s Office Tech center, but should be available to us by Fall 2018.
  • Steps to Success App — an electronic app that helps guide students through the steps of Financial aid, counseling, education planning, and enrollment
  • College Scheduler — this scheduling software will allow a student to input their availability, their courses, and then search for classes with one click
  • One Year Schedule — allow students to register for an entire year, helping coordinators to anticipate need and ensure classes are available
  • Time to Complete Navigation — this app function would allow students to input time to degree status, allowing students to see the consequences of taking more or fewer classes and how this affects their time to completion

Workgroup #3: Communicating Pathways — Entering the Path

This workgroup is identifying how we currently communicate with students and how we can do it better. What technology is needed, and how can we effectively communicate so students are motivated to act?

  • An app, a better app, and an even better app! – the group is focused on developing an app that would allow us to send push alerts; provide access for each major or area to send specific messages on events, opportunities, and reminders; and engage with all the workgroups to identify how this app would interface across the campus.

Workgroup #4: Marketing for Pathways Initiative — Clarifying the Path

This workgroup is identifying ways to make the pathway meaningful. Real-time information that engages students in activities, informs them of clear choices, and puts career planning into the course-taking process is the focus.

  • Career Ladders for each Meta Major (including labor and salary data with on- and off-ramps)
  • Connect students in each Meta Major with mentors, workshops, research, service opportunities, and internship opportunities related to area of interest
  • Standardize Marketing Templates across disciplines so the message is clear, understandable, and recognizable to students

 

Workgroup #5: Retaining Students — Stay on the Path

This workgroup is focused on identifying and guiding students to the just-in-time assistance they need as they make their way toward choosing and completing their major.

  • Aligning Services to Course Progression — what support do students need in their first semester, third semester, last semester?
  • Early Alert — building a Cypress early intervention system that faculty and counselors can utilize and collaborate to identify at-risk students before they fall
  • Registration Drop-Down Menu — tying registration to meta major interest
  • Embedding Counselors within Meta Majors — tailoring counselors to areas of interest
  • Canvas shell to align Support Services with Courses — this would allow faculty and counselors to engage students with specific services and tailor the message for better engagement

If you have additional comments on any of the work group initiatives, or would like to participate, please add your comments in the discussion section of this blog. We appreciate your feedback!

Guided Pathways – Some Data to Consider

This blog is meant to provide updates on initiatives that affect our students and our campus community. In this next blog installment, let me discuss our progress to becoming a Guided Pathways College.

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has issued the following timeline for completing the steps required to become a Guided Pathways college. Cypress is set to receive 1.4M over the next five years.

In September Cypress College sent twelve team members to a Guided Pathways workshop in Irvine. All Cypress employees were recently sent a survey to provide input on our Guided Pathways self assessment; in addition, the Guided Pathways task force will review your input and complete this assessment for submission to the state by December 23. We will then begin a campus-wide discussion on our Multi-Year Plan, which is due by March 30. In April we receive our funding.

One of the reasons Cypress College is taking on the important work of Guided Pathways is that students don’t just need assistance when they begin and end their college experience. They need support throughout their academic journey. But we have 16,000 students at Cypress College. How do we determine the support each student needs? How do we provide more guided interventions for our students, i.e. just-in-time assistance that can help provide support before a student starts falling?

In the past, reaching the 30-unit mark was an indicator that a student would complete their degree or certificate. This is a goal most Cypress students reach. But one of the biggest challenges Cypress students face is not in reaching the 30-unit mark; it is reaching completion, as you can see in the momentum tables below:

Data Source: Cypress College 2017 Student Success Scorecard (2010 – 2011 Cohort)

If you look at the momentum points above, you can see that most of our students successfully persist through the first year and eventually reach 30 units. But there is a large drop off after 30 units. What happens between 30 and 60 units?

You should also note that not all groups are progressing at the same rate. Any pathways initiative the college undertakes needs to prioritize how we will address the achievement gap occurring between demographic groups. How do we provide additional support for students who are experiencing economic challenges that make it difficult to stay in school?

The following data tables are meant to highlight where our students are achieving, and where they need help. The data below is based on new, first-time students, entering Cypress College in 2015-16.

One of the first things that you should notice is that most of our students are not enrolled full time. We are retaining our students, but 65% of our students attend part time. Students are succeeding in the classes they attend at a 74% average, but if students average 8 degree-applicable units per semester, they will not progress quickly,  allowing for too many “life happens” moments that can derail their path to completion.

An average full time credit load is 12-15 units per semester. In the data tables below, you will also see that a significant number (32%) of our students are completing only 15 credits in a year. Another 12% of Cypress students complete 24 units; and 16% of students attempt 30+ units in the first year. But only 4% actually complete 30 units. What happens to the 12% of students who attempt, but do not complete 30 units?

Where are we losing students on their way to completion? And how can we provide support at critical moments in their Cypress experience? Good data should lead to more questions. I am interested in hearing your thoughts and how you think our college should be addressing this.

We are continuing to convene workgroups looking at our On-Boarding processes, Meta Majors, Retention, Communication, and Marketing and Technology. Ideas such as developing a Cypress App, predictive analytics data, career marketing materials, a streamlined application process, one year scheduling and incentivizing students to take a full load in return for scholarship and mentoring support, are all being explored. If you are interested in participating, please let us know! The next blog will provide you with an update on the ideas your colleagues have identified to help move us forward.

Buen Cypress! We Take this Journey Together!

Guided Pathways

Many of you have heard the term Guided Pathways and may be asking, “what is it”? or even, “don’t we already have pathways at Cypress”? In this blog installment, I will try to explain what Guided Pathways is, what it isn’t, and what you can expect in the coming months.

The Guided Pathways approach asks colleges to look at current processes from a student’s perspective. For example, how easy is it for a student to get information, navigate the necessary processes required to enroll, to complete a degree or certificate, and/or understand how to succeed at Cypress College. How well do staff and faculty in different divisions interact on behalf of the students, and do you even know how a student accesses support services outside your own work area?

For a brief tutorial about Guided Pathways, please check out this informational video:

Students: – In the Discussion Board at the end of this blog, tell us where you feel you struggle at Cypress. Is it during enrollment? Trying to get classes? Talking with your instructor or counselor? Finding your way to the various support offices on campus? Receiving communication?

The Four Pillars of Guided Pathways

This year will be a Guided Pathways implementation year. Cypress will be engaging in conversation with all employees and, especially, students, on various topics ranging from:

Clarifying the Path (how a student understands the pathway options available to him/her);

Entering the Path (how easy is it to apply, enroll, choose his/her major, establish an educational plan, meet counselors, faculty and other students);

Staying on the Path (at what point do students struggle and why?);

Ensuring Learning (what happens in the classroom that helps students understand the connection between learning, completion, and career).

Faculty and Staff: In the Discussion Board below, tell us when you think students start falling off their path?

Funding for Guided Pathways

The State of California has dedicated funds to help the college create clearer pathways. Cypress can expect approximately one million dollars over five years. Here’s how we become eligible for this funding:

Meta Majors

One of the main cornerstones of Guided Pathways is the creation of Meta Majors. The “majors” are really Areas of Interest and students declare a Meta Major before declaring a specific major. An example of a Meta Major might be “Health and Wellness” – within that Meta Major might be all the health degrees and certificates, but also psychology, human services, and some kinesiology degrees. Advising, tutoring, specific general education courses, and other support services will be designed to assist students in this area of interest.

Cypress will be creating these Meta Majors, with the input of students and staff, during the 2017-18 year, with the goal of having these in place for students by fall 2018.

Next Steps

During the fall 2017 semester, we will be initiating conversations across campus on the following topics:

  • Meta Majors
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Using Technology to Engage Students
  • Just in Time Assistance and Student Momentum Points

This is an exciting time at our college and we look forward to building upon the academic excellence that exists at Cypress in order to ensure students receive the best educational experience available anywhere.

Tell Us What You Think

We welcome your feedback in the discussion boards below. Buen Cypress!

 

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Cypress College Committed to Students Following DACA Decision

Dear Cypress College Community,

Today, the White House announced its decision to end the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The announcement that DACA protections will expire next March does nothing to diminish Cypress College’s commitment to maintaining a welcoming, inclusive environment that is free of discrimination.

While details continue to emerge, we hope that by sharing facts, we can reduce the anxiety some in our community may be feeling.

The college remains committed to the following:

  • Our college remains a welcoming place to all students who meet our admission requirements.
  • The “unwinding” of DACA does not impact a student’s ability to attend a California community college, qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition fees under AB 540, or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act.
  • The college ensures that students’ confidential information will remain private and inaccessible to everyone, including law enforcement, except through judicial orders. We take seriously our legal obligation to enact these protections granted as part of the Federal Educational Records Protection Act.
  • Current DACA recipients will retain both the full period of deferred action they have already been granted until they expire — even if it extends beyond the DACA expiration date announced by the White House.
  • Cypress College, the North Orange County Community College District, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office are working together to ensure the protection of our students’ rights.

I am proud of the work we do here at Cypress College, and of our commitment to ensuring our students have a safe and supportive environment in which to learn. We are focused on providing a premier educational environment to help our students build better futures for themselves and their families. We are committed to exploring avenues to help address the needs and concerns of our students. Likewise, we will continue to ensure our DACA students and their families understand their rights and how today’s announcement may affect them.

Sincerely,

JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
President, Cypress College

 

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Note: Cypress College has prepared a comprehensive list of resources for students impacted by the DACA decision.

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Dr. Schilling’s Welcome Message

Welcome to Cypress College! We have just completed our 50th anniversary celebration and are already looking ahead to the next 50 years as one of California’s premier community colleges. We are so happy that you have joined us.

Many of you are coming to college for the first time, and may even be the first in your family to attend college. Some of you may be returning to our college, or finding your way back after a long absence. We understand that this is big step and navigating your way as a college student while balancing your life, family, and finances can often feel intimidating. I want to assure you that not only have you made a good choice to attend Cypress College, but we are here to help you succeed. With 73 academic degrees and 176 certificate options to choose from, we are here to help you find a pathway best suited for your own academic and career goals.

Like many of you, I am also a new member of the campus community and am discovering a welcoming environment that is focused on achievement and success. I want to remind you that college success is a journey of self-discovery, underscored by deep learning and skills building. Learning may feel scary and uncomfortable at times, earmarked by moments of great discovery and enlightenment. Do not be afraid of the challenge; that’s how you know you are growing!

You are not expected to know everything on Day One, but you can maximize your experience here by visiting our many student support services, including our counseling and guidance services, tutoring and study skills classes, and by making an appointment to meet with financial aid and student health representatives. This catalog is your guide to accessing our support services and we hope you will refer to it often. And remember, our outstanding faculty are committed to helping you succeed, so please embrace their guidance and expertise, attend instructor office hours, and never feel that any question is too small to receive an answer. In short, you matter to us and we want to hear from you!

You’ll notice a lot of construction going on this year with a new science, engineering, and math building and a state-of-the-art Veterans Resource Center. We are proud of our efforts to bring Cypress College closer to a neutral carbon footprint and supporting our community by being good stewards of our environment. You hope you will find our campus a clean, safe, and inviting place in which to study, learn, and engage with other students.

In closing, I want to say to all students, new and returning, that we are so pleased you have chosen to become a Cypress Charger. We invite you to keep current with all our events and student activities by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You are joining a rich history of previous students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have been part of this special place we call Cypress College. Once a Charger, forever a Charger.

We wish you a great year of academic and personal success!

JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.

President

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