Cypress College Foundation Raises $80,000 at its Annual Golf Classic

The Cypress College Foundation held its Annual Golf Classic at Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park October 21, raising $80,000 to fund student scholarships and book grants/loans, faculty grants, and more. There were 168 participants, including a member of the LPA team who shot a hole-in-one and won a new vehicle.

The Foundation gives a warm thank you to all of its sponsors, participants, and volunteers and student ambassadors.

Title Sponsor
TEM – Total Environmental Management

Corporate Sponsors
A.O. Reed & Co. and Foundation Pile
Control Air and Helix Electric
Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries
MAAS Companies
SUNDT Construction Inc

Eagle Sponsors
Air Treatment Corporation
Morgan Stanley
Newport Diversified

Birdie Sponsor
Cypress Lawn Funeral and Cemetery

Foursomes included players from the following sponsors
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
ACCO Engineered Systems
Air Treatment Corporation
American Crematorium
Buena Park Police Department
The City of Cypress
CSI Fullmer
Cypress Police Department
Fullerton College
So Cal Gas
Golden State Water
Hazelrigg Claims Management
Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP
Patron Property Management
Piping Industry Progress and Education
Toyota Place
Union Bank
Westberg White Architecture

Americana Awards a ‘Rousing Success’; Honorees Wow Hoops Crowd

Cypress College’s 39th Annual Americana Awards appear to be one of the most-successful events on record — thanks in large part to the participation of Chargers alumni Swen Nater and Mark Eaton. They were honored as the Men of the Year at the ceremony, which were held on Saturday, February 22, at the Disneyland Hotel.

Male honorees at awards ceremony

Cypress College Americana Awards Men of the Year Mark Eaton (center left) and Swen Nater (center right) with coaches Don Johnson (far left) and Tom Lubin (far right) that the 39th Annual Americana Awards on Saturday, February 22, 2013. Photos by George Fenton/Fenton Photography.

The previous night, the pair of NBA record holders stood with their former coach on Don Johnson Court to see their jerseys retired at our first “Legends of Hoops Night.” Coach Johnson was also recognized for his recent induction into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.

Both events highlighted the success of the two alumni, as well as the efforts of their coaches to help them fulfill their potential. Neither Nater nor Eaton were playing basketball when Chemistry Professor Tom Lubin spotted and recruited them to the team, on which he was an assistant to Johnson. Nater, an immigrant from Holland, had never played the sport, while Eaton gave it up after becoming disillusioned in high school. Before becoming standouts in the National Basketball Association, both men furthered their education at UCLA as a direct result of Johnson’s efforts, with Nater playing for the legendary John Wooden.

Also honored at Americana were Irv Pickler and Mary Bouas who both received the President’s Distinguished Service Awards. Both are long-time Foundation Board Members. Pickler is the father of Scott and Brad, the College’s baseball and softball coaches, respectively.

In closing the awards, Nater delivered highlight lines, referring to the “Spirit of Cypress” while lauding employees, classmates, and recalling significant events during his time here at the College.

It was a fitting bookend for an evening that opened with a rousing salute to first responders, and honored eight Citizens of the Year from the cities in the college’s primary service area.

Initial projections show that the event will generate a net outcome of approximately $125,000 — a 9.6% increase over last year’s event. If the projection holds, it would be the second-highest net revenue in Americana’s 39-year history.

Also of note was Union Bank’s announcement that they are extending their title sponsorship of Americana an additional three years. The company’s commitment comes largely through the work of two executive leaders who are both Cypress College alumni. In addition to Union Bank, the College also received generous support from the event’s three Patriot sponsors: Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries, Disneyland Resort, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA.

“I could not have been prouder of our achievement in bringing this most extraordinary event together,” Dr. Simpson said. “I especially want to thank (Americana co-chairs) Jenelle Godges and Dave Shawver for setting the standard of excellence so high with their leadership and support of Americana. To those whose efforts are not so obvious but equally important, from soliciting donations to making the phone calls to coordinating silent and live auctions, to… THANK YOU. An event of this magnitude, quality and significance can only happen when each member of the team contributes to the fullest.”

2014 Americana Citizens of the Year Selected from Eight Cities Served by Cypress College

Citizens of the Year from the eight communities in Cypress College’s primary service area will be honored at the Cypress College Foundation’s 39th Annual Americana Awards. The Americana Awards, sponsored by Union Bank, N.A., will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Americana Awards Recipients

Citizens of the Year from the eight cities comprising Cypress College’s primary service area are: Dr. June Glenn (Anaheim); Christiane Salts (Buena Park); Maria E. A. Sterk (Cypress); Bill and Sue Catlin (Garden Grove); Ralph D. and Dianna W. Rodriguez (La Palma), Chrysteen and Larry Braun (Los Alamitos/Rossmoor); Seth Eaker (Seal Beach); and Allan and Yvonne Ansdell (Stanton).

Care Ambulance will be honored with the Foundation’s Distinguished Business Award, while Mary Bouas and Irv Pickler, both of Anaheim, will each be recognized with Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson’s Distinguished Service Award.

Two Cypress College alumni — Swen Nater and Mark Eaton — will be honored as the 2014 Americana Awards Men of the Year. Both men played for legendary Cypress College basketball coaches Don Johnson (for whom the college’s court is named) and Tom Lubin before continuing their education at the University of California, Los Angeles. Both also went on to successful careers in the National Basketball Association.
Learn more about the honorees and read the full release here.

1 in 200 Chance to Win a Yamaha 450 Class ATV

Buy a chance to win a Yamaha 450 class all terrain vehicle valued at $9,590 with the purchase of a $50 ticket. Only the first 200 tickets will be accepted. The vehicle was generously donated to Cypress College by Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA as part of the upcoming Americana Awards.

Yamaha ATV

This Yamaha 450 class ATV could be yours.

The winner will be announced Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Cypress College Americana Awards. The winner need not be present. Entries must be returned to the Cypress College Foundation by February 22, 2014, prior to the drawing. Participants must be at least 18 years of age to enter.

The ATV is a Blaze orange and white 450 class Yamaha quad. It’s value of $9,590 includes tax; registration is the responsibility of the winner. More information about the vehicle itself is available at:

For more information, see the attached PDF file, or call or email the foundation at (714) 484-7126 or