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Softball Team Earns 11th Consecutive Conference Title

April 25, 2012 — 7:20 p.m.

Cypress College Softball Coach Brad Pickler talks about the team's 11th consecutive Orange Empire Conference championship, being in the California softball championship tournament for 23 consecutive seasons, and his 1,100th victory at Cypress College.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Bronze Star Medal Awarded to Cypress College Alumna for Service in Operation Enduring Freedom

April 25, 2012 — 4:11 p.m.

a photograph of Tanya M. Barrientes, of the 172 Infantry Brigade, receiving the Bronze Medal. She is an alumna of Cypress College's Mortuary Science Program servicing in Afghanistan in Mortuary Affairs.
Tanya M. Barrientes, of the 172 Infantry Brigade, receives the Bronze Medal on Monday, April 23, 2012. An alumna of Cypress College's Mortuary Science Program, Barrientes is currently serving in Afghanistan, handling Mortuary Affairs as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cypress College alumna Staff Sergeant Tanya M. Barrientes, of the 172 Infantry Brigade, was presented with the Bronze Star Medal on Monday, April 23, 2012, in a ceremony in Afghanistan, where she currently is stationed.

Barrientes, who completed Cypress College's Mortuary Science Program one month and a day prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks, later joined the United States Army, where she is currently directing mortuary affairs as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, her father said this week.

The Bronze Star — one of the military's top honors — is presented by Presidential executive order. The Bronze Star is the fourth-highest military honor, behind only the Distinguished Service Medal, the Service Cross, and the Medal of Honor. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded only to service members in combat who are receiving imminent danger pay.

Barrientes received her "Exceptionally Meritorious Service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan from 20 July 2011 to 15 June 2012. Her personal courage and commitment in a combat zone, under the most extreme circumstances, greatly contributed to the success of Operation Enduring Freedom. Her performance reflects great credit upon herself, Task Force Blackhawk, Combined Joint Task Force-1 and the United States Central Command."

Two of her faculty in the Cypress College Mortuary Science Program on Tuesday remembered Barrientes, who attended Cypress College under the name Tanya Bustillo, as an outstanding student and a class leader.

Barrientes was on the college's honor roll, the program's honor roll, and was a recipient of the Rosalind R. Ragsdale Award in 2001 for being voted by her classmates as demonstrating leadership, academics and personality. She served as the class' vice president.

Reached by phone on Tuesday, her father, Sam Bustillos, said that his daughter was motivated by what she learned at Cypress College to make sure that fallen service personnel had their remains properly cared for and restored.

Prior to joining the Army in 2005, Barrientes was working for a private company with a contract to provide mortuary services to the military, Bustillos said.

"She decided to go into the Army to make a difference — and she did," Bustillos said.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

13th Annual Parent Night on Wednesday, April 25 in Campus Theater

April 24, 2012 — 12:03 p.m.

Cypress College's 13th Annual Parent Night takes place on Wednesday, April 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theater.

The event is designed specifically for graduating high school seniors and their parents. Attendees will learn about early registration, orientation, and financial aid programs. Resource tables will feature faculty and staff from more than 30 departments.

A $300 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who attends the event (note: scholarship criteria is established by the Cypress College Foundation).

A "sesion especial para estudiantes y familias latinas" will be held in Spanish from 5:30-6 p.m. in the Cypress College Complex, Room 216.

Parking and admission to Parent Night are both free. No RSVP is necessary.

For additional information, please view this flyer, or contact Marion Shocklee at (714) 484-7371.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Five Faculty Set for Board Recognition Tuesday for Attaining Tenure

April 23, 2012 — 3:24 p.m.

Five Cypress College faculty have successfully completed the tenure process. They will be honored at a recognition event at the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday. An on-campus reception will be held in October.

Faculty who will be recognized are: Nancy Corrales and Elizabeth-Ann Pacheco, Health Science; Sarah Jaffray, Fine Arts; Parwinder Sidhu, Social Science; and Carlos Urquidi, Career Technical Education.

Corrales is a faculty member in Cypress College's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and also serves as the program's clinical coordinator. She first taught at Cypress College six years ago as a member of the adjunct faculty. In addition to her duties at Cypress College, she still works part-time at the City of Hope. An alumna of Cypress College, Corrales completed the program she now teaches in 2004. She earned her Bachelor's of Science from the University Autonoma de Baja California. She holds a credential from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, Certification as Radiologic Technologist, and Certification with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Jaffray joined the Art Department faculty in August 2008 after having served as a member of the adjunct faculty at our sister campus, Fullerton College. She also has taught at Laguna College of Art and Design, and Citrus College -- where she began their online Art History program. Jaffray is currently the gallery director of the Cypress College Art Gallery. Jaffray earned her Master's of Arts and Bachelor's of Arts degrees in Art History from California State University, Long Beach. "I love teaching Art History and it has been an honor to make the Art History Program grow," she said. "The number of Art History majors has increased from less than one percent of my students when I started to now over 10 percent of my students. I love being a part of the Art Department."

Pacheco is the program director for Dental Assisting. She also over-sees, develops, implements, and evaluates the extra-mural clinical aspect of the Dental Assistant Program. Some of her formal education includes: a Master's degree in Education-Career and Technical Education and a Bachelor's of Vocational Education degree from California State University, San Bernardino. Her current professional activities include: membership in the Orange County Dental Assistant Society, California and American Dental Assistant Associations, and California Association of Dental Assistant Teachers. Her previous positions include: registered dental assistant; back office manager and OSHA coordinator.

Sidhu started her teaching career in 1996, first as an adjunct faculty member at Cypress College, and in 2008 she became a full-time professor of Economics. As the department coordinator for Economics she has taught both courses of Economics -- Macro and Micro. She also has taught Macroeconomics for the Honors Program. Sidhu moved to the United States from India in 1993. She earned her Bachelor's degree in English Honors, Master's degree in Honors in Industrial Economics, and her Ph.D. in India. She serves as faculty advisor for the Business and Economics Club, and is a member of the college's Diversity Committee.

Urquidi's educational background includes a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal State University, Los Angeles. Additionally, he is currently enrolled at California State University, Fullerton finishing his Master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology in Spring 2012. He started his professional career as a Design Engineer for various engineering firms. During his employment as an engineer, Urquidi enjoyed training entry-level engineers and felt a strong desire to train people. This desire led him to pursue an educational career and eventually to a position at Cypress College, first as an adjunct faculty member in Spring 2008. Urquidi is the Academic senate rep for the Career Technical Education Division and the faculty advisor for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers student branch, which he founded at Cypress College in Fall 2009.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

2012 Summer Schedule of Classes "Preview Edition" Available

April 19, 2012 — 12:39 p.m.

A preview version of the 2012 Summer Schedule of Classes is now available for students to use in planning course selections. Cypress College's summer classes begin the week of June 25, 2012.

The "Preview Edition" 2012 Summer Schedule of Classes is available here.

Individual registration times have been sent to students via email and the MyGateway personal message channel. Information distributed inaccurately indicates that the schedule is available in print; a print version of a combined Summer/Fall schedule will be available by the middle of May.

The document is a preview of the Cypress College Summer 2012 Class Schedule. It is provided as a service to students to help prepare for registration. Revisions may be made prior to finalization. A print version of the schedule is expected by mid-May and a finalized PDF will be available during the week of April 23, 2012.

For the first time, Cypress College will combine the Summer and Fall Class Schedules into a single document. This has been done to reduce cost in light of the ongoing financial problems in California, and the related impact on public educational institutions such as Cypress College.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Language Arts Booksale Set for April 23-26 in Humanities Building

April 18, 2012 — 12:54 p.m.

The Cypress College Language Arts Booksale will be held in the Humanities Building April 23-26. The fundraiser takes place in the Language Arts lobby on the second floor of the Humanities Building for just the second time since 2008 when preparations for the renovation were in full swing.

The Language Arts Division and Honors Program are sponsoring the Booksale in an effort to raise student scholarship funds. Kathryn Sonne, English Professor and Honors Program Director, said that donations of students' "unwanted, but marketable" books would be greatly appreciated.

Gently used books can be dropped off in donation boxes located in Humanities, Learning Resource Center, Fine Arts, Business, Science, Engineering and Math, and the Student Center.

If assistance is needed in getting the books to the donation boxes, contact Sonne at (714) 484-7452. There will be many Honors students willing to help cart donated books from the car or office. Sonne said, "Thanks for your help in this worthy project."

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Forum for 47th Congressional District Candidates Tonight in HUM-131

April 18, 2012 — 9:32 a.m.

A forum for candidates seeing election in the United States 47th Congressional District will be held on campus this evening. The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Humanities Room 131.

The forum is sponsored by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce and the Cypress College Political Science Club. The 47th Congressional District is newly formed, and includes Cypress and Stanton, two of the cities in Cypress College's primary service area. Long Beach and Signal Hill are also part of the 47th.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Among the candidates scheduled to participate in the forum is Cypress College Political Science Professor Peter Mathews, one of four Democrats of eight total candidates in the race.

The Orange County Breeze lists the candidates as:

    Alan Lowenthal
    Peter Mathews
    Jay Shah
    Usha Shah

    Gary DeLong
    Steve Foley
    Sanford W. Kahn
    Steven T. Kuykendall

The publication also notes:

Because of the new open-primary law, registered voters are not limited to voting for candidates for their own political party. Whichever two candidates receive the most votes will advance to the general election in November, regardless of party.

For questions or additional information, call the Cypress Chamber of Commerce at (714) 827-2430.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Police Activity Ends on Campus; No Injuries or Threat to College Community

April 17, 2012 — 3:36 p.m.

Everything is OK now, but some nerves were frazzled shortly before 3 this afternoon when a police pursuit ended with the apprehension of two suspects on campus.

The arrests came without incident — but also sparked false reports of a greater threat to the campus community.

Details are still unclear, but here's what we know right now:

•     No students or college personnel were injured — or involved, for that matter — in the pursuit.

•     Cypress police took two people into custody near the Technical Education 2 Building. Students in the adjacent School of Continuing Education were temporarily placed into "lock-down" mode as the result of staff observing the tail-end of the car pursuit and a suspect (or suspects) being chased on foot by police.

•     All campus operations, including those at the School of Continuing Education, returned to normal in a matter of minutes. The School of Continuing Education is a sister institution to Cypress College and has a building on the Cypress College campus.

To be clear: No students or employees or were injured or threatened during the incident; staff at the college and SCE reacted to safeguard those in the area where the foot pursuit ended; and all operations are back to normal after the brief (and dramatic) interruption.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Empower Your Education Event April 11, 12

April 11, 2012 — 9:21 a.m.

The Associated Students are hosting Empower Your Education, two days of raising awareness about the budget issues affecting community colleges. The event will take place today and tomorrow, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Because of the rain forecast, tables will be set up under the piazza between the Complex and Fine Arts buildings.

A number of booths and tables will be available. They including a voter registration, the A.S.'s ongoing legislative letter-writing campaign, a budget awareness center, and an area for a new campaign where students share the impact of recent budget reductions.

Since 2008, the California Community Colleges budget has been slashed by roughly 25%. As a result, course offerings and availability of student services have been reduced.

This week's events also provide the opportunity for students to talk with members of the Associated Students in advance of a small group participating in the Community College League of California's Capitol Days later this month.

For more information, view this calendar event.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Anthropology Department Welcomes National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Beverly Goodman for Campus Presentation

April 10, 2012 — 4:05 p.m.

a composite of two images showing Dr. Beverly Goodman, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Dr. Beverly Goodman, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, will present "Ancient Tsunamis and Tiger Sharks: Underwater Geoarchaeological Research at Caesarea" to the campus community on Tuesday, April 17.

Dr. Goodman's presentation will take place Tuesday, from 2:30-4 p.m., in HUM-131, and is offered by the Department of Anthropology and the Social Sciences Division. A brief question-and-answer will follow her talk.

From an event flyer provided by Craig Goralski, a faculty member in Anthropology who helped arrange the visit:

In this talk, Dr. Goodman will discuss some of her research at the underwater prehistoric site of Caesarea, Israel, and will share how geoarchaeology can be used to learn about prehistoric cultures and how people in the past engineered their environment in response to coastal environmental changes.

Dr. Beverly Goodman is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Assistant Professor at the University of Haifa's Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences.

She is a marine geoarchaeologist who specializes in reconstructing ancient coastlines and identifying natural disasters in the past using archaeology, sedimentology, micropaleontology, and geochemistry.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

UTAP Information Sessions Set

April 10, 2012 — 1:31.m.

Information sessions for those interested in enrolling in Cypress College's University Transfer Achievement Program will be held this month and in May. The University Transfer Achievement Program — known as UTAP — is a learning community designed to assist students by creating a support system that will enable them to succeed in the college environment.

Students who are interested in participating in UTAP in fall 2012, should attend on of the upcoming information sessions on Thursday, April 12, Tuesday, April 17, or Wednesday, May 23. Each session will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in HUM-205.

To participate in UTAP, students must have qualifying assessment scores for English 60, commit to the full scope of the learning community experience, and have a desire to transfer to a four-year college or university.

UTAP teaches students how to maximize the use of campus services, such as tutoring, financial aid, and counseling, to facilitate academic success.

The foundation of UTAP is establishing a year-long learning community by enrolling students in classes that explore the interdisciplinary connections through integrated assignments and projects. Within the program, students participate in co-curricular activities and field trips that emphasize and enrich these interdisciplinary connections.

Benefits of joining UTAP:

  • GUARANTEED CLASSES that meet general education and transfer requirements
  • Improved writing skills
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Enhanced study skills and study habits
  • Introduction to financial aid and scholarship information
  • Introduction to campus services (tutoring, library research skills, etc.)
  • Individualized academic and career counseling
  • Preparation for transfer
  • Dedicated faculty who promote student success
  • Increased personal growth
  • Supportive community of friends
  • Field trips and social activities

For more information, please contact: Mary Forman, Cypress College UTAP Coordinator. She can be reached at (714) 484-7156,, or in her office, located in HUM-248.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Domestic Violence Awareness Week Honors Memory of Za'Zell Preston

April 9, 2012 — 4:32 p.m.

Cypress College's Club L.E.A.D. is sponsoring "Break the Silence, Stop the Violence," a week-long spotlight on domestic violence awareness. The event runs today through Thursday. A presentation — "Real Men Don't Hit" — will conclude events on Thursday afternoon.

Club L.E.A.D. members will be by the pond daily from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. They have created a pledge wall for people to sign in memory of Za'Zell Preston and as a pledge to speak out against domestic violence. Students have also created buttons to sell during the week, with the proceeds going to the Preston family.

Preston was a Human Services student and mother of three, who was allegedly murdered on Christmas by her husband. Her death has received significant publicity in The Orange County Register as columnist Frank Mickadeit has pledged to "not give up on her story."

On Thursday, April 12, Club L.E.A.D. is hosting guest speaker Robert Diaz, from Human Options, in coordination with the Human Services Department. The presentation takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. in HUM-131.

"Club L.E.A.D. is looking forward to helping the Human Services Department promote increased awareness and discussion of a topic that is of vital importance to all of us," said Christie Diep, the faculty advisor for Club L.E.A.D. "We also hope that our pledge wall will further demonstrate to the Preston family, and especially to Za'Zell's children, that we will not forget their loss."

Mickadeit wrote about this week's events in a column late last week:

I asked [Cypress College Professor Virgil] Adams about the impact Za'Zell's death has had on the campus program and his teaching.

"Tragedy always brings forth opportunity," he said. "People don't like to think of it that way, but it brings forth the opportunity of life for others."

The lesson of Za'Zell, the one he'll be able to teach so vividly until the day he retires, is this: "It's more important to be safe, and be safe for your children, than to try and make a toxic situation work. It is an eye-opener for people who think that if they just try harder it will work. ... One person cannot make (an abusive relationship) work through counseling and willpower alone. It takes a lot of counseling, learning about self-esteem.

"She and I talked about (her) leaving," he said. "She thought she had more time.

"But there is a degree of urgency," he added. "I get an opportunity everyday now to address it in some form or fashion."

Posted by Marc S. Posner

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