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Dr. Bob Simpson Appointed Cypress College's 11th President, Assuming Duties on July 2

June 28, 2012 — 9:28 a.m.

a photograph showing the official portrait of Dr. Bob Simpson, Cypress College's newly appointed president

Dr. Bob Simpson, Cypress College's 11th president, officially begins his duties on Monday.

Dr. Bob Simpson has been selected as Cypress College's 11th president. Dr. Simpson, who has served as the Executive Vice President at the campus since 2007, will officially begin his duties on July 2, 2012.

His appointment to the presidency was approved on Tuesday night (June 26, 2012) by the Board of Trustees for the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD), which governs Cypress College, Fullerton College and the School of Continuing Education.

Dr. Simpson succeeds Dr. Michael Kasler, who retired after 5 years as president and 20 years at Cypress College.

"I feel extremely privileged and honored to be selected as president of a campus for which I have such high regard," said Dr. Simpson. "This college is an active participant in the local community and has a rich history of collegial and innovative employees focused on helping our students succeed."

Among Dr. Simpson's goals is maintaining access for as many students as possible while Cypress College -- one of 112 campuses in the California Community College System -- works within severe budget constraints created by the state's current economic situation.

Dr. Simpson is an advocate of improving educational outcomes to ensure the opportunity for successful college completion by all students, especially those who begin their studies unprepared for the rigors of academic life.

He is a California native, born in Huntington Park in 1953. He grew up in the Southland and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1971. His academic background includes both a bachelor's in arts and master's in arts in mathematics from California State University, Fullerton, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Simpson has been involved with community college education for more than 25 years. He was a classroom teacher at Fullerton College for 12 years. He also served the college as an instructional dean for 9 years before coming to Cypress College in 2007 as the Executive Vice President.

During his tenure at Cypress College, Dr. Simpson has focused upon issues of access, equity, student support, and community outreach.

In his free time, Dr. Simpson enjoys outdoor sports, reading, playing the guitar, and fly fishing his favorite trout streams in south-central Idaho.


Two of the state's premiere colleges and one of its most extensive continuing education programs combine to provide the quality educational programming of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). Nearly 64,000 students enroll each term at Cypress College, Fullerton College, and the School of Continuing Education. Our college students are able to shape their futures in programs leading to associate degrees, vocational certificates, and transfer opportunities. Life-long learning also is possible in continuing education programs that range from high school completion and basic skills mastery through an array of vocational training and self-development courses. The NOCCCD campuses serve an area of over one million diverse people.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people -- including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers -- Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice and for others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College's 16,500 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 58 university-transfer majors, 145 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 55 areas of study. The college's traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit -- $138 for a typical, full-credit class -- California's lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships also are available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone's-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott's Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Reminder: Financial Aid Priority Processing Deadline is Approaching June 28

June 18, 2012 — 3:26 p.m.

To avoid delays in determining your eligibility for financial aid and to ensure that any payments you are eligible for get scheduled for the first possible disbursement date, action is required NOW!

In order to receive disbursement on August 31, 2012, your financial aid file must be completed by June 28, 2012.


•     Step 1: Login to

•     Step 2: Under "Student Links" click on the "Financial Aid" link

•     Step 3: Inside the "Financial Aid" link, click on "My Overall Status of Financial Aid"

•     Step 4: Click Cypress College 2012-2013 then click "Submit"

•     Step 5: Click "Student Requirements" and download all requirements by clicking on each one individually.

•     Step 6: Print and complete the required documents and bring them to the Financial Aid Office to complete your file.

If you have questions, please call the Financial Aid Office at (714) 484-7114. Hours for Summer 2012 (June 4-August 10) are Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm. Regular operating hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm, Friday, 8am-12pm.

We look forward to receiving your completed information soon!


Cypress College Financial Aid Office

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Dr. Kasler Spending Final Day on Campus After 20 Years

June 13, 2012 — 9:00 a.m.

a photograph showing Dr. Kasler

Dr. Kasler, as photographed by student Jason Berry, in his office late last year.

NOTE: View the official news release.

Dr. Michael J. Kasler — who learned English as a second language, stocked grocery-store shelves in one of his first jobs, and later became Cypress College president — is spending his final day on campus prior to retirement.

An unwavering advocate of students, Dr. Kasler was focused on their success throughout his 38 years in education. He enters retirement after 20 years at Cypress College.

Dr. Kasler assumed the presidency at Cypress College on July 1, 2007. In that role he is responsible for all aspects of the college's instructional programs and services as well as ensuring that the college is meeting the needs of the communities it serves.

Dr. Kasler served the K-12 educational system for 18 years as a teacher, principal at Fountain Valley High School, and later as an assistant superintendent. He also taught courses at several southern California colleges from 1973 to 1992 as an adjunct faculty member.

In 1992, he came to Cypress College as Dean of Business and Computer Information Systems. In 1994 he was chosen to be the Interim Vice President of Instruction, then became Dean of Instructional Services and served from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, he was selected as the Executive Vice President for Educational Programs and Student Services and held that position until becoming President.

Dr. Kasler's academic credentials include an Ed.D. in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University, two masters of science degrees, one in School Administration from Pepperdine University and the other in Business Administration, Marketing/Management from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor of arts in Economics from California State University, Long Beach.

His community involvement includes service on the Board of the Anaheim YMCA and Rotary Club of Cypress. He is an active member of the Cypress Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Cypress College Foundation and Cypress College Patrons of the Arts. He is also an active participant on the California Community Colleges CEO Board.

Dr. Kasler has been a member of several accrediting teams for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as serving in a variety of professional organizations such as the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) and the state Executive Board for Chief Instructional Officers. He presented professional development workshops for the Association of California School Administrators/California School Leadership Academy and California State University Fullerton and has spoken on enrollment management at the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and State Chancellor's Conference.

Dr. Kasler and his wife, Jana, have lived in Huntington Beach for more than 35 years. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Friday Campus Closures Begin June 8, Conclude August 12

June 7, 2012 — 2:40 p.m.

Cypress College will be closed tomorrow, the first of a series of Fridays that the campus does not operate during the summer months. The Friday closures continue through August 12. Normal hours resume on Monday, August 13, 2012.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Rare Transit of Venus to be Observed at Cypress College

June 5, 2012 — 1:17 p.m.

a photograph showing the planet Venus in a transit across the sun on June 5, 2012 through a telescope at Cypress College.

Seen in this photograph as a black dot at the lower left, the planet Venus begins its transit of the sun. Despite being on summer break, students and faculty set up a viewing party. This astronomical event won't take place again until 2117.

Today's transit of Venus won't happen again in our lifetimes.

If you'd like to watch our solar system's brightest planet turn into a black dot as it travels between Earth and the sun, Cypress College is the place to be.

We heard from Astronomy Professor Michael Frey this morning that he and a group of students will set up for the rare event — which won't happen again until December 2117 — at the pond today.

Students? Yes, the semester is over, but apparently this dedicated group didn't want to miss out. Talk about earning extra credit.

Professor Frey says that weather conditions look great.

Below are the times for the transit:

Transit starts: 3:06
Mid transit: 6:25
Sunset: 8:02

Posted by Marc S. Posner

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