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Cypress College Closes For Holiday Period; Campus Re-opens January 2

December 21, 2012 — 3:40 p.m.


Cypress College closes for the annual holiday break at 5 p.m. this evening. The campus will re-open on the morning of Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Classes begin the week of February 4, 2013.

Online portal services through MyGateway are expected to remain available during the break.

Posted by Marc S. Posner


Cypress College Foundation Shares Invitation to 38th Annual Americana Awards

December 21, 2012 — 3:25 p.m.


The Cypress College Foundation hosts its 38th Annual Americana Awards on February 23, 2013, at the Disneyland Hotel. This year, the event honors Citizens of the Year from the eight cities comprising Cypress College's primary service area, a Man of the Year, and a Distinguished Business Partner.

The 38th Annual Americana Awards are sponsored by Union Bank.

Citizens of the Year are: Becky Areias, Anaheim; Dale Eichman, Buena Park; Haze Saliture, Cypress; Bill Dalton, Garden Grove; John Alvis, La Palma, Theresa Murphy, Los Alamitos; Esther Cummings, Seal Beach; and David Ronnenberg, Stanton.

Kaiser Permanente will be honored as the Foundation's Distinguished Business Partner. A long-time Cypress College benefactor, in recent years Kaiser Permanente has contributed approximately $100,000 to the College. In addition, Kaiser has donated equipment and other resources valued at tens of thousands of dollars. We are pleased to thank and honor them.

Finally, alumnus Trevor Hoffman is being honored as the Man of the Year, for his amazing achievements both on and off the baseball field. Hoffman — arguably the best relief pitcher of all time — not only performed masterfully on the field for the San Diego Padres, but has been recognized for his generous contributions of time and money to numerous causes. These humanitarian efforts earned him the prestigious Branch Rickey Award in 2008.

You can learn more about the event on the Americana Awards Facebook page

Posted by Marc S. Posner


Cypress College alumnus Jason Vargas Joins Angels Starting Rotation After Trade from Mariners

December 20, 2012 — 4:11 p.m.


a portrait of Jason Vargas as a member of the 2003 State Championship baseball team at Cypress College

In 2003, Jason Vargas was a member of the California State Championship baseball team at Cypress College. Yesterday, Vargas — one of 18 Chargers alumni to play Major League Baseball — was traded to the hometown Angels.

The Angels yesterday acquired Cypress College alumnus Jason Vargas in a deal that brings the left-handed pitcher back to Orange County. With the Halos, Vargas joins a starting-pitching rotation with two others who played community college baseball in the Orange Empire Conference.

Vargas was the Southern California Player of the Year in 2003 at Cypress College, as the chargers captured the state championship. He was a co-MVP of that tournament — batting .414 with 7 RBI in the playoffs, and a 2-1 record on the mound as he recorded 21 strikeouts in 19 innings. Opening the championship series, Vargas struck out 11; in the final game, playing first base, he went 2-3 to help secure the championship.

A member of Cypress College's athletics Hall of Fame and one of 18 alumni to reach the Major Leagues, Vargas finished his collegiate career at Cal State Long Beach and debuted with the Florida Marlins in 2005.

"He was a big factor in us winning the state championship that year," said Scott Pickler, the Chargers' head baseball coach. "It's pretty unusual to have a guy hit .374 and strike out 101. It's never happened in the 28 years I've been here."

Of his reaction to yesterday's trade, Pickler said: "I was excited because he's such a good kid. I'm sure he's excited to come home. I do communicate with him every once in a while. I'll let him get settled and call him in a few days."

In his lone season at Cypress College, after transferring from Louiana State University, Vargas recorded 11 wins, 1 shy of the college record, tying him for 4th place in the single-season record book. He's 10th in single-season strikeouts with 101, 7th on the career ERA list at 3.10.

"He was as good a two-way player as we've had," Pickler said. "He hit in the 3 or 4 hole. He had a feel for the game."

Pickler specifically recalled Vargas' intensity and his swagger. "He was very confident, but not cocky. He competed."

Three of the Angels starting pitchers played community college baseball in the Orange Empire Conference, Pickler noted. Tommy Hanson studied at Riverside City College, and C.J. Wilson is a Santa Ana College alum.

"It just shows the power of how good this league is that you have three of the five starting out in the Orange Empire league," Pickler said.

Cypress College's Major League Baseball players are: Brian Downing; Trevor Hoffman; Jeff Patterson; Jason Bates; Augie Ojeda; Charles Gipson; David Newhan; Keith McDonald; Steve Smyth; Keith Ginter; Gerald Laird; Cory Sullivan; Jason Vargas; Ben Francisco; David Huff, Brandon Laird; Taylor Green; and Brandon Barnes.

Downing, the only other Angels player in the group, is the lone player who was not coached by Pickler.

Posted by Marc S. Posner


Incident Related to Timely Warning is Resolved

December 11, 2012 — 5:05 p.m.


The incident related to the timely warning issued on December 6, 2012, has been appropriately resolved and the campus is no longer searching for the individual seen in the video. We would like to thank the campus community for their help. We encourage all students and employees to remain vigilant in an effort to foster personal safety and prevent crime. In addition to thanking the campus community, the college also thanks the Campus Safety Department and the Cypress Police Department for their efforts to bring about a successful resolution to the investigation.

Posted by Marc S. Posner


New Section of English 100 Added for Spring

December 11, 2012 — 3:38 p.m.


Cypress College has added an additional section of English 100. The course — CRN 23775 — appears in the online searchable schedule, but is not listed in the printed or PDF versions of the schedule, nor does it appear on the "Thirties" listing of added courses.

The English 100 C College Writing course meets Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:30-9:35 a.m., in Humanities 107. The class begins February 4, 2013 and concludes May 31. An instructor has not yet been assigned to the course.

All 42 of the other English 100 sections are either waitlisted (38), restricted (3), or closed (1).

Posted by Marc S. Posner


2013 Scholarship Applications Available

December 7, 2012 — 8:22 a.m.


The Cypress College Foundation Scholarship and the Bernard Osher Scholarship applications for 2013 are available beginning today.

In addition to the forms available here for download, hard copies can be picked up at either the Foundation or Financial Aid offices.

The deadline is Wednesday, February 20, 2013; applications are to be returned to the Financial Aid office before 5 pm on that date.

Requirements for each scholarship are listed on the first page of each of the applications.

Here are the forms for the 2013 Cypress College Foundation scholarships and for the 2013 Bernard Osher Scholarship.

2013 Cypress College Foundation Scholarship Application (627 kb PDF file).

2013 Bernard Osher Scholarship (143 kb PDF file).

Posted by Marc S. Posner


Timely Warning: Cypress College Seeking Assistance to Identify Person of Interest

December 6, 2012 — 6:58 p.m.


December 6, 2012

Cypress College is seeking assistance from the campus community to identify a person of interest after receiving a report this evening from a student who alleges she was inappropriately touched and repeatedly propositioned while on her way to class on Wednesday evening. Photos of the male are attached to this report.

She described the man as a male Hispanic, about 25- to 30-years-old, with short hair, broad shoulders, and weighing 200 to 210 pounds. He was reported to be wearing a black-and-white flannel jacket.

Video shows the man following the victim into an elevator on the exterior of the college's Business Building. The victim reported that the man made multiple sexual solicitations during the elevator ride, groped her as the elevator reached the destination, and continued the propositions as he followed her toward a restroom.

The Cypress Police Department was contacted for further investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Cypress College Campus Safety Office.

Students and employees are reminded that suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded to walk in groups, utilize escorts provided by Campus Safety, and to yell for help if necessary. Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387.

Cypress College Campus Safety is seeking the public's assistance to identify the person in these photographs. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cypress College Campus Safety Office at (714) 484-7387.

an image showing a person of interest to Cypress College Campus Safety.

Cypress College Campus Safety is seeking the public's assistance to identify the person in these photographs. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cypress College Campus Safety Office at (714) 484-7387.

an image showing a person of interest to Cypress College Campus Safety.

Cypress College Campus Safety is seeking the public's assistance to identify the person in these photographs. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cypress College Campus Safety Office at (714) 484-7387.

View this report as a pdf file.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

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