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Visit Graduation Central Section for Commencement Information

May 28, 2013 — 12:04 p.m.


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With Cypress College's 46th Commencement on Friday, be sure to visitGraduation Central for details about the ceremony, including information about the scheduled live broadcast.

Graduation Central will be updated with related information and multimedia as items become available, including following the event, when photographs are processed and shared.

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Honors student Sarah Eng Selected as Outstanding Graduate for 2013

May 28, 2013 — 11:31 a.m.


a photograph showing Sarah Eng, Cypress College's 2013 Outstanding Graduate.

Sarah Eng — an honors student, member of the swim team, and a Physical Education major — is the 2013 Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Following graduation, Eng will continue her studies at Cypress College as a Diagnostic Medical Sonography major.

"One of the best things that I have learned from my college experience at Cypress College is to always try my hardest in everything and to strive for excellence," said Eng, a 4.0 student, who earned the Robert Thomas Gober Memorial Scholarship in 2012 and the Boeing Company Scholarship in 2013.

Eng said that as the oldest daughter in a family of 10 children, it was her responsibility of "setting the bar" of academic achievement high. Her younger sisters are also currently enrolled at Cypress College and are also exploring careers in the Health Sciences. "Being in a big family has been very rewarding and has also given me opportunities to do things I would not normally be able to do," said Eng. "My responsibilities at home include helping feed 12 people, shopping for 12 people, (helping home-school) my eight younger siblings, and other such essential tasks."

A home-schooled student herself, Eng passed the California High School Proficiency Exam in October 2010, at the age of 15. She enrolled at Cypress College's sister campus, Fullerton College, the following spring.

It was while volunteering at La Leche League, which supports breastfeeding mothers, that Eng met an ultrasound technician and she became interested in the field. Eng researched educational opportunities and eventually enrolled at Cypress College. Eng also noted that she was impressed with the college's accreditation and the success rates graduates had in obtaining jobs.

Each week, Eng prepares and teaches a Bible lesson to early elementary school children at Cresent Baptist Church. She has also taught her younger siblings how to read music and directs her family's handbell choir, which has performed for a variety of audiences, including those at area nursing homes and at local churches during the year. She has participated in medical missions in Yucatan and Tijuana.

"Being at Cypress College has taught me the real result of working hard and striving for excellence," Eng said. "It has also given me practical knowledge about sports, healthcare, and other various topics from the classes that I took and the wonderful professors that I met."

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46th Commencement Set for 6 p.m., Friday, May 31 in Gateway Plaza

May 28, 2013 — 11:07 a.m.


a photograph showing a Cypress College Commencement ceremony in Gateway Plaza.

Cypress College's 46th Commencement will be held on Friday May 31, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Gateway Plaza. Degrees will be awarded to 964 students. In addition, 813 certificates are being awarded to students.

Sarah Eng will be honored as the Outstanding Graduate for 2013, while Pamela Kahn is being recognized by the Foundation as the Outstanding Alumna.

Scott Lay, who heads the advocacy group Community College League of California, will deliver the commencement address.

At graduation, three faculty — Daniel Lind, Nora Simoes, and Carol Green — will be recognized by the Academic Senate for their excellence, while another five will have the title of "professor emeritus" conferred.

This commencement also marks the first for Dr. Simpson as President.

Be sure to visit Graduation Central for details about the 46th Commencement ceremony, including information about the scheduled live broadcast.

Posted by Marc S. Posner


OC Department of Education's Pamela Kahn Selected as 2013 Outstanding Alumnus

May 28, 2013 — 10:50 a.m.


a photograph showing Pamela Kahn, Cypress College's 2013 Outstanding Alumna.

The Cypress College Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2013 Outstanding Alumna is Pamela A. Kahn, Coordinator, Health and Wellness for the Orange County Department of Education.

Kahn originally attended Cypress College in the mid-1970s as a traditional student, receiving her A.S. in 1976 and transferring to U.C. Irvine, where she earned a B.S. degree. After several years working as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for the Health Care Systems Division of Los Angeles County, she left the full-time work force to raise her children.

Kahn returned to Cypress College several years later, this time as a "non-traditional" student in pursuit of her nursing degree, which she received in 1995 after juggling her studies, working part-time, and being a mom.

While working as a nurse for the Anaheim Union High School District and at the Cypress College Health Center, she earned her Health Services Credential in 1998 from Cal State Los Angeles, and her Master of Public Health from the California College for Health Sciences in 2005. In the summer of 2006, she assumed the position as Coordinator of Health and Wellness for the Orange County Department of Education, where she has the responsibility of providing leadership for health programs improvement by collaborating and planning with members of the community, the Orange County Department of Education staff, and school district leaders.

Largely as a result of her work with the Department of Education, Kahn has been appointed to serve as a member of the Orange County Child Death Response Team and as a member of the Health Advisory Council for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

She has remained active in numerous professional associations, and has twice (2002-2003 and 2006-2007) served as President of the Orange County School Nurses Association. In addition, she serves on the County of Orange Mental Health Board, on the Board of Directors of the California School Health Centers Association and the County of Orange Dental Health Advisory Board.

She is married and has three children. As this year's recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award, Kahn will be honored at Graduation on May 31, 2013.

Posted by Marc S. Posner


Academic Senate to Present Faculty Awards at Friday's Commencement

May 28, 2013 — 10:05 a.m.


Academic Senate President Gary Zager will present faculty awards as part of Friday's 46th Commencement. Graduation begins at 6 p.m. in Gateway Plaza.

The Outstanding Full-time Faculty is Daniel Lind of Social Science. The Outstanding Adjunct Faculty is Nora Simoes, of the Library. The Charger Award is will be presented to Carol Green of Health Science.

The Academic Senate also has conferred the title of Professor Emeritus on five of our esteemed faculty who are retiring. They are: Diane Henry, Kathy Boettger, Chaolin Mao, Pat Dillinger, and Paul Bottiaux.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Cypress College experienced the loss of members of our College family whose dedication and commitment to our core values helped shape our institution. We recognize and honor their extensive contributions to the work of the College, their unyielding dedication, and the support they provided to our students. Their mark will remain indelibly in our hearts and imprinted upon this College. They are: Kathy Godshalk; Robert Dumont; Hoan Van Nguyen; and Kim Bartlett

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CCLC's Scott Lay to Deliver Commencement Address

May 28, 2013 — 10:01 a.m.


a photograph showing Scott Lay, the president of the Community College League of California, and the commencement speaker at Cypress College's 2013 graduation.

Scott Lay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community College League of California in Sacramento, will be Cypress College's 2013 Commencement Speaker on Friday, May 31, at 6 p.m. Lay has served since 2006 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community College League of California, which is the nonprofit association serving California's 72 community college districts in education and leadership development, district services and governmental relations.

It will be a privilege and honor to hear Lay share his inspiration and visions to the Cypress College 2013 graduating class, especially since he began his college career at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa where he earned his Associate of Arts degree. It is interesting to learn how he turned his life around after dropping out of high school and attending Orange Coast College. He credits the educators of Orange Coast and the community college system generally for providing him the skills and knowledge needed to earn his Bachelor's and Law degrees at UC Davis. He joined the League as an intern while a student at UC Davis in 1995 after serving as Legislative Chair of the California Student Association of Community Colleges.

At UC Davis's Martin Luther King Hall School of Law, he served as president of the Law Students Association, and worked as a research assistant in constitutional law and international economic and legal systems development. He graduated from UC Davis Law School as a public law scholar and passed the California bar exam in 2000.

While he chose to continue advocating for community colleges rather than entering legal practice, Lay continues to be involved in the legal community through professional organizations and activities with UC Davis Law School. He has founded two websites dedicated to California elections and State Capitol information and writes a daily political and legislative newsletter with over 4,000 subscribers.

At the League, he has been recognized as a fiscal policy expert and was named an "Honorary Chief Business Officer" in 2005 by the Association of Chief Business Officials for his work supporting the task force that rewrote the community college funding formula. In 2010, he was the primary author of A 2020 Vision for Student Success, a report advancing the recommendations of the League's Commission on the Future.

While at home in Davis, Lay spends his free time as a "computer geek." He is also an avid gardener and "wannabe chef."

Posted by Marc S. Posner


Schedule of Classes for Fall Term Now Available in Print and Online

May 10, 2013 — 4:47 p.m.


Cypress College's Schedule of Classes for Fall 2013 is now available both online and in print. The physical version can be purchased in the Bookstore for $2; it is a free download from the campus website.

Instruction for the fall semester begins on August 26, with late-start courses beginning the week of September 9, and the second "Half-Semester" starting on October 21.

The schedule for summer is also available in the Bookstore and online. The summer term begins on June 17.

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'TextALibrarian' Expands Student Access to Cypress College Library Services

May 10, 2013 — 4:29 p.m.


As the end of the semester and final exams approach, the Cypress College Library has started "TextALibrarian," a new service for students, staff and faculty.

The service officially launched last week, according to Librarian Joyce Peacock.

"TextALibrarian provides better service for everybody and immediate access to ask questions about how to find books, pay fines, provide information on searching the library's database, and how to find reference information or materials that's available," Peacock said.

TextALibrarian arrives just in time for the final month of the spring semester, and will continue to be available during the hours the Library is open.

Information is available from the Library page on the campus website at http://library.cypresscollege.edu. The Library's link is also on the Cypress College's website home page.

To initiate a chat, users simply click on the red "Questions? Ask!" button located at the top left portion of the Library's website is. A user-friendly message box appears with a screen for different options to start a live chat, text message or email.

The service can also be initiated by texting the word "cypress" to 66746 from a cell phone.

For further information contact Peacock at ext. 47068 or the library's reference desk at (714) 484-7069.

The Cypress College's Library is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

Posted by Marc S. Posner


Academic Senate Honors Faculty With Awards

May 10, 2013 — 4:26 p.m.


Three Cypress College faculty have been selected by the Academic Senate as recipients of the body's annual excellence awards.

The awards are:

• Outstanding Full-Time Faculty — Daniel (Danny) Lind

• Outstanding Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty — Nora Simoes

• The Charger Award — Carol Green

The first two are selected for their work in the classroom, while the Charger Award is presented for work outside of the classroom.

"This year we had quite a few nominees who were so well qualified that the job of the Senate was a bit difficult," said Academic Senate President Gary Zager. "Over the course of several senate meetings we made our decisions." The honorees will be recognized at the President's 2013 Pre-Graduation Reception as well as during the Commencement ceremony this year.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

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