Nominations for Classified Employee of the Year Open, Due March 5

Cypress College’s Staff Development Office is proud to announce its 15th Annual Classified Employee of the Year award to recognize exemplary service to the Cypress College community. This award will be presented to a permanent classified employee who represents the dedication and commitment to making Cypress College an outstanding learning environment for our students.

The deadline is for submission of the nomination is Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 4 p.m., to the Staff Development Office.

The award offers the opportunity for administrators, faculty, staff, and students, to recognize those people who consistently treat members of our college community with courtesy and respect, respond in a timely way to requests, and regularly demonstrate acts of kindness. Please consider nominating individuals who have provided exemplary service to the college this year or for several years.

To nominate a classified employee, please submit one letter for each nominee. Letters nominating two or more people will not be considered. All nominations must be individual and personal. Please include as much information and specific examples as possible to address the following selection criteria: Service; enthusiasm; caring about students, colleagues, and the Cypress College community; campus involvement; special talents which contribute to the college; effectiveness of job skills; and contributor to positive morale.

All nominations should provide 1-2 examples of outstanding service. The linked Nomination Process and the Nomination Form provide additional detail.

Please direct questions and submissions to Rebecca R. Gomez, the Staff Development coordinator. She can be reached at (714) 484-7326 or rgomez@cypresscollege.edu.

Strategic Conversation #15 Set for March 25 in Theater Lobby

The North Orange County Community College District is hosting Strategic Conversation #15, The Changing Role of Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Students. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25 in the Theatre Lobby and will begin with refreshments at 3:30 p.m. The conversation itself starts at 4:30 p.m.

Strategic Conversations are planned but informal, with discussions conducted in a democratic and conversational style. The goal of this effort is to help our Board of Trustees thoughtfully examine what drives our policy decisions by involving everyone who wishes to express a point of view and gathering information in a a relaxed setting rather than the traditional Board meeting.

For article topics pertaining to Strategic Conversation #15, and to RSVP, click here: http://www.nocccd.edu/StrategicConversation.htm.

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

Americana Awards Men of the Year, a pair of NBA record holders and Chargers alums, help raise money and thrill basketball audience.

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. View more photos here.

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. [View photo gallery]

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.”

Additional photographs from the Americana Awards are available in a gallery, and video will be added throughout the coming week and linked on the Americana website.

Photos from ‘Legends of Hoops’ Night Available

Students celebrate at the “Legends of Hoops Night” on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Photographs from Cypress College’s first “Legends of Hoops Night” are now available in a gallery on the College website.

Chargers alumni Swen Nater and Mark Eaton, both NBA record holders, stood with their former coach on Don Johnson Court to see their jerseys retired at our first “Legends of Hoops Night” on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Coach Johnson was also recognized for his recent induction into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.

More information about the “Legends of Hoops Night” is available here and our preview story is here.

Retired Cypress College Coach Don Johnson — for whom the campus basketball court is named — speaks at a ceremony where the jerseys of Mark Eaton (left) and Swen Nater (right) were retired. Johnson was also recognized at the event for his recent induction to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.

@Cypress Newsletter for February 28, 2014

@Cypress — February 28, 2014, Newsletter from Cypress College President Bob Simpson

This week’s headlines:

  • Americana Awards a ‘Rousing Success’; Honorees Wow Hoops Crowd
        Americana Awards Men of the Year, a pair of NBA record holders and Chargers alums, help raise money and thrill basketball audience.
  • Strategic Conversation #15 Set for March 25 in Theater Lobby
  • Strategic Planning Colloquium Scheduled for April 3-4, Participation Sought from All Groups
  • “This Week,” “They Said It,” and “Briefly” Features
  • Plus @Cypress Bonus Material, including photographs from Hoops Night and Americana

To view this week’s edition of @Cypress, click here: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/@Cypress-2014-02-28.pdf.

 

Legends of Hoops Night to Honor Alums Eaton, Nater; Coaches Johnson, Lubin to Attend

UPDATE: Photographs from the event are available here.

Tonight, Cypress College alumni Swen Nater and Mark Eaton will be honored at the Legends of Hoops Night basketball game. Both are NBA record holders; neither were playing basketball when they enrolled at Cypress College.

The two alumni will be recognized tonight at the basketball games on campus, where two men instrumental in their development — Coaches Don Johnson and Tom Lubin — will be in attendance.

This is an amazing success story.

Admission to the game is free, with additional information here.

Nater and Eaton are in town because both men will be recognized at the 39th Annual Americana Awards as the Men of the Year. The Americana Awards take place on Saturday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel.

NBA Record Holders, Alumni Nater and Eaton to be Honored

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 to successful careers in the National Basketball Association.

Neither was playing basketball when Assistant Coach Lubin discovered, recruited, mentored, and trained them outside team practices. After completing their studies at Cypress College, both played at the University of California at Los Angeles. Not only did both Nater and Eaton play in the NBA, each still holds league records.

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.

Nater started playing basketball in 1969 as a freshman at Cypress College—thanks directly to the effort Lubin. When he first went out for the team he did not own a pair of tennis shoes. He didn’t play much that first year but became an All-American in his second season and was recruited to play at UCLA for the legendary John Wooden. He went on to play in the American Basketball Association, where he was named Rookie of the Year, and then the NBA. He’s the only player to have led both the ABA and the NBA in rebounding. Nater lives in Issaquah, WA, where he is a buyer for Costco. He is also a much sought-after speaker.

Eaton was 21 years old in 1978 and repairing automobiles in Orange County when he was spotted and persuaded by Cypress College Lubin to resume playing a sport he’d grown to dislike. After completing his time at Cypress College, Eaton also ended up with the UCLA Bruins, where he didn’t play much but caught the eye of NBA scouts, primarily because he stood 7-foot-4. The Utah Jazz selected Eaton in the fourth round of the 1982 draft and, over the next 11 seasons, he became an invaluable part of a team that transitioned from laughingstock to championship contender. Now 56, Eaton resides in Park City, Utah, and is a partner in the popular Salt Lake City restaurant Tuscany. He is also a motivational speaker.

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

View the full news release here.

RelatedShow Your Chargers Pride at Legends of Hoops Night on February 21

Bookstore Sale on Thursday and Friday

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The Cypress College Bookstore is holding a sale on Thursday and Friday (February 20 and 21). In addition to items in the store itself, the sale will extend to the auxiliary site at Friday night’s Legends of Hoops basketball game honoring Americana Men of the Year and alumni Swen Nater and Mark Eaton.

Discounts will apply to the following:

  • All Sweatshirts 25% Off
  • Drinkware 25% Off
  • Writing Instruments 25% Off Both Emblematic and Non-Emblematic
  • All Backpacks 25% Off
  • 25% Off all Brands of Ear Buds
  • 25% Off Reference Books

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.

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.

@Cypress Newsletter for February 13, 2014

@Cypress — February 13, 2014, Newsletter from Cypress College President Bob Simpson

This week’s headlines:

  • Show Your Chargers Pride at Legends of Hoops Night on February 21
  • Study in Rome for Spring 2015 with Profs. Giardina, Sonne
  • 1 in 200 Chance to Win a Yamaha 450 Class ATV
  • New Marquee Coming to Valley View Entrance
  • Information About Upcoming Colloquium Coming Next Week
  • ‘The Affordable Care Act: Obamacare, for You’ Presentation on March 4 and 10
  • Black History Month Event featuring keynote speaker Rodney Anderson
  • “This Week” and “They Said It” Features
  • Plus @Cypress Bonus Material

To view this week’s edition of @Cypress, click here: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/@Cypress-2014-02-14.pdf.