Educator Donna Miller to Deliver Commencement Address

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Donna Miller’s dedication to community college students defines her professional career. In fact, the only thing that could lure away from this service were adorable grandchildren and the opportunity to spoil them regularly at the happiest place on earth.

For 38 years, Miller taught speech communication and served as an educational administrator at neighboring Cerritos College. In her time there, she taught public speaking, interpersonal communication, business communication, and coached the award-winning Speech and Debate team. Miller served 10 years as the Instructional Dean of Liberal Arts and was appointed to interim positions as the Executive Dean of Community, Industry, & Technology Education, and
Vice-President of Academic Affairs. She was the Chair of the Department of Speech Communication, Chair of the Accreditation Committee, and a Faculty Senator.

In addition to her roles at Cerritos College, Miller was a Board member for the North Orange County Community College District for 18 years. While serving on the NOCCCD Board of Trustees, she held board positions that included President, Vice-President, and Secretary. She also served as the Board representative to the Community College Foundation of North Orange County, the Cypress College Foundation, and the Orange County Legislative Task Force.

Miller served 20 years on the Board of the Buena Park Library District and has been active with the league of Women Voters.

She recently retired and spends copious amounts of time with her
grandchildren.

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Cypress College is recognized as one of California’s top community colleges. Recent accolades include:

– #1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.

– #2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.

– #3 in C.A. | Ranked as a Top Three California Community College (Schools.com)

– #3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)

– 15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)

– #17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”

– Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And 85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.

– 2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.

– 76 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles

– 25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

Attorney Wayne T. Kistner is 2016 Outstanding Alumnus

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Wayne T. Kistner’s record as an advocate for his clients and the community is clear. For 25 years, he’s served as counsel for private, non-profit, and public entities with appearances in courtrooms across Southern California. He has extensive private and court-appointed experience in mediation, collaborative conflict resolution processes, group facilitation, and association/organizational planning.

But, it is a connection to service that provides meaning for Kistner, who attended Cypress College in its formative years and has served as a member of the adjunct faculty in Human Services since 1999.

“Life has a way of going full circle as I was one of the early students in the newly created Human Services Department in 1973,” he said. “Part of my involvement in that program resulted in the establishment of a peer counseling program on campus and a directory of social service agencies, which would later serve as field work opportunities for students in the program.”

After completing his general education at Cypress College in Sociology and Human Services in 1975, Kistner transferred to California State University, Long Beach. There, he was President of the Law Society and graduated with his bachelor’s in 1978 as a member of the President’s Honor List. Kistner then enrolled at Southwestern University School of Law, completing his juris doctor in 1981.

“As Cypress College is approaching its 50th anniversary, I am proud to be among the ranks of the many outstanding alumni who have been enriched by Cypress College,” he said.

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Cypress College is recognized as one of California’s top community colleges. Recent accolades include:

– #1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.

– #2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.

– #3 in C.A. | Ranked as a Top Three California Community College (Schools.com)

– #3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)

– 15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)

– #17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”

– Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And 85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.

– 2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.

– 76 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles

– 25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

Cypress College Recognizes Employees for Milestones

One of Cypress College's first students, Dr. Pat Ganer is completing 45 years as a member of the College's faculty. Here she receives a standing ovation as she arrives at the annual end-of-the-year employee-recognition ceremony.
One of Cypress College’s first students, Dr. Pat Ganer is completing 45 years as a member of the College’s faculty. Here she receives a standing ovation as she arrives at the annual end-of-the-year employee-recognition ceremony.

As the academic year comes to a close, Cypress College recognized a number of employees at its annual end-of-the-year lunch. Campus employees were honored for their commitment to Cypress College students. Employees were recognized for milestones in their employment, including years of service or their retirement.

Cypress College employees retiring in 2015-2016 are noted below, followed by those reaching milestones in their years of service.

Peggy Austin — Peggy Austin was hired as the Instruction Librarian in fall 1991. Her interest in librarianship stemmed from a passion for doing research but without actually having to write the paper. She served on the Curriculum Committee, including as chair, and most recently, as the Interim co-coordinator of Professional Development and an Academic Senate representative. Her first love has always been assisting students at the reference desk.

Walter Caloretti — Walter (Jesus) Caloretti started at Cypress College on May 3, 2004 as a Custodian. Most notably, he spent 17 years at Knott’s Berry Farm as a Janitor honing his skill prior to joining the Cypress College M & O Department. Walter’s dedication and commitment to Cypress College was appreciated.

Lulu Cayabyab — Lu Cayabyab worked in the Cypress College Physical Education Division for nearly 20 years. As a valued office manager, Lu was a critical resource for the faculty, staff, and administrators she served during her time. Lu is recognized for her contributions to the success of our Physical Education and Athletics department. She will forever be part of our championship tradition.

Marlene Akilah Courtney — Akilah Courtney is well-known within the Cypress College community for her knowledge of policy and procedure and her pleasant demeanor. She has a reputation for determination in completing her work and being helpful when others are in need. She began her career at Cypress in October of 1985 as a student-hourly employee in the Office of Instruction. Shortly thereafter she accepted a position with the Admissions and Records Office where she has remained ever since. Akilah’s attention to detail and her ability to manage processes then propelled her to a leadership position as Records Supervisor (1999) which was later retitled, Evaluator Specialist (2003).

Joan Daniels — Joan Daniels devoted 27 years as a full-time member of the English Department. Along with being an exemplary instructor with great concern about students’ acquisition of writing skills, Joan assumed different roles in maintaining the integrity and success of her department and the Language Arts Division, which included hiring and evaluating many instructors. For a number of years she also served as a Puente mentor.

Nancy Deutsch — Nancy Deutsch began teaching in the English/Reading Department in 1983. Along with serving as department coordinator for seven years, Nancy assumed many responsibilities that have greatly benefitted the college, these include serving as Academic Senate President and Staff Development Coordinator. She also helped write and coordinate one Title III and two Title V grants. In 2000, she received the Faculty Development Award, now known as the Charger Award.

Les Doak — Les Doak started at Cypress College in 1990 as an adjunct faculty in the Geography Department and became a full-time faculty member in 1998 when he was hired to teach geography courses and direct the state-approved Geographic Information Systems Program and certificates. He also created one of, if not the first, GIS certificate programs at the community college level in the U.S. Dozens of former students are now gainfully employed as a direct result of his efforts. Les also wrote and received an $800,000 GIS Access National Science Foundation grant in 1999, and he also served as United Faculty vice president and negotiator 2009-2012.

Mary Lou Ford — Mary Lou Ford worked as an instructional aide in the Computer Information Systems Lab. She was known for her cheerful interaction with students and her command of software. Organization is her forte which has kept the CIS lab running smoothly, ensuring a high level of service to students.

Joseph Gallo — Some of the Fine Arts Division’s favorite memories of Joe Galo are: his gold records proudly displayed on two walls, not pretentious, just proud; and playing his piano and composing beautiful melodies filling the office area with calm. Joe truly did feel like Cypress College was his home and music was his driving passion.

Laura Greico — Laura Greico has been part of the Cypress College family for 32 years. In that time, she has helped educate over 1,280 Radiologic Technology students. Laura worked at St. Jude Med. Center and came to Cypress College in 1984 as an adjunct faculty member in the Radiologic Technology department. In 1989 she was hired full time as the Clinical Coordinator. She was active in the California Society of Radiologic Technologist, serving as president and delegate. She also was President of the Orange District Society of RT and was active with the American Society of RT.

Phillip Grisotti — Phillip (Phil) Grisotti started with the NOCCCD at the District Maintenance Center in La Habra as a Maintenance Assistant I in the Automotive Shop in 1984. Prior to that, Phil was a weapons mechanic in the United States Air Force and he owned and operated Fullerton Muffler Service. Since Phil joined the Cypress College family in 1989 he dedicated himself to the Campus and it’s automotive and equipment repair needs.

Beverly Harrington — For 19 years, Bev Harrington touched many lives at Cypress College with her energetic personality and sensitive, compassionate, caring attitude towards Cypress College students. She began her Cypress College career in the Academic Computing department in 1996. Bev later worked in the DSS office at the end of 2013. In addition to focusing on students, Bev was a gurdian of the budget, and known to work vendors for a better price.

Roy Hurtado — Roy Hurtado started with the NOCCCD in 1975 as a Groundskeeper I at the District Maintenance Center in La Habra. Roy worked all sites with various duties ultimately becoming an Equipment Operator I. Roy made Cypress College his permanent home field in 1982 keeping the Campus Grounds and Athletic Fields in tip top shape.

Lydia Jewell — During her time at Cypress College Lydia evaluated 26,000 applications for admission to Health Science programs and has notified each applicant of the outcome. Over the years she also processed hundreds of students for nursing career mobility testing. When asked what she most enjoyed about her work she said, “Notifying applicants that they had been accepted into a health science program.” Lydia has been a strong supporter of our student worker program and has trained 1 to 2 student workers each semester.

Patricia Kishel — As instructor and department coordinator, Patti Kishel created new classes and programs to build the marketing and management departments to attract a wide variety of students. She achieved outstanding results in the area of certificate awards and made all of the Bus/CIS departments work harder to catch up with her. Patti and her husband Greg (who has also taught here) make an excellent teaching team and have co-authored many books and articles. The division and the community will miss her creative and energetic delivery of new approaches to marketing and management.

Veila Lawson — The satisfaction of counseling and mentoring her students has made a tremendous impact on Velia Lawson’s life, and she has felt honored to help the future teachers, Language Arts, and Social Sciences students attain their academic goals. She began at Cypress College in 1985, where she also contributed to the inception of the Student Success workshops for Academic & Progress Probation students, adhering to the philosophy that no college student should be left behind!

Rosalie Majid — Rosalie Majid retired after approximately 30 years as Coordinator of the Health Information Technology program at Cypress College. Rosalie is a past recipient of the California Health Information Association Educator Award for excellence in training new HIM professionals. She has been a dedicated advocate for creating awareness and fostering career pathways, beginning at the high school level. Her longstanding relationships with hospitals and healthcare partners in the Southern California area provided employment opportunities for many of her students.

Allen Mottershead — Allen Mottershead grew up in England during World War II but found his way to the United States via the University of Toronto, where he earned his bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, and U.C. Berkeley, where he earned his master’s in the same field. He joined the faculty at Cypress College in 1969 and has taught more than 7,000 students here (and that’s a conservative estimate). He has authored two textbooks, which have been used widely and internationally, and holds a patent for a glazing maching used by Honey Baked Ham Corp. He is highly regarded as a professor who is as effective today as he was 50 years ago — something evidenced by his recent honor by EOPS as an instructor who makes a difference.

Anita Rogers — Anita Rogers started with the NOCCCD as a Senior Clerk in 1984. Anita held many positions here at Cypress College and some of the titles are as follows: Duplication Clerk, Switchboard Operator, Receptionist, and finally, Production Center Coordinator. In that last role, she produced in excess of 6 million copies per year of instructional handouts, tests, syllabi, etc.

Jesse Saldana — Jesse Saldana contributed many years to Cypress College as an adjunct CIS instructor and then as a full-time instructor after he retired from Boeing. His expertise in information technology and supervision from the aerospace industry was appreciated in the Business and CIS Division and on campus. He served on the Academic Senate for years as the division rep and was president. His leadership in the division as CIS instructor and CIS Department Coordinator was also appreciated.

David Wassenaar — Dave Wassenaar has worked in many capacities over the last 29 years: as a classroom instructor, Dean of Admissions & Records, and Dean of Business and Computer Information Systems. Under his tutelage, the Business and CIS division introduce flipped classrooms, a number of hybrid classes, and instituted computer forensics courses. Over the years, he has participated enthusiastically in a number of activities to advance Cypress College in and out of the classroom and in the community. Acknowledging his lifelong contribution, the Cypress Chamber of Commerce has selected Dave as the 2016 Man of the Year for the City of Cypress.

The following employees reached milestones in their employment at Cypress College in the current academic year.

Five Years: Russell Bacarella, Auto Technology; Mohammad Chaudhry, Library; Vivian Gaytan, Business Office; Nicole Alexandra Ledesma, Mathematics; Armando Vega, Public Safety; Sharon Webb, Language Arts Office; and Adrianne Williams-Collins, Custodial Services.

Ten Years: Terry Carpenter, Executive Vice President Office; Ly Chang, Admissions & Records; Margaret Cortez, Matriculation; Alfonso Flores, Custodial Services; Jennifer Franklin, Health Science Office; Joel Gober, Biological Sciences; Jerry Gomes, Grounds Maintenance & Repairs; Rebecca Gomez, Health Information Technology; Yongmi Han, Center for Intercultural Understand; Jeri Hernandez, Admissions & Records; Lori Hopper, Mortuary Science; Lenore Landis, Chemistry; Donny Lemos, Custodial Services; David McCament, Mortuary Science; Richard Rams, Student Support Services; Douglas Smith, Public Safety; Grace Suphamark, Photography; Jeanne Thompson, Financial Aid; Keith Vescial, Reading; and Alycia Wildman, Library.

Fifteen Years: Raul Alvarez, Foundation; Steven Auger, Disabled Student Programs & Services; Cindy Cao, Vocational Technical Office; James Carrocino, Library; Christy Davis, Admissions & Records; Daniel Fangmeyer, Building; Brian Gomber, Custodial Services; Sabah Hermiz, Custodial Services; Ian Holmes, Art Computer Graphics; James Hormel, Theatre Arts; Marcia Jeffredo, Maintenance & Operations; Ismat Kahlon, Academic Computing; Lawrence Keel, English; Erin Landry, Dance; Daniel Lind, Ethnic Studies; Abed Majdalawi, Academic Computing; Gina Marrocco, Center for Intercultural Understand; Sally McNay, Nursing; Louella Nelson, President’s Office; Mark Peterson, Music; Regina Rhymes, Sociology; David Richards, Public Safety; Luis Rivas, Custodial Services; Alison Robertson, English as a Second Language; Rebecca Rojas, Stud Act. & Spec Projects Office; Shirley Smith, Public Safety; Stephanie Spooner, Biological Sciences; Domenic Travaglia, Grounds Maintenance & Repairs; Diane Villegas, Fine Arts Office; Randa Wahbe, English; and Jennifer Wheeler, Health Science.

Twenty Years: Ron Armale, Physical Sciences; Larry Beidler, Physical Education; Linda Borla, English; Roselle Calderon-Teneza, Financial Aid; Matthew Carnes, Custodial Services; Robert Cavin, Philosophy; Lidia Coman, Auto Technology; Larry Curiel, Sociology; Steven Donley, Vocational Technical Office; Edgar Herrera, Foreign Language; Susan Johnson, Psychology; Kevin Luckey, Grounds Maintenance & Repairs; Brenda Maitlen, Switchboard; Jeanne Miller, Accounting; Alireza Moady, Computer Information Systems; Lisa Morales, Bursar’s Office; Melanie Nabahani, English; Dustin Nguyen, Admissions & Records; Paul Paiement, Art; Kathryn Sonne, English; Herman Tran, Grounds Maintenance & Repairs; and Barbara Woolner, Vice President’s Office.

Twenty-five Years: Peggy Austin, Library; Ana Cota, Physical Plant Office; Liana Koeppel, Forensics; Kathleen Kruse, Nursing; Patricia Pelachik, Data Processing; Brad Pickler, Physical Education; Cecilia Richie, Switchboard; Cynthia Shrout, Mathematics; and Kazuyo Takahashi, Foreign Language.

Thirty Years: Joseph Franks, Psychiatric Technology; Laura Greico, Radiological Technology; Robert Johnson, Photography; George Kraft, Building; Carol Lewis, History; and Eapen Peter Mathews, Political Science.

Thirty-five Years: John Alexander, Auto Technology; Carolee Freer, Court Reporting; and Mark Majarian, Dramatic Arts.

Forty Years: Angela Lippolt-Rios, Grounds Maintenance & Repairs.

Forty-five Years: Patricia Ganer, Forensics.

 

 

Holocaust Remembrance Event Draws Awed Audience of 1,000 People

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor who recently retired from dentistry, speaks to an audience of more than 1,000 people at Cypress College on May 4, 2016. (Photograph by Cypress College student Oscar Diaz.)
Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor who recently retired from dentistry, speaks to an audience of more than 1,000 people at Cypress College on May 4, 2016. (Photograph by Cypress College student Oscar Diaz.)

When 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach paused momentarily during his keynote presentation to more than 1,000 people gathered at Cypress College, you could hear a pin drop — probably literally, though certainly figuratively. The audience of guests, employees, and students lining the bridge over the campus pond was so large that it spilled onto the grassy banks. Despite the size of the crowd, an awed silence permeated as the recently retired dentist told his incredible story of survival.

Dr. Eisenbach’s mother died before World War II and his father, sister, and younger brother were killed by the Nazis. His remaining brother was killed in an anti-Semitic attack while serving in the Polish armed forces following the War. But, the Orange County resident who delivered the keynote presentation at Cypress College’s first Yom HaShoah remembrance on May 4, has lived by the advice of his parents: “to never lose hope for a better tomorrow.”

It was that message that captivated the standing-room-only audience at Cypress College on Wednesday night, the start of the Yom HaShoah observance. He was among several Holocaust survivors in attendance at the event, which also featured a second story of survival by Sarah Schweitz, inspiring remarks from Christina Wurth, the Vice Consul of the German Consulate in Los Angeles, and stirring opening remarks by History Professor David Halahmy.

Guests listen intently to Dr. Jacob Eisenbach as the Holocaust survivor delivers a message of peace, hope, and inclusiveness at Cypress College at part of a Yom HaShoah remembrance on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Photograph by student Raul James Gonzales.)

Yom HaShoah was sponsored by the campus Diversity Committee in response to a unique collection of portraits of Holocaust survivors created by Photography Department Chair Clifford Lester. Lester, Halahmy, and their colleague Maha Afra, whose students and members of her dance company performed an improvisational dance number the portraits displayed on a video screen, were the primary organizers of the event. The dance was accompanied by a live musical performance by faculty members Gary Gopar and Marcus McMillan.

Dance students, under the direction of Professor Maha Afra, perform to the portraits of Holocaust suvivors photographed by Photography Department Chair Clifford Lester. (Photograph by Cypress College student Oscar Diaz.)
Dance students, under the direction of Professor Maha Afra, perform to the portraits of Holocaust survivors photographed by Photography Department Chair Clifford Lester. (Photograph by Cypress College student Oscar Diaz.)

The 90-minute event began at sundown adjacent to the campus pond. It was opened by History Professor Halahmy, whose stirring presentation was a message of inclusiveness. He noted the hate-filled deaths during the Armenian genocide and the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis. Rabbi Heidi Cohen, of Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, continued with the theme by discussing atrocities happening today in places such as Syria and Darfur. She later officiated over the candle-lighting ceremony featuring four survivors of the Holocaust and two children of survivors — one each for the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis.

Those participants included Cypress College maintenance employee Rick Van Beynen, who’s mother Rachel (Kops) Van Beynen was the first person in the family to be taken by the German SS at age 16. She ultimately survived 10 concentration camps — including a death march from Auschwitz. After the war, she learned that her mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents and 53 other family members had been exterminated.

Rick Van Beynen, a Cypress College employee, lights a candle in memory of his late mother, who survived the Holocaust. (Photograph by Cypress College student Oscar Diaz.)
Rick Van Beynen, a Cypress College employee, lights a candle in memory of his late mother, who survived the Holocaust. (Photograph by Cypress College student Oscar Diaz.)

Music at the event was spectacular. Aviella Winder, an 18-year-old Orange County resident whose appearances include Madison Square Garden and the House of Blues in Hollywood, performed a version of “One Day” by Matisyahu. Faculty members Gopar (on the trumpet) and McMillan (guitar) demonstrated their musical expertise both in accompanying the dance students and as guests arrived for the Yom HaShoah observance.

The event closed with a second dance number — Salaam, Shalom (A Song for Peace) — in which the performers moved through the audience offering olive branches in an extension of hope bridging cultures, religions, and generations. This performance also featured Afra’s students and members of her Long Beach-based dance company, Maha and Company; it was set to the song “Horchat Hai Calyptus” by Ishtar.

A panorama image taken during the Yom HaShoah remembrance at Cypress College indicates the size of the audience, which continued to grow after the image was captured. (Photograph by Tracy Bassett/Cypress College Campus Communications Office.)
A panorama image taken during the Yom HaShoah remembrance at Cypress College indicates the size of the audience, which continued to grow after the image was captured. (Photograph by Tracy Bassett/Cypress College Campus Communications Office.)

“It was an extraordinary event, one which I will never forget,” Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson said in an email to employees following the remembrance. Dr. Simpson chairs the campus’ Diversity Committee and he noted this event’s alignment with the College’s core value of inclusiveness. “I have never been so proud of the College for upholding our highest standards in the development and presentation of this event. This event demonstrated in both significance and quality what we can do when we are dedicated to a purpose and we work collaboratively as a team. To be able to do so in support of a cause and a message so powerful and so timely was truly gratifying.”

“I have been on the campus for 31 1/2 years and have never witnessed an event like this,” said Dave Wassenaar, Cypress College’s Dean of the Business and Computer Information Systems Division. He called the event “life-changing” and “historic.” A number of other long-time campus employees shared his assessment that this was both the best and largest educational event in the College’s nearly 50-year history.

Organizers anticipated up to 500 guests, but the numbers swelled beyond the 600+ available seats, thanks in part to media coverage by The Orange County Register previewing the remembrance event.

Video courtesy David Eisenbach. Open in YouTube for additional videos of Dr. Eisenbach.

Note: Additional images and video to come

Related: Holocaust Survivors, Unique Portrait Collection by Photography Professor Highlight First Yom HaShoah Event

‘Nurturing our Differences’ a Theme of First Student Equity Retreat at Cypress College

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Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson welcomes participants in the first Student Equity Retreat. The event took place on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Cypress College hosted its first Student Equity Retreat on Friday, bringing to campus experts in the field from across California.

“It’s about recognizing and nurturing our differences” Ashley Griffith said in opening the event. Griffith, the College’s Special Project Director responsible for Student Equity, planned the event — a first for Cypress College.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Simpson spoke to the issue of workforce diversification as the College is in the process of hiring 31 new full-time faculty. “Equity is not the same as equality. … Thinking about doing something is not doing something,” he said.

The day-long event featured San Diego State University professors Dr. J. Luke Wood and Dr. Frank Harris III of SDSU’s Minority Male Community College Collaborative. A panel discussion earlier in the day featured highly regarded experts Dr. Edward Bush, Dr. Anna Ortiz, Dr. Lindsay Pérez-Huber, and Dr. Robert Teranishi. A student panel, facilitated by Dr. Harris, closed the retreat.

Topics presented during the day included:

  • All Talk No Action: How to Foster “Real” Conversations in Achieving Student Equity Goals
  • Acknowledging Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Student Development
  • The Effects of Racial Microaggressions on Student Success
  • Equity Leaders Prep
  • Creating Conditions that Foster Engagement Among College Men of Color
  • Dream Big: How Graduate School Plays a Part in Creating Your Career Path

Dr. Bush is the president of Cosumnes River College and a founder of the African American Male Education Network and Development (A2.M.E.N.D). Dr. Ortiz is the department chair for the Educational Leadership Department at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Pérez-Huber is an assistant professor in the Social and Cultural Analysis master’s program at CSULB. Dr. Teranishi is a professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, and the co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Pictured are: Dr. Anna Ortiz, CSULB; Dr. Edward Bush, Cosumnes River College; Ashley Griffith, Cypress College; Dr. Lindsay Pérez-Huber, CSULB; and Dr. Robert Teranishi, UCLA.

Additional event photos posted here

Holocaust Survivors, Unique Portrait Collection by Photography Professor Highlight First Yom HaShoah Event

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Multiple Holocaust survivors and a pair of children of survivors highlight Cypress College’s first-ever Yom HaShoah event on May 4. The event is inspired by Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester’s unique portraits taken of survivors. The portraits will be on display during the event and Cypress College students will perform an interpretative routine in reaction to the photographs. More than 400 people are expected to attend.

The remembrance takes place adjacent to the campus pond on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Cypress College, located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, CA.

Holocaust survivors Dr. Jacob Eisenbach and Natalie Weinstein-Gold are the featured speakers. They are among the five or six survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who will be honored at the event, along with two children of survivors.

Cypress College students, college employees, and community members will also participate. These include History Professor David Halahmy, representatives for the German Consulate in Los Angeles and Rabbi Heidi Cohen of Santa Ana’s Temple Beth Sholom.

Cypress College’s tribute is also centered around an exhibition of haunting and spirit-filled portraits of survivors photographed by Cypress College Professor Clifford Lester. Professor Lester’s portraits of Holocaust survivors were exhibited during an all-faculty meeting at the start of the school year. The work was so well received the photographs are now displayed in the campus Student Center. At one time facing extermination, these survivors now express determination to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive. The portraits create an enduring voice for the survivors, a voice that speaks out against hatred, injustice, stereotypes, and anti-Semitism. Among Cypress College’s core values is “inclusiveness” and the college’s Diversity Committee agreed to hold a Yom HaShoah event in this spirit.

Yom HaShoah is the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. This year it begins at sunset on Wednesday, May 4 and concludes at sunset on May 5. Cypress College pays respect with a ceremony that promotes acceptance and inclusion, diversity and justice, no matter one’s race, religion, color or creed. This message will be accentuated by Cypress College Dance students, who will present an original interpretive performance interconnected with music and photography.

The lighting of memorial candles is part of the Yom HaShoah tradition. Four of the Holocaust survivors and two children of survivors — including a Cypress College employee — will represent the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. Lit candles will then be floated onto the campus pond.

Confirmed Holocaust survivors participating in Cypress College’s Yom HaShoah event are: Dr. Eisenbach, Ms. Weinstein-Gold, Sarah Schweitz, and Harry Lester; the children of survivors are David Langer (representing his father Nathan and mother Mira), and Rick Van Beynen (representing his mother Rachel). Biographies of the participants are attached below.

Biographies of Holocaust Survivors and Offspring Participating:

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach — Holocaust Survivor

At 93 years old, Dr. Eisenbach recently retired from dentistry after practicing for 60 years. Dr. Eisenbach and his family lived in Lodz, Poland. Before the war broke out, Dr. Eisenbach lost his mother to illness. After Poland was invaded, he lost his sister, father and youngest brother at the hands of the Nazis.  Despite all of these losses, Dr. Eisenbach retains his strength by remembering his parents’ words, telling him “to never lose hope for a better tomorrow.” As a result, Dr. Eisenbach is quick to state he has never lost his faith in humanity.

Natalie Weinstein-Gold — Holocaust Survivor

At the age of 18 months, Natalie Weinstein-Gold was left on the doorstep of a lawyer’s house with a cross around her neck in the hope that this would save her life during the war. Four and a half years later, she was found at a convent by her father, a Warsaw Ghetto fighter named Leon Weinstein. Ms. Weinstein-Gold, now a psychologist, shared many Sabbath dinners with her father after coming to the United States in 1952.

Sarah Schweitz — Holocaust Survivor

Sarah Schweitz was born in Trikala, Greece. When her father was captured during World War II by the Germans, he was threatened with his death by the German Commandant of a Detention Camp. When asked why his life should be spared, he showed the Nazi a picture of his 31/2 year old daughter and said she was waiting for him to come home. Reminded of his own daughter, the German spared Sarah’s father’s life and let him go.

Harry Lester — Holocaust Survivor

Harry Lester, father of Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester, was formerly named Horst Littwitz, until coming to the United States on the Italian Ship Vulcania. Faced with harassment from the Nazi’s as early as 1933, Mr. Lester survived the first part of the war despite events such as the trashing of the synagogue where his bar mitzvah was to be held. Mr. Lester migrated to the U.S. with his mother in November of 1939. His father Max  was left behind because of U.S. quotas limiting immigration from Poland. Fortunately, they were joined by his father a year later.

David Langer — Son of Holocaust Survivors

David Langer is the son of Nathan and Mira, both Holocaust survivors. They immigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Nathan, who grew up in a family of wine makers, later founded Langer Juice Company. A native of Krakow, Poland, he was the only survivor of his immediate family.

Rick  Van Beynen — Son of Holocaust Survivor

Rick Van Beynen, a Cypress College employee, is the son of Rachel (Kops) Van Beynen, who was born in Amsterdam in 1926. Ms. Van Beynen was the first person in the family to be taken by the German SS at age 16. She ultimately survived 10 concentration camps — including a death march from Auschwitz, when the Germans knew they were losing the war. After the war, she learned that her mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents and 53 other family members had been exterminated.

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. 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 16,000 students and its highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of its many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 164 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 71 areas of study. The College’s traditional semesters begin in January and September, 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 higher education tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also 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. Dr. Bob Simpson is the president.

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 http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

Earth Day 2016: Carbon Footprint Reduced by 73,800 Metric Tons

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Green emissions reduced:

by 2017 Cypress College will lower its carbon

footprint by approximately 73,800 metric tons.

Those who have visited campus recently can see results of the College’s efforts to reduce overall water usage. Medians and buffer landscapes have been left to take on their natural golden hues. Overall, the College’s reduction in exterior water use amounts to a 30 percent in savings. This institutional effort was piloted even before the state’s broader campaign to respond to the region’s historic drought.

Rethinking water usage is just one part of a broader conservation plan that includes waste management, energy reduction, and emissions controls. In the coming year, construction work will begin on a thermal storage tank and chiller for the north side of campus. Plans for 2016 also include installation of the campus’ first photovoltaic solar panels. Since 2009, purchased electricity will have fallen from 10.1 million kilowatt hours to 1.5 million kilowatt hours.

By 2017, projected annual savings from energy projects will total $1,440,000. In addition, the College will have received $1.5 million in economic incentives and another $1.3 million in Proposition 39 grants. Overall, Cypress College will have reduced its carbon footprint by approximately 73,800 metric tons by 2017.

There’s More

Energy Efficiency — A campus-wide lighting retrofit took place during the summers of 2014 and 2015. This extensive project is one of the main reasons Cypress College has reduced its energy consumption. The project covers both the interior and exterior of the campus, including installation of highly efficient LED lighting in classrooms, common areas, and parking lots.

HVAC — Replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems were completed in three buildings in the past 18 months: Technical Education II, Technical Education III, and Gym 2. These projects were undertaken with the support of grant funding and help decrease energy use on the campus. A more-efficient HVAC system also improves comfort.

Board to Grant Tenure to Four Faculty

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Four Cypress College faculty are poised to earn tenure on Tuesday night when the Board of Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District recognizes them for attaining this professional milestone. Two math faculty, Adam Eckenrode and Nicole Ledesma, will be recognized along with accounting faculty Ann Sheridan Solis, and Nursing faculty Marredda Williams Cooksey. The Board of Trustees meeting is held at the Anaheim Campus, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Adam Eckenrode – Science, Engineering, Math

Adam Eckenrode came to Cypress College as a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics Department in Fall 2012. He taught while enrolled as a graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona and continued there as an adjunct faculty. He eventually started teaching at the University of La Verne and Mt. SAC. He described the workload as challenging and said that being asked to interview for a full-time position here at Cypress College was professionally life changing. “Accepting this position has been the greatest highlight of my career. I found a place I can call home where I get to work with amazing people within my department, throughout my division, and across the campus.”

His involvement at Cypress College includes: serving as the SEM division representative on Academic Senate, a tutor in the Math Learning Center, lead instructor for the mathematics Summer Boost Program, a Puente mentor, Strategic Plan direction committees, organizing booths at KinderCaminata, and three hiring committees.

Eckenrode received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Nicole Ledesma – Science, Engineering, Math

Nicole Ledesma started at Cypress College as an adjunct in 2011 and was hired full-time in 2012. Her career highlights include getting hired full-time, earning tenure, and “being part of the best department in the world!” At Cypress College, Ledesma has served on the Student Learning Outcomes committee and currently serves on the Basic Skills Initiative and Curriculum committees. In addition, she served as the Statistics and Pre-Algebra course coordinator.
Ledesma earned her bachelor’s (2009) and master’s (2011) degrees in Mathematics at California State University, Fullerton.

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Ann Sheridan Solis – Business/Computer Information Systems

Ann Sheridan Solis joined Cypress College’s adjunct faculty in spring 2003 and was hired as a full-time faculty member in fall 2012. She currently serves on the Curriculum Committee, Distance Learning Committee, and participates in a new Career Planning Committee. Additional activities at Cypress College include: Accounting Career Day; Student Accounting Society meetings with Cypress College students at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach; Business Club Advisor; assisting students with obtaining various accounting internships and accounting jobs; and attending professional accounting society meetings with students to assist them networking and scholarship opportunities.
She holds a Certified Public Accountant License and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Marredda Williams-Cooksey – Health Science

Marredda Williams-Cooksey, MSN, Ed., RN joined the Cypress College Nursing faculty full time in fall 2012. She was nominated as a Great Teachers Facilitator, a role she is fulfilling this month. She has also been involved on campus as a Remediaiton/Simulation Specialist for Nursing, and on the Curriculum and Accreditation committees.

She earned her associate’s degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s, her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Los Angeles, and her master’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Inclusion is Theme for First-Ever Yom HaShoah Event in May

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Holocaust Survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach is a keynote speaker at Cypress College’s first-ever Yom HaShoah event in May. He is seen here speaking with Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson (right) and Photography Professor Clifford Lester (left).

 

Out Of The Darkness, We Can All Create Light

Holocaust Day of Remembrance (Yom Ha-Shoah)
May 4, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.

Location: By the Ponds

Yom Ha-Shoah exists as an annual memorial to over six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. On May 4, Cypress College pays respect to this Holocaust Day of Remembrance with a ceremony that promotes acceptance and inclusion, diversity and justice, no matter one’s race, religion, color or creed.

The tribute features an inspiring talk by Holocaust Survivor, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, who will be joined by an exhibition of  the haunting and spirit-filled portraits of Survivors photographed by Cypress College Professor, Clifford Lester. At one time facing extermination, these survivors now express determination to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive.  The portraits create an enduring voice for the survivors, a voice that speaks out against hatred, injustice, stereotypes, and anti-Semitism.

This message will be accentuated by Cypress College Dance students, who will present an original interpretive performance interconnected with music and photography.

Further heightening the impact of our event will be Holocaust survivors attending in person. These survivors will light candles to commemorate six million who did not. They will help us remember what no one should ever forget.

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