College to Induct 23 Chargers in Athletics Hall of Fame

Cypress College will induct a class of athletes, coaches, and supporters of Chargers Athletics into its Hall of Fame for the first time in nearly a decade on April 1 as part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Athletics will honor the class of 23 new inductees in a Hall of Fame event that includes breakfast, an induction ceremony, and the unveiling of a new Hall of Fame display honoring the memory and contributions of outstanding Cypress athletes, coaches, and athletics supporters.

This is the first-ever induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame, which has already honored 43 former Chargers. Many, like men’s basketball players Swen Nater (’70) and Mark Eaton (’80), and baseball player Trevor Hoffman (’85), went on to successful professional careers.

The current class of inductees includes 23 current and former Chargers, including Cypress College President Dr. Simpson, longtime Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Lubin, and softball alumnae Alyssa Gutierrez (’07).

Following the Hall of Fame event, Chargers baseball will host its 50th Anniversary game against Golden West, featuring a special pre-game ceremony at 12:40 p.m.

Across campus at the Pond and surrounding buildings, the College’s 50th Anniversary Festival and Reunion will kick off at noon and continue through 4 p.m. An evening performance of the College’s spring production of FOLLIES will end the day’s celebrations.

Baseball Team Recognized for High Academic Achievement

The 2015-2016 Cypress College baseball team has been recognized as a Scholar Team awardee by the California Community College Athletic Association for high academic achievement and competition.

“The entire campus community is proud of Chargers baseball for maintaining a high level of academic excellence and athletic competition,” said Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson. “Our student athletes are students first and our baseball team has a long tradition of academic honors along with their athletic successes.”

The honor is the highest academic team achievement awarded annually by the CCCAA. To qualify, nominated teams must have a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated notable accomplishments in intercollegiate athletic competition.

In addition to maintaining a team GPA of 3.17, the 2015-2016 Chargers baseball team competed in the postseason, advancing to the state semi-finals.

“The 2016 team epitomized what it means to be a student athlete,” said baseball Coach Anthony Hutting. “Their dedication to excelling in the classroom was evident on a daily basis. Not only were they committed to being successful on the field, which resulted in a Final Four appearance, more importantly the team strived for excellence as students. I am very proud of them.”

The accomplishment will be acknowledged at the Celebration of Student Athletes Award Luncheon at the CCCAA Convention on Wednesday, March 29 in Concord, CA.

Women in Sports Spotlight: Margaret Mohr

Today is National Girls & Women in Sports Day. The day recognizes the “extraordinary achievements of those who have helped to effect change and create opportunities for women and girls in sports,” ngwsd.org states. In honor of this day, Cypress College is showcasing Head Coach Margaret Mohr. Coach Mohr has an extensive background in sports, which earned her numerous honors, including CIF-SS and National Catholic Player of the Year.

Mohr was offered a full scholarship at California State University Long Beach. By her junior season, Mohr was named team captain and starting point guard. Her 182 assists still rank her fourth on the single season record book. In Mohr’s senior campaign, the 49ers made history by becoming the first CSULB team to reach the NCAA Final Four after an inspiring season that included a Pacific Coast Athletic Association crown and No. 4 ranking in the national polls to close out the season. Coach Mohr was inducted into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame in 2011.

Mohr led the 2005 Chargers to the State Championships.
Mohr led the 2005 Chargers to the State Championship Title in storybook fashion.

Since then, she has coached at all levels – from high school to college to the L.A. Sparks – before finding her home here at Cypress College. Since 1998, she has racked up over 300 victories, four Orange Empire Conference Championships, three OEC Coach of the Year Awards, four Regional Finals appearances, and a 2005 State Championship.

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Support Chargers Basketball at Hoops Night

Cypress College basketball hosts Orange Coast College in their 4th Annual #CypCity Hoops Night on Friday, Feb. 3rd. It’s a blackout game this year, with the men sporting new black uniforms and the women wearing black warm-ups.

Show your school spirit by wearing black and coming out to cheer on our Chargers as they take on conference rival OCC! The Associated Students will have a dedicated student cheer section, and Athletics will be providing spirit items for attendees. Click here to view a promo video.

Location

Gym II

Time

Men’s game at 5 p.m.
Women’s game at 7 p.m.

Come support your Chargers and WEAR BLACK!

#CYProud: Madison May

Commencement is a celebratory time on campus. To capture this year-end spirit, we asked our faculty to tell us which students they are most proud of. Some of those profiled in this year’s #CYProud 2016 feature have overcome significant personal and financial hurdles to reach their educational goals; others have distinguished themselves as exemplars of academic achievement and/or student leadership.

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce Madison May who will transfer to Niagara University in the fall on athletic scholarship. Madison is a seasoned volleyball player who will contribute greatly to her new D.I team in New York. #CYPCity #Chargers #CYProud 2016

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#CYProud: Madison May Cypress to Niagara University (athletic scholarship, volleyball)

#CYProud: Madison May
Cypress to Niagara University (athletic scholarship, volleyball)

  1. Origin — what is your back story (hometown, high school, personal story…)I was born in Long Beach, California and went to Los Alamitos high school. I graduated in 2014. Ever since I started playing volleyball when I was 12, it was my dream to play college volleyball. It was my goal throughout my whole volleyball career. To have ability and skill to play at the next level was my life dream. Volleyball is a very emotional, competitive, dynamic sport. And being able to play at a high level where the talent is incredible is really rewarding. To play on that level is the best gift anyone can ask for.After high school I played volleyball at Cal Poly Pomona for one year but it didn’t work out. I didn’t fit with the coaching philosophy and the team dynamic, and I felt I needed to move out. That’s when I decided to move to Cypress.
  1. Why Cypress?I chose Cypress because I’ve knew Coach Nancy Welliver my whole life. I felt it was a good fit competitively and team wise. Also Cypress is in a good area and I knew that the school would help put me in a good place for transferring.Being on the team we had this year was so special. I’ve made lifelong friends that I’m sure I’ll have forever. It was a great group of girls. Our season may not have ended as I wanted it to, but seeing my teammates grow and learn throughout the season was incredible. Being able to share the volleyball knowledge I had acquired in high school together with my experience at Pomona to my teammates (since most of them were first years) was very rewarding for me. And being a great leader for them and having them look up to me was also really meaningful. It was nice teaching them things that can help them in the future.
  1. @Cypress — what have you been involved with? How has your path unfolded?After high school I decided what my major was going to be. I had my path all planned out. So I’m majoring in political science because I have always been interested in history and politics. I have aspirations to go to law school after undergrad and hopefully make an influence in the political world.
  1. Faculty or staff that have helped you get where you are today.I joined the STEM program in the fall of 2014 because I wanted to re-ignite my drive. The purpose of the STEM program is to retain students in STEM majors and to increase underrepresented community college transfers to four-year institutions. Because of this program I have been able to tour the biological science and engineering labs at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and CSU Monterey Bay. In addition, I participated in workshops hosted by STEM professionals who really inspired me. I’ve also helped recruit students into the STEM program, organized networking events, and participated in panels about undergraduate research and scientific conferences.  All of this was supported and encouraged by my mentor Cypress College Marine Biology Professor, Jesus Reyes. Professor Reyes introduced me to research and encouraged me to apply for summer programs.
  1. Post Cypress — what do you hope to do in the near term? What are your plans at UC Sand Diego?I’m going to Niagara University in New York on full scholarship for volleyball. I look forward to this fall and hope to make an impact. I’d like to help the team win the conference title and move on to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Academically, I would like to stick with my major and take some classes that will give me the knowledge and experience to help me in my future.

6. Longer-Term Vision — what do you aspire to?

I have a mix of interests. Professionally, I’m thinking that I’d like to work in the political realm in some capacity, maybe for an elected official in Washington D.C.

  1. What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my accomplishments those of my team. I’m proud of the impact that I’ve made on my teammates outside of volleyball. Also, I’m proud of the fact that I got to accomplish my dream. I feel like what the team can take away from my time is that if you set your mind to a goal and work hard, you can achieve anything. Stay humble, be a good leader. It’s important to be a great teammate because you can’t go anywhere without the support of your teammates. If you show confidence in them, they will show confidence in you.

  1. Anything else you’d like to add…

If you work hard, you can achieve anything that you set your mind to.

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#CYProud: Madison May Cypress to Niagara University (athletic scholarship, volleyball)

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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

#CYProud: Josh Currenton

Commencement is a celebratory time on campus. To capture this year-end spirit, we asked our faculty to tell us which students they are most proud of. Some of those profiled in this year’s #CYProud 2016 feature have overcome significant personal and financial hurdles to reach their educational goals; others have distinguished themselves as exemplars of academic achievement and/or student leadership.

As part of this year’s series, we are pleased to introduce student-athlete Josh Currenton who will transfer to Cal State University, Fullerton. Josh was a stand-out basketball player at Cypress and plans to join CSUF’s team in the fall. #CYPCity #Chargers #CYProud 2016

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#CYProud: Josh Currenton, Cypress to Cal State Fullerton
  1. Origin — what is your back story (hometown, high school, personal story…)I went to five different high schools. I was born in Watts, California, but I moved all around. I ended up going to Iowa, to Illinois, to the Bay Area, to South Carolina, and came back to California when I was 13 because my grandma was sick. When I was homeschooled during my freshman year, I grew five inches. I went from 6’ to 6’ 5”. I was homeschooled because my mom didn’t want me to attend school in Watts since the environment there was bad. After that period, we moved up to Victorville and I attended Silverado High School. We ended up losing our house there because my mother couldn’t afford it anymore. So I ended up moving to Norco and lived with my aunt for a whole semester. I then went to La Sierra High School for my junior and senior years. That’s when I started to play basketball. Though I had always wanted to play for a team, it wasn’t possible prior to that because I was always moving around. I didn’t have roots.I started playing a lot of pickup basketball during the spring semester of my junior year and I was really bad. I couldn’t shoot a layup because I was so uncoordinated. I would travel all the time and couldn’t catch the ball. You can ask my teammates. I was so bad. I was 6’ 10” and I still couldn’t dunk. It was hard, but I stuck with it. I had several great mentors, including my high school coach who wanted to give me a chance to play. He had seen me in a pickup game and didn’t question me. He offered me an opportunity.
  1. Why Cypress?I was introduced to retired Cypress basketball coach, Tom Lubin, while in high school. Coach Lubin is a legend. He has worked with NBAA All-Star athletes like former Cypress College students Swen Nater and Mark Eaton. That meeting convinced me that Cypress would be a good fit for me, a place to develop. After that initial meeting, the College followed-up with a recruitment package, which I thought was really cool. I decided to come to Cypress on account of Tom, and began working out and practicing with the team that summer.Cypress College is a very hands-on school. There are counselors you can speak to for guidance and the school has many great academic resources, which have helped me figure out what I want to do and how to strengthen my weaknesses. I used to go the math center for additional help because I knew that math wasn’t my strong suit. But I also knew that I wanted to do something science-based. It was Cypress College professors that sold me on science. They were all so passionate about their respective subjects. I enjoyed hearing them talk about science and learning about life and how things worked. They really influenced to pursue that path and not do the easy “athlete” subjects like communications. I know that faculty will help me if I seriously go for it… even with a shortcoming in math. Science always fascinated me since it’s the study of life and how things work.
  1. @Cypress — what have you been involved with? How has your path unfolded?I spent my first two years at Cypress grey-shirting for the basketball team. Then I transferred out to Cuesta College and came back to Cypress when Coach Drew took over. I then redshirted during my third year. Finally, I again played this past year. I did a lot of community service while I was greyshirting and helped the coaches with recording the games and keeping stats.I also worked in the financial aid office with Dr. Richard Rams through work-study. It gets really busy at the financial aid office, especially when students come in frustrated because they need money to keep studying.I learned time management is the most important skill to have as a college student. You always have to find that balance. For me I have to study to keep my grades up and put in work at the gym. There will be times I study so much that it impacts how I play. I feel it during games, especially when none of my shots are falling. Then, if I put more time in the gym, I see that I play better, but my grades start slipping. It’s really about finding that balance.

    Aside from basketball and work, I helped out with Kindercaminata with my professor Tracy Van Herk. We organized some of the programs for the event and come up with fun games and activities for the children. I love people and I love kids, and it’s just fun to give back to the community. I never really had a father figure in my life, so I wanted to help mentor kids and be a good leader, one that I never had.

  1. Faculty or staff that have helped you get where you are today.Keith Cobb at the Financial Aid office, Dr. Rich Rams, Coach Drew, and my professor Tracy Van Herk all have been great mentors in my life. They have all chipped in and helped me become the man that I am today. I went through a rough patch last year. I was kicked out of my house, sleeping on my friend’s couch, and without money. I couldn’t afford to go to school anymore and practice basketball, so Coach Drew talked to Dr. Rams and they helped me get a job at the financial aid office. I ended up moving into a house across from Cypress College. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by people that genuinely care about me. They weren’t my blood, but they really cared about me. Coming from my background, you don’t really see a lot of that. It’s really special to be a part of Cypress College. Every day I thank God, and someday I want to be in a position where I can give back to someone in my position as well.
  1. Post Cypress — what do you hope to do in the near term? What are your plans at CSUF?In terms of a major, I’m between geography and kinesiology. In the future, I really want to teach. I want to become a college professor and help people learn. As for basketball, I want to score 20 points a game and grab 20 rebounds. That’s just the competitive nature in me. I definitely provide another tall body that can play physically and bring the energy. I bring energy along with hard work and hustle.
  2. Longer-Term Vision — what do you aspire to?I feel like there are a lot of teachers that have lost their passion for education. I want to be one of those teachers that will find new avenues to teach students. I learned that the classes where I learned the most were the ones where I was up and interacting with the classroom. I want to make a positive impact in how we learn. It would meaningful to leave that kind of legacy behind.
  1. What are you most proud of?I definitely take pride in being a member of Cypress College. It’s an enormous accomplishment for me, coming from my background and how far behind I was academically, especially in math. I’m proud that I actually stuck with it and didn’t give up. There were times where I thought about just leaving school and getting a regular job. But, I’m glad I was able to stick with school and work hard in the gym. Every day when I come home, I know I gave the best that I had.
  1. Anything else you’d like to add…

 

I’m thankful to be a Cypress Charger. I’m glad I get to graduate in the spring with my AA and go on to Cal State Fullerton to play. I would like to thank everyone at Cypress College for their guidance. So many people cheered me on and gave me hope, even when I felt down and out. We have something special here at Cypress College. It really feels like a family.

#CYProud: Josh Currenton, Cypress to Cal State Fullerton
#CYProud: Josh Currenton, Cypress to Cal State Fullerton

Currenton was also the subject of this profile, produced by Cypress College’s Sports Information/Marketing Representative Wes McCurtis:

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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

In Remembrance: Passing of Marion Dorn

Former Physical Education faculty member Marion Dorn (center-left, holding the California trophy in the below photo) passed away on January 22, 2016 at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs.

Marion Dorn

Cypress College former Dean of Physical Education, Diane Henry provided the following about Coach Dorn:

Marion Dorn was originally a physical education faculty member at Fullerton College but transferred to Cypress College in 1966 to help start the physical education department teaching tennis, badminton, fitness, and various theory classes.  Marion was the first women’s athletic director as well as a head coach for men’s golf and women’s tennis during the 1970’s and 1980s.

She then turned her interest to women’s golf where her team captured the 1997 CCCAA championship the first year offered. Marion coached at Cypress until 2003 and has lived in Indio ever since. Marion was a strong advocate for gender equity throughout her career and was instrumental in helping move Cypress College toward compliance with Title IX.

She was a founding faculty member at the college and her contributions helped lay a strong foundation for the success that Cypress College Athletics enjoys today.  She will be cremated and buried at Rose Hills with family.  At this time there is no memorial service planned.

#CypressCollege #PhysicalEd #ChargersGolf

 

 

Softball, Baseball Teams Both Hosting Playoff Series this Weekend

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Both the Cypress Chargers baseball and softball teams begin their 2015 championship quests by hosting a regional playoff series this weekend!

The 2015 Orange Empire Conference champion women’s softball team (32-8) hosts 14th ranked Rio Hondo College (22‐17‐1) in a best-of-three series, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Here is the complete softball bracket. The series winner advances to the Super Regional Tournament.

Baseball, which finished a game shy of their own OEC championship, starts the playoffs with an intra-district rivalry series. The Chargers (25-11) host the Fullerton College Hornets (21-15). The first game of their best-of-three series is Friday, May 1, at 2 p.m. The baseball bracket is available here.

Schedules:
Softball — http://sports.cypresscollege.edu/sports/sball/2014-15/schedule
Baseball — http://sports.cypresscollege.edu/sports/bsb/2014-15/schedule

Athletics Info:
http://sports.cypresscollege.edu/landing/index

Brackets:
Softball — http://www.cccaasports.org/Fastpitch/Women/2015_CCCAA_Softball_SoCal_Round_1_Bracket.pdf
Baseball — http://www.cccaasports.org/Baseball/Men/2015_CCCAA_SoCal_regional_bracket.pdf

Cypress Head Coach Brad Pickler’s Scores Legendary 1,200 Career Victory

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Cypress College is blessed to have the most-decorated active women’s college softball coach in California Community College Athletic Association history.

Head Coach Brad Pickler’s landmark 1,200th career win came with a 9-1 Charger defeat of Orange Coast College on Wednesday, March 18. The Chargers’ victory consolidates Pickler’s legacy, besting programs led by Head Coach Robert Maglione at Napa Valley College and Sacramento City College (1,177-381) as well as Mark Eldridge at Palomar College (1,083). In his 28 seasons of leadership, Pickler has led the Cypress Chargers to a state record eight CCAA State Championships, 23 State Championship appearances, and 19 Orange Empire Conference Championships.

On the national scene, Pickler is the fifth most accomplished active collegiate softball coach among all divisions, and ranks 11th all-time.

This milestone is recognized on the CCCAA Sports state website: http://goo.gl/SQyRhN.

February 20, 2015 @Cypress Newsletter from Dr. Simpson

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Here is the February 20, 2015, @Cypress Newsletter from Cypress College President Bob Simpson.

This week’s headlines:

  • Thursday’s Drills Ask Sobering Question: ‘What Would You Do?’
    > Active shooter drills take place Thursday, February 26 in the morning and evening; will include Cypress Police Department’s input.
  • 40th Americana Awards Take Place Saturday at Disneyland Hotel
  • High School Senior Day on Wednesday
  • Win a Yamaha Sport ATV
  • “This Week” and “They Said It” Features
  • Plus @Cypress Bonus Material