Cypress College is Now On Pinterest

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Whether you’re a student, faculty member, or staff employee at Cypress College, when you walk on campus you’re immediately surrounded by the rich history and life that makes up this campus. No matter your role, you know using words to describe Cypress College and campus life is simply not enough. Short of being on campus and experiencing it in person, the next best thing is experiencing Cypress College through pictures.

How best to do that? Pinterest, of course.

For us, Pinterest is a view book through which our campus is showcased. Come visit us there and see the beauty of Cypress College – from the campanile to our art gallery to the spaces and places on campus and more (including the ducks!).

To follow us on Pinterest, click here.

Like our Pinterest boards and have photos to add? Email us here.

Campus Closed for Winter Holiday, Re-Opens January 4

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Cypress College is closed for the winter holiday. The campus re-opens on Monday, January 4.

During the winter break, students should have access to services such as myGateway and the campus Facebook page.

Classes for the spring semester begin on Monday, February 1, 2016.

From all of us at Cypress College, we wish you joy in the holidays you celebrate, happiness with your loved ones, and relaxation.

Public Invited to First Community Forum About Measure J Bond Program

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The public is invited to a community forum to learn about the Measure J Bond Program at Cypress College and to provide input into existing plans that will help shape the 20-year renovation of the Campus.

The first community forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, from 6-8 p.m. It will take place in the Cypress College Complex Building, Room 414. The forum is free, though an RSVP is requested to help determine a headcount of participants.

For those unable to attend the first forum, the program will be repeated on Wednesday, July 29, also from 6-8 p.m., and also in CCCPLX-414. The RSVP for that date is available here.

The input of community members is an important component of the College’s effort to design and build the best possible facilities. View the invitation here.

Members of the campus community were invited to participate in a forum on May 18 (read the meeting summary) and an additional internal forum will will be held on August 27, from 2-4 p.m.

Cypress College’s educational facilities — including the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics classrooms and labs — will be transformed during the next 20 years as a result of Measure J. In addition to the STEM disciplines, the many other projects include renovation of the Fine Arts Building, expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center. Measure J passed by a supermajority (55%) of the voters in the District on November 4, 2014. The bond will provide $574 million Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District for facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses: Fullerton College, Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.

Cypress College’s vision for the future of the campus is detailed in the Educational and Facilities Master Plan. Revisions to the projects and goals will be guided by our stakeholders, including students, employees, and the community.

‘elumni’ Association Launched in Advance of 50th Anniversary

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Cypress College has started a free "elumni association" as the 50th anniversary approaches.
Cypress College has started a free “elumni association” as the 50th anniversary approaches.

 

As the 50th anniversary of Cypress College approaches, we are pleased to announce the official formation of our free “elumni association.” Our goal is to reconnect with our students in advance of a festive anniversary celebration.

For starters, we’ll be sharing some old photographs and asking you to share the memories they trigger — in the style of “You know you went to Cypress College when …”

Feel free to post your own photos on the Facebook page.

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WiFi Upgrades Completed for Start of Spring

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Accessing Cypress College’s wireless network is easier and more reliable than ever. More than 120 new wireless access points have been added across campus to improve internet access at the College.

The campus Academic Computing staff installed and configured the connections to improve wireless coverage within conference rooms, classrooms and lobby areas. Additionally, augmented wireless coverage was provided to campus athletic fields.Expansion of wireless network coverage will continue with the installation of exterior access points in the next few weeks. This will provide enhanced coverage outside buildings, in Gateway Plaza, and around the pond.Academic Computing staff will continue to monitor usage across the network to aid in planning a second phase of the project.

Charger Café Offers Culinary Tour Around the World

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The Charger Café is embarking on a culinary tour around the world this semester!

Each week the cafe will feature an authentic culinary​ dish as the weekly special. The first stop is India. The tour will continue to Vietnam, Spain, Thailand, Iran, Greece, Japan, Korea, France, Malaysia, Jamaica, India, Argentina, Thailand, and El Salvador. The specials are available Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  (or until all meals are sold).

The Charger Café is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chargercafecypresscollege.

This week’s menu:

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA – It’s spicy! This dish features bbq chicken marinated with yogurt and Indian spices then simmered to perfection in a creamy masala curry sauce. It is accompanied by a side of “Channa Dal” or garbanzo beans and a side of fragrant basmati rice. Then we top this dish off with two house-made crispy vegetarian samosas (like an empanada) with our spicy cilantro chutney and sweet & sour tamarind chutney (dipping sauce). Featured at a special price of $6.49+tax, this dish will sure be the most economical way to travel to India! Also you can add a fountain drink for $1.00+tax.

PANEER TIKKA MASALA – Paneer is an Indian cheese that is like no other. When cooked its got a consistency of firm tofu, can be grilled, fried, or baked without melting and yet and its got a very unique creamy, cheesy fragrance and flavor. In this dish, we feature everything that is featured in the Chicken Tikka Masala dish except we substitute the bbq chicken for paneer for those of you who don’t eat meat. Our paneer is marinated with yogurt and our blend of Indian spices, then flash fried to lock in the flavors and simmered in a creamy masala curry sauce. This is also featured at a special price of $6.49+tax and $1.00+tax more with a fountain drink. 

VEGETABLE SAMOSAS – Like an empanada, Indian Samosas are fried doughy fritters traditionally filled with potato carrots and peas. We wrap our samosas the Pakistani way with a crispy thin egg roll skin. Don’t judge these fritters by their small size, they are packed with flavor and punch! Dunk it in our house-made spicy cilantro chutney and our house-made tamarind chutney for flavor explosion. At 2 for $1.00+tax they make great appetizers or a snack to go!

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Photo of Cypress College Students on State Chancellor’s Facebook Cover

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Here is something pretty cool: Cypress College is the cover photo for the California Community Colleges Facebook page! If you haven’t already, this is great page to visit and to like.

Also, a “did you know”: Cypress College is one of 112 colleges in the CA Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation.

A little background on the photograph:

The photograph was taken by Derrick Coleman, a student and part-time employee in the Cypress College Office of Campus Communications, at our first “Legends of Hoops Night” on Friday, February 21, 2014. At the event, 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. Coach Johnson was also recognized for his earlier induction into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.

More information and a photographs from Cypress College’s first “Legends of Hoops Night” are available in a gallery.

‘Happy’ is a Thing at Cypress College

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We’ll need to fill in some detail when we get it, but it’s clearly a thing to be “Happy” at Cypress College.

The class project was for the Principles of Advertising class (MKT 103). Instructor Susan Hunter said the purpose of the assignment “was to create a video commercial for Cypress College entitled ‘Happy at Cypress College’ using the Pharrell Williams song as the background and the music video as the model. The uses of the commercial would be for prospective students and the community who might want to know more about a student’s perspective of Cypress College.”

To quote the irrepressible Pharrell Williams (who’s on a TV show with Cypress Alum Gwen Stefani):

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do