‘elumni’ Association Launched in Advance of 50th Anniversary

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.


WiFi Upgrades Completed for Start of Spring


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!


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

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






Cypress College Releases Annual Safety and Security Report


Cypress College’s 2014 Annual Security and Safety report is now available. The report meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act — which is intended to provide students and the public with access to information critical to their safety.

This year, the report contains a new section: Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment Guidelines. The change was made in response to new legislation.

The Campus Safety Department prepares this report annually to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies near our main campus and the North Orange County Community College District Office.

The report can be viewed at: http://news.CypressCollege.edu/Documents/2014-Annual-Safety-and-Security-Report.pdf. This year, the report is also being provided in digital book formats for popular devices, including Kindle, the iPhone, iPad, and Nook. Students were notified of its availability via the campus website, the myGateway portal, and the College’s social media properties.

If desired, paper copies of the report will be available through the Campus Safety Office.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it.

The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

League of Women Voters Hosting Registration Event

Members of the North Orange County League of Women Voters are hosting a “Register to Vote Campaign” on campus on Tuesday, September 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of the Student Activities Center.

The League is a non-partisan group. In addition to registering to vote in the November 4 general election on campus, online registration is available at http://www.registertovote.ca.gov/. Students from the Political Science Department and the Puente Program will assist with the effort.

Volunteers from the non-partisan League will set up information tables to encourage students, faculty, and staff members to register, or update their information, in order to vote in the November 2014 election. The League will also promote the new online voter registration. In addition to Tuesday’s event, the league will also have volunteers at the Anaheim Campus on Tuesday, September 23, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the first floor entryway.

Everything a voter needs to register, update their records, locate polling places, or view a personalized ballot is located at the League’s website: www.smartvoter.org.


September 12, 2014, @Cypress Newsletter from Dr. Simpson


Here is the September 12, 2014, edition of Dr. Simpson’s @Cypress newsletter.

This week’s headlines:

  • 16,071 Students Enrolled at Cypress College for 2014 Fall Semester
    > The College continues to operate at near-historic efficiency levels, with a census-date fill rate of 95%.
  • Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Selected as 2015 Americana Woman of the Year
  • League of Women Voters Hosting Registration
  • Club Rush on September 16 and 17
  • “This Week” and “They Said It” Features
  • Plus @Cypress Bonus Material, including a photographs from the STEM mentoring lunch, and information about the League of Women Voters registration drive.

Photo of the Week: Rainbow Over the Student Center

Rainbow over Cypress College (photo credit: James Hormel).
Rainbow over Cypress College (photo credit: James Hormel).

Yes it’s only Tuesday morning, but I’m perfectly comfortable declaring this as the “Photo of the Week.”

“Rainbow over Cypress College” was taken on Monday evening, about 7:30 p.m. by James Hormel, Cypress College’s Theater And Dance Department Chair. Cypress College’s Student Center Building and iconic campanile are seen in the foreground.