#CYProud: Mallory Roa (Artist Profile)

As part of our ongoing student profile series (#CYProud), we’re pleased to highlight the extraordinary work of Mallory Roa, a Cypress College Class of 2016 graduate who will continue her art and photography studies on full merit scholarship at the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute, School of Photography (founded by Ansel Adams and home to legends such as Annie Leibovitz, Lewis Baltz, and our very own Cypress College alumna Carly Cram).

Mallory is a brilliant talent – an artist in all respects. Her photos are vivid and real; not just beautiful images in and of themselves, but narratively compelling. In some sort of magical way, she is able to convey a sense of history and essence through imagery… a significance of place, past and person.

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Compelling narratives; frank exposures; implied complicity. 

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Original views of geometry, texture, light and skyscapes. 

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Visual tapestries; evocative captures of color and elements. 

Scrolling her beautiful Instagram feed, it’s clear that she puts much thought and time into composition and design, the use of color and shape, and the progression of images on a page. She has a great and rare instinct for both curating and creating.

We’re proud that she’ll continue to cultivate and showcase her artistry at one of the world’s very best institutes for creative talents.

Congratulations, Mallory, and best wishes!

#CypressCollege #Photography #Art

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Mallory Roa. Photo Credit: David Dugoncevic
Talented photographer-artist, Mallory Roa. Photo Credit: David Dugoncevic (who will also attend SFAI on merit scholarship)

Mallory Roa | Artist Statement:

I am a photographer from Southern California. I have also lived in Rome, Italy for a semester. Traveling has brought awareness into my life. I work primarily in the studio and extremely manipulated and controlled environments. I find comfort in control, predictability, and symmetry. My portraits are printed in large scale to aid in creating an intimate, intense, and overwhelming experience. The broad themes in my work are identity, intimacy, and socio-etc commentary. I am also interested in the body image, gender identity, sexuality, virginity, finality of death, introversion, depression and anxiety, HSP tendencies, aphasia, and interpersonal connections. I look forward to living in a place where I am free to pose questions like “How can I be a feminist if I am rejecting my gender?”

My practice is centered on interpersonal relationships and how we view, interact, and stereotype those around us. Social justice is a major theme in my work. “The Generations” are sets of portraits of generational gaps in a family’s lineage. It comments on the physical aspects we pass along and genetics, as well as formality and honor. “Smokin’ Lesbians” is a light-hearted project with a play on words focusing on a group of people who can feel extremely objectified in public. Inspired by Richard Avedon, “Private Moment. Public Space.” is a street portrait exploration of first impressions and the image I impose on a subject. One of my older works, ”Match The Couples” was a survey and study conducted in my local art program that asked survey-takers to blindly match portraits of people into coupled pairs. Given no information, the intent was to discover how prevalent heterosexism, a system of attitudes and biases in favor of the opposite-sex sexuality and relationships, is in a small part of our society. Conducted in the art department, I expect that the results are still generous at 17.9% of participants choosing two heterosexual and two homosexual couples.

I am drawn to artists that explore the human condition. I am drawn to someone oppressed by societal standards in Catherine Opie’s “Self-Portrait,” people designated different at birth in Martin Schoeller’s “Identical,” or those governed by life choices in Rineke Dijkstra’s “Mothers” and “Bull Fighters”. Richard Avedon’s “In the American West” and Diane Arbus’ practices have given me the appreciation of people, their diversity, and rituals of portraiture. Other influences stem from artist’s genuine and pure curiosity of the seemingly mundane, such as John Divola’s “As Far As I Could Get” and Bernd and Hilla Becher’s “Water Towers”.

We plan to profile Mallory’s extraordinary portfolio (and other standout student artists, alums and faculty) with a rolling video narrative come summer. Stay tuned.
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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. And85%+ 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

 

From Cypress to Stanford

Danial Shakeri with fellow Cypress College alum, Jennifer Franco - now a USC graduate, Class of 2016.
Danial Shakeri with fellow Cypress College alum, Jennifer Franco – now a USC graduate, Class of 2016.

While we often hear of students who transfer from Cypress to the UC’s and CSU’s, we don’t tell as much as we should the many stories of those who move on to top private institutions like Stanford, the Ivies, select liberal arts colleges, and top art institutes.

Danial Shakeri’s story is one worth telling. Since he was a kid, he had his sights set on Stanford University. He pursued admission the traditional route: graduating at the top of his class at Los Alamitos High, he applied….

But – as is the case for many high-achievers – didn’t get in.

Though he had offers at other great schools, Danial was all about Stanford. A smart guy, he knew that Cypress provided another way to get that admissions offer he so desired. With a brother that went from Cypress to UC Irvine and who spoke highly of the quality of education and transfer opportunities available, Danial decided to follow an alternative educational path by foregoing on the immediate four-year options and enrolling at Cypress instead.

From the get-go, he laid out a two year plan: get heavily involved in campus life – serve as an Associated Students Senator and then as A.S. President, get involved in the Honors Program, tutor in the Library Learning Resource Center – and do well academically (of course).

So he did all of those things, sent off his transfer application… and this time around was accepted. He graduated from Stanford in 2014 with a degree in Computer Science (he was accepted as a Psychology major and then switched while at Stanford his first year). He now works at Microsoft’s headquarters in Washington State.

Cypress has many stories of success similar to that of Danial’s – those who didn’t want to “settle” for any one school, and instead enroll at Cypress with the goal of transferring to their dream college or university. There are many others who move on from Cypress first to the UC’s and CSU’s, and to then to institutions like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and MIT for graduate degrees.

If you’re interested in transferring from Cypress to Stanford – or similarly select schools – the key is to do well academically and to score high on the required SAT. Make sure that you also get involved in campus opportunities, and that you are able to clearly articulate in your transfer application how your personal narrative is unique. What obstacles have you overcome? How will you contribute to the university’s active community life and rigorous academic environment? Be specific by linking your interests to research areas or institutes of study at Stanford. Also, seek out professors and mentors who can write you strong letters of recommendation.

Those were a few pieces of advice offered to our Puente and Honors students on a recent visit to Stanford. Each of the speakers on our “Community College to Stanford” panel had a very compelling narrative. They had all overcome significant personal and financial struggles to find their distinct intellectual passions.

From left to right in the below photo, a brief overview of their stories:

Community College to Stanford panel.
Community College to Stanford panel.

Far Left, Electrical Engineering  – Grew-up without a father, much financial hardship; moved around a lot as a kid; has a story similar to that of Daniel’s in that knew he wanted to go to Stanford and knew community college could get him there; checked-off all the right boxes by getting involved; scored high on the SAT; sought out mentors.

His advice: “Have mentors for everything. There are people you’ll admire because they have strong families, others for professional reasons, etc…. maintain contact with those who inspire you and don’t hesitate to reach out to them for advice throughout your life.

Second to Left, Theoretical Math – Also grew-up with an absent father (who moved back to Brazil when he was a child); very poor background; from the Mid-West; didn’t pursue college after high school, instead worked a variety of service jobs for many years – at Jamba Juice, at a movie theater, in retail, etc. … until finally, he decided that he needed to make change so he enrolled at his local community college. He had always had an interest in math, and really found his passion through self-learning and while at community college.

Advice – “There are plenty of really great schools. While I do love Stanford, I’m sure that I would have been just as happy at Berkeley or UCSD…. or many other places for that matter.”

Third to Left: History + Education – Was a foster child who moved through multiple homes in the San Fernando Valley here in Southern CA. In her twenties, she enrolled at East LA College; did very well and won the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke scholarship, which awards some of the nation’s brightest and most promising students with up to $40,000 per year for four years of university study.

Right, Political Science  – Had to take care of sick mother and siblings early in high school… dropped out to do so and worked a variety of retail jobs for a number of years. Eventually, she got involved with GreenPeace (she had always had an interest in politics and environmental issues). She advanced professionally through the years and did well… so well in fact that political campaigns began to seek her advisory input. In her late twenties, she was told that she absolutely needed a degree to advance. At 30 years of age she enrolled at Santa Monica College. Though she felt out of place she focused and did well. She took her GED exam to finish high school. After completing her undergraduate Associates for Transfer (AS-T) courses at Santa Monica College she took the SAT in order to apply to the best of the best four-year institutions… and was accepted into Stanford.

Worried about the financial burden of attending a top private institution like Stanford? In addition to a needs-blind admissions policy, Stanford just announced earlier this year that it will waive all fees for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year.

If Stanford is your dream school, know that others from community colleges – including Cypress – have transferred.

#CypressCollege #Stanford #Honors #Puente #Transfers

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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. And85%+ 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

 

 

Gravitational Waves – Cypress students involved in groundbreaking research

STEM(2) students with CSUF Physics Professor Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace (center).
STEM(2) students with CSUF Physics Professor Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace (center).

The impacts of stars colliding into one another in the far depths of space, collapsing into black holes billions of years back can now be detected (and Cypress students played a part in the discovery!). This is a momentous breakthrough for physics; one that confirms Albert Einstein’s abstract, 100 year old intuition that gravity is impacted – though on an exceptionally small scale – by galactic events.

Like ripples on a pond, these cosmic excitations pool into our universe and traverse the cosmos as gravitational waves, bending both space and time in their travels. The impact had on our so-called reality is imperceptible… so extraordinarily small and subtle that Einstein himself couldn’t imagine we would ever have the capacity to detect their existence.

As of this year we do. Decades of research, billions of dollars in funding, tens of thousands of scientists from around the globe have developed two Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO) located here in the U.S. (Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA), equipped with an instrument sensitive enough to measure gravitational waves.

Cypress alum and current CSUF Physics student Eric Muniz (center) creating a simple demonstration of gravitational waves. Photograph via the OC Register, Michael Golding.
Cypress alum and current CSUF Physics student Eric Muniz (center) creating a simple demonstration of gravitational waves. Photograph via Michael Golding of the OC Register for the article “CSUF physics students explain their passion for astrophysics,” March 16, 2016.

Taking part in the cutting-edge research are two Cypress College scholars: recent graduate Eric Muniz and current Physics student Sam Rodriguez (Cypress College, Class of 2016). Through our STEM^2 Program’s summer research partnership with Cal State University, Fullerton, both Eric and Sam participated in theoretical modeling at CSUF’s Institute of Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy. Eric, for example, joined a team working in optics experimentation and scattered light characterization. In follow-up, both have chosen to continue their undergraduate studies at the Institute, working alongside renowned faculty like Assistant professor of physics Geoffrey Lovelace, a Ph.D. graduate of Caltech (and former student of legendary Nobel prizewinner Richard Feynman!) who has dedicated his career to studying the extreme space-time around black holes using supercomputers.

We are pleased and proud of Eric and Sam and wish them the very best in their future scientific pursuits. For us, it’s pretty awesome that in some small way our institution – via their contributions – is tied to this tremendous scientific discovery.

Dr. Lovelace’s incredible presentation to our Cypress College STEM^2 Program this past April will be posted within the week. He makes the science of gravitational waves – their formation and detection – understandable (lots of cool space visuals ;), and thus all the more mind-bendingly amazing.  To view a gallery of photos from the event, please access the STEM(2) FB album.

Gravitational Waves – a fascinating presentation by CSUF Professor Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace 

#STEM #Physics #GravitationalWaves #Discovery #CSUF
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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. And85%+ 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 STEM Students Tour SpaceX

STEM (2) students tour SpaceX, March 2016.
Cypress College STEM (2) students tour SpaceX facilities in Hawthorne, CA. March 2016.

Space X designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space travel, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

Hard to beat that mission statement.

For engineers, adventurists, and brand enthusiasts alike, Space X is one of the most glamorous companies to follow.

Imagine working there.

If you have the right background, you can (and Cypress can launch you towards that end… ;)

Our STEM(2) students got a first look at how. In a special Saturday, March 19th event exclusive to family and friends of SpaceX personnel, 16 of our CC students toured the facilities, met with employees and had lunch at the company’s Hawthorne headquarters (where the rockets are manufactured).

STEM(2) Lunch at SpaceX facilities in Hawthorne, CA. March 2016.
Cypress College STEM(2) Lunch at SpaceX facilities in Hawthorne, CA. March 2016.

SpaceX is arguably one of the most innovative companies in the world today.

Achievements include:

  • The first privately funded, liquid-fueled rocket (Falcon 1) to reach orbit (28 September 2008)
  • The first privately funded company to successfully launch (by Falcon 9) orbit and recover a spacecraft (Dragon) (9 December 2010)
  • The first private company to send a spacecraft (Dragon) to the International Space Station (25 May 2012)
  • The first private company to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit (SES-8, 3 December 2013)
  • The first landing of a first stage orbital capable rocket (Falcon 9) (22 December 2015 1:40 UTC)

For those who haven’t had the privilege of attending in-person, here’s an online tour via CEO Elon Musk.

For more information on the day or to be involved in future STEM events, please contact our Cypress College STEM(2) Program Director Yanet Garcia.

#CypressCollege #STEM #SpaceX

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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. And85%+ 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 Puente @ UC Berkeley

Cypress College Puente Program visits UC Berkeley, March 2016.
Cypress College Puente Program visits UC Berkeley, March 2016.

With a 100% retention rate and a transfer rate of nearly 70%, the Puente Project at Cypress College is one of the strongest, most successful programs on campus.

Open to all underserved minority students, Puente helps those from low-income, underrepresented communities transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges and universities. At the start of each academic year, a cohort of 30-some students embark on an intensive year-long curriculum in which they are brought up to speed in college-level writing, given access to cultural events and university trips, paired with a professional mentor and imbued with the infectious Sí, se puede Puente spirit – Yes, you can accomplish what you set out to achieve. Through this process of academic growth and camaraderie they become Puentistas – poised to successfully move on to the next steps in their educational and personal paths.

For some of our Puentistas that next step is UC Berkeley – one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Our Puente students transfer to and succeed at Cal in impressive fashion, and then move on to successful career and life paths.

Two examples are Jesus Madrigal and Gaby Estella Garcia, both of whom our current crew of Puentistas had the pleasure of meeting on a recent Northern University Trip in March. Jesus and Gaby are 2013 Cypress/Puente alums and 2015 UC Berkeley graduates. Jesus transferred to Cal as a junior after completing his general education course requirements at Cypress. He is currently a Ph.D. Russian Literature candidate at Berkley. When he finishes his dissertation (in many years to come!), he plans to teach on the East Coast, preferably in New York (he was also accepted for a Ph.D. program at Columbia University). Gaby also graduated from Cal last year and is now working as a marketing contractor for Google in the Bay area.

2013 Cypress College / Puente alums and 2015 UC Berkeley graduates.
2013 Cypress College / Puente alums and 2015 UC Berkeley graduates.

Gaby and Jesus’ stories are especially notable in that they both started at Cypress as remedial students. They credit Puente as having transformed their lives – getting them through English 60 and 100 and then on to subsequent academic success. They fully embraced the Sí, Se Puede ethos – they worked hard and smart, sought out great professors and guidance, set lofty goals… and transferred with distinction.

Cypress has thousands of similar student stories: individuals who started at the base of the academic tier and are now doctors, lawyers, industry creatives, professors, community leaders, the list goes on. By improving individual lives, Puente –and many other academic and cultural programs at Cypress – contributes to positive local change.

Whether you’re enrolled in a program similar to Puente or not, UC Berkeley is a viable option for Cypress College/California Community College (CCC) students. Currently, Cal accepts approximately 25 percent of CCC transfers. This figure is set to increase as UC Berkeley plans to admit greater percentages of transfer students in coming years. As a whole, transfer students have clearly demonstrated their academic value to the UC’s. In fact, nearly 30% of all UC graduates started at a California community college, and nearly half of all UC graduates in the STEM fields are California Community College transfer students.

UC Berkeley Office of Admission Transfer Panel, March 2016.
UC Berkeley Office of Admissions Transfer Panel, March 2016.

So how to transfer to Cal? Some advice from the Office of Admissions and student panel that spoke to our Cypress Puente group: 1) Fill out your applications to a tee – don’t miss deadlines, signatures or documents; 2) Ensure that your personal statement details your unique, compelling narrative – how have your experiences shaped you to be a more resilient person? How will you contribute to the Cal community? Candidates that can show how they’ve overcome diversity, demonstrate that they are broad-minded thinkers with life experiences in-tow – these are individuals that the Office of Admissions may be more apt to recognize as contributors to the intellectual vibrancy and diversity of the institution; 3) Don’t be afraid of a few “W’s” on your transcript, but definitely explain a whole slew of them by attaching an addendum to your application; 4) Recommendation letters from professors who know you well is, of course, a plus; 5) While the Admissions Office doesn’t discard any application based on GPA (they read them all!), aim for at least a 3.0 (the higher the better).

In addition to this Cal visit, Puente students spent the remaining two days of their Northern Trip touring other top-notch transfer options, including: Stanford, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. Students came away with a feel for each campus, and first-hand insight into the fact that transferring is definitely doable. Sí, se puede!

For a photo tour of our Puente visit to Cal, access the full gallery posted on Facebook. Also, the Transfer Center offers numerous transfer tours throughout the year. These are free to all Cypress students. For upcoming tours and additional information access the Cypress College Transfer Center page.

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Cypress College is recognized as one of California’s top community colleges. Recent 2015-16 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. And85%+ 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.

– 75 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles

– 25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

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#CypressCollege #PuenteProgram #StudentSuccess #Transfer #CalCommColleges

 

Associated Students Hosts Women’s Recognition Awards

The Associated Students hosted their annual Women’s Recognition Awards last week to cap Women’s History Month. A.S. President and Student Ambassador Angel Garcia, who contributes to @Cypress and the College Twitter feed, reports here on the event.


Women's Recognition Awardees 2016

The Associated Students hosted our annual Women’s Recognition Awards last Wednesday, March 30th to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Women's Recognition 2016

 In this ceremony, we recognize the wonderful women (staff, faculty, administration, and students) on campus for their hard work and dedication to Cypress College. To better gauge as to who to recognize, ballots were given to everyone on campus to nominate women for these categories: Rising Leader, Most Dedicated, Most Inspirational, Most Contributing, Most Warmhearted, and Woman of the Year.

Women's Recognition Students 2016Associated Students Chief of Staff Lona Redd was the head coordinator of this event, and the rest of the AS team helped make it all happen. Student Trustee Tanya Washington and I hosted the ceremony, and we were joined by Vice President of Campus Activities Amanda Aros and AS Committee Member Perla Bravo, who presented the awards.

Women's Recognition 2016 Karen Cant

We are very grateful to have had two amazing speakers at our event: Cypress College Vice President Karen Cant and Legacy Program Coordinator and Social Sciences Professor Regina Rhymes. Both of these amazing ladies shared their personal experiences as women working in their fields, and inspired all of us by proving the quote, “Women hold up half of the sky,” being true.

Women's Recognition Awards 2016 Lark Crumpler

Many tears were shed once Student Ambassador Coordinator and Outreach Manager Lark Crumpler was recognized as the Woman of the Year. Although many different people on campus agreed with awarding her with this prestigious award, she was still genuinely surprised! As I wrote the script for this event, I found it incredibly easy describing her dedication and sincerity.

Other award winners include:
Rising Leader
Student Trustee Tanya Washington
AS President Angel Garcia
MEChA Vice President Anissa Garcia
AS Vice President of Campus & District Affairs Rae Gelvin

Most Dedicated
STEM Director/Counselor Yanet Garcia
Dean of Library/Learning Resource Center Dr. Treisa Cassens
Professional Development Coordinator Mary Forman
Professional Development Coordinator Peggy Austin

Most Inspirational
Admissions & Records Specialist Akilah Courtney
Dean of Social Sciences Nina DeMarkey
Puente Program Coordinator/Counselor Dr. Therese MosquedaPonce
Legacy Program Coordinator/Social Sciences Professor Regina Rhymes

Most Contributing
Admissions and Records Specialist and Veterans Program Official Christy Davis
Cypress College Vice President Karen Cant
Honors Program Counselor and Transfer Center Director Penny Gabourie
Career Tech Professor Kathleen Reiland
Executive Assistant Ty Volcy

Most Warmhearted
Social Sciences Division Administrative Assistant Nancy Pound
Career Tech Counselor and Specialist Jane Jepson
Communications Office Outreach/Marketing Assistant Tracy Bassett
EOPS/CARE and CalWorks Program Coordinator Lili PerezStroud
Admissions and Records Administrative Assistant Nahid Salkovieh

Honorable Mentions
Academic Senate President and Mortuary Science professor Jolena Grande
Student Equity Director Ashley Griffith
EOPS/CARE Manager Elaine Lipiz Gonzalez
EOPS Specialist Ashley Berry
EOPS Specialist Leilani Matanguihan


Check out #AskAngel every Tuesday from 2-3 PM on Twitter!

Calling All Bookworms: Language Arts and Honors Booksale

Lang Arts and Honors Booksale 2016 Web

Love to read? Does the sight of a pile of books to peruse bring a smile to your face? If this sounds like you, then the Language Arts Division & the Honors Program have you covered this week!

The Booksale is in full swing beginning today. Here’s the key info:

What: Fiction, non-fiction, and textbooks
Prices: Paperbacks: $.50, Hardbacks: $.75, Textbooks: $1.50
When: April 4th-7th
Where: Language Arts Lobby (Humanities Building, 2nd Floor)
All proceeds from the sale will benefit scholarships to Cypress Students. Come find your next read!

Women’s History Month: Student Angel Garcia Shares Her Perspective

Women’s History Month wrapped up yesterday. Associated Students President and Student Ambassador Angel Garcia, who contributes to @Cypress and the College Twitter feed, here shares her personal reflections on women’s issues, feminism, and social justice.


While I usually have my #AskAngel hour on Twitter and my Top 10 lists, I am grateful that I am able to contribute to the college discussion in another way – By writing about a passion of mine. As Women’s History Month comes to an end, my liberation as a woman and dedication for social justice remains strong and alive.

On March 6, 2016, the transnational feminist organization AF3IRM held an International Women’s Day March on the streets of Los Angeles. With cloudy skies and rain that whole week, Mother Nature kindly blessed the beautiful day with the sunshine that reflected our attitudes (however, also with harsh winds that easily represented our frustration as well). Hundreds of individuals with different backgrounds, cultures, and stories united in solidarity by walking alongside together for miles.

This march and rally was a celebration of women-Identifying our individual strength. However, it was also a harsh reality check for onlookers watching from the LA streets: Violence and injustice towards women is very real and must end. The different forms of expression included chants (“One, we are the women! Two, a little bit louder! Three, we want justice for our sisters!”), posters, instruments, and raised fists. The beautiful diversity shined within the hundreds and hundreds of participants, and this collective effort made it clear that the struggle goes beyond just gender.

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One side of the sign I had made throughout the march said, “It’s not feminism if it’s not intersectional.” The term intersectionality was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, which is defined as, “The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity.” Simply acknowledging the double standards between women and men, the gender wage gap, or the male dominated Hollywood industry is not feminism, although women like Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift seem to think so. In contrast, intersectionality addresses the entire struggle with various other factors that further oppress women compared to others. Of course, not all of us fit certain marginalized groups, but it is imperative that we stand together as allies for one another.

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The other side of my poster displayed, “If you are not angry, you are not paying attention.” I strongly advocate for staying informed, and if one does not understand as to why we are so angry… Well, ignorance is bliss. Although my arms began to ache after consistently raising this sign, the pain did not compare to my struggle as a woman of color. It can range from everyday microaggressions, to others’ prejudices based on my race and gender, and to my people still facing injustice today in this country and in the Philippines.

While this experience was phenomenal, especially since I had the opportunity to share space with feminists and feminists allies with similar ideals, the fight does not stop on International Women’s Day or Women’s History Month. Cultural changes within our country and the whole world are necessary, but it can all start with you. Open your mind, learn history, listen to others, stay informed.

I am very grateful to have been able to attend on behalf of the Associated Students and Club L.E.A.D. (Ladies Empowered and Determined), as well as the KmB (Kabataang maka-Bayan/Pro-People Youth) Organization.


Stay tuned for Angel’s coverage on the Associated Students’ annual Women’s Recognition Awards, which closed Women’s History Month by recognizing the wonderful women on our campus – staff, faculty, administration, and students.

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Cypress Supports A2MEND: 9th Annual African-American Male Summit

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A strong showing of Cypress College students, faculty, staff and administrators attended the impactful 9th Annual A2MEND summit on African American males, which brought together change-leaders from across the nation dedicated to the work of this year’s theme: ‘Moving the Needle: from Injustice to Equity.’ Over 700 conference participants engaged in three-days of dialogue and workshops to address collaborative ways of transforming institutional policies, procedures and practices to bridge racial equity gaps that exist in California Community Colleges. 

A2MEND, the African American Male Educational Network and Development organization, is comprised of African American male administrators who utilize their scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the community college system. The organization got its start in the summer of 2006 when six young African American male administrators attended a professional conference at UCLA. The conference addressed some of the difficulties facing African American men in higher education, yet presented few strategies to counter trends. Out of this void came A2MEND. It’s mission: transform the academic and professional landscape to create affirming environments for African Americans that support success.

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(Pictured: a few A2MEND founders)

A2MEND’s founding group of young men organized the first annual African American Male Summit in 2008. Faculty, staff, students and administrators from across the county gathered to share administrative and instructional strategies impacting the success of African American male students. The conversations were difficult, yet critical: Why are there such disparities in student success for African American males as compared to males of every other ethnic group? How can we support our African American men? How can we improve their educational and professional outlook? What instructional strategies and program support models are working? How do we measure success? Since that initial summit, thousands of individuals have had the opportunity to come together to discuss issues, strategies and solutions. 

In addition to providing a forum for practical dialogue, A2MEND supports a number of young African American male community college scholars with mentorship opportunities – support, guidance and networking – and scholarships. Mentees are assigned to an administrator who has demonstrated expertise, leadership and scholarship and is committed to the fostering the personal development and academic success of African American males. 

The A2MEND Mentorship program and scholarships are open to all African American male community college students. For more information please visit a2mend.org. Additional event photos here

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  (Pictured: 2016 #A2MEND scholars) #CypressCollege 

Cypress Bistro Opens for Spring

Calling all foodies! Did you know that Cypress offers gourmet cuisine that not only tastes amazing, but that is also quite photogenic? ;) And at a reasonable price?

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Welcome to the Cypress Bistro, where talented students from our School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management prep, cook, staff and manage a fine (yet casual) dining experience each and every Thursday, mid-February through mid-May. Under the guidance of an incredible team of faculty (who are also leading industry professionals), the Cypress Bistro serves up delicious themed lunch fare. For this season’s opening day, the Chef’s Tasting Menu featured an arugula and pickled beets salad with goat cheese mousse and lemon vinaigrette as a starter, a pan seared NY striploin with roasted potatoes, candied onions, brussel sprouts, corn puree and cabernet demi for an entree, and a vanilla bean crème brulèe with lavender shortbread and raspberries for dessert. Next week it’s on to a regional taste of New England.

Located at the Anaheim campus, the Cypress Bistro serves lunch from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (last seating is at 12:15). Limited reservations are available at the Friends and Family price of $10, including beverage. Lunch service will continue on Thursdays through May 19. Check out the complete list of featured cuisines for the semester here.

For reservations, please email Chef Tracey Heine with your full name and contact information. Come experience the fantastic food and delightful service provided by our outstanding students!

The Cypress Bistro is located on the first floor of Anaheim Campus, 1830 W. Romneya Drive Anaheim, CA 92801.