Puente in Pasadena – “Fly” – Kay & Mal Bruce – We Heart

Some of the most meaningful gifts are not those wrapped in pretty bows and packaging, but are instead experiences to be shared together. These are impactful gifts – ones that leave us with memories and new insights.

Thanks to the selflessly spirited generosity of one extraordinary couple, Kay and Mal Bruce, our Cypress Puente students were gifted an intangible – an experiential escape out on the town, a sophisticated night of dinner and historical theater in Downtown Pasadena.

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Puente Co-Director Dr. Therese Mosqueda Ponce with husband (left); Puente Co-Director Kathryn Sonne (Center); Kay and Mal Bruce (right).

The evening began indulgently at Bucca di Beppo, with multiple entrees, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts – all on the house courtesy of Kay and Mal.

Finished, our happy, yet overly satiated familia of 50+ students and staff made way to the Pasadena Playhouse for a special viewing of the theater hit “Fly.” This was a cultural experience to remember, one that allowed our primarily Latino students to better understand and connect with the African American experience in the US at the mid-point of the twentieth century – collective minority struggles for civil rights and basic human dignities.

Puente students at "Fly" - Pasadena Playhouse, February 2016.
Puente students at “Fly” – Pasadena Playhouse, February 2016.

Fly is a beautifully rendered artistic representation of one story in this period of time, that of the Tuskegee airmen, the first African-American aviators in the United States military. The play is set in 1943, a moment in dead-heat of world war, and also a time at which the U.S. military is segregated. A small cadre of brave pioneering pilots, the Tuskegee airmen, must fight two battles – with fascists abroad and bigots at home. Using just eight actors on one small stage the three-hour performance was impactful in its telling – incorporating interpretive dance and plays on light, song and sound to detail the pilots’ struggles, sacrifices and heroism. This was a gift to our students that will keep giving, an enriching experience of new knowledge gained and a compassion for struggle and respect shared.

Following the performance, students participated in an intimate Q&A with Fly’s cast and crew – all quite young, dynamic and inspirational.

Thank you again to our generous Cypress College Puente and Foundation benefactors Kay and Mal Bruce for such an impactful, extraordinary, intangible gift (and for the many years of laptops, supplies, donations and other quite tangible ones made to our deserving programs and students!). We <3 you ; )

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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

#CypressCollege #Puente #PasadenaPlayhouse #Fly

Puente on the Central Coast: Touring UC Santa Barbara & UC Santa Cruz

Puente and Honors students visiting UCSC (and the famed "Mystery Spot").
Puente and Honors students visiting UCSC (and the famed “Mystery Spot”).

Our Puente and Honors programs recently paid a visit to UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. Photo galleries of the tours are posted online (UCSB here; UCSC here). If you’re considering transferring to either campus, you’re in good stead: the University of California system is accepting more California Community College students. The best way to get a feel for each school is, of course, to take a tour. Our Cypress Transfer Center regularly offers free bus trips for Chargers interested in visiting a variety of four-year institutions throughout California (programs like Legacy, Puente and Honors do the same). Stay up-to-date on the transfer calendar for these valuable opportunities to explore potential transfer destinations.

Could your next school be UC Santa Barbara or UC Santa Cruz? While both are on the Central Coast, the look and feel of each are very different. Some comparative takeaways from our visit:

  1. Vibe

UCSB is an undergraduate focused research university with a relaxed, beach feel.
Bordering the beach and close to beautiful Santa Barbara, UCSB has a relaxed California feel – young, lively and active. The campus is filled with students and faculty, which gives it real vibrancy. Our student tour guides spoke with pride about the university’s research and undergraduate focus. Unlike other large universities, undergraduates at UCSB have the opportunity to collaborate with senior faculty on research projects, honors theses or by working directly with professors in the field or lab, which provide excellent resume and career building experiences.

UCSC is also an undergraduate focused research university, but with a relaxed woodsy feel.
Nestled in the trees on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, UCSC is an earthy, woodsy, beautiful campus. Though our group didn’t get to walk the campus on-foot (it was pouring slanted sheets of rain), we did take a guided bus tour around the perimeter. With so much natural beauty, the campus feels fairytale-like, ethereal. Students were very friendly, slightly quirky – in a great way – (a banana slug is their mascot – enough said). Their love of the university was evident. UCSC focuses a great deal on undergraduates and provides plenty of opportunity for students to engage in exciting research projects with senior faculty (one of our guides will be doing a marine biology project in the Greek Isles next year), and to develop friendships with professors. UCSC is particularly strong in the sciences.

2. Requisites – 

USCB – you’ll need a bike.
A bike is a requisite of UCSB life. People bike. Everywhere. Crossing the bike lanes requires caution – the traffic is real and sometimes chaotic.

UCSC – buy rain boots.
UCSC is located in prime Central Coast area, in the heart of California’s exquisite coastal forest. Students walk through wooded paths to get to most places on campus. Paths + rain = mud. Great fun, but proper footwear is needed. If you love the outdoors, you’ll probably really enjoy this location.

Diversity – 

Both campuses are diverse.
Stereotypes about UCSB are dated. The campus reflects the diversity of California. In fact, it was recently recognized as a Hispanic serving institution, meaning more than a quarter of its student body identifies as Latino. The College has a strong Chicano Studies program, which primes students for careers in public service, law and advocacy.

UCSC is the most diverse UC campus. It is also a Hispanic serving institution, and was recently named first in the nation among top 50 colleges for Hispanic/Latino students.

Puente students conversed with professors of the UCSB Chicano Studies Department.
Puente students conversed with professors of the UCSB Chicano Studies Department.

3. Faculty – 

UCSB has six nobel laureates.
UCSB’s renowned faculty includes six winners of Nobel prizes for landmark research in chemistry, physics and economics. University professors also include numerous Fulbright recipients, Guggenheim grantees, MacArthur fellows, the list goes on…

UCSC has involved faculty, top in their fields.
UCSC faculty are also the recipients of many prized distinctions including National Medals of Science, Sloan Fellowships, National Science Foundation awards and other prestigious recognitions. Full list here. Our guides praised the faculty on their approachability and the quality of their teaching – two very important factors in student success.

4. Alumni – 

UCSB has many alums in the entertainment industry.
Jack Johnson – singer, musician / Gwyneth Paltrow – actress & entrepreneur / Michael Douglass – actor & producer (recent donor of a new film and digital media facility) / Benjamin Bratt – actor.

UCSC has many top-notch science, engineering and mathematics professionals. More here.

5. Social Scene – 

UCSB  is known for being lively.
Google provides plenty of info.

UCSC is known for being more laid-back and club-oriented.
Campus clubs are a big activity. There’s a club for just about any interest. Also, students tend to study abroad or spend a semester at another U.S. institution on an exchange program.

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After visiting both campuses, our Puentistas and Honors students could clearly tell whether they fell more in the UCSB potential student camp or that of UCSC – two very different institutions, yet both so great. Again, photo galleries of each are posted online (UCSB; UCSC).

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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.

75 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles

25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

#Cypress College #Puente #Honors #Transfer #UCSB #UCSC

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!

STEM Industry Partner: Edison Grant Supports Astronomy Program

Cypress College Astronomy

(Photo Credit: Edison International)

Cypress College regularly partners with industry to strengthen classroom studies so that students are better prepared for career opportunities and transfer to some of the nation’s best universities and liberal arts colleges. Southern California Edison (SCE) has done much to support our programs, faculty innovation, and student success. With guidance from CC Foundation Board Member and SCE Local Public Affairs Manager, Janelle Bader, Cypress secured a $25,000 grant in 2013 from SCE’s parent company Edison International, to fund science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies .

Astronomy Professor Michael Frey received $5,000 of the grant to buy a 10-inch Meade Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, which is larger and more advanced than other telescopes owned by the College. Frey uses the instrument to give students and the community high-powered views of above. During select days of the semester you can catch him in action by the Pond, both during the day (with students observing the sun, pictured above), or at one of the several evening “star parties” (open to the community) that he hosts in collaboration with the Astronomy Club. Frey also takes students on field trips, including to Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert (photo below).

In an interview with Inside Edison, Frey describes how through astronomy he feels connected to the past:

“I name the stars, then have the students name them. I tell them the ancient names of the stars, that our ancestors were people just like you and me and that they have mouthed the words of the ancients, connecting them to the past.”

A view of the night sky from Joshua Tree:

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(Photo Credit: Edison International)

Michael Kavanaugh, Manager of Systems Technology at the College, is a former student of Professor Frey. He was so inspired by Frey’s teaching and the course material that he now volunteers his time to help Frey with astronomy events. For Inside Edison, Kavanaugh describes the power of the Meade Ritchey-Chrétien telescope on a recent trip to the desert:

“We saw this big blue ball — Neptune — and Uranus and nine of the planets one night. The image was so bright that I had to put on sunglasses.

Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment at SCE, spoke with Inside Edison about the value that that Edison International sees in students getting this type of experience:

“As an energy company, we recognize the skills needed for our future workforce and business growth as well as the country. So we focus our educational funding on programs that prepare students to excel in the STEM fields.”

Frey and the College are planning future steps for the astronomy program, including an observatory and planetarium in a brand new Science, Engineering, and Math building that will be constructed under the Measure J Bond Program, which voters approved in November 2014. The Meade Ritchey-Chrétien and other telescopes, which currently have to be hauled out for each viewing event, will have a permanent home in the observatory.

Frey and Kavanaugh exemplify the dedication and innovation that Cypress faculty and staff are able to bring to their jobs with the support of the community. A big thank you to Jenelle Bader, Edison, and all of the College’s partners who make this type of service to our students possible!
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#Cypress College #STEM #Industry #Partnerships #Astronomy

#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

 

Art Gallery March/April Exhibitions

Through April 14, 2016, two beautiful new exhibits in our Cypress College Art Gallery

Tales That Must be Told: 
Contemporary Narrative Art
Curated by Siobhan McClure

Artists: David Balin, John Frame, Wendell Gladstone, Julie Heffernan, Nathan Huff, David Jien, Melissa Kauk Macias, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Tom Knechtel, Laura Krifka, Siobhan McClure, Tom Miller, Kristen Morgin, Yoshi Sakai, Kate Savage, Devin Troy Strother, Eve Wood. 

Cypress College Art Gallery is pleased to present Tales That Must Be Told: Contemporary Narrative Art a group exhibition of contemporary art curated by Siobhan McClure. The telling of tales with paint can be traced back to cave paintings and was central to art making until the mid 20th century. Once, the meaning of these visual tales was clear to the intended audience; cultures were homogeneous and symbolism was shared. Over time we lost all or part of the tales imbedded in the imagery, yet the desire to tell or see visual tales did not dissipate. Today’s narrative paintings are products of this history. Shared cultural references have dissolved, and in their place are highly personal narratives. “Personal” is the key word since all of the artists in this group are creating personal tales. Sometimes they integrate or transform scraps of old tales into new ones while at other times they fabricate completely new tales. Often, the specifics of old tales are not readily apparent although a sense of meaning and tone can be grasped. Unlike their predecessors, these contemporary narrative artists are comfortable with this ambiguity, with multiple interpretations of their tales. Their images are not detached from meaning nor are their tales without purpose. They are tales they are compelled to tell.

IN THE PROJECT SPACE: Frido Evers: Letter to Pauli

Curated by Merete Steiro Mortensen

The theme of Norwegian artist Frido Evers’ large-scale installation titled Letter to Pauli is a cascading spectacle of the universe, grounded in the harsh materialism of the earth. It shows us our predicament as finite stargazers knee-deep in mud. Making use of high-tech equipment, always probing deeper towards the limit of human capability, the precision of Evers’ manual craftsmanship forms a tangible contrast to his oeuvres’ ephemeral atmosphere.

Herein lie the traces of a working humanity, exemplified by the decomposing industrial ruins that frequents as his motives. Juxtaposed to an indefinite space over and above our worldly efforts, it catapults the mind to a sublimated state where the duality absolves and we’re left with the relativity of a universe where no absolute point of view can be determined.

Evers’ work is not just a manifestation of an Apollonian creator reveling in his own splendidness; rather, it incites the desire of creativity in the perceiver, inviting us to come along for a while on the journey that never ends as long as we’re still around to take part in it.

 

Tales That Must be Told

April 15 2016 Frido Marquee

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Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 am – 2 pm. The gallery is closed Friday, except by appointment. The Art Gallery is located on the Cypress College campus: 9200 Valley View, Cypress, CA 90630. For more information, please call 714.484.7139

#CypressCollege #ArtGallery #OrangeCountyArt #GalleryExhibition

 

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. 

 

Bruno Serato, 2012 Americana Man of the Year, Honored by Pope

The number of American families that struggle to get enough food has increased in recent years. The impacts of food insecurity have been especially hard on youth. As of 2013, one in five children in the U.S. were at risk of hunger. Here in Orange County that figure is higher: nearly one in four of our youngest residents are unsure of where their next meal will come from. (Source: OC Food Access Coalition)

2012 Americana Man of the Year Bruno Serato has been addressing this issue for over a decade. Since 2005, the restaurateur and owner of the historic, award-winning Anaheim White House has served healthy meals of substance free of charge to disadvantaged children throughout Orange County. He has done so every night of the week for the last eleven years through his nonprofit foundation “Caterina’s Club,” which he named after his mother, Caterina Lunardi, who inspired Bruno’s charitable spirit and the organization’s mission. That has equated to over a million hot meals provided to grateful, hungry children throughout our local communities. As CNN so rightly highlighted, Bruno is truly a hero.

For such extraordinary, tireless philanthropy, Serato and his organization have received extensive praise and recognition. Now, adding to the long list of honors is a personal blessing by Pope Francis on behalf of the Vatican.

Following an appearance on Vatican TV this February and a feature in a leading Catholic newspaper, Serato received well wishes and a holy rosary blessed by the pontiff. The Pope also extended his praise and gratitude to the volunteers and supporters of Caterina’s Club who have helped the organization do so much over the last eleven years.

In the Orange County Breeze, Serato commented:

“The Pontiff’s gift completely floored me…I had no idea that I was even on his radar. I am so honored. My greatest pleasure in accepting this holy rosary is that it calls attention to the very real issue facing one of the wealthiest regions of the nation – innocent children are going to bed hungry each night.”

Bruno and Caterina’s Club largely focus their efforts on “motel children,” whose low-income families face a daily risk of foregoing on meals. In a 2010 interview with the Huffington Post, he described how it all began:

“I became aware of the motel children’s plight five years ago when I visited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim with my mother, Caterina. There was a little kid at 4 p.m. eating potato chips, and the director told me it was his dinner. I said, ‘What do you mean it is his dinner?’ My mother told me, ‘I think we should do it.’ I said, ‘Do what?’ My mother said, ‘Serve them pasta.'”

That first night, they fed eighty kids living in local motels. In the years since, the program has expanded beyond Orange County to feed more than 1,200 children every day at 25 sites in 12 Southern California cities. Serato has even expanded the reach of Caterina’s Club to Texas, Chicago and New York.

Bruno has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to his mission even at times of duress. During the onset of the Great Recession, greater numbers of children started showing up for meals. At the same time, his restaurant profits fell by nearly 40 percent. To keep the program running, Serato mortgaged his home… twice.

Through Caterina’s Club, Serato has expanded his philanthropic work yet further. The recently established “Welcome Home” program helps families with the upfront funds needed – first and last month’s rent and security deposits – to leave motel housing and move into more adequate living spaces. To date, Caterina’s Club has successfully relocated nearly 100 families.

The honors from the Pope are the latest in a string for Serato, who has also been knighted by the Italian government, named a CNN Hero, given a humanitarian award on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, and been profiled in numerous television programs, newspapers, and magazines.

Congratulations, Bruno, for this recognition, and our sincerest gratitude to you (and your supporters) for all that you do to enhance our communities!

The 41st Annual Americana Awards will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel.

 

L/LRC 10-Year Anniversary

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Just a little over ten years ago on January 30, 2006, the Library/Learning Resource Center opened its doors for the first time.

The 62,500-square-foot building took two years to build and is the college’s first new construction in 40 years. The old library was located in the current Cypress College Complex. Students had to climb three flights of stairs to access most of the book collection.

The current L/LRC is a much more accommodating space. It’s also much more beautiful. Featuring reflective glass, stucco siding and a rotunda, the building departs somewhat from others on the campus; however, the sharp angles and inward-sloping roof provide a strong visual tie to existing structures. It has served as an architectural anchor for the campus, centering student life and activities around the pond.

Soon, given the passage Measure J, the L/LRC will undergo an expansion to provide for additional study space.

Services in the Learning Resource Center (first floor) are open 8 a.m.-8p.m., Monday-Friday. The Library (second floor) is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday and 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Happy 10-year to our beautiful L/LRC — you’ve served us well over this last decade!

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Cypress College is recognized as one of the top community colleges in California.
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