Call for Nominations for 2018 Americana Citizens of the Year

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Cypress College will hold its 43rd annual Americana Awards, sponsored by Union Bank. In addition to honoring a Man or Woman of the Year, the College will pay tribute to a deserving individual or couple as Citizen(s) of the Year from: La Palma, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Stanton, Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Garden Grove.

Please consider nominating an individual or a couple for this prestigious award.

Criteria for Nomination:

  • Lives, works or serves in the city in which he/she is nominated;
  • Is well-known, highly regarded and has remained active in the community for the past five years;
  • Will attract participation and help ensure the event’s success (proceeds benefit students);
  • Has made significant contributions of service to their community;
  • Is available to attend the Americana Awards on February 10, 2018;
  • Is not holding or running for office as an elected official.

Note: Nominees remain active for consideration by committees for three years. Nominations for 2018 Citizens of the Year are due by August 1, 2017. Click here to download the nomination form.

Selection Process – City Committees select a nominee and submit the name to the Americana Steering Committee for ratification.

For more information call 714-484-7126; or email foundation@cypresscollege.edu.

2017 Scholarship Applications Available Now

Each year, the Cypress College Foundation releases two different scholarship applications: The Bernard Osher Scholarship for Community College students and the Cypress College Foundation Scholarship.

The application forms for the 2017 scholarships are available now. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Financial Aid Office. However, it is strongly recommended that applications for the Bernard Osher Scholarship be submitted early, as priority is placed on the submission date.

Applications are available in the Foundation Office, the Financial Aid Office, and online.

Donate Blood Wednesday and Thursday

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. That adds up to 44,000 units of blood needed each day. There is no substitute for human blood — it cannot be manufactured. In the Los Angeles region, blood is always in high demand though less than 2 percent of the population donates. With just one donation, you can help save multiple lives. – From Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Services

The Associated Students are hosting their Fall Blood Drive week. Here’s what you need to know to help save lives:


When: Wednesday and Thursday (October 5th and 6th), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day

Where: Student Activities Center Conference Room

Donor requirements: Be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Tattoos are now allowed! (Must be healed and have been done in a licensed California facility)

Signup: Appointments can be made online at www.donatebloodcedars.org (Use group code “CYC”) or by calling Becky Rojas at  (714) 484-7199. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Do/Bring: Donors are required to have a photo ID. Make sure you’re hydrated (drink plenty of water) and have eaten a healthy meal before you donate.


Participants can also enroll in the National Marrow Donor Program.

All donors will receive a t-shirt or a coupon for a pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream. So, donate, save lives, and get a cool t-shirt or ice cream!

Cypress College to Mark 50th Anniversary with Rededication Ceremony

Invitation

It is one of the beloved myths of Cypress College that on September 12, 1966, during the initial dedication ceremonies, the concrete that set the flagpole was so freshly laid that it could not bear the weight of the flag. … The concern, though, was not entirely misplaced as the physical campus of the College was constructed with astounding rapidity. Newsweek had even spotlighted Cypress College before a single class had graduated when it noted “For pure speed, though, Cypress Junior College probably holds the record. In just 74 days, Cypress hustled dairy cows off its 112-acre campus and installed eighteen prefabricated buildings and 2,300 students.”

— Excerpt from “A Tree Grows in Cypress”
By Dr. Patricia Ganer

Please join us on Monday, September 12, 2016 — at the flagpole adjacent to Lot #1 — as we rededicate the College on its 50th anniversary. We will also mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The ceremony begins at 9:50 a.m. RSVP: (714) 484-7127.

Eventbrite - Cypress College 50th Anniversary Rededication

ADVISORY: Monday’s 50th anniversary rededication will include a three-volley gun salute performed by military members from the Joint Forces Training Base. No live ammunition will be used in the salute.

Visit the 50th anniversary page.

Attorney Wayne T. Kistner is 2016 Outstanding Alumnus

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Wayne T. Kistner’s record as an advocate for his clients and the community is clear. For 25 years, he’s served as counsel for private, non-profit, and public entities with appearances in courtrooms across Southern California. He has extensive private and court-appointed experience in mediation, collaborative conflict resolution processes, group facilitation, and association/organizational planning.

But, it is a connection to service that provides meaning for Kistner, who attended Cypress College in its formative years and has served as a member of the adjunct faculty in Human Services since 1999.

“Life has a way of going full circle as I was one of the early students in the newly created Human Services Department in 1973,” he said. “Part of my involvement in that program resulted in the establishment of a peer counseling program on campus and a directory of social service agencies, which would later serve as field work opportunities for students in the program.”

After completing his general education at Cypress College in Sociology and Human Services in 1975, Kistner transferred to California State University, Long Beach. There, he was President of the Law Society and graduated with his bachelor’s in 1978 as a member of the President’s Honor List. Kistner then enrolled at Southwestern University School of Law, completing his juris doctor in 1981.

“As Cypress College is approaching its 50th anniversary, I am proud to be among the ranks of the many outstanding alumni who have been enriched by Cypress College,” he said.

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Cypress College is recognized as one of California’s top community colleges. Recent accolades include:

– #1 in the U.S. | Top Toyota T-TEN Auto-Tech Program in the Nation.

– #2 in C.A. | Top Two ESL & Basic Skills English Programs in California.

– #3 in C.A. | Ranked as a Top Three California Community College (Schools.com)

– #3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)

– 15 of 113 | California Community Colleges piloting a Bachelor’s Degree (Mortuary Science)

– #17 in the U.S. | National Ranking on MTV-U’s website “Rate-My-Professor”

– Top National Licensure Exam Pass Rates | Perfect state licensure pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen; Diagnostic Medical Sonography (OB/Gyn); Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Physics; and Mortuary Science: Sciences. 90+% state licensure exam pass rates for students in the following programs: Dental Assisting; Mortuary Science (Arts); Radiology Technology. And 85%+ state licensure rates for students in: Health Information Technology; Nursing; and Psychiatric Technology.

– 2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.

– 76 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles

– 25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

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

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

 

41st Annual Americana Awards

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The 41st Annual Cypress College Americana Awards were held February 27 at the Disneyland Hotel. Organized by the Foundation, the event is an opportunity for the College to acknowledge the people who truly make our country great – the often unsung heroes who do invaluable civic, philanthropic, and volunteer work to bind together the fabric of our communities. The Awards are also an opportunity for the community to recognize and support the work of the College and our excellent students.

Approximately 500 people came together to honor Woman of the Year Lisa Fujimoto and Citizens of the Year from the eight cities around the College. With the generous assistance of sponsors, including Title Sponsor Union Bank, the event raised over $100,000 for invaluable assistance to students, including scholarships and book loans, as well as for programs at the College. Numerous elected officials and city leaders were in attendance, including California State Assembly members Ling Ling Chang and Young Kim.

Americana Awards 2016 Ling Ling Chang
The talent that Cypress students have to offer was on full display, with a beautiful rendition of national anthem, as well as the song “The House I Live In (That’s America to Me)” – an Americana tradition. Guests were also treated to entertainment from the Cypress College Americana All Stars, who performed under the direction of music faculty Gary Gopar.

After an auction, video telling the story of what Cypress has meant to several students, and an address from College President Dr. Robert Simpson, the Citizens of the Year were presented. They were Stephen and Susan Faessel (Anaheim), Jim Coombs (Buena Park), Theresa Sherrin (Cypress), Errol Giuliano (Garden Grove) Christine Barnes (La Palma), Lt. Col. Thomas Edward Lasser (US Army, Ret.)(Los Alamitos/Rossmoor), Barbara Blackman and Harlene Goodrich (Seal Beach), and Elizabeth Ash (Stanton).

Woman of the Year Lisa Fujimoto was then recognized, honoring her work and volunteerism in the non-profit sector. Over the span of a 30 year career, Lisa has been involved with groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Orange County Rescue Mission, and most recently the Change a Life Foundation, as executive vice president.

Americana 2016 Lisa Fujimoto

A big thank you and congratulations to the Cypress staff, Foundation board members, and College supporters who helped make the event so successful!

More event highlights via the Orange County Breeze.

#CypressCollege #AmericanaAwards #DisneylandHotel #OrangeCountyBreeze

 

2016 Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Cypress College Foundation today released the application form for the 2016 scholarships. Applications are due February 17, 2016 — although priority for the Osher Scholarship is placed on the submission date of qualified applications. All applications are submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

The applications are located in the Foundation Office, in the Financial Aid Office, and online.

Photo Gallery: 2015 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Nearly $200,000 in scholarships were presented to 354 students at the Cypress College Foundation’s annual Scholarship Awards. The event was held in a packed Campus Theater on Monday, May 11, 2015.
Nearly $200,000 in scholarships were presented to 354 students at the Cypress College Foundation’s annual Scholarship Awards. The event was held in a packed Campus Theater on Monday, May 11, 2015.

The Cypress College Foundation’s annual Scholarship Awards were held on Monday, May 11, 2015, in the Campus Theater. Nearly $200,000 in scholarships were presented to 354 students. Photographs of each of the scholarship recipients who were present are now available in a gallery, which can be viewed here: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Photos/2015-Scholarship-Awards/photos.html. Recipients can request print-quality digital files of the photographs from the Cypress College Office of  Campus Communications at mposner@cypresscollege.edu.