48th Commencement: Navy Captain Russ Bird is 2015 Outstanding Alumnus

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Retired United States Navy Captain Russ Bird has been selected as Cypress College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2015. The honor is presented on behalf of the College by the Cypress College Foundation. Capt. Bird will be recognized during the campus’ 48th Commencement on Friday, May 22. The ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. in the Gateway Plaza.

Navy Captain Russ Bird’s longtime dream of becoming a pilot took flight at Cypress College. After a brief stint at a neighboring campus, he enrolled in 1977 at Cypress College — where he would earn accolades aplenty for his flying. It was a notable stop on what would result in a career as a Naval Aviator, in which he accumulated more than 4,500 military flight hours (including over 2700 in the F/A-18 Hornet), 100 combat hours and 650 carrier arrested landings.

During his 2 years at Cypress College, Capt. Bird took aviation courses and was an active member of the Cypress College flying team. He also helped vault the Cypress College flying team to national recognition. During the 1978 Regional Pacific Intercollegiate Flying Association (PCIFA) flying competition, he received six individual flight event awards. His flying prowess contributed to a second-place overall team finish and a first place standing among the community college teams. At that year’s National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition, he received five individual awards and was named the number three collegiate pilot in the United States. His performance boosted the team’s national ranking to seventh overall and first in the nation for the community college category.

He transferred to San Jose State University, where he joined the flying team. In the 1979 National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition, Capt. Bird was awarded the prestigious award as the top male pilot and top instrument pilot among college aviation students in the nation. He graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Operations in 1980. During his collegiate years, Capt. Bird amassed over 1,500 civilian flight hours and obtained his commercial, multi-engine, instrument and flight instructor ratings. After graduation, he entered the Navy in January 1981 as an Aviation Officer Candidate and was commissioned later in 1981. He graduated from primary flight training number one in his class, and was selected for jet training. In 1982, he received the coveted “Wings of Gold” recognition — again as the top student in his class. He was selected to be the first newly-winged aviator to fly the F/A-18 Hornet.

His deployments came aboard the USS Constellation, the USS Nimitz, and USS Abraham Lincoln — serving deployments over Iraq in “Operation Desert Storm” and “Operation Southern Watch,” and over Somalia in “Operation Continued Hope.” Capt. Bird graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, which marked the start of a long list of leadership positions between 1995 and his retirement in 2008. Capt. Bird’s personal awards during 27-plus years of honorable service include the Legion of Merit, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, with two gold stars, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, with 3 gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, with one gold star, and various unit, Service and Theatre awards.

Capt. Bird dedicates much of his time raising money to support college scholarships through the Tailhook Association, Rocky Mountain Tailhookers Chapter. He also volunteers with local mountain bike clubs in the perseveration of mountain bike trails in his community. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Christina. He has three children, Scott, Amy and Courtney.

 

February 20, 2015 @Cypress Newsletter from Dr. Simpson

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Here is the February 20, 2015, @Cypress Newsletter from Cypress College President Bob Simpson.

This week’s headlines:

  • Thursday’s Drills Ask Sobering Question: ‘What Would You Do?’
    > Active shooter drills take place Thursday, February 26 in the morning and evening; will include Cypress Police Department’s input.
  • 40th Americana Awards Take Place Saturday at Disneyland Hotel
  • High School Senior Day on Wednesday
  • Win a Yamaha Sport ATV
  • “This Week” and “They Said It” Features
  • Plus @Cypress Bonus Material

1-in-200 Opportunity to Win Yamaha Raptor 700 RFL ATV Now Available

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The Foundation is selling opportunity drawing tickets for a brand new Yamaha Sport ATV. The Raptor 700 RFL (with reverse) is arguably the best sport ATV ever.

The vehicle was donated to the College as part of the 40th Annual Americana Awards.

Only 200 tickets will be sold, each ticket for $50. These tickets are available on a first-come, first-sold basis at the Foundation.

To purchase tickets, please mail in/drop off your checks to the Foundation office or, easier yet, pay online through this link to the Americana website: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/Foundation/Events/Americana.aspx. You can also access the payment form directly at: https://easypath.ecsi.net/cypress/629/Epay?pId=629.

The 2015 Americana Awards take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel. In addition to O.C. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens as Woman of the Year, the Americana Awards recognize Citizens of the Year from the eight communities in Cypress College’s primary service area.

‘elumni’ Association Launched in Advance of 50th Anniversary

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

 

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

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

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

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Scholarship Applications Now Available Online and On Campus

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Cypress College’s 2015 scholarship applications are now available both on the campus website and on campus. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — though it is strongly recommended that applicants for the Bernard Osher Scholarship submit that separate application as soon as possible.

The Cypress College Foundation today is releasing two scholarship application forms. The first is for all scholarships administered through the Foundation, with awards generally ranging between $250 and $1,000. These scholarships will be awarded at the college’s annual ceremony, which will take place on May 11, 2015. Most scholarship funds are held until fall enrollment is verified and distributed after the fall drop-date has passed.

The Bernard Osher Scholarship award is made partially based on the date and time that the application is received. It can be submitted at any point in advance of the deadline, however typically all Osher awards are made prior to the Feb. 18 deadline.

Applicants are urged to closely read all instructions carefully. This years application forms incorporate changes from previous years.

The forms can be completed in Adobe Acrobat (though it is not required to do so). All submissions must be made to the Cypress College Financial Aid Office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. No electronic submissions will be accepted.

Scholarship Applications:

 

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Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Selected as 2015 Americana Woman of the Year

Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens is the 2015 Americana Woman of the Year.
Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens is the 2015 Americana Woman of the Year.

Sandra Hutchens, Orange County’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, has been selected by the Cypress College Foundation as 2015 Americana Awards Woman of the Year.

Hutchens became the first woman to serve as the county’s Sheriff when she was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2008. Two years later, she was elected for her first full term. She began her law enforcement career as a secretary for the Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Department and worked her way up the ranks.

The 40th Annual Americana Awards take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel. In addition to the Woman of the Year, the Americana Awards honor Citizens of the Year from the eight communities in Cypress College’s primary service area.

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

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

This week’s headlines:

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

Estate Donation of $409,000 Believed College’s Largest Bequest

Funds from the Sheron Huston estate will be used to establish an endowed scholarship for Cypress College students.

The Cypress College Foundation is the beneficiary of a $409,200 gift from the estate of Sheron Huston. Although we had previously been informed that a check was being sent by the Huston estate, the amount was unknown until it arrived in the Foundation Office last month.

At $409,200, this appears to be the single-largest estate donation ever made to the College. The College has received significant ongoing contributions from partners such as Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, for whom the Mortuary Science area is named, and from UnionBank, title sponsor of the Americana Awards, among many others.

The sole purpose of the Huston donation is for the money to be used exclusively for scholarships. With no further specifications made, the type of scholarship(s) awarded is up to the Foundation.

The Foundation has designated the donation as an endowment. Awards will be made each year from the earnings of the corpus, meaning that, without a future change, the funds will last for the life of the College.

 

Dr. Simpson’s @Cypress Weekly Newsletter for September 5, 2014

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The September 5, 2014,  edition of the @Cypress newsletter from Cypress College President Bob Simpson is now available.

This week’s headlines:

  • Estate Donation of $409,000 Believed College’s Largest Bequest
    >   Funds from the Sheron Huston estate will be used to establish an endowed scholarship for Cypress College students.
  • Cypress College Auto Students Dominate CNCDA Scholarship Awards
  • Students Sought for CA Board of Governors
  • Add/Drop Deadline is Sunday, September 7
  • Study Abroad in Rome for Spring 2015 Application Deadline is November 1
  • Transfer Center Schedules TAG Workshops, 1-on-1 Appointments
  • California Community Foundation Selects Tsuno for Prestigious Fellowship
  • “This Week,” “They Said It,” and “Chargers” Features
  • Plus @Cypress Bonus Material, including photographs from “Welcome Back,” men’s soccer, and the CNCDA scholarship presentations.

 

Visit http://news.cypresscollege.edu/wordpress/cypress-archive/ to view the complete @Cypress archives if you want to have a look at previous editions.

Planning in Progress for Celebration of College’s 50th Anniversary in 2015-2016

Cypress College's first opening day, included a dedication ceremony at the flag.
Cypress College’s first opening day, included a dedication ceremony at the flag.

Cypress College’s 50th anniversary celebration will focus on three primary audiences: the campus community; alumni and retirees; and the local community.

Raúl Alvarez, the Executive Director of the Foundation and Community Relations, said during the Opening Day meeting that an initial list of activities related to the anniversary, which will be celebrated next academic year, has been developed.

The proposed activities include: A celebration incorporating the re-creation of the 1966 flag pole ceremony on the College’s very first day of operation; a two-part open house and reunion, with events in individual areas and a campus-wide gathering at the Pond; a “Where are they Now?” featuring the success stories of alumni; a historical display; and an anniversary theme for the 2017 Americana Awards.

Other activities will be announced as the anniversary approaches.