Timely Warning: Man Gropes, Attempts to Kiss Student

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OFFICE OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS

Timely Warning

February 6, 2017

UPDATE — RESOLUTION NOTICE: The suspect in the incident described below has been identified and in no longer a threat to the campus community. (Updated February 8, 2017.)

A female student reported that a man attempted to kiss her and then grabbed her breast while she was on the phone on the piazza level above the Student Activities Center late Monday morning.

The student described the suspect as a male in his late 30s, possibly 40s, of average height and possibly on the heavy side. He was wearing blue jeans and had brown, balding hair. Notably, the suspect was wearing a black jacket with red lining.

The student said she pushed the suspect away. She reported that he apologized and walked away with a limp.

Officers from Campus Safety and the Cypress Police Department conducted a search and were unable to locate anyone matching the description.

Campus Safety is continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the incident or about the suspect should contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety

Parking Enforcement Begins Monday, February 6

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Enforcement of valid parking permits begins on Monday, February 6. Below is important information to help you be prepared. At Cypress College your license plate is your parking permit. If you attend classes elsewhere in the NOCCCD, at Fullerton College or the Anaheim Campus, your license plate is also your parking permit there.

Important information about parking

  • All fees MUST be paid in full to access the “Cypress Parking System” AND activate your virtual parking permit
  • To register your vehicle, simply login to myGateway and click on the “Cypress Parking System” link in the “Registration Tools” section of your “Student” and “Registration” tabs
  • Students MUST select and submit a permit for the Spring semester. An email confirmation message will be sent to you upon successful completion of the permit process.
  • Students MUST check that their vehicle(s) information is correctly input into the system. An email confirmation message will be sent to you upon successful completion of any changes.

Special instructions for parking at Fullerton or Anaheim

  • Cypress College students parking at Fullerton College CANNOT park in structure at Lemon St./Chapman Ave. The Fullerton Police Department enforces parking in that parking structure and does not have access to our system to validate your license plate as your parking permit
  • All students with a valid Spring semester virtual permit for Cypress College can ALSO park at both Fullerton College and Anaheim Campuses in student designated spaces.

For questions about parking, and for assistance, contact Campus Safety in their office (adjacent to Lot #1) or at (714) 484-7387.

Women in Sports Spotlight: Margaret Mohr

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Today is National Girls & Women in Sports Day. The day recognizes the “extraordinary achievements of those who have helped to effect change and create opportunities for women and girls in sports,” ngwsd.org states. In honor of this day, Cypress College is showcasing Head Coach Margaret Mohr. Coach Mohr has an extensive background in sports, which earned her numerous honors, including CIF-SS and National Catholic Player of the Year.

Mohr was offered a full scholarship at California State University Long Beach. By her junior season, Mohr was named team captain and starting point guard. Her 182 assists still rank her fourth on the single season record book. In Mohr’s senior campaign, the 49ers made history by becoming the first CSULB team to reach the NCAA Final Four after an inspiring season that included a Pacific Coast Athletic Association crown and No. 4 ranking in the national polls to close out the season. Coach Mohr was inducted into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame in 2011.

Mohr led the 2005 Chargers to the State Championships.
Mohr led the 2005 Chargers to the State Championship Title in storybook fashion.

Since then, she has coached at all levels – from high school to college to the L.A. Sparks – before finding her home here at Cypress College. Since 1998, she has racked up over 300 victories, four Orange Empire Conference Championships, three OEC Coach of the Year Awards, four Regional Finals appearances, and a 2005 State Championship.

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College’s 50th Anniversary Recognized with “Key to the City” of Cypress

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At the Cypress State of the City Luncheon on Wednesday, January 19, Mayor Paulo Morales (pictured above) presented Cypress College with an honorary “Key to the City” in recognition of the College’s 50th anniversary. Foam “#1” fingers with the name of the city and Cypress College, respectively, were also given out at the event. Officials from the College present at the State of the City included Executive Vice President Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhay, who received the recognition on behalf of the College, and Foundation & Community Relations Executive Director Raul Alvarez. Also attending on behalf of Cypress College were North Orange County Community College District Trustees Steve Blount and Barbara Dunsheath, Foundation Board Members David Shawver and Phil Wendel, and Cypress College Communications Director Marc Posner.

“We are humbled by the unexpected honor and presentation by Mayor Morales,” Posner said. “Our partnership with the City of Cypress has never been stronger thanks to the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager Peter Grant, as well as the executive team here at the College.”

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Cypress College will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary with a Festival and Reunion on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  To register for the event and receive further information on 50th Anniversary activities, please click here

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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.

Dr. Simpson Delivers Annual Report to Trustees

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President Bob Simpson presented his final Annual Report to the NOCCCD Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, lauding Cypress College students and the employees who support their success. The annual report presentation encompasses the Cypress College Annual Report and the Cypress College Institutional Effectiveness Report.

In providing an overview of the two printed documents, Dr. Simpson covered eight primary topics:

  • Measure J Bond Projects
  • Participation in the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Equity
  • Academic Achievement
  • Completion and Transfer
  • Environmental Stewardship

“It is my honor this evening to present to you an overview of the 2015-2016 academic year at Cypress College. The College’s accomplishments will resonate and propagate decades into the future,” Dr. Simpson said in opening his presentation to the Trustees for the North Orange County Community College District and other leaders.

The Board’s decision to approve a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building served as the first significant highlight in Dr. Simpson’s report.

“This new building will support the education of our next generation of scientists, engineers, technology experts, and mathematicians,” he said. “In this new facility, students will learn concepts we can’t yet conceive.”

Construction of the new SEM building is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The project will run in tandem with construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center and Memorial Plaza that includes a bridge spanning the pond.

The presentation continued with an update on development of the College’s baccalaureate degree in Funeral Services. One of 15 programs included in California Community Colleges pilot program, instruction in the Funeral Services B.S. degree program will begin in fall 2017. In the past year, curriculum has been developed and the accrediting agency approved the key components of the bachelor’s degree.

A highlight of the year was the Yom HaShoah event in May. Focusing on the College’s core value of Inclusiveness, the Yom HaShoah commemoration featured portraits of Holocaust survivors created by Photography Department Chair Clifford Lester. About 1,000 people attended the event, which featured survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach.

In the area of equity, Dr. Simpson highlighted the first-ever Equity Summit held in April and the shift in employee demographics to more-closely resemble the student body. He also noted that nearly half of the incoming freshman class were first-generation college students.

Speaking about academic achievement, Dr. Simpson said the number of associate degrees awarded has grown significantly in the past five years from 753 to 1,201.  The number of certificates awarded has also increased over that same period. In addition, 458 transfer degrees were awarded in 2015-16, up from 114 in 2012-13.

The College also exceeded its target for both degree and certificate completion. The most common degrees awarded by Cypress College are in Liberal Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Math, and Business. Students earn the highest number of certificates in Automotive Technology, and in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Culinary Arts program.

Finally, speaking about environmental stewardship, Dr. Simpson noted a recent state award presented to the College as a leader in energy efficiency.  Water consumption at the College was reduced by 30% and electricity usage by 5.4 million kilowatt hours last academic year. More than 8,600 energy-efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs were installed by College employees — generating an annual savings of approximately $80,000.

“These are good times at Cypress College and the unsolicited accolades we have received are the result of commitment, hard work, and a true investment in our students,” he said. “Fifty years ago, people of foresight and vision committed to the development of a new college serving the needs of North Orange County.  We and the students who have been served over the years are the recipients of that grand vision. Today, we are laying the groundwork for the next 50 years. It is a privilege to be a part of that legacy and to know that because we have dared to Dream Big Dreams, we are now positioned to Do Great Things.”

He closed with the observation that the two printed documents “validate the commitment of the College to our Core Value of Excellence.”

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A degree in mortuary science is rare. In fact, there are only two public programs offering associate degrees in the field in the State of California. For those seeking to advance in the funeral services industry, a bachelor’s degree is even less common. In fact, Cypress College’s selection to offer a baccalaureate degree in funeral services presents a unique opportunity since there are no other colleges or universities offering this type of degree in the Western United States.

Cypress College — like all 113 California Community Colleges — offers associates degrees in a wide variety of fields. Currently, there are 71 degree programs approved as part of Cypress College’s curriculum.

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However, Cypress is one of the 15 California Community Colleges approved to offer a baccalaureate degree as part of a statewide pilot program designed to offer upper division coursework in disciplines not currently covered in the instructional programs offered in the California State University and University of California systems. Cypress College’s program — officially a bachelor’s of science in funeral services — will begin instruction in Fall 2017. This new degree will offer upper division academic and vocational instruction to students, as well as bring expanded employment opportunities to Southern California.

The overarching goal of the program is to enhance, not supplant, the current Associate in Science degree program at Cypress College. In fact, the program and strong alumni base will provide a robust pool of candidates for the baccalaureate degree.
While the concept of a community college baccalaureate degree is likely new to many — state legislation approving the program was passed in 2014 — Professor Jolena Grande has been working towards this moment since 1995. For more than 20 years, she planned, gathered information, and lined up support waiting for the opportunity. Since the program was selected, she has worked tirelessly for a successful implementation.

‘Matriarch’ Pat Ganer to Retire

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Dr. Ganer is the Longest-Serving Faculty and One of the College’s First Students

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As an alumna of both USC and UCLA, the moniker “a person divided” accurately applies to Dr. Pat Ganer. Despite loyalties on both sides of that Southern California rivalry, there’s little doubt about which campus holds her heart: Cypress College.

She was standing at the campus flagpole on Day 1, September 12, 1966, as one of Cypress College’s very first students — student number 428, to be precise. Fifty years later she again stood at the flagpole; this time, as the matriarch of Cypress College, she emceed an anniversary event.

Dr. Ganer, a faculty member in Speech Communication at Cypress since 1971, will retire at the end of the academic year. At Cypress College, she spent 7 years as Chair of the Curriculum Committee, served four terms as President of the Academic Senate, chaired the Professional Growth and Development Committee, and was the first faculty Chair of the Accreditation Self-Study. She twice instructed in the semester-abroad program in both London and Madrid. For two decades, she directed the school’s speech teams, taking them to local, state, and national competitions.

Off campus, she served as President of both the American Forensics Association and the Western States Communication Association. She has taught consistently at California State University, Long Beach. Known, in part, for wearing her politics on her sleeve, Dr. Ganer has served as an analyst on presidential debates for the Los Angeles Times and MSNBC. One of her courses at Cal State Long Beach focuses on campaign-based communication. Another of her classes covers international speaking —  an area in which she also brings real-world experience, having presented at conferences in Japan, Dublin, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Sao Paolo.

In 2010, Dr. Ganer was dubbed the “Matriarch of Cypress College” after the retirement of colleague Donna Friess. In fact, Friess provided her with a crown to make the moment official. “I love the atmosphere at Cypress College,” Dr. Ganer said at the time. “It is a very collegiate environment. Everyone pulls together to make things work.”

She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California, her M.A. in Political Science, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in Communication, with an emphasis on Political Communication, from the University of Utah. She is an avid fan of the Utah Utes as well as the Anaheim Angels.

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Welcome to New Full-Time Faculty and Staff

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As Cypress College celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we are not only celebrating the past, but looking ahead to our next chapter. We are pleased to have 28 new full-time faculty begin their employment at Cypress College this fall — our largest group of new tenure-track instructors, counselors, and librarians. 

Business & Computer Information Systems

Bret Clarke (CIS)

Counseling & Student Development

Dawn Decker, LD Specialist (Disability Support Services)

Mymy Lam, Counselor (Teacher Preparation Program/Humanities)

Fine Arts

Katalin Anguelov (Media Arts)

Janet Owen (Art History)

Terra Schwartzwald (Music)

Health Science

Shinah Kim (Nursing)

Jennie Larez (Health Information Technology)

Marcus Marquardt (Psychiatric Technology)

Ryan Ortega (Nursing)

Diana Tira (Dental Hygiene)

Language Arts

Jill Bauer (ESL)

Justin Campbell (English)

Jennelle Herman (ESL)

Bret Kaufman (English)

Annette Letcher (Reading)

Stephanie Tran (English)

Library & Learning Resource Center

Angela Boyd, Librarian (Library)

Leslie Palmer, Librarian (Library)

Physical Education & Athletics

Jeff Benito (PE/Tennis)

Anthony Hutting (Baseball)

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Jolina Cadilli (Math)

Alma Castro (Math)

Saleh Massoud (Engineering/Physics)

Gary Shin (Biology)

Social Sciences

Angela DeDios (Psychology)

Steven Estrada (Ethnic Studies)

James Tapia (Human Services)

In addition to our new faculty, the College is happy to have nine new full-time classified staff come on board as well, in areas across the campus that are vital to supporting the instructional work of the institution. 

Classified Staff

Belinda Allan, Instructional Assistant (Career Center)

Casey Carmichael, Facilities Custodian (Maintenance and Operations/Physical Plant)

Khanh Cao, Instructional Assistant (Business a& Computer Information Systems)

Raul Garcia, Facilities Custodian (Maintenance and Operations/Physical Plant)

Briceyda Maldonado, Student Services Specialist (CalWorks/EOPS)

Jeanette Pattison, Instructional Aide (Health Science)

Desiree Sendejas, Campus Safety Officer (Campus Safety)

Daniel Wallenberg, Campus Safety Officer (Campus Safety)

Felicia Xa, Library Assistant (Library & Learning Resource Center)

The College looks forward to seeing the impact that these individuals will bring to motivating the minds of our students, and helping them get to where they want to be. We are thrilled to have each one of them join the Cypress College family! 

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