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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Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program

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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President Simpson Announces Retirement at Academic-Year’s End

Dr. Simpson receives a flag during the College's 50th Anniversary celebration.
Dr. Simpson leads the 49th commencement at Cypress College.
Dr. Simpson leads the 49th commencement at Cypress College.

Bob Simpson will preside over one final commencement — Cypress College’s 50th. A fierce advocate of public education, Dr. Simpson announced his retirement decision to the campus community late Tuesday — and he received a standing ovation when he shared the news during the NOCCCD Board of Trustees meeting about an hour later. His final day as president will be at the end of the academic year next June.

Dr. Simpson was selected as Cypress College’s 11th President in June, 2012, following a 5-year stint as the College’s Executive Vice President. He has spent 30 years working in education and serving as an advocate for access to higher education, especially for those who begin their studies unprepared for the rigors of academic life.

A California native, he grew up in the Southland and graduated from Norwalk High School. His academic background includes both a bachelor’s in arts and master’s in arts in mathematics from California State University, Fullerton, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Simpson was a classroom teacher at Fullerton College for 12 years. He also served the college as an instructional dean for 9 years before coming to Cypress College in 2007 as the Executive Vice President. During his tenure at Cypress College, Dr. Simpson has focused upon issues of access, equity, student support, and community outreach.

In his free time, Dr. Simpson enjoys outdoor sports, reading, cooking, playing the guitar, rooting for the UCLA Bruins, and fly fishing his favorite trout streams in south-central Idaho.

Dr. Simpson receives a flag during the College's 50th Anniversary celebration.
Dr. Simpson receives a flag during the College’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Here is his announcement:

Dear Chargers,

I came to Cypress College in June of 2007 as the Executive Vice President. It became obvious to me very quickly that I had made the right career choice and that I had been given an extraordinary opportunity. Everything that has transpired since that time has validated my first impression. In my time here, I have felt a sense of excitement and vitality and belonging in a way I had never previously felt in my professional life. I came to love this College.

As I think back upon that time, my first impressions and all that has since transpired, we have accomplished so much together, and I believe the future is now brighter for the College then it has ever been. The tasks before us this academic year, once completed, will lay the foundation and position the College for the next 50 years, and I will work diligently with you to assure this comes to pass. At the same time, this is my 10th year at the College and my 30th year in education. I have a growing sense that my time as the leader of this outstanding institution needs to give way so that others can carry forward the work we have begun. I have decided that it is the appropriate time to announce that I will be stepping aside at the end of this academic year.

There are some significant tasks remaining before us this year, including the Accreditation Self Study, 50th Anniversary celebrations, 3-Year Strategic Planning, and Measure J construction planning (S E M Building, Library/LRC expansion, Veterans Resource Center). These “additional duties” are on top of the regular business of the College which continues unabated. With these tasks substantially under way, it is my sense that the time is appropriate to step aside so that you will have the opportunity to identify your next leader in a timeframe that will best suit the needs of the College. Going forward, I have no doubt that the person chosen to be your next leader will have the same kind of support I have experienced, support that is directly responsible for any success I may have had as your President.

We have much work to do before that last day, and I am hopeful that if anything, I may be leaving a year too early rather than a year too late. It is my intention to work with you, to laugh and to celebrate with you, and to contribute in every way that I can through the end of this academic year. I want each member of the Charger family to know how very much I have appreciated your contributions to our work. It has been, and remains, a privilege to engage in that work beside you.

With heartfelt thanks,

Bob

Bob Simpson, President
Cypress College

Dr Simpson with his wife, Denise, in a photograph at the College's rededication ceremony on Monday. Dr. Simpson announced his retirement on Tuesday evening.
Dr Simpson with his wife, Denise, in a photograph at the College’s rededication ceremony on Monday. Dr. Simpson announced his retirement on Tuesday evening.

Rededication Ceremony on Monday to Mark 50th Anniversary of Cypress College

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Cypress College officially turns 50 on Monday. The campus community will celebrate with a rededication ceremony similar to the official dedication of the College on September 12, 1966.

On that day, the founding faculty, other employees, and the first class of students gathered at the flagpole — an event that included a warning to local Marines who were about to hoist Old Glory: Don’t tug too hard because the concrete holding the pole might not be completely set. Pat Ganer — then one of the first students and now Cypress College’s longest-serving faculty — will emcee Monday’s rededication.

The rededication is the first official event celebrating Cypress College’s 50th anniversary.

Please join us at the flagpole at 9:50 a.m. Additional information is on the 50th anniversary website. The event is open to all members of the campus community and the public, and is free.

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.

9/11 Remembrance Included in Rededication Ceremony

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This week’s 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be incorporated into the rededication ceremony, which takes place on Monday, September 12 at 9:50 a.m.

The event — which includes participation of military members form the Joint Forces Training Base — will include a moment of silence in tribute to those who lost their lives in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

The rededication ceremony will also include a three-volley gun salute.

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.