Gravitational Waves – Cypress students involved in groundbreaking research

Cypress alum and current CSUF Physics student Eric Muniz (center) creating a simple demonstration of gravitational waves. Photograph via the OC Register, Michael Golding.
STEM(2) students with CSUF Physics Professor Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace (center).
STEM(2) students with CSUF Physics Professor Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace (center).

The impacts of stars colliding into one another in the far depths of space, collapsing into black holes billions of years back can now be detected (and Cypress students played a part in the discovery!). This is a momentous breakthrough for physics; one that confirms Albert Einstein’s abstract, 100 year old intuition that gravity is impacted – though on an exceptionally small scale – by galactic events.

Like ripples on a pond, these cosmic excitations pool into our universe and traverse the cosmos as gravitational waves, bending both space and time in their travels. The impact had on our so-called reality is imperceptible… so extraordinarily small and subtle that Einstein himself couldn’t imagine we would ever have the capacity to detect their existence.

As of this year we do. Decades of research, billions of dollars in funding, tens of thousands of scientists from around the globe have developed two Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO) located here in the U.S. (Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA), equipped with an instrument sensitive enough to measure gravitational waves.

Cypress alum and current CSUF Physics student Eric Muniz (center) creating a simple demonstration of gravitational waves. Photograph via the OC Register, Michael Golding.
Cypress alum and current CSUF Physics student Eric Muniz (center) creating a simple demonstration of gravitational waves. Photograph via Michael Golding of the OC Register for the article “CSUF physics students explain their passion for astrophysics,” March 16, 2016.

Taking part in the cutting-edge research are two Cypress College scholars: recent graduate Eric Muniz and current Physics student Sam Rodriguez (Cypress College, Class of 2016). Through our STEM^2 Program’s summer research partnership with Cal State University, Fullerton, both Eric and Sam participated in theoretical modeling at CSUF’s Institute of Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy. Eric, for example, joined a team working in optics experimentation and scattered light characterization. In follow-up, both have chosen to continue their undergraduate studies at the Institute, working alongside renowned faculty like Assistant professor of physics Geoffrey Lovelace, a Ph.D. graduate of Caltech (and former student of legendary Nobel prizewinner Richard Feynman!) who has dedicated his career to studying the extreme space-time around black holes using supercomputers.

We are pleased and proud of Eric and Sam and wish them the very best in their future scientific pursuits. For us, it’s pretty awesome that in some small way our institution – via their contributions – is tied to this tremendous scientific discovery.

Dr. Lovelace’s incredible presentation to our Cypress College STEM^2 Program this past April will be posted within the week. He makes the science of gravitational waves – their formation and detection – understandable (lots of cool space visuals ;), and thus all the more mind-bendingly amazing.  To view a gallery of photos from the event, please access the STEM(2) FB album.

Gravitational Waves – a fascinating presentation by CSUF Professor Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace 

#STEM #Physics #GravitationalWaves #Discovery #CSUF
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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

Women’s History Month: Student Angel Garcia Shares Her Perspective

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Women’s History Month wrapped up yesterday. Associated Students President and Student Ambassador Angel Garcia, who contributes to @Cypress and the College Twitter feed, here shares her personal reflections on women’s issues, feminism, and social justice.


While I usually have my #AskAngel hour on Twitter and my Top 10 lists, I am grateful that I am able to contribute to the college discussion in another way – By writing about a passion of mine. As Women’s History Month comes to an end, my liberation as a woman and dedication for social justice remains strong and alive.

On March 6, 2016, the transnational feminist organization AF3IRM held an International Women’s Day March on the streets of Los Angeles. With cloudy skies and rain that whole week, Mother Nature kindly blessed the beautiful day with the sunshine that reflected our attitudes (however, also with harsh winds that easily represented our frustration as well). Hundreds of individuals with different backgrounds, cultures, and stories united in solidarity by walking alongside together for miles.

This march and rally was a celebration of women-Identifying our individual strength. However, it was also a harsh reality check for onlookers watching from the LA streets: Violence and injustice towards women is very real and must end. The different forms of expression included chants (“One, we are the women! Two, a little bit louder! Three, we want justice for our sisters!”), posters, instruments, and raised fists. The beautiful diversity shined within the hundreds and hundreds of participants, and this collective effort made it clear that the struggle goes beyond just gender.

Angel Garcia March Image 1

One side of the sign I had made throughout the march said, “It’s not feminism if it’s not intersectional.” The term intersectionality was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, which is defined as, “The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity.” Simply acknowledging the double standards between women and men, the gender wage gap, or the male dominated Hollywood industry is not feminism, although women like Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift seem to think so. In contrast, intersectionality addresses the entire struggle with various other factors that further oppress women compared to others. Of course, not all of us fit certain marginalized groups, but it is imperative that we stand together as allies for one another.

Angel Garcia March Image 2

The other side of my poster displayed, “If you are not angry, you are not paying attention.” I strongly advocate for staying informed, and if one does not understand as to why we are so angry… Well, ignorance is bliss. Although my arms began to ache after consistently raising this sign, the pain did not compare to my struggle as a woman of color. It can range from everyday microaggressions, to others’ prejudices based on my race and gender, and to my people still facing injustice today in this country and in the Philippines.

While this experience was phenomenal, especially since I had the opportunity to share space with feminists and feminists allies with similar ideals, the fight does not stop on International Women’s Day or Women’s History Month. Cultural changes within our country and the whole world are necessary, but it can all start with you. Open your mind, learn history, listen to others, stay informed.

I am very grateful to have been able to attend on behalf of the Associated Students and Club L.E.A.D. (Ladies Empowered and Determined), as well as the KmB (Kabataang maka-Bayan/Pro-People Youth) Organization.


Stay tuned for Angel’s coverage on the Associated Students’ annual Women’s Recognition Awards, which closed Women’s History Month by recognizing the wonderful women on our campus – staff, faculty, administration, and students.

Check out #AskAngel every Tuesday from 2-3 PM on Twitter!

Political Science Faculty Peter Mathews Gives Analysis on Presidential Contest

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Peter Mathew Al Jeezera
Peter Mathews featured on Al Jeezera International and Al Jeezera English

Throughout this 2015-16 primary season, Cypress College Political Science Professor Peter Mathews has regularly appeared in publications and on television to provide his analyses on the 2016 Presidential race. A frequent commentator on local, national, and international media, he was recently interviewed for Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera International where he offered context on the American electoral landscape: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and much discussed topical issues raised throughout the presidential season, including campaign finance, immigration and the middle class squeeze. Author of the book Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream For All, Professor Mathews is a respected political analyst whose long-held views are gaining wide traction.

You can view the feature video embedded on our public FaceBook page here . For regular clips and updates, please visit Peter Mathews’ YouTube channel and personal website.

#CypressCollege #PoliSci #Election2016 #AlJeezera

 

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

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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.

 

National Press and Praise for Cypress College Mortuary Science Program

Chapman University Professor of History Dr. Robert Slayton praises Cypress College’s Mortuary Science program as a model of workforce development and innovation in a recent December Huffington Post piece. Slayton’s op-ed “The Americans are Drowning” speaks to the disruption of labor markets caused by computerization, and how this broad trend is impacting our politics. To help those affected, Slayton details three ways to “alleviate the pain of the transformation.”

One is to “utilize the creativity” of community colleges and make “an AA degree the baseline.” He elaborates on this point, commending Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program as a “powerful example of what can be done” to address displacement trends.

Says Professor Slayton:

“Several years ago, Cypress College, a two-year institution in Cypress, CA saw a need in the community and innovated, starting one of the few programs in the nation in mortuary science, granting an AA degree. There are only two others in the biggest state in America. This program is so successful it has over 100 students, and has been cited repeatedly in HBO’s Six Feet Under just to give the show legitimacy.”

He continues…

“But that wasn’t enough. Students wanted to go further; in order to be a funeral director you need a four-year Bachelor’s degree. Cypress College responded in admirable fashion; building on their excellent track record, they applied and won certification for a unique progression in California higher education. By the 2017-2018 school year, up to 15 community college districts will be allowed to grant four-year degrees at one of its colleges for an academic program not offered at the University of California and California State University systems. The Orange County Register reported, ‘The mortuary science program at Cypress College was recently selected by North Orange County Community College District trustees as the district’s applicant for a statewide bachelor’s degree pilot program… the nearest universities that offer a bachelor’s degree in the major are located in Oklahoma and Minnesota….’ Here is a program that is making a difference.”

Note that while the piece is political, the praise is non-partisan. Thank you for the recognition, Professor Slayton!

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Cypress College is 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. 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.
75 Orange Empire Athletics Conference Titles
25 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Titles

#Cypress College #Mortuary Science #BADegree #ChapmanUniversity #HuffingtonPost

 

Community Invitation: Special Election Trustee Candidate Forum, January 12th

The League of Women Voters of North Orange County is sponsoring a Trustee Candidate Forum Tuesday, January 12, 2016 for a vacant seat on the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees. The seat represents Trustee Area 3, which includes major portions of Buena Park and La Palma, as well as parts of Cypress and Anaheim. A special mail-in election will be held February 9, with vote-by-mail balloting beginning January 11.

Potential candidates have been invited to participate in a Candidate Forum moderated by the LWVNOC.
Please join us for this important event:

Tuesday, JANUARY, 12, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
Cypress College Fine Arts Building, Rm. 304
9200 Valley View Street, Cypress 90630

This is your opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates to make a more informed decision about the future of District governance. The event is free and open to the public. Additional information via the Orange County Register.

To learn more about the candidates, visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

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The North Orange County Community College District is governed by seven elected trustees who establish all policies that guide the general operation of the District. Student trustees representing each of the colleges also sit on the Board.

For more information on the Trustee Candidate Forum, please contact Debra Vagts at the League of Women Voters of North Orange County at 714.390.3852 or NOCCCD District Director of Public and Government Affairs Kai Stearns Moore at 714.808.4829.

Political Science Professor Peter Mathews Interviewed by Thom Hartmann

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#Motivating | Political Science Professor Peter Mathews is among Cypress faculty contributing to their educational fields outside of the classroom. A frequent commentator on local, national and international media (including the BBC), Professor Mathews was presented with the 2015 Cypress College Charger Award for his community engagement. Recently, Professor Mathews was interviewed on the Thom Hartmann Show as part of “Conversations With Great Minds” on The Big Picture (via the RT network). 


In an hour-long interview Professor Mathews spoke to his recently published book Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream For All. Campaign finance reform, international diplomacy, and the 2016 Presidential election were also topics of discussion. You can view the feature on YouTube here. For more on Profesor Mathews, view his personal website.

Cypress College hosted its 48th Commencement on Friday, May 22, 2015. A total of 1,041 students earned 1,151 associate's degrees as members of the Class of 2015. In addition, 938 occupational certificates were awarded. Two-Thirds of the graduating class, 670 students, earned transfer certification into California's public university system. The Class of 2015 had 259 members graduating with honors and another 65 graduating with high honors. More information is available in the "graduation Central" section of the College website at: http://news.cypresscollege.edu.
Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson presents Political Science Professor Peter Mathews with the 2015 Charger Award for excellence above and beyond the bounds of the classroom. 

Nationally, Cypress College is recognized for its premier faculty and their excellent classroom instruction. Professor Mathews and master faculty like him have helped the College attain several very notable recent recognitions.

In 2015-16 these 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 Top Three California Community Colleges (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.

#Cypress College #Motivating


During this Holiday Season, a Reflection On Current Events

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On Thursday, the College was closed as students, faculty, and staff took time to connect with friends and family and count their blessings. While many are giving thanks this holiday season, many others – both here and abroad – are mourning loss.

Extremists responsible for the recent mass killings in Paris took the life of a Cal State Long Beach student. Other recent terror attacks around the world – Lebanon, Tunisia, Mali, Iraq, and the skies over Egypt – have ended the lives of countless others. Among those connected to mourning communities is Dance Department Chair Maha Afra, who was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon.

Professor Afra immigrated to the United States in 1985 during Lebanon’s civil war. Having received an M.Sc. in Human Morphology and Genetics from American University in her native country, she accepted a research post at UC Irvine. While working in the sciences, Maha discovered her love of the arts and refocused her career – completing a B.A. and M.F.A. in Dance at UCI.

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Professor Afra is among the Lebanese expatriates worldwide feeling an intense sadness about the broken lives, shattered families, and loss of normality that many people in the country had worked so hard to rebuild after the civil war.

A vigil at the site of the explosions that occurred in the southern suburbs of Beirut:

Beirut Vigil(Photo Credit: Reuters)

Twin explosions in Borj el-Barajneh, a suburb of Beirut, killed 43 people and wounded more than 200 others earlier this month on November 12. Two suicide bombers on motorcycles targeted commercial and residential areas at a busy evening hour when families were gathering after a day of work. A marketplace, mosque, and school bore the brunt of the explosions. An ISIS group, “Soldiers of the Caliphate,” claimed responsibility.

Lebanon held a day of mourning following the blasts. While past attacks have led to a cycle of blame and recriminations, there are signs that this time may be different as politicians from various factions call for unity.

A photo from the day of mourning:

Lebanon Day of Mourning(Photo Credit: Sara Salman | Instagram)

Daily news reports detailing bombings, militias and checkpoints bring Maha back to her experience with extreme conflict in Lebanon. She worries about limited resources in the region’s countries who have to support Syrian and Iraqi refugees (who flee from wars that have produced millions of refugees). While recent news has focused much attention on those going to Europe, a majority are seeking asylum in neighboring Middle Eastern and North African countries.

“What do you do with young people who have no education, no job, and no hope?” Professor Afra asks. High unemployment rates, especially among young men, have left many disenfranchised and disenchanted. These are said to be ideal recruits for ISIS and other extremist groups both in warn-torn countries and economically struggling developed nations. Giving these individuals economic viability – “a job that provides them dignity and the ability to raise a family – is critical to the future of the region and world,” adds Professor Afra.

As we reflect on our blessings during the holidays, we send our thoughts not only to those in mourning, but all impacted by current events. 

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 #Thanksgiving #CypressCollege #FineArts

Art Professor Paul Paiement’s Work Featured in Italian Publication

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#Motivating | Cypress College has many incredible faculty with strong professional backgrounds in their discipline.  Art Professor Paul Paiement is an example of those who not only bring past professional experience, but continue to practice and innovate in their field.  The Italian publication La Toscana recently featured his “Una Moderna Wunderkammer” show,  which ran from October 10-November 10 at the Florence Dance Center in Florence, Italy.

Musca Ducatica(Photo credit: www.undo.net)

Professor Paiement began teaching at Cypress College in 1996. An alumnus of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, he attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree. His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in New York, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, England, France, Austria, Japan, Chicago, and Southern California.

His recent exhibition was curated by Adelinda Allegretti and featured 17 paintings from Paiement’s “Hybrids” series.

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On his website, Professor Paiement writes that his work:

“…addresses technology’s influence on society in two primary ways. I first consider the fusion of the organic and inorganic through the concept of cyborgs. Cyborgs are a hybrid of machine and organism created to enhance nature. Evidence of these sci-fi inventions exists in robotics, prosthetics, DNA testing, cloning, etc. Secondly, I choose to paint the subjects, rather than digitally render them to display distrust in our culture’s deification of technology.”

Paul Paiement Opening 2(Photo courtesy Paul Paiement)

Professor Paiment’s involvement in his field is indicative of the level of quality of the Fine Arts faculty at Cypress, and College alumni are well represented across fields in the creative arts.

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A video showing the exhibition is on YouTube. To see more examples of Professor Paiment’s work, you can check out his personal website here and Instagram page here. For a past post we did on his work, you can click here.

Congratulations, Professor Paiment, and thank you for your work in the arts and with your students!

#CypressCollege #motivating

OC Weekly Spotlights Cypress Culinary Alum

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Cypress College alumni go on to great careers in a range of fields, and OC Weekly recently featured one of those success stories- Spencer Kim, an alumnus of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Culinary Arts Program. Spencer has a restaurant, Spencer’s Bistro, in Buena Park, and the Weekly spoke with him about food, cooking, and his background.

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Spencer credits the program at Cypress for helping him break into the industry:

…I am glad I went there because if it wasn’t for the support and recommendation from the dean, Mike Bird, I wouldn’t have ended up at Roy’s, the place where I refined my skills tremendously.

Spencer’s success demonstrates the quality of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Culinary Arts Program. The program is hands-on, with Culinary students managing and operating the full-service Bistro Café. Many alums go on to open their own restaurants, transfer to the nation’s best four-year institutions, and pursue management careers in hotels, resorts, clubs, and tourism operations. Culinary product development and special events/meeting planning are also popular career tracks for HRC alums.

Read Part One of the interview here, and Part Two here.

Spencer’s Bistro is located at 6084 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park. For more info on the restaurant, check out their website and Yelp page.

Congratulations, Spencer, and best wishes in your culinary endeavors!