Holocaust Survivors, Unique Portrait Collection by Photography Professor Highlight First Yom HaShoah Event

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Multiple Holocaust survivors and a pair of children of survivors highlight Cypress College’s first-ever Yom HaShoah event on May 4. The event is inspired by Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester’s unique portraits taken of survivors. The portraits will be on display during the event and Cypress College students will perform an interpretative routine in reaction to the photographs. More than 400 people are expected to attend.

The remembrance takes place adjacent to the campus pond on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Cypress College, located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, CA.

Holocaust survivors Dr. Jacob Eisenbach and Natalie Weinstein-Gold are the featured speakers. They are among the five or six survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who will be honored at the event, along with two children of survivors.

Cypress College students, college employees, and community members will also participate. These include History Professor David Halahmy, representatives for the German Consulate in Los Angeles and Rabbi Heidi Cohen of Santa Ana’s Temple Beth Sholom.

Cypress College’s tribute is also centered around an exhibition of haunting and spirit-filled portraits of survivors photographed by Cypress College Professor Clifford Lester. Professor Lester’s portraits of Holocaust survivors were exhibited during an all-faculty meeting at the start of the school year. The work was so well received the photographs are now displayed in the campus Student Center. At one time facing extermination, these survivors now express determination to keep the memories of the Holocaust alive. The portraits create an enduring voice for the survivors, a voice that speaks out against hatred, injustice, stereotypes, and anti-Semitism. Among Cypress College’s core values is “inclusiveness” and the college’s Diversity Committee agreed to hold a Yom HaShoah event in this spirit.

Yom HaShoah is the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. This year it begins at sunset on Wednesday, May 4 and concludes at sunset on May 5. Cypress College pays respect with a ceremony that promotes acceptance and inclusion, diversity and justice, no matter one’s race, religion, color or creed. This message will be accentuated by Cypress College Dance students, who will present an original interpretive performance interconnected with music and photography.

The lighting of memorial candles is part of the Yom HaShoah tradition. Four of the Holocaust survivors and two children of survivors — including a Cypress College employee — will represent the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. Lit candles will then be floated onto the campus pond.

Confirmed Holocaust survivors participating in Cypress College’s Yom HaShoah event are: Dr. Eisenbach, Ms. Weinstein-Gold, Sarah Schweitz, and Harry Lester; the children of survivors are David Langer (representing his father Nathan and mother Mira), and Rick Van Beynen (representing his mother Rachel). Biographies of the participants are attached below.

Biographies of Holocaust Survivors and Offspring Participating:

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach — Holocaust Survivor

At 93 years old, Dr. Eisenbach recently retired from dentistry after practicing for 60 years. Dr. Eisenbach and his family lived in Lodz, Poland. Before the war broke out, Dr. Eisenbach lost his mother to illness. After Poland was invaded, he lost his sister, father and youngest brother at the hands of the Nazis.  Despite all of these losses, Dr. Eisenbach retains his strength by remembering his parents’ words, telling him “to never lose hope for a better tomorrow.” As a result, Dr. Eisenbach is quick to state he has never lost his faith in humanity.

Natalie Weinstein-Gold — Holocaust Survivor

At the age of 18 months, Natalie Weinstein-Gold was left on the doorstep of a lawyer’s house with a cross around her neck in the hope that this would save her life during the war. Four and a half years later, she was found at a convent by her father, a Warsaw Ghetto fighter named Leon Weinstein. Ms. Weinstein-Gold, now a psychologist, shared many Sabbath dinners with her father after coming to the United States in 1952.

Sarah Schweitz — Holocaust Survivor

Sarah Schweitz was born in Trikala, Greece. When her father was captured during World War II by the Germans, he was threatened with his death by the German Commandant of a Detention Camp. When asked why his life should be spared, he showed the Nazi a picture of his 31/2 year old daughter and said she was waiting for him to come home. Reminded of his own daughter, the German spared Sarah’s father’s life and let him go.

Harry Lester — Holocaust Survivor

Harry Lester, father of Cypress College Photography Professor Clifford Lester, was formerly named Horst Littwitz, until coming to the United States on the Italian Ship Vulcania. Faced with harassment from the Nazi’s as early as 1933, Mr. Lester survived the first part of the war despite events such as the trashing of the synagogue where his bar mitzvah was to be held. Mr. Lester migrated to the U.S. with his mother in November of 1939. His father Max  was left behind because of U.S. quotas limiting immigration from Poland. Fortunately, they were joined by his father a year later.

David Langer — Son of Holocaust Survivors

David Langer is the son of Nathan and Mira, both Holocaust survivors. They immigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Nathan, who grew up in a family of wine makers, later founded Langer Juice Company. A native of Krakow, Poland, he was the only survivor of his immediate family.

Rick  Van Beynen — Son of Holocaust Survivor

Rick Van Beynen, a Cypress College employee, is the son of Rachel (Kops) Van Beynen, who was born in Amsterdam in 1926. Ms. Van Beynen was the first person in the family to be taken by the German SS at age 16. She ultimately survived 10 concentration camps — including a death march from Auschwitz, when the Germans knew they were losing the war. After the war, she learned that her mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents and 53 other family members had been exterminated.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice. For others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and its highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of its many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 164 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 71 areas of study. The College’s traditional semesters begin in January and September, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest higher education tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Dr. Bob Simpson is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the College is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

Art Gallery March/April Exhibitions

Through April 14, 2016, two beautiful new exhibits in our Cypress College Art Gallery

Tales That Must be Told: 
Contemporary Narrative Art
Curated by Siobhan McClure

Artists: David Balin, John Frame, Wendell Gladstone, Julie Heffernan, Nathan Huff, David Jien, Melissa Kauk Macias, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Tom Knechtel, Laura Krifka, Siobhan McClure, Tom Miller, Kristen Morgin, Yoshi Sakai, Kate Savage, Devin Troy Strother, Eve Wood. 

Cypress College Art Gallery is pleased to present Tales That Must Be Told: Contemporary Narrative Art a group exhibition of contemporary art curated by Siobhan McClure. The telling of tales with paint can be traced back to cave paintings and was central to art making until the mid 20th century. Once, the meaning of these visual tales was clear to the intended audience; cultures were homogeneous and symbolism was shared. Over time we lost all or part of the tales imbedded in the imagery, yet the desire to tell or see visual tales did not dissipate. Today’s narrative paintings are products of this history. Shared cultural references have dissolved, and in their place are highly personal narratives. “Personal” is the key word since all of the artists in this group are creating personal tales. Sometimes they integrate or transform scraps of old tales into new ones while at other times they fabricate completely new tales. Often, the specifics of old tales are not readily apparent although a sense of meaning and tone can be grasped. Unlike their predecessors, these contemporary narrative artists are comfortable with this ambiguity, with multiple interpretations of their tales. Their images are not detached from meaning nor are their tales without purpose. They are tales they are compelled to tell.

IN THE PROJECT SPACE: Frido Evers: Letter to Pauli

Curated by Merete Steiro Mortensen

The theme of Norwegian artist Frido Evers’ large-scale installation titled Letter to Pauli is a cascading spectacle of the universe, grounded in the harsh materialism of the earth. It shows us our predicament as finite stargazers knee-deep in mud. Making use of high-tech equipment, always probing deeper towards the limit of human capability, the precision of Evers’ manual craftsmanship forms a tangible contrast to his oeuvres’ ephemeral atmosphere.

Herein lie the traces of a working humanity, exemplified by the decomposing industrial ruins that frequents as his motives. Juxtaposed to an indefinite space over and above our worldly efforts, it catapults the mind to a sublimated state where the duality absolves and we’re left with the relativity of a universe where no absolute point of view can be determined.

Evers’ work is not just a manifestation of an Apollonian creator reveling in his own splendidness; rather, it incites the desire of creativity in the perceiver, inviting us to come along for a while on the journey that never ends as long as we’re still around to take part in it.

 

Tales That Must be Told

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Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 am – 2 pm. The gallery is closed Friday, except by appointment. The Art Gallery is located on the Cypress College campus: 9200 Valley View, Cypress, CA 90630. For more information, please call 714.484.7139

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In the News: Professor Craig Goralski

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Until recently, counties across California buried unidentified human remains – known as John & Jane Doe’s – in nondescript plots of open land. Many who reside in such cemeteries were victims of foul play and/or lived on the fringes of society. Their passings remain a mystery, their histories largely untold. It’s only with relatively recent advances in forensic science that questions of anonymity can be resolved; a name can be connected to a body – a decades old case finally closed.

Our very own Dr. Craig Goralski, Professor of Anthropology, is heralding this effort on behalf of San Bernardino County. As Co-Director of the Institute of Field Research Unidentified Persons Project, Dr. Goralski leads students from around the world in the delicate excavation and genetic analysis of Potter’s Field –  a dusty, three-acre tract of land where roughly 7,000 individuals reside, approximately 700 of which are unidentified.

The Orange County Register featured Dr. Goralski and his team this August in a piece titled ‘Who is Buried in Potter’s Field?’. The article is testament to Dr. Goralski’s expertise, sensibility and leadership, and is an example of the quality of our faculty at Cypress College.

In addition to his field talents, Dr. Goralski is also widely renowned for his teaching. In the spring of this year (2015) he was inducted into the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Hall of Fame as an Influential Educator. More on that notable commendation here.

The full article ‘Who is buried in potter’s field?’ can be found on the OC Register website. For additional information on Dr. Goralski’s field work in forensic archaeology see the Gizmodo article ‘The Coldest Case’.

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Cypress College #3 in California Community Colleges

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Cypress College ranks third of 112 California Community Colleges in a Schools.com assessment. The report, published Tuesday, May 5th, is derived from key indicators of student success based on metrics from the National Center for Education Statistics, the University of California and California State University systems.

As the third-highest scorer, Cypress College places behind Saddleback College and Santa Monica City College. It is followed by Pasadena City College (No.#5), Golden West College (No.#6), and El Camino College (No.#10). The independent review praises Cypress College’s educational accessibility, affordability, and student success.

School.com’s methodology analyzes six criteria to assess an institution’s ranking: transfers to the University of California and California State University systems (30 percent), affordability (30 percent), student-to-faculty ratio (15 percent), distance education (15 percent), retention rates (5 percent), and graduation rates (5 percent).

“California community colleges are important — not just to California, but to the entire nation…. [they] are vital for the state’s future economic success,” state the report’s authors. The California Community College system is the state and nation’s largest workforce training provider. Nearly 70% of CA nurses and 80% of firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and emergency medical technicians are trained at a CCC. California Community Colleges are also a smart financial pathway to four-year institutions; students can save at least $40,000 by completing their general education requirements at a CCC before transfer to CSU or UC campuses.

Cypress College is one of 112 community colleges in California, which together comprise the largest system of public higher education in the nation. The College was founded in 1966 with a vision to support and advance the diverse academic and professional pursuits of local residents. With more than 50 university-transfer majors, 138 career certificate programs and degrees in 61 areas of study, Cypress College provides nearly 20,000 students each year access to a top-quality education that lays the foundation for future success. For more information, please visit: www.cypresscollege.edu

To view the report in its entirety, please visit: http://www.schools.com/articles/top-25-community-colleges-in-california (link is external).

Measure J’s Voter Approval Upheld by OC Superior Court Judge

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Measure J’s election victory was validated by an Orange County Superior Court judge yesterday. In response to the court ruling in favor of the North Orange County Community College District and the Registrars of Voters in both Orange and Los Angeles counties, NOCCCD Interim Chancellor Fred Williams shared these thoughts:

It is my pleasure to inform you that today NOCCCD’s Measure J victory was upheld by a judge from the Orange County Superior Court. The judge found unequivocally in our favor. This has been a long journey, but in spite of the narrow margin, the recounts, and the lawsuit, NOCCCD has prevailed!

The attached press release has more information, but I think we can finally feel secure in the results and move forward with completing our Master Plan. Thank you, again, to everyone who helped on the Measure J campaign. This was truly a team effort and it is a team win.

You can read more in the NOCCCD’s full statement at: http://nocccd.edu/documents/MeasureJLawsuitWinPressRelease.pdf.

Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program Selected in California’s First Bachelor’s Degree Pilot Program

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Cypress College is one of 15 California community colleges that will offer a bachelor’s-degree program as part of a statewide pilot effort. The College’s Mortuary Science Program was selected by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, which voted its initial approval of participating colleges on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m just thrilled,” Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson said. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students. Our faculty worked with tremendous diligence to meet the application requirements. In addition, the College’s proposal was enhanced by the participation of Mortuary Science students and alumni in the process. While this is a significant step for community college students, it is also important to note that successful implementation of this program will not impede the core work of the college.”

Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program is so well regarded that the HBO series “Six Feet Under” repeatedly referenced Cypress College to add authenticity. The program is one of only two at public institutions in the state and no public university in the Western United States offers a bachelor’s degree in the field. The closest such program is in Oklahoma.

In the News

OC Breeze — Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program selected in California’s first bachelor’s degree pilot program

Orange County Register — Santa Ana, Cypress colleges slated to offer 4-year degrees

Los Angeles Times — Fifteen community colleges in California to offer four-year degrees

Long Beach Press Telegram — Cypress College among 15 campuses to offer 4-year degrees

OC Weekly — Cypress College Moves on to Better Place With Early Nod for 4-Year Mortuary Science Degrees

Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program was selected last November by North Orange County Community College District Trustees to apply for the California pilot program. Districts were permitted to submit only one program each. Programs also were required not to be in conflict with bachelor’s-degree programs already offered in the Cal States or UCs.

In September 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that allows California community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in a pilot program. The legislation, known as SB 850, was sponsored by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego).

Instruction in the pilot baccalaureate degree program in 15 college districts will begin no later than the 2017-18 academic year. Under the new law, community colleges would charge only $84 more per unit for upper-division baccalaureate coursework than they currently charge for lower-division courses. The Legislative Analyst’s Office will conduct an interim evaluation of the bachelor’s degree program in 2018, and a final evaluation by July 2022. The pilot program will end in the 2022-23 academic year, unless extended by the Legislature.

Nationwide, more than 50 community colleges operate almost 500 baccalaureate programs in 21 states.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice. For others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and its highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of its many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 50 university-transfer majors, 138 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 61 areas of study. The College’s traditional semesters begin in January and September, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest higher education tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Dr. Bob Simpson is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the College is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

 

NOTE: The official news release is available here — Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program Selected in California’s First Bachelor’s Degree Pilot Program

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