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Youngerman is California's 50-Meter Freestyle Swimming Champion

April 26, 2013 — 4:04 p.m.

a photograph showing the Jacelyn Youngerman, 2013 California Community College state champion in the 50 meter freestyle

Jacelyn Youngerman is the state champion in the 50 Free, recording a time of 23.69. She has another two opportunities for gold tonight.

She'll swim as part of the 200 Medley relay team, along with Sara Kennedy, Kelsey Kendall, and Joanna Zapien. Youngerman also clocked at 1:56 in the 200 Free preliminaries to qualify for tonight's final in that event.

Kendall timed at 32.43 in the 50 Breaststroke to advance to the finals, which are also tonight.

Way to go Chargers, all events participated qualify for Finals!

The Women's 200 Free Relay Team placed 6th overall in state championships. Relay members are Youngerman, Sara Kennedy, Nicole Wheeler, and Kendall.

Men's Diving: Pierson Gruettner placed 3rd in the State in the 3-meter board! He will compete in the 10-meter. Way to go Pierson!

Women's Double Tennis Jasmine Singh/Devan Johnson defeated the team from College of the sequoias 6-1, 6-1 at Ojai to advance into the next round.

Information via Henry Tran, Cypress College Sports Information

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Print Version of Cypress College Summer Class Schedule Now Available

April 23, 2013 — 1:34 p.m.

a photograph showing the Cypress College 2013 Summer Class Schedule

Now on sale in the Bookstore: Cypress College's Summer 2013 Class Schedule (PDF version). It is available for $2.

Summer classes will begin on June 17, 2013, with expanded offerings compared ot recent summers, thanks to the passage of Proposition 30 last November.

Current students have already received registration information, including dates and times, in their MyGateway accounts and via email. Registration begins in early May.

New and returning students can apply for summer classes on the Cypress College website at

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Two Faculty Set to Earn Tenure at NOCCCD Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight

April 23, 2013 — 1:32 p.m.

a photograph showing the Cypress College 2013 Tenured Faculty

Two Cypress College faculty members -- Tina Johannsen and Jane Walker -- from the Health Science Division will be recognized tonight by Trustees for the North Orange County Community College District as the pair are poised to earn tenure.

Johannsen, an instructor in the Psychiatric Technician program, and Walker, who teaches Nursing, will be honored at the April 23, 2013 Board meeting. Trustees that evening are also expected to consider official action conferring tenure on the instructors.

Johannsen has worked at Cypress College for 6 years. Her teaching career began with her working as a mentor, before taking on adjunct faculty assignments, and eventually her full-time faculty position.

Her campus activities and committees include: Curriculum Committee, 3 years; United Faculty Board Member, 2 years; Special Program Review Committee; Sr. Day volunteer; and Parent Night. She makes jewelry, donating proceeds to Straight Talk, where she has worked as a therapist for the past 7 years.

Johannsen is an active member of Kiwanis, La Mirada chapter, and has served as the treasurer for the California Association of Psychiatric Technician Educators for last 5 years.

She earned her associate's degree in Business Management & Real Estate, bachelor's in Sociology, a master's in Counseling, and is a Licensed Psychiatric Technician.

Walker started at Cypress College in August of 2009 as a full-time instructor in the Nursing Department.

She served on the Master Planning Committee during the 2009-2010 academic year, and has been active in her department's Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) Committee. She currently serves on a Nursing Department curriculum-revision committee to incorporate the QSEN standards into the program.

Prior to earning her position at Cypress College, Walker was a Labor and Delivery nurse/Perinatal nurse at Irvine Regional Hospital, Corona Regional Hospital, UCI Medical Center, and at various other Southern California hospitals. She also worked as a School Readiness Nurse for the Fullerton School District under California's First Five Initiative from 2008-2009.

She earned an associate's degree in Nursing, a bachelor's in Psychology, master's in Nursing with an education in nursing, has completed a third of the courses on a second master's in Marriage Family Child Counseling, and continues to earn continuing education units in general nursing, perinatal nursing, and education to stay current and help her students have the most recent evidence for their practice.

Related: View the 2013 Tenured Faculty Brochure.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Annual Scholarship Booksale Runs Through Thursday

April 22, 2013 — 12:03 p.m.

a photograph showing books for sale at the annual Language Arts Booksale at Cypress College

The Cypress College Language Arts Booksale is being held in the Humanities Building today through Thursday (April 22-25). The fundraiser takes place in the Language Arts lobby on the second floor of the Humanities Building.

The event is held by the Language Arts Division and the Honors Program to raise money for scholarships.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Cypress College Summer Class Schedule Now Available Online

April 16, 2013 — 3:59 p.m.

Cypress College's Summer 2013 Class Schedule (PDF version) is now available online and will be sold in the bookstore by the end of this month. Summer classes will begin on June 17, 2013.

The number of classes offered at Cypress College this summer has increased from recent summer terms because of the passage of Proposition 30.

Current students should watch for class registration information, including dates and times, in their MyGateway personal message channel this week. Registration begins in early May.

New and returning students can apply for summer classes on the Cypress College website at

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Cypress College Mourns Passing of Dr. Kim Bartlett, Director of DSPS

April 12, 2013 — 2:01 p.m.

a photograph showing Dr. Kim Bartlett

Dr. Kim Bartlett, who headed the Disabled Student Programs and Services for both Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education since 2000, passed away at her home on Wednesday.

She had been hospitalized with pneumonia last weekend, but appeared to have recuperated enough to be discharged on Wednesday.

"Kim was a vital member of the Cypress College leadership team," Dr. Bob Simpson said in an email to the campus community. "Her passing is a profound loss for the Cypress College community."

In addition to her DSPS duties, she served on the Diversity Committee, the Staff Development Committee, and chaired the Student Equity Committee.

Described as "patient and understanding" by her staff, Dr. Bartlett was a tireless advocate for students with disabilities. She worked tirelessly to highlight the needs of students with "invisible disabilities" to ensure their educational needs were being met.

"Dr. Bartlett was a genuine person who cared about people," said Paul de Dios, Cypress College's Dean of Counseling and Student Development, and Dr. Bartlett's dean. "I was fortunate to have worked with her during the last six years and can attest to the significant impact she has made in my life, and -- most importantly -- the students at Cypress and SCE. She truly made a difference! My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Tom and the entire Bartlett family."

Before she joined Cypress College's management team, Dr. Bartlett was the director of the Disability Resource Center at San Francisco State University, where she was responsible for providing academic accommodations for the college's students with disabilities.

Prior to that, Dr. Bartlett served as the acting executive director of the Access Center of San Diego for a year and coordinated a program to create an independent lifestyle for people with disabilities. She also coordinated support groups for adolescents and adults with disabilities at the Access Center of San Diego.

Dr. Bartlett was a postdoctoral fellow in clinical psychology at Mental Health Systems in San Diego and a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric clinical psychology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Bartlett earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her bachelor's degree at Arizona State University. Her research has been published in the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly and the Journal of Social Issues. A native of San Diego, Dr. Bartlett resided in Anaheim since coming to Cypress College. She is survived by her husband, Tom, and her cat, Gretl. Memorial service information will be shared with everyone as soon as it is available.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Student Success Scorecard Unveiled as Accountability Tool for Community Colleges

April 10, 2013 — 5:41 p.m.

Icon for the Student Success Scorecard from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; text reads: Student Success Scorecard

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office yesterday unveiled its new Student Success Scorecard, an accountability tool making Cypress College and the state's entire 112-campus system perhaps the most-transparent and accountable system of public higher education in the country. The performance metrics in the scorecard are designed to help more students achieve their educational goals on time.

Release of the scorecard is one of several actions taken by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to increase the number of students who earn certificates and degrees or transfer to a four-year institution.

The Student Success Scorecard measures student performance at each community college in a clear and concise way. It will help concentrate the focus of educational leaders on improving student success.

Each of the objectives related to the state's effort closely align with the directions articulated in the Strategic Plan for both Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District.

Specifically, we are committed to improving the rates of completion, progressing toward elimination of the achievement gap, improving success rates in basic skills, and implementing best practices related to planning and transparent decision-making processes.

The Student Success Scorecard for Cypress College can be viewed on the state chancellor's website by clicking here (note, you will be leaving the Cypress College website).

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Reminder: Second 'Half-Semester' Courses Begin Week of Monday, April 8

April 5, 2013 — 4:47 p.m.

Cypress College's second "1/2-Semester" courses begin the week of Monday, April 8, 2013. These classes offer full credit, while meeting for an 8-week period through the end of the spring semester on May 31, 2013.

Among the classes are 10 new sections, which were added because of high demand from students. The classes are listed in a document distributed electronically to all students.

Courses with space remaining can be found utilizing the open class listing on the MyGateway portal.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

Campanile Turns Blue for Autism Awareness

April 1, 2013 — 5:06 p.m.

Cypress College and its sister institution the School of Continuing Education will "Light It Up Blue" to raise awareness about autism. The effort commemorates World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Autism Awareness Month.

Cypress College is participating by lighting its iconic campanile blue. The tower is located in the middle of the college and is visible from off campus as well. SCE's Cypress campus will also participate by lighting their flag pole, and both he North Orange County Community College District (second-floor entrance) and the Wilshire Center at Fullerton College will also be lit in blue.

This is the first year that Cypress College, SCE, and the NOCCCD are participating.

In 2012, In 2012, more than 3000 iconic buildings and landmarks in over 50 countries on six continents turned their lights blue in commemoration of World Autism Awareness, according to organizer Autism Speaks.

Cypress College will light the campanile tonight, the start of Autism Awareness Month, and on tomorrow (April 2, 2013) for World Autism Awareness Day.

Cypress College's effort is done in conjunction with SCE's office of Disabled Student Programs and Services.

The campanile is lit year round with white lights, except for part of December, when the arms are red and green, and during the commencement ceremony it is awash in school colors: blue and gold.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

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