SEMA Holds 2nd Annual Auto Event for Cypress College Students

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Cypress College hosted its second annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) Career Day event today. SEMA Career Day is intended to inform students of alternatives in the Automotive Technology and Transportation industries of opportunities extending beyond traditional auto tech skills. The event also focused on attracting women to these careers.

This year’s event also engaged participation from the College’s Marketing, Management, Art and Computer Graphics, and Photography programs, along with the Automotive Technology and Auto Collision Repair departments.

The event, with ran from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., featured a host of prominent speakers from the industry who presented about the diversity of careers in the automotive aftermarket. Students from the automotive, business, and arts programs participated in educational sessions geared towards specific career paths.

Presenters:

  • Randy Lorentzen, Planet-R Inc. Photography
  • Theresa Contreras, L&G Enterprises, Designer & Painter
  • Matt Gamble, Edelbrock, Engineer
  • Max Grundy, MaxGrundy.com, Art & Design
  • Von Hot Rod, Pin stripping and Merchandising
  • Erin Gilhuly, Toyota Motor Sales, Project Administrator
  • Melanie White, Hellwig Products, Vice President
  • Tracie Nunez, PWA President,
  • Jim Liaw, Formula Drift, President/Co-founder, Motorsports and Promotion
  • Myles Kovacs, DUB, President/Co-founder, Publishing
  • Dan Kahn, Kahn Media, President, Public Relations

 

 

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Headed to an Out-of-State University? Attend Upcoming College Fair

If you’re thinking about continuing your education at an out-of-state university, join the Transfer Center for the San Diego National College Fair on Sunday, October 4. More than 400 colleges and universities from across the United States are participating in the fair.

The Transfer Center is organizing a bus ride to San Diego. Interested students should sign-up at the Transfer Center  as soon as possible. A $5 cash reservation fee is required when making the RSVP. The fee will be refunded when at check-in at the time of the trip. Students participating in the trip will check-in 9:30 a.m. on October 4. The bus leaves promptly at 10 a.m. and is returning at 6 p.m. Seating is limited.

The Cypress College Transfer Center is located on the second floor of the Student Center. The staff can be reached at (714) 484-7129, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-noon.

Lost and Found Located in Campus Safety

Cypress College’s Lost and Found Service is operated by the Campus Safety Department. Campus Safety attempts to identify the owner of all recovered items. Found property is retained for a 90-day period, with exceptions including perishable items, hazardous material, credit cards or other items that require special handling.

Service hours for lost and found are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Advance arrangements can be made for after-hour reclamation of specific items. Found items may be turned in to a Campus Safety Officer at any time.

The Campus Safety Office is located on the first floor of the Business Building, facing Lot #1. The office can be reached 24/7 at (714) 484-7387.

Second-Highest Enrollment in College History Reached

This chart shows fall-term enrollment at Cypress College. The current student body is the second-largest in campus history.
This chart shows fall-term enrollment at Cypress College. The current student body is the second-largest in campus history.

This is the second-largest student body in Cypress College’s nearly 50-year history.

A near-record 16,566 students were enrolled in classes on the first census day. That is just 104 students shy of the College’s all-time high. It is also 1,294 more students than were enrolled at the same milestone in the spring semester. The initial figure may fluctuate slightly, but is safely ahead of the 16,444 students who attended in fall 2010.

First census is an important milestone since it establishes official enrollment in a course and is the point in the semester from which the state derives benchmark enrollment figures.

Fall enrollment is 94% of capacity, Dr. Bob Simpson reported to the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees on Tuesday. The College also is on track to meet its enrollment targets, he told the Board.

“These figures represent a concerted College effort lead by Executive Vice President Santanu Bandyopadhyay and his Enrollment Management Committee that have used enrollment data and institutional planning to attract students in a climate of decreasing demand for classes,” he said.

In Fall 2009, Cypress College had an unduplicated student count of 16,670 at first census. State budget cuts in subsequent terms precluded the College from expanding on that record enrollment.

While keeping students enrolled through census is an important step for the College, the goal is to foster student success through course and program completion, Bandyopadhyay noted.

Record Enrollment Possible as Fall Headcount Challenges 2009 Mark

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Enrollment is as strong as it has ever been. As of today, Cypress College has 16,672 students enrolled in classes. That’s two greater than the all-time high recorded at first census. First census is an important milestone since it establishes official enrollment in a course and is the point in the semester from which the state derives benchmark enrollment figures.

In Fall 2009, Cypress College had an unduplicated student count of 16,670 at first census. State budget cuts in subsequent terms precluded the College from expanding on that record enrollment.

With the first census date arriving this Sunday (students can drop up to that date with no record of enrollment noted on their transcripts), it appears as if Cypress College will record its second-highest headcount figures in college history.

Depending on how many students have yet to use add codes, it is possible that the all-time high could be eclipsed. Headcount — the number of unique students enrolled in at least a single course — peaked at 16,699 on August 29 and 30.

A dip of just 27 students since last weekend is a strong indicator that faculty have successfully made retention of students a priority.

“Thank you for your contribution towards improving access to post-secondary education for the students,” Executive Vice President Santanu Bandyopadhyay said. “This would not have been possible without the excellent teamwork, right from outreach to marketing, enrollment services to financial aid processing, high quality of instruction, and accommodating as many students as possible in the classroom without compromising on pedagogy. Job well done!”

While keeping students enrolled through census is an important step for the College, the goal is to foster student success through course and program completion, he noted.

“Access is the initiation of the academic journey of our students,” Dr. Bandyopadhyay wrote. “Our next goal is to retain the students in the classroom and helping them acquire the skills they need in order to be successful. I am confident that with your commitment and dedication to our students, we will see the improvement in retention and success of our students. Let us continue the great work!”

Campus, Community Members Provide Feedback About Upcoming Construction Projects

An artist's rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.
An artist’s rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.

Members of the campus community and the public have participated in four open forums designed to provide information and solicit input about upcoming projects derived from the Measure J Bond Program at Cypress College. Feedback from the forums will guide evolution of existing plans and help shape the 20-year renovation of the Campus.

At the most-recent forum, held for employees and students on August 27, Vice President Karen Cant and architects provided an overview of the long-term and initial plans. The first projects to enter construction will likely include expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center and construction of a Veterans Resource Center — something voters expressed a strongly desired. A new concept that has gained traction is the potential to build a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building rather than renovating the existing facility. Once the new building was complete, the current SEM Building would be used as swing space for the duration of the Measure J construction program. The concept would foster a more-efficient right-sizing of classes and labs and result in cost savings from eliminating the need for portable buildings. It would also allow construction to continue in permanent facilities, rather than temporary quarters.

In addition to the August 27 forum (summary not yet available), members of the campus community also gathered on May 18 (read the meeting summary). Two forums focused on gathering feedback from the College’s neighbors were held on June 25 (meeting summary) and July 29 (meeting summary).

Cypress College’s educational facilities — including the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics classrooms and labs — will be transformed during the next 20 years as a result of Measure J. In addition to the STEM disciplines, the many other projects include renovation of the Fine Arts Building, expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center. Measure J passed by a supermajority (55%) of the voters in the District on November 4, 2014. The bond will provide $574 million Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District for facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses: Fullerton College, Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.

Cypress College’s vision for the future of the campus is detailed in the Educational and Facilities Master Plan. Revisions to the projects and goals will be guided by our stakeholders, including students, employees, and the community.

During her Opening Day presentation to College employees, Vice President Cant shared additional detail related to Measure J planning. These include:

  • Cypress Campus Architects hired Spring 2015 – DLR Group
  • Cypress Capital Projects Manager – hiring committee formed
  • Program Management Company recommended to the Board – MAAS Company
  • Comprehensive Master Facility Plan to be updated
  • Established a Measure J Bond web page: 
http://cypresscollege.edu/bond

In addition, she also noted several projects that are underway or have recently been concluded:

  • Orchestra Pit Cover
  • Laser Leveling of Soccer Field
  • Water Conservation Project
  • Thermal Energy Project
  • Baseball Fieldhouse
  • Fire Alarm/Mass Communications Pilot Project
  • New Campus Marquee

A Record 637 Attend New Student Welcome Night

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More than 600 new students and their parents participated in New Student Welcome Night — packing the Campus Theater, touring the campus, and using a variety of support services to prepare themselves for the start of the new academic year. The attendance figure at the event, which was held August 31, represented an all-time high.

“We had 581 new students and 56 parents attend our event,” said Paul de Dios, Cypress College’s Dean of Counseling and Student Development. “Since the inception of NSWN six years ago, this is by far, the largest number of attendees.”

A long list of employees and students were responsible for the planning and implementation of the event, according to de Dios who co-chaired the welcome night with Rick Rams, the College’s Dean of Student Support Services.

“We want to thank … the Cypress College family for their support and participation in welcoming 637 students (and) parents today,” de Dios said.

A first for the six-year-old event came in the form of participation by members of the new Student Ambassador program. More than 1,500 incoming students received calls from the ambassadors, who work under the leadership of Lark Crumpler.

Employees across the campus also participated in the planning and the event itself. They work in areas such as Maintenance and Operations, Campus Safety, Admissions and Records, Counseling, Student Services, Campus Communications, and, of course, each of the instructional areas of the College.

Alumnus Jose Gonzalez — a former president of the Associated Students and a graduate of UCLA — provided an inspiring welcome and offered strategies to successfully navigate the college experience. Current A.S. President Angel Garcia and College President Dr. Bob Simpson were among others greeting the new students.

Associated Students sponsored the food and refreshments while Dave Okawa and the A.S. Student Leaders grilled and served hamburgers and hot dogs to our hungry guests.

Members of the New Student Welcome Night planning team are:

Paul de Dios, Co-chair
Rick Rams, Co-chair
Lela Beck, Counseling
Dana Bedard, Counseling
David Booze, Admissions & Records
Lark Crumpler, Outreach
Dao Do, Bursars
Temperance Dowdle, Assessment
Yongmi Han, International Students Program
Jessica Nelson, Student Success and Support
Maureen Leopold, Bursars Office
Dave Okawa, Student Life & Development
Marc Posner, Campus Communications
Hideki Fukusumi, Counseling
Chelsea Truong, Student Support Services
Ernesto Heredia, Counseling

Student Ambassadors:

Kary Campos
Priscilla Ferreira
Angel Garcia
Rae Gelvin
Bobby Glover
Krystal Kosacki
Hien Nguyen
Tung Nguyen
Moriah Pleasant
Stevaen Tataje
Tu Tran
Vanna Tran
Annie Trinh
Claudia Villasenor
Eleese Williams