End Your Semester Strong: Resources to Help You

Does the quickly approaching end of the semester have you stressed? We know that this point in the semester can be very hectic, with papers and projects coming due, and finals rapidly approaching. We want to see you succeed, so we’ve rounded up resources at the College to help you survive (and thrive) these last two weeks. The LLRC even has extended hours to help you succeed!

Academics: Support at the Library & Learning Resource Center

    • Resources for research: Books, periodicals, and article databases are available through the Library,  which you can find here. Librarians are also available to assist you in your research. Not near a computer? They have an app! You can also text a librarian—simply text “Cypress” to 66746.
    • Computers: Both the Library and Learning Resource Center have desktop computers, and the library has laptops that you can check out as well.
    • Math Learning Center: Need help with a problem in math, stats, or physics? Go here! They have tutors available for questions, as well as computers for online math work.
    • English Success Center: Having problems with a specific part of a paper, or need formatting assistance? They can help, and have computers available for research and writing as well.
    • Individual tutoring: It is available in several subjects, including English. Tutors can work with you on research papers.  See how to make an appointment. Not on campus? Online tutoring is available! Click here for details.

Supplies and Food: Associated Students Finals Fuel

  • Supplies: The Associated Students will have those items vital for your exams- They will be handing out Scantrons, Blue Books, and pencils!
  • Food: A.S. will have snacks as well, so you can grab a quick bite to keep you fueled!
  • Finals Fuel will be Monday, May 22nd & Tuesday, May 23rd from 11:30 am- 1:00 p.m. outside the Student Activities Center.

Stress Relief: Resources through the Student Health Center and LLRC

  • Health Journeys Online Resources: Download tools to help reduce stress and get you through finals here.  These resources have been made available by the Student Health Center via the CCCCO.
  • Chill Zone: Relax your mind doing puzzles, filling out coloring books, or making buttons!
  • Guided meditation: Stop by the second floor classroom in the LLRC on Tuesday, May 16 or Thursday, May 18 from 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Raffle: The LLRC will give out colored pencils, coloring books, and more to help relieve stress, Thursday, May 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • After-hours cart: At the College, in the evening hours, there will be a self-serve cart full of items to help alleviate stress.

Associated Students Elections Candidate Statements

The Cypress College Associated Students will be holding General Elections Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11. Students will have the opportunity to vote on AS Council candidates for the 2017-18 academic year. The elections booth will be located behind the Student Center and will be open 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each day. In order to vote, students will need a student ID card with current semester AS sticker, or current semester class schedule printout and a photo ID. Below are statements, as provided by the candidates.


Tasmia Alam


I consider myself most qualified for this position because:

  • Served the AS Council for two years.
  • Previously held positions as Appointed Activities Coordinator and Elected Senator
  • Currently holding the position of the Executive Vice President.
  • Initiated an attendance policy within the council.
  • Successfully implemented new recruitment methods.
  • Gained firsthand experience by working alongside with the current President.
  • Possess strong leadership skills such as committed work ethic and integrity.


My goals for this office are:

  • Improve the college experience of students by encouraging their involvement.
  • Bring more structure and strictness within the council thus gaining more efficiency.
  • Encourage the student body to participate for resolutions presented during the General Assembly (A three-day conference organized by SSCCC).


I believe A.S needs to focus more on promoting themselves, so there are more occasions where more of us students get represented.
If elected, I will:

  • Recruit more council members.
  • Advertise through social media.
  • Represent student needs.
  • Engage the student body.

Ultimately, I’m confident that any of the duties that are assigned to me will get my undivided attention and the effort needed to accomplish it and this opportunity would extend my abilities as a leader and be part of a team whose mission and vision matches mine.

Maria Isabel Alvarez

1.    Why do you think you are the most qualified person running for this position?

I, Maria Isabel Alvarez, strongly believe I am the most qualified person running for President because I obtain 2 full years of student government. I’m taking nineteen units and successfully managing my position as Vice President of Campus Activities. I worked my way up from being only a committee member, to an activities coordinator to now upholding the position of Vice President of Campus Activities.  I organize all events on campus and outreach events as in welcome back, club rush, sex day, and finals fuel. I have had the pleasure with creating relationships with students, club members, faculty, personal, and classified. I have attended events and networked with many of the departments such as the career planning center, the humanities department, and the communications office. I hope to utilize all my knowledge, resources, and connections to do an amazing job as president. I am familiar with this institution and I am ready to begin making change for the betterment of our campus, our community, and our future. My strength is definitely student interaction with education. I am well rounded organized and a heck of a multi tasker. I am also a business major who will be innovative and get things done in an outstanding matter. I am determined to excel all expectations and be a memorable president. To do that, I want to continue to provide my

2.    What will be your main goals and objectives if you are elected to office?

If elected as president, I plan to enrich student life on campus, as my main goal. I currently sit on the food committee on campus and am aware of student’s needs. I will strive to get our food pantry that was established this year to be mentioned in all classes. The food pantry provides opportunities to students with hunger to get a free hot meal and clothing. I yearn to make students life here at Cypress College delightful and a highlight life experience. I believe making the recourses more upfront and easy to find will increase usage alike the private free tutors we have on campus that no one seems to know about. If elected shining light on these resources will be one of my main goals along with many others like creating a networking event where students can network with other students with the same major and make a longtime partners and connections.

3.    In your opinion, what areas does A.S. need to focus more attention on and what will you do, if elected, to improve these situations?

Confidence must be restored in student government where students feel they can come to the council and express their needs. I value student’s opinions, ideas, and concerns when making ANY decision. I also have an open ear and honor minority groups in a way that is fair and just for all groups and all the students as a whole to feel heard.

Executive Vice President

Robert Mounce

1.    Why do you think you are the most qualified person running for this position?

I feel the most qualified for this position because of my ability to work with people. Being a Vice President I would assist the President, so that the full responsibility would not just fall on the president, but I as well, so that the president has some of the stress off of he or she. I also think that I am the most qualified, because of my ability to work with people not just in Associated Students, but in the student body as a whole too.

2.    What will be your main goals and objectives if you are elected to office?

Some of my main goals would be first involving the student body more, so that they feel welcome into the college. As well as having Associated Students grow in members, so we have a bigger volunteer number as well as more opinions on certain subjects that come into the council. My last goal I would like to improve on is having more bonding events other than just retreat.

3.    In your opinion, what areas does A.S. need to focus more attention on and what will you do, if elected, to improve these situations?

In my opinion I think that the student body should be a focus of what AS is about. I think I would encourage Associated Students to put more events on to reach out to students before hand as well as communicate with VP of Public Relations to help advertise the events and make it look pleasing to go to.

Vice President of External Affairs

Aaron Hutching

Some of many things that qualify me as best suited for this candidacy are my joyful attitudes and vibrant characteristics. My deep and caring passion for this community and student advocacy are essential attributes for a great delegate! I have demonstrated outstanding involvement in A.S. in so much of everything we do because this is where fate has landed me. Providing the best of service, fairness, kindness, and positivity have been my objectives as a student leader; and carrying out these same goals are imbedded into me for this upcoming term.

As your V.P. of External Affairs I intend on making the best in every situation, and to do all in my power to advocate policy change for problems that arise as I have previously done so.

In my opinion what A.S. needs to improve on is outreaching to the entire student body, as I believe many people have experienced or identified issues or concerns that are in our jurisdiction to change and make better, just many may not be aware of all that we can do. There is a lot that can be done! Vote for me to help all of you!

Vice President of Public Relations

Kathryn Olimberio

Associated Students has affected my life in such a way that I cannot help but feel grateful. Student government has given me the chance to continuously impact my college and feel a part of something bigger than myself. As the current VP of PR, I hope to continue my duties next academic year so that I can continue to be involved with my college community.

I believe I am currently the most qualified for this position because I have many of the desirable skills required for the job. I excel at graphic design as well as drawing. I also am able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines. I also have experience holding the position and am able to balance the time commitment with my studies considerably well. Due to my work experience at the campus bookstore, I have strong communications skills as well as strong work ethic and am able to work with a wide variety of people in order to complete tasks.

If I am elected, my main goal in this position is to encourage more students to join and increase awareness of our Associated Students. While in office I hope that my time will be used to efficiently recruit more people so that we will have a wide variety of students who can accurately represent our student population. Aside from increasing awareness, I hope to establish a strong connection with faculty and staff so we can collaborate on announcing events to the student population. The more we connections we make, the wider our scope of influence reaches.  Though A.S. runs considerably well at its current state, I believe A.S. needs to focus mainly on recruitment and encouraging commitment. The problem is that A.S. students are not held accountable when they are violating bylaws or failing to adhere to deadlines. It is also especially important for elected members to lead by example so that others may follow. As a student government, it is our job to act professionally. Our actions affect our events and activities. As an elected member I will actively encourage people to stick with their commitments and hold themselves accountable for their actions. If we are lacking in volunteers, I will always be quick to step in and assist in the hopes that others will follow my example. Aside from resolving commitment issues, it is also important that we are consistently recruiting new members. New members are the future of A.S. When the current elected members graduate, there must be people to take their place. As an elected member I will devote time and energy toward recruiting individuals who can fulfill these leadership roles. If all of our elected members were to recruit even one person, it would help significantly. My focus is not only on the present but on the future. It is my personal goal to nurture the current council, so that Associated Students will continue to impact and affect lives just as it did mine.

Executive Secretary

Monica Santana

I believe I am the most qualified person for this position, because I have a full academic year of experience as the A.S Executive Secretary. I know how to be an organized and efficient Secretary, with the proper time management skills to get the job done. I also have previous A.S council experience, so I am fully ready, devoted, and prepared for the 2017-2018 council.

My main goals and objectives if elected to office, are to be an even better Secretary than I was this past year. I will make sure to have the minutes done quickly without the mistake of having them a little late, (which was due to lack of proper knowledge of the position). I hope to achieve this goal by becoming more organized, and balance out my school work/jobs/ and A.S work a lot better.

A.S needs to focus on having a stricter executive board. That way we are all present, at all the meetings, at all times. This will lead to better council communication and better teamwork. If I am elected, I will make sure to remind everyone the importance of attending every business/general meeting to set a good example to future executive board/and or council members.

Student Trustee

Daniel Sebastian

  1. I am most qualified for the position of Student Trustee, because I’ve had previous experience in A.S government. Also because of the opportunity to be in a leadership position previously as the Vice president of Fiscal Affairs. Having these necessary qualifications means that I already know how to interact with both faculty and students, which will allow me to do the best possible job.
  2. My main goals will be to properly and effectively run the positon of Student Trustee by increasing the communication between the Cypress College student government and the Board of Trustee committee, mainly so that by the end of the year our bonds with the faculty working at the board will be heavily enforced. Another one of my goals will be to work with our students here at Cypress to find issues that need to be heard and resolved.
  3. I believe our AS government needs to improve on the way we show our presence here on campus and the effect we can have to make a change. I will try to inspire as many students as I can so that they will aware of our student advocacy & government, so that they can also be a part of making a change in our schools.

Conserving An Artistic Legacy

Have you been curious about why there’s scaffolding around part of the front of the College Complex building? Or perhaps wondered what the story is behind the carved structure that features prominently in the Gateway Plaza of the College?

What you are seeing is a mural made by cast concrete relief, designed and created by noted Mexican-American artist and architect Sergio O’Cadiz. O’Cadiz worked as a conceptual architect and renderer for William Blurock & Associates, one of the companies that designed the first phase of the College’s construction. William Blurock, the firm’s principal, encouraged his workers to incorporate art into the design of buildings. The result is the sculptured wall at the front of the Complex building (which began life as the College’s first permanent library building), finished in 1967.

In 2016 the College began the process of conservation of this historically important piece of art. The first steps were a careful washing of the structure last spring, along with an evaluation of the sculpture. EverGreene Architectural Arts, an award-winning leader in the field, was engaged to assess and work on the piece. During the last few weeks, experts from EverGreene have been on campus, making further observations and going through the conservation process.

The goal of the work is to stabilize elements in the mural, so that this piece of history can endure at the College for another 50 years. A re-dedication is being planned upon completion of the work.

Campus Holds Third Accreditation Open Forum

Accreditation Self Study Chair Liana Koeppel and Accreditation Liaison Officer Philip Dykstra

Cypress College is accredited through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits community colleges and other associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the United States. The ACCJC is one of seven regional accrediting commissions authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Colleges follow a seven-year cycle during which institutional review is continuous. Cypress College is currently undergoing a comprehensive self evaluation in preparation for a visit by a team of peers in October 2017.


As part of the self evaluation, three open forums have been held in order to inform the College community about the process and to solicit feedback on the drafts that the Self Study Standards sub-committees have produced. The third of these forums was held Wednesday, February 1st. The next step in the self-study timeline is submission of the first draft of the report to the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, who will review it at their February 14th meeting.

Please click here to read and comment on the Draft Self Study. Suggested revisions made by Sunday, February 5th will be reviewed prior to the draft being sent to the Board of Trustees. For further information on accreditation, please click here for our accreditation main page.

Support Chargers Basketball at Hoops Night

Cypress College basketball hosts Orange Coast College in their 4th Annual #CypCity Hoops Night on Friday, Feb. 3rd. It’s a blackout game this year, with the men sporting new black uniforms and the women wearing black warm-ups.

Show your school spirit by wearing black and coming out to cheer on our Chargers as they take on conference rival OCC! The Associated Students will have a dedicated student cheer section, and Athletics will be providing spirit items for attendees. Click here to view a promo video.


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Men’s game at 5 p.m.
Women’s game at 7 p.m.

Come support your Chargers and WEAR BLACK!

College’s 50th Anniversary Recognized with “Key to the City” of Cypress


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.”


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


Donate Blood Wednesday and Thursday

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. That adds up to 44,000 units of blood needed each day. There is no substitute for human blood — it cannot be manufactured. In the Los Angeles region, blood is always in high demand though less than 2 percent of the population donates. With just one donation, you can help save multiple lives. – From Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Services

The Associated Students are hosting their Fall Blood Drive week. Here’s what you need to know to help save lives:

When: Wednesday and Thursday (October 5th and 6th), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day

Where: Student Activities Center Conference Room

Donor requirements: Be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Tattoos are now allowed! (Must be healed and have been done in a licensed California facility)

Signup: Appointments can be made online at www.donatebloodcedars.org (Use group code “CYC”) or by calling Becky Rojas at  (714) 484-7199. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Do/Bring: Donors are required to have a photo ID. Make sure you’re hydrated (drink plenty of water) and have eaten a healthy meal before you donate.

Participants can also enroll in the National Marrow Donor Program.

All donors will receive a t-shirt or a coupon for a pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream. So, donate, save lives, and get a cool t-shirt or ice cream!

Donate a Day of Service

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Attributed to anthropologist Margaret Mead

We see images of violence, including wars, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings coming through our screens on an everyday basis. The political climate, both in the United States and abroad, is contentious, to put it mildly. It’s easy to be discouraged about the state of the world. But, as the quote attributed to Margaret Mead reminds us, the only way forward is for thoughtful citizens to commit to change.

On Wednesday, October 5th, the Associated Students & the Honors and Service Learning Program are giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to unite with other groups of citizens for change. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by the Pond, the 7th Annual Donate a Day of Service will feature booths where participants can connect with local non-profits such as the Boys Girls Club and the Orange County Food Bank.

If you attend the event, you can also make a difference right at that moment, by doing hands-on service including writing letters to members of the armed forces, making sandwiches for the homeless, and crafting items for hospitalized children. Donate a Day of Service is held in conjunction with the Fall Blood Drive, so you can save lives by giving blood as well.

To top it off, there’s free pizza for event participants. So come out, grab a slice, and make an impact!

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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Cypress Bistro Opens for Fall

Attention foodies! Did you know that Cypress College offers gourmet cuisine that not only tastes amazing, but that is also quite photogenic? And at a reasonable price?

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Welcome to the Cypress Bistro, where talented students from our School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management prep, cook, staff and manage a fine (yet casual) dining experience on Thursdays, mid-September through early December. Under the guidance of an incredible team of faculty (who are also leading industry professionals), the Bistro serves up delicious themed lunch fare. For this season’s opening on September 15, the menu will feature New England cuisine: Chowder with fresh clams, potatoes, and cream as a starter, Yankee beef pot roast with baked acorn squash, succotash, whipped new potatoes, and Cabernet jus lie for an entree, and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean Chantilly cream and salted caramel sauce for dessert. Next week it’s on to a regional taste of the South.

Located at the Anaheim campus, the Cypress Bistro serves lunch from noon to 1 p.m. (last seating is at 12:15). The cost is $13, with beverages an additional $2. Lunch service will continue on Thursdays through December 1. Check out the complete list of featured cuisines for the semester here.

For reservations, please email Chef Tracey Heine with your full name and contact information. Come experience the fantastic food and delightful service provided by our outstanding students!

The Cypress Bistro is located on the first floor of Anaheim Campus, 1830 W. Romneya Drive Anaheim, CA 92801.