District Encourages, Supports Greater Female Representation in Elected Office

The number of women in California elected office has remained stagnant or decreased over the last few election cycles. In an effort to inspire and engage the next generation of women leaders, the North Orange County Community College District hosted the Women in Politics Symposium at the Fullerton Community Center Friday, April 28.

The event, organized in partnership with California Women Lead, a nonpartisan association of women encouraging greater female participation in government leadership roles, and the Orange County Legislative Task Force, gathered about 100 Orange County students, education workers, and political leaders for discussions on topics like entering California politics as a woman, what it’s like being an appointed government official, and how to get women more engaged in politics and becoming leaders in elected and appointed office.


Three panels of women leaders spoke about different government roles and aspects of political life, answering questions from moderators and also taking questions from attendees.

Jeanette Vazquez, a member of the Fullerton School Board and former Cypress College Associated Students president, participated in the first panel of the day. She said she’s proud of the NOCCCD for its role in hosting and helping to organize the symposium.

“I remember, as a community college student myself, when I was thinking about what life in public service would be like and seeing it as a possibility, it was definitely all about me trying to figure it out on my own,” she said. “I think that this is really important for the District and other community colleges to have for students early on as they’re starting to think about public service because they already have that seed there. What this does is it gives them those tools and that push without shying them away from the field because of all the rhetoric that’s going on right now.”

Vazquez graduated from Cypress College in 2009 with an associate’s degree in liberal arts. She transferred to the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minor in public policy. She earned her teaching credential and master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University. Vazquez is now a sixth grade teacher in North Orange County.


Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, who represents District 65, which includes the NOCCCD, said she believes there’s more encouragement for and engagement with women to become involved in politics now, especially compared to about 15 years ago when she first ran for elected office.

The former public school teacher and huge supporter of education added, “I think it’s really a vital part of women choosing to run when they can be educated about not only what it takes to run and when, but what the job’s actually like and actually hear from local and state leaders that are doing the job.”

Speakers also provided words of wisdom and suggestions for becoming involved in public service and governance.


Mona Pasquil, appointment secretary in California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office, told the audience that one of the most valuable things is to find a mentor and advised everyone to “be prepared to step up at any time to think about how you want to lead your community, your state, your country, this world.”

Former California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez added that you can choose to be a leader, no matter the role you have.

“Everybody has a comfort level, and at any point, a woman can be a leader,” she said. “We can all be leaders. Whether we’re in politics or not, we must be and take that responsibility of being leaders in our communities.”



Other featured speakers and panelists included:

Barbara Bagneris, Orange County Fair Board vice chairwoman
Lisa Bartlett, Orange County supervisor
Alicia Berhow, Accountancy Board chairwoman
Cyd Brandvein, State Board of Optometry member
Letitia Clark, City of Tustin councilmember
April Lopez, State Council on Developmental Disabilities member
Fiona Ma, State Board of Equalization member
Rachel Michelin, chief executive officer of California Women Lead
Loretta Sanchez, former member of Congress
Jaqueline Rodarte, NOCCCD trustee
Betty Yee, California state controller

Imparting some last few empowering and inspiring words, Dr. Cheryl Marshall, chancellor of the NOCCCD, closed the symposium saying, “Your voice matters. Everybody here remember that. You matter, your voice matters. Find your passion. Go forward, lead, live your values. That’s what matters as we walk day by day through this life.”

Dr. JoAnna Schilling Selected as 12th President of Cypress College


Dr. JoAnna Schilling will become Cypress College’s 12th president. She was selected from among five finalists, who appeared on campus on March 30 for open-forum presentations to the campus community. The finalists also interviewed with District leadership and with the NOCCCD Board of Trustees last week.

Below is the announcement from Chancellor Dr. Cheryl Marshall:

Dear Cypress College Colleagues,
I am thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. JoAnna Schilling as the next President of Cypress College.  Dr. Schilling brings a wealth of experience as an educational leader with strengths in partnership development, enrollment management, and accreditation.  The people who have worked with her describe her as a transformational leader who is collaborative, empowering, inclusive, visionary, and personable.  I believe she will build on your successes and lead the college forward to achieve your desired future.
I want to thank everyone who was involved in the selection process including the committee and those who organized and participated in the forums.  Your input was an important part of the process.
Dr. Schilling will begin her service in July.  Over the next few months she will be visiting the campus to get to know you and learn about your work.  I hope you will join me in welcoming her to the Charger family.
Professional Regards,
North Orange County Community College District
Cheryl A. Marshall, Ed.D. / Chancellor

Dr. Schilling will succeed Dr. Bob Simpson, who retires at the end of June. Dr. Simpson assumed Cypress College’s CEO role in July, 2012 and is concluding a 30-year career in higher education.

During last week’s Open Forum on campus, Schilling said, “The students that we have in our community college are exceptional. You have grit, you have courage, you have knowledge, you have power, you have diversity, you have passion for what you do, and it really, truly transformed me and I wanted to be part of that.”

Dr. Schilling currently serves as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rio Hondo College, where she also previously served in multiple roles as the Dean of Arts and Cultural Programs, Continuing and Contract Education, and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs from 2006-2012. From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Schilling served at Cerritos College as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Assistant Superintendent.

Dr. Schilling has a doctorate in education from Oregon State University, an MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in English from Smith College. She currently serves as the co-chair on the Chancellor’s Office Curriculum Inventory project (COCI) and also sits on the statewide Chief Instructional Officers (CIO) Executive Board representing the Orange County/Los Angeles County region. Other previous statewide community college committees include the strategic planning committee for the LA/OC regional consortium, and as the CIO rep on the 3csn advisory committee.

Dr. Schilling is a staunch advocate for student success; under her leadership Cerritos was awarded two Gates Foundation grants to reduce textbook costs and support faculty in the development of OER materials. She has overseen three HSI Title V grants, totaling over 10M, all focused on providing academic support for underrepresented communities, a 2.4M DOL grant that created partnerships between the Retail Management program at Cerritos College and several national grocery associations, and is proud that Rio Hondo was recently the only community college in the state to receive a Basic Skills Transformation grant and the Basic Skills Pilot Partnership grant, totaling 3.5M over three years to help move the needle on developmental education at the college. At both institutions, Dr. Schilling initiated K12 and K16 Summits with district high schools and local CSU partners focused on the remediation barriers that inhibit successful college completion. Rio Hondo is also a pilot college for multiple statewide initiatives including the California Assessment Initiative (CAI) Open Education Initiative (OEI) and the Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP).

Schilling is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter, as well as a classically trained vocalist. Prior to her experience in higher education, she was a literary associate and educator in the professional conservatory at South Coast Repertory Theatre. She is the author of recent journal publications in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Community College Enterprise, and Management Learning, was a contributing editor at Dog Fancy Magazine, and is the author of three “Dog Lover Companion” books for Avalon Travel Publishing/Perseus Books.

Schilling served on the boards of the Rio Hondo Symphony Association, the East Whittier Arts Foundation, as well as serving as a juror for the Newport Beach Film Festival and on the California Arts Council. She and her husband are members of the Society of Fellows at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, CA. and are strong supporters of the arts in their community.


Cypress College Presidential Search

3/30/2017 — President Finalists Speak on Campus

3/16/2017 — Five President Candidates Identified as Finalists; Forum on March 30

9/14/2016 — President Simpson Announces Retirement at Academic-Year’s End

6/28/2012 — Dr. Bob Simpson Appointed Cypress College’s 11th President, Assuming Duties on July 2





NOCCCD Passes Resolution Supporting Students, Data Privacy

The North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees passed a resolution Tuesday, March 14 supporting all District students and privacy of student records to “reassure students and our community that our campuses will remain welcoming places for students of all backgrounds to learn.”

The District “declares that its campuses shall remain open and welcoming to all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission, regardless of immigration status, and that financial aid remains available to certain undocumented students.”

It also “urges the new United States presidential administration to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants ‘Dreamers’ – people brought to this country as children by their parents – reprieve from deportation because California and the United States are both stronger due to their contributions to our economy and to our communities.”

The resolution was passed 6-1.

A similar resolution will be presented at the Thursday, March 23 meeting of the Cypress College Academic Senate. The Senate will also consider a motion supporting the NOCCCD resolution and a similar resolution already passed by the Fullerton College Faculty Senate Feb. 16.

Read the full District resolution here.

Five President Candidates Identified as Finalists; Forum on March 30

UPDATE: Read highlights from the Open Forum here!

NOTE: View the live video here.

Five candidates to become Cypress College’s 12th president have been identified and are scheduled to participate in a campus-wide open forum on March 30, 2017. The forum will be broadcast and archived on the campus website.

The candidates to replace retiring Dr. Bob Simpson are:

  • Dr. Gregory Peterson — Vice President of Student Services, Long Beach City College
  • Dr. Omid Pourzanjani — Vice President of Academic Affairs, Golden West College
  • Dr. JoAnna Schilling — Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rio Hondo College
  • Dr. Arvid Spor — Vice President of Academic Affairs, Citrus College
  • Dr. Gregory Anderson — Vice President of Instruction, Canada College

Each candidate’s presentation will be broadcast live via USTREAM and archived on YouTube for future viewing (links will be added to this page when available). The schedule for forums and biographies for each candidate are available here. The forums will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. with Dr. Peterson’s visit. Dr. Pourzanjani is scheduled for 10 a.m., and Dr. Shilling follows at 11 a.m. Dr. Spor and Dr. Anderson follow at 12:15 and 1:15 p.m., respectively.

After a short introduction each candidate will present a brief statement and then address questions. Feedback for the Board of Trustee’s consideration is requested via the Open Forum survey at: http://tinyurl.com/zr67j3v from a PC or mobile device. All responses are anonymous. The survey will close at 8 p.m. on March 30 to allow for compilation of responses.

“I would like to ask all staff to attend the forum and to be prepared with additional questions for the candidates,” NOCCCD Chancellor Dr. Cheryl Marshall said. “Faculty are encouraged to bring their students.”

The Board will interview the finalists on March 31, 2017, and will make every effort to finalize the process and announce a decision shortly thereafter.

Learn more about Cypress College’s presidential search here.

Dr. Simpson Recognized by Colleagues for 30+ Years in Community College Education

The Community College League of California recognized Cypress College President Bob Simpson for his many years of service in public higher education at this year’s CEO Symposium in Solvang Monday, Feb. 27.

NOCCCD Chancellor Cheryl Marshall introduced Dr. Simpson at the retiree recognition event, emphasizing his positive impacts on students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the college, district, and state levels.

“Throughout his career, Bob has been steadfast in his focus on students,” she said. “He has been a tireless supporter of improving educational outcomes by ensuring opportunities for college completion by all students, especially those who begin their studies unprepared for the rigors of academic life.”

Dr. Marshall continued, “I can tell you that Bob is an incredible advocate for Cypress College and he always pursues what is best for the college. Under his leadership, Cypress College was selected as one of the 15 pilot colleges to offer a baccalaureate degree.”

Dr. Simpson, who has been at Cypress for 10 years—first as executive vice president, then as president—announced his retirement last September.

At his final opening day on Jan. 27, Dr. Simpson said, “The last ten years have been the most significant and productive of my professional life, and if I was left at the end with only my time at Cypress College, I would still consider that life to have been full and rich and rewarding.”

Related: President Simpson Announces Retirement at Academic-Year’s End

College Hosts Quirk-Silva’s Career Pathways Roundtable

California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva convened a Career Pathways Roundtable at Cypress College Friday to discuss education and workforce development with Orange County education, civic, and business leaders.

Quirk-Silva, whose district includes Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton, chairs the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.

Around 30 Orange County leaders discussed issues including state CTE funding, skilled workforce challenges, and cybersecurity and technology education. Several North Orange County Community College District leaders participated, including Chancellor Cheryl Marshall and Cypress College President Bob Simpson.

The Assemblywoman also toured Cypress College’s Mortuary Science laboratories, home to the College’s first baccalaureate program in Funeral Services, which will be starting classes in Fall 2017.

Cypress College is one of 15 California community colleges offering a baccalaureate through a pilot program signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. Under the pilot, selected community colleges offer baccalaureates in areas that do not compete with UC or Cal State schools.

For more on Cypress College’s Career and Technical Education programs, see our CTE and health science pages.




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


Dr. Simpson Delivers Annual Report to Trustees

President Bob Simpson presented his final Annual Report to the NOCCCD Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, lauding Cypress College students and the employees who support their success. The annual report presentation encompasses the Cypress College Annual Report and the Cypress College Institutional Effectiveness Report.

In providing an overview of the two printed documents, Dr. Simpson covered eight primary topics:

  • Measure J Bond Projects
  • Participation in the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Equity
  • Academic Achievement
  • Completion and Transfer
  • Environmental Stewardship

“It is my honor this evening to present to you an overview of the 2015-2016 academic year at Cypress College. The College’s accomplishments will resonate and propagate decades into the future,” Dr. Simpson said in opening his presentation to the Trustees for the North Orange County Community College District and other leaders.

The Board’s decision to approve a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building served as the first significant highlight in Dr. Simpson’s report.

“This new building will support the education of our next generation of scientists, engineers, technology experts, and mathematicians,” he said. “In this new facility, students will learn concepts we can’t yet conceive.”

Construction of the new SEM building is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The project will run in tandem with construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center and Memorial Plaza that includes a bridge spanning the pond.

The presentation continued with an update on development of the College’s baccalaureate degree in Funeral Services. One of 15 programs included in California Community Colleges pilot program, instruction in the Funeral Services B.S. degree program will begin in fall 2017. In the past year, curriculum has been developed and the accrediting agency approved the key components of the bachelor’s degree.

A highlight of the year was the Yom HaShoah event in May. Focusing on the College’s core value of Inclusiveness, the Yom HaShoah commemoration featured portraits of Holocaust survivors created by Photography Department Chair Clifford Lester. About 1,000 people attended the event, which featured survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach.

In the area of equity, Dr. Simpson highlighted the first-ever Equity Summit held in April and the shift in employee demographics to more-closely resemble the student body. He also noted that nearly half of the incoming freshman class were first-generation college students.

Speaking about academic achievement, Dr. Simpson said the number of associate degrees awarded has grown significantly in the past five years from 753 to 1,201.  The number of certificates awarded has also increased over that same period. In addition, 458 transfer degrees were awarded in 2015-16, up from 114 in 2012-13.

The College also exceeded its target for both degree and certificate completion. The most common degrees awarded by Cypress College are in Liberal Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Math, and Business. Students earn the highest number of certificates in Automotive Technology, and in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Culinary Arts program.

Finally, speaking about environmental stewardship, Dr. Simpson noted a recent state award presented to the College as a leader in energy efficiency.  Water consumption at the College was reduced by 30% and electricity usage by 5.4 million kilowatt hours last academic year. More than 8,600 energy-efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs were installed by College employees — generating an annual savings of approximately $80,000.

“These are good times at Cypress College and the unsolicited accolades we have received are the result of commitment, hard work, and a true investment in our students,” he said. “Fifty years ago, people of foresight and vision committed to the development of a new college serving the needs of North Orange County.  We and the students who have been served over the years are the recipients of that grand vision. Today, we are laying the groundwork for the next 50 years. It is a privilege to be a part of that legacy and to know that because we have dared to Dream Big Dreams, we are now positioned to Do Great Things.”

He closed with the observation that the two printed documents “validate the commitment of the College to our Core Value of Excellence.”



Associated Students Elections: Candidate and Ballot Information

AS General Elections Spring 2016

The Cypress College Associated Students will be holding General Elections today through Wednesday (April 25-27). Students will have the opportunity to vote on AS Council candidates for the 2016-2017 academic year, as well as a potential increase in the Student Representation Fee from $1 to $2. The elections booth will be located behind the Student Center and will be open 11:30 am-1:30 pm 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 form of photo ID.

Below are photos and statements provided by the candidates, as well as the ballot language provided by the Associated Students for the proposed $2 Student Representation Fee.


Amanda Aros

Amanda Aros

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

I believe I am the most qualified candidate for this position because of my experience, commitment, and drive. I have been in Associated Students for two years now and of those two years, I have been on our executive board for a year and a half. I am currently the Vice-President of Campus Activities and in this position I oversee all of the events our council held on campus. This position requires a lot of time and effort to make sure that things run smoothly. Moreover, commitment is a core value not only to me, but to the position of President. In my Associated Student career, I have committed countless hours of my free time to have events operate seamlessly so that our student body could enjoy them. Aside from event planning, I have been to three day conferences in which I was able to advocate for students on a state level. Lastly, I believe my drive and motivation make me the woman I am today. Getting an education is my number one priority and I am proud to say that I have overcome many struggles to make sure that happens. I strive to be better every day and with that attitude, I believe I would lead a strong council.

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

If I am elected into office I would want to make sure my council works as a cohesive group and focuses on student advocacy outside of campus committees. I believe having the council be on the same page is one of the most important aspects of strong leadership. It minimizes miscommunication and aids in efficiency. Our council goes to a conference every semester called General Assembly; this conference is where we represent students on a state level. All the community colleges across California get together to vote on resolutions (solution to a problem). This is a primary example of us advocating for students and I am looking to increase the opportunities we have. I believe our council should not be limited to a few trips. I believe we should pursue different advocacy functions than the regular ones we attend every year or semester.

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, AS need to focus more attention on the placement of students on campus committees and outreach to clubs/athletics. There are many campus committees that need student representation, but do not have it. If elected, my plan is to touch base with the students who have yet to sign up for a committee on more of a personal level, and help them find one that fits their schedule. These committees are how we communicate with our faculty, staff and administration; that is why it is imperative that we have representation. In addition to committees, as a council we seldom go to athletic events or club competitions. I believe it is very important that we have a good relationship with both our clubs and athletic teams, and one way to do that is by showing our support. An easy solution would be to gather some council members and cheer them on.


Tanya Washington

No statement submitted .

Executive Vice President

Tasmia Alam

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Almost all of us, who are here, at Cypress College, are here because they want to make a difference, be it in their own lives, someone else’s or to the world. And like everyone else I too share the same hope. The Associated Student Council is a platform that represents and accomplishes that hope of making a difference. Thus it would be an honor to be a part of this representation.

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

I would consider myself most qualified for this position for a few reasons. One of them being my current year experience in the associated student council. I have been appointed as an activities coordinator for the fall semester and have been elected as a senator for the spring semester, and both of these positions have given me a better understanding as well as hands on experience to what the duties and responsibilities of an Executive Vice President are. 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. Furthermore, I possess the skills that are expected from anyone working in the associated student council, such as integrity and a strong work ethic.

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

My goals for this office, as I have mentioned above is to make a difference and for the betterment of the students. Any student leader, given the opportunity to lead and be the voice of the students must have the ability to empathize with them and the commitment to address every opinion with a positive and its original intention thus my objectives are to reach out to as many students as I can and to let them know we are here for them.

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 ?

I believe A.S needs to focus a little bit more on to promoting themselves, so there are more occasions where more of us students get represented and if I’m given the opportunity to be the Executive Vice President of A.S, I would try my best to improve these situations to my best capabilities. Lastly, this opportunity would extend my abilities as a leader and be part of a team whose mission and vision matches mine.

Vice President of Campus Activities

Maria Alvarez

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Cypress College has been such a turning point for me in my life . I am completely dedicated and committed to school like I always have wanted. Cypress is a just a great school to be in. I immediately signed up to student government the first semester I attended to help contribute more to our college. I am a very sociable organized person and I felt I would best contribute by being appointed activities coordinator .I learned many new inspiring leadership ideas and grew as a person first semester. As this 2016 semester approached I decided to be officially elected so my vote would count. I am so proud to being an elected activities coordinator now. I can found at our events with a huge smile . I feel with this year of experience as Activities Coordinator, I am now ready to be part of E board and Run For Vice President of Campus Activities .If elected I will be able to bring new ideas to the table for our events. A new idea I have created was bringing up an Such as providing an option for students who can not afford the As Bennift sticker so they don’t come out empty handed at our events. I strongly support this idea because If elected Vice President Of Campus Activities, my main goal would be for the students to want to participate and want to be part of our great college by providing memorable events .

Vice President of Fiscal Affairs

Allan Mac

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I am interested in A.S. because I have had previous experience in High school ASB. It is also because I want to learn more valuable skills by joining a higher level of Students Government. Another reason for me joining A.S. is that I could make new friends who have the same interest as I do in helping other fellow students at Cypress College to have a wonderful college experience. One but not least, joining A.S would definitely help prepare me for the real world.

I am the most qualified for the position of Vice President of Fiscal Affair because I have the most important skills and quality that this position required. For instance, I am good with numbers, as a matter of fact, I am really good at calculations, and this position is going to require a person who can handle loads of numbers efficiently. Furthermore, I am passionate about everything that I do. In other words, I do things not because I love doing something, but because I make myself love doing whatever I do because everything is important for development and if you just do things that you love, you will eventually get bored because of hardship and fail. Once I am elected, I will make sure that all the tasks that I am given would be completed by deadlines. Because of my math skills and my passion for everything I do, I am the most fit for this position.

My main goal if I am elected to this office is that I could help A.S manage budget properly. In addition, I also aim to successfully apply everything I know into doing my job so that when I leave office, I will have mastered the skills that I learned from my classes. One but not least, I hope that I can show others that math is not as hard as they think and anyone could do it since I used to do bad in math but with commitment and ambitions, I am able to apply math in life efficiently.

A.S, in my opinion, needs to focus more on providing more help to the students, not for themselves, but to help them help others. For instance, many students might need opportunity for community service but they do not know where to get those hours. As A.S, we should focus more on helping students find these opportunities so that we can all contribute to the school and to the community. If I am elected, I would try my best to bring up ideas about finding volunteer opportunities for A.S and other students at Cypress College since doing this would help everyone to have a chance to put something amazing on their resume. In addition, doing this would help enhance other students’ chance of transferring to a good school and to help them becoming passionate people.

Executive Secretary

Melanie Veliz

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I believe I am most qualified due to my past and current experience. I am currently in A.S. and have held two positions within my first year at Cypress College. My first semester I was an Activities Coordinator and then the Vice President of Public Relations. These positions were both great sources to gain leadership skills. They helped me prepare for the current position I am seeking , Executive Secretary. As the Executive Secretary, I must be punctual, organized, and much more. I do indeed do to not only my experience at Cypress College, but high school. I have been involved in ASB , Girls League, Link Crew, and a Foreign Exchange Ambassador program . All of these programs all share the common principles of being a leader. They all require leadership , organization , and planning skills. All these are skills are essential for the best possible outcome for any council. As an individual I still have a lot to learn and am more than willing to grow as a person on the A.S. 2016-2017 Council as Executive Secretary.

My main goals and objectives if elected would be definitely be very punctual to all meetings. Also, conducting an efficient way of recording minuets at any A.S. meetings. I know as Executive Secretary I would have to maintain an archive of all general and special meetings. This position is important because it is the verification and resource to several fund requests , which is relied on. Distributing draft and Approved minuets would also be a duty for this position.

It is my first year in A.S. so there still hasn’t been any faults that I have noticed. My only suggestion would be the advertisement with in the campus. Many students are still unaware or don’t feel comfortable participating. As I went around asking for people to sign my petition , many asked what this was for. I elaborated and was given the opportunity to explain and promote A.S. in general. Many were in awe and had no idea that it existed. Realistically not every student may have the time to be as involved, but they should still be aware. Promoting is a major element that will help conquer its purpose. Overall that would be the only topic that I think that is not emphasized as much.


Chief of Staff

Lona Redd

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1. I am the current Chief of Staff. I have cut our spending by 50% for events on campus and off campus. I have initiated fund raisers and have grown relationships with local companies. I have an extensive background in public relations and purchasing. I can offer more to this position, because of my knowledge in business. I have been present at our meetings and events. I go above what is called of me to complete our tasks.

2. My main goals for this position are to continue to cut the budget and help to create mor4e support for the student body. This means being creative and finding solutions for making the students experience more memorable.

3. I feel that there needs to be more focus on what will benefit the student body. I also feel that the concerns of the students should be first priority. My goal would to find ways to have these concerns heard and find solutions to correcting the problems.


Monica Santana

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Associated Students has made a huge impact on my college experience so far and I want to continue in it. It has taught me many communication skills that will benefit me in the long run and also many networking skills. It also has helped me break out of my shell a little since I tend to be more on the quiet side when it comes to government and politics and this last semester in A.S was an awesome experience. I am definitely a qualified candidate because I have had previous experience in A.S last semester here at Cypress College and I am currently in it this semester. I also was in ASB at my high school for two years and I already know how politics on a campus works. I also served as a Treasurer for Girls’ League, a club at my high school, so I have experience as a board member.

My main goals as an elected Senator are to volunteer my time and input as an elected member and help out in every event as needed. I also want to make sure the campus is well represented by getting input from students and peers. I really want to encourage others to join A.S and having this experience of running for a position is key.

A.S has done a great job representing a huge number of students but there is always room for improvement. For the next academic school year, we should focus on getting more non A.S member input on improvements or ideas to make the campus even better. If I get elected, I plan to make sure there is more student involvement on the decisions we make during our meetings and make it more known to the public. I know many students do not know about the Associated Students yet alone SSCCC resolutions, so my goal is to make it more known, that way more students can get involved. Surveys are a great way to get more numbers and opinions so if I get elected; I definitely plan to take action and help spread the word.


Ben Tadesse

No statement submitted.

$2 Representation Fee Ballot Language

Should the Associated Students of Cypress College adopt a voluntary $2 Student Representation Fee?

By California law, one dollar will be invested in building an autonomous, professional statewide student organization which advocates on behalf of students of California Community Colleges to legislators and through formal consultation with the System Office and other organizations. The other dollar will fund advocacy efforts determined by your locally elected student government.

The Associated Students  of Cypress College currently use the $1 for things like:

  1. Travel to Sacramento for the purposes of speaking with California State Legislature to advocate for the rights of Cypress College students.
  2. Travel and registration to statewide conferences for the purposes of voicing the opinions of Cypress College students to the statewide recognized student representative organization.
  3. All other costs associated with the representation of Cypress College students.


Chancellor Search: Open Forums Held February 11

Updated February 11, 2016 at 1:53 p.m.

The four finalists in the selection process for the new Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) participated in open forums on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The finalists are:

To view their biographies, please click here.

Provide your feedback on the candidates.

At each open forum, finalists presented a brief statement and answered questions from students, faculty, staff, and community members. Comments and public feedback will be submitted electronically via the District’s website, and will be reviewed by the NOCCCD Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees will interview the five finalists on February 12. Plans are to announce the new Chancellor this spring, with a start date of July 1.

Mr. Fred Williams has served as Interim Chancellor of the NOCCCD since March 2015.

The candidates made their presentations in Cypress College Complex, Room 414 at the times listed below:

9 a.m. — Dr. Cheryl Marshall
10 a.m. — Dr. Melinda Nish
11 a.m. — Mr. Cliff Davis
12 p.m. — Dr. Elñora Webb

The College also broadcast the presentations live (video feed inset below) with recordings made available on Thursday afternoon. Separate forums will be held at Fullerton College. Additional (and potentially updated information) is available on the NOCCCD website.

Forum broadcast:

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