Photography Student’s Image of Rare Whales Appears Across the Globe, Including NBC Nightly News

A photograph by student Lasanthi Benedict was published widely, including on NBC Nightly News.
A photograph by student Lasanthi Benedict was published widely, including on NBC Nightly News.

Lasanthi Benedict, who is enrolled in Cliff Lester’s “Available Light” Photo 118 course, had photographs from an eventful whale-watching trip picked up by media outlets — including NBC Nightly News and the Associated Press — across the globe.

On Monday (October 6, 2014), Benedict was part of a tour off the Orange County coast when the group came across what the Newport Beach-Corona del Mar Patch called a “super-rare pod of sperm whales.” Continue reading “Photography Student’s Image of Rare Whales Appears Across the Globe, Including NBC Nightly News”

ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge Met by President Dr. Bob Simpson

 

Dr. Simpson meets the ALS ice-bucket challenge.
Dr. Simpson meets the ALS ice-bucket challenge.

Cypress College President, Dr. Bob Simpson met the famed ALS ice bucket after he was challenged by Chargers Women’s Basketball Head Coach Margaret Mohr. Dr. Simpson took the challenge this afternoon during a day-long meetings as the College prepared for Monday’s start of the academic year. He challenged his Fullerton College counterpart, Dr. Rajen Vurdien. #ALS #icebucket #icebucketchallenge #alsicebucketchallenge #mindsmotivated

 

OC Register: Career, more college on Cypress graduates’ minds

The Orange County Register coverage of Cypress College's 47th Commencement.
The Orange County Register coverage of Cypress College’s 47th Commencement.

When 400-plus members of the Class of 2014 paraded through Gateway Plaza on Friday, May 23, it represented the largest number of participants in a Cypress College graduation ceremony that anyone involved could recollect. The Orange County Register also found excitement in the 47th Commencement. Reporter Anders Howmann filed a report that opens this way: Continue reading “OC Register: Career, more college on Cypress graduates’ minds”

Educator Rosas is Recipient of 2014 Outstanding Alumna Award

Reyna Rosas, 2014 Outstanding Alumna
Reyna Rosas, 2014 Outstanding Alumna

Reyna Rosas ended up at Cypress College because that’s what she told a Los Angeles Superior Court judge was her intention. Her statement — and, the way Rosas tells the story, it was more declaration than promise — became reality thanks to the intervention of a stranger, who paid Rosas’ tuition. In 1980, Rosas took a job working overnight in a fast food restaurant as employment and a safe haven for shelter, and showered in the campus locker room before morning classes. To supplement her income and help pay for classes, she also worked on campus.

That was her humble introduction to higher education. Continue reading “Educator Rosas is Recipient of 2014 Outstanding Alumna Award”

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to Exhibit ‘The Great Picture’

'The Great Picture' was created by a group of photographic artists with strong ties to Cypress College
‘The Great Picture’ was created by a group of photographic artists with strong ties to Cypress College

On Saturday, the Smithsonian opens an exhibit of a Cypress College-inspired, Guinness Book of World Records recognized photograph.

The photograph, known as The Great Picture, was created at the former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, by turning an abandoned hanger into the world’s largest pinhole camera.

Published: Apr 24, 2014 | @Cypress Online
The “Great Picture” project really captures the imagination. It certainly did mine. I had the opportunity to write about this world-record effort multiple times at Cypress College. Of the myriad articles, this one is my favorite.

“I am very happy and proud of the (exhibit) and need to share it with the Cypress College family since the original impetus for the project started here in our Photography Department,” said Rob Johnson, one of six artists who spearheaded the project. “As many of you might recall, this image was originally created by The Legacy Project, a group of six photographic artists, of which I and three others who taught here at CC (including Jerry Burchfield) were charter members.” Continue reading “Smithsonian Air & Space Museum to Exhibit ‘The Great Picture’”

Campus Resumes Normal Activity Following Shelter in Place

Cypress College has resumed normal operations as of 11:40 this morning. The college conducted a brief shelter in place following reports of a person with a gun at the Walgreens store located at the northwest edge of campus. The shelter in place lasted approximately 10 minutes before police informed campus officials that the suspect was in custody. Continue reading “Campus Resumes Normal Activity Following Shelter in Place”

Alumnus John Sexton’s Photograph Featured in Apple’s New iPhone, iPad Software

a photograph showing alumnus John Sexton's iOS7 wallpaper photograph.

Alumnus John Sexton — who worked for famed photographer Ansel Adams — has one of his own photographs featured in the new software running Apple iPhone and iPad.

Published: Sep 23, 2013 | @Cypress Online
John Sexton is one of Cypress College’s most-successful alumni. After all, the man is trusted to print Ansel Adams’ prized collection of photographs. Having his own photograph included in Apple’s iOS is just plain cool, though.

The operating system, which was released on Wednesday, offers Sexton’s image of Tenaya Lake as one of the default wallpaper options.

“If you have an Apple iOS device running iOS 7 you have a limited edition image 1/250,000,000!” Sexton wrote to friends on his Facebook page. Continue reading “Alumnus John Sexton’s Photograph Featured in Apple’s New iPhone, iPad Software”

Rate My Professors: Cypress College Faculty in Nation’s Top 10

Rate My Professors released its annual “Top Lists” this week, and the site’s users propelled Cypress College faculty into a top-ten position — at seventh overall.

These rankings are based on student feedback, recognizing the excellence and dedication of our faculty, and the support of classified staff, and administration. Right behind Cypress College on the list is sister institution, Fullerton College. Continue reading “Rate My Professors: Cypress College Faculty in Nation’s Top 10”

Campanile Turns Blue for Autism Awareness

Cypress College campanile in blue to raise awareness of autism

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.

Published: Apr 1, 2013 | @Cypress Online
This story is special to me on many levels. For starters, it represents the first time we at Cypress College lit the campanile is a color for a cause. That alone is special. It generated a strong positive reaction. The minute I saw world landmarks lit in blue a year earlier, I knew we had to pull this off. Here’s to all the parents of children with autism.

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. Continue reading “Campanile Turns Blue for Autism Awareness”

Video: Trevor Hoffman Discusses His Time at Cypress College, MLB Career

Cypress College alumnus discusses his time at Cypress College. Later this month, he will be honored at the 38th Annual Americana Awards.

Cypress College alumnus Trevor Hoffman — who retired from the San Diego Padres as Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader — is being honored by the Cypress College Foundation as the Man of the Year at the 38th Annual Americana Awards. Continue reading “Video: Trevor Hoffman Discusses His Time at Cypress College, MLB Career”