Dr. Simpson Lauded on Final Day as Cypress College President

Emotions were evident on Thursday as Dr. Bob Simpson completed a 30-year career serving students. A steady stream of visitors to the President’s Office offered their well wishes to Dr. Simpson, who spent a decade at Cypress College — and the past 5 years as president.

Published: @Cypress Online June 29, 2017.

Among the highlights was the presentation of a joint resolution of the California State Legislature. The resolution recognizes his service in higher education. It is signed by Senator Josh Newman, of the 29th Senatorial District, and Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, of the 65th Assembly District — two advocates for the college. The resolution was presented to Dr. Simpson on Thursday morning by Christopher Aguilara, of the Hon. Quirk-Silva’s office, and Kaelin Locker, of Hon. Newman’s office. Continue reading “Dr. Simpson Lauded on Final Day as Cypress College President”

Don’t Shoot or Stab or Bludgeon the Messenger

I will not die in this spot.

I’m sitting at my desk at a Southern California community college. It’s the best in the nation, at least from my biased perspective. But it could be any college. Or a church. Or a movie theater. Or a high school. Or an elementary school. Or a supermarket parking lot. It could be the university where I’m enrolled or a similar campus across the country.

Published: Dec 8, 2016 | Buy the Way… Insights on Integrated Marketing Communication From the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
In the wake of deadly events at Ohio State and USC, which book-ended the week of November 28, 2016, I decided to edit and share this piece I wrote about a year earlier. It was authored primarily as my work observed a national moment of silence for the shooting victims at Umpqua Community College.

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California Community Colleges
Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program

A degree in mortuary science is rare. In fact, there are only two public programs offering associate degrees in the field in the State of California. For those seeking to advance in the funeral services industry, a bachelor’s degree is even less common. In fact, Cypress College’s selection to offer a baccalaureate degree in funeral services presents a unique opportunity since there are no other colleges or universities offering this type of degree in the Western United States. Continue reading “1 of 15”

New Science, Engineering, Math Building Approved by Board

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 new facility was approved by the NOCCCD Board of Trustees last wee as part of the Measure J program.

A brand new Science, Engineering and Mathematics Building will replace the existing facility. The decision to start from scratch rather than conduct a full remodel was approved by the Board last Tuesday when Trustees reviewed a study comparing costs for the two options. Continue reading “New Science, Engineering, Math Building Approved by Board”

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. Continue reading “Second-Highest Enrollment in College History Reached”

Safety on Campus a Top Priority

With more than 16,000 students enrolled — plus hundreds of employees — Cypress College is like a small city. While the campus is a safe environment, the large population makes it important to prioritize personal safety. We’ll maintain a safe environment through vigilance and preparation.

As part of our commitment to safety, we plan and implement drills each semester. For example, in October we’ll be participating in The Great California ShakeOut. Continue reading “Safety on Campus a Top Priority”

Commencement take away: ‘The knowledge that we could do it’

I’m honored to have been selected to give the undergraduate student commencement address last weekend and excited that my alma mater included it on their news site.

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Marc S. Posner offered the following address at the Southern Commencement held Sunday, May 24. Potential student commencement speakers were nominated by academic advisors, faculty members and campus directors and chosen after submitting speeches to a selection committee.

Here is the text:

Thank you, Chancellor Brahm — I’m excited to share my gratitude to the Brandman faculty and staff in person.

Guests: we are here today on the shoulders of the support you’ve provided throughout our journey.

And, fellow classmates: can you believe this moment has finally arrived? Continue reading “Commencement take away: ‘The knowledge that we could do it’”

Finally! Reflecting on Graduation and its Significance

What an amazing weekend. Thank you to everyone who encouraged me along the way. When I enrolled at Brandman, I experienced what a lot of my students go through: doubt. I wasn’t sure I could earn a bachelor’s degree.

It took a lot of work, and an even-greater amount of discipline.

Thank you to my family and friends who were there at commencement, including my sister who flew in and surprised me. Thank you to those who posted congratulations and added likes on Facebook. And, of course, thank you to the wonderful faculty and staff at Brandman University. Continue reading “Finally! Reflecting on Graduation and its Significance”

What an Amazing Surprise Award

I’m deeply touched to be recognized by the Chancellor, my President, and Chancellor’s Staff with the NOCCCD “Above and Beyond” award for volunteer work on the Measure J campaign. This was a complete surprise and was made more special because behind the scenes people conspired to get my family to the board meeting where the presentation took place.

Thank you to Interim Chancellor Fred Williams, Dr. Bob Simpson, Kai Stearns Moore, Greg Schulz, and the rest of Chancellor’s Staff for creating this award and for making me a recipient. I also appreciate everyone else who helped pull off the surprise (Raul Alvarez, Phil, Tracy, etc.). Continue reading “What an Amazing Surprise Award”