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”

Measure J’s Voter Approval Upheld by OC Superior Court Judge

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Measure J’s election victory was validated by an Orange County Superior Court judge yesterday. In response to the court ruling in favor of the North Orange County Community College District and the Registrars of Voters in both Orange and Los Angeles counties, NOCCCD Interim Chancellor Fred Williams shared these thoughts: Continue reading “Measure J’s Voter Approval Upheld by OC Superior Court Judge”

TVB (USA) Visits Cypress College to Report on Mortuary Science Bachelor’s Degree

TVB (USA), a Chinese-language channel appearing across the country, visited Cypress College on Tuesday to prepare a news report about Cypress College’s participation in the California Community College’s pilot bachelor’s degree program. Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program was one of the 15 programs selected to represent the state’s 112 community colleges in the first-of-it’s-kind effort in the Golden State. Continue reading “TVB (USA) Visits Cypress College to Report on Mortuary Science Bachelor’s Degree”

Mortuary Science Selected by NOCCCD Trustees as District’s Applicant for Bachelor’s Degree Pilot Program

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Mortuary Science — a program so well regarded that the HBO series “Six Feet Under” repeatedly referenced Cypress College to add authenticity — will be the North Orange County Community College District’s applicant for California’s pilot program to award baccalaureate degrees at community colleges. No more than 15 programs will be selected for the program’s trial period. Continue reading “Mortuary Science Selected by NOCCCD Trustees as District’s Applicant for Bachelor’s Degree Pilot Program”

OC Register: Cypress College takes campus safety seriously

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The Orange County Register reported on Friday about the release of Cypress College’s 2014 Annual Safety and Security Report. The article, by Louis Casiano Jr. mentions the newly revised sexual assault policy and the campus’ active use of social media to keep students informed about safety-related information.

Casiano wrote: Continue reading “OC Register: Cypress College takes campus safety seriously”

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