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’

Brandman University photo of graduation caps at Commencement 2015.

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.

May 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

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”

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


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


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”