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.
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.
“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’”
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”
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.
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”
On Friday, September 21, 2012, space shuttle Endeavour flew over Cypress College as part of a tour over several Southern California landmarks en route to its retirement home at the California Science Center.
Dr. Michael J. Kasler — who learned English as a second language, stocked grocery-store shelves in one of his first jobs, and later became Cypress College president — is spending his final day on campus prior to retirement.