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.

This is the first year that Cypress College, SCE, and the NOCCCD are participating.

In 2012, In 2012, more than 3000 iconic buildings and landmarks in over 50 countries on six continents turned their lights blue in commemoration of World Autism Awareness, according to organizer Autism Speaks.

Cypress College will light the campanile tonight, the start of Autism Awareness Month, and on tomorrow (April 2, 2013) for World Autism Awareness Day.

Cypress College’s effort is done in conjunction with SCE’s office of Disabled Student Programs and Services.

The campanile is lit year round with white lights, except for part of December, when the arms are red and green, and during the commencement ceremony it is awash in school colors: blue and gold.

Posted by Marc S. Posner
April 1, 2013 — 5:06 p.m.