WebStar, myGateway Down for Scheduled Maintenance

District Information Services is performing their year-end scheduled maintenance starting Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 12 a.m. and ending December 29, 2019 at 10 p.m.

During this time period, all systems and services will be unavailable including the following:

  • Banner
  • Degree Works
  • myGateway
  • SSO (including Canvas access)
  • Student Email
  • WebStar
  • Tableau
  • ClockWork

As a reminder, the campus is closed from December 24, 2019 through January 1, 2020. Campus Safety will be available during that time for emergencies.

Cypress College Offers New Creative Writing Certificate

Cypress College’s Language Arts Division is offering a new certificate in creative writing. The certificate program is designed for students seeking a broad appreciation of literature and increased skills in communication. In particular, it provides students with the opportunity to pursue their interest in creative writing through intensive study and practice of the literary arts. Students will immerse themselves in a structured, focused, and multifaceted curriculum of the writer’s art by studying literature and honing their own writing skills to create original, polished works of poetry and prose. Students will read, write, and engage in dialogue about creative works in a supportive workshop environment. Students will also receive mentorship about opportunities for publication, performance, and recitation.

The certificate is awarded upon the completion of 18 units of coursework, including one core course and five electives. A list of classes for this certificate is provided below for your convenience.

For more information about the Creative Writing Certificate Program, please contact program coordinators Professor Bret Kaufman at bkaufman@cypresscollege.edu and Professor Stephanie Tran at stran@cypresscollege.edu.

Required Core (3 units)

  • ENGL 105 C Introduction to Creative Writing (3 units)

Electives (15 units)

  • ENGL 102 C Introduction to Literature (3 units)
  • ENGL 126 C Introduction to Screenwriting (3 units)
  • ENGL 127 C Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 units)
  • ENGL 128 C Introduction to Short Story Writing (3 units)
  • ENGL 130 C Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing (3 units)
  • ENGL 225 C Literary Journal Publication (3 units)

For the Spring 2020 semester, we will be offering 6 courses that meet the requirements for the certificate:

  • ENGL 105 C Introduction to Creative Writing (3 units)
  • ENGL 102 C Introduction to Literature (3 units)
  • ENGL 126 C Introduction to Screenwriting (3 units)
  • ENGL 127 C Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 units)
  • ENGL 128 C Introduction to Short Story Writing (3 units)
  • ENGL 130 C Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing (3 units)

Of these courses, the following three are brand new and being offered for the first time:

ENGL 127 C Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 units)

Students will write original poetry, study forms, techniques, and literary elements of poetry, including classical poetic forms and free-verse tradition. Student work will be critiqued in a workshop setting.

CRN: 23955 12:30-1:55P MW Payne, John HUM-203

ENGL 128 C Introduction to Short Story Writing (3 units)

In this course, students will write original short stories while studying the evolution of the form and its narratological techniques and literary elements, including the form’s place in a variety of literary genres. Students will also critique each other’s work in a workshop setting.

CRN: 23954 Online 2/3/20-5/3/20 Tran, Stephanie

ENGL 130 C Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing (3 units)

In this course, students will write original works of creative nonfiction while studying the evolution of the form and its narratological techniques and literary elements, including the form’s place in a variety of literary genres. Students will critique each other’s work in a workshop setting.

CRN: 23953 Online 2/10/20-5/10/20 Kaufman, Bret

Smoke-Free Art Contest Open to Cypress College Students

The Smoke-Free Art Contest invites all students from Cypress College to submit an entry that represents “Why I want a 100% smoke-free campus.” Entries will be accepted in the form of drawing, painting, or digital arts.

Download the contest rules here.

Contest Timeline

  • October 7 — Contest opens for submissions
    • Submit to Cypress College in the Student Activities Center (Gym II, 2nd Floor)
  • December 13 — Deadline closes at 4 p.m.
    • Blank sheets provided (Gym II, 2nd Floor)
  • January 27 — Winners Announced
    • 1st Place ($100 Target gift card and publication)
    • 2nd Place ($50 Amazon gift card)
    • 3rd Place ($25 Starbucks gift card)
    • All participants will receive a gift at submission!

Submission Locations

  • Physical artwork to the Student Activities Center (Gym II, 2nd floor) by 4 p.m. on December 13, 2019 (physical submissions will be collected and returned by the end of the semester). Download the entry form here.
  • Digital artwork to collegeartcontest.weebly.com/ by 11:59 p.m. on December 13, 2019.

Selection Process

  • Judge panel will be representatives from Orange County Health Care Agency, Waymakers, Brown Marketing Strategies, Associated Students, Health Center, and Fine Arts.
  • Artwork will be reviewed for the following characteristics:
    • Creativity and originality
    • Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme

Guidelines for Contest Entries

Entries that do not meet the requirements outlined below may be deleted from the contest.

  • All entries must be the designer’s original work.
  • Artwork messaging is free of grammatical errors.
  • The source files to winning design entries must be uploaded within 24 hours of being rewarded.
  • All physical artwork entries should be on the 12w x 18h (safe zone* 11×17). Paper provided and available for pickup at the Student Activities Center (Gym II, 2nd floor).
  • All digital artwork entries should be 17w x 22h (safe zone* 16×21).
  • Must not contain material that violates or infringes upon another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement; entrants may be requested to provide a signed written proposal release from recognizable and identifiable persons in the artwork submitted.
  • Must not contain brand names or trademarks.

Image Format Requirements

If the size and format requirements are not met, the quality and resolution of your images will be compromised and may not be able to be used. All entries must be submitted to the Student Activities Center along with an entry form or submitted electronically via collegeartcontest.weebly.com/.

Physical Artwork

  • Submission must be on the provided 12w x 18h paper (safe zone* 11×17).

Digital Artwork

  • File size should be 17w x 22h (safe zone* 16×21).
  • File should be provided as .pdf or .jpeg, in addition to the native file (.ai or .indd).
  • Please package the file with all layers, fonts (typography), and imagery.
  • Provide typography name and file.
  • Provide color code.
  • Do not include watermarks.
  • If photography is used, provide the original, high-resolution photo file.
  • If you use imagery from an online source, check for specific copyright details and read the End User License Agreement for clipart rules.


By entering artwork in this competition, the entrant retains all rights. However, entrants grant the Selection Committee the right to edit, adapt, reproduce, and publish the artwork.

*Safe zone = A zone where the artwork will be safe from being altered during the cutting/placement process. While a bleed goes to the very edge of a design, the safe zone will be within the confines of the overall design. Please do not include any type or crucial elements past this safe zone.

2019 TPG Fair Prepares Students for Graduation, Transfer to University

Interested in transferring, but aren’t sure to where? Think you’re about ready to graduate, but want to make sure? The Transfer Center and Admissions & Records are teaming up to give students the opportunity to learn about their transfer options and prepare for graduation in this semester’s all-in-one TPG Fair! Speak with representatives from more than 50 public and private colleges and universities, get your graduation questions answered, pre-order graduation items, and more!

The TPG Fair is happening Thursday, November 7 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Fine Arts Plaza.

Campuses Attending This Year’s TPG Fair

  • Academy of Art University
  • ArtCenter
  • Biola University
  • Brandman University
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • California Baptist University
  • California College of the Arts
  • Chapman University
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Claremont School of Theology
  • Columbia College Hollywood
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • CSU Dominguez Hills
  • CSU East Bay
  • CSU Fullerton
  • CSU Fullerton/Project Raise
  • CSU Long Beach
  • CSU Long Beach – College of Education
  • CSU Northridge
  • CSU San Marcos
  • DeVry University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Hope International University
  • Humboldt State University
  • La Sierra University
  • Loma Linda University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • National University
  • New School of Architecture and Design
  • Providence Christian College
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UCLA School of Nursing
  • Union Institute & University
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Redlands
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of the West
  • Vanguard University
  • West Coast University

Participate in the Installation of “Hostile Terrain” Exhibit

Seventy student and faculty volunteers are needed to assist with the installation of the “Hostile Terrain” exhibit. The installation will take place September 17 and 18 in the Cypress College Theater from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thirty-minute time slots are available for each group of 30 individuals.

Please contact Nicole Smith at nicole@hostileterrain94.com or Ranmalee Perera  at rperera@noce.edu if you or your class is interested in participating and to schedule a time.


As of today, we have record of 3,116 people who have died, largely from dehydration and hyperthermia, while attempting this journey through Arizona. For this exhibition, we are asking volunteers to hand-write the toe tags of each body recovered from the Arizona/Mexico border. We will then construct a wall map of the border, onto which the tags will be placed in the exact location the individuals were found.

Student, Faculty, and Community Participation

Tables will be set up in the lobby of the Cypress College Theater. Volunteers fill out tags under the guidance of Director, Dr. Jason De León.

Click on the sign-up page here for a 30 minute time slots.

Walk-ins welcome although for a large group a scheduled time slot is highly recommended.

To view the promotional video, click here.

On-Campus Child Care Services are Back

This semester, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cypress and Anaheim, and North Orange Continuing Education, Cypress College is offering free on-campus child care services for all enrolled students while accessing services on campus like counseling appointments, tutoring sessions, and studying in the L/LRC. These services are also available to students taking NOCE classes.

To assist students with school-age children, Boys and Girls Club offers services throughout the semester Monday–Thursday in NOCE (Bldg 18), Room 117 from 2:30 – 7:30 p.m. Children are offered help with their homework, or can engage in games and arts and crafts.

For more information, please contact the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress at (714) 527-2697 ext. 200 or email information@bgccypress.org.