This past September marked Gloria’s 2nd anniversary with the NOCCCD and Cypress College. Serving as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services, she provides executive administrative support to the many programs and services offered under Student Services.
Gloria is our Student Services Spotlight for November. She sat down with me to answer the following questions:
1. Can you describe what you do to “Enhance the Student Experience?”
GO: I am really impressed with the people who work at Cypress and the wonderful work that we do in serving our students. In my role, I help the Vice President of Student Services to better do his job overseeing this very important department. I think in addition to ensuring that things run smoothly and efficiently, I really try to make a connection with people, whether students, employees or guests, so they feel valued and have a good experience here at Cypress.
2. What made you pursue a career in education?
GO: I think my interest working in higher education stems from the encouragement of my parents to obtain a college degree. My oldest brother was the first to attend college in my family and this set an example to follow. It sort of evolved that I have worked at different higher educational settings, both private and public. I think these environments provide opportunities to meet a diverse group of people and also to be exposed to cultures and other topics that one may not get working in a different type of office environment. But this is my first position at a community college. Since I began working at Cypress College just over two years ago, I have come to appreciate even more the value of the community college experience in preparing students to meet their educational and career goals. I thoroughly enjoy working in Student Services and am still meeting new people and learning about all the incredible programs and services we offer our students.
3. What is your favorite part or memory working at Cypress?
GO: So far, it’s been quite an adventure since we have worked remote the last year and a half. This past spring, we provided opportunities for our graduates to take photos with cap and gown. I think seeing the students arrive, many with their family- parents and children- was really memorable. Knowing that I played a small role in helping them celebrate their accomplishment was really satisfying.
4. What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy watching reruns of old shows on MeTV. And I also enjoy a nice hike.
Quick 10: (Initial thought is your answer)
1. Angels or Dodgers? I grew up watching the Dodgers and my parents were huge fans. I remember when I was a little kid, my favorite player was Steve Garvey. Then there was the Fernando Valenzuela fever.
2. Apple IOS or Android? Android, I never really got into the Apple products.
3. Fashion trend you would like to bring back? Leg warmers and headbands.
4. Best or worst holiday or birthday gift you ever received? In grade school, we had a Kris Kringle gift swap and I remember getting a nicely wrapped box and was really excited. It turned out to be a box of crayons. I thought that was kind of strange and I noticed the expression on my teacher’s face that looked kind of sorry for me. But the gift giver was one of my friends and she wrote a nice poem. So I guess it’s the thought that counts.
5. Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food? Dove dark chocolate when I have a sweet tooth. I also love Mediterranean food.
6. First record, tape, or CD that you ever owned? I remember listing to Pat Benatar record album when I was a little kid, but that actually belonged to my older sister. I think my first CD was a gift from my friend of Amy Grant: The Collection. I still remember all the songs.
7. If you were an UFC fighter, what song would be playing as you enter the octagon? Eye of Tiger from Rocky 3.
8. What totally rad expression did you overuse in high school? Like, you know
9. What’s the worst thing you ever did as a kid-and got away with? Hmmm…can’t think of anything. I think I was always afraid of getting in trouble because my parents were pretty strict, so I kept in line.
10. Give us an example of a text message you sent to the wrong person? Don’t think I’ve done that, yet. 😊