Awards and Achievements


Awards and Achievements

Accomplishments 2010-2011 Academic Year

Head Football Coach Honored, Team Wins Championship
Dan Atencio
was selected as Coach of the Year by the Golden Gate Conference. The Football team won the Golden Gate Coast Conference Championship for 2010, the first outright championship for the De Anza team since 1995. It’s also the first time in NorCal Football history that a team has won the “C” Division and the following year won the Conference Championship in the “B” Division. Congratulations to Coach Atencio and the team.

Men’s Soccer Wins Coast Conference
Congratulations to coaches Mark Landefeld and Colin Lindores and the Men’s Soccer team for winning the Coast Conference Championship on the last day of the season with a 4-0 win over Gavilan. This marks the third time in the last four years that the team has won the championship, and the 21st Conference Championship for Men’s Soccer in the program’s history.

Women’s Volleyball Qualifies for CCCAA Volleyball Playoffs
Coach Dawnis Guevara and the Women’s Volleyball Team made it to the CCCAA Playoffs in November. The team finished the season in a tie for second place in the Coast Conference, with a record of 13 wins and 10 losses.

Math Instructor Honored for Excellence in Teaching
Lenore Desilets
received an award for excellence in teaching from the Council of Mathematics of California Community Colleges (CMC3) at a conference in Monterey in December. Ekaterina Fuchs, math instructor at City College of San Francisco and CMC3 awards chair, said, “Lenore Desilets’ students praise how accessible and helpful she is both in and out of class. She has been at the forefront of using technology in education and is always willing to try new technologies. She recently completely revamped De Anza’s distance learning intermediate algebra course to make it more interactive for students.”

History Instructor Publishes Sixth Book
Mary Jo Ignoffo
published her sixth book in December. “Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune” is the first full-length biography of Winchester and redresses the myths about her and reveals the legacy she intended.

Part-time CIS Instructor’s Work Reviewed in MERLOT
Valerie Taylor
’s “Technology Supported Learning (TSL)” was peer reviewed and published in MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) in December. TSL is a professional development workshop for community college faculty. The project was initially funded with strategic initiative funds from the Business/CIS Division. The MERLOT project is an international initiative enabling faculty to integrate technology into higher education and is supported by 27 systems and institutions of higher education as well as the National Science Foundation. See www.merlot.org/merlot/viewCompositeReview.htm?id=507627 to read the peer review report.

Dining Services Featured in Magazine
Dining Services Director Patrick Gannon and Executive Chef Paul Figlomeni were interviewed for an article about their “Tour the World With Risotto” cuisine, which appeared in the November 2010 issue of On-Campus Hospitality.

Journalism Students Win State Awards
In November 2010, 17 delegates (students and staff) from De Anza College attended the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) NorCal conference at San Jose State University. De Anza students brought home seven awards.

  • Online Journalism General Excellence – La Voz staff
  • 1st place Editorial Cartoon – Brandon Selph
  • 3rd place Illustration – Justin Taylor
  • 3rd place Bring-in Advertisement – Cy Hodgkins
  • HM Editorial Cartoon – Ryan Brusuelias
  • HM Editorial Writing – La Voz staff
  • HM On-the-spot News Story – Nadia Banchik

Film/TV Students Honored
Three students were the recipients of the Chadwick Okamoto Award in June 2010 at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at De Anza. Each student received a $500 cash scholarship at the 31st Annual Student Film & Video Show. Honored were Helena Grunwald for screenwriting, Thuy Le for film production, and Robinson Wood for animation. Okamoto was a graduate student enrolled in De Anza’s Animation Program from 1998-2001. Okamoto died of a heart attack shortly after he became a professional animator. The scholarships are given annually to students who exemplify his finest traits: artistic excellence, a tireless work ethic and generous assistance to others.

Photography Instructors Honored
In summer 2010, Diane Pierce’s photograph “Animated Objects and Other Oddities” was selected for the permanent photography collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Also notable was Wilfredo Castano’s participation in the photographic exhibition of El Tecolote newspaper, “Imagining the Mission: Pasado, Presente y Futuro.”

Creative Arts Dean Serves as Juror for Annual Show
Nancy Canter
was chosen as the juror for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society’s Annual Member Show in November 2010. Canter has taught painting and drawing at the college level for more than 30 years.

IIS Instructor Participates in NEH Workshop
Catie Cadge-Moore
participated in a workshop titled “African-American History & Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah & The Coastal Islands, 1750-1950.” The workshop was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for Community College Faculty program for Summer 2010. 

Film/TV Instructor Wins Award from Press Club
Susan Tavernetti
took third place in the entertainment review category for non-daily newspapers at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 33rd Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner in June 2010. She received the award for her Palo Alto Weekly film review of Laurent Cantet’s “The Class,” a French drama about teachers and teaching. Winners were selected from 394 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties.

De Anza Joins in Founding The Democracy Commitment
President Brian Murphy and other community college leaders nationwide have joined to form The Democracy Commitment, a national initiative that will provide a national platform for the development and expansion of programs and projects aiming at engaging community college students in civic learning and democratic practice. The goal of the partnership is that every graduate of an American community college shall have had an education in democracy. This includes all students, whether they aim to transfer to university, achieve an associate degree or obtain a certificate.

All-American Athletes Named
Congratulations to the following student athletes for their 2010 accomplishments:

  • Men’s Soccer--Luis Nieves and Davor Bakovic, All Americans; Tariq Adam, All West/All California
  • Men’s Cross Country--Cliff Crum, All NorCal
  • Women’s Cross Country--Rebekah Phillips and Kristine Talbot, All NorCal
  • Football--Ty Powell, All American; Blaze Vela, Jerry Slota and Will Davis, All California

Women’s Volleyball Ties for 2nd
Coach Dawnis Guevara and the Women’s Volleyball team finished in a tie for second place in the Coast Conference in November 2010. Congratulations to the team.

Cross Country Teams Have Good Season
Congratulations to coaches Nick Mattis and JJ Noble as well as the De Anza College Cross Country teams. The Women’s Cross Country team finished third in Northern California and the De Anza Men finished sixth in Northern California. Both teams also finished in second place in the Coast Conference Championships.

Photography Students’ Work to be Published
Kevin Ash
, Clifford Nichols and Chyett Smith will have their photographs published in Photo Forum magazine’s annual The Best of College Photography 2011-2012. Their work was selected from more than 13,000 applicants, and an exhibit featuring these winning student photographers will open March 15 in the Photography Department gallery in Building A-6.

ESL Instructor Awarded Scholarship
Kathy Ochoa Flores
received a Fulbright Scholar Award for 2010-2011, one of five TESOL professionals in the United States to receive the award. She taught a methodology course and advised professional practicum students at the Universidad de La Serena in Chile.

Campus Researcher Publishes Article
Mallory Newell
, De Anza’s Institutional Researcher, published an article in the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College (JARCC) in fall 2010, “Disaggregating Ethnic Categories: An Analysis of Educational Attainment for California Adult Asian Americans.”

  • October 2010 – Dawna O’Malley, Financial Aid
  • November 2010 – Yusuf Mathir, ETS
  • December 2010 – CJ Jones, PE & Athletics
  • January 2011 – Shirley Schooler, DSPS
  • February 2011 – Teri Gerard, Budget and Personnel
  • March 2011 – Marie Taylor Harper, Bus/CS
  • April 2011 – Vida Adjarian-Fard, HOPE
  • May 2011 – Lori Susi, Marketing & Communications
  • June 2011 – Annie Kong, Custodial

 




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