Campus Memo for January 10, 2011

VOTE for the Student Initiative: Peer Mentoring through the Pepsi Refresh Project
Once again, our students have stepped up. In the face of budget restrictions, DASB leaders have found a new opportunity: to win $250,000 through the national Pepsi Refresh Project. Their goal is to fund a peer mentoring program for advanced math and science classes at De Anza. In order to win, our students need you to take very specific action: Vote every day, online and by text message, through the month of January. To read more about the student proposal, view their video and sign up to vote, see Text 105640 to 73774. You can follow the project on Facebook at

You're Invited to the Outreach and Relations with Schools Open House
The office has moved into its new home in the Seminar Building. You're invited to visit and have refreshments.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 26, 12-2 p.m.
Where: Seminar Building, south entrance

Outreach and Relations with Schools to Host Multiple Conferences
De Anza will be hosting the African American Student Conference for about 300 African American students from local high schools in February. Director Rob Mieso ( invites you to meet and greet students throughout the day. Please encourage interested faculty and staff to attend the presentations, breakout sessions, performances and more.

When: Thursday, Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B

De Anza will also be hosting two Latina/o student conferences, welcoming a total of about 600 students from East Side, San Jose Unified, Fremont Union and other high school districts. Mieso invites you to meet and greet students throughout the day. Please encourage interested faculty and staff to attend the presentations, breakout sessions, performances and more.

When: Thursday, March 3 and Thursday, March 10, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B

Annual Partners in Learning Conference
The Office of Instruction, Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE), and Staff Development invite you to participate in the sixth annual Partners in Learning Conference (formerly the Teaching and Learning Conference) dedicated to student success.

When: Friday, March 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: TBA

Faculty, staff, administrators and students are invited to submit a 10-minute inspiring talk that addresses the question of how we prepare our students to Flourish in the 21st Century. Each session will then be facilitated by students, who have been trained in facilitation, to explore the issue(s) raised in the short talk. Proposals should be less than one page and summarize the main point of the inspiring talk you'd like to give. Indicate the classroom format and technologies you will need. Presenters and attendees will earn PGA credit (full timers) and stipends (part timers).

Please send Short Inspiring Talk proposals to Mary Kay Englen/Office of Staff and Organizational Development at or ext. 8322. For more information, contact Cynthia Kaufman, conference coordinator, at or ext. 8739.

On the Move
OTI has also moved to the Seminar Building from the Mod Quad trailers, and the Intercultural/International Studies Division Office is back home in the newly remodeled Multicultural Center. MQ2 and MQ3 are now classrooms.

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. Visit to read the article.

Promote Your Events on the De Anza Website
If you are a faculty or staff member who regularly helps coordinate campus events (including student-sponsored activities), please help us promote the great things you are doing. Sign up for an Events Calendar Account at You may also e-mail your event details to the Web Team for posting at

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 highher education as well as the National Science Foundation. Visit to read the peer review report.

Congratulations to De Anza Employees

The board of trustees has approved the following personnel actions since November 2010.

New Hires--Linda Yepiz, Bio/Health computer lab instructional coordinator

Longevity Awards--Duc Phan, Printing Services

Professional Growth Awards--Mary Campbell, biology; Bradley Creamer, TRG; David Garrido, Distance Learning; Susan Ho, Physical Education; Jose Marte, Bio/Health

Service Recognition Awards--Ha Van Nguyen, College Services

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