April 16, 2008

Recognition & Awards

De Anza Students Thrive in 2008 Media Arts Competition

De Anza students made a strong showing again this year, winning eight prizes. Tina Baird, Supraja Valli Indukuri Meena, Eileen Laitinen and Suvobrata Roy Chowdhury received awards in the Traditional Animation category. Meena and Ryan Chilton took home two of the four 3D Cinematic prizes. Shan Ling Li won a Film/Video award and Thu Nguyen won a Package Design award. Instructors for these students were Martin McNamara, Bill Nagel, Will Paicius, David Perry and Zaki Lisha.

Alumnus Brings Home Cinequest 2008 Honors

De Anza Film/Television alumnus Kurt Kuenne received the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Feature and the Audience Award for Documentary Feature at Cinequest 18 for "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father."

CEAG Wins Innovation of the Year Award

De Anza's College Environmental Advisory Group (CEAG) has won the Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College for its Sustainability Management Plan (SMP). Each year the league honors outstanding innovations that have been recognized by member institutions as capstone achievements. The Foothill-De Anza District is a board member of the league.

The SMP, believed to be the first such document among community colleges nationwide, was developed in 2007 by CEAG in collaboration with the broader college community.

The SMP addresses all aspects of De Anza's environmental impact on land, air and water as well as community vibrancy, environmental stewardship, social equity and financial responsibility. The SMP includes initial assessment data; the Sustainability Policy, describing concrete actions; and an implementation timeline. Key areas of focus include the reification of concepts such as green building construction and renovation, hazardous waste reduction and management, energy and water efficiency and conservation. Uniquely, the plan also addresses ecologically responsible landscaping and green purchasing and procurement procedures, with an overarching view of campus community and civic engagement in sustainability.

The runner-up for the award was De Anza's CompTechS program. The CompTechS program's goal is to help students who are planning a career in computer technical support to transition to the professional work environment. The program provides the training and real world experience essential for entry into the technical support profession.

Past De Anza winners of this award include the Developmental Task Force (2004), Environmental Studies Instructor and Morgan Family Chair Julie Phillips (2001), and Child Development Instructor Bill Wright (2000).

News Briefs

CCP Seeks Partners for ESL Students

Cross-Cultural Partners needs fluent English speakers to pair with our ESL students. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to participate. Once matched, partners arrange their own meetings and choose their own conversation topics. The informal setting and the one-on-one contact help ESL students gain confidence with communication skills. Both partners benefit, gaining increased cross-cultural appreciation and sensitivity to diversity. Instructors from all disciplines are encouraged to recommend CCP to their non-ESL students. Non-ESL students must be willing to meet 5 times and 5 hours with the same partner over the quarter.

When: Accepting student applications April 9-25
Where: Student Applicants

Non-student Applicants contact ccpartners@deanza.edu for ID before applying online.

Choose the Next Employee of the Month

The Classified Employee of the Month Committee is seeking new members. Candidates should be flexible, creative team players with energy and enthusiasm for fun celebrations. The committee meets a minimum of once a month to plan for upcoming EOM celebrations and to select EOMs. You can receive PGA credit. Contact: Patty Jobs or ext. 8711

Web Training: OmniUpdate

Training and support for OmniUpdate, the new Web content management system, is now under way. If you haven't updated your department or faculty Web site in a while -- or you're interested in creating a new Web site -- now's the time to learn OmniUpdate. Current Web account holders are also encouraged to convert their Web sites. Find out how to get started by visiting http://www.deanza.edu/webguide/omniupdate/.

Statewide Conference: Equity=Excellence

The De Anza College Office of Diversity is sponsoring a statewide conference, "Equity=Excellence: California Community Colleges in the Vanguard of Change," with the goal of sharing effective educational practices for serving the diverse population of community colleges.

When: Thursday and Friday, May 1&2
Where: Santa Clara Hyatt Regency Hotel

Register at www.deanza.edu/diversity/conference/index.html for discounted price of $300 for De Anza faculty and staff, $25 for students.

Take the 10,000 Step Challenge -- Again!

The spring quarter challenge is under way for the next 10 weeks. This quarter there is one team for the entire De Anza community. For more info, contact Mary Jo Lomax at ext. 8903.

View the list of scholar athletes from fall quarter 2007 (107) and winter quarter 2008 (97) at http://www.deanza.edu/news/athlete0408.html (link active April 17).

This Week:
De Anza SEIU Stewards and Alternates Election

When: Thursday, April 17, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Administration Lobby

Next Week:
Latino Heritage Event

LEAD! (Latino Empowerment at De Anza), the Latino Heritage Month Program, Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE), Puente Project and MAIZ (Movimiento de Accion, Inspirando Servicio) present "Aztec: an Indigenous Performance and Lecture."

When: Tuesday, April 22, 4-5 p.m.
Where: Campus Center A&B

New Student & Parent College Nights

The Office of Outreach & Relations with Schools invites you to set up an info table for your division, department or program. You need only bring your materials and any giveaways. Please plan to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for set up as many students/parents arrive early and visit the tables. Formal "info table" time will be from 7-8 p.m.

When: Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-8 p.m. (East Side, San Jose districts) and Wednesday, May 14 (local high schools)
Where: Gymnasium (PE2)

If you haven't already done so, please confirm your participation with Rob Mieso at miesorob@deanza.edu.

De Anza Earth Day

Join De Anza College and BioTour for meaningful environmental education through speakers, demonstrations and taking action. Sponsored by WISE 37, Academic Senate, Inter Club Council (ICC), Office of the President, ICCE, Department of Environmental Studies, CEAG and Office of Outreach and Relations with Schools. Visit the Web site for more information about the event.

When: Wednesday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center A&B and Main Quad

De Anza Classified Senate Election & Ice Cream Social

When: Wednesday, April 23, 1:30-3 p.m.
Where: Administration Lobby

Accomplished History Professor to Speak

Dr. Stephen J. Pitti, author of "The Devil in Silicon Valley: Northern California, Race, and Mexican Americans," will be speaking on the topics addressed in his book, which challenge conventional thinking about Silicon Valley's central commodity. Pitti is a professor of History and American Studies and Director of the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University.

When: Thursday, April 24, 1:30-3 p.m.
Where: Campus Center A&B

In May:
De Anza to Host Bicoastal Symposium

Our nation's 22nd Secretary of Labor and current professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, Robert Reich (1993-1997), will be on campus to interact with our students, as well as students connected in real time from Miami and New York, on the topic of "Economic Empowerment Through Civic Engagement." For more information, contact Rowena Tomaneng or Myra Cruz.

When: Monday, May 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: De Anza Campus (location TBA)

De Anza College's Spring Fling

Don't miss our spring celebration reception for all employees.

When: Wednesday, May 14, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Campus Center A&B

De Anza College Spring Job Fair

Approximately 45 local employers will be on campus, so please remind your students to bring their resumes to the event. For more info contact Cindy Lister.

When: Thursday, May 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Campus Center A&B

De Anza All-Classified Professional Retreat

The Classified Senate presents a professional retreat to inform and refresh!

When: Friday, May 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Saratoga Springs
Cost: $5

Sign up by May 2, 4 p.m., so the committee can be sure to order enough food and drinks. For more info or to pay fees, contact one of the following:

  • Melodie Cheney in Admissions and Records, ext. 8342
  • Lois Jenkins in Marketing Office, ext. 8948
  • Ann Leever in Learning Center West Rm. 102, ext. 8490
  • C.J. Jones in Fitness and Wellness Center, ext. 8594
The Pakistani American Cultural Studies Institute (PACSI)

"Polarization of Cultures: Where East Meets West" is the inaugural fundraiser for PACSI. Enjoy dinner, a debate, "Pakistani Idol" and speakers. Babysitting services available. For more information call 650.305.0020. For tickets visit http://pacsii.org/event.php

When: Saturday, April 26, 5 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis -- Silicon Valley

This is the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. More than a walk, the evening includes great entertainment, food and fun! The walk will be approximately 3K (1.5 miles) on a lit path around the De Anza campus. The route is wheelchair accessible. Children, strollers and dogs on leash are welcome. See http://california.ccfa.org for more information.

When: Saturday, May 10, 5 p.m. registration; 6 p.m. program
Where: Begins in the Sunken Garden

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

The second annual Relay for Life of Cupertino overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held again at the De Anza track.

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 19-20, 10 a.m.-10 a.m.
Where: Outdoor Events Arena

Contact Lois Jenkins in the Marketing/Communications Office for more information or to participate in the event.

American Heart Association Walk

The American Heart Association invites the public to participate in the 2008 Start! Silicon Valley Heart Walk. Last year, more than 4,500 walkers raised about $900,000 dollars to fight the leading killer in California. This year's goal is $1,300,000. Get started early and sign up today!

When: Sunday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m.-noon
Where: De Anza College

Contact Melodie Cheney in Admissions and Records to join De Anza's team.

Instructor Tapped by National Endowment

Art history instructor Catie Cadge Moore has been selected to participate this summer in "2008 Andean Worlds: New Directions in Scholarship and Teaching," a summer institute co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Community College Humanities Association. Scholars will share the most recent developments in the field of Andean Studies through seminars, field study and travel to Lima, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Pisac in the Sacred Valley and Cusco.

For more info: www.ccha-assoc.org/andeanworld08/index.html

Congratulations to Faculty and Staff Members

The following personnel actions have been approved by the Board of Trustees since the beginning of the calendar year.

New Hires:

Veronica Aparicio, evaluation specialist

Holly Dane, Bio/Health instructional associate

William Madden, academic adviser

Susan Roberts, sign language interpreter

Barela Wilder, custodian

Awards

Professional Growth Awards: Carole Chapman, Susan Edman, John Kong, Mary Jo Lomax, Dawna O'Malley, Stephanie Pham, Guo Xin Tang

Service Recognition Award: Jesus Hernandez

Longevity Award: Michelle Doan, Paul Figliomeni, Gregory Serniuk

Employee of the Month Awards
Photo of Rudy Carranza
Rudy Carranza, January 2008

"I enjoy working at De Anza," says Carranza, "especially during the annual graduation setups because of the value this ceremony has to the faculty, staff and students."

Mary Ann Washington, June 2008

"Efficient, effective, professional, creative and helpful" are the words that best describe Mary Ann Washington, according to Prachi Balaji of the Language Arts Division office, who nominated Washington for Employee of the Month.
Photo of Mary Ann Washington
Photo of Maria Serrano
Maria Serrano, February 2008

"When it comes to Dining Services, few are as likely to consistently serve up excellence than Maria Serrano. And it's something she's done for 17 years."
Carmen Pereida, March 2008

"Students energize me. When we explore career options and they finally make the connection between school and work, I see the sparkle in their eyes and their minds expanding to new possibilities."
Photo of Carmen Pereida
Photo of Monika Winn

Monika Winn, April 2008

"Monika works long hours without complaining, seamlessly multi-tasks the needs of both bookstores, and is always available to help out in order to get the job done."

Professional Development Leave: Duc Nguyen, Maria Marin, Margo Raff

Staff Development Leave: Roberta Bloom, Christine Chai, Karen Chow, Marek Cichanski, Michele DuBarry, Ronald Dunn, Spera Georgiou, Maurice Geraghty, Patricia Guitron, Marshall Hattori, Herminio Hernando, David Howard-Pitney, Ky Duyen Huynh, Tom Izu, Natasha Joplin, Anuradha Khanna, Clara Lam, Ann Lee-Yen, Esther Lew, Richard Lopez, Christina Lopez Morgan, Julie Madigan, Diane Mathios, Jennifer Myhre, Donald Nickel, Jill Quigley, Becky Roberts, Rebecca Sherwood, Jefferson Shirley

Tenured Faculty: Matthew Abrahams, Marc Coronado, Vernon Gallegos, Arden Kragalott, Alexander Kramer, Rick Maynard, Anna Miller, Cinzia Muzzi, Scott Osborne, Ameeta Tiwana, John Walton, Wendy White

The next Campus Memo is scheduled for mid-November. Please send items for the next issue by Nov. 9 to Marketing/Communications Program Coordinator Lois Jenkins at jenkinslois@deanza.edu. Send any comments and questions regarding Campus Memo to Marketing/Communications Director Marisa Spatafore at spataforemarisa@deanza.edu or ext. 8672.
CCP Seeks Partners for ESL Students
Cross-Cultural Partners needs fluent English speakers to pair with our ESL students. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to participate. Once matched, partners arrange their own meetings and choose their own conversation topics. The informal setting and the one-on-one contact help ESL students gain confidence with communication skills. Both partners benefit, gaining increased cross-cultural appreciation and sensitivity to diversity. Instructors from all disciplines are encouraged to recommend CCP to their non-ESL students. Non-ESL students must be willing to meet 5 times and 5 hours with the same partner over the quarter.
        When: Accepting student applications April 9-25
        Where: Student Applicants
        Non-student Applicants contact ccpartners@deanza.edu for ID before applying online.

Choose the Next Employee of the Month
The Classified Employee of the Month Committee is seeking new members. Candidates should be flexible, creative team players with energy and enthusiasm for fun celebrations. The committee meets a minimum of once a month to plan for upcoming EOM celebrations and to select EOMs. You can receive PGA credit. Contact: Patty Jobs or ext. 8711

Web Training: OmniUpdate
Training and support for OmniUpdate, the new Web content management system, is now under way. If you haven't updated your department or faculty Web site in a while -- or you're interested in creating a new Web site -- now's the time to learn OmniUpdate. Current Web account holders are also encouraged to convert their Web sites. Find out how to get started by visiting http://www.deanza.edu/webguide/omniupdate/.

Statewide Conference: Equity=Excellence
The De Anza College Office of Diversity is sponsoring a statewide conference, "Equity=Excellence: California Community Colleges in the Vanguard of Change," with the goal of sharing effective educational practices for serving the diverse population of community colleges.
        When: Thursday and Friday, May 1&2
        Where: Santa Clara Hyatt Regency Hotel
Register at www.deanza.edu/diversity/conference/index.html for discounted price of $300 for De Anza faculty and staff, $25 for students.

Take the 10,000 Step Challenge -- Again!
The spring quarter challenge is under way for the next 10 weeks. This quarter there is one team for the entire De Anza community. For more info, contact Mary Jo Lomax at ext. 8903.


Campus Memo
Contact: Marketing and Communications Office
Phone: 408.864.8948

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