April 22, 2009
Awards & Accolades
De Anza Students Win Media Arts Awards
The Multimedia & Entertainment Initiative announced the category winners in its 2009 Media Arts Competition, among which are five De Anza students who won six awards. Almost 500 entries were screened and judged in 14 categories resulting in 51 award winning students. From De Anza were:
Neil Baker, Traditional Animation
Instructors for these students are Zaki Lisha, Marty McNamara and Dave Perry. The Multimedia & Entertainment Initiative is a statewide network of Community College educators working in strategic partnerships with industry and community organizations to identify and meet California's workforce and economic development needs. The Initiative is committed to creating environments in which students can achieve artistic excellence and develop technological expertise for careers in the communications, entertainment and interactive learning industries.
Two of Lisha's former students were accepted into prestigious UCLA programs: Robert Phelps to the university's screenwriting master of fine arts program and Kaushik Sampath to its film directing program. Both students credit De Anza's film program and instructors for encouraging them and making their success possible.
De Anza Student Places First in Math Competition
Yoshimura Yujin was ranked No. 1 on the Student Math League Scoreboard out of 2,123 competitors in a contest sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) that took place in February. De Anza College's team ranked No. 2 out of 188 competing two-year colleges. The organization's focus is providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college
College's Speech and Debate Team Having a Great Year
Alex Kramer, speech instructor and faculty adviser for the Speech and Debate Club, reports that the club has had a very successful season so far this year, competing at five intercollegiate tournaments and winning numerous awards. At the recently concluded Northern California Championship Tournament, all three Novice Parliamentary Debate teams, consisting of Victoria Schofield and Zein Hussein, Annie Tat and Randy Hammond, and Mark Rauschmayer and Anna Mattinger, qualified for elimination rounds. They reached octofinals, quarter finals and semifinal rounds respectively. Three students also earned individual speaker awards: Mattinger (6th), Rauschmayer (2nd) and Tat (3rd). The team also placed 5th among two-year colleges at the 2009 National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament at the University of Pacific over the spring break. The tournament is among the largest in the world and featured more than 450 debaters from across the country.
Women's Swimming, Tennis Teams Win at Coast Conference
Congratulations to Coach Pete Raykovich and the De Anza Women's Swimming team for their 2009 Coast Conference championship announced on April 19. De Anza now has four Coast Conference Team Champions this academic year: Women's Cross Country, Women's Soccer, Women's Swimming and Women's Tennis.
Congratulations also go to Women's Tennis Team Coach Coleen Lee-Wheat and players Priya Prasad and Diane Lutran, who were named the Coast Conference Doubles Champions on April 18. Prasad was also named Coast Conference Individual Competition Champion.
Men's Tennis Players Win Doubles Championship
Players Albert Godjali and Nick Martinez won the Coast Conference Doubles Championship on April 18 under the direction of Coach Kelly Simons. Godjali was also named Individual Competition Runner-up.
ICCE Director Appointed to Fill Board Position
Mayra Cruz, child development instructor and director of De Anza's Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE) was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the San José/Evergreen Community College District, replacing the district's Area 7 board member who resigned in January. Cruz will serve through November 2010, when the next election takes place.
Creative Arts Instructor to Attend International Seminar
Catie Cadge-Moore was selected to be one of 16 post-secondary U.S. educators to travel and study in Senegal for the month of July in a seminar titled "Senegal: Gateway to West Africa." The Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad is a program for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Supported through the Department of Education, this seminar is sponsored by binational organizations from the U.S. and Senegal. Cadge-Moore will be required to create and implement a curriculum project addressing contemporary arts in Africa at De Anza College as part of the seminar.
Intercultural Studies Instructor to be Recognized for Leadership
Michael Chang will receive the Gordon N. Chan Leadership Award in May at a luncheon in San Jose. The award is given to Bay Area community members who make significant community and public service contributions, particularly in the Asian American community. Honorees exemplify leadership traits of generosity, compassion, commitment and advocacy.
District Honored at 2008 Technology Awards
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) project, piloted by Foothill-De Anza Community College District, received an Excellence in Technology Focus Award. The CCCOER focuses on creating a comprehensive resource database for educational materials in collaboration with 40 other colleges from across the United States and Canada. See http://cccoer.wordpress.com for more information about the project.
Art Installation to Promote Student Dialogue
As the result of a dialogue between two De Anza students, a U.S. veteran of the Afghan War and a woman from Afghanistan, an art installation called "Counting Lives Lost: Making Tangible an Abstract Measure of Grief" was brought to campus on April 18 and 19.
This artwork by Kathleen Crocetti (a member of Blue Star Mothers, whose son is serving in the Air Force) is a visual representation of 4,274 American casualties and more than 99,000 Iraqi dead since the beginning of the war in Iraq. The installation takes 600 people-hours to construct, so the whole building process is designed to be part of the dialogue. A program called "Counting Lives Lost, Making Our Lives Count: A Healing Dialogue" is planned for April 29 at 12:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B, with Crocetti in attendance. A multi-denominational memorial service is planned for May.
"Stand in the Place Where You Live"
The Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE) presents a one-day workshop designed to support efforts to establish service-learning programs and strengthen existing programs within community colleges. President Brian Murphy, founder of SFSU's Institute of Civic & Community Engagement, will give the keynote presentation.
When: Friday, April 24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The workshop goals:
The newest ICCE project is with the city of Cupertino's Block Leader and Leaders in Training Programs and Mark Linder, director of Cupertino Parks and Recreation Department. Linder is also serving as a panelist at "Debugging the Silicon Dream: Real Life in a Virtual World" (see below). For more information and to download the registration form, go to ICCE's Web site.
"Debugging the Silicon Dream: Real Life in a Virtual World" — California Studies Association Annual Conference
Three hundred scholars, students, artists and activists will gather to explore the forces shaping Silicon Valley--including the economic crisis; political organizing and community leadership; and the natural and social geographies of the region and the state--and their impact on culture, landscape and lives.
When: Friday, April 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The conference will also launch a South Bay Studies Working Group for researchers and practitioners engaged in building a deeper understanding of Silicon Valley in order to address its social issues. The many notable speakers will include Sarah Lacy, journalist, author and co-host of "tech-ticker," Yahoo Finance; Chris O'Brien, columnist, San José Mercury News; Terry Christensen, researcher, writer and political science professor, San José State University; Blanca Alvarado, former member, Santa Clara Co. Board of Supervisors; Raj Jayadev, founder, Silicon Valley DeBug magazine; and Dennis King, executive director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley. Featured authors will include Ellen Ullman, "The Bug"; Paulina Borsook, "Cyberselfish"; and Patrick Dillon, "The Last Best Thing."
Hollywood Producer to Visit Campus
With support from DASB, the Film/TV Department will host a two-part series with Hollywood writer/producer Tim Albaugh. Albaugh is a graduate of UCLA Graduate Screenwriting program and has sold scripts to various studios and production companies. He wrote the film "Trading Favors" starring Rosanna Arquette and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Part 1: Script vs. Movie
Part 2: Hollywood North Podcast
"Focus De Anza: Live the Change"
De Anza College Environmental Advisory Group (CEAG) Sustainability Management Plan Event
Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate in this interactive event focusing on De Anza's Sustainability Management Plan (SMP), adopted by all levels of campus governance and one of the first such plans in higher education nationwide.
When: Tuesday, April 28, 1:30-3 p.m.
The event will explore "living the change": daily actions to make the campus sustainable in regard to air, land and water as well as, more broadly, community vibrancy, environmental stewardship, social equity and financial responsibility. Using De Anza's award-winning Dining Services and its Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies as highlights, the CEAG team of students, faculty, staff and community members will show how the SMP process--a "Plan-Do-Check-Act" approach--provides a way to measure and continually reduce the college community's impact on the environment.
You're Invited to Spring Fling 2009
In keeping with the spirit of our 2008 Holiday Reception, at our Spring Fling we will be collecting nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank to help the increasing number of those in need. Donation barrels will be available at various locations across campus from April 27 to May 15. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be sent to Tina Woo in the president's office.
When: Thursday, May 7, 2-3:30 p.m.
New Student & Parent Open House 2009
Join Director of Outreach and Relations with Schools Rob Mieso at this new event for high school students and their parents that replaces the two weeknight student and parent events held previously. All divisions, departments, programs and services are invited to participate. We expect a large turnout and are planning a festive and welcoming event, with music, refreshments and activities including on-site application, Counseling 100 registration, info table visits, program area tours and breakout sessions.
When: Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For more information, contact Rob Mieso, ext. 8835.
Shannon Bracy, April 2009
Bracy loves working with the coaches and athletes at De Anza. "The best things about my job are working with the athletes to rehabilitate an injury and getting them back out to play, seeing them succeed and go on to a four-year college, not just athletically but academically too," she says.
The Classified Employee of the Month Committee is still seeking new members. Candidates should be flexible, creative team players with energy and enthusiasm for fun celebrations, interested in receiving PGA credit. The committee meets a minimum of once a month to plan for upcoming EOM celebrations and to select EOMs. If you can't serve on the committee, it only takes a few minutes to express how a Classified Professional has made an impact or impression on you with his or her hard work and dedication to the job. Contact Patty Jobs, ext. 8711.