April 11, 2012Around CampusDe Anza: Remembering Trayvon Martin
Join in a program of events to express our concerns about and learn from this recent tragedy. Download the event program for complete details at www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/mcam2012.html.

When: Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Main Quad and Conference Rooms A&B

Overview of Trayvon Martin Events

  • 11:15 – 11:20 a.m. Hoodie Flash Mob at the Cafeteria. Bring your 8½ x 11 sign or come early and make one!
  • 11:20 – 11:50 a.m. Open Mic/Spoken Word in Conference Rooms A&B
  • 12:00 – 1:20 p.m. Community Conversation in Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B. Participate in a compassionate dialogue on what we can learn from Trayvon, and how we can HEAL the wounds of oppression and violence in our communities. A special presentation on Compassionate Communication led by Edmundo Norte will precede student facilitated small group dialogue. Support by Donna Stasio and student facilitators.
  • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Using the Cultures of the Valley to Strengthen and Sustain Us, Hinson Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B.
    Join us for a panel discussion and performance by Elisa Marina Alvarado, Artistic Director of Teatro Visión, and P.J. Hirabayashi, Artistic Director Emeritus, San Jose, Co-founder of San Jose Taiko and Founder of Taiko Peace. This is part of the Visiting Speaker Series.

Funding Our Future: A Student Budget Dialogue with Legislators
Join California Assemblymember Jim Beall (24th District), a panel of his legislative colleagues and student representatives from community colleges across the Bay Area for a student-focused conversation on the impacts of ongoing budget cuts on higher education. There will also be an opportunity for audience input.

When: Thursday, April 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: De Anza College Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B

De Anza student panelists will include Emily Kinner on Cal Grants/other financial aid and state Student Success Task Force recommendations and consequences, and Shaila Ramos, on undocumented students. For a complete list of student panelists, see www.deanza.edu/news/2012fundingourfuture419.html.

In addition to Beall, confirmed legislator panelists to date include Assemblymember Paul Fong, 22nd District; Assemblymember Rich Gordon, 21st District; Assemblymember Jerry Hill, 19th District; and Assemblymember Bob Wieckowksi, 20th District. Other legislator panelists may be announced. Steve Boilard of the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) will deliver a brief budget overview at the event.

De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB) and the De Anza College Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE) are event partners. For more information or requests for disability accommodations, please contact Marisa Spatafore, De Anza College director of marketing/communications, at ext. 8672.

Classified Senate Elections
Elections for 2012-2013 will be held along with an ice cream social hosted by Bay Area Ice Cream Company. Classified Professionals: Please consider serving on this vital shared governance committee. Current senators will be recruiting nominees for seven Classified Senate senator sections and for the offices of president-elect, secretary and treasurer. We need you!

When: Thursday, April 26, 1:30-3 p.m.
Where: California History Center

Nomination forms will be available on the Classified Senate website and must be turned in by Friday, April 20, to one of the following election committee members: Lois Jenkins at ext. 8948, Veronica Aparicio at ext. 8651, or Julie Ceballos at ext. 5359.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Events
  • Meet Andrew X. Pham, author of “Catfish and Mandala,” on Tuesday, April 17, 1:30-3 p.m. in Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B. Contact Tom Izu for info.
  • Performance artist Kristina Wong will perform excerpts from her show, “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” followed by a panel on mental health issues on Wednesday, April 15, 1:30-3 p.m. in Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B. Contact Tom Izu for info.
  • Filmmaker and UC Berkeley professor Elaine Kim presents her film “Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded,” a documentary about representations of Asian and Asian American women in film, Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the VPAC. This is also part of Women’s History Events at De Anza. Contact Christine Chai for info.
Women’s History Events
  • View the documentary “All the Ladies Say” about women break-dancers followed by a panel discussion by hip-hop feminists, activists and artists on Tuesday, April 17, 1:30-3 p.m. in the VPAC. Contact Kei Fischer for info.
  • "Pay Me What I'm Worth" workshop on negotiating fair wages and resources on fair pay on Tuesday, April 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B. Hosted by ICCE and Coalition for Equal Pay. Please RSVP to Carla Collins, 408.299.5152 or owp@ceo.sccgov.org.
  • "Architects of Words: Poetry Slam" hosted by BSU and ICCE, featuring guest poet Poetri and local spoken word contestants, on Friday, April 27, 6-9 p.m. in the VPAC. Currently searching for more contestants. E-mail Kei Fischer for more information.
  • A reading by writer and poet Cherrie Moraga on Tuesday, May 8, 1:30-3 p.m. in the VPAC. Student reception for Moraga from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in MCC Conference Room.

LEAD Spring Events
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. Faculty are encouraged to bring their students. Contact Marc Coronado for more info.

  • Film screening of “Precious Knowledge” on Monday, April 30, 1:30-3:40 p.m. Location TBD.
  • LEAD With Your Heart Fundraiser – sale of handmade items on Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Admin 105.
  • AB540 Awareness Week May 7-11 with events going on around campus.
  • LGBTQ High School Conference Wednesday, May 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B.
  • Sports and World Peace panel discussion Wednesday, May 23, 1:30-3:40 p.m. in MCC Activity Area.
  • Reading of Banned Books in Tucson Tuesday, May 29, 7 a.m-7 p.m. in Main Quad. Readers wanted for 10-minute slots.
  • Farmworker Justice panel discussion Wednesday, May 30, 1:30-3:40 p.m. in MCC Activity Area.
  • Watsonville Farmworker Justice Tour Sundays, June 3 and June 10, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. leaving from Parking Lot A&B. $20
  • Screening and discussion of film “Fahrenheit 451” Thursday June 7, 1:30-3:40 p.m. Location TBD.
  • De Anza Cup intramural soccer game Wednesday, June 13, 1:30-5 p.m. on De Anza Soccer Field.
  • Human Trafficking panel discussion Wednesday, June 20, 1:30-3:40 p.m. in MCC Activity Area.
  • LEAD End-of-the-Year Party Thursday, June 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Location TBD.

De Anza Health Services
Join in Health Services' Spring Fling! Students get free and anonymous STD and HIV testing. Games, prizes, nutrition information, smoking cessation information and more will also be available.

When: Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m-2 p.m.
Where: Main Quad

Spring workshops offered by Health Services:

  • Stressed? – Discover healthy ways to manage stress and lighten your load, May 1.
  • Relationships – Gain a better of understanding of different relationships and how they fit together, May 15.
  • Therapy? – Learn about modern therapeutic approaches and what therapy is really all about, May 29.
  • Anxiety – Learn about anxiety and common treatments, June 12.
  • Depression – Feeling sad all the time might be something called depression. Learn about depression and common treatments, June 19.

All workshops will be held in the Campus Center’s El Clemente Room, on Tuesdays as indicated above, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call Health Services at ext. 8732.

Save the Date: SLO Convocation on April 27
Please mark your calendar! The 2nd Annual Student Learning Outcome Convocation for De Anza faculty and staff will be held on Friday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location to be determined. Keynote speaker Carol Gittens will initiate a campuswide dialog on the assessment of critical thinking. The outcomes for the day will be two-fold:

  1. To develop various institutional-level assessment tools around the topic of critical thinking
  2. Press forward in SLOAC, SSLOAC and AUOAC assessment work in preparation for the follow-up accreditation visit in fall 2012

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Pape.

At the Library
  • The Banned Books display will be on view Monday, May 4 to Wednesday, June 13 in the Library. Contact Pauline Yeckley for info at ext. 8303.
  • The annual Library Book Sale begins Monday, June 18, and will run through the first week of summer session if there are enough books. Watch the Library website for details. Donations of books, textbooks or paperbacks for the sale are encouraged! Contact Tracy Lam at ext. 8439 for more info.

Nursing Department to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
The Nursing Department (which began at Foothill) will commemorate 50 years as a program on May 9, 1-5 p.m., in S-81. Contact Jean Burke at ext. 8897 for more info.

New Student and Parent Open House
This annual spring event hosted by De Anza College’s Outreach Office will include participation by more than 30 departments, programs and student clubs on campus. If you’re interested in volunteering for the event, contact Outreach Director Rob Mieso at ext. 8835.

When: Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Registration & Student Services Building, Staff Lot A

Visiting Speaker Series 2011-2012
“Education and Youth Aspirations for the Future in Silicon Valley,” author Elsa Davidson, will talk about factors that influence the hopes and aspirations of Silicon Valley high school students and how those hopes differ based on class and race.

When: Thursday, May 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

For more information, contact Tom Izu at ext. 8986 or izutom@deanza.edu or visit www.deanza.edu/news/2012visitingspeakers.html for a complete listing of speakers.

Research Speaker Series No. 3
Bob Gabriner
and Ian Walton will present “Supporting Academic Success: Possibilities and Limitations” on Wednesday, May 23, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Conference Room. Contact Diana Alves de Limafor more info.

Spring Choral Concert
The Vintage Singers and Chorale will perform their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, June 24, at 2:30 p.m. in the VPAC. Enjoy opera and musical theater choruses, arrangements of popular songs and lots of surprises. Faculty and staff may reserve two free tickets by contacting Ilan Glasman at ext. 5574.

New Farmer’s Market at De Anza
The Office of College Life and the DASB are now hosting the Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Staff Lot A in front of the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Visit www.deanza.edu/farmersmarket for more information.

Open Mic Series/First Thursdays
Join De Anza students, faculty and staff for The Open Mic Series in the Euphrat Museum of Art and participate in the fusion of spoken word poetry and hip-hop. This event is held the first Thursday of every month, 5-7 p.m., from October 2011 to June 2012. For more information, contact the Black Student Union at deanzabsu@gmail.com.

New Law, New Policy, New Fines: Designated Smoking Areas on Campus
Smoking outside of designated areas will now result in the following fines:

  • First Offense $25
  • Second Offense $50
  • Third offense $75
  • Fourth or subsequent offense $75; may also result in student judicial proceedings

District Board Policy 3217 (revised March 12, 2012) and California Government Code Sec. 7596-7598 (amended Oct. 8, 2011) provide for the changes. Smoking fines are distributed 70% to District Police and 30% to Health Services stop-smoking programs. Look for the large red Smoking Area banners on campus to find De Anza's five designated smoking areas. Table seating is included in each area. See http://www.deanza.edu/policies/nosmoking.html for more information.

Athletics UpdateMen’s Cross Country Team Honored
Congratulations to Coach Nick Mattis and his team for being the only team in the district to be recognized as a California Scholar Team this year. The Scholar Team Award is the highest academic team achievement given annually by the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA). All team members must excel academically with a total GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate better than average accomplishments in intercollegiate athletic competition. The team earned a 3.31 GPA and was recognized at the CCCAA Convention in San Mateo on April 3. This marks De Anza’s 10th and Mattis’ 3rd California Scholar Team.

Men’s Soccer Team Member Honored
Congratulations to student athlete Eric Bettencourt, named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in January. Bettencourt is the 22nd Men’s Soccer All-American. Kudos also to coaches Mark Landefeld and Colin Lindores.

Football Team Member Honored
Congratulations to Robertson Daniel for being named an All-American football student athlete, and to Coach Dan Atencio and his staff.

Student NewsPhotography Students Make Their Mark
Four De Anza photography students placed as finalists in the prestigious Photo Forum Magazine’s hardcover book, “Best of College Photography 2012.” The photographs of Karan Ahuja, Brian Rose, Alejandro Tapia and Lisa Teng were chosen from more than 17,700 images. This is Teng’s second time as a finalist.

Another De Anza photography student, Yu Jing, has been included in the Triton Museum of Art’s statewide competition and exhibition. Her work received an honorable mention for creativity. See www.tritonmuseum.org for dates and times for the exhibition. For more information, contact Wilfredo Castaño at ext. 8765.

Student Mohammad Kheirkhah took the Grand Prize in the Documentary/Photojournalism category in PDNedu’s 9th annual Student Photo Contest. Visit http://contest.pdnedu.com/gallery/2012/ to view his winning entry.

Awards and AccoladesTwo Employees From De Anza Honored for Contributions
Head Women’s Tennis Coach Coleen Lee-Wheat and Fitness Center Coordinator C.J. Jones have been named educator of the year and staff member of the year, respectively, by the California Community Colleges Physical Educators group. The group annually recognizes staff and faculty members for their contributions to their college overall as well as their activities that support physical education and athletics.

Culinary Classes for Kids
Campus Center Director Patrick Gannon volunteers at San Carlos Charter School in Belmont on Fridays, teaching 10- to 12-year olds how to make dishes such as chocolate sushi, fresh pasta and ravioli and multicolored pasta sheets. “They have a blast,” Gannon says.

Massage Therapy Instructor Publishes Article
Jeffrey Forman’s
article “Create a Home Gym” was published in Massage Magazine’s February edition. The article shows how to easily set up a small but effective multi-station gym in a home or office.

French Instructor’s Jazz Singing Featured in National Magazine
Laura Karst
is a jazz vocalist who recently released her debut solo CD, Little Did I Dream. Indie Music Reviewer Magazine recognized her in its March 2012 issue with this review: “Jazz is not dead, and as long as artists like Laura Karst are around, it won’t become a lost art, either." Read the review and listen to a track from her album at

Campus Researcher Honored for Dissertation
Mallory Newell
is the winner of the 2012 RP Award for Dissertation Excellence. The RP Group provides leadership in research, planning and assessment within the California Community College System. Her dissertation, “An Exploration of Civic Engagement of Community College Students and Graduates,” explores the civic engagement of current two- and four-year students and adults to better understand differences among those who achieved a high school diploma, associate or bachelor’s degree.

Faculty and Staff NewsCongratulations to De Anza Employees
The board of trustees has approved the following personnel actions since January 2012.

New HiresKei Fischer, Institute for Community and Civic Engagement; Joseph Lipsig, OTI; Cathleen Monsell, Counseling & Matriculation; Veronica Neal, Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education; Kimani Smith, College Services; Joshua Soliz, HTCTU

Classified Staff Development LeavesJohn Bartch, ETS; Kim Te, Academic Services

Professional Development LeavesCatie Cadge-Moore, history; Dave Denny, English; David Gray, chemistry; Suzanne Helfman, English; Dan Mitchell, music; Loraine Moen, mathematics; William Nagel, graphic design; Isaiah Nengo, anthropology; Kathryn Plum, mathematics; Alan Simes, English; Sukhjit Singh, CIS; Kristin Skager, reading; Nicholas Gonzalez Yuen, political science

Professional Growth AwardsOlga Evert, Academic Services; Marilyn Booye, Special Education; Karen Hunter; Financial Aid; Marge Sainten, Bio/Health

ReclassificationPatty Jobs, Budget and Personnel

Service Recognition AwardsLeo Contreras, Operations; Maria Salazares, College Services

Employee of the Month Nominations Needed
The Classified Employee of the Month Committee needs nominations! In these difficult times, it’s especially important to honor the outstanding work of Classified Professionals. If there is someone you think should be recognized for their great work “above and beyond the call of duty” please take the time to submit a nomination on their behalf today. It’s easy to do online at http://www.deanza.edu/eom/eomnom.html, plus nominators become eligible for a prize drawing that will take place when we celebrate all our most recent EOMs with a special party in December. For more information, contact Patty Jobs at jobspatricia@deanza.edu or ext. 8711.

Employee of the Month Awards

Joan Pena-Ferrick, February 2012


Joan Pena-Ferrick is a people person. “I really enjoy dealing with all types of people, whether they are students, management, faculty or staff,” says Pena-Ferrick, who has worked in Admissions and Records for 26 years. “I’m inspired knowing I have provided help and direction for them to achieve their goals.” Read more.

Rosa Sousa
Lois Jenkins

Phong Lam, March 2012


Academic adviser Phong Lam has worked in several key student services departments since 2006, which has expanded her skills and knowledge about De Anza’s student culture. “I believe I have a duty to motivate, mentor and encourage our next generation of leaders,” Lam says. “My current position allows me to work and mentor all students that are willing to obtain a higher education and influence those who need direction.” Read more.

Pat Cornely, April 2012


Pat Cornely came to De Anza College as a result of a huge layoff at Amdahl, an IT company, in 1993. “I had no idea what I wanted to do for the remainder of my working career because I had planned on working at Amdahl until retirement. In the midst of my career crisis, I received the De Anza College Schedule of Classes,” says Cornely. She opened it to a page with an ad for Environmental Studies and Environmental Compliance informational meetings. Read more.

Silvia Bichler

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