Campus Memo for February 13, 2007

Initiative Planning Teams are currently working to develop plans for the four Institutional Initiatives that emerged through the strategic planning process--Outreach, Individualized Attention to Student Retention and Success, Cultural Competence, and Community Collaborations--incorporating, where appropriate, the critical Foundational areas: Professional Development, Curriculum, Communication, Facilities and Technology.

While the teams' processes for developing the plans may vary, each has been been provided guidelines by President Brian Murphy, including

* Reviewing all commitments to action (CTAs) that may be relevant to the given initiative

* Engaging individually or through group meetings all faculty and staff who could advise on and contribute to developing the plan, including, for example

  • Those with CTAs
  • Members of the original TI teams where appropriate
  • Deans and directors whose departments would be instrumental in enacting the plan, in order for them to advise on the given department's capacity and related issues

* Developing written plans

The comprehensive plans, complete with budgets developed with the assistance of Budget Director Margaret Michaelis, are due to the president's office by March 15. Other key dates follow.

  • March 16-April 20: Review by Academic and Classified Senates, administrators and supervisors, DASB                                                        
  • April 20: Joint Planning & Budget Teams (PBTs) meeting (plans will span all administrative divisions of the campus)
  • April 26: College Council review and vote. Funding will follow shortly thereafter.

To read Murphy's comprehensive update from the Jan. 24 Campus Memo, see

The team leading the Individualized Attention to Student Retention and Success has invited, via Meeting Maker, all faculty and staff to attend three meetings scheduled during the next two weeks in order to obtain widespread input from the campus community, particularly those with CTAs in the areas of retention and success. Each of the three meetings has a topic; dates and times follow. RSVP through MeetingMaker or by calling Shirley Kawazoe at ext. 8552.

  • Summer Bridge and First-Year Experience-Type Programs, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 12:30-2 p.m., Administration 109
  • Instructional Advising, Counseling Support, Early Alert, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2-3:30 p.m., L-75
  • Student Tutoring/Mentoring, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 12:30-2 p.m., Administration 106

Celebrate Black History Month
De Anza College is celebrating Black History Month by sponsoring a variety of events that feature drama, art, music, literature, photography and thought-provoking discussion. Racism, community activism, health, and career advancement are some of the topics that will be explored during this month-long series of events. This year's theme, "From Slavery to Freedom," is dedicated to fostering awareness of the historical importance of slavery and freedom in the making of modern America.

Health Fair
Community health care providers will offer demonstrations, perform health screenings and promote awareness of pressing health concerns on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Administration Lobby. The event is co-sponsored by DASB and the Black History Month Committee.

Women's Health Panel
Also co-sponsored by DASB and the Black History Month Committee: a women's health panel to be held on Monday, Feb. 26, from 12:30-2 p.m., in S-55. Lisa Bowie, M.D., Jesse Joplin, M.D., De Anza health educator Lucia Johnson and De Anza human development instructor Natasha Joplin will discuss health issues including the importance of gynecological exams and the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Conference Funding and Applications
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) applications must be submitted by Feb. 21 in order for the committee to consider all applications at its Feb. 27 meeting.

Winter Quarter Staff Revitalization and Professional Conference Funds applications are due:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21 for the meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Wednesday, March 7 for the meeting on Tuesday, March 13

Applications for conferences held during spring quarter will be considered by the committee starting with the Feb. 27 meeting.

Conference Funds Guidelines Sheets and interactive applications for staff and faculty, which can be filled in on your computer, can be downloaded in pdf format from the Conference Funds Status web page

  • Faculty and classified staff: Funds still available for winter and spring terms
  • Supervisors and Administrators: Funds not available at this time through Staff Development

REMINDER: Learning Together: Building Campus and Community Partnerships

A series of free faculty training focused on engaging campus faculty and departments in community service learning will be offered on Friday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. through the Office of Community and Civic Engagement (OCCE) in collaboration with the Office of Staff and Organizational Development.

"Learning Together: Building Campus and Community Partnerships" is a two-part workshop designed to promote faculty involvement in community service learning projects, followed with an implementation phase. 

  • Workshop 1 focuses on "Exploring the Parameters of Community Service Learning." The session will include a panel of community service learning voices, discipline-based sample projects and a resource handbook.
  • Workshop 2 (scheduled for May 11) focuses on "Developing your Community Service Learning Project." This session will include the identification of a social problem, identification of agencies and organizations, the plan to serve and assessment methods.

The March 2 workshop will be held in the California History Center. Refreshments and lunch will be served. PGA/PAA hours (full time) or stipends (part time) are available. Reserve your spot by Feb. 23 through Mary Kay Englen in the Office of Staff and Organizational Development at ext. 8322 or

For more information, contact OCCE co-directors  Mayra E. Cruz, ext. 8215 or, or Rowena M. Tomaneng, ext. 8286 or

Winter Quarter Catalyst Training
Are you ready to expand your on-campus class curriculum to the online community of distance learners? Now's the time to learn more about Catalyst, De Anza's learning management system for teaching online, with three "Getting Started with Catalyst" training sessions to choose from this winter.

  • 2 Days---Wednesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 1-3 p.m. (a split session over two weeks so that you may bring questions to second session)
  • 1 Day---Friday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m, with a lunch break.
  • 1 Day---Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m, with a lunch break.

All training sessions are in LCW-16 and conducted by Mary Parke, Distance Learning Center instructional designer. To sign up for a training or if you have any questions, email Linda Elvin, Distance Learning Center coordinator, at

Part-time Faculty Workshop-Introduction to Learning Communities
Friday, Feb. 23, 12:30-4 p.m.
, L-73
Interdisciplinary learning communities are created when two or three courses are offered together for the same cohort of students by faculty who restructure the curriculum, design and team-teach the connected classes. Participants will learn about the essential characteristics of learning communities and several models that have proven to be most effective at the community college. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to actually design potential learning communities. Pre-registration is required through the Office of Staff Development.

Classified Career Skills--How to Face that Interview
On Wednesday,  Feb. 28, 2-3 p.m. in the Career Center, Registration & Student Services Center, learn the skills and techniques that will help you ace that important job interview. Career Center Program Coordinator Cindy Lister will present.

Technology Training
There are numerous technology training sessions available, including on the Manila content management system and online classified timesheet training for administrators and supervisors. Contact Mary Kay Englen at ext. 8322 or for more information.

Thank You for Attending Teaching and Learning Conference
The Academic Senate thanks all who made the recent Teaching and Learning Conference a success--participants, presenters, student service representatives and organizers. More than 120 people attended and engaged each other with their ideas about teaching.

Nominations for Annual CCC Educational Technology Awards
The nomination period for the California Community Colleges system 2007 Educational Technology Awards is now open through April 30. The awards are selected in July and announced in September. There are two categories:

  • The Technology Focus Award recognizes college, district, regional and system-level projects that have identified and solved a significant problem to the benefit of students, staff and/or faculty. The project must be a part of the CCC system and have been completed or implemented during the three years previous to the award nomination date.
  • The Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary effectiveness, influence, diplomacy and career achievement with the field of higher educational technology management, on both individual campuses and within the greater CCC system. Candidates must be present or past contributing members of the CCC professional community.

Candidates may nominate themselves for a Leadership Award or nominate a project in which they participated for a Focus Award. Up to two Leadership and four Focus awards may be given annually. The award is co-sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges. For more information and/or to complete an online nomination form, visit For additional questions, contact Catherine McKenzie at or 916.322.0833.

MLT Program Announces First Graduate
Debbie Wagner
, director of De Anza's Medical Lab Technician (MLT) Program, is proud to announce that Dat Bui is the first MLT graduate. Bui completed the program in January 2007. In California, laboratory staffing shortages have reached a critical level. This program was initiated out of a concern, addressed by local laboratory managers, to continue to be competitive in the health care industry, providing cost-effective testing yet maintaining high standards. Developed as a unique partnership between community colleges and hospital clinical affiliates through grant funding, the program is seeking national accreditation. MLT state licensing is expected to be recognized in California by June. Visit to learn more.

Outreach Events
Seventy professionals from more than 30 local high schools learned about De Anza programs and services at the conference held last Friday and led by Outreach Coordinator Rob Mieso. Upcoming events follow.

  • Feb 27: African Ancestry Student Conference, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Lobby
  • March 2: Conference for High School Counselors/Advisers/Career Techs FUHSD & Northern County High Schools, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Administration Building
  • March 13: Latino/Latina Students Conference, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Lobby
  • April 26: New Student & Parent College Night East Side/San Jose & South County High Schools, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium
  • May 22: New Student & Parent College Night FUHSD & Northern County High Schools, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium

Take a Valentine's Day Chocolate Break
Drop by for coffee, chocolate and conversation Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 2-3 p.m. in the Administration Lobby. Sponsored by the Staff Development Office.

College Environmental Advisory Group (CEAG) Meetings Open to Everyone
Help De Anza become a more environmentally sustainable campus. Special semi-monthly CEAG meetings are being held to develop a Sustainability Management Plan that will guide the campus toward more sustainable practices throughout our community. The next two meetings are Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 4-5 p.m. and Thursday, March 1, from 9-10 a.m. in the Kirsch Center, second floor, KC-214. Visit for more information. Contact Environmental Studies instructor Kristin Jensen Sullivan with questions at ext. 8625.

Kitty Margolis, Vocal Flight and the Walter Bankovitch Trio
You're invited to watch them perform on Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. at the Choral Hall (A-11). General admission is $20, students and seniors $10. Sponsored by De Anza Vocal Music Department and DASB. Contact music instructor Roger Letson at or ext. 8879 for more information.

The Walk-at-Lunch Group
Meet outside the Creative Arts Division Office on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and/or Thursdays at noon for a half hour of exercise and fresh air. All walks are at a moderate pace. Routes start from the Creative Arts Division Office, circle Memorial Park across the street and return to campus. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing.

The Sports Report
De Anza is currently ranked 20th in the California Pepsi/NATYCAA Cup, State Associations Division, the highest since the program was initiated five years ago. The improved scoring is due to wins during fall season. Points are awarded based upon how far into the playoffs a team goes or how a team finishes at the state meet.

Turn in Payroll Paperwork Early this Month
Please help Payroll process all paperwork on time during this short month, including two holidays on Feb. 16 and 19, by sending approved time reports, faculty leave reports and deduction withholding requests to Payroll on or before Thursday, Feb. 15.

Upcoming Holiday Weekend
In observance of the Presidents' Days holidays, the campus will be closed Feb. 16 through Feb. 19. Weekend classes will not meet Feb. 17 or 18.

Early De Anza Course Registration for Spring Quarter
Early spring quarter registration is available to faculty, staff, and their spouses and children. To take advantage of this special registration, complete a form and return it to the Admissions and Records office no later than Feb. 23. Your adjusted date to register will be posted online approximately March 6.

New PSME Dean
Jerry Rosenberg
, department chair of Computer Science at Edmonds Community College in Lynwood, Wash., has been selected to serve as dean of De Anza's Physical Science, Math and Engineering (PSME) Division, pending approval by the board of trustees. Rosenberg serves as the principal investigator on various grant projects, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) recruitment among women and other underrepresented populations.

Rosenberg has more than 30 years' experience in community colleges and while in graduate school worked as the head tutor in math and physics in a program for underrepresented students. He earned an ABD/PhC in oceanography/geophysics and an M.S. in oceanography from the University of Washington. He also holds two bachelor's degrees, in electrical engineering and English, from Rutgers University. He is slated to begin work at De Anza Aug. 1. Rosenberg will replace Anne Leskinen, who is returning to the classroom.

Ostrander to Publish Journal Article
An article co-authored by Instructional Designer Jane Ostrander, "Adapting Scenario-Based Curriculum Materials to Community College Technical Courses," will be published in the March edition of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Ostrander, principal investigator (PI), and Catherine Ayers, co-PI, of the NSF-ATE grant Scenario-based Learning in Technical Education at De Anza College (, are investigating the effectiveness of scenario-based learning in STEM classrooms. The three-year (2006-09) grant builds on work begun in a previous NSF-ATE grant that evaluated a scenario-based curriculum approach to information technology education.

Employee of the Month for February

Diana ContrerasCustodian Diana Contreras considers De Anza students, staff and faculty to be family: a key reason, she says, that she enjoys her work and takes pride in doing her job. She is being honored as Employee of the Month for February.

Contreras joined De Anza as a permanent employee in November 2005 after working as a temporary employee at both Foothill and De Anza since August 2002, as well as from 1988 to 1992 in both colleges' food services groups and Foothill's EOPS and Facilities contract offices before working in the private sector. Contreras has been been responsible at different times for the upkeep of the Learning Center, Science Center and the Registration & Student Services Building.

"Diana takes pride in what she does and can always be seen maintaining campus facilities and exhausting every available option to so," said her nominator, Dean of Counseling Howard Irvin.

"I enjoy coming to work and doing my job because of the people I work with, especially my manager, Manny Mendoza, and the people I meet in the performance of my job," said Contreras.

Contreras was born and raised in Guam, where she graduated from George Washington High School. She worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Guam for eight years before relocating to California, spending two year in Hawaii along the way. Contreras has attended Foothill College, taking mostly accounting and other business courses.

Distinguished Educator Award for January: Joanne Hames

Photo of Joanne HamesShe taught at De Anza College for almost three decades, retired and continues to teach part-time ("because I love it"). She has a law degree and was a practicing attorney for several years prior to teaching. She worked to obtain American Bar Association (ABA) approval for the college's paralegal program in 1992 and reapproval in 1998 and 2005. She's Joanne Hames, De Anza's Distinguished Educator for January.

"I respect and admire the students who enter our program," said Hames. "Many of them are returning to school after some period working in another field or being homemakers. All of them have a strong desire to succeed and develop skills that will allow them to succeed as paralegals.

"My motivation is to do all I can to help them succeed--not only in school but in their chosen profession."

"Joanne Hames represents the best in education," wrote one of her several student nominators. "She welcomes all students and is patient, respectful and encouraging to every student in her classroom...I am confident that her students have become capable paralegals. Mrs. Hames has given to the community, and to California...inspired professionals."

"We are truly privileged that Joanne spent her career here at De Anza, and that she continues to teach part-time," said Vice President of Instruction Judy Miner. "Students have clearly been the beneficiaries."

Hames, who earned both her undergraduate degree in Spanish and law degree from Santa Clara University, cites "co-workers and students, and the positive and supportive attitude of administration"as the reasons she likes teaching at De Anza. "I am extremely proud and honored [to receive this award] because there are so many distinguished educators at De Anza," she said.

"Mrs. Joanne Hames has an extraordinary soul," wrote the same student nominator. "She extends kindness to her students that I have never witnessed by any other instructor anywhere. Her attentiveness to her individual students has an extraordinary kindness and gentility."

A teacher through and through, Hames' favorite quotation, a Chinese proverb, is in itself instructive: "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand."

Next Campus Memo
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