Campus Memo for April 15, 2010

Urgent Health Benefits Announcement

Mandatory Benefits Open Enrollment Under Way
This year employees must enroll online for their 2010-2011 benefits. Benefits coverage is not automatic, even if you like your current plan and intend to keep it. If you do not enroll online, your benefits will end on June 30, 2010. The deadline to enroll online is Friday, April 30. There are no exceptions.

An Open Enrollment packet was sent to your home recently, and includes information about changes to benefits or costs of the benefit plans, and how to enroll online. See$76 for complete information.

Study in China
Students can still register to study in China this summer from July 7-Aug. 5 and earn 10 units. The program fee of $2,988 includes airfare, food, lodging and assorted fees (based on an enrollment of 15 or more participants). Students may be eligible for financial aid. For more information contact Charles Lee at or ext. 8929 by the April 15 application deadline.

Teaching and Learning Conference
"What's Love Got to Do With It? -- Cultivating Learning Environments Conducive to Success for All Students" continues tomorrow, Friday, April 17 with keynote speaker Tara Yasso, associate professor of Chicano Studies at the University of Santa Barbara. The conference kickoff was today with keynote speaker Joan Cรณrdova, adjunct mathematics instructor at Orange Coast College. The conference is sponsored by the offices of Instruction, Diversity & ICCE, and Staff & Organizational Development.

When: Friday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

This conference is free to all staff and faculty, and will be question-based. Each day will feature a keynote speaker, two 90-minute workshops, and collaborative harvesting of new ideas, applications and strategies for student success. Food will be provided. Please register at where you can sign up for the entire conference or just the part you are able to attend. For more information contact Salamander Breiter at or ext. 5561.

Women's History Month
Events continue throughout the month of April to celebrate Women's History Month.

What: Seed Ball Making Party!
When: April 20-22, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Where: Kirsch Center patio

What: Sheila Himmel, author of "Hungry: a Mother and Daughter Battle Anorexia"
When: Friday, April 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Room A

What: La Mesa Verde, nonprofit community group that builds backyard organic gardens
When: Thursday, April 29, 2-3:50 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Room A

Water Wise Landscape Conference (Foothill Campus)
Learn ways to reduce and reuse water in your landscape. Get classroom and hands-on experience with Green Industry Professionals through lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Be sure to visit the Horticulture Department Plant Sale to purchase drought-tolerant and native plants featured throughout the day. Space is limited. Register by April 20 to receive a gourmet box lunch.

When: Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Foothill College
Cost: $45 until April 20; $55 after that date

Register at or by phone at 408.864.8817.

Campus and Community Sustainability Symposium
De Anza has partnered with the City of Cupertino to host "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream," a free symposium to engage and empower the community with tools to respond to climate change, poverty and economic crisis.

When: Wednesday, April 28, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

For more information visit or contact De Anza's organizing student group at or 408.802.5928. Please register by April 26.

Alcohol Education Event
Health Services will sponsor "Hang Up the Hangover" with guest speaker Gabrielle Antolovich, the executive director for Voices United, the Silicon Valley Resource on Substance Use and Addiction. Antolovich has worked in the field of addiction since 1979 in both Australia and America, and has been in recovery from co-dependency and relationship addictions since 1976, and substance addictions since 1978. She is a freelance journalist, photographer and has experience in radio journalism and production.

When: Thursday, April 29, 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

Please encourage your students to attend. For more information about this free event contact Mary Sullivan at ext. 8732 or

Spring Job Fair
The De Anza College Spring Job Fair will host approximately 30 local employers this year. Please remind your students to bring several copies of their resume to the event.

When: Thursday, May 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

For more information contact Cindy Lister at ext. 5716 or

New Student and Parent Open House
Help us welcome more than 4,000 future De Anza students and make them feel at home. You can set up an information table and/or offer tours of your area, or assist with the event. The Office of Outreach and Relations with Schools will provide lunch and a free T-shirt for faculty, staff and student volunteers participating in the event.

When: Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Staff Lot A and the Registration & Student Services Building

Confirm your participation with Rob Mieso at ext. 8835 or

Library Book Sale
The college Library is accepting donations for its annual spring quarter book sale. Please bring donations of books, tapes, CDs, DVDs or textbooks to the Library Technical Services Department or the Library Reference Desk. Donors will receive a form for tax purposes noting the number and type of donations given.

Photography Student Wins Award
Student Phil Richardson's landscape photo has been selected as a final entry and will be published in Photographer's Forum magazine's "The Best of College Photography 2010." Richardson's photo was one of 100 selected from 13,947 images submitted by 3,500 students nationwide. For more information contact instructor Wilfredo Castano at ext. 8765 or

Three Athletic Teams Win Scholar Awards
The Men's Cross Country, Women's Track and Field, and Women's Tennis teams have received the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Scholar Team Award for 2010. This is the highest academic team achievement given annually by the CCCAA, and the first time that De Anza has had more than one team recognized in a year. All team members must have excelled academically with a total GPA of 3.0 or higher. Congratulations to the teams and their coaches: Nick Mattis, JJ Noble and Coleen Lee-Wheat.

FHDA Paid Internships Available
Instructors: Please inform your classes about paid internships ($12/hour) through the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Internship Program and encourage them to attend informational meetings.

When: Tuesday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Room B

See for more information.

Study in Vietnam
Students can still register to study in Vietnam this summer from Aug. 6-28. They will earn 8 units, learn about Vietnam's culture, history and people, and travel the length of the country. The class is limited to 18 students, and the deadline to apply is May 21. The cost is $3,700 and includes airfare, food, lodging and assorted fees. Some scholarships are available, up to $1,000 each. Contact instructor Vu-Duc Vuong at 415.407.6282 or for more information.

Instructor Named to Athletic Hall of Fame
Women's Soccer Coach Cheryl Owiesny has been named to Saint Francis High School's Athletic Hall of Fame. Owiesny, a 1987 graduate of Saint Francis, will be honored on Saturday, May 1, at the Mountain View High School along with other inductees.

Instructor Featured in Dance Teacher Magazine
Math instructor Karl Schaffer and dance partner Erik Stern were featured in the March 2010 issue of "Dance Teacher" magazine. Schaffer and Stern travel the country and teach Math Dance about six times a year. For the complete article see

Instructor's Essay Published, Book Honored
Glenn Lovell,
part-time Film/TV instructor, published his essay "Sub-par Propaganda" in "The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically about Popular Culture." Also, his "Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges" was among those named Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for General Interests, selected by the Public Library Association.

Outreach Director Awarded Doctorate
Rob Mieso
, director of Outreach and Relations with Schools, was awarded his Ed.D. in educational leadership and change with an emphasis on community college leadership from Fielding Graduate University. His dissertation, "Connecting the Dots--From Planning to Implementation: Translating Commitments into Action in a Strategic Planning Process," focuses on the college's strategic initiatives.  Mieso also serves on the governing board of the San Jose California Student Opportunity and Access Program/Silicon Valley Higher Education Roundtable (Cal-SOAP/SilVHER), representing De Anza. The consortium of UC, CSU, community colleges and high schools collaborate to promote college-going culture and increase the college participation rate of underserved and at-risk students.

Fitness Memberships for Faculty and Staff
Community Education in partnership with Physical Education now offers fitness memberships to the Lifetime Fitness & Wellness Center. Faculty and staff may continue to enroll in PE70A & PE71, but the membership will offer a greater level of flexibility. Enroll at or call the Community Education Office at ext. 8817 and refer to course #126 and mention the quarter(s) you wish to enroll. The quarterly membership costs $60. Approximately every four weeks the cost will be automatically discounted by $20. Due to the short length of summer session, the membership will be offered at a reduced fee. In addition, staff, faculty and retired FHDA employees receive an additional $10 off when they enroll online and apply the class code FHDA.

The Employee of the Month Committee Needs Your Help
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. Nomination forms are located at Contact Patty Jobs at ext. 8711 or

Congratulations to De Anza Employees

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

Longevity Awards--Kathy Munson, Library Services

Professional Growth Awards--Susan Edman, Language Arts; William Madden, Counseling; Dawna O'Malley, Financial Aid

Employee of the Month Award


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