Campus Memo for April 18, 2007

Strategic Planning Update
The four teams have completed their reports on the Institutional Initiatives of Outreach, Individualized Attention to Student Retention and Success, Cultural Competence, and Community Collaborations. A Town Hall was held on April 16 for a standing room only group of faculty, staff and students where President Brian Murphy presented each team's Commitments to Action plans and invited questions and comments. Murphy's PowerPoint presentation can be accessed at There will be a joint PBT meeting on the Strategic Plan on Friday, April 20. College Council will review the document at an upcoming meeting.

Two Invitations from the Office of Community and Civic Engagement
"The Economic Impact of Immigration on Our Communities -- What's in it for Us?"
Join the OCCE for an afternoon of food, pre-broadcast clips from KQED/KTEH and a panel-based discussion of the ways immigration informs, influences and drives the local and global economy, and why that affects our lives.     

  • When: Thursday, April 26, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Building A1, Room A-11

Spanish language translation and child care available by calling 415.553.3013. For more information, contact Rowena Tomaneng at ext. 8286 or

"Learning Together: How to Design a Community Service Learning Project"
This is the second in a free, two-part workshop offered by the OCCE, LinC and the Office of Staff Development designed to promote faculty involvement in community service learning projects. This session includes the identification of a social problem, identification of agencies and organizations, the plan to serve and assessment methods. Refreshments and lunch will be served. PGA/PAA hours or stipends are available.

  • When: Friday, May 11, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Where: California History Center

For more information, contact Mayra Cruz at or ext. 8215.

You're Invited to a Garden Party
Celebrate spring during the week of April 29 with self-guided and docent tours through 12 native plant communities in the Cheeseman Environmental Study Area. See the new sculptural entry gate and interpretive exhibits. Activities scheduled:

  • Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: "Developing an Outdoor Classroom and Habitat Garden" -- Presentations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30, 1-2 p.m.: "Want Some Fresh Air and Sunshine?" -- Learn about organic gardening and composting, and how to grow healthy organic food in a small space. Meet on the east side of the Kirsch Center.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: "April Showers Bring May Flowers" -- Enjoy the beauty of nature while you walk off a few calories with the walking group on a stroll through the ESA.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.-noon: "The Incredible Diversity of California Native Plants and Animals" -- Join students for a guided tour of the 12 native plant communities in the ESA.
  • Thursday, May 3, 9-10 a.m.: "Wake Up and Smell the Flowers" -- Experience the therapeutic value of plants on a leisurely tour of the most aromatic plants in the ESA. Tea will be provided.
  • The Cheeseman Environmental Study Area will be featured as a native plant garden in the "Bay Area Going Native Garden Tour" on Thursday, June 7. See for more information.

Relay For Life of Cupertino at De Anza College
Relay For LifeĀ® is a fun-filled overnight event designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer in our community. The event celebrates survivorship and raises money to help the American Cancer Society in its mission to save lives, helps those who have been touched by cancer, and empowers individuals to fight back. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

  • When: Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.-Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m.
  • Where: De Anza College Outdoor Events Area

If you are interested in participating as a team captain or a team member, contact Lois Jenkins in the Marketing/Communications office at ext. 8948 or Visit if you would like donate to the event.

Cross-Cultural Partners Needs English Speakers
CCP needs fluent English-speaking students to pair with ESL students for conversation and cultural exchange. Students report that CCP improves their confidence in speaking English in class and expands their awareness of values and beliefs in other cultures. Please encourage your students to participate. See for an application and more information. Applications are due in the Listening/Speaking lab, ATC 304, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25

The Writing and Reading Center Spring Quarter Hours

  • Monday & Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Veronica Avila will offer weekly drop-in academic counseling in the WRC on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. beginning April 19.

Offices on the Move
Due to renovation of the Campus Center, the following offices will relocate to Mod Quad C, in Parking Lot C next to the tennis courts, during the week of May 14 and will open for business May 21:

  • DASB Photo ID
  • Dean of Student Development
  • EOPS
  • Financial Aid
  • Flea Market Office
  • Student Activities/Student Accounts

Upcoming Outreach Events
New Student & Parent College Nights at De Anza's Gymnasium

  • Thursday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., East Side/San Jose & South County High Schools
  • Tuesday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., FUHSD & Northern County High Schools

Contact Rob Mieso at ext. 8835 or for more information.

Journalism Students Win Awards for La Voz
Eight De Anza journalism students and three staff members attended the three-day Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention in Sacramento at the end of March along with almost 600 delegates (students and faculty) from about 55 community colleges. The students attended workshops run by professional journalists, went on tours of the Sacramento Bee and a local television station, had their work critiqued and entered journalism contests. In addition, awards were presented for issues of La Voz published during 2006. La Voz won the following awards for 2006:

  • General Excellence - Online Edition - La Voz staff
  • Generally Excellent - Broadcast Journalism Portfolio - La Voz staff
  • Generally Excellent - Broadcast Video - Matt Egan and Loriza Sasur
  • 2nd Place - Photo Illustration - Reza Kazempour and Marianne Kim
  • 3rd Place - News Story - Robert Balicki
  • HM - Line Illustration - Marianne Kim

The winning entry for Broadcast Video was about the opening of the De Anza Writing and Reading Center.

The Sports Report

Remaining home games for Men's Baseball:

  • Thursday, April 19, 2 p.m. vs. Mission College
  • Thursday, April 26, 2 p.m. vs. Canada College
  • Thursday, May 3, 2 p.m. vs. Skyline College

Remaining home games for Women's Softball:

  • Tuesday, April 24, 3 p.m. vs. Chabot College

For more information about conference tournaments for all spring sports, see

District Seeks Comments on Educational Information System Project
Faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute their ideas during the information gathering stage of the new EIS. The system will replace the district's aging management information system. Through DecisionDirector, a Web-based tool, campus employees can answer questions about the current system and what improvements or functions they feel are needed in the new system. The EIS will give the district greater capacity and flexibility in managing student, financial and human resources information. Those who are interested in participating should contact program manager Kathy Kyne for a user name and password to sign on to DecisionDirector. Please include your full name and areas of interest in your e-mail request.

Daddios Welcome Renowned Jazz Trombonist
Internationally famous jazz trombonist, composer and conductor Ed Neumeister will be the featured guest artist with De Anza's Six O'Clock and Eight O'Clock Daddios jazz ensembles (directed by Steve Tyler) and Homestead High School's jazz band (directed by John Burn).

  • When: Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Homestead High School Theater
  • 21370 Homestead Rd., Cupertino
  • Cost: Advance tickets are $10; at the door tickets are $15

Go to to purchase tickets online.

Euphrat Museum of Art Call for Proposals
The Program Committee of the Euphrat Museum of Art is considering concepts for future exhibitions and accepting proposals. Ideas can come from on or off campus, from students, educators, artists, community members and people of all ages and backgrounds. The Euphrat is a forum for interdisciplinary thinking, crossing boundaries of cultures and academic disciplines, and serves as a resource for both community and college. Please submit the following information by April 30 to Euphrat Museum Director Jan Rindfleisch.

  1. Exhibition concept (one-line description)
  2. Expanded description of concept (and other relevant information)
  3. Why is this concept important?
  4. What is the intended audience?
  5. Possible artists (if known)
  6. Your Name
    • Address
    • Organization (if applicable)
    • Phone
    • Date

Professional Development Opportunity
De Anza's Distance Learning Center is sponsoring the free, worldwide TCC Online Conference for all faculty, staff and administrators. Interact with live presentations on "Blending Community and Multimedia in Ubiquitous Learning." Explore the development, successes and failures of learning communities and social networking systems in higher education, as well as applications of educational technology.

Registrants have access to:

  1. The official conference Web site, 24x7
  2. Conference papers and proceedings
  3. Recordings of all live sessions
  4. Meetings and interaction with presenters and colleagues
  5. Participation in on-demand discussions

A computer system with headphones, microphone and broadband Internet access is recommended. PGA credit is available through Staff Development. Additional information for the conference is available at

Northern California Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education
You are invited to attend "Women Working with Women: Along the Path to Leadership in Higher Education." The conference will feature keynote speaker Jackie Speier, former Senator and Assistant President Pro-Tem of the California State Senate, and will focus on women supporting women in their rise to leadership positions. Network with women faculty from Northern California and listen to distinguished speakers share a variety of approaches to successful academic leadership.

  • When: Monday, May 7, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: UC San Francisco, Mission Bay Community Center
  • Cost: $95 for faculty, $125 for administrators - Registration due Friday, April 27.

Visit for complete conference information and to register online.

Classified Professionals Retreat
All Classified professionals are invited by the Classified Senate to attend the annual retreat, this year at Saratoga Springs. Join your fellow employees for informal team building activities, games, prizes and a BBQ lunch.

  • When: Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: Saratoga Springs
  • 22801 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
  • Cost: $5, Due by Friday, April 27

Print out the flyer and R.S.V.P. form in Olivia Patlan's April 13 e-mail. Submit payment to Lyndell Blankenship, PSME Division Office, Room S-31. For more information, contact Al Dominguez at ext. 8413, La Donna Yumori-Kaku at ext. 8692 or Melodie Cheney at ext. 8342.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff: Daniel Atencio, head football coach and Physical Education instructor; Linda Choi and Craig Norman, ESL instructors; Barak Goldman, Film/TV screenwriting instructor; Lisa Fitzsimmons, senior Library technician; Alerie Flandez, Language Arts instructional associate; Marie Harper, computer lab instructional coordinator; and Rosemary Jensen, sign language interpreter.

Congratulations to: Mi Chang, promoted to Academic Services technician; Dina Crumpton, promoted to administrative assistant in Counseling and Matriculation; Leandro Bibat, Grounds gardener, service recognition award.

Employee of the Month

Lisa Sanford 

Great empathy and patience toward every student is the standard that Lisa Sanford sets for herself in her role as Health Service Assistant. Sanford is being honored this April as the Classified Employee of the Month. She has been a De Anza employee since September 1998, and demonstrates her skills working with students every day in the Health Services Office.

"I enjoy working with students. Each day is different in Health Services because of the variety of students who walk through our door," she said. "I learn something new every day. I get to help students in many ways, such as with health issues and insurance."

Her nominator, Health Services Coordinator Mary Sullivan, said Sanford is a strong advocate who strives to assist students to the fullest extent available through their insurances, using initiative and thoroughness to ensure all appropriate claims are resolved quickly. "She also makes sure Nursing and Allied Health students have immunizations that meet their programs' requirements. It's a complex puzzle, compounded by different languages and confusing documents," Sullivan said.

Sanford said she enjoys learning about the diverse population at De Anza, and looks forward to learning about where they come from. "Dealing on a daily basis with our international students has been very rewarding for me," she said. International students need extra attention to decipher their health insurance problems because of the differences in health care in the United States, according to Sullivan.

Working in a small office setting with minimal staff promotes a friendly environment, Sanford said. "They make my job a lot easier because we work together well as a team."

Sanford has been married to her husband, Tom, for five years. They have a daughter, Megan, and another daughter due in late July. Sanford attended De Anza for two years and earned a B.A. in developmental psychology at Sacramento State University.

History of Life on Display in Foothill Library
From the Beatles to the Vietnam War, Life magazine documented history as it was happening. Now the history of Life and its unforgettable cover images is on display in the Foothill Library. Historical milestones from the first man on the moon, first co-ed dorms, the great hemline hassle, and more are on display in the cases in the Quiet Study Area. The magazines will be displayed through April 20. Then, to commemorate National Library Week, approximately 70 issues from 1966 through 1972 will go on sale in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the library. For details, call 650.949.7522.

One-Act Play Festival Spotlights Dates & Nuts
The Foothill Theatre Conservatory presents Dates & Nuts, annual one-act play festival which showcases five vignettes about dating in modern times. Based on Collective Dating by V. B. Leghorn, the show runs through April 22 in the Foothill College Playhouse (Room 1301). Evening performances are April 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. A matinee is set for Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. The show is directed and performed by students enrolled in the popular Foothill Theatre Conservatory Program. Tickets are $15, general; $12, students/seniors. To purchase tickets, call 650.949.7360, visit the on-campus theater box office.

Foothill College Plant Sale
Foothill's Environmental Horticulture & Design Program will hold its inventory sale Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the horticulture facilities that are adjacent to Parking Lot 4 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Items are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free. Items for sale include bamboo, succulents, cacti, grasses, tropicals, orchids, ornamental and fruit trees, shrubs, perennials and more. Price range for most items is $1.50 to $35. Payment must be cash or check. Credit cards are not accepted. Bring bags or boxes to transport purchases. Proceeds benefit Foothill's Environmental Horticulture Program. For more information, call 650.949.7427.

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