Campus Memo

May 22, 2012

Important Safety Training Workshops May 31 and June 1
Recent gun violence at college campuses, including at nearby Oikos University, has increased feelings of vulnerability and anxiety among many classified professionals and faculty members. Learn how to be as prepared as possible in the event of a threatened or actual shooting incident.

As part of emergency preparedness, the Office of the President and Foothill-De Anza Police are cosponsoring training sessions presented by the UC Davis Police Department, whose Active Shooter workshop has a reputation of quality among higher education law enforcement agencies. A summary of topics is available here.

You may attend, at either campus, any of the eight identical sessions. No RSVP is necessary.

Thursday, May 31
8-9:30 a.m. and10-11:30 a.m.
De Anza College, Conference Rooms A&B, Campus Center

1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
Foothill College, Chinese Heritage Room, 3523

Friday, June 1
8-9:30 a.m. and 10-11:30 a.m.
Foothill College, Chinese Heritage Room, 3523

1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
De Anza College, Fireside Room, Campus Center

*Please note these important numbers: In an emergency, call 911 from any campus phone. You do not need to press the additional "9" for this call. From cell phones, call 408.924.8000. (Please consider programming this number into your cell.)

The number for non-emergency calls to Foothill-De Anza Police is ext. 7313 (650.949.7313). Ext. 5555 (408.864.5555) is for De Anza College parking and lost-and-found issues only.

De Anza’s 45th Annual Commencement Ceremony
This year’s graduation will be held at Homestead High School in Cupertino due to the Measure C bond-funded renovation of the De Anza Outdoor Events Arena. For complete information, visit

When: Saturday, June 30, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Homestead High School football field, 21370 Homestead Rd.

Please note that parking is extremely limited at the high school. We recommend parking at the Flint Center Garage (free) or along Mary Avenue, then walking to the event via the Don Burnett Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge at the end of Mary. See walking directions from De Anza. There are some parking spaces at the high school for those with a placard for the disabled.

LEAD Presents Athletics and World Peace
You're invited to a panel discussion with Tommie Smith, 1968 Olympic Gold Medal winner, addressing the importance of athletics and their impact on world peace.

When: Wednesday, May 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

Sponsored by Latina/o Heritage Events and LEAD, funded by DASB. For more information, contact Marc Coronado at or 408.864.8409.

Student Piano Concerts

  • Sunday, May 27, 4-6 p.m. in A11, free
  • Thursday, June 7, 12 p.m. in Visual & Performing Arts Center, free

For more information, contact Anna Poklewski at

Read Banned Books
Join in a day of reading aloud from books that have been banned in Tucson, Arizona. Readers wanted for 10-minute slots. E-mail Marc Coronado at

When: Tuesday, May 29, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Main Quad

De Anza Health Services
Spring workshops:

  • 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.

Visiting Speaker Series 2011-2012
“Applying the Lessons of the
Zapatista Praxis to the Valley” will be an update by Manuel Callahan, from the Universidad de la Tierra, on the Zapatista struggle in Chiapas and a review of the solidarity efforts under way as part of the opposition to what the Zapatistas call the 4th World War.

When: Monday, June 4, 1:30- 3:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

For more information, visit  or contact Tom Izu at 408.864. 8986 or

Save the Date for Annual Spring Celebration
Please save the date for our annual spring celebration when we will acknowledge our retiring faculty and staff.

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

Blood Drive – Save a Life Today!
To make an appointment online, visit and click on "Donate," then scroll to "Mobile Blood Drive."

When: Wednesday, June 6, 8:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

For more information about the workshops or blood drive, call Health Services at 408.864.8732.

June is LGBTQQI Awareness and Pride Month

  • Out on Campus Community Conversation: Wednesday, June 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., location TBA
  • Film Night: Wednesday, June 20, 6-9 p.m. in MCC
  • Artist Showcase: Thursday, June 21, at the Euphrat

Student Curated Exhibit at the California History Center
A new exhibit at the CHC features political buttons, posters and other artifacts from the 1968 Presidential elections. “Does 1968 Push Your Buttons?” was created by the students of Mary Jo Ignoffo’s CHC History 51X class.

When: Tuesday-Thursday, through June 28, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
Where: California History Center

Open to the public, and classes are welcome to tour during open hours or by arrangement. Contact Tom Izu, 408.864.8986 or

De Anza Student Art Show
The annual show features paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics and more. Visit

When: May 8-June 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Euphrat Museum of Art

Contact Diana Argabrite, 408.864.5464 or

1st Thursday – The Open Mic Series
Join De Anza students, faculty and staff in the Euphrat Museum of Art and participate in the fusion of spoken word poetry and hip-hop.

When: 1st Thursday of every month through June, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Euphrat Museum of Art

Contact for more information.

Child Development Center to Offer Junior Kindergarten
The Child Development Center will be offering a Junior Kindergarten class 2012-2013 for children who were born on or before Dec. 2, 2007. This class is specially designed for children who are at the transitional kindergarten age or children who will benefit from spending an extra year in a small group setting with a higher child/teacher ratio. The class is designed to better prepare children with their social skills as well as the academic skills that are aligned with the California Department of Education’s kindergarten. CDC staff are currently training at the Santa Clara County Office of Education to offer the curriculum designed for public school teachers who will be teaching transitional kindergarten classes. Details:

  • Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  
  • Cost: $650 per month
  • 5% discount for FHDA faculty and staff
  • Grant is available for qualifying students
  • Limited all-day option is available

A half-day pre-kindergarten program for children who were born after Dec. 2, 2007 is also available. Please contact Linda Koyama at 408.864.8891 for more details.

Exchange E-mail and Calendar Project Update
Progress is being made with the e-mail and calendar replacement project. New resources that can be accessed at include:

  • New video clips to help users learn the basic features and functionality of Microsoft Exchange e-mail and calendar suite and the Outlook Web Access (OWA) client.
  • A consumer preview of Exchange that lets users test out the new features of Exchange and OWA, isolated from the live production system. Any information that users enter in it will be removed through a nightly refresh process.

The project team is preparing the system for the go-live launch date in July. The team anticipates that system configuration and testing will be completed by the end of this month, and it will start migrating the first batch of users to the new Microsoft Exchange system starting in early June.

Host Families Needed for International Students
International Student Placements (ISP) is recruiting host families for De Anza College international students, who are arriving this summer between June and August. Hosts are paid $825 per month in exchange for a private bedroom, breakfast and dinner. If you are interested in learning about other cultures and have a spare bedroom, please contact us so we can give you more information. See or call 650.947.8879.

Auto Tech Caracci Classic Golf Tournament
This annual event helps raise money for the Carraci Memorial Scholarship for students. Included in registration is dinner and many raffle prizes. See for registration and sponsorship forms.

When: Friday, June 8
Where: Sunol Golf & Country Club

For more information, contact Dave Capitolo at 408.864.8312 or

33rd Annual Student Film & Video Show
The event is a celebration of the best narrative, documentary, animation and experimental short films produced by De Anza’s Film/TV Department students during 2011-2012.

When: Friday, June 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Visual & Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $7 at the door

For more information, contact Zaki Lisha at 408.864.8519 or

De Anza Chamber Orchestra Pays Tribute
The “Tribute to Jascha Heifetz” will include two of Heifetz’s best students performing with the Chamber Orchestra. Visit to learn more about Heifetz.

When: Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Visual & Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/seniors

For more information, contact Loren Tayerle at

Free Chair Massage
The spring chair massage class will be giving free 15-minute massages on a first come, first served basis.

When: Wednesday, June 13, 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Main Quad

For more information, contact Deb Tuck at 408.864.8205 or

Creative Arts Showcase
Enjoy an afternoon of acting, singing, dancing and musical performances in an open mic format. Come and perform or just watch.

When: Thursday, June 14, 2:30-5 p.m.
Where: Visual and Performing Arts Center

For more information, contact Liz Stimson at

Library Book Sale
The annual Library Book Sale is almost here! Donations of hardcover and paperback books or textbooks are encouraged! Watch the Library website for details.

When: Monday, June 18 through first week of summer session
Where: Library

For more information, contact Tracy Lam at 408.864.8439 or

31st Annual Herb Patnoe Jazz Festival
Enjoy the lively sounds of the Daddio Big Bands with Bay Area all-stars Randy Vincent (guitar), Mary Fettig (saxophone), Mike Olmos (trumpet) and Dave Eshelman (trombone). Sponsored by the Creative Arts Division.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: Visual & Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/seniors at the door

For more information, contact Bob Farrington at 408.864.8507 or

De Anza Dance Demonstration
Don’t miss the free and exciting student dance performance. Sponsored by the Creative Arts Division.

When: Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m.
Where: Visual & Performing Arts Center

For more information, contact Warren Lucas at

Symphonic Winds Performance
You’re invited to the spring performance of De Anza’s Symphonic Winds. Sponsored by the Creative Arts Division and DASB.

When: Friday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Visual & Performing Arts Center

For more information, contact John Russell at

Spring Choral Concert
Enjoy choruses from opera and musicals, the Beach Boys and the Beatles in the spring performances of the Vintage Singers and Chorale. Sponsored by the Creative Arts Division and DASB. Faculty and staff may reserve two free tickets by contacting Ilan Glassman at 408.864.5574.

When: Sunday, June 24, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Visual & Performing Arts Center

Guitar Ensemble Concert
You’re invited to the free spring Guitar Ensemble Concert sponsored by the Creative Arts Division and the Music Department.

When: Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m.
Where: A-11

For more information, contact Ron Dunn at

Track and Field Teams Have Great Season
De Anza’s Track and Field Teams were outstanding at the Coast Conference Championships of April 28. The men’s team captured the first Coast Conference Championship in school history and the women’s team came in second. Congratulations to both teams and Coach Nick Mattis.

Women’s Tennis Team Makes the Playoffs
Congratulations to Coach Ron Ward and to our Women’s Tennis Team for making it to the Dual Team playoffs this year. Additionally, the following student athletes were chosen to represent De Anza at the NorCal Championships:

  • Women’s Singles – Robin Zhou, Monica Bui, Jessie Gomulka
  • Women’s Doubles – Jessie Gomulka/Robin Zhou, Alicia Ramirez/Kayla Fisher
  • Men’s Singles – Farren Cassad
  • Men’s Doubles – Andrew Nguyen/Anthony Phammichit, Farren Cassad/Khoa Do

Softball Team Finishes Third in Coast Conference
For the first time in many years, the Softball Team also qualified for the regional tournament and had an overall good season with a record of 20-14. Honored at the conference:

  • Tawni Jobke – Most Valuable Player, All-State Team and All-American Team
  • Casey Showalter – First Team All-Conference Player and All Nor-Cal Player, named De Anza's Scholar-Athlete for 2012 and transferring to Menlo College to play softball
  • Taylor McCloud – First Team All-Conference Player
  • Mary Schoenberg, Kelsey Shain and Marianne Llavore –  Second Team All-League Players
  • Kirstie Zimmerman – Honorable Mention Player, transferring to Kansas Wesleyan University on academic scholarship to play softball

Scholar Athletes of the Year Named
Scholar Athletes of the Year and recipients of $1,000 scholarships are Rayshone Fu (swimming) and Casey Showalter (softball). Runners-Up are Melody Kuo (badminton) and Bryce Nelson (men’s soccer), who received $750 scholarships. See for more information.

Photography Students Exhibit Works, Receive Awards

  • Lisa Teng placed as a finalist in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 30th Annual Student Photograph Contest (2010) sponsored by Nikon.
  • Jing Yu had an image selected for inclusion in the Center for Photographic Art 2012 web gallery, a second image included in the Triton Museum of Art’s 2012 Statewide Photography Competition and Exhibition, and a third image in the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) 2012 Women’s Caucus Exhibition.
  • Manami Yamamoto, Lisa Teng, Jing Yu and a former student Clifford Nichols all attended the National Conference of the Society for Photographic Education for three days in San Francisco.
  • Ming Chow, Lisa Teng, Manami Yamamoto, and Jing Yu all had work accepted in the 2012 San Jose Historical Photography competition.

Film/TV Alumnus Wins Filmmaking Grant
De Anza Film/TV Department alumnus Mohammad Gorjestani (and Malcolm Pullinger) won a $33,000 grant from for their screenplay “Somehow These Days Will Be Missed” from the San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Gorjestani transferred from De Anza to the Vancouver Film School, where he completed “Sayeh” (The Shade) in 2007. The short premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was selected as YouTube’s No. 1 pick in the film/animation category in May 2007. “Sayeh” was programmed at more than 30 international festivals, winning best film at the British Columbia Student Film Festival and the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. In association with the Vancouver Film School, “Sayeh” was picked up by BBC, screened on Asiana Airlines Flights in 2008, and received coverage in American Cinematographer and MovieMaker Magazines in 2008. For more information, visit

La Voz Wins Awards
The student newspaper picked up seven awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges convention held March 22-24 in Burbank. Nine journalism students and their adviser, Cecilia Deck, attended the conference. Winners include:

  • Bryce Druzin, first place for on-the-spot broadcast news writing, third place for copyediting
  • Sara Gobets, second place for feature photo
  • Michael Mannina, honorable mention for copyediting
  • Leila Forouhi, honorable mention for sport writing
  • Israel Gutierrez and Druzin, first place for front page layout
  • Galen Oback, third and honorable mention for editorial cartoons

Two Nursing Department Stalwarts to Retire
Patricia Hassel
, Health Technologies Program instructor for 43 years, and Susan Bruch, Pediatric Nursing instructor for 25 years, will retire at the end of the year. Join in celebrating their immense contributions to the 50-year-old Nursing Department.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2-4 p.m.
Where: California History Center

For more information or to donate for the party, contact Marge Sainten at 408.864.8687 or Jean Burke at 408.864.8897.

Dean of Admissions and Records Honored
Kathleen Moberg
received a “Spirit of Innovation” award from Credentials Solutions at the California Association of Community College Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACCRAO) convention in April. Credentials Solutions is a service and technology vendor that processes transcripts and produces parking permits and Eco Passes for De Anza College.

Instructor Honored for Education Contributions
Early Childhood Education instructor Mayra Cruz was named “Educator of the Year” by the Association of Mexican American Educators of the Silicon Valley on May 10. The award is given to instructors who inspire, challenge and motivate students to academic success, and for engaging, empowering and educating students and parents to become involved leaders in the community.

Counselor’s Play to Be Produced for Festival
De Anza counselor and part-time playwright Rob Clem’s play “Tethered” will be produced in Northport, New York this summer in the It Happened One Act play festival. The first production of “Tethered” was in the Eight Tens at Eight Festival for the Actor’s Theatre of Santa Cruz in 2010. The Santa Cruz Sentinel described the play as “a touching and haunting look at the relationship between a recluse father and his grown son.” As a former member of the Foothill College Playwriting Program, Clem has had several plays (mostly comedies) produced in the Bay Area over the last 10 years. Clem’s reaction to learning about the New York production is a resounding, “Yeah, now I’m bi-coastal!”

Puente Project Recognized by University of California
Congratulations to De Anza College’s Puente Project! The University of California presented the college’s Puente Project with a Certificate of Recognition for its 10-year anniversary. De Anza appreciates the work and dedication of Alicia Cortez, Patty Guitron-Burgos, Paula Silva, Jesus Quintero, Becky Roberts, and numerous mentors and students.

Classified Professionals from De Anza Stand Out

  • William Baldwin, Program Analyst and president of South Bay Writers (Santa Clara Branch), had his poem selected for publication in “Carry the Light," San Mateo County Fair Literary Anthology 2012.
  • Sharon Berg, Computer Operations Coordinator, was the subject of a Sports Illustrated article published May 7, “Testing the Waters” by Nancy Ramsey. Berg was given one of the first Title IX scholarships in swimming.
  • Lisa Kirk, Accountant in Student Accounts, was recognized for her work as a volunteer with Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services. She also received a Certificate of Appreciation for her volunteer work at the Saratoga Retirement Community for visiting the elderly with her dogs Honey and Buster.
  • John Legois, Instructional Associate with the Hope-De Anza Program, was appointed to a three-year term on the San Jose Disability Advisory Commission. Members of the commission study, review, evaluate and make recommendations to the San Jose City Council relative to any and all matters affecting persons with disabilities in San Jose, including education, employment, housing, transportation, recreation and access to programs and services citywide.
  • Jorge Morales, Outreach Assistant in the Office of Outreach and Relations With Schools, has earned his master’s degree in counseling.
  • Joseph Ng, Senior Administrative Assistant for A&R (F-1 Visas), was certified by the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (ICMAC) World Circuit as an official judge. “Sifu” Ng was promoted to Head Judge in the 1st annual ICMAC Golden Gate Chinese Martial Arts Championship held in San Francisco.

Classified Senate Supports Relay for Life
De Anza College Classified Senate donated $200 to the Cupertino Relay for Life in recognition of the importance of cancer research. The donation was made to the American Cancer Society from the senate’s payroll deduction account. Information about the relay can be found at

If you would like to support this and other contributions to the community, please consider joining your colleagues in donating to Classified Senate through the payroll deduction plan. For more information, visit and click on the left navigation for a Payroll Deduction Contribution Form.

Business Division Welcomes New Dean
Moaty M. Fayek
has been selected as dean of Business and Computer Systems at De Anza College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science. Fayek served as an associate professor of computer science at CSU Chico and as the chairman and graduate advisor of the Computer Science Department. In addition, he served as the distance education coordinator for the Colleges of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management, which are the largest distance education programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Fayek also received the Excellence in Education, Academic and Community Award sponsored by the California Faculty Association and Chico Economic Development Department in 2009. Within the private sector, Fayek began his own business in 1994 called Intellimicro Inc., and was voted the City Entrepreneur of the Year by the CSU Chico Business School Students in the Free Enterprise (SIFE) in 1997. He served for 13 years as CEO of Intellimicro.

What’s Cooking in Dining Services?
Patrick Gannon, director of the Campus Center, reports that his new Naan Flatbread is in full swing and very popular with students. Also a hit is World Risotto on Wednesdays through spring quarter. Find everything you need at

Congratulations to De Anza Employees
The board of trustees has approved the following personnel actions since May 2012.

New Hires: Moaty M. Fayek, Business/Computer Systems; Ana Maria Ferreira, College Services; Michael Johnson, HTCTU; Gregory Missman, College Services; Nila Nine, College Services

Professional Growth Awards: Susan Edman, Language Arts; Andrea Migliaccio, Admissions & Records; Dawna O’Malley, Financial Aid; Monica Sain, ACE Office; Irene Niazov, Library; May Thai, Cashier’s Office

Longevity Awards: Tom Izu, CHC; Sylvia Rueda, EOPS

Employee of the Month Award

Jo Ann Okabe-Kubo, May 2012


“My parents always said, ‘No matter what happens in life, your education is something that you will have forever. It is something that no one can take away from you.’ I think this was in reference to losing our rights and freedoms with the WW II incarceration of Japanese Americans,” Okabe-Kubo says. Read more.

Jo Ann Okabe-Kubo

Campus Memo
Contact: Communications Office
Phone: 408.864.8948


Last Updated: 5/23/12