Campus Memo for January 24, 2007

Strategic Planning Update: Implementation
By the end of the fall quarter, De Anza faculty and staff had devoted considerable energy and imagination to the development of commitments to action (CTAs) serving the four Transformational Initiatives that anchored our initial strategic planning. On December 8, I met with the leadership of the Academic and Classified Senates and the vice presidents to review those commitments and to search for common threads and connections among them. There were more than 700 CTAs--both commitments that departments could implement without additional resources and those that require both coordination and financial support.

You will recall that there were 12 "areas of focus" defining the four Transformational Initiatives (TIs). While every department and program worked to craft commitments in all 12 areas, there were several areas that drew the most attention and considerable symmetry among proposals in different areas. As we are all aware, despite the welcome infusion of one-time funding, it is not possible to fund initiatives in all 12 areas. We therefore sought to combine some of the areas into major initiatives that would simultaneously reflect the work already done and provide a process for crafting actual budgets and personnel proposals.

We propose, then, the following Institutional Initiatives:

  • Outreach
  • Individualized Attention to Student Retention and Success
  • Cultural Competence
  • Community Collaborations

In addition, there are several Foundational areas of institutional development that were clearly identified through the planning process as critical for the on-going life of the college and for the successful implementation of any Institutional Initiatives. These are:

  • Professional Development (for staff and faculty)
  • Curriculum
  • Communication
  • Facilities
  • Technology

In all areas we face the obvious: There are many more good ideas than there is funding. I will ask that our deans and directors begin conversations in their divisions, departments and programs to identify priorities among the many commitments in the areas of outreach, individualized attention to students, cultural competence and community collaborations. At the same time, we need to have a conversation across the boundaries of departments and divisions in the development of comprehensive written plans for the Institutional Initiatives, including the development of budget requests.

To that end, we propose to create Initiative Planning Teams, each team led by faculty, staff and administrator representatives. These teams will draw on the expertise and commitment of many colleagues who led the planning process last summer and fall, joined by others who have expertise in particular areas. These teams will be charged with responsibility to work with deans, directors, and faculty and staff leadership to craft concrete program and budget proposals that fund as many of the commitments to action as we can, in as creative and cross-institutional manner as possible.

Invited Institutional Initiative Team Leaders:

  • Outreach: Jean Miller, Rob Mieso, Kathleen Moberg
  • Individualized Attention to Student Retention and Success: Lydia Hearn, Shirley Kawazoe, Howard Irvin
  • Cultural Competence: Sal Breiter, Marion Winters, Virginia Marquez, Carolyn Wilkins-Greene
  • Community Collaborations: Mayra Cruz, Rowena Tomaneng, Carleen Bruins, Letha Jeanpierre

In addition, Margaret Michaelis will provide budget development support for all groups, while Andrew LaManque's skills will be crucial in analyzing data and integrating metrics for the cross-functional Institutional Initiatives.

I ask that these teams develop program proposals and budgets over the next several weeks. They will call on those among you who proposed CTAs in an effort to coordinate initiatives, foster collaboration rather than duplication, and seek greater clarity regarding the resources required to bring projects to fruition. They will work with the deans and directors to craft projects that meet real program needs, and they will then bring their proposals back into the shared governance process for approval.

Process and Timeline:

Jan. 22 to March 14

  • Team meetings to analyze CTAs; meetings with faculty and staff with relevant CTAs
  • Senates to establish review processes to keep constituency groups informed
  • Crafting of specific, concrete Institutional Initiative plans integrating CTAs and including budgets, timelines and outcomes

March 15: Comprehensive Institutional Initiative plans due to president's office

March 16-April 20: Review by Academic and Classified Senates, administrators and supervisors, DASB                                                

April 20: Joint Planning & Budget (PBT) Teams meeting (plans will span all administrative divisions of the campus)

April 26: College Council review and vote

We will compile and distribute the four Institutional Initiative plans as a unified, comprehensive strategic planning document for the college. This strategic plan will establish goals and the metrics according to which we will judge our progress, and will animate our budget and staffing proposals for the coming year. It will also serve as the basis of the annual State of the College report.

I have been deeply impressed by the dedication and commitment of the De Anza community to the planning process, and by the intelligence and creativity of the proposed commitments. Thank you.

                                                                                    --Brian Murphy

REMINDER: This Week--Second Annual Conference on Student-Centered Learning
The Academic Senate and the Office of Instruction invite you to De Anza's second annual conference dedicated to student-centered learning, "Engaging Our Students and Engaging Ourselves: Celebrating the Ways We Teach and Learn," to be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 26, in the Administration Building. Reserve your spot by contacting Mary Kay Englen of the Office of Staff and Organizational Development at extension 8322 or

The free conference will feature some of De Anza's leading scholars and teachers sharing various ways they effectively engage students in learning. Faculty-guided teaching demonstrations and workshops will model successful classroom practices that celebrate diverse discipline content and classroom learning pedagogy.

The conference will also highlight Student Services and its commitment to student success. Many topics and issues, all elements of the democratically produced strategic planning initiatives, will thematically bond conference contributions from faculty and staff from a broad representation of disciplines and domains.

Refreshments and lunch will be served. PGA/PAA hours for full-time faculty or stipends for part-time faculty are available. For more information, contact Academic Senate President Lydia Hearn at extension 5785 or, or curriculum facilitator Sal Breiter at extension 5561 or

ALSO THIS WEEK: Earn Your Master's Degree through Foothill's Partnership with SJSU
If you're interested in earning a master's degree in higher education administration, Foothill and San Jose State University ( have teamed up to offer a unique curriculum that will help you achieve your goal.

Time is critical: The first course meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 3403 at Foothill College. The second course meeting is on Saturday. Attendance at the first class is preferred, but you must attend the second class in order to be considered for the program.

The Joint FHDA/SJSU Higher Education Master's Degree Program is a cohort model that gives you an opportunity to earn a master's degree as you collaborate with your Foothill-De Anza colleagues. The program requires a two-year commitment, and the fist two courses--Research Seminar in Educational Leadership and Fiscal & Legal Leadership--are presented at Foothill College.

For program requirements, course syllabus, costs, registration procedures and more information, contact Foothill Dean of Faculty and Staff Pat Hyland at 650.949.7090 or

Peer-to-Peer Class Visitation Workshops
As a faculty member, are you curious about what your colleagues are doing in their classrooms? Are you looking for new or exciting ideas for your own learning environments? This is the opportunity you've been looking for. This series of two workshops, with a visit to another instructor's classroom in between, is an excellent way to see your peers' teaching and learning strategies in action. Full-time faculty will earn three hours of PGA credit; part-time faculty will receive a $45 stipend.

You may observe any instructor on campus (with his or her permission) even if she/he does not participate in the workshops. You must attend both workshops to get PGA credit/certificate or stipend. The workshops are co-sponsored by Curriculum Committee, the Writing and Reading Center (WRC) and the Office of Staff Development.

Note: The classroom visits are not "evaluations"; they are designed for collegial sharing and learning.

Pre-Visitation Workshop (Organizing, Planning): 

  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 3-4 p.m.
  • WRC, ATC 309

Post-Visitation Workshop (Sharing, Learning):

  • Thursday, March 15, 3-5 p.m.
  • WRC, ATC 309

RSVP to Mary Kay Englen in the Office of Staff Development at extension 8322 or For more information, contact WRC Co-Director Karen Chow at extension 5763 or or extension 5763, or curriculum facilitator Sal Breiter at extension 5561 or

Learning Together: Building Campus and Community Partnership
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 extension 8322 or For more information, contact OCCE co-directors Mayra E. Cruz, extension 8215 or, or Rowena Tomaneng, extension 8286 or

Diversity Leadership Training Project: Making De Anza Work for Students
De Anza's annual Diversity Leadership Training Project Retreat gathers student leaders, faculty, staff and administrators in a unique setting to explore the conditions for effective student learning.

Join in this year's two days of activities from 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, in Ben Lomand in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There is a sliding scale of $35-$100 to participate. All meals and accommodations are included. PGA/PAA credit available.

For more information, contact Leila McCabe at or 408.893.4775 or Nicky Gonzalez Yuen at extension 8535 or The project is sponsored by the Multicultural International Center and DASB.

TODAY: Youth, Grassroots Involvement and Political Engagement
Matt Gonzalez, former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, will share his experiences in grassroots organizing and involving youth in the political process from 1:30-3:30 today, Jan. 24, in Administration Building Room 119, sponsored by the Visiting Speaker Series and DASB. Contact Tom Izu at extension 8986 for more information.

ALSO THIS WEEK: Club Day this Thursday, Jan. 25
See what students and their faculty advisers are up to this quarter with the 59 clubs on campus. There will be a DJ and a variety of club performances, as well as information and giveaways in the Main Quad from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Discounted Tickets Available for August Wilson's "Fences" in San Jose
The Language Arts Division will purchase group tickets for faculty, staff and students for the 3 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 24, of August Wilson's "Fences" by the TABIA Drama Group at the Mexican-American Heritage Plaza Theatre on King and Alum Rock in San Jose. Tickets may be purchased on a cash basis by contacting Mary Washington by Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Language Arts Division office, L-11, or calling her at extension 5798 or 8547. Tickets are $18.00 each (regular advance price is $25.00, or $30.00 at the door).

Catalyst Faculty Advisory Committee
Catalyst is the learning management system (LMS) recently adopted by De Anza. If you have an interest in using Catalyst for course content, this is your opportunity to help guide the direction that the LMS will take by participating in the new Catalyst Advisory Committee. The committee will meet for the first time on Feb. 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. and then every second and fourth Thursday. Once the initial groundwork has been laid, the committee will meet monthly. E-mail Linda Elvin at if you would like to participate.

Changing Still Life: New Exhibit Opens in Euphrat Museum of Art
"Changing Still Life" is an interactive exhibition comprised of "still lifes" from which viewers can draw. These still lifes encompass a variety of directions, with objects reflecting different cultures and histories, found/recycled objects, objects related to different academic disciplines, and some artworks themselves. Viewers have the opportunity to use viewfinders and sketch on the spot. For more details, visit The exhibit runs through Feb. 15. Museum hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists shown are DeWitt Cheng and Susan Danis.

Youth Voices United for Change: De Anza's Annual Youth Leadership Conference
On Friday, Feb. 9, De Anza's Office of Community and Civic Engagement and a range of departments, organizations and clubs are hosting the college's annual Youth Leadership Conference, featuring hands-on workshops, performances and dialogue aimed at empowering students to effect change in their communities. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Writing and Reading Center in the ATC.

Other sponsers include DASB, Students for Justice, Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos Association, Outreach Office, Office of Diversity, Asian Pacific American Student Leadership, Filipino Youth Coalition, Transfer Center, and Financial Aid.

Other events that day will include a conference for East Side, San Jose and Milpitas high school guidance counselors and career technicians with Outreach Coordinator Rob Mieso.

In the News
Language Arts part-time instructor Sean McClain Brown, a contributor to the anthology "Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace," was interviewed earlier this month on KGO's live television show "View from the Bay. See the interview:

The Sports Report
Several De Anza students were recently honored for top athletic awards: Heather Emswiler, women's soccer All American; Trevor Foote, men's water polo, honorable mention All-American; Brennann Marion, All-State foothball; and Tracy Stephens, men's soccer Player of the Year, Coast Conference and All American.

Massage Clinic: 45-Minute Sessions Available for $15
On-campus massage clinic appointments are available at 9:15, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 22. A 45-minute session costs $10 for students with a valid ID, $15 for staff members and $20 for community members. Located in PE12U, the clinic provides both relaxation and therapeutic massages. Call extension 5645 for an appointment or visit for more information.

Stay Healthy This Season!
Follow these easy tips from nurse and Health Services Coordinator Mary Sullivan to help lower your chances of getting sick in this cold and flu season:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Be sure to throw tissues away after using them, and wash your hands after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
  • Wash your hands more often than usual and keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Soap and water work well...wash with vigorous rubbing for 15 seconds!
  • Exercise, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest (eight to 10 hours a night) can help keep you well.
  • Drink plenty of liquids--at least 6-8 glasses per day.

There is still time to get a flu shot. Stop by Student Health Services to get your vaccine! Call extension 8732 with any questions.

Welcome New Staff Member
Karen Franco
is the new real time captioner II in Special Education.

Employee of the Month

January 2007

Joanne Okabe-KuboJo Ann Okabe-Kubo has been selected Employee of the Month for January. The division administrative assistant in Intercultural/International Studies, she has worked at De Anza for 25 years.

"Jo Ann is one of the most friendly, courteous, helpful and professional people that I have met on the campus," wrote her nominator, Business instructor Jack Lynch. "She sets a great example of running a truly customer-oriented operation and keeps her division's focus on student (customer) success as being De Anza's number one priority." Read more...


Distinguished Educator Award for December: Marilyn Patton

Photo of Marilyn Patton

How does a Distinguished Educator approach her work? For English instructor Marilyn Patton, it's through new--and ancient--teaching methods.

"I follow the precepts of Aristotle and teach our students that three factors are essential for persuasion," she wrote in an e-mail, citing the forms of rhetoric: ethos, pathos and logos. "Those three factors guide me every day in every class. I establish my credibility by mirroring to my students the behaviors and attitudes which I expect of them (ethos). I use materials with some emotional content and hope to teach in ways that will reach the students' hearts (pathos). I attempt to teach in logical sequences, so that new learning builds on ideas and facts that have already been assimilated; I try to excite the students' minds and awaken their desire for the truth (logos)." Read more...

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