June 27, 2006

Around Campus

You're Invited to De Anza College's 40th Annual Commencement!
Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to attend De Anza's annual graduation ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the college's Outdoor Events Arena. State Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero will serve as keynote speaker.

About 600 De Anza students will earn certificates and 1,250 will earn degrees this year, among them President's Scholarship Award winners Yosief Hailemichael and Rehana Rehman. Winners of the annual award must have overcome significant adversity or obstacles and shown great perseverance in seeking an education at De Anza and are personally selected by the college president.

"Both Yosief and Rehana are simply remarkable," said President Brian Murphy. "Their determination to succeed--against what must at times have seemed almost insurmountable odds--is awe-inspiring. I am deeply proud that De Anza College could provide opportunities for these dedicated students, at the same time benefiting greatly from their presence and contributions to our community."

Yosief Hailemichael
Yosief Hailemichael
Born in the small east African country of Eritrea, Yosief Hailemichael was raised by his grandmother after he was abandoned by his parents at the age of 2. His grandmother, a widowed retired nurse, struggled to provide for Hailemichael, who persisted in going to school and trying to make life better for his grandmother. In high school he worked part time to help out and in 2002 came to the United States. Working full time as a security guard while attending De Anza allowed him to buy a house for his grandmother. He maintained a 3.266 GPA and will be transferring to San José State University in the fall. Hailemichael wants to earn a Ph.D. in economics and teach so he can give back to the community.

Rehana Rehman
Rehana Rehman
Because of her parents' failing business, Rehana Rehman was forced to drop out of college in 1996 when she was 17 years old in order to work full time. Two years later she struck out on her own, only to learn that a full-time retail job limited her options. She knew an education was the key to opportunity. She met her future husband, who encouraged her to return to school in 2002, but an unplanned pregnancy delayed her education again. Eventually Rehman enrolled at De Anza, majoring in Language Arts and maintaining a 3.769 GPA. She also was active in the South Asian Student Alliance, Students for Justice, the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa honor society, all while caring for her daughter. Rehana plans to be a teacher and is transferring to UC Berkeley this fall.

Rachel Wong
Rachel Wong
This year's winner of the DeHart Memorial Scholarship is business major Rachel Wong, who earned a 3.985 GPA. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate who exemplifies service and participates in campus life relating to his or her personal values and goals. Wong's passion for literature made it difficult to choose between that and business for her career. Rachel discovered her love for literature in high school and for a while considered writing for a living. But as a daughter whose parents sacrificed much to send her and her sister to school in the United States, Rachel wanted to make sure their life after retirement was comfortable. Business seemed the practical choice for a daughter who would eventually be the family breadwinner. Rachel has no regrets and plans to slowly build a writing career while pursuing her business career. While at De Anza, Rachel worked with International Students, the Outreach program and as a tutor at the college tutorial center. In her community, she does volunteer work for the Sunny View Retirement Community, Save the Bay and Sunday Friends. "Rachel said her community service makes her feel good about herself," said Vice President of Student Services Robert Griffin. "She believes the work she does is important and serves to remind others of our responsibility to help people overcome the challenges in their lives." Rachel is transferring to UC Berkeley this fall.

Sabina Mehmedovic
Sabina Mehmedovic
Another remarkable De Anza College transfer student is Sabina Mehmedovic, who came to the United States in 2005 after finding De Anza on the Internet and being impressed with the college's faculty. Originally from Bosnia, Mehmedovic's family left the war-torn country for Sweden in the early 1990s. According to Mehmedovic, De Anza College is the first place she's ever felt at home; she deeply appreciated the diversity at the campus, particularly after feeling isolated by language and cultural barriers as a refugee in Sweden. A sociology major, Mehmedovic has received a scholarship to attend Yale University in the fall. She says she may return to Bosnia eventually to work for the development of a stable society there.
"Sabina is one of the most gifted students I have ever encountered," said Murphy, a longtime professor of political science who met Mehmedovic while serving as a guest lecturer in her class. "She has an incredible mind and will be a terrific student at Yale. That she chose De Anza College through an Internet search, immigrated to the United States in order to enroll, and has succeeded so magnificently are all emblematic of her drive and determination."
Student Mural
Student Murals
Students from Eugene Rodriguez's Arts 64 class painted two murals titled "What Does Justice Look Like?" on the walls of the gymnasiums in the entrance to the pool area near the Forum Building. The Office of Community and Civic Engagement funded the project.

Relay For Life of Cupertino at De Anza College
Relay For Life® 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. 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 Arena

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 jenkinslois@deanza.edu. Visit www.acsevents.org/relay/ca/cupertino if you would like to participate or donate to the event.

Mark Your Calendars
The Visual and Performing Arts Center kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9 at the building site in Parking Lot A. More information will follow.


Student Health Services Moving to S-82
The office will close Friday, June 29 and reopen Monday, July 9 at its new location in S-82. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
De Anza Student Places in Math Competition
Yujim Yoshimura tied for fourth place in the recent Student Math League competition, and De Anza came in fifth place overall for the teams in the West Region. The Student Mathematics League includes more than 165 colleges, involving more than 8,000 community college mathematics students.
College Environmental Advisory Group (CEAG) Seeks Participants
CEAG is a committee on the De Anza campus that monitors and makes recommendations regarding college and district policies relating to environmentally sound practices. CEAG embraces and fosters principles of sustainability as core values. Recently the De Anza Sustainability Policy was completed and approved by De Anza's shared governance bodies. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to attend twice-monthly CEAG meetings at 9 a.m.:
  • Second Thursday of the month, Kirsch Center Room 214
  • Fourth Thursday of the month, Administration Building in Room 109
For more information or to be added to the CEAG meeting e-mail list, please contact Pippa Gibson at  ext. 8936 or gibsonpippa@deanza.edu.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society Needs Your Help
"Feed a Body--Feed a Mind" is designed to help those who are less fortunate stay in or return to school. PTK is requesting:
  • Canned, dry and boxed goods
  • New or gently used children's books
  • Educational toys
  • Books for adults
  • Money or grocery store gift cards
The drive ends June 30. Collection barrels are set up in the Library foyer, S-43, the Writing and Reading Center, Administration Building lobby and the Student and Community Services Building. If you wish to donate money or gift cards, please contact PTK past president Lisa Bartus at lisa.bartus@sbcglobal.net or 408.318.9920.
Books Needed for Annual Library Book Sale
Here's your chance to do two good things at the same time: clean your shelves and give to a good cause. Bring your book donations to the Reference Desk and receive a form for tax purposes noting the number of paperback and hardcover books you're donating. Fiction, nonfiction and DVDs are welcome during the last week of spring quarter and throughout the summer.
De Anza's Electronic Billboards
Our two new signs are located near the Flint Center on Stevens Creek and at the corner of Stelling and Stevens Creek. If you have a message for our external community, please e-mail your request to Lois Jenkins at jenkinslois@deanza.edu, who operates the signs and maintains a schedule for posting messages from the Marketing Office. If you have a Marketing work request, please see our online form at www.deanza.edu/marketing/.
Congratulations to: Lydia Hearn on her appointment as interim dean of Language Arts and Al Dominguez on his promotion to EOPS counselor.
Welcome New Faculty: Craig Norman, ESL instructor.
June Employee of the Month
Karen Villalba  Karen Villalba, June 2007

"Amidst all of her responsibilities and the high level of stress related to her position, she always stays focused and works with the CDC administration team to make sure that the center runs as smooth as possible."
Congratulations to Four Distinguished Educators
Roger Letson, March 2007

"Roger is a gentle giant in his field. His modesty prevents him from mentioning it, but he is very well-known and highly respected, both here and abroad, in the world of vocal jazz education. Since its inception, his ensemble Vocal Flight has won major awards and accolades on a regular basis. De Anza has been truly fortunate to count him among its faculty for so many years."
Photo of Roger Letson
Photo of Marion Winters Marion Winters, April 2007

"I strive to empower those with whom I work and those whom I teach to examine their situations, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors through their own lenses and to not allow others to interpret nor define who they are."

Jen Myhre, May 2007


"I see Jen as a role model, both as an educator and as a human being. She is compassionate and critical in her approach to teaching, constantly changing and improving her approach to facilitate student growth and learning."

Photo of Jen Myhre
Photo of Lydia Hearn Lydia Hearn, June 2007

"I am so honored to have been selected as a Distinguished Educator because I find it almost overwhelming to be recognized for something that I feel it is a privilege to do."
Campus Memo will return in September. Please send items for the first fall edition to both Marketing/Communications Program Coordinator Lois Jenkins at jenkinslois@deanza.edu and Marketing/Communications Director Marisa Spatafore at spataforemarisa@deanza.edu. Send any comments and questions regarding Campus Memo to Spatafore at the above e-mail address or ext. 8672.

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