Campus Memo Oct. 8, 2012

Around Campus
Register, Get Informed, Get Involved and VOTE!

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 22. See a link to online registration, additional resources and a list of events at The webpage also includes information on My Vote Our Future and contacts for in-class registration, as well as extensive resources for nonpartisan information on ballot measures and candidates.


An official Santa Clara Co. Registrar of Voters drop box for absentee ballots has been placed at the flagpole on the Main Quad. If you're an absentee voter in Santa Clara Co., you can drop off your ballot here on campus.


Events this week include an opportunity to watch and discuss the vice presidential debate (Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the MCC).

Accreditation Follow-Up Report and Commission Visit

As required by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), De Anza will submit a Follow-Up Report to its Accreditation Self-Study on Oct. 15, which addresses the three recommendations the college received along with its reaffirmation of accreditation in February of this year. The college will host ACCJC team visitors on Oct. 24 and 25. College Council will review the draft report on Oct. 11, following collegewide review by governance groups (

Important Changes to Polices that Affect Students

Significant policy changes effective summer 2012 directly affect students. Please remind yours to check the college’s policy website for changes that affect prerequisites, course repetition, and federal and state financial aid programs. Complete information can be found at


National Coming Out Day at De Anza

You’re invited to participate in the activities surrounding this celebration of the LGBTQ community on Thursday, Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Student Panel and Community Conversation, 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. in Campus Center Conference Room B

  • Coming Out Day Celebration with food, music and fun, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center

The DASB; Pride Events Committee; Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education; African American Studies Department and the Euphrat Museum of Art are sponsors. For more information, contact Veronica Neal at ext. 5338.


Creative Arts Events for October

  • Howard Na Piano Concert: Enjoy a special performance with De Anza alumnus Howard Na on Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30-10 p.m. in the VPAC. Admission is $20. Contact piano instructor Anna Poklewski for more information.

  • Scholarship Benefit Concert: Violinist Joseph Gold and guitarist Jaume Torrent will perform on Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30-10 p.m. in the VPAC to raise funds for music student scholarships. Admission is free for FHDA employees and students, $25 donation for the general public. Contact music instructor Ron Dunn for more information.

FHDA Art Faculty and Staff Show and Reception

The “Art of Education” exhibition, which runs Oct. 22-Dec. 7 at the Euphrat Museum of Art, will highlight the diverse and interconnected work of art faculty and staff from De Anza and Foothill colleges. A reception with the artists and a silent auction is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Artwork in the silent auction, to be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., will include original watercolor paintings, photographs, artist books, ceramics and more. For more information, visit


Annual Transfer Day at De Anza

This event is an opportunity for prospective transfer students to meet with four-year college and university admissions representatives and get answers to their transfer questions.

When: Thursday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Main Quad (In case of rain, the event will move to Conference Rooms A&B)

De Anza’s reputation for high transfer rates brings schools from throughout the state, including UCs, CSUs and private universities, and increasingly more out-of-state and foreign educational institutions. There are 64 confirmed schools attending.


There will also be a transfer advising event by a UC Berkeley representative on campus Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Transfer Center. Students will be seen on a drop-in basis only and will receive one-on-one advising about transfer admission requirements, housing, student support programs, financial aid opportunities and more. For more information, contact articulation specialist Tracy Chung-Tabangcura at ext. 8977.


Celebrate De Anza's Historic Corridor

You're invited to another "Taste of History" celebrating the Historic Corridor at De Anza College and benefiting the California History Center.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 3-6 p.m.

Where: California History Center

Cost: $75

The event will feature wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, a Santa Cruz Mountain wine history talk and a tour of the college's new Media and Learning Center. To purchase tickets, got to the FHDA Foundation website. For more information, contact CHC director Tom Izu at ext. 8986.


Health Services Events for October

  • Give Blood—Save a Life: Health Services will host its quarterly blood drive with the Stanford Blood Center on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-8p.m. in Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B. For complete information and registration, see or call Student Health Services coordinator Mary Sullivan at ext. 8732.

  • Manage Stress Workshops: Health Services will offer Managing Stress, Oct. 16 and Managing Relationships, Oct. 30, both from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center’s El Clemente Room. The workshop series is educational and not intended to provide diagnosis or treatment. For more information, call Student Health Services coordinator Mary Sullivan at ext. 8732.

New VTA Service to De Anza

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) launched a new Limited Stop Line 323, which provides faster and more direct service between De Anza College and downtown San Jose. The new Line 323 will supplement Line 23 on weekdays, which will help relieve the over-crowding. Line 323 will operate every 15 minutes from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and will stop at Stelling and Stevens Creek Boulevard. For more information and a complete list of Line 323 stops, visit Please remind your students to order their Eco Pass if they haven't already at


Moves During Summer 2012

Due to the renovation of the Advanced Technology Center and the opening this fall quarter of the new Media and Learning Center, a number of programs, classes and offices have been relocated around campus. For a complete list of temporary moves and permanent relocation, see

De Anza Athletics Takes Championship

Congratulations to all the student athletes, coaches and staff of De Anza College Athletics for being the 2011-12 Coast Conference All-Sports Award winter! This is the fifth year in a row De Anza has won the award, and the 18th time in 28 years. There are 17 colleges in the Coast Conference.

La Voz Wins Awards at JACC Conference

The De Anza student newspaper won numerous awards in September at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges/Northern California conference. Competing against student from 24 other community colleges, De Anza students brought home:

  • First place: Martin Towar for column writing

  • Second place: Michael Mannina for copy editing

  • Third place: Alicia Rivera for column writing

  • Honorable mentions: Bryce Druzin for opinion piece; Sara Gobets for page layout, news photo and feature story; Andrew Puckett for page layout; Christopher Wu for sports action photo

Honor Society Receives Special Commendation

The Alpha Sigma Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at De Anza was named a “Five Star Chapter” at the Nevada/California Regional Convention in June. The chapter was also recognized at the Society’s recent Annual Convention and is recognized on the society’s website at


Two Students Honored in National Literary Competition

The winners of the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 2011-2012 National Student Literary Competition included two De Anza Students:

  • Kevin Eung, second place for his essay “Trail of Corpses”

  • Cindy Yeh, honorable mention for her short story “Seven Things”

The 2012-2013 competition will be hosted by the Foothill-De Anza CCD and coordinated by English instructor Ken Weisner. Contestants must be fall 2012 or spring 2013 students enrolled for credit in a League for Innovation institution. Watch for complete information, coming soon, about the competition on posters, flyers, portal messages and De Anza’s website.

Euphrat Nominated for National Award

In June, Congressman Mike Honda (15th Congressional District) nominated the Euphrat Museum of Art for the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. The National Medal honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions. The winners are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

Now There’s an App for Short Courses

Thinking about taking a Community Education Short Courses this quarter? Now you can use the website or your smart phone! Download the free FHDA Community Ed App available in the Apple App Store, Android Market and Amazon App Store. For more information, contact Michael Hegglund at ext. 8275.


Instructor Honored by State Academic Senate

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has honored English instructor and LEAD coordinator Marc Coronado with the 2012 Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award. This award was created to honor outstanding faculty who actively address diversity on their campus. The LEAD program at De Anza, established in 2006, creates opportunities for students to learn leadership, improve basic English writing skills, perform community service and build alliances across ethnic lines.


Director of ICCE Publishes Book

Cynthia Kaufman, philosophy instructor and director of De Anza’s Institute for Community and Civic Engagement, recently published a book through Lexington Books. “Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope” looks in new ways at what capitalism is and its impacts on human society and environment. More information about the book can be viewed at$112.

Instructor Collaborates on Scientific Teaching Project

De Anza biology instructor Jeff Schinske and Kimberly Tanner, a professor of biology at SFSU, have been collaborating the past three years on the first phase of a grant-funded project that served 130 Bay Area community college biology instructors (including 18 biology faculty from FHDA) to help them find innovative ways to teach science. This Phase 2 grant will allow the team to continue to offer their Summer Teaching Institutes to community college faculty in the San Francisco Bay Area. In August, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the team almost $564,000 to provide this professional development for scientific teaching. The ultimate goal of the project is for students to be more engaged in science and make successful transitions to four-year universities. The team received a letter of congratulations from U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier for their continuing efforts.

Math Instructor Named to State Chancellor’s Office Position

Barbara Illowsky has accepted an Interjurisdictional Exchange (IJE) position as the Basic Skills Specialist for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Illowsky begins working at the Chancellor’s Office on Aug. 13, and will return to De Anza to teach again in September 2013.


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


New Hires: Ruben Abrica, Spanish/Latino Studies instructor; Cecilia Deck, Language Arts instructor; Anna Ferreira, custodian; Kei Fischer, Academic Services; Rebecca Fouquette, math instructor; Usha Ganeshalingam, math instructor; Jasper Haze, HTCTU secretary; Mark Healy, psychology instructor; Simon Kang’a, biology instructor; Amy Leonard, English instructor; Rocky Lewycky, ceramic arts instructor; Meghan Lloyd, Child Development Center Teacher; Reza Majlesi, biology instructor; Scott Marchand, Flea Market coordinator; Maureen McCarthy, PSME Division Admin; Maureen Miramontes, Health Technologies instructor; Veronica Neal, Office of Equity director; Tom Nguyen, counselor; Nila Nine, Food Services; Kim Palmore, English instructor; Monika Thomas, social sciences instructor; Erik Woodbury, chemistry instructor


New Appointments: Bret Watson, director of Budget and Personnel; Coleen Lee-Wheat, dean of Physical Education & Athletics


Longevity Awards: Paula Ahrens, Community Education; Pat Cornely, BHES; Annette Corpuz, Learning Resources; Lisa Kirk, Finance & Educational Resources; Karen Oeh, Learning Resources; Cynthia Smith, Finance & Educational Resources; Mary Clark Tillman, Academic Services; Matt Trosper, Physical Education


Professional Growth Awards: Larry Bloom, Special Education; Mi Chang, Academic Services; Melodie Cheney, Admissions & Records; Tammy Ehle, Finance & Educational Resources; Max Gilleland, Business/CIS; Norma Johnstone, Special Education; Bachmai Kha, Learning Resources; Duc Nguyen, Finance & Educational Resources; Karen Oeh, Learning Resources; Berta Pace, Business/CIS; Kim Te, Academic Services; Tina Woo, President’s Office


Promotions: Gioi Duong, College Services; Cathleen Monsell, PSME


Reclassifications: Virginia Marquez, EOPS/CARE; Jane Swanson, Academic Services


Service Recognition Awards: Rene Avila-Cortes, Grounds; Paul Buxton, Demetrio Cabuag, Denis Gates, Yukbing "Annie" Kong, Maria Leal, Jesus Partida and Dennis Reed, all in Custodial


Transfers: Victoria Kahler, Learning Resources; Phong Lam, Cynthia Lister and Zarmina Razzaqui, all in Counseling; Steve Mitchell, OTI; Jenny Vela, Learning Resources


Employee of the Month Award

Mary Campbell


Mary Campbell, June 2012


For nearly a dozen years, Mary Campbell has dedicated her skills to making hands-on science available to biology students at De Anza College. As a biology lab technician, Campbell has been involved in many different tasks. Read more.




Melody Cheney


Melody Cheney, October 2012


For the last 15 years, Melodie Cheney has been greeting and helping students in the Admissions and Records Office as an A&R assistant. She became a permanent employee with the college in 1997, having started in 1992 as a work-study student in OTI, reading to and recording for visually impaired students from Disabled Students Programs and Services.
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