Campus Memo January 30, 2012


President Murphy Goes to Washington

President Brian Murphy participated on Jan. 10 in the White House event "For Democracy's Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission." A streaming video was set up in the Fireside Room in the Campus Center for anyone wishing to view the live discussion. Many members of the college community watched from their computers.


Murphy participated in the first panel discussion, "Higher Education's Call for Democratic Engagement," following a welcome and remarks from Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education, and Carol Schneider, president, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).


Panelists with Murphy were Richard Guarasci, president, Wagner College, and Azar Nafisi, author and executive director of cultural conversations and foreign policy visiting fellow, Johns Hopkins University. James Leach, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, moderated the session. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the conclusion of the event. If you missed the live video broadcast, you can watch it on YouTube.

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Campus Remembrance for Thelma Epstein

You are invited to join in remembering our colleague, Thelma Epstein, who passed away on Dec. 6, 2011.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

Where: California History Center


Thelma proudly served and contributed to our college and community in countless ways. She was a faculty member in De Anza College’s History Department for more than 24 years. Thelma also served as vice president of the Foothill-De Anza Faculty Association, president of the Bay Faculty Association, treasurer and governor for retired faculty of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, board member of the Cupertino Library Foundation, commissioner of the De Anza College Commission, and as member and board president of the California History Center Foundation Board of Trustees.


Her family has requested any donations be made to the Epstein Family Scholarship Fund at the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. For more information, please contact Tom Izu at ext. 8986.

De Anza College has Official Facebook Page

If you're on Facebook, why not check out and "like" the college's official Facebook fan page. Let us know what you think! Contact Marisa Spatafore at ext. 8672 or

Around Campus

Occupy for Education at De Anza

Occupy for Education at De Anza is a coalition of students building an open space for forums and workshops to empower students, raise awareness of the educational budget crisis, discuss creative solutions to on-campus problems created by the cuts, and promote the March 5 demonstration in Sacramento as well as the March 1 Day of Action at De Anza.

When: Tuesdays through March 5

Where: Main Quad


Join in the activities each week for a series of all-day, overnight camp-outs geared to teaching, sharing, inspiring and empowering. The group's goal is to recognize and understand the problem to work toward sustainable solutions in restoring higher education.

Look for Occupy for Education at De Anza on Facebook to follow the group's activities. For more information, contact Cynthia Kaufman at ext. 5559 or

Black History Month at De Anza

The following events are funded by the DASB and co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the African Ancestry Association.

  • Black History Month Opener: Poetry Under the Sun

    • Thursday, Feb. 2, 12-1 p.m. in the Main Quad
  • Black Student Union Event: Spoken Word and Poetry Night

    • Thursday, Feb. 2, 5-7 p.m. in the Euphrat Museum of Art
  • African American Student Conference

    • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B
  • Black History Month Film Series: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

    • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B
  • Drum Circle: Poetry, Music and Dance

    • Thursday, Feb. 16, 12-1 p.m. in the Main Quad
  • Black History Month Film Series: A Prince Among Slaves

    • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B
  • Panel Discussion: African Americans at San Jose State in the 1960s — The Speed City Days and the De Anza Connection

    • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B
  • Black History Month Closing Event: Music and Entertainment

    • Wednesday, Feb. 29, 12-1 p.m. in the Main Quad

For more information about Black History Month events, contact Michele LeBleu-Burns at ext. 8218 or Rob Mieso at ext. 8835 or visit

Silicon Valley Reads 2012

De Anza College joins Silicon Valley Reads in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program with an outstanding selection of books and events focused on the theme "Muslim and American: Two Perspectives." More than 100 free events are planned from January to April 2012. Featured books are "The Muslim Next Door" by Sumbul Ari-Karamali and "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson, who will speak from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the VPAC. Both books are available in the Library and the Bookstore.

A key part of Silicon Valley Reads events is “Invoking Peace,” a Euphrat Museum exhibition that interweaves tradition and innovation, faith and activism. It emphasizes the immense diversity of Islamic art and reveals shared concerns. Artworks range from site-specific installations, classical and experimental calligraphy and paintings to product designs for cultural needs, digital arts, sculpture and ceramics.


When: Feb. 3 - March 17, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m -3 p.m.

Where: Euphrat Museum of Art


An artist's reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30-7 p.m. Meet many of the artists whose work is displayed in the exhibition. Contact Diana Argabrite at ext. 5464 or

For more information about events that  will be held at De Anza College or include participation of De Anza representatives visit For a complete list of the Silicon Valley Reads 2012 events and information about the authors and their books, visit the Silicon Valley Reads website.

Massage Therapy Clinic

Sign up for a Winter Clinic 45-minute massage. To make an appointment, please call ext 5645. Visit the Massage Clinic website for more information at

When: Tuesday & Thursday Mornings, January 24 - March 22, 2012
Appointment Times: 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

Student Psychological Counseling Services

Encourage your students to join Phil Boissiere, MFT, from De Anza College's Psychological and Health Services, for a series of educational workshops on mental health. Vist for a complete list of upcoming workshops available. All workshops are held on Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center's Don Bautista room.

Visiting Speaker Series 2011-2012

You are invited to attend this winter quarter event:

  • "Growing Roses in Concrete: Using Youth Investment ot Enrich Teaching and Learning."Jeff Duncan-Andrade, SFSU associate professor of Raza Studies, Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies, will lecture on urban education and ways to connect with youth.

    • When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    • Where: VPAC theater

For more information, contact Tom Izu at ext. 8986 or or visit for a complete listing of speakers.


California History Center Presents 9th Annual Day of Remembrance

What can the World War II imprisonment of Japanese Americans teach us about defending our civil liberties today? Join a conversation with three guest speakers on Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:30-3 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B. Featured speakers are:

  • Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, community advocate and attorney
  • Masao Suzuki, Professor of Economics, Skyline College, member, South Bay Committee Against Political Repression and member, San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
  • Susan Hayase, former Vice Chair, Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, and Chair of the first National Day of Remembrance held in Washington D.C., 1998

Visit for compete information.

Open Mic Series/First Thursdays

Join De Anza students, faculty and staff for The Open Mic Series in the Euphrat Museum of Art and participate in the fusion of spoken word poetry and hip hop. This event is held the first Thursday of every month, 5-7 p.m., from October 2011 to June 2012. For more information, contact the Black Student Union at


Reading and Q&A with Author Lac Su

Meet the author of "I Love Yous Are For White People" on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B. This event is hosted by the Puente Project through the generous support of the De Anza College DARE Taskforce. The book is tied to Puente's theme for the quarter — "Families and Migration: Our Journeys Toward Social Change and Personal Power." For more information, contact Alicia Cortez at or Paula Silva at


"Fly By" Staff Development Session: Filipino Americans

In the 50-minute workshop, watch videos with De Anza students, faculty and staff interviews that discuss the different challenges students from this community face.


When: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12:30-1:20 p.m.

Where: Conference Room B


For more information, contact Jim Nguyen, IMPACT AAPI Project Director at


7th Annual Partners in Learning Conference

A Call for Proposals has been distributed to faculty mailboxes for the conference on Friday, March 2, 8:30-1:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B. Contact Cynthia Kaufman for more information at


Auto Tech Forms Alliance for Green Automotive Training

De Anza College Automotive Technology, FHDA Contract Education and the Green Transportation Workforce Development (GTWD) company have formed an alliance that will focus on developing training for green automotive programs. The alliance intends to serve at least 500 students over a two-year period. Training will include electric, hybrid, propane, compressed natural gas vehicles, and infrastructure.


The mission of GTWD is to promote green jobs and green technology by providing in-depth training on alternative fuel vehicles, including electric, compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane. Auto Tech is working with GTWD, the Green Team, California Energy Commission Workforce funding, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, various investors, and corporate sponsors to fund this joint development green automotive program. 


Free Computers for Students!

Tell your students they may be eligible for a free desktop computer. They should apply for the Refurbished/Recycled Computer Scholarship through Financial Aid. Download the application form at, click on "Search Scholarships" and get started!


Awards & Accolades

FYE Program Honored by California Community College Board of Governors

De Anza College’s First Year Experience (FYE) program was recently awarded an honorable mention in the Board of Governors Exemplary Program Awards for 2011, announced by California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott at the Jan. 10 BOG meeting. FYE, which links academic support and student services, was singled out for its student success rate (passing classes with a C or better) of 84 percent.


FYE is a learning community that integrates multiple fields of study and community engagement in a yearlong program, which begins with the Summer Bridge program, designed to help high school students transition to college. First-time, first-generation college students whose English placement is in EWRT and READ 200 or 211 are eligible for FYE. Students must commit to participating in the FYE learning community for the full academic year.


For the Board of Governors Exemplary Program Awards, each of the system’s 112 colleges may nominate one program. Academic senates form selection committees of students, staff, administrators and faculty, and forward their program of choice to the BOG to be evaluated. The awards recognize programs that show evidence of their overall success, contribute to faculty engagement, respond to the needs of the faculty and the college, and demonstrate support of the community college mission. The programs are also scored on how they could be used as models for other community colleges.

California History Center Director Honored

In December 2011, Tom Izu received a Beacon of Light Award from IRIS: Immigrant Relations and Integration Services, a program of the Office of Human Relations. The award is given to individuals and organizations for advancing immigrant rights, educating the larger society about immigrants and immigration, improving the quality of life for immigrant families. For 18 years, Izu has advocated for using local history education as a way of promoting diversity and multiculturalism.


Math Instructor Receives National Award

In November in Austin, Texas, Barbara Illowsky was presented with a national award from the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. The Teaching Excellence Award  is intended for educators who have made outstanding contributions to mathematics or mathematics education at a two-year college. Teaching excellence is the main focus of the award. Illowsky was one of six national awardees for 2011.


Film/TV Instructors Honored

Susan Tavernetti of the De Anza College Film/TV Department contributed the chapter "Writing Indian Stereotypes: The Role of the Screenplay in American Westerns" in "American Indians and Popular Culture," a 2-volume set available in February 2012 (Praeger Publishers). Tavernetti also won second and third place awards in the Entertainment Review category for non-daily newspapers in the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Competition. She was honored for her Palo Alto Weekly reviews of "The White Ribbon" and "The King's Speech," respectively, at the annual San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's Evening of Excellence held in 2011.

Film/TV instructor Glenn Lovell, film critic-reporter at, was granted membership to the Online Film Critics Society in September. Besides OFCS, Lovell's CinemaDope reviews are now running at, Rotten Tomatoes and NAJP's ARTicles. Lovell's article "The Golden Autumn of Hollywood's Boy Wonder" has been selected to appear in the upcoming "Collected Interviews with John Frankenheimer" (Scarecrow Press). His essays on "The Power" and "Donovan's Brain" will appear in "When World's Collide: A Critical Companion to SF Film Adaptations" (Liverpool University Press).


Instructor's Sculpture Installed in Santa Cruz

Sculpture Instructor Moto Ohtake's "Aero #7" is the newest installation in the SculpTOUR, a rotating public art exhibit in downtown Santa Cruz. Browse the City of Santa Cruz public art collection or download a self-guided walking tour brochure at


Art Instructor Shows in Monterey

Paul Roehl, part-time art instructor, has a one-man show called "Monterey Now," which features his landscape paintings at the Monterey Museum of Art, now through March 4.


Music Instructor's Photography Graces Historic Lodge

Dan Mitchell's photographs of Death Valley have been installed in guest rooms at historic Stovepipe Wells Lodge in Death Valley National Park. His photographs have been featured in two Bay Area exhibits and published in Backpacker and Yosemite Conservancy magazines.


Math Instructor Interviewed on NPR News

Karl Schaffer offered a mini-course on math and dance to a crowd of attendees at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Boston in January. Schaffer told radio host Ari Daniel Shapiro that he wanted the participants to experience creating movement phrases and performing them for each other in ways that dealt with mathematical concepts.


Faculty and Staff News

Congratulations to De Anza Employees

The board of trustees has approved the following personnel actions since December 2011.

New HiresAmy Leonard and Kim Palmore, Language Arts instructors; Veronica Neal, director of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education

ReclassificationKent McGee, Admissions and Records

Employee of the Month Awards

Dennis Reed, January 2012

Custodian Dennis Reed has worked at De Anza for 11 years and takes his duties seriously and with great pride. “Dennis always goes about his work with an upbeat attitude,” says his nominator, mathematics instructor Janice Hector. Read more.

Dennis Reed

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