June 10, 2008

Recognitions & Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently certified the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies at the LEED® platinum level, the first community college building to receive that rating. The center figured prominently in an article titled "Sustainable Education, Community Colleges as Environmental Champions," in the April/May 2008 issue of Community College Journal. "Educators at De Anza College not only are preparing students to live as good stewards of the natural world," the piece begins. "They are also leading by example, creating a hands-on, organic learning environment that serves as a living, breathing reminder of the fragile state of the planet on which we live -- and society's charge to protect it." The article includes statements from center director Pat Cornely, Morgan Family Chair in Environmental Studies Julie Phillips and Chancellor Martha Kanter.

The East Side Union High School District recently honored De Anza Outreach Coordinator Rob Mieso with the Board of Trustees Outstanding Achievement Award. The award is given in recognition of hard work, dedication and commitment on behalf of district students.

Photography instructor Diane Pierce has received a three-month studio residency at the Kala Art Institute for the summer. Visit http://www.kala.org/mission.html for more information on the institute.

Susan Tavernetti of the Film/TV Department won first place in the Entertainment Review category for non-daily newspapers in the 31st Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Competition for her Palo Alto Weekly review of Paul Haggis's "In the Valley of Elah" at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's Evening of Excellence. A total of 519 entries in 95 categories from 67 media outlets were judged by the press clubs of Los Angeles, New Orleans, Bakersfield, Milwaukee, Florida and Southeast Texas.

This spring, De Anza College recognized 43 scholar-athletes in 14 women's and men's sports. A scholar-athlete is a sophomore student-athlete with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Valerie Sultan (swimming and diving) was given the State Pepsi Scholar Athlete award, and Dora Biocic (swimming and diving) and Adam Wells (baseball) were recognized as the female and male Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Scholar athletes must have competed two seasons at De Anza, have a GPA higher than 3.5 and performed public service, school service or had extensive work experience.

De Anza College recently was named the winner of the Coast Conference Bud Ottmar All Sports Trophy for 2007-08.

Around Campus

ICCE Community Scholar Workshops

Join ICCE in welcoming Adrian Tepehua Vargas as its Community Scholar. Vargas is the co-founder of El Centro Cultural de la Gente, the first Chicana/o cultural center in the South Bay.

When: Wednesday, June 11, 12:30-2 p.m.
Where: El Clemente Room, Campus Center

When: Thursday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: California History Center

For more information, contact ICCE at communityengagement@deanza.edu or 864.8349.

Conversations Across the Diaspora

Come share your views on the topic "Why We Don't Love Ourselves" and enjoy free pizza and drinks. This is one of a series of discussions for students, faculty and staff on issues and concerns in the lives of people of African Ancestry throughout the world community.

When: Tuesday, June 10, 1:30-3 p.m.
California History Center

End-of-the-Year Graduations, Receptions and Shows

You're invited to De Anza's 41st Commencement on Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m., in the Outdoor Events Arena. Award-winning author Francisco Jiménez will be the keynote speaker. Faculty and staff are encouraged to walk with graduates for the commencement.

  • Paralegal Program Reception
    • Wednesday, June 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Campus Center B
  • International Students Achievement Reception
    • Thursday, June 12, 12 p.m., California History Center
  • Disability Support Services/EDC Student Celebration
    • Thursday, June 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Fireside Room
  • Student Success & Retention Center
    • Thursday, June 12, 6-8 p.m., Campus Center A&B
  • Student Film Show
    • Friday, June 13, 7-11p.m., A11
  • NASA Internship Graduation
    • Thursday, June 19, 1-2 p.m., Eagle Room, Bldg. 943 at NASA campus
  • Latina/o Student Recognition Ceremony
    • Thursday, June 19, 6-8 p.m., Campus Center A&B
  • Math Performance Success Graduation
    • Friday, June 20, 1 p.m., Campus Center A&B
  • Middle College Graduation
    • Thursday, June 26, 4-6 p.m., Campus Center A&B
  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony
    • Friday, June 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sunken Garden
  • African American Student Recognition
    • Friday, June 27, 5-9 p.m.
  • Auto Tech Breakfast/Awards Ceremony
    • Friday, June 27, 8-9:30 a.m., Campus Center A&B
De Anza Student Art Show at the Euphrat Museum of Art

Sponsored by the De Anza Associated Student Body, the Euphrat and the Creative Arts Division, this exhibition features paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, photography, graphic design, sculpture and ceramics created by students at De Anza. The artworks reflect expertise in diverse media and varied interests and points of view.

When: Monday-Thursday, through June 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Euphrat Museum of Art (A9)

There will also be a reception at the museum to recognize the accomplishments of the student artists. Jury awards will be presented.

When: Tuesday, June 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Euphrat Museum of Art (A9)

Contact Jan Rindfleisch for more information or call ext. 8836.

In the Community

This Summer: American Cancer Society Walk

The second annual Cupertino Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held again at De Anza. The De Anza Classified Senate is sponsoring the team Making Tracks for the Cure during the event.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Jul. 19-20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Outdoor Events Arena

 Contact Lois Jenkins at ext. 8948 for more information or to participate in the event. New team members are welcome. Go to http://events.cancer.org/rflcupertinoca and use the right-hand navigation bar to find the team and join.

Save The Date: American Heart Association Walk

Together with our 2008 Heart Walk chair, Mark Bregman, CTO of Symantec, and our sponsors, the American Heart Association invites the public to participate in the 2008 Start! Silicon Valley Heart Walk. Participating in the Heart Walk is an important step in fighting the leading killer in California. Contact for De Anza is Melodie Cheney at 650.493.3229.

When: Sunday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m.-12 noon
Where: De Anza Campus Drive

Congratulations to Staff Members

The following personnel actions have been approved by the board of trustees since the beginning of the calendar year.

New Hires:

Olga Evert, Academic Services administrative assistant

Gary Lewis, Auto Tech instructor

Michelle Sampson, College Services furniture, fixtures and equipment coordinator


Nina Van, Financial Aid Outreach coordinator


Professional Growth Awards: Eloise Alvarez, Silvia Bichler, Larry Bloom, Pisamai Chamkasem, Mi Chang, Norma Johnstone, Bachmai Kha, Keri Kirkpatrick, Rob Mieso, Thao Phuong Nguyen, Irene Niazov, Kelly Pettit, Janet Schmidt, Binh Tahi, May Thai, Judy Ting

Service Recognition Award: Jesus Garcia

Longevity Awards: Tracy Chung, Araceli Kaliangara

Employee of the Month

Want to help choose the Employee of the Month? The Classified Employee of the Month Committee is now seeking new members. Volunteers should be flexible, creative team players with energy and enthusiasm for the employee celebrations. Receive PGA credit for working on the committee. Meet a minimum of once a month to plan for upcoming EOM celebrations and to select EOMs. Contact: Patty Jobs at ext. 8711.

Photo of Diana Argabrite


Diana Argabrite, May 2008

"Diana has worked miracles over the years, and it is time she is recognized for her dedication, outstanding performance and diligence in meeting the needs of her students, staff and faculty with grace and humility."


Mary Ann Washington, June 2008

"Efficient, effective, professional, creative and helpful" are the words that best describe Mary Ann Washington, according to Prachi Balaji of the Language Arts Division office, who nominated Washington for Employee of the Month.

Photo of Mary Ann Washington

Check back for Distinguished Educators and other awards in the next Campus Memo. Submissions for the next issue are due June 18 to Lois Jenkins at jenkinslois@deanza.edu.


Campus Memo
Contact: Communications Office
Phone: 408.864.8948


Last Updated: 10/19/09