January 14, 2009

Around Campus

Inauguration of Barack Obama


You are invited to witness a live TV broadcast of this historic event.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 20

8:30 a.m. -- Call to Order, Invocation and Musical Selections
9 a.m. -- Oath of Office and Inaugural Address

Where: Campus Center Dining Room and Conference Rooms A&B

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend a discussion led by Dr. Steven Millner, Chair of African American Studies Department at SJSU. Sponsored by the African Ancestry Association and DASB.

When: Thursday, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

The topic of discussion will be: "Post-Obama -- What are the challenges that face African Americans? Is the dream still necessary?" Faculty are encouraged to bring their students to this event. For more information, contact Phong Lam, ext. 5559.

Hollywood Literary Manager and Educator to Visit Campus

Highly respected screenwriting educator Leslie Kallen will host a workshop and podcast for all faculty, staff and students. Sponsored by the Creative Arts Division and DASB.

When: Friday, Jan. 16
Where: Part I: 4-5:30 p.m., Forum 3, for critique of your screenplay pages
           Part II: 7-9 p.m., ATC 120, for "Hollywood North" podcast

"Hollywood North" will be a monthly interactive show about all things film, television and media, taped in front of a live audience and hosted by Department Chair Zaki Lisha and Barak Goldman, and produced by students led by Scott Pemberton. For more information, contact Barak Goldman, ext. 8879.

Instructor to Hold Film Screening, Book Signing

Glenn Lovell, Film/TV instructor, will present film clips followed by questions and answers and a book signing of his newly published work "Escape Artist: the Life and Films of John Sturges."

When: Monday, Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m.
Where: AT 120

Lovell examines Sturges's childhood in California during the Great Depression; his apprenticeship in the editing department of RKO Pictures, where he worked on such films as "Gunga Din" and "Of Human Bondage;" his service in the Army Air Corps in World War II; and his emergence as one of the first independent producer-directors in Hollywood.

Filipino American Students -- What Hinders Their Success?

A workshop for all faculty, staff and students will include a panel discussion on what hinders Filipino students' success at De Anza, handouts and resources, poetry performances and free Filipino food. Sponsored by the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE), APALI, and the Filipino American Student Club. PAA/PGA credit available.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Room A

Please RSVP to ICCE at ext. 8439.

Following Jean's Lead: Strategizing for Change at De Anza

You are invited to a retreat for faculty and staff interested in forwarding the social justice agenda at De Anza. On the first day of this school year, we lost one Jean Miller, one of the strongest voices on our campus for that agenda. For many years, faculty and staff at De Anza have been working hard to make De Anza a better place for our students, our faculty, our staff, as well as for the communities we serve. That work has involved strategizing, leadership development, and much hard work. To develop your skills and become a stronger part of that work, please come to our retreat.

When: Friday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Room A

Facilitated by Cynthia Kaufman and Eugene Rodriguez. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity. Please RSVP to Cynthia Kaufman.

Mark Your Calendars

Grand Opening of New Campus Arts Facility

Please join us in "Celebrating Creativity" -- the grand opening of our Visual & Performing Arts Center.

When: Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7

Friday: 10 a.m. -- Ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by tours, Euphrat Museum of Art opening exhibit "Looking Back, Looking Forward"

8-9 p.m. -- Piano concert by Howard Na, former De Anza student and Van Cliburn competition participant. Seating is limited.

Saturday: 7-9 p.m. -- John Russell and the De Anza Wind Ensemble

RSVP for both events by Feb. 9 to Tina Woo, ext. 8705.

A Call to Action on Climate Change

Join students, faculty and staff from more than 100 campuses across the nation for "Global Warming Solutions," and help make the world a cooler place. Tour the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies at 8:30 a.m. and then enjoy speakers, conversations with policymakers including staff for U.S. Representative Mike Honda as well as Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney, among others, and workshops on taking action.

When: Thursday, Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement, Department of Environmental Studies, WISE 37 and Students for Justice. For more information, contact Cynthia Kaufman, ext. 8887.

Blood Drive

Sponsored by De Anza Health Services and Stanford Blood Center.

When: Thursday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Campus Center, Student Council Chambers

Please allow one hour for the donation procedure. Drop-ins are welcome. To make a reservation, call the Stanford Blood Center at 888.723.7831.

Photography Exhibit

"Inside Terrorism: The X-Ray Project" uses X-rays and CT scans to explore the effects of terrorism on civilian populations worldwide.

When: Feb. 9-27
Where: De Anza Library

See the Library Web site for hours of operation.

Silicon Valley Reads Presents Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland, KGO Radio host and author of "Not a Genuine Black Man," will speak at De Anza as one of Silicon Valley Reads (http://siliconvalleyreads.org/2008-09/) events. The Silicon Valley community will be reading and discussing Copeland's funny, poignant memoir, the foundation of his popular one-man show performed in New York City and Los Angeles as well as San Francisco, where it was the longest-running solo show in the city's history.

When: Thursday, March 12, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend this free event. Please consider bringing your classes. Copeland's book will be available at the event and at the De Anza Bookstore.

New Student & Parent Open House 2009

Join Director of Outreach and Relations with Schools Rob Mieso at this new event for high school students and their parents that replaces our two weeknight student and parent events. All divisions, departments, programs and services are invited to participate. We expect a large turnout and are planning a festive and welcoming event, with music, refreshments and activities including on-site application, Counseling 100 registration, info table visits, program area tours, and breakout sessions.

When: Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Registration & Student Services Building

For more information, contact Rob Mieso, ext. 8835.

News Briefs and Updates

Welcome New Board of Trustees Member

Foothill-De Anza Community College District trustees unanimously appointed Pearl Cheng on Dec. 8, 2008 to fill the Board of Trustees' vacancy created by Paul Fong's election to the California State Assembly. Cheng has served on the Cupertino Union School District Board of Education for the past eight years, been an active advocate for public education issues, and held leadership positions with the Santa Clara County School Boards Association, representing the county's 33 public K-12 school districts. Cheng said she sought the appointment with the support of the Cupertino school board and administration and plans to resign her Cupertino school board position.

BHES Division Issues Campuswide Challenge

Last December the Biological, Health and Environmental Sciences and Workforce Education Division challenged the college to contribute to the Student Contingency Fund, which supports the Book/Bus Pass Vouchers program for students. Several Divisions responded and an additional $3,000 (above the original budget of $5,000) was given out to students for winter quarter. But, the need is far greater. In the BHES Division, there were at least 40 students in need, but only 10 vouchers -- and that was within the first two days of the quarter.

The BHES Division (which won the fall challenge) is re-issuing the challenge to the entire campus. Whenever an occasion arises to honor someone, think of the Student Contingency Fund! Whenever you have a few extra dollars, think of the students who can't get to school or buy a book. These are trying times for all of us; more so for many of our students in greatest need. Please help.

The Student Contingency Fund is account number 332124. Make checks out to De Anza College and place the account number or "Contingency Fund" on the check memo line. You may elect an automatic payroll deduction. Please turn in your donations to the Financial Aid Office (let them know about the automatic deductions, too). Make sure they know which division/area you're representing. The Financial Aid Office has kindly offered to keep track and display the competition. For more information about the fund, contact Cindy Castillo, ext. 8403.

Applications for Student Aid Hit Historic High

The Financial Aid & Scholarship Office has hit a historic milestone. It has received more FAFSA applications for 2008-09 than for all of 2007-08, and there are still six months to go for this academic year. Director Cindy Castillo predicts they will easily break the former record set in 2005-06. Financial aid staff are also reprocessing applications for students and families if they or their parents have experienced an income reduction in 2008 due to layoffs, furloughs, reduced hours, etc.

Another Sustainability Effort for Campus

In keeping with the college's commitment to sustainability, Dining Services, Custodial Services and the Grounds Department have been recycling fruit and vegetable trimmings since October 2008. The recycled trimmings are taken to a composting site on campus, and after about two months the compost is ready for use in fertilizing an herb garden and the college's landscaping. "Not only does this save money on fertilizer for the campus grounds, Dining Services will get fresh herbs this spring," says Campus Center Director Patrick Gannon. "It's great to see our organic and regular trimmings complete a full circle."

De Anza Recognized for Environmental Responsibility

On Jan. 5, Wausau Paper acknowledged that De Anza College is committed to environmental responsibility by using EcoSoft Green Seal 100% recycled paper products and presented Manny Da Silva, manager of Custodial Operations, with a framed certificate.

Child Development Center Has Openings

The center is taking applications for the 2009-2010 school year for children between the ages of 18 months to 5 years. Full-time, low-income students may be eligible for no-cost or low-cost child care. Faculty please share this information with your students. Interested students should contact Linda Koyama, ext. 8891.

Distance Learning Center Winter Training Workshops

Begin or continue your journey with the Distance Learning Center's Catalyst course management system for Web-enhanced, hybrid or distance learning courses. Upload course materials, communicate with your students through discussion forums, post assignments and quizzes, and manage grades. Workshops are scheduled in January, February and March. Contact April Qian, ext. 5399, for more information and to register.

The Employee of the Month Committee Needs Your Help!

The Classified Employee of the Month Committee is still seeking new members. Candidates should be flexible, creative team players with energy and enthusiasm for fun celebrations, interested in receiving PGA credit. The committee meets a minimum of once a month to plan for upcoming EOM celebrations and to select EOMs. If you can't serve on the committee, it only takes a few minutes to express how a Classified Professional has made an impact or impression on you with his or her hard work and dedication to the job. Contact Patty Jobs, ext. 8711.

Congratulations to De Anza Employees

Gary Lamit, CAD/Digital Imaging instructor, is the author of "My Fishing Journal," published by WalkingFish Books.

The board of trustees has approved the following personnel actions since December 2008.

Fall Quarter Hires:

Roland Baza, Custodial
Andrea Migliaccio, Admissions & Records
Sharon Pasquali, Admissions & Records

Longevity Awards: Helen Kastelic, Language Arts

Employee of the Month Awards
Photo of Sandra Sokabe Sandra Sokabe, December 2008

"I really enjoy working with the students at De Anza College," says Sokabe. "I have found that I am able to utilize both my nursing as well as counseling skills in this position, which has been great. I am also very happy to have some of the best colleagues!""

Rachelle Burt, January 2009


"After graduating from Arizona State University in 2005, I was looking for a job that could really fit my personality," Burt says. "I really enjoyed going to a community college myself and I couldn't wait to work at one. Community college offers such a diverse group of students, and I love how De Anza is really a college of the community."

Photo of Rachelle Burt
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