Campus Memo November 21, 2011

Around Campus

Save the Date for Holiday Reception

Join your colleagues for some holiday cheer and refreshments on Monday, Dec. 12, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Campus Center's Fireside Room. Watch for your e-vite!


Free Mental Health Workshops for Students

There are two workshops remaining in the series presented by De Anza College Psychological and Health Services.

  • Anxiety: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Conference Room A
  • Depression: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Conference Room A

These workshops are open De Anza students and guests. They are educational and not intended to provide diagnosis or treatment. For more information on the presenter, Phil Boissiere, MFT, visit


Accreditation 2011 Update

Thank you to the campus community for your participation in meetings and events during the Evaluation Team visit Oct. 24-27. Team members met with individuals and attended regularly scheduled college meetings, including those of the

  • Instructional Planning and Budget Team
  • Student Services Planning and Budget Team
  • Campus Budget
  • DASB Senate

Members also met with representatives of

  • College Council
  • Academic Senate
  • Classified Senate
  • Finance and Educational Resources Planning and Budget Team
  • Student Learning Outcomes Steering Committee
  • Governance Task Force
  • Campus Planning Committee

Campuswide events included

  • Two open forums
  • Exit report

At the Exit report, the Evaluation Team chair commended the college on its engaged and active student body; its commitment to sustainability and environmental education; its commitment to equity and diversity; the quality and leadership of our board of trustees; and the outstanding work of the Office of Staff and Organizational Development. The team chair will submit the team’s report to ACCJC, which at its January 2012 meeting will take action regarding the reaffirmation of De Anza's accreditation.


Fall Exhibition at Euphrat Museum of Art

“Bridging Generations: De Anza Collects” is a re-visioning of the college’s Art on Campus collection with a look at art and globalization. The exhibition features award-winning works by De Anza students from 1971 to 2011 with a selection of contemporary paintings, sculpture, photos and textiles from West Africa. The exhibition runs through Dec. 8. For more information see

California History Center Hosts New Exhibit

The exhibition is based on the book “Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California” by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi. Fourteen interpretive panels of photographs and texts tell the stories of ordinary people capable of extraordinary acts, who fought violations of their civil liberties in California, reflecting the prejudices and political winds of the times. The exhibit runs through Dec. 2. For more information see

Athletics Update

Togo’s Delta Bowl: De Anza vs. San Joaquin Delta
Watch our Football Team take on #9 ranked San Joaquin Delta at 1p.m. Saturday, Nov 19.
De Anza College: 7 wins 3 losses #10 rank in NorCal vs. San Joaquin Delta College: 6 wins 4 losses #9 rank in NorCal.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country in State Championships

For the fifth consecutive year, both teams are going to Woodward Park, Fresno, on Saturday, Nov. 19. for the State Championship competition.

De Anza College Athletics Named 2010-2011 Coast Conference All-Sports Winner 

Congratulations to all the student-athletes, coaches and staff who are members of De Anza College Athletics. For the fourth year in a row, De Anza was named the 2010-11 Coast Conference All-Sports Award Winner in May of this year.

Women’s Cross Country Team Wins Back-to-Back Championships 

Congratulations to Cross County Coach Nick Mattis and his team, who won the Coast Conference Championship for the third time in four years on Oct. 26, and the NorCal Championship on Nov. 5, the second championship since 2005. Four De Anza team members made the Second Team All-Norcal:

  • Oddessy Tapia, 8th place
  • Alexa Torres, 11th place
  • Dominique Guinnane, 12th place
  • Kristine Talbot, 14th place

Freshman Tapia was named overall individual Coast Conference Champion. Mattis was named the 2011 NorCal Coach of the Year for Cross Country, and the team qualified for the state meet.

Men's Cross Country Team Makes Strong Showing 

Coach Mattis’ Men’s Cross Country Team finished in fourth place in the Coast Conference, with sophomore Daniel Damian earning top runner on the team. The men’s team also qualified for the state meet, which makes this the fifth year in a row that both men’s and women’s teams have qualified for that competition.

Halls of Fame Tap Former and Current De Anza Coaches 

Art Lambert, retired Water Polo coach, was inducted into the San Jose Sports Authority Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, 2011. Lambert coached at De Anza, San Jose State and Stanford. He was the coach for the 1971 state championship team at De Anza, and joined Rudy Gallindo, Dan Pastorini, Peter Ueberroth and Kristi Yamaguchi in this year’s induction.


Bob Wegman, retired Water Polo coach, will be inducted into the California Community College Water Polo Coaches Hall of Fame on Nov. 19 at Cerritos College in Norwalk. Wegman coached two Men’s Water Polo teams to the State Championships.


Coach Kulwant Singh will be inducted into the California Community College Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame on Dec. 1 at Cosumnes River College in Elk Grove. Singh’s Women’s Soccer Team won two State Championships, four NorCal Championships and one California Scholar-Team Award. His Men’s Soccer Team also won two State Championships and one California Scholar-Team Award.

Student News

Student Newspaper Wins Awards 

Several De Anza journalism students and instructor Cecilia Deck attended the Journalism Association of Community College’s (JACC) annual statewide convention in April 2011 in Sacramento and brought home eight awards, including General Excellence for La Voz Weekly. De Anza competed against approximately 50 community colleges.

  • General Excellence Newspaper – La Voz Weekly
  • Enterprise Story/Series – Refugio Garcia, Kelsey Lester-Perry, Armando Luna, Aliyah Mohammed and Laura Wenus
  • News Photo – 4th place, Justin Taylor
  • Web/Broadcast News – Honorable Mention La Voz Weekly Staff
  • Editorial Writing – Honorable Mention La Voz Weekly Editorial Board
  • News Judgment/Layout Broadsheet – 1st place, Israel Gutierrez
  • Copy Editing – 3rd place, Michael Mannina
  • Feature Story – 4th place, William Ferguson

Journalism students received several more awards at the JACC Northern California conference in Sacramento on Nov. 12, competing with 220 students from 20 other colleges. The live contest awards included:

  • Copy Editing – 2nd place, Michael Mannina
  • News Story – 3rd place, Bruce Druzin
  • News Story – Honorable Mention, Leila Forouhi

For the 2010-2011 academic year:

  • Online Newspaper – General Excellence
  • Front Page Layout – 1st place, Israel Gutierrez and Michael Mannina
  • Illustration – 2nd place and Honorable Mention, Galen Oback
De Anza Students Participate in National Art Competition

Two De Anza students, Sea Eun Kook and Irina Polyakova, entered the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 25th annual Student Art Competition, hosted this year by Miami Dade College. Kook’s “Landscape of Library” is a scene from De Anza’s library and expresses the beauty of books. Polyakova’s “Corner Table” evokes the culture and beauty of past centuries. Photos of the entries were published in the competition’s booklet.


De Anza's Flea Market One of Most Popular in Northern California

In the February 2011 edition of AAA’s Via Magazine, De Anza’s Flea Market was rated a Readers’ Favorite. Gilroy resident Shirley Trevino called it a “little treasure” with “incredible collectibles, vintage clothing, homemade gifts, jewelry and more.”

Faculty and Staff News

Set Up Your Emergency Notification

In the event of an emergency, including a power outage, campus closure or other urgent situation, De Anza can notify you via text message. Login to MyPortal and enter or update the phone number(s) that you want to use to receive such messages.


Associate Registrar Honored for Innovation 

Pat Fifield, who just retired, was given the Spirit of Innovation award for her work with Credentials, Inc. in developing the electronic transcript arrangement with the University of Phoenix. The award was announced in April at the annual California Association of Community College Registrars and Admissions Officers conference.


De Anza Dining Featured in Culinary Magazine

On-Campus Hospitality Magazine offers a review of “Grilled Cheese Mania” at De Anza College in its September 2011 edition. Building upon last year’s successful World Risotto tour, De Anza Dining offered six variations on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich during the summer. Campus Center Director Patrick Gannon and Executive Chef Paul Figliomeni cooked up the original grilled cheese recipes for students and purchases went up by 41 percent. The surprising most popular choice: grilled cheese Spam.


Arts & Schools Program Honored by State 

The Euphrat Museum’s Arts & Schools Program was part of a statewide award in September 2011, “Outstanding Stormwater News, Information, Outreach and Media Program,” from the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) for its development and implementation of Sunnyvale’s Earth Care Kidz youth program. The program’s goal is to teach youth to take responsibility for their actions and choices, which can have positive impacts on their neighborhood and environment.


English Instructor Named Poet Laureate

Dave Denny was recently named the inaugural Cupertino Poet Laureate for a two-year term. He was inducted at a special ceremony in late September, and hosted his first poetry reading as laureate in October. First Words featured poetry readings from several poets from the local community and drew more than 40 people. Denny’s book “The Plebeian on the Front Porch” will be released in January through Finish Line Press.


Asian American Studies Department Honored by County 

Santa Clara County named De Anza’s Asian American Studies Department its “Asian American Hero” this year. Department Chair Michael Chang and other Asian American Studies faculty were invited to a special luncheon on Nov. 1, where each faculty member received a recognition certificate.

Four FHDA Employees Give Presentations at Banner Conference 

Cindy Castillo (Financial Aid), Rachel Tai (Cashiering), Kathleen Moberg (Admissions & Records), and Susan Malmgren (District EIS Training) all made session presentations on Financial Aid Disbursements and the Student Dashboard at the 3CBG (California Community College Banner Group) conference in September.


TRG Produces Financial Aid Video

Marty Kahn and his Technology Resources Group produced a short video in August for the Financial Aid Office website. The video gives students a brief introduction on how to apply for financial aid. This is one of dozens of instructional and student support videos produced last year for Instruction and Student Services. Creating the video was as simple as Financial Aid Director Cindy Castillo sitting down in the studio and describing how to apply for financial aid. Her audio, video and computer screen shots were all combined in real time into one Quicktime video. To view the Financial Aid video, see For more information about TRG, see


Outreach Office Hosts Conferences 

The Office of Outreach and Relations with Schools hosted its annual High School Partners Conference at De Anza on Oct. 27. More than 40 high schools and community-based organizations were represented at the event. Outreach will be holding other major events this year, including:

  • African American Student Conference, Feb. 8
  • Latina/o Student Conferences, March 1 and 15
  • Filipino/Pacific Islander Student Conference, April 26
  • New Student & Parent Open House, May 12

All student conferences are held in the Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Contact Rob Mieso for information on participating in the conferences.


Donate Your Car 

Consider donating your vehicle to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation and get a tax deduction and the satisfaction of helping the colleges. The Foundation will handle all the paperwork and pick up your vehicle. For more information, contact the Foundation at ext. 6230,, or visit


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. Nomination forms are online.

Congratulations to De Anza Employees

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

New HiresGregory Anderson, dean of Learning Resources; Tony Arellano, Campus Facilities Rental coordinator; David Byars, Library technician; Angela Caballero de Cordero, dean of Counseling and Matriculation; Ricardo Delgado, Learning Resources instructional support technician; Debra Dobosz, Nursing instructor; Sabina Gebreab, Bookstore customer support associate; Justin Gilmore, Financial Aid Outreach assistant; Cecilia Hui, Librarian; Jayme Johnson, High Tech Center Training Unit specialist/instructor; Zachary Judson, Mathematics instructor; Victoria Kahler, Learning Resources instructional support technician; Krisan Kulusch, Health Services; Julie Lewis, African American Studies instructor; James Mailhot, Mathematics instructor; David Morales, OTI job developer; Ron Stewart, High Tech Center Training Unit specialist/instructor; Danny Tran, Mathematics instructor; Mai Trung, EDC tutorial assistant; Steve Wolfe, Mathematics instructor


Longevity AwardsRose Angelo, Disability Support Services; Melodie Cheney, Admissions & Records; Nicholas Huynh, Financial Aid; Cindy Nakayama, Admissions & Records

Professional Achievement AwardsAdrienne Pierre, Counseling

Professional Growth AwardsCarlita Alamban, OTI; Stacy Chapman, Deaf Services; Sarah Corrao, Financial Aid; Michelle Doan, PSME; Lily Greene, Student Services; Andy Huynh, Counseling; Greg Knittel, Learning Resources; Joy Lu, Business/CIS; Ellen Mann, Adapted Physical Education; Virginia Marquez, EOPS; Kevin Metcalf, TRG; Quan Peng, Admissions & Records; Cynthia Smith, Budget & Personnel; Sandra Sokabe, Health Services; Matt Trosper, Physical Education; Patricia Weinberg, Assessment

PromotionsMelissa Aguilar, Learning Resources


ReassignmentsKaren Oeh, Student Success Center

ReclassificationsSofia Abad, Biological & Health Sciences; Marilyn Cheung, International Student Programs; Olga Evert, Academic Services; Michael Hegglund, Community Education Program


Service Recognition AwardsJesus Garcia, Grounds


TransfersRene Rivas Sanchez, Custodial Services

Employee of the Month Awards

Rosa Sousa, December 2011

Rosa Sousa has worked at De Anza College as a custodian for nearly 10 years. “I like working at De Anza, especially with my co-workers and our students,” Sousa says. “They always make me smile and feel happy.
Read more.

Rosa Sousa
Lois Jenkins

Lois Jenkins, November 2011


Lois Jenkins likes working in a creative environment, which the Marketing Office provides on a daily basis. What she likes best about working at
De Anza is “the opportunity to have great friends and colleagues across campus to work, talk and laugh with every day. I’m proud to be part of a college that puts students first.” Read more.

Silvia Bichler, October 2011


Being a De Anza student and immigrant herself and speaking six languages helps Bichler establish an immediate connection to most students. “I like when their faces light up because they feel heard and helped and understood.” Read more.

Silvia Bichler

Annie Kong

Annie Kong, June 2011


Custodian Annie Kong has worked at De Anza for 13 years, and considers the campus her second home. “I learned English from courses that I took at De Anza,” Kong says. “Consequently, I am happy working here and giving back to De Anza students and staff.” Read more.


Lori Susi, May 2011

“I like my job because it’s very creative, which is an essential part of who I am,” Susi says. “It gives me a chance every day to exercise my creativity and collaborate on producing quality designs and messages for the college.” Read more.
Lori Susi
Vida Ajdarian

Vida Ajdarian, April 2011


Ajdarian explains that her job is to provide services, education and job training to clients with developmental disabilities, as well as clients with a dual diagnosis. “We enable students to achieve an optimum level of functional independence resulting in community-based employment,” she says. “I’m passionate about my job, and I truly enjoy working with our clients.” Read more.

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