The De Anza College Press Release Archives
The latest news about events, activities, plans, awards, and students at De Anza College
- 2,000 Spectators Expected to Witness the Annual "Duel at De Anza" Autocross - May 11, 2000
The annual "Duel at De Anza" autocross, which draws an average of 2,000 spectators each year and attracts competitors from throughout California, will take place in Parking Lot B at De Anza College on Sunday, May 21, at 9 a.m.
- Theatre Arts Department to Make Pilgrimage to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - May 8, 2000
This fall, college students can travel to England with the Foothill-De Anza Study Abroad Program, provided that they sign up for the trip before the June 15 deadline.
- De Anza College to Host Community Health Fair 2000 - April 27, 2000
De Anza College, in conjuction with Foothill College, will host the annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the De Anza campus.
- De Anza College Student Newspaper Staff Wins Honors at Journalism Conference - April 26, 2000
The staff of La Voz, the student newspaper of De Anza College, took three awards for their work in 1999 and one award for an on-the-spot competition at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges' conference in Fresno on April 14 and 15.
- De Anza College to Host its 20th Annual Pow Wow - April 26, 2000
The 20th annual De Anza College Pow Wow and American Indian Arts and Film Festival will take place on May 5, 6 and 7 in the college's Outdoor Events Arena.
- De Anza Music Department to Host the 19th Annual Patnoe Jazz Festival - April 26, 2000
The critically acclaimed Jeff Hamilton Trio will perform as guest artists at De Anza's 19th annual Herb Patnoe Festival on May 11 and 12.
- De Anza College Launches Travel/Study Program with U.S. History - April 26, 2000
This summer, De Anza students enrolling in special sections of History 17A and 17B will have the opportunity to visit some of America's most historic places through the college's Travel/Study Program.
- The Carillon Tradition Returns to De Anza College this Month - April 11, 2000
Beginning in early April, beautiful bell music is once again filling the air at De Anza College in the same tradition as the inspirational sounds of the Campanile at the University of California at Berkeley.
- New Infant and Toddler Development Center to Open in April - March 24, 2000
The latest addition to the De Anza family is due to arrive next month.
- De Anza College Literature Department Organizing Trip to Shakespeare Festival - March 15, 2000
This Labor Day, forget the barbecue. Students signing up for Shakespeare in Performance during De Anza College's summer session will receive some serious cultural immersion as they spend the holiday weekend with the bard at the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
- De Anza College to Host Seminars for Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute - March 15, 2000
The Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute will present "Bridging the Gap," a series of three seminars to be held on the De Anza College campus on April 8, April 20, and May 20.
- DaimlerChrysler Delivers $10,000 Grant to Automotive Technology Program - March 2, 2000
The DaimlerChrysler Motors Corporation gave De Anza College's Automotive Technology Program a welcome boost on March 1, by presenting a $10,000 check to buy equipment and supplies for use in the college's Chrysler Dealer Apprenticeship Program.
- De Anza College Students Selected for the All-California Academic Team - March 1, 2000
De Anza College Honors Students Ju Yuen Lee and Colin Underwood have been named to the 2000 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Academic Team, a national competition sponsored by USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.
- De Anza College Offers Early Enrollment as Spring Quarter Approaches - February 23, 2000
This spring, continuing De Anza students who want to get a jump on fall quarter enrollment will have a better shot at securing their fall class schedules when the college launches its new early registration process.
- De Anza College Launches Childcare-Assisted Math Program - February 23, 2000
With quality day-care servies increasingly in demand in the Silicon Valley, free childcare is almost unheard of. However, De Anza math instructor Lenore De Silets felt that parents taking their first math courses have enough to worry about without stressing over what to do with their children while they study.
- Articulation and Transfer Agreements Provide a Smoother Path for De Anza Students - Februay 23, 2000
De Anza College's transfer rate is nearly double California's average transfer rate for community colleges. Now, transferring to the College of Notre Dame will be even easier with a new agreement between the colleges.
- De Anza College Student Mural Project Set to Begin - February 11, 2000
The different cultures coexisting on the De Anza College campus will be highlighted this summer when eight art students complete work on the college's first mural, a culmination of ten months of student collaboration and design.
- Wanted: Online Mentors to Encourage Women to Be Engineers and Scientists - February 8, 2000
The MentorNet Community College Connection, a new initiative in collaboration with De Anza College, is looking for engineers and scientists to mentor college women students majoring in engineering, technology, related sciences or math.
- De Anza College Microbiology Instructor Receives 1999 Faculty Award - January 31, 2000
Doris Spanggord, a microbiology instructor at De Anza College and a former instructor at San Jose State University, was named the recipient of the 1999 Community College Faculty Award for her excellence in teaching.
- Professor Stephen Hawking Visits De Anza College- January 24, 2000
Professor Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University visited De Anza College on Friday, January 21, and delivered the Universe in a nutshell.
- Incoming Editor-in-Chief Brings Award-Winning Experience to Position - January 14, 2000
Meet Chris Pommier, the new editor-in-chief of La Voz, De Anza College's award-winning student newspaper.
- Cornell University Selects De Anza College as an Origination Site - January 14, 2000
The teaching expertise of one Cornell University instructor is being broadcast to the University of Singapore via De Anza College in Cupertino. Professor John Nesheim has chosen De Anza to serve as the origination site of a Cornell distance-learning class, "Converting Good Ideas to World-Class Start-ups."
- Civil Rights Leader Robert Moses to Appear at De Anza College - January 14, 2000
Civil rights leader Robert Moses will speak at De Anza College as part of its Visiting Speaker Series on Monday, Feb. 7, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Conference Room B of the Hinson Campus Center.
- De Anza Colleg's Film/Televison Department to Showcase its Best Student Work - October 25, 1999
If you are a movie buff, potential filmmaker, or film/television professional, don't miss the chance to view the best films and videos ever produced by De Anza College students at a special showing on Nov. 19.
- De Anza College Actors' Ensemble Debuts Rough Cuts - October 15, 1999
The De Anza College Actors' Ensemble will present "Rough Cuts," a series of student performance recitals of works in progress.
- De Anza College Offers a Free Jazz Workshop - October 5, 1999
Whether you are a jazz student or desire to learn more about jazz performance, soloing or improvisation, plan to attend the free jazz workshop at De Anza College on Monday, Oct. 11.
- Duan Kubo Receives National Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Work - October 1, 1999
In recognition of his 30 years of contributions as a filmmaker, community activist and educator, Duane Kubo of De Anza College was named the recipient of the 1999 Steve Tatsukawa Memorial Fund Award.
- De Anza College's Child Development Center to Almost Double in Size - October 1, 1999
The Child Development and Education Division at De Anza College is one step closer to dramatically increasing its services and almost doubling the size of its Child Development Center.
- Train California Community College Faculty in Technology - June 25, 1999
Community college educators throughout the state and policy makers in Sacramento realize the potential to improve teaching and learning through the appropriate uses of technology.
- Meet Two Outstanding Graduates of De Anza College's Class of 1999 - June 14, 1999
Some 1,225 students, one of the largest graduation classes in the college's 32-year history, are eligible to participate in De Anza College's commencement on Friday, June 25.
- De Anza College's Chamber Orchestra to Perform Friday, June 18 - June 10, 1999
De Anza College's Music Department and Savannah-Chanel Vineyards will present the De Anza Chamber Orchestra in concert on Friday, June 18, at 7 p.m.
- San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales to Present Graduation Keynote Address - June 7, 1999
San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, who studied liberal arts at De Anza College from 1969 to 1971, will give the commencement keynote address at his alma mater on Friday, June 25, at 4 p.m. in the Outdoor Events Arena.
- Experience the Best Student Films and Videos of 1998-99 - June 2, 1999
The college community and general public are encouraged to attend De Anza College's 20th Annual Student Film and Video Show to see the best student-produced short films and videos of the academic year.
- De Anza College Graduate Awarded a $20,000 UCSC Scholarship - June 1, 1999
De Anza College student John Clarke, a resident of San Jose, who graduated cum laude in liberal arts, will transfer to the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) this fall with the assistance of a $20,000 scholarship to be distributed over two years.
- The Summer Session at De Anza College Starts on Monday, June 28 - May 25, 1999
De Anza College's summer classes begin on June 28 with six-week, eight-week and 11-week sessions.
- Edwina Stoll of De Anza College Honored for Distinguished Teaching - May 25, 1999
Edwina Stoll of Sunnyvale, a De Anza College speech communication instructor, was named the recipient of the 1999 Distinguished Professional Service Award in early May by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
- Leadership Skills for College Students - May 24, 1999
Michael Chang, executive director of the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI), announced that a summer camp on leadership and communication for college students will be held at De Anza College for the first time and will serve as the institute's kickoff program.
- Two De Anza College Staff Receive Grants from the Latina Leadership Network - May 19, 1999
De Anza College counselor Alicia Cortez of San Jose recently was awarded the 1999 Latina Leadership Network (LLN) Employee Grant for her project entitled "The Chicana/Latina History Project."
- De Anza College Student Newspaper Earns Accolades - May 15, 1999
The staff at La Voz, De Anza College's student newspaper, earned nine awards at the annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) conference held last month at California State University, Fresno.
- Judy Miner Named Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College - May 3, 1999
Judy Miner, who has been an administrator and educator at De Anza College since 1988, has been named the college's chief instructional officer.
- De Anza's Herb Patnoe Jazz Festival to Host Hundreds of Music Students - April 27, 1999
More than 400 high school and college students from throughout California will participate in De Anza College's Herb Patnoe Memorial Jazz Festival on Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14, on the Cupertino campus.
- De Anza's 19th Annual Pow Wow Join in a Celebration of American Indian Cultures - April 19, 1999
American Indian arts and cultures will be celebrated at the 19th Annual Pow Wow and American Indian Arts and Film Festival at De Anza College on Friday through Sunday, April 30 to May 2
- Ulysses Pichon Receives National Recognition for Exceptional Teaching - April 16, 1999
Ulysses Pichon of Cupertino, a reading and writing instructor at De Anza College for 24 years, received national recognition earlier this month from the Center for the Study of Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
- An Identification Card That Just Got Smart at De Anza College - April 16, 1999
A smart, highly sophisticated identification card has just arrived at De Anza College to make life (and business) more convenient for thousands of students and hundreds of employees.
- Cisco Systems and HP Support Technology Efforts at De Anza College - April 14, 1999
De Anza College is furthering its commitment to provide students with up-to-the-minute technology through partnerships with industry giants Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard, both headquartered in Silicon Valley.
- Vietnamese Traditions to Be Highlighted at an Annual De Anza Event - April 6, 1999
To help celebrate Vietnamese culture and traditions, more than 1,000 members of the campus community and general public are expected to attend a special spring performance sponsored by De Anza College's Vietnamese Student Association (VSA).
- De Anza College to Provide Students with a Global Adventure - March 31, 1999
For the first time, De Anza College and Raleigh International have linked together to provide a service-oriented, global adventure program specifically for young people.
- Wooden Sculpture Now on Display - March 18, 1999
The public, especially those who love art and motorcycles, may drop by De Anza College in Cupertino to see an extraordinary 4,000-piece wooden sculpture in the lobby of the Learning Center during the week of March 22 and April 5.
- Michael Henders and Tina Tran Selected for the All-California Team - March 17, 1999
Two De Anza College students, Michael Henders of Santa Clara and Tina Tran of San Jose, have been named to the 1999 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Academic Team and will be honored at a luncheon in Sacramento on April 5.
- De Anza College Offers New Classes in the Spring Quarter - March 12, 1999
De Anza College continues to offer a variety of new courses designed to meet the needs of its students. There's still time to enroll in spring quarter classes which begin on Monday, April 5.
- Spring Quarter Registration - March 5, 1999
It's not too late to apply and register for spring quarter credit classes at De Anza College. The first day of instruction is Monday, April 5.
- De Anza's Terri O'Connor Named the 1999 National Communicator of the Year - March 4, 1999
In early March, Terri O'Connor, De Anza College's director of Marketing, Communications and Development, will be presented with the most prestigious community college marketing award in the country by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).
- New Career Center - March 3, 1999
To better serve students and Silicon Valley companies, De Anza College unveiled its new Center for Career Opportunities which will centralize current employment service programs.
Reprinted with permission from La Voz, the De Anza College Newspaper
January 24, 2000
The Scientist in Us All
by Bryan Rockstroh
The smile is what gets you. It strikes without warning and when it hits it seems to change Stephen Hawking from a wheelchair-bound physicist to a mischievous grandfather who would sooner play a practical joke on you than spend a lifetime trying to decipher God's master plan.
When you get close to him you are struck by a powerful sense of presence. It's as if he is real, and everything around him is made false for a little while. Then he leaves, and the world releases a held breath, as if a tiny black hole has passed through the room.
Professor Stephen Hawking visited De Anza College on Friday, Jan. 21, and addressed a wall-to-wall crowd for lunch in the Hinson Campus Center. The Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, dressed in a relaxed red-and-blue plaid shirt, spoke to the students through the voice synthesizer on his wheelchair for about twenty minutes on the topic of "Awakening the Scientist in All of Us."
Mentor Graphics was prominently on display as students, staff, and faculty gave Hawking their complete attention.
Well, almost. At the height of Hawking's talk I looked in the corner of the cafeteria and noticed a couple of students studying. That's devotion.
Astronomy instructor Sherwood Harrington conducted the question-and-answer session following the talk. Students wrote questions down on slips of paper and handed them in before the lecture began, and some of the representative questions were directed at Hawking
It takes him some time to answer each question because he has to compose the answer on the computer on his wheelchair, word by word. It's a long process that seems to underscore the quiet determination of the man. During the lapse between question and answer, other non-scientific
questions were thrown at his assistant, Chris Burgoyne.
"What kind of music does he listen to?" one student asked.
"He listens to ear-bleeding Wagner," replied Burgoyne.
"Why did he go to Vietnam?" another wanted to know. Burgoyne started to reply but Hawking appeared to cut him short, preferring to respond to the question on his own.
"I went to Vietnam to visit a child my wife and I had sponsored," Hawking revealed. "We had a wonderful time, and the girl will visit us at Cambridge this summer."
As for students considering a career in physics, he said, "my advice to those who want to do physics is to do well in math. Mathematics and physics are good choices for the physically
disabled because they are all in the mind."
Addresses Sold-out Flint Center
"Can you hear me?" he asked the Flint Center audience later that evening. The metallic voice seemed to come from far away, and it was suddenly all so amazing - that Hawking could communicate with us, that he was there at De Anza, and that he was alive at all.
He delivered "The Universe in a Nutshell," as promised.
"I have been asked to say a little about myself, what I have achieved, and what obstacles I have had to overcome" Hawking said. "I think my greatest achievement is being alive today."
In 1963 Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Doctors said he would be dead by 1966.
"The prospect of an early death concentrated my mind wonderfully," he said.
He is one of the world's longest-lived ALS patients. He contributes his survival to vitamins. Others might contribute it a strong sense of purpose, as if Hawking has plans that a stroke of bad luck cannot stop.
Following his lecture was another question-and-answer session.
On whether or not scientists are close to finding the Grand Unified Theory underwriting the whole of the universe? Hawking replied that twenty years ago he stated there was a fifty-fifty chance of discovering the secrets within twenty years. Now, twenty years later, he says there's still a
fifty-fifty chance of finding the secrets within twenty years.
His favorite Shakespearean play? Julius Caesar. "It is the only play in which I ever acted, though that is not the reason it is my favorite."
Unlike the luncheon, during the Q&A at the Flint Center the audience was left to fend for itself while Hawking composed his answers. At one point he announced to his assistant that he
was ready, and when Burgoyne dutifully bounded back onstage he was told to go away.
"No?" Burgoyne asked, confused. "You're not ready, that was just you fooling me?" He paused. "Right. Okay," he muttered, turning to walk offstage. The practical joker strikes again.
Bringing Hawking to the college took a lot of work. "It was a fluke," said De Anza president Martha Kanter. She learned that Hawking was in California through Terry Bristol of the
Institute for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. There was a chance he might be able to come to De Anza, but sponsors would have to be found.
"I admired Dr. Hawking," said Kanter, "and who knew when he would come back to the West Coast?" Sponsors came forward and over a thousand students from local high schools and colleges came to see Hawking.
"One student came to me and cried afterward," Kanter recalled. "He had lost both parents to ALS."
I got to meet Hawking, briefly. After getting past the Mentor Graphics public relations people, I was ushered into the Santa Cruz room. There was Stephen Hawking. But Burgoyne told me Hawking was hungry and there would be no more time for questions. Hawking had already steered his chair toward the door, ready to leave.
Burgoyne offered to deliver my questions to Hawking via email later that evening and then politely but firmly showed me the door. Janice Winkel from De Anza's marketing department was waiting on the other side with her camera. The timing was absolutely beautiful. "Let's get a picture," she
Burgoyne looked back at Hawking and shook his head and then appeared to reconsider.
"Sure," he said. "But quickly."
Winkel snapped three quick pictures. I thanked Hawking and Burgoyne, left the room, and broke into a smile that stayed there for the rest of the day.