Welcome to Spring Quarter - April 10, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to spring quarter. I hope that faculty and students were able to enjoy the all-too-brief break between quarters. Much appreciation, as always, goes to our employees who worked throughout the break to register students and prepare for their return.
As of this morning, our enrollment is down slightly from the same time last year. We will be working over the next two weeks to get as many students as possible into as many classes as possible, for their benefit and the college's. Please encourage students to enroll in another course if they are able. The district continues to face further reductions in funding if both colleges do not meet enrollment targets.
Additional reductions in funding will also result if the state revenue measure on the November ballot fails. This, together with the presidential election, underscores the need to educate our students and ourselves about what is truly at stake in the upcoming elections, and the need to participate in the democratic process. This fall, we will hold a coordinated series of election information events, and I encourage you to participate. I'm proud that our Institute for Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE) was awarded a grant from the county Registrar of Voters to involve historically underrepresented communities in the upcoming election and is partnering with Parents for Great Education and other community groups to coordinate My Vote Our Future. See the website for details and to view two terrific short videos produced by De Anza graduate and former DASB president Marlo Custodio.

Current De Anza student leaders have been working with ICCE and administrators to plan "Funding Our Future: A Student Budget Dialogue with Legislators," a student-focused conversation sponsored by Assemblymember Jim Beall next Thursday, April 19, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B. Two De Anza College students will serve as panelists with other Bay Area students, and several other area legislators will also participate. Please encourage students to attend and consider bringing your classes.
My very best wishes for spring quarter.

Brian Murphy

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