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April 8, 2009

Marisa Spatafore

Lois Jenkins

College to Host California Studies Association Conference, Community Service Learning and Sustainability Management Plan Workshops

CUPERTINO -- De Anza College will host three major community engagement events during the month of April. President Brian Murphy will speak at each. Details follow.

"Debugging the Silicon Dream: Real Life in a Virtual World"

California Studies Association Annual Conference
Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B
Free; $35 donation includes one-year membership in C

Three hundred scholars, students, artists and activists will gather to explore the forces shaping Silicon Valley--including the economic crisis; political organizing and community leadership; and the natural and social geographies of the region and the state--and their impact on culture, landscape and lives.

The conference will also launch a South Bay Studies Working Group for researchers and practitioners engaged in building a deeper understanding of Silicon Valley in order to address its social issues.

The many notable speakers will include Sarah Lacy, journalist, author and co-host of "tech-ticker," Yahoo Finance; Chris O'Brien, columnist, San José Mercury News; Terry Christensen, researcher, writer and political science professor, San José State University; Blanca Alvarado, former member, Santa Clara Co. Board of Supervisors; Raj Jayadev, founder, Silicon Valley DeBug magazine; and Dennis King, executive director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley. Featured authors will include Ellen Ullman, "The Bug"; Paulina Borsook, "Cyberselfish"; and Patrick Dillon, "The Last Best Thing."

Visit the conference Web site for more information.

"Stand in the Place Where You Live"

De Anza College Institute of Community & Civic Engagement (ICCE) Workshop
Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
California History Center

This American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) regional workshop is designed to support efforts to establish service-learning programs and strengthen programs within community colleges. The keynote presentation will be delivered by De Anza President Brian Murphy, whose long history with community and civic engagement includes his previous position as executive director of San Francisco State University's Urban Institute, a premier service learning organization and model. The workshop will also include a segment on how to more fully engage Pacific Islander students. ICCE advances education for democracy with full participation of all communities as its core value.

The newest ICCE project is with the city of Cupertino's Block Leader and Leaders in Training Programs and Mark Linder, director of Cupertino Parks and Recreation Department. Linder is also serving as a panelist at "Debugging the Silicon Dream: Real Life in a Virtual World" (above).

Visit the ICCE conference Web site for more information.

"Focus De Anza: Live the Change"

De Anza College Environmental Advisory Group (CEAG) Sustainability Management Plan Event
Tuesday, April 28, 1:30-3 p.m.
Campus Center Conference Room A

De Anza College is a green campus for a green community. Community members are invited to participate in this interactive event focusing on De Anza's Sustainability Management Plan (SMP), adopted by all levels of campus governance and one of the first such plans in higher education nationwide. CEAG developed and is implementing the plan and welcomes members from the community at large.

The event will explore "living the change": daily actions to make the campus sustainable in regard to air, land and water as well as, more broadly, community vibrancy, environmental stewardship, social equity and financial responsibility.

Using De Anza's award-winning Dining Services and its Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies as highlights, the CEAG team of students, faculty, staff and community members will show how the SMP process -- a "Plan-Do-Check-Act" approach -- provides a way to measure and continually reduce the college community's impact on the environment. The key areas of focus in De Anza's SMP include community and civic engagement; energy conservation and efficiency; green building construction and renovation; landscaping; purchasing; waste minimization and pollution; and water use.

Visit the SMP Web site for more information.

De Anza College consistently ranks as one of the top institutions in California in transferring students to the UC and CSU systems. The college provides an average of 24,000 students each quarter with general education and vocational courses as well as interdisciplinary studies, community service opportunities, on-the-job-training, internships, collaborative programs with businesses and industries, and online and television classes. Read more about De Anza at

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