A Major Transition!
More than 16,000 students made a successful transition to a fully online spring quarter at De Anza, with the assistance of the faculty, classified professional staff and administrators – almost all of them working from home!
Doing Our PartDe Anza faculty, staff, students and alums are pitching in to help others during this unusual time.
Notable Accomplishments of Online Spring
NEW! Student-Athletes Show Solidary With Black Lives Matter Video
De Anza’s student-athletes aren't able to practice or compete together this spring, but they came together virtually to produce a new video in solidarity with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The idea started with Adee Newman, secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), who worked with SAAC members and fellow athletes to develop the project. All told, 39 student-athletes took part by recording and submitting their own videos and collaborating on the opening and closing statements.
The separate clips were edited and assembled by Sarah Wallace, women’s facilities and equipment assistant. Louise Madrigal, the SAAC adviser and Athletics counselor, also helped with the project.
NEW! Emergency Financial Assistance for De Anza Students
De Anza College has distributed almost $2 million in financial assistance to students who were adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, related stay-at-home health directives and the college’s shift to online instruction before the end of winter quarter. Lisa Mandy, director of Financial Aid and Scholarships reported the following as of June 15.
CARES Act Funds
- $1.82 million distributed to 2,713 students who showed financial need by qualifying for the Pell Grant.
- Each student received $250, $500 or $750, based on the official federal calculation of their family’s financial need.
- Additional funds may be distributed, up to a total of $3.6 million available under the CARES Act
Financial Aid Contingency Funds
- $54,000 distributed to 94 students who were not eligible for CARES funding
Emergency Aid for Dreamers
- $25,000 distributed to 21 students
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
- $75,000 distributed in response to emergency fund requests before the CARES Act took effect
- $18,300 distributed for computer purchases from the Bookstore ($5,000 from Promise program and $8,300 from Financial Aid Contingency Funds)
Athletics Coaches Offer Encouraging Message in New Video
"De Anza Together" is the theme of a short video created by the Athletics Department to offer support and encouragement to students and student-athletes – who haven't been able to practice or compete with their teams since March.
The project was coordinated by Jason Damjanovic, head men’s basketball coach, and Sarah Wallace, facilities and equipment assistant, who combined separate recorded messages from Athletics Director Kulwant Singh and all 10 head coaches at the college. “We miss seeing you all in person,” Singh says in the video, adding, “We will all get through this together.”
Students Take Part in Virtual Job Fair
More than 125 students and almost 40 employers participated in a Virtual Job Fair held via Zoom video on May 7. The event featured separate breakout sessions for students interested in a variety of employment fields, including business and accounting, child development and education, health and STEM. Organizers included De Anza’s Career Services, Career Training and STEM Success programs, along with the De Anza Job Fair Club and the Foothill College Workforce Development program.
Euphrat Student Art Show Goes Online
While you can’t visit the Euphrat Museum this spring, you can still be awed by the talent of De Anza students whose works are featured in a special Virtual Art Show organized by museum director Diana Argabrite, with assistance from Alex Harrell and Juan Diaz of the Office of Communications webteam.
Music Students Find New Ways to Harmonize
Music chair Ilan Glasman's Vintage Singers class is experimenting with audio recordings that blend samples from 20 or more choral students singing individual parts. Student Sky Ward mixes them together with the help of music editing software. Instructors are also leading students in ensemble orchestra practices via Zoom video.
After converting lesson plans, exercises and exams, instructors are teaching all spring classes online. By comparison, about 20% of classes have been online in recent quarters.
- In the month before spring classes began, more than 600 faculty and staff members took part in online training through the Online Education Center and Office of Professional Development. (Some people attended multiple sessions.)
- Canvas certification training – 310 participants
- Online labs and drop-in sessions – 277 participants
- Workshops on specific Canvas tools or topics – 620 participants
- Zoom training sessions – more than 650 participants
By the end of the second week of classes
- Bookstore staff members had processed almost 4,000 online orders from students, compared with about 200 orders in a typical quarter.
- The Financial Aid Office awarded approximately $100,000 in emergency grants to more than 110 students who applied for applied for assistance.
- The Library assisted more than 200 students through the “Chat With a Librarian” button on its main webpage and the Library Computer Lab's online tech support for students needing help with Canvas, Zoom or other instructional software.
- The Student Success Center re-trained 145 student workers and transitioned all peer tutoring and workshops to online Zoom sessions, so students are continuing to get help with a variety of academic subjects.
- Students could also meet with counselors, get psychological services or visit the Student Health Services virtual clinic through online video sessions.
- The Office of Communications created the Online Spring webpage as a one-stop location for information updates and resources, and added a Quick Help button on key webpages that makes it easy for students to find answers to frequently asked questions or submit their own questions by email. Communications staff members fielded almost 700 queries in the first two weeks.
- The Office of Communications also produced a new video to provide students with tips for online learning. It's posted on the Online Spring webpage and the Online Ed Center's Student Resource Hub.
Teachers in the Child Development Center are also continuing to work with their preschoolers through Zoom video and other formats. They created a short video and a digital storybook about their activities.
DMT Makes Protective Equipment
DMT’s Brandon Boulden, Corey Dunsky, Agustin Espino Diaz and Max Gilleland have been using the department's 3D printers and precision manufacturing equipment – while closely observing all health and safety protocols.
They're making hundreds of components each week for face shields and related items that are needed because of severe shortages of protective equipment nationwide.
Updated May 15: Gilleland (shown above with DMT equipment) reports that the volunteers have also begun producing air hose adapters – small but essential components that allow air-purifying respiratory hoods to be adapted for reuse by health care workers.
Nursing Grad on the Front Lines
Just weeks after completing her De Anza training last quarter, Nursing graduate Jamie Fonseca is working at a “pop-up” respiratory clinic – one of several drive-up urgent care centers that Sutter Health has launched in recent weeks. The clinics, featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, provide screening and treatment for people who haven’t been able to see their usual doctor because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Nursing school at De Anza helped improve my clinical skills and taught me so much more, and I am so grateful and honored to be a graduate,” Fonseca wrote in an email to Catherine Hrycyk, director of De Anza's Registered Nursing program.
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