April 17, 2013

Around Campus and the Community

Memorial Service for Robert C. Smithwick

Dr. Robert C. Smithwick, whose vision shaped the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, passed away March 22. He was 92. The Smithwick family will host a memorial celebration of his life this Friday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College. His family and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District welcome all who knew Dr. Smithwick to gather in his namesake theater to honor his memory.

Facilitator Training Program Named Innovation of the Year

The Student Facilitator Training Program has been selected as De Anza College's Innovation of the Year Award winner, sponsored by the League for Innovation.

The Facilitator Training Program is an engagement model that develops student leadership skills and benefits the institution in numerous ways. The program was initially created to support the Partners In Learning Conference, an annual collegewide event. The faculty coordinator for the 2010 conference worked with the entire conference planning committee and a speech instructor/facilitator trainer to pioneer the program. Students have facilitated each of the subsequent annual conferences, and facilitate many other campus and community events. Students receive intensive, experiential facilitator training prior to the conference. These practical skills build student confidence, and support their ability to serve as influential change-makers on campus and in their communities. Student facilitators work collaboratively with peers, faculty, staff and administrators to engage dialogue that has led to inclusiveness, increased student success and enriched college experiences. Ultimately, the most experienced facilitator trainees mentor and serve as role models for the next group of student facilitators.

The following faculty and staff members were instrumental in the creation and/or ongoing implementation of the program: Donna Stasio, Sal Breiter, Karen Chow, Gregory Anderson, Alicia Cortez, Mary Kay Englen, Cynthia Kaufman, Coleen Lee-Wheat, Virginia Marquez, Jackie Reza and Veronica Neal. Also key to the program are guest facilitator trainer Mike Stasio and student mentors/trainers Deepa Yuvaraj and Jeanne Swafford.

DASB Canned Food Drive

DASB senators will be collecting food cans in the Main Quad and in the senate office to donate to the Sacred Heart Warehouse.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 18, 23 and 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Main Quad in front of the Library
Donations can also be dropped off at the senate office April 15-19 and 22-26 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Contact DASBDiversityEvents@deanza.edu or 408.864.5432 ext. 3748.

Spring Quarter Exhibit at California History Center

The CHC and the Los Gatos-Saratoga Camera Club will host “Lens on Silicon Valley,” a special exhibit of original photographs taken by club members that explore places, ideas and themes capturing the essence of Silicon Valley.

When: Through June 20
Where: California History Center
Contact Tom Izu at izutom@deanza.edu or 408.864.8986.

De Anza College Art: Silicon Valley Open Studios 2013

As part of the 27th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios event, our Creative Arts Division will feature displays of student and faculty artwork and showcase the award-winning Annual Student Art Exhibit in the Euphrat Museum of Art. Disciplines participating in the sale include ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and watercolor.

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: VPAC Foyer and the Euphrat Museum
Creative Arts Faculty Event

Faculty Recital, Friday, April 19, 7:30-10 p.m., Choral Hall A11, $20 suggested donation, $5 for students, proceeds go to student scholarships

Disabilities and Differently-Abled Awareness Events Spring 2013

A Presentation on Autism and Social Learning: Wednesday, April 17 • 4 - 5:30 p.m. • Conference Room B • 90-minute workshop by Stephanie Madrigal, a speech-language pathologist and senior therapist at the Social Thinking Center in San Jose
Supporting Students with Disabilities: Friday, April 19 • 9-11 a.m. • MLC 260 • A workshop that will focus on interacting and communicating effectively with students with disabilities outside of the classroom by Kevin Glapion, executive head of Disability Support Services, and Deborah Centanni, executive head of Educational Diagnostic Center. Sponsored by Classified Senate Communications Committee Presentation Series.
Making Books Come Alive: Thursday, April 25 • 12:30-2 p.m. • Conference Rooms A&B • Panel discussion on the expanse of educational electronic material with Cherie Miller of Bookshare, Mitchell Levy of Open Doors Group, Mana Tominaga of San Jose Public Library, and Tom Dolen of the De Anza Library.
“Intouchables” (in English subtitles): Tuesday, April 30 • 2:30-4:30 p.m. • Conference Room B • This French film, winner of many international awards, explores the intersection of race, culture, disability and class through a dramatic comedy.
Cloud Technology for Everyone! Thursday, May 23• 12:30-2:30 p.m. • Conference Room B • Presenters will include Charles Chen, Google architectural engineer; Nicole Torcolini, Google quality engineer; Mark Sherby, De Anza College instructor; and Deborah Armstrong, De Anza College alternative media specialist. They will discuss their work lives, cloud accessibility, and technologies that make all of our lives better.
Assisting Students with Psychiatric Disabilities Succeed in the Classroom: Friday, May 24 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • Location: TBA • Presented by Kevin Glapion, executive head of Disability Support Services, this interactive workshop will focus on how to work with a student population often marginalized and negatively stereotyped. Instructional strategies and classroom and test-taking accommodations to support students with psychiatric disabilities will be explored. Participants will also explore how support persistence and manage challenging classroom situations. For more information on these events, contact Kevin Glapion at 408.864.8955 or glapionkevin@deanza.edu.

Infinite Possibilities -- Student Literary Competition 2012-2013

This year De Anza College is hosting the League for Innovation’s annual student literary competition. The competition enables community college students to compete with their peers across North America and showcases a selection of the best works being created by today’s community college students. For complete details, entry form, contest rules and judges’ bios, visit www.deanza.edu/litcompetition/ or contact English instructor Ken Weisner at weisnerken@deanza.edu, campus coordinator for the competition.

Stressed Out?

Health Services will present its “Stress Town” wellness event on Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Sunken Garden. Watch for more info at www.deanza.edu/healthservices.

Save the Date for Retirement Workshop

FA, CSEA and ACE are sponsoring a retirement workshop for district employees scheduled for Friday, May 17, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B. Details so far:

Registration 11:30 a.m.-noon
STRS/PERS 12-12:45 p.m.
Part-time Faculty Retirement 12-2 p.m.
Wellness with Foothill instructor Karl Knopf 1-1:30 p.m.
Social Security/Medicare 1:30-2:30
Retiree Health Benefits for pre-97 and post-97 hires with district benefits manager Chris Vo 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Retirement Options for Faculty with De Anza College instructor Lisa Markus 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Library Book Sale Needs Donations

The Library is accepting donations for its 2013 Book Sale to be held June 3-13. Please: no magazines, encyclopedia sets, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books or moldy items. These don’t sell and are difficult to dispose of after the sale. Bring small donations (a bag or two) to the Library front desk during open hours. If you have a large donation, call Tracy Lam at 408.864.8439 to arrange for dropping off your books. The Library will provide a tax receipt if requested.

Athletics Update

Tennis Teams Make Playoffs

Congratulations to both De Anza Tennis Teams for making the NorCal Dual Team Regional Playoffs. Hats off to coaches Ron Ward, Sergey Gorshenin and their staff.

Support Your De Anza Athletes!

Come out and enjoy these home games:

Baseball vs. City College of San Francisco: Thursday, April 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Baseball Field
Badminton vs. Mission College: Friday, April 19, 6-8 p.m., Main Gym (PE 21)
Baseball vs. City of San Francisco: Wednesday, April 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Baseball Field
Badminton vs. Fresno City College: Thursday, April 25, 3-5 p.m., Main Gym (PE 21)
For more information on Athletics games schedules see www.deanza.edu/athletics.

Student News

Tax Filing Assistance for Students a Success

The on-campus VITA site that provided students with free help for filing their tax returns resulted in De Anza students receiving $115,686 in refunds; $31,932 in earned income tax credits; $7,600 in child care tax credits; and $13,947 in educational tax credits. Daniel Dishno, OTI supervisor, organized the service.

DASB Senate and De Anza Student Trustee Elections

Please encourage your students to run for office for 2013-14. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 29, 4 p.m. More information and the applications are available at http://www.deanza.edu/dasb/elections and http://www.deanza.edu/studenttrustee/elections.

Faculty and Staff News

Internship Summit at De Anza

Faculty are invited to attend Internship Summit 2013 to network with Silicon Valley academic and industry leaders and learn about internships, policies and procedures, and best practices. Keynote speaker will be Chris Galy, director of talent acquisition at Intuit, and the closing speaker will be Jay Banfield, executive director of Bay Area Yearup.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Conference Rooms A&B
This event is co-hosted by Foothill College and Cities Association of Santa Clara County, and in collaboration with Joint Venture Silicon Valley, NOVA, and the Two-County Next Generation Committee. See http://www.foothill.edu/workforce/events.php for details.

Classified Senate Elections – Step Up for Senate!

Please consider running for Classified Senate for 2013-14. We need Classified Professionals to run for all four Executive Offices: president, president-elect, secretary and treasurer, and open positions for senators. If you know someone from your area you think would make a good representative, please ask him or her to consider running.

Go to the senate elections webpage (http://www.deanza.edu/gov/classifiedsenate/elections.html) for detailed information and a nomination form that shows which senator positions are up for election. Make sure your nomination forms are turned in to one of the election committee members listed on the form by Thursday, April 18. Elections are scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2-3:30 p.m. in MLC 246.

Classified Professionals Flex Day--Save the Date!

Join colleagues from De Anza, Foothill and Central Services for a day of being “Safe and Sane” on Friday, May 24, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at De Anza, breakfast and lunch included. Watch for a survey on May 6 to register for the retreat and sign up for individual workshops on topics such as building a safe place to work, brain games, self-defense, exercise, mental health, samba and Bollywood dancing, PGA and much more. For more information, contact Lois Jenkins at jenkinslois@deanza.edu or 408.864.8948, or Virginia Marquez at marquezvirginia@deanza.edu or 408.864.8829.

Annual Spring Plant Sale at Foothill College

You’re invited to a special faculty and staff pre-sale by the Horticulture Department at Foothill on Friday, April 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Parking Lot 8. For sale are heirloom tomatoes, salvias, California natives, vegetables, container plantings, fruit trees, grasses, pots, NCCABS bamboo and much more. If you miss the pre-sale, you can attend the regular sale on Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 650.949.7185.

District International Student Program Receives National Recognition

FHDA's International Student Program has been awarded the President's Star Award for its success in the international student arena and its contribution to the success of federal trade. According to the Department of Commerce's Trade Office in San Jose, this award is the most prestigious that is given to American businesses and institutions engaged in international trade.

Child Development Center Taking Applications for 2013-14

Child Development Center is now taking applications for free and low-cost child care for the children of Foothill-De Anza college students from ages18 months to 5 years old for the 2013-14 school year. Contact Linda Koyama at 408.864.8891 or koyamalinda@deanza.edu to make inquiries about eligibility for this program. Also, the center offers child care to district faculty and staff as well as community members. District employees receive a 5% tuition discount.

Congratulations to De Anza Employees

The board of trustees has approved the following personnel actions since March 2013.

Faculty Professional Development Leaves: Anthony Delaney, Harmanpal Dhaliwal, Purba Fernandez, Rich Hansen, Chris Kwak, Olga Libova, Bertrand Lo, Brian McCauley, Moto Ohtake, Jesus Quintero, Julie Sartwell, Mark Sherby, Tim Shively, Bob Stockwell, Ken Weisner, Shireen Woo, Linda Yee and Susan Yoes

Classified Professional Growth Awards: Mary Clark-Tillman, Academic Services; Jeff Dickard, A&R; Lois Jenkins, Marketing/Communications; Ellen Mann, APE; Christine Nakahara, Disability Support Services; Angelita Pabros, Counseling; Atousa Pojhan, A&R; Ryan Tao, Athletics

Classified Professional Development Leave: Mi Chang, Academic Services

Employee of the Month Award - April 2013

Nila Nine

Nila Nine, Dining Services operations coordinator, came to the United States in the spring of 2004 from Cambodia. “I started working at the Campus Center in 2004 as a student assistant and ended my job when I graduated from De Anza in 2007,” Nine says. He transferred to San Jose State and graduated from its hospitality program in 2010. 

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