Awards and Achievements


Awards and Achievements

Students 2007-2008

De Anza Associated Student Body

Managing an annual budget of more than $1,000,000, DASB supports numerous clubs, programs and student services across the campus. DASB continues to enthusiastically advocate for students. The mid-year change in leadership did not slow DASB’s progress in “students helping students.” Once again De Anza College is well represented on statewide issues.

The DASB put forth energy and resources to send a full complement of students to attend the Student Senate for California Community Colleges conferences. In addition, one student from our student body, Monica Pen, was voted in to serve as the regional senator for Region IV.

On April 21, 2008, the DASB sponsored several students to attend a statewide rally and march on the state capitol regarding proposed higher education budget cuts.

Locally, the DASB continues to conduct student forums so students become informed of available services and how to access these services. The DASB also considers a vibrant college life as essential for a successful college experience and so has provided for a multitude of programs and services that span a wide array of interests and cultures.

Scholarships and Awards

Eliseo Guillen of San Jose received the President's Award for 2007-08 and graduated in June with a 3.302 GPA. Guillen, who grew up in Jalisco, Mexico, transferred to San Jose State University to major in business administration in fall 2008.

Juliana Batista of Cupertino received the DeHart Memorial Scholarship for Service and graduate in June with a 3.496 GPA. Batista, a native of Brazil, planned to transfer to UC Berkeley or UC Santa Cruz and major in political science and Latin American studies in fall 2008.

Business management economics major Stefan Anderson was awarded a $20,000 Karl S. Pister scholarship to UC Santa Cruz for fall 2008. Anderson has been a member of the De Anza College Chamber Orchestra for the past two years, a tutor in the Math and Science Tutorial Center,
and a tennis coach for children since his freshman year in high school. He is also a finance intern
with NASA.

Nursing student and San Jose resident Katie Grace received a $5,000 Kaider Scholarship President's Award from President Brian Murphy. The scholarship was made possible by the Steve and Lola Kaider Foundation to help her reach her goal of an associate's degree. Grace will graduate from De Anza's Registered Nursing Program in spring 2008.

Santa Clara resident Katie Miller was awarded a $1,000 College of Natural Sciences Academic and Performance Scholarship to CSU Chico for fall 2008.

Yujin Yoshimura of Santa Clara was ranked second in the 2007-08 AMATYC Student Mathematics League Competition, a national contest held in March. AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college.

Massage therapy student Emilia Krznarich received the Centa Sprezel Student Scholarship from the California chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Two De Anza students were named to the CalWORKs Portraits of Student Success 2008; Diana Hoover, business administration and marketing management double major, maintains a 3.5 GPA, is on the dean's list and has completed four certificates in her major while supporting her two daughters. Hoover will complete her degrees in June 2008. Paige Whitney-White completed her registered nursing degree in June 2007 while a single mother. She is a full-time registered nurse at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.

De Anza student Mike Bailey was named Special Olympian of the Year at the 13th Annual San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Bailey, 26, has competed in the Special Olympics since the age of 7.

Film/TV/Media Awards

De Anza students made a strong showing again this year at the 2008 Media Arts Competition, winning eight prizes.

  • Tina Baird, Indukuri Meena, Eileen Laitinen and Suvobrata Roy Chowdhury - Traditional Animation category
  • Indukuri Meena and Ryan Chilton - four 3D Cinematic prizes
  • Shan Ling Li - Film/Video award
  • Thu Nguyen - Package Design award
Instructors for these students were Martin McNamara, Bill Nagel, David Perry, Zaki Lisha and the late Will Paicius.

De Anza Film/Television alumnus Kurt Kuenne received the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Feature and the Audience Award for Documentary Feature at Cinequest 18 for "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father."

Two De Anza College student films produced in the college's Film/TV Department were selected
for Cinequest Film Festival 18: the animated "Final Performance" by Indukuri Meena and the experimental "Try" by Omar Forero. Meena lives in Cupertino, and Forero currently resides in his native Peru. De Anza once again was the only community college represented in the Student Film Competition at the festival. Cinequest is ranked among one of the world's top 10 film festivals, according to the "Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide."

Journalism Awards

De Anza students took home 15 awards from the NorCal regional conference of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) in October 2007.

The awards were primarily for stories, graphics and photos published in the 2006-07 La Voz Weekly. Students from approximately 25 northern California community college newspapers entered the competition, which was judged by professionals who work in the journalism field.

  • Newspaper General Excellence - La Voz Staff
  • Online General Excellence - La Voz Staff
  • 1st Place - Student Designed Advertisement - La Voz Staff
  • 2nd Place - Opinion Writing On-the-Spot - Jay Donde
  • 2nd Place - Inside Page Layout - Tom Guffey
  • 3rd Place - Line Illustration - Olga Ardulov
  • 3rd Place - Front Page Layout - Loriza Sasur
  • 3rd Place - Photo Illustration - Brian Oden
  • 3rd Place - Informational Graphic - Brian Oden, Joanna Law
Honorable Mention
  • News Story - Sung Kim
  • Column Writing - Sung Kim
  • Column Writing - Jay Donde
  • Profile Feature - Helen Zou
  • News Photo - Kelly McManus
  • Photo Story/Essay - La Voz Staff

Several De Anza students honored for top athletic awards

  • Football: Lateef Duncan, Arvelle Thompson, Tyler Miller and Chantz Staden, named to the All Coast Conference Team. Staden was also named All Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year, All-Purpose and Return Specialist of the Year, and signed a letter of intent to play football at Washington State University.
  • Women's Volleyball: co-champions of the North Division of the Coast Conference and players Ali Hanshaw, Margaret McCloskey and Alisa Vinokur, named to the All Coast Conference Team. Hanshaw was also named to the All California Team.
  • Men's Soccer: co-champions of the South Division of the Coast Conference and players Luis Nieves, Adan Penuelas, Humberto Pineda and Chad Thompson were named to the All Coast Conference Team. Nieves was also named to All California Team.
  • Women's Soccer: winners of the North Division of the Coast Conference (10 wins, 0 losses). Player Jasmine Stephens was named to All American Team and All California Team. Jenny Kute was named to All West Region Team and All California Team.
  • Cross Country runner Cynthia Chaidez was named to All State Team.
  • Women's Basketball: winners of the conference championship and player
    Derisa Taleni was named to All California Team.
  • Women's Swimming and Diving: Valerie Sultan was named CCCAA/COA Pepsi Scholar Athlete Honor Roll (California Community College Athletic Association/Commission on Athletics).

Student Athletes Honor Roll

  • The fall quarter 2007 honor roll for student athletes included 105 students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Nine of those students earned a 4.0 GPA.
  • The winter quarter 2008 honor roll for student athletes included 94 students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Eight of those students earned a 4.0 GPA.

Alumni News

Former international relations and U.S. government student Anna Socha of Poland has been accepted to UC Santa Barbara's Ph.D. program with a full scholarship and has also been accepted to the prestigious international relations master's program at Johns Hopkins University. Socha has returned to De Anza during the past two years as a volunteer tutor and guest lecturer in political science instructor Greg Druehl's international relations class.

Another of Druehl's former students, Euncie Han of South Korea, graduated magna cum laude in economics from UCLA and is now attending Harvard University pursuing a Ph.D. in economics.

Former De Anza student Brennan Marion, who is a junior transfer to the University of Tulsa, was selected as the Conference USA's Newcomer of the Year in football.

Massage therapy graduate Miyuki Mori received the Judy Dean Professional Scholarship from the California chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) for her volunteer work in the Silicon Valley unit.

Massage therapy graduate Daniel Morello, owner of Mountain Mobile Massage in Big Bear Lake, California, was featured in the "Hands On" national newsletter for the AMTA.

Former students Crystal Gallatin, Eric Hall, Dana Johnson, Richard Curtis Lou, Ken Mignosa, Don Pham and Glenn Wheatland have all joined the ranks of the American Red Cross CPR AED for professional rescuer instructors and are volunteering in classes for the Biological, Health and Environmental Studies Division and the Physical Education Division.



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