Community E-Bulletin
Spring  2006

In This Issue:

The Chancellor's Message
Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr.

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A number of exciting events have taken place at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) since last quarter’s e-bulletin was published. Most notably, the passage of the College’s Prop A Bond last November. In an effort to accommodate the realities of the rising costs of construction materials, supplies, and labor, the Board of Trustees voted in January to reallocate portions of the $240 million to complete the new Mission and Chinatown/NorthBeach campuses, the Health and Wellness Center, and the Performing Arts Center—all of which will dramatically improve the quality of life for our students, faculty, and staff. It is our hope that these facilities will elevate CCSF’s presence across the City while providing the community access to new meeting and recreation spaces.

The College is also in the midst of celebrating its 70th year anniversary and to commemorate this occasion, a series of conversations have commenced with “people who make a difference in the world.” Most recently, CCSF hosted one of its most notable "alums" Dr. Michael Blumenthal (former Secretary of the Treasury) for such a conversation. Dr. Blumenthal provided remarkable insight into the challenges that exist when immigrating to a new country and articulated the importance of an accessible and affordable education for countering such difficulties. He was truly inspiring. To join us for our next event or to learn of other anniversary events, I encourage you to contact the Office of Marketing and Public Information directly at 415.239.3680. You may also want to visit the Chancellor’s Office website, where you can access information about activities of the Board of Trustees, District meetings, and my Spring 2006 “Flex Day Remarks” ( which highlight my aspirations for CCSF for the coming year.

As always, please share this newsletter with others who may find it informative and know that our Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff appreciate your continued interest and support.

Best Regards,

Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr.
City College of San Francisco
Dr. Natalie Berg elected President of City College Board for 2006.
Dr. Natalie Berg was elected President of the Board of Trustees of City College of San Francisco at the Board's January 26 regular meeting. Johnnie L. Carter, Jr., was named Vice President. Both were elected by acclamation and will serve throughout 2006.

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Natalie Berg, Ed.D., was elected to the San Francisco Community College District Board of Trustees in November 1996 and re-elected in 2000 and 2004. She has served the Board as its president during 1997 and 2001. Prior to her service on the Board, Dr. Berg had served City College of San Francisco in a number of faculty and administrative capacities spanning 30 years. She retired as Dean of the John Adams Campus and the School of Health and Physical Education.

She is currently Vice President of Forest City Development, a major national development company. Active in the community, Dr. Berg was honored in 2005 by the San Francisco Business Times as one of "The 100 Most Influential Women in the San Francisco Bay Area." She is Immediate Past President of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Vice President of the Market Street Association, Board Member of the Yerba Buena Arts & Events and the Yerba Buena Alliance. She is a member of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Association.

Dr. Berg earned her Ed.D. degree in Community College Administration/Curriculum from Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her MA degree is in Educational Administration/ College Finance from San Francisco State University. She holds a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley. Her professional affiliations include the American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges, and Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land use association.

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Johnnie L. Carter, Jr. served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District during 2002. He was appointed to the Board in March 2001 by San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. Mr. Carter was elected to a full four-year term as Trustee in 2002. He is a Legislative Consultant to California State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata. Trustee Carter holds a BS in Sociology from CSU Northridge.

San Francisco voters approve Prop. A by 64.1%.
At its January 26, 2006 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved Resolution No. 060126-B3 to reallocate funds available from the 2001 General Obligation Bond Issue within existing eligible projects and to reallocate funds available from the 2005 General Obligation Bond Issue within existing eligible projects. The primary sources of funding for these reallocations will be earned interest, unallocated resources, funds designated for small scale renovation projects and funds designated for the Balboa Reservoir, the Joint Use Facility and the Student Development Center. These funds would then be reallocated to the Chinatown/North Beach Campus, the Mission Campus, the Student Health Center, the Child Development Facility, the Community Health and Wellness Center, the Evans Retrofit and the creation of swing space.
Dr. W. Michael Blumenthal.

Dr. Blumenthal in Herbst Theatre.

By Steve Mowles
Editor, The Guardsman Student Newspaper

As part of City College’s 70th anniversary celebration, W. Michael Blumenthal, one of the college’s most respected alumnus, treated a crowd of about 200 to his wit and wisdom during a conversation with San Francisco Chronicle editor Robert Rosenthal on Jan. 11 at the Herbst Theatre.

Blumenthal, a native of Germany, spoke of fleeing the wrath of the Nazi Regime as a young Jewish boy, immigrating to San Francisco with just $60 dollars and working as an elevator operator by night and a City College student by day.

He has been a Princeton Scholar, and as Secretary for the United States Department of the Treasury, he has left an indelible mark on America: his signature has appeared on dollar bills. And he has helped reclaim the history of German Jews.

On the advice of a friend, Blumenthal began his college education at City College in 1948. “They’ll take anyone, you can get in,” he was told.

He didn’t have a specific plan, but he knew he wanted to study economics and international affairs.

“I had seen so much of bad government, I had seen so much injustice,” he said. “I wanted to understand how the world and how the economy works and who makes the decisions. Why was there war? Why was there so much injustice in the world?”

In three semesters, Blumenthal earned the grades to transfer to the University of California, Berkeley. He then received a scholarship to Princeton University where he earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate in economics.

Fourteen years after coming to this country as a stateless refugee, Blumenthal began his career in public service as former president John F. Kennedy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs. He has also served as a U.S. Ambassador, and as Secretary of the Treasury under former president Jimmy Carter.

Blumenthal credits his success to hard work and luck.

“I remember being tired when I was at City College. I worked nights and I worked weekends. But if you have a dream, push it. It’s not going to be easy,” he said. “But you also have to be at the right place at the right time.”

The native German speaker also suggested other methods for getting ahead “I cheated again and took a German course, that’s a trick for somebody.”

Of all his accomplishments, Blumenthal considers his work at the Jewish Museum Berlin to be the most lasting. As director of the museum he feels it is important to tell young people about the importance of tolerance. “Tolerance between different minorities and ethnic groups and religions,” he said.

The museum tells the over-2,000-year story of Jews on German soil. It contains everything from 1,756 iron crosses from German Jewish soldiers to a pair of Levis. “What we actually have in the museum are not many valuable things, they are basically memorabilia,” he said.

“It looked for a while that this group of German Jews, who had lived on German soil for 2,000 years; some of them, they were gone, were wiped out. They would be forgotten,” he said. The museum has restored their place in history.

“I often think of my parents and my grandparents. And I say to myself ‘If they were alive today they would be happy.”

Dr. Blumenthal in Herbst Theatre.

CCSF buys land for Chinatown-North Beach Campus at Washington and Kearny Streets; plans fall 2008 opening.

City College of San Francisco acquired the land for the new Chinatown-North Beach Campus from Pius Lee (second from left, above). Also pictured at the press conference held on the future campus site at Washington and Kearny Streets are (from left) Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr., Chancellor; Trustee Lawrence Wong, Chair of the Board's Facilities Committee; and Dr. Natalie Berg. Board Vice President.

City College of San Francisco announced at a press conference October 24 the purchase of a new property on which its Chinatown/North Beach Campus will be built. The new campus site will be constructed on what is currently a parking lot at the corner of Washington and Kearny Streets in San Francisco.

Board President Rodel E. Rodis said in a prepared statement, "The construction of the City College of San Francisco Chinatown- North Beach Campus on this site will mark the realization of the dreams of so many people for a modern facility that will meet the educational needs of the community for generations to come. The strategic location of this site will transform this community by offering much-needed courses and resources for those who are within walking or commuting distance from their homes or places of work."

Lawrence Wong, Chair of the Board's Facilities Committee, pointed out, "With the acquisition of this new site at the corner of Washington and Kearny Streets, City College of San Francisco is ready to move forward in providing 'accessible' education to the neighborhoods of Chinatown, North Beach and the Financial District. Access to education is a birthright of every human being. This new and historic campus will stand proudly as a beacon of hope far into the 21st Century for all who seek a better life through education."

Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr., Chancellor, noted, "From my perspective, we now have a site that can work - work for the community, the college, and, most importantly, the future generations of students who view City College as their primary access point to high quality training and educational opportunities. It's been a long time coming but this is a big win for all parties involved."

The existing Chinatown-North Beach Campus occupies 10 locations serving a total of 6,500 students. The new facility, bordering the Chinatown, North Beach and Financial Districts is being designed to accommodate 7,500 students. Construction will be completed in 2008-2009.

The new campus will include dedicated classroom space, expanded offices, student activity areas, (for example: a student lounge, library with a learning resource center and tutorial services, bookstore), faculty work areas and conference rooms. The building will also include a multi-purpose space for conferences and meetings. The building will be designed so that the community can make use of the space for workshops or mini-conferences.

The Colombo Building on Columbus Avenue, previously purchased for the new Chinatown-North Beach Campus, will be sold.

Longtime City College Trustee Lawrence Wong tells the press and interested citizens attending the announcement of the site acquisition about the struggle to find suitable property in the Chinatown-North Beach-Financial District area on which to build a new campus.

CCSF to lead voice, data convergence education funded by $750,000 grant from National Science Foundation.
Mayor and CCSF representatives announce NSF grant

Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr., Chancellor, introduces Mayor Gavin Newsom (second from right) and representatives from City College and the City and County of San Francisco at a press conference announcing a National Science Foundation grant to CCSF. The three-year $750,000 grant will be used to create the Institute for Convergence of Optical and Network Systems to train workers in the growing fields of Internet Protocol convergence and fiber optic communications. Pictured above are (left to right) Jesse Blout, Director, Economic and Workforce Development, SF City and County; unidentified; Tim Ryan, Carmen Lamha, project investigators; Pierre Thiry, principal investigator (project leader); Trustee Johnnie L. Carter, Jr., Chair of the Board's Technology Committee; Board President Rodel E. Rodis; Mayor Newsom; and Board Vice President Dr. Natalie Berg. The grant is from NSF's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. Photo by Monica Davey

City College of San Francisco's Computer Networking and Information Technology Department (CNIT) has received a three-year $750,000 grant from the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Pierre Thiry, CNIT Instructor, is the Principal Investigator of the new Institute. Tim Ryan CCSF Network Manager, and Carmen Lamha, CNIT Department Chair are the two Co-Principal Investigators. The grant was written with the assistance of Kristin Charles, Associate Dean, Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants.

"Once again, City College is at the cutting edge of technology with the recent award of the ATE grant for the development of our Institute of Convergence of Optical and Network Systems (iCONS)," said Rodel E. Rodis, President, CCSF Board of Trustees, adding, "The grant will provide us with the funds to update and develop our course offerings and develop an A.S. Degree in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Congratulations to the hard-working and forward-thinking members of the Computer Networking and Information Technology (CNIT) Department."

Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr., Chancellor, said, "This is a 'great news' item...great for the community, the college's faculty and staff, and most importantly the students we serve who will benefit from the training associated with this initiative and the high-wage, value-added jobs for which they will be prepared."

Trustee Johnnie L. Carter, Jr., said, "This grant underscores the continuing commitment by City College to focus on programs that link workforce preparation and economic development. In this particular case, the focus is on information and communications technology which is an area of critical need and opportunity for City College, the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area. As Chair of the Board's Technology Committee, I am very pleased that the College has been awarded this prestigious and timely award. 'Kudos' to the faculty and staff who helped make it happen."

Thiry notes, "The jobs that this program will lead to are needed to manage communication networks locally. They are not about to be outsourced to other countries."

Through cooperation with the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department, two recent large-scale technology projects will be incorporated into the academic learning environment. The first project is a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), which is being installed in partnership with the City of San Francisco, Department of Telecommunications. The MAN is installed in a ring architecture encompassing 25 miles of single-mode fiber connecting all campuses of CCSF and was recently completed. The second project is a Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system from Alcatel which was recently installed at CCSF. This platform will be partially supported and maintained by CNIT students in the iCONS program to provide them with hands-on experience in this new technology.

In addition, iCONS will provide faculty development in the fields of convergence and optical and network systems and assist other colleges in implementing technician training that focuses on this emerging discipline. Project staff will disseminate all project products and findings to other colleges state and nationwide with the support of the ATE program.

Another objective of iCONS is to develop strategies to assist CNIT in recruiting and retaining traditionally underserved students in the ICT field.

"We are constantly seeking alternative training programs to keep our technology staff educated on the latest advances in this field. Your program will offer another avenue for our continual development of our staff forces," said Lynn Bunim, Executive Director, External Affairs, SBC.

Dennis C. Frezzo, Manager, Research and Development, Creative Learning Studio, Cisco Systems, Inc., noted, "Just as eight years ago the Cisco Networking Academy Program helped address the needs for introductory level networking technicians, the needs of society for technicians trained in optical and Metro Ethernet technologies should also be addressed today. By your working collaboratively, by emphasizing your local resources and by your attention to detail, I can without reservation offer my team's support for your initiatives."

Within California, all public schools, colleges and universities are served by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). James Dolgonas, CENIC President and Chief Operations Officer, said, "The metro area network at CCSF is a great example of extending the reach of a conventional campus infrastructure. In fact, we were pleased to recognize CCSF's leadership as part of our On the Road to a Gigabit awards program. The MAN being deployed will provide fertile training ground for preparing tomorrow's technicians for managing future gigabit networks."

Press conference details Garment Worker Re-Training Program.

Announcing the Garment Worker Re-Training Program at a press conference September 27 at the Chinatown/North Beach Campus are (left to right) Wes Dixon, Interim President, Private Industry Council; Gordon Mar, Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association; Tom Campbell, State Trade Act Coordinator, Employment Development Department; Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr., Chancellor, CCSF; Warren Mar, Coordinator of the CCSF program; and Luna Yasui, Policy Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action. Not pictured is Joanie Chang, Director of Labor and Employment Programs, Asian Law Caucus.

City College of San Francisco, in partnership with advocacy organizations in the Asian community, organized labor and business, has developed a customizable program to help Chinese speaking workers who have lost their jobs due to massive garment industry layoffs find and keep employment in growing industries. Through the Garment Worker Re-Training Program, CCSF and its partners are providing comprehensive services to 100 limited English proficient, dislocated garment workers for up to 18 months, with the goal of increasing exponentially the number of people served.

"This is the whole package - income support, ESL, Vocational ESL, child care, and transportation. It's career development customized for every individual we can reach," said Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr., CCSF Chancellor at a press conference September 27 at the Chinatown/North Beach Campus.

Dr. Day praised the contributions of many current and former CCSF staff members, including: Phyllis McGuire, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Workforce and Economic Development; Suzanne Korey, Acting Dean of Contract Education; Sharon Seymour, Chair, ESL Department; Warren Mar, Coordinator for the Dislocated Garment Workers Retraining Program and part-time faculty in the Labor and Community Studies Department; and Frances Lee, former Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and a long-time board member of partner Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA).

Partnering with CCSF and CAA are the Chinese Progressive Association, the STEP Program of the San Francisco Labor Council, the Private Industry Council of San Francisco, Inc., the California State Employment Development Department and the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

The project is the result of more than a year's worth of planning by City College and its partners. Particular attention was paid to training workers for upwardly mobile jobs in growing industries - not employment in another dead end job in a declining industry. Services available through the Garment Worker Re-Training Program include:

  • Income support through the state unemployment insurance benefits and federally funded Trade Adjustment Assistance.
  • Vocational English as a Second Language - Upon undergoing a language and vocational skills assessment, participants enroll in classes taught by CCSF instructors specifically designed to develop workplace English and provide students with the industry specific language skills they need to obtain sustainable employment.
  • Job training in high growth industries, including hospitality, health care, early childhood development, horticulture/gardening and janitorial/housekeeping. Each student meets with instructors and employment advocates to review their vocational skills assessments and training options to select a training track that best suits their career goals.
  • Job placement services - community and labor based employment advocates with work with employers to place students in sustainable jobs suited to their interests and skills. The 100 students currently in the program began their studies on August 17. People interested in enrolling in the program should telephone the Chinese Progressive Association at (415) 391-6986.
Open House held at remodeled Academic Computing and Resource Center on third floor of Batmale Hall.

Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr., Chancellor (with microphone), was Master of Ceremony at the October 26 Open House for the newly remodeled computer center in Batmale Hall. Pictured with Dr. Day at the press conference which preceded the Open House are (from left) James Blomquist, Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Planning/Maintenance; Veronica Lawrence, Student Trustee; Johnnie L. Carter, Jr., Chair of the Technology Committee of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Natalie Berg, Board Vice President; and Mamie How, Dean, Educational Technology Office.

City College of San Francisco's newly remodeled Academic Computing and Resource Center (ACRC) was showcased during an Open House October 26. The lab on the third floor of Batmale Hall on the Ocean Avenue Campus has 137 PC workstations and 32 Macintosh stations. It features a total of 5,000 assignable square feet for both student and staff use.

The Center has been designed to be flexible enough to be used by students who need a computer lab for homework and research, and by instructors who need the facilities for hands-on computer work during class time. The Center includes two PC lab rooms with 34 workstations each, a Mac lab with 24 work stations, and a concourse area with 69 PCs and eight Macs.

While most of the computers in this facility have specialized software to serve students from Broadcast Electronic Media Arts, ESL, Film Production, Graphic Communications, Interdisciplinary Studies/Multimedia, and Photography, there are 24 "General Use" computers for all CCSF students to access the Internet and use Microsoft Office applications. In addition, there are also four laptop stations set up for students who wish to bring in their own laptops to use in the lab.

The remodeling project was funded by Proposition A, Educational Facilities Improvement Bond, passed by voters in 2001. The remodeling project began in January 2005 and was opened for use nine months later. The architects for the lab were Hamilton + Aitken. Fineline Construction was the contractor.

As part of the Open House, participants toured the newly remodeled Academic Computing and Resource Center on the third floor of Batmale Hall.

Dr. Robert S. Gabriner named Vice Chancellor
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Dr. Robert S. Gabriner has been named Vice Chancellor of the newly created Division of Institutional Advancement. The appointment by the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees represents an upgrade and reclassification of Gabriner's position as Dean of Institutional Research, Planning and Grants.

Gabriner directs all college-wide research and planning operations, including the program review system, strategic planning, coordination of planning and resource allocation, instructional and student service program development, and grant proposals. He served as Dean of Institutional Research Planning and Grants from 1994 to 2005.

From 1992 to 1994, Gabriner was CCSF Dean of School/College Relations. He began his career with City College in 1991 as Special Assistant to the Chancellor, working on school/college relations planning for CCSF and the college-wide shared governance system.

Prior to joining CCSF, Gabriner was President of the Community College Council, California Federation of Teachers, and Vice President of the California Federation of Teachers. He was a community college instructor in American history at Laney, Vista and Alameda Colleges from 1969 to 1991.

Gabriner earned his Ed.D. in Education Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in History from the University of Wisconsin, and a BA in History from Cornell University.

Through the efforts of Gabriner's office, CCSF has been awarded more than $15 million in grants from national, state and local agencies and foundations, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Energy, State Chancellor's Office and Ed>Net since 1994. He co-founded the CCSF Office of Peer Mentoring and Service Learning and the Diego Rivera Mural Project which uses the College's famous Diego Rivera mural, Pan American Unity as a teaching resource in the college curriculum. He developed a NSF-sponsored national biotechnology center, Bio-Link, one of seven advanced technology centers in the nation. He also founded the Northern California Biotechnology Center, a consortium of seven Bay Area community colleges located at CCSF.

John Bilmont, CPA, named Interim Chief Financial Officer
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John C. Bilmont, City College of San Francisco's Director of Accounting and Budgeting, has been appointed the institution's Interim Chief Financial Officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration.

Following a wide and diverse professional history in international, corporate, and business accounting and finance, Bilmont joined CCSF as Controller in 2000. His responsibilities included managing and directing the District's accounting functions, the preparation of annual and interim financial statements, and development and maintenance of ongoing training programs for staff. He also served as a resource for the Accounting, Budgeting, Payroll, and Purchasing Departments.

Last year, when Bilmont assumed the position of Director of Accounting and Budgeting in addition to his duties as Controller, he developed and implemented a "team" workflow model, significantly improving efficiency and productivity.

Bilmont earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and capped his major in Accounting with a CPA license in 1991. After several years in public accounting and private industry, he then worked in Tokyo, Japan, for Prudential Securities, leading an all-Japanese accounting staff. He studied Japanese at Nichibei Diagakuin University to extend his professional capabilities. Bilmont also worked in Europe, gaining significant exposure to the Euro-zone economies and international financial systems and laws.

Now dedicating his career to public finance, Bilmont recently completed his Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University, where he graduated cum laude. He concentrated on Public Management as his academic focus. He found emerging theories of leadership and applications of diversity in the workplace to be especially pertinent to the administration of today's public agencies.

As part of CCSF's contribution of professional service to its community, Bilmont will continue as Steering Committee Member for the City and County of San Francisco's Accountant Internship Program and as the District's Mentor. Bilmont also will serve as a resource to the CCSF Planning and Budget Council and as a member of the Bookstore Board of Directors.

The Board of Trustees approved three administrative appointments at its meeting of August 25: Dr. Mark Robinson as Interim Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Minh-Hoa Ta as Director of Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS).

Dr. Mark D. Robinson named Interim Dean of Student Affairs
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Dr. Mark D. Robinson has been Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs since June 2004. Previously at City College, he assisted athletes with academic planning and transfer requirements as a counselor in the Physical Education & Dance Department, the African American Achievement Program and the Peer Mentoring Program. He was a part-time instructor at CCSF from August 2001 to June 2004.

Prior to joining the faculty at City College Dr. Robinson lived and worked in the United Kingdom where he served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Basketball Players Association for six years, as well as an instructor at Edge Hill University College. Dr. Robinson has also published a number of Counseling and sport related articles through black athlete sports network, all concurrent with his post-graduate studies.

Dr. Robinson has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Bolton Institute, as well as a Ph.D. from University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. His dissertation was titled "Black Athletes' Perceptions on Counseling Services in American Colleges and Universities." He also earned: a Master of Science from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, and an Associate of Arts from City College of San Francisco.

Dr. Minh-Hoa Ta named Director of Asian Pacific American Student Success Program
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Dr. Min-Hoa Ta was one of the founders of the Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) Program and served as its Co-Coordinator from 2004 to the present. She has also been a Counselor in the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) from 1990 to the present. Also Dr. Ta has been an Instructor in the Asian American Studies Department since 1992. She was Acting Chair, Asian American Studies for Fall 1998, Fall 1999 and Summer 2000. She is Director/Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University from 1999 to 2005.

Dr. Ta is an Advisory Member of the CCSF Business Department Grant Project "Doing Business in Vietnam; and a Member of CCSF's Asian Coalition. She is an Advisory Board Member of Pacific Links Foundation, Oakland, and an Advisory Board Member of the Northern California Transplant Donor Network, Oakland.

Dr. Ta earned her Ed.D. in International Multi-cultural Education from the University of San Francisco. Her dissertation was titled "Twice a Minority: The Migration Experience of the Ethnic Chinese in Vietnam and in the U.S." She holds a MSW in Social Work Education from San Francisco State University; a B.A. in Social Welfare from the UC Berkeley and a BA in Asian American Studies from UC Berkeley.

She was a Presenter/Workshop Organizer for "Vietnamese NGO Conference" held in October 2004 in Monterey.

CCSF called national leader in online teaching and learning

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Two City College of San Francisco (CCSF) online courses have received the top two "Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming" awards through the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) at a ceremony held on October 17 in Long Beach, California. "The USDLA awards have become the standard of excellence for recognizing achievement in distance learning," said Dr. John Flores, CEO of USDLA.

USDLA is a nonprofit association founded in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. They serve Pre-K though 12 education, higher education, home schooling, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training and telehealth. Their mission is to "serve the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking, and opportunities." (

David Doré, chairperson of the Business Department and instructor of Business Management, received the first-place Platinum award for his online course Ownership and Operation of a Small Business (SMBS135).

Donna Eyestone, the instructor for the online course Digital Media Skills (BCST 119), received the second-place Gold award.

David was one of the pioneering instructors who helped establish online teaching and learning at CCSF and has taught online for 11 semesters. David's popular online course has helped countless students over the years become successful small business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area. The judges reported that his course provided an exemplary model for innovation in small business instruction.

David's course was redesigned last year under the guidance of Patricia Delich, senior instructional designer in the Department of Technology Mediated Instruction. Natalia Kutygina, a CCSF student intern, worked with David and Patricia and played a significant role in designing the course's interface.

Donna's course also won first place for "Best Online Course" in 2004 through the California Virtual Campus (CVC). Her course is popular with both students and instructors. The CVC judges reported that her course provides ample opportunity for student interactions, inviting students to become truly involved in the content. Additionally, the judges found that they wanted to enroll in the class and participate in its activities.

These two awards have extended CCSF's recognition in the field of online teaching and learning to the national level. In addition to the two USDLA awards, CCSF online courses have received five statewide awards.

Don Lake, longtime USDLA board member and chair of the awards committee, noted that, "This year's award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning." He continued, "The USDLA awards program honors outstanding contributions from across the spectrum of distance learning from satellite and videoconferencing to online distance learning programs. These are the best of the best."

CCSF offers over 70 online courses in a wide range of disciplines. For more information about online courses offered at CCSF go to: Photo of David and Dornna

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