DCFA Executive Council Meeting November 2022

The DCFA Executive Council will meet on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 2:00 pm. This meeting is open to DCFA Members in Good Standing (dues paid in full/payroll deduction submitted). Members may contact the DCFA Secretary for a Zoom link to attend.

DCFA in the News

Check out the DCFA in the News page for spotlights on members and union activities. Most recently, past president and current member Chris Curtis was featured in two MEA: Unions in Higher Education videos.

DCFA Ratifies First Contract

DCFA President Chris Curtis writes, “The DCFA Negotiation Team worked diligently with the Administrative Team over the past three years on Delta’s first complete collective bargaining agreement (CBA). On May 16, both teams reached a Tentative Agreement (TA). A presentation of the TA to the DCFA Executive Council took place on Friday, May 20, and the Council agreed with the Negotiation Team’s recommendation to approve the TA for a ratification vote by DCFA Members in Good Standing. Following a May 24 General Membership meeting reviewing the TA, the DCFA conducted a ratification vote from May 25 – May 31. As was reported to DCFA Members earlier, the TA was overwhelmingly approved by membership.”

The Delta College Board of Trustees unanimously passed approval for the CBA at their June meeting, and both the administration and DCFA negotiation teams are proofreading the final copy. The contract will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

The DCFA would like to thank Negotiation Team Chair, Matt Eyre, and the members of the Negotiation Team, Laura Dull, Chris Hausbeck, Donna Giuliani, Ray Lacina, Ryan Petersen, and Felicia Peters, along with our MEA representative Rondy Murray, for all their efforts in this significant achievement. Chris Curtis also served as an ex officio member.

Fantastic Faculty Update

The Fantastic Faculty feature has moved! Delta College President Dr. Gavin has invited these stories to be published internally via the Delta News and shared monthly with the Board of Trustees. Press looking for great tips can contact Leanne Govitz (leannegovitz-at-delta.edu), and visit the Delta home page for news features (www.delta.edu). The DCFA appreciates Dr. Gavin’s collaborative approach to sharing faculty news, and we look forward to connecting with our community through these regular features.

Congratulations DCFA on First Contract!

Congratulations to the Delta College Faculty Association for negotiating its first ever contract with Delta College!

The Tentative Agreement was ratified by the DCFA Membership at the end of June, and approved by the Delta College Board of Trustees at a special meeting on July 7, 2021.

DCFA leadership expressed appreciation for the work of the DCFA Negotiation Team and to the DCFA Membership for their consideration and support.

This is a one-year contract with portions still remaining under negotiation. The DCFA looks forward to working with Delta College’s newly appointed president, Dr. Michael Gavin, to establish a long-term, positive working relationship.

Fantastic Faculty :: Creating Book Arts

While many of us appreciate a good book, Associate Professor of English Mark Brown has taken up a unique perspective of the book form through book arts, which he defines as “an artistic and scholarly field that asks questions about what a book is, what it does, how it’s constructed, and how its content and form together can do new things. It draws attention to the physical object of the book and tries to push the boundaries of what fits under that label. The short version of that,” he adds, “is it’s where people make fascinating, amazing artworks that use the book form as their basis.”

Mark explains his journey with book arts began as an undergraduate when he came across the book Cover to Cover by Shereen LaPlantz. He was “entranced by a book made out of metal that was shaped like a fish and the ‘pages’ hung on metal rings. I loved the tiny books that were housed in handmade boxes, poems handwritten on scrolls wound around wooden spools, and books with windows and secret compartments.” Inspired, Mark says he “immediately started trying to imitate some of what I saw with copy paper, glue, rubber bands, and other supplies on my desk.”

Later, in his MFA program, Mark took a book art class from Tom Trusky who was head of the Idaho Center for the Book, but “beyond that,” he shares, “I am largely self-taught.” In 2018, Mark attended a month-long National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah where he studied with book artists and scholars like Johanna Drucker and Charlotte Howe. “We visited rare book rooms at both University of Utah and Brigham Young University; made everything from cheap, hand-drawn zines on copy paper to electronic books programmed with Arduino circuit boards. Each participant created a final project that was part of a show at the Salt Lake City Library for four months. It was one of the most exciting, gratifying professional, creative experiences I’ve ever had.” The show was also on display in the Delta College Library for six months.

Sharing his expertise with students in the classroom, Mark’s honors composition course is “built around zines and self-publication, and the first thing we do on the first day is create an individualized, hand-made zibaldone (notebook or commonplace book). In an effort to get students to simultaneously be less self-conscious about their writing and also more purposeful, we practice different ways of presenting their writing in self-published zines. Zines are cheap and meant to be easy and accessible, but I also introduce them to artist books and the concept of book arts. Some students take their projects to elaborate, sophisticated levels, and it’s been rewarding to see how enthusiastic and ambitious some of them become.”

Outside of the classroom, Mark belongs to a group called the Broken Nose Poetry Collective with the goal for each member to make and distribute a chapbook of original poetry to the other members of the group each year. ”My goal,” Mark says, “is to use different book arts ideas and techniques every time. One year I made seven or eight tiny, one-poem books and housed them all in a metal box the size of an Altoids tin. Another year, I made a poetry machine – a board with multiple spinning wheels called volvelles that could create over 144,000 different poetry combinations. The year I attended the NEH institute, I made an accordion book with the poems I wrote in Salt Lake on one side and a running print of the Wasatch Mountains on the other side. It’s a lot of work to create an edition of anywhere from 20 to 40 handmade books, but I find it satisfying and fun.”

Still, there are some frustrations, which Mark explains, “It’s probably the same for any artistic pursuit – it’s just never as good as I want it to be. I don’t know enough. I can’t find exactly the right material or pull off the technique in the way I want. It doesn’t match what I envision in my head. I’m getting better about accepting projects as they are rather than being angry about what I wanted them to be.”

But, overall, there are more positives, “Each new project is my latest, greatest joy. I just really love making new things, and I get excited about every step of the process – daydreaming and conceptualizing, prototyping, collecting materials, figuring out the problems that arise, showing the finished product to people who care. Books are magic – not just because of what we read in them but because of what they are. Making things that highlight and hopefully augment that magic is joyful for me.”

Fantastic Faculty :: RAD-AID International

Professor of Radiology Cindy Kramer applied for and was awarded a grant through the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to work with RAD-AID International. RAD-AID brings radiology to low-resource areas by delivering education, equipment, infrastructure and support. Cindy explains, “My task was to develop informational and educational resources that could be shared with patients so that they might better understand what takes place when they receive radiologic examinations.” Over two months, Cindy worked with representatives from RAD-AID to understand their end goals for this effort and to develop the content.

Cindy engaged her students in the process as they supplied her with photographs of work they were doing in the clinic to add realistic visual content. The completed an audio/visual presentation and brochure will be shared around the world.

“I have always had a desire to do mission work and use my radiology knowledge, and this was a perfect combination,” Cindy explains. “Historically, I would have gone to other countries and ‘taught’ them directly; however, travel was eliminated, and education/content was moved to online, much like we did on campus. It’s wonderful that RAD-AID is continuing its work all over the world through the pandemic. It was a great opportunity to serve my profession and network on a higher level.”

“I hope to continue to volunteer with this organization in any capacity they wish. I look forward to teaching others in underserved areas the importance of safety and quality in radiologic imaging.”