Retiree Prez Says – Nov 2019

Sometime in the summer of 2006, Barbara Hanfling, Mark Newton and I were sitting in my backyard enjoying a beer and talking about AFT6157 and other related items. Having been retired for two years from the ranks of the full-time teachers, I had been reflecting on the well-being of my fellow emeritus colleagues, of whom […]

Meet Phil Hu, New Executive Director of AFT 6157

Raised in a diplomatic family (similar to a military family), I traveled extensively as a child and experienced many cultures, perspectives, and languages. By the time I was nine, I had been on three continents and in seven countries. My itinerate upbringing bestowed in me a deep appreciation of diversity, a discerning ear for languages, […]

Building Community Via our Website

Working with consultant Susan Yuen, the Retiree Chapter has established our very own website, We wanted to get away from the intensive and paper-wasteful mailing we have conducted for over 10 years, and we wanted to communicate more directly and with immediacy with you our members. With the demise of our union award-winning newsletter, […]

Follow up on Ann Lopez

Ann Lopez at Distribution, Photo by Steve Herrera

By Ron Levesque Feeding Terrified Farmworkers Following up on the article about the Farmworker Families program of Ann Lopez in our Spring 2019 newsletter, I want to summarize a San Jose Mercury News article from August 24, 2019 on one aspect of her program. Entitled “In Santa Cruz County, a clandestine food bank draws hundreds […]

College Presidents in Short Supply

As the fall semester gets underway, both San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College have interim leadership. At SJCC, a hiring process is well underway to hire a full time president. Roland Montemayor has been Interim President for over a year. At EVC, as reported in a short announcement in the San Jose Mercury […]

EVC and Tesla

An August article in the San Jose Mercury News entitled, “Tesla, Evergreen Valley College partner to give students a START on their careers” describes a new partnership between the automaker and the college. Tesla’s START program has been established at EVC, which joins a unique group of six community colleges nationwide which have been selected […]

William Jacobs, Fifty-two Years and Counting

A Life at San Jose City and Evergreen Valley College By Walter Soellner In the straw-colored Montgomery Hills above Evergreen Valley College, the procession snaked their way up to a grassy knoll overlooking the campus belowand the city of San Jose in the distance. It was a beautiful spring day, April 20th, 1990. After eight […]

Remembering Virginia Scales

By Alice Gosak and Ronald Levesque, retired ESL Instructors [N.B. Virginia died on October 6, 2018 and this tribute was written in that same month.] When both of her children were in school, Virginia Scales ventured to San Jose City College to follow the dream she had since graduating from high school in Fresno: she […]

Passing of Henry Gee

Message from Byron Breland, Chancellor of San José/Evergreen Community College District: It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Henry Gee, a long-time Evergreen Valley College faculty member. Henry passed on the evening of October 2, 2019 and was an integral part of the EVC family for nearly 35 […]