April 2016
Planning and Resource Council (PaRC) Update

Below is a summary of the action and information items from the most recent Planning and Resource Council (PaRC) meetings. For complete minutes and first-reads, please visit the PaRC website.

PaRC approved the revised
Institutional Effectiveness Standards & Goals by consensus.

The subgroups will meeting on the alternate Wednesdays to PaRC and the majority of their work will take place during the spring quarter.

The district is revising its mission statement and looking for feedback. The proposed statement is available online and general comments should be sent directly to ulatedavid@fhda.edu. The Academic and Classified Senates are currently reviewing the draft and will bring feedback to the April Chancellor's Advisory Committee meeting. 

FEI hosting screening of documentary featuring undocumented students

The Family Engagement Institute (FEI) is hosting a screening of Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie), a 75-minute documentary that chronicles the journeys of undocumented students, on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre. 

Called a celebration of inclusion and diversity, Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) focuses on Angy Rivera, who since age 4, has lived in the U.S. with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Just 24 years old when the film was made, Rivera, from Colombia, becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and YouTube channel. Following the film, a panel discussion will take place. 

Important add, drop, and graduation deadlines approaching

Please remind students that the last day to add a class is Saturday, April 16, which is also the last to drop a class for a full refund or credit. Additionally, Sunday, May 1 is the deadline to petition for spring graduation.

Foothill College nature walks in honor of Earth Day

Biology instructor Gillian Schultz is leading a series of nature walks around the Foothill campus in honor of Earth Day. The walks will take place on Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22 at 8 a.m. and will last approximately an hour. Gillian will discuss the plants and animals that call Foothill home and has binoculars to share with walkers. Please RSVP to schultzgillian@fhda.edu if you are interested in participating. 
Join Foothill dental hygiene students at Fifth Annual Oral Cancer Awareness Walk

Dental hygiene students are hosting their Fifth Annual Oral Cancer Awareness Walk this Saturday, April 9 on the college track.  Every day more than 100 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer, with the fastest growing number of cases occurring in young adults who are non-smokers. Early detection increases survival rates to 80-90 percent. Walkers can drop in for a few laps or stay for the whole event. Each lap is one-quarter mile. Complimentary refreshments and T-shirts will be provided to all registered participants. 

Evening with author Frances Dinkelspiel, author of novel focusing on greed and violence within wine industry

Foothill is hosting an evening with author Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, on Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m.in the Lohman Theatre. 

On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire had been deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, a skilled con man and thief with storage space at the warehouse who needed to cover his tracks. With a propane torch and a bucket of gasoline-soaked rags, Anderson annihilated entire California vineyard libraries as well as bottles of some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Sadly, Mark Anderson was not the first to harm the industry. Dinkelspiel looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California's wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait. 

Tickets are $50 and include a book signing and reception. All proceeds will benefit student scholarships. 

Help the Tools for Transition and Work Community Garden Project secure grant funding

The Foothill College Tools for Transition and Work (TTW) Community Garden Project has been selected to participate in the Seeds of Change Grant Program contest in April. To win, TTW needs community support through daily votes on the Seeds of Change TTW voting page. Supporters may vote once per day through Monday, April 18.

Students enrolled in Foothill's environmental horticulture courses will help TTW students develop the vocational skills required to create and maintain a thriving community garden that includes permaculture, native plant selection, medicinal herbs, plant propagation, pest management, and bio-intensive sustainable organic gardening.

By learning operational and entrepreneurial skills necessary to manage a community garden, TTW students can become garden ambassadors, sharing best practices with other Bay Area community college students on how to take well-being into their own hands by growing their own food.

April is Asian Pacific Islander Month at Foothill
April is Asian Pacific Islander Month and Foothill College is celebrating with a series of events. Join ASFC on Monday, April 11 at 11 a.m. in the Hearthside Lounge for a screening of On the Job, a Filipino crime thriller based on a real life political scandal. 
The celebration will conclude with an Indonesian Food Festival on Saturday, April 30 from 12 noon - 4 p.m. in the Campus Dining Room. 

For a full listing of events, please visit the Heritage Months website. 
Foothill alum receives prestigious National Bar Association award

Foothill College alumnus Andrew W. Houston, J.D., was recently named the recipient of the National Bar Association's 40 Under 40 Award. The award recognizes the nation's top lawyers under age 40 who also exemplify a broad range of high achievement, including innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community involvement.

"It's very satisfying and humbling to have been selected for this prestigious award, especially because it recognizes the good things that my fellow awardees and I are doing in our communities and in our profession. I count myself fortunate to stand with strong professionals who are committed to uplifting the community," he says.

Spring plant sale highlights heirloom tomatoes and low-water-use plants

The Foothill College Environmental Horticulture & Design Program is holding its spring plant sale, with a spotlight on heirloom tomatoes and low-water-use plants, on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the college's horticulture facilities adjacent to Lot 8. 

The popular fundraiser features heirloom tomato plants, California native and plants, shrubs, perennials, bamboos, decorative grasses, ground covers and more.
Items for sale are first come, first served. Payment must be cash or check; credit cards are not accepted. Bring bags or boxes to transport purchases. Sale proceeds are tax-deductible.

Did you know?

Foothill College recycles printer cartridges! Simply place your used cartridges in the filing cabinet located in the 1900 Building, across from room 1918. If the drawers are full, place them on the top of the cabinet. Cartridge boxes do not need to be taped shut or labeled. Please do not leave them in the 1900 Building breezeway.

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