April 2017
Foster youth finds faith in her dreams at Foothill College

Missy Hart was the first person in her family to get a high school diploma. Next June, she'll also become the first to graduate from college.  "I always wanted to go to college, but I didn't know how to make it happen," said Hart. "Foothill opened the door for me." 
Hart's maternal grandparents emigrated from Mexico to California to work in the orchards. They eventually saved enough money to move to Redwood City, where Hart grew up. Hart's father died when she was young, and her mother often worked two or three jobs at a time to support Hart and her brother.

With little supervision, Hart started getting into trouble and hanging out with neighborhood gangs. She became a ward of the court at age 11 and bounced from group homes to lockdown facilities around the state. When she was released from state custody at 18, Hart found herself homeless. She stayed with friends and worked two jobs to save enough to rent a room.

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Second spring session registration begins April 24; classes start May 22

This spring, Foothill is offering both a regular spring quarter  and a second spring session, which replaces what was formerly known as early summer. Regular spring begins on Monday, April 10, while second spring starts on Monday, May 22. The class schedule for both regular and second spring is available on the college website and in MyPortal. Registration for second spring does not open until Monday, April 24. 

Accreditation town halls scheduled for April and May

The accreditation teams are pulling together a draft of the college's self-study which will be shared with the college community in the coming months. A series of town halls have been scheduled to discuss the document:

Wednesday, April 26 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Hearthside Lounge
Monday, May 1 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Sunnyvale Center
Tuesday, May 2 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Hearthside Lounge
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 by consensus the creation of a new ADT degree in global studies. 

The group suggested the following revision to the Foothill College mission statement:

Believing a well-educated population is essential to sustaining and enhancing a democratic society, Foothill College offers programs and services that empower students to achieve their goals as members of the workforce, as future students and as global citizens. We work to obtain equity in achievement of student outcomes for all California student populations, and are guided by our core values of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, transparency, forgiveness, and sustainability. Foothill College offers associate degrees and certificates in multiple disciplines, and a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene.

The new statement will be voted on at the April 19 meeting.  
Associated students elections approaching; encourage students to run

The Associated Students of Foothill College (ASFC) are looking for new leaders and faculty are encouraged to recommend students to run! Elections are coming this spring for the following positions: President, Student Trustee, VP of Finance, VP of Senate, VP of Administration, VP of Activities, VP of the Inter Club Council and Senators. Applications are available now in the ASFC offices (Campus Center, Room 2011) or can be downloaded from foothill.edu/campuslife/election. For more information, drop in or email asfcpres@foothill.eduApplications are due Tuesday, April 18.

Annual spring plant sale this Saturday; proceeds benefit Environmental Horticulture & Design program

The Foothill College Environmental Horticulture & Design Program is hosting its spring plant sale, with a spotlight on heirloom tomatoes and low-water-use plants, this Saturday, April 8, 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, decorative grasses, ground covers, pottery 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.  
Foothill celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with series of events

April is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Foothill is celebrating with a series of events. The college will host a yoga workshop and a lecture series featuring influential thinkers in a variety of fields. Refreshments will be served at most events. Check the events calendar for specific days and times.  
Civil rights attorney Dale Minami on campus to discuss Korematsu v. United States 

Civil rights attorney Dale Minami headed the legal team that overturned the conviction of Fred Korematsu, whose defiance of the World War II Japanese American internment order led to Korematsu v. United States, one of the most controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century. Minami will speak Monday, April 24, 12-1:30 p.m. in Appreciation Hall after a screening of excerpts from the documentary "Fight for Justice: The Coram Nobis Cases." 
All potential hiring committee members required to attend EEO training

The Office of Equity Programs, in conjunction with Human Resources, is offering a number of equal employment opportunity trainings. Participants will learn the legal requirements of equal employment opportunity, the benefits of workforce diversity; the potential for personal bias to influence decision-making, the roles of each serving member; and equitable best practices for search and selection committees. Training is mandatory for all hiring committees members. 

Monday, May 8; 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; ADM 1943; RSVP 
Friday, June 2; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; ADM 1943; RSVP  
Foothill College Good News Corner!
Music history instructor Elizabeth Barkley has been invited to launch a new lecture series at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan in April. The organizers of the lecture series are inviting speakers from Canada and the United States to share insights on high impact, evidence-based teaching strategies. Elizabeth will be speaking on student engagement, drawing from her Student Engagement Techniques book (Jossey-Bass, 2010). She has also agreed to do a workshop on collaborative learning for a smaller group of faculty.

EMS program director Dave Huseman was one of the honored guests at the "Serving Hope: A Benefit for St. Anthony's Catholic Church" in San Francisco. Dave and his students have volunteered at St. Anthony's for a number of years
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