December 2015
Women's Volleyball Team headed to State Championships

Undefeated in Coast Conference South League play, the Foothill College Women's Volleyball team is headed to the state championships this weekend at College of the Canyons. This is the Lady Owls first trip to the championships since 1998 when they placed third. Play will begin on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. v LA Pierce College. Live updates will be posted to the college's Twitter account . The team finished the regular season with a 25-1 record, and number two ranking.

UC system extends application deadline to January 4

The University of California (UC) system extended its transfer application deadline to Monday, January 4. Please encourage students to apply if they haven't already. More information may be found on the UC website.

Foothill College debuts The Hoot student newsletter

Early last month the Marketing & Public Relations Department, in partnership with Student Affairs, debuted The Hoot, a new student newsletter. Published on the first of each month, the Hoot is emailed to all currently enrolled students and placed throughout campus. To view this month's issue, visit

To submit information, please email Andrea Hanstein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. 

Earn one unit of PGA by participating in reflective blog challenge

Interested in earning one unit of PGA credit by writing reflectively about education, pedagogy and student success?  The Professional Development Committee invites Foothill College faculty and staff to create a blog where you will publish seven pieces of writing with 25 sentences or more over the span of nine weeks beginning the week of Monday, January 11. Authors are asked to focus on student success, education, and/or teaching and learning. Participants who complete all seven pieces of writing will earn one unit of PGA credit.
To submit your name, please send an email to Ben Stefonik no later than Tuesday, January 5. Be sure to take a peak at last year's blogs!
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.

Judy Baker provided updates on implementation of Canvas, Foothill College's participation in the Online Education Initiative (OEI) and an update on the Committee on Online Learning (COOL).  The document detailing relevant updates for Canvas, OEI, and C.O.O.L. may be found here and the document detailing the timeline associated with the implementation of Canvas here
The Sustainability Report was approved. This was the first report since the 2009. A discussion took place regarding participation on workgroups, taskforces, committees, etc. A larger discussion will take place at a future PaRC meeting.

David Ulate presented on students' registration patterns for Foothill College, specifically a breakdown of students by their enrollment/registration priority category and an analysis of whether students are taking advantage of the registration window they are given. A summary of the enrollment priorities (and registration data) may be found here.
The out-of-cycle, revised mission statement was presented. Feedback received from the recent EMP survey was largely positive and the revised statement will move forward:
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.

Renovated Foothill College Library opens January 4

The newly renovated Foothill College Library will open its doors on Monday, January 4 - just in time for the start of the winter quarter! In addition to improved lighting and a new weather-resistant roof, the Library will feature a learning commons with state-of-the art technology, improved individual study areas, more group study rooms, durable furnishings, and efficient heating and air conditioning.

Dance Company presents annual Jingle & Mingle Dance Showcase

The Foothill College Repertory Dance Company presents its annual Jingle & Mingle Dance Showcase Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2504). Admission is free. Audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy that will then be given to a local child who would otherwise go without this holiday season.

Puente Program seeking mentors willing to work with students

The Foothill College Puente Program is seeking mentors to work with their  27 students, all of whom are first-generation college students who benefit from information transfer, skill development, and advocacy. Interested mentors are asked to commit to 15 hours between December 2015 and June 2016. Much of the time will be based on the mentor and mentee's schedule. An initial training will take place on Saturday, December 12.

If you are interested, please complete a brief survey or contact Puente Co-Coordinators Susie Huerta and Voltaire Villanueva.

More than 600 students attend University Transfer Fair

More than 600 Foothill students attended the college's University Transfer Fair last month to discuss transfer options with visiting admissions representatives from 9 UC campuses, 7 CSU campuses, 26 private universities and 19 out-of-state colleges. Foothill hosts the annual event to showcase the variety of choices available to students as they prepare to make transfer decisions.
Organized by the Foothill College Transfer Center, the popular annual event gives Foothill students the unique opportunity to meet one to one with admissions officers, and get answers to questions about requirements, scholarships and more. A variety of free admissions workshops were also presented at the information fair to further help Foothill students learn about potential university-transfer destinations.
"Our annual Transfer Day event is open to all students, and we're delighted that so many attended the event. Students who had the best Transfer Day experience did more than stop by an information table," says Foothill Transfer Center Coordinator Karen Oeh. "They researched potential transfer schools, and came prepared with thoughtful questions about academic majors, admissions and degree requirements, campus life, housing and financial aid."

Based on their feedback, Foothill students were extremely interested in discussing transfer options with representatives from the UC and CSU campuses, especially UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UCLA.

The date for the 2016 University Transfer Day Fair will be announced later this spring. However, Foothill hosts drop-in and by-appointment consultations with visiting university admissions representatives throughout the year. 

Purchase tamales for the holidays and support student scholarships

O.L.A. is once again hosting its tamale fundraiser to raise money in support of student scholarships. The tamales are $20 per dozen and are filled with cheese/jalapeno, chicken, beef, or pork. Orders are due no later than Tuesday, December 8. To order, please fill out the  online order form.
O.L.A. is a professional organization which aims to foster the academic success of Foothill College students of Latino decent through community building, advocacy, and the facilitation of support services. In addition, O.L.A. promotes awareness of the diverse Latino culture and heritage.

Donate your new and gently-used books to Operation Santa Book Drive

The Faculty, Classified, and Student Senates are partnering with the Operation Santa Book Drive, which benefits Santa Clara County foster kids. Please drop off your new (or gently used) unwrapped books in the boxes located in the Bookstore, Administration Building, Chancellor's Office, and Language Arts Division Office. Organizers are especially in need of books for children, ages 8-12. Books will be accepted thru Friday, December 11. 
The Foothill College Fusion staff newsletter is published the first Thursday of each month. Have something you would like to share with the Foothill College community? Email Andrea Hanstein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.