December 2017
Let it Snow Holiday Party: December 8 

It's time for the annual holiday party! Join us for games, food and fun. 

This year we'll have a photo booth, pin the nose on the snowman, and a card decorating table. 

Wear your favorite ugly sweater. You could win the mystery prize! 

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 discussed the recent district budget town halls held at Sunnyvale and the main campus. The group will resume budget discussions in January. All are still welcome to give feedback and comments via the website

Andrew LaManque, AVP of Instruction, presented the Chancellor's Office Guided Pathways Initiative, a framework to increase student completion rates. The college will begin planning for implementation in winter quarter. 

The Integrated Plan was passed on the second read and will go to the Board in January. The plan outlines potential areas of activity for the 3SP, Basic Skills, and Equity Plans. 

PaRC moved to approve the creation of two new transfer degrees: A.A.-T in Child and Adolescent Development and A.A.-T in Elementary Teacher Education. 
Reminder: Winter Registration is Underway! 

Please encourage your students to continue their studies at Foothill this winter quarter. Classes start Jan. 8.
Annual Holiday Ceramics Sale

Looking for a unique gift? Stop by the annual student pottery sale on Cesar Chavez Plaza from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 7. Proceeds benefit the ceramics program and student club. Cash and checks accepted. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a vase made by instructor Andy Ruble!
Donate to Good Causes on Campus

Giving Tuesday may be over, but there are still opportunities to donate to good causes on campus. Visit the website to find out ways you can give this holiday season.  
Foothill College Good News Corner!

Biology instructor Jeff Schinske has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award (OUSTA) from the Society for College Science Teaching. He is the first community college instructor to win the award! Jeff will accept his award and present at the National Science Teachers Association conference in March. 

Heather Garcia, an Instructional Designer in Online Learning, will give a presentation at the Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting in January. Her presentation will focus on how instructional designers define their roles through professional communities of practiceHeather's poster session on tech-enabled strategies to improve student learning was also accepted. 

Photography instructor Ron Herman was invited to be a guest lecturer for the "Camera as Witness: International Human Rights" class at Stanford University. He spoke about ethics in documenting across cultures. Ron drew from his personal photography experiences in Myanmar, Senegal and Cuba to engage the students in conversation on contentious social issues.

Computer science student Marcus Carriel was mentioned in a recent East Palo Alto Weekly article about Tech Tuesdays at StreetCode Academy, which provides high tech training for young adults in communities of color. Through StreetCode, Marcus found his interest in computers and is following that passion at Foothill.  

Karl Schmidt will sing with The Choral Project on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16-17. The program will feature music from several faith traditions and cultures around the globe. Buy tickets here

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