February 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.

In an effort to organize the various committee meetings throughout the quarter, an excel calendar document has been created and posted online.
A revised faculty out of cycle form was approved by consensus. Departments requesting the hire must submit the form to their dean. It is then reviewed by the area Vice President before being presented to PaRC. The President will make the final decision based on PaRC's recommendation. Out of cycle differs from an emergency request, which may only be considered in two situations: loss or accreditation or health/safety/legal concerns.

The current OPC resource rubric was approved by consensus for use this year. Further discussions will also take place in OPC, based on the feedback received at PaRC.

Due to restructuring in the workforce department, the college will hire an Associate Vice President of Finance and Workforce. This position will be in charge of managing various grant funds.
PaRC approved the EMP executive summary, which will be presented to the Board at its Monday, February 8 meeting. The summary and draft EMP document are available online.
The workgroup tri-chairs shared their funding and budget processes.  

College preparing for accreditation site visit in fall 2017

The college is preparing for its next accreditation visit, which will take place in the fall of 2017. The process will officially kick-off this afternoon and work on the self-study document will begin this spring.
Winter 2016: Organization of Self Study Teams/Training
Spring 2016: Teams begin working on Self Study
Spring 2016: Accreditation Survey conducted by IRP (students and employees)
Fall 2016: Teams complete first draft of Self Study (by end of quarter)
Winter 2017: Discussion of Quality Focus Essay (QFE) topics
Winter/Spring 2017: Continued work on Self Study
Winter / Spring 2017: Campus feedback incorporated into final draft
Spring 2017: Completion of Self Study and submission to the Board of Trustees
Fall 2017: Visiting Team Site Visit
Foothill College conducting active assailant lockdown drill on Tuesday, February 9

Foothill College is conducting an active assailant lockdown drill on Tuesday, February 9 at 10 a.m. During the drill, everyone is expected to act as if it is a real event.  The campus alert system will be activated to notify you when to begin the drill.   The alert will indicate, "This is only a drill." When the drill is complete, you will also receive a notification. Please note: Due to the limitations of our current system, alerts may arrive at different times.

Lockdown/Barricade Procedures
  • Faculty/staff/students should position themselves out of the line-of-sight of doors and windows.
  • If safe to do so, check outside of rooms(i.e. hallways) for nearby students, and move them into classrooms.
  • Close and lock all doors and windows.
  • Cover doors and windows
  • Move furniture to barricade doors.
  • Turnoff room/office lights and remain quiet.
  • Silence cell phones and other audible devices
  • Individuals outside of buildings should move away from campus to a safe location.
  • When safe to do so, instructors should take attendance and report the status to the designee (include missing or additional students).
Questions or concerns should be directed to the FHDA Police Department.
Student Equity Workgroup hosting Who We Are Influences Our Work workshop later this month

The Student Equity Workgroup (SEW) is hosting a day-long workshop entitled Who We Are Influences Our Work with nationally-known consultant Dr. Frances E. Kendall on Friday, February 26 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Hearthside Room.
We all function at three levels at the same time: the personal, the interpersonal, and the organizational. Because we want to believe that we treat everyone "the same," we tell ourselves that we leave our thoughts and biases at home, yet they show up in our behaviors, our decisions, and our interactions every day. In this session we will explore the importance of being conscious of the attitudes we hold and the impact they have on our behaviors so that we are able to provide the best service possible to all of our students.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Kendall, has focused on organizational change, diversity, and white privilege. Her clients include colleges and universities, corporations, and non-profits. Because she believes that personal and organizational change is possible, she is committed to facilitating the core changes necessary to create work environments that are hospitable to all people. Author of Diversity in the Classroom and Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race, Dr. Kendall was recently named a "Pioneer of Diversity" by the Profiles in Diversity Journal.

Click here to register. 
March 1: Deadline to petition for winter graduation

Please remind students that the deadline to petition for winter graduation is Tuesday, March 1. Students who intend to graduate are responsible for scheduling a required 30-minute petition consultation with a Foothill counselor. Appointments may be scheduled online or via phone.
Stanford offers mentorship program for low-income, first-generation transfer students

 Stanford University's Phoenix Scholars Mentorship program offers guidance and support to low-income, first-generation college students wishing to transfer to a four-year university. Students accepted into the program will receive transfer assistance and personal statement and resume development from a trained Stanford student mentor. Students must apply online by Monday, February 8.
February is Black History Month at Foothill

February is Black History Month and Foothill College is celebrating with a series of events. On Tuesday, February 16, ASFC is sponsoring a screening of the film Selma, starring David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, at 2 p.m. in the Hearthside Lounge. Selma is an award-winning historical drama that chronicles the Selma-to-
Montgomery voting rights marches led by Rev. Dr. Mar tin Luther King Jr.

Visit Cesar Chavez Plaza on Tuesday, February 23 at 12 noon to learn more about Foothill's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Transfer Agreement. Representatives from several student services departments will also be on-hand, including financial aid and the Transfer Center.
The month will conclude on Wednesday, February 24 at 12 noon in the Library Quad with a closing ceremony featuring the Hands on Fire Band and a complimentary lunch catered by Back A Yard Caribbean Restaurant. For a full listing of this month's events, visit the ASFC website. 
General Scholarship Deadline: February 11

Please remind students that the deadline to apply for a scholarship is Thursday, February 11. A full list of scholarships is available online.
Foothill College Good News Corner!

Foothill College students Courtney Cooper and Wesley Russell had an op-ed published in the San Jose Mercury News. The article focused on the dangers of sex trafficking.
Sean Okuniewicz, a Foothill College student, is currently appearing in the City Lights Theater Company's production of Tigers Be Still as troubled teen Zack. Okuniewicz currently studies theater at the college with Tom Gough.

Thanks to the generosity of Foothill College and Central Services staff, Classified Senate was able to donate 416 to the Operation Santa Book Drive! 
Communication Studies faculty Preston Ni is a commentator for BBC articles and web forums. He covers a host of interpersonal and professional communication topics ranging from conflict resolution to interview success. His most recent commentary appears in a BBC Capital article on overcoming the fear of career advancement.  
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