January 2016
Winter Quarter Professional Development Day on Friday, January 22

The Professional Development Committee invites employees to attend the Winter Quarter Professional Development Day on Friday, January 22  from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Hearthside Lounge.  The conversation will continue at 4:30 p.m. at First and Main (397 Main Street, Los Altos).

The theme for the event is "Professional Practice Exchange" and the goal is for members of the Foothill community to share and learn from each other's efforts and experiences with professional development. Attendees will hear from faculty and staff who have recently completed a Professional Development Leave, as well as from some who have recently facilitated professional development opportunities for our campus. This will be a great chance to learn from colleagues and form cross-campus connections.  Come ready to brainstorm!  Participants will be guided through a process to envision how they might use what they just learned in their own classroom or office.

Register for the event at http://conta.cc/1n4r0OH.
Student Equity Workgroup sponsors screening of White People documentary

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to a screening of White People  and a follow-up panel discussion featuring award-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas on Thursday, January 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 1501.

White People explores white privilege in the U.S. The presentation is sponsored by the Foothill College Student Equity Workgroup.

The founder of DefineAmerican, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation of immigration and citizenship in America, Vargas is also the founder and editor of #EmergingUs, a digital magazine focusing on race, immigration and identity in a multicultural America. 
Basic Skills Workgroup soliciting funding proposals

Do you have a New Year's resolution to implement or improve a program at Foothill? Is it devoted to student success? Does it reach students enrolled in pre-collegiate classes?

The Basic Skills Workgroup is currently soliciting proposals to assist students, staff, and faculty associated with pre-collegiate level courses. Funding is available for a wide-range of projects, activities and resources. Last year, funded proposals included faculty professional development, loaner calculators for students, embedded tutoring in a variety of disciplines, and both Math and English Summer Bridge Programs.

This year, one goal of the Basic Skills Workgroup is to expand existing programs as well as fund new ones. Please submit proposals (for both new and continuing support)  to Victor Tam by Tuesday, January 19. Although proposals are approved on a continuing basis, the initial January 2016 deadline is to ensure funding and implementation can occur in a timely manner.

Foothill students engineer adaptive devices for children with disabilities

This year, Foothill College launched a five-course series for students who want to work in the biomedical industry, a booming segment of the Silicon Valley tech sector. The classes are part of the Science Learning Institute (SLI), an initiative that uses an innovative education model for the successful teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at all levels. Each course emphasizes a hands-on approach that encourages students to explore the process of science, not just the solution.

Oxana Pantchenko, Ph.D., who champions the goals of Foothill's SLI, is the force behind the biomedical device-engineering curriculum. She taught ENGR 83A: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering this fall to a class of about 25 Foothill students. The goal of the course was to design an adaptive handle that would help people with disabilities, especially children, grasp things they otherwise could not easily hold. The students collaborated with each other, as well as with campus and community experts from multiple disciplines.

FHDA Employees now have access to Office 365

All FHDA employees now have access to Office 365 thanks to Educational Technology Services (ETS). Office 365 gives employees access to Microsoft Office products via the cloud and allows users to access documents from various devices.

To access the service, log in to MyPortal and click on the Office 365 channel.  Each employee is allotted 1 TB of space
 (roughly equal to 220 million pages of full text) and may upload up to 10 GB per file and 100 files at a time. 
January is Jewish Heritage Month at Foothill

January is Jewish History Month and Foothill College is celebrating with a series of events, including guest speakers, live entertainment and more.

Stop by the Campus Center Dining Room today, from 12 noon - 1 p.m. and try
falafel and learn about Jewish foods from around the world and Jewish organizations that fight hunger globally.   While you are there, make a donation to Masbia, a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry. Masbia feeds hungry people while providing free, wholesome and delicious meals for people in a restaurant-style environment.   For a full listing of this month's events, visit the ASFC website.
Counseling Division offers Quick Questions service for students

The Counseling Division is again offering Quick Questions this quarter. Students who have a quick question may meet with a counselor without an appointment. Counselors will be on-hand thru tomorrow Thursday, January 7, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in room 6030 (across from KJ's breezeway location) and all subsequent Wednesdays thru Friday, March 25. 
General Scholarship Deadline: February 11

Please remind students that the deadline to apply for a scholarship is Thursday, February 11. Financial Aid is hosting a free scholarship workshop on Wednesday, January 27 at 10 a.m. in room 8330. A full list of scholarships is available online.
Foothill College Good News Corner!

Astronomy professor Dr. Andrew Fraknoi had a book which he co-authored published by the National Science Teachers' Association.  The book, Solar Science:Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More is ideally timed to help teachers get middle-schoolers ready for August 21, 2017 - the day when millions of North Americans will have the rare chance to witness a total solar eclipse. The book contains more than three dozen activities that cover eclipses, the Sun's motions, the space weather caused by the Sun, the measures of time and seasons in daily life, and more.

The Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program was featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the Journal of California Dental Hygienists' Association. The article highlighted the programs new baccalaureate degree.

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.