January 2017
Construction on new district offices set to begin this quarter; parking affected

Construction on the new FHDA district offices is set to begin this quarter. In order to begin the project, construction crews will need to stage their equipment in parking lot 7, located near the Lohman Theatre and student services building. The lot will close beginning Monday, January 23. Students will be encouraged to park in lot 1H, located behind the ETS building. Signage will be in place alerting everyone to the change. For the location of parking lots, please visit the campus map webpage

Umoja Community students bond outside the classroom

This fall, Foothill launched a Umoja Community, dedicated to supporting first-year African American students through a more concerted focus on black culture, history and community. About 60 students participated during the first quarter of classes. Instructors Sam White and Kimberly Escamill taught the first round of English classes, and the goal is for students to complete English 1A or 1B by spring 2017. But the program offers much more than communal classes.

As the name implies, Umoja Community creates a space for the entire group to meet.  A communications discussion course served that purpose this quarter. Students also shared a common counselor in Tracee Cunningham, who met with students regularly and joined in some of the off campus trips.
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.

Quality Focus Essay (QFE) topics will be decided at January 18 all-team accreditation. Emerging themes include program review, technology/online learning, pathways, and shared governance. The college community should receive a draft of the QFE in late February and the self-study in late March. Town halls will be scheduled accordingly.

The purpose of the district strategic plan is to develop district-based strategies that work to support the mission of the district. To accomplish this, the plan identifies seven district strategic priorities, the college and district goals that support those priorities, and then the specific district strategies that will work to support those goals. Each strategy will have one or more associated metrics as a way to assess progress. Members are asked to submit changes directly to Andrew LaManque.  
All potential hiring committee members required to attend EEO training

The Office of Equity, 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.

Thursday, February 2; 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; room 5614; RSVP
Thursday, February 16; 9 a.m. - 12 noon; room 5702; RSVP
Friday, March 10; 9 a.m. - 12 noon; Toyon Room; RSVP 
Monday, March 13; 2 p.m. -5 p.m.; room 5702; RSVP 

Popular Foothill show proves physics can in fact be fun

Professors Frank Cascarano and David Marasco are on a mission to prove that physics can in fact be fun. From breaking glass with sound to  someone emerging unharmed after reclining on a bed of nails while being hit with a sledgehammer, each of the demonstrations links physics explanations to everyday experiences. Be sure to check it out this Saturday, January 7 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3:30 p.m. Can't make it this weekend? The show will also take place on Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5.
Learn more about a monster black hole at upcoming astronomy lecture
As part of the 17th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, UCLA's Andrea Ghez will discuss The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy, an illustrated, non-technical lecture Wednesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served. 

Important academic deadlines fast approaching

Please remind students that the deadline to petition for winter graduation is Wednesday, February 1. Students interested in graduating are responsible for scheduling a required 30-minute petition consultation with a Foothill counselor. Appointments may be scheduled online or via phone.

The last day to add a class is Sunday, January 22, which is also the last to drop a class for a full refund or credit. Login to MyPortal for specific deadlines.
Winter quarter Week of Welcome activities

ASFC is hosting a Week of Welcome the first week of the winter quarter (Monday, January 9 - Thursday, January 12). Information booths will be across campus with free snacks. Additionally, students may take part in the passion poster project by sharing their new year's resolutions and hopes for the year. Students and employees are also encouraged to participate in the jacket drive by dropping off a new or gently used jacket which will be donated to a person in need. Booths will be staffed between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

January is Jewish Heritage Month at Foothill

January is Jewish History Month and Foothill College is celebrating with a series of events. Join ASFC on Wednesday, January 18 at 12 noon in the Campus Center Dining Room for Jewish folk dance lessons with Foothill's own Donna Frankel. Refreshments will be served.  End the month with a traditional Shabbat dinner on Friday, January 31 in the Hearthside Lounge at 5 p.m. To fully experience the power of one of Judaism's oldest traditions, all electronics will be checked at the door. To RSVP, visit the events calendar. 
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 the first week of the quarter (Monday, January 9 - Thursday, January 12) from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Student Council Chambers (room 2018) and all subsequent Wednesdays through the end of the quarter.  

General scholarship deadline: February 16

Please remind students that the deadline to apply for a scholarship is Thursday, February 16. Financial Aid is hosting a free scholarship workshop on Tuesday, January 19 at 2 p.m. in room 8401. A full list of scholarships is available online.
Foothill College Good News Corner!
Theatre Arts instructor Julie Engelbrecht designed the sets, costumes, and props for the The MeshugaNutcracker!,  a full-length musical comedy that performed in Los Angeles during December.  The ABC Radio reviewed the show and had only good things to say:  Light! Happy! Fun! Joyful! Something completely original. The story of Chanukah told to the music of Tchaikovsky-absolutely marvelous! Chanukah is even more special because of them.        

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