March 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.

The Workforce Workgroup Tri-Chairs presented the rubric used to  determine Perkins funding allocations. A total of $265,000 worth of requests were submitted. 
A draft of the EMP was presented to the Board of Trustees in early February and then approved. PaRC also approved the draft at its February 17 meeting.   

The History Department submitted an out-of-cycle faculty request. After discussion, PaRC recommended to the President that the request not be granted and that the department place the request in their program review. Additionally, the group suggested that the department reach out to the Student Equity Workgroup for funds to help develop curriculum for African-American and Latino history courses.
The college must submit a substantive change document to ACCJC detailing the planning process for the new Sunnyvale Center. Andrew LaManque presented the document to PaRC, which then approved its submission to ACCJC. 
Seven Foothill College faculty to receive tenure on Monday

Seven Foothill College faculty members will receive tenure at a reception on Monday, March 7 p.m. in the De Anza College Fireside Room, located in the Hinson Campus Center. Colleagues are welcome to attend the reception.
The seven faculty who will be recognized are:
Micaela Agyare, Library
Stephen Batham, History
David Huseman, EMT/Paramedic
Nicole Kerbey, Child Development
Eric Kuenhl, Music Technology
Richard Mills, English
Sarah Parikh, Engineering
Students may now add "preferred name" to class rosters

Students may now add or change their "preferred name" via MyPortal. To do so, students must click on either the Student or Registration tab in MyPortal and download the Add My Preferred First Name form, available in the My Profile box. After submitting the form along with a copy of a valid photo ID, the new preferred named will show up on instructors' class rosters. All official documents, such as transcripts, diplomas, etc., will continue to use the student's legal name.
Dental Hygiene students teach good oral hygiene in Vietnam

This year's winter break was one a group of Foothill College dental hygiene students won't soon forget.  Instead of working, shopping, or visiting with family, they traveled to Vietnam and helped over 1,000 children learn the value of good oral hygiene. Last summer, Cindy Ngo, mother of dental hygiene student Diana Ngo, heard that several students from the college's traveled to Honduras each summer as part of Medical Brigades, an international organization that provides healthcare to rural communities.

Ngo, a native of Vietnam, was interested in doing something similar in her home country. She approached Phyllis Spragge, Dental Hygiene Program Director, and the two began planning.

Within months, 25 second-year students began fundraising with the help of Go Fund Me accounts. Ngo partnered with organizations in Vietnam to loan some of the necessary onsite equipment and businesses, including Google and General Electric, established matching grants. Dental corporations and local dentists also donated supplies, including toothbrushes and dental floss, for the students to take with them.
Before they departed for Vietnam, the students put together a series of instructional videos as part of their Community Dental Health class, which focuses on developing community dental health programs. The videos, delivered in Vietnamese, discussed the importance of proper preventative care, including regular brushing and flossing.

"In Vietnam, they don't have a culture of preventative dental care. You visit the dentist when you have something wrong," says Spragge. "It was important that the videos were fun and quick so we didn't lose their attention.

Once they arrived in Vietnam, the group, including advisors Spragge and Dr. Ken Horowitz, family and student translators, visited three schools and orphanages located just outside of Ho Chi Minh City. Each morning, they worked together to setup makeshift clinics consisting of dental instruments, cleaning supplies, and lawnchairs, which doubled as dental chairs.

The students were surprised to learn that the many of the children had never picked up a toothbrush before.  Several of the students also had special needs and required assistance simply learning how to hold the brush.  In addition proper brushing techniques, the students also administered fluoride treatment to both the children and their caregivers.

"A lot of the kids had gross tooth decay and no access to what we consider basic dental needs in America," says second year student Vivian Vuong. "I hope we provided them with the education they need to care for their teeth for the rest of their lifetime."

In the end, it wasn't just the children who learned from the dental hygiene students. Every morning the students would gather for a morning huddle to discuss the day's events. Spragge says it was touching to hear how the experience transformed their view of the world.

"In any health profession, there is a tradition of giving back," she says. "You learn to leave your problems at the door and focus on the patient. It didn't matter if it was humid or dirty. We were there to help those children. 
ETS debuts new Technology Project request process

ETS has debuted at new Technology Project Request process. To access the form,
  1. Log in to MyPortal, click on Employees tab.
  2. Scroll to bottom of screen to find "New IT Project Request" area.
  3. Click on the green "Submit a new Project Request" button.
  4. Complete the form.
  5. Click on the Create button when you are finished completing the form.
  6. Requests will be routed to the President's Cabinet for review and approval.
For more explanation and background information, please watch a short video. Please note, this does not replace the ETS Request for Help system.
Financial aid and scholarships now available for Campus Abroad in Barcelona

This fall, Foothill's Campus Abroad Program is traveling to Barcelona, Spain. For 10 weeks, students will live and study in Spain's capital city, home to world-famous museums and beaches. The program costs $5,995 and includes housing, tuition, guided tours, and a travel pass. New this year - financial aid and scholarships are available. Interested students are asked to contact Campus Abroad Liaison Mark Anderson at  
Hilltop Caf� now serving breakfast all day

Following in the footsteps of McDonald's, the Hilltop Caf�, located in the 2000 Building, is now serving breakfast from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.
March is Women's History Month at Foothill
March is Women's History Month and Foothill College is celebrating with a series of events. On Wednesday, March 9 at 12 noon, the Clothesline Project, a moving experience, will take over the Library Quad. The project allows students the opportunity to show support for victims of domestic violence by creating special t-shirts. Refreshments will be served.Colleges and universities across the nation are discussing the topic of consent and how it affects relationships between students. To continue the conversation, the ASFC is sponsoring a Yes Means Yes: YWCA Consent Training on Thursday, March 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon in the Hearthside Lounge and 12 noon - 1 p.m. in the Dining Hall.

For a full listing of events, please visit the Heritage Months website. 
Dance team performs at Super Bowl 50 halftime show

The Foothill College Dance Team performed during the recent Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The team, lead by coach
Jamie Tonn, auditioned for the show in December and learned they were selected in January. After three weeks of eight-hour rehearsals, the women hit the field at Levi's Stadium during Coldplay's performance.
Women's Basketball Team finished league play undefeated

The Foothill College Women's Basketball team finished the regular season with a 23-5 overall record and 12-0 in league play. Sophomore Angie Reid was named to the First Team All State, in addition to being named Team MVP and First Team All League. Joining her on the First Team All League were Sophomore Guard Breanna Salary, Sophomore Guard Lauren Lete, and Freshman AJ Leasau. Sophomore Guary Shania Ratliff and Freshman Forward Tyiteyana Jefferson were named to the League's Second Team.
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