Please note that contrary to what the Fusion will have you believe, there are not 156 days in March. Instead, Chancellor Miner will be on campus Thursday, March 16 to preview spring convocation. We apologize for the error.

Andrea Hanstein
Director, Marketing and Public Relations
Foothill College

March 2017
Women's basketball headed to Nor Cal Regional Final this weekend

For the third year in a row, the Foothill College Women's Basketball Team was named conference champions! Lead by head coach Jody Craig, the Owls defeated Mission College, 76-42, in mid-February to clinch the Coast Conference Championship.
In a game to determine first place, every team member scored for the Owls and they were led by sophomores, Akilah Jennings with 21 points, Lira Ndifon with 12, Tyiteyana Jefferson and Essence Johnson with 10 each. 

"We are excited about our performance this season," said Craig. "These girls have worked extremely hard and have grown tremendously as a group. I believe we are playing our best game and I am proud to say we are the number one defensive team in the state. We are ready for the playoffs!"

Due to their regular season dominance, the team had a first-round bye and took on Chabot College at home in the second round, 77-47. The game was never close with the Owls up by 24 at the halftime. The win earned the team a sport in the Nor Cal Regional Final versus number-one seed Sierra College. The game takes place at 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 4 in the Sierra College gym.

Chancellor Miner on campus to preview district convocation with Tim Wise

Please join Chancellor Judy Miner in conversation as she previews the district spring convocation and the keynote speaker, Tim Wise. She will be on campus Thursday, March 16 from 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, Conference Room 1943. Tim Wise's book, "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son," will be available for pick up by faculty and staff, as long as supplies last.

Students may qualify for tax-filing assistance and Earned Income Credit

The deadline to file taxes is Tuesday, April 18. Many of our students may be eligible for free tax-filing assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. They may also be eligible for the California Earned Income Credit or the federal Income Tax Credit. Encourage students to visit to check  eligibility and see if they can get some cash back in your pockets. 
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 District Strategic Plan went to the Chancellor's Advisory Council prior to PaRC and received approval and was scheduled to go to the Board of Trustees at the February 6, 2017 regular meeting and study session. Approval by PaRC is considered 'informal,' , but will still be documented. It was noted that the comments from Foothill and De Anza were taken into account when revising the Strategic Plan. It was also emphasized that there were a number of items that did not need to be included in the District plan and were more specific to each of the Colleges. 

Thuy Nguyen announced that two topics have been selected for Foothill's Quality Focus Essay (QFE): 

1. Create a new college participatory governance system that actively involves a majority of college employees and is recognized by learning and dialogue about how to achieve college goals.

2. Develop more clearly defined educational pathways, resulting in reduced time for students to complete their goals. 

Andrew LaManque is currently drafting some outline ideas for both QFE topics - these will go out to the accreditation standards committees for revision before a more finalized draft is presented to the larger College community.

The Workforce Workgroup presented their Perkins allocation recommendations. They are currently recommending the second round of Strong Workforce dollars from the state. Both may be found on the PaRC website.

All potential hiring committee members required to attend EEO training

The Office of Equity Programs, 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 and there are two sessions left this quarter:

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

Foothill sending students to March for Science in Washington DC

Foothill College is sending three lucky students to the March for Science in Washington D.C. being held on Saturday, April 22 -- all expenses paid (airfare, hotel and meals). Currently enrolled students majoring in natural and social sciences can submit either a 500-word essay or a three-minute video explaining why you want to attend the event. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20 via AcademicWorks in MyPortal. 
Astronomy lecture on the search for extraterrestrial life 
What is the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe? As part of the 17th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, UC Berkeley's Dan Werthimer presents Is Anyone Out There Among the Stars: The Hundred-Million Dollar Breakthrough Listening Project, an illustrated, non-technical lecture, on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served.

Foothill celebrating Women's History Month with series of events

March is Women's History Month and Foothill College is celebrating with a series of events. Join ASFC for the opening ceremony during College Hour on Wednesday, March 1 on the Library Quad. On Monday, March 6, Psychological Services will host Lean In: Assertiveness Training 101 for Women at noon in room 2313. The college is also holding a poetry reading, lecture series, panel event on women in politics and a self-defense clinic. Refreshments will be served at most events. Check the events calendar for specific days and times.

Two art exhibits will also be on display throughout the month. Sheroes! is a powerful poster exhibit focusing on female heroes, past and present. Check it out in the Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201). Also, photographer Angelica Ekeke's images are on display in the Library. Her images celebrate the beauty of women of African descent living in the Bay Area.
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. 
Pacific Dining launches new value meal offerings

In response to student feedback, Pacific Dining is now offering daily value meals. While the prices may be reduced, the food is still the same high quality. Everyone is invited to grab one of these options to eat on the cheap.

Monday Super fries with bacon, cheese and jalape�os $3.75
Tuesday Soup and half-sandwich $5.75
Wednesday Teriyaki chicken rice bowl $3.50
Thursday Mac and cheese $3.25
Friday Dos taqueria-style tacos $3.25

Ron Herman's Messengers of Piece photo exhibit on display this month

Professor Ron Herman's photo exhibit Messengers of Peace chronicles his travels in West Africa to research religious diversity and how the Muslim majority peacefully coexists with the Christian minority. The exhibit is on display in the KCI Gallery until Thursday, March 30. 
Foothill College Good News Corner!
Music instructor Paul Davies is premiering his new musical selection, "Medjugorje" in late March with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. After the success of Davies' opera, Carlota, which premiered two years ago at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose Chamber Orchestra director Barbara Day Turner commissioned Dr. Davies to write a new piece for her ensemble. "Medjugorje" refers to a place in Bosnia-Herzegovina where many Catholics around the world believe the Virgin Mary has been appearing since 1981.  Through her messages to six children (who are now in their mid 30s to mid 40s) she is appealing to the whole world for a return back to the path of God and spirituality. 

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.

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