May 2017
Women's softball team takes on Sacramento in round one of state playoffs

The women's softball team is taking on Sacramento City College in the first round of the state playoffs. The best of three series will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6 on the Foothill College softball field. The first game will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday and the second at 12 p.m. on Saturday. If necessary, a third game will follow at 2 p.m.  Congratulations to our Lady Owls!

Foothill student trustee fights for student rights on and off campus

In March, Foothill College student trustee Courtney Cooper received the Rising Star award at the 2017 Women of the Year of Senate District 15 event, hosted by Senator Jim Beall.

As a foster youth and current community college student, it's great that a representative who has advocated for both of those communities has taken notice of my work in recent years," said Cooper.

Cooper was advocating for students long before she was elected student trustee. Last year, as vice president of the Associated Students of Foothill College, she fought for a food bank on campus. She advocated for an Umoja Community on campus and chaired the Black History Month planning committee. Through her work with the ASFC, Cooper got involved with the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC). She is currently president of the statewide organization.

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Second spring registration now open; classes start May 22

This spring, Foothill is offering both a regular spring quarter  and a second spring session, which replaces what was formerly known as early summer. Second spring classes start on Monday, May 22. The class schedule for both regular and second spring is available on the college website and in MyPortal. 

Spring graduation deadline: June 1

Please remind students that the deadline to petition for spring graduation is Thursday, June 1. Students intending to graduate are responsible for scheduling a required 30-minute petition consultation with a counselor. Appointments may be scheduled online or via phone.
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.

PROGRAM CREATION PROPOSAL - SOCIAL JUSTICE ADT: PaRC approved the creation of a new ADT in social justice. Students may choose from one of three emphases: general social justice studies, gender and sexuality, or race and ethnicity.
FACULTY OUT-OF-CYCLE REQUEST - LIBRARY: Due to specialization of the position, there was continued discussion whether or not the request met the criteria for an emergency hire as opposed to an out-of-cycle. The request is the result of a retirement and library staff believe hiring adjuncts to fill the position would be challenging. PaRC approved the out-of-cycle request. It will now be forwarded to president's cabinet.
FACULTY EMERGENCY REQUEST - RESPIRATORY THERAPY: The program's director of clinical education has resigned, effective May 31 and the program must have a director per the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. PaRC approved the emergency request. It will now be forwarded to president's cabinet.
MISSION STATEMENT PROPOSAL: ACCJC, the college's accrediting body, requires that the college's mission statement reflect that it offers a baccalaureate degree. PaRC approved the following revised statement (revisions noted in italics):
Believing a well-educated population is essential to sustaining and enhancing a democratic society, Foothill College offers programs and services that empower students to achieve their goals as members of the workforce, as future students, and as global citizens. We work to obtain equity in achievement of student outcomes for all California student populations, and are guided by our core values of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, transparency, forgiveness, and sustainability. Foothill College offers associate degrees and certificates in multiple disciplines, and a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene.

DISTRICT ASSESSMENT RE-TEST POLICY: Andrew LaManque presented a revised district assessment re-test policy: After taking a placement test at either college, students may retake the English, ESL, reading, or math test one time at either college, not both, within a six-month period of the initial date of placement. However, students cannot retest in subject if they have earned a D, F, NO, or I grade in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.

ACCREDITATION SELF-EVALUATION REPORT & QUALITY FOCUS ESSAY: The college community is encouraged to read the current self-study and QFE drafts and provide comments. The drafts are available online.

Check out The Script, Foothill's new student news site

Last month, Foothill's new Journalism Club unveiled The Script, a student news site. If you know of any students who would be interested in writing for the publication, please ask them to contact English instructor and club advisor Brian Lewis. No experience is necessary.

Athletics department showcases programs and classes

Work out with the Athletics Department! They'll be showing off their offerings and answering questions about the personal training program. Plus, Psychological and Health Services will be there to discuss stress management and proper nutrition. Get your fitness on in the Library Quad from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. 
Academic Senate hosting Adjunct Faculty Celebration Dinner

The Foothill College Academic Senate is hosting its first Adjunct Faculty Celebration Dinner on Friday, May 19 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Dining Hall. All employees are invited to attend, but are asked to RSVP online.

Farmers' market on wheels heading to campus

Farmers' markets are popping up left and right and Foothill is joining the movement! Beginning this week, a "farmers' market on wheels" will be parked in the Campus Center Plaza (near the bookstore) on Thursdays from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. All of the produce is sourced from local California farms and they accept EBT.

Foothill celebrating Latina/o Heritage Month with series of events

May is Latina/o Heritage Month and Foothill is celebrating with a series of events. The college will host a art and photography exhibit and a special film screening. Refreshments will be served at most events. Check the events calendar for specific days and times.  
Politically Rich, Economically Poor: The Economics Behind Trump's Policies

This Thursday, May 4 at 12 p.m. in the Hearthside Lounge, Economics instructor Brian Evans will explain the logic of President Donald Trump's economic policies. Not an economics expert? No problem! Policies will be explained in simple and easy-to-understand terms.
Theatre Arts presents Suburban Undertow

Don't miss the world premiere of Suburban Undertow, written and directed by the college's own Tom Gough, and running for one weekend only ! A tight group of friends have a standing Friday night appointment, but their friendship is challenged as each character weighs their loyalty. The drama ensues from May 25-May 28 at the Lohman Theatre. Tickets are available online.

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. 

Monday, May 8; 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; ADM 1943; RSVP 
Friday, June 2; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; ADM 1943; RSVP  
Astronomy Lecture: The Sky Event of the Decade

On May 24, astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi will give a non-technical talk on the rare eclipse of the sun that will be visible throughout the U.S. this summer. The talk will describe how eclipses work, why they are so spectacular, and exactly when and were this eclipse will be visible. Join him in the Smithwick Theatre (Room 1001) at 7 p.m.

Foothill College Good News Corner!
Dental Hygiene instructor Catherine Draper recently received the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Dental Hygienists' Alumni Association "Outstanding Dental Hygiene Alumnae Award" for her career-long activities and contributions to the profession and the University of Michigan.   

Foothill College Astronomy Professor Andrew Fraknoi will be "performing" with the Peninsula Symphony during their concerts on Friday, May 19and Saturday, May 20, The Symphony is doing an astronomy themed concert featuring Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite and Nancy Bloomer Deussen's newer composition called Transit of Venus Fraknoi will introduce both pieces and explain the astronomy behind them, and has provided beautiful images from recent space exploration and telescopes to accompany the music.   
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