November 2017
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 President and President's Cabinet approved the items highlighted on the prioritization spreadsheet. Programs will receive budget transfer notifications. 
The college will use one-time funds to cover this fiscal year's $700,000 budget reductions. Planning for next year's $1.7 million reductions will begin at a budget town hall, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 3-4:15 p.m.
IP&B presented a new instructional comprehensive program review template and a revised section in comprehensive student services program reviews that include instructional components.
PaRC approved the creation of a new Certificate of Completion in English for Food Service Workers. The certificate was proposed by ESL faculty members Amy Sarver and Melissa Jaquish

Teach in Costa Rica this Spring

Simon Pennington, Dean of Fine Arts and Communication/Kinesiology and Athletics, is looking for two faculty to lead the campus abroad trip to Costa Rica in the spring. AIFS will coordinate the trip, which will include visits to the rain forests, service learning projects and a variety of cultural activities. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about Costa Rican culture.

Faculty will teach their regular load. AIFS will provide modern classrooms, complete with WiFi, and comprehensive support from the AIFS staff. Approximately 30-40 students will sign up. 

Interested? Submit a letter of interest, including a short statement on why you want to teach in Costa Rica, to Simon by Friday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. 
Umoja Mentors Needed 

Support Umoja Community and earn PGA by becoming a mentor. Trainings will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14-15 from 2-4 p.m. in Room 6505. Trainings include: 
  • Information about the Umoja program and practices
  • Strategies for successful mentoring
  • Guidelines for building trust and communication with students
  • A mentorship handbook with helpful tips and campus resources
For more information, contact Kimberly Escamilla at

Give Back on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28 

This year the Foothill-De Anza Foundation is once again participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. The Foundation is looking to  increase awareness and support for their efforts to change student lives at Foothill and De Anza. 

How can you be a part of #GivingTuesday? You can help by sharing the Foundation's #GivingTuesday page on your personal social media pages to let everyone know why you think Foothill is great. You can also support Foothill by giving a gift on #GivingTuesday. Donations start at $10. For more details, go to and click on the #GivingTuesday banner. 

Thank you in advance for sharing why you care to give back! #Give2FHDA 
Foothill Celebrates International Education Week Nov. 13-17

International Education Week (IEW), held Nov. 13-17, is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote the benefits of worldwide education and exchange. Foothill College is hosting several speakers, including activists, authors and diplomats, to talk to the campus community about their experiences abroad. For a full list of events, visit
Theatre Arts presents It Can't Happen Here

It Can't Happen Here, based on Sinclair Lewis' eerily prescient novel, follows the rise of an unlikely candidate for the presidency and the fight for democracy in America. The show runs Nov. 2-19. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Lohman Theatre box office. 
Foothill College Good News Corner!
Miloni Gandhi, Director of International Marketing Development and Student Experience, had a chapter published in Envisioning the New Flagship University: Its Past and Vital Future. More information is available here. 

Four Foothill College paramedic students were awarded a Christopher Meadows Memorial EMS Scholarship. Nissa Guerrero, James Hoover, Carlos Mariquez, and Viet Vo each received $3,000 from the fund which remembers Christopher Meadows, who was tragically killed on duty volunteering for the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department's Search and Rescue Unit.
Music Technology instructor Eric Kuehnl authored an article, The Benefits (and Disadvantages) of Modern Recording Technology, for Avid Blogs. 

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