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President's 12345 Message from Kristina Whalen


August 13, 2023

This newsletter is a playful take on our unique address. Each week (less often in the summer) I highlight 5 messages, initiatives, and/or events where I hope we can partner–in thought, spirit, or location–to advance connection and community.

(1) #Maui Strong. 

As Californians, the devastation brought by wildfire is unfortunately well- known. In 1999, while working at Chico State, I bought my first home in Paradise, California. Years later, after moving to the Bay Area, I watched news reports of my old neighborhood being burnt to the ground and heard the heart break of former neighbors ravaged by the Camp Fire. After being extinguished, the smoke, ash and homelessness continued to harm an already bereft community. Maui, like those in California, is experiencing this unique and protracted heartbreak. Since California is home to so many Native Hawaiians, let us check on our friends, send our prayers, and give to the Red Cross if we are able. 

(2) Busy Buzzy Summer. 

While many summer sessions came to a close last week, activity on the campus and in the community was heating up. Not only have we been besieged by bees and wasps (those at the taco truck know!), last Thursday and Friday, more welcome visitors were on campus. The Bachelor's Degree Program Northern CA workshop was hosted at Foothill and brought 150 attendees. Also, over the weekend, the Outreach Team was front and center at Los Altos Art in the Park meeting prospective students and past alums. Keep apprised of all the buzz by following Foothill College on social media: Instagram and @prezfoothill, Twitter, LinkedIn 

(3) SunnyPalooza!

On September 9th, the Sunnyvale Center is hosting an Adult Education Pop-Up event. From 10 AM - 2 PM the day advertises, “a wide range of exciting activities, delicious food, and live entertainment.” Attendees will learn about the programs and services offered for adult learners by local adult schools, community colleges, industry associations, government agencies, and community-based organizations. This is a whole family event and will provide chalk art and face painting to entertain young future Owls. Share this opportunity across your networks. Community members may RSVP to SunnyPalooza here

(4) Student Trustee Nicole Nguyen for the win!

At the Student Trustees Workshop hosted by the Community College League of California,  newly elected student trustees were connected to tools and resources to serve a successful term. At this year’s convening, our very own Nicole Nguyen was announced as the 2023-24 CCCT Student Trustee representative. Congrats Nicole! 

(5) Reminder - Chancellor Lambert’s Welcome Reception.

 Plans for a very special Foothill Welcome for Chancellor Lambert are underway. If you plan to attend, please RSVP through your Outlook calendar invitation. The event is August 30th from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. 

Yours in service,