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Foothill College awarded prestigious Diversity & Equity Award
July 26, 2016

Foothill College’s Family Engagement Institute was recently named a recipient of the prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award. The award, established in 2001, honors community college staff members, districts, colleges or programs that have made the greatest contribution towards faculty, staff and student diversity and equity.
 
The Family Engagement lnstitute (FEI) has been making a critical difference in the lives of underserved students and their families since its inception in 2010 as a unique cradle-to-career initiative at Foothill College. The program provides educational opportunities to underserved and low-income families, while offering professional development to educators and providers to promote school and workforce readiness, family engagement and pathways to postsecondary education.
Betsy Nikolchev, FEI’s executive director, says she is driven to expand the partnership with Foothill and the community to ensure educational opportunities for all families. Nikolchev began her career as an elementary school teacher. She now has more than 30 years as an administrator and FEI is the continuation of her life’s work to develop and support a comprehensive approach to increasing access to education.

“When you include families in the process of accessing and engaging with education, you get better outcomes from students,” Nikolchev said. That understanding is the basis for all of FEI’s work."

At the core of the Family Engagement lnstitute is a belief that in order to break the cycle of poverty, educational opportunities must begin early for children and continuing education opportunities must be offered to families. With that in mind, the Family Engagement lnstitute provides education materials, toolkits and college faculty to deliver developmentally, culturally and linguistically responsive programs to its partner organizations, where families enroll as community college noncredit students.
Angie Cortés had a career in dental assisting for 17 years. Because of her son’s involvement in Stretch to Kindergarten, she enrolled in FEI’s parenting course and became interested in early childhood education. Inspired by the FEI staff, she returned to school and earned a certificate from Foothill College’s Child Development Program.

“The beauty of the Family Engagement Institute is that there is something for everyone,” Cortés said, looking back, “and as a program they meet people where they are. The staff and faculty, as well as every participant, helps create a community where there is always someone to help when there’s a problem.”

The 2016 Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award, named for a former member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
 
“It is a great honor to support the annual Dr. John W. Rice Awards and recognize the achievements in promoting diversity and equity throughout the California Community Colleges," said Keetha Mills, president and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. "The California Community Colleges is the most diverse system of higher education in the nation, and the three programs we celebrated today are tremendous examples of the systemwide commitment to promoting access for all."


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Buy Tickets Now for "Oh, What A Beautiful Evening"
A one-night-only performance by award-winning Foothill Music Theatre
We recommend ordering tickets online.
July 30, 2016 8 p.m.

Purchase tickets online now for Oh, What A Beautiful Evening, a one-night-only fundraiser featuring musical theatre favorites performed by award-winning Foothill Music Theatre, Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre. For best seat selection, we recommend purchasing your tickets online.

You'll hear songs from the past and songs that look toward the future, including FMT favorites and dynamic performers who are new to the Smithwick stage. The evening will also feature a VIP post-performance party on stage with champagne, desserts and the opportunity to meet FMT performers.

Tickets are $30, general admission; students, $15. The VIP ticket package, which includes preferred seating and post-show reception, is $75. To purchase tickets, visit foothill.edu/theatre or call (650) 949-7360.

Parking lots 1 and 8 provide the best access to the theatre. Lot 5 provides access without stairs, but is a modest walk from the theatre. A theatre shuttle will be provided for this event. To ride the shuttle up the hill to the theatre, park in Lot 1 near the stadium entrance and look for shuttle signage.

Purchase parking permit for $3 at dispensers in any student lot. Dispensers accept credit/debit cards and cash. For more information, visit foothill.edu.


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Foothill Instructor Co-authors Award-Winning Book
July 13, 2016

Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More, a new book written by Foothill College Astronomy Instructor Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz (2016, National Science Teachers Association Press) recently received the 2016 Gold EXCEL Award from Association Media & Publishing. The book is especially timely for educators and libraries because on August 21, 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the sun, visible from the U.S. and no other country. More than 500 million people in North America will see a partial eclipse of the sun on that day.

Written for classroom and informal educators, Solar Science includes 45 hands-on, inquiry-based activities that prompt students, and museum, library, and nature-center audiences to think like scientists–by asking questions, doing experiments, and refining and reporting results. Among the topics that the book covers are the sun's daily and yearly motions in our sky, the phases of the moon, the causes of solar and lunar eclipses, the seasons, solar activity and space weather, the calendar, and more. The book also provides related writing projects, age-appropriate math examples, and connections to music, art, fiction, and history.

"I've had the good fortune of working with and training thousands of K–12 teachers to bring the excitement of astronomy to their students through hands-on activities," Fraknoi says. "Solar Science is the latest collection of such activities that I’ve published and the first one that was published by the National Science Teachers Association."

Solar Science includes a 16-page color supplement with detailed information about where and how the eclipse will be visible and specific instructions for viewing it safely. A pair of safe eclipse glasses is also bound into each copy.

"Astronomers who are experts on eclipses are calling the 2017 eclipse ‘the sky event of the decade,'" he says. "On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in one country, and one country only–the U.S."

This will be the first total eclipse to cross the U.S. from shore to shore in its entire history. The eclipse will be total in a narrow path starting on a beach in Oregon and ending on the coastline of South Carolina. An estimated 500 million people will see the partial eclipse, which will look as if a big bite has been taken out the sun.

"We wrote this book for teachers to use in the 2016–2017 school year to prepare their students for the excitement of and the science behind the eclipse," Fraknoi says. We wanted teachers to have the knowledge, the tools, and the classroom activities to make all their students appreciate what’s behind the eclipse, and all the ways in which the sun is important in students' lives."

An award-winning educator who has taught college-level astronomy courses for 44 years, Fraknoi is the chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College near San Francisco. He is the author of Disney’s Wonderful World of Space and the lead author of several successful introductory astronomy textbooks for college non-science majors. Schatz is the senior advisor at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. He is the author of 23 science books for children that have sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 23 languages. 

For more information about the book and a link to a free version of the supplement, visit nsta.org/solarscience. To order Solar Science from NSTA Press, call (800) 277-5300, or purchase the book at amazon.com.


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Foothill Brings a Bit of Silicon Valley to Jakarta Educators
July 14, 2016

Located in the high-tech heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Foothill College will present the innovative Teaching with Technology seminar to Indonesian high school teachers in Jakarta July 30–31, 2016. The international instructional exchange is generously supported by the Sampoerna Foundation of Indonesia.

The two-day seminar will showcase instructional technology options and best teaching practices to instructors from 25 Indonesian high schools, all of whom have been selected to attend the event because they’ve demonstrated dedication to making education relevant and fun for technologically savvy students. Through immersive and interactive learning activities, the teachers will strengthen their commitment to being technologically innovative educators. The no-cost seminar will be presented by Rushton Hurley, an instructional technology expert from the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) at Foothill College.

“We’re thrilled to bring a bit of Silicon Valley to Jakarta with this seminar, and are grateful to the visionary sponsors from the Sampoerna Foundation of Indonesia,” says Foothill College International Student Programs Dean Vinita Bali, J.D. “An old friend to Indonesia, Foothill College presents the Teaching with Technology seminar as a gesture of goodwill and friendship to Indonesia’s teachers and their students.”

“The KCI is excited to share its best practices with Indonesian teachers about integrating technology to fundamentally change teaching and learning,” says KCI Executive Director Gay Krause. “The program will help teachers move beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom to the global classroom, which makes innovation even more possible.”

Foothill College has a long history of educating international students since its opening in 1957, Bali says. Over the years, Foothill’s International Student Programs have welcomed many students from Indonesia who have gone on to achieve success in their educational and professional lives.

“The best part of studying at Foothill College is its diverse international student body,” says Igar Raditya, a former student from Jakarta who completed his Foothill studies and will transfer this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. “Meeting and studying alongside Foothill students, faculty and staff from many different cultures has taught me a lot about the world and opportunity. I’m proud to have served as the president of the Foothill Indonesian Club, which gave me an exciting opportunity to develop leadership skills and represent my culture in Foothill's multicultural environment. In addition to my outstanding academic experience, Foothill gave me a welcoming campus community that featured many talented, dedicated students from various backgrounds. Foothill’s faculty, programs, services, courses and activities help students like me develop a better global understanding, as well as lifetime educational and career goals”

Founded with the hallmark of educational opportunity for all, Foothill College is recognized internationally as one of the nation’s most outstanding community colleges. Students of all ages enroll at Foothill for a single class, one- or two-year degree programs, or to complete general education requirements for transfer to four-year universities. Our academic programs lead to associate in arts, associate in science, associate in arts–transfer and associate in science–transfer degrees. They also meet the freshman and sophomore requirements of University of California, California State University and private education systems. In addition, we offer many professional and technical programs for students seeking retraining or career advancement. Serving the Bay Area’s northern Santa Clara County, Foothill College educates more than 13,000 day, evening and online students at its main campus, Sunnyvale Center, and many community and industry sites each 12-week quarter.

To learn more about the Teaching with Technology Seminar, e-mail Foothill College International Student Programs Dean Vinita Bali at balivinita@fhda.edu.


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Campus Closed Fridays, July 15-August 26
Many campus services are available online at foothill.edu and MyPortal.fhda.edu.
July 15, 2016 - August 26, 2016

To maximize human, financial and physical resources, Foothill College observes modified hours of operation throughout the summer. Most campus services are closed Fridays, July 15 through August 26. To avoid disappointment before traveling to the campus, verify hours of operation.

Online Services Available During Holidays & Closures—Many admissions and records services, including registering and paying for classes, ordering transcripts, purchasing textbooks and more are available online during holiday observances, academic recess and campus closures via your MyPortal.fhda.edu account.

Got Questions? Ask Foothill!—Never wait in line or on hold. Instead, use the intuitive AskFoothill online information service to find updated, accurate answers to hundreds of your questions about Foothill College on a variety of topics, including admissions, registration, fees, hours of operation and more.

Reporting an Emergency—FHDA District Police are on duty during holiday observances, academic recesses and campus closures. To report an emergency, call 911. To report non-emergencies, call (650) 949-7313.


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Media Center Closed for Renovations
Center will reopen in time for Fall Quarter
June 27, 2016 - September 25, 2016

The Foothill Media Center (Room 5941) will be closed June 27–September 25 for renovation. The center will reopen for student, faculty and staff use in its newly remodeled location behind the Hubert Seman's Library in time for Fall Quarter. During the closure, you'll find printing services at the following on-campus locations:

  • ASFC Smart Shop (Room 2016)
  • Campus Center
  • Krause Center for Innovation (Room 4002)
  • Library (Room 3525)
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering Center (Building 4400)
  • STEM Success Center (Room 4213)

Also, starting June 27, the non-print media collection will permanently circulate through the Library's Circulation Desk.  


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Sign Up for Free On-Campus Emergency Alert Service
ENS capable of rapidly sending voice, e-mail and text messages
To add or update your contact information for the free ENS service, access your MyPortal.fhda.edu account and follow the instructions listed in the Set Up Emergency Notification section.
January 01, 2015 - December 01, 2016

Foothill College and De Anza College have implemented an emergency notification system (ENS) that rapidly sends voice, e-mail and text* messages to all faculty, staff and students. In the event of an emergency, including a power outage, campus closure or other urgent situation, Foothill-De Anza officials use the ENS service to provide emergency details and information on the appropriate response to all students and employees. The Foothill-De Anza ENS service will not be used for any purposes other than FHDA emergency communications and system testing.

Emergency messages will be sent via e-mail and to all phone numbers that you have signed up for the free ENS service, and can include your work, home, cell and text.

To add or update your contact information for the free ENS service, access your MyPortal.fhda.edu account and follow the instructions listed in the Set Up Emergency Notification section. The contact information used by the ENS service is drawn from the Foothill-De Anza employment database as well as data provided by students who have enrolled at Foothill-De Anza.

Be aware that mobile phone carriers require recipients of text messages to opt in to the Foothill-De Anza ENS service via their mobile phones. *Your mobile phone carrier may assess charges for receiving text messages, and you are responsible for paying them. Contact your carrier for more information. 


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