Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., has been selected to serve as interim president of Foothill College from Aug. 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. She replaces outgoing Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., who was hired last month as the new chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Miner begins her role as chancellor Aug. 1.
A passionate and committed educator who has served the California Community Colleges for more than 20 years, Messina's career path includes service as a full-time Spanish instructor, a two-term academic senate president, and an instructional dean at Santa Rosa Junior College. Since 2011, she has served as Foothill's vice president of instruction and institutional research. Since her arrival at Foothill, she has capably handled increasing areas of responsibility. She currently oversees all seven instructional divisions and recently assumed oversight for the Foothill-De Anza Education Center. During her tenure, she has guided Foothill though a successful reaffirmation of its accreditation, revised the program review and resource allocation process, implemented the early summer session, and operationalized student equity-focused initiatives such as Year Up and associate degrees for students enrolled in Foothill's Apprenticeship Program.
An accomplished public speaker, she has presented to the Statewide Academic Senate and the Association of California Community College Administrators. She has also served on a number of accreditation site teams and currently serves as the co-chair of the technical assistance committee for the statewide Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative.
When Dr. Miner was on medical leave in Winter 2015, Dr. Messina assumed the role of acting president, representing the college at meetings of the board of trustees, the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, and numerous community functions. Colleagues are inspired by her intellect, systems thinking, commitment to shared governance, and focus on student access and success. She has truly demonstrated her ability to continue the innovative momentum that distinguishes Foothill College.
Messina holds bachelor's and master's degrees from CSU Sacramento and a doctorate from UC Davis.
Through its new fee-based community education program, Foothill College offers an exciting selection of personal enrichment classes and workshops. Choose from of a variety of offerings, including fitness, choreography, radio broadcasting and emergency medical technician challenge series, as well as a comprehensive selection of online classes for personal growth and certification/licensure. Community education classes are ideal for those interested in taking a college-level course without the formality of units or who wish to repeat select courses multiple times.
More community education classes are being developed and community members may submit proposals for future classes.
Fee-based community education classes are not state funded and are supported solely by class enrollment fees. Additional material fees may be charged and will be indicated in class descriptions. Foothill community education classes do not award college units toward an academic degree.
To maximize human, financial and physical resources, Foothill College observes modified hours of operation throughout the summer. Most campus services are closed Fridays, July 10 through Aug. 28. 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.
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Reporting an Emergency—FHDA District Police are on duty during holiday observances, academic recess and campus closures. To report an emergency, call 911. To report non-emergencies, call (650) 949-7313.
Meet other new students and get answers to your questions by attending Foothill College New Student Orientation Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Smithwick Theatre at the Foothill campus in Los Altos Hills. Admission is free when you sign up in advance at foothill.edu/nso.
Learn about campus life programs and student services, including financial aid options, university transfer information and student activities. You'll also have the opportunity to get your student ID card, take a campus tour and purchase your textbooks. Orientation also features a student success panel discussion and guided campus tours.
Complimentary morning snacks and lunch will be served. Admission and parking in Lot 1 are free. Orientation is presented by the Foothill College Student Activities Office and the Associated Students of Foothill College (ASFC). If you require accommodations for a disability, call (650) 949-7038. For more information, call (650) 949-7241.
Parent Orientation, Too
Foothill College hosts Parent Orientation Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201) at the campus in Los Altos Hills. Parents and students are invited to attend. Admission and parking are free.
The event gives parents and guardians of college students the opportunity to meet Foothill faculty, counselors, administrators, staff and students; learn about strategies to help your college student succeed; learn about student rights and responsibilities; and hear about the numerous programs and services available to Foothill students.
In addition to answering your questions, faculty and staff will give brief presentations on university transfer and the transfer process, financial aid opportunities, academic counseling, academic integrity, federal privacy laws, adaptive learning resources and procedures for requesting accommodation services, parenting courses, and college resources that support student success.
Parking Lots 1 and 2A provide the closest access to the Campus Center. If you require accommodations for a disability, call (650) 949-7038. For more information, call (650) 949-7813 or e-mail ChavezAntoinette@foothill.edu.
The Foothill College environmental horticulture and design program has been named recipient of a 2015 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award for innovative instruction and conservation projects, which were made possible with funding from the Schmidt Family Foundation and 11th Hour Project. Foothill College representatives were recently presented with an award plaque at the organization’s annual awards ceremony.
“I am incredibly proud of such a timely award given the exacerbated drought conditions in California,” said Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D. “We could not have accomplished our conservation efforts without the expertise of Dan Svenson from Foothill’s environmental horticulture program and the advocacy of donor Kathleen Santora, who championed our cause with the 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation. This is an excellent example of Foothill College addressing a critical need through a strategic partnership.”
Judges said they were impressed with three conservation projects developed and implemented at Foothill and used in the college’s popular environmental horticulture and design program. The award-winning projects include installation of a water recapture system and rainwater harvesting technology, as well as creation of a replication model for use by other colleges and building sites. In addition to their use in Foothill’s instructional curriculum, the water recapture and rainwater harvesting projects together save the college an estimated 110,000 gallons annually.
Water-Recapture System—Using $30,000 in grant funds and donations, the environmental horticulture department teamed up with Foothill-De Anza Community College District facilities personnel to design and install three 780-gallon tanks that hold more than 2,300 gallons of water. The system captures water from campus cooling towers, which provide air conditioning to the campus, and redirects it to supplement the campuswide irrigation system.
The water recapture project now saves the Foothill-De Anza district approximately 50,000 gallons of water annually. In addition to showcasing technology, the project has successfully demonstrated that water from cooling towers can be recaptured and reused for irrigation. Foothill College leaders are working toward the goal of making the campus irrigation rely only on recaptured water and well water.
Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting—For this project, Foothill students, faculty, staff and college district personnel tested the feasibility of harvesting rainwater from the rooftops of the environmental horticulture program’s nursery propagation and construction buildings. Today, half of all water that lands on the horticulture construction lab buildings’ rooftops is captured and directed into underground storage tanks, which hold 1,800 gallons. The harvested water feeds the department’s recirculating stream, which is used to teach design and conservation lessons to students enrolled Foothill’s landscape design courses.
The project also included installation of three 2,500-gallon storage tanks that provide supplemental water to the horticulture program’s nursery. An additional storage tank that holds more than 600 gallons was installed to teach students how homeowners and small businesses can harvest rainwater on a small scale by using small tanks that fit unobtrusively into the landscape. The rainwater capture systems have resulted in harvests of an estimated 60,000 gallons.
“As an instructor, it is imperative for me to teach effective water conservation and recapture methods to my students, who will soon be Silicon Valley landscape designers, landscape contractors and green industry professionals,” says Foothill College Environmental Horticulture & Design Program Instructor Dan Svenson. “To find successful employment in this industry, students must be able to create and maintain sustainable landscapes. The addition of the water-saving projects in our curriculum translates into better education and training for our students as they prepare to enter the workforce.”
Replication Model—In addition to saving thousands of gallons of water, the projects can be replicated at other colleges. With minimal costs, other schools can implement similar water-conservation technology and techniques. Representatives from other educational institutions have visited the Foothill campus to learn more about the water recapture and rooftop rain-harvesting technology.
Funding for the projects came largely from private donations from Los Altos Hills residents Mark and Kathleen Santora, the Schmidt Family Foundation and the 11th Hour Project. A private foundation created by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, the Schmidt Family Foundation is committed to environmental preservation and education, as well as funding innovative programs that promote the responsible use of natural resources. The foundation also operates the 11th Hour Project, which works to increase awareness about climate change and renewable energy sources.
The Silicon Valley water conservation awards are presented annually to organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals whose programs and leadership have advanced water conservation in Silicon Valley. The awards are presented by the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Coalition, including Acterra, Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency, City of Palo Alto utilities, Committee for Green Foothills, GreenTown Los Altos, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, San Jose Municipal Water System, Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Sustainable San Mateo County, Sustainable Silicon Valley and Tuolumne River Trust.
For more information about the Foothill College environmental horticulture and design program and its award-winning water-conservation efforts, call or e-mail Dan Svenson at (650) 949-7402 or SvensonDaniel@foothill.edu.
Pictured are representatives from the Foothill College environmental horticulture and design program and Silicon Valley Water Conservation Coalition at the recent Silicon Valley water conservation awards ceremony.
The popular Foothill College Online Learning Program is featured in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report in the article titled Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College. Foothill Online Learning Dean Judy Baker is quoted in the article, which details how online community college courses provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills. Read the article now.
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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.