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President's Office

Opening Week 2021

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Welcome to the 2021-22 academic year! Below you'll find agendas, zoom access, resources and documents for college and district-wide Opening Days Sept. 15-17.

Looking for a new Zoom background to celebrate the start of Fall 2021? First see activities for Opening Week, then download one of our fall 2021 Zoom designs


College Re-Opening Day: Return to Community

Friday, Sept. 17

In-Person @ The Library Quad or attend via Zoom Webinar

Join us to celebrate retirees, tenured faculty, and new colleagues hired during the last two years. See agenda for our full list of Re-Opening Day: Return to Community activities.

The following land acknowledgements are for Foothill College, located in Los Altos Hills, CA, within the Puichon Thámien Ancestral Muwekma Ohlone Territory. These have been approved by the local Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and coordinated by anthropology instructor and ethnic studies curriculum contributor Michael Wilcox, who is also the cultural resource officer and tribal historic preservation officer for the Muwekma. 

Land Acknowledgement 

9:30 a.m.

Check In/Coffee & Pastries (Part-time Faculty Sign In for Credit) 

Welcome & Moment of Silence
10 a.m.

  • President Thuy Thi Nguyen
  • ASFC President Fatai Heimuli
  • Student Trustee Rachel Homayonfar

Special Recognition
10:15 a.m.


  • OWLS of Shield
  • Online Team
  • Equity Office
  • FHDA vs. DeVos

New Faculty, Staff & Administrators

Mang-Ling Cho, Program, Coordinator II, International Student Programs

Stephanie Gross, Administrative Assistant, Senior International Student Programs

Karima Karim, Financial Aid Outreach Coordinator, Enrollment Services

Adiel Velasquez, School Relations Specialist Marketing, Outreach & Community Relations

Ulysses Acevedo, Instructor, Ethnic Studies, Language Arts

Mark Barnes, Dean, Library & Learning Resource Center

Michelle Lapitan, Accommodations Coordinator, Disability Resource Center/Veteran Program

Alejandro Pacheco Hernandez, Athletic Trainer, Kinesiology & Athletics

Jolie Theall, Web Administrator, Marketing & Public Relations

Ajani Byrd, Dean of Institutional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Equity Office

Tiffany Mitchener, Veterinary Technology

Tenured Faculty 2020

Biological & Health Sciences

Guido Bordignon

Shaelyn St. Onge-Cole

Tracy Villanueva


Dokesha Meacham

Disability Resource Center and Veterans Program

Mimi Overton Rae 

Fine Arts & Communication

Jordan Fong

Language Arts & Learning Resource Center

David McCormick

Psychological Services

Clifton Der Bing

Lisa Slede

Tenured Faculty 2021

Biological & Health Sciences

Lisa Hills

Zenaida (Pia) Staana 

Business & Social Sciences

Alexis Aguilar

Maria Dominguez

Fine Arts & Communication

Ché Meneses 

Language Arts & Learning Resource Center

Stephanie Chan

Laura Gamez

Amber La Piana 

Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering

Matthew Litrus

Geoff Mathews

Ron Painter

Baba Kofi Weusijana

Retirees 2020

Liane Freeman 7 years of service

David Sauter 20 years of service

Najwa Jardali 28 years of service

Elaine Haight 30 years of service

Barbara Shewfelt 30 years of service

Elaine Piparo 20 years of service

Retirees 2021


Maureen Macdougall 21 years of service

Barbara Brown 31 years of service

Elizabeth Hunter 24 years of service

Susanne Hinds 22 years of service

Suzanne Yamada 13 years of service

Elizabeth Barkley 42 years of service

Bruce McLeod 17 years of service

Karen Smith 

7 Years of Service

Benjamin Armerding

Paul Casolary

Sara Cooper

Robert Culbertson

Lisa Eshman

Henry Fan

Jazmine Garcia

Adrienne Hypolite

Rodolfo Leal

David McCormick

Mike Mohebbi

Beatriz Qura Del Rio

Tiffany Rideaux

Jerry Robredo

Paula Schales

Pawel Szponar

Thanh Tran

Nick Tuttle

Sheena Vaidyanathan

Mary Vanatta

Zi Bin Yang

15 Years of Service

Jeffrey Bissell

Samuel Connell

Seher Gursoz

Fatima Jinnah

Bruce Mc Leod

Teresa Ong

Simon Pennington

Atousa Pojhan

Matthew Raivio

Andrew Ruble

Michelle Schukraft

Brian Tapia

Voltaire Villanueva

Russell Wong

30 Years of Service

Jeffrey Castellino

Marnie Francisco 

Lisa Hill

Natalia Menendez

Cara Miyasaki

Preston Ni

Xiujuan Wang


Foothill College’s Trivia of Pandemic Proportions - Kahoot Game

Game Pin: [ to be shared on opening day ]

Lunch & Bingo
11:45 a.m.

Join us on campus for lunch!

District Opening Day

Thursday, Sept. 16

Join Virtually (See Agenda for Zoom Access)

District Opening Day 2021 has been designed as a peer-to-peer learning experience that will draw on the tremendous expertise and talent of our faculty and staff.

Agenda 8:30 a.m.–3:20 p.m.

Re-Imagining Our Future Together

Visit the district website for activities.


Flex Day

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Join by Zoom Webinar

Gather virtually with your Foothill colleagues to for a report on the State of the College and Q&A on return to campus.  Also hear from our students and meet with your divisions. Plus, enjoy some sprinkling of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown happiness in between!

Also check here for documents from today's presentations.

Agenda 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. Opening
8:40 a.m. Welcome from President Thuy
8:50 a.m. State of the College and Q&A on Return
10:00 a.m. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
10.05 a.m. Morning Stretch with Setsuko Chiba
10:15 a.m. Student Hour
11:20 a.m. Lunch Hour
12:40 p.m. Division Meetings
3:20 p.m. Wrap Up Foothill Activities for the Day. Please Join the District Event at 3:30 PM.
3:30 p.m.
Districtwide Colleges of the Future Discussion (check Outlook for invitation)


Governance at Foothill

Governance Memos

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Dr. Kristina Whalen, President


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