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Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., Selected as Interim President
She Will Serve In This Role Aug. 1, 2015–March 31, 2016
July 15, 2015

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.


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Foothill Now Offers Community Education Classes
Swimming, Yoga, Fitness Boot Camps and More
Community Education Office at Foothill Middlefield Campus, Palo Alto
March 18, 2015

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.

For registration instructions or to submit a proposal for a community education class, call (650) 949-6955, e-mail middlefield@foothill.edu or access foothill.edu/communityeducation/.


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Campus Closed Fridays through Aug. 28
Many campus services are available online at www.foothill.edu and MyPortal.fhda.edu
July 10, 2015 - August 28, 2015

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.

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 recess and campus closures. To report an emergency, call 911. To report non-emergencies, call (650) 949-7313.


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Foothill Awarded for Water Conservation Projects
Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting, Water-Recapture Technology Applauded
April 13, 2015

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. 


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Earn a Bachelor's Degree from PAU at Foothill
PAU's Business Psychology Program
Room 5019
January 16, 2015 - December 16, 2015

Earn your Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Psychology here at Foothill College in partnership with Palo Alto University, www.PaloAltoU.edu/bp. The PAU Business Psychology Program is a two-year fast-track program with a high graduation rate. Complete your bachelor’s degree after you've complete Foothill general education courses. With the PAU program, you're guaranteed:

•    Enrollment in all business psychology classes to complete your bachelor's degree for graduation;
•    Set class schedule at Foothill College, in classes that meet Mondays–Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 pm with an hour for lunch; and
•    Fixed tuition for the entire two years.

For more information, call or e-mail PAU representative Robert Reese​ at rreese@PaloAltoU.edu or (650) 417-2053. You can also visit the PAU cubicle in the on-campus Transfer Center Mondays–Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.​


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U.S. News Features Foothill Online Learning Program
Online community college courses can provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills.
February 27, 2015

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

U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers by focusing on healthpersonal financeeducationtravelcars,news and opinion. U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchises include its series of consumer guides that include rankings of collegesgraduate schoolshigh schoolshospitalsnursing homesmutual fundshealth plans and more.


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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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Foothill President Is New Foothill-De Anza Chancellor
Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., will step in as chancellor Aug. 1
June 16, 2015

The Board of Trustees has announced the selection of Dr. Judy C. Miner as Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s seventh permanent chancellor. She succeeds Dr. Linda M. Thor, who retires June 30 as the district’s top executive.    

President of Foothill College for the past eight years, Miner brings a deep understanding and love of the district to the chancellor’s position. Before moving to Foothill, she worked for 19 years as a De Anza College administrator, ending her service there as vice president of instruction.

“The board is pleased to appoint Judy Miner as the next chancellor for this great district,” said President Pearl Cheng in announcing the appointment June 15. “She is an energetic education champion with many years of service in community colleges. Her strong strategic vision of student equity and excellence, the respect she enjoys in the community, and her extensive state and national portfolio will take this district to the next level of leadership and accomplishment on behalf of students. We are excited to work with her in the role of chancellor."

Miner has demonstrated her commitment to students for nearly four decades and dedicated herself to closing opportunity and achievement gaps among student groups. As president of Foothill College, she led a campuswide student equity agenda that is showing gains in participation and achievement by historically underrepresented students. She has supported creativity and innovation by faculty, staff and administrators to improve instruction, student support services and administrative services.

 “It is an incredible honor to be selected as the next chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District,” Miner said. “Given my commitment to student equity, educational excellence and leadership in innovation, I deeply appreciate the Board of Trustees’ affirmation of that vision and direction.”

Under Miner’s leadership Foothill College has successfully pursued grants, donations and other revenue, resulting in more than $6 million in supplemental funding for campus programs and services. She has formed strong partnerships with the business community, civic groups and other educational organizations for the benefit of students.

As chancellor, Miner said, “I look forward to offering our students even more opportunities for access and success by expanding strategic partnerships with other educational institutions, service organizations, community groups and businesses.” 

Miner will step in as chancellor on Aug. 1 and receive an annual salary of $285,617. On Monday, trustees appointed Vice Chancellor Kevin McElroy to serve as acting chancellor between the time the Chancellor Thor retires and Chancellor Miner takes the helm.

 “I feel very confident turning over the reins to Judy Miner, who has extensive experience as an administrator both in the Foothill-De Anza district and in the California Community Colleges system,” Thor said. “She is well respected at the state and national level and will continue to enhance our reputation as a premier community college district. I can leave this district knowing that it is in very capable hands.”

Besides strengthening community ties, Miner has increasingly taken on leadership roles at the state and national level. She currently serves on the boards of the American Council on Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Under the direction of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, she served on a working group that produced a report in 2012 for President Barack Obama on ways to increase the number college graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Locally she has served on the boards of Palo Alto University, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and Year Up Bay Area.

“Judy is articulate and energetic and brings a sense of excitement and possibility to everything she does,” said Trustee Joan Barram, who represented the board on the chancellor search committee. “She has the ability to form partnerships and work with the local community and the Foothill-De Anza Foundation on initiatives that help students succeed.”

One example is the creation of the Foothill College Science Learning Institute, a multidisciplinary approach to bringing more underrepresented students into STEM studies. Miner established the institute and assembled a high-powered board of business and industry advisors to help guide the effort.

Although she has worked in the community college arena for 35 years, Miner brings a broad range of experience to her new position, including administration of both instructional and student services programs as a provost and dean at De Anza.

Prior to De Anza, she worked for several years in the California Community Colleges statewide office in the areas of transfer and student services, giving her deep knowledge of the state's complex community college system. Early in her career she worked in student admissions and records at public and private colleges and universities. She began her higher education career as a registration assistant at her alma mater, Lone Mountain College, which later merged with the University of San Francisco.

 “I am driven by wanting to make a difference for students,” Miner said at a recent open forum. “That is why I come to work every day, that is what makes me feel successful.”

 Miner holds a bachelor’s degree in history and French from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, where she graduated summa cum laude; a master’s degree in history from Lone Mountain; and a doctorate degree in organization and leadership, with a concentration in education law, from the University of San Francisco.

A San Francisco native, she grew up in a family of five children and was the first in her family to attend college. Her father, a boilermaker, was born on Guam and her mother, who worked in the I. Magnin shipping department in downtown San Francisco, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Miner entered college originally because she wanted to teach French at her high school. Since then she has studied five languages, become a voracious consumer of audio books and indulged her passion as a lifelong opera buff.

The district’s national search for a new chancellor began in February and a 15-member search committee reviewed applications. The committee included representatives of the Board of Trustees, faculty, administrators, classified staff, students and community representatives and was assisted by a consultant from the Association of Community College Trustees and a local search liaison.

The committee recommended four finalists who took part in four days of open forums on the campuses. Between 140 and 200 people participated in the forums each day, including those who watched via a live webcast. Many offered written comments about the candidates to trustees.  

One of the nation’s premier districts, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District serves the region by providing basic skills, university transfer and career preparation to more than 63,000 students a year from a diversity of backgrounds. Foothill College is located in Los Altos Hills and De Anza College in Cupertino. 


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