Foothill College offers the seasonal flu vaccine to currently enrolled Foothill students at no charge while supplies last. To receive the vaccine, you must present photo identification and proof of current, valid enrollment in a Foothill course; there are no exceptions. The vaccine is available for $15 to Foothill College faculty, staff and retirees with valid ID. Payment by credit card or check is preferred. Vaccinations are administered in the Health Services Office (Room 2126) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (650) 949-7243.
The Foothill Commission will host its annual college fundraiser featuring a special performance of Foothill Music Theatre's production of Little Shop Of Horrors Friday, March 7.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to benefit Foothill College programs and student services, as well as to fund student scholarships. Tickets for the one-evening-only event are $250, benefactor; $125, patron; and $75, supporter. Purchase tickets online securely at https://secure.entango.com/donate/fhda_event or mail check and ticket order to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599.
About Little Shop Of Horrors
In the rock musical comedy Little Shop Of Horrors, a down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore that offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.
One of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version featuring Steve Martin and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Little Shop Of Horrors never fails to entertain.
About the Foothill Commission
A group of more than 25 dedicated friends of Foothill College, the all-volunteer Foothill Commission's goal is to promote the college within the community and to engage in projects, activities and foundation in support of education excellence for students.
Foothill Commissioners include Steve Acers and Carla Stevenson, co-chairs; Gerri Acers; Kathy Adams; Elaine Andersen; Jean Gardner Ching; Diane Doolittle; Norma Egan; Virginia Farthing; Jan Fenwick; Janet Harding; Charlotte Horton; Mady Kahn; Ray Klinke; Judy Miner; Penelope Midlock; Barbara Mordo; Eliane Neukermans; Karen Purtich; Ann Rando; Barb Swenson; and Gisela Zebroski.
The Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) honors the outstanding achievements of K–12 teachers and their students who are using technology to improve the quality of education in Silicon Valley. New this year, the KCI has partnered with Microsoft to recognize the achievements of forward-thinking teachers at the annual Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award reception, which was held at the Microsoft Corporation campus in Mountain View Feb. 27. The reception also featured remarks from former U.S. Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter, Ed.D., who is currently the distinguished visiting professor of higher education at New York University.
Educators from across the Bay Area were invited to submit an innovative teacher-student collaborative project that fully integrates technology. Awards were based on the number of students and educators that each project served, the project’s potential significance to Silicon Valley, and the project’s creativity and ease of use. For 2014, the first-place entry received a $5,000 cash award; second-place finalist, $3,000; and third-place finalist, $1,000.
"The projects submitted this year were truly innovative, and we appreciate that Microsoft recognizes and supports the valuable work teachers are doing to make education more relevant to capture the interest and the creativity of students,” said KCI Executive Director Gay Krause.
The grand prize was awarded to third-grade teacher Adam Randall of Vintage Hills Elementary School (Pleasanton School District) in Pleasanton for Make Your Mark. “This project is all about my students making a positive mark on the world. After being told that they could do great things even though they are so young, they were inspired to take action. The class started small, taking part in International Dot Day and pledging to add kindness into the world. When they realized that their efforts could have an impact, my students set their sights on something bigger,” Randall said.
Through research and thoughtful collaborative assignments, the goal of the project was to help the students understand that even as third graders, they can have a huge impact on important global issues and the world around them. The youngsters used computers and iPads to make videos to spread awareness about the atrocities happening in the world’s rain forests and oceans. In addition to participating in a read-a-thon that raised nearly $2,800 to save the rainforest, the students used iPads with Haiku Deck to make promises of what they would do for International Dot Day. They also used iPads to film and edit their rainforest and ocean conservation newscasts and spread awareness. Their original films were then edited and shared with the world via the Web. That’s when a very special viewer noticed the class’s innovative work.
“One of the amazing connections we made through Twitter was with award-winning author of children’s books Peter H. Reynolds, who wrote The Dot (Candlewick Press), the very book that inspired our class to take on these challenges,” Randall said. “Mr. Reynolds was impressed with the digital projects that the students had created and reached out to us. He congratulated my students on their hard work and encouraged them to keep doing what they were doing. This monumental moment showed my students that they really were making their mark on the world and taking part in something pretty special.”
Second-place honors were awarded to grades 4–8 teacher Gabriela Rios of Crittenden Middle School (Mountain-View Whisman School District) in Mountain View for the Understanding Your School Project. The overall goal of the project was to give students an opportunity to practice Spanish and expand their knowledge of the language while engaging in a meaningful activity. To achieve this goal, students identified an issue that affects Spanish-speaking parents’ ability to navigate Crittenden’s system and created a video to address that issue. If the students found that the problem was a lack of information available to native Spanish speakers on the school’s website, they then created a video that made that information available in Spanish. For example, students created videos to help parents navigate teachers’ websites, find Internet access around the school and contact teachers.
To accomplish their goals, students managed their own time, practiced and extended their knowledge of Spanish, and expanded their reasoning and technology skills. The students successfully created awareness of the school community’s needs, specifically in relation to the Spanish-speaking population, and inspired the students to act and be active members of the community. “The project uses a real-life situation that is meaningful to their own families. It has the students solve or collaborate to solve a real problem, which makes a big difference in their motivation, creativity and effort, since they know what they are creating is actually going to be used,” Rios said.
The third-place award was presented to grades 7–8 teachers Catherine Kennedy and Jennifer Austin of Dartmouth Middle School (Union School District) in San Jose for the Invention Proposal Project. Their students brainstormed, created and presented ideas for inventions that could improve their lives or the lives of others. Over the span of four months, students worked collaboratively and online, practiced grade-level language arts content, and honed skills in technology and collaboration. A key goal of the project was to develop students’ understanding of the connection between language arts and real-world solutions. Students were required to research their invention ideas to check originality and ideas, as well as determine the audience for their inventions by researching demographics and conducting market research surveys.
Projects were judged by a panel of technology educators and KCI support staff. Finalists were selected by a panel of leaders from Microsoft, including Sid Espinosa, director of civic engagement; Jessica Weare, manager of philanthropy and citizenship; Kenny Spade, technical evangelist; and Thea Nilsson, community outreach manager.
The annual award was initiated as part of a teacher education technology-based program. This year, the KCI and Microsoft teamed up to sponsor the award. Previously, Rambus was the award sponsor from 2004–2013. An American multinational software corporation headquartered in Redmond, Wash., the Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of computer products and services. The world’s largest software maker measured by revenues, Microsoft now partners with the KCI to support educational innovation in the Silicon Valley.
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is California’s leading professional development center for teaching and learning with innovative education technology. Its objective is to prepare educators to improve student-learning outcomes through successful integration of educational technologies into the classroom and school system.
The call for submissions for the 2015 Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award will be announced in August 2014. Learn more about the Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award at sites.google.com/site/innovationaward14.
Inquisitive teens, their parents and community members are invited to the STEM Lecture Series presented by the Foothill College Science Learning Institute (SLI) Friday, March 14, 7 p.m. in Room 5015 at the Foothill campus in Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $8, general admission; $5, Foothill students with OwlCard. Purchase tickets online.
Serial entrepreneur Michelle Khine, Ph.D., will discuss Inventing Future Entrepreneurs, particularly the growing need to cultivate "homegrown" science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) student innovators.
The lecture also features opening remarks from Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors and member of the Foothill College SLI Advisory Board.
The U.S. is ranked 52nd in STEM education. With a continual decline in Americans pursuing advanced education in STEM fields (fewer than 67 percent of engineers earning Ph.D.s in the U.S. are not U.S. citizens), there is an undeniable need to foster and culture homegrown innovators. The low retention rate of student interest in STEM at the K–12 level has been identified as a major factor in this crisis. Current methodologies of teaching, along with the steep learning curve of certain STEM topics, deter many students, especially at a young age, from further pursuing STEM. In particular, current methodologies fail to engage girls in the STEM fields. Children need experiential STEM activities at a young age in an interactive, social setting such that they have the incentives and support to stay engaged.
Hear Khine's strategies to encourage and engage the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs who will create, design and sell tomorrow's products and services. A popular TEDx talk presenter and associate professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California, Irvine, she excels at inspiring students and others to pursue STEM education and entrepreneurial opportunities.
An assistant and founding professor at UC Merced (2006–2009), Khine earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, and a doctorate in bioengineering from UC Berkeley and UCSF. She was the scientific founder of Fluxion Biosciences, Shrink Nanotechnologies and Novoheart. She is the recipient of the TR35 Award and was named one of Forbes "10 Revolutionaries" in 2009 and by Fast Company Magazine as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" in 2011. She was awarded the NIH New Innovator's Award, named a finalist in the World Technology Awards for Materials, and was named by Marie‐Claire magazine as "Women on Top: Top Scientist". She is starting a novel co-op with her students, A Hundred Tiny Hands, and is spearheading a new graduate program focused on biomedical engineering entrepreneurship at UC Irvine.
The Foothill College Science Learning Institute presents this series of public lectures to spotlight STEM topics and resources. Given by renowned STEM thought-leaders, the lectures are ideal for inquisitive, attentive students, age 16 and older, and interested community members.
The March 14 lecture is co-sponsored by the Foothill College Science Learning Institute and Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College.
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Textbooks and course materials are eligible for a tax credit under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act's (ARRA) American Opportunity Tax Credit. To learn more about this option, as well as how to claim the tax credit, review the IRS instructions posted online at www.textbookaid.org.
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.
The new ASFC Eco Pass entitles enrolled Foothill students to unlimited rides on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail in Santa Clara County for the duration of the academic quarter, effective Winter Quarter 2014. Additionally, your ASFC Eco Pass can be incorporated into a Clipper Card, a reloadable smart card used for electronic transit fare payment in the Bay Area. Your Clipper Card is valid for multiple academic quarters as well as after you complete studies at Foothill College.
To be eligible to use the ASFC Eco Pass, you must be enrolled in Foothill courses for the current quarter, and have paid your fees in full or are participating in Foothill's payment installment plan. Be aware that the ASFC Eco Pass is for currently enrolled Foothill students only. It is not transferable. Any other use constitutes fraud. ASFC Eco Pass is not valid on ACE, Amtrak, BART, Caltrain, Highway 17 Express, Dumbarton Express, Monterey-Salinas Transit and SamTrans.
To pick up your personalized ASFC Eco Pass/Clipper Card, pay your Foothill enrollment fees then visit the Foothill College Smart Shop (Room 2016) in the Campus Center. Learn more about your new ASFC Eco Pass, including perks, fees, restrictions, transportation routes and more at www.foothill.edu/ecopass/getpass.php.
You can earn a bachelor's degree in business psychology at Foothill College thanks to an innovative partnership with Palo Alto University (PAU), an accredited and non-profit institution [www.PaloAltoU.edu/bp]. The Business Psychology Program is a fast-track program with a high graduation rate, in which you can complete your bachelor’s degree in two years, after completing your general education classes. You're guaranteed:
Enrollment in all PAU business psychology courses to complete your bachelor's degree for graduation;
Classes that meet at the Foothill campus in Rooms 3202 and 3302;
A set class schedule that meets on the Foothill College campus Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.–2:45 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break; and
Fixed tuition for the entire two years of the completion program.
For more information, call or e-mail program director Britney Blair, Psy.D., CBSM; firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 465-1006; or visit Room 5017 (adjacent to Lot 5) Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Citing its proactive approach for creating a campuswide climate that openly values academic integrity, organizers from the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) have named Foothill College as the recipient of the Campus of Integrity Award. Learn more about academic integrity at Foothill College.
The Academic Integrity Subcommittee of the Foothill College Academic Senate was commended for leading this important effort. Foothill students, faculty and staff applaud colleagues and subcommittee members Patrick Morriss, Mary Thomas, Carolyn Holcroft, Young Hee Park Lee, John Fox, Eta Lin, Steve Batham, Jack Jacoby and Pat Hyland. Representatives of the subcommittee will attend the ICAI conference in March to accept the award.
An oversight committee of local residents has released its report to the community on 2012–2013 spending by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District funded by Measure C, the district’s $490.8 million general obligation bond program.
For environmental and fiscal reasons, the annual report of the Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is available electronically at measurec.fhda.edu/AR1213.
The report features photographs of Measure C projects that were started or completed in 2012–2013, lists the committee’s activities, and presents detailed financial information about the use of Measure C funds, including results of annual financial and performance audits. The audits found no instances of non-compliance.
Besides determining whether funds were spent only for the purposes approved by district voters in 2006, the committee is required by law to present an annual report to the district’s Board of Trustees and inform the public about how Measure C bond funds are being spent and the progress being made.
In a letter to the community, committee chairman Dudley Andersen calls Measure C "an indispensable investment" in maintaining Foothill and De Anza college campuses as essential resources for enhancing educational opportunity and training residents for high-skilled jobs.
Among projects featured in the annual report are two award-winning buildings completed in 2012–2013—the Media & Learning Center at De Anza College and the Physical Sciences & Engineering Center at Foothill College. Both are models of environmental sustainability.
Seven years into the bond program, two-thirds of the funds have been spent to meet Measure C goals of upgrading and repairing aging buildings and systems; constructing, acquiring and equipping new buildings and other educational facilities; and improving access for people with disabilities. The largest remaining Measure C project is construction of an education center at the former Onizuka Air Force Station on land the district received for free in a public benefit conveyance from the Air Force. The center is expected to be operating at full strength by Fall 2016.
Three district residents recently joined the oversight committee, replacing members whose terms expired in 2013. Los Altos resident Ellen Saliba brings finance, management and strategic planning experience to her position as at-large representative. Los Altos Hills resident Kelly Davis, a member of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation board of directors, is the new auxiliary organization representative. She is senior vice president and regional manager for Heritage Bank of Commerce. Student Evelynn Chun, a senator with the Associated Students of Foothill College, is the committee’s student organization representative.
They join continuing members Andersen, a financial and business management consultant and the committee’s business organization representative; attorney Robert Lancefield, taxpayers’ association representative; retired school district superintendent and organizational development consultant Susan Silver, at-large representative; and William Dietz, a human resources consultant with a long career as a high-tech executive, senior citizens’ organization representative.
Foothill-De Anza Community College District serves more than 60,000 students a year at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and De Anza College in Cupertino. The district includes the communities of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and parts of San Jose.
More information about Measure C and the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee can be found at http://measurec.fhda.edu.