Women’s History Month 2009
Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet

Free Admission to All Events

Highlights at Foothill College

Monday, March 2
Women’s History Month Official Opening Ceremony
Student leaders will present an overview of Foothill’s Women’s History Month. Attend this celebration and enjoy an introduction to ‘greenness’ by Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., whose vision for Foothill College is excellence through inclusion. Listen as she shares Foothill’s aspiration to be the Emerald Campus, her major achievements, and future goals that incorporate going green. Enjoy an amazing performance by the all-female East Palo Alto New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ Praise Dancers. Their purpose is to bring glory to God through dance, mime, flags, banners and sign language. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 3
Lecture Series I: Women in Leadership
Usha Arunachalam earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science and received a predoctoral fellowship from the University of Michigan to work on her thesis. She earned an MBA degree from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She brings more than 15 years of business experience, primarily with early staged biotechnology companies. She led the business development efforts of FivePrime Therapeutics, served as vice president of business development at Intrabiotics, and served as a member of its executive team, as well as the senior director of business development at Kosan Biosciences, where she was responsible for all in- and out-licensing and business development activities for multiple projects. Her presentation will highlight leadership skills that have the potential to unlock many doors in your life. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Indian Student Association (FISA).
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 3
Japanese Doll Festival & Tea Ceremony
Take part in a traditional Japanese festival that began in the Heian era when people used dolls to ward off evil spirits and ensure their daughters’ health and happiness. Make egg dolls with us, and enjoy an informal Japanese tea ceremony. Co-sponsored by the Japanese Culture Club. Free refreshments.
Time: 2:30–4 p.m.
Location: Japanese Cultural Center (Room 6801)
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 4
Comedy Interactive Theatre Featuring Sex Signals
This event blends a combination of comedy and audience interaction to discuss just that: Sex signals! Watch professional comedians speak about the misunderstandings that are evident between the sexes, while also hearing what your peers have to say about dating, sex, date rape, and the frustrations of understanding the complexities of men and women. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Thursday, March 5
Community Garment-Printing Activity
You can screen-print T-shirts, aprons, scarves, bags or any garment you provide with custom designs created by Foothill College’s art and graphic design students. Designs will reflect the Women’s History Month theme and ideas for maintaining a healthy planet. You can also make your own hand-cut stencils for printing your unique designs. Co-sponsored the Foothill Printmaker’s Club.
Time: 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Studio 1801
Free Admission

Thursday, March 5
Lecture Series II: Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff
An expert in international sustainability and environmental health issues, Annie Leonard has more than 20 years of experience investigating factories and landfills around the world. Coordinator of the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production & Consumption, a funding collaborative working for a sustainable and just world, she communicates worldwide about the impact of consumerism and materialism on global economies. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Monday, March 9
Lecture Series III: International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day draws women together in unity and friendship to commemorate past achievements and highlight current social, economic and political issues. It provides the opportunity to develop networks and facilitate partnerships between women, organizations and the broader community. Come meet East Palo Alto’s Vicki Smothers who gave birth to twins at age 16, and currently works at East Palo Alto’s Prenatal Advantage, the Black Infant Health Program for San Mateo County, assists in coordinating the yearly AIDS march as a cofounder of the East Palo Alto AIDS Task Force, and is the vice president of the board of directors at Free At Last Community Recovery & Rehabilitation, an agency that is at the forefront of providing community-based substance abuse treatment services. She was awarded the Positive Image Award from the East Palo Alto Teen Home in 1993 and inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003. Smothers will discuss how to deal with less-than-ideal situations in life and how to make the impossible possible. You’ll also hear testimonials of how her programs have helped Foothill students. The Foothill College Health Services and Psychological Services offices will also present information. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 11
Foothill College Author Series Featuring Jana McBurney-Lin & My Half of the Sky
Jana McBurney will present a reading from her book, My Halfof the Sky, followed by a book-signing session. McBurney-Lin lived in Asia for 15 years and worked for media in seven countries, including National Public Radio, Writer’s Digest, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Islands Magazine, Singapore Straits Times, Japan Times and others. A dedicated participant in the Bay Area writing community, she has served five years as president of the peninsula branch of the California Writer’s Club.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Thursday, March 12
Button-Making Activity
Make buttons with custom designs from students enrolled in Foothill College art and graphic courses. Designs will reflect the Women’s History Month theme of ideas for maintaining a healthy planet. Participants are invited to bring their own artwork or create on-the-spot artwork for pressing a unique button design. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Printmaker’s Club.
Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Studio 1801
Free Admission

Thursday, March 12
Concrete Jungle Self-Defense Clinic
Cordelia Clancy is the first woman hand-to-hand combat instructor to train the security advisor for the Pentagon’s top officer, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Richard Myers, Ret. She started Concrete Jungle Self-Defense to train people how to be their own bodyguards. Learn some street-proven skills by attending this hands-on workshop taught by Clancy. Her clients include military, law enforcement, government agents and other high-risk personnel. You’ll gain confidence, effective self-defense skills and peace of mind at this empowering clinic. Women and men of all fitness levels are welcome.
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission


Monday, March 16
March in March: Rescue Education
Join us at Raley Field in Sacramento to begin our march to the state capitol to express support for the California Community Colleges. Students, faculty, staff, administrators and other supporters will gather to make their voices heard. Our message to legislators is to keep student fees low, keep our community college doors open and provide access to higher education to all Californians. Sign-up in the Student Activities Office. Co-sponsored by the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.
Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: The California Capital, Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, W. Sacramento
Free Admission

Monday, March 16
Sexual Health & Reproductive Information Fair
Learn about the Hormonal Options without a Pelvic Exam (HOPE) Program and review the different types of birth control options available to you. Free information about STDs, physicals, abstinence and immunizations will also be available. Find out if you’re eligible by attending the event. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 17
Women & Stroke: A Lecture & Screening
Stroke is the third leading cause of death for American women and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Stroke kills more women than men. In 2003, women represented 61 percent of stroke deaths. Learn about stroke prevention, warning signs, and what to do in the event of a stroke from guest speaker and Stanford Medical Center Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology Chitra Venkat, M.B.B.S., M.D. Foothill Instructor Linda Dinucci will also present information on the Foothill College REACH Program which meets the needs of stroke survivors. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Health Services Office and Peninsula Stroke Association.
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 17
Indian Classical Vocal Concert by Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe
Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe has been a leading disciple of Veena Sahasrabuddhe with whom she has lived and worked closely, and followed the ancient Indian tradition of the Gurukul method of education. As part of her training, she has provided vocal support to her teacher in more than 100 prestigious concerts all over India, U.S., Canada and Denmark. She is a recipient of the National Scholarship in Music by the Government of India. She holds masters’ degrees in music and sociology, and an undergraduate degree in anthropology. Besides performing, she continues sharing her musical tradition with aspiring music students in the Bay Area. Co-sponsored by Foothill Indian Student Association (FISA).
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 18
Meet the Artists Reception
Meet the artists who created the artwork on display on campus throughout March. Artists include Christen Hanlon and Meenu Devrani as well as the artists from the SHEcology, Fe:MailArt and Conscious Books group exhibitions. Learn more about these artists and their on-campus gallery exhibits in the Ongoing Exhibitions section.
Time: Noon-1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 25
Foothill College Author Series Featuring Gisela Zebroski & The Baroness
Author Gisela Rudolph Zebroski, a member of the Foothill Commission, will present a reading from her book, The Baroness, followed by a book-signing session. Zebroski was age 19 when she left the ruins of post-war Germany to come to America. A Baltic German who was born in Latvia, she enjoyed a privileged childhood until age 5. The start of WWII uprooted her family and threw them into a chaotic world. Foraging for food and firewood, she discovered the beauty of nature, longed for her lost homeland and her father’s return from the war. He did not return. Convinced that their dismal existence was but a passing phase, she prepared herself for a future in America. Her mother and siblings joined her. Partly based on her mother’s tales, The Baroness slowly took shape as a novel. She is working on a sequel to The Baroness.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Free Ongoing Events & Exhibits

• • • Clothesline Project • • •

The Clothesline Project displays different colored T-shirts that show the extent of the abuse suffered by women and the amazing stories of how they overcame the hardship that violence inflicts on our daughters, mother, sisters, wives, girlfriends as well as the boys and men who love us. Campus Center Dining Room; Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


• • • Developing a Collective Awareness: Maritime & Urban Concerns Exhibition • • •

Christine Hanlon has been awarded Best in Show for Death of an Oil Tanker: Prestige 1976-2002 at the Coos Art Museum’s 15th Annual Maritime Exhibit. This painting is an oil-on-panel triptych, which was inspired by the devastating oil tanker disaster that occurred off the coast of Spain and Portugal in 2002. This maritime disaster, which devastated the fishing industry and ecology of the Spanish coast, is one of several such incidents that have become the focus of Hanlon’s oil painting. The world’s dependence upon oil and its effect upon the marine environment, along with her love of the sea and ocean-going vessels, are the reasons that cargo ships, fishing boats, tugboats, and oil tankers have become subjects of interest for Hanlon. She lives near Half Moon Bay in Northern California, and routinely paints plein air watercolors of Maverick’s Beach near Pillar Point Harbor. In addition to maritime content, she focuses on urban landscapes and industrial waterfront scenes. Learn more. Semans Library Gallery; Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


• • • Fe:MailArt: Ideas for Maintaining a Healthy Planet Exhibition • • •

An international mail art project in which all postcards received through the mail will be exhibited. Students, classes, faculty and staff at Foothill College are encouraged to participate. Received mail will also be exhibited on the Fe:MailArt Web site. Semans Library Gallery; Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


• • • SHEcology: Mindful Prints Exhibition • • •

An exhibition of prints by Foothill Printmakers. Prints were created in Studio 1801, an environmentally conscious graphic arts studio at Foothill College. Courses in print and book arts are offered through the Foothill College Graphic & Interactive Design (GID) Department. Semans Library Gallery; Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


• • • Conscious Books Exhibition • • •

An exhibition of artist’s books by members of the Bay Area Book Artists. Exhibited books reflect the 2009 Women’s History Month theme in diverse ways, including books that address social issues and books that use natural, recycled, green or found materials. Campus Center Dining Room; Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


• • • Eternal Journey Jewelry • • •

Meenu Devrani is the artist for Vaasvara Designs, home of handcrafted jewelry made with the finest quality, hand-selected gemstones, pearls and components from around the world. Inspired by Mother Nature for its boundless beauty and ceaseless contributions to our lives, Devrani is enchanted by ancient art and civilizations, and world culture. Her eclectic collection of jewelry represents this fusion of contemporary with ethnic art, and mirrors her identity as an Indian American woman. Making jewelry has helped her realize her creative spirit. She believes in the beneficial properties of gemstones and that her creations transmit gratitude, pride and strength. Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313); Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


• • • Eco-Arts Project •• •

The Eco-Arts Project is an effort to create campuswide environmental awareness through optimistic and aesthetically pleasing artwork of various media. Students from Foothill classes have created pieces that express an earth-friendly message, many of which are created from recyclable or sustainable materials. Co-sponsored by the Green Future Environmental Club. Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313); Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


• • • Help Save the Environment • • •

Donate to www.SaveOurEnvironment.org today! SaveOurEnvironment.org is dedicated to protecting places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fighting for a cleaner energy future, and keeping our air and water free of dangerous pollution.


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