The Heights

Updated: March 13, 2017

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Winter 2017 achievements and awards

Congratulations are in order for these Foothill College community members: Photography instructor Ron Herman, Fine Arts instructor Elizabeth Barkley, President Thuy Nguyen, Media Studies instructor RJ Ward, and Music instructor Paul Davies.

Photography instructor Ron Herman's short documentary film project with award-wining film director Mary Skinner, entitled "Cuba, Cubano, Cañibano" chronicles Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano's visit to Foothill in 2015, during his first solo exhibition in the Western United States. In the film, Herman and his students, who worked with Cañibano on the streets in Havana, discuss what makes these photographs extraordinary. The film was an official selection in the Other Venice Film Festival (2015) and the Spanish version of the film was recently accepted as an official selection in Havana's Festival of New Latin American Cinema (December, 2016).

Fine Arts instructor Elizabeth Barkley presented on "Creating a More Compelling Portrait" at the American Association of Colleges and Universities' 2017 Annual Meeting: Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence. Her session was designed to demonstrate techniques college teachers can use to promote and document student learning of the skills they need in order to contribute effectively to constructive democratic discourse and action. 

President Thuy Nguyen was featured in the January 2017 edition of California Bar eJournal. The journal discussed her rise to college president and her varied legal career.

Foothill College media instructor RJ Ward, had a new multi-media piece on show at the Fine Arts Complex in Tempe, Arizona.  The 12-minute video projection/sound piece, Apocalypse A Go-Go, based on scenes from two Jean-Luc Godard films, Weekend and Sympathy for the Devil.

Music instructor Paul Davies is premiering his new musical selection, Medjugorje” in late March with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. After the success of Davies’ opera, Carlota, which premiered two years ago at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose Chamber Orchestra director Barbara Day Turner commissioned Dr. Davies to write a new piece for her ensemble. “Medjugorje” refers to a place in Bosnia-Herzegovina where many Catholics around the world believe the Virgin Mary has been appearing since 1981.  Through her messages to six children (who are now in their mid 30s to mid 40s) she is appealing to the whole world for a return back to the path of God and spirituality.


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