The Monday Morning Memo
The Voice of the Fine Arts, Kinesiology &
Communication Division at Foothill College

"I certainly admire people who do things"
...Raymond Chandler

Monday, May 18, 2015, Volume XVIII, Number 29

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                          of Mike Ivanitsky & StudentsIvanitsky Award 2015 Winners
The photography department would like to invite you to the 9th annual Mike Ivanitsky Award for Excellence in Photography Exhibition. The opening reception is on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 from 4 – 6pm, light food and drink will be served.. The exhibition is at Foothill College’s Gallery outside the darkroom in room 6104. The show will be up through the June 23rd.

This juried exhibition reviewed over 20 different portfolios, spanning numerous subjects. The award is granted each year to a student whose portfolio of work in photography is deemed to be an outstanding expression of a personal vision along with superior technical competence. This exhibition honors the memory of Mike Ivanitsky, a photographer and teacher who enjoyed photography and seeing photography students grow.

2015 Mike Ivanitsky Award of Photographic Excellence

Laura Hofstadter, First Place
John Trone, Second Place
Katherine Ogg, Third Place
Lisa D’Alessandro, Honorable Mention
Howard Larsen, Honorable Mention
Nasim Moghadam, Honorable Mention
Bill Moy, Honorable Mention

Four faculty members Enter Permanent Collections
Undercurrents, a themed portfolio of original prints by fifteen San Francisco Bay Area artists has entered the permanent collections of three Bay Area museums: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (DeYoung Museum / Legion of Honor Museum), The Oakland Museum of California and the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame.

Prints by current Foothill Faculty include: José Arenas, Mike Day, Eric Kneeland and Kent Manske. Prints by former Foothill Faculty include: Don Drake and Nanette Wylde. Prints by former students include: Servane Briand, Julia Bradshaw, Doug Minkler, Susan O'Malley and Karen Rush. Additional artists include: Ema Harris-Sintamarian, Ianne Kjorlie, Robin McCloskey and Fanny Retsek.

The Statement for the portfolio reads: The San Francisco Bay Area is shaped by water—the bay, the estuaries, the ocean, tidal marshes, rivers, creeks and deltas—all of which have currents, some of which have undercurrents. These currents and undercurrents bring diversity as well as (often hidden) dangers to the Bay Area ecosystem and residents. The Bay Area is also shaped by the activities of its occupants, and is recognized on a global scale for innovation, activism, and collaboration. It is an incubator that has currents and undercurrents--many of which grapple with complex, multi-dimensional issues engaging our local/global networked culture. Artists who live or work in the Bay Area navigate between or "bridge" place, thought, action, and creation. This portfolio of artists with strong connections to the Bay Area investigates themes beneath the surface of mainstream awareness.

Faculty member Kent Manske organized the portfolio and worked with local institutions to acquire the work for their permanent collections. The portfolio can be viewed at:

Music & Memory
                    PosterMusic and Memory Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, May 20th at 7PM
Foothill College Appreciation Hall Building 1500

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.
After the screening we will have a panel discussion with local professionals using the Music and Memory ( protocol.
John Becker, Ph.D. Alzheimer's Association (
Judy Eskinazi from the Brandeis National Committee (

Come see how personalized music, using Apple iPods, has transformed lives. Anyone whose family member has been affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia will want to see ALIVE INSIDE: A STORY OF MUSIC & MEMORY.

2014 Audience Awards for “Best Documentary” at the Sundance, Sedona, Provincetown and Milano International Film Festival.

Can you donate an iPod Shuffle to help the Music and Memory program? Please bring them to this event!

Pennington Lectures - Designing the Future: Modern Design and the Creative Economy
Our ever steadfast Art History Chair,  Simon Pennington, will be giving a lecture for the Los Altos Morning Forum lecture series on Tuesday at 10:15 AM. Information on the series can be found here:

Music Tech Student Wins Major Composition Award
Foothill Music Tech student Devin Thomas has been awarded the "Outstanding Composition - Large Ensemble" award at the 38th annual DownBeat Student Music Awards.  He was sponsored by Music Tech faculty Eric Kuehnl.

The Downbeat Student Music Awards are the most prestigious awards for college students majoring in contemporary music.  Foothill is very proud to join the ranks of colleges and universities such as Julliard, The Eastman School of Music, The University of Miami, etc.  This is Foothill’s first award, and if I am not mistaken, the first for FHDA.

SFAI visit Foothill College
Andrew Caceres from the San Francisco Art Institute will be visiting on Wed. May 20 at 7 pm in Room 6107 and discussing Portfolio Preparation and the Graduate and undergradate application processes for SFAI. Come get advice and information about this school with the Professional Practices Class in Photography.

Recording Artist And Mastering Engineer Robert Rich To Speak At Foothill
Tuesday, May 19th at 7PM
Foothill College Appreciation Hall Building 1500

Robert Rich ( has created a rewarding and successful career as an Ambient musician, a style that emphasizes atmospheric musical textures over traditional song structures. His award-winning music has been featured in films, documentaries, and in the numerous CDs as a solo artist or in collaborations with others.
Robert is here to answer YOUR questions! (He will also perform some of his music live on stage)
How has Robert managed to sustain his unlikely career for three decades while maintaining his fundamental artistic vision and style?
Find out when Robert discusses:
- How to get started on the creative path.
- Challenges and compromises that artists face.
- The multiple revenue sources that lead to a successful career as an artist.
- An overview of opportunities within the music, film, and media production industries.

The Fall Schedule Is Now Open
It's time to start thinking about the Fall 2015 schedule!  Personally, I just want to survive Spring, but evidently, time marches on :-).  As we discussed at our division meeting, the enormous popularity of transfer degrees means the students need to know when core classes for their degree will be offered.  If you know a core class will fill every quarter, offer it every quarter (in some cases, multiple sections).  If you know a core class will only fill once per year, make sure to tell me, so I can let the counselors know!  For whatever reason, students are beginning to assume we offer every class in the catalogue every quarter, and if a class is listed in their ed. plan, we have to give them a seat. 

Please do not send me a department schedule!  I will just send it back to you. Send me your individual schedule via email or for Fine Arts, for Kinesiology & Athletics.

Got An Item?
Are you competing, performing or exhibiting somewhere? Giving a presentation? I'll be happy to put it in the MMM! Items run once, so try to send it to me the week before your event.